One of the best parts about being a blogger is access to yet another wonderful community of people. So many started with just a little wordpress site and while I’m still over here plugging along, many of my new “blends” have cultivated a phenomenal website and following. Hearing their tips and tricks about link-ups and photography and recipes has been quite the fun and always nice to rub elbows with some knowledgeable folks, right? I’ve been one of those silent followers on our group messages, just reading and soaking in all the advice, waiting for the right moment to jump in.
Well, thanks to Georgie over at In it for The Long Run and Christina at The Blissful Balance, many of us have been able to read one another’s blogs, make some new friends, and this year, send a little holiday cheer to one another across the country. Many of us decided to hop on board the Healthy Living Bloggers train for a Secret Santa gift exchange. Names were drawn and emails distributed and it was off to the races.
I happened to be the recipient of a goodie package from Priya at Marsala Girl Travels. I am always open to trying new things and the box included some of the most interesting products for me to sample.
^^ Whole food love all around. I’m a huge fan of trail mix and loved checking out a new variety, especially with all those vibrant colors and nuts and seeds.
^^ An adorable little box from India AND papadum from an Indian store. I’m so excited to pop this in the microwave and test it out 🙂
^^ All three happen to be finds that I’ve spotted at the local Trader Joe’s but never indulged in. I’m especially curious to see how TJ’s has paired the usual saltiness of edamame and the bitter deliciousness of dark chocolate.
As for the lucky blogger I got to send to, I received Kerri at Kerri’s Kitchen and sent here a cute little planner because let’s be honest, who doesn’t love to journal and write all their to-do lists down? At least we bloggers do 😉
Have you participated in foodie or gift exchanges? What’s your favorite item from Trader Joe’s?