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I love to test out new makeup products and am always looking for “the next best thing” in the beauty world but no matter what I try drugstore or higher end stuff I always find myself coming back to these products. My tried-and-trues! The makeup products I grab for on the daily.

1. Hard Candy Living Doll: Such a pretty pink with just the right amount of shimmer. I wear this on my minimal makeup days for a pretty pink cheek with natural looking glow.

2. Rimel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob: I know, I know I talk about it alllllll the time but it’s just so awesome. It’s been a favorite of mine for a solid 5 years (at least). It’s such a pretty neural pink and the color I grab for most days. I line my lips then color them in slap on some Moon Valley Organic lip balm over the top and call it a day. I think it would be a shade that would look great on most skin tones so don’t be afraid to give it a go!

3. Loreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara: One of the most common questions I receive “What mascara do you wear?” It’s been the same one for many years because I have yet to find one that does a better job with my lashes than Loreal Telescopic Carbon Black mascara. Side Note: If you give this a try be sure you get the Carbon Black version.

4. Revlon Colorstay: I’m always trying new foundations hoping to find one that works with my problem skin (big pores and acne scars) and I did find one this year that I kind of like but y’all Revlon’s Colorstay just takes the cake! It wears well, blends easily especially with the Beauty Blender, holds up to humidity and Texas heat, and the main one it handles my problem skin well. I can’t say enough good stuff about this foundation.

5. NYX Blush in the colors (Dessert Rose + Bordeaux): I recently paid a pretty penny for a higher end blush. One that the gal at Ulta raved about. It was a pretty color and all but a couple hours after I put it on you couldn’t even tell I was wearing it. Bummer! This is why I keep coming back to this product. It’s blends beautifully and last longer than other blushes I’ve tried.

6. Pixi Eye Shadow Palette in Copper Peach: Love this palette! Perhaps I love it a little too much because even though I have tons of eye shadow palettes even some really nice higher end ones this is the palette I mainly grab for. It’s just so gosh darn pretty. The colors are well pigmented and blend beautifully. You can create so many different looks with this little palette from day to night! It’s also the gift I give most of my makeup loving friends who then end up becoming just as obsessed with it as and I am.

7. Beauty Blender: It’s not cheap y’all but it’s worth it. It changed the way my foundation looks. On the days that I’m lazy and don’t care too much about my makeup I skip the beauty blender but when I want my makeup to look nice the Beauty Blender is a must. I’ve tried the knock off foundation blenders and y’all they don’t even come close to the magic of the Beauty Blender.

8. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind: I’ve been using this for the longest but as I try new foundations I’m noticing that it works differently with each foundation I’ve tried. When I’m wearing the Revlon Colorstay foundation this is the concealer I grab. It blends beautifully and wears well throughout the day but I will say it doesn’t wear as well with other foundations I’ve tried with it.

9. Airspun Powder: This is the powder I use for baking under my eyes and to set the makeup around my nose. I’ll even use it a neutral eye shadow on days that I’m going for the no makeup looks. It’s soft and light and does a the trick!

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  • Mona - I will definitely be trying some of these out! I also have problems with my department store blush staying on all day. I am on the hunt for a new foundation and planned to try the IT CC cream – but maybe I will try the Revlon first! Antoher high end “want to try” is Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. Have you tried it? I always go back to Sumptiuos Extreme (estee lauder) because I can never find a drugstore brand I like. But my sister swears by BTS, so I thought I would try it. Can’t wait to try some of these out!!ReplyCancel

This is my “blanket podcast list” meaning there’s a little something on this list to cover everyone!

I’ll share my favorite “Mama Podcast” and “Family/Marriage Podcast” on a later day but I thought this would be a good starting point

Sorta Awesome: Hosted by Megan Tietz. She has 3 co-host that rotate throughout the season along with special expert guest. I love how random and happy this podcast is. They cover tons of topics such as books they’ve enjoyed, organizing life and home and favorite recipes to name a few. It’s usually a light hearted fun listen and I always get excited when I see they have a new episode!

