Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Hey, y’all!! It’s Friday, and we are hosting Friday Favorites with my girls, Erika and Andrea!  I have a sweet little list of favorites this week!  Let’s get started!

These two kids were feeling pretty great on Wednesday! The heat went out at their school, so they got to come home early!

We’ve been over here enjoying this soundtrack. Have you seen this movie yet! I know it sounds crazy, but I want to go back and see it again. Who’s in? Haha!

During the Fall and Spring, our world usually revolves around the boys’ sports with Presley tagging along, but this Winter Presley is enjoying the spotlight a bit! First, Ballet and then she got to dance at church on Sunday.

It’s so neat to see her try some new things and love them!

We’ve been playing outside when we can….

And snuggling together during the cold weather like it’s our job.

These are the days, am I right? ❤️

Oh, and guess what? I’ll be hosting a fun little Stella and Dot giveaway over on Instagram! Hop on over there if you’d like a chance to win some jewelry!

Happy Friday, y’all!! We will see you back here on Monday! Xoxo narci

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So, I posted this on my Instagram this week, and we all had to laugh about #theSouth in the Wintertime….

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I posted this, because I really did run to the store when it looked like snow might be heading our way overnight.  Because I love a good panic moment, I bought water, bread, milk (people, we don’t even drink that much milk!), 2 packs of cards (in case the power went out and we needed a distraction), and sour gummy worms (duh!).  We were prepared for whatever came our way, y’all.  haha!  This Texas girl simply doesn’t do inclement weather well.  Go ahead and blame it on my roots.  ;).

Happy Thursday, y’all! XOXO Narci

 

What I’m Wearing Wednesday

 With the Holidays, I didn’t have as much time to link up source details for my outfits!  So, here are all your fashion questions answered and what I’ve been wearing lately!

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This cold-shoulder sweater is sold out, but you should definitely check out all of the rest of the BP sweaters this season!   There are so many cute ones! :). BP really knocked it out of the park with their sweaters this winter!img_4423

IF I had to name an MVP for this season, it would be this cozy sweatshirt.   Since I work from home, this sweatshirt is on repeat over here.  I love it!img_4383

Another one that I am loving is this fleece turtleneck!img_4347

I am still a big fan of this amazing pullover!   I am wearing it just as I type this!   I love it styled as pictured above, but I think it is darling with leather leggings and booties also!

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A few of you asked about this turtleneck sweater, and it’s another cute one!  I think my color is sold out, but it comes in 3 other colors!!img_4228

My pajamas that I’ve shown are all sold out, but I want to share my favorite little secret when it comes to jammies!   Old Navy has the cutest prints, and they are all a great price!  I love this style, these, and these!img_3994

On Christmas Eve, I wore this green dress, these over these knee boots, and this coat!img_3979

I picked up this City coat in December, and I get so many compliments on it!img_3741-1img_4326

And, I am loving this beanie and my new grey Uggs!  These go with everything!img_4723

A few of you asked about my camera bag, and you can find it here!

Happy Wednesday, friends!!  Remember, I’ll just be sharing something fun tomorrow since it’s Thursday and back here on Friday for our Favorites!   Happy Wednesday, y’all! XOXO Narci

Tuesday Talk: Q & A, Part 1

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

Each month, we link up and discuss a different topic! This month I am answering some of your questions from our survey last week!  If I didn’t answer your question today, no worries!   I will be having several installments of our Q & A coming up!

1.  Where did you grow up?

I am a Texas girl, born and raised in the Dallas-area.  We moved around inside of Dallas during my younger years and then settled into the suburbs when I was in the 2nd grade.  🙂  I graduated from Plano Senior High School (Go Wildcats!!) where I spent most of my time flirting with the boys in my class instead of actually studying. ;). Somehow, I managed to do well in my classes despite the distractions which proves that I’ve always loved to multitask my time, I guess.  Or that I got really lucky. ha!

2.  Can you share pictures of your wedding in Vegas?

If you are new here, Rob and I got married at the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas.  It turns out that since it’s a castle themed hotel, Merlin the magician does the officiating at these ceremonies.  For the longest time, Rob and I couldn’t agree on whether or not Merlin wore a hat or not when he married us…so when I came across our wedding pictures several years ago and realized he was right…I did what any good wife would do…I photoshopped in a hat and texted it to him as proof that I’m always right.  😉

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And, can we all agree that Robert Dreffs was GOING IN FOR THE KISS on this picture. Oh my stars, this all still makes me laugh!

3.    How do you manage all of your kids activities and still stay sane?  Are the kids allowed to play as many sports as they want?  How do you handle that?

