11.30.2011

Blog Swap with The Posh Daisy

Hey ladies! Today I am sharing holiday goodies and yumminess with you all. I am over at Amanda's blog talking about my embarrassing obsession with eggnog and then I am swapping with Cerrisse of The Posh Daisy. Over on her blog, I am making this for you!

(Slices all coming to you in the mail)
I absolutely love Cerrisse's shop, her headbands are great and she has the cutest reindeer necklace for sale, just perfect for this time of year! Check it out and say hello to my beautiful friend, Cerrisse.

Hello Henning Love readers! So excited to be here today doing a blog swap with the lovely Meg. 
She is seriously the cutest EVER! But I don't have to tell you that since you are following her blog. 


I would love to share with you our little shop The {posh} Daisy and a little bit about us!



First off my name is Cerrisse I am the co-owner of the posh daisy with my momma Dotti


I am a married to my wonderful husband Curtis and a stay at home mom to my adventurous son Jaxon.

I love being able to stay at home and play...seriously play! I get to play with my son all day and make fun accessories and talk to all of my blog friends all day. It really doesn't get better than that!

My mother on the other hand she is a busy busy woman! She has a full time job working for a low income community housing developer. She pretty much works 50 hour weeks, and when she gets free time she helps me with the posh daisy and also makes time for her crazy fun family. She is AMAZING! and we love her for keeping this family together.

Now on to the shop.

We first began our shop in September of this year. Since we love accessories and never really found exactly what we were looking for we thought "why not make our own accessories."  This hobby turned into a passion and wanted to share with others. Hence the Posh Daisy was born.
We love to create fun, unique items that appeal to women of all ages. And of course getting to wear our own creations is a bit of a perk too!!!!
Having the opportunity to work together has been a kick! Laughing late into the night is probably our favorite thing, but no worries, it always ends up being something fabulous!
see for yourself! 
And Meg got in on some of the {posh} by wearing one of our flower headbands


 Isn't it so cute on her?

I would love it if you could stop by the shop sometime. I do custom orders and I will be adding some fun new things in the next couple of weeks.
I would also like to offer you a discount
use code "henninglove25" to save 25% off your purchase.

 Thank you for reading and getting to know us and our little shop.
Our thanks to the ever-so-lovely Meg for letting us guest post on her blog. If you didn't know already, she is a doll! Thanks for all the kind words, you are a sweetie!!!

Thanks for swapping today Cerrisse and providing a discount to my lovely readers. Don't miss out everyone, take advantage and if anyone wants to buy that reindeer necklace for me I won't object (kidding of course, maybe my husband will buy it for me)!! 

11.29.2011

From My Hometown To Yours - Melissa of Inspiration and Rough Drafts


Its Tuesday, and only four more days until the weekend but only two more days until December, what, already??!! 
Did you enter the two giveaways I have going on currently? Go here for the first one and then here for the second. 
The hometown series is back today for another episode and today Melissa is showing me and you around Overland Park, Kansas. So grab your St. Louis Rams and Cardinals(World Series champs!) gear and let Melissa tell you all about her hometown!




Hi, everyone!  I’m Melissa of Inspiration and Rough Drafts.  Although I’m a newer reader of Henning Love, I keep coming back for all the inspiration—Meg’s posts always put a smile on my face.  When I saw the invite for guest posts, I jumped at the chance to share my hometown with you all.  Though I have lived in Chicago for the past few years, I grew up in Overland Park, Kansas—a suburb of Kansas City.

Today, I’m so excited to take Meg (and all of you) on a tour of KC, especially since I was just there for Thanksgiving.  If Meg came to visit Kansas City, she would get to see two states in one trip—Kansas and Missouri—since we’d spend time on both sides of the state line...

To start the day, we’d stop by Rainy Day Books, one of the top independent booksellers in the country.  Not only do they sell books and other items here, but they also host over 300 author events throughout the year.  With so many bookstores closing, it’s inspiring to see this place thriving.


Next, we would take a quick tour of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  With a range of art from ancient times to modern day, there is a little bit for everyone’s taste (I mean, take a look at those quirky shuttlecocks on the front lawn!).  What’s also great—free admission every day.


