Monday Mail Call: #1

Ever since I opened my blog to sponsorships, paid posts, and product placements (all carefully chosen, of course, because I wouldn't want to share stuff that sucks!), I've been receiving small surprises in my Post Office Box. I don't always blog about those packages or what's in them, and I've even gotten a few sweet letters and cards. But now and then I talk about the things that come to the me (or the girls) just because we so love getting mail from you guys! Some of my favorite non-sponsored mail posts are linked below, if you're curious:

We've also gotten adult coloring books, pens and markers, and a few other bits of love from our readers. So with that in mind, I thought it would be fun to introduce a new post series:

Ever since I was a kid, getting mail has been one of the things I take the most joy in. I love getting cards for my birthday and for holidays, and I even have several that I've kept over the years for carious reasons. I love the ones from close family and friends, and I've cried over notes I've gotten from readers who found something of value here and felt that they should share it with me. Sometimes comments are just too public, so people prefer to email or write something out in private.

Want to? Do it here:
  • Email questions, comments, and business inquiries to: authorbrandikennedy @ gmail dot com
  • Send cards, packages, and whatever else (that's safe and appropriate, of course) to: Brandi Kennedy, P.O. Box 12035, Knoxville TN, 37912

It has been fun for the kids too, as they've gotten quite a few little gifts and things in the mail (and now they've taken to asking me every so often if there has been "anything fun" in the post office box) - and lately, we've been making a point to pay that back in our own little way. Two of my Patreon tiers now include mailings from us in addition to all the other cool stuff that's on there.

Recently, we got to open a really cool package from one of our coolest readers! She sent us a little Christmas-themed box filled with cute little goodies she's come across, and my girls FREAKED out going through all the great little treasures inside.

Most of what was in the box was Christmas-themed too, so this little surprise was a great start to the upcoming Christmas holiday for us - we loved looking at the eclectic mix of pins and other bits!

Seriously, how adorable is that snowman! And his little wire arms? They move just a bit! My favorite from the Christmas stuff was the nativity pin though - it's classic and totally beautiful. Eden's favorite was the teddy bear pin; she loves that he actually has his own little mini-teddy-bear swinging from his hand! The little dangly-charm thing must run in the family too; Joey's favorite piece from the photo above was what she calls "The I-Heart-Christmas" pin - that center bottom one with the dangly Christmas tree. The whole treasure trove wasn't Christmas themed though - there were some random bits we really loved, too.

This little bunch of goodies had Eden in a frenzy of excitement for days, and she has loved picking a new pin to wear each day. The first day she chose the black cat because he reminded her of her cat-obsessed bestie from school, and the second day she wore several pieces, finally ending up with the little necklace pictured on the bottom left. Joey's favorite piece from these is the butterfly pin - and mine were the troll earrings! Aren't they cute?

Today's "Featured Favorite Product" is another something I love getting in the mail - my favorite energy supplement from Strike Force Energy. This stuff seriously changes my life when I have some around, because Strike Force is one of very few energy drinks I can have without side effects. I love that I never end up with the jitters, and I love even more that there's no crash-and-burn when it wears off. I like that it isn't super-sweet - and that it comes in different flavors too!

Strike Force Energy Flavor Cartiridges

And if the best part for my single-mom cost-effective self wasn't that I can get 10 flavor cartridges for just $10 (which is cheaper than pretty much any other energy drink out there), maybe it's that you can join the Strike Force club and schedule regular shipments of energy right to your door. Or maybe it's that they actually have 750ml pump bottles, just in case you don't like the convenience of being able to slip a cartridge in your pocket or purse on the way out the door.

Or ... maybe it's that you can try Strike Force for 20% off by using AFLBRANDI8634 in the discount code box when you check out!

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  1. I absolutely love the Dollar Shave Club - if you are anything like me you refuse to pay $30 for replacements and usually forget to pick them up when you need them the most. With the Dollar Shave club they come every month and for a cost that doesn't break the bank. I have also found some great Date Night Subscription Boxes - but have yet to pick one - what a great idea for the married couple who are to busy and or lazy to plan a night together...haha


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