April 4, 2009 at 3:24 pm
PastaQueen reviews items from the Home Trends store which promise to save her veggies from going bad and save her money from being stolen, all while wearing looser jeans.
Disclosure: I was sent these products for free to review.
It is not immediately obvious what a tomato saver, green produce bags, a button extender and a wrist wallet have in common. It seems like a pattern-identification question one would be asked on a Mensa test. The answer is that all of these products are sold at the Home Trends store which their public relations rep and blog reader, Kyra, sent me because she thought you guys might like them. And then I wrote about them because they’re sort of offbeat. Of course, she sent them last January, and in further proof of my twit-i-ness, it has taken me three months to write about them. Someday I swear I’ll live my life in the present and not a quarter year in the past.
First up are a set of Debbie Meyer Green Bags, which use SCIENCE ! to make your fruits and veggies last longer. As I discovered two years ago, some produce release a gas called ethylene as they ripen. This causes other veggies near the ripening fruit to deteriorate quickly. These plastic bags aren’t just a stylish green color, they also absorb ethylene gas, so you’re more likely to eat your salad instead of eating some cash by throwing out a rotten head of lettuce.
Kyra also sent me the Tomato Saver, which is a red, tomato-shaped container to store your half-used tomatoes in. It functions as well as any similar Tupperware container does, but it’s a bit cuter to have the tomato sitting in your fridge. Hypothetically, you could store anything in here, like spare change. Or, if you’re feeling wicked this Easter, you could make your kids go on a tomato hunt instead of an Easter Egg hunt.
I shall warn you that the Button Extender is not something you should buy for your husband or spouse. Similar to a bra strap extender, this product hooks onto the button of your jeans, giving you an extra inch or so. At first, I thought this was just a silly gag gift, but I have to admit it wasn’t half-bad to wear. My figure is such that when jeans fit me in the waist, they are loose in the thighs. Typically I end up wearing pants that are a little tighter in the waist than I’d prefer because they fit everywhere else better. The button extender helped a bit in this department, but it’s not something I’d wear without a shirt to cover it up.
And finally, Kyra also sent me a Wrist Wallet, which as you can guess, is a wallet you wear on your wrist. It’s reversible, so you can wear it as red or black. It seems “handy” for storing your keys at the gym or if you’re at an amusement park. I might consider using one when I travel to Europe so I don’t end up pick-pocketed and stuck in a foreign country with no money.
If you would like the chance to win a Tomato Saver and a pack of 2 Button Extenders, comment on this entry by 11:59pm on Monday, April 6th with an idea for another product the Home Trends store should sell on their web site. A winner will be drawn randomly. Good luck!
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