Thursday, March 30, 2017

New on Netflix April 2017 #StreamTeam

I am a Netflix Stream Team member and have been given a Netflix membership to help facilitate my posts. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Here's a glimpse of the new movies and shows coming to Netflix in April 2017.  My kids are super excited for Disney's The BFG and Kubo and the Two Strings plus some of the returning Netflix Original shows like Dawn of the Croods. What is your family excited to watch in April?

A Weekend with the Family (2016)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Across the Universe (2007)
An American Tail (1986)
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)
An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster (1999)
Boy Bye (2016)
Born To Be Free (2016)
Cool Runnings (1993)
Good Witch: Season 2 (2016)
Gremlins (1984)
Only for One Night (2016)
Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin' (1971)
Scooby-Doo (2002)
Schindler's List (1993)
Something's Gotta Give (2003)
Thunderstruck (2012)
Wynonna Earp: Season 1 (2016)
Trouble with the Curve (2012)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
The Tenth Man (2016)

The D Train (2015)

Chewing Gum: Season 2 - Netflix Original
Louis C.K. 2017 - Netflix Original

Disney’s The BFG (2016)

El Faro De Las Orcas - Netflix Original Film
Dawn of the Croods: Season 3 - Netflix Original
The Get Down: Part 2 - Netflix Original
Win It All - Netflix Original Film

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Documentary Now!: Season 2 (2016)

Kevin Hart: What Now (2016)

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 2 (2016)

Chelsea: Season 2 - Netflix Original
El Elegido (2017)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return - Netflix Original
Sandy Wexler - Netflix Original Film

Disney’s Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
Slam - Netflix Original Film

Lucas Brothers: On Drugs - Netflix Original

A Plastic Ocean

Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 1 - Netflix Original
Girlboss: Season 1 - Netflix Original
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On: Season 1 - Netflix Original
Sand Castle - Netflix Original Film
Tales by Light: Season 2 - Netflix Original
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show: Season 4 - Netflix Original
The Prestige (2006)
Tramps - Netflix Original Film

The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass: Season 1-3 (2016)
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Liv and Maddie: Season 4 (2016)
Phantom (2013)

Long Nights Short Mornings (2016)

Disney’s Queen of Katwe (2016)
The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared - Netflix Original Film
Vir Das: Abroad Understanding - Netflix Original

Real Rescues: Season 6-7 (2012)
Trust (2010)

Las Chicas del Cable: Season 1 - Netflix Original

A Murder in the Park (2014)
Casting JonBenet - Netflix Original
Dear White People: Season 1 - Netflix Original
Rodney King - Netflix Original
Small Crimes - Netflix Original

Sofia the First: Season 3 (2015)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Google Chromecast Audio Review

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

One of my favorite things about the evolution of technology is digital music and how easy it has become to play our favorite songs crystal clear and wherever we go. I'm not sure how I survived before the days of wireless Bluetooth speakers but I know I never want to go back. I have amassed a small collection of them over the past few years which means not only do we have one on every level of our home (3) but also in multiple rooms per level. Now one complaint I've had over wireless speakers is their inability to link together so that I can have the same music streaming on more than one speaker at the same time.

Enter the new Google Chromecast Audio. This cute little gadget brings a new level to streaming your digital music. Not only can you use it with current wireless speakers, but also with older speakers that have an audio jack in them. And because the Google Chromecast Audio uses Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth, you can stream in hi-res sound.

  • Wirelessly stream millions of songs, radio stations and podcasts from your favorite apps like Pandora, iHeartRadio, NPR, Spotify and Google Play Music.
  • Lets you play music throughout your home. Group Chromecast audio devices together so you can listen to the same song on multiple speakers.
  • Built-in 2.4GHz/5.0GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi connects to the Internet through your wireless home network (wireless router required and sold separately)
  • Just plug Chromecast Audio into your speakers via the auxiliary input, connect to Wi-Fi and tap the Cast button from your favorite apps.

