Memories Captured – January Linkup

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Congratulations Julia of Elated Exhaustion, you’re the winner of one StoryPillow™ from movingstories! Thank you all for linking up with us. Next month’s Memories Captured is February 11-15, and Galit and I have news!

I had grand plans to show off a gift my lovely friend Ado of The Momalog gave me for my baby shower, back in April last year, for this month’s Memories Captured. I was going to take amazing pictures of the boys with it, and tell you the story of how it came to be.

Alas, we hit some shipping snags and the gift is still in the US. As to why the gift is not here after 9 months, it’s all my fault. I’ll explain why.

Ado gifted me this – the amazing StoryPillow™, created by movingstories LLC, sewn by Kate Albus (so talented!).

Front, back and additional details of the Pillow. Names of my boys and their details have been changed to protect their privacy.

Front, back and additional details of the Pillow. Names of my boys and their details have been changed to protect their privacy. For more details of the StoryPillow™ I created with movingstories, please go to their website.

Isn’t it special?  The StoryPillow™ has their birth details, photos, and little scrolls with quotes I chose for each of them. It has pockets, and additional toys that can be kept on and inside of it. This was literally a labor of love for me, Michelle of movingstories, and Kate, the seamstress. That is part of the reason it took so long – I was collecting photos for MONTHS before I submitted them to Michelle, who was ever-so-patient with me.


Galit and I are so pleased to be giving one lucky linker this month, the gift of their very own StoryPillow™!

So instead of pictures of the boys with their pillow, this is what I’ve got.

The boys on their playmat, NOT fighting. Hence, a picture was required.

The boys on their playmat, NOT fighting. Hence, a picture was required.

I did not misspell ‘sunshine’. It’s deliberate, sonshine. It’s just adorable and true. These two boys make my days so much better (even when one has a meltdown and the other is crying along because he doesn’t know what’s going on – ah well). They are playing together which is such a joy to watch (although a few minutes after this picture was taken, they were fighting over the drum). The little one is enamored with his brother, and wants everything he has, and do everything he’s doing. Which results in, well, fighting. No one gets hurt, not to worry. Mama is here to referee!

Watching them together – it reminds me that although this parenting is hard, oh-so-very-hard on some days, it’s worth it. Giving them the gift of each other. Making memories together.

And now, they’re on a StoryPillow™ together. Hah! Love. It.

Your turn to link up! Galit and I can’t wait to see what gorgeous memories you’ve created so far in 2013!

I was not compensated for mentioning and praising Michelle, Kate and movingstories. The StoryPillow™ was a gift, and I just loved the idea so much, I approached them for a sponsorship of one StoryPillow™, for our Memories Captured linkers, to which they generously agreed. The winner will receive a basic StoryPillow™ worth $250 and pay for their own shipping, within the US. movingstories LLC makes movies and mixed-media art using film, photography, songwriting, collage, fabric and more.

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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  • January 14, 2013 sarah

    beautiful pillows. lovely idea! How you chose to decorate it is so special. does it matter that I’ve won a prize before? because i’d really like to win this one. and yes, you’ve definitely given them the gift of each other. sweet sons! 🙂 p.s. my blog should be functional by the week’s end! yippee!
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    • January 16, 2013 Alison

      You can definitely win again if you’re lucky!!
      Happy to hear about the blog, yay!

  • January 14, 2013 Katie

    awwww! so cute. And for half a second I was like ZACH AND TYLER? Those CANNOT be the boys’ real names! And they are not. Not that they are not lovely names just…not YOUR boys’ names 🙂

    What a lovely gift. So thoughtful and unique. I love it!
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    • January 16, 2013 Alison

      Hee! Yes, names changed. It is a lovely gift isn’t it? So awesome of Ado.

