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At the beginning of the month I stumbled upon a fantastic and fun penpal program. Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean is the brainchild behind Foodie Penpals, which is a great way to meet other bloggers (and readers of blogs) and sample some of their favourite products. Lindsay pairs you with another blogger or reader and you send them a box full of goodies. In exchange you get a box full of goodies from another blogger or reader. It’s a win-win situation and honestly, who doesn’t like to get fun stuff in the mail. This is my first time participating and it’s amazing how far you can make $15 stretch – especially when the stores you go to are having fabulous sales.

Before I get to the details of what I received, here are some details about Foodie Penpals:

– 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. 

If you are interested in participating visit Lindsay by clicking the button:

Foodie Penpals
I was paired with Robyn, a reader of blogs who lives in Alberta. Robyn doesn’t blog herself so I can’t share a link with you but I can share some pictures of all the goodies she sent me.
This was like the ultimate snack box! So much so that I may have eaten the snack-sized bag of beef jerky for my afternoon snack before I even took pictures 🙂
The box contained Clif Bars (including one of my favourite flavours, carrot cake), Nut-Thins, coconut water, southwestern flavoured cashews, a Kind bar and a taste of nature bar.
Robyn also wrote me a lovely note telling me a little about herself and where she lives (in a very small town just like me) and shared a few family recipes with me.
And that is a piece of soap wrapped in the pretty purple bow. It smells like spearmint and will be perfect in the kitchen 🙂

Thanks so much Robyn!

The person I sent my foodie penpal box to is also a reader of blogs who lives in Ontario. Since she doesn’t have her own blog she is going to join me here.

Take it away Susan…

This was my first foodie penpal exchange and Jenny gave me a great introduction. It was a real treat to get the package of goodies after a very long week. The first thing I noticed was the Love Crunch granola. Carrot cake flavoured, no less. Yum. It didn’t last very long.

You’ll notice the gorgeous dark chocolate and pomegranate and chocolate acai and blueberry treats. I’m very intrigued by the sesame seaweed crackers as I always walk by them in the grocery store but haven’t been brave enough to try them out.  I’ve been thinking about planting a garden this spring so the sprouting seed starter kit will be a nice way to try it out. Pumpkin spice tea and a wicked combo of a pretzel and peanut butter chocolate bar will make the rest of winter bearable.

Jenny also picked up on my lack of blog and sent a cute little notebook that made note of me “just tweeting”.  Thanks, Jenny!

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1. Healthy brownies – there is a reason brownie recipes call for a light-tasting oil. It’s so you can’t taste the oil in the finished product. Duh. Even though I knew this to be the case I still chose to use an Omega-3 oil blend (olive, grape seed, flax) in the brownies I made on the weekend. The flax really comes through but at least I can say they were healthy, right?

2. Nail biting – I’m a nail biter. I have been all my life. Except for when I was pregnant with Lincoln because it seemed like the minute I found out I was pregnant with him I instantly stopped biting my nails. Interestingly enough, a couple of days after he was born I bit them all off and have been biting them again ever since. When we found out I was pregnant again, Andrew thought the same thing would happen but it didn’t (much to his dismay). However, he bugged me enough about biting my nails (and even got Lincoln in on the game) that I decided to stop biting them to just keep him quiet.

So far so good.

But not a minute goes by where I don’t want to bite them all off.

3. Snow storm – we got hit by another crazy snow storm the other day. Since I’m the one who is home the most, or the earliest, it’s usually up to me to shovel the driveway. I really don’t mind and actually like to shovel the snow, especially when I have a crafty little helper who had the great idea to turn his mower into a snow blower.

I call it the snowmower.

Too bad it doesn’t actually remove any snow.

4. Paint by colour – Lincoln loves to paint but we’ve recently noticed a funny little quirk he has when he paints; he has to use the corresponding coloured paint brush with the matching paint colour (i.e. red paint brush with red paint, blue paint brush with blue paint). As a result, we’ve stopped putting out all the colours of paint and stick to the ones that match his paint brushes.

At least he doesn’t mind when the colours mix together.

5. eReader – I bought an eReader the same day I posted asking about them. I chose the Sony eReader for one very specific reason: I was able to get it for $31 thanks to the Sony Points I had saved up.

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I really couldn’t afford not to buy it.

I’ve had a Sony Mastercard for 12 years now. For every dollar you put on it you get a Sony point (double points if you buy a Sony product) and over the span of those 12 years I have been able to get a Walkman MP3 player, a digital camera and now an eReader.

Happy weekending!

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Truth be told, getting off the couch is quite possibly the hardest thing I have to do lately.

I’m fine throughout the day at work (well, mostly), I pick up the boy, go home and make supper (which is quite possibly the hardest decision I have to make daily) and then it’s all down hill from there.

Once I sit on the couch it is very difficult to get back up for anything other than the necessities.

Lincoln goes to bed around 7:30 pm giving me plenty of time to fit in a run before we head to bed. But whether or not I do it is the real issue.

