10 Best TV Shows to Stream on Netflix this Holiday

Thank everything--it’s finally Winter Break! Recitals, papers, textbooks, and tests are behind us! We have a few weeks of glorious freedom ahead of us. Most families would be happy to use this time to visit museums or take a mini vacation. However, families like mine are taking the time to sleep late, stay up late, eat loads of holiday treats, and watch Netflix.

Best christmas gift for children and Families NetFlix #StreamTeam

Yep, you read me correctly. If you have not heard of it, Netflix is the a video streaming service that allows you to watch movies and television programs from your beautiful home, for only $7.99 a month. It fits perfectly in with my busy family of five. I can sit in my favorite chair and watch an entire season of one show in one night! I LOVE this! I don't have to ever wait a week for one episode!

If you are still searching for the perfect gift for loved ones this year, I have the gift for you! Netflix gift cards are the perfect way to give the gift of unlimited movies and TV shows! NetFlix gift cards are available in increments of $30 and $60, and your recipients can choose the subscription plan that works best for them. Best of all, your gift can be personalized.

Best christmas gift for children and Families NetFlix #StreamTeam

I love the casual days of the holidays when we can relax from all the stresses of school and activities. Netflix has a treasure trove of amazing programs that you may not have seen or even heard of before. So many suggestions are available. I can't wait to dive in. Did you know Netflix creates personal recommendations based on the movies and shows each of us watches.

All Hail King Julien NetFlix Screening Party #StreamTeam
All Hail King Julien NetFlix Screening Party #StreamTeam

My kids are getting ready to dance--with King Julien. Last weekend we were invited to a screening of All Hail King Julien in Chicago. My family had a first look at two all-new episodes of the Netflix original, All Hail King Julien. My girls created crowns fit for a king, learned King Julien’s signature dance and posed Hollywood style with the King himself. It was so much fun!

All Hail King Julien NetFlix #StreamTeam

On December 19th, the first five episodes of All Hail King Julien, a totally original, totally hilarious and totally insane new series, will arrive on Netflix. A favorite character from the Madagascar franchise, King Julien will take on the jungle's craziest adventures in the new comedy series, along with his loyal sidekicks Maurice and Mort plus a whole new cast of colorful animals

If you can't wait for December 19th, here are a few of King Julien's friends you can catch up on:

All Hail King Julien NetFlix Madagascar #StreamTeam

1. Merry Madagascar
2. Madly Madagascar
3. The Madagascar Penguins: A Christmas Caper

...or snuggle up with a few holiday favorites with your children

1. Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
2. Mumfie's White Christmas
3. In Search of Santa
4. VeggieTales: Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving

Below, I’ve rounded up my favorite TV shows that you can stream on Netflix during your holiday and winter break. Check them out:

My Top 10 TV Shows to Stream on Netflix (in no particular order)

1. The Inbetweeners
2. Bitten
3. Being Human
4. Helix

5. Hell on Wheels
6. Fringe
7. Farscape
8. The Killing
9. Rectify
10. Peaky Blunders

So go forth and Netflix away this holiday season, my friends!

Have you seen any of these? What are your favorite shows and movies on Netflix right now? Tell me in the comments below!

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Disclosure: This post is part of my involvement as a Netflix #StreamTeam Member. All opinions are my own. #NetflixKids

Christmas Home Tour 2014

The silly season is in full swing these days . . . we are in full on planning mode for gatherings and parties and recitals and get togethers . . . I always try to get our Christmas tree up the weekend of Thanksgiving . . . but since we were traveling that weekend . . . the tree didn't quite make it . . . although, I should say that I was not able to do my part in the tree . . . my husband was able to get the tree up with the lights on (which is usually my job, the light part, not the assembling of the tree part and Miss Picky Pants here was not too happy with Handsome Hubbies version off light decorating) . . . I didn't have time to decorate our Christmas Tree . . . but I really wanted to attempt to correct the light situation . . . which I was totally not able to do since i have so very little time for anything these days . . . but the girls and I did scramble some time together and put up some decorations . . . I was so sick and tired of all my old decorations . .  does that happen to anyone else?? . . . I have been using them for the past 15 years and I was just SO OVER THEM ALL! I took my girls shopping and we searched and scoured for some new ornaments  to freshen up the look of our very old tree.

