Cruelty-Free Beauty Products

When you pick up a tube of mascara or find some colorful eye shadow on sale, do you think about its connection to animals? I’ll admit, the thought didn’t always cross my mind. I saw purple eyeshadows with sparkles or a tube of raspberry lipstick and was excited to experiment. I hardly ever wear make-up, but I found it something I could entertain my imagination with. After learning some of the truths behind my beauty products, I was discouraged to learn that my seemingly harmless purchases may cause more harm than I would like to admit. Researching ingredients like palm oil made it only more problematic and then I was introduced to the complexities of cruelty-free. Why is it complex? Let’s take a look at the cosmetic industry and animal testing . . . Continue Reading ›

Art and Heritage in Washington D.C.

If there’s one thing I was excited for in Washington D.C., it’s the plethora of museums. Knowing there would be plenty of museums and organizations throughout the city that my Southern Utah University Arts Administration classmates and I could enjoy gave as all excitement and anticipation. Unfortunately, I realized I would only be able to see a few museums this visit instead of every single one on my list. My admiration for cultural preservation and passion for art steered me in the direction of a few notable places that piqued my interest. If you love art and culture as much as I do, take a look at the visits that have become some of my favorite places. Continue Reading ›

Moms and Fair Trade

This weekend marks two important dates that are all about honoring and empowering others. You may already be celebrating Mother’s Day, but World Fair Trade Day might be an unknown to you. What does fair trade have to do with Mom? As I’ve found, Moms teach us about the principles of fair trade, whether we realize it or not. What exactly are those principles and how does Mom teach them to us? Today, I’m taking a closer look at each one to see how Moms inspire us to uphold the principles of fair trade. Continue Reading ›

Memorials and Monuments in Washington D.C.

My first visit to Washington D.C. had been nearly 20 years ago, but the experience of seeing the Hope Diamond and First Ladies’ inaugural ball gowns stayed with me all of these years. Friends and acquaintances who have lived in this city loved the abundance of activities and sites to explore and continually share their enthusiasm for the area. Learning I would be re-visiting this city for Arts Advocacy Day, I was eager to arrive and explore every inch of Washington D.C. While photos of the memorials and monuments along the National Mall and Memorial Parks can be seen just about anywhere, seeing them in person is what makes a stronger impact. Continue Reading ›

The Problem with Palm Oil

What’s one thing we need to live without but have a hard time eliminating it from our lives? Money may seem like the answer, but for the purpose of today’s post, I’m discussing the abundance and reliance on palm oil. What is palm oil? According to Salve Beat, palm oil is edible vegetable oil that comes from the African palm and is a versatile ingredient for many products. Although palm oil crops can produce a lot, unfortunately, it can only be found in a certain part of the land within 10 degrees north or south of the equator. Where this gets complicated is that harvesting palm oil has led to deforestation, animal endangerment, and harm of the atmosphere. The Crowded Planet’s post about palm oil depicts the Haze, a toxic cloud created by the fires used to clear rainforests for palm oil plantations in Indonesia. The Haze not only affects Indonesia and Singapore, Malaysia, but it also affects the wildlife in the area, especially orangutans. Is there a way to stop these devastating results? While upholding this month’s affirmation searching for more eco-friendly beauty products, I’ve determined reducing beauty products that use palm oil should be on my list. This is a difficult road, but it provides some solutions to a complex question. Continue Reading ›