Darkness has saturated your home as the hands on the wall clock approach the midnight hour.
Ordinarily, night is one of your most treasured times at home. You stretch out in bed, watch some of the crappiest cartoons on the air waves, and just let your mind wander as you slowly drift closer and closer to sleep. That is, until your six-year-old kid began having nightmares again.
It’s a case of the good, old fashioned bogeyman. Not the phantom stench of unholy terror that hangs around the bathroom after burrito night, but rather a homicidal maniac that speaks only in whispers, wears a clown costume stained with blood, has uncontrollable flatulence, and patiently waits underneath your bed, waiting to snatch your feet and slash you with its rusty machete blade, a blade that is slowly sharpened as the bogeyman waits for his next victim.
Or there’s the case of Leroy the Alligator Snapping Turtle. Leroy quietly waits underneath your bed, keeping its mouth open, and patiently waiting for your feet or toes. As soon as you dangle your foot right outside of his dark home . . . CHOMP! Your ankle is now a mangled stump with broken bones, torn flesh, and blood squirting onto the floor. Good luck getting that image out of your head tonight!
You’re tried night lights, but that doesn’t work as the child still claims to hear “monster sounds.” She’s obviously scared of the dark. If only there was a way for her to have something soft that lights up in a variety of colors.
Bright Light Pillow website — www.BrightLightPillow.com
What’s this? The Bright Light Pillow? Can it really be the answer for making bed time significantly less scary and frightful?
Heading over to the product’s website, you can see the fancy pillows along with the current TV commercial. Let’s take a closer look and review the advertisement. Perhaps we’ll even find a problem or two along the way.
Bright Light Pillow TV commercial – Mommy, it was so scary! It wanted me to clean my room!
The Bright Light Pillow advertisement begins with a scene too familiar with most parents. It’s a little kid who is afraid of the dark. You know there’s nothing scary in the kid’s room, but merely telling the kid that fact means nothing. It’s going to take something far more than just your reassurance to get the kid to sleep tonight.
You may have to do some parenting.
Or, better yet, maybe there’s a toy or something else that you can substitute for parenting. Read more…
A ferocious meow rips through the living room, sending you shivers and striking unimaginable fear into the depths of your heart.
You nervously look around and then spot your pet cat Missy sitting across the room. The cat’s tail steadily thumps the floor once every three seconds. Her normally bubbly and charming personality has been replaced by pure hatred. Next to the cat are the shredded remains of one your your socks. She must have snatched it from the laundry room when you weren’t looking.
Another sharp cry pierces the silence of the room, chilling you to the bone. As Missy continues to stare at you sharply with her emerald green eyes, only one thing is clear: The cat . . . is . . . pissed!
Is the cat upset because you took two days longer than usual to clean her litter box? Does she want a treat? Does Missy not approve of her toys?
The cat toys! That must be it. In the past month you’ve given the cat four different toys to help keep her amused, and she destroyed each of them. So far nothing has been able to amuse the cat and keep her entertained. Sitting in the cat’s box of toys is another shredded sock, the missing companion to the recently destroyed piece of fabric right next to the cat.
A quick thought flashes into your mind. You recall seeing a TV commercial for just such a cat toy. It advertised something about keeping your cat entertained and happy.
Cat’s Meow website — www.GetCatsMeow.com
There it is. The Cat’s Meow. It’s a motorized cat toy that claims to help keep a cat active and entertained.
Cat’s Meow TV commercial
Let’s take review the Cat’s Meow advertising and see just what it’s trying to sell to us.
Cat’s Meow TV commercial – The first rule of Cat Fight Club is that you do not talk about Cat Fight Club.
The Cat’s Meow TV commercial begins with a clip showing two cats playing and fighting with each other. Remember that cats commonly fight with each other as a form of entertainment as well as sharpening their natural hunting skills. This is a normal event for many multi-cat homes. It’s not a problem until cats become particularly aggressive and begin drawing blood.
According to the Cat’s Meow advertisement, cat fights are a bad thing and they can be prevented by giving the cats a fancy toy. Read more…
That was another delicious meal!
The freshly roasted Spamburgers tasted great with the stewed Brussels sprouts and side of fresh kale. While everybody finished their Spamburgers, you noticed that both of the kids failed to eat their mandatory number of Brussels sprouts. Both of the kids quickly vanish from the table before you can confront them about their uneaten vegetables.
Well, let’s just see how they enjoy having them for breakfast, you chuckle to yourself. This isn’t the first time that they have skipped important parts of their meal, and you know that it won’t be their last.
You walk over to the cupboard and quickly find a plastic container larger enough for the Brussels sprouts. But there’s no lid! You frantically rummage through the cupboard, checking underneath other bowls and containers. You take the search into the next cupboard, but there’s still no lid.
Grrrrr. Where in the &#$% did that lid go? I know I placed it in the cupboard after it was washed, you tell yourself.
Oh, if only there was a solution to your incredibly disorganized cupboards. The Brussels sprouts are going to have to go to waste as you don’t have any other plastic containers with matching lids. It seems that the kids won the battle against yucky dinner . . . this time.
