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Great tips for video and blogging https://lynneknowlton.com/treehouse-video/



Yeah.  That’s the size of my announcement today, so you better sit yourself down.


Todays post is a wild mix of 10 epic tips for a kickass life AND a music video.

The music video was filmed here on our property and in the treehouse!  If you love video, music and treehouses ~ you can skip to the end of this post and have a watch.   Then come on back.  I’ll wait for you. xx



December slipped by, didn’t it?  Where’d it go?  Don’t even get me started.

I spent most of December doing  ONLINE SHOPPING from home sweet home. Why?


Because it’s frowned upon to be in a store with no bra, fuzzy slippers and a glass of wine.


Because it’s winter in Canada (and the abominable snowman is in my backyard)….

Winter Wonderland on #DesignTheLifeYouWantToLive https://lynneknowlton.com/treehouse-video/   A Canadian winter https://lynneknowlton.com/treehouse-video/


I thought I’d get my act together and share a treehouse video from summer….

I’m fast like that.  

A Seasonally dyslexic blogger <- my new job title




Did you do the whole resolution thing this month? I thought about it for a full two minutes.  

I decided that I hate resolutions.


New beginnings on Design the Life You Want To Live


10 ways to have a Kickass.Epic.Year

All you need is a backbone and a funny bone for a kickass life.

 {{ Nod your head and go with it }}


1.  Maybe workout.  Eeeeeeeeek. 

You’re hit with the horrifying realization that you are not in shape and the cellulite will appear right where you least expect it.  Like on your chin.

Oh.  Em.  To.  The.  Geeh.

Next, someone asks how the new workout is going, and it takes everything you’ve got not to strangle them with your bare hands.


Funny barn cat !



2.  Weight Loss.  For the love of Pete, shut up.  

I learned that in order to lose weight, you have to eat around 1200 calories per day for what feels like an e.t.e.r.n.i.t.y.

As a result of these efforts, your ass will fall right off.   I didn’t do it.  I just read about it while eating my hot buttered popcorn in bed.


Design The Life You Want To Live https://lynneknowlton.com/treehouse-video/

3.  Make it easy.

My New Year resolution this year:  brush my teeth and wash my face. Every day. Solved. Resolved.

Oh so very accomplished.



4.   Potato chips make everything better.

You resolve to not eat potato chips in bed while watching Netflix for hours on end. Wait. That’s a lie.

We can’t NOT do that.

Let’s try something else.

Let’s agree to light more candles this year.  Yeah. That’s doable.



An epic blog post on video & blogging https://lynneknowlton.com/treehouse-video/

Candle  LOVE  +


5.   Outsmart your iPhone 


Teaching your phone how to autocorrect.. haha..


Add new contacts to your iPhone called fuck face and shit head.  Then, when you text, it won’t auto correct to duck face and shot head.



So unfair.



6.  Do things to be more efficient. 


Resolve to untying your shoes before taking them off.


Never have I ever.

PS. Have you ever talked to someone and thought ‘who ties your shoelaces for you anyway?’

Hmmm.  They are stoopid.



7.  Try something that scares the bejesus outta ya.


For me, that kind of fright comes from creating VIDEO. Even writing the word VIDEO makes me poop my pants.

Normally, I have a history of dragging my feet when something scares me.  The brakes go on.  The eyes become saucers.   My inner scaredy cat screams. I see other people doing video all casual like and fun.

How’d they do it?

They look calm, cool and collected while I sneakily add vodka to my coffee from a hip flask.


I recommend vodka hahaha (Kidding, mom…)

Not really.

I love being on video.  Said no one ever.


Video ~ Learn how to put the extra in ordinary

Let’s be clear:  If you turn a video camera on and point that bloody lens at me, I will look like an idiot.  Guaranteed. Basically, without some coaxing and quite possibly some hard liquor … I’m not having it. How do other people make videography look EASY?   They are gorgeous on camera.  Smart.  Funny. Did I mention that I hate those people?


Let’s punch them in the face.


Blogging With Lynne Knowlton

I’m  Hiding


8.  Learn shit.

Do you love watching videos? Say yes. Say yes.  Say yes.  Say yes.  <—that was me, hypnotizing you.

When I watch a video … it helps me to learn something but I want entertainment too. Demanding much, Lynne?

