There is one person in this world that we should thank for becoming what we are today: our mother. Let us give tribute to the great mothers we have had beside us during the struggles of life. The mothers who carried us in their womb for nine months,(give-or-take) and who will continue to support and guide us through life until the very end. These wonderful beings who wiped our behinds when we were nothing but poop machines, who held us tightly at 4 A.M. in the morning, when we had nothing better to do than cry our hearts out. They were by our side when we muttered our first words, when we took the first step, when we attended our first day at school, when we got our hearts broken for the first time, and they will hopefully be there, when we finally get married and have children of our own. (because no struggle is without its reward)
They will always be there to protect, comfort and give advice, because this is what they do. This is what they were meant to do. There is no shortage of amazing tales about motherhood, and no man could ever understand the deep connection between a mother and a child. (nor would a woman ever understand the bond between a father and son/daughter). In this article we would like to pay tribute to all the amazing mothers out there who have decided to make their stories public, and also share with us a little piece of their life.
So before we begin let me clear one thing: The order of the blogs doesn’t mean that number #3 is better than #10. All the blogs listed here are excellent resources for mothers. Some are excellent for first-time parents, others offer recipe and DIY advice and ideas. Some are simple journals where mothers share their experiences and feelings. Others are hilarious recounting of their childrens’ life. One thing is certain: you can learn something from each of them. To continue our tradition of listing the best Blogs on a particular niche (our other experiments include The 50 Best Food Blogs: An Endless Supply of Great Dinner Ideas and It’s a Big World: 50 Travel Bloggers to Follow”) we give to you the Ultimate Tribute to Motherhood: 50 Mommy Blogs to Follow.
Susie is definitely not your average mom. She is the type of person who is living proof that nothing in this world is impossible. Just recently I have read a post on her blog, about running the New York Marathon. Simply amazing. She is a 44 year old mother of seven, who doesn’t shy away from discussing topis that other people usually avoid. Susie actually said that if we are looking to judge we should go somewhere else. She is not your perfect suburbia mom, but in me eyes she seems pretty awesome. As a matter of fact, I could say that she is perfectly imperfect, and if you are looking for a serious doze of reality, you should definitely check out her blog.
Not your Average Mom has different categories that might interest mommies. They are all filled with precious life-hacks that every mother should know. On the Fitness & Weight Loss category she focuses mostly on empowering stories and motivational articles, in theTime & Money Savers and In The Kitchen categories she presents essential tricks for making the most out of what we have, or she shares adorable cooking adventures with her numbers (each of her children has received a number, according to their age). In the decorating category you will learn how to recondition furniture and refurbish your interior with a small budget. Your Daily Dose is definitely my favorite category because it gives readers a behind-the-scenes look on the life of the family, and Susie’s opinions.
Alexa Rank: 341, 763
Fans and Followers: Not Your Average Mom has a staggering 4.380 Facebook Fans, and yes, I am one of them. I may not be a mom, but reading this blog makes me eager to have my own family.
Motto: “If you’re looking for a little reality, pull up a seat. You may want to buckle up. You’re in for one hell of a bumpy ride.”
Rebecca Woolf is the amazing blogger mommy of four. From her very first words in the about page she describes herself as a “writer of much”, but I would like to add that she is a writer of not only much, but also awesome. Her blog is truly unique, especially because she has an incredible talent for writing, and her feelings pour into words so easily. Rebecca has four beautiful children: Archer, Fable, Boheme and Reverie, and a wonderful husband, Hal. I am not sure if it is the love she bears for her children, or her way with words, but Girls Gone Child has enchanted me from the very beginning. The post in which she explains why she named her twins Boheme and Reverie is the most beautiful thing I have ever read, and her story is one every mommy should be following.
