Life by Cynthia: December 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

Profile Pictures

I have been debating on updating my profile picture since the one that I am using (on ALL of my online profiles) is quite dated. Though I probably should change it, I'm just not quite ready to yet.

How many of you have a special story behind your profile picture?  I'm sure we all do.  After all we selected a particular photo to represent who we are.  Today, I'd like to share my profile picture story.  I'll hope that you will share your story too!

First off, I'll share the bigger picture since all that you would normally see is a thumbnail version. This photo was taken on September 18, 2010 at the San Diego Zoo.  At the time, my husband & I were 3 month old parents.  We were a brand spanking new mommy & daddy duo to an angel of a child.  He never cried much and the times that he did - he was very easily soothed.  We were lucky and we knew it.

I like the "calm" that I feel when I see this picture and remember this day.  Though I was very tired and suffered from sleep deprivation, as new parents do, I was a relaxed new mommy with a supportive husband. This cleared the way of any "new mommy" anxieties.  My maternal instincts kicked in very strongly.   I felt confident in mothering our baby.  I'm glad that my husband caught this new mommy moment.  Baby & I were relaxed, it was a beautiful day, and his daddy & I loved our family outing.  Prior to our visit to the Zoo that day, I had never noticed such a sea of strollers! Though much of the time I "wore" our son in a SleepyWrap:  WE too were there with our stroller. The place was all abuzz with family.  We were a part of that buzz.  WE too were now a Family.

  • The sunglasses (which I have misplaced & been searching for since our Hawaii trip) hid my super tired eyes.
  • Baby's Outfit: I hope that one day my son forgives me for putting him in that silly green & white striped ensemble.  In my defense: I had to shield his delicate baby skin from the San Diego Sunshine didn't I?  This was one of the few outfits that came with a hat that was his size at the time.
  • You can see our son's little dimple & his content expression on his little baby face.
  • Yes, I am actually wearing a little lipstick!  Much of my new mom moments did not include any form of make-up use.

Now time to share a photo of my hubby & my bubby from this day!  They are the story behind my profile pic!

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Traditions

Our Christmas Tree concern this year was making sure that it would be Toddler Friendly. We didn't want to worry about our son being injured by breakables or the mess of fallen pine needles (even though we normally love the look, smell, and holiday feel of a real tree).  My idea of using toys in the tree was a success! Our son loved it, we loved it, and we are thinking of adding it to our family holiday traditions. Last year we introduced our son to his very own Nativity Set and brought it out again this year.  Even prior to the birth or our son last year, we attend the Children's Christmas Mass which is such a beautiful service. The angelic voices of the Children's Choir moves me to tears.  As our son (and our family) grows, so does our photos/video collection, our traditions, and our cherished memories!

Christmas 2011
Please share your family traditions - perhaps we can incorporate them into ours as well!  For us the Christmas Season is far from over - It's has just begun!

Christmas 2010: Our Son's 1st

Pre-Baby Christmas
No More Glass Ornaments for now

Friday, December 23, 2011

Favorite Thing Friday: Holiday Edition 2011

SippyCupChroniclesFavoriteThingFridayThank you to host Jenny of Sippy Cup Chronicles & co-host Mel from Never a Dull Moment! I love participating in Favorite Thing Friday.  I wish I had time to post more often, but I wanted to make sure to share today!

Even though it is a Holiday Edition, my favorite thing this Friday goes well beyond the Holiday.  My Favorite Thing:  Time with my two guys!  I could not ask for anything more than that.  The three of us together.  It's MY FAVORITE THING.

Over the weekend, right after Church, our family went out on a sushi date (something hubby & I did VERY often prior to marriage & parenthood).  Sushi is one of my faves!  Even though he didn't have any sushi:  our son is much like I am when it comes to really taking delight in delicious food! Here's proof:

After a great lunch we did some grocery shopping at our local Trader Joe's.  We had the cutest little guy helping us!  Our cashier thought so too!

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Slim-Fast 3•2•1 Plan: Going From Now to Wow!

This post brought to you by Slim-Fast. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you have been following my blog, you know that I have sneaked in a few posts regarding weight. More specifically, the weight that I have gained (and lost) as a result of pregnancy.  Factor into that my age:  I JUST reached the ripe old (young) age of 40!  I always joke that I feel more like two 20's!  On a good day!  Though I feel young, my metabolism isn't what it once was!

I have lost 54 pounds in the past 18 months.  I still have the lingering 5 to go.  The toughest in my book!  I am sure that I am not alone there!

I have never tried any diet meal plans or programs.  But will consider it in the coming year.  I know that most believe in starting N-O-W. Now? No way, it's the holiday's and there are so many delicacies to enjoy!  I'm a realist.  I am proud of my losses and will work on the remaining 5 little pounds in the coming year.

I'd LOVE to hear about your experiences.  

I'm curious as to how many of you have tried or are considering Slim-Fast? From what I hear they offer quite a few tasty shake options. Slim-Fast shakes can provide up to four hours of hunger control. There are 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 24 essential vitamins and minerals. Sounds like a great aid in making it easier for you to stick to your plan and achieve your weight loss goals.

Flavors available in the new Slim-Fast bottle include:

• Creamy Milk Chocolate
• French Vanilla
• Rich Chocolate Royale
• Cappuccino Delight
• Strawberries N’ Cream

About the Slim-Fast 3•2•1 Plan:

• 3 Snacks: Three nourishing snacks a day such as Slim-Fast 100-calorie snack bars, fruit, nuts or veggies

• 2 Slim-Fast Shakes or Meal Bars per day

• 1 Balanced Meal: Enjoy one balanced 500-calorie meal per day.

Tip: Try to fill half your plate with veggies, a quarter with protein, and a quarter with whole grains.