Uhm.  Yeah.

I also like to stare around at the surroundings and see how other peeps live.  I’ll admit it.  I legit, like to snoop in their house with meeee eyeballs.  The background is almost as much fun as the foreground.

Am I weird?


Don’t answer that. { insert big toothy grin }   I want to know if they have cake.


It’s somebody’s birthday somewhere. Did someone mention cake?   Do they have cool things in their house?!  Are they funny? If I create videos for you in my house, you and I can hold hands and snoop through the house looking for cake …

Hint: it’s under the bed.




White home decor

Blogging and video = vlogging



The way I see it …. is that I’m done hiding. I’m doing video in 2015. Warning label:  I will totally look like a dork for my first 59 videos or so.

Video will gallop in, with dork riding on its tail.

I won’t feel stupid at all.  Not one single bit.  Okay, maybe every three seconds or so.


9.  Never stop learning.  

I work because I love this shit.   If things are complicated and messy, well.. count me in.   Anyone who tells you that videography learning a new skill is easy, is an idiot.  A real one. I tried doing the video thing on my own.  I filmed DIY’s in my house.


DIY barn door hardware

The filming part was hard.  The thought crossed my mind….



That would be easier than editing video.   I’d fray around the edges if I had to go it alone.  You’d see me all jacked up on milk duds and homemade baileys.  I’d make the front page news.


More like Fear Factor. 


10.  Finished is better than perfect.

Trying to make something perfect = it never gets done.  The techy stuff can just keep you frozen in overwhelm.   Been there. Done that.  Got the frozen poster. I have a wee plan for finishing my video projects.  Her name is Jessica.  She’ll keep me from jumping off the Thelma and Louise video cliff.


Jessica Allossery


Want to meet her?! Jessica contacted us this summer and asked to use our treehouse, barn, and property for her music video.   We said yes.  When you see her in the video below, you’ll know why.  She’s salt of the earth, awesome.   I truly feel so very blessed that she came into my life.


Jessica Allossery Love Parade video


Here’s her beautiful music video from the treehouse …. P.S. My hubby Michael, oldest daughter Shelby and my son Brett are at the end of the love parade video. Awwwwh, shucks xx


You can find more of Jessica’s music here on her YouTube channel and on her Facebook page.  Next month, she’ll be touring Brazil! You can even find me on YouTube.  I know. Shocking, right?  I have 70 subscribers.

I’m a big cheese on YouTube. haha. Yeah.

That’s not embarrassing at all. That’s totally embarrassing.

VIDEO Bonus :


Love Parade Video by Jessica Allossery


The making of The Love Parade Video… be sure to watch the bloopers in the end.  Too funny!




So, the question I want to slap onto the table, smother in salt, and offer up for the taking is this… do you want to see more video on the blog this year?

We can be a team.  I’ll try to make something cool, and you’ll be all like..YESssssss.


I think I just asked you to be my cheerleader.

You up for the challenge?

I pay with popcorn and gratitude.. and possibly a few wet kisses.  Just sayin’





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  1. Megan Jenson says:

    Very sweet! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. […] Why we love video AND want to punch it in the face […]

  3. Annie Kip says:

    Love that you are going to do video, Lynne! I think you will be GREAT on video and I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Here’s a question for you – do you know of a voice-activated device for shutter control? That would be really handy for those of us who don’t have three hands. Maybe we should invent one…

  4. Terry Corigliano says:

    It was a sweet video and I enjoyed it very much.

  5. Auntiepatch says:

    More videos!!! What a lovely young woman; is she married? Just asking as I have an unmarried son………

    • Jessica is single 🙂 …oh wait… were you talking about me?…haahahaha…

      One unmarried son + Jessica = happily ever after. LOL


    • Jessica Allossery says:

      I’ve posted sooo many videos on youtube, and finally we’re gonna get Lynne on a bunch of her own DIY videos this year!! It’s gonna be so exciting.
      Also..yes, I’m as single as a snail! Lol

  6. chris aka monkey says:

    oh what fun she is amazing…love her video annnnd speaking of videos i just subscribed to your you tubes and watched a couple …the one you made about you a just talking one with a few blouse changes yep you did look like a dork i was laughing my ass off, and the one where your husband starts by bragging about you well 2 things he is a hunk of burning love and every thing he said about you is true you are amazaballs xx

    • Ohhh Chris, you just made ME LAUGH OUT LOUD. Yeah, I excel at looking like a goof ball 🙂

      Michael just read your comment and howled. Ha! I hope all that flattery doesn’t go to his head.

