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We hope you have a lot of time on your hands because your favorite streaming devices are not only going all-out for the holidays, but they're loading up on classics like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Amistad and Goldfinger, and even new ones like Wonder Woman 1984, The Secret Garden and 40 Years a Prisoner.

Ready to relax? Here's what's coming to HBO, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in December:


Here are all the TV shows + movies coming to HBO in December:

  • 3 Godfathers (1949)
  • 40 Days And 40 Nights (2002)
  • Absolute Power (1997)
  • Adam Ruins Everything (Seasons 2-3)
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996)
  • Amanpour: Sex & Love Around the World (2018)
  • Amistad (1997)
  • Annabelle: Creation (2017)
  • The Bay (2012) (HBO)
  • The Beguiled (2017)
  • Beyond Reasonable Doubt (2017)
  • The Bishop's Wife (1947)
  • The Blind Side (2009)
  • Blow-Up (1966)
  • The Book Of Henry (2017)
  • Bright Young Things (2004)
  • Bundle of Joy (1956)
  • The Carbonaro Effect (Seasons 2-5)
  • Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta (2019)
  • A Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits (2016)
  • Code 46 (2004)
  • Comedy Knockout (2016)
  • Contraband (2012)
  • Crimes of the Century (2013)
  • The Crow (1994)
  • The Crow: City Of Angels (1996)
  • The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005)
  • Dead Wives Club (Season 1)
  • Death Row Stories (Seasons 1-4)
  • De Blanco La Patuda (2020)
  • Deep Blue Sea (1999)
  • Demolition Man (1993)
  • Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)
  • Fallen (1998)
  • Falling Skies (2011)
  • The Family Man (2000)
  • Father of the Bride (1950)
  • Fifty Shades Of Black (2016)
  • Final Destination (2000)
  • Final Destination 2 (2003)
  • Final Destination 3 (2006)
  • The Final Destination (2009)
  • Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery (2015)
  • Freelancers (2012)
  • Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995)
  • Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997)
  • Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove (2010)
  • The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)
  • Gladiator (2000)
  • Gun Crazy (1950)
  • Harry And The Hendersons (1987)
  • Hell in the Heartland (2019)
  • Hero (2004) (HBO)
  • The History of Comedy (2017)
  • Holiday Affair (1949)
  • Hot Fuzz (2007)
  • How It Really Happened (Seasons 1-4)
  • The Human Stain (2003)
  • The Hunt with John Walsh (2014)
  • Inside Evil with Chris Cuomo (2018)
  • It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)
  • Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
  • Juice (1992)
  • Just My Luck (2006)
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
  • Laff Mobb's Laff Tracks (2018)
  • The Last Samurai (2003)
  • La Unidad (2020)
  • Logan's Run (1976)
  • Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
  • Mars Attacks! (1996)
  • Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
  • Michael Clayton (2007)
  • Misery (1990)
  • The Misery Index (2013)
  • My Dream is Yours (1949)
  • Nancy Drew (2007)
  • No Blade of Grass (1970)
  • The Omega Man (1971)
  • On Moonlight Bay (1951)
  • Outbreak (1995)
  • Paid Off with Michael Torpey (2018)
  • Phantom Thread (2017)
  • Period of Adjustment (1962)
  • Pope: The Most Powerful Man In History (2018)
  • Project X (2012) (Extended version)
  • Rachel Dratch's Late Night Snack (2016)
  • The Redemption Project (2019)
  • Risky Business (1983)
  • Robots (2005)
  • Rock Of Ages (2012) (Extended version)
  • Romance on the High Seas (1948)
  • Room for One More (1952)
  • Sanctum (2011)
  • The Sentinel (2006)
  • Sex and the City (2008)
  • Sex and the City 2 (2010)
  • Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  • The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
  • Snakes on a Plane (2006)
  • Snow White And The Huntsman (2012) (Unrated version)
  • Something's Killing Me (2017)
  • Southland (Seasons 1-5)
  • Soylent Green (1973)
  • Spawn (1997)
  • Stargirl (Season 1)
  • Striptease (1996)
  • Susan Slept Here (1954)
  • Talk Show the Game Show (2017)
  • Tea for Two (1950)
  • Those Who Can't (2016)
  • Three Godfathers (1936)
  • THX 1138 (1971)
  • Timeline (2003)
  • Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale (2007)
  • Tom and Jerry: Santa's Little Helpers (2014)
  • True Grit (2010)
  • Unfaithful (2002)
  • Unmasking a Killer (2018)
  • Very Scary People (Season 1)
  • The Wedding Date (2005)
  • Westworld (1973)
  • What Bitch? (2020)
  • Wrath of the Titans (2012)
  • Wrecked (2019)
  • Yogi Bear (2010)
  • Young Man with a Horn (1949)
  • Full Bloom (Season finale)
  • Heaven's Gate: The Cult of Cults (2020)
  • Bugs Bunny's 24-Carrot Holiday Special (2020)
  • My Gift: A Christmas Special from Carrie Underwood (2020)
  • Stylish with Jenna Lyons (Season 1)
  • Beyond the Spotlight (Season 1)
  • Bright Now: Alien Worlds (2020)
  • Engineering the Future (2020)
  • Jujutsu Kaisen (Season 1)
  • La Leyenda Negra (2020)
  • Euphoria (Special)
  • Murder on Middle Beach (Docuseries finale)
  • 40 Years a Prisoner (2020)
  • La Jauria (Season 1)
  • One Night in Bangkok (2020)
  • 4 Blocks (Seasons 1-3)
  • Esme & Roy (Holiday special)
  • Haute Dog (Holiday special)
  • House of Ho (Series premiere)
  • Let Them All Talk (2020)
  • Summer Camp Island (Season 3 premiere)
  • Veneno (Season finale)
  • Valley of Tears (Season finale)CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute
  • The Flight Attendant (Limited series finale)
  • Homeschool Musical Class of 2020 (Special)
  • Love Monster (Season 1-2)
  • Sesame Street: Holiday at Hooper's
  • The West Wing (Seasons 1-7)
  • Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Here are all the TV shows + movies coming to Hulu in December:

  • CMA Country Christmas: Special (ABC)
  • Disney Holiday Singalong: Special (ABC)
  • Lupin the 3rd Part 5: Complete Season 1 (Dubbed & Subbed) (TMS)
  • 30 Days of Night (2007)
  • 50 First Dates (2004)
  • About Last Night (1986)
  • Angels & Demons (2009)
  • Any Given Sunday (1999)
  • Black Dynamite (2009)
  • Body of Evidence (1993)
  • Cake (2006)
  • Charlotte's Web (1973)
  • Cliffhanger (1993)
  • Con Air (1997)
  • Diary Of A Mad Black Woman (2005)
  • Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)
  • Dr. No (1962)
  • Dragonball: Evolution (2009)
  • Euphoria (2018)
  • Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
  • Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006)
  • Goldeneye (1995)
  • Goldfinger (1964)
  • Hemingway's Garden of Eden (2010)
  • Here On Earth (1999)
  • Hot Air (2018)
  • Into the Blue (2005)
  • Love Potion No. 9 (1992)
  • Our Family Wedding (2009)
  • Sands of Iwo Jima (1950)
  • Shrink (2009)
  • Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
  • Southside With You (2016)
  • Strategic Air Command (1955)
  • Sunshine (2007)
  • The 6th Day (2000)
  • The Chumscrubber (2005)
  • The Client (1994)
  • The Color of Money (1986)
  • The Da Vinci Code (2006)
  • The Fifth Element (1997)
  • The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992)
  • The Hulk (2003)
  • The Hurt Locker (2008)
  • The January Man (1989)
  • The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)
  • The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003)
  • The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  • The Mummy: Tomb of The Dragon Emperor (2008)
  • The November Man (2014)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  • The Young Victoria (2009)
  • True Confessions (1981)
  • Two Weeks (2006)
  • Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
  • Why Did I Get Married? (2007)
  • The Hardy Boys: Complete Season 1 (Hulu Original)
  • Brassic: Complete Season 2 (ITV)
  • Deutschland 89: Complete Season 1 (Sundance)
  • My Hero Academia: Complete Season 4 (Dubbed) (Funimation)
  • She Dies Tomorrow (2020)
  • Black Ops (2020)
  • God's Own Country (2017)
  • It Had To Be You (2015)
  • Mr. Jones (2020)
  • Waiting For The Barbarians (2020)
  • How To Fake A War (2019)
  • The Secret Garden (2020)
  • Valley Girl (2020)
  • Nurses: Series Premiere (NBC)
  • The Fairy Princess and the Unicorn (2020)
  • Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Musical! (NBC)
  • Out Stealing Horses (2019)
  • Madagascar: A Little Wild: Complete Season 2 *Hulu Original
  • Rent-A-Pal (2020)
  • Spy Cat (2020)
  • Endless (2020)
  • Dirt Music (2019)
  • Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
  • Amy Winehouse: A Final Goodbye (2016)
  • The Hero (2017)
  • NOS4A2: Complete Season 2 (AMC)
  • You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020)
  • Someone Marry Barry (2014)
  • The Little Hours (2017)
  • Letterkenny: Complete Season 9 *Hulu Original
  • The Masked Singer: Season 5 Premiere (FOX)
  • American Animals (2018)
  • Hope Gap (2020)
  • Our Idiot Brother (2011)
  • Bayou Caviar (2018)
  • Supervized (2019)

