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A New Year, A New Me Giveaway Event :: Win A Complete Rejuvenation System from Dermagist (RV $130) #NewMeEvent

Welcome to A New Year, A New Me Giveaway Event hosted by Daily Mothering, Mommy of Two Little Monkeys and Mommy Digger! Do you want to become a healthier, fitter, slimmer, more beautiful YOU in 2012? Over 55 blogs have come together to present this exciting fitness and beauty event January 24th-31st! Each blog is giving away a fitness and/or beauty related prize worth $25 or more (and some are worth more than $100!). Enter my giveaway and then hop to the next blog on the list at the bottom of this post to have a chance to win more exciting prizes!

A New Year A New Me Giveaway Event

Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink is so excited to bring you an awesome giveaway from Dermagist. Check out my Sponsor Spotlight on their Complete Rejuvenation System. One {lucky} winner will get to try this system for themselves!

Complete Rejuventaion System from Dermagist
The Dermagist Complete Rejuvenation System® is a method of combining the use of three high powered, uniquely effective formulas on a daily basis for a 30-45 day period. 
It includes the following three products.
  • Original Smoothing Cream
  • Dynamic Age Defying Serum
  • Instant-Effect Lifting Serum

Quidam is Coming to Detroit (February 2-5) :: PLUS Behind the Scenes with Cirque du Soleil!

If you are a frequent reader of my blog then you know I am a *huge* Cirque du Soleil fan! From the incredible acrobatics to the powerful live music to the heartfelt story - every single Cirque du Soleil show is a must see event. I have seen close to ten different shows all over the US. Quidam is one of the shows that are currently on tour. It is coming to Detroit this weekend! 

Quidam is pronounced "Key-dahm" and is a mesmerizing show full of surprises and amazing acrobatic feats. It is a show that the whole family will enjoy. I had the pleasure of going backstage today to see what happens behind the scenes!

As you might expect there were performers stretching and practicing their routines. 

Their flexibility and strength fascinates me!

Then we were lead to the stage where one performer practices at a time.

Cory Sylvester, who has been with Cirque du Soleil for six years, was perfecting his German Wheel routine.

The balance and strength required for the German Wheel is very evident.

We also had the opportunity to check out the wardrobe area.

One of the things I love most about Cirque du Soleil are the stunning costumes.

What a treat to be able to see what goes into making the performers look so incredible.

From hair to makeup, the performers completely transform themselves into character.

Fun Fact :: The performers are all taught to apply their own makeup!

Don't miss your chance to see Quidam! It is an experience that you will never forget.

Quidam will be in Detroit this weekend
Check the schedule to see if it is touring to a city near you.

In 2012, Cirque du Soleil will present 21 unique shows simultaneously around the world! It is hard to believe that it all started from a group of 20 street performers in 1984. Since then, they have delighted more than 100 million spectators in over 300 cities on six continents!

Quidam will perform seven shows only February 2 - 5 at Joe Louis Arena.

Thursday, February 2 at 7:30 pm
Friday, February 3 at 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 4 at 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 5 at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm

Tickets are available at the Joe Louis Arena box office, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online at

The international cast of Quidam features 52 world-class acrobats, musicians, singers and characters from 18 different countries. Performances include Cloud Swing, Diabolo, Handbalancing, Skipping Ropes and of course the German Wheel. Want to preview the show? Check out this great video! Can't see Quidam? Then visit Cirque du Soleil to find another show near you!

Disclosure:  I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. The information provided in this post came from the sponsor. All of the opinions are my own. See my full disclosure.

Review :: Single Stone Studios :: Vinyl Wall Art

Single Stone Studios is a design studio specializing in vinyl wall art decals. I came across their website and just loved what they had to offer! Their fun designs fit perfectly with my taste in home decor. They have hundreds of stock-designed wall decals and can customize any of them to your specifications. They offer over 80 different colors/finishes so it will match your decor perfectly. 

Here are some of my favorite designs that they offer.

Some really great designs right?!

I had a very specific space in mind when I was choosing my vinyl wall art.
Here is my before photo.


It is an odd shaped wall space with the fireplace there.
Here is the vinyl wall art I chose.

This design is called Elegant Mums and the color I chose was beige.

