Vlog Of The Week: Pay Day Haul From Brummy Mummy

It’s our second ever Vlog Of The Week, which is our new way of highlighting some of the amazing vlogging talent that’s out there.

As you know there are hundreds of mum (and dad) vloggers plugged into Channel Mum and each week we’re inundated with all the amazing uploads. We love seeing what everyone is up to and this week we’ve chosen a really feel good vlog that definitely gave us that Friday feeling.

Vlog Of The Week – Pay Day Haul – Crap I’ve Bought When Poorly

Emma Conway aka Brummy Mummy Of Two has been a bit poorly lately and confined to her dressing gown and house, but she’s never one to let life get her down.

Emma’s latest Pay Day Haul video is full of amazing seasonal bargains for Halloween as well as some practical mum fashion and Lush goodies (who doesn’t love a Lush haul?).

It’s our Vlog Of The Week because of a Friday we love a bit of haul and we’re genuinely obsessed with her sense of humour. If you can get through this without laughing then quite frankly we don’t know how to cheer you up!

Most of all after watching this video all we can think about is her living in a lighthouse wearing her Primark jumper and Joules raincoat and baking apple pies! (Watch it to see what we mean):

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We’d love to hear your suggestions for our next Vlog of The Week, just remember, they have to be plugged into the Channel Mum website and have been published in the last four weeks. Simply send us a tweet @ChannelMum using #CMVlogoftheWeek with your suggestions!

Check out last week’s Vlog Of The Week here:

 

Thrown a curve ball 😢 | IVF Vlog 5

 

Mums that know how to hack

We’ve all got our own mum hacks that save time or money or are simply just a great idea to have fun. We’re all about sharing the knowledge at Channel Mum which is why we have a special hack series!

After all, as mums, to say our lives are busy is an understatement, that’s why we’re pretty sure that you need these hacks in your life.

We’re proud to be sharing some quick tricks and quirky hacks to make your life easier (and even more cost efficient – don’t forget to watch our money saving hacks video).

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From the playful to the practical, we’ve got it covered. We’ve even got some incredibly easy lunch time ideas in our Lunch Hacks video.

So far our Hacks series has covered everything from Fruit Hacks (we’re still impressed with how simple it is to use a straw to hull strawberries – giving the name strawberry a whole new meaning!), to creative play ideas like Moon Sand and Bubble Snakes and easy, healthy lunchbox hacks.

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We’ve even done a quick hack on how to make your own Playdough. It’s so simple and of course, a great activity for the family!

We’d love to know which of these hacks you’re going to be trying out – and even better – tell us if you have a hack of your own, we’d love to hear it!

Precious moments plus our favourite chocolate

We’re all partial to a bit of chocolate here at Channel Mum HQ so  we’ve been delighted to partner with Cadbury Buttons and we’ve been busy getting our team and the Channel Mum network creating heart-warming videos around the really precious shared moments that mums have with their children. You know, the everyday things that are actually pretty important.Enter to win Cadbury Buttons

We’ve been making vlogs capturing  favourite family moments, and to be honest, watching all the content has made us stop and take the time to reflect on those special things that mean a lot. Beyond just spreading the Cadbury Buttons joy, this campaign has actually made us take a breath and realise how lucky we are to have ‘mum’ as our most important job title.

From reading stories at bedtime to morning snuggles, the chaos of family breakfasts and exploring nature together, the ordinary can really be extraordinary sometimes.

If you see Precious Shared Moments popping up do have a look, if you’re anything like us you’ll feel well and truly warm and fuzzy inside once you’ve heard our mums share the small things. You might even see the Channel Mum team while you’re out and about – we’re so proud our mums are heading up the Cadbury Buttons billboard campaign!

Competition!

To celebrate all the amazing videos we’ve got an exciting competition for you to enter.

The Prize
We’re giving away five fabulous prize bundles containing a state of the art digital camera worth over £150 and a box of delicious Cadbury Buttons.

How to Enter
We’d love to see your precious shared moments with you and your family. Tell us, or show us, YOUR precious shared moments using the hashtag #TasteLikeThisFeels and tag us in using @channelmum on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to enter our competition. All entries received by Wednesday 6th July will be entered into the free prize draw. For full competition rules click here.

Win digital camera with Channel Mum

 

We still can’t decide which part of the prize we’re most excited about, camera or Buttons…camera or Buttons…

Good luck!

 

The inaugural Channel Mum #MumVidCon

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 22.44.04The twenty ninth of February 2016 is a big day – and not just because it’s a leap year so you can pop the question to your other half! Much more importantly, it’s the first ever MumVidCon: the conference for UK mum vloggers hosted by us together with YouTube and ITV.

