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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While you're stocking your first aid kit, it's also the perfect time to purge any outdated meds.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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New Wild Oats Organics at Walmart #WILDOATS4ALL

by Tara Kuczykowski on April 18, 2014 · 1 comment

As I'm sure you know, buying organic products can put a quite a dent in your pocket. Even when using coupons, there's often a significant price premium on organic food items over their conventional counterparts, which often forces us, as consumers, to make some difficult choices as to which items are worth the extra money and where a compromise makes sense. However, I'm happy to share that these choices may be fewer and further between now...

In case you missed the announcement last week, Walmart will start carrying Wild Oats organic food items at a 25% or more cost savings over national brand organic products starting this month! This is pretty exciting news for me, because the availability of organic products at Walmart, up until now, has been very little to none in my area.

If you're not familiar with Wild Oats, Wild Oats Marketplace Organic adheres to USDA guidelines for organic certification and includes everything from canned vegetables starting at $0.88 to a full range of spices such as paprika, curry powder and ground cinnamon starting at $2.48. Not only are Wild Oats products USDA-certified, Wild Oats also has a list of 125 "no-nos" that it refuses to include in and of its products -- like artificial sweeteners, artificial preservatives, hydrogenated fats and more.

Just check out the savings below:

I'm particularly excited to try the chicken broth. Good organic chicken broth is hard to come by without paying a fortune, so I'm really hoping we'll like the Wild Oats brand enough to replace my significantly more expensive current favorite brand! Oh, and the olive oil too. I think the hardest part will be figuring out which products I want to try first!

Which Wild Oats product are you most excited about trying?

In addition to offering the line in stores, you'll also be able to purchase Wild Oats on later this summer.

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Colgate recently launched a brand new kind of toothbrush that contains a built-in whitening pen. Dubbed the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen, it claims the following:

  • Whiter Teeth in 2 Days
  • First toothbrush with a built-in whitening pen
  • As Easy to Use as Brush. Whiten. Go.TM

I recently had the opportunity to give the new Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen a try, and overall I was very pleased with it. My teeth were noticeably whiter after using it along with the whitening pen for several days. I should note that I also used the Optic White toothpaste and mouthwash in conjunction with the toothbrush.

Really the only thing I wasn't crazy about is the rubber "pegs" that are interspersed with the bristles in the toothbrush. They do seem to help with scrubbing your teeth, but I have permanent retainers on the back side of my top and bottom teeth, and they prevented the bristles from really getting in and cleaning them well.

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Made in the USA: Walmart Investing in American Jobs

by Tara Kuczykowski on February 8, 2014 · 5 comments

Growing up, my grandfather and mother both worked for Tappan Stove Company, my father worked at Ohio Brass, and though I didn't know him yet, my husband's father worked at their local steel mill. What's the common thread here? None of these jobs exist anymore -- small town manufacturing plants have all but disappeared.

I won't speculate on the cause other than to say that I don't think it's fair to point fingers at any one single source. But I do believe that we can all do our part by choosing to vote with our wallets... purchasing American-made options whenever possible.

That's something that's not always easy to do, but now, thanks to a new initiative by Walmart, purchasing "Made in the USA" products is going to get a lot easier. Over the next 10 years, Walmart is investing $250 billion in products that support American jobs. I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty amazing!

What does that mean exactly? Well, Walmart will be working with suppliers to:

  • Increase what they already buy of U.S. manufactured goods
  • Source “new to Walmart” U.S. manufactured goods
  • Re-shore the manufacturing of goods they currently buy by facilitating and accelerating efforts of their suppliers

You may have already seen some of the TV spots highlighting this initiative, but if not, you'll definitely want to take a look at the following video playlist. I especially found the one from the perspective of a closed factory fascinating, but I also loved watching the human aspect of the American workers telling their stories.

You can browse over 1,000 products that support American jobs that Walmart already sells online at And look for more products in stores now!

