March Into April {Giveaway} ~ Healthy Snacking Package ARV $89

Welcome to the March Into April Giveaway Hop
All the bloggers participating in this hop are giving away prizes
worth at least $20 on their blogs. After you enter my giveaway,
be sure to hop around to all the blogs on the list below
to enter more awesome giveaways!

Serial Access Mom has put together a HEALTHY SNACKING prize package for one lucky winner worth $89!
2 Bags of Nature's Hand granola!
3 Bags of Superfood Snacks!
6 Bags of Cobra Corn!
Free product coupons for LOTS of Cedars Mediterranean Foods!
Sampler pack: 7 flavors of Funky Monkey Snacks!

Giveaway is open to all US residents 18+. Please enter on the Rafflecopter form below!

Sponsor Spotlight: Funky Monkey Snacks {Review}

Please welcome another sponsor for our March Into April healthy snacking prize pack: Funky Monkey Snacks!

Sponsor Spotlight: Nature's Hand Granola {Review}

Please welcome another sponsor for our March Into April healthy snacking prize pack: Nature's Hand Granola!

The wisdom of tea.

I'm normally not a tea person at all. In fact, I'm usually the one scoffing at everyone drinking their huge glasses of idea tea during the summer. It's just never really grown on me until a few weeks ago when I started having major tooth pain. I'm reviewing Good Earth's decaf green tea with lemongrass, which I tried for the first time maybe three weeks ago. The tea is actually quite flavorful, not too "herby" like others, but I'll save the review for later.

What shocked me was that immediately after just one cup of tea, my tooth pain was virtually GONE. Completely. Of course, it returned later in the evening, but this prompted me to look up more information on tea and pain relief online. Did you know that in addition to having amazing antioxidant powers, green tea is also a powerful anti inflammatory? I had no clue! From then on out, anytime I woke up in the middle of the night with an achy mouth (har har, get your minds outta the gutter!) I'd light up the stove and make a warm cup of green tea. Within minutes, no pain! I'm officially in love.

Anyway, what prompted me to rant about this is that I look forward to reading my tea bag tag daily. Yep. Each tea bag has a great quote or ancient wisdom printed on it, and they're quite uplifting and motivating. I liked this one very much:

This rings especially true for me working towards my fitness goals, which have been somewhat lacking as of late. I've skipped the past two Fitness Fridays, mostly due to poor memory but partially to avoidance. I haven't been an "active adult" at all, I've actually been rather sedentary. As far as eating goes, I've been running through some middle ground. Healthy at times, horrible during others. My desire to "healthify" my body is what drives me, it's my resolution. It's what keeps putting me back on track after I derail. I have to believe that I will eventually make it to my goals, but in the meantime focus on those "any one things." And while I may slip up often every once in a while, jumping back on the bandwagon is what really matters in the long run.
/end mental upchuck


Sponsor Spotlight: Cedar's Mediterranean Foods {Review}


Meet one of the sponsors for our healthy snacking package coming up in the March Into April event starting March 30th:  Cedar's Mediterranean Foods!

I'm a sucker for a good hummus. It's my weakness. Up here in Maine good Mediterranean food can be hard to find, though. I'm glad to say that I've found one company's goods in several large chain stores!

Sponsor Spotlight: Cobra Corn {Review}

Meet one of the sponsors for our healthy snacking package coming up in the March Into April event starting March 30th: Cobra Corn!

If you're a fan of Indian cuisine, you're definitely going to want to try some of this wonderful creation!

Scandle Shimmering Lotion Candle {Review}

Dry skin? Grab some lotion. Stinky house? Grab a candle. Multi-tasker? You need a Scandle body candle!

Viviscal: Initial Post & {Giveaway} $150 Value!

Welcome to the Viviscal Review & Giveaway Hop Event hosted by MamaNYC! This exciting event will follow 25 bloggers over the course of three months as they experience hair growth, nourishment, repair, and damage control with Viviscal!

Booty Buns Cloth Diaper Stash {Giveaway} ARV $546

Ready to win a huge stash of fluff for your little one? Enter the Booty Buns Go Green - Give Charity Cloth Diaper Event below!

Booty Buns Giveaway Event
Welcome to the Go Green ♥ Give Charity Cloth Diaper Giveaway Event sponsored by Booty Buns Cloth Diapers! Over 175 blogs have teamed up to present this amazing cloth diaper giveaway hosted by Daily Mothering.
Here's your chance to win an entire stash of one-size cloth diapers!

