Fit for 2012 Friday ~ Week 5

Today's officially the last Fit for 2012 Friday, as the Challenge ends tomorrow evening.


However...

NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine ~ Review

After being a member for about a year, I was finally chosen to receive an exciting Vox Box of goodies to try from Influenster! Huzzah!

Have you heard of Influenster? It's a great site where bloggers, vloggers, and others with a large social network can earn "badges" and receive a box of goodies (called a Vox Box) related to their areas of interest.

My first box to review was the 2011 Holiday Vox Box, which contained a handy product called NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine.

imPRESS Press-on Manicure ~ Review

After being a member for about a year, I was finally chosen to receive an exciting Vox Box of goodies to try from Influenster! Huzzah!

Have you heard of Influenster?  It's a great site where bloggers, vloggers, and others with a large social network can earn "badges" and receive a box of goodies (called a Vox Box) related to their areas of interest.

My first box to review was the 2011 Holiday Vox Box, which contained an awesome product called imPRESS Press-on Manicure.

Merry Christmas 2011

I want to wish all my readers a sincere Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays!

Without all of you, I would have no one to listen to my random rambles and show-off pictures of my little man to. I <heart> you.

Jace has been comsumer-ized this Holiday season!

All For Love Blog Hop Event



Serial Access Mom will be participating in the All For Love Valentine's Event hosted by Real Mom Reviews and Mama Chocolate!

Keep an eye out...each blog participating in this hop will be hosting a giveaway valued at $25 and up!

Are you a blogger? Come join us in the hop! Follow the link for more information on sign-ups HERE

What are you waiting for?! LOVE IS IN THE AIR!

~Sam


Wholemega ~ Review

Thanks to Jeff with BestPriceNutrition.com for hooking me up with some awesome New Chapter vitamins!

I'm excited to share these with you because I LOVE vitamins! I'm a firm believer that the more natural you go in medicine, the better. Always better to prevent than to treat, etc. etc. I even used to manage a retail vitamin store, back in the day!

I was given the opportunity to give four New Chapter products a trial run, and I'll be posting all four reviews as I go through them. After the very last one, one lucky Serial Access Mom reader will be lucky enough to win a full-sized bottle of their choice from the four reviews!

Fit for 2012 Friday ~ Wk 4

Sooo....I "accidentally" skipped the Fit for 2012 post last week...oops.

Totally unintentional. Heh. In reality, I did lose track of time this past week. Plus, completely fell off the Challenge bandwagon.

Oops again...

But I'm back up-and-running and motivated! Been squeezing those fruits and veggies into my diet. Been throwing-in a 10-minute cardio or strength training workout a few times a day. And it's paying off!

Winners!

Alphabeasts winner:

Congrats Sara!

iCaughtSanta winners:

Congrats to Michelle, Darlene, Cindy, Jennifer, and Shauna!

All winners have 48 hours to respond to their winning email to claim prizes.
Thanks for following, and stay tuned for more wonderful reviews and giveaways!

~Sam

Motivation Monday ~ Veggies

Today's the first day in a long while that really feels like a typical Monday, Ugh.

Oops.

I haven't been posting quite as often as I'd like, oops.

It's been rough-going over here for a bit. Sick baby, sick man, not feeling too hot myself, and trying to getting everything ready for Christmas this weekend.

I promise I have some fun reviews and giveaways lined up, though!  This week I'll be pushing myself to make the usual weekly posts (skipped last week's Fit for 2012 Friday post...oops!) as well as a few reviews and whatever else floats my boat.

In the meantime, remember to enter our two current giveaways ending Tuesday night. Both have super-low entries...someone has to win, why not YOU?   :)

iCaughtSanta custom holiday photo ~ 5 Winners! Ends 12/20
Alphabeasts Vin-Vin plush (so cute!) ~ Ends 12/20

Perfect Calm ~ Review

Thanks to Jeff with BestPriceNutrition.com for hooking me up with some awesome New Chapter vitamins!

I'm excited to share these with you because I LOVE vitamins! I'm a firm believer that the more natural you go in medicine, the better. Always better to prevent than to treat, etc. etc. I even used to manage a retail vitamin store, back in the day!

I was given the opportunity to give four New Chapter products a trial run, and I'll be posting all four reviews as I go through them. After the very last one, one lucky Serial Access Mom reader will be lucky enough to win a full-sized bottle of their choice from the four reviews!

Decorative Ceiling Tiles Review

Decorative Ceiling Tiles are an easy and affordable way to change the look of a room, fast!

Within hours, an ugly, boring ceiling can be transformed into something like this:

iCaughtSanta Review + Giveaway

Wouldn't it be magical to surprise your kids with a photo/video of Santa in their own home? Here's your chance!

