So the other night I wanted a quick and easy Mexican dish for dinner. Looking in my pantry and fridge I had all the ingredients to make Chilekiles, aka Skillet Enchiladas. So I will share with you this super easy dish. Seriously it takes like 15 mins!
Some of you have been asking me about my meal planning and prep secrets. To be real honest I really don't have any. But I will share with you what I have been doing.
First you want to find meals that are simple and have similar ingredients, this cut down on how much you'll be spending. Write them down, I usually plan meals for 4 days each week and leave one day for leftovers.
I know school just started, but as I'm walking through the stores, Halloween is now jumping out at me! Say What!!? Pretty soon the temps will drop and it will be cooler. Yea for cooler weather! I'm melting out here in AZ and can't wait for the lower temps.
I thought that I would do a little round up of ideas to get your juices flowing for Halloween and Fall.
This month we are to be collecting veggies. One of my favorite things about prepping my food storage is canning! I don't do it often but when I do I really enjoy it. My MIL has taught me a lot. I actually just taught a good friend how to can. She came over and we canned fresh jalapenos from the garden. We had an awesome stash when we were done! Not too mention they are SUPER TASTY and HOT HOT HOT!!
If you don't know how to can it's very simple. You will need a water bath pot and accessories.
Mason jars you can get just about anywhere, from small jelly jars to the quart size mason jars you see all over Pinterest. haha!
Pictured above I used pint and 1/2 pint jars to can the jalapenos.
If you don't want to can that fine too, you can collect canned items from the grocery store. Be sure to be on the look out for good deals on canned items. I know my local grocery store will have a Mega sale on canned goods and that is when you would want to stock up.
Remember collect what your family will eat and not just because "it's on sale". Think about what your family eats on a daily bases and go from there. Be creative.
I wanted to share with you one of my favorite essential oils, well they are all my favorites, but this one I use frequently. It's actually up there with Melaleuca, Frankincense and Lavender, at least in my house, as the most used.
Arborvitae essential oil comes from the wood pulp of an Arborvitae tree and is steam distilled.
The top properties of this essential oil are antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and stimulant. It helps to boost the cells to regenerate to promote a faster healing time. Seriously, this works wonders when it's mixed with Frankincense!
It has a nice clean smell. It's not woodsy like Cedarwood. It actually has a sweet smell. I wish you could smell it through the computer. haha
My favorite way to use this essential oil is to combine with the 3 essential oils I mentioned above. This is the Owie Spray blend that I mentioned back in June (HERE). I've also mixed it in the Flu Bomb combo and in my Everything But the Kitchen Sink Combo (HERE).
Other ways to use this amazing oil are for viruses (hence the reason I add it to the flu combo), respiratory, emotional balance and for sun exposure mixed with Helichrysum (like a sunscreen).
Fun Fact: Arborvitae trees can live for over 800 years. Arborvitae means Tree of Life.
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I know some of you have already started school, we did, and some won't start for a couple more weeks. I wanted to share with some essential oils that can help you and your kids stay Focused, Energized and Rested for this new school year.
Here are some oils to help your kids stay Focused.
And oils to stay Energized
And oils to stay Rested, we all could use more sleep.
I don't know if you've noticed but some oils and blends can serve double duty. I just depends on what you mix them with will get you the desired results.
For example: If you mix Cedarwood with Bergamot and Lavender you get a sleepy mix. But if you mix Bergamot with Wild Orange, you get an energizing blend.
This is why I LOVE ESSENTIAL OILS!! They are so versatile that you get countless blends with just a few oils.
Here are just a few blend recipes you can use.
If you want to learn more HERE is the link to download my class slide.
It seems like I'm talking a lot about miss Zoey these days, but who wouldn't, look at this adorable face!
Anyways, she is my most sensitive baby, thus far, when it comes to her diapers. She always has a diaper rash, just as I get one cleared up another appears! I really have to be on top of making sure she stays dry down there. Well my solution has been the Owie Spray combo! This had been a life saver for my baby.
The Owie Spray is a combination of Melalueca and Lavendar essential oils, but I went a little bit further, I added Arborvitae and Frankincense. The addition of these other 2 oils has worked wonders, it clears up the diaper rash faster. I'll explain why this combination is a life save and a must have for moms.
Melaleuca - also known as Tea Tree Oil, is great for rashes, burns, and most skin aliments. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Lavender - is a calming and soothing oil. It helps relive pains caused from burns and helps with skin sensitivity.
Arborvitae - this has anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. It's also a stimulant to boost the immune system.
Frankincense - this is a natural enhancer to all oils to help promote healing.
Not only have I used this combo on miss Z's rashes, but Summer had a burn on her hand from the curling iron. Mommy fail on that one. I was curling her hair for church on Sunday and she put her hand up and hit the curling iron. I didn't know until we were at church, doh! Anyways, I sprayed this on her hand and it healed up in a couple of days. She now has a scar. :(
I also recently used it on Scott. He went camping and came home with a sunburned face. I rubbed some of this on his face and the next day the redness was gone! Amazing stuff I tell you!!