Thursday, August 5, 2010

a splashin' summertime GIVEAWAY....

....and a few splashin' summertime photos.

First the giveaway!

I was contacted by CSN stores a few months ago to do a giveaway {it's been such a crazy, busy summer that I'm finally getting to it now}. I was SO excited because I knew how fantastic the CSN sites are. They truly have it all....their 200+ online stores offer lovely dinnerware, fabulous wall art, cute shoes, fun outdoor items, toys for kiddos, and downright gorgeous chairs and couches.

I wanted to pick out something special to giveaway to one of you, so a great deal of time was spent browsing through the CSN sites! I finally decided to go with this...

Step2 Water Activity Table
It's the Step2 Water Activity Table!

I choose to give it away for a number of reason....
*this just screams fun
*it's summertime and it's hot
*many of you are moms with young-ins
*kids love a splashin' good time
*even if you're not a mom, surely you know a kiddo who would adore this

If you'd like to be entered into the drawing, please leave a comment on this post letting me know what your favorite thing about summertime is!

To gain more entries, feel free to mention this giveaway {and link back to this post} on your own blog or on Twitter! Just come back and leave a separate comment here to let me know that you spread the word.

I'll be randomly choosing one winner of the Step2 Water Activity Table from CSN on Wednesday, August 11. Make sure to check back to see if you won this splashin' giveaway!

{giveaway limited to folks in US and Canada only}


Speaking of splashin'...

Josiah and I had a terrific time {as usual} at our annual family cottage week in WI!! We missed Josh dearly, but understood he had lots of new Preacher Man duties to attend to.

Si was a swimmin', splashin', floatie-sportin' maniac....

summer splashing 1
summer splashing 3
summer splashing 4
summer splashing 11
summer splashing 3
Oh, the fun he had!!!

{As you can see, I finally broke down and had Josiah get a haircut halfway through the week. I really, really love his hair long, but it was always in his my Aunt Jan was sweet enough to give him a nice trim!}

More cottage week photos coming soon.


Ok, now get commenting! Thank you CSN for this fun giveaway!!


  1. How fun is this!?! My favourite thing about summer is how long the days are. Also love hanging out with family and friends on the patio having a good time.

  2. Hi Rachel,
    This is my first time on your blog, and I love it! Great stuff and beautiful photos!
    Our favorite thing about summer is picking fresh veggies and fruit from our organic garden!! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Feel free to enter any of my giveaways too!
    Have a beautiful day!
    Cara Nitz

  3. Ohhhh, my boys would just die of happiness over this for sure. :)

    Fun fun times at the lake! Love your pictures! And incidentally that is one of MY favorite things about summer. Trips to the lake (We big time *heart* lake Michigan!!!).

  4. I'm so excited about your giveaway! My favorite thing about summer is that we can go outside anytime to play without having to layer up!!!! I love watching Matthew enjoy all things summer :)

    Your boy is just too adorable - looks like he loves the water!

  5. Sam would love this table! I spend most of my days keeping him from splashing in the dog's water bowl (or the toilet...sigh). My favorite thing about summer... the lazy, in-your-pajamas-if-you-want, no-need-to-go-anywhere-fast mornings with the kids before the high heat of the day arrives.

  6. I'm really enjoying taking the kids to the beach this summer! They are finally to the age where I don't have to worry about them eating sand & can read my book/magazine while supervising.

  7. HI there!
    My favorite thing about summer is the outdoor fun I get to have with my son in the pool! He could swim for hours with his bff, our dog Gonzo! Such a good time!

  8. I don't need to be entered in the drawing, Rachel; my MIL bought this same water table for J about a month ago. I just wanted to say how much fun he has with it...he absolutely loves to splash in it on hot days (and there are many!)! Can't wait to see who wins it!
    Our favorite thing about the summer is being outside doing anything. My boy loves having the breeze blow through his hair!!

  9. Summertime is a great time to get my boys outside and play! We like to cover the driveway with sidewalk chalk scribbles and robots. We chase dragonflies around our yard and eat popsicles! I can't believe how this summer is flying by! Love CSN, I've purchased a few items from them in the past!

  10. What an awesome giveaway! Joel would love this water table. Our favorite thing about summer is being able to enjoy so many fun activities outside--the zoo, pool, park, arboretum, backyard, and lots more!

