Sunday, December 20, 2015

See Ya'll 12/31!!!

Hello my blogging friends,

I decided to put my blog and youtube channel on winter break until 12/31.  Next week I will be back with a new look, fresh content, fun freebies and a bunch of cool stuff.  ;)

I will still be on Instagram, Periscope and of course will be open.

I am taking this time to enjoy the holidays with my family, get ahead of the hustle for the new year and focus on a awesome launch coming soon!

Have a lovely holiday!!
Mandy Jean

Friday, November 27, 2015

Holiday Weekend Coupon Code for SHOP Mandy Jean Chic

Enjoy 20% off our shop until 12/1.  This includes Brett's journals!!!  

Also in the shop are my video, youtube, periscope and blogging printables!  Along with a few notepads!!! 

I also have some cute planner clips and PRINTABLE Planner covers/dashboards.  

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SHOP Mandy Jean Chic is open!!!!!!! Join me on Periscope today for a special coupon code!

A couple of weeks ago while high on NyQuil I opened my etsy shop and didn't even remember!  Sunday morning I stumble from my bedroom into my studio to find out SHOP Mandy Jean Chic was open and taking orders!!  Best decision I've ever made in my life!

Today on Periscope I will be announcing our Weekend Holiday deals and giving everyone a special coupon code.  Make sure to check me out on Periscope at Noon MST!  The replay will be up for 24 hours.  I will be announcing the weekend deals on my blog tomorrow.  GET EXCITED!!!!

Head over to my shop and make sure to favorite your items.  I have some great deals coming, bundles and special products for my video media, blogging and periscope peeps!

Monday, November 23, 2015

EPIC CONTENT PLANNER REVEAL!!! Perfect for Bloggers & Youtube Creators!

Happy Monday!!!!  Over the past 3 months I have been working on a not so top secret project.  I've been blogging for a few years now and my youtube channel has consistent growth on a daily basis.  Creating valuable content is something I take pride it!  

When I started the 31 days of youtube I saw a missing piece to the puzzle.  Many Content Creators were missing a true content planner.  There are many different blog planners on the market and even a few youtube planners but no one created inserts creators could buy individually to create their EPIC Content Planner.  Until now..... 

Inserts Mentioned in Video:
Leather Journals:
Christmas Planner Clips:
Request Insert:
Music Tracker:
Video Planner:
Youtube Content Checklist:
Youtube Calendar with Analytics:
Blog Post Planner:
Weekly Social Media Planner:
Blog Series Planner:
Blog Planner with Analytics:
Periscope Planner:
Content Hop Insert:
Weekly Blog Planner:
Weekly Youtube Planner:
Tag & Hashtag Planner:
Instagram Planner:
Content Stats Insert:
Pinterest Group Board Tracker:
Master Content Planner:

I have been creating inserts to help Content Creators stay organized and make creating valuable content easier!  Each insert is sold individually in my shop (CLICK HERE TO HEAD OVER) so you can mix and match your inserts.

If you are interested in getting organized for 2016 or simplifying your process head over to my shop.  As a added thank you for reading my little blog please use code "SHOPMJC" for 10% off!!!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

DIY Industrial Steampunk Light Switch Cover

Over the weekend Brett decided to update his studio and he wants to go in a industrial/steampunk direction.  While at Home Depot he got the idea to create a few light switch covers.  Enjoy!!!

Products Used:
* Light Switch Cover:
* Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Gear Pack:
* Glue

Link Parties
The Creative Collection / An Allie Event /  Creating My Way to Success / Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom / Sew Can Do /

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Happy almost October! 

Vlogging is one of my favorite parts of video media.  I love to vlog and to watch vlogs.  I enjoy seeing moments from peeps days, learning a little bit about where they live, great recipes, special moments and so on.  Vlogging is a great community builder and for someone who maybe a little shy to be in front of the camera it is a great tool! 

I created the #vloggersgottavlog challenge as a way to make vlogging a little easier and for others to have fun.  The 31 prompts can be filmed daily, weekly, on periscope, youtube, instagram and so on.  Whatever works best for your schedule!  

This challenge starts October 1st.  Here are a few prompt ideas to get you started.  Put the prompts in your planner and use your planner to help you remember when to vlog and get filming!! 

