Celebrate the Holidays With GIANTmicrobes! {Holiday Gift Guide} {Review}

This year, GIANTmicrobes has something for everyone on your list!

Perhaps you've heard of them before...they're only my FAVORITE plush toys around!

GIANTmicrobes puts out a line of adorable, plushie microorganisms blown up 1,000,000x their original size that turn something "yucky" and "gross" into just about the cutest things you've ever seen.

Meet the newest additions to my Microbe family: Plasma, Christmas Tree Box Ornaments, and the Common Cold Primordial Putty!

Multicolored Kid by FlattenMe Personalized Hardcover Book {Review} {Holiday Gift Guide}

  My munchkin is fascinated by words, and I couldn't be more thrilled! Every time he sits down with a book to look at the pictures, I catch him pointing to words and saying "letters! or "words!" which shows me that he's ready to learn.  Imagine his surprise when he sees his name largely printed on the cover of his very own book!

Stocking Stuffers for Teens ~ Under $5 SHIPPED! {Gift Guide}


Light-up Flashing LED Shoelaces for just $3.20 + free shipping!

Plush Tofu Cell Phone Holder for just $1.62 + $.99 shipping!



World's Smallest Solar-Powered Car for just $1.51 + free shipping!



1800 Nail Art Rhinestone Glitter Gems for just $1.89 + free shipping!



LED Laser Finger Beams- Set of 4 for just $1.21 + free shipping!



An Oversized Animal Print Scarf for just $2.66 + free shipping!



Silver & Black Mirror Puzzle Cube for just $4.59 + free shipping!



Glowing LED 7 Color Digital Alarm Clock for just $3.88 + free shipping!


~Sam


Stocking Stuffers for Guys ~ Under $5 SHIPPED! {Gift Guide}

Check out these fun gadgets, each under $5 with FREE shipping!



Ferrari Car Shaped Optical USB Mouse for just $3.80 + free shipping!



This Crystal Skull Shot Glass for just $3.89 + free shipping!



Neat LED Color-Changing Kitchen Sink Nozzle for just $4.30 + free shipping!


Relaxing Scalp Massager for just $.75 + free shipping!




This Mini Flexible Laptop Microphone for just $1.20 + free shipping!




Make computing easier with this 7-Port USB Hub with ON / OFF Switch for just $4.27 + free shipping!




Who wouldn't love a Newton's Cradle on their desk? Just $3.05 + free shipping!


These awesome Iron Man Cufflinks are just $4.36 + free shipping!


~Sam

Holiday Gift Guide 2013: The Mini-Version


  So...I know it's been a while since we last conversed. Life's been busy here with several major changes, and I'm sure you've gone through some ups and downs likewise. Long story short, I have relocated and am now working full-time. It is my intention to start blogging again fairly regularly, and to jump-start this comeback I will be hosting a mini Holiday Gift Guide for your viewing pleasure!

What is on your Holiday Wish List this year?

Keep an eye on your emails for upcoming reviews and giveaways for some exciting gift ideas from SerialAccessMom!

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~Sam

Growing Up Online Free eBook + The Lorax Blu-ray DVD Combo Pack {Giveaway}

The assets included within this message were delivered to me to promote Growing Up Online. I was not compensated for this post.




Like most kids these days, my munchkin Jace can navigate his way around a Kindle or computer with ease. It's up to me as his parent to help teach him limitations and moderation, for more reason than one! 
How did YOU teach your children to surf the web safely?
The More You Know Learning Series, in collaboration with NBC News, has launched Growing Up Online, the FREE eBook for parents to keep their kids safe on the Internet!
Our kids have never known a world without the Internet. They’re spending more and more time on the web, so teaching them about using technology responsibly and safely is critical. Use the #GrowingUpOnline Blog App and take the quiz to see if your child is ready to safely surf the web!

Download the FREE Growing Up Online eBook and be sure to watch all four entertaining comic book stories as a family, which show real situations that may occur when your kids go online.
This free eBook provides easy-to-use information that addresses the growing concern about kids’ online privacy and cyberbullying in a unique and engaging way. Growing Up Online is packed with important tips that every parent should know!


Enter the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win a copy of The Lorax on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack! Giveaway ends 9/18/13.


