Christmas in the Country 2015 Gift Reveal!

001-1Here we are again! It is time to reveal what was given in this years Christmas in the Country gift exchange! This is by far my favorite part of the exchange. Through all of the signing up, matching up, emailing, tracking packages and finger crossing, this is the part that makes all of that time worth it.

I really think this year was our best yet and I think I am beginning to see why. Being our third year, we have had several repeat participants. Each time they participate, we get to know them a little bit better and that knowledge of them and their blogs makes for better matching up of individuals.

This year we had 53 Bloggers; 52 women and 1 man. We had 19 states represented, stretching from Pennsylvania to Oregon. We had Bloggers who are dairy farmers, cattle ranchers, agricultural industry leaders, custom harvesters, agriculture teachers, extension agents, pig farmers, photographers, greenhouse operators, row crop farmers, poultry farmers, farm/country women and all around fantastic individuals. I also had three co-hosts who this could not of been done without! Thank you Jamie, Lara and Kirby for all of your help, all of your time and for just being there when I had a question or needed to run something by you. Thank you for everything!

This year we also had delayed packages, packages left in obscure places that took the receiver a day or five to find, a package that was returned to the sender by the shipping company, packages that arrived early and even a package that the family pet got a hold of before sending. I think we saw and or had it all happen this year! Through it all though, we could not of asked for better understanding and attitudes from all of the participants. Thank you to all of them!

This time Lori from Home on the Range Exchange had my name. I love the name of her blog and that she is from Kansas, a place I still refer to as my second home. Lori and I have more in common then similar first names. We both were born and raised on our families diversified farms; she is a fifth generation and I am a fourth. She is an Extension Agent and my mom has been in Extension for over 30 years. She too loves photography and is also very crafty. We both also love to cook. Didn’t I say something about making great matches this year…

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Lori sent me some great handmade items, an awesome little cookbook that I can’t wait to use and a pretty new camera strap that she also made. My current strap is just black and works great in the cattle lot or in the tractor cab, but is not very stylish for when I am other places. Now I am set!

Thank you Lori for the lovely gift you sent. You really did take time to get to know me and your gift could not of been more perfect. I wish you the very best in 2016 and can’t wait to continue to get to know you better!

Each of the 53 Bloggers will be adding their reveal posts to a special LINKUP that is open from now until the 12th. Check the linkup so see what I sent to Chelsea of Boilermaker Ag.

Blessings to you,
Laurie – Country Link

 

 

 

Signup for Christmas in the Country 2015

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SIGNUPS FOR 2015 HAVE NOW CLOSED.

Welcome to this years Christmas in the Country Aggie/Farm Blogger gift exchange! We are so glad you are here to signup! By following a few simple rules, filling out the information form and linking up your blog, you will be ready to spread and receive a little Christmas cheer.

*We as hosts, enjoy organizing and participating in Christmas in the Country and we enjoy getting to know all of you and seeing the joy that is shared.  We do know that this is a very busy time of year, but we can not stress enough the importance of making sure that each participant participates fully in the exchange. Full participation includes: shipping ON TIME, blogging and linking up to the online party before it ends, taking the time to really get to know your person and sending them something you think they will enjoy and thanking your gift giver for your package. (We as hosts of the exchange do reserve the right to not let someone participate because of lack of full participation in the past.)

Now for what you all have been waiting for, the ins and outs of this years exchange. We did have to make some changes, so if you have participated before, please read this blog post carefully!

Dates to Remember:
November 20th – signups begin
November 30th – signups close
December 1st – receive your name via email
December 15th – Shipping deadline for your package
January 5th-12th – Share on your blog and in the linkup about CITC2015

How the Exchange Works:
First you fill out the sign-up form so we can get all of your important information. Then, after sign-ups close you will receive a name – do your research (be sure to keep this a secret, don’t let them know that you have their name), then pick and send the perfect gift! Be sure to include a note in your gift revealing who you are and your info so your person can contact you to say thank you! In the mean time, someone else is doing their research on you and your gift is on it’s way! When you receive a gift, snap some pictures and thank your person! Then, on Jan 5th-12th, share a blog post on your experience and the gift you received, then link it up on a new linkup.

