The Good Stuff

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The past week was rather melancholic, wasn’t it? Some of you even expressed concern that I may be suffering from depression following my introvert confession (thank you, but I am not). Then there was the one about an online friendship breakup (if you haven’t watched the video of the Google+ Hangout I participated in about this topic, watch it here!).

I want to focus on the positive this week. Here’s my list of good stuff over the past few days.

1. Breakfast with my sister.

2. This heartwarming post about kindness.

3. Baking a yummy lemon and yogurt semolina cake.

Lemon and yogurt semolina cake

4. Related to #3, my sparkly new KitchenAid stand mixer.

KitcheAid stand mixer

5. A giant nap with the baby on Saturday.

6. Pseudo date night with the husband on Saturday (a meal cooked by someone else, outside of the home, sans children, plus grocery shopping,is considered date night. Even if it was only for 90 minutes).

7. Two hours alone, to write and drink coffee.

8. The boys hugging each other (it only lasted for 3 seconds, but it still counts).

Boys hugging

This was actually taken a couple of weeks ago, as I don’t have a photo of them hugging this weekend. Too busy appreciating it to snap a picture.

9. Fitting into my favorite jeans, comfortably.

Favorite jeans

10. The online friends who love and support me.

Tell me about your good stuff!

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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  • May 6, 2013 Maureen

    I truly enjoyed watching you and all the other ladies that day although I have to sneak from work. So nice to see you and hear you also seeing cute Scrumplet.
    You and that mixer will be making some mouth watering deliciousness, Alison!
    PS: You my friend, looks fantastic in that jeans! 😀

    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      We have been making really gorgeous stuff here that will make Pinterest drool!
      And thank you!

  • May 6, 2013 Vanessa

    You look great! And right now on this Monday morning I am insanely jealous of your nap.
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      I hope you managed to sneak in a nap somewhere along the way this week!

  • May 6, 2013 Ilene

    First things first – what a gorgeous photo of you! I mean – woah!!!!
    Additionally, I love your list and mine would look similar. Grateful for writing and coffee and getting some sleep and having time with my sister a week ago. Wishing peace and love to you my friend!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Ilene!

  • May 6, 2013 Tracie

    I love your list of good things. I really love your new, yellow mixer….because, hello, YELLOW!

    My good stuff includes kid cuddles, hours and hours of watching As Time Goes By (we watched almost the entire series last week), and oatmeal cream pies.
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      All awesome delightful stuff, Tracie!
      I know, yellow. I’ve been hankering for this one for years.

  • May 6, 2013 Kathy Radigan

    I love your pictures!! Your children are gorgeous, as are you!! The good stuff in my life is my husband and kids and how they make me laugh ever day. I also love my coffee in my big mug! Hope you have a great day and week.
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Wonderful, Kathy! Hope your week was grand.

  • May 6, 2013 Olga

    Alison! I’m so happy for you and all the good things you’ve got listed on there. I’ve got two boys that aren’t “always” hugging, so I know what you mean! And you look fab in those jeans!!!
    Olga recently wrote…Teaching Kids to Stand Up for ThemselvesMy Profile

    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Olga!

  • May 6, 2013 Leighann

    everytime I see something you have baked or cook I wish we lived closer.
    Leighann recently wrote…How to Coupon in CanadaMy Profile

    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      That would be nice!

  • May 6, 2013 Kimberly

    Know what sucks…somehow getting your toe caught in a little snag in your favourite jeans in the crotch and then ripping it all the way down the leg. I’ll never forget those jeans…irreplaceable. Sniff.
    I’m glad that you can see all the good things in your life even though they may seem small. Those things keep us going.
    Know I’m always here if things go in the pooper. I’m good at shoveling that shit up yo.
    Ps. You’re gorgeous.
    PPS. I want that cake
    PPPS. I want that mixer.
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      You can have cake. Come on over.

  • May 6, 2013 Kim

    Those are some great things, Alison. I love baking (and my mixer,) too – it always cheers me up. The photos of you are tour boys are beautiful!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Baking REALLY cheers me up. I love seeing (and tasting) tangible results of a good time in the kitchen. (not a euphemism) 🙂

  • May 6, 2013 Julia

    All good things. I have a bit of a crush on your mixer. And that cake, yum!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      I am totally still crushing on my mixer!

