"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. " -Helen Keller

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

CSN Review and $125 for you or you or you

Y'all, I got really luck when I got on board the CSN Stores blogger review program. I've tried out a wide variety of products from CSN Stores and I have not been disappointed by a single one I think one of the things I want to check out in the future is a corner TV stand for the tv in our den.. I'm not sure which part of this program makes me happier, getting to buy and try stuff or getting to share the wealth with y'all. 

Remember when I told y'all that not only was I going to have a $125 giveaway for you but that I got to spend that too? Well, I got to go on a veritable shopping spree. I decided to continue on the pamper me phase started when I bought my beautiful wallet and I got shoes. Oh man, did I get shoes! Thanks to a combination of CSN Stores always low prices and a few mega deals, I managed to get three pairs of shoes...the J Renee Catrice in Taupe, the J Renee Mona in Gunmetal, and the Bella Vita Wren in Tribal Print.


I followed the instruction on how to measure your feet and find your proper shoe size that I found on about.com. Based on these measurements, I ordered an 8 wide.  Yes, these gorgeous shoes are actually available in wide widths which means no more pinch feet. All three shoes proved to be extremely true to size and fit me perfectly. Also, all three shoes are extremely comfortable. Both the J Renee shoes have 3 inch + heels and they still manage to be comfortable thanks to the wonderful padding on the soles. I personally find all three shoes to be well made, absolutely beautiful, and they would be worth every penny CSN gave me (hell they'd be worth full price out of pocket).

I also have to send some major kudos to the shipping department at CSN Stores. Right around the time I ordered them, the last Snowmaggedon had hit and, of course, there was the obligatory warning that shipping may be delayed due to the effects of the weather. Despite what they were dealing with, I had my lovely shoes in less than 5 days. Color me impressed.

So, on to what y'all are really waiting for...the giveaway. You are entering for a chance to win a $125 electronic gift card that can be used at any of the 200+ stores that fall under the CSN Stores umbrella. Remember, ONE COMMENT = ONE CHANCE TO WIN. In other words, each additional chance to win requires an additional comment. Winner to be chosen with the help of Random.org.

Mandatory Entry:
Visit CSN Stores or any one of their 200+ stores and tell me how you would spend your gift code

Extra Entries:
  • Follow my blog through Google Friends Connect and comment to tell me you do (1 chance)
  • Follow CSN Stores on Twitter and comment that you do (1 chance)
  • Follow me on Twitter and comment that you do (1 chance)
  • Tweet (or facebook) about the giveaway and leave me a link to your tweet in a comment (1 entry a day) - Check out this awesome #giveaway from @csnstores and @dragondream http://bit.ly/gFkOx3
  • Blog about the giveaway and leave me a link to the post in a comment (3 entries, so 3 comments)

The giveaway will run from now until 11:59 PM on February 9th.  Stop by on the 10th to find out who won. Make sure I can find your email address either on your profile or in a comment. I need it to contact you if you win.

The only compensation I received for this review were the shoes I was reviewing. I was only required to provide an honest review. All opinions are entirely mine.

167 comments:

Tillie said...

I totally want this light for my dining room!! http://www.csnstores.com/CBK-90689-CBK1619.html

Tillie said...

I follow you on twitter!

Tillie said...

I follow CSN stores on twitter

Jordan said...

I would definitely get a Cuisinart blender, I've been wanting one for awhile.
Buletproof_monkey@yahoo.com

Jordan said...

I'm following you on twitter as thisbeangreen.

Lynn said...

I want the Paula Deen Cookware in Blue Porcelain. CSN has the best price I've seen on it!

Lynn said...

I follow you on Twitter, dear heart!

Domestic Diva said...

I would get this blanket:
http://www.csnstores.com/Daniadown-65825TH-DWD1489.html

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

Domestic Diva said...

I follow on gfc

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

areyoukiddingme said...

They have the knife sharpener that I've been wanting!!! Off to look for more stuff...

areyoukiddingme said...

If I subscribe to you in Google Reader, does that count for the friend connect thing?

