Life by Cynthia: March 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Boudin SF Launches a NEW Spring Salad Collection #Saladelicious

Boudin SF, the fast-casual restaurant created by Boudin Bakery, creator of The Original San Francisco Sourdough™, has introduced three new limited-time salads. San Diego Bloggers were invited for a media tasting event at the Boudin Balboa Mesa location. We sampled the new Spring lineup that launched today, March 25. The new selections are Chicken Kale Caesar, Lemony Couscous, and Chicken Bahn Mi. We got to try them all! We also sampled the Happy Hour beer and wine offerings uniquely paired with each salad.

Boudin #Saladelicious
Bloggers: +Melanie M. , +Cynthia+Danielle+Dariela, +Melissa, +Lora, +Laura, +Leah  

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sharing My Post Natal Weight Loss Story #PostNatalFatBurner #spon

Giveaway has ended.

FitTea invited me to share my post natal weight loss story.

Who remembers trying to lose weight after having a baby? To be honest, I didn't give weight loss much thought at first. I was a first time mom and I wasn't in a hurry to regain my pre-baby body. My only concern was taking care of my brand new baby and fitting into my new role as Mommy.  My husband is a very hands on parent so we learned together. He was there every step of the way. Our "baby" is now four years old. I guess that we are all different in deciding when we are ready to lose the pregnancy weight. And it's good to know that there are many options in which to drop those pounds.

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During pregnancy I gained 50 pounds. It was my first (and only) pregnancy. I am thankful that I did not develop gestational diabetes. In fact I was on target with my weight gains as determined by my doctor. It wasn't until the end of my pregnancy that the most of my gains occurred. My pregnancy was considered high risk. I am an "advanced maternal aged" mom. It was both joyous and scary.

Fast forward to baby being born. In June of 2010 we had a healthy 8 pound 3 ounce baby boy. By the time I was discharged from the hospital I was 30 pound lighter. I did everything that I could to ensure the health of my child. I breastfed. Everything I ate was done mindfully. I did not want to pass along anything harmful to my baby boy. I didn't take any drastic measures in trying to lose weight. Since I was breastfeeding, I needed my calories. I didn't want to risk losing milk production.

I didn't weigh myself until  February 2011, when our son was 8 months old. I had lost a 7 pounds, without trying. No diet or exercise involved. I returned to work and was either breastfeeding or pumping constantly. By the end of March 2011, I had lost another 5 pounds. Total weight gained in pregnancy 50 lbs. Total weight LOST 42 lbs.  I was left with 8 pounds to get to my pre-pregnancy weight.

The folks at +Fittea has an option for new moms: PostNatal Fatburner . If you are researching herbal supplements to assist in your weight loss efforts, visit the FitTea website. Check with your doctor to see if this is a good option for you. Their product may be what you are looking for. They report that the supplement can actually help you to increase your breast milk if that is an area of concern for you, as it was with me.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Staying Hydrated Using @DripDrop During a San Diego Heat Wave #DrinkDripDrop #spon

This is a sponsored post for +SheSpeaks/+Drip Drop .


Our forecast calls for record-setting heat to last all weekend. It was a HOT one here in San Diego. Just check out the snapshot from our local news station. It is definitely summer weather here in America's Finest City. The National Weather Service advised those planning outdoor activities this weekend to take care to avoid heat-related ailments.

With our unseasonable heat wave we need to make sure to keep hydrated. I encourage my loved ones take fluids even BEFORE they begin to feel thirsty.

While many folks may be using their DripDrop Hydration Powder to help them through winter/cold and flu season, those is our area need it to keep hydrated in the HEAT. Dehydration is caused when the body loses fluids and electrolytes faster than they can be replaced. Kids and dehydration is a BIG concern. Children’s hydration needs are much different than those of adults.

"Every year more than 200,000 children in the United States are admitted to a hospital for dehydration, and often they are treated with a painful IV. Why?  Children lose water much more quickly, and they require a greater volume of fluids to stay properly hydrated."

We have a very active 4 year old son. It would break my heart it he needed treatment with a painful IV for something that is easily preventable.  Sometimes keeping him hydrated means chasing him down with a drink. I'd much rather do that instead of having him ill from dehydration.  We do not like unnecessary hospital visits! We are all for prevention.

