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Eye On Design: Favorite Products from the International Home + Housewares Show Press Preview!

About Flowers Display
All Photos and Story By Gail

Every March, the international Housewares Association (IHA) hosts its massive International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago. This year’s show runs from March 2nd through 5th, but in January, there was a press preview in NYC, where I was able see all kinds of new gadgets and come back home with a huge bag of products to try for myself. It’s great to meet so many cool people and learn about their innovative  designs, and everyone has a lot of fun! Here’s a peek at ten of my favorite new products and services from the show!

About Flowers Display Photo
It’s Me, Getting a Souvenir Photo from Aboutflowers.com!

It’s probably not a total surprise to you that looking at, and being around beautiful Flowers can reduce stress levels. In fact, it is scientifically proven. This year, the Society of American Florists (SAF) was at the show to promote their website, About Flowers Dot Com, where you will find all kinds of inforamtion about flowers, including how they are known to have a calming affect on people. Very cool!

About Flowers Vase Display

Attendees were gifted with their choice of two beautiful wildflower arrangements in a vase to take home. Here they are, enhancing the décor in my home office and making me feel all calm and relaxed. Thanks SAF!

Crane Humidifiers Display
Crane Drop, Personal and Adorable Humidifier Models

If you live in an arid climate, or even in a NYC apartment that has steam heat, you might find yourself in need of a humidifier. Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifiers come in a variety of models to match any room in your home. Their Adorable line, which includes animal shapes like Wyatt, the Fox-shaped model you see above, is perfect for a child’s room, while the Drop model — which comes in a selection of bold designer colors –accents any modern décor. The compact size of the Personal model (front, left) make it ideally suited for easy portability. These humidifiers feature whisper-quiet running, automatic shut off when the tank is empty, and do not require a filter. Most importantly, the “Clean Control” antimicrobial material in the base is proven to help reduce mold and bacteria growth up to 99.96%.

Portable Humidifier
Personal Travel Humidifier

Crane also makes a Personal Travel Humidifier that’s perfect for the business traveler who needs his or her hotel room to be as comfortable as possible. Even better, use of a humidifier can also help to alleviate respiratory symptoms of colds, flue, and allergies — which feel so much worse when you are on the road. This compact, personal model has all of the features of Crane’s full-size models and includes a carrying bag, portable tank, and power adaptor that works with AC power outlets or any USB port. The Personal Travel Humidifier would make a great gift for any frequent traveler!

Hook and Hang Display

Here’s a simple but brilliant design that absolutely every kitchen needs: the Ritz Hook and Hang Towel (from the John Ritzenthaler Company). Ritz’s patent-pending design features a high quality hand towel with a permanently-attached, flexible rubber ring that will securely lock onto virtually any type of door or drawer handle, so you always have a towel handy for drying hands or dishes, or wiping up small spills. Seriously, what a great idea!

Hook and Hang Display Installed

Here’s the bright red Hook and Hang towel that I got at the show hanging on my fridge door — which does not even have an external handle! These towels come in six solid colors and are fully machine washable. Get one in every color!

Fresh Paper Packaging

Are you a busy person who puts off buying fresh fruit because you’re afraid it will spoil before you have a chance to eat it? I know how you feel. This is where an easy to use new product called FRESHPAPER comes in to save the day!

Fresh Paper In Fruit Bowl

FRESHPAPER is a natural produce-saver sheet that’s infused with organic, active botanicals (inspired by creator Kavita Shukla’s grandmother’s spice tea home remedy) that keeps produce fresh for up to two to four times longer, so that you can keep your kitchen stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables. Just drop FRESHPAPER sheets into any crisper drawer, fruit bowl, or container filled with produce. It’s a simple, intuitive and money saving design that helps you eat healthy and fresh.

Fresh Paper With Fruit and Cheese

There is also FRESHPAPER for Cheese, and to keep Bread and other Baked Goods fresh as well!

Fresh Paper With Bread

FRESHPAPER is made by Fresh Glow Co. Read more about their full line of products at This Link.

Fresh Paper With Blueberries

Aladdin Reusable Tumbler Ad 2

With the food service industry becoming hyper-aware of the need to eliminate single-use plastics, packaging designers are also proactively creating attractive and practical reusable containers: because sustainability is on everyone’s mind. Since timing is everything, the Aladdin Sustain Reusable Travel Tumbler is poised to claim a ubiquitous place in your daily life, affordably taking the place of all of your single-use water bottles and disposable to-go cold cups.

