Life by Cynthia: October 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

Holiday Gift Ideas For Kids on Groupon Goods



One of our son's responsibilities is to bring the mail in. I don't know about you, but we have already received toy catalogs from retailers. The toy catalog did not go unnoticed. Perhaps I should re-think his chore chart so that I can intercept the mail! I'm kidding. I am glad that he is excited about the upcoming holiday season. It gives me a nostalgic feeling of my own childhood. I can clearly remember my excitement looking at all of the toys! Our son has a good grasp on the meaning of the season and isn't at all a spoiled or demanding child. We are so thankful for that - trust me! I know a couple of kiddos that haven't quite learned the difference between naughty and nice!

Retail pricing is not something that I am a not fan of so I like to look for deals! I was browsing on Groupon Goods and found a few fantastic holiday gift ideas that I think that our son would enjoy and that I would LOVE for him to have! They have quite an extensive array of toys and well known brands.

Our little guy has so much fun building living room forts, so I think that the Discovery Kids Construction Fort (72-Piece) would be awesome! We should probably order TWO sets since his building style can be quite grand! I did a bit of comparison shopping and can say that the Groupon Goods price was the lowest at the time I that I checked!

Discovery Kids Construction Fort 

Believe it or not, we have a kid that actually doesn't hate doing chores and welcomes responsibility. I am not sure how we lucked out but remain thankful for this each and every day! I really like Melissa and Doug products and was thrilled to find the Melissa Doug My Magnetic Responsibility Chart.

Melissa Doug My Magnetic Responsibility Chart


I also found the Smithsonian Planetarium Projector (with Bonus Sea Pack) which brings the Nighttime Sky into the room. How cool is THAT?! I'm not sure who would enjoy that more... the kid or me?! Viewing images like planets, nebulas, moons, asteroids and other celestrial bodies right in his own bedroom sounds very, very cool.

Smithsonian Planetarium Projector (with Bonus Sea Pack)

At this point, I am FULL of ideas for things for the little one. I have to say that I did browse for a few items that I may be adding to my own wish list! It also gave me TONS of ideas for those "hard to buy for" folks in our circle.

You can connect with Groupon Goods on facebook and twitter to keep up to date on the latest.

I am hoping that you will share (in case I missed anything): What great products and deals have you found on Groupon Goods?


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Nordstrom Rack at The Shops at La Jolla Village

The new Nordstrom Rack store at The Shops at La Jolla Village opened on Oct. 21. The La Jolla store joins several San Diego Nordstrom Rack locations: Mission Valley, National City, Carmel Mountain and San Marcos.

The night before, Nordstrom Rack hosted a private shopping party. Invited guests had the opportunity to enjoy sips, treats and exclusive shopping before the store officially opens!

I snapped a few pictures from the pre-opening event. I encountered some great people (both staff and shoppers).

I found a few of my favorite brands. I loved the festive holiday items that were displayed. I enjoyed the tray passed hors d’ouevres (fried mac n cheese bites, shrimp tacos, pulled pork sliders). Beer and sparkling wine was also offered, but I did not partake.



For those of you who like to get a jump on holiday shopping, you now have another venue here in San Diego! Happy Shopping.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Stylish and Comfy Fall Fashion with PajamaJeans







I am super excited about everything Fall. I'm just waiting for the weather to cool a bit here in San Diego! I am ready with my fall wardrobe thanks in large part to the good folks at PajamaJeans! YES! PajamaJeans! I have heard of them as I am sure that you have. Forget what you thought you knew about them! Have you TRIED them? Here's my verdict: COMFY and they look GREAT! It is now one of my favorite pieces of loungewear that is actually fashionable enough to wear out in public! My "fancy" sweats and yoga pants don't quite make the cut with style points! PajamaJeans denim look lounge pants make me happy because I can be just as comfortable while looking more put together! I win!

The fabrics and design features are flattering with available sizes ranging from XXS to 3X. I love that they offer petite sizing! I selected the PajamaJeans Petite Skinny Black in size medium. The material is soft, with a good amount of stretch for a nice, cozy fit! The style that I selected has a pull-on drawstring waist for a comfy, custom fit. I like the five pocket styling and the faux fly. The Dormisoft® Denim (95% cotton/5% spandex) is ULTRA comfortable. Have I mentioned that they are comfortable? Seriously... they look nice and they truly are as comfortable as my favorite sweatpants (and a thousand times better looking).

I was in between sizes according to the sizing chart. I opted to order up just in case. Turns out I could have easily fit fine with ordering the smaller of the two sizes! For me, I found the sizing to be very forgiving! I have also just completed the Whole30 lifestyle challenge and dropped 7 lbs, so smaller sizing it is! I am in the process of exchanging my PajamaJeans for the smaller size so please stay tuned for more photos once they arrive! In my excitement I did HAVE to post at least one picture of these awesome pants and my oh so happy face in them! I kept things simple and paired them with splashes of ripe berry shades for fall!


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Check out the details on the pair that I tried:



Who wants a pair? I'm ready to order in bulk! Maybe one in every style and color?

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