Thursday, December 29, 2016

My favorite videos of 2016!

In my previous post, I shared my Top 10 Viewed YouTube Videos of 2016 on beingmommywithstyle - in this post, I want to share my favorite videos of 2016! They are maybe not the most popular ones with viewers, but they are the ones I enjoyed filming, editing, and looking back on.

The Montages!!

Likely because I used to be a dancer in my younger years and always loved choreography, there is just something special about moving clips around and setting them to my favorite music. A bit of its own type of choreography in YouTube terms. This year I did a few montages that I know I will enjoy looking back on... even if they do tend to be some of my lower viewed videos. It's something I do for me.

Celebrating 15 million views on my channel... set to "Home" by Philip Phillips.

Looking back at our Disney vacations throughout 2016... set to "Good Time" by Owl City.

Vacation Memories!!

Vacation videos are always some of my favorites to look back on and this year we had a number of fantastic vacations to chose from! The cruise was truly unique experience for our family and I'm looking forward to trying one again in 2017. We also had our first on property experience at Walt Disney World that was a great milestone and a bit of local sight seeing as well!

I really enjoyed Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and would definitely love to check it out again sometime!

More great character experiences on our November 2016 trip, these are always fun videos to look back on!

Our Tusker House experience on our April 2016 vacation was stellar! One of my favorites to look back on!

The Hauls!!

Hauls are probably my favorite type of video to watch on YouTube myself, so I get why people enjoy them. These are some of my favorites of ours from 2016!

Our Firsts!

First days of school, first times at an activity, and first times trying new things... those are always fun vlogs for me as a mom to be able to watch after the moment has passed!

First Day of 1st Grade!

First Day of Pre-K4!

First time checking out Ann Arbor Hands On Museum!

Grand Opening of Chick-fil-A at Somerset Collection!

Legoland for Bella's 6th Birthday!

Heart-warming moments!

Some of the best rewards of vlogging are getting those moments on camera that you wouldn't have otherwise if you weren't a vlogger.

Lots of FUN!!

All of the fun projects, parties, and more!

Thanks for joining us in 2016!! I'm looking forward to seeing what 2017 has in store for us and bringing our viewers along with us!

** This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Top 10 Viewed YouTube Videos of 2016!!

2016, what a year! Lots of ups, lots of downs... and lots of YouTube videos documenting it all along the way! One thing for certain is that 2016 will be memorable, I'm just hoping at this point that 2017 is a bit more on the positive side. There were lots of great moments in 2016 though, and we shared a number of them on YouTube!

Through it all, I'm just going to toot my own horn for a minute and say I'm proud of myself for sticking to it and resolving to "keep going" even with all of the extraordinary negative things we had happen this year. I didn't take any major breaks from vlogging (although I totally respect those that do when needed!!) and resolved that no matter what the year threw at me (and boy were some of them DOOZIES...) - I would find a way to keep going with YouTube. Our story may have changed from what I originally thought the year would look like, but I would keep telling it.

And so I did. And I'm proud of that. So while I personally would have chosen a number of different outcomes for some of the more negative scenarios of the year, I feel like we have come out the other side and we are ready to take on 2017. More on that in my upcoming year review...

For now, let's look back at the top ten viewed videos of the year! These were my highest viewed videos of the year, some very much a surprise that they took off as much as they did - these were what viewers wanted to see more of on Being Mommy with Style this year!

10. Christmas Morning 2015

Viewers LOVE seeing our Christmas activities, with Christmas morning being no exception! It's exciting for us to watch the girls open their gifts, and it's fun to share it with you as well! Christmas videos and Vlogmas in general are some of my favorite videos to look back on!

9. Disney Dream Cruise - Day 2, Nassau

The cruise was definitely one of the highest highs of the year, what a wonderful surprise by Disney! Our family had never cruised before, so this was an all new type of video for us, and viewers loved seeing a different type of vlog from us! I also found that there were fewer Disney Cruise Line vlogs on YouTube than Walt Disney World videos, so those interested in cruises really appreciated being able to see the experience! I'm excited to be sharing our upcoming cruise in 2017 and see an all new ship!

