Allison Lore

Allison Lore is a California native who is thrilled to be back in the year-round sunshine after a decade of living in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. She has a background in journalism, technical writing and marketing, and currently works as a proposal manager for a civil engineering firm. She relocated to Jacksonville in 2017 with her husband and son. Her passions include baking, coffee, reading and socializing with friends. Her toddler has taught her more than she ever thought she would know about the nuances of construction vehicles.

If You Don’t Have Something Nice to Say, Just Keep Scrolling

In a world where it feels like every thought or action gets posted to Instagram stories, where Christmas cards have gone virtual, where entire museums exist for Facebook selfies, a new trend seems to...

Don’t Assume They’re Okay: How to Support a Friend in the NICU

Until I had my premature baby spend a week in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), I had no idea what it was like. Having your minutes-old baby snatched off your chest and rushed...

A Skeptic’s Review of Hypnobirthing

When I first heard about hypnobirthing, it sounded like the type of birth experience where you hold crystals in your hands and chant while laughing the baby down the birth canal — under the...
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COVID-19 Daily Schedule for When Societal Order Breaks Down

As we look down the long, dark road of social distancing with children used to the routine of school, daycare, or just simply going to the playground, many of us have found solace in...
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Mornings Out with the Littles: The Beaches & Intracoastal

Since we last discussed mornings out, I became a mom of two, and we moved off of Kernan, solidly "Intracoastal." My oldest has not ceased in his daily desire to leave the house, and...

Self Care for Busy Mamas: A Tongue-in-Cheek Guide

Hello, Mama. Do you have young children? Do you spend the majority of your day wiping, putting away, making meals and snacks, cleaning up from meals and snacks, drying everyone's tears, over and over...
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What I Wish I’d Known Before Having My Second Baby

Becoming a mom was the most life-altering, paradigm-shattering thing I’ve ever experienced. The birth of my first son broke apart my world and everything I knew about myself. It took me over a year...

Celebrating the Holiday Season with Intention

I admit it, I’m a go-go-go person. I have passed this down to my toddler, who only had two things he said he was thankful for this year — "Going Out" and "Race Cars."...

Channeling the Spirit of Fall (Even in 90 Degrees)

Apple picking. Hayrides. Warm apple cider. Flannel. Blanket scarves. Cozy. Pumpkin spice. Colorful leaves. Crisp, cool air.  Doesn’t that list make you feel cozy and peaceful? It sounds like everything wonderful about fall — well,...
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Guide to Children’s Consignment & Resale Shops in Jacksonville

I wasn’t a big consignment shopper before kids. It seemed just as easy to find things I liked on sale at Nordstrom Rack and Loft. However, there’s a big difference between a $20 shirt...

Family-Friendly Places in Jacksonville for Out-of-Town Visitors

Showing visitors around Jacksonville when you have kids can be both enjoyable and stressful. It’s a delicate balance to find places where the adults can have fun and hang out, that show off the...

If Parenting Were a Job, This Would Get Me Fired

Everyone likes to say moms wear so many hats — cook, chauffeur, teacher, housekeeper, craft generator, CFO — and for the most part I think I manage to sort of juggle most of these...