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Hamilton County Family magazine... a Gold Star publication! Every year the Parenting Media Association (PMA), an organization dedicated to supporting quality parenting publications, recognizes its members for outstanding editorial and design contributions. At this year’s PMA Editorial and Design Awards competition, Hamilton County Family magazine was honored to receive the following awards: CATEGORY: Family Matters Column // Gold Award The subject of childhood migraines was covered in our “To Your Health” column written by Trisha Shepherd, detailing the symptoms kids often have with migraines and possible treatment options.

CATEGORY: General Feature Writing // Gold Award The difficult subject of how to help a child who has lost a parent was discussed in “The Grieving Child”, also written by Trisha Shepherd. Our thanks to the Graddy family of Fishers for generously sharing their story.

CATEGORY: Best Blogger // Bronze Award “Postcards to Parents” written by Julie Costakis, gives parents a window into what they can expect as their children mature, with thoughtful comments on the job of parenting.

Our staff was thrilled to be recognized in this way and is excited to continue to bring more quality parenting content to our fellow residents in Hamilton County.



Meet the Staff Publisher Mary Wynne Cox


On the Radar 08


Apraxia Awareness Day, National Angelman Syndrome Foundation Walkathon, Give Hope Ride and more!

Associate Publisher Advertising Sales Jennica Zalewski

Tee It Up! 10 Introducing kids to the fun and benefits of golf

'Tis the Season – 12 for Graduation Parties!

Creative Director Katie Clark

Tips for attending these special events

Parenting Perspectives – 14 Past and Present

Advertising Coordinator Karen Ring

New and experienced moms share their thoughts on raising kids

Little-Known Treasures within 16 Indiana's State Parks Discover the "hidden gems" scattered throughout our state

Father's Day vs. Mother's Day 18

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Public Relations and Events Wendy Cox

Summer Movies & Concerts Guide 20 Outdoor fun everyone will enjoy

What's Cool After School 22

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Michelle Shirk, Julie Costakis, Rebecca Wood, Terri Spilman, Carolyn Loub, Nicole Turner, Mary Susan Buhner and Mike Berry

Academic enrichment programs

Décor Next Door 24 To Your Health 26

Editorial Assistant Wendy Schrepferman Business Manager | Accounting Roxanne Burns

Four reasons the two holidays are so different

Finding great interior design ideas online

Editor Susan Bryant


COVER PHOTOGRAPHER Michelle Tiek Photography

Name that sneeze!

Reci-please 28

Contact Us: Hamilton County Family PO Box 40206, Indianapolis, IN 46240 (317) 417-3031 or (317) 710-6622

Artichoke wild rice salad

Mommy Magic 30 Mother's Day mentors

To Do With Your Crew 32 Family fun activities


Hamilton County Finds & Faves 34

Stella Tiek from Carmel

Hamilton County Family Magazine is published bi-monthly. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is prohibited.

Summer festivals

The Last Laugh 35 Favorite funny family moments


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Celebrating Mothers and Fathers Recently I had the opportunity to meet a fellow mom while on vacation. We had so much in common and yet our lives were so different. Coincidentally, we both have daughters that will graduate from high school soon, so we talked about senior pictures, graduation announcements, prom dresses, etc. Although we are both experiencing many of the same joys and concerns for our kids, her situation is unique in that her daughter has Cerebral palsy. My heart was really touched by the way this family strives to give their daughter a fulfilling life, not letting her disability get in the way of typical teen experiences. It also made me grateful for the simple pleasures of motherhood I often take for granted. As we get celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day this time of year, I’m reminded that it is a gift in itself to be a parent, no matter how the job is packaged. And in regards to these topics, check out our articles on motherhood in Parenting Perspectives – Past and Present, fatherhood in Father’s Day versus Mother’s Day and high school commencement in ‘Tis the Season – for Graduation Parties. Plus, some great ideas for summer travel in Little Known Treasures within Indiana’s State Parks and a complete list of local movie and concert series to enjoy this summer.

From our families to yours, Happy Mother’s Day and Father’s Day!

Jennica Zalewski

Associate Publisher



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A Heartfelt Thank You to the People of Fishers This February, 14 year old Katelyn Shadoan was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma Stage 3. This rare cancer is only diagnosed in 450 children in the nation between the ages of 15-21. Her mother, Tonya, says, “You always hear about kids and cancer, but never would think it would happen to your own.” Support for the Shadoan family quickly rallied from friends and family, but they have been most surprised and grateful for the outpouring of support they have received from their community. Fishers High School dedicated a basketball game in Katelyn’s honor and held a school wide blood drive to create aware-

Apraxia Awareness Day Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder in which children have difficulty saying sounds, syllables and words. With apraxia, the brain has problems planning to move the body parts (lips, jaw, tongue) needed for speech. The child knows what he or she wants to say, but his/ her brain has difficulty coordinating the muscle movements necessary to say those words. In the past decade approximately 3.4-4.3% of children in the U.S. with a speech delay of “unknown origin” were found to have


ness. Tonya says, “I know Fishers is ranked no. 12th in the nation as one of the best places to raise children; not only would I second that vote, but I would no doubt say it's the best town in America to raise your kids.” Katelyn herself has raised over $1,600 for the Lymphoma Foundation from t-shirts that she designed and sold that support this cause. She is currently doing well with her treatments. Tonya says their family has been in awe of the support they have received from the people of Fishers. “We couldn’t have done this without them.”

apraxia. In other words, apraxia affects 1-2 children per 1,000. Noblesville mom Krista Hickman had never heard of this condition until two of her children were diagnosed with it. Krista’s goal is to raise awareness of childhood apraxia so that other families who learn their children have this condition will have the information, resources and support they need. Wednesday, May 14, 2014 is Apraxia Awareness Day nationally

and Krista was recently successful in having Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville and Westfield recognize this day as well. To learn more about CAS, visit The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America at

National Angelman Syndrome Foundation Walkathon The smiles on the faces of individuals with Angelman Syndrome (AS) belie a life marked by severe developmental delay, speech difficulties, seizure disorders and more. And yet they go on smiling. That’s just one reason the Angelman Syndrome Foundation (ASF) seeks to advance the awareness, understanding and treatment of those with AS, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure.

