Wednesday, May 12, 2010

50 is Nifty- A Birthday Giveaway!

I am fast approaching my 50th birthday.  Like really fast.

One week from today I will say goodbye to the 40s forever.  Time to embrace being 50!

I can’t quite believe it.  But it’s true.  I feel like I need to be a grown up now.  Oh, wait, I did that when I was 30.  I started drinking coffee that year.  Like a real grown up.

Silly me.

Now I have a son who is 30.

And my baby girl is 26.

Where has the time gone?

I don’t feel different.  I don’t look different. (at least not until I look in the mirror)

The AARP newsletters have started to arrive.  Addressed to ME!  Mike thinks it’s funny.  He can snicker all he wants.  In two years it will be MY turn to snicker…(just you wait, honey!)

A Birthday gift for you.

I was contacted a couple weeks ago by Jessica at CSN Stores wondering if I would be interested in doing a giveaway on my blog.  At the time I was blogging for less than 2 weeks and thought for sure it was a hoax.  But then I saw all over blogland other bloggers hosting CSN Store giveaways.  It must be on the up and up!  So I contacted Jessica and asked if it wasn’t too late, and could I please have a $50 certificate to give away for my 50th birthday. 

And she said yes!

The only thing I have to do to qualify for the giveaway is to mention track lighting in this post so you can see all the cool lighting fixtures they have available in that store when you click on the link. 

But wait!

You are not limited to purchasing from the lighting store should you win the certificate.  Oh no! You can visit any of their sites to shop ‘til you drop.  As a matter of fact, you can get to any of the other CSN shopping sites from the track lighting page! (so go ahead and click on that track lighting link)

They also have home decor, house wares, furniture, home improvement, outdoor living, baby and kids, pets, shoes, you name it, they have it!

I love this clock in the outdoor section.Ivy Silhouette Clock 01817

This set of garden baskets in the home decor store in the  decorative bowls and baskets section,


Or this lovely beachy blue bowl…same section.


One of the things I like to do most while catalog shopping is to look for inspiration for my projects.

Their furniture store is my favorite.

We’ve all seen these hall trees, it could easily be made from a door.  It’s still on my to-do list….I’ve promised one to my sweet daughter-in-law.

Hall Tree in Dark Walnut

This bookcase caught my eye…I just know I could make something like this from all the orphaned drawers I have hanging around.

Chicago 8 Box

How about you, do you see anything you simply must have?

Or something that inspires you?

Ready to enter?

You probably already have!

Since my blog is just a month old, I’m taking every comment made to date and entering it in the drawing. 

So those of you who have made so many wonderful and encouraging comments to me are already entered many times to win!

If you’re new to my blog, or just haven’t made a comment yet, you may enter by commenting on any post made between today and May 19th, the drawing date.

You do not need to become a follower to enter. While I love my followers, I feel you should only sign up to follow if you really want to, not just to enter a drawing.

And just for fun and to get the word out,  if you blog about this giveaway you will get 5 extra chances to win!  Be sure to come back and let me know.

A big shout out goes to Gail @ My Repurposed Life for giving me the idea to do a birthday giveaway.  She did one for her birthday in March and I thought it was the sweetest thing ever. 

See Gail, you’ve influenced me to be a nicer person in my old age!

Disclaimer: Certificate has a value of $50.  Winner is responsible for any additional charges should their selection come to more than $50.  Shipping is included on many, but not all of the items for sale.   Sorry, but this drawing is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. 

Gotta go now, it’s trash day in my favorite neighborhood!



  1. They have a teapot that I have my eye on...

    Happy fiftieth!!

  2. How sweet of you to do a GIVEAWAY for us, when it's your birthday...welcome to the CLUB!!!!
    I'm going to post about your BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY on my sidebar:)


  3. Rose how sweet of you to offer us a present on your birthday... hope it is the best one yet for you.
    Hey at least you are not a C.A.R.P. as it is called in Canada... lol.

    I will be happy to enter your give away on my blog.

    Hugs, Deb

  4. Happy Almost Birthday! I'd never heard of CSN before, but I'm intrigued, that's the kind of site I could spend hours on, and am about to. Annnnd they ship to Canada so that makes me even happier! At the moment I'm in the globe section, drooling over their huge selection. Thanks!

  5. I blogged about you today!

  6. You are right, they have good lighting but I LOVE the garden boxes! My husband will be 50 in June, so we are planning birthday celebrations as well. have a great birthday!

  7. Oh wow, presents! Congrats on the invitation from CNS! This is so great. Those garden boxes are might cute. I'm thinking this site would take a long time to go through. Looks like they have a lot of stuff!

  8. CSN has sooo much stuff! I can stay there for hours looking around! So glad you're having this giveaway!
    awww, thanks for the shout out! :)
    You should start celebrating RIGHT NOW, and keep on celebrating through the end of the month! In our neck of the woods we would call it a Rose-a-palooza! Which is defined as dragging out your birthday celebration as long as possible.
    Happy early Birthday!

  9. Well I finally got your giveaway posted on my sidebar! Whew, those codes were kicking my butt!

  10. You have only been blogging a month?? I can't believe it! I must have found your blog on the second post! And I've enjoyed every one. Happy 50th! It's not so bad!

