Behind the scenes

Giving something back and vlogging our morning routine

January feels like it’s dragging on forever, doesn’t it?
Christmas was SOOOO long ago, and with the wet/windy/snowy weather my mood has not been good.

However, today the sun is shining, so although it’s cold outside, I’m snug and warm with a lovely yellow glow filling my living room.

Feeling more positive reminds me that I haven’t really shared much about our latest idea for our TBSAH business.  I’m sure that lots of you really appreciate all those ‘key workers’ who are keeping our food shops stocked, our kids educated and our hospitals running (not an exhaustive list, there are so many key workers just getting on with things that we can’t possibly mention them all!)

We wanted to give something back, something that would give them a little boost outside of their very important work life.  So we’re making up little treat bags with hand creams/face masks and sweets, and we’re asking you lovely locals to help us.

Treat bags for key workers fund
For every £4.25 donated we will be able to make a treat bag, and we’re donating all our commission to make up extras too.  They will be distributed around local schools, hospitals and shops etc so we’re hoping to get quite a few made!

If you’d like to help, you can send donations through PayPal (friends and family please), get in touch for other ways to help.  Please follow our Facebook page to keep up to date with how we’re getting on.

In other news, we had every intention of filming our morning routines this week – it’s now Friday and we still haven’t done it.  If you’re subscribed to our channel I just want to say thanks, and sorry!  I just don’t know where each day disappears!  I promise it’s a priority for next week.  We are determined to get back to our twice weekly schedule.

So, think that’s it from us for now, stay safe and we’ll and we’ll be back with another blog update soon!

Cari xx



Starting something new

Yes, we fell off the YouTube treadmill.

I made the mistake of trying to do too much, and when other things were more of a priority our YouTube channel took a back seat.

So why on earth would I then start something new?

Well, as a mum of teenage girls, obviously it was inevitable that they would start to take more of an interest in make up and skincare.  I’d been in denial for a while about it but when we were given a catalogue from The Body Shop at Home I nearly fainted at the lists of things they wanted.  It was unlikely our Youtube adventure was going to pay for it all (unless they could wait a couple of years) and my usual business sales had been hit by lockdown (events being cancelled).

So, I took the crazy leap and signed up as an Independent Consultant.  Luckily (with the promise of money) youngest teen has been eager to help, so it hasn’t taken up too much of my time, and I’ve been astounded by how many orders we’ve had already!  I know it’s only this busy because it’s peak Christmas shopping season, but we’re happy with how it’s going.  It’s also, strangely, encouraged me to get back into filming consistently.  Just need to get my first Uni assignment done.

Do you keep starting new things even when you’re already rushed off your feet?  Please let me know in the comments, I can’t be the only one.

Cari xx

How to do Youtube

How much does it cost to start a YouTube channel?

Hi guys,

We’ve had a few questions asking about how we started our channel, how much (if anything) it costs etc so thought I’d write a quick blog post for everyone who’s asked.

Okay, so the first thing I want to say is that it’s easy to start a YouTube channel.  YouTube is very user friendly and there are loads of tutorial videos on how to start your channel.  I’m not going to repeat what others have said already (and in a much better way than I could here!)

However, I do want to share my experience so far on this adventure.

  1. Filming and editing a YouTube video takes a lot of time!  Some of our videos are quite easy to film and edit (guess the gibberish is a good example) but then others can take pretty much a full day to film with another day and a half to edit. (See our day in alphabetical order video!)
  2. You don’t need to spend anything to get started as long as you have something to record yourself on.  At the time of writing this, we are still using our iPhones to film and edit all our videos.
  3. You need to be consistent.  YouTube definitely responds to regular content, we missed one of our Tuesday uploads once and it affected our views for a while.

I just want to pick up on one of those points.  While you don’t NEED to spend anything to get started with YouTube, we have invested in some equipment as and when we could to make things easier/better for us and you guys.  I’ve bought a tripod with a smartphone holder so you didn’t have ‘wobbly videos’ to watch.  I asked Santa for our microphone so the audio is better. We’ve bought equipment to use in our videos and most recently I’ve bought some studio lights as our natural lighting isn’t good enough.  Altogether I’ve spent around £250 on bits and pieces and we want to invest in a proper camera and a laptop so that amount will increase considerably!

The other point I want to make is that YouTube is not a ‘sprint’.  So many new YouTubers expect to post a few videos and see rapid growth.  While this COULD happen, it’s extremely unlikely.  At the time of writing this, we have been on YouTube for four months, uploading pretty consistently, and have 15 subscribers.

Still committed to starting a YouTube channel?

Then I would suggest setting yourself some goals, picking your niche and planning some video ideas so you can get off to a good start.  Please let us know if you go for it, we’d love to follow your progress!