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the kit agenda NOVEMBER & DECEMBER FESTIVITIES
Family Kit: Christkindlmarkt OLD-WORLD HOLIDAYS IN CARMEL
craft kit: advent calendars 3 CREATIVE DIY SPINS ON THE HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN
kit mini: BY THE RULES DINNER PARTY ETIQUETTE TIPS
HEALTH kit: HOLIDAY how-tos YOU CAN MANAGE THE TEMPTATIONS
Care kit: our samaritan MEET THE BELOVED NANCY CHANCE
aging kit: go ahead & Snoop CHANGE ISN’T ALWAYS GOOD. LOOK FOR SIGNS SO THEY STAY SAFE.
Mini kit: do Winter casual PERFECT LEGGINGS & A CUP OF JOE
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Kit gift guide FAVORITE FINDS FROM THE KIT TEAM
Shop kit: Hamilton County 12 OUT-OF-THE-BOX PLACES TO FIND PERFECT GIFTS THIS SEASON
rachel’s holiday Home WINTRY INTERIORS TO INSPIRE YOUR OWN HOLIDAY DECORATING
styles for merry-making FOUR PUT-TOGETHER LOOKS TO DRESS YOU FOR ANY HOLIDAY OCCASION
Home kit: dressing the tree SPRUCE UP YOUR ORNAMENT COLLECTION & TREE TRIMMING SAVVY
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THE KIT AGENDA ‘TIS THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF YEAR IN INDIANA. GET IN THE SPIRIT WITH THIS FESTIVE LIST.
THIS IS THE KIND OF TODO LIST YOU WILL LOVE TACKLING. The Kit Agenda offers up top things to see, hear and do around the region.
Music & Entertainment
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A Christmas Cactus
Festival of Carols
November 17–December 3
Vintage Christmas Tree Ladies Night Out
Comedy, mystery and romance converge in this charming, yet contemporary, Christmas tale. Watch as private investigator Cactus O’Riley solves mysteries and delivers small miracles.
Do you hear what I hear? The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, alongside the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and special guest artists, will perform your favorite holiday music. Tickets start at $21. The Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel (317) 843-3800 thecenterfortheperformingarts.org
The Belfry Theatre, Noblesville (317) 773-1085 thebelfrytheatre.com
Enjoy an evening out with your girlfriends! On this special night, create a one-of-a-kind holiday keepsake to pass to future generations. The workshop costs $75 (for a 13-inch tree) and starts at 6 p.m. Kiln Creations, Noblesville (317) 774-8982 kilncreations.net
Russian Grand Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Suburban Indy Holiday Show
This beloved story is a must-see for both the young and young-at-heart. Russian Grand Ballet’s fulllength classical production features Russia’s brightest ballet stars and choreography by Marius Petipa.
This holiday shopping extravaganza includes local food and wine, and goods from local artists and businesses. It’s the perfect place to tackle that holiday shopping list! $10 at the door.
The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel (317) 843-3800 thecenterfortheperformingarts.org
Straight No Chaser – The Speakeasy Tour December 16 & 17
Don’t miss Straight No Chaser’s return to Indiana! The a cappella ensemble formed at Indiana University more than 20 years ago, and is best known for its rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, Indianapolis (317) 231-0000, oldnationalcentre.com
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Winterlights at Newfields
Holidays on the Prairie
November 18–December 24
November 17–January 7
This year, Carmel Center Green hosts an openair Christmas market! Wednesdays through Sundays, the market will feature a skating rink, live music, and traditional German food and gifts. Frohe Festtage!
This dazzling outdoor light experience includes s’mores, cocoa and beer from Taxman Brewery. Tickets are $20 online, $25 at the door. Children 5 and under are free.
Make Conner Prairie a part of your holiday traditions. Familyfriendly programming includes Gingerbread Village, Conner Prairie by Candlelight, and Breakfast (or dinner) with Santa.
Newfields, Indianapolis (317) 923-1331 discovernewfields.org/winterlights
Conner Prairie, Fishers (317) 776-6000 connerprairie.org
Downtown Indy Inc.’s Circle of Lights
Jolly Days Winter Wonderland
Carmel Center Green, Carmel (317) 571-2474 carmelchristkindlmarkt.com
Holiday Artisan Bazaar November 19
Shop ‘til you drop at the fifth annual Holiday Artisan Bazaar. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., browse handcrafted, one-of-kind items such as jewelry, glassware, textiles and ceramics. Both parking and admission are free. JCC Indianapolis, Indianapolis (317) 251-9467 jccindy.org
Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure
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November 24–January 7
Join more than 100,000 individuals to celebrate the lighting of “the world’s largest Christmas tree.” The event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Monument Circle, with the lights coming on at approximately 7:50 p.m.
Visit The Children’s Museum for plenty of family-friendly fun! Explore the “outdoor” Ice Castle and ice fishing holes, go ice skating in your socks, and take a ride on the Yule Slide.
Monument Circle, Indianapolis (317) 237-2222 downtownindy.org
The Children’s Museum, Indianapolis (317) 334-4000 childrensmuseum.org
November 18–January 15
Expect to see nine working model trains at this locomotive wonderland. Trains wind their way around Indianapolis icons, and then head to the national parks of the American West.
Christmas at the Seiberling November 25–December 30
Celebrate the holidays at the historic Seiberling Mansion. The opening night celebration includes live entertainment and visits with Santa, and starts at 6 p.m., Nov. 25. Tours continue from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.
Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis (317) 636-9378 eiteljorg.org
Seiberling Mansion, Kokomo (765) 457-6802 visitkokomo.org
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THE GIFT OF TOGETHERNESS Growing up, my parents made sure that my siblings — Carla, Kari and Dan — and I always had a magical Christmas. Beautiful meals, tons of sweets and cookies, visiting relatives, a great holiday church service and yes, we were also lucky enough to have great presents under the tree. As we got older and began having our own families, my parents continued to make the holiday season magical. They decided that the best thing they could do for us was to provide us time together ... a getaway just for the couples to recharge our batteries and to enjoy each others’ company without all the interruptions that come with the kids, etc. Their gift to us for the past 10 to 15 years has been a paid weekend getaway together! We mark a weekend off our calendar in November every year. We’ve gone many places over the years, and for the past several, we have continued to pick West Baden Springs Hotel at French Lick Resort for our family retreat. It provides all of us with something different and there is so much to do without leaving the resort: golf, gambling, massages, swimming, great food and great drinks. One of my favorite things is the beautiful historical front porch with tons of rockers. Each morning you will find me there with a blanket and coffee, relaxing and people watching. What is hard to describe to someone who has not been to West Baden is how this enormous building maintains all of the beautiful little details of history. The story of how it came to be, along with what it took to renovate it, is captured throughout the entire building. I am so thankful for the people who took on such a project. It is definitely a must see! What I think we all love most about West Baden is that it has everything you need: beautiful rooms, great bar, wonderful restaurant, and it’s only an elevator ride down to the first floor from our rooms. This means no need to find Ubers for getting there and back. It allows us lots of time for laughs and conversation, and people can drift back up to their rooms until the last man standing decides to head up to bed (usually Carla). It has become one of the most magical things about our holiday season – The gift of togetherness!
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KELLY McVEY PUBLISHER HAWKHOUSE Dragon Glass Necklace Available at Silver in the City on Mass Ave in Indianapolis or in Carmel, $76-$82 (depending on chain length) “Any woman who loves the show Game of Thrones will want this necklace. All you need to say is, ‘Winter is coming ... you need your Dragon Glass.’ If you are a fan of this show, you get it! Plus they are beautiful and at a great price point.”
BROOKE REYNOLDS WRITER The INDY sweatshirt Available at Whimzy in Noblesville or at harperandmain.com, $59.99 “This sweatshirt is perfect for a lady with a little hometown pride. The boatneck collar pairs well with a simple white tank underneath. The fabric is so soft and comfortable — the recipient of this sweatshirt will live in it!”
CHRIS WHONSETLER PHOTOGRAPHER Rugged Company Steel Beard Oil For a list of retailers, visit ruggedcompany. com/find-us, $15 (1-ounce bottle) “Our skin takes a beating through the transition from summer to winter. As a seasonal beard grower, this only complicates the problem! This beard oil helps refresh dry skin and soften crazy-wild beards. Added bonuses: It is handmade in Indiana and smells fantastic.”
