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Melissa Survives the School Holidays – kids intact

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Ahhh, the Term 3 school holidays.  Full of the promise of daylight saving, spring in full effect, summer around the corner…………the reality is often drizzle, cloud and southerlies with a touch of rain.  

Pessimist?  Never.  Realist and Auckland native?  Ahhhyes.

The dynamic between my two boys is constantly changing.  With an 8.5 year age gap Ethan has quickly moved past the “he’s soooo cute, let me carry him everywhere and kiss him ’til he giggles” phase and we are firmly entrenched in the battlezone that is “HELP, he’s biting / scratching / hitting / pulling my hair / breaking my stuff!  Poor Ethan.

Poor ME!

Nixie is embracing stereotypical two year old behaviour with all of the gusto of a bingeing P addict.  He is voracious and methodical in his destruction, his love of climbing, tumbling, wrestling and tackling (the joys of an older rugby-playing brother lol) knows no limits that we have yet discovered.  I love it, his energy is infectious but he does require monitored downtime to regroup before his over-tired alter-ego comes out to wreck havoc play.  

I feel very thankful to be at a place in my parenting journey where I can poo-poo the perfect mummy model and freely admit that Nixon and Ethan watch TV.  Every day.  Multiple times if the need arises.  OMG!!  I said it.  Now shoot me.

As such, I’m keeping an ace up my sleeve to whip out over the holidays – NEON, I welcome you and your sweet programming onto our devices!

To be honest my (poor) kids are a bit starved when it comes to their Disney intake, not intentionally, I just really, really dislike DVD storage, clutter and the inevitable heartbreak and expense when Nix slams them in the Xbox tray and they are destroyed.  This is only one of the reasons why I LOVE a good  digital subscription service like NEON.  No messy cases and pesky disks to inventory, plus, wonderful family movies and shows that all live ‘up there’ in the ‘cloud’ or something.  All I know is the when I hit Airplay on the iPad we are in Disney heaven!

To make sure I’m ready for when the first meltdown of the holiday times itself perfectly with me making a Croquembouche or something (HA!), I’ve already made a Watchlist of 30 shows and movies so I’m not scrambling at tanty-time;

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I picture our NEON time playing out in one of two ways;

  1. It’s gloomy outside, the fire is on, everyone’s happy.  I’m snuggled on the couch under my handmade crochet blanket, Ethan on one side, Nixie on the other, everyone’s excited as I introduce my kids to some Classic Disney movies such as Cinderella, Dumbo, Lilo & Stitch………there’s probably popcorn and lots of giggling.
  2. Ethan’s yelling because his two year old brother bit him, Nixon’s roaring like a lion and chasing Ethan around the couch, I’m screaming “WHERE”S THE IPAD???”, find iPad, throw it at kids screaming “find the new app, and watch ALL the shows!” whilst running to the bathroom and locking the door so I can rock back and forth in peace.

Either way, the kids end up happy and so do I – provided I can get out of the bathroom as someone’s probably jammed Play-Doh in the lock again.

While I’m in self-imposed Mummy Time Out I’ll probably knock back a couple of shows myself, because I can watch NEON on my phone people!  I’m thinking Girls (I’m ashamed to say I’ve not seen one episode yet!), Game of Thrones (we’ve only seen Series 1) and The Real Housewives of Melbourne (can you imagine an Aussie version of this show?  I die).  There’s new shows and movies becoming available all the time so binge-watchers exhale, it will be ok, OK?

You can get your own holiday contingency plan sorted quick-smart, just sign up for a 30 day free trial at and start streaming now.

To make your holidays that much sweeter, NEON and The Best Nest are giving you the chance to win a $100 Prezzy Card that you can spend wherever you want!  Enter via the widget below.  Competition closes Sunday October 4th at 12am.




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I live in rural Auckland, New Zealand. Two boys, one big, one not so big and 2 boy dogs belong to me and I them. I love Coca Cola in all of its sugar-less forms and I love you internet. I take way too many pictures of my kids and collect them all here. This is what I am doing when I should be cleaning or cooking or doing other 'useful' things.

62 thoughts on “Melissa Survives the School Holidays – kids intact”

  1. petrol in the car to take the kids swimming in the heated pool, give the kids some money to buy something from the warehouse – one practical thing like felts or paper and one thin that is a treat like a packet of lollies or a silly hat and perhaps get the ingredients for some baking that we can all do together

  2. Would spend the money towards buying an annual membership family pass to Orana Park, as the kids love the animals, but always such a big expense for our tribe!

  3. That would be great, it sure does get more expensive in the holidays. I’d use it to go to the movies and swimming pool.

  4. It seems the last couple school holidays the first couple days are wet,dull and the kids can’t get out and play .Going to the movies is very hard the prices are so expensive so to be able to watch the classics at home is great .Neon have a great play list for kids to watch and its such a great family time with out going out in the rain.

  5. Something for the children – would be awesome to make the little ones happy by purchasing their favorite things

  6. Well it is also Halloween season, and while we do not trick or treat; I do take any excuse to bake so will be making cookies and cupcakes and would love the extra to put towards some truly gory but yummy topping ideas:)

  7. Awesome! I definitely can’t wait to watch some more classics with the little ones, will definitely bring back some memories

  8. Would spend it on taking my son to my Aunties 70th so he can meet family that he hasn’t met before. Thank you 🙂

  9. I would use to buy groceries for my family as my partner has just been made redundant and things are pretty tough at the moment

  10. I’d love to shop for some new books at Whitcoulls, some cooking books for me, and Thomas books for my little boy 🙂

  11. I would spend the money on me for a change, as is normal kids come first and sometimes its nice to put Mum first.

  12. I would spend the card on having good fun times with my darlings, whether it is sunny or wet, we’d go to the movies or stay home with a favourite dvd eating our favourite snaxs or if sunny go for walks along the beach, collecting treasure.

  13. It is both of my boys birthday’s coming up so I would love to get them a present each and take them to the zoo 🙂

  14. A bit boring, but I’d buy some summer pajamas and shoes (for the 1.7 times they will wear them in the summer!) for my two kids

  15. I would spend it on a high chair we desperately need for our little one who is starting her solids journey!

  16. I would spend it on my 3 awesome boys to actually go do something for the holidays instead of walking everywhere and going to the park or making stuff at home (I mean we love it and have fun but I know they would love to actually go somewhere for once, even just a movie).

  17. I’d love to win the prezzy card! I’d take my wife and four kids out for a treat and get some family games so we can snuggle in and enjoy some snacks and play a game together!

  18. So needing this now, running out of ideas ( and patience). They’ve seen the Lego movie 3 times already! I’ve been singing everything is awesome in my head. The prezzy card would be awesome to win too, I’ll use the prezzy card to buy the kids some summer clothes. Won’t be long before its summer holiday!

  19. With the weather being so volatile at the moment, having this is a great backup to keep the kids entertained. Love it!

  20. I would do something FUN with my kids because I’ve been working all holidays *sad face* starting at 6.30am!!!! And they are fun to hang out with.

  21. Thanks for the opportunity to participate , would be a lovely treat for the grandchildren

  22. We are using the Neon app and loving it!! So many great movies and tv series too. Kids are loving the movies and Im loving the Satisfaction series’, used to watch it

  23. Would love to win a $100 prezzy card, my daughter Ruby celebrated her 5th birthday during these holidays and is due to start school next week. I would put this towards buying her some extra school uniform and supplies. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity 🙂

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