This amazing cloth diaper prize pack includes:

20 Booty Buns One-Size Cloth Diapers
(these true one-size cloth diapers fit 3-45 lbs!)
20 matching flannel/terry cloth wipes
40 microfiber inserts
20 cotton flannel liners
Booty Buns Cloth Diaper Giveaway
(picture does not show inserts or liners also included)

Spring Buzz Giveaway Hop ~ Loving Moments Necklace & Eat In, Not Out paperback

Welcome to the Spring Buzz Giveaway Hop! Each blog is hosting a giveaway worth at least $25, so make sure to hop around to the other blogs after entering here!

Spring Buzz GRAND PRIZE! Make sure to ENTER TO WIN a Kindle Fire!
Spring Buzz Hop is hosted by Sweep Tight and Just Married with Coupons and the Grand Prize is sponsored by BeeSavy. Save Time, Save Money, Make Money. See what the buzz is about at BeeSavy.

Serial Access Mom is giving away a prize package worth $35 to one lucky winner!
Paperback copy of Eat In, Not Out: The Learn-How-To-Cook-Book Without the Recipes ARV $14.99
(See my review HERE!)

Loving Moments Necklace by Avon ARV $19.99
(Silvertone & pave hearts on a 16 1/2" chain)

Sneak Peek: $500+ Cloth Diaper Giveaway Starts Saturday!

Booty Buns Cloth Diaper Giveaway
Would you like to win a LIFETIME SUPPLY of cloth diapers?!
The Go Green ♥ Give Charity Cloth Diaper Giveaway Event sponsored by Booty Buns Cloth Diapers starts this Saturday, March 24th!

Over 175 blogs are coming together to present this fantastic fluffy giveaway hosted by Daily Mothering. Mark your calendar because you don't want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win an entire stash of one-size cloth diapers!

ONE WINNER will receive a gigantic cloth diaper prize pack valued at $546!
And, the winner will get to select their choice of diaper colors!

This amazing prize pack will include:

20 Booty Buns One-Size Cloth Diapers
(these true one-size cloth diapers fit 3-45 lbs!)
20 matching flannel/terry cloth wipes
40 microfiber inserts
20 cotton flannel liners
Booty Buns Cloth Diaper Giveaway
(picture does not show inserts or liners also included)
This giveaway will be open to U.S. and Canada.

Come back March 24-31 for your chance to win it all!

Sponsor Spotlight: Eat In, Not Out {Review + Giveaway}

 Do you want to eat healthier but don’t know where to start? - Are you tired of eating the same meals over and over again?  Do recipes sound like they’re written in a foreign language? Do you have hungry mouths to feed, many of whom exclaim “yuck” when they see your creations? Do you often resort to take-out to keep up with life’s demands? 

Eat In! - Turn your kitchen into the centerpiece for delicious meals and lasting memories. 

Not Out! - Save time and money while eating healthier, more wholesome meals. Eat In, Not Out has something for everyone, whether you are a cooking novice or expert! With input from expert cooks and food bloggers, including Shaina Olmanson, Lynne Viera, Aimée Wimbush-Bourque, and others – you will discover everything from the basics of nutrition to easy pick-me-ups that transform meals.  -book cover

L'BRI Pure n' Natural #SuperEvents {Giveaway} $500

Who's Ready for another awesome "Super Events" giveaway party! Let the fun begin!
This week's party is sponsored by L'BRI Pure n' Natural. And there are $500 in party prizes being given away!

Tuckaroo - The Bib Reinvented {Review + Giveaway}

Have a little one means messes. Lots of messes.

Most of these are unavoidable. Poop-explosions, drooly shirts, and toys all over the floor. Now you can control and prevent at least one of life's messy situations: mealtime! The Tuckaroo makes messy collars and clothes a thing of the past.

Snap Sac Thermal Totes {Review + Giveaway}

Mark takes his lunch just about every night, usually something homemade by me. He works the overnight shift, so by the time lunch rolls around, there aren't even any fast food joints to pick up a "fresh" meal.  The chore for me boils down to making a good, nutritious meal that can be enjoyed without being reheated, as most nights he leaves his lunch in the car instead of taking it all the way to the backroom of the store. What would make this task easier on me? A high quality lunch bag to keep everything I make fresher!

SnapSac provides just that: a line of reusable totes and bags, sturdier than those you can buy at your local grocery store. I was able to try the Lunch Tote and Cool Tote and am completely sold!

Lucky Day Hop ~ $25 EdenFantasys GC {Giveaway}

Sason and Pobi

Is today your lucky day? Find out and hop around to all these blogs hosting sweepstakes you can win hosted by Sason and Pobi.

Serial Access Mom is giving away a $25 gift card to!

Sex toys - EdenFantasys adult toys store

Send a Flying Card frizbee-grams! {Review + Giveaway}

As much as I love receiving birthday/Christmas/greeting cards in the mail, I'm always faced with that dreaded decision once the holiday is over: Do I recycle the card or hold on to it for memories down the road? If I keep it, where do I put it? Eventually I end up with a huge stack of cards that, while cute, are otherwise useless. has come up with a useful (and fun) solution: Frizbee cards!

