Life by Cynthia: 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Dressing Rehearsal a Whole Foods Market Holiday Event

This is a sponsored post for Whole Foods Market Encinitas.

On a recent shopping trip we picked up a few items to make Curried Crab on Crackers. You all know that I work full time while juggling marriage and motherhood so meal planning and recipe creation is something that stumps me every time! Thanks to Whole Foods ~ they have a website FULL of wonderful (and simple) recipe ideas for drinks, appetizers, entrees, and MORE! It's a blessing for working moms like me! That's where I found this SIMPLE appetizer. They even have an option to order your ENTIRE holiday meal!!! I'm definitely using the Whole Foods Best Holiday Ever as my Cheat Sheet for stress free holiday entertaining!

This appetizer may be making an appearance at my next holiday pot luck! Bonus: It is super easy to make and you can make it a day ahead! WIN!

Curried Crab on Crackers:

Creamy, delicately spiced and garnished with a red grape, this is a quick and festive, last-minute appetizer, but it's even better when you make the crab mixture a day ahead. Makes 2 dozen.

1 (8-ounce) tub crabmeat
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoon mild curry powder (or more to taste)
2 green onions, finely chopped
24 water crackers
12 red grapes, halved

In a large bowl, fold together crab, mayonnaise, lime juice, curry powder and green onions. Top each cracker with a bit of crab salad, then garnish with a grape half and serve.

Nutritional Info:
PER SERVING:35 calories (10 from fat), 1g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 10mg cholesterol, 65mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (0g dietary fiber, 0g sugar), 2g protein

Special Diets:
Dairy Free
Low Sodium
Low Fat
Sugar Conscious

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Whole Foods is one of our favorite places to shop. During the holiday season it is even more fun! We love the seasonal holiday items and the festive feel of the store during the holidays.  The Whole Foods Market store in Encinitas is hosting an event on December 12th at 6pm.  I'm going! I hope that you'll join me!  The Dressing Rehearsal is a FREE in-store holiday tasting event where there will be an opportunity to see chef demos, sample delicious holiday dishes, and learn about special holiday offerings in the store.  I plan on bringing my hubby and making it into an impromptu date night. They have a nice selection of beers that I'm sure he will enjoy checking out as he is a beer aficionado!

If you are a Whole Foods fan - YOU ARE IN LUCK!  We are hosting a giveaway for a $50 gift card to use at Whole Foods! See the Rafflecopter widget below to enter! GOOD LUCK!

If you are in the San Diego area - make sure to check out the Holiday Dressing Rehearsal Event!

Dressing Rehearsal Event Details:
Whole Foods Market Encinitas
Thursday, Dec 12 from 6 to 8pm.
Store address: 687 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Features of the Event:

Beer & Wine – Holiday favorites, pairings and sampling
Holiday Cheese Board – How to create
Premier Party Dips sampling
Coffee and seasonal treats

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Whole Foods Market Encinitas. All opinions are my own.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Project #BareSelfie and My 42 Year Old Bare Face

Thanks to Lancôme and She Speaks I had the opportunity to try DreamTone by Lancôme. As recommended, I used the product twice a day (morning and evening) for a few weeks. I received my full sized bottle free of charge to participate in the challenge. You can purchase your own at Lancô and at department stores nationwide. Lancôme DreamTone retails for $98 for a 1.3 fl oz. bottle.

About Lancôme DreamTone: DreamTone is designed for dark spot correction. It is a customized skin tone correcting serum. The new DreamTone line is comprised of 3 barely-tinted serums formulated to visibly correct dark spots, color imperfections and give you a more even-looking skin tone. The serums are customized for your skin tone: 1- Fair, 2 – Medium, 3 – Dark.

Post a selfie? ME? NEVER! I would have told you that you are CRAZY if you would even suggest that I post a naturally bare faced selfie! But I DID it, I posted my naked face on Instagram. I posted a picture of myself sans makeup. It was part of a challenge. I guess that you shouldn't challenge me to do something as I would most likely TAKE that challenge! Thanks to the #DreamTone #bareselfie challenge I was brave enough to post my naked face!  I did see some lightening of the dark spots on my face after just a few uses! I'd love to update you all again once I finish off the bottle! THAT will be the true test. I think with continued use it just might fade my dark spots all together. I have dark bags under my eyes and don't think that this product is designed to help that - but I am hoping that it will help a little!  I really can't complain about my skin too much - I am thankful that at 42, I do still see some youthfulness left!  I recently met with a skincare pro at FitBlogLA for a skin consultation and she was amazed that aside from some darkening - my skin was holding up well for my age!  She couldn't find a single wrinkle! YAY! Now... if I could just fade the spots a bit more I'd be golden!  Maybe more sleep and less stress could help with those tired eyes!  If you are looking for dark spot correction you might want to check out Lancôme's DreamTone for yourself.  You can connect with Lancôme on facebook  and on twitter @LancomeUSA as well as visit the DreamTone website:  http://www.Lancô  To learn more or to participate in the Lancôme DreamTone #bareselfie project visit: Project #bareselfie. I dare YOU to post YOUR naked face!

