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Wisdom from Mom Bloggers: The Moms That Inspire Your Favorite Bloggers

Contrary to popular belief, being a mom is no walk in the park. In a harried world of whining kids, never-ending messes, and the constant question “Why, mommy?” — it’s easy to get bogged down in your role as parent/servant/entertainer/maid/ chauffeur. That’s why even our favorite mommy bloggers often look to others for inspiration … and sanity. We asked our 2011 Top 100 Mom Bloggers to share the one mom that inspires them. (Note: many found it hard to pick just one.)

From actresses and fellow bloggers to authors and artists, these bloggers find comfort in the fact that they are not alone. Check out the moms that inspire them, after the jump!


  • Jenny Lawson 1 of 23
    Jenny Lawson
    A.k.a. The Bloggess. Our daughters are the same age, and we fight the same battles. There's solidarity in knowing there are souls going through the same struggles and succeeding.
    - Casey Mullins, Moosh in Indy
  • Lucille Ball 2 of 23
    Lucille Ball
    She's my mentor. Balancing her career, her sense of self, her passion for comedy, and a full-fledged production company, with being a mother ... it's a hard thing to balance, and women are often unfairly judged when they try to have a foot in
    both worlds.
    - Brittany Gibbons, Barefoot Foodie
  • Maggie Doyne 3 of 23
    Maggie Doyne
    She's the mom of over 30 children in Nepal, where she's built Kopila Valley Children's Home and School. Her spirit, her courage, her stories inspire me
    every day.
    - Irene Nam, Irene Nam
  • My daughter’s nutritionist 4 of 23
    My daughter's nutritionist
    My daughter's early intervention nutritionist is one of my favorite moms. She has three daughters and is the epitome of calm, easy, and laid back. She's incredibly knowledgeable yet never shoved any of it down my throat. She should really write a book on nutrition and then follow it up on one about parenting. I'd buy them both.
    - Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, Baby on Bored
  • Anna See 5 of 23
    Anna See
    Anna See from An Inch of Gray. She suffered the most unimaginable loss of her young son and has shown a baffling amount of grace and strength. I am completely awed by her.
    - Jill Smokler, Scary Mommy
  • Tina Fey 6 of 23
    Tina Fey
    She has two young daughters, yet she manages to remain focused, witty, and involved in quite a few charitable organizations. That's much harder than it looks — even with a nanny. (Disclaimer: I don't have a nanny. I don't even like the word nanny. [No offense, nannies.])
    - Angela Reiner Downing, Fluid Pudding
  • Katie Granju 7 of 23
    Katie Granju
    There are so many, but the one who comes to mind first is Katie Allison Granju. She has suffered so much loss, but she just continues to give to her community, to other moms, to everyone. She is a HUGE part of why I am doing what I am doing now (in my career).
    - Danielle Altshuler Wiley, Foodmomiac
  • Rebecca Cummings, the mother of E.E. Cummings 8 of 23
    Rebecca Cummings, the mother of E.E. Cummings
    She taught him to journal before he could write. She would sit in his nursery and have him dictate his day to her as soon as he could talk, and she would write the whole of it down. As he got older, she'd sit with him every night while he penned out his hours. I hope I always encourage such practices in my children: engaging them to see the world around them and remember.
    - Sara Sophia, Love, Sara Sophia
  • My cat, Snowball 9 of 23
    My cat, Snowball
    She was really great at carrying her babies using just her mouth. I've never been able to perfect that.
    - Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess
  • Super moms 10 of 23
    Super moms
    Can I just say it's every mom? Honestly, everywhere I look, there's a mother doing something better than I am: remembering the note in the lunch box, or reacting with kindness when her kid's freaking out, or convincingly pretending she'd rather be playing Candy Land than watching Breaking Bad. When I'm not busy seething with envy — when I can see past my own issues to the place where my best self lives — pretty much every mother I meet inspires me to try to be better in some way. Except for that bitch in my Zumba class. God, do I hate her guts.
    - Julie Robichaux, A Little Pregnant
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg 11 of 23
    Charlotte Gainsbourg
    She's an artist who keeps her career totally separate from her family, and she's French so she has a type of sexy image that American moms never achieve without seeming crass. I just think she's a class act.
    - Eden M. Kennedy, Fussy
  • Ann Voskamp 12 of 23
    Ann Voskamp