AMELIA LYNAS INTERN Guatemalan Ground Coffee Available at Noble Tea and Coffee in Noblesville, $14 (1-pound bag) “This coffee is extremely smooth and complex in flavor. It’s a tasty gift to easily throw into a gift basket with a cute mug, or just by itself.” JOSIE SANDERS STYLIST Farmacy Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer Available at Sephora stores or at farmacybeauty.com, $45 (1.7-ounce bottle)
ASHLIE HARTGRAVES ART DIRECTOR Indiana Return Address State Stamp Available on Etsy at PaperPeachShop, prices vary by state/style “Snail mail happens so rarely these days, but I love to send it to unsuspecting loved ones. This stamp makes envelopes much more fun! This is a perfect wedding or housewarming gift, but really it can be given anytime. It’s one of those items that people don’t typically think to splurge on for themselves; however, they’ll always love it, use it regularly and will think of you when they do!”
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On Saturday, November 18, Carmel will welcome an enchanting new shopping experience, Christkindlmarkt. Carmel’s fast-growing, downtown City Center will host more than 30 vendors, alongside a new outdoor ice skating rink, The Ice at Center Green (open November through mid-March). The prospect of skating under the stars in front of the Palladium, with the holiday lights of the Christkindlmarkt casting a whimsical ambiance, is certainly magical. “Mayor Brainard has long wanted to bring a new winter experience that offers a taste of old European tradition to central Indiana,” Nancy Heck, Director of Community Relations and Economic Development for the City of Carmel, says. “The original holiday markets in Germany were called Christkindlmärkte or Weihnachtsmärkte. We wanted to keep the Old-World charm by using one of the historical names.” The concept was to create a holiday experience similar to what one would discover in a small European village. “We will stand out with rather exclusive products, the majority of which will be of German or Germanic European origin. Our Market Master, Maria Murphy, spent a week in Germany meeting with the artists who create, by hand, many
of the items. They will be made in Germany or other nearby countries and shipped directly to Carmel,” Heck says. And, of course, there will be music. The center will host special concerts on weekends, including at least one appearance by alphorn performers — those long, wooden horns emblematic of Bavaria. This yuletide destination will open just in time for the 2017 holiday season, with appearances by Santa and his helpers planned for late November and early December. So throw on some ice skates, grab a celebratory stein and get in the spirit!
IN ADDITION TO THE TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY GIFTS, visitors will also enjoy Germaninspired foods, pastries and a traditional German sweet wine, Glühwein, which will be served in commemorative mugs designed for the market,” says Market Master Maria Murphy. Don’t miss the specially made German steins to take home as souvenirs.
HOLIDAY TRADITIONS “The holidays”: words that can trigger a myriad of emotions. Anticipation. Worry. Sadness. Memories. Tradition. Holiday traditions have existed for centuries. Some are cultural, some religious, some are family or groupspecific. For many, holiday traditions are part of our very being. For others, they feel more like expectation or even imposition. What exactly is a “tradition”? A tradition is something that once had an actual purpose. At the time, it wasn’t a “tradition”; it was “purposeful”. So what should be the “purpose” of our Holiday Traditions today? Holiday Traditions are important for lots of reasons. They provide a sense of continuity, give us a sense of belonging, bind individuals together across generations, and help us remember our roots. Holiday Traditions provide a sense of continuity and stability to life, and stability fosters growth. Holiday Traditions are important, especially in today’s ever-changing culture. The challenge is to maintain our own unique holiday traditions, without rigidly clinging to them in a way that becomes uncomfortable, or even alienating to those with whom we desire to deepen our bonds. The secret is to maintain the “spirit” of the tradition, instead of the “law”. For example: “We are ALWAYS together on Christmas Day”. The key to success is FLEXIBILITY. When we insist on maintaining the letter of the law, we risk creating stress and conflict. Willingness to adapt and change allows us to stay connected, while still maintaining traditions. Keeping the “spirit” of the tradition may mean celebrating together on a different day, Skyping with those unable to be present, or even finding pieces of that “Christmas Day Tradition” that can be practiced by everyone, such as serving traditional foods, playing traditional games, or exchanging gifts in the “traditional” way.
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MAKING IT COUNT By Brooke Reynolds | Photos by Chris Whonsetler
Getting your daily dose of chocolate isn’t the only way to count down until the holidays. Anticipate the season with your family in a new, creative way. Pick an advent calendar that speaks to you, and DIY it!
THE GIVING ADVENT BY ASHLIE HARTGRAVES
JOY OF GIVING It is important to us to teach our kids the joy of intentionally loving their neighbors, so we created this and the kids love it!
HOW IT WORKS I fill each of 24 envelopes with an act of kindness. Each morning, we open one envelope with our kids, and we act out the card that day. The cards range in difficulty level. Some are easy, such as giving someone an unexpected compliment, or smiling and holding open the door for someone. Others are more difficult and take planning, like baking treats and delivering them to neighbors, or handing out candy canes to elderly folks at a senior center.
One of our tasks last year was to take up the trash cans for neighbors on trash day. Another neighbor asked what we were doing. After explaining, they wanted in on it, too. So together, we all cleared the whole street of trash cans for our neighbors. When trash day came the following week, the kids all wanted to do it again. It was great to see others joining in on the joy.
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GROWNUP ADVENT BY KELLY McVEY Advent calendars are such a meaningful tradition. I had one when I was a kid, and my kids had one, too. Now that we’re all grown up — my kids included — I wanted a version that’s meaningful for us adults. The flameless candles on this advent calendar create a reflective vibe, which is perfect for quiet prayer time. The calendar shines brighter each day as another “candle” is lighted.
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▢▢ Cricut tool (optional) ▢▢ Small number stencils ▢▢ 24 galvanized buckets ▢▢ 24 2-inch nails or hooks ▢▢ Large letter stencils ▢▢ Little Billy Goat “Old Pickup” sample-
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Sand rough edges and splinters on all individual boards. Attach boards together using 10 screws and wood glue. Paint the boards with paint color “Bucktail.” Use the Cricut tool and “Old Pickup” paint to stencil numbers (1-24) on each bucket (or paint by hand). Hammer 24 nails (or drill 24 hooks) in tree pattern to affix buckets to board. Use Cricut tool, letter stencils and “Old Pickup” paint to stencil “Christmas Countdown” at the top of the board (or paint by hand). Place a flameless candle inside each bucket.
HANUKKAH ADVENT BY JESSICA GREENSHNER My older son was about 1.5 years old when I first made the Hanukkah Hanger. Every year, I fill each of the eight different-sized pockets with fun little gifts. Over the years, it has developed into a family tradition. My boys still get a larger gift each night of Hanukkah but have come to expect the small little goodie hidden within each pocket. I try to do a mix of things, like educational items they need and things they love like LEGOs, cars, bath paint, etc. I wrap them all and don’t spend more than $15 total to fill all eight nights’ pockets. To place an order, visit My Hungry Caterpillar on Facebook. $30 for the basic Hanukkah Hanger (add $5 to personalize).
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FUN, FUNKY AND EVEN AFTER 17 YEARS – ALWAYS UNEXPECTED. While the Carmel location opened just over two years ago, the original Mass Ave. location of local favorite Silver in the City has been up and running for more than 17 years. In other words, Silver in the City made shopping local “a thing” before it became a movement for the masses. Walking into the shop, it’s immediately apparent that Silver in the City is one-of-a-kind. Offering a variety of handmade jewelry by local artists, borderline-inappropriate socks and out-of-the-box holiday ornaments, Silver in the City is confident in its quirkiness. But it’s community, says Carmel manager Nick Rassi, that truly sets the store apart. “As a small business, we are so dependent on the community and we also want to see growth in the communities where our stores live,” Rassi says. “We want to bring life to these areas that maybe 17 years ago, weren’t as vibrant.”
Owner Kristin Kohn, shown here with Carmel store manager Nick Rassi brought Mass. Ave. to Main Street — and we're forever grateful.
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Vardagen + Sure Shot Coffee
CALIFORNIA VIBES IN THE HEART OF FISHERS.
