Memories Captured February Linkup, And Some News

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Congratulations, Alexa of No Holding Back, you’re the lucky linker to win makemine’s fab products! Thank you all for linking up. Do check back in June for our next Memories Captured!

February – this month marks the 15th Memories Captured link up, my baby boy’s 9th month and a mad flurry of activity for my writing and social media consulting business.

It’s been hectic, joyful, exciting, exhausting and full of love.

Memories Captured has been such a labor of love for Galit and me. This time of the month has always been my favorite – having you share your big and small moments with us, always captured so beautifully. Knowing that you open your hearts to us, slowing down with us, giving us pieces of your stories, sharing your joys (and yes, sometimes, sadness), just being part of this wonderful blogging family – words are not enough to express my gratitude to you, fellow MC-ers, for your love and support.

Are you getting the feeling that I’m gearing up to something here?

You’d be right.

After much thought and with heavy hearts, we have decided to put Memories Captured to rest. This linkup will be the last.

All good things have to come to an end, yes?

But see, no, no it does not.

Although we’ve become busier (have you see Galit’s writing everywhere, isn’t that awesome?), children growing and needing us more, we couldn’t really say goodbye to Memories Captured.

Good things are merely coming to a rest. This linkup will be the last, for now.

Memories Captured will be back in June, exact dates to be announced closer to date! As always, we will have fabulous sponsors, and we just know you will have gorgeous stories to share with us.

So while all these things have been going on, my baby boy had the audacity to go ahead and grow up just a little bit more, and whaddya know? Dude is 9 months old.

9 months old

He’s a bookworm although he can’t read yet, but he loves books!

I can’t even put into words how much you are all of me. You are joy. You are innocence. You are smiles. You are breaths taken away. You are moments of peace. You are moments of loud and happy chaos. You are so much like your brother, and then, not at all. You are our baby. You are love. And we love you. So much.


Your turn to show us your memories captured this month! The linky is open from February 11 to 15 (until 9PM Eastern). Kindly include the Memories Captured button (grab from my sidebar) or a link back to either blog, in your post, and visit one or two other linkers.

This month, one lucky linker will win a fabulous basket of goodies from makemine bodycare products, the Natural Glow Skin package worth $90. The winner will get to luxuriate with the Lime & Lavender Himalaya Salt Scrub, Get Your Glow On Body Oil and Buttery Shea Balm. makemine is founded by Terri Hirschman and Kim Loprete, who believe in the power of nature to nourish our bodies. 

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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  • February 11, 2013 Courtney Kirkland

    I can not get over how big he’s getting!! 9 months already?! Cruising?! Slow down sweet boy!
    Courtney Kirkland recently wrote…I Can’t Remember…My Profile

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      I know, right? He’s doing so much, so quickly. I’m not used to this. 🙂

  • February 11, 2013 Galit Breen

    Love you to pieces, my dear heart. xo

    {And OMG – your babe is a love!}
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    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      Love you too, my sweet! xo

  • February 11, 2013 My Inner Chick

    that baby is adorable…just like YOUuuu! Did you say 9 months? WOW, how quickly tiime passes. xxx

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      Hee! He is just a tad cuter than me. Yes, 9 months. So quick.

  • February 11, 2013 Robyn (Mrs D)

    My little one is 9 months too! I love every stage – but aren’t they just SOOO cute at the moment? What a gorgeous photo too.
    Robyn (Mrs D) recently wrote…And it really IS a good picture!My Profile

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      It really is a fun age, I’m loving it!

  • February 11, 2013 ilene

    Sometimes, great things must come to an end – or on hold – for that matter – for better things. I have only linked up a few times, but I have met awesome bloggers through this link up and am grateful to both you and Galit for your generosity for hosting it! Much love. xo
    ilene recently wrote…My Evil MistressMy Profile

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      Thank you for your support, Ilene!

  • February 11, 2013 Mirjam

    Memories captured is my very favorite link up, so I’m glad that it will be back in June!

    That boy of yours…He’s such a cutie! I loved what you wrote about him, it brought tears to my eyes.
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    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Mirjam, we couldn’t just quite MC, too hard!
      And thank you for your sweet words.

  • February 11, 2013 Kimberly

    I can’t believe how big he has gotten. Time needs to slow down!

    I’m glad this link up will still be around. It’s one of my favorites!
    Kimberly recently wrote…Entangled HandsMy Profile

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      I know, his 1st birthday is just round the corner. Hold me.

