Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Madeline's Top Netflix Picks

Aside from reading books by women, one of my other pastimes is to enjoy an enthralling show on everyone's favourite streaming service. With the sun playing tag these days, my preference would be to snuggle under a blanket, armed with a hot drink and a bowl of snacks whilst watching Netflix on a screen such as the 4k led tv Panasonic

But with such a busy schedule indulging in some visual entertainment during my commute to work seems like a good plan for now. If you read through some of the archives, you will see a growing collection of film reviews already on the blog. Today, I would like to discuss with you some of my hottest Netflix picks.

Here are some of my recommendations based on what I've watched, am currently watching or have seen trending on the timeline. Here's what to watch.

If you love getting lost in mind-boggling documentaries
The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann - unless you’ve been living under a rock or are not too familiar with UK affairs then you'll know about the strange disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine back in 2007. The ongoing investigation which has stretched for the last twelve years has culminated in this 8 part docu-series, which revisits the night the disappearance happened with a succession of eyewitness accounts and reports from the professionals.  It also unfurls some of the original testimonies that were made.(Currently on episode 3 of 8)

Abducted at Plain Sight - another one which will take you through the winding paths of a disappearance mystery. This chilling documentary tells the true story of how a whole family was manipulated by a neighbour, which led to the two kidnappings of their 12-year old daughter Jan Broberg. The sickening and bizarre details of the disappearances have captivated audiences since its release back in January. (Watched!)

John has Debra entangled in Dirty John. Source Hollywood Reporter
If you're addicted to the drama
Dirty John -  I don’t believe all men are trash, but some really are! This series is a psychological drama which adapts the true life story of interior designer Debra Newell who marries conman, John Meehan. John is a seemingly charming doctor who has it all together. But the reality is that he is slowly ensnaring Debra in his web of lies in the hopes of swindling her out of every last dollar. I was hooked from episode one, and you will be too! Make a date with the girls have a bit of a marathon with it. (Series to be completed)

Power -  this high energy, adrenaline-packed show has been going on for some years now. Currently, the creators have left us hanging somewhere between season five and six. Whilst we wait for the next series to begin let me give you a bit of background: James 'Ghost' St. Patrick and Tommy are friends based in New York, who launder drug money through their businesses: a night club and a launderette.  James steps outside of his marriage and begins a lewd affair with DA (district Attorney) Angela Valdez, who unbeknown to him is assigned to investigate and take down the entire drug network they work with. That's the crux of it but there's a lot more to unpack in five series! (Watched!)

Adaeze and uncle fight to save her father's company in Lionheart. Source: Netflix

If you fancy a feel-good family film
Lionheart - You’ve had a chaotic day, and you just want to unwind with a pleasant film which will which lift your spirits. This is one of my fave films on Netflix to date! (Read the review here). It's a charming movie set in Lagos, which is in short about a young lady, Adaeze, who saves her father’s company from the brink of collapse with help from her uncle. I love the film for its humour and light-hearted entertainment. It also deconstructs many myths about life in Africa. (Watched!)

The Queen Of Katwe - not your usual Disney classic, but it ought to be! Again, there is a lot to learn about empowering young people and overcoming the odds. Robert Katende runs a chess club in the slums of Kampala. When 10-year old Phiona, who lives a life of poverty becomes a member at the club, Robert leads her and the other children to play chess to win tournaments in the unlikeliest of circumstances. Phiona's final victory opens up opportunities which lead to her lifting her family out from the trenches of poverty - a true Disney princess if you ask me! (Watched!)

There are a handful of other shows, films, documentaries and animated series I have watched and loved, and tons more I would love to delve into, but life can get hectic! What do you like to stream or watch on TV? Have you seen any of the shows I've listed?

Let's talk in the comments section!

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Open Book | Sabrina Hamilton

Chapter three of #OpenBook is here! If you need to catch up quickly on the first two, you can do so here.

Today, we are in the company of the amazing Sabrina Hamilton. Sabrina is 32 years old and describes herself as being "happiest when eating brunch with the girls, sitting out in the sun or reading a good book with a mug of herbal tea". Sabrina also works in marketing within the travel industry, and of course, writes a blog!

Read on if you want to find out more about Sabrina.


Friday, March 8, 2019

#IWD Special | Why I Write for Women

I have been labouring over this for a while now, wondering how to shape this post so it packs a real punch. I don't believe this to be my eloquent piece yet, but it's from the heart. Having typed my last full stop, I have returned to the start to add this small preamble. I hope as you sit with a cup of tea in hand reading this, or perhaps at your desk trying to conceal this page from your manager, you realise how incredibly amazing you are, you gorgeous, multitasking, heel wearing, or trainer sporting, child rearing, board sitting, uniform wearing, insecurity hiding creation of wonder! Happy International Women's Day!


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Wonderful Ways to Make Your Website Shine!

A few blog posts ago, we spoke about the importance of blogging as a business owner. As important as a business blog is, it is one piece of your marketing strategy as a brand. Your online voice, logo, colours, magazine ads, and even your face to face communication with clients all form a part of the communications jigsaw puzzle, when in business.

It's clear that there are some areas of business that matter more than others, and one of those is the website. What you have to keep in mind is the fact that your website is both the digital blueprint for your company and a hugely important marketing tool as well. This is why a website plays such a massive role in improving your brand's chances of longevity.


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Open Book | Miriam Kyasiimire

Our #OpenBook series continues with another 'fab at 30 plus' blogger!  Click here to read the last installment.

This time, we're in the company of Miriam Kyasiimire, a Ugandan by birth, nationality and choice!  Miriam runs a tour agency based in Kampala called Kagera Safaris which plans for inbound tourists into Uganda and Rwanda.

"We love to create memorable African expressions for our clients", she explains. Read on  to find out more about Miriam, her blogging journey and the power of adding value to others through writing. 


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Open Book | Charlene Chinn

Meet business and lifestyle blogger, Charlene!
We are starting a brand new series!  Open Book is a series of short, candid conversations between myself and my fellow over thirty bloggers. I've found that the blogsphere is a space which is very much populated by the twenty somethings - either that, or they are just better at promoting their craft! 

There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, however as people in our thirties, blogging as a form of expression began when many of us were in college or university - in short, we were the first bloggers! Open Book aims to highlight the honest experiences, triumphs and lessons of the thirty something blogger. 


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

10 Reasons Why You Should Blog As a Business Owner

If you work for yourself or have a side hustle, you will know that the business of conducting business can be choppy at times. A few weeks back, a client of mine whose website I'd been writing monthly blog posts for called to tell me that she would no longer be needing my services. After some probing, I discovered that someone had told her that such as investment was a waste of money (the same person who had initially referred me to her!). 

So I asked her if she felt as if she'd been wasting her money.  Her response? Well, she confessed she loved the blog posts but had been confused since hearing that piece of advice. 
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