Curly Crafty Mom: My First CaraBox Exchange and What I Received!

Monday, May 26, 2014

My First CaraBox Exchange and What I Received!

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Last month, I decided to try out Carabox for the first time and I really, really loved the entire experience! If you use Instagram, you get paired with two new Instragram friends, one that you will ship a box to and another that will ship a box to you! You follow their Instagram feed and find out what they love, enjoy, etc. and then you go shopping and mail them a box of goodies for $20+ within a month. This time around, the theme was to keep the contents in the box local... which, was a little difficult for me since I live in a flyover state (St. Louis)... but, I did ok. :) Melissa was who I sent a box to and since she loves RUNNING as much as I do, I did sort of a St. Louis/running themed box.


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When I received my first Carabox, I was so excited and it was wrapped nicely! It was a HUGE diaper box, too! I had no idea what was in the box, I really expected it to be one thing!


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But, when I opened the box I found a TON of individual goodies inside, all individually wrapped in colorful tissue paper.


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Here is a sneaky peak of everything I received... I know, WOW, right?!!


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Amber included a bunch of postcards from her state, Michigan!


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She numbered the cards and wrote her letter to me on them, what a terrific idea!


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The first item I opened was a Vernors Ginger Ale! She wrote a little info about each item in the box and on this one she said that Vernors is a Michigan staple and everyone there knows to drink one if you have an upset stomach.


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She also included a deck of cards that has 54 fun facts about Michigan. She says they play a game called Euchre in Michigan, but I have never heard of it. Have any of you?


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She included a wine glass that she purchased from her local zoo and also helped feed the animals.


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My favorite part of the box was this cherry wine from Traverse Winery. This was perfect, because I LOVE wine and Brian loves anything cherry! 


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I had no idea Kelloggs was from Michigan and these chocolatey crunch bars fixed my chocolate craving in a pinch!


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She sent me my very own tulip bulb, because Michigan is known as Holland and they have the tulip festival.


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I love this bottle of Jones soda that she sent me, that is from Detroit. The flavor she sent me was a berry lemonade soda and it was very sweet! Yum!


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She also sent me a t-shirt from her brother's lawn care company, because I love to run and she figured every runner needs a neon shirt to run in!


I am so thankful for the wonderful Carabox that @amberleelvt (if you want to follow her on Instagram!) sent to me. Also, I sent a box to @melissavaldez and if you are into running, definitely check out her on Instagram! Such a fun time! I won't be doing Carabox every month, since it takes a lot of time to run around and gather things up... but, I do think I'll try it out again in the future! If you are looking for some new Instagram friends or a fun way to exchange a gift in the mail, check out Carabox HERE.
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