my #streamteam july



Or at least for the next year.

I've always been a pop culture junkie; I pored over People magazine the day I learned to read, and I spent most of my childhood in assorted movie theatre matinees on Dad visits.

As soon as whole seasons of TV sprung up on DVD I learned JUST how easy whiling away a whole weekend on a couch could be. Popping awake on a Monday surrounded by smeared dinner plates, a drool-spackled pillow and cigarette butts (I WAS GROSS OKAY) was par for the course of my life. 

When I got married and then pregnant I hunkered down (like it was a hard task), and mainlined a whole schwack of TV that I knew I'd likely never get to once the dependent hungry yelling thing arrived. But one girl with two eyeballs can only gulp down so much stuff. And then the kid came and so many amazing movies and TV shows aired and disappeared as I strained to reach out and grab them. Poof, in a cloud of Emmy-nominated smoke, they were gone. 

Enter Netflix Canada.

After spending like four seconds setting it up, I ranked a shit ton of movies I'd seen and then went buck wild creating My List aka ALLTHESHOWS.

Enter my kid.

I reluctantly hid Blue is the Warmest Colour and showed her some rad Canadian titles that looked super fun.

The Busy World of Richard Scarry - I had ALL these books when I was a kid. The colours, details and frenetic pace comes to life. I'm into it.

Super Why - Superheroes are very popular in our home so this was a gimme.

Monster Math Squad - I am probably the worst Math Mom of all time. So, she's going to need all the help she can get. Monsters may not exist but if they did they would still be better at geometry than I am.

Like her Mama though she got fixated on ONE SHOW AND ONE SHOW ONLY. 

Clifford the Big Red Dog

I'll give her that she at least chose a colour scheme that matches July, the month where we celebrate how rad it is to be Canadian.

Red and white and proud all over, yes?

Even cooler still, Netflix and Walt Disney Studios made a pinky swear agreement that they will be running all the good Disney stuff kids are OBSESSED WITH only 8 months after they leave the theatre.

To celebrate my love for pop culture being passed down to the monkey, we did some colouring. And by we I mean I sat on my phone and murmured encouraging words as she painted with her mouth screwed up to the side and water water everywhere. Then we cleaned up, ate more marshmallows and watched more TV together. (Lest ye think I'm raising a lazy lout, it was raining outside. And she wanted to snuggle. How could I DENY her?) 

Netflix Canada - making my parenting easy but educational. I think we can all get down with that.

painting fuelled by marshmallows


Last weekend alone I caught up on FOUR movies I had missed in theatre. 

What I watched in July //

Easy A // Emma Stone is the consistent charmer
After Porn Ends // Sad and weird and dirty 
Love & Other Drugs //Hathaway is whatevs, but Gyllenhaal saves it
The Kings of Summer // Hilarious, heart warming and you'd be dumb to not watch this 
The Fall // Series I'm 3 episodes into - it's grim and great

the kings of summer = 79 billion thumbs up

What are you watching and loving on Netflix Canada? Keep the recommendations coming, yo!

As a member of Netflix Canada's #streamteam I will be giving you the straight goods on what I'm watching each month in exchange for a yearly membership. It's a match made in heaven, really.