Aladdin Reusable Tumblers 1

Look at these cute designs!

Aladdin Reusable Tumbler Ad

Check Out These Features:

  • Press-fit, Drink-through Lid For Easy Sipping On-The-Go.
  • Reusable and Recyclable, to Reduce Waste.
  • Microwave and Dishwasher Safe to be Hassel-Free from Hot to Clean.
  • BPA-free So They’re Safe to Use.
  • Sold in Sets of Three!

Aladdin Reusable Tumblers 2

Be the envy of everyone at McDonalds when you show up rocking your own bitchen designer cups!

Halo Vino Slogan

And while we’re on the subject of drinking on-the-go, check out HaloVino! With this super nifty stackable plastic wine glass, you can take your wine anywhere that glass can’t go. Best of all, HaloVino is designed specifically to optimize the taste of wine in a way that a regular wine glass cannot.

Halo Vino Challenge

At the IHA show I was invited to take the HaloVino Challenge! This taste test lets you compare a glass of wine served in the traditional-design plastic cup, versus the HaloVino. Just one sip will inform your senses that the taller glass with a narrow rim intensifies aromatics and taste by funneling aromas to the nose!

Kung Fu Girl Wine

As an aside, Kung Fu Girl Wine is pretty tasty!

Halo Vino Signage

The two-piece HaloVino cup is easy to assemble with a snap, and sturdy enough to hold by the “Halo” rim! There’s also an easy way to measure how much wine you wish to imbibe — although in my book, more is more!

Halo Vino At The Game

Take your HaloVino to the game!

Halo Vino By The Pool

Enjoy HaloVino by the pool, where glass is a big no-no!

Halo Vino Floats

And then take it right into the pool, because HaloVino floats, bitches! Find out more at HaloVino Dot Com!

Hot Sips Straws Display

Reusable straws are another on-trend item that you can expect to start seeing everywhere, as single-use plastics continue to be phased out of use. It should not surprise anyone then that a company called Brilli Baby has found a way to make the reusable straw not only fashion-forward, but even a little sexy! Check out HotSips Reusable Straws! Available in vibrant, popular shades like pink and aqua, HotSips straws say that not all of your taste is in your mouth (or maybe it is)! But good looks aside, HotSips are eco-friendly, dishwasher safe and can be used in both hot and cold beverages.

Hot Sips Cups Display

HotSips come in three size lengths, and they can also be easily trimmed to accommodate any beverage container. If you are a person who prefers to use a straw when sipping coffee to avoid staining your pearly whites, HotSips are for you! And because of their unique shape, there is a reduced effort to sip, preventing pucker lines around the mouth!

Hot Sips Straws

These fun and practical straws come packaged in a handy travel tube of four straws, for easy on-the-go use. HotSips Reusable Straws can be purchased on Amazon!

Life Straw Table Display

If you are a fan of outdoor survival television shows then you may have already heard of LifeStraw, a portable filtration system that makes any water that might be contaminated safe to drink. Any water. I first heard about LifeStraw when my friend Lauren saw it used on some TV show by a guy who was able to (her words) “Drink Poo Water” and live to tell the tale! I have no desire to drink poo water, but as a demonstration, the lovely brand representative whom I met at the show had brought with her a container of actual “mulch water” (see above) that she had collected from her yard. I then watched her drink the mulch water, which had visible chunks of soil and twigs floating in it, through the Lifestraw, and she did not barf or even make a face. So, color me convinced!

Life Straw Packaging

LifeStraw products are ideal for outdoor expeditions, adventure travel, and for use in emergencies.

Life Straw Side By Side Comparison

I’m not sure if the above cup holds poo water, but you can see that the LifeStraw has made the water clear and potable.

Life Straw With Bottle

The Lifestraw Go advanced water filter bottle has a price point of $44.95, so you can see it is a good investment. LifeStraw is also a company with a conscience. For every product purchased, a school child in a developing nation receives safe water for an entire school year. Unlike many other companies, LifeStraw implements this program directly. Fantastic!

