Tuesday Talk

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

Today, we are talking Netflix, and, ladies, I NEED your help!! To me, Fall means cozy nights at home, and I can’t wait to pick up a new show or movie to watch as Fall settles in! So far, we’ve watched the following:

 Parenthood

Gilmore Girls

Friday Night Lights

Downton Abbey

Bloodline

House of Cards

Hart of Dixie

Gossip Girl

Fuller House

The Incredible Kimmy Schmidt

The Crown

I know there are more, but these are my absolute favorites!  So, friends, tell me YOUR favorite shows (are you a Tim Riggins fan, like myself? haha!), or do you have a new show that I MUST watch.  I am all ears, y’all!!  I always get my best ideas from you!

Thanks in advance!   Happy Tuesday, y’all!  And, thank you for the fun link up, girls! XOXO Narci

 

Advertisements

Weekend Wrap-Up

Hey, y’all!!   It was another busy weekend over here!   I had to laugh when one of my girlfriends sent me this over the weekend.     😉

I know our days won’t always be so crazy and full…so we are just choosing to enjoy the chaos while it lasts. 🙂  

Our weekend was full of lunch dates because it was Friday

Lots of sessions for me…and two girls who were ready for two hot days at the soccer fields. 🙂

Our weekend was for volleyball, and seeing sweet throwback pictures pop up in my feed.

Do you see tiny Luke in his very first soccer game?  He refused to move from his starting position the entire game! haha!

Our weekend included church, a fun night with my Sunday School girls, and a great night coaching these sweet cheerleaders!

Sharing this cheer experience with Presley has been so special!   What a fun memory for us!

Did you see that we did a giveaway on Friday??

I hope so, because are giving away a free engraveable necklace!  I just love mine so much!

And the winner is Shayla Burton .   Congratulations, girl!!

Happy Monday, friends!  I will see you back here tomorrow! XO Narci

Friday Favorites: A Giveaway

Hey, y’all!! It’s Friday, and we are hosting Friday Favorites with my girls, Erika and Andrea!  If you need me this weekend, I’ll be at various ball fields, doing sessions, and having fun with my crew!    So, go ahead and grab your coffee, and let’s get started!

ONE

We are just plugging right along this Fall!   I was culling a sweet newborn session and loved this cute shot when my client’s dog came to check on her little sister. 🙂

img_0324

Those sweet in between shots are my favorites!!

TWO

img_0325

The weather is getting cooler here in the mornings, and we are enjoying the nice weather as we head off the bus stop!  Cooler mornings are definitely a favorite of mine!

THREE

img_0345

Earlier this week, I stopped in to J crew to grab some new church shirts for the boys!   While I was shopping I came across this CUTE top, and the cuffs are just so adorable!   It’s only $26 and will be a cute option this Fall! Love!

FOUR

It’s full steam ahead for our Fall calendar, and I was reminded again of how much I rely on my Erin Condren planner!

img_0377

This is what keeps me heading in the right direction each week!  It won’t be long, and I will be designing my 2018 planner too!

FIVE

What’s my favorite?  Oh, these two sweeties!  They are looking so grown up these days!

img_0323

Also, my favorite?  Jackson is heading to Homecoming next month, and I just love all of the sweet traditions involved! Give me all the mums, football games, and such!   A new tradition with the kids now is that the boys find creative ways to ask the girls…it’s a little more work on this end, but we loved it.  Jackson and I spent an afternoon brainstorming and decided that when in doubt, Donuts are always a good idea. 🙂

img_0371

He is going to have so much fun!

SIX

And, finally, a super fun surprise!  We are doing our fun monthly Stella and Dot Giveaway!

This month, we are giving away one of our bar Engraveable necklaces!  Woohoo!  Here I am wearing mine!!

To enter, just comment below!  Easy peasy!   I’ll announce the winner on Monday! Happy Friday, friends!! Don’t forget to link up below with your favorites! XOXO Narci

Cozy Fall Bread Recipes

Hey, y’all!  Happy September 14th! We’re over here celebrating Fall….football, cooler nights, and pumpkin everything!  On that note, I am sharing my favorite Fall Bread recipes! These are simple recipes with lots of flavor.  Your family will love them for breakfast, as an extra treat in their lunch box, or as an after school snack! Bring it on, Fall!

Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground allspice

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

3 cups white sugar

1 cup canola oil

4 eggs, beaten

2 cups solid pack pumpkin puree

2/3 cup water

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two loaf pans.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and cloves.

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, blend sugar, oil and eggs. Stir in pumpkin. Slowly blend the flour mixture into pumpkin mixture. While blending the mixture add water incrementally. Pour the batter into two prepared loaf pans.

Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 90 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pans.

Banana Bread

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs, beaten

2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Workin’ it Wednesday!

Hey, y’all!!  Happy Wednesday!   Today, I am so happy to be linking up with two of my best girls, Shay and Erika, for their  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!

Today, we are talking about how we transition to Fall with our wardrobes!  We are bringing out the pumpkins, the cozy recipes, and adding a few key pieces to make our wardrobes Fall ready!

I love a good, transitional flat and leopard print is the easiest way to say Fall with one simple change to your outfit!   These leopard print flats have a darling shape, and will be perfect with a dress or jeans!

 

 This suede moto jacket is army green, and is so flipping adorable!  Throw it on with a simple top to transition to cooler weather, and you are ready for Fall.  SO pretty!

Friends, give me all the stripes!  Add stripes into a comfy Fall dress, and I am a big fan!  I love this cute dress…

And, I would totally add this fun scarf as a layer on chillier days!

When I saw these flats, I literally squealed.  Black gingham is not something that works in shirt for me, but these flats are just precious!  If you want a fun flat for Fall or game day, here you go!


Next up, I like to go a bit darker on my denim to transition to Fall, so finding a great pair of dark denim is key!  I love these dark jeans!

and, these grey jeans are the perfect way to bring just about any outfit into Fall!

Bring on the pumpkin spice and cozy nights…we are ready for Fall! What a fun link up, friends!   Happy Wednesday, y’all!! XOXO Narci

Show and Tell Tuesday: What’s in my Bag!

Hey, y’all!  Today, I’m linking up with Andrea for her super fun Show and and tell link up!  Twice a month, we show and tell about certain topics!   Today, is all about what’s in our bag!  I am going to go ahead and tell you to brace yourself for this one! haha!

I am a pretty organized person, but remember how we’d had a busy few weeks in our house?  Let’s just say that my bag became a catch all for the things that have needed a home since Thursday, and it was a big mess!

Here’s my bag yesterday just after lunch!  Seems pretty innocent right?

I want you to know that, in the interest of keeping it real, I just straight up dumped my bag’s contents on the floor…let the chips fall where they may! 😉  We’re all friends here, right? 🙂

Now, I have a pretty strict “No food, no drinks” rule about my bag….but clearly anything else goes.   😉What on Earth!!

I separated all of that mess into piles, and clearly we haven’t passed by many trash cans in the last 6 days!  

My trash pile was large and in charge…receipts, lots of straw wrappers (apparently we are thirsty people), and a church bulletin for good measure.  If Rob is reading this, then he is cringing because unfiled receipts give him an eye twitch.  Thus is the nature of our relationship: he keeps our electricity on and makes sure our receipts are in order….and I bring the fun and make sure the floors get mopped.  It’s a weird opposites attract situation, but we make it work. 😉

After I pulled out the trash, I made two more piles: one of the normal bag items….including sensible things like a wallet, lipgloss, a brush, gum, a pen, keys, my afternoon devotional, and antibacterial.

The sunglasses were not actually in their case, but I feel like I should at least get credit for having the case in my purse. haha. #babysteps

The next pile I made is of my more questionable items 😉  

There’s a pair of tiny rhinestone ice cream earrings that were handed to me during church, a certain teen’s earbuds, random coupons for chicken strips, frozen yogurt, and a Game Stop card that has .53 cents on it.

Let’s not forget about my Medieval Times Purple Towel.  

I find this one to be odd, because of the mere fact that none of my people have actually been to a Medieval Times in years.

Your guess on where this came from is as good as mine, friends.  At least, we can take comfort in the fact that we’re VIP ROYALTY. 😉

Next up is my cheer coaching badge

and two decks of soccer cards.   #boymom

My portable memory card storage from my sessions Sunday night…

and a power cord that Rob handed to me at some point during the weekend.   

