Memories Captured – May Link Up!

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Congratulations to Kimberly of Sperk*, our lucky winner of Memories Captured May (chosen via!! We hope you will enjoy working on your new blog design with Kimberly Muro Designs, and we look forward to seeing your new look! Thanks to everyone who linked up this month. See you next month on June 18-22!

This blog here, is my way of fulfilling my role as memory catcher for my children.

In doing that though, I find that I usually forget someone.


Yes, I’ve just had a baby, and who doesn’t love a baby picture?

This month however, my Memories Captured is about me, me, me.

3 days postpartum

As I adjust to my new role as a mother of two, I realize that my immersion into parenting will only deepen. That I’m a mother first and foremost, is a given.

However, I am still me. I refuse to lose the person I was, that I am, that I know I will remain. And that is so easy to do, when your needs and desires, will always come second to those of your children.

So this memory captured 3 days after my son was born, is what I want to use as a reminder that ….

…. I may be wearing an old tee shirt and yoga pants, but I still love pretty dresses, my collection of jeans and my 4 inch heels, and by God, I will wear them again soon.

…. I may have no make up on and look a little tired, but I will still do my 3-step beauty routine twice a day, no matter what.

…. I may be nearer 40 than 30, but age is just a number and I feel young enough to dance.

…. I may be a role model to my children, but I can still be an adult and swear sometimes (when they’re in bed or out of sight!).

…. I will want my boys to have good eating habits, but yes, they can have a cupcake once in a while, just like their Mama, who refuses to give them up.

This is who I am right now, and I am happy.

And more happiness is talking about our sponsor this month –Β Kimberly Muro Designs! Kimberly is a dear friend of mine who blogs over at Mama’s Monologues – not only is she a wonderful writer, she’s a kick ass designer. Our one lucky linker this month will win a complete blog makeover from Kimberly, worth $245.

Link up from May 14 to May 18 (closes 9.00 pm Eastern)! Do take time to visit a couple of your fellow linkers! Galit and I can’t wait to see what you have to share with us this month!


In other news, my post asking why you blog is featured on BlogHer today! This has truly been a wonderful month for me.

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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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  • May 14, 2012 Galit Breen

    Hooray, you! Celebrating you is pure perfection – cupcakes and 4 inch heels and all! xo
    Galit Breen recently wrote…Memories Captured May Linky!My Profile

    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      I can just see me and you sharing cupcakes – me in my heels and you in your chosen footwear (and what may that be?).

  • May 14, 2012 Kerstin

    This is great. Glad you are not forgetting about yourself – after all if you are not well, how can you look after everything else?
    My favourite analogy for that is that you’re always supposed to put the oxygen mask on yourself when the air pressure in the plane drops, and then help others. Way to go, mama!

    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Kerstin!!

      I realized after the birth of my first son that looking after me needs to be just as important as looking after me. And great analogy!

  • May 14, 2012 Christine

    I couldn’t think of a more fitting or perfect memory to capture. It’s so easy to get lost in the newborn and sibling haze. Thank God for cupcakes and heels and jeans and beauty products to remind us of who we are!! πŸ™‚
    Christine recently wrote…Scene from my weekend – Mother’s DayMy Profile

    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Christine, it is easy to get lost in the haze (a totally apt description). I am determined to look after me though!

  • May 14, 2012 Life As Wife

    Congrats on the syndication my friend!

    I’m so glad that you featured a picture of yourself verse the baby. Scrumplet is adorable but I love that you haven’t given up on “you”. Rock those damn heels!!

    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Oh I’m too vain to give up on me πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to be able to get out and about and rock my shoes!

  • May 14, 2012 tracy

    Aw, I love that this is about you today. xo
    tracy recently wrote…New Nestle Drumstick Cones and $100 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway!My Profile

    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Me too. xo

  • May 14, 2012 Jessica

    I love this! And your picture and expression are priceless! You’re right. We are growing along with our children so it’s very important that we also be sure to memorialize who we are today, too! I can’t wait to link up!