Mrs. Gamgee said...

I'm in need of a rice cooker, because no matter how hard I try, my rice always ends up sticky. I also would love to get a good cast iron frying pan (I love the Rachael Ray & Martha Stewart ones) or maybe another cast iron soup pot, in a larger size. I spend far too much time on csn window shopping. Far too much!

Mrs. Gamgee said...

I follow you in google friend connect!

suburban prep said...

I would love a new handbag such as the David King - 346X - Stuff Sack

msgb245 at gmail dot com

Mrs. Gamgee said...

I posted about your giveaway on my blog...

http://missusgamgee.blogspot.com/2011/02/really-groovy-giveaway.html

Mrs. Gamgee said...

I posted about your giveaway on my blog...

http://missusgamgee.blogspot.com/2011/02/really-groovy-giveaway.html

Mrs. Gamgee said...

I posted about your giveaway on my blog...

http://missusgamgee.blogspot.com/2011/02/really-groovy-giveaway.html

battynurse said...

Very nice shoes. I was looking around their stores last night and found several headboards I would really like. It would probably go towards that.

Jen said...

I'm on a pamper me spree as well...I would buy me a nice set of pots and pans since I'm the one who uses them. so sick of using tinfoil as a pot lid lol
mamato6@cox.net

Jen said...

following with gfc

Jen said...

follow csn on twitter @n4zfk

Jen said...

following you on twitter @n4zfk

Jen said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/n4zfk/status/32930867533848576

MrsSpock said...

So hard to decide! Maybe some new sheets for our bed, fancy high thread count ones.

MrsSpock said...

I follow you of course!

MrsSpock said...

Posted on Facebook! Hot shoes, by the way!

JamericanSpice said...

I'd get the Lipper International - 554P - 25" W Desk with Chalkboard Top & Chair in Pecan

JamericanSpice said...

follow blog

JamericanSpice said...

follow csn

JamericanSpice said...

follow on twitter

JamericanSpice said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/SpiritRun/status/32955440350363648

Elana said...

I would buy the Alpha Omega Elite Convertible Car Seat in Brianna.

Elana said...

I follow you on Google Friend Connect.

Elana said...

I follow CSN Stores on Twitter. (@emk808)

Elana said...

I follow you on Twitter. (@emk808)

Elana said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/emk808/status/32956902568628224

Anonymous said...

I would love paula deen cookware in red! tracietrump@yahoo.com

JamericanSpice said...

Blog 1
http://jamericanspice.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/csn-giveaway/

JamericanSpice said...

blog 2
http://jamericanspice.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/csn-giveaway/

JamericanSpice said...

blog 3
http://jamericanspice.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/csn-giveaway/

Anonymous said...

gfc follower! tracietrump@yahoo.com

Ashley said...

I'd get a new light for my kitchen

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Ashley said...

I'm a gfc follower.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Sweepstaker said...

I would spend my code on this Cuisinart - CBK-200 - Convection Bread Maker in Brushed Stainless
sweepstaker [at] cox [dot] net

Sweepstaker said...

Follow on GFC
sweepstaker [at] cox [dot] net

Mami2jcn said...

I'd like the Wee Squeak Pansy Boots for my daughter.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Mami2jcn said...

I follow CSN on Twitter (@mami2jcn)

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Mami2jcn said...

tweet:

http://twitter.com/#!/mami2jcn/status/33170778447028224

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

mnikpat said...

I want one of the laptop bags.

mnikpat@gmail.com

mnikpat said...

Following via Google Friend Connect

mnikpat@gmail.com

mnikpat said...

Following CSN on Twitter @mnikpat

mnikpat@gmail.com

mnikpat said...

Following you on Twitter @mnikpat

mnikpat@gmail.com

mnikpat said...

http://twitter.com/mnikpat/statuses/33178626145001472

Tweeted @mnikpat

mnikpat@gmail.com

Faith J. said...

I would get Aerosoles sandals from CSN's shoe store!

fashionkitten03 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Shel said...

