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It’s the Great Fall Box Swap Sign Up, Bloggers! #SPBoxSwap

It’s Fall Y’all!!

Fall box swapAnd it’s been too long since our last seasonal box swap. Heck, it’s been too long since my last real post. My life has been a bag of jelly beans- all mixed up, colorful, with a few yucky flavors, but nonetheless full. I plan on sharing it all, but honestly I haven’t had time to sit still and let it out. Along with that: the world, people, the world! Things have been crazy, right? What the world needs now is love sweet love… happy mail works too. 🙂 Or at least that’s our hope, to bring some smiles, happiness and possibly new friendships into this world.

We missed summer, but we’re ready to welcome in FALL!!

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Box Swap

It’s time for another Sweet Progress Fall Box Swap!!

What is Sweet Progress Box Swap?

My lovely friend Ashley and I created Sweet Progress Box Swap to give bloggers a way to connect via good ol’ mail. The two of us swoon over happy mail, so naturally this collab is a match made in heaven!  It’s so much fun to see relationships build and to see all the goodies everyone receives.

 

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Fill out the form below
  • We’ll email you the button to display on your blog once we receive your signup
  • Place the button on your blog sidebar or in a post. Please send us the link when you do.
  • Send your box out before October 24 Make sure to send your partner the tracking number for their box.
  • Linkup with us on October 31 to share your #SPBoxSwap reveal

Additional Information:

  • This swap is open to the U.S. and Canada. We would love for you to spread the word, we would like multiple swappers in Canada.
  • BLOGGERS ONLY
  • Partner info will be sent to your inbox on October 18.
  • We will have a partner spreadsheet, it’s up to you to contact your partner for more information and address info. This is a great time to get to know your partner. 🙂 Ice breaker?
  • You must confirm that you have received your partner’s info.
  • We ask that you spend $20 before shipping.
  • HAVE FUN, MAKE NEW FRIENDS, AND GET YOUR FULL-FLEDGFED FALL ON!
  • If you share on social media don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtag: @Akaleistar @Mrs_AOK #SPBoxSwap
  • If you are not able to send out your package on time please let Ashley, your partner, and I know in advance. No flaking allowed.

It's the great fall box swap, bloggers! Come join the fall fun and signup to swap happy {fall} mail with other bloggers. :)

Are you in? Sign up here:

Need some ideas?

  • Coffee mug
  • Nail polish
  • Notebooks or journals
  • Tea
  • Local goodies
  • Book
  • Candy
  • Fall Magazine
  • Scarf

Still Need More Ideas? Check out these past box swaps!

Why and how it all began #SPBoxSwap 

 

Disclaimer:

The Sweet Progress Box Swap is open to bloggers 18 and over. Once we put you in contact with your swap partner we CANNOT be held responsible for the outcome of any contact of any kind made between you and your partner. We also cannot be held responsible in the event your partner does not respond. By submitting the form, you are confirming that you have read this disclaimer. We do hope you use common sense and if you decide you feel uncomfortable, let us know. We wouldn’t want you to do anything you don’t feel 100% about. Happy swapping!


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It’s a Happy Mail Fiesta!! {Spring #SPBoxSwap}

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It’s a Happy Mail Fiesta!!

It’s a Happy Mail Fiesta! Sadly, there will be no margaritas. But we will have happy mail, coffee, candy, and other fun goodies. I know one thing that will definitely be at this party, good company. I’m hosting this fiesta with my dear friend and fellow happy mail lover, Ashely of Happy Pretty Sweet. Ashley and I are coming up on one year of hosting our seasonal blogger box swap!! We started this swap last summer and I have to admit it’s been tons of fun. ANNNND the last two swaps were international (U.S and Canada). 🙂

#SPBoxSwap SPRING Blogger-to-blogger box swap

I was partnered-up with Carly-Ann. 🙂 She writes about her life’s happenings over on her blog TDTFYH (The Day to Follow Your Heart). It’s been enjoyable getting to know more about Carly-Ann through her blog and her Instagram. I also got to find out a few things about Carly-Ann via good o’email. My intent was to send things based on what I learned about her. I hope I did a good job. 🙂

What's inside the box Sweet Progress Box Swap Reveal {Happy Mail}

Fun fact: This was my first time having an international swap partner. 🙂 Getting my box to Carly-Ann was an event, as it was for her to get hers to me. Although, I think maybe, just maybe, the Canadian post may have their process a little more put together than ours here in the U.S. Yup, I said it. Anyway, when Carly-Ann’s box showed up I was super excited. SHE. DID. NOT. DISAPPOINT. 

