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Old 08-27-2012, 07:24 PM   #241
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Andrea, your weekend sounds fun. I'm glad you all enjoyed the reptile show.

Tina, good to see you here!! We miss you. Congrats to Marty on his promotion. Glad things are going well with you both.

Capri, go get those school supplies, girl! Around here things were getting really picked over. I hope Ryan does well with his lock! I'm glad to hear he's worried about normal middle school issues. That is good.

Lisa, sorry about the laundry hell. Been there, done that....just about daily actually. LOL

Kerri, boating sounds fun! Glad y'all had a good time. When I was a kid we used to go boating with my dads friends. Good times.

Kelly, I love the Fall scents. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, mmmm.
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What is the Halloween exchange?
It's fun!

OK, you probably want more info than that. Basically, every year we do different exchanges. We've done summer, Easter, Halloween and Christmas. I always host the Halloween and Christmas ones.
The way it works is you sign up, then you are given a name of someone to send a Halloween package to. Also, someone will be given your name and will send one to you. There is a spending limit, and we ask a few questions to help your sender get an idea of what you'd like, but other than that it's up to you to put together a fun package for your Diva partner.

It's just something optional, and fun that we do as a group to keep the excitement going when it's not trip time. In Christmas, we send out stockings filled with goodies for each other.

It might make more sense if you take a look at the thread from last year's exchange. http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2794587
Some of the photos might be missing, but the instructions are still there. Also if you skim through the thread you will see photos of previous packages that were sent out.

I hope many of the new ladies will join in the exchanges. They are a lot of fun. And, who doesn't like to get goodies in the mail instead of bills for a change.
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:12 PM   #243
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I would like to join in on the exchange! It sounds like lots of fun. Although, being in Canada, it might cost a little or a lot more for a sender, so I would feel bad getting someone to do that.
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Also, what do I do with all of this ridiculous cut crystal I got for our wedding 11 years ago??? It's stuff we have NEVER used, and some of it I totally forgot about. But it seems too expensive (Waterford and such) to just give to Goodwill. What should I do with it? Ebay?
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I would like to join in on the exchange! It sounds like lots of fun. Although, being in Canada, it might cost a little or a lot more for a sender, so I would feel bad getting someone to do that.
I've sent to Canada before and it doidn't seem to cost much more
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I have done exchanges in the past. I really enjoy them. My favorite is the cookbook exchange. I think that was is in the spring?

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Ebay is one option. Another is replacements.com. They are where I found some replacement pieces for my retired china pattern. Here is a link: http://replacements.com/misc/packship.htm
OMG, you are my new best friend. Looks like these glasses I have (in perfect unused condition) sell for $99! Who knew??? I'm contacting them tomorrow. Too lazy to deal with ebay buyers.

And I'd love to regift, but all of our friends have already gotten married, and this isn't something you'd bring to a baby shower or whatever. "Hey, congratulations on your little one on the way--here's a cut crystal candy dish for you to put on a low shelf so Baby can teeth on it or something!"
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:34 AM   #247
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LOL Shelby about the baby comment. That's awesome that Lisa got you that link. Good luck to you!

Tina and Capri good to see you on here. Tina congrats to Marty and Capri I am thinking of you guys with Ryan. I hope they get everything figured out about his weight issues. And good luck to the kiddos when school starts for them!

It's funny I was never really into fall that much and spring has always been my fav season because of the great weather and I love all the flowers blooming and esp after a long cold winter it feels so good but more and more fall is becoming my fav season. I just love the leaves changing and when the air gets crisp and as I mentioned all the scents sights and just everything about it. I splurged and ordered myself a few fun things off the Disney site because we never seem to be able to make it down to DL during Halloween anymore and they have SUCH cute stuff.

We haven't been at that time of year since 09 and we really wanted to go back and do the party but with Katy in cheer that is prime season but I am going to scope out how it goes this year and we may try to go at the very end of Oct next year. They have playoffs, champs and the all star game during that time and it doesn't sound like our team will make it that far so hoping for a chance to go!

Looking forward to this weekend as the girls get out early on Thurs and then we have 4 days off. Wishing we could go somewhere fun but with the football looks like we will be stuck at home but hoping to find some fun stuff to do round here.
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It's fun!

OK, you probably want more info than that. Basically, every year we do different exchanges. We've done summer, Easter, Halloween and Christmas. I always host the Halloween and Christmas ones.
The way it works is you sign up, then you are given a name of someone to send a Halloween package to. Also, someone will be given your name and will send one to you. There is a spending limit, and we ask a few questions to help your sender get an idea of what you'd like, but other than that it's up to you to put together a fun package for your Diva partner.

It's just something optional, and fun that we do as a group to keep the excitement going when it's not trip time. In Christmas, we send out stockings filled with goodies for each other.

It might make more sense if you take a look at the thread from last year's exchange. http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2794587
Some of the photos might be missing, but the instructions are still there. Also if you skim through the thread you will see photos of previous packages that were sent out.

I hope many of the new ladies will join in the exchanges. They are a lot of fun. And, who doesn't like to get goodies in the mail instead of bills for a change.
OMG! I love it!! I LOVE Halloween & Christmas! Decorating should commence soon!
I'm totally in for this!!! Can't wait for the details!!!
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:58 AM   #249
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I would like to join in on the exchange! It sounds like lots of fun. Although, being in Canada, it might cost a little or a lot more for a sender, so I would feel bad getting someone to do that.
You should do it, it's a lot of fun. In the sign-up questions, I always ask if they are willing to send to Canada, and there are always people who are willing to do so. Theresa and Angie, both of whom are in Canada, have done the exchanges in the past.


