Warner Bros Mother's Day Movie Night App + Blu-ray {Giveaway}

We think that most can agree... Moms are the best - and they do a lot for us! Now it’s time to return the favor and celebrate this Mother’s Day by giving mom the movie night she deserves! Celebrate Sunday, May 12th in the best way possible by spending quality time with your family and watch one of YOUR favorite classic films! Watching a classic flick together tells the story of a different time and place, and is the perfect opportunity to catch up and share stories with your family... tell them something that they never knew about Mom! 

Warner Bros is proud to release the new Mother's Day Movie Night App! This app includes:

•    Guess-the-Scene Game! - How well do you know the silver screen’s most famous love stories and sing-a-longs? Play the Guess-the-Scene game to test your knowledge on the world’s greatest films! The quicker you pick, the more points you score. Ready? Action!
•    Words in Film! - Select your mood and let quotes and images from film express how you’re feeling!
•    Movie Night Conversation Starters! - Watching a classic flick together is the perfect opportunity to catch up and share stories... this Mother’s Day make it a point to connect with your family and give them a chance to learn something about mom they never knew!  Here are some conversation starters to get you started.

What would YOUR ideal Mother's Day consist of? Check out the fill-in-the-blanks sheet below (maybe print and leave lying around as a big fat HINT.) Maybe hubs will finally bring home your favorite flowers on Mother's Day this year!

In celebration of the upcoming holiday, Warner Bros has partnered with Serial Access Mom to offer one lucky reader a Blu-ray classic film of their own! 

Enter the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win one of two Blu-ray classics (chosen at random):

*A Star is Born (1976)
*Cabaret (1972)

This giveaway is open to US residents 18+, no PO Boxes, and will end on May 10th, 2013 at 11:59 pm. 

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Note: The assets included in this post were delivered to me in promotion of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release of the Best of Warner Bros. Mother’s Day Movie Night App. I received no compensation for this post.

Happy 110th Birthday, Crayola!

After trial and error, Crayola are now the ONLY crayons I allow in this house. Seriously, they're phenomenal compared to the cheaper brands. And they're celebrating 110 years of superior crayons this year by throwing a birthday bash!

To celebrate their 110th birthday, the 8 original crayons are throwing a birthday bash at the new fun-omenal Crayola Experience, the world's only interactive Crayola family attraction. Right now, they're out on a colorful adventure to spread the news, and you're invited to join the fun!

The new Crayola Experience features four floors of new interactive exhibits and one-of-a-kind attractions that will bring the magic of color and your child's creativity to life!

Visit the Crayola Facebook page and click "enter now" for your chance to win a family trip to visit the new attraction, including a three- night, all-expenses paid stay. It's an experience your kids will never forget - and neither will you!


Disclosure: Crayola has provided me with this information to share with you. I will receive a box of the limited edition 110th birthday pack in exchange for this post.

Chick-fil-A Leadercast App + Prize Pack {Giveaway}

As a mom, I know it's important to have a decent amount of "take charge" leadership in my life. Leadership over my child to guide him, over my finances to live, and perhaps most importantly leadership over myself for a measure of control and stability. There are simply too many distractions that can take away from our quality of life, and learning to simplify so that you can take full advantage of what life has to offer can be one of the most empowering actions you can take. It all starts within YOU!

I'm pleased to help announce the upcoming Chick-fil-A Leadercast event on May 10th, 2013 to help you grab life by the metaphorical balls and take charge!

What is Chick-fil-A Leadercast? 
Chick-fil-A Leadercast is a one-day leadership event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, GA to hundreds of locations around the world on May 10, 2013. Strengthen your leadership by simplifying your life. SIMPLY LEAD. 
Full. Our lives are full of things that we think will grow our businesses and increase our influence. We are busy - and that may, unknowingly, be holding us back. What if there was potential impact in simplifying our lives so our leadership could thrive? Leading in a complex world requires simplicity to cut through the clutter. Saying NO to what may seem good could help increase your capacity to live your life to the fullest. Join us at Chick-fil-A Leadercast as we learn to Simply Lead.