    Si looks adorable in the water! Sounds like a fun week.

  11. This looks great - thanks for doing it! One of my many favorite things about summer is letting my little guy walk around in a diaper (and nothing else) for part of the day. So cute (and so easy!)

  12. Cute photos! and I WANT that water table!
    My favorite thing about summer? Ice cream and swimming pools!!!

  13. What a "cool" giveaway! I really do mean it! Favorite thing about summer...Swimming,popsicles & outdoor movies and music - and not having to dress in a gazillion layers to fight the cold!

  14. This is great!!! My favorite thing about summer is spending time with my precious 16 mth old and taking in every little thing with him! The sand, the water, the Popsicles, ice cream, everything!!

  15. Wow! Looks great! Thanks for giving this away. I love summer because as a teacher, I get to spend a lot of time with my wife and our newly adopted little girl from Korea. It's been a WONDERFUL summer, and I'm sorry it's almost over.

  16. Oh We went to a birthday party a few weeks ago and they had one of those activity tables, SO cute! The kids all loved it! =)

  17. Oh, girl, you picked the perfect item to giveaway. On a day like today, I would be out there playing with Savannah just so I could splash some of that water on my face! :)

    Fave summertime thing - well, I'm not loving the heat right now, but I do love the fact that we can lounge around inside in our jammies all day if we want to! Thank God for AC and fans! :)

  18. well aren't those the cutest photos of Si! he is a little water bug!

    my favorite thing about summer is being able to see lots of friends and family and of course going swimming! this is an awesome giveaway!

  19. I love your blog!! My favourite thing about summer is getting to swim outside and enjoying all the fresh produce.

  20. My favorite thing is watching my kids at work playing outside! (I work in child care) If I won this I would probably take it to work because we need a new water table in one of our classrooms and don't have the money to buy one!!

  21. Wow! What an incredible giveaway! My favorite thing about summer is all of the quality family time we spend outside! We love to go on outings. It doesn't really matter where we go as long as we're all together.

  22. The light and the heat. CT is cold and dark for the winter and I just love the long days and hot air!

  23. Aww! These are some fun photos of Si. And I love the one of him getting his haircut. I just got Noah's cut very short again and when I see Si's hair I want to let Noah's grow!

    My favorite thing about summer is the long days with all that extra daylight and hanging with my family to swim at my parents house. :)

  24. My favorite thing about summer is fresh vegetables from the garden and using them to make really yummy things, like pesto and cucumber and tomato salad.

    Love the pictures of Si enjoying his first summer home!

  25. How fun!
    My favorite thing about summer is being able to get dressed and just goooooooo!

  26. What a cool giveaway. Honestly my favorite thing about summer is the food, all of the seasonal fruits and vegetables of summer are the best!

  27. Oh my! Is he not the sweetest?!!

  28. Hey Rachel,
    Thank you for your comment on our blog. But so precious is your son!! He is a cutie! I have been trying to connect with some other Korean adoption families, so I hope you will keep in touch! I would love to add your blog to my follow list--is this ok?

  29. Very cool.

    The best thing about summer is the lazy days of summer spending them with the kids.

  30. honestly...not paying tuition for school.

  31. *gasp* you CUT Si's HAIR!? ;-) Luckily you did not do what I did and still left it long!

    What's my favorite thing about summer?! All the farm-fresh food of course... sweet corn being at the top of the list!

  32. Ooohh...GREAT give-away!!
    My fave summertime thing(s)?...
    Sandals, shorts, no coats, swimming, & being outside.

    Josiah: I think you would be cute in ANY hairstyle. Cute cut!!

  33. So excited about this giveaway! We are waiting for our son Samuel to come home from Korea.

    My favorite thing about summer is "Dip Friday" at the pool with friends. Everyone brings a dip and there is good food, good friends, and a lot of fun!

  34. Love this give away! My favorite thing about summer has to be evenings on the deck. Looking forward to next summer when we can play with our little guy in the backyard!

  35. Great giveaway Rachel!!
    I love summer for so many playing outside, going to the playground, going up north to the cabin, swimming, watching my flowers grow, planting and harvesting my garden, and making salsa!



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