Very Random Things

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There are a bunch of things in my head right now that are too many characters for Twitter, but not enough for a real blog post. So lucky you, you get to read what’s on my mind!


My little one, my baby boy, he’s going to play school five days a week now, for half days. If you follow me Facebook and Instagram, you will know this. You will know that the little guy was SO excited. He finally gets to carry his own bag (Thomas the Train, if you must know), and leave in the morning with his big brother.

Toddler carrying school bag


A few friends were talking about cookies on Facebook a couple of hours ago, and of course, I felt the urge to bake something. I have been on a muffin mania recently, so I scrolled through my Pinterest boards and found this recipe for Snickerdoodle Muffins. However, I realized once I’d started that I did not have all the ingredients. And instead of the usual method of muffin making (pouring wet ingredients into dry ingredients, then hand mix), I used the KitchenAid. I also did not roll the batter in sugar, I merely sprinkled it on top of each muffin. The result? A really yummy baked treat that had the texture of a cupcake. Except I can’t call it that because, no frosting. So I present to you – the Snickerdoodle Mini Cake (hey, I could write an entire post with the recipe!).

Snickerdoodle mini cake


I’m going to my first yoga class in over 3 years tomorrow. I’m excited about trying out my new yoga mat. Let’s hope I don’t embarrass myself. 

My hair looks like crap. It’s at a stage where it’s neither long nor short. It’s frizzy and it’s streaked with white hair. I’m half-tempted to ask the Internet whether I should grow my hair out, and get a haircut. 

I love a good hashtag here and there, but the overdoing of hashtags on Instagram is driving me insane. Do you REALLY need 30 hashtags? Why? 

Linking up with Greta and Sarah for #IPPP. If you have a photo taken with your smart phone, pop it into a post, and link up too!


Tell me one random thing about you!

I’d love for you to check out my Greta’s blog auction to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She has 45 items up for bidding from September 30 to October 7, and all the information is on her Facebook page and blog. There are amazing items like jewelry, gift certificates, handmade items. Buy something nice, and do a good thing! Thank 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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  • October 2, 2013 Stasha

    Excited to hear al about your yoga class. Hope your new mat doesn’t make too many fart noises πŸ˜‰
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Stasha! It was a good class, and the yoga mat was a travel one, almost like a towel, so no squeaky noises. πŸ™‚

  • October 2, 2013 Nicole

    Snickerdoodle mini-cake? YUM! You should definitely share that recipe! Don’t feel bad about your hair. It can’t possibly be as bad as the state of my eyebrows right now. Can you say ‘The Very Fuzzy Caterpillar?’ Yikes, I really need to get on that pronto! If you haven’t seen it, Google the video clip of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake making fun of hashtags. It’s hilarious. You have to watch the whole thing because the end is awesome!
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      I did watch the Fallon/ Timberlake hashtag video – it was so good!

  • October 2, 2013 Cheryl

    Snickerdoodle Mini Cake recipe? Yes, please! I wasn’t hungry for breakfast as I entered blogland this morning, but I am now! Love the excitement on your baby boy’s face. Good luck with your yoga class!
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      I need to write down that recipe before I forget it! (since I made it up as I went along) Yoga class went great, thank you!

  • October 2, 2013 greta

    Your little guy is so handsome and ready to go!! Of course, Thomas. πŸ˜€

    I think you should cut your hair… you have amazing bone structure and you should show it off!

    Those muffins. Mmmmm. Really, anything with sugar on top.

    One random thing… I’m a little bit terrified of going to CA.

    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      Aw, shucks, thanks you. Now I need to find enough time to get to the hairdressers.

      Don’t worry about CA – you’ll have fun and it’d be awesome!

  • October 2, 2013 Amber Day Hicks

    He’s a cutie pie! The muffins look yummy!!
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      He is, and they were! Thank you.

  • October 2, 2013 Robin

    I say cut your hair.

    And yes to the overload of Instagram hash tags. Drives me NUTS.
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      I’ll try and get to the hairdressers soon!
      Ugh, the hashtags!

