Posts tagged ‘gadget’

December 10, 2013

#492 – Blister Packs and Clam Shells + a Giveaway

Zip-it Plastic Package Opener 3

What do you do when you see your mother struggling to open those plastic-entombed packages – the blister packs and clam-shells that contain fruit or vegetables? You do what Steve Fisher did, and design the Zip-it Opener.

When I contacted Steve about the possibility of offering one as a giveaway, he kindly sent me a Zip-it Opener to test. All I can say is that I wish I had this gadget decades ago! No more struggling with those impossibly-packaged containers. Gone are the self-inflicted wounds, the grunts and the occasional curse as I try to get at the product inside – so close, yet so far out of reach.

Now, one of you will have the opportunity to have your own Zip-it Opener. No more “Wrap Rage”, as Steve calls it.

Take a look as the Zip-it Opener chews its way through this packaging:

How to Enter and Rules:

1. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment, below. 

2. Entries must be received by midnight PST, on Sunday, December 15th, 2013.

3. This contest is open to anyone who has a mailing address in Canada or the United States.

4. For extra entries to the draw, let’s get social:

  • On Twitter? For an extra entry share the following: I just entered a #giveaway from @AuntieStress for the Zip-it Opener –
  • Make your way over to my Pinterest Board called “Giveaways“. Earn one entry by clicking “Comment”, and leaving one. (Repin it for another entry. Just leave a comment here, providing me with the link to where you pinned it on your Pinterest Board.)
  • On Google+? Be sure to +MariannaPaulson when you share the link, and you’ll earn another entry.

5. You must be of legal age to enter.

6. One winning entrant will be drawn from a hat. You will be notified via email. Your name will appear here, and on Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.

February 5, 2013

#390 – Ice SpOt

IceSpOtA friend of my sister’s passed The Ice SpOt on to her. In turn, she handed it off to me, thinking that it would be helpful for when my thermostat kicks in, or when my joints need cooling.

As it didn’t come with packaging, I decided to do a Google search, just in case some of you were interested in this gadget. Well, surprisingly, this product is marketed for something altogether different. The intention is neither turn to down the heat in the body, nor that in the joints. Instead, it’s meant to freeze those wrinkles as you run the stainless steel disc, which cools when you turn it on, over your wrinkles. I guess it’s kind of like Botox, but using cryogenics, instead. You can check it out here.

Well, I do love multi-purpose tools, although I can’t speak to the efficacy of the third option. But, maybe I should get started on that, tout de suite. 🙂

What I can say, though, is that when I’ve been too tired, or lazy, to get up and dig out the ice-pack and my pillow-case for it, I reach into the drawer and turn on the Ice Spot. It does a passable job at cooling things down.

I haven’t gone anywhere with it, yet, but it might be a good thing to take when you don’t have access to ice.

What do you think?

Please help A Rheumful of Tips get to Page 1 of’s Best Health Blog of 2012 contest. It’s a lot to ask, so I appreciate your voting as frequently as you do. The contest ends on Feb. 15th. 

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