Give & receive: giveaway winner

Not my typical Saturday. I was at work at 8 A.M., watched ladies judge knitted blankets/clothes/caps, was the model for an ugly sweater, moved giant fake cheese/antique kitchenware/fake lemon trees, and cleaned out a moldy refrigerator.

I had a good time though I was exhausted. I powered through the afternoon with a green juice and then came home for a little nap.

Dinner included 2 shrimp spring rolls (with the rice paper not fried) and a taste of Annie’s Organic Whole Wheat Shells & White Cheddar that was a gift from my Foodie Penpal.

There’s not quite enough sauce for my liking, but it’s pretty fantastic for the nutritional value.

Don’t worry, I remembered to pick my 1000th post giveaway winner.

Congratulations Jordan! You’re getting all this in your mailbox very soon.

Jordan, e-mail me at luong.julieann [at] with your address.

If you didn’t win, I have another giveaway coming up for my birthday in a week so stay tuned!

I need to take my smelly self to the shower now.

How was your Saturday? Did you work or relax? Tomorrow’s my relaxing day! 🙂

June Foodie Penpal

The Lean Green Bean

Don’t forget to enter my 1000th post giveaway. Ends tonight, Saturday, June 30th!

My June box was awesome. Perfectly packed. Thanks Esther from D.C.! You’re my second D.C. penpal! *I sent my box to Maren over at Maren’s Morsels. Go over there and check it out!

Inside the box

  • Annie’s White Cheddar shells looked amazing. I’ve been wanting to try them.
  • I have no clue where the True North nut clusters went. I ate a few and think my family consumed them all.
  • I haven’t seen the Eat. Thin. Smile. brand in awhile. I loved the tiny pieces because it let me eat tons without guilt.
  • Nori crackers are my cousin’s favorite. I’m not a fan though.
  • The Go Lean oatmeal was perfect for my trip to Austin. I even bought a box of them for the rest of the trip.
  • The Breakfast on the Go! was addictive. I wouldn’t buy these for myself because I would overeat.
  • Lately I’ve enjoyed salty chips. I’ve had so many bags open, I haven’t eaten these yet.
  • I’m just not a Larabar fan. I don’t get it…

Loved the whole package! So many new things for me to try.

    Want to join in?
    -On the 5th of the 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 treatsThe spending limit is $15The 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 can choose 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 Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK 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. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

      A little more… sun, fun, kick.

      I’ve walked to the gym everyday this week. I love that freedom. Usually, I’m in a hurry to get home for work. Granted, I don’t work until 10:30 or 11 during the school year. Still, the classes start at 8:30, end at 9:30, and only gives me 30 minutes to shower and dress for work before driving to work.

      My walks take about 20 minutes if I’m uninterrupted. Sometimes it takes longer if I’m on the phone or walk over to TJ Maxx.


      My meals are less hearty and more cool.

      Dinner last night: 2 shrimp spring rolls with avocado.


      Post-workout meal/lunch after TurboKick and abs today: Trader Joe’s brown rice tortilla with 1 egg, 1 egg white, 3 shrimp, hummus, and mini peppers on the side.


      I had to head over to the gym a little earlier because it gets crazy crowded. I spent 20 minutes on chest presses, tricep extensions lying down, tricep presses, etc.

      I decided to relax. My body is tired. Mom got off work early so I headed over so we could go to Costco. I’ve been waiting to buy these Sahale pomegranate pistachios since someone left a bag of them at work. So good and you can’t find this flavor at any other store (or on their website)!

      The black pepper gives it a little kick.

      Then it was off to dinner. My cousin and I went to Kabuki for happy hour. Both of us chose the Alaskan Roll, a California roll with salmon on top. Mine had brown rice.

      My drink of choice: Tokyo cucumber mojito made with sake and shochu?

      Catherine got some frozen yogurt while I had samples. 🙂

      Speaking of my cousin, I thought I’d share a picture of her. You see her sometimes on the blog. She’s awesome. No one would guess she’s 17, but yes, it’s true. She had bone marrow cancer when she was born and is extremely lucky to be alive. She is not your average 17-year-old.

      I picked up “The Perfect Family” to watch tonight to see how Emily Deschanel is in something besides “Bones.”


      How do your meals change now that it’s summer?
      How do you add a little more movement/walking in your daily life?
      Have you lived anywhere without sidewalks? That’s so strange to me!