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TAYLOR JANE PHOTOGRAPHY Hi! I'm the Taylor in Taylor Jane Photography. I specialize in newborns, maternity and families. Photography is my passion and I pride myself on safety and education when handling the tiniest humans!
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I am so happy for warming weather and signs of green! I also feel styles from the 90s are in full bloom this spring. From puffy sleeves to tie-dye to mom jeans, these fun styles are making a comeback. Here are some ideas to get the whole family involved on these great spring styles.
TIE-DYE Tie-dye is coming back in so many ways. I have seen cute dresses, tops, skirts and even some tie-dye jean jackets. It is such a fun way to add some color to your look. One of my favorite tie-dye tops at Evereve employs puffy sleeves as well. It is such a feminine look for a casual style. The best way to wear this look is in the form of sweatshirts. They can be worn with jeans or leggings now or with shorts as temperatures rise.
FUN SNEAKERS I love when functional things come back into trend. I feel like anyone can get behind cute sneakers. I really like wearing mine with skirts too. You can wear them now and all summer long. I really enjoy a pair of printed sneakers I found that have some pops of neon in them. Styling printed sneakers is harder if you are a person that wears a lot of patterned clothing. So, when buying for this trend, keep that in mind. When pairing to patterned clothing, shoes with bold colors make matching easier. However, if you are wearing solid color items, go for patterned shoes that make a statement.
HIGH-RISE JEANS The high-rise jean is something I am so happy is back. I cannot do another low-rise jean. They generally are not flattering. I love that a high-rise jean is very slimming and gives you more of a waist. They can so easily be dressed up or down. Utilizing a messy tuck also assists in giving yourself more of a waist. A messy tuck gives your outfit a more polished look and is flattering rather than just leaving your shirt untucked.
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Life is for living. What do you live for? NEON COLORS Normally I think of spring as being all pastels and floral patterns, but this year neon is coming back in a big way. My two favorite neon colors are yellow and pink. This trend can easily be styled with tops and jeans. Wearing a pair of jeans, a neon tank and a jacket can be such a fun look and something that can be worn from day to night, or to work. In the cooler parts of spring, I love to try and find styles incorporating neon to help bring a cheery feel as the days warm.
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MIDI SKIRTS Longer skirts are a great spring staple. I always feel like I have so many different things to attend in the spring that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to have something to dress up and down. Midi skirts are coming in bold patterns. The leopard print ones seem to be everywhere. These are great because you can style them with a graphic tee, plain tee, or a tank depending on how dressy you want to be. I frequently style mine with sneakers or pumps as well. [ aw ] 0455_2-20
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will admit it, I would rather spend 10 minutes in bed snuggling with my daughter than doing an exquisite eye makeup in the morning. I am sure many of you ladies will understand the sentiment. Then again, I don’t want to look I-didn’t-get-a-fullnight’s–sleep exhausted, I want to look polished and put together even though I have been running on coffee and good spirits. To cut down the morning rush, I have devised a quick and easy makeup look based on my years of makeup product testing and working as a makeup artist. Today I am going to share my 10-minute makeup routine. It’s stress-free, will save you time, and you’ll look and feel beautiful.
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You don’t need to put on a moisturizer, a sunscreen and a foundation in the morning if you are in a hurry. Opt for a CC or BB cream with higher SPF. I love IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream and Derma E Tinted BB Cream. Just use it like you apply your moisturizer, with your fingers. Blend it down your neck. Another tip you can follow is skipping whole-face makeup and going for targeted concealing. Under the eyes and around the nose and mouth are common areas that need concealing. Use a full-coverage liquid concealer that matches your skin color; you don’t need a color correcting or brightening concealer for this look. My favorite is Covergirl TruBlend Undercover Concealer because it’s affordable, found in drugstores and sets well. You don’t have to set it with a powder in Fargo-Moorhead weather. I use two dots under my eyes, blend it either with my finger or a fluffy blending brush. If your skin is oily you can set the oilier zones with a setting powder. When the weather is dry and cold, I like to skip it.
Choose a bronzer that is matte, not sparkly or glittery. It will add warmth to your skin and make your complexion look healthy. You can definitely choose a blush too, but using just one product will save you time. I suggest a formula like Benefit Cosmetics Hoola or NYX Professional Makeup Matte Bronzer.
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Curl your lashes and add some mascara like Covergirl Exhibitionist Mascara. If you have made a mascara mess (aka smudges) on the upper lids, don’t worry. Add some bronzer on your lids with a blending brush to add depth and some color. Your eyes are done.
Use a clear or tinted brow gel to brush your brows and make them polished. Glossier Boy Brow or Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow gels are two amazing products that I use over and over again. They are quick to use, set the brows well and brows look naturally fuller and groomed without making them look too “Instagram-y.”
For lips, think “my lips, but better” nude-ish pink color. Whatever outfit you choose, you should always have a lip product that is your fail-safe. It can either be a tinted lip balm, a lipstick, a gloss or a lip pencil. If you can squeeze in the time, you can also use a tiny bit of the lip product on the apples of your cheeks. This color will vary according to your complexion. My go-to lip products are Lorac Alter Ego lipstick in CEO and Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Naturally Chic. To quicken your makeup routine in the morning, I suggest making a small go-bag where you can store your everyday essentials, i.e. a concealer, setting powder, mascara, a small blush/bronzer palette, a brow gel and a lipstick or lip balm.
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h ow w e s av e d o u r m a r r i ag e “Why doesn’t he get it?” I pridefully thought to myself after an explosive argument with my husband about me having to manage everything in our life. Unable to understand why I had to say things a million times before he seemed to hear or even care, I just wanted to give up. Exhausted and tired of having the same argument, I sunk into myself. Twelve years ago, shortly after saying “I do,” a mentor of mine watched me sink into myself. I divulged no personal information because I had seen how disastrous it can be to confide in people other than your spouse, and whole heartedly believed marriage was private. Out of respect for my husband I chose to only go to him, so my mentor assumed my attitude change was due to the continued difficulties my parents were facing. He recommended that I share the book “Love and Respect” by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs with them. Little did he know, the book would not change their life, it would change mine. As I started digging into the book and workbook, I felt God working in me. I became excited about the different future I knew was ahead of us, if I chose to embrace what I was learning. He needs Respect.
A man deeply desires respect, and when he is not approached in a respectful way communication lines immediately close. An example popped into my head as I started to dig deeper to understand: Women often refer to their husbands as an additional child. It had always made me cringe, and now I fully understood why. Though I had never embraced that phrase, I had disrespected my husband in many other ways and I knew I needed to change my approach if I wanted things to change for us. She needs Love. Just as my husband needed to feel respected, I needed to feel loved. But love can be shown in so many different ways and it was unclear to him what made me feel loved. For the first time, we truly became vulnerable sharing what we needed. He wasn’t going to feel motivated to love me if I didn’t respect him. I wasn’t going to respect him if he wasn’t loving toward me. So, who should make the first move? That was one of my favorite parts of the book. The first one to make an effort should be the one that feels most mature and in control at that moment. Sometimes, that was me. Sometimes, that was him. It became a true partnership as we evolved as people and a couple. My mind shifted from what he wasn’t doing, to what he was doing. And, if there were things that I was frustrated about, I waited until I felt controlled enough to respectfully talk to him about it. He held his head higher because he finally was receiving the respect he deserved. In the days I struggled, he consciously focused on things that made me feel loved and it only motivated me to respect him more because he cared so deeply. Defining moments happen in all our lives, and in an age of divorce, I wanted a different life. My perspective and understanding of what God wanted marriage to be changed when I read that book. And now, I am most grateful that we are able to give our children the gift my parents couldn’t give to me, a loving and respectful home. [ aw ]
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The number one complication of childbirth is something we aren’t talking about. If you were asked about complications associated with giving birth, what pops into your head? Going into labor early? High blood pressure? Gestational diabetes? Yes, those are all common complications. But did you know the most common complication is depression? That’s right, depression. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1 in 7 women develop depression and 1 in 10 women develop anxiety during pregnancy or in the 12 months following pregnancy. Both anxiety and depression are part of what is recognized as perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS). PMADS are mood disorders like depression or bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders like generalized anxiety, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder that are diagnosed any time from conception to the first full year after giving birth. Often, if we think of mood struggles after giving birth we tend to think of the “baby blues,” a normal reaction to hormone fluctuations that can include feeling sad, crying and tearfulness. PMADS are different in how long they last, the intensity of the symptoms experienced, and when they are experienced. What do they look like? Well, it can look like a mother who is struggling to sleep even when the baby is sleeping because even though she is exhausted she can’t relax or stop thinking. It can look like a mother who feels angry and irritable, sad most of the time, struggles to finish tasks, or often feels on the verge of tears. Other postpartum concerns may include feeling like a “bad mom,” struggling to feel connected with baby, being constantly overwhelmed with parenting, and experiencing feelings of failure. Post-partum depression can also include experiencing thoughts of suicide and feeling that her family may better off without her. Moms who may be struggling with anxiety disorders can experience panic attacks and intrusive thoughts that she can’t get out of her head. She may constantly feel on edge and be unable to relax, even if she knows the baby is safe. Other anxiety-related concerns may include difficulty sleeping and an obsession with cleanliness, germs and keeping the baby safe. PMADs can have huge impacts if not treated. Women who are experiencing mood or anxiety concerns may struggle with breastfeeding, connecting with their baby, isolation from friends and family, and performing poorly at work. Relationships with their partner are also impacted. Speaking of partners, according to Postpartum Support International, 1 in 10 dads experience postpartum depression.