Rules of the Exchange:
Each participant will fill out an information form. This information will be sent to another blogger who will be your “Secret Santa”. You in turn will receive a name and information of a person whom you will be sending a gift. (All exchanging of information is done via email, so please provide an email that you check on a regular basis.)

Each participant needs to add their blog URL to the Christmas in the Country LinkupThis is a great way for all to see who is participating and a chance to find a new blog or two. This year we are limiting the exchange to only bloggers. 

Everyone who signs up will send and receive a gift. Once you receive your persons name and information, head on over to their blog and other social media sites and take a minute to get to know them. The more you can learn about your person, the more personal you can make your gift. Suggest price range for gifts are $15-$25.  (Local and handmade is great, but specific and personal is even better.)

Packages must be sent by December 15th. We are requesting that everyone send a photo of the tracking number or an email with the tracking information. If the hosts do not hear from you by the 15th, we will be emailing you to ask for the information! Also, if you do not trust a package being left on your doorstep, then please provide an address to an office or other location where you are SURE to receive you gift. (We as co-hosts are not responsible for lost or stolen packages.)

Blog posts need to be posted on your blog and linked up between January 5th-12th. This is to ensure that each post will be seen after the busyness of the holidays is over. The co-hosts will post the new linkup for the blog posts on their blogs on the 5th. (Once you do receive your package, send a timely thank you to your “Secret Santa”. )

Share the love! Please take a minute to follow the host blogs, and like their Facebook pages – this will help to reminded you of all the important dates coming up for the exchange. Also, please take the time to check out the Linkup to see who else signed up for the swap. Leave some comments, find some new blogs, and make new friends! If you feel so inclined, we would love it if you would share about the swap on your blog or Facebook page – the more the merrier! 

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Thank you for signing up! We hope you enjoy this years exchange!

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Blessings to you,
Laurie – Country Link

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Jamie Rhoades – This Uncharted Rhoade
Email – thisunchartedrhoade@gmail.com
Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/ThisUnchartedRhoade
Blog – http://unchartedrhoade.blogspot.com

Lara Durben – My Other More Exciting Self
Email – ldurben@charter.net
Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/MyOtherMoreExcitingSelf
Blog – http://www.myothermoreexcitingself.com

Kirby Linebach – 15009 Farmhouse
Email – kirbylinebach@gmail.com
Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/15009farmhouse
Blog – http://15009farmhouse.blogspot.com

Laurie Link – COUNTRY LINKed
Email – laurie.link@gmail.com
Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/CountryLinKed
Blog – https://countrylinked.wordpress.com

 

Christmas in the Country 2014

Christmas in the Country 2014 gift exchange

The weather has turned cold here in Missouri.  It is the middle of November, but we usually have a few more days of nice fall weather before the chill of winter hits. With winter making her appearance, we are not yet done with corn harvest, which is not unusual, but the holidays are fast approaching and it is always the goal to be done before Thanksgiving.

November is a favorite month for me.  It has many great days like; Veteran’s Day, Gpa’s Birthday, my Birthday, Thanksgiving and sign-up for Christmas in the Country.  That’s right!!!  Christmas in the Country is Back!

2013 was such a hit,  Jamie and I knew we would be doing the blogger/agvocate Christmas gift exchange again, but that we were going to need some additional help. Erin from Diaries From the Dirt Road and Robyn from The Ranch Wife Chronicles will be hosting this year’s exchange with us! Thank you ladies for lending a hand.

In case you forgot or you did not hear about this last year, here is how it works:

  • Christmas in the Country is a Christmas gift exchange for Agriculture Bloggers and Agvocates.  It is a great way to get to know bloggers/agvocates across the country and engage with others who have the same interests as you.  Shhhh…………..it is also a secret as to who you have until you mail your gift.
  • Sign up begins November 19th and goes until November 30th.  To sign up all you have to do is fill out a quick form giving us some very basic information about yourself.  We ask for a mailing address so that your secret Ag Friend can send you a special Christmas surprise, your email address and give us some of your likes and dislikes.  We share some of this information with the individual who has your name and you in turn will receive the same information for someone.
  • You will receive the name and information of who you will be sending a gift to on December 1st.  (Please email one of the hosts as soon as you have done so as we will be keeping track that everyone who signed up sends and receives a gift.)
  • All gifts need to be sent by December 17th to ensure delivery before the holidays.
  • If you are a blogger, then join us on January 7th for a Link-Up party.  Write a blog post about what you sent, who you sent it too, what you received and who you received it from.  This is where the real fun begins!  I loved seeing the fun and creative things that everyone came up with to send to each other, especially the ones that sent things from their region or area of the country.

