The Other Side

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Beautiful sunsets on beaches. Exotic outdoor markets. Coffee at a luxury hotel. Picnics in a park. Shopping in places with names I can’t pronounce. Pictures of airport lounges, and first class seats on a plane, off to yet another far flung destination.

Pretty clothes, long tanned legs, and gorgeous effortless hairdos. Events, parties and weddings. Dresses fitting slim waists, no signs of unsightly bulges, and makeup impeccable. Sparkly shoes with impossibly high heels, tiny clutch handbags holding the latest iPhone.

Pool parties with equally gorgeous friends. Drinks at night at the newest rooftop bar. Book launches, art gallery openings, marathons in different countries, charity work all over Asia, and work trips to faraway lands.

These are the images I see on my Facebook and Instagram feeds.

These are my friends, some, my family, and their lives all seem so much more: bigger, sparklier, more exciting and glamorous, than my every day life.

I look at yet another picture of my former model friend, in her signature celebrity sunglasses, long legs and half-smile, living it up.

I stalk another friend’s news feed on her latest adventures in travel, bag-making and entrepreneurship, and envy her carefree life.

I see updates from my former school friend, jetting off every month to Japan, Australia, Vietnam, half-coveting her job.

All this, from my side of life. Mostly stay-at-home mother of two, one in preschool, the other with me 24/ 7. A small but slowly-growing business which I can work on in my own time. Driving to and from home for school pickups, errands, speech therapy, regular pediatrician appointments, weekly grocery shopping trips, and occasional solo jaunts to hide in a cafe and read. My look consisting of loose cotton tees, yoga pants, flip flops, and if I’m lucky, a good hair day. My jet-setting, high-heel-wearing days are long over.

Do I wish I could be them for a second? Do I want their lives for just an evening?

Sometimes, yes.

Mostly, no.

As glittery as the ‘other side’ is, my side is pretty awesome. I have two boys, who are healthy, and happy. I have not missed a single day of their lives so far. I was there for all their milestones. I still am, for the milestones to come.

Staying home with them is not a sacrifice, it’s a privilege. I wouldn’t trade my everyday life for theirs.

They could be looking at my Facebook news feed, and wishing they could have my life of smooshy hugs and sloppy kisses.

Who could resist these two?

Two boys

I am so, so very lucky and blessed.

Have you ever looked to the other side and wondered, what if?

Alison
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 DrGreene.com. 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 20, 2013 sarah

    yes! it’s an easy thing to do. It’s fun to look through my feed and imagine…but. Like you, I know what’s in front of me and that is so so sweet. It’s important to love the life you’re living, and I (mostly) love my own πŸ™‚ And DAMN girl, that eye candy coming through your feed sounds amazing.
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    • May 20, 2013 Alison

      The thing is – I *had* that life. I was travelling, living it up, dressing to the nines.
      And I miss it not one bit.
      Though I do look at my high heels wistfully from time to time.
      And yes, my FB and Instagram feed is crazy. I have so many beautiful, living-it-up friends. πŸ™‚

  • May 20, 2013 Katie

    You’re right…another thought-provoking post!

    And so timely. I have one in drafts about a big decision I am trying to make about my future. About my next step. Even telling you that, I know that either way I choose will be a sacrifice to something and a privilege as well. Both choices require loss and gain.

    And now I am on the verge of crying. So I will go.

    But yes. Thought-provoking.

    And yes…two happy boys are a HUGE privilege. The hugest. πŸ™‚
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    • May 20, 2013 Alison

      SO huge.

      I think every decision is fraught with two sides. Pros and cons. Loss and gain. It’s when we have to really look at what’s important in the long run. I hope you resolve it, at the very least, maybe writing it out and finishing that draft, may bring you closer to a decision that will work for all.

  • May 20, 2013 JDaniel4's Mom

    There is a time for everything. I am so glad you are enjoying your time at home.
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    • May 20, 2013 Alison

      Yes, I am truly enjoying my time.

  • May 20, 2013 Galit Breen

    Love this. So very much.

