Senior editor | Lifestyle

Connie Nelson is the senior editor for lifestyles for the Star Tribune. 

Prior to becoming an editor, she wrote extensively on home- and garden-related topics.

Amid the pandemic, books have become even more precious

I never thought much about getting books — books were always just around. I fished them out of Little Free Libraries. Friends lent or gave…

Bookmark: In which a snobbish reader finds comfort in popular books

I’m fussy about my books. I take recommendations only from people whose taste in literature I admire. I usually buy one book at a time,…

Get your blankets out and your pots inside tonight. A frost may be on its way.

Alan Branhagen was tempted. He actually thought about planting tomatoes and peppers. It had been a fairly warm spring, he reasoned. And, like everyone else,…

Social distancing is now advised for pets, but feel free to interact with your animal

Fido and friends may end up on a short leash now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that cats, dogs and…

CDC recommends social distancing for dogs, cats, other animals

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that cats, dogs and other animals keep the same social distancing as recommended for humans.…

Gyms are closed, but you can still get a good workout by walking: Here's how

With gyms closed, how to get the most out of walking, the default outdoor exercise for many.

StretchLab, an assisted-stretch boutique gym, opens in Minneapolis

Assisted stretching can help you get the relief your body needs.

Where do our castoffs go? A Q&A with Minnesota writer Adam Minter, author of 'Secondhand'

What happens to the set of heirloom china no one in the family wants? Where does your iPhone 5 end up? And do those pilled…

Tips to help you get an early start on winter pot and window-box season

Wintertime plant containers are "little pieces of art that make a house a home."

5 Twin Cities hotel bars with the best staycation getaway vibes

These Twin Cities spots feel like an escape -- no plane ticket necessary.