Here are all the TV shows + movies coming to Nexflix in December:

  • Angela's Christmas Wish *Netflix Family
  • The Holiday Movies That Made Us *Netflix Original
  • Natalie Palamides: Nate – A One Man Show *Netflix Comedy Special
  • 3 Days to Kill (2014)
  • 50 First Dates (2004)
  • A Thin Line Between Love & Hate (1996)
  • Angels & Demons (2009)
  • Are You The One: Seasons 1-2
  • Chef (2014)
  • The Da Vinci Code (2006)
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  • Effie Gray (2014)
  • Gormiti: Season 1
  • The Happytime Murders (2018)
  • Ink Master: Seasons 1-2
  • Jurassic Park (1993)
  • Jurassic Park III (2001)
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
  • Little Nicky (2000)
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
  • Monster House (2006)
  • Peppermint (2018)
  • Quigley Down Under (1990)
  • Runaway Bride (1999)
  • Super Wings: Season 3
  • Stargate SG-1: Seasons 1-10
  • Transformers Rescue Bots Academy: Season 2
  • Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family (2011)
  • Why Did I Get Married? (2007)
  • Alien Worlds *Netflix Documentary
  • Ari Eldjárn: Pardon My Icelandic *Netflix Comedy Special
  • Fierce *Netflix Film
  • Hazel Brugger: Tropical *Netflix Comedy Special
  • Break *Netflix Film
  • Chico Bon Bon and the Very Berry Holiday *Netflix Family
  • Tudo Bem No Natal Que Vem (AKA Just Another Christmas) *Netflix Film
  • Bhaag Beanie Bhaag *Netflix Original
  • Big Mouth: Season 4 *Netflix Original
  • Bombay Rose *Netflix Film
  • Captain Underpants Mega Blissmas *Netflix Family
  • Christmas Crossfire *Netflix Film
  • The Great British Baking Show: Holidays: Season 3 *Netflix Original
  • Kings of Joburg: Season 1
  • Leyla Everlasting *Netflix Film
  • MANK *Netflix Film
  • Pokémon Journeys: The Series: Part 3 *Netflix Family
  • Selena: The Series: Netflix Original
  • Mighty Express: A Mighty Christmas *Netflix Family
  • Detention *Netflix Original
  • Ava (2020)
  • Manhunt: Deadly Games
  • Bobbleheads The Movie (2020)
  • Emicida: AmarElo – É Tudo Para Ontem *Netflix Documentary
  • Lovestruck in the City *Netflix Original
  • Mr. Iglesias: Part 3 *Netflix Original
  • Spirit Riding Free: Ride Along Adventure *Netflix Family
  • Super Monsters: Santa's Super Monster Helpers *Netflix Family
  • Triple 9 (2016)
  • Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love: Christmas *Netflix Family
  • The Big Show Show: Christmas *Netflix Family
  • Rose Island *Netflix Film
  • The Surgeon's Cut *Netflix Documentary
  • Alice is Borderland *Netflix Original
  • A Trash Truck Christmas *Netflix Family
  • Canvas *Netflix Film
  • Giving Voice *Netflix Documentary
  • The Mess You Leave Behind (El desorden que dejas) *Netflix Original
  • The Prom *Netflix Film
  • A California Christmas *Netflix Film
  • Hilda: Season 2 *Netflix Family
  • Tiny Pretty Things *Netflix Original
  • Black Ink Crew New York: Seasons 1-2
  • The Challenge: Seasons 10 and 13
  • Grizzlies (2020)
  • The Professor and the Madman (2019)
  • Pup Academy: Season 2
  • Song Exploder: Volume 2 *Netflix Original
  • Teen Mom 2: Seasons 1-2
  • Anitta: Made in Honório *Netflix Original
  • BREAK IT ALL: The History of Rock in Latin America *Netflix Documentary
  • How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding *Netflix Original
  • Nocturnal Animals (2016)
  • The Ripper *Netflix Documentary
  • Run On *Netflix Original
  • Vir Das: Outside In – The Lockdown Special *Netflix Original
  • Braven (2018)
  • Guest House (2020)
  • Home for Christmas: Season 2 *Netflix Original
  • Jeopardy! Champion Run V
  • Jeopardy! Champion Run VI
  • Jeopardy! Teacher's Tournament
  • Jeopardy! College Championship
  • Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom *Netflix Film
  • Sweet Home *Netflix Original
  • Rhys Nicholson Live At The Athenaeum (2019)
  • The Con Is On (2018)
  • After We Collided (2020)
  • London Hughes: To Catch a D*ck *Netflix Comedy Special
  • Rhyme Time Town Singalongs *Netflix Family
  • Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas (2020)
  • Timmy Time: Season 2
  • The Midnight Sky *Netflix Film
  • Your Name Engraved Herein *Netflix Film
  • Bridgerton *Netflix Original
  • Asphalt Burning (Børning 3) *Netflix Film
  • DNA *Netflix Film
  • Fast & Furious Spy Racers: Season 3: Sahara *Netflix Fmaily
  • Go! Go! Cory Carson: Season 3 *Netflix Family
  • The Magic School Bus Rides Again in the Zone *Netflix Family
  • Cops and Robbers *Netflix Film
  • Rango (2011)
  • Dare Me: Season 1
  • Best Leftovers Ever! *Netflix Original
  • Equinox *Netflix Original
  • Best of Stand-Up 2020 *Netflix Comedy Special

Here are all the TV shows + movies coming to Amazon Prime Video in December:

  • 12 Disasters (2012) (Moviesphere)
  • 2012 (2009)
  • Air Force One (1997)
  • A League Of Their Own (1992)
  • Anaconda (1997)
  • Angels & Demons (2009)
  • Assassin Of Youth (1938)
  • Body Of Evidence (1993)
  • Cake (2006)
  • Christmas Chalet (2019) (Up Faith & Family)
  • Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (2009)
  • Diary Of A Mad Black Woman (2005)
  • Dr. No (1963)
  • Euphoria (2019)
  • Full Moon High (1981)
  • Gandhi (1982)
  • Ghost Town (1936)
  • Goldeneye (1995)
  • Goldfinger (1965)
  • Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee (2016) (Showtime)
  • Gun Brothers (1956)
  • Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (2008)
  • Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (2004)
  • Hemingway's Garden Of Eden (2010)
  • Hot Air (2019)
  • Into The Blue (2005)
  • Letters To Juliet (2010)
  • Los Rodriguez el más allá (2019) (Pantaya)
  • Love at the Christmas Table (2012) (Lifetime Movie Club)
  • Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)
  • Outlaw's Son (1957)
  • Priest (2011)
  • Snowbound for Christmas (2019) (Up Faith & Family)
  • Spanglish (2004)
  • Thank You For Smoking (2006)
  • The Chumscrubber (2005)
  • The Hurt Locker (2009)
  • The King's Speech (2010)
  • The Kingmaker (2019) (Showtime)
  • The Natural (1984)
  • The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
  • The Pursuit Of Happyness (2006)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1997)
  • Tombstone (1993)
  • True Confessions (1981)
  • True Lies (1994)
  • Why Did I Get Married? (2007)
  • Year One (2009)
  • A House Divided: Season 1 (Urban Movie Channel)
  • City On A Hill: Season 1 (Showtime)
  • Enterprice: Season 1 (Topic)
  • George Gently: Season 1 (Acorn TV)
  • How the States Got Their Shapes: Season 1 (History Vault)
  • Idiomatic: Season 1 (Sundance Now)
  • Lidia Celebrates America Home for the Holidays: Season 1 (PBS Living)
  • L Word Generation Q: Season 1 (Showtime)
  • Mr. Selfridge: Season 1 (PBS Masterpiece)
  • Murder in the Bayou: Season 1 (Showtime)
  • My Crazy Ex: Season 1 (A&E Crime Central)
  • No Passport Required: Season 1 (PBS Living)
  • NOVA: The Planets: Season 1 (PBS Documentaries)
  • Ray Donovan: Season 1 (Showtime)
  • Roadkill: Season 1 (MotorTrend)
  • Spanish Princess: Season 1 (STARZ)
  • The Affair: Season 1 (Showtime)
  • The Berlin Dance School: Season 1 (PBS Masterpiece)
  • Tom & Jerry Tales: Season 1 (Boomerang)
  • Wild Kratts: China Adventure: Season 1 (PBS Kids)
  • Work in Progress: Season 1 (Showtime)
  • Sound of Metal *Amazon Original MovieValley Girl (2020)
  • The Bernie Mac Show: Seasons 1-5
  • Mad About You: Seasons 1-8
  • I'm Your Woman *Amazon Original Movie
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog – Amazon Original Series: Season 3A
  • The Wilds – Amazon Original Series: Season 1
  • Victoria Small (Pequeña Victoria): Season 1
  • The Expanse: Season 5 *Amazon Original Series
  • La Pachanga (1958)
  • Blackbird (2020)
  • The Grand Tour Presents: A Massive Hunt – Amazon Original Special
  • Pawn Sacrifice (2015)
  • Someone Marry Barry (2017)
  • The Little Hours (2017)
  • Sylvie's Love*Amazon Original Movie
  • Soldiers of Fortune (2012)
  • The House Sitter (2016)
  • Hope Gap (2020)
  • Yearly Departed – Amazon Original Special
  • Supervized (2019)

Here are all the TV shows + movies coming to Disney+ in December:

  • Anastasia
  • Mulan
  • Big
  • Big Sharks RuleMan vs. Shark
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Sky High
  • Godmothered
  • The Mandalorian Chapter 14
  • Extras – Beyond the Clouds: Where It All Began
  • The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse: Keep On Rollin, The Big Good Wolf
  • Disney Channel's Epic Holiday Showdown
  • Disney Holiday Magic Quest
  • Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special
  • Safety
  • The Mandalorian Chapter 15
  • Extras – Beyond the Clouds: Meet the Sobiechs
  • The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse: The Brave Little Squire, An Ordinary Date
  • Buried Truth of the Maya
  • Cosmos: Possible Worlds
  • Disney Channel Holiday House Party
  • Disney Parks Sunrise Series (season 1)
  • Disney Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure (season 3)
  • Eddie the Eagle
  • Into the Woods
  • Miraculous World: New York, United Heroez
  • On Pointe
  • Arendelle Castle Yule Log
  • Dory's Reef Cam
  • The Mandalorian: Chapter 16
  • The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse: Supermarket Scramble, Just the Four of Us
  • Soul
  • Pixar SparkShort Burrow
  • Max Keeble's Big Move
  • Extras – Beyond the Clouds: A Musical Miracle
  • Burrow
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7 hacks for simplifying after-school snacks

