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8 viral celeb photos from 2019 that showed how real motherhood is

Hilary Duff, Chrissy Teigen and Gabrielle Union-Wade were just a few mamas who could relate.

8 viral celeb photos from 2019 that showed how real motherhood is

At its best, social media gives us a chance to connect with other mamas and realize we're not alone.

Sometimes that comes in the form of a post from a friend sharing her struggle with the day-to-day demands of motherhood. Other times, you see a spot-on post from a celebrity... and instantly you realize that motherhood unites us all.

These 8 relatable Instagram posts by celebrity mamas did just that in 2019:

Hilary Duff's refreshingly honest thoughts on breastfeeding 

Mama of two (and newlywed!) Hilary Duff always keeps it real when it comes to her mama reality. From sharing footage of her home birth to admitting what we all think ("pregnancy is hard"), the mama has earned our applause time and time again. But our favorite moment came when Hilary posted about her decision to stop breastfeeding. The actress' post touched on the difficulties of navigating working motherhood, the stress of dealing with a dwindling supply, and the way we as mothers beat ourselves up when we should be proud of our accomplishments.

Ali Wong serves #momlife realness 

Think back to your pre-baby life. Remember how weekends were all about relaxation and fun? You'd order takeout, enjoy a Netflix binge, maybe go out for drinks… a weekend used to offer a much-needed break after a long week. Once you become a mom? That changes—just ask Ali Wong. The comedian posted a so-real-it-hurts Instagram post about this very thing. We feel it so hard.

Chrissy Teigen understands why moms aren't in more photos 

You didn't think we'd roundup social media moments without mentioning Chrissy Teigen, did you? She's arguably the queen of sharing hilarious, no-holds-barred looks at her life as a mom of two. But one moment from the model truly stood out this year. Chrissy posted a Instagram shot of herself with her firstborn, Luna—but it's the caption that's super relatable. In it. Chrissy calls out the fact that moms rarely appear in family photos because they're always the ones taking them. So, so true!

Amy Schumer's Instagram post perfectly captures so many mama's feelings 

If you've ever been on maternity leave, you know how wild that time feels. The days feel endless, but your leave itself feels incredibly short. And while you may think you'll feel one way when your leave comes to an end, you may surprise yourself—especially because it can be an incredibly bittersweet thing. Amy Schumer touched on that in an extremely relatable Instagram post. "I love him so much it hurts," she writes. "Im feeling strong and good and like I'm still a human being with interests and ambitions and goals I'm excited to reach. It's felt good to be back at work."

Shay Mitchell's iconic + viral breastfeeding photo

Last year, Rachel McAdams had one of the best viral moments in motherhood when she posed with a breast pump. This year, new mama Shay Mitchell took inspiration from that iconic shoot and made it her own.

Michell posted her own a gorgeous nursing photo and she captioned "Breast friends."

The pun is intended and Shay obviously intended to normalize breastfeeding. And it. Was. Epic.

Ali Fedotowsky-Manno's refreshing body positivity 

More often than not, pregnancy will change your body forever. That's just how it is—and it's not a bad thing. Ali Fedotowsky-Manno recently shared an unfiltered look at her postpartum belly. She wrote that she works out, eats a healthy diet and drinks a lot of water—not because she wants to look a certain way, but because she wants to set the right example for her children and be healthy to watch them grow. "Today, I'm a so dang proud of this body of mine," she added. "And I vow to try to treat it better both physically and mentally for my children, and for my husband (because they need me), but most importantly for me."

Jennifer Garner's epic Instagram love note 

Have you ever felt your kids don't think you're... well, fun? If so, Jennifer Garner is right there with you.

The actress posted an Instagram photo of a note from her daughter this year. It's hilarious and oh-so relatable. The note reads "When I grow up I want to be a fun-killing mom, just like you!"

The thing is, Garner actually is a pretty fun mom (if you've heard about her annual Yes Day, you'll understand). That's what makes this note so funny.

Gabrielle Union-Wade was every new mom with this Instagram post 

Motherhood is heart-bursting joy, but it's also hard and scary and incredibly overwhelming—especially in the first year. Gabrielle Union absolutely nailed those big feelings in a recent Instagram post. She revealed all the things she feared as a new mother (burping the baby, putting the baby to sleep, failing at motherhood... the list continues). And we all know exactly what she means in this honest, beautiful post.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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This is my one trick to get baby to sleep (and it always works!)

There's a reason why every mom tells you to buy a sound machine.

So in my defense, I grew up in Florida. As a child of the sunshine state, I knew I had to check for gators before sitting on the toilet, that cockroaches didn't just scurry, they actually flew, and at that point, the most popular and only sound machine I had ever heard of was the Miami Sound Machine.

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I was literally walking on eggshells, tiptoeing around the house, watching the television with the closed caption on.

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