Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Why I chose to be vegan.


Truth is, I'm still learning about being vegan. I would consider myself mostly vegan. The funny thing I find with being vegan is people think it's either trendy or just plain strange. I used to think is was more strange and couldn't comprehend how people could live without cheese!
When I had made the decision to try this lifestyle I decided to dive into it the best to my ability and with a positive attitude. That's the way to do it...positive attitude!

This lifestyle works for me because first and for most I have a deep compassion for animals. From the smallest of creations I have a great love for them. It is my belief that God loves all his creations with a love so profound we cannot comprehend that love. I believe we have the capacity to gain deeper love in this life and certainly on a much higher level as we enter the eternities. I do believe in what I refer to as a, "higher love". To me this is beautiful. Imagine the love you have for your family magnified. For your spouse and children magnified. Imagine love for all creatures magnified. Nothing is more beautiful than this in my eyes.

It was in the garden of Eden that Adam, Eve and all creations lived off the grains and plants of the land. I believe that in the eternities if food is required, it will possibly be as was in the garden of Eden. It is my understanding through my religion (LDS) that we will not eat meat in the eternities and that the Lamb and Lion will lie side by side without and ire. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint who believes in the Word of Wisdom, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Word_of_Wisdom, we are taught that the Lord has ordained the flesh of beasts to man but that is is pleasing unto him that they should not be used, but only in times of winter, cold or famine. See D&C 89


I can't forsake that the scriptures say God issued to us the use of animals for those who so choose to use them. For this I am not ungrateful and give thanks to him in all things for our temporal needs. However saying this, my God is not a God of abuse or violence and that is exactly what is entailed in the meat and dairy industry in our day and age. It goes beyond the slaughter itself to a mass abuse most people are not aware of or willing to ignore. The easy thing to do is ignore such things. Ignorance is bliss as they say. But it is a life of pure hell for animals and to support this industry we are contributing to the cruelty. How can we think that God is ok with this? How can anyone say that it will be solely the animal abusers who are punished for these vicious acts of cruelty and not myself because I am just the consumer? All good things are of God and all evil things of Satan. There is no in between.

I choose not to ignore what's happening in this industry and try to avoid it all together. With all of the knowledge I have gained I cannot stand before a loving God one day and say, " I knew these things yet made no effort to condone them". For it is my belief that we will be held accountable for what we do know and understand.

For me living this lifestyle works beautifully. I have come to feel more at peace with myself, the environment, and with my maker. I feel a more spiritual connection with Heavenly Father. In my experience I am healthier and happier. And I intend to keep it that way:)

Sarah






Monday, July 28, 2014

My Vegan Life: Summer Fresh Cucumber Dill Salad




1 pound mixed cucumbers like English cucumbers, cocktail cucumbers and garden cucumbers, sliced into ¼ inch rounds ½ red onion, peeled and thinly sliced 2 teaspoons kosher salt 2 teaspoons granulated sugar 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoons cider vinegar ½ cup water ¼ cup fresh dill leaves, chopped

Add salt and sugar to your thinly sliced cucumbers. Let sit in a draining pot in fridge for 1 hr. Add other ingredients and let sit in fridge. The longer it sits the more pickled your salad becomes. Enjoy:)

** A big thank you to my husband for making the large and beautiful cutting board in the above pic**

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Vegan Lip Balm

I won some vegan/cruelty free lip balm today! You can purchase your own at http://www.hurrawbalm.com/hurraw/
Lot's of choices to choose from. Leaping bunny approved:)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Teaching youth how to make family friendly and cruelty free house cleaner.
 I had the opportunity to teach some sweet little ladies (12-14 yrs), in a youth group I'm in charge of how to make organic all purpose cleaner. Made from vinegar, lemon & lime peels, I use this to clean on a regular basis. Vinegar is an excellent way to kill bacteria and cost effective.The girls had so much fun making this! I taught them the benefits of making your own cleaner over the store bought chemical cleaners. I personally think the large glass jars make for great display in a kitchen or laundry room cabinet. When you peel your fruit just throw the peels into the jar of white vinegar, let sit for up to a week, syphon and you've got your cleaner! And of course I do all this for the main reason that most cleaners we buy are tested on animals. Cruelty free always!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

NYX Beauty Balm


 I gave up my Clinique foundation having just used up the last of the bottle and am on the hunt for a foundation that doesn't test on animals. I still have yet to find, "the chosen one". However in the mean time I picked up NYX BB Beauty Balm. For $12.99 I thought it worth a try. I purchased mine at ULTA. I find it to be a light foundation which I prefer anyway over heavy. Gives your face a light glow. I'm using BBCR01-NUDE. Unfortunately the Beauty Balms currently come in only 3 shades all of which cater to fair skin. But otherwise NYX has their original range of foundation in a wider variety of colors. Just another cruelty free option for anyone interested! 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

EVER WONDER HOW LADIES **GLOW** IN THEIR PICTURES???


