I’m still working on my unboxing skills. OK, I’m also still working on my YouTube skills, video shooting skills, and various other blog related skill sets that don’t involve writing. So when MyTheraBox.com contacted me asking about sending a unique box of therapist curated happiness, I was all for it! What frazzled mom doesn’t want to get a special box of goodies meant to soothe the soul and lift the spirit?
I’m loving trying everything out! Lots of cool stuff in there like bath soaks, teas, meditation spray, eye gel and more. Of course I went straight for the Energy Tea because moms are perpetually tired.
Hmmm wonder if I can double up and do a cup of Energy tea followed by Sex Tea? Probably only if they have a Sleepytime Tea for toddlers… 😂
The boxes come in several monthly options and have a tendency to sell out, so if you like that month’s theme, make sure to reserve your’s quickly!
So here’s my latest unboxing attempt. Watch me nearly choke myself opening the box and then try not to giggle every time I say “self love.” I’ve got a long way to go, but at least I managed to find a better location than my kitchen table and I’m having fun as I go!
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.
2) Prepare and research first – Read 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.
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:
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.
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!
I recently started a new YouTube channel called Sew Geek Mama so I could do tutorials about sewing and crafting for cosplay related stuff. While doing research, it came to my attention that there a LOT of good videos out there already. And many appear to be professionally filmed and edited, with people that know what to say and when to say it.
My channel is none of those things.
It’s just me, filming myself, doing things just like I’d do if there wasn’t a camera. I mess up. Sometimes I don’t know exactly what to say. Sometimes I just mumble to myself. But in the end I am striving to make something easy to follow, that might help people learn a new skill in a less intimidating way.
For some people, sewing is like baking – get a pattern, follow instructions, finished product looks like photo.
For me, sewing is more like cooking – get basic ingredients, read directions, try some stuff, adjust as necessary, finished product is something unique and personal.
So I hope you will join me on this new little video adventure. I’m learning how to do this as I go along and hope to improve with each tutorial! I’m starting with some small stuff and will soon do full projects.