Sunday, July 31, 2016

Mom, Did You Know? #StreamTeam

"Mommy, did you know..."

I'm always amazed at the random facts my kids toss out in their day.  From the littlest to the oldest, I love learning what they know!

Violet loves to sing songs and even hmmm hmmm hmmms the music correctly when she watches anything. Lily is fascinated by the world around her and shares info about the solar system, math, things like the Liberty Bell, and even yesterday asked me if I knew George Washington when I was little.  I'm not that old, kid.

Andrew enjoys watching movies on Netflix like Back to the Future and then we have conversations about technology and capabilities and comparing decades.

Let's face it, kids learn all kinds of things from their environments. Tv is definitely one of those tools that teach. And as a mom and a teacher, I'm totally ok with that. Netflix, you can totally help me teach my kids!

The girls have been watching a lot of PowerPuff Girls or as Violet calls them, "Supah Girls."  I asked Lily why she likes the show and she simply replied, "Because girls can stop the bad guys too." Empowering girls? I'll take it.

Another favorite of Lily's is Monster Math Squad! She talks about math a lot and says, "I'm impressed with how smart these monsters are."  Teacher in the making, I think. :)

They've also really been enjoying the new Jim Henson Company Netflix original Word Party! Violet loves to sing her ABCs (hence her love of music), but she's beginning to recognize letters correctly too. The show follows Kip, Franny, Lulu, and Bailey as they learn new words. The idea is to foster a fun, simple learning environment and help little ones vocabulary grow!

Coming on 8/3, a perfect show for my little music lovers. Beat Bugs which features songs of the Beatles. I can't wait!

What are your kids learning on Netflix?

Did you know?

Watch together, learn together. These six fun facts found on Netflix are sure to impress.
FULLER HOUSE Relationship
Fuller House: Season 1, Episode 2
Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show: Season 1, Episode 5
Cupcake Wars: Collection 2, Episode 15
LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship - Season 1, Episode 2
Little Einsteins: Season 2, Episode 15
The Deep: Season 1, Episode 1

New on Netflix for Kids, Tweens, Teens and Families

Hey Arnold The Movie
Hey Arnold! The Movie - Now on Netflix (7/1)
Popples  1
Popples: Season 3 (7/24)
Home: Adventures with Tip and Oh (7/29)
LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One: Season 2 (7/29)
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.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

I Wish I Weren't a Stepmom

I wish I weren’t a stepmom.
The weight that fell off my shoulders upon expressing those words is truly indescribable.
It’s taboo to say them out loud, of course,–words only shared in the darkest of moments with close friends who love and accept you no matter what or with someone carrying the same weight.  Instead, that thought and feeling remains inside strangling your insides like a cobra that has slithered and wrapped itself around you leaving you unable to breathe.

Read the rest over at Pittsburgh City Moms Blog...