35 Mom Blogs We Love
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2010, Angela candidly (read: neither Pollyanna nor wallowing in self-pity) chronicles what it’s like being a daughter, a friend, a wife, a mom with MS. A Taste: ‘All I saw was wheelchairs. Thousands of wheelchairs rolling around in my mind. Because, that’s all I knew about MS.’
Dinner with Julie
She’s an amazing cook with good ideas for fancy food and family food alike. A Taste: '[Here] is an illustration of what can happen when your fridge is full and yet lacking inspiration, when you drag yourself to your computer and unenthusiastically type in “kale” because you have a sad bunch in your fridge...'
Simply Stylish Mom
This simply stylish Vancouver mom shows you how you can look effortlessly pulled together (really) whether you’re doing morning drop-off or pulling soccer game snack duty. A Taste: ‘Too often I catch glimpses of muffin tops hanging over the sides of jeans or thongs rising up to say hello or saggy daggy jeans or jeans that have one too many holes in them.’
Embrace the Chaos
Whether she’s talking about the parent-panic around kids with ADHD, or our crazy obsession with celebrity baby weight, you never know what this smart, topical and frequently funny Toronto blogger will be talking about next. A Taste: ‘You know those moments when your kid chokes and you get scared? Or when a button goes missing and you think it is up your kid's nose?’
You’ve got to admit, there’s something refreshing about a mom who admits taking the kids to McDonald's because she’s too tired to make an organic fair-trade casserole. When it comes to channeling her inner slacker mom, she’s fearless. A Taste: 'Drunken Reasons to Have a Third (baby) As Sheepishly Recalled in the Morning: 3 just makes more sense, what with my ch'i and all.'
We’re biased, of course, because Jan is our own food blogger at SavvyMom. We love her style and flair with food and we mostly love that our families love her food ideas too. A Taste: 'It's no secret that my love for all things French runs deep, so why not dedicate an entire week’s worth of simple meals to the topic? These won't be the dinners you'll find in a fancy French restaurant, but rather the ones inspired by the families I knew when I lived in the South of France.'
Firmly grounded in the ‘If you can’t beat them, laugh at them’ school of thought, Leanne examines the little things in life that most of us overlook, like The Top Eight Reasons Not To Eat a Dog . A Taste: ‘Whenever Stripper Barbie’s skirt twirls, I’m reminded of Linda Blair’s famous head spin in The Exorcist.'
Tales of a Hockey Wife
Maple leaves and Mounties aside, nothing says ‘Canada’ more than a hockey wife. This mother of two and wife of a former professional hockey player has definitely been around the rink a couple of times. A Taste: 'Did someone pick their nose and then stir the lemonade with their finger?'
Cute Food for Kids
Man cannot live by bread alone and neither can your kids. If you’ve got a picky eater on your hands, count on Tiffany for simple recipes with photos and step-by-step instructions will have you turning out edible art that even the fussiest eaters will devour. A Taste: ‘We were all surprised when my son said ‘hey...those are underwear cookies!'
Attack of the Redneck Mommy
Miller had us at the title of her blog (not to mention the image of the giant mommy stomping over a highway and crushing cars in that King Kong sort of way). An award-winning blogger whose posts never disappoint. A Taste: ‘If all else fails, we have high hopes that when they grow up they’ll finally become humans.’
Maria might be bored, but those of us who read her popular blog certainly aren’t. This Colin Firth-obsessed mom blogger is one to watch. A Taste: ‘I am forever trying to get back to my cute, young self, and am a genius at failing at it.’
Musings about the moments in a mom’s life—both the ones you never want to forget, and the ones you never want to remember. A Taste: ‘As soon as she stopped dancing she straightened and turned to face us. Her grin was as big as mine.’
Ann Douglas: The Mother of All Blogs
Best-selling author, parenting expert and SavvyMom contributor, there’s hardly a parenting question this mother of all bloggers can’t answer. A Taste: ‘There's tired—and then there's the level of exhaustion you experience after the birth of a baby.’
Karen Humphrey serves up fabulous recipes with a liberal sprinkling of humour. The photos of her drool-worthy dishes are verging on food porn (in the best way possible, of course). A Taste: ‘I can't fold the $^%@ phyllo triangles, people.'
Jen and Joey Go Green
This self-described ‘realistic environmentalist’ makes it easy to be green. No soap box here—just well-written content on the choices regular families have when it comes to caring for the environment. A Taste: ‘When you first find ants you are probably like me, you curse and then you try to kill them all. While this gets immediate satisfaction results it doesn't really solve the problem.’
Mommy's Reading Too
This blog gives you all the fun of a book club without any of the drawbacks (like running out of wine or having to actually read the book). A Taste: ‘It makes a great point about how if a child is allowed to choose what they want to read...how much easier it is to create a lifelong reader.’
Theresa Albert: My Friend in Food
Full disclosure: Theresa is actually our friend, but she will be your friend in food too, after reading her stuff. She’s the author of Ace Your Health: 52 Ways to Stack Your Deck and we love that she always knows the right thing to order at a fast food joint. A Taste: ‘If I just helped remove 100 mg of sodium from a child’s day and raised awareness that this was a necessary and simple shift, I am happy to have shuffled them along…’
Because even if you think you have a handle on your finances, Gail will let you know what you can do to improve. She delivers great content on the site and gets involved in the community chat if you have questions. A Taste: ‘As it turns out, when you pay for your food with a credit card, you are more likely to buy crap that’s not good for you.’
