Oct 20, 2014

Scarf Swap 2014 {Sign Up}

Okay, friends! It's time for the second-annual Scarf Swap! Last week the weather here in Georgia took a turn towards fall, so naturally, scarves are front and center on my mind again.

The only problem is that I can't really justify buying anymore scarves for myself, seeing as how my scarf collection is literally overflowing from just about every nook in our master bedroom (and throughout the house, if I'm being honest). BUT! If someone else bought a scarf for me, it's not like I could refuse it. Therefore, the scarf swap is awesome and you should totally join—not just because you'll get a scarf out of it, but because you'll get a fun snail mail package (sweet!) and you'll hopefully make a new blog/instagram friend as well. I'd call that a win/win/win.

Sounds pretty fantastic, right? I'll get right down to the nitty-gritty on how this works:

Step 1:

Sign-ups start today (using the form below) and end on October 24.

Step 2:

On October 27, you'll receive an email with your swap partner's info and I'll publish a post here with all of the swap participants. (To keep everyone accountable!)

Step 3:

You must contact your partner within 72 hours (by October 30). If you don't hear from your partner, please contact me and I'll arrange a way to publicly shame them new partner for you. Take this time to get to know your partner and their likes and dislikes. Read their blog and check out their Twitter/IG feeds. Ask about favorite colors, fabrics, patterns, etc. You want to send something they'll wear and get the same in return!

Step 4:

You have two weeks to shop and get to know your partner, but all scarves must be mailed out by Saturday, November 15

Step 5: 

Once you receive your scarf, create a post (or take pictures for IG) showing off your newest addition to your collection. Link up back here on Monday, November 24!! If you're on Instagram, you can also come back and link-up, but also use the hashtag #ScarfSwap14

Oh, and look! Here's a handy little visual reminder with all the dates! 
Write them down so you don't forget :)

Additional notes:
  • Open to all US bloggers and public Instagram account holders. (Those without a blog—who only have a public Instagram account—will be paired together first.)
  • Only open to those in the US or those with an APO/FPO address. (If you're outside of America and want to join, send me an email letting me know where you are. If there's enough interest from others in the same country, I'll match you guys up together!)
  • Scarves must be new (purchased and/or made specifically for your partner). There's no set price range, so use your best judgement or set one with your partner. (All you have to send is a scarf, but last year some went a bit further and sent an extra little gift—like matching nail polish. Talk to your partner about what your limits!)
  • Follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and my Facebook page! I'll post reminders about all of the deadlines, and other fun things here and there about the swap.
  • Out shopping and see a good deal somewhere, or just want to chat about the swap? Use the hashtag #ScarfSwap14 so everyone can see what you're saying.

*****If you're cool with all that jazz, then sign up using this form*****

(and please, please, please, only sign up if you plan on following through. 
Don't be that person who flakes:  

I know that was a lot of info, but I have one more thing! I'd love it if you could spread the word. This will only be fun if people join in, and the more the merrier is my motto for this, so get the word out using one of the buttons below!

Jessica Lynn Writes Scarf Swap 2014

Jessica Lynn Writes Scarf Swap 2014

 Happy scarf shopping :)
(If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below. If you have a question, chances are someone else has the same question, so I can answer it publicly! Unless, of course it's something you don't want answered publicly...then you should email me!)
*Update (10/21): There are currently 19 people signed up after day one, which is more than we had last year! I'll try to keep this updated so y'all can see how many people are participating!


Oct 17, 2014

21, 22, and 23 Weeks {Bumpdates}

Picture taken in the Buy Buy Baby parking lot. I couldn't resist!
Left to right: my mom's feet, my sister-in-law's feet, and my bump and feet after a wonderful pedicure.
Taken in front of my hand print from 1997. Crazy. Also, my hair is getting long.

Dear Little PJ,

I was starting to get discouraged, because I wasn't feeling you move as much as your sister. But then, the other night I propped myself up in bed and started poking my belly. It was blissfully quiet with no iPhones, TV, laptops, or noisy sisters around us. And there, I waited. And waited, and waited. And finally, you moved. I saw my tummy do that familiar blump, and I saw you—your little knee or foot, or arm, or possibly even your head—move. You moved all around for about 15 minutes and it was the most delightful sight and feeling I've experienced in a long time. I feel you move throughout the day, but that other night was our time together. I'm going to try to make more time just for us, since I know our days are filled with noise and older sisters literally crawling on top of you. I've been worried about how I'll handle two children, but I think the keyword is balance, and I need to remember that.

You must've had a growth spurt recently, because my bump already looks and feels much bigger (or I just really did eat too many enchiladas when I was home, which is a definite possibility), and I can tell that my stance and walk are starting to change. People are constantly asking me how I'm feeling and the answer is fine. Some days I sort of forget I'm pregnant (except for when the bump gets in the way, of course, or when I can't eat the salami that's in my fridge taunting me), but other than that, things are going well, and I'm extremely thankful.

Your papa should be home soon. I'm excited for you to hear his voice, and hopefully you and I will have some more one-on-one time then since he can wrangle your sister and play with her a little more. Well, little bug, you just keep on cooking in there. I can't wait to meet you, but we still have several months to go!

Love you!

Oct 15, 2014

Want, Need, MUST Have {october}

Have you started Christmas shopping yet? I'm starting to think about it, but I haven't actually started. Thinking about it is the first step, right? Well, here's your next step: check out the awesome must-have items my sponsors are digging this month and add them to your shopping list—or better yet, buy it now and cross that person off your list sooner rather than later!

