December 20, 2014

Christmas City Swap

I am finally on Christmas break from work! I had a nice sleep in this morning and I can't wait to really focus on Christmas and spending quality time with friends and family.

I love giving gifts and often buy friends gifts just because. This year I decided to extend my giving and participate in a Christmas city swap. The swap is hosted by Be Up & Doing and is meant to send a little local holiday cheer to people all across the US.

I was matched with a girl in Oakland, California and just dropped my packed in the mail with some Dayton goodies tucked in.

I went for the ever classic Esther Price solid chocolate santa and then popped in to Living Simply Soap's shop in Tipp City and picked out a bubble cup santa, a bar of clove and aloe soap, and a wooden soap dish.

If you're a Daytonian and you've never been to visit Living Simply Soap, you need to go! It has the essence of a homier LUSH and is the perfect place to pick up a gift or shop for yourself.

Everything is homemade with the best ingredients for maintaining healthy skin. Upon walking in you're greeted with the most inviting of scents. Seriously, the scents are incredible! I think I walked back to the jars of bath bombs to sniff 'em about 5 times while shopping.

They also have a killer kids section complete with mini bath bombs and fun bubble bath scents like monkey farts which is an adorable yellow bubble bath scented like bananas.

I also received my swap gift in the mail today from Colorado! It's funny how small the world can feel sometimes as the girl who sent me a gift was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio!

I was sent some local coffee that I cannot wait to pour a cup of, a mini wood wick candle and matches, chapstick, and a cute handmade postcard from The gift is so lovely and it's fun to connect with people from across the country.

I hope that in the spirit of gift giving you think about how random acts of kindness can truly make someone's day! I love to see smiles of surprise open up across people's faces from kind acts big and small. Now go spread some Christmas cheer!

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