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Origami: It’s What I’m Into

Origami

I love paper.

I love it a lot.

I mean, it is almost an obsession.

I figure I can’t keep collecting pretty paper when I really don’t have anywhere to put it. So, I decided to get back into doing something I used to love doing years ago. Origami. I admit, I have crushed a few paper cranes that did not turn out quite the way I wanted them to, but I find the whole process of paper-folding pretty relaxing when I come home from work. It’s a nice way to ease into the evening before spending quality time with may family.

In this video, I share with you a few things I have been folding. It’s what I’m into.

On the Road with SoFabU – Cincinnati

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We don’t have a lot of social media conferences in Cincinnati, so when one comes to town, I know I have to go. I love connecting with my friends and meeting new people from the area. This year, Social Fabric University is hosting events around the country providing Social Fabric and Collective Bias members with online influencer educational opportunities. The events are sponsored by Johnny RocketsMüllerKraft and iBlog and from what I have heard, SoFabU has been great so far! April 25, they will be in Cincinnati at Ahalogy.

One of the speakers, Joe Robb and I spoke on a panel a few years ago. He is the Digital Marketing Director at SparkPeople.com and a dynamic speaker. His keynote will focus on growing blog traffic with less effort. Attendees will walk away with a solid understanding of how to pair analytics data (Google, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook) with common, free publishing tools to grow their audience with data-driven processes. I am looking forward to learning how I can increase my site traffic without increasing the amount of time I dedicate to social media.

Nate Engels will lead attendees on an adventure of creating a custom recipe around a brand’s product and how he tells a story around a recipe that draws readers into his blog post. Nate runs a beautiful food blog called Wannabite. I heard Nate speak last year about how he grew his readership quickly in less than a year. The knowledge he dropped that day was invaluable and I implemented many of his techniques on my own blogs. During The Afternoon Adventures, Nate will show how he takes beautiful photos with and without natural light and manipulates the images to spotlight the food. He will also share how to make so-so photos into WOW!

If one of the Social Fabric University events is coming to your city, consider attending. The best thing about social media is the social aspect of it. Meeting people in person and learning for brand experts is the best way to grow your online presence. If you are in the Cincinnati area, I hope to see you there!

 Disclaimer: I am writing this post in exchange for a discounted conference ticket; however, all opinions are mine and mine alone.

 

Peppermint Green Tea Sugar Scrub

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Finally, I am starting to see signs of Spring and the weather was absolutely amazing today. It was so nice outside, my girls and I decided to make a little something. I received my set of essential oils last week and I knew exactly what we were going to make first. Since it is almost time to break out the cute sandals, that means it is time to get our Winter weary feet and toes in tip top shape.

I have always liked sugar scrubs and after making my own, I don’t think I will ever buy them from the store again. Everything in my scrub came from my kitchen and my version costs a lot less than more expensive brands on the market. I have been making my own hair products for years and I love being able to add sugar scrubs to my beauty products. I love customizing the scents with my essential oils kit and the scrubs make wonderful gifts for my family, friends and co-workers.

In honor of the beautiful weather we are starting to see, I wanted to share my minty sugar scrub with you.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

1/3 C Unrefined Coconut Oil

3-5 drops of food coloring

1 C of Sugar

10 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

½ tsp of Matcha Green Tea

½ tsp of Peppermint Tea Leaves

Mix the coconut oil and food coloring together in a medium sized bowl. Add the sugar, peppermint essential oil, green tea and peppermint tea leaves to the bowl. Stir or mix with your hands until all ingredients are combined. Store in a container with a lid.

To use: Scoop a spoonful into your hands and rub into damp skin. Rinse and enjoy your softer skin.

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Don’t Die in the Winter: Hold on, Spring is Coming

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This Winter has been brutal on so many fronts and this year, I have not enjoyed the season much. There has not been a lot of sunshine and when it does come out, I am stuck in a building in artificial light unable to reap the benefits of natural light on my skin. I will be glad when it warms up and I can get back to walking on a regular basis. There is no substitute for fresh air and the sun shining on your head.

A few years ago, one of my ministers suggested I read a book called Don’t Die in the Winter: Your Season is Coming by Dr. Millicent Hunter. The book has a powerful message that was right on time for me. In a nutshell, the message of the book helps you discern spiritual weather conditions and helps you prepare to deal with them. We have to endure the winter so we can make it to the blessings of Spring.

When I find some of my challenges almost too much to deal with, I am reminded of the message of this book. I see evidence of change coming when I look at the buds on the trees and I smell beginnings of Spring.

If you are going through something, my friend, hold on and don’t give up. Spring is coming.