3/26/2013

March Cara Box Reveal

Cara Box
I'm back! I loved it so much the first time that I'm here again, joining in Cara Box bonanza!

Okay, so for those of you who are new to this whole Cara Box thing...sitting there with a cocked eyebrow wondering what the hell a Cara Box is, pop a squat (yes, I say pop instead of cop. I have since I was 10 and it's worked for all of these 15 years so I'm keepin' the ball rolling) and allow me to explain.

Every month Kaitlyn over at Wifessionals, hosts a Cara Box exchange. Basically what that means is that you, along with many other ladies who choose to participate, sign up to receive and send a snail-mail-package-of-awesomeness. Every month those who signed up are paired with two other blogger ladies. One of those ladies you send a box to, the other you receive a box from. Throughout the month you email back and forth to get to know both of them, find out what makes them tick, what they enjoy, what their hobbies and goals and dreams are etc. Not only does this pow-wow time evoke feel-good-kumbiyah-moments, but it's also an absolutely fantastic opportunity to meet new people (one of my favorite activities), make new friends and experience that giddy-child-like-excitement you used to remember when the mail man knocked at your front door with a cute little box of surprise goodies just for you.

We all know snail mail rocks our socks. And I don't just mean the Amazon or eBay snail mail purchases (which, of course, are also the shit). I mean the real snail mail. Thoughtful, special, unique. From friends. In this case, new friends. 

Yay!

For this months Cara Box exchange I was paired with two lovely ladies. Both so genuine and easy to talk to! The first (who I was lucky enough to be sending a box to!) was sweet Sybil over at Peace It All Together. She was so open and easy to get to know! A mom of 3 whose birthday is on Thursday, Sybil is soon jetting off to a mini beach vacation with her hubby to Half Moon Bay. Because of her upcoming birthday celebrations (and love of the happy color yellow) I had a hell of a good time perusing the stores for awesome "S" things that were related to beachy fun. During my shopping trips I may or may not have gotten lost in the sunblock aisle, drunk on the smell of coconut, muttering aloud daydreaming about how grand it would be to lounge in the sun with a fish bowl sized Margarita.
Aaaaah. If only money grew on trees...
 If you're interested in seeing what I sent in Sybil's Beachy Birthday Cara Box you can hop on over to her blog to see her reveal post!

But almost as fantbulous as sending a Cara Box is receiving one. And for the marvelous month of March I received my goodies from the lovely L over at All Glorious Within. She is a not only sweet, but a crafter/DIYer/clothesaholic like myself and it was clear that she put a lot of thought and creativity into the "A" things inside my box! Her Cara Box arrived while I was at work, so Hubby placed it on my side of the bed where it awaited my arrival. Upon entering the house that afternoon, I followed my usual routine that consisted of meandering to the bedroom to change into my workout clothes. It was then that I spotted it. Within seconds (like a 5 year old little girl digging for a Barbie on Christmas) I'd ripped that bad boy open to see what fun lay inside.

This is what I found!
A sweet letter.
An adorable 'a' stamp (which I LOVE and can't wait to use in my crafting fun!)
"A is for: Amanda likes"
Cupcake wrappers and flags that say Laugh, Sweet, and Yummy! Not only adorable, but perfect for someone who spends all of their free time covered in cake batter and fondant! 
 "A is for Animal"
Like these cute fabric butterflies! (I already have plans for these little gems with my client at school!)
 "A little black dress"
I have a thing for notepads and this one is right up my clothes obsessed alley!
"Aisle be there" 
Glittery nailpolish. This could not scream Amanda more. In fact, I've already worn it. Ha!

Once again I had such a hoot participating in my Cara Box exchange, and I couldn't have asked for a nicer pair of ladies to share this experience with. 
L, thank you for taking the time to really incorporated awesome "A things" that you knew I'd love and use. You're such a doll, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't eat the entire package of Airheads within the first night of their arrival. Whoops.
Sybil, thank you for being so open and sweet during our emails back and forth. I hope you have a fantastic birthday vacation with the hubs! Oh, and a huge gracias for being so understanding about the tardiness of my box. Haha! You're a gem!

17 comments:

  1. It's supposed to be "cop a squat???" I thought it was pop as well!

    It's so fun seeing how people interpret the cara boxes. Sybil IS great - I enjoy her blog.

    LOVE the nail polish in yours...might have to grab some.

    (found you via Wild Card Wednesdays!)

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    1. Bekah, I'm so glad I'm not the only one who says pop! Haha!

      Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

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  2. Now that I have seen a mini-description of my box, I am even more anxious for it to arrive. Maybe it will get here on my birthday...that would be fun!!

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    1. Yay! I hope it arrives tomorrow for your special day, and I hope you love it! :) xo

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  3. Hi Amanda!

    Isn't Cara Box great? This month was the first time I participated and I loved it! I stumbled across your blog from the Wild Card Wednesday linkup and I'm so glad I did because we have so much in common (firstly we are both American Amandas with Englishmen). I'm a new follower and I can't wait to read what you post next xx

    Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

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    1. Hi Amanda!

      I'm so glad you found me!! Yay! We are practically twins! Where in England are you living? I spent the past 5 years in Liverpool and I LOVED it! I can't wait to become friends, I can tell already you rock! We need to start chatting! :) xxx

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  4. Thanks so much for linking up with us for Wildcard Wednesday!

    Marquis
    simplyclarke.com

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    1. Thanks for hosting a great link-up, Marquis! :)

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  5. I love your box and both of your partners are such sweet ladies! I'm glad you had fun!!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kaitlyn! I sure was blessed with two gems! Can't wait to link up next month! :)

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  6. Oh yay!! I'm SO glad you liked them all! =)
    I was so glad we were partnered together friend! You are a gem! =)
    Much Love!

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    1. No, L. YOU are a gem! :) Mucho love, doll xo

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  7. Hi there! I have ventured over from Cara Box linkup. I'm enjoying this little peek into your world! Just lovely! XOXO, Mandi @ All My Happy Endings

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  8. Look at all that great stuff, love the stamp! It was so hard to find things for A names, even though I have an A name too!

    ♥ Miss Angie
    My So-Called Chaos

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