I'm Kelly Zugay, a Saint Paul, Minnesota small business owner, podcaster, and content creator — exploring lifestyle, decor, plant-based recipes, and travel. More


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Welcome! I'm Kelly Zugay — a small business owner, podcaster, and content creator. By day, I am co-founder of With Grace and Gold and host of Brand It, Build It Podcast — and here, I explore and share about lifestyle, decor, plant-based vegan recipes, and travel.

Currently, I live just outside of Saint Paul, Minnesota with my husband Ben. Together, we love the outdoors — hiking, biking, and kayaking — trying local restaurants or coffee shops, and traveling to new places!

I'm Kelly Zugay, and I'm so glad you're here!

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Favorite TV Show:

Newport Beach
Sparkling Water
The Bachelorette

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Favorite Neighborhood:

Herbivorous Butcher
The Market

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When did you start blogging?

I started blogging in December 2013, when my husband Ben and I moved from southeastern Wisconsin to western Wisconsin. When we moved, I wanted to create a place where I could share about our lives and travels with family and friends.

Is blogging your career?

No; by day, I am co-founder of With Grace and Gold and host of Brand It, Build It Podcast. Beyond my work, I truly love photography and writing — documenting our lives, our favorite plant-based vegan recipes, home building and decor, and travels.

Where do you live?

Currently, my husband and I live just outside of Saint Paul, Minnesota. We built a new home, and we are currently working on decorating. Details about our progress can be found here, and my recommended home decor resources can be found here!

What are vegan recipes?

Here, I share plant-based vegan recipes, which means (1) Each recipe uses primarily whole foods, and (2) No animal products are used in any of the recipes. For a variety of reasons, I've been a plant-based vegan for 5+ years — and I couldn't be happier!

What is your background?

I have a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Master of Arts in Teaching. I began my career in higher education. Since 2013, I have been a small business owner, and since 2020, I have been a podcast host — equipping fellow small business owners for success.

What about partnerships?

I am excited and honored to partner with brands and businesses through sponsored content creation — blog posts and social media posts. To partner with me, please view my Media Kit and then share your vision for our partnership here.

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