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.



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   

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  

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sharing My Post Natal Weight Loss Story #PostNatalFatBurner #spon

FitTea invited me to share my post natal weight loss story.


Who remembers trying to lose weight after having a baby? To be honest, I didn't give weight loss much thought at first. I was a first time mom and I wasn't in a hurry to regain my pre-baby body. My only concern was taking care of my brand new baby and fitting into my new role as Mommy.  My husband is a very hands on parent so we learned together. He was there every step of the way. Our "baby" is now four years old. I guess that we are all different in deciding when we are ready to lose the pregnancy weight. And it's good to know that there are many options in which to drop those pounds.

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During pregnancy I gained 50 pounds. It was my first (and only) pregnancy. I am thankful that I did not develop gestational diabetes. In fact I was on target with my weight gains as determined by my doctor. It wasn't until the end of my pregnancy that the most of my gains occurred. My pregnancy was considered high risk. I am an "advanced maternal aged" mom. It was both joyous and scary.

Fast forward to baby being born. In June of 2010 we had a healthy 8 pound 3 ounce baby boy. By the time I was discharged from the hospital I was 30 pound lighter. I did everything that I could to ensure the health of my child. I breastfed. Everything I ate was done mindfully. I did not want to pass along anything harmful to my baby boy. I didn't take any drastic measures in trying to lose weight. Since I was breastfeeding, I needed my calories. I didn't want to risk losing milk production.

I didn't weigh myself until  February 2011, when our son was 8 months old. I had lost a 7 pounds, without trying. No diet or exercise involved. I returned to work and was either breastfeeding or pumping constantly. By the end of March 2011, I had lost another 5 pounds. Total weight gained in pregnancy 50 lbs. Total weight LOST 42 lbs.  I was left with 8 pounds to get to my pre-pregnancy weight.

The folks at +Fittea has an option for new moms: PostNatal Fatburner . If you are researching herbal supplements to assist in your weight loss efforts, visit the FitTea website. Check with your doctor to see if this is a good option for you. Their product may be what you are looking for. They report that the supplement can actually help you to increase your breast milk if that is an area of concern for you, as it was with me.

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