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More confessions? Didn’t I just tell you that I gave my kids leftover birthday cake for breakfast

Alas, I do have more to confess. Promise you’ll still love me.

1. I gave up chocolate two weeks ago, and told everyone I did. I am eating chocolate as I’m writing this. I cracked. But it’s oh-so-yummy.

2. I threw my very old Android phone on the floor this morning. I had to change the SIM, and I couldn’t figure out how to open the battery cover. It flies off when the phone is dropped (yes, I do know that, thanks to my kids), so I chucked it on the floor. I know, I’m a loser.

3. I say fuck a lot. 

4. I wear dirty shoes out.

Dirty shoes

5. I have been solo parenting for almost a week now. I’ve been fantasizing non-stop about relaxing in a luxurious hotel room, all by myself. I can practically feel the smooth, cool sheets under me. I love my children, but can I tell you, I need a break so badly.

6. I haven’t shaved my legs for a while (and I think I may have confessed this before).

7. I have never watched Glee, and have no intention to (so I had no idea who Cory Monteith was).

8. There’s a hole in my pajama pants.

9. I pick the skin off my ugly, cracked heels. 

10. I haven’t been to a dentist in more than 5 years. I know, ugh, right?

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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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  • July 17, 2013 Alma

    I could never give up chocolate either. ((hugs))
    I hardly shave my legs but I swear I live in Europe in my head and my captain could not care less.
    Is a spot of dirt on your shoes a big deal… news to me.
    Dead skin picker… guilty right here.
    I need to get to a dentist too… I will make a mental note when I feel like being tortured.
    Your secret safe with me and yes I still love you.
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    • July 24, 2013 Alison

      Hee! Thank you. xo

  • July 17, 2013 Jessica Smock

    Hmm… I have a serious addiction to Diet Coke. Even though I am constantly hearing news about how bad this is for me, I have no intention of giving it up.
    I eat Cool Ranch Doritos nearly every night. Not once in a while. I mean, almost every day.
    I am secretly glad that being a new-ish mom gives me an excuse not to a) shave my legs all the time b) get my hair colored and styled c) wear leggings almost every day d) have stains on my clothes.
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    • July 24, 2013 Alison

      Sounds like almost every Mom I know! πŸ™‚

  • July 17, 2013 Devan McGuinness

    What a fun way to get to know you better! I have a feeling that many of your confessions, you’re not alone in. I said I would give up dairy, but couldn’t do it for more than 3 days (darn pregnancy cravings) and well, I don’t see any dirt on your shoes. xo
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    • July 24, 2013 Alison

      I gave up dairy once, for 4 months due to my firstborn’s eczema when I was breastfeeding. It was TORTURE. πŸ™‚

  • July 17, 2013 Charlene Ross

    Haha! I say fuck a lot too! And compared to my shoes – yours are absolutely spotless! πŸ™‚
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    • July 24, 2013 Alison

      They weren’t THAT dirty, that’s true. But I worked in Nike, where shoes are sacred, and although it’s over 4 years since I last worked there, I still cringe at dirt on shoes. πŸ™‚

  • July 17, 2013 Nicole

    You know I’m one of your biggest stalkers, ummm, fans already, right? This post made me heart you even more. I think fuck is the best curse word ever and would love to live in the UK for a while so I could throw f-bombs left and right without anyone so much as batting an eye. I’m addicted to fountain Coke and Cherry Coke. And not the diet stuff. The real, calorie-loaded, bubbly goodness. Life is too short not to embrace my carbonated, caffeine addiction, and what good does running miles & miles do if you can’t indulge in life’s little pleasures? If we have ice cream in our freezer, I enjoy a few spoonfuls as part of my breakfast. I haven’t been on a business trip in ages, and I’m starting to go a little stir crazy. Love my family, but wouldn’t mind an all-expenses paid trip to just about anywhere right now. King-sized bed all to myself? Heaven!
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    • July 24, 2013 Alison

      Oh honey, you RUN, you totally deserve some soda and chocolate! I kinda missed the travelling too, especially since it was solo time πŸ™‚ Maybe next year, BlogHer?

  • July 17, 2013 Christopher D Drew

    My confession- sometimes I stay at work a few minutes later than I have to so I don’t get buried in Dad stuff as soon as I get home.
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    • July 24, 2013 Alison

      Christopher – totally normal and cool. I would do the same too.

  • July 17, 2013 Karen from Chookooloonks

    Hi Alison!

    Great confessions! My confession: I’ve sent you an email — check your inbox, I have some goodies I’d like to send you. πŸ™‚

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    • July 24, 2013 Alison

      Karen, thank you again, I’m so thrilled and can’t wait for my goodies to arrive!