The Alphabeasts Review + Giveaway

As a <good> parent should, I'm always on the lookout for ways to help my little one expand his boundaries and learn as much as he possibly can.

I only wish there were more toys to help that are as frickin' cute as The Alphabeasts.

Motivation Monday ~ Processed Junk

Though I love healthy & fresh foods, it's hard to stay away from processed junk when the rest of your family enjoys recipes from companies like Chef Boyardee, Velveeta, and Kraft.

Perfect Energy ~ Review

Thanks to Jeff with BestPriceNutrition.com for hooking me up with some awesome New Chapter vitamins!

I'm excited to share these with you because I LOVE vitamins! I'm a firm believer that the more natural you go in medicine, the better. Always better to prevent than to treat, etc. etc.  I even used to manage a retail vitamin store, back in the day!

I was given the opportunity to give four New Chapter products a trial run, and I'll be posting all four reviews as I go through them. After the very last one, one lucky Serial Access Mom reader will be lucky enough to win a full-sized bottle of their choice from the four reviews!

Take a Look in the Mirror

iPad2 Giveaway!

How amazing would it be to be able to add an iPad2 to the list of goodies YOU got for the holidays?


Here's your chance!

WomanFreebies.com is giving away an iPad2 to one random winner! All you have to do is follow THIS LINK and enter your name and email address. That's it!

On January 15th, one lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive this awesome prize! Please make sure to leave your name and email address in the form that pops up, not here. Only entries received on that entry form will count!

Good luck!

~Sam

Wordless Wednesday - 12/7


I just had to...too cute!

Eco-Goodie Bag Giveaway

Hi everyone!

It's that time of year. Time to bust out the credit cards in a mad-dash to buy gifts for everyone on the list.

But what about yourself?

Motivation Monday and Prefense Winner!

Motivation! Something we could all use a little bit more of. (At least, more consistently)

Calling All Bloggers!

Isn't it lovely when you burn your favorite candle and find a gorgeous, sparkling ring waiting for you in the wax?

/sigh

Too bad that doesn't happen EVERYDAY, but it can with Diamond Candles!



Diamond Candles Company would like to invite you to Review and Giveaway their Precious soy candles.

Follow the link to Celebrate Woman Today to find more information and requirements for this great opportunity!


~Sam

Eden Fantasys Loves Bloggers!

Do you own a blog? Looking for a great company to get involved with?

Eden Fantasys Loves Bloggers!


Helping Hands Gluten-Free Bakery Review

'Tis the season to eat cookies. Fa la la la la la la la la.

...that's how it goes, right? In my head, it most definitely does.

Fitness Friday + Fit for 2012 Challenge

So be honest. Who's planning on making a New Year's resolution of losing weight? I'd bet that it's probably the most made-least kept resolution made EVERY year.

I'm not judging. I've done it too. But this year's different.

How To Catch Happy eBook Review

Having a baby makes you rethink a lot of things. Life, priorities, sanity. Even your idea of happiness warps (in a mostly-good way.)


Prefense Review + Giveaway




Let me preface this review by saying that I LOVE this product.

There, I said it.

Winner~ Bob's Red Mill


Congratulations to Amy Self, the winner of our Bob's Red Mill giveaway! You have 48 hours to respond to the winning email, and thanks to everyone for following! We have another giveaway coming up today...hold on to your butts!

~Sam

Preview for Week of 11/26

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Jace, Mark and I spent the day with extended family and friends, and Jace enjoyed his fair share of yummy goodies.

Thankful Thursday- 11/24

I suppose this is the perfect day to be starting up "Thankful Thursdays," being Thanksgiving and all.

I am incredibly thankful for everything that has happened to lead up to where am I now, and even more so for what will come.

And now that we've eaten dinner, I go to nap-world. I leave you with this:

Ellura Winner!



Congratulations, Dana Beeman! I'll be in email contact with you shortly. Thanks to everyone for following and entering!

Wordless Wednesday- 11/23

"Rudolph, eat your heart out!"
November 2011

Winner + More Giveaways


Congratulations to Brandi Bowers on winning the Tommee Tippee 3pk Bottles contest! 

We still have 2 live giveaways going on, check 'em out!

Ellura Cranberry Supplements- Win a 1 month supply ARV $45  ~Ends 11/22 at Midnight!

Bob's Red Mill- Win a coupon good for one FREE product of choice ARV $8  ~Ends 11/26 at Midnight!

Bob's Red Mill Review + Giveaway



A while back I signed up for and received 4 free product coupons for Bob's Red Mill products, and I just now got around to trying them out!

Christmas in Guatemala 101 eBook Review

I've decided to start the Christmas festivities early this year! Traditionally, I'll wait until the first of December to erect the Christmas tree, put on the music, and decorate.  However, this is our first year being a family of three and the whole year's gone by way too fast. Why not let the sporit of Christmas last a little longer?  

I had the pleasure of reviewing Christmas in Guatemala 101 by Benjamin Barnett.

Healthy Eating for Kids Review

"How To Make Quick, Easy To Prepare Healthy Recipes That Your Kids Will Love To Eat."

Parent or not, this e-book is a great tool for easy, nutritious meals and snacks.

Wordless Wednesday 11/16



~Sam

Toast to 2012 Giveaway Hop

Hey everyone!

Exciting news.  Serial Access Mom has just signed up to be a part of the Toast to 2012 Giveaway Hop!  This hop will take place from January 10-17th and is hosted by Just Married With Coupons and Sweep Tight.

Slice Safety Cutter Review

Any couponers out there?

This review is dedicated to you!

I recently stumbled upon  slice™ Safety Cutter - Great for couponers, and it's a really neat little tool!  I don't do a ton of couponing, but the beauty of the Slice is that it's a multiple use cutter.

  Slice Safety Cutters are perfect for scrap-booking, clipping recipes, coupons and news articles, removing shrink-wrap, opening CDs, DVDs, plastic packaging, and more.

- Ceramic blade lasts longer than steel
- Stays sharp and never rusts
- Built-in magnet and key-ring hole
- Rubberized non-slip finish
- Finger-Friendly™ Design
- For left- and right-handers

My Ellura Review and Giveaway

Ok, ladies. This one's for you.

All the menfolk, feel free to read along. Yes, this can affect you too.

Bob's Red Mill Giveaway

  Is everyone getting into the holiday spirit yet?!  I think my mind's been there for some time now.  One of my absolute favorite things about the Thanksgiving-Christmas period is all the amazing baked goods to me had/made! 

  I recently switched our family over to whole wheat flour, and I've got to tell you, I wish I'd done it years ago.  Not only is everything 10 times more flavorful, but it's also 10 times HEALTHIER for you!

  I just entered this giveaway over at Life In The Lost World, and I hope some of you will join me. (In my head, I hope you don't so I have a better chance. Just sayin'.)  Come on over and win a 5 pound bag of Bob's Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat Pastry Flour HERE.

~Sam

Winner and Preview for This Week!

Headline Shirts Winner:



Congratulations to Melissa Wilson!
You have 48 hours to respond to my email and claim your prize!
Thanks to everyone for playing, we'll be bring you many more reviews and giveaways shortly. Here's a preview of the goodies to come on Serial Access Mom later this week:


Ellura cranberry supplement and Slice safety cutter.
(Couponers please note, Slice is is amazing!)


I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Halloween! Keep an eye out this week for details on our Thanksgiving giveaway, woohoo!

~Sam

Green Works Dishwashing Liquid Review

  Ask just about any woman what her least favorite household chore is and most likely she'll tell you it's WASHING DISHES. Ugh. (Well, at least those without a dishwasher)

  I don't think there's a single person who really enjoys dishwashing with a passion.  There's something about the wearing of rubber gloves, the drying-out of hands, scrubbing of plates, and soaking pots and pans that lacks a certain appeal.  However, modern technology has made our lives a little bit easier with new, wonderful dishwashing fluids! Huzzah!

  I recently had the opportunity to review Green Works dishwashing liquid. I was a little concerned at first because the bottle has a Clorox label, and I don't use bleach in my dish cleaners.  My concerns were eased when I read the back of the label and read that though Clorox is the parent-company, it contains no bleach.  Phew!  Anyway: These liquids come in 22 fluid ounce bottles in four scents: Tangerine, Water Lily, Free and Clear, and Original. I purchased the Water Lily from a local Wal-Mart store to test the cleaning posers of this 97% naturally-derived cleaning product. (Sad to say, but this was the only scent our Wal-Mart carried. Would have loved to try the Tangerine!)

  A side note about the way I do my dishes. Many people fill their sink basin with hot, soapy water and do their dishes all in one shot. I don't. In fact, I think it's kinda gross to do so, but this is coming from someone who finds baths pretty darn gross too. Instead I rinse and organize my dishes by type and wash them one at a time, then do a sort of mass-rinse for them all. This may be why I encountered my first problem: I had to use too much! It didn't get too sudsy, in fact it didn't get sudsy enough. The liquid is not concentrated, so I had to use about twice the amount to get my dishes as squeaky-clean as I am used to.  It did cut through the grease on my dirty pans, though like I said before, it took more than the amount I am used to.
  Also, I do not wear rubber gloves during dishwashing. This liquid definitely get a thumbs-up when it comes to leaving your hands smooth and moisturized, yet not overly-scented like others I have tried in the past.  Overall this detergent worked wonders, and I'd absolutely love to use it again. 