About DripDrop:
  • DripDrop provides a simple, cost-effective solution that empowers everyone to treat mild to moderate dehydration with a safe, medical-grade solution.
  • The hydration powder packets fit easily in the medicine cabinet, travel kit, purse and gym bag, so it’s there when you need it.
  • Simply mix with water and consume.
  • Developed by a Mayo Clinic-trained family physician,
  • DripDrop contains a proven ratio of ingredients – including sodium, sugars and potassium –which absorb quickly and help you recover faster than any other hydration product on the market.
  • DripDrop has been shown to hydrate 34% faster than water alone, and 20% faster than pediatric solutions and sports drinks.

We got to try both the Berry and the Lemon flavors. I am so glad that we were given a choice because our son did not like the Berry but really liked the Lemon. We also received a bottle that my son quickly claimed as his own.

We stayed inside today to avoid the heat.

I plan on taking my DripDrop to hydrate me during and after a Bikram Yoga session. If you have ever tried Bikram Yoga then you know how much you sweat in the heated studio. DripDrop sounds like a great way to replenish my electrolytes after a 90 minute sweat session!

To learn more visit the DripDrop website.  For information and promotions make sure to  follow @dripdrop on Twitter, visit Drip Drop on facebook, and check out drinkdripdrop on Instagram.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and DripDrop. Complimentary product samples were provided. All opinions are my own.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Foodie Friday with California Pizza Kitchen #CPKMomSD

Please allow me to share my CPK love. A few months back San Diego Bloggers were invited to get to know California Pizza kitchen with a sampling of their wide array of appetizers, salads, main courses, desserts, and cocktails. My thanks to CPK for hosting us.

Food and Friendship are easily two of my favorite things! I had the opportunity to meet with my San Diego Mom Blogger friends and learn more about California Pizza Kitchen at the same time. The Solana Beach CPK crew rocks!

We visited the Solana Beach Location of California Pizza Kitchen. They are located at 437 S HWY 101 Solana Beach, CA 92075

Photo Credit: SD Mom's Night Out | Angela Quisumbing

My impression of CPK prior to our blogger luncheon was that it is a place to grab pizza and salad. Good pizza and salad. I had no idea that their menu was so expansive. I am thrilled that CPK can cover ANY of my food cravings way BEYOND pizza and salad!

Pictured BBQ Chicken Pizza on the left and my FAVORITE CPK Pizza: Wild Mushroom with White Truffle Oil!

Cocktails? YES! You can grab some AMAZING cocktails with your girlfriends or while on date night with the hubby!

In hand: California Roots: Vodka, avocado, mint, agave sour and fennel rim - SO GOOD!

Surf and Turf? WHAT?! Oh yes! Fire grilled rib eye and cedar plank salmon is available at CPK! Who knew?!

Cedar Plank Salmon and Fire Grilled Rib eye in the background = Surf and Turf!

Decadent desserts? Just say butter cake! To die for! You'll want to save some room for this!

Butter Cake - a MUST try

The staff was very friendly and a happy crew. That makes a difference. We got to venture behind the scenes and guess what? It's clean, organized, and well stocked!

Photo Credit: SD Mom's Night Out | Angela Quisumbing

YOUR TURN: When was the last time you dined out? After posting this I realize that we don't eat out often enough. I think we will remedy that over the weekend.

Disclosure: I was an invited guest of SD Moms Night Out, California Pizza Kitchen, and the Litton Group. I was not required to submit a blog post but was craving some of the great food that I sampled that day.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Blog Conference Road Trips With The Family #FebrezeCar

Giveaway has ended.

Febreze sent us their Car Vent Clips to eliminate tough car odors and the Road Trip to Freshness board game for a little family fun. Thank you Febreze!

As a blogger, I really enjoy going to blogging and social media conferences. I love it when they happen to be within driving distance from where my family and I live. I always bring them along so that we can make a family trip out of it.  Who doesn't love a family road trip?!