Give Hope Ride What do you get when you put together a fun day of cycling with a charity fundraiser? A local cycling event that raises donations to help cure pediatric cancer! That’s what the Give Hope Ride is all about. A Memorial Day event that invites cyclists of all levels to enjoy a day of riding with net proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. On May 26, 2014, on-site registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. followed by an adult ride leaving from Fishers Heritage Park. Adult riders

Just for Fun May 6th: Teacher Day

can ride a 10, 21, 45 or 62 mile bike course charted through Fishers and the surrounding area. At 10:30 a.m., a kids' bike safety class will begin at the center of the park. Around 11:00 a.m., children and their parents can ride a half mile course within the confines of the park. Find out more or register online at

America's Safest Suburbs

May 20th: Pick Strawberries Day June 11th: Corn on the Cob Day June 20th: National Flip Flop Day

The ASF is a national 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting individuals with AS. Each year a national walkathon is held in cities all over the country to raise funds which are crucial in the efforts to find a cure. On Saturday, May 17, the ASF will hold a first ever walkathon in Carmel. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the walk starting at 9 a.m. at West Park (2700 W. 116th Street Carmel). To find out more, go to www.angelman. org or contact Kathy Rokita to become a sponsor (

Congratulations Carmel and Fishers! Both cities were ranked #1 and #2 respectively as the safest U.S. suburbs to live in according to a study by Movoto Real Estate. Carmel ranked first overall for the lowest number of violent crimes per capita, second-safest in terms of property crimes per capita and had the second-lowest odds of being the victim of a crime. Fish-

ers was ranked second overall for being the second-safest in terms of violent crimes per capita, fourth-safest in property crimes and ranked third in terms of the chance of being the victim of a crime. To produce this ranking, the study relied on a list of 120 places that are the largest suburbs of the 50 most populous cities in the U.S. For the complete list, visit safest-suburbs/. May/June 2014 | HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY 09

tee it Introducing kids to the fun and benefits of golf by: Terri Spilman, mom of 1

If you think the game of golf is too highbrow, intimidating or expensive for young children – think again. Thanks to greater accessibility to golf facilities, innovative programs and increased college scholarship opportunities, golf has actually become an “everyman’s sport.” Although kids today have an increasingly long list of potential activities and sports that compete for their attention, choosing golf offers distinct advantages. “Unlike other sports, golf teaches honesty and integrity,” says Sam Foley, Head Professional and Director of Golf at Balmoral Golf Club in Fishers and Owner of Golf 365 in the Hamilton County Sports Complex. “You are not trying to get away with


something that referees don’t catch, as golfers are responsible for writing down their own score – which also teaches sportsmanship.” Another advantage? “It teaches you to sort of slow down and think your way through what you are trying to do as opposed to being reactionary,” says Foley. Many parents also find that the decorum and etiquette required in golf culture is something they like for their kids to be exposed to. Doc O’Neal, Owner/Operator of Wind Wood and Prairie View Golf Clubs and longtime advocate for youth golf, says, “Most people that haven’t played much golf are intimidated and I wish they weren’t because as a rule, the world of golfers isn’t very good, quite frankly. Everybody thinks everyone is so good when really and truly if they just went out, they would enjoy themselves.” Golf offers many opportunities, especially for young girls. “The girls have won-


derful college scholarship opportunities if they want to take their game that far,” says O’Neal. “And if they don’t that’s fine too, but it’s a pretty cool thing and I don’t think everybody understands that until they get involved with it.” Some parents may shy away from the sport because of perceived expense. Equipping your child with a few essential golf clubs like a hybrid fairway wood, fairway iron, wedge and putter doesn’t have to break the bank though. Play It Again Sports with locations in Carmel and Fishers is a good resource for used golf clubs and equipment. Just be sure clubs are properly fitted for your child so they don’t develop bad habits or get discouraged from using the wrong size clubs. As with any new activity a child tries, O’Neal advises parents: “Just let them have some fun with it.” With a little fun and some small

successes along the way, the game of golf just may hook your child – providing him or her with a sport to play their entire lives.

Evaluating a Youth Golf Program: • Make sure instructors are PGA trained. • Find a program that emphasizes fun, versus a “boot camp” approach. • Determine what types of specific programs or customizable clinics are available. • Talk to the local high school golf coach for program recommend- tions. • Find out instructor to student ratio in lessons.


