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As you probably know, tomorrow is Veterans Day. I'm a firm believer that our military veterans deserve our appreciation all year long, but I'm grateful for the additional recognition that this day brings.

Every veteran has a story, and we make sure to share our family's stories with our kids regularly in the hopes that they will pass them down to their children. Both of my grandfathers fought in World War II, with one earning a purple heart after nearly being crushed by a tank in Germany. My husband's grandmother was in the Navy, and his father was in the Air Force. And I'm so proud of my cousin who was just accepted into the Navy's nuclear engineering officer program -- wow!!!

And these are just a few members from among the many branches of our family tree. I'm sure there are more uncles, aunts, and cousins that I'm not even aware of, you know? Because once they're no longer on active duty and put away their uniforms, they just start to blend in with the crowd...

GreenLight A Vet

Which kind of makes you start to wonder how many service members we see each day that just blend into the crowd. Right? So I love this program that Walmart is supporting called GreenLight A Vet. The program encourages Americans to establish visible daily support for our veterans by changing one light in a visible location to green, a color symbolizing hope, renewal and well-being.

Thousands of everyday Americans have already shared their support for the Greenlight A Vet movement on social media -- and you can, too! At the very least, you can simply use the hashtag #GreenlightAVet on your favorite platform. But if you have a chance to pick up a green light bulb at your local Walmart, please do so and share a photo, as well!

P.S. Be sure to share this BIG list of Veterans Day freebies with your favorite vet!

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My Life As Doll of The Year {18″ Doll Just $39.44!}

by Tara Kuczykowski on October 17, 2015 · 1 comment

I'm so excited to tell you guys about the new My Life As 18" Doll of the Year at Walmart! My littlest girl still loves to play with her dolls, and she simply adores this gorgeous dogwalker doll -- and I adore the price tag!

Yes, we got sucked into the whole American Girl experience when a store opened up here in Columbus. It's far too easy to drop what amounts to an entire paycheck for many in just one visit, so we quickly let our girls know that it was a special treat that would not be happening again any time soon.

The thing is? I really don't think the quality of those dolls is any nicer than this My Life As doll. She's an incredible value at just $39.44! (And there are other dolls starting at $27.97.)

And not only can you choose the haircolor and skintone for this 18" doll, but she also come with quite an assortment of accessories, including not one, not two, but THREE plush stuffed dogs! Yeah, the "pets" are sold separately at that other store to the tune of $22 EACH...

The dolls themselves ultra affordable, and the accessory sets are, as well! My Walmart had a huge display of the dolls and coordinating accessory sets, and I'm certain they're going to be a HOT item this holiday season. I SO wanted to pick up this sweet little My Life As snack stand (a total steal at $27.97) to surprise Addie, but the holidays aren't that far off. Even the convertible car is only $32.94!!!

I could rave about the My Life As doll and accessory line all day long, but really, you should just check them out for yourself. Have you purchased any of these dolls or accessories? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Quick purchase links:

My Life As 18" Doll of the Year, $39.44
Other My Life As Dolls, psa $27.97
My Life As Convertible Car, $32.94
My Life As Snack Stand, $27.97

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DIY Harley Quinn Halloween Costume For Girls

by Tara Kuczykowski on October 9, 2015 · 1 comment

My youngest daughter is slightly obsessed with Harley Quinn... Mind you, I don't think she's ever seen a single movie featuring this character, but after daddy used up some of his GameStop Rewards points on a Harley Quinn-inspired juniors tank top for her (which she wears to sleep in and as her dress above), she's been hooked -- collecting Funko Pop figures, Bleacher Creatures, and any other fan gear she happens across.

So it really was no surprise when she asked to be Harley Quinn for Halloween. Unfortunately, finding a girls' costume in her size that isn't too racy has proven to be a challenge, to say the least...

We solved this easily enough by simply slipping her soccer cold gear shirt and leggings under the aforementioned tank top. But for other Harley Quinn wannabes, an oversize black tank top and a little red Duck Tape would be another simple solution!

Though Harley Quinn is typically shown with white face paint, I knew Addie wouldn't be comfortable with that amount of makeup on. So I kept things pretty simple by playing up her eyes with a kohl eyeliner followed by some matte black eyeshadow. I simply lined her eye all the way around heavily with the eyeliner, and then layered on the eyeshadow, blending it up to her eyebrows and down underneath her eyes. I finished her eyes off with a couple of coats of very black mascara.

Finally, I carefully applied a true red lipstick on her lips. I chose a long-wearing formula to prevent any smudging and smearing while sneaking a piece of candy while Trick-or-Treating when she thinks I'm not looking.

