Saturday, July 5, 2014

Teaching youth how to make family friendly and cruelty free house cleaner.
 I got 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 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 true 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


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


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Thursday, April 17, 2014


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:                                  
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:
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:

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

Sunday, April 13, 2014

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!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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. 


Monday, March 31, 2014


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

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! 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I love creating my own organic cleaners and it's super easy to do! Best of all, no animals were tested on in the making of this product:)

What you need: 
Glass jar
White vinegar
Citrus peels (amount needed to fill your size jar). I used orange and grapefruit peels but you can use any citrus you like such as lemon and lime!

Place peels in jar and fill with vinegar. Let sit for approx. 7-10 days so that the scent of the peels penetrates into the vinegar. When ready, strain and dilute 1:1 with water. Now it's ready to use! In truth you don't have to wait that long to make your own home made cleaner. You can use straight up vinegar as an all purpose cleaner. I've done it plenty of times before. The vinegar scent will not last more than 15 min in my experience. Vinegar is great because it eradicates germs and bacteria. Happy Spring cleaning! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Time to get rid of those nasty chemical house hold cleaners! 
For all those interested in getting rid of their home cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals, "method" brand uses plant based ingredients. The power foam dish soap smells refreshing and wonderful (I have grapefruit). Works great in the kitchen and on other items that need a little soap cleaning! Pet friendly:) Of course I'm giving it 2 thumbs up for being a leaping bunny approved product (not tested on animals). I purchased this a Meijer grocery on sale $2.99. Looking forward to trying out methods other products! I'm very excited to let go of all the nasty chemical based cleaning products in my home. Better for my family, for me, my pets, and the environment. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

 L'OREAL (animal testing company)  Vs.  e.l.f  (cruelty free company )  
Mascara and Eye Liner 
My # 1 favorite makeup product to use is Mascara! I have tried so many types of mascaras but always came back to this one volumizing mascara by L'oreal time and time again. So when recently I decided that my L'oreal mascara had to go because the company tests on animals, I thought I'd have the most difficult time trying to figure what mascara I could find as good as the one I loved. I can't believe it... "e.l.f Volume Plumping Mascara" is cheaper and equally as good! I've been using it for a few weeks now and I'm completely happy with it. It gives me the big doll lashes that I love! If you like big, long lashes, give this mascara a try.

Not only that, the e.l.f eye liner is excellent and $5 cheaper than eye liners I was previously purchasing.  This liquid liner costs only $1. The tip of the brush gives me the winged out cat eye look that I love and it does the job superior to other liners in my experience. 

When I first discovered e.l.f's makeup line, the prices struck me as so low that I thought I'd be purchasing makeup that I wouldn't end up liking. Wrong! I highly recommend anyone to check out e.l.f. eye makeup products. Why pay more for something that will do as equally as good a job when you can purchase it at a lower cost?