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Muggy Weather

Instead of complaining about the ACTUAL hot & humid weather we’ve been having as of late, I’m going to focus this post on mugginess of a different kind.

Cuppa Kim’s 4th Annual Mug Swap!

It’s much more pleasant.

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The theme this year was “Blessing Others”. Together with almost 1200 swappers, we raised $2400 towards The Hoppers adoption fund. How great is that? Susan is the sweetest. They just bought the cutest house and are just waiting for a new member to join them under their roof. So exciting!!

I want to become a professional mug swapper. The job description is the best ~ shop around for the {perfect} mug for your recipient, package it all up with a few extra goodies and send it off. Everyone loves happy mail, right. The thing about happy mail is that it always seems to come on the most needed of days just in time to snap you out of your funk.

Mine came last Monday. Enough said.

Kim pairs you up with someone, but that is not the person that will be sending you your mug. I like to keep my person a surprise so I started stalking her IG feed and blog and gathered goodies to send her way.

I was given Heather in Oklahoma. She has a great sense of humor and about to give birth to her second son any day now!

I set out on my mug hunt when the kids were back in school….well because, you know. Browsing TJ Maxx & Marshall’s is much more fun solo. There’s no secret there.

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I quickly spotted a mug with a fun, retro vibe and the saying, “Latte” is Italian for “you paid too much for that coffee.” Isn’t that the truth.

Just to make sure I was 100% happy with my mug, I went to a couple more stores, but didn’t find anything I liked better. I then started gathering little extras to tuck into the box ~ Creamy Cocoa Badger Lip Balm, Altoids Smalls, my fave Key Lime Pie LARA Bar, Fall inspired nail polish in Classy Cocoa, some muggy notecards, floral washi tape, a mini blank journal, a Starbucks gift card and lastly some little coordinating graphic tees and Beanie Ballz for big brother and soon-to-be baby brother.

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It was so much fun to pack up and ship out. Again, I wish I could do this on a weekly basis!

I was kind of off and on following the IG hashtag {#mugswap14} and drooling over all the packages being sent out and wondering “Hmmm, could that be mine?” “Oh, that description sounds like me.” One day I spotted this image from hello_apricot¬†and of course it caught my eye. Everything {Fall} which is my fave. I thought to myself “what lucky lady will receive those goodies?”……

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Can you imagine my surprise when I opened the mailbox and saw a return address from “Hello Apricot”?

Happy Mail, indeed.

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Thank you SO very much, Elizabeth! I love, love, love all my World Market treasures. I was in desperate need of a travel mug as I am the person that walks the kids to school with a regular mug and have found a bug floating in my coffee from time to time. I’d also seen several of these fun cookie cutters involved in the mug swap and thought “how. cute.” Can’t wait to make my own shortbread to perch atop my mug.

Oh, and the Toblerone……amazing. The kids gave these to their catechists for Valentine’s Day. I was a good girl and didn’t buy myself one but wondered how they were ~ hello….Swiss Milk Chocolate with Salted Caramelized Almonds and Honey & Almond Nougat!!! Go get yourself one of these treats.

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The handmade crocheted bow necklace? My absolute fave. Check out Elizabeth’s Etsy shop here.

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And many thanks to the hostess with the mostess, Cuppa Kim! I can’t imagine what goes into coordinating all this, but I know it’s not easy. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

She’s got somethin’ up her sleeve for early 2015, so follow along on her IG feed {cuppakim} and see what’s next.

Happy Sipping!

Muggings On The Rise

Last month, Kim over at Cuppa Kim sponsored and orchestrated her second annual Mug Swap ~ where you send her your info and she pairs you up with someone to mug! The thing is…the person you get doesn’t automatically get you. That makes it fun because it keeps you in suspense and guessing, if you like that sort of thing which I do.

I secretly and casually started following my girl, Jamie {@james_town}, on Instagram and started reading her fun blog so I could get an idea of what she liked.

I learned that she had an eye and a soft spot in her heart for vintage/thrift store finds so the first place I looked was Goodwill. I immediately spotted a fun little {too little in my opinion} vintage-y piggy number that I absolutely fell in love with. It was simple, yet chic and modern, but I love that this little gal has a history. I hope that she held many cups of coffee or tea in her day and will allow Jamie to enjoy many more!

{Goodwill on right, Target on left}

Then I remembered I had seen the orange and aqua cuteness at Target so I flew over there to grab that one too since it’s more substantial and can hold more caffeine. I LOVE how the two mugs compliment each other, as well! It couldn’t have worked out more perfectly.

And you certainly cannot have a naked wrist while sipping your hot beverage of choice…

{twine wrapped bangle with felt flowers}

I had so much fun gathering little goodies to stuff in the mugs and package this up for sweet Jamie, the newlywed!

She wrote the sweetest recap of her Mug Swap experience here.

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On the flip side, I received my package on the most perfect day…..the day I got home from my court appearance for my lame ticket.

{which was dismissed by the way because the officer did not show. yay!}

My mugger was darling Elizabeth {@lizzymarie725} who I had already had the pleasure of “knowing” on IG.

I could kick myself that I didn’t snap a picture of the box because she had some cute paisley packaging tape on there….

My awesome{!!} mug came with the nicest card, some Caramel Pumpkin Pie coffee and a bundle of polka dotted straws! I’m super spoiled and have no problem with muggings of this kind!

My maiden voyage with my new mug most certainly called for a little dollop of whip….

Waiting for a legit Fall morning to brew the caramel pumpkin coffee.

And I will certainly think of Kim, Jamie and Elizabeth while I am sipping it!

Thanks, Kim for hosting ~ love this idea. Can’t wait for next year!

Thanks, Jamie for being my mug-ee ~ I had so much fun!

Thanks, Elizabeth for being my mugger and for absolutely spoiling me rotten!