Whether it's for Christmas or her birthday, any woman would adore getting one of these homemade gifts.
Tea and coffee lovers can never have too many mugs! You can decorate this mug to suit your friend's personality—stripes, polka dots or bows look adorable. Then fill the mug up with cookies and a few tea bags before wrapping it with cellophane and a ribbon.
Need a quick gift? Then make this pretty bracelet! It's super easy to make—no crafting skills required—and would look perfect as a part of an arm party.
Do you have a friend or family member who loves home decor? Then she will adore these pretty lotion and soap dispensers. They're simple to make and budget-friendly.
Add sparkle to a floral arrangement with this easy project.
The stylish lady in your life will love this homemade clutch! You don't need to be a sewing maven to make this bag. It requires minimal sewing. And you can make it any colour you want! We love grey and black because it goes with everything.
Every woman needs a little sparkle in her life! You don't need to be a crafter to make this cover. You just need a steady hand and a love of glitter!
While a lace dress might not be her style, a necklace made from a piece of lace will be a welcomed addition to her jewelry box.
Canadians know you need a cozy cowl to protect your face from the cold. Knit this cowl in a colour that will match her coat. Then she will be ready to face the snow in style.
Keep her ears warm by knitting her this pretty winter headband.
Crunchy-Top Blueberry Muffins <br /> Photography by Mark Burstyn Credits: Crunchy-Top Blueberry Muffins <br /> Photography by Mark Burstyn
<p>Canadian Living, April 2016</p>
Looking to give your beauty and style a wee bit of a refresh, but don't know where to start? We want YOU to apply to Canadian Living's winter makeover series.
We're gearing up to shoot a winter series of makeovers in Toronto, which will appear in the magazine over a handful of issues—likely February, March and April—and are looking for four candidates (two women and a couple) to get a transformative makeover.
This makeover includes a wardrobe from Bayview Village (you'll get to keep the outfit you wear for the photo shoot), makeup, skin treatment, hair cut and colour, manicure—the whole deal. It will culminate in a photo shoot that will appear in the pages of our magazine. We're looking for two women and one couple ages 28 to 60.
The process will happen over a few days, firstly the morning of October 21 (clothing at Bayview Village), October 24th (hair cut and colour at a downtown salon) and the shoot day (makeup, hair styling and manicure) on October 26th. *We'll try and pepper in the skin treatments on the 21st and 24th. Otherwise, maybe a few on the 25th—TBD.
If you're keen, we'll need a few things:
• A current snapshot of your face (hair down, wearing your usual makeup)
• Reasons why you feel you need a makeover. What about yourself would you like to refresh?
• A current full-body snapshot that shows off your style (whatever that may be)
• A willingness to participate for about 2 days in total: half day for the salon (salon has not been determined, however it will be downtown Toronto), 1-2 hours for a skin treatment, one hour of wardrobe consultation and 3-4 hours for the photo shoot.
• And most of all, please only apply if you are interested in a big change—you need to be OK with handing over creative control to our very capable hands. We're going to be working with some of the best beauty and fashion talent in Canada. We're not going to give you a pixie cut and dye your hair platinum blonde, promise. We're going to enhance your natural beauty and ever so slightly push you out of your comfort zone.
Applicants can email our Fashion & Beauty director at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're hoping to narrow down our three lucky ladies (and hopefully one guy!) within the next two to three weeks.
Photography by Lauren Hayes Credits: Photography by Lauren Hayes
You don't need a gym membership to build muscle. These strengthening exercises from trainer Samantha Montpetit-Huynh of Toronto's Core Expectations are easy to do at home. The payoff? You'll burn more calories, protect your joints and help your bones stay healthy. Here's how to do it.
1. Squat with shoulder press
Standing with feet a little more than hip-width apart and holding weights at shoulder level with arms bent and palms facing forward, inhale and slowly bend at the knees into a squat. Exhale and stand up, extending your arms straight overhead. Do eight to 12 reps.
