What I’m Reading: Three Midwestern Books I Love

If reading is like food for a writer, then I’m a snacker, a grab-and-go girl, a total impulse buyer.

Sure, sometimes I take recommendations, log into my library account and reserve a few books I heard about on NPR or attempt (and usually fail) to keep up with a book club. But the truth is, 90% of what I read comes directly from a library display.

You say it’s Women’s History Month? Eleanor Roosevelt and Tina Fey sound fabulous. Books about gardening? Sweet — I need to know more about landscaping anyway. Books that are red? Sure, …

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A Jewelry Fix From Rocksbox

I’ve been wanting to incorporate a really bold statement necklace into my spring wardrobe, but it’s been kind of a challenge.  So when Blair at Rocksbox asked if I wanted to try a free membership to their premium jewelry subscription box service for a few months, I was all in.

It seemed like the perfect way to test drive a few new looks and try out some styles that I might not gravitate towards in the store. And I’m not gonna lie, having some pretty things arrive in the mail every month sounded fun too.

If you’re not …

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Relaxing at Seven Clans Casino

I’m beat. Toast. Exhausted. It’s been a crazy few weeks of deadlines, new clients and exciting new spring Prairie Style File road trip developments.

So to recover, I’m taking a trip down memory lane.

Here’s a relaxing look at Seven Clans Casino in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, where I spent a lazy weekend with my Derrick’s family earlier this winter.

We didn’t really make any plans. I just brought my bathing suit, a stack of magazines and my camera. Here’s what we found.

Seven Clans Casino has a Minnesota northwoods thing going on, all pine wood walls and rustic …

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A Little Blogger Love: The Liebster Award

Earlier this week I got a sweet note from the lovely Midwest in Style informing me that she’d nominated me for The Liebster Award. Yay!

This award is designed to introduce bloggers (and our readers) to other bloggers who are doing new and interesting things. It’s always an honor to be recognized by your peers. And this is a great chance for all of us — writers and readers — to connect with new people.

In this post I’ll tell you some things that you probably didn’t know about me. And I’ll introduce you to a few other …

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Lunch Counter Nostalgia At Charlie’s Main Street Cafe

I’m a sucker for an old-school lunch counter.

One of my earliest memories is of sitting on a stool at the cafe in Halstad, a busy little place in the little Minnesota town where I’d graduate from high school a dozen or so years later. I’d go with my dad when he went into town and I still remember the clink of silverwear and the sound the double doors made as they swung open and shut.

Later, I’d work there. I’d flip pancakes on the grill (being a short order cook on breakfast shift is caffeine-fueled and glorious, a …

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“We Are Treasure Hunters”: A Fargo Film Festival Winner

I was going to write a compelling argument for why you should check out the Fargo Film Festival — or any challenging film, for that matter — along with today’s winner announcement, but I just can’t come up with anything that even comes close to this thought from my old friend and co-worker Emily Beck, who now serves as the Executive Director of the Fargo Theatre.

“There are times when we walk into a cinema knowing exactly what to expect. We know that Nicolas Cage will deliver an awesomely bad punchline after riding a motorcycle through …

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A Wardrobe Update From Shopbop

If you’ve ever gone through a major life transition, you know how it influences everything — even your wardrobe.

In the past three years, I’ve switched careers and had a baby and, although I could still technically fit into my old clothes, some of them didn’t really fit into my new life. They were too corporate, too buttoned-up, too much like my old life.

It was time for a change. Once I got the items I didn’t wear out of my closet and my dresser (it was an undertaking, trust me, but that’s a whole different post) …

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Let’s Go To The Fargo Film Festival (For Free!)

You don’t know Fargo if you haven’t been to the Fargo Film Festival.

The Fargo Film Festival is back for its 15th year March 3-7. And it’s truly one of the best events in town, a buzzy, kinetic gathering of local film fans, artists and movie makers from around the world. If you’ve never been, make this the year you see what everyone is talking about.

If you’re a movie freak, you’ll love the huge range of films on two screens, everything from experimental shorts to documentaries to animation. The luncheon panel discussions and after movie talk-backs with …

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A Little Love From Stems + Salvage

Happy Thursday! I hope you all are keeping warm out there. I thought you might like a little good news to warm you up!

One lucky reader just won a $50 gift card to Stems + Salvage in Crosby, ND.

But before we get to that, I just wanted to give you all a heads up that I’m doing the March giveaway a little differently this month. The giveaway starts on Sunday, March 1 and runs through 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 4.

The prize is affiliated with an gathering that I think is one of the top five …

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Crafters, Creatives and Culinary Artists To Watch

Saturday was magical.

My birthday just happened to fall around the same time as the Unglued Craft Fest and the February occasional sale at the studio so I celebrated with a much-needed shopping day with friends.

Friends joined us and wandered off as we explored the booths and some new shops in downtown Fargo. Being among so many interesting and creative people was incredibly invigorating. It was exactly what I needed.

The day was charmed from the start. I got up early to get a grab bag at the craft fest, which I’d never done before. Not only did we …

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