Last night I decided enough was enough.

Since I had missed my nap time run yesterday I knew I had to fit it in not only for training purposes but also for mental health purposes.

And, truth be told, I actually have more energy when I run than when I fall asleep on the couch.

While Andrew put Lincoln to bed I headed downstairs to start my 3 mile run.

On went Dawson’s Creek and one episode (and a few minute-long walk breaks) later I was done.

And I felt great.

I had a shower and sat back on the couch.

But instead of falling asleep, which I am prone to do, we watched an episode of Canada’s Greatest Know-it-All. A friend of ours (Wayne) is competing and it’s fun to watch a reality TV show where you actually know someone 🙂 The Discovery Channel isn’t very prompt with uploading new episode though so we are always one episode behind the rest of the country.

Another run is on the schedule for tonight and I’m looking forward to it.

I just have to remember the feeling from last night when the couch starts calling me after supper.

And now for something completely different…

I am in the market for an eReader. As hard as I try to resist the switch from real book to e-book it’s something I’m inevitably going to do.

The question is: which one?

Kindle? Kobo? Sony eReader? Other?

Right now the Sony eReader is the front-runner because I can get it super cheap with my Sony points.

Your thoughts and recommendations on any of the above would be greatly appreciated.

 

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I’ve been keeping a secret from you all (OK, so maybe not all of you, but definitely some of you) for the past few months.

It has to do with running and it also has to do with my ultimate New Years goal/resolution that I have yet to share.

You see, for the past few months I have had a running partner that I haven’t mentioned.

Now this running partner is like no other.

Instead of encouraging me to get out and run it has been making me want to sleep on the couch.

Instead of challenging me to pick up the pace it has made me a whole lot slower.

And instead of helping me fit better into my clothes it has sent me running to find something that fits comfortably.

The best part though is I’m absolutely Ok with all of it because I’m really just grateful my new running partner is allowing me to run at all, which brings me to my ultimate New Years goal:

I want to be a pregnant runner.

Yep, that’s right, I have Another Runner on Board 🙂

I’m still amazed at how quickly my body reacted the second time around – where the heck did that belly come from?!

It’s been tough to keep this part of my life a secret on my blog, which probably explains why I have been absent more than usual, but I needed to get into the second trimester before making the big announcement. I am due at the beginning of August and since Lincoln decided to arrive almost two weeks early I suspect this one will arrive in July.

So what does this all mean for my running and the races I am currently registered for?

Not much really, except I have no time expectations and I am running according to how I feel not by how fast my Garmin tells me I am running.

It’s actually a nice mind shift and although I do know how fast (or slow) I am running it hasn’t had the same effect on me that it normally would.

I also have the full support of my husband, family and midwife to keep running throughout my pregnancy as long as I feel good.

At first I contemplated not running the half-marathon in May but decided that even if I have to walk some of the course I’m still going to try. I have been in touch with the race organizers and they have informed me I can leave the course at anytime If I need to. I have checked out the course map and am familiar with the area but at the same time I am confident that it will be a fun experience.

As for the 10K in April, well, that is notorious for attracting a lot of participants so I’m already prepared to go slow just because it will be so crowded!

So what does this all mean for the blog?

Not much really, except instead of me writing as Another Mother Runner, I’ll be writing as Another Mother Runner with Another Runner on Board 🙂

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1. PB2 – It’s here! It’s here!

I’ve had it on an apple and I made STUFT Mama’s three ingredient fudge. I like what I’ve tasted so far.

3. Hockey – Lincoln is obsessed with hockey. Actually, Lincoln is obsessed with goalies. It’s a good thing Andrew is a goalie and Lincoln now has his own goalie stick and mask.

Pants are optional.

3. Sourdough Bread – it took 6 days but we have two loaves of homemade sourdough bread ready to be eaten in our house. The best part is we have a sourdough starter in the fridge just waiting for the next batch.

These loaves are just the starting off point. I am now on a mission to bake the perfect loaf of sourdough.

4. Running – I finally remembered to take a picture after a run this week. Here I am in all my red-faced, sweaty glory.

5. Daycare – Lincoln is not the only one in the family who goes to daycare.

Glenn cannot be trusted at home alone so he hangs out with our neighbours across the street when we both have to work.

Some days though, they are not available so Glenn has to come to work with me. He stays in the car for most of the day but always manages to sneak his way into the office for part of the day.

He usually curls up under my desk.

I often forget he is there and roll over his tail.

Sorry Glenn.

6. Sleep – Lincoln is going through another “I want to wake-up when you wake-up phase.”

This means he wants to wake-up when Andrew does to get ready for work.

This means he has been waking up at 5:00 am ready to go for the day.

This means I am not a happy camper.

Nap time cannot come quick enough during the week.

7. Weekend – I am looking forward to the weekend solely because I hope Lincoln will sleep in.

I’m staying optimistic.

Happy Weekending!

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