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    Five Fun Ways to Enjoy Netflix

    Netflix has come a long way since its beginning as an online DVD rental company back in the late nineties. It was the main rival to Blockbuster, and back then you could subscribe and have access to unlimited DVDs which would be sent to your house through the post. However, it wasn’t until 2007 that the company started streaming and the site in which we know it today started snowballing in popularity. These days, Netflix is a household name with 140 million of us across the globe paying for our monthly account. Here are just some of the reasons we all love the service.

    Five Fun ways to Enjoy Netflix

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    Have a movie night with the family

    We all lead such busy lives, to the point that we hardly see our own family at some days. The kids are at school, the adults are at work, then there’s cleaning and shopping to do, errands to be run, it can be manic. So setting time within your busy schedules aside to sit and relax together can be so beneficial. Make family movie night a regular thing, make some snacks, get some blankets on the sofa and enjoy a good film. Of course, when you have a Netflix subscription you always have tons to choose from.

    Get into a new show with your partner

    Is there anything better than getting into a good series? Each episode ending on such a cliffhanger that you just can’t help but to put another one one. Great for rainy weekends or evenings spent together, especially if you don’t have the inclination to go out partying! Some of the top rated series to consider are Stranger Things, Black Mirror and Orange is the New Black. Order a takeaway and open a bottle of wine- what could be better?

     

    Have a Netflix Party with friends online

    This isn’t an official Netflix app, instead its Netflix Party is a Chrome extension and it’s been designed for watching Netflix remotely with friends. This means that if you have loved ones overseas you can sit and watch something together at the same time, or perhaps your partner is away on a business trip- you still get to watch a movie or an episode together as if you were in the same room. It gives you the feeling of being together much more than simply playing your own episodes at the same time.

     

    Keep yourself busy on a flight

    Long flights can be incredibly tedious, while some airlines will have in flight entertainment, not all do. Not to mention that what’s available might not be to your taste. Download Netflix on Mac or your laptop, and then save some movies and series to watch offline. When you’re entertained the flight will pass much more quickly, and it could be a chance to catch up on some shows people have recommended but you’ve not had the time to watch. We all know how fast watching four episodes of a great show pass by, so get into one on a flight and you’ll be at your destination before you know it!

     

    Use it as a tool to keep the kids occupied!

    As parents, we all know the dangers of kids watching too much TV and not getting enough exercise. However, sometimes when we have things to do around the house, popping on their favorite show can be a lifesaver. Of course, TV should never replace going out and socializing and running around, but there’s a place for it in most of our lives. Kids enjoy watching tv and seeing their favorite characters, and so when you’re ploughing through housework and need them to stay occupied then it’s Netflix Kids to the rescue!

     

    The Netflix Original Anne Official Trailer

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    I am a huge, huge, huge fan of Anne of Green Gables. This is a story I fell in love with many years ago. Anne is a charachter that manages to capture the heart and never let it go. Transporting you to the beautiful time period and location of Canada’s Prince Edward Island. My love of this story has also been  passed on to my girls.

    So I’m going to be honest when I say I was  I was a bit nervous when I heard last year that Netflix was coming out with a new version of Anne. However, I have to tell you after seeing this preview below , May 12 can’t get here fast enough.  This Netflix original seems like its going to hold audiences captive and introduce this amazing story to a whole new generation.

    Some fun facts about the new Anne Series

    • It’s filmed on location in Prince Edward Island
    • They search through 1,800 girls for the part, but Amybeth McNulty, a 14-year-old Canadian-Irish actress, won the role of a lifetime.
    • It’s simply titled Anne, not Anne of Green Gables like the original.

    So check out the preview below and tell me what do you think.

    Does it hold up to the original? Tell me your thoughts below 🙂

    Netflix April Movie Picks That Teach about Not Lying #StreamTeam

    Disclosure: I received a free Netflix membership as part of the #StreamTeam all opinions are 100% mine.

    Everyone tells a lie once in a while.White lies make life easier for parents (the park is closed today) or make our kids happy (Santa Claus is coming!). Young kids make up stories as they learn the difference between fact and fiction, while older kids sometimes lie to cover for each other or to keep themselves out of trouble. However, we all know trouble they can lead to. So it’s important to teach our little ones early on that lies aren’t the best way to deal with problems.

    How do you cope when you catch your kid lying? Whether growing pains or more of a laughable moment, what are some little white lies you’ve said?

    Here are some shows available on Netflix that teach your kids about not lying.

    Don’t forget Netflix has some great recently added titles like the second installment from the DreamWorks series, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and the latest Netflix originals, Marvel’s Daredevil, Bloodline and Inspector Gadget.

    Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

    For your little kids:

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    For your big kids:

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    And for teens and parents:

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    Reinvent Yourself With Some Great Netflix StreamTeam Picks!

    Disclosure: I’m part of the Netflix stream team. All Opinions are 100% mine.

    Sometimes we’re faced with various challenges and overcoming them can be hard. Whether you take problems on one at a time or challenge yourself in a big way. Check out some great films for all ages to help inspire you to make that change in your life.

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    Reinvent Yourself

    For your little kids:

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    For your big kids:

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    And for teens and parents:

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    February Fun on Netflix and Creating a Vision ! #StreamTeam

    Disclosure: Although I’m part of the Netflix #StreamTeam, All opinions are 100% mine.