Speakers for this year's event include: 

•    Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO of General Electric
•    Andy Stanley, Best-selling leadership author and communicator
•    Mike Krzyzewski, Head men's basketball coach, Duke University and Team USA
•    John Maxwell, Best-selling author and leadership expert
•    Dr. Henry Cloud, Best-selling author and leadership consultant
•    LCDR Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL and star of the 2012 movie Act of Valor
•    Sanya Richards-Ross, 2012 London Olympic gold medalist, track & field
•    David Allen, Best-selling author of Getting Things Done and productivity expert
•    Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State (2005-2009), via exclusive Simply Lead video interview

One lucky Serial Access Mom reader will win a Chick-fil-A Leadercast Prize Pack, which includes:

- 1 Copy of John C. Maxwell’s new book: The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth 
- 1 Chick-fil-A Leadercast Exclusive Audio Download Card, which includes access to audio segments from past and present events! 
- 3 Chick-fil-A Digital offer cards for a free Chick-fil-A Sandwich EntrĂ©e of your choice. 

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Disclosure: Serial Access Mom is working with Chick-fil-A to share this Leadercast App and giveaway with you. Chick-fil-A is supplying the prize for this giveaway and is solely responsible for prize fulfillment. I received no compensation for this post.


Wordless Wednesday - Where has the time gone?

Still love those sleepy, cuddly moments. <3

NBC’s Share and Tell Exclusive App - How Are YOU Green?

Happy Belated Earth Day, everyone! 

On the topic of being green, I'm pleased to announce the creation of NBC's new Share and Tell App

Did you know that for every pound of new goods produced, 71 pounds of waste are generated during manufacturing? This Earth Week, NBCUniversal is partnering with the sharing site yerdle to help you minimize your impact on the planet by sharing your stuff. One person’s stuff is another person’s story!

Here’s how it works.

1) Join or host a Share & Tell Party (click the “Join the Party” button in the app below).
2) Post your stuff to share with friends. Discover other items that are up for grabs.
3) Tell the story of your sharing experiences on your favorite social media site. #ShareandTell.

What is yerdle? 
Yerdle is the new mission-driven California Benefit corporation that’s out to help people share with their friends rather than buying things new. On yerdle, friends post items they're willing to give away or loan, search for items they're looking to get, and nab the things they want. Simple. 

Why Host a Share and Tell?
Protect the planet, save money, give gifts to your friends and find things you want. Hosting a Share and Tell means inviting your Facebook friends to share things you want. Parties can either be hosted in-person or online, it’s up to you! 

Have fun taking the How Are You Green quiz above, what were your results?

Disclosure: Serial Access Mom is working with NBC to share the Share and Tell app. NBC provided me with these materials to share with you!


Beautiful Mom {Giveaway} Event - $170+ Prize Package!


Welcome to the Beautiful Mom Giveaway Event sponsored by Natural Vitality and hosted by Happy Mothering and the Green Moms Network!

We’re giving away a fabulous prize package that will let both your inner and outer beauty shine! The winner of the Beautiful Mom Giveaway will receive 3 amazing prizes (total value of $170.95)!

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$100 Gift Certificate for the Natural Vitality Store

Natural Vitality makes high-quality, award-winning dietary supplements to assist your in achieving optimum health. They are probably best know for Natural Calm, a magnesium supplement that helps your muscles and nerves function properly, keeps your heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system and assists in keeping your bones strong.

But they also offer several other high-quality supplements:

  • Osteo Calm
  • Vitality B Complex
  • Vitality C Complex
  • Organic Life Vitamins
  • Plant-Sourced Minerals
  • Energy28
  • Natural Kids Calm Multi
All of Natural Vitality’s products are Non-GMO project verified and the ingredients in their supplements are organically grown!

Read Happy Mothering’s review of Natural Vitality supplements here.


100% Pure Red Wine Resveratrol Gift Set

The 100% Pure Red Wine Resveratrol Gift Set is designed to aggressively protect against signs of aging such as environmental damage, lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity. These products don’t contain harsh detergents, synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances or any other toxins.


Mom Energy: A Simple Plan to Live Fully Charged

From celebrated dietitian Ashley Koff and fitness trainer to the stars Kathy Kaehler comes Mom Energy: A Simple Plan to Live Fully Charged, an exciting new way for moms to tap into their own natural and renewable sources of energy to overcome fatigue and achieve their personal health goals. Koff and Kaehler have put together a safe, sensible, flexible and, most importantly, effective program for moms of any age—whether their kids are in diapers or heading off to college.

This amazing package could be yours! To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

Serial Access Mom was not compensated for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Disney's The Little Mermaid: Coming to Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD on October 1st 2013!

...Have I mentioned lately that I love Disney films? I remember watching them on VHS growing up, and now Jace watches them on DVD/Blu-ray as they come to market. I hope that he creates some of the great memories watching them that I remember from my early years! 

