Memories Captured: We’re Back!

 Congratulations to our five lucky linkers, Bev of Linkouture, Marta of Oh, My Marta, Missy of Literal Mom, Heather of Theta Mom and Rachel of The Tao of Poop, you’ve won a book each! Check your inboxes soon! 

What are memorable weekends like?

They are made up of small moments. With the people you love. Doing everyday things as a family.

Such as…

13 month old boy

 And…

3.5 year old boy

It’s about love and play, and….

Mother and her boys

This too….

Father and baby

Oh, and a weekend in my house would not be complete without this….

Blueberry buttermilk bread

May we have more lazy days, where we slow down and just be.

What about you? What memories did you capture? Share them with Galit and I.

Five lucky linkers will win one of these books generously sponsored and signed by these five authors. Winners will be selected via random.org, and books will be assigned randomly.

Authors

Forty Beads: The Simple, Sexy Secret for Transforming Your Marriage by Carolyn Evans

Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies) by Jill Smokler

Actual Organics: The Radiant Woman’s Handbook by Joanna Runciman

Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers by Kate Hopper

Lost in Suburbia by Tracy Beckerman

Grab the button from my sidebar and/ or link back to either blog now! The linky is open from June 10 to June 14 (closes at 9.00 pm Eastern).


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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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  • June 10, 2013 Kerstin

    LOVE the picture of you and your boys!
    So excited that Memories Captured is back for a special appearance!

    • June 13, 2013 Alison

      Thanks, Kerstin, we are excited too!

  • June 10, 2013 Galit Breen

    So happy to be be back… with you! xo
    Galit Breen recently wrote…Memories Captured!My Profile

    • June 13, 2013 Alison

      And I, you! xo

  • June 10, 2013 Christine

    Love that you all are back with Memories Captured. I love that it’s the toddler/youngest who is always the boss. I cannot believe how big Monkey is now! He looks so much like a big kid! And I too love the picture of you and your boys.
    Christine recently wrote…Memories Captured: Brothers Part 2My Profile

    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      The youngest is always the bossiest, isn’t it? My sister (also youngest) is too. Proof that the theory is correct. :)

  • June 10, 2013 Stasha

    Wow, love the prices!! Yu are so very pretty! And oh my, he is looking all grown up! Happy memories captured are back. Walking ha?
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    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      Yes, walking! Still looks like a tiny drunk person, but definitely walking. :)

  • June 10, 2013 Patty

    Your boys are so handsome. These are such great photos, and even greater memories. :)
    Patty recently wrote…Busting Back to School Blues with Working Mom MagazineMy Profile

    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Patty!

  • June 10, 2013 Tracie

    Both of your boys look so much older. Great pictures.

    Lazy days are definitely the best. Blueberry Buttermilk Bread sounds absolutely amazing!
    Tracie recently wrote…Great Books For Nine Year Old GirlMy Profile

    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      They are, and it was!

  • June 10, 2013 Katie E

    I love your toddler’s wispy hair. And Monkey is looking so grown up! Thanks for a new Memories Captured link-up – I always enjoy it :)
    Katie E recently wrote…Memories Captured: Comic Book Conventions Are CoolMy Profile

    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      His hair is still baby soft, I love it! Thank you for linking up!

  • June 10, 2013 Tricia

    Oh my goodness your preschooler does suddenly look so grown up! Of course, mine does too. Love that one of you and your boys – such an important memory to capture. So happy to be linking up with you today!
    Tricia recently wrote…One of those memoriesMy Profile

    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      Isn’t it crazy, looking so big when they’re really so small?

  • June 10, 2013 Ilene

    My weekends right now are yard sales – clearing out my house and getting rid of the old to get ready for the new. Clearing out the old brings up a lot of memories – of my children and of a time before my children. I love the gorgeous photos you shared and that bread…ah, I could use a piece right now!
    Ilene recently wrote…Never MindMy Profile

    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      Such big things happening for you, Ilene, good luck!
      (the bread disappeared the same day, time to make more!)

  • June 10, 2013 tracy

    Beautiful. Love this and glad it’s back. Will link-up tonight! xo
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    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      Yay! Loved your post as always. xo

  • June 10, 2013 Tamara

    Great photos -your big kid does look so grown up! My near four-year-old is astonishing me daily. I love this idea – I wasn’t around for it originally and still I’m so glad it’s back!
    Tamara recently wrote…Break It Down Again.My Profile

    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      You can always do a monthly post for yourself, with or without the linkup, it’s a great way to do regular “summaries” of the kids, like a baby book :) Unfortunately, we won’t be doing MC monthly anymore, just once or twice a year.

