Life by Cynthia: October 2013

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

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This post is sponsored by Collective Bias and NickMom. #Motherfunny #shop #cbias

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!

Girls Night In with NickMom Instant Mom #Motherfunny #shop

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!

Girls Night In with NickMom Instant Mom #Motherfunny #shop

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!

Girls Night In with NickMom Instant Mom #Motherfunny #shop

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!

Girls Night In with NickMom Instant Mom #Motherfunny #shop

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!

Girls Night In with NickMom Instant Mom #Motherfunny #shop

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

Instant Mom NickMom #shop #motherfunny #cbias

Girls Night In with NickMom Instant Mom #Motherfunny #shopDisclosure:
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

Land O'Lakes #SauteExpress #shop

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.

Lemon Pepper #SauteExpress Tilapia #shop

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.

#SauteExpress #shop quick dinner solutions

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.

#SauteExpress #shop easy dinner recipes

Simple dinner options #SauteExpress #shop

#SauteExpress #shop recipe for Land O'Lakes Lemon pepper

tilapia lemon pepper #SauteExpress #shop

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?

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