Category: Netflix

I Caught Chloe Crying During A Movie And It Made Me Smile

 

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I Caught Chloe Crying During A Movie And It Made Me Smile

My kids are 3 and 5, and for the most part the extent of their show-watching has been Charlie & Lola and My Little Pony. They watch these two shows over, and over, AND OVER …

However, because my kids fight A LOT about what to watch (“Mum I want Charlie & Lola, NOO I WANT MY LITTLE PONY!”), I sometimes step in and put a movie on.

Because we have Netflix, we have access to hundreds of kids’ movies; but because I’m me, we’ve also watched hundreds of movies.

The ones I pick tend to be more child-related than anything, but the other day I branched out and put Cinderella on.

I took a risk because it’s a bit more of an older-aged child movie but felt like my kids could handle it. Plus the story line is always so lovely, and one that always makes me smile.

What I didn’t expect was my 5 year old daughter to completely and utterly understand what was happening, and at one point I caught her crying because of a scene that was a bit sad.

It made me sad to see her upset, but of course was amazed that she is clearly of an age where she knows what’s happening and can experience the emotion of the movie enough to move her to tears.

She is understanding that the character is going through something and she empathises with the whole thing.

I felt privileged to catch this moment.

I didn’t announce it to her, I simply just watched her and what she did. Eventually the scene changed and she realised everything was going to be ok but it really is neat to see her connecting with a movie like this.

I always think catching ANYONE having an emotional moment during a movie is something quite wonderful to see; even if it is in public.

Showing any kind of emotion like this shows empathy, and having empathy is a wonderful thing.

Have you ever watched a movie in public and shed a tear or two? What was it?

I was not paid to write this post, however Netflix did ask me to recount an experience I had. All words, thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Netflix Shows You Must Binge Watch

 


Netflix Shows You Must Binge Watch

I always find that once I’ve finished a really good series, I feel lost. Like a really good friend isn’t coming back anymore – it’s call the “binge-watching effect” and it’s where you were excited to watch a series and it’s suddenly over.

Well have no fear! I’ve put a list together of shows I’ve watched to help you continue your binge-watching addiction.

These are all recommendations by myself as I am a huge Netflix fan. You can catch me most mornings on my Snapchat (happymumnz) watching Netflix whilst writing a blog. Or at the end of the day (if I can stay awake) with my husband once the kids go to bed.

We LOVE a good series and Netflix is not short of them. So here’s the Netflix shows you must binge watch:

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NETFLIX SHOW IMDB RATING
Rick & Morty 9.4 /10
House of Cards 9.0 /10
Stranger Things 8.9 /10
Narcos 8.9 /10
Black Mirror 8.9 /10
Arrested Development 8.9 /10
Making A Murderer 8.7 /10
Daredevil 8.7 /10
Luther 8.6 /10
Ozark 8.4 /10
13 Reasons Why 8.4 /10
The Originals 8.3 /10
Bates Motel 8.2 /10
American Horror Story 8.2 /10
Orange Is The New Black 8.2 /10
The Blacklist 8.1 /10
Bloodline 8.1 /10
Travelers 8.0 /10
The Vampire Diaries 7.8 /10
The OA 7.8 /10
Riverdale 7.8 /10
Arrow 7.8 /10
Santa Clarita Diet 7.7 /10
Pretty Little Liars 7.6 /10

 

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I have watched all of the above (AND MORE!) and love each and every single one of them.

Do you have a TV series that you love that I haven’t listed above? Let me know below!

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Netflix, Google & Parenting

 


Netflix, Google & Parenting

I get asked so many weird questions by my kids, at the most random of times. Often it’s in the middle of watching a Netflix show (like Madagascar or My Little Pony) and they need clarification on a word or a subject.

Now I like to think I’m quite smart, and I do know a lot of words and things, but it turns out I don’t know EVERYTHING; and since having children, my brain kind of took an extended holiday and hasn’t fully returned.

So my knowledge of everything, isn’t as good as what it used to be.

So when I get asked “Mum, what does integrity mean?” or “Mum what does ‘house settling’ mean?” my brain has no clue, so I have to take to Google to help me out.

Not only does it help to reeducate my brain, but it also helps to perpetuate the idea that I know everything.

Also, believe it or not, I actually learn something at the same time that I potentially didn’t know before.

Netflix is full of wonderful shows that help educate our kids – My Little Pony AND Charlie & Lola are great at teaching kids about friendship. Madagascar teaches children about different animals and of course The Little Prince teaches children about growing up.

Everything a child watches, they learn from, and naturally there will be some things they don’t know about; so they turn to us to ask questions.

