From Hilarious Dad-Quotes to Made-in-USA Wall Art

Nathan Ripperger, like most parents, sometimes found himself surprised by the words that came out of his own mouth. He illustrated some of his strangest sayings, just for his own enjoyment.  Except people kept wanting to buy them.

He now has a business called – what else – “Things I’ve Said to My Children.” Check out his artwork and see if it might brighten one of your walls.

Ripperger says, “I’m a father of four boys and who’s married to the best woman in the world. I have been in video production for over eight years and just love creating.” He says his latest works have been, “a great creative outlet and lets me share the joy of parenting with like minded people from all of the world.”

The American-Made Lap-Log is Genius!

If you have an iPad or similar device and tried to use it for reading in bed, you’ve probably discovered its pitfalls. Lay on your back, holding it above your head, and you’ll end up with a sore nose after you doze off and drop it on you face. Lay on your side and it will drop back and crack your partner in the head.

That’s why I just love my new “Lap-Log” by Bamboosa. Produced in the USA, this cute little pillow made of organic twill supports the iPad on your lap or on a table, and you can tilt and squoosh it a bit to adjust the angle of view. A wooden bar support the device from below. Genius!

My Perfect Mug

Mug Revolution

Everybody should own a mug they love, beautifully made like the one above from Mug Revolution, that fits to your hands and warms them as you sip your favorite brew.

I wasn’t a fan of coffee until my mid thirties (and some would say I’m not really a fan now since I can’t drink it without milk and a little sugar). But one thing is certain: I really like drinking out of a hand-thrown mug made by a friend’s wife.  (Shown below – thank you Fran Epstein.) 

There is something very special about finding the correct mug. The appearance, weight, hand-hold and, of course, volume are all key elements in helping you to enjoy that first morning cup. There are literally thousands of Americans making great-looking hand made mugs so all we can give you is a taste. So grab a cup of your favorite morning beverage and enjoy!

The Throwing Shop Mug
NYczack Coffee Mug
LotsaPotsa Blue Blue Flame and Hearts
Nicole Panga Pottery Zombie Cup
Leslie Freeman Designs on Etsy
Wild Card Pottery Tentacle Monster Mug
Symmetrical Pottery Spikey Mug
New England Trading Co.
Master Healer Mug

Not to be outdone by the American craftsperson, both Crate and Barrel and Starbucks offer Made in the USA mugs. In the case of Starbucks, $2 of your purchase goes to the Create Jobs for USA Fund.

Crate and Barrel Cafe Mug
Starbucks Indivisible Mug


American Toys Made From…Milk Containers?

About 80% of kids’ toys purchased in the USA come from China. How many recalls do we have to hear about (lead, toxic chemicals and who knows what else) before we smarten up and start buying products that are made safely and close to home.

Here’s a example: Green Toys has the most adorable collection of toys for kids! But it’s not just the cuteness factor that makes them so appealing. They’re made in the USA from recycled plastic milk containers (one of the safest plastics) and their packaging is made from recycled corrugated materials. No harmful phthalates. No BPA.

Some of their vehicles are shown below, but they make many other items, from kiddie dish sets to simple stacker toys for toddlers.

One couple's search for a Made-in-USA lifestyle