I will never buy a drain snake

A drain snake is a thing you stick down your drain to unclog it. It is meant to pull out whatever gunk, muck or yuckiness that is preventing the freeflow of water.

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I have absolutely no issue with the work that a drain snake does. It may very well be necessary, but I can’t bring myself to interact with all that stuff it will pull up. Thinking about it is stressing me out! Ugh

In some ways I think the tub shroom is a better proposition but, again, interacting with the hair, etc falls very low on things I’m interested in doing. Cleaning drains, etc grosses me out. How do you guys feel about this necessary but gross task? What can be done to make it less off-putting?

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Is an automatic pot stirrer really worth it?

I’ve seen these in posts that claim they have the answer to your kitchen and cooking woes, but I can’t quite wrap my my around them. Automatic stirrers are gadgets that take the hassle out of constantly stirring whatever you’ve got going in the kitchen.

Their claim to fame is that they will keep things moving, prevent burning, save time and free you up for other activities. Maybe these are something I should get on board with. Apparently, they are great for stirring sauces and soups and anything else that may need a bit of attention. they come in various forms.

This one attaches to your pot, kind of like a lid. It is adjustable to fit various pot sizes.

This one is a stand alone item that you place in the pot/container and it will just do it’s thing.

I kinda like that stand alone stirrer. It seems more versatile. I am not sure I’m quite sold on the idea just yet but it seems like a nifty device to have on hand. I can imagine though that for folks who may have pain or mobility issues, this may be a big help. What do you think? Would you get an automatic stirrer?

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Do tangled sheets test your patience?

I must admit that I have never really considered this as enough of a problem to do something about it. I accepted it as a part of life. But someone out there has had enough of tangled sheets! So they came up with this thing.

It is a little device that prevents your bed sheets from getting tangled in the washer/dryer.

The product description says not only will it keep your sheets from getting tangled, but other laundry items wont get trapped in your sheets and your items will dry much faster.

So, tell me … would you invest in this little thing? Is tangled laundry that much of a problem for you?

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Do you use a fabric defuzzer?

Have you ever grabbed a piece of clothing only to realize it doesnt look quite as good as you recall because its now covered by lint and fuzzies? Annoying, isn’t it? If it’s not too bad, you can pick them off by hand. However, if your clothes are covered in these fuzzies, the hand-picking method can get burdensome.

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I generally find that a razor does a good job. It gets rid of these little bothers without damaging the fabric. To be honest, it would never have occurred to me to use anything but a razor. But today I learned that there is a little device that will do it for you!

This fabric shaver safely removes pills and matted fibers from your clothes. Once removed they are gathered in a lint catcher.

There’s a battery-powered version as well as a rechargeable one.

This fabric shaver is a tad more compact and is rechargeable.

I kinda like this one because its cuter than the one above (smile).

Not only wont your arm tired, but you can probably cover a lot more surface area with an electronic device. In the reviews someone said they use it to remove fuzz from their sheets/blankets! Now that’s something! Would you use a defuzzer or are you good with a regular razor?

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Have you ever heard of therapy dough?

I’ve never heard of it until today. Buuuut, if I was to really think about it, that’s not entirely true. Therapy dough is basically a putty or dough that has essential oils added to it. Without the essentials oils, it’s basically playdough or modelling clay! Modelling clay has all sorts of benefits for children – increases creativity, promotes relaxation, helps with focus, promotes sensory development, etc.

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So now that I think about it, therapy dough isn’t quite so weird is it? It’s basically playdough in a more adult centric format. You are expected to fiddle with it- shape it, stretch it, roll it, squeeze it – while going about your usual activities, and enjoy the scents from the oils while reducing stress and anxiety.

The therapy dough from the pinch me brand, comes in these cute little jars. They have several scents available for your pleasure.

The therapy dough on offer from “The Squeeze” claims to be made with natural products like olive oil, epsom salts and mediterranean sea salt.

This one from Aroma Dough claims to be gluten free and hypoallergenic.

As you can see there are a multitude of options available. But I suppose if you have kids at home who are into playdough, you could always plop down and play with them for a bit, or borrow some from their stash. Additionally, you can make your own at home, if you want to try this type of sensory play therapy.

What do you think? Are you up for trying something like this? Do you know anyone who would love this as a gift?

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Do you love all things Cup Noodles?

Well, if you do this may be right up your alley. It’s Cup Noodles Yahtzee. I don’t know anything about Yahtzee – I’ve never played it, but this version of the game has the look and feel of Cup Noodles. The scorecard, the dice and the cup are all noodle-themed and look like they’d be very fun for the Cup Noodle enthusiast.

This great collectible gift is perfect for fans of instant lunch ramen!

I just spotted this in a Buzzfeed list and I’m just shaking my head. Oh and it’s not because the product is weird or anything like that. It just goes to show that anything can be a thing. I can only imagine the joy a collector of cup noodle items and board game lover would have with this. Plus you might get some laughs, or weird looks, when people stop by your house and spot it in your living room.