As I said above, that’s where Google comes into play; and helps to continue the idea that “Mum and Dad know everything” …

Plus sometimes, I get watching something with Jason Momoa in it, so I have to Google “What else is Jason Momoa in” so that I can continue my addiction with him ….. PS totally watch The Bad Batch for a nice piece of Momoa.

What weird questions have your kids asked you that you’ve had to Google?

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My Netflix Suggestions (Part 2)


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My Netflix Suggestions (Part 2)

Stuck on a movie to watch tonight? Or a show to start? Here are is a list from me to you … I have either seen these, or want to see them and are all available on Netflix right now.

Click on the title name to go to the IMDB listing which has the synopsis and rating.

TV SHOWS:

MOVIES:

These are just some of the many that I want to watch and/or have watched and recommend. Netflix is FULL of amazing shows and movies to watch.

To check out my other recommendations, check out My Netflix Suggestions list.

What are you watching tonight?

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Netflix Now Has ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Videos

 


Netflix Now Has ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Videos

You guys know I love Netflix. I watch it almost every day (just finished watching Mission Impossible). Not to mention after school / kindy I let the kids watch it too (SHOCK HORROR).

When I switched it on yesterday, I noticed it now has a new show that allows kids (or you) to choose their own adventure.

Like the books we used to read when were younger.

And before you say “gees your kids shouldn’t be watching TV like that” … I’m ok with my kids watching TV every now and then. I think it’s neat that kids will now have the option to control a part of the story!

Yesterday Netflix unveiled this new type of viewing that allows your children (or you if you’re that way inclined) to pick your own adventure. To shape the way the story is told; to be able to actively make decisions on the way the show goes.

Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale is the first interactive show, and my kids and I watched it yesterday and had a blast with it!

This is perfect for rainy days, family movie nights, or when you’re just down-right tired and need a break (and your kids need a break too).

I can tell you this right now, as an adult having control over a show like this has me chomping at the bit. I LOVE IT!

Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale launched globally yesterday, Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile is coming soon on July 14, and the third branching narrative Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout is in the works, coming to Netflix next year.

Have you seen this new interactive show on Netflix? What do you think?

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Me Time

 


Me Time

What is this “me time” thing you speak of Maria? As a parent there’s almost no such thing!

Well I’m here to tell you that “me time” isn’t a myth. Nope. You can achieve Me Time just by taking a step back and looking for those moments in your day when you can take a breath.

Sneaking in “Me time” doesn’t necessarily mean heading out to get a massage, or going to a movie, or even taking a trip somewhere. Think smaller – think “me time” at home.

Here are the ways I fit “me time” into my day:

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1. I GET UP EARLY
Every single morning before the kids wake up, I have a coffee and watch Netflix and do work.

2. AFTER BREAKFAST
Once the kids are changed and ready for the day, sometimes I put the TV on and then sit down to browse Facebook for 5 mins. I might also have another coffee (I love my coffee).

3. MANDATORY MORNING TEA
I have mandatory “morning tea” me time where the kids can do whatever they want, but I get a few mins peace to myself (doesn’t always work but I try!)

4. NAPS
My kids still nap, which is instant “me time” no matter what I do. Scratch that, they don’t nap anymore dammit.

5. GOING TO THE TOILET
I’ll lock the door and pretend I’m going, just so I can have some alone time. Although we all know that’s not how it works most of the time … because the kids realise you’re gone and scream bloody murder until you show your face.

6. ASK FOR HELP
Sometimes I actually just say “hey I can’t do it right now and I need a break”. So Phil (my husband) will step in and give me some “me time”. He often takes the kids out for a walk, or visit a playground, so that I can have a few extra minutes of binge time watching Netflix LOL.

7. END OF THE DAY
At the end of the day, if I am able to stay awake, then I also try and have “me time”. Usually this is in front of the TV with Phil, and we pick a show on Netflix to watch HAHA

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Not sure if you noticed, but Netflix features a lot above there. If you guys follow me on Snapchat (happymumnz), you will know I watch a huge amount of it. I am a member of the Netflix Streamteam, but I honestly have LOVED Netflix for a very very long time.

Netflix is often my escape from reality. A way to calm my mind.

I constantly have it on in the background whenever I’m doing any work. It really brings me comfort watching a show and feeling a different emotion to whatever it is with my kids during the day.

If you’re looking for things to watch I have a few amazing lists: My Netflix Suggestions, My Netflix Suggestions (Part 2) and What’s On My List.

How do you sneak in your “me time”?

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Netflix: My List

 


Netflix: My List

I’ve got a list of suggestions of movies I’ve seen on Netflix (based on what I like), but what about what’s currently on “My List”? Well listed below is what’s on there RIGHT NOW. Whether or not I’ll watch it, will be another thing, but they’re there!