You can already tell that this box was packaged with warmth and kindness, right? Me too. 🙂 Are you ready to check out my goodies?

Of course you are!!

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My goodies:

  • Starbucks Vancouver Mug “You are here collection
  • I <3 Van Coasters
  • Starbucks Canada Gift Card
  • Orange Zest Essential Oil Candles
  • {Magical} Saje Peppermint Halo
  • Cute Bunny Ring Holder
  • Coffee Crisp
  • Kleenex

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I REALLY LOVE COFFEE. My affinity for coffee gave Carly-Ann some yummy inspiration. 🙂 She totally spoiled me with coffee goodies. Let’s start off with my new Vancouver mug!! I’ve been eyeing-up the Seattle one at my local Starbucks. When I was opening up the box at first I thought it was the Seattle mug, but I quickly realized even cooler it’s VANCOUVER! I haven’t visited Canada yet, this will certainly serve as daily inspiration to finally go. It’s not like Canada is too far from me, I’m only about 2 hours away from Vancouver. 🙂 Cool, huh?

The coasters will come in handy, because kids, amiright? You can never go wrong with a Starbucks gift card, I’ve said that countless times, but I know for sure I’ve said it here. The Coffee Crisp are new to me, they’re a Canadian chocolate bar made with wafer, chocolate, and of course coffee flavoring. Turns out you can find these in the U.S, but they’re not readily available everywhere. However, you know good o’Amazon has your back.

Oh Happy Mail!

The little bunny ring holder is TOO cute!  What better represents spring than a bunny? Oh and Kleenex totally screams spring to me, because kiddos with allergies.  I’m totally IN LOVE with Saje Peppermint Halo Headache Remedy roll on ( <-this is not an affiliate link, this is a get-yourself-some-of-this-magic link, because this stuff is the you know what!) I joked to my kids saying Carly-Ann sent it to me because I have kids. 😀 Carly-Ann wrote in her sweet letter explaining all my gifts that this blend is also good for any kind of pain and clarity. I couldn’t agree more, Carly-Ann! I’ve been using it like I’m going to lose it. Love it. I totally believe in the power of peppermint and lavender (wrote about that here)… and rosemary too! I haven’t used the candles yet, but the already smell heavenly. 🙂

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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING, Carly Ann!!

You sincerely blew me away with your sweet and thoughtful box. I love everything including the darling card and handwritten letter. I can’t believe I forgot to take a picture of the card!! Anyway, you made me so happy. Happy Mail, indeed. (Also, I thought it was funny that you and I had a few somewhat similar items for each other.) You can see what I sent Carly-Ann here.

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#SPBoxSwap SPRING Blogger-to-blogger box swap

The Happy Mail Fiesta isn’t over!

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Go check out what everyone else received:

Want to be a part of the next swap? Here’s your chance to signup for the next signup reminder for Summer 2017.

 

It's a Happy Mail Fiesta!! Come check out what the Spring Sweet Progress Box Swap Reveals. Did you miss the spring swap? You can sign up for the summer swap here. :)

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Sweet Progress Box Swap {Spring} Sign Up

Happy Spring! New Season = New Box Swap!!

Box Swap I cannot believe that it is already spring. I guess the sun shinning and the birds chirping behind me should be a big sunshiny flag that yes, it is indeed spring. There’s also the fact that we just finished spring break here, which at times didn’t feel much like spring. It was gray and rainy for a nice chunk of our break, especially the chunk where we went exploring downtown.  But we still made the best of it. 🙂 I’ll share more later.

