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5 Reasons to Make the Switch to Republic Wireless

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Republic Wireless.

Is it just me or does it physically hurt to pay a gigantic cell phone bill each month? I mean it is just ridiculous! That is it was. We made the switch to Republic Wireless and have been saving big ever since. Republic Wireless is the affordable smartphone service provider that’s revolutionizing the way cellular service is distributed for Android users.

Republic Wireless keeps costs low by seamlessly connecting your device to available free wifi ... and then back to 4G LTE. Smart huh? The connection is updated even in the midst of a phone call or streaming. We have been using a Moto G5 Plus for several months now. We use it to stream movies, text, talk, take photos, and more! Not once have we ever had an issue with dropped service. It is pretty amazing. So why should you make the switch to Republic Wireless?

#1 WiFi First
Republic Wireless pioneered the idea of “WiFi first” resulting in tens of millions in annual savings for its customers. Republic’s smartphones deliver high quality and savings by using the less expensive WiFi network when possible and seamlessly connecting to nationwide 4G LTE cellular network whenever necessary.

#2 It's Affordable
Starting at $15, all Republic plans include unlimited talk and text whether on WiFi or cellular. Data plans start at just $20/month. You can even change your plan when your needs change.

#3 No Contracts. No Hidden Fees.
You won't see any overage charges or additional fees. How amazing is that? No surprises!

#4 Smartphone Features
Don't miss out on the things you love about a smartphone. Use your social media outlets as usual from your Republic Wireless phone. One of the places we love to frequent in the summer is our local pool. I snapped this photo with my Moto G5 Plus then shared it on Instagram. So go ahead, respond to Facebook comments or follow your favorite celebrities on Twitter. There will be no difference when you use Republic Wireless.

#5 Always Connected
Get 4G LTE service across the country backed by two nationwide carriers. We have never experienced a dropped call or service interruption. We even visited family in a rural area. We normally would not get service in their area. That was before Republic Wireless. We stayed connected the whole summer long no matter where we were.

My husband has basically claimed this as his phone. He loves the quality of the phone and the reliability of the service. I love the affordable plans with no hidden fees. How important is it to you to have affordable, reliable phone service? If you don't use Republic Wireless, I strongly suggest you take a closer look. Use the code LITTLEUMBRELLA2017 to receive $20 off service or a phone at!

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Picture Keeper Connect Review + Giveaway

You know all of those photos that you took during summer vacation? You know, the ones on your phone? How would you feel if you lost them forever? If you’re like me, you take lots and lots of photos while you’re traveling. Keeping them on your phone not only puts you at risk for losing them, you can also run out of space on your device. The solution is Picture Keeper Connect

Small, convenient, and hassle-free, the Picture Keeper Connect offers a simple backup solution for the irreplaceable pictures, videos, and contacts stored on your iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone and tablet, and Mac and PC computer. Whether you're switching to a new phone, running out of storage on your smartphone, or wanting to safeguard important photos, Picture Keeper Connect offers a simple backup solution for all devices.

Inside the box, I found the instruction booklet, the USB device, and an Android adapter (if you need it). Simply plug Picture Keeper Connect into your device’s charging port, open the app, sign in, click start back-up and you’re done!

Apparently, I had 328 photos on my phone that were backed up in a minute or two. Everything was intuitive and simple. Picture Keeper Connect also works to restore photos, videos, and contacts to your new device or even a friend’s device. You can just hand them the USB so they can easily get the photos from you. How cool is that?!

Boom. Backed up and done. When I removed the USB from my phone and inserted it into my PC, I was able to easily bring up all of the photos that were on my phone. 

This is my favorite feature. Now I can move the photos from my devices to my PC and vice versa with ease. I also love the no repetitions feature. The Picture Keeper Connect will actually remember where you left off on your back ups the next time you use it. No more duplicating files and photos you’ve already backed up and taking up enormous amounts of memory you could use for new files.

Another cool feature is contact backup. The Picture Keeper Connect app doesn’t just back up photos and videos. You can also use it to backup your contacts. Once backed up, contacts can easily be transferred to a new phone or restored on your original device.

So, in review, here is how I will be using my Picture Keeper Connect.
  • To transfer files from old devices to new ones.
  • To move files between wireless devices and computers.
  • To backup all photos, videos, and contacts.
  • To save new files with every new backup - no duplicated files.
  • To easily share files from my devices with a friend.

How will you use Picture Keeper Connect? Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win one and try it for yourself!

Connect :: Visit to learn more about simple solutions for your everyday digital backup needs. Connect with Picture Keeper via Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can purchase the Picture Keeper Connect for $119.99. Use the code ALittleUmbrella to receive 40% off.

Win It :: One {lucky} reader will win a Picture Keeper Connect!

