7 Things You Need To Know About Vero Right Now

Over the weekend a newer app, Vero, was the topic of discussion as many tried to secure their spot for a free subscription for life. The app isn't totally new, however. It showed up in the Apple App store last April. If you haven't heard already, Vero is a social app that is supposed to be unlike any other out there. Why? Well let's just get right into what you need to know about the app right now.
1. There will be no ads. Apparently it will also always be in chronological order. This sounds like an ideal situation and the answer to a lot of complaints from people about other social media outlets. I know very little about creating social apps, but what I do know is that all successful ones have something in common- ads. The other thing is that you will still get ads from businesses and influencers you follow. Just because businesses can't pay Vero to show you their product doesn't mean they can't pay an influencer to show it to you or show it to you themselves. So the idea of no ads sounds fabulous, until you realize that the only ads that can be controlled are ones provided by the platform itself.

2. It will eventually be a subscription service. Vero announced that the first 1 millions users would get to have a free subscription for life. Perhaps this is the reason for the surge in new users. A subscription service is their way to make money. You will have to pay to use their app. As a business owner I would willingly pay a monthly subscription fee in order for my followers to not see random ads, but I'm not sure as a follower I'd be willing to pay for that. Ads on social media don't bother me anymore, they are a part of life.

3. Vero will not steal your data or spy on you like other suspected social outlets. This is kind of a big deal. Vero will basically only know your name and e-mail address.
4. They aren't prepared for the surge of users. Because of this, everything is slow or doesn't even load. We had a hard time signing up, and so did a lot of other people. Luckily for Vero, we are all too curious to quit trying there. We finally got our account registered, but every time I've tried to post I've had a hard time. The last time I just gave up and decided to write this post.

5. It's kind of like Facebook, but there are no statuses. You'll see the same things on your feed as on Facebook. Photos, videos, books, TV, links, places and even music. You can't just write a line unless it's attached to some sort of content. I personally like this detail as I find this option pointless on Facebook. The difference is that these things are already sorted into "collections". You can see your own collections in your profile. I'm assuming you can see people's collections on their profiles, but I've yet to get someone's profile to load successfully. The load times are really blowing out the flame I may have had for this app even just this morning.

6. Connections vs. Followers. This is an interesting feature, although not completely original. Connections are people you know and there are three categories- close friends, friends, and acquaintances. And the of course, you have followers. When you post on Vero, you choose who you want to see your post. They are not groups though, it's more like a tiered system. If you choose for your followers to see your post, then everyone sees it. You can't just post to your acquaintances because you friends and close friends will also see that post. The only exclusive group is your "close friends". Also, once you've posted on Vero, you can't edit who you chose to see your posts. You can edit your caption, however.

7. Finding people to follow isn't easy. Besides following people you know and who are in your address book, there aren't many options for finding new people. They have featured users on an explore-like page, but there are 3 on mine and they haven't changed. Also, because they don't collect your data and there isn't an algorithm, the people they suggest are completely unrelated to anything I'm interested in. Algorithms are sounding pretty good right about now. This all could be because there aren't enough active users, but it makes using the app unimpressive. I've been looking at the same 3 pictures for 12 hours now.

My verdict? I'm skeptical, but still interested. The idea of this app sounds really great to me, but the execution isn't all that I hoped for. If they are going to be going up against social giants like Facebook and Instagram, they will have to step it up, and quickly. I love a good underdog story, so I have high hopes for people who try to exist in spite of the "big guys". But with the attention spans of today's society, the hype of Vero could be gone with a blink of the eye.

You can find us on Vero under Hey Wanderer. But if that doesn't work out, follow along on Instagram!