After five years in business, Vardagen is well-known for its bold designs and one-of-a-kind tees. But as a retail store and screen-printing business (The Art Press), owner Jared Ingold and his team realized they wanted to create more than just T-shirts. With that philosophy in mind, Vardagen added Sure Shot Coffee to its space on 116th St. in 2015. “People come in everyday for coffee,” says account manager Catherine Gray. “Shirts are great, but we wanted to build more community around what we’re doing.” With the addition of coffee, Vardagen has evolved into a communitycentric space where you can shop for T-shirts, grab a cup of coffee and stay awhile.
84 S. 9th St., Noblesville H
Little Gypsie Boutique BOHO-CHIC STYLE IN EVERY SIZE.
Little Gypsie Boutique owner Allison Behr knows that the word boutique doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. “A lot of people associate boutiques with smaller sizes,” Behr explains. “We carry extra-small through 3X — that way our clothes can fit a wider variety of body types.” Her commitment to more inclusive sizing at Little Gypsie Boutique is just one example of her desire to help make women feel comfortable and beautiful in their own skin. “I want to make people happy and feel good,” Behr says. “I would never steer someone wrong for the sake of a sale.”
Owner Allison Behr wants you to love it, and love how you feel in it.
98 S. 9th St., Noblesville H
TWO LOCAL ART TEACHERS ON A MISSION. It started with a camper van. When Deanna Leonard and Erin Goodman decided they wanted to teach community art classes, a mobile studio seemed like the perfect way to get started. “We liked the idea of being able to contain everything and easily move,” Leonard says. The mobility and flexibility of their early days helped Caravan Classes and their unique offering of activities, projects and events gain significant exposure around the community. While they’ve grown into a brick-and-mortar studio space in Noblesville, Leonard and Goodman frequently take Caravan Classes on the road to continue to create engaging, interactive art experiences at community events. “We want to get rid of the misconception of ‘I can’t make art,” Goodman says. “Empowerment through the arts is the biggest thing for us. You really see the light go on with people when they start creating.”
You can make lovely art! Owners Deanna Leonard and Erin Goodman will be there to help you get those creative juices flowing.
741 Hanover Pl., Carmel H
Bath Junkie CUSTOM PRODUCTS, CUSTOM EXPERIENCE. Creating an at-home spa experience is never a bad idea. With stores like Bath Junkie, it’s also never been easier or more fun. Bath Junkie specializes in custom-blend, handmade bath products. Here’s how it works: you pick the products, design a scent you love and owner Melissa Farmer will mix it up for you to take home that same day. Whether you’re into sea salt scrubs, body oils or bath balls, Bath Junkie has something for everyone — and everyone on your holiday shopping list. If that’s not enough, Farmer has lived in Carmel for 20 years and loves to support the community through Bath Junkie. “It’s really fulfilling,” Farmer says. “Whether it’s seeing your business’s name on the back of Little League uniforms or selling products at a silent auction event, being involved in local community is great.”
Melissa Farmer, shop owner and self-proclaimed "bath junkie," believes that custom makes scents.
19 E. Main St., Carmel H
R4 Galleria UNIQUE FINDS FROM A MOTHER-DAUGHTER DUO.
“My whole life, I would look at magazines of home décor stores and wonder, why can’t I achieve that look?” co-owner of R4 Galleria Rita Meeks says. “I realized, it’s because I was missing a statement piece — something that draws you into a room.” That’s why R4 Galleria, Meeks’ third store within the R4 Shoppes family, is full of one-of-a-kind pieces you can design a room around. Her daughter, Jessica Meeks, runs the show at R4 Galleria in the Carmel Arts & Design District and knows the uniqueness of their brand is what keeps customers coming back again and again. “We don’t want to carry items you could easily find in Home Goods or Target,” Jessica Meeks says. “What you find at R4 Galleria needs to be special — something you would be proud to showcase in your home.” Store manager Pam Heisler will help you find that one-of-a-kind conversation starter — they're R4 Galleria's specialty.
13001 Town Center Blvd., Noblesville H
LOCAL LOVE ON A WHOLE NEW LEVEL. After studying fashion and marketing in college, the idea of opening her own store was something Stephanie Timmerman couldn’t stop thinking about. When the right space became available at Hamilton Town Center, Timmerman seized the opportunity to launch Home Grown Indiana. The vision is simple: carry only products from Indiana-based vendors. Known for their locally made candles, bath bombs and super-soft T-shirts, Home Grown Indiana is full of handcrafted treasures made by Hoosiers living all over the state. “There are a lot of great boutiques around Indianapolis,” Timmerman says. “We just wanted to do something different.”
It doesn't get much more local than Stephanie Timmerman's Home Grown Indiana.
107 S. 8th St., Noblesville H
Nickel Plate Arts HAMILTON COUNTY HUB FOR SHOPPING LOCAL FINE ART AND HANDICRAFTS
Nickel Plate Arts is a cornerstone of the central Indiana artistic community. Founded by Hamilton County Tourism, Nickel Plate Arts seeks to support and promote arts experiences in eastern Hamilton County and southern Tipton County — the communities that reside along the historic Nickel Plate Railroad. Nickel Plate Arts’ main campus is in downtown Noblesville, where two historic homes have been transformed into galleries, artist studios and a gift shop. The gift shop thrives during the holidays, where 80 percent of the proceeds go back to the artists who made the merchandise. “Artists are a critical part of the health of a community,” Nickel Plate Arts director Ailithir McGill says. “Our holiday shopping season helps make sure artists can live and thrive here.”
Artist Rodney Reveal (left) paints Indiana and American Southwest landscapes and nostalgic scenes from Nobleville’s past, Artist Lesley Haflich (middle) creates abstracts, landscapes, pet portraits and more and artist Leroy O’Dell (right) specializes in landscapes and animals
108 E. Main St., Westfield H
Unraveled Boutique CREATING ARTISTIC CONNECTIONS ACROSS CENTRAL INDIANA.
Holly Godsey never planned to own a boutique. She studied fashion merchandising in school and worked in local boutiques in her hometown, Terre Haute. It wasn’t until her husband was transferred to Westfield for a job that she decided to use her background and experience to start her own venture: Unraveled Boutique. Today, the Westfield store is known for carrying on-trend pieces you can’t find anywhere else. Godsey’s advice for shoppers: trendy doesn’t mean only teenagers can wear the pieces. “We have women of all ages come in to shop — some women even in their 80s and 90s,” Godsey says. “It just depends on your style.”
A venture to Westfield kickstarted Holly Godsey's career as boutique owner.
111 W. Main St., Ste. 135, Carmel
CCA Gallery INDY’S OLDEST ARTIST CO-OP.
Heidi Mandich, Jim Duler and Staphanie Carigan are some of the 35 artists at CCA Gallery.
8664 E. 116th St., Fishers H
Roman and Leo UNCONVENTIONAL STYLE AT A BOYS-ONLY BOUTIQUE.
When Angela Castelli had her first son, Roman, it was tough for her to find any boys’ clothes that weren’t pastel, sports-focused, or littered with stereotypical images of ducks, trucks, and teddy bears. With no luck shopping locally, she took to the internet instead. What she found was refreshing — hip, stylish brands that offered a cooler take on what boys should be wearing. When her second son, Leo, came along, so many other moms asked Castelli where she was shopping for her boys that she realized there might be an opportunity. Today, she shares the styles she loves with moms like her in the only all-boys brick-and-mortar storefront in the Midwest. “I think the best part of running a small business is being able to do something I’m passionate about every day,” Castelli said. “It never feels like work.”
For nearly 40 years, CCA Gallery has showcased and sold work from local artists. What makes the space truly unique, however, is its co-op structure. The gallery is run by 35 local artist members — all of whom share the operating responsibilities and display and sell their work in rotating spaces within CCA. While visual art is prominent, the gallery features a wide variety of work — pottery, jewelry, photography, woodwork and glass — making it a haven for can’t-find-anywhere-else items and gifts. Impressionist painter and artist member Stephanie Carignan loves the community atmosphere at CCA. “There are some very wise and experienced artists in the gallery,” Carignan says. “It’s great to be around other creatives. It pushes you to be a better artist.”
2446 E. 146th St., Carmel H
Sweet M's Boutique MODEST STYLES AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE.
