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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!


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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There are just two shopping days left before the big day, and I think we're just about set around here -- other than those darn AXE gift sets I still need to pick up for my boys. They just keep slipping my mind every time I'm at the store, but I'm heading out today to pick them up for sure.

More Last Minute Gift Ideas From Walmart

Thankfully I know that Walmart still has these and many other last minute gift items in stock. I picked those Starbucks gift sets pictured above up on a recent shopping trip. Priced at $9.98 and $11.98, they're perfect to keep on hand for those unexpected gifting occasions and/or as hostess gifts.

And if all else fails, my kids will drink the hot chocolate as I sip some coffee in our cute holiday mugs!

Stocking Stuffers:

Clothing & Accessories:


Gift Sets:

Of course you could always go the gift card route! I'll never fault anyone for giving me a gift card because I know I'll use it to get something that I really want.

Cash usually gets spent on odds and ends and checks just go into our checking account, but I treasure my gift cards and really think hard about how I want to spend them!

Or if you have a little bit more time, you might consider building your own gift basket. Check out these simple tips for creating a beautiful gift basket that I shared recently!

Do you have any go-to last minute gift ideas? If so, please share them!

I'm asking Siri right now to set a reminder to go pick up those AXE gift sets in the morning. Of course, then I still need to wrap everything... Deep breaths -- it will all get done, as it does every year. Merry Christmas!

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Walmart Top 20 Toy: Zing Air Storm Firetek Bow {Family Fun!}

by Tara Kuczykowski on December 22, 2014 · 2 comments

I'm so excited to be sharing my perspective on some of the amazing toys that made Wamart's Top 20 Toy List over the next few weeks! The coolest thing about Walmart's Top 20 Toys, is that they were actually chosen by kids...

For the second year, Walmart gathered hundreds of children ages 18 months to 12 years and turned them loose. They played with the hottest new toys from Hasbro, Mattel, Spin Master and Zing to get their thoughts and stamps of approval.

The result? Wamart's Top 20 Toy List -- and these are toys that are sure to knock your kids' socks off Christmas morning!

Zing Air Storm Firetek Bow Review

This week's focus is on classic toys with a twist -- these made kids’ top list for the second year. Parents will recognize many of the brands and types of toys kids chose, like the Zing Air Storm Firetek Bow.

Priced at just $24.97, the Air Storm Firetek Bow isn't just your average bow. Believe me -- as a mom of 3 boys, we've tried the lot of them. Both the bow and arrows light up, and the Zonic Blaze arrows whistle as they sail through the air, setting the Air Storm Firetek Bow apart from the pack. Highlights include:

  • Loop-and-launch technology
  • LED-activated power grip
  • Fire-glow LED
  • Fast-load, soft foam, long-range arrows shoot over 125'
  • Includes 1 LED power bow and 3 Zonic Blaze whistling arrows
  • Requires 2 AAA batteries (included)

The Firetek Bow is recommended for ages 8 and up; however, I doubt I'll be able to keep it out of my almost 7-year-old's hands. His eyes lit up as bright as the bow and arrows when he saw my oldest son testing it out!

Kids Verdict? My boys were super excited to try out the Air Storm Firetek Bow when it arrived. Even though it was barely 30 degrees outside, they insisted on testing it out right away, and they loved the whistling arrows and the light-up features. I definitely see them playing with these a ton when it gets warmer, and I'm pretty sure I'll be picking up a couple more to eliminate any arguments, along with an Air Huntress Firetek Bow or two for my girls. Fun for the whole family!

Mom's Verdict? My two oldest boys are only a year apart, and they're known for getting a little rambunctious, so I appreciate the soft tips on the Zonic Blaze arrows. This is definitely a toy that will get them out of the house (I wouldn't recommend it for indoor play). I also give it high marks for having the batteries included!

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More Top Classic Toys

If you're looking for more classic toys at every price point Walmart's got something for every wish list and budget. Here are just a few other tops toys in this category:

  • Fisher-Price Little People Musical Preschool, $29.97 -- Little People friends help kids imagine the fun of a real preschool, complete with activities, a magical rug, pets and more than 35 sounds, music and phrases!
  • Barbie Sisters Camper, $74.97 -- take Barbie's fabulous life on the road, features everything a doll could need for first-class camping!
  • Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote-Control Flying Car, $49.92 -- this Hot Wheels remote-control car/airplane offers a cool combination of on-ground R/C performance, including proportional ground steering, and the aerial performance of a plane. !

Get the Top Toys at the Best Price

Walmart is committed to bringing you all of the hottest toys at the lowest prices. Get the most for your money with these savings tools:

  • Savings Catcher: If Savings Catcher finds an advertised price that’s lower than what you paid for the same exact item, you'll get a Walmart eGift Card for the difference!
  • Layaway: Customers taking advantage of Walmart’s holiday layaway with no opening fee can stretch dollars further by paying at their own pace through Dec. 15.
  • Ad Match: Walmart’s great prices are backed by its Ad Match Guarantee. Stores will match the price of any local competitor’s printed ad for an identical product.

Is the Zing Air Storm or Air Huntress Firetek Bow on your child's Christmas wish list?

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