10 Things I Will Never, Ever Do

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A life list or bucket list, or list of things to do before you’re 40/ 50 and so on. Have you made one?

I haven’t. I haven’t because I am a little nervous about actually committing to some of those things that I will probably just put on the list because it seems that one should do it, because everyone else has (I’m talking about you, bungee jumping and sky diving).

In the spirit of my one word, Do, I would like to write a list of things to do before I’m 40. I figured it’d be easier to figure out what I do want to do, if I decide on things I will never, ever do. I know, it sounds negative, but stay with me on this one.

10 things I will never, ever do

1. I will never, ever have washboard abs, or abs or any kind that I can self-photograph and Instagram (one has to know one’s limitations).

2. I will never, ever complete a 365 photography project (I have tried, twice).

3. I will never, ever bake anything with cake mix (I know, baking snob).

4. I will never, ever own a glue gun or have glitter in my house (I just don’t have a crafty bone in my body).

5. I will never, ever write a book (no desire or discipline).

6. I will never, ever figure out HTML, CSS or .php (too baffling).

7. I will never, ever be able to quit eating chocolate (why would anyone ever give up chocolate?).

8. I will never, ever wear jeggings, leggings or skinny jeans (I’ve tried these on in a fitting room before. Never again).

9. I will never, ever go bungee jumping (nope, not doing this).

10. I will never, ever have a baby in my belly again (this makes me a little sad, but it is what it is, we’ve decided we are done).

What will you never, ever do?

I have a guest post at Scary Mommy, about how motherhood has changed me. It was originally posted here in 2012, but if you haven’t read it, do head over for a read and some share/ comment love? It’d be much appreciated, thank you!

Alison
I am a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother to two boys, born December 2009 and May 2012. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world's biggest sports brands, I traded in launch parties, product launches, and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Aside from this blog, I am a contributing writer at Everyday Family. My writing has also been featured on Mamalode, Families In the Loop, andThe Huffington Post.
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  • March 4, 2013 Laura

    1. I will never have washboard abs either. Not after having two babies at least. I may get skinny again, but unless I have surgery, I’m pretty sure I won’t be posing for photographs in my skivvies.

    2. Nope. No 365 photo project for me either. I would love to, but lets be real.

    3. I bake things with mixes all the time. I wish I didn’t but I pretty much suck at cake and Dan always asks that Cameron pick out and make Dan’s birthday cakes which means cake mixes.

    4. I have glitter and need a glue gun.

    5. I have no current plans but would LOVE to write a book. (I hate saying that though, because it is such a cliche thing for a blogger to say).

    6. I know those things just enough to break a blog.

    7. Chocolate. Awesome. Never stop being delicious.

    8. I want to say I won’t either but I am sitting in a pair of leggings that I wear when I run in the winter. And I just went outside and ran in them. So there’s that.

    9. No to bungee jumping. Yes to skydiving. (Want to come with me? It is a bucket-list item for me).

    10. No comment. I have no idea whether I will be pregnant again or not. Hugs.
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    • March 5, 2013 Alison

      I just need the pooch to disappear, I don’t need a six pack :)
      You have glitter?? You are a better woman than me.
      Leggings for running is acceptable (so says Ms Non-Fashionista).
      Sky diving? No. Let’s go shopping instead!

  • March 4, 2013 Lisa

    I will never….I’ve learned for my life that when I make a statement like “I will never” life brings it into being. Haha so, I was going to write a handful
    Of things is never do, but I’m scared they’d come true…so cheers to you! I’m remaining superstitious and keeping mine to myself. Thanks for a good read on a Sunday night :)
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    • March 5, 2013 Alison

      I have great belief that I will definitely not give up chocolate. Or use cake mix. Hence my confidence in writing this :)

  • March 4, 2013 Lili

    Love it! Sounds very honest. And real :)
    What I will never, ever do? the top list has to be your no.9, bungee jumping is so not for me!

    • March 5, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Lili! I just don’t get bungee jumping – why would someone throw themselves off a high place with a rope around their ankles?