Aside from her daily musings, Rebecca has also recorded her experience with the twin pregnancy period, she has shared her politics and parenting beliefs, and some other Linear Notes. Why should you follow her blog? Firstly, she is a beautiful and amazing mother, with an equally beautiful family, she writes with passion, and the photos of her children and everyday experiences are adorable. The blog is split into four major categories: Life Story, Has Issues, Mix Tape and Eat Well. I would strongly recommend that you read the Eat Well category because it is filled with delicious recipes, and the Life Story because it’s plain heart-warming. All in all, she rocks motherhood, and you have a lot to learn from her children (and her).
Alexa Rank: 259,328
Fans and Followers: Girls Gone Child has 20.240 Twitter followers at the moment, 1168 Pinterest followers, and some great boards that you should definitely follow, and almost 9000 Instagram followers.
“HELLO. i am a girl named james, married to a boy named aubrey. together we are raising our four children and exploring our new city of nashville, tennessee. these are our adventures. thank you for visiting”.
This is the short description accompanying the blog. To me, Bleubird is more like a photo journal of a beautiful family. Although the mommy’s real name isn’t Miss James (but Aimeee), that’s just one more thing that makes her special. The thing I love most about Bleubird is the fact that the entire blog is focused on capturing heart-warming stills of a simple family from Houston Texas. James has decided to home-school her four incredibly sweet children, and we thank her for sharing her experiences on the internet. The super mommy has stated in her About page that she wishes to share not her whole story, but mostly the happy times. She is not trying to create the impression of a perfect life, and for that matter she says that they have also had their are ups and downs every now and then. What strikes me most about this family is the eldest boy, Julian, who looks a lot like the fifteen year old version of Mister Nobody.
BleuBird represents for many, a wonderful corner of the internet, a glimpse on family life, and the sunny side of a complex story. Its purpose is to make people happy, to inspire. Whenever James adds new posts, she also adds as many photos (which are usually taken by her husband Aubrey). Whenever she gives advice, she prefers not to write too much, but rather to cut to the chase. Her insights on family life are valuable, and her family adventures truly exciting.(if you are looking for new adventures you should check out our Bucket List).
I really enjoy the What we Wore section, where she posts images of her family (or friends), and their outfits. The 52 projects is also great because it shows a “portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013”. Oh, and in case you were wondering why her children are mostly blonde, it’s because the super-mommy herself is a natural blond, even though she died her hair. All in all, the family is beautiful, and unique, and its nearly impossible not to fall in love with their amazing photos.
Alexa Rank: aprox 74.000
Fans and Followers:
Pinterest: a little over 51.000 followers
Twitter: 25.677 followers
Instagram: 140.000 followers
Probably the first and most intriguing thing about this blog, at first glance, is the humorous name. If you take the time to learn a little bit more about the family you will understand where it comes from. Jamie Lynne Grumet is the mother of two beautiful boys and the wife of Brian Grumet. Samuel was adopted at the age of (almost) four, and Aram was born into their family. Nothing unusual so far. Oh, I only forgot one thing: Samuel is from Ethiopia. In a world where people are used only to domestic adoption, adopting from Ethiopia is indeed special. The blog may have started as an online journal, and means of informing the family in regards to the adoption process, but it soon grew into something incredible. The community is very strong, and mommies all over the world turn to Jamie for advice about breastfeeding, and adoption. Jamie has a built a great relationship with other mommies, and she actually states that “In all of those relationships formed, each one of us was looking for support.”
I am not the babysitter isn’t just a blog about mommies and adoption, it is also a place where you can learn about Ethiopian culture, a place where you can help others, and find support. Jamie is a real philanthropist, and through her blog she tries to help those in need. In the Global Community category she brings us face to face with disturbing news and struggles of people, especially children, all over the world. She also has a completely unique personality, and her advice is always different from what you would expect. For example, in the post “Letter to Samuel’s Birth Mother” she gives mommies an advice you would never expect. And the surprises do not end here. Read her blog and find out more. Jamies has a Book Club group where she reviews books and prepares readings for her friends, a travel category where she shares opinions about the explored Globe, the Family category where she gives advice only about what she knows, and obviously delicious recipes.
MOTTO: “I want to celebrate the balance of life and family.”
