Posted: Jul 05, 2012 8:00 AM
 
Have the messy realities of day-to-day parenting got you down? Get inspired by these incredible mom bloggers who take amazing risks and face life’s challenges with courage, beauty and grace.

In pursuit of happiness

In Pursuit of Happiness

Britt Reints sold her house, packed up her family and traveled around the country in an RV, for almost a year. But did she find happiness on her extraordinary journey? In Pursuit of Happiness is the life-changing chronicle of one woman's journey into a deeper understanding of what it means to be happy. As Britt herself explains, "Happy isn't a place you arrive at and live forever and ever -- being happy is an ongoing process. That process includes finding your passion, making the choice to do what you love as often as possible and doing something that scares the crap out of you now and then." Sing it, Britt! We'll follow you anywhere.

chookooloonks

Chookooloonks

Are you beautiful? Karen Walrond thinks you are and if you spend even just a few moments on her blog, you will begin to believe it too. Both her awe-inspiring book and her irresistible blog Chookooloonks are outfitted with the same message which will leave a blueprint on your heart, "Different is beautiful." Dive into her uplifting meditations and incredible photography and discover the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Late Enough

Late Enough

Alex Iwashyna is an M.D. but she doesn't practice medicine. Not physically anyway. But her gut-wrenching honesty and gut-busting humor is a healing balm for thousands of readers who turn to her blog every day for the straight truth on life, parenting, marriage, zombies, culture, religion, politics and did we mention zombies? So mosey on over to Late Enough because being early really does suck.

Scary Mommy

Scary Mommy

Not only is Jill Smokler an internet sensation, she is now an inspiration to moms all over the world since the release of her new book, Confessions of a Scary Mommy: An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood -- The Good, The Bad, and the Scary. The best thing about Jill is the fact that she is willing to say out loud the things other moms only think inside their heads. Like this: "Motherhood is a series of unfortunate events that bonds women together in the most thankless and revolting job on earth." Scary, right? But also terribly, awfully true. So if you have scary thoughts sometimes, pop on over to Scary Mommy where you don't have to feel bad because you wanted to lock yourself in the closet just to sneak 5 minutes without someone drooling, crawling or smearing pre-chewed banana on you. You are not alone. There are scary mommies everywhere and what's more? We're pretty awesome too!

Jennys updates

Jenny's Updates

Jenny Groothuis has been blogging forever, but she finally got tech-savvy and put her posts on the web only recently. For those lucky readers who've been following her over the past decade via email, we've been able to watch her family expand from a few little munchkins to a Duggar-size crew of 15. Her inspirational posts at Jenny's Updates are a welcome reminder of why we are here on this earth and how to be humble enough to learn something beautiful and new each day.

truth about motherhood

The TRUTH About Motherhood

Deborah Cruz-Beck can't lie to save her life. But that's not the reason she's known as Truthful Mommy. This amazing writer cuts to the heart of every meaningful hot button topic and shares her razor sharp truth. Whether she's talking about the mommy wars, miscarriage, bulimarexia, child abuse, postpartum depression, little miracles, shark week, vagina whisperers or the earthshaking love she feels for her family, she is 100 percent honest and 100 percent impassioned. Transform your mind and heart at The TRUTH About Motherhood.

Native Born

Native Born

Faiqa Kahn doesn't just talk about multiculturalism and diversity, she lives it. In her blog and on her podcast Hey! That's My Hummus!, you will find a startlingly wise and introspective dialogue about culture, stereotypes, identity, equality and justice. As she says herself, "Social harmony and mutual respect is a real possibility here and everywhere. They begin in the most unassuming and natural of actions: communicating." Get inspired to build the world you want to live in at Native Born.

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Heidi Claunch August 03, 2012
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Awesome! I will have to check some of these out!
Laura Willard July 06, 2012
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I agree with Nichole - great list! Thanks for introducing me to a few new blogs.
Nichole Beaudry July 05, 2012
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Great list, Naomi!
I love the familiar faces and I'm looking forward to checking out the blogs that are new to me. :)
And Alex, from Late Enough? Swoon. I've adored her for so long.