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THE challenge: thetwentysixthyear vs. The Thread Affect

The time has come…

THE challenge, 1st edition

vs. The Thread Affect

December 1, 2011

***TOP 5 HOLIDAY HOSTESS GIFTS***

(5) Wine. The ol’ standby and my go-to for any gathering (holiday or not). However, this holiday season I’m raising the bar … no more Three Buck Chuck in cheap gift bag. Nicer wine, appropriately festive:

(4) Baked Goods. My stand-by #2. Not just any baked goods either … f’ing delicious baked goods, also in festive packaging:

(3) Crate & Barrel Wine Charms. These little suckers are cute! Plus they’ll help keep your hostess gift #5 away from anyone else’s #5.

(2) Bath & Body Works Icing Candle Sleeve + Candle. The candle sleeve and candle are sold separately but seriously … so bomb. Stylish, festive and smells good? No brainer. I actually recommend taking a look at all their candle sleeves and candles here.  All winners in my book.

(1) Peppermint Stick Cocoa. I recently have become a fan of any gift that is edible and comes in a jar. Cookies, bread mix, stew … and now, hot cocoa. They really hit the holiday nail on the head with this peppermint stick cocoa. In my home, this wouldn’t last 24 hours in the jar after receiving. Maybe pair with a cute holiday mug or two? Yum:

Not ready to be done with this riveting post? Ok …

Honorable Mention: Garrett’s Popcorn Holiday Gallon. Not only is this holiday-oriented and a great gift idea, but it’s also soooo Chicago.

And here officially ends the post.

So what did The Thread Affect come up with for the Top 5 Holiday Hostess Gifts? Check it out here!!

Thoughts? Anything we missed?

Be sure to check back January 1, 2012 (umm … where did 2011 go?!) for the next thetwentysixthyear vs. The Thread Affect challenge. Topic TBD.

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Workout Wednesday: Kwando

The CDC recommends that average adults get at least 2.5 hours of moderate activity a week plus muscle strengthening activities 2+ days a week.  Personally, I try to exercise 3-5 days a week with various combinations of cardio and weights.

This week’s workout class: Kwando at 5:30p with Maureen

After a year-long hiatus at Bally Total Fitness in the loop, I show up on Monday for Kwando.  I LOVE pushing myself in this class. Could I be present for 60 minutes and be lazy at the same time?  Sure – I witnessed it.  But what’s the point?  If I’m going to dedicate 60 minutes of my life, then I’m going to work my butt off.  My fave strategy is picturing something/someone I’m frustrated with and punching it/them.  Let’s put it this way… I’m convinced that if I had to fight someone, I could win.  Jab, cross, hook, upper cut, block and bring-it-on-home with a roundhouse kick.  BOOYAH!

Moving along… I was sore within one hour of the class.  I’m still sore, really sore today.  I’m going to chalk this up to my hiatus from this class, but also to pushing myself.  So here’s the plan: I’m going to take my measurements (arms, bust, waist, hips, thighs) today and continue working my butt off in this class for 7 more weeks (8 weeks total) then take my measurements again.  I’ll blog about it and see the progress can make with a collaborative effort to eat healthy and workout at least 2 other times each week.

Wish me luck!!