Prepping for Summer Fun with Netflix #StreamTeam

 

Do you remember those long road trips to the cottage with nothing to do but play car games? Do you remember camping and it starting to pour? When I was younger summers were full of books, drive in movies and family movie time. These days you can prep for a summer of Netflix hits and watch where and when you want too.

I love that we can now watch what we want when we want. There is no more waiting till Sunday night for popcorn and movies at 6 pm. Who remember those days? That is when we would settle in to watch the best of Disney. Now there are many Disney flicks on Netflix. You can watch them when you want.

To prep for a summer of Netflix, there are three tools that Netflix offers that help you prep for a summer of fun.

My daughter and I both use individual profiles. This works for us as we have different tastes.  On my account, we have 3 profiles set up.

Here is what my list looks like:

Here is what her list looks like

By each of us having our own must watch list we are ready for watching opportunities. There are some shows I can’t wait to binge watch while I am on vacation next week. We also have a profile for the ones we want to watch together. There is nothing like family bonding over a favorite show. Often our favorite movies get placed in this account.

To best prep for watching opportunities especially if you are going to be offline, you can download that favorite show you want to watch just look for the download icon, Many of the shows and movies can be downloaded. Right now on my commute, I am enjoying the new episodes of Orange is the New Black.

Now haven’t indulged in Netflix yet? You can win 3 months of FREE Netflix over on my Instagram account. Please go and enter, just nominate a friend who needs Netflix as much as you.

Let me know what are you looking forward to watching this summer.

 

 

 

 

How to Handle Hard Conversations with Your Teen

I am blessed. I have a teen daughter who is doing well. For us, life has not always been easy, we have had to tackle some hard things. Life has thrown a few curve balls. In all my years I never thought it would be my child who would suffer at the hands of other children, who would say out loud she wanted to die, who would need mental health assistance.  We have had to have hard conversations along the way. So how do you have hard conversations with your teens?

My teen and I have developed great communication skills over the years with a few bumps along the way. So how do you have those hard conversations with your teen? For us, those conversations often begin while we are watching some of our favourite tv shows. These are the ones we watch together. For us, that time on the couch together seems to bring on the perfect time to talk. Over popcorn, candy and soda come conversations that are hard to have. Because my teen and I are both so busy those times when we do slow down and have a Netflix chill night allow us to have real conversations.

For us, I normally let my teen take the lead. Often there will be a part of the show that she wants to talk about.  Currently, we have been watching two favourite teen dramas: Breaking Bad and the new Netflix teen drama 13 Reasons Why. Having a teen who has had mental health issues, as a mom, it was important for me to watch these with her so I could see if there were any triggers for her. For us watching shows like these have given us reference points for real conversations.

Recently Netflix brought parents and teens together to ask them what they would watch. The conversations can and will happen when we purposely put ourselves in our teen’s shoes. Shows like these allow us to connect deeply and powerfully.

If you are of my generation, you may remember the ABC after school specials or the episodes of Degrassi that tackled hard topics. Everything was dealt with from drinking, drugs, sex, rape, death and even suicide. For me, it was when watching a movie I first learned the word rape, the words childhood sexual abuse. It was while watching a made for tv movie I learned I was not alone. I learned it had happened to others and it was okay to talk about it. I was my daughter’s age when that happened and in my first year of university before I had my first hard conversation. It was not with my mom; it was a professor. I wanted my teen to know she was not alone. That she could always talk to me and we could have these hard conversations. Yes, having a community you can talk to is a need, but I wanted my teen to know they were loved and supported by me.Netflix recently released an infographic that talks about this.

Now Netflix has been criticized for 13 Reasons Why because it could trigger a young person. That is to be expected when you are bringing up topics like mental illness, bullying, rape and suicide. So as a parent I was glad that Netflix went a step further and not only produced conversation- starting content but met with mental health experts and created the 13 Reasons Why Talking points and the after show 13 Reasons Why: Beyond the Reasons and if you are concerned about your teen they also have the 13 Reasons Why Global Resource.

How do you have hard conversations with your teen? Yes, this mom wants to know.

*I am a member of the Canadian #StreamTeam which means I do receive free Netflix, some swag and often a sneak peek at what is ahead. As always though my opinions are my own. I have loved Netflix long before I was a team member and will watch long after I am no longer on the team. 

