May 31, 2013

BrylaneHome Bedding Sale and 1000-TC Sheet Set Review




BrylaneHome offers the latest styles, colors and designs in bedding, bath, window, cooking, dining, entertaining and beautiful home accents. Don't miss their Bedding Sale going on now! I had the opportunity to review the 1000-TC Sheet Set with Bonus Cases which are a part of the sale! They are originally priced at $149.99 - $169.99 and now they are on sale for $119.99 - $129.99.


When it comes to sheets, I am pretty picky. They need to be soft and well-made. That is why I was so excited to try these luxurious sheets from BrylaneHome. At the pinnacle of bedding, this set comes in 6 gorgeous colors meaning, no matter what your décor may be, you’ll have the best sheets at the best price. I chose the ivory color. It is a very pretty shade. It is a nice and soft cream color. Including a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and 4 standard pillowcases this set wraps you, and your entire bed, in luxury. 


They fit my queen sized bed perfectly. They were easy to fit on. I did not have to tug or pull. I love the soft and silky feeling that these sheets provided. I was also pleased with how thick they were! This set will fit mattresses up to 18” deep. They are available in 6 colors: Chocolate, Burgundy, White, Ivory, Khaki, and Light Blue. You can choose from king or queen size. This 1000-TC sheet set is made of cotton/polyester and is machine washable. I washed them and did not experience any shrinking. Most of the wrinkles came out in the dryer too.

If you are looking to redo your bedroom, don't miss the BrylaneHome Bedding Sale. Start with an easy comforter, a pretty handcrafted quilt or bedspread and soft inviting sheets. Then, add plump, comfy pillows and pads and a cozy blanket or throw to pull it all together. 

Check out these bedding options for more ideas.

Connect :: Visit BrylaneHome.com and order anytime 24/7. Customers can also join the thousands of fans who are following BrylaneHome on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Buy It :: Save up to 25% on Bedding Basics from BrylaneHome!


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.

May 29, 2013

NIVEA #DareToBare Challenge and $150 ShopBop Gift Card Giveaway #spon




Summer is almost here. Is your skin ready? Leave it to the NIVEA experts to give us the confidence to "Dare to Bare". I have once again teamed up with NIVEA for a challenge. This time my challenge was to Dare To Bare smooth and visibly firmer skin. I was sent my Challenge Kit which included a bottle of NIVEA Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion with Q10. I used the lotion for two weeks. I am happy to report that after the challenge, my legs are smoother and firmer than they were two weeks ago.


NIVEA Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion with Q10 has been proven to firm and tighten skin's surface in as little as two weeks. How does it work? Hydra-IQ is NIVEA's exclusive technology that supports skin's own hydration network to unleash deep, non-stop moisture that lasts more than 24 hours. The results are: 
  • firmer, more toned skin
  • more resilient skin
  • softer, smoother skin texture
  • 24 hour moisturization
I loved many things about this lotion. The first thing I noticed was how smooth it went on. It made my legs feel like silk. My husband even thought so! I also liked that there was just a light scent. Then I am not competing with my perfume or body oils. It also delivered moisture. I would typically use it after my shower. It sealed in the moisture and stayed that way for hours. Finally, the texture. My skin was more even toned and it was also smoother after my challenge period. I will definitely keep on using NIVEA Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion with Q10 throughout the summer. Swimsuit season will be here soon enough!


Once my challenge was complete, I was "dared" to get something from ShopBop to show off my softer, smoother skin! I chose a few pairs of cute shoes. What would you buy for your own Dare To Bare challenge? One of my lucky readers will get the chance to take the challenge for themselves!

May 25, 2013

I Had Metal Braces Then, But You Can Have Invisalign Now

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Did you have metal braces? I did. I had mine put on pretty late too - as a teenager. In fact, I still had them on when I was about ready to graduate from high school! I remember being mortified about the thought of having to go away to college with metal braces! I literally had to beg my orthodontist to take them off before I moved away and started my freshman year! I actually still have nightmares sometimes where I wake up and discover that I still have my metal braces on. That is how much I hated them! I was so self-conscious when I smiled.