Anyway, the beginning of a new seasons means a new Sweet Progress Box Swap!!

Happy Spring! A start of a new season means a new Sweet Progress Box Swap!! Sign up to swap a spring box with a fellow blogger. :)

What is Sweet Progress Box Swap?

My lovely friend Ashley and I created Sweet Progress Box Swap to give bloggers a way to connect via good ol’ mail. The two of us swoon over happy mail, so naturally this collab is a match made in heaven!  It’s so much fun to see relationships build and to see all the goodies everyone receives.

#SPBoxSwap SPRING Blogger-to-blogger box swap

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Fill out the form below
  • We’ll email you the button to display on your blog once we receive your signup
  • Place the button on your blog sidebar or in a post. Please send us the link when you do.
  • Send your box out before April 24. Make sure to send your partner the tracking number for their box.
  • Linkup with us on May 5 to share your #SPBoxSwap reveal

Additional Information:

  • This swap is open to the U.S. and Canada. We would love for you to spread the word, we would like multiple swappers in Canada.
  • BLOGGERS ONLY
  • Partner info will be sent to your inbox on April 16 or 17.
  • NEW: We’re doing things differently this time around. We’ll have a partner spreadsheet, it’s up to you to contact your partner for more information and address info. This is a great time to get to know your partner. 🙂 Ice breaker?
  • You must confirm that you have received your partner’s info.
  • We ask that you spend $20 before shipping.
  • HAVE FUN, MAKE NEW FRIENDS, AND GET YOUR GALENTINE’S ON!
  • If you share on social media don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtag: @Akaleistar @Mrs_AOK #SPBoxSwap
  • If you are not able to send out your package on time please let Ashley, your partner, and I know in advance. No flaking allowed.

Are you in? Sign up here:

Need some ideas?

  • Floral goodies
  • Nail polish
  • Notebooks or journals
  • Tea
  • Local goodies
  • Cinco De Mayo goodies? Hey, the linkup is on Cinco De Mayo, it’s a fiesta, no?
  • Candy

Disclaimer:

The Sweet Progress Box Swap is open to bloggers 18 and over. Once we put you in contact with your swap partner we cannot be held responsible for the outcome of any contact of any kind made between you and your partner. We also cannot be held responsible in the event your partner does not respond. By submitting the form, you are confirming that you have read this disclaimer. We do hope you use common sense and if you decide you feel uncomfortable, let us know. We wouldn’t want you to do anything you don’t feel 100% about. Happy swapping!


It's time, it's time! The #SPBoxSwap Reveals are live!! Come check out what we got in our boxes. :)
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It’s time, It’s Time! The Galentine’s Box Swap Reveal #SPBoxSwap

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It’s time for the Galentine’s Box Swap Reveal #SPBoxSwap

Box Swap If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or you’ve read the last eh… hem… five posts I’ve written, you have certainly heard me mention the Winter Box Swap Galentine’s edition. But in the event you missed me talking about it, here’s the original post about what Galentine’s is and why we decided to go with this theme this winter. Each season my lovely partner in happy mail Ashley (Happy.Pretty.Sweet) and I host a box swap for bloggers to connect via good old snail mail. It’s a great way to connect and bring joy to a fellow blogger. We love it. We started our swaps this Summer and we’re extremely excited to see that things are growing! With this growth it means more mail, more happiness, and maybe a little change (maybe).  But enough about that, let’s get to the reveal!

I was partnered with Chantale, a lifestyle blogger. 🙂  Chantale’s blog is all about self discovery, love of books, and happiness. You know I can totally get down with that, because HELLO, work in progress over here. I appreciate that not only does she challenge herself, she challenges her readers too. I’m currently guzzling down water to keep up with the water challenge. 🙂 And who doesn’t love a good book list? If you’re looking for book reviews or want to help add to her list head on over to Iridescent Rebel.  I think I kind of ran with a self care/positive energy theme with her box, you can check that out here. But before you go check out what I sent, take a look at the goodies I received.

