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How to Spend a Snow Day

Growing up in Montreal, I know a thing or two about snow. We’re talking car-burying, boot-filling and hermit-making snow days that don’t mean a day off work but rather hustling your way TO work in a foot of snow! But if you’re lucky enough to actually get to stay home, check out some of my favorite ways to spend a snow day.

Get Outta Town
Bey yeah. Being Canadian doesn’t mean loving snow; it means tolerating it until you can take off! Think beaches, drinks in coconuts and trading in your biggest parka for your smallest bikini. Miii bro, imagine being in the sun, while all the newrds are back home shoveling snow.

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New Year’s Resolutions You Should Skip

Why does putting up a fresh cat calendar always inspire us to promise ourselves wild things we can never live up to? Fact is, you’re pretty bitchin’ already, so feel free to keep these resolutions out of your 2013 plans.

Lose Weight
Trimming up is great, but setting unrealistic goals like dropping a third of your body weight by summer is just going to get you down. Which in turn will cause you to assume the fetal position while binging on ice cream. Instead, just focus on staying active and healthy.

Take The Stairs
Admirable, but totally undoable. You’ll be in a rush one day, or stuck behind too many slow walkers, or wanting to get in some elevator chat time with that cute guy/girl from the third floor office. Either way, you’ll befriend the elevator again.

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Two Random Things That Make Me Happy

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I find it very easy to rant about what gets me mad (see my Furious Foods episode). However, this week on BK, I’m switching things up and yappin’ about being happy — like “unicorn and rainbows” happy. Sure, not every day is a shoe-shopping-happy kind of day, but it’s the little things that should keep you from flying off the handles. Check out two things that, without fail, get me grinning:

1) Finding a parking spot, real fast.
It may not seem like a big deal, but when you’re driving around for what seems like forever, the difference between finding a parking spot quickly and leaving tire track crop circles is key. Landing that magical spot right in front of the office when you’re running late for a meeting, or in front of your apartment building after a long day, can take a day from “drowning your misery” to “girls’ night out” in a heartbeat. You know what I mean.

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Ho, Ho, How to Stay in Shape with Holiday Food Around

If you know me, you already know that I take some serious pride in my guns. Yup, those four days a week in the gym aren’t wasted on being modest and they certainly aren’t being traded in for guilty pleasures over the holidays. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be having second servings and festive cocktails like it’s my job, but there are some easy ways to make sure you’re not feeling like a stuffed turkey come New Year’s Day.

Make Healthy Food and You’ll Eat Healthy Food
Yes, Thanksgiving gravy, Christmas cookies and Valentine’s Day chocolate are all wonderful things, but it’s the buffets — guilt-filled family dinners and colleague pot lucks — that really have you bursting at the seams. Understanding that moderation is the key will make sure your plate isn’t filled solely with the naughty stuff. My trick is to cook up something wicked good and healthy! Try a vegetarian or vegan side dish that won’t put off your meat-loving folks, but compliment the other heavy foods on the table. Then, be sure to have a good helping of that and smaller helpings of the rich stuff. It’s not about deprivation, or compromising on flavor and the fun of holiday pizazz (your veggie chili can be served in a snowman bowl, too). And remember, drinks are full of the same evil carbs and calories as food. Treat them like treats, and you might even avoid some embarrassing confessional conversations with your boss.

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Rock This Look: How Nadia G. Would Look Good as a Mom

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Some seriously bad fashions are associated with being a parent: think mom jeans, Baby Bjorns and wearing whatever you just fed your kids. We might not be parents, but it doesn’t take much more than a night of babysitting to understand the woes of unexpected spitup or kids that have gotten ahold of our makeup (RIP, M.A.C Red lipstick). Let Nadia G. and the color purple inspire you to reclaim your style and become an all-out “momshell.” Get it?

Hair
With kids around, the usual hair concern is that it’s out of tugging reach. And since there’s no time for fancy updo’s, check out these tutorials for getting adorable braids like the ones Nads is rockin’. Bonus: they totally make you look younger (that’s something moms worry about, right?).

