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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Turn Off The Scoreboard

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How many feel that a score is being kept, a record of wrongs accumulated throughout the years?

Most times we are not even aware that we have hurt someone with our words, actions or even a facial expression.

Digital communication in the form of email and text messaging as well as social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have now brought in a new way to possibly offend so many with simply a key stroke.

Whether we realize it or not we all keep a scoreboard in some form.

This life is a numbers game at every turn.

Let’s begin with the day we are born:

  • How much does the baby weigh?
  • What day you are born determines what year you will graduate high school.  (You might miss the kindergarten cutoff by one day and miss a whole year.)
  • SAT scores determine college placement and scholarships.
  • Where one graduates from can sometimes mean the difference in your salary.
  • Area codes and zip codes denote your financial class.
  • How many “Likes” on an Instagram or Facebook Post can determine a person’s value in different circles.

“I am deeply grateful that God turns off the scoreboard when I fail. He doesn’t simply forgive when we repent; He removes our sin as far as the east is from the west (Ps. 103:12). With God, forgiveness means that our sin is out of sight and out of mind. May He give us grace to extend forgiveness to those around us.” Continue reading Here.

A dear friend of mine asked me why I observe the season of Lent.

My answer is that this designated time is for me to intentionally focus on God and prayer. A time for self-examination and penitence in preparation for Resurrection Sunday also known as Easter Sunday.

An opportunity to Turn Off The Scoreboard, pause, examine, refrain, repent and reset.

Do you want to “Turn Off The Scoreboard”

How do you “Turn Off The Scoreboard”?

Applebee’s “Taste the Change”

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On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Applebee’s hosted  a street party “Taste the Change” in Times Square to celebrate it’s new menu.  The festivities included free samples of new menu items, such as the new Triple Hog Dare Ya sandwich, a takeover of twelve of Times Square’s famous billboards, complete with social media integration; live music featuring performances from Jason Derulo, X Ambassadors and DJ Fitz (of Fitz and the Tantrums); games and activities for guests to enjoy.

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The tagged tweets #WatchApplebees of those who could not make it to New York on May 13 appeared on a massive Times Square billboard during the event between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. EDT. Applebee’s shared live photographs from the event and the digital displays from the Times Square billboards at www.applebeestastethechangefest.com, where guests whose images appeared on the billboard were able to share via Facebook and Twitter with the headline, “Applebee’s threw a party in Times Square and I was there!”

Hosting a  live Periscope video broadcast was Vincenzo Landino, who with more than 40,000 video followers is among Twitter’s leading live video personalities.  Landino broadcasted live from Times Square in 30-minute segments throughout the event.

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Later this month, the nearly 2,000 Applebee’s locations across the country will update their menus with eight new or improved sandwiches and appetizers, including the Triple Hog Dare Ya, Brew Pub Philly steak sandwich and Maple Bacon Chicken Piadini.

“An over-the-top sampling party at the Crossroads of the World is the perfect way to introduce and celebrate our new menu,” said Applebee’s Senior Vice President of Culinary and Marketing Darin Dugan.  “We’re proud of our new food and we’re inviting the world to give it a try.”

American Kobe Style Meatballs made in house, cooked really slow in Pomodoro sauce (chunky tomato sauce), parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley on top.

Maple Mustard Chicken Piadini  

Piadina is a wrap, it’s like a tortilla but it’s made from a thin dough, very trendy right now.  Piadina is almost like a really thin flat bread dough that applebee’s cooks on the grill.  They  roll cedar grilled chicken, cheddar cheese, bacon and a maple glaze on the inside with some fresh greens rolled up nice and hot off the grill.

Triple Hog Dare Ya

Three Hogs in it:  Black forest ham, bacon, and slow roasted pulled pork tossed in a chili salsa verde on a toasted ciabatta bread with cheddar cheese, crispy frizzled onions, and Applebee’s homemade steak sauce. My Favorite is the Triple Hop Dare Ya!

Shredded Brisket Nachos

Beautiful tender, slow roasted brisket tossed in salsa verde sauce on top of chips.  Three different cheeses: white cheddar, yellow cheddar and a white queso dip.  It has roasted poblanos, roasted jalapenos, caramelized onions, pico de gallo, all in a beautiful white silky sauce layered with the beef brisket on top of that with Applebee’s nacho lettuce (cabbage and shredded iceberg, pico de gallo, scallions, cilantro and fresh sliced jalapenos) and then chipotle lime seasoning on top.

