Swap-bot Time: January 30, 2023 3:45 am


Date Joined: September 22, 2008
Last Online: January 29, 2023
Birthday: December 25, 1969
Country: Canada
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About Me

My name is Cynthia.

I'm 52 and my kids are:
A (girl): 17
J (boy): 14
My husband is 55 in case anyone cared about HIS age.

I love to bake and cook. So I'd happily receive recipes that you love to make. And, I much prefer my recipes on 8.5x11" paper as I keep a recipe binder.

I am a former farm girl who now lives in the city. But, I am still an outdoor/country girl at heart. I love to garden and can as many pickles and vegetables as I'm able. (Summer of 2021 I canned 151 jars so far. 18 different recipes. And I still have a few more to go as some tomatoes are still ripening.) We are an AVID tenting family and are proud of it.

I am not very crafty but that doesn't mean I don't LOVE to get your homemade gifts. As well, I am comPLETELY fine with second-hand stuff (as long as it's in good condition).

I LOVE one on one swaps so if you see anything that piques your interest please message me. Frankly, one one one swaps and larger package swaps are my favourite and I'm often looking for people to do them with.

PLEASE don't send me stickers or random sheets for scrapbooking or ephemara. I've been getting so many in my swaps lately and I have absolutely no use for them. If you want to put in a little extra (and I get that) I'd MUCH rather receive a bookmark or a teabag or a unique playing card.

Favorite Music

I love music. Much of my life is connected with a song. I often think one day I should put together a soundtrack of my life. I lean towards lyric-based folk music.
- Jann Arden
- the waifs
- Sara Groves
- Brandi Carlile
- Josh Ritter
- Jeremy Fisher
- Ryan Adams
- Indigo Girls

Favorite Movies

  • Memento
  • The Princess Bride
  • Fight Club
  • Se7en
  • American Beauty
  • Sliding Doors
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Amelie
  • The Station Agent
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Before Sunrise
  • Before Sunset
  • Finding Neverland
  • Garden State
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Parasite

Just a few things I would LOVE

I collect cookbooks with a fervor that is unhealthy.

And also, things that I've loved from other countries that I'd love to receive again:

Kex choklad

New Energy Cashew and Hazelnut

Lotte Salted Caramels

Milka Choco Break mit Haferflocken

Ice cubes Gum - wintergreen flavour

Boston Baked Beans

Cow Tales Caramel

Toms Guld Barre

Toms Mini Saltkaramel

Anthon Berg Mini Marzipan Bars

Kanjers Original Stroopwafels

Manners wafers

Fazer Kismet chocolate wafer

Milk candy

Manners Winter edition wafers

OLW Smash! bags

But, honestly, I just love candy and chocolate. Salted caramel, marshmallow, lemon, coconut and chocolate, nuts and chocolate, tart candies...

Favorite Crafts

  • Photography
  • Cooking

Random likes

  • Colored Sharpie markers
  • Dip mixes
  • Map or globe items
  • Typography and ampersand art
  • Bath salts
  • Bath bombs
  • Notecards
  • Block notepads
  • Adult sticker books
  • Writing paper
  • Wine
  • Silver jewelry
  • Coconut
  • Shot glasses
  • Wine stoppers
  • Reusable shopping bags / totes
  • Office supplies
  • Indian food
  • Thai food
  • Tea (mostly black. Not that fond of fruity tea.)
  • Wrapping paper
  • Potato chips
  • Bubblegum
  • Herbs
  • Caramel
  • Cooking magazines
  • Cookie cutters
  • Daisies
  • Going to garage sales
  • Food Network
  • Lemon candy
  • Traveling
  • Bright post-it notes
  • Mini glass magnets
  • Musicals
  • Gardening (I would be delighted to get seeds.)
  • Cooking
  • Canning (if you can, I would love a recipe of your favourite thing to can.)
  • Chocolate
  • Marshmallow candy
  • Sarcasm. I loooove me some good sarcasm. You send me an Anne Taintor (or similar) magnet and I will automatically give you a heart.

Random dislikes

  • Goth
  • Kawaii
  • Gold jewelry
  • Jelly bellies
  • White chocolate
  • Black licorice
  • Amaretto flavor
  • Lotions (Not that I don't like them but I'm quite sensitive to smells so I can't use most.)
  • Chocolate and fruit combinations. (ie. I don't like pear, orange or raspberry flavored chocolate.)
  • I don't do much in the way of paper crafting. I've gotten a lot of scrapbooking supplies through swapbot through the years (extras in a swap) and they're kind of wasted on me so PLEASE don't send any. I also have no real need for stickers now that my kids are older and again... I don't do paper crafts.

Favorite Books

I am an AVID reader. Here are some recent reads that I have given a 4 or 5 star rating on Goodreads (in other words, I liked them):
- Dusk, Night Dawn by Anne Lamott
- The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
- Long Bright River by Liz Moore
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
- American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
- Know My Name by Chanel Miller

If you've read any of the above AND enjoyed them, I would be happy to receive a note of books that you've loved and recommend.