  • June 10, 2013 AlwaysARedhead

    We captured so many memories from when the kids were young, and once they reached their teens, they started helping with the photographs, taking as many as they could. The ones I enjoy the best though, are the ones that are printed and in the photo albums. There is something about turning the pages of the album that just makes the memories all that much better.
    AlwaysARedhead recently wrote…They called while I was away, another mammogram was necessaryMy Profile

    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      There is nothing quite like actual photos in an actual album!

  • June 10, 2013 Maureen

    Beautiful family you have, my friend. Love all the pictures. And nothing beats homemade bread :)
    Maureen recently wrote…I Am Not FineMy Profile

    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Maureen, and no, nothing beats homemade for sure!

  • June 10, 2013 Blond Duck

    I really want some bread now.
    Blond Duck recently wrote…It happened last nightMy Profile

    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      Um, I do too.

  • June 10, 2013 Natalie

    I am hoping to link up! I love LOVE these photos of you guys…and seriously the oldest does look so grown all of a sudden. Love your boys!
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    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Natalie! I am rather fond of yours too. :)

  • June 10, 2013 Eli

    I love those times that our littlest look so … grown up. It’s like a preview. They can take their time, as far as I’m concerned.

    My weekend moment: Definitely cooking a recipe with my 8-year-old that I found on Baking in a Tornado – Chicken in tomato sauce. Delicious.
    Eli recently wrote…5 For Friday: Go Ask Daddy About Storm Plans, Government Spending and Outer SpaceMy Profile

    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      It IS like a preview! Awesome and scary at the same time.

      Cooking together, that is wonderful. I want to be able to do that with my kids some day.

  • June 11, 2013 Kim

    Isn’t it amazing how sometimes it is a shock to see how much our children have grown? Like all of a sudden we see them and think ‘Whoa! How did that happen?’ It happens to me all the time.
    The photo memories of your weekend are beautiful – nothing like a weekend to slow down and play and smell the blueberry bread. I’ll bet it was delish! :)
    Kim recently wrote…Going Forward, BackwardsMy Profile

    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      Right? It’s particularly true in photos, because I see them every day and don’t really catch all the nuances of them having grown up, and then, bam, a photo shows it all. Whoa indeed.
      The bread WAS yummy!

  • June 11, 2013 FitBritt

    I like your husband’s Wallabies shirt! Is he from Oz?

    As always, a beautiful post and gorgeous photos!
    FitBritt recently wrote…Big Apple BBQMy Profile

    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      Yes, my husband is Australian! Very observant :)
      And thank you!

  • June 11, 2013 Nicole

    Found you through Love Life Surf. LOVE the idea of Memories Captured. My youngest turned 1 about six weeks ago, and it was amazing to think back over all of the big and little milestones of the past year. Your children are beautiful – thanks for sharing the pics with us and thanks for the link-up. I’m going to post my little one’s bday post. Even though it’s a bit old, it has so many captured memories!
    Nicole recently wrote…Help End Child HungerMy Profile

    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Nicole, I’m glad you found us! I think it’s an awesome way to capture allthethings every month, like a digital baby book. :) Look forward to reading your post!

  • June 11, 2013 thedoseofreality

    Can’t get over how big your boys are getting! So cute! And that bread looks absolutely DELICIOUS! Yum!-The Dose Girls
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    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      I know, right? And the bread WAS yummy.

  • June 11, 2013 Jennifer

    Yay for Memories Captured being back! And now I want a piece of that blueberry bread with a cup of coffee.
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    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      It was really good with coffee. Time to make more (seriously, it was all eaten in a day).

  • June 11, 2013 Mama and the City

    I’m so glad Memories Captured it’s back!
    BTW: your oldest looks so big!
    Mama and the City recently wrote…Love It’s All That MattersMy Profile

    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      I’m glad too!
      And yes, he does *gulp*

  • June 11, 2013 Poppy

    I’ve missed Memories Captured and I’m glad I have a few days to jump in – I’ve been a slacker the past few weeks big time! I can’t believe how big your oldest is! And that cake looks delicious.
    Poppy recently wrote…2013 Kia Optima SX is a Sexy BeastMy Profile

    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      Where have you been??? You’ve been missed!

  • June 11, 2013 Elaine A.

    That bread, OMG! Looks SO good! Is the recipe on your Pinterest?

    Also, YOUR BOYS ARE SO HANDSOME!!! And yes, lazy weekends just being together are wonderful.

    xo

    I will link up later today…
    Elaine A. recently wrote…Old School Blogging, JuneMy Profile

    • June 14, 2013 Alison

      Yes, the recipe is on my Pinterest board (Sweet Bread) – how did you guess? :)
      And thank you!!

