Berry Pecan Protein Smoothie


Photo By Sarah Solomon


For some reason this smoothie just reminds me so much of summer. We harvest about 6 gallons of wild blackberries from our back yard every year and freeze them for smoothies!! This is the perfect recipe!!
1/2 cup Blackberries (frozen or fresh)
2 Tbs Pecans
1-2 scoops Strawberry Shaklee Life Shake (1 scoop for a snack; 2 scoops for a meal)

Directions: Place everything in the freezer bag and shake it up. Place it in the freezer for later.

Later: Drop the contents of the freezer bag in a blender. Add 1 cup milk of your choice. Blend & Enjoy!
Or you can make it right away 🙂

The OMG Almond Joy Protein Smoothie!!


1 cup coconut milk
2 scoops or ½ cup Chocolate Shaklee Life Energizing Shake mix
2 tbsp sliced almonds
1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tsp coconut extract
4-5 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Makes one serving. Enjoy!



Blueberry Panckake Protein Smoothie



2 scoopsor 1/2 cup Vanilla Shaklee Life Energizing Shake mix (or for vegan option use Vanilla Energizing Soy Protein)
1 cup coconut milk (or almond, cashew, flax, soy, rice, or cow milk)
½ cup Blueberries (fresh or frozen, I used fresh)
1 tbsps oats
1 tbsp Trader Joe’s Organic Maple Agave Syrup Blend or pure maple syrup
4 – 5 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Makes one serving. Enjoy!

7 Day Liver and Gall Bladder Cleanse



Liver and Gall Bladder Cleanse

The liver and gallbladder cleanse has been around for a long time. There are several variations that can be found, many of them highlighting special products. Dr. Brouse has recommended the following cleanse for many of his patients since 1977. We have continued to hear successes that have drastically changed patients’ blood results, allowed others to forego gallbladder surgery, and produced better general health. Their comments have encouraged Dr. Brouse to make a few minor changes and be more specific in the directions. For some patients with specific health challenges, the cleanse will need to be customized for their specific needs. Conclusively, this specific liver/gallbladder cleanse has proven to be very successful and is the one of choice.

The Liver

The liver is our internal cleaning and maintenance system that filters toxins, bacteria and antigen/antibody complexes from the blood that are absorbed from the intestines. It also detoxifies pollutants, hormones, toxic substances produced by fungi, histamines, and ammonia in the blood. The American lifestyle causes the function of the liver to slow down causing accumulated toxins. Fat deposits in the liver cause excess cholesterol to enter the bile making it thick and clumpy, forming stones in the liver. When our liver is overworked and toxins accumulate, symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, constipation and bowel disturbances, digestive disturbances, allergies or neurological dysfunctions may occur.

The Gallbladder

The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ underneath the liver that stores bile made by the liver. Bile aids in digestion by emulsifying fat for further digestion and absorption in the small intestines. Gallstones are a common problem usually caused from a high-animal fat diet. Research has discovered that heredity can also contribute to gallstone formation. The most common type of gallstone is made up of crystallized cholesterol combined with bile salts. Gallstones may not cause any symptoms or may cause severe pain centered on the right side of the abdomen. This cleanse not only gives these organs a time out, but also detoxifies the liver and allows any gallstones to be easily eliminated.

Who and When?

This cleanse is recommended for people over 25-years-old, who are not pregnant or nursing. If you have large gallstones, seek advice from your natural doctor about this cleanse. When health symptoms indicate a congested liver or gallbladder, the cleanse can be followed any time. The best results come with repetition. It should be repeated every three to four weeks until two consecutive cleanses do not produce any gallstones. When repeated within up to four weeks, the first part of the cleanse can be done in three days, making the cleanse a five day process. A maintenance program can then be followed with the cleanse twice a year. The best time for these cleanses are in the spring and fall when these seasonal changes encourage our bodies to detoxify.

Instructions for the cleanse:

Choose seven consecutive days that are stress-free, and the last two days can be spent at home.


