Did you know that the term “onesie” is trademarked? After being a mother for almost 20 years I just considered it a generic term. Well, Gerber doesn’t. They are the ones that own the term and they are willing to make sure EVERYONE knows it! And I’m going to help them by spreading the word in my little corner of the world.
I have a friend that sold cute baby outfits online with an organization that will remain nameless (but it is the one you are probably thinking of… they specialize in homemade stuff). Anyway, this friend was taking “onsies” and appliqueing them and reselling them. She was just doing it for a little extra money to spend on her kids… not a big business or anything. Well, last week she got an email from a lawyer telling her to “cease and desist”. Gerber was pissed off at her because she was using their trademarked name! How dare she!
What I really don’t get is why they are picking on these little business people? My friend probably didn’t make as much in profit in a year as they had to pay the lawyer to contact her! Isn’t that crazy?
And how does this benefit Gerber? Well, SHE won’t be buying anymore onsies from them! And neither will I… or anything else from them for that matter. It will take a lot to gain back the goodwill they lost with this one. And unfortunately this has left such a bad taste in my friend’s mouth, she is closing her “shop”. It just isn’t worth it if she might face a fight with a business as big as Gerber.
Did you know that when people have good experiences with a company they very rarely talk about it. If they have a bad experience they tell a bunch of people. That is why it is advantageous for companies to work hard to make sure that their customers are taken care of… it is easier than gaining them back after losing them. BUT the good news is, we can all tell companies when we don’t like what they are doing by voting with our dollar. Will you join me in boycotting GERBER? Thanks!
I have been teaching personal finance classes for several years now. It actually is a really natural thing for a Home Economist to teach. Personal finance is the economics of the home! While I haven’t always wanted to be known as a home economist, today I am embracing the title because I see a desperate need and I feel a calling to help meet that need.
I made more than my share of financial mistakes in my life. That is one reason I am so passionate about this. I want other people to learn from my mistakes. Through my mistakes, I have learned so much and I want to share these lessons with as many people as I can, especially young people.
For that reason, I am writing an Entrepreneurship and Personal Finance Curriculum called “REAL LIfe!” It is in module format, which means that each lesson can stand alone. Each lesson covers one topic like “credit scores” or “grocery shopping” (do YOU know the best way to shop?) Each module has one or more activity, books for both teacher and students, as well as worksheets, detailed lesson plans and much more. As the title implies, each module is a slice of what kids will encounter in “real life”. I also am a firm believer in making learning fun so there are simulations and games and other fun activities that kids will enjoy. And, don’t worry, if you need this as much as your kids, you can learn it right along with them!
I’ve had some people wonder about the Entrepreneur part of my curriculum. If you have followed my blog for the last few months you know that I feel that in these economic times we need entrepreneurs to help turn everything around. AND it is the entrepreneurial minded that are able to thrive in difficult economies. I believe in giving our kids an advantage to help them be successful!
So, keep looking and I will be sharing more about REAL Life! Until then, if you have any questions, just let me know!
A friend of mine asked me if I wanted any lemons… she had a whole tree full of them and needed them harvested. My family and I went over and got them all! We ended up with two big bins full of them. Then my husband juiced a bunch of them so that I could make some lemonade …a lot of it!
I made lemonade concentrate and then canned it so that I don’t have to use up space in my freezer or fridge. It took some time but was worth it. The only cost was my time and the sugar. I had everything else. When I was all done, I had enough concentrate to make over 35 gallons of lemonade! Hopefully that will last us awhile! Here is the recipe:
Equal amounts lemon juice, water, and sugar.
Get canner and jars ready to can. I always boil my jars and lids.
Mix lemon juice, water and sugar in large pot. Be sure you leave enough room in the pot to allow it to boil up a little. Bring to a boil. This takes a little while. Stir occasionally. As soon as it boils it is ready to can. Fill your jars and boil them for 15 minutes in the canner. Let them cool down and then store them in the cupboard for up to a year. To use them, just combine with 3 to 4 parts water for every part concentrate. Enjoy!
Well, I’ve had it for awhile but I just started playing with it… A food dehydrator! I made beef jerky and dried strawberries and I’m wondering why I waited so long to use it. I’m already thinking of all the other things I can dehydrate.
The beef jerky was so easy. Buy a lean piece of beef (the butcher suggested London Broil) and have them slice it really thin. Take it home and put it in a plastic bag with you favorite marinade and let it sit overnight. Then spray your dehydrator trays with cooking spray and lay out your marinated beef. Be sure to leave a little room between each piece so they don’t stick. Then just plug it in. It took about 6 hours. I sent some with my husband and kids on a Scout overnight and got rave reviews. I’m looking forward to doing it again but on a bigger scale. During the summer London Broil goes on sale all the time. I’m going to buy a big chunk and make a bunch. By then I’d like to have a vacuum sealer so that I can store the jerky for awhile. At this point it is disappearing pretty quickly so I’m not worried about it going bad!
