Netflix Stream Team Adventure

If you follow me on social meeedja you may have noticed that I was off on a rather glamorous adventure last week. I was invited to London by Netflix for a night and a day of treats. It's not often I have a bit of glamour in my life and what is rare, as they say, is wonderful.
We left Dublin on Wednesday evening and, although there was a bit of a delay with the flight, it did nothing to dampen my spirits. I was delighted to be invited in the first place and quite happy to be sharing the trip with Nicola Watkins (PR wonder-woman for Netflix in Ireland), Tracey from Love of Living, Laura from Confessions of an Irish Mammy and Debbie from Saucepan Kids. (Jolene from One Yummy Mummy joined us the following morning).

We were brought to stay in the Mondrian Hotel at Sea Containers, which is situated on the South Bank of the Thames, right next door to the famous OXO building. The hotel was absolutely gorgeous. Sculptural, stylish and so much fancier than pretty much anywhere I've ever stayed before. I could have stayed in my room forever and been perfectly content.
But then, if I had, I wouldn't have  experienced the gorgeous meal in the Sea Containers restaurant or had a chance to wander along the riverbank or gone to the wonderful event Netflix hosted for us in The Violin Factory the next day.
We were treated to coffee, cakes, a gorgeous lunch and a tipple or two. We also got a chance to watch the first episode of the brand-new Netflix Original series 'Stranger Things' - which got me completely HOOKED. I've just finished watching episode three and can't wait to see the rest.

If you are a fan of ET, The Goonies, Close Encounters of the Third Kind or if you have any kind of nostalgia for the 1980's you will love it. I promise. I'm not even a fan of horror/sci-fi but this series is utterly gripping and a brilliant story. Have a look at the first eight minutes and see for yourself.

It's streaming now on Netflix and well worth a watch.

After the screening, we got an opportunity to use Netflix as inspiration for some screen-free fun. Netflix wanted to let us know that they understand that parents don't want their children sitting in front of screens all day, by showing us how we can take their favourite programmes and movies and use them as inspiration for creative activities.

To that end - we iced some 'King Julien' inspired cookies:
I'll bet you can't guess which one is mine and which one the experts did.... ;) 
We created some 'Beat Bugs' (coming soon!) inspired terrariums:
And we made some Word Party  (now streaming) inspired bunting -which I've only just realised I never photographed...
I really enjoyed the hands-on part of the day and it's really made me 'think outside the box' when it comes to picking up on my girls' interests and expanding on them away from the TV. I am excited to see what ideas I can come up with by using their current favourites as inspiration for some summer fun. I'll share the ideas here too of course!

After a mad-dash through the airport and a moment where we seriously thought we'd missed the plane - we managed to get home in one piece. Back to the reality that I do not, in fact, live a 5-star lifestyle 99.9% of the time...

I had a really fantastic trip and am so grateful to Netflix for the fabulous treat. They really know how to make a Stream-Teamer feel special.

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 I am not being paid to give them. I already had a personal subscription before joining the Stream Team. 

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