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This week I've been chatting on IG about a new product that I'm adding to my morning routine. If you don't know, morning routines are so important to me, and a huge part of the way I practice self care. 
I recently had the opportunity to try the new Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy Collection. The collection whitens and nourishes teeth to repair weakened enamel. There are two variants: Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy Enamel Care, which whitens and nourishes to repair weakened enamel. Then there is the Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy Sensitivity Care, which repairs enamel but also contain potassium nitrate to help sooth sensitivity pain. 
So let's talk results! What I loved most about Crest 3D White is that I got real results. My teeth look noticeable whiter. I never felt like my teeth were being stripped or sensitive after using the toothpaste. I also love the minty taste. Other whitening toothpastes can have an aftertaste, but Crest was perfect! Check out the pictures below. 


By: BGR! SOMD Run Coordinator, Candice Wilkerson-Marbury


On Friday, November 24th I am opting for the outdoors rather than scrambling thru shopping malls or driving in cars to the frenzy that is known as “Black Friday”.  Focusing on my health, will help me to burn calories rather than burn thru money. Here in Maryland there are plenty of bike trails, parks, running and or walking trails I can take advantage of to allow me to keep consistent with my health goals. Rejecting the pressures of unnecessary spending and endless store lines I can and will enjoy the fresh air and movement to continue helping me reach my goals.  I encourage others to #optoutside! with REI.

Click here to find a BGR! #OptOutside event near you!

By: BGR! Chicago Member/Ambassador: Kelli Rockwell (Kelli Kels), 

According to Kelli, taking charge of her health, at the request of her daughter Sydnee, was one of the best decisions she’s ever made.  It prompted her to join Black Girls Run! Chicago in 2013. Since becoming a member she’s completed 8 marathons, over 35 half marathons, that she can recall, numerous 10-milers, 10k's & 5k's and other fun distances.

Kelli says, “Sydnee and I will #OptOutside this year because there is nothing of quality that you can experience shopping for the season's hottest items. For us #OptOutside is about spending quality mother/daughter time together. We will start the day off running a few miles together with other members of Black Girls Run! Chicago followed by swimming laps in the pool as Sydnee prepares for her first indoor triathlon.

#OptOutside #sponsored

BGR! Chicago Member: Gaylon Alcaraz

Gaylon has been with Black Girls RUN! for 5 years and has served as a Group Leader/Run Coordinator. She has run four (4) full marathons, countless half marathons and so many fun runs she can't even count.  Five years ago she changed her life - from a 320 lbs inactive mother, to losing 130 lbs and running marathons.

Gaylon says "I am choosing to #OptOutside this year as I do every year because I believe commercialism is destroying the fabrics of our society. We don't spend enough time with each other.....instead we are running back and forth to stores searching for the latest and greatest next thing.  Spending more time with your families and love ones is the way to a healthy and whole life."  

Why I #OptOutside

November 10, 2017

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In my opinion nothing beats being outside in the fall.  Each year the earth puts on a magnificent display of color, thrusting crimsons, bronzes, ambers, and butterscotch palettes into our views.  The air is fresh and crisp and sunny days are welcomed with sunlit kisses to warm your face.  Fall is a time for hats and mittens and comfy breathable clothing.  I enjoy Thanksgiving in typical American fashion, by stuffing myself with all the delectable delights that my family prepares.  I relish in it. 

In fact, I even have turkey sweat pants for those moments of indulgence, but Black Friday is my day to return to my normal self.  Black Friday’s run is the day to ponder the day before and be grateful for the ability to even run.  Black Friday is not meant for being stuffed into stores on my day off.  I use the day to reenergize myself by OPT-ing OUT of the craziness of the crowded shopping centers.  I run off a few more calories, if for nothing else than to make some more room for one more slice of sweet potato pie.  My name is Lalicia Roman and I am a member of Black Girls Run! #OptOutside #sponsored


We are constantly amazed by the passion and support all of you bring to Black Girls RUN! Nation, and we want to continue building our community and inspiring women everywhere. As we grow Black Girls RUN!, we look to partner with people and brands who share our values, and we’re excited to work with Cricket Wireless during the LA Color Run — The Happiest 5k on the Planet.

Let’s face it, we have a lot on our plates. Work, kids, bills, errands, etc. The list is endless. We get pulled in so many different directions that sometimes we forget which path we want our life to take. It’s important that we pause and make time for ourselves—5 minutes of quiet time can go a long way.

Though life can be hectic, it’s important for us to look for ways to ease our stress.  And, we understand that oftentimes our stress is related to our finances. 

This week, we encourage you to look for ways you can take some of the stress out of your life. Set weekly or monthly savings goals. Look into a cell phone provider where you don’t have to worry about annual contracts, like Cricket Wireless.  Create a weekly/monthly budget.  If you’re looking at making a big purchase, do some online research to get the best bang for your buck.  Weekly meal planning can help, too.  And, while you’re at the grocery store, consider generic versus name brand. You can save a lot!   

We know life can get away from us sometimes, but we have to make time for ourselves and keep our life on track. Take 5 minutes. Create a budget. Do the things you need to do to stay on course.