If only there was Invisalign back then! Adults and teens now have a modern choice for straightening their teeth. No more wires and brackets required! I am so jealous! Invisalign is the clear alternative to metal braces that uses a series of virtually invisible and removable aligners that gradually move teeth over time. The benefits include no food restrictions, ability to easily maintain healthy dental brushing habits, minimal interference with sports or other activities, and teeth get straightened without most people knowing you are in treatment. This would have made such a huge difference for me. I wish that no one could have seen my metal braces! There is even the option of Invisalign Teen - just for pre-­‐teens and teens.


If you inquire about Invisalign, you might be told that you or your family member is not a candidate. As with any medical procedure, consider getting a second opinion. Not all dentists and orthodontists are certified Invisalign providers, the best way to find an Invisalign provider is to visit the Invisalign Doctor Locator.


Invisalign has many advantages over the metal braces that I had. The Invisalign treatment usually requires fewer office visits, shorter appointments and no “emergency” visits for broken wires or brackets. Metal wires and brackets can cause irritation. I remember getting all kinds of sores from my metal braces. Even with all of these advantages, the cost is roughly about the same as traditional braces. Did you know that there are more than 2 million Invisalign cases in treatment or completed worldwide? Take the Invisalign Smile Assessment to find out if Invisalign is right for you or your child.


Have you or someone you've known used Invisalign? And if so, what was their experience? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Connect :: Visit the Invisalign Website for more information about the clear alternative to braces. Be sure to also visit Invisalign on Facebook and Invisalign on Twitter.



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

Get Down To The Nitty Gritty :: Texture Collection by China Glaze




China Glaze introduces Texture, a unique new lacquer that applies as a crème but dries with a 3D texture effect. Don't worry! This is not one of those traditional nail art techniques that require multiple steps. Texture only requires one step, painting the nail. The texture dries matte, but can be combined with a Top Coat for a glossy effect. With a finish similar to that of a sugared rim, Texture is the perfect accessory for a beach day, night-on-the-town, or special rendezvous.

It comes in six bright colors that look like ice cream or candy! They are really just perfect for summer. I started out with Bump & Grind. I applied a top coat. You can see the glossy effect. For the rest of the colors, I did not apply any kind of top coat.


Bump & Grind :: hot pinkish-red with textured grit


In The Rough :: light lime-green with textured grit


Itty, Bitty & Gritty :: melon with textured grit


Of Coarse! :: bright, cobalt-blue with textured grit


Toe-tally Textured :: tangerine-orange with textured grit


Unrefined :: bright pink with textured grit

You can really notice the difference between top coat and no top coat. Also I noticed that most of these can really be applied with only one coat! It is pretty incredible that you get the textured effect with no special tricks required. Pretty cool China Glaze!


Hand Perfection Anti-Aging Hand Care Collection :: Review and Giveaway




You need to take care of your hands. Why? Because they are the first to show the signs of aging. The skin on the tops of our hands is very thin. Not only that, they also take a beating every single day. Whether it is the weather, the sunlight or just dry skin. Most of us try to achieve having beautiful hands via the perfect manicure. I spend so much time each week on my nails. However, the first step in achieving the ultimate manicure is to have gorgeous and youthful hands. How do your hands compare to your nails?

Anti-aging is critical for hands and they truly give away your age. Hand Perfection is the only anti-aging hand care treatment available to the mass market. Developed with Ellen Sirot, the nation's top hand model, the Hand Perfection Collection contains a Nourishing Day Cream, Revitalizing Night Cream and a Nail and Cuticle Treatment.


So does it work? I used it for two weeks. In clinical tests, 91% of consumers were shown to have a significant improvement in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture and skin smoothness in just two weeks with noticeable results in as few as five days when using the Hand Perfection System. Overall, dry, aging, damaged hands were tremendously improved after using the Hand Perfection regimen. I found very similar results in my own review. The difference I noticed the most was in my skin smoothness. It almost seems to "matte-ify" your hands. It smooths things out and removes some of the shininess. I was pleased with the results!


