50 Things To Watch on Netflix.

29 January 2014 | 13 Comments

This morning, my friend Alli who is happily snowed in at her house in Atlanta, asked what to watch on Netflix.  I gave her my suggestions and then realized there were so many more that I wanted to add.  Our Netflix account has been a sanity saver while stuck in the house lately, today is Snow Day #8 this month.  Do I need to say more?

There are so many things on Netflix Instant that you can stream to your heart’s delight and never watch the same thing twice.  It seems like they’re constantly pulling things and adding new, which I like… except when I want to binge watch every episode of The Facts of Life and it’s already gone. 

And if you don’t have the ‘Flix, don’t fret.   When available, I’ve linked you to everything on Amazon Instant too, you can stream it right from your computer.  {Disclosure: These are Amazon Affiliate links, if you watch something I recommend from the link, I get pennies.  Feel free to go to Amazon directly if you don’t want me to have pennies, I’m totally ok with that.  If you have Amazon Prime, a bunch of those are free to you.}

Here are 50 of my favorite things to watch on Netflix right now.

What Should I Watch on Netflix

Stand Up Comedy.

Laugh till you pee your pants.


TV Shows on Netflix.

I can’t be held responsible for your binge watching every season of these favorites.

  • The West Wing {Watch on Amazon}  OK, so this is the only TV series that I actually own on DVD.  It is such an intelligent, funny, well written show.  Watch it.
  • Scandal {Watch on Amazon}  Kerry Washington is brilliant as Olivia Pope.  If you’re wondering what everyone is talking about, now is your chance to catch up.
  • Mythbusters {Watch on Amazon}  The team tests the science behind crazy myths we all have heard.  Want to find out if double dipping is really as awful as Seinfeld wants us to believe? How about that guy who supposedly escaped from Alcatraz? Or if taking a shower in a thunderstorm is really a bad idea?
  • New Girl {Watch on Amazon} Roommates, crushes, the most un-PC ridiculously funny Schmidt, lots of hipstery angst and laughter, it’s like hanging out with a group of friends.
  • Keeping Up Appearances {Watch on Amazon}  This is an old British show that my friend Amanda and I are hooked on, Hyacinth will have you secretly glad you’ve escaped tea on her Royal Dalton china.
  • White Collar {Watch on Amazon}  Neil Cafferty is a con man who ends up working for the FBI.  Guys will think he’s awesome, girls will think he’s hot.  It’s a win win if you ask me.
  • Ally McBeal   An old favorite.
  • Lie to Me {Watch on Amazon}  This is one of the most intelligent, mind-screwing shows on TV.
  • The Office {Watch on Amazon}  Oh Jim and Pam before they were Jim and Pam.  And Dwight… who doesn’t love Dwight?
  • How I Met Your Mother {Watch on Amazon}  This is the last season of HIMYM, so why not catch up on the whole saga from the beginning?
  • Dexter {Watch on Amazon}  Creepy.  Crazy.  Awesome.


Netflix Movies.

Old school to new releases, these are some of the best movies on Netflix.

  • Beautiful Girls {Watch on Amazon} A musician goes home again, friendship, family, and a very young Natalie Portman
  • Butter {Watch on Amazon} Who knew the annual butter carving contest was so cutthroat?  Jennifer Gardner is perfection in this movie. 
  • Drinking Buddies {Watch on Amazon}  Two best friends trying to figure out where they stand, set in a microbrewery.
  • War of the Buttons {Watch on Amazon}  Two ‘gangs’ of kids from rivaling towns in Ireland fight for supremacy, based on a book.  {The one on Netflix right now is a re-make set in France, still good.  I linked the Irish one on the Amazon.}
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun {Watch on Amazon}  A young Sarah Jessica Parker has an Army dad and a Catholic school to deal with as she enters a TV dance competition.
  • Bernie {Watch on Amazon}  Jack Black stars in this true story of a murderer who was so well liked that the entire town didn’t want him to go to jail.
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off {Watch on Amazon}  Skipping school is never this awesome in real life. 
  • Marvel’s Avengers {Watch on Amazon}  We’re big fans of Marvel, this was a favorite.  Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye are in this version.
  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles {Watch on Amazon}  John Candy and Steve Martin.  It pretty much doesn’t get more comedy genius than this. 
  • The Breakfast Club {Watch on Amazon}  Am 80s classic.  Misfits and adventure during an all day detention.



These aren’t your mama’s boring documentaries.  Swearing man in a Winnebago?  Excruciating looks into the death of a friend?  And sushi, lots of sushi.

