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Nothing like a little offloading to start the new week, eh?

I have some confessions to make.

1. I’m addicted to Instagram (are you following me there?). A couple of weeks ago, I was up to my eyeballs in everything and barely touched my phone (I know, what??). At 11pm, I felt ‘off’ for not even posting a single picture to Instagram. So I turned on the light in the bedroom and snapped a photo of the sleeping baby, AT THE RISK OF WAKING HIM UP. Insta-vention needed?

2. After posting old pictures of cookies on my new Facebook page welcoming new likers, I couldn’t resist whipping up a fresh batch of lemon cookies.

3. I ate almost ALL of said lemon cookies.

4. I’ve been sneakily drinking coffee from my husband’s stash.

5. I haven’t read a book in at least 4 months.

6. I haven’t started exercising or running even though I was given the all-clear at my 6 week postpartum checkup. That was over a month ago.

7. I really love Billy Joel’s Just The Way You Are.

8. Whenever I sing Somewhere Over The Rainbow to my children, I always feel choked up.

9. I go to YouTube and watch Glee’s version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow  and get choked up.

10. I have never watched an episode of Glee.

Confess something so I don’t feel so bad!

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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  • July 30, 2012 Natalie

    So cute. I’ve never seen Glee either. And I don’t plan on it!

    Yes, to instagram, And cookies.
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    • July 30, 2012 Alison

      I thought I was the only non-Glee watching person!

  • July 30, 2012 tracy

    Please send cookies. I cannot listen to a Helen Reddy song without crying. That’s typical, right?
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    • July 30, 2012 Alison

      What cookies would you like? And I had to Google Helen Reddy. Ahem.

  • July 30, 2012 Brittany

    Did my comment go through? Too funny I just posted a stolen picture of Miles sleeping and hoping he did not wake up!
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    • July 30, 2012 Alison

      It went to spam but I rescued you 🙂 Did he? Wake up? Hehe.

  • July 30, 2012 Courtney Kirkland

    Yep. Never seen an episode of Glee either. Never had any intention or desire to watch it either. And I’m a total instagram addict. I can’t help myself. I check it more than Facebook or Twitter combined.
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    • July 30, 2012 Alison

      Yes, I check Instagram a lot too! Even in the middle of night when I wake up to nurse 🙂

  • July 30, 2012 christine

    Somewhere Over the Rainbow does that to me too! Also, I recently ate almost a whole package of Oreos. Luckily not in one sitting, but I’m pretty sure it was only in about three…
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    • July 30, 2012 Alison

      Oreos does that to me too! You can’t possibly just eat one.

  • July 30, 2012 Robbie

    I bought a bag of Skittles Friday afternoon and it’s almost empty.

    I am in desperate need of a shower.
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    • July 30, 2012 Alison

      Why, I think I love you.

  • July 30, 2012 Rivki

    I have a friend who would wake her babies up just to witness the baby stretch.

    My confession: I just polished off the rest of the Oreo Cookie Cake leftover from my daughter’s kiddush (celebratory party after she was born). Now it is no longer taunting me from the freezer.
    Rivki recently wrote…Baby-Wearing makes things betterMy Profile

    • July 30, 2012 Alison

      I LOVE baby stretches!! Um, Oreo/ Cookie/ Cake all in one is screaming for consumption, so I don’t blame you.

  • July 30, 2012 Susi

    I love lemon cookies and made some not so long ago. This weekend’s choice was orange cookies with an orange glaze. And I am an Insta.gram addict, too. Following you now!!! 🙂
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    • July 30, 2012 Alison

      I think I saw your picture if the orange cookies on Instagram!

  • July 30, 2012 Christine

    Somewhere over the Rainbow does it to me too! have you heard Katherine Mcphee’s version? It’s lovely.
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    • July 30, 2012 Alison

      I remember she sang it on American Idol!! Now I have to go YouTube it.

  • July 30, 2012 Laura

    I’m addicted to M&M peanuts. I polished off a giant, Costco-sized bag in less than a week. Now that that is out of the house, I am munching on everything I can get my hands on! I keep telling myself I’ll eat healthier, but even while running and breastfeeding, I have a hard time not gaining weight each week!

    I could really go for some M&Ms right now…
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    • July 30, 2012 Alison

      Hey, you’re running so M&Ms are totally okay!

  • July 30, 2012 Elaine A.

    Mmmm… lemon cookies!

    You must watch GLEE, it’s so good. At least I think so…

    And well, you know I LOVE Instagram!! 😀
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    • July 30, 2012 Alison

      I know you love Instagram, dude! And Glee? Um….I don’t know. If I get desperate for something to watch……

  • July 30, 2012 vanita

    I’m a lousy thief. I can’t steal anything of hubby’s (or yours) and not tell on myself. loved this post girl. just loved it.
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    • July 30, 2012 Alison

      Hee! I don’t mind at all!

  • July 30, 2012 AnnMarie

    I ate a whole pan of brownies with hubby and the boys gone this week. With them gone, I haven’t done more than 1 load of laundry all week.
    AnnMarie recently wrote…Getting Their Groove on Before BedMy Profile

    • July 30, 2012 Alison

      Eating brownies and not doing laundry? Sounds like a perfect girls week to me!

  • July 30, 2012 Cynthia Meents

    Well, I’m glad all these other ladies confessed to stuff so I don’t have to. I’d hate to have to confess…well pretty much all of the stuff that everyone else confessed. I mean ALL of it.
    Cynthia Meents recently wrote…Hillbilly School DazeMy Profile

    • July 30, 2012 Alison

      You must be really full from all the cookies, M&Ms, Oreos and brownies then 🙂

  • July 30, 2012 Mark

    Glee sucks! You’re not missing anything.
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    • July 30, 2012 Alison

      That’s good to know!

  • July 30, 2012 Co-Pilot Mom

    I’ll confess it, even though I appear to be in the minority: I love Glee. I love the show, love the music. It chokes me up, makes me laugh.

    I also admit to having a hard time resisting baked goods.
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    • July 30, 2012 Alison

      Maybe I should give Glee a shot then? If you resist baked goods, I don’t think I can be friends with you 🙂

  • Never saw Glee in my life.
    And you can never ever post to little pictures of that bundle of cuteness.
    Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes recently wrote…I think my kids are trying to tell me something…..My Profile

    • July 31, 2012 Alison

      Even if anyone complains about me posting too many kid pictures, I’d just ignore them 😉

  • July 30, 2012 Maggie S.

    I have been waking up in the middle of the night and updating Words with Friends. I mean. I am waking up because I have insomnia. Now, I have something to do.
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    • July 31, 2012 Alison

      Hah! That’s a perfectly reasonable thing to do when you er, can’t sleep. Ahem.

  • July 30, 2012 Katie E

    I’ve watched all the episodes of Glee. Is that a confession?
    Recently, I decided to start watching Grey’s Anatomy in the middle of the night when I was up with the baby. I’d never watched it before. I finished the last episode. Of the 8th! season yesterday. That’s a little much. But it was so good.
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    • July 31, 2012 Alison

      So you’re all Anatomy-ed out right?

      And yes, your admission of being a Gleek is a confession 🙂

  • July 30, 2012 Recreate and Decorate

    What ? something else new to learn? I am still learning twitter!! 🙂

    • July 31, 2012 Alison

      Haha! Instagram is really easy, a no brainer. You just download the app to your iPhone or Android, and when you take a picture, you can share it on Instagram!

  • July 30, 2012 Erin

    Somewhere Over the Rainbow gets me choked up too!
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    • July 31, 2012 Alison

      What is it about that song??

  • July 30, 2012 KalleyC

    I have yet to see an episode of Glee, and I don’t know (or think) I’m going to. I need to get my butt on Instagram more. I have an account but too lazy / busy / crazy to actually do much with it.

    Also, that was so totally a chance worth taking, baby is adorable!
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    • July 31, 2012 Alison

      I had Instagram on my phone for 2 weeks and only one picture. Then I figured out how to use it (duh) and now I can’t get enough!

      (and thanks!)

  • July 30, 2012 Nellie

    Never saw an episode of GLEE?! There is hope for you yet. Netflix has ALL the seasons.
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    • July 31, 2012 Alison

      There is no hope because I don’t have Netflix in Malaysia! 🙂

  • July 30, 2012 Jackie

    We used to watch Glee all the time and for some reason we haven’t watched in a while. I liked it even if it was a little cheesy.
    Okay… who isn’t addicted to Instagram!!
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    • July 31, 2012 Alison

      I know YOU are 😉 (and I totally don’t blame you!)

  • July 31, 2012 Jessica

    lol. Oh, lemon cookies!!! That sounds so, so yummy!

    • July 31, 2012 Alison

      They ARE yummy 🙂

  • July 31, 2012 Natalie

    That song gets me too…especially the version from the movie 50 First Dates…gets me all teary eyed everytime!
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    • July 31, 2012 Alison

      Ok, glad it’s not just me!

  • July 31, 2012 Katie

    I’ve never watched Glee either. And I am fairly sure my addiction to instagram is to intervention level.
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    • July 31, 2012 Alison

      I’m glad you’re addicted to Instagram because I can’t get enough of your Eddie and Charlie pictures!

  • July 31, 2012 hena tayeb

    D is two and I still haven’t exercised. Luckily I’m naturally thin but I have the little pouch which annoys me but i’m to lazy and tired to do anything about it but complain ad unforgettably my other mommy friends who are not naturally thin hate me.. you also look naturally thin so I know you won’t hate me..
    I did watch Glee.. but I gave it up cold turkey a few seasons ago..
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    • July 31, 2012 Alison

      I don’t know about being ‘naturally thin’ – my clothes don’t seem to think so hehe.