When it comes to Halloween makeup, I typically shop the regular cosmetics department, choosing from the bargain brands since they're not usually items that I'll use frequently. Here are some budget-friendly options I found:

The finishing touch was to pull her hair up into two pigtails, doubling up on the elastic bands so they were extra perky, and then sprayed one side with washable black hairspray and the other with red. She loves the way it turned out and can't wait for Halloween!

I'm pretty sure I have a budding fashionista on my hands, as getting her to remove the makeup after snapping some pics proved to be another challenge, lol. But here's a fun tip -- fragrance-free Equate Wipes double as a gentle and effective makeup cleansing towlettes at a fraction of the price of other brands! And trust me, you'll need them with this black eye makeup...

Do you have a great DIY Halloween costume idea that you're pretty proud of? Share a link in the comments -- I'd love to see them!

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10 Minutes to Good, Better or Greater Health #Just10

by Tara Kuczykowski on October 8, 2015 · 1 comment

Making a commitment to get healthier can seem a little overwhelming... Am I right? But what if you take a minute to break it down into small baby steps that you can tackle in just 10 minutes or less? Seems a whole lot more manageable then. Yes?!

This is exactly the premise behind the #Just10 campaign. Starting on Saturday, October 10th (10/10) at America's Biggest Health Fair, Walmart wants to help get you started on your journey to good, better or greater health!

In just 10 minutes at Walmart you can complete the following activities to make your life healthier:

  • Get your blood pressure taken and your blood glucose checked
  • Get a flu shot and a pneumonia shot.
  • Learn what are the best health insurance options for you.
  • Get a vision screening and your eyeglasses cleaned and adjusted for free.
  • Shopping at Walmart for just 10 minutes burns 35 calories.

Yogurt Substitute

The #Just10 challenge is bigger than just the health fair, though. It's an attempt to get us all to find ways to squeeze in short, 10-minutes or less activities daily with the goal of making your life healthier.

With that in mind, I thought I'd share 5 easy under 10-minutes ideas to get you started:

  • 10 minutes of exercise every day lowers your risk of heart disease. How about a brisk walk after dinner as a family?
  • In just 10 minutes, you can whirl up a batch of these easy freezer smoothies for a healthy breakfast or snack.
  • Gather up your kids and make your own on-the-go dried fruit and nut snack packs.
  • Learn how to substitute yogurt to cut fat and calories (while adding protein and calcium!) in your favorite recipes.
  • Treat yourself to a mini massage to soothe sore muscles with this homemade massage oil.

What are your favorite quick and healthy activities to squeeze in each day?

Visit to find an America's Biggest Health Fair event near you. The event will take place in more than 4,400 stores across the U.S. from noon to 4 p.m. Free blood glucose, blood pressure, vision screenings, product samples and health insurance information will be available. In addition, more than 10,000 of Walmart’s licensed pharmacists will offer immunizations in select stores.

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Curly Hair Don’t Care | My Fave Schwarzkopf Product

by Tara Kuczykowski on June 1, 2015 · 0 comments

As you know, I've been test driving a number of the new Schwarzkopf hair care products that are available exclusively at Walmart over the past month or so. You can read more about my in depth thoughts on each product via the links at the bottom of this post, but I thought I'd summarize my overall thoughts now that I've tried everything I was sent (and then some).

My absolute favorite product of the bunch has to be the Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Satin Frizz Control & Protect Nutri-Nectar Beauty Oil! Not only does it do an amazing job of taming my frizzy split ends, but it works equally well on my girls' ultra long hair. For my wavy/curly hair, it helps with curl definition and adds shine, while it makes my girls' hair soft, shiny, and easy to comb out.

Seriously, if you try one product from the Schwarzkopf line, make it this one. I'd love to hear what you think!

Following in a close second is the Schwarzkopf Styliste Ultime Biotin+ Volume & Texture Luxe Fresh Dry Shampoo. At just $6.97 per bottle, it's hands down the best drugstore brand dry shampoo I've tried yet. If Schwarzkopf adds a tinted formula to the line, I'll pretty much never try another brand again!

A few of you emailed to share that you couldn't quite visualize what I was trying to convey in my original post about parting the hair and working the product in at the roots, so I filmed a quick video demonstration with my daughter to show what I mean. Hope this helps!

I'd also like to give an honorable mention to the Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Satin Frizz Control & Protect Shampoo and Conditioner. While it wasn't necessarily the right product for my hair texture, I discovered that it's perfect for my girls' hair. I'll definitely continue to purchase both of these for them to use.

Have you tried any of the products from this new Schwarzkopf line, yet?

Read more about the various Schwarzkopf products I've tested:

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