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Countdown to New Year’s with Netflix and a Giveaway!

31st December 2015

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Netflix is genius.

Do you have little kids who desperately want to stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve to ring in the New Year, whereas you’re thinking, “NOPE?” Thanks to Netflix, you can trick them into thinking it’s midnight, at anytime you like tonight!

Netflix is launching six on-demand countdown specials that parents can use to ring in the new year anytime! They can choose when it’s time to say goodnight and the kids choose how to celebrate with their favourite characters including: Puffin Rock, Care Bears & Cousins, Inspector Gadget, King Julien, and favorites from DreamWorks Animation like Mr. Peabody and Sherman and Project Mc2.

Netflix surveyed parents in the US, UK, France, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Italy, Spain, and Mexico recently and found that 55% would love to be able to ring in the New Year with their kids early, using a special countdown. With 95% of Canadian parents spending this special night with their kids, Netflix’s early countdown options are a brilliant idea. I wish I had had this option when my kids were younger. Sadly, they’re too old to trick at this point so I am REALLY looking forward to dealing with exhausted tweens tonight.

Their poll also found these interesting stats about Canadian families and how they’ll be celebrating this New Year’s Eve:

  • More than a third of Canadian parents would use a special New Year’s Eve countdown as a way to get their kids to bed early (34 per cent)
  • 51 per cent of parents feel that having an on-demand New Year’s Eve countdown will allow them to celebrate as a family
  • Over 70 per cent of parents would start their special countdown before 11 p.m., with one in five parents choosing 9 p.m. as the ideal time to ring in those famous 10 seconds (20 per cent)
  • 65 per cent of parents plan to spend time with their significant other after putting their kids to bed before midnight

To ring in the New Year, I’d love to give away a little Netflix love to one lucky winner. Enter below to win a 6-month membership to Netflix Canada!!! This is open to Canadian residents only and will run until January 7, 2016!! GOOD LUCK and a HAPPY and HEALTHY NEW YEAR to you and yours!!

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What I’m Watching on Netflix Instead of Sleeping #SleepingIsOverrated #StreamTeam

1st December 2015

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My bedtime battle days involving my kids are over, thankfully. The kids are pretty good about going to bed and know when they’re too tired to function and can’t really be bothered to fight it. I on the other hand, am not the best at sleeping regular hours like a normal person. I’d rather Netflix than sleep these days. Actually I’d rather Netflix than do anything at night, especially when it’s so cold out and I’m already wearing the jammies. Let’s be honest, after the bra comes off, a fire couldn’t get me to leave the house.

After the kids are in bed is really the only time I get to watch television, which is convenient since most of my tv watching is not appropriate for them anyway. So what am I watching these days??? Right now I am HOOKED on the Netflix Original series Marvel’s Jessica Jones. It is SO good. This is the second (Daredevil was the first) of five Netflix/Marvel properties on the way.

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Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter who is totally badass, as Jessica Jones. The cast is great and includes Mike Colter (The Good Wife), David Tennant (Doctor Who), Rachel Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy) and Carrie-Ann Moss (The Matrix). Originally, I planned to watch it with my 11-year-old but it’s rated TV-MA (for  and after the first episode, we both decided we’d watch something else together instead. Daredevil anyone?

I also watched three fantastic documentaries this week that I really enjoyed. netflix-documentaries

I’m no fashionista but I love clothes and love fashion books and documentaries. Both Dior and I and Iris do not disappoint. Dior and I (2014) is a behind-the-scenes look at the House of Dior and the first couture collection by their new designer Raf Simons. It also features and focuses on the incredible seamstresses of Dior, some of whom have been a part of the fashion house for over 40+ years. It’s a great watch.

Iris is a documentary of the beloved New York fashion icon Iris Apfel, and I absolutely LOVED it. You will fall in love with both Iris and her adorable husband. It’s hard to believe that she’s 93-years-old. She is hilarious and amazingly talented and so in love with her husband that it’s hard not to adore this film. I promise you, you will adore it too.

Banksy Does New York surrounds the famous graffiti artist’s October 2013 project, “Better Out Than In”, in which he created a new piece somewhere in New York every day for the entire month of October. It’s amazing to watch New Yorkers become so addicted to finding the piece he creates each day before it gets painted over or even stolen. It will make you wish you had been there. If you love Banksy or want to know more about him, you should watch the other documentary first Exit Through The Gift Shop – it’s fantastic.