Prepping delicious and nutritious foods shouldn't take all day.

When you're in the middle of the school year and managing a family, each minute of time becomes very precious. Sometimes that means healthy food choices in the household can take a backseat. But don't stress it, mama. Prepping delicious and nutritious choices for the kids to munch on doesn't need to take all day.

Remember to keep it fun, simple and interactive! Here are tips for simplifying after-school snacks once and for all:

1. Prep snacks on Sunday

This simple trick can make the rest of the week a breeze. Tupperware is your friend here, you can even write different days of the week on each container to give the kids a little surprise every day. I really like storage with compartments for snack prep. Personally, I slice apples, carrots or cucumbers to pair with almond butter and hummus—all great to grab and go for when you're out all day and need some fresh variety.

2. When in doubt, go for fruit

Fruit is always a quick and easy option. I suggest blueberries, clementine oranges, apples, frozen grapes or even unsweetened apple sauce and dried fruit, like mixed fruit. It's fun to put together a fruit salad, too. Simply cut up all the fruit options and let the kids decide how they'd like to compile. Prepped fruit is also great to have on hand for smoothies, especially when it's been sitting in the fridge for a few days—throw it in the blender with some nut milk and voila.

3. Pair snacks with a dip

Hummus is a great dip to keep on hand with lots of versatility or you can grab a yogurt-based dip. Easy and healthy dippers include pre-sliced veggies, baby carrots and multigrain tortilla chips. Plain hummus is a great way to introduce seasonings and spices too—shake a little turmeric, add fresh basil and you'd be surprised what your kids will take to.

4. Have high-protein options readily available

Snacks with high protein, like cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, hard boiled eggs and jerky will fuel kids for hours. One of my favorites is a turkey stick, which is a fun addition to the hummus platter. Just slice into bite-sized pieces. I love cottage cheese because it can go savory or sweet, use as a dip with your prepped veggies, or drizzle pure maple syrup and sprinkle with berries.

5. Always keep the pantry stocked

Monthly deliveries keeps the pantry updated without a trip to grocery store. Many kids are big fans of popcorn, granola and pretzels. We like to DIY our own snack packs with a little popcorn, pretzels, nuts and whatever else is in the pantry so there's always something different!

6. Make cracker tartines

I love the idea of replicating popular restaurant dishes for kids. Here are some of my favorite snack-sized tartines using any crisp bread, or favorite flat cracker of your choice as the base. There are no rules and kids love adding toppings and finding new combinations they love.

  • Avocado crackers: Use a cracker and then layer with thinly sliced avocado, a dollop of fresh ricotta cheese topped with roasted pepitas or sunflower seeds.
  • Tacos: The base for this is a black bean spread—just drain a can of black beans, rinse and place into a wide bowl. With a fork or potato masher, lightly smush the beans until chunky. Spread onto your cracker and top with tomato, cheddar cheese and black olives. Try out a dollop of super mild salsa or some lime zest to introduce some new flavor profiles.
  • A play on PB&J: Smear peanut butter, almond or a favorite sun butter on the cracker. I like to get a mix it up a bit and put fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries and tiny diced apples) and a little bit of dried fruit sprinkled on top.

