Carly Hoeppner

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Carly is a true Iowan, born and raised. She’s a Pinterest fail type of single mom to six year old Stella, who enthusiastically dances to the beat of her own drum. For her day job you’ll find her with a cup of coffee in hand as a secretary at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. After hours, she’s bingeing her true crime podcasts, reading all the books, and having mini JoJo Siwa dance parties with her daughter Stella.

Guide to Cedar Rapids Area Summer Reading Programs

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As the first month of summer break has ended, maybe a little bit of the excitement of summer has ended with it. Now boredom is taking over, and you might be experiencing that sinking feeling...

Three Refreshing Kid-Friendly Lemonade Recipes

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Hot summer days full of sunshine are the perfect time for a nice, cool, refreshing drink. If you’re looking for something a little lighter than a cone full of ice cream or just want...

Chalk It Up: Five Ways to Use Sidewalk Chalk to Brighten Your Summer

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Sidewalk chalk is one of our go-to during spring and summertime in my household! While I could usually do without the dust-covered hands and clothes, I still enjoy soaking up the memories. Last year we...

Five Simple Spring Cleaning Tips

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I’m not the personality type that usually puts “clean” and “fun” in the same sentence, but spring cleaning is my jam. It might be an occasional love-hate relationship, but I feel SO much better...

The Magic of a Yes Day

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The “Yes Day” challenge isn’t a new one, but in case you haven’t heard of it you are in for a treat! (Or at least your kids are!) Picture this; a whole entire day-...

Motherhood is Just NOT My Hood

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I don’t even really like kids. There, I said it. Mom shame me, or judge me if you will. I’ve gotten blacklisted from mom groups for saying it. But that doesn’t change the fact...

Snow Much Fun! Five Ways To Have Fun in the Snow This Winter

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Once the first fluffy, white flakes of snow start to fall, I almost feel giddy with the inner child in me coming out. My daughter and I both love the snow and over the...

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes: No More Sad Mashed Potatoes

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I have been a vegetarian for almost a decade now, and let me tell you, somehow holiday meals are still a little awkward. Family kind of hem and haw over what to say or...

This Mom is Going Back to School

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Back to school, back to school; Mom is going back to school! When I took my daughter school supply shopping, I began to grab my own pencils, highlighters, and notebooks. My daughter suspiciously asked,...

Haunted Houses in and around Cedar Rapids 2020

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The fall season brings excitement for pumpkin patches and Halloween for some, but those with a craving of fear eerily await their fix from haunted attractions. Luckily for those in the Cedar Rapids area,...