When Stacy Maxwell started Sweet M’s Boutique in 2015, she began by hosting open-house parties at her home. The first one went so well, she did another, and it was at her second open house that she met the woman who would help her secure Sweet M’s Boutique’s first location in a little old house in downtown Plainfield. Now, with three locations (two in Plainfield, one in Carmel), Sweet M’s Boutique is known for its feminine styles, cozy sweaters and faith-based jewelry. “Fashionable, but modest, and at a reasonable price,” says Maxwell. “That’s what we’re all about.”
It started with an open-house. After a leap of faith, Stacy and her husband, Ryan, now own three boutiques.
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HOLIDAY AT CENTER GREEN Center Green, Carmel CarmelChristkindlmarkt.com
THE ICE AT CENTER GREEN Center Green, Carmel TheIceAtCenterGreen.com
CHRISTKINDLMARKT: GERMAN HOLIDAY MARKET Wednesday-Thursday, 4-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-10 p.m. Sunday, 1-9 p.m. Center Green, Carmel 317.571.2474 CarmelChristkindlmarkt.com
COUNTRY CHRISTMAS Monday-Thursday, 2-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Stonycreek Farm, Noblesville 317.773.3344 StonycreekFarm.net
REYNOLDS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS DISPLAY Reynolds Farm Equipment, Fishers 317.849.0810 ReynoldsFarmEquipment.com
GINGERBREAD VILLAGE AT CONNER PRAIRIE 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Conner Prairie, Fishers 317.776.6000 ConnerPrairie.org
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FEDERAL HILL COMMONS ICE PLAZA Monday-Thursday, 3-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Federal Hill Commons, Noblesville 317.776.6350 FederalHillCommons.com
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HOLIDAY PARADE 2 p.m. Downtown Noblesville 317.776.0205 NoblesvilleMainStreet.org
FISHERS’ WINTER WONDERLAND 6:00 p.m. Nickel Plate District, Fishers 317.588.1429 Fishers.IN.us
CARMEL HOLIDAY TROLLEY Saturdays, 2-9 p.m. Carmel Arts & Design District, Carmel 571.571.2787 CarmelArtsAndDesign.com
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ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT TOUR 4-7 p.m. Museum of Miniature Houses & Other Collections, Carmel 317.575.9466 MuseumOfMiniatures.org
CONNER PRAIRIE BY CANDLELIGHT Friday-Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Conner Prairie, Fishers 317.776.6000 ConnerPrairie.org
HOLIDAY PORCHFEST 5-8 p.m. Carmel Arts & Design District, Carmel 317.571.2787 CarmelArtsAndDesign.com
IU HEALTH NORTH HOSPITAL SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY WALK Dec. 9 and Jan. 10, 5-9 p.m. Carmel Arts & Design District, Carmel 317.571.2787 CarmelArtsAndDesign.com
HEARTHSIDE SUPPERS AT CONNER PRAIRIE Tuesday-Sunday, 6-9 p.m. Conner Prairie, Fishers 317.776.6000 ConnerPrairie.org
BY THE RULES DINNER PARTY? BE IMPECCABLE.
It’s prime holiday entertaining season. Brush up on simple tips with local lifestyle blogger and certified etiquette coach Susan Beckwith to ensure your guests leave blissful and hosts keep you at the top of their must-invite lists.
AS A HOST
AS A GUEST
You set the mood for your gathering by how you act and interact with guests.
Equally important as hostess etiquette is being a courteous dinner guest.
HELLO & WELCOME
Set the right tone by warmly greeting each guest as they arrive. Guests can become tense if they sense the host is frazzled. Prior to everyone’s arrival, determine a plan for coats and belongings.
Stick to dishes you’re familiar with and aren’t too involved. Testing new recipes for a party could be disastrous, and you don’t want to be a slave to the stove.
Create a pleasant environment with candles, music and lighting. My favorite candles are Thymes Frasier Fur candles (see page 12). Regarding music, I like to stick to the classics such as Frank Sinatra for dinner parties.
MAKE IT AN OCCASION
Details show your guests how much you appreciate them. Set a beautiful table, use name cards and select a festive centerpiece. If you don’t have enough service to accommodate your entire party, mix it up. Use multiple patterns and pieces.
LEAVE IT BE
Enjoy your guests and save the dishes and clean up until the next day. 34 kitindy.com
It’s difficult to plan accordingly if you don’t know how many guests to anticipate.
Never arrive early and try not to arrive more than 15 minutes after a party is scheduled to start.
A small gift is always a nice gesture. I typically opt to bring my favorite candle or a specialty food item. If you want to bring flowers, bring them already in a vase so it doesn’t create additional work for the host. For some unique gifts options, check out Conner Prairie’s gift shop. It has an entire section dedicated to Indiana-made products.
An excellent guest shows excitement about the evening, the food and your host.
Planning a party can be a big undertaking. Proper etiquette encourages a thank you note be sent as soon as possible after to express appreciation for their hospitality. At the very least, send an email or text message expressing gratitude.
Susan Beckwith is a certified etiquette coach and blogs at BelleoftheMidwest.com
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EXPERT ADVICE Q+A
A STRONG FINISH FOR 2017
It’s important to keep your health at the top of your priority list as you navigate the stressors of the holidays. Here, Dr. Puja Singh, internal medicine doctor at St. Vincent, gives us a few tips to keep in mind as the year comes to a close. To schedule an appointment or for more information: St. Vincent Carmel Women’s Center 13420 N. Meridian Street Suite 240 Carmel, IN 46032 317-582-9500 stvincent.org
As stress heightens around the holidays, depression, anxiety and bereavement issues rise up, too. Any advice on how to combat them?
The holidays can be a very stressful time for many reasons. Try not to overextend yourself. Set limits and ask others to help out. Try not to set unrealistic expectations of the holidays, either, when things inevitably do not go as planned. And, certainly, the holidays can also lead to financial pressures. Set realistic budgets and plan wallet-friendly gift exchanges to help avoid that. I also recommend exercising regularly throughout the holidays, as it’s a great way to combat stress. In terms of bereavement, the holidays can be a very sad and tough time. If you know someone who has lost a loved one, and especially if they are alone, try to include them or reach out to them during the holidays. If you are grieving, acknowledge that it is OK to feel sad and not enjoy the holidays, but try not to isolate yourself. The company of others can be very healing and comforting. Reach out to friends, family, support groups or a counselor. Volunteering your time to those in need can also be very rewarding. And if your symptoms are severe, reach out to your healthcare provider.
Travel and close contact with others spreads viruses and respiratory infections -- an issue more common around the holidays. What can people do ahead of time to ward off these illnesses?
to continue to limit your salt intake. If you anticipate you will not have access to healthier food choices, eat healthy snacks before going so you will not be as tempted when you are at a party or gathering. If you are hosting, offering certain food items low in salt can be very helpful if you have guests with chronic medical conditions.
What advice do you have for those with alcoholrelated conditions who are tempted by alcohol at holiday parties?
For people who have alcohol dependence, avoiding places where alcohol will be served is often the best. For everyone, it is important to not overindulge in alcohol. There is a condition called “holiday heart” which can be triggered by excessive/binge drinking in someone who drinks moderately. “Holiday heart” refers to the development of an irregular heart rhythm induced by heavy alcohol in people without previous heart disease and structurally healthy hearts. Moderate alcohol intake is considered less than seven drinks per week for women and 14 drinks per week for men. It also includes less than three drinks at one time for women and four drinks at one time for men. It is also important to have a safe plan for driving home. My emergency room colleagues certainly report increase in alcohol-related injuries during the holidays.
Keep yourself healthy. This starts with good nutrition and quality rest. Stay up to date with your routine vaccinations and make sure to get your flu vaccine. If you are ill with the flu, avoid gathering with elderly family members, newborns, or immunosuppressed friends and family. If you know you will be around newborns and infants, be sure to be up to date with your pertussis vaccine (Tdap). Holiday feasts and parties with lots of unhealthy food choices can be problematic for heart patients. What illness risks can occur, and what can be done about them?
We tend to see a rise in exacerbations and hospitalizations for patients with heart failure.
This is often due to the high salt intake that occurs during the holidays. For patients with heart failure, it is important
What preventative health tests would you recommend checking off the to-do list at the end of the year?
Schedule your mammograms and Pap smears to screen for breast and cervical cancer. Schedule your colonoscopies to screen for colon cancer. Schedule your annual visit with your provider to screen for diabetes and high cholesterol. Schedule a bone density if you are at risk for osteoporosis. Why is it important to get those screenings? How often should we be get them done? It is important to get these tests done because early screening saves lives.
