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Save Money on Your Energy Bill


Energy TipsHome Energy Saving Tips

Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year. Or, at least the most wonderful time if you enjoy hot weather!

In most of the United States, July and August are the months where people will experience the highest temperatures of the year, we certainly do in Tennessee. While that’s great news for warm-weather lovers, it’s usually not-so-great news for your energy bill.

Rhoades Car owners understand the importance of being energy efficient –one of the reasons our customers love our vehicles is the ability to use them in place of a traditional vehicle for short trips and errands in the neighborhood.

To help battle the heat, here are some tips to help you keep your home comfortable and more efficient. (Note: These tips are best read next to a pool with a large glass of cold water or lemonade!)

1. Turn up the thermostat.

Bump up the temperature in your home to as high as you can tolerate. Depending on the heat outside, you may be surprised at what actually feels comfortable! Pacific Power suggests 78 degrees is good for while you’re home; 85 degrees when you’re not. That will lessen your air conditioner usage and decrease your energy bill. Consider installing a programmable thermostat to help in this process, if you don’t have one already.

In addition, Energy.gov recommends not turning your thermostat exceptionally low to cool the house down quickly. Not only is it ineffective, it creates additional costs.

2. Use fans.

So now that you’re adjusting the temperature on your thermostat, how can you maintain the comfort in your home? By making better use of fans. Fans are much more energy-efficient than air conditioning. In addition, fans are only effective for cooling while you’re in the room. So if you’re not in the room, turn off the fan and take advantage of more savings!

3. Keep your blinds closed during the day.

Yes, sunlight is nice, but summer heat is not. If you’re not going to be home during the day, keep your drapes and blinds closed. This will help prevent a bit of daytime heating and make cooling your home in the evening much more efficient.

4. Become a night washer.

Making your home more energy efficient in the summer months isn’t just about your heating and cooling systems. It’s also about your other appliances as well. By running your washing machine, dryer and dishwasher at night, you’ll minimize the impact that running those appliances has on the cooling of your home.

In addition, consider skipping the drying cycle on the dishwasher and drying dishes by hand or allowing your clothes to air or line dry. And try to minimize the number of loads on each appliance by waiting until you have a full load of laundry or a full dishwasher.
But definitely use the dishwasher – it’s more efficient in water usage than your best efforts at hand-washing those plates and pans!

5. Buy more refrigerated food.

OK, so what does grocery shopping have to do with energy efficiency? Believe it or not, the amount of food in your refrigerator impacts the amount of energy it needs to keep food cold. By having more food in the fridge, you’ll prevent it from warming up as quickly when you open the door to grab that aforementioned glass of lemonade or to prepare a delicious summer meal.

6. Get to know your microwave.

It’s not just the dishwasher in your kitchen. The most obvious sources of heating in your kitchen are the stove and oven. So, when possible, instead of using your oven, opt for the microwave. According to the California Consumer Energy Center, a microwave uses two-thirds less energy than the stove. And it will keep your house cooler, too!

So give these tips a try and watch your energy bill to count the savings! Do you have any unique energy-saving ideas? Tried something that really works? Share it with us in the comments below. We’d love to hear your innovative solutions to beating the heat!

Back to School Lunches


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Hard to believe it, but for many of us, it’s already time to wrap up the back-to-school shopping and start packing those backpacks for another new school year. (Where did the summer go?)

One of the bigger challenges when it comes to school time – especially with older children and teens – is creating a healthy, tasty packed lunch. Eating a healthy lunch is particularly important for middle and high schoolers. Not only does it increase energy, it begins building the foundation of healthy eating as they continue to grow and eventually graduate and head to college. It’s shocking to know that childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Let’s get them eating healthy creative lunches.

But turkey sandwiches and celery sticks can be boring, right?

So here are some more creative – yet not overly complicated – lunch offerings for the tween and teen in your life.

