April 30, 2013

Pack Your Bags :: Missouri Travel Ideas #VisitMO

This post brought to you by Missouri Division of Tourism. All opinions are 100% mine.
Are you considering your summer travel options? Why not try someplace unexpected? Why not try Missouri?! Here are some things that might surprise you about Missouri.
1.       Missouri has 51 state parks.
2.       Bone Terre Mine is the world’s largest freshwater dive resort.
3.       Lake of the Ozarks has more miles of shoreline than California.
4.       The 225-mile Katy Trail is the largest hike-to-bike trail in America.
5.       Did someone say float trip? Google it if you have no idea what it is.
I can easily find wonderful things for my husband and I to do in Missouri. If I were planning my own trip, we would start in St. Louis. St. Louis . . . the Gateway to the West. This metropolis offers everything from industries in biotechnology to breweries, professional sports to riverboat casinos, history to quaint neighborhoods, gardens to festivals, walking trails to river excursions. The fabric of the region is woven with the many colorful threads and textures of its ancestors and modern-day explorers from around the world. Don't forget the food and the shopping. No matter what you’re looking to do, see or explore, you can find it in St. Louis. I would start with a brewery tour and then a trip to the ballpark! My husband loves baseball and brews so he would love to see the Anheuser-Bush Brewery and then catch a St. Louis Cardinals game!
We are such foodies. I would love to take a food tour of Kansas City! Kansas City, known as the Heart of America, was founded in 1850. It is often referred to as the City of Fountains. Here you’ll find an incredible variety of things to see and do, from professional sports to dazzling nightlife, historical attractions to great music venues, world-class museums to Kansas City barbecue. You can’t help but feel at home in Kansas City. I think we would start the morning with Eggtc. and enjoy some omelets and crepes. For lunch we could head to SPIN! and enjoy some traditional Italian pizzas. For dinner it would have to be Room 39 with white tablecloths, an award-winning wine list and a four-course tasting menu that changes daily and uses farmer-driven produce and meat.
I would also like to explore Lake of the Ozarks! The Lake of the Ozarks is Missouri’s largest lake destination, with more than 1,150 total miles of shoreline, including a main channel that stretches 92 miles. There is an abundance of water activities here that we would love to explore. We would stay in a rustic cottage and dine at restaurants from franchised fast food eateries to one-of-a-kind gourmet dining to wineries. My husband would love the top rated championship golf courses. I would love the craft shops and outlet malls!
We would end our Missouri trip in wine country. Missouri is best-enjoyed one sip at a time. Visit one of our nationally-recognized wineries or critique our locally-made—and in some cases globally-enjoyed—beers. Hoist a glass to a fervent thirst for living and enjoying the fruits of our beautiful countryside. 120 wineries? Oh my. So much so sip – I mean explore!
So that is what we would like to do! What would your trip to Missouri include? Be sure to like VisitMO on Facebook. You can also follow VisitMO on Twitter so you don't miss a thing!
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April 25, 2013

Mother's Day Gifts from Cheryl's :: Review



Put A Little Cookie In Your Drink! What am I talking about? I am talking about Cheryl's Gourmet Cookie Gifts and Mother's Day. Cheryl's offers gourmet brownies, cakes and fancy cookies delivered with warmth right to your door! Take mom away on a tropical indulgence with one of these Margarita or Martini glasses filled with cookies!


How adorable right?! Just in time for Mother's Day, treat mom to a fun cookie gift from Cheryl's. From the left you can choose from: Island MargaritaLemontiniPina Cookie Lada and my personal favorite, Buttercream on the Beach.


Buttercream on the Beach is filled with my favorite, and what Cheryl's is most known for, cookies topped with a signature buttercream frosting. These cookies are so soft, chewy and delicious! They are not tiny either. A high quality plastic margarita glass is filled with yummy buttercream frosted cookies decorated for the beach and a crunchy sun shaped sugar cookie! You get nine cookies total.


Buttercream on the Beach comes presented with a big yellow bow on top. Imagine mom's surprise when she opens the bow to reveal these bright and sunny beach themed cookies. I was very impressed with the presentation. You simply cannot go wrong. The cookies just melt in your mouth and for a bonus ... keep the fabulous glass too! Check out the many other Mother's Day Cookie Gifts also available at Cheryl's and you are sure to find one perfect for your mom or any gift recipient. 

FREE Hardcover Photo Book for Mother's Day


Take advantage of this great offer! Order a Free Hardcover Photo Book for Mother's Day! Spring is in full swing, and that means Mother's Day is just around the corner.

We want to celebrate devoted mothers everywhere with a free photo book offer. It's the perfect gift for moms, grads, or anyone else who wants to create pages of special moments and lasting memories.

