Life by Cynthia: January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

BabbaCo: Escape The Indoor Blues With Awesome Adventures

This sponsored post is made possible by our friends at BabbaCo.

Before I tell you all about the wonders of BabbaCo and their BabbaBox I wanted to make a little confession: I am NOT a crafty Momma (Not YET. I'm a work in progress).  I find so many projects on Pinterest but I don't pin them because I KNOW that I do not have the time or energy to pull these "easy" crafts together.  I work full time and race home each day to be with my little one.  I can't imagine rushing all over town to purchase goodies from the craft store!  Thanks to BabbaBoxes - I don't HAVE to.  EVERYTHING that I need is included.  Right down to scissors, glue, and markers!

Each month, the BabbaBox is delivered right to your door and features activities organized around a theme that kids age 3-7 will love. All you need to do is open up the box and enjoy!

I dread the winter blues - especially when colds are common and it is usually dark and a bit chilly outdoors by the time my husband & I get home from work.  Being cooped up is NO FUN.

During the workday our son is usually indoors with his Grandma.  He enjoys watching PBS, has many learning toys, his beloved train sets, and his very own tablet loaded with learning apps.  But even with those things I like to introduce him to hands on projects that encourage imaginative play. DIY crafts, kid friendly recipes, and countless other FUN projects and experiments!

I love having BabbaCo projects that the little one can do with his Grandma while my husband and I are at work! They BOTH can have fun creating together!  Instructions are always included and are very easy to follow.  As I mentioned earlier: all of the items that you need are included in the box!

BabbaCo Story Materials

If you are looking for a fun solution to the indoor blues check out February's BabbaBox which theme is: “My Amazing Adventures”.

BabbaCo Puppet People
Here are the details on what you’ll find inside your “My Amazing Adventures” BabbaBox:

Make an adorable photo magnet of your kids and have it sent to your home – absolutely free – thanks to BabbaCo's special partnership with Shutterfly!

Star in adventures to outerspace, the jungle - anywhere your imagination takes you - in a storybook you create and get to can keep.

Using your personalized magnet from Shutterfly, cut out adventure costumes you get to color, make puppets that can play out your stories.

Read “Henry's Amazing Imagination” - a sweet story about a mouse whose imagination is so great that his friends begin to wonder if he's fibbing! See how his teacher helps him harness his ideas into stories to share.

Download a free copy of DinoBoy Adventures App - It's a "choose your own" adventure story for the preschool set!

Here are a couple of photos from a BabbaBox that we purchased last year (and one of our FAVORITES):

  • Sign up for BabbaCo’s Newsletter (FREE) and you are entered to win a great prize package: Annual Membership to the BabbaBox ($240 value) AND a $50 Gift Card from Shutterfly.

  • BabbaCo is running a very special “Cure to the Indoor Blues” offer right now: 33% ($10) Off the 1st month of a new Monthly or Annual Subscription!  Just use the Coupon Code: FEB33 at checkout.

I invite you to take a moment to learn even MORE about BabbaCo by watching this informative video.

This sponsored post is made possible by our friends at BabbaCo.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

52 Week Money Challenge

Happy 2013 all!  I have been MIA for a bit.  I was hit hard by the 2012 Cold & Flu Season.  I'm coming back slowly, but surely. I can hardly wait to get caught up with everyone! My hopes are that you are all free from illness!  It's tough being sick! Ask me, I know!  I have high hopes for 2013 and by the end I hope to have a nice little chunk of funds to CELEBRATE!

I am sure that most of you have seen this challenge posted on Facebook. I am participating and wanted to see if you are too.

If you aren't familiar with Kassondra's 52 week Money Challenge, please take a moment to watch Kassondra's CW31 Good Day Sacramento interview regarding the Facebook group that she has started. To date there are 3,500+ participants!

I decided to do my deposits in reverse to make it much easier in the end! Since my deposits are going into an interest bearing account, I also figure the larger the amount and longer the money is there - the better. EVERY little bit counts right?

Honestly, I haven't decided what I will spend the money on. What would you purchase with $1,378.00?

It's still not too late to join the challenge - just catch up! Below is the chart that has been popping up on the Internet:

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Macy's Culinary Council Chef Nancy Silverton in San Diego

This post is Sponsored by Macy's.

Join Macy's Culinary Council Chef Nancy Silverton on January 12th at the Macy's Mission Valley Home Store!

As you all know - I LOVE attending events here in San Diego. I have many LOVES that I share on my blog. One of those loves is a love of FOOD! GOOD food. GREAT food!  This weekend two of my loves are coming together!  When experts share their craft I want to BE THERE to learn their trade secrets!  Sadly, I will not be able to attend this one.   BUT I am very excited to share the details just in case YOU are able to attend. This is sure to be a fun one!  If this is the type of event that catches your interest I would look them up in your area as well (since not all of you are here in San Diego)!  I just love cooking demonstrations! Don't you? I hope that you can make it.

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When: Saturday, January 12th at Noon

Where: Macy's Mission Valley Home Store School of Cooking, Main Level 1555 Camino De La Reina San Diego, CA 92108

Reservations are not required. Seating begins at 11:30am. First come, first served basis.

Bonus: With any $35 Home purchase (use your gift cards that you got for Christmas!) on the day of the event, you will receive a $10 Macy's gift card AND a signed copy of the Macy's Culinary Council Thanksgiving & Holiday Cookbook.

For more details about this event visit:

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  I have partnered with Everywhere & Macy's Culinary Council to share the details about the event and was compensated for doing so. All opinions contained in this post are my own.

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