How to Make Your Instagram and Snapchat Profile Open IN the App

 

Hey guys, this post is for my fellow blogging friends today! :) If you’re not a blogger, feel free to scroll on by. Check out some of our greatest hits from the past! :) And be sure to keep in touch with daily photos and videos on Instagram and Snapchat. :)

Blogging friends!!! So glad you’re here. :) If you have a mobile site, I just figured out a super cool way to link to your Instagram and Snapchat profiles so that when a reader clicks on the link from their phone, it will open up to your profile IN THE APP. Then they can just click to immediately follow you! You can see examples in the pictures above.

 

Try it out!

Click on the icons below from your mobile device (with Instagram & Snapchat installed).

Follow on Instagram

 

How To Do It

Note: This tutorial is a bit easier to read from a desktop site. :)

 

How to Make Your Instagram and Snapchat Profile Open IN the App

 

For Instagram:

Just use this link:

instagram://user?username=kevinandamanda

*Obviously change kevinandamanda to your username! :)

 

For example:

<a href="instagram://user?username=kevinandamanda">Follow Kevin & Amanda on Instagram!</a>

That would be the exact code you would place on your site.

When people click on that link from their phone, it will open to your profile directly in the Instagram app.

 

Follow us on Instagram!
Follow us on Instagram!

You can also make an image clickable as well. This is especially useful for Snapchat with your Snapcode image.

Here’s the code you would use:

<a href="instagram://user?username=kevinandamanda"><img src="http://yourblog.com/instagramicon.jpg" alt="Follow us on Instagram!" /></a>

Again, you’ll need to change kevinandamanda to your username, and you’ll need to use your own Image URL that you have uploaded to your blog.

Here’s an easy way to get the exact Image URL and code to use. Create a draft post and upload the image you want to use, like an Instagram icon. You can get a get a good (official) Instagram logo from Instagram-Brand.com. Just scroll down to Brand Assets. Add the image to your draft post. Click on the image, and then click on the link button to add a link. This will make the image clickable. In the URL box, just copy and paste the Instagram link below, using your username. Then switch over to the HTML/code view, and highlight and copy all of the code. Boom! Now you can paste that code anywhere on your mobile site.

Instagram Link to Open Profile In The App
instagram://user?username=kevinandamanda

 

***Note*** I recommend only using this link on your mobile site, as nothing will happen if someone clicks on that link from their desktop. I’ll show you how to do that later in the post.

 

How to Make Your Instagram and Snapchat Profile Open IN the App

 

For Snapchat:

To open your profile directly in the Snapchat app, just use this link:

https://www.snapchat.com/add/kevinandamanda
*Change kevinandamanda to your username :)

Click here to download a picture of your Snapcode if you want to use it like we did with the Instagram icon above.

When someone clicks on that link from their phone, it will open to your profile directly in Snapchat so they can easily follow you.

How to Make Your Instagram and Snapchat Profile Open IN the App

Just to note, it won’t work if you’re trying it out on your own username… If you’re signed in as yourself it will just open the Snapchat main screen. But if you’re signed in as someone else, it will open up the Add Friend screen when they click the link.

If someone clicks on that link from their desktop, it will just take them to Snapchat.com. So it’s a good idea to also have your Snapcode on your site as well, so if they’re on their desktop, they can just take a picture of it with their phone to add you.

Another thing you can do is create a short post with your Snapcode, encouraging your readers to follow you on Snapchat. Here’s an example of mine. That way you can link to that page from your desktop site.

If you want a page like that, but don’t want it to show up on your site or go out in your RSS feed to all of your readers, just create a new PAGE in WordPress. Go to your WordPress Dashboard, click on Pages, then click Add New. It’s just like a post you can link to and promote, but it won’t show up on your site or in your RSS feed or emails.

 

Implementing On Your Mobile Site:

How to Link To Open Your Instagram & Snapchat Profile IN the App!!

Here’s how I added this to my mobile site. I just added it to the bottom of every post. I use AdThrive and have an AdThrive Mobile Site. If you have AdThrive, you probably have the plugin Header and Footer. If not, go to your Plugins page in WordPress and add it. This should work even if you don’t have AdThrive OR a mobile site.

