Love, Care and Share

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I was planning another post to round the week off, a writing prompt for Write On Edge as I haven’t done a prompt in months.

I just wasn’t feeling it. I wrote 100 words and it just felt forced.

I believe readers can tell when posts are only written because the writer only wrote that for the sake of writing something (I’m a little pleased I managed to fit ‘written’, ‘writer’, ‘wrote’ and ‘writing’ in one sentence).

So instead, I decided it would be better for me to share someone else’s words with you today.

I practice the philosophy of ‘Love, Care and Share’, you see.

The following are some of the posts I loved in one way or another – it moved me to tears (damn hormones), it made me think, I felt less alone and yes, made me laugh. If you have some spare time this Friday or over the weekend, I urge you to indulge me and click on one or more of these posts I wish I had the words to write.

This story of a cookbook had me tearing up, over at Poor Man’s Feast: The Kindest Cookbook.

I could absolutely relate to this one at The Huffington Post about non-parents judging parents.

My heart hurt for Shell when I read her post about her difficult week at Things I Can’t Say.

I LOL’ed at this funny, illustrated post by Mayor Gia about hugging, or rather, please-don’t-hug-me.

I miss my Barbie dolls, thanks to the simply wonderful Mark at Our Simple Lives who shared his friend’s amazing Barbie collection.

Have a happy Friday and a fabulous weekend!

I leave you with this adorable toddler and his water cracker habit.

Toddler eating water cracker

Do you have a favorite post to share with me? Yours or someone else’s? Would love to read it! (if I haven’t already)

*This post is very similar to Friday Tapas by What She Said, and I confess that I actually wrote this without even thinking I was borrowing Kristin’s concept. I just needed a filler to round up the week. BUT, I probably got the idea from her and it was stored in my subconscious. So credit Kristin, I must. Thank you Kristin, forgive my faux pas for having to add this in after publishing!

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • March 9, 2012 Lance

    For a “writer’s block” post, you crushed it.

    You provided some services, gave us a cute picture, and make a couple of funnies.

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    • March 9, 2012 Alison

      Why, thank you Lance. I believe you’re now my new BFF.

  • March 9, 2012 Christine

    I agree – this is great. I love finding out about great posts from other people. Ginger posted a very real post that I think is important for people, especially women, to read ( There’s also a good post over on Cup of Jo on how we prioritize things in our lives (
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    • March 9, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Christine, I will check them out!

  • March 9, 2012 Maureen

    Thanks for sharing these posts, Alison. Will be on my way to read them. Have a great weekend ahead πŸ™‚
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    • March 9, 2012 Alison

      Hope you enjoy them as much as I did, Maureen. Have a great weekend!

  • March 9, 2012 RoryBore

    oh yes! sharing’s my favourite. that one from Shell just crushed me when I read it.

    and your toddler has excellent taste! I love those crackers too!
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    • March 9, 2012 Alison

      Hee! He does love his crackers.

  • March 9, 2012 angela

    You know what? There will be two Write on Edge prompts every week for all of time (well, THAT might be pushing it.) Good for you for not forcing it and sharing some things that made you happy instead.
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    • March 9, 2012 Alison

      I really tried, Angela πŸ™‚ I’ve been wanting to do a prompt in weeks, but none spoke to me the way it should for me to write something good. I’ll keep trying!

  • March 9, 2012 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Thanks for the suggestions! I’ll try and catch up over the weekend.
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    • March 9, 2012 Alison

      You do that! Have a good weekend.

  • March 9, 2012 Kristen

    Thanks for the quick list. My heart ached for Shell too – and I’m off to read the others.
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    • March 9, 2012 Alison

      Enjoy them, Kristen!

  • March 9, 2012 Kimberly

    My heart definitely ached for Shell in her post too. I’ll have to read the others too.

    And dude. Tell Monkey to stop growing.
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    • March 9, 2012 Alison

      Haha! I tried. He won’t listen.

  • March 9, 2012 AgingGal

    Oh, the dreaded writer’s block. I know it well…
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    • March 9, 2012 Alison

      I don’t have a problem writing – I just couldn’t do this particular prompt πŸ™‚

  • March 9, 2012 Kristin

    No need to credit me for the idea, Alison – this post is different enough from Tapas that I wouldn’t have even thought twice about it. πŸ™‚

    That said, someone did recently “borrow” my Tapas idea after “borrowing” two other (albeit) discarded blog feature ideas from recently me as well. And I sort of started to feel like, “Eh, get your own bloggy life,” you know?

    But it certainly wasn’t you. And while there was no need to credit me, I do appreciate the shout-out! πŸ™‚
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    • March 9, 2012 Alison

      You’re welcome for the credit, thoroughly deserved. And I’m real sorry to hear someone actually took your ideas without due credit. that sucks. I’m glad you spoke out!

  • March 9, 2012 Galit Breen

    Looks like some great reads, Alison! Thank you! πŸ™‚
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    • March 9, 2012 Alison

      Anytime, sweetie!

  • March 9, 2012 Mayor Gia

    Thanks for the shoutout dear! Have a great weekend!
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    • March 9, 2012 Alison

      I loved it, the pleasure was all mine. (sounds dirty, doesn’t it, hehe)

  • March 9, 2012 Robin

    How is it that you read so many blogs you practically have a whole list here of blogs I haven’t heard of? Crazy. Will check them out!
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    • March 9, 2012 Alison

      Hah! The secret is to follow links on Twitter/ Facebook. I find many gems that way. Also, a great community of writers over at You should totally check them out.

