Amen. The kids are back in school! So grab your mom friends and share some watermelon mimosas in celebration! And in preparation of my youngest finally being in school for a full day, I’ve prepared a list of the Netflix movies and TV shows I plan on watching. Because I can.
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So here’s the deal. I don’t generally sit down to watch TV, during the day, while the kids are in school. But once in a while I do. And it’s awesome. TV is my favorite kind of “me” time. And I have a super long list of movies and TV shows that I’m dying to watch on Netflix. Some of the shows I can watch when the kids are in the house. But we have a really small house and some of them I can only watch when the kids aren’t at home due to language or content. And my kids are ALWAYS home! So I will be carving out some time here and there to get through my shows in the daytime. It’s going to be just as luxurious as it sounds! I think the first day of school is totally mimosa worthy. And with all the fresh juices you can find in almost every store now, I thought I would change it up and try it out with some cold pressed watermelon juice. Delicious! All it takes is a little bit of watermelon juice, add as much or as little as you want. And top with sparkling wine.These are perfect for sharing with friends by the way. Except I won’t be asking anyone to join me to watch my Netflix shows (except for my husband for a few of them). I need to speed watch, with no commentary, so I can get back to work and not waste away the whole day in front of TV. I’m not one of those people who goes to hang out with majillions of people to watch a TV series. My TV loving heart is happiest when I’m alone with my favorite characters. I love my children more than life itself. But it’s been a long summer and this mama needs a mimosa and some down time. I soaked pieces of fresh watermelon in sparkling wine for about an hour to serve as a garnish and extra snack. Because the watermelon was extra cold, it helped keep the drink nice and chilly. Perfect for sipping while watching my shows. I guess you could also share these with your friends at brunch. Or serve them on a holiday to family. I love the colorful bubbles the sparkling wine made and left their mark on the glass. It reminds me of cotton candy and is awesome.
Send your kids back to school then invite your mom friends over for these delicious Watermelon Mimosas! It's the easiest recipe ever!
- 1-2 oz cold-pressed watermelon juice
- 4-6 oz sparkling wine
Add watermelon juice to a glass.
Top with sparkling wine.
I think a little squeeze of lemon would also be a nice little touch.
So now for my shows. I’ll warn you, there are SO many more shows on Netflix that you should probably watch too.
First off, you HAVE to watch the new series Wet Hot American Summer. It’s raunchy, zany, filled with all kinds of stars and makes you laugh out loud constantly. Make sure you watch the movie, Wet Hot American Summer first (which was made 10 years ago), so you know who everyone is and the basic story. It’s set at Camp Firewood and mainly focuses on the camp counselors at the camp who have all kinds of crazy storylines. Gosh dang it, Paul Rudd is on fire in this. He’s hysterical.
This next one was really surprising to me. I like to watch the shows made specifically for Netflix. I saw Club de Cuervos and thought, there’s no way I will like that. It is in Spanish and I don’t speak Spanish. But I decided to try it out anyway. And I LOVED it! There are subtitles and the show just draws you in. I will warn you there are hookers and blow and bare teets in the first 10 minutes of the show but it totally works in to the storyline . But the story is really about a sibling rivalry between a brother and sister who have taken over a professional soccer team previously owned by their father, who recently passed away. The acting is fantastic and the show is humorous and touching. On our second episode, the subtitles were not synched up for some reason. We just restarted the show and then they were fine. Phew. It would have been too hard to read and watch if they weren’t so perfectly matched up. I can’t wait to see more of this!
Here’s what else is on my list to watch while your kids are at school:
And I’m totally excited for Narcos, out on Netflix on August 28th!
And shows you can watch with them in the house but you won’t get to enjoy them as much:
But don’t get me wrong, there are tons of great kids show on Netflix too.
My kids recently binge watched Some Assembly Required. They LOVED it! It’s a super cute show about a kid who owns a toy company and is now trying to come up with new toys to make. The characters are your standard high school crowd with brainy girls and dumb jocks, but the episodes are good and the kids thought it was really funny.
And these two new shows, in particular, pair perfectly with the start of school:And speaking of brainy, the new show Project MC2 features 4 high school girls who are really trained spies. I wasn’t sure if my son’s would like it but they totally did. This show is probable perfect for ages 7-10. The main characters are adorable, super trendy but also crazy smart. It’s a fun change of pace to see well dressed girls also know how to do things like chemistry and not just play a mean cheerleader. Smart really is the new cool.Netflix just debuted their new series, Dinotrux, which is a perfect show for kids just starting out on the adventure of a new school year or heading to school for the first time. The mash-up of dinos and construction vehicles are what little boys dreams are made of but girls will love it too. The show is all about friendships and using different skills to solve problems. Perfect real life lessons shared in a fun, approachable way.
Maybe a morning mimosa is really just an excuse to force me to stay home for a day and not have to run around town to do errands. And I’m ok with that. Truthfully, I’ll probably be folding laundry while I watch a show. But thank goodness for Netflix for making a horrible chore a little more fun. What are you watching on Netflix?
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