October 30, 2012

Enter to Win a $50 Toys 'R Us Gift Card!


Welcome to the Toys ‘R US Flash Giveaway hosted by Oh My Gosh Beck!, Shopaholic Mommy and other awesome blogs. Enter to Win a $50 Gift Card to spend on toys just in time for holiday shopping!

October 27, 2012

Own Renewing Skin Care Review #OwnBeautyInsiders

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Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Own.

To begin, there is a great diagnostic tool available called My Own. This easy to use app combines facial recognition technology with clinical facial assessment tools to give you an honest assessment your skin’s current situation based on the five signs of aging. Based on your results, Own can provide you with a personalized product regimen and relevant lifestyle tips that help you achieve long lasting beautiful skin. To try the app yourself, just click this Link to Download My Own App.

Here’s how it works:

1) Simply take a photo of your face with the My Own. Using never-before-available facial recognition technology, this diagnostic tool will then provide you with beauty statistics helping you evaluate your skin’s needs.

2) In five to fifteen minutes, My Own analyzes your face for the following measurements:
  • Number of fine lines & wrinkles,
  • Number of deep set wrinkles,
  • Number of wrinkles associated with crow’s feet,
  • Percentage of total face covered with age spots (hyper-pigmentation)
  • Number of total age spots, and
  • The variance of the age-spots/hyper-pigmentation from your natural skin tone

3) You will also receive an helpful evaluation of your skin’s health compared to other women within your age group. You’ll then receive a projection of what your skin could look like based on real clinical results of women who used Own’s anti-aging CLA based regimen. Further, Own will recommend personalized skin care tips and tools based on your personalized evaluation that empower you to take control of your skin’s health.

So once you have the results, you will be ready to try Own products. I reviewed five of the products from the Renewing Line.

Insignia LED Light Bulbs :: A Revolution in Lighting Technology :: Review




A light bulb that lasts 22 years? No, that is not a typo. 22 years. It's here! Isn't it amazing how far we are advancing technologically? The latest in lighting technology is the Insignia 800-Lumen, 13-Watt Dimmable LED Light Bulb. I had the opportunity to review these bulbs and I was very surprised by not only how long it lasts, but also how well it performs.


I wasn't sure how the light would look with this bulb. But the Insignia NS-LED60F 13-Watt dimmable LED light bulb offers a warm white light equivalent to a standard 60-Watt incandescent light bulb. It is a beautiful and bright color. Not only does the omnidirectional design provide uniform light distribution ideal for table lamps, open ceiling, and wall fixtures; it also uses 75% less electricity. Don't forget as mentioned, this LED light bulb will provide you light for more than 22 years. Think green!  It creates 98% less waste than traditional lighting options (fully recyclable – contains no mercury, filament or glass). It is really pretty much amazing.



The Insignia LED Light Bulb Features Include:
  • Lasts more than 22 years.
  • Less frequent replacements and more cost savings.
  • Uses only 13 watts of power: Over 75% savings in electricity usage compared with a 60-Watt incandescent light bulb.
  • Instant On: Lights up instantly at full brightness.
  • 800 lumens of brightness: Provides same amount of brightness as a 60-Watt incandescent bulb.
  • Omnidirectional design: Distributes light evenly.
  • Dimmable bulb: Adjust the brightness to a desired level using leading dimmers (not included).
  • Mercury-free design: Unlike CFL bulbs, this bulb uses no Mercury.
  • Standard Light Bulb Shape: Similar size and shape as a standard A19 incandescent bulbs, providing for easy change overs.
  • Light Appearance: This frosted white plastic bulb casts a warm white glow at 3000K.
  • Operating Voltage: 120 Volts.


Why not give them a try using the special offer coupon below? I am confident that you will be as impressed as I was! 

Buy It :: You can purchase Insignia LED light bulbs in stores or online at bestbuy.com on or after October 28 for $16.99 for a 60-watt equivalent and $13.99 for a 40-watt equivalent.

