Happy Birthday Jen!

Today, this babe turns 48. Yup – you read that right F-O-U-R-T-Y- E-I-G-H-T.

In honour of her birthday we’d like to share some of our favourite Jennifer moments & why we love her.

#1 When she had to pretend to be engaged to impress her boss (oh boy have times changed)

#2 Pre- “we were on a break”

#3 Ultimate breakup revenge (also, great ad for Pepsi)

#4 Post – “we were on a break”

#5 When she could do more than cook

#6 When she did the Hula 

#7 When she proved she had “Unagi”

#8 When she proved she had a kinky side

#9 …and a sexy side

#10 Plus she’s an awesome friend (pun intended)

She’s also a really great writer – a must read in Huffington Post is her For The Record article. #WeLoveHer

How to meet your S.O. in 2017 (Part 2)

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Being single, taking care of yourself, and watching your career take off is a surefire way to be happy as can be. But at some point you may decide you’re ready to share that happiness with someone else, and are okay with the idea of sharing your life, home, fridge, and even (gasp) food with the right candidate. Whether you’ve been through too many bad dates, or got lost somewhere in the swipe-induced loophole, we’ve put together a guideline on how to get you out of the tinder dilemma and into a dating-pool of suitable options. You’ve already read our “How to Meet Your S.O. in 2017 Part 1”, so now let’s get to more tried and tested tips – Part 2.

Take Classes

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Via Atelier et Saveurs

With friends or alone, taking a class is a great way to meet people because you already share a common interest, which creates an automatic icebreaker for striking up conversation. Whether it be gym circuits, yoga, boxing, cooking classes, mixology workshops, a photography course, painting, dance, or even a language class, there’s a good chance you’ll develop a connection with one of your fellow classmates. *Opens google.*

Vernissages / Art Galleries / Exhibits

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Via McCord Museum

Vernissages and art shows can be fun even for the non-artsy, and Montreal’s Old Port is full of them. What’s usually a small semi-private gathering of 20-50 people, with a DJ, wine, and if you’re lucky – delicacies, can host an array of classy individuals. Since the vibe can be similar to a post-work 5a7 and the gathering is relatively small, the setting is perfect to meet a range of young and mid-aged professionals. Invite your new friends for a post-exhibit dinner, and who knows, perhaps you’ll be seeing one of them again.

However for those of us who are in fact art-savvy, meeting people at an art gallery or McCord Museum is super easy because you’re both standing there looking at the same thing. So why not strike up a conversation? Throw in a, “Do you know of any other exhibits in Montreal?” and there’s a good chance you’ll go check it out together.

Do Things Alone

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Via Crew Collective & Café

What happens when you do things alone? You’re more likely to talk to people and people are more likely to talk to you. When you’re with friends, you’re less motivated to talk to a stranger, and people can be more intimidated to come up to you. However when you’re by yourself, it’s easier for someone to make a move and you’re more likely to start a conversation. Try going to Burgundy Lion by yourself to watch a hockey game, have a drink at your favourite restaurant’s bar, or just do some work at a gorgeous coffee shop like Crew Collective Cafe. You can even borrow your neighbor’s dog and hit up a dog park. The least you’ll get out of doing things alone is getting out of your comfort zone and feeling empowered af.

Weekend Ski Trip

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Via Mont Tremblant Ski Resort

The advantage to living in Montreal is that if ever you feel in need of a change, all you have to do is grab your friends and venture to one of our neighbouring ski towns, be it in Quebec or Vermont. Whether at the after-ski, mountain-top chalet, or ski town bars, there’s a good chance you’ll end up sitting next to someone you’ll be lured to get to know. And since Montrealers love to ski, the odds of meeting someone attractive are definitely in you favour.

Travel Solo

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Via Club Med

For those who feel they need a serious changeup in dating scenery, travel can be a great way to meet people. You’ll have less expectations and will be forced into situations where you’ll meet new people every step of your way. Consider getting a job abroad for a year or two. You’ll be sprung into an array of new social circles and coworkers, and with them, new dating options and hunting grounds. One of our friends met her now hubby (who happened to also be a Montrealer) while working at Club Med!