This is a great question!   When the kids were younger, Robert travelled for weeks at a time, so I was often the only one available to cart Jackson to practices, games, and such with a baby and toddler in hand!   So, we made a rule early on that each child was only allowed one sport at a time.  🙂 Since Rob works out of Dallas now, we’ve relaxed on this a bit here recently…Last season, we let Presley play volleyball and cheer for a little flag football team, Luke plays on two soccer teams, and Jackson plays football and the violin in his school orchestra which are two huge time commitments….We are a busy family, but we are very protective of our nights off and Sunday mornings…there are many times that we turn down extra sports, social invites and couple nights because we know we need those quiet moments as a family to just BE and to worship God.

4.  Where’s Dixie? 😉

I love that you guys want to know about our Dixie girl!  She’s still here and happy as a clam!

She’s always part of whatever the kids are doing and in the mix of our family. She’s part yorkie and is super BUSY, but she’s turning 2 next month…and we are noticing that she’s finally outgrowing that crazy puppy stage.  So, hopefully, we’ll have some more Dixie pictures in the future. 😉 I’ll try to remember to do this more often!

5.  What do you eat?  How do you stay so fit?!

I tend to stay away from processed foods…artificial sweeteners give me migraines, so that means no soda either…and I have a dairy sensitivity (I can’t stop Queso and shredded cheese on occasion though. haha!)

I eat tons of salads for lunch, avocados, and I always try to eat a lot of protein-rich foods.  Naturally, my diet is fairly healthy, so when I choose to eat my entire weight in chips and dip at a Mexican restaurant, it all evens out, I guess.  😉

As I’ve mentioned before, working out is not my favorite…so I drag myself to a great cardio and strength training class with my girlfriends twice a week and stay pretty active during the day which I am sure helps as well!

6.  What did you do before you became a mom?

I worked in Development (fundraising) for a non-profit in the Dallas area! I loved this job so much, but it was hard as I would regularly transition from my normal 8-5 hours to different events and meetings with donors at least 3-4 nights per week.  And, this left for very little time at home.  :). So, we decided that I would stay at home when Jackson was born.

7.  How do you combat feelings of jealousy with other women?

I know this is such a hard area for women!   So, on this topic, I try and operate from a place of gratefulness (for my family, for my husband, for our circumstances…however perfect or imperfect they are at the moment)…But mostly…I have learned to be content in my relationship with God….and not in what I have in comparison to other women.    This right here is a game changer in the age of social media, I promise!

Also, I think it’s really important to surround yourself with the kind of women who are encouragers for you and aren’t manipulative or duplicitous in this area…..I am so thankful for the great group of women that I am friends with!

8.  Where do you like to buy your furniture, home decor, and other home knickknacks?

Most of our furniture and decor comes from Pottery Barn, Weirs, Wayfair, and Home Goods.  🙂

9.  Will you talk more about Parenting teens?  I feel so alone in this stage of life!

I am praying through this question, and I am not sure!   Part of me knows how hard this stage can be, but I am also very careful about maintaining privacy for my kids….plus I certainly don’t consider myself an expert.  For now, I think I will just be including little tidbits here and there when something works well for us.  🙂 I will keep you posted on this!

10.  What made you pick Ole Miss?    Would you want your kids to go there?

This decision all started very randomly,  but a high school classmate told me about Ole Miss!   I was already admitted and planning on attending SMU in Dallas, so we went to visit on a whim.  Needless to say, I fell in love with Ole Miss on that first visit , and then I received an academic scholarship to attend there after I applied! So my heart went off to Oxford, MS and never looked back!   I always say that I got a degree in Finance AND a degree in the Southeast while I was there.  😉  I love my Ole Miss family so much!

My hope for each of our kids is for them to follow God’s plan for them, so who knows where they will end up!   Jackson says he wants go somewhere warm (and probably in Texas), Luke is set on Michigan if he doesn’t go pro right after high school (His words. haha!), and Presley fell HARD for Ole Miss when we took her there last Fall.  But anything could happen with those three, and I am excited to watch THEIR future unfold!

11.  What time do you wake up and go to bed?  How do you stay consistent?

For the past year I’ve been waking up at 5:30, and it’s been really good for me!  I go to bed around 9:30 pm.  🙂 This allows me to get the rest that my body needs plus have time for my quiet time and such before the kids get up.  If I don’t take care of myself in this way, then my days usually don’t go as well….this makes it easier for me to keep it consistent. 🙂

12.  Was having toddlers easy for you?  I’ve been following you since your kids were little, and you make it look so easy!

