Thursday 24 March 2016

LEGO of My #Bionicle! @Netflix_CA #StreamTeam

Thing 1 started building Lego sets using the picture instructions or "map" as he called them long before he could read. 

I swear it seems like I gave birth to Thing 1 with a piece of LEGO in his hand. Fifteen years ago, LEGO released a line called "Bionicle" and for the next decade it became part of Thing 1's and therefore my daily life and focus. 

Over a 10 year period we would accumulate a VERY large collection of Bionicle LEGO sets, books, 4 movies, Nintendo DS games, Nintendo Gamecube games, posters... 

Doesn't every parent spend hours making shields and swords to complete their kid's LEGO Knight costume? Hmm ... Thing 1 insisted they all do.

Well it had been many years since I watched my son build a Bionicle until this arrived ...

My normally generous and loving son flat out refused to let his younger cousins have this. In fact he has been asking for it, well more like threatening to steal it and run for days now. Today I finally gave in and let him have it. 

Exciting News! You can now stream a new Netflix Original series called Bionicle: The Journey to One (season 1). The series which is a retelling of the original Bionicle story, follows LEGO's re-release of it's Bionicle line. Our resident Bionicle Expert gives the Bionicle series 2 thumbs up.

But that's not all! For all you LEGO fans Netflix has a great collection of other LEGO movies and series including another Netflix Original series LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship (season 1).

Be sure to check out these other LEGO titles currently available to stream on Netflix:
  • LEGO: Batman the Movie
  • LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes - MISSION BLUE
  • LEGO: Marvel - Maximum Overload
  • LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers
  • LEGO: Lego City
  • LEGO: Elves
  • LEGO: Ninjago - Masters of Spinjitzu (3 seasons)
  • LEGO: Ninjago - King of the Shadows
  • LEGO: Legends of Chima (2 seasons)

You can follow along on all the StreamTeam adventures using the #Streamteam hashtag. And for Netflix Canada updates follow along on twitter.

Yep, just me Cathy thinking out loud about Lego.

Note: As a member of the Netflix StreamTeam I receive Netflix and a streaming device free of charge for the purposes of my Netflix Streamteam posts. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday 9 March 2016

Tips and Ways to Save at a #ThemePark #Florida #Travel #FamilyTravel

Taking the Family to a Theme Park is Expensive, 

So Here's Some Tips to Save and Stretch Your Dollars.

  • Theme Park Tickets: Check your loyalty cards and points, and check on-line for coupons and upgrades for the parks you want to visit. Many loyalty points can be used to purchase or reduce the cost of theme park tickets. CAA/AAA offers discounts on many attractions and theme parks. Park websites and tourism boards like Visit Orlando often have coupons, discounts and are great resources for theme park savings and information. Additional savings can often be found through hotel and theme park tickets packages.
  • If the hotel or resort offers free shuttle services to the parks you can save on the parking fee by using this option.
  • Make sure to make full use of Fast Passes or any extended park privileges you're entitled to.
  • Use a single backpack to pack for the day at the theme park. One bag is easier to manage when going on rides, attractions, and to take turns carrying it. 
  • Save by purchasing dollar store rain ponchos for everyone in the family. You can often get them with the kids favourite characters on them as well. At the theme parks a cheap rain poncho will cost you $5 or more per poncho. Besides the regular afternoon showers in Florida, rain ponchos are great to keep dry or protect your backpack at sea animal shows or rides with splashing water.
  • Buying beverages for a family at $4 a bottle really adds up quickly. Save by bringing Reusable Water Bottles or buying your first beverages with a screw top lids and refilling them throughout the day from a fountain rather than purchasing drinks. Pack single serve flavour crystals if plain water isn't your thing. Plus bonus less garbage and recycling. 
  • At Universal Parks you can purchase a full day meal plan which is good value, and CAA/AAA members can get a 10% discount on other food and beverage purchases.
  • Consider a Character Meal at Disney, the cost isn't much higher than other meal options at the park, but the experience is worth the extra expense. Be sure to book this in advance.
  • Speaking from experience finding a bandage at a theme park can be more challenging than you think. Do yourself a favour and pack a small First-Aid/Emergency Kit: including: hair elastic (it has many uses), shoe laces (can also be used as a belt), sewing kit, eyeglass repair kit (tiny screwdriver comes in handy), safety pin, ziptie, twist tie, bag clip, tweezers, wipes and first-aid items (bandages, Gravol, Tylenol, etc) 
  • Pack a few small ziploc bags to protect cell phone and wallet on water rides. 
  • Disney has free wi-fi which makes standing in long lines for rides or attractions so much easier. To keep your device charge for a long day at the theme park be sure to pack a portable battery charger
  • You can save on Disney Items buy purchasing pins, t-shirts, autograph books and pens at a dollar store or stores like Walmart or Target, and limit your on-site park splurges to a few really special memory making items. 
  • Many places offer a CAA/AAA discount. At Universal Parks you can get a 10% discount on merchandise by showing your membership card. 
  • For a feel of Disney without the expense visit Downtown Disney and spend the afternoon having a great meal, shopping and visiting the Lego store (and get a free LEGO VIP card). 

Happy Travels and Enjoy Your Day at the Theme Park!

Yep, just me Cathy thinking out loud about a day at the theme park.

Thursday 3 March 2016

This Week's #What2Watch Recommendation: #SPY #movie #W2WW @Netflix_CA

What to Watch

No need to keep this one top secret or undercover! 

As you know "What's Good to Watch?" is a common question amongst my friends and family, and the reason I share movie and show recommendations on Cathy Thinking Out Loud every Wednesday (aka #W2WW). This week's recommendation is a comedy with one of my favourite actors Melissa McCarthy called Spy. This movie currently streaming on Netflix Canada has an R rating so it's not for the kiddies

Spy is filled with the typical slapstick comedy we have come to love and expect from Melissa McCarthy as she fumbles her way into and out of impossible situations.

Yep, just me Cathy thinking out loud about what to watch.

Note: I have not been compensated for this post, and my #W2WW, What to Watch posts are simply something I like to share with my readers. They are not specifically connected to Netflix, or my involvement with the Netflix Streamteam.

Throwback Thursday #TBT #Nintendo #Gameboy Advance Spiderman Light circa 2002


Throwback Thursday
Spiderman Clip-On Gameboy Advance Light
(before the days of backlit screens, there were clip-on lights for Gameboys)
circa 2002

This light provided my evil kiddies with a light source to secretly play their Gameboys under the covers late into the night. It took me a while to catch on to this trick, I guess my spidey-senses weren't as advanced as they are now.

Yep, just me Cathy thinking out loud about kids, games and spidey senses.