Have you seen any great documentaries, movies or shows on Netflix lately? Feel free to share – I’m always looking for suggestions!

What’s Streaming On Netflix Canada in December #NowOnNetflixCA

25th November 2015

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DECEMBER 1

A Woman Like Me

An author facing a terminal cancer diagnosis weaves together a documentary about her struggle with a fictional version of the same story.

Afternoon Delight

A bored housewife with a seemingly perfect life seeks to spice up her marriage and befriends a stripper who educates her about being true to herself.

Crescendo! The Power of Music

Three inner-city American children partake in the El Sistema music program, originated in Venezuela, and their trajectories change in startling ways.

Detectorists

Two quirky friends share a passion for metal detecting and a dream of unearthing Saxon treasure that they’re certain is buried in a local farm field.

Gary: Tank Commander – Season 2 & 3

A soldier on leave from a tour of duty in Iraq offers unique insights and a comic look into life on the home front and the front lines.

I’m Brent Morin Netflix Original

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After many mistakes and adventures, comedian Brent Morin admits that he wants to be in love, but is nowhere near ready for a relationship.

Kick-Ass 2

In this sequel, high school superhero Kick-Ass has to find a new crime-fighting partner after Hit Girl is suddenly taken out of action.

Ninja Assassin

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When his best friend is murdered by the shadowy Ozunu clan, Raizo, an orphan raised to be an assassin, vows revenge.

Real Rob – Season 1 – Netflix Exclusive

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Go inside the world of comedian and actor Rob Schneider in this comedy series that follows the ups and downs of his career.

Sherlock Homes

Robert Downey Jr. stars as the legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes in this Guy Ritchie-helmed reinvention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective series.

Team Hot Wheels: Build the Epic Race

Team Hot Wheels must defeat the Road Pirates on a new racetrack to stop them from winning a key to the team’s latest technology and using it for evil.

The Longest Ride

A young woman caring for an elderly widower finds parallels to her own budding romance as she reads the man’s letters to and from his late wife.

The Straits

A close-knit family makes their living running drugs across the Torres Strait, evading wildlife, the authorities, tribal elders and rival mobs.

Where the Wild Things Are

Max imagines running away from his mom and sailing to a far-off land where large talking beasts crown him as their king.


DECEMBER 2

Monkey Kingdom

A newborn macaque and its mother face a day-to-day struggle to survive among predators – and members of their own monkey society.


DECEMBER 3

Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine

This documentary chronicles the life of Matthew Shepard, whose infamous 1998 murder left his friends and relatives devastated.

Tap World

The unique blend of ethnic percussive dances known as tap makes a comeback thanks to a new generation of dancers profiled in this upbeat documentary.


DECEMBER 4

A Very Murray ChristmasNetflix Original

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Bill Murray rounds up an all-star cast for an evening of music, comedy and good cheer in this homage to classic holiday variety shows.


DECEMBER 5

The Avenging Fist

In the near future, scientists begin to conduct research on the Power Glove, a device that will yield unimaginable power.  But the gloves are stolen by a special agent who subsequently disappears.


DECEMBER 9

Darkness on the Edge of Town

Seething over the murder of her estranged sister, a teenager sets out on the plains of southern Ireland to use her sharpshooting skills for vengeance.

Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High And Unemployed Live In AustinNetflix Original

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Ricky, Julien and Bubbles bring their trailer park humor out onto the stage for a night of bravado, schemes and an intoxicated acting demo.


DECEMBER 11

The Adventures of Puss in Boots – Season 2 Netflix Original

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The world’s greatest feline fighter, lover and milk connoisseur takes on daring adventures in exotic locations in this family-friendly comedy series.

The Ridiculous Six Netflix Original

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When his long-lost outlaw father returns, Tommy “White Knife” Stockburn goes on an adventure-filled journey across the Old West with his five brothers.


DECEMBER 12

Kano

A hard-nose new coach takes charge of a ragtag Taiwanese high school baseball team and charts them a course for the national championships in Japan.

W1A – Season 2

The new Head of Values at the BBC deals with redefining the company’s purpose, events like the arrival of Prince Charles and issues with new programs


DECEMBER 13

2 Days in New York

Marion and Mingus go from perfect domesticity to waking nightmare when her family comes from France to New York for the weekend.


