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My Favourite Netflix Binge-Watches

Normally the contents of my Netflix watching is a closely guarded secret as it's mostly full of some pretty terrible 90's films, but as I've been asking everyone I know for recommendations of what to binge watch next on Netflix, I thought it only polite to share some of my favourite shows, the ones I've not been able to stop watching.

"Liv was a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out, until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. Afterward, she became part zombie. She works at a coroner's office to give her access to the brains she must eat to survive..."

This is a must watch. I popped it on on a whim as it kept popping up in my recommendation, not hoping for a lot really but thinking that as there were two series it'd keep me going for a while. And I totally fell in love with this show. I love the premise that the zombie in you can be kept at bay by the regular eating of brains, but in doing so you get the memories and thoughts of the person you've just eaten which throws up some interesting character traits and serves as the basis for that episodes
The characters are perfectly formed and you find yourself rooting for even the not so nice ones, there is comedy, there are a few love stories, some baddies to defeat. And as a zombie fan, it's so fun to see them as something other than brain dead marauders. 

"The series follows the lives of four teenage girls — Aria Montgomery, Emily Fields, Hanna Marin, and Spencer Hastings — whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of their leader, Alison DiLaurentis. Three years later, after the discovery of Ali's body, they begin receiving text messages from an anonymous source, "A," who threatens to expose their secrets — including long-hidden ones they thought only their close friend Alison knew."

If you've not seen PLL yet, then you have a treat in store. For one there are about 40,000 episodes to watch so it'll take you a long time to get through it all, and secondly, it's a great, somewhat farcical, but dark show! Yes, it follows the lives of teenage girls but it's not a show just for tweens. There are so many moments when you're left guessing which way is up, and just who has double crossed who this time. There are also times when you wonder where their parents are because I definately didn't have that much freedom at their age, but maybe that's just me being old......But the cast are really good at playing their characters (plus they have some amazing clothes to wonder how they afforded) and on Nexflix UK new episodes are shown in reatime their airing in the US.

Once Upon a Time
"The show is based on the theory that there is an alternate universe where every classic fairy tale character (new and old) exists—a world that has a loose connection to our world. On the night of her 28th birthday, bail bonds collector Emma Swan is reunited with Henry Mills - the son she gave up for adoption ten years ago—and takes him back to his hometown of Storybrooke, Maine, a place where nothing is what it seems."

I started watching OUAT after seeing Jessica blog about her love for it, a few times. It was also about the time we were catching up on The Walking Dead so I needed something light hearted to get into and thought a series about fairytales might be just the thing, and I am hooked. There are a good 5 series to get stuck into (although it gets a bit boring during the frozen period, but stick with it) and loads of characters to get to know. I love the fact there are so many fairytale characters they can explore, and how they’ve portrayed some of the people you think you know well. And again, on Nexflix UK the new episodes are shown just a few days after their airing in the US.

"Jeff Winger is disbarred and suspended from his law firm when it is discovered that he lied about possessing a bachelor's degree. This leaves him with no choice but to enroll at Greendale Community College to earn a legitimate degree. Jeff quickly becomes attracted to his activist classmate, Britta Perry, and pretends to run a study group in order to spend time with her.
However, his plans go awry when she invites Abed Nadir, a pop culture-loving nerd, who brings other classmates along: Shirley Bennett, a religious single mother, naïve over-achiever Annie Edison, former high school football star Troy Barnes, and elderly millionaire Pierce Hawthorne. Despite their differences, the group soon become close friends.

Community was another series I popped on after it came into my suggested feed one too many times without much thought to what it’s about and I am so glad I started watching, albeit a bit late. It took me a couple of episodes to get into it but it is such a funny series. I totally adored the relationship between Troy and Abed, I loved Shirley (maybe that’s because I love how much of a fan girl nerd  Yvette Nicole Brown is in real life) and after a while I even stopped thinking how much of a dick Jeff was. There is so much going on every episodes and so many farcical elements that it’s just such a fun show to watch! And again, there are loads of series so it'll keep you going for a long time!

Now, tell me what I should be watching next? 
As you can see I'm a fan of  'easy, don't have to think about this too much' stuff to have on whilst I am doing other stuff, but if you have any heavier suggestions, throw them my way too!

*I've not included the big must watches that are super hyped like Kimmie Schmit and Orange is the New Black because I am sure , if you've not watched them already, they're on your list....... 

Dog Blog: Vets Kitchen Treats & Joint Supplements

Last month we had an email through for Flash and Melle from Vets Kitchen asking if we'd like to try some of their food for the pups. As we'd recently changed their food I wasn't comfortable in changing their dinner again so soon. But after a quick chat with the vets* at Vets Kitchen, we decided that we'd try some of their treats and, as Flash has a bit of a clicking paw, some of their Active Joints Supplement a go as well.
Well, we've had the treats and glucosamine for a month now, plenty of time to try them fully and report back, so here goes. 

