12.06.2016

29 weeks...

Somehow we have made it to 29 weeks plus 1 day in this pregnant. Has time felt like it is flying by? Honestly no! Whoever said that the second pregnancy goes by much faster wasn't quite telling the truth. I can tell you that the second time is very different. I feel so unprepared at this point. Nothing is done in the nursery, clothes are very very minimal, and a name, not even close. 
Second time moms, what had you done at this point? Is this normal second child behavior? 

12.05.2016

Easy and Delicious Holiday Cracker Dip (recipe)



    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #StaterHolidaySnacks #CollectiveBias



    What a wonderful time of year it is! The parties are happening, the food is generous and the drinks are flowing! Whether you are hosting a party or attending one, food and drink is definitely a central part of any party! As a busy mom who doesn't have a ton of time these days especially if I am planning a party or a holiday get together, the last thing I want is a labor intensive snack or spending a long time at the grocery store. I made a delicious cream cheese dip to go with crackers, specifically two Mondelez company crackers, Wheat Thins and Ritz Popped Chips  and to accompany this snack, a Coca-Cola or smartwater! Both products can be found in aisles near each other in Stater Bros grocery stories, no need to search all over for these items!  Additionally, you can save $1 with a Digital Deal (http://cbi.as/64vkn) when purchasing two participating products.





    If you are having friends over or just a mom gathering, you can have plenty of this cream cheese dip on hand and then if you run out with celebrating this holiday season with friends, refill the bowl with the dip, add some more crackers and pass around more bottles of Coca-Cola or smartwater!

    To make this cream cheese dip for crackers, you need 1 block of cream cheese, softened, zest of 1 orange, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary, 1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries, black pepper. 
    In your mixing bowl, cream up the cream cheese a little bit. Add in the orange zest then mix.



    Now add in the chopped up dried cranberries followed by the fresh rosemary.



    Lastly, crack some black pepper into the cream cheese dip.

    Having the balance of the savory and sweet makes this dip a delicious favorite and the bright, festive colors of green, red and orange make it a perfect holiday snack!
    Scrap all of the cream cheese dip into a bowl for serving. If the cream cheese is too softened for your desire, pop the bowl in the refrigerator for a bit then serve with the Wheat Thins and Ritz Popped Chips (Mondelez products) like I selected. Don't forget the cold Coca-Cola or smartwater!
    Enjoy and happy holidays!


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    What are your favorite dips to eat with snackers during the holiday season? 

    12.01.2016

    Start of the Christmas Season

    Last night we went to a tree lightening ceremony at the university where my husband works. It was perfect, focusing on the true meaning of Christmas, followed by the lightening of the tree and then it "snowed." Let the joyous Christmas season begin!!! 


    11.21.2016

    How to Have the Perfect Bath in a Perfect Bathtub

    How do you relax in the winter? Curl up in front of the fire place with a mug of hot chocolate and a great read? Do you enjoy a simple bowl of bowl to warm your soul? How about a bath to relax in and melt away the stress of life, for a little bit at least. What do you do to make the perfect bath? Light some tea lights around the bathroom? Pour yourself a glass of vino? How about some Epsom salts and essential oils? Currently I can't do the vino option (27 weeks pregnant) but the candles and Epsom salt/essential oil bath is the perfect option to help me relax! Having a huge bath tub to soak and relax every bone and muscle in can be found via WETSTYLE especially their new W2 collection. If you haven't heard of WETSTYLE, it is a Canadian based high end bath furnishing company headquartered in Montreal. There are 250 showrooms throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean. Bold and original bath furnishings is the focus of WETSTYLE designs in their bath tubs and wash  basins. 
    How relaxing do these bath tubs look? This is the W2 by WETSTYLE collection. 



    You can check out other bathroom inspirations on their Pinterest page and Twitter feed (@WETSTYLE)

    As mentioned here are a few suggestions on how to draw the perfect relaxing bath to warm up your inside and your soul!



    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WETSTYLE.  The opinions and text are all mine.

    11.15.2016

    Thanksgiving Centerpieces~

    Oh hey in case you haven't looked at a calendar lately, Thanksgiving is coming up fast. As in next Thursday fast!! Crazy how I feel like we just had Halloween and Thanksgiving is sneaking up real close. How are you doing on your Thanksgiving plans or preparations? If you are hosting, what is on your menu? How many more trips to the grocery store do you think you will be making?
    Let me help take one item off of your to do list, a centerpiece. Don't head to the store that morning for a centerpiece, have it delivered through FTD! How beautiful is this centerpiece using flowers and fruit!

    The best part about Thanksgiving is gathering around the dinner table with your closest family and loved ones. This year, why not create a tablescape with a statement centerpiece that everyone will remember? 

    To help you create the perfect tablescape, FTD compiled these inspiring 7 Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas. They created these mood boards below which highlight the most distinctive features of each floral arrangement, including: kumquats, wild blackberry branches, and unique blooms. Check out the centerpiece ideas below and get inspired to create a memorable Thanksgiving table for your guests to enjoy!

    These are a few of my favorite ones for your table this year!

    Do you have a favorite? What centerpiece will be on your table this Thanksgiving?

    11.01.2016

    Halloween Festivities with the Henning family

    Caleb's third Halloween is in the books! This year he was a fireman. Last year he was an aviator pilot and before that he was a penguin. It was fun to see what costume he wanted to be this year, having his little opinions and things that he is really interested in. Fortunately, he didn't change his mind of his costume after it was back in September. 
    Here are some photos from the few different Halloween events we participated in, from the farmers market, a fall festival at a local church to the Monday morning mommy and me class I take him to every Monday.





    10.18.2016

    Pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies


    Last week two of my husband's athletes came over for some fun afternoon baking with Caleb and I. We made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Can I admit that is my first pumpkin anything this fall season? I am just not into the pumpkin everything especially the pumpkin spice latte, just not a fan. But those cookies did kick off my now taste for pumpkin things since I can actually consider it fall with cooler temperatures rather than overheating every day. With the rain we had for half of the day, it gave me all the fall baking feels coupled with the taste of pumpkin last week. Yesterday afternoon, Caleb and I made pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, which are very easy to make, delicious results!


    Ingredients: 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 cups all purpose flour
    1 cup chocolate chips, 2 cups rolled oats (oatmeal), 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon, 2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice, 1 TB vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 cup unsalted butter, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 cup pumpkin puree, 1 egg

    Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. In your mixing bowl, cream the butter first. Then add in both sugars and mix thoroughly. Next add in the pumpkin puree and mix again. Add in the final wet ingredients, the egg and vanilla extract and mix again. Now you will add in the dry ingredients, the flour, oatmeal, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and salt. Turn the mixer on slowly so you don't have a flour shower. Lastly, add in the chocolate chips and give one last mix to thoroughly combine all the ingredients. 
    On a greased cookie sheet, drop about 1 tablespoon of dough for each cookie. Bake about 14 minutes or until lightly browned. They might look a little soft but leave on the cookie sheet for a few minutes and then remove, they will harden up and make it easier to transfer to a drying rack. 
    Enjoy these cookies with a glass of milk or some hot chocolate!