Memories Captured – October Link Up!

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I understand that bloggers can write whatever they choose in their own blog. It is their space after all.

In fact, I champion it.

But are there things that shouldn’t be written?

Especially about your children?

I share here about the hard and the easy of motherhood. Inevitably, those stories involve my children, the people whom I’m mothering.

No matter what I write though, I do my best to respect my children as people.

One day, they will read my words.

I want them to know that I’m proud of them, that I love them.

I would not want them to think that their mother embarrassed them, that at any point, I was ashamed of their actions (or of mine).

This blog here is to honor them.

I understand that bloggers who have written about ‘baby shaming’ and ‘mom shaming’ are doing it in good humor.

“It’s meant to be funny, people! Don’t take it so seriously!”

But anything to do with children, I take damn well seriously.

So today, inspired by my friend and special guest co-host of Memories Captured October, Tracy of Sellabit Mum and her post, Strive For The Happy, Galit and I are happy to be introducing the Baby/ Kid Honoring Edition of Memories Captured.


Baby honoring

Tracy, Galit and I would love to see how YOU honor your children this month. Capture a memory of how your children does you proud daily. And of course you are free to link up any beloved memory this month too.

Link up from October 15 to 19 (linky closes at 9pm Eastern)! Please do include a Memories Captured button and/ or link back to any of the hosting blogs.

Do take the time to visit the linker above and/ or below you!

Galit , Tracy and I will be giving away a Signazon product of your choice in this monthโ€™s Memories Captured! Signazon offers decals, window decals,  yard signs, car magnet signs, and congratulations banners, so link up now and make one of these, yours!

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 worldโ€™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: Womenโ€™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 doesnโ€™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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  • October 15, 2012 Galit Breen

    Standing-ovation-lapping for your awesome, and ohmygoodness all of that CUTENESS!!

    So proud to cohost all of this goodness with you and Tracy! xo
    Galit Breen recently wrote…Memories Captured October Linky!My Profile

    • October 16, 2012 Alison

      Hee! You’re the best. So is Tracy. I have the bestest friends and co-hosts. Love you both to pieces. xo

  • October 15, 2012 Christine

    I absolutely adore the kid/baby honoring edition of Memories Captured. The three of you are amazing. Truly.
    Christine recently wrote…The Two of YouMy Profile

    • October 16, 2012 Alison

      I love it too. It’s really what we do every month, isn’t it? Except Tracy put it into words and into an idea, brilliant lady. ๐Ÿ™‚ And thank you.

  • October 15, 2012 Barbara

    So sweet. I agree. I would never want my children to be embarrassed by the things I write. They both make me so happy and proud everyday. I love this idea!
    Barbara recently wrote…Week-end already?My Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Barbara!

  • October 15, 2012 Maureen

    Oh be still my heart! That pictutre just oozes cuteness. Love it! This sounds like so much fun, Alison. I think I’ll join in the fun very soon ๐Ÿ˜€
    Maureen recently wrote…Majestic Son of KrakatoaMy Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      I can’t wait to see your post!

  • October 15, 2012 tracy

    Really – just one little love nibble on him. That is all I want. xo
    tracy recently wrote…I’m Sorry About That 10 Second Celebration – Memories CapturedMy Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      Yes, yes you may. xo

  • October 15, 2012 thedoseofreality

    What a FANTASTIC idea! ๐Ÿ™‚ I LOVE it! Just linked up because this is a Memories Captured not to be missed! ๐Ÿ™‚
    thedoseofreality recently wrote…Just Shoot Me!My Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      Love that you love this idea. Thanks for linking up!

  • October 15, 2012 Blond Duck

    Hooray for positivity!
    Blond Duck recently wrote…Pie for OneMy Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      Hooray, indeed!

  • October 15, 2012 Kristin

    I LOVE this! Unfortunately, however, I had not yet read this post before I linked up my own and am afraid it doesn’t quite fit with this month’s theme since it’s more about capturing memories of my mom (albeit FOR my daughter, but stillโ€ฆ). So, feel free to delete.

