5 Ways Meditation Makes Us Better at Yoga
Meditation. Yoga. The two go together like Batman & Robin (though with less capes… usually).
As spiritual health practices that have both found popularity in the West over the past 50 years, we tend to lump yoga and meditation together. Whenever we read of one, the other usually isn’t far behind. And when we’re shopping for yoga pants it’s no surprise to see a meditation mala in the vicinity.
Yet despite the obvious correlation between yoga and meditation, there are still countless people who do one or the other and not both.
Yoga makes you better at meditation because it creates a relaxed body that is conducive to a relaxed mind. Not to mention, it also makes it far easier to get into lotus position without feeling like your legs are going to snap in two. And meditation makes us better at yoga in five key ways. Let’s take a look.
How meditation makes us better at yoga
1. Meditation helps us focus on asanas
When we’re practicing yoga, we are, of course, exercising the body. But we ought to be exercising the mind at the same time.
Every time we place the body in an asana (pose), we should be focusing on that pose. By focusing the mind on the body while in a pose, we experience the asana in full. Yoga asanas offer many mental health benefits, but in order to glean those benefits, we have to actually focus on what we are doing.
Sadly, many people don’t leave their thoughts and distractions at the yoga studio door. And so they are not able to focus on the yoga.
Meditation is well known to improve focus and concentration. And because of this, it makes it easier to focus the mind on the body when we enter a yoga pose. The result is complete mind-body immersion in the asana.
2. Meditation lowers oxygen consumption
One of the lesser-known benefits of meditation is that it changes the way the body uses oxygen.
Scientific research shows that meditation lowers oxygen consumption rate by 10%. This means that we are more able to control the breath during and after meditation. This is a game-changer for anyone who gets short of breath when practicing yoga. If that’s you, try meditating before doing yoga, and during your yoga session, take a few moments here and there to practice mindful breathing. This will help regulate the breath.
Not only does this help us practice yoga for longer, it also gives us more control of pranayama.
3. Meditation helps you to discover the philosophical aspects of yoga
While most yoga studios these days are more concerned with physical exercise than philosophy, historically yoga has been about both.
If you want to truly embrace the yogic lifestyle, you have to get in touch with the philosophical side. Meditation can help.
The yogic system itself includes many meditations, such as Trataka (Still Gazing), chakra meditations, mantras, and sound meditations (Nada Yoga). Not only do these meditation techniques help train the mind, they also prepare the mind-body for more advanced stages of yoga. After all, it’s hard to truly experience Pungu Mayurasana (Wounded Peacock Posture) while you’re worrying about that business meeting.
4. Get too sweaty doing hot yoga? Meditation will help
Anyone who practices Bikram (hot yoga) knows what it’s like to sweat a little too much. But meditation can change that.
We get sweaty when our body temperature rises. But meditation reduces heart rate and blood pressure, and this cools down the body and thereby reduces sweating.
So if you’re worried you might be a little hot, sweaty and, yes, smelly when you’re doing hot yoga, try meditating.
5. Meditation improves balance
Feel a little wobbly in Warrior III? Meditation will change that, at least according to one scientific study.
Ying Kee, PhD, and his colleagues at the Nanyang Technological University’s National Institute of Education took 32 men and split them into two groups. Kee made both groups stand on one leg while holding a basin of water. While they were doing this, Kee asked one group to be mindful of their hands, while the other group were allowed to think of anything they liked. Kee then tested the balance of members of both groups.
The results showed that being mindful of the body increases balance, where thinking about something other than what we’re doing will actually lower our balance.
So, if you want to stay in an asana for longer, be mindful of your body while you’re in the pose.
Anyone who is serious about getting better at yoga should embrace both the physical and the mental exercises. And of the latter, meditation is the most important.
By practicing meditation not only do we embrace more of the yogic lifestyle, we also prepare the mind for success in the yoga studio.
The benefits of meditation are significant, and they are invaluable when it comes to improving our yoga practice.
If you’ve been doing the physical side of yoga without practicing meditation, perhaps it’s time for that to change.
