Beth Kirby | Creative Business@local_milk

Nomadic Photographer & Cook
πŸŽ™Host @RawMilkPodcast
🌿I teach creatives how to build social platforms & lives they love!
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Beth Kirby | Creative Business

Today we're serving you Narnia realness on le blog: A minimalist, neutral tablescape that you can recreate at home! Click the link in profile for all sources and an asymmetrical dried flower centerpiece tutorial so you can steal this look!
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The fabulous @petalinefloral created my favorite holiday centerpiece we have EVER had (and I've been doing this for...oh wow I'm old!...almost 7 years!!) along with some seriously gorgeous wreaths. If you wanna steal her she's got some bookings for weddings and events still available in 2019!
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The inspiration for this table was to create a design for us minimalists who still love beauty. And no massive installation team or big budget needed! I glammed up my everyday flatware and plates with a little bit of bling (I'm bringing chargers back!), tapers, and thin stemmed wine glasses that look expensive but cost $12!
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Head over to the blog via the link in profile to find all my sources and how we got the look for our winter solstice / Christmas / holiday table! The white witch will be jealous! Swipe left for more pics!
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PS. If you love what you see, we've got more holiday goodness coming in the form of my annual sustainable gift wrapping, another holiday recipe, and a DIY for Christmas crackers (the poppers you pull open...not the kind you put cheese on!) Sign up for the Local Milk community on the blog to get it all delivered right to you!
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PPS! Share your holiday tables with me using the #localmilkchristmas hashtag so I can share my favorites in stories! β€’
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🌾 Herbal GIVEAWAY! 🌾 It's day three of the #12DaysofSlowLiving challenge with @woodenspoonherbs and I'm BLOWN away that over 1000 of you have joined us in committing to one simple self-care ritual a day!
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To celebrate Lauren has graciously decided to giveaway a winter care package of herbal self-care products! Cause 'tis the season!
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1️⃣. Click the link in profile to get the challenge sent to you!
2️⃣. Sign up for the @woodenspoonherbs herbalism newsletter via the link in her profile!
3️⃣. Follow @local_milk & @woodenspoonherbs here on Insta!
4️⃣. Post a story of doing the challenge with the hashtag #12daysofslowliving and tag us so we can see your progress and support you! I'm sharing one of your stories each day on my stories!
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Lauren will choose a winner at random to receive the stress busting bundle of remedies including Anxiety Ally Tincture, Tulsi Magnesium Oil, Celestial Blue Calming Cream, Cloudland Calming Mist, and Tulsi Passionflower Tisane.
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PS. These raw, vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free adaptogenic gingerbread cookies are our holiday jam & the recipe is on localmilkblog.com if you want it! β€’
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Beth Kirby | Creative Business

I want that one! Pretty much the exact same words I said when I met her father @matthewlud. I knew I wanted to marry him the day we met.
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And I did 5 months later! Did we "rush it"? Yes, and I wouldn't change a thing. Is "love at first sight" a thing? It was for me. And is every day I wake up, see him, and fall in love all over again.
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Is it always easy? Oh hell no. Our love story and lives are 100% real. Parenthood is real. And we aren't immune to any of the normal stuff: insecurities, fights, chaos, and generally lousy days.
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But! The one thing I know for sure is that the three of us love each other and virtually nothing can tear us apart. I expect all of us to be thoroughly human. And I plan to love us all (myself too!) through it.
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Because truth time: there is no secret to happiness, success, or finding love. Unless this is a secret: you can't run from hard things whether it's mastering a new skill or working through a disagreement. You can't blame other people for your life. There is no such thing as an overnight success. You can't eat, drink, sleep, watch TV, or use anything to numb yourself out. You have to stay awake for it. And you have to work hard.
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But "work hard" doesn't mean hustle. It doesn't mean kill yourself. Because spoiler alert the secret to happiness *certainly* doesn't lie in stress & exhaustion! I've spent the past year (literally one whole year) restructuring my business and life so that I could serve more people while also being more present with these two I love so much. And the critical piece of that puzzle was taking our email list from a embarrassing (mind you I'd been blogging for 6 years!) 4K to now over 100k! And today I'm going live at 3 PM EST to answer all your email list questions. See you there! And leave any Q's in the comments so I can come prepared! β€’
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Have you joined me in the #12daysofslowliving challenge I created with my friend @woodenspoonherbs? If you want to learn all about it and join the hundreds of people who've committed to one simple self-care ritual a day for 12 days just click the link in bio to sign up and we'll send the challenge to you!
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This challenge is all about slowing down during the holiday season, making mental space to enjoy it, and finishing the year strong. Because it doesn't matter what 2018 held. And you don't have to wait for January 1 for a reboot.
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If you're doing the challenge share it in your stories and feed with #12weeksofslowliving so we can support one another! I'm on day one today! I've so enjoyed seeing all the stories and photos this morning and am trying to pop in to like and comment!
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And don't forget! I'll be going LIVE tomorrow at 3 PM EST for a 30 minute Q&A about all things email lists...namely why you need one, how to grow one, and what to do with one! If you're a creative trying to turn your passion into a living, don't miss this one! Leave your email related questions in the comments so I can answer them tomorrow! Just in it for the cookies? These soft gingerbread cookies are raw, vegan, refined sugar free, and adaptogenic and the recipe is on localmilkblog.com! πŸͺ β€’
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Beth Kirby | Creative Business

