Benefits of traveling as a hobby (part 2)

3. Traveling Makes You Smarter

Picking up new words in a different language whenever you travel helps you achieve improvements in your brain capacities. So, start getting familiar with travel jargon.

Not only languages but traveling also helps you learn about yourself. You may run into challenging situations in which you need to be resourceful and think differently. Therefore, you will develop new skills that you didn’t suspect you had within you.

4. Traveling Improves Your Understanding Of Other Cultures

Getting more understanding about a different culture is part of being smarter, and it is considered as a benefit of traveling in itself. It is said that the world is a book, and people who do not travel read only one page.

Sure, although you might feel most comfortable where you are, that is only a fraction of the whole world. If you are a student, take advantage of programs like Erasmus to get to know more people and understand their culture. Try to travel to regions that you have a skeptical opinion about. You will change your mind and realize that everything is so great abroad.

5. Traveling Makes You Become More Interesting

The fact shows that those who can include a few stories from abroad seem to grant more attention. Bringing a new perspective or mentioning something that other people aren’t familiar with is always a great way to shine in a social situation.

6. Traveling Allows You To Try Amazing Food

When it comes to food, I bet that you are one hell of a chef and your home meals are delicious. However, trying a typical local dish from another country is an excellent experience. For example, you might not know what sushi tastes like until you have been to Japan.

Eating local food in a new country is a brand new experience. All the flavors are different. Some food bloggers travel around the world for a specific dish. So, travel to the next region and try something new.

The top outdoor hobbies anyone can learn and enjoy (part 1)

Some people find it boring to practice any hobby in a confined place. If you are the kind of people who love to move freely and do activities that entice you, it’s time to pick up an outdoor hobby and bring out your adventurous side to life instead of your old, mundane routine of living life on auto-pilot.

We present here the top 10 outdoor hobbies anyone can learn and enjoy to make your choices easier and clearer.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and snowboarding are perfect outdoor hobbies for those who love adventure, want to stay physically fit, and develop reasoning skills. If you often look for excitement in life, you should consider skiing and snowboarding as one of your hobbies. Skiing and snowboarding are basic winter sports that help you learn to judge the distance accurately and to know how your body moves through space.

Archery

Archery is a hobby that can be practiced at home as well as outside and is one of the most preferred ways to increase focus and precision. This is a comparatively inexpensive hobby if you have access to rent the gear and space to practice. You can buy your own bow, arrow, and armguard if you want to practice archery more often.

Rock Sports

Rock climbing is one of the most adventurous and exciting sports for people who want to boost their stamina and stay in shape. If you are one of them, try repelling, rock climbing, or other similar sports. Rock climbing will teach you how to focus on precision, actively appraise your immediate environment, and accordingly plan your adventurous moments.

Outdoor Sports

Outdoor sports can help in keeping people physically fit and active since ages. They can also keep you mentally fit and agile. Outdoor sports such as football, rugby, baseball, basketball, or any other team sport can not only keep you mentally and physically healthy but also increase your team building skill.

Benefits of traveling as a hobby (part 1)

The benefits of traveling are not just a one-time thing because traveling can change you both physically and psychologically. Going to new places is beneficial in all aspects of your life – socially, intellectually, and emotionally.  Having not much time or money isn’t a valid excuse. If you have a family and a full-time job, you can travel on the weekends or holidays, even with your baby. Here are some benefits of traveling that make it should be your new hobby.

1. Traveling Improves Your Health

The health benefits of traveling are huge, from cutting down on stress to lowering your risk of heart disease. You may have to sit on a chair all day long at the workplace, adding some walking to your trip can make your body feel better. For some people, wandering outside is considered as a cure for depression and anxiety. Although it’s not a foolproof cure, it may help you feel better, both physically and psychologically.

Traveling tends to have a tremendous impact on your mental health, particularly if you’re no used to going out of your comfort zone.

2. Traveling Disconnects You From Your Daily Life

As you know, we tend to be caught up in our daily lives so much that sometimes we may cause more harm than good by simply sticking around. Your kids are driving you mad? Your parents are trying to make you live the life they want? Your boss is taking over your life? How long can you handle this pressure before you burst and everything falls apart?

Sometimes it is best to take a deep breath, take a step back, and take a trip to relax. However, make sure to leave with a bit of preparation in order to avoid making a mistake during your journey. Additional, if you’re going to fly, you should book your tickets as soon as possible.

Top Seven Shopping Tips To Save Money

It is necessary to know how to shop smart. There’s the stuff you need and there’s the stuff you want. Put your credit card back in its holster and use these tips on your next shopping trips to keep more cash in your pocket.

1. Make a Shopping List. Before going to shopping, make a list of everything you plan to buy and follow the rule that you’re not allowed to buy anything if it’s not on your list. This will help keep your impulse shopping to a minimum.

2. Bring just the Cash You Need. You can’t spend money that you don’t have. Before going out, remember to put a small amount of cash in your wallet for all the purchasing you plan on doing. If the cash runs out, your shopping spree’s done for the day.

3. In terms of Clothes and Shoes, Just Buy the Basics. Before you consider buying a new clothing item or shoes, ask yourself how often you will wear it. Choose basic pieces that you can layer and accessorize to make them unique.

4. Don’t Shop When You’re Bored. If you are bored and looking for something to do, instead of running to the shopping center automatically, find inspiration from free things to do with your friends.

5. If You’re in Doubt, Leave the Store. If you’re on the fence about whether to buy something or not, what you should do is to put it down and leave the store. Then think clearly and if you really want it, you can go back and buy it. If not, you’ll be happy you saved your money.

6. Find Cheap Deals Online. If you look hard enough, you can find good shopping deals online. Checking your favorite brands’ sites frequently to get deals on by them.

7. Don’t Be Seduced by Sales. Don’t buy anything you don’t need just because it’s super cheap because there’s no use spending money on something you’ll never use.

Famous Athletes With Interesting Hobbies Outside of Sports

Professional athletes do amazing things in front of countless fans, but what they do outside of sports sometimes goes unnoticed. The famous athletes we know can’t just be inundated by their sports. The same as anyone of us, they need other hobbies to keep a level perspective on their lives.

Iit’s fun to know what sports superstars do away from the court without getting weirdly invasive. So, here is the list of some interesting hobbies that famous athletes pursue when they have spare time.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Bingo

It can be hard to imagine that this man with world-class skills, and willingness to flaunt in front of millions of people likes playing something as simple as a game of Bingo, which he used as tool to pick up on English numbers and sayings.

Rajon Rondo- Roller Skating

Rajon Rondo of the Chicago Bulls started roller skating as he was a member of the Boston Celtics.

When people think of finding a hobby that they want to become good at, slapping some wheels on the feet and gliding around and having to try not to break any bone isn’t the first thing to come their minds. It did for Rondo, though, and he looked to have a strong handle on roller skating, too.

Michelle Wie – Painting

Like any other ones, professional athletes also need an outlet away from work. For Michelle Wie, his job is golf and his release is painting. And painting isn’t just a hobby for Wie, she’s incredible at it.

While some of us can hardly draw stick figures with any consistency, it is cool to see that Wie can express herself via one of her favorite hobbies. She usually shows off some of her work through her social media accounts.

The nice thing about this hobby is that it’s never a competition. Anyone can pick up a pencil and paper to get to work the same way.

Ten Cheap And Fun Hobbies That You Can Get Into (part 2)

3. Writing

You keep writing all throughout school and college, and when you have graduated, it’s the last thing you want to do and you probably don’t think of it as a hobby. However, writing can be good for the soul. If it’s difficult for you to work through things out loud or to vent to people, writing down your thoughts can help you make sense of it.

Additional, it can be an amazing creative activity to write poetry, a short story, or even a novel. It is also a cheap hobby because you only need a pen and paper, or software like Microsoft Word or Google Docs.

If you have any message to spread to the world, blogging can be a great way to get it out. There are many free blogging sites available on the internet.

4. Cooking

Although spending time in the kitchen can make some people miserable, others may thrive when experimenting with different ingredients to make their favorite dish.

One of the best parts of cooking is that there are so many recipes available online these days and you don’t need a cookbook at all.

5. Volunteering

Volunteering might not be considered as a “hobby,” but it’s certainly an activity that people can enjoy in their spare time. It also has a lot of benefits. It makes you feel good when you’re able to give back or help you make new friends and get involved in a friendly community of volunteers.

Moreover, volunteering at an organization can help you develop new skills that can help you boost your resume.

6. Get Artsy

Most artistic hobbies can be done on the cheap, particularly if you consider one-time investments pay off in the future. For example, you can design graphics on the computer or you can attend a free class at a craft store.

Ten Cheap And Fun Hobbies That You Can Get Into (part 1)

Hobbies have been proven to boost levels of well-being and even improve job performance. The perfect hobbies are ones that make you tap into your energy and creativity but don’t tap into your wallet significantly. In this article, I pull together a list of some great hobbies that you can get into just with little financial investment.

Here are some of the best cheap but fun hobbies:

1. Hiking, Walking, or Biking

Instead of going to a gym, you can take a walk around your neighborhood or apartment complex to remain active. Look for local trails which are for beginners and reconnect with nature.

If walking isn’t your speed, buy a cheap bicycle and bike around your city. If you’re in a big city, rent a bike for one day and decide if it’s worth investing in biking.

All that hiking and walking require are decent shoes and comfortable clothes, which you probably already have. Having a water bottle along with you while doing these hobbies is useful, but it’s not essential if you’re doing a mile loop.

They are great activities for a couple, for the whole family, or for friends. Having a bonfire after going for a late-night walk or bike ride around town is a great way to end a night.

2. Reading

Reading is a cheap hobby with a lot of benefits. It can serve as an escape, forces you to focus on something meaningful, and can spark creativity or inspiration.

You can try audiobooks if you’re not the page-flipping type. You can take them anywhere and listen to them while walking or biking.

