thealisonshow It has been a while since I've done a #pimpyourawesome so I'm sharing these very recent thoughts! I spend like 50% of my time hysterically crying to my sister @andreafaulknerwilliams and @pleasantpictures and @freshlypicked about "NOT KNOWING WHAT TO DO WITH MY LIFE!" See I know I'm building an empire it's just I'm a bit hazy on the details. I've been depressed all day about it (I'm always depressed after I throw a party) and so while waiting for my tacos, I decided to make these two lists. I did them very quickly without thinking too hard. And now it is incredibly clear to me what to do!! Ok not totally but I feel better already. See I spend the other 50% of my time doing things with reckless abandon. From these lists it's plain to see I'm on the right path. So I just need to stop worrying about defining it for you or me or anyone else. But it's also clearer to me that I love teaching so so so much and I need to do more of that. So take this as your first unsolicited lesson of many! If you need more I suggest the how to be awesome series on my blog. Let me know if you make these lists and what you find out! 4h
  •   brittanib33 PS please tell me what to do ;) jk 1h
  •   shaunham74 Seriously love you! 1h
  •   chloecolette_ What is your Myers-Brigg personality type? I have a feeling you are an ESFJ ! if you don't know go to 16personalities.com and take the quiz! It explained so much about my personality and why I feel the way I do- we have similarities! 1h
  •   kelseyeasley @chelseasurovey you need to follow her! You will enjoy her crazy! 1h
  •   cuddlesandchaos I love this so hard! Especially on a day when I'm feeling equally hysterical and WHAT THE HELL AM I EVEN DOING?!!!! If nothing else, it helps to know someone else is feeling the same damn feels. 🏻 1h
  •   demerry Keep it up girl. If I were to make a list.... It would have one thing listed for both- sleeping 😴 56min
  •   krystynawinn Keep doing what you're doing 35min
  •   amarvelousmind This made me laugh out loud! Thanks for keeping my IG feed fun. 5min

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thealisonshow I'm usually pretty good about forcing people to take pictures of me with my phone (cough, my entire feed) but I was really just chillaxing this party! I listened to a lot of self-help books today and I was ZEN! You think I'm kidding. True story! Anyway, thank goodness @_beckykimball was there snapping pictures AND sent me some to preview, like this fun family shot! Which we only got Rad in by letting him have a cookie. #mickeyandrad2gether matching made possible by: @beckettsthreads !! 20h
  •   byrdie.bee Cray cray adorbs 9h
  •   lewieprints So adorable! 9h
  •   thealisonshow @rhiannonbuehne @veeplusthreehamp so my absolute favorite is You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero I order it like 10 copies at a time and hand it out! But I also like her audio book 9h
  •   thealisonshow @ginghamgirlgreetings @i_am_san aw thank you! I appreciate that so much. Sincerely! 9h
  •   rhiannonbuehne Thank you! 9h
  •   cinqsanders I'm really bad at asking people to take our picture and then I always regret it--but as far as chilling at parties goes, my grandma is always a neurotic mess at family functions she hosts and she stresses everybody out, so I made a promise to myself when I had kids that I would never let their parties stress me out and I would make it a point to actually enjoy them!! 7h
  •   beckettsthreads This is amazing!!! 6h
  •   thealisonshow @beckettsthreads you will fall over and die when you see the model shots ginger took, solo, hip popped! Just wait !! 6h

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thealisonshow We partied hard at #mickeyandrad2gether ! I kept the desserts to a minimum this time, crazy for me I know! Just my cookies (there were more on another table obviously) and insanely yummy cake from @dolcebellabyerin ! I always made my own cakes until I tasted hers. 20h

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thealisonshow For a split second I was sincerely concerned I didn't get enough balloons. I'm pretty sure I cleaned @zurcherspartystore out of those amazing Mylar Mickey heads, and they're so good! It's almost #mickeyandrad2gether party time and I've only snapped at one person today, I think! So I'm doing pretty awesome. 1d

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thealisonshow It's party day! And since I was sick on his birthday it's essentially his BIRTHDAY today because he's 2 and I can! Also can you handle the @beckettsthreads RAD shirt?! They sent them for the whole fam and we are wearing them for the party!! When I saw them and knew I was throwing #mickeyandrad2gether I DIED. I feel like they should be required family apparel for all Disneyland visits! Thank you @beckettsthreads for anticipating my needs 1d

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thealisonshow "Cookie" was, not surprisingly, one of Mr. Rad's first words. I watercolored on these and I'm so happy with how they turned out! #mickeyandrad2gether #alisonscookieparty 2d

