June 26, 2013

Magic Stickers! App from Lazoo




From Lazoo, maker of Parents Choice-Award Winning apps, comes the all new app, Magic Stickers! It's the ultimate stickering app that asks kids to see the world in a new light! Magic Stickers! includes eight whimsical scenes featuring Lazoo’s internationally award-winning art; each with a selection of animated stickers that move and interact with the setting. 


Kids can create their own stickers and watch them “magically” come alive in the scene. A hand-scribbled orange swings and drops from a tree. A child’s sketched bird glides across the sky. Home-made bees buzz around flowers. Truly magical! 


Hit “Go” and watch all the stickers animate, bringing the scene to life. Place the stickers wherever you want and make as many original stickers as you want. Endless possibilities; endless hours of play.


Magic Stickers! is based on Lazoo’s “Hands On! Mind On!” curriculum, developed in conjunction with top educational experts, designed to support and celebrate creativity and creative thinking. Parents can also purchase the accompanying book, Incredible Stickers!, which allows children to have the digital and physical experience.


When you download the Magic Stickers! app your child will find ...
  • 8 pages of animated backgrounds 
  • 50+ animated stickers
  • Revolutionary sticker-maker tool allows kids to draw and design stickers
  • Gesture-protected Parents section 
  • Daily Lazoo craft feed
  • Free animated video featuring Lazoo characters
  • Japanese translation mode

The Lazoo apps are designed to ... 
  1. Build divergent thinking skills.
  2. Foster problem solving skills including implementing, evaluating, communicating and revising creative ideas.
  3. Assist the child in becoming comfortable with uncertainty.
  4. Encourage a resilient approach to play, creative thinking and creative problem solving so that a child learns to persist.
  5. Support the kind of appropriate risk taking in play and thinking that inspires creativity.
  6. Encourage an interest in, and openness to, emotion in both play and thinking.
Watch the Magic Stickers! app in action.


Connect :: Head to Lazoo and check out all of their educational apps. You can also find Lazoo on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can download the Magic Stickers! app for iPhone or iPad for $1.99.

Dungeness Crab Lemon Basil Pasta Recipe


Fresh Dungeness crab is considered by many chefs as the finest crab in the world. It has a rich buttery taste that is sweet right out of the shell. I used some of this delicious delicacy to prepare this Dungeness Crab Lemon Basil Pasta Recipe which I found on Savory Sweet Life. This recipe was so EASY and so delicious, I will be making it again and again.

Dungeness Crab Lemon Basil Pasta
1 lb package of your favorite pasta
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
6-8 cloves chopped garlic
½ cup fresh basil, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes
pinch of salt and pepper
½ fresh Dungeness crab meat
1 lemon, quartered

Prepare the garlic, basil, tomatoes and lemon. Set aside.

Look at all of that delicious Dungeness Crab!

Cook pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain pasta and set aside. 

Add olive oil and butter to a medium sauce pan on medium high heat until butter has melted. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds to soften them up. Remove pan from heat.  

Add the pasta to the pan and toss until it has been coated with the garlic sauce. Add tomatoes, chopped basil, salt, pepper and gently toss.  

Take an individual portion of the crab meat and place it on top of each mound of plated pasta. Squeeze one lemon quarter over the top of the crab meat and pasta just before serving. 

Like I said, this recipe was definitely a winner! The tender and sweet Dungeness Crab added a delicious flavor. We got our Dungeness Crab Meat from Anderson Seafoods. They make it so easy to order online and it can be delivered right to your door the very next day!


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.

Vote for Your Chance To Win with Layla Grayce!


I just love the stripes in this nursery! It could be perfect for either a little boy, or a little girl! That rug is amazing too! As part of Project Nursery’s Skip*Hop Nursery Design event, Layla Grayce joined actress Tiffani Thiessen, Joy Cho of Oh Joy! and Joni Lay of Lay Baby Lay in an exciting baby room design contest, where each participant was challenged to design a beautiful nursery on a budget! Vote for Layla Grayce as your favorite nursery design for a chance to win a Skip*Hop Springtime Birds Musical Crib Mobile and $100 Layla Grayce gift card! Three lucky winners will win a mobile and a $100 shopping spree towards Layla Grayce! Hurry, because this contest ends on July 10th! Vote Now for your chance to win!