On that note, another Disney classic is coming to Blu-ray Hi Def for he first time ever on October 1st, 2013: The Little Mermaid!  

Brand new box art has been released for the film, check 'em out:

Bonus features for the film will include an all-new music video, Part of Her World: Jodi Benson's Voyage to New Fantasyland, deleted character scenes, and more!

I know we'll be reserving a copy of the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy once it becomes available, will you?

To learn more visit:                  Our Facebook page @ www.Facebook.com/DisneyTheLittleMermaid
Follow us on Twitter at @DisneyPictures / #LittleMermaid 


Disneynature: Wings of Life FREE Downloadable Activity Sheets & Educational Guide

Just a few short days ago, Disneynature released it's beautiful masterpiece Wings of Life to Blu-ray/DVD and to celebrate, they've created a 25-page educational guide to accompany the film! 

We had the chance to review an early copy of Wings of Life, and it is simply stunning! 

This kit is perfect to help introduce kids in grades 2-4 to the world of pollinators through science, math, and art! Do you homeschool? Or just want to enrich your child's learning experience? Help your children explore the plant and animal world around them as they dabble with these FREE activity sheets, games, and lesson plans released just in time for Earth Day!

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Maine McDonald's: Enjoy the lighter (and delicious!) side of fast food with the new Premium McWrap + {Giveaway} for Maine Residents!

Disclosure: I received a gift card from the sponsor to purchase these wraps to review. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. My opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. 

Have you heard about the newest addition to the McDonald's family? Please give a warm welcome to the new Premium Chicken McWraps. Check out these big guys!

The photo above may look like it's tiny predecessor, the Snack Wrap, but I assure you that these delectable wraps are huge! Like, bigger than a sandwich-huge. Fill-up-up-your-belly huge. You get the idea...

There are three juicy flavors to choose from in this new line, each available in either Crispy or Grilled chicken to suit your preferences: Sweet Chili Chicken, Chicken Bacon, and Chicken & Ranch:

Each McWrap includes fresh ingredients like spring greens (not just your typical shredded iceberg lettuce, hurray for greens!), cucumbers, tomatoes, and shredded cheese along with generous portions of tender chicken, all wrapped up in a warm tortilla. Yum! 

We made two trips to try out each of these yummy options. It goes without saying that Jace was present for both trips, and thus was an extra set of taste buds to help judge the favorites.

Our first trip to our local Newport, ME McDonald's included the Chicken Bacon (Mark's) and Sweet Chili Chicken (mine) McWraps. We visited this past weekend, which was Maine McDonald's promotional period giving us a free medium fry and soda with each McWrap purchase, sweet! Mark ordered his crispy, while I went with the grilled. 

Grilled Sweet Chili Chicken McWrap

I absolutely LOVED my Sweet Chili Chicken McWrap! It has a unique sweet flavor to it and wasn't spicy at all. Not even a little bit. I actually prefer it like this, as the sweet chili flavor pairs perfectly with the fresh cucumbers and greens inside! After doing a little research I found this wrap to be the lowest in calories, fat, and sodium (only 360 calories for grilled!) so I didn't feel guilty about indulging in the whole thing. The amount of sauce was just right, which is what I had gone in slightly worried about since I'd read on a few accounts that the sauce was somewhat sparse. Good job on this one, Newport McDonald's! 

Jace enjoying Daddy's Crispy Chicken Bacon McWrap

I was really, really surprised with how much Mark enjoyed his Chicken Bacon McWrap. He's a two-Big Mac per meal kinda guy, so I thought there's no way that this is going to fill him up. I was wrong! He loved the flavor combo of the bacon and crispy chicken so much that on our next trip, he ordered TWO, one for now and one for lunch at work! 

It might be because of the crispy chicken, but this wrap seemed to have more green-goodness in it than the other two I've tried (which were grilled.) As you can see in the photo above, Jace loved the wrap too! He actually forwent his nuggets in preference of the wrap. Downside? This crispy wrap has about the same amount of calories (600) and fat (30g) as a regular burger. 

Grilled Chicken & Ranch McWrap
Our second trip "wrapped-up" the three flavors with the grilled Chicken & Ranch McWrap. This one impressed me the least of the three, though it was still tasty. The ranch sauce that's used, when combined with the rice vinegar, is a bit too sweet for my liking. When I think of Ranch I imagine a savory, peppercorny-flavor, not so much sweetness. Other than that, the wrap met all the expectations set my the first two wraps. 

