Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Just 5 Things: Kristin Porter {Iowa Girl Eats}

  Phew! Things have been a little crazy around here lately and I'm really excited to get back into the swing of the Just 5 Things series. We're shifting focus this month and will be hearing from different bakers, cooks, and chefs! I love that we've heard from moms, creatives, and now women are amazingly talented in the kitchen. A little bit of everything! In June we'll hear from writers and authors, so if you know one or have someone in mind that you would love to hear from- let me know.

  I feel like I don't even need to introduce today's guest, Kristin from Iowa Girl Eats. If you haven't read her blog, you have surely made on of her amazing recipes. She has become my go-to girl for salad recipes and I loveLoveLOVE her Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese. She has SO many yummy recipes, with a focus on gluten-free and healthier living. And she's definitely my kind of girl, because she lives by the 70/30 rule – 70% healthy living, 30% sanity-saving splurges!

  I think you'll love what Kristin has to say today- especially what she would tell her 10 year younger self. Let's all do a little better at living in the moment! 

Just 5 Things

1. Give us your elevator speech. What's your go-to way to introduce yourself?

My name is Kristin Porter – a mama, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and food blogger from central Iowa. I love summer, eating, mojitos, traveling, eating, girl time, and did I mention eating? It’s no wonder I’m a food blogger! My son is 2-1/2 years old, and six months after he was born I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, which was likely triggered by a really bad labor and delivery. The diagnosis came with a “prescription” to live and eat gluten-free, which I now write about on my blog Iowa Girl Eats. Living gluten-free is still incredibly challenging even 2-1/2 years after my diagnosis, but I love helping people new to the lifestyle live and eat safely and deliciously.

2. What has surprised you the most about having your own cooking business (blog, ebook, etc)?

Just how much work running your own business is! As the CEO of IGE not only am I responsible for creating content, but heading up sales, marketing, technology, R&D, accounting…I think you get the picture. It always surprises people when I tell them that the actual act of cooking and writing a blog post takes the least amount of time of anything I do for the business.

3. What is one thing you say 'no' to (or hire out!) in order to say 'yes' to better things?

Social media. As a small business owner with no other full time employees, and only so many work hours in a day, I’m constantly asking myself – does this particular task require a skill set that only I possess? Activities like scheduling pins, Facebook posts, tweets, etc take a ton of time, but don’t necessarily require me, Kristin Porter, to physically do them. These are easy tasks to delegate and, as a result, I’m left with more time to grow my business through product planning and development, and furthering business relationships. 

4. What would you tell your 10 year younger self?

Enjoy today. Stop planning tomorrow and be in the moment right now. I think having our son really helped me with this. Prior to him coming along I was always planning our next vacation, researching our next house, etc. but he’s really taught me (whether he knows it or not!) to savor today because life moves so incredibly fast.

5. If you could only eat one thing or use one kitchen tool forever, what would it be?

Oh man, the million-dollar question! If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life it would probably be…pizza. Really original, right?! Preferably a Neapolitan-style Pizza Margherita with an entire bouquet of fresh basil on top. Ohhh, I can taste it now. ;)

Thank you, Kristin!! I'm SO honored you joined in the fun of this series (is it crazy obvious I'm a bit of a fan girl??) 
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