Swaps n Such-12 Days of Christmas

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So I don’t celebrate Christmas but I do love and appreciate that I live in a country where freedom of religion is a given and therefore I love and support my friends that do celebrate other holidays!  Also Hanukkah is super early this year (like it starts Wednesday night–Thanksgivukkah-only once every 70,000 years!) so when all my friends are doing gift exchanges, I am SOL so I thought I’d join another super amazingly fun Chaotic Goddess Swap!

Important Dates to Remember

  • Sign-Ups Close on November 22nd, 2013
  • Partners Assigned on November 23rd, 2013
  • Packages Ship between December 6th and December 7th, 2013
  • Swap Show-Off Post/Linky goes life on December 26th!

Join me for some super fun holiday giving!!!!!

 

Swaps ‘n’ Such: Cara Box

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I participated in Cara Box in August for the first time after seeing a ton of people post about it.  I had a great experience and was paired with two awesome people.  I was actually paired with the same two people in reverse this time!  I sent my package to Melissa of Melissa’s Happenings who sent me an awesome box last time.

I received my box from Victoria of Lost in Boston who I got to send to this time.  Another great experience and one I will definitely participate in again!

I received a very fun box from Victoria:

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Everything decorated in super fun fall colors!

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I managed to hang onto these chocolate for a few days before devouring them, yum peanut butter and chocolate!

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I love pumpkin everything and this candle is the perfect scent for my room right now!

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The Lara bar is gone already :) and the pumpkin spice thing is hanging in my car.  I haven’t yet had the coffee but I am looking for to it and breaking out the almond spray!

Thanks, Victoria, for an awesome fall box!  The next round starts in December and I am definitely looking forward to it!

Local Flavor Swap Show off!

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Yay for swaps!  This was the third Chaotic Goddess swap I participated in and I was so excited because I love to showcase Portland, Oregon!  I had such fun shopping for Paulina  from Color Me Brave, hailing to us from New Jersey!  Now just having spent the last three years in New York, NJ tends to get a bad rap as a nothing special place.  I need to disagree!  First of all, New Jersey is beautifully green!  Secondly, you have the Jersey shore–what’s more famous than that!?

But onto the fun goodies I got sent!

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also were two big bags of M&M’s-plain and pretzel, yum!

Local Flavor SwapNothing more local than a scarf made by Paulina!  I can’t wait to use this as the weather turns colder–I love the colors and the pattern!  I need to learn to fancy knit!

 

 

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I think the poppy is going to look awesome in the office I’m setting up for myself so I can’t wait to get that potted and paper is a much needed commodity in my office now!

She also wrote a super sweet note and spoke about all the infamous incidents that her town is known for–oh well, still a NJ lover here!

Thanks, Paulina for the goodies and make sure to check out Color Me Brave to see the awesome Oregon goodies!

Cara Box-August Reveal

 

 

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This month has totally been off from start to finish but thankfully we are at August 28th and the month is almost over!

It started out pretty good, with my birthday but then I had a fender bender and ended up with thousands of dollars of damage to the front of my car–it was my fault, I rear ended someone and their hitch got caught under my car :(.

 

So, two weeks without a car, sudden gallbladder surgery, antibiotic reaction and now slowly getting back to a semblance normal.  Exciting things are happening–I have finally ironed out my fall schedule-I will be working three smaller jobs and am VERY excited about all of them!

I’m also finally seriously redesigning my blog!  I bought my new domain name and am working with an AWESOME designer, I’ll share more about that as soon as it’s unveiled.  If you follow me on other forms of social media, you can see I’ve changed my name and logo but I will do a fun reveal soon!

One of the things I did for the first time this month was get involved with Cara Box.   Cara Box is organized every month by Kaitlyn at Wifessionals and I’ve been reading about it for months but haven’t had the courage to sign up.  I am so glad that I finally did!  Every month there was a different theme and this month we were matched by ages and stages in life-so early thirties single ladies unite!

I was paired with two lovely ladies-Victoria from Lost in Boston, one of my favorite cities and now a place I want to go back and do Yoga at Harvard Yard!  You can head over to her site to see what I got her.  Sadly I did not get to actually shop in person as I was confined to my bed but Amazon is amazing in a pinch and I hope she enjoys!

I was sent items from the delightful Melissa from My Busy Life who recently just moved to Texas.  She sent the perfect recovery package and I’ve already been indulging!

Cara BoxNot only is this a perfect item for when you are recovering and need to drink plenty of fluids, but my glass water bottle broke the day before this came!  It’s small enough that I can throw it in my bag and carry it with me!

 

 

 

 

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The headbands have already gotten lots of use!  The candle is open next to my bed and I LOVE that she sent me Dead Sea Mask!

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I can’t wait to try the tea iced and I’ve been making the vanilla biscotti coffee every morning, yum!

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All in all, I am so happy that I participated in Cara Box this month!  It is now switching to quarterly but I can’t wait to meet some more fun bloggers from around the country!!!!

 

 

 

In the meantime, consistency will reign again with my blogging!  I’ve gotten organized and ordered a paper planner and set up a new office nook to work in as well as working on setting clear hours for this endeavor.

Thanks for your patience while I reset everything!

Local Flavor Swap!

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I am so super excited to be a part of another Chaotic Goddess Swap!  This one is all about local flavors!  Now that I live in Oregon and this is the state I grew up in, I can’t wait to share all the amazing goodies that exist here!

