NiliPod - Things of the Week

Nia's Blogging and Vlogging Website

Girls striking a pose in the gardenThere are so many different things that we like, and so we talked about having a page for maybe a song of the week, a book, a movie, a game, a video, or something along those lines.

In the end, we just couldn't decide on any one thing, and so that leads us onto how our 'Favourite Thing of the Week' came into being.

Things come and go, but some deserved to be celebrated and remembered in this way, and so we've really enjoyed carefully choosing our items, photographing them as best we can, and documenting these wonderful items. Do you agree with our choices? 'Things' are often subjective though, aren't they?!

Date: 11th February 2016
Thing: Social Media
Social Media imageI thought I should write about our social medias as a 'thing', because some of you might not know about them. We've had them all for a while now, but we have Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Tumblr, Vine, Instagram and Snapchat. We are literally just 'nilipod' on all of them, so please be sure to follow / subscribe / add us or whatever applies to what you are using. Thanking you. Nia xxx

Date: 4th February 2016
Thing: Amazing New Microphone
Photo of Rode Pro microphoneWe have just splashed out on the most incredible camera microphone, to improve the sound quality of our YouTube videos. It is called a Rode VideoMic Pro2 and this particular model is directional, which means that it is designed to cut down on background noise, especially when we film outside. We've already noticed a massive difference in sound, so I hope that you can too. All we have to do now is make sure that we turn it on, because if it is switched off, there's no sound whatsoever - we found that out the hard way! Nia

Date: 28th January 2016
Thing: Dan and Phil
Photo of Dan and Phil calendar competitionOf course, this week's thing really does have to be our amazing Dan and Phil Calendar Competition.

If you want to win this Phan calendar, and let's be honest, 'Why wouldn't you?", all you have to do is listen to our podcast. What could be simpler than that, and it's probably our best podcast yet, so it's a win, win then! You could even say that it is a 'no brainer'. The calendar is brilliant by the way, I have one hanging on my wall and I love it! Nia

Date: 21st January 2016
Thing: YouTube Subscribe Button
Picture of YouTube subscribe buttonThe YouTube subscribe button is a truly wonderful thing - it can make people's dreams come true. We thought that we'd celebrate this magical and mysterious red rectangle, by making it our 'Thing of the Week'. Why not pop over to our YouTube channel right now and see what happens when you click on this button and subscribe to the NiliPOD YouTube channel. It changes colour, it sets of fireworks and it makes the sky turn purple - and least one of those is completely true, click to see which one: Subscribe to the NiliPOD Youtube channel.

Date: 12th January 2016
Thing: Beach Bonfires
Picture of beach bonfireThe other day, Liv and I went to Lyme Regis just to have a day out really, because it was sunny and not raining, as it has been for so long lately. We have filmed a vlog from right when we get up to when we are driving back in the car, so when that is uploaded, you should go check that out - wink wink, nudge nudge. But yes, it was a great day out and we set up a huge fire on the beach, and then it started spitting hot stones like a volcano, so we quickly evacuated. Has anyone else ever set up a bonfire on the beach and had explosions like this? I know we have.

Date: 5th January 2016
Thing: Mr. Tusk the Walrus Toy
Photo of Mr Tusk walrus toyFor Christmas, I got a walrus... Not just any walrus - Mr Tusk! So back in February or March, I watched a movie called Tusk starring Johnny Depp and Justin Long, and it was HORRENDOUS. NEVER WATCH THAT MOVIE. YOU WILL LITERALLY NEVER UNSEE IT! For Christmas my dad had a funny idea to give me some 'merch' - some half-human, half-walrus merch. Thanks dad! No, but in all seriousness I love it and it is very soft. It would be perfectly lovely if I didn't think of that movie every time I saw it.

Date: 26th December 2015
Thing: New Vlogging Camera - Canon G7X
Photo of Canon Camera G7 XSo Christmas is gone, and it's pretty sad now, but on a more positive note, I thought that our 'Thing of the week' this week should be my new camera. It is the Canon G7X, which is very compact and simple to use. I love this camera because it is perfect for vlogging (as tested in our woodland vlog video). One of the best things about it is the flip up screen, which makes vlogging so much easier, as you can actually see what you are filming. It takes really sharp photos and videos as well, and so it looks like it is going to be very, very useful for 2016. Nia xxx

Date: 16th December 2015
Thing: The Dan and Phil Advent Calendar
Dan and Phil Advent CalendarChristmas is certainly coming round the corner, so Nia and I have decided to have our Dan and Phil Advent Calendars as this week's things of the week.

