What great weather we had this weekend, right? It's about that time...that time when friends elsewhere start complaining about chilly, rainy weather and I keep my mouth zipped as I wonder if it's too chilly to picnic at the beach this weekend. In the meantime, let's check out what I'm obsessing about this Mommy Brain Monday:
Just What Is Available On Netflix Instant?? I went through a phase over the past couple of weeks where all I wanted to do was get the kids to bed, collapse into my own bed, and watch movies with Erik until midnight. So I kind of got into Netflix Instant, which seems like a brilliant idea, right? The movies stream, INSTANTLY, to your screen. Thousands of flicks at your fingertips. But weirdly, it seemed like everything we started watching was "meh" at best, and "ugh" at worst. When I mentioned this to a friend, he laughed and informed me that finding a great movie on Netflix Instant is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack--there's good stuff there, but it's hard as hell to find it with all the stuff you have to sort through. Your best bet is kind of a word-of-mouth referral system, which frankly, is a pain. So I was excited to happen upon this Paste List of the Day: The 50 Best Movies on Netflix Instant. This list is from May 2012, so pretty recent, and there are some fantastic movies on the list that you might have missed. Check it out.
Bigger Is Not Always Better. This article on class size in the early grades didn't surprise me, but a few of the points made me even more unhappy with the large class sizes we're seeing in most classrooms in Miami-Dade county these days. Sure, we're all being fed the line that the larger classes have two certified teachers, which evens everything out and makes it all better, but I encourage you to read the article and reconsider that line of thinking. Still doubtful? Spend a day in your kid's class of 30 with 2 certified teachers, and note how much time is spent on classroom management vs. instruction or play. I'm not faulting the teachers (don't hate the player, hate the game) I'm just saying....ugh:-(
Crazy Hair Day Ideas, Anyone? All month, Elle has the opportunity to dress up each day in exchange for a donation to the United Way. She's really excited about the Crazy Hair Day that's coming up, so of course I googled it and found these amazing Crazy Hair Day hairstyles. The styles for girls are cute, but the styles for boys are truly genius, and not too tough to pull off. I think the guys kinda get shafted on Crazy Hair Day because they typically just don't have as much hair to work with. My faves are the Surfboard/Wipe Out Hair for Boys, and the Cupcakes for Girls. Genius!
What Big EYES You Have... I could not believe that my Friday night tennis group knew nothing about the (in my mind) top local news story of the day. The ginormous eyeball, duh!?
From Now On, When Someone "Asks Me For The Recipe", This Is The Format I'm Going To Use. Unless that someone is my mother, of course. She'd totally wash my mouth out with soap over this one. Probably twice.