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From: Tammy Stevens
Subject: The October Great Indy Cleanup is COMING!

 Hello Cleanup Coordinators!

 As the  Great Indy Cleanup program begins to wind down for the year, this is a reminder that you still have time to coordinate one more fall community cleanup!

Thanks to Mayor Ballard, KIB is able to offer 20 dumpsters each weekend in October for the October Great Indy Cleanup Event!  We’d like to encourage you and your neighbors to participate in the Third Annual October Great Indy Cleanup Event with us this year, by coordinating a cleanup in your community. (Remember, packer trucks are only available in April.  October cleanups are dumpsters only).

 In addition to trash bags and gloves, we are also able to provide you with a case of Nestle Wild Berry Splash flavored bottled water (compliments of Nestle Corporation of Indianapolis) and a $10 Kroger gift card to help you feed your volunteers (compliments of Kroger!). 

 You can reserve your dumpster NOW by completing the Great Indy Cleanup request form here:

 Thanks so much for all of your efforts to make your neighborhood a better place to live and play.  We appreciate YOU!




Tammy Stevens

Program Manager

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.

1029 E. Fletcher Ave., Ste. 100

Indianapolis, IN  46203

o:  317.264.7555 x116




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What’s Your Personality Cocktail?


Rémy Martin V CocktailWith all the promo events, listening parties, and just backyard bbq’s I have atteneded I look up and Summer is almost over, well not quit. Here are a few personality cocktails you can rave up at your next end of summer event…check out to see what’s your personality cocktail.

By now you know what an Eau De Vie is — or at least you should — but do you know which cocktail made from this premium French spirit best suits your personality?

Check out this Rémy Martin V cocktail guide pairing drinks with their A-list celebrity counterpart so the next time you decide to treat your taste buds to a new sipping experience, you’ll know exactly which drink has your name all over it.



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The V.I.P. [Rémy Martin V, Ice, and Pineapple]

Gabrielle Union is the definition of V.I.P. She has a hit movie in theaters, a hit TV show on BET, and have you seen her fiancé dominate the court? If you’re competitive and will stop at nothing to reach the top, The V.I.P. was made for you.

To Make The V.I.P.


1oz. Rémy Martin V eau-de-vie

2 oz. Pineapple Juice


Combine ingredients in an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a pineapple slice.

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Wicked Garden

Solange is a bit of a wild child, yet wickedly talented which is why this appropriately titled cocktail is the perfect concoction for creative types like her.

To Make Wicked Garden


1 ½ oz. Rémy Martin V eau-de-vie

½  oz. Elderflower Liqueur

½  oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

5-6 Raspberries


Muddle raspberries in double old fashioned glass. Shake remaining ingredients in ice filled shaker.  Strain and add to muddled raspberries glass.

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Noir De Vie

Kerry Washington doesn’t care much for the hard stuff, which is why this sweet, simple, sophisticated cocktail perfectly personifies her. If taste is your priority when you hit the bar, this is your drink.

To Make The Noire De Vie


1 ½ oz. Rémy V eau-de-vie

½ oz. Cointreau Noir

1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice, Strained

½ oz. Monin Vanilla Syrup  


Shake ingredients in an ice filled shaker.  Strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with a long lemon twist.

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The Siren’s Call

This has been Taraji P. Henson’s year. By the end of 2014, she’ll have had three movies in theaters, plus a new series air on Fox. And can we talk about the way she kills the red carpet? Taraji is most definitely red hot like a siren, but she’s not big on fame and being the center of attention, which is why women like her will love this drink infused with calming elements like cucumber and basil.

To Make The Siren’s Call


1 ½ oz.  Rémy Martin V eau-de-vie

½ Small Cucumber Sliced

2 Basil Leaves

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1 oz. Simple Syrup  


Muddle lime and cucumber.  Shake  with ice, lime juice, simple syrup, and Rémy V.  Strain and serve in a cocktail glass.





