Lesli Sieminski is a blogger and a third grade teacher. She blogs at Put a Little Umbrella in Your Drink, where you can “sip on” lifestyle inspiration. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and a Master's Degree in Education. Lesli and her husband of 12 years love to travel and live life to the fullest. Their favorite kind of vacation involves beaches and umbrella drinks, hence the unique name of her blog! She started her blog as a creative outlet over five years ago. It has turned into much more than she had ever hoped for! Lesli writes about beauty, style, fashion, wellness, food, technology, entertainment, travel, and all things that make her smile. Her mission is to inspire you with lifestyle tidbits that make your life a little more fabulous! “May all your days be filled with umbrella drinks.”
Lesli is an engaged member of our network. We wanted to get to know her better and here is what we found out, in her own words.
I live in… Ohio.
My niche is … Lifestyle blogging. I basically blog about all of my interests including beauty, technology, food, and more. Definitely lifestyle.
I write when… I can. I also work as a teacher. So I do my best to juggle both.
How has blogging changed my life... How has it not? I have been able to work with amazing brands and meet so many great people. I love being able to try all of the new products and experiences that I blog about. I also appreciate having somewhere to express myself creatively.
A brand I have loved working with is… This is really hard. I have been able to work with many that I have loved. Two of my favorites that I still work with regularly are Outback Steakhouse and Rite Aid.
I started blogging in… January 2011 when I was laid off from my teaching position! I needed a creative outlet, so I decided to start a blog. I started teaching again in August 2012 and I decided to keep my blog going. I loved it so much and I had put in so much effort - I could not just give it up. Over five years later, I am still here, and I am busier than ever!
How I see the future of blogging/social media... It is growing. The power of influencers like me is growing. It is so exciting to be a part of it.
Where I blog... I am fortunate to have my own office at home. I have everything set up just the way I want it. So I am very comfortable there.
I am connected… Constantly. I would be lost without my iPhone!
When I’m stressed, I… Treat myself to a spa day! A girl’s gotta relax!
My favorite gadget is… My iPhone. I also love my DSLR!
My favorite travel destination is… The Caribbean.
I do most my shopping… Online.
My favorite TV shows are … Anything on Bravo. The Real Housewives of (all cities) is must-see TV. I never miss Big Brother and I am so excited about Gilmore Girls coming back to Netflix!
My favorite movie is… I love the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies. All of them. They make me laugh out loud.
Coffee or tea... Tea. I could actually drink iced tea 24/7. Sometimes I do.
I love… My family, traveling, photography, the beach, umbrella drinks, reality TV, iced tea, delicious food, and laughter.
I dream about… All of the places my husband and I will travel one day.
What else I do… In addition to blogging, I am also a third grade teacher!
I’ve worked with and made a difference via blogging about… I am not sure how much of a difference I have made through my blog. But as a teacher, the possibilities of making a difference are endless!
Your blog sounds interesting and I will be visiting it. I am in the process of starting my own blog as I also need an outlet as I recently became disabled. I feel I have much to share and much to learn, lol. Do you have any suggestions for someone just starting out with a blog? Oh also thank you for all you do as a teacher. I truely don't feel teachers get enough wages or credit for what they do!!