For anyone who isn’t aware, being a parent is gruelling, 24/7 work, with no holidays or paychecks. The only payment you get is your toddler’s smile, but you have to work hard for it… or buy them ice-cream… which works sometimes too. In the end, it’s all worth it.
In honour of all the soldiers (parents) out there, Splento has put together a list of 14 family bloggers we love, who have the power to convince you that parenting is not that scary and is actually pretty fun, once you get the hang of it! They will hack, hint, tip and trick their way into your hearts, for sure, so get reading!
All those inventive, pretty-looking recipe ideas you’ve pinned on Pinterest – we can bet that 80% of them are from Elizabeth’s foodie blog. You really should start trying them out (once the kids have passed out) because her recipes have the potential to not only stop fussy eaters at the dinner table in their tracks, but to wow your adult dinner party guests, minus the effort and pretence. On top of being an amazing cook, Elizabeth is a mum of three and a fitness enthusiast. We call it superwoman.
This blogger’s love affair with travel started in her early 20’s when she travelled the world on her own. Now, she travels with her kids in tow! She aims to impart wisdom on how she does this (and does it well) with her travel blog, featuring sensory experiences in Sri Lanka, holidaying in Hong Kong with kids and travelling with a newborn – which we think is utterly heroic! It’s becoming more and more popular among 21st-century parents. Why? Because she believes that it’s not too late to travel the world and that you can take your kids along, with the correct planning and know-how. Take it from someone who has done it, is currently doing it and is doing it well!
Meet John Adams; a married, stay-at-home father of two daughters. He writes about parenting, father’s/men’s issues, days out and home improvement, so it’s ideal reading for the first-time father. This blog covers a wide range of topics; from talking to your children about online safety and helping young, first-time dads, to travel diaries and BBQ gadget reviews. The content seems to please, as it has landed the blog the second-to-top spot on the Vuelio Blog Awards Top Blogs of 2016 shortlist.
This blog, featuring a stay-at-home dad, his wife, his daughter, whom he endearingly refers to as ‘Toddler L’ and his dog, Dax. This blog has extensive content which includes a wide range of reviews, on topics such as tech and gadgets, house and home, fashion and beauty, gifts and presents, and days out and family activities. His video content is also very entertaining, so be sure to check this section out.
How many times have you heard the phrase, “you dress like a mum” being said as an insult? This blog challenges those misconceptions of what a mum should dress like. Zoe’s aim when conceptualising her blog was to show people that being a mum doesn’t mean you dress in a certain way and to help mums themselves move away from dressing to fit the stereotype. If you’re looking for advice on how to dress to flatter your shape, how to find new trends, shop for all occasions and style your hair and makeup to accompany your outfit, plus tonnes of ideas for kids clothing and decor, Zoe’s blog is certainly for you.
With press mentions in Huffington Post and Essex Chronicle and 3.3k followers on Twitter, this parent blogger is well-recognised for his blog. He’s come a long way since he started in 2005, with a large readership and 1.2k YouTube subscribers. The content is relevant and entertaining, so there is little wonder why it has become popular.
Yvadney’s blog is perfect for millennial mums. It’s not only a blog about kids and parenting, it’s about being a person, who is interested in lots of other things, like fashion, date nights, hygge, and relationships. It is confidence-boosting, endorphin producing and thought-provoking content and, as Yvadney says, “It’s about recognising that you are killing it, celebrating your uniqueness and grabbing your good bits by the balls, so you can slay your life”. So read it, be inspired and shine bright like a diamond.
Imagine being on a Californian beach; the sun is shining, the ocean is warm and the sand is soft. This was Elfa’s life before she moved to London. Now, her days consist of cold, rainy London weather and smoggy tube stations – but surprisingly, she loves it! This funny and wonderfully written blog is all about embracing London life as a mum to a girl and a boy who relentlessly make fun of her American accent. It’s especially useful if you’re thinking about migrating abroad with your kids, as Elfa’s tips will definitely help you figure out how to do it in the best way possible.
This blog has all sorts of useful content; from app and product reviews to tips and tricks, such as how to plan the ultimate family road trip. With his down-to-earth attitude and non-pretentious writing style, this blogger is sure to appeal to the average dad. He also gives to charity and other organisations and encourages others to do so on his blog.
My Travel Monkey is bursting at the seams with holiday inspiration for parents, tips on travelling as a family and heaps of ideas for cheap days out. This mother of two writes about the adventures she has with her boys and husband and is never short of amusing stories and useful information about travel deals, flight options and hotels. Travel Monkey will definitely inspire the adventurous spirit in you!
Tim, who describes his blog as a ‘cheap hobby’, takes huge pride in his children. This reflects in his humorous and insightful blog posts, which are read by a varied audience. Our favourite one, which we urge everyone to read, is Pretty in Pink. He encourages people to start their own blog by offering blogging tips and advice on how to create and market a personal brand and even has his own podcast.
12. How to Survive a Sleep Thief
Let’s be honest, any blog that has the tag line, ‘SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK’ has got to be good. This hilarious blog is a truthful account of what being a mum to a young child who doesn’t like going to sleep is like. Ever had just 3 hours sleep, 5 nights in a row? Then, whether you have kids or not, you can relate to Emily’s musings. And if you like this then you’ll love her new book: ‘Sleep Is For The Weak: How To Get Your Baby To Go The F**k To Sleep’ which is available to order on Amazon from the 18th of May. Her Instagram account is also guaranteed to make you chuckle!
13. Life, Love and Dirty Dishes
This blog is sure to make your stomach hurt from laughing. Claire, the creator, is in her mid-thirties and writes about topical issues, such as long-term marriage, having young kids and dealing with nits! However, don’t be put off if you aren’t married or don’t have kids because Life, Love and Dirty Dishes is guaranteed to entertain any audience. Have a look around and if you enjoy her content, why not vote for her in the BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Awards?
This blog came about as a result of the creator’s addiction to online competitions. He would share his wins and losses using this platform and found that people enjoyed reading his content. And so, it evolved into what it is today – a blog comprising everything that parents love to see: family photography, product reviews and posts about health, music and recipes. And he, of course, holds his own competitions, just to keep his passion for them alive!