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Date Joined: May 9, 2009
Last Online: April 19, 2017
Birthday: February 15
Country: United States
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About Me

I always send so if you haven't received from me please let me know so I can resend or resolve the problem! I always do my best to rate so please contact me if I haven't rated you! :)

I'm Sarah and I'm a stay-at-home mom to 3 young boys, born in 2007, 2009, & 2012. In my previous life I majored in English, went to law school, & was a lawyer who represented children who had been abused &/or neglected; most of my clients were in foster care.

I'm a blogger - Toddling Around Chicagoland - http://www.toddlingaroundchicagoland.com I write about family-friendly activities and events in Chicago and the surrounding areas.

I love my planner (Erin Condren life planner) and I recently fell in love with bullet journaling. I use a regular 8.5x11 notebook, but I just bought a fauxdori traveler's notebook to try out. It's 8.5x5 so it'll fit regular size inserts.

Favorite Crafts

I don't do much crafting now, but I'm interested in ATCs and pocket letters (I've only done one of each so far). In the past I have sewn, crocheted, and done cross-stitch a bit.

Favorite Television

Orphan Black, Doctor Who, The West Wing, Torchwood, Eureka, Warehouse 13, New Girl, Breaking Bad, Orange Is the New Black, Sons of Anarchy, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, Weeds, Big Bang Theory, Lost, Masterchef, Scandal, Empire

My obsessions

Slurpees... especially Coke ones, but I like orange, grape, or lemon-lime flavored ones too.


Converse, especially All-Stars.


Serial killers & true crime. I know, it's weird.

Dr. Seuss

Favorite Movies

Empire Records, Deadpool, Death to Smoochy, Rounders, Good Will Hunting, Six Degrees of Separation, Chasing Amy, Dogma. Pretty much anything with Matt Damon or Ed Norton. I also love ridiculous, over-the-top action/disaster movies like 2012, Sharknado, White House Down.

Favorite Music

They Might Be Giants, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Beastie Boys, Eminem, The Cure, Violent Femmes, The Tossers.

Favorite Books

I love love love Oh, The Places You'll Go and pretty much any Dr. Seuss book. I love Oliver Sacks & Stephen King books & true crime books. I've been reading a lot lately - especially suspense and sci fi books. Some of my recent favorites: The Girl With All The Gifts, You (by Caroline Kepnes), 1Q84, Quantum Night, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, What Was Mine, What Alice Forgot, and Wreckage.


I'm interested in seeing some pocket letters and ATCs. Would love to receive some!

I love:

  • Ombre, dip-dye, and watercolor stuff. I love really colorful things! Tie dye is okay too.

  • grammar & punctuation (I'm an English geek so anything punctuation or grammar related is awesome)

  • bullet journaling - I just started but I love it! (I use a regular large spiral notebook). I just ordered a fauxdori/travel journal and I'm really excited to try it out! It's 8.5 x 5 so it fits regular size inserts. I'd love any tips, suggestions, or supplies for it!

  • Sci-fi related stuff. I love Doctor Who, Eureka, Warehouse 13, Torchwood, etc, and my kids are slowly turning me into a Harry Potter fan.

  • personalized address labels

  • rainbow colored stuff

  • the color orange

  • bright colors (not a huge fan of pastels or neons)

  • anything Dr. Seuss related or sort of Seussish

  • anything Doctor Who related

  • handmade items (upcycled items too!). I really appreciate the time and effort that goes into making handmade items.

  • my planner! I have an Erin Condren planner I love so any stickers or planner accessories are great!

  • Jewelry - I'm not too picky. I have pierced ears.

  • gel pens, Sharpie pens, fountain pens, etc.

  • sticky notes

  • cute notebooks

  • purses, bags, little zippered pouches

  • tea

  • caffeine-related istuff. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I drink pop for the caffeine (mostly Slurpees) and I enjoy tea that's caffeinated or uncaffeinated). I love coffee sayings swapped with caffeine; for instance, "A yawn is a silent scream for caffeine" or "Good ideas start with brainstorming; great ideas start with caffeine"

  • Yankee Candles and products

  • pretty headbands (the fabric kind)

  • handmade soap (preferably no patchouli scent!)

  • candy/food - I love red licorice (Red Vines or Twizzlers), Mike & Ike's, caramel, & most candy that isn't sour or tropical flavors. I love anything salty! I love soup mixes (not veggie). I try to avoid artificial sweeteners (anything "diet"). Chocolate is good, but I don't like dark or white chocolate.

  • Pampers "Gifts to Grow" point codes

I dislike:

  • the smell of patchouli & cigarette smoke! I'm not a big fan of vanilla either, but it's okay when mixed with something else.

  • I don't wear makeup. Lipgloss or lip balm is okay.

  • I've got tons of bath/body products that I never have time to use, so I don't need any of those.

  • I have tons of pin cushions & nowhere to put them! They're cute, but please don't send me more!

  • No FBs please!

My kids:

Cooper is 8 and is an artist and writer. He loves to read, write, and draw and is very talented. He loves Doctor Who, Phineas & Ferb, and loves real artwork (Vincent Van Gogh is a favorite). He devours books, mostly fantasy stuff (Harry Potter, Land of Stories, etc.)

Dexter is 6 and he's our silly, dramatic child. He loves playing dress-up, playing outside, and using his imagination. He also loves Doctor Who and Phineas & Ferb. Dexter loves rainbows and pretty things and disagrees that pink/sparkly/etc stuff is "just for girls".