Am I at risk? While we don’t know 100 percent what exactly causes PMADs, we do know that there are certain people who are at a higher risk. Parents who have experienced loss, infertility, a NICU stay or have a previous history with a mental health concern are more likely to develop a PMAD. While PMADs can sound scary, there is hope. Various effective treatments are available. Medication, therapy and social support (either in conjunction or individually), can be used to successfully treat PMADs. Yoga, mindfulness, massage and exercise can all be used to help treat symptoms. Joining a support group or local moms or parents group is also extremely helpful. Connecting with people on a regular basis, getting outside of the house, reducing stressors and getting enough sleep are all important things to consider when creating a postpartum plan. If you have concerns about someone you know or are experiencing symptoms, reach out to a medical professional or someone with training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Pregnancy and parenting is stressful, but you do not have to go it alone.
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art t h at SCH OOL ’S SE NSO RY H A L LWAY E N CO U R AG ES P H YSICA L ACTI V I T Y When Deer Creek Elementary opened in fall 2019, the freshly painted white walls in the West Fargo School District school demanded something to make the building more welcoming and friendly. Color. Shape. Movement. Art.
Thanks to art education students at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM), the elementary school quickly added those elements. MSUM students collaborated with school staff to create a mural paired with a sensory floor — the community’s first interactive hallway. Also known as a sensory or movement hallway, an interactive hallway gives students permission to work out their wiggles and take a brain break. Instead of a static image that is passively viewed, the art encourages students to jump, touch and stretch. MSUM students Katie Sandberg (far left) and Paige Busby (far right) gather with MSUM alumna Lindsay Opp (middle), art professor Brad Bachmeier (middle) and Deer Creek principal Dr. Chad Clark (back right).
“From personal experience, it pains me to see students standing quietly in lines,” says Brad Bachmeier, a professor of art education at MSUM. “Kids need movement and this lets them do that.” The Deer Creek mural is nature-themed. The branches of a painted tree challenge students to demonstrate how high they can reach. Stickers prompt students to complete activities such as doing a push-up against the wall or tracing a pattern with their feet. Butterflies hanging from the ceiling tempt students to jump. While students have time to move during recess, sensory hallways allow transitions between classes to be more interactive and fun. For fidgety students, a quick hop or stretch can help them burn energy so they can focus. Incorporating those activities into art makes a typically practical space more appealing. “We wanted something that would mark our first year at Deer Creek while helping students identify with the new building,” says Lindsay Opp, the school’s art teacher. She earned a degree in art education from MSUM in December 2018. “Art makes a school, a school,” she says. “It changes the atmosphere into a more fun, relaxed space.” Opp designed the nature-based mural after her building principal asked her to add an interactive hallway to the school. She then reached out to Bachmeier to see if art students could help to make it a reality. Bachmeier encourages art students to explore different settings where they can share their expertise in
art education. Members of the on-campus art educators club volunteer in schools. They lead art clubs at Churches United for the Homeless and classes at the Plains Art Museum. They practice art therapy at senior centers and with veterans. “We want our students to be involved in the community,” he says. “We make sure they have opportunities to experience art in a variety of settings.” For the Deer Creek mural, MSUM students volunteered more than 100 hours. Paige Busby, a junior at MSUM, is president of the art club at MSUM. She spent a couple of days painting bushes and trees over her winter break.
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“It made me realize that as a future art teacher, it’s my job to bring in artistic events and make the entire school more colorful,” she says. “I loved to see how (Opp) brought the classroom outside into the hallway.” Katie Sandberg, a recent transfer student to MSUM, also worked on the mural. “It was a great way for me to build relationships with the other students,” she says. Before returning to school to complete her art education degree, Sandberg worked as a paraprofessional. With that experience, she quickly appreciated how welcoming and beneficial the interactive hallway could be for all students. “Art is an equalizer,” she says. “Kids from a lot of different backgrounds can connect to the space.” The interactive mural at Deer Creek encourages more physical activity in a child’s day, but also can help students practice academic skills. For example, young students can find all the ladybugs in the mural and count them.
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In the future, students can contribute to the mural by adding their own details, such as prairie flowers. “Giving students an opportunity to contribute to public art gives them ownership,” Bachmeier says. “It will be fun for them to say, hey, that’s mine.” [ aw ]
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he growing number of COVID-19 cases has triggered a wave of alarm and preemptive action across the globe. Closer to home, schools, libraries and even churches have closed their doors. While social distancing is a necessary, albeit overwhelming, way to stem the coronavirus outbreak, many parents have been left floundering for ways to keep their kids occupied at home as they count the minutes for their day-to-day routine to go back to normal. Although some schools are providing their students with online classes, this may not be a viable option for your household. And even if it is, you still have to fill up the rest of the day as you hunker down at home with the kids. For many parents, letting their children play video games or watch TV for a reasonable amount of time is fun for the kids and gives you a much-needed opportunity to get things done. However, if none of that screen time offers any educational value or family bonding time, you may want to explore other solutions to help keep your kids from getting cabin-fever and keep yourself from going stir-crazy. Moreover, if your child is experiencing depression and/or anxiety because of the coronavirus pandemic, engaging in activities that promote family bonding can help reduce the incidence of depression and anxiety in children.
H E R E A RE 10 FUN ( and cheap!) I N D OOR AC TIV ITIE S YOU CAN DO AT H OM E WITH KIDS OF A L L AGES.
Set up an indoor campground. Bring the sleeping bags and tents up from the basement or down from the attic and turn your family room into an indoor campground. No sleeping bags or tents? No problem. Create a campground by arranging chairs in rows of two in the family room, draping a bedsheet over the chairs to create the tent, and piling pillows and blankets underneath to create a sleeping area. You can make your indoor campground as elaborate as you’d like with items you already have in your home. String Christmas lights across the top of the tent to create a starry night scene. Enjoy the glow of a campground “fire” made with paper towel tubes, tissue paper, and LED candles. Set up lawn chairs outside the tent and serve hot dogs, chips and trail mix; play cards and board games; or do an easy “camping” craft like making beaded necklaces or braided bracelets. Add to the camping aura by having the kids help you make indoor s’mores in the microwave, oven, skillet, or, for a more “outdoorsy” experience, over a well-ventilated sterno flame. Last, if your kids are old enough to appreciate a spooky story, lower the lights and switch on a flashlight as you go around the group and tell ghost stories.
Host indoor Olympic games. If you look in your kids’ toy boxes and closets, you’ll probably find that you have enough games and activities at home to arrange back-to-back and create a challenging obstacle course for your kids to compete in, tantamount to a kiddie indoor Olympic course.
P rov iding ac ce ss t o af f ordable he alt hc are e q uipme nt and supplie s f or all You can kick off the indoor “Olympic games” with an opening ceremony where each child gets to parade onto the course to a theme song of his or her choosing. Depending on your child’s age, your child may want to grab a favorite teddy bear to serve as his or her Olympic mascot. At the close of the opening ceremonies, get your stopwatch and scorecard ready and time your little Olympians as they compete in consecutive games of skill and physical fitness such as: • a ring or beanbag toss, a mini-golf course competition (a broom, a ping pong ball, and a plastic cup can be used in place of a golf club, golf ball and golf hole), or a ball throwing competition into boxes of decreasing sizes, with a point given per successful shot for each of these activities • a sack race or a boiled egg and spoon race with a marked-off finish line and points given to the first person over the finish line • a hula hoop competition with a point given for each second the competitors can hold up their hula hoop
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Staying indoors can be a blast when the kids are set off on a scavenger hunt to seek and collect common household items. The scavenger hunt can be subject to a time-limit where each child competes alone or as part of a team to see which team collects the most items first. Go online for free, printable indoor scavenger hunt checklists listing everyday household items for seekers to find.
Give your child an apron and set up a toppings bar to make homemade pizza or your own ice cream sundaes. Other kid-friendly foods you can easily find recipes for online to make together (or let your older child make alone) are Emoji-inspired rice cakes, berry parfaits with yogurt and granola, and no-bake cookies.
Send the kids off on a scavenger hunt.
Throw a costume party. Let your kids raid your closet for hats, scarves and costume jewelry to throw a costume party. Add snacks and a tea set to make it a tea party-themed ball! Clear a space for a catwalk and let your little models parade their fashion choices for you.
Put on an airshow with popsicle stick airplanes. All you’ll need for this creative craft is popsicle sticks, a cutting tool, craft glue or a hot glue gun, and paint if you’re not already using colored popsicle sticks. Find age-appropriate tutorials online to guide your child as she cuts and glues popsicle sticks to create toy airplanes. You can add a propeller to the airplane by twisting pipe cleaner around the nose of the aircraft. For added fun, create a runway by taping sheets of construction paper together along a table or floor or by laying down a section of cardboard complete with runway markings.
Hold an art show. Grab smocks for your kids and spread out watercolors and brushes, crayons, markers or colored pencils on a table along with poster board or construction paper. Provide glue sticks and safety scissors to allow for added artistic touches. Once your little artists have created their masterpieces, hang up the artwork and host an art show complete with glasses of apple juice “champagne” and hor d'oeuvres.
