Pinterest Nightmare #345: The Nubrella

It’s been raining here in Charlotte. There hasn’t been a single day in the past two weeks that I haven’t been drenched in a downpour at some point during the day.

It’s been totally annoying and has also made me rethink the prudence of wearing white t-shirts.

So when I was casually cruising Pinterest the other day, I really sat up and took notice of this little beauty.


Pinterest Nightmare #345: The Nubrella


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It’s the world’s most fashionable, and not at all odd looking, hands-free umbrella!

That’s right! Thanks to the Nubrella, you are no longer forced to suffer with conventional umbrellas that completely monopolize one of your hands. NO SIR! With Nubrella you’ll know what it feels like to be free of a problem you might not have even realized you had. And isn’t that really the best kind of problem when you think about it? You’re welcome!

This baby anchors to your torso via a discrete backpack with ample padding for your comfort. The fashionable waist buckle ensures that your rain-free zone stays firmly in place over your general head area and probably won’t wrinkle your clothing too much. And here’s the unbelievable part– it only weighs about 3 pounds! That’s practically nothing!! I can put on 3 pounds after a light afternoon snack!

Just picture it…you are out and about and it starts raining. You’ve only got TWO HANDS so how are you supposed to hold an umbrella, your child’s hand, and a Target bag at the same time?! Nubrella to the rescue!! Just strap it on, deploy the canopy and your problems are over!!! You will stay dry and fresh! Your child will still get wet, but that doesn’t make you a bad parent. Don’t they tell you to put your own oxygen mask on first in the event they drop from the ceiling when you’re flying? This is basically the same thing.

The best part is that it puts an end to people invading your personal space. You know those those annoying people who are too lazy to carry their own umbrella and then try to sidle up to your dry umbrella space to keep from getting wet? Ha! Thwarted!! The Nubrella is only for a party of one. In addition, it’s absolutely guaranteed that when you sport a Nubrella, people will give you a wide berth.

There is no down side!! The Dose Girls are fully on board!!

The Dose of Nubrella

Oh, Pinterest. Noโ€ฆjust no.



Pinterest Nightmare #345: The Nubrella — 138 Comments

  1. I love this bad boy! I would totally wear it!! I am all about the hands free, hands free cell phone, hands free laptop, hands free children…this is perfect! Where do I sign up?

    • This baby will free up your hands alright! Click on over to and your rainy days are made. They are even running a special–only $49.99 and $9.99 shipping!!

      You’ll meet so many new friends wearing this around NY! They might be pointing and laughing at you, but many a good friendship has started that way!!

    • TOTALLY astronaut appropriate!! (Which fits in with your latest book activities!!) People will totally look at you like you’re an alien if you are wearing one, so it fits perfectly!!

  2. Looks very aerodynamic…like all you need to do is put helicopter propellers on it and go…up up and away. That thing is ridiculous looking. But it might have a market with photographers — now you can shoot games in the rain, without worrying about your camera getting wet!

    • Yes, Michelle!! They are totally missing out on the “photographers that don’t mind attracting negative attention” market. They should get right on that!

    • TOTAL deal, Nicole! $49.99 is a small price to pay for people really noticing you in a crowd. (and looking fashionable, of course)

    • I have a feeling bumping into other people would not be a problem. I’m pretty sure everyone would scatter if they saw you walking around in a Nubrella.

  3. I don’t know why, but all I kept thinking about is that we were about to be entering the space program. Not sure, but couldn’t get past the initial look, but probably would come in handy trying to get two kids hands free to school in a torrential downpour. So definitely one of the better Pinterest nightmares you have shared here ๐Ÿ™‚

    • “Better Pinterest Nightmare” is certainly a relative thing, isn’t it?! I’m not sure your kids would want to be seen with you if you were sporting a Nubrella. That could make drop off at school tricky.

  4. Ha! I saw this on Pinterest this week and thought of you immediately. Not as a dweeky dworb using this invention, of course, but as the sharer of Pinterest Nightmares. A perfect candidate again! Thanks for the smiles today.

    • Hahahahaha. You know us so well, Kim! This Nubrella is the stuff of (Pinterest) nightmares for sure…at least if you don’t want to look like an crazy astronaut walking around the Target parking lot.

  5. OMG! How could anyone take this thing seriously? Who in their right mind would walk around like that? But, then we all thought segways were silly and now they’re all the rage. This might become the NEXT BIG THING! Oh, I hope not. ๐Ÿ™‚ Followed you from SITS. Hoping you’re having a blessed day!