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Segolene Paris Handbag Event


Don't miss the Segolene Paris Handbag Event, taking place now through 6/29 at zulily. Realizing her passion for women's style at a young age, Segolene Bilodeau experimented with fabrics, fine tailoring and small details. From that she created a completely unique and feminine line of purses. Each handbag has a surprising element that gives it its own identity, while trendsetting designs and meticulous craftsmanship have made the brand an international favorite. Find yourself the perfect summer handbag. Head to zulily.com and start shopping!



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.

June 25, 2013

Tunes on Tuesday :: This is What it Feels Like


Welcome to Tunes on Tuesday!

Do you love music as much as I do? I love finding great new music to add to my playlist. Here is what I have been listening to this week.

This week I have been loving This is What it Feels Like by Armin van Buuren

Summer is finally here and this is a perfect song to welcome in summer! I have been enjoying while driving with my windows down. Love this song!
Add it to your summer playlist.


Now leave me a comment
and tell me what you have been listening to this week!

June 24, 2013

Goodbye Google Reader :: Hello Bloglovin'


Victoria at This Coffee Flavored Life created this awesome Infographic to remind you that if you follow me via Google Reader, you will need to import your feed to Bloglovin'. Just create an account on Bloglovin' and follow the instructions above and you will be all set! Hurry! Google Reader goes bye bye on July 1!

Sizzling Summer Cash Giveaway :: Enter to Win $400 Cash via PayPal!



Welcome to the $400 Sizzling Summer Cash Giveaway!

This giveaway is hosted by Giveaway Promote and brought to you by awesome blogs like this one. We've teamed up with a great group of bloggers to bring you this fabulous giveaway. One lucky person will win $400 cash. This is your chance to enter to win $400 cash via PayPal to sizzle up your summer!

June 23, 2013

Coastal.com :: Largest Online Selection of Glasses and Contacts

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This post brought to you by Coastal.com. All opinions are 100% mine.

Did you know that Coastal.com has become the largest online retailer of eyeglasses and contact lenses in North America? They offer customers the same designer brands and products offered in brick-and-mortar stores for half the price. Coastal.com delivers their products to your home or office, whatever is easier for you! Don’t you just love this design? These are very similar to the glasses that I own.


Coastal.com is a huge time saver for busy families because you don’t have to pack your family up and take up a full day at the mall selecting glasses for the whole family. Coastal.com offers such a great value with savings of around 70%, so you and your family can save tons of money while you’re at it! Even if you could afford current designer glasses, but what’s the point in paying over $300 for something that should cost around $100? I mentioned my new glasses earlier. I don’t even want to tell you how much I paid!


Lastly, Coastal.com’s speed of delivery is unbeatable because they own their own lab and ship from Washington (many of their competitors outsource their lab to factories in China). This is the most important feature to me! I hate waiting weeks and weeks for my glasses when I order from a retail store. Oh did I mention that the shipping is free? Love that! They even offer 366 day returns.

There really is no other place to shop for eyeglasses and contact lenses than Coastal.com! They were even the first optic retailer to hit 1mm Facebook fans! Second place has about 260k fans.

Fla-Vor-Ice :: Summer’s “Mom-approved” Snack

This post brought to you by Jel Sert. All opinions are 100% mine.


FVI {Fla-Vor-Ice} is summer’s favorite “mom-approved” snack and here is why! Moms who enjoyed FVI as a kid know how great they taste. But smart moms also know that they can feel really good about serving to their kids because FVI is made with real juice and has only 20 calories per serving.

Mom can also confidently hand-out FVI to her kids’ friends because FVI contains no allergens and is such a light snack that it won’t interfere with any meals that their parents have planned for them. The same does not hold true if she serves other snacks like popsicles, yogurt, pudding, fruit snacks or salty snacks.

In addition, at less than 10 cents per serving, FVI is a very affordable snack compared to other snacks. Kids like Fla-Vor-Ice because it is a fun and refreshing treat with great tasting flavors and sizes.

There are Original Fruit Flavors, Tropical Flavors and even a Sugar-Free variety so there's a Fla-Vor-Ice pop for everyone! All are made with real fruit juice - providing a great Fat Free snack for moms to share with their little ones – and their friends!

As a child I loved FVI! My favorite flavor was grape. They are always a hit when our niece and nephew come over for a visit. They are perfect for all of us to enjoy as a pool side snack.

