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Carol Mullins

Nature lover, creating beautiful spaces & community connections. Conservation, hiking, biking mom of three and of lover of two big fur babies.
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"Floriography"Floriography: an Illustrated Guide to the Victorian Language of Flowers by Jessica Roux
Book
Pair an orange blossom with Lilly for a wedding, or forget-me-not and cypress for funeral. This book has taught me so much about the meaning of flowers, a secret language during Victorian times. My daughter got this for my birthday and knows how much I love botany, horticulture and flowers. The content is intriguing. The artwork in this book is beautiful and inspirational for sketching and doodling.
"Nature's Best Hope" by Douglas Tallamy
Book
Earth day is coming, and you need this book! A quick and easy read. Tallamy gives practical advice backed in science. It motivates you to have conversations with your neighbors for living in harmony with nature by protecting the environment, one yard at a time. I've been planting natives to encourage pollinators, and this book really hit home. I
16' Triangle Shade Sail by Colour Tree
Patio Furniture
Very durable. I ordered the orange and the color has not faded over two years. I ordered from Wayfair, they have many bright, fun colors and more muted tones. You can adjust the sail depending on the light angle.
A.M. Leonard Soil Knife
Gardening
My favorite tool for the yard and beyond. A.M. Leonard Soil Knife. Use it to dig, separate roots, plant bulbs, cut through plastic pots, weed and more.
Ames Pony Forged Round Point Spading Shovel
Shovel
The durability and light weight Ash handle makes all the difference. The right tool for planting trees and shrubs, the pointed end cuts through sod, tough roots or Indiana clay soil.
Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Cream
Moisturizer
With all of the hand washing we're doing, a good hand cream is essential. This one is free of parabens, mineral oils, petrolatum products. I like the clean fragrance and order online directly from Aveda.
Banord Led Outdoor String Lights, 48ft Patio Lights
Outdoor Light
Bought these two years ago and they are still going strong. Plastic bulbs, commercial grade and bright.
Bullymake Box
Subscription
With a super chewer this can't be beat.
Busters Organic Hemp Oil for Canine
Pet Care
Buster Hemp helps my pup after a long day on the trails, when she was stiff and sore. Don't take my word for it. Try it yourself, your pup will thank you.
Cannondale Adventure Hybrid Bicycle
Bike
Vey light weight, shock absorbers on the handles and seat, beefy enough for panniers and tie-downs. the seat is very comfortable. I also like the fact that I can ride on paved trails, streets, grass and dirt trails.
Canva
App
I've been using the free version for two or three years and have only purchased a couple graphics. I've tried the paid version and its more user friendly.
Case Mate Rifle Paper Company Iphone 12+ Cover
Phone Case
Strawberry Fields Case Mate, adds a bit of whim while protecting my phone.
Copper Spade Cedar Bluebird Bird House
Bird House
This birdhouse was perfect for our little friends.
Cozy Earth Bamboo Sheet Sets
Linens
These are soft, comfortable, and light-weight. Made from renewable bamboo, they're also good for the environment.
Craftsman 6 Cubic Ft Steel Tray Wheelbarrow, Steel
Wheelbarrow
So many new versions of an old classic, but I’m sticking with the classic. The 6 Cubic bucket design, has a new twist, steal handles. Maneuverability, tipping and use. A wheelbarrow hauls all your tools to and from the worksite. Use it for mulch, but please remember … No volcano mulching! It’s my biggest pet peeve. If you don’t know, look it up and Don’t do it.
Craftsman V20 1/2-In 20-Volt Max Variable Speed Brushless Cordless Hammer Drill
Drill
Love this drill, the charge stays for along time, the chuck is easy to change bits and the weight isn't too heavy when doing a lot of work, like installing a fence.
Croc Shoes
Shoes
I wear these around the house or running out to the store. I love my crocs. They are comfortable, durable great when watering my garden, because I don't have to worry about them getting wet. I also wore these at the gym/pool/locker-room. They slip on and off easily.
Darn Tough (Style 1958) Women's Hiker Hike/Trek Sock - Plum Heather, Medium
Socks
One of my favorite pairs of socks. The quality, double stitching, reinforced heel and toe, the way it has a little hug feature going around your arch and the color is so fun. The ankle height is perfect.
Designworks Inc. Journal
Journal
I love the feel of this journal with a more formalized page, lines printed with date of entry at the top. I use this one for all my quotes, and sayings that I want to remember. The cover is buttery soft.
Eat to Live Cookbook
Cookbook
The content of this book is good on reducing inflammation that causes disease. Based from Dr. Furhman's book "Eat to Live," the recipes focus on foods that reduce inflammation to cure disease and correct body metabolism.