Your free photo book is waiting to be made into stories to retell and experiences to relive.

Happy Mother's Day! 



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April 24, 2013

Day of Kitchen Sale at One Kings Lane


The One Kings Lane Day of Kitchen sale is here just in time for Spring! This is one of the best sales of the year because of the variety of high quality kitchen items One Kings Lane offers! Below are some of my favorite sales they are hosting. Remember, One Kings Lane sales only last 72 hours so when you see an item you love you should definitely buy it! This Day Of Kitchen sale is live from today to 4/26. Let me know what you wind up getting to make your space ready for spring time!


From cookware inherited for your first apartment to the bone white china on your wedding registry, a fully-equipped kitchen is a highly-personal thing of beauty. For those missing a few key pieces, we've created a collection of kitchen essentials, perfect for function, family, and entertaining.

Warm days and balmy nights -- this season is just made for entertaining. Whether you're planning a casual alfresco brunch or an elaborate outdoor party, these colorful wine glasses, tumblers, coasters and cake stands make every occasion stylish and chic.



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15% off at Layla Grayce for Mother's Day



Mother's Day is quickly approaching and now is the time to find that stylish and unique gift that shows how much your mom means to you! This year, Layla Grayce has posted a Mother's Day blog post suggesting the top ten gift ideas and essentials for mom and is offering 15% off these gifts with code 4URMOM valid through 5/1. Below are a few of my favorite gift ideas.





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.

April 22, 2013

Not Your Mother's Hair Care :: Review and Giveaway

Not Your Mother’s Hair Care offers essential hair styling products with only the best ingredients and technologies for a truly cool and unique style. I had the opportunity to try three products. Clean Freak (Refreshing Dry Shampoo), Kinky Moves (Curl Defining Hair Cream) and my favorite Beach Babe (Texturing Sea Salt Spray). I have been using these products for about a month and let me tell you - I am in love with these creative, hip and ultra-cool hair care products!
This product absorbs excess oils and cleans your hair without water. I don't wash my hair every single day. Therefore, I love using this product on those days when I don't wash. I love this product for two reasons. One is that it really works! It leaves my hair feeling soft and clean. The second thing I love is that it does not weigh my hair down. I can style it as usual and it will not add any extra bulk to my style. It also smells awesome! To use just spray on roots and throughout hair. Then brush it through to diffuse the powder. Style as desired.

Kinky Moves helps encourage natural curls by giving them that extra oomph they need to look fabulous. I liked using this product on those days when I wanted to go extra curly. My hair is naturally wavy, not curly. But those curly haired girls make me so jealous! I love how this product eliminates frizz and flyaways. I can easily style and define my curls (waves) with this product. Plus it smells like grape candy. No kidding it does! To use you apply to wet hair. I distribute it evenly with a wide tooth comb. Then I scrunch and scrunch to try and develop those curls that are hiding in my waves. Finally I blow dry upside down with a diffuser. This is a wonderful product to get that sexy date night hair!

I saved the best for last kids! Everyday can truly be a beach day with Beach Babe! I have tried other sea salt sprays and have been so disappointed with the rats nest that I get with the other products. Not with Beach Babe! I love love love love this product! This product adds sexy, texturized waves and delivers a lite matte finish. Like the other products this one smells awesome! It smells like coconut suntan lotion. Seriously. To use I spritz it on my damp hair. Then I use my fingers to distribute it evenly all the way to my ends. Finally I use my fingers to twist my locks, creating more defined waves. Finally I dry it with a diffuser. The result is these amazing lightly texturized wavy locks. See for yourself (below). 


I am so very impressed with Not Your Mother's. I can't wait to try the other products in this cool and hip hair care line. You can try some too! One lucky reader will win any three hair care products of their choice from Not Your Mother's! 

April 21, 2013

Cable Turtle Cord Organizer :: Review


Do you need an easy solution to organize all of your cords? Then check out Cable Turtle computer cord organizers. They take your excess cable and hide it in its own shell, like a turtle! It is very useful if you have a situation where you have a six-foot cord when all you need is a one-foot cord. The ultra-convenient and good-looking Cable Turtle electric wire managers, you can keep unsightly electric wire and cable out of sight. Simply wind the excess wire around the open Cable Turtle organizer, close the shell, and all unnecessary wires are neatly tucked away!


The cable turtle electric wire managers are simple, yet very well designed. In fact, this design has won many awards and is part of the Museum of Modern Art's design collection! They come in many awesome colors like Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Light Yellow, Dark Yellow, Orange, Red, Gray, Baby Blue, Pink and White! They also come in three sizes.
  • The mini cable turtle holds around 2.3 feet of electrical flex or cabling.
  • The small cable turtle organizer holds about 3.3 feet of US two prong wire.
  • The large cable turtle organizer can hold about 3 cords, or longer lengths of single cable.
I found the mini cable turtle the perfect size for my iPhone charging cord. I really like these for any of your cord organizing needs!