Chicken Pita

Suggested by Seventeen magazine, the chicken pita replaces the basic sandwich with a simple yogurt-based chicken salad (no mayonnaise!) and a slice of pita bread.

BLTA Wrap

Bon Appetit magazine offers several tasty and fun suggestions, including this twist on a traditional BLT. What’s the A you ask? Avocado, of course. By creating this as a wrap and not a sandwich, it also makes it easier to transport – simply wrap in aluminum foil, parchment or wax paper and you’re good to go!

Avocado/Carrot/Cucumber Sushi

This one wins for appearance, hands down. Start with sushi rice, then roll avocado, carrots and cucumber. Don’t forget a packet or two of soy sauce as well. It’ll be the hit of the lunchroom!

BBQ Chicken Sloppy Joes

It’s a sandwich that has the luxury of being delicious, whether it’s served hot or cold. And it begins with a simple trip to the grocery store for a rotisserie chicken. Shred the chicken, then add carrots and barbecue sauce and some cilantro or parsley for good measure. Bon Appetit recommends a whole wheat bun, but this would work in a wrap or on sliced bread as well – just pack the meat separately to avoid a soggy mess!

Soba Salad with Chicken and Cabbage

The problem with packing a traditional salad for lunch is the dressing. If you dress the salad before scrambling to the bus stop in the morning, you’ll have soggy greens. And packing dressings can be tricky and lead to accidental sticky lunch bags. Enter this salad, which solves the dressing issue by making its bed of cabbage rather than lettuce, which reduces the sogginess. It’s light and crunchy and crisp … and full of flavor.

Pizza Pasta Salad

Another fun option, especially for teens, is this unique twist on pizza from BBC’s GoodFood. It includes pesto and tomatoes and mozzarella cheese and basil and is not only tasty, but can be a beautiful presentation as well.

Or, if that one’s not quite doing it for your favorite high schooler, here’s a variation from Real Simple magazine, which combines pasta, spinach, tomatoes and salami.

See? Healthy lunches don’t have to be boring at all! Combine healthy eating with a Rhoades Car in your life, and your kids will be much healthier.

Do you have any other creative and healthy lunch options for your older child, tween or teen? Share them in the comments below please.

Unique Summer Exercises


Rhoades Car SummerSummer Exercising Opportunities

As the summer reaches its peak, life can get pretty crazy. While taking vacation and spending additional time with your family is a good thing, it can also cut in to your traditional exercise time. After all, it’s hard to exercise if you’re driving to the beach!

We have already suggested some ways to stay cool as you exercise in the summer. Here are some creative ways to incorporate exercise into your summer routine, regardless of how atypical it may be!

While you’re at home:

So many chores, so little time. In the summer months, after getting that outdoor work done, the last thing you want to do is exercise. So why not combine the two?

Turn washing your car into an exercising opportunity. Instead of going through a drive-thru automatic car wash, get out the hose and the bucket and wash the car by hand. Or if that’s not an option, go to a car wash that allows you to scrub yourself. According to BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan, a car wash can burn 35 calories in 10 minutes.

Take advantage of trips to the store. If you’re just making a quick trip for a couple of items, can you walk or jog instead of driving? Or how about taking your Rhoades Car? It’s a quick way to get a few minutes of exercising in.

Make mowing the lawn and other yard work more productive. It’s not necessarily a fun chore, but mowing the lawn with a push lawnmower is a great workout! Gardening can be exercise as well; an hour’s worth of weeding and tending can burn as many as 300 calories!

Exercise while you’re on vacation:

Between the travel and the hustle and bustle, where’s the time to exercise, right? Here are some ideas for sneaking in a bit of cardio and healthy living without your family or travel group even noticing!

Take the stairs. Whether you’re at your hotel or sightseeing, there are probably more opportunities to take the stairs as opposed to the elevator. Greatist.com offers this good insight as well: Many tourist attractions that include stairs also have unique architecture or other things that you wouldn’t see if you raced to the elevator.

