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Easter is coming, and the chocoholics and food lovers amongst us (guilty) are gearing up for a big one!

Nuffnang is a community packed full of bakers, makers and above all else chocolate lovers.

Check out the post because we’ve taken the guess work out for you and collected everything you need for the Easter weekend ahead. From decadent recipes to fun activities to keep the kids busy, we have you sorted.

Have a happy and safe Easter from all of us at team Nuffnang!

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For the serious chocoholics

Cadbury Creme Egg Cheesecake
By: Create Bake Make 

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Cadbury Creme Egg Chocolate Mug Cake
By: Love Swah

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Easy White Chocolate Easter Cake
By: Bake Play Smile

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Cheats 15 Minute Chocolate Overload Easter Cake
By: Bake Play Smile

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For something different

White Chocolate Easter Bark With Popping Candy
By: Love Swah

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For the kids

Decorating Easter Cookies
By: Oh So Busy Mum

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DRINK

For the adults

Boozy Easter Chocolate Cocktail
By: Bake Play Smile 

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MAKE 

Easy Bunny Bunting
By: My Poppet

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Printable Easter Colouring Page
By: My Poppet

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Easter Bunny Tails Bag Topper
By: Finlee & Me 

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Paper Plate Bunny Basket
By: Be A Fun Mum

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Adriana Barro
Nuffnang Community Team

Well the official count down to Christmas has begun! Can you believe it’s already December? Neither can we!

School is almost out for the kids, and summer is here (well it’s supposed to be…um.. Melbourne, we’re looking at you) but best of all the Holiday Season is officially upon us which means it’s time to celebrate and get creative.

1.Get into the festive spirit

The holiday season is all about spending time with the ones you love and what better way to celebrate then to chill out on the couch with some popcorn and a glass (or two) of wine watching a feel good holiday movie.

With so many movies out there it’s hard to just pick one to watch but don’t worry, Kelly from Be A Fun Mum has got you covered with her list of the Top 20 Family Christmas Movies.

From Elf to Love Actually there’s something for everyone and with Christmas fast approaching its time to get started with checking each one off the list!

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2. Get Crafty

With another year of school almost over, this means kids are eager and ready to kick into holiday mode.

If you’re stuck on ideas to keep them busy, why not get them involved in the Christmas decorating.

My Poppet has created these simple DIY Cereal Box Christmas Trees that are fun for the kids to make and look gorgeous around the house.

They’re fun, easy and will make your house feel festive and bright during the Christmas season!

While you’re at it, why not see what else you can create with items from around the house and share your ideas in the comments below.

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3. Add a personal touch

‘Tis the season of giving and this year why not try something from the homemade  Gift Guide put together by Bake Play Smile with the help of a few other blogger friends! A homemade gift adds a personal touch to the act of giving and is a fun way to get through your loooong Christmas gift list.

How about some homemade Baileys Irish Cream- sounds delicious right? Or maybe some Candy Cane White Chocolate Fudge?

The only problem with these gift ideas is you’ll want to keep them for yourself so make sure you make one extra, for taste testing purposes, obviously.

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4. Simple Hosting

Sometimes the thought of hosting a Christmas shindig can be a little daunting. It’s easy to get so caught up in worrying about everyone else having an amazing time that it becomes a day of stress for you, the host.

Fear not, Love Swah and Pearl from Pretty Mayhem are here to save the day with their tips on How To Host An Easy Holiday Party.

Five easy steps for a stress free day that ensures you as the host, enjoy the party just as much as everyone else!

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5. For the Sweet Tooth

What is Christmas without the sweets? It’s alright, we all have a cheat day (or week, or month) over the Christmas season.

Create Bake Make has a delicious collection of goodies for Christmas day including a twist on the classic Chocolate Ripple Cake- Mint Maltesers Chocolate Ripple Cake. YUM!

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Or keep it traditional with this delicious Easy Gingerbread Recipe which has the added fun of decorating, a perfect holiday activity to do with the kids.

Keep an eye on our amazing bloggers over the next month as they share tips, tricks and yummy treats for the festive season.

Words by: Stef Gordon

 

Adriana Barro
Nuffnang Community Team

Momentary video content and candid shots of the present moment are at the forefront of social media today. With social media giants Snapchat and Facebook fighting it out for the top spot it’s hard to recognise the benefits offered from the different platforms; Snapchat stories, Instagram Stories and new entrant Messenger Day.

 

 

Insta VS Snap

Snapchat

Snapchat stories is the OG platform for capturing and sharing spare of the moment photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours. Snapchat is impulsive, fun and captures behind the scene action and live interactions in real time.

Geo-filters, face mapping filters and the ability to draw, add stickers and add text to images or videos give snapchat a fun and creative edge that is very appealing to the millennial demographic.

With features such as filters, drawing and stickers, it also offers a chance to get creative with your content. Better filters and customisation keep snapchat in the competitive space.