 
After all that exploring, we’d probably need to get a bite to eat.  The Country Club Plaza is my go-to spot for dining and shopping whenever I have guests visiting because it’s unique to Kansas City.  This 15-block open-air shopping district has been around since the 1920s and features spectacular Spanish architecture and European art.  During Meg’s visit, we’d take a stroll and window-shop, as well as check out some of the Plaza’s many fountains, statues and murals.  (Fun fact: only Rome has more fountains than KC!)  During the holiday season, the entire Plaza is illuminated with colorful lights.



Another fun holiday activity is ice-skating at Crown Center Ice Terrace.  Crown Center has plenty of shops, restaurants, office buildings, and hotels—plus it surrounds the world headquarters of Hallmark Cards.   The rink is KC’s only outdoor public ice-skating rink, so we could lace up some skates, glide across the ice, and experience the holiday spirit.


Once we’re tired or chilly from ice skating, we’ll warm up with a visit to Boulevard Brewery.   Founded in 1989, it’s the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest.  After a free 45-minute tour, we’d get a chance to samples some of their brews—I’m a fan of their Pale Ale.

 
No visit to Kansas City would be complete without barbecue! We have plenty of BBQ joints to choose from, but I’d suggest Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue. The original location is in Martin City, KS, but all of their restaurants serve their signature dishes—like Cheesy Corn Bake (a Jack Stack family recipe of cheddar cheese, cream cheese, corn and diced ham) and Burnt Ends (cubes of beef brisket, ham, pork, or sausage, which are cooked longer so they are tender on the inside and lightly seared on the outside). Also good to know: if you can’t make it to one of their KC restaurants, they ship their food all over the country!

 
If the teams are in town, we could catch a Royals baseball or Chiefs football game, but for this tour, how about something a little different?  To wind down after dinner, we could head to 18th & Vine, the historic jazz district.  We’d catch a live performance and savor the smooth sounds of jazz music at the American Jazz Museum, which preserves the history of Kansas City jazz and supports present-day musicians.

 
After a long, fun day, we would end the night at the Power & Light District, a newer hot-spot in the heart of downtown. This area is home to restaurants, bars, shops, and entertainment galore—and a great open-air venue for live music. P&L showcases weekly summer concerts and special events throughout the year, almost all of which are free. There, we could enjoy the downtown vibe and toast to the final stop on our Kansas City tour!



Thanks Melissa for showing us more about Kansas City and Overland Park! That bbq looks amazing and any sports game we can catch while I'm visiting you is totally ok by me!

11.28.2011

Earth Cookie creations giveaway

Ok second giveaway of the day! Another vendor I met at the Queen Bee market is Earth Cookie Creations. She has the cutest stuff over at her Etsy shop. From gifts tags to adorn your Christmas gifts to pinwheels to adorn your cupcakes, she has some of the cutest stuff. Here are a few photos of items in her shop.





How cute are those items?
Today Jessica who is creator behind those amazing items is allowing me to giveaway 24 custom pinwheels toppers. 
Check out a few of the toppers.


all images belong to Earth Cookie creations

To enter this giveaway, which is done separately from the earring giveaway of this morning, you must be a follower of my blog and follower of Jessica's blog, Blabberings of a Crafth-A-holic. Let me know you follow both.

For additional entries, go to Jessica's Etsy shop and let me know what your favorite item is.
Grab my button and put it on your blog

Additionally, if you don't win this giveaway or you can't wait to find out if you are the winner, Jessica is offering 10% purchases from her shop. Just use code 10OFF.
Giveaway will close on Friday at 5pm PST. Enter now!

Hope all of you are enjoying your cyber Monday shopping, I wanted to help your bank account out by providing a few items that won't cost you a dime!


Noon Design Shop pearl earring giveaway

I have another giveaway for you lovely readers. At the Queen Bee market, I met a lot of very talented individuals who are very generous in providing me a giveaway. This giveaway is from Noon Design Shop based in San Diego and the lucky winner will get this beautiful pair of pearl earrings.
Noon Design Shop
How to enter the giveaway which runs from today and ends Friday at 5pm. Each entry must be a separate comment, please.

Mandatory: must be a follower of my blog, check out Noon Design Shop and let me know what your favorite item is.


Additional entries: Like henning love on facebook
Add my blog to your blogroll
Tell me what is your favorite kind of Christmas cookie!

