Friday Favorites

Hey, y’all!! It’s Friday, and we are hosting Friday Favorites with my girls, Erika and Andrea!

Most Fridays I share about my favorites from the week, but, today, we are doing things a little differently…and I just have one very special thing to share with you. And, it’s not really a thing…it’s a person.

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Maybe you’ve heard, but one of our very precious friends, Manda, is having a really hard time. If you’d like to, you can keep updated with her battle here.  Manda is fierce and kind ….gracious and always thinking of everyone around her.  You would love her if you knew her.  Would you please join me today in praying for her?  What she is going through is definitely no favorite of mine, but the prayers you say on her behalf mean more to me than I could ever properly express.

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I don’t know the person who said this quote, but if I could I’d change it to this

“Hope in God is patience with the lamp lit.”

Let us always keep our lamp lit with a firm expectation in the Hope of God.  That He is good no matter what, and that He is the Ultimate Healer.  XO

Happy Friday, friends.  We’ll be back to normal business on Monday!   XOXO Narci

His & Hers Gift Guide

Hey, y’all!  It’s time for us to dig in on Christmas Shopping!   Today, I am sharing a special gift guide for the ladies and gents in your lives!  Today, just click on the picture to find the info for the item!  Woohoo!  Let’s get shopping!

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For the ladies

Ladies first, and these cardigan uggs are the best place to start!  Plus, they are on sale!

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Look at this pretty off the shoulder option.  It looks so comfy and cozy, but still has that pretty neckline that is so popular this year!

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Speaking of items that are on sale, this awesome fringe scarf is the perfect easy gift for all the ladies in life!

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And every girl needs a pair of great black denim.  This brand is my absolute favorite!

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And, of course, we just can’t go wrong when it comes to jewelry!

These are my favorite statement earrings, because they are elegant and on trend.  They go with everything, and they just make every outfit pop!  So pretty!
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If the ladies in your life prefer a pretty stud, then we have you covered!

The Sparkle Studs (on the left) are my favorite stud to date…They are pretty and simple, and super current in that smokey color.   The Luxe Stud pack

(on the right) has the fun black studs and the sweet gold ones as well.  This set packs a big punch when you are giving a gift!

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These gold hoops are sparkly, and look so much more expensive than their price tag! Yes, ma’am! :)

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And, finally, these slippers are probably my favorite item in my closet!  I bought them last winter, and they are still holding up perfectly!   Add these to your list as well!

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For the Guys

I’m not sure what it is about a Patagonia vest that makes me swoon, but the men in our lives will love them as well!

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And these boots are stylish and super practical!  What a great gift!

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And, finally, if you have a tech-savvy guy in your life, he will be all about this mack daddy Fitbit!

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We can’t leave the guys out of the cozy loungewear!  These flannel lounge pants are the perfect easy gift for him!

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Next up: a gift guide for the kids in your life!   Happy Thursday, y’all!! XOXO Narci

Pizza Pull Apart Sliders

Hey, y’all!  I don’t know about you, but during this time of the year….I need recipes that are quick and easy!   I just love this fun little recipe for the nights that we all have to be somewhere different!   The recipe calls for a special seasoning on the top of the sliders, but our family just prefers a little butter and garlic salt instead.  Enjoy! XOXO N
INGREDIENTS
  • for the sliders:
  • 1 package (12) dinner rolls ( I use Hawaiian Rolls🙂 )
  • ¾ cup pizza sauce
  • 12 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 45 slices pepperoni
  • ½ cup cooked & crumbled sausage
  • for the herb butter topping:
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350f degrees. Spray the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Slice the rolls horizontally (while still attached) to make a top and bottom bun.
  2. Place bottom bun into prepared baking dish. Spread pizza sauce onto rolls.
  3. Next, add 6 slices of cheese (covering all of the pizza sauce.)
  4. On top of the cheese layer, add all the slices of pepperoni.
  5. Sprinkle the top of the pepperoni with crumbled sausage.
  6. Add the remaining 6 slices of cheese on top.
  7. Then cover all of it with the top bun.
  8. Now, make the seasoned buttery topping. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir well.
  9. Then, using a brush (or a spoon) spread topping all over the sliders. Be sure to get the sides too!
  10. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 15 minutes.

Show and Tell Tuesday 

Hey, y’all! Today, we are linking up with Andrea for her super fun Show and Tell Tuesdays!

Twice a month, we show and tell about a different topic! This month, we are sharing our Christmas Decorations! 

I am sharing my full Christnas tour next Wednesday, but here are a few sneak peaks! :) 

And, BONUS: you can view my Christmas tour from last year, right here!🙂  

I can’t wait to share the rest with you!  