If you are currently exercising on a regular basis at least 30 minutes, three times a week, continue. Morning, before breakfast, is the best time to exercise for most people. If you are not currently exercising, and are physically able, walk briskly 20 minutes every day for the first 6 days of this cleanse.


Avoid taking any medications that are not absolutely necessary. They interfere with the liver’s cleansing efforts.

Cleansing the Colon is Advised:

Cleansing the colon before, during, and after the cleanse is highly recommended. This process increases the over-all detoxification process, encourages a more thorough liver/gallbladder cleanse, and allows the stones easier passage through the colon. Potential headaches and nausea will be eliminated or minimized when the colonics are implemented with the cleanse.

The following is a list of methods to cleanse the colon:

Colon Hydrotherapy at a health-care facility:

There are two basic types of colonic procedures that can be found at a health clinic. The gravity-fed colonic machine is an open system where the patient has control of the flow and elimination of the water. This system is highly recommended. The closed system includes a small tube (which carries water) inside a larger tube (which removes the waste material) inserted into the rectum. A therapist controls the water flow and pressure.

Home Colonic:

This method is a great choice when a colonic from a therapist is not available. A colonic board can be obtained that will allow you to perform a colonic in the privacy of your home and at a time that is convenient for you. Colema Boards of California sells a plastic formed board that is comfortable, easy to clean and store. With this board, colonics can be taken throughout the year for on-going cleansing.

An Enema:

When a colonic is not available, a series of enemas are recommended during the cleanse.

The first five days:

The first five days of this cleanse begins the detoxification process and prepares the body to eliminate gallstones and “sludge” from the liver and gallbladder. The cleanse diet is vegetarian to alkalize the body’s chemistry, which creates higher quality and thinner bile.


Drink and eat most foods and liquids at room temperature or warmer. This will contribute in keeping the bile thinned.

This diet is largely fruits and vegetables, preferably organic and many eaten raw. (This is a great time to use your juicer – drink several glasses of fresh vegetable juice each day.) They can also be eaten steamed, stir fried, baked, or made into a soup. Dried beans can be included in your daily diet. Most fruits and vegetables promote detoxification, but the following list are high in glutathione and some in sulfur, which help the liver and gallbladder detoxify and thin the bile: beets, radishes, carrots, garlic, onion, artichoke, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, spinach, romaine lettuce, avocado, watermelon, papaya, rhubarb, kiwi, plums, pears, apples, cherries, figs, grapefruit, lemons and limes. If these are difficult to obtain, look for frozen organic fruits and vegetables. The above mentioned vegetables, when made into a soup with turmeric and oregano, contribute to cleansing the liver and gallbladder.

Drink, daily and between meals, four 8-ounce glasses of room-temperature apple cider or juice, preferably organic, Another option, instead of the cider, is to mix one teaspoon of Shaklee Fiber Plan in a glass of vegetable juice, preferably freshly juiced. Also, two fresh organic apples or cranberry juice without sugar can replace one serving of juice each day. People with hypoglycemia, diabetes, candida, cancer or stomach ulcers should replace the apple juice with the vegetable juice.

Raw organic nuts and seeds can be eaten in moderation. Most contain arginine, which helps the liver detoxify ammonia. They also contain glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids which support normal liver detoxification.

Whole grains such as rice, barley and oats can be eaten when simply cooked in water. Whole grain, high fiber breads can be eaten in moderation.

Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of room-temperature pure water each day, preferably between meals. Herbal tea can be substituted for water. Shaklee Performance can be used in moderation.

Stevia and small amounts of honey or maple syrup can be used.

Organic olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil can be used in salad dressings and stir-fries because, as fruit oils, they do not contribute to toxicity.

Eat until comfortably full; do not over-eat or under-eat.

Snack between meals as needed; this is a perfect time to drink a protein smoothie, have a piece of fruit, or eat a handful of raw nuts or seeds.


Any milk products – (mucous formers)

Animal and fish products; including eggs, red meats, poultry – (create toxic residues in the liver and decrease the solubility of bile).

Fried foods, high-fat foods and fats.

Sugar products and sugar substitutes.

