"Ohhh"…and a giveway!

So, like many of you out there we have a Wii.

We got it last summer “for the kids” and have had hours of fun playing…we bowl, sword-fight, ping pong and box the heck out of it!
After Christmas my kids wanted to get the next extension of the Wii ~ the balance board.  And frankly, after glomming to great lengths over the holidays, I decided it wasn’t a bad idea.  So we loaded up to Target and bought the board along with the Wii Fit Plus game.
Here’s my line of thinking…”Great!” Now I will totally work out everyday in my living room!  It will be such a great incentive!  I can play video games with my kids and lose weight!  Score!”

I am clearly delusional.

While the Wii Fit Plus is fun and much better for you than sitting on your bar stool watching reruns of King of Queens and popping Hershey’s Kisses, it isn’t the answer to all my fitness woes.
Just my opinion.
And here’s the thing…I am sure that if you do it everyday you will definitely benefit from moving more, but my day on the Wii balance board has ceased.
Do you wanna know why?
Here’s the first of 3 answers….
Yes, you read that right.  A 2 letter word said with emphasis by an unnamed, pleasant-enough sounding, computer generated voice.  A voice probably programmed to be soothing during this most difficult moment. 
I stepped on the balance board and the Wii lady-voice literally moaned in pain. 
In other words, “OUCH, Get off me you fatty!”
Do I need the Wii-lady making me feel worse than my drawer of size 4’s that I haven’t a wish or a prayer of ever getting back into already do?
Moving on to the second reason I am done with Wii Fit…
Watching my “Mii” grow to the size of a small boulder and my kids laughing saying “Mom!  Your Mii is so fat!”
Nothing better than that, my friends.  Nothing better.
And finally the 3rd reason I am not feeling the Wii Fit game…
If you haven’t played in a while be prepared to get a lecture.  Like I really need more guilt in my life.
Thanks Wii Lady!
I will say, however, the kids LOVE the balance board AND the Wii Fit Plus game.  They have had hours of fun on it since we got it, but my days of dodging soccer balls being lobbed at my head are over.
So, now I am back to regular old-school working out.  That’s hitting the pavement y’all.  
That’s me out there walking those streets…slow down people, you drive too fast!
And I suppose I CAN count the trips I take to and from the oven while I am baking cookies, right?  
Yes, that definitely counts!!

 I  recently made Bunco cookies…I have never played Bunco, but I hear it is a game that involves dice and a pad…
I am very literal.

Rolling the dice sort of counts as an exercise too…it’s a wrist and arm workout.  Right?  Maybe I will take up Bunco!

So, now for the reason that you guys have read this post.
A little thank you for sticking with me through all of the nonsense I write.
This giveaway is coming from the people over at the CSN Stores. They have over 200 different online stores, so there is no way that you aren’t finding something that suits your needs or interests.
I took a specific interest in their store cookware.com and found some great specials and free shipping on a lot of items.  It’s definitely worth checking out!
Now, here’s the loot…

 Do you want this?

AND this

 Aren’t they great?  So pretty!  
Love Le Creuset and have always wanted one of these.

You can get both of these awesome products by Le Creuset from the folks at CSN stores by simply doing 2 things…
First, become a “follower” on the left sidebar under “follow me”. 

 And second, leave me a comment telling me which of the 200+ CSN stores you would be most interested in.  Make sure you leave me your email address so if you are the lucky winner I have a way of contacting you!

It’s that easy!

Contest closes on Sunday, March 14th 2010 at 6:00 pm
so make sure to enter before then.
Good luck! 

Winner was chosen using random.org
Thanks everyone who entered! 
Winner said:
“I love cookware.com
Love your blog more!
Those were the cutest cookies EVER!”

Thanks Michelle!  I’ll be in contact soon!
And a HUGE thanks to CSN for sponsoring this giveaway!

123 Responses

  1. Lorie

    1 – Those Bunko cookies are SO CUTE!

    2 – I am a follower

    3 – We are in dire need of clocks in my new house, so I am going to say Atomic Clocks!

