Memories Captured – July Link Up! And Some News

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Congratulations to Ado of The Momalog! You’re the winner of 50 moo Classic Stock business cards! Thank you for linking up with us! Everyone else, come back  on August 13 for the next Memories Captured link up!

Have you ever gone out and bought a dress/ shirt/ skirt/ jeans for an occasion or just because you wanted something new and shiny? You go out with intentions to get something specific and end up going home with something very different. But you put it on anyway, your new dress/ shirt/ skirt/ jeans and go about your business.

And as your days/ weeks go by, you realize your new dress/ shirt/ skirt/ jeans sorta fit quite nicely even though you didn’t buy it to wear for the purposes you’re wearing it for now. As time goes by, your dress/ shirt/ skirt/ jeans start to feel pretty comfortable and you just carry on wearing it without a thought.

However, a year or so into it, you start to feel uncomfortable in that dress/ shirt/ skirt/ jeans because it’s starting to fray/ not fit anymore/ it’s boring you. But you’re worried about going out to buy a new dress/ shirt/ skirt/ jeans because it’s too overwhelming/ you’re too busy/ you’re lazy and just can’t be bothered because heck, it sorta fits, everyone now knows that YOU are the owner of that dress/ shirt/ skirt/ jeans because you rocked it so well. So you don’t. But 6 months later, you’re basically crawling in your skin, busting to get out of that damn dress/ shirt/ skirt/ jeans because even you can’t deny it anymore, it just doesn’t fit.

That’s more or less how I feel about this space. Mama Wants This! has been my baby for near 16 months now and I’ve loved it, nurtured it, put a lot of time and work into it and I’ve sorta become ‘Mama’ in Mama Wants This! But! But, it’s no longer making sense for me. The name of this blog no longer fits me. It was never meant to be a blog about motherhood or even about me. It was supposed to be a shopping go-to site. But I made it work. For a while. But I knew something felt off at the end of last year.

Yes, my MacBook Air came back to life!

In January, I bought a domain name on a whim. The name came to me, I checked for availability and it was there. I snapped it up. Since then, I have left it sitting dormant, unsure of what to do with it.

Last week, I decided I needed to bust out of my MWT skin. This is the last week you’ll see me here (or second to last week if I can’t sort out technical complications with moving a domain!).

It’s not goodbye though.

It’s just see you later, and hello new blog name and space!

As Maria Robinson says so eloquently, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

I’m excited. It will be more ME. I will still write about motherhood, share endless pictures of my boys, host Memories Captured with Galit.

MWT will always have a place in my heart. Without it I would not have met all of you. But it’s time to tuck this away into my memory box.

With the new space, I will be more comfortable writing about things outside of just being a Mama. Because I am more than that.

 I am writer. I am mother. I am wish maker. I am memory keeper.

Edited to add: I have hinted at the new blog name somewhere in this post!

Time for you to share your memories with us! Grab a button from my sidebar and linkup from July 16 – 20!

This month’s sponsor is moo, the online printing business who has won three Webby awards (it’s like the Web’s Oscars). moo is generously giving one lucky linker a 50 pack of Classic Stock business cards plus shipping! With conference season in full swing, what better time than to win some gorgeous business cards?

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 16, 2012 Galit Breen

    Love the teaser, the quote, and you! xo
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Hee! Love you too. xo

  • July 16, 2012 Kerstin

    Yay for you! I’m excited to find out more about your new blog and I’m definitely checking it out!
    I’ll be linking up here as well. But *GASP* I am not ready yet this time!!!
    Spent too much time with Fifty Shades of Grey this weekend 😉
    Kerstin recently wrote…I did the Fifty ShadesMy Profile

    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Fifty Shades? OK I won’t even go there 🙂

  • July 16, 2012 Laura

    Darn! I thought for sure you’d let us know what your new blog will be called. Excited to see how you rebrand! 🙂
    Laura recently wrote…I Will. I Do.My Profile

    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      I will as soon as the new site is ready! 🙂

  • July 16, 2012 Greta

    Oh, I’m on the edge of my seat! Can’t wait to see it!
    Greta recently wrote…Three.My Profile

    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      I can’t either! (I’ve only seen the new header so far!)

  • July 16, 2012 Kristen

    I am so unbelievably beyond excited for you. Seriously… xo
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Hee!! Thank you!

  • July 16, 2012 Sandra

    I’m excited to find out your new blog name, too! I thought for sure you would tell here, today, now! =)
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Heh, I am not quite ready for the big reveal yet 🙂

  • July 16, 2012 tracy

    Very cool my friend!
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you sister-wife!

  • July 16, 2012 Melissa

    Oooh, how I love anticipation! I’m thrilled for you and can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with. Congrats!
    Melissa recently wrote…I love not campingMy Profile

    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Melissa!!

