Swap-bot Time: October 23, 2017 7:04 pm


Date Joined: September 1, 2015
Last Online: October 22, 2017
Birthday: August 23
Country: United States
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About Me

Twin mom. Wife. Accountant. Scrapbooker. Cardmaker. Nap sneaker.

My bio from my website:

Julia is a twin mom. Wife. Accountant. Scrapbooker. Card maker. And self-proclaimed nap sneaker.

She is the proud mommy of boy/girl twins. She is also a full-time accountant that works outside the home in Corporate America. She holds an Associate' and Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and just recently earned her Master's degree in Accounting.

Julia prides herself on not being a “typical” boring accountant.

A former amateur drag racer, she loves to scrapbook, make cards, cook and read. She also enjoys spending time with her family, redecorating her house and traveling with the twins to new – and old – places.

Julia blogs at Mini Van Dreams about life with twins, scrapbooking, card making, easy recipes, blog tutorials, reviews, giveaways and anything else that crosses her path.

She recently became involved with social good endeavors through her blog and is now a member of the elite Global Team of 200 and a Monkey Do Project Blog Ambassador. She has also had several featured articles/posts on various websites, including Feed the Future, What to Expect, and US Aid.

She is impetuous, sassy, and a trooper.

She laughs her way through life.

She sleeps when she can sneak it in.

Favorite Music

I love anything but rap or hip hop music. I especially like classic rock - Eagles, Tom Petty, etc.

Favorite Books

  • Into the Wilderness (series) by Sara Dontai
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Belial Series by R.D. Brady
  • The Bellingwood Series by Diane Greenwood Muir

Favorite Movies

  • The Blues Brothers
  • A Christmas Story
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Turbo
  • Same Time, Next Year
  • Tangled
  • Gumball Rally
  • Cars
  • Lost in Translation
  • Thomas Crown Affair (old version and new version)
  • The Princess Diaries 1 & 2
  • The Sound of Music
  • Grease

Favorite Television

  • 24
  • Phineas and Ferb
  • Mountain Men
  • Ice Road Truckers
  • Who do you think you are?
  • Pioneer Woman
  • House Hunters International
  • Life Below Zero
  • American Pickers
  • Unwrapped
  • The Unit
  • Property Brothers
  • Jericho

Favorite Crafts

  • Scrapbooking
  • Card making
  • Jewelry making
  • Zentangling
  • Quilting
  • ATCs
  • Sewing doll clothes/things for my kids


I am a Jack Daniels and Coke/jeans and t-shirt kinda girl. I love working on cars. I collect frogs and interesting rocks. I love penguins. I love fun, unique things. I love to travel and learning about new places. My favorite place to visit is Amish Country in Holmes County, Ohio. I love old barns and country drives. I also love to cook and love to receive new recipes to try out. I am also a dirt racing (World of Outlaws) and NHRA drag racing fan and a die-hard Steelers girl. I also love writing letters/sending postcards. If you want to be penpals, send me a message!

I have a blog called Mini Van Dreams where I share recipes, craft tutorials, anecdotes about our crazy life, social good initiatives and more.

Swap Notes

I mail my items at work. I mark them as soon as I put them in the mail drop. The mail is picked up once a day, so depending on what time I drop them, they might not go out until the next day. If you do not receive your items in a timely manner, PLEASE CONTACT ME and I will resend them!

Swap Likes/Dislikes

  • Scrapbook supplies (embellishments, paper, etc)
  • Stickers (Rewards okay - my kids love them)
  • Chocolate
  • Penguins
  • Frog items (please no real frogs! LOL)
  • Journals and notebooks
  • Craft magazines
  • Local postcards from your area
  • Rubber stamped sentiments/quotes (on card stock, please)
  • Unique Buttons
  • Brochures from local tourist attractions
  • Anything car or racing related (advertisements, postcards, signs, etc)
  • Surprises!
  • Stationery, especially San-X and Sanrio (Rilakkuma Panda is my favorite!)
  • Advertisements for items we cannot get in the USA
  • Unique, interesting rocks (nothing too large)
  • Coloring pages
  • ATCs
  • Recipes
  • Recipe cards
  • Cookbooks

DISLIKES - Please, do not send more than 2-3 tea bags. I do not like tea, but my children do. However, I do not let them drink it all the time.


