6 Ways To Up Your Instagram Story Game

6 Ways To Up Your Instagram Story Game

Snapchat had its time to shine, but now Instagram is in the limelight.

Instagram stories these days have become a popular media platform. Snapchat had its time to shine, but now Instagram is in the limelight. Instagram story provides users to be much more creative than Snapchat stories do- with the poll, hashtag, and location features on Instagram, it is bounds better than Snapchat stories. I am not in any way shape or form an expert on this topic, but I have learned a few things in the time that I’ve used Instagram story!

1. Use the marker tool

The marker tool on Instagram is much more advanced than the one on Snapchat. There are 3 different cool markers to choose from. You also get to choose how thick you want the writing from the marker to be, and exactly what color. It’s especially ~aesthetically pleasing~ to do some cool cursive with the markers.

2. Layer wording

Whether you layer some cursive writing, some cursive and some block lettering, or two layers of block lettering- it all looks cool! Plus it draws more attention to what you’re saying

3. Use the location feature

Snapchat also has the location feature, but it’s not anywhere near as advanced as Instagram’s. It’s pretty neat that Instagram allows you to click on the location, and you can see other people’s stories and pictures that have also been posted there

4. Use your own filter

Sometimes the filters they give you on Instagram story are limiting- it’s best to use your own filter, just to give yourself some freedom! Just edit the picture on your own, and then upload it to your story from your camera roll.

5. Use the marker to do cute designs

Some pictures are just kind of plain and need something to spice them up, this is when this tool comes in handy! Use one of the markers and draw some polka dots or some squiggles.

6. Scribble with the marker behind block letters

For example, if you were writing on an all white picture, with some white letters, it might be a good idea to draw with a colored marker behind it. It will make the letters pop more, and look like you put more time and effort into it than you really did!

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The 10 Stages Of A 2:30 P.M. Kickoff, As Told By Alabama Students

But we still say Roll MF Tide!


We all have a love-hate relationship with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Bryant Denny Stadium, especially when it's 94 degrees.

1. Immediate sadness


What do you mean I have to wake up at 9 a.m. to get ready?

2. Bracing yourself for the worst


It's a marathon not a sprint ladies and gentleman.

3. Accepting the game is going to happen


Rain or shine we are all in that student section screaming our heads off.

4. Trying to wear the least amount clothes possible without being naked on the Quad


Is it me or does it get 10 times more hot the minute you walk on to the quad?

5. Shedding a tear when you walk out your front door once you feel the heat and humidity on your skin


Is it fall yet?

6. Drowning your sorrows inside a Red Solo cup at 11:30 a.m. at a fraternity tailgate


Maybe I'll forget about the humidity if I start frat hopping now.

7. Getting in line to go through security realizing it'll take an hour to actually get inside Bryant Denny


More security is great and all but remember the heat index in Alabama? Yeah, it's not easy being smushed like sardines before even getting into Bryant Denny.

8. Feeling the sweat roll down every part of your body


Oh yeah I am working on my tan and all but what is the point of showering before kick off?

9. Attempting to cheer on the Tide, but being whacked in the head with a shaker by the girl behind you. 


Shakers are tradition, but do we have to spin it around in a full 360 every two seconds? I have a migraine from just thinking about it.

10. Leaving a quarter into the game because Alabama is kicking ass and you're about to have a heat stroke.


I'll watch the rest in air conditioning thank you very much!

We may not love the 2:30 kickoffs but Roll Tide!

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I Made Emma Chamberlain's Mediocre Vegan Cookies, And They're Pretty Incredible

Emma and her vegan cookies have made their way into my heart, and are here to stay.


One day, I went down the black hole that is 'YouTube at 3 am' and discovered my favorite social media influencer of all time: Emma Chamberlain. I started binge watching her videos every night for about a week, where I came across her "Cooking With Emma" series. I decided that I wanted to give her vegan antics a go for myself.

I've never cooked or baked anything with the intention of it being vegan, so not only is that new territory for me, but I've never even eaten a vegan cookie. The only reason I'm doing this is because Emma did, and she is aesthetic goals.

To start the journey of vegan baking, I took to Pinterest, just like Emma, and found this recipe to use. Although the video that inspired all of this used a gluten free recipe, I opted for only vegan, because I'm allergic to most of the ingredients that make things gluten-free.

In true Emma style, I used a whisk to combine the wet ingredients together, making sure to use her special technique.

Then, I did the same thing with the dry ingredients.

After that, I dumped everything together and combined all of the ingredients.

Once they were combined, I chopped up a vegan chocolate bar, because Emma and I like chocolate chunk cookies, not chocolate chip, there's a difference.

Now that everything is combined, I made balls of dough and stuck it on a pan, and baked them while I binged more Emma, because what else would I be doing in my spare time?

The recipe said to make the balls a lot smaller, but we aren't perfect, so I made them gigantic. In my head, I thought the worst thing that could happen was it turn into one big cookie, but that's a whole other video you need to watch.

I took them out of the oven, and they were brown on the top, but still a little doughy. At this point I was tired of waiting and eager to eat them, so I disappointingly set them aside to cool, which only lasted a minute or so before I snagged one up to try.

The taste was definitely one I've never associated with cookies, and came to the conclusion that if I decided to go vegan, it would be doable with these cookies and Emma Chamberlain by my side.

Emma inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, which is a reoccurring theme throughout her channel, and I'm happy to be apart of it. She taught me that even if mediocre cookies is all you have, eat them with pride because you made them yourself.

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