Let’s get really real for a minute — being a mom is not for the faint of heart. It’s a complicated, sweet, sometimes heartbreaking ride. You’ll spend most of your spare time being torn between wanting to jump off and hoping it never ends.
Because of the complex matrix of motherhood, it’s crucial to have support. And, in particular, the support of other mothers who know all your joys and woes because they feel them, too.
Need a community to call your own? Look no further than some of the internet’s best mommy bloggers. These women have worked hard to build online sisterhoods among women with kids — and once you find them, you’ll wonder how you got by on your own.
The Seasoned Mom
After having three sons in just four years, Blair Lonergan found herself at a crossroads. She was a successful, Ivy-league-educated attorney, but trying to juggle a burgeoning career with a gaggle of young boys left her depleted — to the point that she wound up in the hospital after a health scare.
At that moment, she decided to simplify her life, and she started in the kitchen. Today, The Seasoned Mom is a place you can find the kind of comforting, nourishing meals sure to help calm a bit of chaos in your own family’s life.
Leigh Anne Wilkes is that neighbor — you know, the one who just always has it together. She cooks, she bakes, she hosts and she always looks so put-together, to boot. But if you ask Wilkes, the secret to her success is simple: She believes in the power of food to bring a family together.
At Your Homebased Mom, you can find over 2,000 recipes sure to please even your pickiest eater. Bonus? Maybe some of Wilkes’ infectious optimism will rub off on you.
If you like a mama who keeps it real, you came to the right place — Tristin Rieken doesn’t pretend to be perfect. In fact, she admits she isn’t more often than not. But she is a hardworking, loving mom who strives to be happy and keep her kids supplied with a steady menu of good food to nourish their little bodies. And fortunately for the rest of us, she’s happy to share those recipes (as well as her imperfect journey) along the way over at One Armed Mama.
Keto moms, rejoice! You’re busy keeping tiny humans alive, so you don’t have a million hours to track down low-carb recipes from all over the internet. Well, don’t worry; Lynsey Jones-Kmetz from Moscato Mom has you covered. This mother-of-two’s blog is a testament to finding a balance between being healthy and having fun, and that includes her arsenal of quick and tasty keto recipes.
With three kids and three fur-babies, Kasey Schwartz has her hands full. In the best way possible, sure, but being a busy working mom also makes her acutely aware of how important it is to get help and find life hacks where you can. To that end, she shares tips and tricks at All Things Mamma and via her IG feed that make parenting easier and more fun — and who among us couldn’t use that kind of intel, right?
The fact that Stef Pollack’s blog is called Cupcake Project should tell you a little bit about the lighthearted, joyful kind of content she creates. Suffice it to say, mamas with a sweet tooth will especially love Pollack’s expertly curated and created recipes. Kids will love her culinary confections, too, and they’ll get a kick out of seeing her son Myles get involved in his mom’s recipes.
In 2013, Michele Rosen decided to change her diet to accommodate a healthier lifestyle. After learning so much information from around the internet, the avid runner and mom of three turned her attention toward creating recipes of her own to share. Thus, Paleo Running Momma was born. Expect to find plenty of delicious paleo and Whole30 meals, including grain-free baked goods and real-food desserts your family is sure to love.
As a mama and former first-grade teacher, Kathy Hodson has spent much of her adult life figuring out what makes (and keeps) kids happy. The recipes on A Mom’s Impression reflect that knowledge, because we haven’t come across one our little ones wouldn’t love! Bonus? She also features family-friendly activities, crafts and travel tips.
What we love about Sally Humeniuk is that she embraces the motto “all things in balance.” Although she’ll be the first to tell you she and her husband have been focusing on healthier fare in recent years, she’s also quick to point out that there’s nothing wrong with the occasional indulgent dish. Her adventurous nature shines through in her fresh recipes (not to mention cameos from her backyard chickens!) at Good Dinner Mom.
Whether you follow a sugar-free diet for medical reasons or you’re simply adopting a healthier lifestyle, you’ve likely found that easy-to-make, family-friendly sugar-free recipes can be hard to find. Meet Brenda Bennett! She created Sugar-Free Mom to fill that very void.
The mother of three strives to fill the blog and her social media feeds with healthy, homemade meals that won’t keep her in the kitchen for hours on end. Because, after all, she’s got kids to chase around!