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American Made

 

If you had to read one of my blogs this would be it. Okay, so go in your closet or look under toys and stuff for the label and see where they were made- write it down on a piece of paper. Then go back and count how many were made in different places. After that come back and see how well you did. Oh by the way you should get about twenty items. [I did this too. I had eleven that were made in China. One in Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, Indonesia, Philippines, Italy, and Thailand. And finally I had two in Vietnam.]

 If you had zero  made in America (like me)–you should check your birth certificate– are you sure you were born here?                                                                                                

If you had one – five you need to start buying more American made things.

If you had ten or more you should be proud of yourself.

If all of them were American made you are amazing and are a role model to everyone and have the right to brag. Congratulations!

You are probably wondering why I have made you do this little game. The point of this game goes so much farther than bragging rights. The point is we need to take action. According to my research today about 90% even closer to 99% of the items we buy every day are from other countries, including items we’ve already made (ex. we buy a pot made in China when there’s an American made one). My little test proves that to be right. Now I know what your thinking- why would I care? This has nothing to do with me. Obviously, I didn’t think much about it myself since I had zero items made in the USA. Then I watched President Obama’s press conference today & was astonished to see how far America is in debt. I know when my parents run out of $, they must make more before they spend it. Why doesn’t our gov’t hold to that belief? (I hope our President doesn’t read this!) But we also can’t solely blame our gov’t, because we can take action ourselves by buying ‘made in America’ things. Maybe then they wouldn’t be debating raises taxes again. Still think this has nothing to do with you?? Well, you could not be more wrong.

              How do you feel about: 

                                   More lost jobs

                                    More companies going out of business

                                    More empty buildings, factories, storefront, etc.

                                    Lower pay checks

                                    Further reduction of our tax base

                                     Increased prices on our tax bills or new taxes added, permits, licences to makeup for dollars lost.

                                     And not to mention lack of funding needed for roads, bridges, schools, and municipal services of all kinds!

 Although these prices are high to pay they are easy to prevent. Just simply ask the cashier what products are American made. Check the tags. Even though the China made microwave may look cooler and be less money the American microwave will help you keep your job and many other Americans. Trust me- we don’t need our situation to get any worse. Spread the word. You could always show them my website! Well I hope you take my advice because if you don’t you’ll be sorry.

Harry Potter 7 Part 2-The Last Chapter

 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is an epic movie! I’ve already seen it twice!  I went to see it on opening night with William and his mom, Emera, Spencer, and his friend, Josh. We saw back to back features of Harry potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2. We saw the second one in 3d. If you’re trying to decide to see it in 3d or not go with not. You hardly even notice the 3d and there is only one or two good effects. It’s not worth the extra money. *Spoilder: If you are going to see it you should stop reading here & skip down to the last paragraph). Okay so in the movie they are at Shell Cottage when it begins. They talk to the goblin who used to work at Gringots and knows everything about it, even how to get them in the vault they seek. But Griphook the goblin will only do it in return for Gryfindors sword. They also talk to the wandmaker Olivander and they discover the hallows exist! And that Voldermort has the Elder wand-the most powerful wand in the world. But they can’t worry about that just yet. First they need to break into Bellatrix’s vault. Pass the alarms in Hogsmead. And save Hogwarts in a fight against Voldermort himself. Neither can live while the other survives.

There were some parts of the movie I was disappointed they altered from the book, but they did a pretty good job packing 759 pages into 4 hours (between Part 1 & 2).  Some things just worked better for film the way they did it, to give more of on an emotional punch. Of course, there were a few parts I would’ve needed a Kleenex but I don’t cry easily but if you’re a baller, beware & bring some tissues. Especially for p. 637 and p. 703 (read, read, read the books if you haven’t!!!!).  Overall, I like all the HP movies a lot & can’t choose a favorite one but even though I’ve read The Deathly Hallows 3x, the movie had me on the edge of my seat.

Sweet Websites!!!

     The first website is the best. It was made by a beautiful, athletic, sweet 11-year-old genius. It is called peace love and poncho! You should totally check it out! LOL! 

Okay another website is Pottermore [ For more details on that read my blog titled Pottermore!] http://www.pottermore.com

Another one is Webkinz.com. To access it you must buy a stuffed animal. Each one comes with a special code. After you put the code in, you’re in for loads of fun in the virtual world known as Webkinz World! http://www.webkinz.com

The next epic site is poptropica. Here you create an Avatar then defeat islands for credits to buy stuff in the store. http://www.poptropica.com

 The last website is one I myself haven’t checked out  but heard it’s good. It’s name is Facebook you must be 13 or older to get an account. Well I hope you check out these awesome sites. Except Facebook if your under 13! http://facebook.com

Happy Exploring everyone:):):)