Laura Heinle

Yankee Banana Bread

It’s a cold and very windy day here in South Dakota, making it the perfect day for some baking! This recipe was created by my grandpa, who was “crunchy” before “crunchy” was cool! He spent hours in the kitchen creating healthy recipes that also tasted great! My sister and I always got to lick the bowl when he was done too! Bonus!


Yankee Banana Bread

“The sweetness of molasses,

The whole wheat flavor’s zest

Join dates and ripe bananas

To make this loaf the best.”

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal (I’m sure he would recommend non GMO now)

2 tsp Best Baking Powder (recipe to follow)

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1 Cup mashed ripe bananas

1 Cup Buttermilk

3/4 Cup Molasses (There are carrying degrees of molasses. Black strap is going to be the darkest)

3/4 Cup Dates, cut up

1. In mixing bowl stur together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and soda.

2. Mix together molasses, banana, and buttermilk.

3. Blend wet ingredients into dry mixture. Add dates.

4. Turn batter into three 5/12 x 3 greased and floured loaf pans, or four rouind one poind tin cans.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until tests done with toothpick.

6. After ten minutes remove from pans or cans and cool n rack. Enjoy!

Best Baking Powder

“Leavening that you can make;

It’s best for everything you bake!”

Best baking powder is low in sodium and free of aluminum compunds. Here is the formula:

2 parts cream of tartar

2 parts arrowroot powder

1 part potassium bicarbonate

Potassium bicarbonate can be found on amazon.

If you try it, let me know! I hope you enjoy it! ~Laura

The Virtue Training Bible Review #Faith #Trust #WordofGod

Wahm Reviewer Laura Heinle

I was blessed with the opportunity to review the Virtue Training Bible created by Mindy Dunn and her husband. I am so excited to share with you how I put this wonderful resource to work in my home, but first, I will tell you a little bit about it.

Holy Bible

Mindy describes the Virtue Training Bible on her website:

“The Virtue Training Bible is tool that allows parents and children (and anyone that loves the Word of God) to go directly to the pages of Scripture for instruction in 42 virtues.  The VTB emphasizes worship of our Triune God.  The yellow tabs at the top, right provide further study of the Trinity.”

When you order your own Virtue Training Bible, you will receive a set of 4 cards. The first card is an index card of all of the different virtues. The next 3 cards list all of the corresponding scriptures on one side and prayers on the other. You will then have the wonderful experience of setting up your own Bible. (Mindy does give the option of purchasing a ready-made Bible, but I have to say that going through each scripture on your own deepens your understanding.)

You do have to purchase your own Bible, color coded tabs to match the index card and highlighters. I purchased a Bible for $9, highlighters for $7 and flag markers for $8 a piece. All of these are easily found online or in a local store.

Once I had all of my supplies, I set to work on getting it ready to use with my kids. This was quite the process as the Virtue Training Bible teaches about 42 different virtues using over 500 different Old and New Testament scriptures! Totally worth the time I spent as it got me into the Word and helped me to get the full picture of the program.

I wasn’t sure how I wanted to use this in our home. I needed to find a way to fit it into our routine, so I decided to use it as my 11 year olds Bible study time each day. We followed the S.O.A.P. method. I gave him the Virtue Training Bible, a notebook and a printout from here to guide him through the process. I let him choose what virtue to work on and let him go.

He was to use one scripture a day from the chosen virtue, write it in his notebook and follow the rest of the S.O.A.P plan. The Virtue Training Bible made this process so easy for him. The scriptures were already picked out for him. He even chose to copy the whole passage.

Once I had all of my supplies, I set to work on getting it ready to use with my kids. This was quite the process as the Virtue Training Bible teaches about 42 different virtues using over 500 different Old and New Testament scriptures! Totally worth the time I spent as it got me into the Word and helped me to get the full picture of the program.

When you order your own Virtue Training Bible, you will receive a set of 4 cards. The first card is an index card of all of the different virtues. The next 3 cards list all of the corresponding scriptures on one side and prayers on the other. You will then have the wonderful experience of setting up your own Bible. (Mindy does give the option of purchasing a ready-made Bible, but I have to say that going through each scripture on your own deepens your understanding.)

Flash cards

He was to use one scripture a day from the chosen virtue, write it in his notebook and follow the rest of the S.O.A.P plan. The Virtue Training Bible made this process so easy for him. The scriptures were already picked out for him. He even chose to copy the whole passage when it was really long. For a kid that doesn’t like writing, this was amazing! He said his favorite part about the Virtue Training Bible is that it makes it easy to find verses about subjects that otherwise wouldn’t be so easy to find.

I highly recommend this Bible training resource for every Christian home. You can find your own by visiting

You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.


