Friday Favorites

Hey, y’all!! It’s Friday, so we are hosting Friday Favorites with my girls, Erika and Andrea!  It’s been a busy week over here:  Lots of baseball, end of the year concerts, programs, don’t forget about this and that, and such!   I have very little on my calendar this long weekend, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it! 🙂  Bring on the R & R!

This week, I am sharing about some of my favorite items that I picked up as a little summer wardrobe refresh!  I had plans to show you everything in person, but I just ran out of time this week.    Everything is on super sale right now, and it is all really precious in person!  Let’s get started

Embroidered Dress

I’m going to be wearing this dress ALL SUMMER long!  This was selling out at my local Factory store the day after they stocked it, so grab it if you love it!  This dress is so cute and breezy, and the embroidery is beautiful!  It comes in white too!

Peplum Top

I wore this gorgeous top yesterday, and it is so bright and colorful!   I wore it with jeans, but it will be darling with denim shorts as well!

Ruffle Top

Oh my heavens, this top is even cuter in person!   So, I do think it fits a little generously—my size was just a little too relaxed for my taste, but it would be perfect in the size down!   This is a longer length too, so it covers your hips a bit as well!   Plus the stripes are super flattering!  This is a winner–just make sure you size down if you want a more fitted look. 🙂

Also, I restocked all of my summer basics…shorts and my favorite vneck tees!

4 inch shorts 

Boardwalk Shorts 

Printed Shorts 

Denim Shorts 

V-neck tee

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

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Carpool Book Club

Hey, y’all!! It’s the last Thursday of the month which means it is time for Carpool Book Club!

Each month, I share about my favorite books that I’ve read that month, and this month was full of great reads!   These are the books that sit on my nightstand and that I read as a busy mama of 3 kids who are always on the go.   Before I started reading, I had a lot of empty space during the in between time.  You know, the time when I am waiting for an appointment or sitting with the kids outside….picking up a good book is my favorite way to pass that extra time.  🙂  So, here we go!

Here are our picks for this month!

The Hypnotist’s Love Story

So, I am a big fan of Liane Moriarty, and this book was just okay for me.   It wasn’t awful or anything, but it was a little slow moving….considering how quick witted her other books are in comparison.  It was hard to not compare it to her other books, but I could see where you might like it more if you hadn’t read her other work.  🙂  I do have to say that the stalker portion was fascinating–she did a great job of playing that out!

I Let You Go

Alright, now this book was much faster paced, and it left me guessing until the very ended!   Hello twisty-turny plot lines, and I really enjoyed this one!   The characters were fabulous and believable, and I even emailed the author after I was done reading because I needed to discuss a little further.  PS–she was super sweet and answered my questions! haha!   #stalkerreader #INEEDEDtoknow  Anyway, you will love this one!   It was good!

Unstuffed

So, I picked up this one, because my girl Shay recommended it…and I finished it in about 3 hours!  It’s a fast, easy read, and it is chalk full of practical tips on how to declutter your life.  I especially loved the later chapters, and I am planning on keeping my copy to go back to!   It was that good. 🙂

The Moment Maker

This is the last book that I read for May, and it just made my heart happy!   It really is just a sweet, encouraging read!  The author is super funny and he certainly has a a gift for weaving truth into his storytelling!   He shares about the ways that he’s transformed his family’s everyday moments into something meaningful…and I really loved this concept!

Do you have some great book recommendations?   Leave your thoughts in the comments or link up just below!   And, if you are following along with me: here is what’s coming up for June!  I got a head start on one of these, and I am hooked!

Ladies Night

Crazy Rich Asians

Behind Closed Doors

Happy Thursday! XOXO Narci

Taco Pizza

This is one of my favorite recipes to pull out when I have a bunch of boys in the house.   I like my tacos and pizza separately (ha!), but there is something about this simple little recipe that makes the boys request this every single time they come over!   I love a good crowd pleaser!  I have heard of people using Doritos instead of tortilla chips, but I will leave that decision up to you and your personal tastes! 🙂  Also, I use these individual pizza crusts, and they really up the yummy factor!

Enjoy! XO Narci

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 prebaked 12-inch pizza crusts
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 2 cups coarsely crushed tortilla chips
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped, optional
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce, optional

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in taco seasoning and water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes; set aside.
  2. Place crusts on ungreased pizza pans or baking sheets. Combine beans and salsa; spread over crusts. Top with beef mixture, chips and cheese.
  3. Bake at 350° for 13-16 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with tomatoes and lettuce if desired.

Show and Tell Tuesday

Hey, y’all! It’s Tuesday, and I’m linking up with Andrea for her super fun Show and and tell link up!

 

Twice and month, we show and tell about our certain topics.   Today, we are talking all about our travelogues!!  Our family loves to travel together, and I can’t wait to share some of my favorite trip recaps below for you to check out!

1. Destin

We head to Florida every summer, and we always have the best time!

