4.06.2016

How saucy are you?

After being married to my husband for almost 6 years, I have come to the conclusion there are two types of people in the world, sauce people and no sauce people. I married a completely saucy person. Sauce on everything, double sauce even. A place that makes their own sauce? Even better according to my husband. It isn't just one sauce he gets, it is multiple sauces, just put sauces on top of sauces is his motto. Me on the other hand? I am a plain jane, no sauce, no condiments, keep it as simple as it comes. Don't add extra stuff if it is unnecessary is my motto.

Sooo if you are a saucy person, this recipe is for you. Summer time is fast approaching, which means bbq, outdoors, and hamburgers and what better to add to your burger is a delicious sauce. Hey, I even put it on my burger we had last night for dinner and that is saying something if I am not a sauce gal.
For this recipe, you need mayo, ketchup, sweet pickle relish, white vinegar, sugar and black pepper.

In a bowl, add 2 tablespoons mayo and 1 tablespoon ketchup. Stir briefly. 


Then add in the 1/2 teaspoon sweet pick relish, 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper. Stir again until all ingredients are combined. Refrigerate until ready to eat.




That is it, all you need, all you need to do. So if you like your sauces, try this one, who knows maybe it will become your new favorite sauce!


4.04.2016

An outfit post and some outtakes...

Every Sunday I think ok I will ask my husband to take photos of my outfits and every week when we go to church it is a converted warehouse with brick walls and repainted bright yellow doors, an Instagrammers dream background. Every week I have failed except for yesterday I finally remembered to ask when we were still at a church, not at a home with an uninteresting background or out of my outfit already, which means it is 9pm by the time I finally remember oh I wanted to make Monday's about outfits and style. 
So here is my legit mom style and a few outtakes, you can't win them all with a toddler in your photos either!

Old Navy dress, J.Crew Factory jean jacket (similar), Nordstrom shoes, Sole Society bag




3.24.2016

It started with a compliment...

When do you think about in the morning when you wake up? Usually for me, it is when is the coffee going to be ready, what do I have to do that day, where is Caleb, did I make Sean his lunch yet for the day, etc. etc. Yesterday morning started out pretty uneventfully, my husband got up, made the coffee and I waited for Caleb to get up for the day after waking up at 5:45am but going back to sleep for a bit. After putting Caleb back down in his crib and waiting for him to fall asleep before I tiptoed out of the room, I walked into the kitchen half asleep to where Sean was getting himself ready before he had to leave for practice. He tells me, "want to hear a compliment?" At 6:15am, my mind wasn't quite ready to comprehend a compliment. Initially, I said "no" but then I said "yes" and Sean said, "I knew you wanted to hear it." He went on to pay me the compliment in regards to being a mother and something he admired about me. Shortly after he left for practice, I got a few minutes to myself before I heard Caleb up for the day. The rest of the day was the same, the usual, nothing out of the ordinary until I realized my attitude was better overall and the calmness I had during my day in the midst of toddlerville was undeniable. I thought back to the earlier parts of my day realizing that was a compliment was paid by my husband in the first few minutes of the day. 
I am no marriage expert by any means and have definitely made my fair share of mistakes. Here is a suggestion, pay a compliment to your spouse first thing in the morning. Brush away that morning breathe if you need to but pay them a genuine compliment. I bet if anything it makes their day that much better!

Sean, thank you for setting this example of how to excel as a marriage partner, for leading this family,  and for working so hard for us!

3.23.2016

essential oil journey

Yes I know you might have rolled your eyes at seeing the title of this post but I am not like a 2 month or even 8 month journey, I have been on the long term journey of essential oils. 2 years ago this month to be specific is when I officially started my family on using essential oils. Since then, we have learned a lot. When I bought the kit, we didn't have what I call the common reasons why people get interested in oils, seasonal issues, strong head discomfort, etc.

All we knew was that our health was a priority to us and we sought out to do better than the typical ways when it came to sickness and how we dealt or didn't deal with it.
Things didn't click right away for our family with oils to be honest. It took some time to make sure they truly worked and weren't a placebo or a bandaid to cover up the symptoms. However, we knew there was something special to the oils that we weren't willing to give up until we saw results.

Education is key to knowing how to use your oils, knowing which ones to use, and why oils actually work. I offer education, I offer help, and I can offer an amazing oil resource group with over 3,000 to help you learn how to use your oils properly and effectively.
Thank you for taking the time to read this especially if you have gotten this far.
Using oils on your kids, which I do daily on Caleb is something that should be well researched and done using only 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils with no unknown fillers or chemical distilling processes... (and sorry friends, blogs written by other moms who once read something their cousin's brother's grandma sent you about a kid who ingested a whole bottle of store bought wintergreen does not count as research). My point is, these things work. 

Still curious and want to know more? I'd love to educate you, share, get you to understand what oils help with what. Get your oils from someone who uses them daily, who uses them for almost everything, and who is educated, takes the education of oils seriously and takes it a priority that you learn HOW to use your oils and not let them sit on a shelf and never used.