    And yes on both counts — I’ve wondered the what ifs, then chose my own story every single time. Lucky, indeed.

    xo
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    • May 20, 2013 Alison

      Choosing your own story – yes! You always have the best words. xo

  • May 20, 2013 Robin

    Oh, this is brilliant. Because, yes. I look at yours and think it looks exotic and full of potential. But I know that when you live it every day it’s not so exotic. It’s just life. But I do think you have it pretty good, and your darling boys are a big part of that.
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    • May 20, 2013 Alison

      I do have it pretty good, yes. Though my life is hardly exotic. πŸ™‚

  • May 20, 2013 Leigh Ann

    One of my favorite quotes is from Theodore Roosevelt and says “Comparison is the thief of joy.” It’s so true, but it’s also so easy to think others have it better/easier. I read a post recently that really stuck with me and I think of it often: http://slowfamilyliving.com/2013/03/judging-the-other-mother/
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    • May 20, 2013 Alison

      That’s one of my favorite quotes too! And that post, yes, I remember it too. It’s SO true. We only catch glimpses of what others choose to show us.

  • hi! nice post… and yes there were those times, that i have those what if’s…. do I get “jealous” of some of my friends’ achievements?! Yes… and just like you, most of the time NO…. cause i do have a job as a stay at home mom to 3 wonderful, intelligent and beautiful daughters. 2 pre-teens and a 6-year old. I love my girls to the moon and back.
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    • May 20, 2013 Alison

      We are truly privileged.

  • May 20, 2013 Tricia

    Yes! I used to do it so much more. But, like you, I love my life now and wouldn’t trade it for anything.
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      It is an amazing thing we have.

  • May 20, 2013 Maureen

    Oh how I love this post, Alison!

    Yes, it is easier to get a little carried away when we compare other people’s lives, those other sides because we only see the ‘goods’ the ‘nice stuffs’ yet who knows maybe those world travelers gets lonely in cold fancy hotel rooms without warm chubby arms to snuggle to.

    So lovely how you are counting your blessings. Those two are just super adorable and you my friend is blessed and this is a wonderfully written posts to remind us all to count our blessings. The grass is always green where you water it πŸ˜€
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      That is a good saying. I was thinking the same thing – how lonely and cold hotel rooms can be. πŸ™‚

  • May 20, 2013 Kathy Radigan

    It is strange when nowadays you can see other peoples lives displayed for all to see. The beautiful people, perfect children, lovely homes. I’m not one to get really bummed about it but occasionally I will think did I make the right choices in my life? Then I look at my kids or hear them laughing and I know I did. I also know that if I really want those things I can get them, maybe not this minute, but down the road! I love the pictures of your gorgeous and very happy boys!!! It does go so fast, it’s wonderful to be around if you have the opportunity!
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      You’re absolutely right, some things are definitely down the road, in the works!

  • May 20, 2013 seventiesbaby

    YEP!!!! I’ve looked. I’ve wondered. I’ve coveted. I’ve sniggered. I’ve even yelled ‘as if!’ at the computer screen. I’ve also blocked because of some of the bullshit that some of my ‘friends’ have posted that I know to be unhealthily embellished. The grass looks very green on the side of the fence that involves a lot of interesting, overseas travel but to be honest, I like the feel of my grass between my toes enough to quietly wish them bon voyage and move on x
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      I love that – grass between toes!

  • May 20, 2013 tracy

    Aw, I love this..and my very very boring life right now.
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      Your life is so not boring!
      Well, maybe a little after LYTM πŸ™‚
      Love you too. xo

  • May 20, 2013 Alma

    I do believe that “comparison is the thief of joy” , as the saying goes. But sometimes it is hard for me . My feeds often include creative types who own their own business and show pictures of current projects or what has been sold. As a person who is staring out in a handmade business it can be hard to see that and stunts my creativity. I have recently kept myself offline because I needed time on my own and not worry what everyone else is doing. My blog has taken a backseat until I fill up my time with new projects because that is where I am most happiest.
    Glad I stopped by to read your post … as always you put thoughts and feelings we all deal with into perspective.
    I am very lucky to have the life I have and count my blessings each day.
    I used to have a life where I was earning more but not really living life … more busy making a living.
    Now I simply have more with less.
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      Living life, rather than just making a living. I think that sounds like a pretty good trade off.
      For what it’s worth, I think your creations are beautiful.

