a2 Milk® for a delicious afternoon snack!

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

Back to school is going to be here faster than you realize it or know it! Honestly hasn't the summer just flown by! Want a great way to get your kids ready for another school year by getting their brain and bodies with all the learning that will happen? Protein! A great way to get protein is with a2 Milk® which contains 8 times more protein than almond non-dairy alternative beverages. Potassium is also necessary for all bodies growing or already grown and a2 Milk® has almost 6 times more potassium than rice non-dairy beverages. Why am I mentioning these alternative non-dairy beverages? For those people who suffer from digestive discomfort from consuming regular milk but a2 Milk® is different, it allows you to consume actual milk without the tummy troubles.

When I need an afternoon snack, instead of some sweet or salty, honestly I reach for a glass of it. It fills me up with calcium an protein to keep me full til dinner! Or I am wanting a bit more a yummy bowl of cereal and milk! How do you like add for a snack? Plain in a glass? With a cookie? In a bowl of cereal?

Feel comfortable knowing that if you do suffer from tummy troubles but really enjoy the taste of cows milk, a2 Milk® is your solution since it is real cows milk straight from the cow that doesn't contain the protein that causes the tummy troubles that regular milk contains.

Where does the a2 Milk® come from exactly besides the cow obviously? The a2 Milk Company™has farms in upstate New York and in the Midwest and they are expanding their herds!
So head to the store to pick up this delicious milk knowing that you won't have to worry about tummy troubles from enjoying a nice, cold glass as an afternoon snack or pairing with a cookie!

So enjoy that glass of milk plain or with that perfect pairing and say goodbye to tummy troubles with a2 Milk®!


Henning Trip 3

Here we go! Off again and this time it is trip #3! See you all next Friday!


Where we were the last few days...

Ok trip #2 is finished! This time we headed to UCLA for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) camp. Sean was coaching the track and field athletes while Caleb and I wondered around the UCLA campus throughout the day and meeting other wives of coaches and their kids. 
Here are some photos from our time there!

 Playing hide and seek!


 Diddy Riese's! If you ever go, here is a tip, bring cash!

Last day of camp had Caleb wiped out!
If you are involved in athletes, and love Jesus, I highly recommend getting involved in FCA whether starting a FCA huddle in your home or joining the organization as staff. 
Plus it was awesome to hear about Jesus all day long, watch my son say the words to the song, its who you are, its who you are, over and over and constantly ask me to read his Bible to him. Yes he hears it at home daily, but for him to realize others constantly speaking the name Jesus, sharing message of love over and over melts a mom's heart. 


Where to Eat in Portland(ia)

I am back today to tell you where to eat in Portland depending on what type of cuisine you enjoy. These are the places we ate at during the trip:
Blue Star Donuts, which is a classier donut than compared to Voodoo Donuts plus the line is way less shorter. When you need donuts, you don't want to wait a long time, am I right?

We did visit Salt & Straw and Ruby Jewel and our verdict is Ruby Jewel is a bit better. 

A few other places we ate are Frank's Noodle House, Mother's Bistro, Great Notions Brewery, and Pine State Biscuits. If you love a great buttermilk whether covered in gravy, sausage or mushroom your pick, or plain with a bit of honey or jam, you need visit this place!
If you have been to Portland or live there, are there some locations that are must visit on your lists? Where would you suggest people go to eat in the Rose City?



If you are curious by the title of this post, no I have never watched the show. Have you? 
Anyways, last week my family if you caught up on Instagram or guessed here on my post, we headed to Portland for a vacation as a family. Just us three from Monday-Saturday and it was wonderful. It was a goal turned reality trip actually. I wrote in February 2015 at an oils conference, it was a family goal to trip to Portland on a family vacation. It didn't happen int he year I wrote it but that is ok, we still wanted to fulfill our goal some time so last week it was and sometimes I was still in awe the goal came true. 

Traveling with a toddler, by the way, not a big deal. Just allow a little extra time. Have a few extra snacks on hand and smile through it all. 
This is a trip recap and tomorrow I will give you kid friendly things and good places to eat at in Portland. 
Here are a few things we visited or did while in Portland and the surrounding area.

Multnomah Falls, also check out Wahkeena Falls which is only 0.5 mile hike away

Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Zoo

Washington Park

Downtown Portland

Tomorrow I'll be sharing what places we recommended that we at


Monday Menu...

We are back from our week in Portland and I will post a blog post of what we did, where we went, what we eat and kid friendly places if you have those traveling with you. 
Today is menu Monday like always so sticking with that today in case you haven't figured out your mea plans for the week or need a last minute meal idea!

Monday - spaghetti and meatballs. I usually make a big batch of homemade meatballs and put them in the freezer and every few weeks defrost them for dinner

Tuesday - oyakyudon, a Japanese chicken and egg dish served over rice. Quick, easy and my kid loves it!

Wednesday - leftovers because we are traveling again for the next few days so whatever that needs to be eaten up in the fridge is the plan that evening!


Who loves bacon and avocados in a pasta dish with an icy cold beverage?

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

    If the summer heat isn't coming to you yet, just wait it will. Our June gloom in California was recently broken up by our first heat wave last weekend. That means lots of refreshing, ice cold drinks, meals or side dishes that can be made in the morning so I don't heat up the kitchen during the hottest parts of the day. I went to Walmart recently to purchase both an ice cold beverage, Gold Peak Tea, and Barilla Pasta in the "Blue Box" to make a summery pasta dish. I selected Gold Peak Tea, which tastes great, can be enjoyed in several different flavors and available in both a 6 pack or large 64oz.  If you use coupons, Coupon.com has a $1 off when you purchase two 64oz whether you like sweet tea, unsweetened tea or green tea, Gold Peak Tea has a tea for you.

    For the pasta dish I used Barilla Pasta in the "Blue Box" which is the perfect pairing because it is Italy's number #1 brand of pasta, and makes for a quick and easy meal or side dish. The summer pasta dish is bacon avocado pasta and the best part, this pasta salad doesn't have mayo or another creamy base you don't need to worry about refrigeration plus this pasta dish can be served warm or refrigerated, your choice!

    To make this easy summer pasta dish with Barilla pasta, you need 12 ounces pasta (I used farfalle but rotini or fusili would work great) 2 medium avocados, 4 strips of bacon,  1/3 cup chopped red onion, 1 large Roma tomato, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, zest of 1 lemon, 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, salt, pepper.

    Cook your pasta according to the directions on the box. While the pasta is cooking, cut the avocados in half, take the seed out and cube them. Chop up the tomatoes and the red onion.  Chop up the bacon into pieces.

    In a separate small bowl, add the olive oil, the Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice and salt and pepper.

    When the pasta is cooked, drain it and return it to a large bowl. Add the avocado, red onion, tomato and bacon. Stir to mix all the ingredients.

    Then add in the olive oil mixture and on final stir. Just before serving, I like to chiffonade some basil and sprinkle some Parmesan cheese if you fancy more. Serve this pasta salad warm or cold, your preference! That is it!

    Enjoy your bacon avocado pasta dish with Barilla pasta washed down it an icy cold Gold Peak Tea whether you have it as a side dish like we did with our hamburgers recently! For more delicious summer recipes, check this out!
    What are your favorite summer dishes that help to beat the heat?