3.22.2016

Virtual Book Club

Honesty time - I have never been part of a book club like a weekly, read the chapter, come back next week and we will discuss exclusively book club. I have been involved in Bible studies and we might have read a book on the side but nothing that was titled Book Club. 
Recently I was browsing through Amazon wanting to try and become a reader. I admit it has been awhile since I finished a book, let alone picked one up besides the Bible. I stumbled upon this book, 5 Habits of A Woman Who Doesn't Quit by Nicki Koziarz. It sounded good. It sounded intriguing. It sounded like what I need. Maybe you don't think of yourself as a quitter but the more I thought about it, the more I needed this book. Do I tend to want to quit when things get hard? Then you need this book as much as I do. 
Then I did maybe what I shouldn't have done, I posted about it on Facebook that I was going to read that book. See what I did there? I posted it on social media to tell the world hey I am going to read this book and I will not quit halfway or even 3/4s of the way through. Then I had a few friends comment that they were interested in reading the book with me. Most of these friends were spread across the country in different regions so that led to the virtual book club idea. I made a group on Facebook, put everyone in it who said they wanted to read the book and off we started with our virtual book club.
Last week, we just had our first discussion on the first chapter which focused on refinement. Do you like that word? I really do. When you are going through something hard, something you want to quit, you might say it is a mess. But we aren't messes, we are going through hard things to be refined, to grow, to be molded into a better version of ourselves because of that hard thing. Isn't that a wonderful thing? 
Are you looking to learn how not to quit? Are you wanting to be refined through the trials or tough situations that life brings? There is still time to join us. Purchase the book, lets find each other on Facebook and join our club! We promise we don't bite :-) 

3.21.2016

Who likes basketball? Who likes winning prizes?

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How do you prepare for the Madness? Have you filled out brackets with coworkers, friends or family?  What kind of snacks do you make to get ready for the Big Tournament? We always stock up on Coke Zero and OREOs, and come up with ways to make them fun while we watch the games.

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3.03.2016

a2 Milk®... pure farm fresh milk

“This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

Milk, it is an essential part of the Henning household. We drink milk (sometimes even straight out of the carton and we cook with milk for example French toast, cheese sauce for mac and cheese. We go through a lot of milk that is for sure.

I was recently selected participate in the a2 Milk® Ambassadorship program and I have been excited to find out the difference in a2 Milk® versus normal milk. I want to tell you my family's first impression on a2 milk before I move on. My husband opened the carton, poured himself a glass, drank it and said enthusiastically, "this is good!" So upon initial impression, there is no difference in the taste between a2 Milk® and regular milk. The difference between the two milks are a2 Milk® is the first and only milk naturally free from the A1 beta-casein protein. The A1 beta-casein protein is what causes the lactose intolerance issues or discomfort after drinking regular milk. By drinking a2 Milk®, which is pure farm fresh milk by the way, people with the occasional discomfort or lactose-intolerance can drink this milk without any symptoms. The a2 Milk® is naturally produced from cows in the Midwest and upstate New York and produced the way mother nature intended. Therefore you can drink or cook with a2 Milk® as you would with regular milk without the discomfort or pain. Why should you drink a2 Milk® if you have discomfort or lactose problems? It is because a2 Milk® has about 6 times the amount of calcium as soy beverages, 8 times the amount of protein as almond beverages and 6 times the amount of potassium in rice beverages, these three being the most common dairy-free milk replacements. The a2 Milk® allows you or family members with dairy discomfort to not have to cut out dairy at all in your diet. Milk in your cereal can be actual milk, cheese sauce for mac and cheese can be made with actual milk. Just to make sure, I made French toast for my family using a2 Milk® recently.

Now where can you find this delicious naturally-produced without the post-dairy digestive discomfort milk? You can visit the a2 Milk® website to find which grocery store near you have this milk in stock or use the store locator here. Check out the a2 Milk® Facebook page and their Twitter page to learn more more about a2 Milk® and the a2 Milk Company™.
Whether you drink whole milk, 2%, 1% or nonfat milk, you can drink a2 Milk®. If you have post dairy digestive comfort or not, you can drink or cook with a2 Milk® knowing that a2 Milk® is naturally produced and delicious!

French Toast Recipe
Ingredients - 1 egg (maybe 2 depending on how many slices you want to cook), 1/4 cup milk, a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon. Crack the egg in a shallow bowl and whisk it. Add in the milk and stir to combine. Sprinkle nutmeg and cinnamon on top and stir again. If you like a little extra flavoring, you can add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. I like to add a tablespoon or so of powdered sugar as well.
Heat up your skillet. Soak a slice of bread in the egg mixture on one side then flip to the other side then cook that slice of French toast in the skillet until a golden brown. Turn the French toast to cook on the other side. When golden brown on both sides, remove from skillet. Serve French toast with maple syrup and enjoy!