Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday 5 - Twitter Tips

Welcome to the Friday Five!  

It's Danielle Kempe taking over the blog today. I'm your MA state rep and a blogger at Getting Fit in MA.

5 Tips for Twitter

1)    Follow people you find interesting
Twitter is all about interaction, and if you only follow the default accounts twitter selects for you, it gets boring quick.

2)    Find people by doing a twitter search
In the top right of your twitter home screen is a search option. Search for people, topics that interest you, even hashtags you’ve seen & want to learn more about.

3)    Share useful content
I use twitter for a mix of both work & blog interests. My job is fundraising for a nonprofit, so you’ll often find me tweeting links to stories about fundraising trends. I blog about fitness though, so I’m just as likely to be tweeting about an upcoming free workout class. My favorite is when they overlap & I’m tweeting about a friend’s fitness event that’s also a fundraiser for a nonprofit.

4)    Join twitter chats
Twitter chats can be fun to both learn and find new people to follow. Did you know Northeast Bloggers Network hosts twitter chats?! Their hashtag is #NEBlogChat and the blog announces when they’re scheduled. I recommend starting there.
5)    Have fun
There’s no wrong way to use twitter, as long as you’re enjoying using it.

I’m DJDIG on twitter. Feel free to tweet at me to say “hi”. I’m a huge fan of twitter, so I like helping others figure it out.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Blog of the Week: The Ashley Maria

Welcome to the Blog of the Week!  This weeks blog of the week is: The Ashley Maria!  Ashley is a Northeast blogger from Pennsylvania who loves the shore, warm weather and thrift store shopping!  Read her interview below for more!

Tell us a little about you:
Hi I'm Ashley! Just a small town girl living in a crazy world! I am a full time Marketing Coordinator and owner of Ash's Party Accents; a party branding and business marketing shop on etsy! When not working on designing the perfect party package for customers, I also am a cheerleading coach for a local college. I love the beach, flips flops and warm weather! You can find me at the local thrift store gathering treasures or the nearest mall catching a sale. I love to find new ways to DIY and like to make old things new again.  

What is your blog about?
The Ashley Maria is a Life & Style blog focusing on fashion in everyday life, styling, home decor, recipes and DIY's. On my blog I post about topics the average girl would like to read about. 

Where do you live and what do you love about it?
I live in a little City called Bethlehem, PA. It is also known as the Christmas City.. if you ever visited it during Christmas time- you would know why! I love this city because this is also where the college I graduated from is located and where I met my boyfriend. Everything about it has so much history and meaning. There is ALWAYS something to do and a new restaurant to try! 
What is your favorite spot to visit in the Northeast?
I am definitely a shore baby. I have been going to the Jersey shore beachs since I can remember with family. Now, my boyfriends family has a shore house and we go down every weekend we get free in the summer. 

What do you love most about blogging?
I love sharing my style, ideas and just stories with everyone. It's funny when I started blogging I was nervous how readers would react to my posts. But the more I found my style and 

What is your favorite form of social media?
My favorite form of social media is Instagram. I love looking at how creative all my friends get with their photos. I also like to find new people to follow through the popular page!        

Thanks for sharing, Ashley!  Be sure to head over to her blog this week and follow her on social media!  Check out a few of Ashley's favorite posts here:

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring Activities On Long Island

I feel like it was just yesterday that the snow finally stopped falling here on Long Island. Oh wait, it really was only a few days ago that it was still snowing in the Northeast. That's how long and dreadful this winter has been. But thank goodness spring is officially here and I thought I would share some fun spring activities on Long Island.

First off, there are so many wonderful farmer's markets that start opening up again in the spring. I love going to a few with my daughter and picking up fresh fruits and veggies. Some of them even have a great selection of homemade goods too, like pies and cookies.  Speaking of pies, the warmer weather and longer days give us a boost to head out east for the best peach pies ever at Briermere Farms.

Long Island also has some wonderful farms where you can pick your own strawberries in late spring, early summer. It's a blast to head out east and fill our little baskets with strawberries. It can get a little messy but the berries are just delicious. And of course while you're out east, all of the Long Island wineries have their outdoor areas open again. I love when some of the vineyards have live music playing outside while we sit back and sip our wine.

I also love that it is finally getting warm enough to actually enjoy the beautiful parks in both Suffolk and Nassau counties. This year we have our eye on the Spring Family Fishing Festival at Belmont State Park. All you have to do is pay the parking fee (under $10) and you can fish all day. I don't even like to fish all that much but, hey, it's something new to take our daughter to. There's also so many spring festivals happening across the island. It's a little far from us but we plan on driving out to the Town of Oyster Bay spring festival because it's full of delicious food, a petting zoo and a few bounce houses. That should keep up busy enough for one weekend!

If you happen to like trains, or you have a little one that is obsessed with them, Long Island Live Steamers opens back up in May. You can ride on these small steam engine trains that are a huge hit with the kids. Adults can ride them too!

It's impossible to highlight all of the wonderful spring activities on Long Island. If you find yourself out here this spring, all you have to do is check out any LI website or newspaper and you're bound to find something fun going on!

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