May Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

Hi Friends!

It’s my favorite day of the month :) Foodie Penpals reveal day!!

This month I totally lucked out getting matched with Lena from Lena on the Beach! She is one of FPP’s biggest fans and has been a constant source of support for me as the program grows bigger and bigger each month. Plus, she’s from Boston. I love Boston :) Anyways…she knocked it out of the park with this box. Seriously. It was packed to the brim with delicious goodies. Wanna see?!



Look at all that stuff!! Let’s make a list of what was inside:
  • Homemade Kombucha- delicious!
  • Homemade Energy Bars- perfect snack!
  • Homemade Savory Seed & Nut Mix- for topping soups and salads
  • Apple Butter- Delicious on toast
  • Bread- From her favorite bakery…inhaled it!
  • Single Serving Chia Seed Packets- perfect for my purse
  • Justin’s Nut Butter & PB cups- my fav :)
  • Trader Joe’s Green Tea Mints- awesome since I gave up gum!
  • Fun Foodie Magazines- LOVE foodie mags :)
Pretty good, right?! Well I saved my two favorite things to tell you about separately:
1) Ginger Peach Granola. OH.MY.GOSH. I am obsessed. It’s my new favorite thing. I LOVE the flavor pairing. SO so good you guys! In fact, I immediately emailed her and asked if she could write a guest post with the recipe so hopefully I can share it with you guys soon. I love ginger and peaches but have never thought of them together! Obsessed, I tell you! In fact, I”m gonna have Lindsay make me Ginger Peach Healthy Bites for my next order :)
2) She made me CDs! In her email she asked me what kind of music I like to listen to when I’m in the kitchen. When I told her country, she sent me two CDs…one of country jams on one with some Boston rock and roll :) I thought this was the CUTEST idea! I’ve had the country one in my car since I got it. She got some of my favs on there but alson introduced me to some new artists. I’ve been listening to “Beer Money” by Kip Moore and “Georgia Peaches” by Lauren Alaina on repeat for the past 2 weeks. Love them!
Anyways, thanks so much Lena for an amazing package!!! I loved everything so much!


The Lean Green Bean


Now, don’t you wanna join in the fun?! Here are the Foodie Penpals 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 June, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by June 4th as pairings will be emailed on June 5th! You will receive a confirmation email from me within 24 hours if you sign up. IF YOU DON’T GET ONE, send me an email!

*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!

Now, be sure to take some time to check out all of the other amazing reveal day posts that are linked up 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. All those goodies and CDs?! Win!

    P.s. I loveeeee Boston too! Spent two weeks there a few years ago and loved every minute of it.
    Jaren@Kiwi Fit Blog recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals #1

  2. Great pack.. I love the idea of the music CD:) Gives me ideas. This was my first foodie penpal exchange, and I loved it. Thanks for the great concept.
    Tania F. Walsh recently posted..Foodie Penpal – May Reveal

  3. Well isn’t that CD idea just brilliant?? I love it! I may have to “borrow” it one month or two in the future. How creative! I agree, the ginger-peach combination is quite delightful. Kudos on another great month! :)
    Karen G recently posted..Pasta Carbonara

  4. My goodness! What a unique and delicious package! I have never heard of single serve chia seed packets!
    Farrah recently posted..May Foodie Pen Pals Reveal

  5. ginger peach, that sounds so summer and delish! the cd’s idea is making us all look bad, haha. I love it though!!! So thoughtful
    Christy recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals #5- A Girl After My Own Heart

  6. Ginger peach granola sounds delicious!! What a great package. I had so much fun participating this month. Thanks Lindsay for coordinating all of this!
    Christine @ Love, Life, Surf recently posted..Foodie Pen Pal!!

