My Product Review Blog Works!

Today someone searched Google with the question: “Do food mills peel and seed tomatoes”

This individual was directed by Google to BlogsNewsReviews directly to a review of the Oxo Food Mill.  Then the miracle occurred: the person clicked through to Amazon to look more closely at the food mill.  This is exactly how everything is supposed to work.  Since this blog is an affiliate of Amazon, had the visitor ordered a food mill, and perhaps they have, Amazon sends BlogsNewsReviews a small piece of the sale.

Another person typed “best swiss army knife”

and was directed to an article that addresses just that topic.  This has happened a few times now since the article asks just that question, has search “tags” about the various Swiss Army Knife tools, and specifically questions the value of getting the corkscrew when you can get a Phillips head screwdriver instead.

Organic Traffic

These visitors directed by search engines based on their own searches matching article contents are called “organic” traffic.  Organic traffic has not been referred here by another website or an ad (ad?  who has money for ads!).  The value of organic traffic is that it is a true connection between a person searching and a blog that has that information.  This is particularly exciting in the case of the food mill question — whether a food mill removes peels and seeds — since the article answers the question.  Whether the person buys a food mill or not, he or she got the right answer.  That’s organic and that’s exciting!

Antigravity Discovered? Magnetic Knife Holder Levitates Your Kitchen Tools

Photo of magnetic kitchen knifel holderNot exactly antigravity, but this powerful magnetic bar will “levitate” your knives, scissors and other  steel tools up and onto a wall, freeing up valuable counter or workbench space. 

Made in France, the 15-Inch Stainless-Steel Magnetic Knife Holder has surprisingly strong magnets and holds knives tight. 

Freshly rinsed knives and steel tools dry quickly in the open air — unlike in a wooden knife block — and the stainless steel magnetic knife holder bar stays bright.  And no more wooden knife block taking up counter space!

Spinning Kitchen Tool Holder

Photo of Kitchen Tools

Made by OXO, the Good Grips Stainless Steel Rotating Utensil Holder keeps your kitchen tools organized and literally handy. Check out the video to see how many utensils the spinning container holds.

Can a Paper Towel Holder Change Your Life?

The tricky parts of life demand both hands —  diapering a baby, riding a motorcycle, making a cat’s cradle — and, until recently, that included grabbing a paper towel.  Sure you can try ripping off just one paper towel with one hand — and who hasn’t — but the result is a wad of wasted paper towels. Science has yet to prove this, but one-handed operation of the typical paper towel holder wastes between four and 20 paper towels. Now an amazing invention, the  Perfect Tear Chrome Paper Towel Holder, Horizontal Wall-Mounted has changed life as we know it.

Paper Towel Holder of the Future
The Perfect Tear’s ingenious ratchet design creates just enough tension to let you tear off a single paper towel with just one hand. What you do with the other hand is your business!
There are other styles, but I have this one, love it, and recommend with enthusiasm.
Con: You have to install the paper towel holder on a wall in a strategic location. Make sure you have space on your wall. Attachment requires a couple of wall anchors like this one

It’s a piece of cake with drywall anchors, which hold more weight than you will ever need unless you plan to swing from your paper towel holder, in which case you may have issues and other kitchen tool needs.

How do I use drywall anchors?

After marking where the screws go, use a power drill to screw in a couple of self drilling drywall anchors. Tip: Stop drilling just before the head is flush with the wall.  If you screw it in little too far, don’t sweat it, but you don’t want to strip out the hole.
Once the anchors are in screw the paper towel holder on.  Since each drywall anchor holds 50 pounds, you can use even the thickest, premium paper towels and still have 99 pounds of support left over!