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Spotlight on Website: Greater Good January 12, 2014

Here’s a free website that allows you to help others, no account required. Greater Good is a site entirely dedicated to money donations for, well, the greater good. It sells fair trade items and donates percentages of your purchases to great causes. Each day they have a different project- today’s was getting 24 children to a hospital by way of donations and free-clicks-to-donate. In the past, Greater Good has done a lot of good with their clicks. Greater Good

Here are some of their click-to-donate successes.

They have:

  • provided 6 months of care to an orphaned moose
  • sent an orphan to school for 5 months
  • given a sea lion food for a month
  • matched 5 veterans with pets that will help them
  • fed 4,000 seniors
  • donated toys to children in the developing world
  • built ‘castles’ for shelter cats

And many more! Want to get in on the action? All you have to do is check out  Greater Good. It has many sub-sites such as The Hunger Site, The Literacy Site, The Animal Rescue Site and The Breast Cancer Site, all dedicated to the special causes that their names suggest.

With just one click, you can do things like:

  • give free food to an animal shelter
  • give a woman with breast cancer a mammogram
  • donate a book to a child in need
  • fight hunger and poverty every day
  • save land in a forest
  • help wildlife

And it’s freeAll you have to do is click a simple button. I love free click websites, because it’s so easy and you can do it every day. Free clicks are a great way to help whatever cause you want, like breast cancer help, encouraging literacy, or feeding the homeless. I have enormous respect for the donors who give the food/books/mammograms/etc when anyone clicks.

You can also sign up for a daily reminder. Each day, they will send you a email telling you to click the free buttons.

Don’t forget to click at as well! We’ve made a previous post about it.



Spotlight on Website: New Moon Girls June 30, 2013

This is a rather different spotlight than we’ve had previously, but it goes with the theme of inner beauty from my previous post. New Moon is a fun, feminist website where girls pre-teen+ can safely connect and have fun, all while boosting their confidence and sharing their creativity. New Moon also presents a bimonthly magazine  with articles by girls and featuring their artwork and writing. It’s fun, but best of all, it’s activism- New Moon has worked extensively on changing Barbie’s unrealistic figure, which helps promote eating disorders, and de-color-coding Target’s sexist, stereotypical blue-and-pink toy aisles. The website,, requires a paid subscription, but it’s definitely worth it for girls. They’ll make friends, learn to promote feminism and equality, and show their creative side doing it. Plus, there’s nothing better to boost your confidence and happiness than having your work published in the magazine. The message boards have sections for debates, roleplays, condolences for those grieving, and there’s even two whole message boards dedicated to changing the world, which is awesome! New Moon is great and helps promote inner beauty. I’m a member of the Girls Editorial Board (I work on the magazine), and I love the whole thing. If you are a teenage girl, join New Moon today! If you’re not, tell the young females you know. :3




Animal Testing: Why It Has To Stop April 25, 2013

The Basics:

If you didn’t know, animal testing is when companies test their products on animals to see if they are safe or not to use on humans. For example, some shampoo companies might shampoo the animals to make sure that the substance doesn’t hurt/kill the animals. This puts the animal’s lives at risk, and 92% of the tests that worked on animals failed on humans, which means that animal testing is basically useless, anyway. 50% of the animals used in these useless tests die after three weeks of the initial experiment. Animal testing is a horrible thing, and it needs to be stopped.

Why Animal Test?:

Companies do animal testing just to prove they tested it on something. If they get bad results, according to PETA (which is a biased source, but still), might still put out the product and simply say that it was tested, so therefore it is safe. Testing things gives the company proof that their product is “safe” and they made sure of it. If you look on a bottle and it says it was tested, does it say if the test results came out positive? Did it say who — or what — it was tested on? No. Companies animal test because they want to make a good name for themselves, even if they’re just tricking us. Of course, there are a lot of companies that don’t do animal testing at all, and those are the ones you should try to look out for and buy, if possible.


Which Companies Actually Animal Test?

There are a lot of companies that animal test, and here are a few:

  • Avon Products Inc.
  • Burt’s Bees
  • Chanel Inc.
  • Clorox
  • CoverGirl
  • Hill’s Pet Nutrition
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Olay Co.
  • Scott Paper
  • Sarah Lee
  • Suave


How Do We Stop Animal Testing?
There are several ways to stop animal testing. The first — and most obvious — way to stop it is to avoid buying products manufactured by these companies and more. If you’re really serious about stopping it, I would suggest researching it further so that you can be sure when you are buying something that has the potential of being created by a company that preforms animal testing. If you really, really like the companies that do the animal testing (say I really, really like Mary Kay Cosmetics and will never ever find something as great as that), you could try writing a letter to the offending company and see if they reply. You could get them to stop that way. If you want to do it the other way, you could try to find alternatives to the things you like made by companies that don’t do animal testing and write letters/emails telling them how you came across that product and that you’re really glad that they don’t animal test.