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Michael Slavin, the corporate executive chef for Applebee’s product development (developed all these recipes)  gave us all the details in a special live interview at Applebee’s Times Square New Menu Tasting Event May 13th.

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The event was a huge success with so many participating all across various social media platforms.

The use of the live streaming app Periscope  by Vincenzo Landino brought the experience of the “Live” event to the masses!

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When in NYC stop by Applebee’s and taste!!

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The Applebee’s Brand

Applebee’s is the world’s largest casual dining chain, with more than 2,000 locations in 49 states, 16 countries and one U.S. territory. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Applebee’s takes pride in providing a welcoming, neighborhood environment where everyone can enjoy the dining experience. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar® restaurants are franchised or operated by DineEquity Inc.’s (NYSE: DIN) wholly-owned subsidiary, Applebee’s International, Inc. and its affiliates.

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

Who are you on Twitter? You Are What You Tweet!

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 This infographic was no surprise to Katie Shea Design.

YOU are what you Tweet, Facebook, Pin on Pinterest, Instagram, Meerkat and Periscope.

Visual.ly has a free tool on their website that takes your twitter profile and turns it into an infographic in 30 seconds.

Infographics and pictures are a great way to get your point across since images can speak louder than words on Twitter and across different social media platforms.

It is no secret that we smile a lot, love to eat, share food recipes on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook. Most of all love talking and drinking wine!

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Visual Content DRIVES Engagement! 

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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. **

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KidLit TV Live Stream Launch Party with MY FiOS Quantum Gateway

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KidLit TV is your source for all things kid lit whether you are an author, illustrator, educator, publishing professional, parent or a champion of children’s literature. Each day we provide you with exciting kid lit news in video or written format. We’ll keep you abreast of everything that is current and on trend in kid lit.”

We were so excited to be invited to the KidLit.TV  launch party in TriBeCa November 12th! The KidLit TV site is a valuable resource to educators and parents who cherish books and delight in sharing good stories with friends and family.

KidLit.TV will connect authors and illustrators to a wider audience by using premium video content and social media, and partnerships with the television production community to promote children’s literature.

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 Julie Gribble – Founder and President

Julie Gribble is the president of New York Media Works, which creates and produces works for children and the children’s literature community, in both the United States and Great Britain. She founded her brainchild, KidLit TV, to help authors and illustrators broaden their audience by using new technologies to complement and promote their work. KidLit TV is also a resource for industry insiders and catalysts, booksellers, librarians, teachers, and parents.

Julie is an award-winning writer, screenwriter, filmmaker, and producer. Her charming picture book, Bubblegum Princess, is based on a true story about Kate Middletown, and was released on the day the royal baby, who we now know as Prince George, arrived.  Copies of the book have been donated to underprivileged children in the US, and to children’s hospices in the UK.”

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Rocco Staino, StoryMakers Host being interviewed with Julie Gribble by Katie Davis at the KidLit TV Live Launch November 12th.

Rocco Staino – StoryMakers Host

Rocco is the charismatic host of StoryMakers, our interview show.  A captivating and important figure in the book community, he is a prominent librarian, a contributing editor at School Library Journal, a contributing writer at The Huffington Post, and the Director of the Empire State Center for the Book, which administers the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. Rocco has interviewed such luminaries as Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, and Jean Craighead George.”

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Katie Davis  interviewing Janice Dean during the KidLit TV Live Stream Launch in TriBeCa on November 12th.

Known as “Janice Dean the Weather Machine,” Janice Dean has been predicting the weather on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network since 2004. She is a trained meteorologist and she loves to share her scientific knowledge, and the inspiration that led to her passion for weather, with kids and adults alike. Before Fox, she had a long career working at various radio and TV stations as a DJ, anchor, and host.

Janice is author of : Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard and Freddy the Frogcaster

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You are Invited to Join the KidLit TV Community!  Connect with the KidLit TV community on these social media channels:

 http://youtube.com/kidlittv

http://twitter.com/nymediaworks

http://facebook.com/nymediaworks

http://facebook.com/groups/kidlittv

Don’t forget to like, subscribe, or follow!

We will be using our  new FiOS Quantum Gateway Router to stream all KidLit TV videos to all of our devices thanks to Verizon #LifeOnFiOS!

