Oct 152014
 

For the past year I have been having fun playing around on Instagram (IG).  I use the word “playing” very deliberately because of all the social media platforms, Instagram is most “just for fun.”

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Even super heroes have to nap!

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There is an unwritten rule among bloggers that IG shouldn’t be used as simply one more way to promote your website.  Instead, it is best when it shows the behind the scenes, spur of the moment photos.  In my favorite IG accounts, you really do feel like you’re hanging out in someone’s backyard or peeking out from their front pocket as they explore the world.

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The weather may be beautiful now, but the rainy season is coming! Time to test out the gear. View on Instagram

Sometimes IG feels to me a bit like a labyrinth with many tunnels and undiscovered alleyways to chance upon.  One way to explore is to start with an account that you like and start clicking on the hash tags that they use, in order to pull up photos with a similar topic.  And since we’re all about raising world citizens, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite hash tags to explore for multicultural families:

Multicultural Families

#mkbkids – Of course you know that first and foremost I’m going to recommend our own hash tag for Multicultural Kid Blogs (and friends!) – #mkbkids.  (We use this on other social media as well!)  This is a fun way to follow along with our members and their friends.  And now, any IG photos with that tag with show up in the sidebar of the Multicultural Kid Blogs website!  And now through the end of this blog hop (and beyond??), we will also be featuring our favorite IG photos with this hash tag on the MKB Facebook page! #multiculturalfamily and #mixedracefamily- These are smaller hash tags, but still fun to follow.

Cute Kids

One of my absolute favorites to follow is #mixedracebabies (shown below).

Other similar (but smaller) hash tags are #mixedracebabiesig, #mixedracekids, #perfectlyblended – Get ready for cuteness overload!  These adorable mixed race kids are just stunning!  #childrenoftheworld, #global_kids, #globalkidsclub also have beautiful portraits

Travel

Travel lends itself very easily to Instagram.  #globalnomads (shown below), #backpackingaddicts, #wanderlust, #globalnomads all have wonderful photography.  And I love #blackadventuristas!

Global Education

These hash tags are much smaller but are a great way to connect with like-minded folks: #bilingualbaby, #bilingualkids, #bilingualism, #globaled, and #globaleducation (shown below).

Global Citizenship

#global_family (shown below), #globalvillage, #global_portraits, #globalportraits, #heritage are all great to find photos from around the world. I also love #girlseducation and #girlsrights.

Are you on Instagram? What are your favorite hash tags? Families Around the World: MKB Instagram Blog Hop! We want to see your family, and the beauty of diversity… help us showcase families from all over the world! Join us for an Instagram Blog Hop honoring MKB’s second anniversary and families around the world! How to Join In Be sure to visit our wonderful co-hosts, plus enter our giveaway and link up your Instagram profile! Follow and use #mkbkids on Instagram! We’ll be sharing our favorite Instagram photos with this tag on the MKB website and Facebook page!

Blog Hop Co-Hosts

Be sure to follow them all in the linky below (#1-18)!

Multicultural Kid Blogs LadydeeLG Sand In My Toes Mama Smiles Kid World Citizen All Done Monkey In The Playroom the piri-piri lexicon Finding Dutchland European Mama MarocMama Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes Lou Messugo American Mom in Bordeaux The Mommy Factor World Music for Children My Favorite Multicultural Books Chasing the Donkey For the Love of Spanish Smart Tinker Raising World Citizens Entre Compras y El Hogar

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