Every time we open a door there is a really funny photoshopped picture of Dan and Phil with something Christmassy.

The chocolates inside inside are amazing and Nia and I love opening them up everyday! If you want to see our daily reactions, when we open the doors, please check out: #niaandlivopenthephanadventcalendar.

Date: 9th December 2015
Thing: Nia's Mini Christmas Tree
Mini Christmas tree with white fairy lightsI'm pretty sure that everyone knows Christmas is coming, so we thought why not have something festive in my bedroom. We got this mini-Christmas tree, which sits quite proudly at the edge of my dresser. I chose a gold bauble theme this year and have littered some tinsel and multi-coloured fairy lights around my room, as well as a Santa hat on my headboard. If you look closely, you'll see my reflection in the mirror (Nia)!

Date: 1st December 2015
Thing: Pete Wentz-il Case
Pete Wentz-il CaseWe both love Pete Wentz (from rock band 'Fall Out Boy') and Nia decided to get herself a pencil case with Pete's picture on the front. Obviously, it was immediately known as the Pete Wentz-il case and our friends at school seem to like it as much as we do. The cute little koala at the front is Nia's USB key / drive thing.

Date: 22nd November 2015
Thing: Our New Instagram Account
Our new Instagram accountHello! Our thing of the week this week is our Instagram account. We made it last week, and it's definitely worth a cheeky follow.

The photo of Liv pretending to be in the sewers on the Hunger Games is so funny, although Jennifer Lawrence doesn't look too impressed in the background.

Take a look and see what you think. We'll be posting photos several times a week with a caption to explain all about them, just in case it's not obvious.

Date: 15th November 2015
Thing: Pie Face Game
Our new Pie Face gameWell, you can't beat a comedy custard pie in the face and this game takes this to another level. We had a go with some spray cream and shaving foam, and basically we both got completely covered. What a mess, but it was a lot of fun, that is until we had to clean it all up afterwards!

Date: 8th November 2015
Thing: New Camera, Canon EOS 70D
Our new Canon 70DWe love taking photos and making videos, and somehow we've managed to get a new camera. Before, we were using a Canon EOD 600D, but now we've upgraded this to a Canon EOS 70D, just like Zoella's. It is awesome, although we haven't really read the instruction book yet and so it took a while to work out that the video camera had to be in 'movie mode' to make the auto focus work, duh. The picture also shows Jeremy Kyle, Nia's cute fluffy white and grey rabbit toy, who is having a go at working the controls. He's already better than we are!

Date: 1st November 2015
Thing: Mr. Riff Raff the Halloween Butler
Picture of Halloween butlerIntroducing Mr. Riff Raff, the mechanical Halloween butler from Asda. This life-size butler is really, really creepy and when it is plugged in, its head turns and its eyes move from side to side. We had it in the hallway the other day and it kept making us jump every time that we came downstairs. Now that the October spookiness is over, he's gone back to his home for the rest of the year - up the loft that is! Liv found him a little on the creepy side and was quite pleased when he went.

Date: 30th October 2015
Thing: Tyler the Sock Puppet
Picture of Tyler the sock puppetMeet Tyler, Liv's really cute black and white dotty homemade sock puppet. It looks a little bit like one of the spotted dogs from Disney's 101 Dalmatians, perhaps if you use your imagination just a little bit and squint when you look at it.

Liv made it at school for a textiles project, which she clearly aced. It was made using a pair of old socks, a couple of black buttons and some stuffing.

She wants to make it very clear that Tyler was designed to be imperfect, with wonky eyes, because 'Perfection is boring, individuality is better.' There's no denying that it is very cute, even if the face does look a little sinister.

Date: 21st October 2015
Thing: Halloween Village
Picture of model Halloween villageWell, as it is getting close to Halloween now, our 'Thing of the Week' simply has to be this awesome model Halloween village, which Nia set up in her lounge. It has haunted houses with flashing lightning, dancing witches, zombies, vampires, a headless horseman and lots of tiny Fimo pumpkins, which are actually quite cute. It looks best at night, when it is lit up with coloured lights.

Date: 14th October 2015
Thing: Mars Bar
Photo of a Mars Bar against white backgroundWell, apart from our recently revamped website and our latest podcast, this has to be the humble Mars Bar. We've got a pack and are ready to give them away as prizes, so if you've tuned in and listened to our chit-chatting, you'll know what we're talking about. Yes, we've reached 10 subscribers on our YouTube channel. Anyone for a Mars Bar then? They're even better when they've been battered and deep fried. Mmmmm.

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