Category: Netflix

Netflix in 2018


As most of you know, I watch A LOT of Netflix. Each morning I login and continue watching what I was watching the morning (or night) before. At the moment it’s Altered Carbon, but I’ve also got a backup of the Forensic Files which I just chug along with; if I need to watch something different.

I’ve had a sneaky peak at what’s coming up on Netflix and here are some of the shows/movies I’m looking forward to seeing (I’ve added a couple in which are new but you might not know about because they’ve only just been released):

One of the new shows on Netflix that my kids and I love, is Llama Llama. Jennifer Garner actually voices the Mama Llama character, and the series is based on an award-winning (and bestselling) book series by Anna Dewdney.

The series itself is lots of fun and the kids learn a lot through the stories – fun, friendship and experiencing things in life and with his family.

Check out the trailer here:


Are you looking forward to something on Netflix this year? What is it? Let me know below!!

Netflix in 2018

What Got Me Through 2017


2017 was a year of highs and lows. What got me through a lot of the time, other than my incredible family and friends, were the shows and movies I watched on Netflix.

Now I realise as a Netflix Streamteam member, it may seem weird that I’m saying this but my love of Netflix goes beyond any kind of sponsored content. I was an avid Netflix watcher well before I was offered a place on the Streamteam.

I love using TV shows and movies to escape reality – especially when it gets difficult.

I love imagining I’m somewhere else, and love having something to look forward to.

So here’s a look back at the amazing shows / movies on Netflix that have helped me this year:





As you can see, I watched A LOT of things this year; and this is probably not even half of it; but these are the shows / movies that got me through.

So tell me – did you watch a lot of Netflix this year? What were your favourite shows and are you like me and use it to help you get through?

PS I was not paid to write this, instead I was asked to look back on the year of 2017 and think about my favourite shows. Thanks Netflix for allowing me to be on the Streamteam!


What Got Me Through 2017

Cheesy Christmas Movies You Must Watch


It’s that time of the year: cheesy Christmas movie time that is.

You know the type of movie I’m talking about. Where you start watching it and you KNOW where it’s going. That plot line is a direct route to the end of the movie and you can see the path laid out in front of you. The acting is also borderline hilarious, but it just adds to the cringeworthy-ness that is the cheesy Christmas movie.

I LOVE a good cheesy Christmas movie.

In fact I’ve already watched two on Netflix, so thought I’d list some you can watch RIGHT NOW:


1. A Wish For Christmas


2. Christmas Inheritance


3. The Spirit of Christmas


4. A Christmas Prince


5. How Sarah Got Her Wings


6. You Can’t Fight Christmas


7. I’ll Be Home For Christmas


8. Angel of Christmas


9. Holiday Baggage


10.National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation


ALL of the above movies are available to watch on Netflix, and I seriously recommend checking out their Holiday Favourites section because there are hundreds of movies in there PERFECT to help you get into that Christmas spirit.

Have you seen a cheesy Christmas movie and loved it? Let me know what it is below!


Cheesy Christmas Movies You Must Watch

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



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.


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:


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



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!


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?


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.



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?


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?


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:


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

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).

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!)

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

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.

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.

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


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”?


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?