My Favorite Things: Cosmic Kids Yoga

My Favorite Things: Cosmic Kids YogaA week or so ago Lila was having a meltdown about something. Who knows what, probably something about not having the right amount of toothpaste on her toothbrush or something. She’s three, you know how it goes. Anyway, meltdowns like this don’t lead to successful bedtimes, so I was doing my best to try to calm her down. I remembered a long ago article in some parenting magazine suggesting that children doing yoga before bed can help them to sleep better. So I suggested some yoga to Lila.

She was soon distracted from the toothpaste disaster and intrigued by the idea of yoga. I grabbed my iPad and did a quick youtube search for kids’ yoga. I found one with a friendly woman in a fair isle pink onesie offering to lead us in yoga about Frank the Frog. Cosmic Kids Yoga is lead by British lady Jamie and lets us know that it is our place for “yoga, stories and fun.”

Each episode is about 15 minutes long and tells the story of an animal friend. As Jamie leads you on an adventure with that friend, you do yoga throughout. It is nothing fancy or complicated – some stretching, deep breathing and a few poses. While some are the poses are definitely difficult for Lila to get into or hold – such as the tree – they offer alternatives and she seems to have a good enough time trying to get into the pose.

Lila’s started asking to do yoga each evening before bed. There are many stories to choose from and Lila enjoys both the variety of the stories and the repetition of how each episode progresses. It starts with the “secret yoga code word” – Namaste – and ends with a few minutes of quiet meditation in shavasana. For the record, there is not usually that much quiet meditation as a giggly Lila piling on top of me, but it’s fun. Lucy has joined us a couple of times and I’m not sure there is anything more adorable than watching the two of them attempt to do yoga together.

So if you have young kids, I strongly recommend Cosmic Kids Yoga as a quick, relaxing way to settle everyone down at the end of the evening or even get ready for nap time. As we enter rainy season here in Seattle, I think it will be useful as an afternoon activity when we need to star jump our wiggles out too.

While three year old melt downs are never something I’m hoping to occur, I can at least say that this evening’s particular meltdown led us to a great discovery that has allowed us to have fun for a few minutes each evening.

Some of My Favorite Things: Unroll.me

One of the great things about the community of bloggers on the internet is that someone is always trying something new and sharing about their experiences. For me, this is a great way to discover new ways to make my life easier in some way, plus someone else has tried it first so I know it works! Since I’ve had good luck learning about new things from fellow bloggers, I thought I’d share some of my favorite things as well.

How unroll.me makes my life easier

Today I’m talking about unroll.me . I read about it first over on Coconut Robot, but didn’t join right away. A few weeks after reading Kacia’s post, I decided to check it out and I am so glad I did!

Unroll.me helps manage your inboxes, particularly all those sale emails that clog your inbox daily. (Loft and Children’s Place, I’m looking at you.) You enter you email address, allow unroll.me to access your inbox and it scans for promotional emails. Take 60 seconds to go through all the mail it found and sort through it. Not only can you add it to your daily “roll up”, the best part for me is that you can unsubscribe from all these mailing lists with a single click.

I’ve been really enjoying using unroll.me for the last few weeks.

The highpoints:

  • I’ve definitely unsubscribed from some places I have no desire to receive email form (for example, VA wineries that we used to visit when we lived back east, or Georgetown ticket office because I once bought tickets for a UConn v. Gtown game).
  • All of the daily sale emails, plentiful over a holiday weekend and in the back to school season, are in one email. If I don’t have time to look at them, or I don’t want to be tempted to hop over to the Tory Burch website, I can just ignore the email entirely. Or I can scan the “roll up” and only read the emails I want to read.
  • Less stress. Even if the majority of the emails are promotional, seeing a 3 digit number in my inbox stresses me out. I feel the need to at least look at the emails to ensure I’m not missing anything. (It’s a compulsion, what can I say.) I’m not one of those who can just ignore the little red number on her phone. It needs to be clear. This has helped to keep that inbox number manageable.

The lowlights:

  •  It is a little wonky with gmail. The majority of my promotional emails go to my old yahoo address and it works well there, but with gmail I definitely see more mail slip through or see emails both in my inbox and in my roll up. Not a huge deal and it is getting better over time, but if gmail is where you receive most of your promotional mail, you might not find it as useful as I do.
  • It does take some massaging. The first week, it took some time for it to catch up with all the promotional mail. It doesn’t prevent new messages from coming to your box, so you’ll see still some messages. For example, if you sign up on a Monday and there is no Kate Spade messages in your inbox, you may receive a Kate Spade email on Tuesday. Then when you receive your roll up the next day, you’ll get a notice that they’ve discovered new messages in your inbox and would you like to review them. From there you can choose whether your Kate Spade email is added to your roll up, remains in your inbox or if you’d like to unsubscribe. (Why would you unsubscribe?)

So there you have it. One of my favorite things. I hope that unroll.me can help to make your life a little bit easier, as it has mine.