A Handmade Christmas List–Unique Gift Ideas

By now you’re probably finishing up your Christmas shopping…or maybe you’re just starting. Lately we haven’t had much money to spend for presents, so we try to make the most of each gift we give by making sure they’re special for that person. Whether it means searching for the perfect shirt at Target, or finding something on Etsy, I pride myself on trying to find the “perfect gift.”

To me, the “perfect gift” comes from the heart and takes a lot of time and effort, not just something you ran out to the store, saw and thought “Hey, that works.” Because of this, I try to plan a little early. This year, I found items for my dad and brother-in-law that I know they love, will use until holes appear (and continue to use), and can be hard to find. For my mom, something that I know she’ll hang up and smile every time she sees it. For my sister, a reminder of some of her favorite things. For M…well…he’s a little more difficult…

So I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite places to shop on Etsy¬†for unique, handmade, and some times custom, items that you still have time to buy for your loved ones this holiday season. These are small businesses, which I love to try to support as much as possible, and I hope you do, too.

All Wooled Up
From handknitted scarves and shawls to handmade jewelry, to needle-felted wall art to reclaimed sweat bags, you’re sure to find something for every female on your list. You can’t argue with one-of-a-kind, upcycled items that can keep you warm, decorate your house or neck, or just look great. And the prices can’t be beat. So many pretty items!

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Porter Productions
What started out as some fun trinkets for friends in the dog agility world has expanded to so much more! Lucky pennies, reminders of accomplishments, motivational sayings..anything that can be stamped into metal and hung from your neck or ears, she can do. She’s even started enameling coins and metal, which looks super cool! You can do keychains for dads, using birth years of their children; or celebrate your latest running domination. I have to say her special 13.1 2014 penny she gave me this summer brought me a PR in a half marathon! ūüôā

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KeraAshley
Another great place to find handknitted items from scarves to headbands and even cute mug warmers. (Who doesn’t want their coffee or tea to stay warmer just a little longer at your desk??) The crocheting and knitting are great–look cute and stay warm!

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Stickman Hardware
Looking for something for the man in your life? If he loves beer, does homebrewing, or aspires to be a brewer, you can’t go wrong with a custom keg handle from a fellow homebrewer!¬†StickmanHardware designs and builds customized hardwood tap handles for homebrewers and beer lovers, using hardwoods such as walnut, maple, bocote, and bubinga and inlaid chalkboards to create tap handles which are both aesthetically pleasing as well as functional.

SMHAll Leashed Up
OK, so what about those pups in your life? They bring you so much joy every time they see you! All Leashed Up offers colorful handmade paracord collars and matching leashes, tug toys, and even bracelets that you can wear to match your pooch. My pups rock All Leashed Up designs at the agility trials.

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The possibilities are endless! Hopefully this helps you if you’ve been stumped for ideas!

Your turn: What’s your favorite Etsy shop for gift giving?

 

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My 2014 #HolidayRunList + ProCompression Discount

I can’t believe it’s already time to start making those Christmas lists, but here it is! As a runner and CrossFit fanatic, my family knows you can never go wrong with getting me workout gear for my birthday or Christmas. And even though I’m currently 28 weeks pregnant, that doesn’t mean I don’t still want workout gear, right??

As part of my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship, I was asked to put together my Holiday Run List with ProCompression and my favorites for 2014.

1.) BOB Jogging Stroller
Baby A&W is going to be on the go as soon as she/he arrives. I walk the dogs everyday, and I don’t really see that stopping with our new arrival. Plus I’ll be getting back in half marathon training once I’m able to to prepare for whatever race I sign up as my comeback race!

This stroller would be great for walks on the sidewalk or in the park and my short training runs.

This stroller would be great for walks on the sidewalk or in the park and my short training runs.

2.) UnderArmor No-Show Running Socks
I’m hard on my running socks, but after buying one 6-pack of these socks from the UnderArmor Outlet a couple of months ago, I’m in love with these. You can’t have too many running socks, I say!

