The Crazy Suburban Mom: Today's the day for the 'It's up to you and worth $75' Giveaway

Friday, March 26, 2010

Today's the day for the 'It's up to you and worth $75' Giveaway

For about a week now I've been posting little 'do you want to win this...Or maybe not' pictures in my sidebar and not saying much else about it.   So (and imagine Paul Harvey saying this) "Here's the rest of the story..."

Jason from CSN stores asked if I wanted to do a review (or giveaway) on my blog about a month ago.  He gave me some really good store suggestions  (kids furniturecookware, toys and games) and than let me have at this like a crow with a laptop on a website full of shiny, shiny things.

And that's when the problems started. First, I couldn't decide. There's  200 stores  involved here, it's like a mallapalooza. Or something.

And two.

There's the putting on my big girl organizing panties thing.  And the giving stuff away all weekend thing.  And the cleaning out my attic thing.  And how selfish am I to tell everyone about giving things away only to keep this for myself?

And I really wanted to do something to say, THANKS! for reading  the hooey I jabber daily ... For like a year now guys.

I wrote Jason back and said, Can I run a giveaway and let the winner do the picking?

Jason tapped his chin thoughtfully (Okay, I made that part up.  I just imagined that's what he did.) and said, yes.  

And that's where we are now.

The giveaway is for $75 (U.S) credit at CSN

I'd love it if you'd tell me how you would use the money.  I've thrown out a ton of ideas already and am still finding new ones.  Even Tazzy's cage is available at a CSN store.  I didn't know that till yesterday. Like I said, Mallapalooza.

So one comment per person please and if you want to tell me what you would pick, I'd be all over reading them. I can totally get into shopping vicariously through you. Please leave me your email address in the comment - I'd hate to not be able to find you and have to pick someone else.  I will pick another winner if I can't contact the first person.

All comments must be by Saturday March 31th 11:59 pm Eastern. I'll announce the winner on April Fool's Day - Just a coincidence.  Swear.  I will not be emailing the winner and than emailing them back like two seconds later and say, April Fool's.  Hardy Har Har and better luck next year. After which we will both have mutual knee slap and iChuckle together.

Nope, not gonna happen.  The April Fool's thing is a total coincidence.

Contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents.

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And in case you're wondering  I don't have a relationship with CSN stores unless you count the ulcer I most likely gave Jason over my inability to decide what to do, a relationship. I just thought you guys would like a giveaway where you could pick what you wanted for your own personal selves. 

I'm not getting paid or getting an item after the giveaway is over and I bought Tazzy's cage years ago.


Grampy 3/26/10, 8:01 AM  

I would love to be able to shop for some things for the house. The Paula Dean collection of cookware would be definitely where I would head. My wife has been complaining about our cookware.

Babes Mami 3/26/10, 8:29 AM  

I'm depserately in need of dishes...ones that match and aren't a hundred years old so I would spend days going through them and eventually picking something!

My Favorite Deals Blog 3/26/10, 8:39 AM  

What a great giveaway! I'm so glad I found your blog through Entrecard.

With so many options I don't know what I would buy...possibly some baby items since I just found out I'm pregnant :)

Thanks for the entry

Vonlipi 3/26/10, 8:39 AM  

OMG! I went surfing in the CSN mall and was like a kid in a candy store! We redid the bathroom (budget reno) and the budget was gone for some new towel bar/toilet paper holder/towel ring. So we're stuck with some that are wrought iron and they don't match my beachy theme...So I saw some delicious ones in chrome! TDF (to die for).... I would buy those if I won! I'm soooo glad it's opened to Canadian residents!

carmen 3/26/10, 9:03 AM  

Ohh...It definitely is difficult to pick from all the stuff! I'm torn whether I'd want to pick out a little telephone table or get some new stuff for my kitchen (like a food dehydrator, or even this cute leather bag ( Either way, it would be FUN to go on an online shopping spree!! Thanks!

junkforcarmen at gmail dot com

Mami2jcn 3/26/10, 9:34 AM  

I would LOVE this Fisher-Price Loving Family Dollhouse for my daughter! It's a dream of mine for my daughter to have a dollhouse...I always wanted one when I was a child and my parents could never afford it.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Jingle 3/26/10, 11:51 AM  

Oh, isn't CSN just a joy to work with!!! I loved my experience with them! I actually fell in LOVE with these little figurines that I found on their AllModern site, so I might get one of those! So far, that is my favorite site of theirs, but I haven't hit all of them yet! LOL!

Alison 3/26/10, 12:16 PM  

So many nice stuff.

I would get this

Than maybe I would use it more than I do the one we have right now. Plus I love the moon and star design!!

