I touched on this in one of my other posts but one of the positive aspects of the good old gram is the friendships I have built with other moms, the inspo and knowledge I’ve gained (and hopefully given!), and the mums who run small businesses making the cutest clothes/food/toys/home decor etc for us and our littles. It’s given me and so many others such a platform to form friendships and promote our own journeys whilst meeting others in the same boat as ourselves. I’ve gotten to know women through the gram that I’d never have met any other way and these women are some of the most influential characters I’ve met to date. I was going to keep this post about authors behind other blogs but when I gave it some thought I decided to expand a little as theres a few women I have met on Instagram that don’t have blogs as such but have had an impact on how I live by life from day to day whether that be how I handle living with anxiety, parenting, or shopping (I much prefer to shop small & handmade).
I’ve said before but the women I’m about to mention are the kinda women I’d love to live in a cute little cul-de-sac with so that we could pop round with a gin or 10 whenever one of us has a bad day, because that is exactly what these women give to me on a regular basis, no not gin, but reassurance, confidence, friendship, guidance and a shoulder. So here goes…
I bang on about this one sooooo much I can imagine her face palming every time she see’s my name pop up but I’d be going against the whole purpose of this post if I left her out, she’s my ultimate mumspiration. I’ll keep the soppiness over on my ‘out of darkness cometh light‘ post but for those who haven’t came across that little old post of mine it’s about coming off anti-depressants, how I got there in the first place, and how this one helped and supported me. She has the feed of dreams and family goals – there really are no happier faces on my gram than those of her and her two guys. She’s uber honest but she’s so gracious with it which I think takes major skill because I for one am not! That isn’t the only reason Jax is my mumspiration though, she’s recently put herself and her dreams first all whilst maintaining life as a mom and fiancee, she scrapped the 9-5 and made her dream of setting up her own business work – Betty Crocker move aside, her biccys are to die for, I may look up to you in many ways Jax but you’re gonna be to blame for me not getting in shape for my holiday 😉
Heidi Heidi Heidi. I’ve been blogging along side her since the birth of our girls three years ago, and she made Lils first ever bow and headwrap way back when. I was in complete limbo when I had Lil, I was still finding my feet because of her being premature so her blog back then really helped, and still does exactly that to this day, even more so she’s a mom of multiples. We also went to the same high school but sometimes you just don’t find common ground with people until you’re much older and that’s exactly what I’ve found with Heidi, we share the same passions for writing/blogging and just generally being a mom. Her advice has helped me no end from writing, to being a mom to vlogging on insta stories. Everyone needs someone in their life to cheer them on like Heidi does.
I bloody adore this absolute weapon. I stumbled across her page after a pizz up event (that’s when you see all the best mamas come out to play – credit to @mrshhayward!) and my god I’m so glad I did. Sometimes you just click with someone and the best friendships are those where you can take the mick out of each other to your hearts content but know there is so much love behind it. There’s an amazing personal trainer on insta who does 5 minute live workouts which help set me up for the day and are even more beneficial to me now that I’m medication free, I wouldn’t have found her page if it wasn’t for Kay’s journey with her which is bloody amazing. It’s all very light hearted and laughs with us, even when she’s whatsapping me videos that make me hysterical hahaha, and it wasn’t until very recently that I’d had a *serious* heart to heart with Kay and found even more common ground with her and ultimately, our friendship grew because of it. She’s the kinda woman I curse distance for.
She just doesn’t give a monkeys this one and that’s ultimately what drawn me in to following her, since then she’s given me the best advice to care a little less what people think and it worked! She owns a traditional babywear company (that honestly makes me so broody every time I look through it) as well as being mom to her three beaut kiddies. Her honesty gives me life and I more often than not I crack up at her stories. Although she gets a crazy amount of messages she still makes sure I know I can always drop her a message if I ever needed too, the world needs more Amy’s.
My babe, I love Alice and Ayla. I’ve followed her for some time but gradually developed an obsession with her and therefore became an avid reader for her blog. She’s the female Martin Lewis/money saving expert, if it wasn’t for her knowledge then I wouldn’t have found out all that I have now, she’s saved/earned me so much money, I owe you one babs!! The content she posts on her blog is so productive and empowering. If you’re not already, I suggest you subscribe. She’s also a mama with a small business, so you may want to head over to check that out too!
Yet another reason why I need to up sticks and relocate to LDN town and/or get myself to a Pizz Up event real soon. Kerri was one of the first ‘small business’ shops that I ever followed on insta and it wasn’t until very recently that I’d spoken to her on a personal level, and again she shared some amazeee advice with me that’s helped better me as a person. She’s uber real with all that she posts and that’s been so important to me as I’ve been sucked in to the ‘insta perfect mom life’ on a few occassions at the peak of my anxiety. If you don’t already follow her (I’m sure you do!) then what are you doing? she will have you HOWLING and she makes some pretty cute clothes too – talented soul.
To me, her and Heidi come as a pair and just like Heidi, Mil is more often than not one of the first to shout you out or message you to cheer you on and that is super reassuring coming from someone in the same boat. It’s so refreshing to be scrolling through my insta stories and hearing that little old accent of ours – I can relate so much to Mil because like me, she moved away from her (our) home town and begun to build a family there and it’s not always easy being so far away from your family and friends but you’ll see from her feed and her blog that she’s owned it and made her bubbas a contented little home. Check out her blog if you haven’t already.
I probably don’t tell this one enough just how much of an inspiration she is, not just to other moms but to her daughter. I know she won’t mind me saying this but she’s a single mom who holds down a job role within the NHS ANDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD her own business making the cutest, most adorable wreaths, I mean, if that isn’t owning motherhood and being a mumspiration, what on earth is??? Anxiety is and always will be the bane of my life but I wouldn’t have grown closer to amazing women like Cole if it wasn’t for it’s existance in my life. We’re a dangerous combo once we get gassing on the phone, we have the most heart warming/wrenching/breaking/fulfilling chats and I wouldn’t change them for the world.
I can’t think of a way to open up with why this woman inspires me other than the fact she’s an absolute powerhouse and it’s women like her who keep me on instagram when I get those wobbly ‘falling out of love with it’ moments. She’s another realist who provides us with the best most honest of captions below her photos, and her blog. I actually first contacted Mia on the morning of my first therapy session following being perscribed anti-depressants, I was freaking out and she’d posted something on instagram about her own battle with mental health and I so needed to read all that she put in that post that day, it was weirdly as if I’d came across it by fate or at least that’s how it felt at the time. I thanked Mia and she has since provided me with knowledge and advice. Pop over to her blog and you’ll see what I mean!
Amy – insta: @amy_and_myboys
I couldn’t leave Amy out because she’s been my biggest fan on countless occassions, making sure I’m okay, reassuring me and cheering me on, what more could you ask for from a fellow mama? Yet another mom who I wished I lived closer too because she’s just a genuine girls girl, womans woman, mamas mama, you get my jist. We’ve followed each other for sometime but as I started to become more open about my life I started to recieve some super kind messages from Amy and believe me, she’s made me teary on a couple of occasions, she’s got a way with words has this one. She’s got 3 gorgeous boys and I do just admire how she can still look better than me with over here with one bubba struggling to find time to brush my hair. She is goals and I’m thankful for her.
So there are just a handful of the amazing and influential women I have met through the ‘insta mom world’, I’m super blessed to have ‘met’ and gotten to know you all.