Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride



3, 8, and 28-Mile Options Offered!
Calling all stargazers and extraterrestrials! You're needed in Richmond's Northside for a super stellar mission unlike any other! The Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride is an out of this world nighttime ride that's sure to be a hit with the whole family. To launch the evening we start with a 28-mile ride for experienced space explorers, followed by a 3-mile family ride that's perfect for any little Martian, and then we finish up with an 8-mile ride. After your journey through the galaxy you can cool off with ice cream, or a cold Sierra Nevada beer! Finish it off with a slice of pizza to round out the perfect nightcap! Get in our orbit ASAP and register!

Saturday, August 24th, 2019 | 28 Mile Ride: 5:30 PM | 3 Mile Family Ride: 8 PM | 8 Mile Ride: 8:15 PM | @ Sports Backers Stadium

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Attention! SportsBackers & SCAN are teaming up together in search for moonlight ride volunteers! Sign up with SCAN to be a volunteer for the moonlight event, and the SportsBackers will make a donation to SCAN in exchange for your hard work!
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What To Do When Your Mindfulness Practice Just Isn't Working




Actually, the opposite is true. It means you need to keep practicing mindfulness.

Here are some things you can do when your mindfulness practice stops being beneficial. What I discovered is that sometimes you have to  change gears . So, h ere's what I've learned from the experts:

Double down.

Mindfulness feels like it isn't working when you can't keep your focus in the present moment because you're stressed or worried.  But in these situations, mindfulness is  actually the path out .

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Know that everyone falters.

I love the expression "I'm beside myself" because it shows me that everyone sometimes gets out of alignment with their true self (and ends up beside it). I don't have to be perfectly mindful all the time because, well, no one is.

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Mouth-Watering Greek Grilled Chicken with Green Beans Recipe!

Try this delicious grilled chicken and green beans recipe that'll have your whole family jumping for joy!


What You'll Need

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (6 to 8 ounces each)
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried oregano
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 1/4 pounds green beans, trimmed
1 pint cherry tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, smashed
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing and drizzling
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (2 to 3 ounces)

Directions

Cover one side of a grill with a large sheet of foil; fold up the edges to make a rimmed tray. Preheat the grill to medium high. Rub the chicken all over with the garlic powder and oregano; season generously with salt and pepper. Toss the green beans, tomatoes, garlic and olive oil in a large bowl; season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper.

Brush the grill grates with olive oil on the side without the foil tray. Place the chicken on the grates and grill, turning halfway through, until marked and cooked through, about 15 minutes. Remove to a plate. Meanwhile, spread the vegetable mixture on the foil tray and grill, stirring occasionally, until tender and charred in spots, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl; add the vinegar and dill. Season with salt and pepper and toss.

Divide the chicken and vegetables among plates. Top the vegetables with the cheese. Drizzle with more olive oil.


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Night Out with SCAN @ The HofGarden!


Details
Garden Gives Back Night with SCAN
Grab a friend and take a break at the HofGarden!

August 21 from 6pm - 9pm

10% of our sales and $5 from each specialty cocktail for the night will be donated to SCAN's 5 programs.

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Sunrise Yoga at Urban Farmhouse Scott's  Addition



Details
CALLING ALL YOGIS! Love coffee? Love starting your day with a bit of peaceful yoga while you watch the sun rise? Why not have both!? We are so excited to welcome BACK Michelle Landon of One Drop Yoga! Stop by our Scott's Addition for yet another stellar class. Hope to see you there!
Pay What You Can.

Wednesday, August 14th and 21st | 6-7 A.M. 
@ The Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe with Michelle Lee L.


Looking to attend? Click here for registration!



Healthy & Delicious Banana Waffles!


Looking to make a new, tasty and nutritious  breakfast? Give this amazing banana waffle recipe a try!



What You'll Need

6 large eggs, beaten
3 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly, plus more for the waffle iron
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
6 tablespoons coconut flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Raspberries, raw honey and chopped toasted pecans, for serving

Directions

Whisk the eggs, bananas, coconut oil and vanilla in a medium bowl until completely combined. Vigorously whisk in the coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt until no lumps of dry flour remain.

 

Prepare a waffle iron for medium-high heat and brush both sides with coconut oil. Fill each section of the iron about three-quarters of the way full (there should still be some waffle iron showing). Cook until the waffles are golden brown and slightly crisp, 6 to 10 minutes. Keep the waffles warm in a 200-degree F oven or covered with foil on a plate; repeat with the remaining batter. Serve with raspberries, a drizzle of honey and chopped pecans.



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5  Ways to Detox Your Frazzled Mind & Feel Totally Refreshed



We always hear messages about the importance of  periodically detoxing our bodies, but when was the last time someone urged you to detox your thoughts and mind? Probably never. It's my goal to change that. As a holistic psychologist, I've seen how our mental well-being is completely connected to our physical well-being, and how mental cleansing can be incredibly rejuvenating and beneficial for overall health. 

After periods of stress, grief, self-doubt, or just getting lost in the grind of daily life, our minds will often benefit from a "detox" of sorts to create a mindset shift, clear space, and help us feel reinvigorated to take on life. Fortunately, we actually have tremendous power over our own mind, provided we attend to it with care and intention. 

Here are five simple steps to do your own "mental detox," which I've found to be effective for both myself and my patients:

1. Pause and practice awareness.

We are often too preoccupied to even notice that we are in need of an emotional or mental shift--so bringing awareness to this need is key. And you can often figure out what your mind needs by listening to your body.
Your body is giving you direct information on your mental state all the time. So when you pause and bring awareness to how the body feels, you learn what your mind needs. Take a moment to pause and notice tension in the shoulders, tightness in face, a racing heartbeat, a queasy stomach, or any other bodily sensation. These can empower you with the awareness of your emotional and mental need to calm, ground, refresh, and lighten.
Try this with a  full-body scan: Sit in a chair with your palms resting on your lap and your eyes closed. Then "scan" your body with your attention, stopping for a few breaths on each part and notice how it feels. 

2. Cultivate acceptance and compassion.

It's normal to have feelings, even difficult feelings. Part of the brain's natural human response is to get anxious and stressed. This is your brain's adaptive way of telling you there is something you need to pay attention to. When you accept that your feelings are simply part of the human experience, you create more space with which you can deal with them (instead of stifling them, inevitably causing them to pop up later in a more intense way). 
One of the most effective ways to  create some compassion for yourself is to treat your own feelings like you'd treat a friend's feelings, which is usually with support, understanding, and love. We all have a range of emotions and mental states, and you can free yourself of the extra burden of guilt or shame when you meet them with acceptance and compassion.


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This Nostalgic Summer Bucket List Will Make You Feel Like a Kid Again

Remember when you were a kid and summer felt like a big, defining period of time? You had three months of freedom to play in the pool, hang with your best friends, and only come home to grab dinner and snacks before heading out again on your bike. You did crazy stuff, had no real cares in the world, and probably fell in love at least once (like with  the person you thought was your soulmate at 13). Every year had epic moments.

As adults, it's so easy to get  caught up in "adulting" that we forget to actually enjoy those  simple pleasures of summer. But each year can still hold the promise of new experiences, laughter, love, and personal growth - only if we let it.

The best way to do this is to make a conscious effort to live in the moment. This summer bucket list takes all the things you loved about these months as a child. With a little creativity, you can have plenty of moments that make you feel like a kid again.


Interested in knowing what the bucket list has to offer? Click the link here!
 
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