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Hallmark Movies & Mysteries “A Bramble House Christmas” Premiering this Sunday, Nov 19th at 9pm/8c! #MostWonderful

 

Hallmark Movies and Mysteries holiday movie A Bramble House Christmas airing November 19, 2017 at 9:00 PM/EST (8:00 PM/CST)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The time where there is an abundance of holiday shows, movies and other programming to really get you into the holiday spirit.

My family and I always make sure to watch the “classics” during the holiday season (A Christmas Story, Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Jingle All the Way, Miracle on 34th Street, Rudolph, Frosty and It’s a Wonderful Life to name a few). But we are not confined to watching JUST those movies. We are constantly on the look out for new movies to usher in the holiday.

Holiday programming is part of our holiday traditions. For example, on Thanksgiving we always watch March of the Wooden Soldiers (the original version), Miracle on 24th Street and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. We have been watching them for the past 20+ years. What I love about this tradition is that our kids – no matter how old they get – still enjoy curdling up on the couch next to us after we’ve stuffed ourselves with Thanksgiving dinner and enjoy the movies TOGETHER. After all, being together is what the holidays is all about.

There is one channel I love to watch frequently where I know there will be plenty of enjoyable holiday movies to choose from. That channel is the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel. It’s a part of the Hallmark Movie Channel.

This film’s location looks SO NICE! I want to live there!

If there is one thing you can be sure of during the holiday season, it’s that you’ll be able to find an ample supply of holiday programming on the Hallmark Channel and the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel.  My husband and I are both amazed how Hallmark can put together so many brand new holiday movies each year.

We love the variety of films available during the holidays (and year round) on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel.

One movie I am looking forward to seeing is A Bramble House Christmas. It’s airing on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel this Sunday (November 19th) at 9:00 PM/EST (8:00 PM/CST).

A Bramble House Christmas is part of Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas programming. You can learn more about this year’s movies on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel’s official website.

Check out the trailer.

 

It looks good, doesn’t it?

While settling his father’s estate, Finn Conrad becomes suspicious as to why the man left a nurse $50,000. His dad knew her for less than two months before he died. Just before Christmas, Finn wants what to reclaim what he considers his family’s money, going undercover to investigate the bed and breakfast the nurse has recently taken over. When Finn meets Willa, he discovers she’s not a conniving gold digger at all, but a woman in need who put the money to good use. When she discovers his true identity, will it keep Willa from ever trusting him again?

The film stars Autumn ReeserDavid Haydn-Jones and Teryl Rothery. 

What interests me about this film is the scenery and the “small town” look and feel of the film. I would LOVE to live in a town where people dressed up in old fashion outfits and went carroling. I’d love to do that myself! That would be so much fun!

I also love how the set is decorated with colorful holiday trees.

Don’t forget to tune in at 9:00 PM/EST (8:00 PM/CST) on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

I grew up in a small town in upstate New York. This film sort of reminds me of the holiday season from my youth.

If you would like to learn more about the film you can visit the film’s official page on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel’s website.

You can learn more about the holiday movies airing this holiday season by visiting HallmarkMoviesandMysteries.com.

Don’t forget to tune into A Bramble House Christmas this Sunday (November 19, 2017) at 9:00 PM/EST (8:00 PM/CST).

I also have a wonderful giveaway! One lucky winner will receive the following. 

  • (1) $25 Visa Gift Card
  • (1) Holiday Hugs package (filled with wrapping paper, bags, bows, strings, tape & branded scissors, and under the bed storage case). 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on November 20, 2017. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what the holidays mean to you. In addition, please comment and tell me if you are planning on tuning in to A Bramble House Christmas.

WHEN SHARING ON SOCIAL MEDIA please be sure to include the hashtags #ABrambleHouseChristmas and #MostWonderful. 

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with HMM to bring you this information. This is a compensated post, however the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. HMM will be providing the prize package. 

