Netflix recommendations (Canada and UK / Ireland)

Storm Emma has made herself home in western Europe this week and if you too are stuck indoors like so many of my friends and family, I thought there was no better time to share a list of my favourite Netflix shows and movies. As a member of the UK and Ireland #NexflixStreamTeam I can assure you I’ve put in the time, effort and countless hours of research to bring you a list of my favourite lesser-known Netflix features, all of which I’ve recommended within the past year to family and friends. Since moving to Canada, I now have access to the Canadian Netflix and have picked up some new favourites here, so I’ve detailed if each movie or show is available in Canada (🍁) or Ireland (☘️), or both! And if you can’t see those emoji’s from your device, you’re just going to have to guess which is which. Tough.

Schitt’s Creek (🍁 and ☘️)
Starring Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy, a quirky and comically awkward show that you can easily binge over a few days. Moira’s wardrobe alone is a reason to watch.

The Little Hours (🍁)
A movie based in medieval times but with a modern dialogue and it is hilarious and very unexpected.

Rick and Morty (☘️)
Not a show for everyone, but if you like things that don’t make sense and are very out there or inter-dimensional cable, this is for you.

What We Do In The Shadows (🍁)
Easily one of my favourite movies now thanks to Netflix. It’s a movie I tell almost everyone about. It used to be on Netflix UK and Ireland but has recently been removed, but I’m hoping it comes back soon because it is something everyone needs to see.

Labor Day (☘️)
A very captivating and unexpecting movie with a really good story.

John Wick (🍁 and ☘️)
A violent and graphic movie that won’t be to everyone’s taste, but is very good and was made for Keanu Reeves.

Hidden Figures (🍁)
Funny, empowering and inspiring movie that I brought Cora to watch when she was teeny tiny. It became available on Netflix the day we moved to Canada and it was the first thing we watched here (and have watched it many times since).

Puffin Rock (🍁 and ☘️)
I can’t not throw a kids show in here and if I had to pick one it would be Puffin Rock. It’s so sweet and it won’t drive you insane as a parent. It’s narrated by Chris O’Dowd so you know it’s going to be good.

The Last Man on Earth (🍁)
We just finished the 3rd season and we can’t wait to watch the 4th. It’s an unbelievably good show and even better, it’s helping me curb my swears in preparation of Cora becoming ever more conscious of talking.

ADDITIONAL! A list of mainstream / popular movies and shows you may not have watched but I can attest are very good and are very popular for a reason (all of which are 🍁 and ☘️!) …
– Ozark
– Fargo
– Gilmore Girls
– Looper
– The Good Place
– The Keepers
– Grace and Frankie

AND FINALLY … What used to be on Netflix but aren’t at the moment but for the record, were some of my absolute favourites …
– The English Teacher
– The Help
– Life of Crime
… And hopefully they make a reappearance soon.

I hope wherever you are this week that you’re warm and have enough bread. And if you do try one of my Netflix recommendations, let me know! I always enjoy hearing if people think my recommendations are good (or bad!). And tell me , what’s been your favourite lesser-known Netflix binge these days? Or do you prefer to stick to more mainstream shows?

The Interior DIYer on Pinterest!

Years ago I loved Pinterest. It was one of my favourite places to go for inspiration. I’d scroll between calls when I worked receptionist jobs and I’d kill a few hours on it at home when the weather was miserable. Then around the time I got pregnant with Cora, I lost interest in a lot of things and Pinterest was one of them.

This past week I gave myself a break and treated myself to a few hours on Pinterest and it was SO NICE. I threw myself entirely at it and purged all my boards (it’s amazing the things I pinned a few years ago LOL / WTF was I thinking?). My taste has changed a lot these few years and now my entire Pinterest account reflects more of what I like …

Yes it’s darker but it’s also warmer, has more character and more secondhand / vintage ideas. Much more #DarkRomanticLuxe. And yes, I just spotted that Victorian house I pinned twice, but I’ma leave it because that house damn well deserves to be pinned twice.

So if you’d like to follow along with me on Pinterest (where I promise I’m actually active on it again), just click below! And of course let me know if you’re on it too as I’m always looking for new accounts to follow. See you there? *Awkward hand gesture*

 

Design pieces I packed in my suitcase when we moved country

This might a bit of a strange blog post, but there were a lot of design pieces I packed and brought with me when we moved from Ireland to Canada. Meaning on-the-plane-packed, not container-packed. They’re all either sentimental pieces or pieces I couldn’t be without for 4 months until our container arrived from Ireland. So I figured, if there was anyone else out there about to embark on a similar move and you’re thinking of packing less conventional things, you’re right at home here. 

