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My Site Has Moved!

I made the jump!!  I got myself a domain name and now I am running on a self hosted wordpress site.  I manned the switch from the free version of wordpress (wordpress.com) to the self hosted version (wordpress.org) myself so please be patient as I figure out all the quirks!

While I fully figure out a few more things can you all do be a big favor and update your google reader subscription and/or feedburner subscription to my new site??? Almost all who subscribed via email should have gotten a “Activate Your Subscription” email already from FeedBurner. If not, you just need to re-enter your email in the “Email Subscription” box in my sidebar and you should be good to go! You can add my new site to your favorite reader using that cute Orange RSS beaker in my sidebar.  I’d appreciate the help!  I want to make sure you are all getting my updates and posts!!

My new site is:   www.thatswhatchesaid.net  You should be there now if you look in your address bar!  Links to my old site will redirect here for a year but please update your subscriptions now because after this post everything will come from my new domain!

Even though I have changed sites, not much will change for you once you update.  What this means for me is more flexibility, features, and options for my blog!  I am excited.

I appreciate you all stopping over to read my ramblings each day.  I love your comments and emails and the new friends I have made on Facebook and Twitter!  You all make my day!  I thank you very much for taking some time of your day to read my posts!

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Versatile Blogger Award!

I was lucky enough to receive the Versatile Blogger Award!  How nice is that, right? I know, it made my day!!!

There are some rules that come with this award:

Rule #1.  Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.

The super sweet ladies of Sew Stylish Boutique were nice enough to give me this award!  Thank you Heather & Rose!  Check out this friend duo of crafter extraordinaires and while you are over at their charming site, make sure to hit up their recipe for DIY Pumpkin Spiced Vanilla Latte!  YUM!  Now you don’t have to spend $5 a pop to get some fall season deliciousness every morning!!!    They also host a link party on Tuesdays so be sure to stop on by and check out all the awesome projects that were linked up!  (Oh and for the record, I would have said this even if it wasn’t one of the rules!!!))

Rule #2:  Share 7 Things about yourself

7 things about me:

1.  I have a *small* crush on Bruce Willis.  And by *small* I mean Huge and by crush, I mean obsession.

2.  I want to grow up to be Sarah Richardson and have my own show on HGTV!  Complete with my own Tommy Smythe also!

3. I can bend my thumb, from the top knuckle to the tip, backwards 90 degrees.  It grosses people out.

4.  I don’t like ice in my drinks.

5.  I can water ski with no hands.  (I put the rope behind my knees!)

6.  The clothes in my closet are all sorted by color in order of the Rainbow.

7.  I constantly twirl my hair.  Like so constantly, I even annoy myself!

Rule #3:  Pass the award on to 15 blogs that were recently discovered!

Lines Across My Face

Momnivore’s Dilemma

Mommas Like Me

Laura’s Crafty Life

The Creative Paige

Landee See, Landee Do

Just Like Goober

Life for Dessert

20 Going on 80

C.R.A.F.T

Key Lime Digital Designs 

Vintage Wanna Bee

Family Ever After

Stay At Home Nation

Being Creative to Keep My Sanity

I hope you all take a minute and check out these awesome ladies and their awesome blogs!  So many great ideas, crafts, recipes, stories and parenting advice.  Not to mention, wonderful company!!!

Thanks again Heather & Rose!!!


(Oh and tomorrow 9/20 happens to be Rose’s birthday!  Send her a shout out!)

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Made In America Challenge Update

Happy Friday to you everyone!  I just wanted to give you an update to my Made In America Challenge that I posted a month back.  I told you I would give you a run down on what I discovered while attempting to source “Made in America” products while on every shopping adventure!

Overall thought for the challenge:  HARD, HARD, HARD!    Why do we make it so hard to locate and buy things from our own country???