The recommended follow-up of these tests is very individualized based on your results. For example, if your colonoscopy is clear and you have no family history of colon cancer, your next colonoscopy will not be due for another 10 years.
SHOW THAT HOLIDAY FEAST WHO'S BOSS PARTAKE IN THE SEASONAL SOCIAL SCENE WITHOUT GAINING A POUND.
BY COURTNEY LEACH | ILLUSTRATION BY WIL FOSTER
It begins with costume parties and doesn’t subside until the ball drops in January. This is the season of food, friends, family and far too many dietary distractions. We asked Dr. Ashley Cuellar Gilmore, gastroenterologist and medical weight loss specialist at IU Health North Hospital, to share her tips for surviving the potentially gluttonous hazards of the holidays.
KIT What are some simple things people can do to stay on track? DR. GILMORE Have a well-
balanced meal prior to the gathering, with protein, healthy fat and healthy carbohydrates. Arriving satiated will help you avoid absent-minded eating or overeating. If the party is at a restaurant, look at the menu online ahead of time. Planning your food choices allows you to focus on the company instead of restaurant temptations. If it’s a buffet, eat protein and vegetables first, and utilize smaller plates. Indulge in an appetizer or dessert, not both. Be aware of sauces, butters and creams, which are high calorie and often served in large amounts. Listen to your body and stop when you feel satisfied.
KIT How can we find balance with seasonal treats?
DR. GILMORE Sweets or special
family recipes are an important part of the holidays. Enjoy the dishes that are most important to you and refrain from those you feel indifferent about. Typically, having a bite or two will satisfy the craving. After eating, mindfully assess your desire for more.
KIT What are some smart, satisfying dishes people can bring to share?
DR. GILMORE Healthy, delicious
options include …
▢▢ Vegetable tray with hummus or dip made with Greek yogurt ▢▢ Turkey meatballs with homemade marinara ▢▢ Smoked salmon tray
▢▢ Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus
▢▢ Deviled eggs made with mustard and Greek yogurt ▢▢ Goat cheese-stuffed mushrooms ▢▢ Homemade vegetable sushi rolls
▢▢ Roasted shrimp with homemade cocktail sauce
▢▢ Caprese skewers with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, basil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil
KIT How do cocktails play into weight loss during the holidays? DR. GILMORE Alcohol should be
consumed judiciously, if at all. Alcohol overuse can have a significant negative effect on health. Men should consume no more than 2 drinks a day, and women, no more than 1 drink a day. A drink is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of distilled liquor. Alcoholic beverages can be very high calorie without many positive health benefits and can cause disinhibition, which may lead to overeating. Consider sparkling water with lemon or lime instead.
KIT If someone overindulges, what should they do the next day? DR. GILMORE Overindulgences don’t significantly upset weight loss progress. The injury is often more mental than physical. Following such an episode: 1) Be kind to yourself and remember this is normal. 2) Evaluate why you overindulged so that you can better plan for the next gathering, and 3) Don’t skip a beat. Just get back to your normal healthy routine. 37
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When Good Food Might Not be Good for YOU This isn’t about good food going bad. We all know what that looks like. Those veggies you put in the crisper two months ago? Now turned to soup. It’s not really the crisper, right? It’s the rotter. Or the creamer tucked away on the top shelf, there in the back of the fridge, where it’s been hiding in plain sight for, oh, who knows how long. What do you do with that? Just throw it in the trash? Pour/spoon it down the drain? No, this isn’t about good food going bad. It’s about good food that is bad. For some people. In certain situations.
The “Good” stuff that’s really terrible
Stephen P. Elliott, M.D. Living with Intention, INC
Like when that nice, friendly voice on TV tells you that breakfast cereal is really good for you and that it actually protects your heart. Do you believe them? Surely they wouldn’t lie about something like that. Would they? Why not?
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But this isn’t really about that kind of thing, either. Let’s forget about breakfast cereal. In fact, let’s forget about processed foods entirely. Let’s say you’ve already given all that up, and that you’ve been eating REAL food for a long time. Like vegetables and fruit and grass-fed, organic animal protein, and nuts, and seeds, and water. Let’s say you’ve already made the great migration away from the Standard American Diet (SAD), with all its sugar and artificial processed stuff. Let’s say you did that years ago. And you still don’t feel good. You’re still not as healthy as you’d like to be.
Food can be tricky, and making wise choices can be difficult.
The Tricky Part
That’s where food really gets tricky. So you have a green smoothie every morning, with lots of kale, spinach, ginger, cucumber, cilantro, chia seeds, and a bit of pineapple for a little sweetness. Surely that’s a good start to your day, right? Well, it’s certainly better than the cereal garbage that the lady on TV was lying about, but no, it may not be that great for you. Not if you’re sensitive to oxalates, it’s not. If you’re oxalate sensitive and drink that smoothie, your muscles and joints will hurt for hours. Drink that every morning and you’ll be in chronic pain. Okay, so you give up the smoothie and decide to go with some kefir, or kombucha, or yogurt for breakfast. Those are supposed to be good for you, right? Well,… yes,… unless you’re histamine intolerant. If you’re histamine intolerant that little slug of kefir in the morning will have you sniffling, hacking, and blowing your nose for hours.
You’re about to give up on breakfast entirely when it suddenly hits you: An omelet. You grab some eggs, a little cheese, sausage, and mushrooms, fry it right up. You have a little fruit on the side, perhaps a banana or a bowl of blackberries. Super healthy, right? Well,… yes,… unless you have IBS, or Leaky Gut, or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. In that case, that little feast is likely going to have you within running distance of the bathroom most of the day. What you just ate is just chock-full of high FODMAPS foods. High oxalate foods. High histamine foods. High FODMAPS foods. Every one of these foods, by itself, would be considered healthy— unless, for you, it’s not the right food.
Yes, food can be tricky. And making wise choices can be difficult. If you’ve been trying to eat what you believe is a healthy diet and you still don’t feel well most of the time, perhaps it’s time to do some more investigating. To dig a little deeper. Or to talk to someone who knows how to guide you, what questions to ask, and what your options might be.
Stephen P. Elliott M.D. practices Functional and Integrative Medicine at Living With Intention, Inc. For more information call 317-863-5888 or visit us at www.livingwithintention.biz and www.lwimedtherm.com.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 COMMUNITY PILLAR AWARD WINNERS
Nancy Chance, executive director Good Samaritan Network
COLLEGE READINESS AND SUCCESS
Alex Volyk, admissions advisor Eleven Fifty Academy
Darren Peterson, board member Nickel Plate Arts and Noblesville Main Street
Legacy Fund is proud to recognize these leaders who have harnessed their power to improve lives and make change in Hamilton County â€” a mission we applaud and share.
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Photos by Chris Whonsetler | Styling by Laura Walters | Model: Kylee Brooks, Helen Wells | Hair and Makeup by Ashley Fuson, Radiate Sixty Hair Collective
The whole Kit photoshoot gang was in awe upon walking into Rachel Rae Hadleyâ€™s home this mid-October. With festive music playing, cozy white blankets, fur stockings, candles, pine cones and the most beautiful Christmas tree in the center of it all, we felt like we had walked into a winter wonderland for this yearâ€™s holiday shoot.
She and her husband Chris are parents to three teenagers (Tatum, Tanner, and Tabitha), have lived in Hamilton County on Morse Lake for over 10 years and have been married for 23. Hadley loves interior decorating, especially for Christmas, so we asked her for a few tips to help us get off on the right foot bedecking our homes this holiday season.
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Since the tree is such a focal point, Hadley wanted to simplify the rest of the house. To make her family and guests feel warm, cozy and comfortable, she used sweater blankets, fur pillows, casual galvanized buckets, festive containers, wood textures, candles and lots of simple pine and greenery. More festive details such as gold accents on the shelves, garland wreaths, and a few ornaments and gold-wrapped presents for décor items (which cost nearly nothing) were the perfect touches to combine a little glam with all of her natural elements.
A few ways Hadley made her tree (page 41) so gorgeous. Ornaments: Splurge on a few ornaments that stand out. If you’re on a budget, go to Dollar Tree and get those filler items … you’ll be surprised what you can find there. Garland: Fur from a local craft store cut into strips. Glitter: Big white glittered bulbs from Hobby Lobby and TJ Maxx, and glittered snow flakes from the Dollar Tree. Zip ties: Used to secure the tree topper.
