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Stocking Up On Summer First Aid Essentials

by Tara Kuczykowski on June 9, 2014 · 0 comments

School's been out here for exactly one week, and I've already had to deal with more cuts, scrapes, bites, bruises and sunburns than I can count. You should see the bruise on my oldest boy's arm, courtesy of a wild pitch when he was at bat. Ouch!!!

Oh, and poison ivy... My kids have a knack for finding a patch in the middle of nowhere. I'm sure you all can relate!

Since it appears that I'll be pulling out my first aid kit frequently over the next few months, it seems like the perfect time to stock up and make sure I have everything I need on hand.

Your summer first aid essentials may look a little different from mine, but here's what I grabbed on my last trip to Walmart:

  • Value-size Band-Aid Bandages-- on rollback for $8.97, this variety pack should (hopefully) last us all summer!
  • Equate Triple Antibiotic + Pain Relief -- store brand products are a great way to save on first aid supplies. This antibiotic ointment was over $4 less than the national brand!
  • Benadryl Itch Relief Stick-- I love this little stick for small bites and stings, and we can often find high-value coupons to save on it!
  • Equate Ibuprofen-- I picked up both the junior strength and adult strength. Mom and dad need a little first aid sometimes, too!
  • Alavert-- we have several family members that suffer from seasonal allergies, including myself.
  • Solarcaine Spray-- I try to apply sunscreen when possible, but with the kids running in and out all day long, the occasional sunburn is inevitable. This spray provides cooling relief!
  • Ivarest (not pictured) -- as I mentioned, my kids seem to gravitate to Poison Ivy, and I've found that Ivarest does a great job of calming the rash and itching. In fact, it didn't even make it into the photo, because someone had already walked off with it, lol!

Don't worry about picking up a container for your first aid kit. Chances are you already have something laying around the house that will be perfect. I always save the little crates that some brands of mandarin oranges come in, and they're the perfect size for organizing your first aid kit!

While you're stocking your first aid kit, it's also the perfect time to purge any outdated meds. Some products will have specific disposal guidelines on the packaging, so be sure to follow those carefully. If nothing is listed, here are some great tips for safely disposing of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications and vitamins.

We carry large first aid kits in both of our cars, but I also grabbed five of these small travel-size Band-Aid First Aid Kits to put in each of my kids' sports bags. These are an incredible bargain at just $0.97, and sometimes you can get them for less with a coupon! You won't find them with the first aid supplies, though -- look for them in the travel size section of your local Walmart.

What are your "must-have" first aid supplies for summer?

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Clean Floors in One Step With the Bissell Symphony

by Tara Kuczykowski on February 21, 2014 · 0 comments

One of the first features I fell in love with when our realtor showed us what was to be our new home was the beautiful hardwood floors throughout the first level. Glossy and shiny, they gave the rooms such a warm and inviting atmosphere, even though they were devoid of furniture at the time.

What I didn't stop to think about was how difficult it would be to keep them in that gorgeous clean and shiny state, especially in the middle of winter with five kids and two dogs dragging slush, salt and mud in on a daily basis. The long, snowy winter we just endured left them in pretty sad shape, so we were thrilled to try out the new Bissell Symphony, an all-in-one vacuum and steam mop that's safe for all hard surfaces, including wood.

We've owned a number of hard floor vacuums and steam mops over the years, but this is the first unit that combines both functions in one. I love that with the simple press of a button you can vacuum, steam, or vacuum and steam at the same time.

Even the layers of salt and dirt from a long stretch of winter weather were no match for the steam setting on the Symphony, especially with the included scrubbing Microban mop pad. And I didn't need to use any harsh chemicals -- the steam removes the dirt and grime without the need for any additional cleaning products. Our hardwood floors still require a light coating of polish after cleaning, but the Bissell Symphony has seriously cut the cleaning time in half.

The only improvement I'd like to see in the future would be to add dual suction channels on both the front and back of the pad so that steaming and vacuuming it truly an all-in-one function. Currently, the vacuum channel is only on the front, so you can't really use a back and forth motion with the dual setting. It's definitely not a deal breaker for me, but it would be a nice addition!

Pick up the Bissell Symphony All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop in stores or online for $198.96 -- a great price for this combination product!

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Monster iSport Intensity In-Ear Headphones Review

by Tara Kuczykowski on December 16, 2013 · 0 comments

I was lucky enough to win a pair of these Monster iSport Intensity headphones when I attended a holiday trip to the Walmart headquarters back in October. The timing couldn't have been more perfect, as my husband had been begging me for a new pair of headphones to wear while running.

So I handed them over to him upon my return with the request that he give me his honest feedback on them after using them for awhile.

First, some specs on these headphones:

  • Apple ControlTalk for on-cable, hands-free smartphone and MP3 player calling and music control
  • Patented Sound Channel design seals in music
  • Patented SportClips and sound-isolating eartips provide a secure, customized fit that will not shake out or sweat out
  • Tough, durable, UV-protected and sweatproof for your most aggressive workout
  • Washable
  • Color: Green

But if you're looking to purchase a pair of these headphones, I'm sure you want more than just a list of features... Given that my husband went through three pairs of headphones over the summer before trying these headphones, I had my doubts. However, he absolutely loves the Monster iSport Intensity In-Ear Headphones. He's told me a number of times that the sound quality is amazing for the price, and he loves that they come with three sizes of SportClips eartips to allow the user to get a great custom fit.

