Winnipeg eh?

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The Forks

When we relocated to Fargo, North Dakota, I wondered where we’d actually be able to road trip other than Minneapolis. What were our options? I used to think the edge of the world was at the northern border of North Dakota because if Fargo is that cold, how could life be sustained even farther north? I didn’t even know what the closest city in Canada was until we moved to Fargo. To my surprise, Winnipeg, a city of 700,000 people, was just three and half hours away.   No one we had met since moving to North Dakota mentioned traveling there before we planned our trip so I was a little suspicious of venturing “north of The Wall.” However, the chance to visit an area of Canada I’d never been to was extremely appealing. I also thought it would be fun to take our three-year-old daughter on her first international holiday.

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The coffee shop revolution

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Young Blood Coffee Co., Downtown Fargo

If you are someone in need a caffeine fix to get you going in the morning, you likely have a favorite coffee shop. Starbucks continues to be a choice for convenience; however, a new breed of coffee establishment is popping up around the country.  Ambiance, modernity and artistic details envelope these spots that don’t just market coffee but a feeling, a lifestyle.  In an all too complicated world, coffee houses are pairing things down and adhering to simplified business plans.  Rather than offering extensive variety, they are favoring minimalistic marketing and decor, abbreviated menus, and environmentally concious business practices.

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The Bohemian Sophisticate Toddler Room

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One of my fears before having kids was that my living space would be taken over by Disney characters.  Everywhere you turn, you see Disney children’s products…Disney clothes, Disney bedding, Disney dishes… They even put Disney characters on diaper packaging… It’s overwhelming!  Don’t get me wrong, I love Disney but my kids don’t need their characters’ faces on everything they own.  I want my kids bedrooms to feel youthful but also aesthetically pleasing for adults.  I’m also a big fan of gender-neutral coloring.  I don’t mind some femininity but that doesn’t mean my daughter has to have a pink room.

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