Aside from the actual wraps, I'd just like to comment on the awesomeness of the McWrap's packaging! Your wrap comes to you in a tube-like container with a "tear here" strip in the middle that cuts it in half and leaves you the bottom half to hold. No more fingers all over your tortilla, no sauce dripping all over your pants. Ingenious! Overall, I give all three new McWraps two thumbs up...great job McD's! 


From now until May 1st, you can enter the #UnwrapWhatsFresh giveaway through @McD_Maine on Twitter! You can enter once daily, and the prizes? 10 lucky winners will receive a coupon for a FREE Premium McWrap value meal! (ARV $6.99) To enter, just send a Tweet to @McD_Maine with the hashtag #UnwrapWhatsFresh telling them where you'd love to enjoy a McWrap. That's it!

Make sure you follow @McD_Maine on Twitter to enter!

And now for our own little giveaway for you Mainers out there...How'd you like to win some BOGO free coupons for the new premium McWraps?? 

Enter the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win a pair of BOGO free McWrap coupons! There will be 5 winners of two coupons each! 

Please note that these coupons are only valid at Maine McDonald's restaurants.

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Disneynature: Wings of Life is now available on Blu-ray and DVD! {Review}

Disclosure: I received a copy of Wings of Life from the sponsor for review purposes. I was not otherwise compensated for this review. My opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours.

Welcome Spring with open arms with the release of Disneynature's Wings of Life on Blu-ray and DVD today!

Courtesy of Disneynature

About the Movie:

Spring is in the air—literally—as Disneynature prepares to unveil “Wings of Life,” a spectacular, closer-than-close, high-definition look at the intricate world of butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and bats, and their life-sustaining collaboration with flowers. Directed by Louie Schwartzberg (“America’s Heart & Soul”) and narrated by Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep, “Wings of Life” will be available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital and On Demand on April 16, 2013—just in time for Earth Day.

Wings of Life utilizes riveting high-speed, time lapse and macro filmmaking to showcase in spectacular detail these unsung heroes of our planet.

The “Wings of Life” Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a sneak peek at Disneynature’s 2014 big-screen adventure “Bears.” In an epic story of breathtaking scale set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, the film, which is currently in production, follows two mother grizzly bears as they impart life lessons to their impressionable young cubs.

We were happy to receive an advance copy of Wings of Life from Disneynature to review:

Our Thoughts:
Disneynature has truly outdone itself with Wings of Life! From the creators of Earth, Oceans, and Chimpanzee comes this breathtaking journey through rainforests, deserts, and more beautiful scenery as it speaks through the eyes of a flower. And not just any flower, every flower! 
Meryl Streep narrates as the voice of the flower as we take a look at pollination and the creatures that make it happen. As one third of the world's food supply depends on these animals and insects, they're quite an important topic! Wings of Life starts out in a tropical rainforest and shows us the intricate strategy of the orchid flower's pollination via some unsuspecting bees. Did you know that the wild orchid actually holds on to it's chosen pollinator until it has sneakily stuck it's pollen sacks to it's back? How does nature think of this stuff?!
From these we venture into the desert, where cactus flowers have only one night's chance at pollination. Lucky bats take advantage of this opportunity and feast on the flower's nectar, yum! Later on, when the cactus fruit blossoms they enjoy another delectable meal and continue spreading he cactus seeds by, well, you can guess...
I've never been a fan of butterflies, (something about their unpredictable flight pattern and flapping wings...can we say phobia?) but the flight of the monarch butterfly is definitely a sight to see. Each year they journey from as far north as Canada to the southern regions of Mexico and back again in the summer, spanning three to four generations of the monarch. While overwintering in Mexico and other regions, they cluster in conifer trees to preserve energy in enormously large numbers, yikes! Another note of interest: Monarch butterflies will only lay their eggs on a common garden nuisance, milkweed plants, so think twice when weeding around your home!
The film truly is stunning! It's bright and vibrant colors are very aesthetically pleasing, and the movie flows well and is easy to follow. My munchkin LOVED the hummingbird segment, especially when the birds were slowed down enough to see every single wing beat in full glory. Jace kept saying "nose!" every time he saw a hummingbird's beak dip into a nectar-producing flower, it's adorable. As a future gardener, I love that this film gets up close and personal with creatures that I would normally brush off and not give much thought to. 
Make sure to pick up your copy of Wings of Life today and start enjoying nature in your own home!

