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. 

 

 

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.

 

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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Finding Humour in Life Lessons

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).

 

Get Halloween Costume Inspired with Netflix

Can you believe Halloween night will be here quickly? Are you still looking for some DIY costume inspiration? While watching Netflix this weekend my teen and I were inspired by several of the characters we have watched over the past few weeks. We reflected on some of our past costume choices and thought about next week. There are several Netflix-inspired Halloween costumes you can make on a budget and there are some great shows to watch on Netflix to get you in the Halloween mood.

In the past Rachel has gone as Blue from Blues Clues, Cinderella, a hippie, a bat princess, a pirate, madman inspired and most importantly she has always had fun creating her costume. Do your kids help create their costumes?

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There are several Netflix-inspired Halloween costumes you can make on a budget and there are some great shows to watch on Netflix to get you in the Halloween mood.

For Families, there is the Stream and Scream Guide

Right now on Netflix there is lots to watch to get you inspired as you think about what you want to be this year for Halloween.

 

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Frights and Delights
1. Stranger Things
2. DreamWorks Spooky Stories 1 & 2
3. Monster High: Why Do Ghouls Fall In Love
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Ghostly Good Times
1. Casper’s Scare School
2. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures
3. Ghostbusters 2
4. The Little Ghost

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The Dark Arts
1. Alvin and the Chipmunks meet Wolfman
2. Scooby Doo Zombie Island
3. Goosebumps
4. Monster High: Haunted

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Vampire Bites
1. Hotel Transylvania 2
2. Vampire Diaries
3. School For Little Vampires
4. Scooby Doo and the Legend of the Vampire

 

Netflix Inspired DIY Halloween Costumes

For the Kids

 

For the Adults:

Have a favorite character from a Netflix series

  • How about going as Kimmy Schmidt? All you need is a backpack, a map of NewYork, sunglasses and you are set to go.
  • You could follow my daughter and get Mad Man inspired and you may even have what you need right in your closet.
  • Love Orange is the New Black, don an orange jumpsuit and pretend you are an inmate or you could go as a guard or even the warden.
  • Down a tiara and ball gown and go inspired by the new Netflix Drama The Crown.
  • You could get inspired by the new show Stranger Things as well.

 

 

Scheduling Fun and Family Time is So Important

It is September, and our lives here are getting rather busy. My teen is adapting to a new high school that she loves, and I have been busy dealing with the business side of CommonCentsMom. We have also had lots of invites and activities this month. If you follow me on my social channels, you may have seen some of these. With life getting so busy this year, we had to make a choice. We had to choose to schedule family time.All summer long my teen and I hung out together, we did lots of fun stuff and connected. As life got busy this month, I found myself craving family time, so we scheduled it. What did we decide we wanted to together? Nothing exciting? We didn’t even go out, we got out our favourite junk food, baked a couple of pizza and did a marathon of movies on Netflix while cuddling on the couch and getting caught up. Making time to simply enjoy each other’s company is so important.


So what have we been watching?

Well, I have a thing for Disney movies, so we did a night of those.

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First up was Zootopia which just came out on Netflix.  We had seen this movie in the theatre and just had to watch it again. I am in love with a certain sloth.

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After we had watched Zootopia, we got into the Pirates of the Caribbean Movies. We watched four of them. Yes, I have a thing for a certain Captain.

Both my teen and I love the assortment of Disney movies that are on Netflix. Have you checked them out yet?

We have also started watching a tv series together once or twice a week. There are some great choices on Netflix, where you can binge on a whole series. Currently, we are watching Breaking Bad which neither of us had seen. before. We have just started Season 2 and things are starting to get interesting.

Whenever we are relaxing and getting caught up though we have to have a snack? Is movie and tv time in your house snack time?  Here are a couple of recipes you might want to try for your next movie marathon.

First up are the Walking Tacos

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Second are the  Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwichs

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If you try them, send a photo to me. Let me know what are your favourite movie snacks and what are you currently watching on Netflix?

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Canada Day Weekend with the Canadian Content on Netflix

Can you believe school is done? Summer is here and tomorrow is Canada Day! For my daughter and I, this long weekend is all about Canadian pride. We love to celebrate all things Canadian! Really, who doesn’t love Canada? We have a busy long weekend planned that includes barbecues, the beach and a movie or two on Netflix. Did you know that you can celebrate Canada with Netflix?

