December 30, 2012

Market Your Business, Sell Your Product and Build Your Brand with Pinterest Power :: Review and Giveaway



The new year is almost here. It's time for you to make some resolutions for your business, product and/or your brand. How are you going to make an impact in 2013? Why not start with the world's hottest social network? You thought Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter were big? Pinterest is outpacing them all. As a marketer, you can't afford to ignore this amazing new platform.


Why should you start marketing right now on Pinterest? In a word: MORE. You'll drive more traffic, get more customers, and make more money than ever! Pinterest Power provides all the tools, tips, and strategies you need to get going - right now, the right way. The authors actually interview the Pinterest team and they share wisdom and insight on how brands should use Pinterest for maximum success. You won't find this information in any other book, or online interview. It's only available in Pinterest Power. This comprehensive book offers a detailed blueprint for effective marketing on Pinterest, with chapter after chapter of selling strategies, concepts, tips, and tactics all designed to get you launched successfully on this amazing social media site. 


This book will give you an inside look at small business numbers and explain how Pinterest impacted Liberty Jane Clothing. It will share the before and after site traffic, revenue details, and clear examples of how they benefited from the power of Pinterest. This isn't social media theory; it's a collection of hard won principles and best practices. The authors explain how they actually use Pinterest to make money. "Pinterest has unimaginable potential as a marketing and customer relationship building tool. In this fantastic book Jason and Karen reveal their highly effective blueprint for using it the right way. This is the guide to Pinterest that I'm having my staff read." - JIM COCKRUM, bestselling author of Free Marketing: 101 Low and No-Cost Ways to Grow Your Business.


Product? No product? This book is really for anyone looking to take a leap in marketing themselves, their brand or whatever they have. The authors interview some of the most successful small businesses on Pinterest. They include great companies like Modcloth, BurdaStyle, MADE and more. Their interviews shed light on how these smart marketers are using this new platform to generate massive referral traffic. They share their tips and techniques with surprising candidness. They also include insights from non-profits and service providers, not just physical product sellers. Many service providers are using Pinterest successfully, you can learn from their success.


My thoughts? As a blogger I love using Pinterest to market my blog. I learned many useful pointers and tips that I will be using in 2013. If you need a Pinterest plan that is battle tested, proven to work in the real world of competitive marketing, and written by small business marketers for other small business marketers, then Pinterest Power is for you. Don't spend your marketing dollars on expensive seminars. Everything you need to know about building your brand on Pinterest is right here. One of my lucky readers is going to win their own copy!

China Glaze "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away" Collection



So I love Cirque du Soleil. I have seen about 10 live shows all over the country. So when I heard that China Glaze was releasing a collection based on the new 3D “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” movie, I was so excited! I am planning on seeing the movie this week and I can't wait. Anything from Cirque du Soleil is sure to entertain, delight and immerse you into a new world. The Cirque du Soleil collection from China Glaze reflects the whimsical theme of the movie.
From the big top to the big screen, visionary filmmaker James Cameron and writer/director Andrew Adamson invite you on an all new 3D adventure: “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away.” A young couple who is separated must journey through the astonishing and dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil® to find each other as audiences experience the immersive 3D technology that will allow them to leap, soar, swim and dance with the performers. 

The China Glaze “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” inspired nail polish and eyelash collections will bring to life the wonderfully exotic artistry that is presented throughout the film. The China Glaze nail polish collection combines rich crèmes, soft shimmers and bold glitters. Look at the beautiful rainbow of vibrant colors! From left to right shown above Igniting Love, Escaping Reality, Surreal Appeal, Def Defying, Running in Circles, Hanging in the Balance, Creative Fantasy and Bend  Over Backwards.


There are also some fabulous glitters in this collection including It's A Trap-Eze (shown below) which could not be more perfect for New Year's!