 

What Should I Read Next: If you love books this Podcast is for you! Anne Bogel chats all about books with a fun twist. She has a new guest each week and plays book match maker. She asks a few book related questions to get to know her guest and their reading life then recommends three books that she thinks they should read next. Side Note: I had oral surgery last week and this was the podcast I picked to listen to during the whole ordeal (because yes I was awake). I think that says a lot about my love for Anne and her fun podcast!

 

The Simple Show: A podcast all about living the simple life. From living slow to simplified travel they cover pretty much all things simple and throw in a few books chats from time to time. Tsh (the host) recently changed the format of the show and added cost host and themed topics that are discussed more frequently throughout the month. It’s great but be sure to go back and listen to the previous seasons; I really enjoyed them!

 

Modern Love: One of those podcast that’s hard to turn off once you start. This is one that you want to play while you’re facing mountains of laundry or a sink full of dishes. There is a short essay that tells the story of love, all different kinds of love that’s read beautifully by a guest (who is usually an actor/actress). They then check in with writer of the easy to see where their love story is now. It’s beautiful pod cast that pulls at your heart and makes you think.

 

Happier With Gretchen Rubin: Where my podcast obsession began! I love all things Gretchen Rubin and stumbled upon her podcast while visiting her blog. BOM my podcast love was born! Gretchen and her sister Elizabeth chat about different ways to add little more happy to your life. Gretchen uses a lot of  research to back her topics which I appreciate and find interesting and the banter between her and her sister is fun. She has over a 100 episodes. If this is a new one to you be sure to back and listen to them all!

 

The Lively Show: Jess Lively host her podcast which is all about adding more intention into your day. She’s open, honest, and shares her journey to connect with her inner true self. She recently sold her home and is traveling the world. She shares about her traveling experiences and what she’s learning along the way. Before her traveling began she brought on a weekly cohost that chatted about that the different ways they are living with intention. She’s slowly getting back into that format but be sure to go back and listen to older episodes. They are my favorite!

 

Dear Sugar: Humm not really sure how to describe this one but I’ll try. Think modern day dear Abby. Listeners submit questions and host Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond dive deep and try to find answers. The topics are interesting but just an FYI they sometimes discuss dark subject matter so keep that in mind if that’s not something you like listening to.

 

Ted Radio Hour: A podcast that pulls at your heart and opens your mind to ways you can improve your daily life. This is another one you want to put on when you have a long drive or when you’re facing a messy house you’re not looking forward to cleaning. If you dig this kind of stuff it would grab you and pull you in and before you know it your long drive has come to an end or your house is magically clean!

 

This American Life: Ira Glass (anything he touches is pretty much gold) is the host and talks about politics and things happening around the nation. They tell a story beautifully and usually have several people contributing to the topic they cover.

 

Pop Cast:  The host are fun and they chat about all things random in regards to pop culture. The topics are lighthearted and silly and the host have a wonderful banter that’s fun to listen to.

 

Comedy Bang Bang: Host Scott interviews celebrities while eccentric people pop in randomly though out the podcast…….funny ensues! I honestly don’t know what else to say about this show but it’s makes me giggle and slap my knee from time to time!

 

Mystery: Starlee Kine host a podcast where she dives deep and solves mysteries that you never thought you would know the answer to or should I say that you never knew you wanted to know the answer to.

Hopefully you found a few new podcast that you can dive into!

If you enjoyed this post be sure to let me know so I know there’s interest in seeing more podcast list. I have tons more that I have yet to share (mama podcast, family/marriage podcast and even podcast for children). 

On to the happies!

1. My Happy planner! Has that been a past Happy? Maybe so but y’all it really makes me happy! Things have been busy in the Huie house and that thing saves me! I hope to have a blog post all about it and how I use my Happy Planner very soon.