  • March 4, 2013 Christine

    Love your list Alison! I know what you mean about bucket lists. I kind of sort of have one but I don’t think that it truly reflects me per se but more what I feel I should have on the list. I will never have glitter in my house either because I refuse to clean that crap up and it lingers everywhere! No bungee jumping or HTML/CSS for me either. We done with the babies too. It’s kind of sad but I know that it’s the right decision for us.
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    • March 9, 2013 Alison

      It’s the reflection of oneself on a bucket list that I think about when writing one. I KNOW I’m not an adventure or adrenaline junkie, so why would I put stuff like bungee jumping on a list of things to do? Baking everything I Pin may be a more realistic bucket list item. :)

  • March 4, 2013 Katie

    I will never have washboard abs or go bungee jumping. I will never{willingly} drive a mini-van. And I think those are the only things I dare say never about. Saying “never” is a commitment. And I don’t like too much commitment :)
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    • March 9, 2013 Alison

      It is a commitment, absolutely. I am particularly confident about the cake mix issue. :)

  • March 4, 2013 AnnMarie

    I love this idea! An anti-bucket list. I might have to steal (or borrow) this idea, linking back to you, of course. I love it that much. I will never do anything related to heights. I will never own a cat (deathly allergic). :)
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    • March 9, 2013 Alison

      Borrow away! Sorry about the cat allergy, booo.

  • March 4, 2013 Robin

    Good list! Except the cake mix. I really think you should embrace the cake mix. ;) (Kidding, mostly. I don’t generally use a mix, but I will resort to it at times.)

    I will never, ever be a coffee drinker. And will likely never go bungee jumping.

    But never say never. ;)
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    • March 9, 2013 Alison

      You don’t drink coffee???
      Weirdo. :)

  • March 4, 2013 Alma

    I love you “not” list. I haven’t made a bucket list because there are new things I want to try every day. I always say ” i have lots of great ideas but I never plan to do them”. Honestly most of my great stuff has happened on impulse.
    I have no urge to figure out HTMLs or bungee jump or give up chocolate.
    There is a glue gun handy and glitter ready to sparkle any project.
    I have used a cake mix in the past but wont go back.
    I hate to admit that I wish I could gain weight, but my metabolism wont allow it….but I hate skinny jeans.
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    • March 9, 2013 Alison

      You WANT to gain weight? Honey, you can have some of mine. :)

  • March 4, 2013 Ronni

    Sadly, I’m going to have to go with #1 for sure. Unless I get lipo (and I’m not gonna lie, I haven’t completely ruled it out), I won’t have a six pack. Hell, I won’t have a flat stomach. I had one when I was younger and just didn’t appreciate it. Oh well.

    I taught myself html when I was in college, and I know css enough to get by. But php? Forget it!

    I can’t even do a 30 day photo project, let alone 365. I have friends who do it and they’ve done it multiple years even. Kudos to them, I say!

    For the most part, I don’t say “I will never…” because life is so funny. When I think back to five years ago, I would not have ever imagined I’d be nearly finished with yoga teacher training, that I’d have just come back from Disney World and preparing to go again in three months, or that I’d do most of my work from home and be doing OK with it.

    But this is a fun post! :D
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    • March 9, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Ronni! I only confidently say “never” to these 10 things because I KNOW I will never. I have no desire for any of these things, and some of them are just physically impossible for me. :)

  • March 4, 2013 Kerstin

    Love this post!
    I have been thinking a lot lately about what I want to do and what I don’t want, and it really seems that the don’t comes a lot easier. Some things are just a “no” without even having to think a second. Great approach!
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    • March 9, 2013 Alison

      Saying no and never to certain things is easy, because some of these things are just physically impossible for me. :)

  • March 4, 2013 Shell

    No more babies here, either!

    I swore I’d never wear skinny jeans, but I changed my mind about them!
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    • March 9, 2013 Alison

      You have the figure for skinny jeans! Sadly, I don’t. :)

  • March 4, 2013 Stasha

    What about the power of IG filters ;) just kidding. You are perfect just the way you are, don’t change. I second you on most things, specially cake mix and jeggings. Those are wrong on so many levels ;)
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    • March 9, 2013 Alison

      Whose ‘genius’ idea was jeggings???

  • March 4, 2013 Marie

    Just found your blog in the comments at Stasha’s The Good Life blog. I like this post–I can relate to many of these!

    • March 9, 2013 Alison

      Thanks for visiting, Marie!

