Music and singing are among the world’s most popular hobbies.


If you want to know about instruments that are commonly used in many places worldwide, according to some surveys, the ten most popular are the piano, the guitar, the violin, the viola, the cello, the electric guitar, drums, the flute, the clarinet, and the piccolo.

One reason the piano may be so popular is it works so well with a variety of musical genres. Experts use if for country, rock, pop, jazz, and classical. You may even have a favorite player who does your kind of music on the piano. A good player can play several chords in harmony, creating a pleasing sound. Because a player only has to use his or her fingers, and occasionally a foot, is not as tiring as some other instruments. For instance, one may tire more quickly playing a trumpet.

Guitars are also very popular, with the instrument being more recognized than any other in some areas of the United States and Western Europe. As with a piano, a guitar is used by those who want to play many types of music including country, blues, folk, rock, mariachi, tejano, and others. Another reason for the popularity a guitar may be that a novice can learn to play many chords in only hours. There are also many kinds of sounds one can play including loud, soft, harsh, loud, and tender.

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Some hobbies can provide a good source of income during these challenging times.


There are a variety of hobby ideas that are more enjoyable and creative to keep one′s mind and hands busy. Hobby activities stimulate people to think in an unusual way for creating various products. Hobbies are the ones that keep you busy; they are enjoyable and bring in the harmony of happiness and self contention. Hobby ideas differ from one person to another depending on their interest and lifestyle that keeps them connected with some valuable leisure time. They are more specific based on the individual, as hobby ideas differ for children, women, men and couples together.

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The DerDerDer

So many people want to play music, but they have no ability, no talent and no time to learn to play a musical instrument.  I saw a great contest where people compete to play music and have fun doing it. The best part is this instrument seems to need no lessons, no training and no hassle. Tell me what you think when you see this site

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In the digital age, we have more hobbies and interests available than ever. Even our favorite pastimes like reading books and watching television have changed. The Internet. Social media. Digital photography. What’s next for you?

For a long list of modern alternatives, take a look at this list:

What is your short list for 2012 and beyond?



Social Media Gaining Influence, Reach For Advertisers and Advocates

With the explosion of social media, traditional hobby activities are being impacted in a variety of ways. More and more people are spending time on Facebook, Twitter, foursquare, Pinterest and others, which is adding to the interest in digital photography. It’s safe to say that this activity is changing the way that people are spending their time and money.

Crossbow Communications advertising and PR

Crossbow Communications advertising and PR.

With this in mind, should social media be classified as a hobby? Is Facebook a digital scrapbook? Is Twitter a platform for poets? Is social media connecting people with similar hobbies?

Tell us what you think.

If these are the top 50 hobbies in the world, what are your top five?

Watching TV
Family Time
Going to Movies
Renting Movies
Listening to Music
Team Sports
Church Activities
Playing Music
Watching Sports
Playing Cards
Eating Out
Dating Online
Working on Cars
Animal Care
Horseback Riding
Volunteer Work

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After soundly beating my buddy in a game of chess, I got excited to do a little research on some of my hobbies. Enjoy!

Chess Openings: Sicilian Defense

The Sicilian Defense is widely considered the best defense against white’s e4 opening move. Here we discuss various lines in the sicilian defense and key concepts to consider when you play the sicilian. Make sure to check out more great chess content…

fish on.: Ole Ray!


The past two days Tony and I guided a group of guys on some morning fly fishing trips. We have been getting started early to beat the heat and the fishing has been great. Once the sun gets up high the bite has been slowing

Trials Riding on Killer rocks in Moab – Jeremy VanSchoonhoven

This video features my good friend Jeremy VanSchoonhoven. He was a finalist last year on America’s Got Talent! He is a professional Trial Bike rider. He performs all over the world. And you can book him for an event through his manager. Here is her c…

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Making Heirloom Jewelry


Making Heirloom Jewelry. Jewelry and Coffee with Rena Episode 6. by Rena Klingenberg. What makes jewelry heirloom-quality, and a look at three heirloom jewelry items from my great-grandmother.

