- By Jennifer Keller
- February 24, 2017
What I love about Instagram is that it brings out the creative side of brands as they design and share evocative images about their business or product in order to gain followers. For me, it is so much more appealing to see pictures of how to use the products in everyday life or beautifully styled lifestyle shots that inspire me to want to create the same look for myself, my kids, or my home. Suddenly the posts seem so much more engaging than what you might see on other platforms – I just love it.
And another bonus of Instagram, running a creative contest is simple. Not only for your customers to participate but for you to set up. And who doesn’t love that?
Here are some fun ideas to get you thinking about contests for your business or brand this spring.
We’re excited to share this post from Laura Dickerson with her thoughts on the must-read books of 2017. Laura spent more than 6 years in marketing, including a long stint at HarperCollins Christian. She now enjoys being a mom to her two-year-old daughter, Lillie Anne and baby sister Reese. She and her family make their home in Brentwood, Tennessee. Check out here book recommendations below!
With little ones running around, free time is a precious commodity in our house, but my goal for this year is to still be sure to carve out a little time to unwind, and there is no better way to relax than to snuggle up on the couch (or in the porch swing when warm weather is back!) with a book. Growing up I loved to read and after spending several years of my career in publishing, surrounded by wonderful books, I have grown to appreciate even more the beauty of getting lost in the pages of a book.
A really great book, whether it is fiction, non-fiction, or inspirational, is one that I will often read through as quickly as possible because I just can’t wait to find out the end, and then, wish I had read slower because it’s over. But the great part about that is then I am ready for the next one on my list. So…here we go, my top books for 2017 (though I’m sure there are some awesome ones coming that I have yet to hear about that will be added!):
With the end of winter quickly drawing near, it’s tempting to shift our focus to thoughts of trips to the beach, longer days and all the new, spring fashions. I would like to invite you, however, to savor the remaining month of winter. To help, I’m sharing two new healthy favorites that I gleaned from my Whole30 journey(s). The best part about these two recipes is that they are easy, healthy and delicious. Hopefully, you will give them a try, and perhaps they will help you linger in winter mode a bit longer.
There are so many thoughts expressed every day on the web, TV, podcasts, and in the news about the challenges, the pros, the cons, the benefits, and the drawbacks of being a working mom vs. a full-time, dedicated to your little one, stay-at-home mom. Emotions run super high supporting both viewpoints.
I just finished this book, Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte. It was chock full of thought-provoking discussions about motherhood and the challenges of being a mom in today’s culture. Likely, it’s due to my season of life as a mom of a two-year-old with one on the way, but I feel like I’m forever tripping over the thoughts and opinions of others about the “right way” to do things.
Thanks for the talented Emily Pardy for today’s blog post! Emily is a counselor and founder of Ready Nest Counseling in Nashville, TN. Ready Nest Counseling helps couples prepare for parenthood by caring for their relational wellness as they transition through conception, pregnancy, post-partum, and infertility. Emily has written for multiple parenting publications including Thriving Family magazine and ParentLife magazine. She has her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from Lipscomb University and is the author of For All Maternity, a humorous memoir of her own journey into motherhood. Emily resides in Nashville, TN with her husband and three rambunctious daughters.
Welcoming a new baby adds a lot of things to a relationship. Love, joy, and more patience than you ever knew you had inside you, all come with bringing a newborn into your home. All of a sudden you have a tangible representation of your love for one another staring back at your face, requiring constant attention. The sweet smell of a new baby can fill you with all kinds of wonderful feelings, but no matter how hard you try to juggle life, work, and relationships, there is one thing that precious bundle of joy can’t create for your marriage: Romance.
While it took love to bring your baby into the world, it’s ironic now that your baby seems to hold the power to extinguish that same spark. No one ever has a baby to “spice up” their love life, that’s for sure. Nothing can kill the momentum of arousal quite like a cry of an infant in need. Parents are built with the intuition to drop everything and rescue their baby, so it’s only natural to push your relationship to the back burner again and again as your newborn takes priority.
Writing is weird. As a recovering English major, I’m still trying to discover how it fits into my life. I graduated college with an iPhone note full of ideas for future screenplays, novels, and short stories, and eagerly told anyone who asked that my post-grad plans consisted of one thing: writing!
And then I got my first job.
I landed a gig as a writer with what I refer to now as a “content sweatshop.” Instead of turning in papers to kind professors, I was writing mindless copy for picky clients. Instead of researching the impact of the industrial revolution on William Blake’s poetry, I was researching—rather frantically—the difference between a Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy so I could write ten blogs for a bankruptcy lawyer by noon. The rigorous demand for content at work quickly left me with zero bandwidth to pursue any of my own writing in my free time, and I quickly became bitter towards the practice in general.