Feb 3 ‘18 - I’m back! January was full of ups and downs, but February is a new beginning! I can’t wait to start swapping again :)
Jan 1 ‘18 - Taking another break from swapping. I have a few family matters to tend to. My closest swap bot friends know the situation I’m in and I appreciate their understanding and kindness. I will not be checking swap bot messages on a daily basis, so please be patient if you are waiting on a response or group request approval. I apologize in advance for not being as active, but family comes first. I wish you all a very happy new year.
Nov. 3 '17- Taking a break from swapping publicly and in groups. I'm up for swapping privately with my swap friends and swappers who have a good reputation. I will still be monitoring my group and checking messages everyday.
Hello! My name is Jessica. I currently live in Florida with my wonderful hubby and our cute (and spoiled) Yorkie. I'm a true girly girl with a love for any and everything pastel pink and extra girly. IMO there can never be enough pink...the more pink, the better!
To make a long story short- My definition of perfection is being surrounded by girly things and laying in a bed w/ a fluffy blanket, wine, snacks and a good book or binge watching Netflix.
I created an Instagram account just for Swaps! I used to use Tumbler, but I decided to switch to Instagram! 💕Instagram: WARNING:SPOILERS
I run a group on Swap-Bot called Girly Things. Click on the hyperlink to see the kind of things we like to swap. If you like what you see and meet the requirements, feel free to send a request to join!
I Love Private Swaps
Want to swap?! I love to doing private swaps!! I'm open to Inexpensive, expensive, big or small swaps. PM me if you are interested!
Happy mail swaps (USA & Int.)
Planner supply swaps (USA only)
Flipbook and Loaded envelope swaps (USA only)
My favorite music...I listen to just about anything with a catchy beat, but if I had to narrow it down the categories would be: Top 40, hip hop, R&B (90's-Present day) and Pop.
I enjoy reading self help, romance or books that are funny. I've also recently started reading mysteries ☺️
I love crude comedies and old horror movies. I may sometimes watch an occasional chick flick :)
A few of my favorite movies:
And the list can go on... ☺️
Planning out my week gives me inner peace or as the planner community would say, "Planner Peace." I love to decorate weekly layouts with lots of planner stickers and washi tape. I've recently fell in love with my B6 size Travelers Notebook! I like the flexibility and the endless set-up options! I do not use any other planners at the moment ❤️
I run Coco Love Printing Co. on Etsy! If you like pretty planner stickers, click on the hyperlink above ❤️
You can also check out Coco Love Printing Co. on Instagram for new releases and giveaway contest!
My favorite planner accessories to use are:
Other craft obsessions:
❤️ LIP SCRUBS!!
❤️ Anything with HEARTS
❤️ Black and White office supplies to match my home office decor
Hot Chocolate (I love hot cocoa during the winter months)
Lisa Frank anything
Candles- I love sweet scents like cotton candy or marshmallow. Just an FYI- I do not like the Starburst scented candles.
Bubble Bars and Bath Bombs - Any sweet or "Candy - like" scents.
Decorated pocket letters
Girly household / lifestyle items
Functional planner stickers
Chic fashion illustrations
Candy/snacks from my food "likes" list
iPhone 7 plus cases
Bath items (rubber duckies, mini bubble baths etc.)
LUSH lip scrubs and bath products
Nightmare Before Christmas anything
Coco Chanel inspired/themed items (illustrations, stationary, candles, stickers etc.)
Lisa Frank, Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars, Pon and Zi, Anything Nightmare Before Christmas
Breakfast at Tiffanys anything
Girly journals, pens and stationary
Allen's Party Mix w/milk bottles and bananas (To all my Swap partners in Australia...I would love you for life!! 😉)
Favorite Stores : Lush, Ulta, Sephora, Michaels, Target, Etsy, Dollar Tree, Forever21, Marshalls, TJMAXX, Homegoods
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I tend to be attracted to vintage/victorian style Halloween decorations for the house, but love cutesy/fun Halloween supplies to use when crafting. Below are my Halloween "likes" for inspiration:
Nightmare Before Christmas items (automatic heart!! ❤️
Edgar Allan Poe items
I usually decorate the house in the colors : Black, Orange, and purple. I also LOVE that deep blood/burgundy red color you see on chic & creepy Halloween Deco. Love Halloween themed candles, figurines, fridge magnets, non - cutesy picture frames etc.