Emergen-C Vitamin C Super Orange
Supplement
A great boost of Vitamin C, B and other essential nutrients. When I feel a cold coming on, I drink and extra glass.
Felco 2
Pruning Shears
These are the best garden pruners for the price. Get the holster for safe storage while you work.
Food to Live By
Book
One of my favorite cookbooks from Earthbound Farms. I've been pulling recipes from this book for 10 years. The pictures are enticing and the recipes are very tasty. Organic food, lots of veggies.
Garret Wade Puncture Resistant Gardening Gloves
Garden Gloves
Along with my West Country gloves these Garret Wades are great for tougher projects. The reinforced palm wraps around the hand. No pokes when working with thorny shrubs and stickers.
Ghodec - Grow Lightghodec Gooseneck W/Timer
Plant Care
My houseplants needed a bit of light in winter and this grow light does the job. I liked it so much I bought three. The adjustable gooseneck can bend and twist and the clip makes it adaptable for just about anywhere.
Goodr Sunglasses
Sunglasses
These have rubber, no-slip pads on the nose and arms, and polarized. If you hike, bike, gardening, or any outdoor activities these are comfortable and come in so many fun colors.
Katie Daisy Journal
Journal
I have a collection of the thinner journals and they are just the right size. Thin enough to tuck into your pack, jot down thoughts and not weigh you down. I like the paper is 8.5 x 11 and folded to make saddle stitched binding which also means less bulk.
Keen Women's Steen's Waterproof Boot
Boots
I got these for Christmas and they have quickly become my favorite. They are comfortable, water proof so my feet stay dry on those muddy spring walks.
Kirkland Signature Nature's Domain, Salmon & Sweet Potato
Dog Food
My dogs previous and current (20 years) have all done well on the Costco Nature's Domain, Salmon and Sweet Potato. The salmon really helps with a beautiful coat.
Klean Kanteen Insulated 32 Oz Water Bottle
Water Bottle
Can't beat the "Klean Canteens." these stay warm and cold all day. Actually, they stay cold for days. I like the lid/loop that makes it easy to carry and or tie to the side of a pack. It's BPA-free, seal-proof with a lifetime guarantee, and love the color shown here:
LOOBANI Portable Dog Sling for Back Legs
Dog Sling
My Rigby had a torn ACL. This sling was perfect to help her around and give her the right amount of support after surgery. The soft padding on her tummy kept the sling from curling up like the cheaper ones. Your pup will thank you.
Nature Spring Green Foam Kneeling Pad
Gardening
Sometimes you just need a little padding under your knees when pulling weeds or planting. This kneeler is just the right size with and the handle opening makes it easy to carry.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen
Sunscreen
I'm outside, sometimes all day and having a great sunscreen is important. I like Neutrogena for its protection factor, hypoallergenic, absorbs quickly and leaves my skin dry, not oily. Too much lotion and sunscreen can make me break out and Neutrogena doesn't clog pores. Free of Sulfate, PABA, dyes and aluminum.
Old Navy - Extra High-Waisted Powersoft Light Compression Hidden-Pocket Leggings
Leggings
I love these Old Navy leggins with high waist and hidden pocket. Did you know Old Navy, Athleta, GAP and Banana Republic are the same company. The waist is high enough to keep you covered when bending, or doing those silly crab crawl exercises, and the quality is very durable. Double stitched and fun patterns and solids.
Orgain Clean Protein
Protein Shake
When you need a quick protein boost, high protein (20grms), no soy and gluten free.
Peet's Coffee Major Dickason's Blend
Coffee
Perfect blend, dark brew and bold.
Pendleton Blanket
Blanket
Favorite blanket for just about anything. Quality wool keeps you warm, good for taking on picnics and in the car for long trips.
Perky Pet Hummingbird Feeder, Pinch-Waist
Bird Feeder
This is the hummingbirds favorite feeder. The bee guard keeps wasps and other stingers from climbing into the vessel and the hummingbirds love the little rest feature.
Ritter Sport Mill Chocolate Butter Biscuit
Candy
If you like milk chocolate you'll love this candy bar.
Safer Brand 5110-6 Insect Killing Soap - Houseplants
Insecticide
Safe for the environment and targets specific pests directly on contact. The main ingredient is potassium salts. For gnats, mealy bug, spider mite and aphids. Avoid spraying on ornamental plants when pollinators are active, but good for houseplants all year.
Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away With Self -Cleaning Brushroll Upright Vacuum
Vacuum Cleaner
We were looking for a vacuum that handled dog fur and this does the job. Never looses suction and easy to empty. The only drawback is the Lift away can be somewhat awkward.
Sharpie S Gel Pens in White
Pen
