The Box Swap and the (sort of) Sponsored Post

I participated in a blogger box swap for Fall, and it was so much fun! #SPBoxSwap

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You may have noticed that my post is a day early this week. I generally post on Wednesdays but both of the topics I am covering were “due” on November 1st, hence the early post.  The first half will be covering the Sweet Progress Box Swap and the second half will be about the #SupportYourBalls campaign, my first sponsored post.  I was asked to write it, but I am not being compensated, so I’m not sure exactly what to call it??? I am open for suggestions 🙂  Anyway, it is for a good cause, so I am happy to help. Alrighty, a lot to cover, let’s get started!

Sweet Progress Box Swap

A month or so ago, I signed up to do a blogger box swap via  Happy. Pretty. Sweet.  I answered a short questionnaire about my fall preferences (apple or pumpkin, favorite fall color, etc), and a few weeks later, I received an email with all of my partner’s info.  We were required to spend at least $20 on our box items, and they had to be shipped out by Oct 26.

My partner was a blogger from South Carolina named Lowanda, the creator of Sunshine and Elephants.  We chatted a little via email and twitter, and  I am sure some of you will recognize her from the #sitsblogging chats! Fun fact: we have the same birthday. Yay for Leos!  Lowanda was an awesome partner, and she sent me some really great stuff.

I participated in a blogger box swap for Fall, and it was so much fun! #SPBoxSwap

Let’s see…there was a Halloween stencil kit in sparkly black glitter to make my pumpkin super festive, a fun Jack-o-Lantern craft (my little guy is so ready to open that one), pumpkin bar mix for snacking, some Italian Roast coffee, a white bean chicken chili mix that will being going on the menu next week, really delicious cookie sticks that I am not sharing with anyone, a ginger beer from Left-Handed Brewery, and a set of pretty little dishes that say “thankful and grateful” in a shimmery copper color. Quite the haul, and I loved every bit of it! ♥

I’ve already put some of it to good use! We used the beer in last night’s dinner, well, the half that my husband didn’t drink, and the plates were featured in my stock photography photo shoot this weekend!  They went so perfect with my fall set-up.  THANK YOU, LOWANDA!!! You are awesome!


I participated in a blogger box swap for Fall, and it was so much fun! #SPBoxSwap


The box swap was a ton of fun, and I highly recommend joining the next one.  You get to make a new friend, do a little shopping, and get some blog promotion, all at the same time!  There should be a winter swap coming up soon.


Tommy John wants you to share your pair

Last week, I received an email from Tommy John, a men’s underwear company, asking if I would be interested in writing a post about their partnership with the Testicular Cancer Foundation to help raise awareness and spread the word about their fundraising campaign.  It is the first time a company has asked me to write a post, not gonna lie, I am pretty stoked about it.  Also, the post will be helping out a good cause, so that is awesome too! 🙂

First thing, let’s talk about the facts:

  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in males 15-34.  (My husband had a classmate in college that was undergoing treatment for nearly all four years)
  • When detected early, 99% of those diagnosed will survive.
  • Having a father or brother with Testicular Cancer increases your risk.
  • Every year, in the U.S., an estimated 8500 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer

Due to the fact that the survival rate is so high when the cancer is detected early, it is recommended that men do monthly self-exams to check for lumps, bumps or anything out of the ordinary.  Apparently, women tend to be more on top of things when it comes to self-exams and preventive care (yay us!), but it is just as important for the guys to keep track of their bodies.  So, ladies, berate the males in your life a little about the need for proper health care.  I found a short video explanation on how to give an exam that you can share, warning: it stars Deadpool, so, um, maybe don’t watch at work.

Second thing, how is Tommy John helping the fight:

  • They are giving 5% of all sales coming from the limited edition “Ball Print” collection to the foundation
  • They are contributing $10 for each purchase made by new customers who were referred by someone else
  • They are sponsoring an Instagram contest to raise awareness, the “Share a pair, win a pair” photo contest starts today, November 1.  To enter, take a picture of any pair of round objects and tag them #supportyourballs and tag (and follow) @tommyjohnwear and @testicularcancerfoundation for a chance to win a $30 credit!


Help spread awareness of testicular cancer with the #supportyourballs photo contest on Instagram

A pair of farm fresh eggs for my entry in the “Share a pair” photo contest!  I would love to see your photos if you decide to enter! Feel free to tag me as well,  @likesarabutwithad!

Anyone else do the Sweet Progress Box Swap?  Did you share a pair on Instagram?






  • Reply cat eyes & skinny jeans November 2, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Lowanda was my partner for the last #SPBoxSwap, and she was awesome! I am loving the goodies she sent you for fall! Those Thankful plates are adorable; and that Pumpkin Bar baking kit looks yum!


    • Reply darabre@gmail.com November 2, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      She is awesome!!!! This is my first swap, and I had so much fun. I can’t wait to join the next one 🙂

  • Reply halfa1000miles November 2, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Are you getting famous on me and stuff? Don’t forget us little people 🙂

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com November 2, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Ha! I wish. If it happens, I am totally taking you with me 😉

  • Reply Dean @Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress November 2, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Lowanda sent so many awesome goodies!! I love it all. I also love everything you sent Lowanda. That’s so cool that the two of you share the same birthday. AWESOME!
    Thank you so much for joining us! I hope you’ll join us this winter too.

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com November 2, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      I am looking forward to the winter one, and I am recruiting others! Thanks for hosting such a fun activity.

  • Reply Lowanda J November 2, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Yay! I’m glad you liked you box of goodies! I was trying to incorporate Halloween and Thanksgiving in it. And, I hope you liked the beer. I had actually went out to get beer from our local brewery and put it back when I found the cool Dia de los muertos designed one…couldn’t resist. So glad to make a new blogger friend! 🙂

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com November 2, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      Everything was awesome!!!! I really can’t wait for the next swap 🙂

      Blogger friends with the same birthday! August 10th must be the best day of the year, right? 😀

  • Reply Akaleistar November 2, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    The pumpkin bar mix looks yummy! So glad you participated in the swap 🙂

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com November 3, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      It was tons of fun 🙂 I am looking forward to the next one.

  • Reply Mrs Fancy-Pants November 6, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    You got pumpkinated goodies!

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com November 7, 2016 at 11:26 am

      I did!!!! I love all of the pumpkins 😀

  • Reply Brandi Puga January 16, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    What a fabulous idea! I want to try this! #AnythingGoes pinned!

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com January 17, 2017 at 7:22 am

      It was a lot of fun! I think they do the box swap quarterly, you should totally sign up for the next one. What can be better than goodies in the mail?

  • Reply WebMDiva January 18, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Lowanda hooked you up! Love this.

    I hate that I’m just now seeing this, as I would have loved to participate in Share a Pair…what an amazing cause!


    • Reply darabre@gmail.com January 18, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      She sure did, she was an amazing swap partner!

      The share a pair was fun, you should check out the hashtag if you are on insta 🙂

  • Reply Janet @ AWM January 21, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    I’ve never heard of a swap box before between bloggers, it sounds awesome!

    Your box looks really interesting and it’s great you got to know another fellow blogger on a more personal level.

    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes


    • Reply darabre@gmail.com January 23, 2017 at 6:31 am

      It was so much fun! You should try one out, getting mail that isn’t bills is the best. 🙂

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