5 Tips on Doing a YouTube Unboxing Video with a Toddler

I was sent a new subscription box from NostalgicCandyClub.com and thought it would be fun to do a video review with my two-year-old. I went into things very optimistically because I figure all kids love candy, this should be easy! Big surprise- Nothing is ever easy!

So here’s a few tips I learned the hard way:

1) Give them a lift – Get them a booster seat, or a pillow, or anything that makes them a little taller. After getting all my camera angles perfect (or so I thought) I had the toddler sit down and just the top of his head was showing.

Unboxing video with toddler

2) Prepare and research firstRead over everything before you start, and practice what you want to say. That way you are familiar with the product and able to remember what you are saying when things start going weird. Nothing ever goes the way you think as soon as a toddler is involved.

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The info card I should have read and studied ahead of time!

3) Just expect nothing to go as expected.They may suddenly decide to not participate, refuse to do anything they’re asked, or say something weird. Be ready to just roll with it.

4) Photograph everything ahead of time and repackage. – Once your toddler gets ahold of things, they never look the same. I was left with a pile of trash and candy at the end and did not get any photos. This is all that’s left:

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5) Get rid of the toddler. – Ha! Just Kidding. Sort of. Basically, make sure you can do a good review solo and then engage your unpredictable sidekick with a few questions along the way.

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So here’s our attempt at unboxing video. Things did not really go the way I had planned. I was expecting “candy from the past 50 years” as mentioned on their website, but the stuff in the box was from about 100 years ago and I had no idea what most of it was. Also, 100 years ago they had very questionable taste in candy. If I had checked everything out ahead of time I’d have waited for my grandma to visit and done the unboxing with her!

 

Toddlers Don’t Understand Advertising

My son is just getting into building things, so when there was an opportunity to apply for a Strictly Briks Tryabox from Tryazon, I signed up immediately. I figured, I’ve suffered through enough episodes of Ryan’s Toy Review, getting kids to review toys looks easy enough.

So guess who has a new respect for Ryan and his willingness to play with toys and not throw them? Yeah, it’s not that easy.

We were off to a good start with the closed box. Keelan was excited to see what was inside. The high level of excitement continued as we pulled the brightly colored packaged from the box. There were squeals of delight when he spotted the Trap and Gap Baseplates with the pictures of cars on the front. And that’s when everything went downhill.

Strictly Briks Trap and Gap Baseplates

He quickly tore into the box to discover there were no cars to be found. Just tons of tiny building bricks. This was way out of his recommended age range, but there was no stopping him once he saw the box. He did give it his best shot, maybe thinking if he built it, the cars would come.

Toddler building with strictly briks

The entire time I’m trying to convince him to let mommy help build it and we can get cars to go in it. He was having none of it.

I tried to steer him toward the more toddler-appropriate larger Briks and he threw them behind the couch. I then tried to get him to play with any of the other fun looking things Strictly Briks had sent us:

 

He refused to play with anything else and the whole episode ended in one giant meltdown. So I packed everything away to try another day.

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Today he started asking where his new “little blocks” were. 🙄

I’m sure we have plenty of Strictly Briks fun in our future, but for now those little blocks are back in their box until we reach a new milestone of maturity. One that includes not throwing blocks at mommy.

Moms are tired, Part 2. This time, it’s organic

envigor-8When Khroma Herbal Products contacted me to sample a product, they sent a few suggestions like diaper cream and an immunity support tincture. Things I could certainly use. However, one look at the website and I was like, “Give me the ENERGY STUFF!”

In my previous Moms are Tired post, I reviewed V-8’s answer to our sleepless nights and non-stop toddler chasing. I’ve never really been a fan of energy drinks (unless you mix them with vodka), and energy pills make me feel weird and jittery, so the idea of trying an all-natural tincture appealed to me.

Everything Khroma sells is organic, vegan, ethically sourced and eco-friendly. I gave the Envigor-8 a try. I like to research my products a little and found it humorous that this is also the same name of a popular male enhancement product. So, just to be clear, their product is an energy booster, not a penis booster.

According the their site, Envigor-8 is “The world’s most effective organic energy supplement.” I often wonder about how you substantiate a claim like this. Like, maybe I should start calling my blog “The world’s most amazing mom blog” and see if it catches on.

OK, back to the review – I gave it a try with the help of my handy assistant. He also wanted to try it but I said Nooooooooo. lol

I started with just a dropper full to make sure it didn’t make me jittery and then worked my way up to the recommended 3 dropper fulls. The taste is weird and herbal at first, but after a few tries I actually really started to like the unique flavor. I did not get a sudden burst of energy, but more like a little sustained boost. After a few days of use, I started to look forward a little afternoon treat and pick-me-up. No jitters, no heart racing, no crash. I actually liked it so much that I will probably buy myself a bottle when this runs out.

