5 Family Shows to Watch on Netflix

While searching for a new show to watch, the other day I found myself asking, is Homeland on Netflix? As it turns out, it was, and I have been hooked ever since, but the R rated political crime drama isn’t really something that you can watch with your children and that led me to another conclusion; most modern shows that are any good are meant for adult audiences. Does that mean there aren’t any shows on Netflix that you can enjoy with your whole family without worrying about scarring your children for life? Thankfully, you will discover that’s not quite the situation at all while watching the following awesome family friendly shows on Netflix.

Once Upon A Time

The female protagonist finds out that her mother is Snow White and her father is Prince Charming and the town she lives in is filled with characters from the old fairy tales. The entire setting is in the modern world and it’s quite a refreshing and enjoyable little twist on the classic children’s tales. Although it’s completely kid-friendly, a few dark plots and interesting themes keep it from ever becoming too simple or childish.

Robin Hood

Created by the BBC, this is the version of Robin Hood where there’s just one rule, nobody kills anybody! Silly as it may sound, it’s actually quite enjoyable even for mature audiences. If you wanted a fun, medieval show with swords, axes and maces but no blood to enjoy with your children, you should definitely give it a watch.

Fuller House

It’s hard to make a list about family shows without mentioning the all-time classic super hit family TV show, Full House, but we are going to do one better and mention Fuller House instead. This Netflix original sequel to the classic was received very well by fans of the original Full House and new viewers alike on its release in 2016. It’s not a serious show and its objective is to warm your heart and give you a dose of nostalgia.

The Flash

If you want to throw in a dose of superhero action in your family TV (or Netflix!) time without making the mistake of watching the decent but ultra-violent The Punisher, Netflix has The Flash for you to enjoy. Not that Barry Allen was ever the most serious character in the DC Multiverse, but in comparison to shows like Arrow, this is most definitely a show meant to be watched with your family.

The Adventures of Puss in Boots

Shrek was a family movie series that everyone loves and The Adventures of Puss in Boots is no different. Puss is one of the most liked characters from the Shrek universe and most definitely the cutest. The show takes us on adventures with the cat and aside from catering to kids, it will throw the adults a joke every now and then to keep them engaged as well.

Netflix has a huge library and it’s hard to find the perfect show at times, but these five shows won’t let you down if you are looking to spend a few hours with the family. Some honorable mentions that did not make it onto the list include Stranger Things Season 1 and 2, Star Trek: The Original Series, Animaniacs and Merlin.

4 Ways You Can Finish Your Diet Program Successfully

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Every person who prepares to try out a diet plan does so with the hopes of reducing their weight and getting their body back in shape. But once the program starts, many people pull out of it, mostly because they didn’t prepare for it correctly. And if you are planning to implement a diet plan soon, then the below tips can help you see it through successfully.

Stick To The Food List

The first thing you should keep in mind is to stick with the food list recommended by the diet program. This is because each diet plan is carefully created by professionals who have researched all varieties of food. As such, they have firsthand knowledge of what should be eaten and what should not be eaten when on a diet. Since you can never match the expertise of such professionals, it is a good idea that you trust them and stick with their recommendations. For example, when on an HCG diet, the 500 calorie HCG food list will recommend that you eat chicken breast from time to time. As such, you should only use chicken breast in your meals, and should not substitute it with the breast meat from any other fowl. Only by strictly adhering to the HCG diet plan can you derive the maximum benefit.

Delink Your Emotions From Eating

Remember to delink your emotions from the act of eating. Many people have a tendency to overeat when they are emotionally triggered, whether it be excessively happy or depressed. Also referred to as emotional eating, such people see food as a way to manage the huge emotional upheaval they are feeling at the moment. For example, when stressed out, some people might feel calmer once they eat an ice cream. This mostly has to do with the fact that consuming sugar releases opioids in the brain which has a soothing effect. So, if you have a tendency of emotional eating, make sure that you control it very well before you start the diet plan. Else you risk breaking away from the program when confronted with anything that stresses your mind.

Do It With A Buddy

Most activities that seem daunting and impossible can turn out to be fun once you do it with your friends. This can be anything from mountain biking, bungee jumping, approaching girls at a bar, or anything else. This behavior is also true for diet plans. So, check out who among your friends are facing weight issues just like you, and ask them whether they wish to undergo a diet program with you. Getting a diet buddy will definitely boost the chances of you completing the program successfully.

