This Blog and I

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Idea pops into head.

Start blog! Why not?


Post a photo.

Figure out how to credit said photo.

Hit publish.

Write again.

Post another photo.

Hit publish again.



Who’s going to read this?

Oh hey, toddler is 15 months old!

15 month old toddler

Status update on Facebook – “Hey, I started a blog!”


A couple of kind friends read posts and comment.

Mess around with design and header.

Husband volunteers to design header.

Figure out how to install header.

Research more shopping sites for new posts as this is meant to be a super duper go-to shopping site for moms!


Google “Mom Blogs”.

Find communities like Bloggy Moms, SITS, The Mom Bloggers.

Sign up.

Click around other blogs.

Read. Comment.

Find blogs with writing prompts.

Hmmmm. Interesting.

Do prompts. Link up.

Oooh, more comments.

Find more communities and link up.

Oooh, friendships.

Make the big move from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress (instant love).

Twitter. Oh hello, Twitter.

Tweet. A lot.

Continue to write.

Get accepted as a contributing writer to World Moms Blog.

Excitement. First writing gig!

Write, write, write.

Motherhood. Stories about my baby boy. Share recipes. Post photographs.

Make real online friends.

Join StumbleUpon, Pinterest, even do vlogs!

Pour heart out.

Write silly posts.

Draw funny stick figures.

Write lots of guest posts.

Get syndicated on BlogHer, yay!

Somewhere in between, we moved house. Got pregnant.

Get asked by beloved friend and superb writer, “Do you want to co-host a link up?”

Yes, yes, yes!

Link up is successful.

Happy, happy, happy.

The toddler turns two.

Brands want to work with us (OMG!).

Link up becomes monthly.

(Do people love us? Maybe! No, they do!)

Continue to write.

Write, write, write.

Put heart and soul out there.

In the meantime, this happens regularly.

Toddler sitting on mother's head

Wait, what?

And this blog turns one today.

There are too many people to thank.  Just know that it’s YOU I am grateful to.

Taking a cue and totally copying trendsetter KLZ of Taming Insanity (and then Galit), may I ask you to share with me one word you’ll use to describe my blog?


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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 29, 2012 Robin

    Happy day! Love the summary. So that’s all it takes, huh? 😉

    One word? Friendly.
    Robin recently wrote…On Life, Loss and the Universe’s MathMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Hee! In a nutshell, yes 🙂

      Thank you!

  • March 29, 2012 Michelle Longo

    Simple and yet there is so much here. I could feel the build up – sounds like a wonderful bloggy year! Good for you and congrats!

    One word… um… yeah I’m really not good at that. Sorry. I want to say “awesome” or “fun” or something like that but I really lack creativity and brevity 🙂
    Michelle Longo recently wrote…Remembering Again.My Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      It was a wonderful year!

      I know- one word is really quite hard. Even I can’t quite sum up my own blog in one word. 🙂

  • March 29, 2012 Jessica

    I don’t have a word for your blog, more for you and that would be consistent.

    Happy 1 year!

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jess!

  • March 29, 2012 -dweej

    Amazing! All of that in one year. Incredible.

    I guess those could be my words.

    Sweet <—there's another one.
    -dweej recently wrote…Wordless Wednesday- Radish and a LinkMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      You’re pretty incredible and sweet yourself, my friend!

  • March 29, 2012 tracy

    Happy 1!!!

    One word – happy.
    tracy recently wrote…The New Egg Hunt Rules for 2012My Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      It makes me happy to know you because of blogging. xo

  • March 29, 2012 Rorybore

    only one year?
    and all that?
    holy girl…I stand in awe!!

    okay fine, I am sitting and I’ve got wine..but inside I am totally giving you standing ovation and doing the wave.
    Congratulations on all the great, and well deserved success. And here’s to many more years of the same!

    (and don’t feel bad, mine sit on my head when I do my stretches too.)
    Rorybore recently wrote…Wordless Wednesday – Mama Don’t BluffMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for your sweet words!

