An explanation for my absence and the $70 CSN Gift Card Winner

Yes,  I do realize that this is the second post in a row I’ve started with an apology but bear with me! Sorry for not posting on a regular basis lately. I’ve had a lot on my mind the last few weeks and somehow the baking and cooking groups feel like a chore, so I decided to take some time off and post whenever I feel like posting.

Things that have been on my mind the last weeks were my trip to Paris, the operation my mother is facing for her neck hernia and going back to college to get a bachelor degree.

I feel now is the time to go back to college, however part of my problem is that I do have a mortgage to pay, so I must study part-time. The study that I find most interesting (International Business & Languages) is only taught part-time in Rotterdam, which is about 2 hours away from here. I’m afraid I won’t be able to handle the travel twice a week 4 years long since I would have to attend classes two nights per week and study, do homework and go to work 36 hours per week… The sucky part is that this study is actually taught here in Zwolle too, but only the full-time version….

Other studies that I find interesting are Communication, HRM or Law. I would love to do something with languages, only option in college is Teacher English, German or French. Another great option was European Studies, since this is quite similar to International Business & Languages, but for a part-time student this is only possible as an online study, which I don’t think is very suitable for me personally: I feel need the structure and commitment of having to attend classes.


So now that you know what I’ve been contemplating lately, let’s get on to announcing the winner of that $70 CSN gift card!! Again I used the Random Integer Generator to pick a winner from the 20 comments on this post.

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random integers, generated without replacement:

 4 

Timestamp: 2010-08-11 09:32:38 UTC

This means the winning comment was made by:
Hanaâ:

En ik volg inmiddels je blog (wat ik sowieso wou doen) :o) Ik Tweet van het weekend wel over je giveaway en dan kom ik wel terug op nog een comment te plaatsen hier.

 

Congrats Hanaâ!!!


Update on the college plans

Today I found out that there will be no part-time study International Business and Languages in Rotterdam… So I guess that option is definitely out. Going to an information evening at my local college on August 25th….

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How to win a $70 CSN gift card…. Giveaway!!!

 

Although I truely love living in The Netherlands, because visiting wonderful places such as Paris and London is so easy, sometimes I wish I lived in the USA. Especially when Ashley of CSN Stores contacts me with the request to review an item from their stores or to host a giveaway. Oh, how I would love to review one or more items of their wonderful Le Crueset cookware….. 

They come in lots of lovely colors and I’m totally smitten with the color Caribbean and in particular with this Le Creuset mortar and pestle.

Another great item to try out would be this ice cream maker by Cuisinart: just imagine how much fun I could have while churning me some home-made frozen yoghurt, sorbet or regular ice cream now that summer is upon us!!

 

But alas: CSN Stores only ship to USA and Canada…… So again I opted for giving away one $70 gift card to be spent at one of the CSN stores.
Would you like to win the $70 gift card? Here’s what you have to do:
Visit one of the many CSN Stores and leave a comment on this post telling me what you would use the gift card on.
For extra entries:
For one extra entry: tweet about this giveaway and leave a link in a comment on this post.
For another extra entry: mention this giveaway on Facebook and leave a link in a comment on this post.
Followers get an extra entry, mention that you’re a follower in a comment on this post.
Please note that each entry has to be submitted in a separate comment!
Also make sure that I have some way of reaching you in case you win, by leaving behind your emailaddress or your blogaddress in each comment!

 

Giveaway details:
Contest is only open to US and Canada residents
This contest ends on Thursday July 29th at midnight CET
Winner will be chosen at random via Random.com generator and announced here on Friday July 30th.

>$70 CSN Gift Card Winner

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And the winner of the $70 CSN Gift Card was also determined by using the Random Integer Generator:

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

6 

Timestamp: 2010-06-28 22:15:30 UTC

Comment number 6 was made by TeaLady: And You know I follow!!


Congratulations Tealady!! I do know that you follow!!! I will contact you via your blog!


>Guess this Food Giveaway Winner!!!