  • May 6, 2013 Kir

    well you look AH-MAZING.
    I love that picture of you!

    and yes, the GOOD STUFF. Let’s celebrate that, talk about it, drown ourselves in it. It’s so much easier to see the sunshine when you’re actually looking for it.

    Have a great week my friend.
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      I did have a good week, sweetheart.
      Love you. xo

  • May 6, 2013 Jennifer

    You are GORGEOUS Alison! Love that picture. Those two cute boys, I can’t imagine you don’t smile all day long with that cuteness surrounding you.

    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks Jennifer!

  • May 6, 2013 kimber

    Love this Alison! What a great reminder of all the little wonderful moments to relish daily! I’m still extra excited about your kitchenaid haha!
    kimber recently wrote…{Brownies} From Boxed to Gourmet in 3 Easy Steps or LessMy Profile

    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Hah! Thanks, Kimber #fellowKitchenAidlover

  • May 6, 2013 Lady Jennie

    I’m an online friend who loves and supports you! 🙂

    You’re rockin those jeans!

    And I didn’t know you got a KitchenAid. I’m dying for a pink or burgundy one.
    Lady Jennie recently wrote…Life in the Trenches – Chapter 18My Profile

    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      You are and I love ya!
      Yes, got the KitchenAid a couple of weeks ago, and I LOVE IT.
      Hope you get yours soon.

  • May 6, 2013 Jessica

    Brownies were on my list of good stuff. 😉

    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Brownies deserve to be on good stuff lists!

  • May 7, 2013 Crystal

    You look awesome! And have so many things to be thankful for! Great post!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Thanks so much, Crystal!

  • May 7, 2013 FitBritt

    I love your yellow mixer! I got a pink one as a wedding gift but have to keep in the box (no counter space in NYC!).

    My good stuff is having my hubs home from working in Mexico and celebrating his birthday. Everything else was just gravy.
    FitBritt recently wrote…Happy (and Healthy) Cinco de MayoMy Profile

    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      That’s pretty good!
      Aw, a pink mixer! Wish you had space, I love looking at mine 🙂 (I know, obsessed)

  • May 7, 2013 Kristin

    I love my KitchenAid mixer! I just want to kiss it every time I use it.

    I spent a lovely, quiet, restful weekend with my family, mostly outdoors, and finished a writing project I’ve been working on. And my husband and I had an at-home movie date night Saturday night, complete with popcorn. So, that’s my good stuff. 🙂
    Kristin recently wrote…Friday Tapas: The One With LTYM DishMy Profile

    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      I feel the same about my KItchenAid!!!

      Hope you have another good stuff weekend!

  • May 7, 2013 Julia\'s Math

    Super cute jeans! 90minutes qualifies as Date Night to me! Focusing on the positive steam rolls- the more you do, the more you have to be grateful for. Thanks for a great idea to start the week.
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      You’re right, positive generates positive, yes?

  • May 7, 2013 Nina

    You look FABULOUS. And I have serious yelllow Kitchen Aid envy. It’s perfection.
    Nina recently wrote…When a Friendship Needs a BreakMy Profile

    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Hee, thank you Nina! xo

  • May 7, 2013 Greta

    I love lists like these! You are fabulous, woman in the mirror. 😉
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Heh. The only time I ever get to take a selfie ALONE, in the elevator. 🙂

  • May 7, 2013 Melanie

    Two hours alone to write and drink coffee. That is some good stuff along with fitting into your favorite jeans. I’m still trying and my baby is 3 years old!

    This online friend definitely loves and supports you. You absolutely rock!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks Melanie!
      Hope you had a great week, and a great Mother’s Day weekend.

  • May 7, 2013 Alexa

    You look fabulous in those jeans! We all have bad weeks. I am just glad to hear you had a lot of good in yours too! And to me, you are a rock star!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      You’re a sweetheart AND a rockstar. 🙂

  • May 7, 2013 Marta

    All of that is such amazing good stuff. And you look fabulous in your favorite pair of jeans!
    Marta recently wrote…The Mess known as Friday.My Profile

    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Thanks, you.

  • May 7, 2013 The Dose of Reality

    LOVE your mixer. I’m not much of a cook (or baker) but I do like the appliances that come along with it…just in CASE I want to ever take it up! Love the brotherly hug. It totally counts even if it’s brief. Glad you got a photo!!
    Beautiful picture of you. There is nothing like the feeling of fitting comfortably in your favorite jeans if it’s been awhile! 😀
    The Dose of Reality recently wrote…Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of SummerMy Profile

    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      I do love my appliances too. 🙂
      You know why they’re my favorite jeans? They’re SO stretchable!