  • Dear Zachary  Filmmaker loses his friend to murder and films a documentary about him to give to his son.  You will be absolutely RIVITED. 
  • Gotta Dance  A geriatric hip hop dance group.
  • Frontrunners  {Watch on Amazon}  Four students campaign for student council at one of NYC’s most competitive public schools.
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi {Watch on Amazon}  The story of Jiro, who runs an exclusive and extremely expensive sushi restaurant in Japan.  Japanese with subtitles.
  • Indie Game : The Movie {Watch on Amazon}  You will be cheering on {and wondering if they are a little nuts} these creators of indie video games.
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop {Watch on Amazon}  The secret world of Banksy, street tagging, and bizarre happenings.
  • Winnebago Man {Watch on Amazon}  The story of an old training video that hits YouTube and makes its profane and elusive host very famous.
  • Being Elmo : A Puppeteer’s Journey {Watch on Amazon} The man behind Elmo and how Elmo came into our lives.
  • Craigslist Joe {Watch on Amazon}  A man who travels across the country using nothing but Craigslist.
  • Bill Cunningham New York {Watch on Amazon}  Bill Cunningham rides his bike around NYC photographing street style with a non-digital camera.  He’s an absolutely fascinating artist and human being.
  • Life In a Day July 24, 2010 as filmed by tons of people and edited by the filmmaker. 
  • Pressure Cooker  Students at an impoverished school compete at a culinary competition for life altering scholarships. 
  • The Queen of Versailles {Watch on Amazon}  It starts as a documentary of a wealthy couple building the largest house in the United States, then the recession hits and it turns into something entirely different.


Guilty Pleasures.

This is the stuff that is so delightfully trashy that you can’t look away, but don’t want to admit watching to any of your friends.  Don’t judge, just enjoy.

  • Kell on Earth {Watch on Amazon} Kelly is a publicist in NYC
  • Tanked {Watch on Amazon}  Two brothers-in-law run a company building ridiculously awesome fish tanks.
  • Alaska : The Last Frontier {Watch on Amazon}  Follow a family in Alaska as they prep for and survive winter.
  • American Chopper {Watch on Amazon}  A father and two sons spend more time bickering than working on unreal motorcycles.
  • Sister Wives {Watch on Amazon}  One guy, three wives, and about a bajillion kids.
  • Long Island Medium {Watch on Amazon}  Theresa is a medium who can’t stop giving readings in the most inopportune places.
  • Moonshiners {Watch on Amazon}  Who knew that moonshine was still big {and highly illegal} business?  These guys are slightly crazy and the accents are so deep south that there are sometimes subtitles.
  • NYC Prep {Watch on Amazon} Reality show based on a group of friends at an elite prep school in NYC.
  • DC Cupcakes {Watch on Amazon}  Two sisters take Washington DC by the cupcakes.


OK peeps, what am I missing?  Tell me your current Netflix faves!

Castaway Bay

27 January 2014 | 31 Comments

Disclosure: Castaway Bay provided overnight accommodations and water park passes, as well as four day passes to give away to one reader.  All opinions are my own.

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This has officially been the snowiest January we’ve ever had in Northwest Ohio.  And while I love the snow, I don’t love the bitter cold.  Today is our sixth unexpected day off of school this month, with number seven all but assured tomorrow.  The kids are stir-crazy, as you might imagine.  So when Castaway Bay invited us to join them for some family fun and a blissful 82 degrees, we started packing our bags. 

We arrived to a warm fire and a huge pirate ship, checked in, and grabbed our Island Times.  Each day the staff puts out this newsletter with all of the resort’s activities, be sure to grab one at the front desk!  In it, you’ll find lots of children’s activities like face painting, story time with Snoopy, and times that you can catch the Peanuts Gang in the lobby for a photo or just a hug.

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The water park was great.  I loved the layout, open and in a big circle with one monitored entrance in and out, I felt really comfortable finding Dave quickly when we headed to separate areas with the kids.  There is a large toddler pool with both small and slightly bigger water slides as well as fountains with a light spray.  There is a big wave pool, several medium and larger sized water slides, and a huge waterslide that you tackle in a raft.  There is the family funhouse full of shooting water, a big pool for water basketball and fun things like the cargo net crossing where bigger kids can try their hand at making it across the pool on floating rafts.  There is also an indoor/outdoor hot tub that seats almost 100 people.  I saw toddlers and 80 year olds alike, there was a little something for everyone and it’s extremely family friendly.

I would also like to note that in every single pool I paid attention to the safety issue, something that is really important to me.  What I saw was a hyper-attentive lifeguard staff, and life jackets available for anyone who might need one.  Obviously, that doesn’t make up for a lack of parental supervision, but I felt very comfortable with the level of staff to visitors.  The lifeguards were really paying attention to everything going on in the pools.

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I Don’t Like You, Mama.

20 January 2014 | 10 Comments

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Well it happened.  My whole six and a half years of motherhood has been blessedly free of this one until now.

I don’t like you, Mama!

There she is, Miss Tate, all two and a half years of her, telling me just that.  Her brother has probably thought it, but he’s never said it. 

All because I wouldn’t read her book.  The book her father had just finished reading to her, while she was stalling and saying goodnight, already a half an hour past bedtime.  Worst mother in the world, right?

