Category Archives: Inspiration

So much to celebrate on July 4 and every day

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At our house, the trip to Memory Fireworks with my son is an annual tradition. Sparklers, little poppers and those crazy snake things are bringing lots of joy as we celebrate freedom. It got me thinking about the beauty of celebration and why we should do more of it. For all types of celebrations- birthdays,…

Why We Love the Lake

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 The weekly exodus of vehicles on Friday afternoon and evening has begun. Those cars and trucks and campers, filled with food, beach towels, fishing rods and smiling faces, seem magnetized by the call of the water. We get to follow “rules” like these: Nap Often Watch the Sunset Go Boating Wake Up Smiling Soak Up…

Kids in the Kitchen: Common Ground for a Delicious Life 

A few weeks ago, I got to participate in an evening cooking event sponsored by CommonGround North Dakota. The ND women farmers who volunteer for CommonGround are focused on starting a conversation between growers and consumers. They talk about science, research and establishing trust in our food supply. And, once you grow it, how does…

Make a Summer Bucket List for 2016

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Here in Fargo, we do not take our summers for granted. We wait ever so patiently through the dark, frigid winter months, dutifully scraping ice off our car windshields, salting our sidewalks, shivering in our coats, all the while… dreaming of summer barbecues, lake adventures, and road trips. Now that summer has officially arrived, have…

Big, full brows are back- 5 ways to get the look

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When supermodel Cara Delevingne made her runway debut in 2011, it was almost as if nobody noticed the clothes she was wearing. The highlight of the show? Cara’s brows. Dark, thick, full, like a flashback to the iconic Brooke Shields’ legendary eyebrows from the ’80s. Cara seems to have singlehandedly sparked a brow revolution. Ask…

Take it easy on the sugar. You’re already sweet enough.

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The World Health Organization would like you to limit your consumption of sugar to 25 grams (about 6 teaspoons) per day. Seems doable, right? You might be surprised, because the average adult American consumes almost 4x that much sugar every day without even thinking about it! Unfortunately, our excessive sugar-nibbling has a whole slew of…

On Mothers and Mothering

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Many women celebrate and are celebrated on Mother’s Day. But since I am an older than average mother, and spent many years fearing that I would never have a child, I have a tender spot about this holiday. Some women are childless by choice, others by chance or circumstance. I try to be sensitive to…

Six wishes in honor of World Wish Day 

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One spring morning—back in 1980—a seven-year-old boy named Christopher received an unexpected phone call. It was a local police officer. “Chris, how would you like to take a ride in a real police helicopter?” Chris was ecstatic. He had been battling leukemia—and the battle was not going well. His mother knew that he loved police…

3 fun workouts that require no gym, no gear, and practically no time.

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When it comes to staying fit, the biggest barrier for most people is “lack of time.” It’s an understandable dilemma. After all, by the time you’ve driven yourself to the gym, parked, changed into your gym clothes, finished your workout or fitness class, showered, changed again, re-applied your makeup, and gotten yourself home (or back…

The magic of morning rituals.

You’ve probably heard the expression, “He must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed…” Turns out, that’s one of those old sayings that is rooted in scientific truth! One study from Ohio State University shows that if your morning starts out on a hectic, unpleasant note, you’re probably going to be less…