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Author Archive | Michele Langseth

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Spending Time Alone

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, and my daughters were going to spend a week at my parent’s home. Then, I started to think back to the […]

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“Just 5 More Minutes”: Adult Sleep Struggles

“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, I assume that the majority of them wake up to the sound of their babies crying most nights. However, that has […]

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Transforming Lunchtime

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 lunches, but let’s get real for a second– It’s April! The school year is almost over and I’m already excited about […]

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A Magical Fairy Garden

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 love the idea of a beautiful garden, but after years of failed attempts I needed to think of ways to incorporate natural elements […]

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

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 fact, I’m sure there are hours of home videos hidden away featuring my brothers and me spending hours dyeing eggs. Those holiday traditions […]

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Love is in {BLOOM} – A Paper Flower Tutorial

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’? Well, as I’m preparing for Valentine’s Day, I’m reminded that I still have a Halloween door mat on my porch. That’s […]

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When I Grow Up

“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 your dreams, or did your dreams eventually morph into more realistic, practical, and financially responsible opportunities over time? In grade […]

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A Letter to Myself – Learning to Love the Holidays Again

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 note from Santa himself, children’s museum membership, a doorway puppet theater, and endless packages of simple art supplies and handmade […]

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Be Selfish. Be Kind.

It’s that time of the year when Facebook new 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 in the lives of others. Like clockwork, every year as the holiday season begins, we are naturally reminded of what we […]

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