    Congratulations on the BlogHer feature! That’s awesome!
    Jessica recently wrote…30 Reflections in 30 Years of MotheringMy Profile

    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Jessica, can’t wait to read your post!

  • May 14, 2012 Mark

    Great photo, Mama!
    Mark recently wrote…It takes balls to be a good MotherMy Profile

    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Coming from you, that’s a HUGE compliment, so thank you, Mark.

  • May 14, 2012 Natalie

    Love this post girl! You are awesome πŸ™‚ Hope you had a great Mother’s Day with your boys!
    Natalie recently wrote…A Little Beach Preview…My Profile

    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Aw, you’re sweet, Natalie πŸ™‚ I did have a good Sunday, hope you did too!

  • May 14, 2012 Mirjam

    This post made me smile. Yes, you’re a mother , but you should not loose who you are. High heels and cupcakes are definitely something to hold on to!
    Mirjam recently wrote…RainMy Profile

    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Thank you! Love my cupcakes and my heels.

  • May 14, 2012 Jessica

    You look gorgeous in your old t-shirt. Glad you’re sharing pictures of yourself (and of course I do love the baby pics on Facebook)! Too often we are invisible behind the scenes of photos of our munchkins.
    Jessica recently wrote…Saying noMy Profile

    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      I realized I’m in hardly any photos with my kids. Or any of me at all. So yes, I need to remember me too. We all do.

      And thank you!

  • Gorgeous! Such a wonderful idea. We really do need to occasionally just focus on ourselves and what is important to us (beside our children). You are absolutely gorgeous 3 days postpartum!
    Amy ~ Eat. Live. Laugh. Shop. recently wrote…Happy Mother’s Day!My Profile

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Amy!

  • May 14, 2012 Jessica

    You can’t give up cupcakes. That would just be wrong. Plus it would make your dessert board on Pinterest cry.
    Jessica recently wrote…Mother’s Day and a FairyMy Profile

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      I know. I would hate to disappoint my Pinterest board.

  • May 14, 2012 Ado

    You are adorabler than before you were a mama of two.
    And congrats on the Blogher feature!
    Ado recently wrote…What She’s ThinkingMy Profile

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      You’re just being nice! And thank you!

  • May 14, 2012 Missy

    I can’t believe you like 4 inch heels! You’re going to have to teach me to walk in them!
    Missy recently wrote…May Memories Captured – Silly DaysMy Profile

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, I used to wear them all the time!

  • May 15, 2012 KeAnne

    You look great! And cupcakes rock. Darn. Now I want a cupcake very badly.
    KeAnne recently wrote…We Are the 39 PercentMy Profile

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Oh me too. I so want a cupcake.

  • May 15, 2012 KalleyC

    Congratulations, and you look lovely and glowing! It’s great that you don’t forget yourself 4inch heels and all. I agree with some of the previous posters, and we are growing with our children, it’s best not to forget ourselves in the process.
    KalleyC recently wrote…Getting Over the FearMy Profile

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Kalley! It’s so easy to lose ourselves, right? We need reminders that WE are important too.

  • May 15, 2012 Just Jennifer

    This is really great, Alison. I think you look great too! Not sure yet if I’ll be participating this month, but I will definitely be looking around.
    Just Jennifer recently wrote…Question Me #1My Profile

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Jen! No worries, there’s always June πŸ™‚

  • May 15, 2012 Lady Jennie

    How do you look so fresh and young 3 days post-partum?

    Is it the cupcakes?????

    Lady Jennie recently wrote…Traipsing Through ProvenceMy Profile

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      You’re just being sweet πŸ™‚

      I wish it was cupcakes – I haven’t had any since the baby came.

