October 1, 2012

Marvelous in My Monday #4 & September Foodie Penpals Reveal Day!

Hello friends! How are you feeling today? I trust you're all doing marvelous on this beautiful Monday morning :] I'm feeling quite marvelous myself because today is October 1st, which means that I officially completed my Be The Change: 30 Day Mind. Body & Soul Challenge yesterday!

During the month of September, I was fully committed to a 30 Day Health and Wellness Program that I believe helped transform my life while raising funds and awareness for the Global Seva Challenge India-Off The Mat and Into The World. Together, as a group of just over 40 participants, we collectively raised $10,297 in just 30 days. Amazing!

Last night. we all joined together for one final yoga class/KARMA Party.

Here's a photo that Manon took of some of the lovely ladies in our group:
After class, we enjoyed a celebratory dinner at The Table Restaurant, one of Ottawa's healthiest, vegetarian restaurants. I even snapped a photo of what was on my plate:
If you'd like to learn more, you can read more about my experience with the Be The Change Challenge here.

And that, my friends, is why I'm feeling so marvelous today in my Monday!
Super, big, warm hugs to the marvelous miss Katie, The Healthy Diva for this marvelous idea! xo

Something else I'm feeling quite marvelous about is that today is the day for me to reveal my September Foodie Penpals package to all of you. Yay!
FPP post September Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

The very first month I participated in the Foodie Penpals program, I sent a box full of goodies to the lovely miss Michelle, a beautiful blogger over at Push.Pump.Progress. Well, guess what?? This month, Michelle picked my name out of the hat and returned the favor and sent me this glamorous box:

When I picked up my box at the post office, I immediately fell in love with it <3 I mean, what girl doesn't love something flashy and pink? AND, there were glittery stickers too!
That's not all!! Check out the surprise I found underneath all that good stuff:
Disney Princesses! That's right!

Now...The moment you've all been waiting for:

The Big Reveal...

Feeling like a little girl again on my birthday, I carefully unwrapped my present to discover this elegant photo memory box:
After untying the pretty little bow, this is what I found inside:
A nice handwritten note from Michelle. I love getting little notes and letters with my package. I truly believe that this makes everything come together perfectly.

Organic Dijon Style Mustard-Wheat and Gluten Free: I haven't opened this yet but I've found a few recipes online that I'd like to try. Secret ingredient style.

Sharkies Organic Sports Chews: these are tasty little fishies which were the first item I opened. I've actually bought these a few times before ("The Taste Tester remembered them) so, naturally we munched on them together. Sooooo much better (and healthier) than your average Gummi Bear!
Jasmine Tea: is the bomb! I've never had jasmine tea before this but I totally understand why this is Michelle's favorite. Soooo good! "The Taste Tester" even had a few sips, which is rare because he never wants any other tea I've offered him before.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts: I love hemp hearts! They are a staple in my pantry. I've never had this brand before because I usually buy them in bulk from Bulk Barn. As soon as I opened the package I could tell that these hemp hearts are of a much higher quality than the ones I buy. I put them in my breakfast smoothie and they blended just perfectly.
COCO Coconut Water: I love coconut water (and all other things coconut) but there are so many different brands I've tried and I really don't like any of them. Coco is one of the better ones I've tried and if I see it in stores I will definitely be buying it again!

Taste of Nature Organic Nut Bar: "The Taste Tester" looooves any healthier-than-your-average-granola bar that I give him and this bar was the perfect afternoon snack for him to eat while we were out shopping one day. I forgot to mention that peanuts are the only nut that I stay away from (oops!), but "The Taste Tester" was perfectly fine devouring this bar all on his own. He loved it!

Pure & Natural Soap: not technically a food item but what a wonderful addition to add in to the mix. These bars happen to be the ONLY soap I buy. "The Taste Tester" and I both have extremely sensitive skin and this is the only brand of soap I can use. Ha!

This was such a MARVELOUS Foodie Penpals experience. MARVELOUS treats, MARVELOUS eats! Thank you so much Michelle! xo

If you'd like to join Foodie Penpals next month, and whether you're a blogger or a reader, CLICK HERE to sign up.

Share something that you're feeling marvelous about today :]


  1. I'm feeling marvelous that I got up early enough to actually eat breakfast and workout before going to work!

    1. Good for you! Working out and eating breakfast in the a.m. are great habits to fall into..not to mention that gratifying feeling of virtue you have knowing you’ve done something disciplined and good for you :] keep it up!

  2. Wow, Congratulations for raising such a large amount of money in such a short amount of time. What a wonderful achievement!

    Also, what a a fabulous box! I've been meaning to try out those Sharkie Sport Chews! Glad to hear your positive review.

    1. Thanks hun! I'm so honored and proud to have been a part of this amazing change, and more grateful than ever. xo

  3. Manitoba Hemp Hearts are great! When I remember, I add them to homemade granola.

    1. Yes! I have to agree! They're a perfect addition to granola! :] I also enjoy them by the spoonful lol YUM!

  4. yeah! so happy you liked everything! so happy i could repay the favour, you had sent me such an amazing box of goodies a few months back!

    1. Everything was perfect, Michelle! Thanks so much for being an awesome penpal!! X

  5. That is a wonderful achievement, congratulations! And a great box of goodies you got there, I have tried the sharkies before too and love em :)

    1. Thanks so much Tessa! I feel so blessed to have been a part of this amazing group :] thanks for stopping by btw X

  6. I'm your Foodie Pen Pal partner for this month!! :) Hope you got my email, please let me know if you didn't. Looking forward to hearing from you!