🌾 Hey! S L O W D O W N! 🌾
Say NO to holiday anxiety and join me in a self-care challenge this holiday season: the 12 Days of Slow Living. For the full challenge details just click the link in profile and join the community to have the challenge hand delivered to your inbox this afternoon. (And no...it's not one of those challenges where you get 12 emails! Just one that includes the whole thing!)
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Here's how the challenge works: Each day I'm committing to ONE simple self-care ritual (with a few herbal remedies from my girl @woodenspoonherbs to aid me...that Anxiety Ally tincture is my jam!) because...
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Truth time! Eula is screaming her head off in this photo, and I'm trying to cheer her up. Real life over here! It's a non stop whirlwind of toddler life, colds, tech fails, roof hammering (yeah that's happening), and a list of to-do's that doesn't stop. Ya feel me?
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Stress, work, and life seem to be magnified during the holidays, and we tend to put ourselves last. But when you slow down and embrace a mindful pace, you find that there's space to soak up all the small everyday joys and space to let all the small everyday problems roll off your back. We get more joy and gratitude to share with the people we love when we s l o w down.
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To get in on the challenge and do it with me, click the link in profile and join the community! And if you're already there...keep an eye out in your inbox today! If you do the challenge I'd LOVE to see stories and posts of it! You can use #12daysofslowliving to share the challenge with the community! I'm starting tomorrow! If you're in, let me know in the comments and tag your friends to join you!
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Beth Kirby | Creative Business

I'm a savory girl. And I'll pass on the pancakes any day for something like this: Jammy eggs, Japanese rice, homemade furikake, kewpie, and scallions.
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Japan has been a huge influence on my cooking (which is very apparent in my cookbook that's coming out next year!), and at this point I can't cook without bonito flakes, kombu, miso, shoyu, and rice. You can find my recipe for homemade furikake (Japanese rice seasoning) on the blog along with the recipe for these jammy eggs and a kewpie mayo DIY for those of you that don't just order it online like I do! (Mayo in the mail? But of course.) Link to the blog in profile!
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Today I'm sick (having a toddler during cold and flu season... 😷) so I'm thinking some soup with a nice garlicky, gingery, lemony, miso broth and udon noodles will do the trick! What are your sick day day go to recipes? I need to get back on my feet fast! β€’
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Eggnog? Check! Tree? Double check! Gingerbread? Coming right up. Shopping done? So close! We're in full holiday mode over here and I couldn't be happier!
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Christmas has always been my favorite, and getting to share that solstice magic & create new traditions with Eula has been as much fun for me as her. So far our traditions include: a trip to the tree farm, daddy holding Eula up to put the star on the tree, non-stop batches of adaptogenic gingerbread, simmer pots of spices, wreath making, Christmas Eve oysters (my favorite), and eggnog fueled wrapping sessions with @matthewlud.
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Five years ago, I could have never imagined it all: My sweet girl, Eulalie, running around the tree farm, while my loving (and impossibly handsome) husband stood by my side. Baking together. Building fires. Hiding her presents. ✨
I didn't expect to have a family. I wasn't looking for love. But I walked into @matthewlud's coffee shop for a cortado and walked out with a husband (I knew it that very day). And the rest is history. In less than a year I was pregnant with this elf.
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Motherhood isn't easy. Marriage isn't either. No matter how hot your partner is! πŸ˜¬πŸ˜…But the reward for the hard work of loving is a joy that out shines everything else. They're what I'm most grateful for in the world.
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If you want to get in on one of our traditions, you can find my gingerbread recipe on the blog (and don't miss my gift guide full of beautiful things for the quality over quantity type of person!) Link in profile to explore! What are your holiday traditions? Raw oysters might be one of our more unique ones! #eulaliewilla #localmilkchristmas #livemoremagic β€’
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Good news + cookies! We've had ONE spot open up for our Japan slow living, photography, and creative biz retreat with @thedenizenco...to claim it click the link in profile and click the "Japan Retreat" button! It will be given on a fist come, first serve basis. And you can find all the details via the link!
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The retreat is going on it's 6th year running, and it's one of the most popular retreats we host. We'll gather at a Japanese hot spring inn, @ryokan_sanga, explore the countryside,, learn photography, visit ceramic makers, drink matcha at a traditional tea house, and focus on your dreams and how to get you to the next phase in your journey. I find that on great adventures in inspiring places away from the day to day distractions and to do's is when we can have really big, life changing break throughs. So if your ready for your next big adventure, I hope you'll join us! πŸ’«
Aaaand if you can't make it to Japan (I get it!), at least we can bake cookies together! I'm making another batch of these raw, vegan, gluten-free adaptogen gingerbread cookies today, listening to She & Him Christmas carols, and sipping @woodenspoonherbs rosy cocoa. Christmas on fleek up in here.
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And if you want to get in on some learning and can't get to Japan, I'll be doing my Friday Q&A next week on all things email lists! So if you're trying to grow your list, want to know why you should, or are jut curious you can hang with me here on Intagram Live at 3 PM EST on Friday!
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Beth Kirby | Creative Business

