New today on the LM Blog! A sweet little home tour of @thimbleandcloth’s 1900s Pacific Northwest home. Lindy and her husband bought and began renovating the house five years ago. A once understatement of a “fixer-upper” is now filled with light, love, and their two growing twin girls. Today Lindy walks us through her dreamy space and shares her advice on creating an intentional, yet beautiful home that little ones and adults alike can thrive in. If you’ve ever wondered how to marry a strong design aesthetic with the realities of sharing your space with kiddos, don’t miss Lindy’s five essential tips for making a beautiful home that is meant for real family living. Even if you don’t have little ones in the mix, Lindy’s perspective on homemaking will make you think more intentionally about creating a meaningful space to live in! More about the author: @thimbleandcloth is a Pacific Northwest native and mother to young twin girls. She is also a homemaker, seamstress, and potter. Lindy shares her creative endeavors and family life over on the @thimbleandcloth blog, recently including a DIY plaster lamp tutorial that you won’t want to miss! Click the link in profile for a look at Lindy’s beautiful home and her tips on creating a more intentional, family-friendly space!
New on Local Milk! Written & photographed by @chelseajoleary, our latest article is an ode to the end of summer: a recipe for her Grandma Trudy’s Canned Tomatoes so you can bottle one of the brightest flavors of summer to enjoy year round. Click the link in profile now to get the recipe and essay! Go read it because this is more than just a recipe. It’s @chelseajoleary’s lyric reflection on favorites. On burnt orange. Canned tomatoes. And her Grandma’s chili. On how flavors can transport us and keep relationship alive even after seasons, and loved ones, are gone. If you’ve never canned or preserved before, let this serve as your gateway. Canning is a simple, meditative practice. A segue way between seasons. And a gift to yourself and those you love during the cooler months. So click the link, read her story & recipe, and get yourself to the nearest farmer’s market to fill your basket with the last of the summer’s tomatoes. More about the artist: @chelseajoleary is a Nashville-based artist who practices photography, canning, and curiosity-driven conversation. She explores photography through both a film and digital format, and she cans seasonal fruits and vegetables as both a celebration and an ode to her family’s history of farming, preserving, and remaining in partnership with the Midwestern land on which they resided. Go follow her now for beautiful photography, thoughtful writing, and canning inspiration!
New Recipe! Green Herb & Cantaloupe Gazpacho with Heirloom tomatoes is now on the blog! Click the link in my profile to get it now! It’s completely vegan & gluten free. Unless you, ya know, put crispy proscuitto, creme fraiche, and fried croutons on top like I do! This soup takes about 10 minutes to make and the only dishes you get dirty are a knife, cutting board, and blender. Cook free, virtually mess free. Quick, easy, and healthy. And delicious. It’s not a sweet soup, rather it’s bright and balanced, refreshing and decidedly savory. I’ve lived off this & variations of it all summer. I’m also giving my 10 Tips for the Best Gazpacho (even with no recipe!) Once you get those tips you can make up gazpacho recipes of your own! And remember if you make the recipe, tag me and use #eatmoremagic so I can see it! #localmilkrecipes • • • • • #eatyourgreens #dairyfree #glutenfree #wheatfree #glutenfreevegan #vegansofinstagram #iamwellandgood #buzzfeedhealth #feedfeedvegan #cleanliving #cleaneats #thekitchn #theartofslowliving #plantbased #plantpower #getfit #healthyliving #calmversation #veganfoodshare #whatveganseat #eattheworld #theeverygirlcooks #lifeandthyme #f52grams #eatwellbewell #eattherainbow #nutritiousanddelicious #eatgreen
Summer lovin’. Can you guess what these fruits of summer are destined for? Heirloom tomatoes ripe to bursting, melon so sweet and juicy it runs down your wrist when you bite into a crescent. Along with sweet peppers, purple garlic & shallots, English cucumber, grassy olive oil, a dash of sherry vinegar. And two giant handfuls of fresh herbs, basil and mint. No cooking required. It’s been awhile since I put a recipe online as for two long years now, I’ve been working on a cookbook. In an age where maintaining a food blog and writing a book in one year is common, I’m decidedly slow. My hope is, when it comes to my recipes, that while I might not be the most prolific, you’ll know my recipes are always ones you can trust. Ones worth making over and over. Because I never publish a recipe that I wouldn’t make more than once. And this one? Well, I’ve pretty much lived off of variations of this all summer! Stay tuned to hear what the “mystery” recipe is (it can’t be that much of a mystery!) and get the recipe this week! In the mean time I have a completely FREE (and SO beautiful thanks to @kemilythompson!) new e-cookbook, a compilation of the best recipes of Local Milk, available for download via the link in my profile. Get it now and let me know what you think! It’s a teaser for my cookbook coming out October 2021! Yes, we pushed it back a year because when I say #theartofslowliving I mean it! But we’ve got loads of recipes coming for the blog this year now that the book is almost finished so you won’t have to wait! 🍅🍈🥒🍋 #localmilkrecipes #eatmoremagic (make sure to use these hashtag if you cook from the blog or book and tag me so I can see your creations!!)
