What is the Blog About? – Craft projects and lifestyle blogging coming from an everyday mom who admittedly says she’s not an expert crafter (therefore her instructions are super easy to follow!)
What I Liked About it – There are some great sewing and crochet projects on this site which you can follow along with at home. As a seamstress myself, I’m always happy to find out which tricks other people use.
About the Author – Mandy has 4 kids and a real knack for explaining projects in an easy and accessible way.
What is the Blog About? – A blog for sharing crafting ideas, home DIY, recipes, and everything else intended to make parenting less hectic for you.
What I Liked About it – The party printables. You already know how outrageously expensive party decorations can be. All that money, and then you wind up never using them again anyway. Party printables are a great and affordable way to add personality to your party without breaking the bank.
About the Author – Katie is mom to three kids, and loves sharing her best ideas with all of us. In fact, some of her ideas have been so good, national retail stores have begun selling them!
What is the Blog About? – Straightforward discussions about everyday parenting struggles, particularly as they relate to adoptive parents, foster parents, or parents of children with special needs.
What I Liked About it – The openness with which the author speaks about the challenges faced by all parents, but particularly by those parents walking a more difficult road. This openness has led to the formation of a support network, which can also be reached through this blog.
About the Author – Sharla is a mother of 7, and as a result has a wealth of experience to pass on to the rest of us.
The Chirping Moms
What is the Blog About? – A great lifestyle blog covering everything from parenting, to travel, to home décor, and beyond.
What I Liked About it – The Mom’s Book Club. For all the time we spend reading to our kids, when was the last time you cracked open a good book just for you? There are some wonderful recommendations here to add to your wishlist, or your library queue.
About the Author –Courtney and Julie make a great team. They met in a park one day and became instant besties. Their friendship and fun attitudes always come through.
What is the Blog About? – Creative ideas and new approaches to counseling children who may be struggling with various issues in their lives. This can be a great resource for counselors, or for parents looking for more insight as to what might be going on in those little minds.
What I Liked About it – You’ll see some tried-and-true methods on here, as well as some new updated ones. I like that there are so many options so that parents can try the methods which work best for them.
About the Author – Michelle has over 20 years of counseling experience in a school setting, and shares her vast knowledge of ways to get through to children.
What is the Blog About? – All types of parenting topics, and some fun arts & crafts and party ideas too. There’s also a great section on traveling with kids which you should definitely check out if you have any vacation plans.
What I Liked About it – The Parker family’s adoption story. Currently, they are in the midst of waiting to be matched with a child, but along the way they have shared their journey, as well as many resources which can be helpful to other families thinking of pursuing adoption.
About the Author – Emily Parker is a mom of three, and uses her blog to talk about daily life as a parent.
What is the Blog About? – This is a great place to land if you’re looking for curated content all geared towards making your life as a mom easier. Whether you’re searching for the best audiobooks to play on a long roadtrip, or some good ideas to get your family up and moving, you’ll find it here.
What I Liked About it – I love the variety of content here. While it can sometimes be great to dive into a blog with a single focus, this blog lets me explore lots of different topics, all of which are super interesting.
About the Author – Kimber is a mother of three young children, and works as an engineer.
What is the Blog About? – Fun arts and crafts projects, at-home science experiments, recipes, and indoor/outdoor activities for the family to try.
What I Liked About it – Did you notice the word “resourceful” in the title? This is because all of the projects use items you would expect to find around your house. Buttons, yarn, pieces of candy, etc. A craft project that doesn’t involve loading up the car is an immediate plus in my book.
About the Author – Kim is a mom of three who loves sharing creative ideas, especially seasonal crafts.
What is the Blog About? – Keeping your kids happy, focused, and learning, even as you try to balance all your other mom responsibilities. If that sounds like a tall order, it is – but this blog gives you some great tools to make that happen.
What I Liked About it – Great tips for frugal or green living! So many families have to carefully plan their budgets, and this blog shows you great ways to stay within your spending limits, and still have great fun.
About the Author – Jen is a fun-loving mom in Florida. Her love of Disney would charm anyone, but it doesn’t hurt that she also has some great craft ideas too.