8. Natalie's First Dance Class 

The littlest dancers are so cute! This one was a surprise hit for me, even though I used to be a dancer and know how adorable that age bracket can be!

7. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Experience at the Castle

This experience at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique inside Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World was AMAZING... it was Natalie's first time getting a makeover, and the first time the girls were able to do it together! They were seated next to each other and what unfolded was just... magical!

6. American Girl Shopping Surprise!

We love shopping, that is no secret - and American Girl has become one of our new favorite hobbies to do together! We were fortunate enough to get a "pop up" American Girl Store in Michigan for the holidays, so this video was checking it out for the first time!

5. Natalie's 5th Birthday

Watching people open gifts is just such a heart warming process, seeing that smile on their face when they see what is inside - it's just sure to brighten up your day! Viewers loved watching Natalie turn 5, and her birthday festivities that day!

4. Disney Dream Cruise, Embarkation Day

WOW!! I had no idea this video would be so popular! Viewers loved seeing our first day aboard the Disney Dream and what all the embarkation process entailed. It was a bit of a nerve-racking process before the fact, not knowing what to expect. Once we arrived we found it went quickly and smoothly and I feel much more confident going into our next cruise that embarkation will be a piece of cake! 

3. American Girl Dollhouse Finds

This is one of the videos that influenced our decision to start a new channel this year dedicated to toy reviews, including doll videos, and other vlogs that the girls want to film - INtoyreviews. I really enjoy this type of video and it seems that viewers do as well, we decided we wanted to do more of this type of video and with the girls starting to grab the camera on their own to vlog, we knew it was time to set up some more real estate on YouTube to place it on!

2. Kon Mari Organization Method - Clothing

The KonMari Organization Method continued in its popularity this year, with a cameo even in the Gilmore Girls Revival, more people sought out videos on YouTube about what all this tidying method entailed.

And drumroll please..........

1. American Girl Surprise!

With 1,157,000+ views during 2016, this fun video was my #1 viewed video on beingmommywithstyle in 2016!! I had no idea at the time I was filming it how successful it would be, and it become our highest viewed video on YouTube that we actually showed our faces in - and third highest overall lifetime viewed video on my channel! It made its way on to YouTubeKids and then took off from there, we actually came across a few people in our every day lives that came up to us and said, "Hey! We saw you on YouTubeKids!" - it was a surreal achievement to be sure!

And even though it was briefly mentioned above, let's just take time to specifically mention INtoyreviews which we started in 2016 as well! Some of my most popular videos on beingmommywithstyle have been toy related and while I may occasionally still have content related to toys from a mom point of view, as the girls are getting older they are getting more and more interested in YouTube and what it takes to film their own videos. We started INtoyreviews as a project together to place toy reviews I want to do additionally to anything I place on beingmommywithstyle, and any vlogs they want to film over on that channel! Stop on by and don't forget to subscribe!

It has been a whirlwind of a year, but through it all - YouTube has been there. Thank you for your support, kindness, and positivity you continue to give me on my channel! I hope I can bring you some brightness and joy to your day! If I do, then what I've set out to do has been achieved.

I will chat more in upcoming videos and blogs about what is in store for 2017! Until then...

** This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

15 Million Views on YouTube

YouTube. It's very hard to put this into words what YouTube has become in my life, our lives... but it most definitely transformed us, enhanced us, grown with us. I started YouTube as a coincidence, many years ago on Bags4Bubbles. Uploading videos to be posted to a handbag forum, not thinking much about the video platform side of things. I kept getting comments, then video requests, then more video requests... from there I had my first child and decided I enjoyed YouTube and would like to start doing "Mommy Topic" videos - so Being Mommy with Style was born.

My first video on beingmommywithstyle!

