Foodie Penpals November Reveal Day

Hi Friends!

It’s time for another Foodie Penpals Reveal day!


This month, I got my package from Kristin at Diva Dog Bakery! She was super sweet and really took my responses to her questions to heart. I told her that I really try to watch the amount of sodium and sugar in the things I buy and she did a great job with my package!

Let’s break it down:

She found the Bean and Pea blend at Disney World! I told her I love soup but hate how high in sodium a lot of them are…so she sent me a dried mix so I can add my own broth and stuff. LOVE IT!

The granola is Pumpkin Spice Pecan from her farmer’s market and it is delicious!

The chocolate and fruit treat are from her local coffee shop. I devoured the chocolate and have the fruit leather in my bag!

She was also sweet enough to send some homemade dog treats for the boys. They were pumpkin flavored and the dogs ate them so fast that i forgot to take a picture :) She’s their new fav penpal. They request more treats ASAP. And since Kristin runs a gourmet dog treat online bakery, i just may have to order some!

Finally, she sent some hot sauce for hubby after I told her he liked spicy stuff. She even inquired about the ingredients and found one that was low in sodium and sugar! She’s the best :)

Thanks so much Kristin for a great package!


So, this is the part where I normally give you all the details about joining FPP. But we’re doing things a little differently next month. For the month of December, Foodie Penpals will be for charity! Instead of matching people up to send packages, I’m encouraging participants to make a donation to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

If you’ve participated in the past, currently participate, or are thinking about participating in the future, I would LOVE for you to donate the $15-$25 you would have spent on sending a package.

I will have all the details and directions on how to donate up on my blog on MONDAY, DECEMBER 3rd, 2012!!

The charity I’ve selected for us to donate to New York Cares. From their website:

New York Cares is on the frontlines of disaster relief, working around the clock to bring post-Hurricane Sandy aid where it is needed most. In the weeks following the storm, we have deployed thousands of volunteers to the hardest hit neighborhoods, distributing hot meals and warm coats, helping local social service agencies get back up and running, and mucking out homes that were ravaged by the storm.We were the first faces that many displaced New Yorkers saw- a reminder that in these especially tough times, New York Cares is here for them.

But our work didn’t start when the waters rose, and it won’t stop when the headlines have faded.

Every year, more than 400,000 New Yorkers depend upon New York Cares to build a better life. Day in and day out, we help high-risk students get into college, we provide job training  to unemployed adults; we teach kids the joy of reading- and so much more. And now, for as long as it takes- we bring hurricane relief and restoration to our suffering neighbors .


I researched a lot of charities and decided on this one because  they are focusing on both immediate and long-term restoration efforts. It’s only been about six weeks since Sandy but already it’s hardly mentioned in the news anymore. Please remember that just because it’s not being talked about in the media as much doesn’t mean there’s not still a need. THERE IS SO MUCH NEED for help still. Especially as we enter the holiday season.

So I encourage you to come back on Monday and give what you can.

Signups for January Foodie Penpals will open on December 18th. The form that is up on my blog right now is only for December FPP, essentially by signing up you are committing to donate next week! If you’d like to participate in January, you’ll need to come back and sign up after December 18th.

Be sure to check out some of the other reveal day posts linked below!



About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. Just wanted to take a second to thank Tabby for my treats. She sent some fall type goodies. Thanks again.

  2. Every month it always amazes me how many people this grows and touches. Glad you had such a good package and that is too sweet sending things for yours pets. Super random but we always get ours pets Christmas gifts too that go under the tree (the night before or else the dogs will shred the presents looking LOL).
    Hollie recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals

  3. I love what you’re doing with December, Lindsay! I’m excited to see how we can donate on Monday :)
    Danica @ It’s Progression recently posted..on His terms

  4. You’re amazing for giving to the charity. It shows who you really are. I am so in. Can I request that Marcus be my PenPal? Did he get pumpkin treats? Just lookin’ out for my boy. Pumpkin is his whole persona.
    Lisa @ RunWiki recently posted..10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Runners

  5. Pumpkin Dog Treats? What will they think of next? You got a great foodie box this time, once again.

    Thanks so much for setting this up!

    Take good care!
    Eating as a Path to Yoga recently posted..November Foodie Penpals

  6. Thanks so much for doing the Foodie Pen Pal! November was my first month and it was so much fun!!!!
    Nicole@ recently posted..Foodie Pen Pal

  7. What a great package! Adorable she shopped for your whole fam!!
    Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals: November

  8. First time participant and I loved it! Thanks for running such a fun, organized program!! :)
    Angela @ Health’s Angel recently posted..November Foodie Penpals

  9. That’s awesome. Looks like you got some goooood stuff!
    Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers recently posted..Friday Five

  10. Thanks again for hosting! This was a ton of fun!
    Megan recently posted..Foodie Penpal Reveal

  11. Received my very first foodie box which came from Lithuania and enjoyed the whole process.
    Andy Roberts recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals Box Reveal – November 2012

  12. Another great month of sharing! Thanks for all your hard work on putting this together!
    Lena @ The Beginners Runner recently posted..November Foodie Penpal Reveal!

  13. I just love seeing what everyone gets in their packages :) You got a great one this month!
    Lydia recently posted..Awesome December Challenge!

  14. Thanks so much for organizing this! This was my first month and I don’t know which was more fun – sending or receiving. I loved them both! I’m signed up for December’s Sandy donation (great idea) and look forward to participating in future months as well.
    Scrumptious recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals – the big reveal!

  15. I’m excited to join the Foodie Pen Pals! Especially this month when all the foodies are being so generous in donating to a worth cause! :)
    Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete recently posted..A Holiday Survey

  16. Yay, so glad you and the family liked everything! I had a blast shopping for you & the hubby as well as making some dog treats!

    Can’t wait to do this again! Great job for making so many people excited and happy by offering this program!

  17. I sent to Kristin this month! She was so sweet and a lot of fun to work with. She was nervous about sending to you, but looks like she did a great job!! This was mys first time participating in FPP and I really enjoyed it. Can’t wait for the charity drive next month and being a part of this in months to come. Thanks for organizing!
    Blakeley recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals – November


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