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Monday, June 26, 2017

Chef for a Day at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona

Chef for a Day at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona

Back in April I joined the Red Shoe Society (RSS), a young-professionals group associated with the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). The RSS serves as a philanthropic arm of the RMHC with a collective goal to help make a difference in the lives of families with sick children.

Each day, RMHC serves two meals to the patient's families who travel from out of town to receive the medical services for their children. The complimentary housing and meals provided to the families are used to help offset their additional expenses. RSS picked Sunday brunch as a day to give back to the amazing nonprofit we love and support. My friend, Gemma, and I stepped up to be the co-executive chefs for the meal!

We met over tea and dinners to execute our planning. Gemma was the brilliant one to think of the theme, Breakfast at Tiffany's! I was immediately on board with the idea since I love Audrey Hepburn and her iconic film. From that moment, Gemma and I had a blast coordinating the details together!

We wanted to craft a menu that would be delicious, affordable to other volunteers (the volunteers bring ingredients to cook for the meal), and easy to cook in a short period of time. Here's what we ended up with:

Yogurt parfaits with fresh berries and granola, drizzled with honey
Chef for a Day at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona

Cheese and egg casserole (with bacon and pancakes on the side)
Chef for a Day at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona

Fresh fruit salad
Chef for a Day at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona

Oven-roasted potatoes (with roasted bell peppers and onions on the side)
Chef for a Day at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona

Mockmosas
Chef for a Day at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona

Chef for a Day at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona

The volunteers who showed up from the RSS did a fantastic job helping out and making the delicious food! One part of the experience I didn't consider was getting familiar with finding the utensils and cooking containers. Thankfully one of the volunteers in our group had participated in previous Chef for a Day events and helped locate everything. The house also does a great job by thoroughly labeling every cabinet.

Chef for a Day at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona

Chef for a Day at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona

As the families began to pour in, we heard great comments about them loving the decor and the food setup. We even included fresh flowers, table settings and centerpieces for the brunch. One woman commented she bet girls were in charge of organizing the brunch since it was so pretty ha!  It was 100% worth seeing those faces light up. That's honestly one of my favorite parts of direct volunteering is seeing these reactions on firsthand.

I would highly recommend getting involved with your local RMHC (find your chapter here) either through the RSS or simply volunteering your time. No matter what, always make time to give back to your community.


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Friday, June 16, 2017

Nautical Navy

Nautical Navy

One of my favorite colors to wear during the summertime is navy! I always find myself drawn towards the nautical color. For work, I used the color to pair a casual, cotton shirt with one of my favorite silk, vintage skirts.

To add a third color, I incorporated brown for a summery touch. These MICHAEL Michael Kors heels are the most comfortable heels I've ever worn in my life! While I couldn't find the exact pair for you, I did find a similar style by MICHAEL Michael Kors. Try getting your size at Zappos for 40% off, then Macy's.

Nautical Navy

Nautical Navy

Ted Baker Sunglasses (Similar) | Alfani Shirt (Same) | Vintage Skirt | J.Crew Blazer (Same) | MICHAEL Michael Kors Chunky Heels (Zappos and Macy's) | H&M Envelope Clutch (Similar)

I accessorized with my favorite Ted Baker cat eye frames, pearls my parents gave me for my high school graduation, and my go-to envelope clutch my friend Rachel gave me for Christmas. Also, I honestly think it's great to wear a bold lip in the office and sported Sephora's red lipstain! Work fashion can still reflect your personality while maintaining a professional tone.


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

First Bike Fit

First Bike Fit

Next month marks a year since I bought my road bike! I didn't do a formal fit initially because I was honestly ignorant of all things related to cycling. I was new to the sport and didn't attempt any rides when I lived in New York. When the NYC Triathlon was two weeks away, I decided I should probably buy a bike and get used to riding one before the race. After finishing my triathlon, I jumped immediately into training for El Tour de Tucson (century route), which was roughly three months away. My Sunday group ride recommended a fitting after the tour. Well about a week ago, I finally did my first fit!

Thanks to Kurt from Fitworks Cycling for sponsoring me during the four hour fit! I decided to get aerobars installed for my 70.3 Ironman. Most bike fits don't take this long but mine did for a few reasons: the aerobars needed to be shortened, my pedal stroke was analyzed to resolve my right knee pain, and I never had a formal fit previously. I'm really happy with Kurt's attention to detail– check out the photos from the fit below!

Side note, I brought some R Bars to keep me fueled during my fit since I rode the bike on various gears. Get 20% off your online order by using the code HappilyPink20 and let me know what you think!

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First Bike Fit

First Bike Fit

First Bike Fit

Thank you again to Kurt and Fitworks Cycling; I can't wait to ride longer distances again and have no knee pain!


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Friday, June 2, 2017

R Bar Energy Partnership

R Bar Energy Partnership

I am ecstatic to tell you about my recent partnership with an amazing company based in Tucson: R Bar Energy!! I started using R Bar Energy products last summer when I stumbled across them in my bike shop. What appealed to me was the minimum ingredients that were used to create the product. I always read the labels of packaged food because I'm conscious as to what I put into my body.

The greatest part about R Bar Energy bars is that their bars consist of three to six different ingredients! My favorite to use on my 50mi+ bike rides is the PB&J bar which consists of: dates, roasted peanuts and raisins. That's it! The other reason why I love using R Bars is because they don't melt, even when I'm cycling outside for five hours in 100 degree weather!

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More about R Bar Energy . . .

R Bar Energy began as a start-up company based in my sunny hometown of Tucson, Ariz. Now, you can find them distributed nationwide here. The company uses minimal but high quality ingredients from trusted sources. Since the bars have no processed ingredients, they are:
  • Sugar Free
  • Gluten Free
  • GMO Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Vegan

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A few weeks ago, I took a visit down to the R Bar Energy warehouse where the products are made and processed. Their down-to-earth marketing manager, Kalena, gave me a tour as we discussed our partnership of working together. She left me fully stocked with R Bars to use on my marathon and triathlon training! I posted a series of photos and videos on my Instagram stories, so if you're following me already then do so now @HappilyPinkBlog! Also, follow @RBarEnergy. :) In the meantime, watch my visit to the warehouse below:


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Again, thank you to R Bar Energy for your incredible partnership and I am so excited to continue to use and promote your delicious product while I #DoMore!


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