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


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!

How to do Youtube

Coming up with video ideas

So apparently you want to know how we manage to come up with video ideas.  Well, it’s not easy!  Some days we are fortunate as there are ‘trends’ on YouTube, such as our Recreating TikTok dances video.

Teaching mum TikTok dances videoWe always have a few ideas up our sleeve too, for the times when a trend doesn’t fit with our channel or when we simply get stuck.  Then there are times when we’re tearing our hair out as we need to stick to our schedule and don’t know what video to film!

With three of us involved we also have disagreements – I’d happily do ‘cream pie in the face’ videos but the teens aren’t so keen.  Another factor is the cost – some of our video ideas come with little cost so are easy to do, whereas others have to go on hold until I’ve been paid!

To keep everything on track I have an excel spreadsheet with all our filming and upload dates on it, and I slot video ideas in as and when we can do them.  We have some fun ones coming up over the next few weeks then we need to think of more ideas again, so if you have any suggestions please get in touch!