July Foodie Pen Pals Reveal!

by Kim on July 31, 2012

It’s foodie pen pal reveal day!

The Lean Green Bean

I just started participating in this fun little program called Foodie Pen Pals, which was masterminded by Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean. Each month, you package up a box of foodie goodies and ship them to another blogger or reader, and you receive a similar box. (Food + getting packages in the mail…easy sell.)

Then, on the last day of the month, everyone blogs about what they got (or guest blogs, if they’re blogless).

My very first FPP goodie box came from Christy at Chocolate Covered Diamonds. Christy is a Fitfluential ambassador with a super inspiring weight loss story who blogs about fitness, food, and SHOES! Check her out!

Here’s what Christy sent me:

The goods.
1) Quinoa with veggies! I’m actually planning on using this tonight in this recipe from Iowa Girl Eats: BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad. Can’t wait to try it!
2) Lucy’s Cinnamon Thins. Ohmigosh. These were gone about 2 hours after I opened the box (the hubby helped a little). So light, crisp, and delish. I miss them.
3) Dijon mustard. Spicy goodness! I used this in a salad dressing I was making last week, and it added a great punch!
4) Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels. You can’t really go wrong with PB or pretzels. (We have a massive obsession with Honey Wheat Pretzels around here right now, so these fit right in). Definite win.
5) Dr. Stuart’s Tea. I haven’t tried this yet (too hot out I guess?) but it sounds pretty righteous. (Thinking about bringing that word back-thoughts?)
6) Cute little note from Christy. And cute pink tissue paper. This was delicious! (I know, could I get any more hilarious? You’re probably dying.)
Thank you so much, Christy!! I really enjoyed everything you sent!
Check out what I sent Tiffany over at The Healthy Princess.

Want to know more about the Foodie Penpals program? You can join in the fun, even if you’re not a blogger! Here’s the lowdown:

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
– Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

***If you’re in the UK, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt atrocksalt@thisisrocksalt.com to get involved!

If you want to sign up for the June swap, or have any other questions about Foodie Penpals, just email Lindsay (the fantastic organizer) at theleangreenbean@gmail.com

Lindsay needs to hear from you by August 4th as pairings will be emailed on August 5th!


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