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Hi Friends!

Time for another round of Bean Bytes!

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First things first: Thank you to each and every one of you who donated to Foodie Penpals for Hurricane Sandy.

We raised almost $2,000 for New York Cares to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy!!!!  So awesome.

Signups for January Foodie Penpals are now open. CLICK HERE to get all the info and to sign up!

Link Love


Easy homemade gift ideas:
15 Homemade Food Gift Ideas via Aggie’s Kitchen

I need to do this:
Six tips for Decluttering via Mizfit Online

Read it. Think good thoughts for her. Stop tanning. Get a skin cancer screening.
Another Surgery via Life of Blyss

don’t text and drive. period.
The Unhealthy Habit I’m Kicking to the Curb via For the Love of Kale


Another easy homemade gift:
Nut Clusters via The Edible Perspective

A great way to look at things:
What Would I Say to a Best Friend via A Dash of Meg

This says it all.
Just do it via A Healthy Slice of Life

More homemade fun:
28 DIY Gifts for Any Budget via Greatist


Eat more quinoa!
12 ways to quinoa via Love Life Surf

On Wheat Belly:
Do you have a wheat belly via Candid RD

Great tips!
5 tips to help you blog during the holidays via Shareaholic

perfect for cookie trays
Free holiday printables via Kitchen Confidante


Yoga mats can get gross:
How to keep your yoga mat clean via Sweet Caroline

For those of you without a juicer:
How to juice with a food processor via Food Fitness & Family

Want this on a biscuit ASAP:
Cranberry Meyer Lemon Butter via Bran Appetit

On doing what’s right for YOU:
Boobs: The obligatory breast feeding post via Run Pretty

Easy ways to pay it forward:
Elf For Health: Pay it Forward via Wild Things Run Free


On motivation:
5 Foolproof ways to motivate yourself to exercise via Mizfit Online

a great tutorial:
A bloglovin’ tutorial via Nutritionella

A great reminder:
An open letter to you via Eat Drink Breathe Sweat

This is a great roundup!
Gifts that Give Back via Peanut Butter Fingers

Holy amazing!
Raw Peppermint Cheesecake via Purely Twins

What do you think?
Should junk food commercials be banned from Nickelodeon? via Greatist

A beautifully written reflection:
Processing via A Healthy Slice of Life

Twitter Favs

Stop lying to yourself & discover the motivation you already have 
Random Acts of Kindness
5 health myths that may be hurting your waistline
Sleepless nights and finding peace
5 tips for finding new blogging inspiration
A logo does not cost $12
26 Moments that restored our faith in humanity
50 bodyweight exercises you can do anywhere
5 quick SEO fixes you should stop ignoring
25 Things you should remember to do every day

Best Tweet I Saw On Friday:

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My thoughts on friday:

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Sending light in a time of darkness,
and love to those who lost.
Hug your loved ones…today & every day.

Scenes from the Week

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1. new Oakleys! Love them
Giveaway coming soon for you guys!!
2. Good Morning
3. Marcus didn’t want to get out of bed
4. Brought bagels in on my last day at my internship rotation
5. Hospital xmas decorations- so festive!
6. Spotted toy for a spotted dog
7. Tucker things I am his pillow
8. Holiday traffic in the rain sucks
9. Flat tires suck more

In the Blog World

If you’re not already a member, all of you should think about joining Healthy Living Blogs! It’s a great online community that I’ve really enjoyed being a part of over the past couple of years. It’s super cheap to join and there are lots of benefits to being a member. Click here to read about a few of them! They host a lot of linkups that can increase exposure for your blog if you participate and being listed as a member on their site can help other bloggers and readers find you! The best part? Anyone with a blog that focuses on healthy living can be a member! That means you’ll get a chance to connect with all sorts of other bloggers that blog about the many different aspects of health- healthy food, fitness, mental and spiritual health, etc!

Healthy Living Blogs is trying to reach 2,013 members by the start of 2013! Go check it out here and sign up if you’re interested icon smile Bean Bytes 17

Coming this Week

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I made A LOT of cookies this weekend

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 And that’s not even all of them!
Full recap coming Wednesday icon smile Bean Bytes 17

For a sneak peek, make sure you’re following me on instagram:
and scroll back thru my pics from the weekend!