Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Begging Letter

Dear Readers,
It has come to my attention that I have made the finalist list of the Boots Maternity & Infant Awards in the 'Best Parenting Blog' category! It's beyond exciting to see my name up there beside some amazing fellow-bloggers.

I'm actually doubly-excited because I'm hoping to have my first ever article printed in Maternity & Infant magazine this month too. Fingers crossed!

The only thing I'm not so thrilled about is that the awards winners are determined by a public vote... which means I now have to beseech you to click HERE - scroll down to the 'For the Family' category and find me under 'Best Parenting Blog'. I'd be ever so grateful if you could spare the time and effort!

Thanks so much for your continued support, 
Sadhbh x

P.S. You might have noticed that I've changed my domain name a little bit! I've finally dropped the '.blogspot' bit and you'll find me under www.wherewishescomefrom.com from now on. I like that it rhymes!

Friday, 24 July 2015

Netflix Stream Team Update* (* may include weird princesses)

A little while back, I was invited to be a member of the Netflix Stream Team and I made a little video with Lile and Sábha talking about their current favourites for our first post. They really enjoyed the process and have been asking me when we could do another one. I was happy to oblige, of course, but trying to catch them when they are in the right mood is not always easy. Being five is all about the extreme emotions. Most of the time they are either too giddy or too cranky to make 'good TV'. You can't understand a word they say when they're in can't-sit-still mode and nobody wants to see them wrestling and whining at each other so I have to choose my moments carefully.

The stars aligned today and we finally caught a decent bit of footage... with only one  minor scuffle... and only a tiny bit of bad language... (theirs, not mine!)

You can see how much my girls like Adventure Time and I like it too - even though I squirm from time to time watching it with them, as some of the humour is definitely directed at adults. Thankfully those parts go right over their heads as they haven't had the life experience to know that. They take it very much at face-value - a bright, colourful cartoon with occasional jokes about poop. And there's princesses. Lots and lots of weird princesses.

I must have a thing for humour that makes me squirm as one of my favourite documentaries on Netflix is Mortified Nation
Part documentary, part concert film, Mortified Nation captures adults sharing their most embarrassing childhood writings on stage and chronicles how the simple act of exposing one’s private past can inspire an entire nation to “share the shame.” Transporting viewers back to a time of awkward firsts– first love, first rejection, first total freak out– the film captures the adolescent experience in a way few of us truly remember and most of us tried to forget.
It is  a very enjoyable watch - especially if you are a blogger I think - as writing a blog is so similar to writing a journal or diary. I can't even read back on early posts on this blog for the mortification, so I'm pretty sure a look back at my teenage diaries (had I kept them) would kill me. And if I had to read them aloud, in public?!?!... Let's just say I am grateful to those brave souls who do it so I don't have to.

I saw recently that the Mortified team are actually looking for participants in Dublin, London and Paris - so if you're a more fearless person than me please go and take part. I'll totally go and watch you and laugh/cry with you, as appropriate! 

Disclosure: As a member of the Netflix Stream Team I received a Netflix subscription and an Apple TV box in return for posting Netflix updates and reviews. All opinions are my own, and those of my children and I am not being paid to give them. I already had a personal subscription before joining the Stream Team.


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