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9 Inspiring Mommy Blogs in 2018

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Disclaimer: I do not own any of these photos, the owners shared their photos voluntarily. No copyright infringement intended, and I acknowledged all professional photos.

Why I Started A Blog

I started my blogging journey in 2017, a couple of months after giving birth to my second son. At that time, I felt the need to have an outlet for my thoughts and feelings as I struggled to cope with the pressure and stress of motherhood. I blogged without expecting anyone to read any of my posts. As a matter of fact, I did not want anyone to know that I had a blog because I was not sure if what I was writing was “good enough”.

To my surprise, people were actually reading my blog! A few of my friends even encouraged me to go all the way and make it a career. After my family moved to Italy, I realized that it would be fun to write about our family’s expat adventures! That was when I decided to get my own domain via Siteground. I also joined the Influential Mamas Promo and Community Facebook Group and discovered mommy bloggers such as myself who share the same passion for writing and influencing.

As my way of celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8, I would like to share a list of mom blogs with inspiring stories and helpful resources. To make this more fun, these mommy bloggers also shared their wedding photos!

 

9 Inspiring Mommy Blogs in 2018

1. Stacey of Just Mommin Around

Stacey lives in Cape Cod and is a mother to two “wonderfully crazy little children”. She writes articles on motherhood, organization, parenting as well as product reviews of things her family uses.

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Married in 2011

Photo by A Perfect Picture

 

2. Jhilmil of Mommy In Me

Jhilmil writes about parenting and lifestyle. She calls herself a travel maniac, marketing professional and contented human. She writes articles on traveling with children, play ideas, inspiring women, positive parenting and more.

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Married in 2010

 

3. Caitlin of Real Mom Recs

Caitlin describes herself as an adoptive mom, biological mom, slacker mom, Disney mom, and above all things, a real mom. She writes articles on motherhood, breastfeeding, and Disney World.

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“This is from my wedding in 2009. I still love my dress (and my husband )!”

 

4. Kate of Homebound but Hopeful

Kate describes her blog as “one busy mom’s journey finding ways to feel fulfilled, productive, and connected, when stay-at-home motherhood was never part of the plan. Happily blogging from the intersection where children’s literature and design meet.” Read her article on celebrating family diversity.

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Married in 2012

Photo: sarahophoto.com

5. Rebecca of Mommy Takes 5

Rebecca says that you can lose yourself in motherhood. Her blog will help you “connect with the real you again”. Her blog has free resources on self-care. Furthermore, check out her article on 6 Day Clear the Clutter Challenge.

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Married in 2016, Flowers by Bride & Bloom 

“One of my favorite wedding pictures, my dad tying the bow on my dress. It was a very special moment that we shared, he had tied all the bows on my dresses growing up, so I surprised him and asked him to tie the bow on my wedding dress.”

 

6. Yamy of Go Fam Go

Yamy got married on a very special date: 11/11/11. Go Fam Go is a multi-generation family travel blog. Join them on their adventure as they explore with a toddler and an elderly grandparent on dialysis. Search their blog for articles, reviews, and guides on different family vacation spots.

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7. Ashley of Parenting the Principal

Ashely says, “I got married in June of 2011. We started the blog together originally but it’s become my baby. It’s about Parenting with an educational twist but we keep it real…as we are trying to navigate the crazy life of 3 girls under the age of 5. ” Read Why Children Need Routine and Consistency.


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8. Ro of Travel Tiddlers

Travel Tiddlers is a Facebook Page for traveling with little ones. Ro says, “We have an 18-month-old son. We got married in Spain in 2015 as part of our family lives there and we love going there! (We live in the U.K.) Our venue was in a Vineyard and it was a perfect day!” 

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9. Dawnmarie of Enjoying the Days

Dawnmarie’s blog is about her family’s travels and adventures together…and Disney World. She says, “July 19th, 1997 is when we got married, yet this picture is from July 19th, 2004. In 1997, we were away for the weekend and wound up getting married. We did not plan to elope. In 2004, we had a full wedding and a Covenant Ceremony. The theme was Seven Year Itch? Here is a switch. We are getting rehitched! We now renew our vows every seven years, and this summer will be twenty-one years!” Check out Disney Date Night Restaurants.

