Saturday, March 12, 2016


Last night was the network television debut of my brother-in-law.  Michael and his wife's brother were on Shark Tank to promote their toilet light invention: the Illumibowl.  

One day at a family reunion, Michael and his brother-in-law were complaining about having to use the toilet in the middle of the night, and how your only two choices were missing in the dark or blinding yourself by turning on the light.  Brother-in-law Matt thought a motion sensor glow-in-the-dark mat for in front of the toilet would solve the problem, but Michael took it a step further and thought there should be a way to make the inside of your toilet light up.  One thing led to another, and their "soft glow where you need to go" debuted on Kickstarter.  

It did much better than expected.

In fact, they raised $95,399 on just a $20,000 Kickstarter goal.

Fast forward to now, both guys are working exclusively on their own business.  They filmed Shark Tank many months ago, but were mum about the details, and so we have been excited to watch the episode to see how things went down.

About two weeks ago, they were finally given the airing date of their episode.  Unfortunately it was the same day as Emma's birthday.  While we originally thought that it would be fun to combine the two exciting events, Emma let me know in no uncertain terms about what she thought about that idea.  There was no possible way that she was celebrating her 13th birthday with refreshments that would be toilet themed.  I guess I can't really blame her.  

Ryan and I watched Shark Tank last night after the kids went to bed.  We were so excited to see Michael!  We were total dorks and took a picture of him on our tv and texted it to him.  I guess we were trying to prove that we were really watching?  He's the one on the right.
Image result for illumibowl on shark tank

My father-in-law sent us this charming picture of some of their evening refreshments.
Emma was spot on.  There's no way I would want to spent my birthday with Baby Ruth candy bars floating in juice.  Ryan having a prior engagement gave us a reason to stay home to celebrate.  Not that any of us liked having Ryan spending the evening away.  Again.

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