October Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

Hi Friends!

I can’t believe it’s the last day of October! You know what that means…time for another Foodie Penpals reveal day!

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Are you ready to see what I got this month? My box was packed with lots of goodies from Mollie over at Sprinkles of Life.

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She sent me such a wide variety of things, I loved it!

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The box included:
A noodle bowl that will be great for dinner in a pinch
Fruit leathers
Homemade caramel dip PLUS the recipe!
Strawberry rhubarb jam that her mom made- my FAV!
Plantain chips that hubby is pumped about
Wasabi peas- hello spicy!
Dried mango to add to my trailmix
Flavored water- a nice treat that I’d never buy myself
A new spice blend from trader joes
Bruschetta mix!

Thank you so much Mollie for all the wonderful goodies! I can’t wait to try them all icon smile October Foodie Penpals Reveal Day
I also LOVED the card she sent!

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So, do you wanna join us?! Here’s the deal:

-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 November, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

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

*If you’re from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send me an email and I’ll see if we get enough interest this month!


If you want to see what other people got in their boxes, check out some of the links below! I sent my box to Lane at Supper for a Steal!


Baked Apple Chips

Hi Friends!

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Just popping in with a quick snack idea! They’re perfect for fall because everyone seems to have a plethora of apples laying around.

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Who says you can’t have your chips and eat them too? These nutritious apple chips are an easy, healthy new way to think about snack food.

  • apples
  • cinnamon

  1. Core apples if desired.
  2. Slice apples as thinly as possible (I use a mandolin).
  3. Place on a greased baking sheet (or use a silpat).
  4. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  5. Bake at 225 degrees F for one hour.
  6. Flip apple slices over and bake for 1 hour more.
  7. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely.
  8. Store in an airtight container.

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A delicious healthy snack.

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A lot of people sprinkle these with sugar.
Not necessary. They will be naturally sweet.

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Let’s chat: What’s your favorite dried fruit?!



Bean Bytes #12

Hi Friends!

It’s that time again!

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Link Love


such a fun post!
Thou Shalt’s via Cotter Crunch

for all you parents-to-be
Baby things you don’t need via Side of Sneakers

thoughts on cheat meals
The cheat meal controversy via Miss Fit Britt

so many bloggers struggle with this
Social Media Exhaustion via Mizfit Online

great tips for meal prep
Top Tips for Easy Meal Prep via Eat Spin Run Repeat

lots of great tips for homemade sushi
The Big Sushi post via Peas and Crayons

always love her
i don’t do perfection via Lindsay’s List

good tips
19 smart ways to fix a stale relationship via Greatist

on giving yourself credit
Monday motivation via Fit and Free Emily


just a little reminder
Spice cabinet cleanout guidelines via Bite Sized Wellness

a great reflection of blogging lessons learned
lessons learned during my third year of blogging via Poise in Parma


i don’t like politics but these two posts are about more than that
An Open Letter to Ann Coulter via The World of Special Olympics
Open Letter to Ann Coulter via Then Heather Said

On perserverance
It’s hard to dream big via The Shine Project

an honest look at running and support systems
Sometimes being honest is hard via Wild Things Run Free

on judgement
Why being judgmental is futile via Fitness Perks

what’s integrity to you?
Integrity via Roc The Run

a reminder that you shouldn’t always follow the crowd
My experience with apple cider vinegar via My Inner Shakti

new uses for everyday things
101 new uses for everyday things via Real Simple

loved this
Building an Army Family via Food Fitness and Family

blogger media kit advice
Blogger Media Kits via Katy Widrick


An interesting question
Would you choose your baby’s sex via A Healthy Slice of LIfe

an awesome post for eating healthy while traveling
Healthy Traveling Food Prep via Sprint to the Table

for you coffee lovers
Chocolate Coffee pull apart bread via Cafe Terra

an awesome success story
Follow your dreams, it’s worth it via Your Inner Skinny

for newer bloggers
5 Tips for New Bloggers via Family Fitness Food

a great roundup
18 Homemade Candy Recipes via Savvy Eats

an honest look at living with celiac disease
What celiac disease is really like via Inspired RD

