Thursday, July 29, 2010

Made in America

I'll be publishing this on both blogs, as it's something I feel pretty strongly about.

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Ramblers Way. All opinions are 100% mine.

I've mentioned before that I do technically live in a town full of history. From the Kent State Shootings
down to the historic landmark that was my neighbors home, growing up.

It's odd, that I got the chance to talk about this today, because I was thinking about homes today, how they just "don't build em like they used to." Since I was a child, I've  not been a fan of what I call "cookie cutter homes" the subdivisions where quite literally, I'd be worried to live for fear of coming home after a drink out with friends & not being able to distinguish which house is mine.

I've wanted an old home since I began planning my "dream home check list" and sadly, all my "must have" items aren't typical on construction anymore.

I think that it goes beyond homes, to the fact that construction & buildings just are not as unique or architecturally important to many as they once were. Buildings that are "art" are so expensive no one can even afford to walk near them, much less buy them for their business & historic buildings are knocked down to make way for more cookie cutter developments, from homes to gas stations ever day.

My own town recently bulldozed a building I walked by daily for much of my teenage life. The "1920" engraving in the stone, with the presidents name was crumbled before our very eyes to make way for a ... Sheetz!
Nevermind that we already got a Sheetz in town, approximately 10 blocks away several years ago.

Sure, the building looked less than sound but it was only one of the several memorable buildings in the area to be knocked down in the blink of an eye, with out consideration. This made me sad.

Our downtown still has roads that are old red brick ( and quite bumpy!) and I just am not sure they would have the same charm with freshly paved roads. Call me sentimental, but I think that the charm, the quaintness of things like this are what make a town rich with history. I find it sad that by the time my children are old enough to understand & make memories of the town I grew up in, most of what I remember as being so pretty, or special, or a landmark I secretly wished I could live in, might be gone!

Every small town in America has seen their main street shops suffer from the effects of urban sprawl. Quaint mom &a pop shops and department stores used to anchor the business districts of downtown areas, yet sadly over the past few decades businesses left the downtown's and headed to the strip malls of the suburbs. Companies are outsourcing for cheaper labor leaving once robust factories to close down. Entire communities have suffered, leaving the fabric of America shattered.

Ramblers Way Farm is changing the way American business is done. The Company sources, grows, and produces their fine woolen apparel using 100% domestic resources. They have brought manufacturing facilities into distressed small towns and are helping to revitalize the communities.

The Ramblers Way Corporate Office is a fully refurbished building that was originally built in 1792 and is located in downtown Kennebunk, Maine. The building has been restored to its original condition, while being modernized to meet today's environmental standards. They have even achieved the coveted Gold Lead Certification level!

I personally, love that Ramblers Way believes in their products being Made in America (and how beautiful their clothing is, I NEED that gorgeous camisole!!) but that they also go above & beyond just caring about their own company, they have a passion for preservation that extends beyond just their own benefit.

The coffee shop I remember sitting in as a teen, where the mama with a baby slung to her chest in a sling nagged me "Are you SURE I cant fix you something to eat?" and who didn't close up until the last chess natch between friends was over is now a Starbucks ( which I boycot, for the record)

If more companies don't take notice of the initiative that Ramblers Way is setting & follow in their example, I have worried that the memories I have of my town will be something that is mystical to my children, that they will no that places to experience & sights to see that leave them with their own memories.

Do you have any experiences with your own town that are similar, or do you hopefully, have encoraging stories like Ramblers Way does?

I'd love to hear them!

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Wordless Wednesday: Andys sunflower

I missed WW on the new site this week due to sickness, business & tiredness, so I thought I'd sneak it in here ;)



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Saturday, July 24, 2010

10 Products to Always buy Generic

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of PBM Products. All opinions are 100% mine.
Today I get to talk to you guys about this article 10 Products to Always Buy Generic

I am all for buying generic when I can,however I can't lie, there are things that I routinely do prefer to be certian Brand names, but I do have my own favorite generics.

Here are the 10 that the article recommends that you always buy generic.

1. Over-the-counter medications.
2. Cereal.
3. Pantry staples.
 4. Soda.
5. Gasoline.
6. Electronic cables.
7. Makeup and other beauty products. 
8. Batteries.
9. Salad mix and produce.
10. Baby formula 

Do you guy any of these generic? Or will you after reading this?

I buy Target brand over the counter medications like Aspirin,Acetaminophen, vitamins & have been pleased with that choice, as over the last 4 years since having children, Tylonal has recalled childrens medication several times, I've been lucky to check my medicaine cabinet each time to find that buying generic saved me from the hassle & safety measures involved in a medication recall. That's a perk!

I do buy generic pantry staples, like flour & sugar for the basics, but I also prefer a broader selection ( bread flour, whole wheat flour, etc) which often leads me to brands names.

I don't drink soda, do no on that one.

Makeup, heck yes. I am a makeup snob but some of my favorites staples over the years have been cheapie drug store brands.

I'm not exactly sure where I can go to buy generic gas,I occasionally fill up at BJs, but since our grocery stores all do fuel rewards it's benificial for me to buy their generic brand & then save on gas that way. I need to look a bit more into that one, but if I could, heck yes I would go all sorts of generic on gas!

I personally do disagree with several items on this list, for me, they do make a noticeable difference, like batteries ( My grandfather is the former VP of Duracell, sorry) and bagged lettuce. I'm pretty picky about that one as I'm a salad freak.

Although I didn't use infant forumla,, there are perks tobuying that generic as well, check out the comparison to store brand formula and see what you think, could buying generic be a better choice for you, or your baby in terms of formula?

Are there any items on this list you disagree with?

What brand name do you prefer to the generic on the list?

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Blueberries..

We picked blueberries last weekend, on Andys birthday.


What are your favorite blueberry recipes?
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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Ohh Skinamax!

Cinamax. I remember it being called Skinamax, as a kid, the channel the kids whispered about, did you get it?

Did your parents?

Could you see it?

Kids are nosy.

I was.

Hell,have you met me?? I still am.

You know, those weeks when you'd get it for free & watch all the cool shows, like Disney in the morning, & the movies..yeaahh Skinamax baby.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

This montage is for the birds.

Like my little play on words?

Really. This montage is for the birds.. you know, those cute little baby birds I posted pictures of before? It's for them. Where ever they are.. this one is for you babies!!!

I saw Scary Mommy had a post about her crazy far better than my bird experience, this morning & remembered I hadn't finished up putting together the footage I got of the baby birds from our apple tree.

We all know I love a good montage. Its been far too long.

You're welcome ahead of time for my music choice.
Now, I'm going to go back to gagging & coughing while trying to attempt to take the kids out side. Because they both seem to be fine, but now I'm sick.

You know, that stage of feeling like crap, but also having just had a long week,where you might get sick, or you might not.. my throat hurts, my ear feels a little weird, my sinuses are acting up, damn allergies & I'm mostly just tired from staying up too late being a mother, the sick kids, etc. This happens every so often & if I get a good big sleep in ( we're talking noon here.. hint hint!) this weekend, I'll be fine, until then I just feel like crap.

Or maybe I am just actually sick. That makes more sense, and explains some stuff.

How the hell do people get sick in the Summer?

It drives me bonkers.

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