Inspiring Instagrammer: Zachary Smith

As a designer myself, I love to follow others who inspire me on Instagram. And I want to start sharing them with you here! First up is @zacharysmithh. You’ve probably seen some of his work floating around Pinterest and not even realized it, but wow, this dude is talented. He’s a hand lettering artist and designer, based in Savannah, GA and creates beautiful images combined of hand painted type, textures and beautiful photography that leaves me longing for adventure. Seriously, go check out Zachary Smith and let me know what you think. Then head over to my guest post on Creative Market to see some other hand lettering artists that I’m loving on Instagram!

Hand Lettered Designs by Zachary Smith

P.S. The winner for the fitness giveaway was announced, was it you?

Choosing Healthier Options

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #TENways  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Last week I shared how I get motivated to work out including fun fitness programs and sprucing up my gym wardrobe. Today, I’m going to share a few things I’ve been switching up in my daily meals for a healthier diet!

Kitchen Prep

I used to eat cereal for breakfast and a sandwich consisting of bread, turkey, cheese and mustard for lunch. Hello Ciera, where the heck are the fruits and veggies?! That was just no good and I’m determined to live a healthier lifestyle so I’m being proactive and changing what I eat! The cool thing about the meals I suggest below is that you start with the basics but customize them with different fruits and vegetables so that it doesn’t get boring!

 

Breakfast

Now I eat greek yogurt with fruit and granola. I stick to plain greek yogurt and use vanilla almond granola to sweeten it up some. My favorite fruits to add are pears, blueberries, strawberries and bananas.

Yogurt Blueberries Granola Coffee Breakfast

Lunch

Now I eat quinoa with veggies. I like to cook a bunch of quinoa at the beginning of the week and then switch up the ingredients each day. My favorite things to add are spinach, carrots, broccoli, red onions, garlic and garbonzo beans. I really just throw in whatever we have in the fridge. I just drizzle a little olive oil on top then I usually top it with avocado, salt and pepper.

Quinoa Carrot Spinach Veggie Bowl

Beverages

Now I swap regular high calorie soda with the TEN sodas product line. I know that water is always your best bet but I just can’t completely give up my occasional soda. The TEN sodas come in four flavors, 7-up, Sunkist, Canada Dry & A&W, and I found them at Walmart. They only have ten calories a serving but with the same full flavor of their regular counterparts! I also tried the 7-up with a splash of cranberry juice and it was really good!

Ten Calorie Soda Option

What do you like to eat for a healthier diet?

You can save $0.50 at Walmart when you buy TWO 2 Liter bottles or TWO 4-pack cans of 7UP TEN, A&W TEN, Canada Dry TEN, RC TEN or Sunkist TEN soda. If you share that digital coupon via email, Facebook or Twitter (there is a click to share button) the coupon will save you $1.50 off that purchase instead of just $0.50! Offer available while supplies last, from 3/27-4/17. Click here for coupon and visit DPSG on Facebook and Twitter.

Gold and White Safari Animal Baby Shower Invitation

I hosted a baby shower for my best friend yesterday and it was so much fun! I’ll share some photos of the party soon but here are the invitations that I designed for it. Her nursery is going to be safari themed so we had a modern, gold and white color scheme with some cute gold animal details to tie it together. P.S. This design is now available in my Etsy shop!

Gold and White Safari Animal Baby Shower Invitation

Gold and White Safari Animal Baby Shower Invitation

Gold and White Safari Animal Baby Shower Invitation

Daft Brush Font by Pintassilgo Prints

Daft Brush is the stylish contemporary brush font you’ve been looking for by Pintassilgo Prints. It also brings 4 alternates for each letter, 2 alternates for numbers and also variations for punctuation marks. The OpenType Contextual Alternates feature is programmed to instantly cycle all these folks and get an amazing organic feel. And there is an introductory offer for 60% off this font until April 18! Love sharing the good deals with y’all! P.S. Showcase is still 80% off ’til tomorrow!

Daft Brush by Pintassilgo Prints

Type samples from MyFonts.com. Affiliate links used.

I’m Hosting An Instameet!