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Paul Harrison, a meditation teacher based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He has 20 years of experience and has spent more than 2,000 hours meditating. He also works as a freelance journalist.Via Wellness http://www.rssmix.com/
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June 01, 2020 at 05:13PM
BEST MAI TAI RECIPE + MOCKTAIL
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The best Mai Tai recipe I have used that combines the perfect amount of sweetness and deliciousness!
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May 27, 2020 at 02:13PM
BEST MAI TAI + MOCKTAIL
MAI TAI + MOCKTAIL
serving size for 1 cocktail
*FOR MOCKTAIL: Replace light rum with orange juice. Replace dark rum with sparkling lemon water. Replace Cointreau with fresh lemon juice. Follow instructions above with the ingredient modifications*
Pour that cocktail, play some Hawaiian tunes, and get in the island vibe. I am usually not a sweet drink person but this cocktail has the perfect amount of sweetness and I think the almond syrup is the secret ingredient. I also never knew you could buy pebbled ice from Sonic and called my local shop and bought it in the drive through for $2 bucks! Feel like the ice really elevates the cocktail and makes me feel like I am having a drink out at my favorite resort.
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May 26, 2020 at 05:13PM
How to Support Your Student’s Wellbeing During COVID-19
Approximately 1 in 4 people (in the UK) suffer from a mental health condition. Couple this with recent research suggesting that 300 million people practise yoga worldwide, and it is reasonable to assume that someone in your yoga class has experienced, is experiencing or will experience an episode of poor mental health. Given our current circumstances, this likelihood is significantly higher, as mental health charities have reported an increase in cases of anxiety, OCD and depression due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yet for all this, yoga teachers are not therapists, nor should they be dealt with the responsibility of counselling their students. Mental health is a delicate matter that requires a unique sensitivity and education, knowledge not obtained in a foundation teacher training.
What yoga teachers can do is take steps to ensure their students feel safe and supported in class. Below are some suggestions on how to do so.
“How are you, really?”
Ask your students how they are. It is a simple question, and yet one that is charged with meaning. These four words create an opportunity for your student to open up, to put into words thoughts or feelings that may have felt incommunicable. Contrary to what you may expect, you do not need to provide life-changing advice, the mere act of taking an interest and listening to your students is enough to show your support.
In a yoga class, we often ask students to check in with themselves or pay attention to our thoughts and feelings. For some, this introspection can stimulate an emotional response. While guiding a class through the physical practice, it is important we are sensitive to the emotional reactions. Checking in with your students at the end of a class allows them the space to verbalize their experience, and in doing so, perhaps identify something that needs exploring/greater attention.
Unlike the stark cast signalling a broken arm, mental health conditions are not so evidently visible. Because of this, it is all the harder to approach/address. In absence of crutches, a shoulder sling or bandage, it is all the more important to pick up on subtle signs: missing a regular yoga class, entering the class late, seeming distracted or leaving a class immediately.
It is well established that physical activity is good for mental health, as is keeping up a regular routine. Of course, you cannot force your students to attend weekly yoga classes, however beneficial it may be to their wellbeing. However, you can make doing so more accessible. Monthly packages encourage a sense of accountability and commitment to showing up each week, even if that is so not to lose out financially!
Create a Community
In lockdown we have a heightened awareness for the importance of connection, but community and social support has always been crucial/fundamental to our sense of wellbeing. As yoga teachers we have the opportunity to connect like-minded individuals, whether that be through weekly “challenges” to build group spirit/solidarity, or separate means of communication through Facebook or WhatsApp groups. Being part of a group can combat feelings of isolation that so often arise in those struggling with their mental health. While we are not able to physically attend classes, virtual groups serve to foster this element of belonging and community.
Direct Them to Resources
As mentioned above, yoga teachers are not counsellors. It is a distinction that is often blurred by those working in the industry, their career choice motivated by a desire to help others. Yet, while it may be tempting to share personal experiences and guidance, such advice can be misconstrued or even damaging by those in a vulnerable position.