Clean Sweep Giveaway :: Enter to Win a Bissell Perfect Sweep Sweeper AND A $75 Amazon Gift Code!




Do you need a jump start on your spring cleaning? How about a new Bissell Perfect Sweep Sweeper AND A $75 Amazon Gift Code to buy cleaning supplies to get you started?! That would definitely get me in the cleaning groove!

Welcome to the Clean Sweep Giveaway hosted by Stay at Stay at Home Mom with cohosts Ultimate Coupon Club and Kid's Cooking Activities. Its spring! And you know what that means, don't you? Time for Spring Cleaning! This giveaway is designed to help you get the tools you need to clean up the house. One lucky winner will receive a Bissell Perfect Sweep Sweeper. This incredible cordless sweeper packs one powerful punch. Read the review from Stay a Stay at Home Mom here and learn how you can use this sweeper in your house. Additionally, the grand prize winner will receive a $75 Amazon.com Gift Code that she can use towards purchasing cleaning supplies (or really, anything at all!) Unsure what supplies you'll need? How about taking the plunge this month and making your own laundry soap. It's super easy to do, and once you've done it, you'll never go back to buying it at the store again.

Follow the step-by-step instructions here, or view the video below:

  

One winner will receive a Bissell Perfect Sweep Sweeper
AND a $75 Amazon.com Gift Code to use towards cleaning products
(or anything, really)!

April 18, 2013

Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About iPhone Cases

Tiny Prints iPhone Case Infographic
I love my iPhone cases! I sort of collect them. I definitely use my cases for fashion, but I also use them for protection! What does your iPhone case say about you?!

PS I love these personalized iPhone cases from Tiny Prints!



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Modern Home Decor Sale at Zinc Door


Wedding season is just around the corner! Now is the time to stock up on stylish and unique gifts for the home. A new union means a new beginning and Zinc Door features modern furniture, accessories and decor. Plus, now through 5/14, Zinc Door is offering 10% off Regina Andrew Decor with promo code RA10 and 15% off Capel Rugs with code RUGSALE! Help the new couple decorate their new home with style. Shop the modern home decor sale now!



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.

Technology + Organizing = Great Idea!


This is probably the best organizing idea I have heard in a long time! I can't tell you how much time I waste searching through bins to try and find something!

Mabel's Labels has created a great new label that combines technology with organization! Can't remember where you put your summer clothes or those holiday decorations? With the new Scan & Store labels from Mabel's Labels, you will never misplace your items again! 

Here's how they work:
1. Apply the label to a bin, tote or other container.
2. Scan it with the Write Away! app.
3. Store the title, location, description and a photograph of the container.

From your phone you can store the names and photographs of an unlimited number of items and assign them to a container, search for containers and items and much more! Organizing has never been so easy. Be sure to try out these new amazing labels today. Happy Organizing!


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.

April 15, 2013

Hapari 2013 Swimwear Line :: Review and Giveaway


I don't know about you but summer can't get here fast enough for me! I just got back from spring break where I had a taste of surf and sun. Hapari is ready to help you look your best this summer. Their 2013 swimwear line was created to make women feel beautiful. I browsed the plethora of options that come in all different shapes and sizes.


Whether you are looking for modest tankini or a sweet and sassy bikini, Hapari offers a line of swimwear that real women love. I was able to review a wonderful tankini and I was quite pleased. It had a really nice fit and the design was very cute! Shopping for swimwear can be fun again! What I was most pleased with is that you will find the sizes, designs and styles that real women are looking for.

One of my lucky readers will get to shop the 2013 swimwear line with a $95 Hapari gift certificate!

April 14, 2013

Blurb School Books 15% off



Remember all of those special moments of the last year? Maybe it was your child graduating and moving onto a new school, or your kids first soccer season or school field trip! Now, you can remember them forever by creating a Blurb School Book! The best part about Blurb School Books is they are easy to create and a great fundraising tool for your school or class.

Blurb School books are great for capturing:
  • Class projects
  • School plays 
  • Sports Season
  • Class trips
  • and make perfect gift for a teacher
Use the code MYSCHOOLBOOK to receive your 15% discount on Blurb School and Yearbooks until 5/31/2013.




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.

