Thanks to a general lack of posting by my readers (are you out there?), a new cup is sitting on the coaster on my end tables. As you may recall, I posted here, asking if you would rather see a review or giveaway for a gift card from CSNStores. Since only two people responded that they'd like me to host a giveaway, I was greedy and ordered a couple somethings for myself. The first thing I ordered was this adorable water cooler replica cup. Actually, to be more accurate, it was the second thing I ordered. At only $5.99 it was my filler item. While I don't know if I would actually pay $5.99 for it regularly (I'm generally very frugal - aka - cheap). I do love it (even after last week's horrible performance by the Buckeyes)! The fact that it looks like a water cooler is very endearing. I also like that it is actually composed of two pieces. While I haven't tried it yet, the outer part looks like it might fit nicely on a can of soda as an impromptu koozie. I'll have to let you know how that goes after I finally get some canned beverages in the house.
The primary item in my purchase was this Aviva Youth Life Jacket. At 28.95, it was actually cheaper than I could find it at any other reputable online store. While both Peanut and Pumpkin have life jackets, they are getting a tad snug, so I've been on the lookout for a good deal on a new one for them for a while now. I have to say that so far, I am impressed with the quality and color on this life jacket. As you can see, it is very bright. I'm a big fan of bright when it comes to life jackets for my kids. Fashionable or not, I'll definitely be able to see them in the water and know that they are safe. Made of Neoprene, I have confidence in its ability to keep my kids afloat. Overall, the jacket feels lightweight, but durable. I'm looking forward to the summer so we can try it out in the lake.
Now, as for CSNstores, I couldn't be any happier. I placed my order on October 11, 2010 and selected ground shipping. (It was free for the items I purchased.) My initial order confirmation indicated that the order should ship by the 15th and be delivered by the 25th. I was content with that. However, the next day, I received shipping confirmation for both items. They were in my grubby little hands by the 14th . . . even before I expected them to ship! Now that is impressive (at least to me).
Here's hoping you have similar experiences when you shop at CSNstores as well.
*Disclaimer - I received a gift card to purchase items of my choice from csnstores.com to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Others may have different experiences.