Marla Hoy

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Marla is a lifelong Cedar Rapidian who met her husband, Shawn, at the local Dairy Queen in 2005 and married him in 2009. They have three beautiful and spunky daughters (8, 5, 3) who keep them on their toes. Marla is a stay at home mom who spends very little time at home. She loves children and has spent the last 8 years doing in-home daycare and spent 5 years doing foster care. Marla is an adoptive parent, a homeschooling mom, and a very active member of her local church. In whatever free time she can find, Marla enjoys reading a good love story or watching a chick flick.

Choosing to Challenge the What-Ifs of Chronic Illness

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What if I can't take care of my kids? What if I can't do my daily activities? What if this is my life now? I recently found out that I have a rare and serious...

Three Reasons Why I Love Mondays

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Mondays are the best. It's hard to tell tone in text, so you might assume I'm being sarcastic. I assure you I am not. Outside of weekends, Mondays are my favorite day of the week. As...

I Don’t Have Time For a Mental Breakdown

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Have you ever felt like you were on the verge of a mental breakdown, but you just didn't have the time? Doesn't that just sound like such a mom thing? I recently had this feeling....

Like Father, Like Husband

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I have a great husband because I have a great father. It's a phrase I definitely overuse, but that's because it's true. I have always been a daddy's girl. My dad and I both love people...

How Motherhood Helps me Appreciate my Mom

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Becoming a mom has helped me fully appreciate my mom. My mom and I had a tense relationship when I was a teenager. For one, we had completely different love languages. It wasn't until I...

My Siblings Are My Heroes: I Hope My Kids Feel the Same About Each...

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In honor of National Sibling's Day (which we celebrate in April), I want to tell you about my family. I always hoped my oldest child would be a boy because I have two brothers I...

Hitting the Reset Button When Things Don’t Go According To Plan

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I have a confession to make: I found it very ironic when my cleaning list came out last Monday because my kitchen that day looked like this: Here's the thing about #momlife that I'm sure you...

My Cleaning Calendar + Free Printable Checklist

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I love lists, but I especially love crossing stuff off lists. I need my tasks written down or they will not get done. I am incredibly scatter-brained, so that organization really helps me function. My...

Where Is All This Pressure Coming From? Myself.

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Several months ago I was running errands. My husband, Shawn, was home with the kids. I said I'd be home by bedtime, but I was running late. I'm not talking hours – I'm talking minutes....

Cedar Rapids Moms Favorites: Best Desserts in and around Cedar Rapids

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When COVID started, my husband and I started having a date night in each week. We frequently order a dessert or two for ourselves once the kids are in bed. Here are some of our...