The Genesis of Cheeky Kitchen
One afternoon in 2006, Sophistimom and I were sipping tea together. "Did you know people are making money with these things called blogs?" she casually proffered, biting into a biscuit. This idea struck us both as wildly thrilling. Stay-at-home moms with a hearty dose of entrepreneurial energy, we'd both been looking for creative outlets. Within the month, we'd started ourselves two blogs. Hers was beautiful from the get-go. Mine was a floundering modge-podge of family stories and ill-snapped photos from an old point-and-shoot. At some point, I realized the only thing worth posting about from my day was a list of the ingredients I'd used to conjure a custom-made dinner. I customized dinner a lot. And once I wrote that list of ingredients, something happened. I realized I'd written a recipe.
So I started sharing recipes. Real ideas right out of my kitchen. Boom. Before I knew it, I was an accidental food blogger. With a natural mind for marketing, I started finding ways to shine online, building a network of remarkable new friends and connecting with companies intrigued by the brave new world of blogging.
When I began blogging, the ultimate goal was pulling in $500/month (so I could pay for sports and dance classes for my kids). Living on one small income with four little one in tow, we'd never had enough money for indulgent extracurriculars. Within 6 months, I was pulling in $500/month. Within a year, I was hired as a freelance content creator for Betty Crocker and Babble.
Nine years have passed and I'm now smack dab in the middle of a wildly successful career. A seasoned food photographer, recipe developer, copywriter, senior editor and brand consultant, my client list includes content stratgy and blog management for kitchenware giant Good Cook and monthly content creation for General Mills Tablespoon.com, Nature Nate's HoneyMakesItBetter.com, Disney's Babble.com, Silicon Valley darling Coupons.com, celebrity nutritionist Yuri Elkaim, YourTango.com, senior editor for WorldKitchen.com and a dappled variety of other freelance gigs.
I love working with brands to both create made-to-go viral content and have a passion for working with women who want to build their own personal brands, become kickass freelancers and make waves in the workplace. If you're interested in connecting with me in any capacity, buzz along a hello. There are so many thrilling ways to rock the world. Let's talk about how we can do that together.
The Secret Life of Lark
Long-time blog readers will know I've transformed in big ways since the early days. Since starting that first blog, life has changed a lot. In the last 9 years, I've lost my religion, survived divorce, taught myself how to lose 15 pounds, watched four beautiful babies grow from tots to teens, navigated the oft-exhausting waters of single motherhood, gotten two tattoos, launched two new companies and a variety of incredible projects, discovered how to date again, partnered with an incredible man, learned how to integrate said incredible man (who had no children of his own) into a pre-fabbed family of 5, taken up mountain biking, built a stunning photography studio and encouraged a passionate family-wide addiction to local coffee shops.
I believe in living life with arms and eyes wide open. I believe cleansing comes after you've climbed a mountain on clipless pedals. That the uncomfortable, awkward moments of trying-new-things are worth sitting in. I believe in words and wildness, live for creative expression and love the groundedness I feel when surrounded by people I love.
Life is good. Food in amazing. Simple is splendid. Everyday is an opportunity to build a life you love. If you think so, too, come. Stay. Sit a while. Let's be friends. I'm delighted to have someone like-minded and lovely like you in my neck of the woods.