#Handmade Skincare Products from Scratch with #TheSoapDistillery

WAHMReviewer – Laura Heinle


If you know me, you know I love body scrubs and other “smell goods” for the shower and bath. That’s why I was so happy to get the opportunity to review some products for The Soap Distillery. All it took was one peek at her etsy page,, and I was sold!

The Soap Distillery is based out of Chicago, Illinois where Danielle makes small batches of each product, inspired by cocktails, beer, wine and spirits, by hand using raw ingredients and no premade or purchased bases. With names like “Hair of the Dog” and “On the Rocks,” who couldn’t love these products? They carry all handmade soaps, body scrubs, body wash, and body oils. So there is something for everyone.

I was given a choice as to what scents I wanted. They honestly all sounded good to me, so I told Danielle to just surprise me. Surprise me she did! I got “Wheat Beer” soap, Body Scrub in “Tequila”, ”Hair of the Dog,” and “Gin,” and “Bourbon” Body Oil. Of course I had to open all of them right away and give them the sniff test. They were all awesome!!! I couldn’t wait to try them out!

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The soap is great! Even my husband is using it and he loves it. Our skin doesn’t dry out like it does with “regular” soap from the store, and it smells great! The soap looked really cool too! It looked like a glass of beer straight from the tap. A perfect gift for that beer lover in your life.
The scrubs caught me off guard a bit. In a good way though. With other scrubs they always leave my skin feeling oily, which is great, if that’s what you’re going for. These scrubs don’t do that at all. They are a “scrub and body wash all-in-one!” They left my skin feeling clean and gently exfoliated. All three scents smelled great, but “Hair of the Dog” is my favorite, hands down!
The body oil also surprised me. I’m not big on that oily feeling, if you haven’t guessed that yet. So, I was a bit apprehensive when I went to try this oil. It is lightweight and left my skin so soft! Now, it’s my go to after a shower. The scent, “Bourbon,” is scrumptious. My husband loves it!

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Working with Danielle from The Soap Distillery has been wonderful. Every question I have has been answered promptly and professionally. My product arrived quickly and very well packaged. I highly recommend any of these products! So, click on over to and place your order. I know you won’t be disappointed!

You can also find The Soap Distillery on facebook at

Or on her blog at

Questions and Comments are always welcome below.

#Handmade Fashion with Sanstemar on #Etsy

WAHMReviewer – Laura HeinIe

I like to shop on etsy, A LOT. I usually find some pretty cool items. When I stumbled across Sanstemar, they were no exception. I instantly wanted one of their cute handkerchief dresses for my daughter. I mean, look at this cute dress!

Sanstemar Dress

Just looking at it makes me think of warm summer days, playing in the sun. How about you?

The dress is beautifully crafted and comes in a variety of different colors and patterns. They even give you the option for a custom order if you don’t see what you would like. The dress in the picture is the one that was sent to me for this review. It fits my daughter nicely. It’s tight enough at the top that it doesn’t fall down, yet it’s not so tight that it’s uncomfortable. She can move and play in it freely. The seams are all very well done, so there’s no concern of tearing. The ribbon at the top finishes it off nicely.

I also received this very cute purse.

Sanstemar Purse

Isn’t that just great!? I love it! Just like the dress, this one is also handcrafted with the same care and quality as the dress. The inside is lined with an upcycled t-shirt and makes it easy to find what you are looking for inside the purse.

Sanstemar Inside of Purse

All pockets on the outside of the purse are fully functional. They have not been sewn shut, so you can store your chap stick, or phone there for easy access.

Sanstemar also carries weighted blankets and lap pads for those with sensory disorders. I did not receive this item for review, but if the purse and dress are of any indication, these products will not disappoint. Both the purse and dress are so well made that I wouldn’t have to think twice before ordering from Sanstemar.

Want your own? Head on over to their etsy store and place your order.

Questions and Comments are always welcome below.


WAHMReviewer – Laura Heinle

I received this product for free to base this review on. Like always all of my opinions are my own.

When I started the homeschooling journey four years ago, I wanted to help my children memorize God’s word. We started off small, just one short verse a week. We still do one verse a week, but I mix in some longer verses every now and then. I’ve been using a really great tool using index cards, and it’s been working wonderfully. All four of my children can tell you at least a few of the memory verses we’ve studied in the past.

However, I wanted more. I wanted a simple way to have that week’s memory verse available to each of us throughout the day. Not just during our school time when we take our or “Scripture Memory Box.” I also thought it would be cool to work on my own memory verses. To have a visual reminder of what I needed to be for my husband, my kids, my friends, etc. That’s why I was so happy to have stumbled across Keeplets. Here was my answer!

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Keeplets are these simple, yet wonderful bracelets that keep scripture attached right to your wrist! Right where we all need it! Actually, they are much more! Not only do they carry bracelets, they have key fobs, bookmarks and taglets. There is also a wide variety of fabric to choose from, so there is something there to suit everyone.

