Archive | February, 2013

Made in USA Shopping Trip – Bed Bath & Beyond

tervis tumbler

I recently made a trip to Bed Bath & Beyond for some clear 16 oz Tervis Tumblers which I love for holding my iced tea. I’ve been slowly buying the 2-packs with my 20% off coupons that are a must to have when you shop there.

Tervis is lucky and gets the prime front spot in the store. The front display did not have the 2-packs so I had to go further back in the store to find them.

I did a quick survey as I walked around the store looking for other Made in USA products. Here are my findings:

Calibowl – It seemed like a good price for 3 bowls and I liked that they were colorful, especially since I love red as you may have noticed in the design of the OHSAY USA website. Since I already own the “rainbow” 1986 vintage Pyrex mixing bowls I did not need them.


Dexas Chop & Scoop. Once again I like the color choices and it seemed very convenient to have the handle on the end. I’m always concerned about the level of bacteria that remains on cutting boards but it states that it is bacteria and odor resistant. They were hard to find in the store & the Made in USA label was not prominent. They should rethink their packaging.










USA Pan – They had a large display on an end cap along with a lot of Made in USA signage. They also had a nice position in the store. They were located just a little way down the right side path.

My initial reaction was to their light weight. I prefer heavier cookware but I do need new cookie sheets. I’m inclined to buy Nordic Ware since I use some of their bakeware and love the weight. I also use All-Clad, manufactured in Canonsburg, PA., for my stove top cooking but it is expensive. I look for sales online and have slowly bought pieces at outlet stores. As a side note All-Clad is guaranteed for life and I recently replaced 2 non-stick fry pans.










Add your product reviews from your finds at Bed Bath & Beyond ONLY and let us know if you have used the Calibowl, Chop & Scoop or USA Pan. I highly endorse the Tervis Tumblers myself and will be buying more in the future.

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George Washington (Dollar Bill) Origami

USA capitol building origami

According to Wikipedia, Japanese origami began sometime after Buddhist monks carried paper to Japan during the 6th century. The first Japanese origami is dated from this period and was used for religious ceremonial purposes only, due to the high price of paper.

In the 19th Century the founder of kindergartens, Friedrich Frobel, used paper folding as a teaching aid for child development. In the 1920’s conjurors and magicians such as Houdini started folding paper money as part of their act. Houdini even published a book on it in America titled Magic Paper.

During WWII, dollar bill folding became a way for troops to pass the time and distract themselves between battles. Soon after, bartenders began to amuse their customers with the bill folding presentation. Customers would place their bill on the bar top and ask the bartender to fold it for their girl.

Here’s to George Washington & the other Presidents whose faces adorn American paper money.

A Gift Box

origami gift box







A Box & iPod Mini Shuffle Case

origami iPod shuffle






A Ring








A Wallet

Origami Wallet

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