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Monday, June 2, 2014

This Month's Picks for Families: Just for Mom and Dad

As a working mom of two little kids I couldn't imagine living without Netflix. Honestly. It was true even before I started working here. To help show other families out there how Netflix fits into your life, we've created, “This Month’s Picks for Families.’ Every month we’ll make recommendations and give you some ideas that could fit into your family’s routine that month. And we’ll also include some craft or recipe ideas, but don’t worry we’ll keep them realistic and practical.

I did the two under two thing; my kids are 21 months apart.  That means I spent about 4 straight years giving baths, getting little people to bed and then crashing myself.  During this time, I did manage to watch a little TV, of course always on my DVR. During my bath and snuggle giving years, my tv repertoire consisted of a few Law & Order franchises, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives and American Idol.  That’s about all I could keep up with.  

Then as the fog of motherhood started to lift, we got an Apple TV.  The first time I turned on the shiny black box, I found another shiny red button – Netflix – right there on my screen.  I used to love the DVD by mail service, so I clicked another shiny new button on my tiny new remote and I found Cauiou.  And SuperWhy.  And Tinkerbell.  And Jake.  I couldn’t believe these shows were just waiting for me.  So of course I called the kids into my bedroom and we snuggled in front of our newfound best friends.  That night after I put my kids to bed, I found The Killing (my mom, an avid TV lover, had been telling me to watch it, but who had time?).  One week later I binged my first TV show and had a few more circles under my eyes to show for it. Devastated that the season was over (and if you’ve watched Season 1 you know what I mean), I thought what now?  I looked around and I found all these shows that I had been hearing about, but never watched.   GLEE.  If you try to pop into that show having never watched it, it’s ridiculous!  But start from the beginning and I FINALLY got what everyone was talking about.  Then I found Revenge and Scandal.  And that filled up about a month of my TV watching time. My husband didn’t get it…what was I watching all this time?  I explained to him how all the seasons of Mad Men were on Netflix (we still had one of the Season 1 DVDs at home because I kept them so long, Blockbuster kindly sold them to me), he didn’t believe me and clearly thought I had joined a TV cult of some sort.  I finally convinced him to give it a try and before we knew it we watched all of Season 3 and he was hooked.  Then we found Breaking Bad...WE WATCHED ALL FOUR SEASONS.  Then he wanted something lighter so we tried Sons Of Anarchy. :)  I went on a business trip and he watched two whole seasons without me!  You get the idea.

We watch something on Netflix almost every day and we have fallen into a rhythm that I hear other couples talk about.  We have shows we watch together (The Killing, Damages, House of Cards), we have shows one of us stopped watching because the other one watched ahead (Sons of Anarchy).   Shows that I LOVE but still fall asleep to every Friday night (Sherlock, The West Wing).  Shows we pile up in the My List feature (House, Lost, Friday Night Lights, Bates Motel, Rectify)...but never actually start watching.  And I have shows that I watch all by myself (GLEE, Revenge, Scandal, Orange is the New Black).  And while I like being in the know about current shows, watching all these great shows on Netflix is really just for me.  I grew up in a TV watching family and yet I missed out on some fantastic shows while I was busy keeping two little people alive (by the way, my kids are still alive, but at 4 and 6 they are much easier to take care of!).  In fact, I started Nip/Tuck last night, I thought it was a reality TV show when it was on…boy was I wrong.

So this month, we pulled together a list of primetime shows that you too may have missed out on...and some gems that might not have hit your newsfeed, but you might just fall in love with.  



Titles you've heard about, but haven't had time to watch:
1. Orange Is the New Black
2. Scandal
3. Pretty Little Liars
4. Sherlock
5. Breaking Bad
6Parenthood


Wait, what was that show? Sleeper hits you may have missed:


2. Call the Midwife
3. Freaks and Geeks
4. Shameless
5. Top of the Lake

Watching a TV show is inevitably an excuse for a snack. And if you’ve started watching Scandal, It doesn't take many episodes to realize main gladiator, Olivia Pope, has a big glass of red wine and bowl of popcorn after a long day. Like Olivia, I know many of us parents feel like the "fixer" in the family too -- so click here to learn how to make your own Scandal-worthy snack for the ultimate indulgence.