SPECIAL OFFER :: Click HERE to get a special coupon for Buy Two, Get One 50% off! This coupon is only valid 10/28/12 - 11/10/12 for use in Best Buy stores.



The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. See my full disclosure.

Great Gift Idea :: Pay Just $10 and Get $20 to Spend at The Body Shop




Don't wait on this one! This is the PERFECT gift idea! Buy this Groupon for just $10 and get $20 to spend at The Body Shop! I am in love with their body butter. It is fabulous. I also love their perfume scents. Basically, you will have lots and lots to choose from when you do your shopping! The best part is you can buy up to three of these Groupons. Don't forget to click through via Ebates and you will also get 3% cash back on your order! This offer expires on October 30 unless it sells out first, so hurry! Also, please note in may only be used in The Body Shop stores, not online.

TREAT Yourself to 20% off at Blurb!



No tricks - just a treat for you! Here’s a sweet Halloween deal from Blurb! Save 20% off any book you create through 10/31 with special code SPOOKYSALE! Have a Blurb book that you have been working on? Or maybe you’ve been wanting to create a book with all the pictures you have stored on your camera, on Facebook or on Instagram? Well NOW is the time to order a book from Blurb during this huge sale! It's the perfect time to capture all of your favorite moments from the past year in a beautiful photo book! From now until 10/31, you can get 20% off any book you create with promo code SPOOKYSALE!

Extra 20% off Sale Items at Tea Collection


Happy *almost* Halloween! Starting Monday, October 29th through Wednesday, October 31st, Tea Collection is offering an additional 20% off sale items with promo code TRICKORTREAT. Stock up for the holidays NOW on comfortable and durable pants for boys. Mix and match adorable girls' tops and bottoms for endless outfit combinations. Don't miss your chance to take advantage of this Spooktacular Halloween Sale from Tea Collection! Happy Shopping!

October 23, 2012

SALE Alert :: One King's Lane




Get some holiday shopping done early! Starting today, One Kings Lane is launching multiple sales on the most adorable must haves for your kids and your travelling needs! How cute is this cute and cuddly monkey rocking horse from the Gifts for Little Ones Sale as a perfect present over the holidays! But don't take my word for it, go take a look at One Kings Lane yourself and see what kind of trouble you can get yourself into! If you’re new to One Kings Lane, sign up today and get a $15 credit for purchases of $30 or more.

October 21, 2012

Cleopatra's Choice Skin Care :: Review



Cleopatra's Choice is a skin care and beauty products company that has a strong belief in beauty on the inside as well on the outside. This has lead to the inclusion of only quality products with the highest standards. Most of her product line is cruelty free, vegan friendly, and helps to promote the culture and well being of the
community it is made in. I reviewed two products from Cleopatra's Choice: Adovia Mineral Lift and Pure Argan Oil.


Adovia Mineral Lift
There are so many benefits of using this product! Here are a few of my favorites.
  • Firms and Tightens skin with a visible lift that can be felt immediately
  • Highly concentrated serum infuses skin with Dead Sea Minerals, Green Tea, Seaweed, Vitamin C and much more
  • Protects skin from pollutants and weather damage that can clog pores and cause wrinkles and breakouts
  • Feeds skin the nutrients it needs to look youthful and naturally beautiful

The Adovia Firm and Lift Anti Wrinkle Duo combines two remarkable products in one anti aging kit that will leave your skin looking and feeling refreshed and revitalized. It is fortified with natural Dead Sea minerals, sea weed and Aloe Vera. This anti wrinkle duo nourishes skin and promotes radiance and rejuvenation. You will look younger, more refreshed, and help prevent the appearance of new lines and wrinkles on your face. Silicon, vitamin A, and other essential nutrients help improve firmness, and elasticity, and overall skin quality. I was impressed with the texture. It just melts into the skin like silk. It is not sticky or smelly which is very important to me. I noticed an overall improvement in the appearance of my skin.