Our in-car adventures have taken us to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Anaheim, and Scottsdale. Relatively lengthy drives from our home is San Diego, especially with a little one. Being cooped up in car for hours is great family bonding time but it could also result in a smelly vehicle. Drive thru food smells are our biggest culprit on our road trips. Oh SURE, the grilled onions on a double cheeseburger sounds yummy and SMELLS delish... But hours later? Blech. Greasy french fries and cheeseburgers are fun road trip treats but you don't want to smell it for the entire drive! Good thing nobody EVER farts in the car! Giggle. You get the gist of it. Small car, big smells, no fun. I'll never get used the smell of lingering fast food odors. Nope. Not me.

Your turn - please tell me about your smelly-mobile! Gym clothes? The forgotten french fry under the car seat? What causes stink in your car? OK, OK - since we probably don't want to air out what stinks, how about sharing your road trip memories? Please share your stories in the comments. Thanks!

OK, enough of the gross car smell talk.  Let's talk shopping and giveaways instead. If you enter our $25 Walmart giftcard giveaway you can drive on over to Walmart and do a litlle shopping. Maybe even pick up some Febreze Vent Clips while you are there.

Febreze Car Vent Clip in action. I like that you can adjust the amount of fragrance.

Febreze Car Vent Clip 411:

  • You can buy a single clip at Walmart and get another free. 
  • Febreze Vent Clips last up to 30 days.
  • Febreze Vent Clips can help keep your car as fresh-smelling as your home.

Playing "Road Trip to Freshness" and avoiding smelly incidents along the way.

Please enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below. Open to U.S. residents 18 and older. SheSpeaks will provide and ship a $25 Walmart gift card to our giveaway winner. Winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise an alternate winner will be selected.

For product information and promotions please follow @Febreze_Fresh on Twitter or Febreze on Facebook.

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I couldn't resist the urge to share our family video from our first Blog Conference Road Trip. Destination: Las Vegas. Here we are on the Las Vegas Strip with our then 2 year old. Fair warning, the video is unedited. Lifebycynthia unscripted!

Disclosure: This post is written in partnership with SheSpeaks and Febreze. All opinions are mine.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Try Healthy Food, Snacks, Beverages and Lifestyle Products with Bestowed @bstowed #GIVEAWAY

Giveaway has ended.

I received my first subscription box thanks to my friends at Bestowed. This post contains affiliate links.

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I got my box!  I love finding fun packages on my doorstep when I get home from work. I am very excited to tell you all about the goodies that I have received. It's been a busy time for me at the office so I haven't had a chance to try out ALL of the products yet.  I will be sharing updates on the blog so please stay tuned! For now, I just want to share what Bestowed is all about.

Bestowed is a monthly subscription box that contains products geared for people seeking healthy items. If are looking for live well products, THIS is the box for you. When you join Bestowed you will receive a box that contains 7-10 healthy snacks, beverages, and lifestyle items delivered straight to your door. Every product that is featured in the monthly boxes is selected by the Bestowed team which is led by nutritionist Heather Bauer.

How it works:
  • Select your membership type, then click Sign Up!
  • Shipping is FREE
  • Plans automatically renew and you may cancel at any time
There are several membership types that you can sign up for:

1 Month - $20/Month
3 Months - $18/Month
6 Months - $17/Month
12 Months - $16/Month

There were nine items in the particular box that I received.  With your delivery you will get a nice little welcome note listing the products in your box. The Bestowed box is a great opportunity for busy folks like me to try new things.  I can get lost in the many aisles in the grocery store hunting for the healthy stuff! With Bestowed, it is a convenient way to get a chance to try a wide variety of products without giving it much thought.  It's already done for you. Easy, Peasy. The samples in your monthly box are also available for purchase on the Bestowed website, so when you find your favorites you can easily order more.

February 2015 Bestowed Box

We are giving away a Bestowed boxed to one lucky reader! Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter! Prize fulfillment will be completed by Bestowed. Winner will have 24 hours to reply or an alternate winner will be selected. Good luck! Open to U.S. residents 18 and up.

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Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. I received a Bestowed box at a discount. All opinions are my own.

Monday, March 9, 2015

WundaBar Pilates San Diego

Thanks to WundaBar Pilates San Diego I got to try a free WundaBar Pilates Class.

