Deck the halls and keep the kids busy all at once with festive holiday crafts.
Crafting with kids is fun and stress-free with help from Sophie, the expert crafter and party planner behind Sophie’s World! Sophie has more than 20 years experience creating craft projects for all ages and planning imaginative, interactive parties. She’s full of helpful tricks and tips to make your crafting adventure a tear-free success.
We chatted with Sophie about how to throw a great crafting party, keep crafting entertaining and enjoyable, and more.
Do you have any tips for parents or caregivers for crafting with kids?Number one is not to take over. You need to let the kids experiment and do it themselves to a point. What that means is finding projects that are creative, inspiring, and challenging. You can sit with them and take part, but you need to let them use the materials and do as much of the project as possible without getting invasive with your own opinions of what it’s supposed to be.
How do you keep crafting fun?I think you have to take pressure off of people. There are going to be mistakes, and that’s okay. You gotta just breathe through it and one figure out how we fix it or just allow it to be what it is and move on. There should be no tears in crafting. There is no perfect, it’s just what you make of it. That being said, some of the biggest mistakes I have made have turned into the most beautiful things I have ever made. It’s all about having fun.
Do you have any ideas to keep kids busy over the long break?When you’ve got time, it’s great to do a big project that you can work on over a few days like making a village out of things like milk containers and yogurt containers. You can turn them into buildings and make yourself a whole town. It becomes a big, fun project that the whole family can work on together. (For more ideas, check out Sophie’s blog).
What are some of your favorite holiday crafts for kids?I love things that are made with recycled materials, like paper plates or wood coffee stirrers. There are just so many cute little things out there. I really like using paper plates and coffee cup lids [like her coffee cup ornament lesson]. Anything to do with ornaments is always great, like beaded or candy ornaments.
Do you have any advice for holiday crafting parties?Do your research ahead of time so that you know what you’re doing and choose things that are simpler rather than harder. One of the biggest things that I always suggest to people is to not just watch a video and think you know how to do it. You’ve got to do the entire project it at least three times to make sure you know how to teach somebody else how to do it.
Where do you get your ideas and inspirations your crafts or parties?I get the best inspiration from my students and from the people I work with day in and day out. We get a lot of comments on our videos asking if we can make things, and then from those ideas I will sit down and start playing with materials and try to come up with those projects. But the amazing thing is that we are surrounded by creativity. I find that in everyday life there’s inspiration just around the corner if you are looking for it.
For more kid's crafts ideas, check out Sophie's course Fun Crafts for Kids.
Some rules are meant to be broken, especially if you are Teresa from Polymer Claydate with Pandora.
As an award-winning, self-taught clay artist, Teresa isn’t afraid to push the boundaries and bring her students along for the ride.
Tired of typical polymer clay caning techniques, Teresa created her own style of mixing sculpting and caning to create stunning designs. (You can try her ‘scayning’ technique with her Polymer Clay Picture Frame Craft lesson.)
“After a while I wasn't satisfied with just slicing cane and putting it side by side,” said Teresa. “I had the desire to bend it and to see what it would do in another dimension.”
Interested in trying polymer clay art for yourself? Now is a great time to get started.
“When Autumn kicks in I fall in love with caning all over again,” she said. “When it’s nice outside I feel guilty spending hours a day making cane, but as soon as it get’s cold I don’t have to feel guilty about it anymore.”
All you need is a clay or pasta machine, a sharp blade, and at least two colors of clay to get started according to Teresa.
To see more from Teresa from Polymer Claydate with Pandora, check out her Polymer Clay Kaledioscope Caning course. Keep an eye out for running column in Polymer Cafe Magazine and her book “The Cane Mutiny: Bending Millefiore” coming out in 2015.
With the cooler weather and leaves crunching under our feet, we are dreaming of cozy crocheted scarves and blankets.
Fall is the perfect time to pick up a hook for the first time or brush up on your crochet. Once you have the basic stitches, turn them into gorgeous patterns and projects with this week’s Course of the Week, Moogly’s Popular Crochet Stitches & Patterns.
