Things To Do In Richmond, Indiana

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Every month my husband and I try to squeeze in a date day. No, that is not supposed to be date night. We do, in fact, take a day-long date. We enjoy hiking and museums and those typically are not open at night. This month we explored Richmond, Indiana.

Places to visit in Richmond, Indiana. Plenty of free things to do in Richmond, Indiana listed.

The reason we picked Richmond, Indiana was because our Jayco trailer that we used for our 22 week RV trip with our children needed servicing and the closest Camping World with an available spot to do the warranty work was in Richmond.

Richmond turned out to have a goldmine of hiking trails, museums and more. Plus all the sites we visited were free.

Things To Do In Richmond, Indiana

While visting Richmond, Indiana consider stopping at Roscoe's Coffee shop.

The first place we went to after dropping off the RV was Roscoe’s Coffee. I ordered a cafe macchiato. It was okay, but I have had better. I am kicking myself for not ordering something more original off their menu. I find that is where the treasures of locally owned coffee shops are.

I did love the inside of the coffee house; it was super clean and well decorated. We went to the downtown location in Richmond’s Depot district. The architecture of the buildings in this area is incredible–especially if you like heritage areas like my husband and I do.

The historic site of Starr Piano and Gennett Records is located in Richmond, Indiana.

With a good cup of coffee in hand, we headed over to the tourist information center to get some “what to see” advice from the locals. Our family discovered that nothing beats a local for information of what to see on our RV trip.

The ladies at the visitor center filled our hands up with pamphlets and our heads with directions. With their help, we decided to make the Whitewater Gorge Trial our first stop.  This trail was a bit hard to find even with instructions, but it was worth it. The path is three miles long and full of history and natural beauty along the way.

One history site that can be seen from the trail is the old Starr Piano factory and the Gennett Records walk of fame (pictured above).

The Whitewater Gorge Trail was an easy and beautiful walk in Richmond, Indiana.

The Whitewater Gorge Trail was an easy and beautiful walk. You go under several bridges (the one pictured is my favorite), work your way through a woods and in several areas you can see exposed limestone layers.

Whitewater Gorge Suspension Bridge in Richmond, Indiana.

When we worked our way back to where we started (which was the Veteran’s Memorial Park pictured below), we couldn’t see the remaining part of the trail. We finally asked a Parks and Rec worker and he pointed out the pile of wood in the corner of the park (see it in the top corner of the picture above?). He told us the Whitewater Gorge Suspension Bridge and the rest of the trail were found around that corner.

My husband and I both commented to ourselves that signs might be needed to help tourists find the suspension bridge. After all, it was mentioned in one or two pamphlets as a place everyone needs to see.

The Whitewater Gorge Suspension Bridge had to be the least taken care of suspension bridge I have ever been on, and I have been on a few in my travels. The step up to it was broken off. The boards were in okay shape, but the bridge rocked so badly I felt like it might tip over and end up in the water. Probably not a suspension bridge I would seek out if you are afraid of water or heights.

The southern end of the Cardinal Greenway is in Richmond, Indiana.

This picture above was a cool moment for me. You see, we live in Marion, Indiana at the northern end of the Cardinal Greenway. I bike and run on the Greenway all the time. However, I have never gone the entire 62 miles of it–although it is a desire of mine to bike it someday.

Somehow seeing where I would come out if I were ever to purse such a long bike ride created the desire in me to make it a reality a little sooner–perhaps 2018?

Veteran's Memorial Park in Richmond, Indiana.

As I mentioned above, we parked at the Veteran’s Memorial Park on the WhiteWater Gorge Trail. We did take a few minutes to explore the memorial. There are several tanks to look at and plaques to read.

Little Sheba's Restaurant in the Depot District of Richmond, Indiana.

For lunch, we headed back into the Depot district where I got my morning coffee. This time we stopped at Little Sheba’s Restaurant. The restaurant spans three historic buildings. It was bustling when we got there, so it seems to be quite a local favorite.

I can see why–the food was excellent! Plus it was reasonably priced. The two of us ate for under $25 including a 20% tip. The portions were a fair size for the price. We both had potato salad as the side and could tell that it was made in restaurant and not from some giant pre-prepared tub.

