Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Favorite Things: HSN Giveaway

We're going to start doing an Ashley's Favorite Things weekly post, because I'm all motivated lately and want to be like Oprah. I can't buy you the things (I know--that part is a major bummer) but occasionally there may be giveaways or just really good information. This is all around good news, because it means I plan to spend more time with you all and give (some of you) stuff.

Sometimes these will be product reviews/giveaways from my constantly overflowing blog email inbox. I'll always tell you when it's something like that, and I won't review or promote things that aren't awesome or a good fit for us. Sometimes it will just be random things I like a lot, that I've probably been meaning to tell you about for a long time. All of the time, it will be stuff I think you will like, I promise.

Which brings us to our first Ashley's Favorite Things post: HSN.

My awesome, intimidatingly cool hairdresser is always wearing amazing jewelry and I always ask where she gets it. When she first told me Home Shopping Network, I laughed a little and thought she might be kidding. She wasn't kidding, and I came to realize through her extensive jewelry collection that she is clearly an HSN addict.

I'm going to be completely honest here (and hope HSN doesn't hate me for it) but I was under the impression that the demographic was a far older audience than my trendy stylist. With some skepticism, I checked out their website since I'm not much of a television person and I found all kinds of stuff to buy. Which isn't always a great thing when you don't have a lot of money, but still, totally glad all of that stuff is there for the day that I do! (I always find a way.)

For instance, this:


Heidi Daus "Rhapsody in Hues" Domed Cabochon Ring
Click pic for link


I've had that ring pinned on Pinterest since November and as luck would have it, I see it's on sale today. That's a sign from the shopping gods that it's time for us to be united. 

I also have this pinned:
Style & Go Hair Care Valet by Marcy McKenna

This medicine cabinet/hair tool organizer would save my small bathroom.  I am so tired of all that junk being jumbled up under my only bathroom cabinet and having to untangle the cords. I'm buying that, too. I found it right before Christmas and Mr. Ashley said it wasn't a good time to buy myself things, but I think with the constant counter top presence of the flat iron, big curling iron, and blow dryer, he might be ready now.

So it turns out that HSN has all kinds of good stuff for people of all ages and interests, and I loved them far before they contacted me and offered a giveaway. They are currently promoting their new and improved website format that enables a more social shopping experience; it features social media integration and a user curated "Top 20" favorites feature that will surely help me find new things to buy that I may not have found on my own and gives discounts to those who help decide on the favorites through voting.

They're also doing a sweepstakes now through January 31st, so enter to win that for the chance at big prizes.

But what you've all been waiting for...they're giving 2 of you $10 gift cards! Leave a comment on this post through the end of the day on February 9th for a chance to be entered to win. And when I'm Oprah-rich, I owe all of the rest of you $10 HSN gift cards, don't let me forget. 

And in the interest of full disclosure, they are going to give me a $10 HSN gift card for hosting the giveaway. This did not influence my opinion (it would cost at least $10,000 to get me to betray you all and even then I'd have to use sarcasti-font or something) but it did brighten my day. Gift cards are definitely among my favorite things and I am glad to share them with you.

So leave a comment below and get one of your own! I will choose via random number generator on February 8th. US entrants only, sorry international friends.

And thanks to HSN for bringing us nice things!

53 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice! I like the bathroom storage cabinet. I'd like to enter the contest. -Marsha/IL

The Mouse House said...

Awesome Ashley! You know I love your blog :) And I love HSN

Shel S. said...

As a gift card addict myself, I'd like to enter as well! =)

Anonymous said...

Ok so you're promising us all gift cards? Is that what I read? Awesome. BTW I don't want to wait until Feb 9th to get mine, is there any way to speed up the process?
AOIFE

PickledPixie said...

I'm glad they've updated and they're not selling those creepy dolls anymore. You know the ones I'm talking about.....the ones that look like real children in fancy clothing??? Maybe they still sell those dolls, but just at like, 1am, when the creepy-doll people watch TV.



Even if they ARE selling the creepy dolls, I just won't spend my gift card on that.

WandaM said...

Woohoo! You just keep getting more and more awesome!

Cake said...

I love that cabinet, I think I might need that for my bedroom (where I get ready, tiny bathroom here too)!

My mother in law has given me some great gifts from HSN, but I always seem to forget about them since I don't watch much television.

Thanks for the reminder!

Tara said...

What a cool, funky ring. A bunch of my customers are always talking about HSN and now I think I know why!

asnell said...

Cool Ashley! Can't wait until you are Oprah-rich! Please enter me! Ann

Tina Kohrman said...

I love HSN they are an amazing business and have great products. I definitely want to win this Gift card. That would be AWESOME! Thanks for hosting this giveaway! Have a wonderful day!!

Valerie said...

What a fun & unique giveaway! Fingers crossed! Thank you!

L said...

Damnit... I'M an international friend! *pouts and kicks things*

Rae said...

That cabinet is srsly awesome!!

Valerie said...

I need that medicine cabinet! All I have room for in my bathroom is a pedestal sink...so sick of piling all my styling tools on top of the toilet!

Anonymous said...

