Although I don’t generally do product reviews here, I am going to take these moments to discuss some of the free goods I acquired last week at BlogHer. I felt a little cheap wandering around with my bags of free stuff, but whaddya gonna do? Refuse the free stuff? Not if you’re me.
I only kept the things I really wanted. And the things I didn’t like, I won’t write about. And the products and companies I do like? I will use them to make wordless jokes on my blog.
I’ve already written at The Junk Pyramid about some of the swag I gave away, both to the Zwaggle recycle room in San Francisco, and swag that I hauled all the damn way home before giving it away. Because I only have four readers over there, the comments that I do get mean a lot. And there has been some controversy over whether recycling (heretofore known as “Zwaggling”) swag before it comes home should count as decluttering. I steadfastly believe it does. Some of you believe that it doesn’t. Discuss.
Well, back to the things I kept. Did I mention that my suitcase weighed 68 pounds on the way home? It might have had something to do with the free books I took from the lovely women at MotherTalk and Mom Central. (I’m a little hoggy if there is a table of FREE books in front of me.) I also purchased some books as well. (In my defense, I only bought three, and they were paperback.)
To be perfectly honest, I gave some of the above away too. But not the pens. I’m keeping the pens. There is a pen that Sprout gave out that was particularly awesome. I am also quite fond of the several USB flash drives I picked up. And the Snapfish gift cards. Oh, and I must shut up now before I sell my soul.
But some swag of special interest were these things:
So, really and honestly, I adore the Internet Password Organizer most of all. My current system is a three-column unalphabetized list of websites, usernames, and passwords stored on my computer that I occasionally print out. Unfortunately, my computer seems to have eaten my password column, which is going to be a problem. But not after I have this little baby filled out.
I thought that the peanut butter and honey peanut butter was going to solve all my problems. My kids love peanut butter and honey sandwiches, but lunchtime always ends up very, very sticky. So I brought two jars of this peanut butter home packed in my boots inside my suitcase. Unfortunately, it mostly tastes like peanut butter. Note to Jif: add more honey.
The Boogie Wipes cracked me up because I have Boogie Wipes at home, but they’re called tissues. And if I need a little extra moisture, I have diaper wipes. These have saline in them though, so maybe they’re better than wipes. I don’t know because for the first time in six and a half years, no one has had a cold for an entire week.
The Michelin Man is a tire pressure gauge, which I didn’t have. Free stuff that fulfills a need I was going to have to pay to fill? That’s the best kind of free stuff.
I put that iRobot flash drive in the picture because I’m mad at iRobot and I told the iRobot PR people standing in the iRobot lounge that I was mad at them, and they couldn’t have cared less. So I took this flash drive off the table. Although I’m not sure taking a freebie qualifies as revenge. I should have taken six freebies. Yeah, that would have shown them.
The Yahoo flash drive picture above has many strange and some quite lovely headshots of yours truly. This makeover/photography session was set up by the lovely ladies of Silicon Valley Moms Group. I love them for setting this up. You’ve seen the best photo from this shoot. Here’s another one that I like:
I’m also a big fan of this free hat I picked up for Quinn. And in an unbelievable stroke of serendipity, he likes it too. I finally have a solution to my problem of how to take a fair-haired child outside. I tell him, “It’s to protect your yellow hair from the sun, so I don’t have to spray sunscreen on your head.”
My other kids benefited from SwagFest ’08 too:
Jack really loves the flashing rubber necklace from The Karianna Spectrum. Sam wasn’t quite sure what to do with the re-headed doll from Headless Mom. “Does she make noise?” he asked. I found her later. Without any legs.
In the spirit of the swag (and to reward those of you who read this far), I am going to be giving away a couple of my leftover luggage tags. If you didn’t get a luggage tag at BlogHer, or weren’t there, leave a comment telling me what your favorite piece of my swag from this post is. I won’t give that item to you, but I will randomly pick a couple of you to receive luggage tags. You have until July 30 to comment.