 Thistlethwaite Falls in Richmond, Indiana.

We thought the suspension bridge was hard to find, but Thistlethwaite Falls was  even more difficult. The tourist guide gave this as directions: “This beautiful waterfall is located just south of Waterfield Road, just a short hike from Springwood Park.”

Sounds simple, but Google maps on my phone wouldn’t bring up Springwood Park. I had to go into Safari and find a map that showed where it was, plus a school near it. We then entered the name of the school into Google maps and that got us close enough to find the park on our own.

There is a small parking area across the road from Springwood Park. From it you can see an entrance to a dirt trail, but there are no signs at the start of it to say it is indeed the falls site. You need to hike the trail a few feet and you will see the Thistlethwaite Falls sign. To see the best view of the falls you have to go down a flight of old concrete stairs.

These are not natural falls, but ones created by blasting and then used to provide water power to a local sawmill.

The falls are small, but beautiful. We didn’t stay long because it had started to rain.

Joseph Moore Museum in Richmond, Indiana.

Since it was raining, we decided to take in a free indoor museum: the Joseph Moore Museum. This museum is found on the campus of Earlham College. It is rather small; it took us less than 30 minutes to see it all and we read all the signs.

If you go, make sure to go downstairs and see the Egyptian mummy. And if you have little ones they will probably like the skeletons of the giant prehistoric animals.

Tiffany Stained Glass Window Trail in the downtown area of Richmond, Indiana.

The rain had ended while we were in the museum. We hopped in our truck and headed to the Tiffany Stained Glass Window Trail in the downtown area.

Richmond has several churches with Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows. You can also see the ones made for the old library hanging up in the windows of the new library. To see these stained glass windows from the inside, you have to book a tour in advance and unfortunately we did not.

However, we still enjoyed gazing at the fantastic architecture of these churches. If we were to make it to in Richmond again though (and I guess we will when we pick up our RV), I would like to see if we could squeeze in a tour of the interior of these buildings so that we can see the full beauty of their windows.

 Hayes Arboretum in Richmond, Indiana.

Our last stop before we headed out of town was the Hayes Arboretum. There we walked a portion of the auto tour loop so that we could get a good view of the Morton arch that once was an entrance to the Morton High School in downtown Richmond, which was destroyed in a fire in 1924.

It was later moved to this spot in preparation for an opening of a garden nursery. Now it stands in the middle of a forest greeting visitors.

The portion of stump my husband is standing behind was part of an old growth tree that use to stand in nearby Brookville and was logged before they damned the area in the early 1970’s.

Tea and cookies! The perfect end to our date day in Richmond, Indiana.

We finished our time in Richmond at McAlister’s where we picked up cookies and tea (well, soda for the hubby and sweet tea for me)

Yes, I know McAlister’s is not original to Richmond Indiana. My excuse is that we don’t have one in our town and I was craving their sweet tea.

What amazed me at the end of our day was how many things we left unseen in Richmond. We never searched for fairies on the Enchanted Fairy trail. We didn’t see all of the murals. It was the wrong time of year to smell the roses at the Richmond Rose Garden. We didn’t play disc golf at Glen Miller Park or hike the trails at Cope Environmental Center. Plus the area had several more museums, some free some charging an admission.

Oh well, I guess we will have to have another date day in the area when we pick up our travel trailer.

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15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

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Is there no time left in your schedule for another job, but you would like a bit more money each month? Did you know that you can earn gift cards in little pockets of time throughout your day? Possibly from doing things that you already do without getting paid. You absolutely can! In fact, I have readers who have told me they receive close to $100 a month using these 15 websites and apps for earning gift cards.

Earn money from home in the form of gift cards using this list of websites and apps.

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

The secret to earning the most through these programs is to sign up for several and then figure out which ones work best for you. If I can figure out how to earn $5 or more a month in gift cards from a company without being on the computer or a smartphone all day, I keep an active account with them. $5 might not sound like much, but if you make $5 at several companies and perhaps $10 or more at others, those small streams add up to a nice stack of gift cards each month.