  • June 11, 2013 Janice

    Your boys are growing up so handsomely. I remember when Monkey was just so little and we were still awaiting Scrumplet’s arrival! Time goes so fast. Ah, motherhood. What are we gonna do? Eh? Enjoy it as it happens! That’s what!

    Glad to see Memories Captured is back!
    Janice recently wrote…I Watched You GrowMy Profile

    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      It does fly by, doesn’t it? Cray cray.

  • June 11, 2013 Andrea

    I adore these pictures, these memories and these moments. Thank you for sharing.

    Now, about that beautiful bread … ;) YUM!
    Andrea recently wrote…Til We Eat Again: A Second Helping, Judy GruenMy Profile

    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      Thank you linking up, Andrea. And oh yes, absolutely beautiful bread. :)

  • June 11, 2013 Susi

    Your boys are adorable and I revel in the simple moments of lazy family weekends at home. And what would a weekend be without the smell of something delicious baking? :)
    Susi recently wrote…How to get a photo on Insta.gram without cropping itMy Profile

    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      It would be an incomplete weekend!

  • June 11, 2013 Martine

    Your 3.5 year old is so grown up! I thought he was older!
    I love the pic with your hubby and the little guy — adorbs!
    Yay, happy to be journeying along with all you ladies! Thank you, Alison and Galit, for bringing back Memories Captured.
    Martine recently wrote…Long Looks, Last GlimpsesMy Profile

    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      He does look older here!

  • June 11, 2013 Chris Carter

    Oh such beautiful pictures Allison!! I just love this link up! I am hoping to pull something together before Friday!! Will see…
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    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Chris!

  • June 11, 2013 Marta

    He’s so big! And that bread looks soooo yummy!
    Marta recently wrote…Reaching New Heights.My Profile

    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      Yes, and yes!!

  • June 11, 2013 Robin

    Oh, your boys. The little looks big. But the big – he look like he’s so much bigger than he is. How is that possible?!
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    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      Right?? I don’t know, it’s like a preview. Sigh.

  • June 11, 2013 Crystal

    Thanks for hosting! :)
    Crystal recently wrote…Memories Captured: Quiet MomentsMy Profile

    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      Thank you for linking up!

  • June 11, 2013 Leslie

    Your boys just melt my heart! I don’t really envy the walking toddler part…though we’re close enough that general destruction happens in an instant in our house. Looks like you’ve had some wonderful moments there!
    Leslie recently wrote…{Memories Captured} Tiny DancerMy Profile

    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      Oh it’d come sooner than you think ;)

  • June 11, 2013 Kimberly

    Reminds me of a lazy day when we have no cares in the world…other than “Mom when’s that thing ready to eat?”
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    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      It was pretty much like that, yo.

  • June 11, 2013 Lady Jennie

    I’m going to be so late by the time I link up – gah! Is your link the same as Galit’s – as in connected by inlinkz somehow?

    Your blueberry bread has a heart shape on top. And your kids! Those pictures are to die for – suddenly you see how much they’ve grown. I love the words and the pictures.
    Lady Jennie recently wrote…Life in the Trenches – Chapter 23My Profile

    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      I saw the heart too!
      And thank you. xo

  • June 11, 2013 jamie

    How your beautiful boys have grown. Love seeing their precious faces. Once they get that big boy cut it really matures them.
    jamie recently wrote…Why was I holding a spoon? And other ways to unwind.My Profile

    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      You know, he hasn’t even had a big boy haircut :)

  • June 11, 2013 Laura

    Holy Moly! Your preschooler DOES look grown-up all of a sudden!
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    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      I know, crazy, right?

  • June 11, 2013 Bev

    Lovely photos and capturing the beautiful simplicity of these moments. I try to remind myself to appreciate these little moments as they happen!
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    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      Oh yes, when your little one comes, you definitely want to capture all the little moments, they just go by so fast.

  • June 12, 2013 Rivki Silver

    Your boys are beyond precious! Oh my! I love the solo shot of your oldest. That look speaks volumes. Thank you for doing this, and enjoy your boychiks. :)
    Rivki Silver recently wrote…The Truth About Feeding Small ChildrenMy Profile

    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      Thank you for linking up with us!

  • All linked up and ready to go!
    And what happened to your eldest! How did he morph from baby boy into this wonderfull, wide eyed, cute oh so grown up boy?
    Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes recently wrote…Memories captured : Memorable weekendsMy Profile

    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      It’s time. Time stole my boy’s babyhood. Sigh.

  • June 12, 2013 Melissa

    Wow. I can’t believe how big your boys are already! So glad you brought this series back. It’s such a great reminder to focus on the little happy moments.
    Melissa recently wrote…To LBK: You in this momentMy Profile

    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      We so love doing Memories Captured!

