On the First Day of #Fitmas, B&B Gave to Me…


Today is the first day of our holiday fitness challenge!

We are giving you a new exercise challenge everyday for the next 12 days… all the way through Christmas morning 🙂 It’s the 12 Days of Fitmas!

Here’s how it works: Start with that day’s exercise, then count it down (just like the song!!) performing each of the previous exercises all the way back to Day #1.

On the first day of Fitmas, Burpees & Bordeaux gave to me…



Louise & Pam

This is the gift that keeps on giving! Make sure you are subscribed to our blog to get the daily workout delivered right to your inbox. Let us know how the challenge is going by checking in on social media using #BandB12DaysofChristmas. Be on the lookout for holiday giveaways, too 😉

Gifts for the Fitness Newbie

Unless you are crazy like me and adventure to the stores on Black Friday, your holiday shopping probably isn’t finished. And with the new year right around the corner, many people are looking to start getting into shape. Think of your friends and family who have just started adding exercise to their routine- they may not have everything they need. We’ve put together a list of essentials for someone who is just starting their fitness journey- perfect to finish your holiday shopping for friends and family!

1. Yoga Mat– this is essential for group classes and great for home workouts, too! My favorite mat is the 5mm one from lululemon– you won’t slip even in hot pilates class.

2. Dumbbells– perfect for squeezing in a workout at home! Start off with a lighter pair for someone who is new to exercising.

3. Fun tank tops– look good and feel good strutting around the gym or when you’re out for a run. Try Sarah Marie Design Studio– their shirts are fun and sassy!fullsizerender-5

4. Water bottle– you have to stay hydrated! Keep the fun going and get one with a sassy saying or motivational quote. Check out Etsy for lots of personalized bottles, too.

5. Gift card to a local studio– do they want to try spinning or yoga? What’s your favorite local class to go to? Get a gift card so you can go together 🙂

6. Sparkly Soul Headbands– essential to life. I have a big head and they don’t fall off. Get one for yourself while you’re shopping 🙂 img_4609

7. Subscription to a fitness/ running magazine– Shape, Self, Women’s Health, Runner’s World! There are so many out there and subscriptions are way better than paying the stand price. This will be the gift that keeps on giving

8. Stance socks– check out their performance line! Awesome socks with a little tab to protect your Achilles- I’d run a marathon in them; Pam actually did run a marathon in them



*Disclaimer* This post is not sponsored by any of the above brands.

Recipe of the Week: Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Brussels are one of my favorite vegetables – I’ve even converted my boyfriend to be a believer. This recipe can come in handy for the holidays, a dinner party, or an easy recipe on the go.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: 5



  • 2 cups Brussels sprouts
  • 1 tbs grape seed oil
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tbs minced shallots
  • 2 tbs slivered almonds
  • 2 tbs balsamic vinegar


Cut off the ends of the brussels sprouts and cut in half lengthwise. Steam brussels sprouts for 5-8 minutes (until tender). Toss brussels sprouts in a pan with oil, shallots and almonds. Add balsamic vinegar 4 minutes in. Sauté brussels sprouts on medium heat for 5-6 minutes. Add in syrup right after removing the pan from heat. Enjoy!


Xo, Pam