(and no, I didn’t go back brunette again. These pics were taken before I went back blonde ;))
I’ve found myself doing a lot more yoga, pilates, meditation and just over relaxation for my mind lately. I’ve been one giant ball of stress for months now, trying to figure out to do this whole motherhood thing while working and everything in between. Like let’s just be honest, the whole concept of keeping a clean house is just a joke and I’ve just come to accept that it’s just probably not going to happen.
Well since Blake boycotts naps most days I find myself doing these little yoga/meditation sessions with her near by. Then one day I saw her doing poses with me and I about died from all the cuteness. I mean, come on?! How good is that?! It totally melted my heart to see her want to be like Mommy, even if just for a second.
Then Merrithew came into the picture and it was the perfect timing. Want to know why?! BECAUSE THEY MAKE BABY YOGA ITEMS. I mean, really they’re for “kids”, but Blake can be a kid right? Even if she’s a toddler. Actually, I take that back. I don’t want her to grow up, but I will allow her to use all the kid’s items from Merrithew because why not?! As long as she’s being safe and keeping out of everything else while I attempt to exercise/relax for 15 minutes, I’ll run with it. Plus like I said it’s the cutest friggin’ thing you ever did see.
So lemme break it down for you, here’s the items we have tried out from Merrithew! AND I can actually attest to them working for older kids because I let my sister, who is a fourth grade teacher, use a couple of the items and she said it’s been game changing for her students!
Mat — This is Blake’s favorite. When I pull my mat out she literally says, “Mat, Mama, Mat” and I die a little inside. I mean really anything she does I think is the cutest thing in the world, but that’s how I should be right?! Anyways, it’s the perfect size, rolls up nice and tight and fits nicely next to mine in the closet when we are not using it. It’s also colorful which she loves too and honestly, I think any kid would!
The ball — Blake might be a little young for this, but she definitely loves to push it around and attempt to throw it while I do yoga, so there’s that. BUT, there is a reason for it and it helps practice balance and is really good for active kids! My sister loves using them as seats in her classroom, it gives kids the chance to bounce and keep busy, but pay attention to the lesson being taught. There are tons of uses for them really, but Blake says she loves them for throwing it at Mom while she does a yoga pose. Basically, she just likes keeping me on my feet or off of them, on the ground, flat on my face 😉
Balance & Therapy Wedge — Seriously this is my favorite one and literally, I use it with Blake now when she sits at her little table to draw. It helps teach your babes good posture and balance. Blake actually loves sitting on it (and requests it when I forget) and well, I have TERRIBLE posture, so I figured I better start her young!
Discs — These are soft and honestly great just to teach hand eye coordination. We will toss them back and forth and tip–they make the BEST bath time toy!
DVDS — The Kid’s kit comes with great DVDs too, that I can’t wait to use with Blake when she’s just a little bit older (but don’t grow too fast baby girl). It teaches small step by step classes and shows many tips and tricks.
WAIT UNTIL YOU HEAR THIS THOUGH. We have SUCH a good giveaway for y’all tonight, somethin’ for Mom/Dad and the kids! I’ve teamed up with Merrithew and am giving away the following:
For kids // Eco Mat for Kids—Pixel the Robot, Flying Foam Disks 2 Pack (blue and yellow), Balance and Therapy Wedge for Kids, Yoga Block for Kids (Green), Stability Ball for Kids (Green, 45 cm), Fitness Fun: Pilates for Kids
For Mom/Dad // Natural Rubber & Jute Mat and Stability Ball™ with Pump (75cm gray)
Here’s how to enter:
Thanks to Merrithew for sponsoring this post!
MERRITHEW™ is an international health and fitness company based in Toronto, Canada. Parent company of the renowned STOTT PILATES®, MERRITHEW is known for producing high-quality exercise equipment and props, and certified education programs and workshops.