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Having a hobby is a must for moms!
“You can’t pour from an empty cup” is one of my favorite reminders as a mom. Technically, I’m still a stay-at-home mom by definition. But this applies to working moms, stay at home moms, stepmoms, biological moms, adoptive moms, foster moms, and every kind of mom in between.
I believe it’s incredibly important that every mom has a hobby.
The reason is simple: every mom knows that kids are masters at sucking down whatever is in your cup, slamming it down, running off and leaving you trying to keep it together before breakfast, some days.
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They’re little emotional vacuum cleaners, some days, those kids, no matter what stage they are in. Having a hobby gives you something of your own, it gives you a creative outlet, it’s natural stress relief, and it gives you something just for you that no one can take from you.
I’ve said for a long time that it never gets easier, it’s just different kinds of hard.
Different stages, different challenges, different kids, and different needs; all requiring something different of you, often with different kids in different stages at the same time, and you’re the master coordinator of all emotions, peacekeeping, meal prepping, dishwashing, laundry folding, appointment making, event planning, and everything in between.
Of course, that is not always the case, and some days, being a mom is downright fun. But more often than not, I remember everything, and everybody around me, and I come in last… If at all.
Everybody, but moms especially, need to have creative time where they do something just because you want to and you enjoy it.
Not because someone needs you to or the Earth will stop on its axis if you don’t (newsflash… It won’t).
Having a hobby of your own is refreshing. It helps you recharge when you choose to make time for something you enjoy.
It teaches your kids that this is important when they watch you do things you love. And you will be a better person, and a better mom for making yourself a priority.
In the last couple of years, I’ve found that some hobbies I really enjoy are painting, yoga, and making wreaths. Not that I’m good at them; but that doesn’t matter. I’m improving, I’m enjoying myself, and I’ll get better with practice.
You’re probably not going to find a hobby that you can start with no experience and do it very well right off the bat. If you do, good for you! But if you don’t, you’re normal.
I try to make time to do a hobby at least a few times a week because it reminds me of who Hannah was before she was only known as somebody’s mom.
It helps me refresh, recharge, and feel more patient when I come back. If you don’t have a hobby of your own, you need one!
Here are some fun, creative hobby ideas to get your wheels turning:
It can literally be on your phone of your kids or things around you. It doesn’t even have to be fancy! You would be shocked how much free information is available if you take the time to seek it out. I did this photo with our announcement pictures for Lexi. You can read the full post here.
Here is an awesome guide to get you started!
I have always loved the crisp colors photos that come from a great Canon camera. I have seen this camera is highly recommended by professional photographers, but if you’re looking for a great starter camera, this one is more affordable for a beginner.
I have always had really good success using my phone, a good tripod (I have this one and love the bendable legs!), and this awesome clip on ring light. I love the three different light modes. I’ve even used it to put my make up on!
Knitting or hand knitting.
I’ve seen people make some things that were adorable! My favorite is the little octopus hats knitted for preemies. Simply Maggie has an awesome video tutorial to get you started! I want to learn to hand knit a blanket like hers!
I never claimed to be good at sewing, but I have made a few blankets, aprons, and a taggie blankey. If you’d like see how to make a taggie and see a sweet baby admire her mama, then check out this tutorial from Love Happy Ali. She makes it so easy and those baby smiles are precious!
Crocheting or hand crocheting.
Do people still crochet? This awesome tutorial from Sarah-Jayne at Bella Coco Crochet looks like a cool first project for hand crocheting!
I’m not even going to lie, I have to make myself work out. But when I move my body, I feel a whole lot better.
I’ve done this one from Jillian Michael’s a few times. Word to the wise, she’s annoying by day 5, so turn her down and turn the music up!
Cooking or baking.
Anna at My Life and Kids nailed Pumpkin Bread forever and ever amen. This has been my go-to pumpkin bread recipe for several years! It’s easy to throw together and it’s delicious every time. No, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is. Pumpkin bread is always the right answer! If pumpkin bread could be a hobby, this would be the one you’d want.
I’ve actually been having a lot of fun with cake decorating! I watched several tutorials on YouTube, including this awesome one from Rosanna Pansino, then made it my own!
