Life by Cynthia: November 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

Kidfresh Frozen Meals #KFHealthyKids Options

As a working mom, I automatically lose 8 hours a day to be at home to with our son.  We have a wonderful person to watch over our little guy while my husband & I are both at work:  my mom.  She is a blessing and wonderful with our child. We are very lucky that our son isn't too picky when it comes to meal time. He is a toddler so he can have his moments when he doesn't want what is prepared.  It is to be expected.  With a loving support system and backup plans at meal time, we are covered.  Our son is a happy, healthy two year old!


For those times that I am away it is nice to have meal alternatives on hand for the person caring for my child (my husband, my mom, or my sister).  I'd rather attention be on my child rather than in the kitchen trying to figure out what will please his palate.  We have recently discovered Kidfresh Frozen Meals.  Our son's favorite is the Wagon Wheels Mac + Cheese.  I feel better about having this on hand for those "just in case" finicky moments. Luckily our son LOVES his veggies but if your toddler is not a fan - not to worry...Kidfresh purees veggies and sneaks them right into their frozen meals! Check our their line of products here.
I printed my $1 off coupon from the Kidfresh facebook page (you can too)! With coupon in hand, I headed to our local Von's grocery store.  Kidfresh Meals were on sale for $2.99 each!  We purchased the Wagon Wheels Mac + Cheese and Spaghetti Loops Bolognese.  If you are in search of easy kid's meals look for Kidfresh offerings in your area by checking out the Kidfresh Store Locator.


For more details on my findings during my shopping experience for Kidfresh, please visit my Google+ Story.

To learn more about Kidfresh for yourself, visit their Facebook page and follow Kidfresh on Twitter @KidfreshFoods.



I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Kidfresh #CBias #SocialFabric #KFHealthyKids

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Winter Wardrobe Shopping at Cookie's Kids

I have recently discovered a great online shopping site for children's clothing: Cookie's Kids!  I was on a mission to find Winter Wardrobe items for our 2 year old son and all the kiddos in our life.  I am a fan of a good deal and have found quite a few here.  I instinctually peeked at the Clearance section first, but quite honestly found great prices in every department that I browsed though.  In our family (my husband & I combined) we have 7 nephews and 4 nieces that range in age from 1 year to 12 years of age.  I admit that we do our share of "hand me down" clothing among the cousins - which is great for keeping the budget in check.  With the holidays upon us giving the gift of brand new items are in order! To be able to do that and stay within budget is shopping success in my book!

Thanks to Cookie's Kids readers of my blog are entitled to an exclusive discount code to help YOU to succeed with saving some money while you shop!  Enter:  lifebycynthia when you checkout to save 10% off sitewide! Exp 12/21/12

As I mentioned earlier, my primary focus was to get a few winter weather essentials.  Thermal underwear, mittens for possible trips to the snow, pajama sets, jackets - the works!  I was impressed with the variety of very well known brands sold by Cookie's kids and loved the "Cookie's Recommends" feature. Check it out! Make sure not to miss the Alva Kid's sizing guide too. Both were very helpful in my shopping process.



I was drawn to the Twenty Twenty "Trapper" Jacket and ultimately purchased it. I just couldn't pass it up for the price!  My purchase was quickly delivered via USPS and was even MORE wonderful in person!  I am very pleased with my choice.  My husband commented that he wanted an adult sized version for himself!  It really is super stylish!  The hood is removable - I love the added versatility. Here is a picture using the "rollover" feature which zooms in on the image to give you more detail of the item that you are shopping for.

The shopping part was easy but getting this little guy to pose for some photos... not so much. I will have to work on that!  Happy shopping all!
In reading the history of the company I was impressed with the humble beginnings of the company and wanted the share this family success story with you:

In 1972, a man named Cookie and his brother Marvin went into business together. They rented a 1600 square foot store in Queens, fixed it up, bought inventory and opened a day after Thanksgiving with a full stock of holiday toys. When that did well, they introduced clothing items and began to open new stores. Besides the latest fashions the brothers added shoes, toys, backpacks & accessories.  School uniforms are also available now! Cookie's Kids have grown to 7 stores in the NYC area: Bronx, Brooklyn and Jamaica.  AND online at CookiesKids.com!

Dont forget to follow #CookiesKids on facebook to learn more and on Twitter to stay up to date on what's new at Cookie's Kids.

To check out some other amazing items that I have found while shopping at Cookie's Kids please visit my Google+ Story.



Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This content has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Cookies Kids #CBias #CookiesKids #SocialFabric.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Knott’s Merry Farm! Knott's Berry Farm Celebrates “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

My family and I live fairly close to Knott's Berry Farm, yet we haven't visited yet!  This might be an extra special way to spend our FIRST trip there!
  
Knott's MERRY Farm:
Thanksgiving Day – January 6 Knott’s Berry Farm is filled with the magic of the season as it transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm and celebrates “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with seasonal entertainment, spectacular decorations including a 65 foot tall Christmas tree, and a colorful Christmas parade.


