January 30, 2013

Hey Kia, Where Do Babies Come From? #SpaceBabies


Are you ready for some football? When I watch the Big Game, I look forward to the commercials the most. Shhh ... don't tell my husband that! Anyway, this ad will be seen during the upcoming Big Game and it comes from Kia. It answers the age old question, "Where do babies come from?" in a pretty hilarious way. I have never had to answer this one myself. But perhaps you can relate to the nervous dad who tries to delicately answer this question? You probably did not tell the curious child about Babylandia. But what did you say? I would love to hear your story! Speaking of babies and cars, do you know how to choose the right booster seat? Click here for reviews.

January 29, 2013

Don't Miss the Day of Furniture at One Kings Lane



A day for furniture? Yep. That means it is time to liven up your humble abode! No more excuses. Look no further than the One Kings Lane Day of Furniture! Today through Thursday, 1/31, this event features pieces for every room and has great options for every design aesthetic. From Ottomans & Benches to Headboards & Beds, don't miss out on this opportunity to grab a great new piece for your home!



Disclosure: Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink is an affiliate of one or more of the products and banners you will see on this site. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising. See my full disclosure.

January 28, 2013

$1 Photo Mug Valentine's Day Gift Idea


Here is another great idea for Valentine's Day! How about a creating Photo Mug for just $1? You can fill it with chocolate kisses to make it extra cute! Just use the code 1MUG at checkout.

This offer expires February 28th and is for New Customers Only. This price does not include shipping. 



Disclosure: Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink is an affiliate of one or more of the products and banners you will see on this site. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising. See my full disclosure.

"Show Them Your Love" Valentine's Day Photo Contest


Something About Silver, my favorite hand stamped jewelry artisans, are throwing a contest in honor of love and Valentine’s Day! Let me tell you all about it!

The Inspiration
They believe children are the world’s greatest inspiration for love; always showing their love so purely and sweetly. They decided to have this contest so everyone can have a special reminder around one of the greatest days for loving others AND to win some cash and free jewelry. Join now and don’t miss out!
**Contest details are listed below

About The Contest
They are asking you to email them a photo of your child/grandchild showing someone their love. It could be a snapshot of them holding hands, kissing a cheek, sharing a hug or even serving the marginalized in a distant country. An intimate panel of judges will select the best 10 photos to be placed into a poll which will be placed within the Something About Silver Blog for collecting votes. The one who collects the most votes will win!

The Awesome Prizes
  • $250 cash sent overnight
  • $75 gift certificate redeemable on our website
  • The winning photo showcased on our Website and Facebook page
How To Enter
  1. Like Something About Silver on Facebook
  2. Sign up for their contest newsletter. The link can be found on their blog.
  3. Send your beautiful, moment-capturing photo to contest@somethingaboutsilver.com by 8am on February 2nd, 2013.
    • The child in the photo must be 10 years old or younger (the photo can be from when your child was young).
    • Every photo must be of your child/grandchild only, digital, good quality & in jpg/gif/png/bmp format.
    • You must include a 3-sentence description of the photo, as well as your name, city/state, and best email where you can be reached.
More Information
For more information, including the contest disclaimers, please visit the Something About Silver Blog.

Don't wait too long! Your deadline is quickly approaching!



This giveaway is NOT affiliated with Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink. This blog was hired by Something About Silver to promote this contest. See my full disclosure.

Enter to Win a Kindle Fire!


It's time for an another awesome giveaway! This time you can enter to win a Kindle Fire! This giveaway is sponsored Spend With Pennies and is hosted by Giveaway Promote. Spend With Pennies is your one stop for all things free and frugal. In today’s economy, we need to stretch every dollar we can. Spend With Pennies helps make that simple by finding the most current deals, freebies and prizes for you every day! We have teamed up with a great group of bloggers to bring you this fabulous giveaway.

