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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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Seriously, where have these pens been all my life? If you haven't tried Pilot FriXion Clicker Erasable Gel Pens yet, you really need to pick up a pack....

The FriXion Ball Clicker is the world’s first retractable, erasable gel ink pen. These pens write smoothly and erase cleanly -- and they come in eight gorgeous, vibrant colors, including Turquoise, Purple, Green, Pink, Black, Blue, Red, and Navy.

If you've tried erasable ink pens in the past and been disappointed (I know I have been), you're in for a real treat. I was curious about how the FriXion Ball Clickers can possibly erase so cleanly, so I did a little research on their site. It turns out that Pilot has developed a special thermo-sensitive gel ink formula that disappears with erasing friction -- which means that you can erase and rewrite repeatedly without damaging documents!

I've got so many ideas for how to put these amazing pens to use! I mean, the possibilities are endless, especially for students...

  • Easily write color coded to-do lists, while still being able to erase and move items around as needed.
  • Color code your class notes with the ability to erase as necessary.
  • Mark up your child's schoolwork and erase your notes after they've corrected their mistakes.

How am I going to use these pens? Being a bit of a perfectionist, it drives me crazy when I write due dates and events in my planner and then they get rescheduled. Now I can write my notes and events freely and without worry, because I can easily erase and move things around -- and my planner looks perfectly organized!

Give these amazing pens a try for yourself at a special FriXion Clicker event taking place at over 850 Walmart locations tomorrow. You can even pick up a coupon toward the purchase of a package of these pens.

Exclusive Walmart FriXion Clicker In-Store Shopper Event:
- Saturday, August 9th
- 11am - 4pm
- At the testing station receive a coupon for $1 off a 2-pack or larger of Pilot FriXion Clicker pens

You can also purchase Pilot FriXion Clicker Erasable Gel Pens online on!

Do you have any other ideas for ways to use these colorful, erasable pens?

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New Walmart Mobile Pharmacy App

by Tara Kuczykowski on August 8, 2014 · 0 comments

I know many of you already use the Walmart Pharmacy because of the incredible value they provide with their $4 30-day prescriptions and $10 90-day prescriptions. If you don't, you may want to check it out, because Walmart has just made it even easier to refill your prescriptions with the new Walmart Mobile Pharmacy!

Like the new Savings Catcher savings tool (live today!), the Walmart Mobile Pharmacy actually resides within the Walmart app, giving you all of the tools you need to help your family "save money and live better" in one simple interface.

What can I do with the Walmart Mobile Pharmacy?

The Walmart Mobile Pharmacy gives you a number of useful services right at your finger tips, including:

  • Guest Refills -- Refill any Walmart Prescription without an account. All you need is the label!
  • Manage Prescriptions -- Refill an active prescription with just a few taps.
  • Transfer Prescriptions -- Move your prescriptions from another pharmacy to Walmart.

How do I use the Walmart Mobile Pharmacy?

Using the Walmart Mobile Pharmacy makes managing your family's prescription easy! Simply download the Walmart app at or via the Google Play or App store.

Once you launch the app, you can easily navigate to the Pharmacy section from the opening screen, and from there, you can select whether you want to refill a prescription from the label, refill from an account, transfer a prescription or find a pharmacy. All of your personal information is secure and will be handled in accordance with the Walmart Pharmacy Privacy Notice!

What do you think? Will the new Walmart Mobile Pharmacy help you save time and money in managing your family's prescription medicines?

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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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