Now a holiday tradition in Southern California, Knott’s Merry Farm is proud to present the holiday ice spectacular, “It’s Christmas, Snoopy!” The show, performed in the 2,100-seat Charles M. Schulz Theatre, is hosted by the famous skating beagle and his PEANUTS friends as they look for the true meaning of Christmas and features Knott’s ensemble skaters, dazzling sets, colorful costumes and plenty of surprises!

 “A Peanuts’ Holiday Parade” offers seven elaborately themed floats featuring the PEANUTS Gang and accompanied by students from Orange County Song and Dance Company. Children and adults alike will be able to get into the holiday spirit with the Peanuts Gang as they get ready for the holidays. Children and adults alike will enjoy “A Peanuts’ Holiday Parade” which offers seven elaborately themed floats featuring the PEANUTS Gang. Join CHARLIE BROWN, LUCY, SALLY, SCHROEDER and of course SNOOPY as they partake in all the holiday festivities including cookie making, tree trimming, and even toy building.

Knott’s 1880s Ghost Town is transformed into Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village, inviting mall-weary guests to explore one-of-a-kind treasures created by more than 100 artisans in a Victorian holiday wonderland of strolling carolers, musical groups, community choirs and lavish holiday decorations.

Adding to the unique Village atmosphere are live performances of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and O. Henry’s “A Gift of the Magi” in the Bird Cage Theatre. Additionally, the world famous Timber Mountain Log Ride is transformed into Elf Mountain giving guests an up-close and-personal view into the world of Santa’s Elves.

Guests can also experience the wonder of “Snoopy’s Magical Nights of Lights.” Hundreds of thousands of twinkling white and multicolored lights merrily light up the nighttime sky accompanied by a festive soundtrack that bring the Christmas spirit alive from dusk to Park closing. My Readers Save Big At Knott's Merry Farm Running Nov. 22 - Jan. 6 - Only $37.99 Admission to Knott's Merry Farm with this coupon.

Disclosure: Life by Cynthia has partnered with US Family Guide to share with readers information about Knott's Merry Farm. Compensation was not received. Complimentary tickets for admission will be provided to facilitate a review of the park.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Diet & Exercise: SD Mom's Night Out Style

I am so excited for an upcoming event organized by SD Mom's Night Out & FITzee Foods!  I needed some motivation with exercise and guidance with nutrition.  This event is PERFECT!

About FITzee Foods:
FITzee Foods creates freshly made, pre-portioned meals designed to keep customers healthy, balanced, and in control of their nutrition. Their meals are prepared daily with fresh, organic, and all-natural ingredients. All you need to do is heat and eat. I can do that!

About SD Mom's Night Out:
Their mission: To create an ongoing opportunity for busy moms in San Diego to enjoy a night out with like-minded women, while promoting local businesses using creative marketing and social media. I had the pleasure of meeting Angela Quisumbing, co-founder of SDMNO, at a conference last month.

About the Event: SD Mom’s Night Out Fitness Event 11/17/12

If you have been following my blog, then you know that I have been meaning to share a post about Diet & Exercise.  I have done pretty well with weight loss (I must toot my own horn: nearly 60 lbs lost since my heaviest weight a little over 2 years ago).  The tough part NOW is the last 5-10 lbs!  I admit that I have been slacking as far as exercise & fitness (unless you count tending to a 2 year old boy - which really IS a workout).  Dieting has never been something that I have done (counting calories, limiting carbs, etc.). I really do follow my cravings. I have been successful with cutting portion sizes down and credit that for the majority of my weight loss.  With the upcoming Holidays it is going to be tough not gaining weight - I may as well forget about LOSING any.  I would be happy with maintaining my current weight, for NOW.  I do plan on shedding the 5-10 lbs and I have already signed on for a 30 Day Fitness Challenge which begins in January! Will I have a Bay Watch bod next year? I'm kidding!

I recently attended the SD Mom's Night Out 1 Year Anniversary Party and had a wonderful time. I am sure that I will enjoy the SD Mom's Night Out Fitness Event, IF I survive the physical exertion!  Stay tuned because I will be telling you ALL about it!  Please pray for me that I make it through the hour long workout session!

I would LOVE to hear your tips on staying motivated when it comes to exercise as well as EASY diet/nutrition/healthy eating tips that have worked (is working) for you.


Disclosure: I did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

Who loves Melissa & Doug toys?! WE do!  I am very excited about the fast approaching Holiday Season.  The folks over at Melissa & Doug are READY! Take a peek at what is included on the list of Terrific Twenty Holiday Toys - these are the “best of the best” holiday gifts for the 2012 holiday season.  I have already spotted a few things that our son will LOVE!

To celebrate the Holidays Melissa & Doug is having a “20 Days of Terrific Twenty” Giveaway on their Facebook page! Every day (starting November 6) they will be giving away one item from the Terrific Twenty list to at least one lucky Facebook fan!

Visit the Melissa & Doug facebook page to enter! You only need to enter once  for the entire 20-day giveaway!  There will be 1 winner chosen every day!


The Magic Mine Wooden Train Tunnel Set has made the list and has our son's name written all over it!  I don't know if we can wait until Christmas to play with this!  We probably won't!  

Melissa & Doug Magic Mine Wooden Train Tunnel Set


Melissa & Doug has GREAT news for Life by Cynthia friends!  Thanks to Melissa & Doug we are hosting a giveaway for a chance to win your very own Terrific Twenty Holiday item!  We have (and LOVE) Melissa & Doug's Trunki and will be giving one away to one of our readers! Trunki can be used for storage, pretend play, and travel! Bonus: your kiddo can RIDE on it too! Check out the short video below.



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 11/25/12.  Winner will be selected at random. Winner will be announced on this blog post on or after 11/26/12 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 Melissa & Doug. Open to US residents.

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own. I have partnered with Melissa & Doug to share information about the Terrific Twenty List & Giveaway with my readers.  I will be receiving a Melissa & Doug product to keep.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Family Fun at Boomers!

When it comes to fun, Boomers is a blast! Whether you're celebrating a birthday party, doing corporate events and team building, or spending quality time with family and friends, Boomers makes everything easier and hassle free. With attractions like Batting Cages, Miniature Golf, Inflatable Water Slide, Go Karts, Bumper Boats, Bowling, Laser Tag, Rock Wall, Arcades, and a Kid's Playland, Boomers is the perfect place for fun! 11 California Locations! Check out today's special offer at Boomers: Coupon

It has been well over a year that our family has visited Boomers here in San Diego. The last time that we were there was for our nephew's 7th birthday.  It was such a hit with the kids as well as with the grownups!  Our son was only about 8 months old at the time - - a little young to enjoy the attractions. Now that he's a preschooler, I know that he will be thrilled that we are making a return trip!  Check out our video from our last Boomers adventure.  We are excited to create new memories with our son!

 
When was the last time you and your family enjoyed a trip to an amusement park? What family fun suggestions do you have?  As our son gets older, we are always on the lookout for good family fun options!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I have partnered with USFamilyGuide.com to share this post. My family has been invited to enjoy an unlimited all day Super Pass to Boomers. All opinions are my own.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Do You Have Time To Blog?

Time for an update on my blogging progress.  Last month I decided to focus more on my blog topics. Here is my original post: Future Blog Topics: Family Fun.  By listing what I intended to write about I am finding that it has helped me to stay on task.  So far I have completed half of my list!  I may have to make a new list soon!  I'd love to know what your tips & tricks are for managing time for blogging.  I'm always looking for ways to get the most out of what little bits of time I can find! I found my past blog post from last year and I have come a such long way since then. Now I have Time or at least I'm much better at managing it. Yay for progress.  I could still use your tips since I have so much room for improvement!

Stay tuned for these post topics:

Mr. & Mrs. Done 11/101/12
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


Enough about ME. What are YOU blogging about these days?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sweet November

Here is my long overdue Mr. & Mrs. post.  I wanted to share a bit about wedded life. Well... not so much about wedded life, but more about sharing how much I adore my Mr.!  I am lucky, I know it but don't always show it.  I'm sure that my husband would rather NOT be a the focus of a blog topic. He doesn't read my blog so I think that makes it OK.  Or at least I hope so! If this post mysteriously disappears, you'll know that I was censored! LOL.

WOW November! It is NOVEMBER. Where did the time go?  Our life seems to be in fast forward these days.  This glorious month is my husband's birth month. It is the month that I first met his mother, the month that we announced that we were pregnant, and the month when we celebrate one of my favorite holidays: Thanksgiving. SO... In honor of this sweet month and to show my thanks: I am going to make an effort to celebrate hubby's birthday all month long.  Hopefully that will remind him of how special I think that he is! My confession: Since our baby boy was born over 2 years ago I have been focused on being the best mommy that I can be, but NOT necessarily on the best wife that I can be! Yes... I admit it....I am that "not-so-great" wife.  Is anyone else with me?  It's not easy for me with so many life changes going on. Have I mentioned that I am going on 42 YEARS of age?!  I'm no spring chicken!  But no more excuses! Not this month at least! I will try my best. Because my guy is worth it.

SO - - - happy birthday (birthMONTH) to my hubby!  His present? The gift of a SWEET Wife!

In this post I have included family photos from my husband's birthday celebrations since the arrival of our son. The first year he got a cake. For the second year we took a family trip to Las Vegas but I forgot about a birthday cake! THIS year?! Stay tuned!
   
I am hoping to enlist YOUR help with ideas to make it the BEST November ever for my guy! Please share how you have WOWed your hubby! I need you!

2010

2011

Note: YES, that is me about 20 pounds ago. I have about 10 lbs that I'd like to shed. But that is a separate blog post!


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