Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2015 Christmas in the Country Gift Reveal

After keeping quiet for several weeks, I can finally reveal my Christmas in the Country swap partner!  I received a box of goodies from Miss Amanda of The Good Stuff.

Amanda is currently working in DC and utilizing her degree in Ag Communication that she received from Kansas State University.  #EMAW, isn't that y'all's hashtag?  I see it all over my social media sites because I'm friends with a host of alumni.  And the school's primary color is purple.  I can dig it!

In addition to being professionals (haha!) in the agriculture community, we share an affinity for turquoise, mason jars and wine!  What I need her to teach me... How do you create and rock that messy hair look?!  Amanda has also inspired me to get my butt in gear and create/post my 101 in 1001 that I talked about way back when...

To my swap partner I sent some cute measuring spoons and rubber spatulas from Crate and Barrel; along with a pad of notepaper.  She creates recipes and I thought that she'd be able to put those three things to good use.  In addition to the kitchen inspired goodies, I sent her a snowman figurine/photo display and some loose leaf tea.  The tea, oh the tea... What a calamity!  Unbeknownst to me, Miss Haddie got into the box of goodies I was sending and it was only after talking with some of the co-hosts did I realize that someone covered up Haddie's indiscretions.  Long story short, the tea was undrinkable.  Talk about a huge embarrassment, I felt terrible!  The best laid plans.

Okay, back to task at hand here's the scoop on the gifts Amanda sent!

First off... those caramels.  Y'all they have rum IN THEM!  Hello, delicious.  I'm also totally stoked about the glass nail file and the fact that it has a case to keep it in!  I can't tell you how many pairs of sunglasses I've ruined because they get scratched up in my purse.  And the notepad, I'm a list maker from way back and this is perfect!  Amanda also sent some really cute bev naps and a deck of wine cards that help you pair wine with your favorite foods.  Sold.  The four little jars?  They're spice containers!  They remind me of the ones my grandparents kept on their kitchen table when I was a little girl.  I love them!

Amanda did a bang up job and I hope that one day our paths cross!  The agricultural community is pretty small and I'd be willing to bet there's a good chance that us meeting IRL might truly happen!

I want to thank all the hosts (Laurie, Jamie, Kirby and Lara) of this year's Christmas in the Country swap for organizing such an undertaking!  Thanks for dreaming up this event that connects like-minded gals, that hopefully lead to great friendships despite the many miles that can separate us!


  1. Caramels and wine - sounds like a winner! All the gifts from the exchange this year are making me REALLY look forward to February when I can enjoy a nice glass of wine again, lol. Oh the tea... hopefully soon we can all laugh at Miss Haddie over a glass of wine, she caused quite a ruckus, I guess she just wanted to participate too! We were so glad to have you back again this year and hope you enjoyed the swap, thanks so much for sharing Myla!

  2. Amanda did a great job! (PS - She's from the same town I live in....now if that isn't a small world, I don't know what is. :)) It's been fun to see what everyone got in the CITC exchange!

    PS - I totally had to ask what #EMAW meant two years ago when all of my K-State friends started using it...Every Man a Wildcat! :)

  3. What a great gift from Amanda! I love those little spice jars too. I could see a whole kitchen cabinet full of them with lovely spices. Please give Little Miss Haddie a little love from us. She sure made this years exchange an exciting one, but in the end gave us a laugh. Now your husband on the other hand....
    Laurie - Country Link

  4. Myla, looks like Amanda did some good blog snooping! I think the spice jars are awesome! I also like the idea of having wine pairing cards, that will come in handy for you.

    From one list maker to another, paper, notebooks, pens and more are always fun!

  5. Oh my word - I totally want those wine cars and the spice jars ... and well, everything you received was so fun!! :) Thank you for participating again this year, Myla - it was a bit of a crazy ride but I hope you can chuckle about it. As you said "best laid plans" and all. Looking forward to following your blog in 2016 and beyond - Happy New Year!! Lara - My Other More Exciting Self

  6. Very nice - caramels, wine stuff and paper! :) Can't go wrong!

  7. Oh my goodness; love the name of your blog, Myla--purple is my favorite color! If my door wasn't already a fun shade of red, I would have probably painted it purple too!

    I'm a K-Stater living too far from Manhattan now, so I had to ask some friends what #EMAW meant at first, ha! Amanda gave you some fun gifts!

  8. GREAT post Myla. You have been a pleasure to have in the exchange this year. We appreciate it so much. Hope you all have a happy and healthy 2016.

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