Step 1 :: When the vinyl wall art arrived it was all rolled up. I had to leave it sit out for a day or so until the paper lie flat.
Step 2 :: Then I laid the art on a table and gently burnished the decal. I used a plastic scraper from my kitchen to do this.
Step 3 :: Next I took some painters tape and hung the art on the wall where I wanted it to go. You are creating a hinge. This is where you would level it so it is nice and even.
Step 4 :: From the center out, gently rub the decal onto the wall with your hand. Then use your burnisher (plastic scraper) to go over all parts of the decal. Don't forget the intricate details of your art. Get them down as much as possible so you have an easier time in step 5. 
Step 5 :: Gently pull back the top layer of the vinyl. I like to pull back at an angle. You need to pay attention if you see any that is not sticking to the wall. Push it back down with your finger and keep going. Go slow!

Step 6 :: After the transfer tape is removed, I like to go back and work in any areas of the decal with my fingers. This is especially important in my case because I applied the decal to a textured wall.


So what do you think? I am really happy with how it turned out! The color looks perfect and the shape of the decal fit right into my space. I think I am going to put one more piece of horizontal art right above the mums.

Are you ready to transform your space with Single Stone Studios? The selection is amazing. You are sure to find something to fit your needs!

Connect: You can find Single Stone Studios on their website as well as on their blog! You can also keep up with them on Facebook.

Buy It: You can buy vinyl wall art from Single Stone Studios via their website. The Elegant Mums decal I reviewed sells from $62.00.

SPECIAL OFFER: Use the code ALITTLEUMBRELLA to get 10% off your entire order at Single Stone Studios!

Disclosure:  I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. I did receive free product(s) to facilitate my review from the company or their PR agency. The product information provided in this post came from the sponsor. All of the opinions are my own. See my full disclosure.

#MissionGiveaway :: Enter to Win Mikasa Love Story Goblets and Votives (RV $124)

Mission Giveaway started with the $100 Story where with $100 several people received the help they needed. We are on a mission to help people! We have gathered a group of bloggers that want to make a difference. Together we are the Mission Giveaway Group!

Valentines is just around the corner and love is in the air. Don't we all just melt for a great love story! This week our Grand Prize winner will get gorgeous pieces from the Mikasa Love Story Collection and be able to share his or her prize with someone else.

Grand Prize

Celebrate true love and timeless elegance with Love Story. The graceful bands wind their way across each glass and feature a delicate heart on each piece, making this a classic pattern to be treasured for anniversaries to come. Great for engagements, weddings and anniversaries. Hand washing recommended. Crafted from high quality crystal. Set of 4 crystal goblets, each holds 16-3/4 ounces.

Mikasa crystal favors are the perfect choice for your special occasion. Inspired by a delicate flower, these stunning crystal votives will make an elegant addition to any d├ęcor. Set of 3. Each are 3" diameter.

About Our Sponsor: Mikasa

Mikasa, a division of Lifetime Brands, Inc., is proud to be recognized worldwide as the leader in tabletop fashion in dinnerware, crystal stemware, barware, flatware and decorative accessories. Quality and great design have been synonymous with the Mikasa brand name for over a half-century.

You can find Mikasa on Facebook and Twitter.

Here’s How You Enter:
The Giveaway will open up on Tuesday 1/31 at 12:01 am EST and Close on Friday 2/3 at 11:59 pm EST.

1) Start at the Rafflecopter Entry Form below.

2) Complete the Mandatory entries.

3) Work your way through the links, entering contests at each blog as you go. These contests each have their own rules and end dates.

4) Complete additional entries towards the bottom and come back for any additional daily entries!

That’s it! You have successfully entered this awesome giveaway! Side note…It’s not mandatory that you enter all the giveaways at each blog. However, doing so not only increases your chances of WINNING the other prizes, it increases your chances of WINNING the Grand Prize!

Good luck!!

Knock Knock Fun Gifts For Your Valentine #LotsOfLove Sponsor Spotlight

It is almost time for the Lots of Love Giveaway Event! It will feature at least $25 or more in prizes on each of the participating blogs! Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink is co-hosting this event! I am giving away TWO Prize Packages that each have a value of over $200! My next sponsor is Knock Knock.

If you want to get your Valentine something comical, fun and unique for a gift, then you must check out the great gift selection at Knock Knock! To start, check out the 100 Small Favors Tickets. It’s the gift that gives 100 times!

Inside you will find retro-style tickets that the recipient can redeem for 100 small favors. How cute! There are three special golden tickets inside too that can also be redeemed for a bigger favor! Oh, the possibilities!

How about Vouchers For Lovers? These vouchers will express your affection in refreshingly nonmaterial ways. There are vouchers for everything from a “Candlelit Bath” to “End to Argument”. All on the schedule of his or her choosing.