  • July 31, 2012 Kristin

    1. I just bought my very first smartphone. Ever.

    2. I’ve only been on Instagram for three days and I’m already addicted to it.

    3. I get choked up when I sing “You Are My Sunshine” to Lil’ Bit.

    4. I think your new web site is adorable. 🙂
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    • July 31, 2012 Alison

      1. ABOUT. TIME.
      2. I don’t blame you.
      3. I sing that to my boys too!
      4. Aw, thank you!

  • July 31, 2012 Greta

    Glee is one of my favorite shows. Also, you know I’m an Insta-addict. And, I believe lemon cookies are better than exercising. But possibly, you need one to enjoy the other. 😀
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    • July 31, 2012 Alison

      So if I exercise, I get to eat more lemon cookies. That’s good logic. Except I only have time to bake and eat. Hehe. (see, excuses)

  • July 31, 2012 Elena

    I love the confessions! I, too, am addicted to instagram. It’s by far my favorite social media tool right now. Love pics & all the captions.
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    • July 31, 2012 Alison

      Yes, I agree! I spend way more time on it than I do on Facebook and Twitter these days.

  • July 31, 2012 Rach (DonutsMama)

    I’ve never watched Glee either. Nor have I worked since before I got pregnant. Send some of those cookies over yonder, will ya?
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    • July 31, 2012 Alison

      I would if I still had some and my greedy little mouth hadn’t eaten them all!

      (you look great, by the way, just sayin’)

  • July 31, 2012 My Inner Chick

    Mama A,
    I agree. I cannot listen to Somewhere Over the Rainbow
    without feeling all emotional. Even thinking about it….I am get a bit weepy… Xx
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    • July 31, 2012 Alison

      It’s one of those songs, that no matter who sings it, will always move you.

  • July 31, 2012 Tonya

    Confessions are wonderful and I love yours. Well done.

    Somewhere Over The Rainbow chokes me up too. 🙂
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    • July 31, 2012 Alison

      Thank you. And there’s something about that song, I’m telling ya!

  • July 31, 2012 Maureen

    My confession? I always have to hold myself not to lick the screen if I look at all your pins on Pinterest, woman! 😀
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    • July 31, 2012 Alison

      Haha!! It’s okay, it’s just licking, no calories. A little messy, but no calories. 😉

  • July 31, 2012 Barbara

    I used to love Glee, but I just have no time to watch T.V. anymore.
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    • August 2, 2012 Alison

      I can understand that!

  • July 31, 2012 Ado

    An instavention – I love that.
    I love this confessional idea – you should do a linky with it!
    PS: I hope you didn’t wake the baby but if you did that pic sure was worth it.
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    • August 2, 2012 Alison

      Doing one linky a month is enough, thank you very much!

      Did not wake the baby, fortunately.

  • August 1, 2012 angela

    I may have skipped real food at lunch so I could justify my scone eating.
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    • August 2, 2012 Alison

      I think I love you.

  • August 1, 2012 Asianmommy

    Love your sleeping baby pic–sometimes I still go in and check on the kids at night just to watch them sleep.
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    • August 2, 2012 Alison

      I do that with my toddler 🙂

  • August 1, 2012 Leslie

    My confessions: These days I only look at Twitter & Facebook in the middle of the night when I’m too tired to contribute and I miss having a lunch break to look at blogs. Oh yeah, I also hate Glee…do I have to give up my girl card now?
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    • August 2, 2012 Alison

      Haha if you give up your girl card for hating Glee, then I’d have to give mine up for not even bothering to try watch it (and hate it probably)!

  • August 1, 2012 Kimberly

    That song gets me every single time. I love it But yeah, never watched Glee either. No desire to.

    I will save my confessions for DM’s. 😉

    • August 2, 2012 Alison

      Haha yes, yes you will.

  • August 2, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    I love that song…I get choked up too when I listen to it. Also, I love Glee…that is my confession, I can’t help it 😉
    Don’t feel bad about not exercising yet…it’s SO hard with a new baby! You’ll get there, friend.
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    • August 2, 2012 Alison

      I really hope so!!

  • August 6, 2012 Jessica

    I have never seen Glee either.

    And I would like some lemon cookies.
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    • August 6, 2012 Alison

      I’ll have to bake you a new batch as I ate all of the last one!

  • August 6, 2012 Leigh Powell Hines

    I am addicted to instagram, too. In fact, I’ve forgotten all about pinterest. I am following you there, now.
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    • August 6, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for the follow!

  • August 9, 2012 Galit Breen

    Hee! Love the confessions and omg – no Glee?!

    {I still love you and *so* would have shared those lemon cookies with you!}

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    • August 9, 2012 Alison

      No, no Glee. And that you watch (and love it, I assume?), I won’t judge. And I still love you too. xo

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