I encourage you to visit Fla-Vor-Ice on Facebook to get tons of fun images and information!
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June 22, 2013

Inspiration for Writers from Chicken Soup for the Soul :: Review and Giveaway {Three Winners}



I love to write. Good thing I have a blog. But let me tell you the words don't always come easy. I get inspiration from many places. I comes from my everyday life, from family and friends, from other bloggers and now from this book. The latest book from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series is Inspiration for Writers. With 101 stories from published writers who stuck with it and succeeded, you will be inspired and encouraged, whether you’re an aspiring author, a bestselling writer, or a blogger like me!

I am so thankful for all of these great stories. The scope of the writers featured in this book is so large. I love hearing from all kinds of writers who are going through the same writers block as me! It is a fun read and will inspire you to find your own writing inspiration. Here is a review from Amazon!
"As a writer I am always looking for insights and inspiration from other writers. This book is filled with inspiration and tips on how to overcome the challenges of the writing life. Sound, practical advice from fellow writers who have faced and overcome some of the challenges I have faced. A good read. Short, concise stories all on the topic of writing."
No matter the genre, no matter the medium, the writing process is hard! But you will find inspiration, encouragement, and advice in these 101 stories from others who have stuck with it, through the setbacks and struggles, and successfully went from dreaming about writing to being a writer. Chicken Soup for the Soul is giving my readers a chance to win a copy of Inspiration for Writers. There will be three winners!

Try the New Fine Art Classes at Craftsy


Craftsy Fine Art

Feeling like you need to get your craft on this summer? With the launch of six art classes, Craftsy is proud to announce a new category - Fine Art! Let our world-class art instructors teach you professional techniques to elevate your art, regardless of your skill level or preferred media. From landscape drawing to portraiture, watercolors to acrylics, these classes allow you to learn on your own time, at your convenience from talented instructors. Check out the new art classes from Craftsy:
I would love to take the watercolor class. Which class do you want to try?



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Kroger Yogurt Smoothie Bars :: Review


Summer is here and everyone is always looking for ways to beat the heat during the summer. Why not try guilt-free frozen treats from Kroger? I recently tried the new Yogurt Smoothie Bars from Kroger. They come in two flavors: Strawberry Banana and Triple Berry. Either way you’re getting a delicious treat you can feel good about.


I tried the Triple Berry. They were smooth and creamy. I tasted mostly a blueberry flavor, which is fine with me because I love blueberry. They are a nice, cool and creamy treat. Just because the temperatures are rising, there’s no reason for any feelings of guilt to follow suit. With a line of low fat and sugar free frozen treats, Kroger has a variety of ways for you to beat the heat and indulge without guilt. Including new Kroger Yogurt Smoothie Bars, Fudge Bars, Fruit Bars and Ice Cream Sandwiches, the range is full of delicious flavors that provides a sweet reward anytime, without having to think twice about opening the freezer door.

Visit the Kroger Facebook and Twitter pages to stay up to date on everything going on.


Disclosure: I am a BzzAgent. 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.

BlueLounge Nest Tablet and Mobile Media Device Stand :: Review




Do you need support for your tablet or e-book reader? I had the opportunity to try the Nest Tablet and Mobile Media Device Stand for my Windows 8 Tablet. As you can see, my tablet is very large (11.6-Inch Screen) and this stand worked perfectly.


The stand looks like this. It has a very simple and smart design. The colored part is made of rubber molding so your device will not slip on the surface. It also features a pull-out brace to ensure safe mounting. You can rest your tablet down as shown  in the first photo, or you can mount it up as shown below.


Use this media device stand to provide angled vertical or horizontal support for your iPad or other tablets. This allows for more efficient two-handed operation and convenient hands-free viewing. This stand has a small footprint for low visibility while tablet is mounted, resulting in a floating-look effect. You can also use it to store keys, USB drives and other small items that aren't in use.


Do you use your iPad or tablet to take photos? How about using the stand for taking perfect still pictures and stationary video?! It is so versatile! I found this stand to be very useful and would recommend it to anyone who owns a tablet or e-reader.

Comfort Choice Back-Smoothing Bra :: Review


Fullbeauty introduces the new Comfort Choice Back-Smoothing Bra with Lace Accents. I love the features of this bra. Not only does it have pretty lace details, it also features a double-lined back for a smooth and supportive look, wide adjustable straps for comfort, and an inner sling for support and lift. The wide adjustable straps are so soft and comfortable. They adjust in a way I have never seen before. The cushioned back adjusts with wide comfort straps that fasten with G-hooks and elastic.


