The mild winter out here (obviously I'm not in NYC right now), has been pretty nice for family time. The picture on the left was taken on a hike a couple weeks ago in Nevada City, CA.
We also took the kiddo's out and did something that we haven't done in over 2 years.... we went to the movies.
And a little more to the point of this website, we took the plunge and got a Costo membership. Besides spending too much money and filling the fridge and freezer and cabinets with too much stuff, we found a lot of "Made in USA" labels.
I won't bore you with everything I found, but since I'm on the subject of kids, I want to point out a few things. First, car seats are mandatory in most of the world. Costco had a 3-in-one carseat that sported a "Designed, Engineered, Molded & Assembled IN THE USA" logo! If you know sombody who has or is going to have kids, this might be what you're looking for.
Second, a warning... We bought some juice for the kids without even thinking about the logo... Unfortunately, today, my 4-year old walks over to me and says, "daddy, look at the top of this." I, of course, played if off and said, "Apple juice, looks good." He looked down and said, "No, daddy. It's made in China and USA. It's not good."
Two things amaze me about this conversation with my 4-year old. One, the fact that he took so much concern to tell me that the stuff we bought was essentially JUNK; and two, the fact that there's still food products available in this country that is made in China. What the heck is with that. Most pet food stores have taken Chinese pet food off the shelves because it kills your pets but we'll put it on the people food shelves for people, and more importantly, kids!, to eat??? Is it just me, or is this a little bit nuts? FYI, I've sent an e-mail to Costco letting them know about this... hopefully, they'll change something.
Thank you for taking a couple minutes to read this.
Remember, they won't make it if you won't buy it... If you want American, buy American. If you don't care, then you'll get the junk that nobody else cares about either.