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Parenthood Isn’t All “Chicken Fingers and Fries”

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Cheese pasta in a box, soup from a can, frozen nuggets!? It’s no wonder shquiblets give some folks a hard time during meal time. You have no idea how many family dinners I’ve sat through where I just wanted to stuff broccoli in my little cousins’ faces and tell them to suck it up! Seriously, it’s good for you AND it tastes great. Also, kids with food on their faces makes me giggle. I have no shquiblets of my own, this is true, but I guarantee that if you follow these 3 steps, they’ll finish at least a third of their meal, or at least try to.

Get them involved in the process.

Kids love to make a mess. It’s a fact. And since you’re no Mr. Clean, the kitchen is the perfect place of attack. Slap an apron on them and have them wash potatoes, hand-crush the San Marzano tomatoes, or knead the dough.  Put some music on and make it a good time! This’ll help trick them into thinking chores are “fun,” all the while cutting down on your own.

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Rock This Look: How Nadia G. Decks Out for the Holidays

Rock This LookThis Christmas, Nadia G. is breaking all the fashion rules! She ditches that itchy holiday sweater with skiing snowmen for something a little more form-fitting! From a shiny red catsuit to a festive dress with a bejeweled bunny, the G-Star shows that holiday wear doesn’t have to be boring!

Green Manoush Dress
A little bit Alice in Wonderland and a lot bit glam, this dress has everything you could ask for: jewels, crowns and a bunny — because no dress is complete without a bunny … made of diamonds!

Femme Jolie Bodysuit
You might want to put that cookie down if you plan to rock this vinyl catsuit! Okay, so that’s a little harsh but, really, vinyl isn’t most people’s friend. Rock a catsuit the easy way with this totally flattering version.

Dolce & Gabanna Gold Shoes
These pumps scream superstar. They’re luxe-looking but the heels, compared to the Louboutins that Nadia usually rocks, are down-right doable! Unfortunately, these shoes are so awesome they’re sold out pretty much everywhere, but you can rock the look for less with these babies.

Rings
During holiday season you’ve usually got a tree full of shiny ornaments and lights to compete with, so don’t shy away from rockin’ your own sparkly accessories. A fistful of silver rings capped off by this regal-inspired crystal ring will give that little sapling a run for its money! Here’s a less pricey version.

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Rock This Look: Nadia G.’s ’50s Style

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In the ’50s, you had the choice between looking sharp and looking square. Women rocked swing dresses or pencil skirts and acted totally proper (never opting for Uggs over heels). And while we won’t be switching up our leopard print for soft pastels anytime soon, we wouldn’t mind adopting the end-of-day drinking tradition…

Makeup
Re-creating Nadia’s flawless face for a night of back-seat bingo is easy. “Nylon” M.A.C eye shadow for your lids and “Embark” and “Carbon” M.A.C eye shadows for your crease create one out-of-this-world look. Then, “Dolly Mix” M.A.C blush & “Golden” M.A.C bronzer, G’s go-to products, will have all the daddy-os taking a second peek.

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Rock This Look: How Nadia G. Looks Amazing Even When Feeling Lazy

Rock This Look: Nadia G's Lazy Day Dishes

There are several degrees of feeling lazy. At the lowest, there’s not wanting to take out the trash. At its highest, there’s being unmotivated to nuke a microwave dinner. It’s okay to spend a day on your couch every now and then, but slip on a pair of Uggs and you’ve lost our support. Take a cue from Nadia, get up and get dressed! There’s an easy way to look amazing, and it never involves sweats or pyjamas.

Hair
When you’re feeling lazy, lifting your arms above your head long enough to lather, rinse and repeat can feel exhausting. And don’t get us started on how much motivation it takes to heat up the curling iron! A simple slicked-back bun is stylish but easier than many other up-dos. We know you hear the call of the baseball cap, but we promise you won’t be avoiding your mirrors for the rest of the day if you just find an elastic and get your hair out of your face. Some lazy days still require you to leave the house, and this bun is work-to-grocery-store appropriate.

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Rock This Look: Nadia G.’s Casual “One of the Guys” Style

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Ask a man if he likes high-waisted shorts, the difference between a platform and a wedge or if he thinks the outfit you’re wearing makes you look fat, and you’ll probably regret it. Fact is, dudes want you to look good but they don’t want to wait too long while you do your “magic.” Since us ladies have to keep our beauty secrets, follow Nadia’s lead and rock this casual “one of the guys” look from her Dude Food episode.

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