Lactation Protein Balls


I recently made these delicious little snacks for my sister who is waiting to deliver her sweet baby any day now. I am adding them to the New Mama Care Package that I am making for her to come home to.

The oats, brewers yeast, high quality protein and omegas are all the perfect combination to help promote lactation in a new mama. Not to mention the easy healthy snack that it will provide her when her hands are full and she is forgetting to eat!!

1 1/2 cups Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Honey
2 Tbs. Flax Seed
2 Tbs. Chia Seed
4 Tbs. Brewer’s Yeast
1 cup oats
Your favorite chocolate chunks
Mix together in a medium bowl or food processor (use the dough blade). Roll into balls or use a small ice cream scooper. Place in fridge. Yields 26 protein balls.
These also freeze beautifully!!
I hope you enjoy making this recipe for a sweet new mama in your life. Did you make lactation cookies for your milk supply?

DIY Kid’s Reading Nook


We absolutely adore our playroom. Can you believe that when we moved in I kind of dreaded having this extra upstairs space. Ha that was when I was 7 months pregnant with my first baby so I had no IDEA how much I would be needing it.

Since my first baby was born over 3 years ago this amazing space has slowly evolved into a mini classroom/fun play space for our boys (check out how we do pre-school at home in this post).

One of our biggest compliments that we get in this room is on our reading nook that we made for the boys. It is made from rain gutters and is absolutely adorable.


Let me tell you now that it was not cheap!! It ended up costing us more that if we just made simple slab shelving but I think they were worth every penny (My husband would disagree because he was the on who had to make them!!).

If you remember from my sister’s baby shower post, I made this adorable Cloud Mobile/Light for them. I had originally planned on making one for this reading nook to hang above it but I still haven’t. Thankfully It was a cinch to make so I will be able to whip another one up and also document it so I can show all of you lovely people!!

All you need for this project is a few plastic gutters (depending on the size of shelving you want), gutter end caps (these were what made the project expensive!!), and screws!!

I also have tons of tutorials saved on my pinterest page so check them out!!

Hope you enjoy!! Do you have a favorite reading space for your kiddos?




Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls


My kids beg to make protein balls several times a week. We make these almost every weekend and then snack on them all week long. Have you tried these yet? When I was in Trader Joes this week, I saw protein balls for sale for $1.70 EACH….I love TJ’s BUT….THAT’S INSANE!!! I make my own for way cheaper and they are sooo yummy!!!

1 cup Peanut Butter
1/3 cup Honey
1/2 Tbs. Flax Seed
1/2 Tbs. Chia Seed
Your favorite chocolate chunks
Mix together in a medium bowl or food processor (use the dough blade). Roll into balls or use a small ice cream scooper. Place in fridge. Yields 16-17 protein balls.

New Mama Care Package


I recently did a blog post about hosting my little sister’s baby shower but I never mentioned the gift I was planning for her. That is because I hadn’t made it yet!!

It has taken me months to come up with what to give her and her husband and my sweet nephew for this once in a lifetime event!!

Many a nights was I up with a fussy baby, wondering what to give them. I always love giving the new mama something because at baby showers the gifts normally surround the baby and not her.

Should I get her cozy Jammies? Nope she already got herself some. Should I get her a pedicure? Nope she already has an appointment for one that her friend is treating her to!! Should I make her a months worth of freezer meals?? Sigh…..Yes I should but I don’t have enough time and patients to do it with two small rowdy boys at my feet.

And then it clicked. When I came home from the hospital with my first I was determined to breastfeed (You can read all about the extremely hard, painful, and grueling journey that I went through here) and I could have used any help that I could get for my milk supply. It would have been a huge bonus if it contributed to my meals for the day!!

So I decided to make her a New Mama Care Package to help her establish her Milk Supply!! In the package I’m including Lactation Protein Balls, two different options of Lactation Smoothie Packs, and some hearty freezer oatmeal for her breakfasts!!

Stay tuned for the delicious recipes!!






“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”~ Bruce Lee

I have learned so much about myself and people during the last 5 years! Some of the most successful people I know are just regular people that want to make a difference and do more!

You just need to focus on your daily activities and make a commitment to yourself!

Anyone can be successful when they put their mind to it!

What are you working on today? What are you doing for your goals today?