DECEMBER 15

Burnistoun – Season 1

Comedy sketch show set in the fictional Scottish town of Burnistoun near Glasgow. The show follows the exploits of characters such as an aspiring girl band and a serial killer who is unhappy at his portrayal in the local media.

Empty – Season 1

Property management employees Jacky and Tony discover the hidden lives of Glasglow residents behind closed doors in this comedy series.

Limmy’s Show! – Season 1

Scottish comic Brian “Limmy” Limond headlines this sketch series featuring him in various roles from a TV psychic to costumed adventurer “Falconhoof.”

Peppa Pig – Season 2

Join plucky piglet Peppa and her family and friends for everyday adventures that prove there’s learning and laughter to be had anywhere you look.

Rab C. Nesbitt – Seasons 6-8

In Glasglow, a middle-aged alcoholic unapologetically revels in a lifestyle absent of employment, other than being a self-made “street philosopher.”

The Good Wife – Season 6

In this courtroom drama, attorney Alicia Florrick finds herself forced to return to work after a scandal lands her politician husband in prison.


DECEMBER 16

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Things go awry when Tony Stark revives a dormant peacekeeping program, and Earth’s mightiest heroes must put a halt to an archvillain’s evil plans.

Santa Claws

When a gift sack full of kittens gives Santa a bad allergic reaction, the kitties have to take over and deliver presents on time.


DECEMBER 18

F is For Family – Season 1 – Netflix Original

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Follow the Murphy family back to the 1970s, a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside and bring a gun to the airport.  From comic Bill Burr.

Glitter Force – Season 1 – Netflix Original

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Five preteen girls learn they’re a legendary superhero squad known as the Glitter Force.  Their mission? To defend Earth from evil fairytale villains.

Making A Murderer – Season 1 – Netflix Original

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Filmed over 10 years, this real-life thriller follows a DNA exoneree who, while exposing police corruption, becomes a suspect in a grisly new crime.

Mike Epps: Don’t Take It PersonalNetflix Original

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Mike Epps wastes no time bringing his unapologetic and raunchy swagger to a howling live audience at the historic Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.


DECEMBER 21

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Three friends try to make money and invite another friend in on a plot.


DECEMBER 23

Two-Bit Waltz

As her 18th birthday approaches, Maude is suspended from school, stranded by her best friends and dumped by the boy she loves.


DECEMBER 24

Dawn of the CroodsNetflix Original

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The world’s first family is back, funnier than ever and taking the prehistoric Croodaceous era by storm in this all-new family sitcom!


DECEMBER 28

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Journey to the enchanted land of Equestra, where unicorn Twilight Sparkle and her pals have adventures and learn valuable lessons about friendship.

Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot

This documentary chronicles the story of the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki and his inspiring journey from Germany to superstardom in the NBA.


DECEMBER 29

Her

Love comes to a lonely writer in the sleekest of packages when he finds himself falling for the advanced operating system he bought to run his life.


DECEMBER 30

About A Boy – Season 2

An immature man is amazed when his new neighbours – a ditzy single mom and her 11-year-old son – awaken unexpected feelings of responsibility.

Family Movie Nights Kick It Old School with Netflix #StreamTeam

9th October 2015

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We have a family movie night every Friday, every single week, sometimes even Saturdays. Sometimes we’ll watch a new movie but most often we’re on Netflix, looking for something all four of us want to see. It has to be something  to amuse both kids, and keep even the adults entertained. At this point, we’ve seen every animated movie known to man, so lately the adults have been picking the movies, and we’re going old school.

The kids are now 11 (almost 12) and 9 and are old enough to see some of those great movies from the 80s and 90s,  that we all love. We’ve already seen a few, including:

  • Adventures in Babysitting
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • The Addams Family
  • Honey I Shrunk the Kids

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The kids loved all four although I will say Ferris Beuller is getting the heaviest rotation at our house – as it should be. All four are fun and hilarious and great picks for a family movie night.

Here are a few of the latest old school favourites I’ve added to our must see family movie night list:

  • Rocky
  • Footloose
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Mean Girls

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And a big thanks to the lovely Netflix Canada people who sent us a great package to help us enjoy our movie night even more this weekend, now that Daddy is back from three weeks of travelling. Happy Movie Watching!!

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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. 