Sounds nerve racking? We get you, traveling alone does require a bit of ballsiness. But trust us, you’ll feel like you grew balls of steel once you get comfortable outside your comfort zone.

Happy hunting ladies and gents!

How to Meet Your S.O. in 2017 (Part 1)

Photo via @TheCoupleGoals

While we generally don’t recommend the mindset of “looking” for someone, because when you stop looking and focus instead on enjoying your life – that’s when love finds you. However you still need to make sure you give that love an opportunity to actually find you, and for that to happen, you need to get out there and mingle. Whether you’re ready to find your partner-in-crime or simply want to start dating, meeting someone in Montreal can be both an exciting and a daunting task. So how do we remove the daunting part and keep it exciting? Very simple: follow these guidelines…

Gym

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Photo Via Like A Local

Fitness is a thing, which means lots of attractive individuals can be found doing it (no, not just the crossfit clan or devout yogis). So just like with bars, pick a gym with a vibe you like, and go on the regular. Before you know it, you’ll be catching the attention of an interesting someone, and they’ll be catching yours. Sooner or later, you’ll ask him to help you lift a super heavy weight (which you actually could have handled yourself), and he’ll be so happy you did. Or you’ll ask her to recommend a good class, and she’ll invite you to join her. And if they fall in love with you all sweaty and out-of-breath, you know they’re a keeper.

Lads, we’re sure you’ve already figured out that yoga and spinning studios are good spots to find women. Go on the regular and you just may score yourself a conversation that starts it all. And ladies, why not try a circuit-training or boxing class? Who knows, you may actually love it…

Our favourite fitness spots: Enso Yoga, Club Sportif MAA, CorexcellenceKlub Athletik Griffintown, B.Cycle Spin Studio.

Fundraiser Galas

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One of our favourite things about this city are all the galas (Ladies, all the reasons to show off those online shopping skills). Aside from supporting a good cause (yes, you can party and help your community at the same time), fundraiser galas are the best spots to network, hands down. Whether you’ll meet professionals that may be the 🔑 to your next career move, new friends, or your S.O. him/herself, between all those new encounters someone might introduce you to the one you’ve been patiently waiting for.

Our favourite galas: McCord Museum Sugar Ball, Kids for Kids, L’Affaire Papillon, Printemps du MAC, Les Jeunes Gouverneurs for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.

Volunteering

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Lads, the spotlight’s on you here. Volunteer at the SPCA or for a cause she’s passionate about, and you’ve already won a spot in her heart. Add some charm and good convo to the mix, and you’ve sealed the deal. And if you don’t meet someone there, you’re likely to melt the heart of whoever you do meet in the future with your charitable passions.  

Some spots we love to volunteer at: SPCA, any hospital, teach a language at La Maison de l’Amitié, YMCA

Spas

Yes, spas. Gentlemen, if you chose the right one, you’re likely to find squads of women frequenting for some quality time with their girls – at least some, if not all of which are likely to be single. Grab your boys, and you may find yourselves walking out with numbers. We’ve personally witnessed groups of women meeting and walking out of Bota Bota with groups of men.

Our favourite spa’s to meet people: Bota Bota, Scandinave Spa, SKYSPA

5a7s

Montreal’s 5a7 scene isn’t your average happy hour, grab-a-pint-after-work routine. The city’s 5a7 vibe is truly incredible and oozing with young professionals. Every Thursday, 20-40 somethings from all over the city gather in a multitude of bars (and restaurants), in what has practically became a staple Montreal past-time.