We chatted with Tamara, half of the husband and wife team behind Moogly, about how she got started crocheting, where she gets her inspiration, her advice for beginners, and more.
To start, can you tell us a bit about yourself and your business?
I am a self-taught crocheter, and I have been crocheting for about 12 or 13 years now. I crocheted for a long time just for myself, my family, and gifts, and then a few years ago when my youngest was going off to preschool I thought I would start making finished items and sell them. It turned out there was a demand for my patterns, more than there was for the finished items, so I started sharing my patterns instead and I found that I really enjoyed that a lot more. It just kind of went from there.
How did you transition the patterns into teaching?
The requests started coming in pretty soon after we began sharing patterns. I started showing the parts of patterns that maybe weren’t as clear, and the response to the tutorial videos was great! We started making more to keep up. It’s all very much organically grown.
What’s it like working as a husband and wife team?
It’s great actually. I was a little concerned at first because being on film wasn’t something I trained to do. I’m very lucky that my husband works in television for a production company, so he had some familiarity. He’s behind me over my shoulder making sure things look good and everything is where it’s supposed to be. It’s been really great because we are able to film when the kids are in bed and the dog is finally asleep. It’s made it very comfortable.
Where do you get the inspiration for your patterns or your videos?
Oh gosh, everywhere. Sometimes it’s the yarn that really speaks to me, it really wants to be something. Sometimes it’s born out of my need for something, like a storage basket. A lot of it is just my daily life and what I’m making for me or my kids or my family. Also, if I see a technique or a specific pattern in a stitch dictionary that really catches my eye, I like to play with that and see what I can do with it. I also get a lot of video requests to this day.
What’s the weirdest thing you have ever made?
I made a chicken hat for a friend of mine, and it basically looks like she has a chicken sitting on her head. It even has the legs with the feet dangling from the ends as the flaps. It cracks me up every time I see it.
What’s your favorite thing you’ve made?
The reader favorite is the Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf. There are probably more of those made than there are people in the state of Iowa. It’s a great beginner pattern, but it’s also really satisfying for experienced crocheters.
My personal favorite would probably be the Eloise baby sweater. I don’t even have a baby to give it to.
What advice do you have for people who really want to learn how to crochet, but just can’t seem to get started?
Just have fun with it. Don’t be afraid to frog–to pull those stitches out. I think that’s one of the great things about crochet, you can just yank on that yarn and stop when you want to stop and you’ve only pulled out what you’ve meant to pull out. As hard as it is when you are starting to keep frogging, it’s something you get used to and it’s okay.
What do you love about your job?
I love being creative. The daily life of being a wife and a mom isn’t always very creative – there are only so many ways of doing the laundry and grocery shopping, but I love having the creative outlet. I love having something I’ve made every week and I talking to other crocheters. It’s really exciting to talk to all of these people who are just as excited as I am and love to geek out about all of the possibilities of the different things you can do.
It’s no secret we love our teachers. Without them, nothing at Curious would be possible.
We don’t mean to brag, but we have some of the best teachers on the planet. From traditional academics and music to creative crafts and delicious food, they have so much to share. Our teachers make lifelong learning possible, and we wanted to take the time to say thank you.
In honor of World Teacher Day this Sunday, you can show your teacher just how much you appreciate them with a comment on their lesson or even a tip.
Let us know who has inspired you. Tweet @Curious with #WorldTeacherDay to share.
Backpacks are stuffed with fresh school supplies and the kids are now off and running to start a new school year. As the first bell rings, you just may find some time to yourself. Whether you have 15-minutes or a couple of hours, celebrate the start of the new school year by learning something new!
Whether it’s French, Italian, or American Sign Language, research shows learning another tongue makes you smarter, improves your multitasking and memory, and helps hold off Alzheimer’s and dementia. Now that’s something to talk about.
Dust off your old sewing machine and add a cute new skirt to your closet with Mimi G Style’s custom DIY skirt course. Get your hands dirty in the garden with Sunset’s Guide to Container Gardens. Turn up the heat in the kitchen and master the chef’s knife. Or discover a new hobby like photography and digital scrapbooking.
