The end of 2016 is here. A year that certainly won’t be forgotten, that’s for sure. As with every year, bars and clubs will be filled to capacity, parties will be held around the world and countdowns shouted in every household. If you’ve got small kids in the house, you’re likely not in the night club ringing it in. If you’re looking for great ways to commemorate ringing in the New Year in a kid-friendly way, here are some ideas which might float your boat.
Have you got your Christmas watching thought out yet? Tradition is to buy a copy of the Christmas RTE Guide and a big marker, staking out your claim on the tv for whatever is on. However, as network television can be a little lacklustre at this time of year at times, Netflix is to the rescue. If you’re looking for movies to chill out with as a family, Christmas specials to enjoy with the kids in bed or simply something to pass the hours lazily, here’s a guide to what you can check out.
Halloween falling on a Monday this year (albeit a bank holiday, but still) means a lot of plans for outings had to be relegated to the weekend. However, it’s still good to be able to celebrate the night itself in the traditional way – lots of junk food (or healthier treats like these cookies if you’re that way inclined) and Halloween movie . This may work better if you’re lucky enough to be off for the midterm, or if you’re off for the Bank Holiday Monday to start your marathon on the Sunday! Gone are the days of needing to head to a shop to rent the scary DVD, Netflix has a range of horror and scary shows and movies, ranging from those suitable for the kiddies, to those you’ll be sleeping with the light on after. Here are a few picks which are on my list (for watching behind a cushion, with popcorn, of course).
So, Summer is officially gone, the rain has set in, it’s cold and it’s cuddle under blanket time. Happily, this allows a lot of time to check out whats new (and not so new but loved) on Netflix while soaking up the warmth. When I’ve got free time at the moment, I can be found snuggled up in my fleecy blanket I got last winter in Penneys, looking for new shows. Lately I have not been disappointed. Here’s a look at what we’ve been enjoying on Netflix lately.
I’m a big fan of non fiction and documentary, in both visual and written media forms. I like true crime, factual accounts of people’s lives, adding knowledge and new experiences to my mind which can change the way I think about things. Fiction is great and all, I get very invested in the lives of people who don’t exist, but there’s something special about learning about the real people and feeling the real emotions, knowing more about the world around me. I’ve found Netflix to be great for providing new documentaries for opening my horizons – from stuff on what we’re eating, to different religious cults, to treatment of women in different parts of the world. It all informs who I am as a person, and who I am raising my child to be. This month has definitely been one with thought provoking watching, not easy watching, but documentaries with important messages that everyone should see.Â Read More
As anyone who has a toddler living in their home will know, you wind up with a lot of rather ear-worm type songs stuck in your head. Just this morning, Iâ€™ve already been humming â€œMummy Finger, Mummy Finger, Where Are You?â€ and the all-time classic â€œThe Wheels on The Busâ€. As singing plastic enters the house and adds new lyrics to older songs (Iâ€™m looking at you VTech), the list of Top Toddler Hits grows and grows. At any time, I can be found to regale you with a feisty rendition of the Big Balloon song from Peppa, the Fireman Sam theme tune or, and Iâ€™m NOT proud of this, The Pup Pup Boogie. Yeah, this is parenting life, weâ€™re very cool with our music.
It’s been a little while since I’ve done one of these, I’ve spent much more time binge watching than I’d like to admit. However, the offerings this month are ones I want to rave about, so to save the people in my life from my endless ramblings, I may as well ramble on here. With the Summer in full belt (someone tell the weather please!), theres a bit more time on hand for most people to check out something they’ve maybe been intending to watch for a while. For me, it’s somewhat the opposite – as everyone else is taking a break I’ve returned to the workplace and so am busier than ever. I’ll choose that to mean that my downtime should only be spent doing things I really enjoy – and Netflix has definitely taken care of that this month.
Happy April, it’s the first of the month, and the Internet is filled with April Fools jokes. Some better than others, admittedly, but this is not one of those posts. Instead, I’m sitting looking out at the horrible rain outside and planning all of the lovely television I can catch up on with Netflix this month. Who needs to head outside in this weather when there’s so much to catch up on?
