Top Netflix Picks For 2017 #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    Before the credits roll in 2017, I wanted to take a look back at all of our favorite Netflix moments this year. From the very best binges to conquering family TV time, there was truly something for everyone. So, without further ado, here are the shows that filled our family's must-watch list this past year: Sneaking in some me-time with Orange is the New Black. Choosing what’s next with Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale. Binge racing through all episodes of Stranger Things 2 in one sitting.     Celebrating New Year’s with your kids can get exhausting. Fast. While they may think they’re staying up until midnight, little do they know the secret weapon you have in your pocket: Netflix New Year’s Eve Countdowns. With nine countdowns to choose from, you can press play on the night’s festivities whenever and however you want, so they’re off to bed sooner and you can pop a bottle of bubbles—now that’s a cause for celebration.     Featuring a cast of faces familiar and … [Read more...]

Netflix Is A Must-Have Travel Essential! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    Traveling during this special time of the year can sometimes lose its luster. After all, you haven't truly experienced travel stress until you attempt to do so with your children. Believe it or not, there are challenges involved in planning trips with kids of all ages. Luckily for me, I have a teen and a tween to bring that "interesting" element into any getaway that we plan.     The numbers don't lie, 23% of parents in the US say one of their main concerns when traveling is keeping their kids entertained. Let me tell you, nobody gets bored as easily as a teenager. If I don't constantly feed his need for stimulation and entertainment, he has no problem being vocal about just how boring the situation is. Offline viewing on Netflix has possibly saved my life, or his, depending on who you ask.     No matter if it’s for your littlest one, pre-teen or anyone in between, there are Netflix shows for everyone in the family to pack in their carry-on so you don't have to suffer like I … [Read more...]

Stranger Things Season 2 Is Coming To Netflix! #StreamTeam @Netflix

    Most of you have probably heart that Stranger Things Season 2 is coming to Netflix! The timing is excellent since Halloween is right around the corner and we all enjoy spooky programming during this time of the year. If you have not watched season 1 yet, you should probably start binge watching so you are ready in time to enjoy season 2!     The story is set in the town of Hawkins, Indiana in 1984. It focuses on the supernatural forces and strange events that continue to haunt this town and all of its residents. We can all expect to see all of the characters back from season 1 and also be introduced to some new characters including tomboy Max and her older step-brother Billy, a woman named Roman who has a connection to Hawkins Lab, RadioShack manager Bob Newby, Department of Energy agent Dr. Owens and  journalist-turned-conspiracy theorist Murray Bauman.     Stranger Things is like a time machine back to the 80’s. Now you can also play along with this super rad, nostalgic … [Read more...]

Birthdays On Demand With Netflix! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    As a Working Mom, it's always a nightmare when I have had to plan for celebrating my sons' birthdays at school. I end up having nightmares of staying up all night baking enough cupcakes for every student in their classes and wake up in a cold sweat when I realize I miscalculated the amount of cupcakes in my dream. Let's put it this way, my baking skills are not on par with the beautiful images you see on the Internet from moms who are more talented in the culinary arts. The beautiful cake above was made by one of my fellow basketball moms for my son's fourteenth birthday...     When it comes to planning your kids’ birthday parties, the pressure can be overwhelming for parents. Thankfully, I'm not alone, nearly three-quarters (71%) of parents wish there was an easier way to make birthdays feel special for their kids. Wish granted—no candles required. Netflix is granting parents the ultimate birthday gift with the launch of 15 Birthdays On-Demand featurettes. Starring the … [Read more...]

Practice The Art Of Persuasion With Netflix! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    I love to discover a new favorite show or movie on Netflix but I hate to watch it alone. My sons love to binge watch their favorite cartoons and shows too so I am always trying to recruit them as my watch partners. They always try to give me a hard time initially, however, they are powerless to resist my persuasive techniques for too much time. There are many ways that you can convince your friends and loved ones to join you when you are enjoying Netflix and I am just the person to show you how this is done! Chef's Table? You don’t have to know how to whip up a 5-star meal to watch someone else do it. Follow the recipe below to get the rest of the family onboard for a truly Michelin worthy experience. Need to convince someone to travel to a galaxy far, far away with you? Hyperdrive below for a map that will take your kids, spouse or parents from a Padawan to a Jedi Master. Repeat after me: Cartoons are not just for kids. If that’s not working for you, let … [Read more...]