Pure Argan Oil for Hair and Skin
Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard about the newest miracle oil, Argan Oil. What is it? This all-natural oil comes from the Argan tree and has been praised for the health benefits it can offer to moisturize dry skin and hair. Many individuals are surprised to discover just how many benefits there are while using this product. It has lovingly been called the Tree of Life.

How can it be used? You can use it to condition dry hair, reduce frizzy hair, treat skin blemishes and blotches on the face, just to name a few. You can also safely use this product to help prevent stretch marks and help add elasticity to the skin. The Argan trees are located in Morocco where individuals have realized the multiple benefits that this oil can provide for many different ailments.


Because it is organic, you can safely use it to moisturize and hydrate your skin and nails. It works wonders for the skin and hair as it softens and conditions very quickly. I have used it in several ways. I love using it on my hands and nails. The colder weather is leaving them dry. However, after I use a few drops of Argan Oil, they are soft and smooth and moisturized. Unlike a lotion, the Argan Oil really seeps into the skin and the results are long lasting. I have also used it on my hair on the days when I don't shampoo. It de-frizzes my hair and leaves it soft and manageable. Give it a try!


Connect :: Visit Cleopatra's Choice for effective skin care and beauty productsYou can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Buy It :: The Adovia Mineral Lift is sold for $49.95. The Pure Argan Oil sells for $29.95.



Disclosure: I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. All opinions are my own and uninfluenced by anyone else. I did receive free product(s) to facilitate my review from the company or their PR agency. See my full disclosure.



$25 off the HAAN Multiforce SS25 Steam Mop


Did you see my review of the HAAN Multiforce SS25 Scrubbing Steam Mop? If not please check it out. It is an amazing product that will mop, scrub, buff, sanitize and refresh with just one machine. 

Don't miss the following special offer from HAAN. Change the way you clean.

Special Offer :: Save on your new steam mop! From now until Novemeber 17, 2012 you can get $25 off the HAAN Multiforce SS25 Scrubbing Steam Mop by using the code OCTALU at checkout! This discount is only valid at haanusa.com.

MyLife.com :: Connecting You All In One Place.


Social media is wonderful. It has truly connected our world. But do you ever feel like you are overwhelmed by trying to visit all of your social media sites? Insert MyLife.com. Not only can you get your social network updates and email messages all in one place, you can also discover personal and work contacts you won't find anywhere else. 

MyLife.com is a leading social site and people search platform, connecting personal and work contacts, all in one place. Over 60 million registered members and nearly 700,000 active paying subscribers use MyLife.com’s services to find friends, classmates, singles, people to hire and network with, and other valuable connections that you need in your life, all in one place. Members can create a free MyLife profile to see who’s searching for them, whether they are friends or business contacts, then receive ongoing alerts for new connections.


Their mission is to help members find and maintain personal AND work connections, all in one place as they define the Personal Relationship Management (PRM) category. Now you can eliminate the need to visit multiple services and free members can manage communication across the most popular social networks and email accounts securely and conveniently on one simple dashboard. MyLife users can also easily build and monitor one online identity including many profiles, and make personal and professional connections by searching over 700 million profiles, all in one place.

FREE Photo Calendar This Week Only!

MyPublisher, Inc.

The end of the year is coming soon. It is time to start thinking about a 2013 calendar. Photo calendars also make the perfect gift. Take advantage of this limited time offer to GET ONE FREE! You can even customize specific days with your own photos and text, so you'll never forget a birthday or anniversary. Just fill each month with all your favorite photos of the family, friends and vacations. You can give someone special 365 days of happiness! Start creating your FREE photo calendar from MyPublisher now! Hurry! This offer expires on October 26.