Tiaras & Tantrums Christmas Home Tour 2014

I am quite pleased with this toned down version this year! The girls were ecstatic!

Tiaras & Tantrums Christmas Home Tour 2014

The butterfly and the birds I have been collecting for years and these are our old favorites.

My daughters really love reindeer and over the years, they have amassed quite a collection of them . . . this is the first year I let them put them all on the BIG tree!

The burlap and white wrappings are from Hobby Lobby. The fabric Christmas tree ornaments, musical notes, musical note wrapped birds and burlap stars are from Hobby Lobby as well.

The owls and other various animals are from The Land of Nod.

All the stars are from Walmart. The feather ornaments are from Macy's.

Tiaras & Tantrums Christmas Home Tour 2014
Tiaras & Tantrums Christmas Home Tour 2014

The only decoration I was not able to replace was the tree topped! I was looking for something, but didn't really know what I was looking for? I'm sure once I see the "thing" I will know it. I'm still looking . . . you know, in all my spare time!

Tiaras & Tantrums Christmas Home Tour 2014
Tiaras & Tantrums Christmas Home Tour 2014

My JOY sign I created last year from Teresa Collins Christmas paper and other various trimmings. I still love it!

Tiaras & Tantrums Christmas Home Tour 2014

I was even able to get all my nativity sets out this year. I so wish I had an entire table full of different nativities from various countries! I try to locate them when we travel, but it is hard when you are traveling during the seasons that are not even close to the holidays!

Tiaras & Tantrums Christmas Home Tour 2014
Tiaras & Tantrums Christmas Home Tour 2014
Tiaras & Tantrums Christmas Home Tour 2014

The Nutcrackers is one tradition in our holiday decorating that I don't think I could ever part with. I adore them, my kids adore them, so I think they shall stay. My girls want more each and every time we come across one more lovely nutcracker, but I have not let them purchase any new ones in a few years . . . there just is simply no place to put them!

Tiaras & Tantrums Christmas Home Tour 2014
Tiaras & Tantrums Christmas Home Tour 2014

This is my Mananzita potted branch that I adore! I decorate it for various holidays . . . as you can see, it still has the wrappings from Easter that I never took off! Oh well! Anyway, I clipped on my peacock feather ornaments and I LOVE it! It looks like the Tuttle Tuttle Tree from Dr Seuss!

Mananzita potted branch

How is your home looking this Holiday season?

Operation Tradition: Baking with Elf on the Shelf & Hallmark

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Our Elf on the Shelf tradition is one of my most favorite things I've done for my children. It has inspired within them a love of everything full of magic, whimsy and fun. However, after so many years of Elf antics, I am running out of ideas! This year in anticipation of the NorthPole movie on the Hallmark Channel, Hallmark has released some amazing NorthPole toys at Walmart that will aide our Elf's antics this year. But more than that, our Elf is creating memories surrounding our family traditions!

Operation Tradition: Magic Snowball Fight with Elf on the Shelf & Hallmark

Elf on the Shelf Traditions

Traditions are really important in my family and I really try to foster these along with the importance of fun.  The Elf on the Shelf is the magical part of our Christmas festivities.  Our elf has actually aided my children in not being so singularly focused of what "stuff" they are going to receive. The magic of Christmas is not about Santa and presents and our Elf helps my children understand this more with his whimsical nature. Each morning, my girls bolt out of bed to search for our elf, they speak with him, write him letters to bring to Santa and really look forward to what little joke he may play tomorrow. They are less focused on presents, which is what I want.

Operation Tradition: Baking with Elf on the Shelf & Hallmark

Childhood is so very fleeting I need to make sure my kids are having fun while theirs is here.

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” - Roald Dahl

Northpole Magic Snowballs

Operation Tradition: Magic Snowball Fight with Elf on the Shelf & Hallmark

I picked up these adorable fluffy magical snowballs for our elf this year at Walmart. The kids found him having a magical snowball fight with an alien creature my daughter had created. I have discovered over the years to incorporate some of my children's toys. My kids love it when their elf plays with their toys. We think he must have the best time in our home!