I still have no clue what this gives power to, but it looks important so I am putting it somewhere safe just in case. #random

So, there you go! My mom bag was working overtime this weekend! I should start renting space in it for all the things I’m asked to carry! Haha!

Thank you for a fun link up, Andrea! XOXO Narci

Weekend Wrap-Up and More

Happy Monday, y’all!!  If you need me today, I will be working hard to bring the Dreffs’ household back into order after a busy but fun few days.   Since Thursday, we’ve been to 7 games and my Fall sessions have started back up!  These are the crazy days of our Fall!

So, this happened last week and not over the weekend, but I would be remiss if I didn’t spend a few minutes talking about it!  One year ago, we had our last scarf exchange with our precious Manda.  And, oh how we miss our beautiful friend!

Last week, we met for this year’s exchange, and our hearts were all heavy without her!  Going through losing her has been so hard for each of us.  So, it was such a treat when her sweet husband sent one of Manda’s scarves for each of us to have.  What a treasure, and I am certain Manda would have loved this idea!   She wanted nothing more than to make everyone around her smile!  Here we are with Manda’s scarves

And, here we are with the scarves that we exchanged for this year!  I just love these girls so very much.

On Thursday night, we traveled to Justin, TX to watch Jackson play in his 2nd regular season football game!   Jackson looks great out on the field, and I am so proud of all of his hard work!

Transitioning to high school is no joke, but he has handled it all in stride and with such grace!  I sure do love that big boy!

On the way home, we stopped at Bucee’s….And, as Garth would say, you can blame it all on my roots. 😉

On Friday morning, we were all smiles for the weekend!

And, on Saturday, these two were game day ready!

You may remember that I am coaching Presley’s little cheer squad this season!  This is my first time to coach, and, oh my stars, we are having a blast!

I have the cutest squad, and they just beamed  during the entire game! 

When I rounded them up after the game to talk about how it went, I got a little teary!   We’ve been practicing for about a month, and I was just so proud of how hard they had worked and performed!   

On Sunday, we were up bright and early for church and then went directly to Luke’s soccer game about 45 minutes away!  Luke had a great weekend of soccer!  

And, afterwards, I went out to do my sessions… but first I had a very special package waiting on me from the weekend!  

My girl, Shay, is coming out with her new cookbook, Simmers, and oh what a treat it is!  The cookbook is beautiful, easy to read, and full of delicious slow cooker recipes!  I plan on working my way through all of the amazing recipes starting this week.  It is the perfect cookbook for busy mamas, and you can preorder your copy here!

Happy Monday, friends!   I’ll see you back here tomorrow! XOXO Narci

Friday Favorites

Hey, y’all!! It’s Friday, and we are hosting Friday Favorites with my girls, Erika and Andrea!  I have a fun list this week for our favorites!   So, go ahead and grab your coffee, and let’s get started!

ONE

Maybe you saw this announcement earlier this week, too?   It looks like the Royal Family will be adding another baby  to their cute little crew!  We are still Royal Family obsessed over here, so I loved reading all of your messages and emails about this!   You guys share my love for this as well!

TWO

Yesterday, I shared about a day in my life, so hop on over to check that out!  Why is it so fun to take a peek into someone else’s daily routine?  I don’t know about you, but  seeing how people spend their day is definitely a favorite of mine!

THREE

I posted about my FAVORITE camo hat recently (It is perfect for a Fall weekend!), and the link wasn’t working correctly!  If you have been waiting patiently for this hat, you can find it here!

FOUR

I’ve been busy over here working on finalizing my Fall calendar.  It’s going to be a busy season, but I can’t wait!  Due to popular demand, I released a few more dates, so feel free to check that out if you are local!

FIVE

And, finally, on Monday, I posted about my favorite sale shoes, and the sale is still running on these beauties!  Go ahead and catch them while they are still such a deal!

I love this classy option in black

This style also comes in this gorgeous neutral option!  Spoiler alert: These are on their way to live at my house!  🙂

I have these exact boots in Black, and they are on major sale today too!   I bought them a handful of years ago, and they still are in perfect condition!

These classic boots will never go out of style!

