Monday, December 31, 2012

BLING in the New Year Swap and 5 For Five

Alright, folks.  Before I get to my 5 For Five for 2013, I want to reveal my BLING in the New Year swap loot. :)  Here we go: 

My partner was Shellee.  She's actually my coworker as well and we had a little chuckle at the luck of being paired together.  But I'm glad we were because she's awesome. First, I'll show you what Shellee gave me:

Beautiful scarf, bangle bracelets, necklace, and scarf.  I loved it all, Shellee, especially the necklace! Thank you so much for being an awesome swapper! :)
And here's what I gave to Shellee: 

Sorry for the pic, I took it on my phone and you
can't really see how beautiful the necklace is!

And here's what Shellee had to say about the swap, in her own words:
Hi! I’m Shellee.  I am fortunate enough to work with Mia on a daily basis (well 5 days a week).  We commiserate together over the office instant messenger and have bonded in our shared opinions of all the idiosyncrasies we put up with on a daily basis.  It’s a pretty comical environment.  This is my first blog as well as my first swap.  Mia was my Swap Buddy!  She is the most awesomest person ever!  How lucky can I get?!?  For my New Year’s Accessory Swap I received a beautiful black scarf with silver shiny polka dots (which I happen to be wearing today), much needed lip balm (to keep my lips soft, moist and kissable), and a beautiful silver/gray beaded necklace.  I love all of it.  I am so thankful to have such a wonderful coworker and swap buddy!  Happy New Year! 
Isn't she awesome? I promise I didn't pay her anything to say those nice things. ;) 
Link up your swap reveals here:
OK, and now on to my 5 For Five from last week:

1.)  Prepare and pack my lunches for the rest of the work week. SUCCESS! I brought my lunch every day with my trusty little tupperware containers, haha. 

2.)  Start getting my list together of things I want to accomplish in 2013.  SUCCESS! Just stay tuned for the rest of the post... and you'll see what those things are! ;) 

3.)  Make a list of books that I want to read for 2013.  SUCCESS!  I'll be posting my list in just a few days, so stay tuned for that.  

4.)  Make 1 crock pot meal this week.  Fail.  BUT, can I count this as a partial success? Because I prepped and cooked meals like nobody's business this week! lol. I just cooked it the old-fashioned way instead of the crock pot. 

5.)  Work on my mountain of laundry.  SUCCESS!  Notice I said "work on" the laundry, not finish haha. I've had loads going all weekend, but I'm still not done.  But hey, it's still a success in my book. 

4 out of 5, not too bad, people!  And now this is normally where I would show you what my 5 For Five for this week would be. Except Jenn and Jess are doing something a little different.  This 5 For Five list is about things I want to accomplish during 2013.  Exciting!!

1.)  Told you I was making a list of books to read! :)  Again, stay tuned for that post in a few days.  Hoping to read at least 30 books.

2.)  Now, I already have a journal.  But I have written one entry in it.  I want to consistently write something, maybe not every day, but at least every week.  Just a place to capture my thoughts and silly things the kids say, etc.

3.)  I want to enjoy nature!  I want to get off my ass and get outside and take the boys out to play and explore.  Let them jump in puddles and look for bugs and all that good stuff lol.  I don't want them to become a part of the couch potato/video game/TV junkie generation.  They need good old-fashioned play. :)

4.)  Now I know what you're thinking... "Mia, what you do mean, 'fall in love'? You're married!" And you are absolutely correct.  But Hubs and I don't have a lot of time for each other and our relationship.  Our priorities generally are work and kids and then maybe if we have time left over do we think about squeezing in a few minutes together after the kids are in bed.  And I want to change that.  I want to fall in love with him all over again.  I want to do little nice things to remind him of how important he is to me, and that in the midst of the all the chaos, I'm always thinking of him.  I want the butterflies!

5.)  I'm a creature of habit.  I do the same thing, the same way, every day.  Whether it's what I eat, what I watch on TV, how I get dressed, etc.  I rarely venture from the beaten path.  But I am going to try something new and smash the comfort zone.  Not sure yet what it will be, but whenever I figure it out, you guys will surely hear about it. :)

What's on your 5 For Five list for 2013?? 




  1. Hi! I found you through the 5 for 5 link-up and am so glad I did! I love your goals, especially the Read 30 books one! Can't wait to see your list :)

  2. I'm so enjoying reading your blog my friend! Great post! I like your resolutions! Can't wait to get to know you better, I only have a couple of bloggie friends and am looking to add more! You're a super cool chick! Happy new year to you and your fam!

  3. Ah, SO much want to say on your post!! :) It's too funny that you and your coworker were paired up for a swap! That's awesome! Love both of the items y'all got each other- so sweet!

    THANK YOU for linking up (as always!) for 5 for Five! I'm so excited about your resolutions. I'm especially loving your resolutions to keep a journal- I want to do that too! A private one that I can write EVERYTHING in (a la Bridget Jones- haha!). I think that your resolution to fall in love again is amazing and super sweet & I want to try new things too!

    Here's to a fabulous 2013, love! SO, SO, SO glad to have "met" you in 2012! XOXOXO

  4. Thanks so much for hosting this great swap - I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to following your blog!

    Meg @

  5. Happy New Year Mia! I am with you on the Journal. I too have one, but don't write in it enough. Hopefully I will pick it back up in the New Year. When are you going to post your reading list? Wanna do a same day post? I'm going to put all my books together today and tomorrow, so that I can post later this week. Let me know!

    xoxo, ~erica~

  6. Thanks for helping organize the swap! Looks like you and Shelley both got awesome packages. :)

    Happy New Year!

  7. I'm glad you and Shellee had fun swapping! I love all of the stuff each of you chose, that necklace you got is such a pretty color! Thanks for co-hosting and all your hard work lady :) happy new year! xoxo

  8. Reading more is definitely on my list for next year!

  9. Oo what kinds of books are on your list? I just finished The Night Circus and it was great. :) Happy New Year!

  10. I like your #4. My husband and I need to do that too. In fact, I was JUST texting him about that very thing today- we need more lovey time!
    The kids, the job, the house... they always come first. I miss my husband, damnit! ;)
    Great swap Bling! :)


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