October 19, 2012

2nd Annual Winner Wonderland Giveaway Hop :: Blogger Opportunity :: Sign Ups Open



The 2nd Annual Winner Wonderland Giveaway Hop is being hosted by Blog It Forward Media with Taking Time for Mommy, And The Little Ones Too, Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink and My Mommy’s World. It will run from Dec 1-15.

What Are The Rules?
Each and every blog participating in Winner Wonderland is required to:
  • Have your post LIVE by midnight Eastern Time on Dec 1. If the post is not live by 10 am EST on Dec, you will be taken off of the linky. The Event will run until 11:59 pm EST on Dec 15!
  • Each blog is responsible for acquiring their own giveaway package either by self-funding or by finding their own sponsors. If using sponsors we recommend you add to your post that you are not responsible for the prizes. Each blog is responsible for promoting their sponsors.
  • We prefer Rafflecopter Entries or Giveaway Tools but if not then please make it easy.
  • Please Turn OFF Captcha or Word Verification during the entire duration of Winner Wonderland.
  • No affiliate links as a giveaway option (ex: join Superpoints, Groupon, etc.).
  • No adult content.
  • You cannot combine your Winner Wonderland prize as a prize for another event.
  • Draw winners using a completely random draw (random.org is a free service that does this) or using Rafflecopter no later than 48 hours after the event has closed.
  • We request that any package is worth at least $25. You can have as many packages as you like.
  • If you do not abide by this you will not be allowed to participate in a future event.
  • This event is limited to 150 blogs so enter as early as you can.
  • Send a request to join the Facebook group Blog It Forward. It will keep you up to date with everything Winner Wonderland related. You will receive the link after you register.
How Do I Join?
To sign up, just add your blog name and website to the linky below and you are in. Make sure to read the rules above before signing up.


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Fantastic! I am putting together a fabulous prize package! If you would like to be a featured sponsor for my giveaway please email me at alittleumbrella(at)live(dot)com!

October 18, 2012

Coinstar Offers NO FEE eCertificates or Gift Cards to Marriott and More :: Review and Giveaway




I bet if you check around your home, you can find plenty of loose change lying around. Why not turn those coins into a Holiday Getaway?! How you ask? Well Coinstar and Marriott have recently partnered to give consumers a way to turn that change into a Marriott eTravelCard.


After you cash in your coins for a Marriott eTravelCard, you can use it for a variety of services! It can be used at over 3700 locations worldwide for rooms, spa, golf, dining and more. Better still, there’s no expiration date and no fees. Let me repeat that. Coinstar does not change a fee when you cash in for an eCertificate or Gift Card! Now, did someone say room service?

That's is correct. You can cash in your coins for zip, zero, zilch when you get an eCertificate or Gift Card! It’s free. And there’s no need to roll, sort or count coins. Just choose Free Coin Counting and the eCertificate or gift card you’d like. Then cash in, keep it all. The Coin to Card option is that easy.
And free.

I recently visited my local Coinstar to try it out. It was so simple and fast! Here is how it works.
  1. Gather the coins you want to cash in.
  2. Take them to a Coinstar Center machine near you.
  3. Select eCertificate on the Coinstar Center machine. You can choose your eCertificate from over 40 retailers including Marriott.
  4. Dump your coins into the tray and the machine counts them for you.
  5. Hit done on the machine and your eCertificate prints right there on the machine!
That's it! So simple and so convenient! If you selected Marriott, you are ready to book your trip. You can use it at over 3700 locations worldwide for rooms, spa, golf, dining and more. We haven't had enough time off to use our Marriott eCertificate yet, but we are planning on using it for a Holiday Getaway!


So what are you waiting for? The next time you see a Coinstar Center machine, give it a test drive! That spare change in your couch cushions is worthless. But a NO FEE Gift Card from Coinstar is priceless. Whether you make memories at Marriott, buy your favorite products at Amazon or enjoy a latte at Starbucks, you can do any of them with no additional fee. Cash in your coins, choose the retailer for your eCertificate or Gift Card and that is all there is to it! One lucky reader will have the opportunity to win a $100 Marriott eTravelCard to use on whatever they choose!