So Young Lunch Bag Ad

If there’s one thing that many of us will agree on, it’s that Change is Hard. Personally, I hate change, but you just can’t fight it. If you find yourself feeling so overwhelmed with the degree of needed change  in your life that you become inert,  just starting with a tiny step can kick start a personal transformation. If you’re wondering what that has to do with an insulated lunch bag, let me introduce you to SoYoung, founded by Catherine Choi.

So Young Fashion Lunch Bag

Catherine founded SoYoung after she recovered from a drug addiction, and started on a journey of personal healing. When I spoke to Catherine at the show, she expressed the importance of eating healthy as a basic foundation to wellness, which sparked her idea to design a cool lunch bag, or poche (which is French for pocket) to elevate the simple act of taking a homemade lunch to  the office.

Here are three ways SoYoung’s Lunch Poche supports systems that empower long-term transformation:

KICKSTART WELLNESS: Planning choices in advance is a proven tactic for long term change. Whether you’re are looking to lose weight, feel more energized or manage a food sensitivity, packing nourishing food that you love is a great way to kick- start incremental change in all areas of your life.

LEAVE NO TRACE: North America produces over 285 million tons of waste every year – much of it single-use food wrapping. We can reverse this trend with reusable containers filled with fresh, unprocessed food.

SPEND INTENTIONALLY: The average cost of eating lunch out in North America is nearly $12, while packing lunch costs only $4. That means you can save over $2,000 a year simply by bringing your food from home.

So Young Fashion Lunch Bag Inside

The SoYoung Lunch Poche is roomy enough to hold your lunch and snacks without crushing anything, and each one has a removable insulated lining for easy cleaning. Plus, the craftsmanship and minimalist design aesthetic make you feel like you are carrying your food in a gorgeous designer shoulder bag!

So Young Fashion Lunch Bag Close Up

We’re talking Kate Spade-quality hardware! Find out more about the SoYoung line of Lunch Poches, Cooler Bags and Backpacks at This Link!

Marathon Watch Company Hotel Room Alarm Clocks

Alarm Clocks will never be replaced by the Smart Phone as long as there are cool new modern designs from companies like Marathon Watch Company. It was fun to meet the super-friendly guys from Marathon at the IHA show and find out more about how they integrate timeless design with modern technology. One of their newest designs is Marathon’s LED Alarm Clock and USB Charging Station seen above. This eye-catching clock — with its bright and easy-to-read display– also stands out for its two, easily accessible USB Ports located directly on the front of the clock. What a great idea! These ports are fast-charging and are perfect for your phone or tablet. This charging function is something that everyone needs, but Marathon made it happen. Available colors include: White, Black, Cocoa and Graphite.

Pink and Green Alarm Clocks

Here’s Marathon’s design-forward Compact Alarm Clock with Temperature and Date that I’m happy to say I have in my home right now.
With its easy-to-use styling, alarm, lighting options and compact size, this alarm clock is great for all ages and locations in your home. All control buttons, for the time (12 or 24-hour display options), month, date, day, temperature (Celsius or Fahrenheit), are located at the back of the clock to eliminate clutter. Color choices black, white, blue, graphite grey, green or pink. Two AAA batteries are included, so it’s ready to go out of the box!

Marathon Watch Company Alarm Clocks

Marathon also makes a traditional Analog Desk Alarm Clock with Auto-Night Light (above left) that is the perfect marriage of form and function. This clean-look clock features an elegant, classic design with modern touches to create the perfect bedside accessory. The ambient light sensor ensures the face of the clock is illuminated in the dark and easy to read, and a sweeping second hand eliminates any audible tick (which can be so annoying for light sleepers). All control buttons are conveniently located on the top of the clock and are easily accessible even in the dark. Available in a variety of colors: Black, White, Blue, Gold, and Silver.

Pink Alarm Clock

Check out my Pink Marathon Alarm Clock which fits perfectly in my bedroom! I love this little clock!

See All of these Products and More at The International Home + Housewares Show, which runs from March 2nd through 5th, 2019 at the McCormick Place Exposition Center in Downtown Chicago.

Eye On Design: Angry POTUS Microwave Cleaner

Angry POTUS in Packaging
 All Photos By Gail

Are you as sick and tired of looking at the likeness of He Who Will Not Be Named as you are of having to clean your dirty microwave oven?  I feel you. Recently, it fell to me to scrub exploded ham off of the interior of the office microwave (don’t get me started) and that was all kinds of not fun. As as much as I dislike being exposed to the face of the one I refer to only as Dump, let me tell you about the Angry POTUS Microwave Cleaner, where two evils come together for a good cause: getting dried crud off of your microwave’s walls while poking fun at the Dump. Win Win!