My goodies, my goodies, here’s my #SPBoxSwapGoodies…

(Who remembers old school Ciara?) 

It's time, it's time!! The Galentine's #SPBoxSwap Reveal

My goodies:

♡  Haribo Gummy Bears

♡  Planner book

♡  Valentine’s Stickers, or should I say Galentine’s? 😉

♡  The cutest gummy bear notebook

♡  Post-it sticky notes

♡  Paper Mate Ink Joy Pens

♡ Pen pouch

It's time for the #SPBoxSwap {Galentine's} Box Swap Reveals!!

I’m quite sure I did not state how much I love gummy bears on my questionnaire (everyone fills one out to help their partners), but somehow Chantale knew I love gummy bears. AND to top it off the gummy bears were SOUR 😍 . Anyone else out there love gummy/sour candies as much as I do? I’ll admit it, I steal the kids’ fruit snacks from time-to-time, because close enough. 😀

You know what else I didn’t tell my intuitive partner? I did NOT tell her or… shall I say I’ve never admitted to anyone that I have a healthy obsession with Word Streak with Friends. Word Streak formerly “Scramble” is a word game that I’m addicted to, I enjoy beating my family. The Word Scramble activity book is totally appreciated. Plus, I’m trying to keep my mind sharp. Yes, I’m already worrying about my memory. Anyone else?

Gummy bears and pens! Yes, please! The Galentine's Box Swap Reveals are live. :)

My notebook mantra: YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY. I’ve already put this cutie to use. 🙂 Paper Mate InkJoy is one of my favorite pen brands. Sharpies and Paper Mate all day everrryday. 🙂

Got some drawing in today and it felt good. I’m thinking of adding some more drawings to the shop. Thoughts?

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I’m glad I have an extra place to store some of my pens, because it’s getting a little out of control over here, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Thank you so much for all my goodies, Chantale!!!

Don’t forget to check out what I sent. 🙂

Sweet Progress Galentine's Winter Swap Box| Come celebrate Galentine's with us! A fun box swap for bloggers.

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Sweet Progress Fall Box Swap Reveal with Erika of Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans
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Sweet Progress Fall Box Swap Reveal with Erika {Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans}

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Sweet Progress Fall Box Swap

You may or may not know, but chances are you do know that I make up half of the fearsome duo of Sweet PROGRESS Box Swaps. You know that, right? Because you visit me often, right? Well, if you didn’t know that we need to chat more often!

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The other half of  Sweet Progress Box Swap is Ashley from Happy Pretty SWEET. Ashley is such a dear, I adore her! I’m happy to partner with her to spread blogger mailbox love every season. 🙂 And this season… this wonderful season we’re celebrating…


I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in LOVE WITH FALL AND I don’t care who knows it!!

But you know who knows it, Erika. Erika of Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans, who has never ever met me in real life, she gets it. She knows my love for fall is deep and you know what she did, she showered me with fall mail. LIKE INSANELY AWESOME FALL MAIL!! But before I start gushing over how awesome my fall box is, let me tell you a little bit about Erika and her super cool blog. When I visit Erika’s blog I’m instantly inspired by her fashion and her impeccable nail polish skills!! I want to one day achieve fashion and good nails like Erika. Seriously, you have to check out her beautiful nails. Besides being super stylish, she’s super sweet, loves cats, and HAPPY MAIL!

My Sweet Progress Fall Box Reveal

So what did Erika send me….

A BOX FULL OF GOODIES!!!

Sweet Progress Fall Box Swap Reveal with Erika of Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans

Is the suspense killing you? Because my girls couldn’t take it, I was snapping pictures of the process and they were right next to me waiting impatiently to see what was in this superbly packaged box. Also, Erika left me a sweet note on each package explaining why she sent the corresponding item. So sweet.

Sweet Progress Fall Box Swap Reveal with Erika of Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans

Are ready? Here it is!!

Sweet Progress Fall Box Swap Reveal with Erika of Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans

Isn’t this box AWESOME!?!