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thealisonshow I understand that I am overgramming my party prep for #mickeyandrad2gether BUT before social media I was up late, making things, being crazy ALL BY MYSELF! You can clearly see how interesting @pleasantpictures thinks I am. So I'd be on my own, texting my sister or a few poor friends pictures of all my progress for a party, or project, or Etsy shop and other things they really didn't care too much about. And it would be ALL up to them to praise me, or chat with me. And that was exhausting for them. But see now I have you guys to share with! So can I tell you that I've made 14 pairs of mouse ears--and now I'm going to ice 3 dozen cookies. I have a massive head cold and probably at least 4 undiagnosed mental disorders that I'm sure I could be getting all sorts of wonderful drugs for. But I'm just gonna keeeep on hot gluing this felt. 2d
  •   ispyabrownbair At least 4 undiagnosed mental disorders 1d
  •   dearlizzy I love you 1d
  •   jl_designs Omg you're amazing LOL 20h
  •   mariegpalmer Thanks for being you. We've all got our "stuff", but you are hilarious about yours. 20h
  •   nikkisonnn You might be one of the coolest people I know of... And I never even met you ! Haha 20h
  •   thealisonshow @mariegpalmer haha thank you 20h
  •   thealisonshow @nikkisonnn hahaha! Well i hope one day I can live up to the expectations in person! Thank you! 20h
  •   emilythinkspink The party struggle is real! I can't even count how many times I have helped @jennycookies with last minute 3 am water bottle labels, I never would catch her vision until recently! 20h

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thealisonshow SELF-TIMER SUCCESS! See I accidentally bought 20 tiny folding chairs for kid's parties at @clubalison and it was the best decision of my life? Possibly? I'm setting them up by myself for #mickeyandrad2gether rocking out in the club I gave myself, and I've never been happier. Also you should rent @clubalison for your next event cause I spent a lot of money on chairs 2d

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thealisonshow Finally an excuse to use my black glue sticks! HA! And basically my qualifications for decor for the #mickeyandrad2gether party is if Rad can identify it as "MOUSE!" then I can use it. These passed with flying colors! (Update!) I'm stringing them as a garland using a large embroidery needle and floss, I'm getting them to stay ears up by threading the floss through the center of each ear! It's working purrfectly! 2d

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thealisonshow Each one I cut out is cuter than the last!!! #mickeyandrad2gether 3d

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thealisonshow Tonight I'm getting started on cookies for Rad's Mickey Mouse theme birthday party on Monday which I'm calling #mickeyandrad2gether I've NEVER done a licensed-character party uuuuugh, but that little booger and this damn mouse are the exception to my own rule! But before I sound too snotty I'll bring it back down by telling you I'm watching 2Fast 2Furious as I bake (obviously I have to rewatch all 6 movies) but I'm ALSO watching all of Downton Abbey for the first time (I saaaaaved watching it until it was going to end!) So yeah, I'm pretty busy. #alisonscookieparty 3d

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thealisonshow No no it's fine, I'll bring my own lighting. 3d

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thealisonshow This tiny, rascally little buddy is 2 today. I call Rad my "good time guy." He showed up quickly with little fuss and has been ready for a good time ever since. When I'm silly with him he smiles so big and gets so excited he looks like he might explode. He loves being teased, tickled, and kissed softly on his cheeks. He copies absolutely everything his sister does, down to mimicking her hand gestures when expressing outrage. He's into candy, Mickey Mouse, bikes and being included by Ginger--which she is actually pretty fantastic about. Carrying him around in my tummy was the worst year of my life, and he could not have made it more worth it. You are officially forgiven my little radical radish. Thanks for letting me treat you like a 6 month old even though you're such a grown up now. Photo of Rad and me (he was 5 months old maybe?) by the perfect @yanpalmer 3d
  •   megkeene I know, right? for team "pregnancy was the worst was the best." 3d
  •   rainydaycreate Love ️. Happy bday, little man! 3d
  •   brianajosephine Awhhhh my little man is 1 today! Happy birthday cutie!!! 3d
  •   hellotosha So sweet! ️ Happy birthday Mr. Radical Rad!! 3d
  •   beckettsthreads Happy birthday, Rad! This photo is precious! 3d
  •   natashialaurene Too too cute 3d
  •   elisagaertner Love it!!! I could see so much of me on your words, I still call my almost 2 and half year old son as "my little tiny baby" . Rad is so lucky to have you as his mom! Happy Birthday to him! 2d
  •   alissabethtolley He seems pretty perfect. 2d

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thealisonshow This is a song I feel very strongly about, because you know what? Sometimes I "don't feel like dancing!" I mean not tonight obviously at the #tubbyandollie event. In fact my mom @mgfaulkner filmed this, so that "OH NO!" you hear, that's her. And even though this is a particularly unflattering #thealisondanceshow I felt like it was worth posting so you could hear her shriek (with veiled pride?). 5d

