Today is a big day. For several reasons. First of all, it’s Foodie Penpals Reveal Day…which is always a big deal. Second of all, Foodie Penpals turns 1 today. I started the program last September so that means this is our 12th reveal day!! In honor of that, and thanks to the lovely Calee, we have a new Foodie Penpals logo and TWO new blog badges for you guys to choose from if you are a blogger that participates and wants to display one on your sidebar.
Isn’t it pretty? Here are the two blog badges you can choose from. Just copy the code in the box below the one you like and place it in your sidebar!
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Hope you like them!
So now let’s move on to this month’s reveal! I received my package from Meg over at Veggie Girl Cooks. She’s a nursing student and has a great blog 🙂 Check out what she sent me!
I immediately dug into these:
Yummmm. Then I examined the rest of the box!
Let’s break it down:
Tomatoes that she canned herself! Meg actually has a group of friends who all do Foodie Penpals and they get together and go shopping for their packages! I LOVE IT! One of her friends runs a professional rent by the hour kitchen called Kitchen Thyme and they got together and canned some tomatoes! So awesome.
Next up, some local pb in her favorite flavor. Amazing!
She sent me some dates and a recipe for “Guitless Mini Snickers.” Right up my alley! Can’t wait to try!
That other recipe peeking out is The Smart Kitchen’s recipe for Lemon Miso hummus and she sent some sesame seaweed snacks to dip in it!
She also included some Kim Kim- a local Korean Hot Sauce that’s nice and spicy and a little bit sweet. Perfect for hubby.
Thank you so much Meg for the amazing package!!
Now, after reading that don’t you want a penpal of your own?! Here are the 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 September, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.
You must submit your information by October 4th as pairings will be emailed on October 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!
Current penpals…remember that you MUST sign up again each month to get back on the list!!!!!
Moving on to a couple more reasons why today is special. Today is the first day of the #LiveLeanEatGreen October Photo-A-Day challenge! If you’re participating, here’s the list of prompts again:
So today you should be eating an extra serving of veggies at lunch!! Take a pic. Put it on instagram, tweet it, post it to facebook. Don’t forget to tag me for a chance to be picked as the daily winner. All 31 daily winners will be entered to win a box of goodies from yours truly 🙂 Let’s see what you’ve got!
And finally, last but not least…today is special because someone very special turns 28 today! This guy:
Happy birthday hubby 🙂 I love you!!
Have a great day!
Whew! That’s all i think.