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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPmamatoldme

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

In honor of Mother’s Day in many parts of the world this past Sunday, this weekend’s tag was #WHPmamatoldme, which asked participants to share a creative photo or video representing the best piece of motherly advice they’d ever received. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

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Through a Mother’s Eyes with @paperlemon

For more photos and videos from Jessica, follow @paperlemon on Instagram. To see more content from Mother’s Day across the world, browse the #mothersday hashtag.

For Instagrammer Jessica Girado (@paperlemon), a mom to four young children in Fort Myers, Florida, a habit of taking pictures developed into a passion for capturing the beautiful moments in her children’s lives.

Though the idea of having four children was a totally foreign concept to Jessica and her husband when they married eight years ago, life took them in a different direction and she couldn’t be happier. “Here we are, raising four kids and absolutely love it!” says Jessica. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”

Though not a photographer by trade, Jessica cites her life as a stay-at-home mom as the spark for her ability to find and capture beauty in the everyday. From beachside tea parties to doctor’s appointments, Jessica is at the ready with her iPhone to capture the magic of being a mom. As she puts it, “One can easily complain about the frustrations and failures we have as mothers. It’s real life—but I want to capture the beauty of life, the beauty of being a stay-at-home, the beauty of a simple thing such as light shining through my window. Some of the sweetest comments I’ve received are, ‘I can’t wait to become a mother,’ and I hope people see that although being a mother is the hardest job one will ever have, it’s the best and most beautiful one.”

In addition to creating a beautiful record of her family, Jessica has also connected with a supportive community of moms worldwide through Instagram. As she explains, “For me Instagram has become a place where I can reach out to other moms, relate to them, sympathize with them, a place where I know I’m not alone in the daily struggles of being a stay-at-home mother.”

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPmamatoldme

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

In honor of Mother’s Day on Sunday, the goal this weekend is to share a creative photo or video that represents the best piece of motherly advice you’ve ever received. Some tips to get you started:

  • For a photo, you can experiment with staging a scene that best illustrates that motherly advice, whether it’s as concrete as sharing a video of a household cleaning trick or abstract as a photo of a symbol from a major life decision.
  • Sometimes faces tell the best stories. Don’t be afraid to share a portrait of your mom or the mother figure in your life and share their advice in your caption.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPmamatoldme hashtag to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs and videos to the project. Any image or video taken then tagged over the weekend is eligible to be featured right here Monday morning!

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Celebrating Mothering Sunday in the UK

To view more photos and videos from Mothering Sunday, browse the #MothersDay and #MotheringSunday hashtags and follow @poppyseedhouse, @me_and_orla and @thislakshmi on Instagram.

On Sunday, mums across the United Kingdom will be celebrated for Mothering Sunday. Originally a Christian holiday falling on the fourth Sunday in Lent, the day allowed those in service to visit their “mother” church and see their families. Mothers received wild spring flowers and handmade cards, and they traditionally baked home-baked simnel cake. The day has become a general tribute to motherhood similar to the American Mother’s Day, and still involves giving flowers, cards and gifts to mothers.

"I have three beautiful daughters and they appear frequently in my gallery mainly because I predominately use Instagram as a photographic memory log of our life," says UK Instagrammer, midwife and mum Sharon Cudworth (@poppyseedhouse) from Suffolk. “Instagram has allowed me to venture into the lives of other mothers across the world. I share daily captures of my children that other women have related to: moments of joy, laughter, fun and even despair, and this has been reciprocated too.

"Mothering Sunday is such an important day for me. It is a day where I think of my own mother a lot as she sadly died when I was a child. I missed out on that mother- daughter relationship growing up and therefore dreamed of having a daughter one day. How amazing that I now have three? My husband is usually up early, preparing us all breakfast. My girls usually make their cards. They know I much prefer handmade things, especially by them. They also spoil me with beautiful fresh flowers too."

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Celebrating Mother’s Day with @Sueshine

Years after her adoption from a South Korean orphanage, Instagrammer Sue (@sueshine) discovered she had the autoimmune disease known as Lupus. The affliction practically destroyed her kidneys at a young age and years later when she discovered she was pregnant, both she and her husband knew they had a challenging road ahead of them. Her daughter, Sammy Lu, was born weighing less than 3 pounds, but Sue recalls that their struggle to bring Sammy into the world “was beautiful because my husband, my baby and I all fought together like warriors on a battlefield that refused to give up on each other. She was itty bitty but she was a fighter.” Sue’s condition improved after a kidney donation from her husband, who was miraculously a perfect donor match.

Two years later, it was confirmed that Sammy was autistic, but this was a hurdle Sue could overcome. “Raising an autistic child has pushed me to be creative and create a creative environment for Sammy. The scenes I capture are a combination of Sammy’s imagination and mine. It’s a peek into our Never Never Land; the place where silly, exciting and impossible things can happen.”

Sue shares photos of Sammy’s world on Instagram. Her photos capture the moments of calm, joy and wonder Sammy experiences as she interacts with the whimsical scenes that Sue carefully crafts with love.“It’s given me a place to show my life and most importantly Sammy’s life. Now it’s evolved into wanting to show a side of autism that is real and beautiful. That my daughter is more than a cute face, she has depth, hopes and struggles. To think that Sammy has strangers cheering her on, enjoying the small glimpses into her life and wanting the very best for her future is a wonderful thing that has come from the Instagram community.”

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This Weekend’s Hashtag Project: #WHPmotherlylove

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a photo announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

The goal this weekend is to document what motherly love means to you. Some ideas to get you started: If you’ll be spending time with your mom for Mother’s Day be sure to take a portrait of her and share a favorite moment in the caption; if you are a mom, take a photo of yourself with your kids, either in a warm embrace holding hands or sharing a favorite activity; or feel free to get creative when trying to capture what motherly love means to you!

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the hashtag #WHPmotherlylove to photos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs to the project. Any image taken then tagged over the weekend is eligible to be featured right here Monday morning!