3.) Nike Epic Running Capris
I love running in capris (unless it’s frigid, then you’ll see me in long winter pants), and the few that I’ve been comfortable wearing all the time are Nike running capris. They stay in place and feel like second skin. And now they’re coming in fun colors, rather than just black!

4.) New Running Shows
Who couldn’t use a new pair of running shoes?? Even if you just got a new pair, you still need a second (or third) pair to trade back and forth, right? Right now I’m loving my Mizuno Wave Rider 18s and my Saucony Ride 6s. If you’re not sure what you would wear, ask for a gift card to your local running store so you can pick out the pair that’s right for you!

New running shoes--because you can never have too many workout shoes, right??

New running shoes–because you can never have too many workout shoes, right??

5.) ProCompression Calf Sleeves
I was sent a pair of ProCompression Calf Sleeves as part of my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship and I was excited to try them! And now, I’m excited to add them to my list! I had already recommended the calf sleeves to my sister, who has been battling shin splints since she started running, but I had only worn ProCompression’s Marathon Socks. While these felt tighter than the Marathon Socks (thus making it much harder to put on), they stayed in place for my runs and felt great.

And here’s the best part–now you can try them! From now until Dec. 15, you can take 40% off at checkout when you purchase ProCompression Marathon Socks or Calf Sleeves! Use discount code “PINK2” at checkout. You could rock the purple sleeves (like my sister), or the conservative black (like me).

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If you put all these items together, you’d be unstoppable in 2015!

Remember: Use discount code “PINK2through Dec. 15 to get 40% off ProCompression Marathon Socks or Calf Sleeves–great gifts for the runner(s) in your life and yourself!

Your turn: What is one thing that’s on your Christmas list?

**Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge as part of my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship and was not compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Running While Pregnant Product Review: Mizuno Wave 18s

Just a day before I was set to run the Iron Horse Half Marathon in October, I was contacted via Mizuno on Twitter about trying their new Wave Rider 18 running shoes. At first I was really excited–I love trying new products! But then I was worried because I’ve been running in Saucony shoes for the past few years and love them. Plus, with my pregnancy, my feet are always changing, so I wasn’t sure I could give an accurate review.

But let me tell you, when I got that box in the mail and opened up to see those pretty teal, black, and white shoes, all worries went out the window.

What (runner) girl can turn down a new pair of shoes??

What (runner) girl can turn down a new pair of shoes??

I still ran my half marathon in my Saucony shoes, and waited a week to get back into running after the race (recovery, time, etc.), but I couldn’t wait to slip these on. I walked around the house in them a little, just to make sure the size was correct–I wear a 10 in my Sauconys, and luckily the 10s in Mizuno fit just fine.

I’ve finally been able to fit in a couple of 2.5 mile runs around the neighborhood wearing my Mizuno Wave 18s. The first run, the shoes felt great! I really couldn’t notice a difference between them or my Sauconys. The only thing I noticed was that my footsteps sounded louder, if that makes any sense. It’s like I was landing harder down on the ball of my foot…but it didn’t bother me.

First run back from the half marathon and first run in my Mizuno Wave Rider 18s!

First run back from the half marathon and first run in my Mizuno Wave Rider 18s!

Last week I wore them for another 2.5 mile run. Again, comfortable, the only thing i noticed was that I felt the stitching from the logo cradling my foot. This could have been because maybe my feet were a little more swollen, or I was tuning into the shoes a little more. I didn’t see any rubbing when I got home, though, so it doesn’t seem like a big deal.

My heel was sore the day after, though. I’ve been battling something with my left heel after my runs, where it’s like my tendons/ligaments are really tight and take a while to allow my foot to totally flex and allow me to walk normal. I get up from sitting and I walk stiff for a little bit because of this, and it’s rather painful. I realized that I’ve been running with PowerStep insoles in my Saucony shoes, but I have not tried them in my Mizunos, so I might see if that helps the next time I go for a run.

I’m thankful to Mizuno for allowing me the opportunity to try these wonderful shoes. I’m excited to have them in my rotation for runs, even though I’m cutting back on my running as my pregnancy is progressing and winter comes.

Your turn: What’s your favorite running shoe?