‘Tis the Season – for

by: Julie Costakis, mom of 3

Tips for attending these special events

Ready to embark on a busy graduation party season? As mailboxes begin to fill with open house invitations, you may be wondering about the current protocol surrounding this rite of passage. We asked local veteran party-goers for their advice on managing multiple invites, appropriate gift-giving and etiquette for co-parties. Your first consideration may be deciding which open houses to attend. “Some years we receive loads of invitations,” says Karen, mom of three. “But if we don’t know the child well, we decline unless the parent is a close friend.” Via social media or word of mouth, students tend to receive more invitations than parents do. Try purchasing a stack of graduation cards and writing personal notes in advance to avoid last minute scrambles. “Gifts are the prerogative of the giver, not an entitlement of the graduate,” offers Dave, father of two. “Most people bring an envelope with a check, cash or gift card, but some opt for


personal items.” When the event is for two or more students, it is acceptable to bring a gift only for the one(s) you know. A recent graduate adds, “The fact that a guest took the time to celebrate my graduation meant more to me than what they brought or didn’t bring. Of those gifts I did receive, checks and gift cards helped me to afford necessary college supplies.” Typically students do not bring gifts for each other, as they would simply be passing money around amongst themselves. Another way to contribute in a meaningful way is to write sentiments on a photo mat or memory album page which are often displayed at parties. If you have many graduates you know this year, multiple monetary gifts can quickly add up. Before invitations arrive, make a list of the students you are closest to. Determine how much you want to budget in total for graduation gifts and divide accordingly. “Parents attending numerous parties might consider a ‘year of graduation’ check – $20.14,” says Dave. The most common amounts of money recent graduates say they received were $25, $50 and $75.

Also, keep in mind that giving monetary gifts may not be in all family budgets. Remember that graduation is a milestone, not a fundraising event. “A heartfelt note or memorable photo can make an impression, lasting long after money is spent,” says Karen. “On invitations to my co-workers and my daughter’s teachers, coaches and principals, I wrote ‘Please, no gifts.’ ’’ This approach allows people attend, rather than forego a celebration due to unmanageable expenses for dozens of students every year. “No amount of money could outshine the meaningful notes my daughter received from her teachers,” says Karen. Some parents will opt for a party at home, while others rent more elaborate venues. “You may be surprised at the extravagance of some parties,” says Dave. “Graduates have every reason to celebrate, yet like weddings, these events often go overboard.” If you’re invited to a blowout affair, focus on the graduate instead of worrying whether your own child’s open house will measure up. Budgets and priorities differ for each family, and a wide range of party styles if perfectly acceptable. If you have a friend whose graduation party is this year, consider offering to help out with the idea of reciprocation during your future open house. “I was too busy replenishing refreshments and handling unexpected issues to enjoy myself,” Karen laments. “Lending a hand is a wonderful gift!” Attending multiple open houses can inspire ideas for what your own future graduate might like. Take mental notes of what guests enjoyed and a few weeks after the event, ask hosts for their reflections on what they would do again or avoid. Then sit down with your child months ahead of graduation to discuss their personal preferences.

Graduation is an important mile marker for students – take time to celebrate with those closest to you. By putting an emphasis on what this momentous occasion truly means to graduates and their parents, instead of focusing on the “right” gift to give, you can help make this meaningful event even more special.


PARENTING PERSPECTIVES– pas t and p re s e n t

New and experienced moms share their thoughts on raising kids by: Michelle Shirk, mom of 1

With Mother’s Day approaching, it seems like the perfect time to talk about the joyful and transformative adventure that is parenting. Below local moms in all different phases of their journey talk about the lessons they’ve learned and the ways in which the parenting experience has changed over the years.

Being a new mom “Becoming a parent changed everything!” says Susie Box, Noblesville mother of grown children Mike and Joni. “When your child is happy, you are happy and when your child is sad, afraid or hurting, you also have those same feelings.” Box feels that these emotions and the unconditional love a mother has for her children also extend to grandchildren – she has five, with a sixth due in June.

Jack. “You just kind of went about things and sought advice from friends and family as you needed to.” Now, she says, the “advice” is inescapable for anyone with a Facebook account. Box recalls that when her children were young, cell phones and social media didn’t exist – which meant that the problems associated with them didn’t exist either. “Now we have to be concerned with what kids are seeing, doing and being exposed to through these things.”

Linda Friedlander of Carmel expresses similar sentiments regarding her daughter, Devin. “I can still remember the moment I saw her,” she says. “I knew right then in my heart I was going to provide a loving home and a healthy and safe environment for her forever.” After spending part of her daughter’s childhood as a single parent, Friedlander blended her family with her now-husband’s fifteen years ago and is currently a proud grandmother of four.

Fortunately, advances in technology, education and products have also greatly benefitted parents and children. Friedlander lists vaccinations, access to information and support systems for issues such as lactation and sleep as advantages today’s parents have over previous generations. Miriam Lyon of Noblesville, mother of nearly three-year old Collin and 18 month-old Cameron and Dylan, says “There are lots of new gadgets, toys and different educational tools that help make parenting a little easier and a lot of fun.” Pendleton mom Amanda Taylor, mother of 7 year-old Caden, nearly 3 year-old Levi and 8 month-old Brennen, has observed an increased emphasis on natural foods and products. She also sees more parents cloth-diapering and using glass bottles.

Then and now

Words of Wisdom

“It used to be that if you didn't read the books or the magazines, you didn't have to hear about everything you were doing wrong,” says Amy Fandrei, Fishers mother of 5 ½ year-old Evan and 7 month-old

Our moms had plenty of good advice for today’s new parents. Box encourages moms and dads to really value the time they have with their children. “You have one shot with a child – to love, teach, nour-


ish, encourage, direct and protect,” she says. “He will be grown so fast, it will leave you wondering ‘where did the time go?’” “Your child does not have to be perfect,” says Taylor. “It’s okay for them to make mistakes. You have to give them room to breathe and to grow into the person that they are.” Along the same lines, Lyon advises new parents to relax, be confident and enjoy the experience. “The hardest thing to do and the most important role you have is to be a parent,” says Friedlander, who recommends parents be consistent, set boundaries and shower their children with love and support. While parenting today may look a little different than in the past, some things never change. As Fandrei says, “I think regardless of generation, parents all want the same thing: happy, healthy kids who have what they need to succeed in life.”