Just a year ago when Channel Mum first set up, YouTube was awash with teen channels – but there were fewer than 20 mum vloggers in the UK. In fact we had to launch a sponsorship programme to encourage mums to pick up their cameras.

Fast-forward a year and things look very different. We’ve just launched a website which brings together more than 110 mums – and wonderfully some dads too – vlogging from every corner of the UK. Viewers can now watch honest, real-life experiences on everything from trying to conceive, through pregnancy, birth, newborns, toddlers to tantrums and teens. Or they can simply tune in for a cuppa and a little window into someone else’s world, with all the daily ups and downs of family life.

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 22.47.09Our amazing family of vloggers are making a real difference to families in lots of different ways. From major events like pregnancy announcements, relationship issues or managing your mental health, to the everyday but essential parts of family life like shopping hauls and meal planning – the Channel Mum crew always have a vlog which will help.

So, MumVidCon is a chance for Mum Vloggers to come together for the first time as professionals. To look at best practice guidelines, to understand why we do what we do, to examine how the big metrics work and enable us to make vlogging a career. But, also to realise what really drives us and why reaching just that one mum who sees your story and feels better is a real success.

Vlogging is powerful. By putting yourself out there, sharing your story can change one mum’s day – and it may change her life and her child’s future. You have that power. So we’d love you to be part of this very special day. Here is the programme and speakers. When we originally booked the room for 50 people, we were a very small team. Now we’re kicking ourselves as we want to invite ten times more people – but no one could have predicted the community would grow so fast, or that we’d find so many talented people. So if you didn’t get a space, that’s my fault, I’m sorry! We’ll put it right by putting everything useful on social media and putting video highlights up afterwards.

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 22.49.18For us, this event is about the spirit of YouTube – being open and collaborative and sharing what we’ve learned on the journey so far. It’s about giving back, paying forwards and growing together. And making some new friends along the way. So do follow our hashtag #MumVidCon across social media where we’ll add anything interesting and useful including links to videos, print outs, takeaways etc. Also, we promise we will get the BIGGEST venue we can next time and invite ALL the mum vloggers we know. So if you feel we don’t know you yet, drop us a line at [email protected] and we’ll add you to our ‘friends’ list – or get involved on social and say hello.

Looking forward to chatting with you on #MumVidCon

Siobhan

Channel Mum’s Latest Vlog 20

Yay! It’s the Channel Mum Vlog 20 time again. Our Vlog 20 is a round-up of the top twenty mum-focused creators on YouTube – our clever algorithm crunches the numbers, analysing both reach and engagement metrics to benchmark performance. Take a look to see who the movers and shakers are this time and big congratulations to everyone who has made it into the list – we know just how much time and effort goes into creating your vlogs alongside being a parent.

Vlog 20

A big welcome back to sisters Claire and Lucy who run one of our favourite foodie channels on YouTube, Crumbs Food, they’re back in the Vlog 20 this time straight in at number twelve.  They’re not just about recipes though, we’re loving their vlogs on surviving the summer holidays. Roll on September…

The top ten looks very similar to the last Vlog 20, with not too much movement, apart from an appearance from The Witt Family who have climbed from twelfth place to tenth place. Congratulations to you Claire.

We have one new entrant this month, congrats to My Pretty Mummy, who’s gone straight in in joint fifteenth place. Emma lives in London with two under-fives and one is a leap year baby!

Congratulations to everyone who’s made it into our Vlog 20, certificates are winging their way to you right now, please do tag us if you share them on social media. If you, or someone you know, has over 1,000 subscribers and would like to be considered for our Vlog 20, please drop us a line at [email protected]. Happy vlogging.

New Channel Mum Sponsored Talent announced

Channel Mum's newest addition
We’re a little late in announcing this month’s newest members of the Channel Mum family because there was much excitement as the stork arrived for our Clem. He dropped off her gorgeous newborn boy called Ezra Jack (if only it was really that easy…).

We’re always astounded by the quality, and quantity, of the new talent applications we get every single month and it’s a tough job for our judging panel to sort through them. Here’s who we’ve selected this time:

Sarah Cantwell: Sarah is mum to daughter Rosalie who is almost one. She lives in Didcot and will be vlogging about her life as a mum and home-maker, plus growing your own and cooking with it and keeping chickens. She says, “I’m not a farmer or an expert gardener. I’m just a normal mum, trying to eat clean and feed her family the best way I can, so that they can all grow and perform to the best of their ability.”

