The Best Kid Shows on Netflix (according to my daughter)

Mom, did you see Word Party? 

Mom, I want to watch Word Party!

Mom!! Word Party!! 

Once my daughter finds a show she likes, I hear about it…

Over and over and over and over and…

The Jim Henson creative team is behind this animated gem

This month, Hallie has been obsessed withthese shows:

  • Canimals
  • Word Party
  • Bo on the Go (She has rediscovered this one)

    Kawaii overload

But the one I really want her to get into is the new Beat Bugs. A cute, new animated series that uses Beatles songs as its inspiration. The group of bug friends have adventures in an overgrown garden. Songs like “Strawberry Fields” and “Eleanor Rigby” are among the songs that your kids will hear and enjoy! 
I’m not a huge Beatles fan myself but I can respect the cultural impact the iconic group and their music made in our society. I think it’s pretty important for my kids to get to know the songs by The Beatles and other famous bands and singers. 

So, the plan is to start watching ASAP. Maybe we’ll get some Beatles earworms stuck in our heads. 

Have you found a kid show on Netflix that you love? I want to know about it!

t.r.m. 

Blogger’s Note: Our family watches Netflix more than we eat crackers. And we love crackers. So, it’s a joy to continue watching and reviewing for Netflix. Plus, Netflix is calorie-free. 

Trapezes and Lions and MAGIC Stays With You.

There are smells that will take me back to my childhood. Mostly food items; popcorn, funnel cakes, and cotton candy. Granted, there are a lot of different events that sell these types of yummy treats but to me, it all points back to when my parents took me to the traveling circus. 

It was our family routine to go see the circus. We would walk the path littered with hay and sawdust to a giant red and white striped tent. Once inside, we sat on wooden, wobbly bleachers that surrounded a circular stage. Dust and the aroma of the performing animals encompassed us as we impatiently waited for the ringleader. It was there I saw magic; magic I needed to be a part of. 

Because I wanted to be a trapeze artist but I was afraid of heights. 

Because I wanted to tame lions but I didn’t like the whip the tamer used. I wanted to train it like a pet. Like a giant pet cat. 

I wasn’t old enough to understand how things worked back then but oh, do I remember loving the circus. 

Times are different now. Circuses are different now but the magic remains and I want my kids to experience that magic for themselves. 

Luckily, The Ringling Bros Circus is heading to my city and their theme is OUT OF THIS WORLD!! I’m not really sure what that means but based on the photos I was sent, it looks AMAZING. 



AND THEY ARE ON ICE SKATES!! 

What?!?


And did you know that ice skating clowns are 50% funnier and 75% less scary than regular clowns. It’s true. I read it somewhere on a website so it must be true. 

So, if you are local to Southern California or planning to be in the area, join me and my family is seeing this magical show. It starts this week at the Staples Center and there’s a SPECIAL TICKET OFFER BELOW!! 

Then your kids will have memories of being trapeze artists when they grow up. 

Maybe. 


t.r.m. 

Blogger’s Note: The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus Company is providing my family tickets to promote the coming of their show to the Los Angeles area. All that stuff I said about my memories of the circus was true. I’m really looking forward to this show!!! 


An Apology to My House

 

Sorry, House, but I’m not making you a priority today. It is HOT. Like ceiling fans goin’, who has the nearest pool, turn on the air conditioning as a last resort (like an hour after you get out of bed) HOT! 

I’ll get to you in a bit. 

Despite the fact the last three weeks were spent away, for me at least, I still have a suitcase full of clothes and I don’t even want to talk about the laundry. 

House, you are a freaking nightmare…and it looks like you are going to be that way for a while. Because I have the list of movies and shows that are airing on Netflix and it contains so many of my favorites. 

  • The Back to the Future Trilogy
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  • The Italian Job
  • The Lethal Weapon Series 
  • The Sting
  • Turner and Hooch

The complete list is down below: 
AVAILABLE JULY 1

41 on 41 (2014)
A Long Way From Home (2013)
Back to the Future (1985)
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
Bad Boys II (2003)
Batman: The Movie (1966)
Beavis and Butt-head Do America (1996)
Between: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Blade 2 (2002)
By the People: The Election of Barack Obama (2009)
Catwoman (2004)
Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)
Cinderella Man (2005)
Conflict (2015)
Death Race 2 (2010)
Death Race 3: Inferno (2013)
Deep: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dreamcatcher (2003)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Gladiator (2000)
Hello, Dolly! (1969)
Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002)
Honey (2003)
Insomnia (2002)
The Italian Job (2003)
Jackass: Number Two (2006)
Jim Jefferies: Freedumb – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Lalaloopsy Ponies: The Big Show (2014)
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
The Longest Yard (2005)
The Lovely Bones (2009)
Making the American Man (2016) – NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
Marcella: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Marco Polo: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Mean Girls (2004)
Nevada Smith (1966)
Nick of Time (1995)
The Painted Veil (2006)
Pandemic (2015)
Phenomenon (1996)
Raiders Of The Lost Art: Season 2
Rumor Has It (2005)
Scooby-Doo (2002)
The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1
The Sting (1973)
Stomp the Yard: Homecoming (2010)
Talhotblond (2009)
Terminus (2016)
Turner and Hooch (1989)
Twisted (2004)
Watershed: Exploring A New Water Ethic For The New West (2012)
Well Wishes (2015)
Working Girl (1988)
Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)

AVAILABLE JULY 4
Kuromukuro: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
AVAILABLE JULY 6
The Big Short (2015)
AVAILABLE JULY 7
A War (2015)

The Armor of Light (2015)

Brahman Naman (2016) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

NSU German History X: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
AVAILABLE JULY 8
The Invitation (2015) – NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE

Word Party: Season 1
AVAILABLE JULY 9
Mustang (2015)

