Updated 19 December 2019
My name is Mandi. I am 32 years old. I live in Kentucky with my best friend/husband, Jerry, and our 3 kids. I am a stay at home mom and I own an Etsy shop, The Grey Rose Paper Company.
I only swap/communicate with other women. It is not due to any sexism, I am not comfortable with men online having my address and also I am simply a wife heeding to her husband's understandable requests.
My oldest son's name is Jacob. He is 10 and in 5th grade, the final year of elementary school! Jacob likes basketball, football, books (he reads chapter books geared toward children aged 10-12 or 5th to 8th grade), World War Z, and the Walking Dead.
My second son's name is Callum and he is 4 & in preschool. Callum likes pre-k early readers books, trains, planes, automobiles, space, science stuff for early learners, building toys, anything STEM for preschool age, drawing/coloring, Paw Patrol, Cat in the Hat and other Dr. Seuss, PJ Masks, Wild Kratts, and books geared toward boys age 3-5.
My baby girl is Evelyn. Evie is 2 years old and has a speech disorder, called apraxia. Evie likes hair bows (clip-in, any size), Peppa Pig, Blippi, unicorns, and books for her age.
I have two pet rats, Nox and Nargle. They enjoy bird toys, ferret tunnels & hammocks, and wood chews. Rats are not gross. They are as intelligent as a dog (mine know their names and come when called), as clean as a cat (mine clean themselves more than any cat I've seen and some rats are even litter trained), and they love human interaction & cuddles and never bite (I've had over a dozen rats in my lifetime and I've literally never been bit)! My little ratties are cage-dwellers. Nargle prefers not to leave the cage ever as he prefers me to reach in and give him treats/petting and insists I clean around him instead of leaving the cage while I clean it (he will move so I eventually get the whole cage done)! Nox is a parrot-rat... He will perch on my shoulder all day if I let him. He's not into crafting, though, so you'll never have pet hair on your stuff.
I also have a rabbit named Bunny that was born September 15, 2019. She also isn't into crafting (no worries about allergies or pet hair) but does appreciate any bunny-safe toys or treats that may find their way to her via our postal system.
My music style is car-karaoke. If I know the words, I'm gonna sing along (loudly and poorly). If I don't know the words, I usually skip it unless it's catchy. Country, alt rock, classic rock, 90s, contemporary Christian, and praise/worship are my most played genres. My #1 favorite is (and always will be) Journey! Some other favorite artists that spring to mind are:
As for movies, I have always been a horror movie fan. My mom had me watching 70s & 80s horror movies even before I can remember. I grew up watching Tales From the Crypt, every Stephen King novel based movie and all the Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, and Friday the 13th films. I've kept that love for horror my entire life, even the B-list stuff. I also love foreign films (I even took Foreign Film Studies in college), short films, and classic Disney. Some favorite films are:
Some folks like to read... I like to read everything! I'll always be a Potterhead and re-read the series quite often. I also love historical fiction, paranormal, sci-fi, horror, mystery, true crime/murder, bestsellers, and things I randomly pick up at a bookstore or happen to see while browsing the Kindle books on Amazon (I have a FireHD, a Kindle Voyage, and the app on my phone). My "TBR" list is so long and is literally always expanding. I know I'll realistically never be able to read them all, but I'll die trying! I read in bed every night. I can't finish a book and stop reading; I have to start a new book immediately.
I am a crafter. I have a large craft room! My crafting interests include (but are not limited to) papercrafting, crochet, designing stationery for my Etsy shop, and writing letters & sending mail art to my pen pals.
I enjoy various other hobbies, such as hiking, camping, fishing, and photography (Nikon DSLR user here).
I am a firm believer that there is no wrong way to have a body. A person's worth does not come from a number on the scale, their outward appearance, or their physical capabilities or limitations. Anyone can wear whatever they want to put on their body. I believe fat isn't a bad word. I am fat. I am also beautiful. Those things aren't mutually exclusive. I am also happy, worthy, physically active, energetic, and confident (although I'm an introvert). We need to stop letting the media tell us who is beautiful and instead get to know each other and find the beauty in everyone, then maybe some of the other problems in society will be fixed too.
