Real Life Vs Social Media Staging

It is so easy to compare ourselves to others. It used to be comparing yourself to the moms at the PTA, car-pool or on the play ground… now it has evolved to the moms of Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook. The difference?…We choose what we put on social media… for many, only the best images go up. Often these images are tinted just right, cropped to perfection and even staged. But it’s so easy to forget this as we mindlessly peruse our news feed and compare our real life vs social media staging.

I catch myself thinking, “Wow she’s got it all together!” and I start feeling a little less than as I look around my messy house.

What I’ve realized… I post the same pictures.  I only post pictures where I feel I look good, only the pictures with my kiddos beaming smiles and definitely no pictures of my messy home.  I want to be honest, real and open. I don’t want another mom in the trenches feeling like she is all alone. So here it goes…


Here is a picture of myself I posted on social media.

socialmedia verses real life moms

Here is me 99% of the time (I rarely put on make-up, curl my hair or wear fancy clothes)


Here is a beautiful picture I posted on social media of my kids


Here they are in real life — unstaged


Here is an example of an image I posted on social media of my home



Here is my home 110% of the time



There is a true beauty of being real with others and real with yourself. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. You are you, be-you-tiful you.

social media staging vs real life moms


About Cassie

I'm a God-fearing mom of three beautiful children, a wife to an amazing husband who keeps me grounded, a people person, a lover of the great outdoors and the Blue Ridge Mountains. I love the simple things in life like a rainy Sunday morning, too much sugar in my coffee and hydrangeas. I know very little, but am learning day by day by living in His grace.

1 comment on “Real Life Vs Social Media Staging

  1. Oh, I agree. I often find that I won’t post pictures at all because I don’t find that they represent the “best” me especially when everyone else seems to have theirselves together.

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