Swap-bot Time: September 19, 2021 11:11 pm


Date Joined: October 15, 2018
Last Online: July 21, 2021
Birthday: October 4
Country: United States
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June 24, 2021: Update regarding my recent 3

This morning I received my first 3, and I am shocked, to say the least. I just want to let everyone know that I do send my swaps on time, and this is the first I've ever had any issue with a swap taking so long to get to its destination. I take great pride in the swaps I send out, and I put love into each and every one of them. I hope that is apparent to all of my past, present, and future partners. The only thing I can think of that delayed this swap is that I do live in a fairly rural area. There is some farmland, and the post office that the majority of my mail goes through is a one man show. Lol it is so small that the "open" hours are like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates...you never know what you're gonna get. I've never had a problem with my outgoing mail, but there's been multiple times I just never received mail (my cousin's wedding invitation! lol, and a letter from my mom from over a year ago is still out in the ether somewhere floating around). Amazon 2-day prime is a joke for our area, it still takes over a week for things to get to us. In any case, all this is to say, if something from me is taking a long time to arrive, please be patient. Once I put my swaps in the mailbox, it is out of my control. I just hope that this was a one time fluke. Thank you!!

Hello! My name is Lauren. I've been a fan of snail mail since the first grade, which was many a moon ago. Since then I've had a handful of pen pals, obsessed over Postcrossing, and even married a mailman!

In my free time you will always catch me: reading, watching Netflix and Youtube, trying out new recipes, listening to audiobooks (mostly young adult) and podcasts (mostly true crime), playing Disney Tsum Tsum and Mahjong on my phone, and trolling the swap meets for deals on the weekends.

I'm an unashamed bargain hunter, and I love Dollar Tree, 99 Cent Store, and Daiso. I recently moved to Tennessee, and I've discovered the wonderland that is Ollie's. I also love to find treasures at the thrift store, as well.

Things I Love

Elephants - at one point I had a collection of over 500 elephant items!

Otters- They are so adorable, and I want to swim with otters one day.

Pineapples- I may or may not eat these everyday. I also like pineapple patterned things, too.



Butterflies- I'm trying to plant some flowers that will attract more to my yard. I think they're beautiful, and my dog loves to chase them.

Favorite Crafts

Crochet - I'm trying to learn amigurumi.

Cross Stitch- I've been doing this for years, and it is always so relaxing for me.

Dirty Pour Painting- Also very relaxing and satisfying.

Polymer Clay


Calligraphy- Both classic and modern hand lettering.

Origami- Mostly the cute little puffy stars.

Favorite Television

Gilmore Girls

Little House on the Prairie

How I Met Your Mother

Favorite Music

Pete Yorn

Empire of the Sun

The Shins

Phil Wickham



I'm currently in the process of starting my own backyard garden for the first time. It is quite a project, but I'm sure the results will be rewarding.

I'm planting all the things and hoping for the best.

If anyone also gardens, please let me know what you plant, as well as any tips or tricks you've learned along the way.

I'd love to give/get seeds from others at some point- that would make a fun swap.


Another hobby of mine is learning languages. I'm currently studying Korean and Spanish.

If anyone speaks these languages and receives me as a swap partner, please share some words with translations for me! Or if you have something with writing in these languages, and you'd be willing to share, please include that if you so choose. Even if it something random like a grocery advertisement. :)


Due to digestive issues (IBD) I've had to focus on homemade food. Most of what I eat is made from scratch with ingredients that are basic and clean. Learning to cook for myself and experiment with recipes has actually been an adventure. Most of the time I ask for small kitchen appliances as gifts. Bread maker, Instapot, ice cream maker, etc. Haha.

If you have a favorite recipe, please share it with me! Even if I need to make some ingredient substitutions or changes, I'd love to see what everyone else is cooking up. You could even tell me something about the recipe, too. Where you got it, when you cook it (is it for a special occasion?), what you pair it with? Bonus points for Instapot recipes and air fryer recipes. But anything is heartily welcomed.

