What You Might Have Missed on Long Story Short

Megan and I have been making videos for our YouTube channel – Long Story Short - now for about six weeks. We crack up like crazy and it’s become quite a production on the days we record. I’m talking lots of lighting, microphones and wardrobe changes. Admittedly, we’re still trying to figure out what is working.

We’re also playing around with content, too. We want to always offer some sort of takeaway and right now we’re throwing a lot of different things out there to see what sticks, what does well, and if we riff well over the subject matter.

Here’s a behind the scenes look at our super fancy set up. Yes, I think that’s the entire Harry Potter collection that we use to hold our iPhone tripod. You know what? It works.

A behind the scenes look and recap of the October episodes of Long Story Short with Megan and Wendy, a YouTube channel for moms.

If you aren’t a subscriber to our YouTube channel, here’s what you missed in October! New videos go up every Monday and we’ve been throwing up a bonus video on Fridays!

Fall Beauty Favorites

Megan and I share our favorite products for fall. This was the VERY first episode we recorded (though not shared until early October) and didn’t realize the amount of lipstick and lipgloss one should wear to be considered “camera ready.” Megan talks mascara and hair products while I share my new favorite eyeshadow, liquid foundation and sunscreen.

Popsugar vs. FabFitFun Subscription Box Throwdown

I’m new to the subscription box game while Megan knows her beauty boxes. In this episode, we open and reveal what the October Popsugar and the fall FabFitFun boxes held, respectively. Someone got the better box and it wasn’t me. We also got our first thumbs down rating on this video. Pfft…whatever.

Mom Dilemmas

In this episode, we each present a couple of “mom dilemmas” and ask each other for advice. We talk about funky Facebook relationships, when someone disciplines your child…in front of you, and feeling responsible for other kids at school. This was one of my favorite episodes and we have plans to do more “mom dilemma” in the hopes that viewers will share their own dilemmas and we’ll give our unqualified opinions on the matter.

See’s Candies Lollypop Taste Test!

Ok, we laughed so hard shooting this episode. I’m certain See’s Candies will never want to work with us because we were brutally honest about their new lollypop flavors and it brought Megan to tears. A viewer told us we looked most comfortable in this episode — I agree! Definitely the most fun to shoot so far.

All About Megan

Get to know Megan in this episode of questions and confessions. She shared some straight up scandalous answers I would have never expected from her. Megan also writes a blog called MamaBub.

Russell Stover Candies Taste Test!

Ok, so taste testing on camera is a lot of fun. And Megan is the candy queen who thought it’d be fun to try out the new crazy flavors Russell Stover made for their traditional chocolate pumpkins. Our yin and yang personalities are totally obvious in this episode.

Trader Joe’s Haul

Haul videos are crazy popular on YouTube so we thought we’d make one from one of our regular stops – Trader Joe’s. Who doesn’t love their cookie butter and maple leaf cookies? Check out what else we picked up. And I think I left my frozen groceries at Megan’s house that day.

We’d love for you to subscribe to Long Story Short, if that’s something you do. We’d also love a thumbs up rating after you watch the video…it really helps get us promoted by YouTube, plus it let’s us know if you like that episode or not.

Favorite Netflix Shows to Watch During Chemo

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I am so stoked to be part of the Netflix #StreamTeam! I learned last month that I was hand selected to join their exclusive blogger network to help share the awesomeness that is Netflix. Disclosure: Netflix provided me with a device and a year long subscription to stream content. All opinions are 100% my own. This month on the blog we’ve talked a lot about breast cancer and it’s been an awesome month of takeaways despite the heavy subject matter. While October {Read More}

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Speak in Whispers: Linda Lancaster Carey

Linda Lancaster Carey of The Tutu Project shares her best advice on how gratitude will get you through a breast cancer diagnosis.

