I’m Kristin: mom to 2 kids, married to my high school sweetheart, former elementary school educator, business owner, real-food expert, natural cleaning enthusiast, and the owner/creator of Live Simply.
In 2013, when my babies were 3 and 1, I started the blog Live Simply with a passion to share everything I was learning about real food and more natural living. Having grown up in the ’80s and ’90s (yep, all the processed food and tie-dye shirts), I didn’t know anything about how to eat healthy, but I had a desire to learn.
Through the blog, starter guides, courses and books, I share how to live out a nourished life in a simplified, no-nonsense, progress-over-perfection way (from sourcing real food to navigating picky eating to ditching the toxins in your home to getting healthy food on the table and in the lunchbox).
I believe nourishing yourself and your family shouldn’t be complicated. My mission is to provide families with the practical advice and easy-to-make recipes that are desperately needed to make healthy living work in the 21st century.
- In 2008, my husband and I decided to start eating “healthy.” Both of us grew up in the ’80s and ’90s–a time of Kool-Aid, freezer meals, and packaged chocolate chip cookies. Packaged food was commonplace in our homes, along with home-cooked meals. College turned both of our tastebuds toward a heavily processed diet of fast food and packaged snacks. The craving and need for processed food continued during the first few years of our marriage.
- In 2008, we rented the documentary Food INC from Blockbuster (remember those days?). For the first time ever, our idea of food and what we consumed was challenged. We knew our diet had to change, but how?
- One evening, in 2008, Dustin issued a challenge, “I bet you can’t shop, cook, and eat from just the produce department for a week.” I’m not one to turn down a good challenge so I responded, “Sure, I got this!” The next week was difficult. Beyond difficult. But we survived. Shortly after this week, we started eating from the produce department regularly and embraced veganism. Due to our lifestyle change, I began to dabble in meal planning in order to simplify our new lifestyle.
- In 2010, the birth of my first child changed our eating habits again. Due to health issues (read his story), we introduced animal fats into our diet (grass-fed meat, pasture-raised eggs, raw dairy, and other nutrient-dense foods like homemade broth). I left my job as a school teacher and became a stay-at-home mom. With more time at home, I started making my own bread, yogurt, granola bars, etc. My knowledge of real food deepened during this time as I learned how to plan and prepare nutrient-dense meals in a budget-friendly way. With new changes happening in the kitchen and healthier meals being served at our table, I began to dabble in making my own household products as well: from cleaners to makeup.
- In 2013, after having my second child, with my iPhone 3 and very little tech knowledge, I started a blog called Live Simply: an online space to share my family’s journey of real food and natural living with a simplified approach. The blog was my passion project.
- In 2020, Live Simply became my full-time job. I also have a small team of women who work with me on creating recipes, keeping up with social media, and photo shoot cleanups. Running an online resource like Live Simply isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but I’m incredibly thankful for where Live Simply is today and for the opportunity to interact and share this journey with so many other men, women, parents, caregivers, and families from all over the world. Live Simply is still my passion project and I’m so thankful to share this space with you.
- Today, I’m learning how to lead a business, be Mom to my growing children, and make time for my myself and my marriage ((#balance isn’t always easy). I’ve been on a journey to simplify life over the past few years and this continues today. Over the years, this has looked like decluttering, embracing more of a minimalist mindset, and learning how to take care of myself and my family in each season of life (with nourishing food and wellness-promoting lifestyle choices). I continue to look for ways to simplify our real food and natural lifestyle with food prep, strategic meal planning, and time-saving routines and hacks. All of these topics are covered here at Live Simply as I share what works for me with the hope of helping other families on this journey.
What are you interested in?
Ditch processed food for healthy, real food. Stock your kitchen with real food, make healthy food swaps, enjoy easy and delicious meals.
Reduce your chemical exposure, use natural cleaners that really work, and create a healthier home environment.
Create a natural, nourishing skincare routine by using the best non-toxic products for your face, hair, and body.