    ... from A Holy Experience. Her book and her blog inspire me to slow down and be grateful for all the little things I have the tendency to take for granted.
    - Alli Worthington, Alli Worthington
  • Mama knows best 13 of 23
    Mama knows best
    I'm going with the clichéd answer — my mom — even though she herself is SO not the cliché. My mother taught me to work hard, to go for what I want, and to do it well. She is the least selfish person I have ever met; she used to come to my home when my son was young and I was depressed and clean my house and cook meals, so I could have some time for myself. I inherited my ability to write from her, and she's always encouraged me; she got me a typewriter for my 9th birthday (at my request!) … er, I'm dating myself here.
    - Ellen Seidman, Love that Max
  • Stefanie Wilder-Taylor 14 of 23
    Stefanie Wilder-Taylor
    I appreciate women who keep it real, and Stefanie does a great job of showing us the real ups and downs of parenting in such an open and hilarious way. Sometimes, I think I'm doing it all wrong, and she assures me that, yes, I am, but don't sweat it.
    - Elizabeth Jayne Liu, Flourish in Progress
  • Mom bloggers 15 of 23
    Mom bloggers
    This will sound like a canned answer, but I am inspired daily by mom bloggers. Carol Cain of NYCityMama in particular inspires me every single day, from her adventures abroad, to her workout regimen, to her dietary goals for her and her family. I aspire to be like her in many ways, and am grateful for her honesty online and in person, 100% of the time.
    - Jessica Shyba, Momma's Gone City
  • Amy Corbett Storch 16 of 23
    Amy Corbett Storch
    My best friend (Amalah) is a devoted, kickass mom, and with all she has on her plate, she still manages to write some of the funniest things I've ever read on the Internet. I'm kind of in awe of her a little.
    - Tracey Gaughran-Perez, Sweetney
  • Gabrielle Blair 17 of 23
    Gabrielle Blair
    Also known as Design Mom. Not only do I love her writing, I'm inspired by her love of beauty and her ability to create it in so many aspects of her life.
    - Julie Marsh, Julie Marsh
  • Lisa Clark 18 of 23
    Lisa Clark
    I am inspired by my friend, who writes Almost Famous Lisa because she really enjoys being a mom, makes it a priority, and the homemaking stuff honestly seems to come effortlessly for her — and yet, I don't hate her.
    - Kacy Faulconer, Every Day I Write the Book
  • Why pick just one … 19 of 23
    Why pick just one ...
    I don't know that it's just one mom in particular but rather the qualities in my friends who are mothers who inspire me. Most of them are moms who allow their children to make mistakes, who let their children be the person they were meant to be, who don't force their beliefs and dogma onto their children, and who have a really good time being a mom. If you're not enjoying it and you spend most of the time complaining about your children, then you're doing it wrong. This was meant to
    be joyful.
    - Kelly Wickham, Mocha Momma
  • Nancy McDermott 20 of 23
    Nancy McDermott
    She writes for Spiked Online, a British version of Slate, and always has the most penetrating, surprising, contrarian ideas that pretty much shock me with
    their insight.
    - Lenore Skenazy, Free-Range Kids
  • The mommy bond 21 of 23
    The mommy bond
    The ONEMoms collaboration between ONE.org and some of my favorite parenting bloggers touched me in a way no other project has. Seeing my friends — deeply caring, intelligent women — experience what life was like for many mothers and families in Kenya brought the common bond among mothers home in such a powerful way.
    - Asha Dornfest, Parent Hacks
  • My own 22 of 23
    My own
    She's amazing. She raised three children. We are all relatively normal! I aspire to be more like her. She has the patience of a saint and the endurance of an Olympic marathon runner.
    - Michelle Boudreaux, Mihow
  • Laurie Smithwick 23 of 23
    Laurie Smithwick
    She is so wonderful to be around, and the love for her girls pours out of her mouth like candy sweet rain when she talks about them. I love hearing her talk about those gorgeous, firehaired twins. Also, she is just smart and sassy and has ideas that burn my frontal lobes. Love her.
    - Amy Turn Sharp, Amy Turn Sharp

Jump to an answer:

Casey Mullins // Brittany Gibbons // Irene Nam // Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

Jill Smokler // Angela Reiner Downing // Danielle Altshuler Wiley // Sara Sophia

Jenny Lawson // Julie Robichaux // Eden M. Kennedy // Alli Worthington

Ellen Seidman // Elizabeth Jayne Liu // Jessica Shyba

Tracey Gaughran-Perez // Julie Marsh // Kacy Faulconer // Kelly Wickham

Lenore Skenazy // Asha Dornfest // Michelle Boudreaux // Amy Turn Sharp

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