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20+ ideas for what to binge-watch during quarantine

We asked our staff what they're watching right now and they delivered. 👇

what to binge-watch during quarantine

We're TV show watchers these days—especially when the kids are in bed and we can finally unwind. During these challenging times, some of us have gone back to rewatch old favorites while others are picking up some new shows they finally have time to explore.

While we have different tastes in what to watch, we all have one thing in common: we could all use an escape from reality—even if it's only for a few hours.



Here are our favorite TV shows to stream right now:

1. Insecure on HBO

"It's a well written comedy series that features an array of artists of color [that focuses on] friends and romantic relationships. It has a bunch of storylines, feels current and relatable, all while throwing in important life lessons." —Nina Marrero-Pages, Design Director

2. Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix

"Drew Barrymore. Zombies. The 'burbs of California. What else could you possibly want? I love how completely "normal" the show seems at first, until it starts taking you into a weird and twisted version of reality that you can't believe you're in. Sort of feels familiar, doesn't it?" —Karell Roxas, Editor-in-Chief

3. The Ranch on Netflix

"Who knew Ashton Kutcher and Sam Elliot were the duo we needed? When his semi-pro football career ends, Colt (Kutcher) moves back to his small town to help with his dad (Elliot) with the family ranch. It's the perfect mix of a little bit of drama, romance and old-school humor—plus, the small town feel is exactly what I need to mentally escape. Bonus points for many That '70s Show cameos!" —Kaitlyn Russell, Managing Editor

4. Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist on NBC

"It airs on Sundays, has a great cast, and the song choices are fun. It's a light and cheery show that's easy to get sucked into." —Colleen Temple, Interim Essay Editor

5. Devs on FX on Hulu

"It's a visually stunning sci-fi journey into a future where the future is a bit scary (but in a different way than the reality we are living now). It's by the same guy who directed Ex Machina and you can totally tell. It's all about power, technology, secrets, Silicon Valley and Nick Offerman in a serious role. It's a wild ride." —Heather Marcoux, News Editor

6. Outlander on Netflix

"I just started this but it feels historical, romantic, mysterious, and I like they're going back in time. I'm still figuring it out a bit but I'm enjoying it so far". Nina Marrero-Pages, Design Director

7. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix

"Kimmy is exactly who we need right now. She's unflinchingly positive despite having dealt with some seriously challenging situations in her past, and she teaches us that it's never too late to figure out who you can become. Tituss Burgess as her roommate and Jane Krakowski as her "friend" couldn't be more perfect in their respective roles." —Karell Roxas, Editor-in-Chief

8. Schitt's Creek on Netflix

"Not only is it well written, perfectly cast and hysterically funny, but the episodes are under 30 minutes which is just about what my brain can handle right now." —Mary Novick, Director of Business Development

9. Ozark on Netflix

"The entire cast is amazing. It has great storylines and I'm obsessed with crime dramas. And it's based on a lake of the Ozarks, which I grew up going to every summer!" —Angie Prendergast, Director of Business Development

10. Riverdale on Netflix

"I have a soft spot for teen dramas and when it comes to this modern re-telling of Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead, they bring the Drama with a capital D. Watching the earlier seasons with Luke Perry makes my heart break a little, but I love this fun, smart escape into a world that is both familiar and totally foreign all at the same time." —Karell Roxas, Editor-in-Chief

11. Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu

"I LOVE the depth of character and the twists and turns in the storyline. Honestly, I just love watching amazing women in the world living their life while I'm on my couch with a bag of Scoops and a bowl of guacamole. It gives me hope!" —Julie Tozier, Director of eCommerce

12. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix

"If you haven't watched this yet, buckle up. It's got musical numbers! Love triangles! And super insightful commentary on the essence of being wrapped in a comedy shell. It's kind of weird at first, but stick with it. It gets really good." —Karell Roxas, Editor-in-Chief

13. Unorthodox on Netflix

"It's loosely based on Deborah Feldman's memoir, it follows Esty Shapiro as she flees her loveless arranged marriage and the Ultra Orthodox community she's known her entire life. It's riveting without being sensationalized or judgemental. The acting is incredible and despite portraying a lifestyle that couldn't be further from my own, I found myself relating to her need to discover who she is without the insistence of who she's supposed to be. Also, as a 4 episode mini-series, it felt more like a movie broken into chapters." —Sara Goldstein, Brand Editor

14. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime

"It's witty, super hysterical and a really great escape from the world right now. Totally binge-watchable." —Ashley Wasilenko, Campaign Strategist

15. Dead to Me on Netflix

"This is dark comedy at its finest, and brings back Linda Cardellini to the small screen in a super complex and fascinating role (shout out to all the Freaks and Geeks stans). Christina Applegate's character is both real and tragic, and it's an interesting look at how grief can make us do strange things." —Karell Roxas, Editor-in-Chief

16. Game of Thrones on HBO

"I love it because it's so far from reality, I can actually escape MY reality for a little bit." —Diana Spalding, Digital Education Editor

17. You on Netflix

"Penn Badgley is oddly at home being a creeper character and you feel oddly weird kind of…admiring…that in him? He doesn't think what he's doing is bad even though it definitely is, and you just want to shout through the screen at the women he's stalking to save them from their fate. The first season goes by faster than you realize, and you find yourself wanting more." —Karell Roxas, Editor-in-Chief