Our advice? Grab your coworkers and go every thursday – you never know who they’ll bring along. That guy in accounting that you never talk to? Maybe he has a cute friend. So if someone invites you to join, go. While of course we all know that a good portion of 5a7 goers don’t exactly have serious relationships in mind, you never know who you’ll meet – the right person is lingering there somewhere in the crowd. Try different spots until you find one with a vibe you like. The best part is it’s so easy to meet people at these 5a7’s. Whether it’s just to network or scope out a catch, everyone generally enjoys the idea of meeting others – otherwise why be there?
Our favourite 5a7 spots: Hotel Nelligan Terrasse, The Coldroom, Hotel William Gray Terrasse, New City Gas Terrasse, Furco

Say Yes to Everything

The best way to meet people without re-downloading tinder (lets face it, you promised yourself you’d delete it for good 2 dates ago), is to say yes to every invitation you get. If you get out of your comfort zone and spend time with people who aren’t in your group of close friends, you never know who you’ll meet through them. Your sister invited you to an art-show with her friends? Go. Your best-mate invited you to play basketball with some buddies you’ve never met? Go. Your coworker invited you to her potluck dinner? Show up with wine. You get the gist.

Stay tuned for part 2 up next week! Happy hunting…

Feeling the Empowerment (not the Kim K kind)

Has anyone else noticed that the notion of female empowerment is finally getting the spotlight we’ve all long been waiting for? And no, we’re not referring to Kim K’s self-proclaimed “empowering” topless selfies. “Thank you Kimmy, you have made me see the empowerment light,” joked Jaqueline Lunn of Mamamia. She explained, and we couldn’t agree more, that “Kim’s nude selfies are not about feminism. They are not about liberation or empowerment. They are about selling the Kardashians. They are about celebrating the “right” type of body – thin, flat stomachs, big boobs kind of like a blow up Barbie.”

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On one hand, women with thin, flat stomachs and big boobs have every right to celebrate their bodies too, just like the rest. But on the other, Kim’s “beauty” is the result of hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless hours of procedures, treatments, stylists, and full-time photo-editing assistants – to become what the media wants in order to sell herself. We all know she wasn’t born with it, it’s definitely all Maybelline.

Speaking of Barbie, the dolls have had a brand image issues as of late due to the unrealistic body standards they proclaim, and as a result a large decline in sales. Well it seems they’ve finally decided to make some changes… 

Have you seen the heartwarming and quite honestly, unexpected turn their campaign took last year? Take a look! 

Wow, right? This brilliant advert, called ‘Imagine The Possibilities’, sends a touching message: “When a girl plays with Barbie, she imagines everything she can become.”  Our favourite part is that the adults you see in the film are not actors, but real people with real reactions to these little girl’s determination to be professors, business women, or soccer coaches.

What is brilliant about this highly entertaining film is that Mattel successfully reframes how we think about Barbie Dolls. The film positions the Barbie Doll as a conduit for the development of a child’s self image.” writes Will Burns of Forbes.

However Barbie’s breakthrough isn’t the only good news for girls today. A movement called I AM THAT GIRL started a few years ago and has been growing fast, reaching millions of people and sprouting 171 communities around the world. The movement aims to change today’s girl culture by “raising the standards for how girls treat themselves, how girls treat each other, and how the world treats girls”.

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What’s so special about this movement is that it created many communities, dubbed “Chapters”, that connect girls with peers and mentors in their schools or cities, and encourage a safe space to connect and have open, face to face to discussions about friendship, mental illness, and other important things. These communities aim to be a support system for girls aged 14-22, helping them fight self-doubt, find self-love, lift each other up instead of breaking each other down, and hold each other accountable when they get stuck in the patterns of gossip, negative self-talk, and unhealthy behavior.

They even have a retreat that helps girls develop their leadership, emotional intelligence, personal growth, and professional skills.

Wow, where was this when we were teens??

With our xanax-addicted millennial generation being practically walking cucumbers with anxiety (we’re 90% water, get it?), the youngsters following in our footsteps are in no better position. Surely, any young girl today can benefit from these programs!

What do you think, are the young generations on the road to becoming more empowered, or are we drifting further into the loophole fueled by selfies and meaningless likes?

Let us know in the comments!

‘Tis The Season

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but it’s also the season to grab a cozy blanket, plop yourself on the couch and indulge in some good old fashioned holiday movies! We’re talking about the good old classics that were originally made for VCR’s (if anyone still remembers what that is) + some recent Christmas goodness. Thanks to the beauty of Netflix and the Internet you’re selection just got that much wider! But we’ve narrowed it down to our top 10 picks for this year’s holiday movie marathon!

