After an anxious start, yesterday went unexpectedly well, and my happiness hangover has helped me through today’s challenges. Reasons to be cheerful? I have a few…

Shopping with Smiley

The birthday celebrations continued at the weekend, with a trip into town. Smiley still loves the buzz of the city centre, and all the people who pay her attention, especially when she met someone from her new placement. The words see you tomorrow, gave me a lovely warm feeling that my daughter may have found her community. I really hope so.

Happy shopping selfie

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The love affair with Netflix continues, even with my limited viewing time. So here’s our family’s round up from September.

Under The Influence

Billed as a documentary about rock ‘n’ roll legend Keith Richards and the people and sounds that inspired him.

I think you can divide the world up into those who like the Beatles and the rest of us who prefer the Rolling Stones. So I couldn’t wait to watch this.

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Netflix is still beating the telly by a mile, but during the busy summer months none of the women in the house have spent much time in front of screens. And of course if you’re only watching for an hour or so a day it takes weeks to watch each series!

So this is all we have managed to view over the past couple of months:


I would watch more films on Netflix – I’d LOVE to watch more films on Netflix – but the choice is still a bit limited. So I’ve only two to report…

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When your teenage son discovers Netflix

It only took about 6 months, but finally my teenage son is making good use of our year’s free supply of Netflixas part of the StreamTeam.


Recent research shows that teenagers need and want to spend quality time with their parents – something I’ve always believed. But it can be difficult when you have very different interests. So I was a bit dubious when my son asked me would I watch the Avatar series with him, especially when I learned that there were 54 episodes. But actually it’s become a pleasant nightly routine to sit down with him for a half hour or so. It’s easy on the eye, a bit like a Japanese-style Teletubbies for teenagers, but with more exciting adventures, interesting characters, special powers, and a moral undercurrent.

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Unbreakable Jazzy and the Determined Universe

To celebrate the launch of Tina Fey’s new comedy series ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ on Netflix on March 6th, I have a guest post by the lovely Jazzygal, who, in her own words, is a knitting needle/crochet hook wielding Desperate Housewife, and stay-at-home mum of one fabulous teenage boy, who believes that your fifties are the new forties and keeps mind and body fit with blogging, social media and dancing/choreography. Phew!

Over to you, Jazzy…

I see that a new show ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ is launching on Netflix on March 6th.

After living in a cult for fifteen years, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper – The Office/Bridesmaids) decides to reclaim her life and start over in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers, and a couple of way-past-due library books, she’s ready to take on a world she didn’t even think existed anymore. 

The people over at Netflix think that we mums are quite unbreakable too, and I’m inclined to agree with them.

I may not wear the fabulous bright colours that Kimmy wears, nor the light-up sneakers – and my library books are usually in date – but I have had some unbreakable moments in my time!

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Chasing away the January blues and February chill #StreamTeam

With even more time than usual stuck indoors during the miserable winter months, we got great value out of our free Netflix package.  Here’s what we’re liking right now…

Arrested Development

Lots and lots of happy laughter while this was on, and it was even entertaining enough for Smiley. It’s supposed to be about a wealthy family that loses everything, and the one son who has no choice but to keep them all together. Actually it’s about a bunch of adults behaving like spoiled toddlers, which I wouldn’t normally like at all, but in this case it worked, and definitely helped to chase away the January blues!

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I think we’ve finally cracked Christmas

I think we’ve finally cracked Christmas

Well apart from the decorations.  I don’t seem to have a festive bone in my body.  Give me a bunch of holly, ivy and eucalyptus and you’ll end up with something for burning in the fireplace not putting on the mantel.  Still, I tried.

You see we haven’t spent many Christmases at home — last year it happened accidentally and we just made the best of it, so this year I wanted it to be really special.  And put myself under far too much pressure of course.

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