The Modern Mom
September 17, 2018

Being a mom is hard work – caring after the kids, picking up messes, cleaning, cooking, and a never-ending list of responsibilities.

Every mom needs some time off, at least an hour to do something enjoyable that does not feel like the daily grind.

Hobbies can help you feel more in-tune with yourself and activities you enjoy, as well as take your mind off of the long list of tasks. It’s a great way to feel refreshed, motivated and energized.

Below, I’ve listed 5 hobbies that are not only fun, they are also doable for stay-at-home mom.

1. Drawing

Drawing can be a wonderful way to express your inner creativity and to push your mind to think in a different way.

For many people, it’s very meditative as it requires concentration and forgetting about all other problems or responsibilities.

Sketching, drawing and painting actually help develop different areas of your brain and can help with improving self-esteem.

Most importantly – drawing can feel like a restful, relaxing break. It allows you to sketch at your own pace, without any rules or pressure.

You can use a tracing lightbox to make the drawing experience much easier and relaxing. The soft glow will help you draw with the highest precision, and it also makes tracing super easy.

2.  Blogging

There’s a reason the blogosphere is full of mommy bloggers – it’s a fun hobby and even potential business for moms!

Blogging is challenging, wonderful and fun. It requires a combination of numerous skills including writing, photographing, graphic design, web development and marketing.

Mommies shouldn’t be nervous to open their first blog – you can start off with something small and learn with time.

Even if the blog is only for family and friends to catch up on what’s going on with the family, the challenge of putting together a running blog is a great way to spend time on an interesting goal.

3. Exercise

Exercise may feel more like a nuisance than a hobby but there are ways to make it fun.

Of course, exercise is absolutely vital for staying healthy and getting some endorphins in your system to feel happier.

Pick an exercise that you can enjoy, like Zumba or Yoga. You can follow videos on YouTube and start with beginner positions or steps.

As you improve, it will become more enjoyable.

4. Baking

This may seem like a household chore, but baking can take on a whole different role in your life as a hobby.

Play with ingredients and designs to improve your baking skills. Not only can you enjoy the delicious outcome, you may start creating art!

The internet (and Pinterest in particular) is full of amazingly creative ideas for cupcakes, cake pops, cakes and about any delicious baked good out there.

If you’re up for the challenge, find a recipe and art that you like and start baking and icing.

5. Gardening

Gardens can offer a wonderful way to get some fresh air and enjoy the stunning simplicity of nature.

In a way, they are an escape from the noise, the day-to-day pressure and craziness and can help a mom feel grounded.

The wonderful benefit to this is that gardening is done at home, so moms can easily do gardening while kids are napping or even playing outside.

It’s a creative outlet like no other and is surprisingly relaxing. Plus, the benefit is in having a beautiful garden with an abundance of flowers, fruits and maybe even veggies!

May 9, 2015

I was very excited when I found out I will be reviewing the gorgeous set of baking bowls by Fulmar.

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Product Description:

* 3-piece stainless steel mixing bowl set. Comes in sizes: 1.4 quart, 3 quart, 4 quart
* Non-skid silicone bottom to prevent shifting while in use and creates a solid grip with its surface
* Comfortable silicone handle for complete control while mixing and avoidance of hands in bowls during use.
* The spout is exceptionally designed to prevent spillage while pouring mixture
* Mirror polished exterior. Made from superior quality materials that are very durable and strong

My Thoughts

The bowls are so pretty and I love the pink handles. The silicone bottom is a winner, now I won’t have to worry about it moving around while I’m mixing. I love the silicone handle because it’s soft and easy to grip. I can easily hold the mixing bowl with one hand while mixing. This is the first time that I’ve had a mixing bowl with a pour spout. How cool is that! It makes pouring the batter easier.

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mixing bowl set 6

Overall, I love the mixing bowls. They are easy to use and clean. I love these bowls and it makes baking a lot more fun. If you are looking for a sturdy mixing bowl, this set is a good buy.

Where to buy?

