Allison McCleary

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.

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!)...

Our Favorite Board Games (Preschooler and Kindergartner Approved!)

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My kids (four and five) LOVE playing board games. I bet we play four a day. And honestly, it’s the one thing that I really don’t mind playing with them. There are a ton...

Teaching How to Give (by Making Thanksgiving Meal Kits)

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When I was a kid, one of my favorite holiday memories was an annual volunteering activity that my family did. We volunteered one night a year to pack holiday boxes full of food to...

Why Did Halloween Feel So Good This Year?

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There is nothing more exciting to a four-year-old and five-year-old than the idea of Halloween. My kids love to get “spooked” and dream about filling up plastic pumpkin buckets with gobs of candy. I...

A Downtown Charleston Scavenger Hunt for Kids! (FREE Printable)

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Day two of Virtual Learning Kindergarten had us all cross-eyed. It was time to get out of the house and breathe in some fresh air. With cooler Charleston temps that were giving us a...

7 Guilt-Free TV Shows for Your Kids

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The other day we were driving in the car and my boys (ages three and five) started teaching me about wildflowers. “Mom, did you know...” (this is how a lot of their sentences start),...

Our Favorite Weekend Breakfast

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Let me start by saying that this is not a groundbreaking recipe (and most likely you already make these), but if you don’t, I wanted to share my kids’ absolute favorite weekend breakfast. But...

The Laziest DIY At-Home Carnival that My Kids Absolutely Loved

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This morning I woke up already crabby about the day. I have work to do, a paper for my graduate program that I don’t want to write, and two little boys to keep entertained...