Two Years of Blogging & News!

Two years ago today I hit publish on my first blog post on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.  

Wow.

I remember the day I decided to create a website for the brand (or whatever it was back then). I remember telling Mike that I’m no longer eating gluten or dairy and I’m going to Instagram pictures of what I cook. I have watched it grow from my tiny little passion into so much more. It’s exciting, emotional, terrifying, fun, and all the feelings. I have learned so much about myself as a person (and not just health-related). I’ve met amazing friends and people, I’ve had and continue to have the opportunity to work with amazing brands, I am lucky to be able connect with so many of you regularly, and I have the ability to be creative and take my art form to another level through developing recipes, creating content, and working on my photography. 

Simply put, I love blogging.

2015.05.21_Lexi.promoshoot-0017And I love these cookie bars, too 😉

Back then…

If you’ve read how I started LCK through social media, you know that it began simply with an Instagram account that eventually lead into the actual website. Mike and I talk about all of the stages of LCK constantly. When it was just an Instagram account, when I spent every waking hour trying to build a website from scratch, when it got some serious upgrades, when it started making money, and so on. A big, huge thank you is in order to Mike. He’s been patient, supportive, and excited every step of the journey and I’m grateful beyond words. 🙂

Back then, the posts then consisted of one BAD iPhone photograph and a written out recipe. My site was powered through WordPress.com (read how I feel about that here). It was also in major need of some design help, organization, and so much more. I met Jim from J Louis Technology shortly after, and we’ve worked to constantly upgrade, improve, and make necessary changes based on feedback to benefit all of you! Hint hint, some big things coming. Jim and his team are the brains behind the functionality of LCK, so they too deserve a MAJOR thank you!

Lexi’s Clean Kitchen has grown more than I could have ever imagined in the past two years, and there is so much in the works to come! I’m beyond grateful for everyone on my team (from those who actually work on LCK, to my family, friends, and all of you). The outrageous amounts of support touches my heart and I’m lucky to have all of you in my corner. A very big thank you!

And Now… My Huge, MASSIVE, Announcement:

I have a huge announcement that has been in the works for some time now; making this post even more emotional and heartfelt for me.

After this school year, I’ll be taking a break from teaching to run LCK full-time. 

It’s extremely hard to love two things as much as I love blogging and teaching. Deciding to dive in full-force to this amazing little corner of the internet that I’ve built has taken a lot of discussion, planning, and thought. It’s not everyday you get the chance to take a huge, scary, and exciting leap to pursue something you love- and I truly love Lexi’s Clean Kitchen. I am so excited for this journey, and for you all to be along the ride with me!

I’m looking forward to making my own schedule, creating more content, having some more ‘me’ time and my weekends back, and working on new projects I have in the works. I also know this will without a doubt come with challenges, and that I’ll need to get out for some human interaction so it’s not just me and the puppy all day everyday! It will be an adventure, for sure!

For the past month we’ve been transforming the once gym into my new home office. Here’s where I’ll be working:2015.05.21_Lexi.promoshoot-0058

If I’m not cooking, taking photos, or sitting at my new desk…

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…you’ll likely find me here, with a massive puppy on my lap.

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I have so much in the works and am almost ready to share all the details with you. I am bursting with excitement about it!

But first, let’s celebrate.

2 years, 2 winners… Giveaway time!

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55 comments
May 30, 2015

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  1. Congrats on 2 years and making the jump to doing this full time! I adore your blog and recipes and cannot wait for more! 🙂

  2. Congratulations!! On 2 years of fabulous blogging and on the major (and scary) decision to dive into blogging full time. I can’t believe you’ve had a day job all along and I can’t wait to see what amazing things are in store once you go full time!

  3. Really curious about everything that might cross your path right now. I am looking forward to all new recipes, I really love a lot of them, so I can’t wait!
    Congratulations on everything you have reached in these two years, it is trully amazing! A giveaway is a great kickoff for all the upcoming years 😉

  4. Congratulations on your blogiversary and making the leap to blogging full time! So many good things to come! I can’t wait to see where you take Lexie’s Clean Kitchen next

  5. Congrats on that two-year milestone! Been following your blog for some time now – I love your viewpoint on having a healthy lifestyle, and seeing as I’m from the Boston area as well, it’s great seeing a local blogger have so much success! Excited to see what’s coming next 🙂

  6. That’s so exciting!!! My dream is to also start and blog and spend my time inspiring others, just as you have inspired me!! You are my go-to blogger and I cannot wait to see what you come up with next. Congrats, girl!

    I think your BEST recipe is the Beef Barbacoa. I make it once a week!

  7. Wow I really admire your courage to follow your dream and blogging what you love. Keep the great recipes and adorable pup pics coming, please! xoxo

  8. Congratulations, Lexi. Dare I mention…you have not given up teaching…you are my teacher now! I’m looking forward to the homework. Best wishes for continued success (incidentally I love your furry assistant).

  9. Happy 2 year anniversary Lexi! I just love so many of your awesome recipes! I just found your blog today, and think it is fabulous!

  10. Congrats to you pretty lady and Happy Blogiversary! SO happy for you and so awesome that you are going to put teaching on hold to pursue your happiness! Thats awesome and you rock! On another note today I would go with your Sticky Asian Glazed Salmon… cause thats what I’m craving! 🙂 <3

  11. Congrats on your two year blogiversary! My favorite would be the Key Lime Pie Tarts – my weakness is citrusy desserts.

  12. Congratulations, Lexi! Love your blog and all you recipes.
    I’m looking forward to the next two years and more 🙂

    Greetings from Germany 🙂

  13. How wonderful! And like others, I had no idea that you had a full time job, plus! That is what a teachers job is, ‘Full Time Plus’!
    You are a brave woman, and hard working. We love to hear from you and look forward to posts from you and new exciting recipes.
    I thank you Lexis, from the bottom of my heart. ♥
    Congrats, Congrats, Congrats!

  14. Congratulations on your 2 year blog anniversary. I recently found your website and have enjoy making/eating some of your recipes. Looking forward to making/eating more of your healthy foods for me and my husband.

  15. Congratulations on reaching this milestone with your blog. I’m sure you have many more to come, you have a lot of fans, great content, and delicious recipes! I love your recipe for grilled peaches with the cinnamon whipped cream. Yum!

  16. I am so excited for your new adventure. Your love for blogging, recipe development, and your talent is such a winning combo of extreme awesomeness!!! Can’t wait to see where this all takes you.

  17. From one teacher to another, let me wish you congrats – and how exciting!!!
    I’m too far in to teaching to quit now (23 years… may as well go to 30!) but afterward… who knows what adventures lie ahead? 🙂
    I so enjoy your site!

  18. I just found your website via Insta. This was such a great inspiration for me as I am working on building my own brand/biz in fitness and nutrition. I love your site and what I have seen and read of your brand. I can’t wait for your cookbook! I am already a fan! Keep it up!

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