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our reader moms and moms-to-be!


little-known treasures

by: Rebecca Wood, mom of 4

within Indiana’s State Parks Discover the “hidden gems” scattered throughout our state Take a hike. Some may assume that’s the only thing to do at Indiana’s state parks. In reality, a wide variety of opportunities for fun exist within our 32 state parks and reservoirs. Ginger Murphy, Assistant Director for Stewardship for Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs, says many Hoosier families may be unaware of the hidden treasures waiting to be explored in our parks. She lists several that offer particularly unique attractions.

O’Bannon Woods State Park O’Bannon Woods State Park sits in the southern portion of the state in Corydon. This 3,000-acre park is encircled by Harrison Crawford State Forest and hugs the Ohio River. Two hundred miles of hiking trails and 900 caves dot the property. During the summer, the family aquatic center is popular with visitors. Murphy refers to the historic haypress barn as a little known gem within the park. The restored three-story haypress is the only operational one within the United States. During holiday weekends, visitors

can watch the haypress spring to life with the assistance of oxen and manpower.

Falls of the Ohio State Park Falls of the Ohio State Park sits on the banks of the Ohio River in Clarksville, just a few miles from Louisville. Murphy encourages visitors to explore the park’s unique fossil beds, considered to be among the world’s largest naturally exposed Devonian fossil beds. The park features an Interpretive Center overlooking the river. The Center houses 100 different exhibits, a 14-minute movie on the park’s history and a gift shop. Visitors can hike, fish, and bird watch within the park grounds. (Although fossils and rocks may be explored, prep children in advance that they may not be removed from the park.)

Mounds State Park Mounds State Park, nestled in Anderson, is best known for its ten earthworks – or mounds, the signature feature of the park. The mounds range in size from a few inches to several feet. The largest earthwork, the Great Mound, is thought to have been built around 160 B.C. Archeologists believe prehistoric Native Americans probably built the mounds as a gathering place for religious ceremonies. The park offers a nature center with a wildlife-viewing center, hiking trails and a campground. During the summer months, a swimming pool with a splash pad is open to the public.


Charlestown State Park Charlestown State Park spreads over 5,000 acres in southern Indiana’s Clark County. The park sits on what once was the largely undeveloped portion of the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant. It offers scenic vistas of Fourteenmile Creek Valley and the Ohio River. Murphy says that because the park remains largely undiscovered by many Hoosiers, it offers a more unobstructed nature experience. She encourages visitors to hike the park’s rugged trails, which include Devonian fossil outcrops and karst sinkhole topography. In 2015, the park will open the Rose Island Story, a series of trailside exhibits that tells the story of the Rose Island Amusement Park and its subsequent demise in the 1937 flood.

Indiana Dunes State Park Indiana Dunes State Park rests on 2,000 acres in northern Indiana’s Porter County. The park includes three miles of Lake Michigan beaches. Beyond the shoreline

sit large sand dunes towering nearly 200 feet above the lake. Within the park, visitors can explore a nature center, hike along nine miles of trails, fish and cross-country ski during the winter months. Many more interesting attractions can be found at state parks throughout Indiana. Visit the Indiana State Parks website at to see a complete list of state parks and offerings.

What’s New? Prophetstown State Park, in West Lafayette, opened an outdoor aquatic center last July 4th. The center will officially open for its first complete season on Memorial Day. The facility includes a 30-foot tube slide, a lazy river and aquatic activity center. Ft. Harrison State Park, in Indianapolis, opened a dog park in the fall of 2013. It holds the title as the first and only dog park within an Indiana state park. Purchase a special dog park pass to gain access. Pokagon State Park, in Angola, will completely open Trine State Recreation Area this summer. This area is a satellite site about a mile east of the park offering cabins, trails, fishing and a conference center.


Father's Day vs. Mother's Day Four reasons the two holidays are so different

by: Mike Berry, dad of 6

With the Super Bowl Sundays of parenthood just around the corner (a.k.a. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day), let’s take a look at some of the awesome, but drastic, differences between the two days. Allow me to count them down:

I’m not really sure how this fits on the list, but I like cheeseburgers, beer and I really love hammocks!

Reason #4: We don’t get flowers. And that’s okay! What we do get is a good old excuse to stand around the grill and talk about baseball with the neighborhood gang. Day made!

The reason we stay up late every other day of the year to play video games is because it’s harder to see the stink eye and glares we get from mom when the whole living room is dark. But on this one day, we get a stay of execution!

Reason #3: No cheesecake, no manicures – just cheeseburgers, beer and a hammock!

Reason #1: We’ve done absolutely nothing to deserve a day dedicated to us.


Reason #2: We have a legitimate excuse to play XBOX during the day (and get away with it).

I know, I know – that may seem a little harsh. After all, there are many fathers (myself included) who work hard, pay the bills and more. But let’s be honest, it’s nothing like being a mom. Moms deal with kids’ incessant demands! They probably should be given Father’s Day as a donation for all their hard work. All in all, we dads love Father’s Day (and Mother’s Day too). We may not be sure why a whole day has been dedicated to us, but we do love that this holiday appears on the calendar every year!



OUTDOOR movies and concerts

Noblesville Summer Concerts Thursdays, May 29th through July 31st (no concert July 3rd) Time: 7:00 p.m. Cost: Free Where: Dillon Park and Forest Park, Noblesville

Movies Movies at the Nickel Plate District

Movies at Saxony Saturdays, May 24th, June 7th and June 21st

Fridays through May 30th

Time: Dusk

Time: Dusk

Cost: Free

Cost: Free

Where: Witten Park, Fishers

Where: Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, Fishers

Phone: (317) 567-5057

Movies are free to the public and families are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and their favorite movie snacks! See website for movie line up.

