Life by Cynthia: September 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Solve your frozen food problems with T.G.I. FRiDAY’S “Entrées for One!

This post brought to you by T.G.I. FRiDAY'S. All opinions are 100% mine.

I hate to admit it, but my hubby doesn't  ALWAYS get home cooked meals as often as he would like.  Luckily for me, he is the understanding sort!  I work full time, as does he - so he knows that after a tough day at the office sometimes dinner consists of a frozen meal.  Now don't feel sorry for us because not all frozen meals taste like "frozen meals".   Luckily for him (OK, luckily for ME) the new line of T.G.I. FRiDAY’S “Entrées for One” solves frozen food boredom. Choices are key when trying to feed my guy! There are nine new entrées inspired by the T.G.I. FRiDAY’S restaurants. They include items like Sizzling Steak Fajitas to Cajun-Style Chicken Alfredo.  Since they are individual portions we can each have what we want!  We tried the Prime Rib Stroganoff. Hubby enjoyed it.  Whew. Next up we'll probably try the Fajitas!

Visit T.G.I. FRiDAY'S on facebook for their Fun Freezer contest!  Have some freezer fun by decorating yours with your own unique flair.  Then by uploading a picture on Facebook you can take a chance to win cool prizes, including a home theater makeover!  I'm sure all husbands out there could appreciate that!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

100 Club

I had to write a quick post to thank the 99 wonderful individuals who made a choice to follow my blog!  I am ONE reader away from 100.  I'm happy and surprised to have reached this milestone. If I have 1 or 100, my happiness is in sharing a post and making a connection.  It truly makes my day when you take the time to leave your thoughts via comments - as a mommy, I know how precious your time is. I need to end this post now, before I get overly sentimental!  I honestly do appreciate your friendship & support!

Before I go: THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU to my 99 friends!

Will a celebration be in order?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Naturalizer Fall Collection

If you remember, not too long ago I had featured a post about a giveaway for shoes! Well... we are nearly there!

I JUST received my new boots for FALL! I am so excited and want to thank MyBlogSpark, Naturalizer, and the Brown Shoe company for sharing the Arness Boot with me! They fit me PERFECTLY!  I normally have a very difficult time with tall boots, as I am a wide calf kind of gal!

I once thought that I was permanently excluded from wearing tall boots due fit issues. I wanted to stress that Naturalizer boots are also offered in Wide Shaft so women with fuller or athletic calves can find tall boots with a perfect fit. I'm sure that I am not the ONLY one with sizing issues!

I wanted to share a few styles here in this post featuring the Fall Collection. I was hoping to get an idea of what styles YOU might be interested in!

Shoes by Naturalizer range from rich leathers, soft suedes, and beautiful, trend right details.

Exclusive to Naturalizer is N5 Comfort –five distinctive features that provide flexibility, lightness, balance, softness and breathability in every step—so Naturalizer shoes feel as good at the end of the day as they do at the beginning.

Naturalizer offers a variety of styles including tall boots, loafers, wedges, pumps, platforms, flats, booties and oxfords. The fall collection from Naturalizer has something for everyone.

For more about Natualizer & Brown Shoe Company visit:
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The prize package for Mommied Life by Cynthia | My Life as Mom readers is generously provided by Naturalizer & Brown Shoe Company through MyBlogSpark. Please keep in stay in touch for upcoming details by following @LifebyCynthia on Twitter and/or the Life By Cynthia Facebook fan page.  Please pass this on to anyone that you know who may be interested in winning a FREE pair of shoes from!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Working Mom: 1 Year Anniversary

Today is my one year anniversary for returning back to work after having our first baby.  I had three wonderful months as a stay at home mom.  Naturally, it was a transition coming back.  Pumping during my breaks left me longing to hold our baby.  I do not have regrets for reentering the workforce.  I like the feeling that I am contributing to our family's household finances.  Hubby & I both share the responsibilities of work and home life.  Trust me, my husband has changed just as many diapers as I have! He has definitely picked more BOOGERS and sucked up more SNOT (with an anspirator) than I have!  Hubby as Daddy is really cute! I can honestly say that as far as raising our baby, we have been equals (or as equal as we CAN be).  With the exception of breastfeeding, my husband has done as much as I have in relation to child rearing.  I am still one up on him though as far as incubating, body morphing, labor, and delivery! 

As our family's needs change so may my work situation, but for now it is working for us. Ideally, I would love to secure a work from home opportunity.

In the year that I have been back in the workforce I have earned a raise, found an additional source of income via Sponsored blog posts (which has become one of my Favorite income generating hobby), and have been saving for our future. 

We are blessed that our son is in the loving care of his grandma during the day. Thankfully, I work VERY close to where we live.  That in itself has eased my mind greatly when first leaving our son while I am at the office.  With the support and understanding of my family I was able to return to work with a "NOT Guilty" frame of mind.  It's such a great feeling when I walk through our door to our son's smiling face!  Even greater when daddy walks in and we get our family group hug (kisses)!  I'm only 8 short hours away from that moment!

We shall see what the 2nd year shall bring as a working mommy.  I am hoping to find more time to squeeze (it's a TIGHT squeeze BTW) in more time to write.  Thank you for those who have been following my journey as My Life as Mom!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Power Outage September 8, 2011

Here is the notification email that we received from our energy provider regarding a recent power outage.  Initial television reports (as relayed to me by my husband) stated that the outage could extend 2 to 3 days.  We did have emergency items on hand including non-perishable food and water.  Are you prepared should you need to activate your personal family emergency plan?

Thankfully power was restored before daybreak!

San Diego Gas & Electric

Dear Customer:
At this time, San Diego and southern Orange counties are without power. For now, we don’t know the exact cause of the outage and our crews are working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power.
The outage could last into tomorrow as we bring the system up gradually to full power. The outage started at 3:38 p.m. today and caused a widespread transmission issue on the grid that serves Western Arizona and Southern California.
You should activate your personal family emergency plan.
Some safety tips to keep in mind during this time:
    •    Turn off air conditioners to prevent them from unexpectedly coming on when the power is restored. 
    •    Unplug sensitive equipment like microwaves, televisions, computers and electric range cook tops. 
    •    Leave one light on so you’ll know when the power is restored. 
    •    Keep your refrigerator and your freezer doors closed to prevent food spoilage.
Thank you for your patience as we work to restore power.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Oprah's Lifeclass

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

More Mommy Moments

Another kiddo moment...Our son is talking a bit now and today at Church whenever it grew quiet (after music would stop, etc) he found it necessary to announce "No More" in his biggest little voice.  When daddy would sit he would grab daddy by the neck and while trying to lift his dad would demand "UP". least he doesn't cry or throw a fit during Mass...

We sit with the general congregation NOT in the "cry" room.  We are always mindful to walk him out if he becomes fussy. Luckily - that rarely happens. I think it helps that he is familiar  as we have been taking him since he was only a few days old and consistently over the past 14 months.  I have a feeling though that it might become more difficult as he gets a bit older.  I hope that we don't exiled into the cry room...

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Mini Mommy Moment

My napping son lifted his head, opened his eyes, and smiled at me. He then put his head down, closed his eyes, and is sleeping again.

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