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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!

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?

 

 

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!
 

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!

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