Swap! Mug O’Comfort

Mug O’Comfort Swap!  This was the first swap I participated in about a year ago and is still one of my favorite ones!  This time I was paired up with the lovely Jessica from Living La Vida Holoka.  First of all, how awesome is her blog name, right??

I had a super time shopping for Ms. Jessica and you will have to scoot over to her blog to see what I got her.

I was so thrilled with the awesome box she sent me!

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How pretty is everything wrapped!? I totally failed with wrapping this time but hopefully will do better!

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Super cute card with a lovely note!

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Yum! I love Trader Joe’s! And I love spearmint and lemongrass!

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I can’t wait to try this out on BBQ or in baked goods. . . something I’ve never seen before!

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I love hot chocolate and can’t wait for a cold day to try this out!  Hopefully before next winter!

And the best, best piece!!!!!

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My New York tunnel mug!  I cannot wait to start using it! I love the fact that I’ve been in all of these tunnels!

Thank you, Jessica, for such an awesome package!  Make sure you check out Chaotic Goddess Swaps for the next awesome

 

 

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!

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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!