Okay, okay, here’s what was inside my fall box swap box:

♡  One Bad Apple by Sheila Connolly

♡  Forever 21 Rusty Red Infinity Scarf

♡  Forever 21 Layered Leaf Necklace Set

♡  Donut Key Chain

♡  Ciate Dangerous Affair Nail Polish

♡  And Herb the Turkey and Pumpkin Spice Lindt CHOCOLATES

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How adorable are these boxes?!?

One Bad Apple seems like a deliciously suspenseful autumn thriller that pairs well with my pumpkin spice chocolates and a good cup of coffee. I can’t wait to dive into this read. The scarf will be worn over and over I’m sure. Because I love fall so much Erika wanted me to wear my love of fall and fall leaves all year round. I’m thinking of splitting up the leaves and giving one to each of my fall-loving baby girls. 🙂 THE DONUT KEY CHAIN… has someone visited my Instagram. 🙂  I hope I can make my nails look half as good as Erika with my luxurious new Ciate nail polish. Herb, my new turkey, is already hanging up waiting for all the turkey love that is to come this Thanksgiving season. Time to put away all the spiders and all things Halloween. Because it’s NOVEMBER!!!

Sweet Progress Fall Box Swap Reveal with Erika of Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans

Thank you SO MUCH, ERIKA!! I love every.single.thing! I’m so happy we were partnered up. 🙂

Don’t forget to visit Erika at Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans to see what I sent her.

Do you want to see everyone else’s fall box swap reveals?

 

PSSST… Winter is COMING! Don’t miss out!

Winter is Coming!

Do you want in on the WINTER box swap?  We have a reminder email signup, we’ll email when it’s time to sign up for the next swap. 🙂

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Sweet Progress Fall Box Swap Signup

It’s officially FALL! Time for another Sweet Progress Box Swap!!

Happy Fall, Y’all!!

Oh my gosh can you believe it’s finally here! And you know what that means, it’s time for another Sweet Progress Box Swap!!

Autumn Killed Summer with the softest kiss. Farewell summer. Hello Fall! It's time to signup for the #SPBoxSwap!! Connect with other bloggers here. :)

My sweet friend Ashley and I are excited to get this swap up and running! As much as we adore summer, we’ve been really excited for this particular swap. And guess what…. did you guess? A few of our Canadian friends wanted in on the last box swap, so we made sure to open the swap to our friends in Canada too! So, who’s ready to get swapping!?!?!

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Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Fill out the form below
  • We’ll email you the button to display on your blog once we receive your signup
  • Place the button on your blog sidebar or in a post. Please send us the link when you do
  • Send your box out before October 26. Make sure to send your partner the tracking number for their box.
  • Linkup with us on November 1 to share your #SPBoxSwap reveal

Additional Information:

  • This swap is open to the U.S. and Canada. We would love for you to spread the word, we would like multiple swappers in Canada.
  • Partner info will be sent to your inbox onOctober 7-9.
  • We ask that you spend $20 before shipping.
  • HAVE FUN, MAKE NEW FRIENDS, AND GET YOUR FALL ON!
  • If you share on social media don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtag: @Akaleistar @Mrs_AOK #SPBoxSwap?

Disclaimer:

The Sweet Progress Box Swap is open to bloggers 18 and over. Once we put you in contact with your swap partner we cannot be held responsible for the outcome of any contact of any kind made between you and your partner. We also cannot be held responsible in the event your partner does not respond. By submitting the form, you are confirming that you have read this disclaimer. We do hope you use common sense and if you decide you feel uncomfortable, let us know. We wouldn’t want you to do anything you don’t feel 100% about. Happy swapping!

Need some ideas?

