February 28, 2013

Need Help With Tough Cleaning Jobs?

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

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I really hate cleaning. I think it is because I am a germ-a-phobe. I hate to think about all of those nasty germs everywhere! Thank goodness for tough cleaners like CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner. Some of the worst places to clean are definitely the kitchen and the bathroom. 

When I am cleaning the kitchen I find that I have a hard time with sticky spots on the counter and the stovetop. Some cleaners just don't cut it when it comes to the deep down cleaning. 

Mildew is one of the worst things to find in your bathroom! How do you get it off and then how do you keep it from coming back? I don't want to mess with a cleaner that makes me scrub and scrub to get rid of gross things like soap scum and mildew!

CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner is a gift to the cleaner in your home! Why? It works on the tough spots so you don't have to. That leaves you with extra time during the day to do more important things. The quicker you can do the cleaning and be done with it - the better!

CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner:

  • is fast acting and powerful
  • cleans quickly and effectively
  • makes short work of stubborn dirt, calcium, lime, hard water stains and soap scum
  • has the Environmental Protection Agency's "DfE" (Design for Environment) designation, meaning safer chemistry is not harmful to everyone in your home

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February 27, 2013

Fancy Pants :: Avant Garden Collection


"Fancy Pants" from China Glaze's Avant Garden collection is my favorite color of the week! This lovely indigo with pink and purple shimmer will get you ready for spring. This color is so fresh and fun, everyone from my girlfriends to my second graders love it!



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.

Fight the 7 Signs of Aging with Olay Total Effects



Anti-Aging + Beauty Balm = Color and Correction

The next big trend in beauty is Olay CC Cream. This 7-in-one super product provides instant coverage plus correction to fight 7 signs of aging! You can fight uneven tone, age spots, and even wrinkles. This all-in-one triple stream formula combines a daily anti-aging moisturizer, SPF 15 sunscreen and sheer tint for younger-looking skin.


Total Effects fights the 7 signs of aging ::
  1. Fine Lines and Wrinkles :: reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  2. Uneven Tone :: balances and helps even out tone
  3. Age Spots :: reduces appearance of discoloration
  4. Gentle Exfoliation :: Improves surface cell turnover
  5. Dryness :: provides nourishing moisturization
  6. Moisture Barrier :: strengthens skin’s natural defense against moisture loss
  7. Luminosity :: recaptures youthful luminosity
I had the chance to try Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting Moisturizer. The fact that it is an all-in-one is awesome. It includes Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 and fights fine lines and wrinkles, uneven tone, age spots, and dryness. At the same time, it also works to improve surface cell turnover with gentle exfoliation, strengthen skin’s natural defense against moisture loss, and recapture youthful luminosity.

To use, just apply liberally and blend evenly with your fingertips for natural, sheer coverage. Use it alone or layered under your favorite foundation for more coverage. A little bit goes a long way! I have been using it for weeks and it hardly looks like I used any at all. It spreads evenly and leaves a light feeling. Heavy creams are not for me, so that was a nice surprise. My skin felt smooth and moisturized. It hydrates for up to 24 hours and leaves a splash of sheer color to help you say bye-bye to blotches and imperfections. It works out perfectly on my no makeup days! If I need to run to the store, I can use my Total Effects to feel confident and radiant, even without makeup.

Connect :: You can find Olay on their website. You can also keep up with Olay on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can purchase Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting Moisturizer at Walmart and at other retailers.

Will you try this product?
How will Olay Total Effects will help you look and feel your best?



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. The Olay Total Effects product, information, and gift pack have been provided by Olay. NOTE: Olay does not represent or warrant the accuracy of any statements or product claims made here, nor does it endorse any opinions expressed within this blogsite.