Pick up some healthy eating habits with Darya Rose’s Healthy Eating Habits 101 course. Follow Trainer Davey and Two Tri Jess’ 12-week training program to train for a sprint triathlon or keep it more low key with Kira Elste’s Pilates 24/7.
From strumming guitar like a pro to pounding killer beats on the drums, we can teach you a thing or two about music. Mix it up and learn to play the conga drums and ukulele or go more traditional with piano, violin, or cello. Just leave the instrument smashing to the pros.
She may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but this Curious superstar sure shows some impressive learning power. A true lifelong learner, Tiffany has taken over 100 lessons and more than 50 assignments. (We only wish our crochet projects could look that good!)
Always ready for an adventure, Tiffany signed up for the Curious 52 Challenge, and she’s been busy putting her new “know how” to use ever since.
Tiffany took time out to talk to us about why she uses Curious, what she’s learned, and how she has become addicted to learning.
How did you hear about Curious?
I subscribe to a newsletter that sent out an email about the Curious 52 Challenge. I love a good challenge. I clicked on the link and haven't looked back!
What made you decide to sign up for the Curious 52 Challenge?
Let's be honest, the prizes are cool. What started as loving anything with the word “challenge” in it, has turned into a love for learning. I look forward to what great teacher Curious will add next!
What is your favorite lesson that you have taken so far?
I think one that has stuck out for me is Myles Power’s How to Extract Strawberry DNA. I mean come on, how cool is that? I have never, ever been a fan of science. I dreaded it in school. Myles is hilarious and makes it fun to learn about science.
What lessons are on your learning bucket list that you hope to take soon?
I have really wanted to learn some new crafts. I hope to take some of The O’Neil Sisters classes soon. I also really want to take Keith Hughes’ lessons on government and history.
Your crochet assignments are amazing! Did you know how to crochet before you started Curious lessons?
Wow, thank you! I started crocheting just in the last year and a half. I was really excited to see all of the crochet lessons offered by Curious.
Have you learned anything from a lesson that you have used in the rest of your life?
My daughter wanted cake pops for her wedding, and somehow that turned into fancy shmancy cookies. I made fondant from Eat Now, Cry Later's lesson. I learned about making frosting roses from Toni Kruntsman. I'm going to be making paper flowers from Chan4Crafts. Also, the cocktail from Joe Stoltz. I made it non-alcoholic, and it was sooooo good! I hope to incorporate it into my daughter’s wedding.
Who inspires you to learn? Tweet @Curious to let us know!
Author Joyce Maynard may be famous for her books, but she’s also known for baking fantastic pies!
As Joyce shared in a recent Parade article, her pie-making career began the summer her mother was diagnosed with cancer. Joyce spent a great deal of time with her mother during those months, cooking for her and her visiting friends. Growing up, her mother taught her that making a homemade pie is a gift of love. Joyce baked a pie almost every day that summer.
After her mother’s death, Joyce began teaching others how to make and share this delicious gift, always remembering her mother’s method: “Crisco for flakiness, butter for flavor. Use as little water as possible. Don't cut up the apples so small you'll end up with applesauce. Never overhandle the dough.”
Check out CEO Justin Kitch’s blog for more info about the Curious 52 Challenge and for a chance to win two free tickets to the upcoming film.
And...when you’re ready to make your pie, don’t forget Joyce’s advice, “it’s not about the recipe, it’s about how you handle the dough.”
Talking to Ron Hazelton, Curious Teacher of the Week, was not only interesting but also left me completely energized. In one conversation, we covered his passion for working with his hands, experience of moving to San Francisco on a whim and eventually to Connecticut for love, path to working for Good Morning America, and much more. Ron’s varied and impressive background shows he is a true lifelong learner.
In addition to hosting his most recent show, Ron Hazelton's HouseCalls (info available on RonHazelton.com), Ron teaches DIY home improvement on Curious.com. We chose Ron as Teacher of the Week because he’s a fantastic teacher. Home improvement tasks can be daunting (power tools are no joke!) but Ron’s teaching style is inviting, thoughtful, and simple in the best way possible.
