#Living

The light of childhood reminds us to embrace life

It’s no secret there are things in this life that are ruined by adulthood. I remember thinking this as a kid when I was jumping into the cold water of Lake Sakakawea on a hot summer day. The water couldn’t be too cold. The sky too gray. The wind too wild. None of those elements existed to ...

Easy DIY Birdseed Ornaments

What You Need: – A cookie sheet – Wax paper – A mixing bowl –3/4 cup flour – 1/2 cup water – 3 tablespoons corn syrup – 4 cups birdseed – Cookie cutters – Cooking spray – Straws – Twine – Scissors What to Do: 1. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. 2. Add ...

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Christmas decorating is all over the city and area. Minot stores are festively decorated for the season including the three shown here – Lien’s Jewelry, Esoterica and Margie’s Art Glass. Photos by Elaine Gunderson/MDN

Homes or businesses send your holiday photo display

Whether it’s at your home or at a business in Minot or Minot area, we’d love to share your photos of holiday decorations whether its outdoor decorations, indoor decorations, a holiday table setting, a Christmas tree, etc. This is an opportunity to inspire others while demonstrating ...

An honest Christmas letter from my family

It’s Christmas card season. And while the World Wide Web might make the whole concept a little obsolete these days, I’m still camp Christmas card. But the photo’s all my friends and family are getting, because we can fake it in the photo. A Christmas letter? Well, I’m afraid it would ...

Keep holiday plants looking their best

The holiday season has arrived. That means you will be on the giving or receiving end of a poinsettia, Christmas cactus, cyclamen, amaryllis or other holiday plant. Extend the beauty and longevity of these holiday beauties with proper care. And that starts the minute you leave the florist or ...

White House holiday theme is ‘American treasures’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 2018 White House holiday decor features a theme of "American Treasures." Decorations include a tree trimmed by Gold Star families — those killed in military service — as well as an array of topiary trees and mantelpieces featuring the skylines of New York City, St. ...

Millennials to baby boomers, gifts that grow are the rage

It's a jungle in there. Every window, surface and brightly lit corner is filled with decorative or edible greenery. There is no doubt what to gift this person for the holidays. More of the same. A lack of outdoor growing space, limited growing seasons, and time constraints have many people ...

The promise of spring

When I was a kid, on the first warm day of spring, my dad would take us to the top of the nearest hill to find a dry spot where snow gave way to grass. We would sit down and let the warm sun shine on our faces and my dad would say something like, “Such a beautiful day. Isn’t this ...

Christmas Travels

The Taube Museum of Art will present the 2018 Holiday “Twilight” Tour of Homes on Dec. 1 from 3-7 p.m., with tastefully decorated homes and cultural destinations for participants to enjoy. Tickets for $16 each are available in advance at the Taube Museum of Art, Artmain and all ...

A song for a new season

If I could fill my page with words to make up an ending to each season that has given us her all — glorious orange sunsets and wildflower purple and the deep, dark blue of the rain — I would give the wind a voice. And his voice would be deep and coarse as he reminisced about the way the ...

Plants for every room of your home

Gardeners know the benefits of digging in the soil. It elevates a person’s mood, improves mental and physical well-being and the outcome is always good – added beauty or tasty nutritional food. But many of us are stuck indoors for the winter, have a lack of space to garden outdoors or just ...

Dakota Handcrafters: Ellen Fenner

• Current Hometown: Minot How would you describe your specialty handcraft? I create unique and personalized wine glasses and gift items that are fun for everyone, including yourself, on your gift giving list all year long. My handcrafted glittered bottom wine glasses (both stem and ...

The making of me

I made a trip down to South Dakota last weekend to perform. In the early morning, before the sun burned off the cold fog, I sneaked quietly out of the house to make sure my family stayed sleeping while I took on the miles of road. In a different time in my life, a six-hour trip alone was just ...

Change your furnace filters regularly

During the upcoming months, changing your furnace filters regularly will be extremely important in keeping the air in your home healthy, fresh and safe. During colder periods of time when you are inside more often, it’s especially important to inspect and change your furnace filter every few ...

Holiday gifts that keep on giving

Make gift giving easy with unique green gifts that provide weeks and in some cases months and years of beauty. Plus, gifting easy-care blooming plants is an experiential gift that’s ideal for everyone, especially that person on your list who has everything. Gardeners as well as practical ...

Hints by Heloise: Pomander for the holidays

Dear Readers: One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the wonderful fun of rich fragrances that fill my home. I make my own POMANDER BALLS for ornaments for the tree, or to hang in a closet or a guest bathroom. Here’s how to make them: Stick rows of whole cloves in an ...

Prevent your home from looking dull, bland with outdoor decorations

Late autumn and the beginning of winter can be a dreary time for homes and lawns, but it doesn’t have to be; you can prevent your home from looking dull and bland with certain outdoor winter decorations. Take advantage of the winter weather and prepare yourself for holiday cheer with some of ...

Picking out a new sofa? Sites offer design advice for cheap

NEW YORK (AP) — Hiring an interior designer is expensive, and the chances of an HGTV host bursting through your doors are slim. But several sites have made it more affordable to get design help without anyone ever stepping inside your home. Havenly, Wayfair and others are charging less than ...