Celebrate the Best of P&G :: Review and Giveaway (RV $100) #PGmostloved #spon




I love P&G products. They have proven themselves as favorites over and over again in my house. They bring you everything you see above from the award-winning brand Pantene® to the award-winning brand Swiffer®. With so many award-winning P&G beauty, grooming and household care brands, they have certainly cemented themselves as some of America’s “Most Loved” products. 


I always look for the P&G coupon booklets in my newspaper. Did you see the brandSAVER® coupon booklet on March 31? It featured savings on some of P&G’s “Most Loved” products. Some of my personal favorites include CoverGirl®, Olay®, Pantene®, Venus®, Gillette®, Bounty®, Cascade®, Charmin®, Dawn®, Febreze®, Swiffer® and Tide®.


So many of these amazing products from P&G can always be found in my household. For example, I (yes I) absolutely love the Gillette Fusion Razors for my legs. I just can't find anything that I like better! The only kind of laundry detergent that I will use is Tide. I like the smell and I think it cleans my laundry better than its competitors. I have been using CoverGirl since I was a teenager and I still use many CoverGirl products now as an adult. The CoverGirl Outlast Double Lipshine that was included in my kit is fabulous! I love the color and the shine. What are some of your “Most Loved” P&G products?


One lucky reader will receive all 17 of the P&G’s “Most Loved” products listed below:
  • CoverGirl Outlast Double Lipshine
  • CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara
  • CoverGirl Perfect Point Pencil Eyeliner
  • Olay Total Effects Body Wash
  • Pantene Classic Care Solutions 2-in-1
  • Pantene Hairspray Flexible Hold
  • Venus Olay Razor
  • Gillette Fusion ProGlide Irritation Defense Shave Gel
  • Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power
  • Gillette Hydrator Body Wash
  • Swiffer Dusters 360
  • Dawn Hand Renewal with Olay Beauty
  • Febreze Car Vent Clips
  • Tide PODS
  • Tide To Go
  • Bounty Basic Paper Towels
  • Charmin Freshmates
  • Cascade ActionPacks

China Glaze Hologlam Holographic Lacquers Review


It's like something out of another universe! Holographic Nailpolish! Take your summer manicure out of this world with China Glaze Hologlam. This new 12-piece collection features beautiful, shimmering, holographic nail lacquers.  


How do they do it? Hologlam uses reflective, holographic particles to capture light and transform nails into amazing, ever-changing visual effects. With a strong linear finish whether indoor or shining bright in the sun, China Glaze Hologlam bends and changes, creating an illuminated three-dimensional, traveling color effect across the nail. Check out the dark and dreamy When Stars Collide, shown above. The bright and beautiful Infra-Red is shown below.


This collection is really different and is perfect for summer. I love the shimmers that you can catch in different kinds of light. The bright sun is the perfect compliment to the Hologlam colors. The China Glaze Hologlam collection features 12 futuristic shades, including:


Get Outta My Space :: powdered violet
Astro-Hot :: soft, baby pink
Infra-Red :: warm, magenta pink
When Stars Collide :: warm maroon
Not In This Galaxy :: bright, warm coral


OMG A UFO :: warm, moss green
Don’t Be A Luna-Tic :: turquoise aqua
Sci-Fly By :: light, silver blue
Take A Trek :: cool, denim blue
Strap On Your Moonboots :: midnight sky blue
Galactic Gray :: warm, gunmetal
Cosmic Dust :: silver metal


Connect :: You can connect with China Glaze via their website! You can also keep up with them on FacebookPinterest and Twitter.

Buy It :: The China Glaze Hologlam Collection will be available April 2013 at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide.




Disclosure: Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink received one or more of the products mentioned above for free for evaluation purposes. No financial compensation was received. 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.

April 11, 2013

Snaps App Review :: Add It, Snap It, Share It #SnapsApp




Let me tell you about a very fun and very cool app. It is called Snaps. Snaps allows you to add virtual content to your photos. Start by adding a few "snaps," or virtual images, to new or existing pics, and show it off to your friends. It's simple, fun and you'll get the hang of it in a snap! You start by opening the app on your phone or tablet and choosing some cool content. You can take a picture with virtual stuff (like celebs, products, and characters from your favorite films).


Then you just add the Snaps of your choice to current or past photos. It is really fun! I was recently on vacation and I had some fun adding characters to some of my vacation photos. Check them out!


First I saw Calvin and Hobbes at the beach!


Then I ran into Toad at the pool.


Finally, we were out doing some shopping and I decided this statue needed a wig!

Really, this app is so much fun. Oh, did I mention that it is also free?! Try it for yourself. Go to http://get.snapsapp.com to get started.

Connect :: Connect with Snaps on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Get It :: Get the Snaps App for FREE at the AppStore or at Google Play.



Disclosure: This is a sponsored post is brought to you by Snaps. 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.


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