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Wordless Wednesday

Submitted by Jennifer at BusyBeingJennifer.com

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Tech Tuesday: 4 Tips to Grow Your Instagram

Tech-Tuesday Blogging Tips

Are you on Instagram? If you love visual things, you definitely need to be on Instagram and working on growing your account! Want to know how to grow your account? Check out the following tips to help grow your Instagram.

TIP #1: Your profile….the Hello!
What does your profile say about you?
Do you have an inviting picture?
Are you using up all of your profile characters to really tell your followers or potential followers what’s going to be on your account??
Your profile link…are you using it??

TIP #2: Use photography apps to bring order/sameness to your photo editing.
Afterlight, Snapseed, VSCO, Camera+, Diptic, Moldov, Picframe, etc.
Practice editing your photos. And give the overall look to your feed some cohesiveness. When you look at your profile and scroll through your feed, what do you see? Is it all seamless? Is it a hodge-podge of pictures? You want to keep an overall theme happening on your IG account.

TIP #3: Capture your Blog Name or your name in addition to your exisiting IG name.
What name are you using on Instagram? If someone were searching for you, would they be able to find you? What if they came searching for your blog name? Would they find you? If not, I recommend grabbing more than one Instagram name. You don’t have to be active on it. Set the account to private and in the bio, tell people where your party is happening on Instagram (aka tell them the actual IG name you are using). Turn the clickable link into one that will lead to your actual IG profile that you are actively using. I recommend once a week to post a photo on the newly created accounts so that if Instagram does a purge of spam accounts or inactive accounts, your account doesn’t disappear.

TIP #4: Simplify!
Be streamlined and plan! Use dropbox to organize your photos. Get a free dropbox account on your computer and then download it on your phone. Add photos from your blog to your dropbox account and be able to share them on Instagram. Find pics online (make sure you have permission to use the pics) or create collages and add them to dropbox. Remember: once the photo is in dropbox, you still need to click on the image and save to your camera roll in order to access it on IG.

What are your tips to grow your Instagram?

Tech Tuesday: Blogging Tips from Around TXWB

When it comes to blogging, everyone has a different take on the way to do things. Its vital to read as much as you can, learn as much as you can, in order to grow and become even better at what you do! We’re fortunate to have quite a number of experienced bloggers in our midst and they definitely have some wisdom we can all take to heart and put into practice.

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Make sure you’re not making any of these Blog Photo/Image mistakes! Busy Being Jennifer is sharing 6 Don’ts of Blogging Photography

If you’re thinking about starting a blog, or starting Another blog, Jesse Coulter is sharing 5 Steps to help you start a blog!

If you’re serious about earning money with your blog, then you need to treat it like a business! Taylor from Pink Heels Pink Truck wrote an awesome post that is all about Running a Blog as a Business! 

Need more tools and resources to help you kick your blogging up a notch or two? Lindsay from Cotter Crunch has you covered with this great post chock full of resources and tools that make blogger life easier! 

I definitely recommend checking out these posts from our fellow TXWB members!

 

Got a blogging post that you think other TXWB Members would find useful? Leave a link in the comments, tweet at us @TXWomenBloggers or add #TXWB! I’ll find them and include them in the next round of Tips and Tricks from TXWB Bloggers!

Foodie Friday: 2 Easy Comfort Food Recipes!

Hey guys! My name is Ashley and I am the author of The Mrs. & Co. My blog is a mix of fashion, family and food! As a Texas Native, I know my comfort foods and as a mom of an 8 month old, I know recipes that are quick and easy to whip up! So I wanted to share with you 2 of my favorite comfort food recipes that will be easy to make!
Baked Potato Soup and Macaroni and Cheese
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First up we have Baked Potato Soup.
Ingredients
1 bag of frozen diced hash browns
32 oz of Chicken Broth
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 bag of Bacon Bits
1 little can of diced green chilies
1 8 oz package of cream cheese
Tortilla strips
1 tsp Onion or Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
cheddar cheese
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Put the frozen hash browns potatoes, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, half a bag a bacon bits, whole can of diced green chilis, and 1 teaspoon of onion (or garlic because that’s all I had) powder all in the crockpot!
You can add salt and pepper to taste.
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Stir it all up and set it on high for 8 hours. Now the recipe calls for 8 hours, but honestly it was ready in 6 hours. You could probably do it on low for 8 hours and be completely fine!
Set the cream cheese out on the counter so it will get mushy all day while the soup cooks.
When there is one hour left, cut the cream cheese into little squares and put them in with the soup.
Stir it in well.
Let it cook for the last hour or until the cheese is good and melted.
Stir it a couple of times during that hour to make sure the cheese melts!
Add extra bacon bits, tortilla strips, and cheddar cheese on top.
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 And voila! You have a yummy meal that will last for a few days!
The Mr. gave it two thumbs up!
Another recipe that is asked for weekly in our house is my Macaroni and Cheese Recipe.
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Ingredients
1/3 cup of flour
2 2/3 cup of milk
3/4 cup of swiss cheese
3/4 cup of velveeta cheese (shredded or cubed)
1/2 cup of parmesean cheese
1/2 cup of sharp cheese
1 1/2 cup of stuffing (Peppridge Farm stuffing in blue bag)
3 cups of elbow noodles
1 stick of butter
1/2 tsp of garlic salt (or regular salt)
Instructions
Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.
Start cooking the 3 cups of elbow noodles so that it’s ready once the cheese sauce is made.
Combine 2 2/3 cups of milk and 1/3 cup of flour.
Pour into a sauce pan.
Continue stirring for 6 minutes on medium heat or low heat if you have a gas stove like me. The sauce will start to thicken up. You should be continuously stirring it. It’s ok to stop for a minutes or so to measure out the cheese in the next step, but I’d go back and stir in between measuring each cheese out. You don’t want it to burn!
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While you are stirring the milk and flour, measure out cheese into a bowl.
Once the milk and flour is thick, pour in the cheese and stir until melted.
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Drain noodles.
Add garlic salt (or regular salt) and noodles to the sauce.
Transfer macaroni and cheese to a 9×13 pyrex.
Melt 1 stick of butter (or 1/2 stick if you want less) and pour over 1 1/2 cup of stuffing.
Sprinkle stuffing over macaroni and cheese.
Bake in oven at 375 for 20 minutes. Take out once it begins to bubble.
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And now you have another yummy recipe that will give you left overs for days!
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I hope that you will stop by my blogfacebook page, or instagram and say hi! I love meeting new followers!
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