Moms and dads, what are you enjoying on Netflix? I’ll be sure to add it to My List.

- Jenny

Jenny McCabe is director of the Consumer PR team at Netflix (and a mom of two) 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

This Month's Picks for Families: High School Musicals

As a working mom of two little kids I couldn't imagine living without Netflix. Honestly. It was true even before I started working here. To help show other families out there how Netflix fits into your life, we've created, “This Month’s Picks for Families.’ Every month we’ll make recommendations and give you some ideas that could fit into your family’s routine that month. And we’ll also include some craft or recipe ideas, but don’t worry we’ll keep them realistic and practical.


I learned early on in my parenting journey the power music has to change the mood in our house, especially in the car.  I introduced my kids to Stevie Wonder and Michael Buble pretty early, so I get to listen so Superstition as often as Let It Go.  And while I’m 100% tone deaf, I sometimes break into song while trying to get my kids to do something.  This weekend in an effort to get my kids out of the house I started singing “let’s bowl, let’s bowl, let’s rock-n-roll” from Grease 2 (I wonder how long before they start to understand those infamous double entendre) and I explained to my 4 year old that nobody likes to wait, in fact a woman named Carly wrote a whole song about it (Anticipation anyone?).  


In anticipation for the springtime musicals going on throughout schools everywhere, we put together some movies for your older and younger kids to get into the musical spirit.

For your big kids:



And your little ones:

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Since I’m pretty sure my kids got my ears and two left feet, I think we’ll spend more time watching musicals and having fun at home.  Click here to see how easy it is to make your own No Sew Stage Curtain.



And remember that scene in Shrek when Donkey says, "Parfait’s gotta be the most delicious thing on the whole planet!"? We agree. Click here to learn how to make your own Shrek-inspired parfait.  

Maybe now with these title suggestions, you can finally get Let It Go out of your head. 

-Jenny

Jenny McCabe is director of the Consumer PR team at Netflix (and a mom of two) 

Monday, March 31, 2014

This Month’s Picks for Families: Totally Tubular #TBT

As a working mom of two little kids I couldn't imagine living without Netflix. Honestly. It was true even before I started working here. To help show other families out there how Netflix fits into your life, we've created, “This Month’s Picks for Families.’ Every month we’ll make recommendations and give you some ideas that could fit into your family’s routine that month. And we’ll also include some craft or recipe ideas, but don’t worry we’ll keep them realistic and practical.

I’ve been working at Netflix for a little more than a year and one of the stories I hear over and over is how parents love to introduce their children to characters they grew up with.  I know one dad who is watching all the superhero series from the 70s and 80s with his son.  He told me it’s like reliving his childhood and he gets to see the characters through his son’s eyes, which can be a pretty magical thing. It’s become their own special ritual and an easy way to have some bonding time. 

And I’ve heard from a mom who started watching Bones because her daughter loved the show so much.  It gave them something to do together at a time when moms and teens don’t always connect.  That 1 hour on the couch has lead to meaningful conversations about what’s going on in her daughter’s life, including what she wants to study in school…turns out she wants to be like Angela and work in a lab.

Those stories give me goosies (yep, I just outed myself, I still watch American Idol). So in the spirit of the ever-popular #TBT trend, we’ve put together a list of TV shows and movies from when we were kids to share with your brood.

For your big kids:








I must admit, when I saw this craft I let out a little yelp!  My daughter and I will be making some Shrinky Dinks this week. 



Who can forget Billy Cosby and his J-E-L-L-O commercials? Relieve the 80s with homemade pudding pops.

Enjoy sharing a piece of your childhood with your kids.

