Day in the Life of a Vegan Blogger

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m not a full-time blogger. Even back in the day when I first started my blog and was posting articles two-to-three times a week, I still didn’t consider myself “full-time.” As a full-time college student who also enjoys blogging and content creation, I am busy pretty much all of the time—though I do enjoy relaxing on the weekends with my family. Since many people assume that bloggers “live the life,” I thought it would be fun to take you through a typical school and workday of mine and show the vegan products that I use throughout the day! Keep reading to join me on a day in my life.

6:30 am: Getting Ready for the Day

If I have a morning class, I usually wake up around 6:30 am. Truthfully, I’m not a deep sleeper so waking up early really doesn’t bother me that much, I actually find that I’m the most productive in the morning! After waking up I do typical morning things like chug 24 ounces of water to rehydrate, followed by making my bed. Then the magic happens—AKA I transform myself from looking like death to looking like a presentable human. While I hardly wear a full face of makeup, I do, however, make sure to add some products to my face to make myself look more awake. Instead of using products from cheap drugstore brands like Maybelline or Revlon, I pride myself in wearing cosmetics that are natural, cruelty-free, and of course vegan. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you probably already know what my favorite brands are. But for those of you who are new here, some of my go-to products are from the brands Pacifica Beauty and Tarte. Both of these brands pride themselves in quality cosmetics that are all cruelty-free and vegan.

Vegan Beauty Essentials - Image by Amanda Kaplan

Vegan Beauty Essentials - Image by Amanda Kaplan

Vegan Beauty Essentials - Image by Amanda Kaplan

Vegan Beauty Essentials - Image by Amanda Kaplan

8:00 am: Breaking the Fast

Regardless if I have class or not, I usually like to start making breakfast around 8:00 am. I’m weird in the sense that I like eating all of my meals really early, and I don’t like eating dinner past 7:00 pm. Therefore, I start my meals pretty early in the day! Typically, I base my meals around the blog posts that I’m working on. For example, I’m in the works of writing a blog post about all the ways to incorporate apples into your meals—I love apples. Because I’m working on this post, a majority of my meals incorporate apples so I can photograph the dishes without wasting food.

8:30 am: The Camera Eats First

Around 8:30 am it’s time to eat. I won’t lie, I’m not the best at food photography and much rather shoot imagery of beauty, fashion, or fitness. However, I’m learning a bit more about food placement to hopefully increase my food photography-taking abilities. Like usual, my phone eats before I do. I always make sure to snap a few pictures of the dishes that I’ve created in order to have options for when I make an Instagram post or a blog post. In today’s case, I wanted to take a photograph of my Sweet Potato Apple Pie dish for my upcoming post on my favorite tasty vegan dishes that use apples.

Apple Season - Image by Amanda Kaplan

Apple Season - Image by Amanda Kaplan

Apple Season - Image by Amanda Kaplan

Apple Season - Image by Amanda Kaplan

9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Winding Down

As the day goes on, I usually am in class, working on my blog, applying to full-time jobs, and squeezing in a workout. But, my favorite time of day is when all of my work is complete and I can sit down, eat dinner, and watch TV (my most recent favorites have been The Fosters and Drop Dead Diva). There’s just something so relaxing about unwinding after a long day of productivity that I just love. My dinners are usually a bit more elaborate than my lunches which usually are a humongous salad. Since the weather has been chilly as of late here in Chicago, I’ve been loving hot soups. My recent go-to has been a veggie broth simmered with garlic and curry, filled with fresh vegetables like broccoli, celery, carrots, and mushrooms, along with a protein of choice (typically white beans or tofu). This is my absolute favorite soup and it’s easy, nutritious, and warms your body after a long day.


Being a blogger isn’t much different than a “normal” job. My day is always filled either writing, shooting images, or working on schoolwork (if it’s a day of the week where I have class, but to be honest, I’m always doing homework). What’s your daily routine look like? Let me know in the comments below!

with love & light, Amanda