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How to choose a profitable Instagram niche.

How to find your Niche?

Before finding your niche you have to understand what it is.  Niche is a segment of your market that caters to a specific group of people.  For a longer definition read the glossary at the end of this blog post. ⬇️

Industry: Health & Fitness

Niche example : Workout clothes [product] for moms who breastfeed [target audience] 

Make sure you put your niche statement in your Instagram bio, so your audience understands who you are and what solution you provide.

Bad example of a niche statement on Instagram:

I am a trainer that helps you lose weight and get the body you always wanted.
⬆️ This statement sounds gimmicky and is full of fluff.


Good example of a niche statement on Instagram:

I’m a certified trainer that specializes in exercises specifically for mothers that have diastatis recti (seperation of abdominal muscles) after giving birth.

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Easy tutorial on how to create alt text on Instagram photos

What is Instagram’s alternative text tag?

Alternative text a.k.a alt text is NOT a new term and is often used in websites.  It is written text that takes the place of an image if it doesn’t load.  It also describes your image to people who have visual impairments.  Search engines use crawlers that scan your alt text if it is written correctly.  This can potentially lead to more followers and a higher engagement rate because your image has shown up in SERPS (Search Engine Result Pages).

How to use alt tags

On Instagram, choose the image you want to upload and hit “next.” Scroll to the bottom and tap Advanced Settings. Choose the option “write alt text.”

Upload picture and tap “Next”

Tap “Next”

Scroll down and tap “Advanced Settings”

Scroll down and tap “Write alt text”

Write your Alt text in the text box and remember to tap “Done”

Good alt text:

“A black iPhone being held with the screen showing an instagram feed.”

Bad alt text:

“An image of a person holding a black smartphone with lots of smaller images in squares.”

What helps me write alt text is looking at the picture I am uploading, then closing my eyes and using descriptive words that paint that same picture in my mind.

Here are some more tips for writing alt text:

-Do not put the words “picture of” or “this is an image of.” Screen reading tools can pick up that it is an image.

-Keep your alt text fewer than 125 characters so you are sure to use descriptive words and get to the point of what the picture is about.

-Use your keywords in the alt text. If your photo is about a banana split on instagram, then make sure you have “banana split” written.

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Craft and Common

Orlando, your favorite coffee shop, Craft & Common, is now serving food and drinks!

Craft & Common has become an instant favorite for locals, and it has become a must have stop for tourists visiting downtown Orlando. Their menu has been revamped with an assortment of tasty items and treats like truffled popcorn, smoked salmon toast, and a cheese sampler, just to name a few. They have added new drinks, but they still have their specialty coffees like their painkiller.  The painkiller is a cold brew float with vanilla ice cream, cream of coconut, orange and nutmeg 🤤  If you’re a foodie like me and enjoy reading menus, check out their full menu here.

Let’s talk about the feels. I love the vibe, and the interior design is straight out of an Instagram Top Ten Cafe list. It’s bright, spacious and filled with succulents and potted plants defying gravity as they hang off walls and breathe some fresh 02 into your ozone. You can sip your coffee and get a shot of creativity amidst warm lights and decor that’s sure to make you more productive too. Before you get lost in the pics, share your favorite coffee shop(s) in the comments below.

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Interior of Craft and Common. Photo credit: David C. on Yelp

Hot latte with homemade whipped cream on top. Photo credit: @cafe.corgiii

Pistachio cake with strawberry rose jam filling topped with organic rosewater frosting. Photo credit: Craft and Common
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Valentine’s day gifts for her under $25

Glamour Lock medium travel box $17.49 

Keeps skincare products, lotions, nail polishes in place without tipping over. The base of the product is made with ElasTak which is a tacky layer that is cleanable and doesn’t leave any residue on products. All glamour lock products are made in the USA, dish washer safe, and their entire website is 30 percent off for Valentine’s day! Check out all their products here. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway and win a glamour lock traveling case. All you have to do is follow my Instagram page, follow Glamour lock’s Instagram, tag a friend and comment done on my latest post which is here.

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Violet Voss mini eyeshadow palette $18

This mini palette is packed with colors you can create a soft smokey eye with, or dazzle your lids with shimmers and pops of color.

Luxury Satin bed sheet set $22.49

You will totally feel like Blair Waldorf from gossip girl sleeping in these satin sheets. Anyone else questioned why she had the same exact bedsheets throughout the entire 6 seasons of Gossip Girls? Yea…

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Artechouse, an interactive digital art exhibit, is Miami’s hottest back drop for your social media feed

Experience Artechouse, an interactive art and technology playground for both adults and children with successful installations in Washington D.C,  Miami and coming soon to New York.  Adrien M. and Claire B. created this internationally exhibited XYZT: Abstract Landscapes that has 4 dimensions: X (horizontal), Y (vertical), Z (depth), and  T (time).

