Celebrate American Made!

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I have to share with all of you this great service we found called – Celebrate American Made!  We just got our 1st box in the mail and this is a great holiday gift idea or for any occasion all year long.  This month was a box filled with delicious and fun items from the great state of Wyoming!  So, fun to read about these companies and to have a chance to use their products.  I love this concept!

Celebrate American Made has launched a monthly subscription box service with unique products that celebrate American ingenuity and excellence, one state at a time.  Each month, a new state is chosen and subscribers receive a box filled with locally produced food and a bonus spa or handcrafted item that reflects the culinary and artistic tastes of that state.

Founded by Tiffany Tomkins - Celebrate American Made offers subscribers a unique journey through America showcasing the best of what each state has to offer, while helping small and medium -sized business owners reach an expanded customer base.

Learn more at www.CelebrateAmericanMade.com  – Subcriptions are available immediately.

I personally can’t wait to see this evolve and maybe we could feature – Made in USA Certified companies and products!  Go USA!

Made in USA Pomegranate Martini (Video)

This is my best friend, Candace’s signature drink and I have to say I always look forward to her parties because of this delicious cocktail.  Turns out, Candace and I are in good company as Oprah Winfrey herself says a Pomegranate Martini is one of her all-time favorites.  I think it must be those healthy antioxidants in the pomegranate – that turns this cocktail into an anti-aging powerhouse.  The Made in USA alcohol and red tint from the pomegranate make this a patriotic, holiday addition.

Ingredients
1 can(s) (12-ounce) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
2 cup(s) water
3 1/2 cup(s) Made in USA Certified® Vodka– Tito’s Handmade VodkaSalute American Vodka, Ch@t Vodka or Railean American Agave
2 cup(s) pomegranate juice
1 cup(s) triple sec
5 limes
Ice cubes for serving
1 cup(s) fresh pomegranate seeds (from 1 pomegranate)

Directions
In large pitcher, combine limeade and water until well blended. Stir in Made in USA Certified® American vodka or Made in USA Certified® American agave, pomegranate juice, and triple sec.
Cut each lime crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick wheels; cut a slit in each wheel, from center to edge. To serve, place ice cubes and a few pomegranate seeds in each glass; place a lime wheel on rim.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Toddy – Made in USA (video)

Ok, so we have to admit, when Starbucks comes out with their peppermint mocha coffee delicacies- we can’t wait, and every season we look forward to these tasty treats.  Now take the same mocha chocolate peppermint taste and turn it into a delicious holiday cocktail you can serve at home (sans the caffeine)– and Made in USA!  Serving tip: Rely on slow cooker to make the hot chocolate and keep it warm during a holiday party.

Ingredients

8 cup(s) whole milk

1 can(s) (14-ounce) sweetened condensed milk

3 cup(s) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips

2-3 cup(s) Made in USA Certified® vodka – Tito’s, Salute American, or Ch@t

1 tablespoon(s) vanilla extract

1 teaspoon(s) peppermint extract

1/4 teaspoon(s) salt

Sweetened whipped cream, for topping

Crushed candy canes, for topping

Directions

Put the milk, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, crème de menthe (or vodka), vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and salt in a 7-quart slow cooker.

Cover and cook on high 2 hours or until combined, whisking vigorously halfway through to help chocolate melt.

Switch to warm for serving. Set out whipped cream and crushed candy canes, for topping.

Made in USA Mimosa (video)

Get ready to laugh and have some fun like only girlfriends can!  Julie Reiser, co-founder of Made in USA Certified and Candace Rojas show how easy and fun it is to make this signature Made in USA Mimosa. This delicious cocktail is great for a Holiday Brunch or to serve to the sleepy eyed adults during the present opening frenzy on the morning of Christmas. Either way, this is delightful drink is sure to perk up your holiday party and your guests.

This delicious cocktail is great for a Holiday Brunch or to serve to the sleepy eyed adults during the present opening frenzy on the morning of Christmas. Either way, this is a quick, delicious drink that is sure to perk up your holiday party and your guests.