Ulkieab at gmail dot com

Sandy 3/26/10, 12:27 PM  

I told my hubby I'd get him an outdoor fireplace thing for the back yard last year for Father's Day...and it just wasn't in the budget so we still don't have one. I think I'd put it towards one for THIS year :)

ronsrib / Sandy

kathy 3/26/10, 3:18 PM  

I would use the credit to order a double stroller for my grandbabies. I just found out a few weeks ago we will be having another. Since they will be about 2 yrs apart, a double stroller would be really nice. Thanks, Kathy

Anissa 3/26/10, 3:18 PM  

I'd get a rocking horse like this one. Guidecraft Natural Pony Rocking Horse - G83451

Lynette 3/26/10, 3:26 PM  

Tracy, My review item from CSN is on it's way now too! YIPEE! But of course we all want to win more cause we are greedy. HA HA
But I wanted to say there is a THANK YOU at:

Anonymous,  3/26/10, 4:01 PM  

Definitely some shoes, or rather sandals - too many really, really nice ones to make a choice now - but I'd be willing to throw in some of my own money and buy 2 or 3 pair. SHOES!

Anonymous,  3/26/10, 7:39 PM  

Wow, this is awesome! Thanks so much for the great giveaway. I would LOVE to win this. We just moved into a new place and we need silverware so bad.

I'd like the Pfaltzgraff Holiday 45 Piece Flatware Set with Caddy and Votives. Cute!!

shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

Dani' 3/26/10, 10:37 PM  

I would pick the Wildon Home Rufus 25" Computer Desk in Silver because we need it to replace a table that hogs office space!

Katie 3/27/10, 9:39 AM  

Tazzy's cage is super cool! I would get the Lite Source Quatro Mini Tapered Table Lamp in Dark Bronze.
katiekarr at gmail dot com

Tara Beaulieu 3/27/10, 11:19 AM  

Oooh, I'd be all about getting a new knife for my knife block. My knives are so pathetic I can hardly cut through a tomato anymore! I want one of the really nice forged steel ones not a stamped steel one. Those stay so much sharper! I love CSN, you're right they are totally mallapalooza! :)

Kim Moldofsky 3/27/10, 12:17 PM  

What a selfless giveaway on your behalf. I was thinking some yoga supplies, but hopefully we'll have a new house in a few months, so the housewares are kind of appealing and in the end, like you, I get overwhelmed with so many choices and I'll probably buy Legos for my kids. Sigh.

Roslyn 3/27/10, 1:12 PM  

Wow a wonderful give away! I never win stuff but I will give it a try because I really need an overnight bag for short road trips, I have been traveling in assorted "dept. store bags"!
I adore this one , it's pink & girly and practical.
Kipling Yuzu Large Duffel in Snake Pink!

Roslyn 3/27/10, 1:13 PM  

Oops forgot the email southern cross quilting @ cox. net, remove the spaces!

Aura 3/27/10, 9:56 PM  

I love the outlet at csn stores- great products at a great deal. I would get the bjorn carrier bib for 14.83, the carrier cover for 23.95 and the kidkraft laguna chair in navy with personalization for 60 (I know I'm going over)
aahaft at gmail dot com

edmontonjb 3/27/10, 11:27 PM  

I would probably choose this chair from the clearance section:
KidKraft Laguna Chair in Navy with Personalization

It's adorable!


Linda Kish 3/27/10, 11:43 PM  

They have so many wonderful things to choose from. I would find something just for me.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Annie 3/28/10, 12:33 AM  

I would love this for my daughter:
Delta Children's Products Swap Top Transformable Kitchen and Desk in One

annie.shultz at

Still Blonde after all these YEARS 3/28/10, 9:49 AM  

Dawgs Spirit in Black / Soft Pink - SWP4_Black / Soft Pink
SKU #: DWG1159

I think I would get these or maybe some other shoes. WOw, they have an amazing variety!

Jill 3/28/10, 6:34 PM  

I really just want to win anything. lol I am in desperate need of some drinking glasses.

Emily B 3/28/10, 8:10 PM  

I'd get the Vifah Place Veni Flower Box - V483. I think. There's just so much to choose from!
ebickell at hotmail dot com

J Sedai 3/29/10, 5:55 AM  

what a great give away! I don't want to participate, but if I get a vote I say, pick a mom. we always need stuff, and moms are nice!

Anne J 3/29/10, 7:50 AM  

It is overwhelming to try and pick from so many choices. I think I'd go with the Rachael Ray Cast Iron 5.25-Quart Covered Oval Casserole in Orange - 50940, because I'm gradually changing over to using cast iron pans, and this looks like a nice big one.

ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Tethered Mommy 3/29/10, 8:00 AM  

I would just buy a whole bunch of cookie sheets. I totally wreck mine and this would give me an excuse to bake more.

Maggie at tethered mommy dot com

thasnifty 3/29/10, 8:22 AM  

Oh I might buy a feather down comforter. I have been wanting one of those for a while now. Or I might buy kitchenware. Or I might buy some new throw pillows for my couch. There are way tooooooo many choices. Oh boy. Please count me in, this is a fabulous giveaway.

-brightest blessings-

noelle91176 at gmail dot com

♥Willa♥ 3/29/10, 8:35 AM  

This is very timely, when I win, I will surely spent the money to buy some stuff we need to our new place since we will be moving this Saturday. :)

Sarah B. 3/29/10, 10:27 AM  

I would really like one of those Emerilware dutch ovens. I've always wanted one :-)

mammabear06 at gmail dot com

Mom Mayhem says: 3/29/10, 11:07 AM  

Oh -I would love to win! As far as what I would get-Gosh seems like so many good choices -Maybe some kind of toy storage,or that cool play tent you showed the other day,or some dishes,or,or ?? As you can tell it'd be a tough decision ;)

Roxy 3/29/10, 12:31 PM  

i'd get the Propac Images Ornate Bevel Mirror - 8114

hockiemack at

Kathleen 3/29/10, 12:59 PM  

I've been coveting a Le Creuset dutch oven for some time now, so I'd probably use it towards this one:

I'd love a set of the baking dishes too.

Carrie 3/29/10, 1:50 PM  

ohhh too many things to choose from! But i would probably get some new cookware - we are in desperate need!

carriemschmidt at gmail dot com

ladyjanewriter 3/29/10, 1:59 PM  

I was gonna say interview shoes, but I don't think they carry wide sizes for my fat widdle feet.

So, I shall say this saucepan, or something similar. item...what?

Kelleyhausen 3/29/10, 2:51 PM  

I would for sure get my son some Legos... he is a feind for them and with summer coming up,I like to start stockpiling things to do for the day after vacation starts when I get "mom,i'm board."

Thanks for stopping by my blog and getting me to 100!

Annemarie 3/29/10, 4:05 PM  

I need some new cookware, specifically 10" or 12" pans to make omelets in. That's my number one choice right now.

Ashley @ Bride on a Budget 3/29/10, 6:30 PM  

I would buy a lasagna pan.

Lindsay 3/29/10, 6:40 PM  

I would definitely buy some babies items.

Tj and Amy 3/29/10, 6:42 PM  

I need to get organized before baby #2 arrives this fall so I would buy a toy box.

Celestia 3/29/10, 6:53 PM  

I need new bedding so I'd use the $75 toward that.

celestia dot price at gmail dot com

Ashley 3/29/10, 7:05 PM  

I love the baby movement tracker :)


lilDdownunder 3/29/10, 7:40 PM  

As someone who is newly engaged, I'm starting to think about how I want to outfit my future home and kitchen so splurging on stuff like All-Clad pans and Le Creuset bakeware sounds like heaven to me! Thanks for the chance to win :)

dlogston at gmail dot com

Sweetpz 3/29/10, 7:45 PM  

wow!! so many things to choose from! i think i might need a desk of some sort... now if i could find a place to put it!

thanks for the chance to win!


smdrm 3/29/10, 7:46 PM  

I would get one of the George Foreman Grills for our RV.

kg4rmt at arrl dot net

Domestic Diva 3/29/10, 8:09 PM  

I would use it toward an ecotots Project Table and Chair Set in Cocoa Brown - 200026 - 009 / 200027 - 009.

Christina 3/29/10, 8:12 PM  

A good chefs knife!

ohhhfire 3/29/10, 8:22 PM  

i am needing some drinking glasses that are cute and match as well as some miscellaneous kitchen utensils like spatulas

thanks for the neat giveaway

sturberry 3/29/10, 8:49 PM  

As a new aunt, I would buy a musical mobile and the animal wallpaper for my 5 month old nephew!

glenda09 3/29/10, 8:54 PM  

I spent 30 min (seriously) looking at stuff there is just so many things that I would like diaperbags, vacuums, a little grill, yoga mats and the ball.


Annie 3/29/10, 9:02 PM  

A mandoline! Or heels....


julia 3/29/10, 9:34 PM  

What a hard choice to narrow down. I might get the Targus Laptop Chill Mat, or maybe a Ellington Handbags Otis Hollister Satchel Bag in Black / Black, or maybe some casserole dishes...