Let these 12 limited edition shades take you away on your own adventure of beauty!
  • Whirled Away (black and white collage glitter)
  • It’s a Trap-eze (white cream base with multi glitter)
  • Escaping Reality (neon raspberry pink)
  • Surreal Appeal (rich coral crème)
  • Def Defying (lime green crème)
  • Running in Circles (cilantro green shimmer)
  • Hanging in the Balance (cerulean blue crème)
  • Water You Waiting For (shimmering blue green purple)
  • Creative Fantasy (grape neon)
  • Bend Over Backwards (pepper red shimmer)
  • Igniting Love (hot tamale red crème)
  • Get Carried Away (multi-sized black and red collage glitter with black crème)
I used Creative Fantasy on my toes and I love it!


There is also a collection of eyelashes that have been released by Ardell. It consists of six attention-grabbing lash styles ranging from more natural styles to feathers and jewel embellished lash strips. Choose from Imagine, Inspire, Surreal, Fantasy (shown below), Mystical and Daring.

So much fun! Get ready to leap, soar, swim and dance in your favorite colors from the China Glaze and Ardell "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away" Collections!

Exuviance Performance Peel from NeoStrata Review


NeoStrata offers dermatologist developed skin care products that are clinically proven to dramatically transform all skin types. Through scientific innovations and patents, Drs. Van Scott and Yu have perfected the science of anti-aging skin care to an extent that is unprecedented and unsurpassed by any other skin care brand. I had the opportunity to try another great product from NeoStrata. This time I reviewed the Exuviance Performance Peel AP25.


I have been using this product for a month now and I see an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles. This high performance Alpha Hydroxy Acid peel is a 25% blend of AHAs and PHAs including Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid and Gluconolactone that exfoliates dead, dull surface layers, and stimulates the process of cell renewal among all skin layers, to reveal healthier cells. Clinical studies after one month of twice weekly use indicate:
  • 100% of users saw improvement in fine lines & wrinkles
  • 94% of users saw more even skin tone, texture & radiance

The creators of the original Glycolic Acid peel introduced this high performance peel that is safe and easy to use at home. The Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 contains a 25% blend of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Polyhydroxy Acids (PHA) including Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid and Gluconolactone. Performance Peel AP25 not only works at skin's surface to exfoliate dead, dull surface layers, it also stimulates the process of cell renewal among all layers, to reveal fresher, healthier cells. With regular use, up to twice a week, this peel has been clinically proven to:
  • Refine pore size and smooth texture
  • Visibly diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improve clarity and brightness
  • Brighten and even skin tone
  • Provide an all-over healthy glow, suppleness and smoothness to skin
The Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 contains 12 peels (a 6 week supply), which can be used up to twice a week on face, backs of hands, neck, chest and body. Why not give your winter skin some help? This product has been clinically proven to improve your skin. It worked for me!

December 22, 2012

NOVICA Gift Finder :: Enter to Win a $40 Gift Code!



NOVICA is a showcase to give artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity. They want to provide you with access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values that only the Internet infrastructure can allow. Now to make shopping for gifts even easier, NOVICA has introduced the Gift Finder.


Talented master artisans present these handcrafted treasures - many with free gift wrapping. Popular categories include gifts for her, gifts for him and gifts for the romantic. I browsed and found so many amazing things that I would love to have give! 


Did someone say jewelry? This has to be my favorite category of gifts under Gifts for Her. But don't worry - you can also find Gifts for Him, Home Decor Gifts and more! One of my lucky readers will win a $40 NOVICA Gift Code to try out the cool new Gift Finder for themselves!

Publish Your 2012 Memories


Put all of your 2012 memories, including vacations, birthdays, and special occasions in a keepsake book this holiday! Or create the perfect planner for 2013 full of your favorite photos of all time. For more ideas and inspiration go to: Blurb.com or Blurb.ca. And remember that from now through 1/7 you can save 15% on your entire book order with code BOOKS15OFF.

December 21, 2012

Enter to Win a $250 Amazon Gift Card!


