Life by Cynthia: August 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

San Diego Blogger Meetup Event at Urban Skincare

I had a wonderful opportunity to attend a meet & greet for bloggers in my area.  I am always so grateful for the chance to get to know other people that enjoy blogging as much as I do. There was such a diverse group of women in attendance.  My only wish is to have had more time to chat with everyone.  Please stay tuned for a more detailed post. For now, please enjoy a few photos taken from the event!

I invite you to visit the Life by Cynthia facebook page for links to blog posts from some of the lovely ladies that were there! If I missed your post from the night please leave a link. I'd love to read about your experience!

Beverages compliments of Bon Affair

I tried the Pinot Noir Spritzer

Melanie sampled the Sauvignon Blanc

Tammy & Vanessa

Melanie, Liz, Monica, ME, & Carina

Tammy, Liz, ME, Vanessa, Lua, & Melanie

I met some lady bloggers for wine spritzers, great conversations & spa treatments!

Friday, August 10, 2012

$500 Westfield Back-to-School Shopping Spree

Shopping Spree?! Oh pick ME please!

Photo: Facebook

Westfield is currently running a facebook contest just in time for Back to School shopping!  Naturally, I'm inviting all of my friend's (YOU) to enter too!  Good luck everyone! Note: For everyone who signs up using my invitation, I will receive another chance to win and so will you once you enter & invite your friends!

What is tops on your list for back to school items?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my MIL's birthday! Happy Birthday Mom! I just wanted to share my favorite photos of me & my other Mom celebrating life.

Me & My Mother in Law

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Back To School Shopping for Shoes

This post brought to you by Famous Footwear. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s back-to-school time and that means new shoes! Our son is not school aged yet but I have MANY nieces and nephews that are.  My brother & sister (and brother & sister in-laws) are all gearing up for the fall.  That's a lot of little feet!  Not to mention quite a few pretty pennies!

I myself am a shoe fan.  In fact, last week I attempted to WIN a $500 shoe shopping spree! That's a lot of shoes!  Well, that was a gamble that I didn't win.  I'm over it.  I can still claim a shoe VICTORY!

I can get some of my favorite brands at Famous Footwear!  They have hundreds of brand name shoes & thousands of styles!

Recently, I saw a television commercial for Famous Footwear of a little girl & her mother after a day of back to school shopping. It reminded me a bit of one of my nieces & my sis.  Maybe you've seen it?!  It featured a tween girl who didn't look too enthusiastic about shopping with her mom.  Mom was thrilled that they found 3 pairs of shoes in 20 minutes!  As a mom myself, I can't recall anything that I've done with our child in 20 minutes!

Famous Footwear understands that customers with kids in tow NEED to get in and get out quickly.  Their stores are not overwhelming so you can be in and out quickly to move on to the next errand. I admit that I haven't been into a Famous Footwear store lately but you can bet that when I do pop in for a visit it won't be a famous 20 minute race to 3 pairs for me! I like to browse!  So whether you are in a hurry or not, check it out!

The best part is finding that perfect pair (or PAIRS) of shoes at prices that you can afford! Finding styles that your kids love too = That’s a VICTORY!

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Do you hit like a girl?  Soon I'll be able to "Hit Like a Girl" - sounds fun right?!  I just wanted to let you all know that I didn't win the Rue Lala #Shoelala contest that I blogged about. Oh well. It wasn't meant to be.  On the upside, I did WIN some gear from Everlast & FitStudio! Woo-hoo!  How did I win?  I participated in a Twitter Chat all about Fighting for Fitness – Boxing for Beginners.  It was a fun chat with fitness experts, Everlast, and FitStudio. Soon I'll be able to "Hit Like a Girl" - sounds fun right?!  Oh, I said that already! I guess I'm just excited about winning a prize that so happens to be something that will help me to get fit! After losing the baby weight (and then some) I am determined to get into better shape!  I've been able to take off the weight & keep it off for going on over 2 years but I don't feel as FIT as I could be!  I'm on the right road though!

I am going to have to hit up my girl Jenn who blogs at Lily Boxing for some tips and workout routines!  She has been an inspiration of mine for a couple of years now!  Here I am 55+ lbs less than I was when I first made a connection with this lady and her blog!  I need to take it up a notch and get some tone on!

My SIL has similar gloves/wrap so maybe I'll ask her where she works out and team up!  Hubby has a heavy bag and once we find a place with more space we can set that up and work out together.
Thank you Everlast & FitStudio for my fun new gift!

So, what workout are you doing, loving, or wanting to try?

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