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Disney Cruise

This year, we went on a Disney Cruise, and this was probably our favorite vacation ever!!

and Disney World

And, last Spring Break we hit up Magnolia and Waco, and there was so much to see!  This was a super fun day trip!

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Thank you so much for the fun link-up Andrea!  I can’t wait to check out everyone’s fun trips!

Happy Tuesday, y’all! XOXO N

Weekend Wrap-Up

Hey, y’all!! Our weekend consisted of just our normal every day weekend routine and what fun we had!!  

The pollen count is crazy high around here plus the kids found a patch of poison ivy near our house, so this weekend is brought to you by the real MVPs: Benadryl, Claritin, and Advil.  😉  

Friday night started off right!  We had a doubleheader: Soccer then baseball with a slushie thrown in for good measure!   Fun nights outside like these have me so excited for summer!!

I’m still royal family obsessed, and Saturday morning I was drooling over Pippa Middleton’s wedding!  Seriously so pretty!

I had a CUTE newborn session that morning followed by more soccer for the rest of the day!

We have at about another 2.5 weeks of baseball left for Jackson, and then we can cross all of the Spring sports off our to do list!

On Sunday morning, I was really struggling with allergies so we stayed home and rested in bed!  This helped so much!  After lunchtime, I went to a sweet session with a precious family from St. Louis

and then Presley and I walked around Downtown McKinney together!

We shopped

and found our favorite candy store

and grabbed a little snack on our favorite patio.  Presley is growing up so much, and we had a really lovely time together! 

Meanwhile the boys hit up baseball practice and Luke’s end of the season party for his soccer team

these boys had a blast!

Luke and his coaches. 🙂   

Happy Monday, y’all!! Hope you have a great day! XOXO N

Friday Favorites

Hey, y’all!! It’s Friday, so we are hosting Friday Favorites with my girls, Erika and Andrea!  We have a busy weekend ahead: a soccer tourney, a few birthday parties, and a handful of sessions.  I am counting down until the slower summer pace kicks in!  In the meantime, here are just a few of my favorites from this week!

Oh my Stars!

Have you been following along with my friend Erika on Instagram?  They have their precious girl now, and I couldn’t love that cute girl more!  She is so adorable!!

I can’t wait for them to get home!!  My amazing friends are definitely a favorite!

I Let you go

Next Thursday is my book review, but I have to tell you that the book I just finished is so good before then.

If you need something to keep you on the edge of your seat, I Let You Go is the book for you!

A Colorful Dress

A few of you asked about my mother’s day dress, and I have good news!  Right now, it is marked down to just $43!!

I love the fun print, and the fit is just so cute! I think it fits true to size, and I plan on wearing it all summer long. 🙂

All the Bulk Items

Also, I am totally laughing at this last favorite, but moms with big families….I know you feel me.

About 3 months ago, I was checking out at the grocery store.  The sweet, older lady who was helping me looked at my items and said “Sweetheart, why are you buying five boxes of cereal at the grocery store?  That is what they make Sam’s Club for.”  I laughed with her, but she was absolutely right.  Somehow, we crossed over from being a home of having kids who never eat anything…to a house where the kids eat everything that might not poison them.  😉  So, I took that sweet lady’s advice to heart, and I have been stocking up on all the bulk items since then!  I had been so stressed about trying to keep up with their stomachs with the countless Grocery Store runs, but now I make so many fewer grocery trips!  So, yes, give me all the bulk food, people!  This has made my life so much easier. 😉

Happy Friday, friends!!  Don’t forget to blog about your favorites and link up below!! Have a great weekend! XOXO Narci

What’s going on

Hey, y’all!  Happy Thursday from me to you!   There’s all kinds of fun stuff going on around these parts!

We’ve had lots of sweet guests in the studio lately!

And Miss Presley had her big volleyball tournament last weekend!

First place never felt so good for these cute girls.  😉

We’ve been practicing for the talent show

and even had the class pet Owl for the weekend.  

We celebrated Mother’s Day with a special brunch at the Pantry

And, I got the sweetest hugs from my crew…

followed by swimming and grilling.  Our favorite summer activities:)

and, I totally fell in love when doing the engagement shoot for this couple.  They were THIS CUTE the whole session long. 🙂

We’ve had our happy morning pictures

sweet times at the bus stop

and snuggle story time way past our bed times.  Summer can’t come soon enough for this crew!   We are ready!

   Have a great day friends!  Tomorrow is Friday Favorites, and I can’t wait! XOXO Narci

Three Things

Hey y’all! My friend Andrea does posts where she shares three things about each of the people in her family! I always love reading through those posts plus I think it will be all fun to look back on as our kiddos get older. So here are three things about each of us. Hope you enjoy. 🙂

Presley

1. Presley started playing volleyball this Spring, and she is loving it!   She’s still taking and really enjoying cheer/tumbling, too!  And, honestly, this girl loves just about anything that she tries. I am just thrilled that Presley has picked two indoor sports for the time being!   😉  I’ve sat in a ton of freezing cold weather and burning hot weather for the past 9 years of being a sports mom, so I’m thankful for all of the climate controlled sports that I can manage! 

