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2017 Netflix Resolutions

1st February 2017

I’m not a big New Years resolution person. Mostly because I never keep them. Ever.

But Netflix resolutions? That’s something I could totally do. Netflix and I are besties after all.

Yes that sounds sad. No I don’t care. I’m confident like that.

So, here are my 2017 Netflix Resolutions!!!

I WILL WATCH RIGHT AWAY:

  • THE CROWN
  • STRANGER THINGS
  • The OA
  • BATES MOTEL

I WILL FINALLY FINISH WATCHING:

  • SUITS
  • GILMORE GIRLS
  • THE MINDY PROJECT
  • HOUSE

I WILL WATCH WITH MY FAMILY:

  • LEMONY SNICKET
  • BOB ROSS (My 10yo is OBSESSED – he’s her screensaver. Seriously).
  • TRON
  • MIRACLE

I WILL:

  • Make sure to remember to alternate Pepperoni Pizza with Chinese takeout on Friday night Movie Nights.
  • Remember that you can never have enough Skittles, Diet Coke, Sour Cream & Onion chips and Prosecco on movie nights. Or any other day for that matter.
  • Wear my finest flannel jammies, or my finest cozies during all Netflix viewing. Bra is optional.

What are your Netflix resolutions???

Disclaimer: I’m part of the Netflix #StreamTeam and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix. All views and opinions are my own.

Surviving the Holiday Break with Kids AND Netflix #StreamTeam

31st December 2016

The Christmas Holidays are coming to an end…..or are they?

Yes, it’s New Year’s eve but with school not back until the 9th, the holiday break continues. It’s ok though. The kids have promised not to fight, yell or say they’re bored for the next nine days.

It could happen.

In the meantime, we’ll amuse ourselves with various xmas gifts, activities involving snow, sprinkles and bowling balls and of course, NETFLIX!!!

With the release of some great new shows this month like Gilmore Girls, Fuller House Season 2 and the new Netflix/Dreamworks series Trollhunters, the odds of hearing I’m bored from the brood will hopefully be greatly diminished.

I’d also like to send Netflix a personal thank you for their new download option, so the kids have something to watch on the holiday road trips. It really cuts down on the slapfights when their hands are busy holding their ipads, so thank you so much.

And if you have younger kids, don’t forget to take advantage of their on-demand New Year’s Eve countdown options. You can choose from ten different videos, from Beat Bugs to Skylanders to Fuller House, and make it midnight whenever you want the little people to head to bed. I miss those days, when I could trick my kids into going to bed at 8pm.

Happy New Year everyone! Hope everyone has a fun New Year’s Eve! I’ll be here binge watching Life in Pieces (again) in my flannel penguin pyjamas, with a Diet Coke i.v. and sour cream and onion chips on standby. Jealous?

 

 

Gilmore Girls Date Night with Mom and NETFLIX! #StreamTeam

23rd November 2016

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It’s HERE!!!!!!!!

THIS FRIDAY (November 25th!) Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres on Netflix! Is it just me or have we been waiting FOREVER for this? It deserves a celebration, don’t you think? In honour of the show and that amazing bond that Lorelai and Rory share, the premiere of Gilmore Girls is the perfect time to have a Girls Night In with your Mom (or daughter, sister, girlfriend…..any fab lady friend will do.

Did you know?

  • 61% of mothers and daughters feel sharing TV shows with each other helps them build a stronger relationship.
  • A recent survey revealed that almost half of women (45%) wish they spoke to their mother more often.
  • More than half of mother-daughter duos surveyed (54%) report post-show discussions are the best part of sharing a show together.
  • Almost half of moms and daughters (45%) think watching together brings them closer.

I’m going to have to agree with these stats. When Sex and the City was still on the air, I’d watch the show with my Mom and we’d laugh hysterically the entire time. And the Greek/English post-mortem was always my favorite part. It was our Friday night ritual and we always looked forward to it, not just for the show but for the time we’d get to spend together.

Fast forward a million years, and I now have my own kids. I’m actually going to be watching this new season of the Gilmore Girls with my 10 year old daughter who invited me to be her Friday Night date.  We’re so excited – we’ve got treats, hot chocolate to enjoy in our new Netflix/Luke’s mugs (thanks Netflix Canada!) and our warmest jammies ready to go. Want to officially invite your mom/daughter to watch with you? Here’s an invite to send their way…

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How about this one?

