Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Great Pumpkin Swap Reveal

It feels so strange to hit publish on this post while I've got 4 different tabs open watching election results.  But, the world needs more kindness and goodness and togetherness right now, and I believe care packages are examples of those things.  As frivolous as that may seem.

The 5th Annual Great Pumpkin Swap was hosted by Kristin and Becky.  I was super stoked to participate because Kristin assured me someone would be willing to ship to Australia.  Y'all...that's no small feat.  My swap buddy spent $50 USD to send her care package to me.  That's generous and super, duper kind!  I am a firm believer that the world needs more care packages.  They always bring a smile to my face.  Who was this wonderful swap buddy?  It was Micah from Unabashedly Me.

When I emailed Micah to tell her some of my "likes" to help with swap ideas, this was my list:
bright colors
fun socks
American snacks made of fake cheese (cheez-its, cheese nips, cheddar goldfish, crunchy Cheetos, etc.)
kitsch, local flair - anything uniquely from Iowa
jolly ranchers hard candy
rock music
animal print
make-up (I seriously miss cheap make-up from Target or Wal-mart like the NYC brand; it is impossible to get $1.99 eyeliner here)

And, here's what she sent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:

I received this care package on Thursday.  The giant bag of Goldfish was devoured by Sunday.

Books!  And...even better...Micah is the author of one of them, and her friend wrote the other!

Fun socks!  A kitty unicorn and a French bulldog as a vampire.

Ricky approves of the 3rd pair of socks that Micah sent me.  After all, it has lions, tigers, and tuxedo cats.  Okay, well, maybe they are black panthers, but Ricky and I prefer to believe they are tuxedo cats. 

Make-up!  And, I hadn't even told her that I'm a sucker for eye palettes too.

  Much love to Micah and the hosts! 

Have you ever participated in a blog swap?


  1. The world definitely needs more care packages, and this is an amazing one!

    I would have been willing to send to Australia, but I had no idea about the swap :-)

  2. Care packages are the best!! I am glad you were able to participate because Australian dwellers need some love too! Those socks are so cute and it looks like you got all the yummy snacks :)

  3. I totally would've sent to Australia too! Micah is awesome.
    I spend so much money on shipping each year because I live away from friends/family. (And my husband just spent $100 to send a box of his military supplies home from this current deployment...yes, the soldiers have to pay to ship their supplies.)
    Thanks for joining in!

  4. OK so that is some awesome stuff! I most especially love the socks because I am a huge fan of awesome socks. I wish I could've participated in this it looks like it was such a fun thing to do! Maybe next time.

  5. I appreciate that you posted this. I participated in the swap and I was going to write a post today, but I didn't have it done and when this morning rolled around I just couldn't finish it. I'll post it tomorrow.

    I love that Micah paid attention to your likes!! Those socks are so cute and I LOVE e.l.f. make-up!

  6. I'm glad you were happy with the care package. I had a lot of fun shopping for you and putting it together. :)

  7. Yay! I'm so glad you had a good swap! Micah was my swap buddy in a previous year, and she's great! Enjoy "Dropped Third Strike!" It's the second of her books that I own. :)

  8. What a fun swap! You got so many goodies!!! Dont you love fun surprises in your mail box?

  9. What a bunch of really cool stuff! I love it! :)

  10. This looks like such a fun and great swap, and that's awesome that Micah shipped everything all the way to Australia! She definitely hit the nail on the head with what to give you for the swap!

  11. I was matched with Micah last year! She's a great swap partner! Love the cat socks!!

  12. I love the socks!

    Fake cheese snacks are delicious. And if you ever need cheap makeup, let me know. I'll be happy to send you some.

  13. I love what you got! The cat socks are pretty much amazing!

  14. Oh fun! I have only done one swap.. and my item never got to me... and then my person never emailed me again... :( So... that wasn't great. Xo - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  15. What an amazing packing! I have that e.l.f. palette and I LOVE it!

  16. Great stuff! I'm all about books and cute socks!

  17. Omg! I love the cat socks, especially the tuxedo kitty ones!


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