I first learned about WundaBar Pilates from reading posts written by a fellow blogger. Melissa of theValentineRD was sharing her experience about a 60 day fitness challenge that she was participating in.  I am a fan of fitness challenges and have participated in a both a 30 day yoga and a 60 day barre challenge in the past.  I had the pleasure of first meeting Melissa online and then in person at a few fitness events. She is an inspiration and a genuinely nice person! When Melissa began sharing her journey I followed along very closely. I knew that she had some issues with a back injury and that this type of exercise had benefits for her. I have some issues with my back and hip due to scoliosis and the core strengthening aspect sounded ideal.  I love that it is an instructor led exercise. I really want and need a pro there to make sure that proper form is being used. I felt safe that I would not be doing more harm than good.  To me, it's smart exercise.  After 40+ years in this body, I've learned to be careful not to injure myself. Knowing that someone is trained and certified in what they teaching is very reassuring. When someone "has your back" like that, it makes for a better workout!

During the time that Melissa was going through her challenge, there wasn't a WundaBar Pilates studio in San Diego. As soon as one DID open up in my area she graciously shared the information. I was doing back flips! WundaBar is now in San Diego!  They held a private introductory class for bloggers. I signed up right away! I was anxious about trying it since I've never taken any type of pilates class, but very excited nonetheless. I was also VERY happy that I got to see BOTH Melissa of theValentineRD AND Melissa of Melissa Running It. They are my fitness heroes! Inspirational for sure because you CAN be fit in your forties! They are living proof of that!

We were welcomed to our private blogger session by Bri Allard Blonigan and Bill Blonigan, studio owners of WundaBar Pilates San Diego. The studio is located at 4653 Carmel Mountain Rd., Suite 309A, San Diego, CA 92130. I am no expert since I currently only have one class under my belt so if you have questions about WundaBar Pilates please call the studio at 858.255.1481 or shoot an email to I had such a positive experience (even though I was the awkward one making the WundaFormer "clank" in a way that it should NOT) and hope to return very soon! Stop in and tell them Cynthia of lifebycynthia sent you! They are awesome and will take great care of you! For more information and updates on promotions, please follow @WundaBarPilates on twitter and WundaBar Pilates San Diego on facebook.

I love this picture that I snapped of Bri and Bill in their San Diego studio. WundaCouple!
Slow and steady wins the race for me.  I know when to push myself and how far to push better than anyone. I DO appreciate the encouragement to at least TRY to test the limits! Because a trained eye can better see when you might be ready for more even when you think that you are not! I loved it when our instructor (and studio owner) Bri called out to "listen to" our bodies - I knew that advice was for me. My fellow bloggers - are both in great shape! I'm sure that my obvious awkwardness and struggle was not hard to miss!  There was a lot of intensity in seemingly small movements, I even had the shakes with some moves! I was working hard with muscle groups not normally used in my day to day life. I was intimidated with the equipment at first, but Bri was great at explaining everything and modifying the equipment to suit my fitness level. I swear that I was having a vertigo moment at one point! Oh well, I love a good challenge! Trying something new was very satisfying. I have a lot to learn, but practice makes perfect! For me, the class was HARD. I was SORE for days afterward. It really is one heck of a workout! I'll definitely be back! Because: have you SEEN someone who has been practicing WundaBar Pilates consistently?! Amazingly strong, svelte bodies, and gorgeous posture! I want that!

I know this may sound odd - but I kinda like NOT being so great at things on the first try. Sometimes when you suck at something then work your butt off to get great at it, it gives you an even bigger sense of accomplishment! Who wants to head to the studio with me so that we can strive for greatness together?! NOTE: Your first class as a WundaRookie is FREE!

Disclosure: I attended a complimentary class. All opinions are my own and a blog post was not a requirement. I loved the class and wanted to share my experience!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

RESCUE Remedy for Sleepless Nights #StressLess2BmyBest #CG

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About RESCUE Products:
  • Helps you stress less, stay calm and in control.
  • Natural/Homeopathic.
  • Developed by a doctor: Gentle and safe – non-habit-forming/no side effects.
  • Fits your life: convenient and easy – comes in a variety of forms:
  • RESCUE Pastilles
  • RESCUE Sleep Liquid Melts
  • RESCUE Pearls

Can we chat a bit about stress? I know that we all have some degree of stress in our day to day lives. Most of the time I manage it well.  How about you? I know that once my sleep is affected - it's gotten out of hand. What are some of your favorite tips to relieve stress?

