Oct 25 2012

Twitter for Beginners

Twitter Dos And Don'ts

by: Sarah Gunn

Whether you are a brand or a person looking to connect online, twitter is an amazing social media tool. But, it is only amazing if it is used the right way. And, yes, there is a wrong way to use twitter. Making a few simple mistakes, unknowingly or not, could affect how everyone on twitter interacts with you. Twitter is hard to grasp in the beginning, but, simply put, it is about building relationships, making connections, and engaging with others.

I remember when I started twitter in 2009 and how long it took me to navigate this new online world. I was totally using it incorrectly. Twitter is not Facebook. It is more interactive and, in my opinion, can totally change your life. Twitter is how I was able to start this blog at YMC, it's why I am now a regular expert on Cityline, it is how I was asked to contribute to amazing publications, including Today's Parent magazine. When I see people making 'mistakes' on twitter, I want to help, but I don't want to offend by tweeting to someone directly. Hence this post.

To get the most out of your twitter experience, here are my top 10 twitter dos and dont's:

I have simplified the Dos and Don'ts a bit here, but I think they are mostly self explanatory. Basically: be yourself, do everything in moderation and engage with people you follow and who follow you. Most of all, have fun! I laugh more on twitter then I do watching most sitcoms.

If you have any twitter questions, let me know. I am no expert, but I'd be happy to help!

I'd love to know.....what are your Dos and Don'ts for twitter?

A huge thank you to the long list of lovely people that shared twitter tips and pet peeves with me on twitter and on Facebook! xoxo



Oct 24 2012

How To Use Pinterest For Your Blog

Pinterest 101

by: Sarah Gunn

Pinterest is an amazing tool for increasing traffic to your blog. It is also the best online resource for images and inspiration. I recently shared my pinterest addiction, tips, and some important facts in a presentation at Blissdom Canada. Take a moment to watch the video below to see how to make pinterest work for you and your blog, including five 'pinnable' ideas you can do today:

All images in the video are mine except for the two fabulous Halloween images by i heart nap time. Be sure to check out her blog—it is full of a ton of amazing ideas.

The infographics are from mashable, visual.ly, and pinerly as indicated on the appropriate slide.

Here is my pinterest account....come say hi!

Oct 23 2012

5 Geometric Rugs for $600 or less

Adding pattern to your floor without breaking the bank

by: Sarah Gunn

I kind of have an obsession with geometric area rugs. I love the patterns, the colours and the sense of fun they add to a room. They feed my love of symmetry. But damn, they can be expensive! So, I went on a search for fabulous, but frugal, geometric rugs. Ranging in price from $89 to $580, these prove you don't have to break the bank to add some geometric goodness to your floors.

Where to Shop:

1. stamped scalloped rug {urban outfitters}
2. herringbone rug {urban outfitters}
3. andalusia dhurrie rug {west elm}
4. lappljung ruta rug {ikea}
5. olin grey rug {crate and barrel}

All images courtesy of urban outfitters, west elm, ikea and crate and barrel}





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Sarah Gunn provides creative, beautiful decorating, and styling services. She is dedicated to creating spaces for clients that represent their personality and style in the most beautiful and functional way. Good design comes from the heart and Sarah dedicates herself to ensuring each project is happy-making. 

Sarah offers full decorating services, design consultations, e-design, and party styling. She has a special place in her heart for decorating children's rooms. Sarah is a regular design and DIY expert on Cityline and her design work has been featured in Today's Parent Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Houzz, PBteen, and HGTV.com

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