I have to preface this post with a funny story from the other day.
It’s a Sunday morning. The light is coming in through the window and its a serene morning. I hear my husband in the other room, probably in the kitchen making breakfast already. I pick up my phone and scroll through it. Mitchell comes back to the bedroom and greets me good morning. I lay in bed, enjoying a relaxing slow paced morning. Mitchell goes back to the kitchen and returns, places a white plate on top of the covers just next to me. I look down to see what he brought me and I see THREE POOPS aligned nicely on a hand lettered plate from our wedding reception! In my mind I am thinking “WHAT THE HECK DID HE BRING ME??” and I take a whiff and it SMELLS GOOD! -What is happening?!- He had made muffins in this POOP EMOJI shaped mold! I couldn’t believe how realistic it looked at first! I think it was mainly how the muffins were made… Anyway, I’m not going to get into the details but it was pretty funny! The muffins were delicious even if they were “oddly” shaped!
This is the craziest baking mold! I received this as a gift from my mom for Christmas because she knows I like quirky silly gifts. I want to make brownies in them and put the classic poop emoji facial expression on it so it looks just like the emoji 🙂
This silicone baking mold is a great gag gift for any baker you know- young or old- as long as they appreciate a good poop joke! If you love emojis and mildly inappropriate humor, this is a fun buy! Here is the link to the mold on Amazon, where we got it from! Check it out! Can’t wait to make more inaprops treats 🙂
Pinterest has gained a lot of popularity over the past few years. Women and girls have been pinning ideas about parties and yummy food and Fitspo and ESPECIALLY about their dream wedding. All aspects are pinned meticulously to boards for wedding dresses, engagement rings, bridesmaid dresses, color schemes, table arrangements, floral pieces… the list goes on. I started my Pinterest account when I was a young teen and have found it to be very useful to plan big dances for the youth of my local church and for my outfit ideas. I loved to fantasize about what my wedding dress would look like and how in love I would be on my wedding day. Pin after pin would be posted as I hoped for the future.
Now, I am a married woman of 2 and a half months and I have deleted those boards about weddings. Why? You may ask? Let me tell you. I believe that marriages are meant to last forever. Its not a temporary union. And I decided that I didn’t want to have any regrets about my decision to marry my husband. I don’t want to be longing for a different dress. I don’t want to be wishing that our special day was better. I know it’s not about material things. Our relationship is about us and our support for each other and our love. But I also know that wanting something better can change your view of the past. I don’t want consumerism and THINGS to change or taint how I feel about the day I committed to love my husband forever. I absolutely love my wedding dress. Its totally me and it took some arm twisting to get the dress. I feel like a true princess when I wear it. The rest of the details of our wedding just fell in place. We chose our colors based on the invitations we sent out because we loved the combination. My wonderful aunt and cousin found the perfect bridesmaid dresses a couple days after I officially started looking for them. They were summery and inexpensive and adorable! Our wedding and reception fell into place and I really had minimal help from Pinterest, a lot less than I thought I would have. So that leads me to my decision now. I deleted my Pinterest boards about wedding dresses, rings, bridesmaids, table settings, and color schemes. I decided to stop fantasizing now about what could have been on that wonderful day and I decided to bask in the glory of our holy union and what actually happened because it was the best thing I have ever done. Our day was perfect just as it happened! I won’t have any doubts or wishes for something different. I am grateful for our wedding day, I am grateful for my husband, grateful for my family that made it possible, grateful for our happiness together now. I don’t want anyone or anything to take that away from us.
Thank you SpiceRack Photography for such beautiful wedding photos!
SOCIAL MEDIA IS EVERYTHING. How else do you expect to be found and to grow? I think it is absolutely vital to have social media connections from your products site to your social media. If people find your site and want to see more they will got o your social media. If someone finds you on social media they may go to your site if they are really interested in what you have to offer. Websites are found through social media and through your network of friends. I rarely come across a random AWESOME site or product on my own, its usually through those I know and follow personally and online. To get your site’s social media off the ground, first you have to find out who is looking for your product or service. Who is in the market to buy? Now where do they go online? Is it Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, blogs, Pinterest, etc. Now what are they looking for and what do they like or not like, what are the demographics? This is important info to find if you want to be able to target your dream customer. You have to know them first!
Some important tools for finding out these things
Google Trends- who is searching what at what time of year/week/day/hour and where are they at?
Google Analytics form your website-this has tons of information for you to get to know your users.
Search out the competition- what are they doing right and wrong? How can YOU do better? Then go make it happen
Other tips for creating Social Media content: If you want to get a greater following you have to be posting at least once every 2 days, once a day ideally. It also takes about a year to create a substantial amount of content for your site and to get going. You have to be dedicated to putting that work in. Always use action words in descriptions and ads, it invites potential customers to take action and to come and see what you are talking about. -Buy, Purchase, Subscribe, Share, Shop Now… etc.
These are all things to consider when starting out in social media marketing. Good luck to you and I!