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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. 

Great October Picks on Netflix Canada #StreamTeam

28th October 2014

If you read my blog, you’ll know that we are huge fans of Netflix in our house.

This month, we noticed that Netflix set up a new section in the Genre section titled Halloween Favorites, which were then further separated by Family options and those of the gory persuasion.

We’ve had the chance to watch several flicks with the kids this month that we really enjoyed. Some we’ve seen before but loved enough to watch again, and some new ones as well.

Some of the flicks we enjoyed as a family include:

Hotel Transylvania – the kids love this one and I do too, but oy Adam Sandler’s Dracula voice drives me crazy, and not in a good way.

Corpse Bride – Love it.

Addams Family Values – The kids fought me on this one because it looked “old from the 80s” but they loved everything about it.

Ghostbusters – We tried this one with the kids because I think we need to expose our children to the classics, but they weren’t into it. I watched it again after they went to bed because Bill Murray can no wrong, ever.

Without the kids, I watched:

Sleepy Hollow – I’ve seen this a few times but it is so good and so visually fantastic and creepy that it’s a must see on a regular basis. Johnny Depp is so good, he is absolutely in his element.

And I used to love watching scary movies but then I had kids, and I can’t seem to stomach them anymore, sadly. If I wasn’t such a wimp I would totally watch:

Cabin in the Woods – I’ve heard it’s funny and very scary and Chris Hemsworth is in it so there’s that.

Paranormal Activity – Seriously, I’ve wanted to see this since it came out, but the trailer makes me curl up in a ball and rock back and forth whimpering, so I’m thinking it’s not going to happen.

The Grudge – All I know about this movie is something to do with a shower, and a hand coming out of someone’s head or not. I have no idea but it looks too scary for this wimp.

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Have you seen any great scary flicks on Netflix this month?

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. 

Summer Time Adventure Movies with Netflix #StreamTeam

29th August 2014

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Summer is almost over.

I don’t know about you but I am tired. As a stay-at-home mom, I’ve been with my kids EVERY SINGLE DAY for the ENTIRE SUMMER BREAK.

We took road trips, we worked on our new house, we swam every day, we played, we bbq’d, we laughed, we cried, and we (me) hid in the bathroom for quiet time whenever possible.

I’m DONE.

We also had lots of lazy days and nights at home, which I love since I’m a homebody/mommy hermit.

We had many, many movie nights and many of those movies we streamed from Netflix. Have I mentioned my love for Netflix? Yes I have, but just to reinforce the point – I love me some Netflix.

With small kids, we’ve seen (been forced to watch) every possible animated movie ever released, so whenever possible, we try to expose them to something else.

Among the flicks we watched, we saw Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and National Treasure, or as my kids refer to them, The bald guy Movie and The Nicholas Cage movie.

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We tend to stick to funny movies and adventure flicks with the kids, so these were well received. Besides, how can you not enjoy classic Nicholas Cage???? You can’t. You just can’t. Don’t even bother trying.

Yes, the story lines might be a tad ridiculous and unbelievable but that’s what movies are all about. Also, Nicholas Cage can do no wrong  (if you don’t believe me, just watch Face/Off or ConAir).

If you need an adventurous movie night with the family, try one of these flicks. Then again, if you have Netflix, your options are endless. If you don’t have it yet, it’s the best $9/month you’ll ever spend.

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. 

Netflix Canadiana #StreamTeam

1st August 2014

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We are a Netflix loving family – I believe I may have mentioned that a few times on this blog. The love just never dies.

This month, as part of the Stream Team, we checked out some great titles that have a little Canadiana connection. These titles are either made here in Canada, filmed here or take place here.

I sat down with the kids to check out some of these titles together, while others we’ve seen (several times) and seem to be on regular rotation already.

The kids and I both really enjoyed Alpha and Omega and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days – we actually love all the Wimpy Kid movies, but this one is the new favourite.

We also discovered a new favourite show – ELIOT KID.

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It’s cute and hilarious – personally, I loved the look of the cartoon. My seven year old especially enjoyed the people with the giant eyeballs. It appealed to both my little one and my ten year old, which is always a huge plus because as they get older, it doesn’t necessarily happen that often anymore.

Some other great titles with a Canadiana link include the show Erky Perky and Johnny Test, which the kids have also seen and enjoy. I did try to convince them to check out some of the spookier titles like GooseBumps, with me but the little one wasn’t having it so we decided to keep it light.

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Next time you’re looking for something to watch with the kids, make sure to check out some of these titles on Netflix!!

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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