Cheeze Whiz and Mustard
Here’s what we love about this blog: 1. The cheesy name 2. Posts like ‘My Daughter, the Mobster’, and ‘Sexy Time Tomatoes’ 3. The funny stream-of-consciousness musings of this math nerd, musician and pretty good cook. A Taste: ‘32E. That’s right. Next to that tiny 32 there is a giant E. Again, the husband is ecstatic. (On the side-effects of breastfeeding).
Travel Savvy Mom
When Jamie Pearson’s three year-old daughter threw up in a hotel dining room in Belgium, an idea for a blog was born. This network of moms from all over the world share family-friendly travel advice. A Taste: 'The Kids' Take: Completely and totally awesome, right up until the moment when their exhausted parents made them leave at 9:30 p.m., before the bull riding.'
Adventures in Dating and Life – Single Mommy Style
Having discovered that blogging is cheaper than therapy, this single mom rants and raves about men, hormones and raising a child as a single parent. A Taste: ‘I can talk myself out of a relationship in less than 30 seconds. Ergo I can talk myself out of dating in less than 20. What can I say? It's a gift.’
A Peek Inside the Fishbowl
This veteran blogger (and SavvyMom contributor) has been blogging about parents, kids and all things Ottawa since 1999. She’s a class act that newbie bloggers would do well to follow. A Taste: ‘OF COURSE THE KIDS DIDN’T EAT IT. Silly rabbits.’
Until Wednesday Calls
Craft ideas that even moms with 10 thumbs can pull off, Melissa’s simple instructions and easy-to-follow tutorials will have you creating family-friendly works of art in no time. A Taste: ‘It [ruched scarf] is so feminine and yet so comfortable. You have to know that I intend on buying up all of the cotton jersey pajama pants in the nation for more of these!
The Fussy Baby
Mothers of fussy babies unite! This blog (or should we say, godsend) offers first-hand accounts from moms who are (usually) rising to the challenge of parenting fussy babies. The best thing about this blog is knowing you’re not alone. A Taste: ‘My daughter screamed, on average, 20 hours a day, for four months.’
Sara McConnell Photography Blog
This Ottawa mom and family photographer shares postcard-perfect images of her subjects. We’re betting you won’t be able to resist printing off pictures of her subjects, attaching them to your annual Christmas card and trying to pass them off as your own family. A Taste: ‘This adorable little 9 month old had at least 101 expressions for me at our mini session last week.’
Because four moms raising 11 boys are destined to have some good stories and perhaps even some good survival tips. A Taste: I love the idea of making something lasting from what could easily become the next dust rag.
A coffee-loving, transplanted B.C. native who, along with her preacher husband and four kids, navigates the suburban jungles of southwestern Ontario. A Taste: ‘I mean really... how many times can you make them eat jam sandwiches or slap some meat on a piece of bread and smother it with mustard?!’
Common Cents Mom
From being a married woman with five homes and a ranch to living as a divorced homeless person with a newborn in tow, Pollard knows what it’s like to have, and to have not. Now she's on a mission to share what she knows about saving money and why money matters. A Taste: ’If you are going grocery shopping or to the mall, you need a reason to be there, otherwise it is mere entertainment and you are wasting money.’
Listen to Lena!
Why wouldn’t we want to listen to Lena? She’s funny, informative and can talk about anything from fertility to fresh fruit. Every post from Lena is like a tête-a-tête with your best friend. A Taste: ‘I'm currently shopping for a long, black wig, because I've decided to go as Kim Kardashian for Halloween. Surely you see the resemblance, no? (No.)’
This Newfoundland-born mom of three boys (whose online adventures led to meeting her husband way before the days of eHarmony), shares her adventures on being a mom and the realities that come with it. A Taste: 'God knows I adore my children, but with each passing year, the night before the first day of school feels a little more like Christmas Eve for Moms.'
Coffee with Julie
Julie blogs about whatever happens to be percolating in her brain on any given day. Whether it’s family, travel or just life in general, sit back and relax with this well-earned (coffee) break. A Taste: ‘I have never worked with anyone in an office environment that wears a skin-tight dress, bra-less with top of breasts exposed, topped with sky-high peep-toe heels. Have you?’
Share a glimpse of Dana’s world as she and her family renovate their 50 year-old bungalow, one room at a time. A Taste: 'First there is the mess. No one told me about the mess! Ok...maybe the mess was mentioned.'
Garden Gnome at Home
This happy homemaker focuses on the best ways to make a house a home. From Windex to window coverings, you’ll find everything you want to know about the art and science of caring for your home. A Taste: 'The large upper bedroom had deep rose with metallic gold floral wallpaper I actually like but according to everyone else it looks like a bordello.'
Hoarders beware! Melissa’s treasure trove of chic and clever DIY storage ideas make even the most die-hard slobs want to reform. A Taste: 'You probably did not think there were enough shower curtain scarf holders to warrant an entire post but let me tell you if I felt like really dragging it out I could probably have found enough for two. For serious.'
PhD in Parenting
Moms in-the-know follow this smart and savvy blogger who offers well-written, topical posts on how social, political and consumer issues affect parents, women and children. You may not always agree with her but you’re guaranteed to learn something. A Taste: ‘It became apparent to me that our society, in particular the media, like to put extreme parenting on display and then tear it apart.’