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Monday, February 29, 2016

Culinary Delights Giveaway! Blogger Opp! Lucky Winner Will Win $176 in Culinary Products!

Blogger Opp ~ Culinary Delights Giveaway!1 Lucky Winner Will Win $176 in Culinary Products!

culinarydelights222Deliciously Savvy is Hosting a Giveaway for all Things Culinary! 1 Lucky Winner will receive $176 worth of Items to assist you in your Culinary Adventures! Culinary Corner is providing a Silicone Baking Mat, a 3 Piece Silicone Spatula set and a 2 Piece Silicone Round Ice Mold Set. Then... Two Rivers Coffee is offering a 40 count box of Keurig KCups from Java Factory. Then.... Lori's Salted Caramel Syrup is providing 2 eight ounce bottles of her delicious Salted Caramel Syrup made in Oregon...PLUS Dish Dish is providing a Digital Recipe Service valued at $50 for 50 recipes PLUS a Bamboo Cutting board! #Free & #Paid Options Available! Sign Up Today!

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1 Lucky Winner Will Win all of the prizes listed above! You can create amazing recipes and have fabulous and meaningful memories with your family at the same time! ($176 RV!)

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Stay Motivated and Excited to Lose Weight With These Fitness Apps



Are you still sticking to your fitness resolutions?! Are you bored with your fitness routine?! Looking for some fitness apps to help you stay motivated and excited?!  I'm always looking for new ways to get my fitness on.  So, I found 2 apps that should be of interest to you. 

First is Slimkicker.  One of the creators of Slimkicker contacted me and asked me to take a look at their fitness app.  She explained the concept to me.  It's a fitness app where you could not only log in your fitness progress, but also earn points and badges and be rewarded with healthy products. is a great website/app to help  you stay motivated in your fitness and weight loss journey.  

Every week you are emailed a challenge.  When you complete the challenges or even when you complete a workout you get points or can move up levels. Not only can you join challenges you can create your own.  If you don't want to lose weight on your own there are plenty of groups to join.  You can choose rewards when you reach a new level. My next reward to myself will be a spa/massage. 

You can connect with them on Twitter and like them on Facebook. They are also giving away a $1000 SpaFinder Wellness Giveaway!  You can enter here!  Hurry it ends 3/4/16.

The next website/app is  This is great! It's your own personal trainer. 

Sworkit has random circuit training workouts.  You can choose the type of workout and workout time.  A picture of the exercise pops up on the screen and there is a timer.  There are also yoga workouts too. Great website/app to have with you if you travel a lot.
You can follow them on Twitter. 
You can download the app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play

Disclaimer:  I have not received any monetary compensation for this review.  The views are my own and results may vary. 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Make Yummy Soups and Smoothies Easily

Socially Connected Consulting Review-Cuisinart

My dad received this Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender as a gift. He told me he had no use for it so I took it off his hands. Yes, I know I'm such a good daughter.  Anyway, I was so excited to receive this.  I imagined making all kinds of soups and smoothies with it.

First of all, it's very easy to use and to assemble. The motor body and detachable blending shaft snap together. After use detach the blending shaft. The clean up is a breeze. I basically just rinse it off the blending shaft and wipe off the motor body.  I have made soups and smoothies with the hand blender.  It makes the soups thicker in a matter of seconds. Smoothies blend easily and get super thick. It's a great product and I'm always looking for ways to use it.

My super thick protein smoothie

The blender came with a mixing beaker (pictured above). I make the smoothies right in the beaker. The detachable blending shaft and beaker are both dishwasher safe. The beaker is microwave safe. Also included was an instructional recipe booklet (pictured below).

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I highly recommend the Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender. To find out more about this and other Cuisinart products please visit their website at  You can also follow them on TwitterInstagram and like them on Facebook.

Here's a recipe for Coconut Curry Soup from Pinch of Yum I made recently with the Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender

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Coconut Curry Soup

Please feel free to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and on Instagram!

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this review.  I am under no obligation to provide a positive review.  The opinions are my own and results may vary.

Friday, February 19, 2016

2 of My Favorite IFTTT Recipes

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IFTTT Recipe

Have you been looking for creative ways to connect your social media platforms easily?! IFTTT is a great product to connect social media platforms. Any recipe (combination) you can think of, you can probably do it with IFTTT.  IFTTT recipes take only minutes to create. 

I have a few recipes on IFTTT.  I'm going to tell you about 2 of my favorites that I don't think many people know about.  The first recipe is, if I post a picture on Instagram, then the picture posts to Twitter.  You are probably saying right now, "Yeah, Kelly we know that.  You can already post to Twitter from Instagram." What you may not know is that when you do it with IFTTT, it posts the full picture on Twitter. 

Instead of just a link, you can see the full picture. That is very important if you are trying to grow followers on Twitter.  Your tweets get a lot more attention if it has a picture attached.  Having photos in your posts is one of my 3 tips to having success on Twitter.  You can read the blog post here.

My second favorite IFTTT recipe is, if I schedule a post in Buffer, then it updates in my Google Calendar.  This is great if you have multiple accounts or clients.  Just schedule your posts in Buffer and then you have a record of them in the Google Calendar. 

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The scheduled Buffer posts in my Google Calendar.

I have experimented with other recipes form IFTTT.  Sometimes they didn't work, but these two recipes haven't failed me.  

So there you have it.  My favorite IFTTT recipes.  Do you have any favorite recipes?!  Please share in the comments section below. 

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Stop Avoiding Twitter! How to Increase Engagement and Followers

I have been talking to some small business owners who have told me that Twitter is the one social media platform they avoid.  Some of them don't know if they should be on Twitter or feel they have hit a brick wall trying to gain followers. Can you relate?! Is this you?!

