Meet Morty & Lee and the The Power of the Everyday Effect (giveaway ends 8/8/13) #SwifferEffect


Have you seen the adorable commercials staring the elderly couple Morty and Lee? They are the sweet couple who discover Swiffer products and just how much easier cleaning is for them using the various products including the Swiffer Duster, Swiffer Sweeper and Swiffer Wet Jet. I posted an introductory video about Morty and Lee (above). It’s a brief video and it gives viewers a little more insight into this cute couple. I adore them! They are so cute! And sweet too. I wish they were my grandparents. 🙂

The commercial called “Morty, are you listening?” cracks me up every time I see it on TV. They are such the quintessential couple, especially because Morty has “selective hearing” (don’t all men? Ha Ha Ha).


They also remind me of my great-grandparents. I am grateful that not only the longevity that runs in my family but also long time marriages.

My parents would have celebrated their 60th anniversary if my mom hadn’t passed away two months before then. Sixty years… I cannot image that. In a day and age when some marriages are lucky to last sixty months, let alone sixty years.

My husband and I will be celebrating our 17th anniversary this coming October. I plan on celebrating our 50th anniversary some day, and God willing our 60th. We’ll both be 88 when we reach our 60th anniversary. Thankfully people in my family live to be in their mid-to-late 80’s and early 90’s.

I had a great-great-Uncle who lives to be 103! He was single from his late 80’s on (his wife had passed away) but he remained active (he was bowling at age 92 and even driving!). What ended up being his down fall was literally that – a fall. He fell and broke his hip (at age 103). They doctor’s didn’t want to operate at his age so he was bed ridden. I think that is what did him in. He was so used to taking care of himself and doing things on his own that he couldn’t handle having to rely on anyone for help.

As long as our health is good I know me and my husband will be married for as long as that darling couple Morty and Lee.


I think the key to a long marriage is having a great sense of humor. You can’t take life too seriously all the time. You need to learn how to not let “life” get the best of you and stress you out. You need to have fun and enjoy life – no matter how old you are.

My husband and I are big kids at heart. We love to go to Toys R Us and buy toys and games for ourselves. LOL! We even like to color together. Coloring is a great stress reliever. You should try it some time.

It helps marrying your best friend. My husband is truly my best friend, and vice versa. Having an open line of communication, accepting each others “flaws”, trust and never going to bed angry with one another also helps.

To be honest my husband and I are polar opposites in every way – he’s tall and skinny, I’m short and overweight. He’s a morning person, I’m a “night owl”, he’s incredibly organized, I enjoy my “organized chaos”, he loves to watch football, I love to watch documentaries. I could go on and on but we have little in common, but some how it works. He’s my “ying” to my “yang” (in reference to Ying and Yang).

I think the fact we are each other’s best friend and we are both big kids at heart have a lot to do with the longevity of our marriage.


Anyway… back to my new favorite couple – Morty and Lee. I can relate to Lee. I’m “vertically challenged” (aka – short). It’s not easy for me to reach high places in our home, especially on top of the cabinets, fridge, pantries, wardrobe and the ceiling fans. I won’t stand on a stood or a chair. I have an unnatural fear that the chair or stood will either shift and cause me to fall and hurt myself, or some how it will give under my weight (I am overweight) and break, causing me to fall and hurt myself.

I personally use Swiffer products all the time, especially the dusters. I love how they are available with an extender handle allowing people to reach high places they can’t normally reach without standing on a stood or chair. I even keep one at my desk so I can do a quick dusting in between posts. With five cats and a dog we seem to generate a lot of dust.

For more information about Swiffer products visit www.Swiffer.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Twitter. The hashtag is #SwifferEffect


Swiffer would like to send a lucky reader some Swiffer products to help make cleaning around your home a little easier, just like the products did for Morty and Lee.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on August 8, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please leave a comment on this post and answer ONE of the following questions:

  • Who are your favorite seniors in pop culture?
  • What are your golden year goals? (e.g., travel the globe, climb Mount Everest…)
  • Favorite couples in your own life?
  • Keys/tips to a long and happy marriage
  • How do you conquer/divide household chores?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*Swiffer will be providing me with free products in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Swiffer will provide the prize package.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. Katie K says:

    my golden year goals are to travel the world!

  2. My grandparents are an inspiration! They have been married for 65 years and are the model couple for a long, happy marriage.

  3. How do you conquer/divide household chores? Answer: My husband helps me with washing and folding, making the bed, taking out the garbage,etc. I help him with the yard work racking, gardening, weeding, painting the house, shoveling snow, etc.

  4. Terin Melancon says:

    What are your golden year goals? Both my husband and I hope to buy an RV and live on the road. I am scared I will get stuck with the majority of the driving though!

  5. jeremy mclaughlin says:

    I have my kids help with the chores around the house.

  6. john hutchens says:

    my favorite couples in my life were my grandparents and now my own parents.

  7. Stephanie Grant says:

    I’ve got to say that I totally admire Betty White she is awesome and I hope I look and feel that good in my 90s!

  8. Mallory Bailey says:

    My favorite couple in my life is my Grandma Emma and Grandpa Ed…married 66 years and going strong!

  9. sharlene Caisse says:

    My grandparents were also my favorite couple, married 65 years and still were in love with each other.

  10. Tips for a long & happy marriage. THe wife is always right!!!!!—

  11. Margaret Smith says:

    My golden year goals is to move to South Carolina where some of my family and friends live. My husband and I would like to travel a bit too.

  12. I live alone! No fighting over chores :).

  13. Kelly D says:

    My golden years goal is to sell my house, buy an rv and travel a lot.

  14. my parents are my favorite my mom has been dead 18 years but my dad is still alive

  15. Sherrie C. says:

    Betty White and Michael Caine are two of my favorite seniors in Pop culture.


  16. Denise S says:

    One of my golden year goals is to go on a missionary trip to help others in another country.

  17. Mary Casper says:

    my favorite couple in my life was my father’s father and mother

  18. PAIGE CHANDLER says:

    I think Betty White is the best senior ever. Her energy and humor are inspirational.

  19. maureen says:

    My parents have just celebrated their 52nd anniversary.
    They show determination and strength because they have had a number of challenges put forth.

  20. My grandmother and grandfather who have since passed away were my favorite couple. My son is named after my grandfather – he was born 2 years after he died, and my daughter was named after my grandmother – she was born 4 months after she died.