Saturday, March 25

Inspire Kids to Give Back and Make a Difference

For her public speech this year, Olivia decided to talk about ways that kids can give back. She's hoping you will show it to your children (and/or students) to inspire them as well! Please feel free to share!





Friday, March 24

5 Tips To Start Your Child Reading

You know I love a good guest post, and as a parent and kindergarten teacher I thought this topic, from these two authors, was very appropriate!

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5 Tips to Start Your Child Reading
By Michelle MacRoy-Higgins, PhD, and Carlyn Kolker

As children approach their school years, parent begin to wonder how their child is going to learn to read. When will that golden moment happen? But did you know that your child is soaking up the basics of reading long before he or she begins any formal reading instruction? That means that you have lots of opportunities to introduce early literacy skills and instill a love of reading in your child even before she trots off to full-time elementary school. 

In Time to Talk: What You Need to Know About Your Child’s Speech and Language Development, parents learn about fostering oral communication skills in toddlers and pre-schoolers that can help lead to better literacy skills when their child learns to read. A good way to start introducing those early reading skills is simply by talking to your child about the written and spoken words all around you.

Like many parenting activities, you'll see the most success if you have some tricks up your sleeve: If you want your little reader to become interested in words and letters, you may have to work your magic on the sly. Think of these tricks as the reading equivalent of sneaking vegetables into your child's pasta sauce.

Use these child-friendly tips to encourage early literacy once your youngster reaches age 3 or 4:

1. Pick a "word of the day" with your child. Talk about that word a lot, and point it out in written language. Choose a short, simple word -- preferably something that occurs or appears a lot in your everyday life, like "mom" or "dad," "dog" or "cat," "car" or "bike," and "sun" or "moon." Talk about the first letter of that word. Say that sound a lot. Talk about how many letters the word has. Write the word down for your child, find a the word in a book, and look for all the occurrences you can find of the word.

2. Create rhyming words with your word of the day. Rhyming is a great way to familiarize your child with the different sounds that words and syllables make. (Cat rhymes with hat, bat, mat...) If your child helps you find words that rhyme with your word of the day, you'll be practicing early literacy skills. You can make this silly and fun -- and, of course, your child may never know he's actually learning something along the way.




3. Cook and read the recipes with your child. Most recipes, whether on a cake-mix box or in a book or online, use pictures with the text to show the steps involved. That means your child can start to figure out how the pictures help represent the words, and can often report to you how the steps should go -- something along the lines of, "Crack the egg in the bowl now, Mama."

4. Read signs with your child. Point out Stop signs and explain what they tell drivers to do. Ask your child to find Stop signs when you're out driving. Exit signs on highways are another common sign that he can look out for. Spell the words on the sign whenever he finds them.

5. Talk about the first letter of your child's name. Find words that start with that letter. If your daughter's names starts with a "C," point out words that also start with the letter -- "cars," "cats," "cookies," and so on. If your son's first name starts with a "Z," he'll know he's special when you visit the "zoo" and find the "zebra." Talking about the first letter of childrens' names always captures their attention. Ask them to look for the letter everywhere they go.

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Dr. Michelle MacRoy-Higgins and Carlyn Kolker are co-authors of the new book, Time to Talk: What You Need to Know About Your Child's Speech and Language Development (Amacom 2017). Dr. MacRoy-Higgins is an associate professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Hunter College in New York City. She has a BS and MS in speech-language pathology and a Ph.D. in speech-language-hearing sciences. She has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), is licensed in New York State as a speech-language pathologist, and has worked as a classroom teacher. Dr. Michelle has evaluated and worked with hundreds of children ages 6 months to 10 years with their speech and language issues. Carlyn Kolker is a freelance writer and former reporter for Bloomberg News and Reuters. Learn more atwww.timetotalkbook.com or on Twitter at @time2talkbook.


Tuesday, March 21

Spring Cleaning Time! (Yes, that's an exclamation mark!)

