If any of you actually have read my blog for a while, you may have noticed that my blog has been "transforming" over the last several weeks. Well, there is a reason . . .
Several months ago I had this idea to start a new blog. It is really an idea I have had for quite a while. And, when I get ideas that "stick" with me, it means I really should pray about it to see if I should act on it. I feel that for some reason, this is becoming an apostolate for me, so I have decided to start a new feature on this blog, instead of starting a whole new blog.
What is it?
It is called Born in the USA, Baby! (Hence, the reason for the my new button). This will be a regular feature on my blog where I host reviews and giveaways for products to enhance family life that are MADE in the USA!!
This feature will also include informative information as to why it is important to buy American made, local, and handmade goods as well. This will include supporting local farmers through farm markets and highlighting the Slow Food Movement. And, although I am not very crafty, I will include a "how to make your own" section as well.
I have never been a label reader. I figured most of the things in my home were made in China and did not give the subject much thought after that. But after my third son was born, I started really looking at the labels of the things I purchased. I remember ordering a baby product for him and when I got it and opened it up, the packaging read "Lovingly Made in China." That was a turning point for me. I got so upset by that simple statement, that I said to myself that I need to do something. I began reading more labels. I started only buying cloth diapers that are made in the USA. I started making my own items more and more too.
Then, the financial crisis occurred. If you read the newspapers (or news blogs), or watch the news on TV, it is apparent, more and more manufacturing jobs are leaving the US and moving overseas. How does that affect our economy?
Yes, I am thrifty and love a good bargain, but at what price? I am not saying to never buy non-made in the USA products. There are some amazing companies out there with incredible missions that do so much for the people of this country, that they are worth supporting, in my opinion. But, there are so many companies who sacrifice to have their products made in the US that often get overlooked because their product my cost more than another.
So, to end my incessant rambling, I am starting a feature on this blog that highlights products that are Made in the USA. Anytime you see a review or giveaway on my blog with the Born in the USA, Baby! button, that product was proudly made in the USA.
It only seemed appropriate to start this on the Fourth of July! So, starting over the Fourth of July weekend, I will be hosting some reviews and giveaways of some great Made in the USA products.