Monday, March 28, 2011

We Have A Winner

Hey y'all! Just popping in to let you know who won the CSN giveaway. I'm so old-school with my winner picking! I don't do the random number generator site (I can't even think of the name of it at the moment). I write out names, throw them in whatever container I have handy (today it was the vintage Fenton bowl on my desk), close my eyes and pick a name. If I'm at home I let JD do the honors but today it had to be me.

Without dragging this out, the winner is...

Annie at Chapters of Our Life! Congrats, girl! She's actually having a little boy soon too, so I know she'll find something useful to get with her prize. Thanks to everyone who participated; I love doing giveaways!


For those who like to read them, I posted a pregnancy update. I got busy and missed my last one so it's been 4 weeks since I updated! Time is flying!

I also have two showers to blog about so hopefully I'll get to that before I have my last one this weekend! Until then, have a fabulous week!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Review and Giveaway!

Have I mentioned lately how fast this pregnancy is going?? It seems like just yesterday I had 32 weeks to go and now I'm 32 weeks into it! Before I know it, the lovebug will be running around the yard and we'll be thinking about things like wooden swing sets, then I'll blink and he'll be starting junior high and we'll be thinking about things like girls, and then (sniff, sniff) he'll be getting ready for college and we'll be thinking about things like careers!

Thankfully for now, we're still thinking about baby stuff. I'll enjoy this sweet time in his life as long as I possibly can. But my goodness, there sure is a lot of stuff to buy! Which is one reason I couldn't pass up the opportunity to do a review for CSN Stores. I think by now, we all know about this awesome website (and if you don't, you should!) that has pretty much anything you could want for your home, pets, baby... the list is almost endless.

I knew I'd do the review on a baby-related item since that's pretty much all I'm buying these days and after some deliberation I decided to get our crib mattress. Then, after some research and more deliberation, I settled on the Serta Nightstar Extra Firm Crib Mattress. I know nothing about what kind of mattress is best for a crib, besides the fact that it needs to be firm. I chose this one because I trust the brand, it had great reviews on different websites and it seemed like a good value for the price. Also, I cannot tell a lie, it has the cute little Serta sheep printed on it, which basically sealed the deal for me ;-)

So far, I couldn't be happier with my choice! Of course shipping was quick and easy, as it always is with CSN. It's the perfect size for the crib (no gaps around the edges) and the sheets we chose fit nicely. One feature I really like is that it has a vinyl cover which can be easily wiped down, as I'm sure will be necessary quite a few times. It also comes with a 25 year warranty, which is always nice. Although I can't comment on the durability of the mattress since we haven't actually used it yet, it does seem really promising. So far, so good, and I would feel comfortable recommending this product to other parents looking for a crib mattress.

And because CSN is so awesome, they not only gave me a $45 gift code to use toward an item to review (I paid the balance on the mattress), they also gave me another $45 code to give away! And this code can be used at any of their 200+ stores! I guarantee you'll be able to find something you love or need. If you don't believe me, go browse around their site for a while and then when you're convinced, come back here and enter!

I like to keep giveaways simple, so all you have to do is comment on this post and ask to be entered! I'd prefer that entries only come from followers of my blog, because I like to reward y'all once in a while for putting up with my babbling :-) I'll pick a winner on March 27th or 28th (with my sporadic posting schedule lately, I figure I need to leave myself some flexibility). I can only accept entries from the US or Canada since those are the only countries CSN ships to at this point. If I can't get to your email by replying to your comment, please be sure to include your email address in the comment so I can contact you if you win. You don't have to have a blog to enter but, again, let me know your email address or make sure I know how to contact you.

So let me know if you want to be entered and good luck!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Have Y'all Heard...

...about Rent the Runway? I don't think I've blogged about this before but if I have, I apologize and would like to blame "pregnancy brain" (yes, there is such a thing and it's taken over with a vengance for this lady). RTR is a website that allows you to rent designer dresses and accessories for a small fraction of the retail price. Brilliant!

The website is set up so you can look for outfits according to occasion, body type, designer, or even sleeve type. A few of the designers offered include Halston Heritage, Gryphon, Diane von Furstenberg, Alice + Olivia and, most recently, Lilly Pulitzer (although if those aren't your style, there are about 75 designers so I'm sure you'll find something that tickles your fancy). Rental prices are determined by the retail price of the dress. For instance, if the dress retails for $395 the rental price might be $50 and if the dress retails for $1,350 the rental would be $150.

One feature I love is that each time you order a dress from a new designer, they send you the dress in two sizes just in case you're not sure of the size you need. How nice are they??

They send your dress/jewelry/bag to you a day or two before you plan to wear it, and then once you wear the item you put it in the provided envelope and drop it in the mail. You don't even have to bother paying for return shipping since it's included in the rental price.

It's definitely worth looking into for special occasions (especially ones when you'd normally buy a dress that you might end up wearing only once). Once you sign up, they periodically send you $20 off coupons. This $20 should take care of shipping and the insurance fee they charge (if you have too much fun at a wedding and spill red wine on your dress, no problem!). I rented a $400 dress and ended up paying about $35 with a coupon, which is less than I would have usually paid to buy a dress. The process was so easy and it's always fun to have a "new" dress to strut!

If you're interested, click here for an invitation to sign up.

Note: I wasn't asked or compensated in any way to write this post, it's just a site that I thoroughly enjoyed using and I wanted to share the fun with y'all!