I recently got a shaved ice machine for the summer. If you have any suggestions, I'm going to be having some fun with it for the foreseeable future. :)

Goodies/Surprise Ideas

If you get me for a swap that requires a surprise, I am overjoyed with anything you send. However, here's some things I particularly like:

-anything kawaii -anything with Korean writing on it -scrapbooking stuffs -recipe cards (with or without recipes on them) -sticky notes


itsnobody rated for LLU: Audiobook Appreciation Month on Jul 28, 2021
Comment: Ooh thank you for the cool letter and gifts. Is this thingie with the turtle for popcorn? It's so cute. Good luck with Librivox :)
RealRhinoMan rated for ILB: WHERE ARE YOU? on Jul 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you for introducing me to Tennessee. I'd no idea about the smokey mountains, but further research says its going on my.wanderlust-list
suepier rated for ILB: WHERE ARE YOU? on Jul 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the postcard and telling me a little about where you live.
Ettoad rated for ILB: WHERE ARE YOU? on Jul 22, 2021
Comment: I hope to some day come visit the Great Smokey Mountains National Park!!
gingerella rated for Far From Home PC Swap #5 on Jul 17, 2021
Comment: San Fransico is one if those places i've always wanted to visit, . The postcard was beautiful, thank you
AliceH rated for Handmade with Love- Jewelry #5 (INT) on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: Many thanks for this lovely necklace! I love the colours you've chosen, and it arrived perfectly and intact :)
Comment: Lauren, Your envelope for this swap was the MOST BEAUTIFULLY DONE I have ever received. You are SO creative. Love how you created a flag on the envelope. All the contents of the envie made me smile. I love all the Japanese stuff and Hello KItty. I've never seen authentic Japanese stationery with Japanese lettering on it. THANK you for putting so much thought into what you sent.
Carollee922 rated for Far From Home PC Swap #5 on Jul 4, 2021
Comment: Great card, thank you!
Comment: Thanks for sharing your answers to the Bible study. And thanks for the notecard.
Eulegirl rated for PC from a Place I Don't Live #16 on Jul 3, 2021
Comment: I live near a Coors factory! We have one in Elkton, VA about a half hour away. I've never been. I do recall that they had to shut the highway down a few nights to get new tanks delivered a few years ago. Fascinating!
craftynut rated for Far From Home PC Swap #5 on Jun 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you for a great card. I can't imagine such a busy place. I would never be bored. So different from being surrounded with fields.
bearnbabs rated for tLB : NOTABLE NOTES on Jun 30, 2021
Comment: Love all the butterflies. can;t wait to try the salsa. I make fresh tomato Bruchetta and Basil Pesto from my garden. I don't have an instant pot, maybe a Christmas gift??? Thank you for the journal cards. Havea great day. bearnbabs
michellelobo rated for Summer Themed Envelope #1 on Jun 30, 2021
Comment: What was that envelope???? AMAZING!!!!! I'll keep that forever. Thank you for all my Summer goodies.
pynart2 rated for tLB : NOTABLE NOTES on Jun 29, 2021
Comment: Loved your note and recipe, can't wait to try it. I also like the Butterflies, put a smile on my face. Sending you some extra Hearts.
Apelser rated for Positive Postcard Swap #5 (PPS5) on Jun 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I love the quote.
walla2kitty rated for Bible verse Notecard #9 on Jun 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
grammypammy rated for Importance of Love Bible Study on Jun 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing your answers with me and for the stickers!
Comment: Sorryy to give you a 3.. but this swap was sent super late.
Response: Obviously there is no way for me to prove anything, but I send all swaps on time. I looked back to see the date on this swap, and I'm super surprised that it is just arriving to you now. I'm shocked actually. The only thing I can do is give you my apologies. And I am sorry it took so long to get to you. Although, I'm not sure what else I could have done.
Comment: Thank you so much, Lauren. I love the postcard. I’ve never heard of a passport to Tennessee. I will have to check it out! Hugs, Kim
howdyholly rated for Bible verse Notecard #8 on Jun 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you!

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Rainydancer on May 30, 2021:

Welcome to Sunshine Swaps!

yvonne401 on May 26, 2021:

Welcome to Christian Swappers Group! It's great to have you here!



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