#1 Elf 

Available on Netflix.

#2 Home Alone 1 or 2 or Both. 

 

#3 The Grinch

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#4 The Santa Clausethe-santa-clausec

 

#5 The Polar Express

 

#6 Last Holiday 

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#7 The Night Before

 

#8 The Holiday 

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#9 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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#10 A Charlie Brown Christmas

Our New Favorite Food Trend

Here at Dreams MKTG, we are huge foodies. We love going out and trying new places for dinner, driving to the ends of the city just for the best donuts and we start our days off talking about what we’re going to eat on our lunch break! So, when we heard that two of our favorite worlds were colliding, we couldn’t be more excited! We’re talking about the latest trending food discovery the SUSHI BURRITO!

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The sushirrito (part sushi, part burrito), which is filled with all your favorite sushi roll ingredients, wrapped and served in the form of a burrito, is what we like to call comfort food. Although this trend kicked off in the states, Montreal was not slow in picking up on this successful creation by actually opening up their own spot that makes sushirritos. Moushi, located at 5209 Boulevard Decarie, is a new spot that is now Montreal’s very own sushi burrito restaurant and you don’t want to miss out on their colorful and delicious creations!

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Picture via @healthynibblesandbits

If you’re not in the mood to leave the house, no worries! This delicacy can be easily made in the comfort of your own home with minimal ingredients! We know that everyone has their own preferences when it comes to what they like in their sushi rolls, so whether its grilled chicken, salmon, tuna, crab, avocado and so on, grab all the ingredients you enjoy as well as some sushi rice and roasted sushi seaweed (nori) and let the buritto making begin! Here is the recipe 🙌

Written by Emilie Berbrier

10 Reasons Why Space Jam is Our Jam

#1 I BELIEVE

Number 1 will ALWAYS and FOREVER be because “I Believe I Can Fly”- R. Kelly is the opening song. How in the world can your heart not flutter when that song comes on? The first 30 seconds of Space Jam makes you feel like you can do anything, be anyone. It was the beginning of my beautiful relationship with 90’s R&B.

#2 IT’S ALL A JOKE

The joke about celebrity endorsement. When Stan goes to get Michael for a baseball game he says: “C’mon, Michael, it’s game time. Slip on your Hanes, lace up your Nikes, take your Wheaties and your Gatorade, and we’ll grab a Big Mac on the way to the ballpark [hot dogs]”. If only we were able to catch that when we were 12 years old. Not to mention the running joke about Michael’s baseball career, or lack of one.

#3 FASHION

Daffy Duck literally embodies north American fashion. His fashion show was so out of nowhere but it was the majority of 90’s baby’s favorite scene. Can we all just pay attention to the band aids on his fingers please, like LOL what is that even?

#4 DANNY DAVITO

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Swackhammer, the evil boss of Moron Mountain is voiced by Danny Davito. Any and every movie featuring Danny Davito is my jam. Not many people can disagree with that, they even look alike.

#5 WHY NOT?

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Michael Jordan, his children and every human that entered or saw the Looney Tunes were not fazed by them. This really made the viewer feel like this could be the real thing. The Looney Tunes could really exist. Michael didn’t even question it! If Michael f*cking Jordan isn’t questioning it then neither should we. He was like okay why not, I’ll play basketball with you.

#6 MOTIVATION

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The “secret stuff”. Bugs casually fills up a water bottle with tap water and writes “Michael’s Secret Stuff” on it to give the Tune Squad to motivate them. Guess what? It works! After this scene every 12-year-old was CONVINCED that they could be an NBA player with a little motivation. Between R. Kelly and the secret stuff we could be an NBA player too.

#7 LOLA BUNNY!

For the first time in history Bugs has a girlfriend and she is stunning. Bugs starts out by calling her doll and she totally stands up for herself #girlpower. Then Bugs becomes really romantic and they fall in love. We could all learn a thing or two from both of them.