  • Fall inspired books
  • Something local with a fall vibe
  • Fall scarf
  • Tea or coffee
  • Fall nail polish
  • Notebooks! I don’t think you can wrong with notebooks…. ?
  • Comfy socks

 

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Summer #SPBoxSwap Reveal

{Summer} Sweet Progress Box Swap

I believe you all may remember me plugging the #SPBoxSwap, right? This summer Ashley and I joined forces to get bloggers swapping happy mail! We’re excited about our Happy Mail alliance, because it doesn’t stop at Summer, it goes on and on.  Our next swap will be in the fall!! FALL IS MY FAVORITE. I’m super excited for the Fall #SPBoxSwap. Sweet Progress Button FinalBut let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, it’s SUMMER and I was spoiled with summer happy mail. I ALWAYS enjoy happy mail, but when the days are tainted with hate it’s nice to receive a fun, sweet, and kind surprise. My partner for the #SPBoxSwap was Ally. I was excited to learn more about my partner, before this swap I didn’t know Ally, so it was nice to get to know someone new.  Ally blogs over at Shybiker, she shares about her life and her style. I’m inspired by Ally’s confidence, her positive outlook on being her true self, and doing it NOW , which makes me want to sucker punch all of my own fear in the face. 🙂

My #SPBoxSwap Goodies

One thing I noticed after visiting Ally’s blog is that her and I both share a LOVE for polkadots.  So, when a box with pink polkadots showed up I knew right away who it was from. 🙂 And then I pulled out these wonderfully wrapped boxes and ELVIS!!!

Elvis Stamps and Fun Gifts

Before I show you what was inside those fancy boxes, let’s talk about my beautiful & sweet card. 🙂 Ally sent me a card from her mermaid photo shoot that I think is absolutely gorgeous!! What’s more summery than mermaids?!?!? I believe mermaids are always in season, am I right? I love mermaids. 🙂

Ally Mermaid

Now let’s get to the boxes. 🙂

All unwrapped:

Summer #SPBoxSwap Reveal

You know I’m a mail lover, obviously, so, these snail mail goodies make my heart happy.  I LOVE Papyrus Greeting Cards, thanks to Ally, I have a whole box of them! Who needs some snail mail? The Elvis stamps!!! Here’s something I think I’ve never shared here: I use to collect stamps with I was little.  It didn’t last long, but I wish it would’ve. The common task of applying stamps to mail is a tough task for me. I usually debate if I should use my stamps or keep ’em. Like my Harry Potter Stamps or my Jimi Hendrix stamps. I ended up using all of the Harry Potter Stamps and I have only used one Jimi stamp. 😀 I still have all of my Elvis stamps, but I will proudly decorate mail with that handsome face. 🙂

#SPBoxSwap Reveal| My partner Ally, knows the way to my heart. Stamps and Cards!!

These Jacobsen Salt Co. salts are perfection! I’m not sure if you read my Currently post I posted early this week, but I mentioned my “test kitchen”. 😉  You can rest assured that these salts have been in serious use. 🙂  My family has sincerely enjoyed this gift just as much as I have.

This has to be the the prettiest salt display, right?

#SPBoxSwap Reveal| I'm in love with these assorted salts by Jacobsen Salt Co. that my swap partner Ally gifted me. :)

I’m eager to read my new book Face Value, it sounds interesting!

Per Amazon: A thought-provoking examination of how we think and talk about beauty today—and the unexpected and often positive ways that beauty shapes our lives.

For decades, we’ve discussed our insecurities in the face of idealized, retouched, impossibly perfect images. We’ve worried primping and preening are a distraction and a trap. But have we focused too much on beauty’s negative influence?

In Face Value, journalist Autumn Whitefield-Madrano thoughtfully examines the relationship between appearance and science, social media, sex, friendship, language, and advertising to show how beauty actually affects us day to day. Through meticulous research and interviews with dozens of women across all walks of life, she reveals surprising findings, like that wearing makeup can actually relax you, that you can convince people you’re better looking just by tweaking your personality, and the ways beauty can be a powerful tool of connection among women.

Seems like an intriguing read, right?

Face Value

So, there you have it, my summer box swap. Thank you, Ally, for the sweet gifts!!

