Monthly Archives: May 2014

A place of trash, a place of treasure

The Homegoods store is a place of treasures and I’ll admit, sometimes trash. But I always look around when I pass by for inspiration.

I was happy to discover that right now they have quite a selection of wall art made in USA. My husband and I picked up some ocean themed art, finally (!), for the master bath. I’m not sure what the brand is but they were all American made and perfect for our color scheme in the master. We also found some gorgeous, rustic frames, made in Mexico.

PTM images, maker of said frames, apparently manufactures most of their wall art and frames in Mexico at their own manufacturing facility. It’s quite unusual to find frames ‘not made in China’ nowadays, so I was definitely excited to find them and read that! They also have a statement on their web-site about creating jobs in USA, which they are doing by growing their business and keeping a good relationship with our neighbor Mexico. Designed in USA, made in Mexico – I can live with that! They also recycle production materials (wop wop) into new products. PTM’s headquarters are in California.

photo-2 photo-3

All this knowledge gathered, from a simple shopping spree at Homegoods and then Google. This is why I am doing this challenge, to find new products and companies that do things just a little bit differently.

Home Depot online, and K-mart Online has this brand, I’m sure you can run into it other places as well.

Bibs for cool (sweedie) kids

My little nephew and his mommy loved the super cute bibs I brought them this weekend. Made right (here) in the hills of Austin, Texas, these sweedie kids drool catchers are not only trendy but super absorbent!

The organic jersey knit and sweatshirt fleece fabric kept his outfit underneath dry all day – which is important for a 3 month old trendsetter like Max. How cute is he?

Would truly recommend these bibs! Tell your friends or make your own baby a fashionista. An organic, made in USA fashionista that is. Yay.

maxan 2

Food for thought… Why the grocery store is a safe place

It has been four months today since I started the not made in China challenge. And a challenge, it really is. But yay for making it this far!

I haven’t been shopping for anything other than groceries lately, so it’s been a bit of a well deserved challenge break and the supermarket is kind of a safe place for me. Most products I buy are from right around here. I always check the labels (nutrition!) and origins (of course) and try to buy as local as I can. When your backyard is Mexico, organic veggie and fruit choices are endless and yummy.

Speaking of fruits, here is a heads up, apple juice (minute maid for one) and other fruit products may contain Chinese fruit! It’s always listed on the label, easy to find. But how can it be more economical to import apples from China than to use local American fruit? That blows my mind!

IMG_1193Another thing that has gotten my attention lately is organic and grass fed beef (if you shop for meat, that’s what you should always choose), which seems to be hard to find local.

If you see a little sign that says “inspected by the USDA” the meat may or may not be imported. And if it indeed is imported, I’ve noticed that it is often listed as “made in Australia”. I can’t think of any place further away than that! I estimate the shipping time is minimum 6 weeks. Crazy.

If there are no local, grass fed, organic meats, come up with something else to eat for dinner. A plant based diet is better for you and our environment anyway!

The point of this post: always read the label!

The wine section is at least very easy to navigate. Pretty tags that say Washington State on them. Where’s the sweet harvest?