Passionate About Iowa City
and the Moms Who Live Here.

Meet Our Contributors

Sarah Bengtson

Sarah is a proud Iowa native who currently lives in North Liberty with her husband Jonathan and their 2 sons, Aaron and Isaiah.  She grew up in rural Benton county and moved to the Iowa City area in 2005 to attend graduate school at the University of Iowa in Physical Therapy.  She and her husband met at Luther College when they were both undergraduate students, but they did not begin to date until after she returned from service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras in 2004.  They married in 2007 and welcomed Aaron to the family in 2012.  Isaiah made his appearance in 2015 on Christmas day, making them a family of four.  She loves being a “boy mom” as well as her day job as a pediatric physical therapist.  Along with work and family life, Sarah loves music, playing her cello, running, baking, crochet, church activities, cheering for the Hawkeyes and the Minnesota Vikings, and photography. 

Ashley Breinholt

Ashley is an Iowa transplant from Arizona and a busy mom of 4. She spends most of her day chasing around her little herd and hoping to catch a glimpse of her main squeeze when he gets a break from the hospital. She is the owner of FIT4MOM North Liberty and loves helping other Mom’s connect and make healthy choices together. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Arizona State University and spends her Saturdays cheering for the Sun Devils and, of course, the Hawkeyes. She is also the Vice President of Iowa Medical Partners, a group for the significant others of the medical field, and a writer for 365HealthyChoices. In her free time, Ashley enjoys running, reading, cooking, and decorating (and redecorating) the house. She loves everything about Iowa! She and her family like to explore everything that Iowa has to offer in every season. Life may be crazy but she loves every minute of it!

Angelica Brothers

Angelica was raised in West Liberty just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Iowa City. After getting married to her high school sweetheart and living in the D.C. metro area, they decided it was not where they wanted to raise a family, and moved back five years ago to West Liberty. Nine months later they welcomed their daughter with only three hours to prepare. (She went the whole 40 weeks without knowing she was pregnant! Her daughter is now four years old and going to preschool. Aside from being a mommy, Angelica works full-time while going to school full-time. To help keep herself sane, she runs early in the morning five days a week. Last year she got the courage and ran the Quad Cities Marathon! It was the second hardest thing she’s ever done, next to giving birth. In addition to running, Angelica likes to read, cook, garden, fish, camp, and spend time with her family. She’s a Pinterest and bargain shopping addict! Overall she loves being a wife and a mom with the adventures that it brings.

Megan Burns

Megan is mama to the sweetest boy CJ (1) with the most kissable cheeks. When she is not smooching on him or her hubby Cody in their home in Iowa City, she is trying to change lives as a social worker. She grew up in West Branch, graduated from Wartburg College and spends her free time with her family and friends, watching vlogs and bad TV, and is a newbie minimalist, runner and writer.

Dawn Clark

Dawn lives life to play! Wife to Bryan and mother of four (ages 13, 10, 8, and 4,) she finds what she most enjoys and does it. Bryan tells people she hates a blank calendar; Dawn says she loves a colorful one. With a BA in Theatre and a certificate in Performing Arts Entrepreneurship from the University of Iowa, Dawn has successfully run two business and volunteered on numerous community theatre Boards of Directors. She currently colors in her calendar with Jamberry Nails appointments and parties, Chamber Singers of Iowa City rehearsals, Girls on the Run practices, Dreamwell Theatre Board meetings, and as many dates with friends as she can. Dawn is passionate about respect and intentional choices. She loves coffee with cream, a good wheat beer, seeing someone discover something for the first time, and Young Adult fantasy fiction.

Sara Connell

Sara is a NW Iowa native who moved across the state to become a Hawkeye! After her time at the U of I, she left for optometry school and residency before coming home to Iowa to start her “adult” life in Coralville. She was in clinical practice for 5 years before trying her hand at the research side of eye care, working on clinical trials in the pharma/biotech industry. Sara is a wife, mom to a 5-year-old boy, and step-mom to four teenagers! Because her son was born at 25 weeks and had a lengthy NICU stay, Sara is passionate about all things related to prematurity, especially parent support in the NICU. She loves connecting with fellow NICU moms, both online and in person. Sara also enjoys spending time with friends and extended family, reading, scrapbooking, organizing, knitting, travel, keeping up with tech trends, finding new wines to enjoy, honing her photography skills, and serving on the Family Advisory Council for UI Children’s Hospital. She’s a consultant for Jamberry Nails, too, which lets her dabble in her creative side.