What’s New On Netflix Canada in October 2015 #StreamTeam #Netflix

3rd October 2015

I love finding out what’s on it’s way to Netflix at the beginning of each month. Here’s what’s coming to Netflix Canada for the month of October!!

October 1

50 First Dates

As Good As It Gets

The Brave One

The Call

Circle

The Client List

The Dark Knight

Elysium

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Free Willy

Grown Ups 2

Hitch

The Hot Chick

The Invention of Lying

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

Men in Black

Men in Black II

Mr. Deeds

Mystic River

The Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story

Nova: Rise of the Hackers

One Direction: This is Us

Open Season

Open Season 2

Practical Magic

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Queens & Cowboys

Richard Pryor: Icon

Robin Williams Remembered: A Pioneers of Television Special

The Smurfs 2

Spider-Man 2

Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild

Taken 3

Tell Spring Not to Come This Year

This is the End

Underworld: Evolution

White House Down

Why Planes Vanish

Death in Paradise: Seasons 1 & 2

Father Brown: Season 2

Girl Eat World: Season 1

Monkey Thieves: Seasons 1 & 2

Scream: Season 1

Wakufu: Season 1

October 2

Anjelah Johnson: Not Fancy

October 4

A Sinner in Mecca

Cheatin’

October 8

Theresa is a Mother

October 9

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

The Peabody and Sherman Show: Season 1

October 10

Match

October 11

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Gravity

October 13

Pentatonix: On My Way Home

October 15

The Guvnors

Trophy Kids

Huntik: Seasons 1 & 2

Monster Allergy: Seasons 1 & 2

October 16

Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts and Prayers

Beasts of No Nation

The Gunman

All Hail King Julien: Season 2

October 19

Ex Machina

It Follows

October 21

Back in Time

Captain Phillips

October 23

Hemlock Grove: Season 3

October 25

Despicable Me 2

October 26

White God

October 27

Manson Family Vacation

October 28

Cinderella

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

October 29

If You Build It

October 30

Popples: Season 1

The Last Man On Earth Season One – Review and Giveaway

28th September 2015

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The Last Man on Earth is a hilarious and critically acclaimed series starring the adorably weird Will Forte as Phil Miller. The show is set in the year 2020 after a virus has killed off the entire population, with only one survivor: Phil. Phil drives across country looking for survivors but when he finds no one, he heads back to his hometown of Tucson, Arizona. Some of my favourite moments come from watching Phil amuse himself as the last living man, from drawing faces on all these different balls so he can have a some company at the local bar, to moving into the mansion of his choice and filling it with priceless art and artifacts.

I’ll admit that when I first heard about the concept of this show, I had no idea how they could possibly pull of a show with one character. Of course the answer is they don’t, because we soon learn that there is in fact another person who is alive in Tucson and her name is Carol. Carol, played by Kristen Schaal, is the queen of playing funny, quirky characters and she doesn’t disappoint. She’s perfectly cast as the ‘last woman on earth’ who’s determined to correct Phil’s grammar and his ways.

This is a great show – it’s funny and creative, and really allows its cast to shine. I adore Will Forte and I can’t imagine anyone else that could be more perfect in this role. The Last Man on Earth Season One has been nominated for four Emmy Awards including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and is now out on DVD.

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Would you like to win a DVD copy of The Last Man on Earth: The Complete First Season? The giveaway is open to Canadian residents and will run until Monday, October 5, 2015. GOOD LUCK!!

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Three New Kid Shows on Netflix #StreamTeam

24th August 2015

There’s always great new content on Netflix every month and Netflix has added some new kids programming this summer that your kids will love.

First up, DINOTRUX!

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Dinotrux is an original Netflix series from Dreamworks! It’s a show where half dinosaurs, half construction vehicles exist and work together to build a better world and to fight against D-Structs. It’s super cute, geared towards the younger set and all ten episodes of Season One are streaming now.

Dragons: Race to the Edge

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If you’re a fan of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, you’ll love their new Netflix Original, Dreamworks series Dragons: Race to the Edge. It’s funny and we love that it’s voiced by the actors from the movie as well. The first season has ten episodes and they’re perfect for enjoying with the entire family.

Project Mc2

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This one is my eight year old daughter’s favourite new Netflix Show. Project Mc2, another Netflix original, is about four super smart girls who work together as spies, using their science and tech skills. She thought it was funny and loved the science aspect to it. There are only three episodes available so far, but we’re hoping for more soon!

