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Instagram for Business – 7 Facts

After some thought and comparison, I find myself favoring Instagram over Facebook. I love the simplicity of Instagram and that it focuses on images. Facebook has more text which leads to more bragging, longer explanations of how great this or that cleanse is, and drawn out political debates. While that is my opinion for my personal page, I know it is imperative to engage in both when promoting a business. Instagram has a younger generation [side note: Does it blow anyone else’s mind how many ‘likes’ photos by 15-20-year-olds get?? I hope to prepare myself to tap in to that market when they get a little older].

A lot of my followers are on both Facebook and Instagram, but some are not, so it is important to reach as many potential clients as possible. Social media is the way of the world, and the more impressions you have out there the better.

 

[Follow @sweethomesiouxfalls on Instagram for posts about my real estate career and all things Sioux Falls.]

 

FACTS ABOUT INSTAGRAM

  1. Over half of all 18- to 29-year-olds in the U.S. are on Instagram.
  2.  Adult users in the U.S. have doubled since 2012.
  3. 31 percent of female internet users are on Instagram, compared to 21 percent of male internet users.
  4.  56 percent of Instagram users make $50,000/year or more.
  5. Instagram has about 400 million active daily users and 700 million active monthly users. 
  6. In 2017, top brands are posting 4.9 times per week on Instagram. This is a 50 percent increase from 2015.
  7. 48.8 percent of brands are on Instagram. This number is expected to rise to 70.7% by the end of 2017.

 

[Engaging with other businesses will give your page credibility and visibility.]

 

This post only scratched the surface about Instagram and has one simple take-away. IF YOU HAVE A BUSINESS AND WANT TO REACH THE UNDER THIRTY DEMOGRAPHIC, GET INSTAGRAM. I am not claiming to be an expert, but I believe I have a pretty good handle on social media and if you would like ideas for content, hashtags ect. I would LOVE to help. Let’s meet for coffee and talk about growing our businesses! Otherwise, stay tuned for a future post delving in to more specifics of Instagram!

 

Happy posting!

Zumba Fitness with Dawn Szymik

I know most people can relate that the gym is not their favorite place to be. If you are looking for an alternative to get your heart rate up outside of the gym, or need a class to get back in the groove of exercise, I can not recommend Zumba Fitness with Dawn Szymik enough. I have been to other Zumba classes but they fail in comparison to her energy and spunk. You can truly feel she cares about her students before, during and after class.

I started going to Zumba Fitness with Dawn Szymik in 2012  shortly after college and I had an unexpected move back home. I was feeling lost and the routine of this class and the regular endorphins helped me find happiness in that time of transition. I will always have a special place in my heart for Zumba. Read about Dawn and her classes below!

 

[Dawn came to my wedding to instruct 3 songs during the dance. Fun surprise for my guests!]

 

What led you to becoming a Zumba instructor?

I was in a severe car accident in 2005 and was unable to function very well after that physically or mentally. I pretty much had given up hope of feeling normal ever again. Until one day I was encouraged to see a chiropractor (which I had seen a ton) and he said to just give him a chance. What’s the worst that could happen, not get better? Long story short he gave me my life back!! Zumba had come to Avera McKennen Fitness center and once cleared, I was determined to take a class. I had loved dance growing up so I new I would like it. Once cleared I took my first class and my life was forever changed!! I was a student for awhile then became an instructor and I never looked back!

 

[Dawn doing what she does best. Photo by The Photography Shoppe]

 

How is Zumba different than going to the gym?

Zumba is different than going to a gym because its not your basic treadmill or elliptical machine. Who really gets excited about jumping on one? lol Zumba is WAY more FUN and you don’t even realize how hard you are working because its so fun! But not only that its like taking a happy pill, it mentally changes you as well! You meet amazing people in a zumba class. You feel free when we are done.

 

What is your favorite part about teaching?

My favorite part about teaching is watching my students let themselves go! Their smiles, laughter, yells! I cherish leading my students to feel the music and be happy! Hoping that after every class I could make someone feel free of worry and stress.

 

When and where are classes held?

My classes are taught at Kosama Sioux Falls and Wacko’s Comedy Club.