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

Shopping Apps

1. Ibotta

The Ibotta app gives you rebates when you complete various tasks for a product in the app and then take a picture of the receipt of purchase for the product you choose at the store you choose and upload it to the app. You can also earn cash back on online purchases by tapping on the store you want to shop at in the Ibotta app and then shopping through the app.

My referral code for Ibotta is qttqg and right now when you use it at sign-up you get a $5 bonus after your first complete transaction–offer can change at any time, but usually there is some bonus for entering a referral link at sign up

2. Shopkick

Shopkick is the app that pays you to browse. You don’t have to purchase anything to earn gift cards through the Shopkick app. You simply sign in when you enter select stores and earn kicks just for coming in the store. You can also get kicks for purchases or for scanning items in the store while you shop. They also have a section where you can earn points for shopping online.

My referral code for Shopkick is KICK040635–use it during sign-up and you get 250 kicks when you complete your first walk-in or scan within 7 days of signing up.

3. BerryCart

If you shop for organic, gluten-free or NON-GMO foods, then you are going to want to sign up for BerryCart. It works like a rebate program giving you money back for certain natural food purchases when you upload your receipt.

Go here to sign-up for BerryCart.

4. Fetch Rewards

Fetch Rewards is an app that  offers points when you buy one or more products made by a brand on their list of over 150. Simply scan your receipt and then fetch your reward.

Enter my referral code RE9U and receive 1500 points when you complete one receipt.

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

Cash Back Companies

5. Top CashBack

Top Cashback offers higher cash back rates than most rebate companies. There is no minimum payment threshold with Top Cashback. Plus you can get an extra 2.5% when you choose an Amazon gift card code for your form of payment. Their list contains over 3,200 online stores.

Go here to sign up for Top CashBack

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

Programs With Multiple Ways To Earn: Some You Are Already Doing For Free!

6. Swagbucks

Swagbucks pays you random points to search through their site. The best way to earn Swagbucks is to download their toolbar or make the site your home page so that you remember to enter all your searches through them.

$5 gift cards start at 450 points for an Amazon card and you can easily earn at least one a month by doing nothing but entering all your searches through their site. Earn a few more by doing just a few additional point earning activities that will cost you just minutes a day.

New to Swagbucks? Check out my post 10 Simple Ways To Earn Gift Cards With Swagbucks.

Go here to sign-up for Swagbucks.

7. MyPoints

Get points by shopping online through Mypoints. You don’t have to shop though; you can also earn points by clicking the emails they send you, answering survey’s, printing coupons, downloading their search bar and much more.

How much you earn depends on how many things you do. $10 gift cards to various restaurants and stores start at 1600 points.

Here is the tutorial I wrote on the 7 different ways to earn with MyPoints.

Go here to sign-up for MyPoints

8. InstaGC

The insta in instaGC stands for instant gift card redemptions–gotta love that. That is right, no waiting for your gift card. I also like that you can cash out at just 100 points for a $1 Amazon gift card code and reaching 100 points isn’t that hard.

Here is my tutorial on instaGC: My Favorite Ways To Earn With InstaGC.

Go here to sign-up for InstaGC

9. iRazoo

iRazoo offers a few simple ways to earn such as watching videos or searching the web through their search bar. They also have a large survey selection and a section where you can earn points for playing games. If you don’t like lengthy surveys I suggest sticking to playing their videos in the background as you do other things. Doing this regularly should lead to you earning a $5 gift card each month. Not much, but it certainly is a simple way to earn a gift card.

Get 500 points at sign up when you use my referral code, EAZKPH . That is a pretty nice sign-up bonus! (works out to $1.25 with current 3000 points for a $5 gift card value)

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

Survey Companies

10. Mintvine

MintVine offers several other ways to earn points besides surveys, but surveys are where the biggest point payoffs are. Each day you can earn 5 points simply by taking a few seconds to participate in their daily poll. Cash outs begin at $10, and there are a variety of different gift card options. You can also request a deposit into your PayPal account.

