it takes over social media for the month of august.
it is one of my favorite things of the whole year.
and while i love to receive (and boy, did i receive!), to me, the best part is buying for my secret swapper.
when kim sent me my partner's name, i was ecstatic! and nervous.
because i really wanted amanda to love everything i sent her.
if you follow amanda on instagram, you would know that she is extremely creative.
she also has the cutest little shop of bows and headbands that camden jane proudly wears.
that is a lot to live up to. so i had to pull out my creative genes as well.
i thought about the things she loves, and tried to put a fun box together for her.
it was so fun!!
and then one day, i opened the mailbox.
you should all know by now that opening the mailbox is my favorite thing to do.
light burst out, angels started singing, and unicorns flapped their magical wings.
inside the mailbox was my mugswap box.
the packaging alone was beautiful.
my secret swapper was jamie from raising up rubies.
also with the cutest little shop.
she put so much thought into the package.
she must know i love england. and black and white. and anthropologie.
and chocolate. and cookies. i mean, the whole package was just perfect for me.
but the thing that stood out to me the most was the card she wrote me.
it made me cry - just so encouraging.
thank you, jamie. i am so glad that we are friends. you blessed my soul.
and now a note to my friend kim:
kim. i bet you didn't know when you started the mug swap a few years ago, that 875+ people would sign up in 2013.
i bet you didn't know that this little swap idea of yours would take over the instagram world.
and i also bet you didn't know that so many lives would be brightened because of your little idea.
because of your mugswap, i sent jami a justin bieber journal last year. (of which i deeply, deeply regret)
because of your mugswap, i met my dear friend lesley.
thank you, kim, for all the hard work you put into this year's fantastic mugswap.
i cannot wait to do it again. you're the best.