Campbell's the baby - he's 3 1/2. He loves cars, trucks, and monster trucks. We plan to raise him to be a Dr. Who fan too :) He's currently completely obsessed with "surprise egg" videos on YouTube.


mariewilliams810 rated for I Thought I'd Use This... on Apr 19, 2017
Comment: Thanks
MariaW rated for Monthly Planner Kit: May on Apr 17, 2017
Comment: Hi Sarah, thank you for the great planner kit. I love the yellow pouch you sent some of the items in and the purple pen is so fun! Lots of cool washi tape samples too.
Comment: I got your awesome package this afternoon! No worries! I don't rate down for tardiness. I know life happens (I received 3 3s for being late a couple of months ago and it was very disheartening!) I hope you are well. I loved everything! Thank you so much!
Kitty2cats rated for Pencil Bag on Feb 22, 2017
Comment: Hi Sarah, Thank you so much for all of the cool things you sent me for the pencil swap! Love the pink case with all of the fun goodies inside, as well as the extra stickers and coloring planner you included. So very generous of you! Looking forward to using it all. Those little Jetoy stickers are adorable. Happy Belated to you🎂
Kraftylady777 rated for Stickers Jul 16 on Jan 5, 2017
jaruthe rated for Small flat box surprise on Jan 3, 2017
Comment: thank you so much! i didnt mind it being late at all, the stuff you included with match perfectly with my collection! thanks again!!
Comment: I'm waiting to open the present but I'm sure it's a nice one! Thanks!
seekingjoytoday rated for Randomness Journal on Nov 10, 2016
Comment: This journal is amazing and you went above and beyond on the extras!!!! Thank you so much for being such a conscientious swapper. It was truly a pleasure to be your partner.
Comment: I've never had any swaps bought and sent to me directly from Etsy! Thank you very much, I love these stamps you've chosen! ~♥ ... Edited on 15 Nov to say: I received your mail today from US! The bits and stickers will all come in handy and I'll enjoy colouring the bookmark! I love the dessert stamps you used on the mail too! THANK YOU SO MUCH for being so thoughtful and giving me a great mail day the second time!! You deserved more hearts ♥♥♥... :D
Gdoodle rated for FLMP- Make my planner pretty #13 on Oct 30, 2016
Comment: You are so sweet! Thanks for all the goodies!
TeeB rated for IS: Wishy Washi # 2-USA on Oct 30, 2016
Comment: Super generous swap! I love everything you sent, esp. the stickers, planner supplies and Groundhog Day stuff! Many, many thanks!
mizvicky rated for Something Pretty & A Quote on Oct 29, 2016
Comment: Thank you Sarah , for the goodies you sent me for the Something Pretty & a Quote swap 💗 I had never seen the Petit Deco sticker pack before and I'm in love'!!! Will work great for my new craft, Picket Letters!!! Thank you for the extras! My 3 year old granddaughter confiscated the Lisa Frank stickers! We can't get those around here 😔 So I was excited to receive those. Oh well. I can't say no to her lol. Thank you for such a a wonderful swap, this was my first one in a year or so. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Happy Planning
crystals3 rated for Stuff That Box! #4 on Oct 28, 2016
Comment: Thank you ! Everything is awesome!!
lararecovers rated for We love washi!! #1 on Oct 28, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much!
Mimiadpi rated for Planner Swap- Choose 3 Flat Mail on Oct 17, 2016
Comment: I love planner stuff! Thank you!!
Comment: Thank you SO MUCH for all the AWESOME stuff!!! The cool glittery ribbons, the AWESOME Dr. Who post its (I didnt even know there was such a thing, best thing ever!!!) and all the amazing ephemera for my journals....you rock...thank you so much 10 hearts for you!!!!
Comment: Thank you for great swap!
Sewingbea rated for One Stamp Washi Swap #26 (USA) on Oct 9, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the great collection of Washi.
Artistic rated for My Favorite Lucky Parcel on Oct 5, 2016
Comment: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !
CarolWestcamp rated for FLMP ~ Autumn Spread on Oct 5, 2016
Comment: Ohmigosh! You went above and beyond what I expected or what was required for this swap. Thank you! I'll have enough to decorate several spreads for fall. :) Thank you again :)

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jaimierandolph on Jul 22, 2016:

Profile Check for Pick 3 Dollar Tree items Hope you enjoy the swap! Happy Swapping Jaimie Randolph

njstauter on Jul 6, 2016:

What a fun grab bag. I LOVE all the affirmations in it. Wow. This was special. Many thanks

jaimierandolph on Jul 4, 2016:

Profile Check for Pick 3 Goodies! Happy Swapping!

RyeRye on Jun 25, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

SABR on Dec 14, 2009:

Please come and join my swap: http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/50768

Jeepers on Dec 8, 2009:

Thank you so much for such a wonderful tag! I had forgotten about it so it was very surprising! I love everything! :)

IssueGirl on Nov 20, 2009:

Thanks for signing up for my Holiday Mail for Heroes!

warlickbetty on Nov 19, 2009:

i would just like to thank you it was such a nice gift, I loved it all it was so great going through it all, I love the beety stuff but then the little dress made happy also, i hope your gift is also wonderful, my kids and hbbie though cookies was in the box, thanks so much.

andytgeezer on Nov 9, 2009:

Hi! I'm your latest blog follower.


GothyVamp on Oct 19, 2009:

I just love everything you sent for my profill tag. Where did you find the Hello Kitty pez's? We (the kids and I) had fun opening it. :) ~Tanya~

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