Need help with activity ideas for me to do during the day

TaQueyla - posted on 06/08/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Im a stay at home mom and im loving every minute of it but the days when i have off from most house work or when there is nothing on tv and the baby is sleep it would be nice to have something interesting to do to past time. Any ideas??

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Sara - posted on 06/08/2010

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have any old hobbies you gave up when you had a kid? Or any books you'd like to read? I'm finally starting to get some free time and I've started drawing again durring his nap time, then after he goes to bed at night I read a book. Things I havent been able to do in a long time. Hope you find something fun, take care :)

Alicia - posted on 06/08/2010

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do you have a computer? there's games online to play or you can do arts and crafts if you like to do them.

Tiffany - posted on 06/08/2010

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I scrapbook and love it!! It's a great way to fill an hour or two!
Tiffany

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Bethany - posted on 06/11/2010

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that's a good point Chelle, it's only since I started using flylady.net, these housy things are a way of rewarding myself with an easier job the next time. I love staying in hotels and going to shopping centres and I thought, why is that, and it's because they are so orderly and clean, so I'm treating myself to the kind of house I would like to holiday in. It sounds really sad, but it is really very uplifting to live in a nice clean house, even if I did do it myself. It's about valuing yourself, and giving yourself the home you deserve, because no one is going to give it to you for free. Sad, I know, I do have a life, really.

Chelle - posted on 06/11/2010

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Reading, Doing crossword puzzles (or any kind of puzzles u can get in magazines), Call your friends, if bubs can sleep with ppl in the house, invite one around during nap time, play cards, do a jigsaw puzzle, go outside, meditate, have a lovely relaxing bath, do some gardening or something grounding and earthy, take up a creative hobby-drawing, knitting, sewing, painting, writing poetry etc. Hop on the computer and chat or get on circle of mums and go into the forums. There is PLENTY to do.



Bethany had some good suggestions but i noticed a lot of them revolved around the house, and yes if she is like me, she finds such a thing rewarding but it sounds like you are in need of doing something for just yourself for a while.

Bethany - posted on 06/11/2010

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If I get spare time (ha! what's that?) I might cook up a batch of stew or pasta or whatever and put it in containers in the freezer for when I can't cook or don't want to cook or a friend is sick or whatever.



You can clean a room in your house for a while, right down to the floorboards, or detail your kitchen or check out flylady.net for housekeeping and lifestyle guidance.



Next time you're at the library, grab a bunch of magazines or a book and put your feet up when you get the chance.



Organise your photos, either on your computer, or the box they're all in.



Write to all your friends and family that you like, and tell them why you appreciate them, then post it. I love getting a proper letter, and not a bill or a pizza voucher in the mail for once. They'll get a little thrill that you thought of them, and that doesn't take much setting up time)



Go through all your clothes and anything you havn't worn in a year, that isn't special, put in a bag and give to good will. Same goes for blankets and towels. If they're a bit ratty, give them to the animal shelter.



Google your town and check out what tourists do there, so you have some different things to do when your baby's awake.



Give yourself a facial, or a manicure, geez if we all did that every day, we'd all feel a bit better, and there will be times when you won't be able to. Google some home recipes for pantry and fridge items you can use. (oatmeal, eggs, honey, milk, etc) nice and cheap.



Wash your hair and style it.



Bake some healthy cookies for snacks when you're out, or when people visit, or when you have a cuppa. (again, Google it)



Chuck the TV. Go a week without turning it on when the baby's asleep, and break the habit.



Go outside.



Get all your washing and ironing completely done and put away and bask in the brief absence of laundry.



Put all your dishes away and polish your sink to shining new. It really does have a knock-on effect to the rest of the house.



Go through your pantry or fridge and chuck all the unhealthy, or expired food and wipe over the shelves.



Clean out your shoes and put back only the ones you like and need and give the rest to charity. Vacuum the area, and put your shoes back all neat.



Clean your light fixtures



Drop and give me 20



buy or hire a yoga or relaxation dvd and practice some moves, very beneficial for later down the track



Sit and write to your child in a journal, about what they did today, and yesterday and their birth, and their day to day life, and their milestones. Keep it by the couch so you can jot stuff down regularly. Funny words they try to say, and things they do that make us laugh..We forget things really easily, as they grow and it's nice to look back and see them growing, especially when challenges come up. Doesn't need to be fancy, just pen and paper.



Get dressed up in full hair and make up and that dress you never wear because you never go anywhere but it was so nice in the shop, so you had to buy it. (oh, wait, that's me)

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