Instameet Invite

Calling all New Orleans area Instagram lovers! Instamgramming with other creatives is way better than doing it alone, right?! So The Made In Mind Social is hosting our first Instameet photo walk on Saturday, April 19th at 3pm and I hope you can make it! You don’t have to be a photographer or even an Instagrammer to attend. You can bring a cell phone, a digital camera, heck, even a disposable camera if you want to participate!

  • We’ll have a suggested path mapped out which we’ll walk together and snap photos along the way!
  • We are working on a fun scavenger hunt list if you want to challenge yourself during the walk!
  • We’ll also determine and ending spot to mingle a little after!

The route is still in the works but we will send an email to everyone who has RSVPd.

FREE TO ATTEND – CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Also, our super awesome sponsor Sticky9 is gifting each attendee with a free pack of their Instagram magnets! You choose nine of your own Instagram photos and get them back as magnets. They are super cool, I’ve written about them here before!

Not in New Orleans but want to hold awesome events like this one? Start a Made In Mind chapter in your city!

 

My Fitness Motivation

I’m finally feeling like I am in a good workout stride after years of being off track. I joined a gym a year ago for the first time in forever. My gym teaches the Les Mills exercise programs and I’m totally obsessed with them! Doing the same workout bores me and I need to be having fun, otherwise I’ll stop going. So right now my favorite class is Body Combat which is inspired by mixed martial arts and draws from a wide array of disciplines such as karate, boxing and taekwondo. It’s super hard, fun and a great stress reliever! Since they are always releasing new classes it never gets boring which keeps me going back!

Another motivating factor is keeping a fresh workout wardrobe. Since I work from home, there are lots of days when I put my gym clothes on in the morning even though my classes are not til the evenings. I’ll work and run errands in them and then head to the gym. I don’t want to wear faded old t-shirts and old sweats, I want to look presentable even though it’s just to the grocery store and the gym!

Cute workout gear: Cobalt Leggings, Top With Thumbholes, Hairbands, Nike Running Shoes, Sports Bra, Headphones

I usually wear black bottoms but that gets boring, so I recently decided to try out, Albion Fit. They have some really cute options in fun colors! There stuff is so comfy that I’ve found my self throwing it on even when I’m not heading to the gym. They actually have a bunch of items that work as normal clothes AND they have swimwear!

Woman in Blue Leggings Tying Laces for Workout in Park Woman Putting Hair In Ponytail for Workout Blue Leggings and Gray Top for Workout in Park

I’ve been putting my hair up with Haybands hair ties and headbands, this is a local New Orleans company! And when I use headphones, Sol Republic’s Relays are great! They come with a clip so they don’t flap around and are designed to stay in while working out.

Woman Putting Hair In Ponytail for Workout

I hope you enjoyed this little insight on how I stay motivated to work out! I’ll be back next week to share how I’ve been updating my breakfast and lunch for a healthier diet! Do you have any motivational tips for staying in shape!

Woman in Blue Leggings and Gray Top for Workout

Go Long Leggings in Cobalt c/o Albion Fit / Go Long Crew in Charcoal c/o Albion Fit / Hairband and Headband c/o Haybands / Relays Headphones c/o Sol Republic / Sports Bra Avia via TJ Maxx / Nike Revolution Running Shoes via DSW / Photos by Zander White

Giveaway Time! Closed

If you are having a hard time getting in gear, I thought I’d do a fun giveaway to get you motivated! One lucky winner will receive:

  • $50 Albion Fit Gift Card
  • Sol Republic Relays Headphones
  • Music download from RUN DMT (whose song is in the new Relays video)
  • Miscellaneous selection of Haybands hair ties and headbands

Discounts!

15% off any albionfit.com purchase with code ciera15 (valid through the 11th) and 15% off your Haybands purchase with code HAYCIERA (valid through the 18th).

Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway open to US and Canada shipping addresses only. Winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!! Have any questions? Feel free to contact meIf you are in a reader click out to access the Rafflecopter entry form. Please note that your entry will be removed if you do not complete it correctly.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I have always been a Puma and Converse person for tennis shoes, but those were  just not right for the gym so I finally got a good pair of shoes that I love for working out! I spent way to much time researching them and finding a good deal, so I have included some of my faves below.

received free goods as compensation for this post however all opinions are my own.