-Jenny

Jenny McCabe is director of the Consumer PR team at Netflix (and a mom of two) 

Monday, March 3, 2014

This Month’s Pick for Families: Science Fair Greats

As a working mom of two little kids I couldn't imagine living without Netflix. Honestly. It was true even before I started working here. To help show other families out there how Netflix fits into your life, we've created, “This Month’s Picks for Families.’ Every month we’ll make recommendations and give you some ideas that could fit into your family’s routine that month. And we’ll also include some craft or recipe ideas, but don’t worry we’ll keep them realistic and practical.

Do you know the optimal time for cooking microwave popcorn? 2 minutes and 15 seconds. I know this because my little sister examined this for her science fair project when I was in high school. She and my mom popped bags of popcorn for different amounts of time and then in a very scientific way counted how many kernels were left unpopped vs. how many burned pieces there were to get to an optimal time. And while I ended up learning a valuable and practical piece of info, I also remember being IRATE that her science project was so easy and that she even won some ribbons for it.  My projects always tried to be over the top, as if I was dressed in a lab coat, ready to save the world.  In reality, it often ended in tears - from my mom.


So when I saw this funny poster on Facebook a few weeks ago, it made me think….maybe Netflix can bring some fun to this family affair. We’ve put together a list of TV shows to inspire your kids when it comes to the most important task, picking an idea for their science project.
   
For your big kids:


2. How Do They Do It
3. Is It Possible?
4. Build It Bigger
5. How the Universe Works
6. Extreme Engineering
7. Mythbusters

And your little kids:




If you’re looking to jumpstart your kids’ scientific creativity, try this quick and easy light bulb experiment. Learn how to build your own here.


You can also further your kids’ science knowledge while indulging your sweet tooth with this sea foam candy recipe. As you add the secret ingredient (baking soda!) to boiled sugar, the mixture will bubble and quadruple in volume. Click here to learn how to build your own.

Or you can just feel free to steal that popcorn idea…

-Jenny

Thursday, February 6, 2014

This Month’s Pick for Families: Go For the Gold

As a working mom of two little kids I couldn’t imagine living without Netflix. Honestly. It was true even before I started working here. To help show other families out there how Netflix fits into your life, we’ve created, “This Month’s Picks for Families.’ Every month we’ll make recommendations and give you some ideas that could fit into your family’s routine that month. And we’ll also include some craft or recipe ideas, but don’t worry we’ll keep them realistic and practical.

My daughter started Kindergarten this year - so naturally we felt it must be time to start soccer too. I got her a special pink soccer outfit and pink shin guards to go along with her pink gym shoes (because of course I wouldn’t invest in cleats just yet…).  We met the team and she followed the coach’s direction well.  But after three ‘games’ she decided she didn’t want to play soccer anymore.  My husband, who played every sport growing up, declared “we needed to teach her what commitment is” and lectured me on how she needed to stick with it.  I said I didn’t want to fight with her every Saturday morning and that she was only 5!  I won and we stopped soccer.  J  But he was actually right. 

Our kids do need to learn about sticking with something until they feel the thrill of success.  And that’s why I love this month’s idea.  We’re going to introduce the Olympics to my kids (they’re still pretty young) and start talking about the importance of dedication, teamwork and inspiration.  Common Sense Media provided us a great list of  key lessons you can teach your kids while tuning in to the games. They also compiled a guide to watching the winter events as a family in hopes of bringing everyone together from some fun viewing and bonding time. 

As we like to do, we pulled together a handful of movie and TV shows you can enjoy before, during and after the games.

 For Your Big Kids


For Your Little Kids



If you’re planning your own backyard games, check out these easy to make, oven-baked clay medals that can be used again and again. Click here to learn how to make your own.










If your little athlete prefers to cheer from the sidelines, pick their favorite sport and create these delicious sports cakes made with whole wheat, mashed bananas, and fresh orange juice. Click here to learn how to make your own.






