There are many blogs designed to appeal to moms out there. We have put together a list of some of the best blogs that appeal to Toronto moms in particular. We chose these 10 blogs for a variety of reasons, including their special focus, their unique style, their visual style and their social following. Check out our list of favourites below—these 10 blogs are a must read for Toronto moms!
Sara Vartanian by Diana Nazareth
A great green resource for Toronto parents is Green Moms Collective. This blog is both a free resource (blog) and a business, offering eco-consulting for families who want to make their homes as green as possible. Their services also include eco-maternity consulting and greenproofing. The website and business was founded by Sara Vartanian, an eco-maternity consultant and greenproofer. The blog has several contributors from different backgrounds, from naturopathy to aromatherapy specialists, and covers a wide range of topics, from green products for families to healthy travel articles. The article formats range from product reviews to DIY tips. The look of the site is clean with imagery lost somewhere between hipster and hippie. If you are looking for great advice on how to go green in your home and life, this blog is a must read!
“Green Moms Collective was created to help make healthy, eco-friendly living easier for urban moms. After I had my first child five years ago, I noticed how many baby products and mom beauty products contained harmful toxins and searched for safer alternatives. At GMC,readers will find tips for choosing better products and wellness information from a variety of holistic professionals,”
says Sara Vartanian, founder and editor at Green Moms Collective. For all the Toronto moms looking to lead a greener lifestyle, this is the blog for you! Follow the blog to stay in the loop, like it on Facebook or follow on PInterest, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.
2. Parent Club
Parent Club is a blog by Caroline Fernandez, a best selling author and freelance writer. She is also a mom of three. Her blog features a broad spectrum of topics including parenting, crafting, cooking, travel, technology and style. Caroline offers clear and easy to read blog posts, practical advice and tips for parents:
“Parent Club is a friendly site aimed at sharing information to make life a little easier for busy families. As a Mom to three kids, I know about having a busy life! I started blogging as a way to keep my sanity as a stay-at-home mom. My blogging grew into a passion—which grew into a writing career (blogger, writer, kids’ lit author!) I love connecting and engaging with other parents (hence my blog’s name Parent Club).”
Caroline Fernandez by alimartell
This is a great well-rounded blog for busy Toronto moms and another must read on our list. We highly recommend it for moms with more than one child trying to find balance in life. To stay in the loop, follow the blog feed, like it on Facebook or follow it on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.
The Flying Couponer is a great resource for those who like to save! Written by a flight attendant and expert couponer, this blog was created to teach readers how to effectively use coupons. It also features family friendly craft ideas, family friendly product reviews and giveaways for items like DVDs, posts about family vacations, health and beauty tips, product reviews and kid friendly recipes with whimsical well-shot photos.
“The Flying Couponer blog is about life, travelling, and saving money. As a social media maven, I am devoted to helping families make the best decisions possible about the products and services they are purchasing. My reviews are authentic and a lot of fun to read,”
says Mary Jane, ‘The Flying Couponer.’ This blog is a must read for Toronto moms on a budget and avid shoppers. Keep up with Mary Jane’s tips by following her blog, liking The Flying Couponer on Facebook and following on Instagram, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.
My So-Called Mommy Life is an endearing blog written by mother of two, Renee Kaiman. Renee found herself sacrificing what she thought was her dream career to get married and have a family, but instead wound up living what she describes as a fantastic dream life as a mother. This cute looking blog features giveaways, posts about kid friendly products, parental advice, family stories and more. Renee’s writing is cute and easy to read and her posts are honest and thoughtful. Renee told us how she started writing her blog:
“I started my blog when my daughter was eight months. I did lots of research on everything baby related as baby items are very expensive. I wanted to make sure I was getting exactly what I wanted in the product.”
“Friends started asking me questions about things related to their babies and I was able to give them great information. A few people urged me to start a blog. I sat on the idea and finally took the plunge! I keep blogging because I love it but also because I am creating a community of parents who can relate to one another and their trials and tribulations of parenthood,”
This honest and informative blog is great for first time moms just trying to figure it all out—a must read. To stay in the loop, follow the blog feed, like it on Facebook and follow it on Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.
Angie Smith is on a mission to reclaim her youthful exuberance and she is using her blog In My 30s and It’s Time to document it all. A working mom of two in the GTA, Angie is open about her troubled 20s and is determined to enjoy her 30s and start over. Angie uses her blog to share humorous stories of her daily family life, to host fun giveaway contests, to offer Etsy features, to share her short stories and to host Music Mondays (Angie’s music recommendations for the week.)
“I feel like my 20s flew by in a whirlwind of chaos and I was never truly happy. While I did love becoming a mother (and still love being one!) everything else was in shambles: my personal life, my relationship, my emotions…and I lost myself entirely. In My 30s And It’s Time is my quest to rediscover the little girl inside, the one who slept soundly at night, who had an endless grin on her face and a twinkle in her eyes! Along the way we’ll have some fun with reviews, giveaways, discussions and heartfelt conversations,”
Angie told us. This blog isn’t fancy looking but it is very heartfelt and honest, not to mention fun, thanks to all the giveaways and product recommendations. We recommend this blog for Toronto moms trying to find joy in the chaos of life. Stay in the loop by following the blog, liking it on Facebook or following it on Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram.
