5 apps to avoid Blogger Burn Out

I admit, I’m constantly on my phone or computer. If you are a blogger like me,  I’m sure  you can relate to this as well. Bloggers have their business constantly at their fingertips with these devices and while that is an awesome job perk, it can be equally draining. For a long time I felt the pressure to constantly be checking my phone, creating content and get those likes/followers. Looking at your business this way will in the end leave you burnt out and you will eventually need days away from technology to feel a sense of normalcy again. At least that is what I had to do. I would literally hide my phone on Friday and not touch it  for entire weekends because I was so drained. Only to go back Monday and continue this all over again. Creating a never ending cycle of Blogger Burn Out!

Once I started really planning my content and being deliberate with my social media brand, I started to finally feel the weight and pressure of always being on my phone start to subside. I try to plan my content now a month in advance. Are there some things that are totally spur of the moment? OF COURSE! But getting a general outline of the content I want to create for that month helps me plan  just enough so that I don’t feel like I have rush to get the content I’m proud of. For me it’s just writing down the blog post titles and then maybe a vision for the images. Also finding apps that help you to stay organized, create good content and help you run your brand more efficiently from your phone is the key to being successful while avoiding feeling burnt out. Im going to let you in on the 5 apps I use to run my business to avoid the dreaded blogger burn out!

* For the record none of these apps are paying me to promote them. I just genuinely want to see you all succeed as bloggers/content creators.

 

  1. UNUM

This is my go to for making a curated feed on my instagram. Something really important to me is making sure that it all flows well. You can rearrange, shift or drag and drop your images into the grid layout that is linked to your IG account to see how that image will flow before ever posting! You can set up calendar reminders to set times or dates for when you want certain content to post. Also you can preload the image and caption into your feed and schedule when it will go live on your IG. Which makes this super easy for content planning and you can knock out a whole month of content that is scheduled to go out on specific days in a day! Plus this app almost gives you every analytic you could ever imagine for you to track your business growth and follower authenticity.

Download UNUM

 

2. TEZZA

Those close to me know how much I admire the iconic blogger Tezza. Her aesthetic is effortlessly chic and her content is curated beautifully. When she came out with this app I knew I had to have it and try it out for my content. The Tezza app is filled with amazing editing presets (my faves are Vintage and Glow). Plus it also gives you access to her Guides on posing, editing tips and all of her tricks on how to be successful at creating beautiful content for your own feed.

Download Tezza

3. QuickBooks: Self Employed

This app is a MUST for any entrepreneur/ blogger that is starting to make an income from their site. This app is able to track your income, send invoices and receipts to brands you are working with, tracks your business spending , tracks your mileage for deductions and you can snap all of your business expense receipts and they are logged for you so tax time gets that much easier. This side of the business is usually the most frightening to tackle and let me tell you, even for me it took a while to learn and I am still learning! This app has been lifesaver plenty of times.

Download Quickbooks

4. Unfold

Unfold is a great way to add some pizazz to your stories. Even when you don’t have great content to share at the moment, just using this app can easily turn your stories from blah to OMG! lol You can also save them into individual pages or you can pre-plan your whole days stories with this app which is perfect for content planning.

Download Unfold

 

5.Calendar 

This is probably a given for most people but this has also been the most influential app of all for my business. Block Scheduling to carve out time in your day to get everything done has been a game changer for me. I literally have to be super structured in order to ensure that I stay productive through out the day. Otherwise I will sit on my couch and watch about 15 episodes of Forensic Files and get absolutely nothing done. This way you also have your social media time for the blog scheduled too so that you feel productive but also so that you don’t feel like you are obligated to be glued to it all day long.

 

Now onto the outfit in the pics because I know you all are going to ask about it!

Top: C/O Maree Pour Toi

Skirt : C/O Maree Pour Toi

Handbag: Target Sold out

Jacket: Banana Republic

Shoes:Tory Burch

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10 Netflix shows to binge during the Polar Vortex!

The Polar Vortex has finally hit the midwest and it is brutal. As of right now it is a balmy -18 degrees outside with a -40 degree windchill. So, for those of you that are curious, it is currently colder in my home of Milwaukee than it is in ANTARCTICA right now. Everything is currently closed down due to this insane cold blast, and when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING! Even bars are closed here in Wisconsin and if you know us Wisconsinites or are one yourself, you know that bars shutting down is pretty much a sign of the apocalypse for us. We LOVE to be able to day drink here. lol

So with most of us trapped in our houses for the next few days, I hope you have stocked up on wine, snacks and are ready to binge watch some prime tv on Netflix. Being a self proclaimed Netflix addict myself, I have put together my top picks for the best binge worthy shows.