Here’s to going for gold! 
-Jenny
Jenny McCabe is director of the Consumer PR team at Netflix (and a mom of two) 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

This Month’s Pick for Families: Laughter is the Best Medicine

As a working mom of two little kids I couldn’t imagine living without Netflix. Honestly. It was true even before I started working here. To help show other families out there how Netflix fits into your life, we’ve created, “This Month’s Picks for Families.’ Every month we’ll make recommendations and give you some ideas that could fit into your family’s routine that month. And we’ll also include some craft or recipe ideas, but don’t worry we’ll keep them realistic and practical.

At my house, it starts in the middle of the night. One of the little people that should be sleeping down the hall cries out in a feeble voice “moooommmmmeeeeeee,” which is usually followed by some coughing. I’m up in an instant, feeling their foreheads, praying they’re not on fire. If this sounds familiar and if you’re like me, the next day is going to include a little Netflix.

Since laughter can truly be the best medicine, this month we’re sharing a few silly movies your school-aged kids might enjoy. My kids are still little and they love to watch their favorite characters going through the same things they are, so we’ve also included a few ideas about shows where they go to the doctor.

Turn sniffles into giggles with these:








1. Daddy Day Care
2. Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves
3. Hoodwinked Too!
4. Escape from Planet Earth
5. The Croods [streaming on Netflix 1/29]
6. Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2
7. Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3

Show your kids that even their favorite characters get sick with these TV shows:










1. Magic School Bus: Inside Ralphie
2. Sesame Street: The Ten Commandments of Health
3. The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: The Checkup
4. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Daniel Visits the Doctor
5. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Daniel Gets a Shot

Starve a fever, feed a cold. Or is it feed a fever and … oh I give up. Once your routine has been shot to pieces, coming up with ways to get some nutrition into your sickies can prove challenging. That’s why we teamed with recipe expert, Alejandra Ramos, this month to provide us a few tips on how to serve your child’s afternoon snack in a way that's sure to leave them (and you) with a smile. You can check them out here.
















If your child’s feeling a little stir-crazy, but still too sick to head back to school, we’ve got a fun craft activity you can make together from expert Kelly Ladd. These simple, but fun dream catchers can be made from the comforts of their bed and are a great way to ward off your little ones flu-sick dreams. You can check it out here.
























Wishing you and your family the best of luck this flu season – stay healthy.

Jenny

Jenny McCabe is director of the Consumer PR team at Netflix (and a mom of two)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

This Month’s Pick for Families: To Grandmother’s House We Go

I’m a working mom of two little kids and I couldn’t imagine living without Netflix. Honestly. It was true even before I started working here. I love curling up on the couch with my kids tucked under each arm, but I also love the fact that Netflix sometimes helps me keep the house running smoothly…if you know what I mean.

So if you enjoy watching TV shows and movies on Netflix as much as my family does, then I hope you’ll like this blog series. Every month we’ll be posting “This Month’s Picks for Families” to give you some ideas that should fit into your family’s routine that month. And we’ll also include some craft or recipe ideas, but don’t worry we’ll keep them realistic and practical.

Our first blog post is full of ideas for the Holiday. Some will get your family in the festive spirit, some are perfect for pre-plane waiting time and some will take you down memory lane yourself. In case you hadn’t thought of taking your Netflix with you wherever you spend your holidays, it’s really simple. Just download our free app on your Smartphone or tablet and enjoy your trip over the river and through the woods.

Here are some of your kids’ favorite characters - Holiday style:








If you make it through this list, we have even more holiday favorites here.

December usually means a lot more time out and about, which can be a recipe for cranky kids and cranky parents. So we asked recipe expert Alejandra Ramos to create a Chocolate Candy Cane Smoothie for us…just don’t tell your kids it’s actually packed with protein. Learn how to make your own.


And I love this idea from former Parenting Magazine editor Kelly Ladd on how to create your own Lego travel box. Learn how to make your own.


 

On behalf of our team at Netflix, I wish you all a safe and happy Holiday season.

Jenny

Jenny McCabe is director of the Consumer PR team at Netflix (and a mom of two)