  • February 11, 2013 thedoseofreality

    Sometimes, you have to take a break. And I have no doubt that everyone will understand! Your sweet boy is ADORABLE! 🙂
    thedoseofreality recently wrote…Don’t Grill a Steak, Grill Your Man on Valentine’s Day!My Profile

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      Everyone’s been really sweet about it!
      Thank you!

  • February 11, 2013 KalleyC

    Oh my! Did you say 9 months already? Time flies and he has grown so much.
    KalleyC recently wrote…Holiday Weekend…My Profile

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      The first year goes by really quickly!

  • February 11, 2013 Natalie

    This has been a great link up by you two lovely ladies! I understand you need to take a break and we look forward to June! And look at that cute 9 month old 🙂
    Natalie recently wrote…Little Moments Like This…My Profile

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      Thank you for understanding!

  • February 11, 2013 AnnMarie

    I cannot believe he is 9 months and he is so adorable! I think I’d spend all of my days just kissing those cheeks! I totally get needing to take a little break. Can’t wait to link up this month. 🙂
    AnnMarie recently wrote…Tidbits from the WeekendMy Profile

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      Those cheeks do get kissed a lot! Can’t wait to see what you’re sharing with us!

  • February 12, 2013 TOI

    He is one adorable little boy. his is so cute. this is my first time linking up 🙂
    TOI recently wrote…Week 6: Like A BlurMy Profile

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      Thanks for linking up!

  • February 12, 2013 Christine

    Really? Has it been 9 months already? He really is the cutest thing ever. You know that I adore Memories Captured but yes, sometimes good things need a little rest too, right? Will look forward to its return in June but mostly, I’m so excited and happy for you and Galit and all that you two are doing!
    Christine recently wrote…Memories Captured: Cousins and Chinese New YearMy Profile

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      We’re so grateful to you for always linking up, always supporting Galit and me. Thank you!

  • February 12, 2013 Alexa

    I almost CRIED when I read that you are shutting down… for now at least. But I am so thrilled for both you and Galit – both of you are like Rock Stars now! I’m glad to hear the business is taking off. You deserve it! And you provide excellent service! I will be linking up my Wednesday post. So sad!!!! But so happy for you two!
    Alexa recently wrote…9 Things I Learned Through Completing a Detox/CleanseMy Profile

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      Aw, you’re incredibly sweet. It’s not really shutting down, we’re just doing it twice a year, as opposed to well, 12 times. 🙂 Thank you for your constant support!

  • February 12, 2013 Leigh Ann

    What a sweet photo!
    Leigh Ann recently wrote…Haircuts and butts: A must readMy Profile

  • February 12, 2013 Kristen

    So happy it will not be gone for good! I love this link up! And how awesome is it that you are working with makemine?! That makes me so happy!! The winner will love their products!!

    Okay, now onto Mr. Cutie Patootie…that drool coming off of his chin is the sweetest! Keep capturing memories just like these! As you know, it all goes by so quickly.
    Kristen recently wrote…Valentine’s Day Don’tsMy Profile

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      Terri and makemine are awesome, thanks so much for helping us connect.

      Even though MC won’t be monthly, I’m definitely going to continue capturing memories.

  • February 12, 2013 Poppy

    Treasure those 2 naps a day!! 🙂
    Poppy recently wrote…2 Truths and a Lie on The Portland Short BusMy Profile

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      Dude. I DO. 🙂

  • February 12, 2013 erin margolin

    you gals always inspire me with your photos. sadly i do not own a fancy phone, and i take terrible photos w/ the one I do have. sigh.

    i can’t believe what a big, sweet boy he is—time really does fly!

    congrats on this, on bigger adventures on the horizon, and for the return of this meme in the summer!

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    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      Oh sweet friend, I don’t always take good pictures – the secret is editing! 🙂

      And thank you, so much. xoxo

  • February 12, 2013 Rach (DonutsMama)

    I cannot believe he’s already 9 months! Really?? He’s so adorable–love those chunky legs!
    Rach (DonutsMama) recently wrote…This YearMy Profile

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      Right? He’ll be 1 so very soon!

  • February 12, 2013 Kim

    He is growing so fast – such a fun age! And that last paragraph? Beautiful!

    I am happy that Memories Captured will return; I love linking up to share the memories!

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      He is, and yes, it’s a fun age! I love seeing him explore and discover new things. And thank you so much, we love having you for MC!