Note: If you also have Yoast SEO installed, you might get a warning Yoast and Header and Footer conflicting over OpenGraph. I don’t have OpenGraph enabled on Header and Footer, so I don’t think they are conflicting. I just ignore the warning. I’ve been using both for months and haven’t noticed any problems. But I just wanted to give you a heads up. Maybe someone who knows more about these things can chime in?

 

How to Make Your Instagram and Snapchat Profile Open IN the App

After activating Header and Footer, click on Settings, then Header and Footer, then Post content (mobile).

Check the box next to “Enable mobile detection and injection.” (Thanks Patty K for reminding me!)

Then click in the textbox that says “Code to be inserted after each post” and paste the following code:

<center>
<br>
<b><font color="#FF3D2E">Keep in touch!</font></b>
<br>
Follow us on Instagram & Snapchat:
<br>
<a href="instagram://user?username=kevinandamanda"><img src="http://yourblog.com/instagramicon.jpg" alt="Follow on Instagram!" width="100" /></a>
<a target="_blank" href="https://www.snapchat.com/add/kevinandamanda"><img src="http://www.kevinandamanda.com/whatsnew/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/snapcode-480x480.png" width="100"></a>
</center>

 

Here’s what you’ll want to change.

FF3D2E – Change this color to coordinate with your blog, or change it to 000000 for black.
kevinandamanda – Change to your Instagram username
http://yourblog.com/instagramicon.jpg – The direct link to the Instagram image you uploaded. You’ll need to upload the image to your blog somewhere.
kevinandamanda – Change to your Snapchat username.
http://www.kevinandamanda.com/whatsnew/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/snapcode-480×480.png – Replace this with the URL to your Snapcode image that you have uploaded to your blog.

 

Of course feel free to make any other changes to suit your blog! :)

After you’ve made all your changes, be sure to click Save.

This will only appear when someone views your site from their mobile device. When someone clicks on the Instagram or Snapchat icons, it will open to your profile directly in the app.

 

Here’s how it will look on your mobile site:

How to Link To Open Your Instagram & Snapchat Profile IN the App!!

Check it out LIVE on our site by viewing this post on your phone.

 

Hope this helps!!

Any questions? Leave me a comment! :)

If you found this useful, I’d love it if you’d Pin, Tweet, or Share on Facebook! :)

Good luck! :)


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Winnie

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Last Friday Winnie was 12 weeks old. I can’t believe we’ve had her for 3 weeks now! The time has flown by.

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

She weighs 5.3 lbs. I’ve been using this Puppy Weight Calculator and it’s been pretty consistent each week.

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

It predicts her adult weight will be around 11 lbs. Miley and Howie are 15 and 13 lbs. She’ll be a little runt! She was the second smallest in her litter.

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

The only time she is still is when she’s chewing on something she shouldn’t be.

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

She loves to run around the backyard and explore!

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

She is getting SO good at using the bells to go outside! We hang bells on the back door that are low enough for her to reach. When she needs to go out to go potty she runs to the back door and rings the bell. If you are potty training a puppy I highly recommend bells! We’ve used them for all three pups. You could easily make your own, but we got ours from Poochie Pets.

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

She even experienced her first snow day!

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Winnie especially loves chasing Howie and trying to steal his toys!

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Howie is very good and very gentle with her.

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

He lets her think she has a chance!

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

But he always knows he can win if he really wants to. ;)

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

She loves hiding behind the bushes in the flower bed.

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Winnie also loves her Cuddle Cup!

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Back when we got Miley and Howie, we bought them these small bucket-shaped beds called Love Buckets. They were actually made for cats, but they were the perfect size for Boston Terriers and Miley and Howie LOVED them. They were the best beds we’ve ever had. We’ve had them for 9 years, and to this day they are still their favorite beds. Many other beds have come and gone, but the Love Buckets have stood the test of time. They are so durable and easy to wash. You just throw the whole thing in the washing machine and it comes out just like new. You don’t have to fumble with unzipping, taking off the lining, and trying to stuff it back in when it’s done. The whole thing just goes into the wash. And they’ve held up through hundreds and hundreds of washings over the past 9 years. They still look brand new. And they were affordable! They were the best beds ever.