In MintVine’s survey area, you will find a box beside each survey that tells you how long each survey should take. I have tested this feature out and found it to be accurate. You are also often given a few points for filling out the qualifying questions for a survey you didn’t get into.

Go here to sign-up for Mintvine

11. Paidviewpoint

If you really don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to surveys, but you don’t mind answering a few questions in exchange for a gift card now and again, PaidViewpoint is for you. In general, their surveys take less than 5 minutes to fill out, and you get paid for every one. The longest survey I have been a part of was probably right around the 15-minute mark, and I did earn more for it than the short ones.

The cash out threshold for PaidViewpoint is $15, and you can currently get it in the form of a PayPal deposit, Amazon gift card code or a Walmart gift card.

Go here to sign-up for Paidview Point

12. Prize Rebel

Prize Rebel offers a good mix of ways to earn gift cards and delivers those gift cards to your email inbox in around 24 hours. Their cash out level is low, meaning you don’t have to wait around forever to cash out and they have a huge selection of gift cards to choose from.

Here is my tutorial on the 9 ways to earn gift cards with Prize Rebel.

Go here to sign-up for Prize Rebel

13. Survey Junkie

I am just getting started with testing out Survey Junkie. So far I like what I see. They offer numerous e-code gift card options with cash outs starting at 1,000 points.

Go here to sign up for Survey Junkie

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

Brand Loyalty Programs

14. Kellogg’s Rewards

Kellogg’s Family Rewards is a brand loyalty program that gives you points when you purchase Kellogg’s products and upload the receipt to the website. You can also register your store loyalty cards and then your points will be automatically added for you. I get most of my points from free codes found over at Money Saving Mom.

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

Mystery Shopping Apps

15. Mobee

I signed up for Mobee, but I have not yet been able to get into a mission to try it out–small town problems. However, the reviews for the app are pretty decent and from what I can tell they offer various gift card options including a $5 Starbucks card for 500 points.

Use my referral code PN1F at sign-up to receive bonus points when you complete your first mission.

Know of another place to earn gift cards? Share it in the comments so I can check it out!

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How To Tame Children’s Toy Clutter: Say Goodbye To Toy Overwhelm

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How can tiny humans attract so many things? That was something I asked at least once a week when my children were young. It seemed like my entire day revolved around feeding, clothing and cleaning up after them. And the biggest thing in the cleanup department was dealing with their toys.

Bath toys, outdoor toys, building toys, big toys, little toys, and more toys, toys and toys! It wasn’t until child number three came along six and a half years after child number one that I finally had created a system for keeping toy clutter tamed that seemed to work for our family. Today I am sharing that system with you.

Get control of toy clutter with these organizing solutions. A step by step plan for kids' toy clutter that really works.

How To Tame Children’s Toy Clutter

Give It A Defined Space Limit

Before you do anything about the number of toys, your child (or children) own, you must first decide how much room you have for them.

Toy collections can grow large fast! Mostly thanks to the fact that they are usually not expensive, especially if you shop smart and free ones are available everywhere you turn–yes, I am talking about you Happy Meal toys!

Set up a few areas in your home where you are willing to have toys. The family room and your child’s or children’s bedroom for starters. Place bins and shelving in these areas so you know what your toy space limits are before you start your toy purge. Don’t forget to put a small bin in the bathroom for bath toys and something in your yard or garage for outside toys.

We had shelving units similar to these when our children were little for storing toys. They held up well (we are still using them in our home-just for other things now). I used laundry baskets, plastic bins with lids or inexpensive dishpans to hold toys.

If You Can, Keep One Room Of Your Home Toy Free

While you are planning out your toy storage, I highly recommend you also decided where toys will not go. There is nothing wrong with having at least one area of your home be toy free.

When my kids were growing up, the TV room where my husband and I liked to relax in the evenings was mostly toy free. The kids could have their toys in there during the day, but at the end of the day, I placed any toys found in the TV room in a basket that lived in the corner of the room. When that basket started to get full, I made a point of putting the toys back in their proper homes.

This got rid of my mental “agggghhhhh!! There are toys everywhere!!!!” stress–at least in the evening.