Please meet the creative and multi-talented Ron Hazelton!
Hi, Ron! To introduce yourself, tell our readers what you teach on Curious.com?
I teach do-it-yourself home improvement. Some of my lessons include How to Build a DIY Pergola, How to Install Gutters, and How to Refurbish Wood Cabinets.
We love your lessons, and we were very happy to have you as a Curious 100 teacher. Tell us about your work, and how you got started with teaching. I know you’ve got a background in TV.
I began my career as a marketing consultant in Boston. I decided to dump all of that, and jumped on a motorcycle and moved to San Francisco. I opened up a storefront restoration workshop called Cow Hollow Woodworks. The inspiration for the workshop came from being consistently exposed to making things myself from the time I was a kid. My father is a builder, and built our family home when he was 19. Home improvement is in my blood.
I got into the TV business by accident. My dentist put me in touch with a KGO-TV producer. We ended up creating The House Doctor, the first home improvement show where we went into people’s homes to help them build. The series eventually aired on HGTV. Working on those projects on-site with homeowners was my foray into teaching.
I went on to become the Home Improvement Editor for Good Morning America, and hosted the History Channel Series called Hands On History, among other History Channel shows. Now, I host Ron Hazelton’s HouseCalls.
So, you obviously have a lot of experience with TV media.
Why Curious.com? Why online teaching through video?
The internet is the best way to distribute information these days, because learners want content on demand through their laptops, iPads and smartphones. People are doing my projects in their yard or garage or wherever, and love to have the video lessons right there next to them anytime they need.
Also, the web is more interactive than TV - on Curious, you can do exercises to reinforce your understanding, post a photo of your project, and communicate with the teacher.
The online learning format is clear and extremely efficient. It’s process-oriented, which really helps when people are learning home improvement tips. A good video almost doesn’t require audio - it can be that powerful.
We definitely agree. What do you love about home improvement, and your job in general?
I just love to work with my hands. It’s incredibly gratifying. I also really enjoy working with my students, especially those who are first starting out with their homes.
But there’s this other market of older people who have time on their hands, and are downsizing to smaller homes. They want to stay interested and active, and are re-engaging with their homes. They’re lifelong learners, which resonates with me because I deeply believe in continuing to learn forever.
That’s why we do what we do - lifelong learning is all about developing our potential as people. Last but not least, let us know: what is one home DIY project you’ve worked on that stands out, and why?
One of my favorite projects entailed building a slide-out pantry. This project stands out for me because it’s something I did for our family and something we use every single day. Typically, things stored in the back of deep kitchen cabinets are hard to see and difficult to access – in a sense, they become “lost”. This slide-out pantry allows every bit of storage space to be used and gives each item front row status. This same idea can be used to convert a closet into a pull-out pantry.
Thanks for talking with us, Ron!
Watch Ron Hazelton lessons on Curious: curious.com/ronhazelton
We’d like to introduce our Curious Teacher of the Week, Jae from The Balanced Runner. Jae teaches her students how to run without pain - an issue that prevents so many people from taking to the pavement...including many Curious team members.
Jae explained to us that 80% of runners get injured in a given year. After watching her lessons, we have become more enthusiastic athletes, running with far less pain, soreness, and tightness. In fact, running the streets of Silicon Valley has become one of our favorite lunch pastimes.
Please meet Jae from The Balanced Runner - you’ll be glad you did!
Hi, Jae! First, tell us what you teach on Curious.
I teach runners how to to improve their form and performance using the Feldenkrais method of movement education. Some of my lessons include Fixing 5 Common Mistakes in Running, How to Run: Correct Posture, and Running Tips: How to Carry Your Keys.
We love your lessons. What’s your business, The Balanced Runner, all about?
We teach athletes running biomechanics. We help clients change their movement habits so they can get over those nagging aches and pains that many of us experience from running. Our clients range from recreational to professional runners, and we also work with athletes who have non-running backgrounds. We use an exploratory movement process to change our clients’ deep movement patterns.
How did you get interested in running biomechanics?
