Swap-bot Time: August 18, 2018 2:34 pm


Date Joined: July 26, 2015
Last Online: August 18, 2018

Country: United States
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Basics About Me!

My name is Mandi. I am 31 years old. I live in Kentucky. I am very happily married. My husband's name is Jerry.

I am a stay-at-home-mom. My oldest son's name is Jacob and he is 9 years old.

Jacob likes Lego, basketball, sports trading cards (baseball, basketball, football), Pokemon trading cards, art supplies (he loves to color and draw), books (he reads chapter books geared toward children aged 7-9), and Minecraft. He wears a size 8 in clothing.

My second son's name is Callum and he is 2. Callum likes trains, planes, automobiles, stars, the moon, police cars, firetrucks, ambulances, stuffed animals, drawing, Paw Patrol, Chuggington, Thomas the Train, and books geared toward boys his age. He wears a 24m/2T in clothing.

My baby girl is Evelyn. Evie is 1 year old. Since she is so little, she is still developing her own personality. She wears cloth diapers due to an allergy to the chemicals in disposables. She is also allergic to cow's milk (but can have soy finally). If you'd like to send something for Evie, hair bows are great as are the tiny rubber bands for her hair. This girl has a lot of hair! LOL Clothing is great, as are small age-appropriate toys. She wears a size 18 or 24-month in clothing.

I have two pet fancy rats, named Dumbledore and Niffler (although Niffler's name may be changed as I get to know his personality since I just got him on July 31, 2018). They enjoy bird toys, ferret tunnels & hammocks, and wood chews.

Hobbies & Interests

Music - Country, rock, and 90's are my favorites but I listen to just about anything. Some of my favorite artists include Zac Brown Band, Journey, Miranda Lambert, Metallica, Backstreet Boys, Train, 3 Doors Down, and Matchbox Twenty.

Movies - Horror, fantasy, action, a bit of everything really. Some favorites are The Shawshank Redemption, all the Harry Potter films, Million Dollar Baby, Gridiron Gang, The Freedom Writers, and Paranormal Activity.

Snail mail obviously - Pen pals, swapping, mail art

Crafts - Crochet, paper crafts, and sewing. I'm a newbie to sewing.

Reading - I read anything I can get my hands on! I'll always be a Potterhead and re-read the series as often as I can. I also love historical fiction, paranormal, sci-fi, horror, mystery, and things I randomly pick up at a bookstore.

Body Positivity and Health at Every Size - I believe there is no wrong way to have a body. I believe every body can be healthy, whether they are thin, fat, muscular, etc. I believe a person's worth does not come from a number on the scale. I believe anyone can wear a bikini at the beach and I believe every person as the right to feel beautiful, because they are.

Religion - World religions were always fascinating to me when I was younger. I didn't grow up in a church or a particular religion & religion was never really talked about in my house. As a teenager I believed in Paganism. In my early-20s, I was agnostic. In my mid & late 20s, I was absolutely an atheist. At 29, I found God, joined a local Baptist church, was saved & baptized, and I now participate in a monthly women's Bible study, a monthly craft ministry where we make things for different charities or other donations, and ttend church at least every Sunday but more often when I can. I won't badger you about religion but if you want to discuss it we can. :-)


This list is mostly for profile-based swaps. :-) If it's on this list, I'd like it! And handmade items are great too! I also have links at the top of my profile to my actual wishlisted items on Etsy.

Vintage papers & ephemera

Die cuts & punches

Shiny stuff

Sparkly stuff that doesn't get glitter everywhere

Enamel dots

Felt-tip pens

Glitter glue

Lace ribbon

Confetti, rhinestones, glitter, etc for making shakers. Please do not send this stuff loose though- in a zipper bag or similar is great.

Small metal charms

Tassel keychains or pendants

Gift cards or gift card codes for Amazon, Etsy, or Wal-Mart.

Single-use drink packets (that you add to bottled water)

Fleece, flannel, cotton, or terry cloth fabric (at least 6 inch x 6 inch please) or scraps of burlap, muslin, bamboo, or cheesecloth fabrics.

Ephemera for my junk journals.

Unused USA Forever stamps

Unused USA Global Mail Forever stamps

Pet bird toys (handmade or store-bought, the internet has a lot of ideas if you Google DIY bird toys)

Anything you make! I love to see other peoples' creativity. If you enjoy making something, I'll enjoy receiving it.

Things pertaining to my "likes" list below.

Please Do Not Send

This list is pretty small, but it is a list of dislikes - things I simply won't use and would be better off being sent to someone who will treasure it.

Chocolate - I actually like chocolate, but our weather is unpredictable and it will likely melt.

Makeup - I have sensitive skin and have to be careful what I use.


An ever-expanding and ever-changing list of random things I like!