Monday’s 6-7pm @ Wacko’s Comedy Club 
Tuesday’s 6:45-7:45 Strong by Zumba @ Kosama
Saturday’s 10:30-11:30am Zumba
Sunday’s 3:00-4pm Strong by Zumba

Coming in the fall Thursday night Zumba 6:45-7:45pm @ Kosama

 

 

What is your favorite part about living in Sioux Falls?

My favorite part about living in Sioux Falls is my family and my student.

 

 

If any of those times work for you, let me know and we’ll go to a class! First one is on me. 😉

 

GO Camp On Aqua! 1,2,3, Let’s Go Ski!

I am finally feeling refreshed after directing a week-long summer camp for 8-13 year olds at Catfishbay last week. Even though the combination of heat, sun, 96 children and supervising an overnight can have you a little delirious after day five, it is one of my favorite weeks of the year and I find myself wondering what my campers are doing each day since the camp has ended.

Camp on Aqua has been teaching kids to waterski since 2000. In recent years the camp has sold out by early spring, prompting changes to allow a record number of campers to get up on the water. There are always one or two kids that are too afraid to try skiing, despite our best efforts, but this year every child that tried skiing either got up on the boom (see below for pictures) or behind the boat. In my opinion, I want to say this was the most successful skiing year yet. Kids also enjoyed fishing, tubing at Wall Lake, canoeing, a water safety class and more. To see everything the camp has to offer, click here.

 

[The founders of Catfishbay and Camp on Aqua, Michelle and Jim Bruns posing for a picture at the beginning of the week. The volunteer opportunities, fun times for kids and second family these two have created deserve all the recognition in the world and are blessings to our Sioux Falls community.]  

 

[Billy Bruns, an experienced skier, running the ski board on “the boom”. The skis are attached to each other and also attached to the boom by rope. This ensures the skis are always facing forward and more stable than free standing skis.]

 

[Once the child is stable, Billy can let go of the skis and control how tight they are held to the boom.]

 

[Catfishbay’s invention ‘the ski bar’ being used by skiers Tanner and Tony. This eliminates the hassle and time of tangled ropes.]

 

[Two side-skiers accompanying a camper. Each group of kids had two 2 1/2 hour session of skiing during the week.]

 

[Kids enjoying the water mat while skiing is going on in the background. With 8 groups of kids, multiple activities were always going on at once.]

 

CatfishBay, the Greatest Show on H2O, started shows on Memorial Day and will continue every Friday night at 7 p.m. through Labor Day. For more information about the show, click here. 

If you or your child would like to learn how to waterski, find me on Facebook or shoot me a text [261.8396].  I would LOVE to share my passion with you and see you having fun on the water. Catfishbay is a special and unique place in Sioux Falls. If you would like to know how to get involved or discount tickets, please contact me.

 

This post is dedicated to the mother of Catfishbay, Eloa Bruns, who passed away during camp week. I hope I treated the campers with half the love and care she gave to all of us skiers over the years.  <3

The Last Jewel In The Crown of Historic Downtown

Downtown Sioux Falls is vibrant. Downtown Sioux Falls is growing, beautiful, full of action, and home to many successful local businesses that make this community unique. But there is one building that has a lot of catching up to do to compare to the rest of the area.

The State Theater on Phillips Avenue opened in 1926 as the grandest theater in the Sioux Falls region. This focal point of downtown showed movies for many years  but eventually closed in 1990 due to disinterest in downtown. It’s fascinating to watch trends in history as we now are going back to a more local and authentic vibe over the mall and big box retailers.

Notable Dates:

2001 – The Sioux Falls Film Society replaces the leaking roof.

2009 – The State Theatre is awarded the Chamber Appeals Campaign in 2011 for $1.25 million.

2013 – The State Theatre Chamber Appeals Campaign meets and surpasses its goal, raising $2.3 million.

2014 – The lobby, foyer, main level restrooms, basement renovations are all completed.

February 26, 2017 was the first year the Stars, Statues and The State event could be in the actual state theater instead of an offsite location. It’s one of my favorite events of the year as little Sioux Falls gets to experience a little bit of Hollywood by watching the Oscars on the big screen, dining on delicious food and seeing familiar faces dressed to the nines.

 

[The State Theater ready for all its guests. Photo courtesy of The State Theater.]