  2. Sara Tea

    1.) I love reading your blog, obviously. I also have a fear of getting whacked in the head when playing any game on the Wii.

    2.) I clearly am a follower.

    3.) I'd probably check out Housewares, the bakeware section specifically. Ugh, thanks another spot for me to do online shopping! your bad for my figure and my bank account! lol

  3. Leslie

    I already have that dish and use it all the time..nut I will say you had me peeing my pants reading this!!! Too freaking funny. That damn Wii Lady who does she think she is????

  4. Kristie

    You could float around over at that site for a very long time. I think I'd have to say the one I saw that I liked the most was the cookware.com site. They have so many nice things!
    I am a follower already, but of course!
    Love the Bunco cookies, I have a group that I play Bunco with and we have a ball!
    thanks for the opportunity to win,

  5. al

    im a follower via google reader (they suggested your blog for me, and it is, your blog, is AWESOME!)!

    and i have to say, i am most interested in the CNS Bakeware! YEAY for baking!

    alisa (d0t) wray (at) gmail (d0t) com

  6. Kristin

    Cute cookies. I've never played bunco either, but have friends who love it!

    I'm already a follower…love the blog!

    I love all the kitchen and housewares stuff! I love to cook and bake and I'm a sucker for anything that goes in the kitchen. I love that baking dish!!!
    Here's my email: kristinryan75 at yahoo dot com.

  7. Amanda

    I am now a follower. My spot would have to be cookware.com. I love all things cooking and baking. not that i do either of them often or even well. I just love cookwares. i guess i feel like if i own more stuff i might be motivated to use it. HAHAHA!!!
    I am still hurting from laughing so much about your WII story. I have been begging my husband for a wii and the fit game. maybe not so much now. i would probably throw a shoe at the tv!

  8. peardream75

    I hate when the Wii person says "Ohhh" too. It is discouraging!

    I would be most interested in the CNS Baby and Kids because you can never have enough Baby stuff!

  9. Holly

    Cute bunco cookies!! I already follow;) I had a really hard time deciding-home decor, home improvement, cookware/bakeware…but its prob gonna be the cookware:)

  10. Mini Baker

    your cookies are ADORABLE!
    1. I am already a follower
    2. I NEEEED that dish! I've been baking all my casseroles in cheapy walmart dishes (i'm on a 22 yr old's budget haha)
    3. I would be most interested in the bakeware!!

    Happy baking! xoxo
    -Mini B.

  11. Smitten Sugar

    Such cute bunco cookies! I have friends that play that would love these!

    I am already a follower, but I love their cookware site. I pour over the pages of things I really really want…Love the set!

  12. Summer

    Hi – I just became a follower, although I have been reading your blog for awhile.

    I would have to say that currently I am most interested in Baby Accessories as I am currently pregnant (and overdue!) with my first child. Otherwise it would have definitely been bakeware.

    My email address is summer@reidnimz.com.

  13. Kirsten

    I'm officially a follower!

    My favorite store is the bakeware one. I really could spend the rest of my college money there. Is it cheaper than a Starbucks addiction? Well, I'm not really sure. Is it more fun? Yes!

  14. Julie

    I'm a follower, and it would definitely have to be the bakeware store!

    I forgot to leave my email address so ignore the earlier comment 🙂

    jmschwabe at gmail dot com

  15. Party Box Design


    Ummm and I felt like it was me writing that entire post regarding the wii fit! Totally own the original, and then spent 20 bucks to get the upgrade- ummm its still in the box!

    PS- Fab giveaway!!!!1
    PPS- those cookies are crazy cute!

  16. Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com}

    I'm a follower 🙂
    I'm with you their cookware.com store has some really great items, I love Le Creuset!

  17. Katy

    so i would definintely choice the bakeware store! i love to bake and bunco is so much fun, you have to play (: Plus we always cook & have something sweet at the end! So much better then wii fit, lol.