 

 

Roma Boots are #GivingPovertytheBoot

Here in Toronto, April rains have been happening with a frequency that made me want to don my rain jacket and new Roma rain boots and head outdoors to do some puddle jumping.  It’s so much fun to be a kid again and jump in those puddles. It makes it seem that all is right with the word because we know those April showers will bring May flowers.  The other great thing is knowing your purchase of a pair of Roma rain boots ensures a child in need has a pair of rain boots as well. Both my teen and I just received Roma boots.

Both my teen and I just received Roma boots. My teen loves the tall lace up boots while I am loving the shorter black boots.

Supporting Roma boots simply makes sense right now. Roma or Amor spelled backward, was started back in 2010 by Romanian Samuel Bistrain. The first to receive the boots were Roma Gypsies who are a poor marginalized group. These days over 50,000 pairs of boots have reach over 25 countries across the world.

Roma boots also donate 10% of its sales back to the ROMA Foundation who uses the funds to build learning centers. They want to help and educate. Besides the learning centers, they want to give one million pairs of rain boots away by the year 2020.

Just recently, Roma Boots launched in Canada and have partnered with World Vision to let us know how we can help #givePovertytheboot

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DISCLAIMER: I was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

 

Join the #BeFraudSmart Twitter Party

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March is Fraud Prevention Month in Canada.

March is Fraud Prevention Month in Canada. Tangerine Bank will be hosting a Twitter Party to help Canadians better understand how to deal with fraud with a focus on “phishing”. Join the “Be Fraud Smart” Twitter Party to find out how to protect yourself from fraud.

Twitter Party Details

#BeFraudSmart Twitter Party

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 7:00pm ET
Host: @TangerineBank
Guest: @KelleyKeehn If you have any fraud related questions, please direct them to @KelleyHeehn and include the hashtag #BeFraudSmart.
Moderators: @ShesConnected @SimplyLindaBlog @CommonCentsMom
Prizes: $500 in Mastercard Gift Cards (Prizing:  for Canadians only  except those in the province of Quebec)
Twitter Party Newbies: If you are new to Twitter parties, then use TWUBS, the Twitter party platform. Click here to join: http://twubs.com/BeFraudSmart

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About Kelly Keehn

Kelley Keehn is a financial literacy advocate who has been on a mission to “Make Canadians Feel Good About Money”.The author of 8 published books Kelley served on the National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy and is a consumer advocate for the Financial Planning Standards Council. You can learn more about Kelley at her website: KelleyKeeehn.com.

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This a sponsored post by Tangerine Bank. As always opinions are my own.

A Netflix Oscar Winner to Watch: The White Helmets

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On Sunday, Netflix won an Oscar. The White Helmets shows the true world heroes working every day in Syria. This movie brings to life the real lives of Syrians today.

What was shocking about Sunday though? The US denied the director of the movie, a Syrian, Khaled Khatib  entry into the USA. We could have a whole conversation on that alone. He sent others to accept the award on his behalf. They spoke for him. His words in his acceptance speech from the Quran though rang loud, ” To save one life is to save all humanity.”

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The world has debated the refugee crisis out of Syria for a couple of years now and watching this documentary helped me to understand what people were fleeing and those that stayed and the heroes that exist among them.

One of the things I love about this Netflix win is that it will encourage Netflix in bringing these important stories to the world. They bring context to the conversations we need to be having. I have been a Netflix subscriber for years.I love that they entertain me, but they also help me learn. The documentaries have helped me have a new perspective on many topics from learning about the White Helmets,  to looking at food choices around the globe in Food Choices, to questioning the guilt of a man in Making a Murderer, to learning about the science of happiness in Happy.

If you have not already watched Netflix’s first Oscar winner, The White Helmets is worth the watch. Let me know if you have seen it or what you have watched and the lessons you are learning from it.

 

Do You Know How Much Steel is Your Vehicle? #SteelMatters

Ever had your perspective changed? This year I attended the Canadian International Auto Show with the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI). It was fabulous to walk the floor of the show with the team and learn the steel stories of each car. I also learned more about the economical use of high-strength steel in making the vehicles we drive safer.

 

As we walked the floors, I started asking more questions about safety, steel intensity, and cost. Did you know that steel leads the way in performance because of its superior strength, weight, durability and repairability? Think of your wallet, the steel content of your car could save you dollars.

 

Here is an interesting fact. The cost of ownership (that includes the purchase price of your vehicle, the insurance and repair costs) are lower for steel-intensive vehicles. Owning a steel-intensive vehicle is simply a smart choice. Steel is two to three times less expensive than aluminum. Want to know more interesting facts visit DriveUsingSteel.

 

Care about greenhouse gasses? Steel has the lowest production phase greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to alternative materials. Living with a daughter who is always reminding me about being eco-friendly steel wins again.

