Saturday, June 12, 2021

Homemade Banana Cream Pie by the hubby

   One of my favorite type of pies is Banana Cream Pie. My husband made this beautiful one awhile back, and I wanted to share because it was so delicious! To make this pie, he followed the sugarspunrun recipe, and used the following ingredients:

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon salt

5 large egg yolks

1 1/2 cups milk

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

3 Tablespoons of butter cut into pieces

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 bananas

   In a sauce pan, mix together sugar, cornstarch, and salt, then add in the egg yolks, milk, and heavy cream, mixing til all combined together. Place sauce pan over medium heat and stir constantly until the mixture begins to bubble. Once the bubbling begins, allow it to simmer for 1 minute, monitoring that it doesn't burn. Immediately remove from the heat and add butter a tablespoon at a time. Whisk together and add in the vanilla extract. Once everything is mixed together, pour the filling through a fine mesh strainer and into a heatproof bowl. Cover the filling surface with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming and allow it to cool for 20 minutes. Once cooled, pour some of the filling into a pie crust, smooth it out, and top with sliced bananas, repeat the layers so you have a marriage of pudding and sliced bananas throughout. Fridge for several hours to set, top with sliced bananas and whipped cream. 

Friday, June 11, 2021

Calming Sleep with the Sinocare White Noise Machine

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own. 

 If you're looking for an excellent White Noise Machine, this one by Sinocare is amazing! 

 It has 20 sounds to choose from, and a sleek design that blends into any room. The soothing sounds will help you sleep better and put your mind at ease. From lullabies to white noise and sounds of the mothers womb to nature and birds chirping, plus so much more, you can find the sound that works perfect for you and your sleep.
   I really like this machine, as the sound quality is great and you can set time intervals to 30, 60, or 90 minutes at a time. The buttons are easy to use and simple to maneuver through for even the tiredest eyes. Plus its slim design makes it perfect for on the go, meaning you can now sleep better on work trips in the hotel room! This is a great sound machine and will help drown out those noises that keep you awake at night.

You can find the Sinocare White Noise Machine, among many other Sinocare products available, at

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I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

How To Help Your Child Prepare For The School Year Over Summer Break - Guest Post

How To Help Your Child Prepare For The School Year Over Summer Break

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   Preparing your child for the upcoming school year is crucial, but it can be difficult to help them find focus and motivation during the summer months. When a student is struggling with their classes, however, summer break is a great time to help them find a more relaxed approach to their learning. Many parents have found that introducing something fun into the mix is helpful, and there are various ways to go about it, such as cooking, getting out into nature, and taking field trips.

   Of course, it’s also essential to figure out where your child’s learning strengths and weaknesses are so that you can tailor a lesson plan to their needs. Every individual is different when it comes to how well they retain certain information and how they process it, so what works for one child may not work for another. Finding your child’s specific learning needs will help to reduce frustration on both your part and theirs.

Here are a few things to consider this summer before school starts:

Consider an Assessment

   A Functional Behavior Assessment is a tool that helps parents and educators isolate issues with learning in a student, so they can figure out the best way to help that student learn and retain the information. It’s a beneficial process for students who exhibit behavior that inhibits their ability to focus, and requires some observation of the student in a learning setting to see where the problem areas occur. It can also be extremely useful in helping to diagnose a learning disability.

Make it Fun

   There are many ways you can help your child find the fun in learning, no matter their age. Cooking is an easy way to help with math concepts for younger children, and it also aids in teaching responsibility and following directions. Look online to find out what kind of learning tools are near you, such as a children’s museum or a nature preserve, that can help your child find an interest in biology, and take a field trip. Introducing concepts that your child is interested in will allow them to make connections that will help them focus once school is back in session.

Schedule It

   One of the most difficult things about summer for many young people is that there is little structure to their days. Even older kids need a routine to help them focus, so help your child stay on track by guiding them during the summer days. Set up a reading goal and set aside a specific time each day to work on it, or structure the day so that they can work on the concept that gave them the most trouble during the school year in short bursts. Limiting summer learning to an hour at a time can help keep concentration in place.

Prep for the Upcoming Schedule Change

   Getting ready for the new school year takes a little preparation, so it’s a good idea to start a few weeks before summer ends. Talk to your child about their new schedule--especially if they are transitioning to a new school--and help them get used to going to bed a little earlier each night so they’ll be able to handle it when the time comes. Having a sleep routine will be immensely helpful when it’s time to get up early everyday.

Create a Study Space

   Does your child have his or her own work area? Just like adults who work from home need quiet and space to accomplish their work, kids need a place where they can focus on learning, apart from other household activities. Home office spaces are desirable these days, so not only is this an opportunity to help your child learn, done correctly, you reap the bonus benefits of improving your home’s value. If your child doesn’t currently have a study area complete with a desk, appropriate electronics, good lighting and a comfortable seat, it’s time to set one up.

   Helping your child prepare for the new school year over summer break takes a little patience, but with a little planning you can keep problems to a minimum. If possible, talk to your child’s educator about the best ways to approach the issues they faced during the school year. This will give you a good idea of where to begin.

Guest Post Written By: Kristin Louis via



Friday, May 28, 2021

Tresemme's Repair & Smooth Styler and Air Dry Cream

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own. 

   Styling my hair with Tresemme's Repair & Smooth Styler is a great way to control frizz and smooth away those wispy baby hairs. I love the scent and the texture it gives my hair! I it use after washing, and it helps my hair comb through easier as well. It does leave my hair feeling slightly heavier but it doesn't look greasy which is definitely a good thing! 

