morning cup of media


Whether it’s by fighting with a website template in vain, putting off building your social media because you just don’t know what to post, or scratching your head because that Canva logo you designed isn’t attracting your target market…chances are you’ve experienced that “I can’t do this anymore” moment. 

We’ve all been there. And I get it. Truth is: DIYing your brand presence is fine...until it’s not. 

And I’ve got some good news: you’ve cried into your wine at 2am for the last time. When you’re ready for branding rooted in art and strategy that converts browsers into buyers, strategic posts that boost engagement, and a website that has you singing your URL from the rooftops - bring me in. 

hey you - yes you!

I’m Lauren Salonek, and I started Morning Cup of Media because I saw a gap in the creative market. I noticed some people had stunning websites and branding, but it didn’t transfer into their social media channels and vice versa. I believe you can (and should) have both, and my background in UX, graphic design, and communication made me uniquely qualified to fill that space. 

But more than anything, I consider myself your #1 hype woman in business, because I know how powerful it is to have someone believe in and support your vision. I’m on a mission to bring small business dreams to life in big ways. You ready?

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So You Want to

i started morning cup of media:

at spyhouse coffee in minneapolis.

the painting that made me fall in love with art:

rain's rustle in the city

as a kid, i wanted to be:

a writer or an illustrator

my go-to coffee order:

iced caramel oatmilk latte

something i buy too much of:

books, stationery, plants, or coffee!

my first entrepreneurial venture:

'selling' paintings to my family at 6-years-old


Morning Cup of Media is 









Started my first blog & designed my first Wordpress website.


Fell in love with classical and fine art; visited museums, orchestras, and galleries (MCM's brand inspo)


Had my first experience using CSS on Tumblr (hello high school throwback)


Started my first job in social media marketing & content writing


Started MCM at my favorite café in Minneapolis (cue the coffee biz name)


Expanded into a branding and website design studio


Quit my 9-5 to go full-time in business



micah. L

Lauren put her heart into my branding. She even included some bonus assets! Now I am proud to show off my branding and show up as an authority in the space. I'd recommend her to anyone looking to up level their business

mckenzie b.

Lauren has been simply amazing! She has been helping me for quite awhile now with all things behind the scenes in my business. Her support, patience, and flexibility is out of this world and I will always recommend her to anyone who needs the assistance. Seriously 10/10 she is so amazing!

amanda L.

Overall my mind is blown and I'm SOOO grateful to Lauren for guiding me to rechange my name and I'm thrilled with where I am now. I feel like this will give me the professional appearance I crave to help attract the right audience. Big virtual hugs!!!!!

maclovia N.

I seriously could not be more obsessed. I feel like we birthed this big beautiful brand together because you took something from my head and literally put it in a physical format.

geisha g.

Working with Lauren on my brand and website design was an amazing experience. She brought to life the vision I had for my brand and created the perfect website to go along with it. I highly recommend it to anyone ready to invest in elevating their business with a top notch branding process.

Emily m.

Gah! You're incredible, I can't even deal a little. This so so awesome, and I'm so pumped, it's me and what I offer in a really friggin cool package! Thank you so much, it was so fun working with you on this, and I know I'll be working with you again soon.

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