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Expand your child’s knowledge with easy science experiments. Amaze your children while having them brush up on their science skills with these easy science experiments that you can do in your own home and with products you likely already have. Click on the “experiments” section of sciencebob.com to learn how to do such simple scientific experiments as: make ice cream in a plastic bag, build a soap-powered model boat, and make a static-powered dancing ghost.
Relax with low-key, family-bonding activities. If your days at home are better-suited for more low-key family activities, consider starting a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle that you and your child can work on and frame once completed. Older children may be interested in starting a scrapbook or smash book with you. Other ideas for low-key fun for children of all ages are playing Mad Libs as a family, building a Lego village together, or playing tried-and-true family-friendly board games such as Clue, Monopoly, Scrabble, Chutes and Ladders, or Candyland. During this time of uncertainty when anxieties are running high, make the best of a bad situation with these fun and family-friendly activities that will help keep your child busy and help keep you a little calmer.
Make Play-Doh come to life. Kids will enjoy following any of the numerous YouTube tutorials showing them how to make Play-Doh animal creations such as turtles, crocodiles and unicorns, and a Play-Doh park scene featuring trees, flowers and a duck pond.
Dolores Smyth is a parenting writer and mother of three kids ranging in age from preschool to junior high. Dolores knows a thing or two about keeping kids of different ages busy when school is unexpectedly canceled. You can follow more of her work on Twitter @LolaWordSmyth. [ aw ]
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FA M I LY M U S I C JA R CHALLENGE Unplug and plug into music as a family WO RDS + P H OTO G R A P HY : CO R I J E NS E N
t’s rare that I do anything as a parent that I would consider qualifying as #familygoals. But, of the handful things I’d give that badge of honor to, one is our “music jar” challenge. Full disclosure, the concept is not our brainchild. We as parents hear on the news, read in articles and even get preached to at the pediatrician, the importance to unplug from screens and also to have meals together as a family as often as possible. It’s a thing. Yet real life schedules make it challenging. Staying so busy trying to accomplish all the things makes tearing a screen away from our kids a big task. I’m certainly far from perfect, so anytime I happen across a helpful tip I grab it by it’s coattails.
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Even for 10 minutes this family activity can truly be enjoyable and make memories. I promise. It’s all about that bass. Well, more accurately speaking, it’s all about that music.
My family's music jar challenge. An adaptation of an idea from one of my favorite Instagramers a year ago. This challenge is a way we are introducing our kids to music outside of their everyday listening habits. And it also helps to engage and promote conversation around the family dinner table. My hubby and I sat down and wrote down around 52 different bands and artists on little slips of paper and put them in a jar. Genre, time periods, personal likes or cultural popularity all totally open and put in the jar. We. Had. So. Much. Fun. Creating this.
Next the exciting part. Introducing our kids to music they’d either never heard before or rarely had. We dug deep, writing down artists that we loved when we were teenagers, college influences, bands that helped shape our taste today, all the way to current loves. The net was cast far and wide and our experiment that’s been going on for less than a year has been a success.
THIS IS HOW MY FAMILY DOES THE MUSIC JAR CHALLENGE. Each Sunday at dinnertime we draw a new slip of paper. From there we play for the kids at least two songs from that band or artist. Then over the course of a week we play one or more songs at dinnertime. This is all very flexible as some days and weeks are busier than others. And some artists have more to choose from than others. Our one rule: No talking while the song plays. At the end of the week we go around the horn and ask the kids to rate the artist on a one to five scale. It’s developed some hilarious conversations and laughter, especially when someone is drawn out of their seat to dance! This challenge is excellent for all ages, and is free! Can I get a collective Amen? In case you're curious … there has only been one band to get a perfect 5-star rating from our kids (ages 4-14) and that is (drumroll please) The Beatles!
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Where to begin when attempting to define the term “mother?” A mother is a woman who has more roles in one day than an actor has in a lifetime. As a mother or ringmaster, you will understand the energy required to gather all of the little clowns during the morning rush, and what it takes to prepare them for the circus we call life. Let’s not forget the healthy fuel required to run their little engines, the occasional doctor visits for optimal performance, and the moments of embracing them after an act that didn’t go so well. These are only a handful of performances and acts of love provided by a mother. The list is eternal and would never be exchanged for a lessor role. When asked to write about motherhood and how I felt about being named the 2020 North Dakota Mother of the Year (American Mother’s, Inc.), many emotions, memories and thoughts crossed my mind on how to best describe the cha-
os, love and honor for being presented an award for the most unrecognized role. So, what better way to describe motherhood, then by what we all know to be true, a beautiful and organized, yet unorganized, circus. Being a mother has been, and continues to be, a blessing, a lesson and an unknown circus that requires faith and, honestly, luck at times. Whether you are a mother for the first time or fifth, there will always be a sense of uncertainty, or an underlying feeling of guilt of being insufficient. The reality is, you are more than enough. You are the tightrope walker when times get tough, the lioness protecting her cubs, and the ringmaster keeping the show together. You will have moments of weakness, moments of insecurities, and moments where you battle against yourself to go on stage. Guess what … you are not alone. Coming to terms with the responsibilities of the ringmaster is a challenge, yet important to understand that everyone, especially mothers, need a break from the circus. Without the internal light, the fire and the energy required to perform on a daily basis, the show will go on. However, eventually the light will fade, the fire will go out, and your energy will become depleted. It is extremely challenging to provide all that you can to your children when you are not making the time to refuel your soul,
T h e r e i s n o w a y t o b e a p e r f e c t m o t h e r. . . your spirit and your body. Motherhood is a privilege, a challenge and by far the most beneficial personal development course in life. There is a saying, “A mother’s job is to teach her children not to need her anymore.” After reflecting on that quote, I feel the reality is, we need our children more than they need us. Our children require love, the basic necessities in life, and lessons to help them grow. However, as a mother, our children teach us the importance of time management, patience and tough love, and help us recognize that we are not alone. Our children help us evolve into strong, confident and fearless ringmasters, allowing us to share our strengths and struggles with new ringmasters along the way.
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I am grateful for my two beautiful circus performers, honored to be representing the state of North Dakota as 2020 Mother of the Year, and blessed for the numerous lessons that have come with motherhood. The recognition of the mother of the year award provided me with an affirmation that sacrificing time with my children to work doesn’t mean I am sacrificing the love that I have for them. As a mother, I have that found leading by example sometimes means falling on your face, and showing your children that once you fall, you have the opportunity to rise. Falling isn’t failing; it’s a lesson for the next show! [ aw ]
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The school year is soon coming to an end and kids of all ages are looking forward to sunshine and days of no homework. What happens when the novelty of those first few days of freedom wears off and boredom kicks in? Why, you send them to summer camp of course! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite summer camps and programs in the area so you can find something to interest everyone.
E D U C AT I O N A L C A M P S Camp Invention: Elevate College for Kids & Teens June 8 – 11; June 15 – 18; July 13 – 16; July 20 – 23 College for Kids & Teens is a summer camp program for K-12 students. Expert instructors teach classes that encourage exploration, adventure and creativity while cultivating young people’s understanding and appreciation for a variety of topics. Minnesota State University Moorhead 1104 7th Ave S, Moorhead mnstate.edu/cfkt
STEM Kids Camp July 20 – 23 and July 27 – 30 Ignite or fuel your child’s passion for science, technology, engineering and math with these fun, hands-on learning camps hosted by the NDSU College of Engineering. We offer morning and afternoon sessions for students in grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. NDSU Campus ndsu.edu/coe/stemkids
Camp Invention is a high-energy, handson STEM camp. Your child will create, collaborate and problem solve with inventions and challenges. For children entering grades K-6.
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June 8-12 at Oak Grove Lutheran School campinvention.org
Code Ninjas Camps
Play and learn at Code Ninjas camps all summer long! Ninjas, kids ages 5-14, will build their very own video games, code their own apps, fly drones, assemble robotics, discover STEM and have fun! Various day camp and week-long camp dates June through August. Prices vary. Code Ninjas Fargo 4480 23rd Ave S, Fargo codeninjas.com/camps/nd-fargo
Rusty K Ranch Camps
Have a child who loves horses and animals? Rusty K Ranch has a camp for everyone ages 2 and up. Camps include a twohour mini camp for the smallest animal lovers and their parents, half-day weekend camps, one-day camps and four-day camps. For those who love horses and want to learn more about them, try a fourday horsemanship camp. Busing from the Rustad Rec Center in West Fargo is offered for all day and four-day camps. rustykranch.com/camps.html
uCodeGirl June 8-12 Our summer tech camp provides girls with project-based, hands-on experience with technology that inspires creativity, fosters collaboration, sharpens communication and cultivates critical thinking. Choose from two unique sessions categorized by age group, uCodeGirl Jr. (4th-6th grades), and uCodeGirl Sr. (7th-11th grades). UCodeGirl is a community of like-minded girls, inspiring female role models/mentors, and a rich collection of programs and activities offered throughout the year. NDSU College of Business, Fargo ucodegirl.org
Red River Zoo Day Camps Spend a week at the Red River Zoo participating in various activities such as outdoor adventures, crafts, animal encounters and more. Coordinated and led by the Education Department, children are sure to have an active, safe and fun experience. Each camp session has a different theme that will be explored throughout the week. Join us to discover animals and their habitats while having a wild time at the Red River Zoo! Week-long sessions in June, July and August for preschool through sixth grade. redriverzoo.org
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It’s summer camp season at Family Wellness and we have activities to fit all children, ages 6-11. While each camp has a different theme, all offer fun in the sun, gym activities, splashing in the pool and a field trip at the end of each week. Our fullday camps are great for explorers wanting to have fun and learn. familywellnessfargo.org/ youth-family/camps/
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ARTS AND T H E AT E R Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre “The Addams Family” Elementary and Middle School Production Camps Grades 2, 3 & 4 June 3 – June 26 Rehearsals Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Performances June 24 & 25
Grades 5, 6, 7 & 8 June 3 – July 2 Rehearsals Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Performances July 1 & 2 fmct.org/education
Summer Creative Camps FMCT Ed is proud to present fun week-long camps for the entire summer! At FMCT Ed there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Be a part of our community of learners while we spend our days doing things that we love most – singing and dancing, creating and building, and challenging our imaginations while we develop life-long skills and wonderful friendships. If you love Hamilton or Disney, Shakespeare or Little Shop of Horrors there is a themed camp available for everyone from preschool up to eighth grade. Visit fmct.org/ education for camp dates and themes.