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~Sam

Warner Bros #JackTheGiantSlayer To Be Released on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo Pack June 18th! App + {Giveaway}

Disclosure: I received these promotional materials to share with you via Warner Bros and PartnersHub. I was not compensated for this post.



Warner Bros. is proud to announce the arrival of Jack the Giant Slayer released on DVD & Blu-ray on June 18!

Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing Jack (Nicholas Hoult), into the battle of this life to stop them and rescue the princess! 

The question is... are you courageous enough to rescue the princess? Are you brave like Jack?  Take the quiz to find out!

Disney to Release Super Buddies on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo Pack August 27th, 2013!

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In anticipation of the August 27th release of Disney's SUPER BUDDIES on Blu-ray Combo Pack I'm excited to share a sneak peek of the pups! Check out the Super Buddies' special super hero powers in the clip below!

About the Movie An ordinary day at Fernfield Farms turns extraordinary when Budderball, Mudbud, B-Dawg, Buddha and Rosebud discover mysterious rings that grant them each a unique super power. Before you can say, “Buddies, assemble,” the pups unleash their amazing abilities and race to the rescue when a shape-shifting bully from outer space threatens the planet. But can they succeed in kicking major tail without revealing their new secret identities?
A must-own movie event packed with laughter, action and incredible new characters, ‘SUPER BUDDIES proves when you use your wits and work together, you don't need super powers to be a super hero!


Normally I'm not one for live-action talking animal movies, but this one just looks too cute and I know Jace will adore seeing the puppies all dressed-up!
The 2-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo pack will be out in stores August 27th 2013 and retails for $36.99 US.

~Sam

Just Announced!: New Carly Rae Jepsen Music Video "Part Of Your World" To Be Released On Disney's The Little Mermaid Combo Pack October 1st!

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Pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen celebrates Disney's animated classic The Little Mermaid with a new version of "Part of Your World" that will appear as a music video on the Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack of the film releasing on October 1st! 

The 3-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo pack will be available in stores nationwide on October 1st, 2013 and retails for $49.99 U.S./$56.99 Canada.

~Sam

#BetOnYourBaby Airing Saturdays 8/7c on ABC + App + Luvs Diapers {Giveaway}

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ABC is proud to announce the arrival of Bet on Your Baby, Saturdays at 8/7c, in partnership with Luvs!


Every parent thinks they know their baby well, but are they willing to bet on it?

Bet on Your Baby is a new show where parents play fun games with their toddlers, and try to “bet” on what baby will do next! If they guess correctly, the family wins $5,000 in college tuition money, and the chance to play for $50,000!

All of these heartwarming and hilarious games are played in a toy-filled room called the Baby Dome. Do you think that you could predict what baby will do next?



One lucky Serial Access Mom reader will win a pack of 3 coupons, each good for a free Luvs® Super Absorbent Jumbo Pack!




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Giveaway is open to US residents, no PO boxes, and will end on 6/10/13 at 11:59pm.


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~Sam

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Quest for the Crystal Mickey {Review}

Disclosure: I received a copy of the following DVD free of charge to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours.

Remember the days of the original Mickey Mouse Club? Have you or your littles seen the newer Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, which is perfect for toddlers and young children? Disney has just released the newest edition of the MMCH on DVD, Quest for the Crystal Mickey!



The Newest "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" Adventure Arrives Just In Time For Summer Break!
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: THE QUEST FOR CRYSTAL MICKEY
Arrives on DVD – May 21, 2013

Synopsis:                               Join Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and all their pals in the newest Clubhouse crusade. When the legendary Crystal Mickey goes missing, Mickey and friends go on an adventure to save the Clubhouse from losing its magic. Grab your hat, buckle your seatbelt, and get ready to embark on a thrilling adventure in “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: The Quest for the Crystal Mickey!”

There’s no time to lose after greedy Plunderin’ Pete snatches the legendary Crystal Mickey statue from the Clubhouse. Without this sparkly statue’s magic, the Clubhouse will disappear forever! Can the world’s most extraordinary hero "Kansas City Mickey," get the magical statue back in time? Only with help from young viewers at home…and the right Mouseketools can Mickey journey across the Sandy Desert, brave the Rushing River and make his way through the Hidden Jungle. But watch out for Pete’s trickiest traps!


