Tuesday, May 30, 2017

History and Music in Indianapolis

I’ve had the pleasure of making a lot of trips to Indianapolis as it is less than two hours from here. Every time I go there are different things to see and do. That was especially true for this trip.

My friend Angela and I checked into the Courtyard Marriott Downtown

It’s in a perfect location, directly across the street from Whitewater State Park and the Indiana State Museum.

The Courtyard has a nice coffee shop and lounge area, and it’s connected to the Fairfield Inn and the massive JW Marriott Indianapolis for more options.

First on our schedule was our first trip to the Indiana State Museum. We really enjoyed learning about the Hoosier State and it’s place in America’s history.

Among the exhibits and hands-on experiences are a 50th Anniversary exhibit on the Indiana Pacers and a looks into the gems and minerals in the state, as well as its start through the Ice Age. 

We also were able to see plenty on famous Indiana natives, including James Dean, Michael Jackson, Florence Henderson, Kurt Vonnegut (who has his own museum in Indy), and Axel Rose.

The Indiana State Museum also has a Peewinkle Puppet Studio, which has puppet classes and a puppet camp, as well as show you can watch.

We grabbed some coffee at the JW Marriott Indianapolis Starbucks and headed back to the room for some rest. We were spending the evening about a half hour from downtown at FoxGardin Kitchen & Ale.

Our motivation for heading to this venue was actually to see a local Champaign duo who Angela and I knew well on and off the stage. 

Mank N Sass, Jared Manker and Sara Siders, formerly in the band UpShot, have extended their following into the Indianapolis area, where they play frequently. 

FoxGardin is one of their favorite places so we were anxious to check it out.

While we waited for our table, we visited the upstairs whiskey bar with Jared and Sara, and did a little sampling. The place was quite busy and I’m told it’s always that way.

They took the stage and we took to the menu for some cocktails to start the evening. For main courses, Angela loved her filet oscar and I really enjoyed my eggplant parmesan. Manager/Chef Jacob Burgess has quite an unusual and popular menu.

Mank N Sass were wonderful, as usual. They played some original songs and filled in with just about everything from the Beatles to Michael Jackson to Tom Jones.

Before we left, we talked to some of the Fortville locals. 

We loved hearing about all the small women owned shops in the area. It was quite a fun evening in the little town with the big restaurant.

We arrived back at the Courtyard Indianapolis pretty late and ready for a good night’s sleep before another day exploring Indianapolis.


Monday, May 15, 2017

DOSH, Introducing a New Easy Cash Back App

I’m all about saving money and it’s even better when I can get deposits in my bank account without doing anything. That’s why I love this new cash back app, DOSH.

DOSH, which is available for Apple or Android devices, is easy to use. You enter your credit and/or debit cards once (they’ll even give you $1 cash back for each one you put in) and it securely and safely. You can also get cash for referring friends.  Then, cash out when you reach just $15 through Paypal or directly to your bank account. You also have the opportunity to donate the money to charity.

The new DOSH app couldn’t have been released at a better time. It’s worth a download for your summer fun, and you can even make money while you travel.  

The number of stores using DOSH is expanding every day, locally and nationally. Some of the great deals shopping include Gap, Nike, Forever 21, and even Walmart. You can also get your car fixed at Jiffy Lube, or eat at Dickey’s BBQ and Jack in the Box for cash back. They have a selection of local restaurants too, with many more to come.

For travelers, DOSH offers deals on hotels, so you not only get cash back, you get a great price on a hotel room. Boost your budget with cash back in your bank account when you return from vacation

Just like any new app, there are some glitches in finding your location (you can type it in) and a few crashes, but I found the app to still work better than most. Just make sure you continually check for app updates when you use it.

Start your summer off with a download DOSH . Not only is the app free, but you’ll instantly get a dollar for every card you connect.



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