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cutest phone case on the block

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Cell phone cases. I have always had issues with cell phone cases. I mean, I want my phone to be adorable, but I also want it to be protected – and I don’t want to pay a ton of money. Have you seen the prices of some of those cases?! Yikes. My last iPhone case was from the clearance section at TJMaxx – it said it was supposed to fit my phone, but somehow the camera hole was cut wrong and it covered the flash, so I had to pull it off if I ever wanted to use the flash. Yes, it was pretty ghetto, but it cost me $4!

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my new Shutterfly case!

 

Now, my phone not only has a fully functional flash, but I also get tons of compliments on the case every single day.

It’s a photo iPhone case from Shutterfly and it is so cute. It was super easy to design using the templates on the Shutterfly site and it came in less than a week. I got it a few months ago and was curious to see how it would hold up. My phone gets a lot of use (from the 2 crazy boys who play Angry Birds) and it’s been dropped its fair share of times and this case has held up great. It does exactly what you hope a case will do – protects your phone – this case just looks great while doing it.

Now that we’ve added a new family member, I want to get an update with new family pictures (in these pics, he was still in my tummy). Check them out – I think you’ll love them as much as I do!

I did receive a free product from Shutterfly to review for this post. However, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences about products. I would never recommend something I don’t personally love. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

 

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A delicious store-bought pie?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mrs. Smith’s for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

There’s nothing worse than seeing a delicious pie at a party and digging in only to realize that it’s a nasty store-bought pie with a terrible crust. I love pies, but I am rarely ever impressed with non-homemade ones. So, when I received the chance to try out some of Mrs. Smith’s Signature Deep Dish pies, I had my doubts.

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Mrs. Smith makes 4 different flavors of deep dish pies:

  • Signature Deep Dish Dutch Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce
  • Signature Deep Dish Cherry Pie with Butter Fudge Sauce
  • Signature Deep Dish Peach Pie with Cream Cheese Icing
  • Signature Deep Dish Pumpkin Pie with Cream Cheese Icing

 

The biggest disappointment I had with the pies, was that I had a really hard time finding all of the flavors. I went to various Wal-marts and could only find the Cherry pie with butter fudge sauce. Sadly, I was excited about trying the others, but struck out at each location.

The cherry pie was super easy to bake – I even had my 4-year-old help me get it ready so that he could say he baked his own pie. (Preparation included unwrapping, putting foil on a cookie sheet and cutting slits in the crust.)

The pie came out looking delicious and he was so proud of himself. In addition, it turned out delicious! The crust was golden and flakey. The filling was tart and sweet. Everyone in our family gobbled it down very quickly.

It came with a butter fudge sauce, but we didn’t feel like it was absolutely necessary to the flavor of the pie. We prefered it on it’s own with a little bit of whipped cream. One great thing about the pie is that it is even good leftover. I might have even snuck a piece for breakfast this morning….

Luckily, you don’t have to take my word for it – you can try them yourself! Mrs. Smith’s has given me 4 coupons so that you can try each one! Not only do you get to try out all of the deep dish pies, but they have also given a $50 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card! You can pick up any missing kitchen accessories you might need or you could always get a lovely pie pan and switch your store-bought pie into it after baking…then no one will know you didn’t bake it!

How to Enter:

3 entries possible:

1. Leave a comment letting me know which pie you are the most excited to try and what you would use your Williams Sonoma gift card on.

2. Like Mrs. Smith’s on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know you did it.

3. Follow Mrs. Smith’s on Pinterest and leave a comment letting me know.

The giveaway runs through next weekend – Sun., Jan. 27th, so enter quickly!

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$50 Cutting Edge Stencil Giveaway!

I have been a big fan of Cutting Edge Stencils for a while – I’ve perused their website so many times, but never got up the nerve to buy one. I couldn’t ever decide which one I liked best.

Amazingly, in June I won a stencil in a giveaway on Delicate Construction and was so excited!

I selected the Rabat Allover Stencil and went about stenciling a large (REALLY LARGE) wall in my living room. It was quite an undertaking. Well, that’s an understatement. It has been A LOT of work.

a little peak at my wall – I’ll be putting up the finished pictures soon!

I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out and would do it all over again!

