There is so much that goes on behind the scenes at Fit Foodie Finds HQ! Today we’re talking all about what goes on in A Day in the Life for @LinleysHands.
It has been almost three years since I started at Fit Foodie Finds with my home girl Lee Lee. I still remember the moment when Lee decided she wanted and needed to grow her team. It feels like just yesterday that I took the leap into the blogging world. I worked part time with Fit Foodie my first 6 months while working two other part time jobs to make ends meet. Going back and forth between Fit Foodie HQ + filing at a law firm by day — and serving at a cafe by night — it was pretty crazy. Making ends meet by working three jobs was insane, but today I look back and everything was SO worth it. Thanks be to God, I no longer have to work three jobs. After 6 months of part time work, Fit Foodie Finds was bringing in enough business for me to quit my other two jobs and dedicate all my energy to Team Fit Foodie.
My role at FF HQ has morphed into something I never could have imagined. When I first started at FFF I was managing social media and testing recipes. Today, my role at Fit Foodie Finds consists of, (but is not limited to); managing social media, event planning, post writing, recipe development, food styling, relationship management, and (of course) HAND MODELING. And? I get to work with some of my best friends, which makes going to work 1,000 times better.
Some of you have been asking what the heck I do everyday. We thought that A Day in the Life of @LinleyHands post would answer some of your questions. For those of you who work from home or work for an online business, you know that every day is different. I absolutely love that no day is the same for us, but if we have a week without travel and events it usually goes a little something like this….
Mornings are my jam. Before I head off to Fit Foodie HQ, I try to start the morning off slow. Side note, I tend to move a mile a minute, so being intentional about slowing down my morning can sometimes be a major struggle. First things first, I get the coffee brewing. Then check into social posts for the day, give Frannie (my new house mate pictured above) some snuggles, and then it’s off to pick up Lee (+ now Marky Mark) for our workout. We tend to do morning workouts to start the day off right. Usually the workout is at Switch MPLS and it’s killer. I’ve learned that if I don’t work out in the morning–it’s just not going to happen.
After workouts, we head to “the office” and our routine is showers, breakfast (sweet for Lee, savory for me), coffee, and then we go over what we are doing for the day. For recipe days, I head out for groceries. Just for the record, I could live in a grocery store. My two favorite places are grocery stores and airports, so it’s a dream that I go at least three times a week.✌?As much as we would love a one-stop-shop for all of our groceries, I end up making a stop at Trader Joes AND Lunds an Byerlys (enter our most favorite Lund’s employee, Alison). Life is better when people are involved and it’s totally because of Alison that we head to Lunds for groceries.
After groceries, it’s time for admin work, and then my favorite part of the day…RECIPES.
We try to get two or three recipes made + shot in one day. I usually start recipe development in the kitchen while Lee is on the computer jotting down measurements, notes, etc. We have quite a system in place. First, I start styling a shoot and Lee comes in and adds a little magic and then photographs the process and the final product. This is when @linleyshands are used the most- recipes, hand modeling, BOOM. I am a busy body in the kitchen and I will be the first to tell you that I am MESSY. When I’m on a roll in the kitchen it looks like cookie monster tore through the kitchen looking for cookies. #oopsiepoopsie Lee does tend to follow me around in the kitchen, wiping counters and sweeping floors.
Lunchtime usually involves something we’ve tested or if we’re lucky, some ARUGULA. I love afternoons that are mixed with recipes and coffee shops. We head to a coffee shop if we’ve gotten recipes done for the day and I absolutely adore trying out new coffee shops [leave your favorite MN coffee shop in the comments and we’ll check it out!]. These hands tend to get a heck of a lot more work done on my computer at coffee shops rather than at home.
However, if I don’t get all of my work done during “normal” business hours, (which is most of the time) I do have to spend some time on the computer at home scheduling social, pinning, or writing. Another type of work I usually bring home is recipe testing. Cole does enjoy this portion of my job. People gotta eat, so I figure these hands might as well make food when they have different taste testers around.
