Being “Present” in 2017 Using Tailwind For Instagram

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One of my goals for 2017 is to intentionally be “Present” throughout each day.

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What do I mean by being “Present”?

Digital activities can rob enjoyment of each moment as it happens if attentions are not intentionally focused and prioritized.

Wherever I go nowadays I can’t help but notice the digital-focused hush with a device in hand.

Most people use a smartphone as a business tool and/or personal entertainment.  This is a blessing and a curse to be able to have access and to work all hours of the day and night anywhere.

I am constantly looking for solutions to minimize time spent not engaging in real life be it in my business or personal relationships.

As a digital content curator and courier, I use a variety of social media platforms to achieve my objectives.

I was so excited to learn from Tailwind that they now have a Scheduling and Analytics App for Instagram!

Tailwind for Instagram is an Instagram scheduling and analytics tool built on the same platform as Tailwind’s popular Pinterest marketing tool.  It is designed to enable bloggers, influencers and marketers to schedule their Instagram posts in advance on a desktop computer or a mobile device.

Anything that shaves time off of a task that I am already doing regularly is what I am always on the hunt for. “In time trials, Tailwind for Instagram was 60% faster than the scheduling process that many marketers use today, involving emailing images to themselves and downloading them on their phone.”

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I have been using the Tailwind app for Pinterest since 2013.  The Tailwind App has enabled me to be laser-focused on my pinning priorities as well as helping me drill down with my followers and group boards.

I manage many Instagram accounts and am looking forward to minimizing my work time by using Tailwind for Instagram just as I have with my very successful Pinterest account.

Please stop by Katie Shea Design’s Instagram or TakeAway IG Instagram.

I am looking forward to being intentionally more “Present” in 2017 Using Tailwind For Instagram!

To start a free trial of Tailwind for Instagram, visit the Tailwind homepage HERE 

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Happy Anniversary With MotoZ Moto Mods

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A few weeks ago I became a grateful recipient of the new MotoZ Droid Smartphone with three amazing Moto Mod accessories and a storage case!

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Most intriguing to me was the idea of having a projector in my pocket that could project videos and photos up to 70 inches wide onto any flat surface! The concept of having the capacity at a moment’s notice to present a project, idea, document, image, video or view a movie with one or more people was exploding my mind!

I wanted to use the projector for something very special.  I decided to produce a 33rd wedding anniversary video for my husband.

While editing my anniversary video I used the JBL Soundbooth Speaker to play the video through for a preview before surprising my husband.

I played the video on our bedroom ceiling for our 33rd Wedding Anniversary with my Moto Insta-Share Moto Mod projector.

Preparing all the images for this very special video spent lots of battery time. Editing images for hours really tested the MotoZ’s Moto Mod Power Pack Battery life. I went for almost a whole day without having to charge up my smartphone.

I have more creative ideas to use my MotoZ’s Moto Mods in my work and my everyday life.  Stay Tuned!!!

Disclosure: I’m so excited I received a MotoZ Smartphone and three Moto Mods as part of my relationship with Verizon. Thanks Verizon for letting me play with this amazing smartphone technology!! #Droid #MotoZ from @Verizon #VZWBuzz #ad .

 

It’s Here! Applebee’s Wood-Fired Grilled Menu!

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Applebee’s new wood-fired grills and the hand-cut steaks and other menu items cooked on them are available at participating Applebee’s restaurants across the U.S TODAY!

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Meats and vegetables prepared on the new wood-fired grills will be featured in many other guest favorites – from appetizers to salads – adding the right amount of mild smokiness to each bite.

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The Applebee’s #WoodFired menu includes:

  • 8 oz. and 6 oz. Hand-cut USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steaks
  • Hand-cut Bone-in Pork Chop
  • Cedar-grilled Salmon
  • Wood-Fired Grilled Chicken Breast

Follow the enticing aroma of American Oak smoke as you enter your local Applebee’s grill and bar.

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Love these wood corrals stacked with split oak logs greeting Applebee’s guests.

We dined at the 50th and Broadway Applebee’s NYC, the largest Applebee’s in the world!

Our selections were Shrimp N’ Parmesan Sirloin Steak and Grilled Onion Sirloin With Stout Gravy and Red Potatoes paired with a Sam Adams cold brew!

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Applebee’s serves American food featuring vibrant flavors and real, fresh ingredients.

We enjoyed our wood-fired grilled sirloin and looking forward to tasting every wood-fired selection on the menu!

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America’s first choice grill and bar is Applebee’s!

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

Getting Excited For The Food and Wine Conference!

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I am Getting Excited For The Food and Wine Conference!!!

If you love food, wine and learning then come on down and join us July 17th-19th at  Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida.

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Attending this conference is a very special experience.  I should know since I attended last year.

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Foodies, wine enthusiasts, and bloggers will have so much fun tasting, sipping, learning and networking.  Do not worry if you are shy, the people attending the Food and Wine Conference are so friendly you will be made to feel welcome as I was last year as an attendee.

Check out the full schedule of conference speakers here.

This year I will be speaking with my friend Ann Tran on “How to Rock Social Media” and would love you to join us!!

Please use this Promo code FWC15KDecosmo for $50.00 off on a 3 day Conference pass when you Register for The Food and Wine Conference.