Trollwood Performing Arts School trollwood.org/arts-programs/
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Get creative with summer artist-led camps at the Plains Art Museum. Exploring topics such as surrealism, street art, clay and pottery, animation and more. public.plainsart.org/public/ youthfamily.faces
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M I N N E S O TA S L E E P - AWAY CAMPS Camp Foley, Co-ed
Camp Foley is a co-ed, residential summer camp in north-central Minnesota. Camp Foley welcomes campers from all over the world each summer. Kids develop skills, build supportive relationships, grow in character and learn independence. Pine River, MN campfoley.com
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center
Help your child connect with the natural world and experience the joy, wonder, curiosity and amazement that immersion in nature can provide. Our camps focus on wildlife, nature, challenge and outdoor skills. Sandstone, MN ospreywilds.org/ educational-programs/summer-camps/
Camp Lincoln for Boys and Camp Hubert for Girls For over 110 years, Camp Lincoln for Boys and Camp Lake Hubert for Girls have excelled in providing one of the best sleepaway adventures in the United States. Our brother-sister camps are located on opposite sides of Lake Hubert. With top-ofthe-line activities and instruction, our family-run camps offer the perfect playground for skill-building, fostering emotional growth, and just having a blast. We know that choosing the best summer camp for your child is a huge decision, so please explore and discover why over 30,000 children from all over the globe have enjoyed spending their summers on the sunny shores of Lake Hubert. Nisswa, MN lincoln-lakehubert.com
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North Dakota Farmers Union Camp
Farmers Union Camp is like no other camp on earth, where city and farm kids have a blast just being themselves! Kids have fun doing hands-on activities and develop leadership skills, while learning about cooperatives.
Farmers Union Camp is for city and farm kids in grades 3-6 and 7-12. Camps are held near Valley City, Elgin and Devils Lake in June, July and August. Transportation is provided. Cost includes meals, lodging, t-shirt and educational materials. Sign up by May 15 to get $25 off camp fee. Financial scholarships are available. For more info or to register, go to ndfu.org, like “North Dakota Farmers Union” on Facebook or call 800-366-8331.
ACTIVITIES: Water Games • Theme Nights • Sports Campfire • Talent Show • Games • Swimming Educational Camp Project • Co-op Store Banquet • Dancing • Climbing Wall Skits • Miniature Golf • FUN!
LOCATION: Camps are held near Valley City, Elgin and Devils Lake in June, July and August.
COST: Senior Camp (grades 7-12) 5 days, 4 nights: $175 Junior Camp (grades 3-6) 4 days, 3 nights: $125 Transportation is provided. Cost includes meals, lodging, t-shirt and educational materials. Financial scholarships available. Register by May 15 to get $25 off camp fee!
CONTACT: For more information and to register, go to ndfu.org, like “North Dakota Farmers Union” on Facebook, or call 800-366-8331.
“The girls had a great time at camp. They enjoyed every part of it. Their counselors in the cabin were the best, the girls said. Thank you again for making it this happen for our girls, we hope to come back next year. The girls are already taking about it!” — The Feist Family
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or Lynnette Lein, president and founder of Small Wonders Preschool and Child Care Center, working with children has remained her passion project for thirty years. Since March of 1999, Lein has been building a business based on faith and a dedication to connecting with children in a meaningful way. Lein's strong educational background in marriage and family therapy and child development, along with strong faith and commitment to families and children, resulted in the creation of Small Wonders. Lein and her team joined together in a mission of providing a positive service and doing what is best for the community. "We would be absolutely nothing without our team,” says Lein. “Everyone shares in the same belief of God. This belief has brought us all together, with a joint mission to do what's best for the community. We work together as a team to help raise kids while offering our support to guide towards balanced parenting while creating stable and positive family dynamics." Lein feels blessed to have had the same strong team of people who have been with her from the beginning. She credits this to the family bond shared among the team members, families and children who attend any one of the three Small Wonders centers. "All of our centers offer the same programs, with a Christian-based focus,” says Lein. “We offer full-day early childhood, pre-K programs and school-age programs for children aged six weeks to twelve years old." The Small Wonders team works hard to build lasting bonds with the parents and their children who attend their facilities. Taking their jobs seriously, they offer parents the opportunity to connect with teachers and other employees throughout the day.
Parents have said, if we have a question or a problem, you and your team take it to heart.
"Parents have said, if we have a question or a problem, you and your team take it to heart. You never make us feel like we are not validated. You make sure that no matter what it is, it gets fixed. This statement means a lot to my team and me. We value how our parents feel and make sure every one of them knows if they want to call me at any time with a concern, I welcome the call," adds Lein.
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Lein's compassion and care for children go beyond the childcare facilities to her work within the Fargo-Moorhead community. "Ever since I opened the doors to my first location, I knew I wanted to do something special for the kids,” says Lein. “Living in the country, I decided bringing children out to the country would be the perfect way to provide a new experience. I am blessed to offer multiple field trips to our pre-K and school-aged classrooms to visit my ‘farm’ to feed the horses, collect toads, to pick pumpkins and enjoy nature. This is truly a special bond that I have with the children, as I have been told that children remember this field trip for years. When I see former Small Wonders students in their teens and older, they still tell me how much they loved and remember visiting the farm." With their constant support, faith-based curriculum and dedicated team members, Small Wonders, a staple in the Fargo-Moorhead community, is proud to have served families for the past twenty-one years. [ aw ]
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we love ‘love,’ don’t we? Well, it didn’t turn out to be love at all. Even though things were said, within a month I knew that I was carrying a baby. I found out I was pregnant. I was alone.”
for her child. It is common to hear, “I could never give away my baby,” or, “I couldn’t handle wondering about my baby the rest of my life.” Two sentiments that are uninformed about the great care a woman takes in making her adoption plan and the understanding of what adoption openness can look like.
Dolores vulnerably shared for the first time publicly what her unplanned pregnancy journey was like. The room was silent, respecting her authenticity and painful memories.
“I found a lot of women would love me, care for me, encourage me, but with all this going on, none of them could make the decisions for me.” When Dolores shared this with a room full of people at the Growing Forever Families fundraiser for Christian Adoption Services, each attendee could quietly reflect on what kind of support they have offered to a woman in an unexpected pregnancy. How are we serving women besides just voting “anti-abortion” or condemning abortion clinics?
“I struggled with all kinds of emotions — including confusion, fear and hurt. There were certain things that remained constant. One of them was that God loved me. He wasn’t going to leave me. And abortion was not an option for me.” Fortunately, Dolores sought community. She found a good church, met her doctor at the church, as well as a lawyer that would help through termination of rights, and friends who would walk beside her. Pregnancy as a single woman is hard, and carrying the stigma as well as the baby in the mid-1980s was a big deal. Hurtful words many of us have said at one point or another did not sway Dolores from making an adoption plan
“It was never about not wanting to raise her. It was always about wanting her to have the best life. I mournfully placed her in Jesus’ hands.” Dolores went on to introduce the couple she placed her daughter with in a semi-open adoption. In the banquet hall at the Holiday Inn, a community of supporters looked on as a photo appeared of Dolores meeting her now-adult daughter. Their story was still unfolding, and they graciously invited us to be part of it, hoping to encourage more adoption advocates.
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It was always about wanting her to have
the best life. Each spring, Christian Adoption Services invites our Fargo community to hear these personal stories of local adoption. Attending and listening to someone’s journey opens the door to truth about the joys and pains of the adoption process. Those who attend have a chance to reflect on our influence within our circles to encourage life and support a mom.
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When Bob Footitt Jr. took over the family business several years ago, his goal was to continue the decades-long tradition of custom craftsmanship and attention to detail. A tour of this classic Fargo masterpiece, filled with luxurious finishes and a modern floor plan, showcases Footitt's achievement of this goal.
THE DESIGN PROCESS began with the homeowner, who envisioned a grand, welcoming entrance and long windows to let in maximum light. He began his quest at Simonson’s Lumber, with a photo of a home with large pillars and a formal dining room. “This is the look I want,” he said. So began the design of a meticulously appointed home. The craftsmanship of the one-of-a kind double front door from Simonson’s Lumber makes a statement both inside and out. Footitt worked with Hebron Brick to design a walkway and surround worthy of these spectacular doors, and, of course, the columns that started it all. With at least 10-foot ceilings throughout the main floor and an open floor plan, the graceful arches and custom stained glass of the front door are visible from almost any angle. “When the sun is setting, the colors from the front door shine through the house into the backyard,” says the homeowner.
