Instagram is perfect.

It allows me to capture cool pictures and crop out and filter the parts of my life that aren’t so…precious.

From the looks of my Instagram feed, I make raising kids look pretty great and pretty clean.  There is no photographic evidence of my children fighting.  I don’t capture the ugly moments where I lose my mind.  I don’t post a shot of the chicken nuggets and ranch dressing my kids are eating for dinner.  For the third night in a row.

Raising kids is the greatest, most awesome, most fun thing I’ve ever done in my life.  I adore my kids more than I could ever express.  They are hilarious, and we have lots of great moments.

But not every moment is great.  It’s easy to browse through Instagram, see everyone’s filtered life, and rehearse the ways in which you don’t measure up.

So I thought I would give you a glimpse of what my life looks like when it’s unfiltered and uncropped. Let’s call it InstaReal.  (None of these photos have been staged or altered.)

Let’s start with the master bedroom.
We all know this space is supposed to be peaceful and dreamy…a little slice of heaven in an otherwise chaotic home.
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I really think we’re accomplishing that.

Organization is the key to keeping a house of six running smoothly.
Using a basket to hold diapers is a super cute way to keep them in a functional place yet hidden away from sight.
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Because if anyone knows anything about keeping stuff out of sight in the living room, it’s me.
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Those aren’t Infinity characters; they’re my really small house guests eating Goldfish (don’t worry, organic friends, I only feed my small guests Goldfish. I read your Facebook post; I’m obviously not feeding these deadly orange things to my kids.)

I’m also not drinking Diet Coke. I mean, I am. Even though you think it’s gonna kill me. The alternative is I kill my kids. And we really don’t want that.
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(Organic friends, you know I love you.)

Never to worry: we balance out all that junk food with yoga.
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I also grow my own herbs.
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It’ll be easy, they said.

While we’re outside, let’s check out everything I have to offer.

A grill cover is the perfect idea to protect your grill and prolong its use.
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And I know a lot about prolonging the use of things.
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The stains really add character, don’t ya think?

Protecting my kids is my utmost priority. Keeping stagnant, dirty water is a great way to do this.
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There is an entire garage dedicated to holding these items. But why bother??
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Those chips are totally organic. Don’t worry.

I once got the bright idea that I could change a flat tire on my kid’s bike. It went really well.
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It’s only been this way for four months. Whatevs.

Consistency is another crucial part of running a smooth household. Which is why I keep my car as clean as my house.
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I hope you won’t be jealous, but we actually found a hipster car seat.
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This used to hold a cute little birdbath. Until I attempted to use a basketball to get a frisbee off the roof.
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You can use your imagination for how well that turned out.

I’ve watched enough crime dramas to know I don’t want to be murdered by a florist WHO ISN’T ACTUALLY A FLORIST, so I kindly ask serial killers not to solicit.
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Also my husband can’t tell salespeople no, so this is really for his benefit. Me not getting murdered is also for his benefit.

Oh look, an unflushed toilet with the seat up. That’s a shocker.
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Yeah, I went there.

It’s weird, but I am actually the only person capable of changing this in my house.
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I guess it requires a superpower only I possess??

This could be a murder scene (that dang serial killer florist didn’t obey my sign) or it may be a toddler who found some lipstick. One can never be sure.
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Down the hall from the bathroom are my beautiful kids rooms.
You must step over some laundry to get there because…well because no one actually knows what that hamper in their room is for.
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Like I said, safety first. These seems like a safe place to store a wooden beam.
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This girl isn’t even a teen yet. I wonder what I have to look forward to.
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(Cuteness alert: the green basket on the right is a gift Chloe made to give her sister when we adopt her. A process we haven’t actually started.)

This is what you call a child who is annoyed with his little siblings.  Who also doesn’t ever wear matching clothes.
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That’s a ten year old PSP that doesn’t work that we’re charging in the background. Good use of power, I’d say.

The best kind of pet to own is a hermit crab.
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That my kids may or may not remember to feed.

Walk-in closets are a great addition to any house. Whether or not you can actually walk in them is irrelevant.
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Our school room is a delightful place where quality education takes place.
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As president of the Child Detection Agency (I got elected because my house is so safe for young children), I detect a child has been here.
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And to finish out this tour of my house, you should check out the amazing laminate floors we had installed. These unique floors come with a spattering of googly eyes. These are especially perfect if you have young children in your home.
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There is no shame in only posting highlights of your life on Instagram.  I endure enough messes and enough sibling fighting without having to see yours.  I love clicking over to IG and seeing cute pictures of kids, snapshots of fun nights out, delicious looking food, and gorgeous sunsets.

But as you’re scrolling through the best of people’s days, be kind to yourself.  We all have ugly parts of our life we don’t want anyone to see and think no one else struggles with.  You’re just looking at the unfiltered version of yourself.  You are not alone.  And you are not the only one with a house full of crazy and an emotional tank running on empty.

But you are still the best mama there is for your kids.  And you’re doing a much better job than you think.

5 thoughts on “IntsaReal

  1. Oh how I love this! I have thought the very same thing as I’m cropping out the messes (aka evidence of happy children). You brave and awesome Mama, some of the best moments are the imperfect, messy, and chaotic! You’ve truly highlighted that and I am in awe, thanks for posting and yes I’ll now be following you 🙂


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