I really enjoyed having babies and toddlers, but I remember how physically exhausting that stage of life can be!   When you have small kiddos, you are with them all the time, so doing things like signing up for a Bible Study with childcare or attending a gym are great ways to break up your week and take care of your spiritual and physical needs.

13.  Where’s your favorite place to vacation with your family?  Our favorite place to visit is the Destin, FL area!  We’ve been going since Jackson was a baby!   I just scheduled our trip this summer, and we are going to be staying on 30A just outside of Destin this time.  I can’t wait!

14.  How do you monitor electronic devices for your kids? I think we are in the minority here…our kids don’t have a lot of access to electronics.  (We’ve heard that we are terribly uncool because of this, though, so no worries. haha!). We allow cell phones with no data in middle school and then add in data in high school with restrictions.  iPad time is earned and it doesn’t happen every day in our house.   We have video games, but they maybe play them once a week?  I really have no idea if this is normal, but we felt that this was the right decision for our family… If you have great tips on this, I would love to hear them!

15.  What’s your favorite Devotional or Bible Study?  Hands Down, Fervent by Priscilla Shirer.  This one rocked my world in the best way!  If you haven’t read it yet, pick it up today!   It’s that good!

Okay, I feel like we covered a lot today!  I hope you guys loved reading a bit more about our little world!  Thank you for all your great questions!  I can’t wait to answer them all! Happy Tuesday, friends! XOXO Narci

Photo 101: What’s in my Camera Bag

Happy Monday, friends!!   I hope you had the best weekend!   We had a quiet weekend over here at the Dreffs’ house!   It was perfection!

Today is our awesome monthly feature, Photo 101, which is all about photography!  It has been a big hit with you guys, and I am so happy to be answering your photo-related questions again and sharing a few tips along the way!!     Each month, we will talk about various topics.  So far, we’ve discussed:

taking great pictures with your iPhone

where to print you images

photo storage

 being a mom with a camera

composing your images

editing workflow

photographing small children

and planning outfits for family pictures

And, this month, I am sharing about what’s in my camera bag!    Because, I know you guys are curious…I am sharing the camera that I started out with, the one I bought when I wanted to upgrade several years ago, and the one that I ordered recently!  Woohoo!

Camera Bag: Kelly Moore Bag

I just love this bag so much!   It’s pretty, and super functional with several pockets on the inside!

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Canon Rebel: My first DSLR and a great Entry Level option!

This camera is an excellent option if you are interested in a beginner DSLR!   This was my first camera to learn photography on!

71k-ziW-knL._SX522_It is a intuitive camera and great for snapping great shots of your kids. Also, this camera is super popular, so there are tons of tutorials on the internet and youtube!  My sweet kiddos spent a lot of time in front of this little camera! :).

Nikon D750: Great Mid-Level Camera

So, a few years after I bought my first camera, I decided to invest is a more Complex camera! I bought a version of this camera all those years ago, and it is still hanging tough today!  It’s a great option if you are considering diving a little deeper into the technical side of shooting!  Once you really get the hang of shooting manual, many photographers find themselves wanting a slightly more sophisticated camera. This for the bill perfectly!

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Nikon D850

So, my current camera is about 7 years old, so I decided last Fall that it was time to upgrade!   I’ve been on the backorder list for this camera since November!   It’s just basically a newer version of my current camera, but I am super pumped about the option of being able to take videos and a few other bells and whistles!

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My favorite lenses

Wondering what lenses I carry around? My favorite lenses are this 50 mm lens…

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UnknownSo, there you go!  That’s what is in my camera bag!  Tomorrow, we are back with our very first Q and A post!  I am answering YOUR questions from our survey tomorrow! It should be a blast! XOXO Narci

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Hey, y’all!! It’s Friday, and we are hosting Friday Favorites with my girls, Erika and Andrea!  I have a sweet little list of favorites, just our every day fun this week!  Let’s get started!

I saw this during my quiet time, and I just loved reading this!

In case you were curious, I am doing this devotional right now!

Miss Presley has been asking to take a ballet class for a few months now, so she started this week and was in PURE HEAVEN.

I loved watching her do her thing!   Ballet was a big hit for this girl! 

This boy made my mama heart happy  all decked out in his Ole Miss gear this week!   He is definitely a favorite!

My favorite also: our family playoff bracket.  It’s getting pretty heated up in the Dreffs house!  We are a competitive group, but Presley is in 1st place!   She picked her bracket based on the mascots! 😉

The kids went back to School this week.  After a few weeks of vacation, a little structure was our favorite!

and we’ve been getting into our normal groove with Volleyball

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and I’ve been using my favorite vacuum cleaner

I surprised the kids with tickets to see the Greatest Showman!   Oh my gosh!   We LOVED this movie!

