Friday Favorites

Hey, y’all!! It’s Friday, and we are hosting Friday Favorites with my girls, Erika and Andrea!  Woohoo!  My favorites are all over the place this week!

One of my girls sent this to me this week, and I had to laugh!
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People, this is true.  If I order decaf, please feel free to contact 911 on my behalf!

Speaking of my girls, one of my favorite girls, Sheaffer, is recapping The Bachelor!   If you aren’t reading Sheaffer’s recaps, then you need to hop on over their right now!

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 Presley was home sick this week, so when she was on the mend we decided to make Valentine’s cookies!

That girl loves to be in the kitchen!

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I picked up a bunch of CUTE Valentine’s baking supplies and goodies at Walmart last week!  If you need to replenish your supply, go check it out!
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I let the kids frost and decorate the cookies.  They weren’t picture perfect, but they had SO much fun!!!img_7233

Also, this gorgeous shot of some of my FAVORITE Stella and Dot jewels popped up on my Instagram.  Yes ma’am!

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The Spring Line is so fresh and pretty!  You girls are going to love it!

 On deck this weekend: we have soccer, a birthday party, work for me…..PLUS a fun girls’ night is happening Saturday night!   I can’t wait!   Happy Friday, y’all!! XOXO N

 

Home Series :)

Hey, y’all!  It’s time for one of my favorite features!  Each month, we talk home decor and my favorite finds for our homes during our Grace and Love Blog Home series! 🙂 This month, I am sharing my inspiration for one of my favorite spaces in our house!  We are just about to get started on this project, and I thought it would be fun to show the before!

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When we built our house 16 months ago, we built it through a semi-custom builder which means that some of our more custom design ideas just weren’t possible.  So, I tried to make sure that the bones of our design choices were solid…but  I knew I wanted something fun in this Hallway downstairs.img_6928

Last week, I was scrolling Pinterest, and inspiration struck!   Helllloooo Shiplap. 😉

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I am a huge fan of using leading lines in my decorating, and Shiplap satisfies my need for ALL THE CLEAN LINES. 5f6ae4246e0766bc2e82a05b1bed9d28
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You should know that I fought for this tile in our laundry room while we were building and the builder nixed it.  I am still a little bitter about this.  haha!  But, seriously, doesn’t this shiplap make this space so interesting? 🙂00370a252edafce48efceda9b9d9cef7 9578dd8bfc15e090f4fdcbc371e30081

All of our projects so far have been DIY, and I am thinking we will take this one on together too!  And, by together, I mean…I will come up with the idea and pick the paint color for the shiplap.  And, Rob will measure and make sure that it actually looks good. 😉 #Iamallabouttheideas #Heisallabouttheexecution
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If you need some inspiration of your own, check out our home pinspiration series that we featured while we were building!

We talked kitchens (a few times)

master bedrooms

dining rooms

fireplaces

 light fixtures

outdoor spaces

paint colors

powder bathrooms

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and entry ways!

Updates coming soon to this project! Happy Thursday, y’all!!  See you here tomorrow for Friday Favorites! XOXO N

What I’m watching!

Well, it’s hard to believe that just a handful years ago, this was me. Netflix?  I’d never heard of it!th-15

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Lately, I’ve been watching the following, but I am in need of your recommendations for what to watch next!  In the past few months, I’ve picked up The Crown, Fuller House (seasons 1 and 2), the Gilmore Girls (again!), and approximately 1 billion Hallmark and Christmas movies.  (because ‘Tis the Season!)

 What are you watching right now?  Leave your favorite Netflix shows in the comments….I can’t wait to check them out!!  Happy Wednesday, y’all!! XOXO N

Weekend Wrap-Up

Hey, y’all!!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Ours was quiet and pretty much perfect!   On Friday, I spent the day working at the computer.  How can I complain, when I am staring at sweetness like this? 🙂 img_7154

Presley,and I had fun looking through the new Stella and Dot line when she got home.   This girl is getting so big, and she loved checking out all the pretties with me!img_7160

On Saturday, I had a sweet newborn and 6 month old session come to the studio, but we spent the night cozying up, watching football, and grilling steaks together!img_7188

On Sunday, we did church and more football.  (Oh, Cowboys.) But, on Monday, the kids and I had a fun little adventure in Dallas.  I took them to one of my favorite Burger Places from when I was their age.  Burger House is across the street from the SMU campus, and the kids loved checking it out!   img_7191

