Michele Langseth

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Michele is a wife and a mother of three girls (7, 4, &1). She is originally from Sioux City, IA but has lived with her husband in North Liberty for almost 9 years. She works from home as an in-home childcare provider as well as a mompreneur making specialty desserts as well as children’s accessories and apparel. She spends her days creating all types of artwork and food while constantly learning new skills. She began her blog vanillabeansanddaydreams.blogspot.com this year as a way to document her journey to rediscover her passion for art.

Grilled Pizza : A Summer Recipe You Won’t Regret Trying!

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One of my favorite things about summer is grilling. One of my family's favorite things to eat is pizza. That's why last summer I began experimenting more with making pizza on the grill. I'm here...

Ultimate Guide to Ice Cream Shops in the Iowa City Area

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We all SCREAM for ICE CREAM! Are you looking for a new ice cream shop to try out? Here is the ultimate list for where to find ice cream in Iowa City and surrounding areas....

Spending Time Alone: 1 Mom + 1 Weekend = Countless Possibilities

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At first I was disappointed. A few weeks ago I realized I wouldn't be able to join my husband and daughters when they planned a visit to our hometown. My husband had a weekend of golfing planned,...

“Just 5 More Minutes”: Adult Sleep Struggles

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"Michele… Pssst… Hey, Michele…*nudge*… wake up...*nudge*…the baby is awake…Michele…" I find it hard to imagine that there are any moms unfamiliar with the extreme exhaustion that comes with having an infant. On the other hand,...

Smoothie Bowls

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We've all heard it: "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." It's also the meal most of us skip the most, and I'm no different. I’ve always struggled with eating breakfast. I don’t...

Transforming Lunchtime

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For three years I have been packing a cold lunch almost daily for my daughter. It’s become a hobby of mine… a bit of an obsession you might say. I have made countless themed...

A Magical Fairy Garden

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Spring is here. The weather is getting warmer. The grass is getting greener. My Pinterest boards are filling up with landscape design and gardening tips. There is just one problem: my thumb is brown. I...

Cooking, Dyeing, and Hiding Easter Eggs: {EGG}cellent Tips and Tricks

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I don’t recall ever having plastic eggs for Easter when I was growing up. Maybe there were some filled ones in our baskets, but hunting Easter eggs was always done with real eggs. In...

Love is in {BLOOM} – A Paper Flower Tutorial

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I love to decorate for holidays. However, I’m a total procrastinator. I don’t get decorations up until right before the holiday, and then they stick around far too long. How long is ‘too long’?...

When I Grow Up

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” You’ve likely asked your children this question, or perhaps you have your own dreams for them. However, do you remember what you wanted to be? Did you follow...