I'm always looking for a good pen. This one is comfortable to hold, glides over the paper, has consistent fluid application. I like the new white color.
Shed Ender
Pet Grooming Supplies
The shed ender is great at removing hair from my two furry, fabulous fur babies. They are part Shepherd with thick coats. The only drawback is the comb size; it takes time to comb, but is worth the results. People are constantly asking where I get them groomed as it makes their coat shiny, smooth and healthy.
Smart Wool Socks
Socks
I love smart wool. The fit, reinforced toes and heal plus the way they wrap around your arch.
Stihl Folding Pruning Saw - 7Inch Blade, Model PS 30
Puzzle
For small branches and easy cuts, you can’t beat the Stihl folding saw. The quality is evident when you pick it up. Use it to cut through girdling roots before planting that tree. Then use it for all your gardening needs, from cutting large limbs on your shrubs to broken branches after a storm.
Suncast Indoor/Outdoor Stackable Recycle Bin Kit With Lids, Multi-Colored
Storage
These make recycling easy, stackable and easy to carry to recycle stations.
The Hidden Life of Trees
Book
Now grab a blanket and head out to sit in the shade of your favorite tree. Bring along “The Hidden Life of Trees” and learn about the interconnectedness of nature. Wohleben, discusses life, death, and regeneration unseen processes happening in nature we are unaware of. I love this book because is parallels trees, and the communities we live.We can’t be islands.
The Lorax by Dr. Suess
Book
Every child should have this book. The book’s final pages teach us that just one small seed, or one small child, can make a difference. Sidebar: When you spell Carol Backward... It’s Lorac. and I do speak for the trees
Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Seasoning Blend
Spices
Love this on salads, extra "everything" on bagels and sprinkled on just about everything.
Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange Chicken
Chicken
OMG! The Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange Chicken is the best. Pair it with their vegetable rice from the freezer section for a fast meal.
Trader Joe's Pervian Style Chimichurri Rice
Food
Another Trader Joes staple. Pair this with just about anything for a quick and tasty meal. Warning, its a bit spicy, but good.
Trader Joe's Roasted Gorgonzola Crackers
Snack
These are sooo good but hard to eat one serving. I love the TJ descriptor: "They put the crack in cracker." If you haven't yet, get a box and try these.
Trader Joe's Spatchcock Chicken
Chicken
Easy meal prep and very tasty. Open, put in a pan and bake. Add cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. Serve with Trader Joe's Vegetable or Chimichuri Rice.
Tree-Mate-O
Plant Care
Keep that newly planted tree stable for the first year with these wonderful supports that protect the fragile trunk and yet help the young tree until it establishes a good root system. Adjustable and durable, the Tree-Mate-O provides protective, flexible support, allowing a newly planted tree to gently sway while improving the form, taper, and root strength of the tree.
Ugg Coquette Slipper
Slippers
When hanging around the house, it's important to have happy feet! The furry lining make my feet happy.
Ultimate Productivity Planner
Planners
I got this 90 day productivity planner to keep me on track for those short term goals. With just a hint of nudging and hints in the beginning on setting those important goal, then throughout the planner to keep you on track.
Valley Splendor Cardinal/Songbird Food
Bird Feeder
I buy this at Costco, the cost and quality of the product makes for some happy birds.
Wacoal Sport Contour Underwire Bra
Sports Bra
As a larger busted lady, I need a bossy bra. Wacoal sports bra, Style 853302-gives great support, straps don't dig into my shoulders and it offers good coverage on the side. I got mine at Macy's. Love the Wacoal brand bra.
Wellness Complete Health Natural Dry Large Breed Puppy Food
Dog Food
When we adopted our pups, I was looking for a puppy mix with all the right ingredients. They loved Wellness Complete.
Work Pants for Women - Duluth Firehose
Women's Pants
These have to be the best working pants on the market. They come with so many pockets to stash your phone, keys, and stuff while your working in the elements. Durable, yet flexible, and so comfortable.
Worx Share 13" Cordless String Trimmer & Wheeled Edger
Yard Trimmer
I confess. I was taken in by an infomercial late at night. Fascinated by the ease of use, maneuverability and function. I've had this for three seasons and it doesn't disappoint. If you have a large yard, the weight is so light, I'd guess about 5 lbs. Easy start, easy to switch angle and the battery life is super. Changing the string is also a snap, literally. The replacement string just snaps in place. Can't say enough about this weed whacker. If you have a very small space, this is also perfect, because you can use it as a lawn mower. It maneuvers around lawn furniture too.

