10 hobbies for mothers

There's no need to be an artist or a pro to have fun doing an activity you enjoy! Here are some ideas of interesting hobbies to take some much-needed time for yourself.

Cook with freedom!

Cooking for the whole family every night can be a chore. The kids are tired and so are you, the fridge is almost empty and you haven’t had time to go grocery shopping. But when you have time to cook, when everything is within your reach and you can try new recipes, cooking can be very interesting. Discover new spices, new mixes and produces that are out of the ordinary. Some cooking classes will teach you the basics; others will teach you certain styles of food (Thai, Italian, Greek, etc…) or themes (wines, brunch, sauces, pasta, chocolate desserts, etc…). Try cooking as a couple or with a friend. You can also buy a new cook book and try new recipes once in a while.

Inspiring places
  • Loblaws (and some Provigo) offers different culinary workshops. Find information at the nearest grocery store.
  • The Académie culinaire also offers classes in the Old Port of Montreal, but also at The Bay in Quebec City (Place Laurier) and Laval (Carrefour Laval). Check it out!
Inspiring books
  • The Complete Robuchon by Joel Robuchon
  • Larousse/Gastronomique, The World’s greatest culinary encyclopaedia, 2009.
  • Cook with Jamie : my guide to making you a better cook by Jamie Olivier, Hachette, 2007.


Click Click!

You have the most beautiful subjects right in front of you: your kids. Since you enjoy going through your photo albums, virtually or manually, and share the pictures with your loved ones, why not mix business with pleasure and take a photography class? You willlearn tips on how to take better pictures, give depth to your photos and create spectacular surroundings. Your camera won’t have any more secrets for you and you will have a blast taking shots of all your precious moments with a simple “Click!”

Inspiring books
  • Shooting Digital : Pro Tips for Taking Great Pictures with Your Digital Camera by Mikkel Aaland (Paperback – Nov 6, 2006)
  • Picture-Taking for Moms & Dads : Recipes for Great Pictures With Any Camera by Ron Nichols (Paperback – Jun 2001)


Cut, tear, glue, embellish, add, assemble, write, etc.: create magnificent pages that will hold all your precious memories. From now on, scrapbooking isn’t limited to photo albums. Make cards, bookmarks and much more! Sit down with girlfriends or alone in front of a table filled with ribbons, stamps, buttons, paper, different shapes and accessories and dive into a world where everyone comes out completely hooked!

La cour à scrap…booking! A workshop where you can come and settle down to work on your projects. You have access to the boutique’s tools. Perfect for mothers who don’t have enough space at home and don’t want to invest too much money before knowing if they really like the activity. La cour à scrap… booking! 87 boulevard St-Luc in Saint-Luc.

Inspiring books
  • Scrapbooking Made Easy (Leisure Arts #15946) (Simple Scrapbooks) by Simple Scrapbooks and Leisure Arts (Perfect Paperback - Jan 2, 2006)
  • Scrapbooking for Dummies by Jeanne Wines-Reed and Joan Wines (Paperback - Oct 8, 2004)
  • Encyclopedia of Scrapbooking (Leisure Arts #15941) (Creating Keepsakes) by Creating Keepsakes, Leisure Arts, and Tracy White (Perfect Paperback - Feb 9, 2009)

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