In addition, this bra features a no-roll wide elastic band to hold the bra in place. Just in time for summer, there are lightly padded cups to provide a smooth, seamless silhouette (t-shirts and tank tops)! This bra is so comfortable! I love it! All of the great features of this bra allow you to customize a perfect fit. It is very flattering with every top I have tried. I would highly recommend it for cuteness and comfort.

June 21, 2013

Charge Electronics Anywhere with the Juicebar Power Tube Mini Charger




Be ready for unexpected power outages with the Juicebar Power Tube Mini Charger. This power tube provides plenty of power for your electronics, anytime and anywhere. The first step is to charge the power tube. This is very easy to do. 


The Juicebar comes with a connector cable and a Micro USB unit. Simply use these to connect to your computer's USB port. The indicator lights on the Juicebar let you know when it is charged. Once it is ready to go, you can use it to charge any small mobile device, including cell phones, game consoles, and portable media devices. The 2,200 mAh capacity provides more than a full charge for most devices. It will hold a charge for over 30 days, allowing a wide window of preparation for emergencies. This makes it ideal for ensuring you don’t lose power in your portable devices at inopportune times.

The Juicebar Power Tube Mini Charger is convenient. It is about the same size as a tube of lipstick. Put it in your purse, backpack, car, boat, or wherever you might need it. The small 3” x 0.87” diameter size easily fits inside any pocket or bag without being too bulky. It includes everything you need including: USB-A connector, micro USB, mini USB, and Nokia connector cables, covering most modern devices for right-out-of-the-box use. 

25% off Sale Items at Tea Collection


Get the kiddos ready for summer fun! Mark your calendars because beginning 6/23, Tea Collection is offering an additional 25% off sale items with promo code 25SAVE. Now's your chance to stock up on comfortable and stylish clothes from Tea! Hurry, don't miss your chance to take advantage of this great sale from Tea Collection because this sale ends on 6/29! Happy Shopping! 



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.

Find the Perfect Wine with the Thumbs Up WineFinder Mobile App




Has this ever happened to you? You are at the market picking up dinner. You head to the wine section to choose a bottle. You are overwhelmed by all of the choices. How do you know how to find a good bottle of wine and not a dud? The Thumbs Up Wine Finder is designed to help people find a great bottle of wine while they are standing in the wine aisle of a major chain grocery or warehouse store. It is so easy!


Joe Gaspardone and Matt Eshoo are the two passionate wine experts behind the Thumbs Up WineFinder. They designed this app because in 2011, there were over 150,000 new wine labels approved in this country. If you go to the average grocery or warehouse store, you are typically faced with hundreds of different wines to choose from. They wanted to help us! The number one issue for the average consumer who buys wine at a grocery store is that they are simply overwhelmed by the number of choices. Count me in! Sometimes I just say forget it and go for some beer! I test drove this app and found it so easy to use. It helped me make a more informed decision about choosing not only a great wine, but a wine that has a great value.


What do I mean by a great value? Take one of the recommended bottles from the app for example. Thumbs Up Wine App gave the 2011 Villa Alena, Moscato d’Asti, Moscato a value of $35, yet it retails for only $15. Why use the retail value instead of a score? Well, is a $15 wine that got an 86 point score any good? Most people have no idea. But everyone understands the meaning of a $15 wine that tastes like a $35 bottle. For the overwhelming majority of wine drinkers, valuing a wine makes more sense because it’s easier to understand, takes the guess-work out of buying wine, and puts the focus on quality. Love it. Oh, and by the way, YES this particular bottle DID taste like a $35 bottle of wine. In other words, it had an outstanding value. It was fantastic. And you know what? If not for this app, I would have passed it right up.

What else should you know about the Thumbs Up WineFinder Mobile App?
  • Only mobile app specifically developed to match buyers with wine while they’re in the aisle
  • Only app with national coverage of over 50 of the largest wine retailers
  • 4,000+ wines professionally reviewed each year
  • Already the #3 most-watched wine channel on YouTube (#1 Gary Vaynerchuk, #2 Wine Spectator)
  • 500+ videos on YouTube
  • 100% original content

One of my favorite features is being able to save your favorite wines. No more will I say to myself, "Now what was the name of that great wine we had last month?" It is right there on my phone. I just pull it up. I can even add notes! Watch the video below for a tour of this great app!


The next time you are in the wine aisle and are feeling overwhelmed, just take out you phone. In just a few clicks, the Thumbs Up WineFinder Phone App goes a long way in helping the average retail customer to be a little more comfortable when selecting a bottle of wine.



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