An Introduction | Cruelty Free Living

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So, on top of the I’m Getting Married series I’m working on, I thought I’d do a cruelty free 101 series as well.  I know there are a lot of resources out there about living cruelty free, but one more honestly couldn’t hurt.  I have a lot of plans to discuss the problems with misleading branding and information, recipes and my journey to a plant based diet,  tools you can use to see that you’re living a cruelty free lifestyle to the optimum potential you’re trying to achieve, links to other resources and blogs on the internet with more in depth information on various subjects, and my overall experience transitioning to a cruelty free lifestyle over the last few years.

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Why a cruelty free lifestyle?

I originally decided to transition to a cruelty free lifestyle in the spring of 2015, because it finally hit me that I wanted to work toward a career helping animals.  My end game goal is to be a veterinary technician, and I’m working on school for that now.  After deciding how hypocritical it would be of me to want to help animals live a better and more fulfilled life with the people that love them, yet continue to buy products that use animals as test subjects, I knew I needed to make a change.

“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” – Charles Darwin

My main area of transition was going to be cruelty free beauty and skin care, and I knew that was a venture I was going to need to do a lot of research on.  So I did.  I looked up anything and everything I could think of, and still have the vast majority of it bookmarked.  I am most excited to write about this, because it’s something I so strongly stand behind.

I’d been a vegetarian before in my earliest years of college, but had fallen away from it out of convenience and honestly, laziness.  I still eat fish, so technically my fiancé and I are pescatarians, but that’s a rare occasion and primarily our diet is plant based and we consider ourselves mainly vegetarian.  He’s lactose intolerant, and although we do use a lot of vegan cheese, dairy has not been cut out of our diet completely as of yet, although that’s a transition we are working on together currently.

My transition to cruelty free beauty, hair, and skin care was done in less than five months.  I had a tight budget at the time, so throwing product away I no longer wanted to support wasn’t entirely an option.  But once I used things up, I replaced them with products I had found to substitute.  A lot of people might not agree with my decision to do that, and can say I should have tossed everything away and started over; but at the time that I made this decision, I was living paycheck to paycheck so my transition was what was right for me.  And I want anyone reading this to realize, your transition will be what’s right for you – the fact that you’re taking a step and decided on making the transition in the first place is SO important.

If you have any questions or if there’s anything you’re dying to get help with or learn, ASK!  Send me an email, leave a comment.  I want this series to be amazing, and I want it to help someone make a progressive choice to better themselves and the world for the animals we share it with.

xlittle wolf

 

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WOLF & BEAR CO | I need your help.

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So.  Cat’s out of the bag.  Danny and I have been hard at work the last few months putting together a small business of tees, sweatshirts, and some accessories.  I’m so, so excited about it.


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This is a huge step for us.  I’ve had Etsy shops before, but this is something else.  Right now, we’re outsourcing our printing via Threadless as it’s the most cost effective option for us.  We don’t have the space or the income while planning a wedding to be able to print on our own – but hopefully, one day when we’re in a house, we’ll be able to print in our own garage!

It’s been a struggle only having control over designs.  I can only do so much, and it takes a few days for samples to get to us while they’re being printed.  I’m kind of a perfectionist in anything I create, so you can imagine my frustration and anxiety as I wait for the sample anticipating it’s sheer perfection or absolute awfulness.  But it’s good.  It’s good that I can focus on designs, because we’ve planned two collaborations and launches for the rest of 2018!  I’m so fucking excited.

I haven’t been this passionate or excited about a project in an insanely long time.  Yes, wedding planning is exciting and so thrilling and enjoyable, but this is something that I’ll have (hopefully) long after the wedding is over.  There will be sneak peaks over on our Instagram and we set up a twitter as well as a Facebook page.

But there’s a dilemma, and I need your help.

This blog has been mine since 2011 or 2012.  I love this blog.  I’ve been able to come and go, and only in 2018 have I dedicated myself to really pursuing this.  But with the launch of the business, a lot of people have told me that blogging on our website using that as a platform to be more relatable than just a clothing line is something I should consider.  And in a way, I totally get that.  We’re starting our life together, so maybe I should consider that.  Maybe I should be blogging there.  But I also feel that a lot of what I plan on writing about – wedding planning, a lot of stuff if we’re being honest – maybe doesn’t have a place there.  But maybe that’s the kind of shit that makes us human and more relatable, because it’s… us.  And our business.  Our brand.  I want people to see us as PEOPLE, not just a t-shirt.  Does that make sense?  Do I keep both blogs and separate them as I see fit?  Do I merge everything over there?  Do I keep only this and use that space for launches exclusively?

