Media to the Max #StreamTeam

Kids now-a-days are exposed to so many forms of media … it’s Media to the Max! It’s hard to stop them considering they are constantly surrounded by it whether it be television, movies, video games, apps on their tablets or computers, websites etc so we look for outlets that help our children learn.

There are a lot of media sources out there that don’t have a positive influence on our kids which is why Netflix has great shows for kids that help shape their values and teach important life skills like empathy, patience and respect.

Here’s a little Netflix cheat guide of shows that help enforce the values we want to teach our kidsNetflix Media to the Max

Along these lines, Netflix made a social experiment video around the new Netflix show 13 Reasons Why (which might I add I absolutely LOVE and am totally addicted to) – make sure to check out the experiment video below, it’s very touching.

If you have any Netflix shows that your child love’s and teaches them great values, please let us know by commenting below.

Happy watching
T.

Are you a Netflix Cheater? #StreamTeam

Netflix Cheat

Since my husband doesn’t read all my blog posts, I can openly admit that I am a Netflix cheater! That’s right, I have Netflix cheated on him.

I am sure you can all agree there have been 1 or 2 (or 3 or 4) Netflix shows that you start watching with your “other”, you get so into it and just when the episode finishes he/she drops the bomb on you that he/she is going out tomorrow night and all you can think about is the ending to the last episode you watched and when you can get your next fix. We have ALL been there!

That’s how I felt about Suits, I seriously could not get enough and needed to just keep on going so when my husband told me he was going out the next night, I tried telling myself I will just watch in a few days, but then the next night came and I was sitting solo on the couch with nothing to watch and then I did it! I watched two episodes without him. I felt so guilty about it after but the truth … i’m pretty sure he still doesn’t know.

Here are some cheat worthy shows

Netflix Cheating Shows

Stranger Things
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
A Series of Unfortunate Events
One Day at a Time
Ultimate Beastmaster

Did you know that 46% of Netflix Global Viewers Cheat! Have you Netflix cheated?

T.
xo

A New Year calls for New Shows #StreamTeam

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Television show endings these days are not all fuzzy peaches and roses. They seem to be more controversial or they leave you with lots of questions and of course for us (adults) we like that, but children (well up to a certain age) they think endings should all be happy ever after which as we all know is certainly not real life?! So is it time to let them in on our little secret? Netflix is reinventing family television with these new showNetflix New Years

Lemony Snickers A Series of Unfortunate Events
Dreamworks Trollhunters
Voltron: Legendary Defender
Tarzan and Jane
Home: Adventures of Tip & Oh
Kazoos

So are your kids ready for the anti-fairytale?
T.
xo

What’s Streaming for Halloween #StreamTeam

Halloween Streaming

I swear my kids wait all year for Halloween! In fact, as soon as Halloween is over they start planning their costumes for the following years Halloween however they probably change their minds about 6 times throughout the year since they really base it on their favorite tv/movie at the time.

My little guy (not shockingly) is dressing up as his favorite Skylander character, Wallop and my big guy is dressing up as the wrestler, Jake the Snake. Now that we are done with costumes, we are going to decorate the outside of our house (besides their birthdays, this is their absolute favorite day of the year) and then with the help of Netflix, we are going to get our carve on (carving rookie here).

If you are still looking for some Halloween costume, decoration or pumpkin carving inspiration, check out this great Netflix guide to Halloween:

Halloween with Netflix

If your kids are obsessed with Skylanders like mine, Netflix has BIG news that they will be very excited about!! Coming October 28th is the new Netflix show: Skylander Academy – Preview the trailer here:

Happy Halloween to all – I can’t wait to see all the pictures
T.
xo

Don’t Forget about Family Time #StreamTeam

So you blinked and it somehow turned into fall! The kids went back to school, the after school programs started, the weekend programs started which means in my house one parent takes the older and one person takes the younger and after a crazy week of running around you realize that you have spent little to no time with two members of your group of 4 and there is no time to catch up.

Welcome to my life! So what do I do? I find Netflix television shows and movies that we can all agree on (that is no easy task these days), sit down on the couch in our pjs and make a bag of popcorn and just hang out together. It’s pretty much my favourite part of the day.

Where to Start? Check out these great family titles

September Netflix Titles– Maleficent
– Zootopia (The kids LOVE this one and frankly so do I)
– Planes: Fire & Rescue
– Tangled
– The Princess and the Frog
– Treasure Planet
– Cool Runnings
– Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Don’t forget to take some time out of your busy schedules to sit down as a crew and put on some of the newest Netflix shows on.

T.
xo

 

All Things Canadian #Netflix

Fireworks

We celebrate our birthdays yearly, so it is only customary to celebrate Canada’s birthday with friends, fireworks and BBQ’s (can’t forget a day off work – thank you very much Canada) which is customary!

Every Monday of the Canada day long weekend, my entire family gets together for dinner and the kids play outside. Typically my kids can never go watch fireworks because you have to wait until the sun goes down, but this year the neighbour had a fireworks display early for all the little kids and just as we were leaving my parents house they were starting so my little one got to see and the smile that came over his face was truly amazing. I then took my older one to his school where they were putting on fireworks once the sun went down and he truly had the best time sitting with his friends from his class and dancing around. It really was a night to remember.

