The Simple Things

My youngest nephew turned four last week. Today they came over and we had a little family party for him. I had some leftover Skylander birthday party supplies so I put them out and hung up a birthday banner.

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He walked in and saw it and got so excited. “SKYLANDERS!!!!! Thank you so much!” And then he gave me the biggest hug.

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He stood there looking at the little pile of presents and the napkins and the cups and said “this is the best birthday ever”. I started to cry.

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It was just some leftover party supplies, lemonade in a punch bowl, homemade cupcakes my mom made, and playing with his cousins, but to him it was a huge deal.

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He was so happy, and it was such a small thing.

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You never know when a small kindness will have a huge impact.

That is why every day it is so important we choose to be kind.

Use Your Wii U to Stream Netflix

As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I receiving products and/or services. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The kids got a Wii U for Christmas this year. Actually, the whole family got a Wii U for Christmas this year. David and I have enjoyed it just as much as they have. Before Santa dropped it under our tree Christmas Eve night, I wondered how much better it could be than the regular Wii. The answer is a lot. One of the things I love about it is how easy it is to use your Wii U to Stream Netflix. Yes, we could do it with the old one, but the Wii U seems easier and the picture appears to be better.

Use Your Wii U to Stream Netflix

The Wii U game pad makes it super easy for everyone to search Netflix to find the movies and shows they want to watch. Once the Netflix app is added, all you have to do is touch it on the game pad.

Choosing to stream Netflix on your Wii U is easy. Just select the app from your game pad home menu.

From there you can select regular Netflix or the Kids channel. James screams “PICK KIDS” every time we watch something. Then he takes the game pad from us and searches for what he wants to watch.

Selecting age appropriate programs for children is simple when you use the Netflix Kids channel.

The favorite characters they watch the most automatically come up on the screen. You can use your finger or the controller to move through the different categories.

Selecting age appropriate programs for children is simple when you use the Netflix Kids channel.

A description of each program with the actors and director is available by touching or highlighting the movies that interest you. Also, you can see recommended suggestions based on your previous viewing history, just like when you stream Netflix on your computer or tablet.

Netflix provides recommendations based on your previous viewing history and a description for all of your selections.

The only thing I don’t like about using our Wii U to stream Netflix is that profiles are not available in the app, which means the main profile, mine, is the one where all of the viewing information is recorded. The downside to that is that my recommendations are kind of screwed up. Now instead of the stuff I normally like to watch being recommended, I’m getting suggested shows like My Little Pony and Richie Rich. No thank you. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this is updated soon.

When you stream Netflix on the Wii U all of the viewing history is recorded to the main profile.

Of course the upside to this is one check of my Netflix account and I can see every show that my kids recently watched. This could be a good thing if you have a little one who you need to keep closer tabs on.

I don’t think the one detractor takes away from all of the positives of using your Wii U to stream Netflix. It makes family movie night super easy and you can use equipment you already own to make watching Netflix on your television easier.

Looking for something to watch as part of family movie night? Check out some of these titles:

For the younger kids:

for the little kids

1. Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
2. Mulan
3. Turbo
4. The Emperor’s New Groove
5. Angelina Ballerina: Pop Star Girls
6. Stellaluna

For the older kids:

for the big kids

1. Mr. Peabody & Sherman
2. Princess Diaries 2
3. The Perfect Game
5. Avengers Assemble
6. School of Rock

For the teens and parents:

for the teens and adults

1. Silver Linings Playbook
2. Chef
3. Safe Haven
4. Catching Fire
5. Freaks and Geeks
6. Dirty Dancing

What is your favorite way to stream Netflix?