Staying at Home: Activities You Can Do During Your Downtime

Ladies, if you’re like almost everyone around the world, you’ve probably been staying at home more than ever before this past year and a half because of the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ve been working from home, doing household chores, and catching up with everyone through video calls. Yes, you’ve been very busy, but do you still often find yourself at a loss to fill your free time at home?

Well, if you do, you probably just haven’t found an interesting and worthwhile activity you can do whenever you’ve got time on your hands at home. But there’s no need to worry. There are many great activities you can take up to pass the time at home. And sometimes, this means just keeping your hands busy.

Crafts

Do you remember your younger days when you made all sorts of stuff you gave out to family and friends? You had so much fun, right? There was a sense of accomplishment whenever you finished an item, and it also felt good when your family or friends appreciated your work. So why not get into the habit of creating trinkets, keepsakes, etc., again during your free time at home?

Chances are, many of the items you used to make were handicrafts. And there’s no time like the present-when you’re stuck at home-to start creating handicrafts again. Make friendship bracelets once more and renew your pact with your girlfriends. Or better yet, create matching dresses for you and the girls this time around.

If you want to go classic, you can get vintage patterns for sewing like those popular to help you make the dresses. You can also create items that’ll have practical use at home (so don’t give them away). For example, you can take up basket weaving to make bread, newspaper, or laundry basket.

Carpentry

Most of you are probably cringing or shaking your heads at the thought of taking up carpentry. Just because you’re a girl, that doesn’t mean you can’t try doing some carpentry work. Look at it this way. With carpentry, you’ll not only be doing something worthwhile with your free time at home but also learning a skill that could save you money in the future. It sounds like a good deal, right?

Of course, you don’t have to take on a big carpentry project (like building a house) from the get-go. Just start small and work your way up. For your first project, try repurposing old or broken home furniture. You can, for example, turn a wooden dining chair into a side table. Saw off the back of the chair and add the cross rails from the chair’s backto the legs of the soon-to-be table.

Then, after successfully repurposing several pieces, you’ll surely feel more confident in your carpentry skills, so you might as wellsee if you can already make wooden furniture pieces on your own. You never know-you might be able to give your home a makeover with new chairs or shelves that you made yourself.

Arts

When was the last time you drew something just for the fun of it (be honest)? For most of you, it was probably during your primary schooldays. Well, if it has been that long, it’s time to consider getting into the arts again and to rediscover why it was one of your favourite pastimes when you were a kid. Creating art is relaxing and helps keep your mind sharp, so it’s a great activity to take up while you’re stuck at home.

For starters, you can take out some pencils and sheets of paper and begin to draw or sketch. If you’ve got crayons, coloured pens, watercolours, or oil pastels, you can also use these tools for your artwork. Or maybe painting is more your thing. For painting, you’ll need to get yourself an easel, a palette, canvases, paintbrushes, and oil or acrylic paint.

You can also take up sculpture or word carving if you like creating objects, like crafts and carpentry. If you’ve already tried creating handicrafts and doing carpentry, the skills you acquired might even come in handy when you get into sculpture or wood carving.

Keep Your Hands Busy

Ladies, being stuck at home may leave you with a lot of time on your hands. Be sure you make good use of your free time by doing interesting and worthwhile activities. One simple way you can do this is by keeping your hands busy during your downtime at home. Choose the right interest or hobby to keep yourself occupied.

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Should I Buy My Kid A Drone? The Pros and Cons of Drones For Kids

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Drones have become a highly popular birthday or holiday gift for children who love technology. More and more parents are using drones as a way of helping their kids engage with tech  as a new hobby, but are there downsides to this new toy and tool?

Many parents are having this exact dilemma: should I buy my kid a drone? There are so many contributing factors in terms of the effect of drones on all people, both good and bad. In today’s blog, you will learn the pros and cons of drones for kids. 

If you are interested in buying a drone, here’s a guide to purchasing the right drone https://www.drdrone.ca/blogs/drone-news-drone-help-blog/drone-buying-guide-2021

Let’s get on the road to answering the question: should I buy my kid a drone?

The Pros of Drones For Kids

Let’s start with some positives. How can drones be good for kids?

