Category Archives: Natural Living

Stay Hydrated, People.

Hydration

Hey there Snuggle Friends,

This week in the great Sonoran Desert the average temperature is 115 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s that wonderful time of year when you open your front door and feel like you are walking into Satan’s armpit. I mean boob sweat is a real tragedy that affects me on a daily basis and I’m only outside for a grand total of 10 minutes everyday!

With that being said, this type of weather has pretty much kept me inside and also made me just slightly stir crazy with a touch of the Cabin Fever. Oh, I have been tempted to climb the walls in my office once or twice just to try to break the monotony of my day. So today, I actually ventured outside and went for a 5 minute walk to the mailbox. To my delight, I found my Vegan Cuts Beauty Box (because really you know, this is the highlight of my month) and I pulled it out with the dreaded feeling that everything was melted in it. Low and behold, everything was ok with the exception of the lipstick and body butter samples but a quick stint in the refrigerator fixed those right up.

So since it’s getting to be the dog days of summer, I just want to remind you all to stay hydrated and to keep your furry friends hydrated and happy. Don’t keep them outside too long and know the signs of dehydration and fatigue because they are easily missed if you aren’t looking for them.

Here’s some tips on how to stay hydrated and avoid heat exhaustion in 115 Degree heat:

  1. Drink some fucking water- A lot of it, actually. In fact, don’t go anywhere without a water bottle. It’s easy to get busy and forget to take a sip of water but try to make a water date every hour. There are even apps out that will remind you to drink water so there’s no excuses.
  2. Eat some water dense food- Stuff like watermelon, cucumbers, and tomatoes hold a lot of water so eat these suckers like it’s cool. Want to know more hydrating foods? Check out this piece I wrote for Peaceful Dumpling here.
  3. Stay inside during the hottest parts of the day- This is generally about afternoon to early evening. Or if you live in the metro Phoenix area, all day every day, mid-July to about mid-September. Keep you pets indoors during these times too. They don’t sweat like we do and the heat is super hard on them.

Hope you all are having a good week and staying cooler than I am!

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Start Your Day With a Smile

Hello Snuggle Friends,

Today I have a Snuggle Tip for you. Each day when you wake up, start your day with a smile.

Smile, health

Turn that frown upside down!smile. That’s right, it might feel a little bit silly but it will help you get into the right mindset for your day.

Even if you’re not feeling it and would rather be a grumpy bear all day (I have those days, trust me) put a big ol’ grin on your face and see if you can change your mood. If your still in a bad mood, well, there’s always vodka. Or chocolate. Mmmmm, chocolate.

You see, anger and stress have bad effects on your body. I’m not saying you should ignore those feelings but to stay in that state of mind doesn’t benefit anyone, especially you. Stress and anger can make you sick, exhausted, and just a plain mess. Nobody wants that.

Don’t believe me? Here’s what smiling can do for you:

  1. Lower your heart rate and relax your body
  2. Reduce stress
  3. Encourages endorphins to flow (you know, the feel good juices)
  4. It’s a natural face lift
  5. It’s contagious!!!

So try it out and see if it makes a difference in your day. And let me know too! I would love to hear from you!

 

 

Cruelty-Free Beauty

Hi Snuggle Friends, Happy Monday!!!!

Today I want to talk a little bit about cruelty-free cosmetics and household products. As you may know, the U.S has introduced a bill that would ban animal testing on cosmetics. The testing procedures that they put animals through are horrific and any person with a conscience and a heart should be bothered by the fact that we haven’t already evolved and banned animal testing already. Since the testing process is so terrible and un-snuggly(it brings tears of fury to my eyes), you can just follow this link if you want to learn more because that isn’t really what my focus is for today.

So, if you are vegan, you probably already buy everything cruelty-free, which is awesome because money talks, especially to big corporations. Now if you are transitioning to a veg life, cruelty-free theoretically means that no part of the product has been tested on animals. Unfortunately, there is a lot of wiggle room with this term and companies still use it to market products even if they did use some type of animal testing in the process of development. All you need to do is look for is the “leaping bunny” symbol to ensure that your product is 100% cruelty-free. This symbol is used on products that follow the strict standards of the CICC (Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics) cruelty-free label. The Leaping Bunny Program assures that any company that participates has been held to the highest standards and that no part of their product has been tested on animals.

Now, if you want to go a step further, then you should be buying vegan and cruelty-free products. That way you can assure that your beauty routine isn’t harmful to you or to any of our furry friends. It might seem like a no-brainer but Vegan beauty products don’t use any animal ingredients which includes ingredients, such as, honey, milk, beeswax, etc. You need to be careful, know your ingredients, and read labels to double-check that your product is vegan. Some scientific terms can mask animal ingredients, such as lanolin (which I had no idea what that was until I looked it up.) You can find vegan beauty products in a number of places. Normally local health food stores will carry them and there is a plethora of websites that sell vegan goods and body care.

Really, veganizing your beauty routine comes down to being a smart consumer. Do your research and see what’s out there. There are a lot of good resources (including here) that will guide you through the process of switching out your make-up, body care, and household products.  I know these products can be expensive but they are beneficial for you, for animals, and for the environment since many vegan beauty products are made from natural and/or organic ingredients. I didn’t go and throw out all of my beauty products at once and then run out and buy a bunch of vegan products to replace them. That would be crazy but as you run out of things start replacing items with vegan items. That way you aren’t digging yourself into a financial hole trying to be a perfect vegan.

Resources to help you get started:

Leaping Bunny Shopping Guide

Cosmetic Ingredient Review

iTunes or Android App for Cruelty-Free Shopping (There, now it is super easy and you can reference it on the go.)

Vegan Beauty Review (This is a really good blog and she covers just about anything you can think of.)

My Favorite Sites for Vegan Beauty Products: 

Vegan Cuts

Vegan Essentials

Beauty Without Cruelty

Alternative Outfitters

What are some of your favorite vegan, cruelty-free products and where do you buy them?

*I’m not paid to endorse these, I just really like these sites and I find them useful

Vegan on a Budget: The Farmer’s Market

One of the most challenging aspects of being vegan is getting a variety of produce for the best prices. I know I am on a super tight budget so I am always looking for a way to save money. Growing my own veggies is out of the question because my patio gets full sun which is equivalent to taking a walk on liquid hot magma. My little tomato plants are sad and wilty faster than you can blink. So I’ve come to rely on farmer’s markets and local CSAs until I can fulfill my organic farm fantasy.

FARMERS MARKET. CSA, BUDGET FRIENDLY, VEGAN, HEALTHY FOOD

The Pros of Shopping at the Farmer’s Market:

  • Produce is local– By shopping locally, you help support the little man and keep money in the community instead of supporting giant corporations with no local connections.
  • Connecting with your fellow man- You get to meet the people who are growing your food and get a better understanding of the local climate and all the toil that goes into putting food on your table.
  • It’s cheaper-Not only is the produce more fresh, it also costs a heck of a lot less than going to Whole Foods. Most of the time, the produce will also be organically grown but check with your local market to make sure.
  • You can also get other neat shit- Not only can you get awesome, fresh produce but you can explore other local businesses and get anything you desire from local baked goods, handmade soaps, and knick knacks.

Need help finding a local Farmer’s Market? 

Check out Local Harvest. This is your super awesome tool to find all local farmer’s markets and CSAs.