If I don’t have recipes to test, Cole and I do tend to eat out. Like, a lot. I can’t help it. I love food. I love finding new restaurants for inspiration and for a good ole’ refreshing palate change. I do eat my fair share of chicken wings, as Cole and I are on the hunt for the best chicken wings in town 🙂 It’s funny, because Lee, Emily, and I are also pretty good friends out of work, we kind of shift into “play mode” after work is done. We will all meet for dinner, a hike, or head to the river pretty regularly.
Like I said earlier, every day is different. I do love my job, but sometimes I do have a hard time with deadlines and focusing when I work from home. My brain goes a little bit crazy if I don’t take the time at the beginning of every week to schedule out what are week looks like and what my to-dos are for each day. That’s human, right? Life at Fit Foodie HQ is a good one and I wouldn’t trade these crazy days for anything.
Other Posts by @linleyshands
Toast Tuesday- Eggs and Arugula Toast
Toast Tuesday- Peanut Butter Banana
I live in Buffalo, NY…you should come visit and eat your heart out with wings!!
Great post Linley! I gotta admit the cover photo really sucked me in too LOL Great photo! I can only imagine that blogging for a living is a lot more fun with friends to share it with!
Vicinity on Lyndale and 34th in Minneapolis is my all time fave coffee shop! You must try the Bahn 9 with almond milk. So so good.
How have I never heard of this?!?!
Right there with ya on the coffee shops! Currently writing this from my bed, and I’m about half as productive as I should be.
This was such a fun post! I love watching your’s and Lee’s daily adventures…. Makes me quite jealous while I’m sitting here in that corporate life. I would love to work with my best friend.. Keep on being weird – keeps me entertained all day!
Great post! I am assuming you guys have hit up Quixotic Coffee Shop? It is in St. Paul (I know you guys are on the other side of the river) but is amazing. They have really good Kombucha on tap in addition to coffee! Runyons are the best wings in the city by far. Hickory Hut has great greasy wings, Meritage has awesome fancy wings, and Blue Door has lots of good flavors. If you couldn’t tell, I also love food and eating out 🙂
YES, Quixotic is so great! So tasty! Holy smokes, I must try Hickory Hut and Meritage!!! Thank YOU!
I see you gurrlll!! 😉 love the post and following along like every day! I always look forward to it! Xoxo
Your heart and smile are just as pretty as your hands! Your energy is a driving force to your success! Love you Lin!
MAMA KAY. I love you to the moon and back!
I think the best chicken wings in MPLS are from Ray J’s (Nutty Rooster) or… the Spring Wings at Spring Street Tavern — check them out!
Fav coffee shop – Diamonds on Central in NE
OMG. I live right by Ray J’s! They do have delicious wings! My all time favorite buffalo wings are Runyons on Washington Ave and my favorite dry rub are from 6smith in Wayzata. However, I am still on the look out for the best dry rub 🙂 And I am totally going to check out Sprig Street Tavern!
I love this post Linley! I really like hearing about your work with Lee at Fit Foodie HQ!
Ohhhh! What are your favorite chicken wings in town?? My hubs is on the hunt and our current favorite is Blue Door (Frogtown sauce, because crunchy PB, ya know!?)
Our favorite buffalo wings are Runyons in the North loop and our favorite dry rub (at the moment) are from 6smith in Wayzata!And holy smokes, Blue Door’s wings are delicious!
Your day sounds busy, but amazing! I wish I could quit my job and work with you girls! I love watching you and Lee on Instagram. Makes me laugh every time!
We love when all of you follow us on IG.✌?❤️??
Come to Denver with Lee next time…I have the BEST chicken wings for ya!
Love this! And I’d love to hear your recommendations for the best wings in Minneapolis – my husband and I are on the search for that as well (as well as best brewery, best pizza….)
Ooo, pizza! I’d love to hear your favorite so far! Right now we love Runyons for buffalo wings and 6smith for dry rub wings! Our favorite brewery is Fair State brewing in NE Minneapolis– I love sour beers!
Love this Linley! I love how you guys have got a system down. And I totally know what you mean about having a hard time focusing at home – it’s tough! I’m still working on getting my office together but once I do, I’m hoping that wil help. Or I can just go to coffee shops all the time 😀
YES, having an designated space is so helpful when working from hooooome!