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Away With The Red Accent Wall: Try A Feature Wall Instead

I remember when my mom carefully chose that shade of red. It was bold, it was vibrant, it was exactly what our prominent entryway wall needed. It would add life to our family home. It would make a statement. It would boast, “I am trendy.” But that accent wall is now a thing of the…
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Small Ways To Save: Day-to-Day Ideas When Every Penny Counts

Saving money has always been a challenge for me. I’m the reason big box stores line checkout aisles with dollar-bin items. I’m impulsive. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve gone into a store to “browse” and not left without a bag in my hand. I imagine—as a child—I was the…
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A Night At The Track: Where Age Is Just A Number

The neighbor kids at the lake introduced me to a different world this summer. Brothers Alex (11) and Tucker (10) had taken up go-kart racing over the summer. One Sunday afternoon, their dad, Myron, explained the family’s crazy summer schedule. On Mondays they raced in West Fargo, on Wednesdays they could head to Grand Forks…
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How To Make Siri Your Personal Secretary

For all the Android-loving fans in the world, this article does not pertain to you. (And I’m very sorry for your loss.) But for all my Apple-loyalists, this information should be very useful. So let’s get to it! I discovered the ‘Hey Siri’ feature on my phone about a year ago. Many of you may…
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Building Like A Boss: How To Make The Trendiest Home Build Choices

My dad has always been a handyman. Even as a little girl, I wondered how any husband could (or would) ever be able to compare to my dad. He is the jack of all trades, the cream of the crop, a grease monkey and a self-taught carpenter and electrician. Let’s face it, my dad can…
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May Justice Be Served (And Netflix Be Watched): ‘Making A Murder’ Season 2

It has been 267 days since Making a Murderer was released. It was the hype surrounding the show that made me curious. What was it all about? Having planned to watch just an episode or two (to get filled in), I was surprised when I quickly became addicted (and obsessed) with the the show. So…
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The Perfect ‘Winetail’ Recipe For Fall Holidays

I cannot—will not—hide my love for wine. It all started with Washington Hills Riesling. I was vacationing in Arizona with grandma when she introduced me to it three years ago. I always wanted to like wine, but never seemed to find one sweet enough for my liking. That is, until Washington Hills came into my…
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Patio Pounders: 6 Wines For Late Summer And Early Fall

It seems every time I scrolled through Instagram this summer, there was at least one post captioned “#RoséAllDay”. Having graduated from super sweet wines like moscato, white zin and riesling to dryer wines awhile back, I wasn’t all that interested in rosé. But still, I was curious. What is it about this super pretty, pink…
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My Favorite Stranger: Mr. Sunshine

It’s been months since I’ve found my favorite stranger. It’s not that there aren’t great people out there… perhaps it’s just because of my eyes haven’t been open. When you’re whirling around in the chaos of life, it’s hard to appreciate the little things. It’s when you least expect it that another favorite stranger appears…
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Mobile Money: The Down-Low On Finance Apps

Over the last year, I have become obsessed with finances. Blame it on adulthood, blame it on nerdiness, but I’m proud to say researching finance tools, tips and tricks puts me in my happy place. It started with the discovery of the Mint app, followed by tips from the tax man and clever ways to…
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