Hadley used inexpensive items to add color and texture to the kitchen. Try wrapping ribbons around tea towels and using crepe paper to hang wreaths, candy and fuzzy gloves. Instead of buying costly individual wreaths to hang around the kitchen, Hadley cut and wired together wreaths of her own using just one long strip of garland.
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"We are all so busy during the holidays. I try and save my friends, neighbors, kids' teachers and coworkers a little time by making them my Christmas jelly â€” sorry, my secret recipe. I deliver it with a package of cream cheese or my favorite goat cheese and homemade rosemary flaxseed crackers. Itâ€™s a great way to provide them with entertaining supplies that keep well in the fridge."
Bedroom Hadley wanted to create a stark Scandinavian look in the master bedroom. To get the look, she used natural blue spruce pine branches in clear glass bottles, woven sweater blankets, simple small trees and skipped the ornaments and glitter.
To add dimension and prevent cluttering up counter surfaces, Hadley hung wire baskets, frames and shadow boxes to display her Christmas trinkets.
RACHEL’S TIPS FOR CHRISTMAS DECORATING TIP #1: JUST GET STARTED
“I know when you begin to unpack, it can feel a little overwhelming. Don’t run the other way — just pick something small to start with like the wreaths or the entryway and soon things will start to fall into place.”
TIP #2: TAKE YOUR TIME
“Easier said than done, am I right? When I was younger, I thought I had to put everything up overnight. As I’ve gotten older, I try to take my time and enjoy each step of the holiday decorating process and what it means to me.”
TIP #3: SWITCH IT UP
“Traditions are wonderful, but give yourself permission to be OK with a little change. It’s fine if you don’t use every ornament or handmade item you’ve ever received. It’s OK to go with a new color scheme or new stockings … Santa won’t mind.”
TIP #4: SEE DOUBLE
“Imitation is the best form of flattery. Copy a great holiday theme from Pinterest, a blogger or a dear friend. That’s a compliment to them!”
TIP #5: B&B
“Basics and building. Just like other home and lifestyle design, holiday décor is no different. Pick a theme and then add the texture, color, sparkle, smells and everything else that makes that theme feel like Christmas.”
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WHAT TO WEAR TO A HOLIDAY PARTY BY SHAWNA O'BRIEN Classic Cleaners, Marketing & Communication
If the invite doesn’t specify the preferred attire, don’t fret! Items with color, embellishments and texture paired with statement pieces, dress up standard wardrobe items making them instantly party-worthy. Need inspiration? Here are ten ideas to spruce up your party outfits: Add class with a brocade dress or pair a brocade skirt with a silky blouse or crisp white shirt. For finishing touches, Add statement jewelry and layer on a jeweled or beaded cardigan. For a classic look, try a flirty knee length tulle skirt with a slim cashmere sweater or tailored blouse. You can't go wrong with a little black dress, strappy heals or heeled booties and a glittery clutch. Add a little edge with metallic shoes and a mirrored clutch. Bold and simple play well together. Go with a knee length sequined dress, a pair of suede shoes and a matching clutch. Pants can be perfection. A Sleek jumpsuit with a glittery metallic jacket is a fun alternative to a dress or skirt.
Make a statement with a sassy leather mini skirt, a chunky wool sweater and booties.
HOLIDAY SONG: "It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"
Be fashion forward in skinny tuxedo pants with a sequined or slinky white tank or blouse. For a fun element, add a preppy cardigan with beading detail.
GIFT TO GIVE: The gift of time (see page 44 for Hadley's time-saving hostess gift). GIFT TO RECEIVE: Wine and candles CHRISTMAS ACTIVITY: A Christmas movie by the fire CHRISTMAS MOVIE: “'Santa With Muscles" is the worst and best movie ever. Ten years ago, when my son was 7, it was his turn to pick the Christmas movie. ‘Santa with Muscles’ starring Hulk Hogan was on pay-per-view. It took me three years to finally find it on Amazon, and now every year I make my whole family sit and watch our Christmas movie tradition.”
Balance the tough of a sequined skirt with the softness of a solid color cashmere sweater.
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THE BEST C SAMARITAN CARE
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Only one person can claim as family 27,000 Hamilton County residents, plus hundreds of volunteers: Nancy Chance, executive director and founder of Good Samaritan Network (GSN). On Nov. 9, Legacy Fund, the Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate serving Hamilton County, honored Chance for her community work by presenting her with the Legacy Fund Community Pillar Award for family success. GSN collaborates with more than 268 not-for-profit agencies, 280 churches, 43 food pantries and 69 schools to offer direct and in-direct services to clients; and it serves as the fiscal agent for three organizations. GSN provides unduplicated services countywide. In 1980, when Chance started GSN from her home, she had no idea the impact the new network of direct and in-direct services would have on her life, and more importantly, the lives of residents throughout Hamilton County. Now, many GSN clients consider Chance family, too. While GSN has an army of volunteers, it’s not uncommon to find Chance packing and unpacking food for distribution or making calls for people in need. “It really doesn’t feel like work. I look at it as another challenge for the day — what can I do to reduce someone’s suffering in Hamilton County?” she says. And sometimes that just means listening to someone’s struggles. Back in October, Chance and her team distributed food from the monthly Gleaner’s mobile food bank at Sheridan High School, a community that lost its only grocery store in November 2015. There, a client who had carpooled from another nearby town said that Chance is a blessing because without her, she and her family wouldn’t eat.
“IT REALLY DOESN’T FEEL LIKE WORK. I LOOK AT IT AS ANOTHER CHALLENGE FOR THE DAY — WHAT CAN I DO TO REDUCE SOMEONE’S SUFFERING IN HAMILTON COUNTY?” It's for reasons and stories like those that the Legacy Fund Community Pillar Award selection committee chose Chance. Her countywide commitment to building healthy, sustainable families is unparalleled and deserves immense recognition. And she’ll never stop pouring her love into the community. “My future hope would be that we shouldn’t have to have anything that Good Samaritan network does. That we make it so efficient that we work ourselves out of a job,” Chance says. Legacy Fund congratulates Nancy Chance on being the Community Pillar Award for family success and thanks her for all she does for Hamilton County.
By Kate Kunk | Illustrated by Wil Foster
/SNOOP/ verb 1. investigate or look around furtively in an attempt to find out something, especially information about someone's private affairs. LOOK FOR CHANGES TO HELP OLDER LOVED ONES STAY HAPPY AND SAFE Visiting with an older loved one over the holidays can be a great time to reminisce, create new memories and just be together. If it’s been awhile since you’ve seen each other, it might also be a good opportunity to do a little snooping to make sure they are safe and maintaining their well-being. Observe for changes in self-care, behaviors, cognition and the environment.
BE ALERT TO THE FOLLOWING CHANGES, WHICH CAN INDICATE AN INCREASE IN THEIR NEEDS: ▢▢ Weight loss ▢▢ Mobility and balance problems ▢▢ Bruising, bumps or scrapes, suggesting a fall ▢▢ Poor appetite ▢▢ Fatiguing more easily ▢▢ Noticeable changes in vision or hearing ▢▢ Complaints of new or increased pain ▢▢ Dry, scaly skin ▢▢ Inadequate hygiene, such as: ▢▢ Unwashed hair ▢▢ Untrimmed, dirty fingernails/toenails ▢▢ Wearing soiled clothing ▢▢ Food caught in teeth or dentures ▢▢ Body odor BEHAVIORAL AND/OR VERBAL CHANGES INCLUDE: ▢▢ Changes in short-term memory, e.g., repetition of questions/information ▢▢ Loss of interest in activities ▢▢ Change in interactions with loved ones ▢▢ Signs or verbalization of increasing fearfulness ▢▢ Extreme confusion or forgetfulness
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS TO BE AWARE OF: ▢▢ Unpleasant odors in the home ▢▢ Medications being disorganized, or the supply doesn’t match the instructions on the bottle ▢▢ Spoiled food in the fridge ▢▢ Insufficient supply of food ▢▢ Pathways in the home are obstructed by rugs, cords or clutter ▢▢ Signs of burns anywhere, e.g., on the kitchen counter ▢▢ Laundry that has accumulated for many weeks ▢▢ Evidence of unaddressed incontinence (e.g., in the laundry, a bathroom, on upholstery, etc.) ▢▢ Physical condition of pets ▢▢ Checkbook is disorganized, difficulty with math is apparent, or unexplained payments have been made to strangers ▢▢ Unopened mail such as bills ▢▢ Numerous dents and scratches on the car (or your own observation of your loved one’s driving ability) ▢▢ Items stored inappropriately, e.g., jewelry in the microwave, wallet in the freezer Kate Kunk is the Caregiver Options Counselor for CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions 47
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My mornings typically start with having to reheat the same cup of coffee multiple times. Ah, life with a toddler. Enjoying a hot cup of coffee is such a treat as a mom. Since I’m dreaming of steaming mugs and community, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek of Indie Coffee Roasters opening in January located downtown Carmel at 220 E. Main Street. (That’s it in the pic.) This is the exact type of causal outfit, I’d wear for a coffee date or errand running on the weekend. These moto jeggings are thicker than regular leggings, and the elastic waistband contributes to their comfort. For a dreamy combination, I paired them with this mustard Aztec-style sweater. It is of excellent quality and the perfect thickness for chilly weather without being too bulky. Both the pants and sweater are currently available for purchase at Blue Peppermint Boutique, 8936 S. St., Fishers. I found the fuzzy hat on a recent trip to Branson, Missouri, but you can order it online at earthboundtrading.com.
