Saturday Swap Link-Up

HSBA Post Swap


This last swap was difficult. Whew. There were so many problems with people not receiving emails that I will be delaying the next swap until I can figure out a better way to make the swap happen. That is okay, though, I’m hoping everyone still had lots of fun choosing just the right gift for her swap sister.

Despite the difficulties, I am super excited to see pictures of the contents of each of your swap sister packages. This is the perfect way to thank your swap sister with a post. All you need to do is click the funny little frog down below and you will be taken to a page to enter the URL of your swap post (please do not add the main URL of your blog). Once your information is entered, it will be added shortly to the InLinkz.

Thank you so much for participating this round!




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Swap update, Homeschool Carnival, Cameron Court Case

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Photo credit: Sprittibee


It is finally spring and I am checking things off of my to-do list. Here are a few items to note here at the Post!

  • Whew! There have been so many snags and hiccups with this year’s first swap, I will more than likely be changing things around for next month’s swap. If you missed this month’s swap and would like to participate in the next one, be sure to come back April 14th for the details. All swap sister information was sent out weeks ago and the packages should be mailed by this Saturday, March 24th. A linky will be put up on April 7th so that you can share your pictures of the fun goodies you received in the mail from your swap partner. If you do not have a blog, but would still like to share pictures, you may email me at thehomeschoolpost @ gmail dot com and I can include them in a new post.
  • Our very own Sprittibee is hosting the Carnival of Homeschooling on March 27, 2012 on her personal blog. Be sure to mark your calendars to check out her blog on the 27th so you can participate. Carnivals are a great way to showcase the homeschooling fun you have in your own home and to discover new ways to incorporate hands-on activities in your children’s education.
  • *UPDATED INFORMATIONIt is so important to stay up-to-date with current homeschooling cases in your area. In Cameron, Texas, a judge has recently temporarily removed the children from the home of a formerly homeschooling mother. This case is particularly concerning because homeschooling was used as a big reason why the mother was deemed less fit to take care of her children. I encourage you to pray about this case because of the potentially huge impacts it will have on homeschooling, not only in the state of Texas, but also in our country at large. You can read more about it here. This is also a good reminder of how important it is that you and your family get involved in homeschooling and parental rights cases and legislation.


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The MARCH and APRIL Homeschool Swap!

HSBA Post Swap


This year’s FIRST Homeschool Swap is finally here! I know that the swap blesses so many of us homeschooling moms. Here are a few things that you should pay close attention to if you are interested in participating. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO READ THIS POST COMPLETELY.

Here’s the skinny:

1. Sometimes swappers never return their questions on the initial email. I am not sure why – but we don’t have the desire or the time to bug everyone on email, so we just let it go. If you are planning to swap, you might go in and make thehomeschoolpost at gmail dot com your friend so the spam catcher won’t send us to cyber-jail in your email client. When we don’t get enough swappers to reply and there’s an odd number (someone left without a partner), one of our authors usually fills in or drops out. You have a week to get your questions back to us on average, so please be prompt. We pair you on the order in which we get your replies. This way, God does the matching, not us. {We don’t believe in accidents!}

2. In past swaps, some swappers have said that they never got a package. One was a mix up with the post office, but there are still some packages out there that haven’t been sent on this last swap and even older ones. We hate blacklisting wonderful ladies from participating, so PLEASE send your box or at least let one of us at the Post know you can’t – so we can try and get one in the mail for your swap sister. Don’t be afraid of contacting us to help you resolve the issue. We will email your partner and ask her if she forgot for you if you are too shy. We want to make sure everyone gets a box!

Here’s a bit of advice for those who don’t get a box by the deadline:

*Please email your swap partner and ask her if everything is ok. Sometimes it is as simple as her losing your information or forgetting!

*Please allow for late packages – because we all need a little grace. Email reminders won’t be looked down on, either. I know I can use an email reminder for just about EVERYTHING in my life. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Chances are, your swap sister is a great person (She’s homeschooling her kids, isn’t she? She reads the Post, right?) – send her an email!

*Please pray for your swap partner: sounds strange, but one of our swappers was late sending out her swap recently because she had lost her mom. You never know what might have happened that could have delayed your package.

*Don’t give up on swapping just because you have one unfavorable swap. It is very rare that packages don’t get sent – even though it is very common that they get mailed late.

3. You don’t have to email us your links any more. Instead, we will be hosting a swap post LINKY instead. Last swap I was unable to put up a swap post linky due to family illnesses, but this go around you will be able post on your own blog pictures of your swappy goodness and the share the link with the rest of us! With the amount of swappers we have now, this will save us time and it will be more colorful and fun, I think! I hope you’ll agree.

Have you ever joined the Homeschool Swap before? If you haven’t, you are missing out. Swapping a little gift in the mail once every two months with another homeschool mom is FUN – and a great way to get to know other homeschool blogging mamas.

Are YOU interested in getting a groovy care package in the mail (instead of bills)? Leave a comment below to let us know you want to participate. It’s ever so easy. Make sure to leave a valid email address. We’ll send you a questionnaire and pair you with another swapper. When you get your package, just take a picture of the contents and post about it on your blog. How easy is that?!

Be sure to put the dates below on your calendar so you don’t forget them!

Here’s the schedule:

SIGN UP: By February 25th
PAIRED UP: By March 3rd
MAIL SWAP: By March 24th
POST PHOTOS: April 7th
NEXT SWAP: April 14th!

We’re giving you two weeks to sign up. Be sure to leave a comment on this post with a valid email address if you want to participate. Photograph your loot when it arrives and post a thank you on your blog. Come back here to include your blog link on our linky in April!  Mark your dates on your calendars! I know everyone is busy, but please try and not spoil the fun for your partner by dropping the ball.

We will be starting a new swap up April so if you aren’t able to participate this time, you can look forward to the next one!

Don’t know what a swap is? Click on the Saturday Swap category on our sidebar and see some of our past swaps. Our very first one was October 2007.

Important: Stumble, Facebook and Tweet this post (our twitter account is @hsbapost) to help gather up all the swap-loving homeschoolers you know!

We hope you’ll join in the fun! Spread the news and ask your homeschool friends to join.

Here are the basic rules for every swap:

1. Don’t offer to participate and sign up if you can’t get the gift in the mail on time (you have more than 2 months).
2. Don’t spend more than 15$ on your swap gift (not including postage). You will end up making your buddy feel like they didn’t give enough to you.
3. Get to know your swap buddy – email them! Pray for them! Send them a Bible verse! Email them!
4. Do NOT share your swap buddies’ personal information (last names or addresses) with anyone else.
5. Make sure you post a photo and thank you for your swap sister – and link to her blog.
6. Come back here and link up your swap post.

Suggestion: Please make sure you take extra care when packaging your gifts if they are breakable or fragile. We have had swap gifts damaged by UPS or the Postal Service.

Who’s in???

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