With summer winding down, we’re not just ushering in autumn, but the back-to-school season as well. For years, I’ve thought of September as a clean slate—even after I was done with school. So whether you or your kids are heading back, or you’re into that clean slate feeling yourself, why not make a new school year resolution to go cruelty-free?
Articles by Diana Band
Studies show that couples who work out together have stronger, happier relationships. It makes sense because many sports require communication and team work—whether you’re out mountain biking or spotting each other at the gym. Sharing a passion adds depth to your relationship, and learning a new skill builds confidence. You may even make new friends together.
If you’re new to cruelty-free shopping, you may be a little hesitant to give up your tried-and-true laundry detergents. After all, can something all-natural or nearly 100 percent plant-based really stand up to kids, pets, and red wine stains?
Summer is in full-swing, and if you’ve already embarked on your cruelty-free journey, you may be looking for ethical replacements for some of your summer beauty favorites. Whether it’s sunscreen, a great nail polish for your vacation-inspired mani-pedi, or safe, effective insect repellant, there is a cruelty-free option to fit your needs and your budget.
For many, the phrase “pole dancing” immediately calls to mind seedy clubs and leering men—not body positivity or a butt-kicking workout. But, that’s exactly what you get—and truly, anybody can do it. You don’t have to be a hardcore athlete or look a certain way; the range of ages and body types in my first class was a testament to that.
When it comes to finding relief from anxiety and depression, I have always looked towards exercise. While pushing myself out the door on a bad day isn’t always easy, I know a good sweat will ease the pressure. It’s also why I’ve tried different types of yoga over the years. Don’t get me wrong—I have found yoga to be beneficial, but rarely am I able to be truly mindful in a class. I had chalked up my inability to get “in the zone” to my personality, but when I first slid into a lane at our community center’s indoor pool, I realized mindfulness wasn’t some unattainable goal.
If you’re already trying to live a more natural, eco-friendly, and mind-body-balanced life, you may have considered changing your beauty and house-cleaning regimens to ones that are cruelty-free.
In June of last year, my husband and I packed up our lives and moved from New York City to Colorado—almost 2,000 miles away from nearly all of our family and friends. Consequently, this is the first Mother’s Day I’ll be spending from my mom. It got me thinking about the emotional challenges the holiday presents—not just for those of us who live far away from our mothers, but for those who have lost their moms or have strained/non-existent relationships with them.