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Review: Home Trends products & giveaway

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.

Home Trends items


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.

Wrist wallet

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.

Giveaway

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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33 Comments

Bizzle • April 4, 2009 at 6:34 pm

How about an avocado saver?

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Richard Rybarczyk • April 4, 2009 at 7:08 pm

I’d like to see an eggplant saver that I can wear on my wrist.

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still reading • April 4, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Dont you DARE wear that wrist wallet in Europe! and no fanny pack either!

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JennC • April 4, 2009 at 8:55 pm

How about a toothpick holder keychain, so you can carry toothpicks with you everywhere you go! :D

And instead of a wrist wallet you can use a waist pouch which fits around your waist, tucked under your pant’s waistband. Mine was suprizingly slim and didn’t feel bulky, but it kept my passport and money orders safe and sound. They also sell the same thing for around your neck but I found that cumbersome and obvious. Also, I never opened it in public and kept my money for the day in my pocket or travel shoulder bag.

Enjoy your trip!!

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Shannon • April 4, 2009 at 9:08 pm

I would like to see a solution to keep my button up blouses laying flat in the front. I am a busty girl, and the button panel bulges when I sit. So, I can either buy shirts that are way too big to prevent this or deal with the tightness around the chest area. It sucks. :)

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Cheryl in AL • April 4, 2009 at 9:51 pm

I think the Tomato Saver is oh so cute. The website has so many diverse items. I cannot think of something that they would not have.

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Denise • April 4, 2009 at 11:18 pm

I use the “green bags”. The only problem is the hassle of washing them out with soap and water betweeen uses.

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Deb • April 4, 2009 at 11:35 pm

@Richard Rybarczyk – I was looking for the Facebook button that says “I like this.” Of course, this blog has no such thing, but you get the idea. I laughed at your post. I love clever people!

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Debbi • April 5, 2009 at 12:31 am

These are some great ideas. I like the wrist wallet, is it comfortable? I’ve been tempted to try the green bags, haven’t yet though. We just eat the produce quickly!

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EG • April 5, 2009 at 8:40 am

Is it bad if I’m thinking the button extender would go great on my, already elasticized, maternity jeans?

Okay, another Home Trends idea: a tupperware-like container especially for lunch salads, with a special container for dressing on top. You could push a button and have the dressing drop onto the salad. Voila!

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rachael • April 5, 2009 at 9:32 am

I fould love some sort of insert you can put in any shoe to make them feel like you’re wearing flats.

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mervtheflamingo • April 5, 2009 at 10:20 am

How about spanx for the upper back? Like a tight fitting tee that completely eliminates slight back-bulge when wearing fitted clothes. Do they already make this I wonder? Would it be called “hugz” instead of spanx?

Also, I think a lunch container (like tupperware) with a fork that ATTACHES to the lunch container via a longish key-chain like attachment so that I never lose my fork, never use disposable forks, and never forget to pack a fork with lunch!

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lg • April 5, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Something to keep bananas from over ripening or maybe something handy to store once they do ( when I freeze overipe bananas in tupperware or baggie they are a watery mess when I defrost and I hesitate to use it in banana bread at this point).

Take care, lg

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Carolyn G • April 5, 2009 at 5:32 pm

I really like their products. And these are great. What I would like to see if an herb keeper. I grow my own herbs but in winter when I have to buy them at the store, they go bad really fast. There should be an item that will keep them fresher for longer.

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RubyLeigh • April 5, 2009 at 5:41 pm

I would like to have seen something to defrost meat quickly on the site! I always forget to take meat out early enough.

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Neena • April 5, 2009 at 9:05 pm

An onion saver that stores half-used onions in the fridge without imparting the oniony aroma to all other items.

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Janet • April 6, 2009 at 5:51 am

Now why couldn’t I have thought of the button extenders????

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Robin • April 6, 2009 at 8:30 am

I think it would be okay to wear that wrist blanket while on vacation, as long as its under a long sleeve. But I think it would get too sweaty and uncomfortable if I tried to wear it while running.