   Using Tresemme's Air Dry Cream is another great way to style my hair while controling frizz and giving my hair some texture after washing. I really love the scent and that it also helps comb through my hair easier. It doesn't leave my hair feeling gross, just soft and smelling good. It's so nice to use after washing, for easy on the go styling! 

   Both of these products by Tresemme are nice to use and can be found in most stores that sell hair products. Visit for more products and information.

I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.  

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

A Lighthouse Point - Book Review

  Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

  A Lighthouse Point by Suzanne Woods Fisher is #3 in the Three Sisters Island series; a contemporary romance featuring around the youngest sister of the Grayson Girls, Blaine Grayson, who is an aspiring chef, returned from a long journey in France. Upon her return, Blaine has her heart set on updating the family campgrounds: Camp Kicking Moose. But when she arrives, she finds that the Moose Manor's kitchen, her territory, has already been remodeled. That's just the beginning of things for her, when she finds that so much had changed since she has been away. This book unwinds the story of Blaine, why she left for France, what took her so long to return, and everything in between.

   I previously had the opportunity to read the second book in the Three Sisters Island series, so I really enjoyed getting to read #3 in the series. I love reading about the Grayson sisters and following along on their journey through life. Learning more about Blaine and the ups and downs of her life gave me a better understanding for her personality and the experiences she faces. She feels emotions deeply and has always carried her heart on her sleeve while trying to disguise it from others. I love how she confronts her thoughts and dreams in this book. It was a great read that I thoroughly enjoyed once again!
   You can find A Lighthouse Point available for purchase on Amazon in Paperback, Hardbook, Kindle or Audiobook.

 This post is made possible by the Revell Reads Program in providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions my own. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Making Tea with the Belanko Tea Kettle

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own. 

   This pretty little tea kettle by Belanko, is the perfect addition to a cup of tea. It holds 2.7qt and heats up quickly, ending in a loud whistle to let you know the water has boiled. It is made of professional food-grade materials and 18/8 stainless steel, with a wood patterned handle and diamond appearance. 
   I love the ombre blue coloration and the wood handle design, however I wish it was made of actual wood, instead of silicone. The handle is heat resistant though so that's good! I have yet to hear its whistle though, as it seems the water boils way before the whistle occurs? Fine by me though, I rather not have a whistle haha. I love using this kettle to brew the perfect cup of tea or coffee! 

   Find the Belanko Tea Kettle available for purchase at where they also have other designs and fun products!

I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.  

Friday, April 30, 2021

Daily Goodie Box - April 2021

   Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own. 

   I received a bunch of goodies in April's Goodie Box! 
I loved all the snacks :)

After Bite® for Kids - this is a lotion to put on your little ones bug bites, to help ease the itch and heal it up fast. The cream has an interesting smell to it, kind of a menthol scent. My son actually recently got a mosquito bite, so we put After Bite on it. He said it felt kind of tingly at first but nothing afterward. It never itched so I'm not sure how well it worked, but I'm sure it will be great to use in the summer, when more bug bites tend to happen!
Bella Sun Luci - Sriracha Tomato Jerky . I wasn't really sure what to expect with tomato jerky but it's actually kind of a pleasant snack! The texture is chewy, kind of like jerky, but these are basically like sun-dried tomatoes with a kick. They make a fun snack and are healthy for you too!

Nutrition - Collagen Powder - It's exactly what you would expect in a Collagen Powder, and I'm curious how long term use would go. In attempting to mix the powder in my drink, I found that it does not dissolve in cold liquid very well at all. I will try it in my hot coffee next time and hope it dissolves better. However, I will say that I could taste the powder very well, and it left a gross aftertaste for me. I'm hoping the taste could be more disguised in a smoothie or something, but we'll see.

Zollipops - Zolli Caramelz - These were of course my favorite part of this goodie box. Chocolate caramel that is good for your teeth?? Sign me up! These little balls of chocolate had a great taste and texture, and they didn't get stuck in my teeth! I even felt the sample bag had a good amount of chocolates so it lasted me a couple days :)

ShiKai - CBD Cream with Menthol
- I like this lotion, as it is moisturizing and makes my skin feel soft. I think I probably prefer it without the menthol though, but it leaves my skin feeling nice and hydrated so it's doing its job well.

Crunchsters - Beyond Bacon - These little crunchy pieces are a unique snack. They are a bit crunchier than I'd like, but the flavor they have, really is a great set of spices. It's not overly bacon flavored, but it has a nice smokey, sweet, yet salty taste that makes them fun to suck on. Though if you eat too many at once, you will definitely want to have a drink with them, as they're very salty! 

Crown Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup - This was fun to see a limited edition bourbon syrup in a cute little bottle, although I thought it was a tiny beverage lol. The syrup itself is pretty good, with a nice spicy bourbon taste. It goes well on waffles and pancakes, it's even recommended for more unique food pairings! And because of its cute design, it would make an excellent addition to a gift (breakfast basket, waffle baking set, ect) or for future Christmas stockings! 
Sprayology - EveryDay Multi & EveryDay Sunshine - These sprayable vitamins are a fun and different way to get your vitamins in, although can be inconvenient if you're in a rush. They both have great flavors, but I especially like the Sunshine as it is Peach flavored. The Multi has a vitamin taste to it, but I guess that's too be expected. You take 10 sprays by mouth each day, to get the vitamins you need. Easy for on the go too!

Once again, I enjoyed trying all the fun items in this months Goodie Box. I always look forward to trying the new products so I can know what I should purchase next! 
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I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.