Running from the Law: Spring Blogger Exchange

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring Blogger Exchange

Apparently the theme of the week is "SWAP BOX," as this is my second post this week about blogger gift box swaps.  I don't know how or why, but they seem to come in pairs, I guess.  Or perhaps I can just never say no to a fun swap box.  This awesome blog box swap was masterminded and coordinated by Amy from Keepin' Up With The Smiths and Jess from Kessler Kraziness. Mac and I were lucky enough to get to shop for Amy and her son Cash - you'll have to head over to her blog and check out the goodies we sent them.  

The theme for the box swap was Spring and we were the lucky recipients of the most AMAZING box from Becky, who blogs at B Happy in Today.  Becky and her daughter Linnea put together the most perfect spring box you could possibly think of.  I'm totally jealous that I didn't come up with some of these ideas for my box.  We absolutely loved everything!  And to make it even more fun, each item was individually wrapped, labeled and decorated!  Mac had a blast going through everything and opening each item - that was genius and perfect for an excited toddler.  Here's what we received...

The very first thing he opened was this gift for me...a big bag of Starburst jelly beans!  Becky, how did you know that the way to Mac's heart was through Starburst?!  He was obsessed, so of course I had to share (don't worry I finished the bag later).  I gave him a couple, but I could barely get him to move on and open more items because all he wanted to do was sit and eat all the jelly beans.  I might need to get some more of these for his Easter basket. 
Next up was a package of seeds!  Gorgeous zinnias!  This was such a great idea.  I have been wanting to plant some flowers in the back yard and these will be perfect! 
And you can't plant seeds without some gardening tools.  Becky sent us a package of Paw Patrol (again, how did you know?!) gardening tools that Mac has used every day since opening them.  He's obsessed with digging and loves his "Marshall" shovel and rake.  
Sidewalk chalk - another springtime necessity. You can never have too much chalk, in my opinion. Meanwhile, Mim was very interested in the correspondence.  She thought the beautiful colored note from Linnea was the greatest (and tastiest) thing ever. 
Next up was The Rabbit Show book, which we did not have but now love!  And a giant bubble wand that kept Mac busy for a good half hour the next day (that is major!).  
And last, but not least, Becky and Linnea sent Miss Mim her very first pair of sunglasses!  
You guys, I put these sunglasses on Mim to take a photo and I kid you not, she could not figure out what the hell was going on.  She was trying to grab at the air in front of her, looking at her hands very strangely, tilting her head from side to side and just had no idea what was happening to her.  I was laughing so hard I nearly peed my pants.  I could barely take photos because I was crying so hard.  Babies are funny!
Of course we had to get outside and put all our goodies to good use.  The bubble wand was serious entertainment for both kids.  Mac would blow bubbles and Mim and she would just squeal in delight. 
We also planted our zinnia seeds.  I planted a couple myself to show him, but I let Mac dig the holes and put the seeds in himself with minor supervision, so I have no idea if he did it right or if the entire package of seeds is in one shallow hole.  I have zero gardening skills, so I feel like he has just as much chance of getting them to bloom as I do.  We've checked on them and watered them (probably WAY too much) everyday since we planted them.  If they don't make it, it was not for a lack of love. 

Thank you so much Becky and Linnea for the awesome spring box!  You guys did a great job!  

And check out the rest of the bloggers participating in the swap:
Jessica @ The Newly
Alisha @ Simple Luxury


  1. oh my gosh that IS the best box ever! I have plant some flowers on the spring bucket list and now I'm dying to actually do it! And Mim and the sunnies - priceless!

  2. Such a fun exchange! Love all the springy items.

  3. What a great swap! I love everything you got in the basket, but Mim wearing those sunglasses is my favorite!

  4. Those pictures of Mim are sooo cute! And that is hilarious she didn't know what was going on :D I love how Becky packaged everything, and she did a great job with your box!

  5. I am so jealous of the seeds idea. I wish I had thought of that. I got the Bunny Show book for Emerson for Easter. It's so cute. I literally laughed out loud when I read about Mim and the sunglasses. Ha ha! What a great box of goodies. So glad you guys had fun!

  6. Looks awesome! Time to start planting soon!!!

  7. I love how these things are packaged with little custom notes. So cute. My favourite are the seeds. Genius idea!

  8. The flower seeds are a genius idea! I wish I would have thought of that! Thanks for joining in!

  9. You always have the best box swaps! I love how they were all wrapped individually with little notes, that's so thoughtful!

  10. Those are some really great gifts! I love them all. & the pictures of Mim in the sunglasses, too adorable for words! :)

    Mandie ~

  11. Perfect Spring gifts! Love the bubble photos and Mim with her sunglasses is priceless :)

  12. What a creative idea, individually wrapped. So cute and thoughtful. This was such a fun gift exchange!

  13. Such a fun exchange, and Becky added some awesome spring gifts!
    We love Sandra Boyton books, but don't have that one. Might have to add it to the ever growing book list for M!
    And those last pics of Mim… DYING!! I can only imagine her confusion when those glasses went on.

  14. I can't even tell you how much joy it brings my heart to read and see you enjoying the package we sent. I had SO much fun deciding what to include.
    The Starburst jellybeans were a total guess...they are a favorite at our house, so I figured it was a safe bet. I had read a few random posts on your blog before shopping to see if I could get some good ideas on what your kids might like. I saw a mention of Paw Patrol, so when I saw the garden tools I knew I HAD to get them. The rest were just favorites at our house...since Mac and Linnea are fairly close in age I just thought about the things we like to do, and hoped that they were universal. I'm SO glad you liked it. I had a blast putting it together for you. :-)
    And Mim in the sunglasses? SO cute and funny!! :-)

  15. Those pictures of Mim had me rolling!! Such thoughtful gifts all the way around. Fun pictures!

  16. All that handmade packaging is just adorable! How fun!

  17. This is such a fun and cute idea! Love the photos with the sunglasses - SO cute!

  18. No joke, I literally laughed out loud at those photos of Mim with the sunglasses. TOO CUTE and so funny! I'm impressed she didn't grab them off her face first thing. She looks like a little rockstar in them! You guys got some great stuff and Mac obviously loved the jelly beans and the bubbles. How fun!