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Dress by Christina Wu

 

More From Bellissimamma: My Blogging Journey (Bellissimamma)

Aside from being a mommy blogger, I am also a Dolce Vita Blogger! Are you a lover of Italy? Check out this link to find out how you can join the monthly linky.

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How To Choose Your Wedding Gown

*A Guest Post by Jenny Umali Mendoza

How Do You Choose Your Wedding Gown?

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Is it your dream to walk down the aisle to “the one” you will spend the rest of your life with? Your wedding day is perhaps the most beautiful and most magical day in your life as a couple. It is the beginning of the road to forever. Of course, choosing the perfect wedding gown for the bride-to-be is one of the most exciting highlights of the wedding journey. Many women look forward to the moment when she walks down the aisle and all eyes are on her. Wearing the right dress is key to making the bride glow with confidence.

Things to consider when choosing your wedding gown:

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  1. Does it reflect my personality and style?
  2. Can I move comfortably in it?
  3. Does it fit our budget?
  4. Is the material of good quality?
  5. Does wearing it make me happy?

Are you looking for some wedding gown inspiration?

These mommy bloggers from the Influential Mamas Community shared their wedding photos and links to their blogs. Disclaimer: I do not own any of these photos, they were shared with me by the owners. No copyright infringement intended, and professional photos were acknowledged.

  1. Brittney 

2. Jennifer

Married in 2010

Photography by Josie Martin

 

3. Judy

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4. Tiffany

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Married in 2016
Erika Grace photography (www.erikagracephoto.com)

5. Nicole

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Married in 2014

6. Amber

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Married in 2015

7. Aja

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Married in 2015 (20 weeks pregnant with twins in this picture)

8. Denisha

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Married 2011

(c) Photography by Gema

9. Bhushavali

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10. Diana

 

11. Bridgid-Ryan

12. Pooja

 

13. Nancy

 

Good luck in choosing your perfect wedding dress! I hope that you will enjoy your Big Day with the love of your life and with the people closest to your heart.

Read Next: How To Choose Your Maid of Honor

 

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April Skin Magic Stone Review

What Is April Skin Magic Stone?

First of all, I’d like to share with you my quest to write reviews on products that I have already used up. It gives me so much joy to completely use up a product! My “January Empty (2018)” is the April Skin Magic Stone, a Korean-made soap that claims to be non-irritating, eco-friendly, and applicable for all skin types.

April Skin Magic Stone Soap

Where Can You Buy April Skin Magic Stone?

I bought this soap at Watson’s Philippines five months ago but I was only able to use it last month. They were having a Korean products sale at that time and I was very intrigued by the name of the soap. As a nursing mom, I was also looking for safer and unscented beauty products. (You can also purchase this soap from Amazon. Check out my affiliate link at the end of this post.)

So I used it almost every day since December 2017, so it would be safe to say that this soap lasted for a little more than a month. I used it as a face and body soap.

My thoughts on April Skin Magic Stone:

1. First, let’s talk about its scent. I really like products that have a mild/ non-existent smell. It has a very neutral smell which I like because it does not mix with the other scents that I put on my body (e.g. lotion/ perfume).

2. Next, it gives my skin a squeaky-clean feeling, but it is non-drying as well.

3. Furthermore, it melts easily so keep it in a dry container. The directions also say to cut it into 4 pieces to save more of the product.

4. However, it is very expensive for a piece of soap (Php 400)! I might not repurchase it because of its price. If I go to Korea, I will definitely repurchase. This is available on Amazon U.K.

Amazon U.K.

 

April Skin Magic Stone Black’s Ingredients:

Finally, here are the ingredients found on the label. Read carefully! Coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, castor oil, camellia oil, rice bran oil, shea butter, pure water, sodium hydroxide, liquid sulfur, kelp extract, pearl powder, charcoal powder, hyaluronic acid, muscovite powder, luquid effective microorganisms, oriental medicine complex, lavender E.O, Lemon E.O

I hope you found this review helpful!

X,

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MammaCarmela

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