Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Start a New Hobby Learn New Skills


Guest Post
By Abby Holt, Crafting Visionary

Get Your Hobby On: Having Fun Learning a New Skill 

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Do you have a friend who has a hobby that provides hours of entertainment, contentment and a pleasant feeling of achievement? Has it ever made you a little envious, wishing you could do likewise? Well, stop wishing and start taking action. There are countless hobbies and new skills you can get started on by booting up your computer and spending some time on the internet. Whether you’re looking for a do-it-yourself hobby or something you can enjoy with friends, the sky’s the limit. 

Colored Pencils Drawing Art Hobby


If people have always told you that you are so creative, that you should be an artist, maybe it’s time to take them seriously. Whether you have an aptitude or not, learning to draw is a wonderful past time. It’s a skill you can work on almost anywhere at home and on the go; all you need to get started are some good colored pencils and a sketch pad, then you'll be all set to start drawing whenever inspiration strikes. Online drawing lessons are one option for those who are just getting started and YouTube has an abundance of how-to tutorials for people of every age, art interests, and skill level.

Making Music

There are so many fun musical instrument tutorials and instructional websites online these days that you could learn every instrument in the orchestra if you had the time. You’ll need an instrument, but you may not need to pay a lot of money for music lessons if you learn online. If money’s an issue, why not start by learning ukulele, one of the smallest, easiest-to-handle, and most inexpensive instruments available? For less than $50, you can buy either a beginner adult ukulele pack for adults or a kid's ukulele and start strumming and singing along. Whatever instrument you choose, it’s lots of fun and you can learn at your leisure at your own pace. Why not talk a couple of friends into joining you -- it’s always more fun to learn and play some music together with friends, isn't it?

Homemade Pizza Baking Cooking Hobby

Cooking & Baking 

Bon Appetit! Taking your culinary abilities to the next level is fun whether you’re going solo or learning with friends. Whether you’re a true novice or an experienced cook looking to expand your skills, cooking is a truly rewarding (and delicious) hobby. With some determination, a willingness to experiment, along with a basic kitchen utensils set, some stainless steel mixing bowls in various sizes and whatever specialty essentials you might want, you're on your way to learn how to be a gourmet French chef, master the spicy nuances of Indian cuisine, go Cajun, or whip up some beautiful and delish desserts that’ll make you the most popular member of your family or circle of friends. 

Practicing Yoga 

Yoga is a mental and physical discipline that helps increase muscle and joint flexibility and strength, naturally lowers blood pressure, and improves your ability to concentrate and discipline your mind. The best and safest way to get started is by picking out a pretty yoga mat you love, putting on some comfortable clothes for exercising, and then taking a class with an experienced practitioner. If you’re feeling a little shy about taking a class, let the instructor know ahead of time to help you ease your worries, or bring a friend along. Yoga is a learning, non-judgmental experience, so embrace it and enjoy the transformation. 

Learning a New Sport 

Why not take up a hobby that’ll keep you in shape? You don’t have to take up boxing or start learning how to block and tackle. Whether you're interested in doing something together with others like sailing for beginners, tennis, or golf or taking up a solo activity like swimming or cycling, there are so many options year-round offering good ways to get some indoor or outdoor exercise, maintain a healthy weight, learn new talents, and feel great. 

Sailboat Sailing Ocean Learn New Sport

Studying a Foreign Language

Linguistics is one of the most popular hobbies on the internet right now, making it possible to learn obscure languages without ever leaving home. Want to learn Welsh or Icelandic? There are many sites that offer language lessons for free to choose from. There are also books and CDs available at your public library. It’s a great feeling of accomplishment to learn a foreign tongue well enough to converse with others or travel without worrying about the language barrier. 

Your Hobby Could be a New Career

New skills and hobbies can have unexpected outcomes, like launching a new career. For example, someone with a knack for technology may decide that a career path in information technology is a great next step. Learning about a career in IT as well as taking classes or even pursuing an IT degree can not only scratch an itch, it can also open doors to a fulfilling and lucrative job. Many IT learning programs are available online allowing each student to fully set your own pace, meaning you can accelerate or slow down as your life demands. 

Whether you pursue computer science, photography, graphic design or some other skill set which matches your passions and interests, affordable educational options are plentiful. A good place to find the perfect choice for you is to check with what's offered in real life (IRL) and online through your state's community college or university system.

Think of a hobby as a way to grow and become more well-rounded. For many people, they’re a kind of wish fulfillment, especially now that the internet offers so many opportunities to learn. 

About The Author and Craftability

Crafting changed from a hobby into a side gig for Abby Holt in college when she began using her calligraphy talent to sell pieces to fellow students and locals. Designing her own Halloween costumes and using her calligraphy skills, Abby loves creative challenges and has a knack for visualizing things and replicating them. Craftability, Abby's passion website project, was created to inspire others to put their crafting abilities to good use. Whether it’s painting, jewelry-making, quilting, or calligraphy that you enjoy, this site is designed to inspire you to be more creative -- no perfection necessary!