October 16, 2012

HAAN Multiforce Pro Scrubbing Steamer


Introducing the new Multiforce Pro Steam Scrubbing Steamers from HAAN. The HAAN Corporation is the industry leader in steam-cleaning technology. HAAN developed Smart Steam Technology, a process by which all products are designed and constructed to ensure the highest standards in engineering, quality, and customer service.



The new HAAN Multiforce SS25 Scrubbing Steam Mop has the amazing Power of 5 in 1 capabilities. I had the opportunity to review this amazing cleaning machine. First, let's talk about what it can do. This steam mop is the first of its kind with high velocity CR-Motion technology. What does that mean? CR-Motion Technology gives you the power to mop, scrub, buff, sanitize and refresh with just one machine. Go back and re-read that in case you missed it. This baby does it ALL! 


Not only can you cut your cleaning time and effort, you can also expand your cleaning possibilities. The Multiforce Pro includes attachments that allow you to take steam where you never have before - outdoor surfaces. Yes that is correct. The moving scrub brush attachments attack messes on tile, deck boards and cement patios easily. The included buffing cloths help to bring the original luster back to aged hardwood floors or dull marble. 


My husband was actually the first one to try our new HAAN Multiforce SS25 Scrubbing Steam Mop. I didn't tell him it was coming. He opened it up and used it before I even got home. As soon as I walked in the door he said, "Wow that steam mop you got is incredible." Those were his exact words. I walked into my dining room with hardwood floors and I was blown away. My floor looked as though it has been professionally refinished. 


From that point on we were ecstatic about the possibilities. We not only used it on hardwood floors, we also used it on laminate and even bathroom tile. Each job was fast and simple. The steam is ready in just 40 seconds. The steam mop is also very lightweight! It weighs less than 7 pounds. Cleaning any kind of surface could not be easier. You can use the SS-25 on any sealed hard surface floor that does not have a wax or no wax finish. This includes hardwood, laminate, vinyl, stone and tile. There are multiple attachments included for versatile cleaning possibilities.

Right out of the box, this versatile cleaning tool includes 4 ultra-microfiber cleaning pads, 2 buffing cloths, 2 steam scrubbers and a Carpet Sanitizing Tray. The CR Motion is a technology that enhances the natural pull-and-push motion of standard steam mops and takes steam cleaning to a whole new level. The process is simple; water passes through a machine powered pump, enters and is heated by a SCR circuit heater and is evenly dispersed through two sets of 10 steam jets. Each set of steam jets are positioned on 2 counter reciprocating steam plates that move at a rate of 850 cycles per minute. You can add the heavy duty scrubbing brushes and even clean outdoors!


Do you need another reason to try the HAAN Multiforce SS25 Scrubbing Steam Mop? How about the fact that it is proven to kill 99.9% of common household germs, bacteria and dust mites?! I bet that got your attention. Especially if you have pets or little ones on your floors! This allows you to clean and sanitize without the use of chemicals and detergents. Not only can you clean hard surfaces, you can also use the carpet glide attachment for sanitizing, refreshing and deodorizing carpets! Another of my favorite features is the swivel head. It adds maneuverability with a stable design that enables unit to stand upright independently.


This versatile steam mop has easily become our go-to choice when cleaning our home. It is so easy to use and it can clean so many surfaces! Say goodbye to your floor cleaners and manual mops. I would highly recommend the HAAN Multiforce SS25 Scrubbing Steam Mop.


Does it work? You be the judge.

Connect :: Visit HAAN to view their selection of Floor Scrubbers. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Buy It :: The HAAN Multiforce SS25 Scrubbing Steam Mop can be purchased at haanusa.com for $239.95. This includes 2 sets of reusable Ultra-Microfiber Cleaning Pads, 1 set of Buffing Pads and 1 set of Scrub Brushes.


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