Are you familiar with Paw Patrol? Chances are, if you’ve got a child under the age of five who has been introduced to a television or Netflix account, you’ll at least be familiar with the theme tune. By familiar, I mean it’s stuck on a loop in a part of your brain that nothing else can quite reach to get it out of there (I’ve contemplated bleaching it out. Surely that will work?). For those of you who haven’t become familiar with the show that has taken over our lives as we know them, Paw Patrol is a Canadian animation broadcast in 126 countries, based on the premise of a pack of dogs who, under orders of the questionably aged boy with lots of technology at his disposal, go about saving the rather questionable townspeople from themselves. In our house, the combination of dogs plus fire engines (that would be the aptly named Marshall) was fated to be a winner.
Here we go again, February 14th, Valentines Day, the day where we make the effort we should be making the other 364 days of the year to make sure that the other half knows how much we love and appreciate them (and their bin taking out abilities). Windows are full of gift ideas which range from dodgy looking mens underwear, to chocolate covered treats and everything in between. If you’re planning on burying your head in the sand instead of joining the queue for overbooked restaurants and cinema showings this year, but have someone special to snuggle up to (or a comfy pillow, works either way), then you should be sorted with Netflix. You can even get into the spirit of things. Put away Making A Murderer for one night and get feeling a little more soft and gooey and warm inside.
Why go for one cheesy romcom when you can go for all of them? Date Movie is what it says on the tin, a send up of all those cliches, all those motifs you see in every single romantic boy meets girl comedy – and it’s got Alyson Hannigan (American Pie, How I Met Your Mother) in it, who I love, so it was definitely on my to-watch list. It’s not exactly Spielberg but it’s got a few good belly laughs and is good for the date that isn’t taking itself too seriously – or for simply laughing at the whole conceptÂ of romantic movies in general as it sends up most of the big ones! Perfect for those not quite behind the whole mushy side of Valentines Day.
What do you do when your boyfriend dumps you to go find someone smarter? Forget about your fashion qualifications and apply to Harvard Law of course in an effort to win him back. You can’t but love Reese Witherspoon in this, and between a rewatch of this and How To Get Away With Murder I’m dreaming of a law degree myself in the future! A love story with lots of law, learning, feminism and beauty tips to boot – if you haven’t seen it already (where were you?), you need to. While I’d class it as a girly movie, there is a lot of good laughs to keep the boys entertained too this Valentines weekend.
Romeo and Juliet
The most famous love story of all time meets a young Leonardo Di Caprio and a super young looking Claire Danes (This film is 20 years old this year). Using the words of the Bard in a much more modern setting, Baz Luhrmann works his magic. If you’re looking for classic romance this Valentines Day, you can’t ask for much better. A pair of star crossed lovers, and their tale of tragic romance caused by their warring families – we all know how it ends, but it doesn’t take from it at all.
Adapted from one of my favourite books, Where Rainbows End (Cecilia Ahern), Love, Rosie is a rather recent film with a lot of lovely moments. What happens when you meet your soulmate in primary school but never quite get the timing right? A ton of life gets in the way, that’s what. They may have made them English instead of Irish, and you will spend half the film shouting at them to cop onto themselves, but it’s a really sweet love story, perfect for Valentines Day!
What happens when you mix the creator of Love Actually and Notting Hill, with the star of The Notebook? One hell of an emotional ride, that’s what. It’s sincere, it’s beautiful, it’s very high on my list of favourite films. At the age of 21, Tim (played by our own Domhnall Gleeson), finds out that a family trait is time travel (better than the dodgy eyesight that happens in our family anyway) and thus begins a quest to not only find a girlfriend but to make every moment perfect. As the movie goes on though, we learn it isn’t quite that simple… If this doesn’t get you in the feels, Â you’re not watching it right. Perfect for a date night in with the one you love.
The film with one of the most iconic scenes in rom com history. John Cusack’s 1989 classic is a gorgeous love story which should make you smile, but not quite want to get sick from an overly sickly love story – definitely worth a watch.
Those are my picks this Valentines weekend – what are yours? If you’re looking for some more, I also did something similar last year so there may be some more ideas for you there.
What is your favourite date movie? Let me know in the comments below!
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