Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Card Swap

So I decided to participate in a Holiday Card Swap held by the blogs Beauty Expression and A Deecoded Life.

Each person was assigned a partner and we were given their details. My partner was Ellyn from Malaysia. If you would like to follow her blog you can go HERE or follow her on instagram HERE.

We got to know each other through emails and I told her I love going to the beach now that I live 10 minutes from it.  She doesn't like the beach because it makes her skin darker which is a reason why I love the beach!  She prefers fairer skin whereas I would love to be tan someday!  Interesting how cultures view things so differently. 

She tries to blog but says she can't write English very well.  I have disagree - she writes English extremely well!  Probably better than I do! :) 

She's a stay at home mom to a 4 year old daughter.  In her spare time, she likes to bake and spend time with her daughter reading books, watching cartoons, baking together, playing, etc. 

I got Ellyn's card the other day and I love it.  Here are a couple pictures of the card:


It has Season's Greetings on the front and on the inside.  I think Ellyn put her own touch on the card with stickers making up a tree, presents, and star on the left hand side.  So creative, Ellyn!  (By the way, I love how your name is spelled!)  Then she wrote some great words to me for Christmas and the New Year.  Definitely more creative than I was.  I need to work on that. :)  Thank you, Ellyn!  Love the card.

In addition, the above blogs want us to answer some questions regarding the holidays.

1.  What are your best memories about the Holidays?

Many good memories.  I remember getting loads of presents just stacked so high sometimes.  Some of my best presents were getting a Strawberry Shortcake Fridge, an Ewok tree house, a play kitchen, multitude of Barbies, and of course the traditional orange in stocking.  I loved the Christmas tree each year with all the pretty lights.  I loved how my cats loved being around the tree.  I loved competition with my next door neighbor in putting up more lights than them (me and my brother did it ourselves).  And on Christmas, we started a tradition of always going out to eat for lunch at a Chinese restaurant.  (Because it was the only thing open back in the day.)  Here is a picture of me and my bros circa 1981. 

2.  Do you have any family traditions you like to follow over the Holiday Season?

Not really.  Whenever I have my own family, if I do, I'd like to have my own traditions - probably like the ones in the holiday movies.  At the very least, I'd like to have a big Christmas dinner and invite all kinds of friends/family over. 

3.  What's the worst Christmas gift you've ever got?

I'm not sure I've ever gotten a bad Christmas gift.  I was always grateful for anything I got. 

4.  What are your favorite holiday movies or books?

It's a Wonderful Life is my most favorite Christmas movie.  Such a good message. 

5.  If you could ask Santa for any material present for this Christmas, what would it be?

Ok, if I'm being super materialistic - I'd ask for the 2016 Shelby Mustang.

If I'm being normal, I'd ask for a camera like this one.  I definitely need a nice camera now that I live near the ocean.

By the way, here is a picture of the street near Destin, FL where I went after Thanksgiving.  Palm trees lit up for the holidays!

And here is my own Christmas tree.  If you want to see a previous post of mine which details all my favorite ornaments on the tree, you can go HERE.


  1. Thanks for joining! Ellyn was my penpal before too and she really is so sweet.

    I love It's A Wonderful Life too and my that is a beautiful tree!

  2. Thanks for being part of our Holiday Card Swap. I'm very glad to see you have fun getting to know another bloggers.
    And i loved your answers to the questions. Wow did you have a huge stock of presents unter that tree. How awesome Santa did all that for you ;) Oh so jelly you got a play kitchen back in the days. I think most girls wanted one when they were little.
    Wishing you a lovely Christmas with your family & friends this year and a successful 2015!
    Luchessa @


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