7. Pre-make smoothie pops

The easy part about meal prep is the prep itself, but knowing exactly how much to make ahead is tricky. Freeze a smoothie in popsicle molds to have a healthy treat ready-to-go snack. They're super simple to make: Add any fruit (I like apples, berries, pineapples and mangoes) and veggies (carrots, steamed beet and wilted kale) to a blender with your favorite nut milk until you have consistency just a bit thinner than a smoothie. Pour into your trusty reusable popsicle molds and then into the freezer to make an ice pop so good they could eat them for breakfast.

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15 toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

Keeping kids entertained is a battle for all seasons. When it's warm and sunny, the options seem endless. Get them outside and get them moving. When it's cold or rainy, it gets a little tricker.

So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of the best toys for toddlers and kids that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, many are 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 indoor outdoor toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.


Stomp Racers

As longtime fans of Stomp Rockets, we're pretty excited about their latest launch–Stomp Racers. Honestly, the thrill of sending things flying through the air never gets old. Parents and kids alike can spend hours launching these kid-powered cars which take off via a stompable pad and hose.

$19.99

Step2 Up and Down Rollercoaster

Step2 Up and Down Rollercoaster

Tiny thrill-seekers will love this kid-powered coaster which will send them (safely) sailing across the backyard or play space. The durable set comes with a high back coaster car and 10.75 feet of track, providing endless opportunities for developing gross motor skills, balance and learning to take turns. The track is made up of three separate pieces which are easy to assemble and take apart for storage (but we don't think it will be put away too often!)

$139

Secret Agent play set

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This set has everything your little secret agent needs to solve whatever case they might encounter: an ID badge, finger scanner, walkie-talkie handset, L-shaped scale and coloring comic (a printable file is also available for online download) along with a handy belt to carry it all along. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Stepping Stones

Stepping-stones

Kiddos can jump, stretch, climb and balance with these non-slip stepping stones. The 20-piece set can be arranged in countless configurations to create obstacle courses, games or whatever they can dream up.

$99.99

Sand play set

B. toys Wagon & Beach Playset - Wavy-Wagon Red

For the littlest ones, it's easy to keep it simple. Take their sand box toys and use them in the bath! This 12-piece set includes a variety of scoops, molds and sifters that can all be stored in sweet little wagon.

$17.95

Sensory play set

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Filled with sand or water, this compact-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.

$19.95

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.

$121

Foam pogo stick

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Designed for ages 3 and up, My First Flybar offers kiddos who are too young for a pogo stick a frustration-free way to get their jump on. The wide foam base and stretchy bungee cord "stick" is sturdy enough to withstand indoor and outdoor use and makes a super fun addition to driveway obstacle courses and backyard races. Full disclosure—it squeaks when they bounce, but don't let that be a deterrent. One clever reviewer noted that with a pair of needle-nose pliers, you can surgically remove that sucker without damaging the base.

$16.99

Dumptruck 

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Whether they're digging up sand in the backyard or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? It's made from recycled plastic milk cartons.

$22

Hopper ball

Hopper ball

Burn off all that extra energy hippity hopping across the lawn or the living room! This hopper ball is one of the top rated versions on Amazon as it's thicker and more durable than most. It also comes with a hand pump to make inflation quick and easy.

$14.99

Pull-along ducks

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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.

$16.99

Rocking chair seesaw

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This built-to-last rocking seesaw is a fun way to get the wiggles out in the grass or in the playroom. The sturdy design can support up to 77 pounds, so even older kiddos can get in on the action.

$79.99

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.

$79.99

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.

$24.75

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.

$40

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Even 5 hours of screen time per day is OK for school-aged kids, says new study

Researchers found screen time contributes to stronger peer relationships and had no effect on depression and anxiety. So maybe it isn't as bad as we thought?

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If you've internalized some parental guilt about your own child's screen time usage, you're not alone. Numerous studies have shown that exposure to significant amounts of screen time in children leads to an increased risk of depression and behavioral issues, poor sleep and obesity, among other outcomes. Knowing all this can mean you're swallowing a big gulp of guilt every time you unlock the iPad or turn on the TV for your kiddo.