I used the Nourishing Day Cream and Revitalizing Night Cream together, as directed. I liked the fragrance-free, non-greasy formula. They go on smooth and absorb quickly for an invisible, weightless feel. I hate sticky products and this was definitely not one of them. There is also a Nail and Cuticle Treatment which moisturizes the cuticles and help improve the look and feel of the nail bed for an overall healthy and beautiful looking hand. I use that during my manicures. The pen makes it easy to use.


Hand Perfection Anti-Aging Hand Care is powered by an exclusive and proprietary RevitaStim Active Complex with Olivem-1000, Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid. Drew Edell, EVP, R&D and Product Development explains, “A liquid crystal emulsion contained in the Complex closely mimics and associates with the skin’s lipid barrier. This compatibility helps to restore and maintain the skin’s natural barrier and speed delivery of the functional ingredients to the skin for maximum performance. Additionally, the inclusion of SPF 15 in the Day Cream helps protect the skin from further damage. On application there is an immediate improvement in the skin’s flexibility and appearance and within 2 weeks, signs of aging on the skin are significantly improved”.
Don’t let your hands give your age away! Try the Hand Perfection Collection for yourself! FIVE of my lucky readers are going to win the entire Hand Perfection Collection!

Stella & Dot's Memorial Day Sale


Are you ready for a great sale? Fabulous sale alert! Stella & Dot is offering up to 50% off sale items and free shipping on orders over $100+ from 5/24-5/27. Shop for fabulous items like the Stella & Dot Leona Pendant Necklace. It makes a bold statement and is adored by both celebrities and fashion editors alike. Each necklace is one of a kind because the stone is hand-cut. It can be partnered with a simple top or can be used to accessorize dressy attire for summer benefits and galas--the options are endless! 


Dressing up for a picnic or summer festival can be a blast. Go in style with a great handbag and some gorgeous statement earrings. Whatever you need from Stella & Dot, be sure to check out Stella & Dot's Memorial Day Sale today! Enjoy!



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.

Tea Collection Memorial Day Sale




Get your kiddos ready for summer! Starting today, through Monday, May 27th, Tea Collection is offering $15 Girls Dresses, $12 Girls Leggings and $12 Boys Tops. Stock up on comfortable and durable tops for boys. Mix and match adorable girls' legging and dresses for endless outfit combinations. Don't miss your chance to take advantage of this amazing sale from Tea Collection! 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.

May 23, 2013

Southwest Airlines Vacations to Vegas

This post brought to you by Southwest Airlines Vacations. All opinions are 100% mine.


Okay we all know what they say about Vegas. There is a reason for that. Adults can enjoy Vegas in a variety of ways. How about for a ladies-only weekend or a couples-only getaway? Whatever you have coming up, Vegas has something for you to enjoy. Just leave those kiddos at home! I have never been to Vegas myself. I would personally love to travel there with my husband. I know he would enjoy the casinos and I would enjoy the fantastic entertainment options.

I really want to see some of the Cirque du Soleil shows that are only in Vegas. For example, the Beatles show looks amazing! I would also love to see musical acts and perhaps some comedy shows as well. From what I have heard, the food is also incredible in Vegas. So many options and the dining prices seem to be pretty reasonable overall!

Southwest Airlines Vacations offers vacation packages to more than 80 destinations with flight service available from every scheduled Southwest Airlines departure city. Travelers can customize vacation packages to include flight, hotel, car rentals, show tickets, attractions passes, tours and more.

With Southwest Vacations, your Bags Fly FREE! That is a savings of up to $120 roundtrip! I just traveled to Florida and I was stunned at how much I had to pay in extra baggage fees – so this is an excellent perk!

They are currently promoting a fabulous deal for Vegas. You can save up to $100 when you book flight + hotel to Las Vegas with Southwest Airlines Vacations. Just the use promotion code: VEGAS. This code is valid if trip is booked between 5/14 - 5/27.

