Friday Favorites

AT BLOG GRAPHICHello, Friday Friends! What’s the best thing that happened to you this week? Well, I have news…I have accepted an Executive in Residence (fancy) position at the University of Arkansas…meaning I’ll be teaching Destination Marketing to juniors and seniors this Fall at the U!

I’m super excited for the opportunity and along with growing TTG…I’ll be too busy to think about my empty nest. (sad face emoji)

Now let’s get to the favorites:

☞ When you get big like Lebron, You need to give big like Lebron. 

☞ I need to journal more….maybe I can find 10 minutes to micro-journal. 

☞ You know I love carpool karaoke…FLOTUS loves to rock out in the car. 

Being mindful about the words we use…good stuff!

☞ I love Bitmoji and I love Snapchat and now they are together. (join me on Snapchat: 👻 allysontwiggs)

You will want to follow these ladies on Facebook, like yesterday. (insert belly laughs)

Enjoy your weekend!

 

Friday Favorites

AT BLOG GRAPHICFri-Yay! Who’s ready for the weekend? This girl! I hope you had a week filled with joy and laughter. I had a really great week…lunch with cool people, fun client work and I’m getting my hair done today….A+ week.

The Emmy nominations came out yesterday and they confirmed for me that I watch really great tv…Game of Thrones, Unbreakable Kimmy, Bloodline, Blackish…so proud of all my shows.

Without further ado…here’s what made the list this week.

☞ Puzzling that we need a way to get women in the boardroom but there is this database.

☞ Stress costs a lot of money…we gotta take better care of ourselves, stat!

☞ I am obsessed with anything quinoa…and these look amazing.

☞ My very first job was at an IGA…Twiggs IGA in my hometown of Gentry.

☞ Rejection sucks but sometimes it leads to something better. 

☞ I do love to de-clutter my home and life…here’s 2o things to throw out today. 

I’m not participating in Pokemon Go (see my tv obsession above) but I’m glad my son and his friends are because they are having the best time walking around our city, having fun.

I know the game is not perfect and there are disruptions to business or shady people taking advantage…but in this time of such global sadness…I’m grateful for something silly to bring people together.

Have a beautiful weekend, friends!

Jasmine: June NWA PRSA Lunch

Hey guys, it’s Jasmine again.

A few weeks ago I had the privilege to sit in on NWA’s monthly PRSA meeting. Jackie Wolven was the speaker, and she talked about my favorite topic…social media!

Wolven manages the social media accounts for Eureka Springs, a very diverse and eclectic town in Northern Arkansas.

Although I do not have my own personal business yet, or fully manage someone else’s, I was able to learn a lot that I will be able to use when those moments arise. jackieprsa

One of the most interesting topics she talked about was how Instagram “takeovers” can enhance the exposure of the account and increase interaction with followers.

I’ve heard of these types of takeovers before, but they are usually done by celebrities trying to promote their new movie or something along those lines. The idea that regular people like you and I could “takeover” the account of our city/town or even just a local business for a day is awesome!

Of course, Ms. Wolven sets parameters for the takeovers so that they don’t post something that is out of line with the brand. For the most part though, she allows them to post pictures, or videos of what they find interesting about their town (Eureka Springs).

Overall my experience at the NWA PRSA meeting went very well, I felt like I learned a lot, and I was able to meet many different PR pros that work in a variety of PR fields.

Friday Favorites

AT BLOG GRAPHICHello there, friends.

Wednesday night I attended a fundraiser for the Fayetteville Public Library (my fav place) at Maxine’s Taproom in Fayetteville.  It was a great event…tons of people, books and great drinks.  I love to be in a room full of people like me…book and booze lovers!

Let’s get to the good stuff…hope you enjoy.

☞ If you ever find yourself out of a job…try this.

☞ Cereal is a big deal here and here.

This is what highly successful people do. 

☞ I’m loving Snapchat…but I promised not to follow my son.

☞ Do you have a side hustle yet?

☞ I’m obsessed with my new SIC Cup…it’s magic.

I’m loving a new restaurant in Fayetteville…Mockingbird Kitchen.  It’s owned by Chef Chrissy Sanderson, and friends the food is delish.  Do yourself a favor and check it out…lunch or dinner.

This is my favorite Martin Luther King, Jr quote…only love.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

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.