I have my eye on two nightstands for my bedroom:
Winsome - 10115 - Night Stand/Accent Table in White

http://www.csnstores.com/Winsome-10115-WN1446.html

I love the storage and they would go perfectly in my room.

shel704 at aol dot com

Shel said...

GFC follower

shel704 at aol dot com

Shel said...

I follow CSN on Twitter @auntiethesis

shel704 at aol dot com

Shel said...

I follow you on Twitter @auntiethesis

shel704 at aol dot com

Shel said...

Tweeted:
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/33229591736750080

shel704 at aol dot com

JamericanSpice said...

daily
http://twitter.com/#!/SpiritRun/status/33235877144567808

Discount Chica said...

I need new rugs for my living room and my bathroom!
Thats what I would buy!
Thank you!
Maria
discountchica at gmail dot com

Discount Chica said...

I follow you on twitter and I tweeted!
http://twitter.com/discountchica/status/33279936466788353

Thank you!
discount chica at gmail dot com

Discount Chica said...

I follow you via GFC!
Thank you!
Discount Chica
discountchica at gmail dot com

Baby Smiling In Back Seat said...

I've had my eye on this for a while but my twins don't need it and haven't been able to justify the cost. $125 would exactly cover 2!
http://www.csnstores.com/Pkolino-little-reader-chair-PKO1068.html

Lynda Del. said...

I'd get a bunch of cookware like the Cuisinart Panini/Sandwich maker.
lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

Lynda Del. said...

I follow you via GFC. ID: Lyndadawinda1074
lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

Lynda Del. said...

I follow you on twitter. ID: Lyndadawinda
lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

Lynda Del. said...

I follow CSN Stores on twitter. ID: Lyndadawinda
lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

Lynda Del. said...

1- I blogged about this giveaway and posted here:
http://thespanglyprincess.blogspot.com/2011/02/dragondreamers-lair-is-having-giveaway.html

lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

Lynda Del. said...

2- I blogged about this giveaway and posted here:
http://thespanglyprincess.blogspot.com/2011/02/dragondreamers-lair-is-having-giveaway.html

lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

Lynda Del. said...

3- I blogged about this giveaway and posted here:
http://thespanglyprincess.blogspot.com/2011/02/dragondreamers-lair-is-having-giveaway.html

lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

Mrs. Gamgee said...

I blogged about your giveaway again!

http://missusgamgee.blogspot.com/2011/02/awards-season.html

Mrs. Gamgee said...

I blogged about your giveaway again!

http://missusgamgee.blogspot.com/2011/02/awards-season.html

Mrs. Gamgee said...

I blogged about your giveaway again!

http://missusgamgee.blogspot.com/2011/02/awards-season.html

Lynn said...

I follow your blog through my Google Reader :D

Lynn said...

I'm now following @CSNStores on Twitter.

Lynn said...

Tweeted

http://twitter.com/wistfulgirl/status/33509596928679936

3 Boys and an Old Lady said...

I have my eyes on this Hamilton Beach - Eclectrics All-Metal Stand Mixer in Carmine Red plus Free Shipping!

Discount Chica said...

Daily tweet!http://api.twitter.com/discountchica/status/33549733196726272
Thank you!

Dora said...

Great shoes! I have my eye on this nightstand. http://www.csnstores.com/Brookhaven-Home-B294N-HMF2318.html

Dora said...

And you know I follow you!

Dora said...

And I follow CSN Stores.

The Fam said...

I'd use it towards a BOB stroller I've wanted for forever!

shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

The Fam said...

I follow via GFC.

shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

The Fam said...

I follow CSNstores on twitter (@channynn).

shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

The Fam said...

I follow you on twitter (@channynn).

shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

The Fam said...

http://twitter.com/channynn/statuses/33629122001379329

tweet!

shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

The Fam said...

I blogged here: http://finerfamily.blogspot.com/2011/02/dragondreamers-lair-csn-giveaway.html

1

shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

Kristi aka "Judy" said...

I follow your blog and <3 any retail therapy moment that presents itself to me, especially if there is less damage to my wallet!
;-)

The Fam said...

