We've all heard it a hundred times before - but it's always worth reminding ourselves that social media is very rarely "real."
Whilst a lot of Instagram profiles are full to the brim with snaps of "perfect lives," we're all slowly but surely starting to realize that it's not worth getting worked up over - because it doesn't reflect everyday life.
And one mommy blogger is determined to make it known.
Sarah Turner, better known as mommy blogger and author The Unmumsy Mum, recently shared some gorgeous snaps of her family holiday to Tenerife on her Instagram page.
As she's by now quite well known, she has racked up an impressive 219,000 Instagram followers.
So when she posted a photo of her and her two sons, Henry and Jude, many people swarmed to compliment her on her "lovely legs," which we agree look absolutely fantastic in the photo.
Home. Missing the ☀️already, but there's nothing quite like sleeping in your own bed. The journey back was fine, although passport control seems to activate the Knobhead Toddler switch every time and I must admit Shouty Mum came out to play several times on the aeroplane. After not spotting Sophie (see yesterday's post!) at breakfast we feared Henry might not get a chance to say goodbye but in a Love Actually twist of fate we saw her at the airport for a little goodbye cuddle 💛Back to a trillion emails and a gazillion loads of washing, but a lovely week was had by all #backtoreality #washwashwashwashwash #wearesquintingineveryphoto #ortheboyslookunderduress #butiamgoingtobedsothiswillhavetodo
The photo was strewn with compliments, with some saying: "You have great legs," "Nice pins!" and "You look stunning!"
But as Sarah's was one of the first mommy bloggers to champion what life is REALLY like as a mom and share her brutal honesty, she followed up with a second post of her legs.
This time, she was proudly showing off her cellulite for all the world to see - and couldn't have cared less.
Also, it's awfully kind of you all to tell me I have lovely legs (thank you!) but please remember these Instagram squares are a selectively (usually favourably) edited version of reality. This is the leg shot in those exact same denim shorts that I sent my pals the day we left. I've just put a filter on it but I don't think even Valencia can make this Instaperfect 😂#cellulitefordays #differentangledifferentstory
She wrote, "It's awfully kind of you all to tell me I have lovely legs (thank you!) but please remember these Instagram squares are a selectively (usually favorably) edited version of reality.
"This is the leg shot in those exact same denim shorts that I sent my pals the day we left. I've just put a filter on it but I don't think even Valencia can make this Instaperfect!"
Her fans absolutely loved her trademark refreshing honesty, as the photo received comments like: "You're still gorgeous inside & out. Cellulite doesn't define us a mums, partners or human beings."
Another commenter wrote: "You are all the more beautiful for embracing your body with pride," and another added: "What a relief to see this!"
We love your honesty, Sarah! ❤️
This post was written by Emma Dodds. For more, check out our sister site Closer.