Monthly Archives: May 2012

I’m so excited to finally share with you my first month with Foodie Pen Pals by Lindsay at Lean Green Bean. Foodie Pen Pals is a fun way to get to know new bloggers and experience new foods. It’s a really cool idea and this month was my first go at it.

Just for a little background here’s some info on Foodie Pen Pals taken from Lindsay herself:

-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.

The Lean Green Bean

My package came from the wonderful Kyria over at Travel Spot. That girl knows how to make a foodie package. She asked me all sorts of questions about what kinds of food I liked and disliked. We also discussed our similarities and love for running. I was definitely anticipating the arrival of the package.

I opened the box to find this sweet note.

How adorable are those notes with the lemons? Note to self: buy some nice note pads. I really got into the good stuff after I read that note.

The attention to detail was great. She gave me lemons from her lemon tree, homemade trail mix and a recipe for white bean chili. She included little peanut butter treats and chocolate since those are my absolute weaknesses.

The full list of goodies included:

-bag of fresh lemons
-Extra Dessert Delights Apple Pie gum
-Peanut butter Larabar
-Luna Bar
-Justin’s Maple Almond Butter
-Cool Mint Chocolate Clif Bar
-Sport Beans (running fuel)
-Cherry Shot Bloks (running fuel)
-Luna Bar
-2 Emerald Almond packages
-Homemade trail mix
-Bag of Rice chips
-Overnight oats
-White Bean chili ingredients and recipe

Whoa! How awesome is she? She did a fantastic job. If you want to join for June, you have until the 4th to sign up. And go check out my package I sent to Barbara over here.


Today marks my mom and step-dads 20th wedding anniversary.

Here’s what I’ve learned.

{1} If your partner calls dibs on the leftovers, don’t touch them!

{2.} Don’t assume the dishes are in the sink for aesthetics.

{3.} Guarantee weight gain from at least one of you within the first five years together. The “Fat and Happy” syndrome has taken effect. Deal with it.

{4.} Compromise on the DVR and make Hulu your best friend. You make room for Top Gear and Mythbusters. He makes room for Glee and So You Think You Can Dance.

{5.} Burgers and pizza are not healthy diet options. He doesn’t know this. Break it to him slowly.

{6.} A date night does not consist of picking up Chick-fil-a and watching him play video games at home.

{7.} A night in means he plays video games while you read on the couch. Don’t forget the snacks.

{8.} Bathroom etiquette consists of spraying Fabreeze. Do this regularly. Respect the Febreeze.

{9.} Elastic waistbands become the fashion norm.

{10.} Selective hearing is the excuse for nearly everything.

Happy Saturday everyone! I just wanted to pop in and share this with you.

Go out today and remember these words. Today’s trouble is enough. I’m a big worrier. When I worry, I stress and when I stress I get migraines. So, I’m focusing on letting things be today. No worries. I must remember that everything happens for a reason and we all have a plan.

I don’t talk about faith much. Whatever religion you believe in just remember to take each day as a blessing and live it accordingly. It’s a pretty good life.

This weekend, remember those who have fought and served for this country and have risked everything, so that we can live freely.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Today is Friday!

PhotobucketI wanted to change up my Friday’s Letters and do a little thankful post. Since I’ve been a bit down, I’ve been reflecting on the people and things that really matter in my life. I’m so grateful and blessed for my life and I want to show it today.

{Thank you Mom}
You’re support and love are exactly what I need right now. You don’t know how much I appreciate your kind words and support. I’m not always the greatest daughter, but I love you and thank you for being you.

{Thank you Joe}
For putting up with my crazy moods and being there when I need a shoulder…or beer. I love you. You have supported me from the very beginning and I couldn’t ask for anything more. You’re the bestest!

{Thank you Bloggers}
Having my daily blog fixes has seriously been a great little escape. I love getting to know you all and being a part of this supportive, big community.

{Thank you Daytime TV}
You are super trashy, but I can’t seem to turn away.

I clogged the toilet this morning. Oh don’t even. I know every single one of you have done the same thing. I’ll admit my bathroom woes are extensive. Have you checked out this diabolical bathroom situation?

I come to you today for some plunger advice. See, I was not educated in proper plunger etiquette and technique. Let me explain. We have a heavy duty plunger.

Yes, I googled heavy duty plunger for a picture. Say “heavy duty plunger” five times fast. I got caught up on the duty part and kept saying “durty.” Ha! Is it weird I’m saying “heavy duty plunger” out loud? Whatever.

I received this as a gift when I left for college. What’s worse? I asked for a plunger as a going away gift or that my parents understand my need for a really good plunger? Either way, it has come in handy on several occasions.

My problem is I don’t really know how to use it. When a toilet cloggin situation arises, I grab this trusty tool and pray. I pray that there will be no flooding. I pray that I don’t slosh too much. And then I go in for the kill.

How do you use it? Do you dive in and start pumping? I find the wooden handle hurts my hands and they end up slipping. I do the jumping technique. You know the one. The one where you hop to put more weight in the bowl and give it more suction as you continue to pray that the liquid doesn’t land on your feet. Should I be only using my arms and hands to maneuver the plunger and fix the uh “problem?” I don’t think I have enough upper body strength for that hence the hopping.

This morning, I just laughed about the situation. I opened the lid and began to panic. My first reaction is to flush. Isn’t that everyone’s reaction? So I did. Nope. It was clogged. So I grabbed my plunger and started hopping. I just kept laughing. I think I’m a closet toilet declogging giggler. Not anymore though. My name is Amber and I giggle when I declog toilets. Whew! I feel so much better getting that off my chest.

So, if you’re up for telling me, what’s your technique? You know you wanna share.

I know, I know. Greatest. Post. Of. All. Time. Just call me Blogger of the Century.