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Buzzle Ball | The New Puzzle Challenge!

by Tara Kuczykowski on August 26, 2014 · 0 comments

I've loved puzzle games for as long as I can remember. I don't recall when I got my first Rubik's Cube, I do remember getting a Rubik's Magic for Christmas when I was 8 years old... I loved that thing and played with it frequently -- until I wore the wires out.

My 11-year-old son is very much the same, and he's always loved any type of game or device that challenges you to solve some a puzzle. So when Walmart asked if any of my kids would be interested in trying out the Buzzle Ball, I took one look and knew he'd have a ball with it (no pun intended, lol).

The Buzzle Ball is similar to the Rubik's Cube in that you twist it, trying to align certain colors, but that's where the similarity ends. The Buzzle Ball is obviously round, but it also adds a ring around the outside, adding another dimensional challenge. The pieces twist in all directions, making figuring out how to align them difficult to say the least.

In fact, we're still attempting to solve it a week later! I mixed the Buzzle Ball up for my son after we first received it, and apparently I did a very thorough job on it, because my husband, my son and I've all tried it on and off to no avail. We've all come very close, but those rings seriously throw a wrench into the mix!

But honestly, that's what we love most about the Buzzle Ball. It's a fun little puzzle game that's ultra portable, very challenging, which stimulates and engages the mind, and you can pick it up and put it down at will. Add in the fact that it's made in the USA, and it's definitely a product that I feel good about purchasing for my kids.

The Buzzle Ball will be available in Walmart stores this month priced at $19.97!

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Despite the state of denial I've been living in for the past few weeks, my two oldest boys headed off to middle school earlier this week. I'm not even sure how it's possible -- it feels like they were just born yesterday!

I'd be lying if I said I let them go without a trace of anxiety. I remember middle school all too well... struggling with more difficult classes, the insecurities, trying to find my "tribe", made all the more difficult by raging hormones that wreak havoc on your body and skin.

Gah, that's one period in my life that I have absolutely no desire to revisit!

I guess it's the mama bear in me, but I'll do whatever it takes to protect them from the worst of it whenever possible...

I've noticed some minor issues with pimples and blackheads with both boys over the course of the summer, so I was very grateful when AcneFree introduced themselves to me and asked if I'd be interested in having my boys try their 24-Hour Acne Clearing System. I figured it's never too early to teach them good skincare habits, hopefully saving them from some of the acne issues that both my husband and I experienced when we were younger.

The AcneFree system uses micro-sized benzoyl peroxide, which is designed to work faster and penetrate deeper into pores. Their studies show that you can see results in as little as 1-3 days, and my boys did see impressive results by the third day.

Though the system is designed to use all three products daily, my boys have found that they don't need to use the lotion every day. Washing their face with the face wash and using the toner daily, while adding the lotion on alternating days, has been very effective at keeping their skin relatively clear without overdoing it.

And the best part -- the AcneFree 24-Hour Acne Clearing System is on rollback right now for just $13.97! The weekly dermatologist visits that I needed in high school were at least twice that -- and likely much more (obviously I wasn't footing the bill).

AcneFree has also partnered with SoftLens to help students put their best face forward this year. Though my boys don't need contacts, I've heard great things about the SoftLens daily disposables. With benefits like the following, I'll definitely consider them in the future if we have the need!

  • No daily cleaning, storage, or care required; wear them for a day, then, throw them away
  • Simple packaging makes it easy to pack contact lenses in your travel bag, gym bag, or your purse
  • High Definition™ Optics help reduce blur, halos, and glare across a full range of conditions
  • Slow release packaging solution delivers outstanding all-day comfort

Be sure to ask your doctor about a 5-day supply of SoftLens daily disposables, as well as a $20 Contact Lens Fitting Fee Rebate with the purchase of a six-month supply!

I know I can't protect my boys from all of the difficulties that middle school will entail, I'm glad I can at least help ease the way with products like these.

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You're probably wondering what this rather strange-looking mask is all about... The illuMask is an innovative skincare device that was developed to gently improve your skin's appearance via light therapy.

