I was sitting here in my living room last week, listening to Silver Bells by Bing Crosby, and trying so hard to feel the Christmas spirit. I had a Christmas candle going, my tree up with red and green lights on, and probably $200 worth of decorations strung all over our 800 sq. ft apartment. You would think that all this would make me feel a bit Christmassy.
And it DOES! Until I look outside. And see the complete lack of snow, ice, or any indicator of cold, Christmas weather. I’m literally giving Mother Nature permission to be cold for one month, and she refuses my offer.
So I was feeling kind of down in the dumps about it, until I remembered something that cheered me up immensely – I would be getting a Secret Santa gift! If you read my last post, you know i’m obsessed with Christmas. It’s better than my birthday. The fact that I was getting a gift wasn’t exciting to me because I’m materialistic (although who doesn’t love gifts?!), but because it was special and exciting that a whole group of people could actually get their shit (‘scuse my French) together well enough to send each other a little something at Christmas time.
The most unique thing about this gift exchange was that everyone taking part in it had never met each other. We are a bunch of health, foodie, and fitness bloggers spread throughout U.S. and Canada, who love to collaborate, get creative, and support one another.
My Secret Santa was from the beautiful Rachel Agranove who runs the blog at A Healthful Heart. Rachel is a multi-talented woman who somehow finds the time to work two jobs, one in advertising and the other in group training. Her blog is stacked with delicious recipes and awesome workouts which I love!
My first and favorite gift was the pink Reebok pullover i’m wearing in the top photo. It is the perfect size for me, and (obviously) my favorite color. I wore it running that day and felt like the prettiest runner on the road!
The second gift was a PINK shaker cup. Everyone knows how important protein powder is, especially for someone who doesn’t eat meat, so I couldn’t think of a better gift to receive.
Lastly I got these two really interesting chocolates from Chuao. One was called ‘pop corn pop’ and when I ate it, it had these funny little sizzly pops that went off in my mouth (kind of like that candy you would eat as a kid). The second one was filled with salted breadcrumbs… CanYouSayYum?
I’m so lucky and appreciative to have this group in my life – they’ve got my virtual back, and i’ve got theirs. Plus I get gifts that literally scream my name. Thank you again Rachel and #BGBCommunity!!!