Allison McCleary

Allison McCleary
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.
Terrace movie theater from the inside: red walls and lit up pillars with with twinkle lights and chandeliers on the ceiling.

8 Date Ideas on James Island

There are a million things I love about living on James Island. At the top of my list? The fact that you rarely need to leave! Everything we need is on James Island (minus...
long-distance friendships: A group of 6 high school girls take a picture on a bench after prom with comfy clothes and their hair done up.

3 Ways to Strengthen Long-Distance Friendships

I heard the phrase “you can’t make old friends” a couple of years ago, and it really stuck with me. The friends that you have from elementary school, high school, college . . ....
Date ideas Folly Beach: A heart-shaped seashell in sand.

7 Date Ideas on Folly Beach

Who doesn’t want to go on a date at the beach? We are so lucky to live in Charleston and have such quick access to the beach. Take advantage of it and hit the...
summer salads: a salad in a bowl surrounded by various ingredients.

10 Summer Salads You Are Actually Going to Want to Eat

I like my salads light on the iceberg lettuce and heavy on the "good stuff." Think hearty greens, textured grains, healthy (but delicious) toppings, and easy, homemade dressing that is bursting with flavor. These...

The Unhinged Game of Summer Camp Sign-Up

It’s 11:59 p.m. and summer camp registration opens at midnight. I’ve got multiple tabs open on my laptop, the camp codes are written down on the notepad next to me and I’m staring at...

The One Thing I Do For Myself Every Week (That I’ll Never Stop Doing)

About a year ago, I made a promise to myself that I haven’t broken yet. It’s something I look forward to every week. It boosts my mood and leaves me feeling thankful and appreciative...

Guide to James Island Living

Once covered in farmland, the Town of James Island is now primarily a residential community that has somehow managed to protect that small-town feel its residents and visitors know and enjoy. Situated between the...

Just a Normal Mom Wanting A Comfortable Bra (A Crowd-sourced List!)

You aren’t pregnant. You aren’t breastfeeding. You’re done having kids (for now at least). But you also aren’t 22 anymore. What the heck kind of (comfortable) bra are you supposed to wear?  This question was...

Moms to See in the 843: Karen Horn, Honesty Through Unbearable Loss

In June of 2021, my friend Karen experienced a parent’s worst nightmare. Her incredible daughter Insley unexpectedly passed away at the age of nine from an asymptomatic brain tumor, just three days after her...
the last wrinkly friend

The Last Wrinkly Friend

I’ll start by saying, I know the idea of botox is a conversation of privilege. It’s expensive and honestly, a little time-consuming to go and get a couple of times a year. So read...