Some ladies literally glow in their pictures and it's beautiful! I'm a fan of both a matte or glow makeup finish. So when I'm in the mood to be a little more radiant, here's what I use. NYX liquid illuminator! It will give you the radiant glow you are looking for! It doesn't look wet…it just brightens your face! You can blend it in to your foundation or dab it on areas of your liking such as the cheek bones. Choose from the NYX Gleam (light peachy pink) or Sunbeam (iridescent light pink) liquid illuminators. I chose Gleam as it has a darker shade I prefer. Purchased at Ulta for about $7. Truth be told I did once upon a time purchase Mac luster drops before being aware that MAC likes to test on animals. I promise you that NYX illuminator is just as good and much less costly with the same effect! So get your glow on this this summer lovely ladies and do it right the cruelty free way. It will make you a beautiful person inside and out!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

EARTHLINGS.COM

View this video for free at earthlings.com
  • EARTHLINGS is a powerful and informative documentary about society’s treatment of animals, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with soundtrack by Moby. This multi-award winning film by Nation Earth is a must-see for anyone who cares about animals or wishes to make the world a better place.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

EASTER BUNNY TOWEL

This Easter I'm teaching the young ladies in my church youth group how to make these adorable Easter Bunny towels. I thought it would be great to post to my site as they so closely resemble PETA's cruelty free bunny logo! Here's a link on how to make your very own: http://en.rocketnews24.com/2014/02/05/how-to-fold-an-adorable-towel-bunny-while-you-wait-for-your-meal/                                  
These make for a cute gift for anyone! Keep in mind that real bunnies as Easter gifts to children are not a good idea. Bunnies do not make good pets and should be left in the wild. No animal should have to live it's life in a cage.
   Happy Cruelty Free Easter!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Can you imagine your hair dye being tested on animals? Poured down their throats and into their eyes? Time to go cruelty free!


This is my very first time ever trying out hair dye that's cruelty free!! I used, "Naturcolor in 5R Light Sienna Chestnut". The ends of my hair I left with the original color to give it an ombre effect. I think this is a fun color for a change! Check out your local organic food stores and they are likely selling cruelty free brands such as, "Naturcolor, Herbatint, Tints of Nautre" etc. Those are the only brands that I'm currently familiar with. If you prefer to go to a salon, find a Paul Mitchell Salon. Unfortunatly Aveda is no longer cruelty free. Please see: http://www.logicalharmony.net/aveda-is-no-longer-cruelty-free/
If you live in Europe you have other brand options that we do not have here in the USA which look to be awesome! Here's a link: http://www.veganbeautyreview.com/2010/12/crueltyfree-hair-color.html

Have fun finding new, fun and beautiful hair colors ladies! 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

CRUELTY FREE LAUNDRY DETERGENT
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For anyone interested in Cruelty Free Laundry Detergent, there are surprisingly a few to choose from that you are most likely not aware of available right in your grocery store. I'm currently using, "Seventh Generation", natural liquid laundry detergent. It is Leaping Bunny approved. Approx. cost is $10 for 100 oz. You can purchase it at most any grocery store such as Meijer, Target or Walmart. Seventh Generation is excellent for those with any type of allergy. Anything from skin allergies to fragrance reactions.  It doesn't contain heavy scents which some people prefer. To give this product fair trial, don't overload your dirty clothes in the washing machine because you will not get results that the product will give. Same truth applies to any detergent. The average buyer gives it over 4.4 out of 5 and most reviews are excellent. Give it a try. If you like it, great! If you don't, choose from other cruelty free detergents such as, ECO'S, Method or Meyer's. I personally will be trying out as many cruelty free brands as I can find in order to compare. And I would gladly use this brand any day over products that test on animals. I can't imagine these harsh chemicals pored down their throats and into their eyes!
Thanks for caring!

CHOOSE SOY OR ALMOND MILK OVER DAIRY:)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

L.A COLORS NAIL POLISH 
I went shopping for some fun spring time Easter nail polish colors and picked up L.A colors polishes for $1 each! This is great because in my opinion no nail polish is really worth $8 a bottle.  L.A colors nail polish is awesome because it's cruelty free and comes in lots of colors. I tried doing some fun designs using the ART DECO polishes. They work good if you're looking to add additional character to your nails. I do recommend adding a clear coat over the polish to make it longer lasting. 
I had the chance this evening to teach a some young ladies from my youth group at church as they develop interests in cosmetics to look for the cruelty free bunny logo's on cosmetic products. Teach them while they're young;) L.A colors sports the PETA bunny logo with the heart shaped bunny ears. 

HAPPY EASTER! 


Monday, March 31, 2014


FLUORIDE FREE TOOTHPASTE 
AND CRUELTY FREE!


I've been taking a look into cruelty free toothpastes and came across Tom's Toothpaste. See the pink bunny logo? It represents no animal testing at all including the product itself and the ingredients used to make the product. Costs just over $4 and you can purchase at most grocery stores. It's really not any more expensive than other paste brands but even if it is, it's worth that little extra expense to know I'm not contributing to animal cruelty. A bonus is that my husband himself is very happy it's fluoride free and loves how it leaves him mouth feeling cleaner for a longer period of time:) 



Saturday, March 22, 2014

50% MORE CALCIUM THAN DAIRY MILK
Just the other day I was talking to my friend about how I've been drinking Soy and Almond Milk for years. Of course her initial reaction, "I would love to do the same but I have 4 kids to raise that need high amounts of calcium to help in forming strong bones." Wait a minute, let's get a little further educated here for just a moment. Did you know that products such as some brands of Almond milk contain more calcium than that of regular dairy milk? For example in the above picture many of, "Silk" milk products contain 50% more calcium than that of dairy milk! 

If that isn't reason enough to take interest in non dairy milk products, let me tell you something many people are becoming familiar with. Cows milk contains, blood, puss, mucus, herbicides, pesticides, fat, formaldehyde and need I say more? Are you aware that when a baby calf is born it is IMMEDIATELY taken from it's mother to be raised as veal? Where does babies milk go? To the human consumers of course! Who in their right mind would steal a baby away from it's mother and not allow her to feed her own offspring? 
 I have an 8 year old step son that enjoys Almond milk in his cereal. My husband and I drink it and highly recommend it. The Silk product line has also come out with their own holiday beverages such as, "Pumpkin Spice", "Mint Chocolate" and "Nog". Go for it and try them out!