The nucleus of the main floor is the great room, featuring cathedral ceilings and a 12-foot fireplace, with a surround created from gray granite. The fireplace is roughly twice the size of a standard fireplace and produces an enormous amount of heat. To accommodate the venting needs without disturbing the lines of the fireplace surround, Red River Tile created custom Chameleon brand venting out of porcelain tile. The decorative venting adds to the design, rather than detracting from it. The homeowner’s choice of royal blue as an accent color brings the sky inside even on a cloudy day. The great room segues seamlessly into the spacious kitchen, designed by Cathy Michels, certified kitchen designer, and fabricated by Wood Specialists, Inc. Elegant crown molding ceiling detail defines the space, which features cherry cabinetry throughout. Appliances were fitted with coordinating panels to blend quietly into the design. A butler’s pantry, multiple sinks and seating for six complete this gorgeous and still ultra-functional kitchen.
The dining room is elegance defined. Subtly set apart via cherrywood paneled arches and grey marble flooring, the space is beautifully lit with a wall of windows by day, and sparkling chandeliers by night. For ease in serving, Footitt worked with Wood Specialists, Inc. to provide custom cabinetry immediately off the dining room, continuing the palette of cherry wood in gradients of finish. The custom cabinetry is topped with Cambria Landscape.
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This is a home created to entertain family and friends in comfort, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the lower level. Footitt recreated the homeowner’s dream fireplace for this space. “I just showed him the pictures and they did it,” says the homeowner. “Bob’s team, they just knew how to create it.” Hebron Brick worked with Footitt to bring the homeowner’s dream fireplace to life and Wood Specialists, Inc. and Cathy Michels created the bar space. With his unfailing eye for detail, Footitt made sure to create a landscape outside the lower level windows via custom limestone window wells that flow into the backyard landscaping. The lower level also features two guest rooms, a guest bath, a playroom and other amenities.
The backyard is an oasis of entertaining possibilities, with covered areas and multiple firepits, an outdoor kitchen and spa. Working with Footitt, Hebron Brick designed and installed numerous seating arrangements, providing the homeowners outdoor options in all but the worst of weather. Black rock defines the planting beds and coordinates with the slate exterior of the house, while transitioning smoothly with the limestone seating installations. Nearly undetectable is the drainage system. “We had to send water a long way from the house,” says Footitt. “Rich from Hebron used a combination of deep underground drains along with river rock beds, which look great aesthetically but also function really well.” When attention to detail prevails, the result is a home that functions beautifully and is beautifully functional. Whether it’s an entire home or one room, attention to detail makes all the difference. [ aw ]
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Q: What do clients love about your process?
It’s Fast – 1-5 day transformations It’s Beautiful – numerous color choices, designer hardware, doors with style longevity It’s Affordable – with the savings our clients experience with our system, many are able to add additional features like new countertops, backsplash and flooring Made in NORTH DAKOTA – that’s right, our doors are made in Bismarck, and we are proud to be homegrown.
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Q: What is your process? A:
Kitchen Refresh’s process is simple. The old doors and drawer fronts in your kitchen are removed, and brand-new custom doors and drawer fronts are created, using a wide variety of finish options and styles available to our clients. All of the doors have concealed soft-close hinges and new pull hardware. We also replace the drawer fronts on the client’s existing drawer boxes (which also get new pull hardware). Then the cabinet boxes are painted in a custom coordinated finish created to accompany all of our various finish options. We can also add panel ends, manufacture and install all new soft-close drawers, and remove or add cabinets, including islands and pantries.
Overwhelmed on where to start?
What makes your product different from companies similar to yours?
We have you covered. Our designer can meet with you in your home or in our West Fargo studio to cover all your goals for the space and assist you in not only making selections and adding function to the space, but having some fun throughout the process. We've also just added a remote video consultation option.
Other companies talk about ordering their products direct from the manufacturer. In our case, all Kitchen Refresh doors, drawer fronts, panel ends, crown molding and other items are manufactured by Kitchen Refresh. This ensures a higher quality standard and a lower price than thirdparty manufacturers. Also, because Kitchen Refresh is the manufacturer, there are literally hundreds of different door finish options, as opposed to a small handful that others might offer.
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Q: Tell us about the free design consultation.
It’s not uncommon for remodelers to charge a hefty fee for a design consultation. Our design Kitchen Refresh consultations are always free. They are a big part of helping our clients navigate through the difficult decision process of recommendations such as finish color and hardware style. Additionally we look at using a client's budget most efficiently to integrate costeffective upgrades or improvements.
Q: What are some fun additions your team has helped clients with?
Our team has removed peninsulas and added islands, opening up the space for clients. We love adding functionality to client’s homes through the use of pantry and cabinet rollouts, and garbage and recycling rollouts, and the use of countless organizational units. We love designing custom tile backsplashes and adding new flooring. Fun additions like banquettes with storage and full pantry walls are also elements we have installed in clients’ homes. With a full-service designer and contractor teaming up, there really isn’t much we can’t tackle for clients. [ aw ]
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On January 23rd Fargo Elim experienced a devastating fire. Our Residents and Children were successfully relocated with the assistance of our phenomenal staff, local fire fighter, police force, ambulance & emergency management. We are so grateful to all the dedicated professionals that made the evacuation successful and we humbly thank all the neighbors, volunteers, nursing homes, and businesses that opened their hearts and their doors to our residents, children and staff. After serving seniors for over half a decade we intend on recovering and maintaining our presence in this amazing community; we hope for another 100 years!
Pioneer House is still open to serve you. Thankfully our Assisted Living remains undamaged, open and continues to serve the Fargo community today. 3450 UNIVERSITY DR. S, FARGO
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relationships are important in many aspects of life WORDS : TA RA EKREN
ou know that feeling when you walk into your favorite coffee shop and they know your order? Or, you go to your hair appointment and your hairdresser asks how your daughter’s graduation party went? It is nice to have someone who listens, cares and knows you. You know how comforting this can be if you have a similar relationship with your health care provider. If you don’t, know that this kind of relationship is possible when you establish a primary care provider, also known as a PCP. This provider will get to know you professionally, personally and make sure your health and well-being are their top priorities. “It’s important to find a primary care provider who can get to know you, develop a relationship with you, have a deeper understanding of your medical issues and concerns and help keep you up to date on routine screenings, preventive care and vaccinations,” says Sara
Schafer, a nurse practitioner in family medicine at Essentia Health. This provider becomes familiar with your lifestyle, your family and other factors that might affect your care. They can also tailor your care to meet your individual needs. You see the same provider for routine care as well as chronic disease management, so there is a continuity of care that’s beneficial. This provider will see the big picture of your health and know that a cough that won’t go away or fatigue could be related to a more significant issue.
Benefits of a PCP “In my experience, I’ve had several patients do routine screenings and we’ve caught things like cancer at early stages,” Schafer shares. “Another benefit is that I’m able to coordinate care for patients with complex issues who are seeing multiple specialists within the health system. I’m able to make sure we are all on the same page with the patient’s care.”
SA R A SC HA F ER became a nurse at Essentia Health in 2012 before beginning her nurse practitioner education. She has been a family medicine nurse practitioner since 2016.
Choosing your PCP
When you’re looking to establish care with a primary care provider, there are a few things to consider.
♦♦ Are you looking for a medical doctor, a physician assistant or a nurse practitioner? Medical doctors and physician assistants are trained in the medical model or disease-centered model of care and both have advanced educations. A nurse practitioner is trained in the nursing model or patient-centered model of care and has nursing experience before advanced education. All providers are well qualified to care for you and, at Essentia Health, we encourage our providers to practice at the top of their licensure.
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♦♦ Maybe you want to pick a clinic location close to home or work. Ask your friends and family for recommendations, or choose a provider based on their gender. You can visit EssentiaHealth.org to research clinic locations, providers at those locations and view biographies and videos of providers.
Family medicine or family practice providers see people of all ages, from infants to elderly. Family medicine encompasses patients with both chronic (long developing) and acute (sudden) conditions. They can provide well-child checks and routine screenings; address male-and female-specific health concerns and exams; give vaccinations; and offer care related to family planning and birth control. They also can manage chronic conditions and diagnose and treat a wide range of illnesses, infections and injuries; provide nutrition and exercise guidance and perform preventive care visits. Family medicine can care for your entire family. When your family sees one provider, that provider can get to know the entire family and build relationships individually and together. “It’s rewarding to see families grow and change over the years,” Schafer says.
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m i sco n c e p t i o n s one “I don't have to worry about menopause until I'm at least 50 years old.” In reality, perimenopause (also known as menopause transition) starts around the age of 35 when the natural decline in reproductive hormones begins.
“Hot flashes and night sweats are the only symptoms of menopause.”