1. Nailed it 

If you have ever tried to attempt a Pinterest baking project and it ended up failing miserably, this is the show for you. This is a baking competition that takes amateur bakers and challenges them to recreate some of the most elaborate baking projects for a cash prize. And let me tell you, the results are tragic and hysterical.

2. It Takes Two

This is an oldie but a goodie. If you are a child of the 90’s you will feel all sorts of nostalgia while watching this Mary-Kate and Ashley classic.

3. The Office

Speaking of oldie but goodies, The Office is always a good binge choice. Curl up with a cozy blanket, some coffee and re-watched this classic comedy sitcom. It will be hard to not crack up at the insane pranks Jim pulls on Dwight.

4. Instant Hotel

I first heard about Instant Hotel from my BFF Andrea. A few weeks back she texted me that I had to binge it and text her when I was done. Let me tell you this show is hysterical. It’s an Australian reality show where couples who have Air BNB rentals compete in a completion to win the title of best rental and a trip to the Unites Sates. Each episode they stay in one of the other contestants rental and rate it. You are probably reading this thinking, ” How is this funny?”. Well, these people are so CATTY which makes it super funny. Just watch it and I promise Leroy will end up being your fave diva of the show! I seriously want him to get his own spin off!

5. Queer Eye

This show is just such an uplifting and positive show, that I promise you will make you cry happy tears at some point during your binge. The makeovers that the Queer Eye team give are not just for aesthetics but they are transforming these men from the inside out. It’s a funny, beautiful and happy to watch. Plus it has JVN…… enough said.

6. The Sinner

When a normal seeming mom snaps and stabs a complete stranger while spending the day at the beach with her family. She is faced with having to relive her past and open memories that she blocked out to discover what triggered her to kill. This show is dark, Im not going to lie, but it is super addicting and with so many twists and turns in the plot you are not going to want to turn it off until you get all the answers.

7. Santa Clarita Diet

This is a funny take on the zombie trend that has been happening ever since the start of The Walking Dead. A husband and wife realtor team are faced with a whole bunch of new hurdles when one of them dies and comes back as a zombie. With almost everything seeming to be back to normal, besides the whole zombie thing, they are now faced with one issue. To keep the craving for human flesh under control and under wraps from everyone else in their community.

8. You

This show follows a classic love story, except for the fact that it isn’t classic at all. Boy stalks girls, girl falls for boy, boy starts killing everyone who gets in the way of their love.

9. Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

If you are a true crime lover like myself, then you will be glued to the screen watching this. Listen to actual tapes of Ted Bundy talking about the horrific crimes he committed and his 2 escapes from prison.

 

Huge Announcement!!!

Today is a big day for me. Today I’m taking the biggest leap of faith I have ever taken in my life. As most of you know I have been struggling with my full time job being just that a FULL TIME job. With my hours continually getting cut and the instability that that brings I have had to do some hardcore soul searching and praying to determine what my next steps needed to be. And one outcome kept being brought back to me over and over! And of course it was the option I have been scared most to do for a long time……. be a full time blogger.

As any Christian, getting lead by the Lord to take a big step in your life often leads to the arguing phase: “What if I fail?” ” But I’m not financially where I want to be before I take this leap!” “Lord don’t you know I have bills to pay?!?!?” While I was busy brushing this off and thinking that there is no way I can make this work, I also kept being brought back to ” Do you not trust God to be God? Trust him and watch what He can do.” Then all of a sudden the checks/collabs started coming in from the blog heavier than ever before! And finally I decided that I’m ready for this leap!

I’m excited to officially announce that I’m leaving my “full time” (using that term lightly) job to be a FULL TIME BLOGGER! I still can’t believe it even as I’m typing it! I never thought that when I started this lil ole blog that I would be able to get to this point! And here Iam! Is it going to be hard…….Yes! Is it going to be scary…… yes! Is it going to be the most rewarding and fulfilling thing I’ve ever done in my life?…….. absolutely! Is it scary ….. hell yes! Will I end up getting a part time job at Starbucks or something just for a change of scenery……. probably! lol

Now that it’s OFFICALY ANNOUNCED that I will be starting my new full time role as CEO of It’s Pamela Kieck the second week of February the fun begins! Coming the first week in March there will be a lot of different content and features to the site.

Each week there will be a weekly blog newsletter sent out to all subscribers featuring:

•Fashion posts

•Beauty posts

•Lifestyle posts

There will also be new services that I will offer:

•Content Creation

•Wardrobe Styling

•Closet Organization

•Blogging Workshops

•Blogging Resources

And you will be able to shop my closet and wish lists right from my website!

