Wednesday, 24 August 2016

12 #Detective & #Crime Series to Stream #WhatToWatch #W2WW @Netflix_CA

It's Wednesday, Time for What To Watch Wednesday!
I've been binging on crime shows lately.

As usual Wednesday is the day to share my What To Watch Wednesday recommendations on what shows and movies are worth watching. I've been on a crime show binge-fest lately. So here's an even dozen detective/crime shows to watch. All of these are currently available to stream on Netflix

Marcella (1 season)
Death in Paradise (3 seasons)
Major Crimes (3 seasons)
Luther (4 seasons)
Broadchurch (2 seasons)
Sherlock (3 seasons)
Hinterland (1 season)
The Fall (2 seasons)
Jack Taylor (1 season)
Wallander (3 seasons)
Agatha Christie's Poirot (12 seasons)
Midsomer Murders (17 seasons)

It's no mystery why these series are so popular. I would tell you which ones are my favourites, but the truth is they're all very good. The last two's longevity speaks volumes. What are you streaming these days? Click Here for more recommendations on What To Watch. 

Happy Streaming!

Yep, just me Cathy thinking about What to Watch.

Note: I have not been compensated for this post and my W2WW/WhatToWatch posts are merely something I like to share with my readers. All opinions are my own, and are not related to Netflix or my involvement with the Netflix Streamteam. Happy Streaming
Image courtesy of Pixabay

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

WOW! Is how I was made to feel at #LetsGoRama at @CasinoRamaLive

They said "LetsGoRama"

I said "I'd love to!"

You're invited ...
I was lucky enough to received an invite from SJ Consulting to the #LetsGoRama Retreat held at the Casino Rama Resort in Orillia, Ontario. I had heard good things about both the resort and the shows hosted there, so I was excited for the opportunity check it out for myself. Located just under 2 hours from Toronto and 5 hours from Ottawa it's ideal for a getaway.

You know what they say about making assumptions ...
I'll admit not being much of a gamer I had never really considered a Casino as a vacation destination. I was wrong in making that assumption. Turns out it's a perfect destination for a retreat, couples getaway, girls weekend, family vacation or to hold an event. 

Bonding with my "Evil Offspring" ...
With two kids that are of legal age to drink and go into the casino or attend a show, it's a great destination for some Mother and Son bonding time! (I suppose Hubby can come too!). The free Wi-Fi and food options don't hurt one bit either. With Thing 2 headed off to university, and Thing 1 busy with college it would be a perfect reading week getaway to reconnect with my kids! 

Think, think, think ...
I'm trying to think if there was even one moment when I felt a staff member's service wasn't outstanding and welcoming. I can think of none. The surroundings and the rooms were beautiful. But in my opinion that should go without saying at a luxury resort. What is not guaranteed even at a luxury resort, is an experience and feeling that goes beyond just being polite and efficient. Everyone was just so darn nice, and appeared to not only enjoy their job, but actually care about my stay and experience. You could see the pride they took in their work and the resort, and they were happy to be there. 

A sweet Suite for me ...
All the rooms at Casino Rama are suites. My suite was beautiful and spacious and perfectly designed for "me time" with a flat screen TV, Cable, Movies on Demand and a cozy sitting area with fireplace. The bathroom was truly beautiful, but more important the bed was so comfortable. I felt like Goldilocks who had just found the bed that was just right. After long days of engaging, connecting and learning at #LetGoRama a good night's sleep left me refreshed and ready for the next day. 
I took advantage of the option of having a fridge delivered to my room, a feature I love, and was happy to see Casino Rama had free Wi-Fi. Since it's a must for a blogger, and mother of teens, it's something I specifically look for when booking a hotel or resort. 

What to do? What to do? ...
There is plenty to keep everyone well fed and entertained at Casino Rama.
Everyone's gotta eat ...
You have 8 Restaurants and Room Service to choose from. I'm stilling dreaming of the Tacos from St Germain's. Be sure to ask about how it got it's name when you're there. The buffet at the Couchiching Court Buffet was delicious with lots of variety and options. I was busy focusing on perogies but heard from several attendees that the Mac & Cheese was to die for! Lunch at the Simcoe Yard House was truly outstanding! And the catered meals were both delicious and beautifully presented works of art. 

Pool and Spa time: A-U-M ...
The Balance in Life Spa offers a full range of services, treatments and packages to relax the mind body and soul. I saw many beautiful post-spa toes, and truly regret not booking myself a pedicure or a relaxation massage. It will be top of my list on my next visit, because I'm Worth It! Next to the spa you'll find a pool, sauna, steam room, hot tub, gym, and a truly lovely outdoor roof-top patio.

Not a bad seat in the house ...
Casino Rama's Entertainment Centre hosts a variety of events and live shows year round. I had the privilege of a behind the scenes tour of the Entertainment Centre, and was delighted to discover there really isn't a bad seat in the house. Back stage and in the dressing rooms the walls are covered with photos of iconic entertainers who've performed at Casino Rama. I was truly blown away by all those who have taken centre stage, I had no idea, and this year's line-up is impressive! 

