Maia Nolan-Partnow

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From biodegradable packaging and recycling programs to maracuja and argan oils, spray-on clay and do-it-yourself sugar scrubs, beauty consumers are increasingly looking for greener options for skincare. The global market for organic personal care products is expected to pass $13 billion in 2018,...
Maia Nolan-Partnow
From biodegradable packaging and recycling programs to maracuja and argan oils, spray-on clay and do-it-yourself sugar scrubs, beauty consumers are increasingly looking for greener options for skincare. The global market for organic personal care products is expected to pass $13 billion in 2018, according to a 2012 study conducted by Transparency Market Research, and organic skincare products will account for nearly a third of that revenue. For the family behind Alaska's ArXotica skincare brand, though, natural skincare isn’t a trend -- it’s a business venture rooted in ancient indigenous practices. Sisters Cika Sparck, Michelle Sparck and Amy Sparck Dobmeier are members of the Qissunamiut tribe who grew up picking berries near Chevak on the tundra of Western Alaska. “Everything we...Maia Nolan-Partnow
Alaska's largest city turns 100 in 2015, and the onetime tent city on Ship Creek is today a busy, thriving population center with as much to do and see as any visitor could hope for. The real challenge in visiting Anchorage is narrowing down your range of options. Do you stick to the historic downtown area, where shops, restaurants, parks and cultural attractions are all within easy walking distance? Or do you rent a car and venture out to get a taste of what else the city has to offer? From local coffee and beer to fine art to the great outdoors, Anchorage has it all–whether you hoof it downtown or cruise around town. 8 a.m. - Fuel up Downtown: Snow City Café (1034 W 4th Ave.) is practically the official breakfast of downtown Anchorage, and you'll find it crowded with locals and tourists...Maia Nolan-Partnow
Bigger, better, redder, whiter and bluer -- that's the promise of a second season of "Amazing America with Sarah Palin," premiering Jan. 15 on the Sportsman Channel. Season one of the show took field hosts to "amazing" locations around the country to visit with Americans from a wide range of backgrounds -- a beloved Alaska musher , a doomsday prepper , weapons craftsmen , duck call enthusiasts , tactical trainers , treasure hunters and more. Although each segment was introduced by the former Alaska governor and one-time vice presidential candidate, in most cases Palin herself didn't feature heavily in the show's action . That didn't seem to hurt its appeal. Confession: This writer loved the heck out of it . Apparently, so did the network's other subscribers. "In its first season, Amazing...Maia Nolan-Partnow
The Sportsman Channel's 12-episode run of "Amazing America with Sarah Palin" wrapped up Thursday night with a season finale that finally satisfied my desire for more Sarah. A lot of times people will say to me: "Maia, between 'Sarah Palin's Alaska,' 'Dancing With the Stars' and 'Amazing America,' you've watched literally tens of hours of reality television featuring the Palin family. What do you really think about all of it?" Here's what I tell them: If Sarah Palin had never run for vice president of the United States, if she had instead finished her term as governor (or served a second term for good measure) and then gone into TV and talked about huntin' and fishin' and Alaska and tips for cooking up the perfect moose chili and maintaining volume on bad hair days, she wouldn't be Sarah...Maia Nolan-Partnow
The Sportsman Channel’s 12-episode run of “Amazing America with Sarah Palin” wrapped up Thursday night with a season finale that finally satisfied my desire for more Sarah. A lot of times people will say to me: “Maia, between ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska,’ ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and ‘Amazing America,’ you’ve watched literally tens of hours of reality television featuring the Palin family. What do you really think about all of it?” Here’s what I tell them: If Sarah Palin had never run for vice president of the United States, if she had instead finished her term as governor (or served a second term for good measure) and then gone into TV and talked about huntin’ and fishin’ and Alaska and tips for cooking up the perfect moose chili and maintaining volume on bad hair days, she wouldn’t be Sarah...Maia Nolan-Partnow
What do doomsday preppers and barbecue have to do with craft supplies? Everything, as it turns out, if you're me and you're watching "Amazing America with Sarah Palin," which this week is all about taking your hobbies to the next level. "This is a nation full of thinkers and tinkerers. And we all have our hobbies," Sarah says during the show's intro. Indeed we do. I've got a family room full of decoupage glue that testifies to this reality. But, Sarah asks: "How do we take our ordinary pasttimes and make them extraordinary?" The answer to this question is obvious: glitter. There's nothing in the world that can't be improved by glitter. That's why Martha Stewart makes more than six dozen different colors and varieties. Martha knows what's up. It turns out Sarah has something else in mind,...Maia Nolan-Partnow
What do doomsday preppers and barbecue have to do with craft supplies? Everything, as it turns out, if you’re me and you’re watching “Amazing America with Sarah Palin,” which this week is all about taking your hobbies to the next level. “This is a nation full of thinkers and tinkerers. And we all have our hobbies,” Sarah says during the show’s intro. Indeed we do. I’ve got a family room full of decoupage glue that testifies to this reality. But, Sarah asks: “How do we take our ordinary pasttimes and make them extraordinary?” The answer to this question is obvious: glitter. There’s nothing in the world that can’t be improved by glitter. That’s why Martha Stewart makes more than six dozen different colors and varieties. Martha knows what’s up. It turns out Sarah has something else in mind,...Maia Nolan-Partnow
Legacy. We all want to leave one behind. And that's what this week's episode of "Amazing America with Sarah Palin" is all about. "What better way to do so than master an old family tradition and craft, make it better, and pass that along to our children?" Sarah asks. Amen. In my family, this tradition and craft is alcohol. We're getting pretty good at it. My grandparents and their friends in Fairbanks used to drink VO and water. My parents and their siblings put away two handles of Jameson the night before my wedding. And my brother and I came of age on craft beers. I assume when our kids get older they'll be doing cyber shots out of intergalactic space capsules. The first family we meet on "Amazing America" isn't passing down liquor, though; they make guns for lefties. This is, of course...Maia Nolan-Partnow
Legacy. We all want to leave one behind. And that’s what this week’s episode of “Amazing America with Sarah Palin” is all about. “What better way to do so than master an old family tradition and craft, make it better, and pass that along to our children?” Sarah asks. Amen. In my family, this tradition and craft is alcohol. We’re getting pretty good at it. My grandparents and their friends in Fairbanks used to drink VO and water. My parents and their siblings put away two handles of Jameson the night before my wedding. And my brother and I came of age on craft beers. I assume when our kids get older they’ll be doing cyber shots out of intergalactic space capsules. The first family we meet on “Amazing America” isn’t passing down liquor, though; they make guns for lefties. This is, of course...Maia Nolan-Partnow

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