Has anyone ever heard of these guys; Thread Up, and whether or not they are reputable. I am curious, just because I do have quite a few clothes that I would love to swap or sell.

How many of you love to get good deals. ME ME ME! I just love sites like Groupon. Actually, Groupon was the first site that I remember ever seeing that was a daily deal site. Now they are popping up everywhere. I just thought since I like them so much, you might too. Here are a few of the daily deal sites that I frequent.

1.Zulily. Deals for Moms, Babies & Kids – up to 70% off!
2.Groupon. Coupons for your local area with savings up to 90%. Plus, make sure to look at other locations for their online deals.
3.Baby Steals. They sell one quality baby or maternity product every day at up to 80% off until it sells out.
4.One Kings Lane. Private sales on home decor, accessories and gifts. Prices are up to 70% off every day.
5.The Clymb. Each week, they bring world-class apparel, footwear and gear to their members at prices as low as 70% off retail.

I have personally bought from Groupon and One Kings Lane. The others I frequent and many times they have great deals and I have missed out because they are sold out or I am out of cash for the month. Boo-hoo! Have fun shopping!

Don’t miss the next homeschool swap. Head on over to “The Homeschool Post”and sign up.

Sign up by February 25th (this Friday), then get your present in the mail by mid-March. Photograph your loot when it arrives and post a thank you on your blog… then email them the link! Their next sign-up won’t be until April 2011. Mark your dates on your calendars!

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Their are some mommy bloggers out there that buy almost all of their Christmas presents with Swagbucks. How cool is that?

I found it absolutely amazing the many different ways you can make your own natural face wash at home.  The really cool part is there are quite a few different ones for different skin types as well.  I discovered that many of the ingredients from my kitchen would provide some simple and excellent ways for cleansing my face naturally.   I was so overwhelmed by the wealth of information, that I have not had the time to try it all, but I wanted to post some of my findings.

Here are a few tips before we get started:

* Natural skin care cleanser recipes do not typically include foaming agents. Just because a cleanser doesn’t foam, does not mean it isn’t working! Surfactants are added to cleansers for the rich lather we all have come accustomed to. However, they can be really harsh on skin. If you’ve ever used a high end cleanser with natural ingredients you’ll notice they do not lather very much. So skip the lather and you’ll still have clean, supple healthy skin!

* Most ingredients can be found in your cupboard, online or at a local health food store and are relatively cheap. Opt to buy powders, extracts and oils instead of actual fruit and veggies. Their shelf life is much longer and the cost is kept down.

* You can make some of these washes ahead if you store them properly. Read ingredient labels for shelf life. Even better, make just before you cleanse. Some of the simple recipes below only take less than a minute or two to mix up.

* When using essential oils in your blends, please read all the cautions. If used improperly, some oils can be dangerous. (Please feel free to message me about some oils and I can email you some info on them. I sell essential oils by Young Living.)

* Some of the healthiest oils for external skin care use include: almond oil, avocado oil, castor oil, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, jojoba oil, olive oil (virgin or extra virgin is best), rosehip seed oil , shea butter, and walnut oil.

First off, I thought I would put together a small skin care regimen. This I think would work for every skin type, but not every skin type would need to use all of the steps; as well as you wouldn’t need to do all of them everyday.

Dead Skin Exfoliate

Cotton Balls

Stir together 1/2 cup cold milk and 1/2 tsp. of salt. Soak a cotton ball and gently dab all over your face. After the milk dries in 2 to 3 minutes, dip a cotton ball again in the mixture and rub lightly in a circular motion and wash off with water. Milk removes dirt from deep pores and salt exfoliates dead skin resulting in instant brightness.

Honey Citrus Glow

Orange Juice
Fuller’s Earth (to absorb impurities) available here or at most health food stores.

Mix a tablespoon of honey and fuller’s earth with a few drops of orange juice and apply it liberally over your face. Rinse it off after a minute for an instant glow from the orange juice. Also, apply a few drops of plain orange juice on your forehead and cheeks and wash it off for a natural shine.

Oatmeal Mask

Lemon Juice

Take 1 tbsp. of instant oatmeal and add 1 tsp. of honey and lemon juice to make a loose paste. Apply it all over forehead, face and neck. When it begins to dry, rub using brisk, firm movement to remove dead cells and stimulate the skin. Wash it off with lukewarm water.

Dry Skin Exfoliate

chick pea powder

Blend 1/2 tsp. of chickpea powder along with a pinch of turmeric and honey. Blend this well with milk apply on your face. Massage in circular motion and wash away. The chickpea powder exfoliates your skin and honey moisturizes.

Oily Skin Exfoliate

chick pea powder

Blend 1/2 tsp. of chickpea powder along with a pinch of turmeric and honey. Blend this well with yogurt and apply on your face. Massage in circular motion and wash away. The chickpea powder exfoliates your skin and honey moisturizes.

Coconut Lavender Cleanser

3 Tsp coconut oil
1 Tsp olive oil
1 Tsp glycerin
2 tsp water
2-3 drops Lavender oil

Melt all ingredients (except the lavender oil) together in a double boiler. When melted, remove from heat and beat with a whisk for 5 minutes. Once cooled add the lavender oil. Transfer to jar or container for use and storage.

Quick side note – Coconut oil can be used for so many things. I have been using it for a couple of years now, once you start using it and realize the awesome redeeming qualities you will want to buy it by the gallon like I do. I use it for cooking, face moisturizer, all over body moisturizer, add it to my smoothies, and its an excellent anti-bacterial mouthwash. It is also great as a base massage oil, just add a few drops of any essential oil to it and your ready to go.

I really hope that everyone enjoys and gets some use out of these as much as I do. If you have any other questions please feel free to comment. I have a few more cleansers that I haven’t used that I will post tomorrow. Well, on to the next challenge – TOOTHPASTE!

Get crafty this Halloween with two mini eBooks full of Halloween crafts. Anyone can create a festive home without spending a bundle on store-bought Halloween decorations. Easy Halloween Crafts: eBook has 7 easy Halloween crafts to wear, give or decorate this Halloween. Even the busiest crafter will find a project to make this Halloween.

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Every year God gives us some of the best natural free compost/mulch you can find. I like to call it nature’s confetti because it falls ever year around this time and lands randomly across the landscape. Leaves are awesome compost and mulch. Some people even gather it for you and put it on their sidewalk. All, you have to do is grab it before the trashman does. Leaf litter is nature’s best fertilizer! Think of the forest. Your plants will thank you.