All The Places I’ve Been

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Let me tell you what this month has felt like.

It has felt like I’ve been hanging onto the roof of a fast moving train – exhilarating, exhausting, slightly terrifying, and before I know it, I’m thrown off and the freaking train runs me over. As I lie there, I realize oh, I didn’t get run over, I just fell right under, right between the tracks, and I’m safe, but I am bruised, battered, relieved and kinda sorry my ride is over. 

So I’m out of breath, feel like I can sleep for a thousand years, but instead, I just sit here eating muffins of the banana coconut variety (recipe at Scary Mommy!).

I feel this way my friends, because I accidentally, purposely went all over the Internet this month. It started innocently enough with Jill publishing my post ‘Don’t. That got picked up by two major sites in Australia, iVillage Australia and (where the trolls emerged and told me that I was stupid and negative – oh well!). Then one of my favorite sites, Mamalode published my piece about board games. Ironically, two days later, I am recommending 8 fun and education iPad apps for toddlers at Everyday Family – hey, mom needs downtime too, right? 

I decided to celebrate my birthday with an awesome giveaway (thank you all for entering and congratulations to the 5 winners!). I ate cake and spent the weekend mostly offline with my kids, doing fun stuff like going to the local bird park and science center. 

When do you sleep, you ask? NEVER, I say. It’s because my toddler wakes me up multiple times a night, so I sought advice from a few mom friends on how they got their kids to sleep through the night, and wrote about it at Everyday Family. With all this non-sleeping that I’ve been doing, I managed to do six blog evaluation and strategies for some awesome clients. 

I also wrote. A lot. I don’t think I’ve written as much this month, as I have in a very long time. And it felt good. I feel like a real writer. One who will be a guest blogger at a great parenting site next week. I will have a daily post there just for the week, so I will be asking of you to please go read them. Would you mind? I’ll make you muffins. And cake. Maybe throw in a lemon loaf.

To top off this crazy, wonderful month, I’ve been syndicated at BlogHer today, for my post on blogging advice for the new(ish) blogger. I am so thrilled. Go give me some sparkles please? I will return any favor you ask. Anything. 


I think I’ll take a nap now. Have a fabulous weekend, friends. 

What was the best thing about August for you?

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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  • August 23, 2013 Kerstin

    Wow! That is all kinds of awesome.
    Exhausting, thrilling and sooo good. So good for you! (I actually clapped my hands when I read your post, no kidding).
    You go, girl!
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    • August 25, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks Kerstin!

  • August 23, 2013 Tracie

    You are so very busy. Congrats on the features and posts, and the BlogHer syndication. Good stuff all around.
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    • August 25, 2013 Alison

      I am busy. It’s insane. Good insane. Thank you!

  • August 23, 2013 Allie

    You work hard and you get reward! You deserve all the accolades and more. And YES I will do as I’m told and follow you all around the interwebs b/c you are a great writer and an interesting person with a drive that I admire. Plus I need the new(er) blogger advice.
    Sleep is overrated! Onward!
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    • August 25, 2013 Alison

      Aw, shucks, thanks Allie!! Truly appreciate it.

  • August 24, 2013 Carrie


    Look at you go! I’m pooped just thinking about what all you have going on…but it’s great stuff. You definitely have it going on!

    And with little sleep?? How DO you do it?!?

    Congrats on it all…I’m excited for you! =)
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    • August 25, 2013 Alison

      I drink a lot of coffee, lol.
      And thank you!

  • August 24, 2013 Mama and the City

    Dude, that post at BlogHer is so true. Excellent advice.

    I hope we can see you at our kick-off “Why Fake It?Just Make It!” food linky party Sept 2. We need to share your recipes even more on the net. πŸ™‚
    Mama and the City recently wrote…Quick Way to Gain 10 Lbs in 5 MinutesMy Profile

    • August 25, 2013 Alison

      That is a great link up idea! I’ll have to remember to link up.

  • August 24, 2013 Mandi Noel

    Congrats on all of your wonderful blogging accomplishments this month! They are amazing! And just so you know, I did click through and read them all. The one about family game night was so sweet and brought back great memories of family game night when I was a kid, so thank you so much for that!
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    • August 25, 2013 Alison

      Mandi, I truly appreciate that you clicked over on the (so many) links!