Alexa Rank: 139,807
Fans and Followers:
Facebook: 34.000 fans
Twitter: 1500 followers
Kelly Stamps, from Northwest Arkansas, went on a blind date one day. She met Scott, and the rest is history. Joking. Her unexpected adventure resulted in a wonderful marriage, and two beautiful girls. You see, these girls were a true miracle for the Stamps family, considering that they had been trying for over three years to conceive. Their first daughter, Harper, was especially lucky. She was born not breathing, and the doctors said that she would not live through the night, but she did. At present she is a joyful, strong-willed young lady. She was followed by Hollis soon after. Besides her incredible relationship with her husband, Kelly has one more man in her life: Jesus Christ. She is a strong believer, and she never forgets to thank the Lord for all her gifts.
The blog shows glimpses of the family life, it gives advice, and a chance for other mommies to connect. Although the posts about family life are very interesting, we have to give special credit to the Show Us Your Life (SUYL) category where Kelly creates different lists of blogs and websites for mommies and women in search of comfort, support or friendship. There have been topics like Moms of all Boys, step moms, single moms etc. Each list has grown to considerable lengths, and they are great resources for women all over the world. In terms of writing style, Kelly is quite amusing, and she accompanies most of her posts with adorable photos of her girls.
She talks about the good and the bad, the memorable moments and the struggles of motherhood. On the Recipe category she shares tasty ideas for family dinners. But wait, there is more! Regular visitors are sometimes surprised by great give-aways and practical tricks. Furthermore, on Kellys Korner you can also donate to charity, and take part in the Prayer Requests.
Alexa Rank: 152,490
Fans and Followers:
Twitter: aprox. 13.000 followers
Pinterest: a little over 8.000 followers
Founded in 2007 by Lamar and Ronnie Tyler, a married couple that now has four children, Black and Married with Kids has become the largest site on the Internet that deals with marriage, parenting and other connected issues. This absolutely amazing blog has attracted over 5 million readers in 5 years.
The reason they started this project was to put an end to obsolete and incorrect images of black marriages in the public’s eye. So they concentrated their efforts on combating negativity by showcasing the positive aspects of the black community and the most beautiful moments their marriage had brought over the years. They have also become speakers on parenting and marriage-related topics
As opposed to many websites that post a great deal of pictures, the owners of Black and Married with Kids have put a great deal of effort into providing a blog that is well structured and complete in all aspects of social-, relationship-, married- and parenting-related situations. They offer countless articles on important issues not just for the married man and woman (such as fidelity and making sure you remain faithful, dating when married, protecting the marriage) but also on topics such as single life, travel, finance and health. There are also videos of the family enjoying important events such as anniversaries. However, the most striking aspect about this blog is the way that children are supported no matter how different they are. Posts such as “My Natural Hair is Beautiful” highlight the level of commitment this family has in turning the beliefs of the general public upside down when it comes to black families.
Alexa Rank: 74,116
Facebook Followers: 273,435+
Twitter Followers: 15,439+
Casey Mullins put this blog together as a way of keeping her family informed and up to date with how she, her husband Cody and her daughter Addie were doing in Indianapolis, Utah. Soon after, writing became a habit rather than a necessity and her blog posts became even more colorful when she added photographs to her already killer content. This mommy wanted to reach out to others who were just starting out with motherhood and let them know that they are not in the least alone in their trials and tribulations and that there is a silver lining for everyone.
My wish is that we could all take better care of each other, realizing how much we have in common instead of tearing one another down for being, thinking, looking or believing in something different.
What would seem like a simple mommy blog at a first glance opens up to be an extremely informative tool for mothers struggling with depression, as Casey addresses this issue honestly end extensively in her posts. In a candid and brutally honest fashion, she writes about how she dealt with her depression, with her fear of not being the positive example she desired for her daughters. She also addresses infertility as she and her husband Cody had some difficult times (for about three years) that culminated with what Casey called “The Horrible Ugly”. But what the blog really shows us is an extremely rare love story, the ones Hollywood can’t come up with, as these people have stuck it up through every difficult time in their life and moved forward gazing together at the future.
