Love The Skin You’re In Virtual 5k

It has been a year since the whole Shape magazine debacle. If you’re not sure what in the world I’m talking about, it started with THIS, which became THIS, and the final product became THIS.

As I sit here and reflect on the time, I can’t even really put into words what it all means to me. I never thought that standing up like I did would lead to such an amazing outcome. Never in a million years did I think it would all turn out like it did.

Honestly, I couldn’t be more proud.

But, I always have felt that I could do more. I just didn’t know what I wanted to do.

Then it hit me the other week, why don’t I raise money for an organization that empowers girls and helps try to change the face of media. Both things that I truly can get behind and feel like help make the world a better place.

After some research and a call out for help, I found 2 organizations that fit the bill!

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Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. (source)

Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-20 girls, we teach life skills through fun, engaging lessons that celebrate the joy of movement. The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run® coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. Over the course of the program, girls will develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society.
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Beauty Redefined is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Salt Lake City, UT, that is dedicated to taking back beauty for females everywhere by promoting positive body image online and in person through research, activism, and speaking engagements. (source)

Beauty Redefined is dedicated to promoting positive body image and resilience through teaching people to recognize, reject and resist harmful messages about female bodies in media and cultural discourse. We do this through speaking engagements in a wide variety of settings, offering online education through our website and 8-week online program, and continuing the conversation through social media. (source)

Talk about two great organizations doing some great things to change the world we live in! When I read what they were both about, I knew that I needed to do something to help them out. Which is where the thought of a virtual 5k came in. I figured that would be fun and a great way to raise some money.

What is a virtual 5k you ask?

Well, it is just like a regular ol’ 5k, but you do it on your time. There’s no getting up early, no dealing with parking, and no crowds to battle your way through. Heck you don’t even have to do it outside if you don’t want to!

So walk/run/bike/swim/skip your 5k and at the end of it, I’ll send you a medal!

Easy peasy, right?

Oh, you probably want to know what you’re earning, don’t you?

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That’s the medal I will be sending your way when it is all said and done. Isn’t is awesome? I’m pretty much in love with it!

Here are the details for the 5k:

* Sign-up begins May 4th, 2015 and ends on June 20th, 2015
* Cost is $25 (this covers the medal, shipping, and other fees. Any profit left over is donated to above mentioned organizations)
* Open to US residents only
* You can complete your 5k whenever it works out for you!
* Medals will be shipped after June 20th

All transactions are made through PayPal (no account needed), it is important that you enter the correct address as it is where I’ll be shipping your medal. (If you do have a PayPal account, make sure it is up to date!)

You may also order more than 1 if you are wanting to complete the race with a friend or family member. When you go to the order page, just change your quantity.

Click the image below to sign up! I’d love to have you do this 5k with me!

Also, use #lovetheskinyourein5k on all your social media so I can keep tabs on all who are doing the race!

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Will you be joining me in my virtual 5k?

Honey Dijon Chickpea Salad

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. I’m a huge fan of their fun flavors, which you can check out on their website, Facebook, and Instagram.

I love being able to take the typical non-vegetarian recipe and making changes to make it vegetarian friendly. One of the things I had a craving for was a chicken salad sandwich. I thought about the creamy mayo, the added sweetness of grapes, and then something to add a little bit of crunch.

My brain started churning and the following recipe was created. I have used chickpeas in place of chicken before and knew they would probably work well. The mayo and grapes were the easy part, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted for the crunch. Then I remembered I had the following Blue Diamond almonds in my cupboard.

Honey Dijon Chickpea Salad by Brooke: Not On a Diet

These Honey Dijon Blue Diamond Almonds are delicious on their own and ended up being exactly what I needed for my chickpea salad. Great flavor and crunch!