I still have all of the wonderful and thoughtful things that Taysha from Dirt Road Charm sent me last year.  I did not know Taysha or her blog before the exchange, but because of Christmas in the Country, we have gotten to know one another, have meet in-person and I consider her a very good blogger friend.  She is just one of the many new friends I now have and I owe it all to this gift exchange!

Come back on November 19th and get signed up to join in on the fun!  Remember you don’t have to be a blogger, just a lover of all things agriculture and country!

Blessings to you,

Laurie – Country Link

 

Christmas in the Country – Gift Reveal

Christmas in the Country

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I know, I know, I am really late in saying so, and I apologize.  I decided that this Holiday season I would take a little break from the computer/blogging/social media and just relax.  Okay, so I did not “relax” until after all the Christmas festivities were over, but once they were, I did take a few days of rest, relaxation and reading.  So now that we have rung in the new year, I am back!  Miss me?

Now, I am very excited to share with you all about my gift from the Christmas in the Country Gift Exchange.  If you remember, Jamie from This Uncharted Rhoade and I collaborated on a project to spread some Christmas cheer.  We invited fellow bloggers and agvocates to participate in a  gift exchange.  We were beyond excited to have a total of 25 participants!  You have already met all of them and I hope have visited their wonderful blogs.

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I was very happy and excited to see that my package came all of the way from Ohio!  A state that I have visited, but from a blogger I had not “meet” before the exchange.  My new friend Taysha of Dirt Road Charm had my name and sent me a wonderful package full of items she found in her town.

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This is what she wrote:

Laurie,

Enclosed is your Christmas swap gifts.  All of the items come from my town in OH.

The homemade laundry soap is made by a local lady in the community and she includes the recipe so if you love it you can make more.

The table runner is from an old feed sack.

The candle holder is actually a “vintage pig scraper”.

The candle is homemade by a local lady as well!  That is one of my favorite scents!

I hope you enjoy!

~Taysha~

Not only did I enjoy, I LOVE everything that she sent me!  I was able to open my package without an audience, (aka-Kids) and was able to look everything over and find spots right away for it in my home.  I have the laundry soap displayed in my laundry room because I think it is so fun and pretty to look at.  I do plan on using it, but for now I like seeing it when I do laundry.  The candle holder and feed sack table runner look great in the living room and the dinning room.  The candle was burning minutes after I opened the box and is now one of my favorite scents too.

Thank you Taysha for your gift.  I truly love it!

To see whose name I had, CLICK HERE.

Blessings to you and to all of my new Country Friends,

Laurie – Country Link

 

Christmas in the Country – A gift exchange

Some years I am not in the Christmas spirit until right before Christmas.  Other years I am ready to have Christmas the day after Thanksgiving.  This year I am already feeling the Christmas spirit and have even begun shopping and am ready to decorate!  I know, I know, but I do love to give to others and baking during the holidays is a favorite of mine too.

That is why I am so excited to announce the first ever Christmas in the County gift exchange!  The wonderful blogger friend of mine, Jamie Rhoades, from This Uncharted Rhoade asked me to team up with her for this fun holiday project.

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Basically all you have to do is sign up, answer a few questions, wait for an email that tells you who to send a Christmas present too and send your gift.  It is that easy and fun!  I know I have blogger friends all over the country who I would love to send a little gift too and in return get to know them even better.  Like I said, already in the Christmas Spirit!

Christmas in the Country

PIN ME!

Follow the link below to sign up and then on December 4th you will receive an email with the name of a blogger/agvocate/country friend that you will send your gift too.  We do ask that you try to keep things secret, but do include with our gift a bit about yourself and the item(s) you choose to send.

Follow the below link to get signed up.  I you have any questions or run into troubles, just send me or Jamie an email: laurie.link@gmail.com or  thisunchartedrhoade@gmail.com

SIGN UP FOR CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY

Don’t forget if you have any questions or even feedback on how to make this even better, please let us know!  Also Jamie designed the above button so that you could add it to your blog if you like.

Blessings you,

Laurie – Country Link