Susie Verrill: Susie has a cute son called Milo and says: “My videos will be funny, but relatable. Although it’s great to see glossy images of motherhood, they’re often not a true reflection of day-to-day life and I’d love it if people could watch my videos and feel like they were just listening to a friend.”

Jules Furness: Jules will be sharing what life is like for her and husband and their gorgeous son Josh who is nearly one. Expect parenting tips, fun, days out and insight into what adoption is really like.

Lucy Roberts: Lucy is a mum of two and is expecting her third baby. Her big passions in life are capturing memories and having lots of adventures. She’ll be vlogging about how a third pregnancy is the polar opposite of a first pregnancy, plus all the exciting adventures she has with her family.

Sarah Nash: Sarah is expecting her first baby any day now. In her own words Sarah is “opinionated, fun, chatty and a says it how it is kinda person.” She’ll be vlogging about her journey going from no children to what it’s really like to have a baby in the house and how it lives up to expectations.

A huge welcome to all these fabulous ladies who will be joining Channel Mum later this summer when they receive their Panasonic camcorders. We’re also delighted to welcome the following vloggers who are (or are about to be) featuring on our channel with a guest playlist: Natasha Bailie, Charlotte Taylor, Rebecca Meldrum, Lisa Lumley, Katie Ellison. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss a thing!

Introducing…Channel Mum’s Sponsored New Talent

When we launched Channel Mum back in January, we announced that we were looking for new talent to join our sponsorship programme and invited mums across the UK to apply for the opportunity.  It’s fair to say that we were pretty bowled over by the response!

We’ve received hundreds of applications. And along with each application came a unique story: mums who had gone through the agony of trying to conceive for a long time; young mums; mums to children with special needs; earth mothers; career girls; military wives and single mums.  And so many equally unique ideas for YouTube channels and content. Our panel of judges really had their work cut out for them in selecting the first group of channels to offer sponsorship to.

But they did, and today we are delighted to announce the first of the year’s successful entrants.  We’ve selected nine channels for sponsorship.  Some have already begun their vlogging journey; others just have an idea for the shape they would like their channel to take.  We’ll be working with each of them to develop their channel over the coming months and will share their progress as we do so but in the meantime, here’s a glimpse of them:

Lauren Brown: Lauren has two children, aged 8 and 10. Her background was in the fashion industry but she is now a stay-at-home mum who’s looking to “reconnect with her mojo” through vlogging after devoting the last few years to motherhood. Lauren also has a disability and will be sharing the story of how she copes with that with her viewers.

Hey Mummy TV: Katy Pullinger & Anna Cribb have four children aged 3-8 between them and another on the way.  They launched their channel in October 2014, offering two perspectives and two opinions on all-things parenting.

Lauren Hampshire: Lauren is a trained broadcast journalist and producer and mum to her 21-month old daughter. She’s not yet on YouTube but the panel praised her application video for being “cheery but honest”.

Jessica Thornton: Jess is mum to a nine-month old boy and soon to be step-mum, when she marries her “tattooed bloke” later this year. She wants to ensure that her channel has “no sugar coating”.

Isabel Brandon: Isabel was catapulted into motherhood when she fell pregnant whilst living in a house share at university, at the age of 20. She’ll be vlogging about life as a young mum and about coping with the birth of a premature baby, which she has first-hand experience of after her son was born eleven weeks early.

Jen Townsend: Jen is a new mum – her baby boy was born in December 2014.  She describes herself pre-baby as “very career driven, ambitious and focused on my career goals” as well as being very active. She’s now in the process of getting used to a totally new way of life as a mum and will be vlogging about her personal experiences of issues such as breastfeeding, finding your identity as a mum and the impact of having a baby on your relationship.

Maria Noell: Maria describes herself as an earth mother: “barefoot with a love of the outdoors, happiest when camping, passionate about a healthy, centred but active lifestyle”. She became a mum aged 22 and has written in a diary since she was very young and is now excited about turning her diary into a vlog.

Mummy Nutter: Laura juggles her fashion career with having two children under three. In a departure from much of the mum content on YouTube which is focused on diary-style videos and hauls, she wants to make her channel informative and topic-led, sharing her take on issues such as potty training, teeth cleaning, weaning and holidaying with kids.

Rachel Brady: Former party girl Rachel now lives on a farm in Derbyshire and has two children. She’ll be focusing on cooking on her channel and will be filming rural farm-life – complete with chickens – though “it won’t be all perfect and lifestyle porn-y: it will be messy and real”!

So there we have it – the first Channel Mum-sponsored vloggers! We’re really excited about working with each of them to help them realise their vlogging potential. Stay tuned to hear more from them, and if you’d like to apply for the opportunity, you can do so at any time throughout the year.