The day is here! This post is so dear to my heart, I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally be sharing it with you.
Today marks an important milestone in this blog’s journey and the beginning of what feels like a new era for The Green Life.
The Green life has a brand new look AND along with the refresh comes a big announcement that I couldn’t keep for myself any longer: the creation of The Green Life Shop (!!!).
This space has opened so many possibilities for me in the past two years, and today, I am fully embracing it as my career and life purpose. With this new site, new branding, and exciting new addition, this space is evolving towards a bigger vision I’ve been having for The Green Life. I am working with more intention than ever before.
This evolution has forced me to refine and redefine what The Green Life is really about, and clarify its mission. More than ever, my focus is to inspire more and more people to embrace a conscious and intentional life, through both their food and lifestyle choices. A life filled with health, beauty, self-care and happiness.
I have big dreams and hopes for The Green Life and today is the first chapter of an exciting journey. I’m so happy you are a part of it.
Keep reading, as I’ll walk you through a tour of all the updates and will share more about the shop below!
The New Branding
The first thing you’re probably noticing is The Green Life’s new logo. I’ve worked with the talented ladies over at Quatre par Quatre to develop the new imagery you’re seeing today.
My old logo was a pre-made template I had bought on Etsy for $20 (you gotta start somewhere right?). It was time for a nice refresh.
I wanted The Green Life to be more in line with who I am, but also with where I want to bring it in the future. Our goals were to make the new branding inspiring, modern, minimalistic and versatile.
I am so happy with what Catherine and Émilie created. This logo is a perfect reflection of what The Green Life is about and the feelings I want it to convey. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!
The New Website
The site design had never been updated since the launch of this blog in 2015. This big refresh was way overdue!
Although I loved the minimalistic look of the previous site, I knew a different design would open the doors to a lot more possibilities.
My goals were to make the new site feel warm, welcoming and vibrant, but also modern and clean, while being user-friendly and super easy to navigate.
This website has been in the making for over 6 months (yes, it took that long!). I changed my mind about 4 times before settling on this theme designed by Station Seven, whose work I love deeply (my previous site was also from them – they are the best at creating clean and modern blog designs!).
I’ve been working with my genius web developer Guillaume of Onward Digital to customize the site and bring all the pieces together. We faced countless challenges and obstacles along the way, but he always remained positive and I have to give him a big shoutout. He’s honestly one of the most patient, hardworking and talented developers I’ve worked with and I cannot recommend his services enough.
New Features of the Site
– The large slider on the homepage will allow me to showcase a few seasonal posts that might have been buried in the archives, but also share important news or workshop announcements in a bold and beautiful way.
– The three boxes below the slider will give you quick access to some of the most important sections: the recipe index, health and wellness posts and shop!
– There’s a new “back to top” button at the bottom right, and a “skip to recipe” button before each recipe post, allowing you to skip directly to the content you want to see without having to scroll all the way up or down.
– There’s a new updated “Resources” section accessible from the top menu, where you can get inspired by my personal favourites, including my go-to cookbooks, blogs, podcasts, nutrition books, photography equipment and more. This list will be updated regularly, so visit it often to see what’s new!
The Recipe Index
One of the things I’m most proud of is the brand new recipe index! We worked so hard to build it (and tag ALL the ingredients), and I couldn’t be happier with the result.
You can now search recipes by season, meal type, diet, and even by the ingredients you have in your fridge! Simply check one or more of the boxes to narrow your search results and let the magic happen.
This index will hopefully make it a lot easier for you to search recipes. I hope you’ll have fun using it!
Instead of sending an email every time a new recipe or article is published on the blog, I will now be sending a more personalized bi-monthly newsletter. The newsletter will include the latest posts, as well as special news and announcements.
While the newsletter sign up was almost hidden at the bottom of my old site, it’s now easily accessible in the large footer section and in the sidebar. Plus, I also added a freebie!
When you sign up by clicking on the image in the sidebar, you will instantly receive a free printable meal & grocery planner. I know a lot of you struggle with food prep, so I’ve created this planner to help you simplify your life and make meal prepping and grocery shopping a lot more fun.
I hope to update the freebie every now and then, so you will be getting something extra just as a thank you for being part of The Green Life community. If you’re already signed up for my newsletter, check your inbox today, as I’ll be sending out the free download to all my subscribers.
And now, the cherry on top of the sundae! I am pinching myself as I’m writing this, because it still feels so surreal to me.
The idea of opening an online shop has started to emerge at the back of my mind over a year ago. Today, my dream is finally taking form. I’m partnering with my twin sister and best friend Nancy to bring this project to life.
This shop is more than just about selling products, it’s about embracing a conscious, holistic lifestyle in all aspects of our lives, including purchasing habits. I’ve been dreaming of a shop that would be a perfect extension of The Green Life blog, with products that have purpose and meaning, that have been made ethically and with love, and that serve the purpose of a life well lived.
We will be launching the shop in the next few weeks – hopefully right on time for all of your Christmas presents! I don’t want to tell you too much here, I’d rather invite you to read the whole story here.
If you sign up today for the shop newsletter, you’ll be notified when the shop officially launches and will receive a 10% discount on your first purchase!
I hope you love the new site as much as I do and that you’re excited for what’s to come! A sincere thank you to all of you for your support through these exciting times.
I’d love to know what you think. Let me know in the comments below.