Caffeinated coffee and teas, and sodas. (Note: If caffeine has been a daily consumption, gradually decrease the amount taken each day to avoid headache withdrawals.)


Continue your regular food supplement program. If your current program does not include the following list of supplements, add them to your daily list to be taken throughout the day with your meals. They are very important to cleanse and prepare the elimination system to excrete liver sludge and gallstones:

1 to 4 Herb Lax

10 to 40 Alfalfa

1 to 4 Liver DTX

3 to 7 grams Shaklee Fiber Plan

1 to 2 Optiflora Probiotic capsules and Prebiotic powder

3 servings of Life Shake Protien.

The Importance of These Supplements:

Herb Lax: The amount will vary for every individual. Take enough Herb Lax throughout the day to be just above the effect of diarrhea. This combination of herbs and soluble fibers is a natural gastro-intestinal purgative that will help with bowel cleansing by removing accumulation of metabolic wastes.

Buckthorn bark reduces irritation caused by an inflamed gallbladder, and detoxifies the liver.
Fennel seed powder reduces irritation to the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract and increases bile production in the liver.
Rhubarb root thins the bile in the gallbladder and promotes liver cleansing.
Culver’s root detoxifies the liver and increases bile flow from the gallbladder.
Alfalfa: Take a small handful of Alfalfa tablets with each meal. The high level of chlorophyll in alfalfa promotes an alkaline state in the blood, deodorizes the body, reduces the effects of inflammatory endorphins, helps normalize blood lipids, detoxifies the liver by stimulating bile flow, and increases the kidneys’ filtration rate.

Liver DTX: This combination of herbs and extracts should be taken during this cleanse and in your regular daily nutrient regime. Its benefits give antioxidant and bile-flow enhancing properties that protect and stimulate the body’s normal ability to maintain healthy liver cells.

Milk Thistle extract helps make the proteins that contribute in the regeneration of liver cells and stimulates the liver to produce additional bile for improved digestive function.
A blend of Schizandra and Reishi mushroom extracts have antioxidant properties that protects and detoxifies the liver.
Dandelion extracts, turmeric and artichoke improve and maintain normal bile flow,
stimulate a sluggish gallbladder, promote blood purity, and remove excess water to improve overall liver function.
Fiber: The Shaklee fiber is a combination of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber possesses passive, water-attracting properties that help to increase bulk, soften stool and shorten transit time through the intestinal tract. With the cleanse, this is very important to move toxins through the body as quickly as possible so they do not reabsorb into the bloodstream. The soluble fiber undergoes active metabolic processing, supporting the friendly bacteria in the intestine.

Optiflora Prebiotic Powder and Probiotic Capsule: The powder contains FOS and inulin that feeds the ‘friendly “bacteria in the capsule. The Optiflora system is needed during this cleanse to ensure a healthy environment for the extra elimination through the colon.

Instant Protein Soy Mix: This vegetable based protein contains minimal amounts of fat and cholesterol, provides all the essential amino acids, high levels of calcium, antioxidants and better lipid metabolism control. It is a high-quality, easy to digest protein that can replace animal proteins. All of these factors make it the best choice for a healthy liver and gallbladder.

The 6th day:

Eat your normal vegetarian breakfast and lunch (at noon). Drink water until 4 PM. A snack can be eaten no later than 2PM. Then discontinue taking food supplements and eating any food because it may inhibit the stones from flushing out.

At 5PM – dissolve 2 teaspoons (if you are 150lbs. or under) or 3 teaspoons (if you are over 150 lbs.) of Epson Salt in ¼ cup of warm water and drink it. Follow it with a choice of ¼ cup of water mixed with ¼ cup of fresh lemon or lime juice or 1/2 cup undiluted grapefruit juice.

At 6:30 – If you are too hungry to go without food until the morning, eat a raw apple or avocado.

At 8PM – repeat the above instructions of the Epsom Salt Drink.