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Altum's Landscape & Horticultural Center
Nursery
A good place to find that special plant, shrub, tree or unique gift.
Amelia's
Grocery
Best Sourdough bread and pastries in the European tradition, right here in Indy south of DT.
Bedell Plumbing
Plumber
We used Bedell for sewer line clean out, excavation, and laying of pipe, from home to street. The service technician was courteous, and safe during Covid. He described the situation, gave a quick estimate and worked around our schedule. They completed the work in one day.
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing
Plumber
We used Benjamin Franklin for a plumbing issue. They were prompt and thorough.
Bone Dry Roofing
Roofer
Bone Dry came out after a hail storm to work with our insurance adjuster in getting an estimate on our roof.
Call Before you Dig 811
Excavation
Seattle
When selecting the tree, look above for power lines, keep it away from your home and make sure it won’t block a gorgeous view or oncoming traffic. More importantly, before that shovel hits the ground, call 811. Nothing spoils a tree planting quicker than a cut utility line. 811 will come out for free, mark utilities with paint or flags so that you don't unintentionally dig into an underground utility line and get zapped.
Dammann's Lawn & Garden Center
Landscaper
You can never have too many places to buy plants as far as I'm concerned. Any other plant enthusiast will tell you..... Spring is time to wander the nurseries. Dammann's has a great selection of perennials, trees, annuals and garden products. I always make at least one trip to the Dammans on Rockville Road each spring.
Eagle Creek Nursery & Landscape
Landscaper
Spring planting time is here and you can never have enough options for quality and selection. They have a great list of natives, pollinators, trees and annuals. Plus all the garden supplies you need.
Engledow Group
Landscaper
Engledow Exterior has a long reputation for quality landscape design and maintenance.
Griffith Cleaners
Laundry
The owners are very customer service oriented, friendly and make sure you are happy with the service. I've used them for fixing and altering hems.
Habig Garden Shop - the Cottage Garden
Nursery
Stop in for a flat of flowers, wonder around the gift shop for unique garden items. Habig has wonderful perennial selection, natives, annuals and Seasonal items in the winter.
Indiana Mulch & Stone
Landscape Architect
Marks Mix for planters, raised beds and ornamental planting is the best. I bought it by the truck load when I managed public spaces.
Jacob Mullins, Painter & Custom Art
Painter
I have attended many of the First Friday's where Jacob Mullins has shown work, which is ecclectic, and beautiful. He uses layered Gesso creative interpretation. Highly recommend. Fine Arts Trained, Oil Painter, Muralist at Thunderbird and several Indy locations.
Long Electric Co
Electrician
I worked with Long Electric to install street tree lights for Monument Circle in Downtown Indy. Long has given thousands of community service hours to make Downtown Indy vibrant and bright. Their staff and leadership is top notch.
Mr. Quik Home Services
Handyman
Denver
The Mr. Quik company came out to clean and service our furnace. They also do many other handyman services, including plumbing, electrical and heating. And they're quick.
Mullin Rental Service
Equipment Rental
Mullin Rental is our go to for equipment rentals. The process is easy and the owners can help you pick the right tool for the job. We've done yard aeration rentals, power post hole diggers for putting up the new fencing.
Newfields - Indianapolis Museum of Art
Art Gallery
Love the Art and Nature: 100 Acres, Gardens to visit for inspiration and calm, movies on a summer night. Can't wait for the immersive Van Gogh Exhibit. Spring Blooms when the campus is exploding with color. Art and Nature Park and Horticultural Society lectures.
PPG Porter Paints
Painter
Quality Sherwin Williams Paint, expert staff on the right paint for the project.
Quinn's Landscape
Landscaper
I hired Quinn Landscaping for out Neighborhood contract and the owner, Mike Quinn is great. Very professional, cares about quality and service and attentive to detail.
Site One Landscape Supply (Formerly Lesco)
Landscape Enhancement
Site One is the go to for bulk landscaping products.
Spence Restoration Nursery
Nursery
Great selection of native perennials and seeds. Marian University offers Spence Nursery plants at its annual spring native sale.
The Forest Flower
Nursery
If you love natives, great looking houseplants, annual baskets, perennials and veggies, this is the place for you. Shop local, great staff, knowledgable and fun. Bring the kids and pet the donkey.
Woody Warehouse Nursery Inc.
Nursery
They grow the trees and shrubs in Indiana and have a great selection of natives. So if you want natives, quality, good price and great customer service, go to the Woods.