Last week I talked about having success on Twitter and I mentioned two articles.  I pulled from those articles the 3 things I thought were most important in launching your Twitter success. My top 3 were to be consistent, be creative and be present. Let's expand on those 3 things.

Being consistent

Focus on your brand and tweet out consistent material.  Your message to your followers and potential customers should be brand related and sincere.  People can see through the insincerity.  Also be consistent on how often you tweet.  I usually tweet in the morning about trending topics or current events, I might throw a few tweets out in the afternoon and then I'm on Twitter in the evening engaging or live tweeting an event or TV show.

Be Creative

Photos and videos with your tweets.  If you are on Instagram you can create a recipe from IFTTT (If This Then That) that actually posts a picture from Instagram, instead of a link. Photos and images can give you more clicks and retweets. It also helps others see exactly what you are posting on your Instagram account and makes them more likely to follow you there.

Being present is my number one thing to being successful on Twitter.  

You can't expect to tweet a couple of times a day to build a following. My favorite thing about Twitter is that it's fast paced and now.  Your Twitter followers are similar to your email list, you have to nurture them. It's people talking or tweeting live.  I enjoy interacting with people during live tweeting movies or tv shows.

The thing I love about Twitter is that the interaction is immediate.  

It's not like Facebook where interaction is sometimes like pulling teeth.  I sometimes go to Facebook and tap the screen like a mic and say "Is this thing on?"  Interact with your followers and follow people in your field.

I am shocked at the amount of followers I have now. Most of my followers are purely organic, I  follow you, you follow me.  Some of my followers are from me asking folks to follow me when I have a giveaway, but 90% of my followers are purely organic and I try to interact with them as much as possible.  Even if it's just a like on their post.

Recently I have been experimenting with CoPromote

CoPromote is another way to increase followers and your brand.  With CoPromote you can promote someone's post on your Twitter timeline and you can get yours promoted as well.  I tried it out with one of my post and only received four retweets, but I did gain some followers.  I am going to keep trying CoPromote and write a review in a couple of weeks.

These are my most important tips to being successful on Twitter.  They are very basic and not gimmicky. Follow these tips every day and you will definitely feel more comfortable with Twitter.  Soon they will become second nature to you.

What is your biggest struggle with Twitter?! Please feel free to reach out to me on Twitter at @dancingvalentin!  

P.S. I know as a small business owner you don't have a lot of money for social media marketing.  I understand that more than you know.  If you are struggling with social media or don't have the time or even know where to get started, I can help.  Check out my plans on Fiverr.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tired of Your Dull Skin?!

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It's April and soon summer will be here. Are tired of your dull skin?! Right now is the time to get rid of that rough dry winter skin for summer. 

It seems there are many anti-aging products on the market today promising to make you look younger.  Some of them deliver on their promises and some don't. Ageless Body System is the needle-free way to make fine lines and wrinkles disappear.  You will age at the rate of a snail. 



How to eat your way to beautiful skin!

Ageless Body System helps to preserve and increase the amount of collagen. Your skin will have 24 hour hydration.  Your skin will look smoother, healthier, brighter and younger. How?!  By teaching you the right foods to eat to bring out your natural beauty. The Ageless Body System will balance your diet to help you be healthier and bring out your true beauty. 

The Ageless Body System is only $37.97 with a 60 day money back guarantee.  When you purchase the Ageless Body System you will also receive Online Beauty Secrets To Stay Fit for free!  

Disclaimer: I am an affiliate marketer with Ageless Body System  If you choose to purchase the product, I will receive a commission.  I have not received any monetary compensation for this post.  The opinions expressed are my own and results may vary.   

Friday, February 5, 2016

Small Business: 3 Things You Must Do To Be Successful On Twitter

As a small business owner, are you struggling to increase your followers on Twitter?!  It's difficult to know how to get started and if Twitter is even right for you.  As a social media strategist, I have been on Twitter for several years and have been researching the best ways to be successful on Twitter.

5 Tips To Make Your Startup’s Twitter Account Stand Out by Leo Widrich Co-Founder of Buffer was written in 2011, but the tips listed are still relevant today.  In the article he states that retweets are a great way to share information and to get noticed. You must also have a regular presence online and to use scheduling tools like Buffer to schedule your tweets when you can't be online. When engaging you should be consistent with your brand and focused.  If you are all over the place, it can confuse your followers.  Tweet about products related to your brand. Be creative with your tweets.  Turn a quote that you like into a headline.  Twitter is fast paced, so always remember to respond to your customers in a timely manner. 

Here you can see my Twitter analytics. I haven't been tweeting as much as usual, so that could be the reason for the decrease in mentions. 

In the second article 6 Ways to Market Your Business on Twitter by Hicks Crawford of Social Media Today, he echos some of the tips mentioned in the first article.   Mr. Hicks starts with an excellent bio.  The bio is the first thing someone sees when they are considering following you.  You should find people in your industry, follow and interact with them.  Tweeting on a regular basis, making sure to engage and retweet.  Offer incentives to your followers like rewards.  And using images and video instead of plain text tweet.  This will increase your clicks and retweets by 3 to 4 times.

Here are my top 3 things you must do to be successful on Twitter:

Be Consistent- Focus on your brand and tweet information related to your business.

Be Present- Tweet on a regular basis and engage with industry leaders and followers. 

Be Creative- Use images and videos with your tweets to get more notice, clicks and retweets. 

Being successful on Twitter isn't going to happen overnight.  It takes being consistent, present, and creative.  Have a message and a focus.  Share relevant and meaningful information that relates to your brand.  

Please feel free to connect with me on Twitter @dancingvalentin!
6 Ways to Market Your Business on Twitter
6 Ways to Market Your Business on Twitter
6 Ways to Market Your Business on Twitter