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Great Online Shopping

With my two nephews and niece, I find myself doing a lot more shopping online lately, particularly for toys and clothing.  So, I wanted to share a recommendation or two that I thought would be helpful.

First, I absolutely love this online toy store.  They have almost every kids character you could possibly imagine – Noddy, Ben 10, Strawberry Shortcake, Barney, Yo Gabba Gabba, the Wiggles, Doodlebops, Curious George and many, many more.  I bought a playhut off this site, and my nephew is in love with it!  It’s like his own personal fort that he can imagine any kind of game in it he wants.  Of course, we used to just put blankets over chairs, but hey, that was then.  So, check out Ty’stoybox.  They also have a huge selection of personalized clothing, which is adorable.

Speaking of personalized, this site is fantastic for gifts.  They create music with all your kids favorite characters that actually sing your child’s name!  What’s great about the site is that you can hear a sample before you buy, so you know it doesn’t sound like some strange computer in the middle of a song.  I bought my niece some personalized Minnie music, and she loves it!

So, maybe in the middle of a recession, I shouldn’t be spending like I am, but I can’t help.  And hey, it’s spending that will help get us out.  I just heard on Hannity say that the president’s approval level just dropped below 50%, so hooray!  Down with socialism!


Will Obama help the Economy?

Now that the election is over, the big question on everyone’s mind is, “Can Obama deliver the change he promised?”  People all over this country are seriously hurting.  Many are losing jobs and others can’t pay the bills.  And so, there is a dependency on the government that is growing.  People have been reckless with their money, and they need a bailout.  This is tough, because you need to teach people how to fish, not just give them a hand out.
The market continues to go down in record fashion.  Many people feel that a depression is on the way.  What would that look like in this country?  This isn’t the same generation who knew how to hunker down and work hard.  We have a lot of spoiled Gen X’ers.  Will they be able to fight through these rough times.

Companies continue to report losses, and it looks to be a down year heading into the holiday season.  This is horrible news since so many retailers depend on the 4th quarter to break even.  And now, with fear in America’s minds, the wallets will tighten.  One sector that is expected to do well in spite of the recession is online retail.  Ecommerce companies sell nearly everything online including scrubs, marine corps rings and other merch.  Experts expect online sales to go up again as people are hesitant to spend money on gas and would rather shop for the best deals online.  So, this area of growth appears to be recession proof.  Don’t think Obama will have much impact here.

I am concerned in a plan to redistribute wealth.  It seems to me that people need education on how to handle money, not more money.  I guess it’s not a huge concern in the current state of the economy, but that’s where I would focus.