Instagram versus Snapchat

Instagram Stories

It used to be that Snapchat was where we would share the less perfect, spare of the moment snapshots of everyday life, Instagram was where the picture perfect shot was shared. With the introduction of Instagram Stories, Instagram is now moving into the the realm of spontaneous image and video sharing. So now people can see how much effort actually goes into that flat lay…

Instagram stories has created debate within the social media world over how similar it is the snapchat as it offers an almost identical service to snapchat on top of the original functions of Instagram.

With over 300 million daily active users, Instagram stories offers a wider reach and has a wider demographic appeal.

A new feature of Instagram stories that is ahead of the game is the ability to include a link in an Instagram story.

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Messenger Day

New to the market of spontaneous image and video sharing is Messenger Day, an extension on the Facebook Messenger app.
Messenger Day is still in the testing stages and was only launched in Australia in October, it being tested here before being launched in larger markets such as the USA.
Still in the early stages, Messenger Day hasn’t taken off yet as it doesn’t differentiate itself from other competitors or offer benefits for its use.

Do you use any live stream platforms? Which do you like better? 

 

Words by: Stef Gordon

Adriana Barro
Nuffnang Community Team

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It’s not every day that you get an opportunity to be a part of changing the world as we know it today. For the month of November, Nuffnang is supporting the Movember Foundation and we hope you will join us in helping to stop men dying too young.

We live and breathe Social Media, and we are strong believers that we can make a massive difference with all of our influence collectively by doing the following:

  • SHARE – Spread the word about this movement through Social Media with #Movember
  • BLOG – Let your followers know how they can get involved
  • DONATE – Donate to our Movember Page

There are a number of ways you can personally get involved and show your support:

  • GROW: (men) Grow a Mo, save a Bro! This November, grow a Mo, or publicly challenge someone to do it to raise awareness for Men’s Health.
  • MOVE: (women) Take the Move Challenge and beat your personal best. Move is whatever you make it: from the big (racing to the top of the tallest peak around, riding __kms for 30 days) to the brave (facing the fear of learning how to surf) to the slightly outrageous (working out in costume, a workplace Ping-Pongtournament
  • HOST:
    Mo Bros and Mo Sistas know how to get creative and have a good time. Whether it’s a golf tournament, band night, or a dinner party – this Movember, get together to raise funds, make some noise, and stop men dying too young.

 

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Why Movember?

Men are facing a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. They are dying too young, before their time. We’re taking action and we need your help.

Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent. That’s why we’re getting behind this cause and taking action.
Movember is the only charity tackling men’s health year round, addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
Independent of government funding, in the 13 years Movember have funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world. By 2030 they hope to have reduced the number of men dying prematurely by 25%. Movember needs YOU, to help drive sign ups this year, spread the word and fundraise while focusing on the HOST, MOVE or GROW initiatives.

If you have any questions, or would like to be a part of Movember please email producttalk@nuffnang.com.au We have a brief, press releases, creative assets + more. We appreciate your support and time!

Love,
Team Nuffnang xx

Adriana Barro
Nuffnang Community Team

At Nuffnang, we’re massive fans of all things Disney. We grew up watching the countless number of classic films, and learning to memorise the iconic storylines. As we grow older, we still heavily anticipate the release of every new film, which are always full of loveable characters.

With the school holidays just around the corner we’re excited to check out Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, in cinemas now in 3D.

Pete’s Dragon is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot. Who just so happens to be a dragon! Elliot has the ability to disappear, breathe fire and fly…so we’re sure children will be truly enchanted by him. The quality of the live action animation will have audiences of all ages believing in the reality of the mesmerising fantasy.

The creative execution of the film is a true winner in our eyes. The visual designers of Elliot have clearly studied and observed the fond relationships between people and animals. In fact, Pete and Elliot’s relationship closely resembles that of a boy and his dog. Perhaps this explains why we fell so in love with Elliot’s characteristics. By the end of the film you will become so invested in the storyline that you will leave the cinema, desperately wishing Elliot were real.

The film is a tale of mystery, friendship, family and love. We don’t want to give too much away, but if you’re partial to a slice of ‘Disney magic’ then this is the perfect film for you and your family.

A highlight of the film is the amazing cast, including Oscar® winner Robert Redford, and Bryce Dallas Howard of ‘Jurassic World’.

It’s the perfect movie to watch as a family as it provides the opportunity to open up to a world of imagination and delightful characters. While you’re busy rushing around this school holidays, switch off and tune into the fantasy of Pete’s Dragon.

Check out the trailer here.

Sonia of Life Love Hiccups, Kelly of Be A Fun Mum and Cheree of Oh So Busy Mum had the pleasure of watching a preview of Pete’s Dragon. Read their thoughts on the film, characters and school holiday entertainment tips in the links below:

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Be A Fun Mum

Oh So Busy Mum

Amber Holyoake
Nuffnang Community Team

So, you’ve got your blog up and running, you’ve got some great content and you’ve set up your social media accounts after deciding which platforms work the best for you. If you haven’t, and aren’t sure if Instagram is right for you then check out our post about choosing your social media platforms here. If you decide that Instagram is right up your alley then read on!