Movies at West Park Fridays, June 6th, July 7th and Aug. 1st Time: 9:30-11:00 p.m. Cost: Free Where: West Park, Carmel events

Pack up the family, grab your snacks and get out into the fresh air to enjoy a movie on the big screen! Movies begin at sundown. Kona Ice will be on hand to sell shaved ice. See website for movie line up.

Concerts are held at Dillon Park May 29th— June 26th and at Forest Park July 10th—31st. See website for a list of performers.

Gather the family and head to Witten park, select Saturdays in May and June for a free movie under the stars.

Cool Creek Concert Series Fridays, June 13th through Friday, July 18th Times: 7:30 p.m. Cost: Adults $5; 12 and under Free Where: Cool Creek Park, Carmel Phone: (317) 774-2500


Enjoy live music performances while surrounded by nature. No concert July 5. See website for concert line up.

Kids Koncerts Mondays, June 2nd through July 28th Time: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Cost: Free Where: River Heritage and West Park, Carmel events

Get outdoors and jump, sing and dance along to new tunes, classic sing-alongs and kids favorites during the summer Kids Koncerts series. Venue alternates between River Heritage Park and West Park – see website for schedule.


Marsh Symphony on the Prairie Select nights, June 20th through August 30th Times: 8:00 p.m. Price: See website for ticket pricing Phone: (317) 776-6000 Location: Conner Prairie

Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful sounds of Symphony on the Prairie! Select nights all summer long.



Summer can come and go in a flash, and before we know it, school is back in session. Give your student the best possible start next school year by keeping their academic skills sharp over break. Whether your child needs some help polishing existing trouble areas or wants a jump on understanding concepts needed when school begins, the right teacher or tutor can be found close to home. Check out these resources for qualified academic enrichment programs in our area.

2454 East 116th Street, Merchants’ Square (Keystone and 116th) in Carmel

(317) 587-2700 | Chyten is a premier tutoring and test preparation company with the uppermost tutor standards in the industry. We provide expert academic assistance for students grades K - 12, as well as a Reading and Study Skills program and other enrichment opportunities. Chyten specializes in preparing students for the ACT, SAT, ISEE, and other standardized tests. Chyten is unique in that it only employs tutors who have at least a Master's degree and teaching experience, it specializes in one-on-one tutoring at a professional education center, and does not require contracts or commitments.

959 Keystone Way, Carmel Contact: Allan Seif Email:

(317) 564-8577 | Ages/Grades: K-12 and College Test Prep Whether your child needs to catch up, keep up or be enriched, our tutors work to tailor sessions based on current curriculum. Our instructors engage students using interactive exercises that help them conquer homework assignments and class projects while boosting their confidence. Our instructors are selected for their expertise in study strategies and innovative approaches to learning. Our center provides Elementary, Middle School, High School and College Test prep tutoring.



décor next door

DESIGN INSPIRATION Finding great interior design ideas online by: Carolyn Loub, mom of 4

Whether you’re planning to freshen up your home or give it a major makeover, a little inspiration can go a long way and provide you with a vision and roadmap for your project. Having your ideas in place before heading out to the stores can keep you from getting overwhelmed and potentially making costly mistakes.

Interior design inspiration is everywhere. We don’t even have to leave our homes to find it. Thanks to the internet, a vast source of decorating ideas is right at our fingertips.

Here are my go-to interior design websites for kick-starting a home improvement project. Houzz has the largest database of home photos in the world. You can browse or search for photos and ideas, and save images to an online ideabook. You can make notes about each image, so you can remember why you saved it… for the coffee table, mantel surround, paint color, etc. This site allows you to search photos by room and by design style (traditional, modern, eclectic, etc.). Or you can type


something more specific into the browser (like gray sofa, green walls for example). Many times the designer shares product sources, helping you track down specific items. Houzz can be used to find products and local professionals, to get help with your design dilemmas or to share your ideas with your contractor or furniture salesperson. When you’re just starting out and needing ideas, Houzz delivers plenty of inspiration. Pinterest is another great site for decorating. Chances are you may be familiar already with this image-sharing website that lets you create and manage photo collections in the style of a pinboard. You can search for photos on Pinterest, or “pin” images from anywhere on the web. Your photos can be organized on boards that you categorize for your project. For example, if you are looking for inspiration for a bathroom remodel, you can create a “bathroom” board where you pin images of tile, faucets and lighting you like.

Try searching Pinterest for ideas on specific rooms or features (modern bathroom, blue ceiling, brass faucet, etc.). Or, if you have no idea where to begin, just do a broad search and start pinning the photos that appeal to you. Most images link to the original site where you can get additional details about them. Design Sponge is a blog that gives sneak peeks into beautiful homes around the world and shows inspiring before and after home improvement projects. Usually the homeowner provides details about paint colors and products. You can search for homes by location, size or style. Before and after projects can be searched by difficulty level, cost and technique. Decorpad is another source for decorating inspiration. You can share photos and ideas, and create a virtual library of photos. Search by room, product or paint color. This site also offers a helpful “look for less” feature.