So if you want to participate, check out http://cgswaps.blogspot.com.

This is a great way to get involved with swaps!  They are super fun and you meet awesome people this way!!

Important Dates to Remember

  • Sign-Ups Close on August 9th, 2013
  • Partners Assigned on August 10th, 2013
  • Packages Ship between August 23rd and August 24th, 2013
  • Swap Show-Off Post/Linky goes life on August 27th!

Books ‘n’ Bloggers Swap

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I was so excited to be a part of my second swap!  It was just as fun as the first!  I was paired with Dawn from Born to Fly.

The rules were to send three books.

1.  A Book You Love

2.  A Book You Haven’t Read

3.  A Book Your Partner Wants

Here’s a look at the books I received:

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Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella.  This was the book that Dawn wanted to read but hasn’t yet.

From the back:

Becky Bloomwood has what most young women only dream of: a flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the seasons’s must-haves.  The only trouble is, she can’t actually afford it–not any of it.  Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all.  Still, how can she resist that perfect pair of shoes?  Or the divine silk blouse in the window of that ultra-trendy boutique? But lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank–letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read–and they’re getting ever harder to ignore.  She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money.  But none of her efforts succeeds.  Her only consolation is to buy her self something. . . just a little something. . . Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life–and the lives of those around her–forever.

I’ve been a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella for a long long time and this was a great one!

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A book I’ve (Dawn’s) read: The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy.

From the Back:

On January 15, 1947, the torture-ravished body of a beautiful, young woman is found in a Los Angeles vacant lot.  The victim makes headlines as the Black Dahlia-and so begins the greatest manhunt in California history.

Caught up in the investigation are Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard: Warrants Squad cops, friends and rivals in love with the same woman.  But both are obsessed with the Dahlia–driven by dark needs to know everything about her past, to capture her killer, to possess the woman even in death.  Their quest will take them on a hellish journey through the underbelly of postwar Hollywood, to the core of the dead girl’s twisted life, past the extremes of their own psyches–into a region of total madness.

I have heard of this book/movie but haven’t read it so I’m super excited to read this, probably next month by the pool in Vegas!

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A book on my wish list: The Little Bride by Anna Solomon.

From the back:

When sixteen-year-old Minna Losk journeys from Odessa to America as a mail-order bride, she dreams of a young, wealthy husband; a handsome town house; and freedom from physical labor and pogroms.  But her husband, Max, turns out to be twice her age, rigidly Orthodox, and living in a one-room sod hut in South Dakota with his two teenage sons.  The country is desolate, the work treacherous.  Most troubling, Minna finds herself increasingly attracted to her older stepson.  As a brutal winter closes in, the family’s limits are tested, and Minna, drawing on strengths she barely knows she has, is forced to confront her despair, as well as her desire.

I’m not sure where I first read about this book but it sounded fascinating and I’m super excited to read this one.

Thanks, Dawn, for the awesome books!  I’m super excited to have some good summer reading ahead!  To see what I sent Dawn, take a look over on her blog, Born to Fly!

 

Mug O’ Comfort Swap

mugocomfortswapI was so excited and honored to be a part of Mug o’ Comfort Swap through Chaotic Goddess Swaps!

I was paired with the delightful Beth from Living a Goddess Life!  She lives in Seattle which is only four hours from my hometown of Portland, Oregon and we’ve been exchanging fabulous emails and I’m loving my new friend and blogging buddy!

So thanks to the pain in the butt that is the New York mail system I didn’t ghet my package until Friday :( but it is WELL WORTH THE WAIT!!!!

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Love that the package was wrapped with pink zebra striped duct tape!  It made the package much more fun than boring shipping tape!

 

 

 

 

The package was full of so many awesome goodies:

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An awesome hot pad to rest my teapots or hot mugs–I love that she crafted it all herself!  I look forward to putting my teapot on it soon!  I also LOVE that everything had a note that explained!

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I love Chai and I love the purple orca spiced chai!  I can’t wait to try this!  Chai is definitely a newer obsession of mine.

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Three whole different kinds of coffee!  Even though it was ten o’clock last night when I opened it, the smell permeated through the house and I was ready to brew a cup of coffee right then and there!

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Tea, tea, tea!  So many different kinds of tea that I am excited to add to my repertoire of tea drinks!  My favorite thing to do is have different types of tea every day lately so this is perfect!

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Homemade hot chocolate mix, I am so excited for this one!  I love hot chocolate and I love that Beth made her own hot chocolate for me!

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I love the colors of the mug and how shiny it is!

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A book because what better than to sit with a hot drink and a fabulous book?  this one looks super interesting and I can’t wait to read it and get back to you.

 

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The perfect card to go with the tea box!  The green stamp acts like a tea tag!

This was definitely the perfect way to join the blog linking party world and I look forward to participating in future swaps and more blog fun!

Thank you Beth for the amazing package!  And thank you Angie for getting me involved in this awesome swap!!!!!

 

 

Swap: Mug O’ Comfort

Super excited to be participating in my first ever swap!  I found this through one of the amazing blogs I read.

The swap is all about coffee, hot chocolate and TEA!  As you all know, I am currently obsessed with tea so this should be a perfect match!  Check out the following link for more information to get involved:

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I can’t wait to send a package of all my favorite mug-worthy drinks!!