Hobbies and Activities – The things I enjoy but are different now

Hobbies & Activities I like doing but they are differnt nowI am a mother. I can enjoy many of these hobbies and activities with the toddlers and children.

Hobbies & Activities I like doing but they are differnt nowI am a mother. I can enjoy many of these hobbies and activities with the toddlers and children.

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Last week I wrote a post about the Changing Priorities in Motherhood. I explored the idea that Motherhood changes everything we one thought important. This got me thinking and I realised not only are my priorities different but the things I enjoy have changed too. Perhaps this comes with age and wisdom rather than parenthood but as ever I like to pin a little blame on the girls where I can. So here are a few of the hobbies and activities I enjoy doing but they are different now.


Fact is I can ‘drink like a fish’. Perhaps a fact I was once proud of. Ok, I was definitely proud of it. But now I much prefer having one, maybe two, glasses of wine or gin and tonic of an evening. Not only that but I would much rather be drinking that in the comfort of my own living room. The idea of being in a bar on a Friday night is akin to being tortured using an ancient Chinese method. Oh how times change.


Had we had a Netflix subscription sooner I would simply have been addicted sooner. I have always been a bit of a movie addict and would far rather watch a film than a TV program. Now thats all changed. I still enjoy movies but I really can’t be bothered with the cinema anymore. Plus it is much harder to follow the whole plot of a film once you are likely to fall asleep half way through of have to stop to sooth a screaming child, an anti sleep demon.


I always liked baking but it was a periodical pastime that I was decidedly average at. This may come as a surprise to those that have followed me for a while. I always get such lovely comments about my baking and I am starting to see that they are deserved. But that wouldn’t have been the case 5 years ago. If a recipe went wrong I wouldn’t have known why. Baking became my ‘go to’ activity for a hint of sanity in the rough days of motherhood. Some people turn to gin… I turned to Wilton and PME.       As you can tell I have obviously done a lot of baking over the last four years as I can make Marbled Macarons ‘just because’.



I always liked clothes and fashion even if I was never a very fashionable person. Now I still enjoy knowing what the latest trends are but I look for different qualities in clothing. Durability, flexibility and functionality for example. The huge benefit of having birthed two super girlie girls is that I can buy them all the pretty dresses I would have killed for as a child. Not that I was a deprived child I hasten to add, simply that clothes like my daughters have didn’t exist when I was growing up.

The National Trust

I used to visit some of these properties with my Grandmothers. I always enjoyed the gardens and homes. When I was younger it was something different to do. Now I am a parent it is even more enjoyable. I get to take my daughters exploring whilst they burn off lots of energy. I get to see the gardens from a new perspective. The excitement of seeing what is around the corner is priceless some days. Plus it is a great and healthy way of getting us all out of the house, some weeks reducing the cabin fever is utterly essential.

Hobbies & Activities I like doing but they are differnt nowI am a mother. I can enjoy many of these hobbies and activities with the toddlers and children.

There are many things on top this list that I still enjoy but are different now I am a parent. I could probably go on for half the day but I won’t. Looking at what has changed I can’t help but feel that it is all for the better. Yes I would love more time to watch Netflix. But I can’t really complain when the alternative is getting out exploring the countryside with two of my most favourite people in the world.

What would you add to this list?

Hobbies & Activities I like doing but they are differnt nowI am a mother. I can enjoy many of these hobbies and activities with the toddlers and children.

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  1. I had my first child at 18 and didn’t really have any hobbies before then except hanging out with my friends and listening to music in between studying, I probably get up to a lot more now but that’s because the kids are older and occupy themselves! Love the marbled macaroons 🙂 #kcacols

    1. I’ve just read your post about the photo books, you do loads now! They are amazing! You should be very proud x

  2. I definitely agree on these! I love having adventures with my babies and the idea of going to a pub or club now is just awful to me. I love a drink with a good friend over dinner or something, but I find myself automatically calculating in my head whether something is worth it based on how much sleep I’ll still be able to get haha! x #kcacols

    1. Yeah, dinner and drinks are much better. I often refrain now rather suffer a hangover with parenting x

  3. Oh Netflix vs cinema – so with you – falling asleep the whole time. I just get so so tired. I can sit at my laptop for hours of an evening and tap away but the moment I sit and watch a film I’m fast asleep! Oh and your baking skills are to be commended! Amazing my lovely. Times do change don’t they and the things we like alter. I definitely used to be more outgoing. I feel more insular as a parent – I dislike the competitiveness of motherhood so find I shy away more from groups of mums. #BigPinkLink

  4. If you’d told me as a child that when I grew up I would love National Trust gardens I would have laughed in your face! My parents used to drag us round the houses and we found it so tedious! In fact, once we got older, we would stay in the car and listen to the radio instead! I’m exactly the same with drinking now – a nice couple of glasses at home is perfect, the hangover just isn’t worth it for any more, and if I’m going to use a babysitting night I want it to be for something better than just a trip to a bar! And yup, I can’t stay awake through a film at home anymore either – give me a box set to work through any day, an hour is about my limit before my eyes give out! #bigpinklink

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one! I am making the most of visiting all the gardens whilst I can. I know the time will come when the girls don’t enjoy it anymore.