Linda Lancaster Carey says that she’s been on this planet for 53 years, although her husband would argue that it’s actually 54. She is adamant that she’s not 54 until she’s 54, which will be in November. She keeps busy with several jobs. She and her husband have a commercial photography business, and The Tutu Project falls under this umbrella. She also runs a non-profit that supports women and men living with breast cancer. They have no children but have a lovely, lovely dog named {Read More}

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Alternative Therapies: Lisa Marie Ives

Lisa Marie Ives gives her best tips for alternative therapies and supplements to help during breast cancer treatment.

Lisa Marie Ives is 42 from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She’s a SAHM to one 3 year old boy. She enjoys being his mom and her version of pre home schooling. She loves fine dining and wine but no longer a connoisseur. She gets lucky with her own madness infrequently in the kitchen and any bottle under $8 does just fine. NAME Lisa Marie Ives HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE YOU WERE DIAGNOSED? Diagnosed 10 months ago (1 month after my birthday…gonna {Read More}

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Hot Mama: Dyanne Dillon


Dyanne Dillon says she feels like an eleven year old living in a 50-something body. She is a wife, mom, Pre-K teacher and a self-proclaimed Pollyanna. She blogs about her breast cancer experience and life thereafter at I Want Backsies, a name inspired by the children’s book A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban. NAME Dyanne Dillon Read Dyanne’s 2013 submission here. GIVE US AN UPDATE ON YOUR HEALTH I had a bone density scan in May of this year after two years of {Read More}

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Anything Is Possible: Mina Greenfield

Breast cancer survivor, Mina Greenfield, shares her best tips and advice for keeping your lashes and brows during chemotherapy.

Mina was still in the thick of treatment last year when she shared her breast cancer experience. I’ll never forgot the quote we used for her post. It was “Entertain the maybes” and I believe that philosophy should be applied to everyone’s life – cancer or not. Read on for the advice she’s sharing this year. NAME Mina Greenfield Read Mina’s 2013 submission here. GIVE US AN UPDATE ON YOUR HEALTH I completed chemo in November of 2013. I had a month “off” (I {Read More}

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Model of Courage: Tracie Benjamin


Tracie made a splash all over the internet and national TV last year after her boyfriend proposed on live television from the Susan G. Komen walk in Portland, Oregon. That video clip went viral and she and Ryan appeared on Portland’s local news, the front page of Yahoo! and The Rachel Ray Show. She updates us on her health and what project she’s been working on. NAME Tracie Benjamin Read Tracie’s 2013 submission here. GIVE US AN UPDATE ON YOUR HEALTH I am {Read More}

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Juggling It All: Judy Schwartz Haley


Judy is a writer and photographer, and she shares stories of parenting, living with cancer, and embracing every moment of life on her blog, CoffeeJitters.Net. She lives in Seattle with her husband and 5-year-old daughter, whom they just launched into the amazing world that is Kindergarten. NAME Judy Schwartz Haley HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE YOU WERE DIAGNOSED? Diagnosed 3/10/2010 ER/PR-, HER2+, with Paget Disease of the breast Stage 3  HOW DID YOU FIND OUT? I was having trouble {Read More}

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New Beginnings: Mollie West


Mollie and I met several years ago and we quickly discovered we had two things in common: blogging and breast cancer. While she has never been diagnosed with breast cancer, both her grandmother and mother died from the disease. Mollie learned she carried the BRCA1 gene mutation and made the decision to undergo a prophylactic double mastectomy in 2013. She has shared two incredible and very personal experiences here on the blog. Today she updates us. NAME Mollie West Read Mollie’s 2013 {Read More}

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Everyday Beautiful: Holly Bertone


Holly Bertone is an author and breast cancer advocate. She is the President and CEO of Pink Fortitude, LLC, a company dedicated to promoting inspiration and positive self esteem to cancer survivors and ALL women. Holly’s books include the heartwarming Coconut Head’s Cancer Survival Guide: My Journey from Diagnosis to “I Do,” the e-book Drops of Fortitude: Find Your Inner Strength During Cancer Treatment, and children’s book, My Mommy Has Cancer. She is a contributing editor for The Breast Cancer {Read More}

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