Library Due Date Headwrap with the Lemondime

As many of you know, I’m a librarian. And when it comes to fashion, librarians aren’t always known for their fashion sense, but I’m trying to change that perception! And if you’d like to see some more modern day, rock star librarians, be sure to check out This Is What A Librarian Looks Like – you may be surprised that we don’t all rock the bun and glasses look.

However, being a librarian means I can’t help myself when it comes to literacy inspired looks and when I saw this adorable library due date stamp headscarf, I knew it was right up my alley.

And when Kellie (nice name, by the way 🙂 ), the owner of The Lemondime wanted to partner, I was ecstatic!

Not only is this a GREAT piece that you can wear several different ways in your hair, but by purchasing from The Lemondime’s store, you are helping employ women who are at-risk and survivors of human trafficking.

The fabric from the headwrap comes from a local Indianapolis quilt store called Crimson Tate and they hand stamp each piece. So you’re getting a limited, unique piece that not many others are going to have and was handmade by one of the women The Lemondime works with.

You can buy the fabric from them as well and I’ll let you in on a little secret – they have other library inspired patterns too, so if you sew, go check Crimson Tate out immediately!

For more information on The Lemondime, be sure to watch their YouTube video for what inspired Kellie to start her company and how she’s helping these women with her store.

If you’d like to purchase your own library due date headwrap, here’s a discount code for free shipping! Use RETROREADER (all caps) at checkout.

And special thanks to the amazing Erica Dildine for taking my photos! Go follow her on Instagram if you aren’t already.

 

 

Five Books Set in Indiana You HAVE to Read

When you think about the Hoosier state, you probably don’t think about books – after all we’re generally known for the Indianapolis 500, basketball and corn. But there have been some great stories set here and many are by Hoosiers themselves!

Here are five titles set in Indiana that everyone should read.

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Last Words by Michael Koryta

Ten years ago, Sarah Martin, a teenage girl from Garrison, Indiana disappeared inside a rural Indiana cave. Her boyfriend swore she was right behind him, but can’t recall what happened in the inky darkness and ultimately, only one teen emerged that day. No one is able to find her except for Ridley Barnes, a seasoned explorer who surfaced with her lifeless body a few days after the incident.  Barnes has no memory of where or how he found her and everyone in the small town believes he’s responsible for her death. But with no evidence to prove his involvement, the Garrison police department has no choice but to release Barnes.

Markus Novak, a private investigator from Florida, is sent to re-open the case and see if he can solve the ten-year-old mystery of Sarah Martin’s death. He’s not particularly interested in a case that’s gone cold, but his job is on the line and if he can’t prove to his boss that he can work on something other than his own wife’s death, he’ll likely lose his job. But the people of Garrison seem to distrust Novak even more than Barnes and it’s not until Novak himself gets trapped in the cave that the pieces of the puzzle start fitting together.

Written by Bloomington native Michael Koryta, Last Words is a suspenseful and engrossing read that will appeal to fans crime mysteries. Indiana natives will recognize the setting in the book from the Indiana Cave Trail network of caves.

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Hazel and Gus meet in a support group for kids with cancer, which is not the most romantic of places to find the love of your life.

Yet the two bond over books; one title,  An Imperial Affliction, especially connects them and Gus surprises Hazel with tickets to Amsterdam to meet the author so they can find out why he ended the story the way he did.

Set in Indianapolis, Indiana, The Fault in Our Stars is both delightful and heartbreaking at the same time, painting a very real picture of what life can be like for teens who suffer from cancer.

John Green lives in Indianapolis, which serves as the backdrop for several of his young adult novels. Many of the places in his books are real places in the Circle City and even though the movie version was not filmed here, it can be fun to go looking for all the places Hazel and Gus hung out in the novel.

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Come and Get Me by August Norman

Award-winning journalist Caitlin Bergman returns to Indiana University to accept an award, and she’s not exactly thrilled to be back in the town that holds some haunting memories from her college years.