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ADD SOME GLAM TO YOUR HOLIDAY WARDROBE WITH THESE FOUR FESTIVE LOOKS. ‘Tis the season for dressing up and going out. The holidays are the best time of year to add a little extra glamour to your look with embellished details, shiny statement pieces, and show-stopping textures — hello, velvet. While the holidays can be stressful, getting dressed for all the parties and events on your calendar doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Use these four looks as inspiration and have some fun recreating them on your own. The only rule of holiday style you need to know: There’s no such thing as too much sparkle Photos by Chris Whonsetler + Styling by Laura Walters, Style Riot + Styling Assistant Brooke Tichenor + Hair and Makeup by Ashley Fuson at Radiate Sixty Hair Collective in Fishers
From the office holiday party to New Year’s Eve, this look is perfect for just about everything on your calendar this season. A purple velvet blazer adds a rock ‘n' roll vibe to an otherwise tailored look, and a starry, sequined tank amps up the holiday sparkle and shine. Tommy Hilfiger purple velvet blazer, $139; Anne Klein slim black ankle pants, $79; both at Macy's (macys.com). L’Agence spaghetti strap slip sequin sank, $351; embellished eye pendant with black shells, $60; metallic beaded necklace, $100; all at Beauty & Grace (Carmel).
You can’t go wrong with a little faux fur when the weather turns frigid. In a creamy winter white, this chic sweater makes a bold statement but is versatile enough to dress up or down depending on the occasion. A sequined skirt and velvet heels add texture and pizazz. Central Park West winter white cardigan with exaggerated sleeves and faux fur detail, $328 at Beauty & Grace (Carmel); champagne sequined pencil skirt and burgundy velvet buckle heels, stylist’s own.
Stylist tip: Break the rules as you know them – this gorgeous sweater is really a zipup cardigan worn backwards as a pullover!
Stylist tip: A drop necklace paired with a plunging neckline creates an extraelongating effect.
Dance all night in this â€˜70s-inspired velvet wrap dress complete with a flattering, plunging neckline and braided belt detail. The tailored coat with embellished collar keeps this look from venturing too far into Saturday Night Fever territory and instead, pulls the ensemble together with flair. Misa Los Angeles Plum velvet wrap dress with braided belt, $238 at Beauty & Grace; Tahari Winter white embellished collar coat, $149 at Macy's (macys.com); Silver drop necklace, $295 at Beauty & Grace (Carmel); Platform sandals, Stylistâ€™s own
Jewel tones and metallic details can gussy up an outfit, but sometimes itâ€™s best to just go bold with a big, bright holiday red. While this form-fitting dress is a classic, refined choice, bell sleeve details keep the look on trend. Leopard print pumps add a pop of unexpected texture. Betsey & Adam red bell sleeve and white bell sleeve dresses, $119 each at Macy's (macys.com); leopard print pumps and black beaded necklace, stylist assistantâ€™s own.
Stylist tip: We layered two dresses (red over white) to create a dimensional, layeredsleeve look.
SILVER IN THE CITY
“It’s a magical menagerie of woodland creatures, felt ornaments, delicious scented candles and the most delightful elves you’ll ever meet,” says SarahKate Chamness of Silver In The City, a gift shop with locations in Carmel and downtown on Mass Ave. Who could resist popping in with a description like that?
SILVER IN THE CITY TREE IDEAS:
SPRUCE UP YOUR TREE SWAG By Brooke Reynolds | Photos by Chris Whonsetler
Not all of those broken and tattered Christmas decorations lying in the bottom of your Christmas bins have sentimental value, right? It’s time to toss them and invest in décor you’ll relish retrieving every year. Christmas creatives at four local shops tell us what you’ll fall in love with in their stores, and divulge a few of their pro-level treedecorating tips.
»» Layer in neutral elements like a smattering of star ornaments or sprinkling of felted letters. Those go with everything! »» Always add extra flair. We sell some fun garland, but if simplicity is your thing, purchase ribbon or yarn from any local craft store to wrap around the tree. And who doesn’t love the old-fashioned cranberries and popcorn strings? »» Colorful lights are fun, but white lights make everything feel serene. “Om.”
Allisonville Nursery is a top destination for Christmas greenery such as fresh-cut and lifelike trees, real and artificial garlands, wreaths, boughs, stems and winter porch pots. While you’re there, check out the adorable Christmas pillows, snow globes and huge variety of decorative pieces. The nursery’s primary ornament collections this year are vintage/retro, cozy/handmade, pets, and natural/rustic. Any of those possible Christmas-decorating themes strike your fancy?
TREE-DECORATING TIPS FROM ALLISONVILLE NURSERY:
It smells like Christmas at McNamara Florist, and we’re not complaining. The fresh pine branches, floral arrangements from around the world and locally grown poinsettias make it so we never want to leave. And McNamara is a store that’s all about tradition and nostalgia. You’ll find blown-glass tree ornaments, woodland animals, and varieties of berries and ribbons. Thematic decorations of white diamonds, gold and ivory, farmhouse, whimsical elves, frosty woodlands, and Victorian elegance can be found at different store locations around Indy. (Call ahead to nail your preferred theme.)
»» If you have ornaments that are similar, place them on first so that they are spaced well on the tree. Once those are on, fill in with more unique ornaments. »» Use smaller ornaments toward the inside of the tree, where the spaces between branches are tighter. »» Our trusted Christmas formula: more ornaments = more magic. »» Set your Christmas tree on a timer so that it turns on before you wake up. Start your day all aglow! »» Don’t forget that Christmas tree aroma. Our favorite candle is Thymes Frasier Fir; it smells even better than a fresh-cut tree and really brings your tree to life.
GUIDANCE FOR USING RIBBON FROM MCNAMARA FLORIST: »» Ribbon can establish a color palette for the tree’s theme, and a flowing visual rhythm. Ribbon should be a foundation, not a focal point. »» Think of each element on the tree, from your ribbon to each ball and fabulous topper, as an opportunity to create depth. »» Ribbon should spiral down the tree, dancing across each other. Ribbon should not cover the surface of the tree equally, but create a candy-cane effect from top to bottom.
JOHN KIRK FURNITURE
We can’t keep it to ourselves anymore: John Kirk Furniture in Carmel is — was — a best-kept secret for Christmas treasures. With the “master of Christmas” designer Nick Williams on its team, John Kirk Furniture has become one of the most interesting destinations in the state for Christmas decorating and gifts. Get ready to be wowed by wider-than-wide ribbons, statement ornaments, life-size Santas and exquisite nativity scenes, in addition to custom arrangements and décor.
CHRISTMAS-DEC KNOW-HOW FROM JOHN KIRK FURNITURE: »» There’s no such thing as good Christmas lights. The expensive ones burn up as quickly as the cheap ones. »» Don’t be afraid to use ribbon. It helps to unify the tree. Just don’t make it look like it’s in bondage! »» Cluster decorations together in vignettes. It helps to eliminate the cluttered, busy looks that can happen from too many decorations. »» Invest in good garlands, wreaths and greenery. It makes decorating so much easier if you start with a good base. »» Don’t be afraid to hang special ornaments on door frames or drapery rods. It separates them from the crowd and lets them be seen!