  • May 7, 2013 Susi

    That cake looks scrumptious and I want to try it! Love your good stuff, especially fitting into your favorite pair of jeans!!! 🙂 Have a great week.
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      I hope you do try it, it is delicious.
      Hope your week was awesome!

  • May 7, 2013 Dakota

    Such a great list…I do a similar thing, every Sunday I write ten or more things to be thankful for from the week…keeps me positive. That lemon and yogurt cake looks amazing, I am definitely going to try the recipe! Thanks so much, great post!
    Dakota recently wrote…The Perfect Mother’s Day GiftsMy Profile

    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Thanks, Dakota. I used to do an Attitude of Gratitude post every Sunday, back in the day when I blogged a lot 🙂 It is a good way to start/ end a week. Hope yours was awesome!

  • May 7, 2013 Leslie

    Love the KitchenAid in yellow! And fitting comfortably into your favorite jeans is definitely a happy item!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      They are, thank you!

  • May 7, 2013 Christine

    Love that photo of you! And it was so nice to hear your voice (and others) on the Google+ hangout. Little boy hugs truly are the best. My good today was overhearing my boys playing with each other and how my oldest kept asking his little brother if he could help him with things. It was the cutest, sweetest thing ever.
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Aw, seriously, so cute!

  • May 7, 2013 Stasha

    Actually great stuff. And your photo in the elevator: I double clicked it on IG with the speed of light cause it is ‘da bomb’!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Hah! You’re so cute. xoxo

  • May 7, 2013 tracy

    You are HAWT!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Not quite as hawt as you!! xo

  • May 7, 2013 Poppy

    There is nothing better than comfortable jeans. Well, maybe if they still fit after that delicious cake!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Those jeans are a favorite because they are SO stretchy. I could wear them up to my 6th month of pregnancy. Seriously, best buy ever/

  • May 7, 2013 Laura

    LOVE this! First of all, I can’t go any further without saying that you are smokin’ hot. Secondly, I love your mixed (and that it is YELLOW!). I won’t comment on everything else, but it all made me happy. I hope the rest of the week is full of bright, yellowy happiness for you.
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      It was!!! Thank you for all your sweet words!

  • May 8, 2013 Amanda Jillian

    Yay! That’s some great good stuff.
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      They are, indeed!

  • May 8, 2013 My Inner Chick

    –Damn you’re cute!
    And even after eating that lemon cake! Xxx
    love your new Kitchen Aid Mixer.
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Thank you!
      The cake is seriously good.

  • May 8, 2013 keely

    That mixer is a delight. (I have the cinnamon red one.) And the jeans thing? I’m stoked FOR you. My current happies are naps, sweet-smelling children, and anything made of ginger.
    keely recently wrote…Quality Time With Children: Second Kid Edition.My Profile

    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      I do love sweet-smelling children too. 🙂

  • May 11, 2013 Robin

    Such good stuff! And ohmygosh I love your yellow mixer. And ohmygoshagain you are so cute!
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    • May 11, 2013 Alison

      Heh, thanks Robin!
      I am IN LOVE with my mixer.

  • May 14, 2013 Alexandra

    This made me laugh.

    YUP. Me, too. I’d better get on a “Happy” post lest I receive the same well intentioned concerns.

    There’s good stuff, too, people!!

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    • May 14, 2013 Alison

      I love that people are concerned. But to go straight down the “you must be depressed” path? Scary stuff.

      Love you. xo

  • May 19, 2013 Katie

    You look great!!! And such wonderful things happening in your life. Love it!

    • May 20, 2013 Alison

      Thank you! xo

  • May 21, 2013 Ewa "Mom Photographer"

    Yeay for KitchenAid!!! I need to get pasta attachment for mine and I’ll be in Heaven 🙂
    3 sec. of hugging sounds like my girls… !
    Ewa “Mom Photographer” recently wrote…Coconut flour Coffee Cake aka I can’t believe I made gluten free cheesecake and I loved it!My Profile

    • May 21, 2013 Alison

      My husband suggested I get that but I’m not yet prepared to make pasta from scratch 🙂

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