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My Top Five Things to Watch on Netflix

 

Now that that there is a bit of a chill in the air, my family and I will be spending more time indoors then we would during the warmer months. Living in a tiny condo doesn’t allow us much space to do too many things. We read books. We play games. We actually have conversations with one another (which is surprising since our kids are 18 and 20). We try and do as much fun things together as possible.

One thing we enjoy doing is watching movies together and our favorite television shows. Thank goodness there is a plethora of things to watch on Netflix.

We’ve been Netflix subscribers for as long as I can remember – long before streaming was even an option. We used to do that one DVD at a time subscription. Now we just stream on our devices.

Netflix came to our rescue recently when our satellite service went out and we were told it was going to be 10 days (yeah, that’s right!) until a repair technician could come out to our home. My family was able to watch plenty of our favorite shows and movies on Netflix (my husband was able to fix the issue himself).

Since we are regular Netflix watchers, I thought I would list my Top Five Things to Watch on Netflix. Perhaps it might help you to discover a new show or movie?

#1 – Stranger Things (Season 1 and Season 2)

I cannot say enough about this Netflix original series. It’s amazing! I have been patiently waiting for Season 2 to begin. I have seen the first season four times thus far (I even purchased the DVD of the first season). This past Friday and Saturday night I re-watched Season 1 again. Last night I started Season 2 and I watched the first five our of nine episodes already. That is how good the series is! It’s hard to stop watching. If I didn’t have to get up early to go to work I would have watched the remaining four episodes. I’m already looking forward to turning on Netflix after dinner tonight to see if I can watch another episode (or two).

This series has it all – excitement, cool special effects, sci-fi thriller, monsters, romance, action, adventure… the list goes on and on.

I don’t want to divulge too much about the shows synopsis. Let’s just say it’s REALLY good. It’s already gained a huge following. You can buy plenty of Stranger Thing merchandise too.

I’ve just started the second season and it’s just as good as the first one. I hope that there is a third season on the horizon (and hopefully we don’t have to wait another year to see it).

#2 – Train to Busan

I’m a HUGE fan of horror movies. The sad thing is that no one makes good horror movies anymore. Today’s horror movies are all about the blood and guts, as well as sex and nudity. Seriously… do you need sex and nudity to sell a movie? Especially a HORROR movie?

Blood and gore doesn’t bother me, but today’s movies are trying to “out gross” one another (who can have the grossest film). Is that necessary? There wasn’t a lot of blood and guts in the classics like The Exorcist, The Shinning, or The Amityville Horror. Yet some how those films managed to scare people to their very core.

I’m always on the look out for a legitimate GOOD horror film. Months ago I was sent a copy of the film Train to Busan to review.

WOW! WOW! WOW! This die hard horror movie fan will tell you that this film is AWESOME! Yes, there is blood and gore (after all, it’s a movie about zombies), BUT it’s done in a good way (not trying to be the grossest film ever made).

I tell all my horror movie loving friends to watch this film.

Netflix has Train to Busan, but it’s subtitled. If you don’t mind subtitles, and you love horror movies, you should check out Train to Busan.

#3 Stick Man (newly added to Netflix)

If you are looking for a wonderful, family friendly movie, I would strongly recommend Stick Man. It’s based on the book by Julia Donaldson. She’s the same person who wrote The Gruffalo and Room on a Broom (if you have young children/grandchildren you probably know those titles).

I review a lot of movies for my blog, both grown-up movies and movies for kids and families. Stick Man was one of the movies I was sent to review.

This film is only 27 minutes long, but it left a lasting impression on me. I loved it so much that I purchased a copy of the book.

This could be considered a Christmas film, but I think it can be enjoyed year round.

Stick Man is the story of a father stick who accidentally gets separated from his family and spends the next year trying to make his way back to them.

The story is delightful and the animated is charming. I’m an adult and I fell in love with this sweet story. It’s worth checking out, especially if you have children/grandchildren.

