We’ve carefully selected these blogs because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower other parents with frequent updates and high quality information. If you would like to tell us about a blog, nominate them by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Being a mother isn’t easy. And despite popular opinion, womanhood doesn’t necessarily mean a mom will have all of the answers. On the contrary, all moms need places to go to for help.
Close to 4 million babies are born in the United States every year. Some of them are born to new mothers, and others to already large families. No matter what situation they are born into, however, there’s a good chance their mother has questions and worries, and could use some additional support. Here are our picks for the best mom blogs of the year.
Family Focus Blog
On her blog, Scarlet Paolicchi shares aspects of her life that she believes will help other moms and families. You can find product reviews, activities, parenting tips, and giveaways. We especially like the “Eco Tips” section, where she shares simple approaches to living a more earth-friendly lifestyle.
Tweet them @familyfocusblog
“Children deserve some unsupervised time!” is the rallying cry of Lenore Skenazy’s blog. Free-Range Kids calls for loosening the grip we currently have on our children, and giving them the freedom they need to grow into self-assured, independent people. Posts address the cons of living in a society where parents police each other, and why parents shouldn’t rob their kids of character-building experiences.
Love That Max
Max was born with cerebral palsy, and he was also born into a loving family. Ellen, his mother, uses this blog to reflect on parenting and life in general. She has three children in all, and spends her time editing and freelance writing. Her blog isn’t like other mom blogs, as it isn’t focused on recipes and craft ideas. Instead, it’s a great place for inspiration and stories of love and triumph among life’s challenges.
Tweet her @LoveThatMax
Mom of two Piera Jolly writes about crafts, cooking, travel, new products, and household tips, like how to keep your home feeling fresh. We love her holiday recipes that come with detailed instructions and photos, like Easter bunny cupcakes and cookie pops for Valentine’s Day.
Tweet her @JollyMom
Leah Segedie is the mama behind Mamavation, a blog and community dedicated to healthy living. Health, in this instance, doesn’t just mean nutrition and exercise. The blog looks at everything from household cleaning and safety to beauty. There are several contributors who write for Mamavation, each bringing a unique perspective and style. We particularly like the posts that break down confusing nutrition labels to help moms and readers know exactly what they’re feeding their families.
Tweet her @bookieboo
Mom Blog Society
If you’re interested in finding the best products for motherhood, chances are the Mom Blog Society has reviewed them. This blog is where you’ll find reviews on everything from sunglasses to family vacations. There are also useful tips on parenting, crafting, beauty, health, and entertainment, plus frequent giveaways, so if you enjoy winning stuff, you might want to check in here often.
Tweet them @momblogsociety
Oh She Glows
Oh She Glows was started to help blogger Angela Liddon in her recovery from an eating disorder. Now, it’s a movement. Liddon has written a cookbook filled with delicious vegan recipes, and she features some of those treats on her blog. Also on her blog is an entire section dedicated to her pregnancies and motherhood. She tracks “Life with Baby” monthly, and her pregnancy on a weekly basis.
Tweet her @ohsheglows
Rants from Mommyland
Rants from Mommyland is a team effort of three moms, each with a unique pen name: Julianna W. Miner, known as “Lydia,” Claire Goss known as “Guru Louise,” and Kristin Wilson Keppler, known as “Mommy Emeritus Kate.” The blog began in 2009 as an email exchange between mommy friends and has grown exponentially since then. We recommend starting with the “Is This The Right Blog For You?” page before you dig in. We are crazy about the humor and style of this blog and think most moms will be too.
Between home and the office, working mothers have a lot to balance, and it’s not easy. Just ask Monica, the mom behind Redefining Mom. In her first months of motherhood, she says she spent a lot of time looking online at how to deal with the balancing act and the emotional stress of wanting both a career and a family life. Those searches for help are what inspired her to start this blog. While she includes recipes and parenting tips, many of her posts are unique to working moms. We particularly like her posts about time management and making time for yourself.
Tweet her @redefiningmom
Green living advocate Caryn Bailey is one Rockin’ Mama. She’s been blogging for years, and the extensive archives are there to prove it. Bailey writes about the many things that concern moms: food, travel, looking and feeling good, entertainment, and of course, parenting. We like the variety of recipes she shares as well as her travel posts, like the recent one on the “Angry Birds” premiere in Los Angeles.
Tweet her @rockinmama
If you haven’t heard of Scary Mommy, you’ve been living under a rock. This blog began with Jill Smokler, a stay-at-home mom who wrote honestly and with abandon about her life. Now, the blog has grown and was purchased in 2015 by a larger media company. Thankfully, it maintains its original energy — with hilarious and brutally honest content.
The Vanilla Housewife
Jhanis, or Missus V, is the mom behind The Vanilla Housewife, blogging from the Philippines. She lives with her husband and children, Smarty Pants Chico and Little Miss Curly Top, nicknames that add an element of whimsy to the blog. She writes about fitness, health, product reviews, and travel. We like her sense of humor and particularly her recent candid “What’s Behind a Mom’s Facebook Post.”
Tweet her @TheMissusV