How To Tame Children's Toy Clutter: Say Goodbye To Toy Stress

Perform A Toy Purge

Now that you have decided how much room you have for toys and where to store them, it is time to carry out a major toy purge. You might have to be brutal to get the kids’ toy collection to fit in its defined space, but it will be worth it.

If your child is under three, you can probably do this all by yourself. The chances of them even noticing is minimal, and my guess is you truly know what toys they love and what toys they never play with.

With children ages three to six I personally think it depends on the child; some will notice and some won’t. If you think they won’t, I would do it alone, but I would keep the toys I purged in an area they don’t access and keep them there for at least a month. That way if they do ask for it, you can magically make it reappear and if they don’t ask for it within a few weeks, then the toys can be donated or resold.

With children older than six I would include them. They need to learn at a young age that not everything they either buy or are given can be kept forever. Show them how much space they have for toys and let them do the hard job of picking which ones stay. You can stay and help, but let them make the final choices.

Psst…If you are planning to resell the toys that you didn’t keep, visit my Reselling tips page for help with selling your items fast and for top dollar.

Don’t Let The Toys Outgrow The Space

With your toy purge complete make sure that you don’t let the toy collection outgrow the boundaries you set for it again. To keep this from happening you need to do mini purges of your toys bins regularly. Which brings me to my next point.

How To Tame Children's Toy Clutter: Say Goodbye To Toy Stress

Before Every Birthday And Christmas Do A Toy Purge

Birthdays and Christmas are generally where the bulk of the new toys come from in most homes. Make a point to schedule a toy purge for each child before these particular dates. This will make room for the new and help you avoid having to do a major toy purge ever again.

Give And Encourage Others To Give Clutter-free Gifts

To decrease the number of toys you have to purge why not give your kids clutter-free gifts and suggest others do too.

Here are a few suggestions

  • Tickets to their favorite place to visit like the zoo or children’s museum.
  • Certificate of enrollment in a class they have wanted to try.
  • Gift cards to their favorite restaurant.
  • Art supplies that can be used up like new felts, crayons, or a craft kit.

Psst…Did you know that Hollar has an entire section devoted to kids’ arts and crafts supplies and that it includes Crayola products at great prices? Use my referral link (these words in blue) to create a Hollar account and get a $5 credit (this deal could change at any time).

How To Tame Children's Toy Clutter: Say Goodbye To Toy Stress

Consider Toy Rotation

If storage space is minimal in your home or if you just couldn’t get the kids to let go of as many toys as you would have liked, try toy rotation. Buy a big bin with a lid and place the toys that don’t fit in the defined storage area within it. Put the bin out of sight and mind–a closest, garage, basement or attic are all perfect places.

On a day when it seems like the kids are bored with all their current toys, bring out the bin and tell them they can have these toys if they refill the bin with toys that are currently out. Or you can surprise them by doing this on your own during nap time or after they have gone to bed.

Have At Least One Daily Clean Up Time And Include The Kids

This right here is a game changer. Often we adults feel like there are too many toys not because there are, but because the kids have spread them everywhere.

When my children were little either before dinner or before bed, they would help me pick up all their toys for the day and put them away. When they were in bed for the night, I would do one last sweep of the living areas to make the living area floors and furniture toy free for the evening.

How To Tame Children's Toy Clutter: Say Goodbye To Toy Stress

 

Realize This Is A Season

The last area I decluttered during my 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home challenge was they toy basket that sat in the corner of our family room. At that point, it hadn’t been touched in years (grief over the loss of several loved ones caused me to let clutter pile up for a while). When I cleared it out, I cried. Never in all the years of picking up toys day after day did I think I would one day find myself crying over toys disappearing from my home, but I did.

The toy season of your children’s childhood will only last so long. One day you will realize it has been ages since you accidentally stepped on a lego or sat on a barbie. When you see a toy mess and you start to feel stressed by it, pause, take a deep breath and thank God for the little ones that made it.

Psst…need help and support with decluttering your home? Join my Snail Pace Clutter Removers Facebook group where we battle clutter one pile at a time.

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