This post brought to you by Brita. All opinions are 100% mine.
As G + I prepare to move to our next home in our new city, I got to thinking how much we’ve learned living on our own in the “real world” this past year. It’s been extremely crazy and I wouldn’t have traded it for anything, but there were a few items I felt lucky to have during this time + I wanted to share those items with you all today!
My Brita is an item I recommend to all of my friends + family! In most apartments, you have a pretty basic fridge, therefore, no water dispenser. My Brita kept my water purified + ready for drinking. It’s available at Target for a really decent price too. A score when you’re trying to save money for rent!
I loved hanging-up prints on the wall in our bedroom to help make it feel like it was “ours”– The Nectar Collective on Etsy has tons of cute prints, including this gem!
Light!! I was shocked that our fan didn’t have a place for light bulbs, so this floor lamp in our living room was essential.
Spices, spices, spices. Buy them + use them often! We seasoned everything + on week’s that you live off of chicken breast salads (or is that just us?) you can make it feel like a new meal every night with just a few pinches of one of these.
Rugs are another great way to make your new place feel like home. This one is affordable + super chic.
Hangers are just something I never thought to buy and that Mom always had tons of extras of just hanging around (no pun intended) in the laundry room. When I lived on my own, I was in shock of how many extras I had to buy!
A Smart TV was one of our best decisions. We skip on cable so we practically live off of our Netflix subscribtion + YouTube– a Smart TV let’s you stream both of those + more at the ease of just your remote control. A major score!
This week has been a bit crazy. G and I are packing-up for a move to a new city, I started school again, I’m working full-time + I also am putting together the Kayli Wanders Holiday Gift Guide, so I’m constantly answering emails and coordinating different packages. It’s great, but hectic!
Today, we’re headed out to one of our favorite locations in Arizona, Sedona, to hike Devil’s Bridge + kayak on the Verde River! I’m super pumped + can’t wait to get back into nature, relax a bit + spend some quality time with G before school really takes over.
PS: If you are a small business or know of an amazing one, either a) let me know in the comments or b) jet me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! We’re on the hunt until October 1st
If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you know that G and I are gearing-up for a move. It’s definitely extremely stressful, but here are a few products that have made it a bit easier on us + that we wish we would have known to get before hand! (And no, not the boxes…we did think of those prior to the hustle + bustle )
Get boxes of all different sizes to assure that you have a way to pack everything.
Tip: Instead of spending tons of money at a local moving supply store, go to Walmart during their stocking hours– either really late at night (12am) or early morning (4am) + pick-up boxes free of charge.
2 • Newspaper
Newspaper is great to wrap fragile items in to assure they don’t break during the move.
Some items to wrap include: Plates + bowls, vases, fragile cups, mirrors and glass candles.
Tip: If you don’t subscribe to your local newspaper, ask friends or family to start collecting theirs a couple of weeks before you start to pack to assure you’re stocked + ready-to-go when the time comes!
3 • A Permanent Marker
Label, label, label!
Not labeling is the kiss of death with moving– it’ll get tiring if you’re constantly moving from room to room to unpack items.
Garbage bags are another genius moving item because they provide another way to store things that don’t traditionally fit in boxes! Just make sure the non-breakables go in here.
Tip: Keep your clothes on the hanger + place them (hanger sticking out) in the garbage bag. Easy to transport + all you have to do when you get to your new closet is place the hangers on the rack, and pull the garbage bag off! Easy. As. Pie.
7 • Packing Tape
Buy it. Use it.
8 • Rubber Bands
Rubber bands are great for bundling things together that you don’t want separated during the move.
What do you make sure to have on hand while moving?
Hi, everyone! Ever since I made it known that I’m a social media manager + consultant, I’ve been getting a lot of questions revolving around the social media world + how to best utilize the various platforms (ya know, Facebook, Twitter, Insta, Google+, etc.) Since I want to make all of your social media presences shine like they deserve, here’s a list of 10 All-Star Social Media Tips and Tricks that anyone can implement starting today!
Still want to take your social media or web presence (monetization, marketing, collaborating, etc.) to the next level? I’m giving out $60 Power Hours to the first 5 people that email: email@example.com
Wanting to give your audience value should be a no brainer.
I’ve heard so many people in my industry say, “Never give out your best or most secret tips!” or “Don’t shell out the best advice you have for less than (insert insanely high dollar amount, here)!” but the truth is, if you show your audience your best work or most valued information, they’ll come running to you for more, and this time with dollars in their hands.
Want to apply this in your industry? Shout-out cooking tips on Facebook, ask every new follower on Twitter if you can assist them in a blog related question, whatever your niche is, think about what people want from you and how you can give it to them.
2. Keep Your Social Media Profile Photos the Same
Have you ever been to a networking event or have seen a mutual friend at a dinner party and thought, “I totally know them from Facebook already! If only I could remember their name…?” This is because you recognize them by their appearance.
