October 20, 2014

Contigo Cortland Water Bottle :: Review and Giveaway #ContigoBestinOne

Are you ready to hear about the latest Water Bottle Innovation from Contigo? Then I need to tell you about The Cortland Water Bottle. You are busy and you need solutions for your active lifestyle. Now there is a water bottle that incorporates all of your must-have features, including 100% spill-proof AUTOSEAL technology! The Cortland Water Bottle is the ultimate option for on-the-go hydration. One might even call it the best-in-one water bottle!

Let's go through some of my favorite features. First, the patented AUTOSEAL® lid automatically seals between sips to eliminate spills and leaks. It is automatically sealed unless you press the button on the back of the bottle. It is designed in such a way that you hand cradles the button perfectly. This also makes it perfect for convenient one-handed drinking! When you want to sip, just press the button and the hole will open ever so slightly. When you are finished, release button to automatically seal. There is even a button lock to prevent accidental pressing of the AUTOSEAL® button!

Nothing comes out if the bottle is tipped. Not even a drop. You will never find any plastic odors or taste with FDA-approved, BPA-free Tritan™ materials. The protective spout cover protects the spout from dirt and germs. When you are ready to clean your Cortland Water Bottle, Contigo makes it easy. The underside of the lid flips open completely for easy cleaning. It is also top-rack dishwasher safe.

Another great feature is the sturdy clip on handle that attaches to bags, backpacks, gear and more. It also fits into most car cup holders! I find the Cortland Water Bottle so convenient to use when I am teaching. I am always moving my water bottle all around my room. Sometimes a student will accidentally knock it over. No worries and no more spills! I can also carry it in my tote, or on top of my books with no chance of a leak. I love the Cortland Water Bottle and I know you will too! One lucky reader is going to Win a Contigo Prize Pack that includes FOUR Cortland Water Bottles!

Moldiv's Instagram Photo Contest #ILoveMoldiv

Are you an Instagram addict too? I seem to always be thinking ... I should post that on Instagram. If you agree, then I have the perfect contest for you!

Moldiv is sponsoring an Instagram photo contest where you can submit a collage of your baby photos OR your favorite selfies made with Moldiv and be eligible to win some cool prizes – including an iPhone 6!


Create a collage of your selfies or baby photos with Moldiv, then post collage on Instagram using the #ILoveMoldiv hashtag. Multiple entries are allowed, so submit as many collages as you like! Entries will be accepted through October 29th.


Dates: Oct 15th 12:00 AM PDT to Oct 29th 12:00A.M. PDT (GMT-7)

How to Enter: Create a collage of your baby photos with Moldiv. And simply submit entries via instagram with the #ILoveMoldiv hashtag.

Winner Selection: Winners will be determined by public voting and JellyBus judging.

Rules: Photos must be your own. No copying. No cheating. Multiple entries allowed. Contest opens to U.S. residents only.

You can read full official rules here: https://www.facebook.com/moldivpro/posts/341096476068591


1st place: iPhone 6

2nd place: Olloclip 4 in 1 lens

3rd place: Selfie handheld stick

Moldiv will also randomly pick 10 participants to receive a $10 iTunes gift card.

Now is the time to download Moldiv and start creating your collages! Be sure to follow Moldiv on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with the latest updates.

October 15, 2014

Crest #SensiStopStrips Update

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Crest. My opinions are 100% my own!

I have been using Crest Sensi-Stop Strips for a month now. I posted about my tooth sensitivity to cold foods. Just the thought of biting into my favorite cold snack, gelato, gives me the chills. Tooth pain just shoots through your whole body and it is awful. So, like many, I was happy to hear that Crest was offering this product for us to try! I also told you that you only need to use one Crest Sensi-Stop Strip for ten minutes - and it offers up to one whole month of protection! I was hesitant that the strip I used a month ago would still be effective a month later. I had a smoothie earlier today. I even tried to drink it with no straw. Amazed, I was good to go! No tooth sensitivity! Nice.

