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Netflix #StreamTeamI always say that it's a sorta odd thing that we only have one true Netflix profile, despite the availability of Netflix Kids, and the fact that I, as a card-carrying writer in the Netflix #StreamTeam, should certainly have one of my own. Bottom line is that the Netflix AI (artificial intelligence) tends to think that "James" wishes to watch a completely bipolar assortment of family programming... or highlight inappropriate for kids stuff. Fact is, The Rock Daughters still dominate our Netflix profile, and the time has come once more to throw down a few choice picks for mid-October (for kids and grownups alike). Let's go traveling down the rabbit hole and off broadway, cool?

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Netflix #StreamTeamWhen I did my January column as a member of the NETFLIX #StreamTeam, I mentioned how excited the girls were for the NETFLIX Original, EVER AFTER HIGH: SPRING UNSPRUNG. The latest special to be based upon Mattel's wildly-successful fashion dolls, SPRING UNSPRUNG is a seasonally-appropriate mini-movie, and one well-worth a watch with the true start of Spring just days ahead. We recently caught-up on all-things EAH with a couple of the new dolls, and a viewing of SPRING UNSPRUNG, all tied-together in a fancy little weekday party here at Rock Father HQ. Are you a Royal or a Rebel? That tends to be the question, and my girls were quick to choose their sides...

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NETFLIX Stream TeamAs a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam, I generally present you with at least one monthly column that aims to enhance the Netflix experience around a central theme. For my exceptionally late January edition, I'm changing things up and handing it over to my girls - The Rock Daughters. Curious what they've been streaming over the past month? The "Recently Watched" function doesn't lie. Here's some highlights on what's big at our house right now, along with a preview of one anticipated show that's yet to come.

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Holiday 2014It seemed like it was a slow-go at launch, but after being on the shelves for over a year now, Mattel's Monster High spin-off Ever After High has become a pretty big hit on it's own. With the dolls a hot item this Holiday season, role-play is catching on as well and the Ever After High Magic Mirror by Cartwheel Kids is the centerpiece item for any child's Ever After High collection. This talking mirror features lights and sounds, and comes packed with makeup tucked-away into "hidden" compartments for easy storage. Similar to the action of a Magic 8 Ball, kids can ask the mirror a question and then await a response. Royal or Rebel? That's for fate to decide, but fairytale dreams can certainly be enhanced by the destiny-revealing Ever After High Magic Mirror.

In all areas of media, there are certain companies that operate just on the fringe of good taste, principle... and intellectual property laws. Much like those companies that put out similarly-titled and plotted films that land on DVD racks just to confuse good-hearted grandparents (I'm looking at people like Engine 15 Media, with their dubious CARS & TOY STORY knock-offs; and whoever the makers of CHOP-KICK PANDA are), there's long-been some occasional similarities in the toy department from major and minor players alike. Such is the case with "The Toon Studio of Beverly Hills" (aka United Trademark Holdings) and their "Junior Elf Fairy PRINCESS" line, which I'm sure is meant to look nothing like the famous DISNEY PRINCESS collection. Nor is their "Original Cars" line supposed to evoke images of Disney-Pixar's CARS... their "Original Monsters" supposed to resemble UNIVERSAL MONSTERS... or the "Original Fairies" supposed to be anything remotely similar to Disney FAIRIES. So what of this new FAIRY TALE HIGH collection of dolls that showed up at Walmart and Toys "R" Us this past month? Nah, they're not similar to anything else out there right now.