Fresh Friday 8/29

Adam made even a pair of plain denim jeans look good.
Adam Levine T-Shirt
Adam went for the uber casual look when he donned a simple gray tee.
Behati Prinsloo T-Shirt
Behati’s white bat tee matched her fiance, Adam’s, casual look. Too cute!
Behati Prinsloo Skinny Jeans
Behati’s super skinny jeans showed off her long and lean model figure.


Fly Friday 8/29

What to Wear When: You’re On A Corporate Interview

As a follow up to my creative agency interview post, we need to discuss what to wear on a more conservative interview. These can be a bit tricky. The worst thing you can do on your first corporate interview (besides chew gum or let your *Nsync ringtone play full blast) is try to ignore your personality or appear drab when you present yourself. While you may want to be more polished and less modish, that doesn’t mean you need to hold back who you are. Here are a few of my favorite pieces for the more conservative meeting, along with tips to remember when dressing: corporate I rarely wear slacks, so you’ll never see me put them on for an interview. Most important to me is to have great classic items that can mix together in any which way. A dress, whether it’s solid or patterned, is a must-have. Cannot go wrong with a wrap dress. I prefer darker colors here as they are universally flattering. A pencil skirt is another great option. Rather than a two-piece skirt suit (who wears those?) I would pair a patterned skirt with a solid blazer (like this one too) and a blouse or shirt.

As for accessories, you can have one playful item that adds a little something to the outfit – whether that’s a chunky necklace or a collection of bangles and bracelets. Avoid neon colors. Shoes should be a solid pump, no toes showing (check the tips and make sure these are clean!). I like a classic black bag too. No matter your outfit, a trench coat is the perfect topper for the professional outfit. I like this one.

As these are very basic, clean-cut clothes, fit is incredibly important. Do not wear pants that are not hemmed, skirts that tug or hang loose, or dresses that do nothing for you. The key here is figure flattering, not “what is the most professional thing my mother purchased for me last Christmas” (only saying that because I’ve been there). If you don’t have any items in your closet that do not fit you and you need to make a purchase, I would recommend buying one great professional dress and a perfect-fitting pencil skirt. You can mix the skirts with any tops you wish, and the dress is a great item to wear to all of your first interviews.

Wellness Wednesday 8/27


black girls workout 2 Black Girls Workout Too 21 Day Snatch It Back Challenge

 I used to be one of those people who would make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and I would go hard for about the first three months or so only to fall off before summer and not finish out my fitness goals. Since then, I have learned that resolutions just aren’t for me and that I need to focus on making life changes instead.

A couple years ago, I decided I wanted to lose weight so I started working out and trying to incorporate exercise into my daily routine. Of course, there have been plenty of times I fell off and started over, etc, but I have since learned that the key is not to quit.

Last year, I learned about the Black Girls Workout Too DVD and saw there were thousands of women who were testifying that they were losing a large amount of weight in a short period of time so I decided to try it, and loved it.

When Ellen and Lana Ector announced they were launching the second version of their DVD, I jumped on it as soon as it went live on late last year. Now they have come up with a 21 day “Snatch It Back” challenged which started this past Monday and I got on board. Believe it or not, I’m only a few days in and have already dropped 6 lbs.

Studies have shown that if you do something for 21 days that it will become a habit. I learned this some time last year while taking a 21 day meditation course by Dr. Deepak Chopra on Abundance, and by taking Oprah’s life class. Doing that 21 day meditation challenge really changed my life and made such a huge impact, I was ready to jump on this “Snatch It Back” challenge because I want to make exercise and good eating habits apart of my everyday life. Not only to lose weight, but to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle as well.

At the beginning of the year, I decided that I would do a personal 90 day challenge for myself and am now incorporating this 21 day challenge as well into my 90 days as many times as possible, which is around 4 times. I can’t wait to see my results. I’m so looking forward to discovering the old, new me.

Check out the rules of the 21 day challenge below:

black girls workout 2 21 day challenge Black Girls Workout Too 21 Day Snatch It Back ChallengeGood luck ladies. I will be sharing my progress of my weight loss throughout the year. I plan on doing at least weekly updates on the blog and also starting a video and photo diary as well of my weight loss journey.

If anyone wants to join me or be my accountability partner, please feel free to email me at

Here’s to a slimmer, sexier, healthier lifestyle!!!