  7. CDs are such a fun idea!!! I can’t wait for life to calm down so I can jump back in this July with some Argentinean treats. :)

  8. Looks like you got some great stuff! Thanks for coordinating all of this month after month! It’s so fun!! XOXO
    Eating as a Path to Yoga recently posted..May Foodie Penpals

  9. Love the CDs!
    Julie recently posted..May Foodie Penpal: Trade Joe’s Favorites

  10. DANG this is so cool.
    Miz recently posted..The second wave: UPDATE.

  11. Homemade kombucha!!! Everything sounds delicious. And you KNOW how much I love Justin. *swoon*
    Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen recently posted..The Opposite of Packing

  12. she sent you homemdae kombucha?? I am so so jealous. thats awesome! And yes, ginger peach healthy bites are calling your name.
    lindsay recently posted..Ocean Potion

  13. so cute! i love that she sent you so many homemade snacks and the cd’s! what a fun idea! :)

    thanks for all of your hard work with fpp, my dear!
    sarah @ sarah learns recently posted..may foodie penpals

  14. OMG. What a great package! that’s such a great idea to make a mixed CD! I need to remember that for the next package I send out :) I’m bummed I won’t have time to participate in June :( but I can’t wait for July!! Thx for keeping this thing going, girl! I love it :)
    Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf recently posted..May Foodie Pen Pals

  15. yum! i love ginger peach together, i’ll have to do some experimentation. and the mix cds…so fun!
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef recently posted..Sweet-Tart Quinoa Salad

  16. I love this idea of Foodie Pen Pals! I joined today and am so excited to be apart :) Thanks for creating this program!

  17. The CD idea is great! I may have to include that in another box. Thanks again for putting all this together, Lindsay! You’re the best!
    natalie @ southern fit foodie recently posted..Foodie PenPal Reveal!

  18. One of my favorite days of the month also! The wife always makes a delicious meal from her odd assortment of items mailed to her each month. Not sure how she does it!
    Husband recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals Mini Meal May Chopped Challenge

  19. Holy crap look at that! You got an awesome box. I’m kind of disappointed with mine this month (I got BEANS.), but she sent me some interesting spices, so that’s fun.
    Calee (@chimes) recently posted..Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

  20. I’m so happy you liked everything! Yes — the ginger peach granola recipe is coming. Soon, I promise.

    The CDs were a random stroke of genius when I came across a pile of old CD-Rs while I cleaning and packing — and it definitely helps that we like so much of the same music. In fact – those are 2 of the most played songs from my 16+ hour drive! :-)
    Lena (@LenaOnTheBeach) recently posted..May Foodie Penpals

  21. Thank you for putting together this awesome Foodie Pen Pal Club. I love it!
    Angie @ Big Bear’s Wife recently posted..French Tomato Pumpkin Soup #FoodiePenPals Box

  22. AH, that’s so cool that you got mix CD’s!! Thanks again for all of the work that you do to put this fun exchange together! :)
    Kelly recently posted..May Foodie Penpals!

  23. I think it’s so cool that your package has such a personal flair with all the homemade food and the CDs! Also adore that she included foodie magazines. You really lucked out!
    Caitlin recently posted..May Foodie Pen Pals (The Best Ever)

  24. Yum! I have been wanting to try Kombucha!!
    Kalee recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals & The Top Fitness & Diet Posts for May

  25. Yay Lena! Awesome package :)
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic recently posted..Spicy Soba Noodles

  26. The CD idea is so so thoughtful! I love that. And ginger + peaches sounds amazing. I might need to bake some and swap out my normal cinnamon sprinkle. Love FPP!
    Talia @ Bite Size Wellness recently posted..Foodie Pen Pal: A Box of Little Things

  27. Love these! Such a lovely package, so many delicious things! I love that kitchen jams cd, such a creative idea :)
    Kammie @ Sensual Appeal recently posted..Chocolate PB Protein Pudding

  28. Wow! Ginger Peach?! That sounds wicked good! Sounds like you had as good of a package as I did! I’m so glad I discovered this program! Great idea, Lindsay! Thank you!

