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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Netflix: #5MoreMinutes

Do these kids think we’re amateurs or something? Their eyelids hurt? They’ll die of thirst without more water? It’s like a big deja-vu when your own kid starts rattling off the same bedtime excuses you used back in 19-something-or-another. What these little stall-masters don’t understand is that you’re not clueless… you’re just too tired to argue.
Ha, I love this press release from Netflix!
I will confess right here, right now: my seven year old twins are NOT into making excuses... they know my husband and I won't buy them!
But: most kids DO make excuses, and they are pretty good ones.
As it turns out, bedtime excuses are universal – more than 60% of parents around the globe are dealing with kids’ stall tactics before bed, adding up to nearly 20 minutes every single night. But guess what? It’s time to take back your night with a little help from Netflix.
The Netflix team continue:
Next time you find yourself in the bedtime battle, just tell your kids they can watch an ENTIRE show before bed. Yep, you heard us right, and no, we haven’t lost our minds. 
Just recently, Netflix and DreamWorks Animation launched Dinotrux Favourites, new episodes of the latest hit, all in a nice little 5-minute package - letting your little negotiator think they’re getting away with the age-old ‘just five more minutes’ ploy. In a mere 300-seconds, your kids will be speechless as they march themselves up to bed knowing they got exactly what they wanted. You: 1, Kids’ stalls: 0.
If YOU have a “5 more minute” negotiator on your hands, sure it and tag it with #5MoreMinutes on Twitter and Instagram.
As I said, my kids don't do it (only because my husband and I HAD to go all military style from the beginning, as they are twins and they'd run us down mentally if we had let them right from the start), but the best I can offer is: mum, dad - I am thirsty. They DO however like their extra time on their iPads watching Netflix... I won't lie! I kinda LOVE that... as I do too!
Love this handy Netflix chart:

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Stevie Jacobs: Minions ‘Summer Entertainment’ VIDEO + DVD release

Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has partnered with everyone’s favourite 'Today' weatherman and father of two, Stevie Jacobs, to star alongside the Minions in a new video designed  to help parents keep their kids entertained this summer. Here is the reel, below, with more info on the Minions mission:

Research shows that children gain understanding about the world by seeing, touching, tasting, smelling, moving and hearing. According to the National Quality Framework*, we can enhance the choice and quality of learning experiences by supporting flexible use and interaction between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Understanding the importance of balancing indoor and outdoor play in childhood development, the new Minions ‘Summer Entertainment’ video provides parents with some tips to help inspire their kids to experience Australia’s great outdoors this summer.

Stevie Jacobs said, “We are on the road a lot and are fortunate enough to take our girls with us. We always see every outing not just as an adventure, but as an opportunity for Isabelle and Frenchy to learn something new.”

“Using the Minions as an avenue to talk to children, on a level they understand, will no doubt inspire them to want to get outside and explore Australia’s beautiful beaches and national parks, or create their own family adventure.”

From bobbing for ducks at a theme park to jumping into waterfalls on a hike and visiting Australia’s iconic landmarks, like the Minions’ favourite The Big Banana, Stevie has enlisted the help of everyone’s favourite yellow henchmen to provide some easy-to-understand tips that families can follow to ensure little minds are engaged and inspired to go exploring.

The video, featuring the Jacobs family including Stevie, wife Rose and kids Isabella (4) and Francesca (2) and the Minions, can be seen on The Viewing LoungeYouTube page. Minions is out now on 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital with UltraViolet™.

Listed below are top tips to keep kids entertained this summer, curated by Stevie Jacobs and the Minions. WE LOVE THEM ALL!

  1. If you’re feeling like a dare devil, grab the family and hit up one of Australia’s theme parks:
    • Zoom around on a roller coaster
    • Challenge your family at bobbing for ducks
    • Laugh at yourselves in the Mirror Maze
    • Take in the view from the Ferris Wheel
    • Finish your day with a banana ice cream – that’s if the mischievous Minions don’t eat them first!
  1. Warm your vocal chords with the best travel songs or games to play on a road trip:
    • 10 green bottles sitting on a wall
    • Wheels on the bus
    • Eye-spy with my little eye
    • 20 questions
    • Play who can spot the Minion yellow cars?
  1. Spend a day at the beach:
    • Play a game of family cricket
    • Grab a board and learn to surf – make sure you follow the surf safety tips!
    • Build a Minion sized sandcastle
    • Play a game of tag and run down the sand dunes
    • Have a beach BBQ
  1. Take a family hike in a national park:
    • Pack your bag and go hiking – don’t forget your boots, hat and lots of water to explore the great outdoors
    • Play a game of spot the animals and see if you can find some friendly Australian wildlife hiding in the trees
    • Find a canyon, open your lungs and play a of Mr Echo (Echo Echo)
    • Find a waterfall, pop your bathers on and jump right in!
    • Spend a night camping under the stars
  1. Visit Australia’s iconic landmarks:
    • Awe at the sails of the Sydney Opera House
    • Have a snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef – bring your stinger suit!
    • Visit one of Australia’s famous zoos
    • Don your Akubra and hit the outback
    • Head up to Coffs Harbour and explore the BIG BANANA!
More about The National Quality Framework:

The National Quality Framework (NQF) is the result of an agreement between all Australian governments to work together to provide better educational and developmental outcomes for children using education and care services. As part of the 2015-16 Budget, the Australian Government allocated $61.1 million over three years to June 2018 to support states and territories to implement the NQF. For more information, see here.

More about 'Minions':

The breakout stars the world fell in love with in Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me global film franchise headline their own movie for the first time in Minions, available on 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital with UltraViolet™ now.

Since the dawn of time, Minions have served (and accidentally eliminated) history’s most despicable villains. With the tribe on the brink of collapse, three unlikely heroes - Kevin, Stuart, and Bob - embark on a journey to find a new big boss. When their quest leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award(R) winner Sandra Bullock), our three heroes must face their biggest challenge yet: saving all of Minionkind... from annihilation!.