  • July 16, 2012 Life As Wife

    I’d follow you anywhere! (In a non-stalker way, I promise!!)
    Life As Wife recently wrote…A New Day, A Fresh StartMy Profile

    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Sam!

      (good to see you back, hope you’re well, hugs)

  • July 16, 2012 Julie

    I’m thrilled to be a witness to your evolution. 😀
    Julie recently wrote…#iPPP: Things I’m really bad atMy Profile

    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      And you can say you were there from the very start too. Thanks for your support always, my friend. xo

  • Looking forward to watching your transition.
    Jay- The Dude of the House recently wrote…Yes, She’s PregnantMy Profile

    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jay!

  • July 16, 2012 Mirjam

    Brilliant, I love that: “I am writer, I am mother, I am wish maker, I am memory keeper.
    I can’t wait to see your new place!
    Mirjam recently wrote…Falling in loveMy Profile

    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Mirjam! That line is a hint as to what the new blog is going to be called 🙂

  • July 16, 2012 Kristin

    Excited to see your new space and new name! As someone who has transferred domain names after already establishing her blog, I can empathize. But if you’re working with a good designer, then it should be fairly quick and painless. And if you’re doing it yourself, well then… good luck! That means you’re far more technologically proficient than I. 😉
    Kristin recently wrote…Closer to GodMy Profile

    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Ooh, I may have to ask you some questions! I’m actually facing some difficulty with moving my content – as in I don’t know how to do it and my designer can only do design & not the actual moving. So, SIGH.

  • July 16, 2012 Kristen

    I am so excited for you. Can’t wait to see the butterfly that comes from this warm and cozy cocoon.
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      I do like that analogy, thanks Kristen!

  • July 16, 2012 Christine

    I’m really excited for you and can’t to see where your new space will take you! Because you are more than just Mama. Good luck with the move!!
    Christine recently wrote…Memories Captured – FountainsMy Profile

    • July 17, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Christine, I need the luck!

  • July 16, 2012 Mark

    I’m sure it will be fabulous! But can I still leave inappropriate and bitchy comments?
    Mark recently wrote…"See the pretty girl in that mirror there"My Profile

    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Mark, the new site leaves you MORE room to leave inappropriate and bitchy comments. xo

  • July 16, 2012 Jessica

    Exciting! OH you are killing me with the teaser…I went back and read through twice more and have 18 ideas (which is the same as none). Can’t wait!
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    • July 17, 2012 Alison

      Hee! Would love to hear what you think the new name is 😉

  • Can’t wait! I’m sure I’m going to love the ‘new you’ as much as the ‘old you’!!
    Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes recently wrote…And then she kissed me and mended my broken heart….My Profile

    • July 17, 2012 Alison

      Aw, you will??? Thank you.

  • July 16, 2012 Katie

    Ooooo! new digs? I am excited for you! Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve, my dear. And I’ll keep Mark in check for you 😉
    Katie recently wrote…monday odds and endsMy Profile

    • July 17, 2012 Alison

      I can’t wait for the reveal too!! And Mark? I love Mark so he can get away with anything 😉

  • July 16, 2012 Mrs. Weber

    So excited for your new adventure! Very cool you’re evolving because darn straight – you are more than just a MAMA. You are an amazing writer and I can’t wait to continue to follow your adventures!

    I’ll be back in a few days for a MC linky 🙂
    Mrs. Weber recently wrote…#MyMichMemory: Detroit Institue of Arts Giveaway + LinkyMy Profile

    • July 17, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Lauren!! For your kind words and constant support.

  • July 16, 2012 molly

    I’m excited to see where you take your space next! I changed the name of my blog in 2010 and it was the best decision!

    • July 17, 2012 Alison

      I’m excited too!

  • July 16, 2012 Maggie S.

    I’m no good at searching for clues.

    Then, I think,”Wow, that was so obvious.”

    I’m looking forward to meeting your new shirt/dress/shoes/jeans.
    Maggie S. recently wrote…Saturday Night on the Big Town…My Profile

    • July 17, 2012 Alison

      Hehe! I’m very interested to know what you think the name is 🙂

  • July 16, 2012 Natalie

    What? I’m totally intrigued! Can’t wait see the new name and look! You’re fabulous either way 🙂
    Natalie recently wrote…A Little Sneak Peek…My Profile

    • July 17, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thank you my friend!

  • July 16, 2012 Leslie

    I can’t wait to see the new site. Thanks for hosting Memories Captured again!
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    • July 17, 2012 Alison

      Thanks for being so supportive, Leslie!

