Show and Tell Tuesday!

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

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This week’s topic is all about the advice that we’d give our high school self!

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And speaking of school, our first day of school was yesterday, and these cuties were excited for a fun day!

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Jackson had football that morning and left at 6:15 am, but I am going to remember to take a picture of him leaving today.:)

Honestly, I didn’t get into very much trouble in high school, so I thought I’d share the top 3 things that I’d tell my kids when they head to High School instead.

1. Follow God…Isaiah 30:21

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

2. Choose Your Friends Wisely-Surround yourself with people who hold your values. Strength comes in numbers.:)

Proverbs 13:20

 Walk with the wise and become wise,
for a companion of fools suffers harm. 

and

Ecclesiastes 4:12

1Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

3.  You are beautiful and precious in His eyes. (and in my eyes too ;)) Psalm 139:14

 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Thank you for the link up, Andrea!!  Happy Tuesday, y’all!! XOXO Narci:)

School Breakfast Ideas

Today, I am sharing my favorite Breakfast ideas for back to school! I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for some ways to change up our breakfast routine!  A good breakfast is such a great way to start your day!

Eggs and Turkey Bacon

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Oatmeal and Fruit

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Corn Bread and Honey

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Avocado Toast

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Also, here’s a few of my favorite bread recipes for this time of the year!  My kids love these for breakfast as well!

Pumpkin Bread

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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

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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.

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INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
3. To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.

Happy Monday, y’all!! XOXO Narci

***all images were used from Google because I always forget to take pictures of my own food. ;) 

Friday Favorites

Hey, y’all!! It’s Friday, and we are hosting Friday Favorites with my girls, Erika and Andrea!!  Here are my favorites from this week!

Meet the Teacher Night

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Presley and Luke had meet the teacher last night!!  We loved seeing all of our friends up at school!  Unfortunately, Luke wasn’t feeling well so he stayed home!  We popped our heads in his classroom and met his teacher for him!  It’s going to be a great year!

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So, my amazing girls surprised me with the prettiest stationary set from Erin Condren as a birthday gift!  So sweet!

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I am notoriously bad at remembering to keep touch via snail mail, so I am thrilled about this fun motivation to do better!:)  So cute!!

If it’s good enough for Tamra, it’s good enough for me and you…😉

I have been catching up on all of my Real Housewives lately, and I had to do a double take when I saw Tamra’s earrings!! Aren’t they darling??
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They totally reminded of the almost identical pair that Stella and Dot just came out with in their Fall line!  They are so cute!! img_2552

Calling all HOOP LOVERS: these are your earrings.  They come in hammered gold or silver and are so so light! They feel invisible but the look is HUGE! Check them out here!    Don’t forget to make sure that I am listed as your stylist!  Each month, we do a drawing of everyone who has made a purchase for FREE piece of jewelry!  Free jewelry is definitely my favorite!:)
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PS–Sorry about the hair and makeup here!   It was a humid and long day yesterday, but I wanted to show you how cute these are on before I changed last night!

Happy Friday, y’all!!  Link up with your favorites below!  Happy Weekend!! XOXO Narci

All about these three. :)

Well, school starts in these parts next Monday! And, each year before they head back, I share a little about our kiddos: their personalities, their interests, and such…so I can remember these little details as they grow older!  Here we go!

Jackson

He’s our biggest boy…He turned THIRTEEN YEARS OLD this summer!  How on Earth did that happen?
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Jackson is smart…and I have so enjoyed watching him put that to use this summer!  I love the way his brain works!

Jackson is a big picture thinker, the king of the one-liners this summer, a WAY OUTSIDE OF THE BOX-er…He’s humble and kind and currently gunning to be the tallest in our family (Watch out, Dad! ;))

 He’s currently into Football, Baseball, and playing the Violin.  Name a professional player, and he probably has memorized their stats this summer. :)  Jackson Dreffs: if you put your mind to it, there isn’t a stinking thing that you couldn’t do.

 can’t wait to watch him TAKE 8th grade!

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Luke

Oh, Luke..  this year he turned 8, and it’s such a shame that he feels the need to hide his true personality.😉  img_2491

It’s crazy to think that we started trying to get pregnant with this sweet boy a little over 12 years ago! He is the answer to so many years of prayers! God is so good!

