Afternoon Escape

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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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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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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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#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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Too Female for Hollywood

Unless you have your head buried in the sand, I’m sure you’ve heard that there is a lack of roles for female actors in television and movies, with the latter being far worse. In fact, it has come out in recent months that lead actresses struggle to get paid as much as their male counterparts, even when they are the main star.  It makes you think that Hollywood doesn’t value women: the audiences or the actors. Why aren’t their more female-led projects? You might excuse the Hollywood establishment by saying that female-led television shows and movies don’t do well. Wrong.

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Dusting Off My Shelfies

Last night, the Emmy Awards were held in Los Angeles and aired for the world to see. The Emmy Awards signal the beginning of première week on television. The Emmy’s say goodbye to the last season as we welcome in the new one. As a lifelong fan of television, I look forward to September; bringing with it all the new shows I can’t wait to see for the first time to all my returning favorites. Of course, with a million channels, I go through the difficult task of narrowing down what it is I will watch. When I was a

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8 Fabulous TV Moms

A week ago Sunday was Mother’s Day! Some people love the “holiday,” others, not so much. We all have our reasons for being happy to see the second Sunday in May or want to hide from it. I’m in the former camp.  While not all of us had the perfect mom (and really, who did?), most of us have women (or, in some cases, men) in our lives that serve as mother figures to us in some way. One place everyone can turn to see motherhood in action is television. While it isn’t real, we can enjoy the moms we

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“Mommy, We Need to Watch Netflix”

My little girls love television. It’s a fact I’ve grappled with and decided to let go of the guilt. Well, most of the time. I do try to limit the amount I watch, but it doesn’t stop their love for the medium.  Each morning I will leave the T.V. on for 2-3 hours with programs that they enjoy. We usually have a “set” routine, starting with PBS favorites like Curious George and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, then we move over to Disney Jr. to watch Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, and my youngest’s favorite, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  My girls don’t usually sit still to watch their programs. They

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10 Great Halloween Shows for Toddlers

I have to confess that we watch a lot of TV in my house. I’m not proud of it, but it’s a fact of life. All of us love TV. I try to limit my girls’ viewing, but there are some days that I suck at that, too. Grace seems to love TV the most. If the TV sits idle and dark, she will find the remote, hand it to my husband or me, then say, “TV on.” She really doesn’t like it if I refuse to turn on the television, and has been known to pitch a fit. The

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The T.V. to Myself

Before my husband and I married, we had lengthy discussions about his unusual work schedule. He does not work your typical 9 to 5, Monday through Friday schedule.  Chris is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service (NWS). Weather never stops.  Weather is a 24 hour/7 days a week, 365 days a year occurrence.  As such, meteorologists across the country work around the clock tracking the weather.  These men and women of the National Weather Service are not the people you see on T.V.  The vast majority of the people “forecasting” the weather on T.V. get their forecasts from those

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