Swap-bot Time: December 16, 2018 2:32 am


Date Joined: July 26, 2015
Last Online: December 15, 2018

Country: United States
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Basics About Me!

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.

The Basics

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.

Hobbies & Interests

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.

Sticker sheets

Holographic stuff

Shiny stuff

Sparkly stuff that doesn't get glitter everywhere

Felt-tip pens

Lace ribbon

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.

Tourist brochures


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!

  • Rats (I have 2 fancy rats as pets)
  • The scent of amber
  • Beachy smells
  • The United Kingdom
  • Italy
  • 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
  • Vikings
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Gilmore Girls (especially Luke's Diner)
  • Game of Thrones
  • Criminal Minds
  • Classic Disney
  • Disney/Pixar
  • Body Positivity
  • Autumn
  • Hearts
  • Stars
  • Space
  • Dolphins
  • Ancient Ruins
  • Sunglasses
  • Flip flops
  • Kawaii
  • Bob Ross
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • 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).

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.

September 2009

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.

Tags & RAKs


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annielou rated for Things happen in THREE's (ATCs) on Dec 13, 2018
Comment: thank you one million times. The swap you sent was amazing and I love it! It arrived safely yesterday and I am going to talk to my post office because your address on the original mailing was 100% correct. thank you SO MUCH
Response: I have no idea what's been going on with the mail! Yours is the third mail piece I've received back saying the address was wrong when it wasn't and a second send proves that it was the right address! It's been recent, so I hope that it's simply due to the holiday mail rush and not a permanent issue. I always make sure I send the original envelope inside a new one when this happens because I want my partners to see that I've sent on time & to the correct address. LOL Thanks for understanding! And I'm so glad you like the ATCs! I had a blast creating them.
weatherwax rated for MM - November 2018 Postcard Swap on Dec 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for a lovely swap. Have a good-mail-day :) Happy Holidays!
Response: Thank you for rating. Happy swapping!
shinyserra rated for NB 1 Round 4 on Dec 12, 2018
Comment: Sorry I forgot to rate ya! Thanks for passing it along. :)
Response: Thanks - I'm having fun with this swap series! Getting to know you ladies is a lot of fun.
LMeowkin rated for Private: Christmas Present Swap on Nov 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! I am glad we did this swap together!
Response: So glad you like it! Merry Christmas!
Comment: Hi Mandi! Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card!
Response: Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you so much for joining! I will get it moving! Pretty card!
Response: Thank you!
MyRetroSoul rated for Serial Killer ATC #6 on Nov 24, 2018
Comment: This ATC is so great. I love the antiqued look. I did a Belle Guinness card for a partner that they featured on the MFM instagram and twitter. I was so freaking excited. I’m excited to have one for my collection now. You did an amazing job.
Response: That is so awesome! As you know, I love MFM. Thanks for a great swap. SSDGM!
MyRetroSoul rated for My Hometown Murder on Nov 24, 2018
Comment: This is an amazing job on your hometown murder. So in depth and interesting. Poor Sarah. And how terrible that he already had a history of this kind of violence but was not still in prison. I actually have an interesting family story similar but with a happier ending. We will have to do an I Survived swap one of these days. Some thing else about the depth of the story of your murder made me realize something about the murder that i sent you and home town murders that i want to send you in the future that kind of disturb me and that is the lack of information available and the outcome of each case. Too many do not have justice served. I want to send you so many more of my home town murders and mysteries so lets do more of these. Thank you so much!
Response: Thank you! I'd definitely like to do more of these swaps. And also an I Survived swap too! Next time, I'll tell you the story about another murder where the bodies were found in the same place as Sarah's! Crazy. And o agree. It is terrible how these small town murders have very little information available. Always makes me think it's about who you know more than what's been done!
irishconnie rated for Sticker slapping fun on Nov 23, 2018
Comment: ty ty ty for your gorgeous colourful package, Happy face on me yay
Response: I'm so glad you liked it. It was actually a lot of fun to do a sticker slapped envie!
DRMOM rated for MM - November 2018 One Stamp Ephemera on Nov 21, 2018
Comment: How in the world did you get that to me with just one stamp! Thanks for the envie of goodies :-) Happy Holidays
Response: Ha! I have a scale at home & carefully added a piece at a time until I hit the limit! 😁 happy holidays!
Response: Thank you for rating. I hope there were some things in the destash that you could use. :-) Happy swapping.
USAFwife rated for NB Round 4 on Nov 20, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the cute stickers :)
Response: Thanks for rating. Happy swapping.
letheine rated for Christmas Package on Nov 15, 2018
Comment: Hi Mandi! Your parcel arrived today. Thank you very much for the lovely handmade tree ornaments. I particularly like the beaded tree because I have never seen an ornament like it. All the designs are great and I will cherish them in my international collection. Thank you for swapping and I hope you get my parcel soon. Best wishes, Louise
Response: I'm so glad you recieved everything and liked it all! Thank you. I'm looking forward to recieving yours. Merry Christmas! ❄Mandi
Comment: Thank you for the card and tea!
Response: Merry Christmas!
Comment: The card you chose is perfect, so pretty. Thank you for the tea as well. I can't wait to try it! Merry Christmas!
Response: Glad you like it and hope you enjoy the tea! It's cold here, perfect hot drink weather! Merry Christmas.
debtea2 rated for CPG Thanksgiving Card - US Only on Nov 10, 2018
Comment: thank you for the lovely card and sharing your fun day to come I'm sure it will be wonderful Happy Thanksgiving
Response: Happy Thanksgiving!
Comment: Absolutely gorgeous journal! I love that there was a postcard from Ruby Falls in there - Chattanooga's one of my favorite places. And the thank you card "From the bottom of my cold,black heart" made me cackle! Lol Thanks again :)
Response: Thank you for the rating. It was hard to part with the thank you card! It is one of my favorite mailings I've ever gotten. :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the extras!!
Response: You're quite welcome! Thanks for participating.
junemoon rated for Swaps~ My Fall Diary on Nov 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the very prompt diary. I'm going to sit down and read it this evening. I love reading diaries and love these swaps.
Response: Hope it's not too boring!
TryshaH81 rated for PH: Send 5 Postcards #11 on Nov 1, 2018
Comment: Thank you
Response: Happy swapping. :)

Rating Overview

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LindaW on Dec 14, 2018:

Thanks for the Christmas card.

user6937 on Dec 10, 2018:

The SLAM RAK has arrived to the same address you sent it to the first time! I'm assuming I don't have to do anything with this? Even though there's a FOR and a BY? And, 5 more spaces for names and comments?

mgallardo68 on Nov 29, 2018:

Thank you so much for my December wish (MAW Group). Those vintage pages are amazing!! Perfect! I love them! ♥♥

Mye on Nov 28, 2018:

Thank you for the swap cards you sent me for the "I've got what you want tag" ❤❤❤

Tryph on Nov 27, 2018:

Thanks so much for the ephemera wishes granted for this month (Wishlist group). Some perfect little pieces in there and I'm really looking forward to using them. Thank you!

Marryth on Nov 26, 2018:

Thank you for the Project Life cards towards my CPG November wishlist! :)

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Nov 22, 2018:

Bee1981 on Nov 22, 2018:

Thank you so much for the stickers via cpg wishlist :-)

bbsporty on Nov 21, 2018:

Thank you for the AWG holiday stickers and washi tape! I can't wait to use them!

debbiespoms on Nov 17, 2018:

You are so welcome for the rubber stamp, via A wish granted. I hope you like it.

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