10 Charlotte Moms and Dads You Should be Following on Instagram

Be inspired and have a laugh with these moms and dads who are keeping it real.

Instagram is a world of selfies, cute cats, babies and travel shots for sure, but with more than 300 million users, it’s a place for entrepreneurs, bloggers, businesses and parents to share their inspirations, successes, adventures and more. We’ve rounded up 10 local parents’ Instagrams that we think are worth following for their insight on fashion, fitness, food, photography, decorating, Southern sensibility and humor — all with kids in the mix. And be sure to check out Charlotte Parent’s Instagram @charlotteparent


1. Stilettos and Diapers
This mom of three boys makes looking good seem so easy with her posts that showcase how to be sensibly fashionable at the beach, on a girls’ night out or just carting around the boys in Target. She also makes it easy to “shop the looks” with links to a liketoknow.it account.


2. Carolina Charm
Southern style is personified by this “wanna-be-Southern-belle” mom who shares her trials and tribulations as a wife, mom and a woman who chose to have a
prophylactic bilateral mastectomy at age 29 after having her second child. Her images are a tribute to kid cuteness, featuring her toddler daughter and son that are a mere 15 months apart in age.


3. Andi Perullo de Ledesma
Travel journalist and Chinese medicine doctor Andi Perullo de Ledesma showcases her close-to-home adventures with her young son Joaquin in tow, and faraway lands she’s visited that make you lust for a dreamy international vacation.


4. Target Does it Again
So this one may not be local, but Target is Target no matter where you call home. The two moms behind this Instagram post snapshots of Target’s latest deals, new fashion for all ages, gear and the trends for making your home your oasis.


5. Jake Fehling
Jake Fehling knows how to find the funny in family life. The Charlotte dad shows how hanging out with the kids just getting through the daily routine can be super fun with three kids ages 3-7. Funny kid photos with dad included paired with comical comments, makes it relatable and sure to tickle your parent funny bone.


6. Greg Olsen
Why Greg Olsen? Because he’s a favorite Carolina Panther and a dad to three kids. His IG feed gives a peek of life off the field with heartwarming pictures of him hanging with his family. He also posts information about events tied to Receptions for Research Foundation that he founded, which includes The HEARTest Yard program that supports families of children with congenital heart disease treated at Levine Children’s Hospital.


7. Emily A. Clark
This Charlotte mom of five is an interior design blogger and writer for Better Homes and Gardens website BHG.com. Her Instagram feed is filled with posts with design ideas for every room, style and budget, and with kids in mind. From organizational tips to best paint colors, Etsy finds, IKEA treasures, and more home design tips, the snapshots make home decorating look exciting and achievable.


8. Lisa Leake
Lisa Leake is “seeking out the real food in a processed food world” and her pictures are proof. Before you pack the next lunch for your child, see what Lisa’s putting in her daughters’ lunchboxes. With quick pictures of what she’s packed, plus details on exactly what is in each lunch or family meal, her posts are inspiration to the mom or dad looking for new healthy meal ideas.


9. Emily Breeze
Emily Breeze Ross Watson made news when she was still doing Crossfit workouts at nine months pregnant. She now includes her baby boy in “babe seshi” workouts that she outlines in the comments alongside pictures and videos on her IG account. She’ll show you how to workout anywhere, anytime, no excuses, and bonus, you get to see pics her cute baby boy Bly.


10. The Queen City Style
Longtime Charlottean, author of the Queen City Style fashion blog, and “stylist to the hard-working, smart and well-mannered,” Whitley Adkins Hamlin shares fashion finds from around town. She snaps pics of where you can find her fashion picks, all at various price points, and she also shows off her some around-town adventures with her two sons.