    • Now…what if you had on a Nubrella WHILE you were riding a Segway. That would *really* be something!! Bwahahaha. I shouldn’t laugh. I bet some Segway rider is adjusting his Nubrella at this very moment!

  6. Final images? Pee-worthy. For serious. You guys rock it.

    Ehem. Now. How do I get me one again? #saysthegirlwhohatesumbrellasandsurelywouldntbecaughtinoneofthese ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I’m being completely serious here…. I could actually see keeping this in a backpack for hiking or camping. If I were out hiking and it started to rain, I would like to have my hands free. I wouldn’t, however, wear this around town.

  8. Okay, I’m going to be the voice of dissent here and say I think this is kind of brilliant – the design needs a LOT of help, and 3 pounds is ridiculous, but as someone who was DRENCHED the last rainy day because she was battling 2 kids under 4 and a dog on the walkway to the car in a downpour? Bring it on.

    • Oh, Sarah. Now be honest…if you saw someone walking around in that are you saying you wouldn’t run for your life?!

  9. I actually had to water my garden this morning for the first time all summer, although it sounds like that might have been premature, because if it’s raining by you, it’s heading my way. BTW, we are heading you way in a few weeks when my children fly out of Charlotte. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • That’s been the one good thing about all of this rain–no watering necessary!! Yay to being in Charlotte! ๐Ÿ˜€ You should visit us!! –Lisa

  10. It looks like a cross between a pop-tent and a paraglider set-up. I am afraid…and he looks like a germaphobe…or a astronaut wannabe…maybe both. I think that’s a total white elephant gift. And looking at him makes me want to say, “Wasn’t me! Julie did it!” (Only RocketMan fans will understand that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    • You have totally tapped into a whole new market for this thing, Julie…GERMAPHOBES! Well done. The Nubrella people need to hire you for their marketing department.

    • Ashley and I were happy to strike a pose for Nubrella, Bill…especially since they are so fashionable!

  11. This isn’t a bad idea, except it looks like it’s only for your head. Also, what are you going to do when the rain comes down diagonally when it’s windy. Are you supposed to tilt your entire body like you tilt your regular umbrella.
    I personally hate carrying umbrellas but I think I’ll hold on to mine for now.

    • YES! You just have to tilt your whole body…and hope that the weight of the backpack doesn’t cause you to tip completely over. It’s TOTALLY PRACTICAL, Xae!!

  12. I would totally wear that!! It eliminates the problem of Benjamin grabbing at the handle of my umbrella yelling, “ME HOLD IT FOR YOUUUUUU!” while I get drenched. I’ll just carry him with my two free arms and we’ll both stay dry. The other two can fend for themselves!!

    • Hahahahahahaha. They always want to be the one holding the umbrella and even when you hunch over, you still get drenched. SO TRUE, RABIA!! At least with your Nubrella strategy, two out of four of you stay dry. That’s not bad at all! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • I TOTALLY remember those. People use to wear them to baseball games to keep the sun off their faces. You’re right, this is even more stupid looking. (and I wouldn’t have thought that was possible)

  13. 3 pounds…that’s absolutely nothing!
    I can totally rock this and I would wear this everyday just so people don’t invade my space. Using it to shield from the rain is optional!
    Love it..

    I’m buying three…one for you each of us Dose Girls.

    • You know none of us will have to worry about people invading our spaces when we are sporting these babies! They will be backing away from us….very slowly….

  14. Funny article! You guys are getting good with the photo shopping of your faces, over the bodies (is Ashley a dude?), yet under the umbrella. I like the oxygen mask analogy, seems like there should be lots of times you take care of yourself first while the young ones wait patiently.

    • Sadly, I did have to make Ashley a dude. The only other great Nubrella picture I could find was a person riding a bicycle in one, but it didn’t work out. At least he was a stylish gent in a cute scarf. I’m positive she appreciated that.

    • Bwahahahaha. I’m sure my teen would not believe it possible for me to be less cool than I am right now… although if I wore a Nubrella, it might happen!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Indeed. It’s a statement that says, “Beam me up to the mother ship before they throw me in a padded room” but, it’s still a statement!

  15. I am dying over here! I think this should be a hazard because people are going to be walking into each other and into things staring at the oddity of the person wearing it. While I love the thought of being able to hold more Target bags, I wouldn’t stoop to this. We went from raining all day to 100 degree weather with 99% humidity. Miserable!

    • YES! It’s a hazard for the people around the Nubrella user because they will be completely distracted and fall down stairs or something!! Good point, AnnMarie!!

    • Bwahahahaha. And you know it’s hard to look nonchalant with a big old plastic dome over your head!