Let’s start with the ActiveJoints glucosamine supplement. I wasn't sure what to expect of dog glucosamine as I take it for my shoddy knees and they are little gel capsules, but this doggy stuff comes as a gel in a squeezy tube, a bit like ketchup. For the last month I’ve been squeezing a teaspoon sized amount of it into Flash’s food once a day. I’ve said it before, but it should be noted that Flash is a bit fussy when it comes to food, so anything new can be a bit hit and miss. And honestly he was a bit unsure to start with but once it was mixed in with the kibble and wet food he normally has, he started wolfing it down.
We’ve only been using it for a month, and our vets have told me that it could take a while for us to notice any difference, and that we might not even notice anything at all, he’d just be healthier, so whilst we can’t see for sure what taking glucosamine is doing to his little clicky paw, I feel better that he is taking it and the gel is such an easy way to get the medicine into the body of a very suspicious dog!
And now, on to the treats. We received packets of the chicken and salmon treats for them to try. Both have their own unique qualities; the Salmon Active+ treats are enhanced with  glucosamine, healthy joints and Omega 3 and 6 for a healthy heart, skin and coat, and the Chicken Smart+ treats have added DHA to help brain development.
We’ve done extensive taste tests with Flash and Melle with both treats and Flash is huge fan of the salmon which is helpful as they are the Active + ones that are good for joints! Flash is not only a bit of a fussy eater, but he’s also a really delicate eater. He takes treats from your hand so carefully and eats his dinner so carefully. But when he’s hungry and he knows there are treats in the bag he’s the first to start demanding them – he’s even been known to go rifling through my bag for them, which he does when he knows I’ve got Vets Kitchen treats out with me.
Melle on the other hand will just eat both flavours without even stopping to notice which one he has. But to be fair this is a dog who loses it over ice cubes and cat poop so we can’t trust his culinary judgement can we? He’s far too excited that food is around to stop and notice things like flavour. Although he does come running the minute I shake one of the little grey bags in the air. For a puppy his recall has always been good, but when faced with a bag of treats, it’s perfect every time! I do try and push him towards the Chicken flavour, what with him being slightly cray cray and them having a brain power supplement – we can hope, right?  

For me, the great thing about them is that even though each bag has loads of treats in them, they come in handy handbag sized packets that are re-sealable. I hate having to wedge a huge bag of treats into an already full bag!
The only issue I’d have is that for small dogs they are seem a big to use as ‘all the time treats’. This might be my paranoia as I am so scared of the dogs becoming overweight (it’s the pug in them) and I know the pups are in no way fat but I like that they don’t need to diet. As they are 5calories a pop and quite hard to snap in half, I mixed up some kibble into the bags too to mean I had some smaller treats for them on walks but I don’t pretend to not be able to see their disappointment at a kibble treat and not a little star!
What are your dog’s favourite treats? Please tell me there are others who devour cat poop too!

(Just an FYI, the chat with the vets and the fact they were willing to change to plan with regards to their review strategy  made me feel super reassured that these are people who know their stuff and aren’t just after reviews no matter what!)

**We were sent both the treats and the joint supplement to try for free, but all opinions are ours. **

On why having kids apparently makes you more important than me!

My favourite fur faces! 
I tried to find a picture of them looking cuter than babies but you'll have to make do with this one, where they are fighting over a stick!
A couple of weeks ago it was suggested to me, at a group meal, that my life was somewhat insignificant because I don't have kids, and, that my love for my dogs wasn't important because they didn't come from my womb.

Yes, that’s right the word womb was said at the dinner table. Who does that?

But, besides from that dinner table faux pas, the more pressing thing I took away from the situation was when did it become OK to believe someone wasn't as important because they don't have a child? Why does having kids make you better than me?

It's not a new thing I have encountered, I’m 35 and everyone around me seems to be having children, but it's the first time that it's been actually said out loud. I totally get that having children must be a game changer, but it's not something that I've been 'blessed' with (and I'm assured it is a blessing). This however doesn’t make me less of a person, or less of a woman than someone with kids. It just means my life is, right now, different to yours. And no, I don’t want to discuss the reasons why I don’t have any, especially not at dinner!

And I’ll be honest, it really pissed me off that someone had the audacity to tell me that my love for my furfaced boys isn’t valid because 1. they are dogs and 2. I didn’t give birth to them. Firstly, I’m not sure there is room to love anyone else in my heart. Flash takes up far too much space and Melle has his spot and Jim gets the rest that is left. And secondly. What if I adopted a child? Would they matter less than one I’d given birth to? I know this bit is just that one person’s point of view but it really riled me up.

Having kids, not having kids, not being able to have kids, not liking kids. Everyone is entitled to their opinion about the situation, but to tell me that my life is somehow not as important as someone else’s who has made a different decision to me. That’s when it it’s going to piss me off. And I am sure I’m not the only one who has faced this sort of judgment.

Tell me, how did you cope with it, because I’m still sat here somewhat annoyed that I didn’t have a witty retort on hand and I want to have yours to use next time I face the same sort of comments.