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Sadly, they stopped making the Love Bucket beds several years ago. I haven’t seen them in stores in ages. But when we got Winnie, we knew she needed a bucket bed of her own. We found this “Cuddle Cup” at Home Goods. It’s a teeny bit smaller than the Love Bucket beds, but very similar. The Cuddle Cup doesn’t have a bottom cushion that comes out like the Love Bucket beds do. But everything else is similar, and price-wise they are similar too, so that’s great. We’ll have to see if this Cuddle Cup will be as durable as the Love Bucket beds!

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Winnie will pounce, twirl, and bark when she’s begging to be picked up.

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

She always gets what she wants. :)

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

She’s so sweet when she’s sleeping!

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Miley doesn’t know what to think of this puppy’s crazy antics.

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Although sometimes she’s fun to play with, I guess. ;)

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Howie just has to catch up on his rest, like a little old man!

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Sometimes he’ll even cuddle with her, as long as he thinks no one’s watching. ;)

Winnie the Boston Terrier Puppy

Winnie would give you lots and lots of kisses if she could.

Follow Kevin & Amanda on Snapchat

Be sure to follow us on Snapchat for daily Winnie pictures, videos, and updates!

 

Here are a few of our favorite “Snaps!” :)

A Day in the Life of Winnie the Wonder Dog

Posted by Kevin & Amanda on Monday, January 18, 2016

 

A Day in the Life of Winnie

 

The hopping! The butt-move!

Posted by Amanda Green Bottoms on Thursday, January 28, 2016

 

Learning some tricks!

 

Winnie has discovered herself in the mirror 󾌴

Posted by Amanda Green Bottoms on Friday, January 22, 2016

 

Discovering herself in the mirror.

 

That little hop at the end!!! 󾌧󾌧

Posted by Amanda Green Bottoms on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

 

Hopping down the steps!

 

Puppy's First Snow! ❄️❄️❄️

Posted by Kevin & Amanda on Saturday, January 23, 2016

 

Winnie’s first snow!

 

We share videos on Facebook too, so if you are on Facebook, but sure to “Like” our Facebook Page! :)

See you next time!! :) xoxo


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Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Last fall I had the opportunity to go on an 8-day Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Sunshine. The ship was fun and super family-friendly, the ports we stopped at were gorgeous, and the food was amazing! Most cruises are better known for their quantity of food rather than quality, which is why I was super surprised to have some of the best food I have ever eaten on the Carnival Sunshine — not just the best food I’ve ever had on a cruise, but the best food ever! I would totally do another Carnival Sunshine cruise just for the food!

Just take a look below at the fabulous food and restaurants we found aboard the Carnival Sunshine:

 

Guy’s Burger Joint

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Carnival has teamed up with Food Network personality Guy Fieri to create an authentic roadside burger shack on board the Carnival Sunshine. Guy developed these burgers exclusively for Carnival. Guy’s Burger Joint is the poolside spot for fresh-off-the-grill burgers and hand-cut fries. Be sure to stop by the toppings bar to fully customize your burger with all the fixings, and try all the dipping sauces for the fries!

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

And you’ve got to try the “Piggy Burger” — topped with a bacon patty!! Best of all, Guys’s Burger Joint is included with the cost of your cruise, so you can eat all the burgers and fries you want! :)

 

Ji Ji Asian Kitchen

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Ji Ji Asian Kitchen was one of my favorite restaurants on the Carnival Sunshine. Everything here was SO good. We got to try a little bit of everything. I am still dreaming about the pot stickers and the Kung Pao chicken!! The menu is huge and there’s a ton to choose from. Honestly you can’t go wrong here!

 

Pizzeria del Capitano

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Get fresh, hot, made-to-order pizza 24 hours a day on the Carnival Sunshine! These hand-tossed pizzas are made with fresh mozzarella, homemade sauces, and a number of toppings to choose from. We ate here several times!

