Swap-bot Time: September 21, 2018 11:17 am


Date Joined: January 13, 2016
Last Online: September 20, 2018
Birthday: January 6
Country: United States
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JJ's Boy Scout Popcorn

About Me

I decided to update my profile and basically start from scratch because tastes change and I felt like my old profile didn't quite fit me 100% anymore. Some of the crafts I'd listed that I liked doing, I don't like doing anymore and some of the things I collect. I no longer collect. hahahahahaha

Personal About Me:

I'm a 43yrs old Mom and Wife who lives in a TINY village in Ohio called Wharton. The last time I googled our town the Census said there are 350 people living in our town but I'm pretty sure they counted the dogs too in that number because they felt sorry for us.

I've been married to my husband Jim for almost 8 years and we have a 6yr old son. (As of 2018). We also have three dogs, a cat and two beta fish.

I am lucky enough to have a job that allows me to work from my home office. I do have a strict number of hours that I work. Four 10 hour days. But it saves me from all that nasty commuting and having to go out in bad weather. I also get to work in my jammies. That's a major bonus! Another favorite bonus is that I get to take a nap on my lunch hour if I wish. Naps are great!! HAHAHAHAHA

The downside of working from home though is that there are DAYS sometimes that I never leave the house. So this is why I love swap-bot. It is my only touch with the outside world sometimes. ha! I truly enjoy reaching out via mail to other people in different cities, states and countries.

Favorite Swaps

I initially joined Swap-bot for the craft swapping but lately I've been in a creative funk. I don't know if my muse has gone on vacation or the crafty well has run dry but regardless I've not been doing much crafting swaps lately.

I find myself drawn to the writing type swaps. I've been doing a lot of journal swaps and I really love them.

Two of my favorite journal swaps are:

Shared Journal Experience hosted by @AmericanHeiress

Seasonal Diary/Journal hosted by @CraftyMommaOnABudget

I also like to participate in a lot of letter writing swaps like Long Letter, 10 Page letter and etc.

One of my all time favorite swaps that I join year after year is also hosted by @CraftyMommaOnABudget and that is her 12 Days of Christmas Letter swaps. If you click on her name you can go to her profile page and find the swaps she is hosting. These Christmas letter swaps are my favorite swap to be honest.

Other swaps that I enjoy are postcard swaps and random list swaps. I also really enjoying those tons of question type swaps. I do tend to like electronic swaps too and have joined the Electronic Swaps Group because I find those swaps easy, no pressure and help to increase the number of swaps you've done.

I've recently stocked up on over a 100 new postcards so if you want to do a 3 unused postcards in a envie then contact me. I'm always willing to swap for postcards (as long as my supply isn't running low). I just joined a Postcard Bag/Train swap and I'm having fun with that.

I also love recipe exchange type swaps and join these quite often. This goes a long with my love of cooking. See my "Other Hobbys" section below.

Favorite Crafts

Some of my favorite crafty things I love to do are:


Greeting Card Making

Swap-Bot Card Making

Interactive Mini Albums

Faux Stain Glass

(I'll Add more as I think of it)

Things I Love To Receive

If you are wondering on what kind of things I love getting I am going to try and keep a list here that I can update as I go along. These things may change so be sure to stop back from time to time if you are partnered with me. HAHAHAHA

Right now the favorite things on my wishlist are:

Washi Tape Samples

List Pad Paper

Mini blank journals

Pens and Markers Any Type

Tea Bags

Stickers ( I love stickers but I never have enough to swap)

Address Labels (that you've made for me)

Swap-bot Swap Cards



I love real stamps on letters in place of metered mail if able.


Floral scented anything.

Musk or sandalwood based anything (allergic)

Ephemera (unless swap says to)

Political stuff

Anti-Christian items.

No horror related please.

Green Tea gives me headaches.

Favorite Media

I decided to incorporate the Favorite Books, Music and Movie section all under one heading to save myself a category.


