Life by Cynthia

Friday, February 6, 2015

National Wear Red Day #GoRedSelfie

Today is  National Wear Red Day. What are you wearing? Today is a reminder and a way to increase awareness. I am encouraged to live a heart-healthy life. Not just today but for the rest of my life.

Heart disease and stroke KILL 1 in 3 women, yet it's 80% preventable. It's NOT just a man's disease. In fact more women than men die every year from heart disease and stroke.  I for one have MANY women in my life that I love. Think of those around you and imagine IF 1 in 3 of them were to die from heart disease and stroke... I for one would be devastated! The good news: we can prevent this! I want to live a long and healthful life and work for that.  I am an older mom. My son is only 4 year old. I am on the verge of 44. I want to be around for him!

I took part and wore my red today! Sadly, I was the ONLY ONE in my office to do so! Here I am in my RED showing my support!  Taking selfies is not my favorite thing to do, in fact I think that selfies are HARD. In my show of support, I did it anyway! After a bazillion tries, I picked this one.

Let's take care of ourselves and the women we love. Pass it on!

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My Mom is also concerned with cardiovascular health! She has her own #GoRedSelfie

As an added surprise, my friends at Collective Bias sent me a treat for my participation! A much appreciated Starbucks Gift Card!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Join the SheKnows Media and Public Radio International #WomensLives Initiative as a Social Outreach Contributor

Today is an exciting day. February 3, 2015 is the official launch of the #WomensLives Initiative. The #WomensLives Initiative is a social publishing news incubator combining PRI’s in-depth enterprise reporting on women around the world with unprecedented outreach by SheKnows to impact conversation in news media—because women’s lives are newsworthy.

#womenslivesIn partnering with SheKnows Media and Public Radio International, I am joining a network of bloggers and social media influencers who are passionate about women's issues, and the value of journalism. I am thrilled to be a part of this groundbreaking journalism project. I will be joining others in sharing stories and changing the conversation about women in news media. One of the goals of the initiative is to help amplify and start conversations around women's issues, and I hope that you will join in on the discussion. YOU are invited.

Please read more from Lisa Stone (Chief Community Officer @SheKnows, Co-founder @BlogHer) : You're Invited: SheKnows Media and PRI Announce News Incubator.

Message from Lisa Stone: "This effort officially launches Feb. 3, 2015. If you would like to participate in the conversation, we invite you to leverage our investment in the #womenslives hashtag to promote your own coverage of women's lives if it fits our description of coverage we want to celebrate, as well as help share stories you think matter."

I joined the initiative in most part due to the most amazing woman in MY life. My Mom. She is a saint and and a warrior. She has survived many things and endured more than I thought any woman could endure. Her grace and courage is an inspiration and reminder that women’s lives MATTER. Through her I have learned that we must speak up, speak out, and never be silent when we can make a difference to improve the life of another. It is for women like my mom that I will share my voice.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I am voluntarily sharing my efforts as a social outreach contributor and partner. All opinions are my own.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Let's Talk Turkey Tacos at Del Taco #EatWellWithDel #TurkeyTaco + GIVEAWAY

Our thanks to Del Taco for letting us share our Turkey Taco experience by sponsoring this post.

Visit Del Taco and try their lean seasoned ground turkey recipe developed by JENNIE-O. Here are your choices:
  • Turkey Taco (crunchy or soft)
  • Turkey Combo Burrito
  • Deluxe Turkey Taco Salad
  • Turkey CrunchTada Tostada

Turkey is a good way to kick off the New Year! Turkey Tacos are only 150 calories each; a better-for-you alternative for Del Taco guests.

Every Del Taco restaurant operates a working kitchen where many ingredients are prepared fresh daily, including:

  • Cheddar cheese freshly-grated daily from 40-pound blocks
  • Lard-free beans, slow-cooked from scratch every three hours
  • Handmade pico de gallo salsa, chopped fresh from onions, tomatoes and cilantro
  • Marinated chicken grilled in-restaurant daily

Every Sunday after Church my family eats out for lunch. It gives us a chance to slow down and not have to worry about cooking or cleaning. We take turns on who gets to pick the restaurant.  On a recent Sunday our 4 year old suggested a picnic.  We loved his idea and had an impromptu picnic at Mission Bay in San Diego. We needed "easy to eat without utensils" fare. Tacos!  Del Taco was very close to our picnic spot so that was a bonus!  We tried the new Turkey Tacos. Our son is a fan of quesadillas so naturally he asked for the quesadilla kids meal. We gobbled it up and enjoyed our day outdoors. Luckily we remembered to take at least one picture of it before it was gone. The Turkey Tacos have has 33 percent less fat than Del Taco’s seasoned beef, but I couldn't taste the difference since they had all the flavor of the beef tacos. I think that I will stick with the Turkey tacos and save on the fat and calories! Don't forget to visit the Del Taco website to claim a coupon for a FREE turkey taco!

We are pleased to host a $20 giftcard giveaway to Del Taco for one of our readers.  To enter use the Rafflecopter widget.  Open to U.S. residents. Prize will be sent directly from sponsor. We are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Winner must respond within 24 hours or an alternate winner will be selected. Good luck!

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Del Taco. All opinions are my own.
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