My loyal readers, or, really, everyone who has ever met me, all know that I like things neat, organized and clutter-free. I also love finding authors who share this passion, like Ruth Soukup. Her books have inspired me, and her Living Well Spending Less website, which I have only recently discovered, is a wealth of resources, with categories like Home 101, Life, Etc., Smart Money and Food Made Simple (loyal readers would also know that this would be my least-visited category).

When asked if I would be interested in spreading the word about the free Living Well Spending Less Spring Cleaning Planner, I couldn't refuse! I downloaded the Planner myself, and it's full of handy cleaning information, checklists, and calendars that you can use for your plan of attack! I took the Cleaning Personality quiz too...are you shocked to learn that I am classified as a "Clean Colleen"?

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Sunday, March 19

Girl Power, Netflix Style

Studies have shown that girls as young as six are influenced by gender stereotypes, and that role models from the entertainment they choose can have a lasting effect. On this note, and in honour of International Women's Day earlier this month, I'm sharing my girls' (and my) Netflix choices for favourite role-model female characters.

First, my eight-year-old daughter Eva's choices:

  • McKeyla McAlister from Project MC2, because she's a spy who works for a secret organization trying to save the world, and she always puts her friends and family first. 
  • Amy Fleming from Heartland, because she works with horses and got in an accident saving one, and she has never given up working with them even though it's dangerous.
  • DJ Fuller from Fuller House, because she's not afraid to try new things and she's taking care of her kids after her husband died.






Next up: 11-year-old Olivia:

  • DJ Tanner from Full House, because she goes through a lot of hardships but she always perseveres and teaches lessons to the kids who are watching.
  • The twins from The Parent Trap, because they're clever and tricky and willing to do anything to get their parents back together and make their family happy.
  • Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson because she is courageous and faces danger to help accomplish good things in the world.


As an adult, I'm always looking for stereotypes on screen, and and asking myself questions about choices made in terms of characters and casting.

When tons of Facebook followers recommended that I watch Suits on Netflix, I immediately noticed that the two main characters were white men (excellent actors in well-written characters) but was also pleased to see that women, and actors of other colours, were also represented and well-developed. (P.S. March Break has given me the opportunity to *almost* get caught up on Suits.)




I also have come to love Carrie Mathison of Homeland (played by Claire Danes) - a very strong character, though well-rounded with her own vulnerabilities (it's okay - actually ideal - to show authentic female vulnerability on screen, as long as the ladies aren't all, or always, damsels in distress!)

Who are your kids' (or your) favourite strong female characters on Netflix? Let me know!

Disclosure: I am provided with perks as a member of the Netflix Stream Team. Opinions are, as always, my own.


Friday, March 17

Family Fun in Boston, MA

Some of our trips are planned months in advance (Nashville, Vancouver, Las Vegas, New York City, Jamaica), other mere days. Our recent on-a-whim trip to Boston, Massachusetts fits in the latter category...and we had a blast! Here are the highlights.

Porter Airlines
  • I'm going to save some of the details for now, as I have my fingers crossed that I will get the opportunity to partner with Porter in the future to bring you a whole bunch more information about how great it is to fly with them, but for now I will just say...it's great to fly with them. When we were mulling over destinations my parents suggested we look for somewhere that Porter flies, based on their positive experience, and I'm glad we listened. We've only ever flown out of Pearson before and using the Billy Bishop Airport on the island was vastly different. More on Porter at a later date, I hope!




Boston Children's Museum

I've been searching my memory going through the many other museums we've visited with the kids over the years, and I truly think this one takes the cake. My husband and I were blown away by the quality and my girls (ages 11 and 8) spent hours exploring. Some things we loved:
  • A huge range of hands-on, interactive and kinesthetic experiences
  • Lots of posted information, including tips for parents
  • A great variety for all ages, from toddler through tween
  • Familiar characters and themes (hello, Arthur's city!)
  • Science, social studies (I thought the "Black Boston" exhibit was fascinating), language, mathematics and the arts all incorporated
  • Spacious and clean with friendly, helpful staff







I loved this "welcome to kindergarten" classroom replica!





Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum

Tickets for this attraction are free with the purchase of the Old Town Trolley Tours Hop-On-Hop-Off Passes during fall and winter, and discounted during spring and summer. I will admit, history is not my passion (my brother knows more than enough historical information for the both of us), but this was a really fun way to learn about the events of the Boston Tea Party, including the lead-up and the aftermath, through a multimedia experience. Visitors are drawn into the story (you're even given a card with your character's name, though there's no pressure to do anything other than take it all in) and have the chance to throw some "tea" off the ship. I'm glad we didn't miss this one.






Old Town Trolley Tours

In every city I visit I try to take advantage of hop-on-hop-off offerings (and even ensure that I book a hotel near one of the stops), and Old Town Trolley Tours in Boston definitely met our needs. Most places we visited were on the route, and staying on for an entire loop gave us a great overview of the city. Plus, the drivers were very informative and entertaining, sharing tidbits that I never would have known otherwise. As a lover of all things celebrity, of course I wanted to see the restaurant where JFK proposed to Jackie, the original "Cheers" exterior, and one of the buildings that was used in the film The Departed. Recognize it?





In spring and summer your ticket includes a free Boston Harbour Cruise; in the off-season you get a second consecutive day free to ride the trolley.

Hilton Boston Back Bay

We got a great deal on our room though the Berklee Performance Center website, as we were seeing a show at Berklee the first night we arrived. It had everything we needed in a hotel, including a spacious corner room, a pool and hot tub, and we even splurged on their room service one night! We also spent our snowed-in afternoon (more on that later) playing cards in the Starbucks lounge.

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy in Concert

This was probably the highlight of the trip for my daughters, who got to see their friends from home performing on stage (fiddling, stepdancing and singing), and also got to play on the tour bus and enjoy dinner in the green room! Music is such an important part of our everyday lives, and it was great to give the kids this experience while travelling as well.

While I recommend you see this talented family if you get a chance, my broader tip would be that you should look into any concerts or shows that might be taking place in your destination city. You never know what you might find!




Mike's Pastry

Based on several social media recommendations, we got off the trolley at stop 2 and took a short stroll through Little Italy to the famed pastry shop...and weren't disappointed! Note that it's cash only, and the very long lines do move quickly.






Cathedral of the Holy Cross

As I captioned my social media post, everyone goes straight from the airport to Mass...with their luggage. Right? Yes, there was a church we could have attended right beside our hotel, but someone insisted on checking out the cathedral. Personally, I fell in love with the stained glass above the altar, and also got a photo of the window of St. Cecilia, patron saint of musicians.

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Meals

  • Harry O's: Right across from the Cathedral, we purchased our first meal in Boston from this little pizza place, with delicious food (I had a fantastic calzone made right in front of me, the girls' slices were huge, and they even have great dessert), and friendly, top-notch service.
  • Thornton's: We love our breakfast diners, and Thornton's was our choice for two of the mornings of our trip. The menu is huge (they serve lunch and dinner as well), and I had the eggs/toast/hashbrowns meal one morning, and Nutella crepes the next - great-tasting and reasonably priced. There's no separate kids' menu, but tons of options that worked for my girls, including smaller items like muffins and bagels with cream cheese. 
  • Ned Devine's Irish Pub in Quincy Market (trolley stop 1). Coming from the city in Canada with the largest Irish population to the US equivalent, of course we had to check out an Irish pub! This one was just what you'd expect: comfort food (I had the fish and chips), Irish tunes playing over the speakers, and of course Irish beer on tap. With a kids' menu and a convenient location, I'd recommend this spot for sure (and coincidentally, two ladies from Ireland who were riding the trolley with us also chose it for lunch!)
  • Cheesecake Factory: Yes, yes, it's a chain, but we don't have it in Canada and we've never been before. The filet mignon was incredible (and bigger than I'm used to being served at a restaurant), and of course we each got a slice of cheesecake to go from their extensive selection (since we were so full from our meals there's no way we could eat it there!) With choices like Reese Peanut Butter Cup, Oreo, Smore and Turtles it was difficult to decide....good thing we were all willing to share!