The DreamTone Serum that I received was pigmentation profile 2 – Medium skin tone. The product was easy to use, did not irritate my skin, and visibly reduced the dark spots on my skin after just a few uses. The "before" photo below was taken in the Spring (April 2013). It highlights the area of darkest discoloration.  I was very surprised at how quickly they began to fade using the DreamTone serum.  Normally I am the biggest skeptic but after trying DreamTone I am more inclined to CORRECT my spots instead of trying to HIDE them.

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Lancôme in partnership with SheSpeaks.  I received a complimentary full sized sample of DreamTone to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Meal Plans From

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I was thrilled to partner with to find a solution for my menu planning dilemmas.  As you all may know by now - I work full time outside of the home and have been juggling career, marriage, and parenthood! Not to mention blogging when I can find a moment! As a 42 year old person with an active 3 year old little boy- this isn't easy for me! I'm no spring chicken! Super Woman I am NOT! I do admire those that have mastered the Super Woman moves! I have been burning the candle at both ends for 3 years now and I STILL need all the help that I can get!  I haven't tried an online meal planning solution before but I will tell you that I am now on board with  eMeals and I am VERY excited about it!

I'm so glad that eMeals is designed to help folks like me! Every week, a meal plan arrives in your inbox. You get seven dinner recipes that include an entrée and side dishes.  Along with the meal plan, you'll receive a detailed grocery list.

Have you tried I'd love to hear about your experience! If not, which plan are you most interested in?

With 50 weekly plans based on customers preferred food style and family size - there is sure to be a program to fit your needs. I appreciate the varied options. The best part (for me) is that you aren't locked in - you can change it up!

With the Holiday Season coming up FAST, you can bet that eMeals is ready to help you!  It seems that the Paleo diet is all the rage these days. They do have a Paleo Holiday Menu if this is type of diet that you are on. Here is their recipe for Savory Thyme and Garlic Roast Turkey.

Another point that I am truly giddy about is the prospect of saving money and avoiding wasted food! Typically, I will buy ingredients for recipes and end up not making them. I sometimes (often times) forget produce items in the crisper and they quickly spoil before I have a chance to use them. What a sad waste of money!  This plan will keep me on track.  No more wasted food. I can save some money with COUPONS from my local grocery stores since eMeals has partnerships with ALL major food stores.  This added perk of coupons is included with all plans!

Financial Planning celebrity and TV show host, Dave Ramsey, supports eMeals and how it helps families save around $1,000/year.  I'm ready to take that as a challenge and see how much my family can save!

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Disclosure: I have partnered with Markerly and eMeals.  I will be receiving 1 year of eMeals as part of this campaign.  A discount for my readers is also offered: 35% OFF new subscription by using code CYBER35. All opinions are my own.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Healthy Cooking with Star Usage Pairing Olive Oils #STAROliveOil

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 their client.

We are very excited about Holiday season! It will be here sooner than you think! This time of the year calls for even more home cooked meals!  Great food and spending time with family and friends is something that we all look forward to.  We are all trying to eat healthier so we are cooking healthier.

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You can replace using butter and margarine in any recipe using Star's Conversion Chart. Olive Oil has no cholesterol or carbohydrates, and is one of the oils highest in monounsaturated fat which helps lower bad LDL cholesterol while maintaining good HDL cholesterol. It is also a good source of vitamin E.

• 100% natural
• Carbohydrate and sodium free
• Cholesterol and gluten free
• No trans fat
• No added preservatives, flavoring or colorings

I was shopping for a few kitchen essentials at Walmart and happily found Star Usage Pairing Oils. Like with wine, specific varietals of olive oil pair best with certain types of dishes. Star has a selection of three different single varietal extra virgin olive oils, each designating on the label which type of dish they pair with best.  I love it! No guess work!

