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Toothpaste – JASON TOOTHPASTE – Another Vegan Product that I Love

JASON TOOTHPASTE

** I am only speaking about the paste not the gel

JASON Toothpaste

Another product that always bothers me is toothpaste.  It contains many ingredients that I really don’t want my kids to put in their mouth like : propylene glycol and sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates and fluoride

Lailati loves to suck on the brush

Because my kids love to swalow the toothpaste, I especially don’t like the fluoride ingredient.  Fluoride has been known to cause fluorosis (staining of the teeth) and infertility.

Bellingham fluorosis 3

Bellingham fluorosis 3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Milla had to have minty fresh breath so my search began for a vegan toothpasty tasting toothpaste that cleaned our teeth.  That is when I found Jason brand.

Products in Europe not tested on animals carry...

Products in Europe not tested on animals carry this symbol. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The box says “not tested on animals” (you can tell by  the symbol of the rabbit) and “no animal bi-products”.  But just to make sure I phone the 1-800 number this morning.  They said, “it does not contain any animal derived products in it’s ingredients”.  To make doubly sure I emailed as well and their response was: “

Dear Ms. Henderson,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding our Jason® Sea Fresh Plus CoQ10 Gel Toothpaste. We strive to maintain the highest quality products and your satisfaction is very important to us.

We never test our products or ingredients on animals. In addition, our products contain no meat or by-products of animal killing. We also exclude all cruelly obtained animal ingredients, even if the animal is not killed. We limit our use of animal products to ingredients that are deposited by and have no future benefit to the animal, such as beeswax.

Sincerely,

Veronica
Consumer Relations Representative

I AM LOVING IT (for 5 years now)!

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Vegan Face Painting – CARAN D’ACHE a Vegan Product that I love

CARAN D’ACHE

My children, along with the rest of the ages 2 – 10 years, love to get their faces painted.

Lailati wanted hearts

I shopped for face paints years ago and found out that the paint is full of nasty garbage like Propylene Glycol which, for starters, is an animal bi-product.

Moses and his “brother” are lovin the Monster Trucks!

I really didn’t want them being face painted after that and I began my Google search for “Vegan Facepaint”.

Princess Milla

I came across a lot of recipes but many warned about staining skin or involved using night cream which I can’t find vegan.

All it takes is just a bit of water and some tiny paint brushes!

Finally I found an internet forum where a woman spoke about Caran D’ache Watersoluble Wax Pastel being used by her mother to paint faces.

He is a fierce lion!

She gave the ingredients:

“I never posted the response I got from this company.
They told me: “NEOCOLOR I or II don’t contain any of the following ingredients :
– Gluten
– animal derived ingredients
– peanuts derived
Most of the products used are synthetic except one wax which is vegetable origin.”

and she was unsure whether they stained or left a rash but didn’t think that was the case…So I thought I would give it a whirl!

Milla is a great artist!

I am glad I did!

Whafun!

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TO GO BABYFOOD!

on the go…mango smoothie

The sunshine of my life beckons…

 “Take us on a bike ride Mama!”

Peace and Love and Harmony!

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Medical Research – Is it Vegetarian?

Breast cancer awareness

Breast cancer awareness (Photo credit: AslanMedia)

Recently I had a scare.  I found a lump in my breast and immediately buried myself and gave all my children away!  I confided in a friend who reassured me that breast cancer was “treatable” .  I was relieved as I waited for my Ultrasound and Mammogram appointment.

Mammography in process: Shown is a drawing of ...

Mammography in process: Shown is a drawing of a female having a mammogram. A mammogram is a picture of the breast that is made by using low-dose x-rays. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During one of my sleepless nights I thought how I had been a part of the research and discovery.  I had marched.  I had fundraised.

breast cancer walk, take 2!

breast cancer walk, take 2! (Photo credit: skampy)

I had friends involved in breast cancer research.   I remembered the bite marks where the rats, she used for her research, had bitten her.  I had visited her in the lab one day and she showed what she was working on.  She was thinly slicing the rat’s brains to examine.  The same rats that had bitten her were now dead.

