Made In America…The Way it Should Be

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

In the past few years, I have tried to make it a point to purchase more items Made in America as opposed to somewhere outside the U.S.  I have been known to put things back on the shelf if it says “Made in China” on it.  With everything that has been in the news that past couple of years about products made in China, it has made me not want to buy anything (if I can help it) that has been made there.  Let’s face it, paint containing lead on toys that kids will most likely put in their mouth, is not a good thing.

I was just at Meijers last night picking up some groceries, one of the items being a bag of chips.  I had the store brand in my cart when I walked past the brand “Better Made” and say “Made in Michigan” written on the side of it.  I put back my cheaper store brand and bought the Better Made chips.  Might as well support the state I live in!  I think if we can all commit to doing little things like that, it will make a big difference.  Although,  I will admit that I have been known to pick up a few things here and there at a not so popular store when it comes to where they get their products.  But I feel OK knowing that the major bulk of my shopping each year is not there.

Just recently I had the pleasure of reading about Ramblers Way Farm.  This farm is a family business that creates soft worsted wool apparel 100% on American soil.  Here is a little about them from their website:

We grow Rambouillet wool on our own sheep farms in Maine and on ranches in Colorado, Montana, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, and Utah who partner with us to meet our customer standards for superfine softness and sustainable farming practices.
 We design, create, and manufacture next-to-skin worsted wool garments in our partners’ factories in the Carolinas and New England, by people whose families have been operating for generations. They share our high standards for quality and sustainability.

We live our values at work: creativity in what we do; continuous improvement; promoting sustainability, well-being, and enjoyment by bringing together our individual talents towards a common goal of customer satisfaction.

I encourage everyone to take a look at the products on their website.  Here are some facts about their products that may just make you go over there even quicker!

The 4 oz. jersey is our everyday, 4-season answer to a comfortable, itch-free base layer. It’s super-lightweight and thin enough to create bulk-free layering under any outfit yet it packs a punch in insulating and moisture-wicking performance. There are no dyes, chemicals, or stabilizers to hold on to odors–just pure, naturally resilient wool. We had the state-of-the-art Merrow Machine Company custom build sewing machines to meet our demand for a smooth, invisible, chafe-less seam. Our flat seams are different from the others you’ve seen: sleeker, tailored, more refined.

Superfine American Rambouillet 18.5 micron wool, for superior next-to-skin softness and comfort
Versatile indoor-outdoor garment, perfect for all occasions and activities!
Breathable fabric warms and cools effectively to maintain optimal personal comfort. Wear it throughout the year, in warm and cold weather.
Natural blonde color reflects the authentic, unspoiled color of our superfine wool
Repels moisture and odors through natural wool fiber. Go days without washing, dries quickly, and stay warm even when wet
Machine-washable and dryable, through a natural enzyme, to resist shrinkage and keep its shape
Chemical-free, includes no harsh treatments, bleaches, chemicals, or dyes.Won’t irritate skin.
Sustainably farmed and produced in America, with low environmental impact, humane treatment of livestock, and to benefit American farmers and workers.

I will leave you with one last thought about Ramblers Way and the impact we can make by supporting companies like this.  Aside from using all products made on American soil, the people at Ramblers Way have made it a point to bring their manufacturing facilities into small towns that are hurting in these tough times to help revitalize those towns.  I know I want to support companies like Ramblers Way.  How about you?

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Do You Buy Generic?

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

I’m a stay at home mom so part of my job of staying home is to make sure I save us as much money as possible.  In this day and age, it’s not always easy, but there are some definite things I can do.  One of those things is to buy generic whenever possible.  I am very picky when it comes to taste, but aside from peanut butter, everything else generic tastes the same to me.  This article 10 Products to Always Buy Generic is a really good read for those of you looking at ways you can buy generic and save yourself some money.  I highly recommend trying out the savings calculator.  That $1.00 you save buying generic cereal may not seem like a lot, but it sure does add up!

When my son was born, I formula fed him and will admit that at first I thought I had to feed him Similac or Enfamil because it was the name brand and that meant it was better.  But then I started researching and read that the store brand formula was exactly the same as the name brands.  Which that makes sense.  I mean it’s all regulated by the FDA.  The FDA is not going to allow some sub-standard formula to be made and fed to babies.  Once realizing that, I switched him to the Walmart brand, paid $11 a can and saved a TON of money a month.

If you’re looking to cut some of your costs, consider buying generic for some of your items.  Keep a list of what the regular brand costs you versus the generic brand and see how much you are saving in a month!  Put that money aside for a fun day trip with your family or something you are saving up for.