Angry POTUS and Packaging
“This Is The Only Time I Do Not Suck!”

Created by the hilarious folks over at New Metro DesignAngry POTUS Microwave Cleaner eliminates the need for elbow grease from one of your kitchen’s more unpleasant tasks. Even better, Angry POTUS will Make Your Microwave Clean Again without the use of any harmful chemicals. Just add vinegar and water, then microwave for 3 minutes: Et Voila! The hot steam will come out of POTUS’ head (just like in real life), softening microwave dirt and stains for easy cleaning! Step-by-step instruction for using Angry POTUS, which are printed on the back of the box, are quite easy to follow!

Angry POTUS Microwave Cleaner Packaging

Angry POTUS is dishwasher safe! Angry POTUS hat is not included.

Angry POTUS Microwave Cleaner

This is not Fake News: Angry POTUS Microwave Cleaner is available for just $14.95 from Amazon. Click Here to get yours today!

Photographed at the International Home + Housewares Preview Press Event tomorrow in New York City.

Spring Cleaning in the Chickpad: New Products to Help Keep Your Home Looking Great!

Tools Display View
All Photos By Gail

If you live in a NYC apartment, then you understand that the phrase Spring Cleaning doesn’t so much refer to a yearly ritual as it does to an ongoing process. Some type of deep-cleaning in one room or another is really necessary every couple of weeks in order to combat the dirt and grime that sneaks into the home from the street. Because it really is a jungle out there. Ugh. Don’t even get me started on the Sisyphean task of keeping the dust off of every interior surface even if you have the best best air purifier for dust it´s still a pain in the butt.

The upside of tackling the dirty jobs — which exist everywhere, not just in the kitchen and the bathroom — is that the dirtier things get, the more satisfaction there is to be gained in seeing them return to their natural, albeit too brief, state of cleanliness. And nothing makes cleaning easier (and dare I say, even a little bit fun) than having the right tool for the right job. Recently, I attended a Press Preview for the IHA-sponsored International Home + Housewares Show, and came home with bag of gadgets, cleaning tools and home products that might just give you the inspiration you need to get started on your own Spring Cleaning — before summer hits!

Tools Display View
Check Out All of These Goodies I am Going Tell You About.

Sink and Tub Shroom Packages

Rug in Packaging

Bliss Gloves and Package

When it’s time to clean up from meal prep, I never put my hands in water without wearing a good pair of dishwashing gloves; but honestly, nearly all household chores should start with protective gloves to keep your hands safe from chemicals, minor cuts, or burns from hot water. Mr. Clean (a trusted brand for decades) has introduced Bliss latex-free gloves, which are ideal for all types of household cleaning, and safe for individuals who are allergic to natural rubber latex. Bliss gloves maintain the feel of latex, so they fit great, and they are lined with a pillow-soft plush material that helps to keep your hands soft and dry. Take a look:

Glove Lining Detail
Pillowy Softness

Bliss gloves also have an embossed palm grip, to help you hold on to soapy-wet, slippery dishes — because who hasn’t chipped a plate or broken a wine glass because it slipped from your grasp and dropped back into the sink?

Cleaning Tools in Basket

Another new tool for dishwashing time is the Dawn Scrubtastic Duck!

Scrubtastic Packaging

This uniquely-shaped scrubber has what is called a Thermal Scrub Technology for customizable cleaning. When used in cool water, the scrubber becomes firm. In warm water, it becomes softer. Amazing!

Hints for Scrub Duck Use

Its shape is also extra useful for cleaning utensils and drinking glasses. The wing cut-outs are perfect for cleaning dried food off a spoon, and the area behind the Duck’s neck folds over the rim of glasses and bowls to clean with ease.

Dawn Saves Wildlife

Not mention, but you can see I am about to, the Duck shape pays homage to Dawn’s longstanding efforts to help save wildlife!

Scrub Brush Package Detail

Hands down, my least favorite household task in clean the shower. Here is an are where have an excellent scrub brush can really cut down on clean time. Sometimes it seems you need at least two different types of brushes to get at both the flat surfaces and into corners, so this new Clorox multi-purpose Flex Scrub Brush provides an excellent cleaning solution!