#4 Documentaries

 

I know that Documentaries is not a singular program like the above mentioned ones, but it’s worth noting that Netflix has A LOT of documentaries.

Personally, I love documentaries. I find them educational, “eye opening” and thought provoking. My husband on the other hand finds them boring for the most part. To each his own, right?

Some of the most interesting ones I have watched on Netflix include Food Inc., Maxed Out (only available on DVD now), Cropsey (only available on DVD now), Planet Earth (LOVE this one!), What the Health, and Fed Up. There are many others I have enjoyed. These are just a few of the titles that come to mind.

Whether you find paranormal stuff interesting, history or true crime… Netflix has plenty of documentaries available in a variety of subject matters.

#5 Disney

Just like with documentaries, there are too many great films to list individually.

Netflix currently has MANY wonderful Disney and Pixar films to choose from, making it the ideal destination for your next Family Movie Night. Whether you are in the mood for the classics like Lil0 & Stitch, Fantasia or The Brave Little Toaster, or newer titles like Moana or the live action version of Beauty and the Beast – Netflix has what you are in the mood for. They even have Star Wars: Rouge One and Star Wars: Clone Wars (animation).

There is nothing I enjoy more than snuggling under a soft, fuzzy blanket surrounded by my family and enjoying hot cocoa with marshmallows and watching a great Disney film.

Netflix has something for everyone in my family – young and old. And considering that a monthly streaming subscription costs less than one movie ticket, it’s well worth it. There are hundreds – if not thousands – of shows and movies to choose from.

I personally know plenty of people who have ditched cable and satellite for Netflix only. We have considered doing that too, but my husband loves to watch football and other sports too much. Too bad Netflix couldn’t stream live sporting events.

If you would like to learn more about Netflix visit Netflix.com. You can also check them out on social media.

Do you subscribe to Netflix? If so, what are your “must watch” shows and/or movies? Feel free to tell me about them. I’m always on the look out for something new to enjoy.

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Netflix to bring you this information. I have received free service and promotional products in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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The Power of Persuasion

 

When it comes to persuading people, I am not the best at it. I can easily persuade my kids simply by telling them if they don’t do something I’ll take their phones away from them. For example, if I want them to clean their room and I have given them ample time to get it done, I’ll simply tell them if their room is not cleaned by a certain time their phones are mine. Usually they get done cleaning long before the time it’s due by because their phones are their lives and they can’t live without them. LOL!

When it comes to my husband I don’t even have to try and persuade him. If I asked him the moment he walked in the door from work that I need him to scrub the toilet he would – no questions asked (I would never do that to him!).

I think because it comes easy for me to persuade my family to do things that I have a hard time persuading others. Take for example the kids I work with at school. Often it takes a lot to persuade them to do things like get their homework done or to stop fooling around so that they can complete their project for the day.

When it comes to watching television, things seem to go pretty smoothly for the most part. Our daughter constantly wants us to watch HER shows on Netflix, but my husband and I have no interest in them. Thank goodness we have Netflix on her television too.

My husband and I tend to like the same types of shows and movies, although I am more into horror movies then he is.

When it comes to picking out what show or movie to watch on Netflix, my husband usually gives me full control and he lets me watch whatever I want to watch. If it’s something that truly doesn’t interest him he’ll go on the computer or go to bed early.

I always try to find something that I think will interest him. Since we have the same taste in programming its usually not that hard to find something we both like.

The only time that I won’t try and persuade him to watch something I want to watch is when football is on. That is his thing. Since he works hard all week and never asks for much I let him watch football whenever he wants. I’ll just watch Netflix off the laptop or iPad.

Other people might have a harder time persuading their family members to watch something on Netflix that they want to watch.

Netflix came up with these fun infographics to help people persuade family members to watch the shows that they want to watch.

