Thanksgiving, Gilmores, & Favorite TV Families

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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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9 Movies Perfect for Halloween

9 Movies Perfect for Halloween

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.  One of my favorite holidays is Halloween. I’m not sure if that’s because it falls ten days after my birthday or all that comes with the holiday–the costumes, candy, jack-o-lanterns, decorations, and trick-or-treating. In fact, it might be my favorite holiday of all. (Although my sparsely decorated house this year gives off a different impression.) While this year has been a bit crazy and I’ve had little

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Zootopia, Star Wars, and Captain America. Oh, My! Disney Comes to Netflix

Zootopia, Star Wars, and Captain America. Oh, My! Disney Comes to Netflix

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.  September 20th is a magical day. Since early spring, I’ve patiently waited. And waited. And waited.  What have I been waiting for? Simple. Disney on Netflix! In May, Netflix announced a huge deal they made with Disney and Disney’s subsidiaries (Lucasfilm, Pixar, and Marvel). Starting in September, Netflix would hold exclusive U.S. rights to all Disney movies (including the subsidiary companies). This news thrilled me! While I enjoy streaming TV

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My Love Affair with Stand-Up Comedy

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.  Years ago, as a teenager at a time when my parents briefly had cable, I found myself bored and clicking through the channels looking for something to watch after everyone else had gone to bed. I stumbled on a program with a woman telling jokes to an audience. As I watched, I became captivated and amused. Soon, I was laughing out loud, and I had a woman

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10 Awesome Summer Movies

10 Awesome Summer Movies

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.  Mid-July. Hot. Humid.  Miserable. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate summer weather? I’m sure I have. Thank goodness for Willis Carrier, who invented air-conditioning in 1902. He was a brilliant man who helped make summer more bearable.  Granted, this does not mean I can get out of spending time outside. With three little girls, spending most of my summer outside is a requirement, what with

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19 Ideas for Enjoying “Me Time”

19 Ideas for Enjoying “Me Time”

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.  Let me let you in on a little secret. Once you become a stay-at-home parent, you lose something precious you probably didn’t value enough. No, not money (although you do lose some of that). No, not sex with your partner, although that may happen less often. Who has energy for that after several days with little sleep? You lose “me time,” those quiet moments where you can

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#TooFemale? Too Awesome! Women on TV

#TooFemale? Too Awesome! Women on TV

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.  The other day I wrote a post about how CBS executives passed on a pilot that tested well but rejected it because the show skewed “too female.” To say this confused me might be an understatement. How could a show test “too female”? What does that even mean? After much thought, I think I know what “too female” means in TV speak. It means the men didn’t like

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Opposites, Otherwise Known as Sisters

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.  Growing up, my younger sister, Amy, and I were always opposites. I was the introvert, she the extrovert, I had blonde hair, she had dark brown hair. Amy was popular, I was not. She liked Beverly Hills 90210 and I didn’t. Being so different led to many fights over the years, to the point that my mom worried that we would irreparably harm our relationship.  Despite our differences,

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Lego Fun

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 has been busy and crazy in my house lately (hence why I haven’t posted anything recently). Last Wednesday, my sister, Amy, and her two kids, Kendall and Carson, arrived for a visit during their Spring Break. It was perfect timing, really, because my oldest, Ginny, had Spring Break with her preschool, too.  With Amy living in Florida, I don’t see her or my niece and nephew

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Date Night In

Date Night In

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 you have kids, going out is a treat. Unless you have lots of family members nearby who volunteer to babysit for free or are wealthy enough to afford hiring babysitters every night, you spend most of your nights at home. Okay, maybe all of your nights at home and the rare night out every few months. At least, that’s how it works for my family.  My husband,

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