At 9:30PM – drink ½ cup olive oil (if you are 150 lbs. or under) or 2/3 cup olive oil (if you are over 150 lbs.). . Follow it with a choice of ¼ cup of water mixed with ¼ cup of fresh lemon or lime juice or 1/2 cup undiluted grapefruit juice. Go to bed immediately. Lie on your right side with your right knee pulled close to your chest for at least 30 minutes. Note: Some people have reported slight to moderate nausea after taking the olive oil. The nausea should diminish and disappear by the time you go to sleep. If the olive oil induces vomiting, do not take any more olive oil. Go to sleep and finish the cleanse the next day.

The 7th day:

Throughout this day, stay close to a bathroom because you may experience diarrhea-type elimination that may have gallstones. (A colonic this day will make elimination easier and more complete.)

One hour before breakfast, repeat the above instructions of the Epsom Salt Drink.

The rest of the day, eat your vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner with supplements included.


You have just completed the Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse. Your regular diet can be resumed on the 8th day.

Repeat the cleanse It is advised to repeat this cleanse in the next two to four weeks to continue the detoxifying action of the liver and gallbladder, especially when there are more gallstones suspected. The repeated cleanses can be done in 3 to 4 days, with the last day including the Epsom salt and olive oil.

Keep the Liver and Gallbladder Healthy:

Eat lots of vegetables and fruits, preferably organic and fresh. The vegetables listed in the “EAT:” section and raw seeds and nuts contain phytochemicals that help thin the bile.

Legumes should be included in your menu every day. The antioxidants and fiber keeps these organs running smoothly.
Consume less animal products, especially red meat. “Clean” fish is a good source of protein that promotes liver health. Soy protein, taken daily, reduces the saturation of cholesterol in the bile, thus reducing the potential for stones.
Use olive oil regularly, because it thins the bile.
Drink at least 8 glasses of pure water every day.
Continue to take Liver DTX, Alfalfa, Optiflora, and fiber on a daily basis.
Do not skip meals. Better yet, eat several small meals throughout the day. Avoid overeating. Lose excess weight slowly, because quick weight loss can cause gallstones.
Take the least amount of medication as possible. Avoid environmental chemicals, and food additives. These choices will ease the toxins that pass through the liver.
Avoid fatty or fried foods. Low fiber foods, such as white flour products, encourage congestion. Limit the consumption of sugar products.
Coffee and carbonated beverages should be eliminated or used only occasionally.

Shopping List: (Links for supplements and protein listed above)

Epsom Salt

Fresh fruits and vegetables

Grapefruit juice

Herbal tea-optional

Organic apple cider

Raw organic nuts and seeds

Organic olive oil

Shaklee Alfalfa

Shaklee Life Shake Protien

Shaklee Fiber Plan

Shaklee Herb Lax

Shaklee Liver DTX

Shaklee Optiflora Probiotic and Prebiotic



I am Shaklee Independent Distributor. The information provided on this website is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical or mental health condition. Please consult your healthcare provider. I share personal uses. Please check the Shaklee labels.

Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

Green Tea Smoothie by Kristen Chang, MS, RDN, CSSD


2 scoops Shaklee Life Shaklee, Vanilla
1 c. milk beverage of choice
1/2 banana
1/2 c. frozen mango chunks
2 handfuls fresh greens (kale or spinach)
1 packet green tea matcha powder

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

More than a Paycheck


“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” ~Henry Ford

This is so true and another reason why I partnered with Shaklee!!! I could make money with any company but Shaklee is more than a paycheck or an income! Shaklee is about giving back, helping others, personal growth, helping children get healthy, helping women, men and our grandparents get healthy, planting trees, taking care of the our planet that God gave us, being climate neutral, coming together as one big team, helping other families create a future and lifestyle that they couldn’t get otherwise, it’s about friendship, positive attitude and believing in each other, and building each other up!!

I feel so blessed to know and work with women that have the same vision as me. Yes, we will all be millionaires someday but that’s because we have passion for what we are doing and can get behind the cause!

You can make money anywhere, but with Shaklee, you can make a difference!!!

If you are interested in joining our mission, please email me at and I’ll help you get started!

Have a beautiful day!!