Wilton’s is always my go to for cake decorating! They have an awesome set to get started, or you can purchase items separately. I used Wilton’s cake decorating bags, an angled spatula, and Wilton’s 9in cake pans to create this unicorn cake. Here is the cake topper I used on Amazon.
Bonus points for before the kids get up! Or at a coffee shop which is literally my favorite. Check out some of my favorite reads
Some of my favorite reads are:
Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Awakening Your Child’s Natural Genius by Thomas Armstrong
Wife in Pursuit by Selena Frederick
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
This is on my bucket list to try!
Pro tip: I love looking at Facebook events to see what is coming up near us.
Painting with acrylics.
Joey and I did our first class at Painting with A Twist a few years ago and have done several since! These classes are a perfect date night or girls’ night out.
In addition to regular classes, they also do birthday parties!
But if you’re not into acrylics, consider trying out oil or watercolor paints, instead.
I also love painting at home! My go to products are:
- Acrylic paints. I have this set and loved the colors it came with!
- Great brushes. This is a great starter set; but I found that I also needed smaller brushes for details and a large one for backgrounds. I love these because they have the grip!
- Good quality canvases. I prefer thicker, stretched canvases that are larger and I usually buy them in bulk. I’ve found larger canvases easier for me to paint on. I usually get mine at Hobby Lobby or on Amazon.
- An easel.
- A little palette that makes me feel all Picassoy!
If you’re not sure what you need and just want to get your feet wet, start with an awesome set like this to get a little bit of everything at a great price!
YouTube has so many tutorials for painting with acrylics! I’ve also done several from stepbysteppainting.net, like this one that I painted for my Grandma’s birthday:
Tracie breaks them down and makes it so easy!
If you’re reading to start, this tutorial was Sunset Painting – With Hot Air Balloon Silhouettes.
Also, be sure to check Pinterest! I’ve found lots of step by step tutorials on there. I have found painting to be such a fun, creative outlet for a hobby. The more you do it, the better you get, and friends and family love to receive your creation as gifts!
Pinterest has literally thousands of crafting ideas. This is kind of the ultimate hobby. It can be so fun!
Making hair bows.
Christine Kobzeff has an awesome, simple tutorial to get you started.
Making things with a Cricut.
I would be lying if I said I was an expert with this thing, but the options are truly limitless! There are so many cool things you can make with it, from banners to custom signs, t-shirts, tumblers, wine glasses and more!
This is the Cricut I have:
I’m a part of this group on Facebook and it has been a huge help!
Corrine at the Slay At Home Mother is one of my favorite mom bloggers! One thing I love about her is watching her craft awesome stuff with her Cricut. These posts are perfect to get started with your Cricut:
This set has everything to get you started today!
We’re going to move outside for awhile to get into some outdoorsy hobbies!
I’m just going to spare you my recommendation as far as fishing because I know nothing whatsoever about fish. I barely even eat fish.
But that’s okay because Dani at Adventures and Preggers has this awesome how to guide:
This tutorial from Angler’s Escape makes it so easy for beginners:
Archery can be so much fun! I got Joey this bow and arrow set for his birthday a few years ago and he loved it!
If you are brand new to archery, start here:
If you need some serious stress relief, start here:
Drawing or sketching.
If you’re a super beginner like me, check out this cool list of step-by-step doodles from Thassia and Kirsty at Diary of A Journal Planner.
My mom scrapbooked as a kid. I have this memory of this giant drawer filled with crafty supplies that I would always get in to see if she had any cool stickers I could play with.
Get started now:
12 Must Have Supplies for Scrapbooking Beginners – JD breaks it down and makes it so easy!
Learn Scrapbooking in 5 Easy Steps _Thanks Anna, for this super easy to read resource!
A Beginner’s Guide To Junk Journaling – This one is one of my personal favorites! Sarah from the Olden Chapters gives us an awesome resource to put our own creative spin on. This one is SO much fun!
Originally when I wrote this, my mind went to those old stamps people used to collect. You know, way back yonder from cave days before they were even sticky? Yeah, I don’t know. But when I looked it up stamps with ink came up and it made so much more sense so that’s what I’m going with.