You can purchase Mixing Bowl Set through Amazon. You can get the set for only $35.95.

Disclosure: I received a sample of this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own and was in no way influenced by anyone or the brand.

March 1, 2015

I was recently sent a baking mat via Tomoson to test and review.

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Product Description

Too often families eat out. Greasy, Messy, and over saturated globs of hot mess prepared by complete strangers. What happened to good old fashioned quality time preparing healthy meals that the family enjoys?

The Eco Baker is the latest and greatest in modern kitchen technology. It gives you the ability to bake anything without the use of fatty oils, lard, greases, or other chemically laden non-stick sprays. This mat will dramatically improve the quality of taste and nutrients you are proving to yourself and your family. Just one use of the Eco Baker and you’ll be amazed at how simple baking has become.

By using the Eco Baker, you are no longer contributing to the use of wasteful disposables such as aluminum foil, parchment paper, or single use baking mat and treys. Additionally, with the Eco Baker you no longer have to add an enormous amount of unnecessary calories and fat to your food because now your baking the eco way.

The Eco Baker has been quality tested in the lab, the field, and the resluts are in, Silicone baking is the future. These mats are made from FDA approved baking materials so be sure to bake with confidence knowing this product is 100% safe. Our products are brand new from the manufacturer, shipped from Amazon, directly to you.

The Eco Baker is flying off the shelf so get yours before the price goes up. This is our introductory price and will not last forever. When you buy this product you will receive your Eco Baker within a couple days.

My Thoughts

The mat looks very neat and tidy. I like the overall look of the mat and it makes me feel great that I am making healthier treats for my family. I can skip greasing the cookie sheets and I always have perfectly sized cookies.

Yesterday, I made a lot of cookies and used the mat several times. It amazed me that I. Didn’t have to wash the silicone baking mat after each batch. The cookie batter didn’t stick and all the cookies came off perfectly.

Overall, I had fun using the baking mat. I was able to save a lot of time and I love that I am serving healthier treats for my family. If you are looking for a silicone mat , this one is highly recommended.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Silicone Baking Mat through  Amazon. It’s fairly priced at $8.99.

I am also giving away one Silicone baking Mat to one lucky reader. Please use the giveaway tool to join.

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Disclosure: I received a sample of this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own and was in no way influenced by anyone or the brand.

January 18, 2014

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If your family loves French toast but stopped cooking it because of the high calories, here’s a trick to make it healthier.  Prepare as usual, but skip the skillet. Instead, place the dipped bread on a preheated baking sheet. Bake in 500°F oven 10 minutes, turning once. The batter will set as soon as it hits the pan, crisping the surface sans the added fat.

December 24, 2013

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It’s the time of the year again when you do a lot of baking, and it’s frustrating when you go to retrieve a cup of flour or sugar from your opaque canisters or colored jars only to find out there isn’t enough left for your recipe. To keep track of your supplies, start placing a rubber band around each container, lining it up with the level of the contents inside. Then move the band down as you use more. This makes it easy to see at a glance how much you have left.

October 13, 2012

I have to prepare this early if I want to sell cookies and cakes again this coming holiday season. Last year I decided a little late and I had a difficult time getting supplies — boxes, doilies papers, ribbons, and circle labels. I had to make do with what was left in the supply stores. tomorrow I’m taking a trip there and purchase all the things I will need for packaging. I’ll be making my famous chocolate chip cookies and orange bundt cake with poppy seeds.

May 31, 2009

For easier cleaning after cooking, it’s best to block the mess from happening.  Cover adjoining burners that are not in use with aluminum foil or extra pot lids when frying or sauteing.  When baking drippy pies or casseroles, line the lower rack of the oven with foil or a cookie sheet.  Lids, pans and cookie sheets are much easier to clean and can be washed in the dishwasher.

If in case an oven spill happens, immediately sprinkle a liberal amount of salt to soak up the mess.  Allow it to cool, then nudge the crusty stain loose with a spatula or an old credit card and wipe clean.  The salt will help you clean up the mess easily wihtout scratching your oven.