 

One of the best things about Cutting Edge Stencils is that they give you so many tips for how to use your stencil. Their website is full of Q & A, they send you an instruction sheet and they have YouTube videos to help walk you through the process:

 

THE GIVEAWAY!!

Today, I’m so excited to be giving away your choice of stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils (up to $50 value) and they will ship it to you for free!

I hope you are excited about this as I am!

Here’s the details:

Giveaway runs from today (9/17) to Friday (9/21) midnight (EST).

Use Rafflecopter to enter (it’s super easy, I promise!). I’ll announce the winner sometime over the weekend! Good luck.

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that’s genius #43

Thanks for stopping by to see who is this weeks’ Creative Genius! Be sure to stop by and check out these awesome ideas!

 

the Top 3 links:

 

You guys can hop over and grab a featured button to display on your site!

 

 

And the title of Creative Genius goes to:

A Glimpse of Halloween from Alderberry Hill

 

Congratulations, Sarah!

I’ll be placing your button on the top of my sidebar for the next week!

Make sure to come back next Friday and link up your creative ideas – maybe next week you’ll be the Creative Genius!

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Creative Genius Link Party #43

It’s Week 43 of the Creative Genius Link Party!

I’m back! I finally replaced my stolen computer (I’ll write a blog about that whole experience later)…Thanks for stopping by this week to link up!

Remember, the link that gets the most clicks, will get their blog button displayed near the top of my homepage sidebar for the next week!

The top three most clicked links will be featured Monday after the link party ends!

Creative Genius Party

{every weekend here on The Creative Paige}

  • Stick to sharing free creative ideas/tutorials/crafts – no giveaways and nothing for sale, please.
  • Link back to my site or grab a button
  • Follow me if you don’t mind – it’s part of being a big, happy blog family
  • Click on at least 2 other links – leave a comment – make somebody’s day!

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My Favs – Pre-School Books

 

 

My lil’ guys LOVE reading – which makes me a very happy  book-loving Mommy.

We take weekly trips to the library and I always hit up the book section at Savers & Goodwill for cheap books.

I thought I’d share some of my favorite recent finds:

 

We love Oliver Jeffers…especially these two:

How to Catch a Star

 

Stuck

My 3-year-old can quote every word of this book…

 I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

 

We’ve read this one so many times, even I can quote every word…

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
(we love all of the ‘How do Dinosaurs’ books)

This one is especially great with the Tickle Monster mitts…

Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett 

What books do your pre-schoolers love? I am always looking to add more to our library!

 

This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.com – if you choose to purchase books using these links – I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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that’s genius #42

Thanks for stopping by to see who is this weeks’ Creative Genius! Be sure to stop by and check out these awesome ideas!

 

the Top 3 links:

 

You guys can hop over and grab a featured button to display on your site!

 

 

And the title of Creative Genius goes to:

Monster Bibs from Stubbornly Crafty

 

Congratulations, Lisa! These bibs are sooooo super cute!

I’ll be placing your button on the top of my sidebar for the next week!

Make sure to come back next Friday and link up your creative ideas – maybe next week you’ll be the Creative Genius!

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what’s for dinner? aug 6-10

What’s For Dinner is a weekly post that highlights the best & worst recipes I made for dinner over the last week.

 

Best things I made:

Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Vinegar Pan Sauce

I was desperate for some sort of sauce to serve over chicken breasts last night and was trying to avoid my standby of creamy lemon sauce. I found this one online and it was super simple and very good. I will definitely make it again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World’s Best Grilled Steak

I’ve made this twice and it is definitely the best steak I have ever made. We are far from steak connoisseurs, but we love this. It makes a cheap sirloin taste like a much more expensive steak. I highly recommend trying it. Don’t be weirded out by the ketchup in it…seems odd to me, but trust me, it’s good.

 

 

Worst thing I made:

Vanilla Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

Let me say, these were not gross. They were good, but were pretty gooey for no bake cookies and sooooooo sweet. Like eating pure sugar with a few oats sprinkled in. I would cut back on the sugar next time and cook them on the stove for at least double the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roasted Frozen Veggies

We love roasted veggies, but we tried roasting carrots straight from the freezer and they just got soggy and blah. Stick to raw, defrosted carrots – they are much better.