That's it ladies and good luck!

Check back later today for another one!!

11.27.2011

Turkey turkey, gobble gobble

Happy November 27 folks! Crazy that December is just a few days away. I was grateful to be able to spend a few days with my parents for Thanksgiving, although Sean and I got sick on Thursday and are still fighting whatever we both caught. Sorry, Mom and Dad, hope you don't get our colds. 

Just a few things we did when my parents were in town, ate sushi, ran a 5K, went to a Ducks hockey game, hung out in Seal Beach to name a few things. Definitely had a wonderful time with them and then this morning when my parents left to leave, I told Sean if I don't tell them good-bye then they can't leave. I was sad to see them go. 

 Of course, this post wouldn't be a proper recap about Thanksgiving without photos. That morning we started out with our annual family tradition of a turkey trot run. This was our post-run photo.


Sean won 3rd place in the race despite being sick, he was more sick than I was.

Aren't my parents cute?

From there, of course we headed home to start cooking the turkey! 
For our menu we had turkey, cornbread stuffing, green beans and mushrooms, cranberry relish (Mouch recipe, Mouch is my maiden name), cranberry mousse (Henning recipe), crescent rolls, mashed potatoes with chipotle gravy, spicy and yummy and for dessert pumpkin pie and chocolate pecan pie (recipe and photos as a guest post on Wednesday)!

Here is a photo of our table decorations.

Then filled with food!




Happy Thanksgiving from the Mouch and Henning family!

Kip and Kimbia wanted to say hello to you all as well.

Ok the place cards I decided were glitter pinecones. The great thing about this project is now the pinecones are sitting pretty in a vase in my living room. 
I bought spray adhesive and glitter at Hobby Lobby. For the name cards, I had some leftover cards from our wedding and just printed our names on the cards.



I sprayed the pinecones and sprinkled the glitter over the cones and I used a different color for each pinecones.





And the finished product...





Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving too, maybe you are still stuffed and filled with love from being with your friends and family members.

11.24.2011

Happy Thanksgiving friends!!

I want to wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope you are spending it with friends and family and enjoying delicious food. Just a reminder to be thankful for everything you have available to you today. Some people will not get to eat today so please remember them. If you happen to pass them today, please share anything you might have with them or buy them a meal and pass on the thankfulness you have in your heart to others!

I'll be back on Monday as my parents are in town and I want to spend lots of time with them!

*Just wanted to give an extra thanks out to all of you, my bloggy friends. You have warmed my heart and my life in many uncountable ways and I thank each of you for your friendship, your wonderful comments and the relationships we have built!

11.23.2011

Words... with friends

Hi blogger friends! I admit I don't have a whole lot for you today. I am excited for my parents to come in today and to get to spend a few days with them.
I am a bit exhausted from trying to keep up on everything that I have on my plate. So I apologize for the lack of creativeness. This is what I have for you all today. I have been collecting some of those words that you have to type in for word verification when you leave a comment. Some of them are pretty hilarious. I came up with a few definitions for some of them, if anyone else want s to chime in on other definitions, help a girl out, my creativity is lacking a bit.
Enjoy!

Sograbey


Decrepho

Dessismo

Yalpo

Hersese

Hyperceo

Sciosocal

Morilawk

Birking ( a bird whose call sounds like a bark )

Wealcali

Nostco (A Costco where everything they sell, it is individually packaged, single serving packaging only)

Coniti

Honshnes

Slech

Genativ

Tihiluk

Cotticks
Fulvac (the word you say when you are in the middle of your vacuuming and you realize the bag is completely full)

Coodi

Grohmice

Stedrust

Idumbki

Alliz

Flisters (blisters you only get on your feet)

Beaduck

Unted

Restop (stop again, because the first time just didn't cut it)

Winest (the best of the best in wines)
 
Rumstoes (a pirate who washes only his feet in rum instead of wanting to take a full shower)

Pincat (the newest birthday game instead of pin the tail on the donkey)

Ovalmeth (a mix between ovaltine and meth)

Birdip (the appetizer you don't want to bring at the next company party)

11.22.2011

From My Hometown to Yours - - Katie of Miss Dixie

Its Tuesday and also my Friday, hello 5 day weekend! I'm looking forward to my parents coming into town tomorrow, to be with Sean and I for this holiday. Who are you spending your Thanksgiving with this year? 
I have another installment today for you of From My Hometown to Yours series.