Alexa Rank: 417,114
Fans and Followers: You Can follow Moosh in Indy on Flickr, Twitter and Facebook.
Facebook: 1600 fans
Twitter: 10.584 followers
Liz Gumbinner is the mom with the strong background- she’s done advertising, created commercials, written cookbooks, articles and even made some short films. Since 2006, the blog has grown steadily so much so that she was nominated for both “most annoying” and “funniest” blog by the same guy. In spite of her surprising pregnancy back in 2005 after which she was so happy, she and her husband were blessed again in 2007 with their second daughter. Even when she became a single parent in 2013, her positive outlook and love for her daughters never withered.
Motto: “I don’t know what I’m doing either”
She captured all our hearts when she talked to us about of her own pregnancy journal and her wonderfully refreshing honesty where stay at home dads are concerned made those who read her blog come back for seconds. Her post about moms that do it all was also one of those posts that allow moms to sit back in their chair and agree that it’s ok to not be wonder woman. Under the pressure of being a public speaker and of having to admit to her audience (and most importantly to herself) that she doesn’t do it all must have taken extreme courage. Liz also traveled to Ethiopia to contribute to supporting moms who are living in extreme poverty conditions.
Alexa Rank: 284,568
Facebook Followers: 2200+
Twitter Followers: aprox 37.000 followers
Pinterest: aprox 70.000 followers
Going through a tough period in her life, Karen Walrond made a conscious effort to find the silver lining in her life and after careful consideration she found a seemingly uninteresting aspect of her day: the way she had cooked an egg. But since that night, she developed a high sense of gratitude for her life and her blessings and tied these wonderful feelings with photography. She began focusing on the beauty of each person so that she could finally have clear proof that she can be grateful for something.
There are several sections, from video to books and courses, media with pictures that showcase the beauty of God’s earth but the most striking of her photography projects is the “1000 Faces” project, where she attempted to photograph 1000 people without a specific agenda in mind, so that she can show all the internet users that come across her blog that every single person on the planet is extremely beautiful: redheads, African mothers, men, women, each one of them smiling a different smile and living a different life in spite of the beauty that they all share.
Alexa Rank: 325,562
Fans and Followers:
- Over 100,000 page views per month
- Over 30,000 unique visitors per month
- Over 12,500 Twitter followers
- Over 2,500 Facebook followers and fans
- A Klout score of 73
The pink-haired beauty is one of the most controversial, confessional and the best writers out there who has (fortunately for us) decided to openly write about her life with a complete disclosure policy. Her blog began in 2004 when she started writing a sort of memoir. With a history of alcohol abuse, she managed to stay sober since 1995 after which she and her husband decided they would start a family. They finally became pregnant in 2004 thanks to in vitro fertilization, but despite their efforts, they lost their twin boys due to preeclampsia when they were six months of gestational age (a medically supported pregnancy termination was needed to make sure that she would not lose her life). When they finally became pregnant again in 2005, joy filled their hearts, and as the baby girl came into the world on June 7 2006 it was clear that the family was complete.
What we love about Cecily Kellog? She is an incredibly successful woman. As a matter of fact, she is not only successful, but amazing exactly in the field that I am also trying (… mostly failing) to succeed in. This gives me hope for the future. No matter how far she’s come, she has managed to maintain her wonderful charm, wits and amusing nature, and this can be seen in her writing. She writes with passion, and she always speaks her mind. Cecily’s posts are simply delicious, and her unique style could probably melt even the coldest of hearts. Her Twitter descriptions says it all:
“I’m a writer, speaker, and geek. I am an Uppercase Woman. I write content, and I connect people in the tech, social, and marketing space. Your hair looks GREAT. “
Alexa Rank: 147,324
Fans and Followers:
The amount of people that are following Cecily is incredible. Granted, some of them follow her for her work, but there are many who are interested especially in her personal blog: The Uppercase Woman.
Google+: 950 people
Twitter: a little over 62.000