  16. HAHAHAHA 1. “it only weighs about 3 pounds! Thatโ€™s practically nothing!! I can put on 3 pounds after a light afternoon snack!” LOL ME TOO. 2. i dont have kids but i NEED this! i am a big fan of personal space, swinging my arms when i walk, and couldnt care less about what i look like in public (which is quite evident most days even without a nubrella) so i am on board! (also- when i read the title i thought it was going to have something to do with nutella. amazingly, this thing is so rad, i wasnt even disappointed)

    • I think the Nubrella is *quite* a step down from Nutella, so I’m glad you weren’t too disappointed!!

      I have a feeling if you don a Nubrella, people will be giving you all the personal space you can handle! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • I don’t know, Joi. These photos are from the most up to date Nubrella source I could find. I think your memory is being kinder to Nubrella than it deserves!

  17. All I can think of is all of those poor assistants that people like P Diddy (or whatever his name is today) hire to hold their umbrellas to keep them dry. If P Diddy switched to this, those umbrella holders will be out of a job. Hmmโ€ฆ.

    • NUBRELLA IS BAD FOR THE ECONOMY!! You heard it here first, via Jennifer. All of P.Diddy’s umbrella handlers will be out on the streets. Don’t let this happen, people! *sob*

  18. The only potentially practical application for this is a variation that would work for babies who are sleeping. Go with it for a second- I used to eat dinner, snacks, lunch, you name it, over the head of my sleeping and/or nursing infant ALL the time. I used to think she should have a tiny umbrella hat after I dropped Chicken Marsala down my Hooter Hider at a restaurant one night. No? No good?

    • That was a heroic try, Stephanie…and I think the Nubrella gets at least partial credit for your efforts. I think a baby would cry if her mother did this to her. It’s the stuff of therapy.

  19. OMG, I’m trying SO hard to bite my tongue, where’s @Kristen, when I need help with my filter, that’s just interesting… My my, funny post…lol I found you on the #LOBS party!

    • Bwahahahahaha. I can just see your whole family all Nubrella’d up. I’m sure the teens will be overjoyed!! It will make for a fantastic family photo op!!

  20. I kinda want to buy one and use one…just to see the reactions from the crowd. I’m all about owning it when you’re severely over or underdressed. I perfected the art of holding my head up high and swiveling my hips a bit. I think I want to get dolled up in my cutest mini-dress, blow out my hair, put on red lipstick and heels, and rock this bad boy. Just picture it.

  21. Man, I could have used one of these this morning when it decided to briefly downpour as I was going out to my car! BTW, can you send a little of your rain my way… my grass is brown and crunchy. ๐Ÿ™

    • Aw, man! I wish we could send some rain your way! Crunchy grass is the WORST!! (I don’t think you could get in your car if you were wearing this, so it wouldn’t have been helpful for you ;D )

  22. I am like sugar I can’t get wet with that being said i would not want this big thing on my head I can barely keep up with my earpiece lol

    • Hahahahaha. I’m with you, Kita. I don’t like getting wet, but I just can’t walk around like that. Even I have a tiny bit of pride.

  23. OK the guy in the photo looks like he’s about to sky-rocket to outer space — but I have to say — YOU girls look lovely in the nubrellas! They need to get your cheerful faces on their website — they will sell a lot more of those puppies!

    • I don’t think they want to limit the Nubrella market to women. They need a big, sort of astronaut looking guy to make sure the guys know it’s for them, too.

  24. OMG…the things you ladies find….

    this crazy thing reminds me of a dog with a collar…what is wrong with people????? but they sure do make me laugh.

    • You don’t think you want to sport a Nubrella when you come for the Beyonce concert? It could still be raining here, Britton!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • I think this is a genius application for the Nubrella. Germaphobes everywhere are rejoicing at the hands free protection it can afford!! That’s thinking outside the box!

  25. You know how I love it when you guys do these posts!

    I have one question though. Can I put other things in the backpack or is it just to store the numbrella?

    Also, did you notice the people pictured using the contraption are outside WHEN IT’S NOT RAINING?

    • Ashley and I have debated this intensely. I think there might be extra room in the backpack for carrying your things. Ashley is certain only the Nubrella will fit in there making the backpack useless for schlepping your stuff. The only way to put this to rest is for someone to take one for the team and spend the $49.99 (plus $9.99 shipping) to find out.
      I think the idea of people walking around in their personal plastic dome semi-bubble when it’s not raining is fantastic. It really makes it more fashion statement than practical contraption. AS IT SHOULD BE! ๐Ÿ˜€

  26. Bwahahaha, this thing is hilarious! Looks like it belongs on a stroller. On a separate note, and these words will probably come back to bite me later, I’m a tad jealous of the rain….it hasn’t rained in the Boston area in forever and we’re in the midst of a heat wave. I could use a really good downpour right about now (and I’ll make sure to have a numbrella handy, just in case!)