Sylvia’s Simple Life is simply a beautiful blog. The images are striking yet peaceful. Sylvia lives with her husband and teenage son and writes about life in her 40s as a parent. She is a former teacher and now focuses on her photography and writing. The blog is artistic, creative and whimsical. Her posts include stories from her everyday life, gorgeous food and travel photos and recipes and posts on things that inspire her. Sylvia told us about her life and blogging:
“I write, I photograph, I teach, I learn, I parent, I travel and I try to live in the present moment, paying attention to the small joys in life. In our busy world, we tend to overlook the small, ordinary and unexpected instants. Useless worries and unneeded wants make us blind and inattentive to the everyday beauty and peace unfolding in front of our eyes. And I know from experience that most of the time it is difficult to understand what a moment itself means, in the context of a life that is happening. We often need distance or a threat to come about in order to realize that those ordinary moments have grown to be more extraordinary than we ever expected.”
Salted Chocolate Lavender Cupcakes by Sylvia
“In truth, the moments that tend to be most meaningful in our lives are rarely the ones we await. That tingling sensation as the warm tiny sun ray spreads over your skin, that comfortable chair and the book you read in it, the first sip of the morning coffee, the first snowdrops among thawing snow, the little kiss from your dog on your nose, the smell of the freshly baked pie coming from the kitchen, the hot water in your shower, that afternoon picnic with friends by the lake, the beautiful piece of music you love, your son’s “I love you” that makes your heart sing every time you hear it…I created my blog in the beginning of 2011 because I wanted to remember all these moments.”
Her blog captures life’s everyday beautiful moments in stunning photos and thoughts. For Toronto moms looking to slow down and take it all in (and we mean all!), this is the blog for you. Follow the blog or like it on Facebook and follow Sylvia on Instagram.
7. Style By Stef
If you are looking for a fantastic mommy style blog, Style By Stef has you covered. On this cute and slightly retro-looking blog, 30-something mother Stef shares her easy style tips to fit your budget, lifestyle and body. It can be tricky to focus on fashion when you are chasing your kids around. This blog offers practical advice on how to incorporate good style into your crazy life, refresh your wardrobe and stay fashionable when you have kids—all on a budget! Follow this blog to stay in the loop or like the blog on Facebook and follow it on Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram—it’s definitely a must read.
Kirsten Doyle is the Toronto mom and runner behind the inspiring blog Running for Autism. Kirsten has great energy and a good sense of humor, making her blog easy to read. She writes about parenthood, running and training and autism (as well as other parts of her life). Like the blog title suggests, Kirsten runs in charitable races for autism in honor of her son George who is autistic. Kirsten also offers product reviews occasionally.
“Parenting is hard. Parenting a child with autism is double hard. I blog about my journey in hopes that my experiences will make other overwhelmed parents of special needs kids feel less alone. I want them to know that even when they think things are falling apart, they are doing OK and they should never give up,”
says Kirsten. This blog isn’t visually stunning but the content is so unique and motivational that it makes up for it. We love Kirsten’s voice and attitude, and we find her story is so inspiring. This is a must read for Toronto moms with children who have special needs. Follow the blog to stay in the loop, like it on Facebook or follow Kirsten on Pinterest and Twitter.
My Bits and Bleeps is a mommy and lifestyle blog that features product reviews, opinion posts and hosts giveaways. Written by mother Jeannine, this blog covers a broad spectrum of topics—from parenting to deals, family finance, health, DIY ideas, food and more. Jeannine’s blog can be quite informative on important issues facing Toronto parents, like new tax breaks for families, and also fun thanks to all the giveaways and product reviews.
“Writing about my unique experiences in life is a way for me to relieve some tension, and hopefully offer my readers some insight and inspiration, should they find themselves in similar circumstances,”
says Jeannine of My Bits and Bleeps. This blog is perfect for Toronto moms who want to know more about family finance and other logistical aspects of parenthood—a must read. To stay in the loop, follow the blog feed, and follow on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and Twitter.
Monica is a stepmother of two and a new mother of one, giving her Toronto Mommy Blog a unique perspective on parenting. Her blog offers practical information about pregnancy and motherhood in Toronto. The range of blog topics featured on Toronto Mommy Blog is fairly broad and includes posts on subject matter like infant CPR, maternity leave, infertility, breast pumping and more. Monica writes in a very direct but relatable tone. Her posts are very informative and helpful for new moms and dads in Toronto. If you are a new mom, or you just want to know what to expect when you’re expecting, this blog is a must read. To stay in the loop, follow the blog feed as this blog does not promote itself through social media.
Each blog in our list offers a unique perspective on parenthood as well as a unique focus. We hope you give these fantastic Toronto mommy blogs a read! Whether you’re looking for practical advice or just want to know that you’re not the only one struggling, there’s a blog for you on this list.They are all well worth a visit. Check them out—you never know what you might learn!