The Inspired Little Pot started out as…

…me and a desk in my home office, back in October 2014. And it remained just me for a few years before I worked out that I would lose my sanity if I didn’t get some help. So I did! I’d love to tell you more about my journey and introduce you to the gorgeous humans that I now call my team!

It all began with a few simple recipes. I wanted more control over the number of chemicals entering our home, and ultimately our bodies. I was happy with how these recipes performed compared to their toxic counterparts so I shared some of my creations with friends, and it was so well received, I thought I’d start sharing on a little Facebook page, basically to reach a few more people – friends of friends. Well, this little page grew quite quickly (it now has 48,000 followers in Feb 2020) – it seemed it wasn’t just me concerned with toxins. #winning

Because I started a Facebook page and not a group, I couldn’t load documents for people to easily search for recipes, and I got too busy to copy and paste these recipes into comments, so I decided to start a free WordPress site. That was great! I then ran my first Chemical Awareness workshop for a small group of people in Perth (eventually I went on to run 25+ across Australia, meeting around 1000 people). But I quickly realised that I could teach people to make natural recipes all I wanted, but unless I could help them access truly natural ingredients, it wasn’t that helpful.

A new website

So I got a better website and started stocking a few ingredients like washing soda, bicarb, salt and borax, back in early 2016. I then got in shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil. It was hard to draw the line! I kept creating recipes and needing to stock the ingredients I was using.  Fast forward 3 years and I was stocking 60 different product lines. For a long time, I did it ALL myself. I expanded to my entire home office, then I claimed part of our garage, and then the theatre room was converted to a workspace.

Over 5,000 orders were packed and despatched by my two hands. Then it got to the point where I realised I couldn’t sustain that level of man-hours without destroying myself. So I got help: a few beautiful mum-friends, in between jobs, put in a few hours here and there, and then, I employed 2 extra super-humans that packed ingredients and shipped orders for me. These precious souls, Carron and Jenita, worked with me and TILP for 18 months until I made the massive decision to focus solely on education and book writing, meaning the end to the warehouse and supply side of the business.

You can read about that hereIt was a HUGE decision, but it was the right one for me, and for you!

I now share my supplier info with everyone (many of them are offering discount codes too), meaning you can benefit from bulk ingredients from the very best suppliers in Australia! Check out that blog here.

A shift in focus

Now, I am focusing on creating useful content for you: recipes, blogs, videos and courses; I am making an effort to be more present on my social media platforms; I am travelling around Australia with my Naturally Inspired book tour; I’m popping up on tv (thanks, Channel 10) and podcasts (thanks, ABC), in newspapers (thanks, Herald Sun and The West Australian), and at local libraries and stores, with my natural-DIY-inspirational-socks pulled up high!

My Team

Because I am clever, and highly value my family and social life, I’m still recruiting help from various superstars:

Carly is my angel in disguise, my part-time marketing coordinator, admin assistant and PA! She’s extraordinarily efficient, and secretly my no.1 cheerleader. Carly is the person behind the kind and helpful emails, and social media replies.

Carrie is the world’s best photographer and my go-to when I need stunning images. Have you seen the images in my books? They speak for themselves.

Nadia is TILP’s resident editor, but she used to be my very first babysitter (for the kids, not me, haha). If you see any mistakes in any of my work it will be because I haven’t shown it to Nadia! She also acts as a bit of a ‘ghost-writer’, collating info from my website, book and social media posts and putting together some of my blog posts.

Ben is my web developer, and basically my ‘oh my God it’s not working someone please fix it’ man!! He has been instrumental in the development of the new website.

Amy waves her creative wand behind the scenes, and is responsible for many of the infographics you’ll see around the website.

So there you go – my journey laid out in nutshell for you. I promise you some amazing things over the coming months, so keep your eyes peeled!

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

With a background in health promotion, Krissy's passion is to educate and increase awareness on reducing the number of toxins that people expose themselves to on a daily basis, through an honest, simple and realistic approach.

She has sold over 20,000 self-published books and is now published as the author of Naturally Inspired, Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning.

Her recipes have taken her to the screen on more than one occasion, with morning TV appearances, and she received recognition as a ‘Woman Who Will Change The World’ in the AusMumpreneur business awards in 2018.

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