Updated November 13, 2018
It's cold outside where I live now! That means I can finally start receiving chocolates in packages without it melting. :-) Yay! I welcome any factory sealed chocolates from outside the USA or that are local to your town in the USA. Thank you!
Hearts & Extras
Please don't feel pressured to send extras to receive a heart! Hearts are given if I feel the swap meets requirements and special attention was given to the swap itself, not based on extras. With that said, if you do want to include any extras, please consult my wishlist & likes/dislikes below. I find my craft room bursting at the seams lately and I have an area where I put things to pass on that is also nearly full. If we are partners in a swap and I am to send to you, I will usually tuck in extras unless your profile asks me not to. I try to send extras that are based on your profile. Please realize that if I do not send extras, it only means I didn't have any items in my stash that I thought you'd care for.
My name is Mandi. I am 31 years old. I live in Kentucky. I am very happily married. My husband's name is Jerry. As such, I only swap with and communicate with females. It is not due to any sexism, simply a wife heeding to her husband's understandable requests.
I am a stay-at-home-mom. My oldest son's name is Jacob and he is 9 years old and in the 4th grade.
Jacob likes basketball, art supplies (he loves to color and draw), children's crafts, books (he reads chapter books geared toward chlldren aged 7-9), and xbox one. He wears a size 10/12 in clothing.
My second son's name is Callum and he is 3. 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 3T in clothing.
My baby girl is Evelyn. Evie is 1 year old. Since she is so little, she is still developing her own personality. 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, or even small bottles of nail polish. She wears a size 18/24-month in clothing, socks for age 6-12 months, and a size 3 in baby shoes. She loves girlie-girl things!
I have three pet rats, Dumbledore, Niffler, and Nox. They enjoy bird toys, ferret tunnels & hammocks, and wood chews.
Music - Country, alternative rock, classic 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 (even the B-list stuff), fantasy, foreign films, short films. Some favorites include Harry Potter, Amelie, Sarah's Key, Cargo (the short film - the Netflix full-length movie came much later and was nowhere near as good IMHO), Bad Ben (B-list horror), the Final Destination series, the Men in Black trilogy, and the Insidious series.
Crafts - Crochet, papercrafts, machine sewing, and I've recently gotten interested in jewelry making.
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. My "TBR" list is so long and always expanding that I know I'll realistically never be able to read them all, and that makes me incredibly sad. Currently reading my way through the Game of Thrones series.
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, in the skin their in.
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 attend 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.
Mackie's of Scotland chocolate bars (any variety)
Belgian milk chocolates (any variety)
Yorkie bars from the UK (original)
Any snacks from countries outside the USA (especially chocolate)
Anything from England, Ireland, Scotland, or Italy! Or things featuring landmarks from those places.
Sparkly stuff that doesn't get glitter everywhere
Small metal charms
Tassel keychains or pendants
Gift cards or gift card codes for Amazon or Etsy.
Fleece, flannel, cotton, or terry cloth fabric (at least 6 inch x 6 inch please) or any size scraps of burlap, muslin, bamboo, or cheesecloth fabrics.
Interesting ephemera for my junk journals that pertain to my "likes" list below.
Maps of anywhere (and any size)
Unused USA Global Mail Forever stamps
Unused vintage lick & stick USA stamps
Pet bird toys (handmade or store-bought, the internet has a lot of ideas if you Google DIY bird toys, these are for my rats)
Magnets (store bought or handmade) pertaining to my likes list below... or see my Etsy wishlist for other ideas.
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.
Makeup - I have sensitive skin and have to be careful what I use.
Sticker flakes unless I'm in a swap for them.
Planner stickers unless I am in a swap for them or they are on my Etsy wishlist
Items that smell heavily like smoke
An ever-expanding and ever-changing list of random things I like!
I click send if...
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).
Hearts are given if I feel there was real effort put into the swap. Extras are not necessary to receive a heart from me. That being said, if there was clearly little to no effort put into the swap, I don't feel like a heart is deserved (even with extras included) and hearts are solely at the discretion of the receiver. I'm sorry to even have to address this, it just seems like so many people get offended if they don't get a heart. It's not me being ungrateful... I just see hearts to mean "you went above and beyond for this swap", not that you included extras but that you put heart into the swap. 💁♀️
I rate the day I get your package from the post office, but I don't go to the post office daily. If you have tracking on your item and it says it's been delivered but I haven't rated it, please give me a few days. I usually pick up my mail at least twice a week, but often times it will be more often.
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.
I joined this site in September 2009. I stopped getting online in April 2013 due to sudden unforeseen (private) reasons. I rejoined Swap-Bot in August 2015 with a new profile and had Rachel merge them. All my ratings from the old profile are accessible by clicking "View All" and scrolling down. I also didn't do any swapping from October 2015 (when my 2nd child was born) until January 2017, for personal reasons, but I left on good terms and returned on good terms. If you have any questions about any of this, please PM me.
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