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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.


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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Shop Smarter Online with PriceBlink

I love shopping online.

Even when it’s not in the budget to buy something, I online “window shop.” I like to fill my cart with lots of things I want but can’t afford.


Most of the time, however, when I am actually shopping shopping online, I am on the lookout for a deal. I always, always, always google coupon codes before I buy anything. It’s amazing how many times I’ve found a free shipping coupon code or some percentage off. I love that feeling…but it does take extra time.


This week I tried out a tool called PriceBlink that claims to help you automatically find lower prices online – sounds too good to be true, right? is a website where you can search for coupon codes and online deals – it’s nifty, but you still have to go to the website to find the deals.


The best part of PriceBlink is the browser add-on. You install an extension to your browser and then anytime you are shopping online, a little bar shows up at the top of your browser that looks like this:


The PriceBlink add-on has 3 specific parts:

  1. Are you looking at the cheapest place to buy the item?
  2. Where else you can buy it and for how much (includes shipping costs)
  3. Add to a wish list button (using your PriceBlink account)


I’ll give you a real-life example of some shopping I was doing for my hubby for Father’s Day (I gave him specific instructions NOT to read this blog…)

I was shopping for a new iPhone case because his broke.

The PriceBlink bar drops down and tells me that the case I’m looking at is substantially cheaper at So, of course I jump over there and order it for cheaper.


PriceBlink also alerts you when there are coupons available for the site you are shopping on:

While I was on there were 10 coupon codes available – pretty cool, right?


And the best thing is that the bar stays hidden while you browse the web and only drops down when it has important information to share with you – that way it isn’t annoying.

For a video demo click here or to read more or download the add-on click here.


I’m a big fan and will definitely always have it installed on my browser – it’s free, helpful and saves me money. That’s my kind of tool!

Let me know if you try it out – I’d also love to know if it saves you some money the next time you are shopping online!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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This post brought to you by Gift Card Weekend. All opinions are 100% mine.

As you’ve seen so far on my blog – I love a good deal…I’m constantly looking for ways to save money and live on a very restricted budget. So, when I see a great giveaway, I always enter. It’s amazing how few people take the time to enter and I’ve won a few great things.

One of the best things you can win is a giftcard, because then you can decide what you want to spend it on!

In less than a week, there’s an awesome opportunity to win some giftcards to yummy Applebees!


December 10-18 ‘Gilbert the Gift Card Machine” is giving away over 100 giftcards!

What do you have to do to win? Just like Gift Card Weekend on Facebook for an entry. Then share the giveaway with your friends and you’ll get more entries for every ‘like’ you influence!

What is Gift Card Weekend? It’s a once-a-year weekend when stores offer special deals to people who redeem their holiday gift cards during the weekend of January 6-8, 2012. These retailers are participating in Gift Card Weekend: JCPenny, Regal Cinema, Subway, Sephora, Applebee’s, Bass Pro Shops, Adidas, Buca di Beppo, Lowe’s, Spa Finder, Marriot, Giant Eagle.

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Hop over and get entered…I hope one of my readers wins a giftcard! If I win, I’ll be there eating my favorite – an Oriental Chicken Salad…yum!

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Custom Holiday Card Giveaway!

I’m giving away a custom holiday card design to one very lucky person over at Our Military Home!

Get a jump on the holiday rush! If you win, you’ll get a fully customized holiday card with your family picture.

Here’s a sample of our Christmas card from last year:


All you have to do is jump over to Taylor’s site and check out the details on how to enter.

Giveaway ends Monday, the 19th, so don’t delay!


50% off Personalized Children’s Books

I found this deal on Mamasource and snatched it up for Christmas presents for my boys:


$15 for $30 worth of books from Little Heroes.

(That means you can get almost 2 soft cover books for your $15.)


Besides adding your child’s name to the book, you can customize the look of the kid to look like yours! I checked out the books and I think “The Obnoxious Dragon” is definitely going to be one I buy…it is cute and has a good moral – always a bonus.

Sign up for Mamasource and check out this great deal.

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Free Large Photo Book – update

So, I was up last night with strep throat…bad news. Good news is, it gave me some time to get my free Picaboo photo book designed! It’s actually a pretty pleasant process. You have to download the Picaboo software (which they do have for Mac), then you select your photos and background images. It was relatively simple. Now, I was not the biggest fan of the default backgrounds they had to offer, but I discovered that they have tons more free (and much cuter) backgrounds here on their website. All you have to do is download the image and set it as the background. I used the Aidan Collection for all of my pages and I think it turned out great. I would definitely consider using them again. The shipping total came out to $8.99. I think that’s a great deal for a 20 page 8.5 x 11 photo book. I’ll let you know how it looks when it gets here in a week. Don’t forget to order yours during the month of March!

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Freebie Alert – Large Custom Photo Book

Found out about this great deal from The Mom Creative! Picaboo is offering all first-time customers a free large photo book. I’ve never used Picaboo before, but I think it might be worth a try to get a free photo book. I’ve been wanting to order one with Zander’s first year of pictures and I think I might just give it a try. The deal runs through March, so jump on and order. Click here for the rest of the details.

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Thrifty Thursday – Kids Resale Stores

I am definitely a thrift store lover. I think I got it from my mother as she does most of her shopping there. She definitely kept me from developing that “ew, it’s used” stigma. I love a good thrift store, but I really love a great Kids’ Resale Store. I have saved so much money buying Zander’s furniture, toys & clothes second hand, especially since he outgrows clothes so quickly. And you can sell your old stuff back to them and use the credit/money to buy new stuff! 

I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite resale stores. Most of these places are also privately/locally owned, so I love to support fellow small business owners. Of course, my knowledge is limited to where I live (the Mesa/Phoenix area).

If you know of a great store I missed, include it in the comments, I’d love to check it out.

3425 East Baseline Road Suite 105
Gilbert, AZ 85234

1994 N Alma School Road
Chandler, AZ 85224

I got my nursery furniture here for amazing prices and just cleaned them up with a coat of paint. The one in Chandler also has a great selection of maternity clothes for great prices. They have these all over the country, so head to their website and see if they have one in your area!

1720 E. Warner Rd. Suite C-8
N/W Corner Mc Clintock & Warner Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85284

This place is a little smaller, but has amazing clothes. Everything is high quality and name brand, which means prices are not as low as Savers or Goodwill, but you don’t have to dig for great stuff – it’s all great.

10720 E. Southern Ave
Mesa, Arizona 85209


This is a relatively new place and is pretty small, but they have a good selection of toys, clothes and even maternity clothing. One great thing is that they buy your used items and they buy them for fair prices. I went in with a few things and ended up with $80 credit. Oh, and it’s next to Hobby Lobby, which means you can stop in both places on one trip!

Hope you enjoy! I’d love to hear how your shopping goes!