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Mother’s Day is almost upon us, so what better time to introduce our new column on parenting in a Krrb world. And since this author happens to be a female, it’s going to be skewed slightly towards the mamas, but don’t freak out, the fellas are gonna get their due, too. After all, it takes two to tango, especially in this particular dance.
To start the ball rolling, we thought we’d share with you some of our favorite mom blogs, in honor of Mother’s Day and just mothers in general. Especially those who, in between bottle feedings, making beeswax candles and miniature robots and explaining (for the 30th time) how to tie a shoe, manage to find the time to photograph and write about it all, and then share it with us.
Our Mama Blogroll
Laugh till you cry
Mothers all know that there are times when the situation is so absurd, all you can do is laugh. Because if you aren’t laughing, you may be contemplating a move to a distant land that doesn’t include babies (or toddlers, or teenagers, or even fathers, for that matter) In times like these, turn to blogs selfishmom or family freakout and realize that you are not alone. With opening lines like “I’m sure that if vegetables could be trendy, kale would be on the cover of Vogue right now,” (to introduce a delicious kale soup recipe) and posts titled “Painting your son’s toenails may lead to the end of life as we know it,” you know you’re in for a lively read.
Make it yourself
Does the idea of “DIY” or “crafting” with your kids make you want to build your own secret fort in your closet and hide in it forever? Turns out even the most deft crafters had to start somewhere, and lets be honest, your kids won’t care if the violet jam is the perfect consistency or the egg candle is slightly off kilter. For inspiration, check out Amanda Blake Soule’s Soulemama, posts from a mother of 4 (with another on the way!) who is building a new life on a farm near Portland, Maine. We also love Donni from The Magic Onions for her stunning photography (see above) and her ability to raise kids’ art projects out of the glitter and glue gutter and into the realm of we-actually-want-this-on-display.
Getting the heck out of town
Really all we need to do is show this photo and you all should be sold. If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path (yet comfortable!) place to get away from it all with your family, Yolanda Edwards’ blog Travels With Clara is the way to go. With review of family friendly places that don’t include gigantic cartoon characters and endless loops of Disney theme songs, this blog can help you plan a trip that actually satisfies the whole family.
What’s for dinner?
Back in the day, we used to have elaborate dinner parties with multi-course meals, including sumptuous homemade deserts, lots of wine, laughter and good conversation. And then we became parents (well, not all of us here at Krrb, but some of us) and the complex meals went out the window. But that doesn’t mean a life full of macaroni and cheese and the occasional pizza. Thanks to blogs like Dinner with Julie, we can actually make things like Lemony Rice & Spinach Salad with Feta without breaking a sweat, and can even get our kids involved in the process!
There are countless shopping blogs on the web, all expertly showing you how to relieve your bank account of it’s contents in the name of improving your family life. Lots of them are maddening, but there is, every once in a while, a blog that gets the mix right. Check out Ria Browne’s Family QT (her comments about the absurdity of Lanvin’s crazy-expensive new kids line say it all) for an eclectic selection of projects, products and inspiration.
Moms have lives, too
A Cup of Jo has been a favorite of ours long before we started rooming with little ones, but when blogger extraordinaire Joanna Goddard had her own kid last year, the mom blog universe opened up and brought a whole new experience to the table (or laptop, as the case may be!) With a subheading of “Fashion, Design, Photography, Bikes and the People I Love” you can expect to find everything but the kitchen sink here, with the wonderful addition of Motherhood Mondays, a weekly column chronicling the life and times of a new mother in a way that we can all relate to.
Putting the “art” back in arts and crafts.
A great blog about young children and art, ArtbusNYC celebrates the fact that children have very sophisticated tastes and are able to relate to all sorts of things that might be considered for grownups only. A series of “musings” meant to inspire us to involve our entire families in the process of appreciating art in all of its forms, this blog gets us into the shows at the museums, galleries and performance spaces (mostly in the NYC area) that we so often are too busy to even know are happening.
A little bit of everything
And last, but most certainly not least, enter the filter. Momfilter, to be exact. More like an online magazine than a blog, this website, created by former Cookie magazine editors, has something for everyone, with stunning photography to show it all off. Travel, book reviews, recipes, profiles of amazing moms doing their thing, you name it, they’ve got it. Our favorites are the kid DIY posts (natch!) which are chock full of amazing and surprisingly simple ideas for making things with your younger counterparts.
So a happy happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there in the Krrb universe. Keep on doing what you do! And if you have any blogs that you especially love, please do leave a comment and let us know about them!
Opening photo from Momma Love: How the Mother Half Lives by Ali Smith, who has a great