Pricing thoughts for the challenge:  When I did find products  in the grocery store that were made in America the cost difference between them and their international counterparts were minimal.  Extremely minimal.  Like a couple of cents to about $0.50 cents difference.  I know every penny saved can add up through out the year however I also value the idea of buying local.  Wether that means locally from the farmers market or locally like in our OWN COUNTRY!  So I will do it.

Questions I asked about Buying American:  While browsing the noodle aisle at Wal-Mart I actually stumbled across a manager who happened to be walking through and he did the cordial “Are you finding everything OK, Mam?” line to me all the while not even really slowing his stride, fully expecting me to say “I am, thanks!”  When I took that opportunity to ask “Actually I am looking for only American Made products? Can you help me?”

HA!  Asking “Can you help me?” is like the most ridiculous question in a Wal-Mart.  Even though their vests say they can help, most workers can’t or won’t or dont’ even want to.    You can imagine the look on his face being similar to that of a member of the Jersey Shore show when asked if they practice safe sex.  Yeah, that look!

He didn’t even really know what to say to me so I broke his deer in headlights while stuttering “umm…ummm..um” spell by saying that I would prefer to buy American Made products but that I am finding very hard to do so.  I then asked why they can’t show us consumers which of their products are in fact made in America.  He blabbered on about he just gets what “THE BUYERS” send him and that they aren’t allowed to emphasize that because I guess other non american made products get jealous?  Whatever, he was not helpful at all.

Many things were hard even to find where they were made and others were made somewhere else but packaged in USA, like below.

Then some were very clear where they were made!

Ideas for buying American Made:

  1. Etsy.  Etsy is a great source for handmade goods.  You can also search your city or search for products only made in USA.  All the components might not be made in America but I’m starting with baby steps here!
  2. Farmers Markets.  You know those delicious goodies are local.   For me, they were cheaper than the grocery stores anyway and quality was SO MUCH BETTER!
  3. Make it yourself!  Wether it be upcycling things for new uses or a new piece of furniture…make it yourself!  My girl Ana White has a plan for about any piece of furniture you can think of.  Right now, her and her family are building her mother and mother in love a house.  Yep, all themselves, up in Alaska!
  4. If you are looking to hire help, hire local companies
  5. If you are looking to purchase something online, do a quick google search to see if anyone local sells the same item or similar.
  6. Here are some great websites also. Made in USA.org, American Made Products Directory  Made in America Resource Guide, Made in America Stuff.com  The web was far more helpful than the Wal-Mart manager!

So moral of my challenge.  It was a challenge, but I will continue to give good effort to continuing on.  I am thinking of it as recycling…at first it took a bit for the idea to catch on and become a natural habit and look at it now, everyone does it!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone and thanks again for reading my ramblings!  I appreciate it!

Don’t forget to enter the Mixed Bag Designs Giveaway going on {HERE}

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Do You Remember?

Do you remember where you were 1o years ago today?  I do.

I was in my third year of college.  I had just gotten out of the shower and I heard my phone ringing.  I let it go to my machine.  It rang again and went to the machine and then rang again.  I was annoyed!  Leave a message I thought Jeez!  I finally answered it and it was my boyfriend almost shouting at me to turn on the TV.  “Turn on a news channel!”  It didn’t really matter what channel I turned the TV to, the pictures were all the same.  The burning twin towers.  When I finally caught my bearings and realized what was going on my heart just dropped as I listened to the news reporter say that one of the planes departed from Newark NJ.  My uncle was an avid traveller for his job and flew through that airport on a regular basis.

I called him.  No answer.  I called my Aunt.  No answer.  I left messages on both.

Next I called my dad at work.  I tried not to be a baby but I cried to him.  He worked in downtown St. Louis and I just wanted him to GET OUT OF THE CITY and go home!  You remember movies like Independence Day where they target all major cities.  Well St. Louis was major in my eyes and he was there and I wanted him out.  Not the most rational thought process I have had, but at the moment everything was irrational.  He reassured me he was safe and sound and I shouldn’t worry.  He called me “baby” like he always did and it did make me feel better.

