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21 Jul, 2010

Book swap!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Swaps

A shade more expensive than the library, cheaper than the bookstore. It’s not too late to grab a book. (This note will remain here until the deadline for the book swap has passed. See below for new blog entries.) Share the post “Book swap!” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

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14 Jul, 2010

Bloggy book swap!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Swaps

I was lying in bed looking at one of several huge stacks of books in our bedroom, thinking about my, um, special relationship with books. Basically, I aquire them and cannot part with them. Ever. BUT, on that rare occasion I do give one or two away I like to know they are going to a good […]

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05 Dec, 2007

Pay it forward (with handmade gifts!)

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Memes/blog awards etc|Swaps

[ETA: three participants have been found. Yay!] Don’t you love getting mail? I do. I reeeally love getting mail. There’s no better feeling than seeing something poking out of my mailbox and knowing it’s a surprise for ME. :) I’ve been scripting a post in my head about a new pay-it forward** project. And then I […]

14 Apr, 2007

Candy swap: the results

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy|Swaps

Awhile back I signed up for a candy swap hosted by Scattered Mom. Each person was to send $8 – $10 worth of candy to their swap partner. I decided to take the purist route and send mostly chocolate, brands that (I think) are only available in Canada. My partner was Renee. This is what I […]

18 Mar, 2007

Body hurt

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life|Ottawa|Swaps

My body hurts. In fact, I am finding it uncomfortable to sit upright in my desk chair. I have a slightly-smaller-than-egg-size bruise on my knee and I just woke up from a deep ten-hour sleep. And I am still tired. No wonder, I was attacked four times yesterday. Kristina (who, from now on, shall be […]

10 Jul, 2006

Candy swap: bring on the sugar

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Swaps

HI! Please check The List and make sure I’ve got it up to date. There are a couple people who still haven’t received their packages. (!!!) Everyone has sent theirs, right? Right? – old stuff: Packages should have all been mailed. The deadline for mailing was Saturday June 24. Let us know if you’ve mailed […]


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  • Tammy: The Sistema containers look great! Would love a couple of them.
  • Shawna: The stainless steel containers look good to me. I'm all about dishwasher safe.
  • Katie: what a selection. I found it hard to choose. I need a new lunch bag and it needs to be washable. The cotton ones by fluf Look lovely. Great designs, I
  • nikki: I love Sistema containers - dishwasher safe and easy for little hands to open. Would definitely pick up some more of those!
  • Elana Aptowitzer: Those stainless steel snack containers are beauties! Those would be perfect for everyone in the family!
  • Patricia S: I'm a big fan on all in one containers that are split up....but without all the extra things to clean (and lose) like the traditional bento boxes. So
  • Randi Morry: I love the bentology collection, so many useful pieces!

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