  • The perfect family tablet, with the best in kids' entertainment. 
  • All new 40% faster, twice the memory, longer battery life 
  • Ultra-fast web browsing over built-in Wi-Fi, easy-to-use email works with Gmail, Yahoo! and more 
  • The most popular apps and games: Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, HBO GO, Pandora, Angry Birds Space, and more 
  • Kindle FreeTime: set screen limits, create child profiles, and more 
  • NEW Kindle FreeTime Unlimited - just for kids. Unlimited access to books, games, apps, movies and TV shows. 
  • Massive book selection, vibrant color magazines. Over a million titles less than $9.99 
  • Over 23 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines , books, audiobooks, apps, and games 
  • Description from Amazon.com

January 27, 2013

Custom Pillow Case for $5


Valentine's Day gift idea alert! How about creating a custom pillow case for your valentine for just $5?! I love this idea! To get started, go HERE, create your pillow case, then use the code: PILLOW5 at check out. This would also be a great idea for kid.





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January 26, 2013

Green Cleaning for Your Carpet


When is the last time you had your carpet cleaned? Spring cleaning will be here soon enough. Start thinking about a carpet cleaner that is green. GreenChoice Carpet, Upholstery and Rug Cleaning uses only Green Cleaning Materials. They also offer a convenient service and do it all at a great price. If you need a fast, reliable, and safe green carpet cleaning service, they can help! They also offer leather and upholstery cleaning, office cleaning, rug repair and rug restoration, and mattress cleaning.

This family operated company knows the dangers of conventional carpet cleaning products. That's why they use only Green Carpet Cleaning utilizing natural Organic cleaning products. All of their products are rated the safest rating under OSHA. When you choose us to clean your carpets, make sure that you are selecting the greenest way to clean your living space. 

There is nothing better than a clean carpet. If you do spill something, make sure you clean it up quickly to prevent a stain. However, after awhile, carpets just need a good deep cleaning. I don't want my family exposed to the harsh chemicals in some cleaners. Next time make sure you are cleaning the green way. Green cleaning has been tested and proven effective not only in eliminating stains but also in restoring and prolonging the beauty of your carpets. 




Disclosure: This is a sponsored post is brought to you by Green Choice. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising. See my full disclosure.

January 24, 2013

Create Personalized Valentine's Day Cards



Attention! It is almost February So have you picked out that special Valentine's Day card for that special someone yet? If you have not (or if the one you picked out isn't all that special), I've got a tip for you. Visit Treat and make a personalized Valentine's Day card. Don't wait until it's too late!

For Him 

For Her 

Also, if you need cards for your kids' classroom, check out their sister site, Tiny Prints, for the best classroom Valentines! If you do so by January 30 and use the promo code 20JANSW you can save 20% on your entire order!

January 23, 2013

Enter to Win a $100 Gift Code to ChicCanvas.com!



We are celebrating Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink's Blogoversary Bash with awesome giveaways like this one! You have come to the right place to enter to win a $100 Gift Code to ChicCanvas.com


Getting your photos onto canvas has never been so ... chic! ChicCanvas.com is a professional printing service that provides personalized photos on canvas and designer canvas prints! Printing on Canvas can add so much personality and wow to your home decor. They have a 100% satisfaction guarantee and they use only the best quality materials. Canvas photo prints and the traditional canvas photo are revolutionizing the digital photography marketplace. Let ChicCanvas.com turn your photos into a work of art!


One of my lucky readers is going to win $100 to spend at ChicCanvas.com! The winner can create their own art using their photos! 

Enter to Win a $50 Gift Code to ErinCondren.com!



We are celebrating Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink's Blogoversary Bash with awesome giveaways like this one! You have come to the right place to enter to win a $50 Gift Code to ErinCondren.com


If you have never heard of ErinCondren.com, you have been missing out! You will find personalized stationery, gift labels, photo cards, calendars and SO MUCH more! My favorite product has to be the planners. They have really thought of everything when they created their Life Planners. I also love their selection of iPhone cases. I think I may be ordering one of these babies very soon!


One of my lucky readers is going to win $50 to spend at ErinCondren.com! What will you spend the $50 on if you win?!

Welcome to My 2nd Blogoversary Bash Giveaway Event!


