A Winner and A Cool Campaign From Bison Booties

Thanks for entering the June Bison Booties giveaway. You’re a passionate bunch and it’s always fun to read your comments.

Before I announce our winner, I wanted to take a second to tell you about a cool campaign from the mamas over at Bison Booties. It’s called the Normalize Breastfeeding Project and it’s a simple way to provide support to nursing moms in a way that doesn’t distract a hungry baby and respects a nursing mama’s personal space.

You can request a few of these cards for free with any purchase over $5 on the Bison …

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Yurt Life

I posted a ton of photos from my Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway trip between Valley City and Lisbon, North Dakota last month and I’m still getting messages about the yurt we stayed in on our first night.

Jo and I got a ridiculous kick out of Rockstad’s River Inn and Yurt in Fort Ransom. (We may have actually squealed a little bit when we got the keys…) The address is just listed as “Main Street” and that’s absolutely all you need to know to find it. If you can’t find a 30-foot yurt with a wraparound deck …

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An Inside Look At Vivie’s Lingerie Boutique

“I advocate glamour. Every day. Every minute.”
“It`s not about seducing men, it’s about embracing womanhood.”
Dita von Teese

Yvonne Denault loves women. She loves beauty, glamour and the confidence that comes when a woman embraces her body and owns her femininity. She’s built Yvonne Denault Photography on the idea that skilled portraiture and boudoir photography can help women of every age, shape and size reclaim their power. She’s also the brains behind Pinup on the Plains, a gleefully decadent girls night out. You can see some of my party pics from the 2013 event here.

Now Yvonne’s taken the next …

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Win Colorful, Handmade Bison Booties

This month’s giveaway is from Bison Booties, which produces cool and often colorful handmade booties and slippers for babies, kids and adults. The soft-sole, vegan-friendly footwear (and other baby items) are designed by owner and super mama Erica Hager and sewn in Bismarck, North Dakota.I first noticed Bison Booties when Eli was a baby and I was looking for something that would stay on his busy — and super wide — feet. (Sorry baby — you inherited your mama’s feet!)Then it seemed like I saw them everywhere. They popped up on TV, making cameos on …

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“Off the Radar”

I was reading in my hotel room after a conference last week when a passage made me gasp. It was one of those moments when you see your thoughts spelled out on a page of another writer’s book, expressed so beautifully that you just have to tell someone about it. I’ve included some photos from my own wanderings.

Happy Sunday!
– Alicia

“You are drinking your coffee alone at a sidewalk cafe.

You are watching the people around you, families, children playing, a young woman engrossed in a book, a lost tourist trying to find his way, a …

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A Shopping Break At Fowlers Heritage Company

Usually, I’m an organized blogger. I make a plan, set deadlines and, for the most part, I stick to them. But sometimes I totally, completely forget to write about places I love.

That’s exactly what I did with Fowlers Heritage Company. Which is silly, because this downtown boutique is one of my favorite sources for men’s and women’s clothing and accessories in Fargo. The shop is also a big supporter of U.S. made products, including several from local producers.

I ducked in to the airy, light-filled shop to get inspired between meetings yesterday and thought “It’s …

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Pounds Arrives in Downtown Fargo

Downtown Fargo will have a new fresh, fun, laid-back dining option when Pounds opens in the Beefsteak Club building on 1st Avenue on June 8. The cozy, clubby interior is long gone, replaced by bright white walls, powder blue accents and pale wood tables for a fresh, pared-down atmosphere.

This is definitely not a white tablecloth place. And the transformation goes deeper than just aesthetics. Partners Alan Kasin, Scott Motschenbacher and Brandon Herz want to inject a sense of fun back into downtown dining. And they’re doing it with a gleefully adventurous menu, made from scratch …

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A Bismarck-Mandan #PrairiePlaces Road Trip

It’s road trip time! Tomorrow I’m off to Bismarck-Mandan for the North Dakota Bloggers & Writers Workshop at Fort Abraham Lincoln.

I’m excited to focus on my work, chat with some old friends and colleagues (and hopefully meet some new ones) and explore a State Park that I haven’t visited yet. (These things are usually held in air conditioned hotel conference rooms, so this will be a refreshing change.)

Have you see the dinosaurs at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum yet? I love the Native American portion of this museum, too. It’s totally worth a …

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The Sweet Smells Of Summer

The calendar says the first day of summer is June 21, but every day after the first warm stretch in May counts as summer to me. Memorial Day has passed and school’s out (almost) everywhere, so I’m calling it — summer is here.

I’ve been trying to walk and bike more often this spring and summer and it’s been a sensory overload in the best possible way. I never really noticed how fragrant summer is. From the new blooms to fair food, here are some of the smells that make summer so special.

The air during that incredible …

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The Hyatt House Minot Giveaway Winner

“As you grow older, you learn a few things. One of them is to actually take the time you’ve allotted for vacation.”
John Battelle
Thanks to everyone who entered to win a night’s stay at Hyatt House Minot! It was fun to read about how you would use your time away from home.

I hope that you all are able to take a little time for yourselves and your family and friends, whether you won the free night stay or not. Life is short, so use those vacations days while you still can.

Jenn McConnell, you’re the lucky …

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