In celebration of Canada’s birthday, Netflix is streaming all things Canadian

Netflix July Streaming

  1. 1. Justin Time (Canadian Animation)
    2. The Magic School Bus (Canadian-American Animation)
    3. Degrassi Next Class (Canadian Series Filmed in Toronto)
    4. Shadow Hunters (Filmed in Toronto)
    5. Super Why (Produced by Canadian Studio)
    6. Caillou (Produced by Canadian Studio)
    7. Project MC2 (Filmed in Vancouver)
    8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (Filmed in Vancouver)
    9. Some Assembly Required (Filmed in Vancouver)

Happy Streaming
T.
xo

Try Explaining it with Netflix #StreamTeam

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These days I find that I am having one way conversations with my kids, I am talking and nobody is listening. They either are running around the house hyper as can be, fighting with each other over g-d knows what or they have their heads dug into some tech device.

I have found that I can teach my kids a thousand lessons, but truly they couldn’t care less or they just tune me out, but if their favorite Netflix show teaches them the same lesson they somehow find it very interesting and repeat it to me as if I haven’t previously said the same thing!!!!

Looking for some show recommendations?

May Netflix

  1. The Hive – teaching you about sibling rivalry
    2. Veggietales: in the house – teaching about responsibility
    3. Puffin Rock – following the rules
    4. The Adventures of Puss in Boots – teach about self-love
    5. Project MC2 – all about teamwork
    6. Fuller House – Peer Pressure
    7. The Fosters – Actions have Consequences
    8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Self-Improvement
    9. Glee – Body Image (one of my most favorite shows)

If your kids aren’t listening to you, try tackling some real life issues with some of these Netflix shows and see if that works for you.

T.
xo

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Netflix Lego Madness #StreamTeam

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Your kids get to a certain age where they discover Lego and then that’s it, all they want is Lego Lego and more Lego which was awesome for me because in some weird way I found building the Lego kits calming and quite addicting if I might say so myself. Then comes the moment you step on a piece and HOLY S*%!T you just wish Lego didn’t exist and then you look over and your little one is building the kit all by themselves and you just feel so proud!

We live for Lego in my house: we build Lego, we play with Lego and watch Lego movies. Thanks to Netflix, we just introduced my oldest guy to Lego Bionicle and it’s not just a Lego kit, but a Lego show! We built the Bionicle over March break and I foresee many Bionicles being built in my future.

Lego Bionicle

2. Netflix Lego

 What’s Streaming? 

1. Lego Bionicle: The Journey to One

2. Lego Friends: The Power of Friendship

3. Lego DC Comics: Batman De-Leagued

4. Lego: City

5. Lego: Elves

So what did you watch this March break? 

T. xo

 

The Saturday Night Dream #StreamTeam

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Ahhh a cold, wintery Saturday night where everyone is in their pi’s sitting on the couch under a blanket eating popcorn and watching a movie peacefully together and then all of a sudden one of my kids whips a hard plastic toy at my head (no this doesn’t only happen in the movies) and then I am  back to my reality where my boys are fighting over which movie to watch while screaming at me because one of them dropped their popcorn bowl on the floor and somehow that became my problem and I am mean for just being there when it happened! You know what I am talking about don’t you <sigh> !!! I am hopeful though that I can one day live my very own fairytale of a Saturday night hanging with my kids watching a movie on Netflix … I will let you know when that happens.

What’s great on Netflix for your kids right now?

Netflix Routines

1. Inside Out (love this movie)
2. Mr Peabody & Sherman
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
4. Fuller House (not afraid to admit this but I loved the memories)
5. Care Bears & Cousins
6. Turbo Fast
7. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip wrecked (been watching this one on repeat)
8. Home (another family favourite – I cry near the end EVERY TIME)
9. Penguins: The Movie
10. The Pacifier (yet to see this one but it’s on our list)
11. How to Train your Dragon 2

What are your Saturday night rituals?

T. xo

A Different Kind of New Years Resolution #StreamTeam #NewYearNewView

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For years I had lists of New Years resolutions and i’m pretty sure I never kept them. One year, I am pretty sure  that one of my New Years resolutions was to keep one of my New Years resolutions … sound familiar?

Well this year I was given a great idea to change up my New Years resolutions to something that I can actually accomplish and therefore can cross off my list … are you ready … wait for it … watch more Netflix shows (ME time).  You will be happy to know that only one month in I have been doing a really great job and started some great shows ummm like Making a Murderer. Here are some inspiring titles to watch that could help you with your New Years resolutions (well for next year then …)

Netflix
1. The Short Game

2. McFarland

3. Generation Earth

4. On the Way to School

5. Patch Adams (loved this movie)

6. Soul Surfer

7. My Lucky Elephant

8. Mission Blue

9. Planet Earth: The Complete Collection

I bet you wish you had my resolution don’t you!!!

T.
xo