  • October 2, 2013 Shell

    Oooh, that minicake looks good!

    Yay for playschool and some quiet time.

    Have fun at yoga!
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      Thank you and thank you!
      I did have fun, loved it.

  • October 2, 2013 Kerstin

    I’m always in favour of haircuts! Whatever you do, don’t pull out the white hair πŸ˜‰
    One random thing about me: I don’t like Halloween and everything that comes with it (there, I said it)
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      Ooh, fellow Halloween-hater!

  • October 2, 2013 Lindsey

    Those muffins look delicious! xo

    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      They were!

  • October 2, 2013 Eli

    I’ll be in yoga for the first time in weeks tomorrow, too. Prayers that neither of us suffers injury in the crow pose.

    Random thing about me: I keep a jar of peanut butter and jelly, and a pack of tortillas, in my desk drawer. You know, in case of emergency.
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  • October 2, 2013 Shana Norris

    Oh my, your son is ADORABLE, Alison.

    And that muffin looks delicious. I love it when I end up changing a recipe – either due to necessity or whim – and it ends up being yummy despite my changes.

    I’ve always meant to ask and never have: do you use a plug-in to put the box with your bio, photo social media links, etc. at the end of every post?
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    • October 2, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Shana!

      I use this plugin: Fanciest Author Box. It’s premium and paid, but the free version is awesome too. Fancier Author Box.

      • October 2, 2013 Shana Norris

        Thanks Alison. I was just coming back to tell you I found where you mentioned it in the SITS forum. Is the $10 a one time fee or monthly?
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        • October 2, 2013 Alison

          As far as I know, a one-time fee. πŸ™‚

          • October 4, 2013 Shana Norris

            That sounds do-able then. Thanks for the info!

  • October 2, 2013 Jessica

    Good luck in yoga class!
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      Thanks, Jess!

  • October 2, 2013 melissa

    Yes I must know it’s a thomas the train backpack..can’t go wrong!

    I have anxiety attacks over driving. Just driving….nothing else. Flipping out, you MUST tell me a day ahead of time of the day a have to drive, 100 pound weights sitting on my chest type of anxiety attacks. They are unhealthy and HORRIBLE! And because of that I barely drive anywhere. We leave the house multiple times a week. In fact we are hardly home. We just walk everywhere or have a rude but I don’t feel that same freedom which sucks because it’s such an everyday need if you have a car.
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    • October 2, 2013 melissa

      lol ride not rude
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      I understand the driving anxiety – sometimes I get that way too when I’m going somewhere unfamiliar.

  • October 2, 2013 Tamara

    I think it was Crystal who said that more than three hashtags is too many. I agree!!
    Your little one is so cool. My little one is so un-socialized! Oh, and we made Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodle cookies last week. I highly recommend them!
    Tonight, I’m going to Sesame Street Live because my friend is the director. That’s my random thing – it’s not my usual concert venue material, but hey, free is free.
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      How was the Sesame Street Live event? Sounds fun! And ooh, caramel stuffed snickerdoodle cookies!!

  • October 2, 2013 Julia

    Friends keep telling me I have to try yoga but I just have to find the time.
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      When you do find time, do try yoga! It’s awesome.

  • October 2, 2013 Stacey

    One random thing: I still love the old Tom and Jerry cartoons, so I make my kids watch them. Thankfully, they love them too.

    I saw the funniest Tshirt the other day. It said something like #don’t #use #so #many #hashtags #it’s #annoying. I almost bought it. (Those weren’t the exact words, but you get the idea.) Seriously! Lay off all the hashtagging!
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      We love Tom & Jerry around these parts too!
      And OMG, that’s an awesome tee!

  • October 2, 2013 Christine

    I’m excited to hear about your yoga class too. It’s such a different experience being in class and in a studio. And no way that it your little boy in that picture! He looks so big and grown up now!!
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      It was a great class, totally a different experience from self-practice. And he is all grown up!

  • October 3, 2013 Elaine A.