February 26, 2013

Safavieh Event at One Kings Lane


Hey you stylish reader you - you can't miss this sale. Starting today, the Safavieh Event at One Kings Lane is launching! Don't know Safavieh? They are an ever stylish home furnishing brand offering incredible deals on so many of their products right now, so go get to know them! With spring time around the corner, this is the perfect time to freshen up your home for the brighter days ahead and I am always in the mood to make my home that little bit nicer. One Kings Lane has stylish lamps, colorful rugs, beautiful armchairs and ornate side tables (to name a few items) from Safavieh all discounted so everyone can feel stylish in their home! That rug above ... I mean come on! Love.


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.

February 24, 2013

Tea Collection 3+1 Sale


Need some cute kids clothes for spring? Starting today, through Wednesday, February 27th, Tea Collection is offering you the chance to buy 3 separates and get the 4th free on select styles with promo code 4FUN. Just look for the 3+1 icon for participating styles. Stock up on comfortable and durable pants for boys. Mix and match adorable girls' tops and bottoms for endless outfit combinations. 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.

Entertainment Apps for #IntelTablets #TabletCrew


It is no secret that I am crazy about music and movies! I have been playing with my new Samsung ATIV Tablet since the day I got it. Naturally, I wanted to find ways to enjoy some of my favorite things like reality TV, music, movies and more. I am so impressed with how fast my Intel Tablet is! That combined with the HUGE 11.6 inch screen and the built-in stereo speakers make it perfect for viewing music and movies. Here are some of my entertainment favorite apps I have found so far.


iHeartRADIO :: Listen to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and college. Browse radio stations by music genre and location, then hit the scan button to move from radio station to radio station within a format. I love this adult alternative rock station.


FilmOn :: FilmOn enables viewers to watch live TV streams wherever an internet connection is available. Choose from a wide selection of UK and International channels including, news, sports, Lifestyle, movies, shopping, kids and more.


Movie ShowTime :: This handy movie theaters app allows you to know about the movies running in theaters nearby. You can easily find the details of movies such as its length, story line, ratings and its preview. I like watching trailers before I decide and this is great for that.


MusicTube :: It's like YouTube but for music. MusicTube is a free YouTube's music video player! Watch your favorite music videos in HD quality! Listen to over 17,000 artists and 500,000 tracks. New artists and tracks are being added every second.

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Are there any great entertainment apps that I am missing out on? 
What is your favorite entertainment app?



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

February 23, 2013

NIVEA #ShareTheSensation Challenge and Giveaway (RV $225) #spon




I have completed the NIVEA #ShareTheSensation Challenge! I swapped out my regular lotion for NIVEA's Smooth Sensation Lotion for 7 days. I "like" the results! Having smooth, soft touchable skin makes us feel more confident and beautiful, which is why all of NIVEA’s products are developed with the idea of “touch” in mind. 


I knew that my husband noticed a difference when he went to grab my hand and he commented on how soft and smooth they were! He also said that he liked the smell, which smells really clean and refreshing. I am a teacher so I use plenty of hand sanitizer all day long! Needless to say, it really dries out my hands, especially in the cold winter months! I loved the touchably soft results of Smooth Sensation from my hands right down to my toes! My biggest difference was in my hands! I love how silky smooth, soft and touchable the Smooth Sensation lotion made them feel. It gave me all day moisturization even through all of my hand sanitizer applications!


NIVEA Smooth Sensation is specifically formulated for dry skin and delivers intense moisture in a unique light, fast absorbing formula. Enriched with Shea Butter, it provides intense moisture for the most touchable skin you've ever imagined.

What does it do?
    • Smooths and nourishes the skin 
    • Revitalizes the skin 
    • Absorbs quickly into the skin

How does it work? NIVEA’s exclusive Hydra IQ technology supports skin’s own hydration network to unleash deep, non-stop moisture that lasts more than 24 hours.


NIVEA is giving you a chance to participate in the “Share the Sensation” Challenge! How? You can win the exact same #ShareTheSensation Challenge Kit that I received! Check it out!


