The saying is true, it really does take a village. Of course I’m thankful for my IRL village who help and support us everyday, but I’m also passionate about building an online one too. Without them even knowing it, strangers have helped me get through tough circumstances via Instagram. They have inspired me, made me laugh on tough days, and most importantly reminded me that we are all in this together. That whatever momma thing I am struggling with that day, there are most likely tons of other women struggling with the same thing. Even if we haven’t talked via social media, some “mom influencers” have been there for me as well just by the stories they share!
I say “Real” in the title because these women aren’t hiding the bad sides. They’re not afraid to show their struggles, in hopes it will help someone else out there struggling too. So without further ado, these are the best moms to follow on Instagram, in my opinion!
I have followed Andrea since before her precious little family. I always loved following along with her life in the big city. She is a twin momma, and boy, I do not know how she does it! One big thing I love about following her on Instagram is how open and transparent she is. She shared progress pics and info along with her postpartum body transformation. It was amazing to watch!
Most of these bloggers are ones who I have followed since before they were moms. Kim was/is a major fashion influencer and one of the first bloggers I discovered way back in the day. She openly shared her struggle with infertility and IVF, and now her daily life as a mom to the sweetest little boy Otis! Even if you’ve never experienced infertility, it is worth learning about Kim’s journey. She educated her followers (in the most elegant way), let them look into how hard it is, and even the joy yet fear when they found out they were pregnant. Our styles/taste are pretty similar so I also love following along for home decor content and whenever she posts things that she’s gotten for Otis.
Sarah has a (mostly) unobtainable lifestyle for me, BUT I still love following along with her on social media. Even though she is gifted a lot of baby products, I love that she shares honest reviews about the items (like the Willow pump that I almost bought before I had Colton.) Colton and Taz are around the same age so I do relate to her a little bit more then some of the moms on this list. I envy her body confidence and seriously, her and her hubby look so happy!
Kathleen just moved from California to Georgia and I’ve loved following along as they moved into their dream home. She also JUST welcomed the cutest baby boy Hudson. Not to mention, her and her husband are freaking HILARIOUS. Like so funny.
Helena is another big fashion icon in the blogging world. Her style is so high-class and elegant. She recently just welcomed baby number two. I love seeing how Helena gracefully transitioned into a mom… and then a mom of two! I’ve followed since she announced she was pregnant with her first baby.
I met Elly during a past Blogging Societies Conference in Charleston. I really enjoy seeing her life with her adorable four littles. She is also a beauty aficionado and fashionista! Elly shares REAL things from her everyday life, along with her outfits and other posts…. Like her current struggle of trying to get slime stains out of her carpet. She also shared an amazing hack for how she keeps organized with getting the kiddos dressed every morning, definitely head to her highlights to find that info! I’m filing that away for sure.
Mara is another OG blogger I started following way back. She lives in California with her two babes. I love everything about Mara’s style. Her clothing, home decor, and baby style are all a few reasons why I enjoy scrolling through her feed! I’m also definitely bookmarking her big kid bedroom reveal for when Colton grows up!
Taylor is a young mom of three adorable kiddos and lives with her husband in Georgia. The outdoor space alone at her home!! I mean… Ok, back to the kiddos that I’m supposed to be talking about! Taylor’s youngest Banks is two months older than Colton. It’s really interesting to see the upcoming stages I have to look forward to with Colton, through Taylor and Banks on Instagram. She curates a great feed to follow for a peek into their daily life, great fashion finds and tips, along with some makeup and beauty content that I always learn new things out of!
Heather’s story blew up by writing an article for Love What Matters and it going viral. It doesn’t get more touching then what this girl has been through. And I applaud her even more for sharing her story along the way. Heather is what she calls a “bonus mom” to her two step sons, plus she is the adoptive mom to Irish twins. She has also opened her heart and home to her adopted son’s older brother, and just recently older sister. You guys, I don’t think a heart can get much bigger than Heather’s. This girl is a literal Super Mom and I am in awe of her daily. She is so raw and open on Instagram and I just can’t get enough of her cute family.
I just recently discovered the Brenner family on Instagram. Foster care and adoption is something that I am wildly passionate about, which so many people in my life find strange since I’ve had no connection to it. I hope to one day actually look into both. However, right now is not the right time for that with our family, so I enjoy following along with the Brenner family as they live through a heart wrenching story. Taylor & JJ have adopted the sweetest brother and sister duo, and after they did so they were told that the birth mom was now having twins. They are currently fostering the twins. She writes so eloquently about their journey over on her blog too.
Ok, I know everyone has heard of Shawn Johnson the gymnast, but have you heard of Shawn Johnson the wife and mom?! Shawn and Andrew are serious couple goals and I LOVE following along with their life in Nashville. Shawn keeps it real on the gram and seriously her baby girl Drew is the cutest.
I think that pretty much sums it up! I love that through Instagram we can celebrate the small motherhood wins together. Along with the wins, we are there for the struggles too. Are there any moms I forgot to mention in this post that I should be following? How has one helped you without even knowing it?
Photos by Alex Ashman