We all love Netflix. We binge The Office, Gilmore Girls, Friends, Grey's Anatomy... and so many more. We appreciate when Netflix is concerned enough to ask us "are you still watching" and let's be real, yes Netflix, we're always still watching.
But Netflix has so much more to offer than just its massive library of TV shows. I'm eliminating the searching and giving you five movies on Netflix that you need to watch NOW!
I'm also starting my Swell Rating in this post...let's role!
So skip the searching and stop the arguing over what to watch. Head over to Netflix and check out these five movies!
Like many people I’m a lover of Google. It's my go to search engine, I have tons of Gmail accounts, and I’m always using Google Drive. Everything I need is under one convenient umbrella.
Now, I’m always looking for ways to get the most out of any and everything. If it’s a book I try to find the deeper message, if it’s a workout routine I take it to the highest level I can, or if it’s technology I find ways to optimize its abilities.
So when Google came out with Google Chrome I was all over it. I made it my primary search engine, fell in love Chromecast, and experimented with all the little functions. By far one of my favorite add ons is Google Chrome Extensions. These extensions help modify the Google Chrome browser and make it unique to you. All you have to do is head over to the Chrome Web Store, select the extension you want, and add it to Chrome...easy peasy lemon squeezy!
Here are my top five favorite Google Chrome Extensions:
Make the most out of Google Chrome and use these extensions!
Another winter snow storm is about to hit the northeast. If you’ve read some of my other posts you know I love the winter, so I’m pretty excited for this storm. However, I’m sure the majority of people out there have the opposite opinion, so I want to turn their frowns upside down. I’m recommending two of my favorite television series that are made for binge watching.
My mom’s favorite TV show is ER. She kept hyping it up and urging me to watch it, but it wasn't streaming anywhere. But now the entire 15 season, medical drama is streaming on Hulu!!! So I took my mom’s advice and as always, she was right, ER is beyond SWELL.
ER follows the life of the emergency room of a Chicago teaching hospital and the doctors, nurses, and med students that work there. I instantly fell in love with the characters and the story lines. In my opinion it is honestly one of the best television shows out there. From its unique plot lines and amazing acting to its fast paced cinematography and powerful editing. But don’t just take my word for it, ER recieved 124 Emmy nominations, making it the most nominated drama in television history.
So head on over to Hulu and watch all 331 episodes...my mom says so.
It’s the classic that never gets old. Putting on Friends pretty much solves any problem, lightens any mood, and ends the “what to watch” argument. To be totally honest I had never watched the series from plot to finale so I took it upon myself to change that.
Now, Friends is great if you watch one episode here and there, but to watch it from beginning to end is entirely different. You are able to pick up on certain subtleties, admire the camera work, and appreciate the never ending humor. The reason, in my opinion, for its popularity is its reliability. Everyone can see themselves in Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, Chandler, Joey, and Ross. People can relate to the failures and triumphs these characters face. My parents related to them, I relate to them, and the next generation is going to as well. Not only do we relate to Friends, but we love it as well.
Get Netflix going, clap your hands to the theme song, and yes Netflix we are still watching.
So, grab your blankets, favorite pillow, a steaming cup of tea and hunker down on the couch. Bring on the snow mother nature, we’ve got Hulu and Netflix.
I have the unpopular opinion that winter shouldn’t end. The seventy-degree day everyone was loving this week, I was soooo not about it. I want more snow, more thirty-degree days, and more ski trips.
I should probably move to Alaska or Canada.
Feeling the cold air on my face as I step outside and watching falling snow cover the evergreen trees are truly two of my favorite things. During winter at Boston College, I would constantly tell my roommate I wanted it to snow more (she is winter’s least favorite fan) and the next day I swear it would snow. My roommate was so not happy, she told me to quit asking for snow like I controlled the weather or something hahah. While she cursed the snow I marveled at its beauty and relished those cold days.
This winter I was able to enjoy some wickedly frigid temperatures and a decent amount of snow (not enough in my opinion). I escaped to Pocono Pines, PA one weekend and wandered around in the snow, enjoyed the thirty-degree weather, and skied it up!
Be inspired to embrace winter instead of cursing its name!!
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
Did your boyfriend forget it was February 14th? Is your wife away on business? Are you very single and not mingling? Or are you looking for a pick me up?