  • February 12, 2013 Leslie

    I never tire of your adorable pictures! He’s grown so much, it’s amazing. Now I just need to go through and find some pictures for the link up this week. Sad to see the break, but looking forward to Memories Captured’s return in June!
    Leslie recently wrote…{Inspiration in Action} Candy Heart BrowniesMy Profile

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      Yay, can’t wait to see what you link up!

  • February 12, 2013 Greta

    I can’t believe he’s nine months already. What a fast nine months it has been! He is a doll, and precious chunk. And that hair!
    Greta recently wrote…Gluten Free Friday: Decadent Flourless Chocolate CakeMy Profile

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      I can hardly believe it myself. What’s up, Time? Why the rush?

  • February 12, 2013 Jessica

    That’s an adorable picture. Can’t believe he is 9 months already.
    Jessica recently wrote…What To Expect: A Letter To My Pregnant SelfMy Profile

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Jess. I can’t either. And? He’s still sleeping on the quilt you made!

  • February 12, 2013 Nicole

    I love this link-up, but I can understand how busy you both must be! I need to get a few photos together and do another one because I love what these photos represent – they hold a place in time for us and it’s such a great way to keep memories. 🙂

    And….your little love bug up there is SO adorable! I can’t believe he’s already 9 months! It seems like he was just born!
    Nicole recently wrote…Focused on the Flaws #ShareYourLifeMy Profile

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      Oh, do linkup Nicole!

      I know, 9 months just zipped by. Sigh.

  • February 12, 2013 tracy

    9 months. Still edible thighs… xoxoxo
    tracy recently wrote…This Is Childhood – FiveMy Profile

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      Oh yes, very much so. xo

  • February 12, 2013 JDaniel4's Mom

    I love your collage of words. How wonderful that your son loves broccoli! I look forward to seeing the June collage.
    JDaniel4’s Mom recently wrote…{Valentine’s Day} Sensory BinMy Profile

    • February 12, 2013 Alison

      I’m beyond thrilled at least one of my kids like vegetables. 🙂

  • February 12, 2013 Tess

    I love the way you did his photo. I wish I would have done that with mine when they were younger!
    Tess recently wrote…Making Money Monday: Face It: You’re Missing Traffic Without Google+My Profile

    • February 13, 2013 Alison

      This is why blogging is so important to me!

  • February 12, 2013 sarah

    dude is 9 months. Get out. No, just get out. What a love bug he is! I love Memories Captured, but I so understand that thing about good things coming to an end. Endings, beginnings. It’s all good. Something to look forward to in June. You and Galit are some busy ladies. 🙂 Hoping I get to linkup this last time around 🙂
    sarah recently wrote…the sunday spill: the blood curdling typeMy Profile

    • February 13, 2013 Alison

      And you did!
      I know, 9 months. Crazy.

  • February 13, 2013 Jamie

    He is really growing up! Such a cutie. Glad that you and Galit have lots going on — but still have what’s most important — most important.
    Jamie recently wrote…Mom is still not a raging embarrassment.My Profile

    • February 13, 2013 Alison

      Yes, indeed!

  • February 13, 2013 Julia

    Oh my goodness I almost had a heart attack in the middle of this post. Memories Captured is my absolute favorite link up and it’s how I found you and Galit. I admire both of you so much. I am so thrilled to see Galit’s writing everywhere (it is so awesome!) and to hear that your social media business is doing well! And I’m so glad that Memories Captured will be back and that you both are taking the time you need. Also? Cutest. 9 month old. Ever. Love him.
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    • February 13, 2013 Alison

      Hah! Misleading, I know. We can’t abandon Memories Captured, love it too much.
      And? Thank you.

  • February 13, 2013 Julia

    I’m sad to see it go, it is such a great link up but i’m happy that it will be back in June. I can’t believe your little guy is 9 months old, his face is too cute for words.
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    • February 13, 2013 Alison

      We love it too much to just let it go! 🙂

  • February 13, 2013 Carolyn Y

    I’ll miss MC!
    And I can’t believe it has been 9 months!
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    • February 13, 2013 Alison

      We will too!
      I can barely believe it myself. Dude is getting big.

  • February 13, 2013 Renee A. Schuls-Jacobson

    Wow! I almost had a heart attack. #MC is such a fabulous linky. And though my son is nearly 14a and he doesn’t want to be the subject of pictures anymore, I do think it is wonderful for all you mommy bloggers. Meanwhile, taking a hiatus is a good thing. Everyone will be so happy to see you in June.
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    • February 13, 2013 Alison

      I sure hope so!