Speaking of Tory, these Gold flats are my go to for Fall, and they are on sale as well!

Plus, these heels are giving me all the heart eyes!!  I think they will be adorable with dresses this Fall!  So pretty!  Plus, they are only $45!!And, finally, I love this last peep toe option! They have a slight metallic sheen, and they are so unexpected and fun! 🙂 These would be precious with Jeans or a Dress this fall!

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

A Day in the Life!

Hey, y’all!!  Today, I am sharing a Day in the Life!  This is just a normal Wednesday in our little world!

My alarm woke me up at 5 am on this particular day! 🙂 

Jackson has football early in the morning, so he was off to that shortly after!   We carpool with one of our sweet neighbors for this, and it is such a lifesaver!

After I sent off our big boy, I went into my studio to wrap up and send off a few galleries.  This cute boy came in for his 1 year session recently, and he was precious!

On Wednesday, I talked about “Going with the Flow” while photographing small kiddos…and we most certainly were doing that on this particular day!   He was all smiles during his session, but we had all kinds of silly fun during his cake smash! haha!

After I wrapped up those sessions, I cozied up with my Bible and some coffee for quiet time…

and then it was time for these two to head to school!

It was Jersey and College Spirit Day, and they had the best time for this!

Twice a week after school drop off, I head to the gym.   I have the sweetest group of friends in my class at the gym, but I totally forgot to grab a picture of us all!   

 I’d like to say that I go to the gym for the endorphins, but I really do it because I have an affinity for Guacomole, Breakfast Tacos, and Butter. 😉  #TeamTacos #TeamButter

After the gym, I took a shower and headed out to my session for the day!   

Isn’t my client beautiful?  Her headshots are going to turn out great!

And, then I went home to work on this post and listen to the weekly video for the Beth Moore study I am doing right now! 🙂 

Presley had a dentist appointment for a tooth that was bothering her, so I picked her up and headed across town…are you sensing a theme?  I am in the car quite a bit. 😉  I should probably just change my profession to Taxi Driver or maybe Uber Driver.  These kids sure do have a lot of plans considering not one of them can drive yet. 😉

I should note that I forgot to photograph my breakfast and lunch (avocado toast and tacos ;)), but the dentist is adjacent to Starbucks….So my afternoon snack was delightful, and I remembered to grab a picture this time!

I enjoyed my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season while I waited in the High School carpool line, and it was amazing!

I picked up both boys, and then we did the whole homework, dinner, soccer, church rush….But, my night did end here, and it was pretty sweet. 🙂

Big Brother is my favorite guilty pleasure these days! I can’t wait to see how this season ends. Do you think Paul will win?   Are the rest of the houseguests even really playing the game?  I keep on waiting for them to show up. haha!

So, there you go!   A Day in the Life.  I wouldn’t trade it for anything!   Happy Thursday,  y’all!! See you back here tomorrow for my favorites. Xoxo N

Lemon Dream

Hey, Friends!   Over the weekend, the kids requested a Lemon Pie….So, I pulled out my go-to Lemon Pie recipe (which, if you haven’t tried, is amazing!). As I was pulling out the ingredients, I realized that I had handed out all of my pie plates to neighbors and friends.  When something Lemon and delicious is calling your name, you improvise ….so we grabbed a glass square pan….and just followed the recipe with a few modifications and baked until the middle was set.  The result: a Lemon Dream was born.   🙂  The consistency and taste are a bit of Heaven and perfection all rolled into one.  Yes ma’am!

Ingredients

3 cups Eagle Brand “sweetened condensed” Milk
3 egg yolks
⅔ cup lemon juice
1 dash salt
1 ½ cups crushed graham crackers
6 tbs butter
⅓ cup sugar
1 small carton of heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Combine crushed graham cracker, softened butter, and sugar. Mix well and press into greased  8×8 glass dish. Bake for 8 minutes at 350.
  2. Mix Eagle Brand Milk, egg yolks, lemon juice and salt in a mixer. Mix well, for 4-5 minutes on medium speed. Pour on top of crust and bake for 30 minutes at 350 or until it’s set.
  3. Cool and then place pan in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.
  4. Mix whipped cream, sugar, and vanilla. Whip until fluffy, and add on top of your cooled lemon dessert.