I used to dance professionally, and was getting winded during rehearsals. I started running to improve my aerobic capacity - and it felt miserable. I could do things that normal people couldn’t do with their bodies through dance, but running felt awful. At that time I was enrolled in a professional training program to become a Feldenkrais practitioner, and I used the program as a laboratory for myself to learn how to run more smoothly and comfortably. I ended up retiring from dance to coach runners full time.
It’s interesting that you transitioned from working in one movement form to another. Sounds like you’re pretty interested in the human body. What inspires you in your job?
My commitment is to help people realize their dreams. For example, I helped Jen Rhines rework her form after recovering from the injury she sustained in the 2008 Olympics. Our work together helped her return to road racing in late 2010 and win the US half marathon championships in January 2011, among other successes. Helping such an accomplished runner return to form was incredibly rewarding. I also love to help our non-professional athletes run well, so their exercise brings them the joy they deserve.
That’s great. What made you decide to teach on Curious?
I like that the Curious format empowers students to go through an experiential learning process. At The Balanced Runner, our work with runners is interactive, because no running program is one-size-fits-all. On Curious, students can watch our videos, understand their individual movement patterns better, and implement the techniques that work for them. The Curious learning format lends itself well to our teaching style.
Last but not least, let us know: what’s one fun fact about running that you’d like to share?
One thing people don't realize about good running form is that it's easier than running with bad form! Good running form means using your body the way it actually works, rather than forcing it to move some other way, which always requires a lot of extra muscular effort. So to improve your form don't try harder, but instead study how you tend to run when you're just starting to get tired, and keep looking for ways to reduce your effort at a given speed.
We’re pleased to shine a spotlight on Curious Teachers of the Week, Tova and Tyler of ProfessorPincushion.com. Professor Pincushion features online sewing lessons that make sewing accessible to everyone. The site currently offers more than 76 hours of sewing tutorials--pretty incredible! Tova develops the content and is featured on camera while Tyler focuses on production and website management.
We chose Tova and Tyler as Curious Teachers of the Week because their lessons are just plain delightful. Not only are they super high quality, but the lessons also feature fun, creative and useful tutorials. Next time you want to hunker down with a project on a rainy day or over a long weekend, you know where to look. Please meet the main duo behind Professor Pincushion!
Curious: Hello! To start out, tell us what you teach on Curious.
Tyler and Tova: We feature sewing lessons geared toward the new sewer. Some of our lessons include How to Take Measurements for Sewing, How to Repair a Hole in Your Jeans, and How to Sew a Bow Tie.
Students seem to especially love your bow tie lesson. What was the inspiration behind your site, ProfessorPincushion.com?
We [Tova and Tyler] met while working in the film industry in Los Angeles. Tova had always been a sewer. To share her passion with others, she started teaching private and group lessons at craft stores. Eventually, we realized creating online lessons would allow her to reach students all over the world.
We bought production equipment and started planning lessons, and ProfessorPincushion.com was born. We realized we were passionate about teaching online and interacting with students, so we transitioned from our Hollywood jobs to building Professor Pincushion full-time.
Interesting - congrats on all your success. What makes sewing such a great subject to teach online?
Sewing is visual by nature. The video format lets us break down new aspects of what we’re teaching, so students can watch and follow along the way. They get to learn at their own pace, which is key especially for beginner sewers and makes it less intimidating to learn.
Agreed. What made you decide to teach on Curious?
We like connecting with students, and Curious has plenty of outlets to do just that. Curious is interactive, which offers a great teaching and learning experience.
We’re glad you’re enjoying it. What do you love about sewing?
Tova: I love that sewing is something that you can do on your own to relax or something you can do with others as a fun way to socialize and connect with people. Sewing is a creative outlet, but something I think all people should learn so they can at least do their own repairs. I love teaching because it’s so exciting to help people discover and love a new hobby.
Last but not least, let us know: what are you curious about?
We have a dream to travel around the world so we can learn and share about how other cultures use sewing and different textiles. It’s exciting to see what similarities we may share, but also see how people’s culture is reflected in the things they make. It would also give Tova an excuse to buy lots of exotic fabrics, because one’s fabric stash can never be too big.