Operation Tradition: Magic Snowball Fight with Elf on the Shelf & Hallmark
Operation Tradition: Magic Snowball Fight with Elf on the Shelf & Hallmark
Operation Tradition: Magic Snowball Fight with Elf on the Shelf & Hallmark
Operation Tradition: Magic Snowball Fight with Elf on the Shelf & Hallmark
Operation Tradition: Magic Snowball Fight with Elf on the Shelf & Hallmark

Northpole Bake Like an Elf Baking Kit

While I was shopping at Walmart, I found the most adorable magical baking set. Do you know elves make magic? The Bake Like an Elf Baking Kit was perfect for a baking antic by our elf. My girls loved the sounds-like-something-sweet measuring jingle bell, the properly calibrated elf measuring mitten and the elf measuring shoe. The baking kit includes elfin measuring techniques to aide little kiddos like mine the next time they bake a sacred elf recipe, also included in the kit.
Operation Tradition: Baking with Elf on the Shelf & Hallmark
Operation Tradition: Baking with Elf on the Shelf & Hallmark
Operation Tradition: Baking with Elf on the Shelf & Hallmark
Operation Tradition: Baking with Elf on the Shelf & Hallmark
Operation Tradition: Baking with Elf on the Shelf & Hallmark
Operation Tradition: Baking with Elf on the Shelf & Hallmark
Operation Tradition: Baking with Elf on the Shelf & Hallmark

Our elf even left us some delicious cookies which we are sure were baked in his cozy kitchen and brought to ours. My kids are enjoying this bit of sweet magic. All this holiday fun and magic can be found on Hallmark's Facebook and Twitter.

Which Northpole Toys do you want your elf to bring?

What are your favorite Magical Holiday Traditions?

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Teenager Birthday Party

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I have survived the terrible twos and the first years of school just fine, but the teenage years are about to bring entirely new and alien creatures into my home. I officially have a teenager in my house and life will never quite be the same.

Each year on my son's birthday we have hosted a themed birthday party for him and he was ever so elated. This year, I knew that I would  receive academy award winning eye rolling if I even suggested a themed birthday party to my son.What is a mom to do?

Guardians of the Galaxy Teenager Birthday Party

But that does not mean I can't give him theme related gifts that he will still love. I was able to pick up some Guardians of the Galaxy alien creatures toys, music and T-shirts for my son's birthday gifts at my local Walmart. Even though he is officially a teenager now, he still loves his action figures. Disney sure knows how to get kids to love their franchise . . . with their amazing toys and you can find them at Walmart!

Guardians of the Galaxy Walmart toys

Guardians of the Galaxy

When the movie Guardians of the Galaxy was released in the theaters, we were among the first families in line. The movie was fantastic! My girls were dancing for months after the movie like the baby tree Groot. He's so adorable. Check out Baby Groot's moves:

Guardians of the Galaxy Music

My son really likes to listen to music these days and if I were to ever suggest to my son to listen to some music that I enjoyed, I would surely receive one of those award winning eye rolls. However, I gave him the Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack because this is the music I grew up listening to and I wanted to introduce another genre of music to him. I knew he would really like the 'Awesome Songs' from the Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack because they are "Awesome Songs"! My girls are dancing like baby Groot again whilst blasting the soundtrack.

Guardians of the Galaxy Teenager Birthday Party
Guardians of the Galaxy Teenager Birthday Party
Guardians of the Galaxy Teenager Birthday Party
Guardians of the Galaxy Teenager Birthday Party
Guardians of the Galaxy Teenager Birthday Party
Guardians of the Galaxy Teenager Birthday Party
Guardians of the Galaxy Teenager Birthday Party
Guardians of the Galaxy Teenager Birthday Party
Guardians of the Galaxy Teenager Birthday Party

Guardians of the Galaxy DVD

The Guardians of the Galaxy DVD is set to release on December 9, the day after my son's birthday. I have gifted him with an IOU for the DVD. I know as soon as I pick up my son from school on December 9th, he will be presenting me with his IOU in exchange for the DVD. The DVD is available at Walmart will include exclusive character o-sleeve and music zinepack. In addition, when you purchase the Guardians of the Galaxy DVD you will receive a 64-page magazine with cast and crew interviews, exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and trivia. PLUS a custom “cassette" laptop decal and some hilarious outtakes such as this:

Guardians of the Galaxy Toys

Currently, from December 7 - December 13, when you purchase an Infinity 2.0 figure of Groot, Drax or Rocket Raccoon at Walmart , you will receive a $5.00 Walmart gift card. If you were not aware, when you purchase a Marvel Guardians Of The Galaxy Platinum Series action figure, you will receive a part of Groot. For example, if you purchase Drax, you get the lower torso of Groot; if you purchase Rocket Raccoon, you will receive the head and upper torso of Groot; if you purchase Star Lord, you will receive Groot's left arm and if you purchase Gamora, you will receive Groot's right leg.

