Ever wondered what busy moms do to relax? Still in need of inspiration on how to relax... here's a peek into the hobbies of a couple of Singapore Mom Bloggers.
1. Book Club
Evelyn Tan-Rogers of The Bottoms Up blog (http://thebottomsupblog.com) says, "My friends are mostly single. I’m married. Some of them are gay. I’m not. I have kids. They don’t. They have regular day jobs. I spend my daylight hours thinking up new games for the little people in my life. At some point, it started to sink in that the differences were starting to matter, at least for some of my friendships. And then we started a bookclub. Meeting up to talk about books made me fall in love with my friends all over again, and remember how smart and funny everyone is, and how much we feel the same way. If you're worried about losing your friends, and you love to read, try forming a bookclub together and you'll have something in common again, just like that. It worked for me!
June Yong of the MamawearPapashirt blog (http://www.mamawearpapashirt.com) says,"When I have time for myself (or rather when I consciously make time for myself), I like to visit cafes by myself. My latest favourites are Truffs, Group Therapy, and Selfish Gene. It helps me to relax because I get to enjoy a good latte, read a book or write in my journal. These cafe trips help me to reflect on life, take stock, and count my blessings."
3. Photo Walks
Rachel Teo of Catch 40 Winks (http://www.catch-fortywinks.com) blog says, "I take nature walks around my neighbourhood and capture the little details with my camera. I have very little time to exercise and enjoy photography these days, so this is like a 'killing two birds with one stone' effort of sorts to get some exercise and a photo walk done.
4. Reading, Blogging and Shopping
Regina of MummyMoo blog (http://www.mummymoo.com) says: "I enjoy reading on the bus while to and from work, and just before I sleep. I also blog when time permits and occasionally indulge in shopping for my son. These therapeutic outlets keep me sane.
Jus of Mum in the Making blog (http://makingmum.blogspot.com) says: "I try to squeeze in little pockets of time to scrapbook photographs of my boys. Time is a luxury, so these sessions are rather short, and I keep it simple and just add little bits of embellishments each time. Recording those memories, cuttings bits of paper and messing with glue is quite therapeutic!"
Angeline of PrincessDanaDiaries (http://www.ourprincessdana.com) says: 'Baking relaxes me...After a long day at work, I like to spend some time in the evening, baking as a form of winding down. I see it as devoting part of my day back to loving my family and it makes me happy to lay out yummy home-baked breakfast the next morning. Occasionally, I rope in Dana to help with the simpler tasks so we can have some Mommy-daughter time.
Jean of Jean Stitch (http://jeanstitch.wordpress.com) says: "Homeschooling and having my children with me 24x7 fills up most of my time. The short 2 hours when my little boy naps gives me the time to do what I love to do ~ sewing! It is therapeutic and calming. If not, a short trip out without the children is equally good with a good book in the bag."
Susan of A Juggling Mom (http://ajugglingmom.com) say: "As a full-time working mom, it's hard to find time for myself. So on rare occasions that I do get time for myself, I like to sew or craft. Now that I have a new oven, I hope to try out a few new recipes."
Ai Sakura of Sakura Haruka (http://www.sakuraharuka.com) says: "I like to cook and bake but it is hard to do it over the weekdays. So I set a realistic target to at least cook a weekend lunch or Sunday bake. I prepare the ingredients the day before so I don't waste any preparation time. My daughter gets involved too with the simple tasks so we enjoy bonding time in the kitchen while encouraging her to appreciate food better!
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