Thursday, December 8, 2016

5 Tips For Staying Fit During The Holidays!

Trying to keep fit during the holidays is hard. 

A never ending uphill battle against chocolate, candy, big carb filled meals, alcohol, and barely having enough time to get to the gym between all your planned festivities.

No one is shocked when come New Year's Eve, they’ve packed on 5 lbs of holiday weight.. Which of course makes pulling on your slinky party dress to ring in the New Year that much harder!

Let’s be real: I’m not giving up holiday treats. My last post was about my favourite Christmas Cookies! So what are we to do? 

This holiday season, take control of your health and fitness! I've outlined 5 easy steps you can take to stay on top of your game through December and into the new year. You're going to OWN your New Year's Eve cocktail dress!

Let's get started:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Cookie Baking!

One of my favourite things about the holiday season is all the great baking!

Something about Christmas is synonymous with great food, but ESPECIALLY great dessert!

This weekend, with Christmas music blaring, I decided to kick off the holiday baking season with three of my favourite holiday cookies.

There's plenty of great options to chose from: gingerbread, sugar cookies, peanut butter balls, Santa's whiskers; but I decided to go with three of my favourite cookies, chocolate crackles, chocolate walnut biscotti and ginger cookies!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday Wine Down

Happy Friday!

I’m writing a Wine Down! I’m writing a Wine Down!

For those keeping track, my last Friday Wine Down post was back at the beginning of August, which is crazy! The autumn was a little nuts between travelling, applying to and starting a new job, and writing my PMP.

November was so busy I only put out THREE blog posts. Seriously, I’ve been swamped.

Now that I’ve made it to the other side, I have a whole month of content ALREADY written and I can start my weekly updates again (which I’m very excited about). So rather than highlight things from the last week (though there will be some of that!) I want to fill you guys in on the last few months of exciting things around CW&T and in my life. 

Get ready for all the excitement!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

10 Ways To Get Into The Christmas Spirit!

December is here!

While I’ve been embracing the holidays for a few weeks now, I respect that most prefer to wait until closer to Christmas to get into the holiday spirit.

But now that December is here, it’s time to shake off your Bah Humbug’s and rev up for the holiday fun! Christmas comes just once a year and what a fun and beautiful time it is!

If you’re having some difficulty getting in the Christmas mood, follow my 10 sure fire tips for getting into the Christmas Spirit!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

How To: Make your own Beer Advent Calendar

*** This post was originally published on Nov 29, 2014. I've given it a little reboot for 2016 since I still make one of these for Kris every year. Also last year he made me one with WINE. So think on that variation! ***

Sometimes the best surprises don't arrive on Christmas Morning. Sometimes they arrive in the daily gifts from your advent calendar in those anticipation filled weeks leading up to the holidays!

Well, just because you're an "adult", doesn't mean that you can't get in on all the fun you had when you were a kid.

Today I'll be showing you how to make your very own Beer Advent Calendar for the beer lover in your life (or yourself, no judgement!) to have a more adult themed countdown to Christmas Day.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Braided Up Do!

This post was sponsored by Irresistible Me! All opinions are mine alone. However only some of the hair in the photos was grown on my head. xxox Laura @ Cook, Wine and Thinker!

This weekend, I got a chance to do something I have always wanted to do but have never been able to pull off.

Guys... I got to put my hair up in an intricate braided up-do.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Pre Made Meals - To Save You Time

I don't know about you, but when I am busy the LAST thing I want to deal with is food.

And I mean, I'm a total foodie, a food blogger... and I STILL don't want to cook when I've had a late day at work, or need to study, or I'm just crazy busy.

Whether you're studying for an exam, over programmed, working late, renovating or just busy with holiday plans, the idea of spending your precious evenings making food, eating and cleaning up the mess probably has you reaching for the phone to order pizza.

Of course, you also don't want to be ordering out every night, or before you know it you'll be packing on the pounds, and feeling kind of gross. Plus your money will vanish, FAST.

Instead of take out, why not set aside a few hours on the weekend and pre make some meals to store in your freezer.

Taking a few hours to pre make meals that you can eat over a week OR TWO can make all the difference. If done right you can have delicious home cooked meals with minimal effort so that you can focus on other things.

Today I want to give you tips and advice on how to pre make your meals to save you time!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Exploring Oxford

While the highlight of our most recent trip to the UK was certainly London, we had two other stops on our trip that were worth the visit!