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 — While it's all the rage, Beth Iepson admits she was rather terrified of the idea of an Instant Pot at first. "I was honestly scared to use it just because I had seen my mom's older pressure cooker — this scary thing. You always picture the top blowing off, I don't know why," says the 29-year-old owner of Elisabeth Eden Photography. "It doesn't even let you open it unless it's done so there's no way you can mess it up." Iepson was introduced to the Instant Pot last summer by a foodie friend.
FARGO — We often consider it a "strength." We boast about it on our resumes and refer to it when asking for a raise or proving our worth in the workplace. We smile, assuming it makes us a valuable player in this game of life. Though under high levels of stress, we wear "multitasker" as a badge of honor, despite the studies and statistics that show there's nothing righteous or healthy about it. Experts say switching between tasks comes at the cost of a 40 percent loss in productivity. Interrupting one task to focus on another can even affect our short-term memory.
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 — 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:
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.