Allison Lore

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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.
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COVID-19 Daily Schedule for When Societal Order Breaks Down

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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

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

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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

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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...
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Celebrating the Holiday Season with Intention

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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)

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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,...
Thrift Stores Jacksonville

Guide to Children’s Consignment & Resale Shops in Jacksonville

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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

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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

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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...

Tips for Taking Toddlers to Disney: Maximize the Magic, Minus the Meltdowns

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I grew up within 30 minutes of Anaheim, California, which meant that Disneyland trips were easy and scattered throughout my childhood, with a few glorious years as an annual passholder. When I moved to...

Mother’s Day Isn’t Just About Me

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I found myself nodding along with the post, "Dear Husbands: Mother’s Day Is Not About Your Mom," feeling all too much the recent stress of trying to plan a Mother’s Day gift for my...

Getting in My Own Way (and Learning to Let Go)

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I click on every article I see about hospitality. I love the idea of come one, come all Sunday suppers, of friends popping in for coffee at any time, of people stopping by for...