Scrub Brush Handle Removal Detail

First of all, it has an easily removable handle, which lets you move the brush into difficult to reach areas.

Scrub Brush Package Detail

The brush fibers are also made from an antimicrobial material, to protect against odor, mold, and mildew, which love to lurk in the bathroom!

Scrubber with HandleScrubber without Handle

Tile Before

The bristles on this brush are excellent for scrubbing mold out of grout. They get right in there!

Tile After

Look how clean! I want to take a shower right now!

Sink and Tub Shroom Packages

Now that the shower is clean, let’s move on two two areas you might not think much about . . . until you have a clog; those areas being your tub and sink drains. I have very long hair, so when I have a slow running drain, a hair clog is usually the culprit. Why not save yourself a call to the Super or, worse, the plumber, by using the TubShroom or SinkShroom?

Sink Shroom Ad

The TubShroom and SinkShroom strainer / drain stoppers (from Juka Innovatios Corporation)  are a revolution in drain protection. Unlike regular plugs that go over there drain, the TubShroom fits inside, neatly collection hair around it. Like This:

Sink Shroom

Just remove the SinkShroom, clean it off, and use again and again. It’s easy to install in seconds and comes in a variety of colors and finishes to match any decor! You can find them in any home improvement or hardware store!

Lint Flip Display View

Here’s something else that comes in lots of colors, that you need for your purse or desk drawer right now; the Lint Flip compact lint roller (from Evercare)!

Lint Flip

Lint Flip is super compact, so it’s perfect for traveling, and always there when you need it to keep your clothes free of hair, pet fur, lint and fuzz.

Lint Flip Open

Just Flip, Roll and Go!

Rug in Packaging

And now, let’s talk about a way to maybe keep more dirt from getting into your home in the first place: with a stylish entry way rug. My apartment door opens right onto a busy street, so it’s absolutely necessary to wipe your shoes on the mat I keep outside the door before entering the Chickpad. This year, Spring Cleaning meant replacing that well-worn mat entirely with a gorgeous new multi-colored Hearts-patterned Studio 67 Designer Floor Mat!

Hearts Patern Detail

This rug is a real dirt magnet! Its plush nylon fibers brush and trap dirt, moisture and allergens, so it’s are perfect for the variable weather we have here in New York City. Studio 67 Designer Mats and Rugs come in a variety of patterns to complement your decor. This one is so beautiful, I almost hate to wipe my shoes on it! Fortunately, it is machine wash-and-dry-able, so just pop it in the machine with a Tide Pod and you’re good to go. Each rug or mat is backed by a five-year warranty.

Flipside of Rug

A skid-resisitant rubber backing keeps the Studio 67 mat in place.

Rug from Inside

Check it out: the mat fits perfectly in the space between my security door and front door, and it has a low profile so the door closes smoothly over that extra inch of mat.

Rug from Outside

Welcome to the Chickpad! I just cleaned up for you!

Thanks to Butler Home Products, Studio 67  Designer Mats, TubShroom / SinkShroom and the IHA for the Products Reviewed in the Post!

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Melitta Heritage Series Coffeemaker

Pink Melitta Pour Over Coffee Maker
All Photos By Gail

Oh, how I love a modern product whose design riffs on a retro look! I spotted this adorable (and practical!) Melitta Heritage Series Pour-Over Coffeemaker at the recent IHA Show, and was instantly smitten: not only with its millennial Pink color, but also by the vintage glazed porcelain design! Wow!

Pink Melitta Pour Over Coffee Maker

It makes perfect sense that this design is from the brand’s new Heritage Collection. While Melitta is a well-known brand that many of us have grown up with, I didn’t know anything about the company’s engaging backstory! In 1908, German housewife Melitta Bentz invented the world’s first pour-over coffeemaker when she poked holes in the bottom of a brass cup and lined it with a sheet of her son’s blotting paper (the first coffee filter)! The pour-over method that we take for granted, which results in rich, flavorful handcrafted coffee, came to be because a smart lady came up with an on-the-fly solution to effortlessly make coffee more delicious!

Pink Melitta Pour Over Coffee Maker

Melitta’s Heritage Series Pour-Over Coffeemaker Set includes a porcelain Pour-Over cone and matching 20 once carafe. The design debuted at IHA 2018 and is available in stores now.