International Family

My family and I have been hosting high school students from around the world for 13 years now. So far we've hosted 20 students from the following countries:
- Hong Kong
- Thailand
- South Korea
- Mexico
- Nigeria
- China
- Colombia
- Brazil
- Vietnam
- Germany
- Spain

Some haven't been good fits for our family but by far the majority have been great kids that we've enjoyed having live with us. Currently (2021) is Ana from Brazil.


willowh rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #19 on Jan 23, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the yummy teas!
fleck0light rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #19 on Jan 18, 2023
Comment: Hi Cynthia - thanks so much for being the first sender I have received mail from since joining swap-bot :-) Exciting!! I look forward to trying the teas you sent me they all look good.
Response: Aw. That's cool. Hope you enjoy Swap-bot.
emcki rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #19 on Jan 16, 2023
Comment: thank you! that blueberry lavender one sounds divine!!
Teraecau rated for International Tea Advent Swap #4 on Jan 5, 2023
Comment: Thank you very much for the swap - i received it in early December already, but totally forgot to rate - i am so sorry! I loved trying the teas you included. :)
Wana rated for International Tea Advent Swap #1 on Dec 3, 2022
Comment: Thank you for your nice envelopes. I can start drinking tea now every day. Thanks also for organising this Tea Advent Swap. I hope you will do it next year also Edit 5 dec: All the teas were new for me and I love them all
Comment: Hi Cynthia! Thank you so much for these adorably wrapped teas! I cannot wait to drink each tea on each day! I'm so excited to open them and experience David's Teas!!
Ellmaris rated for International Tea Advent Swap #2 on Nov 22, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the teas - they are packed beautifully - I can't wait to try them in December - Merry Christmas
thebrassyletter rated for Take me to the Candy Shop on Sep 11, 2022
Comment: Delicious! Thank you so much!
Cindymt rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #9 on Aug 30, 2022
Comment: Thanks! :)
SnowTea rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #9 on Aug 22, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the teas! I'm very excited to try the Smores Chai!
TeresaBee rated for Tea 3x3 with Friends! #9 on Aug 17, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much, can't wait to try the specialty teas, they look delicious and very special indeed
SnowTea rated for Tasty Tea Swap-Round 2 on Aug 16, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the tea! I'm excited to try them!
monichan rated for Spa-in-a-Box #4 on Jul 18, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for all the goodies.
Nicollcia rated for Snacks! One person per country #6 on May 5, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the box full of snacks, they all look very yummy! I love that each one was separately wrapped, I'm very excited to try Easter Corn especially (thank you for finding these!) 😊
Chocopan rated for Scavenger Hunt: Foodie Edition on Apr 14, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful package of snacky goodness and the letter (which I only read after receiving the swap as instructed :D). There were indeed things I hadn't received before, including some things I've wanted to try (like the red licorice and the Reese's Easter egg), and I really can't wait to try everything! Thank you so much for always sending such amazing swaps <3
Response: So glad it made its way to you. Sorry about forgetting the letter.
MeetSarah87 rated for Spa-in-a-Box #2 on Mar 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the awesome swap. You sent me so many lovely things in a beautiful box. Can’t wait to have my first bath :-) Hope to see you in the next round. PS: This winter we did not have any snow. Just on two or three days.
Response: So glad it got there okay! Enjoy!
RealRhinoMan rated for Creativi-TEA #3 on Mar 23, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for hosting the swaps. And my teas look so good! As do their envelopes. I love the seals you used
Eulegirl rated for Creativi-TEA #2 on Mar 21, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the teas! I take these to school and get a surprise cup of tea!
Sendingkindness rated for Creativi-TEA #3 on Mar 18, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely teas and for the adorable little envelope she sent them in. So creative!
polinaVD rated for Newbie Month of Tea on Mar 10, 2022
Comment: Thank you very much for the variety of teassss! I'm also very glad for the chocolate bar, this makes me rly cheery~ Special thanks for kind of japanese tea bags, I'm a FAN!
Response: Glad it made its way to you!

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ladyaries7 on Aug 18, 2022:

Thanks so much for the fall themed tote! August wishes, Wishlist group

Meisje on Apr 14, 2022:


Wishing you great and lovely Easter days β™₯

jamicam on Dec 31, 2021:

Wishing you peace, creativity, laughter, and good health for the new year!


ManitoulinGirl on Oct 26, 2021:

Thank you so much for being an angel for the Random Acts of Kindness Round 4. I really appreciate it! Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Tverne05 on Sep 4, 2021:

Thank you soooo much for the angel notes for the Random Acts of Happiness! You Rock!

LadySunshine on Aug 25, 2021:

Thank you for the package!

amandat0913 on Apr 14, 2021:

OH. My. GOODNESS your RAK has absolutely made my day - thank you so very much!!!

Poftoffel on Apr 11, 2021:

Thank you so much for the tote!!!!!!!! It’s so cool!!!!! I was having a hard day and your lovely and thoughtful gift cheered me up!! And the washi is gorgeous!!! Thank you!!

DragonflyDreamer on Apr 3, 2021:

57 shades of wow beyond WOW!!!! I received your RAK prize painted tote bag today. Stunning. Beautiful. Amazing...doesn't even begin to describe it!. Thank you so very much! Clearly dragonflies are sort of my thing, but The Secret Garden was my absolute favorite book as a little girl. My mom could probably tell you it by memory alone, she read it to me so many times. I will treasure this forever. Thank you.

anicka22 on Jan 13, 2021:

Thank you soooo much for the beautiful washitapes for my december wishlist

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