Happy Tuesday, y’all! Xoxo Narci 

Weekend Wrap Up

Hey, y’all!!  This weekend, we spent our time doing all of my favorite things!  I still had a lot of work, but we managed to squeeze some cozy, family time as well!

First off, It’s finally really cold here, so I am loving all of the cozy layers to keep warm!
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Presley and I had the idea to start a tradition where we spend a day in December baking ALL DAY long!  That girl loves to be in the kitchen, and I knew just who to go to for the perfect recipes!

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If you don’t have Shay’s new cookbook yet, you need it!  I flipped to the month of December, found three fun and festive recipes, sent my grocery list to Walmart grocery pickup, and we were all set!
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The kids were able to easily follow the recipes with my help, and they had so much fun baking in the kitchen!img_5966

Like I’ve said before, her cookbook really is the best for busy mamas like us who don’t have time to be searching for the perfect recipes for our family!  You will love it!

On Sunday, we went to church!

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The best I could get from my crew…I am slacking on our porch pictures! I know!img_5998

And, then I ran over to downtown McKinney for our Santa Minis.   Our Santa has been coming out for several years straight, and He is amazing!

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Plus, he brought his cool red truck!   We had so much fun with all of the cute kids that came out!img_6005

Afterwards, I worked a little more and watched one of my favorites: The Holiday!

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This movie just gets me every single time!  Leave me a comment with YOUR favorite movie to watch on a cold and cozy night at home!  I need some good recommendations! Also, see you tomorrow for Show and Tell Tuesday!! XOXO Narci

Friday Favorites

Hey, y’all!! It’s Friday, and we are hosting Friday Favorites with my girls, Erika and Andrea!  This week’s favorites are whole lot of random from our week!

I started watching the Crown on Netflix this week, and it is SO GOOD!  It’s all about Queen Elizabeth II, and it so engaging!  If you love a good period show, you will LOVE this one!  All of my Downton Abbey girls need to check this one out!

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I was looking for a picture earlier this week, and I came across these two cuties!   Nixon and Presley sporting their mama’s sunglasses a few years back!  Too cute!  These two are definitely my favorite!img_5807

Presley sang in the children’s choir at church on Sunday, and we were so proud of  her!   She loves to be on stage, and she and her friends did so well!!  Watching her do her thing is definitely my favorite!img_5802

Love these three girl to pieces!🙂
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Rob and I had a little day date this week, and this guy is at the top of my Favorites List!  img_5905

Not to mention, so is getting in the Christmas spirit!
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we’ve been reading by the tree
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and our Elf made it back!   I saw this on Facebook this week, and it totally made me laugh!
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Just like years past, he brought breakfast and a small treat. :) img_5902

This year, he brought Giant Gingerbread cookies for the kids to decorate!🙂img_5904

And, finally, I’ve been getting ready to wrap presents!  Festive paper, ribbons, and bows is a favorite as well!

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Also, one of my favorite rings is back in stock, so if you are interested in this beauty, hop on over to get yours before they sell out again!img_5877

And speaking of favorites, on of my new favorite blogging friends, Melissa at “The Grimes Life” is introducing a super cute new way to shop for some darling clothes! I just ordered this CUTE box from her, and I can’t wait for it to arrive! Plus, she is offering $5 off the box if you mention “Narci” when ordering! Score!

Here’s what she has to say:

I am THRILLED to introduce to you something new here at The Grimes Life! I have such a passion for helping other women feel great about themselves, confident in what they are wearing, dressed suitable for their lifestyle, and of course styled in the latest trends! I have had so many thoughts, ideas and dreams rolling around in my head for months.  Now, I am so excited to make those dreams a reality!

Ok, so here it is: I have partnered with my favorite boutique @rustysparrow and each month I will have 4 box options for you to choose from. Each box is $135 (free shipping) and will include pictures of several ways to wear your new items. 

Please feel free to order here or email me to order or with any questions at grimeslife@yahoo.com.  I am excited to make shopping easy for you!

Happy box shopping!

Happy Friday, y’all!! Don’t forget to link up with your favorites below! XOXO Narci

Cinnamon roll Christmas!

Every year on Christmas Eve, the Dreffs’ family gets up super early and whips up some delicious batches of Cinnamon Rolls for our close friends.  We just love this opportunity to love on our “framily”!🙂   Some of you have asked for a post on this before the Holidays, so you can plan on spoiling your friends as well.  You asked, I am happy to oblige!

This was my crew last year!  Did I forget to mention that we always deliver in our Christmas Jammies?  It just makes everything more festive!😉
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Here they are the year before that!  So sweet!
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The kids all love to help in the kitchen!
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And, last year we found the CUTEST labels for the tops of our Cinnamon Rolls!

img_5872I found our labels at Erin Condren last year, and I already ordered the ribbon and labels for this year!   I can’t wait for you to see them!🙂

In case you are love a to-do list like me, I put together a Cinnamon Roll Christmas To-Do List just for you!

