The Best Shows I’ve Watched on Netflix

Today is the perfect day for this post. It’s mid-January, the snow is falling in Central Virginia, and all I want to do is lay in bed and watch Netflix until I can’t watch it any longer. Anyone feel me? Better question, anyone actually like the month of January? Didn’t think so.

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In the past few years, David and I have had our fair share of time to become experts on the best shows on Netflix. I was pregnant, meaning I didn’t want to do anything. Then we had a newborn, meaning we couldn’t do anything. And now we have a toddler who goes to bed at 7pm and we still don’t do anything. Just kidding, we do things… sometimes.

Anyways, today I’ve rounded up some of the best shows I’ve watched on Netflix over the past few years. I’ll be up front with you, Stranger Things is not on this list. Neither is House of Cards. If that makes you question me as a critic, I understand. But I have included reasoning behind my choices in hopes that helps you give these shows a chance. PS. These are in no particular order. I can’t rank shows that have different plot lines. It’s like comparing apples to oranges, in my opinion.


Wentworth

By far and away, the best show I’ve ever watched. Ever. Wentworth is an Australian television drama. I’ve heard it be compared to Orange Is The New Black, which you won’t find on this list. The only similarity I see between OITNB and Wentworth is that they take place in a women’s prison. Other than that, they are like night and day – with Wentworth being the night. It’s dark – the way it’s shot, the storylines, even a little bloody at times. I typically shy away from these sorts of shows, but for some reason the way it’s done on Wentworth fits.

Wentworth currently has five seasons on Netflix, so it’s not something you’ll binge over the weekend. But trust me, once you get invested, you’ll never want it to end. The storylines are brilliant and continue through all five seasons. The character development is unbelievable.They are currently filming season six and I cannot wait for it to be released. Trust me – give this show a chance. It’s incredible.

Longmire


David and I started watching Longmire after my parents suggested it. It’s about a Sheriff, named Longmire, and takes place in a small town in Wyoming. The town is close to an reservation, so there is a lot of interaction with the natives who live there. Longmire started on AMC and was bought by Netflix after a few seasons. Within each episode, there is usually a crime that needs to be solved. But over the series, the characters intertwine and you find out so much more.

I like this show because it’s entertaining television without over-doing it. There’s no blood and gore where it doesn’t have to be and the mystery-factor of each episode is really compelling. They just put out the sixth and final season, so there’s plenty to watch. Based on the Netflix description, I would have never given this one a chance but it’s long since become of our favorite shows of all time.

The Marvel Comics Series

This includes several shows, but since they all intertwine, it’s imperative to watch them altogether.

I fought David on these for a long time, but after he finished The Punisher (he watched it out of order so I guess he’ll have to watch it again when I do :)) and wouldn’t shut up about it, I decided to give the series a chance. I was expecting cheesy comic book stories but I couldn’t have been farther from the truth.

Daredevil – Matt Murdock and his friend, Foggy, open a law firm in New York City. Matt is blind, and has super human strength and senses. The show does a great job showcasing his struggle between following the law and becoming a vigilante. There are currently two seasons on Netflix, each with it’s own villain. You are also introduced to several other Marvel characters in Daredevil, so be sure to watch both of these seasons first.

Jessica Jones – I was a little unsure about this show because it starts off pretty dark. However, the storyline is super compelling and David and I ended up watching three to four episodes a night by the end of the season. Jessica Jones has super-human strength as well, but refuses to be a superhero. We’re also introduced to Luke Cage quite a bit in her show, so be sure to watch this one after Daredevil.

Luke Cage – Admittedly, we are right in the middle of this one, so I can’t speak to the storylines too much. However, the feel of this show is very different than both Daredevil and Jessica Jones. It picks up right where JJ ended, so watch this one third.

After we are done with Luke Cage, we will have to watch The Iron Fist, The Punisher and The Defenders, which includes all of the Marvel characters.

The Great British Baking Show

Taking a total left turn here, but I have to include The Great British Baking Show. There are currently four seasons on Netflix. The show is a baking competition set in Great Britain, so there is a lot of British humor and flavors that I’ve never heard of before. However, unlike American competition shows, this one is so friendly and sweet, it’s a nice distraction from all the other dark shows on this list!

Riverdale


I just finished season one of Riverdale on Netflix and have to watch season two on the CW app. Riverdale is based on the characters from the Archie comics. You’ve got Archie and Jughead, and Betty and Veronica. The show is not comedic in nature, however. It’s actually pretty dark (sensing a theme with the TV I watch?) and involves murder and mystery, but it’s shot like a typical teen drama, so there’s a lot of love storylines and teenage angst.

Narcos – David’s Pick


David still bugs me about watching Narcos since he went on to watch it by himself. I stopped because it was a little bloody and there was a lot of reading subtitles since many of the characters speak Spanish throughout the show. However, it’s in my queue to watch one of these days. David loves this show because” it’s well written with historical context to keep you interested. There’s plenty of action and it’s an extremely intelligent show.”


Have you watched any of the shows on my list? What do you think?

