Life by Cynthia

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Make Mom's Day with Tech-Savvy Deals from #ATTSanDiego + Martian Notifier Smartwatch GIVEAWAY

We have partnered with our friends at AT&T San Diego to host a giveaway for one lucky reader to WIN a Martian Notifier Smartwatch! I know that all of my tech-savvy mom friends are listening! I received one and have been testing it out for a few days now. I must say that I really like that I don't have to have my phone in hand constantly! I get my notifications right on my wrist while my phone is tucked away nicely in my purse! Now that I have a smartwatch, I can imagine being without one!

For Mother’s Day, AT&T is offering a promotion of $20 off the Martian Notifier Smartwatch (regularly priced at $129). If you're shopping for a gift for a special lady- don't miss this! I've also included a lineup (listed below) on other great Mother's Day gift ideas from AT&T! The best part? Discounts! Deals on popular products such as Beats Music accessories, Rebecca Minkoff phone cases, and Fitbit Fitness trackers (just to name a few) are available through 5/11/15.

Check out this quick video featuring the Martian Notifier Smartwatch.

I LOVE that the watch has an analog face. I'm old school like that. The watch looks like a watch. I can be inconspicuous when checking my calls, texts, and social media notifications . The Notifier gives you the ability to access all of your smartphone’s alerts and notifications instantly on your wrist.

You will get real-time alerts, based on your preferences, for texts, emails, social media, incoming calls, emails and fitness stats.

My favorite features:
  • You can remotely trigger your phone’s camera to snap pictures with everyone in the shot using the camera remote control on the watch.
  • Misplaced phone? You have a find feature! I've used it a few times and it's awesome!
  • You can easily tuck your phone away while at the beach with the kiddos, helping with homework or at work, and still receive important notifications right to your wrist with the Martian Notifier SmartWatch.
  • Create a customized vibration pattern for each notification type, so you can distinguish between incoming alerts without looking at your watch.
  • Battery will last up to 5 days of use and can be quickly recharged in about 2-3 hours.

Tech-Savvy Savings available through 5/11/15:

Giveaway open to U.S. residents 18 and over. Prize will be sent directly from sponsor.  Winner will be notified via email and has 24 hours to claim prize otherwise an alternate winner will be selected.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I did run into a problem with my Notifier. Sadly the watchband broke! I was a bummed about it at first. But I decided to turn my frown upside down! I was considering swapping out the band to a colorful one anyway. This just made me do it faster! There are so many different colors to choose from. I picked pink!

Check out the available color options!

This is great gift for all types of personalities! If you know someone who loves selfies: the remote photo feature is cool! If you want to get a gift for a fitness fan: they can link their fitness tracker! If you know a fashionista: she can swap out bands to match her OOTD. It's GREAT for setting alarms for your "always running late" pal. If you're like me and misplace your phone in the house: it has a FIND PHONE option! That feature alone is priceless in my hectic world!

Disclosure: This post is written in partnership with AT&T San Diego. All opinions are my own. Prize fulfillment will be directly from sponsor. Giveaway open to U.S. Residents 18 and over.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Athleta Yoga and Shopping Event #AthletaUTC #PowerToTheShe #FuelingAmazing

On Saturday April 18 at 8 AM, +Athleta UTC hosted a private yoga and shopping event for bloggers. I loved the diversity of our group which consisted of mom, lifestyle, and running/fitness bloggers. I love meeting fellow bloggers IRL!

I was long overdue for some "me" time so the timing of the Athleta blogger meet up was PERFECT! It has been ages since I've had any retail therapy so that was a plus too! The Athleta store is located at +Westfield UTC (4505 La Jolla Village Dr. San Diego, CA 92122). By the time I got home I felt properly pampered. I was energized after our yoga practice and came home with some new gear that has me motivated to make more time for working out! It might be time for me to renew my membership at my neighborhood yoga studio!

#AthletaUTC #Powertotheshe #fuelingamazing
+Carlee Padot McClurg , +Melissa Kirkham+Smitha Arons , +Nicole Kempka, +Laura Lohr,  +Cynthia Labrador, +Veronica Stetter  +Margo Porras   

We started the day with refreshments and introductions. We were led by Lisa for our hour long yoga practice. I'll admit that I wasn't completely focused during my yoga session because I couldn't help eyeballing all of the great workout gear! I spotted a pair of capris that I HAD to have!

#AthletaUTC #Powertotheshe #fuelingamazing
My new Athleta gear: Palm Chaturanga™ Capri, Ready Set Short, and Renew Tank

After yoga I got to chat with blogger friends and browse the store. Athleta gifted us with a goodie bag, yoga mat, AND an extremely generous store discount! We were spoiled for sure! I even won an Athleta gift card in a raffle. It really was my lucky day! I left with 3 amazing new Athleta apparel items that I LOVE! And a few pieces that I am adding to my wish list. Mother's Day (and my Birthday) isn't far off! If you're looking for ideas... a gift card to Athleta is a good bet! Athleta carries more than workout apparel. They have many casual pieces that are perfect for any active lifestyle. Don't feel like being active? That's OK, there are some pieces that I think would be PERFECT for lounging in! Either way, I'm in!