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Verizon Communications is keeping pace with a new, faster gateways being rolled out by cable competitors with the launch of the FiOS Quantum Gateway, a device equipped with 802.11ac WiFi and a speedy coax-based home networking platform.   Verizon said the new device, also known as the FiOS-G1 100, supports dual-band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz 802.11ac with beamforming, and bakes in the 2.0 version of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) platform, which supports in-home wireline throughputs of 400 Mbps in basic mode and up to 800 Mbps in the enhanced, turbo mode.   Targeting customers who have multiple devices hanging off their home networks and like to stream video, Verizon said the wireless end of the device can handle speeds up to 800 Mbps and an unobstructed range up to 325 feet, though both numbers are based on lab tests. – See more Here

The Images shot by Katie Shea Design used an iPhone6 and a Samsung GalaxyS5 smartphone #VZWBuzz

Disclosure: **I am a member of both #LifeOnFiOS and #VZWBuzz  Ambassador Teams–  selected teams of influencers for Verizon FiOS and Verizon Wireless who love the FiOS and Wireless service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

Carmine’s: Talking 42 Ounce Porterhouse Steak, Ragu, Wings, NYC, Vegas with Executive Chef Glenn Rolnick

Carmine’s is a family style restaurant offering exceptional value to its guests through the many dishes of Southern Italian cuisine. Restaurateur Artie Cutler crafted the Carmine’s concept with a singular vision; bringing his guests “wow-factor” sized portions and making any meal feel like an Italian American wedding feast. Platters of homestyle antipasto, pasta, decadent seafood or meat entrees, and of course homemade desserts are all staples at Carmine’s, meant for sharing amongst friends and family. When great food and wine are supported by friendly and knowledgeable service, the results are magic – “we want every day to feel like a Sunday afternoon at Grandma’s!”

A Special Edition of The Food & Booze Show was broadcast live from Carmine’s NYC with special on site guests Kathleen DeCosmo and Susan Serra on the ground chatting with Executive Chef Glenn Rolnick.

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GLENN ROLNICK is the Director of Culinary Operations of Alicart Restaurant Group, a position he’s held for ten years. He has appeared on Good Morning America and QVC and has written for Time, New York Times, Gourmet, The New Yorker and Food Arts.

While we were preparing our tastebuds for the onslaught of Carmine’s heaven, we were schooled in Carmine’s history by Executive Chef and Author Glenn Rolnick.

25 years open soon for NYC’s 91st location!
20 years at Carmine’s Times Square (1.24 million customers yearly).

Carmine’s locations are Tropicana Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, NJ, Times Square NYC, Upper West Side 91st NYC, Atlantis Resort, Bahamas, Washington DC and The Forum Shops at Caesars Las Vegas.

The Washington DC location has 25,000 sq feet, 9 private dining rooms, 700 seats, and a secret service entrance.

Las Vegas location has 28000 sq feet 750 seats, 6 private dining space including a private balcony over looking the strip.

1 year for Las Vegas and listed in Top Ten Restaurant Vegas- USA Today : 10 BEST HOMESTYLE IN LAS VEGAS, NV.

The 28,000-square-foot restaurant, designed by Bill Johnson of Johnson Studios, features the trademark touches that grace all Carmine’s locations – high ceilings, antique chandeliers and warm, homey colors. Walls are lined with black and white photographs depicting the Southern Italian families whose culinary traditions inspired the restaurant’s timeless menu. There are 75 Chandeliers, 6 portraits and 7500 pictures in Carmine’s Las Vegas.

Trivia for Carmine’s Las Vegas First Year:

2400 people ate gluten free pasta
69,994 actual meatballs 125,000 meats
1,200 titanics or 12,000 softball scoops ice cream
14,869 lbs garlic
9,915 chicken parm
121,099 little neck clams
22,654 lbs. romano cheese
25,362 gal of marinara sauce
80,000 whole lemons
28,000 chicken breast
4,200 fresh basil
7,400 fried calamari or 15,000 pounds

We were treated to several dishes on the menu that were familiar to me as a regular guest and a few that I have never tasted before.

Did you know these dishes are menu choices at Carmine’s?

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Caesar Salad

Romaine lettuce tossed with garlic and anchovy caesar dressing and toasted croutons. (gluten-free available.)

Chicken Scarpariello (Wings)

Cut chicken on the bone pan fried and tossed in buttery lemon rosemary sauce. (Gluten-free.)

Porterhouse Steak

Porterhouse Contadina A 42-ounce steak beautifully sliced off the bone, a pound of Italian sweet sausage and huge piles of roasted potatoes and sautéed red and green peppers.