Instead of buying books, you can borrow them from the library. Many libraries have expanded their digital selections, so the chance of being able to borrow an ebook or audiobook is greater than ever. There are also many websites that offer free ebooks, although they tend to be older.

Making Paper Dolls With Your Kids

 

Kids nowadays seem to be missing out on a “real” childhood. When we were children, we used to play hide and seek, tag, red-light green-light, or some arts and crafts project. Kids now are so absorbed with experiencing the latest technology and rather contact with friends on social media than meet face to face. What attracts them is the “We have free Wifi” at restaurants or public places and you can barely grasp their attention to have a family dinner. There is also less appreciation for homemade gifts or board games than before. Everything is offered by apps and available in the palm of your hands. How can we drive children’s interests to the simpler things instead of owning their own electronic device? Try doing something active and creative with them.

How to Make Paper Dolls

Making paper dolls with your kids is a fun project! Whether you are having a play date or sleepover or are spending quality time, it is a great activity to take part in with your kids. Encourage them to make some paper dolls and tell them an identity or background stories. This activity is also inexpensive because you can use paper in your house. By this way, you will no longer have to spend a lot of money on Barbie and friends, Barbie Glam convertibles, and Barbie dream house.  Moreover, playing with paper dolls give your children the opportunity to progress their motor skills and bring out their imaginative side. Studies show that making kindergartners and special needs kids cut out paper dolls is an effective occupational therapy practice.

Barbie vs. Paper dolls

I’m sure there is not much excitement in buying a paper doll from Barbie while paper dolls can help kids be able to create a true representation of what people look like. We parents can help them understand the realistic standards of beauty instead of being misled by Barbie dolls and the media. For many years, people have been angry at Barbie for not creating dolls with practical proportions. Unluckily, young girls playing with Barbie dolls are inspired by their beauty and try to emulate them when they grow older. So, encouraging your kids to make their own dolls and make replicas of themselves to solve these misconceptions.

Barbie announces skating star Tessa Virtue doll as part of ‘Role Models’ series

Tessa Virtue, a Canadian figure skating star, is getting a Barbie which was made in her likeness. She joins the iconic line of toy dolls as part of “Role Models” series of the doll brand Barbie.

Tessa Virtue’s doll features the red dress that in real life, she wore in the 2018 Pyeongchang Games’ free dance when Virtue and her partner Scott Moir won their second Olympic ice dance gold.

“SO EXCITED & HONOURED to be part of it,” Virtue tweeted. “More to come, need to collect my emotions first.”

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir ended the Pyeongchang Games as the most decorated skaters in the history of Olympic with three gold and two silver medals and then were named The Canadian Press team of the year 2018. Meanwhile, the Barbie website calls Virtue “one-half of a team known for their legendary elegance, athleticism, innovation, and their unparalleled ability to skate in unison.”

“The Barbie role model program is Mattel’s way of honoring women who are breaking boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls. Tessa, like other honorees, was chosen because through hard work, determination, and dedication, she shows girls every day that you can be anything,” brand manager for Mattel Canada, Lisa Perry, said in a statement.

The “Role Model” dolls are part of the 60th anniversary and International Women’s Day of the brand Barbie to inspire the next generation by shining a light on women that are breaking boundaries in a variety of different career fields. Barbie will honor more than 20 women from various continents and countries, ranging from 19 to 85 years old and speaking 13 different languages.

Other women who have been a part of the series include aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, model Ashley Graham, tennis player Naomi Osaka, journalist Ita Buttrose, movie director Ava Duvernay, world-renowned chef Hélène Darroze, and gold-winning Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim.

How to Make Synthetic Doll Hair (part 2)

Step 4. Press a sewing needle to the glue.

Place a sewing needle along the glue line you have just applied before the tacky glue gets dried. It helps to pinch the synthetic hair together under the needle. You should pinch the hair as close to the needle as possible. This process helps to force the glue to seep through the hair and glues all the strands of hair together at the center. Keep the needle there until the glue dries.

  • Once again, because this may be difficult to do on your own while you have to hold the hair in one hand, and the needle in the other, you should ask a friend for help.

Step 5. Remove the sewing needle.

When the glue is dry, remove the needle carefully by sliding it out from the hair bundle. After having removed the needle, you can flip the hair over. You should have two distinctive halves of hair with a dip in the center where the needle has been.

  • As with the previous steps, you can ask a friend for help with this one. It is helpful and easier for you to do if you have a friend hold the hair in the right place while you slide the needle out.

Step 6. Glue the hair to the doll’s head.

Use hot glue for fabric dolls and tacky glue for plastic dolls. Don’t use too much glue because it may seep through the hair, creating knots in the hair. Apply a thin glue line to the center of the doll’s head. Press the hair’s center strip to this glue line and keep it pressed there till the glue dries.

Lift up one side of the hair at this part and apply a thin glue line, spreading it around the side of the head. Just use a tiny bit of glue. Repeat this method on the other side of the doll’s hair.

Press all the hair down so that the glue can bond to it.

Step 7. Style your doll hair.

Style your doll’s hair however you want. You can braid it, curl it, cut it shorter, or put it in a ponytail.