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How to feel closer to your teen a la Netflix #StreamTeam

2nd May 2017

My son just turned 13 in December. So I’m new at this teenager thing, but damn it comes on fast and it comes on strong, no?

New greys and wrinkles, welcome! They’ll be more on the way to keep you company, I promise.

So how do I feel closer to my teen? If I asked him, his answer would be simple:

  1. Never say no.
  2. Get over the fact that electronics are what I want to be doing ALL THE TIME.
  3. Feed me pasta for every meal.

Ok so that’s a tad jaded, but Mommy is TIRED of the teenager schtick already. But there is hope!

A recent NETFLIX study revealed that watching your teen’s shows with them makes them feel closer to you. Canadian parents (82%) admit they are already watching shows like Supernatural, Pretty Little Liars and Stranger Things to feel closer to their teenager. And teens around the world (74%) are on board, saying they’d be interested in talking to parents about the shows they watch, with both sides (89% of parents and 70% of teens) seeing it as a strong way to bond.

When it comes to tough conversations (think sex, bullying and stress), parents (79%) and teens (65%) agree that watching the same shows could help start a dialogue. And most teens (71%) even admit that having their parents watch their favourite shows could help them better understand what’s going on in their lives. I actually do find that this is a great way to start a dialogue. In fact, parenting a teenager involves and should involve a lot of dialoguing if you want to have a clue about what is going on in your kid’s life. I absolutely agree with this. Dialogue until you’re blue in the face, people!!

What should you be watching? Well, it’s definitely going to depend on your kid. Am I going to watch Orange is the New Black with my 13 year old? HELLS NO. Not happening. The Office is more our jam, but that’s a personal thing of course. And it will depend on age, maturity, and all that fun stuff. Maybe this infographic will help you figure it out.

Oh and hug your teenagers constantly. They’ll act like they hate it but they secretly love it.

Happy Watching!

ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMUNKS – New show on Family Channel

1st May 2017

Family Channel is going nuts in celebration of the new animated comedy ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks. Premiering with two back-to-back episodes on Saturday, May 6 at 12 p.m. ET/PT, the series follows the adventures of beloved characters Alvin, Simon and Theodore, along with their friends The Chipettes! The adorable chipmunks continue to bring chaos and humour to the network with two movie premieres and more brand new episodes airing throughout the weekend. It’s two days full of laughs and nuttiness that will have viewers yelling “ALVINNN!”

Chronological programming information below. All times ET/PT.

Saturday, May 6
Alvin & The Chipmunks – Movie Premiere – 10 a.m.
Dave (Jason Lee, Raising Hope), a struggling songwriter, finds success when he comes across a trio of singing chipmunks: mischievous leader Alvin (voiced by Justin Long, New Girl), brainy Simon (voiced by Matthew Gray Gubler, Criminal Minds) and chubby, impressionable Theodore (voiced by Jesse McCartney, Young & Hungry).

Alvinnn!!! and The Chipmunks – “Taking Teddy/Principal Interest” – 12 p.m.
Theodore’s new talking teddy bear is driving Alvin and Simon nuts, so they decide to rewire the bear’s hard drive. Then, Alvin is none-too thrilled about going back to school, that is until he sees the new Principal and falls in love at first sight!

Alvinnn!!! and The Chipmunks – “A is for Alien/Jeanette Enchanted” – 12:30 p.m.
When Theodore disappears from his bed, leaving a blob of sticky, green slime behind, Alvin is POSITIVE that Theodore has been kidnapped by aliens! Then, it’s Jeanette’s birthday but she doesn’t want to celebrate it, since she no longer believes in the magic of this special day.

Sunday, May 7
Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel – Movie Premiere – at 10 a.m.
The world famous singing chipmunk trio return to deal with the pressures of school, celebrity status and a rival female music group, The Chipettes: Eleanor (voiced by Amy Poehler, Inside Out), Jeanette (voiced by Anna Faris, Mom) and Brittany (voiced by Christina Applegate, Bad Moms).

Alvinnn!!! and The Chipmunks – “Sister Act/Lil’T” – 12 p.m.
Following a fight with Brittany, Eleanor decides to move in with Alvin and his brothers. Then, when his brothers won’t listen to Theodore’s song, he posts a video of himself rapping on the Internet and it becomes a mega-hit

Alvinnn!!! and The Chipmunks – “Slippin Thru My Fingers/Bully For You” – 12:30 p.m.
When Dave becomes too overbearing, the Chipmunks decide to find him a new girlfriend. Then, when an accident forces Simon to wear his embarrassing old glasses, he becomes the target of the school bully.

Following the weekend’s festivities, Alvin and the crew will move to their regular timeslot,Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. ET/PT.

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!
 

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