I’ll update this as often as I can, but as of now (6th May 2017), this is what’s on MY LIST:

  1. Dear White People
  2. Prison Break
  3. Fargo
  4. Residue
  5. 12 Monkeys
  6. Riverdale
  7. Designated Survivor
  8. In The Shadow Of Iris
  9. The Vampire Diaries
  10. Reign
  11. Gilmore Girls
  12. Shooter
  13. Magic Mike (LOLOLOL)
  14. Hudson Hawk
  15. Good Witch
  16. Crown
  17. Frequency
  18. The Most Hated Woman In America
  19. Mr Brooks
  20. Gridiron Gang (because The Rock)
  21. Addicted To Food
  22. Time Sweep
  23. Little Sister
  24. Faster (The Rock also)
  25. The Invitation
  26. Terminator Salvation

A lot of these are TV series. Now depending on what mood I’m in, I’ll pick one and watch for a few days and then switch to something else. So things like Gilmore Girls, Vampire Diaries, Riverdale … are all things I flick between. So they’ll be on my list for a while.

What’s on your list on Netflix?

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13 Reasons Why On Netflix

 


13 Reasons Why On Netflix

I’ve recently finished watching 13 Reasons Why on Netflix, and I felt the need to write this post to let everyone know about it because it is an amazing series.

WARNING: before you read any further, I have to say that this series covers very serious topics such as bullying, rape, and suicide.

I went into this series not really knowing what it was about. I saw it pop up a few times on the “coming soon” section of Netflix, and added it to “My List” straight away. The story line was intriguing:

“Based on the best-selling books by Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why follows teenager Clay Jensen as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life.”

I won’t go into much detail about the story line itself, as I don’t want to spoil anything, but I think this type of series is really important for all adults to see; especially those who are parents.

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As someone who was bullied as a student, I identified with some of this. However, not all of it. The type of things that happened in this series, were beyond what I experienced. I certainly never thought about killing myself (at school anyway), and the type of bullying I experienced wasn’t on the same level as what Hannah experienced.

Just because I didn’t experience it, doesn’t mean I don’t think it can’t happen. Because I know it does.

Personally, I think it’s VERY important for us all to look at this topic. Of bullying, rape and suicide; and think about the consequences it has.

The series was very raw, and very real, in my opinion.

I found it hard to watch at times, and the last few episodes really tore me apart. During the last episode, I couldn’t watch one particular scene as it was too real for me.

I cried a lot, and felt a lot of other emotions as well, during the whole series.

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Whilst I didn’t suffer as a teenager like Hannah did, I have certainly had my share of emotions and feelings regarding suicide.

I don’t often talk about it, but during the worst times of my post-natal depression experience, I thought the worst about myself. I did consider suicide, and sometimes on really bad days, I still do.

I personally think it is extremely important for us all to be able to express ourselves, no matter what the emotion is.

I encourage everyone out there, no matter what their age, to speak their mind.

Fuck what anyone else thinks.

I also encourage others to listen. Truly listen. Communication skills are imperative, but so are listening skills.

Pay attention. Ask questions. Offer advice.

If you don’t feel like you can talk to someone close to you, then I have listed some links below.

If you are a listener, and don’t know what to do, then those links are for you too.

ANYONE should be able to ask for help.

As a parent it really cuts me up inside that my child might experience something like this, but I like to think (and hope) that I am there for them and they feel like they can tell me how they feel.

However I know that’s not always the way …

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IF YOU NEED SOME HELP OR TO TALK TO SOMEONE:
* Lifeline (open 24/7) – 0800 543 354
* Depression Helpline (open 24/7) – 0800 111 757
* Healthline (open 24/7) – 0800 611 116
* Samaritans (open 24/7) – 0800 726 666
* Suicide Crisis Helpline (open 24/7) – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO). This is a service for people who may be thinking about suicide, or those who are concerned about family or friends.
* Youthline (open 24/7) – 0800 376 633. You can also text 234 for free between 8am and midnight, or email [email protected]
* 0800 WHATSUP children’s helpline – phone 0800 9428 787 between 1pm and 10pm on weekdays and from 3pm to 10pm on weekends. Online chat is available from 7pm to 10pm every day at www.whatsup.co.nz.
* Kidsline (open 24/7) – 0800 543 754. This service is for children aged 5 to 18. Those who ring between 4pm and 9pm on weekdays will speak to a Kidsline buddy. These are specially trained teenage telephone counsellors.
* Your local Rural Support Trust – 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP)
​* Alcohol Drug Helpline (open 24/7) – 0800 787 797. You can also text 8691 for free.

