The Festive Season is almost upon us… right now it feels like the carefree days and nights of the summer holidays are very far in the future, but the reality is that they are closer than you think. There are just x weeks ’til Christmas! For some that will elicit a “Yippee”, for others an “Oh no!” I’m one of the former… if I can just get some of my shopping done in advance of the crazy chaos that is the Festive Season shopping malls!
Right now I’m trying to remain calm and collected and not stressed out by my endless “to do” list at work and at home! And trying not to stress out about it is a conscious decision because I can all too easily start to panic and stress and that is not good for anyone – myself, my spouse or my kids.
My calendar is currently looking like a disaster zone with events, launches, school prize-givings and Christmas parties. I’m a YES person and am quick to RSVP positively only to find myself freaking out when my schedule has no “me time”
So I’ve become much more disciplined in carving out “me time” for myself, as well as “couple time” to reconnect with my husband… and one of my very favourite ways to do this is with a bit of Netflix. Listen, it’s not called “Netflix and Chill” without good reason! (and I am aware of the double meaning guys 😉 )
Netflix has become our go-to way to forget about the worries of the day and the demands of the inbox and just unwind….
It may sound strange but one of the happiest moments of my day is jumping on the couch and flicking to my latest series. It feels like a little guilty treat and I often use an hour of Netflix as motivation for myself to finish off one more blog post before I’m allowed some “me time”
A few of our favourite Netflix shows for 2018 at the moment are…
Me Time (my faves)
Queer Eye (my FAVE reality show)
The Let Down (comedy)
Stay Here (property reality show)
The Keepers (crime documentary)
George Harrison: Living in a material world (Beatles documentary)
Three Wives, One Husband (mormon documentary)
He Time (my husband’s faves)
Better Call Saul
We Time (our faves!)
The Last Kingdom
Travels with my Father (Our BEST comedy travel show)
Sohm (wine documentary)
Expedition Happiness (travel documentary)
Making a Murderer (crime documentary)
Narcos (crime series)
Family Time (our family faves)
South Pacific (nature documentary)
Given (surfing documentary)
Life Below Zero (travel documentary)
All David Attenborough and BBC Earth documentaries!
The fab news this Festive Season is that Netflix have just launched the Ultimate 21st Century gifting option: the Netflix Gift Card!
Now this is a #BYFestiveFind with a difference…
A gift that promises to keep on giving throughout the summer holidays – for yourself, your spouse AND your kids!
Spoil yourself with a few hours of indulgent “me time”, cuddle on the couch for a date night in or enjoy a stress-free braai with your friends while all the kids are kept entertained with an amazing array of fun shows for all ages.
The great news is that the Festive Season is usually the time when Netflix launches some epic new shows or seasons of your favourite series so it’s a great time to sign up!
Two brand new shows you can look forward to on Netflix this Festive Season are:
Bird Box, a Netflix Original Film, releases on 21 December and starring Sandra Bullock and John Malkovich
When a mysterious force decimates the world’s population, only one thing is certain: if you see it, you take your life. Facing the unknown, Malorie finds love, hope and a new beginning only for it to unravel. Now she must flee with her two children down a treacherous river to the one place left that may offer sanctuary. But to survive, they’ll have to undertake the perilous two-day journey blindfolded.
Narcos: Mexico launches on 16 November
The story follows the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel as an American DEA agent learns the danger of targeting narcos in Mexico. Set in 1980s Mexico. The tragic events that ensue marked the first shots fired in a drug war that has spanned decades, and has cost hundreds of thousands of lives.
Find out a bit more about the NEW Netflix Gift Cards and how existing Netflix subscribers and streaming newbies can purchase, activate and enjoy this epic stocking-stuffer!
What is the Netflix Gift Card?
The Netflix Gift Card is a prepaid voucher which entitles the owner to stream Netflix to the value loaded on the card. Gift Cards can be loaded with between R150 to R1000 and they don’t expire.
For example, a gift card loaded with R200 will give you two months of Netflix streaming on the basic plan (1 device in SD); R139 will give you 1 month of Netflix streaming on the standard plan (2 devices in HD), and a gift card loaded with R169 will give you 1 month Netflix streaming on the premium plan (4 devices in HD or Ultra HD). You can create up to 5 profiles on each subscription, making this the perfect gift for a family too.
Who can use it?
Anyone with access to a compatible device for streaming (PC, tablet, mobile phone or console) can use a Netflix Gift Card – assuming they enjoy leading series, movies and documentaries, but who doesn’t?
Existing Netflix members can use the Gift Card to top up their Netflix account credit, while those who do not yet have an account can redeem their access credit by visiting Netflix.com/redeem and entering the pin code printed on the back of the card.
Entertainment fans who have not subscribed to Netflix because they don’t have – or don’t want to link – a credit card can also use Netflix Gift Cards as a long-term, secure payment method, topping up with a new Gift Card when their balance depletes. Netflix will always notify you when your Gift Card balance is low.
How does it work?
Netflix will deduct the appropriate amount depending on the plan you choose when redeeming your Gift Card.
Those who are eligible for a free trial will receive a free month of service in addition to the amount credited to the Gift Card. The balance of the Gift Card will only be used to pay for your selected plan after your free month trial expires.
What happens when the Gift Card credit runs out?
Your Netflix account will be cancelled once your Netflix Gift Card balance has been completely used up and you will no longer be able to stream. If you want to continue using the service, simply purchase another Gift Card or add an alternative payment method.
Where can you buy one?
Shoppers will be able to purchase Netflix Gift Cards from selected retailers including CNA; Pick n Pay; Checkers; Dis-Chem; HiFi Corp; Incredible Connection; Game; Dion Wired; Makro; Builders Warehouse; Game4U; AWX; Kloppers; and BT Games.
With shows suitable for all ages and interests, the Netflix Gift Card is the ultimate gift this festive season and will undoubtedly secure givers a spot on Santa’s ‘nice’ list as well as those of their family and friends.
WIN 2 x Netflix Gift Cards worth R500ea
The good news is that I’m giving away a R500 Netflix Gift Card to 2 lucky Becoming you readers (2 x R250 gift cards each)
Enough credit for a whole summer of Netflix fun… Summer sorted!
To enter please complete the form below…
Winner will be announced on 9 November 2018
p.s. Keep your eyes peeled on the site over the next few weeks for all my #BYFestiveFinds fun – lots of lovely giveaways coming your way soon!!!!