Intro to Instagram

As of January 2016, there were over 5 million active Australian Instagram accounts, making it the 4th most popular social platform in this country, after Facebook, Youtube and WordPress (source). Since it began 5 years ago, Instagram has gained over 400 million users, with over 80 millions posts published daily (source). But why is Instagram so popular? Instagram is a visual platform which allows people to show off their images and videos; it does one thing and it does it well.

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There are many limitations on Instagram that aren’t seen on other platforms, but that is part of it’s appeal for a lot of people because it encourages organic content, not sharing others’ content. Users can only see one feed at a time, meaning only one photo/video, and can only upload content from their phones. The banning of third party apps means content can’t be scheduled or shared within the app easily, forcing people to publish real-time.  

Instagram: what is it good for?

All of these factors means Instagram is a great platform for sharing unique, original content to an audience who want to see what you’re creating, not just content you’re sharing from other people. It’s great if you want to build a visual representation of your work, connect with others who share similar interests and engage with a relevant audience. Instagram works great for: – Travel bloggers -Foodies -Models -Fitspo -Makeup bloggers -Fashion bloggers -Famous pets

The downside to this is it’s harder to share content from Instagram. Unless you link Instagram to your other social accounts, you can’t share your Instagram content to other platforms. You also cannot share content from other accounts outside the app, unless you manually take a screen shot and send it to someone.

Some of Instagram’s newer features have been making it easier for businesses to use Instagram, including the ability to have multiple accounts logged in at one time, Insights, a contact button, and sponsored posts. This means it’s now easier for you to keep your personal account while turning your blog account into a business one to keep track of all those important numbers.

Instagram and your blog

With that all in mind, how can you use Instagram with your blog?

  Unlike Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and other social platforms, it might not seem as easy to use Instagram with your blog, but don’t let that put you off!   Instagram only lets you share one hyperlink in your profile; you can add links in comments or with photos, but people can’t click through from those links, they have to copy and paste them into a web browser. This means the stream of traffic going to your blog will be filtered through the one link, so choose your hyperlink wisely! 

Instagram may not provide you with a huge influx of traffic to your blog but it is a great platform for sharing your content and engaging fans. Think of it as the pretty store window, enticing people to come in and find out more about your brand. If they like what they see they’ll enter through the front door (the door represents your hyperlink in this metaphor) and look around at all the great content you’ve got on offer.

As previously mentioned, it’s now easier to be a business on Instagram, which is perfect if you’re treating your blog like a brand (which we’d recommend if you’re wanting to grow your blog and monetise it). By turning your Instagram account to a business account, you’ll make it easier for brands to get in touch with you and see a whole lot of in-app insights that aren’t available to personal accounts.

If you aren’t keen to change it to a business account you can still get insights, you’ll just have to use third-party apps like Squarelovin or Union Metrics. These both offer free services, where you can review your posts, see what people are engaging with, who are your top followers and more. There are plenty of other services out there is you wish to pay to get more in depth insights.

How to grow your Instagram following 

Don’t be afraid of hashtags! Some people love them, some people hate them, but they’re a great way for people to find your content. Make sure you use hashtags that are relevant to your content and the audience you want to attract. Morgan Timm makes a compelling argument for using hashtags here. This can also be a great way to find fans. If you want to get new followers, you can’t just rely on your current following. Liking and commenting on people’s photos is a good way to get their attention, and if you’re finding these people through hashtags that you use then chances are, they’ll be interested in your content.

Be consistent! Make sure you’re posting regularly, and at a good time. Union Metrics, Squarelovin and other Instagram tools show you when you get more engagement, so try and stick to posting at those times. If you’ve consistently been posting about food for the last couple of years and you suddenly hit your audience with a bunch of cat pictures they’ll be left confused and potentially annoyed. If you really want to start changing things up, start slow and be prepared to see a dip in followers. When you keep your content consistent, your overall feed will start to look better and be more appealing to new visitors. 

Be everyone’s best friend! As mentioned before, if you’re only posting content, and not engaging, how can you expect anyone new to see your content? There are plenty of large accounts which pay bots to grow their accounts, but this cheapens your brand and can ruin your integrity. You can spot when someone has used a bot, it might be a comment completely unrelated to your photo, or a simple emoji. When you’re engaging with people to encourage them to follow you, try and make your comments meaningful and relative to the image. Comment pods are a way of helping other bloggers out with engagement; find other bloggers in your area/niche to create a comment pod, where everyone shares and supports each other’s content. 

It starts to sound a bit daunting, but once you get going on Instagram it’s quite addictive! Make sure you’re posting frequently with high quality content that’s relevant to your audience and you’ll be fine. The proof is in the pudding.

Stay tuned for tips and advice on other social media channels!

Amber Holyoake
Nuffnang Community Team

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