Books ‘n’ Bloggers Swap

I know, it’s a busy week but another swap reveal! I LOVE Chaotic Goddess Swaps and I can now retire from these swaps because I have been with both founders of Chaotic Goddess Swaps! In my first swap, I was paired with Beth of Living a Goddess Life and this time I was paired with Miss Chaos, Angie of My So-Called Chaos (of course I won’t retire because I have too much fun!)

Anyway, on with the reveal!

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Lots of fun goodies!


The books:

  • Jeneration X which is from my wishlist!
  • Her which oddly enough, is on one of my lists and I had listened to a segment on NPR that morning about!
  • A book she loves: The Between Boyfriends Book-definitely where I am right now!

And not only that, she packed the box with all sorts of goodies!


I absolutely love the little coffee stitched pouch-I put teas in it and put it in my purse! The flowers is the cutest Polaroid picture note card and I love the Mary Engelbreight stationary!


Thanks, Miss Angie for a delightful package!

Foodie Penpals Reveal!


Yay! Time for another reveal. I participated for the second month in a row Food Penpals through The Lean Green Bean. This month I got paired with two awesome ladies. Generally speaking you only are paired with one awesome person but the first person I emailed didn’t respond within the 72 hour time frame so I was reassigned but then I did receive an email back so I decided to send to both of them and therefore got two awesome boxes!

First up is Ronda, from South Carolina! She writes at Kitchen Dreaming, check it out for some awesome recipes!


I am so ready to head out to South Carolina! Fried peanuts, peach jelly and a local cookie she made called Bennies that she sent the recipe for. Yum!

Next up is Nicole, from SoCal-an area I know well, having lived there throughout my life and constantly visiting.

NicoleAmong the local products, she sent California raisins (anyone remember the California Raisins from the ’80’s and 90’s? Are they still around?) and almonds from her uncle’s farm North of Los Angeles, how cool is that! She also sent Herbs D’Provence which I love using on chicken and haven’t had any for awhile!

Want to get in on the fun next month?

Here’s some details about FPP in case you want to join in for July:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. 
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. 
-Foodie Penplas is open to US, Canadian & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans.  

If you’re from the US or Canada and are in participating for March, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. 

You must submit your information by July 4th as pairings will be emailed on July 5th!

Who knows? Maybe you’ll get an awesome box of Oregon goodies from me!

Pretty Little Beauty Swap Reveal


Coming home to packages is always fun and this weekend, when I came home Sunday from San Francisco, I had several packages waiting for me including my Pretty Little Beauty Swap package! This month I was paired with the delightful Cassie from Southeast by Midwest.  Cassie was delightful (although for some reason her email didn’t like me and kept throwing me into spam!) But it worked out and we had a great exchange!

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I loved that I felt like I was getting a beauty package in the mail with the paper and tissue! We had a discussion about masks and healthy products so it was nice to receive several of those!

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I think it was in middle school/late elementary school that Freeman products were huge-I remember using their shampoos and masks all the time! It’s literally been years since I’ve seen their products so I am super excited to try out their products now!

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I’m always on the lookout for a good mascara so I’m excited to try this one out and see how good it is. I’ve started only using mascara on my upper lashes in the hopes that I get less clumping throughout the day. Any suggestions for this one?

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I’ve never seen or heard of sea terra but I love the smell of rose so I’m excited to try this out and see how it works.

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I’ve been wanting to try out Julep forever now so I am super excited to be able to see what I think before I make the plunge into buying a subscription box!


Thanks Cassie for the awesome treats! To see what I sent her, go check out her blog!


Swaps! Books ‘n’ Bloggers

Yay! It’s time for one of my favorite swaps! This will be the third time I’m participating and I love it! I also just love participating in Chaotic Goddess Swaps.  Every swap I’ve participated in with them has been fantabulous!


Wanna join in the fun?  Signups end on June 9th over at their website.

Happy Reading!

Foodie Fridays: Foodie Pen Pals

I kind of dropped off the grid for a a couple of weeks. I actually went to Vegas with the biffle last weekend which was awesome! And now I am slowly getting back into the flow of things. I’m also transitioning to start working full-time starting July 1st at one of my part-time jobs but throwing in working on community educational initiatives, which I am super psyched about!

A couple of years ago, when I was still living in New York, I participated in a foodie pen pals through the Lean Green Bean swap three or four times. I loved it but because of my schedule, couldn’t commit to doing it. I decided to restart it this month and I am so glad I did! I was paired with Raina from the_home_plate. What a sweetheart! She lives in Murfreesboro, TN–I’ve actually been there! We drove through there last month on our way back to Nashville from the Jack Daniels Distillery. I stopped and had my first Sonic experience–a delicious milkshake that they brought to my car :).

Raina sent an awesome package full of yummies-many of which I brought on the plane with me to Vegas. Here we go!