We downloaded the soundtrack, and it is amazing!  I think this is our favorite movie of the year!

Happy Friday, friends!   If you need me this weekend, I will be at the volleyball and soccer courts and snuggling with our cute crew during a cold winter weekend!  Sounds pretty much perfect! XOXO Narci

New Posting Schedule :)

Hey, y’all!!  Today, I am announcing our new posting schedule, and I am so excited!!

FullSizeRender So, I will be posting all of my official posts on these days!  Woohoo!

If you are a creature of habit like me, no worries…I will still be here on Thursdays, but I will be cutting a little loose on these days….sharing different memes, GIFs, or videos that I see during the week.  Just something fun to get us through Thursdays and back to our normal gig on Friday!   I hope you love our new format!

And, here’s our video for this Thursday! I hope you love this sweet story as much as I did! XOXO Narci

How We Wednesdays

Hey, y’all!!  Today, I am linking up with Shay and Erika for their fun monthly link-up “How We” Wednesdays!

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Each month, we share all about how we handle different areas of our life.  I am excited to dive into these different topics!

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Truth be told: I am a busy girl….I manage three precious kiddos, their commitments, a photography business, this blog, a fun Stella and Dot gig, and much more.   I can’t wait to share what’s worked for our little family and read about your awesome tips, too.   My best ideas always come from my friends, so I am excited to hear what you have to say as well!

Today, we are talking about how we do New Years’ resolutions, goals, and such.  And, let’s be real…January is a popular time to be setting goals, so this couldn’t be better timing!

I tend to not set overly dramatic resolutions, but I do love setting goals!  This year, I decided to do things a little differently!  Like normal, I divided my goals into work, personal, and family.  I think the work ones are a little boring, but I’ll list my main one here just in case photography is your thing.  If not, you can skim past this part. 😉

Work Goals

-Offer online photography class–people have been asking me to do this forever, and this is the year that it will finally happen!    I am so excited about teaching new camera users a few things about their cameras!  If you are interested, stay tuned for details on that. 🙂

Personal Goals

I haven’t really talked about this here (or anywhere else for that matter), but I have a small confession to make.  Since I shared my testimony in front of a large group last March, I have had some offers to share it again or just speak in general…mainly from other churches and such.  And, I have said no to everything, because #extremestagefright and also because I just wasn’t sure that I was meant to share my story again (or really share much of anything again!)….but God has been working on my heart…So, I’ve gone ahead and said yes to a few requests for 2018 that I felt called to….  I seriously broke out in a NERVOUS SWEAT just typing that, but I know that He will work out the details of all those opportunities.  He is in the business of taking messy people like me and shining His Glory through their fumbling ways…I am resting on that promise for this one, people. ;). If I don’t delete this paragraph and cancel those speaking opportunities by the time this posts, then you will know that Satan didn’t win for today.  haha.

 Family Goals

For our family, we decided to do something completely different and create a Monthly Bucket List with simple and fun things to make us more intentional about spending time together. I feel like it’s so hard to move from saying you want to be more intentional…to actually being more intentional.  So, that’s how we decided to do the Monthly Bucket List. 🙂 Each month only has one item, because we are busy by nature and I want to keep this fun and easy for our crew.  Some of these bucket list items are serving-centered, some are just plain fun, and some are a little bit silly!   We’ve already planned it all out, and here’s what we have!

January

Clean out drawers, closets, toys, and anything that collects extra stuff! SIMPLIFY. I am thinking this will take all month to accomplish! 🙂

We felt like this one was kind of lame (even though sorely needed), so we decided to add this is as well….

 Have a spontaneous Family adventure!

I’ll be talking about  both though!

February

Set up and Operate a Hot Cocoa Stand.

March

Visit a city  that you’ve never been to.  🙂

April

Take a treat to the Police or Fire Station

May

Living Room Campout!

June

Go for a Family Bike Ride

July

Go Berry Picking

August

Volunteer for Meals on wheels

September

Visit a Farmers Market

October

Have a Nerf Gun War

November

Have a Leaf Fight

December

Go on a Carriage Ride

Each month, I will share about how we do on our Monthly Bucket List.  🙂 I can’t wait to check these off our list and show you how we did it! It’s going to be a great 2018.