I saw the idea for dehydrating strawberries on Pintrest. (I LOVE Pintrest!) It took a lot longer to dehydrate the strawberries. Probably about 18 hours. I didn’t spray the trays but I did turn the cut pieces half way through. Next time I’ll spray… a bunch of them stuck. Anyway, I just sliced them pretty thin and spread them out on the trays and plugged it in. After they were done I put them in a baggie and in the freezer since most of my kids don’t like them. I liked them and my youngest should as well. Even if no one does, I can re-hydrate them and use them in recipes when ever I want. This way I don’t have to pay the higher prices when they are out of season (when I usually want to use them.)
When times get tough a lot of people start investing in things like precious metals because the think that they will keep their value. The problem is gold doesn’t taste very good.
The current economic situation has us on track for a big gold bubble burst. While people think that gold is a good investment and it will keep going up, at the current price level, increases can’t be sustained. Some people will disagree with me. That’s fine. A lot of people didn’t think property in California would ever go down in price either. Now we all know better.
What would be a good investment? Paying off your debt would be a great investment. Think of all the interest you would save! While you are doing that, I also like the idea of investing in food. I live in California and here in earthquake country we are brought up thinking about THE BIG ONE that will be hitting us eventually. In a crisis situation, it is food that I will want, NOT gold. And everyone else will want it too so the demand for it will go up and the price will too.
People today are so used to being able to go into a grocery store and find all it’s shelves completely stocked. And if they don’t find what they want in one store, they have dozens of other stores to go to. What they don’t realize is that those stores are being stocked daily. If a crisis were to occur, the shelves would be cleared out and it would take awhile to get more. If such a situation were to occur I don’t want to be dependent on the government to get me and my family food. I also don’t want to be dependent on gold…
A friend of mine was telling me a story about a man who was in Germany after WWII. He was a child but remembered vividly what was important in that desperate situation. One of the most prized possessions was cooking oil. Evidently, even weeds taste good fried! You can’t say that for gold…
Well, I feel like my spring cleaning/clutter busting was a big success! My mom and I had a two day garage sale and, even without any really big ticket items, we made enough money that we a both happy about it. AND, everything that went out into the garage sale (except a few things we are going to sell on ebay) went to the Salvation Army for donation. Look! I have proof!
I feel like I have a weight off my shoulders! Now on to other things!
I have 3 days. ONLY 3 days! And I am determined to get rid of as much STUFF as possible. I’ve gone through my youngest son’s room and have a huge pile of toys and clothes that I’ll be selling at a garage sale this weekend. It feels good but I know I need to do more.
The overall theme of all my goals this year is freedom. I have goals for physical freedom, spiritual freedom, financial freedom, etc. The one I’m dealing with right now is freedom from clutter. I guess that would go under physical freedom.
While I was growing up we moved every few years. While that was kind of a pain, it did force us to go through all our things and weed out what we didn’t need/want just so we didn’t have to pack and unpack it. I’m glad my kids haven’t had to go through all those moves. We are going on nine years in our current home. The only challenge is giving them enough inspiration to go through all their things once in awhile! At his point using the word “inspiration” is a stretch. I think it is more fear of mom losing it…
Debt. As a nation we seem to be mired in it. It is out of control. Check out this video…
It is too right on! It is great at showing us how ludicrous it is to continue in this direction.
Ok – so who is to blame and how do we get out of this mess? Well, I think first we have to get out of it ourselves. As an individual and families we need to take a hard look at our debt and make some choices so that we can eliminate it. We have to learn from the Baby Boomers’ mistakes.
The Baby Boom generation gave us a legacy of “conspicuous consumption”. If you have money, spend it. Even if you DON’T have money, go into debt so you can still spend it! It didn’t use to be this way. Their parents didn’t use debt to finance their wants. Unfortunately the boomers taught their children to do the same thing. Now it is our job to give our children the skills and knowledge so they can get us all out of this mess. It isn’t an easy job because a lot of us have to learn it ourselves.
A couple of years ago I went through Dave Ramsey’s course with my husband and really enjoyed it. He has detailed plans to help you get out of debt. If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of his workshops please do (many churches offer these – they are DVD workshops – not live.) And you want to get rid of your debt NOW.
In a previous post I talked about how Harry S. Dent has forecast a big economic downturn. One of the most effective ways to get through the tough times ahead is to put yourself in a better financial position before it gets here. Don’t get caught up in the conspicuous consumption of the Baby Boomers. If you are my age and have too much debt, you could really have problems during a financial crisis that is more than likely right around the corner.