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Ok. One more….

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You’ve got your invites ready, all you need now is a tv and snacks and you’re ready to watch the LONG awaited four episode (only four?!!) revival of this much loved show.

Date Night with Mom is ON.

Family Movie Time Reboot #Streamteam

4th October 2016

We are official back to school and back to our fall routine, finally. I love summer and summer break but by the end of the summer, I am ready to be back to a more scheduled lifestyle. Mommy needs a break. Plus it’s cardigan weather and who doesn’t love a cardigan???

Over the summer we watched a ton of movies and shows with the kids whenever we wanted. During the school year however, we watch our movies mostly on the weekends. On Fridays, we have pizza and a movie night. We make homemade personal pizzas then choose/fight over which movie to watch.

(Side Note: Here is the yummiest, easiest personal pan pizza recipe ever. We use Naan bread as the crust, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and then whatever toppings you want, from pepperoni to peppers, and then throw it in the oven at 350. The kids love making their own pizza, they cook super fast because you’re using Naan as the crust and they’re delicious and healthy). I’m a regular Martha Stewart.

Unless it’s a movie that was just released, Netflix is always our go-to for movie night. Thankfully, the kids are older now so they’re much more open to watching documentaries, and classics and John Hughes films. Honestly, re-watching great movies like Ferris Bueller or Mean Girls is so much more fun when you can watch it through your kids’ eyes. I don’t even feel THAT old when I do.

My favourite thing to do for movie night lately is something I did as a kid with my siblings. I move the coffee table out of the way, and make a huge bed on the floor, with several duvets and comforters and pillows. We turn out all the lights and grab some snacks and it’s officially movie time. It’s simple but the kids love it, which makes me love it too.

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So what are some of the movies we’ve seen so far, that we really enjoyed?

  • Zootopia – LOVE it. It’s adorable and clever and really funny.
  • He Named Me Malala – Absolutely fantastic documentary. A must see.
  • The Little Prince – This is actually a new release and not on Netflix yet but it was so so good. We rented it and the kids watched it three times before the rental time ran out.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – A huge hit in our house for all of us.
  • Teen Titans Go! – Not a movie, but my kids are obsessed with this show.
  • I Am Big Bird – LOVE LOVE LOVE.

And some movies that are on the MUST SEE LIST coming up this month include:

  • The Breakfast Club – it’s time to share this movie gold with the tweens for sure.
  • Splash – Tom Hanks and a mermaid. Enough said.
  • Zoolander – This one is a maybe – I haven’t seen it so I’m not sure if it’s appropriate.
  • Coraline – Perfect for a Halloween re-watch – both kids think it’s totally freaky.

HAPPY MOVIE WATCHING!!

What we’re watching on Netflix this summer #StreamTeam

29th July 2016

We are a Netflix family. The kids, the husband and I are big fans

If it weren’t for my need to watch The Real Housewives of every city in the U.S. of A, we would probably cancel our cable subscription, but alas, not happening.

So what are we watching this summer??

ME:

I’ve been watching some documentaries and stand-up comedy specials that I’ve really enjoyed.

Ali Wong: Baby Cobra – She is HYSTERICAL. This is one hour of hilarious joy – WATCH IT!!

AMY – A fantastic documentary about Amy Winehouse. Totally wrecked me.

LUTHER – My girlfriend Laura has been telling me to watch this show FOREVER, and I finally sat down and watched it and totally binged on it. It was so good, and so well done, that it’s probably one of the best shows I’ve seen in ages. Also, Idris Elba is very pretty with an accent, so there’s that. And the man can act. Watch this one a.s.a.p!

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The HUSBAND:

Daredevil – Season 2: LOVED IT. He liked the first season, but thought the new season was amazing.

Marco Polo – Season 2: LOVED IT.

The 100: He’s a big fan of this show.

STRANGER THINGS – LOVED IT and thought it was very scary, so I won’t be watching this one.

