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Meredith Loudenback

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Meredith Fitts Loudenback is “just a small town girl” from South Carolina who moved to Jacksonville in 1995 after graduating from Clemson University. She relocated from SC after she accepted the first job offer received that was out of state and does not shy away from adventure or change. Meredith and her husband enjoyed living in London and Boston for several years before choosing to relocate back to Jacksonville over 8 years ago. After working in commercial banking (5 years) and medical sales (10 years), she now enjoys being a stay-at-home mom to her 9-year-old son, Matt, and supportive wife to her husband, Scott, of 19 years. Meredith is passionate about travel, fitness, entertaining, books, beauty and style. Her extensive work in the facial aesthetic industry ignited a passion for skincare. In her free time, Meredith also enjoys being active in PTA, cooking, family bike rides that end with ice cream and a good cocktail shared with girlfriends. Oh, and Bravo TV.

I’m Not Ready

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Why I Support Uniforms at our Public School

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I Said This to My Kid, and The Result Was NOT What I Expected

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Why I Love Slurping Coffee, Meatntaters, and the Mutt Bite

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Being Savvy in the Aesthetic World of Skin Health Procedures

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I’ve Been Wearing It Wrong (And I Bet You Are, Too!)

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Rising Up for Our Neighborhood Public Middle School

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Starting Middle School Doesn’t Have to Suck!

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Is Being Kind Enough?

A few years ago, one of my son’s friends called me by my first name. He was 8 years old. He walked right over to me and straight-up said, “Meredith,” like he was a...
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Charity Spotlight: Children’s Tumor Foundation

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