Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What We're Watching in March #Netflix #StreamTeam

March is one of my favorite months! Part of it is the transition into Spring. We get the tease of some warmer weather and trips to the park and still have some cold nights for staying in, snuggling up and cozy family movie nights.

Netflix is absolutely on my list of things I can't live without! We are Netflix junkies for sure. All of us-- including the baby.

Our new favorite Netflix show was Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt! So, so funny and a perfect easy watch for George and I to watch together after the kids had gone to bed. We finished it pretty quickly and can't wait for a new season! If you haven't watched it yet, it's a unique comical show that's worth checking out. Kimmy has been held captive in a bunker believing the world had ended for 15 years before being rescued and re-entering the world. Her style, her knowledge, her language all stalled for 15 years. She is quirky and endearing!

While we really love to watch Netflix originals like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and the newest Bloodline, we do love to watch older shows too.  I'm currently watching Gilmore Girls for the first time and loving it! George has been watching episodes of Family Guy and has been itching for us to start a new series together, so we're on the hunt for that!


Andrew has been watching Arrow this month. It is based on DC Comics Green Arrow an affluent playboy becomes a vengeful superhero, saving the city from villains armed with just bows and arrows. He's loved superheros since he was little and I love that Netflix gives him a place to watch some of his old favorites and find new ones too! Lego Marvel Superheroes is another one he's been watching with Lily who shares his love of Lego.  I love that Netflix has a way to connect my teen and my preschooler!  He cannot wait for the new Marvel DareDevil coming in April! That's one we're looking forward to watching together.

Reagan has been watching Good Luck, Charlie and still more Ever After High. Also, she's been watching Jessie.  I love that Netflix offers the perfect tween shows that we can feel comfortable with kids watching and Reag can enjoy something more her speed and not always what the little girls are wanting. 

Lily and Violet still are watching Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and Peg + Cat, but Lily has been also enjoying many of the My Little Pony series.  Lily and I spent also some time watching movies this month.  One morning we watched The Mouse and the Motorcycle which was one of my favorites when I was younger. I was happy she liked it and I love our time together. Thanks, Netflix!


We got rid of cable about a year and a half ago and I am so glad we did! Netflix has a lot of choices for our whole family as individuals and as a family. We love it and is our go to for tv watching!

What are you watching on Netflix?  What are you looking forward to coming soon?

Disclosure: As a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam I was provided subscription to Netflix and also exclusive insights or other products. All opinions are my 100% my own and I was already a proud Netflix subscriber prior to this opportunity. Please see my full disclosure.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The First Day of Spring!

Spring kicked off last Friday with a few snow flurries, of course.  Seems par for the course for us the last few years.  A super cold, long winter and a tease of a day or two of sunshine and slightly warmer weather then back to frigid and snow.  Figures!

The girls were in a great mood that morning and excited about the snow. :)

Lily had a fun, special day at preschool on Friday. Pajamas and Pancakes!

photo courtesy of preschool

After we picked Lily at school, we headed to Rita's Italian Ice for our annual first day of Spring treat! Rita's offers a free Italian Ice on the first day of Spring each year and we go no matter what the weather!

Andrew had SourPatch cherry, Lily had cherry, Violet had birthday cake, and I had s'mores! Violet was completely uninterested in anything else except her Italian ice.

Lily told Daddy that she wanted to make me a birthday cake, so later that evening that's just what she did.   When we were at the grocery, she picked out what kind she wanted to make and told me it needed lots of sprinkles on top too! I love how excited she was to do this and continued checking it in the oven also.  She went to bed and George went to work, so frosting had to wait until the next day.

 Frosting and decorating the cake was entertaining!  I am one lucky mama!

 Perfect cake!  {Yes, there is an Elsa/Frozen section of sprinkles, of course}

Happy 1st day of Spring!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Princesses & Heroes, Disney on Ice- part 2

In case you missed Part 1 

We hurried up out of the seating and found our place in line for the snow cone Lily wanted.  There was an Olaf head or an Anna & Elsa cup available to choose from and she opted for the Anna & Elsa cup.  We could have purchased the commemorative Olaf spoon for an additional $4 of course, but we opted for the regular straw and spoon.  She was so happy!

 From the moment we arrived in the arena, Lily had her heart set on a light up wand.There were a few to choose from, but she saw the one she wanted and her mind did not change at all. So, we waited in line after getting her snowcone to get her wand. I liked a different one more than the one she wanted and asked her while we waited if she was sure she wanted that one. She was absolutely sure! She ate her snowcone happily in line by my side, while I waited for our turn to get what she had chosen. Easy peasy.  Happy daughter and happy mama!  We headed back to our seats with her snack and her light up wand and she was over the moon!

 The lights went out and it was time for the second half of the show which meant Elsa and Anna! This was the part that Lily had been dying to see and it did not disappoint! I wondered how they would condense this portion to get through the entire story --they did an amazing job!

Anna appeared first! It's coronation day!

Tell the guards to open up the gates!

For the first time in forever...

Love is an open door...

You only know how to shut people out...

"I said ENOUGH, Anna!"

The skating was beautiful to Let it Go and Lily loved that it snowed indoors too!

Looking for North Mountain.  Olaf?  That's right, Olaf!

In summmmmmmmerrrrrrrr

I get the feeling you don't know...Arendelle's in deep, deep, deep, deep snow...

I'm such fool, I can't be free...  Anna is struck in the heart.

Prince Hans, the jerk.

 Kristoff rushing in the storm to make it back to Anna.

Prince Hans going towards Elsa with his sword.

Anna choose her act of true love to save her sister...

Love. Of course, love.

And then all the princesses and heroes came back out for one big finale!

The Frozen half of the show was amazing and although Lily was very disappointed that Sven didn't make an appearance, she thought it was magical! There is nothing like seeing something through your child's eyes...

When we left the arena to head back to the car, it was snowing--big, beautiful snowflakes! The kind that make you feel like you're in a snowglobe.  Lily just knew that Elsa had done it!  I had a wonderful night with my Lily love! I hope she never forgets!

*Next year, Frozen on Ice is the Disney show coming to Pittsburgh. Presale tickets have already gone on sale which is crazy to me! But, Lily, Violet, and I do have our seats. ♥ {Sven is in that show}