Life by Cynthia

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!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Smile Worthy Family Moments

There are days when all that I can manage are the simple things. I have been out of commission health wise and could only muster the bare minimum. When parents are under the weather it can be tough to take care of yourself let alone house and home. I have deadlines to meet, nightly homework, and juggling a schedule of activities... You know the drill. All I really want and need is to feel better. Just to be able to function without feeling lousy. The bottom line is that I can't just stay in bed to rest until I am 100% well. Life moves quickly and we need to keep up. The reality is there, so I must do what I gotta do. The importance of self-care is always top of mind for me. I try. But even with the best efforts, it happens: we get sick. Even still, I pick myself up and get through it. Luckily, keeping the kiddo in this house happy just takes the simple things. THANK goodness for that.

Once in a while I throw out the whole "don't play with your food" line that some parents give their children. I don't worry because he knows to wash his hands well, especially before eating. I like that he is a great story teller and lets his imagination run wild. It gives him the chance to lead our mealtime talks. It also gives me a moment to sit back and just listen.

Making egg salad sliders and letting him play with his plate was all it took. He made up stories while decorating his plate with bits of veggies and just a few Goldfish crackers. Simple. We're good.

When I am not feeling well, I can STILL be present for the family. It isn't always easy, but we make it happen. When the kid is happy, I am happy. That peace of mind helps me to heal much faster. Thankfully, I am on the mend. Next week is Spring Break so I am ready for more smile worthy family moments. I am looking forward to our adventures!

If you are looking to find fun family ideas from Goldfish you can visit them on Pinterest and on YouTube.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

LYMBER Fitness App Helping ME with 2017 Self Care Goals

This post is sponsored by Lymber, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I am absolutely THRILLED with the opportunity to try out Lymber. They are helping me with my self care goals for 2017! Fitness ranks high on my list! Also on that list: saving money, trying new things, and having FUN! There are so many classes that I can choose from. With the Lymber Fitness app I can save up to 75% off classes from the best studios in my area. ZERO Membership Fees. You pay only for what you use.

The Lymber app is FREE!

If you use my affiliate code: CYNTHLYMB1-34 when you sign up, you will get $5.00 OFF of your first Lymber class! I've shared the Lymber video for a rundown on how the the program works.

I am both an Android and an iOS user but currently the app is only available for iOS (Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch). Pricing is dynamic: enjoy real-time, demand-based pricing for studios in your area. I love the concept of pay-as-you-go access!

I am already a big fan of hot yoga. There are so many other styles of yoga that I can explore using the app. I have been wanting to try pilates and possibly a spin or dance class too. They are ALL offered on Lymber. Please stay tuned for a recap post in the very near future! I can hardly wait to share my Lymber experience with you and let you know how my class goes. I hope that you'll join me!

See how it works:

Don't forget to sign up using the promo code...

Lymber Fitness has given me a special coupon code to offer to my friends (yes YOU)! With my promo code you will get $5.00 off of your first Lymber class! Just use the code CYNTHLYMB1-34

Disclosure: This post is sponsored. As a Lymber Affiliate, I received a credit towards a fitness class and a discount code to share with my readers. *I will earn a commission for class bookings resulting from the use of my Lymber affiliate discount code.

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