Hello Spring – Desktop and iPhone Wallpaper Freebies

I have two freebies for y’all this month! The first one is Spring inspired, of course! I can’t even tell you how happy I am that Spring is here and I don’t even live in a cold climate! I want everything covered in flowers and sunshine, even my desktop! You can grab this Hello Spring design on Whimseybox.

Hello Spring Desktop Freebie From Ciera Design

The second design was created as a reminder to keep pushing myself! I’ve always loved learning and I’m always looking to grow as a designer. This year I have pledged to make room for more classes, to take on projects that are outside of my comfort zone, to create e-books and to do more bro bono work for causes that I really believe in because unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.  You can grab this Do Something Beyond design on Bunny & Dolly.

Do Something Beyond Desktop Freebie From Ciera Design

  Hope you enjoy April’s designs for your devices.

Design Portfolio: 2013 Touro Infirmary Foundation Gala Invitation

I have some new work to share with y’all today! I absolutely love designing invitation suites and this one was no exception. Touro Infirmary was looking for a special piece to invite guests to their annual fundraiser. We decided to go with a larger format for both the Save The Date and the Invitation so that it would really stand out in the mail. To add a touch of elegance to their recognizable brand colors we used a midnight blue stock with silver ink. Simple but effective! I knew that placing all of the names on the tree wasn’t going to be easy but it turned out great and is a special way to recognize all of the founders. And now it’s time for me to start designing the 2014 invites for them!

Touro Infirmary Foundation Gala Invitation and Save The Date

Touro Infirmary Foundation Gala Invitation and Save The Date

Touro Infirmary Foundation Gala Invitation Front

Touro Infirmary Foundation Gala Invitation Inside

Touro Infirmary Foundation Gala Invitation Inside Spread

Touro Infirmary Foundation Gala Invitation Inside Detail

That’s A Wrap: March

Ciera-Design-Blog-Posts-March

on the blog

- My New Contact Cards from Printstagram
- A Bold + Beautiful Moodboard
- Showcase Font – this amazing font composed of four styles, script, sans, slab & sans mini is still 80% off!
- My Radiant Orchid Favorites
The Font Feast Presents Roasted Veggies
The Harder You Work, The Luckier You Get desktop and iphone freebie!
What I Wore + a little history about my love for PJ’s coffee 
Creative Events I’d Like To Attend

in the studio

I opened up a Creative Market shop and added a wedding invitation suite that I designed! I sent a client’s business card files off to be letterpressed and can’t wait to see them! I also designed a baby shower invite which I’ll be sharing on the blog soon! Lot’s going on but I have limited availability coming up so get in touch if you have any design needs!

elsewhere

- The lovely Monique of Antisparkle Apparel interviewed me for her Chase the Stars series, check it out!
The Harder You Work, The Luckier You Get desktop featured on Cosas Molonas
- DIY Geometric Felt Coasters featured on DIY Candy
- March’s desktop wallpaper freebie available for download on Whimseybox!
DIY Air Plant Globes featured on Brown Finches

from-the-archives
- Festival Fashion
- Jazz Festin’
- Friendship Bracelet DIY
- Baby Photos of Me at Jazz Fest

 

A Free Ebook Full of Insider Secrets for Coaches and Creatives

 Insider Secrets for Creatives Book Cover

Two bonuses for newsletter subscribers this month! A special discount code to Creative Market PLUS a 56-page ebook of insider secrets! Interested? Read on!

Did you follow along with The Jump Blog Tour that I participated in during January? Remember how I shared 10 ways to expand your small business? If you don’t remember, it was hosted by Stephanie Hall and Ashley Wilhite to get the word out about their ecourse for new coaches & creatives. Which is amazing by the way!

For the entire month, 23 brilliant bloggers shared their secrets on brand consistency, work/life balance, investing in yourself, creativity, standing by your rates, authenticity and SO much more! THEN Stephanie and Ashley compiled all of these posts into an awesome, interactive 56-page ebook full of these big-time secrets!

Want a copy of Inside Secrets For New Coaches + Creatives? I’ll be sending it out in my next newsletter, so if you are not already subscribed, sign up before it goes out on Monday!

If you want to take your blog to the next level, build better habits, learn a few design tricks, or hear behind-the-scenes stories of how these ladies started their businesses, you’re going to want to check this out. Once you read through the ebook, comment here telling me what you discovered!