  1. Drones help kids get to grips with contemporary technology.

The next generations of human beings are going to need to understand technology. Fact. While older citizens might be able to get away with being dense around technology, for youngsters, that simply isn’t possible. The world of work, as well as the social side of life, is already dominated by tech – and it’s increasing every day.

By giving your child access to a drone, you show them the responsibility, as well as the ins and outs, of using technology in real time. 

  1. Drones encourage your kids to go outdoors.

Drones can increase your child’s outside time, especially if they are a gamer and like to stay indoors. You can’t fly a drone in the house, so if your child wants to play with their amazing new toy, they need to head to the great outdoors! For parents of kids who love to hide under the duvet, a drone is a great solution that will encourage them to get some sun on their face!

  1. Drones can give your kids valuable photography and tech skills for the future.

As we mentioned before, the world of work is dominated by technology. If your child spends time filming using their drone and gets a good knack for it, it will build skills that will make them employable in the future. If your child has a passion for filming and photography, buying them a drone can nurture that in a very helpful, positive way!

  1. Drones can bring the family together.

Drones are usually not flown solo – you can enjoy them as a whole family. Especially if you take your drone on vacation with you, you’ll get a new perspective of a new place, and be able to use the drone as a great bonding experience with your kids.

The Cons of Drones for Kids

  1. Drones are not 100% safe.

Just like all complex technology, drones aren’t 100% safe. Drones can overheat if they are flown for too long, or are sent up in very hot weather conditions. This can run the risk of fire or burning if you pick up a drone that has overheated in an extreme way.

When you buy your child a drone, you need to be aware of the safety concerns and make sure to teach them how to use the drone responsibly. In addition, you might need to supervise them during their first tries with the drone.

  1. Drones are an expensive gift for a child. 

Drones start at a few hundred pounds or dollars, and can soar into the thousands depending on the type and size of drone you choose. This is an expensive gift for a child, especially if they are unsure of how to fly a drone themselves. If the drone crashes and breaks, it’s a lot of money down the drain! You need to be sure your kid is up to the task of taking care of their drone.

  1. Drones are illegal in some places, and need to be flown with caution. 

If you fly a drone into a zone where they are illegal, such as over a prison, or in certain countries, you could incur a hefty fine – or worse, a criminal conviction. As the parent of the child flying the drone, you’ll be responsible for this; you need to make sure you check out the area in which you are flying the drone and be safe while flying it.

Final Thoughts…

Ultimately, drones are a great tool for teaching kids responsibility and tech skills. Be careful of the downsides and make sure to do your research!

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Need A New Hobby? Try One Of These!

Everyone needs something outside their families and their working lives. As humans, we are built to enjoy life to its fullest, and without things like hobbies, we can’t adequately fill up our time. It’s not like you need to join several classes or teams, but you should choose things that make you feel happy and excited about life. With this in mind, if you’re in the market for a brand new hobby, check out the options we’ve got for you below.

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  1. Electronics. You don’t have to be young to use a remote control car or get joy from a segway. You can really enjoy the modern electronics that are available today because the remote controlled cars of the 1980s? They are so much better than they used to be! Check out these hobby electronics and see if there is something you’d be interested in starting up.
  2. Fishing. Man, woman or child, fishing is a fun hobby to be involved in! You can relax when you fish and you can spend time in the sunshine, too. If you catch a fish, throw it back and use soft bait rather than hooks to do this. Even if you don’t get any bites, it’s a fun hobby in which to be involved.
  3. Become a coach. Did you love sports in your heyday? Why not maximize on that and start coaching or training a local kids team? You could coach anything from chess to basketball, and no matter which you choose to enjoy, you’re going to get some joy out of it. 
  4. Darts. If you love going to the local pubs and bars, you should think about joining a darts team. You can learn to throw, and you can learn to enjoy the camaraderie of being a part of something. There are plenty of options for darts teams, too, and that means that you will be able to enjoy a new hobby as a group and not just on your own.
  5. Brewing. Have you ever considered brewing your own signature beer? You wouldn’t be the only one. If you have a lot of time and patience, brewing is going to be a gamechanger for you! Log online and think about buying your own brewing equipment to keep in the garage and you’ll be making your own in no time at all.
  6. Collect something. This is a broad one but you can collect anything that you like. Stamps, magnets from places you’ve been to before, memorabilia and more, you can collect anything as long as there is more than one type of thing!
  7. Chess. Does this sound boring? It shouldn’t. Chess is a game for the thinkers out there, for the ones who can think five or six moves ahead. If you’re like this in life, you’re going to love chess and what you get out of it. This strategy game is going to blow your socks off when you learn how to play properly. 

