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.

A Letter to Myself – Learning to Love the Holidays Again

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Dear Self, You spent months planning the perfect Christmas full of gifts that were handmade, local, or encouraged creativity. Your daughters went to bed Christmas Eve and you carefully arranged their new easel with a handwritten...

Be Selfish. Be Kind.

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It’s that time of the year when Facebook news feeds are flooded with ’30 Days of Thanks’ countdowns, people announcing their RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness), and viral stories of strangers making a difference...

Shake It UP!

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November is here, and we are officially into holiday season. Many of us will be organizing our schedules around holiday gatherings and figuring out how to split our time among families and friends. Whether you...
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No Tricks, Just Treats: Halloween Treat Inspiration

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I love Halloween. Who doesn’t? Apart from the failed attempts at resisting the candy stash in the weeks leading up to Halloween, having to buy more candy to refill the candy stash that you someone...

Like Mother, Like Daughter- The Art of Napping

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For nine months we dream about what our babies will look like. What traits will we share. For me? I scoffed when my husband stated with absolute certainty during my first pregnancy that our...

What’s for Breakfast? 6 Clever Back-to-School Breakfast Ideas

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Every night before bed I call for my “three little duckies,” and soon we can hear their footsteps running up the stairs. Moments later they will all line up in the kitchen, oldest to youngest, to...

Back-to-School {style on a dime}

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Temperatures are rising, and many of us are counting down the days until we get a break our kids are back in school. (At which time we will begin counting down the days until our...

Gimme S’more! DIY Tabletop S’more Bar

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There are a few things that every good summer celebration needs – Family, Friends, Food, and Fireworks. Whether you’re grilling out or keeping it simple potluck style, there is a very good chance most...

Unique {and USEFUL} Father’s Day Gift

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Tired of the giving the same old Father’s Day gifts? Want your children to use their imagination to create something unique while still having it be useful? Here is a quick, easy, and inexpensive gift your...

More than just a ‘Pinterest Mom’

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SAHM, working moms, free-range moms, helicopter moms, granola moms, soccer moms… Society seems to be obsessed with using a few of our identifying characteristics to label us as a specific type of parent and individual,...