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Me and Garth Brooks go way back... Well, not really, but I have been a fan for many years, and I have fond memories of singing karaoke to "Friends In Low Places" with my sorority sisters in college. Good times!

Sadly though, I've never had the opportunity to see him in concert, so I was super excited to learn about the exclusive boxed set, Blame It All On My Roots, that he's releasing at Walmart's Black Friday event (starting at 6:00pm local time on Thursday 11/28)! Not only does it contain a two hour DVD of one of Garth's concerts recorded live at The Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, but it also includes four new studio albums that feature Garth performing songs by his greatest musical influences, one for each genre -- Classic Country, Classic Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul and the Melting Pot.

If you're a fan and want to win the opportunity to see Garth Brooks in concert, here's where you want to pay close attention:


Buy Garth Brooks' boxed set only at Walmart, available November 28th beginning 6:00pm local time. (No purchase necessary to enter. Certain restrictions apply.)

Register at from November 28, 2013 (8:00PM CST) through November 30, 2013 (11:59PM CST).

Three lucky winners and their 3 friends will meet and see Garth Brooks perform live and receive: all expense paid trips to Las Vegas, 2 night stay at the Wynn Resort, opportunity to meet Garth, autographed boxed set , Garth Brooks gift bag, Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S III & one year service!!!


So now let me tell you about the time this happened...

Yes, that's me and Garth Brooks, aaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!! It all started when the folks at Walmart asked if I'd be willing to take a last-minute trip to Nashville to talk with Garth about the boxed set release. Um, yes?!? And when I found out that some of my best blogging friends were invited too, well, there was no chance I was passing up this opportunity.

(Monica of Mommy Brain Reports, me, Lori of A Cowboy's Wife, and Christine of From Dates to Diapers)

It was a whirlwind of a trip, but we packed SO much fun into it! We started the day off at the Country Music Hall of Fame, where we learned a ton about country music's roots and saw memorabilia owned by famous country musicians over the years. I especially loved the Reba McEntire exhibit, which included a number of dresses she's worn in concert and to awards shows over the years -- lots of red in there!

We had some time to kill, so we walked up and down Broadway Street, checking out the honky tonks and doing a little shopping. There's not a whole lot going on during the day, but I fully intend to go back again when I can hang out for an evening!

From here, we drove to Garth Brooks' private recording studio for lunch. And this wasn't just any lunch, but a fabulous homestyle meal of chicken fried chicken, creamed corn, roasted vegetables, green beans with ham, warm biscuits, and at least three different kinds of pie for dessert.

I was under the impression that we wouldn't be meeting with Garth until later, but as luck would have it, just as I took a huge bite of those delicious green beans, in he walked, introduced himself, and immediately started asking us where we were all from.

To be honest, I'm not sure I would have recognized him on the street. Wearing an Oklahoma State sweatshirt and jeans, he didn't quite fit that image that I had in my mind, you know, with the cowboy hat and all. But he seriously was just as nice and genuine as can be. He grabbed a piece of chicken and a napkin and just stood and talked to us for quite awhile while we were eating, until he finally to go take care of a few last minute details before we got to check out the studio.

After lunch we headed down to the recording studio where we had the opportunity to take some photos before hearing some of the new tracks from Blame It All On My Roots. I was under the impression that we'd be doing some formal interviews with Garth, but it was really just more like hanging out with an old friend for an afternoon, laughing and chatting.

I can tell you all that he's very proud of these new studio albums, and he went out of his way to ensure that he stayed as true to the original recordings as possible. It was such an amazing experience to hear him share how each of the songs that he chose has influenced his music and see how much respect he has for these artists. It was truly an unforgettable experience!

Garth Brooks' Blame It All On My Roots will be available starting at 6:00pm local time on Thursday 11/28 exclusively at Walmart for just $24.96. It's definitely on my Christmas list!

P.S. If you're really into the behind the scenes kind of stuff, check out this video that Lori put together with a bunch of clips from our visit.

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