Be Realistic

Finally, be very realistic when setting a weight loss goal. Many people tend to set up unrealistic goals when going into a diet program. And when they see that they are not losing weight as expected, they abandon the plan in the middle. Avoid such tendencies. Know very well how much weight you can lose, and stick with your diet program till the end. You won’t be disappointed.

4 Reasons You Can’t Move House In Less Than A Week (Number 3 Will Surprise You!)

Moving house, it’s right up there with having a baby and getting married for being one of the most stressful and disruptive times of your life. Shockingly though, some people seem to think they can treat it like ripping off a plaster and do it super quick, easily get it over and done within a few days, but is this really practical? I’d say no, and that you need an absolute minimum of a week, and a lot longer in most places to move successfully. Read the reasons why below.

You are part of a chain

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Buying a new house mean that you are more than likely part of a chain. A chain is a situation that occurs when you have several different homeowners all selling their current property and buying a new one. Basically, they all become dependent on each other to complete at the right time. Otherwise, the chain becomes broken, and some or all of the sales fall through.

Being in a chain means that you can rarely move house in less than a week. This is because even if you can sell and choose a new place in so little time, it’s unlikely that the people that you are buying from will be able to do the same.

You need time to organise the move

Next, remember that you need time to organise aspects of the move including booking a removalist to help you transport your furniture and boxes on the day, and cancelling your utilities such as electric gas and water. Some families will also need to take some time to give their property a good clean as they move out, and even patch up issues like holes in the walls where pictures have been hung.

You need time to say your goodbyes

Saying goodbye is a very important part of moving and shouldn’t be rushed.

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Something else that is hugely important when moving home is having enough time to say your goodbyes both to the property that you have lived in and to your friends and family in the area. Unfortunately, many people forget the importance of tending to the emotional side of moving house and focus all on the practical.  Something that can make it harder to have a positive start when you do arrive at the new place. So if you do find yourself having to wait a little longer to move, be thankful, and fill that time with seeing family and friends while you have the opportunity.

You need to pack

Packing up all your belonging is a big job to complete.

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Another reason that you can’t move house successfully in only a week is all the effort and hard work that goes into packing all your belongings. After all, safety packing up everything you own for transportation to another place takes quite a while. Especially if you have a large house and family and have to go to work and do all the usual daily things in the meantime. That is why it’s always best to give yourself longer than when moving home, wherever possible.

8 Steps To An Even Better Home Life

Happiness isn’t automatic, and there’s no magic formula for running the perfect household. The good news is that you have control over a lot of what does happen in and around your home. Look around and start taking responsibility for your wellbeing and that of those who you live with.

You’re in charge of what goes on at home, and you have the ability to get everyone and your belongings in order. Spread love, encourage one another, and teach your family members to pitch in and help once in a while. Use open and clear communication with one another and value each other’s opinions for a more peaceful existence. See eight steps to an even better home life.

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Unplug more

Although devices and television are fun and entertaining, they take away from the limited time you have together as a family. Set a limit or rule on how long each person can be connected and then use this free time you created to talk, play a game or eat dinner as a group. Unplugging will make you realize just how much time you all do have in any given evening or weekend. Think of activities and topics of conversation to engage in when you’re not glued to your screens.

Get A Pet

A pet is a wonderful addition to any family. They bring joy and unconditional love. Although they are work, it’s not so bad if you divide it up amongst the family members. Be aware there are products and resources out there to help you take care of your pet and curb any frustrations. For example, it’s a good idea to get VetIQ dog pill pockets, which are delicious chicken flavored treats with a built-in tube so that it’s easy to hide a capsule or tablet inside. Getting your pet to take pills will never be a chore again. Set a schedule for who’s in charge of feeding, walking, grooming and giving your pet any necessary medications. This is a positive way to teach your kids responsibility, and the pet will light up your home with their furry friendliness.  

Invest in Home Improvements

Part of the reason you may not like being at home that much is because it’s old or outdated. Invest time and energy into making it look nicer and homier for your enjoyment. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, then consider doing some of the projects yourself as a couple. All it takes is a fresh coat of paint, new décor, updated furniture and a nice kitchen and bathrooms. Set goals for when you want each update to be done, so it’s not so overwhelming. Give yourself time to implement the changes and appreciate each upgrade as it occurs.

