3 Ways to Up Your Game :: Instagram Tips

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have already spotted these almost-to-cute-to-eat cookies. I ordered them from them from an amazing baker (shout out to Lisa!) for a recent mini-instagram class I taught. Every good party, class, or otherwise organized event (in my opinion) needs something cute and sweet (am I alone on this?).

Well, I don’t have any cookies left to share (they were gone FAST), but I wanted to share a few tips with you here that I gave the group. I’ll share some of the big takeaways with you today. These tips are for anyone wanting to up your game a bit on Instagram and use it in a more purposeful way ––either for your own professional profile or for your business. I hope they inspire you to think about new creative and strategic ways to use Instagram!

3 Tips to Up Your Insta-Game

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Make It :: Flower Headband

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Curious how to make flower headbands? This project was SUPER simple. My daughter Taylor and I whipped this flower headband up in about 10 minutes flat.
Supplies: how to make flower headbands
Supplies you will need:
Small faux flowers, 1 yard of lace, scissors, glue gun + glue stick.

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Serve It :: Cantaloupe & Prosciutto Small Bites

This post is sponsored by Kellogg’s, all thoughts are my own.
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Last week I hosted a few girlfriends over for what we called a #girlboss session. I shared my inspiration board for the night which included a few really simple ideas. Since the point of the night was to gather for some productive creative business brainstorming … there was no reason (or time!) to fuss over over-the-top details.
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I made really, really simple small bites the gals could grab throughout the evening. And although they were really easy to make, they were very flavorful. Proof, that it doesn’t need to be fussy to be impressive. These Cantaloupe & Prosciutto Small Bites were a huge hit (recipe at end of the post).
Townhouse13Since the point of the evening was to brainstorm creative business ideas, notebooks and pencils were a must. I set out the pretty supplies with the tray of small bites and some fresh Meyer lemon + mint water carafes.

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Take A Time Out (Daily)

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Do you ever feel like you are in a perpetual state of juggling it all? Oh you know the drill: life, work, family + the 107 random things on your to-do list?  This has been me lately but in the midst of it all I have decided to make a very conscious effort to hit that pause button, reflect, and recharge.

Let me tell you, it makes a difference. Taking 15 minutes each day to savor some calm-time to reflect on the day and plan out the next has made a huge positive impact on both by actual productivity and definitely on my spirits. Good bye stress and overwhelm (I’m going to do my best to keep this going!).

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Entertaining Inspiration: Casual #girlboss Session

This post is sponsored by Kellogg’s, all thoughts are my own.
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I have a hunch that many people don’t entertain because it simply stresses them out. I’ve shared tips for easy entertaining with you in the past but it really is a passion of mine. My mission is to help you realize that hosting friends and family can bring joy to your life and does not require you to “go all out.” Entertaining should bring you joy –not a case of the hives!

I’m gathering inspiration today for a very casual get-together I plan to have next week. I’m hosting a few girlfriends and we’re going to have a mini business brainstorm session which will definitely include some small bites and drinks. We’re each in the midst of building businesses, pumping out creative projects, and furthering ourselves in our respective careers and having a face-to-face #girlboss type meeting of the minds will surely give us that hustle-boost we each need. Not to mention it’s a great excuse to get together :).

I started with a mood board. I knew I wanted to keep things super simple but still a little special. Cute office supplies, flavorful (but easy) appetizers, and champagne are all on the list.

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Desktop Downloads :: #Hustle Pencils :: Rifle Notebooks :: Simple appetizers :: Mini Champaign Bottles

Gathering inspiration from above, I’ve decided to make two really simple appetizers. I’ve picked up the few ingredients  I’ll need. I plan to create little pairings of sweet and savory on top of Town House Crackers (I grabbed Original, Pita, Pretzel Thins and Flat Bread). I think I’ll pick some fresh mint from the garden and incorporate somehow as well. Stay tuned, because I’ll be sharing pics and the recipes!

AuthorLogoKellogg’s: From presentably munch-able options, to dipping inspiration, to versatile possibilities, we have the variety that will help her stylishly host any type of gathering – from planned to impromptu.

 

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Make It :: Dotted Envelope Liners

I love sending (and receiving snail mail). Do you? I have a big stash of blank cards and envelopes that I like to decorate, doodle on, and stamp for the occasion. I’m sure you find yourself sending birthday wishes, just because notes, or thank you cards often. Why not add a little creative touch to your notes?

DIY  Envelope Liners SUPPLIES: Colorful envelopes, a pencil, and ink pads in a variety of colors

DIY  Envelope Liners MAKE: Make perfectly round dots by stamping a clean pencil eraser into the ink of your choice and then firmly pressing onto the envelope liner. Let dry before closing.

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