Afterwards, we drove through the campus, and then strolled through the George W. Bush Library!
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I really had no idea about what to expect, but this Library and Museum was so neat!   There was an exact replica of President Bush’s oval office
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And, a ton of interactive exhibits that the kids loved!img_7206

I should add that the 9/11 portion of the museum was simply amazing.  It was powerful and such a moving tribute.  img_7207

There was even a little section about the Presidential Dogs, which these two loved!img_7213

We picked up ice cream on the way home and played outside until dinnertime.  The perfect ending to a long weekend!
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So thankful for these days with our babes!   What a blessing!!  Happy Tuesday, y’all!! XOXO N

Cold Weather Fun

Hey, y’all!! Today is a school holiday for my kiddos, so we are off to have some fun!! Here are a few things that caught my eye this weekend!!  I love sharing fun things with you!

So, these boots are gorgeous!   They make me want to live somewhere cold!

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And, these Uggs are SO pretty, and they are on MAJOR SALE!!

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Nothing makes my feet cozier than my Uggs on a cold day!

Also, J. Crew and New Balance are doing a fun line together, and I am loving what I am seeing!  Yes!

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And, finally, I ordered this jacket in wine and black, and it is on super sale now as well!!  I love the neck, and it is super flattering!  Love!

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So many cute and cozy options for these cold, winter months!   Cue the fire and hot cocoa, we are set for winter days!  Happy Monday, y’all!! XOXO N

 

Friday Favorites

Hey, y’all!! We are hosting Friday Favorites with my girls, Erika and Andrea! I don’t know about you, but I am ready for the THREE DAY weekend!  Woohoo!

I have all kinds of exciting things to share with you, so let’s get started! Here are  my favorites from this week!

Texas Sunrise

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I never grow tired of my early morning view out the bedroom windows! God is such an artist! 

Magnolia Story  

One of my awesome readers reminded me that I hadn’t read this book yet!  Considering that I am such a big fan, I don’t know what took me so long!gallery-1476895177-magnoliastorycover-copy

I picked it up on Wednesday night, and it is really cute so far!   If you need a good read, check it out!!

A top for girls night!

I have a fun Girls Night coming up, and I came across this little top while looking for something to wear!

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I ordered it, and it should be here on Monday…So, I will let you know what I think!!   Right now, it’s on sale for $32!!  That is a STEAL, so I can’t wait to try it out!!

Stella Spring is here! 

My first shipment of Stella and Dot Spring came this week, and oh this Tassel necklace!!
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Navy top sold out-jeans here

You know a necklace is a winner when you wear it two days in a row. 🙂

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So pretty!  Later today, I’ll be receiving the rest of the line, and I will be over on Instagram stories showing it up close and personal!   Hop on over to my Instagram so you can check it out too!

Carpool Book Club LINK-UP!

And, finally, I am so excited to announce that we will be making our Carpool Book Club a link-up in 2017! Woohoo!

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On the last Thursday of every month (beginning on January 26), we will share what we’ve read that month!   These are the books that we read as busy women on the go!   Between taking care of babies, dance class, soccer practice, work and more!  Won’t it be great to see what everyone is reading?  We’ll be getting a new graphic that I will share soon, and we are going to have so much fun!!

Happy Friday, friends!!  Don’t forget to post about YOUR favorites and link up below!  XOXO N

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Winter:  It’s the time of the year for yummy dips and appetizers, and I couldn’t be happier about it!  Playoff football and the Super Bowl are the perfect opportunity to break out this favorite recipe of mine!  If you need me on Super Bowl Sunday, I’ll be the girl with a plate full of dips and enjoying every single minute!

I serve this as a dip with tortilla chips, french baguette slices or even as sandwiches on Hawaiian Buns. 🙂  The possibilities are endless!  Enjoy!

Ingredients

2 packages (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

2 cans (10 ounces) chunk white chicken, drained

1 cup buffalo wing sauce

1 cup ranch salad dressing

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm. Mix in half of the shredded cheese, and transfer the mixture to a glass pie pan. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted. 🙂

Enjoy! Happy Monday! Xoxo Narci

Workin’ It Wednesday: Goals

Hey, y’all!! It’s Wednesday, and I am so happy to be linking up with two of my girls, Shay and Erika, for their NEW LINK-UP….Workin’ It Wednesdays!!  workin-it-wednesdays

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 plug into this set of topics!
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Today, we are sharing our New Year’s goals!  And, honestly, I have a list of really boring goals, but they all center around my word for 2017!