2. The Valentine’s Box Swap! My goodness it brings me so much joy. It’s not even about the box that I receive. Don’t get me wrong that’s fun too but that’s not what the swap is about. I love putting together a box for my buddy and seeing all the love participants put into their boxes. It warms my heart right up. Someone recently posted something in our Facebook group “Hanging With the Huies Friends” (yes it’s different than our Facebook page and yes you should jon because it’s free and totally awesome!) that pretty much sums up what this swap is all about. She gave me the okay to share her words the blog.

Meg Says:
I have had the worst morning, absolute worst… and my doorbell rings. It’s my UPS guy delivering my #Valentinesboxswap I was in tears opening it. It touched my heart. My buddy put so much love and thought into the box. I’m overly emotional today already but I seriously can’t believe how sweet she was. She sent a little something for everyone in my house including our Golden Retriever. Kendra I know you have so much going on in your life right now and this is a big project to coordinate. But the last two years I have enjoyed it so much. I love everything about the experience and the opportunity to meet new friends is so much fun. I hope my buddy enjoys her box just as much. I had so much fun shopping for her. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the ladies who made this happen!

3. An afternoon bath with my last Lush bath bomb. I keep saying I’ll take a hot bath after the boys go to bed but when that time comes I’m just too tired. Yes even too tired to take a bath as silly as that sounds. Well one afternoon I was home had no where to be and the boys were with my Mother-in-law so I went for it. Oh man it was wonderful. I wasn’t too tired to enjoy it and there were no cute little boys throwing toys into the tub or messing with the water facet while I soaked (totally how most of my baths go down). It was just me LUSH and quietness. It was lovely!

4. Patio meals with the family. We’ve had one wonky winter. It’s been more like spring with a few cold days mixed in. It’s been mainly sunny and beautiful all week so we so we’ve been taking advantage of it and eating outdoors as much as possible. The boys love Whole Foods so that’s been a stop a couple times this week.

5. The feeling that we may be getting over the hump. January has been a hard month for many many reasons and while we’re still facing some things I just have this feeling that we made it up the hardest part of the stretch. There are still some unknowns and some things I need to take care of but overall I have this feeling of We-Did-It-ness (yep making that a thing go with it)! I’m feeling a little more peace and hope trickle back in which is really really nice.

Last week’s Friday Favorite: Volume 5 – Current Products I’m Digging

Share your favorite podcast below!
I haven’t picked out a topic for next week’s favorites. Ideas?

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  • Lisa - Hey Kendra! I love your Friday Favorite posts! I’ve enjoyed watching The Valentine Box Swap unfold. I missed the deadline due to life happenings, but next year for sure! Like you said, the act of doing something kind for someone just has a way of making you feel good. A little kindness can go a long way in this crazy and chaotic world of ours. Thanks again for sharing a few of your Friday Happies with us!ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - It’s so much fun! I’m hosting a fall swap in the fall (late September) so if fall is your thing keep an eye out for that one. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Lemon - Friday Faves! I’m starting to keep a notepad by my computer so I can jot down items you love and that I need to try!

    I was thinking of some ideas for your future favs…Similar to your fav movies, you could do a throwback Friday to your favorites from college, high school or even when you were little?!

    Favorite items to thrift, favorite subscription boxes (if you still complete) and maybe even your fav phone apps?

    If you have already done these sorry!!!ReplyCancel

 

1. Soap and Glory Righteous Butter: This has been a favorite for a couple of years. In fact I’m pretty sure I’ve chatted with you about it before. I LOVE this stuff! It smells amazing, makes my skin feel so soft even the day after I’ve used it and it won’t break the bank. You can find it several places (Target, Walgreens) but check Ulta first as they usually have Soap and Glory goodies on sale. Right now they’re running a buy two get one free sale!

2. Soap and Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash: I recently picked this up as my free item during Ulta’s buy two get one free sale and am really liking it! It smells lovely and doesn’t dry out my skin. The bottle is pretty big and a little goes a long way so it will last you a while.