Magazine websites The glossy pages of home decorating and shelter magazines have long been a source of interior design inspiration. And the magazines' websites bring detailed slide shows and photo galleries to your computer screen. Check out,,, elledecor. com, and for ideas. As you search online, stay focused on your project. Determine what your space needs, and what you want for it. Once you’re armed with a vision for your decorating or remodeling project, you can walk confidently into the furniture or paint store and make that inspiration a reality. For more great ideas, visit Carolyn’s blog at


by: Michelle Shirk, mom of 1

Name That Sneeze! Is it cold, allergy, flu or asthma? No one wants to be sick. However, if you know what type of illness you’re facing, you can take the right steps toward feeling better as quickly as possible. With the help of Susan Cavins-Stewart, MD, family practitioner at Riverview Medical Group’s Hazel Dell Family Care, we’ve provided checklists of symptoms associated with four different medical problems you may find yourself facing this season. Common COLD symptoms include: • • • • • • •

Rhinorrea (runny nose) Sneezing Nasal congestion Sore throat Cough Low grade fever of 100 degrees or lower A sudden, severe onset of symptoms

“The average child will have up to five colds per year, and that’s normal,” says Dr. Cavins-Stewart. Adults typically catch two to three. She reports that common colds will generally pass on their own within 5 to 7 days, and recommends cold-sufferers rest as much as possible and drink plenty of fluids. If your symptoms last beyond two weeks, this could signal a secondary infection that requires treatment. You may also want to make an appointment with your doctor if your symptoms begin getting worse.

Common FLU symptoms include: • • • • • • •

Sore throat Cough Headache General muscle aches or pains Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea (occasionally) Fever of 101 degrees or above Chills and hot flashes

Flu season can start as early as October and last through May in some states. A person who is young and otherwise healthy can treat flu symptoms at home, but should avoid exposing others to the illness, says Dr. Cavins-Stewart. In contrast, if you have asthma, diabetes or heart disease, you should contact your physician immediately to determine whether you should come in for evaluation or start taking flu medication, she says. This medication can decrease the illness’s intensity and duration and reduce the likelihood of hospitalization.

Common ASTHMA symptoms include: • Shortness of breath • Cough • Wheezing As with allergies, Dr. Cavins-Stewart says that if you believe you may be suffering from asthma, you should keep a record of your symptoms. The next step is seeing your family doctor to determine an asthma plan. However, if you suspect you are having an asthma attack and have not been previously diagnosed, you need to be evaluated immediately. This evaluation can take place in urgent care or an emergency room, depending on the patient’s level of distress. There is more of a sense of urgency with asthma than with some of the other conditions discussed above, “because it can get to a point of causing severe obstruction and even respiratory failure,” says Dr. Cavins-Stewart.

Common SEASONAL ALLERGY symptoms include: • • • • • • • •

Rhinorrea (runny nose) Sneezing Nasal congestion Nasal itching Cough related to post-nasal drip Eye symptoms including redness, itching and watering Triggering of asthma symptoms A pattern of symptoms

Seasonal allergies tend to be more common when things are budding and blooming, says Dr. Cavins-Stewart. If you suspect you have allergies, she suggests keeping a journal of the type of symptoms you are experiencing and when, as this may help your doctor determine the allergy’s cause. You should start by visiting your family doctor, who may refer you to an allergist or asthma specialist. 26 HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY | May/June 2014

Of course, preventing an illness in the first place is always best. Dr. Cavins-Stewart encourages people to wash their hands frequently and avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth. She also recommends a flu shot for everyone 6 months or older barring an egg allergy, history of Gillian-Barré Syndrome or past problems with the shot. Dr. Cavins-Stewart points to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at as a reliable source of additional information. If you still aren’t sure why you feel sick or want to learn more about your treatment options, don’t be shy about scheduling an appointment with your family doctor. Finding the source of your particular symptoms will lead to a correct diagnosis and the right course of treatment to get you on the mend as soon as possible.


PLEASE Artichoke Wild Rice Salad by: Nicole Turner, Registered Dietician, mom of 2

Warm, sunny days inspire many of us to hit the parks, sit poolside or share time with family and friends picnicking. Lighter fare that can satisfy and hold up well as temperatures rise is a must. This hearty salad is easy to make (and take), visually appealing and palate pleasing. Use it as a side dish or as a meatless main dish. For maximum flavor, I recommend making the salad the night before you plan to serve it.

INGREDIENTS: • 6 ounces marinated artichoke hearts • 2 cups cooked wild rice • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed • 8 ounces sliced water chestnuts • 1/2 cup diced red pepper • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon leaves • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard • 2 to 3 drops hot pepper sauce, or more to taste STEPS: 1. Drain artichokes and reserve 2 tablespoons of liquid. 2. Combine artichokes, rice, peas, water chestnuts and red pepper in a large bowl. 3. In a small bowl, combine oil, reserved artichoke liquid, vinegar, tarragon, mustard and pepper sauce. 4. Pour over salad mixture and toss to coat. Refrigerate for a minimum of 6 hours before serving. Makes approximately 8 servings. Recipe is adapted from the cookbook Treasury of Cooking Healthy - Great Tasting Low-fat Recipes. (Lincolnwood, Publications International, Ltd.,1995) **Savory substitutions: In place of wild rice, try long grain red or black rice which are rich in antioxidants due to their darker hues. Also, consider sliced hearts of palm in place of water chestnuts, edamame in place of green peas or diced beets in place of diced red peppers.


Mommy Magic

by: Mary Susan Buhner, mom of 3

Mother's Day Mentors What we learn from those around us Every May around Mother’s Day, I stop and reflect on the experience of motherhood. I think about my own journey over the past 14 years of being a mom – some years filled with bliss and some years filled with challenges. I feel grateful and humbled to celebrate being a mom. I am also lucky to have several moms in my life who act as role models, offering their true and helpful advice. One of these role models is the most inspiring mother I know. I have known her for over 25 years and her story reminds and inspires me every day to be my children’s advocate and champion. On January 16, 2009, Robin Zike’s oldest son, Derek, a junior at Fishers High School, was playing in a hockey tournament at the Michigan USA National Rink. Derek had played hockey since he was six years old. It was a big day. A hockey scout from Yale was coming to watch him play. Derek’s dream growing up was to go to a great university and play Division I Hockey. That particular game, his team was down by two goals. As he took the ice to try and even the score, his blade hit a bad spot on the ice. He tripped and went head first into the boards – a freak accident. Derek was still conscious and knew immediately that he could not feel or move his body. It was three days before his 17th birthday. Derek was hospitalized in Michigan for four months in order to be stabilized. He went to Michigan in the hope of com-

