About Little House Big Alaska:
Laura Sampson is on a mission. As a lifelong Alaskan, she wants the entire world to know that there’s more to her state than snow, ice hockey and polar bears. Laura shares about real life in Alaska, family friendly recipes, easy DIY projects and other family topics on her blog Little House Big Alaska. Laura is a Digital Influencer, Social Media Specialist, Freelance Writer for hire. This holiday season she plans to write about giving back to her community, the 4 gift rule her family lives by, thinking of (and finding!) the PERFECT gift and holiday food that’s easy to prepare. And be sure to join her in her kitchen weekly on her facebook page as she goes live sharing life in her frontier farmhouse kitchen. Whether it’s a recipe or an easy craft or just a chat about a favorite product you never know what’s coming up next from Little House Big Alaska but it’s always served up with a side of AK.
Laura lives in her frontier farmhouse with her husband, 2 of their sons, 2 dogs and 2 cats, while her older son who is off living the life. They keep chickens for meat and eggs, and often raise a pig for butchering, that along with a healthy organic garden supplies them much of their own food. But having teens and tween boys means she still shops weekly to keep enough food in the house. She enjoys saving money where she can so she can spend it on things like fun vacations with her family.
One of the things Laura feels strongly about building and maintaining is community. When she was a teen her hometown was rocked by recession and job loss and the community suffered. Old familiar stores and restaurants closed, families lost their homes, it was a devestating blow to a very small town. Those were formative years and when she moved back to this same small town with her first baby one of the things she became involved with was building a thriving community for families. She volunteered in her local library, helped build and maintain local parks, participated in a thriving Little League board and many other civic projects. As she and her family grew she turned her attention to building another sort of community and became a founding member of a Birchtree Charter School, a Waldorf Inspired Charter School in the Matanuska Susitna Valley. And more recently she discovered the joy of food swaps and decided to start one in her home town. Palmer Food Swap just celebrated it’s second anniversary and shows no sign of slowing down, it meets the second Saturday of every month at 10 am.