Fall Wreath- Show us your wreath.  If you don't have one maybe create a tutorial or take us shopping with you. 

Sept Favorites-  What are some of your favorite products in September? September memories?  

Fall Drink- #PSL anyone??  

Celebrate Fall- Take us on a fall related activity or vlog while decorating your house.  What about a craft project? 

Fall Haul-  It's fall ya'll!  What did you purchase to add to your fall wardrobe or home.  Maybe a fall planner haul? 

Hockey or Football-  Which is your favorite and who is your team.  #detroitredwings 

Fall Wardrobe-  What are a few of your must have pieces?

Fall Weather- Take us outside and let us embrace fall where you live.  Just a warning.... I live in New Mexico so be prepared for 90 degrees! 

Pumpkin Patch Vlogging-  Let's go to a pumpkin patch! 

Fall Drive-  Take us on a drive.  Show the world the beauty of where you live. 

Favorite Scary Book- Do you have a haunting book?  Share it! 

Fall Treats-  Make our mouths water with  your favorite fall treats. 

Pumpkins or Apples???

Fall Scent-  What smell just screams FALL!!!!!  #sweaterweather 

Day in My Life-  Film pieces from your day.  What does your day really look like! 

Favorite Scary TV-  Do you have a favorite Halloween show? 

October Beauty-  What are some of your favorite fall beauty products?

Decor-  Do you decorate for Fall or Halloween? 

Kid/Pet Costume-  Dress them up! 

Halloween Playlist-  A little Monster Mash anyone??? 

Fall Boots-  Let's see your boots! 

Treat Yo' Self-  What is your favorite activity to treat yourself? 

#octoberyoutubetag- look for this in a couple week!  SUPER FUN!!! 

Pin It Did It-  Show us a pinterest project.  Fails included!! 

Pumpkin Carving- Are you a carver or decorator? 

Festive Mani-  Treat yourself with a holiday mani/pedi.  

5 Favorite Costumes-  What were they? 

Halloween Memories-  Tell us some of your favorite Halloween memories. 

Youtube Made Me Buy It-  We all love Youtube!  What has Youtube made you buy? 

Favorite Scary Stories-  Scare us!!! 

Halloween Fun- Take us trick or treating!  Show us your candy bowl!  

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Housekeeping and News!


I have some big news!  Actually a lot of big news!  First off, as much as my Mother would love this, I am not pregnant.  With the launch of #31daysofyoutube you may have noticed a slight shift in my content during the month of August.  Don't fear I will keep up with my original content but  I have decided to launch a new piece!  Starting October 1st I will be offering Video Media Coaching/Consulting, a shop and some top secret content.  Get excited!!!

I wanted to check in, say "Hello" and assure you the beauty reviews, crafts, fashion posts, tutorials, planner inspiration and lifestyle content will not be going away!  Everything will still remain under Mandy Jean Chic but I will be adding a few video media and tech posts.

Also, starting in the next few days to weeks you may see my blog get a little messy.  I am moving to Wordpress ya'll!  Wish me luck!!!

During the #31daysofyoutube I connected with a few fellow Girlbosses and we started a bookclub called "ChicReads".  Every month we will vote on a business/personal development book to read and at the end of the month have a google hangout.  If you are interested you can check us out HERE on GoodReads.  We are reading "Zero to One" in the month of September.

My last big announcement is I created a Facebook group to help others overcome their video media fears, hangout in a supportive environment, share videos, talk tech and much more.  Visit us at Video Media Enthusiasts on Facebook HERE.  Send a request to join and one of us will approve :)

That is all from Mandyland!  How was your summer?  Any fun trips?

Take care my friends,

Mandy Jean

P.S.  The wonderful Tazi created this for me for my birthday!!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Special Announcement!!!! #31daysofyoutube LIVE Tonight with MissTrenchcoat

I am super duper excited to announce that tonights #chicscope will be LIVE on youtube and our guest will be Alexis aka MissTrenchcoat!!!!  We will start at 4pm MST/6pm EST and we will be answering your questions about community building.  Make sure to leave your questions below, on Instagram or Twitter.