Running While Pregnant + FlipBelt Review & Discount

By now you know that I’ve been continuing to workout, almost like normal, throughout my pregnancy, and that I plan to continue to do so until I absolutely cannot. That includes running. Back in April I had signed up for the Iron Horse Half Marathon, a race that takes place just 20 minutes from my home that I’ve been wanting to participate in since I started running half marathons. They only allow 1,600 registrants, so you have to register early. Then when I found out I was pregnant, I also found out you couldn’t sell your bib. Doing the math, I’ll be 21-22 weeks pregnant the day of the race (Oct. 12), and my running group was very supportive of helping me continue to train and run in the race. (Some runners have done the same race at 4, 5, and 6 months pregnant.)

So every weekend that I’ve been home, I’ve joined my running group for long training runs. I’ve knocked back my pace from the usual 9:30 to 10:30-11, and have learned to swallow my pride so I am okay with walking when I need to walk. This weekend I tackled nine miles on the Iron Horse course, and while the last few were harder than the first six, I still finished in 1:41:29. According to RunKeeper, my average pace was 11:13, so not too bad. I initially started doing the run 2 minutes, walk 1 minute interval most of the group was doing for the first mile, but running like that seems to make my legs tighter, so I decided I’d just run on my own, watching my pace on my Garmin, and try to see if I could run a certain distance without walking. I made it 3.5 miles before I walked at the turn-around, mostly to grab some Gu Chomps and some water. All in all, it was a decent run.

This was my first run rocking my new FlipBelt. Yep, that’s right!! As part of my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship, FlipBelt sent me a free belt to try and review. At first I was concerned about having to order a specific size because things don’t fit me like they use to right now, and my belly will only continue to grow as the pregnancy went along, but after I measured around where I usually wear my running belt, I went with the large. large fits comfortably, and leaves plenty of room for growth. I’ll keep you update on how it feels as my belly continues to grow, but right now it’s so comfy!

You can select any color FlipBelt, but I went with the classic carbon...blends well with my running clothes!

You can select any color FlipBelt, but I went with the classic carbon…blends well with my running clothes!

I had a few friends from the running group say they didn’t even notice I was wearing a running belt and they loved how sleek it looked, compared to the “pouch” you get with other running belts. Nothing jiggled, nothing moved. I chose to wear it with the slits out, so I could access my Chomps and my phone during my run. The one complaint I had about the FlipBelt was with my Samsung S4 in it’s (sleeker than most) case, it was hard to get in and out while I was running. (I’d try to get it out to turn on Pandora while I was running, then at one point the change stations when I couldn’t take any more slow songs.) Other than that, nothing bounced, and I’d forget I was wearing it until I got home to strip out of my clothes to shower.

I’ve worn it to walk my dogs, and I wore it when we went hiking on Sunday. I love the Carbon color. I also got the recommended (and free) waterproof plastic bag to place my phone in if I worry about it getting wet from sweating through the fabric or rainy runs, but I haven’t used that yet.

Can you see my running belt? (Please disregard the growing preggo belly...) I love how sleek the FlipBelt fits. The girls give it four paws up!

Can you see my running belt? (Please disregard the growing preggo belly…) I love how sleek the FlipBelt fits. The girls give it four paws up!

Think you might be interested in trying the FlipBelt? Well, you’re in luck, because they’ve agreed to let my readers use a discount code for 10% off until September 7! Simply go to the FlipBelt website, select your purchases, order it here, enter discount code sweat33¬†for 10% off your entire order.

This is great for those walking their dogs, working out in gym, running, biking, or even running errands. If you’ve been thinking about trying a running belt for any reason, using this discount code is a big help!

Share the news–Click to Tweet: Tweet: Run, play, explore with #FlipBelt! Use the code sweat33 for 10% OFF your entire purchase! http://ctt.ec/9fPaF+ @flipbelt @fitapproach

**Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge as part of my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship and was not compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Your turn: What running products have you tried and liked?

