Five things + a Netflix giveaway for two!

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It’s sweltering hot outside and hubby has the kids at the pool, so I thought I’d pop in here for a bit and write a quick hello and how-do. AS IF it only takes me a bit to write a post. Ha! When pigs fly. But I’ll to try to make it quick. Here’s a few pics from life lately (starting with this snap my mom took when she visited last month) and a Netflix giveaway just because.  Continue reading “Five things + a Netflix giveaway for two!”

Clear the clutter! Spring cleaning your Netflix profile #StreamTeam

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We always say our house never looks as clean as it does when someone’s coming to visit. And you can tell by the state of the house that we don’t get many visitors. But with Spring sprung and Summer just around the corner, I feel like I want to tackle some of those long-overlooked areas, including my digital spaces.  Continue reading “Clear the clutter! Spring cleaning your Netflix profile #StreamTeam”

Strong female lead #Netflix #StreamTeam

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Kids are like sponges, picking up what we put down whether we like it or not. In honour of International Women’s Day earlier this month, Netflix asked the #StreamTeam to consider what messages our kids receive from the female Netflix characters they connect with, and what impact they’ve had. Why? Because studies have shown that gender stereotypes have an impact on girls at a young age, and that role models from the entertainment they choose can have a lasting effect. Continue reading “Strong female lead #Netflix #StreamTeam”

Netflix cheating rampant (and a confession) #StreamTeam

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Do you stream shows ahead of your partner? That’s Netflix cheating. And it’s more common than you might think. According to a study released this week by Netflix, 46% of streaming couples around the world have cheated on their partner, and 60% would do it again if they knew they’d get away with it. I’m ashamed to admit I’m one of them.  Continue reading “Netflix cheating rampant (and a confession) #StreamTeam”

Netflix and other preoccupations

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Some decisions should be easier than others, but when you’re riddled with anxiety they all seem to carry the weight of the world. Like this month I was back and forth (and back and forth!) about whether to let the kids watch Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events before finally deciding they’re not ready for it. (Especially my seven-year-old. He’s a sensitive little guy and I’m sure he’d find it too scary.) I don’t think there’s any harm in waiting another year or two when they’re perfectly happy with the new seasons of Voltron and Home: Adventures With Tip and Oh that debuted this month. It’s not like we’re at a loss for things to watch.  Continue reading “Netflix and other preoccupations”

Holidays are happier with Trollhunters on Netflix

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everybody! We’ve got dinner in the oven and Christmas music playing on the radio and everyone is chilling in their own way on what’s turned out to be a mostly merry day. But anyone whose got kids home for the holidays knows the holly jolly can only last so long — the threat of boredom looms large with so much time away from school and the usual activities and you’ve got to be quick on your feet with a few strategies to bust those I’ve got nothing to doooooo blues. This year Netflix gave us one the whole family can enjoy: 13 hours of adventure, suspense and imagination with the all-new series Trollhunters.  Continue reading “Holidays are happier with Trollhunters on Netflix”

They’re back! Date night with Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

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I never thought I’d say it because she’s growing up too fast already, but today I wish my nine-year-old daughter was just three, maybe four years older so we could watch the Gilmore Girls revival together. (Ideally on one of these babies.) In case you hadn’t heard, the mini series Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life debuted on Netflix today. This is a major bonding opportunity I’m missing out on! And Netflix has the stats to back it up.  Continue reading “They’re back! Date night with Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”

Pause for the cause and don’t miss a beat: A Netflix Halloween #StreamTeam

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Alright, people. This is no time for farting around. If you’re manning the door tomorrow night and want to maximize your Halloween viewing, you’ve gotta have a strategy. Prime trick-or-treating time is no time to settle in with Stranger Things — not when you’ve got to pause for the cause (and pause, and pause again) to dole out the goods to all of your costumed visitors. But fear not! Netflix has you covered with its guide to what to watch when, plus a few warm up exercises for those sprints from the couch to the door.  Continue reading “Pause for the cause and don’t miss a beat: A Netflix Halloween #StreamTeam”

When are you hooked on a series? Netflix knows! + Win a three-month subscription

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Well maybe we’re not so different after all. Last week Netflix released the latest set of hooked episodes (the key episode that kept 70% of viewers watching until the end of the first season) of some of the most popular series and discovered that viewing behaviour (and fandom!) around the world is actually quite universal.  Continue reading “When are you hooked on a series? Netflix knows! + Win a three-month subscription”

DIY Woven Art by Rachel Denbow + Win a copy!

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I’ve been following Rachel Denbow’s weaving series on A Beautiful Mess for a couple of years now, so I was so excited when I saw she’d come out with a book, DIY Woven Art: Inspiration and Instruction for Handmade Wall Hangings, Rugs, Pillows, and More! (released this past August). Written for beginners and more experienced weavers looking for fresh inspiration, there’s fruit of the loom for a variety of skill sets and tastes. Step-by-step instructions (and three DIY looms!) take you through 15 projects and several different techniques. Make a loom from a scrap of cardboard and some thrift-store yarn and try a simple wall hanging in candy-coloured stripes or use your trusty frame loom and that special wool roving you’ve been saving to make a more complex statement piece.  Continue reading “DIY Woven Art by Rachel Denbow + Win a copy!”

Some days are golden + A giveaway

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I’m a city girl at heart but you know, you get out in the country on a gorgeous afternoon and it’s easy to see its charms. We got back to nature yesterday to pick apples at a sweet little farm just 20 minutes out of the city, taking in giant whiffs of fresh country air under a brilliant blue sky. Some days are golden. Yesterday was one of them.  Continue reading “Some days are golden + A giveaway”