Brenda Delsing

Brenda is an Iowa native who lives in North Liberty with her husband Robert and their two children, Gabe(3), and Maggie (1).  She grew up in rural Black Hawk County and moved to Iowa City in 2005 to begin her teaching career.  She and her husband met through their church in Iowa City near the end of 2009.  They were married in June of 2012 and welcomed Gabe in April of 2013.  Maggie made her entrance to the world in April of 2015, two years and 10 days after her brother.  Brenda is a stay at home mom to her amazing blessings and also substitute teaches occasionally.  Along with family life, Brenda loves  running and exercising, trying new recipes, participating in church activities, cheering for the Hawkeyes, UNI Panthers, and her beloved Chicago Cubs. 

Sherri Erkel

Sherri is a transplant from Oregon who came to be a Hawkeye in 2006 and stayed for the sweet corn…and for the Iowa boy she met along the way! She and her husband (Kyle) have a 6 year old daughter, Aissa, a self-described “horse-crazy” girl. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The University of Iowa and works at St. Ambrose University in Davenport as the Director of First Year Experience. When she’s not working, you can find her with her family, enjoying Iowa City and cheering on the Hawkeyes.

 

Meghann Foster

Meghann is the mom of 5 kids ranging in age from toddler to teenager. She works as the Marketing and Events Manager at Brand Driven Digital. She currently is working toward earning her Master’s Degree in Strategic Communications from Washington State University. Meghann is also a certified yoga instructor. In her free time, she enjoys teaching and practicing yoga and taking Cross Fit classes.

Melissa Glanz

Melissa was born and raised right here in Iowa.  Although she grew up in southwest Iowa (about as close to Missouri and Nebraska as you can get!), she has called eastern Iowa home for 15 years.  She and her husband Eric live in North Liberty, along with their 4 year-old daughter Kennedy.  Melissa attended the University of Northern Iowa where she earned her BA in Early Childhood Special Education and her MAE in K-6 Learning Disabilities.  She currently teaches kindergarten for the Clear Creek Amana School District, where she has taught for 14 years.  In her spare time, Melissa loves to be outside playing or working on projects in their yard, spending time with family and friends, and baking up goodies for her family. She also enjoys taking walks with their two dogs, plump beagle Lenny and shy dachshund-beagle mix Cooper. Life as a full-time working mommy keeps her very busy, but Melissa wouldn’t have it any other way!

Nicole Harrison

Nicole is full-time Mother-Baby Nurse at UIHC and full-time mommy to her 2 year old son, Griffin. She grew up in Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa where she met her (now) husband of 6 years. They lived in Chicago for almost 4 years before moving back to Iowa City to start a family. After struggling with infertility and undergoing In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfers, they worked hard for the title of Mom and Dad. Feeling complete as a family of three, they are donating their last remaining embryo to another couple, which has been an interesting and complex process. Nicole’s next conquest is to get her Lactation Certification and do some in-home consultation on the side. Her other passions are hiking, reading non-fiction science (or parenting) books, Sudoku, being mamarazzi/managing Griffin’s modelling hobby, visiting museums, and listening to podcasts. She describes herself as resilient, passionately curious, coffee-obsessed, science nerd.

Caroline Jens

Caroline is an Arizona native who moved to Iowa in 2007 ‘for love’ and never looked back. She and her husband currently live in Coralville with their 5-year-old daughter, Lucy, who, much to her momma’s sorrow, will be starting kindergarten this year. Caroline currently works full-time in the Office of the Registrar at the University of Iowa. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business and justice studies at Arizona State University and will earn her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration at the University of Iowa in May 2017. When she has spare time, Caroline loves to read, do small projects around her house, pretend to be a baseball fan (go Cards!), and make pretty things (though she dislikes the term “crafter”). She has a decent amount of ability when it comes to crocheting and making invitations, but her true talent is sewing. She loves making clothes for her daughter and is counting down the days until Lucy is old enough for her own sewing machine. Caroline is also slightly obsessed with coffee, and doesn’t know who she would be without it.

Becky Julson

Becky is a Minnesota Native and Wisconsin Badger fan living in the heart of Hawkeye Country. Since graduating from high school, she has lived in Duluth, MN; Birmingham, UK; Minneapolis, MN; Louisville, KY; and Madison, WI, but is now happy to call Iowa City home. She and her husband have been married for ten years and have a spirited four-year-old daughter and a mischievous baby boy. Becky juggles working from home and keeping two kids happy each and every day. In her free time, she enjoys working her side business, spending time with friends, relaxing with a good book, and eating snacks.