To join in the fun visit my youtube channel or click HERE.  You can also set reminders on youtube :)  

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

#31daysofyoutube 18 &19

First off, sorry I had to cancel #chicscope last night.  I was not feeling super duper at all!  I knew if I did the scope my heart wouldn't be in it and I value your time.  #chicscope is back on for tonight!


Both of these topics are very specific to you and your channel.  Personally goals are very important to me.  They help to keep me focused and on track.

Create a couple of goals for your channel next month.  I don't recommend making a subscriber count as a goal.  You cannot control the number of subscribers on your media but you can control the number of videos you produce, adding a intro and such.

Having a filming checklist is another important tool to stream line your system.  I am creating a new checklist as we speak but having something to refer back to when starting to film will be very helpful. A few things on my checklist are: focus camera, check shot, clear memory card, gather supplies, create shot list and thumbnail.

You can create a list to put in your planner, use excel or another process that works best for you.  It is easier to start building this list now and update it as your channel grows :)  What are some things on your list?

  • Create 3 goals for your channel next month.  How will you grow?  Videos?  Editing? Graphics? 
  • Start a filming checklist 
Don't forget #chicscope tonight at 6pm MST! 

Monday, August 17, 2015

#31daysofyoutube- Video #2

I've run into a few technical glitches.  The post that was scheduled today was somehow deleted.  I am quickly posting this during my lunch at the office.  :)  Carving time, ya'll!  

The prompt for today is filming your 2nd video.  Take a look at your list.  What video are you in the mood to film today?   Take the time today and film your video.  Don't worry about editing it or anything like that.  Just get in front of your camera today. 

Tonight's #chicscope will feature Hank!  

Again, sorry this post is a little tossed together but I went to check on the post today and noticed it was missing.  Flexibility is another key to success, Ha! 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

#31daysofyoutube 16- Creating a Schedule

I am a planner and list girl.  I love being organized and using tools to increase my productivity but what do you really need to get started?  

On day 1 I had you grab a notebook, planner or anything to help you get organized, we looked at analytics and now we are ready to create a schedule.  So how do you do that? 

Be HONEST with you time.  If you are working full time, a mom and such you probably will not have the time to film 7 videos a week.  Why not focus on 1 awesome video or maybe two?  Be honest with yourself and how much time you have.  

Take a look at your previous videos.  What days were the highest view days?  Was that because you shared them on your media?  Upload day?  Pick a day of the week (or days) and create a upload schedule.  A lot of successful content creators upload twice a week.  Pick your days and be consistent.  

  • get your planner out and look at the month of September.  Also, get your personal planner. 
  • Mark everyday you will NOT have time to film, edit or work on your channel in the month of September.  Be realistic.  Are you back in school?  vacation?  family visiting?  
  • Decide what day or days of the week you want to upload on
  • Pull out your video idea list and decide what videos you want to film
  • Schedule all of the tasks needed to complete these videos in your blocks on free time.  DON'T OVERWHELM YOURSELF!  If you community knows your upload schedule and you cannot fulfill that just let your community know.  :)  If you don't have the time to film and such all in the same day break it up.  
  • Post a pic on Instagram using #31daysofyoutube showing your September content schedule.  

Don't forget everyday at 6pm I host #chicscope on periscope and we discuss the prompt of the day.  :)  Follow @mandyjeanchic on periscope to get notifications when #chicscope is live.  

Saturday, August 15, 2015

#31daysofyoutube- Video Lists & How to Organize

A common question I am asked is "how do you organize video ideas?"  The easiest explanation.  I keep a list inside my planner.  If you would like to see a picture I posted a couple on Instagram today :)  Head over there to see them (@MANDYJEANCHIC on Instagram)

Keep a list of video requests, ideas and so on.  Writing them down will be so valuable to you!  If you don't keep a planner you can use a notebook, post its and so on.  Whatever works for you, use it!!!

How do you organize your video ideas?

Join us tonight at 6pm MST on periscope to see my youtube planner and other organizing ideas.  Follow @mandyjeanchic

Friday, August 14, 2015

#31daysofyoutube- Day 14- Research Yo Videos!

What is your favorite part of being on youtube?  Is it filming? Community? Editing?  Mine is creating content.  I love thinking of content to film.

