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-Apr 29, 2016

A Day In The Life of a Blogger

By Teresa Caruso

This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.
Whenever people ask what I do for a living and I respond with “I’m a blogger”, I tend to get blank stares and confusion. While some people counter with actual interest into what I do, others just assume I sit around all day and write-up a few blog posts here and there. Yes, obviously I write blog posts, but blogging as a career goes far beyond simply sharing my opinion. A ton of time, energy, and research goes into every piece of content I create, and A LOT goes on behind the scenes. My blog is my business, and I treat it as such. Today I’m going to give you a peek into what a typical day is like as a blogger and small business owner, and how I find time to refresh my beauty routine even during the busiest of days. I mean, I am a beauty blogger, you knew I’d incorporate beauty somehow!

A typical day usually starts between 8 and 9 a.m. Honestly it depends on when my puppy is ready to go outside. Even though I work from home, it doesn’t mean I lounge in bed until noon. If I have a big deadline and find myself up until the middle of the night, I do sleep a little later to make up for the lack of sleep, but 8 or 9 a.m. is typical. While I’m getting myself out of bed, I grab my phone to check social media. I read through any comments, see if I was tagged anywhere, and just catch up on the latest Instagram posts. Once I’m out of bed, I always start the day with coffee and my planner. I like to look through my planner first thing in the morning to kind of see how my day will play out. I make a mental note of any phone calls, meetings, or events I have planned.

After I’ve had my morning coffee, it’s time to tackle my inbox. I check in with campaign managers, respond to collaboration requests, and touch base with whatever PR companies I’m currently working with. During the morning is also when I tend to write up blog posts and content. I find my best writing happens early in the day. After I’ve tackled my inbox and did a bit of writing, it’s time to take some photos!
I usually schedule photo-shoots that involve photography of myself on the weekends. My boyfriend takes 99.9% of the photos of me, so I have to work around his schedule. The weekend always seems to work best. However, all product photography and any other photos that don’t include my face are taken by me. I like to shoot throughout the week around noon. I have a running list of what needs to be photographed that I keep on my desk. I usually order it from most important to least. All of my content is important, but certain photos need to be taken first to meet upcoming deadlines.

Photography usually takes a couple of hours, and then I take a quick break. I recently made the decision to eat better, and work out more. It’s been about 2 weeks, and I honestly have never felt better. I’m not a huge fan of the gym, but I LOVE doing simple at-home workouts. After a quick mid-day workout, I eat lunch to refuel.

Now that I’ve been sweating its time to refresh before going back to my office. When I look my best, I feel my best, and that’s when I’m most productive, so a beauty refresh is kind of a no-brainer. I don’t always have time to jump back in the shower, so I refresh my skin with baby wipes, and apply Degree Motionsense Fresh Energy Dry Spray from Walmart. This deodorant is hands down the best deodorant I have ever used, and I have been using it exclusively for years. The Degree MotionSense releases extra bursts of freshness as you move, so you can LITERALLY smell and feel it working all day. I have introduced so many friends and family members to Degree MotionSense, and they all love it just as much as I do.

As far as beauty is concerned, I also like to apply a cream highlighter, a little bit of lipstick, and spritz my face with a beauty mist. You’d be amazed at how refreshed and ready to go I feel, even though I just worked out.

Now that I’m refreshed and feeling good, it’s time to get more work done. Aside from blogging, I also run a small online boutique. In the afternoon, I package any orders we received from the night before, and answer any customer service e-mails. I also like to create e-mail campaigns to notify my customers of any upcoming sales, or new products.

After I’ve done a bit for the boutique, it’s back to focusing on my blog and brand. The rest of the day consists of conference calls, updating and organizing social media, planning future collaborations, testing products, administrative work, and all the other aspects of running a business. I usually call it quits around 6pm. If it were up to me, I’d work all night long, but I’m trying to perfect the work/life balance. I mean I usually end up answering e-mails from bed at midnight, but I’m trying!

As I said earlier, I’m not the biggest fan of going to the gym, so I try to find alternative ways to be active. If you’re anything like me, you’ll love that Becky G has teamed up with Degree to create step-by-step dance tutorial videos. They’re super fun, and it’s a creative way to get yourself moving everyday!