  • May 15, 2012 Carolyn

    I LOVED this post. So awesome.
    What is your beauty routine, I need a new one.
    Carolyn recently wrote…Vegetable BiryaniMy Profile

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Carolyn!
      Cleanse, tone, moisturize. πŸ™‚

  • May 15, 2012 Jester QUeen

    I love love LOVE your smile! It looks so filled with fun and mischief. Don’t ever lose sight of yourself. You will be a better everything for first having been a good you.
    Jester QUeen recently wrote…Mother’s Day From AuthorsMy Profile

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Hee! Mischievous – that’s what I aim for πŸ™‚

  • May 15, 2012 Amy

    I absolutely LOVE this!! You are fabulous in so many, many ways! This post just spoke to my heart…well said, friend, well said. You continue to inspire! xo
    Amy recently wrote…{Happy} tears on Mother’s Day weekendMy Profile

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Amy, for being so supportive!

  • May 15, 2012 Not a Perfect Mom

    I love this…
    we moms can’t forget who we are..
    and wow, four inch heels? hot damn woman
    Not a Perfect Mom recently wrote…Another Example of Not a Perfect MomnessMy Profile

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, 4 inch heels. I could even run in them!

  • May 15, 2012 Kimberly S. (Sperk*)

    Absolutely amazing. I came here expecting baby photos to be featured for ‘Memories Captured’ and here you are. Oh, I love it! The strength and the beauty. What a celebration.
    Kimberly S. (Sperk*) recently wrote…10 Things I Wish I Could DeleteMy Profile

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Kimberly! The baby photos will come and be plenty. But me first πŸ™‚

  • May 15, 2012 Leslie

    What a great reminder! It’s so easy to lose yourself in parenthood. Now I just need to pull our pictures off the camera and get linking!
    Leslie recently wrote…My Perfect Mother’s DayMy Profile

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Yes, do please!

  • May 15, 2012 Julie

    You’re gorgeous. I love that you know who you are. That’s the true beauty of our 30s I think. That’s the gift that decade gives us.

    I’d like to participate in this go-round. If I can find a suitable photo, I just might. Cause I really need that blog makeover too.
    Julie recently wrote…To honor and be honoredMy Profile

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks honey. I do love being in my 30s, so much fun!!

      Do link up!!

  • May 15, 2012 Kimberly

    If you ever gave up cupcakes I think our friendship would be ruined. Don’t do that to yourself.
    Kimberly recently wrote…Just What The Doctor OrderedMy Profile

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Our friendship is safe.

  • May 15, 2012 AnnMarie

    This post makes me so happy. You can see it in your eyes that you are the Mommy but you haven’t lost your self. That at times the one overshadows the other but that you are still in there…cupcakes and high heels and all! Love, love, love!
    AnnMarie recently wrote…Did He Come Through?My Profile

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Thank you AnnMarie!! Your comment made me so happy πŸ™‚

  • May 15, 2012 My Inner Chick

    Mama A,
    You are a true inspiration for women who feel they will somehow lose their identity after having babies.

    I love that you will ALWAYS rock the 4 inch Heels!!



    Congrats once again <3
    My Inner Chick recently wrote…Beautiful Distractions & Pink MartininsMy Profile

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Such a kind thing for you to say, Kim, to even be an inspiration to ONE woman, is awesome.

      4 inch heels are to be rocked, not stored in the shoe cupboard!

      Thank you.

  • May 15, 2012 Bruna

    You are one cool Mama, Ms. Alison but you already know that. Monkey and Scrumplet are two lucky little boys.

    I love this Memories Captured edition of you. We’re always so busy highlighting our children we often forget how wonderful we are too!
    Bruna recently wrote…the gift of wordsMy Profile

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, Bruna!

  • May 15, 2012 Julia

    You look happy and beautiful. And you can never, ever give up cupcakes. πŸ™‚
    Julia recently wrote…Attachment Parenting Is Not A Bad WordMy Profile

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      I am happy. So happy. I could never give up cupcakes. πŸ™‚

  • May 15, 2012 Karin

    High heels, your jeans and cup cakes, you crack me up. But I agree, they are important.
    Good you are thinking of yourself too. And that you try not to forget the things that are important to you and make you happy. Because if Mama is not happy, your men won’t be happy either.
    Karin recently wrote…Wordless{ish} Wednesday – There is a bear on the islandMy Profile

    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      You’re absolutely right, Mama needs to be taken care of too!!

