I did my first swap! OMSH hosts a Color Me Happy Swaparooni. Basically you sign up, buy a gift in the chosen color and mail it to your partner. And they do the same for you! Gifts in the mail! How fun is that? Plus, you get to meet a new person, their blog and have fun shopping. Then everyone posts their pics on a Flickr Group and show off what we bought!
Gifts are my favorite thing to shop for anyway. If you can believe it, I’ve already started thinking about Christmas presents! For the past few years, we’ve tried to buy everyone a themed gift. One year we did books. And everyone got a book. This one was my favorite because I love books. We got my dad, the non-reader an audio book. We got my aunt, the world-traveler a travel journal. We got my niece some picture books. Anyway, this year I’m being inspired by etsy. Shhhh! That’s all I’m gonna say!
Back to the swap. My partner was Clarissa. And we honestly couldn’t have been more different–she’s the hardworking mama of 3 kids, lives in the north, she loves politics and law and she’s 21. I’m a new sahmama, southern, try not to turn on the news EVER and I’m over the hill at 30. But this is why the internet is so cool. I would have never met her and here we are sending gifts to each other! (I really love the gift I sent to her. If she posts some pics, I’ll link to her, so you can see!) And she sent me the best gift!!
A really cute Vera Bradley wallet key chain. I’ve loved using wallet key chains since college! How easy! Bath & Body Works aromatherapy hand soap. I’ve never used this flava (what is it called? scent?) but I’ve used the eucalyptus one, which I love so I can’t wait to try this one out! And some awesome cute blank note cards in a box. She wrote the note on a cool black and white postcard. Looks like a Wordless Wednesday waiting to happen!
I couldn’t put everything in one picture because…uhm…when I opened the box, I just dumped everything out on the floor. Took the picture, emailed Clarissa and even blogged about it. Then Clarissa emailed me back and said, “There’s more stuff in the bottom of the box!” YIKES. I’m a little embarrassed but then it was kinda fun to discover another gift. It’s two! two swaps in one! So, how cute is that necklace? I love the lip shine. And you can never have too many bags!
HOW FUN! Thanks, so much, Clarissa! I had so much fun shopping for you. I hope you like your gift. I like mine!
OMSH is hosting the Shades of Red Swap in September/October. So, if you’d like to try it out, who knows, we might be swap partners!