By Danielle Gorman
Let me just start by saying that I never “like” Youtube videos. Never ever. I can’t be bothered 99.9% of the time. But recently, something has changed. I’ve started pressing the little thumbs-up button.
What’s the catalyst for my sudden change of heart, you ask? The SacconeJoly family.
I first saw the SacconeJolys in a Zoella video (Zoella is a beauty/fashion/blogger based in the U.K.; Brighton, to be specific) where Zoe, her Youtuber boyfriend Alfie, and the SacconeJoly family traveled to the seaside for a daytrip.
For me, it was love at first sight. I instantly became enchanted with this little family from Cork. And the family doesn’t end with the parents and children. Oh no, they’re also the owners of six dogs (Yes, you read that right). Six perfectly groomed Maltese “doggie friends” as Jonathan Joly calls them.
In fact, the six dogs—Mom Sina, Dad Albi, and puppies Theo, Biancaneve, Nivea, and Nuvola) are the reason the SacconeJolys are on Youtube’s radar. Back in 2013 Jonathan posted a video on his channel called “Harlem Shake (Puppy Edition)” which went viral with millions of views.
As a result, the SacconeJolys became the most famous Youtubers in Ireland, being featured on talk shows and news stations. Ireland couldn’t believe its luck. And the world was waiting for the SacconeJolys to break out.
But what makes this little vlogger family so appealing? My answer: They’re wholesome—and while you’re thinking “Wholesome? How boring,” let me also add that they’re incredibly cool. And funny. And interesting. They’ve filmed in Ireland, England, Italy (where Anna Saccone’s family hails), Los Angeles, New York City, and Orlando. They’ve filmed in Disneyland, Disney World, and Epcot. They’ve filmed from VidCon, Playlist Live, and the Shorty Awards (where they won for Best in Parenting). They film with other famous Youtubers who have become their friends, like Zoella, PointlessBlog, Dan & Phil, Marcus Butler, Tyler Oakley, FunForLouis, the Shaytards…the list goes on.
Jonathan, who does the majority of the vlogging, is constantly capturing funny situations he and his family find themselves in. Once, in America, they needed a place to eat dinner. “Okay,” Jonathan starts, “So, I was asking around for what’s the nicest, most gourmet food in America, and someone told me to come to the International House of Pancakes.” He turns the camera toward the restaurant that millions of Americans have dined at and know, inexplicably, that it is not gourmet! But Jonathan doesn’t mind, he’s amazed by all the different syrups and selections. “I would like the most American thing there is,” he says. “What’s the best thing—first time in IHOP, what should we get? What’s the most American thing on the menu?” He asks the waitress cheekily. Another waiter hears and says “Something with so much bacon, you’re going to die because you get diabetes.” I laughed at the truth of it.
On second thought, I might be too close to the situation to represent the SacconeJolys objectively. They entered my home four months ago and answered a call I didn’t know I was making. I was looking for entertainment, sure. But in our world today so much of it is dragged down by negative content. The SacconeJolys make an effort to provide their viewers with positivity and happiness. They showcase their children, Emilia and Eduardo, and film such sweet moments of sibling affection that makes me quite homesick for my family. They give me #FamilyGoals.
So if you’re feeling down, or craving something Irish, give the SacconeJolys a try. With new videos posted every day, you can binge-watch the cuteness that is Jonathan and Anna’s life (but really, you’ll start watching for the cuteness of Emilia and Eduardo). Once you do, leave me a comment with your thoughts—I’d love to make friends with other SacconeJoly fans!