No matter which hobby you pick, you will find something to occupy your time!

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Incorporating Some New Hobbies Into Your Life

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Hobbies are something that many of us associate with children. The majority of kids have some sort of activity that they’re invested in and that they engage with on a regular basis. But the coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted, for many of us, that hobbies can be great for adults too.  As many of us have been spending increasing amounts of time indoors and within our own homes, we have grown bored and have started picking up different things to do and to occupy our time. Sure, with the rollout of the vaccine, the world may well be getting back to normal. But that shouldn’t mean that our hobbies simply disappear! They can bring joy and entertainment to our lives, so why not expand your horizons and try even more? Here are a few that you might enjoy!

Different Forms of Exercise

We all know that we need to exercise to lead a healthy lifestyle. But all too many of us think we just don’t enjoy exercise. The truth is, many of us try exercises that we don’t enjoy and fail to commit to them. Instead, if you find something you like and look forward to, it becomes pretty easy to get that recommended one hundred and fifty minutes of moderate aerobic exercise, or seventy five minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise a week. If you enjoy the gym, it’s fine to go ahead with this. It gives you a safe and sheltered environment to work out in with all sorts of equipment. But remember that there are other options out there too. Some options include:

  • Swimminga great, all round workout that is easy on the joints.
  • Yoga – a holistic exercise that can simultaneously teach mindfulness.
  • Ballet – a dance form that is great for strength, balance and flexibility.
  • Cycling – a way to exercise while seeing local beauty spots.
  • Team Sports – a great way to work out and socialise at the same time.

Motorsports

Motorsports can sound daunting, but it’s actually pretty accessible. Just take a look at Switchback Motorsports. They have all sorts of vehicles and machines that you can invest in to get on the road and safely enjoy driving, riding and more. There can often be a big social element to motorsports too, seeing many like minded people meet up for drives and longer road trips.

Cookery and Baking


We all cook on a day to day basis to provide ourselves with our meals. But when’s the last time you put some effort into trying out some new recipes, honing your knife skills and maybe whipping up a dessert? Cooking and baking are great skills that leave you with a delicious treat at the end. There are countless cooking accounts on social media, free recipes online and video tutorials on Youtube. These will all help you get started out in the right direction.

Of course, the hobbies that appeal to you will largely be determined by your individual interests and preferences. But hopefully, at least one of those outlined above will stand out to you and give you something interesting to do!

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Hobby Ideas Perfect For Introverts

While some people love to be the centre of attention, the fact is that not everyone loves having the spotlight on them, and this can make finding suitable hobbies a little tricky at times. When you’re an introvert, finding a hobby that’s a good fit for you and your interests, as well as being something that you can do on your own or with just a couple of others can be tricky. 

The good news is that when it comes to finding the ideal hobby for your introverted personality, there are actually lots of hobby ideas that could be perfect for you. It’s just a case of taking the time to think carefully about what options are available to you, as well as which options would be the best fit for you. 

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In need of a few hobby ideas and inspiration for finding the best hobbies to suit your personality? Below is a guide to some hobby ideas that are perfect for introverted people – read on for everything that you need to know. 

Remote controlled devices 

Whether you’re someone who finds drones fascinating or you are someone who has a keen interest in racing or flying, then a hobby using remote controlled devices, such as sky rover knightforce helicopter, could be ideal. This kind of activity is ideal for anyone who likes to spend time alone or as part of a small group as you’re able to do it solo or with a couple of friends, making it an ideal hobby for introverts. There are also community groups on Facebook for this kind of hobby, that you could opt to join to connect with other like-minded people who enjoy the same hobby. 