Smuice: The Healthiest Drink You're Not Drinking

What is smuice? And why should you be drinking them? I'm glad you asked. It's kind of like a combination between a smoothie + a juice. In my humble opinion, smuices are healthier than juices and smoothies. I'm not a health expert, doctor, or nutritionist so what do I know? I am a nurse, if that helps. I know a lot of people saying drinking juices is really good for you, but logically I can't really understand that. When you are a juicing a fruit or vegetable, you are ending up with all of the sugar from the fruit without any of the fiber. The problem with smoothies for me is that in order for me to like them, I have to add a lot of higher carb fruits. You can certainly make healthier smoothies, so I'm not knocking them all together.
So in come smuices or smoothie juice, if you like the sound of that better. With a smuice you are blending the entire fruit or vegetable- skin and all- so you are keeping all the fiber. In order for this to work you have to have a high powered blender. We use the Vitamix and LOVE it.
There is not only one way to make a smuice. I basically just blend fruit, veggies and water together. (This is Sav's favorite way to eat veggies.) This way you get all the health benefits of fruits and vegetables but it's not thick like a smoothie. My core smuice recipe involves aloe vera juice (anti-inflammatory), ginger, turmeric, apples, oranges, lemons, kale, spinach, carrots, cucumber, and some kind of frozen fruit.  I use a little frozen fruit because the Vitamix can make whatever your blending warm, so I do this to keep the drink cool. You could just add ice but I think this waters down the flavor. 
Again, I am not health expert, so please take what I'm saying with a grain of salt. But when you compare the net carbs of a smoothie or juice to a smuice, the smuice is gonna win every time. My goal for this year is to add more vegetables and less fruit to my smuice so it has even less sugar/carbs.
General Smuice Recipe
(4 Servings)

Ingredients:
- 1 Whole Cucumber
- 2 Apples
- Juice of 2 Oranges
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- 4 Stems of Kale
- 1.5" Peeled Ginger
- 1 Cup Frozen Fruit
- 1 Cup Water

Directions:
1. Put all the ingredients in a high speed blender and blend for 1 minute. Store for a few days in the fridge.

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The Easiest Way To French Press Coffee

When Savannah + I were at a blogger retreat in December, the Airbnb only had a Keurig and a French press. I quickly learned that I was the only person who knew how to make coffee with a French press. I vowed to make a video that day to show those ladies + anyone else how to make coffee the best way you can-using a French press.

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I think the process seems intimidating and using a regular coffee maker or Keurig is definitely easier. BUT the taste of the coffee from a French press is far better. Trust me. Also, there is something cathartic about the ritual of making coffee in this way every morning.

In this video, I show you how I make French press coffee. An important note is that if you were to search the web for how to make coffee with a French press, you will find a more tedious process than how I make it. Here is a post if you want to know the proper way to use a French press. In my opinion, the coffee comes out tasting the same regardless, so I stick the easier way. I also prefer making coffee via French press over pour over coffee, because I find coffee made that way is weaker in flavor. Regular drip coffee makers burn coffee which disrupts the flavor.
These are the items that I use to make my french press coffee:
1. Counter Culture Coffee - subscription
8. Measuring Glass

If you are interesetd in the more complicated way to make french press coffee, here is a super precise way to make French press coffee.

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The Best Photography Equipment For Beginner Bloggers

We get questions about our photography almost daily on Instagram and we are here to tell you that you can take great photos yourself! There are a lot of decisions you have to make when starting your blog, but one thing stands true- you have to have good photography. The good news is that you don't have to spend thousands of dollars to make that happen. Today we are going to talk about all the equipment that we use for our photos and video that won't break the bank. We are definitely interested in upgrading our camera to this one in the future, but you can create some amazing photos with what we have now.

1. For Quick Lifestyle Photos & IG Stories- iPhone 8+
We always use our phones for our IG stories because, of course, it's the quickest way to video. Every now and then we will take IG photos on Casey's iPhone 8+. When we started, this was the only way we took photos for Instagram. It can be done! The new cameras are high quality so if it's all that you have- use it!
2. Most Affordable Starter Camera with/Video- Canon Rebel T5i
The reason we chose this camera was because we wanted something that could record video and take high quality photos. This camera is on the low end for DSLR pricing, but isn't one to write off. Although the kit lens isn't the greatest, that can be fixed with some skills and/or new lenses. But the kit lens is a great place to start. We used ours for a while before we bought a new lens, but I definitely wish we had bought it sooner. Fun story- we took this camera on a hike to a waterfall and I fell in the water with the camera in my backpack on my back. Luckily we got it out in time and no harm was done. You have to be careful when you are hiking waterfalls with cameras!

