Life by Cynthia

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Throwback Thursday - Christmas Past

This post was inspired by my fellow blogger at I haven't blogged in so long that I had all but forgotten about Throwback Thursday posts. I thought this would be a nice way to ease my way into blogging. I love reflecting back on these memories!

Here's is my Throwback Thursday post. Short and sweet.

Check out Christmas 2010 and 2011. YES we still bring out the Fisher Price Nativity set. But no, we don't do toys in the tree anymore. The kiddos toys are now mostly sports gear and electronics. I will revisit our decor for our 2020 Christmas tree.

Please enjoy the video of our fun 2011 Christmas Tree! My idea came to life with the help of my son's Grandma Myrna and captured by our favorite photojournalist. Check out the original post here: Christmas Traditions 2011.

Christmas 2010: Our Son's 1st

Christmas 2011

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Hello 2020. Happy New Year!


I just wanted to drop in and say hello. This blog has been neglected for far too long. I started this when my son was a just a wee baby. The blog was originally named "Mommied Life by Cynthia" but the blog title evolved to simply - Life by Cynthia. My goal this year is to make time for Life by Cynthia - the blog. I let it slip away from me but am now ready to get back to it!

I am posting this picture as a reminder and motivation. I hope that you all have a blessed year and are full of excitement of what 2020 has in store.


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Summer In San Diego = Backyard Pool Party! #Tryazon #BestWay

I have decided to breathe life back in to this old blog of mine! So THANK YOU for visiting! With the onset of Summer I should have time to get back to one of my favorite things to do: blogging! I am not sure if anyone is reading this so IF you are - please leave a little love in the comments so I can thank you personally!

I decided to step away from my blog for a little while. That little while turned into a LONG while. I always had the intention of coming back. Now is the time. I'm back! Nearly TWO years later! I am a little bit older, wiser, and living a lot better!

With a growing child, a new career, and a life ever-changing, I put this space on the back burner. Between family life, my son, and work: we were juggling homework, soccer, scouts, choir, ukulele, and basketball along with my new job, recovery from a BAD car accident, anxiety, chronic stress, etc. A break from blogging was a necessity for me. Life can be a challenge for us all.

We are on the verge of summer and I am ready!! We will soon have a reprieve from worries about homework, school drop off/pick up, packing lunches, etc., etc., etc. It's time for some good old fashioned summer fun.

Our FIRST Best Way Pool

I grew up in San Diego, CA and I have very fond childhood memories of summer days. To cool off, we would run through the sprinklers and have epic water balloon fights! We didn't have a pool, but it was fun to visit a friend's house that had a pool! This a perfect time to insert a shout out to my friends Janine (in elementary school) and Shana (in high school)!  Hi Janine! Hi Shana! Thank you both for inviting me to your house for swimming! You might not remember it, but it stands out in my memories from our youth! Some days Janine would come to play in our backyard/mini petting zoo! We had geese, a duck, and a rabbit at one point. Those were the days! Shana had a real live PONY in her yard so she had me beat! I really want to create a fun place for my son and his friends to make these types of memories in his backyard. When I heard that Tryazon was looking for hosts for a Bestway® Splash on the Grass Party I applied right away! I was beyond THRILLED to be notified that our family was selected!

With the drought conditions in Southern California, we haven't really done much water play to cool off . In the picture above you can see that it is a barely filled backyard pool. We were mindful of water conservation. We still had fun even thought it wasn't filled to capacity.

It actually RAINED this past weekend and we have seen more rain here is San Diego than I can remember. I hope that the backyard dries a bit SOON so that we can get set up for a backyard party!

We received the pool that is in the picture as a birthday gift from my sister to my son. He is a summer baby so this was fitting. She is his favorite auntie and his God mother. We love her! Our kids had so much fun playing in that pool! This year they will have a bigger pool to splash around in!

This summer we are upgrading to an above ground pool that the kids and the grown ups can cool off in thanks to our friends at Tryazon and Bestway®! They will help us kick off the summer with a Splash on the Grass party! We were picked as one of 50 hosts.

I am counting the days until we get our very own Coleman Power Steel Swim Vista Series Pool!

I have a feeling we are going to LOVE it. I'll have to end this post for now as I have some party planning to take care of!

Our NEXT Best Way Pool!
Swim Vista Swimming Pool Set with Pump, Ladder & Cover

I'll be sharing details of our Splash in the Grass party SOON! So please stay tuned!

Disclosure: As a selected party host, we will be receiving a Bestway® Splash on the Grass Party Pack provided at no charge.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

AFRICA ROCKS at the San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo’s Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks is a new exhibit that spotlights the biodiversity found on the African continent. Just in time for Summer 2017, SIX new habitats have been added! Rollout begins July 1st, 2017. The first to debut are the penguins of Cape Fynbos. Other habitats will open as animals become acclimated to their new homes. The latest information can be found at

Africa Rocks is the Zoo’s most ambitious exhibit project to date. The six habitats of Africa Rocks are Kopje, Ethiopian Highlands, Acacia Woodland, Madagascar Forest, West African Forest, and Cape Fynbos. Naturally, the draw for many are the animals. But I am just as excited to see The African Garden. The Ethiopian Highlands area will present strange, startling, and beautiful plants, many that you may never have seen before.

  • Kopje These boulder-strewn islands in grassland savanna are home for a variety of animals that live their lives among the rocks, including meerkats, hyraxes, and klipspringer antelope. 
  • Ethiopian Highlands This rugged mountain habitat is made up of craggy, granite peaks and plateaus. The unique species adapted to this environment include Hamadryas baboons, geladas, and Nubian ibex.
  •  Acacia Woodland This open woodland habitat features shrubs and grasses among thorn-bearing acacia trees. Leopards prowl here, vervet monkeys chatter in large family groups, and a colorful bevy of birds flit and nest among the branches in a huge walk-through aviary
  • Madagascar Forest Madagascar’s forests are among the world’s most distinctive, with dramatic limestone formations and spiny dry forest plants. This is home to species found nowhere else on Earth, including the extraordinary tree-leaping lemurs.
  • West African Forest The dense, tropical forests of western Africa get up to 80 inches of rain each year, creating waterfalls, streams, and pools for fish and the dwarf crocodiles that eat them.
  •  Cape Fynbos The fynbos along South Africa’s rocky coastline sets the stage for unusual species, including the weird and beautiful protea plants, small sharks that swim among the reefs, and the adorable, warm-weather African penguins.

We plan on making a visit to The San Diego Zoo and checking out Africa Rocks. We will be sure to share our adventures with you in a future blog post!

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