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What’s up with the Holiday Gift?

3 Pc Plug Extender


Good morning all! It’s me again, Laurie.

The holiday season is again upon us. I have been listening to people chatter about their expected holiday celebrations, gift giving, family traditions and the infamous “shopping trips”. Regardless of what holiday you are celebrating (Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa), each holiday has its tradition of “gift giving”.

For the past few days, I have been pondering in my own mind “Why do I do this “holiday hustle” every year?” All this time, money, effort and work? Is it worth it? Does anyone care?

As a child I could not wait for the holiday celebration to begin. I would take my saved up allowance and joyously go out and buy all my family and friends what I considered the perfect gift. (At least as best as my allowance would allow.) Ahh, the joys of being a child. The month of December would move by at a snails pace and finally would come the time to start all the cleaning and preparation of the traditional family dishes. The work was always abundant, but I truly enjoyed every minute of it. Then finally, our big holiday would arrive and be over in a blink of an eye, reminding me that I would have to wait another year before we could do it again.

Time eventually passed and I became an adult with my own family. When the children were small, I basked in the traditions of our holiday celebration. I would cook for hours, clean for days, buy and wrap presents and decorate our house in the traditional holiday décor. The happy little faces of my 3 children (and even my husband) filled with anticipation for our holiday celebration reminded me of my own childhood. Knowing how happy they all were, made it all worth it for me. My grandmother, god rest her soul, would be so proud that I carried on all the family traditions passed down by her.

Then something I can’t explain happened. For the past few years, I have drudgingly followed through with our family traditions. Something that used to fill me with absolute joy has now been reduced to an interrupting annoyance in my life. The holidays have become too commercialize. Everyone is in a hurry. I now feel overwhelmed rather than happy and joyous. Gifts have been replaced with impersonal gift cards or gift certificates. What happened to the happiness that the holiday celebrations use to bring?

Then the strangest thing happened to me yesterday. I was looking through an old wooden box that I keep paperwork and personal memorabilia in. I was looking for some paperwork when I came across a holiday card from my grandmother. Stunned, because I haven’t seen it in over 15 years, I opened the card. Inside she wrote, “ I hope you love the coat. You are important to me and I want you to always be warm. I love you always, never forget that.” She passed on that year. I still have the coat and card. My grandmother always had the best sound advise. After reading that card, it occurred to me. She purchased that gift for me because I was important to her. I never once asked for a coat but it is something I use from time to time until this day. I think of her every time I wear it.

After finding that card, I had an epiphany. For many years, I purchased gifts for people that showed I was thinking of them in my own way. For the past few years, I have purchased gifts based on peoples wants. And yes, I have bought gift certificates and gift cards. I’ve never put a personal note with a gift. (Need to change that) Now thinking about it, it seems foolish that I didn’t. Isn’t the message what it’s all about? My grandmother’s message said it best, she purchased the coat because I was important to her and she wanted me to be warm. Simple. (Maybe that is why I can’t part with the coat, it makes me think of her.)

Feeling a ton better after finding that card, I began to look for things that I wanted to get the people I most care about. My gifts are going to be what I want to give. Honestly, I feel a lot better about it. Believe it or not, much less stressed. My gift should reflect how I feel about my loved ones. I am also determined to include a card with a personal note for each of my loved ones.

So I began my search and came across an interesting item for my husband. My husband is always looking for additional surge protectors because he covers up the extra plugs with the large transformers from his devices. I found 3 Pc. Plug Extenders for him. A plug extender is a mini cord that you can plug into the end of the transformer and the opposite end into the surge protector. Should solve the problem. I will get him other things but I think he will be surprised that I noticed his dilemma and that his problem mattered enough to me to try and fix it.

The same goes for my 3 kids and their battery obsessions. I am planning on getting each one of them a Battery Rack 40. For my two college going children, I plan on getting each one of them a Power Station Traveller. This way they can make sure their cell phones are always charged and have a case to carry all their small electronics to class rather than leave them in the car.

Nobody has asked for these items but I can see how it will make their lives easier and I want them all to be happy.

Well, that’s all for now. I hope you all enjoy your holidays. I plan on getting my holiday spirit back this year. Remember to buy a gift that says what you want to say. A personal short note will make all the difference in the world.

Please feel free to leave me a comment.

You can find any of the products mentioned above at most online retailers. (Amazon.com, Cable Organizers, Batteries Plus Stores, The Container Store, Lillian Vernon Catalog, Herrington Catalog to name a few)

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When Will This Recession End?

"We the People" and "United we Stand"OK people, it’s me again “Laurie”. Today’s blog is dedicated to educating all the Consumers out there who want to know: “When will this Recession end?”

The news has been nothing but doom and gloom for over a year. I have watched many friends, relatives and associates loose their jobs, get reduced hours, loose their house, loose funds in a 401K’s as well as seen many homeless “tent city’s” sprouting up in my own state. I have to admit, it has been pretty bleak. The recession has made its intruding mark on all facets of our society. I do however; believe a good part of our current woes could have been avoided.

