A New Year, A New Me Giveaway Event

A New Year A New Me Giveaway Event

Welcome to A New Year, A New Me Giveaway Event hosted by Daily MotheringMommy of Two Little Monkeys and Mommy Digger! Do you want to become a healthier, fitter, slimmer, more beautiful YOU in 2012? Over 55 blogs have come together to present this exciting fitness and beauty event January 24th-31st! Each blog is giving away a fitness and/or beauty related prize worth $25 or more (and some are worth more than $100!). Enter my giveaway and then hop to the next blog on the list at the bottom of this post to have a chance to win more exciting prizes!

Sponsor Spotlight ~ Syncrohearts

Looking for a special way to connect with your partner this Valentine's Day? Look no further than Syncrohearts! 

Sponsor Spotlight ~ Excuse Me, Your Soul Mate Is Waiting

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Celebrating Valentine's Day Alone? Looking for that special someone? Gain some thought-provoking insights with Marla Martenson's book Excuse Me, Your Soul Mate Is Waiting.

Each of us yearns for that one true love, our own soul mate. Now the search has become much easier with the help of Excuse Me, Your Soul Mate Is Waiting. Marla Martenson has combined her talent and wisdom with sure-fire techniques of the Law of Attraction to help you bring that special love into your life. This is a fun, concrete and practical approach to finding Mr. or Ms. Right. Using the best selling guide, Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting, as her “bible,” Marla challenges her readers to stop being victims and take control of their lives. This joyful book empowers you to find your true heart’s desire.


Marla Martenson has been a professional matchmaker working in Los Angeles since 2001, helping countless couples connect with their soul mates and go on to marriage. She is also a certified life/dating coach, author and motivational speaker. Marla has appeared on the Today Show, WGN Chicago Morning News, San Diego Living, KUSI San Diego Morning, Better TV, Urban Rush and over 40 radio shows including Coast to Coast AM and The Cooper Lawrence Show. She is passionate about helping others find that special someone to go through life with, someone that makes life sparkle.

Marla has been so kind as to offer a copy of Excuse Me, Your Soul Mate Is Waiting to one lucky reader in the From Our Hearts To Yours giveaway hop starting February 1st! (Keep an eye out for the review, also)

Follow Marla on Facebook and Twitter!
Sign up for Marla's Newsletter to keep up-to-date!
Can't wait? You can purchase your own copy on Amazon!

~Sam

Sponsor Spotlight ~ The Poem Lady

How romantic would it be to receive your very own, personalized poem for Valentine's Day? No, I'm not talking about the "Roses are red, violets are blue" variety. A truly thoughtful, meaningful poem written about how you and your partner met, fell in love, got married, etc. Most of us (myself included) just aren't that creative...

Meet Jill, The Poem Lady. She is that creative, and will be offering one of our readers their very own poem in the From Our Hearts To Yours giveaway taking place Feb. 1st-Feb. 14th!
Here's an example of her handiwork:

Valentine's Day Gift Guide ~ EdenFantasys

Wondering what to get your significant other for Valentine's Day? Or perhaps you're like me and mine, who don't particularly celebrate the holiday with gifts but would still like to do something special to show you care. Either way, EdenFantasys has a plethora of goodies to suit everyone's liking!


Sex toys - EdenFantasys adult toys store
(Work safe post, everyone. No worries!)

Fitness Friday ~ Going with the flow

Not a whole lot to update today... feeling kinda "meh," to be honest.

Health and weight-wise, things have been doing great. I've gotten into the habit of having a light, healthy breakfast of a smoothie or oatmeal (when we're out of frozen/fresh fruit) followed by a light and healthy meatless lunch. Squeezing in some crunches, squats, and other small strength training exercises whenever possible. Going to be starting a new post-natal core conditioning resistance band workout today, keep an eye out soon for a review and giveaway!