  • January 14, 2013 Kimberly

    That pillow is adorable! It also helps that those 2 gorgeous boys of yours are on it, too. 🙂
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    • January 16, 2013 Alison

      And me, don’t forget. 🙂

  • January 14, 2013 Christine

    Your boys are adorable. And watching the relationship develop between brothers? It’s amazing and makes it worth it.
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    • January 16, 2013 Alison

      It is the best thing, truly.

  • January 14, 2013 Kristen

    I love how you spelled sonshine. It speaks volumes about what those perfect little moments captured do to your heart.
    Thanks so much for hosting this link up! It is one of my favorites! xo

    • January 16, 2013 Alison

      Thank you Kim! We do love Memories Captured, so glad you do too!

  • January 14, 2013 Maggie S.

    So sweet!!!
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  • January 14, 2013 Asianmommy

    What a great idea–love the pillows!
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  • January 14, 2013 keely

    That is fabulous. And I, too, had a moment’s pause about the dudes’ names. 😉
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    • January 16, 2013 Alison

      Hah! You’re my Facebook friend now, so you’re privy to their real awesome names. 😉

  • January 14, 2013 Robin

    What a cool gift! It would take me a while to choose things as well.

    And the fact that they fight already kind of freaks me out. 😉 But yes, oh so lovely, those boys!
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      About 6 months!! I just wanted more pictures of the baby when he could do more rather than just of him lying there. 🙂

  • January 14, 2013 Sisters from Another Mister

    i am going to link, i am going to link 🙂
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      Oh yeah, YOU BETTER. 🙂

  • January 14, 2013 Ado

    OMG it is BEEYOOTIFUL! I LOVE it!!!
    It helps that your family is so gorgeous, probably! (-:
    And: what a great idea for you and Galit to do a giveaway!
    Love-love-love this.
    These StoryPillows are amazing, and Michelle and Kate (my two friends!) are so very talented. Yay!
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      Thank YOU for the wonderful gift, my friend. It truly is unique and special.
      Now, I just need to get a hold of it. 🙂

  • January 15, 2013 Alexa

    That is absolutely adorable! (The STory Pillow!) I love it! And BIG congrats on your article at BonBon Break! I will go read it as soon as I link up!!!
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      It is stunning, isn’t it? And thank you for supporting my writing outside of this blog.

  • January 15, 2013 JDaniel4's Mom

    What a wonderful gift! I think JDaniel would look to look at memories as he goes to sleep at night or rises in in the morning.
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      It’s so special! You should get one for JDaniel.

  • January 15, 2013 Kim

    What beautilful pillows – such a treasure! I love ‘sonshine’ – I am raising brothers that add so much of that to my life, too. (But they fight sometimes, too.) 🙂
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      The fights! It’s every day. But they always play nice too. 🙂

  • January 15, 2013 Elaine A.

    What a great and beautiful idea! I love that pillow!

    And the photo. And BOY (ha ha!) you know I know about boy siblings and wanting the same toy, oh yes I do! ;D It will be amazing to continue to watch them grow up and play together as they get older though. My boys LOVE to play Legos together. It’s so cute.
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      They always want the same toys. Or rather, the baby wants what his brother has. It is adorable.

  • January 15, 2013 Carolyn

    Very cute pillow. I know I’d also take forever picking photos!
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      Especially when you have thousands, like me. 🙂

  • January 15, 2013 Lady Jennie

    I love to see your memories captured. And sonshine is cute!

    What a fab StoryPillow!
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      It is! Now, I just need it in my house!

  • January 15, 2013 Kerstin

    I love your word “sonshine” – and those two cuties really do shine bright 😉

    What a great idea that Story Pillow is!
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Kerstin!! It is awesome, isn’t it, the StoryPillow? Such a unique gift.

  • January 15, 2013 The Dose of Reality

    That pillow is AMAZING!!! What a very special gift. It’s perfect!!
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      It is perfect!

  • January 15, 2013 Katie E

    Oh, your two boys together remind me of my girls at that age. The youngest wanting so much to do what the oldest is doing. And I love the pillow – so cool!
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      It’s rather cute to watch the two of them 🙂

  • January 15, 2013 Natalie

    So cute! I love it! And I’ll be back to link up!
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      Yay, awesome!