Tropical Turquoise Bracelet: Mokume Gane – Jewelry Making Journal


by Lorraine Vogel. (Delray Beach, Florida). This bracelet is made of polymer clay. The turquoise, blue, black and white pattern is created using the mokume gane technique of layering clay, stamping it and then shaving off the stamped

Handmade Jewellery Making Design Pendant Temprell

Commissioned handmade pendant in silver, 22.60ct blue topaz, pearls supplied by customer. Any piece of jewellery can be repaired, re-modelled, handmade or designed on CAD using matrix. All work is carried out on the premises by our team of jewellery …

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August 2012 Young Adult Book Releases


Welcome back for another month full of amazing book releases. I'm sharing August 2012 Young Adult (YA) book releases below. If Estelle or I have read the book, I'm linking it up so you can see what we had to say about it.

Top Young Adult Books, Ever? – Publishers Weekly (blog)

Top Young Adult Books, Ever?Publishers Weekly (blog)I love NPR. I listen all the time and it’s been really heartening how much time they’ve devoted to children’s books this year. There are kids’ book appearing in their summer reading lists and now th …

Eden’s Root by Rachel Fisher
Review by

“The year is 2033 and the world hovers on the edge of explosion as unexplained crop deaths lead to severe global food shortages. In the United States, the Sickness is taking lives slowly, creeping its way into every family. Fi Kelly has already faced the Sickness in her own family, toughening her beyond her years. But a shocking confession from her dying father will push her toughness to its absolute limits. Saddled with an impossible secret and the mission of saving her little sister, Fi sets out to transform herself into the warrior that she must become to survive the coming collapse. Along the way, she will discover that evil can be accidental and that love can be intentional.”

Eden’s Root backstory:

Poll: What are the top 100 young-adult books? – USA TODAY

USA TODAYPoll: What are the top 100 young-adult books?USA TODAYFrom the Harry Potter series to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, some of the best reads happen to be shelved in the young-adult section of the bookstore. This summer, NPR has devoted a lo …


Essential Books for Young Adults, quality fiction that young adults will find appealing #Books #YoungAdults #NYTimes

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Best Young Adult Book List

If you are finished with the Twilight Saga and aren’t sure which book to read next, you have clicked on the right video. Here are some amazing books and book series that will having you begging for more…

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Chicago Skin Care Expert Offers Beauty Tips

By Joan Kesman, Skin Care Plus, the best facials and natural skin care products in Chicago, Geneva, St. Charles and Beyond.

Apply Skin Toner: Many people skip toner in their skin care routine. I see why, it can be optional for some skin types but it does help balance out your skin and prepare it for moisturizing. If you decide to use toner, look for ones that are alcohol-free and suited for your particular skin type. Just dab some on a cotton pad, wipe your face and neck and let it air dry. Witch hazel makes a great toner and it’s very reasonably priced if you’re looking to try one out.

Chicago facial spa treatment


Exfoliate and Hydrate: Exfoliating the skin with body a scrub and hydrating it with a good summer lotion are important things that can help your skin to get a glow and look younger. Dead cells can be knocked off to get radiant skin by following few basic steps religiously. Find a summery lotion, which is light and fast absorbing. Gels and purees are perfect fast absorbers. Make sure you apply it right after you dry off from your shower.

Exfoliate Your Entire Body: No matter how much lotion you use, you’re never going to have glowing skin if you don’t exfoliate. Grab a body scrub and hit the shower. Gently rub your exfoliator in circular movements on your entire body from the shoulders down and rinse clean. However, it’s easy to over-exfoliate—scrubbing away skin cells that are trying to heal and grow right along with the dead, dry skin we’re trying to slough away. It’s best to exfoliate no more than once a week, because this gives the baby-new skin cells a chance to grow, and your skin time to replenish and rehydrate. Over-exfoliation can cause wrinkles, dry skin, and even scarring.

Minimize Sun Exposure

The sun is the number one cause of aging in the skin. Sun exposure breaks down collagen, prompting pores to sag. Consider using a serum with Vitamin C and retinol boosters at night to help your skin heal. One of the biggest skin care mistakes that people make is not applying sunscreen. Why? Simply put, sun exposure can kill you (skin cancer) and leave you with wrinkles and sunspots. Skin cancer is the number one cancer killer of young women.

For more information about the best skin care products and facials in Chicago, Geneva, St. Charles and beyond, visit

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