Swap-bot Time: December 17, 2017 12:03 am


Date Joined: June 11, 2016
Last Online: December 16, 2017
Birthday: July 10
Country: United States

About Me

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I am a married stay-at-home-mom (miscarried daughter in 2011, five year old son, second daughter born on October 26th) with interests in photography and baking, I'm sometimes hired for my services in both. I enjoy reading (all genres) and creating art. Donuts are my biggest guilty pleasure; donuts and I have a very special relationship. I have a bizarre affinity for Cadbury Eggs, even I don't understand my love for them. Actually, I have a very big sweet tooth: caramel, chocolate, peanut butter, I'll eat it all and brush my teeth afterwards. I live a pagan lifestyle; I believe in the magical and mythical, and I love nature. I'm allergic to pine scent, spiders, and seafood and shellfish. I like to travel, but have not yet left my home country, hopefully that will change in the next few years! I live near southern California's only natural lake, Lake Elsinore. My family visits Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park frequently. My birthday is July 10th and honestly, it's never a very big celebration, so if you happen to eat a cupcake (or donut!) on that day, let me know what flavor it was!

I have been a coffee drinker for quite a while (not a snob by ANY stretch of the imagine, I actually enjoy most gas station offerings) but Swap-Bot has introduced me to a world of teas I did not know existed. Feel free to send any caffiene content and any flavor, the same goes for coffee and other drinks. I prefer factory sealed tea bags because I started a tea journal that I put them in, along with the steeping time, sweetener, milk, color, scent, etc. and whether I enjoyed it or not. Please do not send me empty wrappers; I can't put them in the journal since I don't have all the information mentioned above. As my parents always said, "How do you know you don't like it if you haven't tried it?"

I enjoy all types of postcards, even the ones that no one seems to want. You know, that one card you've had floating around for months because you're just not sure who would want to receive it or even how you came to be in possession of it in the first place. I'd be happy to have it appear in my mailbox. Please don't use envelopes if it can be avoided (I know in some countries it's a preferred method of mailing, and that's ok, also if they're part of a larger swap, envelopes are obviously necessary). I appreciate the little scratches and tears that happen to postcards on their journey. They're kind of like scars that tell the story of what it took to get here! It's ok if my office space starts to look like the island of misfit cards. We all have our quirks. I do appreciate tourist cards from a sender who writes a little bit about the location, even if it's somewhere they only visited. If it's just a random card being passed on, I appreciate a little personal note, just a little something like what the last book you read, a news story you heard recently, the funny thing your kid said at breakfast, or what kind of dog you have. I keep every postcard and I feel like I'm collecting little bits of history and culture, there's longevity in the words I receive.

Favorite Music

I enjoy listening to literally everything from ragtime jazz to classic rock to boy band pop to mariachi. Probably the only thing I have to be in a specific mood for is that screamo metal stuff. But even that is good for an angry, solo drive.

If you don't believe I'm truly all over the map in my tastes, my first concert was Three Dog Night, I have too many VHS tapes to count filled with Backstreet Boys interviews and concerts, I go with my in-laws nearly every year to see Alice Cooper, I've bought every Selena Gomez CD on the day it was released, I'm the only female in our social circle that can name a Tech N9ne song, I went by myself to see Kongos in our neighboring college town because no one was interested in going with me, my husband wouldn't listen to a single country song before we met and now I hear the likes of Billy Currington and Trace Adkins when I get in his truck, I make sure to get to California Adventure when Mariachi Divas are performing, my eldest cat is named after Duke Ellington, and I'm thrilled to be able to say I saw Merle Haggard in concert at the Fender Museum. I'm in a good place with my choices.

Favorite Books

*The Color Purple by Alice Walker *Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden *Great Expectations by Charles Dickens *Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen *The Witching Hour by Anne Rice *Hawaii by James A. Michener *Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Favorite Movies

I love Disney, especially Renaissance Disney (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin). I'm content to run a Disney movie marathon all day long. Same goes for Pixar. They bring back happy memories and I love the magic of dreams coming true. Not to mention, the literary nerd in me loves plot devices and such. Aside from Disney, I love Practical Magic, French Kiss and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I'm not all that into romantic comedies but those get me every time. For as much as I love the macabre, I am NOT a fan of horror. I can pinpoint my aversion to the recent version of The Hills Have Eyes. Ever since I saw that movie, horror films give me anxiety and nightmares. I'll stick to my singing princesses and talking animals, thank you.