How do you refresh throughout the day? xo

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  1. Ahhhhh being a blogger is definitely a lot more tougher than people think! I slave away countless hours for my friends and even family to think all I do is post pictures off of my phone -_-

  2. I love the touches of gold in your décor! I enjoyed reading about your day as a blogger (can totally relate) but I loved looking at your photos just as much – especially that white and gold pineapple!

  3. I love your decor! Your right people think because you work from home your in bed until noon!

  4. I love all of your sweet pineapple decor! Its really easy to think that blogging is like 0 work when it absolutely is work 🙂

  5. I think a lot of the time people don’t realise how much work goes into a blog so this is a great insight! Your photos are beautiful too!

  6. LOVE this!!! Sounds like you’ve got your dream job girlie 🙂 always love your photos

  7. I get blank stares too and what could you possible do all day. I grab my phone and check social media first too.

  8. It’s funny how people think we just lounge around all day by the pool checking social media and drinking mimosas!

  9. Loved getting to know how your typical day goes, so interesting! I need to schedule set times I start taking photos so I won’t get behind. Also, your desk set up and all of your accessories are just way too cute!!


    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  10. Blogging is definitely not an easy job, I think people assume it’s easy but it takes so much dedication!

  11. I love seeing the schedule of other bloggers! My parents have no idea what blogging really is or what I do. It’s frustrating, but my boyfriend gets it and is always happy for me whenever I have something big going on!

    Kayla |

  12. I get the blank stares too when I tell people I’m a blogger. First I mention that I’m an actress and that is always followed by “Your and an actress and what else.” Totally agree. So much more than just sitting around and writing.

  13. When I tell people I’m a blogger, my mother usually follows it up with “She’s an on-line journalist.” Lol. I love our lives and schedules. Degree has worked really well for my adolescents and their hormones.

  14. If I need to explain all that to anyone then I just move along. LOL…Seriously I do not have the headspace for it. I would love to do this full time and that is what I am working towards for the next year or so

  15. Being a blogger can be a full time job. That would be ok if I didn’t have another full time job. We must love what we’re doing.

  16. OMG being a blogger is so many jobs…we sure dont just type on a laptop…we are like miracle people and we are apart of the marketing advertising world. We work hard and if I can be honest many of us should get paid more but we are evolving and getting more recognition and respect.

  17. Blogging is definitely more than just typing up a few things here and there. Seems like you have a pretty productive day. I love the Degree spray, I got some for my boys and it works awesomely!

  18. It’s hard work, and beyond what people think. Your post describes all what bloggers deal every single day. The blank stares….people still hard to ffigure what is work as a blogger.

  19. Oh the blank stares! Blogging is! But, I love it, and I love that I am my own boss. My biggest struggle is making sure that I actually stop – it can be never-ending.

  20. I get the blank stares and confusion as well. Usually followed by the same question, “What exactly does a blogger do?” I get tired of answering that question. You would think that people today would know what blogs are and what bloggers do. I don’t know why they keep asking that question.

  21. wow, that sounds a lot like my day. I’m glad I’m not the only one working so hard.

  22. Sounds like you have a very busy life besides the blogging aspect. I’m not sure why people think blogging is just sitting on your butt all day. There is so much more to it.

  23. Interesting overview of how you block out your time, and how you get your photo shoots in. I find that I work harder now than when I worked in a corporate job, mostly because I love it more, and there’s more on the line.

  24. I get a lot of blank stares too. I have to explain my job to people all the time!

  25. I love Degree Dry Sense spray! I use it all the time. I laugh when people ask me what perfume I am wearing and I answer that it is deodorant!

  26. I wish my day started at 8 but sadly mine starts at 5:30 and can go into the night around 9 Pm. Luckily I have a teenager and he like when I work cause then i’m not bugging him.

  27. I know we don’t do nothing as some may presume, in fact I would say we work harder than those in average 9-5’s because work dosent end until we sleep. True story.

  28. My day is so different! I am juggling blogging, my full time job as an educational consultant, my part time job as an adjunct professor and another part time job as a trainer for school principals. Who knows what my schedule is going to look like?

  29. My day couldn’t be any more different. It’s funny how we all do the same thing, but do it so differently.

  30. Just discovered your blog! I love your blog name! Great post! I love spray deodorants. I love the dove ones! Will have to try degree!

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