    Have you seen the Jimmy Fallon/Justin Timberlake hashtag video yet? Hilarious!! Also, why are you tempting me with those muffin cakes?!?! OMG!!!

    That little boy of yours, so stinkin’ cute!!
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      I did watch it, so funny! Those mini cakes were SO good.

  • October 3, 2013 Kimberly

    Oh I’m right with you on the “I don’t know what my hair is doing” stage. Don’t even ask me about my roots. Don’t.
    He looks so big and so proud in that picture!
    And quit making me fat by making me bake all of the things that my thighs love to hug.
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      He was so pleased with himself!
      You are skinny, you can afford to scarf a few of those. Also, MINI cakes.

  • October 3, 2013 Tonya

    Yay for play school, which translates to some kid free time for you!! Enjoy.

    One random thing going through my head… I’m really excited for October! I have lots of fun things planned and we may have found a house. Finally!!
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      Ooh, I’m excited for you and the new house!

  • October 3, 2013 Leighann

    The muffins look delicious! I also think the over use of hashtags is a bit annoying… just post the picture!
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      I know, exactly! (re: hashtags)

  • October 3, 2013 Kenya G. Johnson

    What I teaser! No recipe? Go ahead and write that whole post. I feel the same way about my hair right now. I think I’m letting it grow out. I just need to make it through winter and that time will tell. If I still hate come March, I’ll cut it.
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      I’m thinking of growing my hair a bit more then think about cutting it later too!
      And I have planned a post for the recipe, thanks for the encouragement. πŸ™‚

  • October 3, 2013 Kristen

    OK, so that Snickerdoodle Mini Cake looks incredibly yummy. While half of me would love to get my hands on that recipe, the other half of me is a little scared to have that kind of power. That half of me is smart. That half of me knows I would eat the whole batch in one sitting.
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      I’m posting the recipe next week, so I’ll hope that your better half wins. πŸ˜‰

  • October 3, 2013 Amy

    I just went to yoga on Monday and it was amazing! I used to be completely against yoga – I called it boring and slow. I hope you enjoy your class tomorrow!
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      I can see why some would think yoga was slow and boring. But once you try it, it’s so awesome. I did enjoy the class!

  • October 3, 2013 Hope

    First things first. That snickerdoodle mini cake looks so delish. That’s the perfect name for it.Your baby boy is so adorable. He must feel like a big boy going to school with a real back pack and all. Good luck on your yoga class. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      The mini cake was awesome, as was the yoga class!

  • October 3, 2013 Kim

    My little guy was so excited to wear his backpack to preschool, too – his is Mario. πŸ™‚
    Also, reading about your mini cakes has made me realize that when I make muffins, I pour wet ingredients into dry. They seem to turn out even though I am doing it backwards. I had no idea. πŸ™‚
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      I’m glad you pointed out the wet into dry thing, thanks Kim!

  • October 3, 2013 Andrea

    I have been battling the white hair, too. Should I color it? Highlight it? Let it grow? My hairstylist friends are maddeningly quiet. They are good friends to have, hairstylists.

    I only love hashtags when they are clever and provide an aside that I’m thinking but wouldn’t verbalize (or write). #randomblogpostsandcommentsFTW
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      Oh yes, I love using hashtags the same way you do. Just not the stuff like #instalove #instagood etc etc. ARGHHHH.

  • October 3, 2013 Leslie

    I’m right there with you on badly needing a haircut – AND with contemplating growing it out vs. cutting it short. As far as something random about me…ummmm…I’ve been looking at tons of snickerdoodle recipes on Pinterest, but I’m afraid to make them for fear of wanting to eat them all!
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      Hey, stay off the cookie recipes! πŸ™‚

  • October 3, 2013 Michelle

    Too many hashtags drive me nuts too. Why do people feel so compelled to do that? It’s spammy and annoying. And those Snickerdoodle mini cakes look awesome!
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      Spammy and annoying – yes!
      And they were yummy!

