This week I’d like to share some super-specific recommendations for free internet resources that have greatly enhanced my life. Of course everyone is different so maybe they will totally not work for you. But they are awesome enough for me to want to share them with you just in case. (Oh and I am a luddite and have no smart phone or tablet so am therefore ignorant of all the "apps" that probably supplant these... but if you still use a laptop like me you might agree that they are genius!)
These yoga videos on youtube
These are short and generally not strenuous (with the exception of the first, which is more focused on strengthening than stretching, but like the others feels really great). Mostly they are just really delicious stretches that get the kinks out and build strength and flexibility. The channel has tons of others, and I like all the ones by Cindy & Jen & some of the other teachers too, but these are my faves. I do at least one of them daily, as part of my morning routine, and it inevitably marks the turning point in my morning from physically uncomfortable, mentally unfocussed & grumpy to calm, centered, and looking forward to the day. I sometimes have to force myself to get started but once I do it’s just a pleasure; I feel like I’m honoring my needs and giving myself something good that I deserve.
Bookflix & Tumblebooks
When my 3-year-old wants to be read to and I am just too dead tired (think: early early morning), these two book websites are great substitutes. Both have interactive ebooks that will read a story aloud to your child as he or she turns the electronic “pages.” Both are free to use if you have a New York Public Library card, & are accessible through the ebooks page on their website (scroll down the ebooks page & you’ll see the links). No, it’s not the same for kids as having you read to them. But it gives you a breather & they have some fun books & accompanying musical videos! Tucker’s favorite is the groovy musical version of “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” on Bookflix. When Oliver was younger he loved 50 Below Zero on Tumblebooks, which is read (to hilarious effect) by the author, the priceless Robert Munsch.
I’ve already shared (in this post) how much I love listening to audiobooks, especially at bedtime, where it has basically cured my insomnia. I wanted to add that I got my 8-year-old hooked on them and now we often listen together to some of the great new and old books that are out there for kids (and adults who love kids’ books like myself). Recent favorite series we have enjoyed together include The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter (of course), and the Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer. Sometimes we discover unknown gems of hilarity just by browsing the site, e.g. I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President. The New York Public Library website audiobooks page explains how to download audiobooks to your computer or portable device using the software they provide (also downloadable for free). I would assume libraries all over are providing the same service to their members via their websites.
Question of the Week: What free internet resources have enhanced your life? Please share your recommendations via comment! THANKS!
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