  • May 20, 2013 Michelle

    It’s easy to do, but we always tell our kids the grass may look greener, but it isn’t always! No one’s life is that perfect! I’m pretty happy with mine too. Life’s too short to be wishing you had something different!
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      Life is definitely too short to wish for what we don’t have. It’s more worthwhile to love what we do have. And we have a lot.

  • May 20, 2013 My Inner Chick

    You Fu#%ing ROCK!

    Great Post. Xxxx Love.

    We are blessed to know you, Alison Lee.
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      And I, you. xoxo

  • May 20, 2013 Alexandra

    Follow me, you’ll feel like you won the lottery after a day of my updates. xo
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      Hee! Funny lady. You’re silly. Your life is beautiful and blessed.

  • May 20, 2013 Susi

    Alison, I do wonder sometimes ‘what if” but I don’t believe in ‘what if’s’ and even when I have a bad day I try to appreciate what I have. The kids may not realize now how good they have had it that mommy has been home with them but I believe when they are older they will… And your boys are just so adorable. Those eyes and smiles can melt any heart!
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      You’re absolutely right, Susi!

  • May 20, 2013 Teresa

    I take Facebook breaks from time to time for this very reason. I get envious and sometimes bitter because I spend so much time at home. Only recently (last six months or so) have I been learning to love my life and living it with no regrets! Sometimes a little of the “what if” creeps in, and I put my phone down and walk away to enjoy my little ones too.

    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      Teresa, you have three gorgeous children!

      • May 23, 2013 Teresa

        Oh thank you, alison. Your boys are incredibly handsome as well. I never get tired of seeing them in my feed.

  • May 20, 2013 Susan

    This makes me think of the Office finale. Do you watch that show? At the end, somebody says, “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good ol’ days while you’re still in them.”
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      I didn’t, but someone did put that quote up on Facebook! So true.

  • May 20, 2013 thekitchwitch

    Those are two pretty spectacular faces, there! Who wouldn’t want to be with them every day?

    But I get it. Sometimes I read about other people’s glamorous lives and see that villa in the south of France they’re renting and think, “I’m Dana. I live at the SuperTarget.”
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      I wish there was a SuperTarget here. πŸ™‚
      (and dude, Mexico!)

  • May 20, 2013 Amanda Jillian

    I”ll admit sometimes I wish I could go do all the fun stuff but then I look at my kids and their faces when they do something new for the first time and I forget about everything else.
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      Kids are truly special!

  • May 20, 2013 Poppy

    I’ve been doing this a lot lately. Perhaps because I am turning 40 soon. This post is a good reminded to knock it off πŸ™‚
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      You have it good, Poppy! πŸ™‚

  • May 20, 2013 Kim

    My life never was one of jet-setting, fancy clothes and big parties – but I did have some carefree years before my children came along. I am realizing that my greatest joy comes from the simple things in my life, so our quiet and home-based and decidedly un-glamourous life suits me just fine.
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      The simple things are the best things!

  • May 20, 2013 Bev

    Lately I’ve looked back on my life from 7, 8 years ago. I was in my early 20s, single, no responsibilities except paying a few monthly bills. And even though my life at times is seemingly less exciting and my 23-year-old self would probably think my average weekend was pretty boring, I’m so much more content.

    (And I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the people living a more glittery lifestyle are jealous of your life!)
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      Well, my boys are pretty awesome, and I don’t have to work 9-5 – really can’t complain!

  • May 20, 2013 Susanna Leonard Hill

    No one could resist those two!!! I’ll bet everyone sees the pictures you post and sighs with envy πŸ™‚
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      Hah! Maybe a couple of people πŸ™‚

  • May 21, 2013 Jessica Smock

    This is the downside of social media: comparison. From social media, we as mothers get meaningful connections, helpful advice, and critical support. But the danger is that we also start to compare our lives with those who took different paths. Life has so many tradeoffs. From where I’m sitting, your life and your achievements are pretty amazing! High heels are uncomfortable anyway. Stick with the flip flops. Do you know how many people would be jealous of wearing flip flops every day?
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  • May 21, 2013 Bernadette Noll

    A friend sent me this just this morning…
    Always We Hope β€” Lao Tzu

    Always we hope
    someone else has the answer,
    some other place will be better,
    some other time,
    it will turn out.