How much can you save?!
  • save $50 on Package price of $500-$1,000 
  • save $75 on Package price of $1,000-$2,000 
  • save $100 on Package price of $2,000+
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Hawaiian Getaway Sweepstakes

This post brought to you by Arby's. All opinions are 100% mine.


Have you heard about Arby’s Roast-Beef-atopia?! Arby’s is excited to announce a new twist to the beloved classic Roast Beef sandwich! For a limited time only, Arby’s is partnering with the iconic KING’S HAWAIIAN brand to introduce two irresistible new sandwiches to their menu. I just love the KING’S HAWAIIAN sweet rolls. They are delicious. Now you can enjoy the sweet bread paired with Arby’s Roast Beef. Enjoy the KING’S HAWAIIAN Roast Beef and KING’S HAWAIIAN Roast Beef & Swiss. One bite of this delicious new flavor combination and customers will experience Roast Beef Paradise, or as Arby’s calls it; Roast-Beef-atopia!

Both sandwiches are served hot, and made fresh to order. Arby’s KING’S HAWAIIAN roast beef sandwich comes with an extra helping of freshly sliced roast beef, piled high on a soft and slightly sweet KING’S HAWAIIAN bun. Arby’s KING’S HAWAIIAN Roast Beef & Swiss sandwich has the same extra helping of roast beef and KING’S HAWAIIAN bun, topped with Swiss cheese, crunchy pickles and creamy Dijon spread. Hurry! Both sandwiches are only available for a limited time.

To celebrate this unique partnership, Arby’s is hosting the Arby’s Hawaiian Getaway Sweepstakes to offer customers the chance to surf in paradise! The grand prize winner will receive a round trip for two with four nights stay in Honolulu, HI. Plus a premium group lesson at one of the island’s premier surf schools, Hawaiian Fire. For more details and to enter the sweepstakes visit www.ArbysKingsHawaiian.com from now through May 26. Yes that is VERY soon so enter now before it is too late! Visit Sponsor's Site

Tree Hut :: The First Step To #NaturalBeauty

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

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Tree Hut Hand & Foot Care products are developed to keep hands and feet feeling smooth and healthy. Certified Organic Shea Butter and Natural oils and extracts make skin smooth and soft.

There are several products available. The Tree Hut foot cream, Tree Hut foot scrub and the Tree Hut hand cream all use Certified Organic Shea Butter. This means that they are all perfect for skin repairing & moisturizing, anti-aging and promoting elasticity. The Foot Cream also contains the famous Argan Oil and Rose Hip Oils which both contain natural anti-aging properties. The Hand Cream contains Aloe Vera which is known as nature’s soothing moisturizer; as well as Peppermint Oil to moisturize the skin. The Foot Scrub uses Real Sugar to exfoliate skin and smooth. This product also contains Peppermint Oil. All three products are Paraben Free and Made in the USA! I also really appreciate that they are not tested on animals.

With summer on its way, I would really like to try the Tree Hut foot scrub! I want to make my feet sandal and flip flop ready. Peppermint Oil sounds like the perfect natural moisturizer for feet! I would then follow up with the Foot Cream. I would be wearing something like this great outfit below to show off my new and natural look! Notice the adorable flip flops that will show off my perfectly pampered feet!


Tree Hut products are different because they understand natural beauty. Tree Hut is best known for having perfected the art of using Certified Organic Shea in each product we make. Once you try the Tree Hut products, you will experience why Shea is an amazing and natural moisturizer.

Be sure like Tree Hut on Facebook so you don’t miss a thing! You can also follow Tree Hut on Twitter. Tree Hut products are easy to find. Just looks for them at Walmart stores nationwide! Visit Sponsor's Site

Stella & Dot's Stylist Opportunities


Love fashion? Want to work for yourself? Now is the perfect time to launch your own business and join Stella & Dot's growing team of Stylists! Stella & Dot creates flexible, work from home business opportunities for entrepreneurial women. Create the success you deserve. To find out more information visit www.stelladot.com/stylist. Get started today!



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.

Tablet Sleeve Case for $10 :: Perfect for Dad or a Grad!


