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Winter Swap: Check Out My Gift

28 Feb

winter swap buttonDo you all remember way back in January when I told you that some bloggy friends and I were doing a Winter Swap?

Well…. it isn’t going so well.

I don’t know if the problem is that the holiday season sucked out everyone’s energy or if January and February were just surprisingly busy. Either way, many of the swappers still have not sent/received their gifts. Which means that The Big Reveal post isn’t going to go up on here for a bit longer so that everyone can have a chance to participate.

However, MY SWAPPER rocked this swap out of the park and I received my gift last week. So a great big YeeHAWW for getting fun gifts in the middle of the winter!

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Oooh and Ahhh over my awesome Winter Swap gifts! There was a package of peeps, some super nice smelling soap from Lush, a sand dollar and a can of cocoa. I’m pretty sure that the Peeps didn’t survive the night.

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Do you see the little specks on this sweet note? Yeah, that’s glitter from the tissue paper. My whole bed was COVERED in glitter. Which is kind of fun… especially when my dog ran by later that night looking like he escaped a strip club.

sand dollar

The sand dollar now lives in the guest room with my little chicken and cow. I’m not really sure why, they just seemed like they’ve been working hard and could use a break.

yum cocoa

Yum, hot cocoa. And yes, I totally stole my husband’s coffee mug which is why I look vaguely evil.

Since I was the person who randomly assigned swappers, I already know my secret gifter: Quirky Chrissy. Thank you so much Chrissy for the fabulous package!

I hope those of you following along with the Winter Swap are enjoying all the gifting inspiration! For those of you who totally hate these posts, I think we’ll be taking a little break from the swap for a while…

 

3/13/13 Update: Want to see what some other swappers received? Check them out here:

  • Pocketful of Joules sent a surprise gift to A Grace Full Life: see post here
  • Words for Worms sent a surprise gift to Diapers or Wine: see post here
  • Diapers or Wine sent a surprise gift to Momspirational: see post here
  • A Graceful Life sent a surprise gift to Words for Worms: see post here
  • Momspirational sent a surprise gift to Quirky Chrissy: see post here
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Winter Blogger Gift Swap – The Players

23 Jan

winter swap buttonAs you might have noticed from my snazzy little blog button, it’s time for the Winter Blogger Gift Swap!

If you’re not familiar with my fabulous little gift swaps, it’s really just an excuse for a bunch of fun bloggers to give each other surprise presents! We did the first one in the Fall and it was such a hit, I decided that we needed some middle-of-the-winter gifts too!

Here’s the list of Winter Swap participants:

  1. Pocketful of Joules
  2. Words for Worms
  3. A Grace Full Life
  4. Baby Shmizz
  5. B(itch) Log
  6. Quirky Chrissy
  7. My Brain on Kids
  8. Diapers or Wine
  9. Chewylicious
  10. Mom-spirational

Each blogger was randomly matched with a blogger friend. They now have four weeks to do a little shopping and mail out a fun and random wintery-themed gift! Once their gift arrives, the bloggers will do their thang and blog about it. Each blogger is going to try and guess who sent their gift, so feel free to play along! Once all the guesses are in, I’ll post a list and the bloggers who guessed right will get bragging rights for being so awesome.

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Fun Fall Swap: The Reveal

1 Nov

If you’ve been following along, I decided to have a Fun Fall Swap with some of my fellow bloggers. I randomly matched up interested bloggers and everyone surprised each other with cool fall-themed gifts. You know me… I’ll take ANY reason for a present!

Columbus Day? PRESENTS!
Daylights Savings Time? PRESENTS
The day after Halloween? PRESENTS (also known as, Eat all the Leftover Candy Day…)

Anyways, now that all the gifts have been swapped, it’s time to reveal the swappers!

So, did anyone guess correctly?

From the posts, it seems like most of the bloggers had a great time with the swap. So it shouldn’t be to anyone’s surprise that I’m thinking of doing another one with a Winter theme!

Obviously the details are not ironed out yet, but I’m leaning towards AFTER the holidays during that in-between time of no holidays and lots of cold – like late January or February. If you’re a blogger who would like to participate, just shoot me off an email at pocketfulofjoules@gmail.com and I’ll keep you posted!

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Reviewing the Tot Swap: Is it Worth It?

30 Jun

A couple days ago, I posted about my plans to go and check out my first Tot Swap.

To recap it for you – my strategy was to infiltrate the warehouse like a sale hunting ninja and come out on the other end with just what I actually needed for baby Jack.

However, when you put my friend Lindsay and me together chaos tends to happen, so I anticipated us shoving baby hats on our heads while trying to fit into bouncy seats.

So, how did we do?

We pretty much won gold medals for shopping!

Here’s what we ended up with:

6 month sized clothes
Thought I needed: just a hoodie and a couple pairs of shorts
Purchased: 2 hoodies, 1 overall shorts and 1 pair of shorts
WIN

I would totally wear these if they were in my size!