#8 THE FIRST SCENE

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Michael’s father was so cute, can he please be my father? JK dad I love you, but really he’s the inspiring father that every pre-teen wants. He encouraged him to fly… Which all led to the final, epic game against the Monstars.

#9 THE SOUNDTRACK

The music. Period. R. Kelly, Seal, Salt-N-Pepa, Barry White, and the list goes on. The soundtrack went double platinum, for a cartoon movie that’s pretty impressive.

#10 THE SLAM DUNK

Last but not least Michael Jordan’s final slam dunk. He makes a deal with Swackhammer and puts his own life on the line for the Looney Tunes and the other NBA players. 10 seconds left on the clock and the ball goes back and forth between players, finally Michael gets the ball and jumps. His arm stretches a looney length and slam dunks the winning basket! It’s the scene that we all wait for watching the movie. Michael Jordan’s arm being able to stretch shows his inner connection that was created with Bugs and the gang. Truly inspiring.

P.S. MICHAEL JORDAN’S BODY.

That’s all folks!

…🐝

Our Favorite Mannequin Challenges

From pouring a bucket of freezing cold water over your head in order to raise money for ALS or shoving a spoon of cinnamon down your throat without coughing to death, Internet challenges have become one of the latest social media trends and quite frankly, we’re loving it! With every video posted it encourages the next participant to one up it with some additional feature! The latest trending Internet challenge is the mannequin challenge! I don’t know what it is about this, but I seriously cannot get enough of this! This idea originated from a group of kids in a high school and then exploded within a couple of days!
How does it work? Well you gather up a group of people (could be a few people to a whole football team) and you tell everyone to strike a pose that looks like you were caught in mid action! Then, one person yells freeze and walks around recording everyone remaining as still as they can in order to look like real-life mannequins! From celebrities, to students this trend is becoming one of my all-time favorite challenges to ever hit the Internet!
Here are some of our favorite videos!

#5 Destiny’s Child

#4 Stephen & Ayesha Curry

#3 White House

#2 This Adorable Dog

#1 These Adorable Pooches

+ These Bonus Cuties

Written by Emilie Berbrier

The Lady’s Guide to Bumble

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to make the first move. I know it’s basically 2017 and we’re supposed to be feminists and all but it’s basic evolution; men are the hunters and women are gatherers. We need to get over it, it’s getting cold out and Bumble is the new Tinder. My girlfriend sent me this screen shot the other day and I instantly thought “shit, we need to step our game up”.

We laugh at the opposite sex’s pickup lines, but we need to look in the mirror. C’mon single ladies, let’s make Beyoncé proud!

I gathered up my research (bumble screen shots) and decided to compile a guide for the single women who mass bumbles the girl waving emoji. I know you’ve done it; screen shots don’t lie.

#1 Check out their profile

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Majority of the time their profiles have an info section, which really helps us out on deciding if we’re going right or left. Pick something out from it and ask them a question, most questions don’t go unanswered. Bonus points if it’s a funny question. Since we’re all so hilarious let’s make our matches laugh. Once you’ve made him laugh, it’s over, you basically have a boyfriend. Just kidding you don’t, but trust me it’s a good start.

 

#2 Call them out

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Be a badass b*tch. If you can’t think of any hilarious questions, call them out on something. All their pictures are group shots? Be like “You must be the balding one, but it’s okay I like shiny heads”. Kind of a back-handed compliment I know but how can they not respond to that? They have either a puppy or a baby in one of their pictures? “You must have done your research”, When they ask you what you’re talking about answer with “who’s baby did you borrow?”. They speak 45 different languages? Tell them they’re intimidating and this is f*cking bumble not their ivy league school application.