  • May 15, 2012 Kimberly

    You’re always as young as you feel and you are stunning without makeup. I’m glad that you are also putting yourself first….well kids than you….
    Kimberly recently wrote…Chunky’s Smile Says It AllMy Profile

    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Stunning? You’re too kind my friend!!

  • It took me two years to get back in pre-baby shape, but I’m doing it (it helps that I have a gym at the office and a ‘personal trainer’ in the form of the office handyman, who used to be a sergeant in the French Foreign Legion) and it feels soooooo goooood!
    Never forget who you are, because that is what makes you an awesome mom.
    Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes recently wrote…The hidden evil within : Fruit Ice creamMy Profile

    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Hey nothing like a former Legionnaire to whip you into shape!!

  • May 15, 2012 Mom Photographer (

    Cupcake is for the soul, Alison! πŸ™‚
    Mom Photographer ( recently wrote…MomPhotographer: My flowers for Mother’s Day: they couldn’t be more beautiful #garden #photography #natureMy Profile

    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Yes, yes they are!

  • May 15, 2012 Kir

    you and I are like twins aren’t we?? Only you’re skinnier, prettier and better with words, but Twinsies!!!

    I love that you look so beautiful and content and that you’re dreaming of cupcakes, high heels and dresses too…

    I just adore you Alison. xoxoxo
    Kir recently wrote…The Women In My Corner: A Story Circle of LOVEMy Profile

    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      How could I be better than you at words my friend? No way!

      And thank you, you’re such a wonderful friend, thank you for your kind words.

      The adoration is mutual xo

  • May 15, 2012 angela

    I just love that sparkle in your eyes. You are so happy, and I can tell, and I love it. (And YES to both cupcakes and 4 inch heels.)
    angela recently wrote…Goodnight Sweetheart, GoodnightMy Profile

    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      I so am!!!!

  • May 15, 2012 Kristen

    I’m pretty sure you couldn’t look any happier in that photo! You don’t need a lick of makeup to bring out beauty like that of a proud mama!
    Hope you had lots of snuggles on Mother’s Day with Monkey & Scrumplet!
    Kristen recently wrote…Memories Captured of My HeartMy Profile

    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Aw, you’re so sweet! I had a good day with my boys, thank you!

  • May 16, 2012 Katie

    I really love this because I think too often, we as mothers, define ourselves by our children and our “other” roles rather than who we are outside of all that. Outside of the people who depend on us.

    And you are looking quite lovely, momma.
    Katie recently wrote…I was a senior hottie…again!My Profile

    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Yes, what you said!

      And thank you, fellow boy Mama.

  • May 16, 2012 vania

    you ARE Alison. And though you’re a mom and wife too, never forget you darlin. never forget your dreams or how to dream. four inch heels? girl you’re wicked. if they’re not platform heels i would end up on my behind constantly. πŸ˜€
    vania recently wrote…How To Embrace the Google PenguinMy Profile

    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Exactly – we can’t forget us. And yes, 4 inch heels, I’m a master of walking in them!

  • May 16, 2012 Tonya

    I love everything about this! You are so pretty and you’re right, we write for our kids, but this is really all about us. πŸ™‚

    This is one of my favorite link ups.
    Tonya recently wrote…A Month To RememberMy Profile

    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Without us, there are no kids, right? πŸ™‚ And thank you for your lovely words.

      Glad you love Memories Captured as much as we do!

  • May 16, 2012 Jen Has A Pen

    In true Alison style, you are ever-present, gorgeous, fresh-faced, and inspiring. I think that picture is one of my favorites of you. I was out of town last week and didn’t get to properly congratulate you on the birth of your GORGEOUS lil’ Scumplet. You should be so very proud! Awesome!!!
    Jen Has A Pen recently wrote…I Love You, Fuzzy Face.My Profile

    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jen!! For everything, really. You’re just too sweet. Hope you had a nice time away!

  • May 16, 2012 Natalie

    So perfect. Yes, we are all still ourselves, even as we grow into other roles. Enjoy this time.
    Natalie recently wrote…Sensations of MotherhoodMy Profile

    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      I absolutely am.