Halloween paper crafting supplies!!
Halloween baking supplies
Any Halloween desk accessories or stationary
I begin getting ready for the holiday season in July (I know, I know. Crazy, right?!). I love Christmas! Although Christmas has become so commercialized, I still think that the holiday season is one of the most wonderful times of the year. Below are my Christmas likes for inspiration:
Christmas baking supplies
I prefer Christmas "Wonderland" themed decor. So anything in the color White, Ice Blue, Gold and Silver. Shimmery and shiny things ALWAYS catch my eye ❤️
Christmas paper crafting supplies
mini snow globes
Christmas gift tags (I always run out!)
Pet Related Swaps
My dog, Coco is a Yorkshire Terrier! She is small, but thinks she is "BIG and BAD"! Grrrrr LOL Below are some of her favorite things:
Ropes! Her favorite! Big or small :-)
She loves balls! Especially ones that bounce
Squeaky Chew Toys (they are so annoying, but she loves them LOL)
Bones for small dogs
I love to look at my assigned partners profile for their likes, dislikes and wish list! I even look at my partners prolfile for senders choice swaps! I want my partner to enjoy and possibly LOVE the swap I send them ☺️
I love profile-based swaps! Most of the swaps I join will be "Type 3" - profile based or "Type 2" Happy Flat Mail Swaps.
Bubblegum flavored Jelly bellys (automatic ❤️)
Gaint Chewy Sweettarts (the 4 pack) (automatic ❤️)
Airheads (Automatic heart ❤️)
Regular Rice Krispie Treats (no flavors like chocolate etc. )
Bubble gum and bubblegum flavored candies
Cotton candy (actual cotton candy and cotton candy flavored edibles)
Project 7 Rainbow Ice gum
Pringles, Lays or UTZ plain or salt and vinegar chips( not a big fan of the different flavors)
Intense fruit flavored candies like Starburst, Jolly Ranchers etc.
Macarons (not macaroons...I hate coconut!)
Slim Jims (but please no beef jerky- I don't like it)
Ice cream flavored edibles.
plain Milk chocolate, chocolate covered graham crackers, Reese's, Nestle Crunch Bars, Cadbury eggs, Hershey Snack bites almond Cluster (these are the only chocolates I eat, but I'm willing to try something new that's similar to my chocolate likes!
Any candy that looks girly and pretty (like from Sugarfina)
I'm definitely a foodie and love to try new things. It always makes me happy to receive little surprise treats in a swap- from the US or a different country. I love to try those crazy/wacky flavored edibles :)
Black and White
perfume, blush, bronzer, lipglosses, lipstick, makeup setting spray, eyeliner and mascara.
Favorite Holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter annnnnnnd My Birthday (yep...my birthday is a holiday in my head LoL!)
Unless I join a Washi tape swap, please do not send washi tape (rolls or samples). My addiction to washi tape is undeniable (LOL) but, since joining Swap-Bot I have accumulated 3 big Rubbermaid containers of washi and I'm running out of storage space LOL!
Snack cakes (e.g. Tastycakes, Little Debbie etc.).
Coconut, raisins or dried fruit.
Valentines Day conversational hearts candy
Strawberry flavored sweets/food
Jelly filled sweets
I love Marshmallows, but I ABSOLUTELY HATE Peeps!! Yuck! 😝
Scrap pieces of paper or partially used sticky notes/notepads.
I do not have any kids. Please do not send any kiddie toys or trinkets. I do love Kawaii/Hello Kitty plush toys and little lipglosses (e.g. Lip Smackers), but I do not have a use for plastic kid toys. **Cartoon stickers, stationary and pens are welcomed, being as though I can use them when paper crafting! ☺️
ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). They are cool, just not my thing.
old or worn looking items. I hate that. I’m talking about the items that look like they have been sitting in a drawer for years that a person just wants to get rid of, so they decide to throw them in a swap package. IMO it is rude and inconsiderate. Send me items that you would want to receive. Unless it is vintage or an antique, please send me USABLE items that are in good quality when swapping with me.