18. Harry Potter Series on Amazon Prime

"It's been great to escape to a galaxy far, far away and zone out on my favorite good vs. evils series!" —Isabella Spitz, Sr. Buyer + Seller Acquisition Manager

19. Russian Doll on Netflix

"Natasha Lyone is BRILLIANT, as is the premise of this show. There might be a certain validation in watching a TV character live the same day over and over again and slowly go insane (hmm..sounds familiar) but what Nadia—and you as the viewer—learn in watching her go through this struggle is super satisfying to experience." —Karell Roxas, Editor-in-Chief

20. Narcos on Netflix

"This show has all the things I love to watch: crime, drama, excitement, intensity, and it makes you feel like you're in another world." —Nina Marrero-Pages, Design Director

21. Black Mirror on Netflix

"I've been a Black Mirror fan for quite some time, but the latest season is my favorite. I'm also a major Twilight Zone fanatic, so this really speaks to soul. The suspense, literally at every corner, makes me so happy." —Deena Campbell, Senior Lifestyle Editor


We're so glad to live in a time when modern baby gear exists. Sure, no one is going to argue that having a baby is easy—but it can be easier with support from some gadgets designed to help your baby and put your mind at ease.

As you build your baby registry, look for products that go the extra mile to make your life a whole lot easier. For example, what's better than a bassinet? A bassinet that can rock by itself. And what's better than a traditional baby monitor? One that allows you to actually take a peek at your baby. Believe us when we say these upgrades can make all the difference.

Here are 10 baby gadgets that will make your life so much easier… relatively speaking, of course!


A bassinet to promote safe + sound sleep

HALO Innovations Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Essenta Series Nautical Net

The safest place for your newborn to sleep is in your room, but not in your bed. Thanks to the swivel function of the Halo Bassinest, you can easily tend to your baby during the night—which means more sleep for you, too. Trust us when we say that is the best gift you can give a new parent.

$239.99

A smart swing for your baby

4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth Enabled High-Tech Baby Swing - Classic

Believe it or not, many babies are born with strong opinions about how they want to be rocked, swung or shushed to calm down. With the mamaRoo's various motions and reclining positions, you'll be able to find a setting your baby loves when you need to free up your hands for a bit.

$219.99

A complete travel system for car + sidewalk

Chicco Bravo Travel System - Indigo

No matter where the day takes you—or what mode of transportation you need to get there—getting a complete travel system for your baby will equip you for anything.

$379.99

A swaddle you don’t have to wrestle

Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original

What do babies and Harry Houdini have in common? A knack for breaking out of tight constraints—which can be a headache when swaddling is the best way to help promote good sleep. Thanks to a breakout-proof swaddle that allows your baby to sleep with their hands up, you don't have to work up a sweat just to get your baby comfortably swaddled.

$29.99

A nursery wherever you need it

Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center

During the early days of parenting (when you are feeding and changing your baby around the clock), having convenient access to everything you need with a go-anywhere nursery station can save you serious time and energy.

$99.99

A little help for stuffy noses

Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator

Up until the point years down the road when your child is able to blow their own nose, the sniffles can be a real struggle—but not with a nasal aspirator that makes it easy for you to get that snot out of their nose.

$15.99

A way to keep an eye on your baby

VTech 5" Digital Video Baby Monitor - VM5251

Trust us when we say you'll sleep better when you know your baby is also sleeping soundly. That's why we're so thankful for modern-day video monitors, which allow you to check in on your sleeping baby without running the risk of waking them up when you sneak in for a peek.

$79.99

A bassinet for hands-free rocking

Simmons Kids Silent Auto Gliding Elite Bassinet - Odyssey

Babies are soothed by rocking motions. But what does that mean for you if you can't rock them throughout the night? With an auto-gliding bassinet, they can comfortably drift off to sleep... and continue snoozing.

$99.99

An easy way to contain diaper smells

Diaper Genie Expressions Pail

Sometimes it's the little conveniences that make a big difference in the quality of your day-to-day life. That's why a great diaper pail should not be undervalued: By containing the smell, you will save yourself dozens upon dozens of trips to the garbage can.

$24.99

A white noise machine that pulls double duty

Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

A phone-controlled sound machine may be something you never considered until now, but it will be a major lifesaver for years to come, especially as it can also function as a time-to-rise clock that promotes good sleep habits for your child.

$59.99

And as for securing all these awesome products? Well, a Target baby registry is the way to do it. By creating your baby registry with Target, you will also enjoy their Year of Benefits registry program, which includes perks like a welcome kit with more than $100 in savings and samples, two 15% off coupons to complete your registry, and a full year of returns. The benefits are better than ever right now: Target just launched the Year of Exclusive Deals perk as one of its registry benefits, and this includes a year's worth of discounts on baby essentials (think diapers and formula) and comes complementary when you sign up for Target Circle.

Because while parenting may not be "easy," deciding to register with Target definitely is an easy decision. Start your Target baby registry now and enjoy shopping with a Year of Benefits featuring a Year of Exclusive Deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more!

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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10 photos to take on baby’s first day that you'll cherish forever

You'll obsess over these newborn baby pictures.

Bethany Menzel: Instagram + Blog

As you're preparing for baby's birth, we bet you're dreaming of all of the amazing photos you'll take of your precious new babe. As a professional photographer and mama, I have some tips for newborn photos you'll want to capture.

Here are the 10 photos you will want to take on baby's first day.

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