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This post was sponsored by Indiana’s Family of Farmers, but my words and love of the Indiana State Fair are 100% my own. For more information please see my disclosure policy.

Indiana State Fair 2014Yesterday my kids and I had a fun day with other bloggers at the Indiana State Fair, hosted by Indiana’s Family of Farmers. We enjoyed breakfast and milkshakes from Indiana Dairy and lunch from Indiana Beef, toured the newly renovated coliseum and so much more.

I’ve got both an Indiana State Fair ticket giveaway plus some great highlights to the Indiana State Fair that I wanted to share with you!

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Orange Leaf Smoothie Sampling Event + Giveaway

by Ann-Marie on June 18, 2014

Orange Leaf Smoothie

My daughter’s softball team has finished their regular season games, and is headed into the tournament this weekend. At a fun adults vs. kids practice this week, the coach was ending the practice and had just a few minutes to run one last drill. He shouted out, “What do you girls want to do?” and one yelled, “Orange Leaf!” to which the rest of the team chimed in their agreement.

Orange Leaf Yogurt is a family favorite after softball as there’s a location just past our fields. My kids, of course, load up on toppings (their creations make no sense to their dad and I), and they seriously make a 5-napkin mess with drips of chocolate sauce and melting frozen yogurt.

Orange LeafNow that Orange Leaf has just introduced self-serve smoothies, I can sip on the fruity deliciousness while my kids get their sugar fix on gummy worms and Boba balls.

To celebrate the new Orange Leaf smoothie sensation, visit one of the 21 participating Indy and surrounding area Orange Leaf Yogurt locations this Saturday June 21st from 11am-4pm and enjoy a FREE 5 oz sample of new Orange Leaf’s new Smoothie. You can choose from one of two flavors:

  • Pineapple Strawberry Banana Smoothie – A refreshing blend of Dole pineapple soft-serve, real strawberries and bananas, this low fat, low calorie Smoothie is also vegan and gluten free.
  • Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie -A delicious blend of vanilla froyo, fresh milk, peanut butter and real bananas, this gluten-free Smoothie is a protein-packed, pick-me-up treat.

Orange Leaf Smoothie

Not in the Indy area? No worries! Orange Leaf will start serving Smoothies nationwide in July. In the meantime, no matter where you live in the U.S., you can have a chance to win one of two $10 Orange Leaf gift cards right here, right now!

Continue on to the giveaway!

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Staycation: Frugal Fun in Indianapolis

by Ann-Marie on May 13, 2014

Indianapolis Staycation

You don’t have to go far to enjoy time with your family and friends, and create new experiences and memories!

Here in the Indianapolis area, we have stops for kids of all ages, and kids-at-heart. From world-renowned attractions like the Children’s Museum and Indianapolis Zoo, to smaller but just as fun activities and locales … here are ideas for your family to find frugal fun in Indianapolis for your next “staycation”!

Rhythm Discovery Center

Rhythm Discovery CenterYou know that time when your child says “I want a drum set!” and you’re all “not in this house” because you envision a splitting headache from bang-bam-boom-crash day after day?

Not at this place. Rhythm Discovery Center, in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, is an “interactive” percussion museum, with drums from all over the world, all eras in time, and guess what: Most of them you’re encouraged to play.

You’ll find the world’s largest gong (that’s purely my opinion, but it’s pretty dang big, 8′ in fact), drum kits played by drummers from Rush, Led Zeppelin, Herbie Hancock and Santana to name a few; and our family’s favorite area …

The soundproof rooms:

Rhythm Discovery Center

Rhythm Discovery Center is SO affordable! Adult admission is only $10, kids are $6 and if you have young’ns 5 & under, they’re free! Expect to spend about 1.5-2 hours unless you absolutely cannot drag yourself away from the soundproof rooms. They ARE fun.

Plan your visit to Rhythm Discovery Center here.

Indianapolis Museum of Art

IMA Summer Film SeriesThis is a jewel of a place that I have yet to take my own family to! The Indianapolis Museum of Art is one of the 10 largest art museums in the country!

Enjoy the Summer Nights film series plus take a free family tour. Actually, general admission to IMA is free as well! There is a small fee for special exhibits.

Also not to miss – Art in the Park for make & take themed art projects all summer long each Sunday from 12-4pm (and it’s free!).

Plan your visit to the IMA here.

Indianapolis Indians

Indianapolis Indians

No summer is complete without at least one visit to Victory Field to see the Indianapolis Indians play. I’ve gone since I was a child, back when it was at Bush Stadium. Now we bring our kids – believe it or not Mallory got a foul ball last summer!

While they’re still a bit too young to pay much attention to the game, they love going for the fun pre-game activities and Cracker Jack, and Larry and I love going for the nostalgic atmosphere (he’s always been a baseball fan, just like both our dads) and, well, the beer. Let’s just say our cups overfloweth with Sun King Victory Lager, which you can only get at Victory Field.

Plan your visit to the Indianapolis Indians here. Be sure to check this promotions schedule for the Monday Dollar Menu, 2-for-1 Tuesdays and more frugal fun at the Indianapolis Indians games.

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And let’s not forget there are so many free things to do in Indy when you’re staycationing! Here are just a few starters:

  • Hiking, biking and playing at our amazing Indy Parks
  • Garbage trucks, dump trucks and firetrucks oh my! Experience a free Touch-a-Truck event where your kids can climb into these bad boys, talk with their drivers and more. Find this summer’s growing list at Indy With Kids.
  • Movies in the Park at Garfield Park Arts Center, happening the last Saturday in each month from May – August
  • Take in a Farmer’s Market – VisitIndy.com has a few listed here.

Staycation 2013

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Photo credit: The most awesome Sara at Solid Gold Eats

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