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9.02.2014

MUG SWAP 2014 | LINK-UP

It's today! It's today! The Mug Swap 2014 link-up is finally here.  This was my second year participating in this swap that A Cuppa Kim hosts, and it was so much fun. I felt like I had a better idea of how the swap worked and was able to enjoy it more instead of stressing over how to safely ship a fragile mug. Seriously, I was really stressed about it last year. Haha! Kim wanted this year to be all about blessing someone else, and to be more about the giving than the receiving. This meant really taking the time to get to know your new friend and sending something that would be meaningful and encouraging to them!

I was assigned Mallory of A Beautiful Surrender, and I had such a great time getting know her via her blog and instagram. Her family is so precious and they are in the process of adopting two sweet little ones from Haiti!


Mallory mentioned that she loved Disney and I thought "Yes! Instant BFFs!" I wanted to create something for her that incorporated our mutual love for Disney and the adoption journey her family is taking. So I grabbed my favorite quote from UP and threw in a map of Haiti. Voila!


The travel mug is from She Does Justice, and if you have never checked out this site, you should take care of that! I picked up this coffee from Target (decaf...because Mallory is allergic caffeine...how tragic!) I was standing in the coffee isle at Target taking in all the different smells, picked this one up and couldn't stop smelling it. I wanted a cup of it right then and there. I mean, vanilla AND caramel. Can you say "dream team"?? Hope you love it, Mallory! :)




Now onto what I received! My gift came from Kelly of K+K Entzel. She was so very thoughtful in putting everything together. I seriously squealed as I pulled each perfectly wrapped gift out of the box.



First of all, I love caramel. LOVE it. Second of all, I have never bought Starbucks Via coffee, so this has been the greatest treat for me! I love coming home in the evenings and whipping up a delicious iced coffee to sip on while I work on projects. And that mug!! It is such a pretty blue (my favorite color)! It also has a super fun texture to it. Great choice, Kelly! :)



But that's not all! Kelly really did her research and made me these Harry Potter coasters. I mean, please. How creative is that?? I'm reading through the books right now for the first time ever (I'm on the last one!) and am totally attached to all of those characters. Thank you for putting this fun gift together for me, Kelly! :)


This year's mug swap was so fun, and I'm already looking forward to next year!!  It's always so exciting making new friends in blog land, and swaps like this one help make that possible. Plus, gifts are one of my top love languages, so this swap is a major win-win for me. ;)

DID YOU PARTICIPATE IN MUG SWAP 2014?

33 comments:

Sarah Potts said...

Yay for the Mug Swap! I haven't gotten mine yet - but I know it's in the mail & am so excited to open it!! Also, Starbucks Via's especially the iced coffee ones are so good & easy! And those coasters she made are adorable!

Nicole Maxfield said...

Oh my goodness, I love everything! Those HP coasters are to die for. Want. hahaha! I wish I knew about the mug swap in time, but for sure next year

Robyn Black said...

so fun! :) i LOVE those harry potter coasters!

Madison said...

Love this! It reminds me of your Etsy swap which I hope is coming back soon :)

Megan McIlvaine said...

GIRL, Etsy Swap will be announced next week!!!! AHHHHH. Amy and I are so excited. Stay tuned! :)

Megan McIlvaine said...

Eeeeep! Me too!

Megan McIlvaine said...

I know, right?? They are so cute!
Kim just announced she is doing another Mug Swap sooner rather than later...sometime in January!!

Megan McIlvaine said...

Oh whew. I'm so glad it's on the way! Can't wait to see what everyone gave/received. :)
I am in love with the Via's. So delicious! And the coasters are just precious :)

Jana @ One Drawing a Day said...

The coasters are adorable!

Madison said...

YAYAY! I can't wait :)

Elizabeth Mayberry said...

Those Harry Potter coasters.... #magical!

Elizabeth Mayberry said...

And then the Great Christmas Exchange just follows!!! I love these things!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Madison said...

Ooh! That's a new one for me, I can't wait for all these goodies! :)

Christina Main said...

Oh man those coasters!

Samantha@Elah Tree said...

Adventure is out there! that print is so great! I love that mug too and your so fancy with that caramel syrup!

Cassie Lee said...

How cool! What a FUN swap!!!!

Jenna Griffin said...

Funnnnn! That coffee sounds delish!

Delia said...

I think this is the best idea for a gift swap I've ever heard of! Confession: I have a deep obsession with mugs. And Harry Potter. Those coasters though! How awesome are those? I'd love to know how to make some!

Megan McIlvaine said...

Right?? I love it! You should totally do it next time! I think the next swap is in January!! I also co-host an Etsy Swap, and that is being announced next week!! :)

Megan McIlvaine said...

Aw thanks, Kim! It was such a great experience and I loved meeting new friends! I'm so excited you are doing another swap soon!! :) Thanks for all of your hard work in putting this together!

Megan McIlvaine said...

I know...seriously..I might go get some.

Megan McIlvaine said...

It is SO much fun!! You should do it!

Megan McIlvaine said...

Thanks lady!
Haha!! It's fun because it's not something I would buy for myself. :)

Megan McIlvaine said...

Get on it!! That will be so fun!!

Megan McIlvaine said...

Bah! I know!! :) My nerdy heart about exploded.

Megan McIlvaine said...

#allharrypottererrything

Megan McIlvaine said...

Eeeps! i know! They are so great.

Cassie Lee said...

Is it really only once a year?!

Megan McIlvaine said...

She's added another one!! I think it is going to be in January!! YAY. :)
Check out her blog: www.acuppakim.com

Cassie Lee said...

THANKS!!!

Elizabeth Mayberry said...

#pinningspree

cuppakim said...

this is just so cool. you did such a great job documenting your sending and receiving of the mugswap! complete with gorgeous photographs too! i'm so glad you had such a great experience on both ends!! and that you participated two years in a row!! i hope i see you for the next swap as well :)

much love!!

Ashlee Keech said...

I've been holding onto a set of tiles to make into coasters for years; I now know what I want to do with them! I may have to start when I get home from work:)