Archive | June, 2013

CaraBox Exchange: A trip to the carnival

27 Jun

Hey guys!
My second month doing the CaraBox Exchange and I was super excited for this month’s theme! If you’re curious to see what I received from my first CaraBox, you can see it here. For those who are not familiar, Kaitlyn at Wifessionals brilliant idea of exchanging gift boxes with other fellow bloggers and non bloggers to broaden our blog network- sphere and each month- the box follows a different theme.

This month the theme was Carnival related, while still keeping in mind what our assigned blogger loves and relating it to the blogger.

Here’s what I received from Alex at Our Lives Are An Open Blog. Along with her lovely encouragement note, I received a colorful scarf, summery color nail polish, chapstick, yummy caramel popcorn and a cute red popcorn container to hold it in!

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Carabox June Carnival Theme

I am in love with the vibrant colors and Alex couldn’t have captured the theme of Carnival any better! I love scarves and chapstick so this was a perfect jump to my summer in Milwaukee! I can’t wait to wear these bright colors before going to all the festivals and fairs this summer!

And for those who are curious….. Here’s a glimpse of what I sent to my blogger friend Bekah as my interpretation of what Carnivals mean to me.

Once again- shoutout to Kaitlyn for thinking of such a brilliant and adorable idea! For those who are interested in joining CaraBox– visit her blog to find more instructions! I can’t wait to find out what next month’s theme is!

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Boost your visibility with strong social media strategies!

25 Jun

Randomly ran across this wonderfully insightful article on how to utilize social media to boost your brand visibility! Check out these wonderful tips and get some perspective!

Starbucks utilizes Social media proudly to engage!
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In Anticipation of Dexter: Season 8 (Finale)…

20 Jun

In anticipation of the new season of Dexter coming up in a few weeks, I decided to make a series of minimalistic illustration posters that captures the essence of Dexter! For those who have never seen Dexter before, it’s a TV show on Showtime about a blood splatter pattern analyst that works as a Miami Metro Police, who also is a secret serial killer. Overall, the show has very dark humor and is very psychologically intriguing. Though if you have a weak stomach for blood or any of the sort, this is probably not your show!

Here’s the latest trailer if you want to find out more about the show!! I can’t wait till this season starts!! =]

Dexter Minimalistic Poster

To see the rest of the series, visit my portfolio!  What do you guys think??
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Kinetic Typography; Staying Creative!

10 Jun

A creative way… of staying creative.

29 WAYS TO STAY CREATIVE from TO-FU on Vimeo.

Enjoy!

Weekend Fun in the Sun

9 Jun

This weekend I got the privilege of shooting this adorable puppy in action! This adorable 2 1/2 year old Boxer, Zoe, had a blast at a doggy park and I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take some candid photos!
Boxer dog, Zoe, at dog part

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Zoe in car

And this is Zoe, after a long day at the dog park… she definitely loves her pillows.

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So what do you guys think? Isn’t she just freaking adorable?

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Sesame Peanut Pasta Salad – Yum!

8 Jun

I’ve always said I’m a food enthusiast and a lover of all desserts…. but I realized I have yet to start posting my recipes or concoctions I’ve been making lately… I just get so caught up in making the food and trying it right after that….I always forget to take photos before I start eating away.

So this past week I tried a new recipe I found online…. it’s a combination of sesame peanut salad and a pasta salad I found. It turned out a lot better than I originally anticipated and adds a little summery fun to the dish.

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Ingredients:

Pasta:

1 package of pasta (I used Orzo and rings for a “bite size” approach)

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

1 medium carrot, cut into 1 inch matchstick pieces

Fresh bundle of asparagus

Salt and pepper to flavor of your liking

1/2 cup of chopped peanuts (garnish)

Cilantro (garnish)

Sesame (garnish)

 

Lightly tossed romane salad:

1 Lettuce head

1 medium yellow bell pepper

1 Box of cherry tomatoes, cut in halves

Light Thousand Island Dressing

 

Peanut Sauce:

1/4 cup light soy sauce

1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup of warm water

2 tablespoons of rice vinegar

2 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon chopped minced garlic

2 teaspoon sweet chili sauce (optional)

 

 

 

How to Make it:

Salad:

1. Chop lettuce, depending on how diced you want your lettuce- I made mine look like chopped salad….

2. Cut yellow bell peppers to strips

3. Lightly add in thousand island and toss all together

4. Place salad at the bottom of the plate

 

Pasta:

1. Prepare pasta according to package directions- run under cold water after boil

2. Cut asparagus to 1 inch in length and the carrot to 1 inch match-like pieces.

3. Lightly toss on a pan to cook for 8-10 minutes with a teaspoon of virgin oil and salt & pepper for flavor.

4. Once the veggies are cooked, toss them into the pasta with a “splash” of virgin oil so the pasta doesn’t stick to each other… use your discretion of how much oil to put in

5. Plate the pasta on top of the salad that’s already on your plate… and now comes the sauce!!

 

Peanut Sauce:

1. Microwave the peanut butter so it’s in a liquid format

2. Mix in the soysauce, water, vinegar, honey and garlic until it’s the right consistency you would like. I wanted my dressing more liquidy so the salad wasn’t so thick so I played around with the ratio of water and honey to make it thinner. If you want it thicker- the recipe above should give you a pretty consistent and thick dressing.

3. Put as much of the dressing you’d like on top of the pasta, garnish with sesame, crushed peanuts and cilantro.

4. You can choose to stir it up or just eat as is. Enjoy!

 

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What do you guys think? Have you tried a similar recipe before?
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For the New Bloggers like myself…

5 Jun

So you’ve started a blog… and you’ve been writing…. but how do you gain more awareness?

Being a graphic designer who’s exploring the field of SEO (Search engine optimization), I’ve been recently researching ways I can engage with better audiences through social media. There are many factors that help your blog’s rank factor and increase more blog visibility. The first and foremost is quality content that your viewers will perceive as valuable and shareable. This could be an article filled with detailed information, or simplified photos such as infographics that still get the message across. Another way is through a well thought out promotion strategy via social media marketing. Today I came across a very insightful article by MOZ (former SEOmoz) that talks in detail about how to build links to your blog through a thorough competitive analysis and understanding your link targets. Check it out!

http://moz.com/blog/how-to-build-links-to-your-blog-a-case-study

 

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