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Wednesday, November 7, 2012


i want to be a better person. i want to help people and animals. i don't want to take my life for granted and give others a better chance. as much as i hate to admit it, i am a grown up. i'm married, own a house, work for an amazing company, and have a little guy to take care of. in my ideal world i would be volunteering all my time to ngo's (non governmental organizations) and shelters but that doesn't pay the bills. so instead i give money, goods, and at least once a month i chose a 5k charity and run.

if you're interested in donating time, money, or things i recommend (and have used), hands on greater portland, homeplatekomen race for the curethe girl effectthe red crossoperation home frontusoveterans of vietnam waroregon humane societyaspca, and the oregon dachshund rescuehumane society of the united states. there are so many worthy organizations
that need money or a hand.

i've also been a vegetarian for about 2 years. i originally became one because i simply don't like the taste of most meats. i can count on one hand how many burgers i've ever had in my lifetime. but now i think of the poor animals are slaughtered and/or live miserable lives. i try my best not to project my ideals onto others. whats feels right to me may not be someone else's cup of tea. but look at these cute little faces...

i would never be able to go full vegan because i love cheese too much. peta is a pretty extreme group but they have wonderful resources. they have become my main source for products that are vegan and not tested on animals. it's been sad to find out that almost everything i use is tested on animals...mac, matrix, benefit, kiehl's, clean & clear... i don't intend on getting rid of the current products i have, the damage has already been done and i don't have money to replace everything. but going forward i want to do my best to buy from companies that don't test on animals. that means no more leather, it is someone else's skin after all. no more wool, unless i know where is comes from like a local small farm that doesn't mistreat the sheep or alpacas.
below is a list of peta approved products (companies). you might be surprised to find recognizable brands.
search for cruelty free companies here
companies that do test on animals pdf
companies that don't test on animals pdf

(personally i like shopping online because it's a lot easier then fighting traffic but i'm also very impatient. stila, too faced, and bare minerals can also be found at nordstom, macy's, sephora, and other stores.)
(a few jason products are carried at many stores but online has the best selection.)

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