Holiday Links to Love

‘Tis the season for everything red, green and gold & you can bet your bottom dollar I’m participating in everything #Holidays!

Siesiesanchez's Christmas tree

No seriously. I’m in absolute love with “the most wonderful time of year” and you should be too! Here I’m sharing with you what I’ve found on the web that is helping my holiday get on its jolly way!

1. The ULTIMATE Christmas Playlist

No explanation necessary. Press play.

2. Gift Guides

It’s always hard to figure out what to give Mom or Dad, let alone your significant other. Don’t worry there are plenty of people more than willing to help you figure out what to do and they manifest their findings in “Gift Guides.” Guess what else… if you look for these gift guides on Pinterest you to narrow search even further by clicking the tabs at the top.

Pinterest Gift Guide 

 3. Christmas Cookies

There’s a reason why people give themselves room for a couple more pounds during the holidays and that is due to the variety of cookies they want to taste.

Listen, Christmas cookies, specifically, are the JAM (some even have jam in them…) and I found the cutest little site that has a ton of recipes. Christmas-Cookies.com is so non-corporate it will remind you of your own Nana. (I bet their recipes even taste like hers too!)

Christmas Cookies dot com

 What are some websites that are helping you kick off the Holiday season?

Let us know in the comments below!

3 Tips for Using Twitter Effectively

I seem to spend the majority of my time working on the ListaLand brand with its Twitter account. I am constantly asking myself am I doing enough? Is all the time I spend reading articles and tweeting about them really even worth it? Am I gaining any traction in the Social world or am I standing still? Sometimes it’s hard to tell when there aren’t direct grades or numbers to prove your overall success… am I right?!

Here are a couple of ways that have helped me better my engagement with fellow bloggers and Social Media freaks like me.

1. Always give credit where credit is due

Some people tweet about random things like what the person next them in line just said or about dropping their toothbrush in the toilet. The unimportance of said tweets renders them excused from this rule, but for the rest of you I highly recommend tagging a person &/or company in anything about them.

Crediting people > free advertising for everyone > social media karma coming your way!

2. Schedule your tweets.

Do yourself a favor and schedule your tweets. It’s hard to remember to pump out a few tweets during your day. Are you really going to stop and tweet about that awesome Forbes article you read on your coffee break? Chances are no. Plus that’s so inconvenient!

I am forever indebted to Hootsuite for being my favorite posting platform. I recently started using the AutoSchedule feature which sends your posts at optimal times making this tweet scheduling thing a mindless activity in my book! > #EPIC

Hootsuite Dashboard

3. Be nice and RT/favorite things you LIKE!

If you like it, prove it. It’s that simple. Send out some good social vibes and share other people’s content.

I’m not saying have a hay day and RT the next ten things on your feed, but if something resonates with you don’t be shy and let the Tweeter know! You know you love it when some one retweets or favorites your content. #ShareTheLove

Your turn! What are some top Twitter tips you’ve learned?