2. Presley struggled with reading at the beginning of first grade, but we have been working with her teacher and she has made some amazing improvements!   So, she is back on track and doing great!   Out of all three kids, Presley works the hardest and I just know she will be so blessed by that as gets older!  I’m so proud of  for not getting discouraged along the way!  If you have some age-appropriate reading tips or books for her to try this summer…I’d love to hear them!   🙂

3.  My baby is growing up.  XO   She’s still silly, all smiles, and tons of fun, but I see her growing and maturing so much this school year!   She’s not a baby anymore!  Also, she’s losing teeth like crazy, and I am completely smitten with her toothless smile. 🙂

Luke

1. Luke is still playing soccer with no plans to give it up anytime soon. 😉  He says that he’s going to be a professional player some day, but, in the meantime we are loving watching him play his little heart out on the u9/u10 field!   Luke is super thoughtful and coachable, and we are the most proud of the way he treats his teammates and the way he approaches the game!  The big plays are just an extra bonus. 😉

2.   Luke is really excelling at school and continuing to do great.  It’s hard to believe that he’s the same boy that struggled during his first go at Kindergarten.  He’s super quick… and so smart and intuitive!  Luke is excited to move on to 3rd grade, because he says that the math is harder there.  So, there you go. 😉

3.  Luke is currently addicted to his fidget spinner which means that I haven’t seen (or HEARD) him flip a water bottle  in the two weeks since Amazon Prime delivered that blessed piece of plastic.  I don’t know who invented this contraption, but thank YOU from the bottom of this mama’s heart. Haha! 

Jackson

1. Ah, my big boy!  He’s finishing up his 8th grade year just fine!   They are building robots and going to mock trial competitions and enjoying being the top dogs at the school for just a bit longer!  This boy heads of to High School and has so much more fun ahead of him these next four years.

2.  Jackson is wrapping up baseball season and starting up football training for the Fall.  Y’all know that high school football is near and dear to this Texas girl’s heart, so my plans are to thoroughly enjoy the experience for as long he chooses to play.  So prepare yourself for a million Friday Night Light’s posts while I channel my best Tami Taylor….I just can’t help it y’all. 😉 (#TexasForever) What a fun thing to watch your boy do!

3.  Jackson is the best big brother to his siblings, and I love watching that grow as he gets older.  He is wise, patient, laid back, and sweet…and it totally cracks me up when he uses the love and logic on them that I used to use on him at the same age.  All three of them have their “moments”, but Jackson is so gracious and silly with them.  🙂 

Rob and Narci

1. If you need us, we are the ones that are carpooling our kids from here to there.  This Spring is the first time that we’ve REALLY understood what it was like to have three busy active kids.  We thought we understood this a few years ago when they all started having activities, but we didn’t. 😉 It turns out that they get busier as they get older.  Who knew? 😉 Anyway, we don’t mind the shuttling, but if you need us….that’s what we are doing…taking one of these cute kids somewhere.

2.  We are starting to watch 13 reasons why (finally) tonight!  I will keep you posted on what I think!   Thank you for all your thoughts on the subject!  They were so helpful!  Also, Bloodline is coming back with their next season in a few weeks, so that is up next in our Netflix queue! 

3.  We are planning on taking a trip for our anniversary next Spring!  Where should we go?  We haven’t been anywhere since before Jackson was born (Crazy!  I know!), so I feel like it needs to be somewhere really fun!  Give me your ideas!   I can’t wait to hear them!

There we go! Hope you enjoyed our three things! Happy Wednesday, y’all!! Xoxo 

Tuesday Talk

Hey, y’all! Today, I am linking up with the sweetest girls,Ashley and Erika, for their  link-up “Tuesday Talk!”

This week, I am talking all about our summer essentials!   These are the things that I love to have on hand when summertime hits!

Sun Hat

A good sun hat is so important to keep those rays off your face, and I LOVE this hat!

  It’s a little different than your normal light brown one and has a great shape!

A Straw Tote

Also, a cute tote just makes you feel a little more festive for the summer, and there are some really cute options out there this summer!

I am all about the cute poms on this tote!

And, I love the navy stripes on this one!

Seawag Phone Case

I picked up this case when went on our Disney Cruise this Spring, and it has not disappointed!

I’ll have my phone and my credit card in there all summer long as we hop from one pool to the next!

Quality Flip Flops

So, I love buying an inexpensive pair of flip flops, but I noticed that they were completely worn out in about a month!   Since summer lasts a good three months or more here, I prefer a pair that will last me much longer than that!  These flip flops are great quality and super cute as well!

A good sunscreen

If you have fair or sensitive skin this seems to be a great option!

If you have a recommendation for a great natural sunscreen, I am all ears too!

Oils for Bug Bites

And, finally, these two oils were life savers for me last summer!

I get chiggers and poison ivy all summer long, and they are so helpful in treating both!

What are your summer essentials?  Leave your recommendations in the comments!   Happy Tuesday, y’all!! XOXO Narci