Get inspiration from Connie at Simply Simple Stamping:
And don’t miss this video from Natasha!
Floral or artificial, in a vase or something else; the choice is yours! Flowers can go with literally anything and everything. I have them all over my house because I love how they brighten up a space! They make it so much happier and more lively.
4 Steps To Professional Looking Flower Arrangements from Ounce of Salt
9 Ways To Arrange Flowers Like a Pro from Country Living
Decorating your home – or redecorating a space!
After we moved, I had SO much fun decorating! The entryway, coffee bar, and kitchen were my favorites!
I looked at resources like these to get inspired:
10 Best Rustic Entryways from Crystal at Mommy Thrives
34+ Outstanding DIY Coffee Bar Ideas for Your Cozy Home From Home Prit
Garage sales and thrift shopping.
There aren’t really resources for this one because some people just have an eye. Some people have a way of finding quality amongst a bunch of junk or the ability to refresh it! I’ve had some cool finds at garage sales for next to nothing that my mind’s eye knew just what I wanted to do with it.
Coloring can be so fun and cheap to get started! Generally, I like it; but you have to know yourself because too many tiny spaces just stress me out. If you need the jumbo-sized Dollar store books, that’s okay, too.
Or doing a cool Bible Journal like this one!
… Just not on Amazon, ’cause that’s just dangerous.
Not on your phone. Games with actual pieces.
Here are some of our favorites:
Trips, parties, school stuff, musical bedrooms, getting a new pet, picking out a baby name, redoing a room, making something; get creative!
Making your own body scrubs.
Making scrubs can be a super fun hobby! Fair warning though, coffee grounds are a downright mess.
Heidi from The Frugal Girls has a super fun Foot Scrub & Soak for Home! Every girl needs a good foot soak in her life.
Carissa at Creative Green Living has you covered with an awesome round up of homemade body scrubs: The Best Homemade Body Scrub Recipes To Make At Home
I love coffee, so I love how coffee scrubs smell. This one from DIY Beauty Base looks so easy: DIY Body Scrub for Smooth & Cellulite Free Skin
Spa night at home!
Use some of those awesome scrubs you made!
But if making scrubs isn’t your jam, no worries. I got you.
Instead of making your own, hop right on here and order one. I’ve done both, no judgment here.
This scrub is fantastic. I love the Himalayan salt in it! If you need a good face mask, Freeman face masks are my absolute favorite and go to brand. The cucumber is my favorite! Put some cucumber slices on your eyes for a real spa experience.
Also, be sure to read about the benefits of Himalayan Salt here! I thought it was so interesting!
Doing your nails, hair, or makeup.
My mom and I taught ourselves how to use a Shellac machine and do our own nails at home a few years ago by watching tutorials like this one.
Apparently they don’t make the machine we have and I won’t link one I haven’t tried and can’t vouch for. But I can tell you it is totally doable to teach yourself how to do shellac manicures and pedicures at home!
One of my personal absolute favorite hobbies! Check out Yoga with Adriene on YouTube if you have any interest at all. She makes it so easy!
These are my favorite yoga products:
- Extra thick yoga mat
- Yoga blocks. These have helped me as I work to build flexibility and create space.
- Yoga straps
- Or make it easy and get a set that will have everything you need!
Woodwork or wood burning.
I have seen some really cool looking kitchen utensils made with wood burning! This looks like a blast.
Wood Burning Tutorial – How to Learn Pyrography From Scratch from Menucha at Moms and Crafters.
Wood Burning Ultimate Guide for Beginners from Crystal at Marching North.
15 Awesome & Easy Ways To Use Scrap Wood from Awesome DIYs.
Upcycling household items.
Sometimes it’s easy for this to look junky, but it doesn’t have to! One of my favorite upcycling things I’ve done is washing out old pesto jars, adding some little rocks and yellow flowers and using them as decor in my kitchen.
I loved this list: 50 Jaw-Dropping Ideas for Upcycling Tin Cans into Beautiful Household Items on DIY N Crafts!
Don’t forget a pair of great running shoes!
