• Lifestyle,  Parenting,  Podcast

    #MTGthePodcast hosts March’s ‘Movement’ Episode

    FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST SAMANTHA JOHNSON For both #WomensHistoryMonth & #InternationalWomensDay we HAVE to celebrate it with an all femme episode! This month is themed MOVEMENT and we just so happen to have the perfect guest to discuss this with, Samantha Johnson of Samanhattanpr! Samantha Johnson is the Chief Cheerleader of SaManhattan Media and a native of Versailles, KY. She attended Woodford County High School and the University of Louisville where she eventually took an internship with Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. Following her career with Disney, Samantha worked in advertising and marketing for Coca-Cola, Cumulus Broadcasting, and took on a host of freelance positions in the experiential sector from Airbnb Open in Paris, France to…

  • Lifestyle,  Marketing

    Fave Tools We Use

    As a content creator and digital marketer we keep a close arsenal of tools to do what we love quickly and professional. These are both professional and personal tools we use to stay on top. Graphic Flexibility: Canva Pro We often resize things from print to social media ads. The Canva Pro account allows me lots of freedom to create templates for clients with accessible group editing. Subscribe. In a Pinch: Using 2-Day Shipping Whether is Amazon Prime or Walmart 2-Day delivery or Instacart , time is one thing we need not waste. I live on Amazon Prime for living essentials, pantry needs and crafting supplies. Grab Yours. Designers Playland:…

  • Community,  Lifestyle,  Tech

    MoreThanGraphics podcast kicks off second season with goals theme episode

    featuring special guest Michelle Franzetti Welcome to season 2! Meet Michelle Franzetti, owner & photographer of Franzetti Photography, educator and influencer! Michelle is a Lexington-based photographer with a passion for building up women through positive experiences in front of the camera. As Kentucky’s premier boudoir photographer, she believes boudoir can be a healing, uplifting, and incredibly fun experience for all women. She currently works as the manager of special events for Lexington Parks and Recreation and teaches for the Arts Administration Department with the University of Kentucky. Learn more about Michelle and other women in the area in the Franz with Benefits facebook group. Show Notes Dave Ramsey Teachings My…

  • Community,  Events,  Lifestyle

    Octane Looks Back: Top Nine of 2019

    Holy smokes! 164 posts and over 3.5k likes later…. where did the year go?! If you’re like us we needed a good old reminder of our top posts of the year. Using our Top Nine Instagram Moments we’re taking you back…. All the way back counting down top posts and projects that put a twinkle in our eyes. #9: #Friday Introductions To be honest, Octane founder Danielle Meadows-Stinnett tries to do less pictures of herself as much as possible. This has proven to not be as effective toward the brand because over time more people wanted to know the face behind the name. Thus the timely shares of #FridayIntroductions commenced.…

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    Kids,  Lifestyle

    Holiday Card Etiquette Tips

    It’s that time of year and we’re sharing tips on Holiday Card addressing and etiquette. Here’s Octane founder, Danielle Meadows-Stinnett’s two cents on what to do and what to steer away from when sending out your holiday cards. 1 ) No apostrophes on Holiday cards. Apostrophes are used to show possession. Apostrophes are not used to make words plural. (Be on the lookout for YouTube tutorial on this one!)  For Example:The Stinnetts not The Stinnett’s The Jones not The Jones’s or Jones’ 2 ) Digital or Print holiday cards? My suggestion is to give based on commutative relationship. Have that Instagram friend that you comment with back and forth? That’s a digital card. What…

  • Community,  Events,  Kids,  Lifestyle

    Recap: Be That Person Completion Banquet

    Be that Person Inc is a registered 501(c)3 based in Kentucky that provides local youth Life Skills courses and provides pro bono birthday parties for families in need. In wrapping up their first year as a non-profit, Octane was there for all the details and celebration of a successful first year. The Details Executive Director, Nakia Coffman had an idea and a vision. She had a idea of blue watercolor design we went from there. Paperie & Signage Oversized blue watercolor menus, place cards for reserved families and printed event program was exactly what the Executive Director had in mind. The event brochure included a welcome note from Nakia as…

  • Community,  Events,  Lifestyle,  products

    Recap: Kentucky Bloggers End of Year Bash & Awards

    Octane was more than excited about branding the event production of the Kentucky Bloggers end of year awards. Kentucky Bloggers is a regional blogging community that focuses on (you guessed it) Kentucky Bloggers and influencers! The event was coordinated by Kentucky Bloggers founder Aisha Adaobi and Bluegrass Blog owner Marie Pullen. These ladies know how to throw a party! Let’s recap! The Details Aisha put together this beautiful and simple Gatsby themed invite from Canva (because you CAN have excellence on a budget) and from their we took the design reigns in branding the rest of the event. The goal was to coordinate (not match). In using the color palette…

  • Events,  Lifestyle

    Recap: Winnie the Pooh Bridal Shower

    A new adventure begins for the arrival of baby Kadence and Octane had the pleasure of adding lots of sweet little details for the sweet celebration.  Let’s review! The Details We loved every piece of detail that came from this. The event branding technically all started from the custom napkins that we designed that helped brand out everything else. Did you know? All the food items were made by different vendors? When planning it makes sense to use just one vendor but event planner Nakia Coffman had a vision and used her resources to pull it all together in one cohesive look. Amazing! Paperie & Signage From the napkin design,…

  • Kids,  Lifestyle,  Parenting

    Long Story Short : Dealing with Trauma

    Long story short… I was halfway through my pregnancy until recentlyLong story short … My little girl Ella Jo was born without a heartbeat Long story short… I’m still heartbroken and healing everydayLong story short… We celebrated her anyway We found out we were pregnant late in the game. Due to my present Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) the symptoms for early pregnancy were completely masked until the symptoms were lasting longer than normal. I knew then something else was up. I’ve felt the bitter sting of positive tests and the dreaded words of “no heartbeat” twice over two years ago in consecutive miscarriages no further than 8 weeks. And lo, before…

  • Community,  Kids,  Lifestyle,  Parenting

    Living beyond a plan

    Octane is built on authentic communities and founded on acts of selfless service. Mothers of May is a month long celebration of moms from all aspects of life. By hosting a space for ‘each one teach one’ women share their own unique perspectives and lessons of motherhood.  BY maria lorenz I never thought I wouldn’t be a mother. I’m not sure why. Maybe it was my upbringing; mothers have daughters and daughters then become mothers, that’s what happens I can’t say that I knew what kind of mother I wanted to be, but who does? I also knew I was not going to be a young mother, I had a…