Lemon + Thieves

Since we’re coming into colder weather and cold and flu season, I’ve been thinking of ways to protect my family. Since we have a new baby I’ve been on a little terror. This little girl is my life, and I want to do everything that I can to protect her.

We had our first lazy Sunday for once in a very long time. Daisy doesn’t sleep in, but we all took it nice and slow in the morning and cuddled in bed. When we finally did move into our living room, I felt like my thieves oil was calling to me. Josiah sat down on the couch to play a video game, and I decided to go through my oil drawer.

When I first got into essential oils, I bought the Young Living starter kit. It came with a diffuser and so many amazing oils to start my oily journey. Two of those oils were thieves and lemon. Thieves is amazing for immune system support, something that I want this time of year! It also helps with respiratory support (and I mean, can’t we all use more help with that?) My lemon oil is a staple in my house for so many things. It has such a clean fresh smell, which makes me feel like my house is way cleaner than it actually is. But something that I just recently learned is that lemon is also great for immune system support. So when I was deciding what oils to grab, I immediately went for those two. I put three drops of each in my Aria Diffuser and the moment I turned it on Josiah asked me what I was diffusing because it smelled so good, I kid you not.

I will do anything I can to keep my family happy and healthy. I’m so happy that there is a company out there like Young Living that allows us natural products for me to use.

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Crock Pot Chicken Chili

My good friend Christine got married on October 13th. It was such a beautiful fall wedding and so much fun! The food was delicious, and they had this chicken chili that was to die for. Honestly, if I had to choose one thing to eat for the rest of my life, this chili might be the winner.

Ever since then, I’ve been wanting to try to make chili at home. I’ve been looking for a crock pot recipe (surprise) and came across this one. Although it is a little different from the one I had at the wedding, I was pleasantly surprised with how good this came out.

If you know me at all, you know that I incorporate essential oils into my everyday life. They help to keep my family happy and healthy! I only use Young Living Oils, as every oil company is so different. Young Living created “Seed to Seal”, which basically means that they control every step of the process from planting the seed to shipping the oil to you. Because I know the company’s commitment to the quality of their oils, we’re able to use them in so many amazing ways! And that includes our recipes! For this one, I used my Black Pepper essential oil, and Josiah had a great idea while we were eating our dinner. He recommended adding my Lime essential oil to the chili next time, and now I can’t wait to make this again!

This recipe calls for a few more ingredients than my Hawaiian Chicken, but it’s still so easy! I took the leftover chicken from the night before and cut it into cubes and kept it in the fridge. that way, I just had to prepare everything else the following day. This meal is so flavorful and it’s going to be another staple in our fall/winter menu. This recipe makes a good amount, too, and since it’s just Josiah and I eating it we had a ton left over. We’re going to eat the leftovers today and we’re going to put it over white rice for a little different variation.

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Crock Pot Chicken Chili

4-5 large chicken breasts cut into small pieces (I like thin sliced chicken breast)

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 of a sweet onion, diced

I cup frozen corn kernels

6oz can of tomato paste

14.5 can of fire roasted tomatoes

1 1/2 cups of chicken broth

2 tablespoons chili powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

pinch of salt

1 drop of Young Living Black Pepper oil

Combine all ingredients in the crock pot. Cook on low for 7 hours. Enjoy!