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I was stocking up for Holiday cooking but I can honestly use this product for our everyday meals! I picked two out of the three varieties for this reason.  We love hummus at our house and will be using the Albequina in our next batch!  We rarely eat red meat so naturally I selected the Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Vegetables and the Hojiblanca Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Poultry/Fish.  In hindsight, I'm wishing that I grabbed a bottle of the Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Beef/Lamb.  I guess I'll be making another trip to the store!

I haven't had a chance to whip anything up yet. I've been as sick as a dog. I have fallen victim to cold and flu season. It hit our home AND at it's floating around the workplace. When I am back on my feet I plan on making Giada's (one of my fave celebrity chefs) Grilled Vegetable Paninis.

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Giada's Grilled Vegetable Panini. Photo: Recipes
I also want to try a recipe that I found on the Star Fine Food's website: Seared Scallops with Citrus Vinaigrette.  I am a HUGE seafood fan! I'm an even bigger fan of quick and easy meals! Prep time 10 minutes! This recipe is for me!  Especially since I have all of the ingredients on hand - just add scallops.  I'll just have to pick up some up once I'm feeling better.

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Photo: Star Fine Foods

For recipe ideas and to learn more about Star Fine Foods please follow Star Fine Foods on Pinterest and on Twitter.  Don't forget to enter their facebook GIVEAWAY for your chance to WIN all three varieties. Contest starts November 11, 2013 and ends December 20, 2013.

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What's cooking in your kitchen? What is your signature dish? I'd love the recipe to your hits! ESPECIALLY if they are healthy, quick, and EASY because as a work mom I NEED the added convenience!

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I have partnered with the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community and their client to introduce you to STAR Olive Oil's Usage Paring Olive Oils. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The School of Fashion and Style at SKILLSHARE

This post is sponsored by Skillshare

Skillshare is a website that gives you access to Project-Based Classes, Anytime, Anywhere.  You can learn at your own pace and on your own schedule. The Fashion & Style classes sparked my interest. Skillshare's School of Fashion and Style is led by industry leaders who are shaping the world of fashion today.  The class offerings are extensive!

One of the classes that really caught my eye is the Introduction to Fashion Photography. The class is designed for anyone who wants to explore fashion photography as a profession or a hobby. Personally I think this would be GREAT for fashion bloggers!

I feel like I missed out on the artistic gene in our family.  My brother is a artist by trade and my mother is a professional floral designer.  All hope is not lost on me though!  It's NEVER too late to learn!  I can take a class to learn Basic Watercolors to learn painting with PaperFashion.  This class is geared for anyone that wants to learn the basics of watercoloring. This skill can be used to start on your own fashion or illustration projects. Or in my case, just to explore artistry and creativity.

Want to learn how to make a boutonniere? I could ask my mom, the florist, or learn on my own by taking a course at Skillshare!  I can impress her with my newly learned skills! Take a peek at this step by step photo!

Is there something that you have always been wanting to learn?  Skillshare has an impressive host of topics that will teach you! They offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of learning.  You can choose either online classes as well as local offerings!

What's the one thing that you are passionate about and would love to learn how to do?!

Disclosure: I have partnered with Skillshare to share my thoughts about Skillshare's new School of Fashion classes. All opinions are my own.


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Group Yoga Class Outdoors

Today I practiced yoga outside the confines of a studio.  I really enjoyed the air and the San Diego sunshine.  I do love being in the studio but really enjoyed taking a class outside!  It was such a nice way to start the day. I am wearing my brand new Roxy gear from the Fitness Magazine Meet and Tweet.  My CamelBak water bottle is also a souvenir from #FitBlogLA.  The gifts that I received are being put to good use!  I am really working on blogging more about health and fitness in my forties.  Events like this one keep me excited about the journey!

roxy outdoor fitness yoga lululemon fitness blogger meet and tweet

I recruited my sister to join me for a free community event hosted by lululemon and the Tea Gallerie. We had a great practice while supporting a good cause by bringing non perishable foods to donate to the local food bank.

You often hear that nothing in life is free.  I beg to differ.  If you look hard enough there are many things to do that won't break the bank! In case you didn't know... Every lululemon location offers complimentary yoga lead by local yogis in your community. Just look it up!

For this event we arrived early and had a chance to chat Natalie who led the class.  The tea was delicious and I look forward to the next event.

free lululemon yoga class

What activities do you enjoy?  I am always up for trying new things.  My sister's go-to for fitness and stress relief is boxing. She is always encouraging me to give it a try.  That may be my next big adventure! I'm sure an upcoming post will be about my first attempt at a boxing workout! Oh fun! Got any tips for me?

Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween Family Fun

halloween with a preschooler decorating pumpkin

I've never really cared much for Halloween. Becoming a parent has definitely changed the game for me. As a family we have so much fun and with each year it just gets better. Seeing our son in costume is so cute! His excitement rubs off on us. This year we decided to really get into the spirit and get into costume ourselves!

We visited the pumpkin patch, decorated our home (our kid's idea), decorated pumpkins, and went trick or treating of course!

Meet the Life by Cynthia family: Little Captain America, Mommy the Witch, and Daddy Wolverine!

Our pumpkin patch adventure this year took place at Oma's Pumpkin Patch in Lakeside, CA. The Pumpkin Patch is on the Van Ommering Dairy.  Guests can enjoy many family oriented activities including a hay ride and a dairy farm tour.  On the day of our visit a calf was born earlier that morning.  We got to see the little one. Watch our family video to take a peek at her too. It was a little crowded and a little hot but all in all we had a great time.

I would LOVE to hear about your Halloween!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wordless Wednesday #FitBlogLA #FindYourStrong

Fitness Magazine's Blogger Meet and Tweet attendees were treated to a BUNCH of nice gifts from event sponsors. I wanted to share one of my favorites: The soon to be released Saucony Guide 7. Stay tuned for future blog posts as I plan to showcase ALL of my favorites from #FitBlogLA.

Saucony Guide 7 fitness blogger meet and tweet swag #fitblogla #findyourstrong #guide7
Happy Halloween!

Wordless Wednesday?! SPEECHLESS is more like it! Thank you Saucony for giving the #FitBlogLA attendees a "sneak peek" at the Guide 7 which is debuting on November 1.

If you were at the event and have already taken a test run please let me know how it went! I have been having some hip and low back pain that has kept me sidelined.

Disclosure:  I received the Guide 7 during the Fitness Blogger Meet and Tweet event at no cost.  I am not under obligation to post about the event or the product sponsors but just try and stop me!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fitness Magazine Blogger Meet and Tweet #FitBlogLA

I am still in awe of the amazing event that Fitness Magazine held on the West Coast.  I had been envying the NYC events and was thrilled with the announcement of #FitBlogLA.

The Fitness Blogger Meet and Tweet was held at the the  Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, CA.  The venue was PERFECT for the event.  I attended #FitBlogLA with the expectation of being inspired.  I definitely got what I expected and THEN SOME!  I made a new friends, learned a lot of valuable health tips, and had the opportunity to meet reps of my favorite brands who sponsored the event.  If you haven't heard by now, the sponsors were VERY generous with attendees.  We have the opportunity to test out the latest and greatest in health, fitness, fashion, and beauty products.   I will share more about that in an upcoming post. There will probably be several upcoming posts about my #FitBlogLA experience!

I am amazed at how quickly some of the attendees were able to post their recap posts!  Now that is some very impressive blogging! FAST! I'm a stop-and-smell-the-roses kind of girl. For me slow and steady wins the race. Truthfully, I'm lucky if I can find time to finish!  It has been a week and I am still on a #FitBlogLA high and digesting all of the information presented. Not only that but I have been trying out, trying on, tasting, and admiring all of the goodies that I came home with!
Fitness Magazine Meet and Tweet #FitBlogLA Fitness Meet and Tweet Los Angeles
I am so happy to report that everything discussed had practical, real world, fit-into-my-life info.  No magic pills, powders, or gizmos.  I LOVE that. Simple tips from industry experts.  Advice that I can easily work into my life. I loved that the attendees and panelist arrived in all different shapes, sizes, and ages.  Healthy and fit doesn't come in standard or "ideal" size. There were varying degrees of fitness but one commonality is that we are all learning and living to our most healthful potential.  I loved the diversity!  I met 20 year olds and 40 year olds. All of them had friendly smiling faces! The energy was positive and fun.  I met marathoners, Pilate's instructors, boot camp instructors, registered dietitians, fitness coaches - I even met Tony Horton!  I kinda took it upon myself to announce to him that I will be doing a P90X challenge since my husband owns the training program. Did I do that?!  More on that later!

Thank you Fitness Magazine for bringing the event out West! See you next year?