    In the meantime, I completely agree with you. I consider myself someone who has a pretty wicked, even demented sense of humor, but I just can’t quite get on board with the whole baby-shaming thing. It just seems a bit too exploitative, even if it is only done in harmless fun.
    Kristin recently wrote…Conversations With My MotherMy Profile

    • October 15, 2012 Kristin

      P.S. I want to nom on Scrumplet’s cheeks. Baby smiles in the morning are the BEST way to start the day!
      Kristin recently wrote…Conversations With My MotherMy Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      No worries at all! The theme is just a suggestion ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m glad you are onboard with the baby honoring thing!

  • October 15, 2012 angela

    LOVE this! I already did my Memories Captured but I am going to do this sometime later in the month (and will absolutely credit the three of you for the idea!) xo
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    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      That would be awesome!

  • October 15, 2012 sarah

    This is amazing! I love you ladies. I’ll be linking up ๐Ÿ™‚
    sarah recently wrote…the sunday spillโ€“bringing back the little lovesMy Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      Yay, can’t wait for your post!

  • October 15, 2012 Mirjam

    He is awesome. And so big already!
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    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      He IS so big already!

  • October 16, 2012 Lady Jennie

    I do share the vulnerable stuff about my kids (like when they cry), but I hope that when they’re older they’ll find it funny. And I know there will soon come a time when it’s no longer appropriate.
    Lady Jennie recently wrote…FarewellsMy Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      Crying is totally not the same as shaming ๐Ÿ™‚

  • October 16, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    Awesome, you three genius ladies ๐Ÿ™‚
    Runnermom-jen recently wrote…Letters…My Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Jen! Really, it’s Tracy and Galit who are geniuses. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • October 16, 2012 Amy

    Just another reason why I love you! Thank for you keeping it real & keeping it positive!! Can’t WAIT to link up this week. ๐Ÿ™‚ PS could your cutie pie be ANY more adorable?! He melts me!
    Amy recently wrote…A weekend of fun, from A to Z!My Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Amy!! And I LOVE your post.

  • October 16, 2012 Ruth

    I love the theme for this month’s Memories Captured and I’ve linked up ๐Ÿ™‚ And I love the picture of your son, he’s sooo cute!!
    Ruth recently wrote…Creativity of a ChildMy Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Ruth! Loved your post and thanks for linking up!

  • October 16, 2012 Natalie

    Awww love this pic of your smallest boy! What a happy boy he is!
    Natalie recently wrote…Walking in a Winter WonderlandMy Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      You know what? He truly is. Happy. And he makes all of us happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • October 16, 2012 Melissa

    What a beautiful way to phrase it – honoring our children through our writing. Love it, and I couldn’t agree more. I’ll be linking up here on Wednesday.
    Melissa recently wrote…Who needs sleep? {Quinnโ€™s Weekend Adventures}My Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Melissa. Can’t wait to read your post!

  • October 16, 2012 Robin

    Love it! I’ll get on it.

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      Wonderful! Can’t wait to read!

  • October 16, 2012 Kim

    What a wonderful idea! This is something I think about a lot. I always try to respect my children and think of how my actions and words may impact them – in every way, including my blog.

    I had already written my Memories Captured post before knowing the theme. But I hope that the one I prepared honours my children and shows the pride that I feel in being their mom. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Kim recently wrote…They Are BrothersMy Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      Kim, you honor your children every post you write about them. And I mean that. Thank you for linking up!

  • October 16, 2012 JD

    This is lovely! I don’t share pictures of my kids (I keep their identities a secret) but I do love your idea!
    JD recently wrote…5 Small Steps Iโ€™m Taking to Make Everyday Life Less StressfulMy Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much!