#quoteoftheday #postivethinking #personalgrowth #commitment #happiness #dowhatyoulove

How to Stock a Natural Medicine Cabinet



Looking for natural products that can make a difference and potentially replace everything in your medicine cabinet? Well, I have an awesome post for you! I received this information from other Shaklee distributors that swear by these simple switches and I want to tell the world! I have actually been using and LOVING Shaklee’s products for 4 years and can tell you from personal experience that these products ROCK!!! YES, we are a healthy Shaklee family and I will not go a day without filling my body with the best nutrition on the planet!

Check out these awesome products and see what a difference they can make for you and your family! (I am not diagnosing or curing anyone. I am just sharing tips of the trade.)

We believe in transforming people’s lives through natural and safe products that are worth sharing.

And that little by little, one by one, we change the world.

We call it the Shaklee Effect.

Skin Irritations


Dr. Shaklee originally called this product Foot Cream but it became known as Basic ‘F’ (Face, feet and fanny!) due to its many uses:

Diaper rash, Poison Ivy, Poison Oak
Detergent burn
Chapped skin
Athletes Foot
Aching muscles
Insect Bites
Jock itch
1 product to replace 13!

Skin Care

SPF 30 for Body


Designed for all skin types, including the most sensitive skin

Waterproof, oil-free sunscreen smoothes easily into your skin and absorbs
quickly and can be used in public swimming pools.
No sticky residue.
Soothing and moisturizing does not irritate the skin.
Patented Vital-Repair+® contains antioxidant vitamins and botanicals to keep
The skin from aging.
UVA and UVB protection that adds an extra defense against premature skin
aging and cancer causing sun rays.
Paraben Free.

Enfuselle Calming Complex

Takes the burn out of:

Wind Burn
Cooking burns
Chemical Burns
Provides comfort and skin smoothing moisture
Has advanced liposome technology with benefits of beta glucan
Paraben Free.

Cold and Flu Relief

Defend & Resist Complex

Stimulates the bodies natural resistance, Pumps up the immune system
Promotes production white blood cells and stops viruses from duplicating,
Anti-inflammatory, attacks foreign invaders
Can be swallowed or chewed or made into a tea. You can suck on tablet for relief of sore throat
Active Ingredients Echinacea to take care of Bacteria and Larch tree extract to attack Viruses
Use as a preventative when flying or in large gatherings of people during cold and flu season or anytime you come in contact with allergy activators.

Immunity Formula I

Stimulates the natural immune response process, Delivers Immuno-active
ingredients to the blood stream
Does not contain Herbs just a synergistic blend of Vitamins
Speeds wound healing
Optimizes immune response against environmental irritants & airborne
Can reduce allergy symptoms, Relieves lingering symptoms such as cough
Contains Shaklee Guard a natural antioxidant
Especially good for those with Sinus problems

Muscle and Joint Pain

Joint & Muscle Pain Cream

Targets the source of discomfort and provides quick relief.
Soothes aching joints and muscles with a potent menthol formula.
Absorbed quickly by the skin.
Provides prolonged release action optimizing effectiveness against minor joint and muscle pain.
Improves blood circulation to the affected area
Who could benefit from Joint & Muscle Cream?

People with arthritis.
People experiencing minor joint pain in their wrist, ankle, knee, elbow, and hip.
People who occasionally experience minor back, neck, and shoulder muscle pain.
Athletes or people who exercise frequently.
People who use a rub before or after their workout or activity.
Children over 2 years old to soothe minor sprains, bruises, and cramps

Pain Relief Complex

Relieves pain of:

muscle & joint pain
helps prevent breakdown of connective tissue
Improves knee flexion
Relives joint discomfort
Improves walking distance

Can replace: Aspirin, Ibuprofin, prescription pain meds, Bengay, icy Hot etc.

Digestive Aids


Offers relief from incomplete digestion of food.

Supports Complete digestion of:

Carbohydrates, Fats , Protein, Diary Products , Gas producing vegetables such as beans and broccoli.
Much better than (Beano)
Acid Resistant survives stomach acid without synthetic enteric coatings
5 Digestive Enzymes in a vegetarian Capsule


Relief for upset stomach
Acid Reflux (Gurd)
Motion sickness
Morning sickness


Our answer to the Gas Tablet

Calcium Carbonate acts as an anti-acid from natural sources and builds healthy bones at the same time.
Can replace Calcium, Rolaids, Beano, Lactaid, Prilosec, Zantac, Pepcid AC, Dramamine and more!

Colon Health

Fiber Plan Tablets

Promotes regularity, aids in digestion supports colon health!
Especially good for those who are dieting
Insoluble fiber promotes regularity sometimes called the broom which helps
detoxify the body.

