June 1st, 2018
June will be a rather busy month for me. On the 2nd, I have a church block party to go to (to publicize our upcoming Vacation Bible School). Then, my son Jacob's birthday party is on the 3rd immediately following church service. I have to have a root canal on the 6th. I work as an assistant teacher for VBS from the 10th to the 14th. I also have to have my temporary crown put on the tooth that is getting the root canal on the 13th (before VBS that evening). Then, on the 14th (either instead of VBS or immediately after we dismiss), we are leaving for our vacation. Jacob will be with his dad at that point. We are taking the two little ones to my in-laws' house for the vacation while Jerry and I head to St. Mary's, GA. We will stay there 6 nights, then head back to the in-laws' on the 22nd to pick up Callum & Evie, stay one night there, and then come home on the 23rd. We have church service on the 24th and Jerry returns to work on the 25th. Plus, somewhere in all of this, we have to put the pool up for the summer! I will, therefore, be doing very few swaps this month.
My name is Mandi. I am 30 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 8 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.
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
Washi tape (samples or full rolls)
Die cuts & punches
Sparkly stuff that doesn't get glitter everywhere
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
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.
Tea - I'm not a tea drinker. I will drink chai tea though and welcome 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!
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).
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.
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.
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