Happy Holidays and welcome to this special $250 Amazon Holiday Gift Card Giveaway! Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink has partnered up with some amazing blogs for this giveaway where one of our readers will win a $250 Amazon Gift Card!

This giveaway is co-hosted by: Always Searching for Savings | Freebie Spot | Shopaholicmommy | Mom and More | Special Happens | Adventures of Frugal Mom | Military Wives SavingFreeMakeup&BeautySamples |

Amazon gift cards are redeemable towards millions of items storewide at amazon.com or endless.com. There are no fees and your card will never expire.

December 13, 2012

Enter to Win a $100 Mia Mariu Gift Certificate!



Welcome to the Mia Mariu Giveaway! I have joined some amazing blogs to bring you the chance to win a special holiday prize:
$100 Mía Mariú Gift Certificate

If you’re not already familiar with Mía Mariú, they are a health & beauty company that promotes beauty inside and out. In fact, you can check this blog for a review I did just a little while ago! Mía Mariú offers products such as botanical skin care, mineral cosmetics, natural health supplements and fine fragrances - all of which are available exclusively through Independent Advisers and online.

December 9, 2012

China Glaze Holiday Joy Collection Review :: Get Your Nails Holiday Ready




Are your nails ready for the holidays? I don't know about you but my schedule starts to get busy with excitement starting this week! Be ready for all of the celebrations with the Holiday Joy Collection from China Glaze! Whether you are looking for the Perfect Holiday Red or Glamorous Glitters, China Glaze has you covered with this beautiful collection! Bringing tidings of good cheer, the China Glaze Holiday Joy collection features 12 merry crèmes, glitters and shimmers.


Let's start with those Perfect Holiday Reds! From left to right shown above choose from the lovely Merry Berry (rich berry red crème), Red Satin (silky blue-based red crème), With Love (classic red crème with a hint of orange undertones), and Cranberry Splash (ruby red shimmer).


I am wearing Red Satin (also shown above) in the first photo. Sometimes I find it hard to find that perfect red. But China Glaze has really outdone themselves with these four fantastic options.


Now for those Glamorous Glitters and Shimmers! From left to right choose from Pizzazz (twinkling multi-dimensional glitter blend), Pure Joy (fiery red glitter with gold particles), Angel Wings (delicate gold dust glitter), Winter Holly (gold-flecked dazzling green glitter), Blue Bells Ring (icy blue shimmer), Champagne Kisses (bubbly rose gold glitter), Glistening Snow (fine diamond-like silver glitter) and not pictured but shown below is Glitter All The Way (exciting multi-color glitter).


These glitters and shimmers can be worn alone or layered with the cremes to create a truly personalized look! I love a fun glitter choice on my toes during the holidays! The holiday season is truly the most wonderful time of the year ... for nails thanks to this collection! From gorgeous glitters to rich crèmes, ‘tis the season to add sparkle and shine to any manicure and pedicure. Celebrate the season in color with the new China Glaze Holiday Joy collection!


If you want to make your nails sparkle with holiday joy then you must check out this collection! It would also make a fantastic gift! Did someone say stocking stuffer? The China Glaze Holiday Joy collection also features 13 seasonally-inspired gift sets perfect for stocking stuffers, Hanukah gifts, Secret Santa, co-workers and Teacher’s gifts!

Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips Review #CrestWhitestrips

If You're Not Whitening, You're Yellowing.

Unfortunately, this is so true. Especially during the holiday season! From hot chocolate to nuts to cookies to candy canes, we munch and crunch our way through the holidays. Yet are we forgetting about all of the photos that will require us to show our pearly whites? Make sure they actually are pearly ... and white.


Now you can whiten your teeth at home using a professional whitening treatment. Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips are just as effective as a treatment from the dentist. These whitestrips are formulated with the same enamel-safe ingredient dentists use. To use, just apply once a day for 30 minutes. You'll start seeing a whiter smile after three days. From the moment I tried my strips, I could tell they were working! I indeed did see very nice results in just a few days. You should use the whole pack of 20 strips and you will achieve full results in just 20 days.