What do you think I should do?   HELP ME.

This is L.

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No one wants to talk about periods and products, but we’re gonna.  I’m a 28 year old woman.  I got my first period when I was 9 and a half, on the Fourth of fucking July.  You know, that one holiday where literally half of the population is wearing white pants?  Yeah.  White capris.  It was my lucky day.   I’d had talks with my mom about what was going to happen (very reluctantly, she will inform you) and even though I was technically prepared – let me tell you, I was not.  I was the first girl in my fourth grade class to start any of this, so I couldn’t talk to my friends about any of it because they thought it was weird and gross.  Let’s be honest, it’s pretty gross.  At 9, my flow was completely different than it is today.  My hormones were completely different than they are today.   The products I use are COMPLETELY different than they were then.  For the better.

Not to say that whoever chooses to stick with whatever brand they’ve always used is wrong, because hey, we are creatures of habit and I order the same thing every time we go to our favorite breakfast joint and have for the last four years.  But this isn’t just breakfast, it’s your inner body health.  I spent a lot of time using top name brand pads and tampons, and some were better than others, sure.  But on a whim one day while at Target with my boyfriend, a fancy bag with palm leaf print (a weakness, sue me) caught my eye.  It was the same price as the brand I normally bought, but it had about 16 more pads in it than the one I used to grab out of habit.  Why not try it?  I grabbed the bag and threw it in the cart.  I haven’t looked back since.

The white bag with the palm leaf and gold bag was a pack of L.’s Chlorine Free Ultra Thin Pads in regular (but not basic) format.  What got me initially was the quantity I was getting for the price.  42 for $6.99, that’s unheard of.  I mean unless you’re buying your pads and tampons at Costco.  

How to Deal with Disappointment

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Disappointment is part of being human at any age.  It sucks, but it’s true.  A lot of disappointment has been floating around in my life for the last two months and I just haven’t had a lot of motivation to do much.  However, I saw a quote on the Huffington Post blog when I was looking for inspiration and re-motivation and it resonated with me so loudly.

“Disappointment is a temporary obstacle on the road to success.”  – Tamiko Cuellar

parisbathroomAt twenty eight years old, I’ve learned what I’m capable of.  When I want to fight and how hard I want to fight for something.  I’ve learned not to expect much of most people, because disappointment is nearly always inevitable as our expectations are just that – our own.  Words are words and unfortunately they don’t always mean what they are.  But after being sad and upset about things I can’t control and things people keep promising that aren’t coming through, I have to let it go.  There comes a time where you just have to pick yourself up and let it be and do your best and use that disappointment to work harder and do what you know you are capable of and when it’s time to move on, you will.  I’m on that path.  For now, I’m just doing the best I can until I can let things go completely and move on.

To help with that, I’ve been doing a lot of these things.

  1. Make a plan.  Whether that’s making a list of the goals you want to accomplish next, setting resolutions to better yourself and your environment, or all of the above, just make  a plan.  For me, this meant sitting down with Danny and talking about our future.  What we wanted to accomplish individually and together, what we needed to do for our future to be the way we both wanted.  I’ve got lists literally everywhere.
  2. Talk to someone.  Not someone involved directly, or anyone who can recirculate your frustration and magnify it or make it worse.  But it’s relieving for humans to be able to share our feelings with another person who can offer advice and just help you through what you’re going through.  It feels nice, and it helps you see things clearly when you aren’t keeping everything bottled up.
  3. Surround yourself with as much positivity as possible.  People you love, things you love, good vibes.  Your pet.  Sunshine.  Good music.  A nice candle.  Anything that makes you happy and improves your mood.  It works, I promise.
  4. Have a good cry.  Fuck it, you earned it and it’s okay to cry when you’re upset.

The quote was what I needed to read to pick myself back up and keep going.  A lot of good things are going to come in this next year, and it’s unfortunate that a lot of things I thought and wanted to happen and see through won’t be part of it.  I’m not going to let disappointment be one of the things that come with the next few months and start of 2018.  I’m just going to work hard and finish what I wanted to two years ago.  Working hard, finishing school, starting my future.  These are my priorities for the next 9 months.  It’s funny how disappointment turns into motivation so quickly.  I’m entirely re-motivated to complete everything I wanted to.

Hey, self — let’s do this.

x little wolf