3. Soap and Glory Clean On Me Creamy Shower Gel: Another long time favorite. It has the same lovely smell as the Righteous Butter (clean fresh scent). The creamy part is why I love it so! It still works like a shower gel but the lotion they add to it moisturizes and leaves your legs feeling good. I use it as my soap and also my shaving gel.

4. Moon Valley Organics Herbal Lip Balm: I talk about this stuff on Snap Chat (Kendra_Huie) ALL THE TIME so I figured it was high time to add it to a favorites list. I’m nuts about this lip balm. I picked up a bunch of Moon Valley Organics goodies during a trip we took over the summer and fell in love with their products. So much so I found their website and have since placed several more orders with them. I have tubes scattered all over my house and my car so I always have one on had when I want it. When I’m good about applying it throughout the day I notice such an improvement in texture of my dry lips. Not only does it makes my lips look and feel better I love the way it looks on. It has more of a shine to it than other chap sticks. On days when I’m doing low key make up I usually wear this along as my lip product or put on some liner and top it with their lip balm and I’m good to go! I own all the different varieties but the mint vanilla is probably my most favorite. The zingy cinnamon packs a punch and has that lip plum product feel to it after you apply. Just a little FYI in case that’s not your cup of tea. To get 20% off your order purchase through THIS link. They will also generate a discount link for you to share with your friends and family.

5. Yes To Coconuts Hydrate and Restore Over Night Cream: A while back Carson (our almost 2 year old) got into my expensive Origins faces creams and covered himself in them. I’m cheap and Origins is not so it was total gut punch seeing my new bottles all empty. I went without for a while because I just couldn’t bring myself to fork over the cash to replace what Carson got into. I was on the Ulta website looking at their sales and  they has a sale on the  Yes To line (still on sale by the way, buy one get one 50% off). I like the Yes To products so I figured it was worth a shot. Y’all I LOVE this stuff! It’s tons cheaper than the Origins line I was using and honestly I’ve see more change in my skin from this product than I saw from my 3 plus years using Origins. It’s super hydrating. I not only go to bed with soft skin it’s still soft when I wake up in the morning. It’s perfect for winter months when our skin tends to be more dry. It has a light coconut smell so keep that in mind if that’s not your thing. I’m loving it so much I picked up some of their masks and plan to order their day cream as well!

6. Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Overnight Eye Balm: I picked this when I purchased the night cream and love it just as much! It feels great on my skin and keeps the skin under my eyes soft. Maybe I should thank Carson for getting into all my Origins stuff. Because of him I found these two new products that I’m tickled with.

1. I’m currently recovering from dental surgery and my family has been bringing on the joy this week! My mom took me to surgery, brought me back home, picked up my pain pills and made sure I had some mash potatoes. You’re never too old to need your mom! I’ll have a vlog up early next week that will fill ya in on all that’s been going on. It’s been a crazy month. I cry in it though so I’ve been on the fence about sharing it. If I can get over the embarrassment I’ll post it soon. Every thing is fine. We’re healthy and good it’s just been a month!

2. My mother-in-law has been watching the boys for me while I recover. She calls me every day to check on me which is pretty sweet. She has made dinner for the boys and Kent the last few nights and sent Kent home with some homemade broth since I can only eat soft foods at the moment. She’s a gem I tell ya!

3. While I was still drugged up post surgery my mom and I stopped into a thrift store. I scored 2 vintage Pryex dishes for $2.49 each and some awesome vinyls Nat King Cole and Ray Charles to name a few. Total scores!

4. Podcast have been my jam lately. I go for months without listening to them. Then for some reason I get into podcast kick and listen to them non stop! I think we need a “My Favorite Post Cast Post”.