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Each variation of the Keeplet has a clear window where you place your verse. The bracelet has a snap closure with three different settings, to allow for different sizes. The key fob has a swivel clasp to allow you to attach it wherever you desire. The taglets are basically a mini version of the bracelet with only one snap. You can attach them to just about anything. The bookmarks are just a flat version of the bracelet without a snap.

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I received two bracelets and a tag-let for this review. I don’t think I even had the package fully opened and my oldest son was begging to have one. He chose the “orange leaf” bracelet and a verse to go in it right away. He’s been wearing it daily. He chose a verse to help remind him to be kind to his siblings. He said it has really helped him remember to think before he speaks.

I put the taglet on my purse right away also. I’ve had a few people notice it and comment on how useful something like that could be. I am finding it very useful in my daily life. I notice it each time I grab my purse and take a moment to read the verse I chose to place inside the pocket.
I also laid claim to one of the bracelets. I have been wearing it for a couple of weeks now and it is so comfortable. There are no rough edges that scratch and with the three different size settings, it’s not binding at all.

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They also have available verse templates that make it simple for you to just print and cut what you like. If you want to customize it to suit your needs, they have provided a blank template for you to edit. Both of these can be found
Overall, I am very impressed with the quality of Keeplets. I can really tell that Jennifer has put a lot of care into each item she creates.
You can find your own Keeplet at can also be found on Facebook.


Questions and Comments are always welcome below.

Trades of Hope ~ LoriAnn #fairtrade #ethicalstyle #ethicalbusiness

WAHMReviewer – Laura


A while back, I came across a wonderful company called “Trades of Hope.” The first thing that drew me to them was all of the cool items they had. Items I’d never seen before ranging from purses and jewelry to home décor. Once I heard the backstory, I was sold!


“Trades of Hope” sells Fair Trade products made by women need around the world. By doing this, Trades of Hope offers women a way out of some pretty dangerous situations. All over the world, women work in terrible conditions in sweatshops and are even victimized in the sex trade. They do all of this just too barely get by and feed their families. These women are mothers, daughters and sisters.


Trades of Hope” has offered them freedom from these horrible conditions by giving them an opportunity, not a hand out. These women now have a readily available way to market their hand made goods to the world. In the product line, you can find items from women in Bangladesh, Haiti, Nepal, the Philippines and many more places. All in all, “Trades of Hope” works with 15 different artisan groups that cover 4 continents!


Now that you know about the company, I’ll tell you a bit about the products. I found my products through Lori Ann. You can find her at For this review, Lori Ann sent me the Butterfly Bird Feeder. I love it! Just look at it hanging there! It’s beautifully crafted and perfect for any bird lover.

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With each product, you can find information on the artisan group that made it. What a wonderful way to connect with women around the world. Each item has a personal touch. Each item means one more meal for a mother’s children, one more day that daughter doesn’t have to work in a sweatshop. You can help these women and fill your home with beautiful products at the same time! It’s a win/win in my book!


You can find Lori Ann at and on Facebook at


LNK Crafty Creations

WAHMReviewer – Laura

There’s a meme that’s run around the social networking scene for a while now. It says something to the effect of; “Chapstick: You’ll misplace it before the tube is empty.” Funny, right? Well, it’s funny because it’s true for most of us. I don’t know how many tubes of chapstick that I’ve bought and misplaced over the years. The amount of money is probably something to be ashamed of.

I don’t have that problem anymore! No, I didn’t swear off buying chapstick. I found LNK Crafty Creations Chapstick holders! The same day I received it in the mail, I put it on the hook I have on my purse organizer and my chapstick has had a home ever since. Even my 3 year old daughter has used my chapstick and put it right back where it belongs! Amazing!!







The chapstick holder is very well made by a stay at home mom of twins. She has been wonderful to work with. Always positive and picked just the right chapstick holder to send to me after I told her just a few details. Seriously, she picked the PERFECT color and pattern!

You can find your own chapstick holder in her shop on Facebook by clicking this link: LNK Crafty Creations shop. They are only $4, so you can afford to buy a whole bunch of them. I’m thinking these would make wonderful gifts for teachers, coaches, moms, dads, kids….. I mean, can you think of anyone that doesn’t use chapstick? I can’t think of a single person in my life that doesn’t use chapstick and with all of the choices of colors and patterns, there’s bound to be one for everyone in your life.









Not only does she carry chapstick holders. Her shop also has stationary gift sets that come with two notebooks (large and small), pen and key fob. All for only $10!! She also makes and sells key fobs for $5 and rice wrap heating pads/cold pads for only $8. Her prices are amazing and her craftsmanship is perfect!





