Thursday, February 28, 2013

Foodie Penpals: Living Made Healthy

It’s hard to believe this is my 6th month participating in this swap created by Lindsey at The Lean Green Bean. Unfortunately, this will be my last month I’ll be able to swap for awhile, due to moving next month. (Though, I'm still in debate if I want to participate just one last time. My only concern is not having enough time to get to eat all the goodies that next month would bring if I do participate. I guess, I'll just have to figure it out by the 5th of March.)

This month my package came from Erin Alexander at Living Made Healthy. This was her first time swapping, and even though she was nervous about what she sent me.. I think she did a fabulous job!

First things first.. I have to show off what I saw when I first opened my box up.

(Gorgeous wrapping job, and oh so shiny. Sydney like.)

In the card, Erin told me that everything was locally made in Washington, but one thing. You guys should know by now.. I love local! So let’s get to it.

First off, the local treats. Kukuruza Gourmet Popcorn that Erin picked up while visiting Seattle. I visited the Kukuruza website to found out that the popcorn Erin sent me is called “Rainbow Fruit." Fruit flavored popcorn? Intriguing and surprisingly delicious! I'm actually munching on the rest of it as I type this out. It's almost to pretty to eat.

 I have no words for the Pomegranate/Vanilla Glazed Cashews. Let’s just say.. they were gone in two days. Hell to the yum. The Cinnamon Apple Chips are made with Washington State Apples and made a nice add in to some homemade trail mix I made earlier this week.

The non local item was this giant vegan peanut butter cookie! Uh, yum! It’s sadly gone now, but will forever be remembered.

But that’s not all..

Erin was also kind enough to send me a special item. This adorable two-year planner! Which, truth be told, I’ve been in need of. So it was much appreciated.

Huge shout-out thank you to Erin for the package!

I sent a package over to Sara Wiles, who is also a newbie, so go show her some love on her blog, Fit.Fun.Femme and see what I sent her!

Interested in becoming a Foodie Penpal yourself? Here’s the 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 Penplas 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 March, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. You must submit your information by March 4th as pairings will be emailed on March 5th!

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