Happy 2nd Blogoversary, Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink!
Two years? How is that even possible! I am so excited to have made it to the two year mark. I am really proud of the accomplishments that my "baby" has achieved. Take a look ...

The numbers ...
Number of posts = 1166
Number of comments = 10934
Number of pageviews = 515,680

All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you! I hope you enjoy the awesome giveaway I have put together for you! So what can you win at my 2nd Blogoversary Bash?

Win a $50 Gift Code to ErinCondren.com!
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Win a $100 Gift Code to ChicCanvas.com!
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A big "Thank You" my fabulous readers and to my awesome sponsors! I hope you enjoy the giveaways! Good Luck and "Cheers" to another amazing year!

January 22, 2013

Celebs in ModCloth


So you may have guessed that I love ModCloth, but so do celebs! Does anyone watch The Mindy Project? Great show by the way. Anyway, Mindy was spotted in the Dijon My Mind Coat.


Then, Neyla from The Lumineers was on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. She was spotted in the Thing-a-ma-Sprig Dress. I love the "Ho Hey" song - don't you?


January 19, 2013

Tranzitions Color Changing Collection from China Glaze



Color changing nail color? Think of the possibilities. Leave it to China Glaze to come up with the new color-changing Tranzitions collection! Now you can create a reverse french manicure, half moons, ombre, basket weave, dots or racing stripes multi-colored and with ease.


China Glaze Tranzitions’ revolutionary new nail lacquer reacts when a clear top coat is applied, changing the color from one shade to another for a stunning effect. Wear any of the six beautiful, color-shifting shades alone, or allow your creativity to run wild and create intricate nail designs by applying a top coat in specific places. As you can see above, I started with the color Split Perso-nail-ity. Try different looks using nail art brushes, free-hand designs or nail guides. Because each shade changes color, you get two lacquers in one, creating an entirely new look with just one swipe.


After applying the Split Perso-Nail-Ity Base Coat, I just used the Fast Forward Top Coat and a nail brush to create some easy breezy stripes.

How It Works
Step 1: Apply a base coat.
Step 2: Apply two coats of China Glaze Tranzitions shade of choice. Allow to completely dry.
Step 3: Lastly, apply one coat of clear top coat such as China Glaze Fast Forward and watch the color change right before your eyes.


To make things easier, you can use a nail brush like the one shown above. This will give you control and precision. I found this to be very easy to do. It does exactly what it says it will! I love it when that happens. Watch the video below for a more detailed look at Tranzitions by China Glaze.

Enter to Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card OR a $25 Walmart Gift Card!



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Who's ready for an Amazon and Wal-Mart Gift Card Giveaway!? This giveaway is sponsored by Giveaway Promote and hosted by several awesome blogs like this one! We’re giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a $25 Wal-Mart Gift Card in celebration of Giveaway Promote reaching an awesome milestone of 25,000 fans on Facebook! I use Giveaway Promote to promote my giveaways. You can list your giveaways and find other great giveaways to enter. Check them out!

January 16, 2013

15% off Valentine's Day Gifts at Layla Grayce



Is Valentine's Day really right around the corner?! I guess now is the time to shop for your special loved one. Layla Grayce is offering 15% off Valentine's Day gifts with promo code 15pink. Below are a few of my absolute favorite gift ideas. There are so many great ideas like jewelry, cosmetics and art prints. Don't miss your chance to shop this great sale and save 15% on all your Valentine's Day gifts!

New Mabel's Labels for Household Products


Get organized in 2013! I love using labels. I am kind of like Monica Gellar (Friends anyone)? Mabel's Labels has just launched their newly re-designed line of Household Labels! These labels are a must-have to help families get, and stay organized at home. Developed by professional organizers, these labels organize everything from storage bins, food containers and spice jars to craft supplies, electronics cords and trash cans. Be sure to check out all of Mabel's Labels great new products today! Happy Labeling!

January 14, 2013

Accessorize with Tights and Leggings

This post brought to you by No nonsense. All opinions are 100% mine.