Friday 1/27
Morning weight: 210.0 lbs
Weight lost from last week: 1.8 lbs
Total weight loss: 8.2 lbs

LilySlim Weight loss tickers

~Sam

Lifefactory Glass Water Bottle {Review}

Netflix has opened my eyes to a whole world of documentaries I never knew existed, and I love it. I'm especially fond of food and "how things are made" movies, the kind that give you insight into the closed-door world of production and it's costs. I recently watched one called Tapped, which discusses the plastic water bottle abundance crisis that our planet is facing (yet doesn't really know it yet.)

So you can imagine my excitement when I was asked to review a reusable, recyclable glass water bottle!

$50 Target GC {Giveaway}


The Giveaway Gal has her own domain www.giveaway-gal.com . To celebrate she is giving away a $50 Target gift card. Just fill out the rafflecopter below and if you do all the entries you will get a bonus 25 entries!


Sneak Peek ~ Fall In Love With Fluff $500 Cloth Diaper Giveaway!

Fall In Love With Fluff - Valentine's Day Cloth Diaper Giveaway Event
Do you want to win $500 of Cloth Diapers and Accessories?!
The Fall In Love With Fluff Giveaway Event hosted by Daily Mothering and Eco-Crazy Mom is right around the corner! Over 100 blogs are coming together to present this awesome Valentine's Day giveaway from February 1-7, 2012. We will be giving away a Cloth Diaper Prize Pack valued at $500 to one lucky winner!!

This giveaway event is generously sponsored by
Kissed By The Moon and Sandbox Lane,
two super awesome cloth diaper retailers!

Come back February 1-7 to enter this amazing giveaway!

This giveaway will be open to both US and Canada.
Some items will be substituted if a Canada winner is drawn
due to shipping restrictions on certain brands.
For now, here is a sneak peek at what you could WIN!
(Winner will get to choose colors/prints for most items!)
Fall In Love With Fluff $500 Cloth Diaper Prize Pack

Win $100 & a Visalus Balance Kit {Giveaway}




  As readers of Serial Access Mom will know, I'm on somewhat of a mission to "get healthy" this year. Weight loss is the main issue, but healthy eating and exercise are playing key parts in making that dream a reality. I've always wanted to try the Body by Vi challenge, and now YOU can win a kit for yourself!

ActivewearUSA {Review}

As my health quest continues, I find myself looking for something other than the standard cotton t-shirt and sweatpants to exercise in. Don't get me wrong, I'm totally a t-shirt and jeans kinda girl. But when it comes to active wear, well, I'm pretty clueless.


Thank goodness for ActivewearUSA.com! With over 50 brands of fitness wear in stock, they carry something for just about everybody.

Baby Bullet-goodness

Have I mentioned how much I love my Baby Bullet?

Well, I do. One of my favorite parts about the whole system is the Turbo Steamer machine it comes with.

The Giveaway Gal $50 Target GC Sign-Up's

The Giveaway Gal is hosting a giveaway for a $50 Target gift card in celebration of her brand new domain acquisition! The giveaway will run from January 25th-February 1st, 2012 and is FREE for bloggers to join! Just follow the link here to The Giveaway Gal's site for more information about signing-up.

~Sam

Forget the Resolutions ~ $25 EdenFantasys Giveaway

Forget The Resolutions Giveaway Hop
January 21 - 26, 2012

UPrinting Rolled Canvas {Giveaway}


Serial Access Mom has partnered with UPrinting to bring you a great giveaway!

Spring Buzz Giveaway Hop Opportunity




Bloggers: Looking to fill-up March with hops? The Spring Buzz Giveaway Hop, hosted by Sweep Tight and Just Married With Coupons and sponsored by BeeSavvy, is accepting sign-ups now!
  • The hop will take place from March 21-27th 2012.
  • All entrants are to host a giveaway worth at least $25.
Serial Access Mom will "bee" participating, join us!

~Sam

Writer's Block.