Ingredients

2 cup(s) fresh Florida Made in USA Certified® – Natalie’s Orchid Island Orange Juice, well chilled.

1 bottle(s) (750 milliliters) champagne or other dry sparkling American wine, well chilled

Fresh Florida orange slices for garnish

Directions

Into each of 8 champagne flutes or tall juice glasses, pour 1/4 cup Made in USA Certified® orange juice. Top off each glass with some champagne or dry sparkling wine and, if you like, attach a slice of a Florida orange to rim of each glass.

To learn more about Made in USA Certification visit: USA-C.com

***** Disclaimer— Candace made me wear that apron (yes it is an apron) that is the most unflattering thing EVER.   Next video will be better. :)

The Five Best Made in USA Cocktails to Serve During the Holidays

Every Holiday party needs a cool signature drink and there is nothing cooler than a Made in USA Cocktail to show your guests your festive, patriotic side.  So, our Made in USA Certified® team has voted and these are our top five favorites for this Holiday Season.

1)  Made in USA Mimosa’s

This delicious cocktail is great for a Holiday Brunch or to serve to the sleepy eyed adults during the present opening frenzy on the morning of Christmas. Either way, this is a quick, delicious drink that is sure to perk up your holiday party and your guests.

Ingredients
2 cup(s) fresh Florida Made in USA Certified® – Natalie’s Orchid Island Orange Juice, well chilled.
1 bottle(s) (750 milliliters) champagne or other dry sparkling American wine, well chilled
Fresh Florida orange slices for garnish

Directions
Into each of 8 champagne flutes or tall juice glasses, pour 1/4 cup Made in USA Certified® orange juice. Top off each glass with some champagne or dry sparkling wine and, if you like, attach a slice of a Florida orange to rim of each glass.

2) 
Made in USA Pomegranate Martini


This is my best friend, Candace’s signature drink and I have to say I always look forward to her parties because of this delicious cocktail.  Turns out, Candace and I are in good company as Oprah Winfrey herself says a Pomegranate Martini is one of her all-time favorites.  I think it must be those healthy antioxidants in the pomegranate – that turns this cocktail into an anti-aging powerhouse.  The Made in USA alcohol and red tint from the pomegranate make this a patriotic, holiday addition.

Ingredients
1 can(s) (12-ounce) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
2 cup(s) water
3 1/2 cup(s) Made in USA Certified® Vodka– Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Salute American Vodka,  Ch@t Vodka or Railean American Agave
2 cup(s) pomegranate juice
1 cup(s) triple sec
5 limes
Ice cubes for serving
1 cup(s) fresh pomegranate seeds (from 1 pomegranate)

Directions
In large pitcher, combine limeade and water until well blended. Stir in Made in USA Certified® American vodka or Made in USA Certified® American agave, pomegranate juice, and triple sec.
Cut each lime crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick wheels; cut a slit in each wheel, from center to edge. To serve, place ice cubes and a few pomegranate seeds in each glass; place a lime wheel on rim.

3)  Eggnog Made in USA – the Easy Effortless Version

Pass the Eggnog please!  No one can resist this calorie heavy holiday tradition. This recipe has three easy ingredients and no raw eggs. Just the idea of melted ice cream and rum had us at “hello”.  Using Made in USA Certified®- Railean Rum from Texas, USA- gives this holiday drink an All-American flare!

Ingredients
1 container(s) (1 3/4-quart) vanilla ice cream
1/3 cup(s) Made in USA Certified®- Railean Rum
1/8 teaspoon(s) freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for sprinkling

Directions
Put ice cream in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 2 to 3 minutes or until just melted, stirring occasionally.
Add Made in USA Certified® rum and nutmeg and whisk until combined. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.
Whisk well before serving. Transfer to a punch bowl or individual glasses. Sprinkle with more nutmeg, if desired.

