Alexandra Floersch has worked for Forum Communications since February 2015. She is a content producer and photographer who enjoys writing about finance, fashion and home.
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FARGO — On Thanksgiving (and many other holidays to come), families and friends gather in their cozy homes to eat, drink and probably fight about their political viewpoints. But if you're the type of person who needs a good laugh during family time — like seeing Grandma shake her backside like it's 1962 — then this your answer. Try your luck at these four, family-friendly games to keep Thanksgiving entertaining and your home light-hearted this year. Pinecone Toss Players: 2 or more Supplies:
Constructed in the 1970s by builder and architect Warren Diederich and his wife Irene, their mid-century modern home in Fargo is even more impressive on the inside than the outside. Deemed Fargo's highest-assessed property ($105,436 in 1974), the four-bedroom, five-bath residence is now home to Kirsten Bakke Diederich and her husband Donn. This year, the Diederichs have agreed to open their large, walnut front door in the name of charity.
FARGO — Toxic people come in many forms: our crotchety co-worker, corrosive cousin or constantly-complaining acquaintance. Sometimes they lurk in the shadows just waiting to appear when we least expect it: at a coffee shop, the post office or even in the grocery store. These people are often a prevalent part of our lives, served in daily doses that become lethal. Their toxicity is masked by years of friendship from which we can't separate.
FARGO — For many Halloween costume DIYers, the tradition was crafted early on. "My mom made a lot of cool costumes when we were young, and the time we spent putting costumes together made me feel special," says Erin Fallgatter of West Fargo, N.D. "In a world full of Power Rangers and Jasmines, I was the dead prom queen. Now that I'm a parent, I love to do the same with my own kids." For Carrie Schwanke, a special effects makeup artist and owner of Carrie's Twisted Art in Fargo, childhood was full of memories spent creating an original costume.
FARGO — While 580, 720 and 835 are just numbers, when associated with credit, they carry a lot of weight. In 2003, the American Bankers Association (ABA) Foundation — the nonprofit arm of ABA — founded "National Get Smart About Credit Day" which is celebrated on the third Thursday of October. In correlation with the organization's mission to provide financial education, the day (and even the month of October) gives bankers the opportunity to get out of the office to educate the public.
FARGO — When the chilly air sets in, locals retreat to their cozy abodes to sip on pumpkin spice lattes and relax. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy the festive fall colors and harbingers of the season inside the four walls of your home though. Just sharpen your scissors and plug in the hot glue gun because these three crafts — Faux Acorns made out of plastic eggs, adorable No-Sew Fabric Pumpkins and an elaborate (but effortless) DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece will create a home worth showing off all autumn long. Faux Acorns Supplies
FARGO — Sept. 22 may have marked the first day of autumn, but some fashionistas recognize the season differently. It's not only a time for pumpkin spice lattes, vibrant foliage and college football — it's also sweater weather. "Fall opens up a whole new level to get creative with fashion and your outfits," says Kelly Falk, owner of Kindred People boutique. "This is the biggest season we've seen with new trends in sweaters."
Silent sirens sound in our heads. We deny it for days, not wanting to admit our ridiculous reaction to changing plans. But eventually our internet search history unveils our true feelings — a nearly chest-collapsing weight that prompts the question "How can I live in the present?" With congested calendars as the norm, we've become accustomed to timelines and schedules that provide structure at work, next to our hard deadlines and urgent project proposals. But that same strategy breeds anxiety outside of work.
FARGO — Fashion rules are hard to follow. No socks with sandals. No clothing too big (or too small). Colors and patterns must "go." And please, don't fail to finish the look. Often men's fashion faux pas are displayed for the world to see. But for men who don't enjoy shopping in the first place, pointing out what not to wear may leave them wondering, "What is acceptable?" Here are seven trends to get men one step closer to a dashing wardrobe. 1. Contrasting collars and cuffs
Just admit it, men (generally) don't love asking questions. Whether it's directions to their destination, where the bean dip is located in the grocery store or the who, what, when, where and how of upcoming plans, many men would rather take a pass. That rule also applies to fashion. "Guys typically don't come in asking for stuff. You have to get it out of them," says Mikia Albrecht, men's fashion and swim manager at Scheels in Fargo. "A lot of guys don't like to shop. Most of them want to get in and get out, so it's easiest just to tell them what they want."