Art here and there and everywhere ...
Everywhere you go in the resort you will encounter art that tells the story and proud heritage of the Rama First Nation. A walk-about to take in all the beauty is a must, and be sure to look up!

My sense of WOW ...
Each day my sense of WOW increased. I waited for something or someone to taint the experience. No matter where I went or who I interacted with, from the front desk to the cashier on the casino floor the service was outstanding. I look forward to my next visit, and I can assure you there will be a next time! Thanks so much for the invite Julie and Stacey and to Casino Rama for my fabulous accommodations! 

Yep just me Cathy thinking out loud about WOW. 

Note: I was invited by SJ Consulting to attend #LetsGORama Retreat at Casino Rama Resort free of cost. My sense of WOW and all opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Streaming #Fashion in #Style #WhatToWatch #W2WW @Netflix_CA

What to Watch Wednesday

Streaming Fashion in Style 

After lunch with my friend Dawn from Duelling Designs, a fellow Netflix enthusiasts, and our rather long discussion about fashion and design I decided this week's #W2WW theme would be fashion, style and fashion design. I found a number of fashion-themed movies, shows and documentaries currently available to stream on Netflix Canada. I stopped myself at these 14 but there are loads of movies and shows starring incredible style icons and inspirational style-makers and trend-setters for you to enjoy.
Comedy Gold!
Style Makers and Breakers:
Fashion-Themed Documentaries:
  • The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts (about Gucci's Creative Director - Frida Giannini. I loved this because Gucci has long been one of my favourite fashion brands. 
  • Dior and I (This shows the intensity behind designing a collection and preparing for a show.)
  • Saint Laurent (about Yves St. Laurent)
  • Jeremy Scott - The People's Designer (Creative Director for Moschino and Jeremy Scott)
  • IRIS (Fashion Icon)
  • Advanced Style: New York Seniors (still stylin' as seniors)
  • The True Costs (A look at the less glamorous side of high fashion)
Fashion-Themed Series:
  • Atelier (sub-titles - in Japanese)
  • Velvet (sub-titles - in Spanish)
So go on! Share with me.
What's your style? and Who are your favourite fashion icons? 

Yep, just me Cathy thinking out loud about style, fashion and beauty.

Note: I have not been compensated for this post, and my W2WW/What To Watch posts are merely something I like to share with my readers. All opinions are my own, and they are not related to Netflix or my involvement in the Netflix Streamteam. Happy Streaming!
Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Must-Watch Documentaries about #Women #What2Watch #WhatToWatch #W2WW @Netflix_CA

What To Watch Wednesday #W2WW

 Celebrating Women! 

It's Wednesday and time to tackle that ever popular question: What's good to watch? I'm recommending 4 must-watch Documentaries about Women this week, that are currently available to stream on Netflix Canada. So why not sit down and watch these with your daughters AND sons, then start a conversation. This is important stuff!

Yep, just 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 merely something I like to share with my readers. They are not connected to Netflix or my involvement with the Netflix Streamteam.

Friday, 22 July 2016

From #CanadaDay to #Canada Days @Netflix_CA #streamteam

To me Canada Day marks the beginning of the summer.

By July 1st we have all recovered from the sleep deprivation and stress caused by end of school year assignments and exams, and are in our respective "Summer Happy Places".

I love everything about Canada Day: Canada Proud displays of red and white, Canadian flags in every size, hats and t-shirts embossed with Canadianisms, and the fireworks. This year the reality of Canada Day (like most of the summer so far) was a teensy bit different from the day I pictured in my mind. 

In my mind ...

In reality ...

I'm making no apology for extending the celebration ...
For entire month of July I'm celebrating Canada Days. So bring on the Poutine, Ketchup Chips and the Beavertails. I'll proudly wear a toque while out and aboot, or at Timmies ordering a double double. Thanks Thing 2 for the pic showing your Mother-financier-chauffeur all the fun she missed out on. 

Netflix's selection of shows set or filmed in Canada is definitely worth celebrating! 

Set in Canada:

  • Degrassi - Next Class
  • Heart Land
  • Being Erica
  • Murdock Mysteries
  • Strange Empire
  • Trailer Park Boys
  • mr. d
  • 19-2
  • Dragons' Den
  • Departures

Filmed in Canada:

  • Shadow Hunters
  • Schitts Creek
  • The 100
  • Dark Matter
  • Between
  • Hell on Wheels
  • Hemlock Grove
  • The X Files
  • Supernatural
  • Once Upon a Time

Also worth watching: Women Who Act

Happy Canada Days! 

Yep, just me Cathy thinking out loud about Canada Days.

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I had the chance to visit to @TwitterCanada Ain't that a sweet tweet treat!

First Things First: 

My street cred with my teens increases substantially when I casually dropped: "I'm going for a tour and Q & A session at Twitter Canada tomorrow, cause I'm cool like that".  

