Monday, January 25, 2010

Giveaway at The Tiki Hut!

Update Wednesday, January 27th: It's time for one of my favorite days of the week! It's now Wednesday, which means its time for

hosted by the lovely Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer

I decided that instead of doing a whole new post and sending everyone back to Monday to enter my fabulous giveaway, I would just link it for my OW offering. After all, it is an outdoorsy gift that will be perfect for my OW friends who love taking pictures for this very special meme and I can't think of anything more appropriate for such outings. PLUS, I posted three pics of places in my neighborhood that I love visiting and of course the first one is the BEACH! So, even if you're not into giveaways, I hope you'll comment on my outdoor photos, especially the one of something my dad help build in 1980!

Ya'll are going to love this!

The good folks from the CSN Promo Team contacted me last week to see if I would be interested in doing a product review or a giveaway from one of their online stores. Did I hear giveaway? I know we all love giveaways! They suggested I might like a mailbox or something from their toys and games, but graciously gave me the freedom to choose from any store that I might fancy.

Well, if you know me at all, you know that before I accepted their offer I had to check them out. I have strict guidelines at The Hut and not just anyone can pass the mustard (hint…hint) around here. The first place I always head to is the Better Business Bureau. For me to even think about an offer such as this, the company must have a BBB Rating of A or A+, I am the same way with any company I become affiliated with and offer their products through my blog. (I turned down another company recently that did not meet my standards.)

CSN Stores, LLC has been in business since January 2002 and they were accredited by BBB in March of 2003. They are an online retail business that owns and operates more than 250 e-commerce stores. The company ships to locations throughout the United States and Canada. The GOOD news faithful followers is that they have a BBB Rating of A+!


Once I found that out, I headed straight over to their stores to find the perfect item for a giveaway. This was not as easy as it sounds. They have so many stores and so many goodies you can get lost for hours and literally Shop 'till You Drop. You can view links to all of their stores here.

You're probably wondering what I ended up choosing for you. I gave you a hint earlier — pass the mustard. Did you figure it out? Well, I ended up in their Tailgating Party Supply Store and you know how much I LOVE picnics, so without further ado, here it is:

Capri Picnic for Two Backpack

This insulated picnic backpack is perfect for the adventurous picnicker blogger. This backpack is lightweight, compact, and very practical. The Capri is outfitted with a detachable insulated wine duffel and all the amenities needed for a picnic for two. The backpack features pockets and compartments for all of its accessories. The large food compartment, featuring state-of-the-art Thermo-Guard insulation, will help keep your picnic hot/cold for hours. Great for picnics, hikes, concerts, and sporting events (AND blogging photo shoots). Just pack it up and go!

Inside you'll find:

  • 2 Melamine plates (9")
  • 2 Polystyrene wine glasses
  • 2 Cotton napkins (13" x 13")
  • 2 each - stainless steel knives, forks and spoons
  • Cotton tablecloth (41" x 44")
  • Salt & pepper shaker set
  • Stainless steel cheese knife with wood handle
  • Hardwood cutting board (6" x 6")
  • Stainless steel waiter-style corkscrew

Now I have to be honest with you, CSN did say I could choose a product for myself and do a review and when I found this backpack, I was tempted to do just that. I could just imagine (thanks to Photoshop) packing up a luscious lunch and heading off to

The Beach
(the beach by my house)

Heritage Village
(my dad helped build this 1894 Williams Park Bandstand reproduction in 1980)

The Woods
(On the Hillsborough River)

But, I came to my senses and knew this was all about you, my dear readers! What do you need to do to be the lucky winner? First, you must live in the United States or Canada, for this is where the company ships.

Entries will be accepted until midnight PST on Saturday, January 30th. The lucky winner will be announced early on Monday, February 1st. Be sure I can find your email address on your profile page or on your blog so I can contact you if you should win. (If you don't have a blog you must leave your email in your comment.) You will have until midnight PST on Wednesday, February 3rd to respond or I will have to choose another winner.

Then for each of these you do, you will be given an additional entry:

  1. Leave a comment and tell me where would be the first place you would go on a picnic and who would you take with you?
  2. Leave another comment and tell me which color you would like your backpack to be (see pic).
  3. Leave another comment and tell me if you are one of my followers or sign up to be a follower if you truly like my blog (serious followers only please).
  4. Leave another comment telling me you blogged about my giveaway or grab my button below and put it in your sidebar — sharing is a good thing.
  5. Bonus Entry — surf over to CSN, take a look at their list of stores and then come back and leave another comment about which of their stores you would like to check out that I haven't already mentioned in this post.

    Link it to:

    Make sure you leave these as separate comments, I will print them out and cut them up to throw into the (sun)hat to choose the winner.

    While your waiting for the BIG announcement you can surf over to CSN and check out some of their stores. I found these lovely items in their Mailbox Store:

    Hummingbird Mailbox

    Cardinal Home Plaque 

    Good luck to all of you and have a beachy week!

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    My Slice of Heaven said...

    I would for sure head for the beach with my husband for a romantic sunset dinner.

    My Slice of Heaven said...

    Oh, and blue would be my preference, but I'm not picky.

    My Slice of Heaven said...

    Also, I love your blog and will be following you from now on!

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