September 2014 Magazine

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Letter from the Publisher: Tips for the Klondike

By: Anna Hoke, Publisher  |  So I finished a column for this edition titled “Home away from Home” which was about cabin life and my experiences with different types of cabins, what they offer or don’t and my general love and knowledge of cabin life… Fast forward a few days, I found myself in a conversation giving tips, encouragement and suggestions to a first-time runner of the Klondike Road Relay Race. This led me to think that it might be an appropriate column for September, seeing as though the race takes place this month on September 5th and 6th. With that said, stay tuned for my piece on cabin life in the October edition of Southeast Living Magazine. First, I will start off by saying that I am in no way a fast or talented long distance runner. Continue reading

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Make a Statement with Wallcoverings

By Randi Wilson  |  Today there are many ways to add visual interest to a wall.  A coat of paint is just the beginning.  Wallcoverings in various patterns and textures add graphic appeal and dimension to standard plaster and sheetrock walls. Wallcoverings encompass many different mediums, but wallpaper is probably the most popular.  Wallpaper fell out of favor for a long time due to dated styles (grandma’s cabbage patch roses come to mind) and messy, hard-to-remove glue.  However, advances in paper and adhesive technology, coupled with new fun and elegant patterns, have once again made wallpaper popular with designers and homeowners looking to impart a wow factor in a room.  While subtle, neutral wallpaper may be used to cover an entire room, colorful or bold treatments are best utilized in small, targeted areas for maximum visual impact.   They should be reserved for rooms that are used for short periods of time, such as an entry foyer or guest bathroom.  Otherwise, people may tire of the strong impact created by the walls.  Wow factor can be created in larger rooms by papering one wall to create a focal point.  To complete the look, surrounding walls should be painted in a complimentary, or contrasting, color.  Wallpaper may also be applied to non-conventional surfaces.  Apply bold, small-scale wallpaper to staircase risers for a fun unexpected pop of color.  If you’re living in a rental property or just not ready to commit to a pattern, then temporary removable wallpaper is a great option.  New technologies have made temporary wallpaper easy to hang and remove without damaging walls. Continue reading

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Peaceful Parenting

parentingBy: Dr. Summer Beattie  |  By the time this publishes, school will be back in session.  As our family embarks on another educational milestone – our oldest daughter is starting Kindergarten!  I’m thinking more and more beyond just the Three R’s (Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic and instead toward the impacts her time at school will have on her as a whole person.  Will her education guide her to be a kind and empathetic individual who is responsible and self-disciplined? Will she have freedom to be creative or locked into a rigid industrial paradigm that perhaps turns out good grades but doesn’t poise her to face our ever changing world?   Continue reading

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A Place To Call Home

landscapeBy: Amanda Pilley  |  Buying a new house or choosing a new apartment is a way to start over.  When the time comes to buy or move, you must decide where you want to live.  It’s good to know how much you can afford, but if you hate the neighborhood, you’ll never love your new home. And your neighborhood says a lot about you. When someone asks where you live, they are learning more about you than just your geographic location. So before you blindly start looking for a new place to live, think about where you want to live.  Trust me, the location will make all the difference. Continue reading

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Southeast Alaska Schedule of Events for September

If you’re traveling through Southeast Alaska this month, we invite you to join us for the many events held throughout the region.

September 4th-7th | Petersburg: Tongass Rainforest Festival, www.tongassrainforestfestival.org

September 05 | Juneau: Juneau First Friday Continue reading

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August 2014 Magazine

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Recipes: Progressive Summer Sauces

sauces_webAmber King | Maybe you haven’t heard of a progressive dinner, or dining (my favorite) having multiple courses at different places, or involving having multiple course meals usually with a theme in varying locations.  I love building on flavors and ideas and with the summer ripe upon us it’s nice to have some quick go to recipes for late snacks, impromptu BBQs or social gatherings. I wanted to make some Asian meatballs the other day and realized that I needed sauce. I like to make my own because it’s amazing and fresh, and to make big batches to share. The sauces are great together or they are versatile alone as well.  Sauces are  also an amazing way to use fruit that’s turning to fast on you.  So here are my summer sauces for every meal. And the meatballs were great too… Continue reading

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The Advantages of Home Ownership

house_webAmanda Pilley  |  If you know that you’re going to be living in one place for at least the next five years, and you are in a position financially that you can swing it, then you should buy a house and here’s why:

It can cost less than renting: This may not be true everywhere, but I’d say it certainly is where we live.  Even though it seems counter-intuitive, often owning your own home can actually be much more affordable than renting.  Rentals in Southeast Alaska are definitely a commodity, which is why landlords can put such a high premium on them.  Case in point, not too long ago my husband and I were renting a 1-bedroom apartment for the same amount that our friends were paying every month on the mortgage of their 3-bedroom house set on a ½ acre.  There’s no mistaking who was getting the better deal. Continue reading

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Southeast Alaska Schedule of Events for August

Amanda Pilley  |  If you’re traveling through Southeast Alaska this month, we invite you to join us for the many events held throughout the region.

August 1st-2nd | Sitka

Sitka Seafood Festival, www.sitkaseafoodfestival.org

August 1st-3rd | Ketchikan

Blueberry Arts Festival, www.ketchikanarts.org Continue reading

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