Just popping in to announce the giveaway winner. We’re headed to Dallas for several weeks next Friday. I’m so excited to spend time with family + friends. Dallas is where all of our Christmas memories are, and there’s no place I’d rather spend the holiday.
Thanks to those who entered the Cooking Up a Business Giveaway. The winner is Mariloly:
Congrats! I’ll email you for your shipping address.
I’m thinking about those who are affected by winter weather this weekend. Stay warm and safe!
Updated: This giveaway has ended. Winner announced here.
It wasn’t until I started reading blogs back in 2009 that I recognized you really can do whatever you want if you have motivation, courage, determination, andpassion. My friend Lindsay Cotter is a perfect example with her small business,Healthy Bites. She’s passionate about nutrition and fitness, and wanted to share her customizable, gluten-free fuel with others.There can be risk involved with entrepreneurship, but aren’t there risks with most everything that’s worthwhile?
One of the first companies I worked with as a blogger is Love Grown Foods. I was inspired by their mission to make real change in the world by constantly spreading love and sharing nutritious food. Maddy and Alex launched their small business just after college, and it has grown into a national brand. LGF is featured in a new book, Cooking Up a Business, which delivers “actionable advice” to start your own business. Whether you’re interested in starting your own business, or just want to hear some inspiring success stories, this is a great book.
Do you have a passion for delicious food and want to create your own business out of it, but have no idea where to start? Cooking Up a Business, by Rachel Hofstetter, is essential reading for aspiring entrepreneurs and gives you a real-world, up-close-and-personal preview of the exciting journey. This book features the stories and profiles of national food companies including 3 awesome Colorado Companies: Love Grown Foods, Justin’s, and Evol Foods.
One winner* will receive a copy of the book PLUS a box of goodies from Love Grown Foods, Justin’s, and Evol Foods!
To enter for a chance to win this giveaway, please leave a comment with your dream business OR your favorite healthy food brand.
For extra entries, connect with these brands on social media (and leave an additional comment to let me know):
I could write an endless post about everything I’m thankful for, but I make an effort to cultivate gratitude in my life every day. This has been another year of transition for us with a move to Santa Monica from NYC back in April. A new home, a new job (and a decision to leave that job), a new business, and new personal priorities. I am thankful for new friendships this year, and an invitation to spend Thanksgiving with our friend’s family about 1.5 hours outside LA. We drove up on Thursday morning and spent the day in the kitchen cooking and eating. I snapped some food photos, but didn’t capture everything…
Roasted vegetables, artichoke spinach cornbread muffins, turkey, and the almost-finished table.
Pumpkin pie creme brûlée and homemade blackberry cobbler. Not pictured: Billy’s cheesecake, my pumpkin pie bars, and gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. Why not?
Such a delicious feast. Can every day be Thanksgiving? We had a wonderful time.
We slept in Friday morning and ate breakfast incorporating leftovers…cornbread stuffing pancakes (Billy’s stroke of genius) with poached eggs and oatmeal topped with a pumpkin pie bar.
Billy and I decided to take advantage of a day to play and drove to Ojai.
We picked up lunch and ate at a park. Billy googled “what to do in Ojai” and we hit the top two suggestions, starting with Meditation Mount.
Billy was really excited about the orange trees.
Seriously beautiful! There’s a $2 suggested donation to explore the paths and gardens.
And Bart’s Books, a huge outdoor bookstore with every type of book you could imagine, from $.50 deals to rare finds.
We could have stayed for hours.
Then we drove to the PCH and caught the sunset at 4:44pm. It never gets old.
Hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving! Did you stay at home? Host? Travel?
If you’re reading this you might already know that I recently launched a boutique consulting firm with a couple of friends here in L.A. When Billy and I moved to Santa Monica last April, I had already taken a job as the Social Media Manager for an online magazine. It was a great opportunity as far as meeting people, learning new skills, and increasing my responsibilities and experience, but after 6 months, it was clear that I needed to move on. Several of my co-workers felt the same way, and in the weeks that followed our resignation, three of us teamed up in the most organic way possible. While offering each other advice about the next move in each of our individual careers, we had a lightbulb moment and decided to combine our skills and experience to create something that we truly believe in.
Lunch Break Digital Media specializes in creative content, social media management, and online marketing strategy for individuals and small businesses. We also offer branding and re-branding services with custom logos and website design. We’re passionate about improving small businesses by creating an authentic, powerful online presence. We also believe that everyone deserves a lunch break because true success includes making your health and wellness a priority. We’re working with our first clients this week and it’s a very exciting time for us!
Edited: This giveaway is now closed. Winner announced here. Hello! Tis the season, right? Is it too early to say that? This is our first fall/winter in Southern California, and we’ve had unseasonably warm temps lately. I’m only aware of the holiday season through commercials, snowy pics on Instagram, and the fact that we just […]
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