I honestly don't listen to a lot of music. Usually only when I'm driving in the car. Then the station is tuned to the local country station just because it is the station that comes in clearest. I actually cancelled my Sirius XM subscription because we didn't utilize it enough. I don't even have a radio in the house. hahahaha All my CDs are in storage and I only have two Adele Albums on my phone. That's about it.

Books: Books are my obsession. I listen to a lot of audiobooks. Thanks to the SEO Library Consortium which is the digital version of the library. I listen to about three or more books a week. In addition to that, I probably read 10 or more paper copy books per month.

My favorite genre of books is murder mystery and psychological thrillers. I really hate romance novels of any kind. They don't make sense to me. I also love YA dystopian books. I only like sci-fi if it falls into the dystopian genre.

I really like when they combine mystery with cooking like in Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen's Murder Mysteries.

Some of my favorite authors are:

Dean Koontz

Janet Evanovich

Nora Roberts aka JD Robb

James Patterson

Patricia Cornwall

Sue Grafton

Joanne Fluke


I love love love love movies! I'd love nothing more then to watch movies all day long for a living...hahahhaa. Unfortunately, they just won't pay me to do what I love.

Some of my favorite movies are: Jurassic Park (All), The Transporter (Jason Statham!!), Harry Potter (All), Practical Magic, The Mummy I & II, Men in Black (All), Anything with Will Smith in it, Anything with John Cusack in it. I have a not so secret crush on John Cusack....hahahaha.

Another actor that gets my heart jumping is Dwayne THE ROCK Johnson.... Hmmm. I would go watch a movie of him just sitting in a chair for 90 mins. hahahaha

I do like Romantic Comedy movies but I usually only watch them once and then I'm done. I prefer action movies or movies with strong leading women who can kick butt like Lara Croft Tomb Raider.

One of my favorite actresses of all time is Sandra Bullock. She is amazing, she can play almost any role from a ditzy knucklehead to a butt-buster kick butt woman! I really hate sport type movies but I think she did a fabulous job in The Blind Side. I've watched it several times because it was so good.

Now onto other favorite movies: I love love love old classic movies. Black and whites from the 30's, 40's and 50's. I love Cary Grant, Gene Kelley, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall, David Niven and many many more.

If You've Made It This Far

My son JJ has just joined Cub Scouts. This is his first year and they kind of threw us into the pot with both feet first. Right out of the door we are doing a popcorn sale. You know about the Boy Scout Popcorn sale right? Do you buy from your local area? Do you have family members involved in Boy Scouts or Cub Scouts?

They are accepting military donations this year for those that don't want to order popcorn for themselves. Instead they can donate $5, $10 or more to a fund that is collected. Then at the end of the campaign, all the money collected will buy popcorn and other treats for the Military folks. They will then ship those goodies to troops stationed overseas and at home bases.

I decided to set up a GoFundMe campaign for this because our Den Leader told us that any amount of money that is donated to the military is welcome but the website and the order form only shows $30 donation (order form) and $100 donation (online) options. So many people are willing to help but just don't have $30 or $100 to donate. GoFundMe allows people to donate whatever they want, even just $5. So many times we can spare $5 to help others. This is a way we can do that. I can also keep track of the donations so that I can give those records to my Den Leader when I give her the donation money. That was it is totally accountable for every penny donated. If you are interested in learning more about this or possibly donating, if you don't have a scout of your own that you support, Please see the link at the top of my profile page. It will take you to the GoFundMe campaign for JJ's Cub Scout Pack # 314.