5. Last night I was cuddling Carsie-Bear aka Carson. He had his head on my shoulder and I was rocking him when he said “I miss you” out of nowhere. They’ve been spending a lot of time with my Mother-in-Law while I’m recovering and of course I miss them like crazy during the day. It was beyond sweet to hear those words come out unprompted form my sweet little bear.

 

Hoping to get back into the swing of doing this on Fridays. Next Friday I’ll share my favorite podcast.
Previous Friday Favorite Post:
Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3 
Volume 4

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I set a goal last year to pick up my camera (not my phone) to document my boys and our life. Nothing fancy just the simple stuff. The mundane that beautifully fills ours days.

I had fallen back into that phone snap rut and while the best camera is the camera you have on you (sometimes that’s your phone) I wanted to motivate myself to reach more for my DSLR.

I had taken some time off from shooting professionally. I was no longer working behind my camera or spending hours in my office editing images for my clients (sidenote: I’m coming back this spring y’all!). I figured it was the perfect time to challenge myself to document more with my camera.

Here we are a year later.

I wish I was telling you how awesome I did.
I wish I was showing you all that I captured last year.

But the opposite happened.

I failed miserably.
I can probably count on my hands the amount of times I picked up my camera to document our life.

2016 was a great year in the goal department!
I’m thrilled with all that I achieved last year but the goal to document more with my camera was a massive flop.

Creating with my camera is a passion of mine. My huge love for photography was the reason I decided to become a professional photographer 8 years ago but for some reason that big love wasn’t enough.

I needed a plan!
A new plan!

I sat down and wrote a list of all the things that were holding me back and came up with some fixes and a shiny new plan to help me seceded!

Here’s to new goals and knocking old ones out of the park!
A failure one year doesn’t mean it has to be a failure the next!

Below are some recent images I’ve snapped of the boys along with a little background story as to why I love them so.

I recently came across some Weight Watcher 2 point muffin recipes that I can actually fit into my daily point allowance. I haven’t baked in years…..years and I miss it so. The boys and I have been having a blast baking together and y’all I’m still losing weight while eating our treats! That’s a win win in my book!
Side Note: If you come over for coffee and treats be warned the boys like to mix a little extra “love” in said treats.

 Weston has been obsessed with super heroes for the last 6 months. It’s been a sweet phase seeing him pretend to fly around the house. Asking for crime to fight and wanting to wear his Super Man cape 24/7. He’s now moved onto transformers (of course after he received all things super heroes for Christmas) but I’m glad I have a few super hero shots for us to look back on when he’s older.

For a moment they were both still and not fighting. The two don’t often happen hand in hand so this definitely needed to be documented. Love how Carsie has his knees up and the way light is highlighting their little features. I think they look so very different from each other even though people ask if they’re twins.

Brady has some sweet modeling skills! He’s such a wild thing bouncing all over the place but when I take his photo he’s still and follows direction to a T.  I was trying to capture the morning light reflecting off the wall in my office (which is one of my favorite rooms). To add interest to the shot I needed a model. BRADY! I asked him to jump up on the chair, sit up and look out the window. No joke that’s all I said to him and he did exactly as I asked. There was my shot! You would never know what a nut he is by the way he acts in front of my camera.

 I often describe my dad as Santa and a teddy bear wrapped up into one person. He’s a softy with a heart of gold and I think you would love him just as I do if you ever met him. Each year my dad spends hours up on hours in his kitchen making salsa and jelly to pass out to coworkers, friends and family. It’s become a thing that many people look forward to each year. He recently told me that 2016 was his last year to do this. We didn’t discuss the reasons why but I have a feeling it’s getting hard for his hands. I could see how tough it was for him to say he was going to stop. It’s something he really enjoys.

We had dinner with him and my step mom the other day and I knew I needed to document him with what was left of last year’s batch. His house has zero natural light flowing in not to mention that it was overcast which wasn’t helping the low light situation. Normally I wouldn’t even think about bringing my camera along but I remembered my goal and grabbed my camera even though I knew the lighting was going to be crummy.