Emily 🙂

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Iced Vanilla Chai Tea Latte


Who doesn’t love Chai Tea? Cozy and Hot in the winter or Iced and Refreshing in the summer it’s a deliciously satisfying drink!!

What if I told you that you could have your Chai Tea Latte GUILT FREE?? In fact…….you would be getting an awesome boost of protein, pre and probiotics, and pure omegas!!

Here is an amazing recipe for our Iced Vanilla Chai Tea Latte Protein Smoothie!!

6-8 Oz of Oregon Chai (or make your own!!)
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt
2 scoops Vanilla Shaklee Life Energizing Shake
2 oz. Milk of your choice (optional)

Blend all ingredients together and pour over ice.


Oh What A Beautiful Day!!


That’s right folks!! It truly is a beautiful day today in the Pacific Northwest. Sunny and 64 degrees is a miracle in January here.
I took it upon myself to get the kids outside and wake up my garden beds for spring.

There is nothing better than a boy on his four wheeler, baby in a wagon and a happy lab running circles around the yard sniffing new smells!! Speaking of smells…….grass……grass is all I’m smelling today!! Did I mention it’s January?? I was making meat loaf for dinner for my meat eaters but I think I may have the husband stop for hamburger buns and turn that ground beef into burgers on the BBQ!!


I also decided to harvest the rest of my winter carrots. Check out the monster parsnips that surprised us too!!


Can you spot the happy earthworms??



It feels so good to have dirt under my nails and my summer gardening shoes on (instead of my trusty green hunter boots that I wear for winter).

I have been so anxious for spring. I have another blog post planned with my seed lists and garden layout for the year as well.

We have new ideas for the Hawthorne Homestead this year which include meal plans for the year straight out of the garden. Yep!! I’m going to try and make freezer meals weekly from our produce that can’t carry us through winter next year!!

Stay tuned for all the exciting posts to come!!

Hope you all enjoyed this day,



Raindrop and Clouds Themed Baby Shower


A couple of weeks ago I had the true honor of hosting my little sister’s Baby Shower. I am absolutely so excited to become an Auntie for the very first time to her and her husband’s sweet little boy Morgan.

Because of this I couldn’t resist letting out my inner Martha and going crazy with the PERFECT decor. There was only one problem…..It was the middle of January……….my house is small………..and there was 35 guests invited.

This shower left me restrained because of our cold weather and my 1400 sq. ft. But I made it work and it turned out lovely.

I am so angry with myself that I didn’t take blog worthy pictures. I apologize ahead of time for the iPhone quality pics. There are still some great ideas in this post if you can have patience!!

In the beginning of planning I made a list of all the things my sister loved and what popped into her head when she thought of having this sweet boy.

Soft greys, blues, and whites and silvers were the colors that she loved. Clean and crisp but still a little rustic. So my wheels got to turning and of course my pinterest page went crazy with ideas!!

I excitedly settled on a beautiful Raindrop and Cloud themed shower. It was perfect for all of the colors and my inspiration was this adorable cloud mobile tutorial that I had saved a couple of years ago to make for the Boys’ playroom. Of course I never got around to making time for it for them so this was my perfect excuse!!

I also knew right away exactly how I wanted her stationery and couldn’t wait to get all the details to my lovely “card lady” as I call her!!  I highly recommend Alisa Richardson for all your stationary needs. She does our Christmas cards every year and then always pulls through for any invitations, business cards, or signs that I need. I give her my ideas and free rein with her creative powers and they always turn out perfect. Check out how adorbs these invites are!! I was just so smitten with them. I especially love the detail that was carried on to the back of the invites!!

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I quickly got to work on the hand cut raindrops that I made out of these little confetti dots that I got at target for $2!! Have you seen their party supply spot lately?? Its amazing.


After finishing the 200 raindrops it was time to write out all of my chalk boards. I use chalk boards for tons of stuff when I am entertaining. I actually made all of them from old picture frames and mirrors that I had saved. All I did was remove the glass and spray paint them with chalk board spray paint……….Yes if you didn’t already know there is chalk bard spray paint……..your welcome!! When I found it a few years ago I became obsessed trying to find anything that I could change into a chalk board!! Kind of like when I got my first label maker……But not as bad!!