Sneak Some Me Time Into Your Day! #MomSneak #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    Let's be completely honest, being a mom is not easy although it is very rewarding.  One of the more difficult aspects of motherhood is hardly ever getting any time to yourself.  Believe it or not, 97% of mothers feel that they had a lot more time to themselves before becoming mothers.  Me time is a luxury for most.     The reality is that most of us spend the majority of our time juggling busy schedules, holding down the fort at home, and just looking forward to even one moment of peace that we can enjoy by ourselves.  Now don't get me wrong, this does not mean that we do not love our children, it simply means that we sometimes need a break.     So how do we sneak some me time into our day you ask?  In my home, I can often be found smuggling a tablet into the bathroom to watch some of my favorite shows on Netflix.  Since you can stream your favorite movies and television programs on Netflix on just about any device, you can execute a mom sneak just about anywhere.     I highly … [Read more...]

Experience Interactive Storytelling On Netflix! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    As many of you know, I have been a Literacy Specialist in New York City public schools for over seventeen years.  Throughout my tenure, I have had a first-hand look at how reading affects children positively in every aspect of their life.  As a result, I am always on the lookout for opportunities for kids to improve their comprehension through creativity.     Netflix has recently announced their first interactive "branching" narrative episodes Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, where Netflix members have control over how the story develops and ultimately unfolds.  Non-linear stories like these allow children to tap into their imagination and to really think about the story elements and events taking place involving the characters.     My son and I recently had the opportunity to be among the first Netflix Stream Teamers to experience this interactive storytelling together.  As an educator, it was so rewarding to see him so engaged … [Read more...]

Introducing Anne With An E On Netflix! #StreamTeam #Giveaway @Netflix #Ad

    Are you ready for the exciting next chapter in Netflix content?  I am so excited about being a part of celebrating the debut of the Netflix original series, Anne With an E, based on the beloved book series Anne of Green Gables.  As a Literacy Specialist, I always enjoy when some of my favorite books are made into television series that different generations can enjoy and fall in love with.     Anne With an E is a coming-of-age story about an outsider who, against all odds and many challenges, fights for love and acceptance and her place in the world. Set in Prince Edward Island in the late 1890s, the series centers on Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty), a young orphaned girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an aging sister and brother.     Over time, 13-year-old Anne will transform the lives of Marilla (Geraldine James) and Matthew Cuthbert (R.H. Thomson) and eventually the entire small town in which they … [Read more...]

Connect With Your Teen! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    Recently my son approached me and asked me if I was familiar with the Netflix original show, 13 Reasons Why.  Honestly, I had heard a little about it from some of my high school students but I had not watched the show myself.  He proceeded to tell me that the theme of the show was suicide and how he and all his friends were talking about it at school.     As parents, we sometimes are at a loss on how to broach some of the heavy topics that affect our adolescent children.  It has a lot to do with being conflicted over wanting to protect our children from some of the scary realities of life and wanting to educate them so they can make the best decisions as they grow into adulthood.  It goes without saying that discussing mental health issues and suicide is not really something that any parent is fully prepared for.  Being able to discuss his thoughts on the Netflix original series, 13 Reasons Why opened the door for us to have an open dialogue about a very sensitive topic.     … [Read more...]

Teach Your Kids To Overcome Gender Stereotypes! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    Growing up, our mother was not raising my sister and I to be damsels in distress.  I can still remember her telling us how important it would be to get an education and to always be independent women.  It might seem unbelievable but studies have shown that girls are being influenced by gender stereotypes from as young as six years old.  That is why it is so important that they have access to positive role models in the media and within the entertainment programming that they are being exposed to.     Thankfully, Netflix is home to girls who mean business and that’s something all kids can get behind.  Whether it’s Violet’s quick wit, Elena’s activist mentality, or Deidra & Laney’s unorthodox thinking, there’s something for every girl to relate to.  Strong female characters aren’t just important for girls.  Boys are growing up with Eleven saving the crew and Tip showing that true friendship knows no bounds.     … [Read more...]