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I have done exchanges in the past. I really enjoy them. My favorite is the cookbook exchange. I think that was is in the spring?

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You're probably referring to the exchanges they do over on the main DIS community board. They do lots of them over there, with all different themes. I used to do several of those. They are fun.

These are the same concept, but they are only for members, past or present, of the Diva trips, and our packages tend to be a bit....uh, bigger than the ones sent on the CB.
It's a fun way to build up camaraderie in the group leading up to the trips. Plus it's neat to send to and receive from someone you know you are going to meet in a few months.
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OMG! I love it!! I LOVE Halloween & Christmas! Decorating should commence soon!
I'm totally in for this!!! Can't wait for the details!!!






Just as an FYI for all of those who are new to the exchanges, and are considering it, the Halloween one also includes kids. So if you have a child, or niece or nephew, grandkid, etc who'd like to get a package you can sign them up as well. (I do try to have adults send to adults, and kids send to kids as much as possible)

The Christmas stocking one however is for adults only. I figure kids get a stocking from Santa but we usually don't get anything, and who doesn't love getting a fun stocking to open up.
Also, when you receive the Halloween package you can open it immediately. But, the Christmas one has to be put away until a certain date that I set when all packages will have arrived and we then open them all on the same day and time. It's fun.

Here is the last Christmas stocking exchange if anyone wants to read through that:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread....stmas+exchange
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Just as an FYI for all of those who are new to the exchanges, and are considering it, the Halloween one also includes kids. So if you have a child, or niece or nephew, grandkid, etc who'd like to get a package you can sign them up as well. (I do try to have adults send to adults, and kids send to kids as much as possible)

The Christmas stocking one however is for adults only. I figure kids get a stocking from Santa but we usually don't get anything, and who doesn't love getting a fun stocking to open up.
Also, when you receive the Halloween package you can open it immediately. But, the Christmas one has to be put away until a certain date that I set when all packages will have arrived and we then open them all on the same day and time. It's fun.

Here is the last Christmas stocking exchange if anyone wants to read through that:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread....stmas+exchange
OH this is just so cool!!! I would love to sign my daughter up too...she will be so thrilled!!!

And the Christmas stocking idea...LOVE it!! Especially as a single parent...there's not usually much under the tree that I don't know what it is!! ....I think that's usually the case for most moms though!
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It's fun!

OK, you probably want more info than that. Basically, every year we do different exchanges. We've done summer, Easter, Halloween and Christmas. I always host the Halloween and Christmas ones.
The way it works is you sign up, then you are given a name of someone to send a Halloween package to. Also, someone will be given your name and will send one to you. There is a spending limit, and we ask a few questions to help your sender get an idea of what you'd like, but other than that it's up to you to put together a fun package for your Diva partner.

It's just something optional, and fun that we do as a group to keep the excitement going when it's not trip time. In Christmas, we send out stockings filled with goodies for each other.

It might make more sense if you take a look at the thread from last year's exchange. http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2794587
Some of the photos might be missing, but the instructions are still there. Also if you skim through the thread you will see photos of previous packages that were sent out.

I hope many of the new ladies will join in the exchanges. They are a lot of fun. And, who doesn't like to get goodies in the mail instead of bills for a change.
I can't wait for the exchange, I'm super excited for it this year. I've already started picking up a few things.

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Just as an FYI for all of those who are new to the exchanges, and are considering it, the Halloween one also includes kids. So if you have a child, or niece or nephew, grandkid, etc who'd like to get a package you can sign them up as well. (I do try to have adults send to adults, and kids send to kids as much as possible)

The Christmas stocking one however is for adults only. I figure kids get a stocking from Santa but we usually don't get anything, and who doesn't love getting a fun stocking to open up.
Also, when you receive the Halloween package you can open it immediately. But, the Christmas one has to be put away until a certain date that I set when all packages will have arrived and we then open them all on the same day and time. It's fun.

Here is the last Christmas stocking exchange if anyone wants to read through that:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread....stmas+exchange
I'll be signing the girls up again this year, they missed it a lot last year! LOL So I'll definitely be signing them up again. And yes, I love the Christmas stocking because I usually know everything I'm getting for Christmas before I open my gifts, the things in my stocking are truly a surprise and I love that!

So school is back in session, even college, I could tell last night at the bar, it was definitely slower. Good news, I've been asked to teach Fridays, Sundays and Mondays (Saturday nights are UFC nights so there isn't time for a lesson), I'm going to discuss it with Micah tonight and let him know I'd like to do more nights, helps keep me in shape! LOL
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:31 PM   #253
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I agree the exchanges are SO fun! I did halloween twice I believe and the christmas one once. We also had a fav character one that I did and that was so fun. I haven't been able to do any in the last few years and I SO miss it. Really hoping to be able to do at least one this year. As the gals have said it is SO fun to get a package and see all the fun surprises. I can't afford to have my kids do one but I usually share what I get with them and they LOVE it! DEF recommend doing one if you are able!!
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The exchanges sound like so much fun. I would love to join in on these! I would love to sign Seth up for the Halloween one as well, but it might be a little tough getting Halloween things for a 16 month old!
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The exchanges sound like so much fun. I would love to join in on these! I would love to sign Seth up for the Halloween one as well, but it might be a little tough getting Halloween things for a 16 month old!
You might be surprised! LOL
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