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sweets The holiday season is all about tradition. For my family, Christmas meant our annual cookie contest, complete with secret ballots, multiple categories and vote bribing. Everyone was a great baker, so competition was tough. Over the years, the family bakeoff introduced me to many a sweet treat. And now, it’s not Christmas morning unless I’m dusted with powdered sugar — remnants of the Mexican Wedding Cake cookies I had with my coffee. While I’ve baked dozens of different types of cookies in years past, I’ve narrowed the roster to the “Fab Five Confections.” From sugar cookies to pistachios to fudge, there’s something for everyone’s sweet tooth. Recipes and photos by Katherine Costello
What is Christmas without great sugar cookies? Kids and adults love them, and they make any dessert tray festive.
MEXICAN WEDDING CAKES
Mexican Wedding Cakes are my personal favorite. All it takes to make them is powdered sugar and a little patience. They freeze well too!
Fudge is simple to make and fun to share. It can be completely customized, too — just use your favorite chocolate and preferred nut.
They’re quite pretty, and are really tasty. Plus, the convenient “slice and bake” method makes these treats a holiday must-make. I’ve been serving them for decades.
Take the time to make toffee. This butter-based candy pairs perfectly with nuts and white or dark chocolate. It’s a simple recipe with great results.
SUGAR COOKIES COOKIES 11/2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup butter 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 /2 teaspoon almond extract 1 teaspoon grated citrus (optional) 21/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda1 tsp cream of tart
BUTTERCREAM ICING /3 cup butter, softened 11/2 cups sifted powdered sugar 1 /2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 /2 teaspoon almond extract 1 tablespoon cream (approximate) 1
1| Preheat oven to 375 degrees. For the cookies, mix sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until fluffy. Add the egg, extracts and citrus (if using); mix thoroughly. Set aside. 2| In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda. Combine all the ingredients and mix until just blended. Divide the dough in half, and then wrap and chill 20-30 minutes. Roll out dough on floured parchment paper or work surface to about 1/8 inch thick. Use your desired cookie cutters, being mindful of size, and place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees until edges are golden (about 8 minutes); remove cookies from the oven and let them cool on a rack. Store in an airtight container until you’re ready to ice and decorate. The cookies are great on their own, but are divine when with a simple buttercream icing. 3| To make the icing, mix together all ingredients, using as much cream as needed to reach desired consistency.
1 cup butter 1 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup chocolate chips or pieces (white, dark or milk) 1 cup nuts (your choice) 1| Combine the butter, sugar, water and corn syrup and place in a heavybottomed saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, continuously stirring until you reach the “hard crack” stage, or about 300 degrees. (You must work quickly once you reach about 280 degrees.) Stir in the vanilla, and pour into a prepared parchment paper-lined 9x13-inch pan.
CHOCOLATE FUDGE WITH WALNUTS
3 cups granulated sugar 2 /3 cup evaporated milk 3 /4 cup (11/2 sticks) butter 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate 4 ounces dark (72 percent) chocolate 11/2 cups marshmallow crème 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup chopped walnuts (or another nut of choice) 1| Combine the sugar, milk and butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Heat on medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir the boiling mixture constantly for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture reaches 238 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and add the remaining ingredients, stirring until well blended. Pour into a parchment paper-lined 9x9-inch cake pan, and cool until set. To cut the fudge, turn the pan over and remove the paper.
PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE FUDGE CHOCOLATE FUDGE LAYER 1| Make the above recipe, omitting the nuts and do not remove from the pan.
PEANUT BUTTER LAYER 3 cups granulated sugar 1 /3 cup evaporated milk 3 /4 cup (11/2 sticks) butter 1 tablespoon corn syrup 3 /4 cup smooth peanut butter 6-8 ounces good-quality white chocolate 11/2 cups marshmallow crème 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1| Combine the sugar, milk, butter and corn syrup in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Stir the boiling mixture constantly for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture reaches 238 degrees on a candy thermometer. Add the peanut butter, white chocolate, marshmallow crème, and vanilla extract and mix well. Pour on top of the chocolate layer. Cool on a rack until set, and then turn pan over and remove paper for easy cutting.
HOLIDAY BAKING TIPS HELPFUL HINTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL BAKING EXPERIENCE
STOCK UP ON PARCHMENT PAPER. When it comes to baking, you can’t have too much. Hit the restaurant supply store and pick some up. You can use it to roll out dough, line pans and separate cookies in a single container. STORE A VANILLA BEAN WITH YOUR SUGARS. Vanilla + sugar = vanilla sugar. (Yum.) For another flavor, store some sugar with a candied citrus peel, such as Buddha citrus (Buddha’s hand). KEEP STORAGE CONTAINERS CLOSE BY. Your newly baked cookies are going to need a home. Store each type/ flavor separately, be it in a Ziploc bag or a Tupperware container. That way, when it’s time to pack them into gift boxes, each cookie will hold steady its unique beauty and flavor. HAVE EXTRA INGREDIENTS AT THE READY. Nine pounds of butter might look like a lot when it’s in your refrigerator. But come cookie time, it goes fast. DON’T SETTLE. Use the best-quality ingredients you can find. Chances are, you’re giving your confections to the people you love. Shower them with mouthwatering treats, and they’ll beg for your recipes.
2| While the mixture is setting, add the chocolate pieces. (For the photo, we melted our chips and then drizzled chocolate over the hard toffee.) As they melt on the warm candy, spread them across the pan. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Once the toffee is set, break apart and store in an airtight container.
MEXICAN WEDDING CAKE COOKIE
11/2 cups salted butter (room temperature) 1 cup powdered sugar (preferably stored with a vanilla bean) 11/2 tablespoons vanilla extract 23/4 cups all-purpose flour (stored in the freezer) 11/2 cups toasted pecans, cooled and rough chopped (optional) About 4 cups powdered sugar, for coating 1| Beat the butter for 2 minutes on medium-high speed. Reduce the mixer speed and slowly add the sugar, and then the vanilla extract. Mix well, scraping the bottom of the bowl. Then, working quickly, add the chilled flour 1 cup at a time. Add the nuts. After the ingredients are mixed, use a small scoop or spoon and roll the dough into small balls about the size of a large grape. Place the dough on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and chill for 30 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 11 minutes, or until cookie is set (very lightly browned). 2| When rolling the cookies in the remaining 4 cups of powdered sugar, they need to be cool enough to handle but hot enough to melt the sugar. Use a large bowl and bury the cookies — 5 at a time — in the powdered sugar. After 30 seconds, roll them around in the sugar, and then place them on a rack to cool. Before storing the cookies, do a second coating of powdered sugar. If you choose to use pecans, toast them in browned salted butter.
11/2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup salted butter 1 egg 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 31/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 /2 teaspoon baking soda 1 /4 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped pistachio nuts 2-3 drops almond extract 1 egg white, whisked 2-3 drops green food coloring About 1 cup nonpareils 1| In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar, and then add the egg and beat on low, scraping the bowl. Add vanilla extract and blend. Set aside. 2| In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, soda and salt until just blended. Combine the dry and wet mixtures, mixing on low until just combined. The dough should be soft, yet firm enough to manage with your hands. 3| Divide the dough in half. Take one half of the dough and roll into 2 rectangles approximately 10 inches long by 3.5 inches wide. Cover both rectangles in parchment paper and chill 20-30 minutes. To the second half of the dough, add a few drops of green food coloring. Use it sparingly; the dough only needs to be pale green.) Then add the nuts and almond extract mix until blended. Divide the second half of the dough in half and roll each into a log shape about 10 inches long. Take out the 2 rectangles and wrap 1 rectangle around each log; press where they meet and cut off excess so the log is enrobed. Working one log at a time, brush very lightly with the egg wash. Wait a few minutes for the egg white to become tacky to the touch, and then roll the log in the nonpareils, repeat with the other roll to cover well. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill. These can be stored for 24 hours in the refrigerator. 4| Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice the cookies about 1/8 inch thick and place on parchmentlined baking sheets. Bake until golden (8-10 minutes). Chill on a rack and store until service.
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