Rationally, you know she’s just pissy and tired.  But oh, doesn’t it feel like a punch in the gut to hear those words directed at you? 

She followed up the next day with, “You my best girl Mama, my best girl in da whole universe,” and made me imagine that maybe we still have a few years before I’m hearing that she dislikes me on the regular.  At least, I sure hope so.

And Tate, even when you don’t like me?  You’re my best girl too.

Just Enough.

13 January 2014 | 9 Comments


Mornings are tough for me.  I haven’t ever rolled out of bed Miss Mary Sunshine.  I haven’t ever been referred to as a morning person either.  I can fake it with the best of them, but if we’re being truthful, I’m much better after ten.  By then, I’ve had a cup of coffee, some time to wake up, and a minute to get myself together.  

Typically, I hit the snooze button twice.  OK.  Three times.  I roll out of bed bleary-eyed and stumble my way through breakfast making and lunchbox filling.  Then there is the pushing and prodding the kids to hurry up, reminders for them to feed Monty his breakfast, and to get teeth brushed… we’ve got to get movingThose boots are on the wrong feet, Tate.  Finn, don’t forget your backpack. 

On bad days, they are sometimes picking on each other and arguing or worse, whining and I’m struggling to keep my shit together so I don’t start our day yelling like a maniac.  Those are the days that I spend feeling guilty or internalizing that I am the worst mother in the universe {of my own mind} and not at all fit for raising little human beings.  Those are the melodramatic, worst days ever that just compound and beat me into the ground and make me wish I could go back to bed until they are eighteen and off to college.

But today wasn’t a typical morning or the worst day ever.  This was a magical morning made of unicorn tears and Millennium Falcon shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  

The universe seems to put just enough of these days in my path to make me intensely thankful for motherhood.

I Have a Blog? Alternate Title: I Hate Anything with an Umlaut.

07 January 2014 | 17 Comments

My name is Michelle and I’ve been missing for three weeks.

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Oh, hello.  Um.  I missed you guys?  I was soaking up having the kids around, Dave, Christmas, my best friend, extended family and just taking a vacation.  I just hadn’t intended it to be an extended vacation, but there it is.  Extended.  BAM.

There is this whole blogging thing that it’s a little like fight club.  You’re not supposed to talk about blogging in and of itself unless of course your blog is about blogging, then you’re supposed to ONLY talk about blogging.  But I’m not really a rules kind of girl except in the car lane at school because non-rules followers in the car lane make me irate.  There is parking all over and willy nilly dropping off and obnoxious assholes who turn left when there is clearly a sign saying not to turn left.

But here on the blog?  Eh.  Left turn away, suckas.

Blogging is incredible.  It has afforded me all kinds of opportunities like having my stuff on Queen Latifah’s site, trips across the country, getting mentioned by people like the food editor of the Associated Press, being featured on Life Hacker, working with some fantastic companies, getting courted by Huffington Post, and meeting some of the best people in the universe, some of which I now call friends.  It’s flattering, it’s awesome, and it makes me all glowy, but for me, having all of you to talk to every day, that’s where it’s at.  Your comments keep me laughing, your emails make me all choked up, and your stories are as varied as Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans.  I like it.  Blogging, that is, and you too.  But, it is a fuckton of work and sometimes I very much need a break to sit around mostly camera-less and just take a mental picture instead. 

Only… to take a break or a vacation as a blogger, you’re supposed to work four times as hard and schedule out posts to appear like you’re there.  This is the part we’re not supposed to mention because it’s supposed to be this magical thing where *** poof! *** pretty things appear, you actually sleep while simultaneously making yourself available to social media 24/7 and the words flow like Natty Light at the college party Dave once took me to when I was 26 years old. 

Note to any college age boys out there: if you are lucky enough to date a woman 3 years older than you, with a job, an apartment and clearly fabulous, you should probably not take her to any keg-ers.  You might end up with a wife.

Then of course after your extended break, there is just this awkward figuring out what to say to rejoin the land of the living.  And yaaaaaawn, do I really need to get out of bed?  Plus, you know that people don’t want to hear that you’ve been sitting around playing with your kids with their elflocked hair and staying in your pajamas until afternoon while drinking all the coffee in the universe and snuggling with your husband.  There was also some Harry Potter reading, much Lego building, My Little Pony Equestria Girls watching, and figuring out to do with all of this snow.

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So here I am in a graceless sort of way, hoping you’re still reading, still in my pajamas, day three of being house-bound, day eighteen of school break, and hating pfeffernüsse.  Mostly because Dave loves it and eats it non-stop for weeks around Christmas and also partly because it has an umlat which makes writing pfeffernüsse a pain in the ass.  I’d promise that next time I’ll be better and schedule out those posts so we can all pretend that I’m here, but you and I both know, I probably won’t. 

I hope you’re ok with that.

Just how cold is it in your neck of the woods? 

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