Too Many Cooks in Your Social Media Kitchen

We all know the saying, it takes a village. And when it comes to the success of social media, that definitely rings true. When it comes to the management of social media, however, that is not always the case. With any time of writing, having multiple sets of eyes can help create content become even better, but at a certain point too many eyes, and more importantly, too many mouths, make managing social harder.

Working with clients see this a lot. As an agency or freelancer, you are representing someone else’s business; that is a lot of control for a company to let go. They are trusting you to essentially be the voice of their brand. With more and more people making social media their first point of contact with a brand, this job has never had higher stakes. For this reason, many companies and marketing managers want more control over the image you’re putting out. They want input. Maybe they even want their own people to push out posts as well. Obviously, there is nothing wrong with that, until it starts impacting the way you do your job. Having too many hands in the social media pot can turn you perfectly balanced dinner into a mess. Too many cooks can cause a few issues to your social media meal: Continue reading →

November Goals


October was a really fun month! I kicked it off with my college roommate’s wedding in North Carolina, went to Austin City Limits, made a trip back home, started my last semester of grad school, and rung in the end of the month with Halloween. The holiday season is quickly approaching which means so is the end of the year. It’s time to get busy. Here’s what I am getting into this month:

  1. Get to chatting. My work goal for this month is to get back in to the Twitter chats I used to be involved with. I’m sure #AdWeekChat has missed me ūüėČ.
  2. Learn a new recipe. In the spirit of Thanksgiving this month, I want to learn a new Thanksgiving recipe. I think it may be corn casserole but time will tell.
  3. Get those steps in.¬†My goal is only 5,000 a day so it is pretty doable. Looks like I’ll be doing some laps around my complex.
  4. Learn some trivia. The election is days away, I’m so nervous y’all. Anyway, in honor of us electing a new President I should learn the other 43 (in order) and the US state capitals. Bonus points for learning political parties of the presidents.
  5. Create an evening routine. Now that I have my skin care routine down (and I hard wake up time), it’s time to integrate other steps to get me in the mind-set of sleep.
  6. Finish Duolingo. I’ve got to get it done with an extra 30 days, right?
  7. Hydrate. Now that I’ve replaced one drink a day, I hope to meet the minimum goal of 64oz per day. I just got a new water bottle from Target with an infusion compartment so hello fancy office water. Today’s special: strawberry cucumber. Share your combos if you have any good ones!
  8. Collect can goods. For my community goal this month I want to collect cans for a local food drive. And not just with me. I’m going to work with others to get donations up.

Here’s how last month went! Continue reading →

Finding My Inner Julia

Ever since moving into my new apartment (blog post to come) I have become something of the aspiring cook. Maybe it is my new open kitchen or how light and bright it is, but I have been trying some delicious new recipes. Here’s what I’ve been cooking.

My new favorite dish comes from my girl Maria Menounos’s EveryGirl’s Guide to cooking. I never thought I would enjoy Cauliflower Patties but they are incredible. Mine weren’t exactly picture perfect so image to come. I also substituted carrots for onion. I ate the patties plain as a side for breaded tilapia, as well as on a slider bun. It doesn’t taste anything like a burger but it’s still an amazing meal in every form. It’s tricky when you’re first starting but once you get the hang of frying the patties, it’s a breeze.

Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 10.46.28 AMI have never been a big fan of seafood aside from the occasional crab and spinach dip (Back Porch has the best). However, in my effort to be healthier I discovered this Honey Garlic Shrimp recipe. This recipe is a total Rachel Ray (takes 30 minutes or less). Excluding marinating¬†time, it takes about 5 minutes to prepare the sauce and 15 minutes to cook. I served mine with quick and easy white rice. Next time I plan to use some (also quick and easy) garlic quinoa. I’ve never had it before, so I’ll let you know how it goes. Continue reading →

Keep Your Brain Juices Flowing

I’m a firm believer in continued learning. It doesn’t have to be on work related topics, but I am happier, and I think other people are too, when we exercise our mind. Choose to learn things that can better you personally and maybe professionally as well. Here are a few categories to where you can expand your mind.