  • February 13, 2013 Niña

    It’s nice to be back here Alison…
    Your little boy is so big now, WOW!

    ~ Niña
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    • February 13, 2013 Alison

      Good to have you back, and yes, he is!

  • Loves Brocoli, is a fan of bathtime…
    I like that about him.
    And I’l be on front row when the new Memories captured link up launches.
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    • February 15, 2013 Alison

      I love that about him too – thank goodness at least one of my kids eat vegetables.

  • February 13, 2013 Marta

    He’s so big! I love that photo. Honestly, I think the best part of memories captured is being able to really capture and remember a memory. It makes it somehow more permanent in your mind after you’ve written it down and really recalled every bit of it!

    Even though it won’t be happening as often, I’m so glad that you and Galit have so many exciting other opportunities going on!
    Marta recently wrote…Not Giving Up.My Profile

    • February 15, 2013 Alison

      It is the very essence of why we wanted to do Memories Captured – it’s so easy to forget those fleeting times.

  • February 14, 2013 Lady Jennie

    It’s good to shake things up!

    So is Scrumplet ‘Dude’ now? He totally looks like a dude.
    Lady Jennie recently wrote…Cupcakes in ParisMy Profile

    • February 15, 2013 Alison

      Yes, he is definitely Dude now.

  • February 14, 2013 Charlotte

    Awww, I always loved the memories captured though understand that with so many responsibilities, it’s hard to be everywhere and do it all.

    HOLY COW! Little man is 9 months already?! My goodness, how the time flies. Love this photo of him 🙂 Hope you are well! XOXO
    Charlotte recently wrote…Valentine’s Day, Shmalentine’s DayMy Profile

    • February 15, 2013 Alison

      It feels like he was just born! Sigh. Time does fly. Which is why Memories Captured means so much to us. But yes, we can’t keep up. But I’ll still be capturing them memories in my own way.

      I am well, hope YOU are!

  • February 14, 2013 grace at {Gabbing with Grace}

    yay! So glad it’s coming back, even though, I admit, I have sucked at participating I still enjoy seeing your updates & those in the community!
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    • February 15, 2013 Alison

      That’s okay, Grace! Hope you’ll join us in June!

  • February 14, 2013 Martine

    Well, it’s never too late to jump in! Caught this linkup just before it ended… You can be sure I’ll join when it starts up again!
    Martine recently wrote…You can never be too late to capture memories.My Profile

  • February 15, 2013 Runnermomjen

    He is so sweet. I love that last paragraph…made me tear up.
    And both you and Galit are everywhere!!
    Runnermomjen recently wrote…Spread Some Love…My Profile

    • February 15, 2013 Alison

      We did get busy, my friend!
      And thank you.

  • February 15, 2013 Robin

    Love that picture of him and all the stuff he’s doing and likes. So big so fast!

    And whew! I thought Memories Captured was going away for good. But a break is okay. 😉
    Robin recently wrote…A Valentine for EthanMy Profile

    • February 15, 2013 Alison

      So big, so fast -that is very apt indeed. Sigh.

  • February 16, 2013 Elaine A.

    That boy is THE cutest! It’s hard to believe he’s been alive for as long as you carried him!

    I love Memories Captured, glad to hear it will be back. 🙂
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    • February 16, 2013 Alison

      I know, it’s crazy how fast he’s grown. Almost 1. *sob*

  • February 16, 2013 Amy

    He can’t be 9 months old already! Oh my goodness! {also? he is SO STINKING CUTE!!}.

    Thank you & Galit for hosting this beautiful linkup! We will miss it on a monthly basis but we all completely understand! Looking forward to its return in a few months! xo
    Amy recently wrote…Memories Captured: Hide & SeekMy Profile

    • February 16, 2013 Alison

      Thank you Amy, I think he’s pretty cute too but you know, biased. Hope to see you link up in June!

  • February 17, 2013 hollow tree ventures

    That picture? Too adorable. I love how you add the details right to the photo – what a great way to preserve those fleeting milestones. 🙂
    hollow tree ventures recently wrote…As The Dollhouse Turns – What’s wrong?My Profile

    • February 17, 2013 Alison

      It is wonderful, isn’t it? Love PicMonkey. 🙂

  • February 17, 2013 Julie

    I am so worried about how I will feel about a second child when I love the first one so much. Reading the absolute joy you have with your second gives me comfort. 🙂
    Julie recently wrote…35 weeks: Still rockin’ and rollin’My Profile

    • February 17, 2013 Alison

      You will love him. So much. Promise.

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