I’m so excited for this new journey and equally terrified. But if your dreams don’t scare you than they aren’t big enough! Thank you so much to all of you for being loyal followers and get ready for It’s Pamela Kieck to be bigger and better than ever before!

Room Reveal: Bedroom

I have to say my bedroom was probably the most difficult room to decorate due to some unique structural elements. On either side of one wall is a severely sloped ceiling and there are two walk in closets on either side of the room. So to make my bed to focal of the room I put it in between the two sloped ceilings with a vanity under one of the slopes. Then on the opposite wall did my dresser.

As for decor I wanted it to be cozy, with some pops of color in the accents. A hot pink headboard and the accent pillows play off the color of the art work above my dresser. While the pineapple lamps add a touch of fun to the decor! Also some cozy faux fur blankets for a luxe vibe.

Bed: Wayfair

Mattress: C/O Big Fig

Bedding: Wayfair

Bench: Wayfair

Dresser: Ikea

Artwork: Wayfair

Lamps: Wayfair

Leopard pillows:8 Oak Lane

Blue pillow: Wayfair

Vanity mirror: Kirkland’s

Vanity chair: Kirkland’s

Faux fur blankets: Home goods

Room Reveal: Home Office

Blogging is a full time job, even if it’s not your actual FULL TIME job. A lot of time is spent behind the computer working on content and planning outfits and actually writing blog posts. So when I moved into my new place I knew that I wanted an office that was chic and inspiring for when I’m creating content.

Everywhere you look I tried to mix fashion with functionality. With inspiration boards and content calendar, a clothing rack for the latest outfits that need to be shot, and of course a great display for my purses.

Now the hours I spend in here don’t feel like work. But a place I enjoy to go to and be my best creative self!

Desk: Wayfair

Bookcases: Wayfair

Mirror:Wayfair

Rug:Wayfair

Cabinet: IKEA

Rolling rack: Wayfair

Chair: Wayfair

Holiday Decor with Goodwill

Decorating for the holidays can be stressful and expensive! How do you possibly create a beautiful tablescape while still staying on budget for the rest of your holiday shopping?!?? Well, I will let you in on my secret. Goodwill!

Most of you probably think of Goodwill as all second hand items. And while yes, there are some amazing second hand pieces, they also have brand new items that still have the tags on them. Like these adorable plaid plates and copper dipped glasses! I was able to get this ENTIRE tablescape put together for $60! You read that right,$60!

Now what present should I treat myself too with all the money I have saved?!?!? 😉

12 Days of Giveaways

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! While most of you instantly thought of Christmas, my dedicated OnMilwaukeeans KNEW I was talking about my 12 Days of Giveaways. This years giveaways will be from December 10-21.There is nothing I love more than getting to spoil you all with some of my favorite things, from some of the best local businesses. This year we have gone bigger and better than last year with prizes STARTING in $250 in value and going up from there.

Here’s how it’s going to work:

  1. Each day we will be featuring a new brand and prize. This will be shown on the Instagram and Facebook with a full article to be on OnMilwaukee.
  2. You will be prompted to follow myself @pamelakieck, @onmilwaukee, and the days participating brand.
  3. tag a friend in the comments
  4. extra entry if you share the article or giveaway of the day
  5. THAT’S IT!

Winners will be announced at the end of the 12 days and will be notified via social media.

Now on the the fun part! WHAT ARE THE PRIZES!?!??!? While we want to keep the prizes a surprise until the day of their giveaway I will reveal what day each brands giveaway will be so you can plan accordingly.

Day 1: Kendra Scott

Day 2: Get Dolled Up

Day 3: Harley Davidson Footwear

Day 4: The Spa at Plastic Surgery Associates

Day 5: Photographer Kaitlyn Luckow

Day 6: Lula Mae Asthetics Boutique

Day 7: Fiserv Forum

Day 8: Central Standard

Day 9: Mestessa hand bags

Day 10: DryBar

Day 11: Zyloware/Milwaukee Admirals

Day 12: Iron Horse Hotel

I’m so excited for this years giveaways and to spread some holiday cheer with you all.

Outfit Details:

Dress: c/o Eloquii

(sorry ladies it is sold out, BUT you can click the link to be added to the wait list)

Boots: Stuart Weitzman

Necklace: Similar (Original from BaubleBar x Courtney Kerr Collab)

Lipstick: Lipsense Color: Blu- Red

Photo by: Kaitlyn Luckow