  • March 4, 2013 Chris Carter

    I love this idea Allison!!!! You go girl!!! Keep never doing it!!! ;) My favorite is the bungee jumping- I hear ya! NEVER!!! Oh, and abs- yep. never.
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    • March 9, 2013 Alison

      Glad to hear that not everyone’s putting bungee jumping onto their list!

  • March 4, 2013 Melissa

    I’ve always dodged bucket lists because I couldn’t get the image of Jack Nicholson and/or Morgan Freeman out of my head! But I like this, even though every time I say I’ll never do something, I wind up doing it. I learned one piece of html code. That’s probably it. I thought I’d only have one baby, but I happily, contentedly, overwhelming love having two and would love another. And I said I’d never write a blog, but here I am, and wishing I’d started sooner.
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    • March 9, 2013 Alison

      Maybe saying never is good motivation to do stuff you always wanted to do but didn’t think you could? :)

  • March 4, 2013 Ing

    Hi Alison, I stumbled upon your blog through Ruth’s Mommy Cafe and I’m instantly captivated by your writing!
    Enjoyed reading through your “never-do” list. The one thing I’d never ever do is bungee-jumping too! I’d rather die than bungee-jump. But if I ever end up bungee-jumping, the sheer shock of it will kill me anyway.
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    • March 9, 2013 Alison

      Thanks for reading Ing!

  • March 4, 2013 ilene

    Do you know why I love your anti bucket list, because having one of there could be used to let us “off the hook” about doing certain things that we feel we are “supposed” to be doing, like those washboard abs or dressing a certain way – It’s closure and a way to focus and also a way to accept who we are and who we are not with love. BTW, I, too, do not have a crafty bone in my body!
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    • March 9, 2013 Alison

      Your perspective is spot on as usual, Ilene!

  • March 4, 2013 Tricia

    I love this! It’s not negative at all. Have you read Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project? She talks of being honest with yourself about all the things you just don’t want to do. It’s so freeing!
    As for me, I want to come up with my own list now. But I also will never go bungee jumping, or have photographable abs.
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    • March 9, 2013 Alison

      I did read Gretchen’s book, and you’re right, it’s so freeing to just know who you are, what you like (and don’t like), and be okay with it.

  • March 4, 2013 melissa

    Eat bugs or bungee jump. Everything else is up in the air
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    • March 9, 2013 Alison

      Eat bugs is a good ‘never-do’.

  • March 4, 2013 Tracie

    I will never ever have washboard abs either. And I’m okay with that (most days).

    I would LOVE to go sky diving, but it freaks my entire family out so much, I doubt I will get the chance. Bungee Jumping feels more dangerous to me, because when you get to the bottom it is jerky. I feel like my neck might snap or something crazy. Plus I have had whiplash before, and I still have issues with my neck eight years later.
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    • March 9, 2013 Alison

      See, this is why I don’t understand the appeal of bungee jumping. If one wants to leap off something, better it a plane with a parachute on your back. Though I’m not going to do that either. :)

  • March 4, 2013 sarah

    Say it isn’t so! No leggings? No jeggings? WHAT? haha. But I’m with you on the chocolate and the HTML. never.
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    • March 9, 2013 Alison

      Not skinny enough for those things. I’ve tried them on, they just make me look fat. No thanks. :)

  • March 4, 2013 Lady Jennie

    This is such a refreshing list!

    Hmmm…… oh wow. I’m stumped. I still hold on to false illusions in almost every domain in my life. I’m almost afraid to say I won’t, because I want to do everything. That, of course, is mega dangerous and promises failure.

    I won’t ……. write to please someone else. There. I think I can safely promise that one.
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    • March 9, 2013 Alison

      I think that’s a good promise, Jennie. :)

  • March 4, 2013 Jessica

    I’ll never have a baby again and I’m okay with that. I don’t miss the sleepless nights at all.
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    • March 10, 2013 Alison

      It’d be so nice to be able to sleep through the night again. Sigh.

  • March 4, 2013 Carpool Goddess

    No to the bungee jumping, yes to writing a book. I hope! And I gave up on washboard abs a long time ago ;)
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    • March 10, 2013 Alison

      Good luck with the book!

