Mar 122016
 

In case I haven’t mentioned it enough, I’m on Snapchat and I LOVE Snapchat. 

It’s easily the social media platform I spend the most down time with and I’ve been loving getting to know the ins and outs over the past couple of years. 

As Snapchat gains popularity, I’ve had a handful of friends request a list of my favorite folks to follow. After taking screenshots of SnapCodes to send as a reply to just that question, I thought sharing them with here was a fun idea, too!  That way any of you who are on “the Snap” can find some fun folks to follow, too.

First things first – if you don’t already know how to add someone by SnapCode, I made a super quick video to show you how. Check it:

Here! You can practice by adding me via my SnapCode first Winking smile 

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And here are the SnapCodes of 16 SnapChat Storytellers I’ve been recommending a lot lately.  In an effort to continue on the “super quick resources” train, I’ve included three types of shares you might find on each Snapchatters stories.

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the_rewm – behind the scenes at the BuzzFeed office, puppy puns, and inspiration for your inner DIY goddess

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wtfrankie* – NYC day and night life, what life is like working in social media, and overall consistently interesting and creative content

trainer paige

trainerpaige – stunning Colorado views, healthy choice inspiration, and fitness techniques and tips

ashleigh

cheapash* – simple weeknight dinners including “make it better” hacks, usable money saving advice, and DIY cocktail hour inspiration 

brandenharvey

brandenharvey – motivation for a happy day, mouthwatering donuts, and buckets-o-smiles

jess merchant

howsweeteats – gorgeous food spreads, glittery things, and one too-adorable for words toddler named Max

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mattaphoto – suggestions for upping your photography game, total prop lust, and DITL of a professional food photographer

cassie

backtoherroots – food prep inspiration, cute-as-a-button toddler shares, and practical advice for your home and garden

joythebaker

joythebaker – Tron the super cat, travel adventures, and behind the scenes of Drake on Cake

kandeejohnson

kandeejohnson – make-up and beauty favs, life as a YouTube star, and a lot of contagious positive energy

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juliepbfingers – a-frickin-dorable baby and pup, style inspiration for your OOTD, and behind the scenes of life as an internet influencer

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thatwifejenna* – gorgeously honest vlogging regarding ridiculously relatable topics, her journey in the world of coding, and lots of content which will make you lust for a California life

erin weaver

eweave03 – inside the Men’s Health offices, life with a freelance #SideHustle, and healthy dinner inspiration

denise

chezuseats – advice on food photography and videography, delicious dishes which will get you cooking, and tips to help you in your own kitchen

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oldkelsnotchels – Life as an YA author, teacher stories a la “kids say the darndest things” and relevant to your life jokes which will make you LLOL 

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tshutterbean – uber-cute content by her young son Cooper, flatlays of recipe shots that will have your mouth watering, and organization inspiration to make your life happier

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*The list above is in absolutely no order…but I will say that WTFrankie, ThatWifeJenna and Ashleigh from Dash of Evans are my Top 3.  I recommend them to everyone who asks me who to follow.  [BONUS RECOMMENDATION: WTFrankie is also the host of “WWW.” on the Shorty Awards Snap story each Wednesday – highly recommend!]

Oh! And if you are interested in SnapChat and want to know more about it in any way, this is a great post from Buffer that really covers the basics and beyond. Getting to Know the Ghost: The Complete Guide to Snapchat Snapchat updates on the regular with new filters and fun options and [sometimes annoying until you get used to them] display things like the recent text update, but this is a great place to get started or find out something you didn’t already know about The Snap.

Are you on SnapChat? Who are your favorite Storytellers to follow?

Feb 012016
 

These are the steps of Procrastination Heather turning into Productivity Heather:

1. Suddenly feel all the inspiration to do all the creative things.  Write some words. Draw some lines. Dance like no one is watching.

2. Snapchat. Tweet. Instagram. Scope. Etc.*

3. Realize what time it is. !!!!!!

4. Pretend to self that “pulling a college-Heather” and staying up late is not a problem at all.

5. More time on social.

6. Make potential convincing arguments to self about the following day’s schedule, including wake-up time and caffeine-intake.

7. Bargain with self while reviewing to do list about which tasks can be done while “watching” something on “TV”. [have something streaming on a second monitor in the background]

8. May as well start the caffeine-intake. Lightly.

9. Or an adult beverage? COIN TOSS!

10. One last social update and catch-up.

11. Ready? Set? GO, GO, GADGET PRODUCTIVITY POWERS!

 

 

*I’m @thenheathersaid anywhere you’ll look. other than the book.

A Few December Updates

 Posted by at 1:00 pm  Ramblings
Dec 202015
 

Here’s what has been going on over at THS HQ and beyond this month.

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IRONY: The “most wonderful time of the year” and “happiest season of all” seems to be that which I often struggle through the most. I haven’t been in the deepest of dark places, but I have been keeping to myself more lately and have to give myself a major pep-talk when it comes time to do things that take place outside of THS HQ. You can tell this by the state of my Instagram feed.

But, even when my mind resists, I have been putting on pants and leaving the house and forcing myself to do things and fighting off the Winter blues with the tools I’ve collected in my arsenal over the years. This is progress and progress is good.

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I’ve been decluttering bit by bit since summer, which included majorly whittling down my book collection.  I sold some to a used book store, donated several hundred, and gave some to friends I truly thought would enjoy them.  I also found a plethora of Heather memorabilia while flipping through pages before handing over the books, including this “Do Not Leaving With Out!” list from Danielle’s wedding which I thought was too funny not to share. 

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I’ve also been reflecting on CONNECT; my 2015 “word of the year.”  There was A LOT of connection this year, especially in-terms of with my work pals. [More on that when I share my 2016 word choice at the start of the year.]

Speaking of work pals, I hosted a “The Price is Right” themed game session during our office holiday party which went swimmingly, followed by an after party at a townie bar in our little village where I became the Dutchess on Yelp.  [Life goal met. Winking smile ] There was pool playing and juke box tunes and general merriment. 

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At the beginning of the month I fulfilled my #THSFilltheFreezer mission.  It all started with Potato Turkey Corn Chowder, which I cooked up the week prior with Turkey Day leftovers.  

The intent was to make things incredibly simple for myself during the season I often don’t feel I have the energy or desire to spend time preparing food. I really love how easy the past few weeks of cooking have been thanks to my stock of goods.  Here’s a rough overview of what’s crammed in our little freezer at THS HQ [I may have deep freeze envy]:

  • That Potato Turkey Corn Chowder, mentioned above, in both dinner for two and lunch for one packs.
  • “defrost overnight, then pour in the crockpot the next morning” bags by the plenty [8 different flavors/types!]
  • #breakfastatmydesk options: DIY hot pockets, burritos, bagel-thin-wiches, and Baked Breakfast Taquitos for the Freezer
  • ready to heat and eat taco meat
  • ready to heat and eat pasta sauce with sausage and meatballs
  • DIY Frozen Pizzas in four flavors [< following this method from Back to Her Roots]
  • it should also be noted we made one of our twice-a-year trips to Trader Joes, so our freezer is also well stocked with many of our favorite TJ’s frozen items, especially the frozen grains and Brinner options, which are total convenience items we love to splurge on every so often.

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When it comes #make1healthydecision’ing, I’ve been setting goals to the tune of “This Week I Will” the past several weeks and really like the familiarity of mega-short term healthy intention setting. There has been Christmas tree lit yoga and an aim to eat real meals and not only snacks and treats.  I think I’m going to bring back the weekly This Week I Will postings on THS to help keep me accountable on my quest to make one healthy decision at a time and live the best life I can. 

What have you been up to this December?