Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – all great social media platforms that have gained huge popularity over the past few years. However, what’s coming next? What do you see as the next generation of social media? Tune in for this micro-podcast where I share my predictions and want to hear your thoughts as well. Chime in!
Someone once said that her two favorite things were hanging out with friends, and chips and dip. We have to agree!
Crab dip is great but what about this shrimp scampi dip? Or some crispy sweet potato chips with an avocado Lime Sriracha Dip
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This avocado Greek ranch dip is perfect with multi grain crackers or crudite.
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While you can certainly head to your local supermarket to pick up a bag of Lays or Tostitos why not try making your own tortilla chips? It’s easy. And, once you get the hang of that, give salt and vinegar zucchinni chips a whirl. Or, how about salami chips, paired with a white bean dip.
Who says dips can’t be dessert? Chocolate chip cannoli dip, anyone?
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Whether you stick to the old standby onion soup packet with sour cream or you prefer to heat things up with this 5 minute cilantro jalapeno sauce, gather round all your besties and get snacking!
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Easter gatherings don’t have to drain your energy reserves (or your pocketbook). Elegance can be easy, or elaborate, depending on what YOU want to do.
A simple tulip, atop a cloth napkin, wrapped in a pink ribbon makes a striking (yet effortless) impression for your table setting.
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Looking for some goodies to fill those baskets that won’t raise everyone’s blood sugar to unspeakable levels? Try filling plastic eggs with money instead of candy. This bouquet will satisfy your tweens/teens and do double duty as a centerpiece.
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Of course, if you want to go all out, we’ve pinned some more elaborate decorations and snack ideas, like these tomato tulips, for you to attempt too.
Easter is Sunday, March 27 this year.
I recently been trying a new app that just launched called Anchor. The concept is simple – a user can post a two minute audio message and other users can reply in a minute-long response using audio as well. We’ve seen so many platforms focused on text and video, it’s refreshing to see someone focusing on audio. Consider this a radio/podcasting platform in a micro format – approachable, yet engaging. But why does this matter for your events brand? Here are a few reasons I think you should be using the platform.
First of all, audio is something that has been forgotten in the past years as video and text have become so popular. That being said, audio is a great way to connect with your audience. For any events brands looking to create a higher engagement with their attendees, especially in between events, this is a great platform to add a more personal touch. Not only are you able to let your attendees hear your voice, you can hear theirs too. The engagement is great!
This platform literally launched just a few weeks ago and has been gaining popularity very rapidly. Social media influencers like Gary Vaynerchuk are already on the platform and I think it bodes well for their future. That being said, there aren’t millions of users on the platform yet, at least that I know of, so it’s a lot easier to make a connection and be a leader. One of the reasons that Liz King Events has been so successful on Twitter is because we were involved in the app in the early days, making connections and being seen as a leader on a new platform. This is your chance to have a similar experience on Anchor.
Social Media Evolution
Many of us, myself included are overwhelmed with trying to keep up with the new social media platforms and the ways that our users and attendees like to engage with brands. I always say that the best way to stay on top of things is to try them early on. In order for you to understand what platforms will succeed and what will fall to the wayside, you need to have an understanding of what it’s like to use them as a user itself. Don’t wait until the next big social network has millions of users and is already popular – that’s too late for you to “figure it out.” Instead, jump on new platforms as they launch so that you can experience them firsthand and grow with them. It’s a lot to keep up with, but it’s a lot harder to catch up then it is to lead the wave.
Let me know what you think of Anchor. I’d love to see some of you interacting on that platform and make connections with all of you there. We’ll be posting some of our Anchor waves here on the blog as well in the coming week so stay tuned and engage with us!
Why *are* the Irish so lucky? Well, there’s the gift of gab, for one. Then, there are all of those four leaf clovers just waiting to be found and wished upon. And, of course, there’s that rascally leprechaun who might just lead you to a pot of gold, if you follow the rainbow all the way to the end.
Got kids? Make it a day of St. Patrick’s themed food, starting with shamrock shaped pancakes (green, of course) for breakfast.
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Chase a rainbow of fruit for lunch, and round out the day with some spinach tortellini or hand held shepherd’s pies.
Just for adults? St. Patrick’s day celebration wouldn’t be complete without an adult beverage (or two…) so if a pint of Guiness doesn’t suit you, try a Boozy Shamrock Shake instead.