Have you watched any of these shows yet? What did you think??

Grace and Frankie #NetflixOriginal #StreamTeam

12th May 2015

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Grace and Frankie is the latest Original series to debut on Netflix. It’s the story of two very different women whose lives are changed forever when their husbands (who are business partners) come out and declare their love for each other as a gay couple. The series features an amazing cast, including Jane Fonda, Lila Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston.

Season one consists of 13 episodes (roughly 30 minute episodes) and I’m a few episodes in. I have to admit, I didn’t love the first couple of episodes, but there was still something that made me want to keep watching, and see how their lives play out, as couples and individuals. It does get better, but honestly, with the caliber of this cast, I WANT to LOVE IT.

The couples are very different – there’s Grace (Fonda ) and Robert (Sheen) who are very serious and refined and hate each other. And Frankie (Tomlin) and Sol (Waterston) who are free spirits, and absolutely love each other and the National Spelling Bee. The women were not friends before their husbands’ revelation, so it’s fun to see their very different personalities try to comfort each other, throughout the trials of the divorce and everyday life and new experiences like dating again, their children and even an earthquake.

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It really is the entire cast that makes all the difference here – they’re very well cast, but Lily Tomlin (Frankie) and Jane Fonda (Grace) are my favourites, and just make every scene so much better. Honestly, I couldn’t adore Lily Tomlin more if I tried.

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There are some pretty funny moments so far, especially between Fonda and Tomlin. But, I really want it to be funnier and messier because messy is funny and real, and nothing this complicated comes together so easily in a pretty little bow. That said, I’m really looking forward to how this is going to play out.

The entire season of Grace and Frankie is now streaming on Netflix.

Check out the show’s trailer below.

Liars Get the Stink Eye #StreamTeam

30th April 2015

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When the skim milk is lying about being milk, nothing is safe.

As a kid, I wasn’t a very good liar and I would always get caught. My mother had this way of just looking at me, and asking me if I was telling the truth or not. If I cracked in any way – smiling, giggling, insisting I was telling the truth – I was toast. Even today, one look from my tough Greek Mom, and it’s all over. She has perfected the stink eye.

you-liedNow that I have kids of my own, I’ve had the pleasure of being on the receiving end of adorable fibs and silly lies for years. Sometimes I’ve laughed in response, especially when they were little, because they were SO ridiculous and kind of adorable.  But now that the kids are older, I’m not so understanding. I make sure they know I’m not cool with lying no matter what. And even though I’m a total hypocrite (hello Santa, Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy), I’m fine with it.

Of course, in some families, the lies run much deeper. The Rayburns is one such family and they’re featured in the new Netflix Original Series BLOODLINE. Sadly, I haven’t had the chance to watch it yet, but people are raving about it. The series follows a family caught between the ugly truth and the terrible lie that covers it up, and features Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights fame.

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Looking for more titles that also relate to lying and honesty? There are several titles Netflix is featuring this month that our family has watched including:

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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. 

Great Science Inspired Titles For Kids on Netflix Canada #StreamTeam

31st March 2015

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Netflix Canada is a great resource for fun entertainment for the kids – endless movie and television show options that kids of all ages can enjoy.

Although there are tons of choices that will make the kiddies laugh and have fun, I think it’s really important to expose them to movies and shows that they may not choose for themselves. For example, there are so many science titles on Netflix that are a great way to entertain and educate at the same time.

Most of the time when I make a suggestion for movie night that isn’t the typical animated family flick, I usually get the groans from both of the lovely people to whom I gave life. And then they watch and almost always, enjoy my suggestion, because I am always right. Ahem.

Want to get your kids science-inspired this month?? Here are some great titles to check out for your older kids (mine are 8 and 11 and enjoyed these as well).

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PBS offers great science titles that are informative and interesting but also understandable. Hunting the Elements and Deadliest Volcanoes are only two of many highly rated ones to check out.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is 13 episodes about the nature of time and space, based on the original series. It is incredible and beautiful and an absolute must-see.

TedTalks: Let Your Mind Wonder are a fun series of 16 short videos that answer some important questions like Should we eat bugs? and Why is yawning contagious? These are answers we all need, no??

These are just four titles to check out but you can find so many great science themed titles including those from PBS and TedTalks. Have fun getting  your science on!!

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. 

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