3 Picture Editing Apps You Should Be Using Now!

I get asked daily how to increase followers across social networks. There’s not an exact science, but you need to have great pictures to post. Here’s 3 apps I use to get mine. The editing apps you’re not using right now, but you should be. 

  1. Airbrush - I’m obsessed with it. It does everything!!! Clears your skin, whitens your teeth, brightens dark photos, so many filters. It can even make you a little taller, a bit thinner if you want. Like all things, there’s a bit of a learning curve, but when you play around with it-you’ll love it like I do. It’s free and almost all of the features are free. There are some that cost, but the pro-version is $3.99 and if you edit a ton of pics, it might be worth the purchase. 


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2. Pic collage. You’re probably using it, everyone has it even my 4th grader, but you’re using it wrong. For starters, once you make your collage, crop the pic collage logo out of your pics 🙄- seriously, it looks ridiculous (you could also buy the pro version) either way, stop it.  What you should be using it for is to overlay text on top of your pictures and watermark your pictures. You can also use it to shrink down a photo that’s too big for Instagram. Obviously you can make a collage, which is less of an issue now that insta has the carousel feature. 

3. Mojo - oh em gee!! It’s my new fav. Have you seen everyone’s IG story that look like a mini-movie with pictures and text? It’s done with Mojo! Like all apps, there’s a free and pro version but the free version is really good. 

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These are the apps I use and love, do you have any that you swear by? I’d love to know what you’re using. Drop a comment below of what pic apps you’re using or if you have questions. 

First Ever Winter Fest!

For the first time ever, Worlds of Fun has opened their gates for winter fun! And by winter, I almost mean summer because it was 75 degrees yesterday when we visited. 

The park is decorated with thousands of lights and a 7foot Christmas Tree that is gets "turn on" via the giant switch every night at 5:30.  So many lights with different themed and hundreds of photo opportunities for that perfect holiday card.  There are shows every hour with all your favorite songs, rides, ice skating, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, photos with Santa, hot chocolate, rides and so much more! 

The ice skating and cookie decorating are extra, but the giant cookies and the sweetest Mrs. Claus ever are well worth it! *pro-Mom tip, decorate the cookies at the very end or at least when you are finished with the rides, because they come in a box that you will have to carry around!  Tickets for admission start at $25, but you can purchase other tickets that are all inclusive and have meals too. *pro-Mom tip - buy online and save a little money, especially on parking. 

There are so many characters waling around and wanting to take pictures, quite a few rides open and all of Snoopy's Play Place and cool petting zoo.  I would say it's best to get there as close to 5 o'clock as possible.  That way you could do the merry go round or another ride and be right up front for the tree lighting at 5:30.  It's fun for all ages and not to missed this year! 

*Disclosure: I was given tickets for admission, but all thoughts are mine as always.  If you have any doubts about if it's worth, my 18 year old (who doesn't like much of anything) said it was fun!!!

How To Start Your Blog

1.       Pick a name.  Sounds simple, it is not.  You need something that is catchy and unique, but not so unique that people don’t know how to spell it when they are looking for you.

2.       Start with finding your niche.  I am a Lifestyle Blogger and that has evolved over time.  I started as an organizing blogger, then crafts, then added fitness and now lifestyle that encompasses more topics.  To start, you should decide what you are most passionate about and want to write about the most.

3.       Pick a host. I have used almost all of them and Word Press and Square Space are both very easy to use, especially for beginners.  The themes are great, easy to choose and edit yourself. They have options to sell products if that's what you plan to do, as well as connect all your social media channels. 

4.       Buy your domain name.  It’s always more professional to have mikitaburton.com instead of mikitaburton.wordpress.com (for example).  Domains are easy to buy through your host (word press or square space or whoever you chooses).  They are usually about $20 per year.

5. Make sure your blog is in line with your social media.  A lot of bloggers have personal pages, as well as business pages to keep their message consistent.  I am my own brand, so my personal and business mix well. 

6. Start writing.  As a general guide, I would have 3 - 5 post ready to go before you launch. 

7. Be consistent.  Honestly, it is still something I am working on. You want to write quality post as often as you can. 

8. Sign up for blogger reviews.  Staring out, you will need to write in exchange for product or tickets or exposure.  You won't get paid post right away, you will need to build a following and audience. 

9. Promote yourself using hashtags.  I've been accused of using too many hashtags and that's not a thing! Hashtags are how brands find you, how people find you when search for your niche. USE ALL THE HASHTAGS! 

10. Go! “They blew out a breath and did the thing all heroes must do—they took that terrifying first step.” 
― Chloe NeillMidnight Marked