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Things I’m Loving, Vol. 11

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Another week, another Things I’m Loving post. I really hope y’all are using these posts as sort of your online shopping list. No need to browse the sites yourself, I’ve found the best items this week!! I like to include pieces at different price points and will always let you know if they are on sale because who likes to pay full price?! Happy shopping!

Things I’m Loving:

Barefoot Dreams Malibu Wrap

Barefoot Dreams Malibu Wrap

Okay, I’ve been eyeing this beauty for a while now, and with my birthday coming up, I think I may treat myself to something I really want. It’s essentially a blanket with arm holes. I mean, you can’t really beat it. It comes in multiple colors – and if you are really in love but can’t justify the price tag, you can totally get it from QVC and make payments on it.

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Sole Society Bootie

 

Sole Society Cold Weather Bootie

I’m in love with these winter boots. I think it’s the color, it’s just so pretty! And these are currently on MAJOR sale.

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J.Crew Tie-Bell Sleeve Sweater

 

Tie Bell Sleeve Sweater

So darling. And on sale!

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Long Weekend Pants

 

Long Weekend Jogger Pants

I’ve been looking for a pair of jogger pants that are meant to be worn as lounge pants, but can also be worn in public. I have a pair that is meant for the gym, but these look so comfortable, and not too baggy. I think they are a winner!

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Steve Madden Lancer Sneaker

 

Steve Madden Lancer Sneaker

The color of these shoes have captured my heart.

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Free People Bralette

 

Free People Bralette

If you’re still wearing a normal bra, you’re doing it wrong. I’ve bought several American Eagle bralettes and I’m officially retiring my underwires. This one from Free People is a little pricier than American Eagle, but it’s so darn beautiful. I think I need it in every color.

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A Classic Winter Outfit

shop the look: sweater – madewell // jeans – american eagle (currently BOGO 50% off!) // booties – sole society


Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. We spent the weekend running some errands and laying low. On Saturday night, David and I snuck away for a nice date night complete with sushi 🙂 Then we stayed up way too late watching Netflix (currently working on a post about our recent faves on Netflix coming this week!) and Sunday I had one of those days where I felt like I couldn’t catch up! Finn is getting a tooth, so he is a little clingy. He also woke up from his nap and couldn’t put weight on his left leg, which had me super worried for a few hours! Fortunately, by dinner time he was running around like normal again, but it was one of those days where I went to bed feeling like the worst mom in the world!

Anyways, let’s talk about happier things, like this outfit. The sweater is from Madewell, one of my favorite brands. I have learned over time that I’d much rather invest in a quality item that will last me years, and this is definitely one of those. It’s such a classic cut, with the mock neck and cozy fit, and it’s so warm! Like I said, it’s a little pricey, but something that you will get a lot of wear out of!

Next up, these booties. I fell in love with them the moment I put them on my feet. They are so classic and versatile, and incredibly comfortable. I love the taupe color and that they will pretty much go with any outfit – dresses, jeans, workwear, you name it.

During Finn’s naptime on Sunday I managed to clean out my closet. I had two large bags to donate afterwards. I found myself getting rid of plenty of items that were still in great shape, but too trendy or had limited ways to style them. Lesson learned – now I know why I buy so many gray sweaters, taupe booties and striped shirts – you can’t go wrong with the classics!

 

Do you have a go-to outfit or pattern that you buy over and over again? What’s your favorite item in your closet?

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Who Will Finn Grow Up To Be?

Finn will be 20 months old next week! As he gets older, I find myself stopping to take it all in a little more often. There was something hectic and chaotic about the first year that didn’t allow much time for reflection. Now that he’s essentially a little boy, I am astonished at how much he changes each and every day. David was away last weekend, and after just four days away, he came home in complete denial at just how much he has changed! Can any other mamas relate?

Finn has long since grown out of his baby face and now I can start to picture what he will look like as he gets older. (Pretty much he’ll be David’s twin with a little mix of my dad… is that weird? HA! But I totally see my dad in his face 🙂 ) As I start to picture what he will look like, I can’t help but wonder what type of person he will be. Will he be athletic? I hope so! Will he be rebellious like his dad, or a goody-two-shoes like his mom? (At least in relation to David, I was definitely a goody-goody!) Will he want to follow in his dad’s footsteps and join the military or will he want to go to college? What will interest him? Will he like reading books or playing video games?

shop the post: finn’s shirt – old navy // finn’s jeans – old navy // finn’s kicks – nike // david’s sweatshirt – patagonia


It’s so fun to get lost in thought about all of these things. I imagine him being a pretty good mix of David and me. I mean, he kind of already is! HA! But in all honesty, I know that it’s up to us to help shape him and guide him to make good decisions. That’s a lot of pressure, if I’m being frank. Above all else, I hope Finn grows up to be kind and accepting of all different types of people. The most important thing I want to teach him is to be understanding, patient and open-minded about the differences that make this world go round. My parents instilled in us the importance of acceptance, to never ostracize people because of their beliefs or backgrounds, especially if they are different from our own. There is always something to learn from one another, and I hope to be able to pass this along to my children.