Watch Professor Pincushion lessons on Curious: http://curious.com/professorpincushion
It’s no secret that we love our teachers, and this conversation with Curious Teacher of the Week, Sean of Sean Vigue Fitness, reminds us why. Sean radiates passion for teaching, and is a pilates and yoga aficionado, among other things. His lessons are made even better by the hilariously funny narration - do yourself a favor and watch!
Sean is also a professional singer and actor, and has appeared in more than 70 productions. Fun fact: he sings opera! This guy keeps moving, in every sense of the word.
Get to know Sean, our Curious Teacher of the Week.
And we love to hear that. Your videos are unique; we’re curious to hear what you think makes them different from other fitness videos.
I think it’s unique that I’m a male yogi and pilates teacher. A lot of yoga and pilates content is geared towards women. My lessons are for everyone’s benefit, but I love that I also reach a male audience.
Definitely. How did you get started with teaching?
I spent 10 years as a pro singer and actor, so I’m very comfortable in front of audiences and the camera. While acting, I wanted to take up some work on the side. I started learning about fitness and never looked back. At one point, I was teaching over 20 studio classes a week, in spinning, pilates and yoga.
What made you decide to bring your fitness expertise online?
New technology has evened the distribution playing field for everyone, including those of us who teach fitness online. I bought a flip camera and laptop in 2009, so I could film lessons and widen my audience. I keep it simple by shooting outside using natural light and bringing my dog along for company. I hope people can tell that I’m having a lot of fun as I’m filming.
That’s why we love your lessons - they make exercise fun. Tell us: what has your experience with teaching on Curious been like?
I love the lesson format, because the written exercises at the end of each video section keep people accountable and help them pay attention. Accountability is huge in fitness! I’m looking forward to creating more lessons.
What’s an interesting factoid you want to share with our readers? It can be anything!
I crave orange juice with pasta!
Maybe that’s where Sean gets all his energy! Watch Sean Vigue Fitness lessons on Curious: http://curious.com/seanviguefitness
Ever wanted to learn yoga without having to squeeze classes into your schedule or paying studio prices? Enter Ekhart Yoga, Curious Teacher of the Week and one of the web’s leading yoga sources for yogis who want to practice anywhere, at any time of day.
Ekhart Yoga is based in the Netherlands, with loyal followers from all over the world, including the US and UK, Germany, and Holland. The company’s yoga videos have been viewed 30 million times. That’s a lot of sun salutations!
We chose Ekhart Yoga as Teacher of the Week because we love how the lessons make yoga accessible to people who otherwise might not be able to practice: busy moms, business travelers, or those who live in remote areas. Not to mention those of us who like to get our om on in our PJs.
We're also excited that September is National Yoga Month, and to celebrate, Ekhart Yoga is offering a week of free yoga videos to anyone who signs up. Sign up is free - visit EkhartYoga.com for more details.
Now, without further ado, meet the team behind Ekhart Yoga!
Curious: Hello! Tell us about your business. What’s Ekhart Yoga and how did you get started?
Ekhart Yoga: Ekhart Yoga is all about spreading yoga across the world. We started by making videos of Esther in 2008 and by 2012, we had over 20 million views. A year ago, we [co-founders Esther Ekhart, Bas Paul, and Ruud Voerman] launched EkhartYoga.com, a yoga video membership site, and Esther’s online yoga “home”. We feature videos by Esther, along with a dozen other international yoga teachers. We joined Curious.com in June, where we also connect with students from all over the world.
We’re happy to have you! What do you teach on Curious?
EY: So far, our lessons teach basic yoga poses like downward facing dog and downward dog lunge. We also have several lessons that walk students through different yoga sequences, including flows for right after waking up and relieving stress.
The Curious team thrives on staying active, and many of us practice yoga. As a busy start- up, we understand how hard it is to make it to class, so we love the concept of learning yoga online. Tell us, what made you decide to put your yoga classes online?