There is plenty of great Canadian content on Netflix if you are in the mood for a Canadian only marathon. From great actors and actresses that are Canadian breed to great original Canadian content, you can find it all on Netflix.

 

For the Little Ones:

Netflix Canadian Shows

After the Kids are in Bed

Canadian Netflix Adult Content

Not into these Canadian shows?

There are lots of great Canadian actors and actress in movies and shows on Netflix, or you could do a marathon of movies shot in Canada, again you can find several on Netflix. Let me know who is your favourite Canadian actor and actresses.

My favourite actor has to be Jim Carry, and my favourite actress is a toss up, but I am loving Elisha Cuthbert and can’t wait to see Sarah Gadon in the new Margaret Atwood drama “Alias Grace”.  Now tell me yours.

 

 

 

OITNB

I am a Repeat Offender, Are You? #StreamTeam

Ever have a date circled on your calendar for weeks? That’s me. I have had the release date for Orange is the New Black literally circled on my calendar since March and was lucky enough Mother’s Day weekend to get a sneak peek of the first 6 episodes of this season. I am so anxious to see what happens next. Really it one of my must watch Netflix originals. Is it one of yours?

Season 4 debuted today (June 17th, 2016) and as soon as this post is written I am grabbing a soda, some chips and dip and settling in for a night of Netflix with some of my favourite ladies. Netflix did some research recently and found that Orange is the New Black is one of the most re-watched globally! Can you believe that? I can. More than half, just over 53% have re-watched at least one season. Have you? I know I have, so I am one of those repeat offenders.

Can you guess which are the most re-watched episodes?

Let’s see if you are right.

From Season 1:

Episode 1 – “I wasn’t ready”    
Sentenced to fifteen months for a crime committed in her youth, Piper Chapman leaves her supportive fiance Larry for her new home: a woman’s prison.

Episode 12 – “Fool me once”
Painful truths reorient several relationships and careers: Pennsatucky feels disrespected by Piper; Larry gives a revealing radio interview.

Episode 13 – “Can’t fix crazy”
Red’s scheme to reclaim her kitchen backfires; the inmates stage a Christmas pageant; Piper’s plans unravel even as she realizes her life is in jeopardy,

From Season 2:

Episode 11 – “Take a break from your values”
Piper is shocked at an unexpected change in her status; Soso’s hunger strike attracts new support that takes on a religious fervor.

Episode 12 – “It was the change”
Tensions run high as a prison power outage forces several issues to come to light; Piper finds herself compromised and is forced to think on her feet.

Episode 13 – “We have manners. We’re polite”
Several futures hang in the balance as the inmates face and confront their worst nightmares: Life will never be the same again.

From Season 3:

Episode 11 “We can be heroes”
Caputo and Piper confront labor issues. A miracle occurs in Norma’s group. Crazy Eyes’ erotica winds up in the hands of the staff.

Episode 12 – “Don’t make me come back there”
Daya goes into labor. Sophia suffers a hate crime. Stella helps Piper with a business snag. Taystee takes on a new role.

Episode 13 – “Trust no bitch”

Miracles and conversions occur, but Piper and Caputo know that some situations can’t be dealt with through spiritual means.

The team at Netfix really did some digging and found out some really cool facts.

OITNB FANS REPEAT OFFENDERS

Here are some interesting Canadian-specific highlights about OITNB 

Almost one-quarter of Canadian respondents (23%) plan to watch the previous season while 42% plan on re-watching all seasons before the season 4 launch

Close to half of respondents (43%) said they will start preparing for the new season (S4) this week, and Canadian fans are willing to give up house chores to do so — cleaning the house (41%) and making your bed (38%)

Outside of refreshing their memory, one-third said they like to re-watch to relive moments with their favourite characters and 30% said they look for possible foreshadowing

Over one-quarter (28%) said they re-watch because it’s their favourite show and they can’t get enough

It can be lonely in Litchfield. Over one-third of Canadian respondents (32%) said they plan to re-watch by themselves.

So are you re-watching any episodes before you watch the new season or are you jumping in?

Well time for this girl to pour a glass and get watching, hope you enjoy the new season.

* I am a part of the #streamteam as such I get certain perks like free Netflix and to watch some shows early and get to attend some cool special events, as always my opinions are mine.