Tuesday, November 30, 2010

CSN Product Review

So I figured out the perfect hostess must-have that you really will use when you have people over.  It's something that I completely overlooked when compiling my own wedding registry and have resorted to things like big mixing bowls and pots to compensate... A nice pitcher.  If you make any kind of cocktail, mixed drink or juice for more than 3 people, you really do need something to serve it out of.

And I realized this just in time.  I was having a pirate- themed birthday party for my son and invited a bunch of my own friends.  Since the party was in the middle of the day, I figured people wouldn't really drink wine, so I made a "pirate punch" and served it out of the pitcher.


It is a beautiful Pfaltzgraff 2.5 quart pitcher that holds a lot more than it looks.  The design is beautiful and the quality of the pitcher is also top notch- especially for $27.95 (list price $43.00).  And I also have to give them props for getting it to me within 2 days from ordering it.  A lot of their stuff has free shipping, too, but this wasn't one of them.

However, there was one little snafoo.  Although the pitcher was wrapped in bubble wrap and seemed to be handled well, there was a little chip around the mouth of the pitcher.  I thought about returning it and having them send me a new one, but I wanted to use it for the party and decided that it wasn't all that noticeable. 

So, I'd say my experience with CSN stores was average.  I love the pitcher, love the price, but don't love the chip :(  I would definitely give them another chance, though.  I'm sure it was just a one time glitch.  Check out their site to see the variety of household items they offer (at great prices)...


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Product Review Coming Soon

Well, this is very exciting stuff. CSN has offered me the opportunity to review one of their many products- they have over 200 online stores where you can find ANYTHING you need; whether it be a chic handbag, bathroom shelving or even cute cookware! It will be a tough decision :)

Looking back, I now realize how much you can get wrapped up in the whole wedding registry craze- often picking up a lot of cute junk that you will never use, and forgetting the bare essentials.  I need A LOT of housewares right now, so I'm going to think long and hard about some of the items that would have come in handy for a newly married couple.

For instance, a DIY sushi set with spinning plates, bamboo serving stands, and 8 soy sauce holders may seem like a good idea before you get married... but after, you'll be pulling your hair out trying to find space at the back of your cabinets to store this once a year use novelty.  Let's get serious- what do we really need?  I'm on it ;)

Stay tuned!