3. Memory Card for Recording Video
We learned the hard way that not all memory cards are created equally. Some just aren't cut out for videoing. We have a couple memory cards that will not record video for more than 9 seconds. This is because they are not high speed memory cards. The ones we use right now are 80 MB/s, but I will buy a faster one soon. However the 80MB/s works fine!
4. For DIY & Recipe Photography- 50 mm Lens
This is the lens that you should buy immediately with your Canon Rebel T5i. If you already have a camera, this lens will step up your photography for only $125. The kicker is that it is a fixed lens so you have to move your body if you want to zoom in or out. I get frustrated about how zoomed in it is sometimes, but the quality outweighs the cons. Especially when the equivalent lens with a zoom would cost you upwards of $1000. This coffee photo above is a good example of what this lens can do. The detail is amazing and it provides that lovely background blur that everyone loves. We also use this lens for video right now! It really does the job well.
6. For Landscape & Interior Photography- Ultra Wide Zoom Lens
We would've saved a lot of heartache if we had bought this lens back when we started taking photos of our house. It's hard to get a whole room in a photo with the kit lens or your iPhone. A wide angle lens is also great for landscape and travel photos. Anytime you are trying to get a lot of things in a photo and you have to be close up- this is your guy. I can take 1 photo that captures floor and ceiling in our 50 sq. ft. bathroom. It's amazing. This one is also great for low lighting conditions provided you are using a tripod. This one can get a little weird when you are taking photos up close which is why the 50 mm really comes in handy.

Canon actually sells these two lenses in a package now, which is great for folks who are just starting! If you decide to buy both lenses at the same time you can save about $50 by purchasing them together.

5. For Travel, Fashion, & Lifestyle Photography- 24 mm Pancake Lens
This is not a lens we have yet, but it is our next purchase. We have a need for something right in the middle of the two we already have. We need something that is a little further away and more universal, but still high quality. The good thing about this lens is that it is flat and light so it is perfect for travel. It is also a fixed lens, so keep that in mind.
7. Tripod
A tripod is your best friend for high quality photos. Even when our house is well lit, I will bring out the tripod if possible. It will always be more stable than a handheld camera. We really like crisp photos and this is part of how we make that happen. We also use a tripod if we are both going to be in a photo. We take all of our own photos (for the most part) so a tripod is our third photographer. This one that I got from Amazon weighs less than a pound, but because of that it is a little flimsy. When we use it outdoors it has to be weighed down so the camera doesn't blow over. We will be upgrading very soon, but the one we have now works as a starter tripod.

8. Remote
A remote was a game changer for us. It only costs around $20 and makes it possible for you to be the photographer and the subject.

One of the first things we purchased after we started our YouTube channel was lighting. We got this set of 3 lamps on Amazon. We recorded a lot of videos in the dark and needed help looking more professional. We still have those same lights today! We will throw them up for videos if we need more light in a small part of a photo. I definitely recommend using these in addition to natural sunlight, and not in place of, for best results. If you want something more compact you could spend a bit more and get something like the diva ring.

10. Photoshop/Lightroom Subscription
This is the subscription we have and we pay monthly. The great thing about the Creative Cloud Membership is that you have access to all updates of Photoshop and Lightroom. We use Lightroom to edit all of our photos and recommend that you use it as well! iPhone filters can't touch what you can do in Lightroom. Don't get me wrong, you can make the phone filters work, but Lightroom is next level. And photoshop is equally important for us. We use it to put writing over photos, edit skin and weird things out of photos, and to put multiple photos together for blog posts.

If you have all of these things you will be set to create some amazing content for you blog and Instagram! I hope this was helpful for those of you who are just starting out or are hoping to upgrade from your phone. If you aren't following us on Instagram already, you can find us here. And don't forget to pin the image below to share the love!

