Ode to Instagram

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Ode to Instagram

Instagram, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

  1. You’re always there for me when I need you especially during midnight feedings and bathroom breaks, and you are definitely an app I can’t live without!
  2. You allow me to escape reality with your beautifully staged images and perfectly posed children — because let’s face it, no one’s life is really that beautiful all the time and bribery is the only reason your children look that perfect in every picture.
  3. You’ve made window shopping easier than ever and have made me want ALL the things. I never knew I wanted fox knee socks, mermaid tail blankets, and monogrammed beach towels … but I totally do.
  4. You’ve caused me to have a love/hate relationship with hashtags. They can be such a useful tool, but I’m not sure why any one blogger, business owner, or individual alike needs 100 hashtags on each and every picture posted.
  5. Your filters make tired moms everywhere look great. #yesfilter
  6. You’ve made being a part of a community easier than ever. I love receiving little heart and comment notifications whether I’m posting a picture from a messy playroom or my desk at work, my Instagram friends remind me I’m not alone.
  7. You make me feel like I should pursue a career in photography. Clients won’t mind if I use my smartphone, right?
  8. You make me hungry and want to cheat on my diet, but you’ve also taught me that anything can be made a little healthier with the right recipe from Skinnytaste.
  9. You are helping moms become small business owners. I’ve watched hundreds of women make their dreams a reality by marketing themselves and their products on Instagram. Using this huge network costs them nothing and allows them to earn money to help support their families.
  10. You remind me of the good times. Every now and then I get caught up scrolling through some of my previous posts, and it always leaves a smile on my face. It’s the perfect walk down memory lane and virtual baby book for both of my girls.

So basically, I love Instagram. Sometimes I get annoyed at the moms who seem to have their lives 100% together and upload beautiful pictures every day. But other days I come across a mom who lost 100 pounds and motivates her followers to be their best self, and I am reminded that the beauty of life and social media is that we’re all different and we should celebrate that instead of comparing ourselves to each other.

What do y’all think? Do you love Instagram as much as me? Tell me all about it in the comments below.

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Mandy is a former Army brat born and raised in the great state of Texas. She has an undergraduate degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Business Finance from Texas Tech University; she currently works as a Tax Accountant in Downtown Houston. In 2005 Mandy met her husband Travis while visiting her parents in Virginia. He took her breath away and followed her back to Texas as quickly as he could. Travis and Mandy shared seven adventurous years of married life before bringing their daughters into the world, Amelia {July 2013} and Evelyn {Sept 2015}. Mandy loves Jesus, country music, Instagram, the sunshine and all things water -- the beach is her happy place. She writes about her experiences as a working wife and mother at Letters to Amelia. Follow along in Mandy's daily life on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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