Monday, January 31, 2011

The City of Brotherly (and Sisterly!) Love

The best part about blogging are the relationships I've made along the way. I've made a strong connection with one gal in particular, Jules of Chic & Pink. Hands down my fav bloggin' bud!

Jules is a genuinely nice person and an entertaining blogger, plus we have so much in common. We are constantly shooting emails back and forth and although we've never met in person, I know if we did we'd be fast friends. In fact, although she lives on the other side of the country, I do consider Jules my friend.

Recently she came up with the brilliant idea of doing a "city swap". She's from Philadelphia and I'm from Los Angeles and neither of us has visited the other's city. The goal: to put together a package that represents our respective hometowns.

Jules went above and beyond! I was literally smiling from ear to ear as I dug into the box.

She got me so many cool things and even gave me an explanation of all of the goodies. Here's what Jules included for me:

-Philadelphia Then & Now book
-Declaration of Independence shot glass
-Postcards of Love Park, the Philly Skyline, Boathouse Row, and Philadelphia
-A mini Liberty Bell
-1776 key chain in an "L" shape
-Liberty Bell Pen
-Herr's Potato Chips
-Tastykake Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes
-Goldenberg's Peanut Chews
-Essie nail polish in the "Mink Muffs" shade
-Various pamphlets and a Metro paper
-Cupcake soap (the only thing non-Philly, she picked it because it was cute!)

Amazing, right?! I literally said, out loud, "Are you kidding me?!" several times because I was so shocked at how great the package was. She knows me so well. The book was because I am a history nerd, postcards because I am a sucker for them, and even an Eastern State Penitentiary pamphlet because I am addicted to scary stuff and the place is rumored to be haunted! And the Tasteykakes...oh em gee! I had never even heard of these heavenly treats but they delish! Like eating little clouds!! They are actually a better version of the Tagalongs Girl Scout Cookies.

I can't imagine a better way that Jules could have shared her special city with me. I want to visit Philadelphia even more than ever now!

If you aren't familiar with Chic & Pink, I highly suggest you give the site a visit. You'll love it!


Steph @ Thoughts From Cali said...

That is such a fun idea! She sure does know you well. I love how blogging has brought so many great people like Jules into our lives.

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Philadelphia is my favorite city on the East Coast! :) You should visit it. It won't disappoint you. Glad you got so many goodies...and the tastykakes...gotta love them. Miss them. I should tell my friends to send me some too. ;)

Jules said...

I am SO happy that you liked everything and I can send you more Tastykakes anytime ;) They really are yummy. I saw the pamphlet for Eastern State and it had your name written all over it. The book was also something I also had to get.

I definitely consider you a friend too and I hope there comes a day that we’re able to finally meet in person!

Mel said...

What a great idea and a way to share your cities. Love it!

KDC Events said...

What a GREAT idea for a swap!! Super fun.

mighty.michele said...

How awesome is this!!! Thanks for sharing this great idea!

Pretty Zesty said...

Oh my gosh I love this idea!!! I want to do it. :o)

Anonymous said...

Oh, how fun!! Love this idea! I came to see how doggy was doing and I just read your post that she seems to be o.k. Thank goodness.... poor little thing. Hope she stops eating everything in sight! xoxo

Anonymous said...

A CITY SWAP!!! What a great idea!!!! You might need to host one...(hint, hint) ;)

Miss Sweet Tea said...

This is awesome! Very creative!

Jules is so sweet!

I've never had Tastykakes, but you can buy them at Jersey Mike's here in Los Angeles, if you're interested in getting more!

SassyScorp said...

Jules- HOW could you forget something from WAWA!!!

Man I miss it. Otherwise, awesome job!

Anonymous said...

I think that is awesome!! And it is amazing we can meet such great people around here, don't you think? She really gave you a lot of great things!!

k said...

That is SUCH a cool idea! I love it.

Jadore-Fashion said...

This is really cool and fun idea!!!


Meghan said...

I love Jules! I had no idea she was doing a city swap - what an awesome idea! And I LOVE that package! So cool!

Mimi said...

wow wow wow! that is amaaaaazing!!! :D how cool! :D

<3, Mimi

this free bird said...

I love this idea LeeAnn and kudos to both of you for going for it! You got the motherload girl!! I've never visited Philly...did she stuff a cheesesteak sandwich in there? That's all it would take for me :)


Nicole said...

hi!!! love your blog!!! so nice to meet you :)

Cafe Fashionista said...

Ohmigosh, this is seriously the COOLEST idea EVER for a swap - I love, I love!! :)

Valerie said...

What a fun way to "experience" another city. The tastykakes look delicious!

Meg said...

What a lovely set of gifts!

Leesh said...

What a great exchange. I can't believe all the cool stuff you got. Now you will learn about all the city. Tastykake sounds good.