  29. homemade goodies are the best!! your box was awesome!!
    Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted..Foodie PenPals: May

  30. Wow sending a CD is super creative!

    Thanks for hosting Lindsay! I had a fun first month! :-)
    Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals

  31. foodie magazines and cds?? i love it! and how great of her to include so many gorgeous home made items! she obviously cared :)
    kristy @ gastronomical sovereignty recently posted..Foodie Penpals: May Reveal

  32. This looks like so much. Can’t wait to join in.

  33. This was my first month doing the Foodie Penpal and I really enjoyed it! Thank you for taking so much time and organizing this every month! :)

  34. I need to start making stuff to send!
    Lorna recently posted..Basil Mint Lemonade – May Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

  35. tljordan says:

    Such a great idea! I just joined, looking forward to getting started on this for next month!

  36. I can’t believe how many people participate! This looks like fun!
    Leonor @FoodFaithFitness recently posted..Motivational Monday- Celeb mom spoghtlight

  37. I would LOVE to take part but I am based in the UK, please let me know if Foodie Penpals branch out to Europe :)

  38. Wow – you really got an amazing box! Although I think you have to step up your game when you send a box you YOU – you are the FPP queen, after all! :)
    Heather @ Better With Veggies recently posted..Runner’s World Run Streak + May Foodie Penpals

  39. I can’t wait to take part in this next month!
    I nominated you for the Food Stories Award!
    Shelby (everydayvegangirl) recently posted..Vegan treats, blog love and a vegan food swap

  40. Awesome goodies! Jealous of the home brewed kombucha 😉
    Matt @ The Athlete’s Plate recently posted..Three Things Thursday

  41. looks like you hit the jack pot with your penpal loot! Justins makes the best nut butters :)
    Kailey recently posted..A Breakfast To Remember

  42. Wow, you definitely scored with all of those goodies! I’m especially curious about the kombucha… I’ve yet to try any kind as I’m not a huge sweet tea person. I think I may just have to bite the bullet!
    Vesna recently posted..Foodie PenPals – Reveal Day!

  43. You like country music?!?!!? We can be friends.

  44. How fun!! As soon as I get a not so crazy month, I so wanna join you all!
    Brittany @ Delights and Delectables recently posted..Packing Up and Ova Ova Giveaway

  45. Wow, what a fantastic box! I think I’d be feeling the pressure to get matched with you. I’m kind of sad this month – my penpal didn’t seem to blog about her box. She did send me a sweet thank you email, so there’s that.

    Thanks again as always for all the work you put into Foodie Pen Pals. So fun. recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals – Reveal Day

  46. Thanks for all your hard work organizing this Lindsay! I love that you got some fun homemade gifts too.

  47. What a great package!

    I love this exchange! Thanks so much for running it!
    MCM Mama recently posted..May Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

  48. That CD is such a cute idea!
    Michelle (Better with Berries) recently posted..Summer Plans

  49. Hi! Just finding this foodie pen pals – what a fun idea! I signed up & am excited to join! Thanks for your effort, I am enjoying your blog. You seem to be good at web design/tech stuff. I am impressed, I am new to blogging and learning but realying on what’s there for me, cannot write html code!
    Annie@afterwork5k recently posted..4:30am or face the Dreadmill

  50. WOW! What a fantastic above-and-beyond awesome package! The CDs are SUCH a thoughtful extra. That Edible Boston magazine looks beautiful. It reminded me that we have an Edible Chicago publication too that I love, but it can only be found at very few shops in the city – I need to go on a treasure hunt to get myself a copy!

  51. Just found out about this & had to sign up right away! This is SO cool! I can’t wait to start!!!!

  52. I missed my chance to reveal the beautiful package Emilie of sent me for May. It’s totally my fault for lateness, but I hoped I could still link through the comments here: Thanks so much Emilie for such a great pen pal experience and for the delicious local treats!
    Lisa recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals #2: Gifts from Emilie of Scarborough Food Fair


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