Mystery Files: Season 1
AVAILABLE JULY 10
The Last Kingdom: Season 1
AVAILABLE JULY 12
Rolling Papers (2015)
AVAILABLE JULY 14
Gridlocked (2015) – NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE

Magi: The Adventures of Sinbad: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Todd Margaret: Season 3
AVAILABLE JULY 15
The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Ghostheads (2016)

Holidays (2016) – NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE

Rebirth (2016) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Stranger Things: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (2016) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
AVAILABLE JULY 16
Fighting (2009)
AVAILABLE JULY 19
Liv and Maddie: Season 3
AVAILABLE JULY 21
Internet Famous (2016) – NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
AVAILABLE JULY 22
BoJack Horseman: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Degrassi: Next Class: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
AVAILABLE JULY 24
Popples: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
AVAILABLE JULY 27
The Wave (2015)
AVAILABLE JULY 29
Home: Adventures With Tip & Oh: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Last Chance U (2016) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Tallulah (2016) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
AVAILABLE JULY 30
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 6: Part 1
AVAILABLE JULY 31
Hit Record on TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Season 2

So, House…I’m real sorry. In July, I’m gonna be busy, real busy.  

I’ll get some Clorox Wipes and get with you in August. Maybe. 

t.r.m. 


Blogger’s Note: if you need me, I’ll be on my couch because NETFLIX keeps giving me reasons to do so. 

Kids, Please Don’t Call Me “Mother”.

As my children have grown up, I’ve been called many loving monikers; Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma… Even “Mom” in a darling, droning repetition that would make any woman drink a gallon of wine. 

But my kids have never called me “Mother” and I’ve never thought much about it until I started binge watching a show on Netflix. Now, calling me “mother” is strictly forbidden. 


My curiosity about this show has been brewing for a while now. After seeing many Alfred Hitchcock movies and knowing what I know of the famous character, Norman Bates, I finally buckled my seat and got ready for the ride that is Bates Motel

My first question was how did that sweet boy from the remake of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory become so messed up? 

And could he be as deliciously twisted as Anthony Perkins in the role of Norman? 


Sweet Hitchcock in my oatmeal!! This show is a freaking triumph. It took a bit to get sucked in but I’m flying through the second season faster than the jackholes flying through the stop sign in front of my house. 

A little background: Norman Bates and his mother, Norma start a new life by purchasing a run down hotel and I refuse to tell you more. There are so many questions and very few complete answers. As frustrating as it is, that makes you grateful that you can watch one episode right after each other. An added bonus: if you were a fan of LOST, you’ll be happy to know that one of the co-producers is part of the team creating this show about a mother/son relationship gone wrong. 

If you choose to watch Bates Motel, rent Psycho first (the original) and absorb all of Anthony Perkins’ craziness before starting the show. 

Now, as for the kids calling me “Mother”, especially the boy …*shudders* It gives me the CREEPS!  I think any boymom that watches Bates Motel would agree with me.

t.r.m. 

Blogger’s Note: As a part of Netflix’s Stream Team, I tell you what I’m watching on Netflix in hopes I can have someone to talk to when the show gets freaking crazy!! 

Anyone interested in watching this show with me?

Feelings Never Quit Us.

This is the follow up to my post He Wants Me To Quit . Here’s how the conversation continued. 
I’ve always encouraged my children to talk to me, tell me how they are feeling. I want to be their outlet for letting go of bad and ugly they are holding inside. At 5 and 8 years old, their problems aren’t like adult problems but to them, those problems are gigantic. Things that happen at school with their teachers or friends can feel tremendous to a child just learning how to understand who they are. Add in some changes to their home routine and now you’ve created an emotional science fair baking soda volcano inside their little minds. 
Based on all of this, I took what my son said to me about quitting me job with validity. 

We can quit our feelings but feelings never quit us. They evolve into memories and I, for one, would like the memories I give my children to be happy ones. 

He will be 10 years old soon. Then 20. Then 30. He won’t care if I’m at home or at work because his life will be his to manage. Mom will be needed…wanted…less and less. 

Maybe it’s not just him that feels that loss when we aren’t together. Maybe I’m feeling that ache that we are apart as well. This time I have with him will be gone in a hummingbird’s heartbeat. Doesn’t it make sense that I take pause based on my son’s concerns? 

Honey, I know I am working a lot. More than I had planned to, actually. The reason I took the job is so I would have time to be with you and your sister because it wasn’t a full time position like your Dad has. I guess it doesn’t feel like that since I’ve been gone more than I said I would. I’m sorry you feel I’m not around. How should I fix that? Remember, I can’t quit my job but I can try and make some changes. 

“Don’t take extra days, Mom.” 

What if you are in school while I’m at work?

“It doesn’t matter. You aren’t there to say goodbye in the mornings.” 

So, that’s it. You need me to say goodbye.

“It helps me be better in school. I remember your words when we leave each other.”

Well, crap. If this is a guilt trip, it’s working. Let’s face it, I’m a sucker for my kids. They want me around. How can I say “No” to that? But, still, a compromise should be made. 

Buddy, listen… I won’t be there every morning. I just won’t be. If it’s not work related, it’ll be a school meeting or a doctor’s appointment. Stuff happens. It’s just how life is. I can be there on some mornings to say goodbye but then you have to make sure those mornings count. Tell me your feelings. Talk to me. Let’s discuss the day and what the expectations are. Does that make sense?

“What about hugs?”

What about them?

“I need the hugs.”

I do too.

What about giving extra hugs on days that I’m with you? Well, try it out and see if it works. Deal?

“Deal.”

And then we sealed it with a big, long, squeezing hug. A hug to seal all those feelings inside of both of us. 

Done and done. 

t.r.m.