Go on a walking or biking tour. We’ve already discussed lots of vacation opportunities for a biking enthusiast, but here’s another reminder. Even if you’re not going on a vacation that was meant for biking or hiking or walking, there are opportunities to work them in. Instead of a bus tour of the city, opt for a walking tour. Or take your Rhoades Car with you on vacation and enjoy it in a new setting. (Don’t forget to take your referral cards to hand out when people ask you where you got it so you can collect those $150 referral fees!)

Stash healthy snacks in your room. Have a mini-fridge? Perfect! Go to the store and stockpile it with your favorite healthy snacks. Or go walk around the market (see, there’s another opportunity to walk!) and take advantage of all the healthy food options surrounding you.

While you’re at play:

Recreation is an obvious opportunity for exercise, whether you’re at home or on vacation. Here are some ideas you might not have considered, though.

Hiking or biking: We’ve mentioned this a lot, but it’s a great way to get a fun workout in to your tight schedule!

Kayaking: Paddling is hard work and is a great upper body workout. Prevention magazine writes that one hour of paddling can burn 340 calories!

Speedminton: Never heard of it? Prevention describes it as a “cross between racquetball, badminton, and tennis, but with no nets or walls involved.” All it requires is racquets, a speeder (similar to the birdie in badminton) and some chalk to draw a court. And it burns 400 calories an hour.

Inline skating: It might not necessarily be the trendy workout of the moment like it used to be, but there’s no doubting the benefits. A single hour of skating can burn more than 800 calories. And consider this – skating is better on your knees than jogging.

Swimming lessons: They’re not just for kids! Check with your local parks and recreation facilities to see whether they offer adult classes. It’s a great opportunity to workout and meet other people in your area.

Go to the playground: You have to take the kids to the playground anyway, right? So take advantage of the equipment available to you. Use the pull-up bars. Swing. Find space to do some planks or lunges. There’s more there than you think!

So … no more excuses! Take advantage of one (or several!) of these opportunities and get to exercising! Did you come up with another option not on this list? Share it with us below by leaving a comment please.

8 Luxury American Brands Made in the USA


Photo from Rhoades Car customer, Teri Borland Ellis.

Made in the USA! Photo from Rhoades Car customer, Teri Borland Ellis.

Specialty Brands with American Products

Rhoades Car is proud to be an American-made brand and we encourage our customers to support other businesses that offer products made in the USA.

As we learned, there are a lot of unique products that are made here in the United States, including Crayola crayons and Steinway pianos.

But if you’re looking for something extra special, with sophistication or a touch of class, you run to brand names you’re comfortable and familiar with.

Here’s something you probably didn’t know: Many of the specialty or high-end stores that you’re already visiting offer extensive lines of American-made products.

Here are eight retailers that are putting products made in the USA at the forefront.

Made in the USA: Kitchen & Home

Sur La Table

Sur La Table, a specialty brand specializing in high-quality cooking tools and appliances, devotes an entire section of its website to products that are made in the United States. Among the offerings are more than 20 brands of cookware and kitchen tools including All-Clad and Barefoot Contessa.

Jacob Bromwell

Jacob Bromwell is a fine metalworking brand that focuses on specialized kitchen tools, including shredders, colanders and tin cups. The company’s website is quick to boast its American-made status, outlining the importance of buying products made in the USA in a dedicated page on its website.

Williams-Sonoma

The popular home furnishings retailer offers an extensive line of products that are made in the USA. This blog post demonstrates many of the items that are available, including KitchenMaid and Vitamix.

Fiestaware

Fiestaware is one of the most popular dinnerware brands in the country. And that’s appropriate, as the Homer Laughlin China Company – maker of Fiesta dinnerware – is based in West Virginia. It lists not once, but twice on its information page that it is made in the USA.

Made in the USA: Denim & Apparel

Brooks Brothers

The high-end men’s clothing retailer has an extensive offering of American-made apparel and accessories on its website. Offerings range from boots to portfolio cases to blazers.