Michele Langseth

Michele is a wife and a mother of three girls (8, 5, & 3). She is originally from Sioux City, IA but has lived with her husband in the Corridor area since 2004. She works from home as an in-home childcare provider as well as a mompreneur of her home business, Vanilla Beans and Daydreams.  She is an artist who spends most her time in the kitchen making specialty desserts. Her goal is to create something new every day including food, art, and memories. Favorite things include tacos, Coca-cola, sprinkles, and Amazon Prime.

Brigette Marshall

Brigette lives in North Liberty with her husband Brian, energetic daughter Kate (October 2014) and their two cats, Penny and Olive. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Brigette came to Iowa City to attend the journalism school at the University of Iowa, fell in love with the area, and decided she couldn’t leave. After meeting Brian while working at the same Iowa City restaurant in college, they got married in August 2015 in the heart of downtown. She works full time in project management and as an employee of the Core Fitness Kids Club while finishing her MBA at Upper Iowa University. In her free time, she drags Kate out garage sale-ing, tries to keep up with her reading list and runs, lives for Hawkeye football season, enjoys a good meal on a patio, runs her Bachelor/Bachelorette bracket with her family and friends, and of course, chases her daughter around the pool and the park.

Amber Monat

Amber has called Iowa home all her life. She and her husband Jeremy live on an acreage just south of Traer where they raise their 6 blue eyed, blonde haired babes. Amber is a stay at home mama to 3 girls ages 12, 9, & 4 and 3 boys ages 2,1, & 7 months. Amber earned an AAS in Early Childhood Education at Hawkeye Community College. She also spent 9 years in the Iowa Army National Guard. Amber is always busy attending Redhawk sporting events, 4­H meetings, teaching RE classes at St. Paul, reading stories, playing house, cooking, feeding various animals, & running around after her kids. In her spare time (ha!) she likes to can produce out of the huge garden her husband plants every year, read a book to the end, watch a good movie (that she normally falls asleep in the middle of) and spend time with Jeremy, which is normally at Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling Meets! Go Hawks!

Laura Portier-Lalumiere

Laura is a mom of three who works full time from home as a Development Director for a children’s charity. She is married to her college sweetheart, Ryan, and they have been sharing life’s adventures for nearly 15 years now. A Maryland native who spent her 20s living in Southern California and South Carolina, Laura moved to Iowa City with her family in 2010. With a 3rd grader, kindergartener, and toddler in the house, the action is non-stop! On a good day, Laura can be found raising lots of money for programs for at-risk kids, baking up some delicious treats, reading with her kids, or writing silly stories for her daughter Anna to read. On a not so good day, Laura can be found praying for sleep, eating lots of chocolate in hopes that the sugar will compensate for the lack of sleep, and wondering if anyone will notice whatever it is that her toddler just smeared on her last clean shirt. Whatever kind of day it is, Laura is glad to be having it here in Iowa City with her much-loved little family.

Mary Swanson

Mary, a native of Rockford, Illinois, attended DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois where she received her BA in Secondary Art Education. In 2007, she moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa after accepting a position as a high school visual arts teacher with the Cedar Rapids Community School District. She and her husband, Collin, who is a teacher in the Iowa City Community School District, reside in Cedar Rapids with their daughters, Zoey and Munroe. Zoey is five and Munroe will be turning one in October 2016. In addition to being a full time mommy, full time teacher, and writer for the mom’s blog, she is also a professional artist who has shown and published works both nationally and internationally. Mary enjoys traveling, painting, and most of all, spending time with her family.

Mandy Webber

Mandy is a first-time mother who is anxiously awaiting her Rainbow Baby. A North Liberty native, Mandy has spent almost her entire life in the Corridor. She took a brief hiatus and moved to Chicago, where she met her fun-loving husband, Tom. By day, Mandy is a Marketing Maven for a large corporation who helps employees at her company understand and embrace “buzzwords” like innovation, customer centricity, and being digital. Mandy loves to be with friends & family, play sports & euchre, volunteer with her church and spend time with her “little sister” through Big Brothers Big Sisters. 2 things that will always win Mandy over? Cupcakes & corny jokes.

Nikki Wildemuth

Nikki is new to the area. She graduated from the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Campus in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education. She married her husband the same year. Nikki loved the creativity of teaching and continues to bring that same creativity as a stay at home mom. During the day you can find her chasing after her precocious toddler. By night she is a Pinterest junkie! She enjoys getting out and spending time with her family!