I’m kinda over it...over the idea that you have to document every second of your life to be successful. That success hinges upon one tool in your toolbox. Over the idea that your financial freedom depends on documenting, editing, and sharing every second of your precious life. If you feel a suffocating pressure to curate your life, if competition and comparison are doing your head in, I have good news. In the year I stopped focusing on volume of followers and started focusing on quality of followers and my inner circle, my email list community, our little company did more in revenue than the past 3 years combined. Not a humble brag. More like a me trying to show you there is light at the end of the social media tunnel. Not only did I start focusing on quality over quantity, I started taking a lot of time away. And the results speak for themselves: There truly can be abundance without busy and happiness without hustle. It takes work to get there. But it’s a destination that exists. I‘m wrapping up my @rawmilkpodcast (my podcast on all things creative online business!) topics for the next season but before I did I want you to tell me what you want to know about online business, e-courses, social media, email marketing, sales...you name it. And if you have questions about the human side, like being a mom and running a company...those are fair game too! And if you don’t give an eff about all that, that’s cool too. I’ve got a surprisingly savory cantaloupe & heirloom tomato gazpacho coming your way along with The Top 10 New Parisian Insider Spots so you can get beyond the travel guides and into the real Paris. Because we should work to live, not live to work! If you need me I’ll be typing away here stealing their free WiFi... Let me know the topics you want covered on the podcast in the comments! And if you haven’t listened head to @rawmilkpodcast, give us a follow, and click the link to catch up on episodes! #livemoremagic
After reading news of the 2nd mass shooting in 24 hours in the US and the 3rd this week (4th attempted...), I have to ask myself...what world do I want my little girl to grow up in? What legacy will we leave and what will we do to change? As a US citizen, it is beyond overdue that we acknowledge there is something deeply wrong—and getting worse—in our country. We have a unique gun violence problem. But it’s more than that. We have a hate problem. We have a health problem. We have a rhetoric problem. We have a bigotry problem. We have a problem with men who perceive disenfranchisement feeling entitled to indiscriminately slaughter innocent people. And it being ridiculously easy for them to do so. And in an era where domestic terrorism fueled by hate for minorities is on the rise, it’s more than worth noting that the overwhelming majority of these indiscriminate public mass shooters are not POC or immigrants. And yes. Gun violence in the States is a much bigger problem than just these high profile cases. But it’s these indiscriminate public killings that breed terror and fear. While not all of these incidents are technically terrorism (and some are) due to being carried out for personal as opposed to political reasons, the result is the same: terror. As a mother I don’t want to raise my daughter in a country where gun violence out paces the rest of the “developed world”. But as a US citizen for better or worse, I do want to see my home rise out of the mire. Because I believe people are better than this. All people. So what can we do? We can limit access to deadly weapons through fighting for sensible gun laws and using our platforms no matter how big or small to spread the word. We can also, every one of us, foster healthy norms of what it means to be “masculine”. Gun violence and entitlement go hand in hand. What could be more entitled than taking a human life? Practical things you can do: write and call your local representatives, attend protests, vote, use your voice, donate whatever resources you have (time or money) to established organizations. Click the link in my profile to learn more. 💪🏻✊🏻
I’ve taken the summer to slow down on social media, soak up life away from the screen from lazy afternoons in Luxembourg Gardens with my little to Sundays beneath linen sheets devouring books while my favorite record spins. Also gazpacho. I make so much gazpacho! But I’m starting to get those “Back to School” vibes and am getting SO excited about September...the doors to my flagship program “Influence to Income: The Art of Online Marketing for Creatives & Entrepreneurs” will be opening its doors once again with even more content including my brand new “6 Month Launch” coaching plan, the option to access an expanded version of my mini course “The Art of Iphoneography”, aaaand of course exclusive access to our insiders only Instagram account where I’ll give 4 weeks of tips, will do 4 live group coaching sessions, and will hang out to answer questions for the first 4 weeks! After that, baby bird’s gotta fly but students always have lifetime access to the course even once our time together is done! It isn’t for everyone (some of you just want to cook, wander, and slow down!) so I won’t yammer about it too much here (though expect me to shout from the rooftops during the one week it’s open! 😅) so if you don’t want to miss it (like I said, doors are only open one week in September!) either grab the freebie in my profile (my 5 must-have editing apps!) or just head to BethKirby.com to join the community and not miss it! I am SO excited for the new enrollment period and to share all the new strategies I’ve been learning (especially the ones that have allowed me to truly live slow yet still make an impact and a living!) ps. As always let me know your favorite edit in the comments? All done on my phone! #influencetooncome #passiontoprofit #risingtidesociety #createcultivate #livemoremagic