The Blizzard

Well, that's the end of my list of recommendations...significantly shorter than a usual trip, but there's an explanation for that. I had planned two jam-packed days of sightseeing...and on the second day, a blizzard was expected and the entire city shut down! No school (not that we were affected by that, but we get lots of snow at home and schools are never closed), no hop-on-hop-off, and absolutely no tourist attractions that were open. It was an adventure for us, and we actually enjoyed a day of downtime at the pool, playing cards, watching TV, helping my 11-year-old set up a blog that I may or may not let her share with others someday, and starting my notes for this post!

But because we missed half of the attractions I had planned to visit, I also want to share with you a list of places that are now on my must-see list for my next trip to Boston, most of which had offered us admission that we weren't able to take them up on!


One caveat for Canadian friends travelling to the US: be very mindful of the exchange rate. When you convert prices in your head (or on your phone!) it makes you more careful when shopping or making choices about other expenditures.

Now, if you're planning to visit Boston and have any questions, please feel free to ask! Also, if you've visited in the past (or are a local) and have other recommendations that I've missed, I'd love for you to add your thoughts!

Back to planning my next travel adventure...

Disclosure: We were provided free admission to some attractions. Opinions are, as always, my own.



Thursday, March 16

Spring Into Spring: 7 Ways To Be More Optimistic

We set the clocks ahead for daylight savings and many of us woke up to a darker sky feeling sluggish thanks to a one hour loss of sleep. If you hit the snooze, pulled the covers up over your head still feeling bummed out about your waistline, bank account, career or love life, you’re not alone. Despite more daylight our worries will still be there. So how do we spring into spring, a season that’s all about new beginnings and rebirth? For practical ways, to cultivate optimism in our lives we turned to Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services who shares these tips and tools.




1. Focus on the good.

“A daily exercise I often have my patients do is keep an appreciation or gratitude journal. When you focus on all the things to be happy for in your life then more great things come. Think generally and use your senses. What do you appreciate seeing, smelling, touching, tasting, listening to? Write it down. Within a few weeks you'll train the mind to pivot to an appreciate thought when a negative thought comes,” explains Dr. Hafeez.

2. Make plans.

Making plans to see relatives, to see a new exhibit a movie or to travel gets our mind moving forward towards something positive that we can be hopeful and optimistic about. Dr. Hafeez suggests making plans to do 3 things per month for the next 3 months. “Choose things that you know will bring you joy and then go do them! Feeling excited about what is coming and talking about how fun it will be keeps us optimistic and forward moving,” says Dr. Hafeez. 

3. Control what you can, delegate the rest! 

We get pessimistic and worry about the worst possible outcomes when we realize that we cannot control every detail. This leads to anxiety and an even stronger feeling of having to control conditions, and even others. According to Dr. Hafeez, this is a trap. “Figure out what needs to get done. What actions you can take. Then let go of anything else that is beyond your control with faith that everything will turn out fine. Envision the desired outcome,” advises Dr. Hafeez.
4. Limit your news watching and avoid it before bed. 

“There is a very common pattern I see people falling into,” says Hafeez. “People awaken and immediately reach for their smartphone for news headlines. They then turn on the TV news as background noise. They listen to news in their cars, have news alerts going off on their phones all day, catch the evening news and then the 11pm news before bed. No wonder they're less optimistic! What you choose to look at will impact your mood. Remember, good news doesn’t get ratings,” she adds.  

5. Don’t snooze. Instead just breathe.

When the alarm goes off give yourself a few minutes to just lie there, eyes closed focused on your breathing. Breathe in counting to 4 and then breathe out. Do a mental scan of your entire body from head to toe thanking your cells for restoring you as you slept. “Deep breathing is a form of meditation and in the morning, you have a small window of opportunity to decide what kind of day you want it to be,” says Dr. Hafeez.  