ing back to Indianapolis as a possible Division I hockey player. Instead, he returned as a quadriplegic. Throughout the experience, Robin never left her son’s side. Friends and family immediately put a plan in action to make their home handicap accessible for Derek’s return. What was once the family’s living room was transformed into a roll-in shower. The dining room became Derek’s wheelchair accessible bedroom. As soon as they brought Derek home, Robin became his champion and advocate for not only his health, but just as important, his education. Derek would be the first member of their family to go to college. She pushed to get him back into school and acclimated as soon as possible. Derek graduated on time with Honors and a 3.7 GPA from Fishers High School and 12 college credits. Although the dream of attending school on a hockey scholarship was over, Robin was determined to get Derek accepted into college and living on his own. Her perseverance paid off. Derek was accepted to Miami of Ohio and learned to live independently only 15 months after the accident that left him a quadriplegic. He will graduate this May, close to Mother’s Day, from Miami of Ohio with a degree in kinesiology (the study of human movement) and health with a concentration in


(Above) // Derek and Robin Zike sports studies. He plans to get his Master’s Degree and eventually his PhD. I once asked Robin how she handled it all – working full time, raising three sons and having the strength to push Derek forward to pursue his education so soon after his accident. She answered, “I just keep putting feet to my faith. I keep moving forward and keep working until it becomes possible.” This Mother’s Day, I am reminded of how lucky I am to know Robin. I have learned from her that children rise to the expectation we set for them. She has also taught me that anything is possible if you don’t give up and that we are often stronger than we think we are. And – that sometimes as a mom, you have to just put feet to your faith! Mary Susan Buhner is a Life Coach for Moms and author of “Mommy Magic: Tricks for Staying Sane in the Midst of Insanity.” Visit her Mommy Magic Fan Page on Facebook and her website at:


to do with YOUR CREW MAY fri 02 Noblesville Main Street First Fridays Times: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: $5 per ticket Where: Historic Noblesville Square First Fridays are a great way to kick off each month. Bring your lawn chairs, gather your friends on the square, and listen to various music genres. Each First Friday is now an all-day event. May's theme is Upstairs Downtown.

sat 03 Exploration Celebration Times: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Central Park East Woods, Carmel events Join us for a day of nature exploration and hands-on learning about plants, bugs and the beauty around us. Come ready to create nature crafts and explore with us during a scavenger hunt through Central Park East Woods!

Wolves' Birthday Party at Wolf Park Times: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Cost: $8 for adults and $6 for kids Where: Wolf Park, Battle Ground Phone: 765-567-2265 Join Wolf Park in a birthday celebration for all of our canids. Wolf Park will be open for walking tours 1-5 pm, and the animals will receive their cakes at 2 pm.

mon 05 Musical Theater Fun Times: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where: Carmel Clay Public Library Phone: 317-844-3363 This International Talent Academy workshop is perfect for kids in grades 1-5 who would like to combine their love of acting, dancing, and singing on stage! During this fun, high-energy class, young students will work on voice development, acting exercises, and a simple improv skit. Free registration is required and begins Monday, April 28.

fri 09 Mother's Day Heirloom Plant Sale Times: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Cost: No admission fee; Costs vary per plant Where: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6006 Bring Mom and join fellow gardeners and foodies to start your garden season out right with our popular heirloom plants. Proceeds from this sale help Conner Prairie plant beautiful gardens. A portion of the produce is donated to help feed the hungry in Hamilton County.


sat 10 Mommy and Me Flowers Times: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Cost: R$10/NR$15 (cost for parent only) Where: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, Fishers Phone: 317-595-3458 Celebrate Mother’s Day and national Wildflower Week with a hike through beautiful Ritchey Woods. Not only will you learn about native wildflowers during a nature hike, but your child(ren) will have a keepsake from the day after the craft activity. Register by May 2 using activity title: Mommy & Me.

Peanut Butter & Jam – Picnic on the Patio with Klezmer Folk Music Times: 10:30 AM Cost: Tickets only $10 per child, and 2 free adults with every child Where: The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel Phone: (317) 843-3800 Plan now to bring your family to the brand new Peanut Butter & Jam Saturday morning music series! The experience is 30 minutes of music, with 15 minutes for the families to touch and play with the musical instruments, including Q&A with the artists. The entire matinee experience is under 1 hour and is especially geared for youth ages 1-7.

weds 14 Prince and Princess Party Times: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Cost: Free Where: Hamilton East Library, Fishers Phone: 579-0304 Join us for a royally fun event! We will play games, read stories, and make royal art pieces at our 6th annual Prince and Princess Party! Children are encouraged to dress in their finest prince and princess attire. No registration required.

sat 17 – sun 18 Civil War Days Cost: Included in general admission Where: Conner Prairie, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6000 Get ready for Confederate and Union camps to take over Conner Prairie! Visit with everyday men and women to immerse yourself in what life was like on the Hoosier homefront during wartime. Battle re-enactments take place at 2:30 p.m.

sat 17 The Sleeping Beauty Times: 2:00 AM and 7:30 PM Cost: Adults $30 Students (up to 18) $23 Where: The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel Phone: (317) 843-3800 Upon her sixteenth birthday, Princess Aurora will prick her finger and fall into timeless sleep, only to be awoken by the kiss of a handsome prince. Watch as Central Indiana Dance Ensemble brings this timeless classic to life.

sat 31 Art in the Park Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where: Fishers Town Hall New this year, Art in the Park is being held during Fishers’ Nickel Plate Arts Weekend, a community-wide arts celebration presented by Nickel Plate Arts. Enjoy live performances in addition to numerous fine art booths.