4) Warm Cider and Made in USA Rum Punch

 
This is a very simple recipe that is warm and cozy and great for the holidays!  We make this with our favorite Made in USA Certified® Apple Cider from Zeiglers in Pennsylvania/New York and rich, dark Made in USA Certified® Rum from Railean in Texas, USA.  Warm this cider up with some orange slices, apple slices, fresh ginger and a cinnamon stick and you have a toasty treat that everyone will enjoy.

Ingredients
8 cups Made in USA Certified®- Zeiglers Apple Cider
1 apple, thinly sliced crosswise
1 orange, thinly sliced crosswise
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
2 cups dark Made in USA Certified®- Railean Rum

Directions
In a large pot, combine apple cider, apple slices, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and ginger. Bring to a boil over high; reduce to a simmer, add the rum and cook 5 minutes. (Keep warm over low, up to 2 hours.) Remove from heat and stir in rum. Transfer to a punch bowl; serve warm.

5) Peppermint Hot Chocolate Toddy – Made in USA

Ok, so we have to admit, when Starbucks comes out with their peppermint mocha coffee delicacies- we can’t wait, and every season we look forward to these tasty treats.  Now take the same mocha chocolate peppermint taste and turn it into a delicious holiday cocktail you can serve at home (sans the caffeine)– and Made in USA!  Serving tip: Rely on slow cooker to make the hot chocolate and keep it warm during a holiday party.

Ingredients
8 cup(s) whole milk
1 can(s) (14-ounce) sweetened condensed milk
3 cup(s) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup(s) Made in USA Certified® vodka – Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Salute American, or Ch@t
1 tablespoon(s) vanilla extract
1 teaspoon(s) peppermint extract
1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
Sweetened whipped cream, for topping
Crushed candy canes, for topping

Directions
Put the milk, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, crème de menthe (or vodka), vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and salt in a 7-quart slow cooker.
Cover and cook on high 2 hours or until combined, whisking vigorously halfway through to help chocolate melt.
Switch to warm for serving. Set out whipped cream and crushed candy canes, for topping.

Holiday Survival Guide

Incorporate these thoughts in your life as your survival guide through the holidays…… 

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day & while you walk, SMILE. It is the ultimate antidepressant.
2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day and no ill thoughts of your relatives are allowed.
3. When you wake up in the morning, Pray to ask God’s guidance.
4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants, and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, broccoli, and almonds. Wine is NOT one of the four food groups; but indulge to take the edge off, ONLY if needed.
6. Try to make at least three people smile each day (without giving a monetary gift).
7. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. 
Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment of the holidays.
8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
9. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Forgive them for everything.
11. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
12.You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
13. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil your holiday.
14. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
15. No one is in charge of your happiness this holiday except you and Santa, of course.
16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’
17. Help the needy, Be Generous ! Be a ‘Giver’ not a ‘Taker’
18. What other people think of you is none of your business.
19. Time heals everything.
20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
21. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
23. Each night before you go to bed ,Pray to God and Be thankful for what you’ve accomplished today.
24. Remember that you are too blessed.
25. Forward this to everyone on your list to help them lead a happier holiday.

Fox News #Selfie

Fox News #Selfie

I had so much fun today at Fox New Live in Denver, I just couldn’t resist taking this #Selfie. We did a live stream to NYC with host Lauren Simonetti. Remember to #BuyAmerican and #MadeinUSA this Holiday Season.

“Made in the USA” Matters to Shoppers – Including Millennials

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More great research showing the power of the “Made in USA” claim on consumer shopping behaviors.

Originally posted on MADE IN USA NEWS:

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TEANECK, N.J., Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Results from the latest shopper research survey conducted by Perception Research Services (PRS) indicate that shoppers are motivated by “Made in the USA” claims on packaging as most say that they are more likely to purchase a product after noticing the “Made in the USA” claim on it. This claim has resonated with baby boomers in the past, and is now influencing Millenials more so than in prior years.

