Thanksgiving & Gratitude

Since Thanksgiving is write around the corner I wanted to start thinking about gratitude and what I am thankful for.

What does Gratitude mean?

According to www.dictionary.com  gratitude means the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.  Another website describes gratitude as an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has done. So gratitude is another word for being thankful.

How can you practice gratitude?

I found this awesome quote online:  “Count your rainbows not your thunderstorms” ~ Alyssa Knight. This is such a good reminder to focus and be grateful for the good things in your life and move through the bad things.

Gratitude can help you see a sticky situation in a completely different light and may even make it more difficult to complain. Gratitude takes practice, so this month I will be taking steps to work on showing gratitude and I hope you will too. I found a lot of different lists online of ways to work on being more grateful, so I put together my own gratefulness challenge. For the month of November  I will be working through  the ideas below.

  • Keeping a gratitude journal and showing gratefulness through action.  This could be daily or weekly.
  • Trying to see the day-to-day from a point of gratitude. 
    • Most people tend to let negative thoughts enter their mind before positive thoughts. This month I want to work on keeping all of the beautiful things in my life at the fore front of my mind. Taking the time to appreciate the things around you, even something a simple as the color of the leaves on the trees can help to keep those positive thoughts in the forefront of your mind.
  • Taking control of negative thoughts about someone or something and switching it to a positive thought about that person or object.
    • When something or someone is irritating and frustrating I know we all start grumbling and complaining. When you feel your self start to think negatively about that person or object work hard on finding something positive about that person or object.
  • Give at least one compliment a day, this doesn’t necessary mean you have to give a compliment to a person but sharing your appreciation of something.
    • Give a compliment to your spouse, your children, your boss etc. Take notice when someone does something extra and make sure they know that you appreciate them and notice them going above and beyond.
  • If you find yourself in a negative situation ask yourself: What can you learn from this and what will I be grateful for in the future.
    • We can all learn from each and every negative situation. Take the time if you are in a bad situation to figure out what you can learn and what you are grateful for.
  • Try not to complain, criticize, or gossip for a week. If you slip up, just keep going. Hopefully we will notice how much energy gets spent on negative thoughts.
    • Know I know this one might be a bit difficult for you and I think it will be difficult for me. Ask the people who are around you to help you stay accountable. If they hear you complain, criticize or gossip ask them to call you out.
  • When talking on the phone, sound genuinely happy to hear from people.
    • By answering the phone genuinely happy you may help make the day of the person on the other end. Give it a whirl and see how you can positively impact the lives of those around you.

I feel like this challenge will really help me to work on my gratitude and showing my gratitude to others. I will try to post some follow-up posts on my Instagram page. Leave me a comment below if you are joining in.

 

Low Carb Sriracha/ Hot Pepper Cheese Enchilada Bake

I try to eat a low carb/ keto diet as often as possible. I originally found a similar enchilada bake recipe on Pinterest a while back but it wasn’t quite spicy enough. I tweaked this receipt to include a bit more spice while still keeping it low carb.

When I first started adjusting this recipe, I used some delicious Sriracha Cheese from Yoder’s Meat & Cheese in Shipshewana, Indiana. They have the BEST cheese and it is totally worth the drive. If you aren’t able to get to Shipshewana this recipe should work well with any type of spicy cheese and even regular cheese if you don’t want the spice. When I went to Walmart this weekend to pick up supplies for this recipe I was unable to find any Sriracha Cheese or even any Hot Pepper Cheese but the Pepper Jack Cheese added a nice spice to the dish. The next time I make this I will be looking at some other local stores and see if I can find a different spicy cheese to use.