Luke is laid back, a lot of fun, and the kind of person that people just find easy to love.  Luke has always been ready to give the biggest hugs this summer!  He is super competitive, works hard, and is the best storyteller I know.  :)  Currently, he’s into Soccer, playing Pokemon, and being outside!

Luke Dreffs:  you make our family an INSTANT PARTY!  …we are so proud of you, son! Second grade is lucky to have you!

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Presley

Presley Grace.  You are 6 years old as I write this, and as far as I’m concerned you will always be that cute bald baby that I held all those years ago!  
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Presley is sparkly, bouncy, and has skipped pretty much everywhere this summer.😉 She’s a mini-fashionista, and this girl’s got jokes and killer comedic timing! I have loved watching you grow into your personality this summer, girlfriend! Presley isn’t a baby anymore!

She’s sweet but tough, hardworking…athletic and super competitive.  Presley Dreffs: you GET THINGS DONE!  Currently, Presley is into cheerleading and is playing soccer this Fall!

 Presley is going to rock 1st grade, and we love her so very much!

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Looking forward to another fun school year this year!!  Great things are coming!  See y’all tomorrow for Friday Favorites!! XOXO Narci

What I wore Wednesday: Back to School Edition

Hey, y’all!  Today, I am sharing some of my favorite back to school picks!

 I picked this top up recently…and I think it is going to be so cute for Fall!  The cut is perfect and super flattering as well!  df9578cc4f56fcf66b9af55a21b42f44_best

Maybe all the adults here aren’t actually heading “back to school”, but we will be looking extra smart in our new favorite jeans!

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 and these darling hammered hoop earrings:)

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with these perforated booties!

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Presley really is heading back to school, and she picked out this CUTE dress at Nordstrom!   The bell sleeves are so fun!

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and these cute suede booties!  Love her fun style!

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And, finally, while the kids are up at school, I’ll be working away at home in this darling top!

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and these pants!

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And, I love these Cleopatra studs for a simple everyday look as well!! So pretty!:)

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Happy Wednesday, y’all! Have a great day!  XOXO Narci

 

Weekend Wrap-up :)

Well, friends…it was a great birthday weekend!  This year, I didn’t want any fancy celebrations…my heart was set on spending lots of laid back quality time with my friends and family for my birthday…and this weekend did not disappoint!

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and ate our fair share of unhealthy food together

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and our normal Sunday routine together!img_2388

We ate at our favorite cozy restaurant  
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And loaded up on sugar during a trip to the candy store img_2417

with a little downtown shopping for good measure!

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Add in a little play time at a local play area to burn off our sillies….img_2423

and some cozy reading and Real Housewives before bedtime to finish it all off!

Did I mention that it was 75 degrees all days long! I couldn’t have ordered cozier weather in the middle of of a Texas August if I tried!

  So thankful for such special time together!  Happy Tuesday, y’all!! XOXO Narci

Friday Favorites: A Birthday Giveaway!!

Hey, y’all!! It’s Friday, and we are hosting Friday Favorites with two of my very favorite girls, Erika and Andrea!!  Here are my favorites for this week!

A little morning walk

This week, we ditched our normal Monday morning routine and went for a little walk!

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This cute road is literally across the street from our neighborhood, and I love all of the colors there in the summer time!!img_2211

Dixie is a big fan of our walks, too! :) img_2247

And, afterwards, we ran through the sprinklers to cool off!  Simple summer fun is definitely my favorite!img_2239

Some Creative Quiet Time

Presley is all about crafting, but it takes more to get Luke into something creative!   So, we taped our papers to the windows and colored standing up!

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Perfect for a busy boy on the go, and I love how he got to exercise his creative muscles!  Perfect indoor activity on a hot day!

And a fun Giveaway!! 

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Monday is my birthday, so I am giving away $75 to you and your BFF to spend at Stella and Dot!!!!

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There are two super easy ways to enter:

1.  Like our Instagram page, and tag your BFF for a chance to win   AND

2.  Like our Facebook page, and tag a friend to win!

Winner will be chosen on Monday night! Have a great weekend, friends! XOXO N

 

Stranded

Hey, y’all! Today, I am linking up with Shay and Erika for their super fun link-up!