While preparing to take the Brussels sprouts outside and launching them across the yard with your trusty slingshot, an interesting television commercial catches your eye.
Mr. Lid website — www.MrLid.com
What’s this? Mr. Lid? Are they freakin’ serious?
Mr. Lid TV commercial
Yes, apparently these people are freakin’ serious. It’s a plastic container with a lid attached to it. The level of genius here cannot be measured.
Let’s take a closer look and review the Mr. Lid plastic container television commercial. Perhaps there’s more to this product than what we’re seeing. Read more…
It’s Taco Tuesday and dinnertime is nearing.
The kids keep demanding something different than just soft tacos and quesadillas. You have a stack of flour tortillas ready for action. You’d love to fry the tortillas into bowl shapes, but that requires a ladle, a vat of bubbling hot cooking oil, and some practice.
Oh, if only there was an easier way of making those crunchy taco salad bowls that everybody loves. That is, an easier way than just purchasing them in the store like you do anyway for the tortillas.
What’s this? The Perfect Tortilla baking pan for taco salad bowls?
You mean that I can actually bake those tortillas into bowl shapes right here in my own kitchen? It looks like Taco Tuesday is going to get extra crunchy, extra fast!
Perfect Tortilla TV commercial
Let’s take a closer look at the Perfect Tortilla TV commercial and see how the product is selling itself into our homes. Read more…
We’ve all been in situations where sometimes our own eyes need a little bit of extra help.
Whether you’re out bird watching, in the cheap seats at a sporting event or concert, or just spying on your neighbors and seeing who exactly is dumping their trash inside of your trash cans, it helps to really see what’s happening. That’s where optics such as binoculars or telescopes come into play. Using a set of lenses and prisms, devices like binoculars can help you magnify distant items so you can see it better with your own eyes.
But what if you don’t want to hold a set of binoculars against your eyes? That can be a lot of work, especially if you’re using them at a ball game.
Isn’t there a cheaper or perhaps even a half-assed way of trying to improving your vision without using a pair of binoculars?
Zoomies website — www.BuyZoomies.com
Believe it or not, but a product called Zoomies (yes, it’s really called Zoomies) tries to solve that exact problem. This is an optical product designed to look and be worn like a pair of glasses, but it functions similar to a set of low-magnification binoculars.
Zoomies TV commercial
Let’s take a closer look at the advertisement for Zoomies and see just how it’s being sold to us, the general public.
Zoomies TV commercial – See that kid waaaaay out there? I think he’s picking his nose!
A day at the park turns to frustration when you spot something in the distance, but it’s just too far away for you to see clearly. That could have been Bigfoot walking past some big rocks, but since you didn’t see jack squat because of your lack of binoculars, you’ll forever wonder just what it was that you saw while out in the forest. Great. Read more…
The afternoon sun is bearing down as Junior finally disembarks from the school bus.
Waiting with the other parents at the bus stop, you give him a wave once he’s finally off the bus. The kid lugs his backpack ten steps towards you before you break off your conversation with the woman who lives down the street, and you carry Junior’s backpack for him the rest of the way to the car. The two of you buckle up for the harrowing (more or less) ride from the bus stop to the house itself, roughly five hundred feet away.
Just like taking Junior to and from the school bus stop, the kid complaining about the car ride has also become of your daily routine during the school year. One moment he’s uncomfortable with the seatbelt and the next he’s tired and wants to nap and then he’s bored and wants a toy. It’s a never-ending cycle with the kid.
And this is just a quick trip up and down the neighborhood’s streets. Car trips to further destinations such as the grocery store or soccer field are even worse. You’ve tried cranking the volume on the radio and drowning the kid’s complaining, but he learned to yell right through your music.
Oh, if only there was a way to keep Junior quiet for these car rides, whether it’s for a ride down the street or across town.
SeatPets website — www.PlaySeatPets.com
What’s this? A SeatPet? Is that like a fancy seatbelt or something?
SeatPets TV commercial
Actually, SeatPets are more like seatbelt accessories for kids. It looks like a stuffed animal that also functions as a pillow and supposedly keeps the kiddies amused and entertained during car rides. Let’s take a closer look at the commercial and see how the SeatPet is being advertised to us, the general public. Read more…
There’s an old box collecting dust upstairs in the attic.
Hoping for some previously lost jewelry, a wad of cash, or anything else valuable, you lift open the lid and peek inside of the box. Inside is a different kind of treasure —- home movies. You pull out VHS tape after VHS tape, examining the titles and fondly remembering the events that were recorded so many years ago.
Downstairs in a closet is an old VCR. You pull it out and manage to connect all the cables to your fancy HDTV. Holding your breath and saying a silent prayer, you gently press the power button on the front of the console. It works! Well, for now at least. You pop in a VHS tape and watch in awe as memories from the past are present once again.
You got lucky with finding the old VHS tapes along with a working VCR. Now it’s time to preserve those previous lost memories for future years. The only question is how to do so.
