Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Gifts and Goodies Galore

There are so many reasons why I love this time of year but really it comes down to two things - birthdays and gifts! In the last 2-3 weeks, I've kept my mailman in business with all the mail that's came my way. From my birthday to blog swaps and free birthday goodies, I would have to say that I've really racked up the goodies this Fall. I want to share all the wonderful gifts I've gotten this Fall because 3 our of 4 packages were blog swap related.

First up was this AMAZING handmade scarf I scored in Liz's scarf exchange. I was paired with Mande from Klein Dot Co and she couldn't have picked a more perfect scarf for me. Mande did her homework and knew I was in the market for a gray scarf that was light and easy to layer and wear. She picked this up from Etsy and I am so happy with her choice. I've worn in every other day since opening the package!

You all know I'm CRAZY about Christmas so when I stumbled across an ornament exchange Erlene was hosting, I instantly signed up. I was partnered with Pat from Gypsy Heart and Soul and she should be getting her ornaments in the mail any day. I don't want to share them yet because I don't want to ruin the surprise. I will say I kept my picks traditional and added a pop of color in honor of her grand-daughter who passed away. I really hope Pat loves what I chose for her. I love the handmade ornament she chose for me. I had shared with Pat through email how much I love being home and how spending time with family around the holidays is what I missed most when living in Texas. I can't wait to add this beauty to our tree later this month.

Earlier this Fall I joined Desiree for a Fall themed goodie exchange. I almost didn't sign up as I haven't had the best of luck with exchanges lately but lucky for me I was partnered with Johannah from The Sirois Family and girlfriend knocked it out of the park! My goodies were so spot on that she has revived my love of box exchanges and I plan to do a couple more this Christmas. From stationary to hot chocolate mixes to candle tarts, Johannah gifted me things that makes my heart happy.

A few months ago, I discovered a blog post via Pinterest that shared ways to earn free goodies on your birthday. I signed up for a few retail shops along with restaurants. The ones I was most excited about where Ulta and Sephora. I was able to snag nearly $55 worth of goodies for less than $10 thanks to freebies and birthday coupons. I've used the same facial scrub since 8th grade and if they ever stop making it, I'll surly die. #serious I started using Not Your Mother's shampoo and conditioner and it's done wonders with my hair.

From now until Christmas, I'll be checking my mail, hoping for packages and happy snail mail. Come January, I'll be so bummed that all we get is bills and junk mail. But at least in the new year, I'll be able to stick closer to our budget. #kidding

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