      (I’m glad I’m not the only one whose head gets used as a chair)

  • March 29, 2012 sandra

    Delightful! Clever! Kind! Talented! You didn’t tjink i could only come up with one word did you!
    sandra recently wrote…A day in the life of a fitness modelMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thank you Sandra!

  • March 29, 2012 Leighann

    HaPpY BlOgAvErSaRy!!!
    I’m so glad you did your first post and that your morphed your blog into what it is.

    My one word to describe your blog is comfort.
    Leighann recently wrote…A Resume for Your ChildMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Leighann! I’m glad my blog went the way it did too and I’m glad for your one word for it 🙂

  • Amazing! How did you do all that in just one year? I still haven’t made the change to WP and I’m nearly at the two year mark. Nor have I ever even hosted a linky. So you = Amazing. Me = Slacker.
    Amy ~ Eat. Live. Laugh. Shop. recently wrote…Lesley Evers Giveaway!My Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      No way you’re a slacker Amy. Your blog is amazing!

  • March 29, 2012 Coffee Lovin' Mom

    My word: limitless
    Alison, you have learned and done more in your first year than I have in two. Obviously I’m letting things go over my head that you are soaking up – also, you are the most consistent commenting blogger I have ever seen. You are everywhere and half way across the world, all that and you bake? You are the triple threat of blogging, that is no joke…
    Coffee Lovin’ Mom recently wrote…Don’t Miss this Mama’s Monologue!My Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Haha, thanks Amy! I think the secret is – don’t sleep.

      Joking! I try to put in as much as I get back, that’s the way the world goes, doesn’t it?

      Thank you for your kind words!

  • March 29, 2012 Julie

    I imagine this done in one of those high-speed montage thingies on tv.

    ‘Cause boy, does it ever go fast. And each moment is so important, and so much of a brick in the foundation of where you’ll be and who you are that it’s important to give them all a nod when you’re looking back.
    Julie recently wrote…Anecdotes from the Swamp, Part IMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      This past one year has whizzed by. Yet, it had those moments where it seemed like things were in slow motion. In a good way. Thanks for being here with me Julie!

  • March 29, 2012 Alexandra

    What an idea.

    When it comes to good ideas, to hell with SOPA.

    If you credit it, you is good.

    One word….


    Alexandra recently wrote…The Grunting You Hear Is A Dead GiveawayMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Hee, thank you my dearest Alexandra! xo

  • March 29, 2012 Greta

    Yay! Such a fun summary. Happy birthday, Alison’s blog!

    One word: supportive.
    Greta recently wrote…Great Expectations: Aimee JonesMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Greta!!

  • March 29, 2012 Christie

    Wow! You are an inspiration for an aspiring blogger. I can only hope to one day be syndicated on BlogHer or be asked to contribute to another site or guest blog. You should be so proud of yourself.

    One word to describe your blog? Lively.
    Christie recently wrote…The Strong Supportive StemMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Christie! Just keep writing, those things will happen for you 🙂

  • March 29, 2012 Kimberly

    Happy 1 year my sweet friend!

    My word? Genuine. But only because I can’t put b*tch on here. 🙂
    Kimberly recently wrote…My Wish For YouMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Haha! You can call me bitch 😉

  • March 29, 2012 Stasha

    Love this Alison! Happy, happy Blogoversary!
    One word: genuine.
    Stasha recently wrote…Free to be you and me againMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Stasha! For sticking with me for so long and for being a friend.

  • March 29, 2012 My Inner Chick

    H A P P Y
    B L O G O V E R S A R Y :))))

    You. Rock. Mama. Xxxxxxx
    My Inner Chick recently wrote…Dirty Girl Comes CleanMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Kim! You rock too. xo

  • March 29, 2012 Kat

    It’s like our sites just morph into their own things isn’t it? I think that’s why I like this place so much. Happy blogiversary. 🙂
    Kat recently wrote…Writer’s Workshop: Why Does This Happen?My Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Yes exactly! And thank you!