Time for another edition of “Pick Your Favorite Edit”! Swipe through the gallery to taste all the flavors of the editing rainbow & vote for your favorite in the comments! Swipe all the way through to see the original, iPhone shot! If you’re curious about the apps I use, don’t miss the free guide to my top 5 editing apps in the link in profile! They are all I used on these images. As per usual these were all edited on my phone. This time I was going for fun, surreal summer edits that remind me of the Polaroids & the Kodak disposable cameras of my teenage years. It’s definitely a departure from my usual style but as a creative I’m always experimenting & eventually evolving. We’ll see where my new found love of color & quirky, quick edits goes! Some of these are tooo extreme for my taste (# 6), and some toooo saturated for me (though that’s growing on me like #7), but I’m really loving more present blues, yellow greens, and a lot of soft texture. Really inspired by @ellegramm lately and her perfectly understated anachronistic vibe. I’m an analog girl at heart—film & vinyl feel so warm and comforting to me. Which makes me drawn towards digital work that has that analog feel. Though there really is no substitute for film. Anyone else longing to dust off their film camera these days? I know I am! If you have any favorite film camera body or film recs I’d love to hear them in the comments! I used to shoot on a little Pentax with Kodak film. Especially something lightweight and simple for fun summer shooting... #editgram #livemoremagic #parismaville #parisjetaime
Did you miss it? My free guide to the Top 5 Must-Have Editing Apps I use every single day to edit all my Instagram photos & stories is here! Click the link in profile to learn how I edit my photos on-the-go, make collages for stories, get beautiful fonts, film effects, magic light, and vintage style video! Because I’m a believer in slow, light weight living (a phrase borrowed from the always inspiring @hikarui_). A life lived laughing in lush Parisian courtyards, telling your secrets to people who love you in dark tabacs, slurping garlicky escargot at a bustling café, sitting sur le pave by the river having a simple picnic. Bike rides, summer swims, and taking too long to make breakfast. Not a life tethered to a screen, addicted to social media, too busy to bask. I’d rather be reading poetry, thumbing through the stacks at a vinyl store, braising a rabbit leg with fragrant fennel, watching my little girl run in the park, snuggling on the couch watching Stranger Things with @matthewlud. Not tuning the world out while I stare at a computer or phone laboriously trying to put together the perfect story or post. Instead I snap a photo or record a video (usually on my phone these days!), use these apps to edit them, and then get on with the business of living! It took me all of 5 minutes to edit all of the photos in this series using only the apps in my guide...and same goes for my Copenhagen stories (click over to stories to see our weekend adventure in Denmark with @jerseyicecreamco to visit @nomacph!) Now click the link and steal my secrets (and your time back!) Which photo is your favorite in the series? Mine is number 2 for obvious reasons! Haha. Let me know in the comments! #livemoremagic
NEW FREE EDITING GUIDE! My Top 5 Must-Have Editing Apps for Instagram & Stories is heeeere! Aaand there might be a little discount code for my mobile presets for Lightroom included cause 💞! Click the link in profile to steal my best secrets now! While the world (except @Emma_louise_sophia) may never know how many silly twirls it takes to get the shot (a lot!) you *can* know exactly how I edit my photos & videos for both my stories and my feed all on *my phone*. Swipe to see different edits and shots & let me know which is your fave in the comments. If you’ve been wanting to know how I get vintage looking video in my stories, create beautiful collages & use modern fonts, edit on the go (no laptop/cords/external hard drive required 😅), get film like dust and grain effects on digital photos, and add magic light (even if it wasn’t there originally!)...head to the link in my profile and get the new guide pronto cause I spill it all! I literally use every single one of these apps every day myself. And I haven’t edited a photo for Instagram on my laptop in over 5 months. True story. These apps have saved me countless hours that are better spent creating content and living my life away from the screen, and I hope they’ll do the same for you. Because I firmly believe content is king. But I *don’t* believe we’re meant to spend our lives behind screens. We are meant to connect in the real world face to face. With the advancement in apps it’s now ridiculously easy to create quality content for your brand quickly on the go...and get back to your life. So many of you have asked me what apps I use to edit my stories, so this guide has been a long time coming! I hope these easy tools up level your content and buy you some of your precious time back! Let me know what you think of the apps once you try them out! #livemoremagic