Lucky Brand

One of the most popular denim brands, Lucky not only features its American-made jeans on its website, it also tailors them differently. Jeans made in the USA are stitched with red side seams and have “subtle flag details.”

7 For All Mankind

Another very popular denim brand, 7 For All Mankind also allows shoppers to search for jeans and other denim items that are made in the USA.

Vera Wang

Known for stunningly gorgeous bridal designs, Vera Wang isn’t just an American brand. It’s known worldwide. Since entering the bridal market in 1990, Vera Wang has branched into other areas of high-end apparel, including fragrances and accessories. But even with the worldwide appeal and brand expansion, a majority of the bridal work remains manufactured in workrooms here in the United States.

So if you’re looking for a gift – even if it’s for yourself! – give these brands a consideration. Not only are they extra-special, they’re supporting businesses just like us, offering American-made products.

Tips for Exercising in the Summer Heat


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Tips for Exercising in the Summer Heat

As temperatures climb and many of us reach the hottest days of the summer months, exercising outdoors becomes trickier. We’ve all heard the many stories of athletes – both professional and amateur alike – suffering from heat exhaustion while working out in hot conditions.

Biking is one of those activities. If you’re going to ride while it’s excessively warm, consider these tips to avoid heat exhaustion, heat stroke and dehydration.

Consider the time of day.

If you don’t have to exercise or ride in the heat of the afternoon, don’t. Active.com contributor Joe Decker recommends early morning as the best time for outdoor activities on an excessively hot day.

It can’t be said enough. Drink lots of water before you head out. Take a water bottle with you. Also, be sure to replenish your electrolytes.

Clothing matters.

When it’s hot outside, it’s not the best time to wear your tight-fitting t-shirts. Opt instead for loose fitting clothing that’s lighter in color. Cotton is good; specially designed running shirts and shorts are better, as many of them are made with material specifically meant to keep you cool.

Wear sunscreen.

Yep, we’ve all heard this one over and over again as well, but it’s important. Apply at least an SPF 45 before heading out for a workout.

Consider humidity.

If the day is predicted to be both excessively hot and humid, move your workout indoors. Researchers say that humidity is a significant factor in exercising safely. On humid days, your body’s sweat doesn’t adequately evaporate to cool you, so you’re better off in an indoor location.

Rhoades CarDon’t exercise alone.

A good tip from the American Heart Association – having a friend or family member with you while exercising not only makes the activity more fun, but it’s safer for both of you. You’re never too old for the buddy system. Riding a Rhoades Car with a friend is always more fun.

Be smart.

Most importantly, pace yourself. If you’re forced to work out in the heat of the day, don’t push yourself beyond your capabilities. Consider indoor options if it’s excessively hot and you’re not able to get your exercise early in the morning.

But … it’s not all bad.

According to Men’s Fitness magazine, heat can actually improve your performance when taken into proper consideration. Now, it’s not recommended for the casual or recreational athlete, but studies have shown that high-level cyclists have made significant improvements once becoming acclimated to working out in a higher temperature.

Even so, high heat and humidity are not things to be taken lightly. Plan accordingly, hydrate and get out as early in the day as possible to enjoy the benefits of a summer workout and comfortable ride. Exercise is important, even in the heat of the summer.

How do you stay cool in the summer? Leave a comment.

Biking in National Parks


Jerry and Carolyn Philemon

Jerry and Carolyn Philemon (Rhoades Car North Carolina dealer)

Biking in National Parks

If you’re looking for an exceptionally picturesque biking route this summer, why not try a national park? According to the National Parks Service, more than 250 million people visit one of our nation’s parks each year. While most are known for their serene and scenic environments, many national parks also have excellent biking trails.

Active.com recently published a list of their 10 best national parks for cyclists. We’ve decided to highlight  five of them in particular because of their wide, paved biking trails … perfect for Rhoades Cars!