Please no keychains! Unless they are super girly, pink/pastel, glittery (like the ones you can find at Charlotte Russe or Claire's) then please do not send them.
Themes and topics that I don't care for: birds, landscapes/scenery, wilderness, insects and pictures of animals (with the exception of puppies, small dogs and cute kittens).
I love receiving different snacks and sweets! BUT please only send STORE BOUGHT/FACTORY SEALED edibles...nothing homemade. Thanks :)
I will never rate down if I receive something from my dislike list. As long as the swap meets the requirements you will always receive a "5" rating from me. ☺️
As soon as I receive a swap, I open it! What can I say - I LOVE happy mail! 😍 I rate the same day I receive a swap for two reasons- 1. Because I know there are some people who want to get rated asap (nothing wrong with that- I'm the same way 😉) and 2. So my partner knows I received the swap!! ❤️
I will always rate for quality not quantity. IMHO sending extras is a very nice gesture, but if they are on my "dislike" list then the "extras" aren't really extras. I rather recieve a swap that doesn't include extras, but contains quality items that I love, than to recieve a swap full of extras that I will never use. And I know a lot of swappers will say, "well you can just pass the "extras" on in another swap." But, I feel that swapping should be fun and tailored towards your assigned partner, not your assigned partner's "future" partner.
10-1-2016 : How I will begin rating:
5 rating w/heart : A swap that makes me happy and smile ☺️ I can tell my partner looked at my profile for ideas and sent something I REALLY love. I like to give hearts for thoughtful, well put together swaps.
5 rating : The swap I received met the requirements.
3 rating : Swap was late or didn't meet the requirements. (Life happens and sometimes takes precedence over a swap "send by" date lol Just communicate with me. I'm very understanding and hate rating under a five)
1 rating : Never received swap.
I DO NOT FLAKE!! I usually try to mail off my swaps well before the "deadline date." If there is an issue with a swap that I have sent or if you haven’t received a swap from me, please consider messaging or emailing me first BEFORE rating me below a 5. Give me chance to rectify/resolve the issue. When swapping, communication is a big factor. I vow to respond to all messages I receive in a timely manner.
I'm VERY selective when joining swaps. I ALWAYS make sure of three things: 1. I can send the items on time 2. I can (hopefully) make my partner happy and 3. I can afford to participate in the swap.
Update 9/14/17 : Finally back in our home! I will be sending out swaps ASAP! Thank you to my partners for understanding!!
Update 9/6/2017 : Florida is under a State of Emergency because Hurricane Irma is heading our way! We are evacuating our home and staying with family. I will not be able to send, receive or rate any swaps for the next 4-5 days. Any swap partners that I need to send to have been contacted and informed of the situation. To all my Florida swap friends- Please be safe!
8-10-2017 : For some strange reason I'm not receiving an alert to my email when another swapper sends a PM, rates me for a swap or leaves a comment on my profile. Anyone else having this issue? I usually check swap-bot everyday at least once a day, but please understand the situation if I don't respond in a timely manner :-)
6-12-2017 : We made a big move from Maryland to Florida. We just spent our first week in our new place and we love it!! I've located our local post office and can't wait to start mailing swaps!
10-12-2016 : I'm currently going through the vast list of Swap-Bot Groups I belong to and "leaving" the group if I'm not regularly active in the groups swaps. Swap-Bot is such an awesome hobby and I want to make the most out of the swaps and groups I join. Just an FYI- me leaving the group isn't because of anything personal, I just want to belong to groups that I can be more active in ☺️
9-20-2016 : Loving all the Fall and Halloween themed swaps I see. This time of the year makes me feel warm and cozy.
9-19-2016 : I'm taking a break on hosting public swaps. I do not know how long my break will last, but I've had way too many complications (no-sends, late sends etc.). I'm shocked at how many ADULTS do not follow rules and/or follow through with sending swaps THEY SIGNED UP FOR. I'm still up for hosting private swaps with swappers I know to be honest and/or established swappers.
The people I have added to this category have been contacted multiple times by either PM or email and I've never received a response.
Swaps I joined that someone flaked on me:
Swap : GT - Secret Santa - USA Flaker - @pinkpolarbear Never recieved anything. Plus no one to angel since I hosted the swap 😭
swaps I coordinated and someone flaked on another swapper:
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