  • July 18, 2013 FitBritt

    I don’t think any of those things are that bad! Although you may want to make sure you don’t have cavities with all the *cough* chocolate. πŸ™‚ My shoes are way dirtier than that, my running shoes even have a hole in them! And I never shave my legs. Who has time for that?
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    • July 24, 2013 Alison

      Hah! Cavities, chocolate – noted. I know, I know, I really need to get to the dentist. Promise, Mom! πŸ™‚

  • July 18, 2013 Mandi Noel

    Don’t feel bad about those shoes! I remember in high school I would try extra hard to break in and dirty up a new pair of Chucks. They just seemed “cooler” if they were dirty. Silly, I know.

    I would never give up chocolate, either. I was fed melted chocolate as a newborn. I’m not even kidding. So, I blame my grandmother for my addiction, as she’s the one who gave it to me.
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    • July 24, 2013 Alison

      Hah! Your grandmother is awesome. πŸ™‚

  • July 18, 2013 Jennifer

    Number 9? I totally do the same exact thing. The other night Cady said, “mom can you quit doing that. It’s kind of gross.” Whatever kid.
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    • July 24, 2013 Alison

      My sister reminded me that our Mom used to do, and I was like, OMG NO!
      But it’s so satisfying.

  • July 18, 2013 Kerstin

    Not love you anymore? Get outta here! Of course I still do.
    Also – this week I probably had “fuck” in almost every sentence… I try to not say it in front of my kids, but that’s not always a success….
    My chocolate of choice: Lindor Chocolates. Mmmmmm.
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    • July 24, 2013 Alison

      Ooh, I know Lindor!! Yum!
      I think your kids are old enough to handle Mom saying ‘fuck’ once in a while. Happy 16th to your girl!

  • July 18, 2013 Elaine A.

    I say “shit” more than the other one. It just rolls off the tongue easier for me.

    And I’m a Glee fan and still a little sad about Corey’s death. Addiction is such a bitch.

    And yep on #9. I feel like part of a secret club now… ;p
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    • July 24, 2013 Alison

      The Cracked Heel Club, haha!

  • July 18, 2013 Natalie

    Well looks like your teeth are surviving…and I can’t tell you how many times my phone has hit the floor LOL!
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    • July 24, 2013 Alison

      So far, yes. But I don’t want to be toothless by 40! πŸ™‚

  • July 18, 2013 Tamara

    I totally say the “F” word all of the time. Not sure why I didn’t write it out this time. I’m also a dead skin picker. I haven’t been to the dentist in a year and a half and I have genetic predispositions and should be going four times a year. I will have no teeth one day.
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    • July 24, 2013 Alison

      Time to haul ass to the dentist, lady! (says she who should be doing the same)

  • July 18, 2013 Kathy Radigan

    I confess to enjoying your confessions! It must be hard to be alone with the kids for a week, I always hate it when my husband is away on business and I am jealous that he gets a whole bed to himself and can eat dinner without having someone ask for their green beans!! I have given up chocolate before, but I too have cracked. The dentist and I have a strange relationship, I have gone but I have been known to pay for everything and then take a few months to get back. Nice to know I’m not alone!
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    • July 24, 2013 Alison

      I totally think about how nice it is for my husband to be sleeping alone in a hotel bed with no tiny feet to poke him in the night.

      But I know I’ll miss my kids too much if it was the other way around. πŸ™‚

  • July 18, 2013 Shannon

    Number three is my favorite. All of your confessions make me want to sit with you and have a cup of coffee…and chocolate.
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    • July 24, 2013 Alison

      Shannon, I’ll be delighted to have coffee with you. As long as you don’t mind the heel picking while that’s going down. πŸ™‚

  • July 18, 2013 Leah Davidson

    Give up chocolate? It’s my sanity!! And your shoes aren’t close to dirty:) Dead skin made me laugh. I think it’s every woman’s confession!!
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    • July 24, 2013 Alison

      The dead skin thing? OMG I’m so glad it’s not just me.

  • July 18, 2013 Kim

    I believe I have seen every episode of Glee – it’s one of my favourites. Mostly because of my wish that it could be perfectly socially acceptable to burst into song in public when you had something on your mind.
    I also love chocolate – and while I had not given it up, since I have been eating healthier I have greatly reduced the amount I eat. In fact, I don’t keep it in the house anymore; sometimes I miss it, though.
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    • July 24, 2013 Alison

      I have now come to believe, all things in moderation. πŸ™‚

  • July 18, 2013 Lydia

    Shhh – I’m guilty of #3 too. (and #9) πŸ™‚
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    • July 24, 2013 Alison

      I won’t tell πŸ™‚

  • July 18, 2013 Leslie

    1. Why on earth would you give up chocolate? That just seems sinful…especially if you’re going to single parent for more than 3 hours at a time.
    2. Aren’t shoes made to get dirty?
    3. Thank goodness I’m not the only person who had no idea who Cory Monteith was!
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      I want to lose some weight – chocolate is a big part of the weight gain! But, I cracked. Decided that having a little bit here and there would be okay. πŸ™‚

  • July 18, 2013 Katie

    I also pick at my dry, cracked heels. It grosses people out. Including myself.