My goal for 2017 is to be a girl who ACTS when God stirs and who OBEYS when convicted.  Not just about the big exciting things…but also, for the small things that I might otherwise be too distracted for, like: taking time out of my day to make more phone calls to those I care about, going out of my way to love on the people who need it, and being more intentional about filling my cup so I am able to fill up others… My goal  is to not let these potential ACTions pass by just as good intentions.  I don’t know about you, but it is so easy to get wrapped up in our everyday routine!   I am looking forward to deviating a little and acting on the perfect moments that God puts in front of us to be his Hands and feet if we are looking hard enough!

Also, I reaaaaally think that this will be the year that Joanna Gaines and I become besties. 😉 hahaha.

Just kidding, of course!  JOANNA: IF YOU ARE READING THIS, CALL ME #shiplapforever

Thanks for the link up, friends!! Happy Wednesday!! XOXO Narci

Let’s Talk About it Tuesday

So, I don’t know about y’all, but I love getting tips and tricks from my girlfriends about the latest things going around!!  Each month, we do just that here for our “Let’s Talk about it Tuesday!”!

It’s cold a flu season, and we are ramping up our essential oil usage because of it!   Today, I am talking about some of the OILY tips that get us through these months!  Let’s go!

Cough 

Over Christmas Break, I had Strep throat and an ugly case of Bronchitis, and this combo saved me!!

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I did this every single night, and it calmed my cough even more than the super strong cough medicine that the doctor provided.  I was shocked!

Stomach Aches

Looking for something to help with the stomach bug that is going around?  We tried these two!a1648460f3b18e32a451d49c948fb875

I didn’t really notice a difference on the Digize, and the smell was TOO STRONG for my weak stomach, but it’s always worth trying!  🙂  Maybe you will have better results!

Preventative

How about a preventative combination for diffusing? I love this as an everyday mixture to diffuse during cold and flu season!b8d5a63154f2b0826c865aff1c0b96e2

What I want to try next

I didn’t have any Eucalyptus on hand, but it was something that was recommended via multiple sources!  Love seeing the different uses for the different types of Eucalyptus!   I just ordered this to keep in my stash!52173ffda60de0f57902c211b4d23b42

Another natural remedy

And, finally, if you do end up getting the Flu, I LOVE this natural remedy!
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Between this and Tamiflu, this can seriously cut down on the time that you are recovering!   We’ve used this with our whole family with great results! As a note: With this and any other natural remedies, you should always do your research on the product and make sure it is a good choice for your family. 

Do you have any tips for getting oily or other natural remedies during Cold and Flu season?  Leave them in the comments!!  Happy Tuesday, friends! XOXO Narci

Weekend Wrap-Up

Hey, y’all!!  I hope you are doing well!  It was a cold and cozy weekend here at the Dreffs’ house!

On Friday morning, it was a frigid 15 degrees here in Texas…and some of us were happy to wear all the layers, and some of us weren’t.  😉img_7004

After school, the kids got a super FUN surprise!!! SNOW!!
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I mean, it’s was just flurries.   But, when you live in Texas…you celebrate anything white that falls from the sky!  These two managed to play for a solid hour in the tiny amount that accumulated in our flower beds. 🙂img_7025

The next day, we continued the winter fun with ice skatingimg_7050

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and lots of cozy book reading.  img_7057

Are you reading this book?  My girl, Shay, named it her favorite book for 2016, and it really is THAT good!  Shay knows great books, and this one does NOT disappoint! 🙂
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In other news, my high school reunion is coming up this year, and someone posted this on Facebook on Saturday!   Each year, the Plano Senior High graduating class spells out the word PLANO for a class picture.  They year I graduated, the senior class was 1592 people!  I’m the brunette in the bottom part of the N with the Jennifer Aniston haircut/layers.  😉
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On Sunday morning, we were getting ready church…and I came across this!

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Y’all!! I almost had heart failure, because I vaguely remembered saving this VHS tape from my childhood!!  That’s a black diamond, 1992 release of Beauty and the Beast, people!

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It turns out that the article was just a hoax, but for a hot minute we thought we were sitting on GOLD.  I guess we can kiss early retirement goodbye! hahaha!

After church, we picked up a new joke bookimg_7074

and did a little Sunday afternoon twirling.img_7082

Perfect, sweet weekend!   I wouldn’t have it any other way!img_7086

Happy Monday, friends!! XOXO Narci