so easy. need these.
Homemade Butterfingers via Recipe Boy


love this idea of a baking bucketlist
if i could only bake 10 things this fall via Bakergirl

not a new post, i just love the message
#mefirst via Rebecca Scritchfield

loved this post about embracing YOU
Zumba is my safe place via Mizfit Online

never thought to make this at home
Homemade Tahini via Purely Twins

for all women
Healthy Breasts- what everyone should know via Greatist

Tips and Tricks

If you have an ipad, check out the app Pictacular. It’s very similar to Pinstagram, which you can use on a computer. It’s an easy way to view instagram photos since the app is really made for phones and either looks small and silly or giant and magnified on the ipad.

Check out The Skimm for an awesome email summary of new headlines each morning.

Did you know you can set up pin alerts and get emailed when people pin something from your blog to pinterest?

In the news

10 healthy foods under $1/serving
A quick read nutrition label from Bon Apetit 
Green tea drinkers show lower cancer risk
Partial sleep deprivation associated with obesity
Childhood obesity declines in some cities and states
Eat right before the big race and after

Bake Sale

My girl Megan is having a bake sale for her best friend who has Crohn’s Disease and is running a half marathon to raise money for research! My contribution is a batch of these Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars! If you’re interested, I encourage you to head over to her blog (CLICK HERE) to see what other delicious goodies are up for grabs!

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Scenes from the Week

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1. #truth
2. my baby
3.  tanktop for the last warm day of the year
4. I’ve been giving clues to the new Love Grown Foods product!
Follow them on Instagram and Pinterest to be the first to know
Product will be revealed on Nov 20th!
5. Traffic jams are a bummer
6. #whyilovemymom
So excited for thanksgiving in NYC

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 1 & 2. baked apple chips
I made 2 batches this weekend.
“recipe” tomorrow
3.  Our Whole Foods has growlers now…and it’s awesome!
4. Protein packed guac made with black beans & greek yogurt
Black Bean Guacamole
5 & 6. Roasted pumpkin seeds

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1. Our purchase at the craft fair this weekend
2. What I wore for Sunday errands
3. Sunday errands are for flannel sheets, prison break and naps!
4. Roasted chickpeas!

Check out what hubby made this weekend!!

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We found old barn siding at the antique mall.
He cut it to size and nailed it together
Then he traced Ohio onto it with a Sharpie
And then used a wood burner to burn the outline into the wood!

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Pretty cool, right?!

And finally, in case you missed it over the weekend, click here
to check out my latest sponsor shoutout post!
I introduce you to 3 awesome bloggers that sponsored The Bean last month!
Wanna get some exposure for your own blog or Etsy store?
CLICK HERE for pricing info to become a Lean Green Bean sponsor for November!

Happy Monday!

Sponsor Shoutout #3

Hi Friends!

It’s that time again. Time to shoutout to my lovely Octobor sponsors! I have 3 great blogs to introduce you to!

First up: Kammie from Sensual Appeal

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Kammie is a psychology undergrad student who loves photography
and writes a great healthy living blog!
She posts awesome recipes like Autumn Flavored Peanut Butter

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  and Apple Pie Cupcakes

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 and she also posts lots of helpful tricks like
10 ways to distract yourself from getting cravings due to boredom.

Go check out her blog!


 Sponsor #2- Angel from Well Girl

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She’s a gorgeous new mom on a mission to be healthy
and she blogs about her daily adventures.

She also posts about sweet treats like this popcorn:

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healthy eats like this pasta slaw:

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and yummy smoothies!

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plus her daughter is ADORABLE.

Go see for yourself!


Sponsor #3: Diana from Food n Thought Peddler

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She was one of my first sponsors and she’s back this month!

She’s a recent 5 year breast cancer survivor and
in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
she’s been doing a whole series about the power of pink!