I had a few questions for them while writing the review. Their answers are in red:

1) For the dosage of 3 dropper fulls, is that supposed to be a full dropper? Or half? It only sucks up a little each time so I wasn’t really clear on what a dropper full was
The amount that is sucked up from one squeeze is considered one dropper full. It will usually be about half full. 
2) Is it best to take it in the morning? Or if you like drinking coffee in the morning, should you wait until the afternoon?
I would suggest taking it in the afternoon if you drink coffee in the morning. 
3) Should you only take it once a day? Or wait a certain number of hours before taking again?
I like to take it one in the morning and one in the afternoon, personally. You can take more if you want to. The dose is fairly small and the ingredients aren’t dangerous so taking too much isn’t a concern
4) Did you guys know there was an Envigor8 that is a male sex enhancement supplement? That’s the first thing that pops up when searching the name. Just wondering if you have run into any  confusion with that, lol
Ha! I didn’t know that!
5) Is there anything people should be concerned about when taking this supplement? Like avoiding caffeinated drinks or anything like that.
Not really. It is fine to take with caffeinated beverages and doesn’t have any serious interactions
6) It has a very unique taste. At first it was weird, but then it really grew on me. Is there added flavor, or is that the natural taste
I love the taste too! That is the natural taste of the herbs 
 INGREDIENTS: Organic Yerba Mate, Organic Eleuthro Root, Organic Panax Ginseng, Organic Peppermint, Organic Ginkgo Biloba, Organic Ashwagandha, Organic Guayusa, Organic Licorice Root

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My husband, the guinea pig

When Baldwin Men Care contacted me about doing a review for their Mens Nourishing Cream, I replied back that I wasn’t a man but I happen to have one that I’d happily subject to their product testing. They don’t test on animals, but willing husbands are free game!

I should note that my husband is a fan of fancy face cream. If he runs out then he dips into mine. So I knew he’d be into trying it, I just wasn’t sure how he’d be at giving me an in-depth review. He gave the anti-aging face cream a try, which is made with Dead Sea minerals, argan oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E, African shea oil and dunaliella extract.

I had our son model the manly face cream since I kept forgetting to get my husband to do it. He wore a hat and tie for the occasion:

So this is how it went the first night he tried it:

Me: How does it feel?

Hubs: Greasy

Me: Greasy? Like it didn’t soak in? or slimy?

Hubs: I think I used too much. It’s very fragrant. (he starts moving toward the bed and is still a good 12 feet away)

Me: I can smell you from here!!

Hubs continues to get into bed.

Me: (hiding under covers) I can still smell you! You need to try it again in the morning.

Hubs: But it says it’s for nighttime use!

The next day he left for a business trip and took his cream with him. He used it every night and continues to use it now. He said it just takes a little and it isn’t greasy. He did, in fact, use too much the first time. Getting a descriptive review out of him was not all that easy but he did say he liked it, his skin feels good, and he actually likes the smell. I’m very sensitive to smells so I still tell him to use it at least an hour before bed. The smell is one of those strong “manly aquatic” smells. It’s nice in small doses.

So the final test results are: Mens Nourishing Cream is good cream with a powerful manly cologne smell. It just takes a little, which means it will last a while. And you get to go to bed with a good smelling man with soft skin, so it’s a win-win all around. You can purchase it on Dead Sea Minerals Cosmetics and use code GeekMamas for 15% Off.

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My Blond Ambition

img_5468My first VoxBox arrived from Influenster and I was pretty excited to get to try out the Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDME tone enhancing shampoo and conditioner mask for free. This is a combo product review and regular blog post, because I actually already had this “Blond Ambition” post in my drafts just waiting to be finished so I figured, why not combine them?

I’m usually excited to try anything for free, but currently my blond needs some help so this was just what I needed. Since I went SAHM, I have not gotten within 20 feet of a salon and only then because I was driving past it.

I’m just going to confess right now and tell you all I was not born blond. In fact, I was so un-blond that I had a full head of nearly black hair. I’ve always felt this was a terrible mistake. Like, maybe somebody switched my hair follicles at birth. My hair continues to disappoint me by growing out of my head several shades darker than I desire, so of course I turned to the bottle at an early age. The bottle of Sun-In, of course.

As soon as I discovered this “natural” way of going blond I soaked my hair daily and fried myself in the sun all summer. I was rewarded with a brittle mess of very brassy blond strands and got to tell everyone honestly, “the sun did this.”

I later moved on to the salon, and spent my son’s last day of daycare at the salon getting highlights, lowlights and all the lights in between because I knew it would be the last time I saw the salon for a looooooong time. Stay-at-home-moms do not get the luxury of 4 hour salon visits.

So now I am tackling these dark roots with some fancy Miss Clairol from Sally’s Beauty Supply. And I’ve been wanting to go a little darker blond so of course that translates into “orange.” So back to my free sample stuff. I liked it! But, I am a fan of the purple shampoo products in general. I felt like the products toned down the brassiness and darkened the blond a little, while making the lighter blonds stand out a little more. I probably would have been super impressed if I’d never tried a purple toning product before. But I was very happy with the results. And the hair mask was conditioning enough that I didn’t have to follow-up with my favorite conditioner. I have curly wavy weird hair that just turns into dreads if I don’t use a good conditioner. I think every blond needs some kind of toning shampoo/conditioner to brighten things up every now and then and these products did a nice job. They are a bit on the pricey side for me right now as this SAHM gig doesn’t pay well, so I wouldn’t use them as my every day product but more like a weekly blond refresher.

And one day, after pre-school starts, I’ll get to visit a salon again. I’m hoping they can give me the most perfect blond I’ve ever seen…the color growing out of my son’s head (I produced a true blond so I think that grandfathers me in, right? Lol)