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January 12, 2018

I went live in the DIY Branding for Lady Bosses last night giving my top 10 tips of how to maximize your visibility and chance of being discovered on Instagram by using hashtags.

In case you've been living under a rock, seriously my nieces and nephews automatically call the symbol # a hashtag and it has no other meaning, let's talk about what a hashtag is and why to use them. I personally think that hashtags are one of the best ways to grow your Instagram.

A hashtag is a tool to enable other IG user to discover and find you! And it's important to take time to find hashtags that work for your account right now. You need to carefully choose ones that allow you to be discovered and not buried in the...

December 21, 2017

I'm the co-founder of Brand and Bloom Co and we have a ton of free resources and paid courses to help you DIY your branding and design. This is an excerpt from one of our newest courses.

The biggest secret to writing great copy is in the intention behind your post, and making sure you lead with the right things.

You could take a creative writing class, or a journalism class, or develop your persuasive writing. But ultimately, when writing copy for your own brand and business, no amount of technical perfection is going to win the hearts of your audience. Your personality needs to show through in everything you write. That's the #1 key. And after that, you want to make sure your writing is structur...

February 1, 2017

It's a new month!!! How did that happen? I put together these 5 tips to make sure you can get a good start to the month BB!

Did you crush your January goals? Or did you just kind of coast by last month? Create a game plan this month. I have some fun things in the work for the month of love! <3 Keep checking back to see what guides, groups and plans I have for all you lovely friends!

I believe in you. Even if you don't.

Focus on you this month. It's not selfish. It makes it so you have more to give to those in your life. <3 And if you ever need to chat about setting up a lifestyle plan. Don't be shy! Shoot me a message!

Keeping it real,

Anna 

September 1, 2016

The 7 Chakras are the energy centers in our body in which energy flows through.
 Blocked energy in our 7 Chakras can often lead to illness so it's important to understand what each Chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely.

Each of the seven chakras are governed by spiritual laws, principles of consciousness that we can use to cultivate greater harmony, happiness, and wellbeing in our lives and in the world.


Link to join my upcoming chakras introductory group: https://goo.gl/forms/56qjueqIZouXKZQH2

Did I mention it's free, babe?

Keeping it real,

Anna 

June 23, 2016

I thought I would share a special pancake that I make! You've probably seen me post my paleo banana pancakes that I make a ton, but this is a twist that adds extra protein! 

I chose to use up some Vega vegan chocolate protein powder and some Isopure whey-isolate protein dutch chocolate. I did half a scoop of each. The Isopure adds more sweetness! 

I also added my favorite dairy-free chocolate chips. You can chose to make this dairy-free if you would like, just skip the whey-isolate powder.

Yields 3-4 pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana

  • 1/2 cup or 3 egg whites

  • scoop of your favorite protein powder

  • optional coconut flour (for consistency)

  • optional chocolate chips

  • ...

June 7, 2016

So the whole planning process gave me a ton of anxiety. Even up until walking through security I was hoping I didn’t miss anything and they would let me back into the country.

 

We decided to be pioneers and plan our own trip. No travel agency.

 

First of all, go ahead, try and call the Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C. Three weeks later, no one answered.

 

We went to South Beach for the weekend before heading off to Havana Monday early afternoon. 

 

If you want to go the easy route, call Cuba Max travel agency in Miami. It’s where we ended up finally getting our visas the day of the flight. They weren't open on the weekends so we had no other choice! I’m sure you’ll be met with just as much sass as we...

February 3, 2016

 

Looking for a healthier swap for game day? This is delicious!

 

Healthier Seven-Layer Dip

 

Ingredients:
2 medium ripe avocados
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 dash sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
1 dash ground black pepper
8 oz low-fat plain Greek yogurt
2 tsp. all-natural taco seasoning, no salt added
1 (15-oz) can nonfat refried beans, warm
4 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 bunch green onions, ends trimmed, sliced thin
2 Tbsp. shredded cheddar (or pepper jack) cheese (½ oz)

 

Preparation:
1. Mash avocados in a medium bowl.
2. Add lime juice, salt, and pepper; mix well. Set aside.
3. Combine yogurt and taco seasoning in a medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.
4. Top serving platter with bea...

November 13, 2015

I never thought I had the spare time to take on something else, I work full time but my evenings were usually spent scrolling Instagram, watching reality TV or makeup tutorials on YouTube... sooo "busy" right?

When I realized I could put my time to good and have a little passion project that I run completely online AND not only help others but hold myself accountable; I found the time to make this coaching business work.

This fills my cup- I can be creative, share my best advice, and deliver the accountability I know so many other women need - a branding and design cheerleader (cue the OMI song) if you will! I can mentor your brand to be consistent and you can sell more.  t

You have so much more po...

November 13, 2015

 

 

It's my thrid year in a row doing #nopantsnovember so be sure to check out my daily outfits on Instagram! 

 

We just got hit with some major wind advisories (Chicago is living up to it's nickname), so I've been having to get creative. No flowy skirts will work unless I want numerous Marilyn moments. 

 

I really love this challenge because it gives me a new way to look at my fall wardrobe. How can I use unexpected colors and textures? What sweater can I make look good with a dress. How many times can I wear black tights before someone wonders if they are all the same pair? 

 

There is definitely still time to try the challenge. And trust me it will be a challenge if you are in the midwest because thi...

September 11, 2015

I went for a little jog last night. And that's the type of photo I take before I leave to show off my jacket that has thumb holes! Typical.

 

I will be at Cooking Light & Health’s The Fit Foodie 5K Race Weekend at Jackson Park on September 11-13, 2015! This event is the ultimate celebration of food, family, and fun. I am so excited to be a part of the event as a Fit Foodie Ambassador, and I hope you will join me there. 

 

Cooking Light & Health’s The Fit Foodie 5K Race Weekend is jam-packed with delicious bites and sips, cooking and fitness demonstrations from acclaimed talent, a Sunday Morning Sweat Session featuring Pure Barre and a delicious Brunch. 

 

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