In other words, if your Facebook profile photo is of you with blonde hair + your Corgi and your Twitter photo is of you pre-dyejob with big sunglasses on (and really, you shouldn’t have sunglasses on in a profile photo anyway– let your audience see you, girlfriend!) nobody will know who the heck you are.
3. Pin A Tweet
This is something I almost always bring up to my web critiquees during our sessions and is so important! Recently, Twitter started allowing users to “pin” tweets– this means, that whatever tweet is “pinned” is the first one that people see when they visit your profile + appears right at the very tippity-top! What a great tool, right?!
Unfortunately, not a lot of people know about this one yet or just go pinning a tweet willy-nilly.
My tip for you? Pin something profitable.
That doesn’t mean it has to be a direct link to your sales page or a photo displaying your latest discount code (although a well-branded one may work wonders!) But it does mean that it either, a) develops others view as you as an expert in your field or b) Does in fact, lead to a direct offering for your audience.
I’m not going to sit here and preach that 6am is the best time to send out a Facebook post or 8pm is the best time to upload your latest video to YouTube, but I will say is that there is a way of finding out.
It’s different for everybody + I encourage you to do some digging + discover what posting times work best for your social platforms. If you go in to your Facebook they have this clear as day. (Insights > Posts) and in Hootsuite you can even click a box when scheduling that says, “Send at Optimal Time.”
For those of you that run social media pages for clients or really want to dive further into your own social media insights, I highly recommend Sprout Social.
5. Listen To Your Audience
If you’re posting a video update of your week on Facebook at a time when your reach is the same as when you’re posting a quote, and getting wayyy more interaction on the quote, take that as a hint. Your followers like the quotes.
Keep ‘em + maybe ditch the vid or start posting them less often.
6. Ask Questions
Your audience loves to know that you genuinely care + want to hear from them! Ask questions regularly + make sure you reply! It’s all about an authentic connection.
This is one of the main takeaways I got from social media expert, Gary Vaynerchuk’s, latest book, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook:How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social Worldand I preach his point to the choir with every client I work with: The status you post on Facebook, should be altered for Twitter and the same tweet you send on Twitter should be altered for Tumblr, so on + so forth.
Think about the strengths of each platform before posting.
8. Tweet Images
Tweeting out images increases RT’s (and therefore, more exposure for you!) by 150%. Enough said.
9. Start a Facebook Group
Although people may be starting to shy away from Facebook as a social platform, they shouldn’t be yet! Facebook groups are a great way to stay connected with others in your industry, gain support + ask questions that your friends and family may not know the answer to!
This post was originally written for my business blog, The Passion Punch
Believe it or not, your blog can be the best thing to have ever happened to your business.
Not only is your blog a way to show your expertise in what you’re offering (graphic design! Flamenco dancing YouTube videos! pastry making!), it’s a way to humanize yourself, create a more cohesive brand image and create genuine connections with people like you. And yes, folks. That includes connecting with potential clients.
What most people don’t get though, is that no matter how much you blog, no matter how incredible your content is and no matter how much money you spent on that perfect stock-image, people will not come back if you don’t create a community.
Here are 5 Tried + True Ways To Create a Community on Your Blog:
1. RESPOND TO COMMENTS:
It’s a great sign if people are beginning to comment on your posts.
They see value! You’ve been humanized! They want to chat-it-up!
Want to know one itty-bitty thing that can ruin it all? If you’re not chatting back. People want a platform for conversation, they want to know that you’re listening and most importantly, they want to start a dialogue. Make a point of responding to comments– even a simple “Thanks so much for stopping by! It means so much,” can go a lonnnng way.
2. GIVE YOUR READERS SOMETHING OF VALUE:
Do not, I repeat, do not use your blog as a platform to promote your services or products non-stop. Sure, feel free to mention a special offer or something of the sort if it genuinely fits with the content you’re providing, but if you:
A) Have a whole post dedicated to what’s on your services/shop page (Uh, isn’t that the point of a services/shop page?)
B) Go from talking about how to create a hover “Pin It” button to an e-course you have on dog training within’ the same paragraph
C) Give your readers a sob story about how you can barely make rent this month, therefore they have to buy your latest ebook in the Kindle shop
You’re doing it wrong.
Give your readers something they can take back with them and use in the future, or even better, apply to their business or life, right away! They’ll be back to soak-up some of your chocolate-covered content (and maybe even a service or two!) in the future.
3. KNOW YOUR TARGET MARKET:
If you want to give your readers something they can use, you have to know your reader.
Their likes, their dislikes, the questions that keep them up at night, their age, where they are in their business, if they prefer cupcakes or spinach. (PS: I hope it’s cupcakes, or at least a tie)
These are the factors that will determine what you write.
