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This undated photo provided by The Lil Umbrellas Etsy shop, shows a fun vintage-style wrapping paper printed with retro style ornaments in a midcentury palette of aqua, red, white and gold. Susie Ostrowski of The Little Umbrella Shop in Concord, Calif., says she wanted to create a holiday wrap that was whimsical and fun. "I love retro inspired illustration, because it's such a great way to do that with style and personality, and it brings out a little feeling of nostalgia, too," Her wrapping paper features illustrations of 50s and 60s ornaments in a midcentury palette of aqua, red, gold and white. (Lucie Carpentier/White Hart Design Co./Lil Umbrellas Shop via AP)

Holiday decor: Retro motifs bring home sparkle, style

Midcentury and 1970s-'80s motifs are strong players on the home decor stage, and that includes holiday decor too. These retro styles have a different kind of energy than traditional, nostalgic, holiday decor does. No deep and evocative snowy forests here; no minimalist yet rustic urban ...

All the ways I’ve seen angels at work

She took his hand and looked him square in the eyes as he lay there in the hospital bed, in pain, worried and frustrated. His thoughts and words were clouded under the mask of painkillers, and it was her job to check his vitals, help manage his pain and answer his family’s questions about ...

“Red Pearl,” a newer variety of amaryllis, has huge red velvety flowers that are deep crimson, overlaid with burgundy and maroon. Photo from Longfield-Gardens.com.

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Brighten the indoors with colorful amaryllis blooms

Brighten those gray winter days with a few colorful, easy-care amaryllis. The 6- to 10-inch trumpet- shaped blossoms are sure to generate a smile and brighten your mood. And consider sharing the fun of growing these beauties with friends and families. Watching the bulbs transform into beautiful ...

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One of the best security measures to protect your home against thieves is to install a home security system.

Home Security: Take measures to protect home against thieves

A number of home security measures can be taken to protect your home from thieves. One of the best security measures you can take is to get to know your neighbors and ask them to keep an eye out for strangers around your house. Install a home security system Research shows that homes ...

Husband’s response makes question life decisions

I’ve known my husband since I was 11 years old. He’s been my best friend starting sometime around when I was 15 when he was old enough drive out to the ranch to talk horses with my dad, and teach my little sister to play chess. We went to college together, we got married and we’ve moved ...

In this Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, photo, Emily and Brian Townsend pose outside their home where they own the top floor unit in a three-flat building in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Taking the home-buying plunge young: 20-somethings weigh in

(AP) — Buying a home can be daunting, especially if you're young. Twenty-somethings (many of them new to saving and some carrying student-loan debt) can be intimidated by the sheer amount of money and paperwork involved in home-buying. And there's a vast amount of conflicting information ...

Memories and planning and everything in between

I woke up this morning to the baby in my belly kicking, rolling and stretching his or her arms, snapping me instantly out of a dream and into the reality of another day spent being a pregnant mother. Inside this dark house, long before sunrise, my other loves were slowly waking up too. I ...

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Fashion takes the stage at Parker Center

The Minot Coalition on Aging held a fashion show for senior guests to enjoy. Dress Barn and Christopher and Banks modeled their in-season attire. The stage was decorated with tables surrounding it for the senior models to walk between and up to showcase their clothing options. There was ...

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The benefits of living in an insulated home include it’s warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

Year-round benefits

Your home loses heat in many different ways, much through the walls, some through the roof and even through the floor. It is important to do whatever you can to keep as much of this heat in as possible. Newer homes likely have more insulation, but check just to be sure and don’t assume ...

This April 4, 2016 photo provided by Dean Fosdick shows blooms on a Big Leaf Maple tree near Langley, Wash., which are among the first to arrive — providing floral nectar and pollen for early-season foraging bees. Trees are among the earliest pollinator plants to bloom in spring. People often overlook trees and their importance to pollinators desperate to find food in early spring. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Winter-blooming plants help bees overwinter in your yard

mes for honeybees as they emerge from their hives, where food supplies are dwindling, to forage. Adding clusters of winter-blooming plants around the yard will give them much needed nourishment. Bees take in carbohydrates from floral nectar and protein from floral pollen. Being aware of bloom ...

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Daughter’s love of dress causes issues for parents

We have an issue in our house these days. At least that’s what I’m calling it, dare I utter the real word and ignite the flame. I’ve been dealing with the “issue” moderately successfully for the past few weeks, but last night it raised its voice loud and clear while I was chained to ...

This undated photo provided by Party City shows a Halloween themed display in a front yard. Halloween offers the first big chance of fall to decorate your home, and there are lots of ways — from spooky to sweet — to get into the holiday spirit. (Party City via AP)

Spooky or sweet?

Before they even know whether the candy will be top-notch or king-size, trick or treaters are drawn to houses decked out for Halloween. "When kids are trick-or-treating, that's the first thing they see," says Tanya Graff, style director at Martha Stewart Living magazine. "It's fun when they ...

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Stories that begin on the back of a horse

Ever since I decided I wanted to be a mom years ago, I have been dreaming of my babies sitting on the backs of horses. I don’t know why really, except so many of my memories as a kid growing up out here are connected to horses. And while I keep the long rides bareback through the ...

Some fall pruning tips

The advice by many experts regarding fall pruning is “don’t do it” as it can cause more harm than good. – Pruning in the fall would stimulate new growth when a plant should be trying to go dormant. – New growth weakens the plant which is not what a plant needs when it is heading ...

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Roof maintenance is a necessity

Roofs get more abuse from the elements than any other part of the building, and preventative maintenance is a key element to saving money on your roof by providing a longer service life. It’s important to inspect our roofs surface after any severe storm or day of excessive winds. At least 95 ...

What it means to worry like a mother

My mom hasn’t been sleeping well. She says she wakes up in the middle of the night and lies there in the dark and breathes her fears and worries in and out — about her kids and grandkids and the unpredictable and uncontrollable things that happen to us in the circle of community. My mom ...

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Orchids, shown in this photo from Gardener’s Supply Co., do best with 12 to 14 hours of sunlight and indoor light systems can help supplement the amount of light needed for the plants to thrive.

Keep orchids beautiful and blooming

Lift your spirits, enliven your indoor decor or give the gift of beautiful blooming orchids. You’ll enjoy these exotic blossoms for months with just minimal care – once you know what to do. Start with a healthy flowering plant. The phalaenopsis or moth orchid is the most widely ...

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Follow some simple ‘pet proofing’ tips for your home

Let’s face it: pets are bound to get into a little trouble around the house. But from its open canisters to its loose wires, your home can pose some serious problems for your furry companions. While cats like to crawl into small nooks and crannies, dogs prefer chewing and consuming anything ...

VEEDER: It takes a village to raise a mom

WATFORD CITY — This morning I drove Edie to town to daycare so I could get some work done. My husband was gone hunting in Montana over the past few weekends and into this week, and so I’ve been on my own a bit more, managing a schedule of deadlines, performances, doctors appointments and ...

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Instead of raking leaves in your yard after they fall from the trees, there are other uses for them.

Don’t waste fall leaves

Each year as the leaves fall, the tradition has been to eliminate them. I am old enough to remember my grandpa burning them in big piles in the garden. Now the usual fall chore is to bag them and send them to the land fill. Don’t!!! They are valuable to your yard. If you have a compost bin ...