Special Occasions

Bluebeard
Restaurant
We've gone here for family gathering for the best cocktails and fresh, local food. If you have a large party, reserve the private dining room. Service is exceptional, we love to order multiple items and share.
Eagle Creek Park Foundation
Recreational Activities
The best money spent is a foundation membership to Eagle Creek Park. Walk, Hike, Bike, Bird watching, Science and Nature classes and facilities, art, music in the summer, kayaking, boats, dog walking, runs, fitness trails, Go Ape. Too much to list. Its one of the largest city parks in the U.S. Check it out.
Half Price Books
Book Store
Great place to go to find books at a discount, most used, some new. If you have old books, don't throw them out. Consider recycling your books at half price books.
La Margarita
Restaurant
I love La Margarita. Dog Friendly and like the name says, great Margaritas. The Bar staff is always coming up with innovative flavors for a new twist on an old favorite. I can't wait to sit on the patio as the weather warms for authentic southwest cuisine. I've been going to LaMargarita for 20 and followed them from three locations to Fountain Square.
Longs Bakery
Bakery
The best donuts in the midwest.
Sun King Brewery
Brewery
Love the Cream Ale and just hanging out for concerts when the weather warms. Ready to get back downtown for summer night concerts and Sun King Cream Ale.
Taylor's Bakery
Bakery
Weddings, Birthdays or special occasions. I was surprised on my last Birthday with a Taylor's Carrot cake. It was so pretty. The pastries are wonderful too.
Thai Station Restaurant
Restaurant
Best Thai on the North side of Indy. Fresh, authentic and great service.
The Mono Lake Committee Bookstore
Book Store
Lee Vining, CA
Great selection of books, posters, gifts and a great little deli and coffee shop with outdoor space to enjoy your reads.
Thunderbird Indy
Restaurant
Go for the Cocktails, stay for the faire. Know for the killer cocktails they have a great menu too.
Tinker Street
Restaurant
So excited, I got word Tinker is Back! What do I recommend? Everything on the menu. A pleasure for the palette to be sure.
Traders Point Loft Restaurant and Creamery
Restaurant
Food is fresh from the farm and so good. Trails to walk off Dinner, concerts in summer, fun events through out the year and great patio seating overlooking the farm.

