Stream Your Favorite TV Shows {Netflix Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I’m on the Netflix Stream Team and enjoy complimentary service.)

A couple weeks ago I confessed that I was a TV junkie and shared 5 shows I love watching. I enjoy discovering new shows and thought you all may have some favorite ones that I haven’t even heard of yet. To encourage you all to share, Netflix gave me one 3 month subscription to their service to give one lucky winner!

To enter, leave a comment below telling me your favorite television show. One person will be chosen at random to win. The giveaway will close May 2, 2014 at 11:59pm. Good luck!! :)


Confession: I’m A Television Show Junkie

I am a huge TV junkie so when Netflix asked me to be on their Stream Team and write sponsored posts each month I of course said yes. I already used (and loved!) their service. For this month’s post I thought I’d share 5 TV shows I enjoy watching that you can find on Netflix.

1) Scandal: This show is amazing. Every time I think I know what is going on there is a plot twist that I did not see coming. The cast, especially the main character played by Kerry Washington, is fantastic.

2) Parenthood: This show about an extended family has brought me to tears numerous times. I think it’s a show where most people can identify with at least one of the characters and it covers deep subjects such as Cancer, divorce, and Autism. (I may be extra in love with this show because one of the main characters has Aspergers.)

3) Switched At Birth: I just discovered this show last month (just in time for the season finale) and I watched every single episode in about a week. I thought it was an interesting storyline and I feel like I’ve picked up a bit of sign language just by watching it.

4) Drop Dead Diva: The plot is really far-fetched (a model dies and comes back in the body of a plus-sized woman) but I like the realness of the actress and every week I sit and hope she ends up with the love of her (previous) life.

5) Pretty Little Liars: I’m not a teen girl! I swear! lol I don’t know why I enjoy this teenage show but I do. Every week I watch as the group of friends gets closer to the mystery of what happened to their friend and who “A” is.

I have also been adding shows I want to watch to my “to watch list” on Netflix. I am discovering all of these interesting shows I never knew existed! It’s been great :)

What are you watching this month?

Exploring Scientific Concepts With Kids

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Netflix. I am a member of their Stream Team but all thoughts are my own.)

When I taught preschool I loved doing hands on learning activities with my kids. One of my favorite memories was doing a simple ice melting experiment with the kids on a very long winter day. I gave them a variety of things (like warm water, fabric, etc) and asked them which would melt the ice and which would not. They then worked in pairs to test out their hypotheses. I loved watching their little minds work through the problem and their expressions as they discovered which things worked and which didn’t.

Now that I have my own kids and work full-time outside a classroom, I don’t have eight hours a day to do projects so I look for other fun ways to teach science concepts. My boys learn about cause and effect in the bathtub, gravity and velocity when racing their derby cars at Awana, and learn about photosynthesis when planting flowers. There are opportunities to learn everywhere we go.

Some of my favorite bloggers feature science experiments on their blogs. Follow my Science for Kids Pinterest board to check out their posts as I pin them. This easy lightbulb experiment from KLS Crafts is fun, too!

We also enjoy some great kid’s tv shows that explore science and problem solving. My favorite is the Magic School Bus which is a well-known show that’s been on for years. Recently we’ve discovered Peep and the Big Wide World on Netflix. Other science-based shows for young kids include Jimmy Neutron Boy GeniusAnimal Mechanicals, and Wild Kratts.

What are the ways you teach science to your kids?