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Ragu (Assorted Meats)

A mixture of shredded beef, meatballs, pork braciole, and Italian sausage slow-cooked in a rich tomato sauce.

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The Titanic 

●Flourless Chocolate Torte
●3 scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream
●2 Scoops of Chocolate Ice Cream
●Fresh Whipped Cream
●Sliced Strawberries and Bananas
●Pineapple Roasted with Cinnamon
●Chocolate Syrup
●Chopped Hazelnuts
●4 Ferraro Hazelnut Chocolate Swirls for the Smoke Stacks

We also learned from Glenn Rolnick that he has a cookbook being released this year:

Publication date: November 4, 2014
$29.99, hardcover
Carmine’s Celebrates
Classic Italian Recipes for Everyday Feasts

Following their successful Carmine’s Family-Style Cookbook, Carmine’s Celebrates is perfect for big, abundant family-and-friend gatherings: weekly feasts, Sunday dinners, and holiday celebrations

Carmine’s is founded on the twin concepts of deliciousness and abbondanza. In their wildly popular Times Square flagship location and their other restaurants in New York City, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Washington, DC, and Paradise Island, Bahamas, the tables are filled with giant platters of pasta, steaks, chicken, vegetables and more. And every single diner has a smile on his face. Now that concept comes home from the masters. Italian food is the nation’s most popular food both in restaurants and in home kitchens. In Carmine’s Celebrates, home cooks will learn how to make more than one hundred dishes in happy-making quantities. Nothing is difficult to make, serve or store. Each dish uses grocery store ingredients and extracts the best flavor from them so anyone can be an amazing cook. There is a special emphasis on “everyday” holidays, such as weekend family dinners, and also on traditional holiday food for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Dishes include:
—Crostini with Cannellini Bean Dip
—Sea Scallops Wrapped in Pancetta
—Mussels Fra Diavolo
—Spaghetti Carbonara
—Beefsteak Fiorentina
—Chicken Cacciatore

Carmine’s Celebrates: Classic Italian Recipes for Everyday Feasts can be found here for pre-order.

You are Invited to view the Special Edition of The Food & Booze Show Here

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Mia Voss & Chef Dennis Littley introduce you to restaurants, bon mots and drinkies from around the globe! Join them!

#foodnbooze
#BatCrapCrazy #GetYourLearnOn #AskChefDennis

#CarminesNYC  #SMDay  #SmDayHOA

Photo Credit: Anthony DeCosmo #52from52 @adecosmo2

10 Insightful BuzzFeed Content Spreading Tips

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The VZWBuzz Northeast team visited Buzzfeed’s NYC offices and was treated to a visit with Keith Hernandez, Executive Director of International Sales At Buzzfeed.

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We learned about: The Art Behind BuzzFeed

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BuzzFeed is the leading media company for the social age, intensely focused on delivering high-quality original reporting, insight, and viral content across a rapidly expanding array of subject areas. Buzzfeed’s  technology powers the social distribution of content, detects what is trending on the web, and connects people in realtime with the hottest content of the moment. BuzzFeed  is rapidly growing and reaches more than 100 million monthly unique visitors.

Founded in 2006 in New York City as a viral lab by Jonah Peretti, the company has grown into a global media and technology company covering topics like Politics, DIY, Animals, Longform and Business. In 2012, Ben Smith of Politico was hired as Editor-in-Chief, and is responsible for expanding the site into serious journalism, long-form and reportage while maintaining its popular fun and entertainment-oriented content.

BuzzFeed receives an average of 100 Million Unique monthly visitors. The site features the work of staff reporters, contributors, syndicated cartoon artists, and Community. Popular formats on site include lists and quizzes.

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Content driven “We think about how content spreads” Keith Hernandez, explained during his presentation to the VZWBuzz Northeast Team.

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Great social content for BuzzFeed starts with emotion.

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Buzzfeed’s headlines are chosen based on research and experience.

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BuzzFeed uses their unique voice in everything they do.

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“BuzzFeed” has the hottest, most social content on the web. We feature breaking buzz and the kinds of things you’d want to pass along to your friends.”

BuzzFeed is the social news and entertainment company. BuzzFeed is redefining online advertising with its social, content-driven publishing technology. BuzzFeed provides the most shareable breaking news, original reporting, entertainment and video across the social web to its global audience of 100M.

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Great Social Content for Buzzfeed Starts with EMOTION

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