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Blues Clues Singalong Kids DVD Giveaway


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Blue's Clues & You Review, Giveaway, Twitter Party

Calling all fans of Nickelodeon's popular children's series Blue's Clues And You. The enterprise's latest new release, Blue's Clues And You! Blue's Sing-Along Spectacular (Paramount, 2021), will be available on DVD as February 2, 2021.  
On the new video, familiar animated character Blue is back with his sidekick Magenta along with live-action host Josh (Josh Dela Cruz). Also making appearances are The Mailtime Quartet, Slippery Soap, and surprise guest performer Ally Brooke. Together they invite kids at home to not only sing along with them, but to also dance and learn about different musical instruments. 

Blues Clues And You Singalong DVD Giveaway

Boys and girls will get in on the fun as they organize a Blue's Clues Music Concert, start a band, and have a dance party. As a bonus the DVD features four American Sign Language flash cards with Josh and ASL words from the show.

Blue's Clues And You Episodes

  • Song Time with Blue
  • Blue's Sing-Along Spectacular "Bluestock"
  • Blue's Big Beat Band
  • Blue's Big Dance Party  

Since we know our audience loves this show, thanks to Paramount we are excited to share another family friendly Blue's Clues and You giveaway exclusively for MommyBlogExpert's following. Read on for how to enter for your chance to win the DVD we are giving away.


Blue's Clues And You
Blue's Sing-Along DVD

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Blues Clues And You Singalong DVD Giveaway

How to Enter MBE's Giveaway

Thanks to Paramount Home Entertainment, ONE (1) lucky MBE giveaway participant will win the new Blue's Clues And You Blue's Sing-Along Spectacular DVD. To enter this exclusive movie giveaway Mommy Blog Expert is hosting, visit this MBE Instagram post. Contest is open to US residents only and qualifying winner will be selected at random. Hurry, this giveaway ends February 8, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST. This contest is not affiliated with Instagram in any way. Paramount is providing the prize and are responsible for delivery to winner. 

Blue's Clues And You Twitter Party

Join @belairmommie @mommyblogexpert and friends for a fun Twitter Party to chat about this new Blue's Clues and You Sing-Along Spectacular DVD release. In addition to MBE's exclusive giveaway on Instagram, there's another chance for you to win prizes during the Twitter Party hour. Be sure to RSVP below to be eligible to Win!

Twitter Party Blues Clues And You

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Time: 9-10pm EST
Follow: @belairmommie, @mommyblogexpert and friends

About the Blue's Clues And You Series & New DVD

Created for preschoolers, the Blues Clues And You show airs daily on weekdays on Nickelodeon. The new series is an update of the hit edutainment interactive series Blue's Clues which debuted in fall 1986. Leveraging smartphone technology to bring the beloved Handy Dandy Notebook from the original show into a new millennium, kids help Josh and Blue solve the clues. With a run time of approximately 94 minutes, as of 2/2/21 the new DVD is available on Amazon and in-store.

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Twitter Party Calendar With Prizes Includes Facebook Live + Instagram Parties

Social Media Parties

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Here's how to find parties on Twitter, Facebook Live, Instagram and Pinterest offering great prizes. Get all the details in this free constantly updated Master Party Calendar listing tons of family friendly parties including specifics on prizes you can win and links to RSVP and participate. Includes social media parties for U.S. and Canada residents with multiple updates daily as new parties are announced.

Avocado Big Game Twitter Party
#ad Avocados from Mexico Twitter Party 1/26/21 


Monday, January 25


Tuesday, January 26

Guac from Mexico Twitter Party from 8 to 10 pm ET with @momitforward and others. Prizes: TBA. #gno #GuacFromMexico #SBLV #ad  RSVP

Wednesday, January 27

Strategies for Paying Off Student Loans Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @experian. Prizes: $50 Amazon giftcard. #CreditChat RSVP

Thursday, January 28

First Look at Virtual Wow Conference Facebook Live at 2 pm ET with Moms Meet. Prizes: TWO (3) winners get box of goodies from sponsors. RSVP

Delicious Facebook Live Party at 8 pm ET with She Speaks Up. Prizes: Walmart giftcards. #WallmartBigGameMVPs RSVP

Friday, January 29

Kitten Catfe Twitter Party at 11 am ET with @thetoyinsider @jakkstoys and others. Prizes: FIVE (5) winners get fun toy prizes. #KittenCatfeGiveaway RSVP

Blues Clues And You Twitter Party
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Monday, February 1


Tuesday, February 2

Blue's Clues And You Twitter Party at 9 pm ET with @belairmommie @mommyblogexpert and friends. Prizes: TBA. #BluesCluesSingAlongDVDParty #ad  RSVP

Wednesday, February 3

Ways to Support Black-Owed Businesses Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @experian. Prizes: $50 Amazon giftcard. #CreditChat RSVP

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Super Salads Facebook Live Party at 2 pm ET with Moms Meet. Prizes: THREE (3) winners get a SugarBee Apple prize pack. RSVP

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Monday, February 8


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Wednesday, February 10

Money Management for Committed Couples Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @experian. Prizes: $50 Amazon giftcard. #CreditChat RSVP

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