Hot flashes and night sweats certainly may point to menopause, but there are other common symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause, such as: ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦
Mood Swings or High Irritability Sadness or Depression Headaches/Migraines Breast Changes Memory Loss or "Foggy Thinking" Exhaustion Constant Fatigue Insomnia Painful Sexual Intercourse Irregular Menstrual Cycles Decreased Libido Indigestion Vaginal Dryness Sudden Cravings and Weight Gain
“My depression, anxiety, and sleep issues are all individual problems.” While treating each of these symptoms individually may be worthwhile, it's possible there is an underlying issue that is affecting all of these areas, such as hormonal imbalance. Instead of caring for each individual symptom, it's wise to determine if there is an underlying problem that is causing multiple symptoms in the body.
four “All Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is the same.” In actuality, within HRT there are not only different hormones a person can replace, but also a number of routes of administration with very important differences in how each individual person will respond. Those include: topical creams, vaginal creams, pellets, sustained (or immediate) release capsules, troche lozenges and sublingual drops. Patients should be educated on what is best for their own goals and lifestyle.
“HRT will make me feel like a whole new woman.”
STEP 1: Chat with friends about
trouble sleeping, irritability, and hot flashes.
Hormones fluctuate due to stress, diet, exercise, sleep, heat, environmental factors and more. So, while supplementing with hormone replacement may be beneficial, it's reasonable to also strive for goals of weight loss, increasing your energy levels, enjoying higher libido, and having more rejuvenating sleep by improving your diet, exercise, sleeping habits and adding nutritional supplements.
InHealth Specialty Pharmacy offers individual consultations to discuss all of these areas with patients. During and after an initial 45-minute consultation with a patient, InHealth works closely with patients and their healthcare provider to develop a customized approach to improving their symptoms and overall health. That may include a recommendation for hormone replacement, but it’s not just that. InHealth also helps develop a plan to improve sleep and fitness levels, and help make nutritious and delicious food choices as well.
For those interested in learning more or would like to get started with a hormone and wellness consult at InHealth Specialty Pharmacy, simply text “hormone” to 31996 or visit inhealthcompounding.com/balance.
STEP 2: Book Heather for a
Women’s Hormone and Wellness Consult. Text “Hormone” to 31996 to learn more or go to inhealthcompounding.com/balance HEATHER NOVAK, RPh, PharmD 2345 25th Street South, Fargo | 701-365-6050 | inhealthcompounding.com
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InHealth Specialty Pharmacist Heather Novak RPh, PharmD is a 2004 graduate of NDSU College of Pharmacy. With specialized training through Professional Compounding Centers of America, Heather has over 15 years of experience in compounding and hormone therapy. She has a passion for helping patients with their hormone and nutritional health. [ aw ]
redefining memory loss: “Creating Connections in Caregiving” WORDS : D EB KAUL
“Cognitive impairment is such an isolating disease,” says Dale Rivard, a former deputy State’s attorney from Grand Forks who is undergoing tests to determine what is causing his progressive cognitive impairment. “The stigma associated with dementia is so powerful. From the moment you are diagnosed, people look at you differently, and they treat you differently. They avoid you.” Unfortunately, significant loneliness among caregivers and individuals living with significant memory loss is endemic. The stigma associated with memory loss, especially if it’s associated with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, causes most individuals with the condition to deny or ignore the cognitive changes they are experiencing. They avoid visiting with their medical providers about their concerns and often deny to themselves and others that anything is wrong. Instead, they live in denial, isolate themselves in their homes, and become apathetic, lonely, anxious and depressed. Sadly, their loved ones often follow suit. Hopelessness, helplessness and a sense of powerlessness frequently set in and too often become significant mental health concerns for these individuals.
Memory Café is passionate about liberating these individuals from this debilitating stigma. We want to change the culture and language associated with memory loss by shifting the stereotypical tragedy narrative of dementia to one of hope and empowerment. Many people, like Kate Swaffer, Christine Bryden and Dale Rivard are demonstrating that it is possible to live well and long with various causes of significant memory loss, including dementia. But, in order to do so you need support, education and community engagement. “It is indeed possible to change what is referred to as the ‘long good-bye’ into a ‘long hello,’” says Cathy Greenblat, Ph.D. in "Love, Loss and Laughter., Looking at Alzheimer's Differently." Shifting our focus from a biomedical model to a social model that views dementing illnesses primarily as disabilities is key to successfully shifting this paradigm. How the individual is affected by the disability is dramatically shaped by the quality of care,” she says. Memory Café agrees. We provide impactful programming that instills effective strategies for maintaining capacities, independence, and quality of life for individuals living with memory loss and their care partners. It provides a warm, safe place for people living with memory loss and their care partners to meet with others who are living with similar circumstances. “It’s so important to get out of the house and meet with others
who are living with the same condition,” states Rivard. “Just because some doors close on you and it’s completely devastating doesn’t mean you give up. You don’t. Dementia is a disability you need to deal with. It’s so helpful to focus on what you can do.” Rivard and others living with cognitive impairment will participate in Memory Café’s annual “Redefining Memory Loss” caregiver conference in June. He will be joined in a panel discussion by several care partners. Our keynote speaker, Cameo Rogers from Omaha, Nebraska, will focus on educating and supporting caregivers who frequently feel frustrated, judged, alone, unequipped and exhausted. Cameo will help caregivers identify ways to improve communication, both verbal and non-verbal. She will help them identify the remaining abilities and strengths of their care recipients in order to prevent and manage behavioral expressions and maintain dignity. She will also encourage participants to share their stories and focus on self-support resources and strategies, such as mindfulness. Cameo is a passionate advocate for caregivers.
Keynote Speaker Cameo Rogers
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THE CONFERENCE IS OPEN TO professional and community caregivers, and will be held on June 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. To register call 701-404-6712 or search “redefining memory loss” at eventbrite.com. The registration fee, which includes lunch, is $30 for community members and $60 for professionals. Approved for 4.0 hours ND LSW CEUs. [ aw ]
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“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” E CCL ES IAST ES 3 : 1 1
As the season changes to spring, we watch as the dirt is washed away, grass turns from brown to green, and flowers begin to bloom. There is so much beauty in this season. This Bible verse from Ecclesiastes reminds me not only of what God does through the seasons of winter and spring, but also what He is doing through the many seasons of our lives. Whatever season you may be going through right now, just remember that God’s plans are greater. If you could see the size of the blessings coming, then you would understand the magnitude of the battle and season you are facing. God makes everything beautiful in it’s perfect time, so I am encouraging you that no matter how hard it is, trust that God is doing an incredible work through this season of your life. Amen!
ood vibes are in the air, as we delight in spring’s arrival. We’ve all got a little more pep in our step this time of year. Breathing in the fresh spring air, feeling that warm sunshine beam down on our smiling faces. It’s what I call a healthy dose of vitamin D, and a whole lot of good vibes! Spring is a time for all things fresh, clean and new. My goal for you is to step into The BUFF Life. Choose to fully live life, prioritizing the principles BUFF represents: Believers Uniting Fitness & Food. I break this down each month by discussing faith, family, fitness and food, to unite and connect all of us. Welcome to The BUFF Life, I’m so glad you’re here!
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We love going on vacation, but more than that, we love new experiences as a family. Sometimes our favorite experiences happen at home, as a staycation. We like doing new and fun things together, so something we had never done before was renting a motor home. This was also one of Kendra’s dreams … she’s 9 years old, and this was a dream come true! We rented a motor home from Outlet Recreation and spent the weekend in it … at home, in our driveway. We made such great memories, driving it everywhere we went (in Fargo) and each night we parked in our driveway, all four of us snuggled up inside this “home away from home,” playing cards, watching movies and eating popcorn like we were somewhere out in the wilderness. Our family would encourage yours to try something new at home. Perhaps you can plan your next camping trip in your living room! It’s not about where you go, but rather who you’re with and the memories you’re making.
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Carl and I love working out together and love having fitness date nights (or date days). We especially enjoy trying new group fitness classes, as these not only challenge us, but also bond us. New experiences are great in bringing people closer together, and the sense of community in the classes we attend is so supportive and encouraging. Whether it’s a high intensity circuit training class or a yoga class, group fitness classes give us a chance to participate without having to plan anything. Step out of your comfort zone, try a new class with your significant other or even plan a fitness date with your bestie.
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business owner, lifelong-learning enthusiast, teacher and writer. She traveled a diverse career path before learning that her true passion was teaching kids about science and writing. But the lessons she learned as an undergraduate and graduate student at North Dakota State University helped her achieve success. “I was very fortunate that so many of my professors at NDSU had a passion for teaching. Their greatest concern was that their students learned, and that they understood the material. They gave very generously of their time and energy,” says Nyren. Nyren discovered her love for teaching during her time at NDSU. She was asked a few times as a student to do demonstrations and experiments, and talk with girls about becoming scientists. She also mentored other undergraduates and pharmacy students while completing her doctoral degree. “The most rewarding experience of my career thus far was hearing the stories parents told me about how excited their children were about science, especially when parents of preschoolers would tell me their kids taught them something new,” Nyren says.
Nyren said one of the most difficult decisions was making the choice to pursue a career outside the laboratory. Much of her education and early career was aimed at entering a research setting. Individuals with similar educational backgrounds often begin a post-doctoral fellowship after their doctorate, or they pursued another research-related career. “Ultimately, I felt that I’d have a more fulfilling career making use of my writing and teaching skills,” says Nyren, who is a technical writer for Aldevron, a biotech company which manufacturers custom plasmids, RNA and gene editing enzymes at its headquarters in Fargo, and additional facilities in Madison, Wisconsin, and Freiburg, Germany. At Aldevron, Nyren edits and helps manage the company’s procedural and manufacturing documents. The knowledge she learned through her time at NDSU made the subjects she reads and reviews every day more familiar and the work experience much smoother.