Full of magic and mystery, the DVD includes four extra episodes of Disney Junior's Emmy®-nominated series "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" (over 2 hours of content!) and a FREE Adventure Activity Map plus Stickers. Don’t miss this latest Clubhouse adventure as it arrives for the first time on Disney DVD on May 21, 2013.

Our review:

  My two year old Jace and his friend Savannah love Mickey Mouse! My munchkin points and says "Miiinky! (Mickey) whenever we see him on anything, and he was happy to see the big mouse and his friends on the television! We liked that there are several episodes of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse instead of one long movie to sit and watch, which makes it easier on a little one's attention span. 

  With the catchy tunes of Disney and the familiar face of a friendly mouse, your children are sure to fall in love with the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Jace loves to play along with Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Minnie, and Daisy and the whole gang!

Click on the photo below to download some fun activities to share with your littles in cahoots with the movie release!


~Sam

Space Warriors Premiers TONIGHT at 8/7C on the Hallmark Channel! {Giveaway}

Walden Family Theater is proud to announce the Space Warriors Blog App & a chance to Win a Family Trip to Space Camp

Watch Space Warriors on Hallmark Channel May 31st at 8/7C for your chance to win a trip for the whole family to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center's Space Camp!  Keep an eye out for the secret keyword for a chance to go on location where Space Warriors was filmed and train like a real astronaut!

In Space Warriors, six highly skilled teenagers are handpicked to be part of a summer space camp competition but they don’t realize that they will be forced to solve a life or death crisis aboard the International Space Station as the world anxiously watches.




One lucky Serial Access Mom will win a Space Warriors Blu-ray + DVD + VUDU Digital Copy Combo Pack   (Walmart Exclusive)!


Enter the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to WIN!
Giveaway is open to US residents (no PO boxes) and ends 6/12/13 at 11:59pm.

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~Sam

OraMD "The Mouth Doctor" Natural Liquid Toothpaste {Review + Giveaway} 3 Winners!

Note: I received a bottle of OraMD free of charge to facilitate my review. I was not otherwise compensated. My opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours.



I was recently introduced to OraMD, a natural liquid toothpaste/mouthwash/refresher from Trusted Health Products, and what a uniquely different product it is! Unlike almost every toothpaste on the market today, OraMD contains no harsh chemicals, artificial sweeteners, or alcohol. In fact, it only has three ingredients in total: 100% pure oils of almond, peppermint, and spearmint!

Doc McStuffins: Time For Your Check Up debuts on Disney DVD! {Review + Giveaway}

Note: I received a copy of this DVD to facilitate my review. I was not otherwise compensated. My opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours.


Has your young child discovered the magic of Disney's Doc McStuffins yet? 


We're currently in the midst of a move and have packed away most of our movies in big cardboard boxes, but Jace insisted on keeping his new copy of Doc McStuffins: Time For Your Check Up out to watch...over and over and over again! 


Before this DVD we had never seen the show on television, so this was all brand new to my munchkin. And he LOVES it! Doc McStuffins is a family-friendly animated show about 6-year-old Doc who diagnoses and repairs broken stuffed animals and toys out of her back yard clinic. Too cute!  


This DVD includes 5 full episodes with two stories each, featuring topics such as healthy eating habits, wearing your seat belt, and most applicable to our household, brushing your teeth. Doc and her band of furry friends make everyday tasks fun! Jace and I especially fell in love with Stuffy, Doc's little blue dragon stuffed animal, who comes to life along with his other stuffed friends when Doc is near. 


Doc McStuffins was 2012's #1 cable kid's TV series for kids ages 2-5, and it's easy to see why! Now your family can take home this fun DVD, and enjoy these free downloadable printables to go along with it! 



You can pick up your copy from Amazon and retailers nationwide for just $19.99.

One lucky Serial Access Mom reader will WIN a copy of Doc McStuffins: Time For Your Check Up Just enter the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!



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~Sam

I See Me Personalized Children's Books: ABC What I Can Be {Review}

Note: I received a copy of ABC What I Can Be free of charge to facilitate my review. I was not otherwise compensated form this post. My opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours.



Imagine the smile on your child's glowing face as they see their own name printed throughout a colorful storybook, how heartwarming! That's exactly what I got to experience while watching Jace read through our new I See Me personalized book ABC What I Can Be.

