Monday, July 19, 2010

Energizer at 4 o'clock

4 o'clock.

The Witching Hour.

Kids are home from school, hungry, cranky. (Or, they're up from their naps, also hungry and cranky.) They need to do their homework, but also unwind from school and play before the sun goes down. Piano, dance, swimming. T-minus 2 hours until dinner, and so, SO much to get done.

And, let's be honest: during the summer, It's ALWAYS 4 o'clock.

No longer is it, "MOM, I'm BORED!", but instead, "Mom, my _____ won't work!" And, being The Mom, it falls to me to check all the batteries to make sure that the "won't work" isn't actually simply a case o' the Dead Batteries.

Here are some examples:

The 11 year old wants to watch tv, but the remote control won't work.

The almost 9 year old wants to look for bugs, but her flashlight keeps, well, flashing.

The 6 year old, in conjunction with the 11 year old wanting to use the tv, wants to play the Wii, but her controller won't work.

The boy is heartbroken that his piano won't play his favorite, Blue Danube.

Uhhh . . . looks like I may have found something . . .

Yes, this belongs in the remote control.

My good husband wants to hang the photos I've asked him to hang, but how can he if the laser level isn't working?

And don't forget me. My camera won't work.

Simply thinking about how many batteries we go through makes my blood pressure rise. Rechargeables are a good idea, but you never know just how much life they've got left.

Or so I thought.

Introducing, the Energizer (R) Smart Charger, a LIFESAVER for people with busy lives (like yours truly). I love the idea of being able to not only (re)charge our batteries, but also see exactly how much time is left until they reach a full charge; in fact, the LCD Screen is said to display the charging progress via a countdown clock and fuel gauge, which means you won't hear, "But HOW MUCH time is left until the batteries are ready?" because the kids can see for themselves.

Other features include:
~ Slow charge rate prevents damage to battery during charging and extends number of life cycles
~ Charges 2 or 4 AA or AAA NiMH rechargeable batteries
~ ENERGY-STAR (R) -certified
~ Disposable and bad battery detector

With this product, my family would be so, so calm in the afternoons. See?

Because it's 4 o'clock somewhere.

I wrote this post in an effort to be chosen by Krissy at Barefoot Mommies ( to be sponsored by Energizer at BlogHer '10. Any information about the product was obtained from I was not compensated for writing this post. But I hope to be.


La Yen said...

Brilliant. If it charged D batteries, I would totally buy it. Hear that, Krissy? I would TOTALLY buy it. And I don't buy just ANYTHING.

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Melissa said...

LOVE it !!

Queen Scarlett said...

This RULES. If you don't win ... I will be stunned.

We live in a Zoo! said...

I hope you get it, lol!!! Love it! ;D

Amy said...

well done :) I hope you get it.

Steph said...

Good luck my friend!

Christi said...

Fabulous! I wish I had known it existed a month ago when I had to buy a new battery charger bc our old one broke... But I just may go buy another just to have the digital smart display!

Vern said...

This discovery is right up there with Dippin' Dots.

Kim said...

Oh I hope you win!!! You totally should, such a cute post!!! You are awesome!!!


Stacie Brown said...

Wonderful post and so true! Good luck!

Fig said...

I'm sold!

Also, your babies have such gorgeous curly hair. Jealous.

Gerb said...

Waaaaait a minute... did you make the switch to the partial-post thingy in reader?

Regardless, fun post. I would vote for you if I could.

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Lady of Perpetual Chaos said...

I must say that your 6 year old looks just like me. Maybe you get that a lot?! Or not. This was a great post. Hope you win!

Kemp Kuties said...

My favorite - Quinn's devastated hand clasp over his eyes when his piano's batteries stopped working. Hilarious!

Oh, and I'm very, very, VERY happy and pleased to hear that someone else, whom I think has it all together, experiences a witching hour too. Thank you for being human!

John Gibson said...

I never thought reading about batteries would be so entertaining.

Loved it, but you know I love your personality.