All posts by Catherine Alias

Cheating on my Kyocera with the YoshiBlade

YoshiBlade ceramic knifeFor my birthday last year, my husband bought me a very up-scale Japanese chef’s ceramic knife (I don’t know exactly how much he paid, but it’s the three-figure one). Now along comes the YoshiBlade ceramic knife at the more modest price of $19.99 (plus shipping and handling, as usual) – what to do, what to do? I’d love to try it on this summer’s tomatoes after seeing the demo – but it feels like culinary infidelity.

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BILLY MAYS MEMORIAL CAPS LOCK DAYIt’s hard to believe it’s been an entire year, but today is the first anniversary of Billy Mays’ death. Are you rocking that blue shirt? ‘Cause you gotta – it’s how we honor the greatest pitchman who ever pitched a product. A year ago today he passed away at the age of 50, leaving us to eulogize him on YouTube and mop our tears with Zorbeez (the power to absorb up to 27 times greater than paper towels or any cotton cloth!).

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! According to, it’s officially Billy Mays Day: “It’s Traditional to wear a blue collared shirt with a white under shirt. Must also wear khakis. You must use CAPS LOCK the whole day. Even when talking to family or friends. If you can grow a beard by then, you are the man.”



Joan Rivers Great Hair Day: Heads Up!

Wow, Joan Rivers is on a roll – not satisfied with just making our legs look perfect, she’s launched Joan Rivers Great Hair Day fill-in powder to give us instantly thicker, fuller hair. Waterproof, sweat-proof, but easy to shampoo out, you can also use it to cover roots between salon visits. It’s available in 5 different shades to match anyone’s color and the professional-quality 2-in-1 Applicator is a no-brainer to use. Great Hair Day works for men as well as women – bald spots, be gone!

It seems Joan Rivers Beauty is on a mission to restore, renew and rebuild every area of the body. Next, Joan’s working on a foot cream so she can say she’s got you covered, head to toe. Wonder how she found the time to star in a new documentary film? The Chinese say this is the Year of the Tiger, but Joan’s making it the Year of the Cougar – rawr!!!

Hot (News) Flash about GEM Keep it cool

Gem and Leela: separated at birth?

Sticky summer heat plus the intense hot flashes of menopause can make it hard for a gal to keep her cool. So when a product comes along that promises to reduce the intensity and frequency of hot flashes, irritability, sleeplessness and night sweats, ‘women of a certain age’ sit up and take notice. And when it tastes like a fruit smoothie, we reach for our plastic.

Given the controversy surrounding hormone replacement therapy, many women are choosing to treat the symptoms of menopause with natural and nature identical supplements. lists some well-known hot-flash fighters like Black Cohosh, calcium and vitamin D, as well as a host of other vitamins and herbal ingredients. With so many women Baby Boomers reaching menopause, GEM Keep it cool™ could be a real hot item. The woman-owned Beveragette Ventures company is offering GEM Keep it cool™ (or GemKIC, as those in the know say) for less than $2 a day for a limited time. Hmmm, is it hot in here, or is it just me?

Top 10 Annoying Sounds I’d Turn Off with BarkOff

Bark OffA trip downtown on the bus today got me thinking about BarkOff and how I so wish I could use it on other annoying noises… like the guy who plopped down in the seat next to me, whipped out his cell phone, then proceeded to give some friend a play-by-play of the entire bus ride. I spent the rest of the trip composing a “Top 10 Annoying Noises List”:

  1. Hum of fluorescent lights.
  2. Crazy Frog ringtone at table next to mine in restaurant.
  3. Dentist drill, even if it’s being used on someone else.
  4. Snoring spouse, when I can’t get to sleep.
  5. Nickelback, anytime.
  6. All Ford commercials with Toby Keith.
  7. Car alarm, just as I’m drifting off to sleep.
  8. Gas-powered leaf blowers at 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning.
  9. Driving to the lake with two Styrofoam coolers rubbing together, just out of reach.
  10. Toe-nail clipping in the next cubicle at work.

Wouldn’t it be great to tell the world to STFU, occasionally?
What would YOU like to do with BarkOff?

Hey, my eyes are up HERE, fella…

CamiSecretLadies, how many times have you tried to have a meaningful conversation with a co-worker, only to notice him noticing your neckline? Seriously annoying, right? But now you can wear just what you need to go straight from the office to a night on the town – just pop in Cami Secret and dial in the desired amount of cleavage! Made from washable, breathable material with a sexy lace border so you can choose your level of allure.

Mouthy for Leggy?

Right to Bare LegsIn between her numerous cosmetic surgeries and hosting “How’d You Get $o Rich”, Joan Rivers has found time to promote her new “Right to Bare Legs” (for those of you not hip to the Second Amendment, this is a play on the Constitutional phrase “right to keep and bear arms”). The cover-up leg makeup claims to conceal spider veins, birthmarks, sunspots, birthmarks and even ill-considered tattoos – or maybe just give you a little tan without sun damage. The question is, did the manufacturers choose Joan to be spokesperson because of her big, brash humor, or did they figure that at her age (77), she had the spider veins to effectively demo the product? Still, after Lancôme infamously fired Isabella Rossellini for being “too old” at the age of 43, you can’t help but say Go, Joan!

Untangle Your Life (or at Least Your Wires) with AppleCore

Before and after AppleCore

What is it about Spring that makes me want to chase the dust bunnies out of my office? All that tangled, unruly computer cable behind my desk has provided them with habitat this winter, and some are now the size of the Trojan Rabbit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Enter the AppleCore, the newest hero product on the office organization scene. For years now I’ve been wrapping, tying, clipping, clamping, banding, or VELCRO®-ing the snarled snakes that power all my beloved computers and peripherals, but this ultra-compact cable winder has piqued my interest. A solution that’s quick, easy to use, and repositionable and reusable? And pretty darn affordable? I’m all about that – do I get bonus points if I use AppleCores on my Apple products?