  • March 9, 2012 Life As Wife

    I love the Huffington Post article. It was one I my favorites from the week as well!
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  • March 9, 2012 Kir

    HI Alison, I’ve missed you. I miss lots of stuff in the blog world lately, I’m drownging in what I have to get done. πŸ™‚

    but that picture of MONKEY is making me fight back tears. WHEN did he grow up??? I mean he is no longer Toddler, he is getting that look of “boy” that I am getting quite used to.

    What a gorgeous son you have. Thanks for the little tastes of what you loved this week. xoxo
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    • March 10, 2012 Alison

      I’ve missed you too, dear friend!!

      Oh he’s growing up, and growing up fast. And thank you. xo

  • March 9, 2012 Aubrey Anne

    So awesome! I’m in love with the Barbie collection!! I desperately need an Audrey Hepburn barbie.
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    • March 10, 2012 Alison

      The Barbie collection was unbelievable, right???

  • March 9, 2012 Missy

    I saw a couple of these posts too and concur!
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  • March 9, 2012 Barbara

    How fun, I will have to check out some of these posts.
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  • March 10, 2012 Alexandra

    Great idea. It was meant for you to share. Thanks for taking me to some awesome blog posts.

    Always love a good read.

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    • March 10, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Alexandra. I hope you enjoyed some of these!

  • March 10, 2012 Kristen

    Love your blog tastes! Such great reads in every post you chose to highlight. I think this a great idea to do because I trust that my favorite bloggers (like you) will lead me to some great reads and you always do.
    As for the credit to Kristin, I was cracking up! I know she got a kick out of that herself πŸ˜‰
    Oh, and Monkey with those crackers…too cute! I guess I can pretend it is a Brownie in my head.
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    • March 10, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Kristen! I have always wanted to do this recap of what I loved for the week, I might do this more often!

      I figured you need photographic evidence that Monkey DOES love water crackers πŸ™‚

  • March 10, 2012 Katie E

    Great choices – thanks so much for sharing! Especially the toddler picture πŸ™‚
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    • March 10, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Katie!

  • March 10, 2012 Kimberly

    Yup, my brain has ran off with my words and bottle of Jack Daniels or something. Well I at least hope it’s having a jolly good time…
    Anyways totally random…but I just wanted to say I get it.
    Thanks for the good reads πŸ˜‰
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    • March 10, 2012 Alison

      Your words will come. As always πŸ™‚

  • March 10, 2012 The Mommy Therapy

    I loved that Huffington article about judging as well. So good. I’ll have to check out the others. I love these types of blog posts because it always opens my eyes to new things and people I want to read.

    I’ve re-read Anna Donaldson’s latest post on An Inch of Gray about three times since she posted it earlier this week. Love her words, hate her grief, and feel like I have a new sense of gratitude each time.
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    • March 10, 2012 Alison

      I’ll have to go check that out, thank you!

  • March 10, 2012 Jessica

    I’m going to read these posts now! Thanks for sharing!
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  • March 10, 2012 Carolyn

    I agree about not forcing a post, it can be “felt”. Off to read some of you links, thanks!
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  • March 10, 2012 jacqui

    Wow…he is looking like such a big boy now! He’s so adorable, Alison.
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    • March 10, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, he is practically a giant now πŸ™‚

  • March 10, 2012 Elaine

    Go read this one… πŸ™‚

    Hope you’re having a good weekend!
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    • March 10, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for that, it was gorgeous!

  • March 10, 2012 Emily

    It’s always fun to find new blogs and interesting articles. Thanks for the links!
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  • March 10, 2012 Julia

    Thanks for sharing the Huffington Post article, I loved it. Shell’s post was one of my favorites this week too.
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  • March 11, 2012 Stasha

    I loved Marks post on Barbie’s too. He always has one amazingly funny and sarcastic line πŸ™‚ Monkay is too cute, cracker and all…
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    • March 11, 2012 Alison

      Yes, love Mark!! Monkey is like, my favorite 2 year old ever πŸ™‚

  • March 11, 2012 Natalie

    I have had those days too…but you are a much better writer than me πŸ™‚
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    • March 11, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Natalie. You’re just being modest πŸ™‚

  • March 11, 2012 My Inner Chick

    Thanks for the shares, Mama A.

    I’m going to read the post on Huffington Post.

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  • March 11, 2012 jamie

    Awww… I love Doug’s Barbie collection! I think he has more Barbies than any girls in the world? Maybe?
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    • March 12, 2012 Alison

      That is possible!!

  • March 12, 2012 Leighann

    I’m a firm believer of writing from the heart and recognizing when a post is forced. Good for you Alison.
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    • March 12, 2012 Alison

      Thank you dear friend. xo

  • March 12, 2012 Tonya

    I love the concept of Love, Care and Share and I will definitely check our your recommendations. Thanks!
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    • March 12, 2012 Alison

      Think I should do it more often? πŸ™‚

  • March 12, 2012 Mirjam

    Monkey looks so big and handsome in that picture!
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  • March 12, 2012 Lady Jennie

    That’s a great idea Alison (although I love to read whatever you write). The cookbook one looks so interesting. I’m off to visit.
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