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The Kids:

NICHOLAS: We’ve been watching The Office together, and it’s a new favourite for both of us. He’s also a big fan of Video Game Highschool, and Sherlock. We tried to watch the second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but we didn’t love it as much as the first season.

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NASIA: She is my little animal lover, so we were thrilled to discover a show called The Bionic Vet. She also loves Fuller House, Victorious and Mako Mermaids. She’s so cute.

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What are you guys watching this summer? Any favourites???

 

Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life #StreamTeam

29th July 2016

FINALLY!!!!! The premiere date for Gilmore Girls has been announced! November 25, 2016! Put it in your calendar peeps!

“Seasons may change, but some things never will.”

The show will consist of four 90 minute episodes spanning the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. So if you’re one of those people who will watch an entire season of a Netflix show over a day or two, you should be done and waiting for more within a day or two. Patience is a virtue people.

Are you excited about it?

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season Two #NetflixCanada #StreamTeam

14th April 2016

unbreakable-kimmy-schmidt-sliceFINALLY!!!!

Season TWO IS HERE!!!! It premieres TONIGHT just after midnight and I can’t wait! I found season one hilarious although I could have definitely done with less Jon Hamm. I don’t get the Jon Hamm thing. WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE JON HAMM??? WHY IS HE EVERYWHERE?????

Colin Firth, I get. Jon Hamm…..not at all.

Season two of the Emmy-nominated series picks up shortly after season 1 and finds Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) looking for a new job, Titus (Tituss Burgess) forced to face his past with the appearance of his ex-wife and Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) rediscovering her roots, while landlady Lillian (Carol Kane) finds a surprising romance.

The series was created by Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Robert Carlock (30 Rock), who serve as executive producers with Jeff Richmond (30 Rock) and David Miner (30 Rock, Brooklyn Nine-Nine). Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a production of Universal Television, Little Stranger Inc., 3 Arts Entertainment and Bevel Gears for Netflix.

Normally, I would bingewatch a Netflix show over a weekend but my kids LOVED the first season so I promised them that we would watch it together, so it’s anyone’s guess how long it will take me to see all 13 episodes. Have you seen the official trailer for season two yet? Check it out below!
 

Penguin Drop Caps Series

27th February 2016

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The Penguin Drop Caps Series is a GORGEOUS series of 26 special edition classics in hardcover, that would make any booklover weak in the knees. Their covers feature an illustrated letter of the alphabet by type designer Jessica Hische, and create a lovely rainbow when displayed as a set.

I can’t believe it took me this long to discover these – they are so pretty and a great way to discover some reads you may not have considered otherwise. Penguin has so many great collections but this just might be my new favourite!

I bought myself the first five with a gift card I received for Valentine’s Day and ordered G, H, I, P, and X online which I know seems random but they’re the hardest to find evidently, so I grabbed them when I could. I’m still waiting for those to arrive, and dreaming of the other 16 I still need to get.

Are you in love with the series too? Have some of the books and need a few more to complete the set or want to buy the entire thing in one shot?? I’ve discovered an amazing online shop that will allow you to do just that. In fact if you love gorgeous books, you must check them out. JUNIPER BOOKS is based in Boulder, Colorado but they will ship internationally. If you’re a booklover, do yourself a favour and check out their book shop. Not only will you see so many of the beloved classics and series that we love to collect, but also some incredibly unique and beautiful custom book sets as well. Prepare to fall in love. Seriously.

Check out the full listing below!

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  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  3. My Ántonia by Willa Cather
  4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  5. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  6. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  7. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  8. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  9. An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
  10. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  11. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  12. Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee
  13. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville
  14. Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
  15. Butterfield 8 by John O’Hara
  16. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  17. The Greek Coffin Mystery by Ellery Queen
  18. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
  19. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  20. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  21. Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wreath by Sigrid Undset
  22. Candide by Voltaire
  23. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  24. Sky Burial by Xinran
  25. When You Are Old: Early Poems and Fairy Tales by W.B. Yeats
  26. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Penguin English Library

25th February 2016

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I LOVE books. Love love love.

I read every single day and more often than not, you’ll find me at home reading a good book. I am a party animal.

The last year or so, I read most of my books as ebooks, and read very few books in hand. I think many of us had an ebook moment. For me, that moment has mostly past. I am back to reading (and buying) actual books and I love it.