9 Easy DIY Gift Ideas for Mother's Day!




  I've been browsing the 'net in search of great (and easy) DIY gift ideas for those who, like me, wait until the last minute to get started. I hope you enjoy them!


1. Children's hand prints on canvas. {via hellobee}
2. Painted wooden spoons {via Little bit Funky}
3. Easy recipe book {via Lauren Conrad}
4. Coupon booklet for mom (printables) {via Homemade Gifts Made Easy}
5. Scrabble coasters {via flat broke bride}
6. Tuna can & clothespin herb planters {via Seventh House on the Left}
7. Tea cup pin cushion {via my kids guide}
8. Bird's nest necklace {via Sarah Ortega}
9. Citrus bath scrub {via Paula Deen}

You can also grab FREE printable Mother's Day cards over at Homemade Gifts Made Easy!


~Sam

Chick-fil-A #FreshMade App + {Giveaway} ~ Win 2 coupons to try Chick-fil-A's new Premium Salads!


  Forget about yesterday, today is #FreshMade! Each day we have a choice, a choice to do the same old routine or do something unique and different.  What have you wanted to do for a long time? 2013 is almost halfway over and it’s time to do something new. It’s time to grow, it’s time to make your dreams a reality.

  Chick-fil-A is helping you make today #FreshMade, by creating new menu options that you can feel good about! They are introducing 3 new premium salads and an improved wrap all under 430 calories made with premium ingredients.


Take your taste buds to greener pastures.




  Are you a "Starter?" Do you wake up ready to face the day and it's challenges, or does it take a little extra motivation to get you going? Take the quiz in the app above and find out what kind of "starter" you are!

  One lucky Serial Access Mom reader will win TWO coupons to try out the new Chick-fil-A premium salads...FREE!

Enter the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!
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April Starbox - Create a fresh face for Spring with neutrals! {Review}

My apologies for getting this review up a bit late, but we've had some craziness going on at the house, including a job loss. 
Yikes!

April's Starbox by Starlooks features neutral shades and products to help bring out your natural beauty, just in time for a fresh start for Spring!


Each monthly Starbox comes with 3-4 full-size, high-end makeup products at a fraction of the retail cost...just $18 for the whole box!

April's Starbox came with the following:
  • Translucent White Mineralized Powder
  • Sensation Mascara Primer
  • Tendergloss Lipstick 
  • Starbox exclusive "Mint" SPF Lip Balm



So many subscription boxes these days provide only sample sizes of products to "try and buy," and it's very refreshing to find a great buy like Starbox that includes FULL-SIZE items!


First up for review, the Translucent White Mineralized Powder. Some Starboxers received the shade translucent nude, but either way this powder goes on pretty sheer and clear. It's purpose? To help set makeup and absorb shine, giving your skin a matte and velvety finish. Each comes with a powder puff for application, but I prefer my handy kabuki brush. This super-light powder really does absorb oil and sweat without totally overdrying my skin or looking cakey, it's great! It does tend to mute any colors you've applied a bit, as any layer of powder will do, but is perfect for that fresh Spring look.

Next up, the Sensation Mascara Primer. This is the first Starlooks products that I can say I'm not much of a fan of, unfortunately, but that doesn't mean that you won't love it. You see, my lashes are tiny, sparse, and nearly blonde, making it difficult for them to stand out. This mascara primer/conditioner definitely added a little bit of length, but I found it difficult to apply to my lashes and they just felt a little heavy while wearing it under my Starlooks mascara (which I love.) It looks gluey and a bit stringy, and I had a hard time avoiding clumps on my little lashes. With thicker, fuller lashes, though, I can see this working wonders!

The Tendergloss Lipstick shade I received was Trinity, and it's absolutely gorgeous! Mostly sheer with a hint of nude sparkle, this shade matched my lips almost perfectly. Most nudes are either way too pale for my colorful lips or make me look washed out, but this one provides just the right amount of color and shine. I have one other Tendergloss lipstick and can attest to the incredible moisturizing powers this formula has, not to mention the fact that it glides on effortlessly. It's like putting on a chapstick, easy and a lot more beautiful. Check out the swatch below, so bronzy!