Favorite Television

I have a five year old son, so more often than not the tv is set to Disney Junior. But if I do get to have some control over it, I like to watch (or at least DVR) Once Upon a Time, RuPaul's Drag Race, Archer, Gotham, Vikings, Sister Wives, Bob's Burgers, Gravity Falls, Ink Master, Booze Traveller, and So You Think You Can Dance. I also like reruns of old 90s and early 2000's shows like Roseanne, Golden Girls, Three's Company, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and That 70's Show. If I can find them while channel surfing, I'll do marathons of the 60's Batman series, Bewitched, The Munsters, and The Addams Family.

Favorite Crafts

I enjoy photography, mostly landscape but I'll "shoot" people too. I bake, for fun and for profit. Once in a while, I bust out the acrylic paints and canvas and make a gift for someone. I'm an absolute disaster at fabric arts (knitting, sewing, etc.) I've recently discovered the joys of washi tape. I don't make scrapbooks per se, but I like miscellaneous scrapbooking embellishments; I use them in my Book of Shadows and special recipe books. I also like to make simple jewelry and tree ornaments.


My son and I volunteer for a rabbit rescue which cares for abandoned and surrendered bunnies. It's very rewarding, but it's also bittersweet when our favorites get adopted.

We are a SpiralScouts International hearth. We do community service, celebrate pagan holidays, and make simple crafts. We've found it's a scouting experience that provides a better alternative to other scouting options.

Guilty Pleasures

*49ers *"A"Monogram (My real name is Amanda, although I go by Mandi, I like the letter A.) *Acrylic Painting *Address Labels *Airplanes *Anchors *ATCs (one day I'll try my hand at making them, for now I just like to collect them) *Baking *Ball point pens (especially clicky kind) *Balloons *Batman *Bears *Bookmarks *Books *Candles *Candy (Especially those only available in certain areas) *Chevrolet *Chickens/Roosters *Clarinet *Coconut Scent/Flavor *Coffee/Coffee Mugs *Coloring Books (Adult and Children's) *Colors: Bright yellow, hot pink and black *Crows/Ravens *Cupcakes *Dandelions *Depeche Mode *Depression/PPD/PTSD Awareness *Donuts *Disney Pins *Disney/Pixar *Disneyland *El Dia De Los Muertos/Sugar Skulls *Essential Oils *Fairytales (Classic and Modern Interpretations) *Firearms *Fireworks (They're illegal in my county, but I love images of them.) *Frodsham Village, Cheshire, England *Funko Pop figures (specifically ones wearing eyeglasses, I have Ariel, Jasmine and Linda Belcher) *Gel pens *Halloween *Harry Potter (Ravenclaw) *Hawaii *Herbs (NOT the "green cross" kind!) *Hippos *Honey *Horseshoes *Incense (sticks and cones) *Ink pads *Johnny Cash *Journaling *Junk Food *Kcups *Kongos *Lisa Frank *Little Witch Academia *Lord of the Rings *Macadamia Nuts *Manatees *Maneki neko *Mermaids *Miscarriage/Stillbirth/Infant Loss Awareness *Mix Tapes/CDs/Playlists *Nail Polish *Notecards *OneRepublic *Pandas *Peacocks *Photography (especially photos pre-90s) *Pigs *Pirates of the Caribbean *Polytheistic Pantheons *Popcorn *Postcards *Pressed Flowers/Leaves *Rabbits *Raccoons *Raiders *Raspberry Scent/Flavor *Recipe Cards *Robins *Rocks/Crystals *Roses *Saxophone (Tenor) *Seahorses *Seashells *Selena Gomez *Sharpies *Shopkins *Skeleton Keys *Soccer Mom *Spirited Away *Splashlings *Sprinkles *Stamps (Rubber and Postage) *Star Wars *Stars/Moon/Sun *Stickers *Sunflowers *Tarot/Oracle Cards *Tattoos *Tea *Tiki *Travel *Vikings (the tv show and historical paraphernalia) *Voodoo/HooDoo/Santeria *Washi Tape *Wax Melts *Wind Chimes *Wine *Witches *Word Searches *World War II (especially aircraft and propaganda) *Zodiac Signs (I'm a Cancer)