  5. Im a yes to most of those (apart from Baking not quite got into that yet) we love netflix in this house and drinking at home which is amazing as it used to always be pub and cinema back in the days but i really enjoy staying in now in my comfy clothes and glass of wine. Nicky xx #bigpinklink

  6. That’s one of the things I miss about the Uk… national trust:) there’s not much like that in NZ. There’s pleantvof wine though! And Netflix! So yay! #dreamteam

  7. Sewing! Before it was a hobby that I was ok at but not great, now I’m doing courses to learn to make my own clothes! I find it relaxing. When it goes right!! It may be before 7am but those macaroons are so tempting!! Thanks for linking up with the #bigpinklink this week

  8. I love this! I feel the same about all these things. Though my hubby and I do still enjoy getting out (without the girls) to see something at the theatre. Action movies are just so much better on the big screen! I actually find I am more organized now that I have little people to keep on a routine. My laundry gets done more often (though folding and putting away is a HUGE chore), and I cook more often – though I’m not much of a baker.

  9. Wait til you’re old – than finding anyone to do anything becomes hard…though occasionally I can drag one of the kids to a concert with me (that find that SO embarrassing…) #Stayclassymama

  10. My parents have been NT members for years and I just thought it was something you did when you retire! Apparently not as we now have one!!! Garden centres too, I’ve never spent so much of my life in garden centres, they are so brilliant for children. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    1. Hehe! I thought it was for retirement too! Why are garden centres so great? I wish I could understand why, but they are.

  11. I would happily hire you as a baker, I am the worst at anything related to picking up a pan or ….what is it called, spatchula lol. The drinking has changed for me as well, I am scared of hangovers now so I will only have two or three! It’s so strange how children completely change your life and a little bit of who you are….albeit drinking isn’t really who I am but it was a big part of what I did haha! Thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

  12. I can’t even remember what hobbies I had before kids. I liked running with my running buddies on a Sunday morning then having a good natter over a bacon sandwich. No time for any of that now but I do still meet them for tea and cake and Prosecco nights (so all the fun without the run, win all round really!) If is known then how little time is have is have done a LOT more, especially travelling.
    I love a good national trust now too and we’ve just joined Kew. Also, I’d say my alcohol consumption has gone up rather than down since kids. Just me then?! 🙂 LOVE your marbles macaroons. You are my baking goddess!

    1. Aw thank you! I like the idea of being a baking goddess! I love Kew, I thought about getting membership but it is just that little too far to get the most out of it especially with National Trust and Wisley! I wish I had done more whilst I had the chance.

  13. I’m not sure my hobbies have changed much as a parent but that’s because once we bought our house 10 years ago, I really got into ‘homey’ things like my gardening and baking. I obviously did the going out and late night thing at uni. But I determined I’m not designed for late nights or for heavy drinking. I’m more of a tea and bed by 10pm person! I guess the leisure activities I enjoyed which have taken a hit now I’m a mum are the cinema and going out for dinner. We do the latter more now when we have family who can baby sit. Like you, I now use Netflix to give me my entertainment fix. My husband loves the cinema but fortunately found an NCT dad friend who does too, so they now go together which means I can do the sofa / tea / netflix thing in peace.

    I love that we are all embracing the same sort of new hobbies – it’s making me feel less like a middle aged person in my early 30’s 🙂 #SharingTheBlogLove

  14. I am totally with you on these. And the one about not being able to make it through a film anymore really made me chuckle – I’m so used to having to break off from whatever I’m doing to attend to child-related things, that I just don’t have the attention span that I used to! Haha #sharingthebloglove

  15. I love Netflix and would love more time to watch it too. Then I joined book club and I love it, so I try to get through the book each month and the Netflix time is reducing. #sharingthebloglove

  16. Oh those macarons look so amazing!! Netflix is pretty addictive isn’t it, I can’t really watch normal TV now because I like to binge watch shows and adverts get in the way of that! I don’t know whats different really with me, my hobbies are still pretty much the same, even with a child. I’m probably just very boring! #sharingthebloglove

  17. I’m with you on the alcohol, I’d much rather sit at home and share a bottle of wine with the hubby on the couch, although on sunny afternoons I do sometimes miss the beer garden days! And I get so much more enjoyment out of buying clothes for the kids than for myself too x

  18. I love this post. Life changes when we have children and the things we like to do change too. And that is okay. Mums can be looked down on for ‘just’ being a mum or not doing very much but just because we aren’t out drinking every night of the week doesn’t mean what we do do isn’t bringing is joy or fulfillment. #sharingthebloglove

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