It is, therefore, more prudent and helpful to guide your students toward professional support. Here is a list of several organizations your students can turn to:
Understandably, it is not easy to drop the above into a casual conversation. If possible, it is worth posting these helplines on the studio’s notice board or desk so that anyone interested can access help discreetly. Alternatively, you may want to add these as resources to your website or social media page as a signal of the help available.
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Melissa Albarran from Yoga Alliance Professionals. She is a practicing yogi, dedicated runner, and avid writer.Via Wellness http://www.rssmix.com/
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May 25, 2020 at 11:13AM
Happy Mother’s Day
Today will always be a very special day. I am writing this post the night before, tired from a full day of happily chasing my toddler. When I put him to bed, we have our special snuggle time and I feel it’s always our little time of gratitude together. We both see each other, and really feel in that moment. His sly little smile from behind the crib bars as he puckers up his tiny little lips to give me a goodnight kiss. I dreamed for so long to see that face in front of me. Becoming a mother is the best thing to ever happen to me and my most cherished responsibility. Being a mother is challenging myself to grow with another human and learn and adapt with him.
The past few months, Otis has become to fascinated and in love with flowers. On our daily walks through the neighborhood, we walk down a few doors to our neighbors and Otis walks their path smelling all the flowers chanting “Flo flow” as he points to the different blooms. He sometimes doesn’t even get close to the flowers but takes in the deepest sniff in the air as he closes his eyes and concentrates. It just blows my mind being able to watch him grow and not only experience things but truly enjoy those experiences.
We were able to run free in empty field as Otis pointed at the ocean he could see in the distance and running through the wild flowers. Pausing to smell them, pausing to point. Chatting away. He was in such a mood (the kissy face photo with his sour puss face is my FAVORITE) that day but it’s wild that even in those frantic toddler moments there is always beauty in them.
Motherhood is far from perfect but that doesn’t mean you cant have the most beautiful moments together. Embrace the messiness and take pause to enjoy those small moments together.
Many of you know we were in the process of an embryo transfer that got cancelled due to Covid-19 and while we wish our situation could be different now, I know our time will come soon to start back up. For all my fertility warriors out there feeling helpless especially on a day like today, I see you. My heart is sending your heart a hug because I know that dark struggle. Stay strong and never give up. Otis is my little miracle boy and I know he was worth the fight and his future sibling is worth that fight too.
Happy Mothers Day friends.
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May 10, 2020 at 12:01AM
Clover Baby & Kids + EatSleepWear Rainbows is here!
I am so happy to share my collab with Clover Baby & Kids is now LIVE on their website. I shared all of my favorite photos of Otis in this previous blog post but wanted to share today as you can finally purchase them!
I collaborated with Nikki and Shannon, the co-owners of Clover Baby & Kids on this special new print to celebrate those parents that have battled infertility and finally got their miracle babies. Its about celebrating life and love. Rainbows are a celebration after the storm. A symbol of hope for those who have fought and continue to fight infertility. It’s a battle very near and dear to my heart after our 3 year fight for Otis and especially now after our recent cancelled frozen embryo transfer due to covid-19. The rainbow print just makes my heart smile and I hope it can brighten your own day. Whether you are buying it for your little one, or buying it for your coming miracle, it’s my sincere hope that this collection brings a smile to your face during these strange times in the world. After everything we went through, the ultimate gift is getting to enjoy Otis’ laugh and smiles and I am so thankful to be able to work on such a special project with other strong mothers. Tonight I bought a pajama set for my future little one and one for my nephew so he can match Otis. Please share photos with me if you purchase the rainbow print. I would love to see your little ones enjoying them.
I have a discount code for 20% off most items
I wrote a few posts on infertility and IVF and you can find them below:
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April 29, 2020 at 11:23PM
COVID-19 CANCELLED MY FROZEN EMBRYO TRANSFER
To be honest, I was never going to write this post until Monday came around. With this week being National Infertility Awareness week, my situation just hit me hard again and I was reminded that for me, being open and sharing my truth and struggles is something that not only helps me personally but hopefully helps others too. This Covid-19 world has become a super shitty time for so many people. Before I go into everything. Let me rewind.