  • June 12, 2013 keely

    Weekends at your place sound rather divine. And those gorgeous young men! Seriously.
    keely recently wrote…Better Together On Laundry Day With P&G.My Profile

    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      They are. Imagine if you and your girls hang out with us. I will have to make more blueberry bread though…..

  • June 12, 2013 just JENNIFER

    Oh my gosh, your older son really does look so big now! These are some really great photos.
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    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Jennifer!

  • June 12, 2013 Mirjam

    Oh, Alison, I love your pictures!
    I can’t believe how big and handsome your sons are.
    That picture of the three of you, just beautiful.
    I’ll be back for memories captured!
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    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      Thank you so much, Mirjam!

  • June 12, 2013 Kristine

    It’s nice to know you and your handsome boy Alison! They are really adorable.
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    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Kristine! Nice to meet you.

  • June 12, 2013 sarah

    those boys! all three of them :) and you! what a beautiful family.
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    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      Aw, shucks, thank you hon.

  • June 12, 2013 Sandra

    So glad to see Memories Captured BACK! I’ve been wondering if you and Galit still host this. Your boys are so grownup–Baby doesn’t look like a baby anymore, and used-to-be Toddler has graduated, and looks it! I apologize for my post for being so long–it’s just a regular post that I write, and seemed fitting for this linkup, so I joined. I’m a little wordy, but I guess that’s why I blog. ;) Thanks for hosting!
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    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      That’s okay, Sandra, it was a great post!
      And yes, the children have just grown up without my permission. Sigh.

  • June 13, 2013 Mary-andering Creatively

    Hi, thanks for allowing us to link up memories. I am enjoying visiting other blogs with memories too. I love your photos. :)
    Mary-andering Creatively recently wrote…Almost Wordless Wednesday for A Cause: Feed the HungryMy Profile

    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      Thank you for playing along!

  • June 13, 2013 Kristi Campbell

    What gorgeous photos of you and your sons! I’m new to this linkup and so happy to be able to participate. Thank you for hosting it.
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    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      Thank you for linking up, Christi!

  • June 14, 2013 Amanda

    Mmmm, delicious! (All of it.) I’ve been out of the loop for a little while. I can’t believe how grown up your big boy looks, and that your baby is already 13 months!
    Amanda recently wrote…Up in the AirMy Profile

    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      Our kids are all growing up so quickly!

  • June 14, 2013 Greta

    That BREAD. Can you figure out how to make it gf and send me some? I’ll totally pay for shipping.

    And those BOYS. Seriously, your biggest looks so grown up. And I LOVE the one of the three of you!!
    Greta recently wrote…Memories Captured: JuneMy Profile

    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      You know I would bake for you any time if I could, Greta! And I love a challenge. :)
      Also, thank you.

  • June 14, 2013 Adrienne

    I made it! Your oldest looks like a little man. So sweet! And seriously, if your youngest isn’t running a large company soon, I’ll be surprised. He’s seems like such a trip! ;) Beautiful pics. Thanks for hosting and giving me a perfect excuse to focus on the joy my own boys bring me.
    Adrienne recently wrote…Memories CapturedMy Profile

    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      Haha he IS a trip, he’s totally bossy.
      Glad you made it, thank you for linking up!

  • June 14, 2013 Amy

    So, so sweet! And your boys are looking SO BIG all of a sudden, how is that possible?! Love capturing precious weekend moments. Also: that bread looks amazing. Nom nom. :)

    Thanks for the wonderful linkup, I really enjoyed it this month! xo
    Amy recently wrote…Two little girls {memories captured}My Profile

    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      Amy, always happy to see your Memories Captured posts, thank you for linking up!

  • June 14, 2013 Jessica

    Your oldest is looking very grown up!
    Jessica recently wrote…Essence of Now: LazyMy Profile

    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      I know, he really does.

  • June 15, 2013 Julia

    That bread looks delicious, no wonder you are all so happy.
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    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      Hah, right? Especially me. :)

  • June 15, 2013 Stevie

    I’m a bit late to the game, but I am excited to participate for the first time. I love these photos. Somehow you manage to captures such sweet but everyday moments. I suppose having cute kids does kind of help. I’ve already been blown away by some of the other submissions. Thank you for hosting!
    Stevie recently wrote…Your Love Keeps Lifting Me HigherMy Profile

    • June 15, 2013 Alison

      Thank you for linking up, Stevie, happy to have ya!

  • June 17, 2013 Rachel

    Wow, I’ve never won anything! I’m so excited. I can’t wait to read the book. Thank you. And thank you for the link-up, Alison. Lots of fun all around!

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