Watch #SummerintheCity this Saturday, August 13th at 9pm/8c on @HallmarkChannel! #Ad

    Being off during the summer affords me the opportunity to enjoy some of my favorite programming.  This vacation, I am enjoying watching The Hallmark Channel and their all new "Summer Nights" programming happening all summer long!      Their latest movie, "Summer in the City", premieres Saturday, August 13th at 9:00 PM / 8:00c. Throughout July and August, the Hallmark Channel will be releasing the original movies, Summer Villa, For Love and Honor, My Summer Prince, Managing Manhattan as well as the Kitten Summer Games, and the new original TV series, Chesapeake Shores.    As a New Yorker, I can totally relate to the main character of "Summer in the City," a small town woman with Midwestern charm.  It was a big culture shock for me to move to the Big Apple from a small town in Spain when I was eight years old.  There were so many new cultures, people, and experiences to become accustomed to.  She is given a … [Read more...]

What’s The Craziest Place You’ve Watched Netflix? #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

In the bathroom? Under the covers? Where have you done it?     We know there are only so many times you can hear the Dinotrux theme song before you start sneaking off to binge the new season of Orange is the New Black in the bathtub or "do work in the garage" while you secretly watch Voltron: Legendary Defender. Don't be ashamed, moms and dads, you're definitely not alone.    In our house, it's basically get your Netflix time in whenever you can.  Since we all love watching our favorite shows and we have three televisions in the home, you would think that there would be plenty of opportunities for all of us to watch Netflix.  Unfortunately, my two sons pretty much monopolize two of our TVs and my husband likes to come in from work and take over the living room.  As a result, I often have to sneak my viewing time in every chance I get.    So, since it is time for confessions, I guess I should divulge what some of the craziest places … [Read more...]

Tips For Tackling Parenting Conversations With Your Kids! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    This week, my son is turning 13 and there are many important conversations that his father and I have begun to initiate with him since he is getting older.  These days, it is not easy to unglue his phone from his hand or to get his attention for more than five minutes to even sit down and talk.  I'm not going to say that addressing those tough topics with him has been easy either, after all, he is always going to be my baby.       As far as my ten year-old is concerned, the conversations that we have are still a little less complicated than the ones we have been having with his older brother.  We usually spend most of our time talking about why he should be getting along better with his sibling or what he has to do to earn more privileges.  Thankfully, with Netflix, I can use my sons'  favorite shows to open the door for these tricky, sometimes awkward conversations.  I'm sure those of you with teens, tweens, and preteens … [Read more...]

Fortune Teller Craft Activity! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    Although my family and I definitely agree on the fact that we all love Netflix, we sometimes cannot agree on what we should watch next as a family.  We love each other dearly but we have huge differences when it comes to our taste in movies and shows.  Our weekly debates can go from pleasant disagreements to heated debates so we have been looking to find ways to compromise so we can all enjoy what we like to watch.     Since they know getting a collective answer can be easier said than done, Netflix has created an iconic fortune teller to help your family decide what to watch next. Even better, create your own! Fortune Teller Craft ActivityHow to play:Print out the Fortune Teller and cut (with help!) along the dotted line. Label the outermost triangles 1-8 and add in different genres for each. Then on the inner triangles, fill in your favorite show or movie currently streaming on Netflix that corresponds to each genre. Fold … [Read more...]

Unleash your LEGO-tivity With Netflix! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    I've always encouraged my sons to use their imaginations and creativity when it comes to any project that they tackle or complete.  That's probably why I have always loved when they play with building blocks or LEGO.  From the moment that they hold their first block and envision what they are going to create, they embark on a journey of self-expression.     The best part is that my husband and I enjoy building with them and we often spend time as a family using our imaginations together.  It's the perfect opportunity to spend quality time together and to bounce ideas off one another.  We love seeing the smiles on our boys' faces when they are driven by inspiration and determined to bring their ideas to life.    As a Netflix Ambassador, I was so excited when we found out that our love of building is shared by many others who will be watching two new shows on Netflix :  LEGO Bionicle and LEGO Friends.   In Lego … [Read more...]

