Sunday, January 25, 2015

Shrimp Recipe for the Big GAME!

The Big Game is right around the corner! It  will be played just a week from today and to say I am excited is an understatement. As far as being a fan of the game goes, I’ve vacillated. When I was in middle school I loved playing my handheld football game and was so disappointed when it was stolen from my locker. After that time, my interest in football began to wane and I didn’t even watch football again until I was a cheerleader in highschool. I was great on the sidelines cheering and keeping the crowd hyped even when our team was far behind. Which reminds me of my current love for Big Blue! My Giants. Disappointing this season but I support them nonetheless.

Although my hometown team was pitiful this season I am still looking forward to the Big Game  and rooting for the Seahawks to win! I know that like me, most people in the US will be glued to the screen to see how the game plays out and of course, this means parties will abound! If you are looking for good ideas for cooking a dish for a party this Sunday, Walmart and PepsiCo have you covered!  You can find a host of items at Walmart that will have you game day ready and you have to visit the website for delicious recipes featuring PepsiCo products.

I was asked to create one of the recipes and after reviewing the list I decided on Spicy shrimp fritters featuring Tostitos Tortilla Chips. The recipe was very easy to make and although I am not one to indulge in fried food often, Game Day is the perfect time to indulge...especially since I know that folks will want to drink beer as they watch the battle unfold! You can find this and many more at Walmart Game Time.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Better tasting medicine for kids

photo credit: Nomadic Lass

I am so thankful that for the most part, my son is very healthy and rarely gets sick. He may catch a cold or have some other respiratory issue once annually and when he does, neither of us are very happy when it comes time to take medicine. In the past he has cried - real tears because he didn’t like the taste of the medicine that he needed to take in order to help him get better. I of course feel terribly because despite medicine being a necessary evil, I don’t want to make my son who is already feeling badly feel worse. One of the things that has helped this process along is the availability of Flavor-X at Walmart.

When my son needs medicine, he can choose the flavor, improving the taste and making medicine time more enjoyable for us both! Since 2006 FLAVORx has been giving customers a choice when it comes to how medicine should taste. FLAVORx products are dye-free, sugar-free, gluten-free as well as casein-free and can be located in all Walmart Pharmacy locations.

Available flavors include: apple, banana, bubblegum, grape, cherry, grape bubblegum, grapeade, lemon, raspberry, sour apple, and watermelon. My son is partial to sour apple, we both like sour tastes! If you want to make medicine time easier for your children, try FLAVORx next time your child needs a prescription.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tax Time!

photo credit: 401(k)

It is that time of the year. Tax Time! I know that many people cannot wait for the new year because they are ready to receive their income tax refund and have big plans for the money. As an entrepreneur, I don’t disillusion myself into believing that I will receive a refund - unless by some strange miracle, I overpay my taxes one year...but that is highly unlikely! I personally seek assistance when filing my taxes and if you didn’t know, affordable income tax preparation is available at select Walmart stores nationwide. If you are an individual anticipating an income tax refund, the professionals from Jackson Hewitt and Liberty can help you maximize your refund.

In-store tax filing services include help with downloading and understanding your W-2 form, identifying applicable tax deductions, filing your tax return and much more. Whether you file online, schedule an appointment, walk in or simply drop off the documents to prepare your taxes, you can save time and money by using the services in your Walmart location.

Both of Jackson Hewitt and Liberty are offering incentives for you to file with them. Jackson Hewitt is offering a $50 Walmart giftcard to anyone who files their taxes with them,  through 3.31.15.  Liberty is offering $50 cash to anyone who files with them, and another $50 to refer a friend.

Perhaps you are a person who is confident preparing your own taxes. You should check out the selection of income tax preparation software available at Walmart starting at $14.97. Whatever route you take - having your taxes prepared by a professional or doing them yourself, Walmart has an affordable option available for you.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

New Year's Eve Champagne Decoration

It is hard to believe how quickly this year has gone by! But I am happy to bring in a New Year with family and friends and have a simple craft that will bring a little bling to your bubbly.  I think this is an ingenious idea that I saw on Pinterest (of course) and especially love that you only need 3 things to make your sparkling wine/champagne bottle shine! I started with a bottle of Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvee which is a decent bottle of sparkling wine especially when you consider the price is $8.97 at Walmart. If you don’t know, Walmart has a great selection of wine and is actually you my go stop when I want a bottle. I have been a long time fan of Barefoot - don’t let the price point fool you, this company has won numerous awards for its wines based on value and taste.

Once you choose your bottle next you’ll need some spray adhesive, I used Elmer’s Craft Bond  that I purchased in store for $5.97.  Finally, you will need some glitter. The color choice is up to you, I liked gold but decided on silver to compliment the silver label on my bottle.  Next the decorating!

I placed a drop cloth down and sprayed the adhesive on a small section of the bottle and covered it in glitter. You want the glue to still be tacky by the time you get to it and it is pretty fast drying. I repeated the process until the entire bottle was covered.

I shook off the extra glitter and let it set for an hour. The entire process took about five minutes! This quick and easy bottle decorating will add pizzaz to your New Year’s Eve gathering big or small! I showed my bottle to a girlfriend and she plans to decorate the bottles at her wedding this way!

I’m looking forward to celebrating New Year’s Eve with my sparkly bubbly bottles!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

My new glasses

For my entire life I’ve had 20/40 vision. Basically, I can see from 40 feet what most people see at 20 feet. My great vision enabled me to receive a college scholarship from the Airforce because perfect vision was required. However, as I’m getting older, I’ve begun to notice that my vision that was once perfect is not so perfect anymore. As a matter of fact, I have a very difficult time reading tiny print and so I need glasses. I am a fan of the Walmart vision center because I don’t want to spend a lot of money on frames but I still want to look stylish.

At the Walmart vision centers there is a large selection of frames that have the “designer” look for a fraction of the price. For the kids they have Nickelodeon Teenage mutant ninja turtles frames (my son will go crazy when he finds out) and Hello Kitty. The frames are in so many different styles that if you wear glasses, I am sure you will find a pair that you like.

If you wear contacts, you also have options. In addition to regular lenses, you can purchase Air Optix color lenses in a variety of colors.  I am not a contact wearer (except when I’m in costume) but if you do, be sure to stop by the Walmart vision center to see what they have to offer.

The glasses I am wearing now are only $38.00 and I love them. If I have to wear glasses, I want to be sassy and these are perfect for me! Check out my video below to see me in my glasses wearing glory! LOL!

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