Today Katie is taking up to North Carolina. I have only been there once to Elon, when my sister was graduating from Elon University. A lot of Sean's family is from North Carolina so along with Katie and Sean's family, we have many reasons to go visit. Katie is a new blogger friend and I have enjoyed getting to her and building a new bloggy friendship.
Take it away Katie!

Good Morning Friends! I'm Katie from Miss Dixie and I am thrilled to be sharing a little place in the south that I call home. Even more so, I am happy to be sharing this on Meg's blog, which I always find inspiring, fun to read and incredibly genuine. Thank you so much for having me, Meg! I live on the coast of North Carolina in Morehead City. Morehead is surrounded by other popular destinations like Beaufort and Atlantic Beach. First things first, I would insist you come visit me anytime from May-September during prime beach season! We would spend most of our time outdoors enjoying the "Crystal Coast" that my town is known for. Welcome to the laid back southern living... 

When we have a summer day that is wide open we like to take the boat to Cape Lookout National Seashore. This island is unreachable by any bridge, so a boat ride is necessary. The boat ride here is about thirty minutes from our marina, but we will enjoy tons of beautiful scenery the entire way. There is a lot to explore on this island once you are there.  Cape Lookout is home to tons of wildlife and we will be sure to observe while we are visiting. We usually bring fishing rods and nets because of the great fishing, and the guys love it! On several occasions we have seen dolphins swimming right by our boat, pretty cool.


The dogs absolutely love the boat also, this is Dixie enjoying a boat ride with us!



A day at the Cape usually entails bringing a great picnic lunch to feast on. Beaufort Grocery is one of my favorite restaurants and their lunches are amazing-especially the pimiento cheese sandwich, my favorite! After lunch we might be ready for a mimosa or two- you are on vacation here! 



After relaxing on the beach for a while we might start to head back towards mainland, but not without a few stops along the way. Another popular barrier island to visit is Shackleford Banks. This island still has wild ponies that live and roam here, that descended from horses in Spain 400 years ago. 
They will walk right by you on the beach, it's amazing!  

On a typical summer day you can find a lot of familiar faces and meet new friends. You pull up, anchor the boat and can spend hours wading in the water with beach music in the background. The boats will be lined up as far as you can see in the summertime. This is a huge destination for anyone that visits our area and we like to refer to this island as "Shack".

We might decide to take boat cruise down Front Street in Beaufort for one last stop. Our favorite place to grab a drink on a hot summer day is Stillwater. The view is incredible and lots of times they have live music playing in the afternoons. You feel like you are in the Bahamas here, which is alright with me!



We have had a full day so far but you just have to try some locally caught, super fresh seafood for dinner. Whether it is shrimp, tuna, grouper, scallops...it just doesn't get any better! We would probably go to one of my favorite restaurants, Chefs 105, right in the middle of downtown Morehead City on the water. Chefs is a great dinner spot, and they also have live music in the summertime that carries on into the evening for a nightlife destination. Although, these days we seem to soak up the evening sunset rocking on the porch at the beach house or on a dock with friends!



The next day I would take you shopping in downtown Morehead or Beaufort. Although we already would have cruised by on the boat,  Beaufort also offers great antique shopping and local unique boutiques.    


This is a photo I took in one of my favorite shops, the Blue Gardenia in Morehead City. 
Everything is precious!


For lunch, I would take you to a wonderful lunch spot, Ruddy Duck. Ruddy Duck is also on the waterfront, (I obviously don't want you to miss any views!) They have great seafood and burgers, and a great place to have a drink, socialize and relax.



In addition to what I named here, we also have a blue marlin fishing tournament, The Big Rock, and host the North Carolina Seafood Festival, which are huge attractions during the year. 

I really hope you enjoyed hearing about our little piece of paradise, and hope you want to come visit now! I had a great time putting this together and now I cannot wait for a summer day just like this! Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Ok Katie, the seafood festival, when exactly is that each year because I am booking my ticket now! Thank you again for writing about your hometown and participating in this series.
Again, the offer still stands that is anyone wants to be featured in this series, please let me know, I would love to have you, email me at megmouch(at)gmail(dot)com