Low Carb Spicy Enchilada Bake Ingredients: 
Crust:
  • 8oz Shredded Sriracha, Hot Pepper or Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 8oz Cream Cheese – Softened
  • 3 eggs
Filling:
  • 2lbs of ground beef or turkey
  • 2 – 12oz cans of Hot Enchilada Sauce (can use mild or medium enchilada sauce)
  • 8oz Shredded Sriracha, Hot Pepper or Pepper Jack Cheese
Directions:
  1. Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a 9×13 pan with baking spray (I love coconut oil spray but any spray will do)
  3. In a bowl, combine the 8oz of softened cream cheese with the eggs and 8oz of shredded cheese
  4. Spread the mixture on the bottom of the pan
  5. Cook for 30 – 35 minutes or until lightly brown.
  6. While the “crust” is cooking brown your meat.
  7. In another bowl, mix the enchilada sauce, cooked meat and 4oz of the shredded cheese for the filling.
  8. Once the crust is done let it cool for 10 mins before putting the filling in.
  9. Pour the meat/cheese/sauce mixture on top of the crust
  10. Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese over the top and cook at 350 degrees for 20 -25 minutes or until cheese browns.
Final Results:

Essential Oil Face Toner Pads

Since diving into  essential oils I have been trying to find the best synergy of essential oils for my face toner. I love using witch hazel but thought that some different essential oils might be a beneficial addition.  I wanted to create a balance between keeping the  bacteria out of my pores but  also not drying out my face.  I think I found a pretty good combination.

Supplies You’ll Need: 
  • Small Mason Jar that cotton rounds fit into. I prefer to use Jelly Jars
  • 16oz Mason Jar to mix the ingredients
  • 4oz Witch Hazel – ( I prefer the Rose Petal Witch Hazel from Thayers)
  • Cotton Rounds
  • 1/2 Tsp Vitamin E
  • 3 Drops – Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops – Elemi Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops – Geranium Essential Oil
Why These Ingredients & Essential Oils?
  • Witch Hazel – Witch Hazel is a natural astringent that can help minimize pores, reduce inflammation, decrease oil and leaves skin feeling clean.
  • Vitamin E – Can help reduce wrinkles and brown spots
  • Elemi Essential Oil – This oil is often called the poor man’s Frankincense. This oil helps to pull out much more bacteria and make-up even after washing my face.
  • Geranium Essential Oil – Promotes healthy clear, glowing skin
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil – This oil has fantastic anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties
Directions:
  1. First, in the 16oz mason jar mix your 4oz of Witch Hazel, Vitamin E, and drops of essential oil.
  2. Next, place the lid on the mason jar and shake it up. Make sure to shake this up really good so the oils are dispersed evenly in the mixture.
  3. Then, place your cotton rounds into the smaller mason jar.
  4. Now, pour some of your witch hazel mixture over the top of the cotton rounds.
  5. Then, use your fingers to push down the cotton pads to help evenly distribute the mixture.
  6. Keeping using this pattern until you feel that the cotton rounds have absorbed the mixture and seal up the mason jar until you are ready to use.
  7. Finally, if you still have extra of the witch hazel mixture but sure to put the lid back on the mason jar and save for later.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Kid-Friendly Immunity Support Roller

It’s that time of year where all the yucky stuff is floating in the air and immunity support is so important. I wanted to create a roller that was safe for both little ones and the whole family so i used a 3% dilution rate. (Check out the Robert Tisserand dilution chart here: http://tisserandinstitute.org/essential-oil-dilution-chart/)  . I wanted to create this blend with oils that I already had in my collection and safe to use, so here is what I came up with:

Ingredients: 
  • 2 drops Frankincense Cartieri essential oil
  • 2 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops Lime essential oil
  • 2 drops Copaiba Balsam essential oil
  • 2 drops Tea Tree essential oil
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil or other carrier oil
  • 10ml roller bottle with stainless steel roller ball

Be sure to use a Roller ball bottle with a stainless steel roller ball since this recipe calls for lemon and lime. Citrus oils can disintegrate plastic and plastic can leach into the mixture.

Directions:
  1. First, mix together the essential oils in your roller bottle.
  2. Next, fill up the rest of the roller bottle with the carrier oil of your choice
  3. Then, put the roller ball and lid back on
  4. Be sure to shake the bottle well before each use to emulsify the oils.
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