WEEK 5 Instafun Fall Camp

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Fall mornings are my favorite time of day. It’s chilly and a cup of coffee in the morning is heavenly. Quintessential fall drinks like hot chocolate, apple cider, chai and hot tea can also help you stay warm. Here are my favorite fall drink recipes. Try one of these or share your own on Instagram! 

Low Sugar Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Have you tried powdered collagen? I love it for healthy nails, skin and hair. You can find it at Fresh Thyme. I like it in this recipe (and it’s also vegan.) Cardamom Collagen Hot Chocolate

Apple Pom Mock-tail (no hangover!)

Hot Apple Cider (use your slow cooker)

White Hot Chocolate

Make your own Pumpkin Spice Creamer

I love putting these in my favorite thermos’ —the classic green and plaid Stanley.

As children we get our first real taste of freedom and independence from one object— the bicycle. It's our ticket to fly down the street to a friend's home, visit the corner store, or reach our limits and push our boundary zones. When's the last time you hopped on a bike? You still have time to get out there before winter comes! Try renting a bike from one of these locations.

Sharon Woods, Miami Whitewater, Winton Woods

Devou Park, Covington, KY

Red Bike Cincinnati


Last week we explored new ways to gain followers. This week we will review a couple of other tactics you can use. 

1. You can tag other Instagram users featured in your photos with an @-mention in your caption or by using Instagram’s tagging functionality. Either way, they’ll receive a notification when you do so. Tagging someone encourages them to engage with the post and share it with their own following. Try tagging me in your next post, @wifeofthechef, for practice. 

2. You can also encourage your followers to tag their friends in the comments. For example: “Tag someone you know who would find this funny.” This can help expose your Instagram account to a larger network of people. If you are a business or blog you can run a promotion this way by giving away a prize. 

3. If your business has a physical location, make sure to tag your photos with that location and encourage customers to do the same. Users can then click on that location and see all photos posted from your store, restaurant, or office. This can help expose your brand (and Instagram account) to more people. This works really well for conferences, parks, and vacations as well. 

4. If you attend a big event, search the hashtag and comment on people's accounts that attended the same event. For example, I just went to see Rachel Hollis' Made for More. After the event, I went home and searched #madeformoremovie. On posts I commented "Just saw this in a theatre in Cincinnati, OH. I am fired up! Are you feeling inspired?" I copied and pasted this in the comment to about 40 posts— and in-turn I gained 10 new followers. 

5. Post at the right time. Generally, the best times to post on Instagram are lunch time (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and evenings (7-9 p.m.) Keep in mind though that the best time for your brand will likely be different. To figure out when that is, consider your audience. What does their typical day look like? When are they most active on Instagram?