If you rather order popcorn instead that would be very much appreciated too. I will post that link above also. The campaign for the fundraiser runs until the end of October and you can have the popcorn shipped directly to you. They've lowered the shipping costs this year from $15 to a flat rate of $6.95 per order. Just like we mail our priority packages in Swap Bot :)


Comment: Sorry so late in rating
HannahsMommy07 rated for SWAPS ~ Dear Summer Diary on Sep 11, 2018
junemoon rated for SWAPS ~ Summer reading on Sep 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your book list and info. You're right, only Dickens and Bronte would interest me (rather they did long ago whenI read them) but reading for fun is always good -- I read that reading (as compared to movies or even books on tape) does good thinks to the brain cells. Enjoy.
Jjean rated for EF ~ Pinterest Halloween on Sep 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing - hahaha, the bathroom decorations were new to me Fun swap.
HappyMom rated for SHARED JOURNAL EXPERIENCE #19 on Sep 4, 2018
Comment: Great job, as always!
Comment: Hi Alicia! Thank you so much for the lovely selection of goodies you chose for me . . . much appreciated!
sharmison33 rated for 12 Days of Christmas day 2 on Aug 29, 2018
Comment: Thanks 😊 Adding it to my Christmas stash!
Comment: Thank you! We love all things green chile, I look forward to trying the Green Tomatillo stew and the corn muffins will be great with the stew! Another favorite flavor is lemon:) What a great group of recipes. Thanks again.
soccer8s rated for WIYM: Postcard Train #9 - USA on Aug 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: I loved reading your email and the ornament is beautiful! Thanks!
karenh77 rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #24 on Aug 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the package full of goodness!
Comment: Thank you so much for all the goodies!
reauk rated for CALG: Holiday Destination on Aug 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sending me a lovely postcard I would love to go there one day my post been delayed
Comment: Oh wow! Thank you so much for such a generous swap. You made my day! I love the school stickers! My son starts school next week so these are perfect ☺️
travelgirlem rated for SHARED JOURNAL SWAP #18 on Aug 15, 2018
whytewillow rated for Not Gonna Fit #3 on Aug 15, 2018
Comment: Oooh aaah, my interest is piqued, but in the sock it goes till Yule. Thank you.
24Donna rated for PW ~ Monday Mailer -- July on Aug 15, 2018
Comment: Just received the last mail! I’ve enjoyed your letters thank you. A fun swap! I’ve already joined the September Monday mailer, hope you do too!
Comment: thanks for a cute swap. Fun items!! ♥♥

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CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Jun 12, 2018:

Hello, About this swap Pen Pal Ad, you can do it either way, ISO Pen Pal, or you can talk about yourself, I should have stated that in the swap, so its no BIG deal at all, did you want me to forward your add to my other pen pals? I can add your name and address to it if you want me to? Just let me know, if not I will just stick it in my 2018 journal

yvonne401 on Jun 4, 2018:

Thanks for the awesome May WTA that you sent me for Swaps in the U.S.A.! Thanks for making it such a fun package.



MichelleKemper on May 6, 2018:

Thank you Alicia for thinking of me and sending me the extra recipes you had leftover! I love recipe cards and of course recipes!!! That was very thoughtful of you!!!! Hearts to you! Blessings, Michelle

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Apr 25, 2018:

Hi! I will be writing you back next week, I am working on a 10 page letter swap, as soon as I am done I will start yours. I hope to get my journal swap mailed to you around May 20th

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Apr 17, 2018:

Profile check for Swaps ~ Spring Diary Swap

I hope your diary is going well :)

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Feb 28, 2018:

I am so excited I send to you for this swap Swaps ~ Spring Diary Swap Mail Deadline: Jun 9, 2018

YESSSS!! I been wanting to write to you for so long, now I can write to you 45 times LOL

I hope your well

institches on Jan 5, 2018:

Kid's Fill My Stocking September & October - "I LOVE THESE" was what Ethan said when he opened them. He also says "Thank you so much!"

kfaye on Dec 26, 2017:

Thank you so much for the beautiful crocheted mug rug, cup cozy and the orange blossom candle. I love them all! many happy blessings in 2018!

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Dec 5, 2017:

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Nov 20, 2017:

Sorry I am a little late in sending the post office on Friday was just a mad house and it was an hour wait in line. I mailed today for the Private swap 12 days Tracking number 9505 5104 4426 7324 1746 89
arrival date is Wednesday, 11/22/18

If I forgot to include any days, please by all means message me, and I will send, I am sure I got all the days :)

Have a happy Thanksgiving

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