 

I could use some of the tactics to convince my kids to watch Rouge One (I’ve seen it, but they haven’t). Our kids are not into Star Wars – much to the dismay of me and my husband who LOVE Star Wars (two of our cats are named after Star Wars characters). The next time we’re in the mood to watch Rouge One I’ll have to try those tactics out on my kids.

No one has to persuade me and my husband to watch cartoons. We’re just big kids at heart. We love watching cartoons. That would never be an issue in our home. LOL!

How do YOU persuade your children, significant other or even your parents (if you are a young reader of She Scribes) to watch your favorite shows or something new on Netflix? Have YOUR kids or grandchildren convinced you to watch something on television? What tactics did they use to convince you to watch it? Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences. I always love to hear from readers.

If you are looking for something new to watch (and need to practice your persuasion skills), check out what is new on Netflix.

What does it mean to really be normal? Atypical is bringing a new kind of family to the screen in the latest original series now streaming on Netflix. Atypical is a coming of age story that follows Sam, an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum and his journey for love and independence. Stream Team member Lisa of Atypical Familia writes, “Netflix definitely got it right with Atypical. It’s heartwarming, heartbreaking and hopeful.” Watch Atypical now on Netflix and open up a dialogue on social with your followers using #StreamTeam.

This sounds interesting and I’ve already made plans to check it out next weekend. My husband thinks it might be a bit sad, but he’ll still watch it because he knows I am interested in watching it. See what I mean? I have a hard time practicing my persuasion skills because my hubby gives into me without a fight.

The new season of Fuller House is also coming up soon.

Beat Bugs is a show that kids might need to persuade their parents to watch. It’s a cute show. It’s not annoying like some kiddie shows can be. I think it’s because the series features music from the Beatles.

If your little one is a fan of Beat Bugs, check out these cute coloring pages that you can download, print out and enjoy. Simply click on the link below the image.

NETFLIX – Beat Bugs Coloring Book

To learn more about Netflix visit Netflix.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

What is YOUR favorite show or movies to watch on Netflix?

Kimberly

*I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team. I received a free subscription and Apple TV in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.

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I have confession to make…

 

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I try to be the best wife, mother, friend and worker that I can be. I know I’m not perfect (far from it), but I do give it my all in hopes that I am doing my very best. BUT… I am only human. I have my imperfections.

I don’t like to clean. I LOVE a clean home, and when I do clean I do a deep cleaning – as in scrubbing fingerprints off the light switches and dusting off the walls. I am very thorough.

I don’t like to cook. My family does eat a health meal every night, but, I am not a fan of cooking. It’s like going to the dentist. It’s something that needs to be done so you just do it.

I also enjoy watching television. I enjoy sitcoms, movies and live entertainment. The only problem is that I have other things I need to get done first and foremost. Whenever I want to enjoy a favorite show or movie, I need to find a way to sneak in a little TV time into my day.

One way I sneak a little television watching into my day is while I am working on the computer. I’ll log into Netflix on my laptop and listen to my favorite show or movie, flicking in between screens so I can see what is going on too. Plus when my family sees me on the computer they think I’m working and they’ll leave me alone.

I have also watched shows on my smartphone in the car while waiting for my son to get off of work.

At my previous job my co-worker and I would watch movies on Netflix during “down time” (we had A LOT of down time). Instead of sitting around counting the tiles on the ceiling (again… I did that many times) we’d tune into shows and movies on Netflix.

Why do I sneak watch television shows and movies? For me I enjoy the entertainment and I appreciate a little “me time.” It’s also a great way to enjoy programs that I like, ones that the rest of my family are not necessarily in to. I appreciate not having to fight with other people over what to watch.

Watching my favorite shows and movies is relaxing and it’s a great way to de-stress. I work with a classroom of 5-6 year olds and they keep me on the go-go-go all day long. It’s nice to have a few moments to relax and unwind.

I’m not alone. According to a recent Netflix survey, “sneak watching” helps moms (and dads!) feel less stress and more refreshed. Nineteen percent even said that it makes them feel like a better parent having a little “me time.”