    This is it.

    No one else has the answer,
    no other place will be better,
    and it has already turned out.

    At the center of your being,
    you have the answer:
    you know who you are and
    you know what you want.

    There is no need to run outside
    for better seeing,
    nor to peer from a window.
    Rather abide at the center of your being:
    for the more you leave it,
    the less you learn.

    Search your heart and see
    the way to do is to be.

    Abide at the center of your being.
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      Bernadette, this is perfect. Thank you so much for sharing this with me.

  • May 21, 2013 Tamara

    It’s not just my friends – it’s my two sisters! One is single and wild, out and about in NYC. One is happily married but pre-kids and they have a ritzy home in a ritzy place and go on exotic trips whenever they want it. Part of me definitely fixates on their lives, as well as the lives of many of my friends. To me it’s not so much about kids or no kids, but money or money. In my own head, of course. I chose this life with much thought. I was once wild and wore high heels and partied in NYC and booked flights at the last minute. Now..I can’t do anything without a lot of planning and saving. So I wouldn’t give this up for anything. I feel made for it. However I’d love to have a more exotic life WITH the family.
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      Made for it – that’s a perfect description.
      (my sister is happily married with no kids either, and they’re in China right now on a 12 day trip!)

  • May 21, 2013 Elaine A.

    I think it’s just human nature to wonder what anyone is doing that is not what you are doing, you know? Would I want to be jetsetting all over the world and having to keep up my looks every day and in every way? Probably not. But I cannot say that some of it does not look like fun. πŸ˜‰

    And I bet you are right, some are looking at your feed, whole heartedly wishing they had what you have, Alison.

    xo
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      Hey, you had your weekend away at the casino in that hot black dress! πŸ™‚

  • May 21, 2013 julie gardner

    You need to follow my boring (I mean awesome) friends.

    They’re usually bragging that they escaped from Target after spending less than $200.00.
    Or that they had a big night out: Seeing Star Trek.

    Oh yeah, baby.

    It’s all champagne wishes and cavier dreams over on my feed πŸ™‚
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      I’m actually jealous of people and their Target shopping!!

  • May 21, 2013 Julia's Math

    Your boys are irresistible! The other side does call… I seem to always miss it as I’m busy working/mothering/attempting to fit it all in. I will admit to some jealousy- mini exotic vacations,sleeping late,spending money on purses instead of tuition… Then, I get that hug- that ball of energy barreling down the hallway with a smile that lights up her entire body and I think- I have enough purses and I love sleeping in my own bed at home- and I wouldn’t trade this for anything. Voicemail can get that call- I’m busy…
    PS had no idea about Little Love Media! How cool!
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      I definitely have enough shoes, and purses too.
      I think about what I could have if I worked and did what I did, and hand the boys over to daycare.
      And I just CANNOT imagine missing out on anything.
      I love my life.

  • May 21, 2013 Julia

    Your friends are way fancier than mine. That newsfeed just sounds depressing!

    Mostly I find myself comparing myself to other moms. (A cardinal sin, I know.)

    They have more money, their husbands are home, they take lovely vacations and buy the latest baby gear. And there are people in my news feed who have done fabulous things; gone on to be actresses or lawyers or have their own business.

    And I sit in my unwashed hair and stained pants.

    I think the key to happiness is not comparing yourself to others.

    I am so proud of you for realizing how lucky you already are. Those two are adorable. I remind myself that I may be living someone else’s dream, and even though it’s sometimes exhausting and rarely glamorous, it was once mine, too.
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      YES! That it was once your dream, and now you’re living it. How amazing is that?
      (none of my clothes are stain-free)

  • May 21, 2013 jaim

    their little faces and feet are the ultimate. after you’ve kissed your very own baby cheeks there’s really nothing in the world anyone can offer to replace them. everyone misses pieces of their youth and imagined freedom but after children, we pretty much all agree, in grateful but slightly sleepy unison, there’s nothing better.

    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      Grateful, sleepy unison – perfectly true.