  • March 29, 2012 Mirjam

    Happy blogoversary!!!
    I always have trouble choosing..
    My word..example.., no, amazing, irreplacable..
    I’m just glad I found your blog!
    I love this post by the way, makes me chuckle.
    Mirjam recently wrote…I am meMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Mirjam! Thanks for hanging out with me xo

  • March 29, 2012 Kimberly

    One word? Happiness

    Love you. Happy anniversary. So glad I met you on this wonderful land of blogging 😉
    Kimberly recently wrote…Feelings And FlowersMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      I’m so happy I met you. Love you too. xo

  • March 29, 2012 Galit Breen

    Happy blogiversary my sweetest friend!

    I’ve told you before how much I adoreloveadmireandthenadoresomemore you, but I do!

    (I also love that we started our blogs at such a close time! #SoulsSisters, indeed!)

    And my one word for your blog? I think is welcoming.

    So much love to you and your fabulous place, friend!

    Galit Breen recently wrote…I Didn’t KnowMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Galit! And I adoreloveadmireandthenadoresomemore you too!!

      You’ve been such a wonderful linky partner and friend.

      Much love to you too! xo

  • March 29, 2012 Ali

    One word is impossible. I might have to come back for that. Happy Blog Birthday!
    Ali recently wrote…WTF Wednesday – The "Good Self Esteem or Totally Delusional" EditionMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Ali!

  • March 29, 2012 Susi

    Happy Blog Birthday. …my one word contribution: “Amazing.” 🙂
    Susi recently wrote…Shadow PeopleMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Susi, for your generous word.

  • March 29, 2012 Paulette

    Happy 1st Blog Birthday!

    One word that hasn’t’ already been used?

    Quirky? Fun?

    See, I can’t do it. And I mean quirky in a good way, ok.

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      I love the word quirky!

  • March 29, 2012 Christine

    Happy Blogoversary! You are pretty amazing to have accomplished so much in your first year of blogging. Can’t wait to see what Year 2 has in store! One word to describe your blog? Spunky.
    Christine recently wrote…Post-OpMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      I like that word! And thank you Christine.

  • March 29, 2012 Twisted Domestic Goddess

    Ok I really need to just pay the 17 dollars and become my own site on Wordpress and I def need to join twitter as well….I JUST NEED TO DO IT!!! Happy Blog Anniversary!

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      You should absolutely do all that!! Thank you!

  • March 29, 2012 Mark


    Happy Blogiversary!
    Your Friend, m.
    Mark recently wrote…"What’s Love Got To Do With It"My Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      You inspire me, my friend. Thank you!

  • March 29, 2012 Kir

    I’m so glad you are HERE in this blog world and that you met me on Twitter and thought I was someone worth getting to know, you changed my life and my BLOG and I’ll never forget you for that.

    Happy 1st Anniversary of this SPECIAL blog, thank you for sharing the little stuff and the big stuff with us. For letting us be part of your world.

    EXTRAORDINARY. that’s my word…that’s YOU. xoxo
    Kir recently wrote…100 Word Songs & Trifecta: Reasonable RendezvousMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Oh Kir. Thank you for your beautiful, kind words. For being my friend. For making me a better writer. Thank you for being part of my world too. xo

  • March 29, 2012 Lance

    Happy Birthday to you blog. Best wishes for the upcoming new baby. I’m so glad I ran across you and your pithy, fun words a few weeks ago. Keep up the smart aleck good work.
    Lance recently wrote…Ball of ConfusionMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Hee! Thank you Lance, so much.

  • March 29, 2012 Julia

    You are my blog inspiration! I am so new to this but all of your accomplishments in just one year are so incredible. You should be so proud lady! I am so happy to have found you and this lovely blog. Congratulations on your one year anniversary!!
    Julia recently wrote…WordsMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Julia! So glad to have met you too! Isn’t blogging just wonderful?

  • March 30, 2012 Katie

    Congrats on one year! You’ve accomplished more in one year than I have in almost five! Go you!
    Katie recently wrote…it’s not happeningMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Katie!! You’ve done SO MUCH, girl. So much.

  • March 30, 2012 Life As Wife

    So glad you didn’t stick with the shopping idea or I might not have found you!!

    Cheers to you!

    (My word? Support. Your blog is always a place of comfort and you are the most supportive person in the community.)
    Life As Wife recently wrote…Little Boy, Little ManMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Haha no more glad than I am!! I don’t think I could have kept it up as a shopping blog 🙂

      Thank you for your kind words, Sam!