  • Rats (I have 2 fancy rats as pets)
  • Aliens & UFOs
  • Butterflies
  • Hedgehogs
  • Fairies
  • Unicorns
  • Penguins
  • Elephants
  • Giraffes
  • Beaches
  • Seashells
  • Sunsets
  • Mountains
  • Coffee
  • Lemonade
  • Doctor Who
  • Harry Potter
  • Ghosts
  • Zombies
  • Vampires
  • Mythology
  • Conspiracy Theories
  • Supernatural
  • Hearts
  • Stars
  • Space
  • Dolphins
  • Ancient Ruins
  • Sunglasses
  • Flip flops
  • Kawaii
  • Christian-themed things
  • Jesus

How I Rate & Send

I click send if...

  • I have dropped a stamped package in a blue box.
  • I have given the package to the postal worker, BJ, at the post office (we are on a first name basis lol).
  • I have hit 'send' on an electronic swap.

If you are in the USA and do not receive a swap from me within 2 weeks of my clicking send please PM me and I will happily resend.

If you are outside the USA, please allow 4-6 weeks to receive a swap from me. If that timeframe has passed, please PM me and I'll gladly resend.

If I do not receive a rating for a swap I've sent after a reasonable amount of time, I'll PM you or comment on your profile to inquire whether you've received it and if you have to please take a moment to rate for it. This way I know when you've gotten the swap. Thank you.

I rate based on the rules of Swap-Bot. There are only three different rating criteria: I got my stuff and it met posted swap requirements (5 points); I got my stuff, but it didn't meet the posted swap requirements (3 points); I never got anything (1 point).

I rate the day I get your package from the post office.

If I don't receive a swap from someone in my country within 2 weeks, I'll PM them about it. I wait 4-6 weeks to contact international swap partners as I've found that is the typical time frame for receiving swaps.

My Swap History

Swap Hosts Please Read This Section in Full

I took a break from Swap-bot in early 2017. That break started in January 2017. I had a 15 month old and was pregnant. I had my baby on May 4th 2017 and spent the rest of 2017 adjusting to having 3 kids. As of January 2018, I'm back to swap-bot and I look forward to swapping again.

I used to have a different profile which I contacted Rachel about and she merged with this profile. I went through a lot of crazy life changes, some bad and some good. When I was ready to return to Swap-Bot two years later, I no longer had the email address associated with the old profile, did not know the password of the old profile, had a new last name (I got remarried), and a new address (I moved). Unsure of how to get in contact with Rachel, I made this profile. Then she merged the old one into this one for me.

As you can see, all of my ratings from the old profile were good except one rating for this swap. That swap happened right when my life went crazy. It is from 2013 and I have swapped since then (in 2015, 2016, and January 2017) and gotten all 5's. I did send the swap. I sent it once, it came back stating 'undeliverable' and I resent it. That's when I went thru some crazy life changes (divorce, move, another move, remarriage, pregnancy) and didn't get back on here to see it wasn't received until 2 years later.

When I saw the 1 (in 2015, 2 years after the rating happened), I contacted my partner but she had quit logging in. I sent her another PM when I returned again (January 2018).

I honestly didn't know what more I could do. So, I am offering to angel a swap in the public forums and I posted an RAK in the public forums to try to atone for this swap. I truly am sorry that she had never received the swap and I wish I had known sooner. My life went crazy and Swap-bot kind of got lost in the shuffle for a while.

As of February 8, 2018 my partner contacted me. After we discussed via PM what she would like me to create for her to make up for the missed swap, I got started right away on an amigurumi doll for her daughter. It was shipped shortly thereafter, via flat rate priority with tracking, and received a few days later. She was very happy with the creation and gave me an extremely generous 5 even though I know I only truly deserved a 3. I hope my honesty in this rating shows that I am a sincere swapper. I hope this shows, too, that any time something is not received from me, I will do my absolute best in trying to correct the situation.


