Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A TED Talk about Gratitude

A TED Talk about Gratitude

Natures says it best, by Louie Schwartzberg

#gratitude #thanksgiving #nature #TedTalk

Monday, November 23, 2015

Driving Law changes in 2015

Driving Law changes in 2015

Having grandkids driving now has made me more aware of this issue (and my age!).  

The changes actually went into place on July 1st - and they focus on cell phones, nighttime driving and passenger restrictions.

ALL drivers under the age of 21 will NO LONGER be able to use ANY so called cellular device (even hands-free), for ANY purpose while behind the wheel of the car.  The ONLY exception will be in the case of an emergency.  Previously - this only applied to drivers 18 and under.

If you are under the age of 21, the only passengers allowed in your vehicle while you are diving will be your siblings, your children or spouse.

Unsupervised teen drivers 18 and under will have to park their vehicles between the hours of 11pm and 5am on Sunday through Thursday evenings.  No driving is allowed between 1am and 5 am on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The ONLY exceptions will be wor work, school activities or religious event.

There was some good news that happened in July also for teen drivers.  If they complete an approved drivers ed course, they will eligible to a probationary license at the age of 16 and 90 days. The previous rule was 16 and 180 days.  The will also need to have completed a 50 hour supervised driving log and held a permit for at least 180 days.

In regards to that 50 hour diving log - teens under the age of 18 can only complete that log with:
1. A licensed driver ed instructor working under the direction of a licensed driver training school
2. A certified driver rehabilitation specialist recognized by the BMV, employed through a dirver rehab program.
3. A licensed driver at least 25 years of age AND related to the teen by blood, marriage or legal status
4. A spouse of teen driver whom is licensed and at least 21 years of age.

#driving #Indiana #drivereducation #Indianalaw

Monday, November 16, 2015

IKEA Coming to Indiana

IKEA Coming to Indiana

I know this is old news for anyone around here - since it's been quite the buzz in the area, but I think it is worth sharing a few personal thoughts and additional impact this announcement will have.

My first experience with IKEA was in Europe about 20 years ago.  I remember receiving a map as I walked in.  The size was mind boggling and navigating the store felt a bit like a rat in a maze.

My second experience was two years ago in Cincinnati.  We started by eating in the upstairs cafeteria - it was FANTASTIC!  Wandering through the store was delightful as they had various vignettes showing how to furnish different size living areas.  If you want to find something unique for a gift - this was the place! It was much easier to navigate through the store with clear signage and large arrows painted on the floor.  In the parking lot I had noticed there were license plates from all the surrounding states.  One of the first things I did when I got back was to email IKEA to ask if Indianapolis was on the radar - and if it wasn't , it should be considered.  I received a personal reply thanking me for the suggestion, but it was not in their plan at that time.  After the recent announcement - I like to tell myself that I planted the seed....so, you're welcome!

People are already fretting about the traffic.  I don't see that happening, since shoppers are on a very different schedule than rush hour traffic.  Christmas might be interesting - but so is Keystone at the Crossing and Castleton during those times.  Also - Fishers already has plans to add an exit at 106th St and additional lanes and other traffic improvements.

What I see as most impactful is that IKEA will be a magnet for other businesses.  It will become a destination which will spawn hotels and restaurants.  When a business like IKEA says you are a good investment - others will take notice.

All those folks driving to Cincinnati or Chicago (the closest IKEA stores to us) will now come to us. Let's keep the Hospitality in Hoosiers and welcome them!

The store will be located right off I-69 at the 116th St exit in Fishers, a northeast suburb of Indianapolis.

You can be jealous - my office is minutes from this location.....I see long lunches in my future!

#IKEA #Fishers #Indiana #Shopping #Indianapolis

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Honoring those who served - Veterans Day in Indiana

Honoring those who served - Veterans Day in Indiana

Join in your areas celebration or at least take a moment to remember and acknowledge those who have served and sacrificed.

My father served in the Navy during WWII, my uncle was a prisoner of war in WWII and survived the Bataan Death March in the Phillipines. It is humbling to have such a legacy in my own family.

In the Indianapolis Metro area you can go HERE to see the timelines and discounts available to Veterans

#VeteransDay #Indiana

Monday, November 2, 2015

New Area Code coming to Indianapolis in September of 2016

New Area Code coming to Indianapolis in September of 2016


The switch is currently scheduled for September 17, 2016.  This will be for new phone numbers only, because State officials say that 317 is set to run out of numbers.  This means that you will have to begin using 10-digit phone numbers even for local calls.

Starting October 17 2016, new telephone lines or services "may" be assigned numbers using the new area code of 463 - which stands for IND, by the way.

Officials state there will be a 6 month grace period starting March 19, 2016 to give consumers time to adjust.  Calls that are currently local will continue to be local, even when dialing a 10 digit number. Long distance numbers will require dialing 1 before the 10 digit number.