 

[Inside the State Theater getting ready for the Oscars party. Photo courtesy of The State Theater.]

 

My mother-in-law Marcie Halberstadt has everything to do with the event going off flawlessly so it is fun to see her hard work come to life. There are many talented people in Sioux Falls that come together to make this event successful, I wish I could name them all.  It sure is a glamorous evening that I encourage you to attend next year! This event raised over $300,000 this year which will go towards the auditorium, stage and balcony. If you are interested in donating to this project, click here.

 

[In the balcony area of the State Theater. Lots of work to be done, but still beautiful.]

 

[CH Patisserie and Chef Dominique’s provided the most beautiful and delicious food!]

 

[Halberstadt family on the red carpet. Photo courtesy of the State Theater]

 

This was my first time in the State Theater that I have heard so much about. What has been completed is absolutely stunning, and what still needs to be restored looks like hours and hours of work. But it will get done. And I can imagine its beauty already. So looking forward to having this last jewel completed for our community and generations to come. It really is sweet home Sioux Falls.

 

 

Steinberg Shares Strength

The majority of us created health goals at the beginning of the new year. Flash forward five weeks, it’s pretty easy to gradually fall off the bandwagon (I may or may not be talking from experience).

Jason Steinberg is a strength and conditioning specialist in Sioux Falls and is just the person to provide the motivation and guidance we all need to meet our goals. And he can help in the comfort of your own home! About 30% of his business is spent with in home clients. Lack of equipment can be a challenge with in home workouts, but with a couple hand weights, resistance band and/or just body weight, he can create a work out plan that produces real results.

5 Elements of a Healthy Lifestyle

  1. Exercise
  2. Diet
  3. Sleep
  4. Stress Management
  5. Supplements 

Jason can provide support and accountability for all 5 areas of a healthy lifestyle. He stopped by my own home and showed me some basic moves that can still provide a killer work out outside of the gym. Check out the pictures below!

 

[When working out at home it’s still important to stretch and warm up before activity]

 

[Resistance training will burn calories longer]

 

[No need to drive to get a work out in]

 

[Be more comfortable in your own home than a gym]

 

[Circuit work outs are best when trying to lose weight]

 

To learn more about Jason and the services he provides, visit his website siouxfallsfitnesstrainer.com. He loves helping people and creating unique plans for each individual he works with.

Are you ready to step up your home work outs with a personal gym in your home? Whether that means room for a treadmill or a whole room devoted to work out machines, I can help you find the home that supports a healthy lifestyle. Visit my Facebook page or give me a call/text at 605.261.8396 to chat about your goals!

 

 

 

Save The Dates

I always say to my self, “Oh after this life will slow down,” or “after this I will have some free time.” But somehow life continues to be busy and fly by as fast as the leaves falling from the trees. Mostly good things of course, so I wanted to share what I’ve been busy planning for in the coming weeks and invite you to some fun social gatherings that also double as charity events. Tis the season!

 

This Sunday I will be modeling my friend Katie’s boutique’s winter line, Glamour Defined, at the Paint It Pink Event at the Hilton Garden Inn. It is a style show and brunch that benefits the Wig Program at Avera McKennan to help women who have lost their hair through cancer. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. It’s going to be a fun and rewarding event! I have donated my hair twice before and plan to again in the next year. Even what you consider a small thing can be a great blessing to someone else. I hope you join us this Sunday at 11!

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[2013 when I donated 11 inches of my hair]

 

Next Thursday, October 27th is the Keller Williams BOO event from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Bring your kids to 5915 S Remington Place by 57th and Western for a Halloween party! Every mom, dad, super hero, elsa and scary creature is welcome! There will be indoor games, prizes and trick-or-treating. But the most fun is the group costume the 605 Advantage Group is planning. There are nine of us participating, it’s real estate related and I’m sure you have all played in this world before. Those are my clues, stop by Thursday to see what we are! Happy Halloween!

 

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[Kids at last years BOO! event]

 

Our most anticipated event this year is the first annual 605 Holiday Extravaganza! And it’s going to be as epic as it sounds. Mark your calendar for December 10th from 3 – 6 p.m. for a holiday open house where you can take free pictures with santa, visit Santa’s reindeer, snack on delicious appetizers and keep the kids occupied with fun Christmas activities. Along with a generous donation from Plain’s Commerce Bank, we will be collecting items to be donated to the Children’s Home Society. Click here to view their wish list and donation ideas. If I don’t have your address and you would like to come, please message me! More info to come as we get closer to the event.

