This site – DIYNatural.com (which stands for do-it-yourself, naturally) – is run by us, the husband/wife team of Matt and Betsy Jabs.
In a nutshell, we grew tired of working unfulfilling jobs to pay for a bunch of unfulfilling stuff, and decided instead to define our mission in life and pursue it no matter what. Now we wake up every day and work to create information that empowers people to live healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives.
Our new mission is to empower you by supplying information that increases freedom, joy, and meaning in your life.
We’re honored to have you visit, read, share, and support our work and trust it will bless you.
More about Matt
Born November 15th, 1975 and raised in mid-Michigan, I graduated from Corunna High School in 1993, and obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University with a major in Management Information Systems. Exciting stuff.
After graduation I landed a job providing telephone software support to professional accountants. I hated it, so I taught myself how to “fix computers” and eventually started my own computer service and repair business which I ran for 2 years before moving on to a corporate network technician position, and finally an Information Technology (I.T.) Manager position.
I managed the IT departments for several small business for about five years before the career sucked the life out of me; then I quit.
A lot went into the decision to quit. I was unfulfilled and unhappy in the work and felt a deep need to contribute something more to society… something meaningful that made me burn with passion.
Which brings me to where I am today – creating information that helps people get out of debt and live healthier, more fulfilled lives. I do this by running websites and writing books with my beautiful and talented wife, Betsy.
Our first book DIY Natural Household Cleaners was published in September of 2011 and has been selling like hotcakes ever since. Betsy and I are currently working on our next books that will teach you how to make all your own personal care products and condiments. The research, lab testing, and writing is fun stuff – especially the testing!
I am humbled by the support and grace of our community, and for the first time in my life love the work I do. It’s so great to be able to say that!
More about Betsy
Hi there! My name is Betsy and I’m wife to an amazing and confident visionary. He inspired me to leave behind a traditional, stressful job and work to enjoy my own life more and provide a little inspiration for others. We want to show folks how to depend on themselves to do things in a way that will nourish the body, save money, and add a little joy to their lives!
Life for me wasn’t always about DIY-ing or even living a “natural” lifestyle. I scoffed at the handmade goods and DIY projects of my childhood, and rebelled in college by eating Spaghetti-O’s, shopping excessively, and frequenting hair salons.
Over the last several years, Matt and I have realigned our priorities and worked to form more natural, healthy, sustainable habits. We started with the diet – swearing off fast food and high fructose corn syrup, and buying food directly from farmers instead. Then came recycling, repurposing, and eliminating wasteful habits. The last (and biggest) challenge was leaving a stressful job as an Elementary School Counselor to achieve a more peaceful, simple lifestyle. With my new, slower-paced life, I am discovering the many benefits of living simply, and am inspired to share with others.
My upbringing laid the groundwork for me to inevitably become a DIY addict. Now constantly questioning what things I can do at home, I’m testing my resourcefulness and feeling more empowered. I can typically be found in my kitchen “chemistry lab” mixing up natural household cleaners, testing a new beauty recipe, or sitting at my computer researching the next big idea in healthy living. I also love to frolic on beaches, laugh out loud, and read a good book in the afternoon sun.
We’re excited you’re here and feel blessed to be sharing all the things we love doing most!
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Thanks for your support, encouragement, and effort in helping us change the world for the better!