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A delicious package full of goodies!








2014-05-22 21.34.45  A sweet letter describing things including the fact that Goo Goo Clusters are a Tennessee treat coming from Grand Ole Opery (GOO). So cool! I never knew that!










Delicious yummies including really good Asian chocolate treats, corn bread, salsa and sauce, almonds and pecans!





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I am super excited for basil olives and chess pie!






Thank you Raina, for such an awesome package! I totally recommend getting involved with swaps, I think they are a great way to get to know people and to get some interesting stuff!

Pretty Little Beauty Swap


One of the cool things about blogging is the awesome swaps I get to participate in.  I particularly love the Pretty Little Beauty Swap because I get introduced to all sorts of awesome beauty products that I might not know about!

This time I got paired with Vanessa from X-Tremely V.  Check out her website for what I sent her!


I loved the box–I might actually use it for something else!



Love the polka-dot card!




I can’t wait to try all the E.L.F. stuff! I don’t think I’ve actually used E.L.F. products before so I look forward to trying them out!

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Moroccan oil is supposed to be great in your hair so I can’t wait to try them out! And I love masks!

All in all, I loved the box and can’t wait to participate again!

Get Ready for It! Mug o’ Comfort Swap!


Baby it’s cold outside!  And even though we are heading into spring. . . there is nothing better than a nice cuppa warm something when it’s rainy and icky outside!

This was actually the very first swap I participated in last year with Chaotic Goddess Swaps and I loved it!!  You can check out what I got last time.  I would totally recommend signing up for this swap because seriously, who doesn’t want awesome warm stuff to drink and a great mug to put it all in?!

Pretty Little Beauty Swap Linkup


I always love me a good swap and was excited this past month to participate in three of them.  One of them was new to me, the Pretty Little Beauty Swap hosted by Southern Beauty Guide, Sleepy Single Girl, and Hair Spray and High Heels.

This was definitely a fun one and one that I plan to participate in again!  I was paired with the awesome Arielle from Beauty By Arielle and was treated to a whole array of awesome beauty products all packaged in this makeup bag that I can’t wait to start using:


I love that there are two zippers and pouches to put things in, I think I am going to use this on the regular in my purse instead of the three or four makeup bags I have floating around.



I received an Olay face washer that I am going to use next time I travel as it’s airline safe and I hate checking baggage.



I am a sucker for a good mask, especially during a hot bath so I can’t wait to use this one.  I think I’ve received similar masks in my Birch Box and have enjoyed them so it’s a win!



This is an eyeshadow and I like that it’s a neutral color so I can totally use it as a base for any eyeshadows I use on top of it, I like having a base eyeshadow on underneath and Arielle raved about it so can’t wait to put it to good use.



I always love a good nail polish and will probably use this for pedicures this summer.



A great eyeshadow palette that will be put to great use.



I love that she included her business card!  I love the colors and how simple it is!  I think there’s another Beauty Swap opening soon so keep an eye out for that!  This was a fun one and a great way to exchange some products that we all have!



Books ‘n’ Bloggers Take 2


I am so excited to once again be participating in another amazing Chaotic Goddess Swap!  This one is a Books ‘n’ Bloggers Swap.  It’s a great way to get to know a fellow reading loving blogger and get some new books out of it as well!

So signups are still open and I encourage any book lover to sign up!

Important Dates to Remember

  • Sign-Ups Close on January 14th, 2014
  • Partners Assigned on January 15th, 2014
  • Packages Ship between January 31st and February 1st, 2014
  • Swap Show-Off Post/Linky goes life on February 5th, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Swap


Sorry being a little MIA this week-along with most of the blogging world!  My bestie flew in from New York on Tuesday and my aunt and uncle on Thursday so we’ve been doing all sorts of fun things but definitely look forward to some cool restaurant reviews coming up as well as some other fun January things to read.

I participated in another amazing Chaotic Goddess Swap (I love these swaps!) and was paired with the phenomenal Ashley from A Cute Angle.  Even though I don’t actually celebrate Christmas, it was still fun (and a new experience for me!) to open a present leading up to Christmas.  Here are the amazingly cool stuff I got:

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Day 1: Chocolate!

Day 2: Lip therapy and hand cream.  I’ve been using both all the time.

Day 3: Tea and a coffee sleeve that I’ve gotten so many compliments on

Day 4: Hand sanitizer and nail polish

Day 5: Snow flake Ice cube tray

Day 6: Notepad

Day 7: Foot cream that I’ve been using every night

Day 8: Slipper socks that are super warm and also on my feet while I sleep

Day 9: Lip exfoliator–lots of fun to use

Day 10: a wine sippy cup!

Day 10: A Sophia Kinsella book I haven’t read yet.

Thanks, Ashley for the super cool stuff and I look forward to the next swap!