All You Need is Love…

I don’t think it’s a secret that we love music in this family. Months and months ago, Cortney said, “hey…did you know there’s a new show coming to Netflix with Beatles music and Eddie Vedder sings one of the songs?”

Usually I am the one giving the first-to-know Netflix news, but when it comes to Pearl Jam/Eddie Vedder, Cortney is usually the one in the know first.

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We sort of forgot about it until a big box came in the mail the day I had my hernia surgery. Inside was a tambourine, harmonica, hats, and a microphone. I wondered for a moment if Netflix was trying to kill me, but then remembered that Beat Bugs was now available to watch!

The first day I was home with the kids after my surgery (which was 5 days post-op), I busted out the box of noise because I thought it would keep them occupied. I was right. Naturally they loved it. Naturally.

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He is singing, “I LOVE MY DAD EVEN WHEN HE IS MAD AT ME I LOVE MY DAD DAD!!!” in the most metal voice…so funny.

It was only after the kids put on an epic rock n roll concert that we settled down and found Beat Bugs on Netflix. Eddie was all like, “hey, they sing a song in every episode. That’s neat.” And Charlie was like, “I love songs!” And Alice just shook her booty.

I was like ZOMG THE BEATLES!  AND EDDIE VEDDER JUST SANG “MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR!” And is that P!nk singing “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”? SHUT UP!

I mean, the show is cute. Yeah.

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Do you want to hear something funny? Cortney was actually a little mad we watched the show without him!  Ha!  We are usually late to the new shows, but we jumped on this one because it has everything we like: cute characters (look at Buzz! Just look at her! She is adorable!), great music, and umm…that’s it. That is all we require in a great show. It’s surprising how few shows meet these qualifications, really.

The only draw back (other than the fact that Netflix sent noise to our house via FedEx) is that Eddie keeps arguing that one really does need more than just love. “Love will not fill your tummy with food mom, even if you DO say the secret ingredient in your ice cream is love. I’m pretty sure it’s not.”

Rock on, fellow Netflix watchers!

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Netflix Equals Family Night

 

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We have been outrageously busy since school started. Most week days involve us all flying out the door well before 7am, with Eddie and I getting home around 4pm and Cortney and Charlie getting home around 5pm. By that time I’m making dinner, Cortney is wrangling boys to get them ready for dinner, and then we are eating dinner.  Next comes baths and jammies. Before we know it we are settling down to watch a couple episodes of Curious George and then it’s off to bed.

Boys out by 8pm and I’m not usually far behind.

Which means all of our “family time” is a rushed battle of “put this on” and “eat this” and “wash up” and “for the love of all things, keep your hands and feet off your brother!”

These two are usually trying to kill each other in the 30 minutes between Charlie getting home and dinner being served.

These two are usually trying to kill each other in the 30 minutes between Charlie getting home and dinner being served.

Weekends have not been any better.

Friday nights have had soccer practice for Eddie with a game Saturday morning. We are rushing here and there constantly.

The theme Netflix sent us Stream Team members this month was about a family pizza and movie night. I thought it sounded like a fabulous idea!  Just what we needed!

And now here we are with just a few days left in September and we haven’t done it yet. So this past Friday night, I said enough. Eddie was supposed to have soccer practice at 6pm. But he was tired and sick of the week. We needed a break.

So we ordered up a pizza and sat together as a family who didn’t have anything pressing to get to.  It was Friday night, and we could all take a collective breath. AND I didn’t have to cook. Bonus.

Saturday after his game, Eddie and I sat down to watch some new episodes of Turbo Fast on Netflix. It was the perfect way to relax while Charlie napped and Cortney mowed the lawn. I may have even dozed off when Eddie started watching the new Clone Wars episodes.

It was a fabulous weekend. One we very much needed.

Thank you Netflix, for the inspiration to slow down and enjoy each other (and some fun shows)!

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TV Junkies Meet Netflix

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Long ago it became habit for Cortney and I to just turn the TV on when we were home. The way our main level is set up, our kitchen, dining area, and living room are all open to each other. If it wasn’t for the island separating the kitchen, it would basically be one big room.

When Eddie was born, the TV was never not on. Almost 24/7 the glow of the TV illuminated his first couple weeks as I basically lived on the couch recovering from my C-section.

Since then our lives have gotten busy and even though we have a DVR, we haven’t been able to keep up with our favorite shows. With both of us working full-time, we opt to not pay for extra channels like HBO which means we miss out on some of the more popular series.

When Cortney was unemployed after Eddie was born, we got Netflix. Cortney watched somewhere around a million documentaries including one about a dang font. We ended up getting rid of it for awhile, but have recently signed up again.

With three TVs in the house and kids who are into superheroes, and with being house bound due to such cold weather, it seemed like a good deal.

Netflix is available on our devices, through our Wii, through our TiVo, and through the Roku.

Even though we are trying to limit Eddie’s screen time, he is loving discovering all the Super Hero cartoons: The Justice League, Spiderman, etc. Cort and I are enjoying the trip down memory lane with the cartoons of our childhood.

Eddie did a little dance when he realized that he could watch somewhere around a million episodes of Curious George–a favorite in our house right now. As a family, we watch a DVR-ed episode every evening before bedtime. Now we have more of a variety of episodes and even movies to watch from the series.

Saturday night after the kids went to bed, Cortney and I settled in to watch a few episodes of Portlandia.

All four of us have profiles set up so Portlandia doesn’t end up on Eddie or Charlie’s profiles, but Super Why and My Little Pony do, which is perfect.

Do you have Netflix? What should Cortney and I watch next? What should we add for Eddie and Charlie?

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Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and will be sharing monthly tips and stories about how my family uses Netflix on a regular basis. As a member of the Stream Team I was provided with a Roku and a voucher to apply towards my Netflix account. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

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