Many of you know that we struggled for a long time to bring Otis into the world. You can read all about our infertility and multiple rounds of IVF as I wrote a lot of pretty detailed posts throughout the process. After settling into life as a new mom, Blake and I both started to think about expanding our family. We have 3 frozen embryos that have been genetically tested and our plan moving forward was to do a FET (frozen embryo transfer) to expand our family. We made the decision not to try naturally based on my own anxieties about my egg quality being poor. Plus, to have these little miracle embryos is such a blessing. We worked so hard to get them and we wanted to give them a fighting chance. Sharing the start of our cycle and what ended up happening. I had started a FET diary on my computer to document what I was feeling and going through so tapping into that in the paragraphs below.
STARTING MY FROZEN EMBRYO TRANSFER CYCLE
We decided to prep for a transfer at the end of March so that meant starting our treatment at the beginning of February. The first piece of the puzzle was doing a Hysteroscopy to take a look inside my uterus with a camera to make sure everything looked good to prep for a transfer. I remember the day I had the blood drawl in preparation for the procedure. It’s funny how quickly you fall back into these same routines of what now has seemed like a distant time away. After finally being in my own skin for about 2 months, here we were again. In my own skin meaning no breastfeeding and finally for once having my body literally to myself. The wildest thing after years of treatment and then being pregnant. Have to say, those 2 months were an incredible time to honor my own body and mind just being my own. Staring into a future of needles, meds, mood swings and anxiety had me on the edge of my seat. Maybe its PTSD from the years of treatments. It’s wild because it’s such a strange emotion. I am both calm and anxious at once. Is that even a thing?!? After going through this process before, there is a sense of calm in knowing what to expect. I also know that this really can work. Otis is sheer proof that the miracle possibility is something that is so real I can literally wrap my arms around him this second and hug him so hard and close. On the flip side, it’s heavy to know the journey that lies ahead and the obstacles ahead of us as well. So it’s this wild mix of emotions as I know those evil estrogen pills are on their way to my pharmacy and the countless needles that lie in my future. For a split second, I think about how much easier it would be if we could just be normal and conceive without all this baggage. But then I snap out of it. All the blood, sweat, tears and love we put into this process. All the work. Our precious embryos sitting frozen at the embryo bank. My mind instantly switches gears. It’s a privilege I get to look this battle in the eye again. And you know what? I’m a hell of a lot stronger than when I first started this journey and you bet the fight left in me is strong.
FIRST DAY OF INJECTIONS
I hoisted the giant cardboard box of medications onto our kitchen island. I took a deep breath because I knew what was ahead of me. The first shot of many and the first opportunity to prep for baby number 2. So exciting. Nerve wracking. Emotional. All the feelings. I decided that I was going to do it. Blake was next to me reading my protocol papers and telling me my dosage. I was starting my lupron injections. The lupron basically turns off your own hormones so you can sync everything with the hormones I will be taking soon. The injection is telling my body not to ovulate etc. It’s wild what these meds can do to help prepare for an embryo transfer. Wild. I pulled out the bag of orange insulin syringes. Funny that something so distant was feeling all too familiar. I pulled back the syringe to the 20 mark and I was ready to inject. I stood there for a second. Anticipating how it would feel again, psyching myself up. And BAM. I did it. And just like that, we were “IN IT” again. Holy crap guys. We were really in it.
LEADING UP TO EMBRYO TRANSFER
Everything was on track. Everything was going, dare I say, GREAT. Time was flying by and really before I knew it I was taking my estrogen pills and estrogen patches headed into the doctor’s office for scans to check my lining. I remember Dr. M saying how surprised she was that my lining was looking so good toward the beginning to the point I thought something might be wrong! Maybe things were just finally playing out without a struggle. Maybe things were finally syncing up perfectly with the universe. There was an odd sense of calm and peace and everything was shaping up to look great.
RUMBLINGS OF COVID-19
Covid-19 was starting to slowly creep into every part of daily life and I we quickly felt like we were on a race against the clock. What was really happening in the world? How was it going to trickle to us? It started to quickly become scarier by the day and it was always in the back of my mind that our fertility center might close. I was talking to a girlfriend on the East Coast who let me know at some point that her fertility clinic was closing and my heart instantly sunk. Was this all really happening?!