Father's Day will be here soon! If you ask me, men are so hard to buy for. This is a cute (and inexpensive) gift idea! This Tablet Sleeve Case features your photo design is printed on one side of a durable soft neoprene sleeve case that is designed for an iPad or any other small tablet. It protects your tablet while traveling and shows off your personal style. 

Features include:
  • Water resistant and durable protective case
  • Zippered top for easy access
  • Custom design printed on the front
  • Black back resists dirt
  • Works for all smaller tablet sizes


The regular price is $32.99 but use the code CUSTOMTABLET to get it for 70% Off - making it just $10! You save $22.99. Click HERE to start customizing yours for your dad or a grad!



S&H Not Included. Order Quantity Limited to 1. Ordered Online. One Time Use. Cannot Combine Coupon Codes. Offer For New Customers Only. Exp. 06-12-2013. 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.

May 20, 2013

FREE Hardcover Photo Book for Father's Day!


Father's Day is fast approaching, and what to get is on everyone's mind. But finding the perfect gift doesn't need to be a frenzied feat. Take advantage of this great deal and honor all the great dads out there with a free photo book offer. There's no better or easier way to say, "thanks" than with a free personalized photo book of favorite moments and happy memories with Dad.

To get your free photo book, new customers just need to sign up with their email addresses. It's for a limited time only, and that perfect Father's Day present is just an email address away. Let's get in the spirit of dad, and to all of them out there, Happy Father's Day! 









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.

Crocs #SplashofColor Sweepstakes

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

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Don’t miss your chance to enter for a chance to win a “Splash of Color” prize package and shopping spree from Crocs! This sweepstakes will end VERY SOON - on 5/20! Use the Instagram app on your smart phone to capture “SPLASHES OF COLOR”. Maybe it is a gorgeous sunrise or bold colorful nails or a big city night. Tag it with #splashofcolor and enter for a chance to win a “SPLASH OF COLOR” prize package and shopping spree from Crocs!

Participants have a chance to win a $3,000 shopping spree for entering. To enter you must connect to your Instagram account through the Sweepstakes page and choose a photo from your photo stream that is tagged with #splashofcolor. You can upload 3 photos a day. I just entered by using these three photos. It was so quick and easy! (Fun too!)

You must use your Instagram account and tag the photos with the hashtag #splashofcolor. I am entering because I can definitely use some new Crocs. The new colors are so cute and perfect for summer. I could buy them for my whole entire family and all of my friends with the $3,000 prize! In the summer I practically live in Crocs and flip flops. Enter for your chance to win the Crocs Instagram Sweepstakes. What would you do with your $3,000 shopping spree if you won? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Love for Lilies

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

It is always the perfect occasion for beautiful lilies. Every day is the perfect day to share the magic of this pretty flower. From simple expressions to monumental occasions, no flower is better for capturing the mood quite like these alluring blossoms. They’re even great to pair with other beauties, like gladiolus, calla lilies and irises. It doesn’t need to be a holiday for a customer to want lilies. In fact, it could easily be a day just like this one. (hint, hint)

Guys please don't be cliché and get your lady roses. If you have a gift to give your mom, sister, wife, girlfriend – give a gift she can appreciate. How about a unique bouquet of lilies? You will certainly upgrade your status to the "thoughtful and caring husband/son" etc. As you can see they come in many lovely colors like pink, yellow, white and orange.

Lilies are perfect for every occasion. They are beautiful and modern. Making them the perfect gift for an anniversary or birthday - or even when you need to apologize or forgetting one of those occasions. They are great gifts for women who want the beauty of flowers but don't want to take care of them.

Or just forget the gift giving all together and treat yourself with lilies. They will instantly brighten up a room. Lilies are great for home decoration. You can purchase potted bulbs at: grocery stores, garden centers, and of course at flower shops.

I had white lilies in the table arrangements at my wedding. They looked much like this one. I received so many compliments on them. If you have a spring or summer wedding coming soon, you really can’t go wrong with this versatile flower. If you would like some visual inspiration, visit this Pinterest page for bulb inspiration and ideas.

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