Again, if you missed the summer box swap don’t worry, you can always sign up in the fall. 🙂

Summer #SPBoxSwap Reveals:

After seeing all those awesome reveals, do you want in? I don’t want you to miss out on the swapping fun! If you would like a reminder email of when the next #SPBoxSwap fill out the form below and we will remind you about the Fall #SPBoxSwap. 🙂 Hope to see you in the fall! Thank you everyone who swapped with us this summer!! XO

Creatives Box Swap| You can't use up creativity, The more you use, the more you have. Maya Angelou
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Creatives Box Swap Reveal

It’s finally time, box swap reveal time!! I cannot wait to reveal my Creatives Box Swap goodies with you, as well as check out all the other Creatives Box Swap reveals!

You may recall that Bev (Linkouture) and I hosted a box swap for creatives. I was inspired by her book The Busy Mom’s Guide to Creativity (affiliate link). I don’t want any of us to lose our creativity mom or not, we need to keep our creative juices flowing. Maya Angelou said it best:Creatives Box Swap| You can't use up creativity, The more you use, the more you have. Maya Angelou

So, in our attempt to keep our creative friends creating it was time to encourage and get swapping! We’re not done though!! Bev and I are still on a creative roll and this time we’re asking Mamas to share their creative side with the #CreativeMomLife Instagram Challenge starting July 1 – July 14th.

#CreativeMomLife Instagram Challenge

We’d love for you to join us!! Make sure to tag us and use the hashtag. 🙂 @Mrs_AOK & @Linkouture #CreativeMomLife

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I was paired up with my sweet friend Ashley of Happy. Pretty Sweet. Ashley is also a HUGE happy mail lover- score! She’s also crafty, fashionable, sweet, and an avid book reader. I enjoy reading her blog, it always makes me happy, which is pretty sweet ;). For the past couple months she’s been writing a series that I’m enjoying about her time as an actress in LA. I think you’ll want to check that out after you finish checking out the swap reveals. So anyway… let’s see what Ashley sent me!

Creatives Box Swap Reveal

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I love that Ashley gave me another level of suspense with the darker tissue paper. I couldn’t wait to tear through the paper to see what was neatly wrapped up for me. 🙂

Check out the goodies I received from my #CreativesBoxSwap partner.| Blogger Perks :)

Here’s what I got! 1) A beautiful card with a lovely message inside. 2) Washi tape- you can never ever go wrong with that. 3) The Imaginary World of _______, it’s an art journal. 4) Heart Pencil. 6) HANDMADE EARRINGS. 🙂 7) Colorful Pens to help with journaling.

Creatives Box Swap Reveal| Heart Pencil :)

Here is a close up of the pencil. Isn’t this AWESOME!! This may sound weird but…. it smells really good. When I saw it I thought Poe, which made me think maybe I don’t want to use it, I want to keep it forever. 🙂

Happy Pretty Sweet Handmade Earrings

These beauties were handmade by Ashley! She made them out of clay, which my youngest daughter claimed (although she still hasn’t pierced her ears). My youngest daughter is the clay/jewelry designer in our house and she’s ready to make earrings too. 🙂

So there you have it friends, Ashley sent me some really great goodies to get me creating. I’ve already started in my journal. 🙂

Thank you, Ashley!!

What was in you box, creative swappers? Don’t forget to link up your swaps below.

Creatives Box Swap Reveals

Did you miss the #CreativesBoxSwap? That’s okay. We wish you could have joined us for the swap, but you can join Ashley and I for the Summer Swap Box!! Click here to sign up and get details on our Sweet Progress Seasonal Blogger Box Swaps. 🙂

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Introducing Sweet Progress a Seasonal Blogger Box Swap :)

It would be a bit of and understatement to say I enjoy happy mail, because I think my joy goes beyond joy… if that’s even possible. I love sending it and receiving it.  It’s one of the reasons I’ve hosted quite a few blogger box swaps since becoming a blogger. When you enjoy happy mail and you have a friend who enjoys happy mail just as much as you, you decide to join forces to fill mailboxes! I am OVERJOYED (maybe that’s the word I was looking for 🙂 ) to announce that my friend Ashley, of Happy. Pretty. Sweet, and I have joined forces to create a seasonal blogger box swap!!! Each season the two of us will host a swapportunity for bloggers to connect via snail mail and of course their blogs and social media. The two of us are excited to have something for us bloggers to look forward to each season.

