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  1. Ann
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:14 am

    I love you even more for this post!

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  2. Becki
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:16 am

    I think you’d enjoy “Castles in the Air” by Judy Corbett. She and her husband renovated a crumbling Welsh castle. The book is very endearing!

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  3. Lora Hart
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:17 am

    I agree with everything you wrote, and try to live my live as cruelty free as possible. But the photo of the puppies with gas masks made me cry. Thanks. 🙁

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  4. Nikki Gwin
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:18 am

    The first thing I noticed was the extraordinarily shiny floors! Thats just unnatural. BEautiful, but unnatural. And I do LOVE the sofas but I totally agree about all the rest of the furniture. Wouldn’t the world wide search for the perfect antiques be FUN!!
    🙂
    https://gwingal.blogspot.com/

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    • Di
      April 27, 2016 @ 11:02 am

      I specifically asked for a matte finish when floors were being redone. I know how real people live and that shiny floor would be half shiny/half matte in a month!

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  5. Nora
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:19 am

    Now I love you even more. I have been buying cruelty free products for about 30 years (dates me I know). Thank you for letting your devoted readers know about these animal welfare issues. Just for that I’m not going to hold it against you that you lied about the location of your latest fabulous acquisition (although all is fair in love, war and GFT).

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    • Cat
      April 28, 2016 @ 2:36 pm

      Thank you for using your blog to raise awareness on cruelty-free products. I’m proud that I haven’t purchased anything from any of the companies on the chart in at least 20 years – I refuse to support any of them. I buy the same brands as you or I make my own (seriously, no one needs 20 different cleaning products – vinegar, lemon, baking soda, water, boom, you’re done — and you and your pets are safe. And your wallet is fatter, leaving more money to buy GFT or whatever else floats your boat.)

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  6. Tammigirl
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:20 am

    I love it when you post!

    Thank you for the photos of jazzy window treatments and also the info about the doggie cruelty. I hate seeing those pictures, I really super hate it. But who do they think they are, doing this? How awful in this day and age they can get away with it! Shouldn’t they be in jail somewhere, forced to drink only shampoo and breathe only poison?

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  7. Becca
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:21 am

    Wish there were a “like” button for this post. Thanks for sharing with us so we can also benefit from your research into cruelty-free products. I’m going right by a BB&B today, so I’ll pop in and get myself some Dr. Bronners.

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  8. Lisa Smith
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:21 am

    How is Elvis? And you, and your saintly husband?

    My 5-year-old Yorkie, Winnie, inexplicably decided to wet the bed in her sleep last night. Unfortunately, it is also MY bed. I can only suppose she has lost her furry little mind.

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    • Sarah
      April 27, 2016 @ 9:45 pm

      My dog used to do that. She’d have no idea she’d had an accident, and she’d be so confused when she woke up, like, how did this get here? After spending much $$$ at the vet, she was finally diagnosed with spay induced incontinence. Now I give her a super cheap medicine, Proin, twice a day, and she never has accidents in her sleep. Unless I forget to give her her medicine…

      Anyway, not saying that’s what your dog has, but if she does it again, it’s something to look into. 🙂

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  9. Christy
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:23 am

    The house itself looks beautiful, looks like it was decorated by someone with a lot of class anxiety. That, or (as the furniture may suggest) the house has been elaborately staged by a realtor. Are the floors photoshopped, maybe?

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  10. Michele
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:23 am

    You know I’ve heard of companies testing on animals but I hadn’t given it much thought and assumed that was a thing of the past. How incredibly sad!! Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I will be making some purchasing changes!
    Btw – those shiny floors would show every speck of dust – no thanks!

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  11. Suzeraine
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:24 am

    Wow. Did not see that coming. Not that I disagree…just that it’s rather a departure from Craig’s List and remodeling. Our household is full of allergies and excema so this had to be done years ago. Just a happy coincidence that using products that won’t harm you generally happen to be products no one tested on animals. Thanks for the links. Go Victoria!

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  12. Darling Lily
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:27 am

    Amen.

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  13. Anne
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:29 am

    Hi there! I think the house for sale was probably staged, which accounts for the bland uniformity of the furniture and the Vuitton photobomb.

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  14. Cynthia Choat
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:30 am

    Thank you so much….for EVERYTHING! XO

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  15. Grandmas House DIY
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:46 am

    We’ve been making all of our own dishwasher detergent and laundry soap (using vinegar for fabric softener) for years using non toxic ingredients and we would never go back. For regular cleaning vinegar and baking soda is all we use and I’ve been working on my own body butter recipe with coconut oil and a little castor oil whipped up in our blender – it is amazing! Once you get those toxins out of your life it is incredible how terrible they smell and make you feel, shocking what we get “used” to. I love that you’re posting about things like this!! It’s wonderful!

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  16. Cate Prato
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:50 am

    Love the post. Love your blog. Love Elvis. Hate the ill-treated doggie image (necessary?). But I do appreciate the overall message and wish you had provided more space to links of products to use (maybe instead of the sad doggie pic).

    Thanks.

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    • Yvonne Angus
      April 28, 2016 @ 6:31 am

      I rather think the photo of the gassed beagles WAS necessary. Our society is too trusting of Big Manufacturing. Shock is sometimes the ONLY way to wake people up to the cruelties being perpetrated. Horror is an excellent motivator.

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  17. Tahma Nash
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:51 am

    Because of your post, I plan on taking the opportunity to go cruelty free when I replace products in my upcoming move. Usually you make me laugh, today it was tears. God bless you for both!

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  18. Sarah
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:51 am

    Thank you for this post! I always try to buy cruelty free, but sometimes I get lazy. I needed to be reminded why it is so important to read labels and help stop animal cruelty in any way that I can. I love all of your posts, but I especially love when you blog about issues that are important to you. Off to sign the petitions now. Thanks Victoria!

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  19. Nicole
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:56 am

    I love this! I have been trying to convert all household items to non-toxic by using items from the Honest Co. It’s been harder to do beauty products. There are so many more resources and great brands to choose from now. Thanks for this, would love to see more posts on this topic.

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    • Lesley
      April 27, 2016 @ 11:09 am

      thanks for posting this, it reminds me of real estate listings that have wet concrete driveways, to show how sparkling clean even the outside of the house is. Regarding the use of toxins, I’ve been involved in green-ing up my house and kitchen over the last several years and have saved money doing it besides. Concentrated cleaners just require dilution, even the laundry soap. And best of all, THEY DELIVER! click through to my site to order. Best decision I ever made.

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  20. Patty/NS
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:57 am

    Amen Victoria! Wake up everyone, Europe is bucking the multicorp trend. Why are most people so uneducated to what is being pushed on us?! Because it means asking questions and doing work to educate ourselves! Anyways that is tiring and not fun when dinner has to be made and there is hockey/baseball practice to get to. We are creating our own hell as well as the creatures. So very, very sad.

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