World religions were always fascinating to me when I was younger. I didn't grow up in a church or a particular religion & religion was never really talked about in my house. As a teenager I believed in and practices paganism (wicca). In my early-20s, I was agnostic. In my mid & late 20s, I was a confident athiest. At 29, Jesus saved me. I joined a local church, was baptized, and I now participate in a monthly women's Bible study, a monthly craft ministry where we make things for different charities or other donations, attend church at least every Sunday (but more often when I can), and host Bible study swaps on here. That being said, I won't bring up religion in my swaps (unless it is a religious-themed swap). If you want a theological discussion, I'm up for it but you'll have to approach the topic first.
I can't pass an hourglass without flipping it over. Weird quirk, but I feel it's relevant information. Also, I might believe in aliens and UFOs... It depends on the day.
Postcard Swap Info
Send something you think I will like based on my profile. There is a lot of info here. LoL
Also, I like touristy, funny, and strange PCs. Just no nudity please. Pin-up style is fine.
If we are in a swap that does not specify whether to send in an envie or naked & stamped, I prefer naked & stamped if you will write something on the back. If you don't know what to write, some suggestions are:
This list is mostly for profile-based swaps. If it's on this list, I'd like it! Be sure to check out the rest of my profile for more "likes" scattered in.
Handmade items are welcome! Even if it isn't on my list. I like seeing what others make.
Check out my wishlists on Etsy & Amazon.
Anything from England, Ireland, Scotland, or Italy! Or things featuring landmarks from those places.
Tourist brochures for places in/near London, England. I'll be visiting in September 2021!
Unused USA Global Mail Forever stamps
Unused USA stamps: Forever, Additional Ounce, Nonmachinable surcharge, or just the small amounts (under 50c).
Rat/mouse/hamster/gerbil/bird toys/treats for my pet rats.
Rabbit toys/treats for Bunny.
Magnets (store bought or handmade) pertaining to my likes list below... or see my Etsy wishlist for other ideas.
Please Do Not Send / Dislikes
This list is pretty small, but it is a list of dislikes - things I simply won't use and would be better off being sent to someone who will treasure it.
Anything that could melt in warm temperatures between the months of May and October. In the wintertime, it's safe.
Sticker flakes unless I'm in a swap for them
Items that smell heavily like smoke
Loose confetti or things that will get it everywhere when I open the package
Friendship Books, Slams, etc.
An ever-expanding and ever-changing list of random things I like!
I click send if...
If you are in the USA and do not receive a swap from me within 2 weeks of my clicking send please PM me and I will happily resend.
If you are outside the USA, please allow 4-6 weeks to receive a swap from me. If that timeframe has passed, please PM me and I'll gladly resend.
I rate based on the rules of Swap-Bot. There are only three different rating criteria: I got my stuff and it met posted swap requirements (5 points); I got my stuff, but it didn't meet the posted swap requirements (3 points); I never got anything (1 point).
I rate the day I get your package from the post office or the following day, but I don't go to the post office daily. If you have tracking on your item and it says it's been delivered but I haven't rated it, please give me a few days. I usually pick up my mail at least twice a week.
I will contact my partner prior to giving a 1 or a 3. If you're going to be a few days late, please PM me. Communication goes a long way. :-)
My town has less than 500 people. Due to this, we have a very small post office. I have come to realize that the mail I send off does not get a postmark on it until 2-4 days after I have sent it because it doesn't arrive at a point with a machine until later in its journey. It depends on when I drop it off (before/after pickup, weekend, etc.). I try to get my swaps out so that this doesn't matter and will allow for the postmark to still be in the time for the deadline. However, I do mark "sent" when I drop it in the box. So you may receive something from me that I've marked sent one day and the postmark not be for up to 4 days later. This, unfortunately, is just part of tiny town living. I've talked to my postal worker and the only way around this is to always have it hand-cancelled. With my schedule, this isn't feasible. Not to mention, the added postage cost for "non-machinable" mail. Thank you for your understanding.
I joined this site in September 2009. I stopped getting online in April 2013 due to sudden, unforeseen, unpredictable, non-preventable (private) reasons. Due to the fact that I no longer had any access to the previously used email address, I could not remember my password for SB, I had no idea how to contact Rachel without a SB account, and I had a new name & address, I rejoined Swap-Bot in August 2015 with a new profile. I immediately contacted admin and had Rachel merge them. All my ratings from the old profile are accessible by clicking "View All" and scrolling down. I also didn't do any swapping from October 2015 (when my 2nd child was born) until January 2017, but I left on good terms and returned on good terms. If you have any questions about any of this, please PM me.
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