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You know those cute little round covers you can put on your Instagram story “highlight reel”? How many times have you seen a fellow Instagrammer post a gazillion odd images—completely out of context—to their story feed, and you wondered what in the world was going on. If you paid close attention, you might later realize they were cover images. Or you might just have gotten bored and clicked away.

After seeing this—and doing it myself—I figured there had to be a better way. Turns out there is. And it's simple. It just wasn't obvious to me.

Check out my step-by-step tutorial for how to add these story covers without sharing them to your story feed first. Let me know how it goes!

Alison Moore Smith is a 57-year-old entrepreneur. She has been (very happily) married to Samuel M. Smith for 36 years. They are the parents of six incredible children and the grandparents to one astounding ginger grandson.

She is the author of The 7 Success Habits of Homeschoolers.

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