Reduce Your Carbon Footprint With A Quadra-Fire Pellet Stove

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

The first Quadra-Fire system was built in 1985 after two years of research as a popular heating alternative for wood burning stoves. Built on a strong legacy Quadra-Fire creates products with proven performance, durability and control in mind. Why should you use QuadraFire Pellet Stoves? Look at this infographic for several reasons:

Pellet Stoves are Awesome

Make both sides of your brain happy! With features like advanced energy technology, wall controls, beautiful finishes, and quiet operation, why wouldn't you want to use a Quadra-Fire Peller Stove this season?

There is even more great news! The federal tax credit for 75 percent efficient biomass heating appliances was reinstated on January 2, 2013. The extender provides a 10 percent tax credit up to $300 on a qualifying biomass heating appliance puchased between January 1, 2012 and Decemeber 31, 2013. More money for you = awesome!

I would love to have a Quadra-Fire Pellet Stiove for my home! Rugged construction and proven technologies highlight why “Nothing Burns Like a Quad.”

Don't forget to also check out Quadra-Fire on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

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Quadra-Fire is giving away a Quadra-Fire spiral paper notebook and Quadra-Fire t-shirt to one of my readers! Just leave a below comment on why you like Quadra-Fire. The winner will be selected by random.org on February 27, 2013. Open to US only.
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February 22, 2013

EverydayFamily.com {Learn. Love. Share.}


EverydayFamily.com is dedicated to providing support and resources for families. They do this through their online articles, tools, information, and community, as well as through charitable works to benefit the global community. As I browsed the site, I found it to be an established resource for parents who have experiences and information to share, as well as those who are seeking guidance and support as they move through their family’s journey, from pre-conception to preschool and beyond. EverydayFamily.com provides expert advice and informative articles to its millions of members, as well as continually expanding offerings including interactive tools, personalized content, and member rewards. I like how they have divided the information between preconception, baby, toddler, and parents. It makes it easy to find what you are looking for. One of my favorite features was the baby name finder. I love finding fun and unique baby names - and I don't even have a child yet! You can also find great features like Baby Photo Galleries, Photo Contests, Shower Invitations and Free Baby Stuff! Have fun exploring the forums or join some of the groups for that extra needed support! So learn, love and share your experiences at EverydayFamily.com. There is something for just about anyone.



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

Area Rug Cleaning


You may have thought about cleaning the wall to wall carpets in your home, but don't forget about your area rugs! Area rug cleaning can be tricky so it is best to stick with the professionals. Area rugs can cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars. When they get a stain you might not be sure how to treat the stain without hurting the rug. Let's face it, area rugs eventually get dirty. I hope you don't leave them continuously wrapped and protected in plastic - it does not look attractive at all! The usual dilemma that homeowners encounter when it comes to area rugs is how to enjoy them to their full potential, while still keeping them as pristine as can be.

Over time, area rugs will eventually accumulate dirt and various stains. For homeowners who may have kids and pets around, this may happen sooner rather than later. Don't forget about the bacteria and dust mites that live in your area rugs! Should homeowners choose to neglect these problems, not only do they risk wasting their investment of an area rug, but they are also compromising their health and the overall cleanliness of their home.

For homeowners and business owners living in New York, there is a convenient solution on how to maintain your area rugs! Convenient area rug cleaning in New York is now provided by Same Day Carpet Cleaners.




Disclosure: This is a sponsored post is brought to you by Same Day Carpet Cleaners. 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.

February 21, 2013

25% off at Blurb


Don't keep those memories in your camera or your phone! You need something tangible to reflect on good times, hard work paying off, or simply being creative. You can create Blurb books for just about every occasion. It be a wedding book, a birthday album, a cookbook, all of our family trip pictures, even your Instagram account can be converted into a Blurb book! If you have been meaning to make a new book, they are offering 25% off purchases from 2/22-2/25. Head over to Blurb now and tap into your creative side! Then use the Discount Code: FLASH25OFF


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.