EY: People don’t always realize that yoga can be accessible and convenient if it’s presented in the right way. If you have a laptop, an internet connection and a great online lesson, you can practice yoga on your living room floor at your convenience. When we started in 2008, we felt online yoga was an underserved area. We wanted to bring Esther’s expertise to people everywhere, not just people who lived near us.
Job well done. How did Esther get started with teaching yoga?
EY: Esther started practicing yoga at a very young age, and did her first teacher training at age 18. Her mom was a yoga teacher as well. When we moved to Ireland in 2000, we built our own yoga studio in the middle of nowhere. People drove from all over to attend her classes because they loved her teaching style - it was amazing. Esther studies yoga every day and night, so her knowledge runs deep.
What is some of the best advice you’ve received about working in the internet video business?
EY: Well, we didn’t know anything about cameras or computers when we started filming Esther for EkhartYoga.com. A friend advised [Bas] to get a great mic, so we bought one off eBay. The high quality audio really helped us to stand out. We’ve learned so much about web development, lesson building and video production since we started.
To wrap up, we’d like to know: what are you curious about?
EY: We are curious about how online yoga will evolve. Not only for our website and sites like Curious.com, but also for yoga practitioners all over the world. Will online yoga become a widely accepted addition to traditional practice?
Thanks for talking with us!
Watch Ekhart Yoga lessons on Curious: curious.com/ekhartyoga
We’re happy to introduce our Curious Teachers of the Week, Clare and Kathleen of Oh Baby! Fitness.
Oh Baby! was born after CEO and co-owner Clare suffered from postpartum depression, and joined a new mom’s group that helped nurture her back to recovery. She was inspired to create Oh Baby! Fitness, which offers pre and postnatal group fitness classes, to give women a forum to move together, build community, and discuss what it’s like to be a mom.
We love Oh Baby! because this team is dedicated to empowering women during this exciting, yet often challenging time in their lives. What could be better? Without further ado, meet the ladies behind Oh Baby! Fitness.
Curious: Hello! Tell us a little more about Oh Baby! Fitness.
Oh Baby! Fitness: Oh Baby! offers the widest variety of pre and postnatal fitness classes in the country. During the prenatal period, expectant moms take our classes so they can meet other women having similar experiences, and feel good during their pregnancies. In our post-natal classes, we offer mom and baby classes, where women and kids get to know each other and become friends. Our mission is to support women during and after their pregnancies, and get women exercising together and discussing the real deal about becoming a new mom.
That sounds great - and unique. What was the inspiration behind Oh Baby?
OBF: Our founder and co-owner, Clare, founded Oh Baby! after suffering from postpartum depression and joining a new mom support group. The moms in her group called her and took her for a walk every day. Clare says the group saved her life, and made her realize two things: One, new moms need each other. Two, if women can be working out together, that’s a great way to build a network of friends. Oh Baby! was born soon after!
It sounds like you have quite a flourishing community in Atlanta. Why did you decide to teach on Curious?
OBF: There’s so much misinformation about pregnancy and exercise - we think it’s our responsibility to put correct, safe and helpful information out there.
Absolutely. To wrap up, we’d like to know: Who is a teacher who influenced you and how did he/she do so?
OBF: Our clients have been our best teachers! Each woman’s experience with pregnancy and as a new mom is different. By sharing their experiences with us and with each other in our classes, they have helped us learn so much about the importance of gaining confidence during motherhood and building community. Group exercise provides a fantastic way to make yourself feel better and at the same time, bond with others. The women we work with prove that to us every day.
Watch Oh Baby! Fitness lessons on Curious: curious.com/ohbabyfitness
Ever wondered how you can easily save money, while being creative and having fun? Our Curious Teacher of the Week, Sarah Mock of How I Pinch a Penny, can show you how.
A homesteading blogger and home/garden DIY expert, Sarah hails from Pennsylvania where she lives with her three children and husband. She's a pro at cooking (and canning) delicious food, cleaning, organizing, gardening and crafting -- all on a budget.
We chose Sarah as Teacher of the Week because we think it’s awesome that her projects save money and the earth. Her lessons are the epitome of resourceful.
Without further ado, meet Sarah!