Guardians of the Galaxy Teenager Birthday Cake

Guardians of the Galaxy Teenager Birthday Party

I know my life will never be the same with a new teenager in my home. But my son can still be guaranteed a better than ever themed birthday from me. The fate of my galaxy now rests in the paws of my little like-minded misfits!

What are your favorite themed birthday parties?
What are some of your birthday traditions?

Thanksgiving Traditions

Does your family have a unique Thanksgiving Day tradition?

When I was growing up, we went to my grandmother's house every year for Thanksgiving. She immigrated to the United States from German through Ellis Island and her German roots remained with her in her cooking. We never had the typical American Thanksgiving meal, so I really didn't ever know what a typical meal was until I got married.

My grandmother was quite literally the best cook . . . ever. My mouth is watering now just thinking of her Thanksgiving meal. She had sausages, roast duck, creamed cabbage and the most amazing stuffing in the world. I have yet to figure out how she made it and NO ONE can tell me!! It's horrifying to me that I will quite possibly never have that stuffing ever again in my life.

The first decade of my marriage, we always went to my husband's family because he insisted . . . they insisted . . . feeling were greatly hurt if I would even suggest to travel to my birth state and spend the holiday with my extended family.

But last year, I decided that my children needed (really needed) to be surrounded with my side of the family . . . their mother, ME. My children needed to see my family traditions, they needed to be part of something else as well. It is healthy for children to see both sides of families . . .  to see other traditions and to be a part of both sides of their parents families.

Last year, we traveled to my home state and had a delicious family Thanksgiving with my brothers and their families and my wonderful aunts . .  my late father's sisters, whom I adore to the ends of the earth. We created new traditions. We laughed and reminisced and literally I smiled so much that afternoon, my face hurt. The most important thing at our table was my family.

My children were filled with joy, playing with cousins who live too, too far from us. They saw a different side of me, one they had not been exposed to as my family lives far away.  They saw their mother relaxed, laughing freely, hugging joyfully, talking without caution, enjoying time spent with her brothers . . . and I wanted that again this year.

 . . . and I got it!

What holiday traditions surrounded your table this year?

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A Chill In The Air

As each day passes us by, it grows a bit more chilly. I'm not embracing layers and bundling up. I seem to shrink in size in the winter. With a chill in the air comes winter and I was totally unprepared last week as winter just erupted in Chicago. I had a photo shoot planned for my girls and the clothing I had selected were not for the chilly season that had appeared from nowhere.  The shoot did not go as planned, but I was able to turn some photos into something I would be pleased with.  As the days grow colder, I am going to have to grow more creative with styling and layering.

Here are my girls looking like snow princesses.

20 Elf on the Shelf Ideas!

Have you had an Elf? Elf on the Shelf that is. If you haven’t started the Elf on the Shelf tradition with your family yet, this is the year! It is so much fun!! There is still time to get your very own Elf on the Shelf for your children! Just in time for the holiday season that is fast approaching! Although, after years of coming up with new antics, I sometimes get stumped for ideas.

Here are some of my favorites:

Making An Arrival:

Roasting Marshmallows with Friends


What is Elf on the Shelf?
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is a 2005 children’s picture book, written and self-published by American author Carol Aebersold and daughter Chanda Bell and illustrated by Coë Steinwart, featuring a Christmas-themed tale, written in rhyme, that explains how Santa knows who is naughty and who is nice.

In accordance with the traditional story, The Elf on the Shelf usually begins at Thanksgiving and continues until Christmas Eve when the elves return to the North Pole until the next holiday season. The Elf on the Shelf comes in a keepsake box that features a hardbound picture book and a small soft toy in form of a pixie scout elf.

Daisy BB Guns are the Best Holiday Gifts for Boys & Girls {Giveaway}

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I happen to think I will be considered the best mom this year at Christmas. I usually have the best Christmas present ideas and this year I will not be disappointing my children. I want my kids to have the cool Christmas presents because, as we all know, kids compare everything with their friends. I have the perfect gifts for boys and the perfect gifts for girls selected.

