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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Winter Cara Box Reveal

I once again participated in the Cara Box Exchange, hosted by Wifefessionals. The exchange is now over a period of three months, so that we can get to know our partners for a longer period of time. This time around, the theme was Shine – we were encouraged to find out what makes our partner shine and to make a box that complimented those things about her.

In the past, Kaitlyn has matched up partners based on whether or not they have a blog. Starting with this exchange period, the swap is now based around Instagram. Therefore, to participate, you must have a way to post to and follow people on Instagram. The requirement was also given that you must post at least once a week to Instagram. Well, since I got my iPhone last year, I do use Instagram. But I feel like my blog says more about me than my Instagram account does, and I enjoy getting to know people by reading their blogs. So I was a little sad that the swap was no longer based on blogs.

This round, the partners were also paired up by state. So the person I sent to and the person I received from both reside in Kansas. Now, Kansas is a large state, so I fully expected my partners to live 3+ hours away from me. The person I received a box from does live far from me – in Wichita KS. However, the person I sent to lives maybe 10 minutes from me! I was so excited to realize that!

I received my box this month from Sally. Sally is a photographer who works out of Wichita. Like me, she went on a cruise last month! Here is what she sent me:

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Things to make me shine – as Sally wrote: candles for my home, lipstick for my face, a journal and tea for my soul. I love it all!

I was lucky enough to be matched to send to Tracie, who like I said resides maybe 10 minutes away from me! We got to know each other through emails and learned that we have a lot in common, including the fact that we both knit and that we are both social workers (well I used to be one, she still is one)! Instead of using the mail system for our exchange, Tracie and I set up a date to meet each other! While both her fiancĂ© and my husband may have suggested that we should be concerned about meeting people we’d only met online, we had a great time together and hopefully will hang out again soon! We managed to neglect taking photos while together, but here is the picture that Tracie posted of the goodies that I gave her!

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I am not sure I will participate in the Cara Box Exchange again for the next round. I really preferred when pairs were made based on blogging as opposed to Instagram. I guess I will decide next month when the sign ups open again! Thanks so much to Sally for my package and Tracie for becoming my friend!

If you participated in the Cara Box Exchange, what did you think of the Instagram requirement?

18 comments:

Tamara Bowman said...

These are so thoughtful!

Avery said...

What a great box, Dara! I sent to Sally!
I will also not be participating again for a different reason, but I definitely feel I made a new friend this go-around! :)

Dara said...

it's definitely a fun swap!

Dara said...

agreed!

Dara said...

I noticed that you sent to Sally! pretty cool!

I agree with what you're saying about the instagram format and the creator. she started blogging again and is definitely still on instagram, but she stopped following everyone! there are a lot of issues there, I think!

Avery said...

Yeah, I had to stop following her blog because I really try to only read positive things online--too much negativity for me.
Probably why I love your blog so much! You seem like an awesome mom and a positive light! :o)

Dara said...

awww, thank you! that is really sweet of you. I love your blog too and I'm glad you are blogging again!

Holly Higgins said...

I have already decided that I won't be participating again. With the budget we're on, I don't really have the money for it anymore, but I also felt that the person who sent to me didn't bother to learn anything about me and sent me stuff that had me going "Why did you send that?" when I opened the box. They also rarely posted to the IG and contacted me maybe three times via email throughout the whole thing. Believe me, I was glad to receive a box at all, but I will admit I was a little disappointed. My blog definitely shows more who I am than random photos I post to IG and it was obvious that my partner didn't bother to read it.

Dara said...

yeah those are my thoughts about instagram as well. maybe there is a group of people who wish to get to know people through instagram and a group who prefers to do so through blogging? I don't figure Kaitlyn would lead the swap both ways, but that's unfortunate, I think! I'm sorry you were disappointed by your box this time around.

Falen said...

I didn't mind the instagram requirement, and I have enjoyed this swap from the beginning. I think it is really neat that your partner was so close!

Dara said...

glad to hear it! I loved that my partner was so close too.

Christa @ Mom, Paper, Scissors said...

I, too, wish it was based on blogs. I just don't use Instagram that much!

Amanda @ Marry Mint said...

Sally clearly rocks ;) I'm asking around...what are your thoughts on NYX products? Do you like yours?!

http://marrymint.blogspot.com

Dara said...

we could, though I know these things are hard to organize!

Dara said...

so far I have enjoyed the NYX products I've tried. I've heard good things too!

Christa @ Mom, Paper, Scissors said...

I'm sure they are a nightmare to organize!! lol

Shoshanah G said...

I've always looked at others Cara boxes and thought it looked like a lot of fun. But I was never quite sure I was up for creating a box myself. Although now knowing it's through instagram makes it seem less and less likely I'll participate.


And my husband feels the same way about blogger meet-ups, but luckily each time I've done it, the person I expected to be there was there!

Dara said...

creating boxes is fun! but yeah about the instagram thing. sigh.