    I also say “fuck” a lot…but people are usually surprised by this since I don’t hardly EVER say it online.

    I have never watched Glee either.

    My other confession? I took a 90 minute nap today while Eddie watch The Winnie the Pooh movie and I begged him to watch the credits so I could grab 5 more minutes.
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      The last one? That’s just you about smart.

  • July 18, 2013 Amy

    I don’t know anyone who has worked in PR and doesn’t say fuck a lot, myself included. Comes with the territory. Also chocolate is a necessity if you are solo parenting. Hang in there!
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      It is the industry isn’t it? Fucking hell.

  • July 18, 2013 anymommy

    I say fuck a lot too. And my shoes are dirty. We’re practically sisters, except for the dentist thing. I’m fanatic about the dentist. GO TO THE DAMN DENTIST!!! Your teeth, you need them.
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      Yes, Mom. Fucking hell. πŸ™‚

  • July 18, 2013 Maureen

    My friend, dirty chucks is the best! *High five* This is coming from someone who wear chucks daily to commute for work πŸ˜‰
    Oh and I still love ya! πŸ˜€
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      Hah, thanks for the love!

  • July 18, 2013 Susanna Leonard Hill

    Um, it would appear I’m guilty of over 50% of this list, so you’re not alone πŸ™‚
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      That’s always good to know!

  • July 18, 2013 thedoseofreality

    I eat chocolate every single day. I know, I know. Love these confessions…and might I add that your shoes look pretty clean to me! ;)-Ashley
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      I love chocolate-lovers, Ashley!

  • July 18, 2013 Ilene

    You already know that you and I share our use of the f word. And chocolate….well….
    I am with you on that hotel room. I love my kids but still, yesterday, while they were playing at the town pool, I hid on a lawn chair all the way in the back just for 10 minutes to get a break. I feel you on that one!
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      Wasn’t that a glorious 10 minutes?? πŸ™‚

  • July 18, 2013 Lady Jennie

    I read about the no chocolate, and was never more shocked in all my life!

    Now the world is back in balance.

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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      It is indeed.
      Have fun in Chicago!

  • July 18, 2013 Michelle

    I’m guilty of 8 of these! They’re not that bad are they?! πŸ™‚
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      No, no they’re not. πŸ™‚

  • July 18, 2013 Laura

    I have those same shoes. I never wear them though. They aren’t corporate enough for the office and they aren’t slip-on enough for being home with the kids. That said, I used to collect Chucks, but black is always classic.

    (So glad you’re back on chocolate. I don’t know why people do things like that to themselves.)
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      I hardly ever wear them! I usually wear flip flops, but decided to ‘dress up’, hah!

  • July 19, 2013 Mama and the City

    Dude, everything everything and everything in your confession list is cool. But, for the love of writing go to the Dentist. Trust me. When I came to Canada it took me a long time to get extended medical, I couldn’t afford those bastards here. After 5 years, I had to go every 2 months to get a decent clean up (catch up?). Do not postpone it, it will pay off in the long run.
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      I know, I know. #HangsHeadInShame

  • July 19, 2013 Christine

    I love your confessions. I’ve tried to give up/reduce sugar in my life. It’s impossible. Can’t do it so I’m not fighting it anymore. There is nothing more satisfying than saying fuck. The only problem is that my husband really doesn’t like cursing so, since we’ve been together, my swearing has been zilch to none. Except when I go out with friends and then it floods out of my mouth. haha. Solo parenting is hard. I’m not even doing that yet I am longing for alone time in a nice hotel so much so that I almost pulled the trigger to go to BlogHer next week. Just to get away.
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      Christine, you can always say fuck here. πŸ˜‰

  • July 19, 2013 leighann

    I have thrown an entire jar of mayo because I couldn’t get the lid off.
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      DId it work? Did you manage to open the jar?

  • July 19, 2013 Greta

    Chucks are supposed to be covered in dirt and worn out! I love Glee and I’m super sad about Corey Monteith, but he was obviously a troubled soul and/or idiot to be a drug addict. And I’m really sick of shaving my legs but it is HOT here and for some reason, we keep leaving the house. Ugh. Oh, and…I knew the chocolate ban wouldn’t last, but you gave it a valiant effort!
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      I did! 2 weeks is valiant!

