Social media is more than just a way to keep in touch with your college roommate — it’s a great source of inspiration and camaraderie, especially as a mom. It’s hard to feel alone when you search a hashtag like #upallnight and find hundreds of other moms rocking their babies back to sleep at three in the morning. I’ve been inspired by so many different blogs and tweets, but Instagram has to be my favorite. From funny hashtags highlighting the hard parts of parenting to inspiring mom and kiddo stylings, all your bases are covered. One of the best? Instagram moms who share food photos.
Look, food is a favorite of just about everybody, but pair it with a mom who’s wrangling kids all day, working, trying to keep her head above water, and still putting a meal on the table? That’s pretty much the definition of inspiration. Some of my favorite make some wonderful meals for their kids, meals that inspire me to put away the chicken nuggets and make my own daughter some homemade soup. Others highlight the adult meals and remind me that it’s OK to take care of yourself and your partner with some delicious food. We don’t have to survive on peanut butter sandwich crusts and leftover Goldfish. We can enjoy food, be inspired, and complain about the dishes like these nine Instagram moms. They may use their food photos to put us to shame, but it’s in the absolute best way, encouraging us to put down the takeaway menu and hit the grocery store.