Y’all I’m so very glad I did.

After we arrived I asked if I could snap a quick photo of him with his jelly. He was all about it! As I was snapping away he began to cry and before I knew it I was crying along with him. Neither one of us really wanting to talk about why were we crying but knowing we were crying for the same unspoken reason. I’m grateful for these photos.

Sleepy eyes and snuggles with his favorite bear. Pooh has been washed countless times and has traveled all over the place with us. He’s one that I’ll hold onto even after Weston outgrows him.

Carsie caught mid peekaboo!

This was taken bright and early one morning. Just look that that bed head. Weston is a morning person just like his mama!

Both boys piled in my lap! It’s hard to tell what’s going on here but I promise you were were giggling and having fun! If you look close you and see a Carsie’s head in there too!

Ugh I love this shot! It was taken in SUPER low light so the quality isn’t the best but the moment is there which is more important to me. I had planned on taking pictures of Weston ridding his scooter around the kitchen which is one of his favorite things to do at the moment. I was was getting set up to take some shots when this happened and I knew THAT was my shot! This right here is exactly why this goal is so important to me.

One day they’ll be the same height.
One day their feet may be bigger than Kent’s.
One day I’ll tell Weston stories about how he used to ride his scooter all over the house. How he made up awesome scooter tricks that made us all giggle. I’ll tell Carson how much he loved his big brother even from the very beginning and wanted to do everything that he did. Then I’ll show them pictures like this. Pictures of the mundane. Pictures of those simple moments that are filled with love and sweetness.

I hope to share some of this journey with you throughout the year as I work on my goal to create and document more with my camera.
Something else that’s been added to the goal list for the year is to learn how to make jelly and salsa. My dad just about levitated when I asked if he would teach me.

Lots of love to you guys,
Kendra

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  • Nicole McKee - I think you hold yourself to high standards. Just looking at a few of the pics you snapped tells me that you did NOT fail miserably. I’m glad you made a new plan, and I hope you get to capture more of the mundane.

    I must say that my favorite pic was the one of your dad. I totally geared up and I love that you both did too.ReplyCancel

  • Windy - I just lost it w/ Dad and his jelly. I’ll continue reading now.ReplyCancel

  • Laney - Oh Kendra!!! This struck my heart….my daddy just turned 76 this month and we celebrated at my house with all the family. I think I get more and more emotional as I get older, about my parents getting older. I cherish the time my babies get-together spend with my parents and I am so thankful. So glad you captured this !ReplyCancel

  • JUlia - I LOVE photos like this! Real life!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - BEAUTIFUL POST! An absolutely precious peek into this season of your life. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - Omg. I cried all the tears at his post. Your dad. The boys in kents shoes. So much perfection in all those pictures.ReplyCancel

    • Kelsey - Update: my mom asked me what was making me cry, so I passed the phone to her and told her to read this blog post. She cried too.ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - My Dad’s heart gets me every time. I told him something that Weston said the other day “When stars get cold they turn into snowflakes and fall from the sky.” he started to cry when I told him and of course I followed along.ReplyCancel

  • Documenting Life – Volume 2 » Hanging With the Huies - […] basically what’s going to be going down in this week’s post. I mentioned in my “Documenting Life – Volume 1” post that I’m working hard this year to use my big girl camera more frequently to create and […]ReplyCancel

UPDATE 1.16.2017 @7:30 am cst Registration is now closed!

Yay! It’s that time of year again!
Registration for our 5th annual Valentine’s Box Swap is now open!

Before we jump into registration info and all that jazz if you’ve stumbled on this blog post and have no idea what this swap is all about check out lasts year’s Valentine’s Box Swap round post HERE for a little glimpse into all the puffy heart fun!

I’m even more excited that Jordan from Fit By Jordan and Andrea who is one of our awesome readers turned friend have sweetly agreed to come on this year and help a sister out!
It takes a lot of work on my end to organize all of this and our sweet swap has grown each year so I’m beyond grateful for their help!

