July 21, 2014

Favorite App of the Week: BarkCam by BarkBox

Filed under: Girl Gets Geeky,Technology,That's Just Cool — Emily Reeves @ 12:59 pm

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Rarely do I download an app and use it more than a few days or a couple of times before its novelty expires. I thought that BarkCam by BarkBox would be one of those apps. But given the fact that I take many, many pictures of my three dogs, BarkCam has become one of my favorite apps.

First a bit about BarkBox: it is a monthly subscription box with toys and treats for your dog. I have been a subscriber now for a while for my Labs and recently added a second box for my small Cavalier King Charles Spaniel addition to the family. I have never been disappointed in the box goodies, and neither have my dogs.

BarkBox also has a blog called BarkPost. It is a compilation of all news dog-related, the heartwarming and the entertaining. It is one of my favorite updates to see in my Facebook news stream.

Then last week, BarkBox introduced the BarkCam app. This camera app makes sounds just before the shutter clicks. The noises get the attention of your pup and the perfect look-at-the-camera face that is so hard to capture. You can select from several different sound effects, including a duck quack, a doorbell and a dinosaur. Once you’ve captured the image, the app has tools for adding filters, thought bubbles and icons like bow ties and sunglasses.

The app is free and only available for iPhones currently. If you have cute dogs and tend to take photos of them, this app is worth the download.

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July 8, 2014

You Should Apply For The @ARKChallenge TODAY

Filed under: ARK Challenge,Business,Startup & Entrepreneurship — Emily Reeves @ 10:52 am

Today is the last day to get your application in for the central Arkansas ARK Challenge 2014. If you have a business idea, good partners and a desire to work hard to make your idea into a business, you should apply for the ARK Challenge. Don’t let your age, your current job, your naivety or your fear get in the way. The experience is life-changing.

Last summer, I participated in the NWA ARK Challenge 2013. I was the oldest one there, held my full-time job, had no idea what I was getting into and was a bit nervous about being able to do it at all . While the business I worked on didn’t “win” and I exited the business shortly after the program, I learned so much about operating a business, made great friends and feel better for the experience. And I felt like I left with a mini-MBA after 14 weeks. In short, it was worth it. If you are interested in learning from my experience, scroll through my weekly updates shared on this blog. If you want to get some of my startup advice, head over to my posts on the Innovate Arkansas blog.

Here is a video to inspire you (and you’ll will hear from me here, too):

May 9, 2014

The True Meaning of Memorial Day

Filed under: Carry The Load — Emily Reeves @ 11:52 am
My Stone Ward family walked with me in Little Rock in 2013.

My Stone Ward family walked with me in Little Rock in 2013.

What does Memorial Day mean to you? A three-day weekend? Time to stock up on purchases while everything is on sale? The first weekend of summer lake-going?

The true meaning of Memorial Day a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered. One organization is working to bring that meaning back to our awareness: Carry the Load.

Carry the Load is an organization I became involved with last year. I walked in honor of my brother, Rob Reeves, who died August 6, 2011 while serving as a Navy SEAL on SEAL Team VI in Afghanistan. I raised money for families of the fallen. I will participate again this year and would like to encourage your participation in some way, shape or form.

Carry the Load encourages us all to carry the burden of others who have carried for us through a national relay that started last week in New York, and continues 24-hours a day down the east coast, ending in Dallas on Memorial Day weekend.

The national relay will hit Little Rock on Tuesday, May 20th. I am planning to walk the 8 PM – 10 PM leg (Leg 286) that starts in the parking lot of Dicky Stephens ballpark in North Little Rock and ends at Brady Elementary School (7915 W Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72205) for a total distance of 5.66 miles.

I walk in memory of my brother, Rob Reeves. Rob was 14 months younger than me, but will always be the person I looked up to in life.

If you would like to participate on Tuesday, May 20th at 8 PM, please sign up to join my Little Rock team here.

If you can not participate, but would like to donate to the Little Rock team, please do so here.