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Pets

A Different Dog
Pet Groomer
Took our pups for nail trims. Fast, friendly and affordable. We were right in and out and Julie made the dogs feel at ease.
Daisy Lane Veterinary Clinic
Veterinarian
Dr. Lesh takes her time to listen to concerns. Our dogs loved her, her staff and assistant Christana are very knowledgable, caring, and responsive to concerns via email and phone.
Michigan Road Animal Hospital at Crooked Creek
Animal Hospital
Helped us through one of the worst days ever. When our 14 year old Shephard Lab was at the end. Dr. Estes was so caring and kind, knowing we couldn't bear to let Julius go.
Stauffer Veterinary Surgical Center
Veterinarian
Dr. Stauffer came highly recommended by our vet, a dozen of our friends, and work associates. We were nervous about surgery but the staff and Dr. Stauffer put us at ease, took excellent care of Rigby and healing went well. She has full use of her leg now. If you're told your dog needs TPLO surgery, this is the place to go.
Tender Loving Pets Doggy Daycare
Doggie Daycare
Our dogs went to Tender Loving Pets Doggy Daycare when they were pups. Check in and pick up was curbside and so easy. They were excited to go and tired when picked up. The staff are dog lovers, and the location is easy access.
Wild Birds Unlimited
Pet Stores
Great place for all things aviary. Knowledgable staff and great gift ideas for the nature lover. Locations all around Indianapolis. https://www.wbu.com/
Zionsville Country Kennels
Kennel
OMG! This is the best doggy daycare and dog park for those who live on the NW side of Indy. Pre-Covid, I would drop off "the girls" before work and know they would have fun, be pampered and pooped when I picked them up. Monday's were always a discount on nail trims which was an added bonus.

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Wellness

Beauty

Real Estate

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A.G. Maas Company
Consumer Product
Owner and staff are awesome. This is a locally owned business that gives back to the community and offers great quality facility and janitorial supplies. They work hard to serve the community and it's so appreciated. I had a volunteer project and they were able to get the supplies on short notice. Highly recommend getting products from this local supplier.
Central Restaurant Products
Restuarant Supplier
Are you looking for that special kitchen utensil? Central Resturaunt supplies local restaurants, but its a hidden gem for homeowners and the novice who wants quality cookware and gadgets.
Clowes Memorial Hall
Performing Arts
Great place to see a concert. The sound quality in the theater is excellent, seating is comfortable and viewing is good. Unlike some venues, you have room to move and views are unobstructed.
Office Evolution Fishers
Business Services
Need space for that next meeting, Office Evolution has some great owners with years of experience for all your office needs. Contact them today for the best prices and space in Fishers.
Runner's Forum
Sports Equipment
This store is great for fitting with the perfect shoe, getting your arch support right and carrying all things for runners and wanna-be runners like me. My son is an ultra distance runner and this is I go for gifts for him. The staff is super knowledgable and they have gear for everyone.
Shapiro's Delicatessen
Deli
Another one of Indianapolis's iconic places. Just south of Downtown, the cafeteria dining for breakfast and lunch offers variety and convenience. Good place to gather for meetings if you're Downtown.

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