Animal,Porkey Pig, Lobund-Wistar

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had forgotten the sacrifice of those rats.  And while I felt relief I could be treated I also felt like those rats were being taken advantage of.  It was obvious, by the bite marks around my friends finger nail beds, that the rat didn’t want to be injected with cancer needles or be cured of it’s deadly disease.  The rat was protesting without any voice.  Who was the voice of the rat?  Could I be the voice of the rat?  Could I say that a rat’s life was as important as mine or my children’s?  Could I refuse treatment?  I had children to live for.  And my parents, they had already lost a child (my oldest sister), how would they feel if I died from a “treatable” disease?

What about their feelings?

What about the rat’s feelings?  How many rats lost their mother or their sister or child?  The rat, like a slave, had been given no choice and like the Jews in Germany were forced into experimentation for the purpose of medical research.  No moral person could accept people being used in labs(even though we have forgotten where some of our modern medical research stems from).  How could I as a moral vegetarian ignore this rat holocaust?  I am sure God’s purpose for a rat was not research and I knew morally  it was wrong to use any of God’s creatures for that purpose.  How many had to die so that I may live a better life?

Unmarked grave in the Ukrainian Cemetery

Unmarked grave (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is there an answer?  When must one become a hypocrite?   In the face of death?  For our children’s sake?  For our parents or husband or family?  For our religion?  What would Daniel or Jesus or His Imperial Majesty Selassie do?  What would I do?  Could I listen to the teachings of the great Rastaman Prof I (a man of love and peace and tranquility within his heart) who after being questioned about being a vegetarian says “I don’t eat fish because I can’t afford to take a life to save a life.  Cuz’ a fish love him life just like how I love mine!”

Orginally found at flikr. Photo taken by user ...

Orginally found at flikr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fortunately I was relieved of my worries about breast cancer but not of my obligation to the rats who sacrificed their lives for medical research.  Is the cost of so many lives and the spilling of so much blood worth it?  Is medical research a vegetarian ideal?

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Vegan Rasta Caps

Vegan Rasta Cap - lion of judah style

I am an at home mom of 4 and I am always searching for ways to make money.  Honestly that is why I started a blog.  However, the blog has become more like a journal than a business.  So I decided to start selling caps instead.  These comfy caps are crocheted heaven.  They are made by my friend Rasta who handmakes these caps on the streets of Stonetown on the Island of Zanzibar.  Rasta is Cush.  He eats no flesh, no salt, no prepared foods or processed foods.  Rasta lives an Ital lifestyle.  Fresh fruit and vegetables.  Coconut juice everyday.  Cashews fresh.  He earns his living by the sweat of his brow.  His talent is God given what we might call his destiny.    He does okay selling to the tourists in Z’bar but he has so many people that depend on him that he needs to do better.  I want to see him succeed.  I also need to succeed.  So we started this business together.

Fixin' Moses a hat

The caps are amazing.  They fit a kid from 2 years old to 15 years old.  The cap even fits my head comfortably.
By vegan I meant polyester so it washes great!  It is breathable and lovely.

My kids are always getting complimented on their caps.  So much so, Moses has started trying to sell them!  He is a great salesman and I think his strategy might work.  I am so proud!

I am using social media to do a poll.

It's a beauty!

How much would YOU pay for a fair trade, handmade vegan (haha) cap?

Peace

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Today’s Supper

Coconut Rice and Papaya

Ever feel like just eating something simple?

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MMMMMMMM- This looks good!

Sweet Cardamom Plantain in Coconut Sauce and Rice

Yummy!  Ready to eat!

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We all are feed.

So I have to admit that my grammar and spelling are terrible.

 My dear friend was looking at Vegease blog and questioned my caption at the top of the home page.

“Hey…,
I accessed (your blog) from my computer and it’s a lot better! 🙂  The phone sucks LOL.
I just had a question.  Your quote about Jah – should it be “we are all feed” or “we are all fed”.  If it’s feed I’m not sure I like it – it gives me the heebie jeebies that I’m food for something haha!
…Luv M”

Are we all feed?

Worm feed.  Lion feed.  Fish feed.

I changed it but wondered if I should leave it.

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Queen of Sheba

 

6 weeks at the midwife
Queen of Sheba and Baba

Almost 5 mos.

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In my backyard

The view

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