Spend Quality Time Together

Your home will feel more like a household when you schedule activities and make it a point to spend quality time together. Go for bike rides, have a BBQ or cook a meal as a family. Change it up each time, so you don’t get bored. Use the activity as a way to reconnect and share about what’s going on in everyone’s lives. This way you won’t feel like strangers passing in the hallway and will have a better sense of comradery. Your house will be filled with love and feel warmer knowing you’re all on the same page and you have each other’s backs.

Organize, Clean & Declutter

The simple act of cleaning, organizing and decluttering will instantly make your home feel more welcoming and cozy. Make sure all of your belongings have a place and aren’t taking up space where they shouldn’t be. Clean out the closets and fill and label storage bins that can be put away nicely for later use. You won’t be running around ragged wondering where items are located when your kids, spouse or you are in need of them. Take pride in the fact that you know where your possessions are stored and can find them quickly.

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Practice Work-Life Balance

Life is hectic, but that’s no excuse not to set boundaries for yourself. Make it clear that you’re not always going to be the one working overtime at the office. Ask to work from home once in a while and work ahead if you know you have a family commitment coming up you want to attend. Talk with your spouse and come up with a plan, so you’re both not always working long hours and not attending to the household duties. You risk your health suffering if you’re always putting everyone else first. Prioritize and let what you get done in one day be enough, so you can spend more time with your loved ones.

Take Action

The only way to a better home life is to take action. Make a list and set goals about what you want to see change in the future. Use your free time and weekends to start working toward achieving results and feeling better about your home life. If you want to spend more time with your kids, then communicate that to them and set a date you’re going to be together with no distractions. Ideas are great, but then it’s up to you to put them into action and make your transformations a reality.

Have Fun

Life has somber moments, but there’s also plenty of time to have fun. Be silly, laugh and avoid taking mistakes too seriously at home. Show your kids that it’s okay to not be perfect and that it’s healthy to be able to laugh at yourself once in a while. Be random and spontaneous when the mood strikes and you want to step outside of your comfort zone. Smile more, and stay positive and strong when life doesn’t go your way.  

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Conclusion

You’re the creator of how you want your home to be run. If it’s time for a facelift, then use this as an opportunity to implement a few new changes. These are eight steps to an even better home life.

How to Tell Your Kids What to Expect on Their First Camping Trip

Camping can be an amazing way to spend a family vacation, with plenty of ways to spend time together without all the distractions of TV and the internet, along with a chance to be active and teach kids about nature.

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Why You Need to Talk About the Camping Trip in Advance

If you have decided to take your child camping for the first time, then he or she is probably very excited at the idea of doing something really new to them. However, they may also be a bit apprehensive in some ways too. Kids – especially younger children – can become a little anxious when taken outside of their usual routine.

This means it is a good idea to talk to your son or daughter about what they should expect the trip to be like, so they can mentally prepare for differences in how they will do every day things they usually have a routine for like eating, sleeping and getting washed and dressed.

Your child might also have some unfounded fears picked up from camping they have seen on TV, perhaps involving wild animals or even ghosts and monsters, and it is naturally best to find out that they have these and ease their worries before you go!

Show Them the Tent

You can get some fantastic tents for family use in all kinds of terrain and weather, and sites like myfamilytent.com can help you find the right kind for your needs if you aren’t already all that experienced with camping yourself, or with what you need for the destination you have chosen.

Once you have a tent, it is always a good idea to put it up once in your garden or even indoors to get yourself used to doing it and check there are no pieces missing. This can be a great opportunity to talk to your child and let them explore the tent. Show them the other equipment too, such as the mat and bag they will be using for sleeping, and any lights or other things you have bought.

Explain About Eating and Showering at Your Chosen Campsite

Kids can be somewhat fussy about food and about their hygiene routines, and obviously these are things that are different when you are camping. Depending on where you are going, from a campsite packed with amenities to a place in the wilderness, your plans for how you will all take care of eating and keeping clean and dry will vary, but the important thing is to tell your child what it is going to be like so they know what to expect.

Some kids are more adventurous and may not be anxious about the idea of their first camping trip at all, however even they can benefit from having a good idea of what the trip will be like so they aren’t getting excited about the wrong things. Kids can have wild imaginations and may think they’ll be off hunting bears or exploring a jungle when actually you were just planning on camp fire stories and a nice hike!