  • October 3, 2013 Alma

    Your little man is looking to grown in that picture! So proud of him.
    Those muffins look delish!
    Oh gosh the 30 hashtags in pics drive me insane. I see it on people who want more follows or who wan to be recognized. I don’t get it either.
    One random thing : I watched back to back episodes of “Scandal” to catch up with the new season stating tomorrow. I don’t easily get addicted to shows but this show was hard not to watch.
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      Yeah, it is about getting spotted/ found on Instagram, isn’t it? Ugh.
      I keep meaning to watch Scandal!

  • October 3, 2013 MomWithaDot

    What is it about Fall and the itch to start baking, I say?!! Note to self – Gotta start soon.
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      Always a good time to bake in my books. πŸ™‚

  • October 3, 2013 Maureen

    Your boy looks so proud! Congrats, little one.
    And, your mini cake looks delish. Do share the recipes of your version if you can? πŸ˜€

    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      I just drafted the recipe! πŸ™‚

  • October 3, 2013 Adrienne

    I love snickerdoodle cookies! I need that recipe. NOW. You little man looks so excited!
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      The recipe’s coming! (and I remember your snickerdoodle cookie recipe)

  • October 3, 2013 Poppy

    My daughter made a Snickerdoodle muffin recipe from Pinterest this week, too! #delicious #muffins #snickerdoodles #likeforlike #justkidding #loveyou
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      Haha! #LoveYou

  • October 3, 2013 Arnebya

    I do kind of wish people would stick to one or two hashtags on Twitter and Instagram. I zone out if there’s more than a few. MY GOODNESS I WANT TO SMOTHER HIS FACE WITH KISSES!
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      I smother his face with kisses EVERY DAY. I’ll give him one from Auntie Arnebya tomorrow morning. πŸ™‚

  • October 4, 2013 Amanda Jillian

    Yay for randomness!
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      Yay indeed!

  • October 4, 2013 Tracie

    Those minicakes look amazing!

    The overhashtagging on Instagram is not amazing. There should be a strict limit imposed.
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      Right? #StupidHashtags

  • October 4, 2013 just JENNIFER

    Nothing wrong with random. And yes, 30 hashtags is too many. Have you see the Justin Timberlake Jimmy Fallon hashtag skit? Really funny!
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      I did, it was hilarious! #LoveJT

  • mmmmh Snickerdoodle mini cake…now that sounds delicious!
    Random fact : yesterday I bought my very first red lipstick.
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      Ooh, pray show a picture of said red lipstick!

  • October 4, 2013 My Inner Chick

    I’m into the Snickerdoodle Stuff, Man.

    Have fun zenning out at Yoga. Xxx
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      They are yummy, aren’t they?
      Had an awesome time at yoga! xo

  • October 4, 2013 Lady Jennie

    I would grow your hair simply because you can it’s thick and looks nice long. Maybe a touchup for the grey if you’re in the mood. But I would grow my hair if I could.
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    • October 5, 2013 Alison

      I think I’m going to grow it out until end of the year at least, and see how I feel. πŸ™‚

  • October 6, 2013 Jeanne

    The urge for baking… that’s been happening at my house too. I love this time of the year!! I hope your yoga class went well. That in between stage for hair is the worst! Every time I try to grow out my bangs, I get impatient and cut them myself.
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    • October 6, 2013 Alison

      I did have a good class, thank you!

  • October 6, 2013 Ronni

    If it’s a decent yoga class, you have nothing to fear! Just focus on your practice and your breath and you’ll be fine.
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    • October 6, 2013 Alison

      It was a decent class, I enjoyed it so much, I went to another today!

  • October 7, 2013 Natalie

    I’m sure you did great at yoga! I have a class pass for some here, and I haven’t been in a month ugh! And yes people go crazy with hashtags!
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    • October 7, 2013 Alison

      I did okay, lol. πŸ™‚

  • October 8, 2013 Jennifer

    The Instagram hashtag abuse drives me INSANE. NO one needs that many hashtags. Ever.
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  • October 10, 2013 Runnermom-jen

    Oh my gosh…that’s your little guy??!!! Seriously, he looks so grown up.
    Love this random post…so what did you do with your hair, cut it?
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