I've Fallen In Love With The Michalaks

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If you're related to me or spend a lot of time listening to me spew random stories you probably know that I love the Michalaks. Actually, I've most likely never told you their names, it more-so went "I know this sounds creepy but every Sunday I watch this little family from London, England and...". That little family is the Michalaks and I'm basically just going to write a love letter to them so just sit tight and let me do some mushing and gushing.

We'll start with some basic introductions here and I'll give you a backstory on how I started watching them. First we have Hannah. She's a well written blogger, a mom, and basically just seems to be your best friend. Then we have her husband Stef. He's a creative genius, a dad, and will never bullshit you. Rounding out the family is Grayson. He's their 2 1/2yr old son who really catches your heart with his little attitude and constant grin. But there's also Widgie and Granddad Michalak and tons of others that you meet and get excited for when they make their appearances, especially the mangled Bubba who doesn't go a week without popping in.

I came across their family videos from watching Zoella's vlogs and instantly just felt this sense of home with them. Every week they open their homes and their lives up in such beautifully crafted and shot mini movies. Sometimes they take a week off to regather as a family without a camera, but for the most part, it's a Sunday ritual.

Without going into too much detail and "spoiling" the experience of watching their videos, they are essentially home movies - just not the crappy ones you have stored in a box somewhere. They explore England, and tons of other countries too, and bring Grayson along so he can run around and experience his young life. But they don't just strap a GoPro to them, or hold a camera out at arms length. They carry along tons of camera equipment everywhere they go to create these silky montages between the everyday bits of life they encounter. Stef then spends countless hours editing the footage to create some of the most beautiful images you'll ever see. It's a pretty hefty job to create "just home videos."

But these beautiful videos aren't the reason I love them. Okay, technically maybe yes they are. What I mean tho, is that I don't watch them just for the silkies. I watch every week because they open up parts of their lives that everyone has told us it's not okay to know about unless you're close friends or family. They share their ups, their downs, their in betweens, and they never put on a show. They do their best to provide happy content because they know their viewers come to get away from their lives, but they don't sacrifice their lives to do so. And that's why I love them so much.

Often when you get on YouTube, or any social media site, everyone is putting their best face forward. All. The. Time. Everyone is happy on the internet because it's easy to make people believe that. It creates this general sense of loneliness in viewers lives because they're not as happy as everyone else seems to be. There's never that feeling with the Michalaks. Yes, there are things that they go thru that they don't share with their viewers. But it's never hidden. There are days when they pick up the camera and say that they've had a shitty day and haven't really felt like filming much. And that's where the sense of belonging comes in.

Recently Hannah and Stef experienced something that wasn't great. They addressed, and continue to address it, but for the time being they had taken the week off from vlogging. They asked for privacy which I'm sure that not only I, but every other viewer, was more than willing to give them. But in their week off I could only think about how they were doing. About how I wanted to give them as much love and support as I possibly could. Because to me they're much more than just this family that I watch on Sunday's. They're a part of my life.

I just wanted to take the time to thank them for all that they've done for me in the 2.5yrs that I've watched them. For 20-30 minutes on Sunday I'm brought into this flat in London where, even if everything isn't perfect or happy, it feels like home.  Hannah, Stef, Grayson and their expanding family have this spot in my heart and in my life that makes everything better. Maybe it's a little weird that I feel so connected to people half way across the world, but when they're such awesome and kind-hearted people, who wouldn't love them?

I really urge you to take some time to go watch their videos, check out their websites and social media accounts, and then come back here and tell me how much you love them too. Because I can guarantee you'll fall just as much in love with them as I have.

Until next time...
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8 comments:

  1. could not agree more i dont like jeremy corbyn like stef does but i respect stef as a rigth to his beliefs like anyone i really enjoy there vlogs best family vloggers on youtube that honestly deserve so many more subcribers i actually would like this young family to do well in life and wish them all the best thankyou both and little grayson not forgetting bubba for making something beautiful and raw that can touch people

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    1. artistry at its best a pleasure to watch this family got my family subcribed and we love grandad and grandma michalak watch the christmas vlogs stef with his dad is fantastic to watch love grandad storys the michhalaks are a pleasure to watch dont get grayson to perform he comes first a rare thing with family vloggers on the internet we as a family also wish the michalaks well ps bubba is graysons much love hand pupppet toy

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  2. the michalaks song THERE SIMPLY THE BEST BETTER THEN ALL THE REST decent loving family you can relate to stunning visual vlogs with warmth reality and love a pleasure to watch even when hannah does not take care of chive plant so we need a chive update hehe lol thankyou from one of your subcribers best wishes to stef and hannah gracie bubba widgie grand dad gran ma michalak and HELLO ZACK YOU CAN BE IN THE VLOGS ANYTIME

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  3. HELLO HANNAH IF YOU OR STEF HAPPEN TO SEE THIS MYSELF AND MY SISTER WOULD LIKE TO ASK IF IT MAY BE POSSIBLE TO SOURCE SOMEWHERE THAT CAN DESIGN A MATERIAL WITH BUBBA ON AND ANOTHER WITH WIDGIE ON FOR A NEW MAKEUP BAG OR EVEN TOWELS FLANNEL WASHBAG OR MATERIAL HANDBAG THINGS OF THIS NATURE WOULD EVEN LIKE A PRINT OF BUBBA OR WIDGIE SEPARATE OR TOGETHER WE WOULD LIKE TO BUY IT AND SO WOULD ALOT OF YOUR LOYAL FOLLOWERS ITS SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT LOVE YOU GUYS JANE AND LUCY

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  4. FORGOT TO SAY PERHAPS YOU COULD MAKE SOME BUBBA AND WIDGE MAKEUP BAGS AND PRINTS TO TRIAL PERHAPS CHRISTMAS IF POSSIBLE OH AND STEF YOU CAN WATCH FOOTBALL ANYTIME AS LONG AS ZACK THERE LOVE YOU GUYS JANE AND LUCY

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  5. grayson stef and hannah make watching youtube a pleasure stef is very talented and i love hannah blogs post she is a very good loving mum they both are good parents with a natural bond in these vlogs with ther son thats why thats what people love i have no idea what it exactly is but they are so relaxing nothing forced love too see them get a nice house and garden for grayson stef totally rigth disgusting that familys cant buy in london and are priced out nothing bad to say about the michalaks i saw stef annd hannah last year and would have love to say how much mmy family enjoy the vlogs on sunday but was to shy i saw this blog post and though yes they deserve some praise they are great vloggers a pleasure to watch thankyou

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  6. love the michalaks diaries love stella and family

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  7. stunning beautiful visual family diary vlogs love the relationship of the michalak family and the hard work that goes into the vlogs cannt wait till stef hannah and gracie travel to scotland we loved the devon vlog thanks guys for taking us with you its a absolute pleasure bbest wishes the johnson family

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