Check out the survey results.

“Sneaking” is the new “binging” according to the survey.

As I mentioned earlier, I sneak watch while I’m supposed to be working (at home), during “down time” at my previous job and in the car while waiting for our son to get off from work.

I have watched shows on our tablet in the bathtub a few times, but I always worry about getting it wet and ruining it.

Where do YOU sneak watch your favorite shows and movies? Check out more results from the Netflix survey and see where others sneak watch.

I LOVE watching The Walking Dead and Once Upon a Time on Netflix. They are two of my favorite series.

Check out this funny video of real moms and how they “get their sneak on” (LOL) and why they are not ashamed to admit it.

 

LOL! But what they said is so true.

If you need some time for a little entertainment, print out this fun coloring page for your child so that while they are busy coloring you can catch up on your favorite shows, like Orange is the New Black.

There is always something great to watch on Netflix. It’s all we watch for the most part during the summer months (we can’t stand repeats), plus it’s where we go to watch movies. Netflix is always adding new programs and shows so we love to check it often.

Our kids only watch Netflix. They are not into network television.

To see how other moms (and dads) get in a little sneak watching, check out the hashtag #MomSneak on social media.

If you’d like to check out what Netflix has to offer, visit them online at Netflix. com. You can also check them out on social media.

Do YOU “sneak watch” your favorite television shows and/or movies?

What do you find yourself sneak watching the most?

Why do you sneak watch?

I’d love to hear from readers. I hope you’ll comment and share your thoughts.

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a free membership with my partnership with Netflix. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

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Netflix Time is Any Time

 

Are you a Netflix subscriber? My family and I have been subscribing to Netflix long before streaming was an option. We had the one DVD at a time option many years ago. It was a great way to watch newly released films without having to wait around for the DVD to be available at our local movie rental place.

Are there still movie rental places around?

When streaming became an option we quickly changed plans to streaming instead of DVDs. I love the “instant gratification” of streaming.

DVD options are still available with Netflix.

Years ago we used to only watch Netflix when there was a specific movie we wanted to see, or when there was nothing else on television we wanted to watch. This time of year regular television is especially boring because everything is in repeats until the fall when the new shows and new seasons begin. I don’t know about you but I can only watch repeats so much before I get bored.

Thank goodness for Netflix. With their original series (Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, Hemlock Grove) and movies, plus other popular television series (Friends, Last Man Standing, Grey’s Anatomy, Glee) and films, there is an endless supply of things to watch, available to you 24/7. That’s good for people like me who have a hard time sleeping at night and prefer not to watch infomercials all night long.

We have Netflix on two televisions in our home. One our kids use and the other if for our entire family, and me and my husband. We set it up this way so that our “binge watching” doesn’t interfere with the rest of the family. Take for example our daughter. If she doesn’t have work or school (but her friend are working or at school) she’ll stay home and binge watch her favorite television shows on Netflix. She’s seen every episode of One Tree Hill a dozen times (at least!). She used to watch Degrassi and Glee too. Now she’s into other series like Grey’s Anatomy, Arrested Development and The Office (she just turned 20 so these shows are OK for her to watch).

I prefer not to watch those shows (they are no my “cup of tea”) so I like having a television to myself so I can chill on the couch and binge watch my favorite shows and movies when I am off from work and don’t have anything pressing to do.

My husband and I tend to binge watch in the evening after dinner. By that time of day we are done with work and stuff around the home so all we want to do is sit down and enjoy some quality entertainment.

Did you know…

34% of Netflix viewers choose to start their day with the cheesy jokes of Fuller House as the sun rises. And while school may be out at night, learning is at an all-time high on Netflix with documentaries being watched 24% more often after midnight.