What is the Blog About? – Yes, some of this blog is centered on things to do specifically in Temecula, southern California, but there’s lots of great info for parents all over. Some great frugal living tips too!
What I Liked About it – The crock pot recipes. If you, as a parent, haven’t developed a love affair with your crock pot yet, a site like this will help you realize what a time saver and mess-reucer these things really are.
About the Author – Justine is a former teacher and mother to three girls. She first began blogging because she wanted to share ideas for inexpensive things to do in her area.
This Grandma Is Fun
What is the Blog About? – This is a great resource for parents who are moving on to the next stage in their lives – grandparenting. There are great resources here for activities to do with your grandchildren, as well as fashion, health, and travel tips for you, now that you are enjoying some hard-earned free time.
What I Liked About it – I think it’s a great idea to focus on the way grandparents interact with their grandchildren, and how important this bond can be.
About the Author – This blog is maintained by three sisters, all of whom have recently become grandmothers. They share some great ideas and stories.
TWIN DRAGONFLY DESIGNS
What is the Blog About? – Sharing craft ideas, recipes, and lots of great activities. Definitely check out the camping tab for some truly great suggestions.
What I Liked About it –The “Handmade Hangout.” Each week, 5 different blogs are featured, each of which is showcasing a fun handmade project. It’s like a miniature tour of some of the best and most creative crafting blogs out there.
About the Author – Heather is the mother of twins, and she’s living up in Canada. Her projects, recipes, and activity suggestions always focus on fun.
What is the Blog About? – As the author states on her “about” blurb, there’s a little of this, and a little of that all throughout this blog. While it is mostly focused on DIY and crafts, there’s also some beauty tips, recipes, and organizational info.
What I Liked About it –Her “Real Life” home tour. The author shares a lot of holiday or decorating themed home tours, but she also once shared a tour of her home as it looks on an average day – in other words, a house that looks a lot like our houses. The realness was refreshing!
About the Author – Katie is a mother to three boys, and full of creative suggestions for how to keep energetic kids occupied and happy.
What is the Blog About? – The blog title is a play on the author’s last name. Cute, huh? She uses this space to share ideas and projects, but also a lot of personal entries chronicling her everyday trials as a mom.
What I Liked About it –I love it when a blogger can open up and be honest with their audience. Putting yourself out there like that means taking a big risk, and I always appreciate it when I see it. This blog is a great example.
About the Author – Laura has an impossibly cool resume listing both “science teacher” and “roller derby girl.”
What is the Blog About? –The author describes herself as a “learn as you go” mom. She brings ideas from activities she has tried with her own children to her blog, complete with step-by-step instructions and pictures.
What I Liked About it –Her pictures feature children happily completing crafts, and not necessarily staged, brightly lit photos of the finished product. It helps give you a better idea of how the activity look While it’s happening.
About the Author – Java Mama (her screen name) describes herself as an expert at nothing and a novice at many things – I think every single mom could probably describe herself the same way.
What is the Blog About? –A handmade crafts blog featuring ideas, how-to guides, and inspiration for projects appropriate for all different ages. Whether you want to take on a sewing project yourself, or introduce a little one to the needle and thread, there will be a great guide on how to do it here.
What I Liked About it –I always appreciate blogs that offer some advanced craft projects for parents to try on their own. Sometimes, you can’t help but get inspired by what kids are doing, and you want to try it yourself.
About the Author – Amy is a mother of four and a creative enthusiast. Her blog is a wonderful way for her to share her ideas and projects.
What is the Blog About? –A little bit of anything and everything. There are recipes, art projects, DIY, fashion, beauty, design, science activities, and games to play with kids.
What I Liked About it –The quiz section is really fun. Sometimes, it’s good to get a little insight about yourself, and quizzes are a great way to do that. Plus, little movie quote trivia in the middle of the day can be a fun way to destress.
About the Author – This is a blog full of curated content, submitted by a staff of different people. This is how the blog can span such a wide range of topics.
What is the Blog About? – A real mom being real. She pokes a gentle bit of fun at other blogs full of expertly photographed craft projects and stunning DIY ideas, and instead offers you her moments of weakness, frustration, and chaos. But she has a great sense of humor about it all.
