- Donate it to your favorite charity (mine is The Humane Society of the United States)
- Buy a veggie burger and beer from your favorite local restaurant (mine is The Porch)
- You could go to a movie, but probably won't get to buy popcorn unless you go to a matinee and get the smallest popcorn they have.
- Buy 5 gallons of gas, depending on where you live
- You could even get 3 footlong subs from Subway!
Local blueberries. No idea where Laclede, Idaho is.
After spending my 15 bones at the farmer's market I went to Target. I really don't want to support Target as they have given charitable donations to homophobic organizations, but I just love Target so much.
Here is my loot from Target today. Highlights include: vitamins for Kobe, a notebook made out of banana leaves and recycled garbage, Franks Red Hot (the best sauce on veggie sausage and egg English muffins), and a crap load of cruelty free toiletries:
I also went to the grocery store and asked the bakery if they had any whole wheat, locally made bratwurst buns. Nope. Had to get locally made French hoagies that will have to do. I'm making veggie bratwurst today and can not wait! I also got some organic heavy cream for a recipe I'm going to make today. More on that later.
Right now I want to talk about those cruelty free toiletries I got at Target. For those of you who don't know, I recently became a member of PETA. Now, there are a lot of haters of PETA out there and they get a bad rap for a lot of the crazy shiz they do. But, they are one organization can get stuff done. Because of their extreme nature, they get a lot of attention and companies are not exactly thrilled about being under PETA's spotlight so it's an organization that has a lot of weight to throw around and I like that. They are bold, determined, and unfaltering on their beliefs that animals should not be ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any way. While being a vegetarian has not been easy, it is pretty straightforward. What I found to be hard is finding things that haven't been experimented on by animals that I use in my every day life. No one knows that Maybelline experiments on animals because they don't want you to know. Same goes for Lancome, Oxiclean, Crest, Colgate, Neutrogena, Tide, Spray and Wash, Aveeno, and lots of others. (Here's a question: Why the heck do we need to test laundry detergent on animals? They don't even wear clothes that need to be washed. Stupid.) Some companies that I find commendable because they DO NOT test on animals are Revlon, Burts Bees, Clinique, Paul Mitchell, Bath and Body Works, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria's Secret, and lots of others. The good news is that the list of companies that DO NOT test on animals is a lot longer than the list of those that DO. The bad news is that a lot of the well known companies DO. Lamesauce. Anyway, I'm getting off my soap box and here are some products that I purchased today.
To find out if the products you use are used on animals, check the back of the container in the fine print. Companies that DO NOT test on animals are proud to state that fact and will usually have it listed somewhere on the packaging. It may be a symbol, sentence, or will just say "cruelty free." If you are unsure, go to this list and most any company or manufacturer will be listed.
Whew. I didn't intend to go into that so much, but there ya go. These products can be expensive, but to know that I'm not slathering product on my skin, body, or hair that has been put into helpless animals eyes or something, that's a-ok with me.
Now, on a more happy and cheerful note, a sneak peek of what I'm going to attempt to create this weekend:
Look a little closer...