In the meantime - be sure you update your info to include your area code on personal ID tags (like on your luggage), stationary, checks, alarm systems, etc.

"Sometimes a little change is a good thing"

#areacode #indianapolis #463 #317

Monday, October 26, 2015

November Events in Indiana - don't hibernate yet!

November Events in Indiana - don't hibernate yet!

DateDaysStart DayCity
39th Annual Indy International Festival
3ThuIndianapolis, IN
Holiday Craft Bazaar
2FriMontgomery, IN
Whiskey City Festival
2FriLawrenceburg, IN
Artisan Guilds Of Bloomington Holiday Sale
2FriBloomington, IN
Festival Of Arts & Crafts Show
2SatValparaiso, IN
St Charles Craft Bazaar11/7/151SatFort Wayne, IN
St. James Craft Fair11/7/151SatLafayette, IN
33rd Annual Center Grove Craft Fair11/7/151SatGreenwood, IN
Interwoven Expressions - 31st Annual Exhibit And Sale11/7/151SatChesterton, IN
Decatur Central Ptsa Craft Fair11/7/151SatIndianapolis, IN
Christmas Gift & Hobby Show
5WedIndianapolis, IN
8th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair11/13/151FriFrench Lick, IN
Deja Vu Art Show11/14/151SatColumbus, IN
Holiday Bazaar11/14/151SatIndianapolis, IN
Delts Holiday Arts And Craft Show11/14/151SatPortland, IN
Arts Alive! Arts Fair11/14/151SatLawrenceburg, IN
3rd Annual Winter Jam Shopping Expo11/14/151SatCrown Point, IN
St Stephen The Martyr Craft Fair
2SatMerrillville, IN
Holiday Craft Boutique11/14/151SatIndianapolis, IN
Fall Frenzy Craft Show11/14/151SatGoshen, IN
NameDateDaysStart DayCity
41st Annual Arts & Craft Festival11/14/151SatPeru, IN
25th Annual Hendricks County Flyer Holiday Craft Show11/14/151SatDanville, IN
Native American Art Show
2SatEvansville, IN
Holiday Mart
5WedIndianapolis, IN
Holiday House Craft And Gift Show
2FriBloomington, IN
Holidaze Arts And Crafts Show
2SatValparaiso, IN
Northrop Craft Bazaar11/21/151SatFort Wayne, IN
7th Annual Holiday Craft Show11/21/151SatWestfield, IN
Shipshewana On The Road
2SatKokomo, IN
2SatFerdinand, IN
6th Annual Holiday Bazaar And Craft Fair11/21/151SatPlainfield, IN
Milan Craft Fair11/21/151SatMilan, IN
Harrison High School Band Booster Craft Show11/21/151SatWest Lafayette, IN
Phi Beta Psi Holiday Boutique11/21/151SatTipton, IN
Holiday Arts & Craft Festival11/21/151SatAvon, IN
14th Annual Holiday Shopping Spree & Craft Show11/21/151SatDyer, IN
Winter Arts & Craft Expo
30SatEvanston, IN
Bridgeton's Country Christmas
10FriBridgeton, IN
Christmas On The Square11/27/151FriDanville, IN
Christmas Craft Show
2SatPortage, IN

#Indiana #thingstodo #festival #fair #bazaar #november #expo #holiday #craft

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Our Indy, Fishers, Carmel and Zionsville offices are joining forces with Move For Hunger to collect food on a continuing basis for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc. Already have a full container at Indy office! We encourage our sellers to donate their non-perishables when they move. Or - ANYONE can drop off non-perishables at any of our Metro offices and we will deliver to Gleaners!

#gleaners #moveforhunger #endhunger

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Home Buying Process with Elizabeth Banks - Closing the Sale

The Home Buying Process with Elizabeth Banks - Closing the Sale

Making the whole process a little more entertaining!

#buyingahome #realestate #elizabethbanks

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Donate your non-perishable food items when you move!
 (or anytime for that matter)


Over 348,570 children in Indiana are food insecure.  You can help us end this statistic. We've teamed up with Move For Hunger to collect food for our own local Gleaners Food Bank.

When you are packing to move (or anytime) you have options for those non-perishable items.
1.  You can drop them off at our Indy, Fishers, Carmel or Zionsville offices (office addresses on website listed above)
2.  If you are using Atlas or A Arnold Movers - they will deliver the food themselves!
3.  If you are listing with an agent in our Indy, Fishers, Carmel or Zionsville offices, they can provide you with a bag and will deliver the food to our collection point

What to donate: Canned goods, pasta, baby food and formula, dried goods, flour, cereals, juices, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, cookies...just to name a few...

#gleaners #moveforhunger #moving #bhhsindiana #hunger

Friday, October 2, 2015

Fresh Face for Fall

Fresh Face For Fall

Staging your home for the fall season.........simple, easy tips

#fall #staging #autumn #sellingahome #homedecor