Grab a cup of @woodenspoonherbs magic cocoa & one of my adaptogen gingerbread cookies (that happen to also be raw, vegan, gluten-free, and freaking delicious!) and head to my stories to listen to my @instagram LIVE Q&A on all things Instagram if you missed it. It will be there for the next 24 hours but then it disappears!
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And if you're like just gimme those cookies and a cup of cocoa...click the link in profile to get the brand new recipe! While you're there you can join the community and get an invite to my first ever FREE live workshop that I'll be teaching in early January to get your blogs, businesses, and brands off to a rockstar start. The workshop will teach how to grow your following on Instagram (and turn your following into clients & customers!) So if that sounds like a code you want to crack, make sure you get on our lists because registration opens on Christmas Eve! β€’
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My Gingerbread Cookie recipe is here! Click the link in profile to steal it! But these aren't just any old gingerbread cookie. They're adaptogenic, raw, vegan, gluten free cookies that are like energy boosting, mood lifting miracles that you don't have to feel guilty about eating all season.
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They're made with two healthy scoops of @woodenspoonherbs adaptogenic cocoa, chia seeds, almond, and the leftover pulp from making coconut milk to reduce kitchen waste, and they can be made in a dehydrator or a low oven (so no need for fancy equipment!)
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I set out to make a raw, vegan, adaptogen laced cookie that tasted like a cookie, and these are the ones! With warm spices & black strap molasses these taste like the soft gingerbread I loved as a kid. Especially comforting with a cup of @woodenspoonherbs cocoa (not sponsored, I'm addicted!)
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And since so many people ask where my kitchen tools are from I included a "shop my kitchen" list in this post so you can find the things used in the photos! Sorry, before you ask, I don't have a link for these beautiful plates...I brought them back from @stardust_kana's in Japan! But I was able to find sources for everything else including my cookie stamps...so head to the blog via the link in profile to steal my stuff AND the recipe!
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And a note to the doubters that are like "Eh, raw, vegan, gluten free cookies aren't cookies. Hard pass." Let me just beg you to give them a try. Because I think you'll be surprised! And if you make them make sure to take pics and post them on your feed & stories and tag me so I can like them...that's the best part! Seeing my recipes in the wild! What is your favorite holiday cookie?
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Beth Kirby | Creative Business

Did you know I have a podcast? And that a new episode of the @rawmilkpodcast came out this week with one of my favorite women in creative business: @eyeswoon!
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She's a James Beard award winning cookbook author, interior designer, and blogger with an impeccable eye that found creative freedom and turned her love of the table & aesthetics into a full time job. And she's sharing how she got there....
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And what it's like once you "arrive". Because success has its own curve balls and it can be a challenge to keep in touch with the creative passion that got you started once you find yourself running a business!
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Tune in via the link in profile to learn how to find the freedom to focus on your creative passion and how to take all your passions and put them under one brand umbrella like Athena did!
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And PS! Don't forget I'll be going live for a 30 min Q&A on alllll things Instagram TOMORROW (and every Friday this month!) at 3 PM EST! Pop your questions for me in the comments and see you there!
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Beth Kirby | Creative Business

In case you missed it..the Local Milk 2018 Slow Gift Guide is here with 150+ gift ideas for the intentional home, him, her, and the littles. Click the link in profile to get shopping! (Or wish list making!)
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We're featuring tons of makers, authors, and small shops this year...tap the image to explore them and visit my last image for even more if you didn't already see it. We did the hard work so you don't have to.
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And as a present to you guys from me I'll be showing up on Instagram LIVE every Friday in December for a 30 minute Q&A. This week's topic, by popular demand, is...Instagram! Pop allll your Instagram oriented questions for creative business, blogs, and brands into the comment section and I'll try to answer all I can in our virtual coffee date this Friday...mark your calendar! 3 PM EST this Friday!
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And if you missed the last live all about editing but still want to take your photos to the next level you can grab two of my presets for free in the blog post...just click the link in profile to find them! All the giving this season! #localmilkgiftguide2018
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