Monday, February 26, 2018

Spread The Love Gift Exchange


Happy Monday! How are you at shipping care or gift packages? And I'm talking about the whole process...planning what you're going to send, shopping for what you're going to send and then making it to the post office with what you're going to send? I'm terrible at it and I have two siblings in the army!!!  For this reason, when I first saw the invite for a gift exchange from The Blended Blog, my cursor hovered over the delete button, but then I hesitated. 

Receiving packages bring me so much joy. Maybe it's time I learned how to return that blessing.

So I clicked on the link, filled out the form and waited to hear back about who I was paired with...



....and I couldn't have been more pleased when I received and email informing me that Andrea Nine from Living on Cloud Nine was my gift buddy! What?! How was I going to do this sassy, classy, beautiful and amazingly KIND woman justice? Any reservations quickly passed once I reminded myself that Andrea would love the thought more than the gift itself, plus she is so eclectic, loving just about everything. 

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I "met" Andrea Nine on August 11th, 2016 with this comment on my blog..

Aww, look at this gorgeous Birthday gal rocking the fringe!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY...may it be all you've dreamed of and more...you sure look fab..you're 29, right? ;-)


Yup. It was my birthday and I didn't realize what a continual gift from God and encouragement she would be in the months to come.  She spreads love and kindness to all she meets, she has fabulous style and though I've not had a the pleasure of sharing a meal at her table, I'm convinced that she's an amazing cook - her recipes are mouth watering!!

Here's pic from her blog that August...


One of her sassy looks!



 She is a wife and mom to three sons, who adore her. How could they not?? She spoils them with care packages for college life, good food and of course more of her sweetness!

Besides fashion and a love for people, Andrea and I share a love for all things fall and PUMPKIN! Someday we are going to meet in person. I just know it! 

Now without further ado, I share the package that Andrea sent to me!

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It's here! I see the return address and I can't wait to tear into the package! And it does not disappoint. I'm immediately greeted by cuteness!


Oh my goodness! I giggled like a school girl in delight. Then I began pulling out my goodies, one by one...


Why the cupcake theme?? Andrea knows that I won a prize drawing for a cupcake a day for a year. I laughed out loud when I saw the cupcake purse, which had a cupcake jewelry box hidden in side.


She sent chocolate gorillas for my 4 boys and of course I shared the hershey "cupcake" kisses with them. I began wearing the ring set that day, but I knew I would be styling that purse for this reveal...





I used my girly napkins at a style event I hosted at my home...


I am so glad I stretched myself and participated in this wonderful exchange! Not only was I blessed, but Splat, the cupcake shop, was delighted over my goodies as well. They laughed when I came in sporting my cupcake purse and earrings. So, so fun!!

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  1. I’m shedding sweet tears of admiration for your words that shall have me walking with a pep in my step all week! You, my friend, look so precious with that purse and you shine so bright, I can see your light all the he way from the Midwest! Thank you for being YOU, for spreading joy to so many, for participating so I could come to know your heart even more! Now go have a marvelous Monday and I shall say thank you again for lifting my heart and adding sweet pieces to my wardrobe! xo Love ya!

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    1. Beautifully said. That’s what I wanted to say on your post...especially about your bright shining light and the pep in my step for the duration of the week. I’m glad you like how I styled. It actually looks even better w my camo shirt but it was in the wash when I was able to get pics. Lol. Hey, I’m just seeing all the ways I can rock a cupcake purse. Thankful to know you!

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  2. Awwww, I love that you and Andrea were paired up! I swear that woman does an amazing job putting together gift boxes! That cupcake theme is perfect for you sweet friend and I am so happy she sent you something sweet for your boys! Lookin' darlin' as usual my beautiful friend!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. I know. I’m taking notes because it’s not my gifting. Lol. Kellyann thank you for being such a faiiblogger friend. You are a blessing to this community!!

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  3. Oh what a sweet box of goodies she sent you! That is the cutest little bag, it's just adorable and so perfect for you! :)


    Hope you are have had a great weekend. We had a quiet one with all the wet weather!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Hi Mica! Thank you for stopping by! This has been such a blessing in more ways than I can count. I hope you have a great week that includes some sunshine!

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  4. Stopped over from Andrea's blog.
    You both are just the cutest - a perfect match up.
    How sweet (pun intended?) is that purse!!!!

