How to Cope with the Flu

What Channel is the Netflix?(image source)

Disclaimer: Let me say, straight up, that Netflix have been extremely kind to me. They’ve invited me to be a part of their Stream Team (yeah, baby!), which includes a 12 month Netflix subscription, a mini iPad with a cute squishy cover and my very own Netflix mug. I am not obliged to nor do I get paid to write about Netflix. If and when I do write about Netflix, all opinions are my own. 

The reason I said ‘yes’ when Netflix called (aside from it being completely awesome) is because I was already a Netflix convert. I already knew that I loved them and it wouldn’t be hard for me to share this love with you guys. This all came in very handy recently when I had the worst sickness I’ve had in years. The flu, it hit me hard! The proper flu. It really, really sucks. However! I got to binge on all my favourite shows, old a new. Here’s a few that you might enjoy too (warning, some trailers are not appropriate for kids).

Edge of Your Seat Thrills and Drama

Orange Is the New Black – Seasons 1 – 3

Ruby Rose makes an awesome addition to the Season 3 cast.

House of Cards – Seasons 1 – 3

Kevin Spacey is truly disturbing in this political thriller.

The Fall – Seasons 1 and 2

Gillian Anderson is stunning as Superintendent Stella Gibson in this can’t-look-away murder mystery.

Just for Laughs

Jim Jeffries “Alcoholocaust” comedy special

An Aussie comedian in America, he gives good LOLs.

Shameless Seasons 1 – 4

Let the Gallagher’s make you feel good about your own life!

Brooklyn Nine Nine

The cops of the 99 Precinct will get you laughing. Total ‘junk food’ TV.

For the Kids

While I was laid out flat on the couch it sure did help that we could watch Netflix on our TV, iPad and mobile phone. It helped keep the kids occupied while I recovered. Rocky loves Zack and Quack, Phineas and Ferb and Curious George. Pebble loves it all but this week she is enjoying Johnny Test, Dennis the Menace and Space Chimps.

Not to mention Dragons: Race to the Edge launches this week. We’re all looking forward to watching this one. Is anyone else glad to have kids just so they have an excuse to watch cool kids movies and shows? No? Just me? Ok, then.

Did you get hit by the flu this winter? Do you have Netflix? Why not!!!?? 

Dance for Finlay

hepatoblastoma #justkeepdancing #friendsoffinlay

In February 2015, my dear blogging friend Katey had the life changing news that her beautiful 18 month old boy Finlay had stage 4 hepatoblastoma. Finlay has been courageously fighting this terrible cancer ever since with his amazing family always by his side. He is expected to have surgery today, having flown across the country from his home in Perth to Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney.

hepatoblastoma #justkeepdancing #friendsoffinlay (Find out more about the Kids Cancer Project)

In keeping with Ellen Degeneres’ #justkeepdancing project, we’re asking you to please send your most positive love, prayers and well wishes for dear Finlay. You can do this by sharing a video of yourself, your kids, your cats or your dogs, whoever! As long as there’s dancing involved. Don’t forget to add the hashtags #justkeepdancing #friendsoffinlay to share the love. Katey and Finlay will get so much love from seeing your dancing videos.

I’m sharing this video of Rocky, who’s about the same age as Finlay, dancing his little butt off at his Nana and Grandad’s house recently. Looking at his rosy cheeks and chubby little belly I feel so blessed to have a child in good health.

You can follow Finlay’s journey on the Facebook page. Please also consider joining us in donating to Finlay’s family and further cancer research.

Thank you for your support.

Word Clouds

Pebble loves sharing what she’s been learning at school. Lucky for us she has a super awesome teacher who also writes a blog! So we get to read about what’s happening at school, as well as hear it from Pebble. Recently Miss H shared that they had been making word clouds (sometimes called a wordle), and Pebble was keen to make some at home. Pebble used weather words because they’re learning about weather at school.

Weather Word Cloud

You’ll notice that Pebble used her ‘internet’ name, not her real name, in her word cloud. We’ve had lots of discussions about sharing information on the internet and she knows to be careful. She also thinks that her internet name is hilarious!

You can make a word cloud on ABCya! There are lots of features, including layout, colours and fonts, which are all super easy for kids young and old to use.

Why make a word cloud? You can use them to reflecting on learning, as creative writing prompts, for making gifts and much more! I made one for Octavia and Vicky using just the web address. Many word cloud creators let you do this, I used Tagul. How cool is this? I love that ‘Play’ stands out loud and clear.

Octavia and Vicky Wordle

You might have noticed that I’m not writing on Octavia and Vicky as often. I have something to tell you … I’ve been cheating on you! I’ve been writing a class blog, a research blog, a maths blog and have just agreed to contribute to a digital citizenship blog. I’m also still doing the odd contribution to some of my other favourite blogs. Phew! Never fear, I will still be here! Just not as often as you’re used to. You can still follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates.

Have fun making word clouds!