1. Brita from Belle Brita:

"I just finished reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Now I'm dying to see the movie! I've read fairly good reviews about the film adaptation, which basically never happens when a good book becomes a movie. I just need to convince my husband to go with me..."

2. Five1Designs:

"With the weather starting to cool off and shop is slowly picking up steam for the holidays I drink a lot of coffee so my must haves are my special K-Cup flavors to spice things up after a few pots of regular coffee. The Dunkin Donuts Peppermint Mocha for an early afternoon pick me up and a Raspberry Chocolate Truffle as a desert coffee after dinner. If you haven’t tried either least give it a shot." (And while you're at it, check out the awesome K-cup holders Five1Designs makes!)

3. Me:

The temperatures are finally starting to cool off here. And by "cool off" I mean it's in the 70s, for the next few days, but I'll take it. Fall and winter always remind me that my lips need a little extra TLC, because I find myself reaching for my chap stick more often than not. Many moons ago I splurged and bought some lip scrub. Sure, I could make it myself and it'd be healthier, cheaper, more economically friendly, and yada, yada, yada, but sometimes you just want to take the easy way out and buy something. This lip scrub (in either vanilla bean or brown sugar) is my must have for October.

4. Callie from This Glorious Maze:

"I am in LOVE with this vintage book page wreath on Etsy! It would be great inside or hanging on my front door!"

5. Kayleigh from The Way I Wanderlust:

"My want, need, must have for this moth would be a nice cozy shawl. I have been keeping my eye on several, but can't decide which one to buy yet."

What are you crushing on this month? Tell us about it in the comments below!

I'd love to see your must-have item here next month! 
Come join my sidebar (info here)!

Oct 13, 2014

Citrus Lane {September box}

***This post contains affiliate links, which means if you click a link and buy something, I get money. Everything written below is my opinion.***

I had every intention of posting this last month when my Citrus Lane box arrived, but the tracking date fooled me. First it was supposed to arrive a day before I left for my trip (perfect timing, I thought) then it said it would arrive the day I planned to leave (still doable), but then the last time I checked, it was due to arrive the day after I left. And that, my friends, is why I'm reviewing September's box here in October.


Luckily for you, I opened it up as soon as I got home and at the bottom of the box was a little card with a code to give a friend a free box! Well, one of you will be that friend and get that box—but the giveaway only lasts today, because the code expires on the 15th. But first, read the rest of the post :)

I've been getting (or I should say, "Julia's been getting") a box a month since March. To be completely honest, I wasn't sure if I liked them or not. Per recommendations from several friends, I inputted Julia's birthday to make her a couple months older—the reason for this is so she'll get things she'll end up using for longer. That often means she doesn't use things right away, but I've found that I actually really end up liking 90% of what comes in the box...it just may take us a couple months before we utilize them.

Starting this month (which is actually last month), I'm going to start showing you what's inside each box, because how will you know if you want to join in, if you don't know you're getting? This is what we got for a 21-month-old girl:


  1. Snack bag from Bumkins (4.95). It's a reusable snack bag that's an eco-friendly alternative to a good ol' baggie. It's made from an easy-to-wipe, waterproof fabric, so you can throw them in the washer (woohoo). (It's decorated with pink Mickey Mouse ears, so I like that it'll entice Julia.)
  2. Write Your Own Labels from Emily Press ($9.99). Waterproof, long-lasting, and dishwasher safe labels good for water bottles, food containers, sippy cups, and more. Now you don't have to worry about mixing up cups at playgroups! (I can't wait to start using these. At mom's morning out they usually just write a "J" on the bottom of her cup, but I'd love to start labeling her things.)
  3. Links 3D Foam Bath Pieces from Boon ($9.99 on amazon). If your child is growing tired of playing with the same bath toys, this unique toy will provide hours of new entertainment. The pieces fit together to create five different sea animals—great for practicing problem solving and improving fine motor skills. (I'm really excited for these, because Julia loves animals, fish, and bath time. This is an example of something that may not work right away with her—because of having to put the pieces together to create an actual fish—but I know she'll "get it" over time.)
  4. Long-sleeved Graphic Tea from Tea Collection ($26.50). Each fabric is inspired by a designer's travels around the world. Bold graphics and incredibly soft 100% cotton jersey fabric is woven into every thread of the Tea Collection line. (So, sometimes Citrus Lane will let you pick between two or three different options as far as designs go, so I wish they did that with this shirt. It's not that I don't like it, but I would've liked to see what else was out there. I've heard of the Tea brand before, but their stuff is a little out of our price range, so I'd never buy it for myself her, so getting it in a box is awesome. It's a size 2, though, so I'll have to store it away for quite awhile.)
Retail-wise, this was a great box, and I think I'll actually use everything in it. All of the products added up to around $50, but I only paid $24 (I should really switch to a 6-month so I can get even more bang for my buck).

Did you read this far? If you did, then you're possibly in for a treat—Citrus Lane is giving away a free box, but you have to act super fast since this giveaway is only happening for 24 hours.

Want to sign up for your own Citrus Lane subscription box? Click the link and I believe you'll get 50% off your first month (code: SAVEHALF) and free shipping. SCORE! Plus, if you sign up you'll get tons of extra entries!