I found them very easy to use. They are very sticky so they just stick right on your teeth with no sliding. This also means that you won't get any of the gel on your gums, tongue or anywhere else in your mouth. The whitening gel just stays right where it needs to be. Just leave them on for 30 minutes a day and you are done! So what can Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips do for you?
  • You can achieve professional teeth whitening at home.
  • The results last up to 12 months.
  • The Advanced Seal Technology no-slip grip stays put so you can talk and drink water while whitening teeth.
  • They use the same enamel-safe teeth whitening agent dentists use.
  • They rate as a Level 4 whitening on teeth whitening meter.
I would highly recommend getting your teeth holiday ready right now! If you start tomorrow, your teeth will be much whiter by the holidays and you will be finished by the New Year! Now that is a resolution that you can keep!

Connect :: You can find out more about this product at the Crest 3D White Website. You can also find Crest on Facebook.

Buy It :: You can purchase Crest 3D White Whitestrips Professional Effects online or at your favorite retailers like Target or Walgreens. The retail value is $54.99.


Disclosure:  I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and are influenced by no one else. I received this product complimentary from Influenster  See my full disclosure.

iD GUM. Kinda more than gum. Kinda amazing. #idgum



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iD GUM is kinda more than gum. iD GUM not only boasts a delicious twist on much-loved flavors like Peppermint, Spearmint and BerryMelon – it’s also packaged in a sleek, innovative folding pack featuring a new and unexpected magnetic closure. I love the cool sleek look of this gum, but it also tastes great! It really holds its flavor longer than other gums I have tried. The flavors are fun, bold and full of flavor.

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Just like the video below says, it's kinda more than gum. It's kinda amazing. I guess you will just have to try some and see for yourself! Each pack features unique artwork created by emerging artists, making it kinda a pack of gum and kinda a rare, breathtakingly moving masterpiece. Not to mention that magnetic closure that helps keep your gum secure in the pack. And that’s just the beginning.


Connect :: You can connect with iD GUM on Facebook and Twitter. Check out the iD ArtCade too!

Buy It :: Purchase the following flavors at your favorite store.
  • BerryMelon :: Kinda tastes like berry and kinda tastes like watermelon.
  • PepperMint :: Kinda tastes like peppermint and kinda like a hint of something else.
  • SpearMint :: Kinda tastes like spearmint and kinda has a little more to it.
Disclosure:  I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. The information provided in this post came from the sponsor. I did receive free product(s) to facilitate my review from the company or their PR agency.  See my full disclosure.

December 6, 2012

Earn Dot Dollars at Stella & Dot


In December, it pays to shop with Stella & Dot! For every $50 you spend you will earn $25 in Dot Dollars to redeem for yourself in the new year. This is a great way to get gifts for friends and family while also shopping for yourself. You can apply the $25 Dot Dollars for every $50 you spend between Jan. 3rd-10th, 2013. So check out Stella & Dot today and start earning your Dot Dollars! Happy Shopping!

20% off Photo Books at Blurb


It's not too late to order the perfect holiday gift ... a custom book from Blurb! Blurb is offering 20% off any book you create with promo code LASTCALL20. Blurb books are easy to create and make a great holiday gift! Plus, with Blurb, you can now create a photo book in just one night by uploading your Instagram and Facebook images. Capture those special 2012 moments today and create a photo book that you can cherish for a lifetime. Hurry - offer ends 12/10/12.

Dazzle Someone on Your Gift List!


Give the gift of style! Don't miss your chance to stock up on great gifts this holiday season from ShoeDazzle, during their buy two for the price of one event! This offer is only valid for a limited time and on select styles, so shop now before this deal is gone! As a ShoeDazzle customer, you’ll find shoe, handbag and accessory recommendations chosen by a team of Hollywood stylists. Best of all, you can find items as low as $39.95! Happy Shopping!

