Christmas Blog Swap 2015

This year I decided to join in on a fun little Christmas Blog Swap hosted by Leigh and Lindsey! I generally don’t do swaps because I think I’m a lame gift giver most of the time, but this year I thought I’d give it a go. Plus, I love sending (and receiving) mail that’s fun and not bills.

I was partnered up with Jen from Pretty Little Grub. We exchanged a couple of emails back and forth to get an idea of what our personal tastes were and went from there! I had fun shopping around for the perfect ornament to give to her, as well as a couple other little things, but you’ll have to hop over to her blog to see what I came up with ;)

Anyway, it was an exciting mail day when I received my package in the mail! (Fun fact: My MIL works at Canada Post sorting parcels and knows when I’m getting a package before I do. No fair!) It made me happier that the package fit in my mail slot and I didn’t have to make a trek down to the post office outlet to pick it up ;)

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How cute is the little gift box? I’m pretty sure I mailed ours away in a toddler-sized shoe box . Anyway, after (gently) shaking the package, I was curious to see what was inside!

Jen picked out the prettiest little mitten ornament for our Christmas tree, and included a yummy Eos lip balm, a cute, festive wine bottle stopper, and chocolate – ALL the chocolate! I may or may not have devoured it all already … you know, to hide it from Isla …

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The mitten is the perfect addiction to my eclectic mix of tree ornaments! Our Christmas tree has no theme, per say, and it looks perfect hanging in the branches!

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So, thank you, Jen for the lovely ornament!

What’s your favourite Christmas ornament that you have?

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Guest Post: 20SB Blog Swap #9

Hey guys! It’s 20Sb Blog Swap Day! I’m partnered up with Lafhert. Be sure to visit his blog and say hello! You can read my post today on his blog, Lost and Loaded.

Hi, I’ll introduce myself because I doubt you know the reason for this post. This is the 20SB.net Blog Swap, and I go by the name ‘Lafhert’. I’m a 23-year-old student and burgeoning pilot currently living and training in Texas. You can find me at my own blog here. The topic for today’s blog swap is our thoughts on the summer season.

Summer doesn’t mean what it used to anymore.

As an adult, summer is just an added layer of stress to a job and to all the other responsibilities at your feet. But the childhood definition, of being free from the constraints of responsibility and schedules, does remind me of one good memory.

In the state where I grew up, the law was to get your permit at 16, and your full license six months later. Due to a birthday which made me the youngest in my class, I didn’t get my license until near the end of my junior year. Up until then, I’d been riding the bus to and from school, but after I got my license, it didn’t take but a $5 school parking permit and I was driving myself.

In high school, I lived just outside of a city of about 100,000, give or take. It was a 10-minute drive to school, but in those ten minutes, I’d cross a border between the rural outdoors and the sanctimonious glitter of suburbia.

There was a road that I took going home that still gives me some measure of glee. It was fairly rural, with very little traffic most days. The road had all the curves of a Formula 1 race, and the wave motion of the hills and valleys never failed to give me that lightheaded feeling.

It was the freedom; it was the windows down and the radio blaring. It was the trip home from visiting a friend’s house or the movie theatre on a weeknight. That stretch of road is what ties me to my hometown and to my adolescence. I’ll keep that road in mind as I continue to grow and go wherever life takes me: The ups and downs, the hills and valleys; the road that takes me home.

Summer Must Haves Swap!

Because Canada seems to have a wonky postal system and we had a holiday yesterday, I got my Summer Haves package from Katie at Polka Dot Soup in the mail this afternoon. Yay!

In it? Some awesome-possum goodies!

So, clockwise from left is: A lovely little note from Katie, wonderful beach magazine reading (one of my favourite Canadian magazines to boot!), cute little note cards & envelopes to keep in touch, funky shades to keep my squinty eyeballs protected from the sun, pretty mint-green nail polish (I’ve actually been searching for the perfect green shade of nail polish), and Burt’s Beeswax lip shimmer! (Burt’s is my favourite lip gloss brand by far.)

It’s actually amusing because I also sent Katie Burt’s products!

Be sure to go check out Krysten’s blog post today and see who else participated! And a big shout out to her too for organizing such a fun swap!

What are YOUR summer must-haves??