Is Your Kid A Bedtime Staller? #StreamTeam #5MoreMinutes @Netflix #Ad

    My nine year-old son is a master negotiator when it comes to extending his bedtime.  He is always looking for ways to take full advantage of those last "five more minutes."  Since he was diagnosed with epilepsy last May, adhering to a strict bedtime has become even more important because studies show that sleep deprivation can be a trigger for seizures.   Here are some of my little darling's favorite excuses for not going to bed:"I need to go to the bathroom." "When are you going to bed, Mommy?" "I can't sleep without my Teddy Bear." "I'm thirsty and I need a drink of water." "Daddy is snoring too loud and keeping me awake."    It turns out that I am not alone in this struggle of daily bartering.  As a matter of fact, bedtime excuses are universal – more than 60% of parents around the globe are dealing with kids’ stall tactics before bed, adding up to nearly 20 minutes every single night.  Imagine that, not only … [Read more...]

5 Tips For Getting Your Family Ready For Back To School! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Partner

    I cannot believe how quickly the summer is over!  In less than one week, students will be getting ready for back to school here in New York City.  Honestly, it is a bitter-sweet time for me because I relish every moment that I get to spend with both of my boys during summer vacation.  As a Working Mom, I have to try to take advantage of the opportunities that I have to enjoy some quality time with them.    No more letting them get away with staying up past their bedtime or sleeping in every morning.  It's time to get their brains working and their creative juices flowing so they can start the academic year off on the right foot.  That is exactly what I love so much about Netflix, its movies and television shows allow me to get them back into school mode while making them think that they are just having fun.  Don't tell them but, they are actually learning something while watching these programs.Here are five tips for getting … [Read more...]

Join Us In Search Of New Dragons! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Partner

    This past week, I finally had the chance to sit down and watch Dragons: Race to the Edge on Netflix.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed watching it along with my nine year-old son.  The two main characters, Hiccup and Toothless risk leaving the safety of their home, on the island of Berk, to search for new dragons.     My boys had a ball using their imaginations to create their own adventures where they set out to find mystical dragons.  They were so excited about possibly finding dragons with some of the abilities of the dragons on the show including sending shock waves, cannon balls and fire blasts.  Who knew that modern dragons had such amazing abilities?    In Dragons: Race to the Edge, Hiccup finds the magical Dragon Eye artifact aboard and abandoned ship.  This discovery leads him to learn that there is much more to find outside the Berk limits and he allows his curiosity to get the best of him.  Hiccup’s own words, “this changes everything,” shows us that … [Read more...]

Give Your Kids A Glimpse Into Your Childhood! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Partner

    One of my favorite things to do is listen to music and watch shows with my sons that I used to enjoy when I was a kid.  There is just something magical about bridging the gap between your own childhood and your children's childhoods by connecting through these "blasts from the past."  It's a great way to let them know that you weren't always an adult and you weren't always their parent.  Also, it allows you to create memories with them that will last a lifetime.     My siblings and I used to lay on a blanket on the floor and watch Inspector Gadget while munching on our favorite snacks.  It was so much fun to say, "Go, Go, Gadget, Go!"  These special moments allowed us to bond with one another and I love now having the opportunity to watch Inspector Gadget with my boys on Netflix.  They enjoy all of his antics and adventures as much as I did when I was a little girl.    You guys can create these precious memories with your children as well.  Netflix has an entire list of of … [Read more...]

How Can You Teach Your Children Not To Lie? #StreamTeam @Netflix #Partner

    Before I had children, I assumed that when children lied it was because their parents never taught them any better or they learned to lie from their peers.  When I was growing up, my siblings and I were taught that lying was wrong and would not be tolerated so I resolved early on that this would be a value that I would pass on to my own kids.  That is why I'm always caught off guard when my boys get caught in a lie and I've come to realize that everyone lies at one point or another and that it is a part of life.    The reality is that parents lie all the time, even if they do it with good intentions.  Some of the lies we tell our kids are just to make things easier for us like telling them that the park is closed when we don't have time to take them there.  We tell other white lies because we want to make our children happy such as telling them that the Tooth Fairy put money under their pillow or that the Easter Bunny dropped off their Easter baskets.     The Rayburns, from … [Read more...]