  • May 16, 2012 Rach (DonutsMama)

    We do give up a lot of things to become a mother and, like you, I say someday I’ll wear nice things. But truthfully–it’s ok if someday is still far enough off because that means they’re still little right now. You look great, btw!
    Rach (DonutsMama) recently wrote…Memories Captured: Growing FastMy Profile

    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Yes, it’s absolutely okay that our days of wearing dresses and heels are still pretty far off, because as you say, they’re not little forever. And thank you!

  • May 16, 2012 Stasha

    You are so beautiful! I sometimes swear around adults. Back in England nobody rose an eyebrow but in US I always get the worst look πŸ™‚
    Stasha recently wrote…Wordless WednesdayMy Profile

    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      In Australia, NOT swearing is weird πŸ™‚

      And thank you!

  • May 17, 2012 Nikky44

    I love your posts Alison!!
    Always so positive! Thank you <3
    Nikky44 recently wrote…If I blink, I will be punishedMy Profile

    • May 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Nikky!! I find being positive less energy-consuming than being negative πŸ™‚

  • May 17, 2012 Tricia

    There are no words for how much I love this post. It took me a while to get ‘me’ back after my first and, now that I’ll soon also be adjusting to a new role as a mother of two, I needed some inspiration to not lose me again. Thank you!

    • May 17, 2012 Alison

      Oh thank you, Tricia! Good luck with your second one!

  • May 18, 2012 Coffee Lovin' Mom

    You look gorgeous! Such a glow even though it’s probably exhaustion…have you considered pumping the excess to relieve it? I’m not an expert but couldn’t that help? I love that you just hit the hump on your way to 40- I AM 40, trust that it IS just a number!!
    Coffee Lovin’ Mom recently wrote…They Really Do Love Each OtherMy Profile

    • May 18, 2012 Alison

      Pumping will encourage my boobs to keep making more milk. However, it appears to have resolved itself. Not quite 100% there yet, but much more comfortable!

  • May 18, 2012 Janice

    I love this photo of you. Very simple but says alot. Of course, it did help me that you explained after the pic. ahem. πŸ˜‰

    • May 18, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Janice!

  • May 18, 2012 Beverly

    I love that you know who you are but also know how important it is that you never let that go … it will be a gift to your children πŸ™‚

    • May 18, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Beverly!

      (I’ve deleted your first link as requested)

  • May 18, 2012 Dara Dokas

    You look absolutely beautiful in your photo! I agree, that it is so important for us to remember to be ourselves. We don’t lose ourselves and it makes us better moms in the end. Congratulations!
    Dara Dokas recently wrote…Model United NationsMy Profile

    • May 18, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Dara!!

  • May 19, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    Congrats for being featured on BlogHer!! And I’m so glad you focus on yourself…sometimes we can get so lost in being a mother, we forget who we are. You’re beautiful 3 days postpartum πŸ™‚
    Runnermom-jen recently wrote…So Much…My Profile

    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jen! On all counts πŸ™‚

  • Excellent job staying true to yourself! I always think it’s a little sad when moms/dads’ identities become their childrens. AS a father, I think my wife and I have kept ourselves, our likes, our dislikes, and been good parents too. You can do both!
    TB at BlueCollarWorkman recently wrote…Road Rage With a Gun… for realMy Profile

    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      I believe so!

  • May 19, 2012 Sandra

    What a great reminder for moms: stay true to ‘me’! Totally agree with you on cupcakes and pretty dresses!
    Sandra recently wrote…Dear SunscreenMy Profile

    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Sandra!

  • May 22, 2012 Kristen

    Girl~ I LOVE it!! Great memory to capture!!! You will stay you.. I know it. xo
    Kristen recently wrote…Sometimes I Forget..My Profile

    • May 22, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Kristen!! I know it too πŸ™‚

  • May 23, 2012 Barbara

    You look beautiful. Motherhood suits you.
    Barbara recently wrote…Love and acceptanceMy Profile

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