Carly Hoeppner

Carly Hoeppner
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Carly is a single mom of a spunky, independent, and sassy 3 year old. Her days usually start with a cup, or two or three, of coffee, and end with a glass of red wine. During the day she works with individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities; a truly rewarding job that she has the utmost passion for. At night you'll find her building magna tile towers, splashing with dinosaurs in the bathtub, reading countless bedtime stories, and performing her superhero powers of warding off the boogey man! After "just one more bedtime story mommy" you can find her lost in a new book, jotting down her thoughts of the day, or binge watching her latest Netflix obsession!

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,...

Covid Made Me Do It

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In the middle of a global pandemic, I think it is fair to say our lives are more different than we could have anticipated at the beginning of the year. Our ‘normal’ as we...
Mama, Compliment YOUR Mirror

Mama, Compliment YOUR Mirror

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Sometimes we just don’t feel great about ourselves, and for some of us that ‘sometimes’ is really more like all the time. Especially as moms, I feel like as a whole, we are often...
Oppositional Defiance Disorder

A Mom’s Look into Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

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When my daughter was diagnosed with ODD a year and a half ago, one of the first things I learned was the lack of awareness of what ODD is. Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or commonly...

National Hairstylist Appreciation Day

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I’m a single mom, so between raising a tiny human and a budget, self-care isn’t as elaborate for me as for some. But every six weeks when my scheduled hair appointment rolls around I...

I Stopped Punishing My Daughter

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Parenting is hard, like "trying to see the world clearly while you walk on your hands spinning on a merry-go-round" hard. You survive through the baby stage, and if you were anything like me,...

Grab Your Gals and Celebrate this Galentine’s Day Together!

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Forget Valentines Day! Well, at least on February 13th, when Galentine’s Day rolls around. Galentine’s Day is the celebration of platonic relationships among women. It has been gaining in popularity over the past decade...