I grew up in rural Iowa and happen to know I had perhaps the best childhood ever. I was surrounded by farms, cows, pigs, dirt, boys, horses, dirt bikes and guns. My brothers had BB guns, my friends had BB guns and I had BB guns. We were all allowed to collect old tin cans, hub caps ans whatever we could locate and line them up along the fences and target practice on these rusty old finds. We were not allowed to shoot each other or shoot any animals and eye protection had to be worn at all times! Those were the rules and we all followed them.

Who would you gift a Daisy to this season?

Since I don't have my father around today to educate my children on gun safety, I will defer to the experts at Daisy. “Daisy educates roughly one million of America’s youth a year through their Ten Lesson Shooting Curriculum about BB gun use and safety FOUND HERE .” Daisy's educational curriculum has been around since 1948, so I absolutely trust them. I trust them even more because my father bought me a Daisy BB gun when I was old enough.

Daisy Carbine Cool Christmas Presents
Daisy Carbine Cool Christmas Presents

A Daisy BB gun is a good fit for my family because we are a perfect blend of country and city. I'm a country girl, stuck in the city and well, my husband is a city boy, who likes to think he can be a country boy. He loves to shoot the Daisy BB guns as much as the kids do, especially since he was never allowed to have one when he was a child. My son received his first Daisy BB gun when he was 10 and it is well loved now. He is ready for an upgrade just as his sister is ready for her very first Daisy BB gun.

Can you believe they have PINK Daisy BB guns?

Daisy Carbine Cool Christmas Presents

I was so excited to gift my daughter with her very first PINK Daisy BB gun. At the same time I upgraded my son and my husband will continue to shoot with the Daisy Red Ryder since it is legendary! I was able to head to my local Walmart and select a pink Daisy BB gun for my daughter, a surprise Daisy upgrade for my son, ammunition AND safety goggles.

Daisy Carbine Cool Christmas Presents
Daisy Carbine Cool Christmas Presents

I was very pleased with my choices for my children as the Daisy BB guns I selected have low-powered mechanisms, low-speed modes and low capacity. The low mechanism means your child will be able to hit a target, but the BB does not have enough power to bounce back (or up or over) and hit something (or someone) else. The mode is low speed and not a high powered shooting BB gun. The low capacity means these Daisy BB guns will only hold a small number of BBs in their barrels. In my opinion, the Daisy rifles are the best air rifles for kids. The combination of all these factors makes it tops in overall safety.

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The Daisy BB fun is perfect for my daughter to learn the ins and outs of shooting and it is well suited for her age. This is the best BB gun to teach her proper gun handling procedures and marksmanship. She did awesome too! On her third try, she hit the bulls-eye!

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We've been having loads of fun plinking away in our back yard, practicing target-shooting and having hours of shooting fun!

Right now, you could head to your local Walmart and pick up a pink Daisy BB gun for or purchase the awesome legendary Daisy as these are the most awesome gifts for boys and gifts for girls. You too, could then be the cool mom who has the best Christmas present ideas!

Daisy Carbine Cool Christmas Presents
Daisy Carbine Cool Christmas Presents
Daisy Carbine Cool Christmas Presents
Daisy Carbine Cool Christmas Presents

Since this is the best gifts for boys AND the best gifts for girls, I imagine you would love to have one to give to your kids, right? I'm giving away a gift card to purchase a Daisy BB Gun of your own at Walmart! You can purchase your very own Daisy BB gun, BBs, and safety glasses. But after the holidays, as the gift card will not arrive until then.

Be sure to stay in touch with Daisy on twitter and facebook during the holidays!

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How to Make a Red Dot Sight{Scope} for your BB gun

How to Make a Red Dot Sight{Scope} for your BB gun

If you are looking an easy transition for your young child to learn how to shoot accurately on their new Daisy Carbine, I would suggest creating a simple laser Red Dot Sight{Scope} for your child's BB gun. Simply purchase a small Laser LED Keychain Light, gather some legos (which everyone has hanging about the house anyway) and tape. Create a ledge out of the legos for the laser keychain to be nestled on. Tape the laser keychain on the lego stand and then tape the lego stand directly onto the scope area of the Daisy BB gun. Tape the laser button down and this will greatly aide your child while they are learning to aim their new Daisy carbine.

How to Make a Red Dot Sight{Scope} for your BB gun