Little Black Dresses for the 2017 Holidays: Made in USA

The term “Little Black Dress” is believed to have started with designer Coco Chanel, who, in the 1920’s, changed black from a mourning-only color to an everyday wardrobe look. The term is so often used today that most women know what you’re talking about if you refer to an “LBD.” The LBD is intended to be versatile, able to be accessorized to dress it up or down, and well-designed enough to last through multiple seasons.

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I did a search on for “Little black dresses” Made in the U.S.A. and found 567 results. Most of the dresses are manufactured here using foreign-made fabric.

Women’s sizes, petites, plus-sizes and maternity wear are all available. Happy shopping, Ladies!

Regards, Kathy

Accessorize Your Man at Nordstrom With American-Made Gifts

As we always say, Nordstrom is our favorite department store for Made-in-USA products, due to their large selection and easy searching (lots of other stores prevent you from searching for phrases like “Made in America” – go figure). Today, we’ll give you ten great gift ideas that will make your man feel a GQ model.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!No guy looks pulled-together when his pants are falling down, so pick out a stylish, American-made belt. Go dressy, go casual or go sporty!So much of a man’s personality can be communicated by his tie. Is a rebel, a company man, a creative type? Choose from a wide variety of Made in USA bowties and ties.
Today’s watches are marvels of engineering and design, projecting style and status….and yes, telling time.A man needs a place to keep his money. Tuck a beautiful wallet into his stocking this year.
All winter, when the icy winds blow, his hands will be warm and dry inside a pair of leather gloves from Red Wing, the famed maker of Men’s boots.The selection of men’s bags is excellent, ranging from small dopp kits to giant duffel bags and everything in between.He probably needs a few different hats, depending on whether he’s going to a board meeting, a football game with friends or an afternoon of snow boarding.There’s nothing like a cashmere scarf to keep him warm without being itchy or scratchy around the neck and face.Cufflinks and jewelry make great gifts. Check out the selection!

Browse through all theUSA-Made men’s accessories available, or all USA-Made products, including men’s, women’s, kids’ and home.

Regards, Kathy

Wisconsin’s Best: Gifts of Venison, Bison, Bacon and Brats

There’s a website called Wisconsin-Made, which offers all sorts of interesting food items from the Badger State. Check out these yummy creations that you can ship to a friend for the holidays.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!KringleDanish Kringles are among the most popular food items on the site. This homemade pastry item comes from the O&H Danish bakery in Wisconsin. Choose from Pecan, Raspberry, Cherry, Apple, Blueberry, Almond, Apricot, Cinnamon Roll, Chocolate Pecan and Maple Walnut.Bacon_GiftNueske’s Gourmet Bacon Assortment: a perfect gift for bacon fanatics.  Includes Applewood-smoked Bacon, Peppered Bacon, and Wild Cherrywood-smoked Bacon.
ElkVenisonBisonThe Bison, Elk and Venison Gift box includes delicious sausages from free-range grazing animals raised without growth hormones or antibiotics.BratwurstBratwurst sausages, or “brats” are big in Wisconsin. Choose from a wide variety of hearty brats they’ll love on the grill.

Check out hundreds of other Made-in-Wisconsin gift ideas here.

Regards, Kathy

We Supported Toys for Tots This Year With American-Made Toys

This year, don’t forget to support the programs that get toys into the hands of needy kids. There are lots of children who would really love to find something special under the tree this year.  We support the Marine Corp’s Toys for Tots, which was founded in 1991 and uses only 3% of donations on operating expenses, sending 97% to the kids. 

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy these toys through the Wamart links in this post: Please do!As always, we’ve made a point to purchase items made in America for our donation to Toys for Tots. This weekend, we went to our local Walmart where we found the classic American building set, Lincoln Logs, along with a K’nex “Thrill Ride” set, Crayola Crayons and “My Very Own Tool Bench” from American Plastics Toys Inc.

It really didn’t take us a long time to find these Made-in-USA items, just a little determination and legwork around the toy department. Our local firehouse is a drop-off point and we’ll be heading there tomorrow.

Just a word of advice, if you want to participate, do it soon since collections are usually over by mid December. Leave your toy unwrapped – they need to see the toy to get it to the right kid!. 

The best part: taking a moment on Christmas morning to think about what these gifts might mean to a young person in your community.


Paul and Kathy

The Perfect Calendar for the “Made in America” Enthusiast

You can buy a calendar celebrating almost any subject you can imagine, from cute baby pigs to Renaissance art. I wanted a calendar that  celebrated the idea of “Made in the USA,” and I think I found a winner.

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This colorful calendar, which is printed in the USA, displays vintage poster relating to American enterprise.Some of them, like Rosie the Riveter, are familiar images. Others, like the Depression-era poster encouraging Americans to “Work with Care,” are equally beautiful.

Regards, Kathy

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