They are your toys, customize them!

Hudson and Sophia decide to customize some of their toys with nail polish. This is a one-take, single-shot video.

We thought it would be interesting to show you what it's like to make these videos. We don't have any script aside from Dad prompting a few questions here or there and we don't have much of a plan when we get started.

Let us know if you like this style.

Hudson's Haul Channel Promo Video

We are almost through the year for the Hudson's Haul project.  Standy by for an upcoming good, bad, and ugly analysis how our year went creating videos hosted by my 6-year-old son, Hudson.  

In the meantime, we have created a proper "Welcome to our Channel" introduction video featuring scenes from a number of our videos throughout the past year.  It was a lot of fun to watch back through the old footage and see how much we've changed our style and how many iterations of the project we have gone through to get to here.

Here you go!

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

A video call from Santa - from Portable North Pole (PNP)

We had an early Christmas gift delivered to the house from our friends at Portable North Pole (PNP).  

The gift included the Do-Good Elf, the Twenty Four Sleeps 'til Christmas book and access to a personalized Video Message from Santa and the crew at the workshop up north!

We've incorporated Hudson's video into the latest episode of Hudson's Haul: 

I am impressed by the cinematic quality of the video!  They've created a rich and authentic world upon which to build a customized experience.  Having Santa be able to speak to Hudson by name, know his age, and be able to reference pictures from our real life made this a magical experience.  The build-up to a reveal when Hudson could have been on either the "Nice List" or "Naughty List" had him on the edge of his seat.

We will make a new annual tradition of creating a personalized PNP video every year!  This up-close look at the inner workings of the North Pole village is such a treat.

The Elf was immediately given the name "Snowflake" and has been a constant companion for Hudson this week.  She even came to watch Hudson perform at his school Christmas concert.

Finally, I really appreciate that Portable North Pole donates 5% of all online sales to children's hospitals around the world. PNP has donated over $300,000 since 2012.   

Melissa & Doug Safari Floor Puzzle

After Hudson broke his arm, we needed to find things that he can do that are fun, but don't require the full use of his bum right arm.  Enter: PUZZLES!

This is a great puzzle.  The pieces are big and there are a lot of repeating patterns so it's tougher than it looks.  It took us about 45 minutes to finish it!

Meet Phil

Phil is the toy that has emerged as the  early favourite as my son, Hudson’s favourite toy.   Technically, Phil is not called Phil, but rather is better known by his formal name: Boy Monkey Rattle as made by the fine folks at blabla.  I gave Phil his common name on the day that I realized that he was Hudson’s favourite.  It just seemed so impersonal to call him “Boy Monkey Rattle”.    

Phil goes everywhere with Hudson.  He is the only toy that leaves the crib so that means he is the only toy to get both daytime and nighttime attention.  He is small enough that he easily fits in a diaper bag and he snugs in tight when Hudson is in the stroller muff for walks.

I never put much thought into where Phil came from until recently.  This week, one of our dogs grabbed Phil and had her way with him.  Poor Phil was traumatized, literally.  The rattle in his head fractured and would never rattle again.

My wife contacted blabla and regaled them with the tales of Phil and Hudson.  Immediately on hearing about Phil’s misfortune, they offered to send Hudson a replacement Phil.

I was really impressed with this level of customer service.  It's perfect!  There is nothing that is more important to me than hearing the laughter of my 7-month old son.  I like this brand. I like what they are trying to accomplish and it makes me want to be part of it.   

Well done blabla.  It looks like you've earned a fan and brand champion.