… Or walking.
If you’re more my speed.
I need to do this!
Follow this easy DIY Essential Oil Candles tutorial from Run to Radiance for some super cute candles that I’m sure smell amazing!
Or, ya know. Just be like me and buy an awesome candle, because candles are lovely and I don’t know if anyone could imitate Yankee Candle Pink Sands.
I seriously might have to do these for myself! This sounds so fun and awesome for gifts!
Start at the very beginning and find our which works best for you with Four Ways to Make a Soap Base from 3 Boys and A Dog!
This Cranberry Vanilla Shea Butter Soap tutorial from Simply Stacie looks so fun and easy!
DIY Vanilla Coffee Soap from Frugal Family Home has to smell amazing, too! I know, I have a thing for coffee. Just a little bit though.
Yeah, yeah, you’re not a pioneer, I hear ya. Moving on.
Literally a n y t h i n g. Blogging, poetry, journaling, special dates for your family (first food, sit up, or other meaningful dates), stories. It doesn’t even have to be visible to others. But it should be. Because the world needs your beautiful potential.
58 Supportive Journal Prompts for Self Discovery from She Dreams All Day hits tons of topics to get your wheels turning! I started reading and accidentally got sucked in on three. Give yourself a few minutes to thoughtfully answer a few of these and listen to yourself.
Dating your husband.
Yes, that counts as a hobby! Check out 36 Date Ideas You Haven’t Thought Of for some snazzy ideas.
Anytime, anywhere. Joey and I have talked about taking a ballroom dance class one day. Stay tuned, because if that happens, we’re going to HAVE to document it. That’s going to be hilarious. At first, at least.
If that sounds fun to you, this video will get your feet wet.
Start a garden.
Joey has sworn to start a garden this year. Joey’s Garden: The Saga, coming soon to a theater near you.
Get started with Gardening 101: How to Plant a Healthy Garden for Beginners from Healthy Green Savvy.
If you don’t know what to plant, start with 17 of the Easiest Vegetables to Grow in Your Garden from Get Busy Gardening!
Or if you want to compost, this article from Pink Fortitude is an awesome guide to start with: How to Start Composting: Everything You Need To Know.
Or a Fairy Garden!
These are so cute I could bust.
Here is an awesome get started guide from If It Brings You Joy!
Learning more about something you’re passionate about.
I found when I was pregnant with Ella that I had a passion for birth that I didn’t even know was there. Read more here: How To Shorten Natural Labor & Rock it like a Boss – And How It’s Actually Easier!
That’s one of mine, but it probably isn’t yours. The cool thing is our brains are nearly limitless, and the amount of free knowledge available is, too! You can find information on almost anything or any hobby that exists on the Internet or at the library for free. Never stop learning!
Do my 30 Days of Kindness Challenge with your kids!
Kindness is one of the things I’m most passionate about in the world so I created this to make it a little easier to spread! Check it out here:
Learn an instrument.
Center Stage Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele Academy has a great video to get started: How To Play Guitar for Beginners.
How to Read Guitar Tabs is so easy to understand!
I actually discovered a love for wreath making a few years ago. I’ve done different ones including floral, ornament, green/Christmas, and mesh wreaths.
The mesh wreaths were my favorite by far! I made up about seven mesh wreaths last year that I gave out as Christmas gifts. They were a huge hit!
I did a super fun Easter Wreath tutorial here!
Maybe one day I’ll do a mesh tutorial, too; but here is a one to get you started for now. I couldn’t find one that does it exactly how I do, but this one is pretty close if you’re just starting out. These can be given as gifts, or sold, too!
I guess I like to watch a lot of videos then wing it and make it my own! If you’d be interested in a mesh wreath tutorial, let me know in the comments!
There are so many ways to “shop” for a hobby! Pinterest is the obvious first choice, but probably my favorite more classic way is to go to Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, or Joann Fabrics and see what grabs me.
You don’t have to be good at your hobby! In fact, you probably won’t be, at first. Just find ways to teach yourself and have fun. Not knowing doesn’t make you less than, it makes you teachable.
You’d be surprised what you learn and find that you like when you step out of your comfort zone!