Interesting…

I have to agree with the documentaries. I tend to watch them late at night myself. I LOVE documentaries. I think they are a great way to learn about important things. My husband on the other hand find them boring. If there is a documentary I want to watch I’ll wait until he’s gone to be to watch it. I also appreciate the quietness of late at night so that I am not distracted from what I am watching.

My husband will watch Planet Earth. He likes that documentary series. Netflix has eleven episodes in that documentary series.

I tend not to watch Netflix during the day (unless I’m off from work) because I know me and I know that I’ll get caught up in something and not be able to stop watching. Even a movie. I would hate to have to pause it to watch later, or not be able to move on to the next episode. For me, watching Netflix during the work week is not a good idea. That is why I stick with watching it in the evening (or late at night) when I have the time to devote to watching it and not having to be forced to stop watching. I tend to binge watch… a lot.

Our daughter watches Netflix morning, noon and night depending on her work/school schedule and social life. She doesn’t have a preferred time of day.

Our son only watches certain shows (he’s not much of a TV or movie watcher for some odd reason).

My husband watches Netflix mostly in the evening, but he will turn it on in the afternoon on the weekends. I don’t think any of us (except our daughter) watches Netflix in the morning.

If you are looking for new things to watch, check out what is new at Netflix.

House of Cards: Season 5 (5/30), Bloodline: Season 3 (5/26), Orange is the New Black: Season 5 (6/9), Inspector Gadget: Season 3 (6/2), World of Winx: Season 2 (6/16)

When it comes to watching Netflix, what is your viewing schedule like? Do you have a special time of day that you prefer to check out Netflix?

What are your favorite things to watch on Netflix? What are your favorite series to “binge watch”?

Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a free membership with my partnership with Netflix. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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How would YOU prepare for life on Mars? #MARSDay

 

I have always been fascinated by outer space. When I was a young girl I wanted to be an astronaut. I think at some point in their lives, most kids want to be an astronaut.

When I was a young girl, my father gave me a telescope. My brother-in-law also gifted me a plethora of books about the planets, stars, space exploration and more.

I even went so far as contemplating study Astronomy as a major in college. Sadly, I didn’t go that route because I didn’t think I had what it took as far as math skills were concerned (Math is not my forte).

Even as an adult, I am still fascinated by outer space.

Rose Center at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

One of my favorite places to visit is the Rose Center for Earth and Space located at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. I also enjoy the Hayden Planetarium which is also located at the Rose Center.

Once I was fortunate enough to be invited to a special event at the Hayden Planetarium hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson – astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science communicator and Director of the Rose Center.

I can’t fathom living on another planet. I know that if I was given the opportunity I would do what I could to ensure that other residents took better care of that planet then they did Earth. Look at how much we’ve damaged out planet. We’re destroying our planet in so many ways. If I was given the opportunity to live on another planet I would make certain that people did not engage in harmful behaviors to send the other planet down the same path as our precious Earth.

Living on another planet would be an amazing experience – but also a terrifying one. Nothing would be the same. You wouldn’t have the same “creature comforts” as you do here on Earth. There would be no pizza delivery. No malls. No trips to the beach. No amusement parks. No movie theaters. Nothing like that. You would essentially be starting from scratch with the most basic essentials.

Available on Blu-ray TODAY is the National Geographic series Mars. The series originally aired on the National Geographic Channel back in December.

Mars is unlike any show I have ever seen. It’s part scripted drama, part documentary.

Mars was directed by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

Mars takes place decades into our future. The year is 2033 and scientists are preparing to send humans to the “red planet” to colonize it. That idea might seem a bit “far fetched,” but great scientific minds like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Elon Musk and NASA astronauts don’t think the idea of living on Mars is that far off.

Mars follows a crew of courageous international astronauts on its exhilarating maiden voyage to Mars and quest to colonize the fourth planet from the sun. In a unique blend of scripted drama intermixed with documentary sequences and feature-film-caliber visual effects, the series presents what the greatest minds in space exploration are doing to make traveling to Mars a reality, featuring Big Thinkers like Elon Musk, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Petranek. Experience MARS in breathtaking high-definition. The must-own National Geographic sci-fi docudrama is jam packed with two hours of extras, including prequel Before Mars, Living on Mars, Cast & Crew Interviews and more.

