Happy Birthday From Netflix

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Happy Birthday From Netflix

Growing up, birthdays were always a big deal in my house. My parents made a big deal of my sister and my birthday every year. Their birthdays were also celebrated with cake and singing!  While my parents didn’t throw a spectacular birthday party for us every year, we knew our birthday was a special event. On our birthday, we would pick what we would eat for dinner and what dessert we would put the candles on to sing to each year. We did have the occasional party (I can only remember a handful).  Celebrating Family Birthdays As a parent, I

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The Art of Persuasion

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam which means that they pay for the streaming service in exchange for me posting once a month about the service. All opinions are my own. Before I married my husband, Chris, I knew there would be times when we might fight. We didn’t fight when we dated or even when we were engaged. I understood that living together would change our relationship and fights would be a part of it.  What I didn’t realize is that our fights would feel and seem trivial in the beginning. Our first “arguments”, or what I

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A Star Wars Love Affair

A Star Wars Love Affair

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam which means that they pay for the streaming service in exchange for me posting once a month about the service. All opinions are my own. “Star Wars or Star Trek?” I saw the question and knew how to answer without hesitation. For geeks like me, I don’t even have to think about my answer (Star Wars, FYI). But I know there are others who look at this question with confusion, thinking to themselves, “Who cares?” Whatever. They don’t know what they are missing.  At the tender age of five, I sat in the back

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I Want to Be a Superhero

I Want to Be a Superhero

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam which means that they pay for the streaming service in exchange for me posting once a month about the service. All opinions are my own. “Wonder Woman!!!” I shouted at the top of my lungs and spun, imagining that I was turning into her so I could save the day. Naturally, my other friends wanted to turn into Wonder Woman, too. No one fought over it, we all spun in unison. It was a game played daily as a child in the 1970s. Although, at times we pretended to be Isis, Jamie from

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Lessons I Learned From Watching “Friends”

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam which means that they pay for the streaming service in exchange for me posting once a month about the service. All opinions are my own. When I started graduate school many years ago, I didn’t know anyone at the school I chose to attend in small town Georgia. While I quickly met other students in my program, I did not have the social life or friendships I once had at college. Then, one day, I received a message from a random undergraduate. Tony contacted me because he was also from the St.

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Afternoon Escape

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam which means that they pay for the streaming service in exchange for me posting once a month about the service. All opinions are my own. After my kids finish eating lunch, I send them off to their room for “quiet” time. My two oldest play quietly and the toddler naps while I get at least an hour or two of peace. At least, that’s the idea. More times than not, this seems to work.  In the past, I would use this time to pick up the house, clean, or work on laundry without

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Back to the Classics

Back to the Classics

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam which means that they pay for the streaming service in exchange for me posting once a month about the service. All opinions are my own. I fell in love with movies as a child. My first memory of going to the movies involved a drive-in, lots of popcorn, and a double feature (The Jungle Book then Orca) with my sister and I asleep by the start of the second movie. The next movie I saw was Star Wars. When I was a teenager, I discovered AMC, back when they ran classic movies. I spent

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4 Types of Netflix Viewers

4 Types of Netflix Viewers

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam which means that they pay for the streaming service in exchange for me posting once a month about the service. All opinions are my own. It’s winter. It’s the season of staying warm and bundled up. And, since it’s too cold to go outside (most of the time), it’s also the perfect time to stay home in your pajamas and do nothing but stream your favorite TV shows. Well, that is, if you don’t have kids who want to watch PBS, Disney, Jr., or Nick, Jr. I do have kids which means

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All I Want for Christmas

All I Want for Christmas

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam which means that they pay for the streaming service  in exchange for me posting once a month about the service. All opinions are my own.  In less than 48 hours, it will be Christmas. Most of the time, I love this holiday. This year, though, I’m on the fence. 2016 sucked, big, especially in the last few weeks. Since Thanksgiving, I’ve had two deaths in my family (a brother-in-law and a cousin), two daughters with ear infections, a broken down minivan that won’t get out of the shop until the end of

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Thanksgiving, Gilmores, & Favorite TV Families

Thanksgiving, Gilmores, & Favorite TV Families

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam which means that they pay for the streaming service  in exchange for me posting once a month about the service. All opinions are my own.  Thanksgiving. Family. They are inextricably linked.  For some, family time at Thanksgiving is like a Normal Rockwell painting, a little bit of perfection. For others, it means tension and even avoiding those family members who cause the most stress. This year, strains between family members are higher than normal after a difficult election year where campaigns brought out the worst in each other.  Luckily, I’m still talking to

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