6. Distract yourself with something that requires focus.

The key here is to pick something you truly enjoy doing and do it daily. It can be painting, coloring, yoga, a 20-minute walk or jog, listening to music and dancing around your living room. “When you are fully engaged in something, you can’t ruminate which leads to pessimism,” explains Dr. Hafeez.

7. Make feeling good top priority.

When you commit to feeling good you instantly start to think more optimistically. According to Dr. Hafeez, when you’re mindful of your own negativity and shift to a better feeling positive thought you feel powerful. You’ll feel like you can conquer anything when you can master your own mindset.

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. 

Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz.

Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or www .comprehendthemind.com


Tuesday, March 14

Did You Know Your Pharmacist Can...? Plus Win a $500 Shoppers Drug Mart Gift Card!

Of course your pharmacist can fill prescriptions. Everyone knows that. But in honour of Pharmacist Awareness Month, I'm sharing some lesser-known services that your pharmacist can take care of for you...and the chance to win a $500 Shoppers Drug Mart gift card!!

Now, did you know that your pharmacist can...
  • Administer flu shots?
  • Administer other vaccines, such travel vaccines (how I wish I needed some of these right now) and the shingles shot?
  • Renew and extend prescriptions?
  • Provide advice on diet/healthy eating/cholesterol/high blood pressure?
  • Provide support for managing diabetes, such as helping you select a blood glucose monitor and helping you understand how to use insulin and insulin pumps?





And one of my personal favourites:
  • Provide advice on over-the-counter medications?
Some of the most incredible help I've received from my Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist has actually been over the phone, on the occasions that I am feeling so unwell (or one of the girls is so crummy) that I have to send my husband to the pharmacy for me. 

These calls tend to open with a similar script: "The symptoms are XYZ and for the love of God please tell me there is something over-the-counter to help us!" The kind pharmacist will then ask me questions, determine an appropriate product, and put it aside for my husband to pick up.

I'm sure you must have your own great example about how a Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist has helped you out...so how would you feel if I told you it could win you a $500 Shoppers Drug Mart gift card by sharing your story?

At the link below, you have a chance to tell your own story, and one This Mom Loves winner will be chosen by a panel of judges (not me!) to win a $500 gift card! It doesn't have to be long; 50-200 words is all that's required...and did I mention that one of my readers will win this prize? Make sure to tell them This Mom Loves sent you! (Note that there are other bloggers participating in the campaign, but you can only enter once - there will be one winner per blog.) Full contest rules can be found here.

Entries will be judged by the following criteria:

The contest judging panel will judge the qualified entries based on how the story best reflects the themes of the Love Your Pharmacist Online Contest. The pharmacist submitted must be a Shoppers Drug Mart, Real Canadian Superstore or Real Atlantic Superstore pharmacist. The Love Your Pharmacist Online Contest themes require a pharmacist: 

1. Demonstrating a caring approach 
2. Using an expanded scope of practice service 
3. Making a difference to the health of the patient, child or parent 
4. Going over and above what the customer would have expected 


You have until Friday, March 31st to enter, and here's the link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5NJFPWP


Good luck!



Sunday, March 5

March Break Wish List

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

Our March Break this year is shaping up to be a much-appreciated staycation. We work hard (and by "we", I also mean my girls, 10 and 8) and I know we're very excited to slow things down for a week. (I'm particularly looking forward to turning off my alarm!)

Today I'm sharing with you what's on my wish list for a perfect March Break:


  • Great reading material. I love my psychological thrillers and celebrity memoirs, so you can bet I'll be devouring some of these over the break. I've also been a magazine lover since I could read (and my aunt let me read her Teen magazines), and while I still keep a couple of hard-copy subscriptions, I love the Texture app for reading a huge range of magazines on my tablet. I hope to get all caught up before the holidays are over! It's also important to model a love of reading for kids, so I definitely plan to cuddle up on the couch with my girls and a whole pile of books. (One already takes after me, with her nose constantly in a book, and let's just say the other takes after her father!)