COVID-19 I HATE YOU
It was March 16th that would darken this FET cycle for us. In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, it became clear that this was going to possibly affect my treatments. I feel like each day leading up to this started to become increasingly scary and left me feeling such fear looking into the unknown of what each new day would bring. The virus was spreading more quickly than ever and slowly but surely everything was starting to close. Of course like so many people out there I was glued to my phone. Waiting for updates from businesses, brands, and most importantly my fertility clinic and the CCRM. The CCRM is the facility that not only stores my embryos but performs the surgical and non surgical procedures of egg retrievals, iuis, and embryo transfers. The day before my doctor’s appointment, I was scrolling instagram and saw an update from the CCRM. My heart sank. It stated that at this time, they were still performing egg retrievals but had put a pause on all embryo transfers and iuis. The tears started to flow down my face. Of all reasons to have my cycle cancelled, it wasn’t my body’s fault, it was totally out of our control. This stupid virus was fucking up my whole treatment plan. After months of prep, and a month and half of medications, I was literally a week away from my transfer and it was cancelled in an instant. I sent the text to a close friend of mine. Blake was on a conference call, and I was mid convo with my friend. She called me immediately to say how sorry she was. And we both started crying. I just knew it. I was going to get cancelled and I had found out by casually scrolling my instagram. Brutal. Absolutely brutal. I still held on to a glimmer of hope for when I immediately called my doctors office. They were still waiting on feedback from our specific CCRM center and I would have to wait till the morning for a final word on whether I was getting cancelled.
I woke up, showered, and got our whole family ready. Otis included! And packed us all into the car to head to the doctors. Keep in mind, we were in the middle of a quarantine to stop the spread of Covid-19 and didn’t have our nanny with us so Otis was coming with us to my appointment. We got 5 minutes down the road and I called my clinic. I let them know there was no way I was coming into the office if my cycle was getting cancelled. They placed me on hold and the receptionist said I was being cancelled. So we turned around and awaited a call from my doctor. I talked to my doctor later that day. In a way, I kind of felt awful for her too. Having to make all of these gut wrenching calls to tell patients why their cycles needed to be cancelled. I think in that moment, things shifted as I know the weight of all of this falls on so many people. She explained that since the effects of covid-19 on early pregnancy are so unknown, she was not comfortable compromising my healthy and strong embryo to these unknown circumstances. We talked for a bit and while it was a bitter pill to swallow, I agreed with her. It was better to put everything on hold until the world was in a more stable position and we had more information to implant an embryo for best chances of success. Also treatment and monitoring might become increasingly difficult to knowingly put myself at risk if I had any complications would just not be the right thing to do.
The honest answer is that we wait. We wait till the world starts to recover. We wait till our health care systems are not being overloaded. And we wait until our doctors office comes up with a plan to start treatment cycles again.
Dealing with the repercussions of this pandemic world have left us all in a state of mourning. Mourning our past social lives, routines, and interactions. Not only was I mourning the state of the world, but I was mourning our cancelled cycle. While I am lucky to have doctors and a medical team that is putting my health and my future babies health first, the sting of being one week away from our transfer date is still fresh. It makes my heart ache knowing that others are going through the same and the worst of it, you can’t go to your girlfriends house to just get that hug you need right now. The solitude of quarantine kind of makes it an extra lonely time.
But before it sounds like a doom and gloom story, I wake up everyday, looking at Otis and smiling. Every day I am lucky enough to spend with him and our family staying home and spending this time together. The advantage of being through this before is that I have seen first hand how all the emotional and physical drains of treatment can be worth it. I know for a fact that I am strong and that I can stare infertility in the eye and kick its fucking ass. Excuse my language (sorry Mom I know you are reading this!) but you know what, I did this before and I WILL do it again.
To all my warriors out there that are feeling alone, scared, and hopeless I want you to know you have an army of women (and men!) behind you. The hardest thing to have through this process is hope but hope is what saw me through this the first time. Please know my heart is with you and whether you have shared your own journey with anyone else, I am here to support you. DM me. Email me. It might take me time to respond but if you need a friend, I am here. Don’t ever give up. Everyday I get to hear Otis’ laugh makes me so thankful I never gave up. Stay strong friends.
