I thought I’d do something a little bit different today and talk about my favourite YouTube channels, instead of reviewing books.
I watch a lot of YouTube. Like A LOT.
I’m not much of a tv person, so this is what I tend to do on breaks, or when I am trying to convince myself to get up in the morning.
I prefer family vloggers but I also follow some others as well. These are the YouTubers I am in love with right now.
JesssFam: JesssFam, formally known as Gabe and Jesss, is definitely the channel that I have been following the longest. Eight freaking years now! She has definitely had some ups and downs but I love her positivity. She and her husband Chris have a blended family of 7 children (5 full-time and 2 part-time). Chris and Jess have a fantastic relationship with her oldest daughter’s biological father (Gabe) and his family. Gabe and his wife are actually their best friends so this is definitely a good example of co-parenting on YouTube! I also find Jess to be super relateable because she is “real” and young.
Our Gathered Nest: This is a family living in the Southern United States with 7 kids. They have a blended family of biological and adopted children. I only discovered them recently and have been binging on their channel. I love how positive and real their story is as well. Adoption is something I have always been interested in so this is probably why I am so drawn to them. The video I linked is about a year and a half old, so the twins weren’t born yet, leaving them with “only” five kids in the video, but it is a great summary of how their family came to be!
Violin MD: This is the Q&A / vlogging channel of a pretty, young, compassionate female doctor in Ontario, who is currently finishing up her first year of residency in internal medicine at a major teaching hospital. She has recently started a series of on-call vlogging videos, which is a 26 hour hospital shift! She has explained how the medical system works in a lot of different scenarios and has brought a unique perspective to the vlogging community! She was recently named one of YouTube’s Rising Stars.
This is how we Bingham: This is another family daily vlogging channel, based out of Utah. They have four children in the home and another who visits, but lives predominately with her mother in Cali. I love their videos and they are family friendly (actually, all the channels I am recommending are), and Mormon (like me!). I love their closeness with the extended family and because the dad Brandon travels for work, you often get super cool footage, like swimming with sharks in Tahiti!
Money After Grad: Money After Grad / Bridget Casey is a personal finance blogger that I have been following for a couple of years now. Her videos all used to be about PF issues, but since she announced her pregnancy, she has been blending those with family update videos. She did pregnancy updates and now releases videos about her adorable little baby and adventures in solo Mommyhood as a self-employed person (this is her first child and she is not with the Daddy). Her daughter is now 6 months and I just watched that update video! She still does financial education videos as well.
Gardner Quad Squad: I have been watching this family on YouTube since their viral announcement that they were expecting quadruplet girls. The kids were conceived through IVF and although doctors gave them about a 40% chance of conceiving one child, both eggs “took” and then split, to give them two sets of identical twins! They used to be daily vloggers but have dropped down to once a week. They are also a Mormon family out of Utah and “vlogger besties” with the Binghams, so you will see them in each other’s videos from time to time.
I hope you enjoy checking out some of these channels. I will get back to my regular book reviews shortly, I just felt like writing a little something different tonight!