Netflix + bedtime? 40 binge-worthy shows you'll devour in one sitting

Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, etc. are all my co-conspirators in why I stay up way past my bedtime.

Netflix + bedtime? 40 binge-worthy shows you'll devour in one sitting

Raise your hand if you've ever been personally victimized by Netflix or another streaming television service.


Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, etc. are all my co-conspirators in why I stay up way past my bedtime. After a long day of answering 5,000 questions and 6,000 requests, not to mention driving, here, there and everywhere, once the kids are asleep and my husband and I have eaten dinner—I want to zone out on the couch watching TV.

And in those early days of marathon newborn breastfeeding sessions, you could find me on the couch binging a highly entertaining show that typically had nothing to do with diaper changing or exhaustion or nursing or baby blues. Sometimes my daughter would eat for like 30 minutes on each breast—what else was I going to do?!

During the 3 am feeding wake up calls, I have gotten used to grabbing my phone and headphones and hooking them up while I rocked and shushed my baby girl in our rocking chair. I needed to escape into another world for a little while, and I also needed something to keep me awake so I didn't fall asleep.

When I was super pregnant and couldn't sleep due to high discomfort levels, my shows were there for me in a way no one else could be. I couldn't really flip on a light and read a book when the rest of the house was sleeping. I didn't have the energy at that point to work on projects around the house or fold laundry or prep meals, etc. I basically had to watch TV.

Each of my three pregnancies had their own end-of-pregnancy binge-watching show. For baby number one, it was Pretty Little Liars (I'm into teen high school dramas, what can I say?). For baby number two it was Hart of Dixie. For baby number three it was Nashville. Each time I think of those shows, I am reminded of that very special moment in time where I was getting ready to meet each of my daughters.

I love television. I love rich characters who eventually feel like friends. (Pathetic? Yes, yes, probably, but whatever…) I love being entertained. I love shaking up the monotony of our daily lives with a killer theme song and a good story.

So without further ado, here are 20 shows I have watched that I have become (likely unhealthily) obsessed with while I was watching them:

1. Friday Night Lights (#TexasForever)

2. How I Met Your Mother (Legend….wait for it…ary)

3. Orange Is The New Black (have your tissues on hand for the end of season four, just sayin')

4. Insecure (*SO* good)

5. Parks and Recreation (#Treatyoself)

6. The Office (I still don't even understand how Steve Carell can so beautifully play someone so awkward, so flawlessly)

7. Riverdale (#TeamBetty)

8. Jane The Virgin (you will fall in love with Jane Gloriana Villanueva)

9. Homeland (warning: you may find yourself holding your breath the WHOLE episode)

10. Shameless (the Gallaghers will make you feel good about your life's choices)

11. Scandal (you can handle it)

12. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (the musical numbers are hilarious)

13. Catastrophe (I wish the seasons were longer)

14. Parenthood (be prepared to feel all the feelings)

15. Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce (If Donna Meagle is in it, well you can count me in, too)

16. Ozark (Laura Linney and Jason Bateman are sooo good)

17. Divorce (SJP is a genius and I will watch anything she is in)

18. Hart Of Dixie (you will want to move to the south if you don't live there already)

19. Stranger Things (#WinoForever)

20. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (WARNING: Only one season so far—we binged this so fast and then were sooooooo sad when we didn't have any more episodes to watch #TheStruggleIsReal)

And here are 20 shows that have been recommended to me to watch:

1. Empire

2. Handmaid's Tale

3. Blackish

4. Polkdark

5. Call The Midwife

6. Longmire

7. Superstore

8. Nurse Jackie

9. Queer Eye

10. Schitt's Creek

11. The Sopranos

12. Breaking Bad

13. Mad Men

14. The Mindy Project

15. Bloodline

16. UnREAL

17. Scrubs

18. The Crown

19. Big Love

20. Prison Break

We just finished Friday Night Lights. I need to know—which of these (or another one!) should I binge watch next?

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They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With fall in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in outside-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Detective set

Plan Toys detective set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


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Happiest Baby: Baby sleep solutions designed by the experts

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WSEL Bags: Dad-designed diaper bags that think of everything

WSEL stands for work smart, enjoy life—an ethos we couldn't agree with more. Founded by a stay at home dad who struggled to find a diaper bag that he not only wanted to use, but one that would last far beyond the baby years, these premium, adventure-ready backpacks are ideal for everything from errands to week-long getaways.

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