A note about this old photo from before quarantine. I was struggling to find a photo that was appropriate for this subject. This specific photo always reminds me that there is such beauty in the world meant to be enjoyed with your loved ones. And I know one day, we will be looking at this same sunset together as a family of four.
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April 24, 2020 at 01:47AM
Rainbow babies after the storm
While it’s been dark in the world during this pandemic, I have been lucky to be home with Otis. He continues to always be a bright spot in our lives everyday no matter what is happening in the world. It’s wild because I always get the sweetest messages from friends and readers sending me DM’s about how Otis will brighten their day with the daily videos and peeks into our life that I share there. To say my smile grows every time I read that is the truth. Otis is a light in the storm in so many ways.
If you aren’t familiar, it was a very tough road for us to find our way to Otis. I first shared our struggles with infertility in one of the hardest posts I never thought I would have needed to write. A round of IVF, Embryo Transfer that ended in the most heartbreak I have ever endured. We went through IVF round 2, and then IVF round 3 in what seemed like a never ended series of battles. Finally, after 2 years of fertility treatments and a second embryo transfer, the world became brighter for us when I got the call that I was pregnant. On August 25th, 2018, Otis was born into the world. To say he is a miracle is an understatement. So often I find myself staring at him and having tears well up just taking in his smile, holding him a little bit tighter, and really remembering just how special it is to have him with us.
Those that have battled fertility are warriors. While you move past it, its never something you forget. In the end, it’s shown me the immense strength I never knew I had. It has always been a journey of tremendous challenge but also one filled with hope. And it leads me to share one of the most special collaborations I could share with you today to bring some thought and love to National Infertility Week.
I had met Nikki (virtually) through my sister in law and became a huge fan of her brand, Clover Baby & Kids, and her sleep-to-play essentials for little ones. Nikki and her co-owner Shannon are a female founded, mom-led company. They launched the brand in November 2017 and oversee every aspect of the company. Nikki struggled with infertility so connecting with others who struggled was a passion of hers as well. I loved their clothes from the beginning with the most adorable hand painted prints, fun colors, and most of all super cozy for Otis. When they came to me with an idea to celebrate those parents that finally got their miracle babies, I was so excited to help spread the love and joy of celebrating such a special moment for those parents. Rainbows are a celebration after the storm. A symbol of hope for those who have fought and continue to fight infertility. The rainbow print is so special coming in two color schemes. I have always loved rainbows especially given our story and I love that this set is perfect for Otis as there are two different colors to choose what you vibe with more. It’s honestly a dream come true to work with these women on this project. There is not a day that passes that I don’t give thanks and celebrate Otis. Without hope and strength, he might not have been here. For all my fertility warriors out there fighting the fight, we are all with you. I see you. I feel you. My heart is hugging yours. Please don’t ever give up. Keep fighting.
Given the unique atmosphere of the world, while we wait for the official launch of the rainbow collection, you can visit the preview page here where you can sign up to receive early access to shop it! Plus, signing up will automatically enter you to win two of the rainbow styles. We will randomly select one lucky winner once the product is available. Please help me to support one of my favorite small businesses as well as such an important cause. Thank you always, from the bottom of my heart for supporting my business that in turn, supports my family. Much love from myself, Otis and Blake. We hope you love the collection. Stay strong friends.
I wrote a few posts on infertility and IVF and you can find them below:
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April 21, 2020 at 12:24AM
Easy lunch time cold pasta salad recipe with banza pasta
EASYLUNCH TIME COLD PASTA SALAD RECIPE WITH BANZA PASTA
Makes lunch for 4 people
That’s it! I can not tell you how satisfying this meal was for a lunch. I basically just looked in my fridge and pantry to see what ingredients I had readily available. You can call it a pantry salad if you add in more canned veggies, beans and tuna. You could also easily use whatever vegetable you have in your fridge and top with a hard boiled egg for added protein. The dressing is nice and tangy with the white vine vinegar.