For the past few days I've opened up my computer every morning, like usual. I've made a smoothie or light snack for breakfast and plopped down on the kitchen chair in front of the table, like usual. Played with Jace and checked email and Facebook throughout the day, like usual. Then sat in front of the computer after the little one is tucked-in and just stared. Not so usual.

Even though I have a short list of items waiting to have their review written and posted, a longer list of potential reviews that need company-contacting, and a still longer outline of things I'd like to change about my blog, I can't seem to bring myself to write. About anything.

Writer's Block...heh

Want to win $100 & a Visalus Balance Kit?



Attention: bloggers! Would you like to participate in a Giveaway for $100 and a Visalus Balance Kit to gain fans for your Facebook page for FREE? Sign-ups are currently being accepted! Click the image above to find out more about this great opportunity.

~Sam

Going Dark Against SOPA



We will be going dark in support of the anti-SOPA/PIPA tonight from 9-10pm EST.
Bloggers & site owners, please consider joining with us.
Let our voices be heard!

~Sam


Spinach Smoothies?

Thanks to some healthy food choices on my part, I've been feeling much more physically fit lately. I've got to say, it feels great.

Thanks, Trevor!




Thanks to my wonderful friend Trevor, I now have a new froggy for my header and a brand new blog button!
I'd love it if any bloggy friends would like to display it proudly on their blog, just let me know and I'll return the favor!

~Sam

Luck of the Irish Hop



Another great multi-blog event coming up in March (starting on my birthday!)

Yankee Texan Mom and Deals From MS Do proudly present the Luck of the Irish Giveaway Hop from March 1 12:01 AM to March 17 11:59 PM and are accepting signups now.

All participating blogs will host a giveaway worth $25+, so make sure to check back at the beginning of March! (Bloggers, sign up now. Entry can be free!)

~Sam

Lucky Day Sweepstakes Event


Sason and Pobi

Attention all bloggers! Looking for a blog event to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Look no further! 

Sason and Pobi would like to invite you to A Lucky Day Sweepstakes Event. Sign Up here.

Serial Access Mom will be participating and bringing you a lucky giveaway, so be on the lookout!

~Sam

New Layout & Today's Happenings

So...I decided to change the blog design up a bit. Still simple (actually, even more so), yet more actual design went into it on my part. It feels more personal somehow, I feel super-proud of my novice HTML skills. Ba-zing!

On another note, Jace and I made a fort with sheets in our very messy living room today. Winter weather has barely started here in Maine and we've already started getting cabin fever, oi. Regardless, Jace had a good time hiding under sheets today with me.





Though it doesn't seem to have tired him out quite enough, as he throws a full-on toddler-tantrum in his crib as I type. Oh well, such is life.

~Sam

Fitness Friday ~ Just Do It January Week 2

I have mixed feelings about today.

For one, it's Friday the 13th. Not that I am superstitious, but things seem to be weird on these days. Ok, maybe I'm a little superstitious.

Another ominous sign: I woke up early this morning with what felt like a red hot poker through my right temple. Don't think I've ever really experienced any form of migraine before, but this one was a doozy.

On the plus side, fitness goals are moving along swimmingly!

NiNi Toy Bungee ~ Review & Giveaway

Tired of playing the Throwing Game with your toddler?

I am. And he's not even a toddler yet, ugh.

Just about every parent has had their share of "Holy crap!" moments when their little one throws or drops a toy/pacifier/somethingthatshouldn'tbeonthefloor on the floor. And those moments when you pick it up, cringe, wipe it off on your shirt, and hand it back to them.  /shudder

The award-winning NiNi Toy Bungee to the rescue!

Toast to 2012 New Years Giveaway Hop


A belated Happy New Years to everyone! Hopefully you're all keeping up with your New Year's resolutions.

Toast to 2012 GRAND PRIZE! Make sure to ENTER TO WIN 1 of 5 $100 Paypal or Visa Gift Cards!!!