My personal favorite is the Sweet Nothing Nifty Note. I love leaving my husband sticky notes on the bathroom mirror. So these are just perfect! Whether your loved one is headed to the office, the classroom, or on a trip, keep your message short, sweet, and nonverbal. It really brightens up his morning when I leave him a Sweet Nothing Nifty Note!

Finally, we have the Things You Must Do to Make Me Happy Pad. This one is hilarious! You start by checking off when the demand shall begin: yesterday, immediately or from now on. Then you select the item that must be done to make you happy. I mean ... really ... how else will they know what you need?

You can find many many more unique and fun gifts for your valentine, or anyone really, at Knock Knock! One of my readers is going to win ALL of the items mentioned above! This package has a retail value of $21!

Connect: You can find Knock Knock on their website as well as on their fun blog! You can also keep up with their shenanigans {:D} on Facebook and Twitter.

3D Laser Gifts :: Personalized 3D Photo Crystal Gifts :: #LotsOfLove Sponsor Spotlight

It is almost time for the Lots of Love Giveaway Event! It will feature at least $25 or more in prizes on each of the participating blogs! Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink is co-hosting this event! I am giving away TWO Prize Packages that each have a value of over $200! My next sponsor is 3D Laser Gifts.

3D photo crystals are the perfect gift for any occasion. Turn your regular 2D photo into a 3D image etched inside beautiful crystal at Just think how perfect a personalized 3D laser gift would be for Valentine's Day! They are even available in a heart shaped crystal just perfect for your valentine!

About 3D Laser Gifts:
3D Laser Gifts is a unique online gift shop where you can find the perfect gift for anyone, for any occasion. We work with you to create beautiful works of art from your cherished photographs and memories. Using any image you'd like, we laser etch that image in 3D inside the highest quality crystal, creating your customized 3D photo crystal. Your 2D photograph is rendered into a 3-dimensional light sculpture floating, suspended, deep inside the heart of crystal. 
The last time I worked with 3D Laser Gifts, I was able to see a finished product for myself. I was so impressed with the intricate and perfect re-creation of the photo I provided into the crystal. It was just stunning. I still stare at it in disbelief and wonder how in the world did they do that? From the moment I opened the box I was just amazed by the quality and the beauty!

Choose your own sentiment to add to your crystal.

One of my readers is going to win a Heart Crystal with a Round Base (RV $168). Thank you 3D Laser Gifts for this generous prize!

Connect: Visit 3D Laser Gifts for the perfect gift idea. Let create your perfect, Personalized 3D Photo Crystal. Preserve your precious moments forever in crystal! You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It: You can purchase Personalized 3D Photo Crystal Gifts at!

SPECIAL OFFER :: You can use the code VALENTINESLOVE2012 to receive 25% off your order!

Win It: One {lucky} reader will win a Heart Crystal with a Round Base (RV $168)! This prize will be a part of an awesome giveaway package worth over $200!

How To Enter: Come back to my blog Wednesday, February 1, when the Lots of Love Giveaway Event begins!

Disclosure:  I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. The information provided in this post came from the sponsor. See my full disclosure.

Leaping Into A New Home

My husband and I bought our home six years ago. The market was good back then and we thought it would be the perfect starter home for us. Fast forward to six years later and we have simply outgrown our house. The rooms are small, the closets are small, everything is small! There is barely enough room for us, let alone our future children! It is time to start the process of selling our current house and finding a new one. 

We want our next home to be the one that we raise our children in. We want it to be the home where our children will make their memories. It is not going to be easy. In fact, it will probably be frustrating. But in the end, we know it will be worth it!

Here is what we need to do to accomplish our goal of being in a new home in 2012.
  1. Save up 20% to put down on a new home. Saving money in this economy is not easy. But my husband and I agree that we would like be able to put 20% down on our new home.
  2. Get our current home ready for buyers. There are a few updates that we need to do before we can put our house on the market. We need a new kitchen floor and we need to update the bathroom. I know that making these two updates will make our home much more desirable to buyers.
  3. Sell our current home. This will not be easy! The housing market is still very bad in our area. If we have to take lower than asking price, I hope we can break even by getting a better deal on the new home.
  4. Find our new home. We need to make sure that the new home is bigger, priced right and in a good school district. Easier said than done? Probably. But the fact that the housing market is so bad could be in our favor when we look for our new home!
  5. Move in! Hopefully our new home will be move in ready, but we need to be prepared in case we need to do some work on the new home before we move in.

So, if we follow these steps, we should be "Leaping Into A New Home" by the end of the year!

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