I am having great results with Crest Sensi-Stop Strips and I am confident that you will too! Want to try them for yourself? You can find new Crest Sensi-Stop Strips at an everyday low price at Walmart. Just follow these simple steps to use for up to one month of protection!
  • Step 1 | Find It: Identify exactly where you feel the “zing”
  • Step 2 | Stick It: Place 50% of the strip over the gum and 50% over the tooth
  • Step 3 | Relieve It: In 10 minutes remove the strip. Relief lasts up to 1 month

Connect :: To connect with Crest, visit crest.com. You can also find Crest on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: Experience the new Crest Sensi-Stop Strips in the oral care aisle at your local Walmart or at CrestSensi.com/Walmart.

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Crest. My opinions are 100% my own!

October 13, 2014

GUESS Dare Fragrance :: Review

I dare you to go back to that time when you would only wear GUESS jeans. Do you remember your first pair? I definitely do. I had the bottoms darted and folded and everything. Those jeans made me feel so powerful and brave - like I could do anything. Kind of like the newest fragrance from GUESS - GUESS Dare.

GUESS is still as on-trend as it was in the 90's. GUESS Dare is no exception. It was inspired by sexy, daring 70's icons like Charlie’s Angels and Bond Girls. The unique blend of notes, including Pear Blossom and Lime flower, captures the young and bold spirit of the ageless GUESS Girl.

A vibrant mix of notes blend together to create a refreshing, yet bold signature scent for the confident, seductive girl. Notes of crisp kumquat, jasmine and coconut palm blend to create an irresistible fruity-floral aroma that gets you noticed.

I wish you could smell through your screen. This is such a fresh scent, yet it still exudes confidence. It is certainly seductive and smells amazing. Not too overbearing, this fragrance is perfect for day or night.
  • Top notes: crisp kumquat, pear blossom, lime flower
  • Middle notes: living Palm Springs cactus flower, jasmine, wild rose
  • Bottom notes: blonde woods, living Key West coconut palm

Connect :: Visit shop.guess.com to discover the newest daring fragrance from GUESS. You can also find GUESS on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can purchase the GUESS Dare Fragrance for $52 (1.7 oz.) or $62 (3.4 oz.).

Cate McNabb Fall Essentials :: Review

It’s time to embrace a new lip color and fresh face to pair with your sweaters and scarves this fall. Cate McNabb is breezing into fall with its newly released pressed powders and lipsticks to give every girl their new favorite go-to look. I had a chance to try both of these fall essentials.

Cate’s new pressed powders will complete a flawless face with its mattifying qualities and its ability to absorb surface oils, minimizing the appearance of pores. The four new shades, Sand, Umber, Buff and Wheat, are color compatible to Cate’s existing line of cream foundations. I tried Buff (shown above). The application is smooth and not too powdery. It leaves a soft, matte finish that is perfect for fall.

Known for bold color and long-lasting wear, Cate’s new lipsticks are promised to be a wardrobe-staple. Naked Truth and Guava offer a warm rose and soft mauve color, while LBD is revered as a one-of-a-kind Cate product due to its lipstick-gloss hybrid coverage. I tried Guava (shown above) which turned out to be a beautiful autumnal shade. They are definitely long lasting and go on without feeling too drying or cakey.

Cate McNabb is a mineral-based cosmetic line with no parabens, perfumes or pore-clogging additives; just the natural good-stuff to keep your skin beautiful.  Add these staples to your makeup bag and you will be sure to turn heads this fall.

Connect :: Visit catemcnabbcosmetics.com to discover their bold, cruelty-free, natural cosmetics line. You can also find Cate McNabb on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can purchase the Long Lasting Lipstick for $16 and the Pressed Powder for $26.

October 12, 2014

Fall Into Superfoods with Nutiva :: Review

Nutiva is an innovative leader in the organic superfood industry. They are dedicated to revolutionizing the way the world eats. I had the chance to try a few of these superfoods for myself. One I already use all the time and one I have never tried before. What are superfoods? They are nutrient-dense powerhouses that can also be grown and processed in a sustainable way. These are foods that are truly good for you and for the planet. They are foods like hemp and coconut, chia and red palm. They are organic, full of vital nutrition, easy to use and delicious additions to your diet.

So what can you do with superfoods? Let's start with one that I happen to use all the time - Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. Coconut is one of the world's most nourishing superfoods. The creamy taste of the tropics is great for sautéing and baking, enhancing your favorite recipes, and even for body care. Nutiva's virgin coconut oil is cold-pressed and never refined, deodorized or bleached! Savor its rich aroma and its smooth and sweet flavor.

You may already know that coconut oil is ideal as a medium-heat cooking oil, but how about using it in one of these ways:
  • as a nutritious substitute in baking 
  • as a substitute for butter on bread
  • add it to vegetables
  • use while popping popcorn (my favorite)
  • as a natural skin moisturizer
  • as an eye make-up remover
  • as a deep conditioning hair treatment
  • combine with coconut sugar and essential oil for an exfoliating body scrub
  • hint: a pinch of salt will reduce the coconut flavor in savory recipes
There are so many uses for coconut oil! I could go on and on. Try adding it to your beauty routine because it is just that awesome. But whatever you do, make sure you try it on popcorn. I am telling you - it is divine.

I had not used Organic Chia Seeds until now. Did you know that the people of the ancient Aztec and Mayan empires revered chia seeds as vital nourishment? These mighty, gluten-free seeds, packed with omega-3, protein, rare antioxidants and fiber, are making a strong comeback in the 21st century. Not just for chia pets, these super seeds are an excellent source of essential minerals such as phosphorous, manganese, calcium, sodium and potassium. In fact, to provide a comparison, 3 tbsp. of chia has 15x more magnesium than broccoli, 6x more calcium than whole milk, 30% more antioxidants than blueberries, and 2x more potassium than bananas. Wow. Now you know why I am using chia seed:
  • in yogurt, oatmeal, baked goods, and smoothies
  • added to sauces as a thickener
  • in baked goods as a replacement for egg
Try adding both of these superfoods into your diet. You can use my suggestions, or visit the Nutiva Kitchen for tons of great recipes and tips!

Be sure to also check out the Organic O'Coconut Snacks! These perfectly delicious anytime treats are crafted from lightly sweetened organic coconut flakes. Each treat contains 1.5 teaspoons of coconut oil. O'Coconut snacks are perfect for lunch boxes, to take on a hike, or anytime you want to satisfy a craving for a sweet, but healthy snack. They did not last long in my house. We are crazy for coconut!

Pur Minerals Wine Exfoliating Mask :: Review

Wine gets better with age. Your skin gets better with Pür.

Pür Minerals takes you from Farm to Jar with the new Wine Exfoliating Mask! This antioxidant exfoliator gently buffs away rough, dull skin while simultaneously fighting signs of premature aging. Vitisin, Resveratrox, Lactic Acid, and Peach Stones work together to produce a visibly more youthful radiance. Watch lines, dark spots and uneven skin fade with this paraben-free gluten-free formula made with red wine antioxidants from Bordeaux’s finest vineyards.

Key Ingredients:
  • Vitisin: an antioxidant from the roots of wine-producing grapes shown to brighten the look of dark spots 
  • Resveratrox: an antioxidant with smoothing and firming benefits, taken from the skin, shoots and roots of the grape 
  • Lactic Acid: a natural alpha hydroxy acid that gently exfoliates the skin for a visibly renewed radiance 
  • Peach Stones (Seeds): natural exfoliating beads that manually buff away dead skin and debris 
What I Love:
  • It smells great - like grape juice. 
  • My skin was so soft and looked rejuvenated after just one use. 
  • It gently buffs and exfoliates skin without any irritation. 
  • It can be rinsed off with warm water right away after being massaged into the skin.

Lenovo & Microsoft’s #TeamUp With Timbaland Sweepstakes

I have an awesome giveaway to tell you about! How would you like to win a trip to LA and VIP passes to one of the hottest music festivals in California? Sounds good, right? Well music creators and fans alike (that's you) can enter the Team Up With Timbaland Sweepstakes daily until October 22. When you enter, you can potentially win sweet Lenovo products and other cool tech and music gear. You can win some really cool stuff like a ThinkPad 10 Tablet, STREET by 50 In-Ear Wired Headphones, a SYNC Portable Wireless Speaker System, and the Stagelight Timbaland Edition. These prizes make it easy for you to create your own music. You will also be entered to win the Grand Prize - a trip for two to L.A. and two weekend one 3-day VIP Passes to one of the largest, most popular, California music festivals from April 10-12!

What else have Lenovo & Microsoft been up to? Last month, Lenovo and Microsoft teamed up with Timbaland to create a contest that not only empowered independent music artists, but their fans as well. Since then, over 5,000 independent singers, song-writers, and music artists have entered to be contestants in the Team Up With Timbaland Song Contest, presented by Lenovo and Microsoft. Celebrity shout-outs from the likes of Missy Elliot, Lil Kim and Snoop Dogg have only increased the contest’s popularity. Fans have been sharing and voting for their favorite original tracks and artists since August 27 to give them an edge in the competition.

Timbaland and a team of judges are currently in the process of reviewing the best songs, and selecting the top five (5) finalists from among them based on their creativity, originality and recording appeal. The five (5) finalists will be announced around mid-October, and they will each be given a two-week surprise musical challenge to determine the winner, selected by Timbaland. The artist who wins the final challenge gets the ultimate Song Contest prize: A day in the recording studio with Timbaland in Miami.

You can enter the TeamUp With Timbaland Sweepstakes Presented by Lenovo and Microsoft daily. Enter Daily for your chance to win a Trip to LA with VIP Passes to one of Cali’s hottest music festivals! Must be over 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Must be legal residents of the US (Continental United States and the District of Columbia).

Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink is not responsible for prize shipment.

October 11, 2014

How to Take Your Art into the Next Dimension with Cricut

This is a sponsored post.

It started out as a doodle, something small, casually tossed in the margin of your grocery list. But somehow this graphic element took over and before you knew it, it became the decorative element to everything in your world. Unfortunately all those minute details that you added make it virtually impossible to transform it into the third dimension. Not true. If you can print it, you can cut it with the Cricut Explore machine.

Now with the newest feature of the Cricut Explore machine, you can choose your image (either your own or one of 50,000+ in the Cricut Design Lab), flatten the image and then click 'Go'. Once printed, the Cricut Explore machine works its magic to bring your 2-dimensional idea into the 3rd dimension.

Take a look at this super short instructional video (less than 4 minutes) and see just how easy it can be…

October 10, 2014

Light Lunch Options with Jimmy Dean Delights #ShineAnytime

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger and Jimmy Dean via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

Do you crave delicious meals that are quick and easy for your family? You are not alone. One of the things I dislike most about anticipating a work day is trying to figure out what I will take for lunch! I know I want something that will be healthy and I usually like to choose something warm. But I also want it to taste delicious. Meet the new Jimmy Dean Delights® frozen lunch or dinner entrees.

I found them in the frozen foods section of my local Kroger. If you shop at Kroger like me, be sure to check out the $1/1 Jimmy Dean or Jimmy Dean Delights coupon. If you shop elsewhere in the Kroger family, don't worry, there is a coupon for you too! Select your store from this link, then check out the frozen foods category.

There were some savory looking choices like the Hickory Smoked Ham Bowl and the Three Cheese Pasta Bowl. Those sound like they would be too heavy for a light lunch right? Well they aren't! Each Jimmy Dean Delights option is 300 calories or less per serving! With a name like Jimmy Dean, you know it is going to be good! I chose the Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast. You get two mini sandwiches for 290 calories.

As a teacher, I have a very short time for lunch. It usually ends up being about 20 minutes. So when I discovered that these Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast Sandwiches were done in less than two minutes, I was very pleased. But how do they taste? If you are like me, you want to eat healthy, without sacrificing taste. This is a winner on both accounts. With just 4g of saturated fat and 5g of sugar, I was impressed with the taste. They were warm, flavorful and filling. Everything I would expect from Jimmy Dean. This delicious hickory smoked turkey and applewood smoked bacon sandwich makes a stomach happy. Getting two for 290 calories will make you feel over the moon.

Look for other Jimmy Dean Delights sandwiches at Kroger and find your favorite. No matter which you choose, you always get 2 sandwiches for under 300 calories. Try the Smoked Ham & Cheddar Sandwich, Pulled Chicken Sandwich, Pulled Chipotle Pork Sandwich, or the one I chose, Smoked Turkey Bacon sandwich.

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