Toast to 2012 is hosted by Sweep Tight and Just Married with Coupons and the Grand Prize is sponsored by Likeographers.com

Likeographers.com is a website where users from all over the world can enter awesome giveaways where they can win items such as gift cards and makeup by simply signing up and uploading a candid photo. Likeographers.com is dedicated to providing a place where users can upload a picture of their likes, share them with the world and win awesome prizes.

Our giveaway today is sponsored by Lovable Labels and Birdie's Playhouse, who are providing goodies for our Kid's PackageOne winner will receive the following:

A Friendship pack of Lovable Labels!
Read the Sponsor Spotlight Review HERE.

&


A CD of Birdie Mendoza's The Wild World of Wildlife
children's music!
Read the Sponsor Spotlight Review HERE.

Enter on the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!

Giveaway is open to all 18+ US and Canada residents. See Rafflecopter form below for more information.
Feel free to check out the other blogs' giveaways on the linky below, there are over 120 of them!

I judged a book.

Never judge a book by it's cover. That's the saying, right? That or something like it. The other day I had my first "mom-judging" moment. Or "dad-judging" moment, rather. I couldn't believe my eyes.

Yet at the same time, I hated myself for assessing someone without knowing a single thing about them.

Sponsor Spotlight ~ Birdie's Playhouse

Jace is discovering a love for music, much to his momma's delight. I catch him bouncing up and down when there's a musical part in a movie and sometimes just to the music in his head, I'm sure. Now he's got some of his own music to listen to!

Skillet Bacon Jam ~ Review

You know how I like to talk about healthy, good-for-you foods and recipes?

Not so much today.

Be warned: This review contains concentrated bacon. Yep. Bacon.

Mother's Day Giveaway Event

Thinking about Mother's Day yet? No?

It is a perfect time to find what gifts you would like to give to your mother. Makobi Scribe is proud to present Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Carnival Event from May 10 12:01 PM EST to May 18 at 12:01 PM EST and is accepting signups now.


Serial Access Mom will be participating, this will be a big one! All bloggers are welcome to join-up.

~Sam

Fitness Friday ~ Just Do It January ~ Week 1

Since I've already posted my rant on whole grains today, I'll keep this Fitness Friday short and sweet.

I'm still keeping myself accountable by weighing-in once a week, every Friday. (See today's below)

Tara Burner is continuing her monthly fitness challenge, so we begin with Just Do It January!

Whole Grains, Please!

In my ever-expanding quest to find healthy foods that I enjoy, I've stumbled upon Bob's Red Mill's Whole Grain Muesli.

I am in love.

Sponsor Spotlight ~ Lovable Labels

"Lovable Labels - Labels that stick with your kids and their stuff."

Have kids? Heard of Lovable Labels? They're a match made in heaven.

Breakfast Burrito & Egg Salad

Following in my trend of  mostly-healthy recipes, I thought I'd share these two with you.


New Chapter Vitamins ~ Giveaway

A big thanks to Jeff with BestPriceNutrition.com for sponsoring this wonderful gifting event!

As you've seen over the past few weeks, I've reviewed 4 different vitamins and supplements manufactured by New Chapter. I've loved them all!

Perfect Energy gave me that extra boost to get through my day as a SAHM.
Perfect Calm helped me sleep more smoothly through the night.
Wholemega is an excellent source of omega-3's.
Zyflamend helped ease my knees during squats with baby Jace in-arm!

Now the wonderful people at BestPriceNutrition are giving you the chance to win a FULL-SIZE bottle of your favorite of the 4! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to enter!


Zyflamend ~ 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!

Motivation Monday ~ Recipes

So I've been on a "Make my own healthy-ish meal" kick lately. For the simple reason that out of the millions of recipes for healthy eating out there, only a select few have ingredients that appeal to my current palette.

I haven't officially made a resolution for 2012 (I never really do), but treating my body better is definitely high on the priority list.