Let's be honest.  We don't know everything.  When creating videos sometimes we need to research topics and crafts.  ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS let your viewers know where you are getting your info.  You don't need to say it in a video unless it is pretty obvious you were inspired by a certain project or content.  When I research a topic or get inspired by someones project I ALWAYS link to their content in my description box.

I can't stress how important referencing researched content is.  Taking another creators content, no matter how small, is wrong.  Give credit where credit is due. When doing this you are creating a relationship and credibility.

No homework today!!!  Happy Friday!

If you have more questions or want to hang out join me on Periscope at 6pm MST.  Follow @mandyjeanchic.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

#31daysofyoutube- Day 13- Responding to Your Community

As your channel grows your community involvement will also.  Here in a few days we will talk about building your community but today I only want to talk about responding.  

Comments, tweets, Facebook messages, likes, hearts, blog posts, Instagram DM, Instagram comments and so on....  Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming.  

I have no formula ya'll.  I have no secret tip to make responding easier.  Do the best that you can and acknowledge your community members.  For example,  right now I am SUPER behind on my email. I knew I would have time today to catch up and respond so on my scope last night I made sure my community knew that.  Set aside some time everyday (if you can!  you figure out what works for you) to respond. 

I respond to each and every comment that is left.  Yes, it is something I do constantly and sometimes my messages are more brief than I would like but if someone takes the time to leave me a comment and appreciate what I am doing, you bet I will return that favor!!  

If you see someone is leaving you a bunch of hearts on periscope, or liking your photos on Instagram.  Take the time to head over to their media and show them some love back.  I can't do this with everyone but I remember usernames.  If i see someone repeatedly leaving me love I will check them out.  

Negative comments are going to happen.  Don't feed the trolls!!!  While I am sure you will want to defend yourself remember this.....  No one wins when feeding trolls.  Behind a computer screen they are vicious little beasts that have nothing better to do than be mean.  DELETE AND BLOCK THEM!  Out of sight and out of mind.  

If someone leaves a comment that just ruffles your feathers, DELETE & BLOCK THEM and then send me a email so we can talk about how much they don't matter.  99.99999% of the time, they do not have a channel, do not put themselves on the internet and live for being mean.  DON'T FEED THE TROLLS!  It's like getting a gremlin wet.  

  • respond to all of your comments, tweets, emails and so on.  
  • take a look at your instagram.  who has been leaving you a lot of love lately?  take the time to head over to their profile and leave them some love.  
  • block time in your schedule to respond to your community

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

#31daysofyoutube- Day 11- Analytics

No matter where you are in your YouTube journey tracking your analytic's matter.  How else will you see what videos have views, audience retention and so on.  So so so so important!!!  

In the creator studio under the analytic tab you will see a list of options.  You can view earnings, demographics and so on.  CRUCIAL INFO!!!  You will learn so much about your subscribers and videos by watching your stats.  

If you look below I shared what my top videos of the month are.  Planner, planner, beauty, planner, planner, beauty and vlogs.  Having a idea of what your subscribers like to watch, what videos are being searched for and so on can help you plan your content and deliver content that will be watched. Use this info to shape your future content.  Deliver what people are looking for.   

One of my favorite areas to look at is the "Playback locations"  This will tell you where people are watching your videos from.  I like to make sure people are still watching my videos from my blog.  If I keep seeing views I will keep posting to my blog.  If I see views decrease my time could be used elsewhere.  

Constant Contact created a great blog post called "Understanding YouTube Analytics".  I highly suggest you check it out!  

Join me tonight on Periscope to discuss analytics even more!  While youtube makes viewing your stats really easy they no longer offer a daily view.  Tonight I will talk about how to find out when people are viewing your videos.  Follow @mandyjeanchic on Periscope and join us at 6pm MST.

  • Play around with your analytics.  Get familiar with where things are listed, what info you can find and such. 
  • Look at your top viewed videos.  Add a few more of that type of video to your content planning.  

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

#31daysofyoutube Day 11- Cross Promoting Your Youtube Videos

Once your video is live what is the 1st thing you want to do?


