8 Ways to Save Money with Bonus Tip

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We could all stand to save a few bucks, right?  I know I can.  With school season in bloom and Christmas around the bend, I thought I'd share a few ways to save some money. GAS–Getting the best price on a gallon of gas isn't the only way to save big at the pump.  Make sure your ride has inflated tires, clean oil, good spark plugs, and a clean … [Read more...]

Back to School Shopping – Walmart Apparel Haul for Truett

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Don't we all just love shopping for school clothes? *rolling eyes*  It's not so bad with boys but girls? eeeesh, I can only imagine!  Luckily I have boys who are laid back and easy to please, which makes shopping a breeze.  Truett, my handsome lil' cowpoke, has grown a great deal. He needs everything this year; underwear, socks, pants, and shirts.  … [Read more...]

School Supplies List Made Easy

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It's only a month until the new school year begins, which means school clothes and school supplies.  This year, Walmart has created a useful tool where teachers and parents can team up to make school supplies shopping easier.  Classrooms by Walmart is sorta like a gift registry. The teachers create the lists and parents buy what's needed.  You have … [Read more...]

Walmart Shareholder’s Meeting 2012 Recap


Just like the last two years, Walmart invited me to the Walmart Shareholders Meeting.  The misconception is that it's tons of fun because of the entertainment parts of the actual meeting but in truth, there's a lot more to it. Upon our first day of arrival, we tour layout centers to see the new and hot items for Fall and 2013.  We provide … [Read more...]

Luster 1 Hour Tooth Whitening System

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I remember when I had white, straight teeth.  I was young.  I'm old now though and years of soda have taken its toll, not to mention crowded teeth causing some crookedness.   I was excited to try Luster's 1 hour tooth whitening system to see if my tooth color would improve. Everything you need is provided - Accelerator Mouth Rinse Super … [Read more...]

Celebrate Being a Mom Every Day

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I actually got this kit for Mother's Day and I think it's GREAT that we celebrate that day. We all know that we Moms are totally deserving.  I got to thinking though, why does it have to be around Mother's Day only?  Why not just every day?  Have you ever noticed when you change up your makeup, try new colors, or give your hair a new do that it … [Read more...]

Simple Skincare


I love trying new lines of skincare. I am not blessed with great skin unfortunately so I do try to find new favorites to add to my collection. The Simple Skincare line is excellent for sensitive skin. You will find NO dyes, NO artificial perfumes, NO harsh irritants but will find lots of vitamins and things your skin will … [Read more...]

Review of Kinect Rush, a Disney Pixar Game for Xbox 360


The Kinect has been a wonderful piece of equipment in addition to our Xbox 360.  It makes for great exercise and lots of laughs!  Toy Story and Cars are just two of Truett's favorite Disney movies/characters so when we got the game, Kinect Rush, Truett's eyes lit up immediately! The game includes characters from The Incredibles, Up, Ratatouille, … [Read more...]

Mini Brownie “Ice Cream” Cones with Creamy, Whipped Chocolate Mousse

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By looking at the photo, you'd have no clue just how adorable these brownie 'ice cream' cones really are but lemme tell ya----SUPER CUTE!  I was sent some Kraft Philadelphia Indulgence chocolate spread to try out but I wasn't sure how I wanted to use it.  I had bought these mini cones the other day to make for Truett's class.  After looking through … [Read more...]

Sometimes You Only Need the Apple


I've heard of parents sneaking in fruits & veges to get their kids to eat them but around here, there's no need to be sneaky.  When I received a big box of Piñata apples, Truett's eyes lit up.  He asked what I was gonna do with them and I said, "I don't know, I think I'm gonna make them into a pie or muffins or something sweet".  You know what … [Read more...]

Get On the Shelf! No, Not You…Your Product!

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Do you have an awesome product that belongs on Walmart's shelves?  Well if so, you have got to check out  'Get On the Shelf'!  Walmart recently launched an exciting opportunity, giving you the chance to have your product sold in Walmart's stores! Have you been in the kids department lately?  Have you seen the adorable cape and mask set?  … [Read more...]

Get the Walmart Black Friday Ad Early!


If you're anxiously awaiting for the Black Friday ad from Walmart like I am, then you must do one of two things; Sign up for the Walmart Email by November 7th or "Like" Walmart's Facebook page and you'll be among the first to preview the Black Friday ad! What are you hoping will be on sale at Walmart during Black Friday?  Electronics is … [Read more...]

Barbacoa Using Cacheta de Res


In honor of National Hispanic Month, I decided to make Barbacoa.   When I googled some Barbacoa recipes, I noticed that almost of them used butt roast but that isn't how we make it.   We use Cacheta de Res, aka, Beef Cheeks and this is the only way I've known how to make it.  And in actuality, we make Barbacoa de Cabeza (a cow head) and make … [Read more...]