Sweet Progress Box Swap|Sign up for the Summer Bloggers Box Swap here.

Sweet Progress is a combination of our blog names, but also our hope for the future… sweet progress. 🙂


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Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Fill out the form below
  • We’ll email you the button to display on your blog once we receive your signup
  • Place the button on your blog sidebar or in a post. Please send us the link when you do ?
  • Send your box out before July 15. Make sure to send your partner the tracking number for their box. 🙂
  • Linkup with us on July 22 to share your #SPBoxSwap reveal

Additional Information:

  • Sadly this swap is open to the US only. We would love to have our international friends swap with us, but we can only do so if we have multiple international swappers. I’m so sorry.
  • We will send partner info to your inbox on July 7th or 8th.
  • We ask that you spend $20 before shipping.
  • HAVE FUN, MAKE NEW FRIENDS, AND GET YOUR SUMMER ON!
  • If you share on social media don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtag: @Akaleistar @Mrs_AOK #SPBoxSwap 🙂

Sweet Progress SUMMER Blogger Box Swap

Need some ideas?

  • Summer inspired books
  • Summer nail polish
  • Beach towel
  • Something local with a summer vibe
  • Notebooks! I don’t think you can wrong with notebooks…. 🙂
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Introducing the Creatives Box Swap! #CreativeBoxSwap

Hey friends! I’m super excited to announce that Bev and I are partnering up to bring you a creatives box swap!!!!!  (Yes, that totally deserves all the exclamation points.)  🙂 If you’ve been around long enough you’ve learned these three things for sure 1) I love happy mail, sending it or receiving it… I LOVE IT! 2) My heart grows three sizes when I’m getting others to swap around in a good ol’ swapportunity- I’ve been known to throw a few swap parties. 3) I love, love, love getting creative, I may not be the best at it, but getting creative makes me feel the best.

#CreativesBoxSwap| Do you love to create? Do you want to create? C'mon over and join the Creatives Box Swap and get swapping with us this June! We want to spread creativity like glitter. :)

I’m not sure if you know this or not but my creative friend, Bev, wrote an awesome book about getting creative. Have you heard of it? Bev’s book, The Busy Mom’s Guide to Creativity, is a book filled with great exercises to get your creativity going, and though it’s met for moms anyone can use this book. I totally felt super inspired after reading and working through Bev’s book. Anyway, I got to thinking it’s been too long since my last swap and Bev’s book still has me all inspired, I want others to fill that creative inspiration, thus the #CreativesBoxSwap was born. 🙂 I want you to get creative and encourage others to get creative. We’ll be a band of sisters creating and encouraging one another to get their creativity on. Sounds fun, right!?!  So, how do I do that? (I heard you ask)

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Fill out the form below
  • We’ll email you the button to display on your blog once we receive your signup
  • Place the button on your blog sidebar or in a post. Please send us the link when you do 🙂
  • Send your box out before June 25th
  • Linkup with us on June 30th to share your #CreativesBoxSwap reveal

Additional Information:

  • Sadly this swap is open to the US only. We would love to have our international friends get creative with us, but we can only do so if we have multiple international swappers. Sorry.
  • We will send partner info to your inbox on June 16 or 17th.
  • We ask that you spend $20 before shipping.
  • HAVE FUN, MAKE NEW FRIENDS, AND GET CREATIVE!

*Just a reminder, you are creative. We are all creative, creativity comes in several forms. You do not have to be Bob Ross to consider yourself a creative. Do you write, cook, sew, paint, craft, make jewelry, doodle, handletter, or love a glue gun? Do you want to learn any of these things, but need a little push? If you said yes… you’re a creative! 🙂

Are you in? We cannot wait to get swapping with you!!

XOXO