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Oddly enough, the expression “luck of the Irish’ didn’t always have a positive connotation. During the gold and silver rush years in the second half of the 19th century, many of the most famous and successful miners were of Irish and Irish American birth and naysayers coined the term to mean that only through luck, as opposed to brains, were these miners succeeding. Luckily (!) we’ve got a board filled with ideas to make your St. Patrick’s day rich with delights.
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Monday, March 7, 2016 at 3:00pm ET
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National Pi Day comes but once a year and we must celebrate! How, you ask, does one celebrate Pi Day?
First of all, you must walk in circles. No, really. π is a Greek letter that signifies the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter (approximately 3.14). So, people often celebrate by drawing chalk circles and then walking the circumference and then the diameter, to calculate the radius. Try it. We bet you’ll find it fun!
When you start to get dizzy, gather some friends and settle down to watch some movies about math. There are some obvious ones like A Beautiful Mind and Good Will Hunting, but this list can introduce you to some you may not be quite as familiar with.
And of course, there must be pie. Mini pies are a clever way to provide a wide variety of cute, and easy to eat options for your guests while they watch the math movies and mingle.
And, what’s really great about pie is that it can be a breakfast (Greek Yogurt Fruit Tart),
a lunch (Vegetable Ricotta Pie),
a dinner (Beef Pot Pie),
or a dessert (Bourbon Apple Pie)!
So, who are you wearing?
When you’re walking the red carpet, the person who designed your gown merits a shout out. When you’re hosting an Oscar themed party, you’ll be the one your guests thank – for all of the great decorations, snacks and entertainment. How do you make this event worthy of a standing ovation?
Keep your guests entertained with game like Name that Famous Character. Once the presenters take the stage, hand out Oscar bingo. You know, every time a winner cries (or someone who isn’t J.Law trips)… Create your own version of Madlibs as your guests fill in the blanks to create an outrageous acceptance speech that will be as quoteworthy as Sally Field’s “you really like me!”
And, then, there’s the food. The nominees in the Best Drinks category are…
Champagne. It wouldn’t be the Oscars without champagne, and it’s easy enough to drop a couple of raspberries or strawberries into your flute but why not add a little sparkle with these champagne chantilly shooters?
Or, get a little glamorous with this Red Carpet Glamour Cocktail that was served at the Governor’s Ball.
Or, depart from tradition with a special martini like this one with apple juice, buttershots and a splash of Gloldschlager.
In the category of Best Appetizers…
It’s a tie (a bow tie!) between tuxedo strawberries or tuxedo cheese on crackers.
And, finally… the award we’ve all been waiting for… Best Main Dish!
Put on your thinking caps and get punny, creating a menu based on all of the nominated films. Perhaps some Irish Pasta with Sauce and Cabbage in honor of Brooklyn. Or, a Bridge of (S)pies?
The show may be over but we can’t forget to thank our Award winning desserts – How about oreos painted with edible gold spray?
So pop some popcorn, break out the champagne and roll out the red carpet. Let the viewing begin!
For a complete list of this year’s nominees click here http://oscar.go.com/news/nominations/oscar-nominations-2016-the-complete-list-of-nominees
Yoga. It’s great for the body, and for the mind. And the beauty of yoga is that anyone can do it. It’s not about being good at something; it’s about being good to yourself.
There’s truly very little equipment needed to practice yoga, but a mat and a towel are a good place to start. Or, maybe a towel that attaches to your mat like the ones by NamaSTAY. These towels hug your mat so that when you are practicing Power Vinyasa (hot) Yoga, your towel stays flat, freeing your mind from distractions like bunched up towels and allowing you to concentrate on your scorpion pose.
Some people prefer to do their practice in the privacy of their own home, and on their own time table. Luckily, there are plenty of yoga apps out there like Pocket Yoga and Yoga Studio – that will give you ideas on how to get started and keep going. Yogify gives you 35 sessions for free before giving you the option to choose from a collection of five class programs ranging in difficulty from level 1-3.
And, websites like doyogawithme.com offer hundreds of FREE videos with a variety of instructors, from beginner to advanced and everything in between. Good karma all around, as they say!
Can’t make it to yoga class? Let yoga class come to you. www.WorkFromOm.com teaches yoga and meditation within the context of a professional environment.
But, until your company sees the light, try a little Office Yoga.
These pants by Betabrand are workwear that doubles as workout wear. They let you carry the comfort of your yoga pants from the studio to your office and back. You might just feel compelled to close your door and do a few sun salutions!
So whether you’re starting out in child’s pose or you’re practicing inversions, blogs like Daily Cup of Yoga will keep you inspired as you embark on your journey to a stronger you. Namaste.