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.

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...

Cedar Rapids Moms Favorites: Best Pizza in Cedar Rapids

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Some nights (okay, most nights) I'm just too exhausted to cook. Fortunately, Cedar Rapids is full of many amazing pizza joints for a quick, easy dinner. We asked local moms for their favorite pizza places,...

Schooling at Home: How to Motivate Your Kids

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You've picked a curriculum and organized your space. You're ready to start schooling at home, but how do you motivate your kids? Most kids behave differently at home than at school. They know Mom loves...

Help! How Do I Homeschool? A Guide for Iowa Parents

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As you face hard decisions about your children's schooling, perhaps you're considering homeschooling. Maybe you're excited to jump in. Maybe you have doubts and don't know where to begin. If you're in Iowa, I'm happy...

Reflections on Resolution Renewal Day

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I just vacuumed my whole house. Then I mopped. It's the most work I've done in three weeks and I'm pretty overjoyed.  And I did it in time for Resolution Renewal Day. Let me back...

Confession: I Am a “Too Attached” Foster Parent

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There was a time when “foster mom” was on a long list of titles that describe me. The other day I went to write a description of myself and realized I could no longer...

Twelve Favorite Family Board Games to Pass the Time

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Who loves playing exciting games like Chutes and Ladders and Candyland on repeat? Yeah, me neither! But my family does love games! Here are some of our favorite family board games:  (many have learning components, which...