Are you ready for all the fun?
All the info you need to participate is below!

Oh and you’re going to read EVERYTHING before you sign up right???????

RIGHT??????????

Because I can totally tell when participants don’t read all the information (just saying).

Requirements

  • Must be 21 or older
  • Must reside within the US
  • Must and this is a BIG ONE not only receive but also send a box. I know it’s silly to say this but I have to. If I find out that you’ve not sent a box to your buddy you will be blocked from all future swaps and giveaways hosted on this blog or my social media accounts. I will be emailing you and you will be placed on the naughty list which goes directly to the big guy himself. Be kind people and think about all the love and time your buddy put into your box. DON’T BE A JERK!
  • You must follow all steps below to be registered
  • You must follow the shipping dates outlined in the info below!
  • You must love unicorns and sparkles. Okay just kidding about that one but it’s definitely a plus!

Step 1:
REGISTER -What to Do

  • Registration opens today Friday January 13th and closes Sunday January 15th at 9pm cst. Late registrations will not be accepted so be sure to register before 9pm cst on the 15th if you would like to participate.
  • This year all registrations must be submitted to our designated Valentine’s Box Swap email account < HWTHValentinesBoxSwap@gmail.com >. Facebook and Instagram comments will not count as a registration. Although I do love reading your comments on social media and hearing you’re jazzed about the swap!
  • You will NOT hear back from Jordan, Andrea or myself until Monday, Jan 16th when we send out questionnaires. All questionnaires are due Wednesday Jan 18th by 9am cst. You’re not considered registered until I receive your filled out questionnaire. If your questionnaire is late or not returned you will not be registered for this year’s swap. Buddies will be assigned and emailed late Saturday evening on Jan 21st . If for some reason you do not hear from me by late Monday evening (Jan 16th) with your questionnaire form shoot me another message to let me know.

Step 2:
SPREAD THE WORD

Blog, Instagram, Tweet, Facebook, chit-chat with your gal pals. However you chose to share I would love you to help spread the word about our fun swap! When you share about our swap direct them here or to my Instagram or Facebook page so they can get the info they need to join in.

The more people that join, the more love we can spread!

When sharing via Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter be sure to use #valentinesboxswap so we can find each other! If your account is set to private on Instagram we will not be able to see your post even if you use the hashtag.

Step 3:
WHO’S YOUR BUDDY

Late Saturday evening on January 21st you will receive an email from Jordan, Andrea or myself with all the info you need to start working on your buddy’s box. Our swap is a bit different as we do not swap back and forth with the same person. You will be sending to one person and receiving a box from another. That way you can connect and meet more people!

Step 4:
DOCUMENT THE JOURNEY

Take photos and video while you’re getting your craft on, shopping for your Valentine’s buddy, or even while you’re mailing your package! Be sure to SHARE YOUR PHOTOS!!! Get creative and share the journey with us! Seeing the process is all part of the fun and a great way to connect with others that are participating! There was tons of great involvement last year and we all enjoyed seeing everyone process as they prepared a box full of love for their buddy!  Share your photos via Instagram and on our Facebook page. I will pull some of my favorite photos to share in a later blog post (with your permission). Be sure that you use #valentinesboxswap so we can find your photos when posting! If your Instagram account is set to private we will not see your photos in the hashtag feed.

Step 5:
SEND YOUR VALENTINE’S SWAP BOX

On or before Monday, January 30th! This means your package should be completed on its way NO LATER THAN Monday, January 30th! This way you and your buddy will have your Valentine’s box in hand and ready to enjoy by Valentine’s, maybe even a few days before!

DON’T NOT and I REPEAT DO NOT participate if this sounds like a time frame you can not work with. We do this annually so if you have too much on your plate at this time skip and join in next year. It’s not worth stressing yourself over.