Arts and crafts 

If you’re someone who enjoys being creative, then you might find that you enjoy doing arts and crafts as an activity. The great thing about doing arts and crafts is the fact that there are so many arts and crafts to choose from, from drawing and painting to mixed media crafts. Plus, there are lots of online workshops and tutorials that you can opt to take part in too, to help you hone and improve your skills. 

Gaming 

If you’re someone who enjoys gaming, perhaps you could consider making gaming more of a hobby that you do regularly, either as part of a gaming community or on a solo basis. Gaming can be a great way to meet new people and can act as an interesting and insightful hobby to have, especially as there are always new games being released, so there’s lots to choose from. 

There you have it, a guide to some of the ideal hobbies that are perfect for introverts.

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3 Musical Instruments Ideal for Learning to Play On

Learning a new musical instrument requires time, patience, and lots of practise. This process can be made easier by first choosing an instrument that is easy to learn on. This article will consider 3 musical instruments that fit the criteria of being ideal musical instruments for beginners. Then, when you have become reasonably proficient at playing one of them, you might consider taking up a second instrument, or even learning more about musical production. Many people, for instance, start with the piano for a good grounding in music and then progress to either a woodwind or stringed instrument. Or, they go to a site where they can get dj finance and dip into the world of electronic music creation, using their skills learned as a foundation. It can, of course, happen the other way around, when someone is highly proficient at playing say a clarinet and then turns to a piano to expand their knowledge of harmonies and composition to help with entering music college.

Piano

The piano is a good instrument to learn music on because it can be played at different levels but can still produce music that is pleasant to listen to. Each note will instantly produce a sound from a low register to a higher one.

It is a myth that you need long fingers to play a piano. Elton John will admit himself that he has short stubby fingers yet has achieved great success by singing whilst being accompanied by his own piano playing. It is true that he might have followed a more classical path had his fingers been longer, but they certainly have not held him back. Russ Conway, from a slightly earlier period in music, lost the tip of his third finger in a bread slicer but still managed to play the most wonderful piano and achieve success with hits such as ‘Side Saddle’, ‘Snow Coach’, ‘Royal Event’, and ‘Toy Balloons’.

The key to good piano playing, excusing the pun, is to adopt good habits from the start. That is, in learning the correct posture and the positions that the hands should be in. It is far easier to play piano when incorporating correct finger positioning with hand movements.

Ukulele

The hardest part of learning to play a ukulele is spelling it. In comparison to the guitar or mandolin, it is an easier instrument to learn. This is because, for a child for example, its soft nylon strings prove gentler to the fingertips. This explains why many guitarists will use a plectrum to strum and play the

strings. In addition, the smaller size of the ukulele reduces the tension the wrists feels because the notes are more easily reachable without the need for stretching, like on a guitar. Another benefit of a ukulele, to mention it again and help me to spell it, is that it is not as weighty as some other stringed instruments, so more manageable when holding it standing up. Straps are useful, too.

Recorder

Another musical instrument that is one of the easier ones to play and learn on is the recorder, although the ukulele does seem to have overtaken it in popularity more recently in schools. Traditionally, the recorder has been a popular instrument in schools because it is cheap, light to hold, and not easy to break. In musical situations, they allow for ensemble and choir music to be played without anyone having to teach a new instrument. It is straightforward to pick-up and play after learning a few hole positions.

Recorders are an easy musical instrument to play because they do not require a specialized embouchure like other wind instruments. That is, the shape that the mouth is held in. To suit a variety of players, recorders come in varying sizes.

So, 3 musical instruments to think about. From the piano we might feel that we should begin on, if we have the opportunity, to the ukulele that I can now spell, or the recorder that is the most portable out of them all. A recorder can just slip into a bag and be transported back and forth from the music department. With permission, of course. Or a parent might buy the instrument to save that being necessary and allow for it to be practised more often still.

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4 Tips to Find a Hobby That You’ll Love

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Everyone needs a hobby, even if it’s just to keep busy on lazy Saturday afternoons. Of course, this ain’t the only reason for finding hobbies. They are great for mental and physical wellbeing, and they can also help you find a group of like-minded people who can become brand new friends. Finding new hobbies can be tricky, though, especially as an adult. You’re never sure what’s really right for you. If you’re looking for something new to drive headfirst into, here are four tips to help you find a hobby you’ll love. 