I blogged here: http://finerfamily.blogspot.com/2011/02/dragondreamers-lair-csn-giveaway.html

2

shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

Kristi aka "Judy" said...

and I follow you on twitter...
:)

The Fam said...

I blogged here: http://finerfamily.blogspot.com/2011/02/dragondreamers-lair-csn-giveaway.html

3

shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

Michelle said...

I would buy my parents a new Bunn coffee maker to replace their current one that leaks and no longer keeps the coffee hot. http://www.csnstores.com/Bunn-BUNBXB-BUN2189.html

MichelleB675 at gmail dot com

Michelle said...

I follow via GFC.

MichelleB675 at gmail dot com

Mindy said...

I think I would get one of the Schwinn women's bikes, or the Singer quilting sewing machine. There are so many choices it's hard to narrow it down!

Mindy said...

I am now a follower.

JamericanSpice said...

daily
http://twitter.com/#!/SpiritRun/status/33725210008104960

Debbie said...

That is a very generous amount!
I'd love to get a deep dish Le Creuset casserole. And we really need a new humidifier.
fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

Debbie said...

I'm a gfc follower.
fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

Debbie said...

Follow csn on twitter @suburbsanity.
fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

Debbie said...

Follow you on twitter @suburbsanity.
fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

Debbie said...

TWeet: http://twitter.com/suburbsanity/status/34011459801317376
fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

Discount Chica said...

Daily tweet!
Thank you!
http://twitter.com/discountchica/status/34040746390593536
discountchica at gmail dot com

Mari said...

I'd like this for picnics outdoors in the summer (I'm thinking ahead):

Goodhope Bags Cooler Shuttle Plus - 7362

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Mari said...

fb posted

http://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=200426453306164&id=520433979

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Shel said...

2/6 rt
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/34239062495731712

shel704 at aol dot com

Jen said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/n4zfk/status/34274017514885120

edmontonjb said...

I would get the Bissell Quicksteamer Multisurface Upright Deep Cleaner

dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

edmontonjb said...

I follow CSN on twitter as edmontonjb

dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

edmontonjb said...

I follow you on twitter as edmontonjb

dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

edmontonjb said...

I follow with GFC

dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

rys said...

I'm still looking to buy the blender I spoke of the last two times I entered one of your CSN Stores contest. LOL

My email is on my profile. :-)

rys said...

I follow you on Google Friends Connect. :-)

rys said...

I follow you on twitter @amygdalarevenge

rys said...

I follow CSN Stores on Twitter.

rys said...

I tweeted about your giveaway.

http://twitter.com/amygdalarevenge/status/34363107849539585

Marinna said...

I'd like a new comforter/bed sheet set!

imarinna01@gmail.com

Marinna said...

I follow you via Google Friend Connect

The Red Pickle said...

I'd get some grilling tools and gadgets!

theredpickle@gmail.com

The Red Pickle said...

I follow you via friend connect.

theredpickle@gmail.com

The Red Pickle said...

I follow you on twitter.

@theredpickle

The Red Pickle said...

I follow CSN stores on twitter.

@theredpickle

The Red Pickle said...

I tweeted your giveaway.

http://twitter.com/#!/theredpickle/status/34367986181742592

Discount Chica said...

Daily Tweet!
Thank you!
Maria
http://twitter.com/discountchica/status/34379108821504000

Debbie said...

Posted on fb : http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000865341565#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=151690391551499&id=100000865341565
fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

Mari said...

http://www.facebook.com/pages/SIMPLE-Reviews/66464944308#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=191505610873563&id=520433979

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Lynn said...

Tweeted again!

http://twitter.com/wistfulgirl/status/34609882543955968

Debbie said...

FB post: http://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=171576019555580&id=100000865341565
fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

Jen said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/n4zfk/status/34656820211486720
mamato6@cox.net

Discount Chica said...

Daily tweet!
Thank you!
http://twitter.com/discountchica/status/34698962069889024

Mari said...

http://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=153330318054749&id=520433979

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Discount Chica said...