Fuel Your Better! Adding Extra Boost to Your Day

I’m excited to be part of the Vega Team! A couple of weeks ago I was invited to be part of the Vega Sport campaign 2014, and I chose to test out their sugar free energizer, knowing that I’ve been in need of an extra boost to my day.

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First of all, let me say you get a lot in this box! It’s great! And I love that Vega explains how their plant-based formula is the best for you:

“Good for your body and the planet, Vega is the clean, plant-based choice to fuel your healthy active lifestyle–without compromise.”

The ingredients are all natural, and the sweetness comes from natural blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, acai and pomegranate flavors with some stevia extract.

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Every morning before my CrossFit classes I’d mix one packet into a 22 ounce bottle of water. There wasn’t any jitteriness or anything like some other energy drinks might give you. In fact, I couldn’t tell anything different except that I had energy throughout the entire day, even after my workout. It was great!

However, I felt that the flavor lacked something. Maybe I’m too use to the sweetness from other pre-workout drinks, so I’m OK with that.

Now the Vega Team wants to know how I have used this product to Fuel My Better, and I basically used it to keep myself going through some long days. Mondays and Tuesday I ref sand volleyball after work. So after CrossFit at 6:30 am, I head to work at 8:30, work until 4:30, walk the dogs, fix a quick dinner, then head to ref volleyball from 6-midnight.

This Vega Sport has helped me push through the day!

Your turn: What do you use to help push through the long days and workouts?

**Vega sent me free samples to try as part of their campaign, but all opinions were my own.

 

Battle of the Hair: Headbands That Don’t Stay Put

Women with long hair, unite!!

It seems like it’s a struggle everyday in workouts, and I’m not talking about weight lifting or the extra mileage. I’m talking about my hair. I have long, thick, naturally curly hair, which can be a blessing and a curse, and but it’s been more of a curse lately.

I’m constantly having to re-do my ponytail, figure out how to wrap up my tresses so they don’t get caught up in my jump rope for double-unders, and taking off/putting back on my headband. It’s so frustrating!

I’ve tried the Goody StayPut Headbands:

I've only been able to find the thin ones, not the wider ones.

I’ve only been able to find the thin ones, not the wider ones.

And I’ve tried other sport headbands that are fabric with some rubbery glue on the inside. When M and I were in Cincinnati this week we were walking through a mall and I stopped inside Lululemon to check them out. (My first time!) While I couldn’t afford the $88 running crops or the $58 shorts that I’d love to own, I saw their selection of headbands and decided to give them a try. I purchased the Swiftly Headband in hopes that this would be the end-all to my issue.

It wasn’t.

I wore my Swiftly Headband to Man O’War CrossFit this morning for my workout and the darn thing wouldn’t stay put for my warm-up! Soo frustrating!

Update: I think I actually bought Lululemon’s Fly Away Tamer. I looked online and compared the headbands again, which bums me out more, since others have said to try that one.

So now I’m putting the call-out: What do you use to help tame your tresses for active workouts like CrossFit and running?¬†

I’m at my wits’ end almost!

Goodies in a Box–Kona Kase Review

A few weeks ago I got the opportunity to review the July Kona Kase (sorry it’s taken me a while to do the review). I’m always excited to get these types of packages in the mail because I know they’re going to introduce me to all types of healthy goodies that I’ve never seen before.

Inside every Kona Kase is a fun, inspiring quote, which I always love to share. Here’s the quote for July:

“You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.”

–Arthur Ashe

And here’s the line-up from the Kase:

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Perky Jerky: This is turkey jerky marinaded in special ingredients that include Guarana to give you a little kick to wake you up. Both M and I liked it (and I’m not a big jerky fan).

Health Warrior Chia Bar: I’ve seen some bloggers eating these, so I was excited to try the chia bar. I ate half before and half after a CrossFit workout for a little energy boost. The one downside–chia seeds get stuck in my teeth.

Caveman Cookies: These were two small cookies individually wrapped and made with all-natural ingredients. They weren’t really sweet, but still have a nice nutty taste.

Barbara Llewellyn Granola: OMG This was soo good. The granola had sliced almonds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, honey, oats…such a perfect, crunchy combination that I enjoyed in my Greek yogurt bowls.