Swaps Involving My Kids

My son Johnny is five years old and quite a loving spirit. He's named after Johnny Cash. He loves animals and nature. He appreciates the sun reflecting on water, the stars appearing in the twilight, and he is very quick to point out the colors in a sunset. His favorite color is green. He plays soccer on a non-competitive league (he'll move up from the skill building league next year.) He plays t-ball on a fundraising team coached by the local high school baseball players in the spring. He is also quite the machine/vehicle aficionado. He loves trash trucks, construction equipment, trains, big rigs, tow trucks, street sweepers, basically if it has an engine and some wheels he is in heaven. He watches more tv than is recommended and really likes Paw Patrol, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (he loves Donald Duck), Terrific Trucks, The Lion Guard, and he likes Disney movies, especially Dumbo, Aristocats, Moana, Cars, and Planes. He collects Pez dispensers. He enjoys Chuck E. Cheese, Disneyland and the Zoo. He also really likes Play Doh, but who doesn't? He has no allergies and likes chocolate milk, flaming hot Cheetos, ham and cheese pizza, tacos, grapes, Uncrustables, watermelon, chocolate and gummy candies. He likes to go up to another child and invite them to play with him but his feelings are easily hurt if he is rejected. That being said, while he doesn't quite understand what this whole swapping thing is about, he does understand that when he helps me put together a swap, we will soon be getting something in the mail, which he gets very excited about. Please do not flake on him, it will hurt MY feelings! If for some reason you end up not being able to meet the swap's requirements, please let me know in advance. If you could even just send him a letter or postcard saying hello, he would be thrilled and I'll consider the swap fulfilled as long as you communicate with me.

My daughter Evangeline was born October 26, 2016. She is named after the star in The Princess and the Frog (I wished on stars for both of my kids and they both came true.) She rooming with Mom and Dad as we don't have much living space so we don't have a nursery or theme. She just got her first tooth! I've been attracted to the colors purple and green for her; anything with princesses, stars, or animals is also right up her little alley. She has shown so much interest in Moana, sometimes it's the only thing that will calm her down. When I sign up for swaps, I generally intend for my son to be the recipient but if you prefer putting something together for a girl instead, we will be happy to receive it; my son is very excited for Baby Sister to be with us and likes helping put things together for her, there's no jealousy here (yet!)

Please do not send anything relating to religion to my children. We are not a Christian home. We are open and communicative of other beliefs but my husband and I consider it our responsibility of how and when to introduce these topics to our children, and for now we are just covering the basics of what we believe and what our friends and family believe. Inspirational quotes and positive messages are always welcome, but please do not include references to the Bible, Torah, Buddha, Hinduism, etc. Thank you, I deeply appreciate it.

Swaps Involving My Husband

This poor guy gets left out so often, the only mail he gets are the bills and car maintenance reminders. Mike is a nerd like me (I tend to think he is more so, he just hid it well until after we were married.) He likes Star Wars, Star Trek, Vikings, Jeopardy, Law and Order: SVU, South Park, Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Archer, The Walking Dead, and Batman (all storylines). He enjoys board games. He wears a size medium (USA) in t-shirts and prefers subtle patterns to bold/loud ones (he is adamantly against paisley patterns, no matter how hard I try.) He likes whiskey, gin, sour candies and the darkest chocolate he can get his hands on. His favorite colors are red and black. He enjoys firearms and going shooting at both indoor and outdoor ranges; he likes tactical and preparedness type things. He has recently shown an interest in hiking and camping, we're slowly testing the waters with campgrounds like the KOA. He does enjoy grilling (albeit with rubs and no sauces) when he spends time outdoors. He and his immediate family are the only men I know who aren't into sports of any kind. He'll go outside and toss a ball with his buddies or help out with our son's soccer team, but he doesn't have any interest in professional sports. He works in a casino and I'm pretty sure he sees cards in his sleep, so things like Poker and Blackjack are more likely to induce stress than a fun guys' night. He likes war and horror movies, even though I tend to not watch the latter with him because they give me nightmares. But whatever floats his boat!