    • I feel in time, the Nubrella will be a standard item on the baby shower list of every new mom. Who needs her hands free more than a parent with an infant?! Of course it will scar the infant for life thinking it’s mother is a space alien, but they have to have SOMETHING to discuss with their therapist in 20 years.

  27. OMG that’s so funny. You know, the person who made it was probably convinced that they’d come up with The Next Big Thing. I’m sure friends and family rudely egged her on saying “Yes! It IS a pain to hold an umbrella while also juggling a briefcase and a cigarette!” HAHAH Love the photos at the end. You’re awesome.

    • You just know bad ideas like this cannot happen unless your friends and families are cheering you on! Poor Nubrella guy didn’t have anyone to sit him down and tell him like it is!

    • You’re right. Those would be perfect Nubrella scenarios. I can’t wait until the day we start seeing these out on the streets, though. I will have my camera poised and ready to capture it all.

  28. I’m from the Pacific Northwest, and in that part of the country, umbrellas are for pansies. Get yo self a waterproof parka with a hood and have one hand free to hold your Starbucks coffee and the other to hold the hemp leash of your rescue dog.

    • Bwahahahahahaha. Hold the hemp leash of your rescue dog! Oh, Amy!! You kill me!! Oh, sure…a hooded parka is very SENSIBLE, but does it have the panache of a Nubrella? I don’t think so.

    • While that may be true, I bet a hooded slicker doesn’t turn as many heads as a Nubrella would! I’m just sayin’…

    • YES! And when you think of it, this will be putting all of those people out of work in this economy. That’s a shame!

    • That’s really the only fair way to do it, Alison. Think of the stir all of you will make walking down the street Nubrella style!

    • There is no higher compliment that eliciting a snort (which is my preferred form of laughter) Thank you, Nikki! ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. What in the world?!? As much as I hate those never-ending rain spells, that plague us from time-to-time, I still can’t get down with this contraption!
    What will they come up with next?!? =)

  30. I am trying to decide what I enjoy more, your posts, or all the funny dialogue that ensues in the comments.

    Let’s just say for a second that this was a great invention. I live in So Cal so we all freak out when it rains. And I always forget an umbrella because Southern Californians don’t know how to act when it rains. So the Nubrella would live in my closet, dusty and forgotten about, just like all of my other umbrellas while I show up at the office with wet hair yet again.

    • It’s always the comments, Stevie. They are the best thing about any Pinterest Nightmare. FOR SURE!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  31. Man, I wish I had a Nubrella last week. It really rained, and I totally had to use my hands for other things. After seeing the two of you in one, I’m definitely ordering. My kids won’t melt if they get a little wet.

    • I like the way you think, Jennifer.

      Besides, kids have it so cushy now, they need a few scenarios where they have to tough it out from time to time. Getting soaked with rain while your mom walks beside you in a Nubrella would certainly qualify.

  32. Seriously, who cares about the kid? Just make sure that my makeup doesnโ€™t run and my hair stays coiffed! Oh yeah-thatโ€™s right- I donโ€™t really wear makeup, and my hair is in a perpetual ponytail/sock bun (oh, yes I did!). Arenโ€™t parents supposed to use their kidโ€™s Dora umbrellas, anyway?

    • That’s exactly what we’re supposed to do, Leslie! And the kids get to hold it so we have to hunch all the way over to try to stay under it! That’s how it’s supposed to work…until Nubrella, that is!

      (Ps. We love a sock bun at our house. I am going to write about it one day)

    • Bwahahaha. I think it would be something like parasailing, but without a line to keep you from blowing away. Now I REALLY hope I see one of these on the street.

  33. You ladies never fail to crack me up! Im right there with you as far as being OVER all the rain! I’m in Augusta Ga so we too are getting lots of rain and i’m about one step away from telling mother nature to shove it! ~Leah~

    • We are at the mercy of Pinterest, Catherine. But we are lucky that Pinterest always supplies just the right bizarro thing to feature. We will never run out of nightmares, that’s for sure!

    • It fits in it’s own backpack thingy. So, if it’s about to rain you can just strap on the backpack and you are set! Isn’t that a lot better than having to stuff an umbrella in your purse?! ๐Ÿ˜€

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