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Why We Decided to Do it Ourselves

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We have officially joined the DIY movement. At least in small part. We’re not out to take on big corporations or get back to our “natural” roots or any other such propaganda, although neither of those ideas are bad. We are so simply trying to save money. We’ve pretty much always been good about keeping our budget tight and we’ve been living on one income for the past year successfully. The big change for this fall will by the hubby returning to school full time. The big little one will be starting school, but the little little one will have to go back into full time daycare. There is one reasonable word for daycare: EXPENSIVE.

Now, there is one other thing you need to know about us. We have a housekeeper. That’s right. I’m sitting here talking about saving money and then I’m going to pull that one out on ya. We decided that in our busy lives the last thing we wanted was the stress of having to keep the house clean ourselves. It’s not what we want to do with the time we have together. And I HAVE to have a clean house or my mind goes cluttered-nutso.

Which leads me to our budget. When I was looking at where in our budget we could find room to keep the housekeeper and put the little little one in daycare full time there were only a few places we could actually impact. Then I had the stoke of GENIUS that we could save a little money if we made our own cleaning products. And that was the birth of the movement in our house.

If it saves us money without costing us time, we’re gonna Do It Ourselves.

And for your enjoyment, here is the most fun thing I’ve made so far:

I’m no photographer, but you can still see the cool color separation of the three liquids: 1 part honey, 1 part olive oil, 1 part lemon juice and you’ve got a homemade facial serum.

I only do 1/8 of a cup so it will last about 1 week and no more and keep it in my bathroom. The recipe is from the diy Natural website. She recommends putting it on your whole body once per week and then doing just your face every other day after that. You leave it on for 10 minutes and then scrub it off. If you want to check out the rationality behind these three ingredients, you can check out the link above (she covers the topic pretty well, so I’m not going to rehash it myself) or do a little research yourself.

I’ve been using this for about 3 weeks now and it’s fab! I have very sensitive skin and have zero reactions to this, plus it leaves my skin very soft and clean and I smell like honey for the rest of the day. What more could you ask for? 😉

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