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Love for the Littles

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching I’m guessing there are many of you that like to shower your children, nieces/nephews or grandchildren with as much love as your significant other. There are so many sweet options out there when it comes to apparel it was hard to narrow them down for you, but I did my best! Not that they aren’t cute enough on their own, but I’d argue that these would all take the cute factor up a notch or two ;)



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This is a favorite recipe of mine that I had totally forgotten about until I spent some time scrolling (and scrolling and scrolling) through my Pinterest boards the other day. Sometimes I find that I have recipes too widely spread between Pinterest, AllRecipes, my recipe books etc. That’s why I love documenting things here so I can keep my favorites gathered together and hopefully not forget about them! My husband was so excited when he saw I was making it again recently and by the end of the meal there wasn’t a left-over bite to be seen. It’s a tasty dish with a ton of flavor and slightly out of the ordinary for us. So glad it’s back in our regular rotation!

Chicken Lettuce Wraps & Peanut Sesame Noodles via The Every Girl

Chicken Ingredients:
1 head iceberg or bib lettuce
1 boneless skinless chicken breast cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 red pepper, chopped (I use a whole one)
1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
½ tablespoon vegetable oil


Carefully break off 8 lettuce leaves, leaving them whole. Set aside.
Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
Heat vegetable oil in saucepan over medium high heat and add in chicken pieces.
After about 5 minutes, add in chopped red pepper and carrot and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
Reduce heat to low and add in soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice wine vinegar. Stir to coat chicken and vegetables.
Pile chicken mixture into lettuce cups (about ¼ cup in each lettuce cup) and serve.

Noodle Ingredients:
½ lb. Spaghetti
2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Scallions and/or sesame seeds for garnish

Cook spaghetti according to directions on box.
While spaghetti cooks, add peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, garlic, sugar, and pepper flakes to a saucepan over medium heat.
Whisk until everything is combined and peanut sauce begins to simmer.
Remove from heat.
Drain pasta and return to pot.
Pour peanut sauce over noodles and use tongs to coat spaghetti.
Serve in a large bowl with chopped green onions or sesame seeds as a garnish.

Lacy Shift


Shift dresses are always a go-to for me, but those that I own tend to fall on the more casual side. What better way to dress one up than to throw some lace on it! The possibilities for this style are endless. It could be worn for a date night, girls night, or any bridal/baby showers you likely have on your upcoming calendars. I can’t seem to track this one down online any longer, but I have a bunch of other similar options also by CeCe by Cynthia Steffe linked for you below.







Details: CeCe by Cynthia Steffe dress c/o (see options below) / Pendant necklace (similar), Stella & Dot monogram necklace / Clutch (similar) / Booties (similar)


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