Sunday, September 30, 2012

New Blog Friends. Holiday Ornaments. Oh My!

In a few hours, it will be the 1st of October. The start of the 3-month holiday season.
 And I'm super excited about two things.

First, I'm stoked to partner with one of my favorite peeps in blog land, Erin at Living in Yellow.
You probably already follow her because seriously...who doesn't. But if you didn't get the memo, get with the program and check out her blog. Why? Because she's pretty freakin' awesome and I guarantee she will make you laugh.

Second, I'm excited to introduce this fun, festive holiday ornament swap. 
Here’s how it works. 

Step 1. Sign up. 
Link up your blog below to let us know you want to participate in the swap. Sign ups close at Midnight on October 31st. 

Step 2. Spread the word. 
Everyone loves getting special deliveries in the mail. Especially when it’s a super festive item like an ornament for your holiday tree. So let all of your blog friends know about the swap. The more, the merrier. 

Step 3. Get your match. 
On Thursday, November 1st, we will post the swap matches. You will contact the blogger you’re buying for via their blog, email, twitter, facebook, etc. to get their address. 

Step 4. Shop and Mail. 
On or before November 12th, purchase and mail your ornament. This means your ornament should be en route to its recipient NO LATER THAN the 12th

Step 5. Receive & Blog about your ornament! 
This is the fun part! Blog, Instagram, Tweet your Ornament Swapping Adventure. Be sure and use #ornamentswap on Instagram & Twitter so other Swappers can find you! 

Step 6. Link up! 
We will be hosting a Linky Party on December 1st for those of you bloggers that want to link up your posts! (This gives you plenty of time to make sure your ornament arrives & recap your adventures.) 

That is it. 
It's pretty simple. 
Sign up & send. 

Now, I know people may have a few more questions about the details, so here are some additional things you should know. 

1. You should spend between $4-$14 on your ornament. 
2. Ornaments should be new, as no one wants any “gently used” tree decorations. 
3. The ornament you purchase should be something fun, quirky, or beautiful that you’d like to receive and that you will be proud of when it is associated with you and your blog. 
4. You can purchase ornaments from anywhere. Like these handmades from Etsy or unique ornaments from Pier One or Target.
5. You will not be sending and receiving to the same person. Technically you aren't "swapping", more like a daisy chain of ornaments will be flying through the skies via the postal service. You will send to one person and receive from someone else. This way you get to know at least two people! 
6. Be sure to package your ornament in bubble wrap to ensure it arrives safely. Getting a broken ornament is no fun at all. 
7. Please do not sign up unless you are 100% sure you can fulfill the swap requirements, we would hate for someone to sign up and not participate.

Giveaway: I almost forgot! If you post the ornament swap button on the sidebar of your blog, you'll be entered to win this cute, zebra ornament from Pier One.

Here's the synopsis: 

Sign up. 
Spread the word. 
Get your assignment. 
Send/receive an ornament. 
Blog about it. 
Link up.


Aspgriswold said...

Seriously! The coolest idea ever!! I am so pumped to participate!!!!

Heather said...

Fun!!! I love ornaments... and all things Christmas-y for that matter!

Christie said...

Love this idea and adding new ornaments each year! Can't wait to meet you girls!

Camille Beckstrand said...

We found your cute blog and wanted to invite you to our Build Your Blog Conference in Salt Lake City on Feb. 16, 2013. You can find a link on our blog or go to We hope to hear from you soon! -The Six Sisters

kimberly @ lush lounge said...

I want that ornament! I'm definitely going to sign up!

Libby A. said...

Obcessed with Christmas and SO excited about this! Thanks for putting this follower too! WOOT :D

Kayla Gerard said...

Newest follower, great swap! joined in on the fun :D

Rana said...

Awesome idea!!!!

Christa @ said...

I signed up through LIY, but I wanted to stop by and tell you YOU'RE AWESOME for making this happen!
So excited!

Your newest follower. :)

Adriana Madrigal said...

Hi loves! I actually started following you via Return the Favor hop. LOVE your blog :)

xo, Adriana.

Gi said...

Hey hun,
I found your blog through the Return the Favor blog hop.
I am such a fan of finding great new blogs and reading about peoples interesting little lives, so glad that I found your blog to follow now!
Looking forward to reading all about your blog adventures.
Ps I saw this ornament swap with Erin at Living in Yellow, so wish I could do it but I am down in Australia and I have a feeling that it would cost a bit more to post internationally!

Dalayna Dillon said...

Hey there! Coming to you through the return the favor blog hop. Thanks for co-hosting this week! This is seriously one of my favorite link ups. Now following you via GFC. Look forward to keeping up with your cute blog! I blog over at Hope to chat with ya soon!


Hallie said...

Seriously best idea ever!
I found your blog through the hop and I am SO glad that I did, it is adorable, and I am very excited about this swap!

I am your newest follower:)

Malo said...

Hi from the GFC hop! New follower ;)

Jayme and Mendi said...

LOVE this idea! We're always all about a good swap throwdown!! And Christmas is our favorite time of year. ;) Thanks so much for hosting!

(And so happy to have found your blog thanks to LIY...we're following now.)

Mendi & Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

raych said...

is this open internationally? cos i'm all the way from the Philippines :( but I wanna join..

House on the Way said...

Found you the GFC blog hop! I'm your newest follower via Bloglovin!

Kylie Kreikemeier said...

stopping by from the GFC hop! your newest follower! can't wait to hear from you :)


Myranda said...

Awesome idea!! I am so signing up :)
I am now following from the Return the favor hop

Perfectly Jenn said...

Love participating in swaps and love ornaments to this is a true win-win.
I put the button on my sidebar but just curious when the giveaway is . .

Little Miss Cornucopia said...

I love this idea and I'd really love to join in on the fun. Is this for U.S. residents only? Are Canadians able to participate?

Steph Shoeaddict said...

This is a great idea =) as a fairly new blogger I'm excited to meet some new blog friends =) I did make a mistake in my link tho above... (#193) My blog address is opps. sorry about that...

=) Thanks for hosting!

Lisamarie said...

I can't believe I missed this post earlier! I signed up today to participate. This is the cutest idea. I will post about it tomorrow. Maybe there will be some other last minute joiners like myself!

San said...

Missed out on it this year! Maybe next time! Sounds like lots of fun!

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