When a young college student goes missing, Caitlin become involved in the case and is forced to confront her own trauma, dealing with the same police force that screwed her case up years ago.

Loosely based on the Lauren Spierer case that still remains unsolved today,  Come and Get Me is a must read. Hoosiers will enjoy the setting – all the places in the book are very real, and if you’re familiar with Bloomington at all, you will likely have a clear picture painted in your head as the events in the story unfold.

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Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

While the World’s Fair is being built in Chicago, H.H. Holmes is building his murder house a few blocks away.

Holmes murdered at least twenty-seven people, defrauded countless others and investigators were horrified to find gas chambers, sound proof rooms and torture tables when they raided his building.

Based on the true story of one of America’s most infamous serial killers, Devil in the White City isn’t set in Indiana for most of the book but it has strong ties to the state.

Holmes’ third wife was from Franklin, Indiana (the town where I work!) and for a short time, lived in Indianapolis while the police were pursing him. Here, he committed one of his last murders in a home in Irvington, and it was a gruesome one.

I included this one since it has strong ties to the Hoosier state and interest should peak in the next few years with the adaptation of the true crime non-fiction title into a Hulu mini series produced by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Teen Idol by Meg Cabot

Jen Greenley is kinda famous – everyone always wants to know what she’s wearing, who she’s with and where she’s going next.

But when the school administration asks her to befriend a new student, who happens to be an undercover Hollywood movie star, she’s about to find out she’s not the only “teen idol” at her high school.

Bloomington, Indiana native Meg Cabot is the GOAT when it comes to YA/teen lit. The author behind book-to-movie classics such as “The Princess Diaries”, her charming and witty style make for light reads.

Teen Idol is set in the Hoosier state and it was also the author’s first stand alone novel after writing several series.

 

 

 

Willowfield Lavender Farm

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Quietly tucked away on a county road near Mooresville, Indiana you will find Willowfield Lavender Farm. Four acres of organic lavender dot the fields surrounding the gift shop and main house, which has been a hidden gem on the south side of Indianapolis.

Kieran and Elizabeth O’Connor, who own the farm, were inspired to turn the property into a relaxing and educational retreat after visiting Provence, France in 2008. It’s free to visit, and when I was there, several people were painting the beautiful purple flowers and spending time with their families.

The best time to go is during mid-June; that’s when the lavender plants will be in full bloom and you’ll get to experience them at their finest. Keep in mind, the O’Conners do harvest the blooms for products like fresh teas and cookies as well as bundles of the flowers which they sell in their shop.

I tried a raspberry lavender tea with honey and it was quite refreshing!

Once you’ve grabbed a tea or some cookies, head out to the field to enjoy some quiet time away from the city, breathe in the fresh lavender scent and watch the bees and butterflies frolic among the blooms.

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In years past, summer concerts were held at the farm, however there are none scheduled for 2019. I recommend checking their web site in the future to see if these resume for 2020 and beyond.

The farm has also rented their space out for weddings in the past – can you imagine how pretty that would be??

If you go:

Willowfield Lavendar Farm is located at 6176 E Smokey View Road, Mooresville, IN 46158. They are open Wednesdays thru Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. during the lavender season. Check their Facebook page to see when that begins as it can vary from year to year depending on weather.

Bring your own water; they only sell tea in the store. Dogs are also welcome as long as you pick up after them. Admission is free.

 

 

 

In search of the best donut in Indy

National Donut Day is June 7th, and for the past couple months, I’ve been on a quest to find the best donut in the Indianapolis area. I’m pretty partial to Donut Bank in southern Indiana – I grew up near Evansville and nothing can quite compare to that glazed yeast donut perfection that they’ve got going on.