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Abby • April 6, 2009 at 10:39 am

@EG – They have this already!! It’s called “Fit ‘n Fresh”. There’s even a little spot on the top for a little fork and knife :) It’s a little annoying to clean but a nice size.

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Amy • April 6, 2009 at 11:22 am

I saw an ‘extra leg’ on a bike site the other day. Cyclists roll up the pant leg on the chain side to avoid getting grease on it, and this is an extra fake pant leg (below the knee) that goes over your pants as kind of a sacrificial pant leg so you don’t look like a dork w/rolled up pants.

Very goofy but fits right in! I can’t imagine anyone wearing this. One blogger made fun of it and suggested the fake leg should have a wrist wallet type storage device built in.

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Kyra • April 6, 2009 at 11:47 am

There is a product called Flash Tape on the site that will do exactly what you are looking for. It’s item 605005.

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Kyra • April 6, 2009 at 11:54 am

There is a garment called the Slim Vest (809611) on the site that slims more of the upper torso. Even this item (810631) – the Posture & Lift Correcting Shaper – might be able to help.

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Kyra • April 6, 2009 at 11:57 am

There is an onion saver on the site. It’s very cute – item 803003. Hope that helps! :)

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Kyra • April 6, 2009 at 12:00 pm

I’m a runner and I wear mine all the time. Ran 6 miles yesterday as a matter of fact with it on. Yes, it does get damp by the time you are done. But I just toss it in the wash. It is great to carry my keys in – as well as carry my shuffle in before a race. Just don’t forget to take your shuffle out of it which I did once and ruined the shuffle completely!

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Doji Bo • April 6, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I would like something similar to museum putty, only clear, so I could keep my cat from knocking over my glassware, but without having a gray blob showing through the base.

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p. potter • April 6, 2009 at 12:12 pm

@Kyra –

You can buy Flash Tape from Amazon for almost half the price ($5.99)

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Tracyb • April 6, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I would like to see something like a dry erase board for my kids chores that I could keep track of when they did them. And to have something attached that I could put their money in since they get paid per chore. They only get paid .10 to .50 per chore. So something to hold change basically.

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Zoe • April 6, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Dang it~~my immediate thought was an onion saver to sit next to the tomato saver…but they carry it already….I am out of ideas!!!

Z

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Dhivya • April 6, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Cool products… I would love to have egg shaped color marker ( so that they will be easier for the kids to hold) that will write only when used on paper and nothing else ( esp. walls)..

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Carolyn • April 6, 2009 at 10:06 pm

I would like to see scissors on a chain (similar to a pen on a chain) because my kids always take off with the scissors and then we can’t find them.

In fact, there could be a whole line of items: small stapler on a chain, ruler on a chain, tape dispenser on a chain, etc…

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wilma • April 7, 2009 at 9:51 am

I think that the button extender would also be great for pregnant women–I’m pregnant, and I used a hair elastic for the longest time, but it would always fall or spring off when I went to the washroom–which isn’t that great in a public place where you can assume the floors may not be in the most pristine of conditions…

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Kelly • April 9, 2009 at 8:34 am

The wrist wallet will mark you as a tourist, but it might not be the worst idea to wear it in Europe. My brother got pickpocketed on a bus in Italy (and he’s a pretty saavy traveler, this was like his 10th trip there, and he wasn’t in a bad area). They have some seriously skilled thieves over there. The guy actually managed to get into the inside pocket of my brother’s coat without him noticing. He just thought it was normal crowded-bus jostling. Being stuck in a foreign country with no cash, no ATM cards or credit cards is a pretty crappy situation to be in.

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budicca • April 11, 2009 at 4:19 am

I know I am a little late for comments, but where is your review for the green bags? Did they actually work? How well? Would you recommend them?

Thanks. I’ve been curious about the bags, but not enough to shell out my money for them without a glowing review I trusted, and I trust you.

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