Tendergloss lipstick in Trinity
Starlooks Mint Lip Balm has become my "go-to" lip balm, and that's saying something...I'm a lip balm addict! It has a light, sweet minty flavor that lasts on my lips long after the balmy-feeling is gone. I put this balm on at night before bed and wake up in the morning with a layer of minty goodness on my lips, yum! It also has SPF 15 protection (very important) and contains aloe vera and jojoba seed oil for conditioning. This product definitely gets two HUGE thumbs up!

Check out my giant face below...I'm wearing all the Starlooks products mentioned above!




In addition to my April Starbox, I also get to review one extra Starlooks product per month. Yippee! This month I received Glitter Glam in BB Pink. Check it out:


Glitter Glam is a small container of super-fine pigmented glitter to apply just about anywhere: eyes, lips, face, body...wherever you want to shine.  I'm normally not a pink person, but this pink isn't "out there-pink" like others I've seen. In fact, as you can see from the streaked swatches below, it's pretty bronzy. Love!

Glitter Glam in BB Pink


Left: Streaked across with one swipe.        Right: Blended into skin

I now use this on top of whatever eye shadow colors I am using for the day to add a touch of golden shimmer to my look. Glitter Glam also works well when added to your body lotion for a glittery beach look. It really catches the light and plays-up my skin, what a great and versatile product!

Have you subscriber to Starbox yet? It's under $20 a month, and you get so much. Be sure to check out Starlooks today!



~Sam



DaddyScrubs Certified New Daddy Gift Set {Review + Giveaway}



Are you or do you know of any new or soon-to-be new daddies this year? Check out one of the newest products from DaddyScrubs, the Certified New Daddy Gift Set!



What's that? You haven't heard of DaddyScrubs before? DaddyScrubs is a very special company created by Robert Nickell to help distinguish between the Dr and the Daddy while in-hospital, and has grown to be so much more!


Our Mission 

"DaddyScrubs is dedicated to providing dads in every stage of fatherhood a way to proudly proclaim, "I'm the Daddy!" DaddyScrubs is committed to excellence and strives to deliver quality products at great prices while ensuring the highest level of customer service and satisfaction.
DaddyScrubs vision is to be the leading supplier of gifts for dads - from the frantic first time dad to the more experienced dad; DaddyScrubs builds and evolves every day in order to develop a cohesive line that has something for every dad while keeping each new product innovative, exceptional and meaningful.
DaddyScrubs is dedicated to families everywhere, and each I'm the Daddy product is designed to encourage involvement and engagement between Dad and Child - from the delivery room on. Above all, DaddyScrubs mission is to build a sense of community where daddies everywhere can come together to share in their pride and belonging."

I reviewed DaddyScrubs' namesake product last year, their medical scrubs. This time around I'm happy to share my experience with their Certified New Daddy Gift Set.



This gift set makes the perfect new-Father's Day present for any Daddy! It comes complete with a New Daddy t-shirt, pocket protector with "I'm the Daddy!" pens, and a magnetic punch-out photo frame.

Front

Back
The t-shirt is nice and comfy and made of 100% cotton. It's a thick material, so this shirt should stand through all the trials that a new baby can dole out on parent's clothing. I love that this shirt is printed with the year of birth, what a keepsake!



The pocket protector is cute, albeit a little outdated. I don't think I've seen anyone wear one of these....well, ever. I really do like the idea of it, though! This will come in handy for a new dad, especially while at home recording everything in a baby book or on a poop/pee chart to track progress. The protector comes with several I'm The Daddy pens, which write beautifully and are comfy to use.


I'm a huge magnet fan. Like woah. My fridge is covered. The Certified New Daddy magnet included in this set is actually TWO magnets in one: the inner footprint section pops out to create a photo frame perfect for a snapshot of daddy and baby, cute! 

We loved the Certified New Daddy Gift Set! I'd very much like to see a little something extra added to the set in the future, maybe an I'm The Daddy mug or water bottle, to kinda round-out the set.

Any new dad would be proud to receive this gift set, either for Father's Day in June or just out of the blue! It also makes a great and unique baby shower gift, especially if you were like me and dragged your S.O. along with you. 

Purchase your own gift set for just $44.95 at DaddyScrubs.com
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One lucky Serial Access Mom reader will take home their very own Certified New Daddy Gift Set!

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Giveaway is open to all US and Canada residents 18+ and will end on May 15th at 11:59pm. 


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~Sam