What I’m Watching in August #streamteam

We are officially back in the school swing of things and I must say, we were ready. Like REA.DY. We had such an amazing summer, jam-packed with awesomeness, but as it was winding down I was hearing way too much bickering, “I’m bored”-ing and, truth be told, a bit of yelling from someone who will remain nameless.

Also, I’m not even going to try to pretend that screen time got a little out of hand these past few weeks. I’m not proud, but I’m not all that ashamed lately. Thanks to Netflix, we got addicted to some new, awesome original programming.

We’ll start with Silas. Although he is growing up way to fast as evidenced by his starting Kindergarten this week #sunrisesunset, he still loves a good cartoon about superheros, dinosaurs or trucks. Dinotrux pretty much knocked it out of the park with a combo of all three. And it is by Dreamworks so you know it is going to be awesome. The only bummer is Silas quickly blew through all the episodes and is dying for more.

Dinotrux, premiering exclusively on Netflix Aug. 14, is a brand new action-packed original series featuring characters that are half-dinosaur/half-construction vehicle. Ty Rux and Revvit, two unlikely best friends, build a bigger, better world and battle against the biggest creature of all: D-Structs, who threatens to wreck everything they’ve built. Dinotrux mixes action, comedy and adventure while focusing on teamwork and friendship.

The girls have found their own “tween” show to love (and honestly Silas loves it too). I could not be more geeked about this show #punintended. After years of marketing to girls being all about dumbing yourself down to get a boyfriend, it seems Smart is the new Cool. Project Mc² has 4 female leads that my girls can totally look up to. The best part is that while brainy, and even a little nerdy, they are also fashionable and fun. Can I get a hallelujah?!!

Project Mc² is a fresh take on the typical tween girl show you’re probably familiar with. The series has S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) organically woven throughout the storyline, making it fun and breaking the stereotype that being smart, funny, stylish and capable are mutually exclusive. Project Mc² reflects today’s tweens in a relatable way, giving girls four empowered female leads to look up to.

As for me? Ryan and I FINALLY finished White Collar (the ending was perfection) and currently haven’t latched onto anything together. But when he isn’t around I am binge watching Ally McBeal and it is bringing back all the feels. I loved this show in college and grad school and it is so much fun to relive. Dancing babies anyone?

Here are a few more ideas of shows that will keep your kids brains from turning to mush as they head back to school:

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Netflix Original: Ever After High: Way Too Wonderland

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Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

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How the State Got Their Shapes

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Odd Squad

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Reading Rainbow

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Magic School Bus

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The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and have been given a complimentary year membership. Using it as an excuse to let my kids watch hours of television as “research” is just a side benefit. 


  1. Yeah. We’ve had it on more than usual, too. I’m on deadline…everything’s falling apart.

    We really love Odd Squad. We’ll have to check out the state shape one. I think my kids will be in mini-nerd heaven.
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