  • March 5, 2013 Natalie

    I like this list! I don’t think I could ever give up chocolate or complete a 365 photo project. And yep I will never write a book either!
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    • March 10, 2013 Alison

      We’re so alike!

  • March 5, 2013 Poppy

    HTMwhat? Makes me itchy. I need massive amounts of chocolate whenever I attempt blog repair/change!
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    • March 10, 2013 Alison

      Chocolate makes everything better!

  • March 5, 2013 Adrienne

    I always wanted to do #9, but now that I’m a mommy, I never will. I just can’t bear the thought that something terrible could happen to me, by my own choice.
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    • March 10, 2013 Alison

      Motherhood changes everything!

  • March 5, 2013 Amanda Jillian

    I think this is a good list.
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    • March 10, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Amanda!

  • March 5, 2013 Clare

    What a great list idea! I agree with number 3, never ever use a baking mix! I see no bungee jumping in my future either, but I do enjoy the photo a day projects.
    I will never ever follow a diet, I can’t and don’t want to. I run on chocolate and wine!
    I will never ever run a full marathon, my friends have tried to persuade me on the fact that I have done half marathons. Never ever ever, too far, too much time. No playlist would get me round 26 miles!!
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    • March 10, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Clare!
      Oh good, another non-cake-mix gal. I was beginning to think I was just being fussy.
      A marathon sounds…. long. :)

  • March 5, 2013 Kim

    My list would be very similar to yours – except I have never attempted a 365 photo project, and I have been known to use a cake mix on occasion. (Did I just lose all of my Pinterest cred with that admission?) :)
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    • March 10, 2013 Alison

      Heh. I’ll forgive ya. ;)

  • March 5, 2013 Leighann

    Love your list.
    I’ll never rock a perm….. Again
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    • March 10, 2013 Alison

      Hah1 Yes, me neither.

  • March 5, 2013 Elizabeth Kane

    Oh yeah, I’m with you on the washboard abs. And I *might* be able to give up coffee or chocolate for a few days, but not much longer than that. Absolutely no one can convince me to say no to it for good!

    • March 10, 2013 Alison

      I cannot fathom a good reason to give up coffee or chocolate. :)

  • March 5, 2013 The Mean Mama

    But glitter and glue are so much fun! It gets EVERYWHERE including my husband’s uniform. He gets crap for it at work, but I figure it reminds him of what wonderful things are happening at home.
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    • March 11, 2013 Alison

      I think glitter looks lovely on uniforms. ;)

  • Your clever spin makes this a very enjoyable post. And BTW, not having glitter in your house just makes good sense. Need to head on over and catch you on Scary Mommy! Ellen
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    • March 11, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thank you! It is so validating for a sisterhood of sensible moms tell me I’m being, well, sensible. :)

  • March 5, 2013 Leslie

    Great list! I don’t understand the obsession with washboard abs. It seems like too much of an inconvenience to get those. Love my wine, cheese & pasta too much to commit to a program that would get me there. Same with 365 projects – who needs another thing to remember each day?
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    • March 11, 2013 Alison

      Yeah, washboard abs are just…. unreal.

  • March 5, 2013 tracy

    Hmmm, no leggings?
    1. I will never eat coconut.
    2. I will never touch a worm.
    3. I will never go scuba diving.
    4. I will never own a dog.
    5. I will never iron my clothing.
    6. I will never drink a glass of milk.
    7. I will never wear more than a 32A bra.
    8. I will never eat red meat.
    9. I will never come between my daughters and their dream.
    10. I will never have a day in the future ever that you will not be my friend. Ever.
    Love you.
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    • March 11, 2013 Alison

      Aw, #10 made me cry and laugh!
      Love you too. xo

  • Well all of those, but point 8. I regularly wear skinny jeans (high waisted to hide Flub) and am currently in Jeggings (thank you Shapewear). Can I switch 8 for Run a marathon (why would anyone do this!! Why?!)
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    • March 11, 2013 Alison

      You definitely have better legs than me then!
      As for marathons, I do intend to run one someday. Just to see if I can do it. We’ll see. Ahem.