  • October 16, 2012 lydia

    Love this picture! And the idea behind it- why would anyone want to shame their kids? This is so much better. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      Oh this is SO much better, absolutely. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • October 16, 2012 Kimberly

    Oh I love this! And Scrumplet is so cute!
    Kimberly recently wrote…A New MeMy Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      You’ll link up right? ๐Ÿ™‚ And thank you!

  • October 16, 2012 Alexandra

    Changing the energy of the internet, that’s what you’re doing here, A.

    No small thing, every ripple is felt, every seed planted.

    Thank you.
    Alexandra recently wrote…For The What Just Happened MomentsMy Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      What an amazing thing to say. Thank you. Really, thank you. xo

  • October 16, 2012 Carolyn

    Oh my, how he’s grown!
    I’ve been enjoying these “sign” post pictures you all have up! Great idea.
    Carolyn recently wrote…Trail Mix MuffinsMy Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      I’m loving them too!

  • Love it! I will try to link up tomorrow!
    Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes recently wrote…It is officially FallMy Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      Yay! Can’t wait to read it!

  • October 17, 2012 Elaine A.

    That photo is SO cute, oh my gosh. And I love that you ladies have gotten together to honor our children. They deserve it. I just love this whole idea… xo
    Elaine A. recently wrote…Big FootMy Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      They DO deserve it. Every single blog post about them, they deserve it. Thank you for your ever-loving support!

  • October 17, 2012 Jester Queen

    And I bet it’s the world’s most adorable smile, too
    Jester Queen recently wrote…Memories Captured October: The FairMy Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      Oh it is. It’s funny I couldn’t get a smile when I was taking these shots ๐Ÿ™‚

  • October 17, 2012 ilene

    LOVE the theme of this month’s link up. You and Galit and Tracy could not be more perfect hosts for this idea!
    ilene recently wrote…The Big Greasy DinnerMy Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much, Ilene!

  • October 17, 2012 Nina

    So true Alison.
    Blog isn’t just a blog, it is the mirror of what we are and what we do in life. It’s about preserving memories, like the happy moments we had with our little ones and loved ones.
    I really love this post Alison. I salute you!
    Nina recently wrote…Unplanned outing with in-laws and friendsMy Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much Nina! You’re right, it’s about capturing and keeping memories.

  • October 17, 2012 Tonya

    Holy cuteness!! I love this link-up and haven’t participated in a while. Great prompt.
    Tonya recently wrote…Last TuesdayMy Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for your lovely post!

  • October 17, 2012 Leslie

    I’m totally with you on self-censoring for the kids’ sake. While I try to let people in and show the personal side of life, I also want the kids to appreciate what’s been put out there about them. Who knows what the end result will be! Can’t wait to link up tomorrow!
    Leslie recently wrote…Help! Bottle vs. Breast WarsMy Profile

    • October 17, 2012 Alison

      Yes, exactly! Can’t wait to read your post.

  • October 18, 2012 May

    Oh, my gosh! What a “feel good” face–and by that I mean that face makes me feel good! Too sweet!
    May recently wrote…CelebrateMy Profile

    • October 18, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Maya!

  • October 18, 2012 Julia

    What a great idea. I think this is much better than baby shaming. Some times it’s easy to get wrapped up in the hard stuff of motherhood that you forget to honor those precious moments.
    Julia recently wrote…I’m not a housewifeMy Profile

    • October 18, 2012 Alison

      Yes, exactly! And they grow up so quickly, I want to capture as much of the good stuff as possible!

  • October 22, 2012 Katie

    awww. dang. I wish I hadn’t been sick this week! I would have LOVED to do this! Maybe I will anyway, even though I can’t link up ๐Ÿ™‚

    • October 22, 2012 Alison

      Do it, yes! Would love to see if (even if you can’t link up).

  • October 24, 2012 Shell

    Love this! Those baby shaming posts are just not my thing. The dog ones crack me up though. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Shell recently wrote…An Unfair Wish from a Special Needs Mom (Pour Your Heart Out)My Profile

    • October 24, 2012 Alison

      The dog ones are pretty funny ๐Ÿ˜‰

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