4. HAVE A QUESTION AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR POST:
Having a question at the bottom of your post encourages your reader to comment and further the dialogue between not only the two of you, but other readers as well. Comment systems such as Disqus do a fabulous job of making it easy to engage.
5. MAKING SHARING EFFORTLESS:
People sharing your content will help your community grow + allow your readers to share something of value (your blog post!) with their followers.
One last tip? Sharing your blog posts to social media platforms should be easy as pie for your reader. If you use WordPress, plug-ins such as ShareThis + Easy Social Share Buttons are both excellent options.
What’s one thing you could start doing right now to make your posts more community-centric? Respond in the comments!
If I’ve learned anything from working for myself the past few months, its been that in order to work to my full potential I need to take the time to relax because the best ideas usually come to me when I’m out doing what I love to do– not trying to brainstorm ideas for 8 hours straight listening to my brain fry.
Here are some of my favorite ways to relax– What are yours?
If you guys are new to the Kayli Wanders rodeo, you may not know that I fell in-love with yoga this year. I’m not one of those ya-ya raindancey types, so I mean this in the most sane way possible: yoga has done more than physically alleviate my pains (I’m 20 going on 80 with my back pains, you guys). It helps relieve my stress, center my inner voice + remember all of the good that my life holds.
I’m not going to lie though, sometimes it can be hard to get in the groove– your neck is sore from sleeping wonky the night before, your mind is all over the place with your over-extended todo list and the last thing you want to hear is your instructor correct your downward facing dog one more time.
Alas, on the days I force myself to go, I leave feeling like I can take on the world, ready for a good nights rest and thankful for all that I have– and all that my body is able to do.
Here are 10 Tips to help better your yoga practice and get into your groove a little bit quicker.
1. Disconnect a hour before class
Ditching the phone/iPad/computer will help your body recognize it’s time to calm down + help you forget some of the troubles that the day may have caused and unnecessary stress that may come from being connected online. You won’t be able to dwell on that awful Facebook picture your friend tagged you in if you never saw it!
Stretching will help your body limber-up and physically prepare you for the class ahead. Even 10 minutes does the body good and you may be hurting a whole lot more during Warrior 3 if you don’t.
3. Set an intention
Setting an intention for the class will help you stay focused and let go of the negative thoughts you may have stuck on the brain. Take 5 minutes before you practice to write down your intention– what it is, why you chose it + the good it will bring into your life. If setting an intention isn’t your thing, make a gratitude list! Then, focus on the elements you wrote down during class.
4. Stay hydrated– but don’t gulp the water down
Drink a tall glass of water one-hour before your practice. You want to stay hydrated for any form of exercise and yoga is no different! Don’t drink too much, however, or you may find yourself cramping-up.
5. Listen to calming music
I like to play some calming music on the drive to my yoga studio. It helps me calm down and start to get relaxed for my upcoming practice. Rap and KissFM can wait until after!
6. Remember that you’re a student of the Universe
Remember that you are always learning and no one– not even your instructor who can get into Scorpion pose in, like, one-second — is done being taught. The sooner you accept this, the sooner you’ll find yourself open to the instructor’s corrections and the sooner you’ll find yourself having better practices. You might even get into a headstand one day! (A girl can dream, right?)
7. Use mat cleaner
Yep. It will literally stink when you finally get to sink into Savasana and realize that the nasty smell that’s been bothering you throughout class is your mat. You can buy a cleanser here for cheap or make your own! Side note: This especially applies to those of you that practice Bikram! Don’t be that guy.
8. Eat a protein bar
There’s seriously nothing worse than getting side-glances in class because your stomach is being Mr. Grumbly. Don’t fill-up on a whole meal before class, but having a protein bar will help sustain any hunger and also give you an extra blast of energy.
9. Bring a friend
Bringing a friend with you can help motivate you to do your best + having an accountability partner to-go every week (or day or weekend or…) is even better. The best part? You have a built-in partner to grab wine a juice with you after!
10. Do deep breathing
Pausing to take some deep breaths throughout the day will help you find your center and prepare you for the class to come.
Do you have any tips for bettering your yoga practice?
Hi, everyone + hope you had an absolutely amazing week! This past week for me had a ton of craziness but I’m so excited because I get to go to Wisconsin this week! The best part? I get to bring G back with me to meet the rest of my crazy fam, take in some farmland and (of course) partake in some craft beer + cheese curds. Because, duh. It’s Wisconsin.
There were a lot of gems I found this week so let’s get started!
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Welcome toKayli Wanders! I'm Kayli- a 20-something living in Phoenix and exploring the world whenever I get the chance. I love tea, pink sunsets and hiking in my state of Arizona. I want to encourage people to live their dreams and wander wherever their curiosity leads them.