    Ever wonder what happened to the storybook characters we grew up with like the Mad Hatter, Snow White, and the Evil Queen? Turns out they are parents now too, and their children are studying at the enchanted high school of Ever After High, a boarding school for teens destined to follow in their famous parents’ fairytale footsteps. The all new original special Ever After High: Spring Unsprung, premiering on Netflix celebrates the idea that the story of your life is not written in permanent ink. You have the power to create your own destiny.

    In two other Netflix original series premiering this month, there are kids also creating their own destinies. Teenage mermaids stand out from the crowd in Season 2 of Mako Mermaids (2/13), and Richie Rich (2/20), the same entrepreneur we grew up with, is back but this time his refusal to eat his veggies has made him a trillionaire.

    In your house, how do you encourage your kids to forge their own paths?

    Here are some great specials to catch and help your little ones

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    1. Ever After High (2/6)
    2. Mako Mermaids (2/13)
    3. Richie Rich (2/20)

    Here are a few other ways to get your kids’ wheels turning:

    Someday, I will…

    For your little kids:

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    1. Build and fix things: Handy Manny
    2. Make a discovery: Sid the Science Kid
    3. Walk on the moon: Justin Time: Blast off!: S1E13
    4. Explore the ocean: Octonauts
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    For your big kids:

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    1. Make sweet treats: Cupcake Wars
    2. Get into show biz: Fame High
    3. Represent Team USA: The Gabby Douglas Story
    4. Master the kitchen: Chopped
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    And for teens and parents:

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    1. Get the corner office: Undercover Boss
    2. Travel the world: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
    3. Walk the red carpet: Liz & Dick
    4. Run my own restaurant: Wahlburgers

    Looking for some more fun ideas?

    Make a Vision Board

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    To keep the kids chasing their dreams, map out those big ideas on a DIY vision board. Cut inspirational words out of magazines, print photos of favorite characters or add your own knick-knacks and trinkets. Learn how to make your own here.

    Celebrating our Four Legged Friends with Netflix #Streamteam

    Disclosure: Although I am part of the Netflix #StreamTeam. All opinions are 100% mine!

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    The only thing that can make a great movie or TV series even better is a four-legged star. Celebrating pets this month, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite dogs, cats and even monkeys who hit the big screen. Aside from upping the cute factor, these loyal companions can deliver important lessons on courage, protection and love.

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    Four-Legged Stars to Stream on Netflix

    For your little kids:

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    Snow Buddies
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    For your big kids:

    Puss in Boots
    Annie
    Step Dogs
    Jumanji
    Hachi
    Air Bud
    Monkey Trouble
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    And for teens and parents:

    Anchorman
    Frasier
    Family Guy
    FRIENDS
    Red Dog
    Wilfred

    Check out some other fun ideas to celebrate your furry friend!

     

    Channel your inner milk connoisseur with this homemade hot chocolate recipe featuring cat-shaped marshmallows — the purr-fect winter treat! Click here to learn how to make your own.

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    Guard your treasures from sticky paws or save up for your first pet with this DIY kitty bank. Click here to learn how to make your own.

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    Thankful Fun With Netflix #StreamTeam

    Disclosure: Although I am part of the Netflix #StreamTeam. All opinions are 100% mine!

    Holiday season is just around the corner, but it’s not the nation’s favorite food holiday that has us day dreaming about mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.

    Showing your kids the many things they can be thankful for  with this month’s picks. Explore lessons about friendship from a few of the greatest duos, including Rory and Lorelai, Charlotte and Wilbur and Bob and Larry, whose all-new Netflix original, “VeggieTales in the House,” starts streaming Nov. 26.

    20 Dynamic Duos Available on Netflix

    For your little kids:

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    1. Bob and Larry: VeggieTales in the House
    2. Bert and Ernie: Sesame Street: Elmo and Friends
    3. Bo and Dezzy: Bo on the Go!
    4. Justin and Olive: Justin Time
    5. Tod and Copper: The Fox and the Hound 2
    6. Clifford and Elizabeth: Clifford
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    And your big kids:

    Phineas and Ferb
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    2. Shaggy and Scooby: Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
    3. Vada and Thomas: My Girl
    4. Martin and Chris: Wild Kratts
    5. Finn and Jake: Adventure Time
    6. Mario and Luigi: The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
    7. Charlotte and Wilbur: Charlotte’s Web
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    Plus a few for mom and dad:

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    New Girl
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    30 Rock
    Breaking Bad
    The X Files
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    1. Rory and Lorelai: Gilmore Girls
    2. Schmidt and Nick: New Girl
    3. Ted and Barney: How I Met Your Mother
    4. Liz and Jack: 30 Rock
    5. Walter and Jesse: Breaking Bad
    6. Mulder and Scully: The X-Files
    7. Wayne and Garth: Wayne’s World

     

    Cucumber Rolls with Veggie(Tales) Cream Cheese

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    Celebrate the launch of VeggieTales (or just enjoy a pre-Friendsgiving snack) with cucumber roll-ups stuffed with veggie cream cheese. Anything can go into cucumber rolls, but for this version we’re sticking to sun-dried tomatoes for Bob the Tomato, a celery stalk for Frankencelery and baby carrots for Laura Carrot. Click here to see how to make your own.

    So while relaxing after a busy few days, enjoy some great titles from Netlifx!