Meredith Holt is a Forum features reporter whose topics of interest include women's issues, social issues and mental health. You can read her twice-monthly column on health and fitness, weight loss (and gain) and body image in Variety. She also does page design and copy editing, which she did for six years prior to joining the features staff in March 2012.
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FARGO — I think we could all use a little more calm in our lives. The Calm meditation app helps users get it, two, five, 10, 15 or 20 minutes at a time. The app offers lessons on mindfulness, guided meditations and breathing exercises to help calm and refocus your anxious mind.
FARGO — Geometric tiles. Scandinavian-inspired design. Metallic wallpaper. The Pinterest 100, a list based on the pinning habits of more than 100 million users, has nailed down the top 10 home trends for 2016. Rounding out Pinterest's list are hidden wires; shades of gray; graphic throw pillows; black, white and organic shades; woven wall decor; DIY space-saving hacks and artisan goods.
When I was a little girl, Barbie barely registered on my radar. I knew who she was, but I wasn't interested. I had a few other dolls, but I preferred stuffed animals, arts and crafts and outdoors play (this was in the '80s and early '90s, when kids could freely run around the neighborhood). As soon as I was old enough to understand the concept of body image, however, I learned all about her.
FARGO – If you received a fitness tracker for Christmas, it’s time to clean it. Past time, actually. Most wearable tech, from brands such as Fitbit and Jawbone, are meant...
FARGO — We made it! There are only two days left in January, the "Monday of months." Give yourself a pat on the back. But since we live in North Dakota, there's still a good month or two left of winter. Here are five ways to help you cope. Plan a trip It may be months before you actually set foot on sand, but planning your next trip can boost your mood by giving you soothing images to look at and something to look forward to.
MOORHEAD — You can tell a lot about Ashley Sornsin by her home. Her decorating style is modern, with a few vintage-inspired pieces and touches of girly glamour in every corner, a reflection of her personality. Guests are immediately drawn to the living room, which features a wood-burning fireplace. Black-and-white pillows and a few touches of gold stand out against the soft plum color of the comfy couch and loveseat.
FARGO — I'm no beer connoisseur (I prefer wine), but I can appreciate a good brew, especially if it's seasonal or unique, like hard root beer. I've walked by the Not Your Father's Root Beer sign in the window of Rooters in downtown Fargo dozens of times, but it wasn't until this summer that I noticed hard root beer gaining in popularity. My husband brought home a case, and I loved it. It tastes like a strong, crisp root beer with a slight beer aftertaste. We made root beer floats with it.
FARGO – "Live your life. Live it large. Live it full," Fawn Germer told an audience of about 600 women gathered Tuesday afternoon in the Crystal Ballroom of the Ramada Plaza & Suites here.
FARGO — A chance encounter with a fellow Shanley High School grad led to Fargo native Rosie Sauvageau's latest music project. He suggested the singer/songwriter connect with his friend Brittany...
Forget the holidays. I think it's harder to lose weight during January, the "Monday of months." Sure, December was full of treats and temptation, but I planned for it. I'd overindulge one day and go to the gym the next. It was a busy month, but there was a lot to look forward to. I felt better. Plus I had the added incentive of an office "Healthy for the Holidays" weight challenge.