Tip: This is a compound movement, which means you're working more than one muscle group at a time to maximize the rewards.
Works: Quads, hamstrings, glutes and shoulders
2. Reverse lunge with knee up
Standing with feet shoulder-width apart and holding weights at your sides, inhale and lift your right knee until your thigh is parallel to the floor. Then, swing that leg behind you and plant your toes on the floor, bending both knees until they form 90-degree angles. Exhale and push off your toes to bring your knee back up. Do eight to 12 reps with each leg.
Tip: Swinging your leg elevates this lunge to a dynamic movement, which helps get your heart rate up.
Works: Quads, hamstrings and glutes
3. Biceps curl one leg
Standing with feet together and holding weights at your sides with palms facing forward, bend your right knee, keeping both knees together, until your calf is parallel to the floor. Balancing on your left leg, exhale and bend your elbows to bring the weights toward your shoulders, keeping your wrists straight. Inhale as you release back down. Do eight to 12 reps on each leg.
Tip: Standing on one leg forces you to engage your core muscles for balance.
Works: Biceps and core
4. Triceps dip
Sitting on the edge of a chair with your hands on either side of the seat and your feet together on the floor, scoot forward a bit off the seat, supporting your weight with your arms. Inhale and bend your elbows to lower your body, keeping your knees directly above your ankles and your shoulders dropped, until your arms are at a 90-degree angle. Exhale and straighten your arms, pushing yourself up. Do eight to 12 reps.
Tip: For an added challenge, rest your feet on a step or a chair instead of the floor and extend your legs.
Works: Triceps and shoulders
Do one of these plank positions and hold for 20 to 30 seconds, progressing to one minute once you get stronger. When you can do the easiest plank position for one minute, move on to the more advanced positions.
A. Easy: Hover plank
On your hands and knees, with your back flat, abs tight and arms straight with shoulders aligned directly over your wrists, lift your knees to hover about two inches off the floor.
B. Intermediate: Knee plank
Support your weight on your forearms and knees, with your feet crossed in the air behind you. Keep your shoulders directly above your elbows, your back flat and abs tight.
C. Advanced: Full plank
Support your weight on your forearms and toes, with legs extended. Keep your shoulders directly above your elbows, your back flat and abs tight.
Tip: If you're feeling the burn in your lower back, your hips are too low. Make sure your back is straight.
Works: Core muscles, including the transversus abdominis (the innermost
abdominal muscle that stabilizes the pelvis), obliques (muscles along the sides that allow you to bend sideways and twist) and rectus abdominis (the outer muscles—sometimes called the six-pack— which help you bend forward)
On your hands and knees, straighten your arms, keeping your shoulders aligned directly over your wrists, then scoot your knees back and lift your feet behind you, dropping your hips so your torso forms a straight line. With your neck straight and abs tight, inhale and slowly bend your arms to lower your chest toward the floor. Exhale and push yourself up. Do eight to 12 reps.
Tip: When you can do 12 to 15 knee pushups, you're ready for the regular pushup. Remember to keep your torso lengthened and straight.
Works: Chest, shoulders and triceps
Lying on your stomach with arms and legs extended, raise your left arm and right leg a few inches off the floor without rotating your spine and hold for two or three seconds. Return to start position, then repeat with your right arm and left leg. Alternate from side to side, exhaling as you lift your limbs and inhaling as you lower. Do four to six reps per side.
Tip: These movements are small but effective; don't try to lift too high or you'll risk injuring yourself.
Works: Erector spinae (the muscles that run along the spine, which bend and extend the back and let you move from side to side)
Lying on your back with arms relaxed at your sides, knees bent and feet flat on the floor, exhale and lift your hips, squeezing your glutes and keeping your back flat. Inhale as you lower your bum to the floor. Do eight to 12 reps.
Tip: For an added challenge, extend one leg as you lift and lower your hips.
Works: Hamstrings, glutes and lower back
Check out the full workout for these strength-boosting moves.