“I built my skill as a writer and editor throughout my education. I wrote several publications while earning my doctorate,” she says. “I wrote and edited lessons and other teaching materials, and did freelance editing for other members of the scientific community. These set up a strong foundation for the writing and editing I do now at Aldevron.”
Nyren started a business called Discovery Express in 2003. In the beginning, she taught after-school science programs at local preschools and elementary schools. Programs covered as many of the sciences as possible. There were two constants to every lesson — they needed to be hands-on and they needed to be fun and relaxed. “We always aimed to give the kids something they could remember,” Nyren says. “Not necessarily because they had to memorize anything or study for it, but because they remembered the experience, making it easier to learn the science behind the activity.”
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The ultrasound gel warm on her already bulging belly and her nerves a jumble of excited anticipation, Sally Richardson gasped when she saw two babies cuddling side by side on the screen. After many grueling weeks and months of fertility treatments and negative pregnancy tests, she ecstatically stared at the miracles growing inside her. “Two babies! We can do that!” Erich her husband, who takes all things in stride, nodded calmly. As the technician moved the tool around her belly, the screen changed, and the two babies seemed to change position. “So that must be the babies at a different angle?”
“Well, um, no,” responded the technician, hesitating. “Those are actually different babies.” “You mean, like four babies? Ha. Nice joke.” “No, I’m not joking. Yes, four babies. You’re having quads.” Stunned silence filled the room. Erich stared at the ground, unable to say a word. “I didn’t say a word until at least the next day. I was just in shock. I couldn’t talk.” But Sally, the extrovert of the marriage, was bursting to talk. After telling the poor technician, Bob, to “Shut up!” she then turned her attention to the nurses and kept saying, “We got this. We got this. We got this,” while Erich continued to stare silently at the floor. “Thankfully I went back to work right after the appointment and was able to talk to my teaching team. I walked right in and held up four fingers. ‘Four? What? What are you talking about?’ ‘Babies! I’m having four babies!’”
When you tell someone you’re pregnant with quads, you don’t get the same response as when you tell them about a ‘normal’ pregnancy.”
FR OM LEF T TO RIGH T : VIRGIL , RU BY, E LSIE , JAX A ND KI T
M A R R I AG E , I N F E R T I L I T Y When they first met as rival West Fargo swim coaches, Erich with the Sheyenne Mustangs and Sally the WFHS Packers, they never could have imagined that, together, they would one day dive into the wild, unchartered waters of parenting quads. Sally, being an eighth grade science teacher for West Fargo Public Schools, and Erich, directing the YMCA’s Gators swim program and head-coaching Sheyenne High School’s swim teams, are both highly invested in the youth of our community. Sharing a love for kids, their dating conversations revolved around their desires for children even before they broached the topic of marriage. As wedding bells rang, they jumped in head first but then struggled to achieve pregnancy for their entire first year of marriage. Sally’s obsession with learning everything there was to know about fertility cycles intensified with every devastating pregnancy test. Shortly after their first anniversary they embarked on a long and emo-
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tional journey of fertility treatments. A grueling year later, they finally received the news they’d waited so long for. On Feb. 13th, 2017, they welcomed a beautiful bundle of joy named Elsie Kate. Upon Elsie’s first birthday, swimming along peacefully as a party of three, Erich and Sally jumped back into the tumult of family planning. Six rounds of IUI later (intra-uterine insemination), a test finally showed positive. Relief and joy flooded the Richardson’s. Erich recalls, “These quads are the result of our last ditch effort. We were giving it one more go.” Almost immediately Sally began noticing a change in this pregnancy. The sickness, bloating and showing were way ahead of pace. “I knew there was more than one. There had to be. It did not feel normal.” A short time later, at only five weeks, the early ultrasound showed her why … her very own relay team was swimming around in her belly.
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“When you tell someone you’re pregnant with quads, you don’t get the same response as when you tell them about a ‘normal’ pregnancy.” Excited but also nervous for them, their communities immediately surrounded them. Sally’s teaching colleagues donated cribs and showered the Richardson’s with love and gifts. Additionally, in true swim-family fashion, the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo swimming community gathered around them with tremendous team spirit and generosity. The stacks of donated diapers in their garage multiplied as the pregnancy progressed. Being the athlete she is, Sally carried four babies like a champ, teaching fulltime up to 28 weeks and never needing bed rest. During her checkup at 30 weeks and 3 days, Sally’s doctor informed them that due to some concerns about a couple of the babies, it was go time. “Today is the day. These babies are coming today.”
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You just gotta learn to be okay with a baby crying. I mean, they’re babies. They cry.” PR O U D G R A ND MOTHER I O NE SAU TN E R ME E TS BABY JAX FO R THE F I R ST TI ME A F EW HO U R S A F TE R BE I NG BO R N. 1 M O NTH O LD
R E A DY O R N O T “We were like, ‘Um, can we have an hour or so to do some things first? We didn’t come here expecting to have four babies today.’” After calling the grandparents, arranging care for Elsie, juggling coaches for a huge swim meet and packing their bags, Erich and Sally were back at Sanford prepping for C-section. On Mar. 8, 2019, (just a few weeks after big sister Elsie turned 2) four tiny, healthy, beautiful babies were born: Virgil Erich, 2 pounds, 14 ounces; Ruby Bridget, 3 pounds, 4 ounces; Jax Aaron, 3 pounds, 7ounces; Kit Jessalyn, 2 pounds, 5 ounces. Supermom Sally handled the delivery like a rock star, and true to their calm nature, not even having four babies in the NICU caused Erich and Sally to panic. Ruby was born with a hole in her heart, which healed on its own but still requires quarterly EKGs, and also needed an eye surgery early on. Kit, after failing the newborn hearing screening multiple times, needed tubes inserted in her ears to reduce fluid. Even so, the chill parents just rolled with it. “I just told the NICU staff, ‘You guys tell me when to worry. I’m not going to Google everything. I don’t need that stress. I’ll worry when you tell me to.’” Big sister Elsie got to know her baby brothers and sisters by watching NICU videos at home and listening to her parents’ stories. After five to seven weeks in the NICU, each baby came home one by one during a two-week period in late April. Each welcome home celebration was a day to rejoice as Elsie met her siblings.
A D AY ’ S W O R K And then one day there were seven, all under one roof. Two grownups and five children ages 2 and under. Four babies who needed additional night time feedings due to their small size, as well as cuddling, diaper changing, bathing, dressing, singing to, rocking and comforting, as well as a toddler who loved to “help” as much as possible. If you, like me, are wondering how in the world this is possible, Erich’s candor says it all, “Yeah. It’s out of control. It’s insane.” And yet, when you’re around the family, it’s clear that things are actually incredibly under control and surprisingly sane. Performing like an all-star relay team, Sally and Erich juggle two full-time careers while keeping their children at home each day. Most weekday mornings Erich is out of the house shortly after 5:00 for early morning swim practices. Supermom Sally’s day starts about the same time with an intricate dance of feed a baby, take a shower, feed a baby, get dressed for work, change a diaper, do her hair, make another bottle, brew a pot of coffee, lay a baby down for an early morning nap, put her makeup on, find a pacifier, find her shoes, change a diaper, pack her lunch. (Anyone else exhausted yet?) By the time Erich gets home, Sally is ready to sprint out the door, taking a moment to give him a quick rundown of the morning report — “This baby didn’t get her bottle yet, this baby was just changed, this baby has a stinky diaper, here’s when to give Ruby her heart meds … go team!” And with that she passes the baton, throws a kiss, and is out the door. For the next eight hours, Superdad Erich takes charge, feeding, changing, soothing, playing, reading and being a chill, champion dad. “Yeah, I mean, it can get a little crazy. But it’s mostly peaceful I’d say. It’s getting a lot better now that we know how they all tick. You just gotta learn to be okay with a baby crying. I mean, they’re babies. They cry. So if someone is freaking out while I’m changing someone else’s diaper or feeding another baby, I’m just like, ‘It’s okay buddy, I’ll be with you as soon as I can,’ and until then I just know he or she is going to cry. It just is what it is.” An immeasurable gift in this crazy life is that both Erich and Sally’s parents live just a few blocks away. “Our parents are all in. I mean, all the way in. They all have car seats in their cars, Pack ‘n Plays at their houses, and they help us out as much as possible.” If big sister Elsie needs some extra one-on-one time, grandparents are quick to jump in and whisk her away for an afternoon. If a baby needs to be rocked and there aren’t enough parental arms to go around, grandparents are ready to rock. If a parent needs a sanity break, relief is just a text away. “Our entire families have come on board to help us. We couldn’t do this without them.”
After school Sally sprints home so that Erich can meet her at the door, give her the afternoon report, and pass off the parenting baton. Erich then heads to a full six hours of swim practice, with the Sheyenne teams first and then Gators for the rest of the evening. Sally, in turn, undertakes the tremendous task of feeding supper to four babies and a toddler. Astonished, with my jaw all the way open, I asked her how in the world she accomplishes such a feat. With a flippant wave of her hand, she responds, “Oh, it’s just an assembly line.” Using a table with builtin highchairs, she seats all the babies in a row and goes down the line one bite at a time, while big sis provides their entertainment by dancing around the living room. After the babies get bathed and tucked in, Elsie and Sally steal a little one-on-one time before an exhausted mama tucks in the toddler. By the time Erich arrives back home around 9:30, the house is quiet, allowing Mom and Dad to eat a calm dinner together and get a few hours of sleep before the nighttime bottles begin. And then at the bright and shiny hour of 5:00 a.m., it all starts again.