Read about her 5 year milestone here

She’s a brilliant writer and all month she has been writing
about topics like Facing Your Fears.
Take the first step even if you’re afraid of what you might find.

She’s also been posting lots of pink foods!
Like this healthy Cashew Beet Dip!

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 Lots of amazing posts on her blog this month so go check them out!


So there you go!
3 awesome blogs for you to check out.


Do you want to be a November Sponsor on The Lean Green Bean?

Click here for pricing details and email me soon!



Fitness Friday 36

Hi Friends!

It’s time for another Fitness Friday.

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This week has been great in terms of workouts! I feel like I’m really back on track and am pretty excited about. Let’s look back at what I did.


On Saturday I headed out for a 1 mile run to warmup. I pushed myself a little bit and did an 8:10 mile which was awesome. Then I came home and did a quick workout in the basement with my kettlebell and medicine ball.

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On Saturday I also did something a little crazy.I saw a crossfit Groupon for 10 classes at a place that’s SO close to my house so I just had to buy it.

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I actually bought one for both the hubby and I so we can learn together. Neither of us have done Crossfit before. I’ve been thinking about it for a while. There just hasn’t been a place close enough to our house. This place is so close that I have no excuse not to go. I think we’re heading to our first class tomorrow morning so i’ll be sure to let you guys know how it goes!

I also took the boys on a walk…I’ve been trying to soak up as much outside time as I can while it’ still nice.

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On Sunday I headed out for another run. I did intervals, running 30 seconds and then walking 30 seconds…I covered 2 miles before heading to yoga!

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That’s right, I also went to my very first yoga class ever. I found a studio near my house that was having an open house so the class was free. I liked the class. I didn’t love it, but i understand that like anything new, there’s a learning curve. I need to learn all the moves and get more comfortable before I can start to love it I think. I signed up for a 4 week beginner series so for the next 4 Sundays I’ll be going to class. By the end I’ll be familiar with a lot of the basic poses and will be able to do some of the other classes at the studio. I also think that i’ll enjoy some of the more flowing, faster moving classes better once I get the basics down so i’m looking forward to trying those! Plus, the studio was having a deal for new customers so I only paid $25 for a one month unlimited pass. They have a relaxation class on friday nights and a stretching class on Wednesdays that’s meant for athletes that I might try. It’s not yoga- the focus is more on stretching…which I really need to work on.

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On another note, my yoga teacher asked me if I was a dancer because I’m so flexible. I laughed and said nothing could be farther from the truth. I am SO not a dancer icon smile Fitness Friday 36 But I have always been very flexible!


On Monday, I kicked off the first day of Best Body Bootcamp. Some of you might remember that I also did Tina’s last round of bootcamp. Tina is one of my blogging besties and even though I only loosely follow her bootcamp plan, I still like to support my fellow bloggers. What she does with this bootcamp is amazing and helpful to SO many people!

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I tend to use her workout plans as inspiration and don’t follow them exactly. They provide me with a lot of inspiration. On Monday night I did the first weights workout. My favorite move was the scorpion! Have you tried it? Talk about using your abs!

I also changed up some of the moves to things that I like better- for example, if Tina has us doing lateral raises, I might choose to do shoulder presses…and that’s fine. It’s about doing what’s best for you.


Tuesday I headed out to do intervals. I walked the dogs first and then dropped them off and headed back out. I did 1 min running, 30 seconds walking and covered 2 miles at an 8:51 pace which I was happy with. I also did some abs when I got home.

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Wednesday, the hubby and I took the boys on a nice long walk and then later in the evening I headed downstairs to do some weights. Again, I made some modifications…but my favorite moves were the hip adductions on the stability ball- they always leave my legs feeling like jello…and squats with shoulder presses is one of my favorite combos!

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Rest day. I was sore all over so it was much needed icon smile Fitness Friday 36

So there you have it! Are you a crossfit fanatic or a yogi? Any tips for me as I embark on these new fitness adventures?! icon smile Fitness Friday 36