Warning: this post contains enormous amounts of sarcasm which doesn’t always translate well in writing. So if anything offends you, it’s probably your fault.
This is a very different blog post for Mess For Less. Usually, I post kids activities, family friendly recipes and parenting tips. But today I am going to pull back the curtain and show you what really goes on behinds the scenes of a mom blog. It’s not pretty, but it is real and often leads to uproarious laughter. It might not be the jovial laughter of my single days. In fact, lots of my laughs these days sound like the maniacal laughter of a mom pushed to the edge.
You would think that you need some kind of stamp of approval as a “perfect mom” to have a mom blog. Turns out that is not the case. You just need a camera, some wacky ideas and the ability to push all your clutter out of the way to take a photo. I take most of my blog photos on my kitchen counter and it is a dumping ground for all kinds of stuff, most of which is not kitchen related. Here are some examples of the things I have found on my kitchen counter – a child’s sock, a child’s shoe, even more horrifying – my husband’s socks (I prepare FOOD here people!), a snot filled tissue, a clump of cat fur… All that stuff gets pushed to the side as I take photos of my activities or recipes.
You will never see photos with clutter on Mess For Less. Why? Well my goal is to pull the wool over your eyes and make you think I’ve got it all together. No, not really. But let’s face it, pretty photos look nicer and do better on social media than a cookie on a plate next to a child’s sock and a teetering stack of magazines and kids artwork. You will also never see me ruining a recipe, yelling at my kids, and running off to cry in the bathroom. Nope, I never do any of those things.
Sometimes my friends tell me that they feel like bad moms when they see all the stuff I do with my kids on my blog. Interestingly, the original name of my blog was going to be “You’re a Bad Mom” but the url was taken. I do make special snacks for my kids to take to school and prepare their food in cute little containers, but I do this because they are picky eaters and I try to make mealtime enticing and cool for them.
Whatever kind of snack mom you are, I think we can all agree that moms who appear to have it all together are annoying. So here is the REAL truth about mom bloggers. This is all a facade. It’s smoke and mirrors. Our kids fight and annoy us badly (sometimes). Our families do not spend weekends in fields picking wildflowers. Our homes are a mess.
Want some proof? Here you go. This is a post I shared for Fall Pretzels. The finished product will looked something like this:
Pretty, huh? You will also see some photos of my angelic children helping me. Look how perfectly behaved they are!
What you won’t see is this. Remember the perfectly behaved children? Well, one of my daughters wanted to color and when I told her that she would have to color later as we needed the table to make a special snack, this was her reaction. Yup, a full blown tantrum because I wanted to torture her by making candy coated pretzels. I am an evil mom.
So next time you’re feeling like you are not a great mom, or that you don’t have it all together, remember no one does. No matter what their blog photos look like, how together they appear at school pick up, or how perfect their home appears, it’s a lie. Everyone has a messy counter, a pimple and cellulite. Everyone has a closet they shove stuff into when company comes over. Everyone has kids that fight and make messes (sometimes). Every mom has been so frustrated being a mom that they have considered going out for milk and never coming back. Okay, that last one might be just me, but you get what I am saying.
Oh and if you are one of those mom bloggers who does have it all together, I’d love to come over and see your house. I must warn you though, I will be looking in your closets.
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