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.
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Survival Mode and the Restorative Power of Garlic Bread

My fantasies in the first month of my 33rd year aren’t about world travel, glamorous living, or fine dining. I’m daydreaming about having my mom come visit and nurse my family back to health. “What...

Would Your Child Know How to Call 911 in an Emergency?

Long gone are the days where you could teach your child to just pick up the phone and dial 9-1-1. Things are so different than when we were kids, right? I don't know anyone...

I Really, Really, Really Miss Sleeping

I am so tired. I have two kids, ages 4 and 1-and-a-half. I thought that I’d sleep again eventually — when I wasn’t pregnant, when we were through the newborn stage, once we were...
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Last-Minute Mother’s Day Crafts for the Uncrafty

There's just something special about getting a handcrafted Mother's Day present from your child or grandchild, isn't there? If you are absolutely stumped on what to give the grandmas that really will make them...
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Peace Out, Skinny Jeans! (Thank You, Gen Z)

When skinny jeans first came into style sometime in the '00s, I said NO WAY. I didn't want to give up my beloved flare jeans or wide-legs. I loved everything about flares — the...
new mom

Dear New Mom: Motherhood Isn’t Always This Lonely

Dear New Mom, I know that right now it feels as if things are never going to change. You may have quarantined all of pregnancy. You may have had a virtual baby shower instead of...
living in jacksonville

Why I Love Living In Jacksonville (And Why You Should, Too)

Hi, I love living in Jacksonville, and I think you should move here, too. Why, do you ask? Even in the most precedented of times, Jacksonville offers so much to transplants. We moved here...

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...