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diy gifts – rounding ’em up

When it came to DIY gifts, this year we racked up.


My mom Recently got into essential oils (Young Living, specifically) and has let her DIY self run with it. Look how cute she is!


For the snazzy large jar, all she did was paint the lid to an empty jar and attach a knob. This has turned into the perfect container to hold our homemade laundry detergent, and the pop of color brightens things up in the laundry room. Speaking of such things… she also made dryer balls.


I found some helpful links on how to make your own here and here (this one uses essential oils like my mom added). She also made bath salt, and just before we left to head back to Atlanta, she made me hand scrub like what she keeps by her kitchen sink. The stuff is amazing, I can see why she is so crazy about it.


I love the cute container, every time I use it I think of her. (Want to know more about this container or the hand scrub recipe inside? Click here to get your DIY on.)

My mom wasn’t the only one making gifts. In a Christmas gift game we play, I scored DIY dish detergent tablets that my sister made. I can’t wait to try them. I’m finally about to run out of dish detergent that I bought on sale several months ago and am beyond ready to start making my own (consider that a heads up).


Ryan’s mom didn’t make us anything, but she did buy us some locally made goodies. She got Ryan locally made soap and myself a bar of shampoo for travel. This could be a saving grace for longer trips. That way I’m not trying to mix more hair wash before we are ready to head home. Plus, I know what’s in it, and that’s always a good thing.


As appreciative as we were for all gifts not DIY, we were especially tickled with what we racked up in DIY gifts. It’s our dorkalicious side shining through again.

Update: While Ryan and I were in Florida, I got to use the shampoo bar for the first time. I am pleased to report, great success.

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  • Reply
    January 1, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Your diy gifts segment: would you ask your mom where she got the cut jar with wood top and wood scoop?

    • Reply
      this natural dream
      January 1, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Hey Renee,

      She bought the jar from Hobby Lobby. If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you, she said she has found really cute jars at Home Goods. And If you are interested in the scrub recipe, we will be rolling that out soon. We’d love to have you swing back by.


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