You already have some great search friendly tags and a title but there is more to like than SEO.  You need to cross promote your video.  There is a fine line between promoting content and spamming content.

Let's talk about that......

When you post a video and you send a tweet, a Facebook message, instagram, and so on, guess what?  You just spammed your subbies.  How can you promote your videos without spamming?

Promote your video throughout the day.  Send a tweet after it is posted, add it to Facebook a couple hours later and so on.  Promoting videos on Instagram can be tricky.  What I like to do is snap a pic while I am filming the video to share.  Example... July favorites video.  I snapped a quick pic of the products I wanted to share.

Also, when promoting change up your messages.  Don't say "here is my new video ya'll"  How about "Are you ready to dive into creating a thumbnail on youtube?" or "Thumbnails on youtube, how to create them and why you should use them!"  ENGAGE!!!! ENGAGE!!!! ENGAGE!!!!!

What about posting your videos to your blog?  You know I do this all the time but here is how I do it seamlessly.  While I post the same video on my blog I add material to the blog post itself.  You don't just want to regurgitate your video into a post word for word.  Be clever!  Take the time!

When sharing your videos make sure you do share them on all your social media platforms because someone may only be following you on one but remember the end result is to convert them to a youtube subscriber.

Extra tips!!!

  • create a # specific to your channel and blog.  This will allow others to search by the # to find more info, videos and such. 
  • use # to your advantage.  When sharing your video on instagram & twitter think of a couple # to add. 

  • Promote your video that was posted yesterday on ALL of your social media throughout the day.  Make sure to use #31daysofyoutube so I can check them out!  
  • Find what platforms you enjoy using and start creating a social media calendar.  Prompt yourself to share your videos!  

Monday, August 10, 2015

#31daysofyoutube 10- Thumbnails & Publishing your Video

Sometimes thumbnails can be a after thought when making videos.  It happens!!  Thumbnails are one of the most important things you can create for your videos.  Guess what awesome thumbnails do.... engage your audience!  

Thumbnails are really easy to create and you have a ton of options.  A couple of personal examples.  Sometimes when I am filming I forget to snap a thumbnail.  Now what do I do??  

1.  I can take a screen shot from my video
2.  Take a quick thumbnail 
3.  Create a graphic

All 3 are perfectly acceptable!  When I forget to create a thumbnail I normally will screen capture a image, add text and use it.  Below is a quick tutorial I created showing you how I screen capture a image and make a quick thumbnail.  

Thumbnails are normally the first thing a viewer sees.  Use that to your advantage!  Spend the extra few minutes creating a thumbnail that will make them want to watch your video!!  

When uploading a video youtube will pick 3 thumbnails for you and insider tip....  they will be the 3 times you are making a "derp" face.  Never fails!  If you account is in good standing and verified with youtube you have the ability to upload a custom thumbnail.  

I included a few examples of thumbnails I had great success with and why

This thumbnail was popular because I included brands I was featuring in my haul.  Also... who doesn't love holiday graphics???

While this graphic is super duper simple it shows you EXACTLY what we were talking about. No fluff and not misleading.  Misleading thumbnails will just effect your credibility.  

I included a few pics from the video.  This was a full makeup tutorial and outfit of the day.  Again, the thumbnail shows exactly what I am including in the video.  

This thumbnail was really funny.  When I filmed the video I completely forgot to do a thumbnail so I was scanning through my "stock images"  and found this one.  When I need a little "me time"  I love to jump in Abby (My FJ Cruiser) and head to the Mesa.  So even though this thumbnail didn't reflect the setting for the video it still was a reflection of the content.  



Now that we have uploaded the video, added a title, searchable tags, created a awesome thumbnail guess what?  You are ready to publish.  In my video about I show you how to publish your video but it is as simple as this. 

In the creator studio click on video manager.  Edit the video you want to publish.  In the drop down menu where it says PRIVATE, change it to Public and save.  Your video is now published :)

  • Create a awesome thumbnail that reflects the content of your video
  • Publish that video!!!!!!!!!!!!
For more thumbnail and publishing tips or if you have questions make sure to join us tonight at 6pm on periscope.  Follow @mandyjeanchic :)  If you can't make the live broadcast check my youtube channel tomorrow and I always post the replays :)