Weekly Reader: Kind Inspiration

Have you ever read a great book, seen an inspiring movie, or heard a great joke, and thought, “I’ve got to share that!” Of course you have! Here are a few things from my Reader in the last week that inspired and motivated me, made me happy, sad, and angry, made my stomach growl, and made me laugh.

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I find the mission of the folks at KindRunner inspiring. When you buy a pair of shoes, you can return your old shoes to be donated to someone who really needs them, and you get Kindness Cash Rewards!

Vegan Inspiration

The internet was a little lacking in vegan recipes last week while many vegan bloggers were attending Vida Vegan Con. They have returned and have been creating with a passion, so I have a load of vegan recipe links to share!

The Naked Kitchen, Summer Quinoa Salad. I love quinoa salads, and Sarah’s version also has asparagus and a dressing that has peaches! Yummy!

Maple Spice, Hot Toddy Layer Cake. Alcohol warning, both the cake and the frosting involve whiskey. What’s not to like?

Two Cups of Love, Potato, Potahto, Frittata, Frittahto. I’ve seen vegan quiche recipes with chickpea flour, now Jen’s frittata which is also gluten free, sounds so delicious I need to try it out.

Fat Free Vegan Kitchen, The Jackson Bowl with Vegan Comeback Sauce. The Jackson Bowl is Susan’s hometown version of the Portland Bowl that she tried while at, where else, Vida Vegan Con.

Carrie On Vegan, A Modern Twist to Vegan Apple Pie. I really can’t wait to try Carrie’s version of apple pie with a raw, nut based crust. It sounds delicious!

Vegan Miam, Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Salad with Dill. I’ve been hearing a lot about Beyond Meat, and Rika both reviews it and includes a recipe. I’m waiting to get to Whole Foods this weekend when we visit our grandsons in Huntington Beach because Whole Foods is one of the locations that carry Beyond Meat.

Running and Training Inspiration

Honey Badger Mom, Crossfit Baby Steps: RivFit at Crossfit Riverfront. I loved reading about Robin’s first (and second and third) experience with a crossfit-type class.

Yoga Download.com Blog, 10.5 Tips for Beginner Yogis. Yoga Download.com (one of my advertisers) has some great tips for beginners on their blog. Actually they are great tips even if you’re an experienced yogi.

FitKnitChick, May’s Free Pinterest-Friendly Workouts of the Day. Tamara always has great workouts and here she has gifted us with a bunch, all challenging and perfect for pinning.

Mommy Run Fast, 6 Important Strength Exercises for Runners. Laura is a running coach, so she knows how strength training can improve our running. Here she has put together a list of exercises that will benefit runners.

Blogging Inspiration

The Sits Girls, Tips for Curing Blogger’s Block. We’ve all been faced with it. You want to blog, you need to blog, but exciting, fresh ideas just aren’t coming. Adrienne, from the Mommy Mess, has a great list of tips and ideas on how to get that keyboard rolling again.

The Sits Girls, Video Blog: How to Get Started Vlogging. If you’re new to vlogging, you may have noticed that the best vlogs have a great introduction to each of their videos. Katrina from Thinking Outside the Sandbox shows you how to make a quick and easy vlog introduction.

Food for Thought

Fit, Feminist and (Almost) Fifty, Hot Pants, Wobbly Toning Shoes and the Latest in Skinny Making Fashion. Sam B. on the things we buy into that will supposedly make us skinnier, fitter, stronger, prettier, well, you fill in the blank. As she reminds us, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

Truth2BeingFit, Am I Enough? The Good, Bad, and Ugly of it All. In a follow up to her first What’s Beautiful post, Jody challenges us to stop comparing ourselves and just be enough.

It’s All About Me! Deal With It! The Volunteer Dog Whisperer. Volunteering at a shelter sounds like it could be grim, but at this particular shelter they have an amazing program for which volunteers are trained to go beyond simply walking the dogs, and teaches them to train and generally make the animals more adoptable.

Banana Buzzbomb, Waking Up in Vegas. Some exciting news from Heidi and fun times in Vegas.

Vegansaurus, Toddler Proclaims We Should Care for Animals, Not Eat Them, and The Girlie Girl Army, Toddler Teachings. You may have seen this video floating around Facebook lately (especially if you’re vegetarian). The choice not to eat animals is so simple for this little boy.

MizFitOnline, I Never Felt Stoppable. A great post from Carla about how we should aim to teach our girls that they are enough, so that they will be unstoppable too.

Run with Kate, Run with Kate Goes Epic. Big changes coming to my favorite Aussie’s blog. Click through to find out more!

Whenever I write the Weekly Reader, I know that I miss so many amazing posts. Please, please feel free to share a favorite post that you have read recently, including one of your own, in the comments below.

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