So this was the first month I participated in Kaitlyn over at Wifessionals Cara Box Match Up. Basically you get matched up with two other bloggers to get to know and you send one a box, and then the other sends you a box. It was a pretty cool experience that I heard about from one of my other blogger friends.
This month I was matched up with two awesome bloggers, Deana at Tesori Belle and Michelle at Life On The Horizon. They are both amazing bloggers and I was so lucky to get matched up with them. I felt bad that I didn't get to connect with them as much as I would have liked, the beginning of May was kind of a whirlwind for me, with finals and working two jobs and things like that. But they were both very understanding, and I hope to keep in touch! If you want to see the Virginia Tech themed box I sent to Deana, you can read about it here.
The box I got from Michelle was absolutely amazing. She really took some of my interests and found awesome items that represented areas in which she lived, and used to live. I thought it was really cool that she also had her daughter, who is graduating from high school tomorrow, help choose things for the box!
Michelle really went above and beyond on my box, but I LOVED everything in it.
I got 3 books, and as everyone knows from my last post I am obsessed with books. The first one is a book called "Fifty Places To Hike Before You Die". Hiking is something that I have been into since high school (and by I mean into, I mean my parents used to take my brother and I on hiking trips instead of trips to the beach during summer vacations) but once I came down to Virginia, I really started hiking a lot considering how close we are to the Appalachian Trail. I have actually already been to two of the places described in the book Oregon, at Mount Hood National Park, and Washington, in Olympic National Park. But I digress, needless to say, I am so excited about this book and to hopefully hike some of the places in it in the near future! The second book is called "Texas Braggin' Rights" and is winning recipes of the best Texas cook offs. There are some really yummy sounding recipes in here and I can't wait to try some of them. The third book is called "Romance and Bared Wire - Cowgirls in Love" it is one of those little coffe table knick knack books but I love having those around to read through. It has a bunch of philosophy and quotes about love and life, all in cute little southern ways.
The next thing she sent was a jar of this Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce, Michelle recommended it over cream cheese and crackers, which sounds absolutely amazing, and I can't wait to try it! I will definitely be on the search for this stuff at my World Market so I can have a stash.
The next part was PERFECT (but also dangerous) for my very very very sweet tooth! I also liked these treats because this is what her daughter picked out. All of these treats have sentimental value to her and her family, which really meant a lot to me. This gum, "Mexican Wedding Cookies" and Dulces Mexicanos, probably won't last that long in my house, and being honest I've already broken into them and starting snacking, THEY ARE DELICIOUS!
Okay, for everyone that knows me, this next item was PERFECT. I am a little bit of wine obsessed, and was so excited when I unwrapped this from it's safe packaging. White wine is my favorite, but Moscato is kind of my weakness. Also I would never tell on Michelle for shipping wine, and was so exciting she broke the rules a little just for me :) This wine comes from a winery in West Texas, and I can't wait to sit down on my back patio with a glass of it with dinner (maybe a recipe I'll attempt to make from my new Texas cook book). Literally, I can't get over how much this fits me.
The final item I found all wrapped up safely in my Cara box was this beautiful cross that Michelle gave to me from her collection. I can't wait to find a place in my room to hang this, and it reminded me of my own mom because she collected crosses as well. It came from El Paso and will be reminded of a new friend every time I look at it. I love the color blue, so obviously I love it, but the detail and design is beyond gorgeous.
I am so happy that I decided to participate in Cara Box this month, and will for sure be signing up again in the future! It is a great way to get to know other bloggers, and I highly recommend it!