  If you're looking for easy ways to go greener, this dish soap is for you! I can't wait to get my hands on a bottle of the Tangerine scent. (all scents are fragranced by essential oils, yay!) Do be aware that it does contain sulfates (sodium lauryl sulfate). If you're a sulfate-free mama, you'll have to bypass this one.

BUY:
Ready to get some of your own?

  You can find it here on Amazon
                                      or at your local retailer.

Click HERE to explore Green Work's website and explore all their other cleaner, greener products!

-Sam 

My True Nature Giveaway Ends 11/4

Hi everyone!

  I came upon a great giveaway while searching the 'net. Over at Momma T and Baby E they are having a giveaway for an adorable combo set of baby bath products using all natural and organic ingredients! My True Nature makes some wonderful goodies, and even their bottles are eco-friendly! (Made from 100% FDA-approved post-consumer PET plastic)

Please go visit Momma T and Baby E and enter her giveaway HERE.  I know I am!


Win Me!


Headline Shirts: Review and Giveaway!

Can I get a "Heck Yeah!" for eco-friendly clothing!  I had the pleasure of reviewing a shirt from a wonderful company, Headline Shirts. Here's a little bit about them from their site:

"We're Headline Shirts, and we've been making funny/cool/provocative tees from themes in the news and pop culture since 2004. You may have seen our stuff at major retailers like Urban Outfitters, as well as any number of boutiques or episodes of COPS. (That case involving the inflatable shark is still pending.)





Our shirts are made with 100% combed, American ringspun cotton. We print with soft, eco-friendly waterbased and pigment discharge inks, with no PVCs or catalysts. Each shirt is tagless and printed with our "Baboons Typing" tagless neck design. And obviously, we're completely sweatshop free."
 

  I received the Beethoven Old School Beats women's-cut shirt to try out. Not only is this tee-shirt SUPER soft and light, but it also made me exceedingly happy to discover that it is LONGER than most tee-shirts I find at stores!  It is very lightweight, yet enough coverage to be worn either alone or layered.  In fact, it's so comfy that I wore it to bed!  

  Headline Shirts sells both men's and women's cuts of tee-shirt, with the women's being more form-fitting. Men's are made of 100% American-made cotton, while the women's is a 50/50 poly/cotton blend.  My favorite part, as imagined, is the eco-friendly water-based ink used for the screenprinting! Very vibrant colors (Love the purple!) stand out, even against the black background of the shirt.  Overall, it was an excellent shirt experience! (Sorry for the crummy photo...no one was home to help!) Oh yeah! Almost forgot to mention...even the bag it comes in is compostable! Talk about eco-awesome.  :)

Buy:

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Win:
Enter the Rafflecopter widjet below to win your choice of Headline Shirt's tees!
Must complete first mandatory entry. All entries will be verified. Open to US entrants only. Prize includes 1 shirt with free shipping. (If you'd like to order more shirts at the same time, this will cover free shipping on your entire order!) Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Disclosure: I received this product from Headline Shirts free of charge to review. I did not receive any other compensation. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I personally use and love.

Bee-Eazy Bag Review

One of the first steps to take (and easiest, in my opinion) to transition to a greener-style of living is saying NO to "free" plastic bags from stores. According to leading statistics, an estimated 500 billion to ONE TRILLION plastic bags are consumed every year. The list of these scary stats goes on and on. You might be asking yourself: What can I do to help stop this waste? BEE-EAZY BAGS TO THE RESCUE!


I first encountered these bags about two years ago at a home improvement show in Bangor, ME. They're made out of durable Nylon, are machine-washable, and can hold upwards of 20 lbs. (about 3 gallons of milk!) I've been using mine ever since, and I absolutely LOVE it! The nylon weave used to construct them is similar to camping-tent nylon, super-strong yet very lightweight. My favorite aspect, though, is the storage of it. Each one comes with a carabiner to clip anywhere. When you're done using your Bee-Eazy bag, all you have to do it crumple it in on itself and stuff it into the built-in corner drawstring pouch! Voila!


If you're sick of filling-up landfills with tons of plastic bags, and also tired of lugging around bulky 99 cent grocery store reusables, the Bee-Eazy Bag is for you! I know I'm sold. =)

You can purchase these awesome bags for $4.99 from their website: Bee-Eazy Bags

Check them out on Facebook: Bee-Eazy Bags on Facebook!

-Sam