Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Why You Should Eat Chicken Wings On A First Date

One of the annoying things about becoming an adult is that you look back on all the advice your parents gave you (and you ignored) and realized they were 100% right.

I can't even tell you how many times over the past five-or-six years that I've had a "If I'd listened to my parents, I could have skipped all that nonsense I just put myself through" moment.

Of course, part of growing up is figuring stuff out for yourself, but I am so much more willing now to seek out my parents advice than I ever was as a teenager or university student.

There is one thing though, one piece of advice that to this day I tell my mother she is wrong about.

"Laura" she'd say to me, "when you're on a date with a man, never order anything messy. The last thing you want is for his first impression of you to be anything but ladylike."

I disagree entirely with this statement, which is why I always order the same thing on a first date:

Chicken Wings.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Keeping a Happiness Journal

In these early days of the new year, glistening with opportunity and hope, many people are still working on their resolutions. 

If you're anything like me this might include something like “working on a happiness project” or “learning to appreciate the good more”. In fact, life/self-improvement is second only to fitness goals when it comes to making a new years pledge.

Frankly, with a year like 2016 behind us (oy-vey!) I think we could all use a little bit more happy in our lives. Today I’d like to share with you my favourite tool to recognizing that feeling:

A happiness journal.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thai Crunchy Chicken Salad Wraps

I love thai sweet-chili sauce, it's one of my favourite flavours. So when it comes time to make fresh and delicious salad wraps, there is only one flavour of sauce I want to use.

One of the nice things about salad wraps is that you don't feel too over stuffed while you're eating them. They're also great to put out as an appetizer to share before a meal. Of course, I love it as a main course. Ideally served with fresh dumplings on the side!

This meal is sweet, savory, fresh and simple to put together. It's a mouthful to say and eat, but it is TASTY!

In the recipe below you'll see that I've made my own Thai sweet chili sauce, but if you'd rather skip that step and just buy a bottle from the store that works too! I understand that not everyone keeps fish sauce around their home like I do.

Whatever your method, I know you'll just gobble these up! so without further ado...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

5 Shoes You Need For The Holiday Season!

Like many women, shoes are my weakness.

I love a beautiful scarf, have a penchant for Kate Spade bags, and have a fairly enviable jewelry collection.

But for all of that, shoes are my favourite, my go to accessory, the bane of my wallet (or my feet, depending on the heel).

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Lamb & Butternut Squash Tagine

This year for my birthday, I was well and truly spoiled.

My parents bought me a beautiful cast iron tagine from Le Creuset.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday Wine Down!

Happy Friday!

What a long week it has been, but I'm happy to say that it is the weekend!

December is 1/3 over (what!) and we're racing towards Christmas at breakneck speed! This is the perfect weekend to finish up your shopping, have friends over for a holiday cocktail, and bust out your ugly sweater to go caroling in!

Or you can stay home, put your feet up and read a good book by the fire... whatever floats your boat!

This weekend will be filled with birthday fun, Christmas cheer, and hopefully a workout or two for me! But before we get into THAT let's Wine Down this week!

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!