      The best part: he truly is a beautiful dude on the inside and out. All my girlfriends want to know if I can clone him.

      It’s been 20 years and we are still going strong.

      Thanks for the laughs today! Sending luv right back atcha. xoxox

  7. CC says:

    you make me laugh out loud, I read you word for word here, and love what you have to say, keep it up… And YES please do VIEDO I think it would be a kick as to what you would do, GO FOR IT the world is your oyster LOL..

    I loved the treehouse video and song and plan to follow her music.
    Hey Lynne whats this font I love it ??? thanks for starting my day off right.
    peace and light cc

    • Hello love!

      Thanks for the vote of confidence!! Woot woot!!

      * I just did a triple flip across the living room floor*

      The font here is called ‘architects daughter’. Isn’t it coolio? It makes us all feel like we have gorgeous handwriting skills.

      Big love!
      Lynne xx

    • Jessica Allossery says:

      Yeah! We love having oyster worlds!
      Thanks for the motivation! It’s gonna be a special year for Lynne xoxo

  8. CarolR says:

    I’m in HEART with you! I laughed out loud on a crummy Monday morning! I’m adding fuck face and shit head to my contacts – total love/mostly hate w/ auto correct – and I’ll be over laTer to look for CAKE.

    Your writing is hilarious & as far as I’m concerned, everything that a blog should be. Which is why I’m just never going to try writing my own. (Phew, found a good excuse) Really, honest!

    Gotta go check out youtube and become a follower!

    • I’ll be over later to look for cake. hahaahaa. I think I love you.

      Guuurl, you can totally write your own blog. I am teaching some epic stuff this year on how to be a kickass blogger. You may just have it in you after all 🙂

      Welcome to my world. There’s no hiding for you now. We can be scaredy cats together 🙂


  9. Fabulous location for a love song video! So very cute. I think you should definitely make many videos for 2015, Lynn! I will subscribe to your channel.

  10. DanniS says:

    Love love love the song. I will definitely be checking out her others. She sounds a lot like Colbie caillet very pretty voice.
    Yes to more video too I am sure they will be hilarious as all of your blog entries are. Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family!!! Smootches

    • Such a sahhhweet song isn’t it? Oh la la.

      I’ll be your sun, if you’ll be my moon … is playing over and over in my head. LOVE.

      Thanks for woot woot on the video confidence. If you see a ‘deer in the headlights’ video on the blog, that’ll be me. haha.

    • Jessica Allossery says:

      Checccckkk emmm.. You won’t be disappointed! 🙂 Music for EVERYONE!

  11. Kathy says:

    Wow, Lynne. The video really captures the spirit of your place. Jessica and her team are brimming with talent, and I loved seeing Knowlton’s in the videos. Is Treehouse famous a thing? It looks so beautiful, I hope it doesn’t get a big head. Also, did my eyes deceive me or did I see some “catting” around? Sending hugs and warmth your way.


    • Ahhhh thanks lovey dovey!! You are just the best!

      Ha! The treehouse may just get too big for its britches. I may have to put it in its place this summer and tell it to chill it. Teehee.

      Yes, you saw some catting around. Oh you know our cat, SNOW … she was looking for you.

      Sweet kitty ( excuse the pun )
      Love ya!

  12. Alex says:

    “Because it’s frowned upon to be in a store with no bra, fuzzy slippers and a glass of wine.”
    This made my Monday.

    I HEART the video! It’s so whimsical and lovely. I also love Jessica’s voice! The treehouse was a perfect fit, so cozy and happy. YAY VIDEOS!

    ps. Now you have 62 subscribers 😉

    • hahahaha Alex!

      Someone needs to open a retail store that allows fuzzy slippers and wine ~all at once. The place would be packed with all my friends 🙂

      Thanks for subscribing to my YouTube! I’m famous! LOL!

      Lynne xx

  13. Yvonne says:

    Happy New Year and adventures to you, Lynne! Always love your posts, and this one is wonderful. Love the music video, can’t wait to see yours…