Eudaimonia rated for I Can Do This! Minizine on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: Hi Julia, thank you so much for the lovely minizine. You did well and also had some things that I should do mezelf, haha!!! And more importantly .... did you keep yourself to it????
Shellyr rated for A.P.D.G.~ HAPPY OCTOBER!!!! on Oct 21, 2017
Comment: Lovely group of photos.
CynthiaMH rated for PUMPKIN Post Card Swap on Oct 20, 2017
Comment: Hi! Your card arrived today! It's a nice card! Thank you very much! :)
HappyMom rated for Fall-theme postcard - US only on Oct 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome card! Love the glitter that makes the gold truly shine - sometimes the leaves can really look like that. I hope you have an awesome autumn!
Comment: Very nice thank you
Slippy8 rated for Hogwarts Through the Alphabet - G on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: I love the journal! Thanks!
Comment: thank you happy fall
MommaBaxter rated for Happy October on Oct 16, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the awesome postcard and stamp!!! So cool that they match 😉 Nice to meet a fellow twin mom who has enough time to swap as well!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely quilt card!
anrtist rated for A.P.D.G.~ HAPPY OCTOBER!!!! on Oct 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great October pics! Enjoy a lovely 5💙💚💛❤️💜 rating! Blessings, cc
Comment: Thanks for the great roller skates postcard and the quotes. : )
bluesky rated for Fertility Struggles Penpals on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: thank you for your letter!
Comment: thank you :)
Comment: Julia, thanks for the postcard!!
lawchick rated for Fertility Struggles Penpals on Oct 7, 2017
Comment: This letter really touched me. I'd love to write back. Thank you for sharing!
PrairieKittin rated for Halloween Card US #3 on Oct 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the card... and I can't wait to try out that chicken recipe!!! Thank you!!
Rabbitfreedom rated for Halloween Card US #2 on Oct 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: I hope the fall weather has finally arrived for you!
Comment: The postcard is adorable! Thank you!
Shellyr rated for A.P.D.G.~ HAPPY SEPTEMBER!!!! on Sep 18, 2017
Comment: Visually exciting and fun.

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Happy Halloween!! A.P.D.G.~ HAPPY OCTOBER!!!!

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Oct 3, 2017:

A.P.D.G.~ HAPPY OCTOBER!!!! Mail Deadline: Oct 15, 2017

anrtist on Oct 1, 2017:

A.P.D.G.~ HAPPY OCTOBER!!!! Its finally here, my birthday month ;-)
& one of my favorite times of the year!

& The State Fair is here for it!
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🍁🐸🎃 ❤️ 🏈🍂🌹🍁🌷🐸🎃 ❤️ 🏈🍂🌹🍁🌷🐸🎃

🍁🐸🎃 ❤️ 🏈🍂🌹🍁🌷🐸🎃 ❤️ 🏈🍂🌹🍁🌷🐸🎃

I hope you Enjoy this on your profile!
& have a very
~H 🍂 A 💀 P 🐸 P 🍁 Y 👻
H 🎃 A 🐈L 🐻 L 💀 O 🙊 W 👯 E 🐰 E 🐹 N 🐶!
However you choose to spend it ;-)

Shellyr on Oct 1, 2017:

APDG Happy October

Cosmos is the flower of the month and represents peace, modesty, creation and wholeness.

OrigamiGrace on Sep 25, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!


ChrisAnne on Sep 18, 2017:

Welcome to The Christian Heart and Home. We are so excited to have you. Feel free to explore the forums and more swaps will be posted very soon!

anrtist on Sep 13, 2017:


Something AWESOME is happening this month!!!
Blessings! cc

xxsquigglesxx on Sep 3, 2017:

APDG - Happy September

Kids go back to school

Pumpkin Spice everything comes out - although I'm not a fan of pumpkin spice

It's National Potato Month!

Fall decorations start coming out

Shellyr on Sep 1, 2017:


National Honey Month

Go Apple Picking

Labor Day Holiday

Monthly Flower Aster

CurlyTea on Aug 23, 2017:

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