Recently I was lucky enough to be included in a small group to both tour Twitter Canada, and participate in a Q & A session with their Communication Lead. (thanks for the invite Julie!) This fabulous group was diverse in age, background, experience, interests, and domiciles. 

After a little pillow talk about the tweet swag at Twitter Canada, giving up on my "Free the Blue Birds" campaign to release a flock via my purse, and saying howdie to my pal Justin, Julie, Garrett, ChristineChantel and I settled in for over an hour of talking twitter. The conversation was allowed to flow very organically resulting in shared insights about how we use twitter, what we love, what we would love, how twitter has evolved, issues we've experienced, and social media in general. Our discussion ranged from hashtags, hashtag hi-jacking, ease of following conversation threads, twitter parties and chats, engagement, reach, marketing, brands, speed of information sharing, trolls, twitter cards, twitter stickers, and video to name a few.

It's always interesting to see something from the other side and gain understanding why things are done certain ways, or the thought process behind changes or certain directions taken. This visit opened up an opportunity not only to share and hear others' experiences and perspectives, but also to have a voice to those at Twitter Canada. They certainly appeared to be receptive to hearing what we had to share, and in the spirit of twitter have a two-way dialogue. 

Although no secrets or specifics about the future of twitter were revealed, I did get a chance to see the people and faces behind Twitter Canada. Meeting IRL (in real life) always changes the dynamics of an on-line relationship and future interactions, and IMHO (in my humble opinion) that's a good thing.

Now if we could return to the topic of my swagger, Twitter Canada feel free to "swag her" (and by her I mean me) anytime! Thanks for the visit. Until we tweet again! 

Yep, just me Cathy thinking out loud about Twitter Canada.

Note: I was not compensated for this post. The purpose of this post is merely to share with my readers. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Friends Food & Fun: Essentials to #MakeSummerGreat via @WalmartCanada & @Listen2Lena

One way to #MakeSummerGreat is to start it off 

with an invitation to Lena's for a BBQ!

Close your eyes and visualize a beautiful sunny day, a specially-designed menu prepared by chefs, where my only job is to enjoy catching up with friends and feasting on the culinary delights.

Sounds good doesn't it? And then visualize being able to easily recreate those same culinary delights when you host your own get-together. These budget-friendly menu ideas definitely meet the criteria for my make summer fun essentials list, and are perfect to get you out of the kitchen and into the fun.

My Make Summer Great Essentials List only has 3 items on it:
1) Friends and Family: In my opinion a great mix of guests with diverse and interesting personalities, ages and life experiences is sure to keep any get-together fun and memorable.
2) Great Food and Beverages: Nothing brings people together better than sharing a delicious selection of foods and beverages.
3) Fun: The fun factor is a must every step along the way; in the guest list, the food and the presentation. Get creative and make sharing a meal and time together an adventure. Think out side the box ... so to speak. For example, find ways to take plain burgers out of the box and transform them into something special. FYI it really is easier than you may think to make summer great!

Lena brought her A game with all 3 essentials to make her summer BBQ great.
1) It goes without saying the company was fabulous and fun! 2) With some help from Walmart Canada and Great Value products Lena shared some favourite ideas for what I like to call "almost from scratch". Let Walmart make the basics and then bring it to a whole new level with personalized touches. Which brings us to 3) the Fun Factor. The food presentation was delightful making it an experience and adventure rather than just a meal.

Below are some of the experiences and adventures Lena shared with us:
Signature Beverages: Nothing says fun like signature beverages. (you can even give them fun themed names like Cathy's Kaleidoscope of Flavours Punch) At Lena's we had the pleasure of experiencing: A sparkling Watermelon Limeade and a Berry-Mint Iced Tea.

Appetizers: or as I like to say "appe-teasers", since they give everyone a hint of the delicious things to come. Lena started with Rainbow Fruit Kebobs and Creamy Lemon Dip. I love the fun factor the mini mason jars added. Then we moved onto veggies and chips served with a to die for Creamy Taco Dip.

Burger Bonanza: Lena brought burgers from boring to breathtaking with an assortment of topping options and sauce options, including a Secret Burger Sauce! (Psst ... click the link for the secret sauce recipe, but keep it on the down-low ... it's a secret) 

Dessert: It was a display of eye candy ... literally a selection of candy sure to please everyone. Nothing says fun like an ice cream sundae bar! Lena served ours in Marshmallow Cereal Bowls. And, I think we can all agree my ice cream sundae artistic abilities are truly outstanding!

Are you hungry yet? I bet you're ready to plan and "experience" of your own. I hope these entertainment and menu ideas help inspire you to #MakeSummerGreat.
I would like to thank Lena the hostess with the most-est, Anne and Walmart Canada for a lovely afternoon. They thought of everything, including sunscreen

Yep, just me Cathy thinking out loud about ways to #MakeSummerGreat.

This post is sponsored by Walmart Canada, as part of the Great Value #MakeSummerGreat program. In exchange for this review, I have received special perks in the form of product and/or compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.