Top 8 Insta-Mamas: Instagram Moms to Follow in 2020

I’ll admit it . . . I’m a social media junkie. I’m the mom who is constantly posting photos of my kiddos, our travels, and the chaos of our daily lives. I enjoy seeing what my friends and family are up to back in the States now that we’re living overseas. No, my life doesn’t revolve around the constant scrolling and clicking away of Facebook and Instagram 24/7, but I do check in to see what everyone is up to–especially fellow mamas! I want to see if I’m the only one that is trying to survive the craziness of motherhood. 

Instagram mamas to follow in 2020

I recently started to add more “mama inspiration” to my Instagram following. I never would have expected to get so much perspective from complete strangers, but these “insta-famous” mamas remind me (often) that I’m not alone. Whether I’m in need of advice, a quick laugh, or a “power through the storm” story, these Instagram moms have displayed their lives for all to see in a way that many can relate to . . . especially me. 

Top 8 Instagram Mamas of 2020

Instagram Mamas to follow

Laura Izumikawa

@Lauraiz, also known as Laura Izumikawa. I came across her Instagram feed because of her hilarious and sweet photos of her daughter Joey napping in the most clever costumes. She became instantly famous with her photographs and published a book in 2017 called “Naptime with Joey“. Although she became famous for her creative photographs, her Instagram feed is SO much more as she gives an inside look at her California based family.

Jessica Shyba

@mamagonecity, also known as Jessica Shyba. Just like @lauraiz, I came across Jessica’s feed because of her photographs and published book “Naptime with Theo and Beau“. I immediately fell in love with her rescue dog, Theo, and his instant connection with his human, Beau. What can I say . . . I’m a sucker for adorable puppies and even cuter babies. Although Beau is grown up now and has outgrown his nap times with his furry companion, I still find Jessica’s feed empowering. She’s pretty hardcore and is EXTREMELY brutally honest, which I absolutely love.

Cat Sims

@notsosmugnow, also known as Cat Sims, is a Brit known for her advice on parenting, relationships, and mental health. This woman has helped me tremendously, and I find myself constantly nodding “yes” to everything she says about marriage. Each post she makes is a story rather than a quick or cheeky update/status, and she’s not afraid to share even the hardest of truths.

Kristen Bell

@momsplaining, also known as Kristen Bell. She and her husband Dax Shephard are one of my FAVORITE celebrity couples, so not only do I follow her personal account but also this parenting account. If you need a constant laugh, this is the right one for you. This feed includes everything from videos, hilarious photos, and even funnier stories about parenting.

Jennifer Anderson, also known as Jennifer Anderson, MSPH, RDN, is a nutritionist who is helping parents on Instagram with their picky eaters. In addition to helpful tips to get kids to eat their veggies, her posts are aesthetically pleasing, easy to follow, and extremely fun and helpful.

Elizabeth Willard Thames

@frugalwoods, also known as Elizabeth Willard Thames, is a financial blogger. Her account is all about living a life with financial independence. In a world where many pursue a life of trying to buy happiness, it is inspiring to find a couple who gave it all up to focus on family and health. Follow along with her family in Vermont and learn how to live a simpler and less stressful lifestyle.

Don’t forget the local insta-mamas!

Michele Langseth

@Vanillabeansanddaydreams, also known as Michele Langseth, is a local cookie artist in North Liberty. Her yummy creations will AMAZE you as she literally whips up cookies based on our favorite book characters, movies, and holiday themes. Follow along and see how she creates her delicious masterpieces and even purchase an order for your next event. 

Iowa City Moms

Last but not least: @iowacitymomsAs our mission states, “We’re passionate about our community and the moms who live here! We connect Iowa City area moms online & offline with local content, resources, and events.” Get to know us more on Instagram as you follow a new corridor area mama each day . . . including ME!

If you haven’t already, hop on over and start following these great Instagram moms now!


Mary, a native of Rockford, Illinois, attended DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois where she received her BA in Secondary Art Education. In 2007, she moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa after accepting a position as a high school visual arts teacher with the Cedar Rapids Community School District. She and her husband, Collin, who is a teacher in the Iowa City Community School District, reside in Cedar Rapids with their daughters, Zoey and Munroe. Zoey is five and Munroe will be turning one in October 2016. In addition to being a full time mommy, full time teacher, and writer for the mom’s blog, she is also a professional artist who has shown and published works both nationally and internationally. Mary enjoys traveling, painting, and most of all, spending time with her family.


  1. Mary- my family and I are thinking of moving to Madrid for a year. I can’t find a way to contact you through your posts. I would love to get your insight, if possible!


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