I know that she will be on my list of places to purchase gifts from come birthdays, Christmas or any other occasion I need to find that perfect item for someone!








You can connect with LNK Crafty Creations on Facebook at: LNK Crafty Creations Facebook Page


Or on Etsy at: LNK Crafty Creations Etsy Shop

Starbright Baby – #Toys for #Toddlers

WAHMReviewer – Laura

I am so excited to tell you about this cool baby and toddler toy! There are many different teething options out there for our sweet little ones, but this one takes the cake! Handmade, by a wonderful woman, they are top quality!

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It all started when Suzi, the owner, received a similar giraffe as a gift for her baby. She was told that it had been made by her friend’s grandmother, who had since passed away. So many people loved it and wanted one for their own children that she decided to make her own pattern for this cute little giraffe. With a few changes, the Starbright Baby Giraffe was born!

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Starbright Baby brings us a line of Teething Giraffes, Toddler Giraffes, Rhinos and much more! They are all handmade by a group of three women. They use very high quality materials that are completely safe for your baby.

The color/pattern choices available are simply amazing! There are so many choices that it’s hard to make a decision. That’s why I just told Suzi what colors my daughter liked and let her choose for me. She did a wonderful job! My daughter loved it and couldn’t wait to get her hands on her cute Toddler Giraffe! I haven’t been able to get my hands on it for more than a few seconds at a time, silly girl.

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What I have been able to see is that it’s very durable. This adorable little giraffe goes everywhere with us and shoes no sign of all of its adventures yet. It’s still in the perfect condition that it was on day one! Pretty good for a toy that goes everywhere with a 3 year old!

If you are looking for that perfect, unique gift for an expectant mother, or that sweet little toddler you know, this is it!

You can find Starbright baby at and on Facebook at




Ancient Wisdom Jewelry by Cynthia #Fashion #Jewelry

WAHMReviewer – Laura Heinle

This summer I had the amazing opportunity to meet a wonderful kindred spirit at a street fair here in town. She just so happens to create beautiful jewelry using healing stones. I was taken in by the beauty of all of her jewelry. The fact that it is all handmade is an absolute plus!

Cynthia started her business in March of 2014 as an outlet for her creativity and her passion for healing. Each piece is created with love and it shows! Just look at these beauties!

vintage Jewelry

Aren’t they stunning!?

They aren’t just beautiful to wear; they will help you with various things as you wear them! The ear rings I pictured above are made of rainbow moonstone, garnet, citrine and clear quartz. On Cynthia’s Aincient Wisdom website, you can find the description of each of these stones and how they will help you. For instance, in the description of the ear rings, you will find that rainbow moonstone can help with self-discovery, and that garnet can help enhance one’s vitality! I think I’ll take a pair of those earrings!

Ancient Wisdom Earrings

For this review, Cynthia made a pair of earrings just for me! Mine are made with sterling silver wire, labradorite, rainbow moonstone and clear quartz. Along with my earrings I got a print out from Cynthia that had information about each of these stones. Labradorite can help with recognizing and enhancing one’s intuitive abilities. Rainbow moonstone is a stone of self-discovery, insight into the self and intuition. Clear quartz is a stone of amplification of other stones. It also brings clarity of mind and eliminates confusion by showing purpose to the heart and mind. I LOVE these ear rings. My ears a very sensitive to certain metals and I can wear these with no problem because the sterling silver she uses is solid, not plated.

I hope you take the time to browse her online store.
You can also  find her on facebook.

Pathways to Happiness

WAHM Reviewer ~ Laura Heinle


Pathways to Happiness is owned and run by Emily Young. She offers a variety of different types of sessions to help you on your pathway to happiness. Sessions include: The Emotion Code, The Body Code, The Balance Procedure, Angel Card Readings, Law of Attraction, Quantum Touch, and Meditation. Each one is described in more detail on her site HERE

energy healing session.


I was selected to receive an Emotion Code session from Emily. We did this via facebook chat, which worked out perfectly for me as it could be done in real time, but I didn’t have to worry about my kids being noisy in the background. It only took about 30 minutes from start to finish.
Emily was very in depth and spot on with a lot of her readings. I have never had this type of reading and did not know what to expect at all. I was pleasantly surprised. Throughout the reading, she would list an emotion that was blocking my path and at what age it started. Then she would go through her process of releasing that block. In all, she listed and cleared 9 emotions for me. I really did feel more at ease once she was done. It was almost like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders.
I highly recommend contacting Emily if you feel blocked in any way. She definitely has a gift and knows how to use it.
For the rest of January, she is holding a half off sale on all of her sessions. Be sure to book a session with her before that is up! It’s a great deal and you’ll definitely be getting your money’s worth.
You can find Pathways to Happiness at and on Facebook at