If you are outside of Little Rock and would like to participate in the Dallas Memorial Day walk on Sunday, May 25th at 4 PM (through Monday, May 26th at 12:14 PM, lasting 20 hours and 14 minutes), you can join my Dallas team here.

If you can not participate, but would like to donate to the Dallas team, please do so here.

And you don’t have to walk or donate to help! You can also help by spreading the word and helping us get more awareness and participation!

@carrytheload on Twitter

https://www.facebook.com/CarryTheLoad on Facebook

http://carrytheload.org/ on the web

Thank you for your support!

You can see all of my photos from Carry the Load 2013 on Flickr. Here are a few highlights.

I celebrated my 35th birthday last year on the relay leg in Arkadelphia. Yes, that is a birthday cake on the tailgate of a pickup truck. I wouldn't have had it any other way.

I celebrated my 35th birthday last year on the relay leg in Arkadelphia. Yes, that is a birthday cake on the tailgate of a pickup truck. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Dad and me on the relay route in 2013.

Dad and me on the relay route in 2013.

With my friend and colleague Heide for the many, many, many miles we walked in Little Rock. In the rain.

With my friend and colleague Heide for the many, many, many miles we walked in Little Rock. In the rain.

With Dad at the walk in Dallas in 2013.

With Dad at the walk in Dallas in 2013.

 

March 13, 2014

Video: SXSW 2014 Recap

Filed under: SXSW — Emily Reeves @ 8:47 am

This morning, I sat down with KATV to talk about the latest trends and top takeaways from South by Southwest 2014. Watch the video here.

KATV – Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

February 6, 2014

Video: Social Media Highlights From the Super Bowl

Filed under: Current Events,Social Media,Video — Emily Reeves @ 1:33 pm

On Monday morning, I visited with Chris Kane of KATV about the social media trends from the Super Bowl. View the video here.

KATV – Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

December 31, 2013

2013 Social Media Hot Topics

Filed under: Girl Gets Geeky,Social Media,Video — Emily Reeves @ 11:01 am

This morning, I joined KATV to discuss the most shared and talked about topics on the web this past year. I even made up a new word: coversating. Yes, I did that. “Conversate” amongst yourselves about that blooper.

KATV – Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

Getting Dressed: Favorite Looks of 2013

Filed under: Style — Emily Reeves @ 10:52 am

Because presentation is vital and how you say it can be just as important as what you say. I had fun this year photographing my outfits several times a week. Looking back on them now, I can remember what I was doing that day just based on the outfit. Clothes make a difference in how you feel and what people think of you. They are part of your presentation. And I love them. Here are my favorite outfits, shown in the order in which they were worn (oldest first, most recent last). (I notice that I got better at taking the pictures as the year went on.)

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My Favorite Books of 2013

Filed under: Book Review,Girl Gets Geeky,Personal — Emily Reeves @ 10:25 am

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In 2012, I read 60 books and set my 2013 goal at 75. In 2013, I read 89 books (and I just might finish one more today to make it an even 90). I am not going to lie: I am pretty proud of myself for this accomplishment and will likely brag about it for the next 12 months.

As with last year, I am sharing my top five reads in each of three categories. The links are to my reviews on Goodreads.

Business books (or, what I consider books that I can apply to my business):

  1. Epic Content Marketing by Joe Pullizi
  2. Get Lucky by Thor Muller
  3. Without Their Permission by Alexis Ohanian
  4. A/B Testing by Dan Siroker
  5. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Other non-fiction books:

  1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain
  2. How To Be Interesting by Jessica Hagy
  3. Die Empty by Todd Henry
  4. Haiti: A Shattered Nation by Elizabeth Abbott
  5. The First 20 Hours: How To Learn Anything Fast by Josh Kaufman

Fiction books:

  1. The Circle by Dave Eggers
  2. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  3. The Twelve-Fingered Boy by John Hornor Jacobs
  4. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  5. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

For 2014, my goal is 120 books. Ten books a month: I don’t know if I can do it, but I will have fun trying. If you follow me over on Goodreads, you can keep up with the books as I read them.