I hope you enjoyed a peak into my goals for 2018.   Also, Thanks so much for the fun link up ladies!  Happy Wednesday! XOXO Narci

 

 

Home: Floor Round Up

Hey, y’all!!  I hope you have had a great few weeks!  I have missed all of you so much!  We had a great time with our little family, but we are back in the saddle and ready to get back into the swing of the new year!  Woohoo!  If you filled out our survey yesterday, thank you so much!   Your answers were so helpful!

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So, quite a few of you have been asking for more home posts, so I am going to do my best to work these in here as I can!   One of the number 1 home questions that I get are all about my Floors/Rugs/and Floor Care.  Truth be told, I am a little obsessed with a good rug and keeping my floors clean…so I love that y’all are into this as well!  So, here’s the 411 on where I get my rugs, how I clean my floors, and my favorite floor products to use!  Let’s get started!

Let’s hear it for the rugs!

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We have two kinds of rugs in our house!   The first are the causal rugs in the kitchen/bathrooms/studio and such!img_3230

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I buy all of these rugs at random spots like Target, Home Goods, and Rugs USA.   In my opinion, these rugs are trendy and fun, so I don’t like to spend a ton of money on these!  It’s an easy way to keep your home on trend without breaking bank!  The smaller bathrooms rugs and ones by my kitchen sink tend to wear out quickly so they get replaced a few times a year.  The ones in my kitchen  nook and studio were laid down when we moved in two years ago and still look great!  I bought these two off Rugs USA if you are looking for something like them specifically!

The other kind of rugs that we own are these more Classic Persian rugs!

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These are handwoven and a bigger investment, but I don’t have any plans of changing these ever. ;).  We bought them through a dealer who imports them and is no longer in business.  This style of Persian rug is called Bakhtiari. :). Something you may not know: my dad is from the Middle East, and these rugs were made in the same village where he grew up…I just think it’s neat to have these in our home…not only because they are beautiful, but they tell a story as well. 🙂

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My favorite floor cleaning products and tools…

A lot of you ask how we keep our floors clean, and I am going to tell you that a lot of it is that we are careful…we leave our shoes at the door and don’t walk in the house with them…and the kids have been trained from an early age to wipe their feet before they come in (if they were barefoot outside) and just be mindful of the mess they make…Another note:  Speaking of our kids, keeping the house tidy is a family responsibility…the kids help around the house with vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping floors…and sometimes they can earn technology time for doing so.   Mostly, we have them help  with no reward just because they help make the mess…so they can help clean it up also. One of my girlfriends has 5 kids (they are all teens and college/young adult age now), and I always admired how they worked together to get big tasks done quickly when my kids were younger, so I knew I would be implementing that as my kids got older!   All of her kiddos are sweet, responsible, humble, and hardworking now…so I will take all of the advice she can give! haha!

So, anyway…a clean floor makes this girl happy as can be!  So, I have spent a lot of time figuring out which products work best!  So, here’s what we use when we clean our floors!

I feel like I am in the middle of the Rascal Flatts song when I think of this mop.  Dear Casabella microfiber mop, God blessed the broken road of trying one million different mops and led me straight to you.  😉

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It’s a simple microfiber mop that you can wring dry, and I use it on all my floors, but it works best on my hardwoods.  It makes my floors nice and shiny and is pretty much perfect in every day!   I’ve tried all sorts of steam mops and handheld mops, and this one is definitely the best.  The microfiber part is removable, washable, and replaceable.  :).

I use this cleaner  with my mop, because it is safe for the hardwoods and always makes them look nice and shiny!  We do this 2-3 times per week. 🙂

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The real MVP of our floor situation is this vacuum though.  🙂 Here’s the deal…we can be as careful as we want, but with 3 kids and a dog, our floors get dirty all day long…so I pull this cordless vacuum out after each meal, and it is amazing!

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Also, it’s great for stairs, under cabinets, and all those nooks and crannies that other vacuums don’t reach.  The people at Dyson aren’t paying me anything for this review, but they should…because I am president of the Dyson fan club.  If you need a new handheld vacuum and do lots of cleanup throughout your day…this is the one for you.  #passionate

So, there you go!  All your floor questions answered!   Woohoo!  Tomorrow we’re talking resolutions and goals!   I can’t wait!   Happy Tuesday, y’all! XOXO N

 

Tell me What you Want

Who just started singing the Spice Girls song based on that title?  😉 I know I just did!

So, I am over here planning my blog calendar, and I would love to hear from you!   I designed a little survey so you can tell me what you would like to see!  So, grab your coffee  and tell me all your thoughts this morning!   I am all ears!   And, I will be back here for our 2018 FUN tomorrow! XO Narci

You can take the survey by clicking here! XOXO Narci