Here is a chalk board that greeted guests as they arrived.


Instead of doing a sign in book I decided to have our dad (who is a woodworker) make baby blocks for all of the guests to sign and decorate. I had a basket with pretty stickers and each block had a letter of the alphabet for baby Morgan to play with someday. I just love how special it is that our Dad (Morgan’s Papa) had a hand in this!!




For going home gifts I made these sweet little tea light candle packages for all of the guests. I love consumable gifts but this time I wanted something that would keep the guest thinking of My sister and brother-in-law and of course our sweet Morgan. Who doesn’t need more thoughts and prayers when they are in labor and the first night with a newborn?? I thought this would be great for surrounding them with more love and support on their special day!!



The food was absolutely delish (not to toot my own horn). Sadly I can’t afford to pay for catering for events (fingers crossed that some day I will) so my inner perfectionist wouldn’t accept anything less that making the catering style food myself along with the help of my Mama. Tea sandwiches, croissants, and of course chocolate covered strawberries were some of the menu items that got devoured. A shower wouldn’t be complete without cake of some kind so we had yummy vanilla bean cupcakes with fluffy whipped white frosting that looked like clouds sprinkled with light blue rain drops.




For drinks we offered sparkling lemonade and Champagne Clouds. I put a little fluff of light blue cotton candy in the bottom of champagne glasses to look like clouds!! I was so bummed because I originally planned for white cotton candy but couldn’t find it ANYWHERE!! So I had to settle for blue (which ended up being a hit because it turned everyone’s champagne a pretty baby blue!!).


Speaking of raindrops and clouds here are some pictures of the decor. I used batting (pillow stuffing) for the clouds and just tucked it behind my curtain rods. I then hung the homemade raindrops all along the rods to look like it was raining. I am seriously kicking myself right now for not taking up close pics of how it looked.



I didn’t get very good pictures of the sparkly silver branches but there was also raindrops dripping from them as well. I painted the banner last-minute because the mantle was really lacking something. I also bought the M and spray painted it with a chrome finish. I feel like I could have probably spruced it up a little more too!!


Baby’s breath was the perfect accent for the flowers and color scheme. I bought these adorable vases from the Dollar spot at target for 3$!! I cant figure out how they are so cheap. They are solid glass!!


Last but not least I made a photo collage of my sister and her hubby from their baby pictures. This awesome heart board was made out of pallets by some of our closest friends for me for a christmas gift!! YES THEY MADE IT!! It has been awesome for birthday parties and other events.


Here is a picture of it without pictures


The day was really amazing and my sweet sister was so happy with everything which in turn made me so happy as well.

She was showered generously with gifts and great advice from the closest women in her life that she holds dear.

I have to say I am a little emotional writing this blog post and seeing all the pictures. My baby sister is having a baby and I can’t believe it. I am so excited for her to feel all the love and emotions that are to come for her. They are indescribable.



Coconut Cloud Body Butter



What is the blog world using now a days for moisturizer? Lotion? Cream? Body Butter?

Did you know that your skin is the biggest organ on your body? And everything that you put on your skin goes directly in your body as if you are eating it?

So why do we slather ourselves with over scented, bronzing, glittery, greasy, chemical laden crap? I’m guilty of it for sure!! You want to have silky soft and yummy smelling skin!!

After searching forever (and always coming up with a long ingredient list on the bottles) I decided to make my own.

I am incredibly grateful that I am literally down the street from Mountain Rose Herbs. If you don’t know about them you NEED to check them out!! They sell everything for tea, essential oils, butters and everything in between. I love that I can go down and pick up my order the next day without shipping!!

So they are my go to for this recipe.

1/4 C. Cocoa Butter

1/4 C. Kokum Butter

1/4 C. Coconut Oil

10 drops of essential oil of your choice.

*Melt butter and oil down slowly in a pan. Pour into a mixing bowl and let cool until slightly solidified. Then beat on high for 5-10 minutes until fluffy!!