Comment: Thank you for this swap. It's the living word, and it will speak to each of us differently, it was good to read your notes and interpretations, and your everyday challenges. I have verses that were given to me a few years ago, that crop up and still remain a puzzle to me. One such verse has finally revealed itself to me, and it did it through a book that I read, one chapter a week of. The book is called 'Wake up to the Joy of You' and it's by Agapi Stassinopoulus, the chapter in her book was Chapter 32, pg 170 "Often, we don't discover these truths until we are faced with closed doors and forced to dig deeper and excavate the lost TREASURE'. The Bible verse, which you may have now guessed is: Matthew CH13-44 Big Love Em. x
Response: I know what you mean! I love having these Bible studies because it gives us each a fresh look at verses we may have read hundreds of times. I also like using the notes in my Life Application Study Bible to help me understand some of the verses that tend to make me go "huh?". Especially in some of the parables! I hope to see you in future studies.
Comment: Thank for sharing your experiences, and of course for hosting!
Response: Thanks for participating again!
jandmterry rated for PW ~ Monday Mailer -- July on Aug 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the thoughtful surprises during the month of July. I look forward to digging into the devotional. I enjoyed hearing from you weekly.
Response: So glad you liked everything and I hope you enjoy the devotional.
polyk rated for Mail Tag on a Postcard #2 on Aug 5, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the awesome vintage PC! Nighttime is also my fave, but for other reasons haha!
Response: So glad you liked the PC!
Comment: Hi Mandi, thanks for your answers to this swap in the Bible Study. As always alot of the scriptures that you mentioned are the same ones or similar to the ones that I wrote in my study. Thanks for your personal sharing and honesty. Blessings to you.
Response: Thanks for joining again! I'm enjoying these studies and I hope that you are as well. :-)
24Donna rated for PW ~ Encouraging Verse on a Postcard on Jul 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you beautiful card and love Proverbs 3:24! God bless you and yours
Response: Thank you for rating and I'm glad you liked the card! :-)
Vickyen rated for Getting to Know You #3 on Jul 24, 2018
Comment: Hi Mandi! Thanks for the share about your favorite holiday - I agree that Christmas is amazing! Also loved your Taz nc! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: I actually found the Taz note cards at a thrift store for $1 for a box of them. :-)
Comment: Hi Mandi. Thanks for hosting this swap and letting me take part in it. It was interesting to read some of your answers and the scriptures that you choose from each chapter as I had similar verses /scriptures for me too. Blessings to you.
Response: Thank you for taking part in the swap. I'm having a lot of fun seeing other people's responses too. It's a great way to fellowship and to learn more (at least I hope others feel the same way). Happy swapping!
knitterofhats rated for Art in My Mailbox on Jul 22, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the joy in my mailbox!
Response: Thanks for swapping.
knitterofhats rated for Getting to Know You #2 on Jul 22, 2018
Comment: Thanks! Have never been to Savannah. Sounds great!
Response: Oh it's amazing!
knitterofhats rated for Mail Tag on a PC #1 on Jul 22, 2018
Comment: Thanks Mandi! Loved your list.
Response: Thanks Amy!
cchawaii rated for cchawaii and MSturgill87 on Jul 21, 2018
Response: Thank you for rating.
Vickyen rated for July 2018 Letter on Jul 20, 2018
Comment: Hi Mandi! Thank you for your share about your July - I am partners in another swap and will be sending that out shortly, so will respond to the info you shared! Happy Early Birthday - hope you enjoy wherever the day takes you! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Thank you for the early birthday wishes and for rating. Happy swapping!
LadyJo rated for TCHH ~ Seal & Send ~ Summer on Jul 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the summer swap! Have a great summer!
Response: Thank you for rating. Happy summer!
ChrisAnne rated for TCHH ~ Seal & Send ~ Summer on Jul 19, 2018
Comment: Love the fun stickers!
Response: So glad you like them.
angelgram rated for TCHH ~ Verse of the Day PC on Jul 18, 2018
Comment: Beautiful gold embossed PC. Thank you for two verses. Both I need to remember say to myself when needed. I like your hope sticker. Thank you so much
Response: Thank you for rating. I'm glad you liked the PC. God bless!
LadyJo rated for TCHH ~ Send an Envie of BEACH on Jul 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the nice envies of BEACH! I enjoyed seeing what each letter was ! Happy Summer!
Response: Thank you for rating. Happy swapping.
Moni rated for 25 Stickers and a Surprise on Jul 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for this lovely swap :)
Response: Thank you for rating. Happy swapping
Comment: Oooh girl. So much stuff. Thank you! I needed Note cards badly!
Response: I hope you can use it all. You should be all set on note cards for a while. LoL
Vickyen rated for Getting to Know You #1 on Jul 10, 2018
Comment: Hi Mandi! Thank you so much for the awesome share about your hero - I can totally see why she would be! Best of wishes for both of you! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Thanks for rating. Happy swapping.

Rating Overview

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TeaNi on Aug 18, 2018:

I never have been to Little Talbot- thanks for the recommendation! I'll have to check it out the next time we're in the area :)

TeaNi on Aug 17, 2018:

oh, and p.s. I love the envelope you made out of the map of Amelia Island- one of my favorite vacation spots! :)

TeaNi on Aug 17, 2018:

Thank you so much

for granting a wish for me with the envie of fun vintage inspired ephemera!

HannahF on Aug 17, 2018:

I got my first tarantula to overcome arachnophobia. I think it was very helpful. I'm not nearly as bothered by spiders now. They're basically pet rocks that are scared of their own shadow!

Swan on Aug 16, 2018:

Thank you for the postcard of Savannah for my August Wishlist! I only visited once a long time ago. Sounds like there are a lot of good things to do and eat.

mejulia on Aug 16, 2018:

Thank you so much for the postcards and birthday card for my August wishlist.

HannahF on Aug 16, 2018:

I couldn't figure out how to reply to your comment - lol.

Anyways, "strange" pets rule! I've always liked rats, but one of my family members is terrified of them.

piratecaptainmo on Aug 15, 2018:

Thank you for the wonderful selection of teas you sent for my August wishlist!

OrigamiGrace on Aug 15, 2018:

Thank you so much for the wish this month!! I had just run out of labels so they are much appreciated!!

Artistic on Aug 2, 2018:

I'm so glad you enjoyed the month! I enjoyed my Sunday night letter writing. :) I've posted the next (for September). Hope you'll join in.

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