#AthletaUTC #Powertotheshe #fuelingamazing

I'll be back to Athleta. I love that they hold in-store fitness classes, hemming services (great for shorties like me), and expedited shipping from stores. The best part: these services are offered to Athleta customers FREE of charge! Their Give-It-A-Workout Guarantee is pretty awesome: Work it out. IF it doesn't perform, return it.  No buyer's remorse!

Make sure to follow on Athleta on Instagram and @AthletaUTC on twitter to keep in the know!

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Disclosure: I was invited to a private yoga and shopping event hosted by Athleta UTC. I received a goodie bag, yoga mat, and store discount for my participation. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Boudin SF Launches a NEW Spring Salad Collection #Saladelicious

Boudin SF, the fast-casual restaurant created by Boudin Bakery, creator of The Original San Francisco Sourdough™, has introduced three new limited-time salads. San Diego Bloggers were invited for a media tasting event at the Boudin Balboa Mesa location. We sampled the new Spring lineup that launched today, March 25. The new selections are Chicken Kale Caesar, Lemony Couscous, and Chicken Bahn Mi. We got to try them all! We also sampled the Happy Hour beer and wine offerings uniquely paired with each salad.

Boudin #Saladelicious
Bloggers: +Melanie M. , +Cynthia+Danielle+Dariela, +Melissa, +Lora, +Laura, +Leah  

Boudin SF's Executive Chef Alan Skversky joined us from San Francisco to debut the salad and drink pairings and shared a wealth of information about the Boudin way. Each salad is made fresh-to-order and served with a side of The Original San Francisco Sourdough™ bread. I've been a fan of Boudin for as long as I can remember. I will be completely honest and admit that until yesterday, I didn't think of Boudin's for salads. I LOVE the bread. I LOVE the clam chowder. Each and every time my order has been the same: clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl.  Now I  have more to love when it comes to Boudin's. I can have the Best of Boudin: soup and salad! The three new salads will be featured on the menu for purchase as an entree (the serving size is a generous one) or available on Soup & Salad combos.

Executive Chef Alan Skversky Introducing the new salad offerings in the actual entree serving size

Chicken Banh Mi ($9.59) – Mixed greens, Soba noodles, all natural diced chicken, fresh cilantro, cucumber, red bell pepper, pickled carrots, red onion, and jalapeƱo peppers tossed in sesame ginger vinaigrette. The flavors of your favorite Vietnamese sandwich in a crisp salad. Paired with Kendall Jackson Chardonnay 2013 Vintners Reserve.

I have had my fair share of bahn mi sandwiches and this salad does have that bahn mi flavor. I was happily surprised! I wasn't too fond of the soba noodles but that is just my preference. I thought that the salad was great and didn't need the extra element. I'm no gourmet, so I may be way off on that one.

Boudin #Saladelicious Bahn Mi Salad
Chicken Bahn Mi

Lemony Couscous ($9.59) – Israeli Couscous, garbanzo beans, diced cucumbers, grape tomatoes, Kalamata olives, roasted red bell pepper, feta cheese, drizzled with creamy lemon dressing. Paired with La Crema Sonoma Coast 2013 Pinot Noir.

This was delicious! I am normally the type of person to pick out what I don't like out of my salads - not with this one! Everything really tasted perfect in combination. I loved it!

Boudin #Saladelicious Lemony Couscous Salad
Lemony Couscous

Chicken Kale Caesar ($8.59)– Chiffonade Tuscan kale and romaine lettuce, all natural diced chicken, grated Parmesan cheese, creamy Caesar dressing, topped with sourdough garlic crisps. Paired with Karl Strauss Tower 10 IPA.

I loved this salad too! I know some folks who aren't big fans of kale. This is the BEST kale salad that I have tasted. Even if you think that you don't like kale salad, THIS one will likely change your mind! The best testimony of this was from Leah's little girl who ate it all up and spoke up about how much she liked it! If the kids like it, I'm SOLD.

Boudin #Saladelicious Kale Caesar Salad
Chicken Kale Caesar

+Boudin SF dishes are made with seasonal, organic and locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. Awesome, right? I do have to warn you that these salads are only offered for a limited time. All three salads will be served at Boudin SF locations throughout California beginning March 25 through the end of June. Hurry in! While you're there sign up for the Loyalty Club. Tip: sign up for the Email Club and receive exclusive offers! There are currently 33 Boudin SF locations. Find a location near you. For more information and promotions follow @boudinbakery on twitter, visit Boudin SF on facebook, and check out the Boudin Bakery website.  When you do, give their fine social media team a shout out from me!

Boudin #Saladelicious
Boudin SF Balboa Mesa with my blogging buddies: +Lora & +Melanie

YOUR TURN: I would LOVE to know which one would be your favorite. Once you try them out please let me know what you thought! Don't forget: they are only available until June!

Boudin #Saladelicious

Disclosure: I was an invited to sample Boudin SF's new Spring Collection. All opinions are my own.

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