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Spiral Effect

It’s amazing how the spiral effect kicks in when one part of the economy goes wrong.  I’m no expert when it comes to everything technical in our economy, but I don’t have to look far to see the impacts all around me.  With unemployment levels skyrocketing, companies are looking to trim the fat left and right.  If you are not somehow contributing to the bottom line of your company, this is a very scary time.  Hard working people all over the place are getting laid off and can’t find jobs.  Plumbers, accountants, managers, manufacturers, even people who make dowel rods are feeling the squeeze.  And it doesn’t stop there.  Spending is down.  People won’t buy discretionary items that are not important, no matter how cool they are.  People are taking less vacations and going out to eat less.

Imagine being the head of non profit organizations right now.  With people holding tight to their dollars, holding a non profit fundraiser is like pulling teeth.  Holding a raffle without a good prize is just not going to work.  Giving is down all around, when it should be the opposite.  We should be looking to help others right now whenever we can.  When times are hard, it’s easy to see what the makeup of people really is.  What is scary to me is the selfishness of this country from the top down.


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!

Toys for Tots

Holiday season is approaching fast, and so it’s never too easy for some early Christmas shopping.  Don’t wait til Black Monday and the insane fury of Soccer Mom’s!  Be smart and get your shopping done online early.  I’ve taken the liberty of doing a little research for you and finding some of this year’s top Toys for Tots.  One of hottest gifts of 2008 will be this Ben 10 Cruiser.  Ben 10 has taken over the reign of Power Rangers and TMNT before it, and doesn’t look like it is going away for a while.  Your young ones will love this Transformer like toy vehicle.

For those of you with some younger children, this singing Barney toy doll has stood the test of time.  It’s soft, purple, wholesome and catchy for everyone.  It will yet again be one the year’s top selling toys.

Some of you may be catering to the teenage group.  People are gearing for HSM 3 coming soon, and of course, there are the Hannah Montana faithfuls.  For those emotional girls, this is a great gift to make an impact at school.  They can fall asleep at night dreaming of being a singing and TV star.

I get to shop for my niece and nephews this year, and these shops are a few of my favorites.  I hope you will find what you are looking for at a great price too!