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.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Tiger is my Spirit Animal

It was my Mum's birthday last week and it coincided nicely with an invitation I got to attend a sneak-preview of the new Tiger store in Blanchardstown. I am a HUGE fan of the Danish brand, but my Mum had never been to one before. Tiger sells own brand, design-led, low-cost lifestyle products, from homewares to toys, stationery, toiletries, accessories and amazing craft supplies. Knowing how much my Mum loves a bargain I was sure she'd enjoy the event, so I brought her along as my guest. It's the best feeling when blogging brings an opportunity for me to treat my loved ones!

We were only through the door about five seconds when my Mum started to look around frantically for a basket. I was right. She has found her spiritual home. Tiger is her spirit animal now too.
Lost among the craft supplies. I'm the apple. She's the tree. I didn't fall far...
I reassured her that there was plenty of time (and plenty of Tiger stores - this is store number 17 in Ireland!) and that we could have a browse and a bite to eat before we started to shop. She looked at me like I was crazy, grabbed a basket anyway and immediately started to lose the run of herself lobbing all the gorgeous stuff into it.

I had refused to pick up a basket at the beginning because I was trying to convince myself I wasn't going to buy anything. Now, I have never, in the history of ever, gone into a Tiger store and left empty handed. Why I thought that night would be any different is beyond me. There was a great atmosphere with food from Cornude and Nudie Food (I think somebody in Tiger HQ has a naughty sense of humour!) and a giant tower of cheese from Sheridans Cheesemongers. With such a great buzz, such great products and such a great excuse I eventually succumbed to my inner shopper.
Popcorn by Cornude and me with Operations Manager Gillian Maxwell
I was on my second lap of the store and trying to awkwardly balance a ceramic bunny on top of an armful of other things when a helpful staff member approached me and offered me a basket. "Oh, no thank you..." I began, " I'm only picking up a few bits". She looked at the unwieldy pile in my hands and patiently offered the basket again. She was right, of course. The inevitable had happened again. But that was ok by me - it's Tiger afterall!
The ceramic bunny - which is, in fact,  a magical cotton pad holder!
Apart from the bunny (which I adore!) I got some new paintbrushes, a couple of sketchbooks and some fun 'Jumbo Markers' for the girls, some of Devo's favourite peppermints and some glue (they do a great 'universal glue' which I use for everything).

I also got a lovely goody-bag as I was leaving which Lile and Sábha dove into first thing the next morning. Thanks Tiger! (My mum donated hers to the cause so there wouldn't be fisticuffs over the freebies.)
Strawberry backpacks, flower pens, drawing stuff and notebooks that look like chocolate!
My mum and I both had a really lovely night out, and I'm pretty sure I've created another Tiger addict... How about you? Are you a Tiger fan? Have you discovered this great company yet?

Tiger Stores, Unit 314, Level 2, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15, is now open.

For more information about the Tiger brand watch this VIDEO

Here are just some of the crafts I've made using Tiger brand supplies:
95% of the supplies used in this post were from Tiger!

I used paper from Tiger as the 'wallpaper' in this dollshouse.

The little suitcase I used for this is from Tiger


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