Acadia National Park (Maine)

This park has the best of both worlds. While there are many paved roads to explore, including the Park Loop Road, the highlight of this park is the nearly 45 miles of crushed gravel carriage roads. According to the park’s website, you’ll share those roads only with “horses and pedestrians.”

Redwood National Park (California)

What could be better than looking at the giant redwoods? Riding a bike, surrounded by them, of course! Not only that, but some of this park’s biking trails have a view of the Pacific Ocean. For a low-impact, relaxing ride, try the Gold Bluffs Beach section of the Coastal Trail. It’s just 3 miles long and relatively flat.

Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado)

It may seem counter-intuitive for someone in search of a relaxing ride to head to the mountains, but with 60 miles of paved biking trails and incredible views, this one’s hard to pass up. The park also offers guided biking tours of the park as well as special biking events throughout the summer for both youth and adults. There is a $10 weekly permit fee for bicyclists.

Big Bend National Park (Texas)

Located in the western part of the state near the border with Mexico, there are more than 100 miles of paved roads in this park. For a low-impact trip, try riding from Persimmon Gap to Panther Junction. It’s a gentle downward slope of 28 miles and passes the Fossil Bones Exhibit.

Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)

No, you can’t ride your bike in the canyon. But the views above from the rims are so spectacular, there’s no need to. There are biking options on both the North and South Rims of the canyon, but the highlight is the Hermit Road Greenway Trail. Located on the South Rim, it’s 2.8 miles long and features six scenic overlooks.

Get out there!

Many other national parks offer excellent opportunities for exploring on a bike or in a Rhoades Car. If you’re heading to a park, be sure to check the National Park Service website, select your park destination and click on “Things to Do” to find biking information and, in some cases, maps of trails and roadways.

Healthy Summer Recipes


Photo from Flickr by Steven Depolo

Photo from Flickr by Steven Depolo

Healthy Summer Recipes

It’s never too early to start planning the menu for your Fourth of July festivities.

Instead of going for the traditional cookout faire of hot dogs, hamburgers, and strawberry shortcake  – not exactly the definition of healthy eating – we’ve rounded up some healthier options to try.

The Main Course

Grilled Honey Glazed Chicken with Green Pea and Mint Sauce

Healthy doesn’t have to mean flavor-free … or grill-free for that matter. You can still fire up the grill, but instead of hot dogs and kielbasa, try this chicken recipe from the Food Network and Bobby Flay. For those skeptical of the sauce, keep in mind that the recipe calls for not only peas, mint and cilantro … but jalapenos as well.

Turkey Burgers

Who says turkey burgers have to be boring? Another recipe from Bobby Flay, these turkey burgers call for goat cheese, a homemade lemon-honey mustard sauce and watercress. Classy.

The Salads

It’s one of the great picnic debates of all time: Macaroni salad or potato salad? Here are healthier options for both to please all of your guests.

American Macaroni Salad

It’s got all the key ingredients to a good macaroni salad – celery, onion and parsley.The key to this recipe? Only a half cup of mayonnaise. Instead, it relies on the lighter sour cream.That’s what makes it lighter than most salads – and better for you.

Potato-Egg Salad

It’s definitely not your traditional potato salad, covered in heavy mayonnaise. This recipe relies on the simple, calling for boiled potatoes and hard-boiled eggs, drizzled in white wine vinegar and olive oil and topped with chives and red peppers.

The Vegetables

Roasted Corn with Basil-Shallot Vinaigrette

While this recipe calls for roasting the corn, it very easily could be grilled prior to your guests’ arrival and then cut off the cob. Another advantage to this dish? It can be served either hot or cold. Your choice, intentionally or not!

Tropical Cucumber Salad

Here’s a twist on the traditional fruit salad. Combine cucumbers, mangoes and avocadoes into a salad with a dressing that’s both salty and sweet. It’s a light and refreshing side dish.