Honey Dijon Chickpea Salad by Brooke: Not On a Diet

Honey Dijon Chickpea Salad
Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 can (15oz) of chickpeas, drained & rinsed
1/2 cup mayo (I use Hellmann’s with olive oil)
2 tablespoons mustard
1/4 cup Blue Diamond Honey Dijon Almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 cup grapes, sliced
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

In a bowl, mash-up your chickpeas, leaving some whole with a fork. Add mayo & mustard, mixing well. Stir in almonds & grapes. Serve on bread, in a lettuce leaf, or eat it plain. All ways are delicious!

This was such a quick and easy recipe! I had it for lunch in romaine lettuce leaves and Mr. B enjoyed it on top of a salad. He was surprised at how much it tasted like chicken salad.

I’m calling it a win! ;)

What’s your favorite easy go-to lunch idea?

Scenes from the Weekend

I love weekends away. Especially ones that involve visiting far away family, delicious eats, lots of laughs, and a cute baby.

Mr. B and I made our way to Jacksonville, Florida over the weekend to visit his cousin, wife, and their newly born son. This weekend was his baptism and we were asked to be his godparents. I guess that makes Mr. B the Godfather and me the Fairy Godmother. ;)

We flew down on Friday evening, arriving rather late. So, we made our way to a bar we had visited the last time we were there to catch the last of the Blackhawks game and grab some grub. Kickbacks was the name of the place and they have a great and fun menu, including a things like Hamburger Helper and PB & J sandwiches. They also have quite a few beers on tap. Perfect qualifications for us!

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After some sleep, we headed over to meet Bronson & deliver the baby blanket I had been working on for ages. (And finished minutes before we had to leave on our flight)

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We got our baby snuggles in with the little guy and had a tasty breakfast that Kayleigh made us. She made grits, which were quite delicious! I should have asked her what her secrets were, because mine never turn out that well!

John and Kayleigh had a fun and relaxing day planned for us on Saturday. We headed to the Riverside Arts Market, which was great. I loved seeing all the different arts and crafts. One of my favorite stands was from Fresh Jax. They had all sorts of spice blends,sauces, and vegan goodies. I’m a total sucker for anything cooking related and picked up some great looking spices.

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The nice thing is they also have an online store! So, if we find ourselves in love with any of the things we got, we can order more! We also enjoyed the beautiful weather and some live music at the market.

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We then headed to Blue Fish a restaurant that Mr. B and I discovered last year. They serve raw oysters and other delicious foods, so we went there for a light lunch. We also stopped at one of Kayleigh’s favorite cupcake spots, Sivada Cupcakes. I got the banana pudding one which was amazingly delicious!

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John is in the Navy, so he took us for a tour around the base. It was my first time on a base, so I had no idea that they are like a mini-city inside the gates. We also walked around and looked at some planes they had on display. Bronson got to fly around like a plane as well. ;)

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Saturday evening was spent hanging out at John & Kayleigh’s where we had a bon-fire and played a card game. It was nice to just hang out and get time with them. It was a late night, followed by an early morning for the baptism.

Mr. B & I put on our Sunday best and headed to church. Bronson was a champ and didn’t fuss too much, I didn’t catch anything on fire when handed the candle, and Mr. B didn’t drop the faith chest. So, I would say it was a great success! ;)

There was a little get together after the service, where Bronson was promptly changed into his Blackhawks onesie we got him for game 3 of the playoffs. Broson and Mr. B both enjoyed the game and celebrated a win. Not gonna lie, my heart was pretty much mush seeing this.

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Sunday evening involved more family time, another card game, and not enough baby snuggles. We said our goodbyes and headed back to our hotel. Mr. B and I were both a little down to leave, as we really had a good time with everyone. We will see them soon enough and have already talked about starting a savings fund to visit John, Kayleigh, & Bronson while they are stationed in Spain over the next few years.

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Yesterday was a long travel day, including a 4 hour layover in Atlanta. I made sure not to sit on my butt the entire time and walked the terminal while Mr. B did some work. I hit my step goal and also picked up a new book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I posted about it on my Instagram and got an over whelming response that it is a great read. I’ll be sure to let you all know what I think. :)

Today it is back to reality and I must get off here to head to the grocery store!

How was your weekend?

Have you read the above mentioned book?