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

And who can resist the all-you-can-eat soft serve ice cream?? :) Loved this chocolate and strawberry swirl. I had way too many of these this week! :)

 

Cucina del Capitano

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Cucina del Capitano was another one of my favorite restaurants on the Carnival Sunshine. The ship’s captains and officers are Italian, and Cucina del Capitano serves Italian-American dishes inspired by their favorite recipes from their childhood.

What to order: For an appetizer, the arancini is a must. For an entree, the carbonara and the chicken parmesan are amazing!!! For dessert, I LOVED the lemon sorbet and the tiramisu!

Wish I could go back here right now!

 

Shake Spot

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Artisan, handcrafted milkshakes and indulgent floats galore! Loved this fun sweet shop!

 

Seaday Brunch

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Brunch is my favorite meal of the day! And I like to sleep in, so I love that the Seaday Brunch on the Carnival Sunshine is served late! :) But it’s also open early for you early riser weirdos. I’m talking to you, Kevin. ;)  xoxo

The Seaday Brunch has a fabulous menu with a wide variety of breakfast and lunch options.

How seriously fun is this Froot Loop French Toast?? :)

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

And if lunch is your thing, how decadent is this mac and cheese?? :)

 

Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

On the last day at sea, celebrate with a fun Dr. Seuss character breakfast on the Carnival Sunshine!! The dining room and tables are decorated in bright colors and patterns with fun and unique menus. All the food is fun and funky!! You can even order green eggs and ham!

Plus the stars of Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat are around for special photo opportunities and fun interactions. Definitely a meal to remember!

 

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

How fun are these Cat in the Hat pancakes?! :)

 

Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse is perfect for a special occasion. Enjoy premium cuts of beef cooked to your exact specifications, as well as a fantastic selection of seafood, entrées, gourmet appetizers and an extensive wine list.

I got the Lobster Ravioli with shrimp scampi, lobster bisque, a baked potato, and for dessert, this heavenly cheesecake. So good!

 

The Chef’s Table

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Dining at The Chef’s Table was an amazing experience. If you are a foodie, you have to do this! You’ll be treated like a VIP with a multi-course dinner hosted by one of the ship’s master chefs. The full-service dinner includes unique appetizers, entrees and desserts not found on the regular dining menus. You even get to take a tour of the ships galleys and kitchens!

 

Alchemy Bar

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

The mixology specialists at Alchemy Bar will create a signature cocktail just for you! Choose from both nonalcoholic and alcoholic elixirs. You can even create your own custom concoction from a variety of unique ingredients! Definitely a fun experience!

 

St. Martin

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Now let’s talk about the beaches! :) We went to 4 different stops on the Carnival Sunshine. The first one was St. Martin. My favorite part of St. Martin was sitting on the beach and watching the planes come in at Maho Beach.

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

I loved the beaches in St. Martin.

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Such beautiful, warm, clear water!

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

This is Maho Beach, where the planes were landing.

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

I could’ve sat out here all day and listened to the waves crashing against the rocks.

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Coming in for landing!

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

We sailed away at sunset, just as the sun dipped below the ocean.

 

St. Kitts

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Next up was St. Kitts!

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

We did a fun snorkeling excursion here. We took a catamaran out and got to explore an abandoned ship wreck.

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

We made our way back to the ship just as the sun was setting.

 

San Juan

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

We spent the day exploring Old Town San Juan.

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Had to stop for these gourmet popsicles! :)

 

Grand Turk

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos) was one of my favorite beaches.

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

We took a cab out to Pillory Beach and spent the day lounging in the sun. It honestly looked straight out of a postcard.

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

The water was amazing! You better believe I got in! :)

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Such a fun day in the Caribbean!

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

The sunsets on the ship were incredible.

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

Always my favorite part of a cruise.

Review of the ship, ports, excursions, food, and restaurants aboard the Carnival Sunshine Caribbean Cruise.

If you’ve been considering a cruise, and want to go on one with fabulous food, I highly recommend the Carnival Sunshine! The food is amazing and the beaches are gorgeous. You can’t go wrong with that!

Until next time! :)


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