Monday, October 28, 2013

Trading Girls Night OUT for Girls Night IN

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Three years into parenthood I have collected enough funny parenting moments to keep me sane.  I honestly don't know how moms survive without having a sense of humor. Laughter is the best medicine, so they say. A few mom cocktails can also help! I don't often indulge but every once in a while is fun!  Seriously ladies, please find the time to connect with your gal pals! The kiddos enjoy Nickelodeon during the day, but once they hit the sack check out NickMom!

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Once upon a time a party with my girls involved getting dolled up and heading to our favorite dance club: GNO, woo-hoo! These days - all the partying that I can handle is plopping on the couch and chatting with my girls! Translation: GNI = Girls Night IN!  Well... 'night'  now must be in the daytime! Girls Day IN just doesn't sound as catchy! Of course we need some snacks, beverages, and maybe a chick flick or TV show that we can all relate to! Sharing #MotherFunny parenting moments equals loudly laughing mommies!  And that's BEFORE the cocktails!

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Recently we checked out Instant Mom starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict on NickMom.  It airs on Sunday nights at 10 pm ET.  In order to coordinate a group viewing, we used the trusty DVR. It's not problem watching from our individual homes, but with everyone having their own version of crazy Sunday night routines to prep for school and work on Monday - DVR was the way to go!

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Back to party life pre-children... Once upon a time we took TONS of pics on said nights out.  These days it's like pulling teeth to get anyone to pose in a picture with me!  Funny how times have changed. Back then our precious photos didn't get blasted on the Internet!  I get it.  I wouldn't have thought to party with my Mom during those days! Now she is the life of the party! Not to mention the most experienced mom of the bunch!  Her stories are also the funniest because they are all about US!

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I'd love to hear about your #Motherfunny parenting stories!  We chatted about potty funnies, boogers, not being able to go to the bathroom solo since entering motherhood, children naming their privates, and the list goes on... Please share yours and how you handle those moments!

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If you are looking for something to watch on TV once the kids are fast asleep, check out NickMom! In addition to airing new episodes on Sundays, Instant Mom is on EVERY night during NickMom programming. Check your local listings.  You can keep up with Instant Mom on Twitter @InstantMomTV

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I have partnered with the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community and NickMom to bring you this sponsored post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Lemon Pepper Tilapia Quick Dinner Recipe

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This post is sponsored by Collective Bias and Land O’Lakes Sauté Express® Sauté Starter as a part of a social shopper insights study. #SauteExpress #shop #cbias

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Do you have quick dinner solutions?  I'd love to know your dinner ideas for quick and easy recipes. My life as a working mom is rewarding but it can take on toll on me time wise. I LOVE my family, I am good at my job, and I am trying to make it all work. Sure I'd love to have more time to myself to workout, get a massage, and maybe finally get my hair done. I'd settle for getting the laundry put away, stocking the pantry, and cleaning out the junk drawer. I juggle pretty well but being mommy to a 3 year old, a full time employee, and a cheerful wife while being in my forties isn't always easy for me! I know that some women may be able to do it all without batting an eye.  THAT isn't me.  Not yet. Maybe not ever.  I am not going to beat myself up over it. I'm doing the best that I can.  When pressed for time we can still enjoy a tasty meal. Tonight's Dinner: Lemon Pepper Tilapia.

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When lacking time for dinner prep even the busiest of moms can rely on quick dinner solutions. My newest discovery: Land O’Lakes Sauté Express® Sauté Starter. Sauté Express® Sauté Starter is a seasoned butter and olive oil square with a variety of herbs and spices added in. It’s all in the square, perfectly blended.

There are 5 different flavors:
Garlic & Herb
Italian Herb
Savory Butter & Olive Oil
Lemon Pepper

You can find Sauté Express® Sauté Starter in the in the refrigerated dairy section at Walmart.  I was a bummed that I could only find 2 of the 5 flavors on my last visit.  I purchased the Garlic & Herb and Lemon Pepper. I am hoping to try the Savory Butter & Olive Oil as well as the Teriyaki next time.

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I love the convenience in the easy-to-use, pre-measured portions. Dinner prep is simple and the food is tasty. I had some Tilapia fillets in the freezer so decided to pair it with the Lemon Pepper. We enjoyed the splash of lemon and hint of black pepper. We had leftover whole grain pasta with kale from last night that was the perfect accompaniment. 

You can try out Land O' Lakes Saute Express Recipes or create your own.  For our meal we followed the package directions. You can add the protein of your choice.

