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It’s finally here, the Fall Box Swap Reveal!! #SPBoxSwap

FINALLY, THE FALL BOX SWAP REVEAL #SPBOXSwap
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Fall Swap Box I’M BAAAACK!! It’s been way too long since I created a post. Too long. If you’ve tried to visit me over the last few weeks you may have noticed things weren’t working right. There were over 1,000 404 pages and no SSL certificate. It’s all been fixed now. 🙂 Anyway, because BlueHost took forever to figure out the issue- despite me giving them a deadline and telling what I thought the problem was, which it was– I’m behind on posting my #SPBoxSwap Reveal!!! I feel horrible that I’m one of the hosts of the swap and here I am posting this FIVE days late.

Fall Box Swap? #SPBoxSwap?

If you’re new here, I make up half of the happy mail loving team Sweet Progress Box Swap. My friend Ashley from Happy Pretty Sweet makes up the sweet pretty half of our box swap team. We both love happy mail and seeing bloggers connect and lift each other, so it kinda just made sense for the two of us to collab to create a bloggers only box swap. 🙂

When you sign up for a swap we ask that you are 100% sure you are able to be a good partner and send your partner a box. We understand that life happens and for that reason we always have a swap angel on stand by. This time I was an angel! See, mom, I’m an angel. 😉 I was partnered with my IRL gal pal Lowanda!!! Okay, so, we’re not hanging out at Starbucks or anything, but we have met in real life and I have known her for years. 🙂 Psst.. You can read a little more about Lowanda and I here.

I’m sure by this point you’re like, “C’mon woman show us the Fall Box Swap goods!” Okay, okay, here comes the goods.

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Fall #SPBoxSwap Reveal Time

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I love that Lowanda decided to mix a little Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos for my Fall #SPBoxSwap Box. Not sure what Dia De Los Muertos is, you can read about it here and here. 🙂  I have a serious love affair for sugar skulls. My office is filled with sugar skulls, and recently I was commissioned by LA Mamacitas to create sugar skull art and a flier for their event. 🙂

Fall Box Swap Reveal Sugar Skull Card

I’m sure you can imagine when I saw this card and the sugar skulls peeking out behind all the goodies I was excited! Fall box swap.

This bag is going with me everywhere!!

Look, it made the perfect background for my photo props Lowanda sent. Sadly, I forgot to use them on HALLOWEEN!! But that’s okay, I will be ready next year. 🙂

(My teen and I picked up the hand to “hand out” candy, we only had two trick-or-treaters.  My tween didn’t want nothing to do with the monster hand, she handed out the candy. Guess we’ll have to save that for next year too.)

Aren’t these pencils the cutest?!?! I’m not sure if I’ll use ’em because they are too stinkin’ cute. I think I’ll save them for Halloween decoration for my office.

Fall Box Swap Reveal Halloween Pencils

Who doesn’t love a bath bomb? I can’t wait to try this apple scented one bomb, but I have a feeling a kiddo may beat me to it first.

I’m a major sucker for a face mask, major. I love all things pumpkin, so I have no doubt I’m going to L-O-V-E this mask. 🙂 Fall box swap.

Fall Box Reveal Pumpkin Mask

I thought it was funny that we both sent each other “corn”, it just seemed like the right thing to send in a fall box. 🙂 The box I put together had a Friendsgiving theme. Do you want to see what I sent? You can see the fall swap box I sent Lowanda HERE.  You can also, check out what everyone else received here.

 

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Thank you so much for my goodies, Lowanda!! And thank you to everyone who participated in the Fall #SPBoxSwap!! I enjoyed this swap and seeing your posts. 🙂 Happy rest of Fall!!

XOXO

And just because I never got a chance to share my Halloween with everyone….

 

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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.

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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. :)

#SPBoxSwap SPRING Blogger-to-blogger box swap
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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!


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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

Thank You Notes| It's FRIDAY, time for thank you notes!
Thank You Notes

Thank You Notes: Happy Pretty Sweet Mail & More

I love Fridays, I love thank you notes, and I love Jimmy Fallon’s Thank You Notes, so, naturally, Friday here on my blog means:

Thank You Notes and Jimmy Fallon!

Thank You Notes| It's FRIDAY, time for thank you notes!

Jimmy’s Thank You Notes

Happy JULY!!

Thank You Notes

Thank you, babe, for always humoring me when I put a camera in your face. 🙂  It’s nice to have these memories of us, even if it’s on our way to the grocery store just the two of us.

My babe and I {june '16}

Thank you, family, for going along with my random weekend ideas.  I woke up Sunday morning and decided let’s make breakfast and take it to the lake. Thankfully, everyone was all in. 🙂

Breakfast at the lake

Cherries

Strawberries

Lillypads

Thank you, happy mail days! I received my Etsy order from One Of Rosa’s Petals ANNND my #CreativesBoxSwap box from my partner Ashley on Monday. What a wonderful way to start the week. Did you catch the #CreativesBoxSwap reveal? I shared all the goodies that Ashley sent to me. 🙂

Thank You Notes| Thank You, Happy Mail Days! Mondays are a lot better with happy mail. :)

Speaking of Ashley… TWO THANK YOU NOTES TO ASHLEY! 1) Thank you for all my wonderful goodies! 2) Thank you for loving Happy Mail just as much me. I’m so happy that the two of us snail mail loving lovers have joined forces to create Sweet Progress! Sweet Progress is a seasonal box swap for bloggers. You can sign up for the Summer Box Swap HERE. 🙂

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Thank you for all the positive feedback on my 5 Things You Can Do Today to Create Positive Ripples post and Awesome Mama printable. Y’ALL ROCK MY SOCKS!

5 Things You Can Do Today to Create Positive Ripples

Thank you, Lexi, for the lovely package! I was so happy to receive unexpected mail from you. Have you met Lexi yet? She has an awesome giveaway going on right now. 😉

Umm.. I think it’s pretty safe to say this has been one of the best mail weeks EVER!!!!! My sweet friend @lexisuba sent me a “just because happy mail package” filled with goodies. (I’m so lucky to have such kind friends, the blogging community is THE BEST.) My new issue of @fastcompany showed up today & y’all already know I was spoiled Monday. Were you wondering what was in Monday’s box? Check out my #linkinbio for the reveal! ?? ????????????????? I cannot wait to make a card for you, @lexisuba!! Sending some love right back at ya!! ??? ************************************************One last plug! #CreativesBoxSwap reveals are live & #SPBoxSwap sign ups are too!!! Join the fun, friends! #BloggerPerks ????????????????? Now off to learn how to slay like @beyonce!! ??????

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Happy Friday, Friends!!

XOXO