As for me, WORK has been stressing me out the most lately. We have had some technical glitches that have affected my workload. I have to adapt as my deadlines are non negotiable. When I'm stressed I just cant fall asleep. If I do fall asleep, it's hard to stay asleep. Sometimes I need a little help.

I was in search of the RESCUE Sleep Liquid Melts. In addition to my blogging pursuits, I am an accounts payable analyst.  In my field of work month end is our busiest time. With looming deadlines and a backlog of work, falling asleep has been tough. I need to be accurate and alert while on the job so I need something effective but won't leave me feeling groggy the next morning. On occasions like this, I like to turn to natural means to help me calm the stress to get a good night's sleep.  I found the RESCUE Sleep Liquid Melts that I was in search of at Walgreens.  Bonus: It was on sale! Don't you love little wins like that? Who shops using coupons? Good news! You can find and download coupon on the RESCUE website.

RESCUE products can be purchased from the following retailers:
  • CVS (in the Stress & Anxiety section, or Sleep & Analgesics)
  • Walgreens (in the Sleep section)
  • Whole Foods (in the Whole Body section)
  • Sprouts
I can honestly say that this product worked for me. The tiny little capsule quickly dissolves. I didn't fall asleep immediately but did within a short amount time. The best part was that I didn't wake up in the middle of night and I woke up the following morning feeling rested. I will use this again for occasional sleeplessness.  I am the biggest skeptic - and since this worked so well for me, I am looking forward to trying other products offered by RESCUE!

OK friends enough about me... I want to learn from you and hope that you would please share with me! What are some of the things cause you stress and how do you find ways to manage it? I'm open to suggestion.

For more information about RESCUE products and promotions, follow @BACHRESCUE on Twitter and visit RESCUE on facebook.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Trip to Ireland For You and 10K For a Noble Woman. #SheIsNoble Referral Code: lifebycynthia

I have partnered with Different Drummer to share the She is Noble campaign. The campaign is designed to honor and celebrate inspirational women who change the world around them.

WIN a trip to Ireland for you and $10K for a Noble Woman. You have until April 27 to make a nomination. If your story is published you will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card.


We all know at least one incredible woman that has made an impact on us. Who do you know that had made the world a better place?  Raise your hand if you know a survivor, a warrior, a living saint. Let us recognize the women who are the unsung heroes in our lives.  I invite you to share stories of courage and compassion about a woman that you know and admire.

WIN a trip to Ireland for you and $10K for a Noble Woman. To enter, visit the She is Noble website: to nominate a heroic woman by explaining in 150 words: ‘She is Noble because...’  When prompted for REFERRAL CODE please enter lifebycynthia.

- The contestant who submits the winning nominee will get a free 5-day/4-night trip to Ireland.
- The winning nominee gets $10,000 toward the charity of her choice.

If your submission is published on the She is Noble website, you and I will each receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

The contestant who sends in the winning submission will receive a free 5-day/4-night trip for two to Ireland! The winning nominee (the unsung hero) will receive $10,000 to be applied toward her work.



She is Noble is inspired by the life of Christina Noble, an Irish woman who traveled to Vietnam after experiencing an unforgettable dream.  As a result of her journey, she rescued millions of abused and homeless children. Her story is told in the new movie NOBLE, coming to theaters Spring 2015.

The contest will close at 11:59PM EST on Monday, April 27th. The winners will be notified on or about April 28, 2015, via email, phone or mail.


Who is the noble woman in your life? For me, it is my mother. She is strength and grace bound by courage and faith. I love her, she is my hero.

Please leave a comment about YOUR Noble Woman and let me know a little bit about her. We are all noble, even if in the seemingly smallest of ways. How do you share yourself and display noble feats?

Disclosure: I will receive a $25 gift card for all referred published submissions that use my code: lifebycynthia on All opinions are my own.

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