  • March 30, 2012 Elaine

    My word is “Heartfelt” because I feel it here, all the time!

    Happy FIRST Blogiversary, my friend!! Here’s to MANY more!! xoxo
    Elaine recently wrote…PT stands for Pretty Tired.My Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thank you Elaine!

  • March 30, 2012 Jessica

    Hmmm. My one word to describe your blog would be “personable.”I like that I get you, as a person, through this blog. That’s sweet and doesn’t always happen. Happy 1st blogoversary!:-)
    Jessica recently wrote…PPDMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Jessica, that’s such a wonderful, nice thing to say. Thank you so much.

  • Happy First Blogiversary! I’m so glad to have connected with you. LOVE to read here, what a terrific community you have built. Here’s to many more blogiversaries!
    Sharon {Grumpy, Sleepy, and Bashful} recently wrote…Motherhood: The PlanMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Sharon, and likewise!!

  • March 30, 2012 KLZ

    Happy blogoversary.

    My word would be: warm
    KLZ recently wrote…Naptime InstructionsMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Aw, shucks. Thank you!

  • March 30, 2012 Rhiannon Fieri

    Congratulations….and thank you, too!….for a year of you doing this.

    Also, I LOVE that toddler nutritional label shirt.
    Rhiannon Fieri recently wrote…Today in Out-Of-Context QuotablesMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much!!

      (that IS an awesome shirt!)

  • March 30, 2012 Natalie

    YAY happy 1 year to your blog! So glad I’ve been able to jump on this journey with you and monkey!
    Natalie recently wrote…Wordless Wednesday-Water Spray Bottle Fun!My Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for hanging out with me for so long, Natalie!

  • March 30, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    One word…AWESOME!!
    Runnermom-jen recently wrote…Learning to RideMy Profile

    • March 30, 2012 Alison

      You are awesome, Jen. Thank you.

  • March 30, 2012 Devon Riesenberg

    I feel like this timeline type post should be turned into one of those Google commercials, where you see in “flash/fast forward” the birth of an idea and all the possibilities that follow. I LOVE your blog and your writing over and over again Alison! Happy Bloggoversary!
    Devon Riesenberg recently wrote…Love for Memory Books + The IT List {journaling tools}My Profile

    • March 31, 2012 Alison

      If I had the technical skill to do that, I totally would. Alas, I don’t 🙂 And thank you Devon, for your kind words!

  • March 30, 2012 Elizabeth

    Honest! I mean you totally admitted to eating gummy bears that had been licked. Yep, definitely honest! =)
    Happy Blogoversary!
    Elizabeth recently wrote…Pause Button, Please!My Profile

    • March 31, 2012 Alison

      Haha, yes I did indeed. Thank you Elizabeth!

  • March 30, 2012 Ann

    Where did the time go? I love your blog, Alison – and the timeline was wonderful! I can’t believe it’s been only a year for you!
    Ann recently wrote…Creme Caramel Pudding SquaresMy Profile

    • March 31, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Ann, the feeling’s mutual!

  • Happy bloggy birthday!
    And why is it that mommy’s head makes such a good chair? Who invented that game?
    Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes recently wrote…A computers lamentMy Profile

    • March 31, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Tinne! My son thinks I’m his chair, bed, foot rest, you get the idea!

  • March 30, 2012 Kiddothings

    Happy 1st birthday MamaWantsThis! My one word would be “inspiring”. Congrats on all that you’ve achieved thus far and I’m sure there will be many, many more fantastic blogging years to come 🙂 You are truly an awesome blogger!
    Kiddothings recently wrote…Picnesday – Ship SketchesMy Profile

    • March 31, 2012 Alison

      Thank you G!

  • March 31, 2012 Shell

    Love this! 🙂

    One word… heart.
    Shell recently wrote…Things They Can’t Say: Scary MommyMy Profile

    • March 31, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much Shell!

  • March 31, 2012 Marinka

    Congratulations! It’s a great journey, isn’t it?
    Marinka recently wrote…TeethMy Profile

    • March 31, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, it is indeed!