Slim-Fast 100-calorie snack bars provide a calorie-controlled snack to help curb sweet cravings between meals.

I am more a fan of snack bars vs. shakes so I LOVE that I can substitute a meal bar instead!  I really want to try the Chewy Chocolate Crisp.
You can find the new Slim-Fast shakes in the pharmacy sections of grocers and retailers nationwide, including Wal-Mart, Target, Safeway, and Kroger. Also available online at and the at the Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Store on Facebook.

The folks over at Slim-Fast are better able to answer questions about diet & weight loss so check them out by visiting Slim-Fast on Facebook  for more information.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My Blog Life: One Year Later

I guess it's an anniversary of sorts.  I've officially had my Blogger account for 1 year now.  I started blogging here on December 2010.  My son had just turned 6 months old and I thought it was time for me to revisit an old hobby of mine: Blogging.  I first started blogging in 2004 (well BEFORE marriage & motherhood).  My first blog was on Xanga.  I fell in love with blogging INSTANTLY.

Some of you may already know my little secret:  that I do TRY to maintain more that one blog. Reason:  I never did find my "niche" with blogging.  I may seem scatter-brained in blog life, but as I see it:  I am organized in my own chaotic way.  I don't find a need for a formula or to follow any guidelines. I blog for the enjoyment of blogging.  Pure & simple.  I am hoping that 2012 will present more time for me to invest in blogging.  We shall see!
I mention my BLOGGER Blogs above because to add to the mix I also have other ventures out there.

This is my life. Thanks for visiting it!

Wordless Wednesday 12/21/11

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday Themed Zenni Optical Frames are Coming to Town!

This post brought to you by Zenni Optical. All opinions are 100% mine.


I've been cursed with bad eyesight.  I never liked carrots until I became an adult. My vision problems are primarily hereditary so I'm pretty sure that carrots wouldn't have made much of a difference.  I have worn prescription eyeglasses since middle school.  I once broke a pair in high school and had to tape up a pair!  They broke and I had a volleyball game that day = no choice.  I was mortified of course but now I find it funny that I had a real life "nerd" look with glasses!  We won that game.  Soon after I begged my parents for contact lenses!  Now I wear both.  I do prefer glasses though.  They can be used to accessorize and come in so many different styles!


My husband just bought a brand new pair of glasses for himself.  I was instantly envious since I'd love a new pair for myself!  I am thinking RED, in honor of the holidays! I found a pair while browsing on ZenniOpitcal.  What do you think of this pair to showcase my holiday spirit?!



I've owned more pairs of glasses than I can count.  I have had practically every style you can think of.  EXCEPT for a pair in red!  I don't like to spend too much on frames since I tend to break them.  I've smashed a pair or two (or three - you get the picture).  They've been knocked off my bedside & accidentally stepped on.  For me, glasses are an often replaced item so the fact that these frames are less than $20 is a big plus!  Is anyone else in the market for inexpensive, OK I'll say it: cheap eyeglasses?  Spending less than you need to is smart when you need a replacement pair as often as I do!


We are a family of eyeglass wearers.  Already my two young nieces are in glasses.  Our son just may take after my husband and  I and need them too.  ZenniOptical has a children's line as well. I know that the kids would prefer toys as gifts - but their parents may like the savings!  I thought of purchasing another pair for my husband as a gift - but ended up shopping for myself!  Let me know if you spot anything interesting! 

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Influenster Holiday VoxBox Shipping December 7

Photo credit: Influenster on Facebook

It will just be a matter of DAYS now until I get my Holiday VoxBox full of goodies.  A shipment will be made TOMORROW!  Many of my Influenster "sisters" and I have been EAGERLY awaiting some fun products to try out.  Some may be receiving theirs sooner than others. My travel distance may be a little further than some. So being the first one on the block is not likely.  Which is OK with me. The items are being shipped from New York, NY to Chicago, IL, then to my destination - San Diego, CA.  Since this is my 2nd VoxBox, I know that they usually are sent via USPS.  I'll be on the lookout in the next couple of days.  I am hoping for a sneak peak from those Influensters that reside closer to Illinois & will get their packages first!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Influenster Holiday VoxBox - It's OFFICIAL! I'm IN!

It's official.  I got the confirmation email today.  My VoxBox will be shipped out on December 7th.  I am excited to participate as a product tester for Influenster's Holiday VoxBox.  I hope that you all get your confirmation letters soon as well!  Keep in mind, they usually send them out in batches so don't be discouraged if you haven't received yours as of yet!

As soon as I get more details on the products I will share the info.  Please see my prior Influenster Holiday VoxBox post for the poduct categories.

Here are some of the details that I've received:

In celebration of our official national launch, Influenster is arming our most influential members with some personal fun this season in the form of a special Holiday VoxBox.  And we are so excited to pass along the good news that you have been officially selected to test, evaluate and recommend this batch of featured products!

VoxBoxes are shipping from Chicago via USPS on December 7th, so be on the lookout for your package after this date.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Baby's First Haircut

We've reached another milestone. Baby's First Haircut!  I've decided to share our family video of our experience!  I'd love to hear about your baby's first haircut too! Please leave a comment & maybe a link to your post!

We (mostly MY decision) waited a while before cutting our guy's hair.  He had a bad case of cradle cap early on, so for the first few months of his life our little guy had a bald head. Once his hair grew in - I was thrilled and just let it keep on growing!

Both of his grandmothers offered to cut his hair.  I didn't want to have to choose between the two on who would get to do the honors - SO... we turned to the professionals!

Our guy did very well considering the following:
1) No nap
2) It was nearing closing time at the salon - you could tell the staff had their fill of kiddie cuts!
3) He usually flinches when the nurse measures his noggin during check-ups.

Will he cry? Throw a tantrum?  You'll have to watch to see!

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