I have the opportunity to check out the series.

I’ve watched the first two episodes thus far. I plan on “binge watching” the remaining episodes this coming weekend.

The series is interesting how it combines a scripted drama with a factual information in the form of a documentary-type film.

The six-person crew on the Daedalus. The global event series MARS premieres on the National Geographic Channel in November 2016. (photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Robert Viglasky)

The series goes back and forth between the fictional story of the first people to land on Mars to colonize it and all the troubles they encounter on their journey with inserts of factual information from some of the world’s greatest minds when it come to space and space exploration. It’s like two films (a dram and a documentary) rolled into one. I honestly would have watched the series if it was divided into two different series (the fictional story and the documentary), but I think combining the two adds to the fictional story. Knowing what would be involved in actually inhabiting Mars makes the fictional story that much more interesting.

So far I haven’t seen any “blow-your-mind” special effects, but, the film makers do a great job of making viewers feel just how overwhelming the task of being one of the few people to inhabit Mars. It’s void of natural life with no trees, water or any signs of anything living. It’s kind of scary. I know I couldn’t do it.

The information provided by the actual scientists is truly fascinating. I know some information about Mars from all those years when I was little and read up on the subject of outer space, but listening to the scientists talk about Mars piqued my interest in outer space and space travel. I feel like a kid again. LOL!

Look for Mars from National Geographic where ever Blu-rays/DVDs are sold.

If YOU were one of the selected individuals to move to Mars to help with colonization, what would be on your packing list? What necessities would you make sure to pack and take with you?

Here is my packing list which includes “must haves” for survival, as well as some comfort and necessities from home.

  • (2) Space Helmets (in case one cracks)
  • (2) Space Suits (in case one tears)
  • At least a (2) year supply of water (ideally I’d like to have more)
  • An abundance of long lasting batteries and if possible, rechargeable ones and a way to recharge them.
  • A generator to provide me with heat, A/C and electricity (ideally two of them if possible in case one breaks)
  • Crop seeds so that I can grow fruits and vegetables.
  • Books to read so that I am not bored.
  • Music. I would download A LOT of music so that I had plenty of choices to listen to.
  • Movies. I would download A LOT of movies to watch.
  • Walkie Talkie or some kind of device that would allow me to contact people back on Earth so I can talk to my family and friends, as well as scientists in case I need help or I had questions.
  • I’d like a camera or some way to take photos that I can share with the people of Earth so they can see what life is like on the “red planet.”
  • Medicine so that I can take care of myself, and others, if they get sick or injured.
  • Games and/or Indoor/Outdoor activities. I’d want something that was fun and entertaining to do and something I could enjoy doing with my Mars “neighbors.”
  • Photos and mementos of my family, friends and life on Earth.
  • Coffee (I need my coffee!).
  • Blankets, pillows and other comforts from home.
  • Paper, pencils, pens, crayons and paint. I love to draw, write and color. It’s a great way to de-stress and relax. Living on Mars and getting used to life on another planet would not be easy, so I’d need some way to relax.
  • Animals. If there was a way to have animals on Mars (dogs, cats, rabbits, cows…) that would be wonderful. I cannot imagine a world without animals.
  • And the #1 thing I would love to bring with me is my family. I cannot imagine, nor do I want to, a life without them.

To see what other bloggers would pack on their mission to Mars, check out the hashtag #MARSDay on social media.

If YOU were packaging for life on Mars, what would YOU include on your packing list?

Some of the crew exploring Mars. The global event series MARS premieres on the National Geographic Channel in November 2016. (photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Robert Viglasky)

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy and companion book in exchange for my review/participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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