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Instagram is Hiding Likes: Here's Everything You Need to Know

By now, you may have heard about or noticed (if you’re in one of the testing countries) that your likes are disappearing on Instagram.

In May 2019, Instagram started testing a new feature in Canada that hides public likes and video view counts on all photos and video posts. A few weeks ago, Instagram expanded the test to other countries including: Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand.

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I DETOXED FROM SOCIAL MEDIA FOR 72 HRS - HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED

A few weeks before Freddie and I ventured off on our summer travels, we were sitting at Corner Bakery in Pasadena, enjoying a yummy breakfast and chatting about upcoming plans. In between bites of our Anaheim Scramble, we were on our phones checking ticket prices, directions for our road trip, different sights to see for our vlog, as well as choosing outfits for approaching events. While I was deep in research between the different Smithsonian’s in Washington, D.C., my focus was interrupted by a sweet and joyful voice -

“Is this how the future generation does brunch these days?” an older gentleman gleefully chuckled and teased.

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HOW TO GET RE-INSPIRED WHEN YOU’RE FEELING STUCK

A few months ago, I found myself feeling absolutely stuck. I had just lost my Grandfather, my to-do list was sky high and I had new projects I was trying to get off of the ground but was making zero progress. I knew I needed to step back and take a breather. 

Through trial and error, I discovered a few strategies that worked beautifully in helping me feel unstuck and re-inspired. Anytime I ever begin to feel stuck, I will go back to this easy game plan to get out of the ever-dreaded funk that we all go through from time to time. 

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WEEKEND GETAWAY GUIDE: NEW YORK CITY

A few months ago, my Mom called me with some fascinating news; in partnership with Calyx Concierge, she was invited to showcase her artwork in Manhattan! My Mom, Vallerie, is a custom mandala artist and makes the most breathtaking pieces. We were very excited and my Mom asked me if I would come and handle the business end so she could focus on creating - I was in! A mother-daughter trip to NYC?? Pinch me now!

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HOW TO FACE CHANGE WITH COURAGE

If you clicked on this post, chances are you may be going through or thinking about a significant change in your life. Let’s face it; change is scary af. The fear of the unknown can be wildly overwhelming. ESP for us crazy Type A’s who crave certainty (heyyy). But did you know that our brains actually prefer predictable negative consequences over uncertain outcomes? Our minds want certainty and avoid uncertainty. 

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5 MUST-HAVE APPS

Aside from the juggernaut apps of today, (Uber, Postmates, Instagram), I wanted to share my 5 favorite apps that I use daily! Some are social media related while others are lifestyle & wellness. Here is a peek at apps I adore & what they do!

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HABITS OF HAPPY PEOPLE

happiness

But how simple is it, really?

And is it even something we can look for?

Are we able to truly control it?

If you’re anything like me, leading a life filled with joy, laughter & bliss is an absolute must. No matter the situation, I always try to look at the glass as half full (and sometimes, that can be incredibly hard)! However, capturing & holding onto happiness is not something that you will magically “figure out” one day. It is a continuous practice that you must exercise.

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CBD OIL: MYTH OR MAGIC?

Ahh, CBD oil. You’ve probably heard of it or know someone who has tried it. If you haven’t, here is the skinny -

CBD oil (aka hemp oil), is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, a chemical compound that is found naturally in the cannabis plant. CBD is NOT mind altering like marijuana; in other words, CBD will NOT get you high - there is 0% THC. CBD is known to help with inflammation, arthritis, joint pain, stomach cramps, swelling, epilepsy, aches, colds, anxiety, depression, eczema, psoriasis & rashes.

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WHAT THE INSTAGRAM BLACKOUT TAUGHT ME

Picture this: The day is Wednesday, March 13th, 2019. I am getting ready for the Draper James x M.Gemi Collection Launch. I grab my photo for Instagram and prep my stories to celebrate and share this fabulous limited line.

I open up my Instagram only to be greeted by a “cannot load” message - no matter how many times I hit refresh. I go to my Insta stories and try uploading - no dice. I then pull up my feed and try uploading a photo - zip, zilch, nada.

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HONORING A TRUE AMERICAN HERO: LIFE CELEBRATION OF MY GRAMPS, KENNETH CLIFFORD TAYLOR

Five months ago, I had the privilege and honor of interviewing WWII B-29 Bombardier/Navigator, Businessman, Family Man & my Grandfather, Ken Taylor on a blog titled Life According to My 95-Year-Old Gramps. He shared great wisdom, witty stories & true perspective on living an extraordinary life filled with a positive mindset & wonderful values.

On December 21st, 2018, our beloved Gramps passed away. As devastating as that day was for so many, we were all incredibly grateful for our time with this truly magnetic individual. His Celebration of Life was set for February 23, 2019, at The American Legion in Lady Lake, Florida.

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THE BEST ROMANTIC COMEDIES OF ALL TIME

REAL TALK: Reflecting on past years of celebrating Valentine’s Day, no matter my relationship status, one thing always remains the same: my favorite way to celebrate this holiday is with ROMANTIC COMEDIES! Sometimes going out can be stressful. Restaurants are packed, the menus are all preset and the setting can feel very contrived. While I do love celebrating love, sometimes there is no better Valentine’s Day than a date at home with your loved one, favorite rom-com, home cooked meal & delicious wine. #yesplease

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THE VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT GUIDE FOR HER

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I feel so many of us never know what to get the lovely ladies in our lives (whether that be our significant other, daughter, mom or even a Galentine!) What is something she would adore? What is something she would benefit from using? How do I find something timeless that she will truly appreciate? No worries, my sweet friends, I gotchu covered.

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10 WORKOUT SONGS FOR YOUR 2019 PLAYLIST

It is no surprise that I am obsessed with ALL things music. Whether I am writing, cleaning, working out, relaxing, driving, editing or working at a coffee shop, you better believe I have different playlists for each occasion. I have an eclectic taste in general but when it comes to my workout playlist - I am really picky!

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HOW TO MAKE 2019 YOUR YEAR

Picture this:

It’s the second week of January 2019. Your Facebook News Feed seamlessly transitions from ‘New Year, New Me’ posts to entertaining af ‘How Hard Did Aging Hit You?’ challenge posts. 

The crowd at the gym is becoming less packed and everyone is slowly sliding back into their usual patterns & lifestyles.

Can I let you in on a dirty little secret? I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions.

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DAY OF DAYS RECAP

I cannot believe another Day of Days has come and gone! Time is flying! This year, the beloved Soap Opera celebrated its 53rd Anniversary in style with a big bash at Universal CityWalk.

At around 8:00a on Saturday, November 10th, Bryon our videographer arrived at our place in Pasadena along with Nansi. The awesome duo was set to capture and shoot a vlog episode for us to show behind the scenes of the celebration.

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