  • July 19, 2013 Melissa Olivero

    Giving up chocolate should never be an option when 72% Dark Chocolate is actually pretty yummy. πŸ™‚

    I will also confess that fuck comes out of my mouth way too often and that I pretty much only shave if I’m getting a pedicure the next day. πŸ™‚
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      OMG my pedicurist gets special treatment too!

  • July 19, 2013 thekitchwitch

    I am deathly afraid of the dentist. She actually prescibes me Valium before I go because I am so weirdo.

    I was a drama nerd in high school and college, so I felt sad about Monteith. My older daughter? Wrecked.

    And how the HELL do you consider those Chucks dirty? They need to be in tatters. xo
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      I worked in Nike, where shoes are sacred πŸ™‚

  • July 19, 2013 Katie E

    Um, those shoes don’t look dirty. I’m with you on the dentist. And knowing that the easiest way to open my Android is to drop it.
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      There has to be better way to open the battery cover yes?

  • July 19, 2013 angela

    Those aren’t dirty shoes! And yummmmmm… chocolate!
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      They looked dirtier in person. πŸ™‚

  • July 20, 2013 Julia

    When I’m solo parenting I fantasize about hotel rooms and airport lounges, lol.
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      Hah! You and me both.

  • July 20, 2013 Nina

    I have a confession! I don’t know what #iPPP stands for though I see it often. Please explain!!! Thank you!

    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      iPhone Photo Phun! Post with a smartphone photo included. πŸ™‚

  • July 20, 2013 GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I SAY FUCK A LOT TOO! AND I have never FUCKING seen GLEE either and I never fucking will. Okay, okay, I will stop saying fuck, however, it will be hard! Ah ha ha. And wait, do you really only have 1 pair of PJ pants?! I think you need to get to TARGET ASAP, they’ve got the comfiest PJ pants ever!
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      OK I have more than one pair of PJ pants, but I like to wear that one because it’s the most comfortable. πŸ™‚ Also, I’m in Malaysia, no Target.

  • July 20, 2013 Susi

    My chucks are pretty dirty too and I was just thinking yesterday that I need to give them a good scrubbing! I’ve tried giving up sweets/chocolate before and I just can’t… Hope you get to take a little break when your husband gets home! πŸ™‚
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      Susi, he’s been home nearly a week, and I haven’t got any relief yet. This weekend, this weekend!

  • July 21, 2013 Adrienne

    Haha!! This list is perfect. Who can give up chocolate? I had a mini twix today (ok, three mini twix, but who’s counting?)

    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      They’re MINI. πŸ™‚

  • July 21, 2013 My Inner Chick

    3. I say fuck a lot.

    OMGosh, I can’t visualize you saying this HORRIBLE word. Do you say it in English? haa

    …but now I love you more. πŸ™‚ Xxxx
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      Yes, I say it in English. Can it be just as effective in another language? xoxo

  • July 22, 2013 Jin Ai

    How can anyone NOT love you after reading this?

    Those chucks are dirty? Mine are filthy in comparison. I hope you get a good break real soon!
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks, Jin Ai (and may I add that I love that I know your name and can see you face).

  • July 22, 2013 Tonya

    #3 is why I love you so much.

    Oh, and give up chocolate? Never do that again!!
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      Oh hon, I wouldn’t be able to give it up again. xo

  • July 23, 2013 Jodi

    Go to the dentist, my dear! Dental health will lengthen your life!

    I am writing this in my bra. That’s my confession.
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      Jodi, I know, thank you! Promise.
      Also, thanks for making me laugh. πŸ™‚

  • July 23, 2013 Jennice

    Numbers 7-10 are me!!! And as for ur sneakers, that dirt stain is nothing compared to,the massacre that is my,sneakers!!!
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      I guess I’m just into white white sneakers πŸ™‚

  • July 24, 2013 Stevie

    Alison, I big pink puffy heart you. You had me cracking up at this post. I often notice I’m dehydrated and think I should drink a glass of water. But then I drink another cup of coffee. I sometimes watch Disney shows. By myself.
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      I drink cups of tea instead of water, I am TERRIBLE about that.
      Disney shows are totally for adults too. πŸ™‚

  • I pick the dead skin of my heels too. Sometimes they get so dry that the skin just .. cracks and I have a sort of weird hole in my heel.
    Confession: last week I had to wear one of my husband’s boxer shorts because I was out of clean underwear for myself.
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    • July 25, 2013 Alison

      Your confession totally made me crack up! (crack, see what I did there?)

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