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The Easiest DIY Desk Tutorial

This year we decided it was time to rearrange our studio in order to better suit our needs. Since we aren't making clothing anymore, we needed less cutting space and more desk and planning space. Now if you have ever spent any time looking for desks, you know that there aren't too many modern ones out there that don't cost a fortune. So we just decided to make our own. Especially since we needed 2 of them!

Thank goodness The Hairpin Leg Co. exists! They have a great selection of hairpin legs in different colors and heights. We used the 28" copper ones for our desks.

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We made two L shaped desks (one for each of us). This tutorial works best if you need 2 L desks because you will utilize the materials better. Or you could just buy one of those 2' x 4' pieces of Plywood at Home Depot and not have to make any cuts. Either way, you will need:
- 1 sheet of good Plywood (we used 4' x 8' pine)
- Hairpin Legs (We needed 10 but if you don't do an L shape you'll just need 4)
- Table Saw or Circular Saw (Obviously you won't need this if you aren't making cuts)
- Drill
- Tape Measure

Step 1. You will need to trace out two "L" shapes on your plywood. Our L shapes are 5' long on one side and 4' (AKA the width of the plywood) on the other. The desks are 2' in depth. You could adjust the 5' side up to 6' or down to 4'. You'll have to do this part carefully. Measure twice, cut once! Anyway, we used a piece of wood we already had from our giant table in the studio.
Step 2. Cut out your L shapes with either a circular saw or table saw. I used both.
Step 3. Attach your legs. They come with screws to attach. So you literally just need to measure exactly where you want them and attach them with screws.
I only put the legs in the 5 corners and didn't put one on the inside nook. We wanted to be able to move around from side to side without a leg in the way.
I couldn't actually find a photo of this side wall before because we never really used it for anything. But this is our massive table that we used for cutting fabric.

And here are our desks completed! We ended up attaching our desks to each other so they don't move around. This tutorial took us forever to start and not long at all to execute. If you decide to make one of these desks with the 2' x 4' plywood, it's really only a matter of gathering the supplies and assembling them. If you liked this post and want to see more like it, please Pin the image below or share with your friends and family!

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The 5 Worst Instagram Mistakes You Are Making

We have so many people ask us about our Instagram account and how we edit. We realized that most people are focusing on the wrong things. We have been on Instagram for 6 years now so we've seen many of the changes take place. It wasn't until last year that we created our own strategy and put that into play. We are thinking it's working because we grew 71% last year! Since everyone wants to know how to make their IGs better, we have compiled a list of the most important things you are doing wrong and need to fix. If you like this video and want to see more like this, head over to our YouTube channel and subscribe!
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xo, Savannah


The Easiest Way To Make (The Best) Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Every Thursday this year we have made a cauliflower pizza. It has become our designated pizza and movie night and I have loved it! Over these 6 weeks I've been able to really get the recipe right (and even wrong some of those times). The first time I made cauliflower pizza crusts it took an eternity! So I've come up with the easiest fool proof recipe out there. Now I will say that it isn't as quick as ordering a pizza for delivery. But if you are craving pizza and want a less carb-y option, this is for you!
All the recipes I had looked at before used fresh cauliflower. You know what's easier than ricing your own fresh cauliflower? Buying already riced cauliflower. The easiest and fastest thing I've found to do is buy frozen riced cauliflower. You just pop it in the microwave and you are done with that process in no time. The first time I made cauliflower crust I riced a whole head of cauliflower, then cooked it in water, then had to drain it and then squeeze all that extra water out. It was intense. Don't take that route!
This is what two bags of cauliflower ends up being after you squeeze out all the water. Make sure you've squeezed so much water out that the ball of cauliflower is this small.
Another thing that I discovered on this journey was that you HAVE to HAVE TO use parchment paper. And for extra flavor on the crust coat that parchment paper in olive oil. I figured that one out on accident but it seriously changes the flavor for the better.
This is the one time we were out of parchment paper and the crust was completely stuck to the pan. Oy. Also, we usually just use circular pizza pans for the crusts, but since it's Valentine's Day we figured we would make hearts!
Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe
Ingredients:
2 10 oz bags of frozen riced cauliflower
- 1/3 cup Goat Cheese crumbles
- 2 Tbs. Almond Flour
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 tsp. Oregano
- 1/2 tsp. Basil
- 1 tsp. Salt
- Olive Oil