February 18, 2013

Tunes on Tuesday :: Of Monsters and Men


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 Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men

I am in a really good mood today because I had a wonderful spa day! I was listening to this in my car on my way home and it was the perfect ending to my fabulous day. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


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

Avant Garden Spring Collection from China Glaze


Dip your nails into the Avant Garden this spring! China Glaze's Spring 2013 nail collection is a fabulously delectable palette of 12 new polishes that flow between soft hues and vibrant pops of color. Avant Garden offers an unconventional bouquet of cheerful and vivid shades. From light and bright blues to mossy green, bright pinks to soft white ... let China Glaze Avant Garden take you away to a playful, romantic field of color and innovation this Spring.


I love the mix of brights with pastels in this collection. You can really create some fantastic looks! I created a valentine nail using Snap My Dragon and Dandy Lyin' Around. The bright red with pink shimmer is quickly becoming one of my favorite colors! I love it!


The "Blooming Brights" include the following colors (left to right below) :: Budding Romance (moss green), Sunday Funday (bright blue), Fancy Pants (indigo with pink and purple shimmer), Snap My Dragon (bright red with pink shimmer), Passion for Petals (bright salmon-pink), and Mimosas Before Manis (coral with a light wash of shimmer).


The "Pastel Petals" include these colors (left to right below) :: Life is Rosy (blushed mauve), Pink-ie Promise (iridescent baby pink), Tart-y for the Party (light lavender creme), Fade Into Hue (periwinkle creme), Keep Calm, Paint On (sea foam green) and Dandy Lyin’ Around (shimmery vanilla icing).



Take a stroll down the China Glaze path, passing a bubbling brook of light and bright blues. Take in the view of the mossy green meadow and stop to enjoy the fragrant flowers of soft pink and white. Get those nails ready for spring!

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 Avant Garden Collection will be available March 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.

February 17, 2013

Get Comfy in the Five-Position Multi-Angle Floor Chair from Plow & Hearth :: Review and Giveaway




Okay so I might actually take up most of the couch when my husband and I are relaxing in our living room. He usually ends up on the floor. So when I saw this Multi-Angle Floor Chair I thought how perfect that would be for one of us to use! The comfortable and supportive seat adjusts to five positions!


The internal metal locking mechanism of the Multi-Angle Floor Chair lets you choose from five comfortable positions - from fully reclined to upright. It is great seating for floor activities like games, reading and watching TV (or when your wife kicks you off the couch). It is thickly padded for extra comfort. We got the taupe color thinking it would go well with our chocolate couch. It also happens to be the exact color of our walls. 


It is much more supportive than you think it would be! This chair holds your weight when you want to lean back and watch TV! The thick padding is wonderful for comfort. I also think this would be wonderful for playing board games or video games. Or what about using it for playing on the floor with a child? There are so many possibilities. It comes in your choice of chocolate, red, navy or taupe. You can also find many more Chairs & Rockers for comfortable indoor living.

Plow & Hearth is a company specializing in unique, enduring home and lifestyle products. What began as a small retail store in Madison, Virginia, in 1980 has grown to include our flagship brand, Plow & Hearth, offering unique, high-quality products for home, hearth, yard and garden. If you are a gardener, you must check out their great selection of Yard & Garden products for spring planting!

Life Inside #IntelTablets with Windows 8 #TabletCrew


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Are you using a tablet to enhance your life? There is nothing like the convenience of a sleek and smooth tablet. I am just setting up my Samsung ATIV tablet and discovering everything that is inside! I knew I wanted to personalize it and really make it my own. I started by choosing a color and design that I loved.


Next, I decided that I wanted to invest in the keyboard dock for the Samsung ATIV. I found it for $129.99 at a local store. I love how it fits my tablet perfectly. 


Then I was ready to download some apps! I browsed the easy to use store app from my start screen. 


One of my favorites is Social Shortcuts which has shortcuts to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more. It is very useful!


So this is what my new Start screen looks like! I love that fancy purplish design too! It fits me perfectly. Everything I need to enhance my life is right there with a click and a swipe. I am loving my new Intel Tablet!

How do you use a tablet to enhance your life? If you don't have one, what would you use it for if you did?



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


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