So tell me, would you try this out? Do you have a Cup Noodle collection to add this to? OR do you have a fun collection of Yahtzee games to add this to?

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I’ve got my eye on a mug warmer.

Have you ever made a cup of something – coffee, tea, cocoa, whatever – and forgotten about it? Have you ever felt bad about tossing it, so you try reheating it or drinking it cold? It’s not always pleasant, is it? Enter a little contraption called a mug warmer!

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A mug warmer is a device on which you place your mug (glass or ceramic usually). with you preferred beverage. The heating plate will keep the contents of your cup warm and at a palatable temperature. That way you can enjoy your beverage, even if/when you get distracted by your daily tasks. I suppose, you could achieve the same objective by keeping your beverage in an insulated mug. However, I like mug warmers because they can fit various sizes of mugs, allowing you to enjoy a range of meals/beverages such as soup or oatmeal. Plus, if you are home, it’s less likely that you’ll pull for your travel mug.

This mug warmer has 3 temperature settings for you to choose from. It also has an auto-shut off feature, that turns it off after 4 hours of use.

This mug warmer allows you to choose from 4 temperature settings. It also shuts off after 4 hours.

This mug warmer comes with a low, flat-ish surface that expands its usefulness. You could probably fit a small plat on there to keep your snacks warm (think cookies or brownies). The retailer notes that you can use it to warm your scented candle melts!!

Most mug warmer options come as a stand alone product, however you do have some that come as a set with a mug included. A quick search over at Rakuten shows that you can purchase coffee warmers from various stores. They even show you how much cashback you will received. If you prefer to shop on Amazon, you know they will give you many options. Do you have a mug warmer? Is it really useful or does it end up as another of those things you buy and forget to use?

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Would you try a hanging window desk?

As more and more folks work from home (WFH), is the more and more companies invest in coming up with ways to make WFH comfortable. One such idea it seems, is to make use of big beautiful windows and turn them into a workspace but hanging or mounting a desk on them.

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It’s almost like having a shelf attached to a window, isn’t it? The desk is secured to the window using suction cups and brackets or paracords. Having the desk on your window is meant to encourage standing rather than sitting all day (check out some of the dangers of sitting). It’s meant to be portable and temporary. So you can take it with you from room to room. You can add it as an extra place to stash your plants or office supplies. However, it should be noted that most products have a stated weight limit and aren’t intended to replace your regular desk.

I must admit that this looks very cool but I’m not sure I trust it. Will it really stay on the window? Tell me what you think. Would you try this out?

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Where do you do your shopping?

Online shopping is big business. A lot of how our world looks today is because of the proliferation of e-commerce. Brick and mortar stores have closed. Business models have changed. Accessibility and awareness have increased many times over. You can check out some very interesting statistics here.

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I too, am a very big proponent of online shopping (despite challenges such as wasteful packaging). Most of my shopping these days is done via Amazon. This is primarily because I have signed up for the Amazon Prime service and get 2 day shipping. It also helps that you can get from a pin to an anchor on there.

However, when I am not shopping via Amazon. I shop through Rakuten. Rakuten isn’t a store, they are a cashback intermediary. What this all means is that when I shop through sites and apps who partner with Rakuten, I get cashback. Some of the stores I shop at regularly include H&M, Target and Nike. When I make a purchase at these stores through Rakuten, I get a percentage of my purchase returned as cashback.

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Can I tell you, the most surprising service provider on Rakuten? UberEats! Do you know how many orders I placed via UberEats?? Anyway, if you don’t have a store in mind that you want to buy from, you can always do a product search and Rakuten will provide you with a list of retailers at which you can find your product. While the cashback isn’t always immediately significant – remember it’s based on how much you spend as well as the cashback percentage from the store – it does add up. Every quarter the funds are sent to my paypal account, from which I can then make other purchases.

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Have you ever heard of a pot filler?

The internet is a fantastic resource. You can learn a lot scrolling through social media posts on platforms such as Tik Tok and Twitter and Instagram! Like today, I learned about something called a pot filler.

What is a pot filler you ask? Well, a pot filler is a contraption made of pipes that bring water near to your stove. It allows you to then fill your pots without running to the kitchen sink. Consider me, mind blown *boom*.

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I am not sure if this a practical choice in the average home. It is certainly not a cheap choice with prices starting in the hundreds of dollars and going into the thousands. That’s a lot of money to spend on something that you may or may not use often. Additionally, my very brief research made me realise that if your pot filler ever got a leak, it may cause a lot of damage. Can you imagine if you were cooking and forgot to turn the thing off right away? In any case, I actually quite like the idea of a pot filler. I think for people who spend a lot of time in the kitchen, it could be a big help. And as for that leak issue, maybe it doesn’t need to be directly over the stove?

What I want to know is why is this wonderful secret being kept from the world? Why have I not seen it anywhere? Maybe I can chalk it up to lack of exposure to the world of faucets or not enough HGTV. So tell me, have you ever heard of a pot filler? Have you ever seen one in person? Do you have one at home???

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