How To Enter :: Just use the form below to enter. Open to the US only. Must be 18+ to enter. Giveaway closes on August 25, 2017, at 11:59 pm EST. Only one person per household/IP address may enter. Good luck!

Spotlight on IT Cosmetics

You have likely heard of IT Cosmetics. Perhaps you saw Jamie Kern Lima (Co-Founder and CEO) presenting on QVC. Maybe you heard the recent buzz behind the new Secret Sauce (which I can't wait to try). Or perhaps you have heard about their soft as a bunny Heavenly Luxe brushes. For all of these reasons and more, I was so excited to work with IT Cosmetics on this spotlight post.

Why is IT different? IT Cosmetics was developed with plastic surgeons to develop clinically proven, innovative, problem-solving products that harness cutting-edge, anti-aging technologies and skin-loving ingredients to truly give you the power to be the best version of yourself. So they not only make you look great, they are good for your skin as well.

Confidence in Your Glow is perfect for summer. It is a blush, bronzer, and highlighter in one. Swipe the bronzing powder where the sun naturally hits your face to get the look of an instant all-over vitality-filled glow, plus a boost of brightening and radiant warmth, in one simple step. Combined with proprietary Drops of Light Technology, your skin will feel instantly softer and smoother. You can swirl the three powders together, or use them individually. Either way, the result is sun-kissed summer skin. Choose from three shades. I reviewed Warm Glow, shown above. I love the sensorial experience of the fresh orange scent, too. This radiance-boosting and brightening formula has become a summer go-to.

Perfect for the Confidence in Your Glow palette, the Heavenly Skin Wonder Brush is infused with anti-aging collagen, silk, peptides, niacin, and antioxidants. They instantly improve the look of your skin upon application and deliver beautiful results every time. The unique dual-fiber hairs on this tapered makeup brush allow for effortless application. The brush does the work for you, giving you the power to reach every curve of your face and control the depth of your glow. The firmer you press, the deeper your color.

Airbrushing in a jar. Bye Bye Pores contains real silk which makes the look of pores disappear! This award-winning translucent loose powder instantly erases the look of pores and imperfections for airbrushed perfection. I love that it also contains loads of antioxidants and skin-loving ingredients. The universal translucent shade goes on completely clear and works on all skin tones.

Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder Brush #8 is perfect for applying Bye Bye Pores. This ultra-plush, ultra-luxe wand ball brush grabs just the right amount of powder and selectively and evenly distributes it to your skin. It delivers just the right amount of product for a flawless application. It is so unbelievably soft. Its unique wand ball brush head is uniquely crafted and starts its life by going through a tedious process where each hair is sculpted and trimmed, forming a perfect round ball shape. This combo delivers an instantly poreless, optical-blurring finish every time.

Is loose powder not your thing? Bye Bye Pores also comes pressed. The Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder formula uses the same technology to erase the look of pores and imperfections from a compact! So it can easily be applied throughout the day for on-the-go touch-ups, and doubles as a blotting powder, too. I honestly can't say which formula I like more. They have both changed the way I finish off my makeup.

Transform your eyes with this universally flattering anti-aging eyeshadow palette featuring 12 Superhero-inspired shades. The Superhero Eye Transforming Anti-Aging Super Palette is formulated with hydrolyzed collagen, silk, peptides, and antioxidants, for super smooth, super skin-loving, super saturated shades that last from day to night. The four elements of this palette include three Superhero Eye Foundation eyeshadow base shades, three Superhero Nudes, three Superhero Neutrals, and three Superhero Liners.

Start with the Superhero Eye Foundation eyeshadows to color correct, neutralize and smooth for perfectly prepped lids. You can wear them alone or as your all-over base color. Superhero Nudes give you a flawlessly gorgeous, “no-makeup” look. Superhero Neutrals complement the twinkle in your eyes and make your eye color come alive. These work great as your contour crease color. Superhero Liners are super-intensely pigmented for beautiful definition. Wear wet or dry, as your smoked out eyeliner with the convenience of a pigmented shadow. All four elements give you the power to create limitless eye looks, from natural to classic to smokey. This is one fun palette to play with! Plus the shadows include anti-aging peptides, antioxidants, silk and hydrolyzed collagen!

Finally, this no-tug eyeshadow brush delivers an airbrushed application without tugging on your delicate eyelids. Use it for the Superhero Eye Transforming Anti-Aging Super Palette or to create any eye look. Developed with leading plastic surgeons, this is the first anti-aging and age preventative shadow brush. Its soft-touch rubberized handle makes application easy and enjoyable. The super-soft ultra-luxe brush glides pigment onto your lids easily for an airbrushed application that lasts. I love it!

Connect :: Visit to check out the full line of high-performance color cosmetics. You can also connect with IT Cosmetics on Facebook and Instagram.

Buy It :: You can purchase the products that I reviewed here: