Life by Cynthia: October 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween From Buzz Lightyear

Our son LOVES Toy Story! We have watched it so many times! Check out our little Buzz Lightyear! To infinity and beyond! Kids and their funny faces = THE BEST! We hope that you all have a fun and safe Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

San Diego Mom's Night Out 1 Year Anniversary Party

It is a rare occasion that my Mom friends and I get a chance to go out together.  We are all so busy with work and family life. When I heard about San Diego Mom's Night Out I couldn't pass up the opportunity at spending a few hours with my sisters and friends. Hubby was all for it so I began inviting the ladies closest to me: my sister & sister in laws, and friends.  Sadly, not everyone could make it. Those of us that were able to go had a wonderful time. We enjoyed food (sushi, sliders, tray passed hors d'oeuvres, dessert), drinks, entertainment, and various spa services!  I was in such a rush to get to the event that I had forgotten to grab my camera on the way out.  Good thing for my friends who were able to snap a few photos and for Memories Event Photography & Photobooth!

There were some wonderful prizes that were raffled off.  I wasn't a lucky winner but my friend Melanie won 4 tickets to Peter Pan!  Another highlight was getting to meet a few online friends in person for the first time!

Wonderful memories from our SD Mom's Night Out experience!  My friends and I were all first-timers!  But I have a feeling that we will be back!  In larger numbers no doubt!

The party was held poolside at the Kin Spa at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego which was the perfect venue. They even rolled out the red carpet for some photo ops!

Video Coverage by The Pulse SD:

Melanie and I were interviewed and appear in the video below. See us at 4:58.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween 2012 Our Pumpkin Patch Adventures

To get into the Halloween spirit we went on a visit to the pumpkin patch. We had a great time. We went early and on a weekday so, for the most part, we had it all to ourselves.  We are not big fans of crowds so it was perfect.

Our son had more fun running around and kicking at the straw than he did on the big inflatable slide!  It humors me how he was unimpressed. I thought he would love it!  He really wanted to go on one of the rides but wasn't tall enough to. Maybe next year!

Grandma joined us and WON our little guy a prize in a carnival type game! Who knew Grandma knew how to throw darts?! To my amazement she hit 4 out of 5 balloons!  I'm so glad hubby caught it all on video!  My siblings will get a kick out of watching mom make it look so easy!

Next up: Adventures in Trick-or-Treating! I'd love to hear your plans and/or traditions for Halloween. Check our out little man from Halloween 2011 as Baby Yoda. Hoping that you have a FUN and safe Halloween!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Family Fun At The San Diego Zoo With Tillamook

My family and I celebrated the Loaf Love Tour with the Tillamook crew today at the World Famous San Diego Zoo.  We met Loafy and got to know the Tillamook Ambassadors. Celebrity Chef Keegan Gerhard and his beautiful wife Lisa demonstrated some tips & tricks on making the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. We sampled cheese, had some yogurt, built our own grilled cheese creations, and enjoyed ice cream for dessert! We spent the remainder of our day exploring the Zoo.  Our thanks goes to Tillamook for an awesome family day!

I wanted to share a few photos from our family day of fun!  Hoping that you all had (or are having) an AMAZING weekend! Please let us know what you and your family are up to!

Baby Loaf
Cheese Tasting!
Our Family & Loafy
Chef Keegan, My Silly Monkey & Me
Keegan & Lisa
Grilled Cheese Featuring Tillamook Cheese
Tillamook Mudslide Ice Cream
Yummy Yogurt!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Andaz San Diego: Art and Fashion Collide

The Art and Fashion Collide event took place on Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Andaz San Diego.  A display of contemporary abstract art from artist Heidi Thompson was presented by art dealer Alexander Salazar in the Andaz’ Ivy Wine Bar . Following the art show,  guests were invited down to the Ivy Nightclub where a runway show took place.  The fashion portion of the evening showcased designs from local menswear designer Maceoo.

This was my first experience with a fashion show featuring menswear.  I must say that what I most enjoyed was the use of Maceoo menswear as stylish pieces for the ladies!  Once you see the women in the video you will know exactly what I mean.  The stylists cleverly fashioned a Maceoo shirt into a dress.  Perhaps I should purchase a Maceoo shirt for my husband!  He will never get to wear it once I figure out how to use it as a dress! Take a moment to enjoy our video coverage from the evening.  Video created by Gerald Labrador Video for  Enjoy!
Photo taken by Gerald Labrador:
Paulina of Lil Bits of Chic, Cynthia, Mehdi Raad of Maceoo, Rachel of Da Paura 
After the fashion show I had a chance to chat with San Diego Style Bloggers Paulina & Rachel. Mehdi Raad, designer of Maceoo, took a moment to tell us a little more about his brand. For more information about Maceoo, visit their website: To learn more about the art featured in our video visit: Alexander Salazar.

Like the video? Let us know!

Disclosure: We were invited to the event by Chemistry PR and did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions are my own. Registered & Protected

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Westfield Style Tour San Diego at Plaza Bonita

Photo: Facebook Westfield Plaza Bonita
The Westfield Style Tour San Diego at Plaza Bonita is wrapping up this weekend. Visitors receive a free makeup consultation at the Westfield Beauty Bar, and a free, personalized fashion consultation with a Style For Hire stylist.  Book your appointments for styling & makeup now. Don't miss your chance!  It really is a fun event.  Don't forget to RSVP

Where: Westfield Plaza Bonita, Macy's Court, 3030 Plaza Bonita Rd., National City, CA 91902

When: October 27-28 Time: Saturday hours: 11 AM - 7 PM | Sunday hours: 12 PM - 6 PM

To book your complimentary appointments and for more information visit: Westfield Style Tour

To view Stacy's tips visit: Westfield Style Manual

You can read more about the event on my prior post: Westfield Style Tour with Stacy London.  I recommend watching the video to a get taste of what to expect!  I did BOTH the makeup and fashion consultations and will be sharing my Style Tour experience with photos & video SOON!

Also coming soon is my interview with Stacy London! Meanwhile, I would like to support the San Diego blogging community by sharing posts from fellow bloggers.  I will share more as posts become available.

Jennifer's blog: Malcriada Read her Interview here: Interview With Stacy London
Magan's blog: A Touch of Class
Lea's blog:  High Heeled Style
Lysa's blog: Garcia Memories
Sara's blog: Sara's Sweet Style
Jess's blog: Jess Glam Diary

Photo: Facebook Westfield Plaza Bonita

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Lions, Tigers And Cheese, Oh My! Tillamook® Brings The Loaf Love Tour To San Diego

In Celebration of the Loaf Love Tour, Locals Can Gain FREE Entry to the San Diego Zoo Saturday, October 27th

*Free entry for the first 100 eligible participants only.

Free entry starting at 9:00 a.m. until limit reached. Participating fans may check-in at the Tillamook Baby Loaf bus located outside the zoo’s main ticket gate. To win, attendees must come wearing orange. Limit one free entry per person, no monetary value.

WHO:  Tillamook, the 103-year-old, farmer-owned cooperative from Oregon that has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s premier natural cheese makers and leading dairy product company.

WHAT:  The Loaf Love Tour, the third annual mobile sampling event dedicated to bringing tasty cheese to the people, is traveling to San Diego as the last stop on their 2012 tour. As a fun way to celebrate the end of their nine month cross-country excursion with local residents, Tillamook will be offering free admission to the San Diego Zoo on Saturday, October 27th. The first 100 fans who show up wearing their happiest Tillamook orange will receive free access to the zoo, where attendee’s dressed in orange thereafter will receive $1 off general admission*. Once inside the zoo, event-goers of all ages can taste a variety of Tillamook Cheese, take pictures with Loafy, join in zoo bingo, taste yummy samples of Tillamook Yogurt new to the San Diego market, and much more.

WHEN: Saturday, October 27th from 9:00AM to 5:00PM

WHERE: The San Diego Zoo 2920 Zoo Drive San Diego, CA 92101

Before leaving California and wrapping up their third year on the road, the Tour will be cruising around San Diego in their fleet of mini-buses from October 23rd - October 30th. Local fans can find the Tour at grocery stores and special events educating attendees on Tillamook products while sampling their cheeses made in Oregon. To conclude their tour-end travels through San Diego, Tillamook is going out with a bang and holding a twitter contest where the winner gets a party for up to 50 people at a location of their choice. For more information on entering the contest click here.

To see a complete list of stops on the Tour or to sign up for cheese-filled news updates, stop by and to join in the live chatter, visit the Tillamook Facebook page or follow @TillamookCheese on Twitter.

Sunday in San Diego: Fun In The Sun | Wordless Wednesday

Beautiful San Diego and DSLR cameras GALORE!

Father and Son
Boys and Their Toys

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Balloon Animals Gone WILD

Photo Credit:
Balloon animals sure have evolved since my childhood. Lately, my husband & I have seen some amazing work: Spiderman, Captain America, Disney characters... you name it! They really are works of art! Balloon artists have a tougher job these days! When I was kid (many, many moons ago) the best that we would get is something that somewhat resembled a poodle. Perhaps a giraffe, but nothing any more complex than that.   Just thinking about it reminds me of the scene from Wedding Crashers. Do you all remember when the boy demands a bicycle during the reception?!

Who's hiring a clown or balloon artist for an upcoming party? I'm going to have to do some research on the cost to hire one!  Either that, or learn balloon art!

Photo: Google Images

At a recent party our son wanted a dinosaur, so the balloon artist made him one. He couldn't quite deliver the Triceratops that our son wanted but our little guy was not disappointed. His dinosaur balloon had eyeballs and TEETH! The ferocious growl was courtesy of our snarling 2 year old!  It was so fun watching him play with his new dino friend. The whole while I'm hoping quietly to myself that it doesn't pop!

What are some of the amazing balloon art creations that you have seen?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Stacy London Interview | San Diego Westfield Style Tour

Stacy London was in San Diego this weekend for the Westfield Style Tour. The event was held at Westfield Plaza Bonita. I am THRILLED to share that I had the opportunity to meet Stacy London. Stacy and her team were on hand on Saturday for an intimate interview session.  Please stay tuned for my upcoming post!  There were several bloggers in attendance so look out for their stories too.
Stacy London Interview

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Future Blog Topics: Family Fun

Fashion, Fashion, Fashion... I know that it has been a lot of what I have been talking about on my blog these days.  Please don't think that is all that you will find here.  Allow me to explain a bit.  After being heavy and uncomfortable with gaining so much weight from pregnancy - I lost all of my mojo.  I didn't care to get dressed up, made up, or about going out.  Essentially, I've been in hiding for the past two years.  More than two if you count the tail end of pregnancy when I weighed in at 180 lbs. I'm only 5'2" so that was really hard for me.  50+ pounds later I am finally looking and feeling like my old self again.  I'm making up for lost time.

More family fun posts and less fashion for a while!  Time to share our most recent family photo! Here we are after having lunch at The Rainforest Cafe in Las Vegas! One of these days we'll have a photo of all three of us smiling! Back story on the missing smile:  The restaurant had a HUGE aquarium right in front of us and our little man was mesmerized by the HUGE fish swimming around.

September 2012 Las Vegas NV
My hope is that you will stay tuned for my future posts!  I'll be back on random mode before you know it.  I'm working on it! I've been having so much fun blogging more regularly.  AND in case you hadn't noticed, I finally got my custom domain: is MINE. I made the jump after much hesitation.  It feels good!

Stay tuned for these post topics:
Mr. & Mrs. Done 11/01/12
Family Time Done 10/27/12
Balloon Animals Done 10/23/12
Moms Night Out Done 10/30/12
Halloween Done 10/29/12
Holiday Treats
30 Day Fitness Challenge
Diet & Weight Loss Done 11/08
My Marvelous Mom
Food Favorites

Hopefully my list will keep me on task!  Enough about ME. What are YOU blogging about these days?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Westfiled Style Tour Fall 2012 San Diego Event

Creative Director for Westfield Style: Stacy London
Westfield Style Tour Fall 2012 with Stacy London of TLC's What Not to Wear will be held in San Diego this weekend. The tour is now in its fourth season. Stylists and Stacy will be on hand to talk to consumers and share shopping tips.

Life by Cynthia, along with Gerald Labrador Videography, has been invited as media guests for the event. We will have an opportunity to join a "meet & greet" for a group interview with Stacy.  Please stay tuned for a future blog post on that!

I am a fan of Stacy London & the Westfield Style Tour event.  I attended last year's event and LOVED it.  Stacy was not at the Style Tour in my area last year but she will be there this year!  I can hardly wait!

Visitors receive a free makeup consultation at the Westfield Beauty Bar, and a free, personalized fashion consultation with a Style For Hire stylist. Prior to receiving the invitation I had already signed up to reserve a spot for my styling sessions!  You must RSVP.

I am bringing my copy of Stacy's book The Truth About Style & last year's Westfield Style Magazine, just in case she is in the mood to sign an autograph!

Where: Westfield Plaza Bonita, Macy's Court, 3030 Plaza Bontia Rd., National City, CA 91902
When: October 20-21 | October 27-28
Time: Saturday hours: 11 AM - 7 PM | Sunday hours: 12 PM - 6 PM

Watch the video for a feel of what to expect! Learn more about the Westfield Style Tour. I hope to see you there!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

Art and Fashion Collide Event at Andaz Salon San Diego

Another exciting event happening in San Diego! For all of my fashion blogger friends still buzzing from the recent FWSD runway show - here is ANOTHER awesome opportunity to see the art of fashion! This time: Menswear! We will be treated to an added BONUS: FINE ARTS, wine, and fun social event held at an amazing venue! I hope to see you there!

The Art and Fashion Collide Event is presented by Andaz San Diego on October 18, 2012.  The event will feature artist Heidi Thompson as well as a fashion show by Maceoo Menswear. For More Information about the event Call 619.814.2060

Excerpt from the Andaz San Diego Calendar of Events:

Art and Fashion Collide. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, innovative San Diego art will coincide with a display of stylish creativity in Andaz’ Ivy Wine Bar and Ivy Nightclub.

Fashion and art aficionados are invited to peruse an intriguing display of contemporary abstract art from featured artist Heidi Thompson, courtesy of art critic, collector and acclaimed art dealer Alexander Salazar. Following this art show, guests can take in the cutting-edge stylings of local menswear designer Maceoo during a fashion show in the hotel’s renowned Ivy Nightclub.

At 6 p.m. guests will begin their evening with a welcome from Alexander Salazar complemented by an inspiring art display. Between 6 and 7 p.m., guests will also be able to enjoy hosted drinks in the Ivy Wine Bar.

At 7 p.m., guests will venture into the chic Ivy Nightclub to enjoy the talent and originality of Maceoo, an impressive line of menswear designed by Mehdi Raad. Based in San Diego, Maceoo is an artistically-created clothing line inspired by the cultural and social experiences of its designer; pieces are intended to act as an extension of the body, simultaneously embodying sensuality and sophistication.

Andaz Salon is a series of dedicated events held at esteemed Andaz hotels across the nation, including Andaz San Diego. These occasions, sought after by each cities’ most influential residents, offer opportunities for locals and visitors to engage in unique social experiences under the guidance of knowledgeable event hosts. From fine art exhibits to wine and cheese immersions, and local musical acts to informative culinary demonstrations, guests of Andaz Salon events experience the local scene through the eyes of leading cultural arbiters.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fashion Week San Diego 2012

Fashion Week San Diego 2012 has come and gone. There is still quite a bit of  buzz surrounding the event.  The runway show, trunk show, and winner announcement was a great way to conclude FWSD.  I am thankful to have been invited to participate as a VIP Press invitee.  I am excited for next year!

A MUST see: Please check out the runway show photos by Gerald Labrador Videography:
Fashion Week San Diego 2012 Runway Show

The audience at the Hard Rock enjoying the runway show!
This year's winner is Kenneth Barlis! Runner ups are Jessica Faulkner and Dos Caras Swimwear. Kenneth's portion of the runway show was one of my favorites! But I have to admit the the ENTIRE production was a wonderful experience!

Kenneth Barlis
Performance by DJ Violinist Spags was phenomenal!

I think a big round of applause is in order for all of the "behind the scenes" folks!  The designers and their talents are the face of FWDS and we all applaud them, but everyone involved should be counted as the heart and soul of FWSD!  So, I give thanks to the hair & makeup artists, the models, the set up crew, the event volunteers (especially the sweetheart that seated me in the VIP section, & the gal who tried to help me locate my swag bag that was never to be found...), the dressers, the bloggers covering the event, the photographers, sponsors, and to you my friends who read my blog!

What I Wore: Kate Spade top, Michael Kors pencil skirt, Ann Taylor Cuff, Kooba Satchel, Guess Stilleto.

FWSD 2012

FWSD 2012 OOTD by lifebycynthia featuring kate spade

Fashion Week San Diego 2012 Runway Show at the Hard Rock
Allison Andrews is the Founder and Director of Fashion Week San Diego

Monday, October 15, 2012

Zarbee's Hilarious MOMents Contest

Note: Giveaway has ended.