9 month sized clothes
Thought I needed: everything for Fall
Purchased: A ton of stuff for Fall
WIN (Update: No longer a WIN, once I did all the laundry I realized that I actually bought NO 9 month clothes. Oops. Looks like I’ll be bargain hunting again…)

12 month sized clothes
Thought I needed: everything for Fall/Winter
Purchased: A ton of stuff for Fall/Winter
WIN

18 month sized clothes
Thought I needed: nothing – hold off until he grows more
Purchased: A couple things, but they were only $2!
WIN

Of course Jack needs a Captain Awesome hoodie!

Activity Gym
Thought I needed: one for my mom’s house
Purchased: Yes
WIN

Cheap Organizing Boxes or Baskets
Thought I needed: a few for random areas of my house
Purchased: None, nothing available.
BOO

Crawling to Walking Toys
Thought I needed: 2 – 4 to divide between my house and my parent’s house
Purchased: 3 – 1 Fisher price stand up piano, 1 VTech Paint and Learn, 1 Little Tykes Tool Bench. I would have bought one more piano-type toy, but there weren’t any!
WIN

Books
Thought I needed: Some more cardboard books and anything Dr. Seuss
Purchased: NONE. I felt like they were all super overpriced for a consignment sale
BOO

Childproofing Stuff
Thought I needed: a few things to start childproofing the house
Purchased: None. They had a few things, but not what I was looking for
BOO

Other Stuff
Thought I needed: Nothing Else…unless it was a really good price!
Purchased: a baby sized tonka car and dump truck, an adorable wooden pull toy and a set of blocks with car/truck/plane stuff inside.
WIN

So, if you add up the wins it was definitely worth my time to drive out to the sale and shop.

Some of the Pro’s:

Everything was organized really well
Baby clothes were divided according to gender and size and toys were on tables labeled for babies or older children. There was even a room with some larger stuff like high chairs and cribs. All in all, the sale was really easy to navigate – which is great since it covered such a large area!

There was TONS of stuff
Granted, I went to the sale on the first day that it was open to the public, but holy crap was there a lot of stuff! Each size in clothing spanned over a dozen feet long with two levels of awesomeness to search. The books alone took up an entire row of tables with all the choices, from cardboard books to Dr. Seuss and American Girls.

The prices were great
Okay, this is one that is going in both the Pros and Con’s column. I got some super great deals on shirts/onesies for $2 each, whole outfits for $5 and a Baby Einstein exersaucer * (that retails between $80 – $120) for $25!

A Couple Con’s:

Meet Lindsay — she also needs a Captain Awesome hoodie!

Carrying all the bargains
Thank goodness I brought my pack mule (just kidding Lindsay) because we had so much stuff that we were stumbling around to hold it all! They did provide big Ikea bags for shopping, which were helpful – but it would have been even better if they had some shopping cards available too.

Some prices were not so great
MOST of the pricing was great – however, some people obviously felt like their stuff was worth way more than other people. The typical price for the baby shirts and onesies I got was from $2 – $4, but every so often I’d come across a super cute one for $7! Now $7 doesn’t really sound like much, but when you think about the fact that I could buy THREE other onesies for the same price it just doesn’t make sense!

My huge disappointment of the day was the books area – there were tons of books that I would have loved to buy but I felt like they were priced WAY too high for being used. For example the two books above were probably about 6 pages long and maybe the size of my hand…and they were $2.00 each! Maybe I’m crazy, but I was thinking that books this size would be less than a dollar. I’m going to keep my eyes peeled at thrift stores and online to see if I can get a better deal.

So, was the Tot Swap worth it?

YES! Just take a look at the amount of stuff I got at the sale – it’s a good thing I emptied my trunk before I went.

I purchased 8 different toys and about 30 pieces of clothing and spent…

(drumroll please)

$171.72

Yes, that is kind of a lot of money – but considering the amount of stuff that I bought it is a super bargain. Jack has enough clothes to last him through the end of the year (maybe longer) and I have toys for both my house AND my mom’s house. Score!

The Tot Swap is still going on in Gaithersburg though the weekend. It will also be coming back to the area four more times between now and November:

Gaithersburg, MD
September 19 – 23

Frederick, MD
October 10 – 14

Timonium, MD
October 24 – 28

Howard County, MD
November 7 – 11

So if you have a little one, or even one on the way. I would make it a point to stop by and check one of these sales out. I definitely think that it was worth it – I got to spend the day with my awesome friend, we bought a ton of stuff and even got snow cones on the way home. I consider that a win!

* To any smart mommies out there that are about ready to tell me that the exersaucer I purchased was recalled, yes I already checked. There is a recall in place for the exersaucer I purchased and you are supposed to detach and send back one part of the toy for a replacement – however, it looks like the previous owner already did. YAY!

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