Curious: Hi Sarah! To start off, tell us about what you teach on Curious.
Sarah Mock: I teach creative ways to save money and live a frugal lifestyle. Some of my lessons include How To Make Homemade Laundry Detergent and How to Dry Oregano without a Dehydrator.
C: Can you tell us a little more about How I Pinch a Penny?
SM: How I Pinch a Penny is a lifestyle blog. It offers a peek into how my family saves money, finds discounts, and discovers saving techniques in the kitchen and garden. I started the blog in 2009, when I was pregnant and my family’s financial bottom fell out. I began writing about how I was saving money and the blog started growing organically, and has really progressed.
C: At Curious, we love your lessons because they’re very well-taught (our team's favorite: How to Make and Can Peach Jam). How did you get started with teaching?
SM: Well, I’ve been teaching my whole life. When I was 13, I started taking cake decorating classes and taught my sisters and mom what I’d learned. Then, after college, I became a TA and a fellow. My teaching background helps me on Curious, because it allows me to communicate what’s in my head and get my ideas across to students. Teaching just comes naturally to me.
C: Why is teaching important to you?
SM: It’s important to pass on what you know for the greater good - the whole “give a man a fish” metaphor.
C: Definitely. At the office, we sometimes discuss the best teachers we’ve had over the years. Who is the teacher who’s had the most impact on you?
SM: Chef Karl Guggenmos, the University Dean of Culinary Education at Johnson & Wales University. At the time we met, he was my professor at Johnson & Wales. He inspired me because he took an interest in the whole student - not just the grade or technique they were studying, but who they were as a person, what they wanted to achieve, and how they processed life.
Thanks for talking with us, Sarah!
Watch How I Pinch a Penny lessons on Curious: curious.com/howipinchapenny
Happy National Teacher Week! At Curious, we are driven by the idea of supporting and celebrating teachers. As people all over the country say “thank you” to educators this week, I’d like to share how Curious empowers teachers in a brand new way.
We believe that great teachers can come from anywhere and teach anything, whether it’s how to bead a necklace or make charts in Excel. But until now, they haven’t had the tools and support to share what they know and love with a global audience of learners. Curious empowers teachers to create lessons, share their knowledge, and earn money by sharing their passion with others.
Most teachers aren’t marketing gurus, web developers, or accountants - and certainly not all three combined. We built the Curious platform so that teachers can focus on teaching, while we do the heavy lifting to make creating, marketing, and sharing lessons easy.
Do you love to teach? Apply to be a Curious teacher!
Thank you, teachers. We are honored to work with some of the most passionate folks on the planet!
It’s an exciting day here at Curious Headquarters: we’ve officially launched! I’m especially proud to introduce the Curious 100 - the group of teachers who believed in Curious from the very beginning. They inspire our team with their passion and remind us just how fun learning can be.
The Curious 100 teachers are diverse in background and include: stencil-painting gurus, art history buffs, tennis coaches, language instructors, sewing experts, and many, many more. My team has watched every lesson - and we are thrilled to finally share them with you.
Without further ado, I am happy to share spotlights on three of the Curious 100 teachers! Stay tuned for more teacher spotlights in the coming days and weeks.
The O’Neil Sisters
Sister pair Jennifer and Kitty O’Neil create original crafting and decorating lessons. And, after working with them over the last few months, we’ve also discovered their talent for excellent puns and sly jokes. Watch the O’Neil Sisters’ lessons on jewelry making, DIY crafting, and flea market thrifting projects.
Guy Badger of Motion Training works full-time to make learning Microsoft Office simple and pain-free. Students love his easy-to-follow lessons - and his great British accent! If you want to improve your Office skills, organize your life, or chart your success, check out Guy’s lessons.
A self-proclaimed math nerd, Krista King of integralCALC spends her time creating clear and accessible calculus lessons. She also occasionally indulges in some nerdy calculus rapping. To learn about limits and continuity, derivatives, removable discontinuities and more, watch Krista’s lessons.
Indulge your curiosity! Check out the latest trending lessons on Curious. We think you’ll enjoy the Curious 100 as much as we do.