  11. Well Happy soon to be 50th Birthday to you!! I'll be saying hello to my 40's soon. 39 is just around the corner!! Great giveaway!!! ;)

  12. I saw a beautiful set of red dishes that is just calling to me. Happy 50th! You will love the 50's. They are so much more fun than the 40's and we get away with much more because we can use age as a excuse! LOL

  13. I haven't even checked their catalog yet and know I could spend $50 in the time it takes to drink my first cup of coffee in the morning. I love the halltree but would have to carry it around in the trunk of my car until I sell/give something away. LOL Okay, I'm off to post about your giveaway. That means two more people will come over to check it out. :) Holey moley, you were only blogging for a few days before I found you? You're already a pro, girl.

  14. Happy fiftieth birthday! Celebrate! I happily reached that milestone a year and a half ago. Thanks for a chance to win - that would be so much fun to spend, so many choices!

  15. I don't know if I have commented in the past or not but I have been reading your blog for about 3 weeks now. In fact it was your blog that inspired me to pick up some fantastic curbside tables!!!
    Happy Birthday!

  16. Happy Birthday in two weeks! Let me know how it feels since I'll be headin' that way in about 3 years. Great idea to do a $50. giveaway for your 50th birthday.

  17. Congrats on your birthday and new blog!

  18. Ohhhh dear, congratulations on your birthday coming up - What an impressive milestone that just seems to get more and more normal, and less and less old every year, LOL!!!

    And what an awesome idea for a giveaway, using old comments, and not making people sign up. LOVE it! May just have to steal it! ;)

  19. Rose,
    That is such a good idea! I hope you have a wonderful day! I amsure you will. Thank you so much for your sweet note!
    smiles, alice

  20. Happy Birthday! Hope it's a good one!

  21. Happy Birthday! Hope it is a super lovely day.

  22. Welcome to the dark side

    Just kidding... Once you get past the number you'll find that this is a fun decade!

  23. How sweet of you! Happy Birthday!!

  24. I know what you mean! I am going to be fifty in less than a month .... can't believe it! Hope you have a happy birthday!

  25. Blogged about your giveaway too!!!

  26. I love it all!
    The closer I get to 50, the younger it seems! Enjoy your Birthday!!!

  27. Happy Birthday to you. That is so sweet of you to have a giveaway to celebrate your birthday. I wish you all great things for your birthday.

  28. Happy Birthday! I started following you after finding you through Repurposed. I really enjoy your blog and look forward to many many more posts to come.

  29. Happy 50th (a little early). Thanks for the giveaway. Love your site. Wish I could find good stuff here.

  30. Happy Birthday! I will be 46 this year, so I am right behind you!

  31. Thanks so much for the chance to win an amazing prize for your B-day! :) I have enjoyed your blog for a couple of weeks now. :) Thanks for encouraging me to not be shy about dumpster diving. :)

  32. Happy Birthday! p.s. I really am a US resident despite what my non used blog says lol

  33. Happy Birthday to you.. I've seen lots of blogs giving the same thing away lately,, I wondered what was up or how they get them. they have soo many cool things I'd like to buy.

  34. Wow! i have been following you for a couple of weeks now and had no idea that you were just starting out! you have the best ideas and love that it is all found stuff. so great!
    and...Happy Birthday!

    rwvanvoorhis at gmail dot com

  35. happy almost birthday! I am never a lucky winner so I doubt it'll be me but I still wanted to wish you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I'm glad you're embracing 50. I love this quote that says, "Never complain about growing older, so many people never get the chance." Have a great day!

  36. Happy Birthday!! I don't know about you but I am loving these years of my life- not the wrinkles and extra weight but am finally figuring out who I am and enjoying me for me!

    Thank you for having a great giveaway! CSN has such awesome stuff! Still loving those bee glasses they have!

  37. There are so many things I have my eyes on! But I would probably cave and get some sort of toy for the baby girl!

    Happy Birthday BTW!!

  38. I LOVE CSN! And I'm following you because your blog ROCKS!

  39. they have so much to chose from! it will be hard, but i think i can do it! thanks for this chance and congrats!

    boon1211 at gmail dot com

  40. Happy birthday to you, I just have to win! There is a pink polka dot cat bed that has my Billies name on it...Pick me! I already follow you!!!

  41. Happy Happy Birthday! :)

    I blogged about your great giveaway! I added it to my Giveaway Link Party! :)

    Looking Glass Jewels Giveaway Link Party

  42. CSN is great. They sponsored a giveaway on my blog and I also won a gift they had sponsored on another blog.

    I could do SO much with $50 from them. They have some track lighting I would LOVE to have and also they have this craft holder thingy that would be so great for my stamps and ink.

    Have a Happy Birthday!

    PS. Glad to have found your blog. You have a new follower!

  43. I just found your blog (via Gail's blog) and as a fellow curbshoaholic I'm lovin' it! Happy Birthday!

  44. I am so excited to find your blog! What fun and yes CSN stores rock! I have my eye on some really cute dragonfly glasses!

  45. I just became a follower! Your blog rocks! I am turning 60 in a couple of weeks and I'm having a count down with weekly giveaways until June 9th! Please come by and check it out! I'm trying to 'embrace' 60!
    thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway!

  46. Wow!! I could't sleep and started roaming around and found you!!! Happy 50 and many more!! I am 61 and feeling like Where did all of those years go??? Some were just o.k., others were fabulous and I look forward to whatever the future holds. Winning the contest and $50 would make a wonderful introduction to the CSN for me. The computer is an opportunity for so many new and wonderful adventures to take place without leaving home and to meet wonderful people like you too!! Track lighting is something that may solve my problem of to little light in the family room!!!


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