You can also contact the Mental Health Foundation’s free Resource and Information Service (09 623 4812).

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Top 20 Disney Movies on Netflix

 


Top 20 Disney Movies on Netflix

As you guys know, I’m on the Netflix Streamteam – this means I get some special previews on shows, as well as kept up to date with what’s on and what’s featured.

I just recently got sent a huge list of Disney shows on Netflix and I HAD to share my top 20 favourite Disney movies that are on Netflix!

  1. Finding Nemo
  2. Aladdin
  3. Wreck It Ralph
  4. Tangled
  5. Meet The Robinsons
  6. TinkerBell (any of them)
  7. Pocahontas – 27th April
  8. A Bug’s Life
  9. The Incredibles
  10. Ratatouille
  11. Monster’s University
  12. Bedtime Stories
  13. John Carter
  14. Chicken Little
  15. Freaky Friday
  16. Hocus Pocus
  17. Blank Check
  18. The Pacifier
  19. Flubber
  20. The Parent Trap
  21. G-Force

There are loads more Disney movies on Netflix but these are my top 20 that we love in our house.

What’s your favourite Disney movie from my list?

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My Netflix Suggestions


MY NETFLIX SUGGESTIONS

So I am a part of the Netflix Streamteam – which means I get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Netflix and the up-coming shows. Before I was asked to be on the Streamteam, I was already a huge Netflix fan (most of you know this): I binge-watch everything.

I wake at 4am just to have some “me time” and continue binge watching the shows in “my list”. My son (almost 3) still has a 2 hour nap each day, which gives me plenty of time to smash out a couple of episodes of whatever I’m watching.

I get asked all of the time what to watch on Netflix, so here’s my official Netflix Suggestions list for you guys.

I’ve split it into adults and kids. The adults section is more comprehensive than the kids, but IDGAF. It’s all about us right?! These are based on MY preferences ok? So not all of them will suit you, but that’s ok, right?! We all love a good suggestion:

PS this isn’t my complete and utter list of recommendations. There’s always movies / tv shows that come and go on Netflix. So hit me up if you think I’ve missed something – because chances are I have haha …

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ADULT

MOVIES:

ARQ
Batman (any one of them)
Catch Me If You Can
Crazy Stupid Love
Definitely Maybe
Django Unchained
Easy A
Elysium
Enders Game (this is a bit of a kids one but I loved it)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Fight Club
Friends With Benefits
Get Hard (for a good LOL)
Gravity
Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy
Interstellar
Kill Bill
Layer Cake
Looper
Magic Mike
Man of Steel
Minority Report
Moulin Rouge
Real Detective
Serenity
Terminator
The Big Short
The Conjuring
The Help
The Hobbit
The Time Machine
Total Recall
Tron
Twelve Monkeys
Twilight (all of them)
Upside Down

TV SHOWS:

13 Reasons Why
Arrow
Ascension
Black Mirror
Blacklist
Bloodline
Chelsea
Daredevil
Designated Survivor
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Doctor Who
Firefly
Frequency
Gilmore Girls
Glitch
Gossip Girl
Hemlock Grove
Heroes
Homeland
House
House of Cards
How To Get Away With Murder
Jessica Jones
Lock Up
Lost
Luke Cage
Luther
Marcella
Misfits
Orange Is The New Black
Orphan Black
Prison Break
Rick & Morty
Rita
Riverdale
Santa Clarita Diet
Sense 8
Shameless
Shooter
Sons of Anarchy
Stargate Atlantis
Stranger Things
Suits
The 100
The Fall
The Good Wife
The Killing
The OA
The Office
The Originals
The Returned
Travelers
Vampire Diaries
Van Helsing
Vikings

DOCUMENTARIES:

Amanda Knox
Audrie & Daisy
Making A Murderer
Don’t Call Me Crazy
Lockup: Women Behind Bars

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KIDS – TV SHOWS AND MOVIES

Ant Bully
Back to the Future Series
Bee Movie
Cars 2
Chicken Run
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (1 & 2)
Dinotrux
E.T.
Hocus Pocus
Hook
How To Train Your Dragon
Kung Fu Panda
Madagascar
Meet The Robinsons
Monsters vs Aliens
Mr Bean
Mrs Doubtfire
Pokemon
Puss in Boots
Rise of the Guardians
Robots
Spooky Stories 2
The Little Prince
The Neverending Story
The Princess Bride
Tinkerbell (all of them)
Trollhunters
Wallace & Gromit

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So these are my suggestions based on what I’ve seen and what I can remember. Like I stated above, the Netflix playlist is ever-changing; so there will be shows I’ve missed, and shows which no longer appear on there.

What are your favourites?

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