Lemon Pepper Tilapia

To make 2 servings: 1 Sauté Express® square + 1/2 lb fish. For best results use a non-stick skillet. We like to use ceramic cookware.

1. Melt Sauté Express® square(s) over medium-low heat until bubbling and pan is coated.
2. Add fish. Adjust heat if necessary to prevent burning.
3. Sauté until thoroughly cooked.

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Cooking from scratch is great but when you can't what are your time savers?  Do you keep items on hand for quick meals? I'd love to hear about your dinner solutions.

To learn more about Land O'Lakes visit them on facebook or follow @LandOLakesKtchn on Twitter.

I have partnered with the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community and Land O'Lakes to bring you this sponsored post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fitness Blogger Meet and Tweet

Fitness Magazine is holding a gathering in Los Angeles. #FitBlogLA is a one day event that will cover a variety of topics: Health, Beauty, Wellness, and Diet and Nutrition. I am excited to have been invited to attend! I look forward to the opportunity to meet bloggers, preview new products, and even get a workout in! I've been following some of my favorite fitness bloggers and their recap posts from the NYC Meet & Tweet are amazing!  I am so glad that a similar event is being held here on the West Coast!  I know that I'll be so inspired after attending!

Fitness Blogger Meet & Tweet #FitBlogLA

The venue looks perfect for the event! I can hardly wait to check out the panelists, see some fun fashion in workout wear, sample some healthy food, and meet the sponsors! I'm READY to meet & tweet! Thank you Fitness Magazine for coming to L.A.

I will definitely be sharing more! In the meantime, I'd love to know about your favorite fitness regimen, product, or tip that keeps YOU fit! My biggest struggle is finding time after working a 40 hour work week. I'm in my 40's and have a 3 year old son! I live to be fit and want to be as strong and healthy as I can to keep up with our son. What motivates you?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data with Plans from Walmart Family Mobile

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This post is sponsored by Collective Bias and Walmart Family Mobile as a part of a social shopper insights study. #FamilyMobileSaves #cbias

My motivation to try an affordable cell phone service plan was to finally join the rest of the world and benefit from the use of a smartphone.  I admit that we were hesitant on joining the masses.  We simply didn't feel that we needed it. Cost was also a major factor.  We have friends and family members paying anywhere from $120 to $300 per month for service. When presented with the option of a cheap wireless plan through Walmart Family Mobile I couldn't sign up fast enough!  I am glad that I did and will be continuing service. The benefits of having a smartphone with reliable service at  the lowest price rate plan made it a no-brainer.

In the time that I had been testing our my phone and service through Walmart Family Mobile my life had an unusual amount of ups and downs.  My phone was with me every step of the way.  I would not have managed as well without my smartphone. After having one for over a month - I now see how so many people that I know feel that they NEED one.  From here on I cannot go back to basic talk and text!  I still wouldn't pay as much as many that I know are paying! I'll take the money that I would save and spend it on something more tangible!

One of my "UP" moments....

During a Social Media Conference (Social Fresh West) my phone kept me connected! Thanks to the Bizzabo app I made hundreds of connections via linkedin, I was able to follow conference happenings, and keep in touch with my new friends!

#shop My Family Mobile keeps me connected

One of my "DOWN" moments...

My dear Uncle passed away. We drove to the Bay Area to pay our respects. The navigator app that we used on the drive up was super helpful and truly reduced my stress level as far as getting there.  It may seem like a small thing to some, but having one less thing to worry about was a comfort.

The cell phone that I purchased with the Walmart Family Mobile service has proven to be more beneficial to me in more ways than I expected.  Peace of mind has been priceless. The savings over other plans is something that I have been sharing with my friends and family members.

The myTouch and Walmart Family Mobile unlimited, no contract plan makes it easy to expand my family plan. Getting connected is simple and should our needs change we are not stuck in a contract.  The service has been reliable and the savings on our monthly cell phone budget can be put away for unexpected expenses.

Our son isn't at an age when he needs a cell phone yet but it's good to know that limits and controls can help kids and parents - especially during back to school season.  Family Mobile has control features to manage the activity of users on the account. You can use Family Controls to assign limits to the minutes and messages allowed by the lines on your account, to manage allowed numbers, and to limit usage at certain times of day. Paying our monthly bill and monitoring our usage is a snap with Overall, we are pleased with the online management and information.

Check out Walmart for your family cell phone needs. You too can have unlimited talk, text, and data for less than $40 a month! For more on my personal shopping experience please visit my G+ album.

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