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April 08, 2020 at 11:26AM
Toddler Easter Basket
While it feels strange posting something like, I know a lot of parents are there are struggling to think of how to keep the world normal for your children during these hard times. I do everything possible to give Otis the best everyday we can at home during quarantine. I started prepping his Easter basket before the quarantine started but also have been able to get a few items shipped and be lucky enough to have my Sister pick things up for me on a trip to Target. We might not all be able to place orders or grab order pickups places. I am not leaving the house and Blake is the one that does all our out of the house errands right now (groceries and any prescriptions etc). So I haven’t been able to shop normally for his Easter basket but was so lucky to have some online lucky ordering a few things. Sharing a few things I am putting in his Easter basket. I was more concerned with some new toys to spark some interest for Otis and a fun way to do an Easter Egg hunt in our backyard. I have some of those mini cars already for Otis and I realized they perfectly fit into a plastic egg! I will fill my eggs with the cars and with some cereal or other snacks that fit inside. So I will share each item below and hope it inspires your Easter basket this year. Honestly, I am going to look through my garage to see what extra things I can throw in for Otis. Get resourceful and I highly suggest placing any orders today or Monday to ensure delivery. I wish I got this post up sooner… But quarantine means I am mom life 24/7.
poppyjack shop custom tags: I love this local business and Monday is the last day to place an order for a custom name tag. There are a few different shapes to choose from as well. I got Otis this bunny for his basket.
super bubble stick bubble gun: I actually already own this but it’s a super cute thing to pop into your Easter basket.
little market basket: I actually bought the basket 2 weeks ago and they no longer sell it separately but they have a gift basket version here as well as some other baskets that would be perfect and also so cute to be reusable for your little one not just for Easter. I love supporting the artisans that are making these goods. The also have some SUPER cute stuffed animals here you can add in for the basket. We own the bunny and carrot already!
slumberkins: These are Otis’ fav lovey and would make the sweetest little gift inside an Easter basket.
color me happy snack puzzle: Oompa toys is a small business I love to support. They sell sustainable and organic toys. Otis loves puzzles right now so I thought this one would keep him busy. We are also teaching him colors now so this will come in handy!
plastic eggs: I bought more of these reusable eggs. Otis loves them empty and plays with them often but I need some more for our easter egg hunt.
apolis tote bag: We have a few apolis bags at home and what I love is that they are customizable! This tiny size is so perfect for a little one and there is still time to order with overnight shipping.
Mattel Disney Pixar Cars 3 Die-Cast Mini Racers Blind Bag: I have a few of these cars already for Otis but I got a bigger set to place inside the plastic eggs for our Easter Egg Hunt. Otis is VERY into watching cars on Disney+ now. It’s making me so happy because I love those movies so much too.
barnyard dance! book: Otis loves all the Sandra Boynton books and I love this one because of all the farm animals.
sidewalk chalk: We actually only have 1 piece of sidewalk chalk one of our neighbors gave us for the sidewalk chalk challenge so I wanted to grab some more for Otis since now every time we walk by our neighbors and he sees theirs in their front yard he yells, “COLORS!” I ordered some for pickup from Target this week because Blake has to run out and grab us toilet paper because we are almost out. Otherwise it seems sidewalk chalk is hard to come by online but take a look around. This is the set I bought from Target but it’s only available for store pickup and not for shipping.
Learning Resources Jumbo Farm Animals: Mommas and Babies: Otis is obsessed with farm animals so I ordered these figurines to work on his words etc. My friend Danielle recently shared these and I LOVED them and had to buy. She also has a great guide up here.
bubbles: I bought this small pack of bubbles the last time I was out in the world more than a month ago but they still have them at Target.
no-spill bubblin’ bucket: My sister picked these up for me at Target when she went. Otis is gonna lose his mind because I never give him the container for fear he is going to dump it out onto the ground. Will let you know how he likes these.
grimms water waves nesting blocks: Otis loves the ocean so I thought this would be a fitting toy for him! Love supporting Oompa toys and thier small business.
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April 05, 2020 at 03:24PM