Posted: Jan 06, 2012 8:44 PM
Now that the kids are back to school, you, Mom, may have a little bit of free time. Use it wisely by starting a creative new hobby.

Search Pinterest

Feeling crafty? Want to try your hand at baking up a new hobby? Pinterest is chock full of fun crafting ideas, amazing recipes and so much more. Spend some time navigating Pinterest and other special interest sites to see what strikes your fancy.

From crafty gifts and DIY home projects to gorgeous desserts and accessories, you may find a whole new interest you never knew you had. And with all the great photography accompanying the articles on Pinterest, it's easy to get inspired.

Team up with a friend

Want to spend more time with your fave gal pal? Ask her to join you in starting a new hobby. Not only will having your bestie by your side make your new hobby more fun, it will give you a chance to reconnect and spend some time with her.

Get together to talk about ideas for your new hobby. Is there something you both used to love doing together before motherhood? Is there something you've been dying to try (a pole dancing class, for example?)  but don't have the nerve to try it alone? Having your best friend by your side will give you the confidence to give anything a try!

Try new things

Always wondered about a Bikram yoga class? Want to take up ballroom dancing? Don't be afraid to try out a few different things before you find a hobby that suits you. Many companies offer a trial class for new possible clients so you can check it out before committing to making something your new hobby.

Turn a task into a hobby

Now that you are a busy mom, consider multi-tasking by turning a chore into a hobby. For example, couponing is all the rage right now -- and it can save you a bundle at the grocery store.

If you like to sew, try your hand at making cute Halloween costumes for your kids, blankies for friends' new arrivals or gorgeous Christmas stockings to give as holiday gifts. If you have an eye for photos, utilize apps like Instagram to make your photos even better and gift yourself with a new camera.

Consider your schedule

Don't add something more to your schedule in the name of having a hobby. We know moms have enough on their plates so don't clutter your schedule with a class unless you're totally into it. If maintaining your hobby causes you more stress than fun, it's defeating the purpose. 

We're not suggesting you give up your creative time, but you don't have to go beyond your home to start up a new hobby. Take up reading, start writing in a journal or blog or perfect your DIY manicure and pedicure -- all things you can do in the comfort of your own home!

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