JUNE fri 06 – sat 07 Family Camp Out Times: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Cost: $10 per person Where: West Park, Carmel parks/west-park

Join Carmel Clay Parks for a night of scavenger hunts, tye-dying shirts, roasting hot dogs, games and s'mores! Pre-registration required by June 4. Recommended for ages 6+.

sat 07

fri 13 Have a Blast! Times: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Cost: R$15/NR$22 (child only) Where: Roy G. Holland Memorial Park, Fishers

Old Mill Arts Festival

There are many fun ways to celebrate Father’s Day, but marshmallow blasting has got to be the most fun! Fathers and sons will work together to measure, cut and construct their blaster using the tools provided. Registration is required. Register by Jun. 6 using activity title: FS Marshmallow.

Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Cost: Free admission Where: Courthouse Square, Noblesville Mill_Arts_Festival.html Dozens of vendors will tempt and dazzle you with everything from fine artist paintings, quality hand-crafted sculptures and wares, to antiques, vintage collectibles and historic primitive items.

sat 21 Mom and Me Cupcake Party Times: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Cost: $26 Where: City of Westfield Parks & Recreation Phone: 317-804-3183

sun 08 Dad & Lad Fishing Times: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Cost: R$2/NR$3 Where: Cheeney Creek Natural Area, Fishers cityofwestfield Spend some time with dad, trying to catch the biggest fish, hiking the trails surrounding Cheeney Creek, or even exploring the natural beauties nearby. This program is most appropriate for children 6 and older, and no fishing license is required. All equipment is provided, but feel free to bring your own poles and tackle for this day of catch and release fishing. Register by Jun. 2 using activity title: EEOR Dad & Lad.

Enjoy some mother/child time making a painted pottery cupcake box together. All paints and supplies will be provided. Pieces will be kiln fired, and finished projects can be picked up 7 days after classes at the Westfield City Service Center (2728 E. 171st Street). A parent or guardian must attend. Ages 4-10.

sat 28 – sun 29 Fishers Freedom Festival

thurs 12

Cost: Free Where: Roy G. Holland Memorial Park, Fishers

Touch a Truck

Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Westfield High School Parking Lot

This free event offers fine arts & crafts, food & business vendors, live music, 5K Event, K-9 demonstrations, Children’s Tent, Street Dance, Children’s Parade, Main Parade, Fireworks and much more to the 50,000 attendees who come from all over the U.S. each year. Fire Trucks, Tow Trucks, Mail Trucks, Race Cars and more! Come join Washington Township Parks and Recreation for the 10th Annual Touch- A-Truck event. You'll get to climb inside most of the vehicles and see what it's really like to be behind the wheel of all those cars and trucks you see every day.

*At Hamilton County Family, we work hard to ensure our calendar information is accurate. Occasionally, event specifics change after we go to press. Therefore, we encourage our readers to call locations or visit them on the web to verify information.



FINDS & FAVES What summer festivals or events in Hamilton County do you look forward to?

Freedom Fest, summer concerts, playing in the

park, fireworks at Saxony

and on Hamil-

ton County and all the fun stuff it offers! – Julie S.

The Hamilton County 4H fair - my kids love the

animals! – Maryclare A.

All the concerts at Klipsch! – Rob C.

Concerts! Pontoon booze cruises! Farmers

markets! Blast on the Bridge! – Brooklyn H.

Cool creek concert series – Teri P.

Farmer's Market and the Strawberry Festival!!! – Stacie B.

Carmelfest! – Deborah F. Movies in the park! We pack a supper picnic,

play on the jungle gym

We love the 4th of July activities in Cicero. –Laura H.

and then at dusk hunker

Sitting at the beach

down with popcorn and

at Morse watching and times!! – Emily J.

Freedom Fest and going to the beach at Saxony.

listening to the water. – David B.

We also enjoy going to the car shows on the Glorious Fourth at Conner Prairie! – Heather H.

square in Noblesville

and riding the train. – Tina Y.

Noblesville Farmers

Market, Westfield Rocks

the Fourth – Heather M.



last laugh. Kids are curious about everything – and are always looking for information to understand how the world works. We asked our Hamilton County Family magazine Facebook readers:

What's the funniest question your child has ever asked? On our way to Conner Prairie, I was explaining what to expect to my kids (no electricity, no McDonald's, no indoor potty). My daughter then asked "Is that what it was like when you were little, Mommy?" I was born in the late 1970's. Ugh. – Missy H. In response to me wearing jeans instead of yoga pants, my five-year-old asked "Mom, why are you so dressed up today?" – Lydia B. There is a teacher at my son’s school named Stacy (same as me). He asked her what her name is and she said: “I have the same name as your mom!” He smiled and nodded... about 20 minutes later he said, “Can you believe my teacher’s name is MOMMY too???” – Stacy N. When my daughter was 3 she asked me, in reference to a pregnant friend, why the lady had "swallowed her baby." It was the only explanation in her mind of how the baby got in her belly. – Tina Y. Just the other day my 5 year-old daughter asked me if the first ingredient in our cat food was chicken by product, because if so we need to get Blue Buffalo. – Melissa J. My daughter asked me, "Is there really such as a thing as the Fashion Police?" I just started chuckling and she followed it with, "because I think if there really was, they would have arrested you a long time ago!" – Rebekah S. My son was patting my pregnant belly and said, "Mommy, your belly is getting really big, is the baby going to be 5 when she comes out?" – Ashley B.


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