Netflix April 2017 Additions and Departures

Netflix Monthly Additions and Departures

Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in April 2017, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Movie highlights for the month include Disney’s Queen of Kawte, The Secret Life of Pets, Kubo and the Two Strings, Kevin Hart: What Now?, and Disney’s BFG (postponed from last month), along with returning favorites like Gremlins, A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), and Schindler’s List.

Original programming highlights include the Netflix original movies Win It All, Sand Castle, and Small Crimes, along with comedy specials by Louis C.K., and season 2 of Chelsea Handler‘s show.

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Movie Review: The Belko Experiment Mixes Horror and Comedy in an Extremely Bad Day at the Office

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The Belko Experiment is an original horror-comedy movie written by James Gunn, who is best known as the writer-director of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but actually has an extensive horror pedigree going all the way back to his beginnings with Troma Films.

If you’ve seen any of Gunn’s horror films or online shorts, you know he likes to inject a healthy dose of dark humor that at times borders on strange and sick…but in a good way.

That blend of horror and comedy is the backbone of The Belko Experiment which is set in a lone office building in the middle-of-nowhere outside of Bogotá, Colombia. It starts out with the employees arriving at work, amidst an over-abundance of new security protocols.

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#CookingWithCabot and #SundaySupper for a Cheesy Good Day

#CookingWithCabot and #SundaySupper for a Cheesy Good Day

I grew up in Wisconsin, so there’s nothing I love more than a good cheese (or two… or three…), so when the Sunday Supper family of bloggers invited me to join them at a Cabot Cheese event, I had to say yes.

The #CookingWithCabot event took place at East End Market in Orlando, upstairs in their APEX room. East End is a collective of several local independently-owned food-orientated businesses, and area foodies make it a regular stop.

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Netflix March 2017 Additions and Departures

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Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in March 2017, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Movie highlights for the month include newer releases like Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, and Disney’s The BFG, and returning favorites like Blazing Saddles, and the Jurassic Park trilogy..

Original programming highlights include the Netflix original film The Discovery (starring Robert Redford, Jason Segel, and Rooney Mara), plus comedy specials by Amy Schumer and Jo Koy.

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Learning about Child Safety in Vehicles with Nissan and Bloggin’ Mamas in Miami #NissanMamas

Learning about Child Safety in Vehicles with Nissan and Bloggin' Mamas in Miami

Last month I had the pleasure of joining the Bloggin’ Mamas for a Nissan event in Miami, where we learned more about child safety in vehicles.

I was one of 5 non-Miami based bloggers chosen and we traveled to Miami from Orlando on a Red Coach bus. It was my first time riding with them, and I was impressed. On the way down, we had a bus with “first class” seats that were a bit wider (only 3 to a row, instead of 4), and reclined about 45 degrees. Since I had to be at the Orlando bus stop a little after 5am, I was happy to have such a comfy seat to get a few extra hours of sleep on.

We reached the Miami airport around 10am, and were picked up in luxury SUV’s for our trip to the Bloggin’ Mamas Safety Academy event venue, Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard and Wine Bar.

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Goodbye and Good Riddance Flu

Michelle Snow at LEGO Store at Disney Springs Feb 2017

So you may have noticed Zengrrl has been a bit quiet lately. Well, you can thank the lovely 2017 flu for that.

Shortly after New Year’s, I got it and bad: coughing, no voice, hacking up a lung…you know, all the fun stuff. That flu then turned into bronchitis and WOULD NOT LEAVE my chest. Anywhere I went, I’d have to carry the whole bag of cough drops. And let’s not talk about the mucus.

No, seriously, let’s not.

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Netflix January 2017 Additions and Departures

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Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in January 2017, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Movie highlights for the month include newer releases like Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, It Follows, Miss Sharon Jones!, and Ratchet and Clank, as well as returning favorites Caddyshack, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, V is for Vendetta, HALO Legends, and all four Christopher Reeves Superman movies along with Brandon Routh’s Superman Returns.

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Hot Berry-tini Cocktail Recipe featuring Crystal Head Aurora Vodka #spon

Hot Berry-tini Cocktail Recipe featuring Crystal Head Aurora Vodka by zengrrl.com

I recently received a bottle of Crystal Head Aurora for review, and after a taste, I knew I had to try it in one of my favorite recipes, the Hot Berry-tini.

Aurora is the second vodka for the Crystal Head brand, and it comes in a very cool iridescent skull head bottle, as you can see in the photos.

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American Berry Mule Cocktail Recipe

American Berry Mule Cocktail Recipe by zengrrl.com

A traditional Moscow Mule is made with vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, but I wanted to create a holiday cocktail with a mule base.

I’ve dubbed this one the American Berry Mule, since it still has the vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer, but I add in cran-apple juice. It’s tangy with a touch of sweetness.

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Netflix December 2016 Additions and Departures

Netflix additions and departures for the month

Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in December 2016, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Noteworthy movie additions include Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Blue Jay, and The Angry Birds, along with the Netflix original Spectral. Series to bingewatch include Fuller House – Season 2, Colony – Season 1, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce – Season 2, and Versailles – Season 1.

For the kids, check out Trollhunters – Season 1, Cirque du Soliel: Junior Luna Petunia – Season 1, and The Adventures of Puss In Boots – Season 4.

Here is the complete list of Netflix titles arriving and departing in December 2016:

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A Taste of #Moana – Pineapple Salsa Recipe #ad #RWM @DisneyMoana

A Taste of Moana - Zengrrl's Pineapple Salsa Recipe

Disney’s Moana hits theaters tomorrow, November 23, so I’m celebrating by sharing my easy recipe for Pineapple Salsa.

The movie takes place among the many islands of Oceania, in the South Pacific, focusing on an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people.

During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder.

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Spiced Amarula Cocktail Recipe

Spiced Amarula Cocktail Recipe by zengrrl.com

Ten years ago, I happened into a African goods store in Naples, Florida, and I was first introduced to Amarula Cream. It was hard to find for a while, but the last few years, it has become widely available.

Amarula Cream is a South African liqueur feauturing the marula fruit. The juice from the ripe marula fruit is fermented, double distilled, then aged for two years in French oak barrels. During the final step, the liqueur is combined with fresh dairy cream.

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Netflix November 2016 Additions and Departures

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Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in November 2016, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Noteworthy movie additions include Jon Favreau’s live action take on the classic Jungle Book, and Richard Linkletter’s award-winning Boyhood.

But the biggest draw this month can be summed up in two words: Gilmore Girls. New episodes begin streaming this month, and mark the first time in almost 10 years that the Gilmore cast has been together on screen.

Here is the complete list of Netflix titles arriving and departing in November 2016:

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Lesser Known Horror Movies Worth Streaming on Netflix for Halloween 2016

Lesser Known Horror Movies Worth Streaming on Netflix for Halloween 2016

Netflix is a treasure trove of movies you’ve never heard of. Some are not that great, but there are quite a few gems, especially in the horror genre.

Since Halloween falls on a Monday this year, I’m guessing most of you will be staying home doing the Netflix and Scream thing, instead of going out and partying (hey – isn’t that what this weekend is for?).

If you fall into this category, and are looking for some horror movies beyond the blockbusters, here are my picks for what to stream on Netflix this weekend:

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Book Review: Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Book Review: Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia takes place in Mexico City, but in an alternate universe Earth where in the late-60s, vampires were found to be real. In this story, vampires are barred from entering Mexico City, but a young vamp named Atl has sought refuge there after her family was killed by a rival family of vampires known as Necros.

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