Fiber Plan Unflavored

A Good source of Vitamin C
Soluble fiber that binds with Cholesterol
Start slowly to avoid causing gas.


Promotes peristaltic action
Cleanses the tissue cells, blood and kidneys.


Absorbs cholesterol in the intestines
Helps to fight disease causing fungi
Provides 300 mg of Calcium (as much as in a glass of milk)
Promotes body detox
Liver DTX Complex

Helps the body make the liver proteins necessary to regenerate liver cells
Helps maintain bile flow
Helps detoxify the liver.
Helps break down fats.
Helps transport toxins into the blood stream and out of the body

Muscle Hydration


An electrolyte drink that helps the body utilize water by hydrating the body.
Provides superior hydration to relieve the symptoms of
For Athletes and manual labor

Working or playing hard depletes precious nutrients and takes its toll on your body. Shaklee Performance is the ideal “during” drink because it rehydrates faster than water and provides energy to keep you going. It’s just what you need to compete by keeping your fuel (blood glucose) levels up and replenishing your electrolytes for quick rehydration Used by astronauts and athletes alike,

Replaces Gatorade, Pedialyte, Power drinks,

*Known by the astronauts as ASTRO AID!

*Produced by Shaklee for the longest Human-powered flight, of 72 Miles across the Aegean Sea known as the Deadalus Project

Energy and Memory Boosters

Shaklee 180 Tea Regular or Pomegranate

Safe, natural healthy and effective
Boosts energy
Contains taurine which acts as a calming agent

Mind Works

Scientific studies have shown the key ingredients in MindWorks work in 3 ways:

Immediate improvement in cognitive performance, 3X better than the control group**
Over time, neural connections become less efficient, impairing our ability to recall, think, and respond. A key nutrient in MindWorks was shown in multiple clinical studies to significantly enhance memory, sharpen focus, and improve reaction time.*
Protects against age-related mental decline*
Key nutrients in MindWorks were shown in laboratory studies to promote the formation of new neural connections and in a clinical study to reduce brain shrinkage rate by 30% over two years.† In addition, MindWorks key nutrients were shown in laboratory studies to effectively cross the blood-brain barrier and enter the brain.*
Supports healthy circulation*
Blood circulation is critical for delivery of oxygen and key nutrients to the brain. It is linked to neural activity.***At 6 hours vs. control


Sleep better at night
Improves Kidney health
Helps balance blood sugar
Enhances sexual function
Protects against radiation
Lowers LDL (bad Cholesterol)
Increases mental vigor and concentration
Improves cardiovascular health
Aids the liver
Can replace: Rockstar, Energy drinks, No-Doz, Green Tea, Boost

Mind, Stress, Mood and Sleep


Mood elevator
Used to treat anxiety and fearfulness
Used to treat nervousness
Used to treat insomnia
Promotes calmness
Anti viral activity
Maybe helpful in reducing tension headaches
May improve menopausal symptoms

Stress Relief Complex


Relaxation without drowsiness,
Enhances the body’s ability to adapt to continuing stress
Helps the body to avoid the effects of stress on long-term health by blunting the cortisol
response to stress
Helps make epinephrine which is involved in mood regulation
Relieves symptoms of ADD

Gentle Sleep Complex

Improves the quality of sleep
Relaxing effect
Reduces anxiety
Relieves tension and restlessness
Stabilizes irregular heart rhythm
Lowers blood pressure
Anti-aggressive properties
Improves childhood behavioral disorders
Helps menstrual cramps
Rheumatic Pain
Intestinal colic and gas pains
Migraine headaches
Restless legs


B-Complex provides all eight essential B vitamins necessary for converting the food we eat into energy.
B vitamins are essential in the synthesis of DNA and new cells.
The B vitamins (folic acid, B6, and B12) promote a healthy cardiovascular system by helping to lower homocysteine levels in the blood.*
B also promotes a feeling of well-being and calm, helping you cope with stress.

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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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,



Protein Bites that You can Eat or Freeze!!


Protein Balls to Eat & Freeze (You need these!)

Need a quick after-school-snack or a grab-breakfast-on-the-run idea? I have post about protein balls/energy bites multiple times on my blog but did you know that you can freeze them and grab them anytime you need a quick snack, pick-me-up, or you need something sweet yet good for you?

Sometimes my hubby sneaks them out of the freezer as a nighttime snack – hey, it’s better than ice-cream


1 c. Chocolate Protein Powder

1/3 c. Local Honey

1c. Organic Peanut Butter

Oats (handful