What I Liked About it –Her call for all moms to admit their mistakes and shortcomings, and to band together in all our messy realness.
About the Author – Kristen has 4 kids and an absolutely amazing ability to turn a bad day into a hilarious blog.
RED TED ART
What is the Blog About? – Easy crafting ideas for kids. Everything on this site is designed with little hands in mind.
What I Liked About it –Talk about being on top of kid trends – right on the front page there are tutorials for home made fidget spinners, and slime. I think if most kids had the chance, they’d play with just those two things all day. Might as well get them involved with making them.
About the Author – Maggy is a mother of two who loved trying out new and easy crafts with her kids, and then sharing those great ideas with us.
What is the Blog About? – Does it seem like parenthood is nothing but chaos? It turns out, it may be because you are inadvertently making the job harder on yourself. By learning to adjust to the natural rhythms of play, you can end up with a more organized, peaceful and productive home.
What I Liked About it –Anyone promising to give me tricks to make motherhood easier has my undivided attention.
About the Author – Nelly is a mom who, like the rest of us, initially felt totally overwhelmed by motherhood. Her blog is her way of sorting through buys days, and finding time for meaningful connections.
What is the Blog About? – A parenting blog specifically dedicated to helping parents of children who have speech or language obstacles to overcome.
What I Liked About it –I love that this blog has such a specific focus, as the parents of children with speech or language issues have a very unique set of needs and requirements. The activities and projects on the site are all designed towards helping families make progress, plus Teepee Joy is featured on her blog too!
About the Author – Kristin is a speech and language pathologist hoping to share resources with educators and parents alike.
What is the Blog About? – One mom shares her personal journey through motherhood, and the helpful tips and tricks she has discovered along the way. She covers topics from newborns on up.
What I Liked About it –Even though the author is sharing her personal experiences, there’s never any sense that she is telling you that her way is the “right way.” This is a great resource for answers, but not a place where judgment or condescension lives.
About the Author – Nina began this blog when she herself was a new mom – hence the title “Sleeping Should Be Easy.” Something we all said when we were new moms.
What is the Blog About? – Play-based educational activities for kids ranging from just a few months old up through kindergarten.
What I Liked About it –I love how this blog comes up with activities for events you don’t even think about. For example, a “busy bag” for long car trips. How many times have I been 3 1/2 hours into a drive wishing I had thought of this earlier?
About the Author – Devany is a former teacher and mother of two now concentrating on her blog full-time. She brings all that great educational knowledge with her when she shares her ideas.
What is the Blog About? – Homeschooling resources, family, faith, and parenting.
What I Liked About it –Not every mommy blog is as upfront or frank about the challenges of being a single parent. I was happy to see it discussed so openly.
About the Author – Kim is a single mother of four who has chosen to homeschool her children. She has a background as a schoolteacher, but chose to transition her children due to seeing their various strengths in different areas.
What is the Blog About? – Mindfulness in parenting. There are great resources here for dealing with the emotional development of your children, and how to be present for all of it.
What I Liked About it –I love the expert tone of this blog. Sometimes, parents really need an expert to chime in.
About the Author – Ashley is a developmental psychologist who spent many years in practice before becoming a mother herself. She was surprised by the things that worried here, even after all her exposure to parents and children.
What is the Blog About? –DIY, crafts, party ideas, and everyday parenting info that we all need.
What I Liked About it –The “Active Parenting” section. This is a great resource for new and meaningful ways to engage with your family during those moments where you feel lost. There are service project suggestions for teens, tips for making shy children more comfortable, and ways to improve everyone’s time management.
About the Author – Heidi is a retired teacher and mother to three daughters. She’s always had a knack for creativity.
Louise and Jenni
What is the Blog About? –Crafting, recipes, seasonal fun, and activities for kids of all ages.
What I Liked About it – Their travel blogs are wonderful! Any parent thinking about traveling really wants to know one thing: How did the trip go with kids? They answer that question in each of their travel stories.
About the Author – Louise and Jenni decided to start a blog to showcase their love of crafting with their kids. They say they’re the kind of moms who spend “way too much time” on their kids’ Easter bonnets, and they’re a lot of fun.