Have you ever heard the term “ignorance is bliss”? Most of you have and in certain circumstances it should be used. Due to the mainstream media’s attempt to educate the public on the financial crisis, they made the crisis worse. The media, hosted by an assortment of educated individuals emphasized the problems for over a year without emphasizing a solution to fixing our problems. (And people think the news is unbiased??) People need to understand that the mainstream media is a business. Their job is to generate news that people want to hear. Their objective is to create higher ratings than their competition. Unfortunately, doom and gloom sells. Morbid curiosity of a negative situation seems to draw an individual’s attention more so than circumstances of a happy nature. So I guess in a nutshell our own curiosity is our downfall.

To address the problem, we need to ask; “What makes our economy work?” The answer to that is simple. EACH AND EVERY AMERICANS DAILY SPENDING OF MONEY. Can you believe the answer is this simple? When people think their “rainy day has arrived”, money stops being spent. People will horde their money to make sure their essentials are met. If large numbers of people stop spending money, the results are catastrophic. Consumers need to purchase a company’s services or goods. If consumers stop purchasing a company’s services or goods, the company goes out of business. The people who work for this company loose their jobs. (BUSINESS 101)

So what happened in the good US of A? The people of our economy stopped spending money in unprecedented numbers. This is why our unemployment rate is so high. This is why people cannot pay their bills. This is why people are loosing their houses. You need spending to create jobs, without spending people cannot locate new jobs. The job pays the bills. If the jobs disappear, the bills go unpaid and more companies go out of business. This has put us in a down cyclone effect. With the loss of so many jobs, people are forced to take jobs with much lower pay reducing the individual’s standard of living. Hence, they are no longer capable of paying for the things they could previously afford. I’m sure you don’t want this to happen to you and for anyone who is currently affected, I’m sorry. I’m not saying we didn’t have other problems in the banking area but I feel strongly that the impact would not have been so severe without the compounded problem of job loss. Reason being: Most people make enough to pay for what they have, but when that is reduced or eliminated, you no longer can provide for what you could previously afford. Everything you pay for creates a paycheck for someone else.  I believe, if Americans would have continued to spend their money, the foreclosure problem would have been minimized, State governments would not have the crisis they do and the majority of job losses could have been avoided.  “We the People” are compounding the problem.

We all want to know “How do we fix this?” This recession will end when we as consumers start spending our money. This in turn will generate jobs. The media has done quite a fabulous job of scarring the American public but it is up to us to educate ourselves and fix this current problem. Some of the programs initiated by the government will help but the main fix needs to come from the American public. We as a whole, 300 million plus, need to infuse our money back into our economy. We will then finally feel the relief from this big mess. After we fix this problem, then its time to tackle Washington and all of the problems there!

Until next time, buy something to help infuse money into businesses (they get busy, they hire more people), go out to dinner (owners and staff make more money, infuse their money into our economy) innovate and start your own business (create new jobs). We need to create jobs. Jobs pay the bills.

Suggestions:
Domaine Ltd (RI Jewelry company who sells direct to the consumer- great prices)
Merchants Overseas- (Supplier of all crystal and many different jewelry components- best buy for people who sell or are interested in doing their own arts and crafts)

It’s Your Money! Spend it Wisely!

Gen Z Power- The Next Generation in Charging Stations!

The Next Generation in Charging Stations

The Next Generation in Charging Stations

I have to admit. I LOVE NEW GADGETS! I am always looking for things to make my life easier. Let me start by giving you a little background on me. My name is Laurie, and I evaluate new products for release into a consumer market. (I know. Very Cool Job!) I decided that I wanted to create a blog telling people about the great products out there. Since I spend so much time playing with all kind of gadgets, maybe my opinion or knowledge of various different products would be the information someone needed to make a purchase or not make a purchase. (I can be like the Gandhi of consumer products- LOL)

So my first dedication, and currently my favorite product (today that is) is the new and unique “Gen Z Power”. This item is different then other charging stations I have found. (And I have seen many). Gen Z Power has 13 built in adapters of the most common chargers. The Gen Z list the adapters it contains on the back of the box. Just check and see if your adapters are listed. These built in adapters eliminate the need for your chargers. This truly is a convenient feature. I personally have spent countless hours looking for my chargers for one reason or another. With Gen Z Power, I don’t need my charger.  GenZ Power even charged my iPod without the computer! This gives this item a BIG THUMBS UP in my book!  Gen Z Power is also a GREEN PRODUCT. This is another attractive feature. The item charges your small electronics and will shut off when your device is fully charged. This added feature will make your rechargeable batteries last longer. So, over time, it will save money and the Planet!

This device is for anybody with a cell phone or Ipod. I would highly recommend owning GenZ Power. The item will release soon. Make sure you check your favorite store’s flyer! It is currently being carried by Think Geek.  I suspect it will be carried by most of the major catalogs and retailers by early 2010.  The item will be priced around $59.99. Well worth every penny.

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