about me

I'm Whitney, a life-long Alaskan and outdoor-enthusiest living on the shores of Kachemak Bay in Homer with my husband, Steve, our two kids and a black labrador named Tutka. I'm a part-time writer and stay at home mama to our son Riggs, who came into this world during a blizzard on the morning of January 12, 2012, and our daughter Raina, who was born on an unseasonably warm and sunny July 2, 2014. 

Steve's a journeyman power lineman with the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers. He's worked all over the state, from Point Hope to Juneau, and is now working on his hometown grid, which includes Homer and a number of other communities scattered around Kachemak Bay.

We live in a 28' Airstream on five acres of fireweed and spruce covered land up on the hill above Homer and are working towards our own personal version of the simple homestead life.


  1. Hi Whitney! My name is Lori and I'm working with Adriel over at the Mommyhood Memos on Bloggers for Birth Kits. I'm wondering if you might be willing to forward your contact information to bloggersforbirthkits@gmail.com? No spam - I promise! We would just love to send you a report on this year's birth kits drive! Thanks!

  2. Found your blog on "Oh How Pinteresting" linkup. In love with your blog...this south carolina girl is going to make it to alaska one day-). new follower here-)

  3. Love your blog Whitney!! This will be my "Internet-home" when we move from Alaska in a few months. I'm going to miss it so much :(

  4. Hey lady! I am friends with and used to work with Melissa Hesseling. I followed her blog over to yours. I just wanted to say that I am inspired by your posts. My husband and I hiked the Butte because of you!


  5. Hi Whitney! Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog. I'm so excited to be following along on your journey through life & motherhood. :) Love your son's name! My husband & I love unique names {our son's name is Cash}. You will definitely me on my daily read list. :)

    Amy @ keepin' up with the Smith's

  6. Hey Whitney! I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award! Check out my post tomorrow, August 11th for details!

  7. Hi Whitney! I love your blog. My husband, two boys, and I are looking at moving to Alaska. We really like the Palmer/Wasilla area. I came accross your blog while looking at life in Alaska. My husband is a lineman too and I thought it was neat that I found a blogger who lives in Palmer whos husband is also a lineman. I look forward to following your blog. I absolutely love all of the pictures!

  8. @Those Huggins - so glad you found my blog! I hope you decide on Palmer, it is amazing and we love it so much! Plus there are a lot of lineman/families who work in Anchorage but live out here in the valley! Glad you'll be following my blog so we can keep in touch!

  9. Hi! Stopping by from the mom-lovin blog hop.
    I love your son's name...I've never heard it before. Where did it come from?
    I really like that quote at the end...I agree that it's so important to teach our children to ask questions and wonder!
    Look forward to following! God bless you and your family!

    1. Hi Nancy, glad you came to visit! My father-in-law had heard it before and suggested it to us when we told them we were pregnant. It just sort of stuck with us and it was the only name we could choose when we found out he was a boy. It fits him so well!

  10. Hey there, I am stopping by from the bloggers digest blog hop :) We recently got stationed here in Anchorage. We actually just moved from Chugiak a few weeks ago. I can't wait to catch up on your blog .

  11. I'm stopping by from the Mamamusing blog hop. My family lived in Fairbanks for three years. Alaska is my most favorite state! It's beautiful there! One of my high school friends lives in Palmer! Small world.

    1. Hi Tracy! Isn't it weird how very small the world can be at times?!

  12. Aw, you have such a cute blog! I found you on Angela Sharps blog. So happy I stopped by! Very cute blog. :)

    I added you on google+

  13. Hi Whitney, I follow your blog and as a fellow valley resident I wondered if I would ever run into you out and about, and I believe I did- today at Target! (We literally almost ran into you leaving!) Keep up the good work, I have found some great tips from your posts. I'm now a Stonz booties devotee. Thanks!

    1. That is so funny Amanda! You should have said hi! Although I was high tailing it out of there because Riggs was beginning to enter meltdown mode ;)

  14. Hi Whitney! I love your blog!! Your son is adorable (weird question but by any chance was his name inspired by Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights because that would be awesome). Anyway, I too am a new mom living in Alaska. I'm new to the blogging world and would love for you to take a look. http://alaskanpanda.com/

  15. Hi Whitney! Another Mat-Su resident here:) We live right by the fair grounds. Small world! I saw your button on http://karlshappilyeverafter.blogspot.com/p/button-swap.html. Nice to "meet" you.


  16. Alaskan Girls Unite!!! I LOVE finding fellow Alaskans in the blogging world! =) xoxo!


  17. I am just loving your blog so much and enjoying reading it - I hope it's okay that I added your button to my sidebar for a bit :)

  18. I work in the dispatch center of an electric company and have so much respect for the lineman!!


  19. I love your blog, the photos, the posts, all the way down to the punctuations. I also live in Alaska and have a blog: https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=112908379161219821#audiencestats
    Thank you so much for your blog, It's wonderful!

  20. Hey Whitney, I am an Alaskan Youtuber and I was wondering if you would be interested in featuring any of my content? Here's my channel and I hope we can work together! https://www.youtube.com/user/AlaskanFrontier1

  21. Hubby Steve is incognito for a reason. He used perform fellatio on dudes in restroom stalls. He once came running out, cum mustache and all, when he thought cops were coming in to bust him.

  22. If your last name is Bracken I got the right guy. If not then ignore the comment.

  23. Hello Whitney

    You have a great blog. Congratulations!!!!
    I love the way you show nature to your childs and the adventures you untertake with them.
    I'm a mother to three kidz. We also love to explore nature with them.
    I found your blog when i searched for information about Alaska.
    My brother has moved to Alaska in 2011.
    We hope to visit them next summer.

    Best wishes from Switzerland

    Heidi and Family

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