 

#3 Send a GIF

 pict5Okay so they’ve got nothing in their profile to work with. It’s all good, we can still do this. Who doesn’t like Gif’s? They’re funny as f*ck and pretty god damn relatable. You guys matched at 6am, what’s better then Jimmy Fallon waving good morning to you before you’ve had your coffee? Trust me Jimmy Fallon’s face is much cuter then mine when I wake up #relatable. You’re super PMS and feel like a beached whale naked in your bed with your heating pad? Send over the GIF of the seal waving “sup”, They’ll have no idea that it’s your spirit animal in the moment but you’ll be like #relatable (in your head, they don’t have to know that). They’ll either answer you back with a Gif and you can judge them on their choice and choose to either unmatch or fall in love, or answer you with words and you got yourself a conversation happening!

#4  Pretend you know them

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“Hey again”, “You look super familiar”, “fancy meeting you here”. Maybe you have met them before, maybe you haven’t. It’s a small world, we basically all know each other. The opposite sex is a curious one, so they’ll definitely have a follow up to that. If you do know them follow up with something cute, not like a “how’ve you been”, you’re not basic. If you met them at a bar try something along the lines of “we should go back there, I bet I can beat you at pool” (even if you can’t who cares). If you have no idea who they are and they’re from Chicoutimi, maybe this isn’t the best one liner for you but who knows you can try, maybe you have been to Chicoutimi I don’t know.

#5 Do what you need to do girl 🙋

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Go with the waving emoji, I’m not saying it can’t work. It’s cuffing season, you can even send them the bride emoji and they’ll answer.

Full disclosure, I still don’t have a boyfriend, even though my pick-up lines are on point. BUT I got bumble literally a week ago and I had a date with emoji guy (not for me). I “rain checked” on pizza oven guy, he was asking so many questions and like who even has time for that. I’m going out with Gif guy Sunday, no lie I actually kind of like him. Not going to jump to conclusions or anything but it’s getting pretty serious (we’re texting). Serious may be the wrong use of the word but I like to stay positive. I just can’t with the other two guys, but hey 1/5 is a pretty good ratio for 2016.

Good luck my (not for long) single ladies!

Forever & Always,

🐝

Top 5 Netflix Originals This Fall

With the chilly weather setting in, there’s nothing more that we’re looking forward to than sitting in bed with a warm blanket and indulging ourselves into some TV until we lose track of time. So, to kick off this season of immobility we’ve created a top 5 suggestion list of this year’s trending Netflix shows for you to binge watch! Grab and blanket, maybe even a partner and get ready to get hooked!

Sense8

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This Netflix Original is an American science fiction drama series. This series tells the story of eight strangers from all different parts of the world who experience a vision of a violent death of a woman. The story unfolds as we follow these confused and beautiful people as they try to understand this strange connection that has brought them all together.

Watch trailer.

Stranger Things 

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There seriously has not been any shortage of this topic coming up in conversation and there’s no surprise why! Stranger Things is the latest Netflix original series that has been released and it has grabbed attention by the masses. This 8 episode series is about the story of a young boy who mysteriously disappears. His mother, police officer and friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back! This show is seriously not something to miss out on!

Watch trailer.

House of Cards

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If you’ve found yourself glued to the TV with the recent political catastrophe, then this show is definitely up your alley! House of card is no won it’s 5th season and we don’t see this slowing down anytime soon! This series is an American political drama web television series that focusses on the story of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) who after being appointed as Secretary of State, initiates an elaborate plan to get himself into a position of greater power through power ideals and manipulation!

Watch trailer.

Narcos 

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Brace yourselves to see one-hundred Pablo Escobar costumes this coming Halloween and it’s no wonder why, because his character is quite impressionable! Narcos is another Netflix original series set in Colombia that depicts the story of notorious drug dealer Pablo Escobar who became a billionaire through he production and distribution of cocaine. If you’re into crime and action then this is seriously not something to miss out on!

Watch trailer.
Amanda Knox 

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If you found yourself hooked on Making a Murderer then this will be your new favorite show! This Netflix documentary places the microscope on the real life story of the allegedly accused murderer Amanda Knox and her boyfriend. This series shows every angle of the investigations and crime of how the situation unfolded to the aftermath of everyone’s lives that were affected!

Watch trailer.

Written by Emilie Berbrier.