Tara’s Game Day Challenge

Finding ways to cut costs is essential in today's economy.  Walmart has launched a new app on their facebook page called Nice Save.  You'll be faced with a new challenge every few weeks and everyone will submit their solutions. It's all in Walmart's effort to offer low prices and low cost solutions.  It's a great way to share ideas and you'll … [Read more...]

Back to School Snack – Peanut Butter Honey Crackers, Like Grandma Made


For the first time in 5 years, all of my boys will be in school.  Tyler is a Senior, Toby a Sophomore, and Truett a Pre-k'r.  It's a bittersweet moment you know?  The youngest is growing up and one will be graduating.  It's surreal to me right now and all I can think about tonight is how fast time has flown by these past few years and well, it made … [Read more...]

Dog Feedback Needed

Walmart wants your feedback when it comes to dogs and their food.  We have always bought Ol'Roy ourselves in the biggest bag possible, usually 50lbs.  In fact, when we got Rambo, we bought some 'high-end' food that was small bites for his little teeth and you know what? He would not eat it. Instead he went outside to eat Ol'Roy. Anyways, here is … [Read more...]

Getting the Lowest Price at One Store

We all want the lowest price no matter what it is we are buying and many of us hate going from store to store.  With Walmart's ad match policy, you don't have to do that. How it works: If you find a lower price advertised at another store, simply notify an associate, who will match the advertised price at the register (the item must be … [Read more...]

4 Ingredient Firecrackers, a 4th of July Snack


Summer snacks are big deal when you have kids at your house all the time, and finding ones that are friendly on the pocketbook can sometimes be a challenge. I remember the first time I had these Firecrackers-crackers with seasoning, and they were delicious! I thought they'd make the perfect snack for this 4th of July! Recipe: Firecrackers … [Read more...]

Nascar Family 4-Pack for $99

I know there's a lot of Nascar fans so you're gonna love this deal!  For only $99 bucks, you can get 4 tickets, 4 sodas, 4 hot dogs, and 1 racing program.  That's an awesome family pack and it's exclusive to Walmart. You can see if the offer is available at a track/race near you. There will also be special events for fans where cars/racers will … [Read more...]

DIY 4th of July Table Centerpiece for $8

We love Independence Day for many reasons but in light of recent events, I have to say, I'm glad there won't be any fireworks this year. It's so risky with how dry things are around here. I asked around for ideas to create a DIY 4th of July craft and had lots of replies but decided to go with 2 very easy & budget friendly ideas; Candy Filled … [Read more...]

Cars 2, Mater’s Mission, and Fun Prizes!

I'm so bummed that the fire has kept me from taking Truett to see the opening for Cars 2 in our town.  I plan to take him soon but in the mean time, we can have fun with Mater's Secret Mission, by sending codes messages and winning prizes. Walmart has launched Mater's Secret Mission on their Facebook page and movie vouchers, exclusive … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Practice Cookout for Under $30 Bucks

We decided to cookout for Father's Day but needed to "practice" before the real day.  Walmart challenged me to buy food to cook for $30 bucks or less, which was quite a challenge for us since our practice cookout would include about 9 people. Our menu included the following: slab of Spare ribs $13 chunk of chicken thighs $5 Fresh corn on the … [Read more...]

Will Smith Touched My Arm

I recently had the chance to attend the annual Walmart Shareholders Meeting 2011.  It's definitely not what most of you might think. It's actually fun, informative, and my favorite is getting to hear the stories of the associates.   Last year was absolutely inspiring and this year was super cool. First, I want to tell you that Walmart does not … [Read more...]

Adding a Little BBQ Decor for Summer!

I know, most of you are sprucing up your backyards with flowers but around here in Texas, we spruce up with a new grill!  We've been cooking on charcoal for a while now on one of those little bitty grills and finally decided it was time to upgrade to something bigger. Do you guys remember my patio makeover?  We got a new patio set, outside rug and … [Read more...]

A Peek at Dyson – Testing

I love seeing "behind the scenes" of products I love because in the end, it gives me more of an appreciation of what goes into the product. I've had the chance to attend several plants and factories and see how things are made and built and I just LOVE it. Seeing the hard work behind it and the people that believe in it just makes it more … [Read more...]

Pick Up Today – Making Our Summer Treat!

I have never had an ice cream maker.  Well, I take that back actually 'cause in our early years of marriage, we did have the one where you used rock salt and such but I don't think it was mine. I think it was borrowed.  So finally after 15+ years, I decided to buy me a budget friendly one from Walmart using their new Pick up Today service.  I've … [Read more...]

Rambo’s Protected!


Have I showed you guys my new little dog?  Meet Rambo!  He's a long haired Chihuahua who loves, actually, he prefers to be outside ALL the time which means I have to worry about ticks! I know many of you folks take your dogs to the vet to get their flea & tick medicine but there are many that don't, including myself.  It's so expensive. I … [Read more...]