Foodie Pen Pal: May

Happy May 31st, everyone! I’m SO happy that it’s almost June (as I’m sure every school teacher is) because that means one thing: summer break!

If you haven’t entered the KIND Giveaway yet, you still have time! And I have to say- I have absolutely loved reading all of your comments about the acts of kindness in your life- I wish everyone could win!

Getting down to business here: May Foodie Pen Pals. This was the second month that I participated, and once again, it was a great experience!

Here’s what I sent to my Foodie Pen Pal, Dawn:

She told me that she likes condiments and spice, so I went with that and included a few of my other favorite things. Included was a packet of Justin’s Almond butter, Greens Superfood (Orange Creamsicle flavor), fitmixer amino (!), SeaSnax, chia seeds, my favorite mustard, organic hot bbq sauce that I haven’t tried- but looked good, a Go Raw banana bread bar and some natural soap. I wanted to spread the freekeh love and include that too, but my co-op didn’t have any!

And here’s what I got from my Pen Pal, Danielle:

Woo hoo! She included a nice handwritten note with a great quote at the bottom:

And the goods:

Dark chocolate, 2 packets of oatmeal (which I’ve been eying at Whole Foods every time I go!), Dark chocolate with orange (yum!!), homemade cookies, Dried cherries from TJs, Clif bars, a single-serve packet of Barney Butter and some gummy beard made with organic cane sugar

Greg has actually been snacking away on these in his office ever since I got them. :)

Thanks, Danielle- you did an AWESOME job of putting together a collection of foods that I enjoy!

And thanks again to Lindsay, who works tirelessly to put this whole program together- we love and appreciate you, Lindsay!!

And now it’s time for some details about Foodie Penpals.  In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about:
-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 May, 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!

*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!

Have you tried any of the items that I sent out or received?


  1. This month was my frist time with Foddie Pen Pals and I really enjoyed it! I signed up for June :)

    My penpal sent me those sea snax too. They were interesting and good in a strange way haha…I found they tasted like I was eating a sushi roll (I love sushi!).

    Looks like you sent and received an awsome package!

  2. Your box looks friggin awesome!

    I lived off cliff bars when I marathon trained. I used to love those things. Theo has the best chocolate and Barney butter is SOOOO good. I want a bag of those gummis.

  3. I am a huge fan of Barney Butter, the price is a little steep but I make it last, good thing my kids prefer regular ol peanut butter. I love dove chocolate but am generally not a fan of cliff bars or any packaged bars, I like to make my own granola bars. So fun to get a surprise package in the mail.

  4. That looks like a great package of eats! I love me some Clif Bar action!! :)

  5. Awesome box. Those gummy bears look amazing!!!

  6. I’d be snacking on those gummy bears, too! Nice box from your foodie pen pal!

  7. How fun! I love the gummy bears! Although it says beard and that makes me giggle. I love this idea of pen pals!

  8. Aren’t those raw bars the best? I get them at WF when I’m feelin’ a splurge.

  9. Condiments – wow, that was a creative idea for your penpal to ask for! :) And you got homemade cookies – that means she really likes you and took special time to bake something fresh. I really need to plan better and do that one month!

  10. ummm those gummy bears look so jealous right now

  11. My a$$ is huge from eating Justin’s 2x a day…it’s an expensive addiction.

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