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Wednesday 19 July 2017

Netflix 'Me Time': 'Stream Team' Blogger Trip

What is Netflix 'Me Time'?

You know the time when the kiddies go to bed and you sink into the couch and have that remote with that golden 'Netfix' button ALL TO YOURSELF?

Yeah, that.

But Netflix 'Me Time' and the ensuing nirvana that comes with it need not only apply to mammas and papas.


That peaceful state we all strive for in our personal lives is when we are completely and utterly alone and in a zen like state often comes when, well to be totally frank and all non filter style, left the hell alone.

I kinda feel like this state is one step up from 'Netflix and Chill', and a notch down from wrangling the remote from screaming mini me people.

So when I was invited to the epic Netflix 'Me Time' event in Melbourne recently I could not resist. A flight away and hotel away from the fam bam (*I love them eternally, but hanging with like minded lady and man friends who write was irresistible) and talking all things Netflix AND getting a preview on what's happening in the world of Netflix programming... well I was so there.

What came next was an elevate state of Netflix 'Me Time'.

Those clever PR folks KNOW what to do.

A flash hotel in Melbourne (the QT, if you don't mind, and they soon after won a best hotel award), converting a warehouse-y space a short cab ride away from Melbourne's CBD into a dining and viewing experience.

That night (ironically, hot on the heels of an 'Orange Is The New Black' next season leak) we saw a preview of said 'OITNB' new season, the truly fabulous new series 'Glow' (such a clever and funny and original story line, and it took me a little while to realise it was my girl crush Alison Brie in the main role), and I fell in love with the new and original series 'Gypsy' (Naomi Watts is sensational and engaging in it).

AND: these lights, just like 'Stranger Things'... so cool:

Such a fantastic night with the @netflixanz and @netflix teams! The fab - and I do mean REALLY fab and enthusiastic and switched on - #netflix #USA people looked after us #bloggers so much, as did the fantastic crew from their Aussie #PR team. It culminated with a sensational event at @two_ton_max where we enjoyed all new #netflixanz programming which we can't talk about just yet, but... you guys, you gotta get @netflixanz - @jordssyd pictured here with me, well we go way, way back in #journo #publicist world, and what top company he was. We were also the two red wine ๐Ÿท aficionados and shared a few glasses ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ™Š๐ŸŽ‰#josiesjuice #blog proud to be a #streamteam #blogger #netflixmetime oh and my dress ๐Ÿ‘— was an impulse purchase from @hm #bourkestreetmall. I had, oh, four different options for the event but saw this and had to have it. I think it looks very #Missoni but #shhh it's under $60. #bikerjacket from @forevernew_official bought last year ๐Ÿ‘Œ#strangerthings #letters ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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So what does Netflix 'Me Time' mean to you?

In a world which has evolved from 'cocooning' at home (I remember when I was deputy editor for a magazine when this word was coined and we were fascinated by it) to having it be totally acceptable to say you are an extrovert with introvert tendencies, or laugh and share and agree with memes that say you can lie about being busy and cancel plans at the last minute and you are not a mean person (I don't agree with this... manners, please), Netflix 'Me Time' is such a validating, totally okay concept and persona to adopt.

Why is Netflix 'Me Time' SO important?

Well, I am not a clinical psychologist or a psych of any sort but I do know that recharge time, whether it's solo, or with the kids where you can explain shows and age appropriate docos and kiddie-centric movies together, is super HUGE and essential to one's mind for mental health.

Should it be a cheeky, sneaky activity done in private only?

I am all for some behaviours being private.

But proudly showing off or certainly not concealing that you're a dedicated Netflix aficionado is never a bad thing, I promise you.

Don't have Netflix yet?

Well you can do something about it immediately. Click RIGHT HERE.

Oh, and enjoy this very excellent infographic. I LOVE this:

And this:

New Netflix data has revealed that for mothers, sneaking is the new bingeing and they’ll go to great lengths to stream their favourite shows while no one is looking. According to the research after becoming a mum, women quickly embrace putting their kids first and time for themselves goes out the window. Three quarters of mums admit to sneaking in TV “me-time” while multitasking or actually hiding from their kids at least 1-3 times a day. Nowhere is off limits - from spending extra time on the “potty” to hiding in the pantry or wardrobe , or sitting in the car in the parking lot. 

Key Netflix findings include:

  • 46% of Mums admit that they try to sneak in TV “me time” at least 1 to 3 times a day in order to watch their favourite or must-watch Netflix shows.
    • Some of the most common ways that mums sneak in some TV “me time” are while:
      • Cleaning around the house (57%),  
      • Lying in bed (55%)
      • Cooking (48%)
      • Doing their hair or makeup (28%)
  • When Mums think about the benefits that they get from having some TV “me time” for themselves, the benefits that are most important to them include:
§  To get a break from daily routine (66%)
§  To feel less stressed (55%)

§  To feel more refreshed (37%)

All this means to me is... treat yoself to Netflix, stat.

Affordable, pleases the whole family, and SOOO much on trend content.

More stats, specially on the shows mum watch and why they watch their special 'Mum Sneak' shows.

4 in 5 mums (80%) agree that watching more of their must-watch TV shows makes them feel more “in touch” with pop culture and gives them more to talk about with friends and co-workers (other than just talking about their kids), and nearly a quarter even feel that they can be a better parent by de-stressing. When you become a mamma, life is NOT over, people. It's just beginning. And, you want to stay in the loop on all that's happening in pop culture world. Hey, why do you think Josie's Juice was started...

If you have to lock the bathroom doors in the morning and make your husband watch the kids while you “finish getting ready” aka continue your G.L.O.W. binge -- more power to you, because other mums want to do the same, and you shouldn’t feel guilty for it!

TOP 12 Mum Sneak Shows –

1.      Orange is the New Black
2.      13 Reasons Why
3.      Fuller House
4.      How to Get Away with Murder
5.      Gilmore Girls
6.      Stranger Things
7.      Pretty Little Liars
8.      House of Cards
9.      Jane the Virgin
10.   Shameless
11.   Grace and Frankie
12.   The Crown 

What are you waiting for?

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