At-Home Entertainment Essentials

Hi! It’s us. Checking in. We hope you have all been taking care of yourself mentally and physically during this time of social distancing. As we have been adjusting to our “new normal” we wanted to share with you a few of the activities that have helped us get through the last few weeks. Whether you’re settling into the couch for a new TV show, reading a book, or looking to find a workout that fits your schedule, we’ve got you covered.

Something to Watch on Netflix: 

How To Fix A Drug Scandal

4 Episodes (Limited series)

A shocking true story, How To Fix A Drug Scandal is the ultimate show to binge watch in one sitting. With only four episodes, it details the fraud that occurred almost simultaneously in two Massachusetts crime labs that were responsible for confirming the drug substances seized in crimes. The spectrum of the devastation of the crimes committed by the lab chemists is astounding as we watch two defense attorneys try to right the injustices against thousands of those charged with crimes as a result of the fraud. If you’re interested in documentaries, crime, and drama, you’ll want to watch. 

Elite

3 Seasons

All is fair in love and war at Spain’s most elite private school. When three students win a lottery to attend the school with free tuition, hell breaks loose. Get ready for a fast-paced drama that includes the best of the drama shows you’ve seen before. Each season begins with a murder or disappearance of a different classmate and takes you back through the timeline of events that preceeded it. Let us know if you solve the mystery before it’s revealed.

If you aren’t a native Spanish speaker, we recommend watching the show with the audio set as European Spanish and use subtitles in your native language. Trust us, it’s much better than the English dub over. 

Schitt’s Creek 

6 Seasons

The Rose’s are used to their mansion, private jets across the world, and countless priceless possessions when their life is flipped upside down by a financial advisor’s embezzling. The only thing they still own? A town called Schitt’s Creek that the father, Johnny, bought for his son David as a joke years ago. Follow along as the family adjusts to their new normal in hilarious fashion as we all try to adjust to ours. It will make you laugh and warm your heart simultaneously.

Something to Read: 

Looking to complete your personal reading goal for the year? Well, this is your chance to take some time for yourself and check some off of your 2020 list! 

Final Girls

Quincy Carpenter, the sole survivor of a brutal massacre that left all of her college friends dead, is a Final Girl. The “Final Girls”, as dubbed by the media, are three sole survivors of similar attacks. A decade later, when Quincy is happily engaged and doing well, the first Final Girl, Lisa, is found dead. After Sam, the third, shows up at Quincy’s door, Quincy must uncover why Sam so desperately wants to connect with her. Unable to recall the events that transpired on that fateful night, she is forced to confront the past to understand what really happened before she’s next. 

She Regrets Nothing

The entertainment of Real Housewives and Gossip Girl are mixed into one with this story about Laila Lawrence, a young woman in her twenties who is reunited with estranged, rich family members upon her mother’s death. This family saga will keep you turning page-after-page and is engrossing enough to finish in one sitting. As Laila adjusts to New York City and the opulence, romance, and scandal it has to offer, she has to decide where her values lie and what sacrifices she is willing to make to maintain this newfound wealthy lifestyle. 

Little Fires Everywhere

Shaker Heights, Ohio is the quaint, manicured, suburban town in the 90s. However, it’s upended on the first page as the Richardson’s home is aflame, with little fires throughout the house. The fast-paced plot line will keep you guessing as you explore the stories of two families who both have secrets. The Richardsons, a family of six, are natives to Shaker Heights and meet mother and daughter Mia and Peal Warren who move into the Richardsons’ rental home. 

There’s a Hulu limited series out now starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. We highly recommend it after you’ve read the novel (or if you’re not a book reader)!

Something to Exercise to: 

If you find yourself missing the gym, (in between episodes of Tiger King, Elite, and Schitt’s Creek), there are more opportunities than ever to work out from the comfort of your own home. Independent gyms and studios are holding free classes online via Instagram or Youtube. Whether you are an avid gym-goer, are just getting started on your New Year’s Resolution, or need an energy boost, try to squeeze one of these workouts into your schedule. 

Box N Burn 

This LA-based independent boxing gym holds two 30 minute no equipment needed live workouts on Youtube. The great thing about their sessions is that you can always go back at any time to watch so it’s super easy to fit into your schedule. 

Sweat.Salt 

Sweat.Salt, an independent pilates studio, goes live every day on Instagram at 1pm PST. Although this is a live workout, they save them so that they are accessible for 24 hours. Additionally, they’re going live from their Facebook group three times a day so there are plenty of chances to get your pilates on!

Yoga With Adriene

Have you always wanted to practice yoga but didn’t have time to dedicate to perfect it? Even a ten minute session in the morning before work can help clear your mind and be a great way to start the day. Yoga With Adrienne is accessible through Youtube videos that are available 24/7. 

A bit of routine and spending time to enjoy the things you love (or finding new hobbies) can help make these uncertain days a little less stressful. We hope that these activities can help you relax and de-stress. Share with us in the comments what shows you’ve been watching, books you’ve been reading, and what additions to your schedule have helped you!

Elham Mohamud

Lifestyle Director

Elham is twenty-year-old student, aspiring writer, and city lover stuck in Minnesota. A lover of quirky donut shops, professional athletes, attending concerts, and a consumer of too many iced caramel macchiatos.

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