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June 29, 2012

The drive to create … inspired by the people in my world!

Inspiration comes from many places, in my case it came from my family, friends and complete strangers.

My mom, wears with great pride, the custom appliqued sweatshirts I’ve been creating for her for years now.    Being asked by friends and strangers alike… “Where did you find that sweatshirt?” Her response was always the same… “My daughter makes them and sells them.”  Ocean Breeze Boutique was born.

Having five nephews and nieces, I find that I create with them in mind.  The boys love taggies and “Boy” inspired things, ala planes, trains, pirates and automobiles, while my oldest niece, who is a six year old “Fashionista”, forte is anything pink or dresses, bows, skinny jeans and anything her Auntie creates for her to wear.  My youngest niece rocks the latest in bows and cute outfits designed to show off her girlie side newborn style!

I always enjoy doing small boutique shows, talking to customers, who often times, come up and ask if I can make this or that.   Their ideas are refreshing and help to keep my finger on the pulse of what people want, need and desire in functional crafts.

Looking at my fabric and ribbon piles, I marvel at the possibilities to create, is today a bib day? Fancy pants? Bows? I never know what I’ll be making next as a phone call from a certain set of children can change my direction in the blink of an eye.

I look forward to creating fun, fashionable and functional items for you and your love ones to enjoy!

So when you have a moment… Swing by the new shop located here Ocean Breeze Boutique and take a look around!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Kat and the Kids!

August 11, 2011

How To Identify Items Made In China Through Barcodes

I came across this bit of information from a friend.  While it’s not 100%  it does help us.. the consumers in identifying items that are made in the USA vs items made abroad.  With all the food and pet products coming in from China, it’s best to make sure you take a moment to read the label at the grocery store or at WalMart so you the buyer are aware of where your item was made.

Many products today no longer show where an item was made but where the distributor is located.. example.  You might buy a thing of nail polish assuming it’s made in the USA.  (flipping over a bottle of “Finger Paints” polish… The bar-code is 5033102927925) going by what the following information tells me, this item was made in the U.K (England for those who are unsure where the UK is.

I know some people are having issues with pet beds impacting the health of their animals, well this is a great way to find out where the item was manufactured and help pet owners know where the item their pets sleep on was made.

It’s just a matter of taking a moment to flip a box over or read a tag to see where your item is made.  If your pro USA and big on not buying items made in China, this will help you distinguish the origin of your item.

Example Bar-code below:


cid:C4F22153D7A44706B7B953EBFE7C10D5@charmainb95afd

Below is a listing of bar-code identifiers

690 – 692 – Made In China

00 – 09  – Made in the USA or Canada

30 – 37 – Made In France

40 – 44 – Made In Germany

471 – Made In Taiwan

40 – Made In Japan

50 – Made in the UK (England)

So remember if you wish to buy USA/Canadian Made items… Watch for the first number to be a “O” at the beginning of the bar-code.   Help support American first!

This is one excellent way for each and everyone one of us to support and help keep our own economy running, while creating jobs and helping out our own people first!

Feel free to print this and keep it in your wallet for those times you find yourself shopping and need a little reference guide.

It’s your right to know where the items you purchase are being made, not just distributed from.
Have a lovely Day!!

~Kat and the Kids

Filed under: Food For Thought,Money Matters by Kat at 7:41 pm

April 15, 2009

So It’s Tax Day!

So… it’s tax day, for all of us procrastinators out there, today is the day that we buck up and say well **** time to knuckle down and pay Uncle Sam.

This is the first time in years I have not asked for an extension, but I even filed a day early, you’ve got to love e-filing. I decided this was a year for change so I went out bought turbo tax, sat down with all my various information and muddled through my taxes.

Imagine my surprise… the pot of gold at the end of the tax season rainbow, known as a REFUND! Now my head is spinning on what I can do with this money, do I spend it on frivolous things that I’ve been dreaming about for years, do I spend it on investments with our stock market in the dumps or do I bank it and save it for a rainy day. The latter seems to be the way to go at the moment but at the moment these are all pipe dreams until the money is actually in my account, with the State of California handing out I.O.U.s and the federal government spending the money faster than we can say tax day, I say we don’t count our preverbal chickens until they hatch.

So, here is what I would suggest you do… get on the stick and file your taxes!

Happy Tax Day

Kat and the Kids

Filed under: Money Matters by Kat at 10:35 am
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