Share Your Hilarious MOMent For A Chance To Win A $10,000 Dream Family Vacation!  Enter daily to increase your chances!  After entering the contest be sure to check out the BONUS giveaway for Life by Cynthia readers! See details below & good luck!

My MOMoment: My two year old once looked into the toilet and said this: My poo looks like cookies! I am SO glad that he didn't reach in to check! Funny moments? I'd love to hear them!

Zarbee’s is passionate about families and they’re on a quest to find the most hilarious parenting stories out there! Disastrous messes, embarrassing public moments, gag-inducing stories… Moms have seen it all and your “MOM”ents deserve to be recognized and celebrated. Head on over to Zarbee’s Facebook page now through November 7th to enter the Hilarious MOMents Contest and you could win a $10,000 dream family vacation!

Contest link:

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To learn More about Zarbee's products, please visit their website:

Link to Contest Rules

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I have partnered with Zarbee's to spread the word about Zarbee's Hilarious MOMents Contest with my blog readers.

I will be receiving a free Family Cough Kit containing:

  • Zarbee’s All Natural Children’s Cough Syrup (4 fl. oz. full size bottle) for little ones 12+ months
  • Zarbee’s All Natural Children’s Nighttime Syrup (4 fl. oz. full size bottle) for kids 2+ years
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Zarbee's is also giving away (2) Zarbee's Family Cough Kits to Life by Cynthia readers/followers! Entry is simple: please leave a blog comment letting me know which method you are following Life by Cynthia. Example: Facebook, GFC, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. Giveaway will close 10/31/12. 2 Winners will be selected at random. Winners will be announced on this blog post on or after 11/1/12 and must reply within 24 hours otherwise an alternate winner will be selected.  Winner will furnish full name and mailing address including street, city, state and zip. Prize will be sent directly to winner from Zarbees. Open to US residents. 

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Cold & Flu Season | Get Well Little One

A rare sick day...
Is it cold & flu season already?! I haven't missed a single day at work due to personal illness since becoming Mommy a little over 2 years ago. I have miraculously become resistant to germs. Prior to becoming a mom, I used to catch every bug that would be floating around the office! NOT anymore! I have Mommy Super Powers now!  I think we all earn our capes and superpowers once we enter parenthood.  No time for mommy to be sick!

When our little one is under the weather, it just breaks my heart. Thankfully, our little guy rarely falls ill.  I am hoping for a speedy recovery.

Happy & Healthy!
Praying that this was the start and END of cold season for our little trooper!  He just started "school". It's a program for 24 to 36 month old children, he loves it! I think that is where he caught this bug that he has now. We are likely to miss his very first field trip to the Pumpkin Patch this Friday.  Hoping for the best.  Any mommy tips & tricks to keep the little ones comfy when they aren't feeling well? My trick is to hold him close - he can breathe easier and it's calming for both of us.

Stay healthy friends! I'm sending hugs to all of you that have been sneezed on, covered in baby snot, vomited on, and just so worn out with worry. Ironically it was just about this time last year that he suffered his first illness: Cold & Flu Season 2011.

First Day of School

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sharp Women's Health Conference 2012 - San Diego

Photo Source: Flickr Sharp Healthcare
I was one of about a dozen area Bloggers that received an invitation to attend the Sharp Women's Health Conference.  The conference was such a wonderful experience.  I was inspired, uplifted, humored, and humbled.  I made new friends, I was pampered, educated, motivated, entertained, and FED! The experience nourished my soul, my imagination, and my tummy! I laughed out loud, I danced, and I bled (health screenings & it was just a drop).  I even discovered my DHARMA! Well...that part is a work in progress, but I have been shown the way!  Oh, I could go on and on about how much I gained from my experiences from this day.  I couldn't tell it as well as I lived it.  I will be back next year and I hope to bring many of you with me!  Thank you Sharp Healthcare and to our wonderful blogger liaison Tracey Black who brought us all together!

Tracey, Dorothy, and Angela
Colleen Murphy, RN Sharp Healthcare
Our Wonderful Emcee Kimberly Hunt
Shivani Singh Author of Discover Your Dharma

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. I partnered with Sharp to attend the conference and received admission to the event.

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