Small Changes, Big Impact

Do you ever feel as if your moral compass moves about, willy-nilly? I don't claim the following will make a lot of sense. My husband has been trying to figure it out for years. But as I get older, I am finding that I can't stomach some things as easily as I once could.

(The cover of one of my favorite Bloom County Collections, Night of the Mary Kay Commandos.)

While I have not eaten red meat in close to 20 years, it is only recently I have been moved to start really trying to pay attention. I am now a vegetarian, bordering on becoming vegan (sorry, Mom) and am becoming more and more conscious about where I spend my money and the impact it makes. My reasoning for the change doesn't make a lot of sense and it's hard to explain. I stopped buying leather goods after watching an aerial wolf hunting video (a la Sarah Palin). I stopped eating chicken after watching a "downer cow" video accidentally on the news. I have always tried to avoid companies that test on animals, but am not always as vigilant as I would like to be.

Moving forward, I will try to give you information in each post that relates to the status of a product from a cruelty and/or vegan standpoint. I'm not saying that I am only going to tell you about vegan products and never mention another Mary Kay* product again.

I'm not the kind of activist that would tell you what to do. But I will try to give you a little more information so you can make your own decisions. Be sure to keep an eye out at the end of a post, near the FTC disclosure for details.

Do you think before you buy? Do you care? Tell me, please...I'm curious!

*1. Mary Kay is a lovely company that doesn't test on animals. They stopped testing in 1989, maybe because of Bloom County, my favorite comic/cartoon ever.
2. I don't think I've ever mentioned Mary Kay, I just really love Bloom County.
3.That comic series is probably what led me to think about all of this in the first place, when I was in middle/high school.

Photos taken by me of my beloved Breathed books and strips.
Little known fact about me: I can decorate an entire Christmas tree with my Bloom County ornaments.

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  1. Speaking of vegetarianism, I'd really like to become a vegetarian myself. However, my family is big on meat and makes it really difficult for me. I swear, I'd become a vegetarian as soon as I move out.

    Partially the reason why I decided to start my own beauty blog is to spread the word about cruelty-free makeup and skincare. It's out there, we just need to put in a little bit more effort and diligence to make a difference :)

    Come visit my blog at

  2. Yay for cruelty-free products! :)

  3. I love Lush stuff lately, I'm becoming a bit of an addict. And generally I try to buy from the Body Shop for makeup stuff. But I've also used Avon Magix that you reviewed, and some ELF stuff... I'm not sure what their practices are and I've had my head a bit in the sand about it. But if you'll do the digging, I'd love to hear details! <3 the blog!


  4. I'm excited to know that there is another 'veg' among the ranks! :)


  5. I do think before I buy. I could probably swing being vegetarian, but I still can't give up my cheese. I do tend to love eating seitan, especially in stir frys. I can't do tofu anymore, despite loving it, due to hormonal sensitivities.

    We try to buy very little in the way of processed foods, focussing on fresh veggies as much as we can, and we even will pick up local produce. Every little bit makes a difference to me. :)


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