The Dessert

Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

It’s a great taste of summer … and with only 8 grams of fat per serving, it’s significantly lighter than a traditional cobbler. Add some vanilla frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream, and you’ll be all set.

Are you hungry yet? If those menu options aren’t quite up your alley, there are plenty more to choose from. Check out these resources for healthy summer meal options:

The Food Network

Eating Well

The Cooking Channel

What are you cooking?

What’s your favorite Summer recipe? Leave us a link or paste the recipe in the comments below to share with us. Thanks!

Five Must-Have Free Apps for Biking


Photo from Flickr by SimonQ錫濛譙

Photo from Flickr by SimonQ錫濛譙

If you’re heading out on a bike ride, you’re more than likely traveling light. And there’s no reason not to. With the multitude of resources available for download to your smartphone or tablet, you can have all the information you need just a touch away.

If you’re an avid bicyclist – or just a casual rider with an adventurous streak – here are five free apps that you’ll want to download today.

5 Must-Have Free Apps for Biking

1. MapMyRide

What’s it for? Tracking and planning routes.

Named one of the five best bike route mapping apps by Mashable, MapMyRide allows you to choose from already existing routes (great if you’re in a new area!) or map your own. If you’re a competitive biker, you can track your nutrition performance and access training tools.

Available: iOS, Android, Blackberry

2. BikeBrain

What’s it for? Route tracking, workout timing and speed.

Also on Mashable’s list, BikeBrain is the ultimate for the bicyclist who also seeks an excessive amount of data. This app can track everything from heart rate to biking speed and distance – even cadence and altitude. Biologic, the company behind the app, also sells a multitude of phone accessories specifically for bikers, including handlebar mounts and hard protective cases.

Available: iOS only

3. Wi-Fi Finder by JiWire

What’s it for? Finding nearby locations with Wi-Fi

Maybe not the first thing you’re thinking about when jumping on your bike, but if you’re in the need for Wi-Fi in the middle of your ride, this is the perfect app for you. Named to Inc. Magazine’s “10 Best Apps for Travel,” you can quickly find the Wi-Fi you’re looking for. It uses your phone’s GPS function to tell you where the closest hotspot is and gives you directions to get there. On a biking trip overseas? No problem. The most recent version of the app has indexed more than 650,000 locations in 144 countries.

Available: iOS, Android

4. Around Me

What’s it for? Finding restaurants, attractions, banks/ATMs near your location.

Maybe a bit more practical than the Wi-Fi Finder, AroundMe is another app that takes advantage of the GPS function on your phone to provide you with a list of nearby restaurants, coffee shops, banks and other attractions. It’s great for those rides when you stayed out longer or traveled farther than you initially planned … or if you’re biking in an unfamiliar neighborhood or city.

Available: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

5. WeatherBug

What’s it for? Location-specific weather forecasts.

There’s nothing worse than going for a bike ride and getting caught in the rain … because you forgot to check the forecast.

There are a multitude of free weather apps available for your phone. We like this one because of its precise location data and lightning information. Other good free options according to Re/Code are Yahoo Weather and The Weather Channel.

Available: iOS, Android

What About You?

What’s your favorite app for hitting the roads? Please leave us a comment to share it with the RhoadesCar Community.

Six Really Cool Ways to Take a Break at Work


Photo from Facebook by Joe MayoPhoto from Facebook by Joe Mayo

Photo from Facebook by Joe Mayo

Because we’re a company that makes 4-wheel bikes, we focus a lot on physical health and exercise. But mental health is just as important as fitness.

Giving your mind a rest during the day is a good thing for your mental wellness. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), while a little bit of stress can actually be good for you, too much stress can be detrimental to your overall health.

Because of this, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) suggests that a 10-minute break during the workday can be extremely beneficial.

What do I do for a break?

The most important thing is to do is walk completely away from your computer or whatever it is that’s causing you stress, writes the APA.  Whether it’s 10 minutes or 20 minutes, you are likely to come back with a new perspective on the stressor.