Yeah, it sounds a little too good to be true, but the truth is, light therapy has been widely used by dermatologists to reduce acne and improve the signs of aging for years. In fact, when I was going through a particularly rough patch of breakouts during high school, I went to the dermatologist weekly for light therapy -- at a much higher price tag than the illuMask, which can be purchased at Walmart for just $29.97.

There are actually two versions of the illuMask -- one that targets anti-aging and another that targets acne. You can actually use them concurrently if you're struggling with both issues. Each mask is good for a total of 30 treatments, meaning you can get results for less than $1 per day.

The illuMask is designed to be used once per day, and each treatment session lasts for 15 minutes. I find myself actually looking forward to my nightly treatment, using it as an excuse for a little me time. I plug my headphones in and listen to music and just veg out -- something I probably wouldn't do otherwise.

I first started using the illuMask Anti-Aging Light Therapy Mask when we returned from a weeklong beach vacation. My skin was parched, peeling slightly, and definitely in need of some TLC. I saw results within the first few days -- my skin was brighter and smoother. And I've continued to see improvements in the texture and tone of my skin.

A couple of important notes:

Once you initiate an illuMask treatment, you cannot pause it during the 15-minute session. The lights degrade over time, so after 30 treatments, you will no longer be able to activate the device. Because of this, make sure you can complete an entire 15-minute treatment before starting a session, and I'd also recommend keeping the mask away from little fingers that may accidentally trigger a session.

Also, the illuMask has not been tested for use while pregnant of breastfeeding, so if this applies to you, use it at your own discretion.

As I mentioned, the illuMask is now available for purchase in-store at Walmart or online on

I'm about 15 days into my treatment sessions at this point, and I'm very excited to see what the results will be like once I complete the 30 days. I'm definitely considering making illuMask a regular part of my skin care regimen indefinitely!

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So I've been keeping a little secret from you all for a few months now -- and it's seriously been killing me not to be able to share this exciting news! I know some of you have heard the rumors about a new money-saving app from Walmart, but my non-disclosure agreement prevented me from addressing them up until now.

Well, I'm thrilled to tell you that Savings Catcher is available in stores nationwide starting Monday, August 4th, and it's going to revolutionize the way you grocery shop!!! Walmart has always been about everyday low pricing, but this program takes it a step further by comparing Walmart's everyday low price to the advertised sales prices of competitor stores in your area.

Simply submit your receipt through the Savings Catcher app or online, and you'll automatically received the difference back in the form of a Walmart Rewards eGift Card! No more driving from store to store for the best prices... No more haggling with the cashiers to price match competitor stores... And yes, you can absolutely still use your coupons with the program to save even more.

Here's how it works:

  • Enter your receipt number via the Savings Catcher app or the online portal.
  • Savings Catcher scans the circulars from competitors in your area to find any sale prices for eligible items on your receipt.
  • If Savings Catcher finds a lower advertised price, you'll receive the difference back in the form of a Walmart Rewards eGift Card!

Important details:

  • Coupons can be used in conjunction with the program in accordance with the Walmart Coupon Policy. Simply submit them to the cashier at checkout as usual.
  • You must shop while the sale price is in effect at your competitor stores.
  • Up to 7 receipts may be submitted per Savings Catcher account per week.
  • Receipts must be entered within 7 days of purchase.
  • For tax purposes, there is a cap of $600 per account per year (January 1st-December 31st). However, there's good news for large families; everyone in your household is entitled to their own Savings Catcher account.

So what items are eligible for savings with the Savings Catcher program? If it's an item that has previously been covered under the price matching policy, savings should register with Savings Catcher. More specifically:

  • Most groceries such as cereal, rice, and most fruits and veggies; excluding store brand items, deli, bakery and weighed items like meat.
  • Consumable items such as paper towels, bleach and trash bags.
  • Health and beauty items such as shampoo and makeup.
  • Select general merchandise items.

There is the possibility that more items will be added as time goes on, so stay tuned for updates on that front!

Walmart has put together a pretty thorough Savings Catcher FAQ on their website, so I'd encourage you to read through that for complete details. But the savings start now, so shop at Walmart and save those receipts to enter them into Savings Catcher for your savings!

So what do you think? Are you excited about this new way to save at Walmart?

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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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