My 2 year old and I love to watch HSN! LOL!! Definitely have remade themselves, love it! Please enter me into the contest.

Lisa L.

Ashley said...

Aoife, yes, everyone gets a gift card! As soon as I am Oprah rich. We might rent a tour bus and go visit HSN in St Pete, if they'll have us. So stay tuned for that.

By Prescription Only said...

That bathroom cabinet would save my life! =)

Megan S. said...

Maybe I'll use the $10 to buy something for the Ashley's Closet Cruise?

Steff said...

i love HSN! My mom is always buying me cute things from there and over time, they've grown to be my favorite!

Amanda said...

Who doesn't want a free gift card?! Sign me up!

Rachel said...

Ugh, I tried this last night from my phone but it was not meant to be- thanks for the reminder in today's blog :)

HSN has great stuff and I am pretty lucky because my mom does too but she has a really short attention span and/or changes her mind like the wind so I get stuff that she buys and passes along... works for me! But I really do hope I win a gift card too- or that you become Oprah-rich sooner rather than later.

Sasha said...

Fun! I actually ordered some makeup recently from HSN. I had to admit I thought I was a bit younger than their target demo too......

Ashley said...

Sash, they do have great makeup! I also looooooove when stuff is on easy pay. ;-)

SonicBoom said...

Ooh! I'd love shopping anywhere! HSN does have some neat things.

LauraJJ said...

Oh I love that medicine cabinet/hair tool organizer also! That would also save my small bathroom! LOL. Thanks for the fun giveaway!
landfjacobson @ charter.net

tiffany said...

thanks for the fun giveaway! I recently discovered that hsn has a TON of stuff too!

stephanie c said...

thanks so much for the giveaway! i love browsing through their site.. it's like lazy window shopping :p

Jeni C said...

Hey you can't go wrong with a gc! My Mom has some super cute items from HSN!

Mommy Mac said...

Several of our wedding gifts, it turns out, came from HSN. Evidently, our friends don't like to shop in public. Either way, we use these items literally daily. An I'm all for free gift cards. Come on, random number generator - pick me! Pick ME!

beekie said...

Ok I'm entering...some of the stuff on HSN looks so cute...I should really give it a shot and this would be the perfect way to do that...

diddle said...

entering - love gift cards!

sashay21 said...

I like free stuff. So I wanna win

Kids, Canines, and Chaos said...

I've seen a few things I could add to my repertoire!

Kelly said...

Ok ok you win...after YEARS of reading your blog I will finally comment...I feel lucky tonight. Lol

Sarah S. said...

Ok Ok peer pressure and all that, I'll comment.

Love your blog, your kids are hilarious.

Pick me pick me I want a gift card :)

Jamie said...

Ooohhhh. I NEED that bathroom organizer! Love your blog! Thanks for making me smile! :)

The Six Campbells said...

Free stuff is awesome and so is that cabinet. :)

Deanna

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

How fun! I never shop at HSN but my cousins and aunt LOVE it and they have such cute pieces to show for it. I think I've definitely been missing out and need to take a look!

KK

Jamie McGinnis said...

I can't even explain how much organizational things make me happy. When everything has a place it makes my heart happy - so that bathroom cabinet would be *awesome*

Unknown said...

I am sure I can find something I would love

ElleBee said...

Pretty ring! I'm with Sasha on the makeup. Love it!

Monica Loza said...

My husband looooves HSN. We joke about his coupons, he seems to have an endless supply, which enable his constant ordering. A gift card would blow his mind!

Jesse said...

I am kind of excited that you're doing givaways again. Once you did this giveaway for a child's toy and i entered because it looked really awesome, even though i was like 24 at the time and had no children (still don't). I don't remember what it was, but I do remember being bummed I didn't win. Lets try not to let that happen again :)

Jayne said...

I'd love to win this... it would be a belated birthday present to me, and maybe I'd spend it on myself!

P.S. I have been waiting for your favorite book of 2012 entry and am starting to give up hope... no favorite books last year??

My3grcs said...

My mom will love this!!

LimePiranha said...

I am also a lurker for years.
Reading from the shadows, hugging your BBC posts...
But you promise me a chance at money and dammit I'll do it :)

Ashley said...

Aaah, Jayne caught me! LOL. That's been on my to do list too. Last year wasn't a great reading year but I'm sure I could find something to say about it.

Yay Lime Piranha for commenting, yay all of you!

Jayne said...

Please do, I love your recommendations! And throw in an HSN gift card while you're at it ;)

The Menagerie Momma said...

Love their jewelry! Enter me please.

AlexisMorgan said...

I love your stories of your boys. I tihnk I commented last year about how much Big Kid reminds me of my middle angel when he was young (he's in grad school at FIU now!). We have a new home, so I'd love to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

Steph said...

After a friend secretly confessed to me her HSN addiction, I've been spending more and more time looking at their things myself. It's a bit addicting and way to easy to spend money that I hadn't planned on spending!

Rachel Freeman said...

I love HSN! Ordered my sewing machine from there!!

Anonymous said...

i just brought this cabinet at my hsn store in Brandon Florida for $35. It was on clearance and they had tons of them!!!
Dee