Well look no further. I’ve gathered some of my favorite news stories that are sure to put a smile on your face!
I hope you all feel the love from these great stories!
I had the opportunity to visit Colorado last year and it was by far one of the best trips I've taken. I flew into Denver, explored the city, and then heading all the way out to Crested Butte to ski. Not many people have heard of the little ski town, Crested Butte, but I can't recommend it enough! Enjoy the photos of my trip and I hope they inspire you to head out to the midwest!
Thank you Colorado for an amazing adventure filled with spectacular views and unbeatable skiing!
The Mountains are calling and I must go
One of my favorite things to do is head to the mountains. Any mountain will do, it doesn’t matter if it’s big or small; as long as there are plenty of trees and low cell service I’m there. I love arriving in the mountains, stepping out of the car, and breathing in that crisp mountain air.
The best part about heading to the mountains is being outdoors. Even during the winter months I love getting outside. Going on a hike, skiing, or just wandering around while it snows...I’ll do it all. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love sitting inside watching the snow, warming up by the fire, or cozying up with a good book.
The key to the perfect mountain getaway is what’s in your bag!
Here are my Mountain Getaway Essentials:
I'm always sure to pack for outdoor activities and the lounging that will proceed them!
Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones. - Bruce Garrabrandt
I highly recommend looking into Paint Bars and Paint Nights near you. It’s so fun and so different than just going out to dinner and who knows maybe you’ll come home with a masterpiece!
I am always on the hunt for truly good television shows. The television shows I enjoy have great casts, interesting storylines, and high production values. Just like the rest of the world, I love to hit the next button on any streaming device and roll right into the next episode.
Two of the latest television shows I’ve watched are The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and 11.22.63.
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
I know, I know, I’m a little late to the party. I’ve had The People v. O.J. Simpson on my watchlist since it first came out, but hadn’t gotten around to watching it until recently. When all the hype about this show began I was actually watching the documentary O.J.: Made in America, which was terrific in it’s own way.
I loved both the documentary and the docudrama, both extremely interesting and eye opening for someone who wasn’t around for the real life events. The docudrama is superb with its excellent casting, phenomenal storying telling, and unreal production value. Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson (who won a Golden Globe for her performance!!), Sterling K. Brown, David Schwimmer, Bruce Greenwood, John Travolta, and Courtney B. Vance are all outstanding. What I like so much about the docudrama is that you see how this case affected all of these other people and not just O.J. Simpson.
We get a glimpse into how this case became all too personal for one, caused extreme racial backlash for another, destroyed a longtime friendship, ruined a man’s chance to become Mayor, created a power struggle on the “Dream Team”, and was merely the means to the end for one high achieving lawyer.
If you haven't seen this 10 episode event yet, you NEED to check it out!
This science fiction thriller miniseries is based on the book 11/22/63 by Stephen King, produced by J.J. Abrams (one of my favorite directors/producers), and stars the very handsome James Franco.
The basic premise for the show is that an English teacher, Jake Epping, is presented with the opportunity to travel back in time to Dallas, Texas in 1960 by his good friend, Al Templeton. Al convinces Jake to take over his mission of preventing the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Despite Al’s warning, Jake develops a life for himself in the past that may or may not affect the outcome of his pursuit.
Despite it being a science fiction thriller, there are truths and facts that are sprinkled throughout the 8-part miniseries that allow the viewer to stay grounded in reality. A fantastic eight part miniseries that I highly recommend you check out! Stephen King has expressed some interest in developing a sequel series. That means more James Franco dressed to impress, which I think is something everyone can get behind!
Check out both these binge worthy shows instead of heading out into the bitter cold!
A friend of mine lent me The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney, and despite her high recommendation, the book sat on my desk for about three weeks. However, when I finally did pick up the book, I couldn’t put it down. This psychological thriller instantly grabbed my attention with its plot, pace, and page-turning writing.
The chapters are captivating, but short, allowing the reader to go back and forth between Emma and Jane. The only connection the two have is One Folgate Street, a minimalist and bizarre home. Emma lived in the architectural masterpiece first, then Jane. But what happened in between? The mystery isn’t revealed until later in the novel and whether or not it’s the truth is to be determined. With elegant twists and turns, Delaney keeps us guessing until the very end of the novel.
This page-turning book is the perfect read for the cold and snowy days ahead.