15% off Holiday Gifts at Layla Grayce


'Tis the season to shop and Layla Grayce is offering 15% off all holiday gifts with promo code merry valid through 12/23! Find a gift for everyone on your list! Delight your mother, sister or best friend with a Stephanie Johnson Palm Desert White Snap Mirror. A zebra-inspired print in metallic gold provides this on-the-go mirror with the high-profile glamour of a desert oasis. The Kirra Tate Chevron Blue Bracelet Set adds style to any outfit and makes the perfect gift for the holidays. Don't forget about the children on your list! There are plenty of cute ideas for them too! Don't miss your chance to save 15% on fantastic holiday gifts!

Get a Personalized Photo Mug for Just $1


Need a quick and inexpensive gift idea? How about an 11 OZ. Custom Photo Mug Only $1?! Think of teachers, co-workers or Secret Santa! Hurry - this offer expires 12/15/12. Use the code 1MUG at checkout.

These offers also expire on 12/15/12:

You will not be able to combine these offers so choose your favorite! Happy Shopping!




New Customers Only. 1 use. Quantity limit 1. S&H not included. Online Orders Only. Exp. 12-15-2012. Standard Shipping For One 11 OZ. Ceramic Mug $5.99 and all additional mugs in the order ship at $1.99 each.

Comfort Can Be Cute


I am a teacher which means I am on my feet all day. I know I am not alone. Teachers, nurses, food service workers and so many more people in the workforce deal with the same issue. I want to be comfortable but I don't want to wear ugly shoes that look like they came from my grandma's closet. No offense grandma! But I am in my 30’s and I want to look like it!

Not to worry! It is possible to find comfortable shoes for standing all day that are also cute! Look for styles like the Mary Janes shown above. They go with just about anything and you can dress them up or down. More great choices include clogs and mules. If you take the time to look around, you can find shoes that will support your feet and keep them happy. Let's face it; we all take our feet for granted. That is, until we feel pain from excessive exercise, shoes that don't fit properly or simply from the daily pressure of our body weight. It all comes down to supporting a strong foundation from your feet up. In the end, a healthy life style depends on the state of your feet.

December 5, 2012

Intense Hydration Face Care from Burt's Bees


I have been a big fan of Burt's Bees products for quite some time. I love their motto that everything they do should be good for you, good for us, and good for all. They call it The Greater Good. Isn't that how it should be when it comes to caring for your skin?

I tried some products from the Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Face Care line. Just like the rest of the brand's products, this skin care line is carefully crafted from the best ingredients nature has to offer. In fact, the story of this line starts with a tough little plant called Clary Sage.


Meet Clary Sage, A Force of Nature. Deep in the windswept hills of the Mediterranean, a lone plant fights for its life against the elements. Clary Sage survives and thrives in spite of its harsh surroundings, thanks to the plant's fierce will and exceptional ability to adapt and retain moisture. This remarkable botanical is the inspiration behind Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Face Care line: the brand's natural ode to soft, supple, revitalized skin.

I loved the Intense Hydration Night Cream. It replenishes moisture while you sleep. You will wake to skin that feels soft, supple and revitalized. It provides intense hydration and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This product absorbs quickly thanks to a rich, non-greasy formula. I use this product not only on my face, but on my hands and feet as well! They seem to get so very dry in the winter. The cream is so soft and lovely, making it perfect for anywhere you need some intense moisture.

Another product from this line that I love is the Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser. It provides intense hydration and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I love the clean feeling it leaves on my skin. It feels soft, supple and revitalized without leaving a residue. This product easily removes dirt, oil and makeup.

The Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Face Care line is clinically proven to intensely hydrate dry skin. It also helps to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It is dermatologist-tested and 99% natural. You can find this line in mass retailers (like Target or Wal-Mart), drug stores, grocery stores and natural health food stores nationwide. Visit Burt's Bees online to purchase and get more information on any of their products. You will also find them on Facebook and Pinterest.



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. I received a product sample, coupon, collateral or other special premium from BzzAgent.


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