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S O L I TA R Y S A N I T Y The surprisingly relaxed manner in which Erich and Sally parent is evident and inspiring. Rather than being frazzled and stressed by the constant onslaught of needs, Erich approaches it all with his typical chill demeanor. Sally, having the ability to embrace the crazy with humor and wit, attributes her own calmness to Erich and Lexapro. “Well, being married to him has calmed me down. He almost never gets flustered, much less stressed. And, I mean, let’s be honest, I’m on anxiety meds, and I’m not ashamed to say it.” After a few desperate months of feeling like she was going crazy, Sally wisely and bravely sought the help of her doctor. She’s been able to enjoy the wild ride and never-ending demands of motherhood so much more ever since. “Also, we quickly realized that to maintain household peace we needed “solitary zones” where a baby can cry in a safe place.” Outfitting two bedrooms as such, with Pack ‘n Plays, blankies and stuffed animals, has helped everyone retain their sanity, especially during various late-night crying fits, Kit’s colicky stage, and Virgil’s daily late afternoon meltdowns. The entire downstairs family room of their bi-level, in turn, has been transformed into a beautiful large nursery area, housing four cribs (all donated by teachers and painted white), four matching changing tables, video monitors, stuffed animals and beautiful photography of the babies and big sister Elsie. So does any part of this journey bring Sally and Erich to their wits end? For Erich, the spatial disorder is tough: “It’s really hard to keep things orderly at home with four babies and a toddler, especially now that the babies can move around. We can’t keep up.” And for Sally, “Just not being able to give them all the attention they need. I wish we could give them each as much attention as they need and deserve. That’s hard for me. But the worst part so far was when they all got their bottom two front teeth at
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the same time. It was horrible. Screaming, crying, sleepless nights, fevers, diaper rash, ear infections … they all had it all. Now we feel like, ‘Well, we made it through that so we can make it through anything.’” And of course, together they will. From teething to potty training to kindergarten to driver’s licenses to graduations — one minute at a time, one hour at a time, one day at a time, surrounded by their incredible cheer section, Team Richardson will make it through. From rivals to co-coaches of their best team yet, Team Richardson, party of seven, is swimming towards victory.
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For most people, the thought of preparing their tax return is as daunting as public speaking. However, here are some helpful tips to help make the task a little less intimidating.
1. GET ORGANIZED The key to minimizing the stress of tax preparation (and potentially reduce cost if using a professional) is to be organized. The more organized you are the less time it will take to get your tax return completed properly. I recommend you organize your tax documents in separate categories as personal information (such as the social security numbers for you, your spouse, any dependents), income, personal deductions, and business information (if applicable). If you do own a small business or have other side income, you need to keep your business income and expense items separate from your personal information. Some expenses are deductible for a business but are not allowed as a personal deduction.
2. REVIEW LAST YEAR’S TAX RETURN An important document to review while preparing your taxes is last year’s income tax return. Most people don’t have too many changes from one year to the next. Therefore, this is a great way to check to make sure you aren’t forgetting anything such as a loss carry over or perhaps a tax credit or deduction that you qualify for and have used previously.
3. DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS If you participate in an employer-sponsored individual 401(k) plan or other qualified retirement plan, the deadline for contributions is Dec. 31. However, you can still fund an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) until April 15, 2020 and deduct the contribution amount toward your 2019 taxes. This is a very effective way of both lowering your 2019 tax bill while also bolstering your retirement funds. If you don’t have an IRA account set up, simply contact your bank and they should be able to assist you. The process is very simple and worth the effort.
4. GET HELP You don’t need to take this task on by yourself. Fortunately, there are companies that offer tax software programs to help you complete the tax return quickly and relatively inexpensively. The IRS even offers free tax filing software for taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of $69,000 or less. When deciding whether to use a professional preparer or a software program, consider your income, the complexity of your return, unusual events that significantly affect your income or expenses, and your concern about a tax audit.
5. STAY INFORMED Even if you use a tax professional, it is still wise to be as informed as possible regarding the tax laws that may affect your income tax return. The tax laws are constantly changing, and therefore it is important to spend some time trying to stay on top of the current changes. For example, the standard deduction amount changes can impact your decision whether it makes sense to itemize your deductions or use the standard deduction to lower your tax bill as much as possible. -IN SPEC VE
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The events of the summer are held right here in the Leech Lake/ Chippewa National Forest Area near Walker, Minnesota. Start out by celebrating 14 years of country music at Moondance Jammin' Country Fest, June 18-20. The “biggest little country fest around” is a three-day festival with Old Dominion, Midland, Lauren Alaina, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and John Michael Montgomery as a start of a great line-up of country performers to date. The 9th Annual Moondance Softball Tournament will also be held during this festival. Over $5,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the top teams. Then kick your summer into high gear and join us for the biggest rock festival in Minnesota, Moondance Jam 29, July 16-18. Come and join us with over 50 bands on four stages and four great days of music and
rockin,’ which includes the pre-jam on Wednesday night. Alice Cooper, The Beach Boys, Chris Daughtry and Night Ranger are just the beginning of some of the great bands. But don't let the fun stop there. Deuces Wild “dueling pianos” will be coming to the MDJ Saloon at the Moondance Fairgrounds on Friday, Aug. 7, for a pull–out-all-the-stops performance. They’ll be playing the music audiences want to hear — and sing along to! Also back by popular demand, Timmy Haus performs during happy hour. Reserve your table by calling 218-836-1055. Then, come back and savor fall in northern Minnesota at our 8th Annual Harvest Moon Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26. For adults only, taste a variety of unique beers, wine, spirits and delicious food pairings, plus lots of adult fun. Entertainment
galore: scavenger hunt, ATV demo rides, wood duck house building challenge, the traveling art pub, redneck Olympics and more. The afternoon will be followed up by two great bands in the MDJ Saloon that evening. Friday night, at participating restaurants throughout the Walker/Leech Lake area, is the pre-tasting and pairing experience. Or join us in the Lazy Moon for some karaoke. Make plans with your friends to stay the weekend in our campgrounds or stay at one of our nice hotels or resorts close by. Proven to be a wonderful girls weekend!
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As I was thinking about which books to include in this issue, I kept thinking about the all the different families portrayed in the books I've read. These families all look incredibly different â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some are traditional, others are far from it, and still others might look one way on the surface but be completely different on the inside. The most important thing is that regardless of how different they may be, by the end of the book I often come to understand them and through their eyes I can sometimes even understand my own family better. So I challenge you to expand your reading and find books about families that look very different from your own. Read diversely and see how it effects your view of your own family.
A Place for Us
by Tara Westover
by Fatima Farheen Mirza
by Min Jin Lee
This is a beautiful but very tough book to read. That being said, you should absolutely run out and get a copy. Westover tells about her life growing up in a survivalist family in the mountains of Idaho. Isolated from regular society, the family was not allowed to go to school or even the hospital and there was no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. Without any formal education, she taught herself enough basics to earn a place at university where her thirst for knowledge transformed her. I was cheering for Tara the entire time and what she has accomplished is incredible. Education can be a powerful thing and can in some ways give us the strength and courage to draw conclusions that are different from those weâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ve been taught.
An Indian-American Muslim family gathers together to celebrate the wedding of the eldest daughter, Hadia. It's been three years since the youngest sibling, Amar, left home. The entire family must now contend with the choices of the past that led to Amar's estrangement. In a narrative that examines decades of family life from the eyes of each member, the reader sees each viewpoint changing the threads of the story from one thing to another. I found myself making many connections between these characters and my own family growing up. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s a good reminder that how one person views something is different than the next, even within our own families.
Any list of family-themed books wouldn't be complete without at least one multigenerational story. "Pachinko" begins in Korea in the early 1900s with Sunja, the adored teenage daughter of a fisherman. She falls for a wealthy stranger who promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant and that he is married, she refuses to be bought. Instead, she agrees to marry a gentle minister who is passing through on his way to Japan. This decision echoes down through the generations in a saga that is both heartbreaking and mesmerizing. I found myself completely immersed in the lives of this family and the complex and passionate characters Lee has created. Not only is it beautifully written, but the author does an amazing job of showing the hardships and prejudices the Koreans in Japan were living through.
LOVED THIS? I also highly recommend reading "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston What happens when America's First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales? If you're looking for a fun read, I highly recommend this unconventional romance novel. When his mother became president, Alex's image as the handsome, charismatic, genius son is millennial-marketing gold for the White House. But Alex has a beef with England's very own Prince Henry. When the tabloids get ahold of a photo involving an altercation, the two rivals are forced to stage a truce for the media. What begins as a fake media friendship, grows deeper and soon becomes more than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. A secret romance between Alex and a surprisingly unstuffy Henry threatens to upend the two nations. One of the things I loved about this novel was the support Alex receives from his diplomatic mother and the sister he's very close with. They help him search for the courage and power to be the person he was meant to be and fight for the love he finds with Henry. And while this romance might be a hot-button topic, McQuiston writes a humorous, sexy, witty and outrageously fun novel that shows an unconventional couple in the same light as any traditional romance.
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