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A while ago I asked you all to Guess the Food above to win a surprise food parcel. Lots of you gave the right answere: it’s Truffles!


To determine the winner of this giveaway I used the Random Integer Generator:

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

4 

Timestamp: 2010-06-28 22:10:58 UTC

The 4th comment was made by AppleC: It’s a black truffle. Spain is one of the main producers of these little delicacies. Lucky you!


Congratulations!!

>Giveaway: CSN $70 gift card

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A while ago, back in March I hosted a giveaway for CSN Stores. This week I was once again contacted by Ashley of CSN Stores with the request to host another giveaway. Of course I’m more than happy to oblige!!! CSN has a lot of different shops filled with lovely items and I wish they would ship items to Europe, so I that I could shop with them. I’d love to buy some one of their platform beds as I love their designs and how the provide storage space underneath the bed!



This time around the people from CSN graciously offer one $70 gift card to be spent at one of their sites.
Want to win the $70 gift card? Here’s what you have to do:


Visit http://www.cookware.com/ and leave a comment on this post telling me what you use the gift card on.

For extra entries:

For one extra entry: tweet about this giveaway and leave a link in a comment on this post.

For another extra entry: mention this giveaway on Facebook and leave a link in a comment on this post.

Followers get an extra entry, mention that you’re a follower in a comment on this post.

Each entry has to be submitted in a separate comment!


Giveaway details:

Contest is only open to US and Canada residents

This contest ends on Saturday June 26th at midnight CET

Winner will be chosen at random via Random.com generator and announced here on Sunday June 27th

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my ‘Guess this Food’-Giveaway, deadline is Friday June 25th



>Giveaway: Guess this Food!!!

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Yes, it’s time for another giveaway!! Last weekend I was in Spain and picked up some lovely goodies, one of which is pictured above and below. But what is it???

Guess what food you think is in the picture and leave me your answer in a comment. I’ll pick a winner from the correct answers. Deadline is Friday June 25th, I’ll post the winner on Saturday June 26th. Good luck!!!

>CSN Stores Giveaway

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Update: the giveaway has been extended until March 27th!!
Most of you whom have visited my blog more than once know that I love hosting giveaways, so when Ashley of CSN Stores contacted me and asked me if I wanted to do a review or host a giveaway with either their bar stools or their cookware I was happy to!
CSN Stores is an online company that was began with two employees and one online store in 2002, now it has over 200 sites with more than 400 employees that sell almost anything from bar stools and cookware to toys and pet accessoiries.

Unfortunately I wasn´t able to do a review as CSN Stores only ship to US and Canada and I live in The Netherlands, but I can still give away two great articles to one of my lucky readers. Since I love to bake I picked out some items that I would love to have:
A set of Le Creuset Multi-Coloured Prep Bowls, made of silicone. The bowls are dishwasher safe and heat resistant, they can be used in the oven, microwave, freezer and fridge. The set includes a 1/4-cup Citrus Bowl, a 1/3-cup Cobalt Bowl, a 1/2-cup Kiwi Bowl and a 1-cup Cherry Bowl.

A Nordicware Multi Mini Bundt Pan, this comes with two each of these shapes: bavarian, star and festival muffin. The pan is made of heavy cast aluminium, it’s non-stick and dishwasher safe and ovensafe.


Want to win the set of bowls and mini bundt pan? Here’s what you have to do:

  • Visit http://www.cookware.com/ and leave a comment on this post to tell me which item you would buy.
  • For one extra entry: tweet about this giveaway and leave a link in a comment on this post.
  • For another extra entry: mention this giveaway on Facebook and leave a link in a comment on this post.
  • Followers get an extra entry, mention that you’re a follower in a comment on this post.

Giveaway details:

  • Contest is only open to US and Canada residents
  • This contest ends on Saturday March 27th at midnight CET
  • Winner will be chosen at random via Random.com generator
  • I will send the winner an email, the winner then has 48 hours to respond by email or another winner will be chosen.
  • Each entry has to be submitted in a seperate comment!
  • If you don’t leave your email adress in your entries, make sure that your profile is public.