Friday Favorites 6.24.16

AT BLOG GRAPHICSay hello to the last Friday of June…can you believe it? Lately, June has felt like August so maybe we’ll get lucky and August will feel like June…probably not though.

So, I needed a new, bigger desk so I ordered one from Office Depot and then spent an evening putting it together along with a filing cabinet.  Let me tell you, I hate putting together furniture! It’s so tedious and time consuming.  Assembling it, I thought about those people who have to write the directions, they must be pretty intelligent folks.  I could not write those directions if I had to.  Now I have a new beautiful desk and filing cabinet, plus a blister on my thumb and sore hands from using a screw driver 3,982 times.  (ps: this is not a favorite!)

But these are…enjoy!

Need tips on how to pitch your business, product or idea? 

What to do if you hate your job…I did, so I started my own business.

I do love a notebook/journal…gotta learn how to bullet journal.

☞ Speaking of starting your own business….here’s what not to do. 

I was so happy that Cleveland won!

Have a great weekend…since next Friday is the start of a long, holiday weekend…I’ll skip it and return on Friday, July 8th.  Stay cool.

 

How to Use Snapchat Filters

Hey there, it’s Jasmine, ready to talk more about my favorite social media platform…Snapchat!

Snapchat has recently unlocked a whole new way to take pictures. With the recent release of new facial recognition technology users are able to add funny filters to their faces…just wait..it gets better.

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With these new filters users can alter the appearance of their face into different things, some are very flattering, others are like fun house mirrors, and some are just down right scary!

 

Using these filters is super simple:

– Press and hold your finger on your face
– Wait for the facial recognition to register your face
– Swipe left or right until you find the filter you want to use
– Have fun sending silly pictures to your friends!

Some filters even change their appearance if you open your mouth or raise your eyebrows (say what)!

Along with these fun effects, businesses are jumping on the bandwagon to promote themselves! The movie industry and restaurants in particular.

IMG_6388A few weeks ago Walgreens had a sponsored filter to promote their Red Nose Day event.

Whenever the new X-Men movie came out, users were able to transform their faces into the different characters. The recent release of Finding Dory prompted a special filter that made it seem like users were underwater with the lovable Blue Tang.

Even though the branded filters offer the most excitement, I don’t think any filter can compete with the “face swap” feature.

IMG_6620Face swapping is really as simple as it sounds, when two people get in the camera and activate this filter, their faces switch! I have spent hours upon hours switching facIMG_6624es with different people in my family and my friends…the laughs are endless.

Have you tried Snapchat filters? Which one is your favorite?

Friday Favorites 6.17.16

AT BLOG GRAPHICFriends…why is it so HOT outside? I’m not ready for this…this is August weather not June weather.  I’m melting over here.

This week was filled with tragedy and I’m so heartbroken by all the news lately.  Hug your family and friends a little tighter today.

Here’s what I found for you this week…I hope it brings a little lift in your day.

☞ I’m terrible at meditating but feel good when I do it regularly…7 signs you need to meditate with me. 

☞ I have serious closet envy…how to get organized.

☞ Sunday is Father’s Day…the worst Dads in Pop Culture.

☞ Productivity is purposefully and consistently moving in a desired direction.

☞ Need Ideas for Father’s Day?

Father’s Day Gift Guide

56 Gift Ideas for Dad

☞ My son introduced me to Bleacher Report…their vids are so funny. 

And one more funny video.

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Source: New York Daily News

Finally, Congratulations to the USA Soccer team advancing to the COPA Semi-Finals…I’m especially happy because my son is going to the game on Tuesday. USA! USA!

 

 

Friday Favorites 6.10.16

The official first day of summer is not until the 20th but wow…I think summer has already shown AT BLOG GRAPHICup.  I’m not complaining though because pool season is my favorite season of all.  I could do without the hot car seats though.

I’ve had another great week of client work and meetings.  I’m in Batesville today at orientation with my son…learning all about his new future home.  (sigh)

Here are the favorite items I picked for you this week.

More summer reading lists! 

5 things to stop doing on social media…like automatic direct messages! Enough already.

A Machine that knows Shooting Better than Steph Curry…wow.

Emojis are Big Business for Celebs…Kimojis.

Every year I look for an awesome birthday gift for my childhood best friend and this year I found it! My gal, Holly, makes these amazing bracelets and her company is called Willie+Ruth, named after her grandmas. Check out her Facebook page and Instagram because her bracelets are seriously cute!

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What is Snapchat?

What Is Snapchat-Snapchat has become one of the most talked about and used social media platforms over the past few months. It started out being most popular with millennials, but has gained popularity recently with Gen Xers and businesses.
While there are a lot of people who use Snapchat, not many fully understand all of its capabilities. (Some people..cough cough parents…still think its used for sexting) and that is totally not the case!
Over the next few weeks I will share a few tips that I’ve found that make the experience of the app much better.
The History: Evan Spiegel and Reggie Brown created and launched Snapchat originally as “Pictaboo” with their friend Bobby Murphy in the summer of 2011.
After Murphy left over monetary disputes, Brown and Spiegel changed the name officially to Snapchat in the fall of 2011. By the following spring, Snapchat had grown to over 100,000 users. From that moment on Snapchat began to grow into one of the most used, and interesting platforms on social media.
The Basics: Snapchat is an app where people can send pictures or videos back and forth with friends or family and after they view them the picture/video “disappears.”
Snapchat users can also:
  • post pictures/videos to their story
  • send personal text messages to friends
  • share fun emojis
  • use different lenses on their camera
  • add geotags (a fancy way to share your location)
IMG_6619A person’s story is much like a Facebook or Instagram feed. Meaning you can post different pictures or videos to your story and all of your followers can view it. But…there’s a catch! The pictures and videos only last for 24 hours, so you better check it regularly!
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With all of these fun ways to send pictures and videos, its no wonder Snapchat generates around 9,000 snaps per second!