Kitchen Speaker

Now as I mentioned I have quite a few speakers in my home so I thought I would test the two Google Chromecast Audio devices I received on my most heavily used speakers. The one that gets the most usage by far is the one located in our kitchen. The other is on the third level and uses in the master bedroom and bathroom. Before dealing with the hardware you first need to download the Google Home app which is what you use to set up and control the Chromecast Audio devices. They need to be plugged into an outlet as well as plugged into your speaker in order to set up and play music. Once you have individual speakers set up in the app, then you can form a group with as many speakers as you like, so long as each speaker has a Chromecast Audio attached to it. So I went ahead and created my "house" group with my two speakers. Overall it maybe took me 5-10 minutes to set up everything and be ready to listen to music throughout my house.

Spotify is my favorite music app and luckily is compatible with Chromecast Audio, so I was able to launch it from the Google Home app, select playlist and then stream the music to my group of two speakers. It was awesome! The feature is hands down the best part of this device and is a game changer for me. The music was clear and though each device was on a different level of my house, there were no breaks or issues with the sound.

There are a few cons that I have in regards to the Google Chromecast Audio that I am hioing newer models will address down the road.  The first is that right now they aren't compatible with your iTunes music. This is a bit of a drawback as I am sure many iOS users out there have a ton of music purchased and saved on their phones. I do believe that this feature is coming soon though, so that will be great. In the meantime you can use it with other popular apps like Spotify, Pandora and iHeartRadio.

The second con for me is that the Google Chromecast Audio does not have a battery so it has to be plugged in to a wall outlet in order to stream music. Now part of the reason why I have rechargeable wireless speakers is so I can use them anywhere in my house without needing to plug them in. When using them with the Chromecast Audio I have to make sure they are placed near an outle which is not always in a convenient place for a speaker, particularly in our faimly room. I sincerely hope that future models of the device include a rechargeable battery so it can be used anywhere.

Overall, I do really like the new Google Chromecast Audio especially the ability to have multi-room play. That is really a huge deal for me and I love it. Since I have yet to find something else that does this for me, that alone makes it worthwhile if you don't mind spending the money to get one for each speaker. A few tweaks in the future could really make this product perfect.

The Google Chromecast Audio is available now at Best Buy for $35.00.

Google Chromecast Audio - Black $35.00

Monday, February 27, 2017

Are You Guilty of Netflix Cheating? #StreamTeam

I am a Netflix Stream Team member and have been given a Netflix membership to help facilitate my posts. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

There seems to be a global epidemic on the rise and it's Netflix Cheating. You can sit there and pretend you have no idea what I am talking about, but you know. Maybe you're a serial cheater or you've only thought about cheating, but either way you know the struggle is real. For the few of you out there who claim to not understand, I'll break it down. You and your significant other (or whoever) start watching a show on Netflix together and promise to not watch more episodes without yourself. However, your schedules don't always a line and you find yourself with time to sit in front of Netflix while he or she is at work. Or sleeping in bed next to you while you are wide awake. You stare at your "continue watching" queue debating if you should watch without them. Some of you are strong enough to click away, but 46% of streaming couples admit to cheating.

Now I fully admit that I have thought about cheating on my husband with the most recent season of The Fall. Between work schedules and kids activities we just haven't had time to binge watch together, and I've been tempted to start without him. Luckily, there are plenty of others shows I need to catch up on to distract me, so I've been able to hold out. For now. I am not sure how much longer my will power will last though.

Are you guilty of Netflix cheating on your streaming partner? Which shows tempt you the most?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

#Giveaway: Fifty Shades Darker Prize Pack #FiftyShadesDarker

Do you love all things Fifty Shades and Christian Grey? Would you like a chance to win some Fifty Shades Darker swag to wear to the movie next week? (Next week! Eeeeeek!) Enter below for your chance to win a Fifty Shades Darker Prize pack. The prize includes 2 t-shirts (sizing not available), 1 candle, 2 mirrors and some lip balm.

Giveaway is open to all United States residents, age 18 and over and ends on February 6, 2017 at 12:00AM. Two winner's will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter. Winner's will be notified via email and have 24 hours in which to respond and claim prize, otherwise a new winner will be drawn.

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About Fifty Shades Darker
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker, the second chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon.  Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015’s blockbuster film that grossed more than $560 million globally, the new installment arrives for Valentine’s Day and invites you to slip into something a shade darker.