Current Events– I stay on top of this goal by reading TheSkimm every morning (Check out my post about it). I also check industry specific and local news sources daily so that I don’t miss anything big. Here are some other sources I reference. This is who NOT to reference.¬†Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 2.46.24 PM

Languages– Over the last ¬†year, I have been trying to learn Italian. My ultimate goal would be to learn Greek, but I want to start with something that uses the same alphabet. If you read my post on staying relevant over the summer, you’d know I used Duolingo. Continue reading →

Kutesy Kitchen (Adulting: Chapter Three)

This chapter is all about cooking and your kitchen.¬†Its a great match with chapter 2 and helpful for those of you just starting out on your own. It’s a good read for those of you who are culinary challenged.

Photo Courtesy of Cath Kidston

Photo Courtesy of Cath Kidston

  • Steps 60-64: I combined these steps¬†to create a master list of basic kitchen supplies.
    • Medium saucepan
    • Large frying pan
    • Griddle
    • Chef‚Äôs knife (don‚Äôt skimp here)
    • 6 bowls
    • 6 plates
    • 6 smaller cups/ nice cups
    • 6 larger cups/ plastic
    • 6 sets of silverware
    • 6 wine glasses
    • Can opener
    • Spatula
    • Ladle
    • Some wooden spoons
    • Salt and pepper shakers
    • Whisk
    • Measuring cups and spoons
    • Colander
    • Corkscrew
    • Vegetable peeler
    • Box grater
    • Roasting pan- 9×9
    • 2 cookie sheets- one for cookies one for other stuff
    • Pyrex casserole dish
    • Small food processor
    • Toaster oven
    • Blender
    • Handheld mixer
  • Step 70:¬†Store and freeze things properly.¬†“Air is the enemy when it comes to storing or freezing leftovers.” Always make sure your Tupperware is air tight. I am the worst at keeping food fresh. Meat should be put in the freezer within two days. You should try to separate things into individual portions before you freeze them because its harder to separate later.
  • Step 72: Buy¬†The Joy of Cooking.¬†Apparently, this is like the cooking bible.¬†It has a recipe for almost anything you could ever want to cook. This blog has a lot of cool stuff on The Joy of Cooking.
Photo Courtesy off Great American Things

Photo Courtesy off Great American Things

  • Step 77: Master the art of the meal salad.¬†I love salads, but am so picky. My favorite is the McAlister’s Chef Salad with no cucumbers. I would love to learn to make a salad I love that much without having to pay $8 for it. Here are the basic elements to creating the perfect salad.
    • Greens- lettuce, spinach, mixes, etc. (Mixed Greens)
    • Fruit or vegetable (Carrots and Tomatoes)
    • Nut or meat- bacon, chicken, toasted almonds, etc. (Bacon and Ham)
    • Cheese (Cheddar-Jack)
    • (Croutons)
  • Step 86: Hand wash dishes properly.¬†Even if you have a dish washer some things like pots or extra large wine glasses¬†need to be hand washed. Brown says to fill the sink with hot water and add some Dawn then a splash of Bleach. Let the dishes sit for 20 minutes (do not let wood or cast iron sit in the hot water) then one by one take them out and scrub them with a sponge and place them on a drying rack in a way that the water can drip out.

There are so many other great kitchen tips I didn’t have room to put in this post. If you have any suggestions on kitchen tips feel free to comment below or tweet at me,¬†@kattals.¬†You can also send me a message on the “Drop K A Line” page¬†. Be sure to keep coming back to thewaysofk to see more posts on this book and the other topics I cover. Also be sure to check out ¬†Kelly Williams Brown¬† and her blog¬† to get more tips and information.

Brown, Kelly Williams. Adulting: How To Become a Grown-Up In 468 easy(ish) Ways. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2013.