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Date Joined: January 7, 2017
Last Online: December 26, 2023
Birthday: August 31
Country: Canada
Bookworm Penpals
Penpals Across the World (Ladies Only)
The Canadian Snail Mail Café

About Me

Hello Swap-Bot member!

Welcome to my profile, version 5.0. I am forever updating my profile, never satisfied, always wanting to describe the most recent version of myself.

I'm still a French Canadian woman in her thirties, though I am now approaching my mid-thirties. I'm still a full time teacher, but am now the mother of a preschooler and a newborn baby (both girls!).

I have been swapping for many years, mainly on Facebook, but also on Swap-Bot occasionally. I just love preparing something for someone I don't know and knowing it will brighten their day. Even if a swap is sender's choice, I often take a look at my partner's profile to make sure I don't send something they don't like. I can't always accommodate, but I try as much as possible.

I still take my swaps very seriously. I always send on time and I'll actually go out of my way to make sure that my swap is mailed by deadline. Should I have to be late (because it's happened a few times), I make sure that I send a message to my partner and to the host to inform them I sent a little late. For all these reasons, that's why I would prefer you contact me first and offer me a chance to resend my swap before rating me a 1.

For my likes and dislikes, see the sections below.

Happy swapping!

Favorite Books

I love reading and participate in a lot of book log swaps on here. My favorite genre are thrillers, chick lit, mystery novels, historical fiction, and contemporary fiction. But basically, if it catches and holds my attention, I will read it.

I read in both French and English.

I'm a Harry Potter fan! My house is Hufflepuff, but I sometimes get sorted in Ravenclaw.

Favorite Television

I watch a lot of French Canadian TV shows, mainly games shows and cooking shows. If I watch a series, it will be most likely American.

Some of my favorite TV shows are The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Friends, Superstore, Scrubs, Castle, Bones, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

I also like watching home renovation shows and makeover shows.

Favorite Crafts

I love paper crafting! Pocket letters (full and mini) and ATCs are my go-to crafts. I also do the occasional flipbooks when I have enough free time.

I also like cross stitching, I dabble in adult coloring, and I'm hoping to find some time in 2021 to get start on diamond painting. It looks like a lot of fun!

Swaps - Likes

Looking for inspiration on what to send me? Here are things I would love to receive:

  • Touristic postcards from your country or area
  • Magnets (touristic)
  • Embellishments/die cuts for paper crafting
  • Blank notecards (with envelope)
  • Anything Harry Potter (especially Hufflepuff, my House)

Here are other things I like to receive but have enough of at the moment (however, I won't say no to them if you decide to send lol):

  • Sticker sheets
  • Washi tape
  • Bookmarks
  • Small journals
  • Handmade envelopes

Swaps - Dislikes

I'm usually not picky when it comes to swaps, but here are things I would prefer not to receive:

  • No tea please. I prefer to buy my own tea bags.
  • Nothing violent (against ANY living creature)
  • Nothing religious. I don't follow any religion.
  • Nothing erotic/nude.
  • Nothing related to politics
  • Nothing vintage. I'm just not fond of those things.
  • Nothing I need to color. Sorry, just got too many of these things at home!

Stickers & Washi

I thought these deserved a section of their own. My wishes are just that... wishes. No obligation to send!

Stickers (likes): dolphins, butterflies, owls, and frogs

Stickers (dislikes): Disney, religious, children stickers (ie Paw Patrol, Spiderman, etc.), planner stickers

Washi samples: LOVE all kinds, but right now I am looking for themed samples (ie books, dolphins, butterflies, etc.).

Facebook Groups

On top of swapping here on Swap-Bot, I also admin a few Facebook penpalling groups. Come take a look and join if you are interested!

You can find the links at the top of my profile!

The Canadian Snail Mail Café - A pen pal group for Canadian residents. We also have weekly wishes, tags, and giveaways!

Penpals Across the World (Ladies Only 18+) - A safe Facebook group for women to find penpals worldwide. What makes us different is that we only accept members who are looking for penpals anywhere. Country specific posts (like UK only, or Canada only) are not accepted.

Bookworm Penpals - This group is still rather small, but it has started to grow. It is a penpal group for women who also LOVE to read! Join us and share your passion of reading with other members!


Updated May 31, 2023

Please note that I am behind on all my ratings! I went through a difficult period and am just starting to get back to myself. I will rate by the end of June. All swaps received are in the same drawer, waiting to be opened! Thank you for understanding!

I feel like this deserves a spot in my profile because it seems like I don't rate the way people would like me to rate.

For type 2s and type 3s: I rate within a few days of receiving a swap. Sometimes it will take me longer, depending on life events, but I will always rate you. I keep my swaps together, in an accordion file, until I can get to them, so I don't lose them.

For type 1s: More often than not, I wait until the mailing deadline has passed to rate. I rate in bulk, meaning I will give my ratings once I have received everything or if the mailing deadline has already passed.