Picture credit: annyalexa10

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Run through grass that flows as it follows your momentum, feel virtual reality as letters, digits, constellations and pixels react to your rhythms. You don’t need real rhythm, they won’t judge. Dance in a giant digital cube that plays music and transforms  its lights and sounds according to your movement.  Artechouse in South Beach has 10 installations, 9 of which are interactive. I highly recommend going with a group, especially with a friend that doesn’t mind switching camera duty because you’ll want to share this experience with everyone on social media.

Photo credit: @ohitsnikola
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Photo credit: @Christianfreudman


Be sure to share this video with your friends and comment below which installation you can’t wait to check out. Watch in 1080p 🙂

Ticket price before taxes:

Adults (Ages 15-64)  $24

Students, Seniors (65+) & Military ID holders $20

Children (Ages 2-14) $17

Purchase your tickets for Miami Artechouse here



Read more about Artechouse here

Yummy food to eat in Miami can be found here 

More information for Washington, D.C Artechouse can be found here



Happy New Year!

What a year 2018 was. I hope 2019 brings lots of joy, and it’s a year of happy beginnings for you all. 2018 was a year where I crossed off a lot of things on my bucket list. I was grateful to visit Banff, Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and start a blog that is about food, art and my new chapter being a mom.

I learned so much about the blogging world and how long filming takes—even just for a 30 sec clip. Most of all, it taught me patience and that things don’t always go as planned. We can create a timeline of our goals, and we have to accept some goals take longer to reach.

My goal is to organize this blog space and add more healthy recipes, instagram worthy food spots and fun events for you to visit in South Florida.

What are some of your goals for 2019?

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Future blog posts of Artechouse and The Art Banksy Exhibit coming soon!

Instagram worthy date night spots can be found here

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Last Minute Gifts Under $25 for Everyone

Looking for a last minute gift idea under $25? Scroll down this list to find something you can gift anyone. Ahem, and you should be on the naughty list for waiting so long to buy a gift.

Stila 3D dazzle flitter & glow liquid eye set $17  (Sephora)

I own these glitters and I absolutely love them. Any time I’ve been wearing them, it takes my eye look to the next level, and it is super sparkly as well. Your makeup-obsessed friend would love this set to sparkle up their life.

Check out Sephora for the sale price or Ulta for this liquid glitter set. Ulta may have it at a $25 price point.

Amazon Echo Dot $19.99 (Best Buy)

Voice control your music, set smart alarm or tun off your lights.

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Image from Best Buy

Thermic double wall glass travel mug $20.00 (Things Remembered)

These travel mugs are probably my fav because I love cawfeeee (My New York accent) and coffee that you can take with you is freedom! You can personalize this gift with the recipient’s name, nick name, their baby daddy’s name, some inside joke or an inspirational quote.

Image from Things Remembered website



Goodfellow & Co watch $24.99

This Goodfellow & Co watch hits our budget of $25! The stainless steel band gives it an expensive feel. Don’t include the extra bands––they just look tacky. You will def wow your bae since it looks like a luxurious Movado. 

Image from Target’s website

Crock-pot $17.99 (Target)

For the Chef in your life. A crock pot is a staple in the kitchens for stews, soups and chili.

Image from Target

The Knot ultimate wedding planner $ 23.99 (Barnes & Noble)

Perfect gift for the friend that’s walking down the aisle in 2019. There’s nothing more stressful than planning a wedding. I planned mine in like a month and half (that’s a story for another day kids).

Image from Barnes & Noble’s website


Anker Astro 5200 mAh Portable charger $17.99 (Best Buy)

We all have that one friend that we are trying to reach before meeting up and their phone is DEAD (ahem Sidra lol) Hook them up with this last minute gift under $25 dollars so they are always charged up.

Image from Best Buy’s website


I hope you guys have a fabulous Christmas <3 How are you guys spending the holidays?

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Looking for restaurants to check out in Miami? Click here

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Gift ideas for her click here

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Holiday events in South Florida 2018 guide

Looking for Winter and Christmas activities and photo opps in South Florida? 

Below are a list of fun Winter and Christmas activities in South Florida to enjoy with your family and friends.  Some of these Holiday events are free or ticketed. Also, these are all instagram worthy photo opps 🏆

City of Plantation Parks & Recreation: Selfies with Santa event FREE

Family fun night filled with holiday movies, arts & crafts, hot chocolate and photos with Santa.

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Dates: Dec 21, 2018 Hours: 6-8 pm

Check out their Facebook page here for more info

Located:

9151 NW 2nd Street Plantation, Florida 33324

Burrs Berry Farm $

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Image from Burrs Berry Facebook page

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Image from Burrs Berry Facebook page

Meet Santa, take tons of pictures at photo stations, enjoy tractor rides and kids activities.

Ticket price: Weekend (Friday-Sunday) Adults $10 Kids $5  Weekdays (Monday-Thursday) Free

Dates: Until December 30th, 2018

Parking: Free

More info can be found here 

Location:

12741 SW 216th Street, Miami, FL 33170

The Village at Gulfstream Free

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Image from Facebook event page of Gulfstream Park

Santa will be at Champions Plaza and free pictures will be available Dec 22 and Dec 23.  Pictures have to be taken with your own equipment.  Dogs are welcomed as well for this free holiday activity in South Florida.

