Netflix Makes Birthdays A Piece of Cake


In the age of social media, parents are under the constant barrage of making events like birthdays extra special and memorable. We seen on all the various platforms, people outdoing each other. Pinterest has made many of us parents feel inferior that we couldn’t create something a fancy such as the clever cookie monster cupcake or Barbie dreamhouse made from twix and redvines. Did you know in Brazil, parents spend over $600 on their kid’s birthdays? That’s 3x the global average!  Never fear, Netflix has your back with their new set of unique birthday greetings. Direct from some of our kids favorite Netflix characters including Barbie and Ninjago. They are clever and fun – check them out at

My hubby and I are also currently hooked on Atypical, the Netflix exclusive series about the life a of teenage boy with Autism. I have students and family members on the spectrum, so we find so much in this series that we can relate to. It was just renewed for another season. We recommend you check it out too (although its not really appropriate for younger children. Think PG-13.)



*I am a compensated member of the Netflix #StreamTeam. All opinions are my own.



OC Parks Free Concerts

We’re always on the look out for free and fun things to do as a family. And although Summer is wrapping up as back to school times loom closer, there is still lots of fun to be had.

The County of Orange and OC Parks OC Parks invite the public to celebrate summer outdoors with the OC Parks Summer Concert Series. All concerts are free to the public and offer free parking. Food trucks and Ruby’s Diner will be offering food for purchase at each event. The Lagunitas beer and wine garden will be available to those 21 and over. Gather friends and family, bring a blanket and a beach chair and enjoy free live music under the summer sky with OC Parks.

The OC parks Summer Concert Series continues with free live music from Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Matt Costa, Common Sense, Family Style, Tijuana Dogs and more.



Thursday evenings July 27 – August 24, from 5 – 8 p.m.



Mile Square Regional Park, and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach.


2017 OC Parks Summer Concert Series Schedule

(All remaining shows 5-8 p.m., free admission with free parking)


Mile Square Regional Park

Location: 16801 Euclid St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Contact: (714) 973-6600,

Date: Thursday, August 3

Artist: The Fenians and Orion Walsh

Date: Thursday, August 10

Artist: Common Sense and Wheeland Brothers


Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach

Location: 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, CA 92629

Contact: (949)

Date: Thursday, August 17

Artist: Andrew McMahon and Shelter & Grace

Date: Thursday, August 24

Artist: Family Style and Tijuana Dogs



Sneaking is the new bingeing for moms #StreamTeam

#MomSneak. America has spoken: 97% of moms say that they had more time for themselves before motherhood, and now, three-quarters (71%) of moms admit to sneaking in TV “me-time” while juggling a busy schedule, with some even hiding from their kids for just a moment of peace. With moms doing it anywhere and everywhere in the neighborhood when the kids aren’t around, sneaking is the new bingeing.

So smuggle a tablet into the bathroom for a little GLOW during your morning routine, but be forewarned: distracted makeup application may result in a look as bold as one of the gorgeous ladies of the 80s. And if you find yourself overstaying your welcome in the grocery store parking lot watching The Walking Dead, don’t feel guilty. As long as the ice cream doesn’t melt, no one will know your little sneak-ret. Be the life of the party with all the pop culture knowledge you’ll accumulate sneaking—your friends will thank you for talking about something other than the kids. If anyone questions your motives, let them know that according to a recent Netflix survey moms are feeling less stressed and more refreshed and even 19% say it makes them feel like a better parent by sneaking “me-time.” And dads, don’t feel left out. I know you need a break to sneak too.

My favorite time to #MomSneak is usually between the hours of 11 PM and 1 AM. I often fall asleep late, especially during the school year when I’m up prepping lesson plans or entering grades. What are your favorite shows to #MomSneak on Netflix?