Companies That DON’T Test on Animals – New Addition!

Probably the most useful resource for anyone who is or is going cruelty free is a list of brands that qualify as cruelty free. I’ve wanted to compile such a list for a loooong time, but I must admit that it’s an overwhelming chore that requires a lot of maintenance. Alas, I’m going to do it because it’s important, useful and I feel obligated to provide you – and myself – as much information as possible. You may have already noticed a new drop-down menu at the top of the site called “Cruelty Free Resources.” Hover over it and you will see an option for a “Companies That DO NOT Test” list. Here is where a link to this list will live. I also plan to add a “Companies That DO Test” list as well as an “Awaiting Response / Grey Area” list. For right now, all that information is included in this post, but I want a central location to keep the info that can be found quickly and easily from anywhere on the site. Luckily, this menu bar follows even as you scroll down the page so you’ll be able to access it from any page no matter where you are on the site. This list will always be a work in progress as testing policies, parent companies, markets, etc are in constant flux, not to mention there are always more companies to check with. I will do my best to find a way to let you know the last date of contact with a company, though at this moment I have yet to come up with an acceptable way of doing this (if you have any thoughts, please let me know!). I’m going to try though.

Dealing With Illness – When a Loved One Is Sick

It’s been a rough couple of years for me, my family and now my friends. The winter Holidays in particular have not been kind. Since dealing with these difficulties has become more and more frequent in my life, I thought I would write a post about dealing with illness. The last few years have given me an awful lot more experience with the topic. That’s not to say that I hadn’t already had more than my share, but the last few years have somehow been a little different. I have more and more often found myself being the “rock” that others are depending on for a wide variety of things. I’m not gonna lie. That’s not an easy thing to deal with. But it is something you can deal with and I thought that I would share some of my thoughts, experiences and tips for anyone else struggling to deal with one of those rough patches in life.

Veering Off the Path Again – My Best Teacher

We’re going with another prompt post today. It’s from Brittany, Herself again. I’m going with prompt number 14 which says, “Teachers can make or break your back to school experience. Tell me about the best or worst one you ever had.” I certainly agree that teachers can change lives and the quality of your teachers truly shapes you in so many different ways. I honestly cannot say that too many of my teachers stand out in my mind. That’s not to say that they were bad, they just don’t stand out. However, there are a few that do stand out and, though I wouldn’t necessarily rate them in terms of best or worst, I do have a favorite…that I can still remember. 🙂 I took every class I could that he was teaching because I just found him so fascinating. That teacher was…well, believe it or not, I cannot remember his name (I found it and added it at the end to give him his due credit)! ?

A Break From the Ordinary – Who Would I Bring Back to Life?

One of my favorite pictures!

As you may know, I’ve been having trouble getting posts written and posted the past month or so. I’m not entirely sure why, but I do know that it started by just pushing too hard when ideas and words just would not come to me. In an effort to try and remedy my issue, I’m going to try to post something from a blog prompt question as often as I can. I may jump around a bit as to where the prompt comes from and I may vary the order a bit. I’m starting with Prompt #5 found on the blog Brittany, Herself. The question? If you could bring one person back from the dead, who would it be?

Fitness Tips for Getting & Staying Motivated

For something a bit different today, I’m going to talk about exercise! (Booooo! 😉 ) I am no fan of exercise. I hate to sweat. I’m also one of those people who is told, “You don’t need to exercise” because I happen to be thin. Here’s a tip on that last part – don’t do that! It’s not only insulting, but everyone needs exercise no matter what their body type! It’s a health issue, not strictly an aesthetic one and everyone has something they would like to improve! Back to my point…. Regardless of your reasons for exercising, getting motivated and actually doing it can be really difficult. I’m no expert and certainly no fitness guru, but I’m going to share with you the things that I do to get and stay motivated, and to keep that momentum going.

Beyond the Blog – A Bit About Me

I feel like a lot of the people I’ve met through blogging over the years, I’ve met more or less within the last year or two. And though I have done “Get to Know Me” type things before, it’s been ages. Since I’m not just a beauty junkie – who is? – I thought I’d try to share some things about myself today!

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