Here are some break ideas, courtesy of the CAMFT and APA:

  • Go for a walk (or bike ride, if possible) – Exercise is proven to help relieve stress. If you can get outside to get some air, even better.
  • Stretch – If you don’t have enough time to get a quick lap in somewhere, at least take a couple of minutes to stand up and stretch.
  • Schedule some “me” time – Take your break to schedule something later in the day or week for yourself. Maybe you should schedule a massage … or a shopping trip … or dinner with the girls … or watching the game with the guys.
  • Take a nap – Even a 10 minute nap can help you decompress.
  • Meet up with a friend or colleague – Call a friend. Meet colleagues at the water cooler. Or, maybe combine two ideas and walk around the building with some of your co-workers.
  • Try deep breathing, meditating or prayer – Whichever you prefer, they all can help you be more mindful of the stressful task you’re dealing with.

How often should I take a break?

According to research cited by the Huffington Post, work is best done when in a 90-minute cycle.  So, try working for 90 minutes, then taking a short break. You may be surprised how much less stressful your day is.

What about vacations?

Those are important, too! According to a 2010 study, anticipation of an upcoming trip or vacation can help improve mental health for as much as two months in advance of the break.

According to research published in Scientific American magazine, increasing downtime has shown to not only renew concentration but potentially increase attention as well. By taking a break, you have the ability to come back to the situation or stressor with a renewed or different perspective and will improve your mental health. If you can get outside for a walk or a bike ride during your break, you’ll improve your physical health as well.

10 Cool Things Made in the USA


Made in the USAAs more and more consumers take the time to investigate whether or not a product is American-made, retailers are starting to take notice.

In 2013, CNBC reported that Walmart was set to source an additional $50 billion in American products over the next 10 years, while General Electric had plans to revitalize its appliances business here in the United States with a $1 billion investment.

In fact, there’s a store in Elma, New York, that only sells products made in the United States. Its name? Made in America Store, of course.

We thought it would be fun to take a look at 10 really popular products that you may not have realized were made in the United States. Anything on the list below surprise you? Let us know by leaving a reply in the comments below.

10. Kohler bathroom and kitchen fixtures

They’ve mastered the idea of making simple things like faucets and shower-heads seem like sleek and sophisticated works of art … and they’re manufactured in Kohler, Wisconsin.

9. Pyrex bakeware

Their kitchen bakeware, measuring cups and containers have become staples in the kitchen – found in 80 percent of American households, according to the Huffington Post – and they’re made in Rosemont, Illinois.

8. Anchor Hocking glassware

Not unlike Pyrex, Anchor Hocking glassware has become a kitchen must-have. The company has two primary manufacturing centers – Lancaster, Ohio, and Monaca, Pennsylvania.

7. Post-it Notes

One of the most important office accessories of the modern workplace, Post-It Notes are manufactured by parent company 3M in Cynthiana, Kentucky.

6. Weber grills

The barbecue has become a symbol of the American way of life, so it’s appropriate that Weber grills are primarily manufactured in Palatine, Illinois.

5. Crayola crayons

They’re the brand-name standard for the coloring book crowd. (Who seriously wants to color with generic crayons, right?) All of Crayola’s crayons are produced in facilities located in Easton, Pennsylvania.

4. Duck duct tape

One of the most well-known adhesive brands in the country, Duck duct tape is manufactured in the United States. The company’s headquarters are in Avon, Ohio.

3. KitchenAid mixers

Is a KitchenAid mixer the most coveted kitchen appliance in America? The multicolored appliances are made at production facilities in Greenville, Ohio.

2. Steinway pianos

They’re the world’s finest pianos and they’re made in New York City – the last major piano manufacturer in the country.

1. Rhoades Car bikes

Yes, we’re made right here in the USA as well! While we’re proud to provide four-wheeled bikes to customers all over the world, our headquarters are in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Do you know of a Made in the USA product we forgot? Add it below in the comments please.