9 Insta Mums You Should Follow
I bloody love Instagram. Obviously this isn’t a revelation; who doesn’t strike it up a few hundred times a day and double tap the crap out of life? In all honesty, when I first became a mum, Instagram provided me with a real, much needed lifeline at a time when I had no clue what I was doing and didn’t have real life mum pals at my disposal. As a social media editor, I was already a huge supporter of living our lives over images and 140 characters; Twitter helped me find new friends when I first moved to London and even led to me meeting the bloke I’ve now had a baby with. Amongst the sludge of trolls and sniping, I see social media as a happy haven and Instagram provides me with a community without even leaving my sofa.
So with this in mind, I thought it might be quite nice to hollah about the mums who make my Insta experience a happy one. I’ll be chatting about the UK based ones soon, but this post revolves around the ladies from all over the globe whose lives I genuinely enjoy updates on and who I’d gladly go for coffee with. Some have blogs, some don’t. Some are working mums, others are not. All are bloody brilliant.
(I haven’t used any of their photos because well, they’re their photos. PLUS JUST GO FOLLOW THEM)
English Georgie lives in Uganda with her husband and two children. I’ve mentioned her before in an Instagram post because when I first began following her I felt she was grossly untapped and wanted to let everyone know about this hidden gem I’d stumbled across (thanks to her equally wonderful sister @abstar38) When I’m moaning about the fact my wifi connection is piss poor here in Woburn, Georgie drags me back to reality. She manages to make even the toughest of situations appear magical and both her captions/images make me want to pack everything up and escape to the wilderness. Her basic way of living is in every way beautiful and her children are going to have the most wonderful, unusual memories to look back on.
Marcia is a beautiful, stylish, mama to long-haired dude Archie and lives in Australia. I’d followed her for a while when she mentioned she was on the hunt for people to write guest features for her hugely successful blog so I got in touch. Expecting quite a standard, profesh response, I was more than pleasantly surprised when a chatty, warm email flashed up in my inbox. Marcia could revel in the fact she has a face for adverts and a bikini bod but she’s funny, down to earth and just one of life’s great people. She talks openly about her struggle with IVF, puts out regular Insta stories on the truth behind photo shoots and never fails to make me laugh with her sarcastic memes. Her outfits are also sh*t hot.
As a mama to FIVE WHOLE CHILDREN, this woman could just lay in a bath all day while her brood run amok and I’d applaud her. Instead, her captions make my heart sing and my eyes well up; she has a way of making you sit back and appreciate what you’ve got, all while detailing her adventures and mishaps from her home in Oregon. This mama’s all about saying yes even when she really just wants to go to bloody sleep, lights up Instagram with videos of her daughters’ adorable dance routines and shows what it means to be a truly supportive parent, helping each individual personality develop. I also love the fact if she’s had a crap day, she’ll say it. It’s not all whimsy quotes and shiny things. No sir-ee.
I like following mums to boys because a huge part of me believes I’ll be like the rest of my extended family and a willy harvester. Girls don’t happen very much in these here parts and with one under my belt already, I like being able to see what I may be in for. Richelle is not only hot stuff but a total hoot, AND SHE CAN SKATEBOARD. I’m pretty sure my other half would hop on over the pond to shack up with her himself if he could and that’s only if I didn’t get there first. Her blunt, honest captions make me snort-laugh and her slinky outfits remind me I should be making an effort to exercise. For me, a huge part of being a mum is about still being partner to my other half and trying to get the balance right. I love the level of sex appeal this woman gives off while still being totally honest about motherhood. A real class act.
Innika is an Australian-born, Bali-dwelling, mama bird to two little girls with one on the way. Which she let us know by captioning an image ‘fyi the pull out method doesn’t work’. Her style is impeccable (she professed to feeling more comfortable with her style post motherhood which I think is bloody brilliant), her hair always looks amazing despite the humidity, her daughters are adorable and her captions make me RL LOL. On an often very monochrome timeline, Innika’s snapshots of island life are welcomed with open arms and she adds a huge dose of glamour to honest living. What’s also wonderful is the fact she prances around in smocks and dresses you can actually BUY from her website. No, you might not look so great prancing around in them yourself in your very own Insta snaps, but it’s nice to give it a go isn’t it?
I came across Californian-mum Kristen via @assholeparent which she founded. First off, anyone who even gets featured on there is ordinarily my sorta person, let alone the human to come up with it. And after checking out her page & blog, it became apparent she was much more than a woman taking the mick out of parenting, much much more. Kristen is mama to four awesome kids, by both birth and by adoption. Her sense of humour is all over her social media and her sarcasm is like a huge hug when you’ve had a bollocky day. She regularly features children needing a forever home on her website which is of course, nothing short of amazing and she makes me want to live in America full-time thanks to all the fun she and her family get up to. Like the urge wasn’t strong enough already.
Well, it’s not hard to see why Ann Marie has over 100k followers is it? She’s cooler than like, a penguin in a fridge. The jewellery, the make-up, the outfits. Everything about her makes me want to rip off my comfy mum jeans and be sassy. A huge part of what I love about social media is that it gives me ideas and a boost when I’m feeling a bit bleugh. I’m all about seeing what others are rocking and working out how I can try to emulate it. It’s aspiration at it’s finest. AM’s daughter Jupiter Rose is, unsurprisingly, already super cool too and it’s great to see someone living life to the full, looking amazing while doing it, all with a baby on her hip.
Emily’s family is an unusual one and that’s half of what makes her account so intriguing (the other half is the fact she’s a stone cold hottie and again, doesn’t scream ‘naff mum’). She’s currently mama to four boys, three of which she fosters with her other half and she might be one of the kindest women on the planet. There seems to be regular upheaval, tough questions and no doubt a barrel load of emotion, however she seizes it with both hands and manages to encapsulate bohemian beauty while doing so. Over on her tumblr page, Emily chats about all things faith, adventures in her minivan and looking after a boy she’s been accused of being barely old enough to mother. It’s a real eye opener but done with such class and warmth.
This British-born, Bali/Aus dweller has just become mama to her third child (Claire already has two gorgeous boys and has now added a girl to her brood). I feel like a lot of my Insta circle must already follow this total dream of a woman but I couldn’t not mention her because she makes me do solid gold lols on the regular. I once read my other half one of her captions out loud, where she’d lamented throwing up and wetting herself in one fell swoop while out on a family walk and I barely managed to get to the end of the paragraph without cry-laughing (just to add, the disaster was morning sickness -induced. She’s not just feral). This account is the perfect mix of wanderlust and honesty; I’m never disappointed when she crops up on my timeline.