Friday Favorites 6.3.16

AT BLOG GRAPHICHey friends…I’m back! Did you miss me? With graduation festivities and Memorial Day…I had to let something fall off the plate.

I’m so sick of rain…I know it’s good for our water tables (or something like that) but seriously, the pools are open and there’s not been one day worthy of a pool side visit.  (sigh)

Since it’s been two weeks since my last favorites…get ready for a few more than normal.  Have a great week!

☞ I LOVE a summer book list.

This is your 13 year old on social media…just mind blowing.

How to Get Clients…According to Walt Disney.

Couples who get sick together…stay together?

Spring Clean Your Mind…yes, please.

Meditate While You Wait…I must try this.

 

 

Meet Jasmine…Summer Intern

image2Hello all! My name is Jasmine Conley, I am interning with The Twiggs Group this summer.

I was born and raised in Fayetteville, AR along with my six younger brothers who range from 18 all the way to 1. I love to spend time with them when I am home, and support them at their many different sporting events.

I am currently a junior at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and majoring in Public Relations with a minor in marketing. I am a member of the school’s PRSSA chapter and the chairwomen for our publicity team, as well as the Social Media Correspondent.

I started college as a Physical Therapy major, but quickly realized that was not the field I needed to be in. While I do enjoy athletic training and learning the science behind the human body, science was not my strongest field.

When it came time to pick a new major, I knew that I loved to write and use my creativity to help people come up with solutions. I wasn’t sure if there was a major that fit these interests, but once I found out that my school offered Public Relations, I knew that’s where I belonged.

Switching my major to PR was one of the best decisions I’ve made in college, and I love that I am able to learn something new about the field every day.

After I went on my first agency tour with PRSSA I realized how important internships were, and I began to research and apply to many different agencies and companies in Central Arkansas as well as Northwest Arkansas.

I chose to work with The Twiggs Group, because I felt I would be able to receive more hands on experience with clients and other tasks than I would at a big agency.

To me, interning is a chance to take all that you’ve learned in school and actually apply it to the real world and see what works best for you, and what doesn’t. This is my first internship, and I am so excited to apply what I have learned thus far, as well as learn new things that will help me in my future classes, and business endeavors.

Throughout this summer I will be posting about different topics as well as various social media tips. One of my main focuses will be Snapchat and how to keep up with all of their updates, and how to use it to its fullest potential.

Talk soon!

Friday Favorites 5.13.16

AT.com Blog graphicHappy Friday the 13th, folks! I hope today brings you lots of good fortune.

No one tells you the crazy town that is preparing for your child’s high school graduation…maybe the universe is keeping me busy on purpose.  Less tears that way!

I had a great week of client meetings and I spoke on a panel about social media…one of my favorite subjects.

Here’s what I found just for you…

☞ Working from home is great…but challenging.

☞ I just refreshed my website…glad to not have one of these issues.

☞ This article got me fired up about the inequality in women’s sports. 

☞ Want to make things pretty but you are not a graphic designer…here’s a few apps for that.

The hubs got me a Fitbit Alta for Mother’s Day and I am LOVING it.  I had the Fitbit One but I was tired of remembering to strap it on my bra strap! My goal is 50,000 steps a week and so far this week, I’m already at 52,000…there’s just something about tracking those steps that gets me moving.

Have a great weekend, friends!

Friday Favorites 5.6.16

AT.com Blog graphicHappy Friday, friends! Today is the last day of high school for my son…to say I’m a little emotional would be an understatement!

What an amazing milestone for him…I remember being a high school senior, I was ready to tackle the world.  Little did I know, the world would tackle me right back.  I survived it with flying colors and he will too…this mama is just not ready to let go.

So, today is not particularly a ‘favorite’ for me but I did find a few good things to share.

☞ I’m a sucker for these Habits for Happiness lists but this is a good one.

☞ Need to relax? There’s an app for that. 

☞ I am loving Snapchat…these features would make me love it more. 

☞ I’m here to tell you, miracles do happen. Please take a moment to read about Baby Eden.

My son signed his letter of intent this week to play basketball for Lyon College…it was a great day! Go Scots!

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Friday Favorites 4.29.16

AT.com Blog graphicSo long, April! Do you ever notice that some months seem to fly by, right before your eyes?  That is how April felt to me. I hope May takes it’s time considering it’s my son’s graduation month.  (sigh)

This week was jam packed with great meetings and new opportunities…I love a week like that. It’s uplifting and motivating.  There’s something about meeting new people that gives you a boost.

Even though my week was busy…I still found a few things to share as my favorites.  Have a great weekend and take time to find the joy in each day.

☞ If you are not watching the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt…You are missing out on Titus Andromedan. 

☞ I can’t stop listening to this album and people can’t stop using the lemon emoji.

The fear of failure…and a good book rec.

☞ I don’t know how it happened….but I LOVE Snapchat. Follow me? allysontwiggs

Last Saturday was Spencer’s last Prom…so many ‘lasts’ in senior year.  (sigh)

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Maggie and Spencer