Friday Favorites

AT BLOG GRAPHICHello, friends! It’s been a whirlwind in my world this week..how about your week? I’m so excited to tell you about Megaphone Summit…an influencer conference I help organize.  If you are a blogger or want to be a blogger, if you work in social media marketing or want to work in social media marketing…this conference is for you! And did I mention…social media expert, Peg Fitzpatrick will be there too? It’s in Fayetteville, AR, Sept 9-11. Would love to hang with you there. Megaphone_Logo_wTag

 

Now here are my favorites this week.

Hotels to put on your bucket list! 

☞ I desperately need a new headshot…here’s how to take your own. 

☞ I still love Snapchat (👻 allysontwiggs) but Instagram Stories for business.

☞ I read about two books a week and this book was so good!

☞ I love the Olympics…here’s an awesome google listing of all the events.

Back to the whirlwind…have a great weekend!

PS: No Friday Favorites next week…I’ll be (sadly) moving my son into college.

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 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.

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?

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 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

Friday Favorites 2.5.16

AT.com Blog graphicWow this week flew by for me…busy, busy.  I hope your week was productive and filled with joy. Here are a few things I found this week that made me laugh or think.  Enjoy and Happy Super Bowl 50!

It’s like Uber but…

Ok Fine, I’ll Learn Snapchat

Time to Declutter My Phone Screen

I’ve Got to Get A Mirror Like This

 

 

San Fran is a tough town for trucks!

Photo credit: Kurt Varner

Photo credit: Kurt Varner