I’ve also discovered the book community on Instagram (bookstagrammers) recently, and am mildly obsessed. Honestly, I have no idea how it works or how one gets thousands of followers and likes, but that’s not really why I’m trying it out. I love it because I’ve discovered so many great books and collections by following the #bookstagram hashtag. One of these collections is the PENGUIN ENGLISH LIBRARY.

The Penguin English Library is a collection of 100 beloved classics, with book covers designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith. They are lovely and in paperback format,  so they are very affordable. And their spines are dreamy, as you can see above, especially when displayed as a collection.

Aren’t they dreamy?? Check out 60 of the 100 below.

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You can find these beauties in stores and online, although you might have to get resourceful if you’re after the entire set. I sadly don’t have any of these just yet, but they’re on the official husband-buy-me-these list for when he needs gift ideas (which is always). I’m partial to Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters so I’m starting with those.

Do you own any of these Penguin English Library editions?? Check out the full list below:

  1. Emma by Jane Austen
  2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  4. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  6. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  7. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  8. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  10. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
  11. Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  12. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  13. Evelina by Fanny Burney
  14. The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
  15. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland andThrough the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  16. The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
  17. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  18. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  19. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  20. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  21. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
  22. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
  23. The Five Orange Pips and Other Cases by Arthur Conan Doyle
  24. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  25. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  26. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  27. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  28. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens
  29. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  30. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  31. Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
  32. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  33. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  34. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  35. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
  36. The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
  37. Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens
  38. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
  39. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  40. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  41. The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  42. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
  43. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  44. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  45. Silas Marner by George Eliot
  46. Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
  47. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  48. Howards End by E.M. Forster
  49. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
  50. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
  51. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
  52. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
  53. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  54. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  55. New Grub Street by George R. Gissing
  56. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  57. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  58. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  59. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  60. Tess of D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
  61. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
  62. Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
  63. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  64. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
  65. Daisy Miller and the Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  66. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  67. Washington Square by Henry James
  68. The Wings of a Dove by Henry James
  69. Dubliners by James Joyce
  70. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  71. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
  72. The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis
  73. Melmuth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin
  74. The Confidence Man and Billy Budd, Sailer by Herman Melville
  75. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  76. The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales by Edgar Allen Poe
  77. Pamela by Samuel Richardson
  78. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  79. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  80. Humphrey Clinker by Tobias Smollett
  81. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Lawrence Sterne
  82. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  83. Treasure Island and The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson
  84. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  85. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  86. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery
  87. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
  88. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope
  89. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope
  90. The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
  91. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope
  92. The Warden by Anthony Trollope
  93. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  94. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
  95. The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G. Wells
  96. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  97. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  98. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  99. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  100. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

New Kid’s Book – The Hueys in What’s The Opposite? and a GIVEAWAY! #TheHueys

12th January 2016

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I remember when I first discovered an Oliver Jeffers book was when I was in the bookstore with my then toddler son looking for something funny for his bedtime story that night. I just happened to find The Incredible Book Eating Boy on the shelf, and immediately adored the illustrations. And then I read it and fell in love with it’s story and just how funny it was. It became one of our absolute favourite family reads and led to our love of all things Oliver Jeffers. If you haven’t yet read anything written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, you are missing out. They’re creative, hilarious and will amuse your kids, regardless of their age.

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Today is the release date of Oliver Jeffers’ newest book called The Hueys in What’s The Opposite? This is his latest book in The Hueys series, which explores the funny world of opposites. The Hueys are a quirky little bunch that will delight your children. The book is available in hardcover picture book and in board book formats today as well, so even your littlest one can enjoy this delightful book.

I’d love to share my love for Oliver Jeffers’ books with a giveaway today. This prize will include:

  • The Hueys in WHAT’S THE OPPOSITE? (hardcover picture book)
  • The Hueys in WHAT’S THE OPPOSITE (board book)
  • The Hueys in THE NEW SWEATER (board book)
  • The Hueys in IT WASN’T ME (board book)
  • The Hueys in NONE THE NUMBER (board book)

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This giveaway is open to Canadian AND U.S residents and will run until January 21, 2016.

Good Luck!
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