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.

 

 

What to Eat at the 2019 Indiana State Fair

It’s that time of year again! The Indiana State Fair is always one of my favorite things to attend and sort of serves as a last hurrah of summer before the pre-fall mindset kicks in. Thanks to Indiana Grown, who gave me a free ticket, I got to attend last night and try out all kinds of new foods, drinks and relived my late teen years by attending the Pop 2000 Tour which was hosted by none other than Lance Bass of ‘NSYNC.

This year’s theme is Heroes in the Heartland and it’s a fun one  – in addition to recognizing our every day heroes like our farmers, military, police and first responders, superheroes have taken over and each day features a different character.

So on to the star of the fair: the food! There are sixteen new items on the menu and while I didn’t try all of them, I did sample a few of the hotter items and have a full review of everything I ate and drank.

Let’s start with the Blue Raspberry Lemon Twister. It’s a lemon shake-up but with a gorgeous blue raspberry twist. I give this one 5/5 and could have drank the larger size. Definitely order one to go along with your Angry Pretzel Poppers.

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My lovely friend Rachael (a.k.a. Forensic Fashion Notes), tagged along to help me eat all the things. Here she is trying out the Angry Pretzel Poppers with Mad Ranch Sauce. OMG. These are a must for this year – they do have some heat to them because of the jalapenos, but they are not overly hot. 5/5 on these as well.


Next up was the Relleno de Papa, which was essentially a fried mashed potato ball with seasoned ground beef inside. It comes with or without rice; I went rice free since I wanted to save room for other food too. I give this one a 4/5 because I like spicy and it could have used a little more kick for my personal preference.

I needed a break to let my stomach digest for a few minutes, so after that, we headed over to the Ag building and looked at all the local vendors in the Indiana Grown Marketplace. So many cool things!

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Then, it was over to the 4-H building! I was a ten year 4-H member and it was exciting to see some exhibits from Gibson County (my home county) take home top prizes 🙂 These kids are really creative and 4-H is such a great program to be a part of.

Appearing on the free stage last night was the Pop 2000 Tour, featuring Tyler Hilton, Ryan Cabrera, Aaron Carter and O-Town. If none of those names ring a bell, you probably weren’t a teenage girl in the early 2000s, haha.

We watched most of the acts, leaving when Aaron Carter came on to go get funnel cakes and then going back for O-Town, who brought out Lance Bass at the end for a rendition of “Bye, Bye, Bye.”

Our funnel cakes are A MUST: I got Birthday Cake (repeat from last year) and Rachael got the Red Velvet.

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Are you going to the Indiana State Fair this year? There’s a WHOLE list of other foods I didn’t get to try, notably the Rollin’ Mac Daddy Egg Roll, Poutine and Bison Hush Puppies. Let me know if you try any of them and what’s unique to your state fair if you live outside the Hoosier state!

 

 

 

Half Liter BBQ

There’s a new hip BBQ joint in town! Half Liter Food and Beer Hall opened in Broad Ripple a few months ago; one side of the establishment is German food and the other Texas style BBQ.

The seating is open, so walk in, find a spot and start figuring out what you want to order. During the summer, the patio doors are up and if you sit outside or on the upper level, which overlooks the Monon Trail, you will have to wait in a line to order your food.

We went on a Saturday night and the place was hoppin’! Not only can you get brisket, but ribs, pulled pork, fish, sausage and chicken are all on the menu. There’s great selection of sides and some vegetarian options as well, although no meatless options for vegans.

They also have house made beer, whisky and plenty of other cocktails on the menu if you enjoy an adult beverage with your BBQ.

We both got the pulled pork platter with sides of fries, fresh fruit and macaroni and cheese. The portions were big and everything was delicious! I especially liked a few extra smoked burnt ends in my pork – that just gives it an extra kick in my opinion.

There are three different sauces to choose from – a Texas pit sauce, Bourbon and cola and the Carolina BBQ, which is mustard based. We both liked the Bourbon and cola the best – slather it on that gorgeous pulled pork!

And once you finish your meal, hang out in the game area and play some washers or corn hole with friends and family.

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.