Archive for January, 2014

Valentines Day {Arrows to My Heart} Card – Free Download

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design, Holidays, Valentines Day

Hey guys!  I figured I better start working on some Valentines Day cards for you and here is my first creation!  You can download it for free below and it will print out perfectly on a 4x6 card. 

I am also working on several different Valentines Day card styles for your kids!  Those will be coming soon! 



10 Rules for ULTIMATE happiness

Written by Lyndi. Posted in About Me, Free Printables, Graphic Design, Health & Wellness, Life Coaching

I have experienced several challenges this past year, but in the end I have grown and become a much stronger person because of them.  I feel peace, have great determination and a sense of confidence in my unknown future.  I am very excited about 2014!!

I am beginning this new year with a renewed sense of what is truly important in life.  I try to live my life very simply.  I definitely make mistakes on a daily basis, but these 10 rules are what I base my life upon...and when I do, I feel complete contentment.

I wish love and happiness in each of your lives this new year and I know that if  you can follow these 10 rules, EVERYTHING else in your life will fall into place.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Love, Lyndi

Download for free below

*UPDATED* I need to clarify my reasoning for number five on my list.  When I say "Give Guilt the Bird", I mean you shouldn't let other people's ideas and opinions determine how you live your life.  Make choices based on what you feel is right and what is good for YOU!  Don't worry about what others think and don't let them have control over your life.  There is definitely a time and a place to feel regret and guilt when you have done something wrong...but when this happens, don't be hard on yourself.  It is the perfect learning opportunity to know that you should change that behavior so you don't feel that way again. 



Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta Recipe! Plus, a healthy version too.

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Recipes

With the start of this new year,  I am excited to get focused on cooking and eating healthy again.  My family comes from Italy, so naturally pasta is my favorite thing to cook and eat.  It's not easy to make a creamy pasta that is good for you, but I found a way.  With a few simple substitutions, this recipe is a healthy, fresh meal with a lot less fat and calories.  It was sooo tasty too, so I was very pleased!! This recipe is very quick and easy.  Look below for the regular recipe along with the healthy substitutions that I used. 
Creamy Tomato And Spinach Pasta


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 oz. cream cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan
  • ½ lb. penne pasta
  • ½ (9 oz.) bag fresh spinach

Healthy Substitutions:

-whole wheat pasta instead of white

-1/4 cup fresh basil instead of dried (sooo much better)

- fresh chopped tomato instead of canned

-my favorite marinara sauce instead of the tomato paste and water mix

-8 oz plain greek yogurt instead of cream cheese

-add grilled chicken breast for extra lean protein

This recipe tasted amazing with the healthier, fresher alternatives. 


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender (7-10) minutes. Drain the pasta in a colander.
  2. While waiting for the pasta to cook, dice the onion and mince the garlic. Cook both in a large skillet with the olive oil over medium-low heat until softened and transparent (about 5 minutes).
  3. Add the diced tomatoes (with juices), oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and some freshly cracked pepper to the skillet with the onions and garlic. Stir to combine. Add the tomato paste and a ½ cup of water to the skillet and stir until the tomato paste is dissolved into the sauce.
  4. Turn the heat down to low. Cut the cream cheese into a few pieces and then add them to the skillet with the tomato sauce. Use a whisk to stir the sauce until the cream cheese has fully melted in and the sauce is creamy. Add half of the Parmesan to the skillet and whisk until it is melted in. Add the remainder of the parmesan and whisk until melted in again.
  5. Add the fresh spinach and gently stir it into the sauce until it has wilted (3-5 minutes). Add the pasta and stir until it is well coated in the creamy tomato sauce. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper as needed. Serve warm.

Recipe adapted from

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