Maria Hoey

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A native of Iowa, Maria moved to Los Angeles ten years ago. It's there that she met and married her husband, Brian. Maria has 2 boys who make her world go round and round and round and round... She also is a co-host on a hilarious podcast - They See Me Mommin'. When she isn't doing all things "mom" Maria enjoys reading, writing, baking, eating and LAUGHING!
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Holiday Family Activities In Orange County

The Holidays are all about family, right?  So what better way to celebrate than to spend quality time with the ones you love! And getting out of the house and off to great adventures that...
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Holiday Lights In Orange County

It's the MOST wonderful time of the year!  And we just couldn't be more excited which is why we've compiled a list of neighborhoods that have some of the best Holiday Light displays.   Grab your...
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The Best Summer Cocktails

What is your favorite Summer cocktail?  There are so many fun ones to choose from, so below is a list of our favorites! Moscow Mule The Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail that's come back in a...
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30+ Free {or nearly free} Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer!

It's Summer!!  Oh wait, it's Summer!  Which means the kids are at home.  All. Day. Long.  And while I love the occasional trip to Disneyland, we don't have passes and it can get pricey....
I taught my son to never help you and i'm not sorry

I Taught My Son To NEVER Help You, And I’m Not Sorry

It's true. I taught my son to never help you. And I am NOT sorry. In fact, I role played someone asking him for help over and over again - because I know my...
What I Learned From 30 Days Of NO Spending

What I Learned From 30 Days Of NO Spending

January of 2017 I decided to go on a 30 day no spending spree. And to clarify it was a no unnecessary spending challenge. Obviously, I had to buy groceries and get gas, but...
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Dear Husband, Please Don’t Touch Me For The Next 3-5 Years

Dear Husband, Please don't touch me for the next 3-5 years. I know, it seems like a long time, but I promise it's not you, it's me. Let me explain. Since having our children I have...
the day my one year old electrocuted himself

The Day My One-Year-Old Electrocuted Himself

My son electrocuted himself and it wasn't in an outlet. I had covered all of the outlets meticulously. The problem was that I hadn't anticipated my curious fifteen-month-old to stick his hands inside the wall...
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The ONE Sentence That Changed My Life

My mother has always had a wealth of knowledge, even before she told me something that changed my life. I consider her to be my wise sage. Whenever I need advice I call her....
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My Suicidal Pregnancy

My husband and I were trying to get pregnant.  I assumed it would take at least six months to a year based on some of my friends' experiences.  However, when the very first pregnancy...
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When My Friends Without Kids Talk – Shown In Gifs

Before I had children I used to think that when a mom complained about not having enough time to shower that she clearly was being lazy.  Didn't babies sleep all day?  Couldn't she squeeze...
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Do You Whole30?

Have you heard of this whole30? I didn't know it existed until a friend of mine came to a party talking about how she had just finished her whole30.  She said she lost fifteen pounds...
How I wish I could answer preschool application questions

How I Wish I Could Answer Preschool Application Questions

When my son turned three I decided it was time I started to check out the preschools in my area.  Little did I know that not only would preschool cost more than my first...
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What If Today Was My Last?

What if today was my last day on this planet? I'm going to a funeral this week for a mom who left her home to go for a run and never returned.  She has two...