Once option is to send all your VHS tapes to a third party company and pay for them to convert the VHS tapes to DVDs. It’s easy and out of your hands, but you may have to pay a steep price for that kind of service.
Another option is to buy one of those VHS and DVD burner players. Those are somewhat expensive, but it’s easy to play a VHS tape and directly burn it to a DVD. Keep in mind that you also need a bunch of blank DVDs for this option.
How about using that fancy laptop of yours to digitally convert the VHS tapes? Don’t you need like really fancy software or an expensive video capture card to make it work? Isn’t it also really complicated and technical, practically requiring a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech just to set up the software?
Digi-Tech Converter website — www.GetDigiTech.com
What’s this? The Digi-Tech Converter? Are you saying that a simpleton like myself can easily transfer old VHS tapes onto my computer for sharing online or burning onto a DVD?
Digi-Tech Converter TV commercial
Let’s take a closer look at the Digi-Tech Converter advertisement and see just how it’s being sold to us, the general public. Hopefully we won’t spot any flaws or inconsistencies along the way. Read more…
Another day, another cup of coffee. Yawn.
Stepping out of the hot shower, you cannot wait for that first cup of coffee. Thoughts of the steaming hot, deliciously roasted flavor flow through your mind as you quickly dress for work. Downstairs in the kitchen, your prized morning drink is waiting.
Rather, the drink will be waiting once you prepare it in your fancy Keurig, single-cup coffee machine. Ripping open a K-Cup, you can’t help but wonder if there’s a cheaper way of having a cup of coffee. Those K-Cups may give you a lot of variety, but they do add up in cost over time. You place the K-Cup into the single-serving coffee machine and press the button, watching in awe as the machine starts working its magic.
“I also wonder if there’s a more environmentally friendly way of having my cup of coffee as well,” you mention out loud to nobody in particular. “Every other month I can fill a small trash can with these empty K-Cups. There’s got to be a better way!“
And then it hits you like a ton of bricks. Just last night you saw a TV commercial for just such a product that may save you some money AND be slightly better for the environment.
Cafe Cup website — www.GetCafeCup.com
It’s the Cafe Cup! Just such a product might be the answer to your K-Cup and single-cup coffee machine woes.
Let’s take a closer look at the Cafe Cup and see how it’s being advertised to us, the general public. Read more…
Little Sally’s bedroom looks atrocious as her toys and clean clothes are scattered across the bed and on the floor.
It’s obvious that she refuses to listen and instead chooses to “decorate” her room as she pleases, despite knowing your objections to the clutter. Perhaps if there was a more creative way for the girl to clean her room and store her stuff, then the child’s bedroom might be closer to what one would refer to as “liveable” or perhaps even orderly.
Should the child stuff everything into a dresser or even the closet? No, that solution would probably work fine if said child was organized, but remember we’re also looking for a solution that’s fun. Most kids will tell you that being organized is not nearly as fun as their parents tell them. It ranks up there with homework and other chores.
How about cramming a bunch of crap into stuffed animals (or rather “unstuffed” animals) and calling that a storage container?
Tummy Stuffers website — www.BuyTummyStuffers.com
According to something called the Tummy Stuffer, that’s exactly what kids can do these days. They can literally stuff a bunch of items, preferably soft items, into a plush animal, and use that as a storage device.
As disturbing as it sounds, that’s exactly how the Tummy Stuffers stuffed animals work. The incredibly simple TV commercial explains it all.
Tummy Stuffers TV commercial
Let’s take a closer look at the TV commercial for Tummy Stuffers and see how the product is being advertised to the public.
Tummy Stuffers TV commercial – Watch as the monkey eats the cow!
The Tummy Stuffers commercial begins with a quick animation showing something resembling a monkey eating the product’s logo. After that we see a girl putting several small stuffed animals, and even a plush cow, into her monkey Tummy Stuffer.
That’s right. She’s stuffing animals into the “stomach” of a monkey. Maybe next week she’ll try stuffing a toy into a younger sibling’s stomach and seeing if that works too. Read more…
Lately you’ve noticed that your hearing is slightly off, like somebody has been turning down the volume.
Those belches and sounds of flatulence by your mischievous co-workers are now going unnoticed by you. Having a conversation is also a little more difficult as you keep finding yourself asking for people to speak louder or repeat themselves.
One day you discover that your hearing problem is caused from the excessive build up of earwax in your ear canal. It’s nothing serious. The only question is how to safely remove the earwax without causing damage to your eardrum or ear canal. Cotton swabs have been around for ages and many people use them to clean their ears, but when used incorrectly the swabs could push the earwax further into the ear canal, putting pressure on the eardrum and causing pain and misery.
If you remove cotton swabs from the equation, is there an alternate way to safely clean the earwax from one’s ear canals?
What’s this? The WaxVac?
WaxVac website — www.WaxVac.com
That’s right! You remember seeing the TV commercial for the WaxVac just the other night.
WaxVac TV commercial
Let’s take a closer look at the WaxVac TV commercial and see how it’s being sold to us, the general public. Read more…