Throughout my life, I’ve learned little quirky things about myself. Some collect things like shoes, nail polish, or little vases. I was working in my office the other evening and realized there were at least six different kinds of cute little note cards sitting prettily in an organizer on my desk. And it hit me – I collect pretty note cards.

I had note cards that were yellow with stripes, pink with polka-dots and gold with embossed medallions and so many more. I even found an old box from my school days filled with personalized stationery cards! What I love most are those special notes with a personal touch. So I wanted to share with you some of my favorite brands when it comes to creatively designed cards.

On a Personal Note

Tiny Prints // Minted // Expressionery // Boatman Gellar

Don’t you just love all of them? These cute cards make it all the more special when you sit to write a thank you, well-wishes or a simple thinking-of-you note. So go get that second cup of coffee and curl up with a stack and perhaps be inspired to send an old-fashioned “hello.”

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It’s a miracle — my husband cooked! Just kidding, just kidding… he’s actually a GREAT cook. Yet when he’s in the kitchen, we end up with more of a meat-lovers meal. Thankfully, he loves his veggies too and when he came up with this delicious, figure-friendly casserole, I was all for it!

This low-carb spaghetti squash casserole is really simple to make and only takes a few ingredients. It’s perfect for a busy weeknight and makes for yummy leftovers too. You’ll love it!

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Ingredients:
– 1 spaghetti squash
– Diced pancetta
– Broccoli florets
– 1 yellow onion
– 2-3 chicken breasts (already baked)
– Parmesan cheese
– Salt + pepper

Directions:
Slice your spaghetti squash lengthwise and place cut-side down in a microwaveable dish with about 1/2 inch of water in the bottom. Microwave each half of the squash (covered with Saran wrap) for about 12-15 minutes to soften. Using a fork, scrape out the spaghetti squash and place into a large bowl. Take your chicken breasts and cut into bite-size chunks, add to the bowl.

In an oiled medium-sized skillet, saute your diced pancetta, broccoli and diced onion until the onion gets a slight golden brown color, adding salt and pepper to taste. Once your veggies are ready, throw them in the bowl, stir everything together then place into a Pyrex or oven-safe casserole dish.

You’ll want to do this next step in layers. Put a layer of the mixture down in the casserole then sprinkle a generous amount of Parmesan cheese on top. Repeat until you’ve reached the top of your dish. Sprinkle more cheese on top before placing in the oven to bake uncovered on 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

Slice, scoop and serve! The pancetta gives the dish a nice meaty flavor (like bacon, but with less fat) and since it was full of veggies, I feel much less guilty about indulging. Plus, this one is full of protein because it also includes the chicken. I’m all for a filling dish that won’t weigh you down!

(PS, I just love using squash wherever I can these days — in fact, here’s another in-the-kitchen favorite with spaghetti squash!)

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Since having two kids, I have learned to simplify many things in my life. Along the way, I learned how to not over think my wardrobe and to keep things easy and fuss-free. However, I will tell you my friends, that simple does not mean having to sacrifice great style.

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A no-iron breezy button down, colorful jeans and a seasonally stylish handbag with some hardware details make up the good bones of this easy-to-care-for outfit, don’t you agree? Add a few simple accessories and I’m ready to cross those errands off my list, with preschooler and baby in-tow.

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I’ll admit, I hate ironing – who has time for it? So when I shop for blouses, I look for wrinkle-reducing materials as well as shrink-free fabrics to guarantee a great fit after every wash. Because you know, as a mom, you have little time to shop for yourself anyways!

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With my gold gladiator sandals (because it’s Texas and yes, it’s still warm here!) and some bright bangles, I’m feeling comfortable without foregoing my style!

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This is one of my most favorite bags. With two compartments, I can have one side for my things (wallet, keys, phone, lip gloss and the inevitable notepad with handwritten lists) and the other side for baby (spare diapers, wipes, bottle or sippy cup and the inevitable container of Cheerios that somehow always tends to spill out into the bag).

These pieces are all from a few of my favorite shops, albeit, Laurie is helping me branch out of my comfort zones when it comes to brands and shops. :)

Top – NY&C // Pants – Old Navy // Handbag – Nordstrom // Sandals – Payless

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