  18. Baking Momma

    I would also say the cookware.com. I too have a Wii was bugging for one and got it for Christmas. I have not moved up to the balance board as of yet. But after hearing your story maybe I need someone telling me I am a fatty each day to make me want to do it more. Loved this post it made me laugh so hard I lost a couple pounds. Thanks to you!

  19. Joanne

    First of all – you are hysterical! I love reading your posts.

    Second of all. Who cares what bunco is – I want those cookies! So adorable.

    Third. I'm a follower.

    Fourth. I could get lost in the bakeware store. It's a good thing I can look through it while sitting at my desk. Although I'm pretty sure a GPS might still come in handy.

  20. Maree Jeanne

    I am a follower. I would check out the furniture store. we still need to finish furnishing our house, which we have lived in for over 3 years!

  21. The Queen of Quite a Lot

    I am totally digging that site! I've never heard of it before, but I will definitely be perusing it tonight. I love all the housewares and the home improvement stuff.

    Oh and I'm now a follower!

  22. Jenn @ BentoForKidlet

    Ahh yes, I too bought the Wii Fit after prompting from my son and thought how wonderful it would be to play and get in shape. He plays it but I do not. It's mean to me. I play Just Dance instead 😀 It doesn't say Ohhhh or tell me I need to visit more often. It's just there to get the dance party started whenever I am 😀

    I am a follower! And I love the Bakeware store at CSN, so much fun!

  23. Raina

    Love your stories. You are so funny. I have never used the Wii but I don't think I would like that lady either. I signed up to be a follower. I am new to this, so I think it worked. I like the cookware.com definitely.

  24. Brenna Hawley

    I already follow you 🙂 Bakeware would easily be my ideal store. I can't stop buying bakeware! I think I'm addicted 🙂

  25. Pink Little Cake

    You are so funny! I am glad I don't have a Wii, the baking dishes are lovely. The bakeware store will be great. You know I am your follower. By the way the cookies are so cute.

  26. sarahe

    I stopped doing the wii fit for the same reason…why does the little mii have to get so round?? And then it says "overweight" and my little heart is so sad.

    I am a follower and most interested in the bakeware (maybe that's why mii is fat??)


  27. Our great adventure

    You're already on my fave blogs but now I'm officially a follower! I love to bake too, thanks for all the inspiration!
    2. We are in the market for a car seat- so the baby and kid section

  28. Jacqueline

    Definitely interested in bakeware! I broke my 8 inch square pan last year and have somehow never replaced it! I have a running list of baking tools I need and it just keeps growing!

  29. Donna

    You crack me up. We missed seeing you at the CFBC Reunion. We reminisced about all our antics… 🙂

    I'm now a follower ouside of FB! I'm most interested in the Waterbeds and Pressure Washers stores. Just kidding. I guess I'd have to say Clocks. And my email address is dcf430@yahoo.com. Don't sell my info to a third party. I might have to sic Carrie on you if you do. 😉

  30. Cheryl

    ~* I am a follower *~

    ~* Of the CSN 200 stores, I would shop the Cookware shop day & night *~

    I have never heard of Bunco, but those cookies look adorable.

  31. grace

    three things:
    -i'm a brand-spanking new follower via google reader.
    -these cookies are tremendously cute.
    -i could spend days perusing cookware.com.

  32. Joanna

    I hear you on the Wii FIt! We had the original and the PLUS, but honestly I never broke a sweat! The Wii Fit Active, though is another story! I really did feel like I was working, and I lost a few pounds 🙂 You may want to try it!

    Also, I'm a follower and that Le Creuset is in my color!!

  33. Eliana

    OK – so I've been debating getting a Wii and now, you're making me want to hit the pavement. hehe. I am a follower on twitter 🙂

  34. Ingrid

    I man I hear ya about the WII. My kids are harsh when it comes to waching me attempt to play. I just ignore them or threaten to not cook for them. 🙂

    Btw, you made the baking bites site yesterday for your "kit kat" bars. 🙂 Congrats!

  35. mrsbumblebee

    I'm a follower. I've never played Bunco but I want to learn.
    We just bought a house and we need new lighting…so definetly the lighting store for me. Thanks

  36. Colleen

    I just found you through Sprinkle Bakes. I love your writing style! Just started following you.