Dates: Dec 22 and Dec 23 Hours: 11 am – 2 pm

Parking: Free

More info can be found here

Location:

901 S Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009

Santa’s Enchanted forest $$$$

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Image from Santas Enchanted Forest Instagram

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Image from Santas Enchanted Forest’s website

This place is huge! Over 100 rides, games, shows & attractions.  

Ticket price: $34~ Adults $26~ Kids & Seniors

Dates: Until Jan 6, 2019 Hours:  5 pm- 12 midnight

Parking: Free

Purchase your tickets here

More info can be found here

Location:

7900 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155

Dolphin mall $$$$

Meet Santa, play with snow, enjoy the magical lights and take home a personalized cadet badge.

Tickets : Price varies between $26.99- $49.99 

Dates: Now until Dec 24, 2018 Hours: 12 noon – 10 pm

Parking: Free

More info can be here

Location: 

11401 NW 12th Street, Miami, FL 33172

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Santa's Flight Academy

This mommy & her boys had so much fun at Santa's Flight Academy last weekend! Video credit: Karidejak

Posted by Dolphin Mall on Friday, November 23, 2018

Video created by, Karidejak

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden $$$

This is Christmas with a Miami twist.  Bright lights and 10 feet tall dandelions.  See Fairies and try your lucky with a scavenger hunt.  

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Image from Fairchild’s website

Tickets: Fairchild Members: $20 (Adult)/$15 (Children)  Non-Members: $28 (Adult)/$20 (Children)

Dates: Until Jan 11, 2019 Hours: 6 pm- 12 midnight

Purchase your tickets here

Location:

10901 Old Cutler Road Miami, Florida 33156

Not in South Florida but worth the visit if you are in Orlando

Disney World Magic Kingdom

I spent Christmas day back in 2014 at Magic Kingdom and it was an experience I’ll never forget. I spent the entire day with my family and my boo. How do you spend the Holidays?

For Date Night Instagram worthy spots in Florida click here

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Cafe 34 Istanbul

The Best Turkish Restaurant in Orlando, Florida

Searching for an authentic Turkish restaurant in Orlando?

Cafe 34 Istanbul has mouth-watering kebobs, Turkish coffee/tea,  authentic Turkish desserts, hookah, and the crowd is lit on most occasions (def can’t find a husband here—sorry girls). They have two sections: one is a restaurant and the other has music, dim lights and is pretty much the fun side.  You guessed it, we sat at the restaurant section because we came with baby.

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Where to eat during Art Basel

Where to eat during Art Basel

Looking for top rated restaurants to eat during Art Basel?  Read my list below.

Kush $$

Local ingredients used to for their burgers, chicken and waffles and they even have a veggie corner in their menu that serves veggie meatball parm sandwich 🤤 (I will be reviewing this restaurant on my blog soon)

Located:

2003 N. Miami Avenue Miami, Florida 33127

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Chicken & waffles with a fried egg. Image from Kush Wynwood’s Instagram

Kyu Miami $$

Wood fired Asian dishes and most of the food is locally sourced.  They have a variety of items on their menu such as Korean fried chicken, tuna tataki, grilled octopus, and a handful of vegetarian  options.

Located:

251 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127

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Korean fried chicken (Image from @omnomfoodie)

roasted cauliflower with goat cheese, shishito and herb vinaigrette (Image from @mmmarkos)

Perricone’s Marketplace & Cafe   $ or $$$ (depends what time you go)

Italian restaurant with mouth watering dishes like seafood linguine, homemade potato gnocchi, and fettuccine with sliced filet mignon.  The good news? On Thursdays it’s their $10 pasta, so be sure to add this your Thursday spot to try out.  End your meal with my favorite dessert coconut flan 🤤

Located:

15 SE 10th St, Miami, FL 33131

pasta with shrimp prawns sprinkled with basil on top
Image from Perricone’s Instagram

coconut flan with a raspberry on top
Image from Perricone’s Instagram

Mister 01        $$

Pizza, antipasti & salads.

3 locations:

1000 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33131

2315 N Miami Ave

1680 Michigan Ave #101

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Image from NewYorkCityNoms Instagram (Star Luca menu item)

Nusr-Et    $$$$

Last on the list is this meat lovers heaven! They have burgers, steaks, meatballs, lamb and other endless food items.We started off Art Basel here last year and experienced great service and enjoyed our food.  I was the the only meat eater so I got myself the burger and definitely don’t miss their baklava dessert.  It’s a homemade dessert stuffed with fresh ice cream that’s made in house daily.

Located:

999 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

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With Salt Bae

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Image from Nusr_et’s Instagram

For a list of dining inside the Miami Beach Convention Center and Botanical Garden click here

I will be adding more restaurants daily during Art Basel, so be sure to check back.

FREE Events during Art Basel can be found here