  • March 5, 2013 Kir

    You’re a goof, but GOD I love ya.
    I wouldn’t have thought that you didn’t know HTML , I feel so dumb when it comes to the technical side of my blog, I just don’t get it. It actually makes me feel better that there are some things you are not FANTASTIC at.

    you’d look amazing in skinny jeans, I mean I bought them (with some encouragement from Kate Sluiter) and I love them….you should try. ;)

    and this blog is a book….you’re an excellent writer. xo
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    • March 11, 2013 Alison

      Hee! I like being a goof. :)
      I have tried skinny jeans. Could barely pull them up past my thighs. Gave. Up.

  • March 5, 2013 MomWithaDot

    Hi Alison,

    Found you at Masala Chica and reading this post, I see we have a lot of similarities. You say,”No bungee jumping” and I’m your friend forever :) No para sailing, hang gliding, mountain climbing…..? Even better! I’d much rather have a bunch of friends and go on a picnic or anything actually – Chatting, Cooking up a scrumptious meal for them (lip smacking Indian food, anyone?), Coffee, movies, GAMES! (Love board games)
    Coming back to the list, I’m with you on the Chocolate,(if I can add ice cream too pls), on the cake mixes, on the abs and sigh! on the baby. Yeah….I really wanted another. Ok, I’ll make the last one a maybe :p Cheers! MWaD :)
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    • March 11, 2013 Alison

      I LOVE Indian food! And yes, no adventurous stuff for me. I’m just not an adventurous type. I’m a languid type. :)

  • March 6, 2013 Kimberly

    Dude, do not let go of the legging/jegging thing slip through your thighs. I have cankles and 90% of the time I couldn’t get the legs over them and I sounded like a rabid panda in the dressing room trying to get them off. But I was coaxed to try one more pair and I love them. Love.
    PS. I don’t care to make a bucket list…mostly because i’m not motivated enough…a.k.a lazy
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    • March 11, 2013 Alison

      You have the figure for it, I don’t!

  • March 6, 2013 My Inner Chick

    After number 1…I knew why I loved ya! :)

    Great list, Alison Lee.

    Confession: I use cake mix in my chocolate cookies! shhhhh. don’t tell. xx
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    • March 11, 2013 Alison

      Hee! Love you too. And thank you.

      PS: I love you enough to forgive you for the use of cake mix. Heh.

  • March 7, 2013 Elaine A.

    I will never, ever jump out of an airplane! ACK! And no more babies from this belly either.

    And no skinny jeans? What up? even I wear those. Although they do not make me look very skinny… ;-P
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    • March 11, 2013 Alison

      Can’t find a pair that doesn’t make my thighs look like overfilled sausage skins. Heh.

  • I will never bungeejump or skydive. I have no need to get really high and then drop fast. The ride Hellavator was enough for me!
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    • March 11, 2013 Alison

      I can’t do rides. I should add – I will never, ever go on a ride.

  • March 9, 2013 Runnermom-jen

    Hahaha! I will never, ever do a lot of these things either!!! I do use cake mixes though ;)
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    • March 11, 2013 Alison

      You have 4 kids, I forgive you for the cake mix. :)

  • March 11, 2013 keely

    Not sure how I missed this one- it’s pretty darned terrific. I will never ever jump out of a plane. Or bungee jump. Cliff dive. Pretty much any of those Flinging Oneself From Something High thingers. I know myself, and it feels good.
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    • March 11, 2013 Alison

      Flinging oneself from something highers, heh. You always make me laugh.

  • March 11, 2013 Kimberly

    Chocolate is easy to give up if you’re allergic to it like I am. ;)
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    • March 11, 2013 Alison

      I can’t even imagine!

  • March 12, 2013 Nina

    This is such a great idea! Really–it goes along well with Gretchen Rubin’s advice in the Happiness Project to let go of things you’ll never do (hobbies, career paths, etc.) to make room for what you want to do and can do. I love it!
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    • March 12, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Nina! I recently finished The Happiness Project, so subconsciously, I must have absorbed her lesson to always “Be Gretchen”. This follows on the heels of my resolution to say no to things I don’t want to do, which allows me to say yes to things I do. It’s life changing around these parts!

  • March 14, 2013 Asianmommy

    Haha! I’m with you on the washboard abs.
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  • March 27, 2013 nancy pfeifer

    I’m loving your BLOG!!! New follower from Arizona :)

    • March 27, 2013 Alison

      Thank you so much, Nancy!

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