But Indianapolis has some great options too, and my first stop was Long’s Bakery in Southport. People consistently tell you that Long’s is the best in town; they’ve been a staple in the area for over 50 years and only accept cash, so be prepared for that if you plan to go. Their glazed yeast donut was pretty delicious, but still couldn’t quite compare to the memory of Donut Bank.

So, I kept searching. My next stop took me to Rise ‘n’ Roll in Greenwood. They’re not exactly local – after an Amish couple franchised their bakery, locations began popping up in other Indiana towns, and this new establishment took over an old veterinarian clinic on the south side little over a year ago.

I’m going to say something now that will anger the Indy locals: Rise “n” Roll was better than Long’s. This donut was a fluffy and perfect yeast donut with caramel icing and rainbow sprinkles. Absolutely delicious, and I could have eaten several more.

Sorry guys, sometimes the truth hurts!

My next stop was The Dancing Donut in Broad Ripple. They definitely get bonus points for having an adorable shop and donut truck!

However, the donut itself wasn’t really anything special. I had the brown butter crumble which I thought might taste similar to the topping on a Dutch apple pie, but really didn’t. It was kind of bland, so I’m not sure that I would get that flavor again.

After that, I tried Donut Refinery in Carmel, which has one of the most instagrammable aesthetics in their shop.

They also have a fun ordering process – you grab a pink clipboard, fill out your order form, turn it in and wait for your creation to be done! All of Donut Refinery’s donuts are cake donuts, but you can add all kinds of fun toppings like cereal, bacon, oreos, M&Ms or sprinkles.

I went race weekend and they put adorable checkered flags on my donuts! The cake donut with vanilla glaze and sprinkles tasted a lot like birthday cake, so I was pretty thrilled with that. So cute!

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Many people also suggested that I try Jacks’s Donuts, which I’d kind of had before when I tried TeeJay’s Ice Cream Donut Sandwich. They use their donuts when making their sweet creations, but to be fair when ranking, I had to stop in and eat an ice cream-less donut.

It was fine – comparable to Long’s. Maybe not AS good, but better than Dancing Donut. I had two glazed yeast donuts at Jack’s and they seemed quite a bit bigger than Long’s. I would definitely go back and try another kind as well – there was a bacon maple donut that looked pretty tasty!

Next, my quest took me to Rebellion Donuts in the downtown City Market. I’d never actually been inside the market before but it was really cool! So many food vendors and it smelled divine inside. The market itself is a renovated historical landmark and every booth is locally owned, so you’re getting something homegrown and unique.

Rebellion’s first location is in Noblesville and they opened the City Market location earlier this year. Their selection is more upscale and the flavors range from lemon tart to spiced caramel apple in the fall.

I went with the ever popular Nutella and OH MY GOODNESS was it ever good. Coated with sugar and cinnamon and filled with a rich chocolate hazelnut spread. I only had one and totally could have eaten more. This one is definitely a contender for first place!

And finally, the great donut search ended with Titus Bakery in Westfield. It was quite the haul up there from the south side, so I don’t know if I will go back anytime soon, but they seemed to be a pretty popular spot on the north side.

Titus has a TON of different flavors and also serve sandwiches, so you can have lunch or breakfast at their Westfield location. The original location is in Lebanon, and it has a cute donut mural on the side of the building, but I just didn’t have time to go all the way up there.

The donut I went with here was the maple bacon. I wanted to try something different and while it was really good, it was SO sweet that it was hard to finish. It tasted a lot like pancakes and syrup! I’m not sure I’d get this kind of donut again because of how sweet it was.

I’m sure there are many other fine donut establishments in town, and if I’ve missed any you think are worth checking out, please let me know! This was a lot of fun and something I worked on for several months and while I’m pretty donuted out, I do have a verdict to share.

Drum roll please…Rise ‘n’ Roll is the best donut in Indianapolis! That caramel sprinkle donut just couldn’t be topped. Long’s comes in second place, followed by Rebellion, Donut Refinery, Jack’s, Titus, then Dancing Donut.