 

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[Tip Top Camel & Reindeer will bring Santa’s reindeer to our event]

 

 

Along with these events I hope you join me in, my next couple months will include a trip to the east coast, family visiting Sioux Falls from Washington and Maryland, Thanksgiving, two work Christmas parties, a wedding, my husbands birthday, and Christmas.

I was quite mistaken to think life would slow down soon! What are you looking forward to most this holiday season? Do you have an event you would like me to share? Best of luck fitting everything in your schedule and happy holidays!

Taste of Sioux Falls

An event where there is wine, well-dressed people and food stations from the best chefs in Sioux Falls? Sign me up!  Last week Jaime and I attended The Taste of Sioux Falls, a fundraiser to benefit the downtown SculptureWalk. As you know, we love downtown Sioux Falls and will jump at the chance to support the growth of businesses and programs that make downtown shine.

The SculptureWalk features 56 sculptures year round from artists all over the country and is run by volunteers with a goal “to be the highest quality, most professional, financially strong, artist friendly, year-round outdoor sculpture program in the United States.” This inventive way to display art adds pizazz to Phillips Avenue and bolsters DTSF’s reputation as one of the state’s most unique destinations.

 

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The second annual Taste of Sioux Falls began with a branded wine glass and a large plate to take to all of the food stations. We then could select which small plates we wanted from each restaurant. Everyone brought their A game but dare I say my favorites were the tacos from Look’s Market and the beef from Grille 26. We spent the evening grazing on delicious food, enjoying the view and venue at Raven Industries, and connecting with friends and acquaintances. We wished it would have gone on forever.  The sweetest cherry on top was finding out these chefs and their restaurants donated their time and resources to be there, all in the name of art and community.

 

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[Round one included items from Ode to Food and Look’s Market]

 

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[Friends Allison and Tyler Blake helped us close the place down]

 

What do you love most about downtown? What are you hoping to see downtown in the future? What are ways you support Sioux Falls? So many questions, so little time. I’d love to hear some of your thoughts, so shoot me a text or email and we’ll grab coffee on me downtown. [605.261.8396]

 

Already looking forward to next year’s Taste of Sioux Falls to see what all the talented chefs will create! Click here to learn more about the SculptureWalk.

Sunday Funday Realtor Style

The change of seasons seems to get me in a shopping mood. And what more fun thing to shop for than a new house! Let’s get you in to a new house before Jack Frost makes his bitter return to the midwest. Which means we should start the hunt today!

This Sunday I will be hosting an open house at 3012 W Courtyard Lane in Sioux Falls from 1- 2:30 p.m. This 4 bedroom, 3 bath home with a three stall garage has all the room you would need for a growing family!

 

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[Located in southern Sioux Falls with new roof in 2015]

 

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[Walk out leads to spacious backyard and entertainment space]

 

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[Open floor plan and stainless steel appliances]

 

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[Stop by for a sweet treat!]

 

To see more of this gorgeous home, come visit me this Sunday! If you’re unavailable, we can set up a private showing that works with your schedule.

And if you want to know what other open houses are happening, contact me about my free mobile app that allows you to see that information and more!

 

Have a great weekend Sioux Falls!

Back to School to Prove to Dad I’m Not a Fool

I’ve felt a few hints of fall in the air as I head to work in the mornings. I’ve seen the uproar of excitement for the return of the pumpkin spice latte and I’ve seen seasonal businesses close their doors one by one. This can only mean one thing. Time for BACK TO SCHOOL!

The Sioux Falls School District started school this week, which means all the kiddos of the Sioux Empire are back in the classroom and ready for the 2016-2017 year. Maybe some of you mom’s and dad’s weren’t ready to send your little ones to the next grade, but I have some helpful tips to make sure your home is ready for this transition back to school.

 

 

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Mornings before school are always a hectic time. Click the picture for ideas on how to organize your home for a smooth routine. Find organization tips and ideas on how to make your kids’ room a workable environment for studying.

