Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 493

Backyard and Tailgating Parties

Doesn’t that title sound just sooooo American? Well, it is! And I’ll be talking about such things from a British perspective on Thursday ON THE TELLY!

I’ll be on a segment at 9.25am on WBFF-TV (Baltimore FOX TV) on Thursday 9 October having a natter with the host about my blog and all the wonderful things in the USA we’ve discovered, including tailgating (fyi, Brits, this is a social event held on and around the open tailgate (= boot) of a vehicle, usually prior to a big football game, and in ANY weather. Tailgating originated in the United States and often involves consuming alcoholic beverages and grilling food. What fun!).

During the segment I get to talk about the bits and bobs listed below, which my family and I have been using and experimenting with over the past week.

You’ll have to tune in/set record/wait for my post-interview blog post to hear what I have to say! #littlebitexcited! πŸ™‚

Fabulous Things for Tailgating

1). Sachi Pop-Up Cooler (

Perfect for any party or group event, the Pop Up Cooler’s expandable design easily collapses to save space and make for easy storage. A zipper around the top edge as well as a small top access door make items inside easily accessible. Features leakproof lining and comes in several stylish designs. (Retails for $32.95).

Beer not provided ;)

Beer not provided πŸ˜‰

2). Clever Crates Folding Utility Boxes (

Pop’em up, fold’em down, Clever Crates are the smartest, easiest way to transport items for any outdoor adventure. The secret is the unique lightweight and collapsible lift, pop and pack design that creates a spacious container that can be folded, stacked and stored away almost anywhere. Pop them up to bring gear, drinks and snacks to family activities. Ranging in size from 32 Liter (35 lb capacity) to 62 Liter (132 lb. capacity), coming in both open walled and solid wall versions and with or without handles. Clever Crates provide great portability while being easily collapsible when not in use. Clever Crates are hygienic and easily washed. $11.99 – $19.99 depending on size.

Super clever!

Super clever!

3). Grate Chef Grill Wipes (

Grill Wipes attach to the bristles of any grill brush and apply high heat grilling oil to any grill grate, hot or cold, preventing food from sticking. Specially formulated accompanying grilling oil won’t burn off like conventional cooking sprays. Specially designed fiber of the wipes allows them to be used on heated grill grates for optimal no-stick performance. Easily give food distinct grill marks without any worry of food sticking. Makes achieving professional results simple and convenient. Not flammable like spray products. No more using highly flammable paper towels which are ineffective in cleaning an abrasive grilling surface. Grill Wipes are non-toxic and biodegradable. $2.99 per 6 pack

Sparkling clean!

Sparkling clean!

4). The Groover (

The Groover Cleaning Pads are the easiest and quickest way to dissolve food and grease for a spotless clean grill. No rinsing needed. The Groover pads are individually wrapped grill-cleaning pads that are pre-saturated with heat activated cleaner, designed to be used on a heated grill. Attaching easily to the bristles of any grill brush, when applied to a heated grill the cleaner flows from the pad to attack burnt-on grease and grime to bring grill grates back to new again. Works on any grill grate – stainless steel, porcelain, cast iron, etc. The Groover is food safe and leaves no chemical smell or taste, so grilling can begin immediately following cleaning. $8.99/6 pack

Groovy groover!

Groovy groover!

5). bottleBOSS (

The bottleBOSS Money Clamp Bottle Opener combines the world’s thinnest bottle opener, about credit card sized (1/16 inch thick), with a slim profile money clamp. Easily fits in pockets or replaces a wallet; either way, you’ll always have it on you and be prepared anytime, anywhere. Made out of high grade stainless steel and comes in a variety of embossed designs. Retails for $20 Even slimmer Money Clip Bottle Opener ($15.95) and Bottle Opener only ($9.95) also available.

Sadly, comes without the cash :(

Sadly, comes without the cash 😦

6). Thermacell Heated Insoles (

Thermacell Heated Insoles foot warmers make any cold weather activity more comfortable and enjoyable. Their wireless, remote-controlled design makes them easy to use. Simply place Heated Insoles inside footwear and activate heat with remote, then adjust heat (medium or high) or turn off with remote as desired. The durable, lightweight, soft cushion design provides additional shock absorption for all day comfort. They maintain a steady temperature inside your shoes or boots, keeping your feet around normal body temperature, as opposed to chemical foot-warming pads that get hot to the touch and can make your feet sweat. Powered by rechargeable, built-in lithium-ion polymer batteries embedded in the foot warmer insoles. Small, lightweight remote fits into a pocket or attaches to a belt. Can run continuously up to 5 hours – or much longer if used in intervals – on one charge and recharges fully in 3 hours. Comes in a broad range of sizes for men and women and can be trimmed to exact perfect fit. $129.99

Hot feet, baby!

Hot feet, baby!

Catch ya Thursday!

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3 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 493

  1. Linda says:

    With American-designed CRESBI crates for your tailgating needs you get more variety and the strap can be branded with your cute logo!

  2. Linda says:

    I’m curious what I need to do to get publicity about CRESBI crate systems like what you’ve done here for clever crates since they are in so many ways better than clever crates and they even have American content in them. Did you receive compensation for the 5 items you’ve listed as “discovered tailgating”? From internet searches I found they were the exact same items women bloggers in Indianapolis and Kansas City were also on TV talking about as being “unique” and “essential”. When people see something recommended like that (where it seems like you’re recommending it on your own) they are more likely to buy the products. Can you let me know what your charge is for a TV review like you did on Fox Baltimore? I’m hoping not too much! I don’t have the deep pockets the clever crate distributor company has but I do have a better engineered product designed especially for the American female shopper. Thanks!
    Linda, Owner Sun Sugar Farms, Creator of the CRESBI Crate System

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