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    1. Haha! Yes. Life is better with puns. 😉 and thank for your kind words and for visiting. I love meeting new faces. Have a wonderful day and see you soon at your blog!

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  5. Andrea is the best, she is so thoughtful, sounds like you and her were the perfect match! I love the tribute you each did for the other. I need those napkins!

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    1. I agree! And thank you for your kind words and for stopping by. This sweet gift exchange has blessed me in more ways than I can count. Thank you for visiting and I look forward to visiting you soon! 😊🌸

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  6. Such a perfect gift! Love Andrea and I'm so glad she helped me find your blog!

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    1. Hi Lindsey! Thank you for taking time to visit. I love meeting new faces and I look forward to visiting you soon. Have a great day!

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  7. You described Andrea to perfection- and she also gives the best gifts- looks like she did it again!

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    1. Indeed she did. Thank you Deena for stopping by to visit! I look forward to seeing everyone’s posts. 😊

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  8. What a perfect package for you with that adorable cupcake purse and the earrings! I love that you did a photo in front of the cupcake store!! Andrea is such a sweetie. And, how kind of her to send some sweet treats for you and the boys!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Hey Carrie. It certainly made me laugh and I couldn’t think of a better place to feature that cupcake purse than the very place that got this crazy adventure started! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a lovely week!

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  9. Andrea is just full of pep and kindness isn't she? Glad to cross your path via her blog today!

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    1. Hi Shelly! Yes she is. And thank you for taking time to come visit this Georgia gal. I hope you have a wonderful week!

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  10. This was the perfect gift box! Both of you are beautiful and have an amazing sense of style!

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    1. Awww. Thank you Carrie! You’re another one that always has a kind word for someone! Have a great day and thank you for taking time to comment. It’s always appreciated!

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  11. That was just the cutest idea with the cupcakes! So nice to meet you as I had to come on over after reading Andrea's raves about you. Have yourself an awesome week!

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    1. So nice to meet you! I felt very undeserving of those raves! Thank you for taking time to visit and I hope you have a great week as well!! 😊

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  12. How fun to get everything themed around cupcakes!

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    1. It certainly made me laugh and made my day. Thank you for taking the time to stop by!! 😊

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  13. She sent you an awesome box of goodies!

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    1. Yes! Thank you for stopping by to say hello. I love meeting new faces. 😊😊😊

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  14. Andrea is so amazing! I love the cupcake theme! You rock that purse!

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    1. Thank you Kasey! The cupcake theme made me laugh. A health foodie won a cupcake a day for a year. It’s so ironic. And thank you for stopping by to say hello.

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  15. I am so upset things didn't work out between the person I was exchanging with and myself. I bought the cutest gifts too. Andrea is a sweet and thoughtful lady and her tribute that you did was also very thoughtful.

    She was very attentive and creative with her gifts because the cupcake theme was amazing for you. She rocked it! And now I will be stopping at her blog, too.

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    1. I am bummed too. I went over to your blog first thing yesterday to see how it turned out. And thank you for being a blogger who encourages and supports as well! Have a great day my friend!

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  16. What a lovely Idei! And what a surprise box! Wow! Andrea is such a fabulous lady!

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    1. She is Nancy! THris blog community is a beautiful thing!

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  17. oh my gosh, so dang cute and what a perfect little gift she sent! Andrea does send the BEST stuff!

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  18. I absolutely adore Andrea and just love what you sent her. The blush pink is perfect on her, isn't it? And on you too! She's such a bundle of fun, I can just imagine how you must've giggled when you opened the box. LOVE that you styled the cupcake handbag on the blog too!
    Suzy xx
    www.suzyturner.com

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  19. Aww, these are such Cute items!!!! Seriously loving the cupcake cross-body bag. Andrea is a sweetheart and such an encourager. If they have another sign up I am going to make sure I participate. :) Thanks so much for linking up, Chrissy!

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  20. Well, I am a little behind still on my blog reading, but I'm so glad I got to this one! What an incredibly sweet, fun thing to do! How that must have been an encouragement and blessing to one another! She really put such careful love and thought into each thing she placed in your box. Can't wait to pop in to her site and see what you sent over. Thanks so much for sharing!

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