In fact, his only complaint is pretty minor and is in regards to the placement of the Apple ControlTalk switch that controls the volume. He feels like it's a little too high up on the cord that's running to the headphone and could benefit from a little more slack so that it's not easily yanked out when used while working out.

A neutral point is that these headphones use a right-angle headphone jack. These are great when you want the headphones to plug in and stay flush with your phone or iPod, but they may not work with all cases and could require either an adapter or removal of the case for use. In my husband's instance, he just simply removes the bottom part of his case.

On the bright side, the flat, silicone cords discourage tangling and make these headphones much more durable than traditional round cords. Also, as both and indoors and outdoors runner, my husband is also very impressed with how these headphones are designed to seal in music, yet still allow the user to be aware of traffic noise.

The Monster iSport Intensity In-Ear Headphones are available both in stores and on for $99.95, and there's still time to purchase them with FREE shipping to arrive in time for Christmas!

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Break Time with Kit-Kat Minis

by Tara Kuczykowski on May 20, 2013 · 0 comments

To say that our family is busy would be an understatement... Right now our girls are at the gym four days a week, while my husband and boys are at the baseball fields every day but Sunday. Not to mention my oldest daughter also is playing soccer and softball, which currently overlap each other.

I know, I know, we've brought it on ourselves! But we encourage our kids to stay active, and we're willing to do what we can to make their sport(s) of choice fit into our family schedule. And I have to admit the soccer/softball thing is totally my fault because I encouraged my oldest daughter to branch out and try something outside of gymnastics for a change.

Needless to say there are many days when I just feel like I need a break from it all. But I feel like it would be selfish of me to steal away and take some time just for myself when, the truth is, the whole family needs a bit of a break.

While a vacation isn't in the cards until later this summer, we can try to take mini breaks at home as often as possible. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. In fact, it could be as simple as pulling out an brand new box of sidewalk chalk and a special treat, like these new Kit-Kat Minis.

And this is just what we did one night last week when some of the kids's practices were cancelled due to standing water on the fields from rain earlier in the morning.

While my youngest daughter drew flowers, and my youngest son drew dinosaurs (go figure!), one of my older boys drew Creepers from Minecraft.

Together we covered the entire driveway with beautiful artwork, which was later washed away by more rain, leaving us a blank canvas to begin again.

And when we were all thoroughly covered in multi-colored chalk dust, we shared that bag of Kit-Kat Minis. Well, some of us shared better than others...

You may be wondering exactly what are Kit-Kat Minis, and so I'll share that they're a poppable, bite-size version of the classic Kit-Kat Bar. Kit-Kat Minis are available at Walmart's everyday low price in both a king size 2.2-oz. bag and the shareable, resealable 8-oz. pouch pictured above. I particularly like to store them in the freezer for a crispy, cool treat that's refreshing in hot weather!

What's your favorite activity to unwind as a family?

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Fun with Disney Paint {Striped Accent Wall}

by Tara Kuczykowski on April 16, 2013 · 4 comments

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we're in the process of redoing my girls' bedroom, so when Walmart asked if I'd be interested in testing out their new line of Disney-inspired paints, I jumped at the chance.

In addition to over 100 unique paint shades with fun names like "Ariel's Tail", Walmart also carries a number of Disney specialty paints, including Ready-Set-Glow glow-in-the-dark paint, Great Slate tintable chalkboard paint, and Speck-Tacular, a clear, confetti top coat.

Since my girls are 6 and 8, I wanted a fun color palette that will last them for years to come, so I chose On Tour Turquoise, Mood Ring (a purple color), and the All That Glitters top coat, a shimmering glitter finish. With such bold shades, I didn't want to overpower the room with color, so we chose to do a cute striped pattern on the largest wall, using a neutral white shade as the base color.

The first step in painting stripes is taping off the stripes. As you can imagine, it pays to take your time to get them as precise as possible. After that, the painting part is quick and easy.

While I was initially a little surprised at how thin the Disney paint is, the color is very intense. Even with the original white shade on our walls, we were able to achieve a solid shade, without the use of primer, with only two coats of the turquoise and purple.

Rather than covering the entire wall with the All That Glitters top coat, we chose to use it just on the Mood Ring stripe. Though the application video recommends using a roller to apply this glaze, I found that a brush works better for small areas because the glitters doesn't want to come off the roller without a lot of rolling in multiple directions. The glaze brushes on with more of an opaque finish but dries clear in about one hour.

All in all, we found the Disney paint to be very easy to work with, and my girls love the striped effect with a bit of shimmer. This is a great way to breathe new life into your living space with a minimal investment of time and money.

Though we still have a ways to go in finishing up the girls' room, this striped accent wall already livens up the space! Find Disney paint at a Walmart store near you now.

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.