I wrote last week about feel a little down, frustrated, unfulfilled. Time to balance the scales and write about some that makes me feel happy. In this case, it’s why I love YouTube.
1. An afternoon You Tube music adventure.
This is where the girls and I find some music on You Tube and use the the suggestion panel down the side to journey through a musical afternoon adventure, the final destination being anyone’s guess. I try to start with something that will appeal to all three of us…. like this great version of Peter, Paul and Mary’s Puff the Magic Dragon which I have sung to the girls since the day they were born. Although we do also do a kids music adventure, starting perhaps with this gorgeous song, Down by the Bay (a You Tube discovery on a previous adventure) or something by Fransiscus Henri or Don Spencer. The beauty of a You Tube music adventure in our house is that I have a portable speaker that I can play songs directly from my iPhone on. This means our adventures often happen outside of the deck (or the stage as the girls call it). So it’s an adventure, great music, and being outside all in one, what’s not to love.
2. Dolly Parton
Okay so my thing for Dolly Parton is probably not shared by many…. and perhaps I should be a little embarrassed to be publicly admitting this, but there it is. I find those days where the girls have brow-beaten me into agreeing to take part in some mind-numbing role playing game that if I put on the You Tube Dolly Mix I can get through pretty much anything. Throw in a bit of Jolene, Islands in the Stream (with Kenny of course) or Coat of Many Colours and I can even manage at semi-acceptable performance of Mrs Rabbit. (Just for the record I think my three year old might be working on a PhD project, “Why Rebecca Rabbit is so much better than Peppa Pig”).
If Dolly doesn’t do it, a bit of Johnny is always worth a try.
3. The Learning Opportunities are Endless.
Want to learn to crochet a granny square, try this (it worked for me). Joining squares, doing edges of various types, different stitches, whole projects. It’s all there, a wealth of the world’s crochet wisdoms all videoed and explained (the quality varies, so you might need to scope it out first), just waiting for you to pick up wool, hook and press play. I’m sure the same would apply to knitting.
And if you want to fix something (which I don’t do much of, but Mr Good does lots) then there’s probably a You Tube video to give you some help.
4. As a stay at home mum fitting in exercise classes is no mean feat. And paying for them is a struggle too. I do manage one Pilates class a week (most weeks…) but aside from that I hit You Tube. I’ve tried a couple of 30 Pilates sessions like this one and this one. I’ve also been doing a bit of Yoga on those days where I REALLY need to chill out a bit. I like this one, but I’m still exploring some of the others. And if you’ve only got five minutes before the kids start using you as a jungle gym, search “five minute full body workout” and you could do a different one everyday for a year.
5. Of course there’s no better place to find funny videos than You Tube, a five minute pick-me-up to get you through to the kids bedtime perhaps.
The Televator (this one is 13 minutes, but so worth it)
These are just two I’ve come across recently. Love it when friends share these on Facebook, because who has time to trawl You Tube to find them in the first place (I’ll leave that to the 16 year olds, once they’ve finished reading The Fault in Our Stars of course).
Now this is where it gets interesting. It’s over to you to share the funniest, most helpful, best music clip or any other wonder that can be found on You Tube. Let’s share the love!