Until We Meet Again…Stay Well!


2014 Emmys Trend Alert! See the Stars Who Embraced Everyone’s Favorite Non-Color

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Sweeping siren-red dresses were just as ubiquitous at the 2014 Emmy Awards as the red carpet. But believe it or not, there were two dominant shades that ruled the night. Everyone’s favorite non-color reigned supreme in all shapes and styles, from slick tuxedo jumpsuits to sexy sculpted bustier gowns to minimalist designs.

Laverne Cox graced the red carpet in a beautiful fluid Marc Bouwer custom creation that she says was draped onto her body. And as expected, Sofia Vergara turned up the drama in a strapless sculpted Roberto Cavalli mermaid gown (complete with diamond Lorraine Schwartz jewelry) that hugged her every curve. Kate Mara opted for a more complex design in a pleated J. Mendel number with a sheer embellished yoke…

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Motivational Monday 8/25

Have you heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge?


Have You Heard about the “Ice Bucket Challenge?”


Viral Movement Dares People to Spread ALS Awareness


11-year old Jack Soucy, with his father, Art, participates in the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to raise ALS Awareness.

It may be warm in parts of the country, but some people aren’t drenching themselves in ice or cold water to cool down from elevated temperatures. A new phenomenon has hit the social media circuit – the “Ice Bucket Challenge.”

The challenge involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, then nominating others to do the same, all in an effort to raise ALS awareness. Those who refuse to take the challenge are asked to make a donation to the ALS charity of their choice.

Beverly, Mass., resident Pete Frates, along with his family, helped to make the “Ice Bucket Challenge” go viral on the social sites Facebook and Twitter.  Frates, 29, has lived with ALS since 2012, and he has worked with The ALS Association’s Massachusetts Chapter.  A former Division 1 college athlete with Boston College Baseball, Frates tirelessly spreads awareness of Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

Ice Bucket Challenge

As motor neurons degenerate, they can no longer send impulses to the muscle fibers that normally result in muscle movement. Early symptoms of ALS often include increasing muscle weakness, especially involving the arms and legs, speech, swallowing or breathing. When muscles no longer receive the messages from the motor neurons that they require to function, the muscles begin to atrophy (become smaller). Limbs begin to look “thinner” as muscle tissue atrophies.

This viral sensation, which has used the hash tag #IceBucketChallenge, has attracted thousands of followers, including Boston Bruins stars Brad Marchand and Torey Krug, who willingly dropped frozen ice on themselves and issued the challenge to others.

“This is a creative way to spread ALS awareness via social media and in communities nationwide,” said Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association.  “We thank Pete Frates and his family for getting so many people involved in spreading the word about ALS.”

Other examples of the challenge can be viewed on the Team FrateTrain Facebook page.

 Look who’s doing the Ice Bucket Challenge:

Experience the #IceBucketChallenge phenomenon that’s spreading ALS Awareness across the country. See what others are doing on:

 the ice bucket challenge.


#BackInSchool: Top 5 Questions To Ask Your Child’s New Teacher

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The beginning of a new school year is full of anticipation and awkwardness as your child becomes accustomed to a new classroom, classmates and teacher. Make it a smooth transition for your little one with these questions which will empower you, your child and teacher for a successful school year.

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From Ben Affleck to Emily Blunt, Watch Our 5 Favorite ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Videos

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The #ALSIceBucketChallenge has officially conquered Hollywood!

Over the past week or so, celebrity after celebrity has accepted the challenge to dump icy cold water over their heads to raise money for ALS, a debilitative disease more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s, and the videos are pretty priceless. We’ve seen Oprah, Kerry Washington, Nina Dobrev, and more accept the chilly challenge, and while all are humorous, there are five that really stick out to us.

Scroll down to watch our favorite ALS Ice Bucket challenges, and be prepared to laugh!

1. Accepting the challenge from Tyler Perry, Ben Affleck recruited his wife Jennifer Garner to dump the bucket over his head. In retaliation, he pulled her into the pool!

2. While unloading groceries from the car, Emily Blunt was ambushed by husband John Krasinski, who was…

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