I have two young kids, I have other obligations, I'm not always online, and I don't always have time to sit down at the computer and do my ratings. I connect to Swap-Bot multiple times a week, but mainly to check on mailing deadlines to make sure I don't miss them. I do promise to rate and rate fairly, though. Just give me some time to get to it!


Comment: Hello Valerie! Sorry for rating you few years late. I took a break from swap-bot and recently came back - then I saw that I still had ratings to give. I would like to look up your books. Do you still write? Have a nice day!
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
theprairiemailbox rated for OIC: Spring Thoughts Card on May 5, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the lovely card :)
Ettoad rated for OIC: March Highlights Card on Apr 18, 2023
Comment: Happy Birthday wishes to you and your girls 🥳 Big family celebrations are the best - we have them in our family too!
Comment: I love How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days
Comment: I love that movie: how to lose a guy in 10 days! So funny!
mchesser12 rated for ESG: Listography #1 on Mar 29, 2023
Comment: Thanks for sharing. I also do not like cooking… well at least at home. My daughters who are old enough to cook expect me to all the cooking. I enjoy cooking with my boyfriend. I thought about going back to dinosaur time period but didn’t add it.
mysmashbooklife rated for ESG: Listography #1 on Mar 28, 2023
Comment: Great lists! Why would you want to learn Dutch? I am Dutch myself and Dutch can be very challenging. Even for us!
cindygroet rated for ESG: Recalling some memories #3 on Mar 21, 2023
Comment: Thank you for sharing your memories. I also enjoy boat trips on lakes very much.
shiggy rated for ESG: Recalling some memories #3 on Mar 20, 2023
Comment: I loved reading your answers! The one with your cousin made me smile so hard, I still remember holding my cousins when they were babies:) Thank you so much.
kelliegirl6 rated for ESG: Recalling some memories #3 on Mar 20, 2023
Comment: Thank you for sharing your nice memories.
mchesser12 rated for ESG: Recalling some memories #2 on Mar 15, 2023
Comment: Thanks for sharing about the buffet style restaurant, your mom locking keys in her car, and about your sculpture. Art is very subjective. I'm sure you did an awesome piece. Did you keep it?
colleenbUSA rated for ESG: Recalling some memories #2 on Mar 3, 2023
Comment: I hate underground parking, same with parking garages they're just soo creepy!
Cindymt rated for ESG: Recalling some memories #2 on Feb 26, 2023
Comment: Thanks for sharing! I am also awful at art and that sculpture you made would probably be better than anything I could make, ha-ha!
colleenbUSA rated for ESG: Recalling some memories #1 on Feb 5, 2023
Comment: Thanks for sharing your memories! I wish I could write well. I'm terrible at writing!
KSENiA rated for LLU 2022 Yearly Wrap-up on Jan 30, 2023
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
Comment: Thank you for the great descriptions of the books and the really awesome postcard! I love postcards! Thank you!
HappyMom rated for ESG: 23 Prompts for 2023 on Jan 19, 2023
Comment: I enjoyed your answers, and you remind me so much of myself when my kids were younger. Very interesting to read, and I hope you have a wonderful year with your kids and students!
Response: That's funny! I was reading your answers and was thinking to myself: "This is me in the future!", like I was reading about myself but further in my life!
mysmashbooklife rated for ESG: 23 Prompts for 2023 on Jan 19, 2023
Comment: Thank you for sharing! It is lovely you want to help your collegue out.
colleenbUSA rated for LLU 2022 Yearly Wrap-up on Jan 1, 2023
Comment: Good job surpassing your reading goal!

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Unicornblitz on Mar 3, 2018:

Profile quote #12 (huge apologies - i am late!)

Those who look only to the past and present Will sure miss their future

J f kennedy

adaywithmom on Mar 1, 2018:

Profile Quote #12 From: April - (adaywithmom)

"Be strong you never know who you are inspiring." -unknown

Have a great day! 😊 April

ncnurse04 on Feb 28, 2018:

Profile Quote #12: If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. Albert Einstein

Happiness in a nutshell. Who knew? Nice to meet you! Michelle

Scrapinitblue on Feb 28, 2018:

Profile Quote #12

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” ― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

krissyhead1990 on Feb 28, 2018:

For > Profile Quote 12

Here is one of my favorite (and true!) travel quotes... I hope you are inspired to travel as much as I am.

“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block


bluecrayons on Feb 27, 2018:

Profile quote 11

Laughing is one of the best exercises, it's like running inside your mind. You can do it almost anywhere and it's even better with a friend.

bluecrayons on Feb 27, 2018:

Profile quote 11

Laughing is one of the best exercises, it's like running inside your mind. You can do it almost anywhere and it's even better with a friend.

WritersSoul on Feb 27, 2018:

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

Mark Twain

...well said...I like a man that's honest and crafty

Profile Quote #11

thebeholder on Feb 27, 2018:

"The Mad Hatter: Have I gone mad? Alice: I"m afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are."

-Alice in Wonderland Profile Quote #11

MidsummerDream on Feb 27, 2018:

“We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?”— The Doctor, Doctor Who

Profile Quote #11

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