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1. Make a list of Friends and Family  who you will be baking for. :) 

2.  Buy Disposable Ronnd Baking Pans with tops

3.  Find a great Cinnamon Roll Recipe (I love this one!)

4.  Have fun: matching PJs, labels, and jingle bells are all fun, but not necessary!🙂

You and your friends will love this tradition!!  Happy Thursday, y’all!! XOXO Narci

What I’m Wearing Wednesday

Hey, y’all!! Today, I am sharing the fun fashion finds that have caught my eye lately!  Before we get started, if you are local girl…this is for you! 

Just shoot me a quick email for more information! 

 Now on to our fun fashion picks! I love sharing these kind of things with y’all!   So grab your coffee, and let’s get started!

First of all, I shared a bunch of super cute things from our trip on Friday, so if you want to check those out you can here!img_5688

I am in search of cozy Christmas pajamas, and I love this sweet polka dot option

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and this comfy striped option as well!

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These booties have such a pretty line, and wouldn’t they be SO cute with leggings this winter?  I love the color, too!

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I could use a new warm coat, and I am always drawn to a classic pea coat!   Isn’t this coat just perfect?

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I grabbed a  red sweater for Christmas, and I think it would be darling with this plaid skirt!  Tis the season!

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Also, I bought these little tennis shoes in October, and they have ended up being the best casual shoes!

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I was skeptical that I couldn’t pull these off, but they up the cute factor on the days when I am dressed in athletic clothes (but never actually entering a gym).  Wait, you don’t do that?  Me neither.😉

Finally, I am a sucker for a gold sparkly stud, and these babies are no exception!  Hello Christmas!  We are ready for you!

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There we go! See you tomorrow! Happy Wednesday, y’all!! XOXO Narci

 

Carpool Book Club

Hey, y’all!! It’s time for carpool Book Club!  Woohoo!  Each month, I share the books that are on my nightstand!

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These are the books that I read as a busy mama of 3!  I read during carpool, at soccer or cheer practice, or in my extra time after the kids go to bed.   Here we go!

Room

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So, this book was recommended to me by a bunch of my Facebook friends, and everyone that I know just loves it!  If you are into darker books, you will LOVE this one.  This one wasn’t my favorite though…I cringed the whole way through, because I am a big weenie!

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Ijust  finished up this book, and it is chalk full of real life applications!   You are going to want to check it out.  Girl drama and insecurity can be such a drain if you let it rule your life, but this book does a GREAT job of unpacking that topic, and you will be so blessed by it!  Check it out!

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I just love our girl, Elin, and this book was super juicy and a quick read.   A few of the storylines were a little salacious, but overall it was a good read!

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While we were in Michigan, we popped into Barnes and Noble, and I was so struck by this sweet Christmas book.  I am a big fan of Max Lucado! I just started it, so I will keep you posted!

And I have these two titles on my nightstand for this coming month!

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Plus my favorite Christmas magazines stuck in my bag for quick reading throughout my day!img_5825

Share your book recommendations in the comments!  I would love to hear your suggestions.

Happy Tuesday, y’all!!  XOXO Narci🙂

Getting into the Christmas Spirit

Hey, y’all!!  Today, I am sharing a few of the fun little details that are helping us get into the Christmas spirit at the Dreffs’ House!

Our New Christmas Devotional

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Yesterday, we started our new Family Advent study!  One of my amazing readers recommended the studies from Sacred Holidays, and we are enjoying it so far.  If you are still looking for a devotional, they have a women’s, men’s, and family version available for immediate download.

My new Young Living Oils!

While we were in Michigan, my sister-in-law shared this festive oil with me, and it is the perfect oil for this season!  It seriously just smells like Christmas!young-living-essential-oil-christmas-spirit-5ml

She diffused it with Orange and sent us home with our own bottle (so sweet!)!  On the way home, I ordered some Orange of our own and restocked our Lavender, Stress Away, and Tea Tree Oil!

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If you have some great uses for your oils this Holiday season, please share them in the comments!  I love hearing all of your great ideas!!

My Favorite Christmas Pie

Yes ma’am!  At the Dreffs House, we are big fans of Peppermint!

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Presley requested my peppermint pie for her birthday celebration, and I was happy to make it!  This pie always gets us in the Holiday Spirit.  You can find the recipe here!

I don’t know about you, but this time of the year just makes me happy.  Let the celebrating begin!  Happy Monday, y’all!! XOXO Narci