  • July 16, 2012 Kimberly

    I think your new blog should incorporate your dessert addiction. Wait. What? 😉

    I’m excited for you! I think this change will be a good one.
    Kimberly recently wrote…Un-Beautiful HandsMy Profile

    • July 17, 2012 Alison

      If only I had thought of that, dang! 🙂

      I think it’d be good too. I already feel good about it.

  • July 17, 2012 Carolyn

    I’m intrigued…
    Glad the Mac is back!
    Carolyn recently wrote…My First FamilyMy Profile

    • July 17, 2012 Alison

      No gladder than me! 🙂

  • July 17, 2012 Chelsea Moos

    So excited for your transition! Can’t wait to be there for the big reveal!
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    • July 17, 2012 Alison

      Pen it in your diary – sometime next week! 🙂

  • July 17, 2012 Co-Pilot Mom

    Exciting time for you! I am looking forward to seeing the new site.

    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, I’m really excited, yes!

  • Such a tease!! I love it!
    Amy ~ Eat. Live. Laugh. Shop. recently wrote…Dinner this week.My Profile

    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      I know, I really shouldn’t be building it up so much right? 🙂

  • July 17, 2012 Jaime

    I’ll be keeping an eye out for you:)

    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Oh please do!!

  • July 17, 2012 Robin

    Oh, you meanie. I want to know what it is!

    Happy for you and your transition.
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    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Soon, my friend, soon. 🙂

  • July 17, 2012 Jessica

    Change is always good.
    Jessica recently wrote…To Just Keep SwimmingMy Profile

    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      It so is.

  • July 17, 2012 Bruna

    Change is wonderful. I’m so excited to see what you’re up too! Never a dull moment with Alison!
    Bruna recently wrote…how i get my kids to do things without nagging themMy Profile

    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      It is wonderful and exciting. 🙂

  • July 17, 2012 Blond Duck

    Kudos to you! I’ve been thinking about doing the same thing…
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    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Thank you! If you want to do it, do it now! The longer you wait, the harder it gets. Good luck!

  • July 17, 2012 My Inner Chick

    —Mama A,
    I look forward to you…
    F l y i n g
    with your new wings. Xx Love.
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    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Ooh I like that, wings to fly. xo

  • July 17, 2012 Jessica

    This is so exciting! All this time, I had no idea that you were struggling with your blog’s title! I hate my blog title, too, and have been working on figuring out what to do with it. But I’ve been too lazy to do anything. 🙁 But, anyways, I’m happy for you and can’t wait to see your new site!

    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      I was struggling and I tried to make it work, but it just became harder and harder. It’s a pain to move but I only need to do this once! (I hope!)

  • July 17, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    Ooh!!! Very exciting!! Can’t wait to see the changes 🙂
    Also, I’m so glad you got your computer back!!
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    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Oh me too!

  • July 17, 2012 Alexandra

    Dying to know.

    JUST dying.

    Going back to re read your post with a fine tooth comb.

    There is a NAME in there, for gods sake, holmes.

    Help me find it!
    Alexandra recently wrote…ICYMI – Monday Ed.My Profile

  • July 17, 2012 Alexandra

    It’s New Beginnings!!

    No, wait, it’s New Endings!

    Is it Start Today?

    Is it I am Maria Robinson??

    Aaaargh. you are killing me.
    Alexandra recently wrote…ICYMI – Monday Ed.My Profile

    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Hee! You’re adorable!

      And Not. Even. Close. Heh.

  • Ohhh, the suspense! lol I’m excited to follow along with this transition and to have the opportunity to get to know you more as you expand your blog to encompass more of YOU! 🙂
    Aramelle {One Wheeler’s World} recently wrote…Tears & FearsMy Profile

    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Aramelle!!

  • July 17, 2012 AnnMarie

    Can’t wait! Can’t wait! Can’t wait! I’m so excited to see the new space. I have an idea of what the name is: Is it “More Than Just Mama”? Argghhh…can’t wait!
    AnnMarie recently wrote…Random Thoughts: Conspiracy, Tonsils, Baseball and SleepMy Profile

    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Hehe. Nope, not even close!!

  • July 17, 2012 Janice

    Ahh! I’m totally excited and curious! Can’t you reveal more???? Pretty please????
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    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Very soon, Janice!!

  • July 17, 2012 JDaniel4's Mom

    How exciting! I can’t wait to see what it is!
    JDaniel4’s Mom recently wrote…Taking Time to Play-Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers.My Profile

    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Thank you!

  • July 17, 2012 Maureen

    Congrats on the new steps, Alison. It will be so exciting. Hope you’ll have a smooth ‘move’ and can’t wait to find your new home on this cyberspace 🙂

    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Maureen!