I hope this article made you think about the wrongs animal testing does and try to stop the horrors of animal testing!


Boston Marathon Tragedy April 16, 2013

While people were waiting for marathon runners to cross the finish line, a bomb exploded on the street. The force was so strong that it blast people into the air and blew off limbs. Police immediately warned everyone to stay back, but another bomb went off. Three have been reported dead and at least 98 were injured, according to reports from hospitals around the scene. Officials believe this was the work of terrorists, but whether a group or single, foreign or domestic, they don’t know. No arrests have been made, but investigations are going strong.

A tragic event like this shouldn’t be happening. Life is too fragile, too short. One man was going to propose to his girlfriend as she passed the finish line, but she passed away. Now he never will get to see her again. Most of us will never experience such a tragic event in our lifetime, so realize how lucky you are. Support all those affected by the Boston tragedy- write Boston or Boston Marathon on your wrists. It’s not much, but it’s something, and something bigger is going to come.

We need to take a stand against violence. In the next few days, I plan to start a petition, rally some friends and community service representatives at school, and do something. Attacks and violence have gone on too long. Share your thoughts and caring in the comment box below.

It’s not much, but it’s something. And life isn’t long, but it’s important.

I’ve reached a breaking point. America can’t sit back and watch through Connecticut, Boston, and the thousands of unknown crimes that are committed each day.

It needs to stop.



Inner Beauty: How You Can Be Beautiful Inside and Out! March 5, 2013

Filed under: Kindness,Lifestyle — Mary @ 4:28 am
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What Is Inner Beauty?

To me, inner beauty is the Christmas present. You see the wrapping paper, you’re excited, you’re happy, it’s under the tree, it’s wonderful, it’s amazing. Notice how a lot of the gifts look the same. Some wrapping paper is kind of ripped, or maybe an ugly color. Maybe it’s wrapped badly. Some of the wrapping paper is amazing, perfect. But then you tear open the presents. All of them are wonderful, unique, and heartfelt. It didn’t matter what the wrapping paper was. You hardly remember the wrapping paper. The wrapping paper was Outer Beauty. The inside was Inner Beauty.

Maybe that wasn’t completely true, because Outer Beauty can be important too. You aren’t a bad person if you believe in Outer Beauty, and looking your “best.” That’s part of who you are. But you need to recognize that you can’t judge people by how much mascara they wear, or how pretty their hair is. You need to judge them for who they are.

“Imperfection is beauty; madness is genius; and it is better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
— Marilyn Monroe 

What is Our Culture’s Definition of Beauty?

“But I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style. That was the first time that having a large-scale situation  in the back was part of mainstream American beauty. Girls wanted butts now. Men were free to admit that they enjoyed them. And then, what felt like moments later, boom — Beyoncé brought the leg meat. A back porch and thick muscular legs were now widely admired. And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes were beautiful. Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you. All Beyoncé and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful. Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall butt, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet,

 the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll boobs. The closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian,  who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes.”

— Tina Fey, Bossypants (swearing edited out)

That’s a pretty accurate description of how we’re *supposed* to look, which is totally impossible, unless you’re Caucasian, Spanish, British, Asian, Californian, a gym owner, nine-years-old, Michelle Obama, and part doll. Please let me know if this is a pretty good description of your background. If it isn’t, well, achieving this is going to take a lot of surgery, makeup, and all sorts of other things. Makeup is fine, but surgery to alter your looks? That’s just crazy. Why would you want to change anything about you — the amazing, epic, awesome you? What? Your nose is too big? Your eyelid droops? Your boobs are too small? Says who? What? You aren’t like — can I be hearing you right — the models in those magazines? Have you ever heard of photoshopping? Next you’ll want to get rid of your elbows! Your right arm! All to achieve perfection.

What Inner Beauty — and True Beauty — Really Is

If you are confident, you are beautiful.
If you are brave, you are beautiful.
If you stand up for yourself and others, you are beautiful.
If you love yourself, you are beautiful.
If you love others, you are beautiful.
If you are kind, you are beautiful.
If you smile, you are beautiful.
If you are passionate, you are beautiful.

It doesn’t matter what size you are. It doesn’t matter what shape you are. What really matters is what’s inside.

I consider people beautiful if they are/can

  1. confident
  2. brave
  3. able to stand up for themselves and others
  4. love themselves
  5. love others
  6. kind
  7. smile
  8. passionate

If you are/can do at least ONE of these things, or something that’s good that I forgot, you are BEAUTIFUL. If you are mean and seek glee in hurting people, even if you have the most outer beauty EVER, you, in my eyes, are ugly. But I think that you can change. Not who you are, definitely not that, but how you treat yourself and others.

While I was searching for pictures to post on here, I came across some awful things like, “Inner Beauty is for fat people,” and “Inner Beauty is for ugly people,” and “Inner Beauty is over-rated.” These things are UNTRUE and AWFUL. Don’t listen to them.

Mary, Author at Bonsai


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