But is screen time really that bad? New research says maybe not. A study published in September 2021 of 12,000 9- and 10-year-olds found that even when school-aged kids spend up to 5 hours per day on screens (watching TV, texting or playing video games), it doesn't appear to be that harmful to their mental health.

Researchers found no association between screen usage and depression or anxiety in children at this age.

In fact, kids who had more access to screen time tended to have more friends and stronger peer relationships, most likely thanks to the social nature of video gaming, social media and texting.


The correlations between screen time and children's health

But those big social benefits come with a caveat. The researchers also noted that kids who used screens more frequently were in fact more likely to have attention problems, impacted sleep, poorer academic performance and were more likely to show aggressive behavior.

Without a randomized controlled trial, it's hard to nail down these effects as being caused directly by screens. The study's authors analyzed data from a nationwide study known as the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study (ABCD Study), the largest long-term study of brain development and children's health in the country. They relied on self-reported levels of screen time from both children and adults (it's funny to note that those reported numbers differed slightly depending on who was asked… ).

It's important to remember that these outcomes are just correlations—not causations. "We can't say screen time causes the symptoms; instead, maybe more aggressive children are given screen devices as an attempt to distract them and calm their behavior," says Katie Paulich, lead author of the study and a PhD student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. Also worth noting is that a child's socioeconomic status has a 2.5-times-bigger impact on behavior than screens.

Weighing the benefits with the risks will be up to you as the parent, who knows your child best. And because we live in a digital world, screens are here to stay, meaning parents often have little choice in the matter. It's impossible to say whether recreational screen time is fully "good" or "bad" for kids. It's maybe both.

"When looking at the strength of the correlations, we see only very modest associations," says Paulich. "That is, any association between screen time and the various outcomes, whether good or bad, is so small it's unlikely to be important at a clinical level." It's all just part of the overall picture.

A novel look at screen time in adolescents

The researchers cite a lack of studies examining the relationship between screen time and health outcomes in this specific early-adolescence age group, which is one of the reasons why this study is so groundbreaking. The findings don't apply to younger children—or older adolescents, who may be starting to go through puberty.

Screen time guidelines do exist for toddlers up to older kids, but up to 1.5 hours per day seems unattainable for many young adolescents, who often have their own smartphones and laptops, or at least regular access to one.

Of course, more research is needed, but that's where this study can be helpful. The ABCD study will follow the 12,000 participants for another 10 years, following up with annual check-ins. It'll be interesting to see how the findings change over time: Will depression and anxiety as a result of screen time be more prevalent as kids age? We'll have to wait and see.

The bottom line? Parents should still be the gatekeepers of their child's screen time in terms of access and age-appropriateness, but, "our early research suggests lengthy time on screen is not likely to yield dire consequences," says Paulich.

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Mom and gorilla bond over their babies at the zoo: ‘It was so beautiful’

The new mothers shared a special moment at a Boston zoo.

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Motherhood knows no bounds.

When Kiki the gorilla spotted a new mom and baby visiting her habitat at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, she immediately took a liking to the pair. Emmelina Austin held her five-week-old son Canyon to the glass so Kiki could get a better look.

The gorilla spent nearly five minutes happily pointing and staring at baby Canyon.


Emmelina's husband captured the sweet moment on his phone, in a video that's now gone viral.

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Why was Kiki so interested in her tiny visitor? Possibly because Kiki's a new mom herself. Her fifth baby, Pablo, was born in October.

Near the end of the video, Kiki scooped up Pablo and held him close. The new moms held their baby boys to the glass and shared a special moment together: just a couple of mothers, showing off their little ones.

"When I walked into the zoo that day, I never could've imagined that we would have had that experience," Austin told ABC News. "It was so beautiful, and we walked out just over the moon."

We can't get enough of the sweet exchange. There's something special about sharing your little one with the world. Mothers of all ages, races–and it turns out, species–understand.

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