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thealisonshow Helping my sister @tubbytodd get ready for her event tonight at @ollie_and_me ! Andrea borrowed this tub from a friend, then solicited 3 random strangers to help carry it out of her truck into the store. She literally walked into the restaurant across the street and asked for their help, then stopped a cyclist and said, "It's your fault for wearing that cut-off shirt! You're so strong!" AND THAT'S how you get it done. I hid by the car DYING. Sister fun! #tubbyandollie 5d
  •   krystalmdonovan Had such a blast tonight, love that sister of yours! And It's was so nice meeting you, ️ dance parties forever 5d
  •   brendafg1019 Which means you met my husband's cousin @delightedtobe! She posted pretty much the exact same picture on her IG tonight, but it was her in that tub....the world feels so small sometimes! 5d
  •   haleykjar Sisterssssss ️and haha love that Andrea got 'er done by inviting others to do a little service! good deeds all around 5d
  •   bodegainternational @thealisonshow you are so lucky to have a sister 5d
  •   muylymillerco Cute girls! 4d
  •   stylemybump Love! Congrats @tubbytodd! 4d
  •   rachel_kirkham @thealisonshow this is a totally crazy question but did you go to BYU EFY around 1995? I swear you were in my group. I think I found a picture of you in my storage unit from then. Am I losing my mind? 4d
  •   chelliepete @andreafaulknerwilliams would so do that! Miss that chica so so much! 3d

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thealisonshow I'm headed to San Diego and I arrived way too early at the airport AND my flight is delayed! ️ BUT on the upside I got a very gentle and loving pat-down for opting out of the x-ray machine (she really was tender ), my bags have matching rose gold AAAAND I treated myself to a vanilla cone from McD's, and yes actually, I AM loving it! 6d

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thealisonshow I know a lot of you are hustling like me, using social media to create your empires. And I've got nothing but respect, but I think it's easy to get wrapped up in it all and today I just needed the reminder: Holy hell it's just the Internet. 6d

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thealisonshow This GORGEOUS creature/picture is from @sweetapolita I have sincerely been waiting for her to write a book FOR YEARS, and the book is NOW HERE! Her blog is one of my favorite baking blogs because her creations are original, gorgeous and innovative. But more than that, every recipe I have used of hers has been delicious and successful! I have read her book, tried her recipes, and want to 100% endorse/praise how amazing her work is. Her #sweetapolitabakebook is exceptional and I cannot recommend it enough. Buy it! It's on her site! Mother's Day gifts?! She has so many cool ideas and cake, cookie and dessert recipes. Things like edible chalk, homemade sprinkles, and cakes you draw on! So fun. I carry the book around with me in my purse to look at. I'm serious. Congrats @sweetapolita on such inspiring work and thank you for taking so much time to create such a quality product! I could quite possibly be your biggest fan? But I mean every word and hope you guys show her some love Also I hope to recommend more books so let's start: #alisoncanread or can she? 7d

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thealisonshow I've been posting messy studio pictures for over 3 years now. So that's why I'm so surprised when I get people thanking me for posting them. Don't get me wrong, I love appreciation! But I've just been doing it so long I forget that people haven't seen it before! I went through and tagged them all: #imahotmessandthatsok today, and realized how long this has been going on. I couldn't understand why I was basically sobbing as we (@lorikoerner and I) tried to go through my office and get rid of things and organize it today, but now I do. This room in so many ways defines me. I'm fun and bright, SO MANY PARTY supplies and a whole lot of crazy. But all that crazy is a heavy load to carry, it's difficult to wade through, and messy, and frustrating. I'm happy a lot but I'm really really anxious and sad a lot too. Anyway I just want to thank you for your love and encouragement. For encouraging me to be me, because #1 intention with The Alison Show is to encourage people to be who they are and love themselves for it. Those who can't do, teach. Catch my drift? I'm trying every damn day to do it too. I love this print, I need a new one I didn't ruin with washi! But it's by @oszdesign and I also would love if you want to tag #imahotmessandthatsok on your messes too. Seeing as how much people seem to enjoy it 1w
  •   backupbackdrops I'm stealing this phrase for a backdrop. Love your guts! 7d
  •   hellotosha you are the bestest. 7d
  •   kaylatersigni I love that you're you. It's good for you, and good for us. Someday I need to meet you in the FLESH. I get frustrated and have serious moments...but I think I need those moments. Keep being you! 7d
  •   thelesliegram Loved them all. For real, my craft room is the same. And I hate it. I take my project upstairs where there's sunshine and coffee. And I try hard to get it cleaned up before dinner or before it pisses any of my family members off! Lol 6d
  •   foxand.thefawn You are the best! I love how encouraging you are! 4d
  •   yourbiggestfangrace Thank you SO MUCH for sharing that! I've been thinking a lot about my bouts with anxiety lately and it's often so frustrating bc I'm generally a really happy person, too - and have a thousand reasons to be so! But it's so freeing to hear someone else say, "hey, I'm in that same boat. It's okay." THANK YOU for your honesty and persistent joy even amidst the hot mess. 3d
  •   ladyseagoat_ Need this! So good. 9h

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thealisonshow The first step is admitting you have a problem. My girl @lorikoerner is coming over to help me tame this beast and I'm sad, excited and bored already. I'm really really ruthless when it comes to giving stuff away, I'm usually sooo good at it! EXCEPT FOR craft and baking stuff. I can't stand to part with it. So this is gonna be hard. But we're gonna film it so you can watch me cry about glitter and modge podge. #imahotmessandthatsok 1w

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