Join BGR! as we race through the LA Color Run and practice some much needed self-care with Cricket Wireless. Sign up here:  http://bit.ly/2zeinao. For more information on saving money on your phone bill, visit Cricket Wireless at www.cricketwireless.com.

By: Tammy Shakur, BGR! Atlanta
 
This Black Friday, I’m opting outside for some trail running, instead of succumbing to the madness that is Black Friday shopping! Trail running is my passion and being outdoors makes me feel healthy, balanced and stress free - the exact opposite of how I would feel spending money on things I really don’t need.
 
My enthusiasm for trail running has fostered in me a deep love of nature and it has taken me on so many beautiful trails all over this country. In addition, it has allowed me to meet so many amazing people, who share my love for the outdoors.
 
Looking for me this Black Friday? I'll be outdoors on a beautiful trail with my running buddies. I encourage you to consider Opting Outside as well. Invite your friends and family. You won't regret it!
Check out all of our #OptOutside events here! Share with us how you are opting outside this year!

By: Toni Carey (@toni_carey/@blackgirlsrun)
#SPONSORED

We've turned back the clocks and the official countdown to the end of the year has begun. See what I just did there? With a new j-o-b, finishing up yoga teacher training, and initiating "winter weigh down," Thanksgiving and Christmas are sure to be just a big blur. Matter of fact, I'm already thinking about holiday travel plans, 2018 and what I want to accomplish next year.

I'm not sure if this is a self-imposed urgency to skip Thanksgiving and Christmas to get to the new year, or if this is the over commercialization of the holidays...which all begins with Black Friday the day after Thanksgiving. Game plans to snag discounted big screens, pots and pans, and the latest toy begin Thanksgiving morning, and the entire "Day of Thanks" is used to strategize and plan when, where and how these said items will be secured. Whether it's shopping by proxy or camping outside any given retailer, Black Friday has turned Thanksgiving into simply "Pre-Black Friday".

It's one of the many reasons why I love that REI chooses to #OptOutside. The day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, REI is closing all of its 149 stores and paying all 12,000+ employees to take the day off, because Thanksgiving is a time to reconnect with the people you love, in the places you love!

For me, it reminds me to slow down and enjoy the time with my family and friends, to not rush to begin a new year and most importantly, take advantage of the "down time" to enjoy nature. It reminds me to stay grounded, stay intentional, and that nothing is more important that the present moment that we all have. 
This year, Black Girls RUN! is hosting special #OptOutside runs, walks and outings  across the country in select cities. You can view a complete list events here. Will you #OptOutside with us?

 

By: Angel Dee, BGR Boston! since 2013 
#sponsored

On November 24th, I'm opting for the outdoors rather than subscribing to the frenzy that is "Black Friday". Focusing on my health, maintains my wealth by burning fat rather than a hole in my pocket and who doesn't enjoy that type of burn?

Here on the east coast of Massachusetts there are a plethora of riding paths, parks, trails, and beaches, and taking advantage of these gems has been a consistent theme in my life. Rejecting the pressures of frivolous spending by spending time getting fresh air, far outweighs the stress over the illusion of getting a deal. Getting from behind the computer screen has also helped me to establish tangible relationships with others who view their health as a top priorty.

I encourage others to do the same and #OptOutside!

It’s year three of #OptOutside. REI will be closing their doors and inspired millions of people, including BGR! Nation to #OptOutside vs. shopping on Black Friday. Spend time with your family and friends outside!
 
What we want people to believe/feel:
#OptOutside has inspired millions of people to spend time outside. For you who opted outside, we want you to inspire those who haven’t. You are the friend they look up to. You are their inspiration. You have shared these magical moments in the outdoors, and now we want you to invite them to join you to #OptOutside.
 
Join Black Girls RUN! groups across the Nation on Friday, November 24th for #OptOutside runs the Friday after Thanksgiving!
 
Middle GA - 8 AM
Amerson River Park
 
Southern MD - 7 AM
National Harbor
 
Chicago - 7 AM
 Larabida Hospital
 
Denver - 7:30 AM
Highline Canal
 
Tampa - 8AM
Al Lopez Park
 
Birmingham - 8 AM
Railroad Park
 
Atlanta - 8 AM
Sawnee Mountain Preserve Trail
 2505 Bettis - Tribble Gap Pavilion
 
Phoenix - 8AM
Tempe Town Lake 
 
Indianapolis - 8AM
Monon in Broad Ripple
1079 Broad Ripple Ave
 
Sacramento - 8 AM
Bill Conlin Sports Complex
 
Houston - 7 AM
Spotts Park 
(meet at Basketball Court)
 
Cleveland - 8 AM (November 24 & 25)
Cleveland MetroParks
 
Boston, MA - 9AM
Blue Hills Reservation
 
Pittsburgh - 8 AM
Millvale Riverfront Park
 
Augusta, GA - 6 AM
Greenway
 
Columbus, GA - 8 AM
Flat Rock Park
 
Long Island - 7 AM
Eisenhower Park
 
Jacksonville - 7AM
Jacksonville-Baldwin Rails To Trails
 
Winston Salem - 7AM
Omega Sports (Thurway shopping Center) 
 
New Orleans - 7AM
City Park