According to the Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) Center for Consumer and Customer Insight, U.S. Millennials are receptive to cause marketing and are more likely than non-Millenials to purchase items associated with a particular cause (37 percent versus 30 percent). Consistent with 2012, the PRS study shows that the primary reason shoppers claim they are more likely to purchase “Made in the USA” products is to “help the economy.” Considering that Millennial shoppers may still be feeling…

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Celebrate National Made in America Month this December

Importance of Buying American highlighted in Reagan’s Proclamation dating back to 1985

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December by far is the most important month for retailers in the entire year and it has never ceased to amaze me that  President Ronald Reagan back in 1985 proclaimed December as ‘National Made in America Month’.  Every year I take this time to reflect on the significance of this action and its relevance in our current economy, as I believe that Reagan saw the writing on the wall for America as he served as our 40th President of the United States from 1981 – 1989.

During Ronald Reagan’s presidency he and his administration set out to reinvigorate the national economy, reduce taxes, balance the federal budget, and reduce the size and scope of the federal government.  At the end of his presidency the United States was experiencing the longest recorded period of peacetime prosperity without a recession or depression.

Reagan was an advocate for free markets, and laissez-faire economics and summed this up in his inauguration speech that he wrote himself saying; “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

But, what many may recall is that during this period of our American history our American Automobile Industry had gone through a little more than a decade (the 1970’s & 1980’s) where imported automobiles had aggressively increased their share of the U.S. auto market with their newly designed compact fuel  efficient cars, modern design and reliability.

The Big Three American automobile manufacturers (Ford, GM, Chrysler) were struggling to compete while consumer perception of American automobiles had declined due to a flurry of design and manufacturing problems and the Oil Embargo in 1973 which created a high demand for these smaller more fuel efficient imported cars.

President Ronald Reagan saw that the American automobile industry was being brought to its knees and the flood of imported cars and electronics caused many to worry that these industries would not survive.  Under Regan’s presidency, he felt that it was important to come to the aid of the American Automobile market and that government had a role in regulating the flood of imports to create more of a balance of trade.

In 1981, Japanese automakers entered into a “Voluntary Restraint Agreement” limiting the number of autos that flooded the American market.   But, despite government intervention – swinging the pendulum back towards American manufacturing was a steep feat even back then and President Ronald Reagan knew that the most powerful economic agent in change is the massive consumer power of the American public.  If Americans could realize the importance their purchases played in reinvigorating American industries, the tides would shift.

So, on December 23 (the day before Christmas Eve) in 1985, President Ronal Reagan proclaimed December as National Made in America Month.    The proclamation was filed with the Office of the Federal Register at 10:40 a.m. on December 24th (Christmas Eve) 1985.

I invite all Americans to read the proclamation from start to finish reflecting both back on what was happening to our manufacturing sector back in the 1970’s and 1980’s – but also what the future held for America with the last 2 decades of offshoring and outsourcing that has cost our nation 10.5 million jobs according to Outsaurus.com.

What happened in the 70’s and 80’s was a preview of coming attractions when in the early 2000’s many large American manufacturers shifted the majority of production and manufacturing overseas.  But, the most critical piece of all this is that President Ronald Reagan, the day before Christmas Eve – sent a message to the Nation that would forever reverberate into the future.

The message was simply for Americans to observe the month of December with “the appropriate programs and activities to recognize and celebrate the excellence of American products.”

So, this December as we shop, gather with family and friends and celebrate – let’s not forget the role we all have in our National economic strength and independence – each of us has the power with our purchases of Buying American to turn the tides, shift the axis, and cause the pendulum to swing back in the favor of “Made in USA”.

This holiday season, let us all put forth the effort to read the labels of the products we purchase and look for those products that our proudly labeled “Made in USA”.

To read the entire proclamation click here.  http://bit.ly/1csUf22

Written By: Julie Reiser is co-founder of Made in USA Certified, the Nation’s leading third party Certification company for “Made in USA” claims.

Website: http://www.USA-C.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/madeinusacertified
Twitter: @madeinusacert @usacertified @MrsMadeinUSA

Made in USA Claims – How Your Company Can Avoid a “Yankee Doodle Don’t”!