  • August 24, 2013 anymommy

    You’re a force of internet nature πŸ˜‰
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    • August 25, 2013 Alison

      I’m a FOIN! πŸ™‚

  • August 24, 2013 Julia

    Congrats, you! So proud of you!!!!
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    • August 25, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Julia!

  • August 24, 2013 Leah Davidson

    So awesome! Congrats! you really do deserve this – so I’m glad you are being recognized in so many places!
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    • August 25, 2013 Alison

      Thanks so much, Leah!

  • August 24, 2013 Tamara

    You have been sparkled! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments. You are a real writer! And you were, of course, but I imagine that feeling right now must be exhausted/exhilarated and a lot of other things.
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    • August 26, 2013 Alison

      Thank you so much, Tamara, I appreciate the sparkles and your kind words!

  • August 24, 2013 Stevie

    Yay for sparkles! I am so excited for you, there is such momentum for you right now, so many good things! I think a nap is well-deserved. In fact, I need one just reading about your around the internet trip. And trolls, they were pretty funny.
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    • August 26, 2013 Alison

      Ah, trolls, they’re everywhere, easier to ignore them. πŸ™‚

  • August 24, 2013 Kim

    That is one busy, exciting, awesome month of internet travel. Way to go!
    So very happy for you, Alison. πŸ™‚
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    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Kim!

  • August 24, 2013 Natalie

    Look at you Miss All Star! I am so glad you are having your posts all over, you deserve it!
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    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      Not All Star at all, just all over the place. Literally and metaphorically. πŸ™‚

  • August 24, 2013 Christy

    Wow, so many accomplishments lately. Well done! Are you taking a breather any time soon, or is it full steam ahead? πŸ™‚ Glad you have a relaxing weekend planned!
    Christy recently wrote…Friday Gratitude: The End of My SummerMy Profile

    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      I’m going on vacation the first week of September! So I have a bunch of work to finish this week, still full steam for now. πŸ™‚

  • August 24, 2013 Carin

    That’s what I call a busy month. Sounds exhausting and thrilling all in one. Now go rest! You deserve it!
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    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      Soon! I still have a few more things to finish before September comes around. πŸ™‚

  • August 24, 2013 Natalie

    You go girl! That’s all kinds of awesome and you deserve it all. Off to read your Mamalode piece πŸ™‚
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    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      Thanks so much, Natalie!

  • August 24, 2013 My Inner Chick

    OOOoo, Mama Alison,

    So happy about all of your accomplishments! WOWWWWww. Brava! Xxx
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    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      Thank you hon! xoxo

  • August 25, 2013 Greta

    You work so hard, Alison, and deserve all the recognition and sparkles that you get!
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    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      Thank you Greta!!

  • August 25, 2013 Tonya

    You, my friend have been one busy bee! Well done and well deserved. So proud of you.
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    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      I have been! Exhausted. And thank you. πŸ™‚

  • August 25, 2013 Laura

    You’re fabulous. I’m in awe of you. That is all.
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    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      Dude. Shucks. Thank you.

  • August 25, 2013 Katie

    Something tells me you did NOT take that nap.;) But I love you anyway. Seriously you are an ALL STAR!
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    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      Hah! You know me well. πŸ™‚

  • August 25, 2013 just JENNIFER

    Your title (and the post) made me think of Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” I often think of that when thinking about my children’s futures (once did a scrapbook page with that as the theme when my daughter started school).

    Exciting stuff! (Can you tell me your secrets for getting yourself out there so much?)
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    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      No secret, Jennifer! I put myself out there (I pitch, I submit, I follow up. Over and over and over.)