$250 KNORK Flatware {Giveaway}

Everyone's heard of the all-powerful spork (spoon-fork) combo before...but what about a KNORK?
KNORK enhances the dining experience by integrating a fork with the functionality of a knife built in. And they are AWESOME!

Father's Day Event Signups Are Open!

It is a perfect time to find what gifts you would like to give to your father. Makobi Scribe is proud to present Father’s Day Gift Ideas Giveaway Event from June 10 12:01 PM EST to June 18  at midnight EST and is accepting signups now.
Each participating blog will be hosting a Father's Day giveaway valued at $25 and up, and signups are free! Serial Access Mom will be there with some great prizes, will you?


Happy {belated} Birthday!

I had a mommy-brain moment (more like mommy-brain month) in February. Being preoccupied with a growing little man, his upcoming first birthday, and blog-goodness, I'd completely forgotten that it was close to my own birthday. So close, in fact, that on Feb. 29th it hit me for the first time that I had less than 24 hours to enjoy year #26 before the new one moved in.

I think this year, for the first time, I realize why adults never really celebrated birthdays in our family while we were growing up. Sure, we'd have immediate family over for cake, ice cream, and a card or two. But nothing really big, parties and celebrations are for the youth. Oi, now I feel old!

Here are the lovely, thoughtful goodies I received from family:

Two beautiful cards, a chocolate rose, and a Magic: The Gathering fat pack (<--- Nerd momma)

Super-adorable mug from my mom with Jace's picture on it!

I just had to take a few pictures of the card Jace "got" me:
Regular card-sized. 
Opened up...

Now in three parts...

So cute! (and big!)
Thanks to everyone for the wonderful birthday wishes, it was a great day!  <3


The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life Book {Review + Giveaway}

Let's face it: Life has holes, and lots of them. Some are easier to escape than others, but with the right attitude you can make it though just about anything! All it takes is a little shifting and morphing of the way you perceive and react to things, as only you can control your emotions and the way you feel.

The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life! by Judith A. Belmont, MS and Lora Shor, MSW can help guide us through those tough times, tackling one problem at a time.

Influenster's Love Vox Box is here!

Woohoo! I received my second Influenster box of goodies today. This time it's the Love Vox Box.

Included in this round:

  • Gillette Venus & Olay razor and cartridge
  • Kiss Nail Dress (nail polish strips in a leopardy print!)
  • Stash box of Herbal Teas
  • Ghirardelli Gourmet Milk Chocolate bar
  • Truvia natural sweetener packets
Keep an eye out for future reviews!


Five Finger Tees {Review + Giveaway}

I have an addiction. A very serious addiction to catchy, sarcastic, cute, and/or nerdy t-shirts. My thirst for these tops is unquenchable.

Unfortunately, now that I've gained some poundage from my former figure, it's hard to find t-shirts that aren't super-form-fitting, clingy, or short. I've mentioned before in my ActivewearUSA review that I'm fairly long-waisted, so most t-shirts and blouses just don't cut it. I'm so happy to have found an awesomely funny shirt company that uses comfortable tees! Introducing Five Finger Tees.

Win 250 PrintRunner Stickers! {Giveaway} was established with little more than a small press and a dream. Ten years later our company became one of the foremost quality printers in Southern California. Our commitment to provide the best value and high quality full color printing at affordable price made our company grow. PrintRunner is a full service high quality printing company located in Chatsworth, California.

(I love it! Chatsworth, CA was my area growing up, I graduated from Chatsworth High School even!  *memories*)

Bistro MD {Review + Giveaway}

I'm so happy to be able to share Bistro MD with you today! If you've ever wanted to try meal home-delivery, this company offers the best of the best! Bistro MD offers those of us who are totally somewhat cooking challenged the opportunity to eat delicious diet-minded foods in correct portion sizes. Perfect!

"With BistroMD you can stop worrying about eating less and focus on eating better.

BistroMD is like having a chef, dietitian and a weight management physician right in your kitchen. Our meals are cooked by our chefs and are made with real, quality ingredients. Every recipe is prepared to Dr. Cederquist’s strict nutritional guidelines to ensure that it contains the proper nutritional balance. Plus we offer free dietitian support to help you reach your weight loss goals.

With our expert knowledge you can say goodbye to grocery shopping, chopping, cooking and cleaning and enjoy healthy and delicious meals that are conveniently delivered to you."

My Wonderful Walls {Giveaway}

I'm pleased to be introducing you all to My Wonderful Walls! They offer imaginative wall stickers, wall stencils and canvas wall murals for kids' room and baby nurseries. It's all created and manufactured in the USA too!