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Does a product that proudly touts a “Made in USA” label or claim influence consumers purchasing decisions?  The answer is a resounding “yes”!   According to a recent research study done by the Boston Consulting Group, more than 80% of U.S. consumers (and over 60% of Chinese consumers) say they are willing to pay more for products labeled “Made in USA”  vs. those labeled “Made in China”.

There is no doubt that the “Made in USA” cache is strong and companies are anxious to capitalize on this uptick in consumer demand.  Now more than ever, we are being flooded with a flurry of “Made in USA” images, logos, claims and statements.

Let us take a look back in time in the early 2000’s when the organic movement was gaining popularity with consumers and there was a growing worldwide demand for organic food.  Organic Certification (a third party certification process for producers of organic food & other agricultural products) appeared on the marketplace to assure quality and prevent fraud as well as promote commerce.    As more and more organic products were showing up in supermarkets claiming to be “organic” – consumers needed a third party regulatory certification to give consumers product assurance that they products they were buying were “truly organic”.

Flash forward to 2013 and the Made in USA Movement, consumers can walk down any retail isle of any store and find many different “Made in USA” claims, logos, and images.  A great way to see the array of images is to go to Google Images and type “Made in USA” in the search bar and thousands of images will appear.  Any company can download one of these images and use it for marketing and consumers need to be savvy enough to know that the “Made in USA” claim is a marketing claim that does not need to be pre-approved by any governing regulatory body.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and also provides helpful information to help spot, stop and avoid them.  However, as they state themselves on their website “The Commission does not pre-approve advertising or labeling claims.  A company doesn’t need approval from the Commission before making a Made in USA claim.  As with most other advertising claims, a manufacturers or marketer may make any claim as long as it is truthful and substantiated.”

Recently in the news the FTC settled a “Made in USA” case with E.K. Ekcessories out of Utah.  This is the first FTC “made in the USA” case since 2009.

The FTC asserted that the company falsely claimed certain of its products were “Made in the U.S.A. or “Truly Made in the USA” even though the products contained substantial foreign content.  In the press release found on the FTC website, the FTC alleged that E.K. Ekcessories, Inc. violated the Federal Trade Commission Act by making false and unsupported statements that its products were all or virtually all made in the United States.

According to the FTC, to say an item is “Made in USA”, all or virtually all of it has to be U.S. –made in the U.S.A.  In other words, all significant parts and processing must be of U.S. origin, and the product should contain no – or negligible foreign content.  That’s the standard explained on the FTC’s 1997 Enforcement Policy Statement on U.S. Origin Claims.

With product marketers, big business, foreign countries and even American politicians not always being completely forthright when making manufacturing claims, and no FTC pre-approval  needed, how do consumers know what is truly made in America and how do companies avoid what the FTC’s Lesley Fair put as the “Yankee Doodle Don’t”?

Fairs in her blog suggests, “First, it’s a good time to brush up on how to comply with Made in USA standards.  The Business Center has a dedicated Made in USA page to make that easier for you.  Second, given just how important many consumers take a Made in USA claim, companies that make that statement falsely or without a reasonable basis are risking law enforcement action.”

That is where a company like Made in USA Certified comes in.

Made in USA Certified is the only independent third party certification company in the Nation that conducts a full supply chain audit to verify the percentage of components/ units that are “Made in USA” and that the product was substantially transformed or manufactured in the United States of America.

Co-Founder, Julie Reiser stated.  “Made in USA Certified is here to promote accountability, transparency and verification for companies and consumers within the marketplace with a standardized supply chain audit process and recognizable seals with clear percentages.”

To learn more about Made in USA Certification please visit our website: www.USA-C.com or call 1-561-279-2855 to speak to a representative.

Written By: Julie Reiser is co-founder of Made in USA Certified, the Nation’s leading third party Certification company for “Made in USA” claims.

Website: http://www.USA-C.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/madeinusacertified
Twitter: @madeinusacert @usacertified @MrsMadeinUSA

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