 

Think of safety. Would you rather drive something that was made of the same material used in bridges or the same material used in pop cans? Just something to think about. There is a time and place for everything and when it comes to vehicle production, steel definitely has its place. It also has its place in helping save money and as the mom with common sense, it’s sensible.

 

Let’s get to some of the interesting steel stories I learned while at the Canadian International Auto Show.

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Let’s start with the car that won the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada Canadian Car of the Year, the Volkswagen Golf (Alltrack). The stamped steel body and chassis boats a large percentage of high-strength, hot formed steel.  The winner of the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the year, the Subaru Forester is also steel intensive.

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Now let’s talk about another vehicle in the Volkswagen line the VW Tiguan. It has a rigid laser-seam-welded body shell, crash-optimized, energy-absorbing front end, and heat-formed steel center pillars.

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Want to know which car is 100 percent steel? The Chevrolet Traverse is! How is that for steel intensity! It positions high strength steel in the correct locations of the vehicle and optimizes the door weights through higher-strength steel reinforcements and lighter steels for skins and cosmetic areas.

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The Kia Stinger had a cool reveal and with 55 percent high strength steel, it is definitely steel intensive.  I love the reveal of this car. It was fun to watch.

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The sweet Chrysler Pacifica has a body structure that is made of 72 percent high-strength steel. I rather loved some of the features on this 7 seater.

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The All-Electric Bolt EV, winner of the Motortrend Car of the Year and the North American Car of the Year, is also very steel intensive. Do not let its small size fool you. I loved the lines on this car!

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Even my beloved Ford Mustang which is all new this year is very steel intensive.  There is extensive use of advanced technologies and materials including high-strength steels.

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Some of the other things I enjoyed at this year’s Auto show included the array of concept cars. From the Aston Martin AM-RB001 Hypercar to the Lincoln Navigator Concept to the Cadillac Escala Concept there was lots to see. Another thing I cannot wait to explore when I go back is the number of VR activities and contests to enter. Make sure you check them all out.

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SMDI is even hosting their own giveaway. While at the Canadian International Auto Show, follow @DriveUsingSteel and share with them your favourite car from the show using the hashtag #SteelMatters and you will be entered to win a drone.

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You can also win right here on my blog. I am giving away 4 Guest Passes to the Canadian International Auto Show. Simply leave a comment on this post and on Tuesday February 24th I will give them away! Let me know what you are most interested in seeing at the show when you comment.

 

*This post has been sponsored by the Steel Market Development Institute. If you want to know more about the fabulous advancements in steel do check out DriveUsingSteel.com.

5 Budget Friendly Date Night Ideas

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Remember when you first met your sweetheart and started dating? You probably looked forward to going out on date night. Making plans and going out was so easy. Just find something fun to do and do it. There are many budget-friendly date night ideas.

Life can get busy and distract you.  You may have started feeling a little disconnected from each other. Some quality time, just the two of you is exactly what you need to reconnect. And make even more great memories together!

It’s time to enjoy date night again. Whether it’s a special occasion or just an average night, hire a babysitter or drop the kids off with friends or family and get out for a kid-free night.

Your date doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are some great ideas for an inexpensive budget friendly afternoon or evening out:

1. Star Gazing

Star gazing is a perfect cheap date. Pack a picnic and a bottle of wine, head out to an open field where you can clearly see the stars, and lie back on a blanket to marvel at the universe together. This is a great way to reconnect and just spend some time talking to each other.

2. Groupon and Living Social deals.

You can find many great deals for date night adventures on Groupon and Living Social. You can score discounts on weekend getaways, restaurants, wine tastings and more. The deals are typically a 30-60% discount, and you can find deals for things you would not have done otherwise because of the cost. Here in Toronto I have loved using these to get a great night out.

3. Museums.

Many museums and other tourist attractions are free. Some offer special events or exhibits. Usually, we tend not to be “tourists” in the city we live, but that means we’re missing out on the history and fun of our local area. Find a great museum exhibit or site to take in for the evening. Check the museum schedule, they often include a time when they are free to the public.

Here in Toronto, you can take advantage of the Sun Life Financial Museum and Art Pass that is available at the Toronto Library.

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4. Rent Bicycles.

If you don’t have a bike, look for someplace that offers bike rentals then head out to the nature trails or parks in your area. This is a great way to see your community in a new way. Pack a picnic and enjoy an afternoon in the sun. Or go for night ride and enjoy some star gazing.