    I love the cookware and bakeware stores, closely followed by shoes.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  37. stpaulsc

    Great giveaway. I just became a follower. Althought choosing one store, at this time I would say furniture since I'm looking for 2 new side chairs and an entertainment center.


  38. thebentobaker

    I actually gave away my wii fit because of that, I got the my fitness coach game and it is much better in my opinion. I've lost 6 pounds already 🙂

    And the bakeware store would be my home, followed by cookware in second.

  39. marla {Family Fresh Cooking}

    These bunco cookies came out beautiful. i too have never played, but I would eat these beauties!
    I now follow you on Google friend 🙂

    marla (at) familyfreshcooking (dot) com

  40. marla {Family Fresh Cooking}

    I too would be most interested in the cookware.com part of CSN stores. I went right to their coffee maker store front 🙂

  41. Bridgett

    I always love how many people show up to comment when there is a giveaway, lol. I hate the wii fit girl as well and how they mention how its been 85 days since they last saw you. Yikes! To me, it just doesn't give you much of a workout in the first place but it's fun.
    Your cookies are darling!

  42. Molly

    I love the cookies! I never played Bunco before, but now that you have me convinced it could count as exercise, I might have to give it a try. 🙂

    I am a loyal follower, and I love CSN's cookware.com too!

  43. bridget {bake at 350}

    Those cookies are SO DARN CUTE!!! And thank you for curing me of wanting a Wii Fit! 😉 That's an $80 guilt trip I don't need!

    I follow you through Google Reader…does that count?

  44. Lauryn

    I am already a follower, and I think my fave store on CSN might just be the coat rack store….coatracksandmore.com. I mean, c'mon, how cool is that to have a store dedicated to coat racks! I LOOOOVE that LeCreuset baking dish and the oven mit! Would love to win it! Thanks! 🙂

  45. SHANI

    The cookies look great and delicious!
    I am a follower.
    How could I turn down anything related to cooking. So I would have to say the Kitchen Store :o)

  46. Kate

    I love these cookies! I am so making these for my mom's bunco group. They'll flip!

    I just signed up to follow you. As far as the shopping, I'd be searching the housewares and shoes. A girl can never have too many shoes!

  47. Monica H

    I've never played Bunco but if I could use that as my form if exercise then I'm in. ha ha!

    I came SO close to buying a set of Le Creuset today and I didn't even though it was at an awesome price. So this is what I'd chose from there.

  48. Sue Sparks

    Okay, have I told you that you need to take your show on the road? You do!!! So funny!
    I mostly buy G.S. cookies for their sentimentality:)
    I already follow you, and I would have to say housewares section.
    The color of the pan is so pretty!!!
    BTW, Bunco is a fun, no-brainer game:)

  49. betchacanteatjustone

    Oh my goodness, I'm laughing so hard at the Wii story because I can relate 100%!! "ohhhh" and I also love that when my daughter or husband turn it on and it greets them it sometimes gives them an opportunity to comment on my bad progress so the lecture becomes SUPER personal! I was going to do Wii Yoga everyday…..not so much!

    I'm a follower!

  50. betchacanteatjustone

    Cookware.com could be TROUBLE! So many great things there! I'd also be into the scrapbooking supplies from the CSN stores! Great giveaway! 🙂

  51. terrid614

    hi! i just started following your blog! too cute! i love the samoa's on a stick idea…..
    i like the cookware.com site best…its my passion! thanks for hosting a fun giveaway!

  52. Jill

    I am already a follower (I <3 your blog)! I would probably go to the bakeware section also. I have an unhealthy obsession with Le Creuset so of course I want that pan!!!

    I love your blog and hope I win somethin' one of these days!

  53. MindyW

    I love BUNCO too! Love the cookies!! You should really take it up…Anyway, I became a follower (I do enjoy looking at your blog now and then anyway), and, of course, I think that I would be most interested in the cooking.com store (bakeware) the most.

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