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How To Make 33 Easy Bake Oven Refill Mixes for Under $4!

by Tara Kuczykowski on February 2, 2015 · 0 comments

How To Make Easy Bake Oven Refill Mixes -- learn how to make your own Easy Bake Oven refills from boxed cake mixes, yields 33 refills for under $4!!! If you have a little girl that loves to bake with her Easy Bake Oven, you NEED to read this now...

If you have an Easy Bake Ultimate Oven in your home, you already know that those refill mixes are ridiculously expensive! My daughter got an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas and quickly used the few mixes that came with it. In a desperate attempt to save my wallet, she and I figured out how to make Easy Bake Oven mixes from store bought cake mix.

Find out how you can make 33 Easy Bake Oven Mixes for under $4!!!

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Rice Krispies Treats for THE Big Game w/ FREE Printable!

by Tara Kuczykowski on January 30, 2015 · 0 comments

Whether you're celebrating THE Big Game, college playoffs or high school football on down, these adorable Rice Krispies Treats® goal posts, footballs and mini football field gridirons are the perfect treats for all ages! They’re super simple to make since they all start with Rice Krispies Treats® Original bars...

Check out the step-by-step instructions for all three of these treats on Snackpicks. And download the FREE printable football field wraparounds on Unsophisticook!

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FLAVORx Custom-Flavored Medicine Available At Walmart

by Tara Kuczykowski on January 9, 2015 · 0 comments

Chances are at some point in your life as a parent, you've experienced a knock-down, drag-out battle with your kids over taking a prescribed medicine. And if you haven't, count your blessings!

Perhaps it's just harder since we have a large household full of strong personalities, but a couple of my kids have an aversion to anything grape-flavored, while others can't stand grape and prefer bubblegum. And then there's the lone child that can't stand either...

Hopefully this won't be such an issue in the future, though, thanks to FLAVORx. If you have a child that struggles with taking medicine, you're definitely going to want to learn more about this.

What is FLAVORx?

Available at Walmart, FLAVORx is a dye-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and casein-free medication flavoring system. FLAVORx is designed the enhance the taste of most liquid medications, although there are a handful of medications that cannot be flavored due to stability concerns. The majority of liquid medications can be flavored, including antibiotics and even OTC medications.

How do I flavor my child's medicine with FLAVORx?

You child can choose his or her favorite flavor right at the Walmart Pharmacy! Banana, sour apple, bubblegum, and many more are available. Simply ask for FLAVORx at the window when dropping off the prescription, or better yet, fill out the form below, checking off your desired flavor, and present it along with your prescription.

Not sure which flavor to choose? Fred the Flavorbot can assist you in selecting the best flavor options for your medicine. Just choose your medicine from the dropdown list, and he will recommend the flavors that will work best.

Adding FLAVORx to medicine increases the cost by a mere $1.88 -- a small price to pay to avoid some of the tantrums we've had in our household. Note that FLAVORx is not covered by any insurance program, so the cost will be added on to any co-pay amount due.

Will FLAVORx help you reduce medicine-time stress?

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Happy New Year | Top Recipes & Projects of 2014

by Tara Kuczykowski on January 4, 2015 · 0 comments

Top Posts of 2014

Happy New Year!!! Looking for some new recipes and projects to try in 2015? Take a trip back through Unsophisticook's top 10 posts of 2014 for a little inspiration!

{10} Homemade Ice Cream Cake -- can be prepared in about 5 minutes (plus freezing time), will knock their socks off!

{9} 2-Ingredient Homemade Body Scrub -- banish dry winter skin in no time at all!

{8} Mexican Sweet Corn Cake -- total copycat of the famous Chi-Chi's recipe, yum!

{7} Strawberry Buttercream Frosting -- uses fresh strawberry puree rather than processed strawberry syrup!

{6} Baked Chicken Wings -- smothered in an amazing sweet and tangy Coca-Cola sauce, perfect for game day and beyond!

{5} Boston Cream Pie -- looks like it took hours to prepare but can be guest ready in under 15 minutes!

{4} 3-Ingredient Chip Dip -- out-of-this-world, perfect for cookouts and parties!

{3} Paper Fortune Cookies -- perfect for Valentine's Day, wedding favors, birthday parties, and much more...

{2} Dried Beef Pickle Roll-Ups -- easy to make one AND of the most delicious combinations you'll ever try!

Annnnddddd the most popular Unsophisticook post of 2014 is...

Rice Heating Pad

{1} No-Sew Microwavable Rice Heating Pads -- super simple DIY solution to ease sore muscles, aches and pains. We're still using the original rice heating pads I made last January, and they've really stood up to some heavy use and abuse!

Click through for print options on Unsophisticook, or check out my Unsophisticook Recipes board on Pinterest to pin your faves for later!

Did you try one of these recipes this year? Or one that didn't make the top 10? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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If you had to guess how much the necklace above cost, what would you say? I've personally drooled over statement necklaces at JCrew that were upwards of $50, a price that's far too steep for someone like me that just wants to dabble in the trend.

This gorgeous statement necklace came from -- wait for it -- Walmart of all places, and I paid only $10 for it!!! Now that's a price I can live with!

I kid you not, the quality of these necklaces is absolutely on par with the higher end necklaces I've seen. With dozens of styles to choose from, you can pick one up to dress up all of your favorite outfits, and I recently noticed a collection of statement earrings to match at my local store!

I was first introduced to these bargain statement necklaces when I was at Walmart headquarters for a blogging trip back in October. I fell in love with the beautiful necklace shown above. (Yes, that's really a $10 necklace!) Unfortunately, I've been unable to find this particular necklace in stock online or at my local store.

I can't say that I'm surprised -- these necklaces were a HOT item for holiday gifting.

But I did find this one after I returned home (excuse my tacky name sticker), and I totally added it to my "collection". Oh, and it's actually on roll back online for just $8 right now, as are several others! So be sure to use Savings Catcher to snag that extra $2 savings...

I wore it with a simple LBD (little black dress) to a posh fundraising dinner I attended recently, and a woman I met there asked if I was an attorney. That totally made me chuckle to myself! Although, even if I was an attorney, I like to think I'd still go for the bargain statement necklace option...

Seriously, does that look like a $10 necklace? I have three of these beautiful budget-friendly necklaces so far, and I'll definitely be adding more.

So, what are you waiting for? Head to Walmart to pick up one (or 3, or 4) of these amazing statement necklaces. It would be perfect for dressing up your New Year's Eve look on a budget!

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