Ang 3/29/10, 9:56 PM  

I've always wanted to own some Le Creuset cookware - so I think I would splurge on a piece if I won. I love their Carribean color! Thanks for such an awesome giveaway!

ang_vaughan at yahoo dot com

Lynsy 3/29/10, 10:08 PM  

I would love to buy some new pots and pans. My 10 year old T-fal has seen some better days.

lynsym gmail com

Shannon 3/29/10, 10:39 PM  

LOVE CSN! I would get the Farberware Nonstick Carbon Steel 9" x 13" Cake Pan and pick out some new throw pillows for my red couch.

Atypical Girl 3/29/10, 10:41 PM  

There are so many wonderful things... I like the food chopper, pillows, blankets.... ARGH!!!

Amy artsyrockerchick[at]aim[dot]com

Vittoria 3/29/10, 10:54 PM  

i love to cook but i don't have a chef's i'll chose the Global Cutlery 2 Piece Knife Set - G-5639. super pricey, but go big or go home, right? hehe

thanks xx

Stephanie 3/29/10, 11:00 PM  

I would use it to get some new baking sheets (and other bakeware items)

suddenlyspoo at gmail dot com

ashley hudson 3/29/10, 11:18 PM  

i would shop for a baking sheet or baking pans. or even a few other things around the house that i need.

lee 3/29/10, 11:27 PM  

i would buy fancy dinnerware and wine glasses for all the parties i have in my head and not real lide!

great giveaway, great hostess!

cobalt.bluecocktail@g(ee)mailDOT com.

w 3/29/10, 11:34 PM  

so after searching for 7 hours, i've come up with this:

the lego duplo creative building set. they have four sets in stock. and i'd want all four sets. for various reasons.

1. my girls love legos. this would help avoid fights.
2. the more legos you have, the more likely you are to step on one. barefoot. it's almost as good as a foot massage. if not better.
3. mainly for reason number 1.

thanks for a chance!

wendiwinn at wendiwinn dot com.

Bella Valentina Photography 3/30/10, 12:08 AM  

Fun! I have never shopped there before so I have some serious browsing to do, but more than likely I'd get kitchen items, shop for my girls, or buy some things for my photography studio!

Nupur 3/30/10, 6:48 AM  

I would love to buy some bakeware, like Nordicware bundt pans and a cast iron skillet. Thanks for the giveaway!

nupur.kittur AT gmail DOT com

Deanna G. 3/30/10, 9:24 AM  

I would love to get the Diba Voo Doo in Gold sandals from their Shoes Got Sole store!

calidreamin87 (at) gmail (dot) com

Ashlee 3/30/10, 10:27 AM  

I can't decide what I would buy. Maybe a new dresser for the little ones room, or use the credit to get some nicer patio furniture!

alecia 3/30/10, 10:37 AM  

Definitely the Sin in Linen Black Tattoo Flash sheet set.

Elizabeth 3/30/10, 10:50 AM  

This may be random, but we have finally crawled ourselves out of debt, put our house on the market, and will be building our new house (3 years in the making) within the next 6 months. So, over the last three years, we have begun to stock up on fixtures, lighting kits, tile, and more to take the cost of building down. I haven't gotten a kitchen faucet, so after looking at the pages of those, I see they have many to choose from and would put the $75 towards the faucet for our new house!

Tori 3/30/10, 11:00 AM  

I would choose something like Safety 1st Soft Surround Play Yard - It is more then 75 so we would have to pay the difference but it would be nice to have for babybug.

Kim 3/30/10, 11:07 AM  

I think I would use it to purchase something from the Rachel Ray line! I really like some of her casserole dishes! xo

kimberly.long at gmail dot com

nfmgirl 3/30/10, 11:22 AM  

I've been wanting a grill pan, but just can't decide yet on the make/model. I've been researching what features to look for. Hmmmmm...

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Elaine 3/30/10, 12:07 PM  

Some rubber whisks. Ours got rusty and now we are whisk-less.
Enter to win a William Riera dress!

April 3/30/10, 1:11 PM  

AAgghhh! I forgot to leave my email address in my first comment! Can you just reject it and publish this one instead? So Sorry!

I would get this for my dog, Wally.

Thanks for the great giveaway and the funny post!

you da mom! 3/30/10, 2:41 PM  

I would get the wheely bug ride on for my daughter. cute!! thanks for the great giveaway! keeping my fingers crossed...:)

Ashley E 3/30/10, 4:33 PM  

I'd buy a slow cooker & an immersion blender.

cran.berries (at)

Sue 3/30/10, 4:34 PM  

I want the Le Creuset Panini Press in cherry~ Thank you for the giveaway.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Thea 3/30/10, 5:42 PM  

The CSN stores are great. There have been so many blog giveaways from the CSN le creuset line, and I keep entering and not winning, so maybe this will be my chance to win $75 to actually be able to purchase some le creuset! Yah! Thanks.