Do Your Research 

There are so many options for you to choose that picking a new hobby can feel a little overwhelming. It needn’t be like this, though. You can whittle down potential hobbies by doing your research. Consider what appeals to you, what you’re already good at (or at least enjoy doing), and go from there. This should prevent you from wasting time on a hobby that just isn’t right for you, saving any frustrations or unnecessary spending. 

Get the Gear 

Do you really need the gear? Well, this depends on the type of hobby. You can do some hobbies without the gear at all, like writing or even getting into fitness. However, many hobbies will demand at least basic gear. If you’re developing a passion for fishing, electric fishing reels are an excellent accessory to add to your kit. You might not want to spend too much in case the hobby doesn’t stick, but investing in suitable gear will make your life easier and ensure you actually enjoy the new hobby you’re trying out. 

Find Online Communities 

The internet can have a bad reputation for misinformation, toxic encounters, and scammers. However, there is also plenty to enjoy on the internet, especially if you’re looking for advice about a new hobby. Whether you want to know which is the best camera for beginners or are unsure how to use epoxy resin products to the best effect, you will find someone, somewhere who can tell you everything you need to know. All the information you need is often just a click away, so make the most of it, and make friends with people on the other side of the world. 

Don’t Settle For One Thing 

The sunk cost fallacy is something that often impacts many people when they get into new hobbies. They put so much time into something that they feel the need to see it through to the end. This doesn’t always work, though. If you want to give yourself the best chance of succeeding with a new hobby, don’t be afraid to try a few things. This will give you something else to fall back on, or it could even give you so much to do that you never stop being busy. 

Give It Time to Bloom
Not all hobbies take overnight, and while you might not feel great about it at first, giving it time to bloom will mean you give your new hobby a chance. Finding the perfect new hobby is all about patience, and you need to accept that you won’t be perfect straight away. Learning is all part of the fun, too, so embrace the experience and enjoy yourself, whatever you choose to do.

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Making Epoxy Resin Products? Here Are Some Helpful Tips

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One of the fun hobbies you might want to take up during the pandemic is epoxy resin crafting and selling. If you have been at home for the last year scrolling through social media you have likely seen videos of people making epoxy resin tables and other items for their homes. 

As a fun hobby as well as a money making opportunity it can be a great idea to try your hand at this craft this winter and see if you can get some income alongside your job. 

Today we want to show you a few of the things you need to think about when starting epoxy resin crafting to give you some help along the way. 

Choose good quality products 

It is incredibly important if you are to start crafting with resin that you use the best quality products you can. Resin is a unique tool for crafting and it can create some beautiful designs, but you need to invest in a good one to get the result you want. Choose a good resin as well as good quality pigments to make the most of your crafting. 

Have fun with colour 

Colour is a huge part of epoxy resin crafting and you will notice that many videos of people making epoxy tables and crafts have the most stunning colours that have a metallic feel. Invest in good pigment powders and don’t be afraid to mix and match colours to create something unique and beautiful. You can test your colour combinations in a mini mould before you try a full craft and start to build yourself a little colour recipe book with different combinations written down. 

Use a good release agent 

One of the biggest problems newcomers face when creating with something such as resin is getting it away from the mould once you are done. The best way to negate this problem and ensure smooth removal when you have dried your resin is to use good quality rubber molding release agents. Using a spray such as these will just add that element of greasing needed to help you along the way. 

Use a heat gun 

It is so important when you are working with resin that you use a heat gun on it when wet to get rid of air bubbles. When mixing resin and pouring it it is all too easy to end up with air bubbles in your piece and these bubbles get in the way and disrupt the design of your resin piece. By using a heat gun on freshly poured resin you will be able to avoid the issue of air bubbles and end up with a smooth and professional looking product. If you don’t have access to a heat gun you can also use a hairdryer for a similar effect. 

Sand and wax 

When working with resin you still need to do work when you have finished pouring the resin. Once dried, now is the time to sand and polish your piece to bring out that beautiful shine and make the piece picture perfect! 

Resin crafting is a brilliant thing to try this year to make some money and you may even one day be able to make a small business from these works.

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