Comment: Merry Christmas! Thank you!
Comment: Hi Mandi. Thanks for the nice sparkly card. Your holiday plans sound awesome! Have a good one!
kfaye rated for Happy Winter cards (flat mail) on Dec 15, 2017
Comment: I love this pretty ice-skating card! Thank you SO much for the eye mask! It fit inside the card just perfectly too! Happy Yule & many happy blessings in 2018!!! :D
Comment: Such a pretty card. I hope your plan for your family works out well for your holiday🎄🎄🎄
theevidenceisme rated for Merry Christmas Swap #3 on Dec 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the card and postcards! Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you for sharing your holiday with me. I've never "met" anyone that celebrated anything other than Christmas or Chanukah. Very cool to learn about something new! I love the cat stickers. Thank you for wrapping them. That was super fun. Can't wait to use them. P.S. You & my daughter have the same birthday!
Sammoning rated for HP Stocking Stuffer on Dec 12, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the cute necklace, I will certainly try it on!
goinjenny rated for Merry Christmas Swap #3 on Dec 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you, esp for the pocket calendar
AnnSo rated for Send my postcard back - Week 9 on Dec 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you for this little extra, Will send your postcard back tomorrow!
auralily rated for Harry Potter Xmas Gift on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! It's going to be hard waiting until Christmas to open it :)
Elliepatterson rated for Cardinal Christmas Card on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: Ho ho ho hello, Thank you for the pretty cardinal card. I noticed the stamp was a .29 cents train stamp and it came them without requesting more postage. What a deal! Cardinals seem like the perfect Christmas colored bird don't they:-) Merry Christmas
Response: There was also a .20 Nativity stamp to make up .49 cents. I get Bunches of older stamps off eBay. I must not have licked it enough (ew!). My hypothesis is that it fell off after being sorted. Probably why the post office switched to sticky stamps. Happy holidays.
marinda rated for Cardinal Christmas Card on Dec 9, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! Beautiful card. :) merry christmas!
kfaye rated for MLU: Fill My Stocking with Mermaids on Dec 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you! Can hardly wait :D
jlink rated for Disney PC swap on Dec 4, 2017
Comment: I never did dress my son as anything Disney. He was Frankenstein and a ghost and some other fun things - no disney.
Comment: Beautiful! Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the recipes Mandi, the Yule Wassail is perfect for this time of year! Can't wait to try it and the lentil bolognese is perfect for me too. Thank you!! xxxx
ByJQ rated for Winter Holiday 7-Q&As (electronic) on Nov 29, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing about your holidays.
Comment: Thank you for sharing both the good and the sad. It brings everything into perspective.
PeliKat rated for Pick 3 Swap on Nov 26, 2017
Comment: Mandi, thank you for a lovely swap! Everything was so perfect! I love the sunflower paper and envelope; it's my current favorite flower! The sticker sheet was a style I've never seen before and I'm eager to use it for my projects. The piano bookmark is beautiful, and it will be hard to part with the butterfly notecard... You put together a great swap and I thank you!
njstauter rated for Do You Bake? (electronic) on Nov 24, 2017
Comment: Nice story with the recipe. Many thanks

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MelbourneGirl on Nov 29, 2017:

Hey Mandi and all ❤️ Many thanks for sending our postcard home with the lovely stamps and stickers! The birthday 🎂 party sounds like lots of fun! Wishing you all a very merry Christmas 🎄 and a happy new year 🎉

njstauter on Nov 24, 2017:

Thanks for double posting. Either way was fine. I like the story in the PM. You are a very sweet partner.

LoveThis on Nov 22, 2017:

thankyou very much for the card, i received today :)

njstauter on Nov 20, 2017:

Three Kings Biscotti

Soak a few strands of Saffron in a heated orange juice of about 2 Tablespoons for about 10 minutes as you mix the remaining ingredients.

2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled) 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon fine salt 1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature 2 large eggs 1 cup dried apricots, finely chopped 1 cup shelled pistachios, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of a stand mixer on low speed, using paddle attachment, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add butter and beat on medium until coarse crumbs form. With mixer on low, add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition, add Saffron strands and orange juice; mix in apricots, & pistachios. Continue to mix until dough forms a ball, about 1 minute. 2. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, shape dough into two 2-by-12-inch logs. Bake until dry and set, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely on sheet on a wire rack. Transfer to a cutting board. With a serrated knife, cut logs on the diagonal into 1/4-inch slices. Bake on parchment-lined sheets until golden, 15 to 20 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let cool completely on sheets on racks. (Store in airtight containers, up to 1 week.)

I make these each year as a gift to my dear friend in MN, and keep half a batch for myself. When she visited me a year ago, she confessed to hiding them from her husband.

Mountainbythesea on Oct 25, 2017:

Festive Mermaid Profile Deco Halloween



KSENiA on Oct 14, 2017:

Thank you for sending my card back. I love strawberries too. They one of the reasons winter is my favorite season. Dipped in chocolate or with whipped cream is the best way to eat them indeed.

dawnielynn on Aug 31, 2017:

Received my NYUP Return to Me #1 postcard, thank you!

CurlyTea on Jul 11, 2017:

greygooselime on Jun 26, 2017:

I got my girl from the Louvre postcard back! Thank you! Stay cool :)

paraxparaxnoia on Jun 6, 2017:

Hey Mandi! Thank you for the beautiful postcard for the Postcard Roulette! The church reminds me of a the Lutheran church here in my city although the one here is much more bare compared to the Catholic one. I'm not religious but especially Catholic imagery is so beautiful I can't help myself! Happy swapping😊

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