I didn't know what to expect in the beginning. I only had recently realized that YouTube was made up of "communities" when I started Being Mommy with Style. I hadn't really watched "Mommy Vlogs" prior to that, but I knew I wanted to talk family and mommy things, which didn't fit on my handbag channel... so I was going to give it a go. From there, it took off! I found I loved the daily vlogging aspect of it during daily vlog months (April, August, October, and Vlogmas)... and I enjoyed receiving video requests and fulfilling those.

Over the years, we've done day in the life style videos, reviews, hauls, chat sessions, tags, and more... I enjoy a little part of each type of video - but I think that day in the life and reviews may be my favorites. I enjoy reviews because I feel like they may be helpful in some way, and day in the life style videos are fantastic to have that piece of history documented, to be able to look back and see my girls at 9 months, 2 years, 3 years... watching the grow all over again through the videos.

YouTube became a secondary source of income for our family. Don't get me wrong, we are not becoming millionaires from our videos - but it is a respectable amount for the time that I put into doing something that I enjoy and it is appreciated. We have taken vacations funded by earnings with YouTube, I've paid for furniture and other things around the house, and I feel a sense of pride that I am also able to contribute to our household.

YouTube has given my family a number of opportunities... I've attended conferences and media events. I've traveled out of the country for the first time ever and we took our first (and soon second!!) cruise all because of YouTube. I'm grateful for the experiences we've had that I know wouldn't have been possible if I hadn't decided to pick up the camera and start vlogging all those many years ago.

Most of all those, I'm thankful for YOU. The connections I've made on YouTube over the years. The comments from names I recognize from years ago, comments from people that say they've watched for years but only just worked up the courage to comment, emails from people saying that I've helped them in some way. You've helped shape me, grown with us as we've grown, and been there for me during good and bad times. I'm appreciative of all of the love and support we've gotten from YOU on YouTube over the years.

It's an amazing thing, and I can't wait to see where it takes us next! We already have some exciting things to look forward to coming up in 2017 and I'm excited to be able to share those with you!

In a simple way to say "Thank you", I wanted to do a video looking back at some of our memorable moments over the years. 15 million views. Something I never imagined I would be saying, but here we here! Here's to all that's yet to come!

** This is not a sponsored video. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas Tablescape and Home Decor Tour

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around our house! I took some time to share our Christmas tables cape for our dining room table and also a home decor tour of all of our favorite Christmas decor items! A lot of my decor I find at stores like Target, At Home, HomeGoods, Marshall's, Michael's, Hobby Lobby, and more! It's my favorite time of year to decorate the house, and I tend to decorate with a traditional style with a bit of fun, whimsy flair thrown in!

I set our Christmas dining room table early, for a video celebrating 15 million views on YouTube (yay!) and thought I would do a dedicated video on our Christmas tablescape this year while it was already set!

In our full home decor tour, I share our living room tree which is decorated in champagne, silver, and bird accents; our family room tree, which is decorated in red, silver, gingerbread, and snowman accents; a mini Disney tree; and the girls' bedroom trees!

Even our cat Yoda got in on the festive mood... kind of. ;) He's sitting next to a "Merry" pillow anyways!

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is one of my favorite Christmas songs and quotes, and you can find it on decor throughout our house.

I enjoy making the house a warm and cozy place during this time of year!

In a future post, I will share some of our holiday "Polar Express" party ideas, as we did another Polar Express as a part of a collaboration this year! It was a fun video and I enjoyed seeing the different ideas that all of the collaborators had to make their parties come together!

Here's a sneak peek!

I hope you enjoy taking a look at some of my favorite Christmas decor, and I mention in the video where most things are from - but as always don't hesitate to ask in the comments if you have any questions!

Merry Christmas!

** This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

December to Remember American Girl Giveaway

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Each individual blog is hosting their own giveaway that you can enter to win, and there is also one Grand Prize that you can enter to win below! So be sure to check out the Grand Prize Giveaway after you enter to win in my giveaway here on Being Mommy with Style!

As a part of the December to Remember Giveaway Hop... I'm giving away an awesome AMERICAN GIRL PET PRIZE PACK!! If you watch our American Girl videos, you know my girls LOVE the pets - and we wanted to share the pet love!

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