  • May 21, 2013 Leslie

    Your friends sound much more glamorous than mine, that’s for sure! I do sometimes miss the carefree weekend trips to wine country that the husband and I used to take, but there will be time for that in the future. You’re right….the wet kisses, sweet smiles and bear hugs all make it worth it!
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      The day when we can take those trips, and wear fancy clothes, will be when our children are grown and flown. And we’ll be all a little sad. But not regretting the time we’ve had with them. πŸ™‚

  • May 21, 2013 Ilene

    I was on that other side once and while it looks glamorous from here sometimes, I’m with you. I would never choose to go back.
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      I was too.
      It was nice while it lasted.
      I am living the good life now.

  • May 22, 2013 Lady Jennie

    Nobody can resist those two. Look how cute they are!!!!

    No people put the glam up so it always looks greener over there. But we have it pretty good too.
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      Oh we do!
      And sweetie, you’re in France. FRANCE. πŸ™‚

  • May 22, 2013 Natalie

    Yep sometimes the grass looks greener on the other side but it really isn’t!
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      We just need to look at the grass on our own end a little more. πŸ™‚

  • May 22, 2013 keely

    I envy people who are out past 8 o’clock and wearing dry clean-only items of clothing. (Envy can also be interchanged with “am exhausted for.”)
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      Hahahahaha!!
      I hate dry-clean only clothing. The just end up not cleaned. πŸ˜‰

  • May 22, 2013 Julia

    A privilege, hmm I never thought about it that way but I guess I sort of knew it all along. Being at home really is a privilege. Lovely post.
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Julia.

  • May 22, 2013 Christine

    FB and IG are kind of evil for doing that to me. I know that folks are putting their best foot forward on social media platforms but it does drive my imagination and envy into overdrive sometimes. But you are right – how could you resist those two adorable boys of yours??
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    • May 22, 2013 Alison

      I am so envious of those on IG whose photos are so gorgeous. Like, how is it that my phone camera pictures are so blurry/ dark etc? πŸ™‚

  • May 23, 2013 Greta

    I would definitely not be able to resist them! I bet you’re glad to see my newsfeeds….full of kids picking noses and foreheads broken open. etc etc etc. The real nitty-gritty stuff. πŸ˜‰
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    • May 23, 2013 Alison

      You keep it real, girlfriend! Just one of many reasons I love you and yours.

  • May 23, 2013 Stasha

    Long legs just means more to shave πŸ˜‰
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    • May 23, 2013 Alison

      Hahahaha!! You make me laugh. πŸ™‚

  • May 24, 2013 Runnermom-jen

    Those are wonderful pictures of your boys!!
    I think I need different FB friends…lately my feed has been a bunch of whiners and haters. I’ve been tuning out.
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      Oh, I hate the whiners and haters. Block! Unfriend! πŸ™‚

  • May 25, 2013 Hope

    They are so insanely beautiful. People often share the glamour part of their lives while secretly wishing they had someone else’s life. once in a while I wonder if, but not about other peoples life. I wonder about the fantasy life I create in my head. Great post
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    • May 26, 2013 Alison

      Thank you Hope, on all counts!
      (I love your name!)

  • May 25, 2013 Jennice

    I do sometimes envy my single childless friends because it would be nice to know what kind of life I would have had if I didn’t get pregnant in high school. My bff( who just lost a pregnancy) has a fabulous life of a flight attendant. She lives in a lovely apartment and can go and come and go as she pleases. But like you, I like having my rambunctious 5yo’s smile to wake up to, her thousands of questions all day, and her spongelike ability. Then, I winder if my freinds envy my life. I’m Jennice visiting from #SITSsharefest

    • May 26, 2013 Alison

      As one of my dear bloggy friends says, the grass is green where you water it πŸ™‚
      Thanks for dropping by, Jennice!

  • May 25, 2013 Mothering From Scratch

    {Melinda} Yes, I’d say your view is pretty sweet (and cute!) Love this post, Alison!
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    • May 26, 2013 Alison

      Thanks so much, Melinda!

  • May 29, 2013 Jessica

    I think we all look at the other side sometimes and imagine what if. But then we remember what’s so great about our own lives.
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    • May 29, 2013 Alison

      It’s a good way to gain perspective, I think.

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