 

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Planning for school lunches can get tiring after a few weeks. Click the picture to read a blog with multiple ideas to keep lunches exciting for your kids. There are also a few tips on how to stay organized so your lunch prep time is kept to a minimum.

 

It was fun to see everyone’s back to school photos even though that means the end of summer, my favorite season. It will be a great autumn season, and I wish everyone a successful school year, no matter your age!

Winter will be here before you know it, so if you want to be in a new home before the cold weather hits, give me a call [605.261.8396]. We will find something with a bigger kitchen or mud room to make those school mornings even easier!

The Greatest Show on H2O

Catfish Bay is so much more than a water ski show.  In 2007, when the team debuted its new mission of “building youth, strengthening families, and creating leaders with the Greatest Show on H20”, I thought to my teenage self at the time, “that’s kind of cheesy, but our team gets new wetsuits and signs, so that’s cool”.

After many years on the team, and returning as an adult after a few year hiatus, I now whole-heartedly support and believe in this mission. I have witnessed and benefitted from life-long friendships created on this team, watched kids find a place to finally fit in and mature, and participated with dozens of others in multiple volunteer opportunities, all while making it to Friday night to put on an awesome ski show for the people of Sioux Falls.

This small man-made lake is immeasurably special to countless people. I would love to see you at a show not only to support my hard work and passion for water-skiing as a sport, but to also support the mission of Catfish Bay so it is here for many years to come.  This place changes lives and gives back to the community. We are blessed to have such a place here in Sioux Falls thanks to the Jim Bruns family.

 

To learn more about the bay, I sat down with Jim, owner and founder of Catfish Bay, at one of our last practices for the 2016 season this week:

How did your passion for water skiing turn in to Catfish Bay?

During the summer of 1985 Jim joined a small group of skiers called the Sioux Falls Water Ski Club at Wall Lake. After that first year, their boat met an untimely end, and while Jim succeeded in being the top fundraiser to replace it (not an easy task at 15-years-old), it was not enough to save the team. Jim went on to ski in shows in the Black Hills, Shakopee, and Sea World before returning to South Dakota where he lived on Lake Campell and attended classes at SDSU. This is where the idea of having his own water ski team was born. After practices at Beaver Lake and Lake Madison with a handful of skiers in the summer of 1992 proved to be time-consuming and difficult, Jim saw a contractor pumping water that would soon turn in to a lake during the reconstruction of the I-90 bridge. With a handshake, Jim bought the current location of Catfish Bay as a college student and hosted his first ski show the summer of 1994.  It is another story for another day to tell of the struggles, hard work, dedication and passion Jim possessed during these years and since to make Catfish Bay what it is today.

 

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[Ballet Line – All us girls are on a single ski with the rope on our left foot]

How does Catfish Bay add to the Sioux Falls community?

Catfish Bay adds quality of life to Sioux Falls. We are a family-friendly activity that is a short drive for anyone living in Sioux Falls that runs all summer. Having a water ski show in town is extremely unique, as most communities throughout the country do not have one. Catfish Bay has also provided the opportunity for dozens of our team members to water ski professionally at places such a Sea World, Lego Land, and other locations all around the world.

 

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[Barefoot skiing on a Saturday morning]

What do you wish more people in Sioux Falls knew about Catfish Bay?

Jim wishes more people made a habit of attending a show every year. We receive all the positive feedback in the world on our shows, but the general consensus while meeting people in town, is that it’s been a number of years since they’ve been to a show. We truly put on a quality show with new acts every year that we would love to share with the amazing and growing community of Sioux Falls.

How does Catfish Bay compare to other team sports?

Like other sports, being apart of Catfish Bay requires skill, teamwork and practice to put on a good show. What makes water skiing unique, is that a five-year-old and fifty-year-old can participate on the same team. And no matter your age, you can learn the skills to be apart of the team.

 

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[Pyramid practice back in 2009]

What are your hopes for Catfish Bay in the future?

The main vision for Catfish Bay is what it’s been for many years and what it will continue to be, a place where people want to be, see and ski. It would also be a dream to have sold out shows and a waiting list for volunteers and skiers.

 

As a skier I sell discounted tickets. If you would like to take your family or would like to know more about the team, give me a call or text at 605.261.8396.

 

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