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Chocolate Mint Bars w/ Truly Lovely

I’m blogging over at Truly Lovely today with some thrift store makeovers, but I can’t wait for you guys to hear from Kassi of Truly Lovely – she’s got a great recipe to share with you today…

Hello there lovelies!!!

My name is Kassi and I blog over at Truly Lovely, along with my sister Kayli. That’s Kayli on the left, me on the right… and this picture pretty much sums us up… Enjoying a delicious cupcake that we just whipped up all with paint on our hands from the current room makeover!!! 😉

I am thrilled to be swapping blogs with the lovely Paige today! If you’re seriously missing Miss Paige, and come on, why wouldn’t you be… she rocks! She’s over at our place sharing a post as this week’s Bloggie Bestie on Truly Lovely!

While you’re here I’m excited to share my newest recipe with you!!! Awhile back I shared a recipe for Reese’s Pieces Bars on our blog… When I did, I mentioned you could use other types of cake mix and candies to vary the recipe…
Well today, let’s whip up some super easy, super yummy….

Chocolate Mint Bars!!!

chocolate and mint dessert

Ingredients:

Chocolate Cake Mix (I used Devil’s Food)
1/3 Cup of Oil
2 Eggs
1 cup of York Peppermint Pieces!

making a chocolate and mint dessert

Mix all your ingredients together in a bowl.
The mixture will be fairly dry and hard to mix, but that’s what makes them bars, so don’t stress over that, just take your time. 😉 Once the ingredients are all mixed together, I fold in the candy pieces carefully so as not to smash them.

making a mint and chocolate dessert

Press your mixture into a greased baking pan.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.

easy dessert recipe

Cut and serve! I like mine with a tall glass of milk! 🙂

Thanks SO much to Paige for having me over today! Again, don’t forget to visit her at my place!

Happy baking lovelies!!!!

Looks delish, right? Can’t wait to try it! Make sure you jump over to Truly Lovely and check out all of Kassi’s other terrific ideas!

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Picking the Perfect Gray Paint…

Before we ever bought a house, I knew I wanted to have gray as the neutral color for our walls.

So, I pinned gray rooms like crazy.

Then we bought our first house in February…

and everything was tan…literally…everything.

Tan walls, tile, carpet…tan, tan, tan.

We live in Arizona – a world of brown and I did not want tan. The tile and carpet were brand new, so we knew we wouldn’t change those. We decided that painting the walls would break up the tan monotony.

I ran out and picked up tons of gray paint samples. I jumped online and googled “picking the perfect gray paint” and boy, was I surprised.

Gray is a hard color.

I read blog after blog of people saying their gray looked fine until they got it on their walls and then it turned periwinkle, or purple or green.

I researched my heart out trying to find a basic gray – no blue, green or purple. I asked the paint guys at Home Depot and they didn’t seem to be much help. But I picked what I thought was a neutral gray and bought the $4 sample to test a wall.

Thank God I did!

The color turned a bizarre color of stormy purple as soon as it dried.

It was not good.

So, I headed to Sherwin Williams and got some help. They definitely helped me and I came home with another $4 tester in “Pussywillow” and it was perfect!

 

I love the way it turned out and it definitely makes it so that you are not overwhelmed by the tan tile and carpet when you walk in!

All I can say is I am so glad I bought that test can and painted part of a wall before I committed to a color. My living room would currently be purple if I hadn’t!

 

Tips for Picking the Perfect Gray:

  1. Go to an actual paint store – they know what they are talking about.
  2. Find a nice sales person – if the guy/gal you end up with is a jerk, go to a different store. Find a person who seems to actually care that you get the right color.
  3. Ask to see the paint formula – you can see how much of the other colors go into the mixture. If there is more blue than the other colors, it’s going to have a blue tint. Check the formula.
  4. Buy the sample tester and paint part of a wall. Do it. Trust me. I’m a cheapskate and I hate spending $4 on something that I might waste, but it is so helpful. You will be glad you did it.
  5. And I highly recommend gray – it’s neutral, but not boring…classy, chic and so beautiful. I love it more everyday.

 

This post is not affiliated with Sherwin Williams – they didn’t give me anything…I just love my paint.