Garuka Bars: These bars had a great texture to them that helped you feel full. One bonus to these snack bars is that a percentage of each sale goes towards gorilla conservation. You can also get 10% off your first order by entering code “KONAKASE” on their website.

Pro Bar Chews: All natural energy chews? Sign me up! These were a delicious orange flavor. I had some before a couple early morning CrossFit classes and loved them.

Do these treats entice you? Sign up for a Kona Kase by hitting their website!

Protein Smoothie with Coconut Water

About a month ago I received a fun package in the mail from Zola, as part of my affiliation with Fit Approach and the Sweat Pink Ambassadors. Inside it had two cans of  coconut water (one with pulp and one without) and a bottle of acai juice. Oh, and some fun neon green sunglasses, which LaMesa had to try on:

w00t!! Coconut water and acai juice! Whatever shall I make with it??

LaMesa rocking the neon green Zola shades.

LaMesa rocking the neon green Zola shades.

Anyway, I wasn’t too sure what to do with the contents, but the first thing that came to mind was a protein smoothie. Usually I don’t keep tabs one what all I put in my smoothies–it’s usually a toss-in-as-I-go type of affair, but after sharing a pic of this smoothie on my Instagram, I was asked for the recipe, so here it goes:

Peach & Coconut Protein Smoothie

1 Handful of fresh spinach leaves
Frozen peaches (however many you’d like)
Half a frozen banana
1 Heaping tablespoon full of plain Greek yogurt (I like Oikos, but it’s whatever you’d prefer)
1 scoop ProComplete One V-Core Vanilla Bean Protein powder
1/4 cup Zola Coconut Water
1 Packet Hodgeson Mill Milled Flax Seed
Sprinkle of chia seeds

  1. Combine everything but the chia seeds in a blender. Add as much or as little Zola coconut water as you’d like. (Some like a thicker smoothie that they actually eat with a spoon, or a thinner smoothie to drink while on the road.)
  2. Pour the smoothie into the container of choice.
  3. Sprinkle some chia seeds on top.
  4. Enjoy!

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I made my smoothie a little thicker (I added a lot of peaches and spinach) because I wanted to enjoy it in a big mug and spoon. I don’t know what it is about eating a smoothie out of a bowl/big mug some times, but it’s relaxing and I feel like I stay fuller longer. Could just be a mind thing.

I’ve made a protein smoothie using the Zola coconut water with a frozen berry mix (raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries), spinach, and plain Greek yogurt that M enjoyed after his first CrossFit class.

I love using the coconut water because it’s so versatile and doesn’t flavor your smoothie too much. Plus, coconut water helps with hydration, which is perfect for summer time and recovering from workouts.

I drank the acai juice on its own throughout the week, as a little pick-me-up with my lunches. It had a consistency an flavor that takes a little getting used to, but it was still pretty good. I’d never had plain acai juice before, so this was nice to get to experience.

What’s your favorite summer time post-workout smoothie recipe? (I’m always looking for new combinations.)

**Note, I was provided the samples for free from Zola, but all views are my own.

April Foodie Pen Pal Reveal–What I Sent My FPP!

I asked my FPP, Jessica to do a write-up review of the different items I sent her for the April Foodie Pen Pal. I was excited to hear how she liked the different items. Take it away, Jessica!
Hello! ¬†My name is Jessica, and I was lucky enough to be paired up with Megan this month for Foodie Pen Pals! ¬†Megan was an excellent partner and gave me a TON of goodies in my package! ¬†Here’s a quick run down of what I received:
The box of goodies sent to Jessica.

The box of goodies sent to Jessica.