I have a pretty feminine fashion style. I also like to add splashes of color. I love the black and turquoise outfit that I created above. The dress is so pretty and so feminine. But what really caught my eye was that pop of turquoise. I also brought that color in with the bag. The jacket is the perfect compliment. I would wear it open so you could see the colors pop in the dress.

The other thing I like to do is accessorize. The accessories really complete an outfit. Using accessories like tights can make your outfit go from okay to wow. No nonsense tights and leggings come in a variety of colors and styles. Look at my outfit above. It is just wouldn't look "complete" if you took out the black tights. I like to pair tights with a bold shoe like these mary janes. A great pair of boots would also look fabulous with tights.

Jill Martin is the new brand ambassador and style expert for No nonsense tights and leggings. She will show women how to incorporate the newest trends using colored tights and essential leggings. Check out the video below showing one of her tips.

Why not try to include some leggings or tights into your winter wardrobe? Not only are they cute, they can also keep you warm. No nonsense tights are affordable too. You can find them at most drug and mass retail stores. Look for No nonsense on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @benononsense.

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January 13, 2013

FREE Block of the Month Class from Craftsy

Online Quilting Class

Was one of your resolutions to be more crafty? Well why not learn new quilting techniques, make new friends and create a sampler quilt! Each month, Laura Nownes demonstrates one great quilting technique in this FREE class. Sew along with quilting legend Laura Nownes as she teaches you how to make 10 blocks of various sizes, including LeMoyne Star, Tumbling Blocks, Strippy Spools and Offset Log Cabins. You'll learn techniques such as 45-degree and 60-degree triangles, partial seams, Y-seam construction and curved piecing. In the fall, you'll learn two fun filler blocks, then assemble the quilt and finish with Laura's easy mitered binding.

Get ready for your 2013 quilting adventure. Sign up now for Craftsy's FREE 2013 Block of the Month today! By the way, I LOVE Craftsy! You can find all kinds of crafty classes! Right now I am taking the Paper Arts Class. I love it! All kinds of fun ideas for things you can make with paper. Look for my review coming soon!


January 5, 2013

Vino-Licious Frozen Wine Mixers Review and Giveaway


OWG (Old World Gourmet) is an upscale food and beverage company with innovative beverages. OWG has an especially fun line of frozen wine mixers that I got to try! The OWG Vino-Licious line is a unique frozen wine mixers that add bold and delicious flavors to any type of wine! You just get your favorite bottle of wine, add the mix and then freeze. 


Flavors for red wines include | Vinolicious Wine Ice, Vinolicious Sangria Freeze and Vinolicious Blueberry Pomegranate

Flavors for white wines include | Vinolicious Margarita Freeze, Vinolicious Lemoncillo Freeze and Vinolicious Peach Bellini Freeze

One of the flavors I got to sample was the Vinolicious Lemoncillo Freeze. This is how you make it.

Step 1 | There is a bag of powder that comes inside the box. Just empty the bag contents into 2 quart pitcher or 1 gallon ziplock freezer bag. I used the freezer bag.

Step 2 | Add 1 750ml bottle of your favorite wine to the mix. I used this Rex-Goliath Moscato. Then you  the fill wine bottle with water and add that to mix. Next, I took a spoon and stirred up the contents. This was similar to making lemonade. It smelled like it too!

Step 3 | Freeze the bag for 3-4 hours. I froze mine overnight. This is what it looks like. You then need to break it up a bit. I ran it under a little bit of hot water and then kneaded it with my hands until it got slushy.

Step 4 | I used a spoon to put it into a glass. Add a little umbrella [wink] and enjoy!

My Thoughts | We loved this drink! It was very sweet. So if you don't like sweet you can try a less sweet wine or add more water. But I happen to like sweet so I thought it was delicious. It tasted like a frozen lemonade! So so good! I also got to try the Vinolicious Sangria Freeze and the Vinolicious Peach Bellini Freeze. The Lemoncillo was my favorite with the Peach Bellini a close second. Try some for your next party or just because.


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