  • August 25, 2013 Kathy Radigan

    My, my, my you have been quite the blog tramp this month!!! Lol! Congratulations!!! What a great way to kick off your birthday and a happy successful year!!! By the way, I am really going to have try your muffins, they sound delicious!
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    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      Blog tramp, haha!
      (the muffins are delish)

  • August 26, 2013 Amanda Jillian

    Awesome! Looks like someone has been busy!
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    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      Indeed! πŸ™‚

  • August 26, 2013 Tracie

    Congratulations on everything! That is so awesome and well deserved! I wish you the best of luck with everything and hope a few naps are in your future πŸ˜‰ Take care!
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    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      Thanks so much, Tracie!

  • August 26, 2013 Elaine A.

    I love that you are so many places and doing what you love! Now go take a nap! πŸ˜‰

    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      Nap? What’s that?

  • August 26, 2013 Ilene

    Your blogging advice for the newish blogger was well worthy of BogHer syndication and more. It was one of my favorites. And I am so glad to see you everywhere. And you can make me muffins and cake any time.
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    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      Happy to, Ilene! (hope you’re settling nicely into your new life!)

  • August 26, 2013 Shana Norris

    Congrats on your wild, wonderful month, Alison.

    Since I’m still trying to understand BlogHer, did you write the post that got syndicated just specifically for your BlogHer “blog?” Or was it published elsewhere first?
    Shana Norris recently wrote…The August Break :: SundayMy Profile

    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      Hi Shana. I submitted that post to BlogHer for syndication, and they accepted it. πŸ™‚

  • August 26, 2013 Amanda

    It’s so easy to lose sight of all that we accomplish as we obsess and fret over things like a sharply spit, “No!” or the way we always leave a line of hair from our shin to kneecap. I love that you’ve taken stock of what you’ve done and how it makes you feel.

    Brava, mama!
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  • August 26, 2013 Eli

    Great voices like yours will be heard, everywhere and anywhere. Can’t wait to check out your links.
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    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Eli!

  • August 26, 2013 Keely

    You’ve always been the bizzzzziest. Which is why you’re our hero. (Can’t wait to see your guest posts this week!!)
    Keely recently wrote…Summer’s Last (Lazy) Hurrah.My Profile

    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      Hee! You always say the right things!

  • August 27, 2013 MomChalant

    Alison! I LOVE your post on BlogHer. Seriously, love love love. I wish there was a like button like Facebook that I could click 43679834763 times. You’re such a role model blogger!
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    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      Wow, thanks so much, Ashlee! Very kind of you to say.

  • August 27, 2013 Lady Jennie

    I am thrilled to see you in all these places.

    It’s just the beginning – although perhaps the beginning of a less hectic pace? heh heh
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    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      I’m hoping September will be a slower month. πŸ™‚

  • August 27, 2013 Leslie

    You definitely deserve a nice, long nap! Congrats on all the great press. You’ve worked hard for it and deserve every bit of it!
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    • August 27, 2013 Alison

      Thanks so much Leslie!

  • August 29, 2013 Tricia

    Oh my goodness congrats to you!!! That is all so amazing and so well deserved and I can’t wait to go through now and read it all πŸ™‚
    Tricia recently wrote…Raising Humans: the lovelyMy Profile

    • August 29, 2013 Alison

      Thank you Tricia!

  • August 29, 2013 Mirjam

    Wowza! I am happy that you are writing again πŸ™‚
    And congrats on the ‘blogher deal’, that’s awesome.
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    • August 29, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Mirjam!

  • August 29, 2013 My Inner Chick

    –cannot post on your guest site, but here is my response.

    I love your traditions, Alison Lee. I love traditions that revolve around FOOD!

    Our family has a BIG Italian Dinner every Sunday. Xx
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    • September 1, 2013 Alison

      I love your Sunday tradition, Kim! Thank you for reading.

  • August 30, 2013 Stasha

    YOu are awesome. that is all. And trolls will be trolls, ignore! You should see how many people said bad things about my photography when it went viral.
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    • September 1, 2013 Alison

      How could anyone say anything bad about photos of a cute kid and his big dog? Haters are just that, haters.

  • August 30, 2013 Adrienne

    Congrats and happy (belated) birthday, my friend! I, on the other hand, have been living under a homeschool rock these past few weeks. I’m so happy for all of your successes! πŸ˜‰
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    • September 1, 2013 Alison

      Hope home schooling is going well! And thank you!

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