Food, Wine, and Exercise

Jeff knows me too well:

Christmas Presents

Fun story time!

On New Year’s eve two years ago, Jeff and I made the two and a half drive to Albany in a snow storm to sign our lease. Jeff had been in Virginia that year for Christmas, and we decided to wait to exchange gifts until the following week. When we were done signing the lease, we headed over to our new apartment and exchanged gifts on our empty living room floor. Since then, it’s kind of become a tradition. This year, however, we exchanged gifts on the 30th, not the 31st. Close enough!

Jeff is always spot on with gifts for me. This year, he found a way to incorporate three of my very favorite things: food, wine, and exercise.

I am absolutely in love with these wine glasses:

Wine Glasses

We made good use of them at our New Year’s Eve party, where I drank a bit a bunch of Twisted Merlot. 🙂


I have yet to open the Malbec. Has anyone tried that one? Reviews?

With the gift card Jeff got me to Dick’s Sporting Goods, I bought this cute duffel bag:

Duffel Bag

I’ve needed one for a while. I really love this one because it has a shoe tunnel, and tons of room inside. Now I don’t need to lug a million things in my arms to the gym. Maybe I’ll reveal what I have inside of my duffel bag in another post, like Tina did a couple days ago! 🙂

The best thing about this bag is that it’s perfect for me, and it was only $20! I’m excited that I still have money left on my gift card to shop for other things. I love gift cards!

I am super excited about my immersion blender! It comes with a chopper and whisk attachment. Does anyone have a really good immersion blender soup recipe? I’m dying to try this thing out!

In other news, I’d like to share with you the exercise DVD that’s been kicking my butt these past few days:

Shape DVD

I picked it up at Target a few weeks ago, and I absolutely love it. It was only $12.99 and came with a free subscription to Shape magazine.

The DVD incorporates ballet and pilates style moves, along with kickboxing, and cardio-interval workouts in five different workouts.


Four of the workouts are 20+ minutes, and the arm toner one is about 10-15 minutes long. I’ve done all of the workouts over the past week, and they are all equally challenging. I especially love the interval training 101, and the lower body makeover.

I definitely recommend this DVD if you need a change to your daily workout.

I also just watched Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones DVD–yes, watched, not completed. I like to watch workout DVDs before doing them. I can’t wait to try it out. I think it’s on the agenda for tomorrow morning.

Well, I’m off to eat a piece of Lindt 90% dark chocolate.

Are you an workout DVD person? If so, what’s your favorite workout DVD?

What’s the best present you received over the holidays?

Have a great day! <3

PS: In case you missed my Boston recaps, here’s part one and part two!

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  1. I drink a lot of malbec, with the caveat that I can’t remember ever having a pricey malbec, so I may have just been drinking swill this whole time. But I’ve grabbed that magnum a few times, and liked it, it’s typical for an inexpensive magnum of malbec, but if I remember rightly the acidity will hit you after a while, better to have with food.

    I got an immersion blender for christmas too… have fun with that! I think the first thing I made was a potato leek. Looking forward to making squash soup with it and I did just make a really good soup but I have to keep that one secret until the 22nd…

    b) and your pretty new glasses.
    c) Julie has some AWESOME immersion blender recipes. (i think she has the same one as you do!)
    d) i miss you.
    e) xoxo

  3. I have the same immersion blender. I’ve roasted a bunch of different vegetables and then pureed it with a little bit of vegetable stock to make a thick roasted veg. soup, it must have roasted garlic in it. I’ve also used it to make mashed cauliflower, like mashed potatoes but with cauliflower. I’ve used the whisk part to make different dressings too. I wish the whisk was a little bit sturdier, it’s a little flimsy to take on something super thick.

  4. I always see that DVD and have been really curious about it. Maybe I’ll pick it up next time. I’m definitely a gym girl but when I don’t have time for that then I absolutely love dvds to do at home. I’m a huge fan of Jillian Michaels and Jackie Warner.

  5. I tried one of the Shape workouts on Netflix instant watch (did you know you can find some workouts on there? I was so excited with this discovery!), and I didn’t like it because it seemed really slow-paced after 30 Day Shred! I use 30DS and yoga dvds regularly! It’s a nice change of pace from running.

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