Feature Run Time: Approx. 80 Minutes
Rating: G (U.S. and Canada)

Miche Bag + 2 Shells {Giveaway}

Disclosure: I received no form of compensation for this post.

Welcome to the Miche Bag giveaway hosted by Free Hot Samples

This giveaway is open to residents of the US and will end on 5/6/13 at 11:59pm.

One lucky reader will receive one Miche classic base bag ($37.95) and the two shells pictured above: the Ebony shell ($29.94) and Anabell shell ($34.95)

Have you seen how Miche bags work? It's super easy, and there's a shell for every occasion! Check out the great Miche review over at Free Hot Samples for more info. Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter form below, good luck!

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Join us on April 9th for a live Q & A: Is Your Student Athlete At Risk for Sudden Heart Failure?

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post. PartnersHub has provided me with the following information and images to pass along to you, my readers.

You may recall a post I recently made announcing a Live Q & A with two influential doctors regarding sudden heart failure in young student athletes. Well, the time has come, the chat is tomorrow at 7pm EST! PartnersHub has devised an app that will host the chat LIVE right here on Serial Access Mom, so come prepared with your questions and ready to soak-up knowledge...it might just save a life!

Top 5 risk factors for sudden heart failure in student athletes:

1. Family history of sudden death.
2. Fainting or family history of fainting.
3. Family history of arrhythmias or heart muscle disease.
4. Participation in sports (particularly sports that require a burst of activity like basketball,   hockey and football).
5. Athlete has gone through puberty (an athlete’s body is stronger at this point and has power during the burst of activity).

 Please consider joining us in a live chat tomorrow, April 9th 2013 at 7pm EST if you have a young athlete that you care for. Family is the most important thing in the world, so if we can help one person with this chat then we’ve made a huge difference!


March Starbox by Starlooks {Review & Giveaway}

Disclosure: I am a paying subscriber of Starbox. I received one Starlooks item in exchange for my honest reviews. Enjoy!

It's that time again! Makeup-time, my favorite time of the month. That's because I subscribe to Starbox by Starlooks, where for just over $17 a box of fabulous, high-quality makeup is delivered to my doorstep each month! 

Everyone, please welcome the March Starbox. ...Hi, March Starbox. 

Sodastream Fountain Jet Soda Lover's Kit {Giveaway}

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post. Enter and enjoy, good luck!

Welcome to the Sodastream Fountain Jet Giveaway hosted by Free Hot Samples!

(If you haven't already, check out my Sodastream review for more insight into how this contraption works. We LOVE ours!)

This giveaway is open to US residents and will end on 4/20 at 11:59 pm. 

Enter below to win a Fountain Jet Soda Lover's Start-Up Kit  ($99.95) including:

  • Fountain Jet – winner’s choice of color (black/silver, red/silver or white)
  • 1 carbonating bottle, reusable for up to 3 years
  • Reusable carbonator to fizz up to 60L of soda
  • Variety 6-pack of popular sample-size flavors
  • 3 full-sized flavors of the winner’s choice

Check out the video below for more info on how to make your favorite fizzy drinks right at home!

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Optics Lab Products: Prepare for allergy season! {Review}

This winter has been especially harsh on my poor sensitive eyes. Between eyestrain from the computer, dry Maine air, and my new-found allergy to dogs (fun fun) my eyes have a tendency to become overly dry and irritated. I'm pretty sure I'm not alone on this one. 

My biggest eye issue lately are my allergies. I've never been one to suffer from seasonal allergies, but ever since giving birth to my son two years ago my body has undergone an overhaul for the worse. Ugh. I've been allergic to cats for years now, but to now add dogs to the mix bars me from visiting family and friends without the aid of loratadine (Claritin) tablets. Even so, if I happen to touch my eyes at all while around these allergens I'm in for some personal hell with scratchy, red, irritated eyes and sinuses.

Let me tell you, if you've never considered using eye washes and eye health products, it's time to start. I've always been a skeptic when it comes to putting things in or near my optical globes, but Optics Lab products have opened my eyes (pun intended) to their helpful and practical uses.

Win a $50 Prize Pack from Optics Lab in the Springtime {Giveaway} Hop

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Welcome to the Springtime Giveaway Hop
hosted by Weidknecht.com

After you enter my giveaway,
hop around to the other participating blogs
and enter their giveaways too!

This giveaway runs from
12:01am on April 1, 2013 to
11:59PM on April 7, 2013.

Serial Access Mom has partnered with Optics Lab to give one lucky reader a $50 prize pack! (as seen below)

Read my review HERE!

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