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Having spent a long day looking after the kids, for most moms the evening will be a time for relaxing and recharging the batteries in peace and quiet. However this is also often the only time that many mothers get to pursue their own hobbies and interests, so these are some ideas for combining relaxation with fun.

Shopping online

They don’t call it retail therapy for nothing and these days virtually every major store is online, making shopping online really easy. All you need to do is put in your details when you are ready to order, although the actual browsing may prove quite time consuming! 

Fun rating: 5/5

Blogging

Given the fun and frustrations involved in bringing up children, blogging about this (or another subject if you choose) can be a great way of letting off steam. You can write about your experiences, bond with those in a similar position and spend as much time as you choose on it. See here for more tips: https://blog.bufferapp.com/blogging-advice-for-beginners-from-16-experts

Fun rating: 4/5

Online education

This one can be time consuming, but if you are prepared to dedicate yourself, there are loads of colleges offering online courses these days. It can be a great way to keep your brain active in the evenings. I’m currently finishing up my Masters degree and wouldn’t be able to do so without taking classes online! 

Fun rating: 4/5

Online casino gaming

The numbers of online casinos have risen dramatically as this hobby has become more popular, so it is easy to find one with games you will enjoy and some are even optimised for a certain devices, for example www.iPadCasino.com.au includes some games that are best played on the iPad. Set a reasonable time and money limit for yourself and it can be another really good way to unwind.

Fun rating: 5/5

Watching television

You aren’t restricted to the latest exciting reality shows on Five these days, as TV streaming services mean finding great shows online is easy (http://www.techradar.com/news/television/16-best-tv-streaming-services-1044010). Of course following the Walking Dead, Game of Thrones or Mad Men can be time consuming, but you can watch at a pace that suits your schedule.

Fun rating: 5/5

The online world is your oyster these days, offering hundreds of ways to keep yourself occupied in the evenings without needing to leave the house. Do you have any online hobbies?

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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