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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While many posts have the ability to surprise us on social media, one thing that is expected this time of year is changing Facebook statuses. News feeds highlight life milestones with a simple update from "single" to "engaged" or even "married." But what makes the holiday season a particularly popular time to tie the knot? Four couples share their New Year's engagement and wedding stories, shedding light on how and why they chose the day to celebrate their love. Propose already... I'm freezing
As New Year's revelers bid adieu to 2017 and ring in 2018, the bright promises of the new year are reflected in the sparkle and shine of the most stylish partygoers. "It's just one of the evenings where it's a tradition to go out and celebrate the end of a year and the beginning of something new," Laura Polanski, co-owner of Leela & Lavender boutique in Fargo. "I think that inspires people to get with their family and friends and have some fun."
FARGO — Some of life's most chaotic moments require all hands on deck. Whether that's multitasking in the kitchen, entertaining one child while holding the other or frantically cleaning before guests show up, sometimes it's all you can do to get by, desperately wishing for an extra hand. Technology to the rescue.
FARGO — December seems to come with a spirit of giving, sharing and supporting loved ones, the community and even complete strangers. It can be a magical time of year where acts of kindness fill the air with hope for mankind. This year, our features team wanted to do some sharing of our own. While our contribution might not be quite as meaningful as volunteering or as impactful as providing our financial support, we hope we can offer drink recipes that will add to your holiday memories as you gather around the table with family, friends and loved ones.
Worn to weddings, holiday parties, dates or a night out with friends, dresses are a staple in modern-day fashion. But they haven't always represented fun and freedom for women and girls. For some, they represent fragility, weakness and inequality. Blythe Hill, CEO and founder of the Dressember Foundation in Ashland, Ore., aimed to shed light on the garment's inconsistent messages.
Before the age of technology, diaries provided a much-needed space for teens to explore their feelings and identities. In 2017, social media has become the modern diary, providing an outlet for self-expression across each site. But when adults — including parents and grandparents — slowly started to infiltrate the sites, they became less attractive to teens who were forced to seek privacy, creating accounts hidden from family members. Thus, 'Finsta' was born. What is Finsta(gram)?
Broken friendships. Shattered love stories. Unexpected heart attacks. Fatal car accidents. Mass shootings. Just a few of life's tragedies that leave us fighting for the next inhale to grasp clarity and keep our head above water. For some, the pain is vivid — adulterous emails, diagnosis letters and caskets quickly cut through the denial we cling to so tightly.
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.