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Allison’s mission in life is to notice the extraordinary in the ordinary. Her commitment to see beyond what’s in front of her was fostered by her degree in Philosophy and Theology from Boston College. Allison’s a book nerd and credits her parents and inspiring English teachers for her love of reading and writing. She went on to earn her Master in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College and then taught high school for several years, both in New England and San Francisco. After moving from San Francisco to Boston with her engineer husband, she began teaching yoga and working as a social media marketing consultant. Now a Portsmouth resident, she spends most of her days with her three daughters (she does not have enough arms) and does her best to find the bliss amidst the endless snacking, dance parties and tiaras. With all the beautiful chaos in her life, she’s grateful to have her partner-in-crime (husband Charlie) and fellow movie quote enthusiast alongside her. Her passion for writing first drew her to Seacoast Moms as a contributing writer, and her desire to connect moms of the Seacoast with businesses who serve and interest them led her to become SM’s owner. Being able to write about the ordinary grace present in motherhood, while interacting with incredible Seacoast business owners is a dream come true.

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In an effort to amplify Black voices in our midst, we created this directory of Black Owned Businesses on the Seacoast with the help of MANY. While there are many helpful directories for surrounding...

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This year -- more than ever -- moms deserve to be celebrated. We're wearing more hats than ever as we keep our families afloat during this time of social distancing. It's exhausting and sometimes,...
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A Snarky and Honest Mom Gives Book Reviews: Part 1

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Consider this my resume for why I'm qualified to give book reviews . . . I read a lot. Across many genres. I have plenty of time when I ignore dirty dishes, basic hygiene, and...
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TEDx Portsmouth 2020 Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 12, 2020 For information, contact: Anna Goldsmith, TEDxPortsmouth Organizer [email protected], 617-359-8133 Save the Date: TEDxPortsmouth Comes Back to The Music Hall on Sept. 25th 2020 Organizers now actively looking for 2020 speakers and sponsors Portsmouth, NH —...
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When we reached out to Meghan Mongroo of Arabella Design Studio, she was already in the thick of bringing The Front Steps Project to her community of Eliot, ME. Using her expertise as a...
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Lindsay Fairchild Photography of Portsmouth NH's style is ethereal yet authentic-- her gifts lie in capturing the small moments of beauty between families. As part of the Faces of the Seacoast Campaign, Lindsay asked all...
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Captain’s Log, USS Coronavirus: Day 10

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Since I became their hostage, I assumed my captors (AKA my former crew) would isolate me in my chambers. In truth, I was looking forward to it. Instead, they are insisting I accompany them...