Leave me a comment and tell me what generic items you’ve switched to that is really no different than the store brand when it comes to the way it works or tastes.

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Are you a Virgin? Let me Check Your Ear.

No I’m serious.  Turn around so I can look behind your ear.

Apparently an acupuncturist in Vietnam, Pham Thi Hong can tell if a man is a virgin or not by just looking behind there ears.  According to the “news” report, all males should have red spots behind their ears if they are a virgin.  Once they have heterosexual sex, the spots disappear (not sure what happens to the spots if the males were to have sex with another male).  Maybe they sprout permanent rainbow tattoos behind their ears?!?

The people in Vietnam now view Pham Thi Hong as a small celebrity since her Virgin detection services helped clear 3 men suspected of gang raping a 20 year old.  If those boys are truly innocent, fine I’m glad they were able to have their named clear, but seriously, in my opinion, this “science” is ridiculous.  Think about it.  How would the spots behind the ear know if you were having heterosexual sex or homosexual sex?

Our world is going off the deep end if we start using such ridiculous tactics to prove the guilt or innocence of our criminals.

Leg Toning Shoe or Bone Breaking Shoe? You Decide

On July 30, 2010 the USA Today newspaper published an article called A revolutionary sneaker, or overhyped gimmick? Basically the article was questioning on whether this new trend of toning sneakers to hit the market (Sketchers, MBT, Ryn) is all that good for us.  Doctors were quoted as saying that the sneakers can mess up our gait, which according to The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is described as a manner of walking.

Now I will say that yes, those toning sneakers like the ones made by Sketchers or Ryn DO change the way you walk.  But isn’t that the point?  I mean, I can remember when I was in elementary school gym class and our gym teacher was constantly yelling at us to walk “heel, ball, toe”.  When I wear my Sketchers Shape-Ups or my RYN shoes (yes I have both and I have to tell you, RYN’s are better IMO), I feel like I stand up straighter and I am able to finally walk heel, ball, toe every time I take a step.  Not only do I walk better,  but my back and knees feel better too.

Alison Drury of Louisiana is quoted in the USA Today article as saying that she is “…afraid to ever put those shoes on again”.  Those shoes being the Sketchers Shape-ups.  She claims that her first time walking a mile in them she rolled her ankle and it broke.  I have a problem with her blaming her broken ankle on the shoes.  First of all, Sketchers TELLS their customers to wear the shoes around the house for a little bit before going out to walk in them so you get use to the rocking motion of the shoes.  Second of all, people roll their ankles all the time who don’t wear Sketchers Shape-ups or any other “toning” shoe.  Shoot my husband always does and he doesn’t have a pair.  It just happens.

So what do I think of the shoes?  Being that I have two pairs from two different companies, I am a huge fan of them.  Do I think they will make my ass smaller just by wearing them?  Of course not.  But do I believe they will help (notice I said help) tone muscles?  Of course!  But like everything else, there is no miracle shoe or miracle pill or miracle drink that will make you lose weight…everything in moderation and in combination with a work-out plan will.  And yes, I believe that wearing shoes that help you to walk properly and stand up straighter will help in toning those muscles that we all so desire to have toned.

Please remember that this is just my opinion and you could possibly have a differing opinion, but I do prefer the RYN shoes over the Sketchers.  However, I suggest trying them on for yourself to see how you like them.  But if you have issues with balance, make sure you are comfortable walking in the shoes.  I would hate to see another person fall and blame it on the shoes rather than their own inexperience with a shoe they are not familiar with.

Allergen Free Meats???

You read that right!  There is a company out there that can guarantee pretty much anyone can eat their products!  Who is that company?  It’s John Morrell!  As of May, John Morrell is free of milk, egg, fish, nuts, soy, and wheat!  I was very excited to find this out since my daughter has an egg allergy (she used to have an egg and dairy, but thankfully outgrew the dairy allergy) and it’s nice to know that I can trust that John Morrell’s products are free of the allergens that I need it to be free of.

John Morrell was very kind to give me the opportunity to try out one of their yummy products.  I chose the smoked sausage.  Not only was it very yummy, but the kids loved it too.  Which to me, says a lot!  They are very picky eaters and when they can give something two thumbs up, that means it’s really good!  After checking around their website a bit, I ran across their recipe section.  My husband is a HUGE sushi fan.  Me, not so much.  But I found this recipe on their site for Down & Dirty Cowboy Sushi that sounds really good.  I think I will make it for him one of these nights!! Head on over to the John Morrell Facebook page and “Like” their page and print off a coupon for $1.00 off their new worry-free meats!!

I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of John Morrell and received a free coupon for John Morrell products to facilitate my candid review.  Mom Central also sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.