Welcome to Fireflies & Magnolias! I’m Allison and I’m so glad you stopped by!

About: I started Fireflies & Magnolias about 2 years ago when I was at a crossroads in my life. I was facing a career change and in that change I had a lot I wanted to accomplish. For starters, I was looking for a better work and family balance. I had missed out on so much family time working long, late hours and I wanted to fix that before it was too late and my children were completely grown. I wanted to create the memories they would cherish. I didn’t want them to look back and their memories of mom be that I wasn’t around and involved as much as they would have liked or than I should have been. It was time to put my family before my job. In that journey, I thought about what I really wanted to do. What do I love? What will allow me to spend more time at home where I am needed most and still pursue a career? Well I love my family more than anything. I love to write and create (I always have about a million little “projects” I’m working on. lol) That’s when I started looking into writing and sharing my loves and interests. And hence, Fireflies & Magnolias was born!

On Fireflies & Magnolias you will find things that inspire and things I have created that I wanted to share with others. You will also find posts about my genealogical discoveries. I have a passion for genealogy! I guess you could say it’s in my blood (pun intended)! Even as a young teen I remember my grandmother telling me how important it was to her for me to know and carry on our family history. I first got into genealogy about 20 years ago and at some point it went from being a hobby to a passion. I have recently started doing genealogy research and family trees for close friends and have found complete gratification in it.

A little about me:   I have spent my entire adult life in the hospitality industry. Cooked, severed, bar tended, managed…you name it I’ve done it. Two years ago I left my job in management and eventually found a job with a company I love that allows me to work around the schedule of my life at home part time. I am very thankful for that!

We are a blended family. I am the mother of a son & three daughters AND a wonderful step son and beautiful step daughter. They range in age between allllmost 5 and soon to be 20. They keep us pretty busy, but I would absolutely never change a thing! Call me crazy, I love the chaos!

With Fireflies & Magnolias I hope to share my love of crafting, writing, genealogy, family, travel and food! I hope everyone enjoys and is inspired to share the things they love also!

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