  • A night on the town. After weeks of cooking from a box or can or hitting the drive-thru (hey, I'm keeping it real, here!) I'd love a nice restaurant meal and night out with my hubby (I'm thinking prime rib and garlic mashed potatoes...) It will be fun to pull out a nice dress and heels (which I don't wear teaching kindergarten), and I definitely plan to make use of my Dr. Scholl’s® For Her™ , with several slim-fitting insole and cushioning options to fit different kinds of heels and flats, so that I don't have to suffer for fashion with foot pain! (If you're lucky enough to be going out of town for a break, make sure to throw these in your suitcase too!)




  • A clutter-free home. Yes, I am a bit obsessed with this. I really do believe that things go better for me when I have my house in order, and March Break will give me the chance to do some extra spring cleaning (though there are very few areas yet untouched by my urge to purge!) We recently scaled back on our board games collection, which was perfect timing leading up to our staycation, and I am actually excited about going through a box of electronic odds-and-ends and continuing to curate my clothing collection. To each her own, right?
  • Heat. I know, I will be in Canada in March so this is highly unlikely, but I do have a lovely fireplace! As happy as I am to be staying home for the break, I have to admit that part of me is wishing we were heading south (as we have a couple of times before) for some sun and sand. If your break is taking you somewhere sunny, even if it's just the great Canadian outdoors, remember the sunscreen. I wear it year-round - even though I'm the least outdoorsy gal you could meet! Coppertone ClearlySheer SPF 50 and Coppertone Kids Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60 filter UVA and UVB rays to help provide sunburn protection. ClearlySheer feels weightless on your skin, won’t clog pores or cause breakouts (I only use sunscreen with these qualities now), and works great under makeup. The Kids Lotion is waterproof*, so it’s ideal for water-loving kidsIf you’re headed to the beach (lucky you!), remember that reapplying is just as important as putting on in the first place, so reapply at least every two hours, or after being in the water. (*Retains SPF after 80 minutes of activity in the water or sweating.)


  • A little bit of Ireland. My husband and I both come from Irish roots, and live in a very Irish community, so no March Break is complete without the wearing of the green for St. Patrick's Day. We will also be taking in the local Irish Concert, and my girls have been practicing all of their favourite tunes in anticipation. I'd like to leave you with a little taste of Ireland: my daughter Olivia rehearsing the song Danny Boy. Enjoy, and whether it's a vacay or a staycay, I hope you have a wonderful March Break!





This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.


Wednesday, March 1

Kate's Favourite Things - March 2017

My top picks of the month:

BOOKS

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

Canadian writer Whittall tells the story of a family impacted by an accusation of sexual assault. (Note that the experiences are more about the effects on the family members than they are about the alleged crimes.)



Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

With lots of Hollywood-insider bits tempered by self-deprecation, this was a great read - and the girl is pretty funny.




Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

From the publisher: "In this spine-tingling tale Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but she never sends them. Instead she hides them within the thousands of books her husband has collected. After she writes her final letter, Ingrid disappears.
Twelve years later, her adult daughter, Flora comes home to look after her injured father. Secretly, Flora has never believed her mother is dead, and she starts asking questions, without realizing that the answers she’s looking for are hidden in the books that surround her."




MOVIE

A Dog's Purpose

The girls really liked this movie (though we all cried a lot!) and were particularly impressed that years ago I was in a play in Peterborough with Gabrielle Rose, who has a small role in the film. It also sparked a great conversation because after the movie (the premise of which is that a dog is reincarnated many times over) one of my daughters said, "I don't want to come back in another life!" and I explained to her that we (as Catholics) actually don't believe that we do. Entertainment and a religion lesson all in one!




TV

We caught up on Homeland on Netflix (now anxiously awaiting new seasons) and I'm three quarters through Suits, which I am still loving! Now what should I watch next?!