Well, I have struck gold! I heard about this awesome program via Rantings of an Amateur Chef, who I follow here on WordPress. I followed his links over to Lean Green Bean and discovered the most amazing idea EVER! Basically, you sign up and are sent someone’s info on the 5th of the month, you exchange ideas with them, and spend $15 on fun foodie things from your area, and mail them a package by the 15th of the month. On the last day of the month, you share what you received on your blog (if you blog that is, lots of people participate who don’t write blogs).
I cannot even express how exciting this is. I am so anxious to see who I get set up with in a few days; you send and receive packages from different people, so it’s like meeting two new people each month! I have already been brainstorming what I can send to my pen pal, which is both exciting and makes me super nervous. I like to think I am a “foodie”, but compared to some people I know I am not even close! This is ok with me though, it’s going to push me to find new products and treats that hopefully they will enjoy, and I will get to try new things too!
Lindsay, over at Lean Green Bean, has truly thought of everything too with this little program she has started. You are responsible to contact your person and find out about allergies and diets (like vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free), and what they would love to get, and what they wouldn’t like to get. And it is open to US and Canadian residents (and there are a few from the UK too!), she sets Canadians up with other Canadians so that shipping is easier, and you avoid dealing with hangups at the border. This part makes sense, though I wish it was easier to do something like this across the bored; I love trying new US products that we don’t get here in Canada!
I don’t think I am doing a very good job at conveying just how excited I am, but I guess you either get it or you don’t. When I told my husband about this, he thought it was strange. I bet he’ll change his mind once he see the package arrive full of neat new food items and treats!