5. Go for a walk downtown.

A weekend night is the perfect time to just walk and window shop. There is so much to see and people watching is always fun. Get creative and make up stories about the interesting people you see while grabbing dessert in your favorite cafe. You’ll share a lot of laughs and enjoy some quality time together.

Spending quality time with your sweetheart doesn’t have to be expensive. What other ideas can you think of to enjoy date night on a budget?

Finding Humour in Life Lessons – One Day at a Time

Being a single parent isn’t always easy. As parents, we try to do our best with what life throws us. We don’t always know when or how to begin conversations with our children. Looking at finding humour in life lessons? That is exactly what you get with the new Netflix Original series One Day at a Time.

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Families will always argue or fight over certain issues, not everyone has the same opinion. We fight and we make up, it is what helps keep families strong. We agree to disagree. When finding the humour in life lessons through the eyes of a TV Show, it helps us understand the individuality of ourselves and of our children and gives us the strength to get through. If we can’t laugh at ourselves and find humour in our lives, we don’t learn a thing.

The show covers REAL issues that many families will experience. As a single mother, I sometimes struggle with raising my daughter. We pull together, we talk and we learn from each other in the changing times. Remember to spend time together and have fun.

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As a fan of the original show from the 70’s, I couldn’t wait to view the new version. While slightly different than the original series, it has the same all around theme. A single mom and her children and the granddmother, surviving life the best they can, dealing with everyday issues. Oh yes, we can’t forget the lovable handyman Schneider.

Check it out on Netflix and fall in love with this funny family.

I have been a proud member of the #streamteam since it was created and as always my opinions are my own and I have been a loyal Netflixer for years (long before the #streamteam was formed).

The Netflix Binge Watchers Routine

It’s early December and life is super busy, well at least for me it is. Between working for a toy company and being a blogger, life has gotten busy! When I get some down time like I did this weekend I find myself being a binge watcher. I love chilling with some popcorn and hot chocolate and relaxing with some Netflix.

I tend to be like many Canadians a binge watcher, then I have to wait for the next season’s shows. Did you know there are more than 30 million Netflix members?

Now when it comes to what to watch-I have some favorites. When I am not binging on a serious I am just like many Netflixers I will stop and take in a movie and depending on what I have been watching. Call it the two step or a Netflix sandwich. You start with a series, then watch a movie and then I am back watching another series. Over the past few months I have watched a few series. My daughter and I even binged on one together.

So What Series have I watched:

  • Fuller House (Season 2 is now available)
  • The Crown
  • Breaking Bad (with my daughter)
  • Heartland (my sister’s favorite)
  • Grace and Frankie
  • The 100
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Suits
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Now according to statistics, if you watch Gilmore Girls you might like a movie like Mean Girls. By the way, have you watched Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Yet? If definitely leaves you in suspense!

After Breaking Bad, we did watch The Do Over.

There is an actual chart of the best movies to watch in between series..me after watching a drama I often switch things up with a comedy, or a movie I can watch with Rachel.

After watching Orange is the New Black, we watched Disney. Sometimes you need to chill.

So would you say you are a binge watcher? If so do you watch movies in between you favorite shows.

*I have been a proud member of the #streamteam since it was created and as always my opinions are my own and I have been a loyal Netflixer for years (long before the #streamteam was formed).

 

Shop and Support GEN1 with the Canadian’s Women Foundation #WinCA

Last month I was at the National Women’s Show and stopped by the Canadian Women’s Foundation booth. It was great to speak with an organization that invests in women and girls. They were getting excited as they partnered with Winners and Homesense to raise funds to support GEN1. What is GEN1?

The Canadian Women’s Foundation has a dream, a dream to create the first generation of Canadian girls to experience real gender equity. Did you know even here in Canada we have issues with gender equality? Seriously,  many women are still earning less than men for the same jobs, and that needs to change as does violence against women.

To get there, they empower girls. How? A full 100% of the net profits from Shop for GEN 1 goes to the Foundations programs, that is over 450 programs and shelters, breaking the cycle of violence and empowering our young girls. Great cause right!

Now this holiday season, you can help.

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Visit your local Winners or HomeSense and shop. It’s the holiday time, and we are all celebrating with families and friends. So get your party on for a good cause. From party horns, hats, napkins and paper plates to gift bags and wine boxes there is something for everyone whether you are host or guest. Think all the funds go to such a great cause.

Now, here is some good news.

I am giving away one of every the entire line away here on my blog to one winner. To enter just fill out the rafflecopter and tell me how you are celebrating the holiday season.

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