Archer Farms Blueberry Nut trail mix:  This stuff is divine.  I have tried their other trail mixes before, but not this one Рand I think this might actually be my favorite.  Megan really listened when I said I was looking for healthy snack items, and this really fit the bill.
Archer Farms Chocolate Chunk Hazelnut Biscotti Granola:  Okay, I totally devoured this before I could even eat it with a spoon and milk, as it shows in the picture on the package.  Great idea for someone who has a sweet tooth like me, yet this has 30g of whole grain and lots of fiber!
The Ginger People Ginger Chews: ¬†These were totally new to me. ¬†I have never heard of anything like them! ¬†I was honestly a bit hesitant to try them (I know, I’m a wimp) but I love them, truly! ¬†They are great for afternoons in the office or for my evening driving commute.
Trader Joe’s Roasted Coconut Chips: ¬†Megan can read my mind, I swear. ¬†I saw these at Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago and I don’t know why I didn’t buy them, because I was totally salivating just looking at them. ¬†I was shocked when I saw them in my box! ¬†Needless to say, they are already gone, and are a wonderful sweet snack after a meal.
Trader Joe’s Fruit Chews: ¬†I hadn’t had these since childhood, and they brought back so many good memories! ¬†They are yummy, yet make me still feel healthy while eating them. ¬†ūüôā
Kentucky’s Bourbon Brittle: ¬†I couldn’t even get a picture of this – that’s how fast it was devoured! ¬†My parents were visiting when I opened this package, and they both dove for this! ¬†(Huge Bourbon fans!) ¬†I let them split it, and they couldn’t get enough! ¬†ūüôā
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Overall, I am so happy and lucky to have had Megan prepare my Foodie Pen Pals package this month! ¬†It’s been great to “meet” you Megan, and I can’t thank you enough! ¬†You definitely have a new blog reader in me!
Thanks, Jessica! I’m so happy you loved everything, and now you’ve talked me into trying the coconut chips from TJ’s!

April Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

This is my second month participating in the Foodie Pen Pal program, and I have had a great time with it! It’s fun to try to guess what your pen pal might like or guess what they haven’t tried yet. Then you wait with anticipation to see what you’ll get in the mailbox.

Jessica, my FPP, will reveal what I sent her in a later post. So first, here is what I got from Maddie in Arkansas!

(My apologies for the bad photos--I left my camera in Indiana, so I'm using just my IPhone right now.)

(My apologies for the bad photos–I left my camera in Indiana, so I’m using just my IPhone right now.)

Inside the package was a box of cake-in-a-mug mix! I attempted one recipe a while ago, and I was pretty happy with it. This isn’t something from scratch, but looks delicious (I love coffee cake), so I’m waiting for the right night for M and I to enjoy this.

Flax seed to go!

Flax seed to go!

Also, Maddie sent me some travel packets of flax seed for me to try = AWESOME! I’ve been wanting to incorporate flax seed in more baking, but I balk every time I see the price and don’t buy it. She’s great for sending me these packets! I can’t wait for my first smoothie or baking! Maybe this will be the kick in the butt I need to just start buying flax seed. (Any tips on good deals?)

There were two yummy flavors of LaraBar that I love: keylime and peanut butter cookie. I usually get the peanut butter cookie one to M, but I think this time I might keep this flavor for myself. ūüėČ Add in the Lindt dark chocolate with sea salt, and my sweet tooth is happy!

Huckleberry soda and pickled watermelon rind

Huckleberry soda and pickled watermelon rind

The two out-of-the-norm items were the pickled watermelon rind and the huckleberrry soda. I took the watermelon rind with me to a cookout on Friday, but I couldn’t convince anyone to try it with me. I’m waiting to find the right time for M and I to try it at the same time. The Flathead Lake Gourmet Soda is touted as “Montana’s Legendary Soda”. I had never heard of it before, but the flavor intrigues me. I haven’t crack it open yet because I don’t know if it’s caffeinated or not (it doesn’t take much caffeine to keep me up all night), but I think I’ll love it.

Maddie definitely did a great job introducing me to some new, adventurous things, food-wise! I’ll report back on the watermelon rind and the huckleberry soda when I give them a taste!

Does the idea of receiving adventurous food items intrigue you? Join in the FPP fun!

Here are a few details about Foodie Penpals. 

-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 & European residents. ¬†Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. 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 from the US or Canada and are in participating for May, check out The Lean Green Bean to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. 

You must submit your information by May 4th as pairings will be emailed on May 5th!

*If you’re from Europe, please¬†click here¬†to signup.