What I did was I started to make a list of the design stuff I wanted to pack in my suitcase and bring with me immediately [vs. ship in the container]. I started this list in about March of this year and whenever I thought of something important or something I couldn’t live without, I added it to the list. It also came in handy because as time went on, I was able to prioritise what I really needed or wanted and ended up taking a few things off the list. 

These are the practical [and I will agree, wildly impractical] things I decided to bring with me. I’ll start with the pieces featured in the picture above … 

Floral tealight holder from Easons. I love this little tealight holder. I picked it up one day in Easons on O’Connell Street as I was picking up a small pregnancy snack / craving. I very nearly didn’t get it.
Antler jewelry holder from Penney’s [aka Primark]. This was actually a candle I bought in the Christmas section of Penney’s a few years ago. I bought it just so I could use it to hold my earrings.
Baby head vase from April & the Bear.
– A small chopping board from Sostrene Grene. This sounds weird, but I brought a small black chopping board. I used it to keep some paperwork flat, and it came in handy immediately when we moved in and had nothing. Not even plates. So I used our cutlery and chopping board to give Cora her food.
A set of cutlery. It might sound strange, but I packed 4 of my favourite forks, knives and spoons. They’ve a small cutlery set that I actually have had since I was little, but they’re something we used almost immediately after arriving to our apartment. 
Two wooden spoons. I inherited them from my mom and yes, it sounds silly, but they’re really good wooden spoons. Another two pieces we used almost immediately [for making prison levels of porridge – all we could make for the first 3 days].
– All my camera and laptop equipment and accessories including my tripod, mouse, mouse pad etc.
Brass scissors from Hay. We had to have scissors in our checked luggage to cut Juniper and Toshi out of their cages after the flight, so if you have to bring scissors, might as well make them pretty ones.
Letter board from April & the Bear. Just because I wanted to bring it. It’s huge but I made it fit.
2018 Paperchase diary. Because Paperchase doesn’t exist in Canada and they’re the best diaries.
– Both my iBride trays. I have yet to hang them up since moving, but I couldn’t be without them for 4 months. I’m trying to decide the best spot for them. 
– A collection of Christmas stuff. I really love Christmas so I brought a collection of my favourite Christmas cards that we hang up every year along with some small ornaments including Cora’s first ornaments. 
Paperwork. Lots and lots of paperwork. Robert and I filled a plastic sleeve folder with paperwork for his work permit, the cats vaccinations, Cora’s citizenship and birth details, college paperwork etc. But I also snuck a few paper design things in there too. Like our car bumper sticker and Cora’s swan mobile.
– Cora’s Stokke crib and allen keys. Yes, we brought Cora’s crib with us on the plane. It seems insane, but it was an idea I had early on and I’m so glad we brought it with us immediately. It ended up only costing us €60 to bring it on the plane [even though it was oversized and weighed more than 23kg]. When we got to our apartment at 23:30 that night, Robert and I assembled it and Cora immediately had somewhere to sleep. I couldn’t justify buying another crib while waiting for Cora’s to arrive.

TIP: we didn’t have the box for Cora’s Stokke crib since we bought it secondhand. I called Stokke, explained our situation, and they sent us an empty box for free [you should have seen the delivery guys face when he delivered and empty box. I pretended to freak out asking where our crib was. LOL]. 

Tools and paint brushes. I brought my hammer, screwdriver, tape measure, paint can opener and two paint brushes. All of which I used in the first few days so I’m very glad I brought them all. It might seem a bit over the top, but I use all of them all the time so it was a no-brainer for me. 
Throw pillow cases. I brought our dark green and pink pillow cases so we could feel a little bit at home as soon as we got there. A quick trip to IKEA for inserts and they were perfect [any excuse to go]. 
– Cora’s playmat from Elodie Details. I smushed this up and put it in with the crib, and I’m really glad we brought it as Robert and I slept on it for 2 weeks until we bought a mattress. It’s been on Cora’s floor in her new bedroom ever since and plays on it every day.  
Wood touch up pens from the Euro Store. This was another one of those things I thought am I insane for prioritising bringing these? But I’m glad I did as I’ve used them on all the secondhand wooden furniture I’ve bought so far. 

For some people, I completely understand some of these things seem completely unimportant to bring with you in your luggage when moving abroad. But every one of these pieces was either practical, or for us, would make us feel at home sooner. What about you? Is there anything you can think of right now that if you moved you knew you couldn’t leave behind? It’s amazing what I started to prioritise πŸ˜‰