When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance.  As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

Also returning from Fifty Shades of Grey are Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini, who are joined for the first time by Oscar® winner Kim Basinger, Hugh Dancy, Bella Heathcote and Eric Johnson.

Fifty Shades Darker is directed by James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series.  The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the book by James.

Genre: Drama          
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Hugh Dancy, Eric Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Bella Heathcote with Kim Basinger and Marcia Gay Harden
Directed by: James Foley
Screenplay by: Niall Leonard Based on the
Novel by: E L James
Produced by: Michael De Luca, E L James, Dana Brunetti, Marcus Viscidi

#Giveaway: Advanced Screening Tickets for Fifty Shades Darker in Hartford, CT #FiftyShadesDarker

We are only nine days away from the opening of Fifty Shades Darker in theaters everywhere. NINE DAYS! Are you as excited for this as I am? If you live in the Connecticut area, or can be in Connecticut on February 8, then you might be able to see the movie before any of your friends can! In partnership with Universal Pictures, we are giving away 25 pairs of tickets to an advanced screening of of Fifty Shades Darker in Hartford, CT on 2/8 at 7:00PM

For your chance to win, enter here:

New on Netflix February 2017 #StreamTeam

I am a Netflix Stream Team member and have been given a Netflix membership to help facilitate my posts. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

I can't believe we are already headed into the second month of 2017! Does anyone else feel like January flew by? As a new month is about to start, I once again look forward to what new movies and shows Netflix will have to offer. And this February there a few that have got me excited, for vastly different reasons.

Finding Dory
My family and I saw this in the theaters and absolutely loved it! So I am super excited that now we can watch it whenever we want streaming on Netflix.

Dory and Nemo will hot Netflix on February 1.

Magic Mike
OK, this one is all about me, and I think the reasons are pretty obvious. It is quite a visual treat. I am not going to elaborate any fuller on that.

Magic Mike will also be available on Netflix on February 1

Here is the full list of what Netflix is adding in February 2017. Which ones are you looking forward to?

February 1
Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies, and Cyber Attacks
Babe: Pig in the City
Balto 2: Wolf Quest
Balto 3: Wings of Change
Corpse Bride
Eleven P.M.
Finding Dory
From This Day Forward: A Trans Love Story
Gun Runners
Hell-Bound Train
Highly Strung
Hot Biskits
I Am Sun Mu
Les Beaux Malaises: Seasons 1–4
Magic Mike
Masha's Spooky Stories: Season 1
Mother With a Gun
Paris Is Burning
Project X
Silver Streak
The Blair Witch Project
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
The Five Heartbeats
The Furchester Hotel: Season 1–2
The Girl From Chicago
The Longest Day
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Women in Gold

February 2
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson
Frequency: Season 1

February 3

Daniel Sosa: Sosafado
Imperial Dreams
The Santa Clarita Diet

February 4

February 5
Elvira I Will Give You My Life But I'm Using It
Los Herederos

February 6

Girls Lost
Me, Myself and Her
Simple Biology: Girls Lost

February 7
Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special

February 8
Tiempos Felices
Girl Asleep

February 10

Abstract: The Art of Design
David Brent: Life on the Road

February 11

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 2
Stronger Than the World

February 12

Clouds of Sils Maria
The Act of Acting: Clouds of Sils Maria

February 13
Code: Debugging the Gender Gap
Magicians: Life in the Impossible

February 14
Girlfriend’s Day
Katherine Ryan: In Trouble
King Cobra
Project Mc 2: Part 4
White Nights

February 15
Aram, Aram
Before I Go to Sleep
Fire Song

February 16

February 17
Chef's Table: Season 3
DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 4
Kill Ratio
The Seven Deadly Sins: Season 2

February 19
Girl Meets World: Season 3
Growing Up Wild
Tini: El Gran Cambio De Violetta
When Calls the Heart: Season 3

February 23
I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore
Sausage Party
Ultimate Beastmaster
Ultimate Beastmaster Mexico

February 24
Legend Quest: Season 1
VeggieTales in the City: Season 1

February 26
Night Will Fall

February 27

Brazilian Western

February 28

Be Here Now
Michael Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes

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