Elliot + Brandy Wilson 3/30/10, 6:14 PM  

I'd use the money toward new dining room chairs. They have some cute ones!


Terri 3/31/10, 12:24 AM  

I don't know how I didn't hear about CSN stores before but they are amazing! If I won, I'd be thrilled to get the Suncast 83 Gallon Patio Storage Box. I just moved into a smallish apartment and desperately need a little more storage space. Thanks!

stash mama 3/31/10, 1:43 AM  

I would sooo put it towards the kidkraft toddler princess bed set...soooooo darn cute!!!
Thanks soooo much!
corpesa14 at yahoo dot com

Kerrie 3/31/10, 2:06 AM  

Thanks for the chance to win a great giveaway!! I would choose the Radio Flyer Classic Red 10" Tricycle w/ Push Handle for my 2 year old son :-)

ReggieMann 3/31/10, 6:20 AM  

KidKraft Pastel Sling Bookshelf - 14225

La Cafetiere Bamboo Tea Caddy - BC000100
La Cafetiere Bamboo Tea Caddy - BC000100

TV Games Retro Arcade Pac - Man Plug and Play TV Game - 3563

ReggieM1961 [at] gmail [dot] com

Liz 3/31/10, 7:57 AM  

I would put it toward something by Le Creuset, but I refuse to torture myself by picking a specific item unless I win. (E-mail is through my profile.)

Janet and Maya 3/31/10, 9:25 AM  

I think my daughter would be over-the-moon with this one!

Little Tikes 401N - Builder’s Bay Sand & Water Table

The water table at school is one of her favorite things to play and she loves her sand box, so I'm guessing that this Little Tikes table would be a big hit.

Thanks for the opportunity and for twisting my arm to spend way too long wondering around the csn site, hehehe.

mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

Nancy 3/31/10, 10:16 AM  

Oh, looking at cooking items is just too, too wonderful! Since my favorite color is blue and I love to cook, my choice would be the Le Creuset 2.75 Quart Round French Oven in Cobalt. Oh, my!

allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Amy 3/31/10, 11:19 AM  

I love their cookware. I need a new stockpot and skillet, so I'd probably get one (or both).

Liza 3/31/10, 11:36 AM  

I would totally choose the perfect birthday gift for my wonderful mother-in-law, who's been so much help to us lately! Something she wouldn't get herself and that we couldn't normally stretch the budget to treat her.

Thanks for the chance to win!


Judy B 3/31/10, 12:18 PM  

A bike, a bike, a bike! For my husband so the whole family can ride around this summer!

judychrz at

RJ 3/31/10, 1:49 PM  

Shoes for the grands!!

Lydia 3/31/10, 2:12 PM  

Probably a combination of toys for my son and some new sheets for my bed.

Jessica 3/31/10, 2:35 PM  

I think I would use the money towards buying the Anatex Deluxe Mini Play Cube Activity Toy for my daughter! It looks like so much fun!

tina reynolds 3/31/10, 2:40 PM  

I would buy my daughter carly the princess toddler bed with canopy it is something we can really use thanks for the chance to win

DEBIJOT 3/31/10, 3:35 PM  

I would like a new crock pot.

Leen 3/31/10, 3:51 PM  

Being that I'm due in May with our 3rd baby and in desperate need of newer baby gear, I'd probably go with the Combi Pod Bouncer in Wasabi.

april 3/31/10, 6:23 PM  

I would probably pick a purse. :)

sibabe64 3/31/10, 6:36 PM  

I would get some wall decor for these bare walls

sibabe64 at ptd dot net

Sarah Simplifies 3/31/10, 6:52 PM  

I would get the Gorilla Playsets Full Bucket Swing for my daughter. She's totally outgrown her old swing but she has balance issues and is scared of "regular" swings.

Karla007 3/31/10, 7:06 PM  

My 2 year old could use some summer things and our kitchen needs a makeover so I would look for kitchen items.

alli 3/31/10, 11:15 PM  

I would get some new office supplies for the kids! Thanks for the giveaway!

northssclub at yahoo dot com

The Crazy Suburban Mom 4/1/10, 4:43 AM  

Thanks everyone! Winner will be announced today!


The Crazy Suburban Mom 4/5/10, 2:44 PM  

The winner is Maggie at

Congrats Maggie :)

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