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and cover a pan with parchment paper.
2. Microwave your cauliflower per the directions on the packaging. I like to do this in advance so it has time to cool.
3. Place all the cauliflower in a kitchen towel and squeeze out the excess water. Get it all out. I'm not kidding... get tough with it man, leave no drop.
4. Add the cauliflower and all other ingredients to a bowl. Mix everything well.
5. Spread olive oil on the parchment paper and drop the cauliflower mixture on top. Press out the mixture into whatever shape you want. You want the mixture to be compact and at least 1/4 inch thick.
6. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes. Depending on your oven it could be 25 minutes and could be up to 35 or 40 minutes. I've just had to keep an eye on my crust and make sure it isn't burning. 
7. Once it's golden and cooked, cover it in your toppings and place back in the oven for 6-8 minutes.
8. Let the pizza sit for 5 minutes or so before you cut it. Use a pizza roller to cut your slices and enjoy!

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xo, Savannah




The Cutest Faux Boho Braid (Perfect for Your Valentine's Day)

When we first started this blog we would do hair tutorials all the time. It's been a while since we did one, but we've been inspired to up our hair game. Especially since we got our Hidden Crown halo hair extensions! Have any of you ever just wanted thicker braids? The extensions are what make that happen. Anyway, we figured Valentine's Day would be a perfect time to create a new hairstyle to share with you so that's what we did! We created it in a video format so click play below to learn how to recreate this look.

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The Easiest Bath Bomb Recipe!

I've been wanting to make bath bombs for a while now because I love a good bath bomb, but don't like the pricing of said bath bombs. We are talking $6-$9 a piece!! To me, that price tag just isn't worth it. Thank goodness you can make these on your own!
To make bath bombs, you'll need quite a few ingredients, but once you have them, you can make enough to last you for months.

You will need:
- 2 oz. Epsom Salt
- 2 oz. Citric Acid
- 2 oz. Corn Starch
- 1 1/4 tsp. Coconut Oil
- 4 oz. Baking Soda
- 1 tsp. Water
- Food Coloring
- Essential Oils
- Bath Bomb Mold
- A food scale to measure the ingredients
Put all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. I used a food scale to measure all the ingredients. It's faster and more accurate than using measuring cups.
Add all the wet ingredients into a vessel and microwave until the coconut oil is melted. This mixture will not combine completely, so just mix as much as you can. I used around 10 drops of essential oils, but you can use less of more. I found that 10 drops was pretty fragrant. Use as much food coloring as you'd like, but you don't need much!
This is the part that can get tricky and seem a little scary, but if you take it slow it will be fine! The trick is to pour a tiny amount of liquid at a time while also stirring the dry mix vigorously. This is demonstrated better in the video below. I also stir so vigorously that I lose some of the mixture in the process. The mixture does make a tiny fizzing noise and it's not a big deal! Just keep stirring.
Towards the end of stirring the mixtures together I just use my hand. When the mixture starts to clump together when squeezed, it's time for the next step!
Scoop the mixture into a bath bomb mold. Make sure both sides have heaping amounts in them. Pack it in with you fingers. Add more if needed. Then squish both sides of the bath bomb together. If there is extra mixture it will squish out and that is perfect.
I used this little brush to clean up the edge of the bath bomb. This is not necessary but it does make it look a little more professional. And then as soon as you have compacted the mixture it's time to take the molds back off. Very carefully remove the bath bomb and lay it on a paper towel to dry out for a day. They start drying out pretty quickly so you want to move fast.
Here's a little video of the process! Makes it a lot easier to understand how it works.
See how easy it is to make your own bath bombs? I experimented with multi-colored ones right after I made these reddish pink ones. I definitely will have another recipe for more fun looking bath bombs in the near future. I haven't decided what direction I will go with them so if you have an idea I'd love to hear it!

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