Growing Spirits And Strengthening Souls

In times when it feels like the world is hurting so much and we don’t know what to do to help, we can make a difference just by being kind. Many of us wish we could be in the areas of people suffering and making a hands on difference, or that we could donate more money than the little our budgets may allow. What we can do is make life better in the people’s lives we encounter everyday. Be kind, lend a hand, build each other up. That is how we help spirits grow, strengthen souls and be part of the rebuilding.

Every Act Of Kindness

Let Your Light Shine

Let Your Light Shine (2)

I captured this picture of my son Andy on our drive home camping in Mt. Lemmon, we pulled off at a Vista Point and he climbed this beautiful rock formation. It made me think of a positivity band I wear, given to me my a friend I really admire, Let Your Light Shine. Despite the fog surrounding us, my son used his strength to see vast view below us from a different perspective. Always be you, Always let your light shine.

Cold Buster Coconut Clementine Smoothie

MimosaBarMy husband came down with a cold bad enough to keep him down in bed for 2 days so I made this smoothie to help him get back on his feet quickly. 4 tablespoons of coconut oil a day has been shown to shorten cold and flu symptoms and Vitamin C is the champion of cold fighters. 2 clemintines has your recommended daily allowance of vitamin c.  Plus, it is delicious, refreshing and soothing.

1 frozen banana
1/4 cup frozen pineapple
3 clemintines
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix on high speed until smooth.

Fresh and Easy Detox Drinks

Apple Cider Vinegar has amazing health benefits. You can add a dash to sparkling or still water with a little lemon or try one of the recipes below. You want to make sure your ACV has “the mother” in it. Some of the benefits include:

apple cider


  • Internal Benefits:
  • Rich in enzymes & potassium
  • Support a healthy immune system
  • Helps control weight
  • Promotes digestion & ph Balance
  • Helps soothe dry throats
  • Helps remove body sludge toxins
  • External Benefits:
  • Helps maintain healthy skin
  • Helps promote youthful, healthy bodies
  • Soothes irritated skin
  • Relieves muscle pain from exercise

You can find more info at and is available at most grocery stores. You can also find other quality brands of ACV at Trader Joe’s and Sprouts.

Fat Burner Drink

Dr Oz

This is a new recipe for me, I have a huge box of grapefruit so I am going to give it a try. Why does it work? From Dr. OZ’s website:

“Before every meal, try Dr. Oz’s secret swimsuit slim down drink of a choice – a mixture of grapefruit juice and apple cider vinegar. Simply mix 1 cup of grapefruit juice with 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, stir, and enjoy. The juice is loaded with vitamin C, which will help you burn fat faster, especially during exercise. In fact, a study showed that people with adequate vitamin C levels burned 30% more fat during moderate exercise than individuals low in vitamin C. Meanwhile, the acetic acid contained in the vinegar may switch on genes your body needs to pump out fat-burning proteins. If you find the drink a bit tart, add 1 teaspoon of honey, which only adds 20 calories, for sweetness. Drink Dr. Oz’s secret slimdown drink before every meal and you’ll literally burn away your fat while enjoying a citrusy delight.”

7 Day Detox Drink


This one I do drink on a regular basis and really like. I do even add some ACV if I want an extra kick. Yogi tea has a Detox and Peach Detox tea that have dandelion root in it. Traditional Medicinals Herbal Teas has an organic Roasted Dandelion Root tea. I have used all 3.

Why does it works:

*Dandelion Root stimulates the liver, helping to detox and also helps with digestion.

*Cranberry juice is full of antioxidants and PAC’s which help stop bacteria from attaching in the urinary tract and supports the liver.

*Lemon juice is alkalizing , a stimulant for the liver and adds a Vitamin C boost.

Master Cleanse Lemonade

Master cleanse

I am including this one because I have gotten a few questions about it. This was popular as a cleanse and you drank the lemonade in place of meals. I personally have not done a liquid cleanse but I have added this at times when I feel I need to clean up my food choices and get back on track.

Why it works:

*Cayenne pepper (and all hot peppers) contain capsaicin which boosts thermogenesis in your body, which in turn, boosts metabolism and fat-burning. It can also lessen the effects of dietary fat.

*Lemon juice helps with digestion and stimulates the liver, helping with detox.

*Maple Syrup if full of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants

Let’s be honest, drinking cayenne pepper and lemon juice together is going to clean out your intestinal tract. That said, make sure you are drinking plenty of purified water in addition to this to help flush out toxins and replace lost water in your digestive tract.

Other beneficial detox ingredients:

Cinnamon- helps fire up metabolism, stabilize blood sugar and is an anti-inflammatory

Turmeric- is an anti-inflammatory , aids weight management and helps with cancer prevention and liver detoxification. Take with black pepper to help boost benefits.

Ginger- another great inflammatory, helps digestion, eases nausea and migraines and helps fight colds.

Green Tea- full of antioxidants, helps with cancer prevention and speeds up metabolism.

Yerba Mate-has 24 vitamins and 15 amino acids, has a higher level of antioxidants than even broccoli or blueberries, which in turn helps slow aging and cancer prevention. Another great tea that helps speed up metabolism.

Hope you found this helpful in creating your delicious, healthy detox drinks.





Herbed Strawberry Banana Bowl

I have included fresh Thyme and Basil in this bowl. Thyme has properties that help you recover from viruses and Basil has an antioxidant (linalool) which is antiviral, antibacterial and pain reducing. A delicious recovery bowl for colds and flu.


1 serving

1/2 banana

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1/4 cup of Flaxseed milk (or almond milk)

1 1/2 tbsp. of hulled hemp seeds (hemp hearts)

fresh thyme leaves

1 large basil leaf ( tear into little pieces )

add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth


Fresh sliced strawberries

Fresh banana slices

hemp hearts

fresh thyme and basil

optional: sprinkle of granola