  • July 17, 2012 Arnebya

    Congrats, Alison! I can’t wait to see the new site (and find out its name). Does it have anything to do with dress/shirt/skirt/jeans? :o)

    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Hah! No but you already know that 😉

  • July 17, 2012 Kir

    I am so excited for you and for US who will read you in your new space. I am also mulling over a new blog, just for the fiction and once I get a name for it, I’ll be doing this too.

    Seems all of us are stretching ourselves, and that’s a GOOD THING. SOOOOO excited for you beautiful gal. xo
    Kir recently wrote…100 Word Challenge:Rebel RomanceMy Profile

    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Go you with a fiction blog, my friend!

      Yes, this is a good thing!!

  • July 17, 2012 thedoseofreality

    Cannot wait to see the new name, the new site, the new you! 🙂 Congrats on taking the plunge to make it more your own…love it!
    thedoseofreality recently wrote…Always Be PreparedMy Profile

    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, it’s exciting to reclaim some of me back!

  • July 17, 2012 Erin

    AWWWW this post makes me both sad and excited. I can’t wait to read your new space! You are very brave to start fresh. That is so awesome that your computer is working again 🙂 So I have to guess the new title name . . . does it have something to do with being a memory keeper?
    Erin recently wrote…8 Years Ago . . . – Memories Captured Link UpMy Profile

    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Oh don’t be sad, I’m not!! Answer to your question – yes and no 🙂

  • July 18, 2012 Lisa

    Alison, congratulations! I love your blog, but I’m so very excited for you and can’t wait to follow along with your new endeavors! I’ve been back to blogging for seven months and have dealt with some of the very same questions you describe. Finding my own identity (and that of joycreation) has been an ongoing topic for me. I’ve heard of so many who reinvented their blogs, because they felt they had outgrown it. There is no reason to hold on to something that doesn’t fit anymore. Have fun with your new projects and I look forward to visiting your new blog!

    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Lisa, thank you for your lovely words and support!!

  • July 18, 2012 Denise

    Looking forward to seeing the new space!
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    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Denise!

  • July 18, 2012 Elaine

    Woohoo, SO exciting! I can’t wait!! 😀
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    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Me neither!!

  • July 18, 2012 Sue

    Okay. So I don’t even have any stinkin Memories Captured to share. I just want you to know how excited I am for you and your *new* adventure in your *new* skin! You will leave a trail of breadcrumbs, yes? xoxoxo

    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      You’re adorable. Again. 🙂

  • July 18, 2012 Susi

    I can’t wait to see what you came up with and follow you in your new space. Very exciting!!! Good luck with everything.
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    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Susi!

  • July 18, 2012 Julia

    Ooohhh I can’t wait to see!!
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    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      It’d be here very soon!!

  • July 18, 2012 Ado

    I cannot stand the suspense!
    I trolled through your post to figure out the clue – can’t!

    Ado recently wrote…I Got A Perk, FinallyMy Profile

    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Hehe! Which is why I gave you a sneak peek!

  • July 18, 2012 Andrea

    Oooh, how exciting! Congrats on the upcoming change. 🙂 Love to hear new and positive things for my peeps!
    Andrea recently wrote…The more things changeMy Profile

    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Thanks so much Andrea!

  • July 18, 2012 Jessica

    Ahh Im SO with you. I am seriously thinking of changing my blog name. I loveee The Spit Up Chronicles–but if Im being honest I dont have baby-babies anymore. My boys are growing up and my blog needs to grow with them.

    Cant wait to see what your new name is. I reread like four times and just cant figure it out. Ill follow you wherever you go!
    Jessica recently wrote…Tennessee HeatMy Profile

    • July 19, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jessica, look forward to seeing you at my new place.

      And if you’re thinking of changing the name, then maybe it IS time. The longer you wait, the harder it is. Do it!

  • July 20, 2012 Tonya

    I love that quote and what a fabulous teaser, my friend. xo
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    • July 20, 2012 Alison

      I am nothing if not a big tease, hehe.

  • July 20, 2012 Katie E

    I’m excited about your new space – I’m sure it will be beautiful. And nothing will go wrong in the transfer 🙂
    Katie E recently wrote…Memories Captured: 11My Profile

    • July 20, 2012 Alison

      Thank you! And I sure hope so.

  • July 20, 2012 Amy

    So excited to see what the new blog is all about!! 🙂 I have no doubts that it will be super fab, just like you! 🙂
    Amy recently wrote…Memories Captured: 18 monthsMy Profile

    • July 20, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Amy! It’d still be pretty much what I write here, just more of other things as well 🙂

  • July 22, 2012 Charlotte

    I understand this feeling and think this will be a great new move for you. I also think you’ll start to feel rejuvenated once more (not that you weren’t but it’s possible you felt stifled by your home here). Can’t wait to see it! Hmmm… that’s a tease! I hope your new name isn’t “Crawling in Your Skin” but beyond that, I got nothing :p
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