Secondly, I hope to teach him the importance of family. I’m so, so, so beyond grateful for the love and support of my family and David’s family and I feel so lucky to be able to raise Finn with the help of all of his grandparents. My sisters and I make it a priority to talk every single day and to see each other more than just a few times a year. Family is everything to David and me, and I hope Finn grows up to feel the same way. I hope he never has a second thought about where he belongs and never takes for granted the amazing people he is lucky enough to be related to!

I wonder if there are other parents out there who do this type of daydreaming, too? What do you picture your kids to be? Do you see yourself in them? Is there one lesson above all else that you hope to instill in them? Let me know!

 

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My Favorite Bloggers to Follow

I believe the year was 2014. I was in that ‘what the hell am I gonna do with my life?’ phase. I had a blog online journal called Life As I Know It. The content was lackluster, there was zero photography, and it wasn’t even self-hosted. I started doing research into making my blog better, and I fell into a world that would change the way I digested online content, change the way I shopped, and how I used my social media. It may seem trivial, but you know those hobbies I was wondering about the other day? Welp, reading blogs is one of my favorite things to do! I start every day on Bloglovin’ going through new content. (PS. Bloglovin’ is a great place to aggregate all the blogs you follow. It’s like a news site for blogs. You can follow me here.) I spend my lunch hour (and really every other hour) scrolling Instagram and watching Stories. I find so much daily inspiration for everything from motherhood to style to home decor to hair and beauty.

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So today’s post is a little different! I’m rounding up a list of bloggers that I think you all should follow! Go, spend some time on their sites! I’m sure you’ll all find something you love!


Lauren McBride at Lauren McBride Blog

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Lauren McBride is a Connecticut-based blogger who blogs about pretty much everything! She is a mom of two little ones (with one on the way) so she does talk about great baby products, kids toys, and being a mom. However, she has the best style – basics and neutrals that she styles to look so fabulous! And don’t get me started on her home decor. OMG it’s so beautiful. She just has great overall taste. Of everyone on this list, she is my favorite to follow on Instagram stories. She is so real, and makes me laugh daily! Plus she always shares the BEST sales and makes it so easy to shop.

Brighton Keller at Brighton The Day

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Admittedly I’m new to #TeamBTD, but Brighton at Brighton the Day has quickly become one of my favorite bloggers to follow! She is a former CPA, which I find so fascinating! Besides having impeccable style and a gorgeous home, Brighton spends a lot of time inspiring her followers. She reads great books and provides her insight on them. She is more than just a fashion blogger, she wants to provide insight and inspiration in your every day life! Her blog posts are great, but it’s over on Instagram Stories where you really get the most out of BTD. She shares great quotes, tips, real life stuff and does it in a sort-of stream of consciousness way that is totally relatable and makes you feel like she is just chatting with a good friend! I’m glad I stumbled upon her Instagram because she has some awesome life tips!

Blair Staky at The Fox And She

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Blair was one of the first bloggers I found and have been following her for almost four years! I’ve found so many other great bloggers through her site, too. She has great style, and her home decor is so spot-on. Blair blogs a lot about health and wellness and I find it so refreshing that she is pretty honest about all of it. She just had a baby in November, which has been fun to follow along with and relate to in a different way.

Kelly Larkin at Kelly In The City

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Kelly in the City is one of the blogs I found through The Fox and She. Like Blair, Kelly and her family live in Chicago. I love her blog because it’s essentially it’s her family’s diary! She talks about what they’ve been up to each day or on the weekends, and does it in the most conversational way! Kelly’s daughter Emma is just a few months younger to Finn so I love reading about her experience as a mother. Kelly’s style is a little on the preppy side, but the pieces she chooses are still neutral enough that they can be styled in so many different ways. Her husband, Mitch, also cameo’s on the blog every now and then, plus he takes most of the photos that are shown, so it’s truly a family affair.

Jess Loftus at The Golden Girl Blog

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Jess is another Chicago blogger. She got married last fall, so her wedding planning content is super fresh and she was very transparent with everything she went through. Jess’ style is a little edgier, but I tend to gravitate towards everything she wears because she her outfits are so on point. In addition, she has great posts about capsule wardrobes (aka how to wear one piece of clothing in multiple ways) and has started a new series about style tips (like how to make your legs look longer.) On Instagram, she shares some great recipes and beauty products and she is so relatable (aka rarely has makeup on and wears pajamas all day – my kinda girl!)

Emily Ann Gemma at The Sweetest Thing

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If you follow any fashion bloggers I’m sure you’ve heard of Emily Ann Gemma. She is one of the more prominent people in the blogging industry, but still totally down to earth. She has a little baby boy named Luke and her husband just finished his residency and she talks a lot about both on her blog. Her style is a little flashy/high-end/designer, and some stuff she wears is just a little too expensive for me, but she also includes basics and makes them look so fancy! Ha! Plus, her photos are absolutely gorgeous (and actually are taken by her husband, too!)


These are just a few of my faves to follow! I hope you check them all out. Who are your favorite bloggers to follow?

 

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