Allison McCleary

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Allison escaped the frozen tundra of Minnesota for the sunshine and beaches of Charleston in 2014. She lives on James Island with her husband, two little boys and new puppy! They love exploring Charleston, camping and making memories at home. She works as a part-time marketing consultant from home and is currently working on her MBA.

Easy Meals for Out-Of-Town Guests

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Living in a vacation destination town, like Charleston, means that we get a lot of out-of-town visitors to our house -- and I love it! We also live out of state from all of...

The Dinner Challenge: The Way We Squashed Dinnertime Whining

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There is a special level of frustration that hits when your kids won’t eat what you’ve made them for dinner. Especially when you know it is something that they would like if they would just try it....

(Community Spotlight) Messy is GOOD! – With Stephanie De Puy

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My friend Stephanie De Puy is an incredible early childhood educator. Preschoolers are absolutely obsessed with her because she is fun, has the best ideas, and most of all, seems to really trust these...

My Hobblyless Life – An Update

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About two years ago, I wrote an article that seemed to hit home with a lot of other moms. It was called “My Hobbyless Life” and I lamented about how my husband had all...

We Bought Our Four-Year-Old a Phone

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We bought a phone for our six-year-old and four-year-old. But not just any phone. A rotary phone. And it was the best idea we’ve had in a long time. Before I get too far into...

To: Charleston Teachers, Love: Charleston Moms (A Giant Thank You Card!)

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It seems like a lifetime ago that the 2020/2021 school year started. The uncertainty, stress, and fear that occurred last fall sometimes feel somewhat hard to remember now that things are slowly returning to...

I’ve Got the Hots for the Head Coach

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Do you ever look at your current life and think, “How did we get here?”. I’m guessing you probably do. One day you and your husband are strangers flirting in the quad at college...

Happy Moms with Good Marriages Need Therapy Too

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The pandemic was the final nudge I needed to do the thing I probably should have done a while ago. I was mentally exhausted from making so many freaking decisions. I was physically exhausted...

I Want You to #LoveWhereYouLive

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Growing up in Minnesota, I never imagined that I would not, not live there. When I imagined my life as an adult, I assumed I would be married there, having kids there. Probably not...

The Chip Jar: The Secret to Enforcing Positive Kid Behavior

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Before I even get into the magic of the “chip jar” and what it has done for my kids’ behavior, I have to give ALL of the credit to my friend Kristen (hey, buddy!)...