If you cannot attend then you are invited to follow along on Social Media with Hashtag #FWConTwitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Several years ago my schedule would not allow me to attend in person but I followed along on Twitter.  I felt like I was there with all the tweets of conference quotes as well as food and wine images.  All of that activity prompted to me attend the 2014 Food and Wine Conference in person.

Hope you can make it this year whether in real life or virtually.

I am Getting Excited For The Food and Wine Conference!!!

I look forward to connecting with you!

Kathleen DeCosmo of Katie Shea Design attended Food and Wine conference #FWCon

You can find me on my social media communities here.

Disclosure: As a speaker, I receive a free ticket, and as brand ambassador for the Food & Wine Conference, I will receive a commission if you use my discount code to purchase a ticket. As always, all opinions are my own.

Photo of the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel was taken by Ashlee Hamon Photography at the 2014 Food and Wine Conference (used with permission from Sunday Supper Movement).

Did You Know?? There is a Skyscraper Museum in NYC!

NYC Skyscraper National Park  Kurt Vonnegut  Image by Katie Shea Design VZWBuzzThere is Skyscraper Museum in New York City, the world’s first and foremost vertical metropolis, The Skyscraper Museum celebrates the City’s rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines. Through exhibitions, programs and publications, the Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence. For a description of the gallery and for photos of the space, please visit our Photo Slideshows page.

The Skyscraper Museum in NYC is located in lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City at 39 Battery Place. Museum hours are 12-6 PM, Wednesday-Sunday.

The Skyscraper image was shot with a Verizon DROID RAZR HD Smartphone back in summer 2013 from my hotel window at the Trump Hotel Central Park Columbus Circle courtesy of Trivago.

I have since been upgraded several times with the latest in smartphone technology while I am participating in the #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Program as a Verizon Wireless Influencer and Brand Ambassador.  I am currently testing a Verizon Droid Turbo and also shooting images with an iPhone6 as well this summer.

Stay connected with the latest smartphones

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Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test.  All opinions are my own. **

We Viewed the Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout With Verizon Pay Per View

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We Viewed the Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout With Verizon PPV

We put in our Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout PPV order with Verizon in the afternoon since we were having a family viewing party at our home that evening.

Millions tuned in to watch Floyd Mayweather Jr. take on Manny Pacquiao in what was billed as the fight of the century.

According to Social Media posts many PPV (Pay Per view) customers hoping to watch the long awaited  Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout  had difficulties ordering the fight due to heavy subscriber demand that  became difficult to fulfill.

We Viewed the Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout With Verizon PPV without a hitch in the delivery of service.

HBO and Showtime tried to slow down the pace of the fights by interviewing A-list stars in the audience and showing footage of the boxer’s training while subscribers were trying to order the PPV bout.

Many Carriers acknowledged the PPV purchase issues and were dialoguing with their customers via Twitter to help remedy what they could.

“HBO, one of the networks carrying the fight, told The New York Times shortly after reports of PPV issues began surfacing on social media  that it has received more orders for this than any other event in its history.”

My recommendation, when a long-anticipated event will be broadcasted via Pay Per View is to place your order for the event hours in advance.

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If you are a Verizon Customer like me; Verizon has a Support Page to help troubleshoot if you encounter any difficulties placing your On Demand and Pay Per View Order.

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Disclosure **I am a member of #LifeOnFiOS – a selected team of influencers for Verizon who love the FiOS service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

National Wine Day

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National Wine Day is celebrated annually on May 25.

Each year, on this day, people enjoy a glass of their favorite wine with dinner, for dessert, with friends, at a restaurant, at home or at a wine-tasting event. The wine has a rich history dating back thousands of years!  (There is also a separate, yet similar, National Wine Day which is celebrated each year in February).

We are celebrating National Wine Day by sharing some of the Wines we tasted and Vineyards visited while traveling in Northern California’s Wine Country.

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 O’Brien Estate, Napa Valley CA

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 Ceja Vineyards

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 Ceja Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Image by Katie Shea DesignTrinitas Cellars

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Castello di Amorosa

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Castello di Amorosa 201 il Barone Image by Katie Shea DesignJoseph Phelps Vineyards

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Image by Katie Shea Design

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvigon 1999 image shot by Katie Shea DesignPassaggio Wines

Passaggio New Generation Sauvignon Blanc Wine maker Cindy Cosco

Passaggio Sangioves and Pinot Noir image by katie Shea DesignLedson Winery & Vineyards

Ledson Winery Zinfandel Image by Katies Shea Design

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Kendall-Jackson Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay image by Katie Shea Design

Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Image by Katie Shea Design

 Silver Oak Cellars

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Silver Oak Cellars Image by Katie Shea DesignKenwood Vineyards

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Cakebread Cellars

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When visiting California’s Wine Country we recommend to either begin or end your visit with a MKT Restaurant-Bar dining experience that can be paired with some of the finest Vineyards/Wineries.

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You are Invited to Visit Katie Shea Design”s National Wine Day Pinterest Place Board.  Pinterest Place Boards can be used as a tool to plan your next Wine Tour!

National Wine Day Pinterest Place Board by Katie Shea Design

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test.  All opinions are my own. **

Images by Katie Shea Design shot with a Verizon iPhone6  #VZWBuzz