Daily tweet!
Thank you!
http://twitter.com/discountchica/status/34987127452209152
discountchica at gmail dot com

Gina @ the Crave to Save said...

I would love to get this bakeware
set from csn stores:
http://www.csnstores.com/5-Piece-Burgundy-Bakeware-Set-SSS1143.html
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

Gina @ the Crave to Save said...

I follow you on twitter! @crazyitalian0
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

Gina @ the Crave to Save said...

I follow csn on twitter! @crazyitalian0
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

Gina @ the Crave to Save said...

I follow you on GFC "crave to save"
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) coma

Gina @ the Crave to Save said...

http://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/35097135573635072

tweet

Gina @ the Crave to Save said...

I blogged about your giveaway #1
http://www.thecravetosave.com/in-it-to-win-it/
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

Gina @ the Crave to Save said...

I blogged about your giveaway #2
http://www.thecravetosave.com/in-it-to-win-it/
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

Gina @ the Crave to Save said...

I blogged about your giveaway #3
http://www.thecravetosave.com/in-it-to-win-it/
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

Debbie said...

Posted on fb: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=190973364256683&id=100000865341565

Lynn said...

I blogged about the giveaway!

http://wistfulgirl.blogspot.com/2011/02/things-you-want-to-check-out.html

Lynn said...

I blogged about the giveaway!

http://wistfulgirl.blogspot.com/2011/02/things-you-want-to-check-out.html

Lynn said...

I blogged about the giveaway!

http://wistfulgirl.blogspot.com/2011/02/things-you-want-to-check-out.html

Mari said...

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=196803193665403&id=520433979

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Discount Chica said...

Daily tweet!
Thank you!
http://twitter.com/discountchica/status/35345711398653952
Maria
discountchica at gmail dot com

Debbie said...

Posted on fb http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000865341565#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=192885334063106&id=100000865341565
fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

Shel said...

2/9 rt
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/35406419243048960

shel704 at aol dot com

Deanna G. said...

I would get the WovenWorkz - Chinchilla Faux Fur Throw:

http://www.beddingandmore.com/Woven-Workz-046-062-WWZ1015.html

Deanna G. said...

I follow on GFC via Twitter(same user name.)

Deanna G. said...

I follow CSN Stores on Twitter as @calidreamin87.

Deanna G. said...

I follow you on Twitter as @calidreamin87.

Deanna G. said...

Tweeted the giveaway:

http://twitter.com/#!/calidreamin87/status/35447543760424960

Liz said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I'd get some new boots from Naturalizer or Aerosoles!

eemoody77 at gmail dot com

Liz said...

I follow you with GFC!

eemoody77 at gmail dot com

Liz said...

I follow you on Twitter! @FakeGradSchool

eemoody77 at gmail dot com

Liz said...

I follow CSN on Twitter! @FakeGradSchool

eemoody77 at gmail dot comCSN

Liz said...

I tweeted!

http://twitter.com/#!/FakeGradSchool/status/35453114719010816

eemoody77 at gmail dot com

Liz said...

#1 I blogged!

http://quiltznhoez.blogspot.com/2011/02/dragondreamers-lair-csn-review-and-125.html

eemoody77 at gmail dot com

Liz said...

#2 I blogged!

http://quiltznhoez.blogspot.com/2011/02/dragondreamers-lair-csn-review-and-125.html

eemoody77 at gmail dot com

Liz said...

#3 I blogged!

http://quiltznhoez.blogspot.com/2011/02/dragondreamers-lair-csn-review-and-125.html

eemoody77 at gmail dot com

Mari said...

http://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=128966127171726&id=520433979

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Mari said...

I follow you via gfc,

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Mari said...

I follow you on Twitter (LuckyDuckyToo)

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

JamericanSpice said...

dailyy
http://twitter.com/#!/SpiritRun/status/35545917725605889

Mari said...

I follow CSN on Twitter (LuckyDuckyToo)

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Lynn said...

One last tweet to draw in the last-minute masses, lol!

http://twitter.com/#!/wistfulgirl/status/35559840738705408