I was watching an old re-run yesterday and in one of the scenes Sheldon was packing for a train trip to San Francisco and creating a database of his clothes and tagging them so that dressing himself would be simplified. That made me internally horrified because there are some days that I could see myself doing that! Once I got past being horrified, I jumped right to sheer delight after a flash of bright blue caught my eye. There it was... right on his bed... Sheldon has a FlipFold!!!!! I have a FlipFold!!!!!
Now maybe it is common knowledge that Sheldon has a FlipFold - I haven't been watching that long, or in chronological order for that matter. What I do know is that I love my FlipFold, and I have been mocked for owning one, but somehow, knowing that Sheldon has one too makes me feel better!
As my sister will happily confirm, I have a reputation as being a bit of a sucker for infomercial purchases. It's not that I'm necessarily an impulse buyer (although I can be!). I find that infomercials suck me in and wear me down slowly until one of two things happen:
- Finally it's 2am and I decide that after
succumbing to my reckless consumerist tendenciescarefully weighing the pros and cons, I will remain disorganized and inefficient unless I order whatever it is they are schlocking. OR...
- I stumble across a booth at a mall or some other public place where they are selling the exact item I've been obsessing over and then I'm done for... somehow unable to defend myself from their pitch men/women!
|I feel so happy just looking at it!|
The Food Saver
The Magic Bullet
This is hands down the greatest infomercial item in our house! All credit goes to our friend Fab who bought it for us as a housewarming gift. Having said that, it was only a matter of time before I bought it... Fab bought it because he'd seen me oogling the infomercial many times!
The Original Dryer Balls
The Miracle-Fibre Mop
To be fair, this was actually my husband's doing. I had seen ads for this many times on TV, and I had often thought it would be a good idea to buy a mop and actually start cleaning our floors, but Ken was the one who took action. After watching the pitchman at the Home Show do his demo, Ken simply couldn't leave without this gem. It worked well for a while, but as is often the case in our house, the mop has gone missing - likely during a move.
The Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball
I must add a disclaimer here - I actually bought this as a gift for Ken's dad. This was the ultimate in rationalization. I wanted this ball so badly. You put all the ingredients in and then you play with it until the ice cream has firmed up. You can shake it, roll it, toss it... it's fun! Ken's dad had once showed us how to make this crazy cottage drink called Yukkaflux (not sure on the spelling) where you dump a bunch of fruit and alcohol into a jar and pass it around the fire shaking it for an eternity until it's good and saturated and ready to drink. I thought to myself that this would be the perfect way for me to get my hands on this ice cream ball without the guilt of buying it for myself - after all, Ken's dad clearly likes to shake things and pass them around... he'd love it! Well, we have made ice cream in this contraption and it tasted great... buyer beware, though - it's a lot of work! Probably a good way to work off the ice cream before you even eat it, though! :-)
The Sobakawa Pillow
I saw the ad for this buckwheat-shell-filled-pillow many, many times. Since I'm constantly on the search for a pillow that stays cold (I love to flip the pillow over to get the cool side) and feels good to sleep on when you're a tummy sleeper, I simply had to try this. Again... no idea where this pillow is now. It wasn't really all that comfortable to sleep on, but it did provide some good airflow!
With 2 cats, I am also constantly on the hunt for something that will easily remove cat hair from our furniture. Then I saw the infomercial for this little gadget - the Furminator!!! Apparently this pet grooming comb would basically remove 50% of the fur from our cats so that the amount that would end up on our couch would be greatly minimized. I wanted to buy it for so long, but never ordered it. Until one day I was at our local pet supply store and saw that they were on sale for half off! Wheee! When I bought it, the cashier warned me to brush the cats in the garage. He wasn't kidding! I'm surprised the cats didn't end up hairless by the time I looked at the pile of hair that this thing generated! Again, this is one of those items that works exactly as advertised... as long as you remember to use it. (FAIL!)
The Gripper Flipper Whisk
Anyway, it has actually been a very, very long time since I've ordered anything from an infomercial - probably has a lot to do with the amount of money that having kids requires! But, I have to admit, every once in a while, I will sit through another Magic Bullet commercial - it's got a bunch of wacky characters and great snack ideas. What more could I want?
Wait... don't answer that. :-)