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Each month, we will share what 3 things we’d take with us to a deserted island, according to the monthly theme!  So fun!  So far, we’ve talked beauty products, our favorite books, our favorite Netflix shows, and the 3 famous people that I’d want to be deserted with!  Today, we are talking shoes!  I am going to start out with one realistic island option, but I can’t guarantee anything practical after that.  ;)

Sperry Boots

 Yes, ma’am! They’d protect our feet from all of that pesky brush and island vegetation.. plus these boots are cute and rugged!

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Perfect for all of the rough terrain of a deserted island!😉

Fringe Booties

Also, I don’t know about you, but when I think of a deserted island, I think:  “Fringe Booties!”

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No?  Well, me neither actually!  ;) However, these darling booties are ON MEGA SALE right now ($55!) and they are so beautiful in person!   I have them in Grey suede and ordered the leather for this Fall!  So fun!:)

Nude Flats

Finally, if you were here yesterday, you know I am crushing hard on these nude flats

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Practical for an island?  Maybe not, but super practical for every day life!  These little flats finish off every outfit perfectly!  Love!

Thank you so much for the linkup girls!  So much fun! Also, tomorrow we start our BIG BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY!!! WOOHOO!!!  Check in to see what we have up our sleeve!! You are going to LOVE IT! XOXO Narci

What I Wore Wednesday!

Hey, y’all!   If you are anything like me, your summer wardrobe has consisted of ponytails, swimsuits, and #nomakeup!   Now that school is around the corner, we will have parent meetings, PTA meetings, and school functions to go to…so it’s time to spruce up our summer wardrobe just a bit to take us into the Fall!  I just picked up a new pair of nude flats, and I think they are going to be the perfect complement to all of my transitional wardrobe!  I can’t wait to show you some of the ways that I will be styling them for the next few months!

First off this darling top!  I love the navy color!

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and my favorite white jeans.  I usually wear white jeans until the end of September because I’m certain that whoever came up with the no white after Labor Day never lived in the South in September (hello 95 degrees in September!)

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With these darling Large Hammered Wire Hoop earrings!

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And, my new flats which are so comfy and cute!  I have them in leopard print already, and I sized up a half size in both pairs which was perfect!

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Y’all know how much I love my Navy Gingham top, but isn’t this gingham top pretty, too?:)

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Love the subtle distressing on these jeans!  Perfect!

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I’d probably jazz it up with this fun Colette statement necklace!

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I love this printed top as well!  I have it in the green color, and it is SO flattering!:)  This is perfect for those warm days that are still ahead!

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with my favorite white jeans again:)

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and  this Riad layered necklace

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and those nude flats just look like August and September to me!

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And, finally, I am all about a pinstripe!   I love this cute top for all of those PTA meetings in my future!:)

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with our darling distressed denim

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these FUN Rachelle chandelier earrings!

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And, the perfect finish to our outfit!  Our  nude flats are the perfect shoe to transition us to Fall!

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So pretty!  This almost has me excited to make lunches again!  #almost😉  Happy Wednesday, y’all! XOXO Narci

 

Show and Tell Tuesday: Awkward School Pictures

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

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This week’s topic is all about sharing your worst school pictures!

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And, lucky y’all!  I have plenty of awkward ones to share!  After looking through these pictures, I want to thank our Heavenly Lord for the invention of the straightener and hairspray.  Amen.

Let’s get started with Kindergarten!
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Oh my goodness, baby Narci.  I can’t even because look at how sweet your plaid dress and gigantic collar were.  ;)

On to 1st grade, and I am sensing a theme. My mom wasn’t really into fixing hair, but enormous collars….yes ma’am.

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collar =on point again this year!😉

This however (2nd grade, I think?) is NO MA’AM!

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People, the hair (WHAT HAPPENED HERE), the giant red bowtie tied around my neck…this is no bueno.  Bless my poor 2nd grade heart.😉

We don’t have a ton of pictures from growing up, but I totally had to laugh at this one!  Look at the props that I set up on the left and right!  Photographer at heart!
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And, I had to include at least one with my glasses that were as big as my face.  This is the first day of 6th grade.  img_2261

Oh, Middle school!😉 #soakward  

As awkward as I was growing up, I started to come into my own in High School.  This is homecoming Junior year!
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So, this definitely better than my 2nd grade picture, but I’m kind of feeling like this dress is a little too mature for a teenager?  Someone get this girl a cardigan STAT.😉

And, my senior year picture.
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  There you go!  What a fun linkup, Andrea!! Thank you so much!  Happy Tuesday, y’all!  XOXO N