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Wine 101: A Girl’s Guide To Wine & Pairing Pointers For Palate Perfection + Cheaper Than Health Care Workout

To me Saint Valentine’s Day is about my hubby, love… and WINE!

I’ve learnt to appreciate wine from young age. *No, my parents DIDN’T let me drink when I was 5!*  My great-grandfather made his own wine and my dad took after him; so whenever I visit my parents, they always have a bottle of home wine at the table for us to savor.

Anyhow… back to Saint Valentines. To me, it is the day when I make a point to show my appreciation for the love of my life. I don’t really care for gifts, even though I love giving *but not shopping forthem. I am also not very keen on going out for supper that day because… well… it’s just too many cheesy people in there that day! Haha! *On a side note, there are always two camps out there: 1 – couples who are super lovey dovey, just a ted too much, for everyone to see, 2 – single waitresses who are hating on those couples for how happy they are, which I find hilarious!* Gosh, I get distracted too easily… back to the story… So I like to have a romantic dinner at home with a nice bottle of wine *There! HA! I finished my story haha!*

However, sometimes I do find it intimidating to find a good bottle of wine because there are sooo many choices out there. Plus, buying wine based only on price… well.. it’s just silly!

Here is a quick Wine 101 for you *and me*!

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And here is a little help on how to pair wine and food properly.

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Guide

Today’s workout

Warm up by jumping rope for 15 minutes

Do each of the following for 1 minute:

Recover for 3 minutes. Repeat cycle 3 times.

I am also supposed to do 40 minutes on a bike; however, because I won’t be able to get to the gym, I decided to do this super intense 60-minute Tabata workout.

Quit whining

I’m sorry, I just HAD to share this picture with you, it’s just too funny not to!

What is your favorite type of wine? How do you like to spend your Valentine’s day?

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Hello World!

Welcome to Candies and Crunches! With the holiday season just around the corner, I thought it would be a great time to begin my own blog. There is so much excitement (and sweets… talk about temptation!) in the air and my mind is buzzing with ideas!

So what do candies have to do with crunches??? Right?!?! Anyone would choose sweets over a set or two of crunches in a heartbeat (unless you’re a health freak, of course)! Let me help you solve the mystery.

I’ve always been very active: I had done rhythmic gymnastics for about 10 years (that’s what upbringing in Ukraine does to you!), then attended spinning classes, aerobics, pilates, yoga, you name it! Therefore, being fit is somewhat embedded in my blood, which could be a blessing or a curse; especially, if you’ve got a sweet tooth like I do (remember, moderation is a key)! That’s how the name of my blog came around. It was a no brainer! Candies and Crunches: where happiness and fitness meet! Welcome to my life!

Ziplining in rainforest in Antigua

What should you expect to see on my blog? I’m presently training for the Spartan Trifecta (any other Spartans out there?). Between us girls, I figured if I could do this, I’ll certainly be able to give birth to a baby or two! Haha! But shhhhhhh… It’s going to be our little secret, deal?

Back to the subject… You’ll be able to live with me through some of the challenges that I face, which should be lots of fun, no doubt! But then, I’m obviously a girl! This means that there will be various cooking adventures happening here (trying to please my husband here, hehe!), some DIY projects (don’t we all love pretty things?), and many other exciting bits and pieces of my life. I am thrilled about this journey, and I am hoping that you are too!

xoxo
Olena

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