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Written By Taneisha Phillips - April 25 2018
As the season changes, there is one food that never changes. Chili. You can eat it year round and its healthy. I am always encouraged to see the fresh variety of fall vegetables available. Preparing for the any season with foods is easier than it sounds and it's the way to go when preparing for a large family. My family and I always start the season off with this vegan chili. Its light, refreshing, and it will keep you full and energized. With preparing and cooking under 45 minutes, this quick and easy recipe will become an instant family favorite!
Here is what you will need:
2 15.5 oz cans Pinto Beans
1 15 oz. can of Italian diced tomatoes
1 cup of vegetable broth
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon paprika
2 bell peppers, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
Directions: Mix all the ingredients together in a heavy pot on medium heat. Cook until vegetables are tender. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat. We like serve this chili over cilantro lime rice. You can add or change as many vegetables as you want. If rice is not an option for you, you can eat with crackers or cornbread. For additional options, you can serve with cheese, avocado, guacamole, or sour cream. For meat lovers, add your favorite meats such as ground beef, lamb, or turkey for a heartier meal.
What’s your favorite recipe to comfort you for any season? We would love to know!! Leave your comment below.
Shaving can be tough on your skin. Besides the cuts and frequent nicks you can get, there are still harmful ingredients that most skincare companies still use in shaving creams and they won’t tell you about it. Shaving creams for women and men can be toxic and includes ingredients such as phthalates, fragrances, and triethanolamine, better known as TEA. Phthalates are chemicals used in plastics to increase softness of plastics. You can find them in most of your cosmetics to include shampoos and nail polish amongst others.
Triethanolamine is what binds the ingredients together and it also can be found in sunscreen. It’s not meant to be used on your skin long term because it causes allergic reactions, dry skin, and blisters. It also has been linked with forming cancer causing nitrates. The best way to ensure that your skin is safe and protected is to opt to use only natural products. Better moisture and hydration are positive benefits that can result from using natural shaving creams to address your problem areas. It also helps relive dry flaky skin and it’s a great remedy for exfoliating! Use this simple step ingredient list to create your perfect shaving cream:
The Shaving Process:
1 razor of your choice
2/3 cups of coconut oil (if you are allergic to coconut, you can substitute with shea butter)
2/3 Shea Butter
1/4 cup of your favorite carrier oil (Jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil)
15 drops of your favorite essential oil
Melt the coconut oil, carrier oil, and shea butter together in a small pot on low-medium heat. Stir it occasionally for better mixture. Remove from heat and add your essential oils. Pour in container and refrigerate until it hardens. Once it hardens, you can use your blender to whip it to make it airy, fluffy, and light! You can also steam your shower or place cream in a high temperature room to let it naturally melt.
Have you tried this recipe? What is the best natural shaving cream you use? We would love to know!!
We can’t express enough of how laundry detergents are not made with the best and safest ingredients. With the worry over toxins and chemicals used on the body, it’s important to know how to create your own natural products so you see what is in them and use them comfortably. It’s an affordable, non-toxic, and cleans well too!
For this recipe, you will need:
4 cups of washing soda
2 bars of castile soap (finely grated)
5 drops of your favorite essential oil for scent (Add your drops of essential oil which each load)
Stir all ingredients together or blend well. Pour in air tight container.
That's all you'll need! Have you tried this recipe or another recipe that would interest our readers? If so, be sure to leave a comment!
Can you believe the Fourth of July has come and gone? Wow! While July 4 represents the unofficial midpoint of summer because it falls between Memorial Day and Labor Day, we truly do have a lot more of this beautiful season left.
What do you want to do this summer? Spend more time outside? Try something new? Whether you have kids out of school or you're just enjoying the weekends and maybe some time off work, it's great to get outdoors. Do you like to go to the mountains, woods, lake, or beach? All of these provide great escapes and opportunity for adventure or relaxation…but they also provide opportunity for bug bites!
Have you ever been doing something like kayaking or paddle boarding and felt a bug land on your leg? If your hands are busy, it's kind of hard to slap them off! Besides being annoying and itchy, mosquito bites can lead to Zika and other diseases.
Of course you can purchase insect repellent anywhere—and there are even some decent natural ones available—but why not just make your own to be sure you have a natural and organic product that won't harm your children or the environment? We've talked a lot about essential oils in these posts, and many of them have wonderful bug repellent properties. Lavender, citrus (orange, lemon, lemongrass, citronella), tea tree, cinnamon, eucalyptus, thyme, Greek catnip, and even basil! Yes, there are a lot.
In an 8 oz. spray bottle, combine the following:
Shake well, apply liberally, and make sure you get places like ears, feet, and hands. Don't forget to rub it in!
If you really dislike the fragrance of one of the essential oils shown in this list—or if, on the other hand, you really like one shown in the previous paragraph—you can customize your bug spray accordingly.
Summer is short enough, don't waste it itching.
Try some different combinations, and please let us know what you like and what works for you!
*NOTE: We always prefer natural and organic whenever possible, but if you're traveling to places with a high risk of Zika or other disease, DEET is highly recommended to protect yourselves and your families.
Have you ever been in a conversation with a friend or family member that's taken an ugly turn? What about those friends we all know and love who tend to get their feelings hurt? Maybe you've been confronted about something you said or did (or not)? We've all been there. Probably more times than we care to admit and possibly even today! Diffusing these potentially awkward and uncomfortable situations is a true skill and one we can all hone.
Regardless of how caught-off-guard we might feel, it's important to think before speaking or reacting. Think first about taking a deep breath and trying to remain calm. Then remind yourself that it probably isn't about you. Even if it is about you, taking things too personally or getting defensive most likely won't help anything. Listen. Truly hear what the other person has to say. If you disagree, that's fine. Speak with a calm voice and a gentle smile on your lips. Exercise kindness and self control, and respect the other person's viewpoint, even if it doesn't match up with yours. If you said or did something that hurt or offended the other person, accept responsibility and apologize. Offer to discuss at a more appropriate time and place to truly hear them out. Most importantly, try to put yourself in the other's position.
These situations can create stress for everybody, but they don't need to ruin relationships. Kindness and humility go a long way to diffusing tension.
Essential oil diffusers also ease tension and clear the air! These small vaporizers create a peaceful, fragrant environment in your home, studio, or office by dispersing particles of essential oils throughout the air. A variety of sizes, types, and pricing options online and in stores.
Diffuse your favorite essential oils alone or in combination to freshen the air while bringing forth positivity and well-being. Staying calm, peaceful, and positive can certainly help prepare for challenging events.
Next time you encounter an uncomfortable situation, remember to breathe, smile…and listen. It will definitely work better to at least try to diffuse the situation than allowing yourself to get upset or angry. Make the world a better place with kindness and respect.
When was the last time you had an awkward or uncomfortable conversation? What was the outcome?