  • January 15, 2013 Laura at Mommy Miracles

    Aww! I totally know what you mean when you say “Sonshine”! Parenting – being this family of four – is so SO worth it! 😀
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      It is, even with all the hell-long days 🙂

  • January 15, 2013 ilene

    OK – I LOVE the word “sonshine.” LOVE it! I have 2 girls and a boy and my son really does shine! I am going to borrow that – and I love your story pillow and hope it gets to you soon!
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      Yay for sonshines! I hope we get the Pillow soon too.

  • January 16, 2013 KalleyC

    This was so worth the memory captured! It’s great that you captured them together without fighting. I have to look to see what I have to add to this memory captured linkup.
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      I have pictures of them fighting, but usually, I have to break it up before someone gets hurt, hah! Yes, do link up!

  • January 16, 2013 Natalie

    Awww what cutie patooties!

  • January 16, 2013 Runnermom-jen

    That is awesome!! I love your little ‘sonshines’…especially when they aren’t fighting 😉
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      Sometimes, the fighting is pretty funny. Well, unless someone cries 🙂

  • January 16, 2013 Julia

    How sweet! I have never heard of a story pillow before, but I LOVE this idea! I’m so glad you will have one to share with your boys and cherish.
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      It is such a beautiful gift, isn’t it? I have the best friends.

  • January 16, 2013 Julia

    That pillow is so cute and creative. I’m sure the boys will love it when it arrives. I love seeing siblings play together, it almost makes me think it’s time for another. You are right, parenting is hard but worth it.
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      When you think it’s time to have another, IT’S TIME TO HAVE ANOTHER!! 🙂

  • January 16, 2013 Leslie

    What a cute idea! And I love the picture of the boys together. Definitely some SONshine going on there!
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  • January 16, 2013 Amy

    I LOVE the Story Pillow! How have I never seen that before?! What a fab gift idea! Also, love your Sonshines. Such lucky boys to have an amazing momma like you! xo
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    • January 18, 2013 Alison

      I know, isn’t it awesome? Thanks for linking up!

  • January 17, 2013 adrienne

    That pillow is awesome! And your boys are adorable as always! 🙂
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Adrienne!

  • January 17, 2013 Greta

    I just love how bright and colorful your home is. And those boys….well, they’re handsome little men!
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      If we take the toys and the foam floor mat away, it’d be pretty bland. 🙂 And thank you!

  • January 17, 2013 Jessica

    Love the idea of a story pillow.

    Except I have a dumb dog who loves to chew pillows.
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      Ah, damn dogs. 🙂

  • January 17, 2013 Stasha

    It’s perfect Alison!!
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  • January 17, 2013 AnnMarie

    Totally late but wanted to stop here and tell you that I love this idea! I can just imagine the labor of love it took to get them done. My favorite part? Knowing Monkey and Scrumplet’s names. Love that.
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      It was true labor 😉
      Also? Those are not their real names, heh. Names have been changed to protect their privacy. 🙂

  • January 18, 2013 Alma

    That pillow is a great memory keeper. We have one that we just put pictures inside of and has a button to record the kids voices. So often we forget their little voices.
    I love yours!
    Congrats to Galit!
    My kids often fight too. However I think the 8 year age gap is closing as there are days I see them happily sharing.
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    • January 18, 2013 Alison

      Yes, it IS a memory keeper! I love the button to record their voices, that’s so cool.

  • January 18, 2013 just JENNIFER

    Oh my goodness, look how big your baby is getting! They are beautiful boys.
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    • January 18, 2013 Alison

      I know, he’s already 8 months old! Sigh.

  • January 27, 2013 Tonya

    What great pillows. Perfect for my own kid and awesome gifts for friends too.
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    • January 27, 2013 Alison

      They are perfect as gifts!

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