  • March 31, 2012 Carolyn

    Congratulations on a year!
    Here’s to many many more!
    Carolyn recently wrote…Penne with Balsamic Sweet Potatoes, Arugula, & ParmesanMy Profile

    • March 31, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Carolyn!

  • March 31, 2012 julie gardner

    I read through every comment because I was determined to come up with a word that no one else had used:


    Yes, you are.

    And you bring the joy out in others which is even better.

    So here I am, full of joy, wishing you another spectacular year…

    Yes, I am.

    julie gardner recently wrote…Today call me wonderingMy Profile

    • March 31, 2012 Alison

      Can you be my sister wife? Because I love you.

  • March 31, 2012 Jessica

    Congratulations, Alison! I loved this post – and the pictures as well. You are a darling pregnant person, I must say.
    Jessica recently wrote…Field TripMy Profile

    • March 31, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jessica! 🙂

  • March 31, 2012 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Happy Blogiversary! What a journey it’s been!
    Rach (DonutsMama) recently wrote…Life’s Lessons: I Need My Beauty SleepMy Profile

    • March 31, 2012 Alison

      It has indeed! Thanks for sticking by me and this blog, Rach.

  • March 31, 2012 Martine

    Happy Bloggy-versary! 🙂 Stopped by from World Moms Blog, where I’m also a new writer. I hope my blogging journey will be just as awesome.
    Martine recently wrote…My Live More Story: The Leap from Working Girl to Work at Home MomMy Profile

    • March 31, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Martine! I look forward to reading your posts on WMB and welcome!

  • April 1, 2012 grace

    congrats!!! Sad I missed the blog party link up! I’ll have to participate in your next Memories Captured link up.

    Keep up the good work! (insert gold star) =)
    grace recently wrote…The Hunger Games – Black Rue, District 11 & Trayvon MartinMy Profile

    • April 1, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Grace, and yes, do, the next Memories Captured link up is on April 16!

  • April 1, 2012 Leslie

    Happy anniversary! Sorry to be late on this!
    Leslie recently wrote…Pastel Bunny BuffetMy Profile

    • April 1, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Leslie and no worries!

  • April 2, 2012 Tonya

    Great recap of a year in the life of a blog. It all sounded very familiar to my journey. Congratulations on one year!!

    One word: friendly. 🙂
    Tonya recently wrote…Golden SlumbersMy Profile

    • April 2, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Tonya!

  • April 2, 2012 Lady Jennie

    Just one word? Does … professional … sound too dry? Because that’s what I think you are. (amidst all the other beloved friendly awesome adjectives). I just think you took the same standard you had for quality work in marketing and applied it to your blog and your blogging friendships. But no worries – you’re not dry.
    Lady Jennie recently wrote…Le SpectacleMy Profile

    • April 2, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jennie – I think you know me better than you realize. I do apply myself to blogging like I did at work 🙂 So no, I don’t take it that you mean I am dry. Hehe.

  • April 2, 2012 francerants

    Love the pics! Look at you, all preggo 🙂
    francerants recently wrote…Just Give Me My Damn Coffee AlreadyMy Profile

    • April 2, 2012 Alison

      Thanks France! Hope you’re well.

  • April 2, 2012 Elena

    Happy, happy 1 year, Alison! I’m so sorry that I missed the actual date. I loved reading the progression of your blog – so many similarities, such a journey.

    Hmmm…one word…community. You’re just done such a great job at growing your own little community from this blog.

    So happy we’ve met in the process!
    Elena recently wrote…‘Tis better to have been thin and lost, than never to have been thin at all?My Profile

    • April 2, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Elena! I’m glad we met too!

  • April 21, 2012 Alma

    Greetings! I am a new follower from NY from your mention in Congratulations on your year anniversary ! This made me giggle and love the honesty. I will make a year in December with my blog. I am still finding my way. Your boy is too cute and I’m loving your blog.
    Alma recently wrote…Princess daysMy Profile

    • April 22, 2012 Alison

      Hi Alma, thanks for dropping by!! Hope you stick around for a little while 🙂

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