I really really really REALLLLLLLLLY dislike having to reach out to people about boxes being late or missing due to a participants not sending on time. Seriously it’s not fun. It’s awkward for me. It’s awkward for you. Just take care of business on time and we’re go to go!

Again this takes a lot of work on my end so when I have to put even more time into it because people are not following through with what they agreed to it gets me a little miffed. Sooooo if you’re certain you can hang with having 9 days to shop, craft (if you choose), pack a box for your buddy and send it on its way come on down my friend we would love to have you participate! It’s TONS of fun!

Step 6:
Receive & Document

Blog, Instagram, Tweet, Facebook all about your Valentine’s Swap Box and your adventure with the swap. Sharing about your box and your experience participating in the Valentine’s Box Swap is part of the fun. Be sure and use the hashtag #valentinesboxswap on Instagram and Twitter so we can all find each other. Again if your account is set to private we will not be able to see your photos! I’ll be selecting a few of my favorite photos to share in a Valentine’s Box Swap round up post!

FAQs:

1. Do I need to have a blog or social media account to participate?

Nope nope nope! Everyone within the US blogger, social media junkie or not is invited to join in! I will say that it makes it more fun if you’re on social media so you can connect with other participants and enjoy the experience together! I’ll be checking in over on our new Hanging With the Huies FRIENDS Facebook Group throughout the process. If you’re on Facebook be sure to join us over there as well. It’s another way to meet and connect with our lovely community.

2. How much should I spend?

Around $30 this should include packing material and shipping cost. If you chose to spend more that’s up to you! Shipping for a small to medium size box is usual around $5-$8. Just to give you an ball park idea.

3. What should I include in my Valentine’s Box?

Two things are required in this year’s box!

  1. Valentine’s card with a personal note written to your new buddy.
  2. Your most loved inexpensive product such as your brand favorite chap stick, candy, your favorite type of pen, favorite drugstore makeup (to give you a few ideas). Just something you love that you think your buddy would enjoy as well. Include a note on this item to let them know that its your “Loved” item and the reason why you enjoy it.

The rest of what you include is up to you!

You can stalk (friendly stalk not cray-cray scary stalk) your buddy and see if they’re into anything in particular. Ideas:  chocolate, crafting supplies if your buddy is a crafter, a small candle, funky Valentines socks, coffee/tea/hot chocolate mix, funky mug, dish towel, vintage coolness, handcrafted goods, stationary, accessories, some of your favorite inexpensive items like chapstick or a small bottle of your favorite hand lotion. The possibilities are endless BUT be sure to keep shipping cost in mind!

Have fun with putting your package together. I’m giving you plenty of time to get creative (if you chose) so be sure to start ASAP so it’s a fun experience and not something you have to rush through at the last minute!

4. Is it a secret?

No, yes, nah,  ummm kind of? I want you to share, document,  and talk all about your journey. This makes it that much more fun for all of us! You just might not want to directly tag your buddy with a picture of their package saying something like “Hey So-and-So this is your gift. Here’s everything in it. Hope you like it”  that way they’re surprised when they open their box.

5. Is their an age limit?

Yes, you must be at 21 or older to participate.

6. What if I didn’t receive my assignment.

You are NOT CONFIRMED in until I receive the answers to your questionnaire. I will not hunt your down for your filled out questionnaire. That’s up to you to get it back to me on time within the time frame noted above.

If you do not hear back from me by the evening of 1/16 that means I did NOT receive your email. Be sure to follow up asap so I can get you what you need within our window.

Now What??????

If you’ve read all the information above and you’re 100% on board shoot over an email Valentine’s Box Swap email address (listed below). Be sure to make note of all the dates I’ve outlined above so you know when to expect emails from myself, Jordan or Andrea as well as the date to have your box on its way to your buddy (that one is very important).

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  • Riley WInters - So sad i cant participate as i am from Canada, but love this idea and cant wait to see the cute boxes everyone gets! Have fun!ReplyCancel