I remember not being able to turn the TV off.  I remember thinking my professor was CRAZY for not cancelling our stupid lab glass that afternoon.  Luckily it was a nice break from the news.  The death tolls and horror stories just kept rising and so sitting through a horrible class while deriving theories using Mathcad (worst program ever) actually was better.

I got home from lab and my Aunt had called me back and told me that my uncle was safe.

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As I think back on that day now, it might hurt a little more now than then.  I am a mother now.  I am a wife now.  I feel so much more aware of the pain those families had to go through now that I have a family of my own.  The fear I have of something like that happening today is just unmeasurable.  Then it was just me.  Now it is my family.

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The National 9/11 50 states flag tour ends here in Joplin, MO today.  The final stitches will be completed using flags that survived the May 22nd Tornado.  If you care to read more about this tour you can click here, where I found a great article.

Again…this is very close to home today.  Remembering 9/11 and remembering the tornado.

Kiss your loved ones and squeeze them extra tight!  I am sure I will.

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Thank you to all who have died, served and are continuing to serve for our country.  Thank you to their families as well.  The wifes, husbands, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers who have also given for this country through your pain of losing or missing a loved one while they protect us all.

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Mommapalooza 2011

Yep, that is the name I graced our Mommy’s Only Float Trip that we had this past weekend. Merrsidotes and I kept complaining to one another that we needed something more than a night out.  Something that was just for mommies where we could talk honestly and without criticism (husbands) and after all the belly aching about it, she sent out a group email to some mommies and we settled on a date. Seems so simple, wondering why it took us so long to actually just PICK A DATE!

5 Mommies were in attendance. We had a beautiful day filled with floating, chatting, gossiping, bitching and supporting. Oh and did I mention booze?  Yeah we had a bit of that also! The first Mommapalooza was deemed a success and we all are thinking of more mommies to invite to make it even better next year!!!

5 Mommies, 0 Husbands or Children, 1 river, 1 raft and plenty of booze!

I urge all mommies to call your other mommy friends and PICK A DATE! Best thing I have done for myself in so very long!

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Made in America Challenge!

I recently stumbled across a chain forward email speaking about a piece Diane Sawyer did on the amount of household items we have that are made in other countries and showcases the fractional increase in cost if we would have in fact purchased all the same items that were made in the USA. It also talks about how that extra money you spent for made in America products actually HELPS America.

Anyway, I couldn’t find the said forward again in my email but figured I could find something about it online and sure enough I just had to search “Diane Sawyer Made in America” and up popped this search result.  Bingo!  The email had a few more hard statistics but I am sure if I searched a bit longer I could find those exact numbers but really, this article is all I needed.

I realized I am totally late to the game for the “Made in America Monthly Challenge” going on August 5th through September 5th (probably because I was busy making watermelon crap for the past 2 weeks!)  So…I am going to start today!!! (for the record, I have been out of town for 7 days and my husband only bought zero groceries, so when I returned there was nothing to eat in this house! Grrrrrrr….)  Starting on my grocery trip this morning I am going to make a point to buy American made products from August 16th through September 16th and make a few notes on my challenge and share them in a month!  I am willing to give it a try.  I am always up for a challenge!

I invite you to join my monthly challenge!!! Add a comment below telling me you are joining the “Che Says Made in America Monthly Challenge” and either subscribe to my blog or send me an email with your email address so in a month I will have a recap post and we can all share our findings. Was it difficult to find American Made products where you shop? How much did the “American Made Effort” effect your budget?  Will you continue on with this endeavor?   Those are the kinds of things I am going to report back to you all on.  I am curious as to how much I am already buying that is Made in USA or how much I am not?

I figure it’s kind of a little experiment but one that will help our fine country, two birds, one stone.  I love multi-tasking!  I hope you will join me and let me know how it goes for you!

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