Yesterday’s Workouts: Chisel class@ Crunch, spin class @Crunch with Carl Hall
Today’s Workout: biking at some point!
I’m so excited for this post because its my first Foodie Pen Pal reveal! In case you haven’t heard of it, Lindsay@ The Lean Green Bean
created this program for bloggers, blog readers, and food lovers to connect with other people around the country and share foodie items. I’ve read about other people in this program for a while now and finally decided to join last month! I figured its a great way to try food from different parts of the country but also to try new foods! I’m always up for that. Click here
to learn more about how to join the program and to sign up.
This month I was assigned to a girl in Texas named Katie. She isn’t a blogger so there’s no post about what I sent her, but I hope she enjoyed everything! I tried really hard to make it a great box for her and send her some cool items from around my area. So fun to collect all the items to send!
The person who was assigned to send me some goodies was Britt from Britt’s Blurbs
. Britt is a total foodie and posts recipes, food finds, and also about her travels and adventures! She seriously has some amazing looking dishes and great recipes, I don’t know how I didn’t find her blog before! Once we started talking I realized we are basically foodie twins! We love a ton of the same foods and both love trying new things. What a great match-up. Go ahead and check out her blog, shes awesome!!
So when I got my package in the mail this month I was super excited like a little kid on Christmas. She wrote me a really nice letter along with all of this amazingness below. Seriously, could this be any more perfect for me?!
The contents of my foodie pen pal package!!
The first thing I noticed was that Britt captured my love of chocolate, specifically dark chocolate. Plus, most of them were chocolate + sea salt. Anyone who knows me know this is my heaven!
Dark Chocolate Dried Tart Cherries: She got me these from her local farmer’s market in Michigan. I had to fend off my boyfriend from these, he kept trying to go after them but I wouldn’t let him. I’m recently getting into tart cherries and these sealed the deal for me. Amazing!
Chocolove xoxo: This little chocolate bar was incredible, and at 70 calories and 5g of fat its so perfect for my chocolate cravings. Seriously, you HAVE to try these. I found out they sell them at Whole Foods so I’m going to go stock up!
BT McElrath Chocolatier Salty Dog Bite and Prairie Dog Bite: These were little bites of chocolate, basically a little bigger than a Dove chocolate square. SO SO good! Again, its a nice way to satisfy my cravings. They made me so happy I can’t tell you how much I loved all the chocolate!
Pure Bliss Organic Acai Coconut Bites
: I am in LOVE with these and totally wish they sold them near me. They are little bits similar to the texture of a granola bar. They have such a great flavor and I especially love the coconut!
: These little maple bites were different, I’ve never seen anything like this before, and very sweet, but that never stopped me
I never understand people who say food is too sweet! Love em!
Sesame Sticks: I’ve had sesame sticks before a while ago but I forgot how much I love them. Britt reminded me by sending these! This is another item I have to go buy again, hopefully I can find some as good as these. They were crunchy but not so much where they hurt my teeth.
Justin’s PB blend
: Honestly there’s no way to go wrong with PB when it comes to me. And this was no exception. I loved everything about this little package and its another I want to find more of! I have seen these around the blogger world and now I know why! It has a great flavor and is perfect for on the go.
Artisan’s Raw Cacao Bliss
: I’ve never seen anything like this before (coconut butter) but I was so excited to try it! It didn’t disappoint and I am now a coconut butter lover! Almond butter, peanut butter, cookie butter and now coconut butter.. anyone see a trend here
Coconut butter is a new one for me!
Mango Slices: I love mango so this was right up my alley. Can’t go wrong with dried fruits and especially my favorite one! This was a good snack that I took to work with me so I could have the mango flavor without the hassle of cutting it up!
Britt also sent me a cute little notepad with a great message on it. What a nice surprise!
, thank you SO much for sending such amazing goodies. Its like we are the same person, I was in love with every single item you sent. You also got me hooked on those chocolove bars so now I’m going to go on a mission to find them
I really appreciate you putting all that thought into this package.. it was SUCH an amazing foodie pen pal
especially for my first one!
So do you want to join this program? Here’s some details.
-On the 5th of every 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 are 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. 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.
If you’re interested in participating for July, please CLICK HERE. You must submit your info by July 4th.. pairings will be emailed on July 5th!
Have you ever participated in foodie pen pals?
What are some of your favorite food items?
Have you ever tried any of these?