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 — It's easy to blame our parents for the husbands and wives we don't have. For a sliver of the population, parents have made marriage look easy — effortless, really. With seemingly perfect relationships, those couples unconsciously convince us that fairy tales exist — that Prince Charming and the fair maiden are just one swipe away, waiting for the perfect moment to plant that earth-shattering kiss that will launch us into life ever after.
It's that time of year. We bask in the sun, breathe in the fresh air and exhale a sigh of relief as we lounge outdoors with a cold drink — not only are the rays hotter, the drinks are lighter. Back in January, we may have indulged in a warm, creamy cocktail, but in spring and summer, spirits are clear. Elijah "Poppa Shakes" Larson, bartender at Proof Artisan Distillers in Fargo, says just because the season's cocktails are lighter in color, doesn't mean they're void of flavor.
They're prominent on Pinterest, the star of HGTV and the epitome of Joanna Gaines' style. Pergolas dominate the outdoor landscaping scene, adding character to front porches, outdoor kitchens, backyard seating areas, gardens and above natural gas firepits. But Deckmasters' manager Josh Smook says they're nothing new. In fact, the first reference to a pergola dated back to the 1640s during the late Medieval period when builders created tunnels or pathways made from wood shoots bound together to form arches with woven plants and green growth, according to Fifthroom.com.
FARGO — Ditch the cliche card and personalized mug. Save money on the flowers. When your grad walks across the podium to accept their diploma, smile knowing that the gift you chose is useful. Instead of $20, you took that one extra step to give the gift of financial security, improved health, knowledge or a new skill. This year, rise above the norm and give a your grad something purposeful. Investing in stock Thanks to companies like Stockpile, you can now give the gift of stock in increments as low as 99 cents.
FARGO — Time is money and money is time. But without a little organization, it's easy to lose track of both. In 2017, productivity is a hot commodity. When the activities from our personal lives collide with the chaos of a jam-packed work schedule, we grasp for something — anything — to make our every day to-do lists easier to manage. Thankfully, technology — like productivity apps — have enabled us to get a better grip, leveraging their organizational and managerial features.
FARGO — In the Midwest, many know the vulnerable feeling that comes with baring dry, pasty arms and legs in the spring. As the temperature increases, so does our affinity for fewer layers and therefore more skin exposure. But why is it that our skin feels like rough crocodile scales after winter?
In the Midwest, summers are the golden hour — or rather, season — of life. The beautiful weather encourages those of us who have been cooped up all winter to get outside for various activities including weddings, family vacations and reunions, local events and weekends at the lake. With a full schedule, the shoes on your feet must be packable, versatile and comfortable for all of summer's great adventures.
FARGO — We know what you're thinking: Your life is going to be different. We thought that, too. But it's not. We felt the goosebumps. We witnessed proud parents gather to watch us stroll across the podium and receive our degree. We threw our caps in victory, knowing the time spent studying and test-taking had finally paid off. Alas, there was something to show for it. And we have many lessons to share with new grads.
FARGO — Now that the snow has melted (again) and spring has begun to show its true colors, many homeowners in the area will begin to get that itch: the urge to spring clean. After a long winter of tracking snow and ice indoors, Bobbie Goulet, supervisor at Cloud 9 Cleaning, says homeowners want to start cleaning, bringing in the freshness of a new season.
FARGO — "Wow, I didn't realize my lashes were this long." "I can't believe they can even curl like that." "I feel like I don't even have to wear makeup." This what many women are saying after trying the latest beauty trend: lash lifting and tinting. While eyelash extensions have been around since the 1870s, lash lifting and tinting is a relatively new procedure that debuted in salons around the Fargo-Moorhead area in the last couple of months. The results are creating buzz.