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Friday, August 22, 2014

Local Flavor Swap Show-Off

Local Flavor Swap

It's time to show off your Books 'n' Bloggers haul!
Please create a post that includes the following: 
  • Pictures of the swap goodies you received.
  • A link to your swap partner's blog.
  • A link to Chaotic Goddess Swaps.
  • The Books 'n' Bloggers button/image. (Code above)
Once your post is created and posted, please link it up here!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Local Flavor Swap Shipping Reminder

Don't Forget!

Your Local Flavor Swap packages must be mailed out by this Friday and Saturday, August 15th/16th.

Come back on August 20th for the swap reveal linky party!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Tips for Being a Fantastic Local Flavor Swap Partner

If you're a seasoned swapper you've already figured out a lot of how you like to swap through trial and error, seeing how your partner sends your things, and looking over reveal posts to see how other swappers did it.

However, if you're a new or newish swapper, you may not have any idea how it's done.  We wanted to offer some fantastic tips to help you (whether novice or pro) shine as a swapper and ensure your partner loves their package.

Tip 1: Get to Know You Partner's Tastes
We always encourage swappers to visit their partner's blog to get an idea of who they are and what their tastes are. Most folks also have a Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc account that helps you figure this out. You can also exchange emails with specific questions about their likes and dislikes (foods, scents, favorite hobbies, favorite color, whether they've ever visited your region before, etc).

Tip 2: Do Some Quick Research on Your Area
It never hurts to do some quick Google searches on your region to see what it's known for. This can help guide you in choosing items that reflect this, or even just give you quirky info to pass along.

Tip 3: Shop Local
From your farmer's market to your local mom 'n' pop tourist store, you can have a merry scavenger hunt for locally-made goodies, and goodies that reflect your region.

What kinds of things can you send?
  • Items made by local artists/authors/etc
  • Items your region is known for (i.e. maple syrup in Vermont)
  • Items made by corporations based in your area (i.e. Starbucks in Seattle)
  • Region-branded goodies (i.e. I Love NY totes and shirts)
  • Handmade goodies that reference your region in some way
  • Info about your region and what makes it unique
  • Goodies that reflect your local culture (i.e. "everyone here believes Bigfoot exists, so here's your own Guide to Identifying a Wild Bigfoot")
  • Movies or books that take place in your area
  • Touristy kitsch that reflects your region
  • Items in the colors of your local sports team or college
  • ...or anything else you can think of!
Tip 4:  Wrap It Up
Take some time to wrap it up and add a little notes about what is included.  It's nice to know the whys behind your choices in goodies.

Okay seasoned swappers, do you have any tips?
↓ Leave them in the comments below! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Local Flavor Swap Signups CLOSED

Local Flavor Swap

It's time for the Local Flavor Swap!
Getting to know another region, swap-style

Your Swap Objective

Fill a package with at least 5 goodies for your partner that you, yourself, would love to receive.  The package must include items that are local to your region/state/town! This can include (but is not limited to): things your area is known for; goodies from local businesses or farmer's market; books from local authors; art from local artists; info about the region; etc.  

Dates to Remember:
  • Sign-Ups Start:  Monday, July 21st at 12AM
  • Sign-Ups End: Monday, July 28th at 11:59PM
  • First Post MUST be Posted by: Tuesday, July 29th at 11:59PM
  • Partners assigned: Wednesday, July 30th
  • Packages Shipped By: Friday, August 15th & Saturday August 16th
  • Show-Off Linky Opens: Wednesday, August 20th
  • Show-Off Linky Closes: Friday, September 5th

Local Flavor Swap Rules
  • After being accepted, you must post on your blog saying you're participating.  Post must include the button/link back to the sign-ups and must be posted before July 29th at midnight.
  • Packages must contain at least 5 items local to your region, that fit your partner's tastes.
  • You must respond to emails from the swap hosts within a timely fashion.
  • Packages MUST be mailed on or before August 16th!
  • You must send a tracking number for your package to your partner and to us at Chaotic Goddess Swaps.
  • You MUST post and link up your swap reveal post. This is non-negotiable.

Please do not sign up for this swap if you cannot fulfill your obligation to the rules above.

We don't want anyone to be left out and not receive a package, especially after sending one. If for any reason you become unable to participate YOU MUST CONTACT US here at Chaotic Goddess Swaps immediately so we can work out another arrangement. Failure to send a package, contact us, or to link up a reveal post, will result in blacklisting for all future swaps.

(US Bloggers only, please)

Books 'n' Bloggers Swappers:


    An InLinkz Link-up

Don't forget to enter to win a Stately Love custom hoop HERE!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Local Flavor Swap Announcement & Giveaway

Announcing the Local Flavor Swap!

Sign ups will open on July 21st, and close on July 28th.

You will be matched up with a blogger in another area of the country and will send each other goodies that are local to your region!

The package must contain at least 5 items and cost $20-$30 before shipping (to ensure relative value).

Packages will be sent by/on August 15th & 16th.
(US bloggers only)

Now for the giveaway:
One lucky winner will win a custom Stately Love Hoop from Homespun Happiness!

Giveaway ends on 7/29/14. Entries will be verified.
Please see full terms and conditions in the below Rafflecopter Widget.

Entering via the Rafflecopter agrees to the T&C within.

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Call for Blog Swap Prizes!

Hello beautiful Chaotic Goddess Swap readers and swappers!  As you know we offer a giveaway with each swap-and we are currently looking for prizes for the last three of the year!  This is a great opportunity as your links will be in the giveaway Rafflecopter and we will help promote you! Your ad will also be on the sidebar for the duration of the swap (over a month!)

We are currently looking for the following prizes-if you are interested please email us or if you know anyone who might be interested, please pass this information along to them! 

URGENT Local Flavor Swap: We need one prize for the Local Flavor Swap!  It should be related to locality (state love things-art, goods, etc.) and we need it by July 15th!  PRIZE FOUND! 

Swapoween: We need one halloween themed prize to offer up with our Swapoween giveaway! This one is really popular and will bring a lot of good attention to your blog or shop!   PRIZE FOUND! 

12 Days of Christmas Swap: We'll need 12 prizes for this one, and we have 9 spots left!  It can be anything, but needs to be around a $25 value or more! Our most popular giveaway of they year!  Only 5 Spots Left!