Friday Favorites

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Hey, y’all!! It’s Friday, and we are hosting Friday Favorites with my girls, Erika and Andrea!  I have a random list of my favorite things this week!   So, grab your coffee and let’s go!

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This week, Rob kidnapped me for a little day date!  I will pass on the fancy gifts all day long, but some quality time makes me so happy!

img_3469I’m not a big ice skater, so we opted for Mexican food at the restaurant next to the rink and a little bit of shopping!  It was so festive and fun!

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Special time with this guy is definitely my favorite!

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This week, our church hosted a little event where you put together gifts for your neighbors and delivered them.   I signed up to help, but Presley tagged along and made some gifts while I was helping out!  img_3510

The gifts were simple boxes of homemade cookies and hot cocoa kits, but they turned out so cute!   Presley LOVED delivering them to our neighbors!   img_3495

This is a simple and easy way to love on your neighbors this Christmas! This was a big hit!

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We are still over here adding to our inflatable collection this Christmas!   We added a manger scene this, and I love it!img_3456

Right now, I know everyone is falling into two categories about our inflatables.  Some of you LOVE them and think they are amazing, and some of you are trying to love me IN SPITE of them.  haha! They’ve become a big hit with the kids in our neighborhood, so there’s always that! So you think we should go all out with laser lights and music for next year?? Ha! I will keep you posted. 😉

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Also, on my list of favorites from this week are two new makeup palettes that I picked up this week!   One is a STEAL and one is a splurge!   Both are perfect for gift giving!

I was in Sephora and picked up this great Smashbox eye shadow palette!   I’ve gotten away from wearing lots of eye shadow, but I am anxious to pick it up again!   I loved this set, because it had some mattes, some shimmers, and and wide variety of colors for only $22!!!

img_3518The next set is more of a splurge, but I fell in love with it as well!  It’s a highlight and contouring set and it is so versatile and easy to use!  The brushes are separate, but they are gorgeous and great quality!

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I just googled “How to contour”, and I found a tutorial based on my face shape!   It was so easy!  This is a great kit and brush set and an easy gift for someone!

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Speaking of gift giving….

img_3526If you still need a special gift for someone (or yourself!), the Stella and Dot cutoff for all Christmas orders (with regular shipping!) is 12/17!   If you need a suggestion, I am loving my Gemma earrings!

And the engraveables are such a sweet, meaningful gift!   These are my favorite items to gift the people that I love!

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I’ve finally had the chance to really go through our family pictures and I just couldn’t help but share this one!

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These four are definitely my favorites! 🙂

Happy FRIDAY!!  We have a very festive weekend planned over here, and I can’t wait! Don’t forget to link up with your favorites below! XOXO N

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Workin’ it Wednesday!

Hey, y’all!!  I am so happy to be linking up with Shay and Erika, for their fun LINK-UP….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 sharing about how we keep sane during the Holidays!   This time of the year can be CUH-razy, and it so easy to feel overhwhelmed.  So, here’s what works for our little family!

Don’t over schedule yourself or your kids

I love nothing more than a festive celebration, but we would make ourselves plum crazy if we tried to be ALL IN on everything.  So, we tend to pick our favorite Holiday parties,  activities, and the kids’ winter sports to be involved in.  My favorite part of this?  It gives us the extra space that our family needs…the time to cuddle on the couch, take spur of the moment trips to see Christmas lights, do some Christmas crafting,  or sip hot cocoa together.  🙂

 

Use your phone and your written planner to keep organized.  

This is something new for me this Fall and Winter, but it has been great!!  Rob and I have a shared calendar on our phones of all the kids games and practices, social calendar and family events…and then I use my paper planner for my every day schedule, work schedule, and to do lists.  This helps us stay organized and in sync during the Holidays!  This has been such a lifesaver for us!

Start your day off in the Word

It is amazing the difference that starting your day in the Word will bring!  Start with a simple devotional and go from there!  This is the best way to stay centered and focused any time of the year!

Be gentle with your expectations of others (and yourself)

I always say that the fastest way to a bad day is expecting more than the people around you are able to give. Extend GRACE on top of GRACE to yourself and those around you, and I promise it will make your Christmas much less stressful. 🙂

Keep it fun

This season is all about CELEBRATING!  So, keep it fun, savor the small and big moments,  and enjoy the people in your little world!

I can’t wait to read other ladies’ tips!  What a fun link-up friends!  Thank you so much!  Happy Wednesday, y’all! XOXO Narci

This and That

Hey, y’all!   Just a little bit of this and that happening over here!   I am so thankful to share that we’ve made it through the Big Crunch of Holiday photos over at my little photography company!  Woohoo!  This has been our best year yet, and I am so thankful!  Here’s one of my last sessions for this year!   Aren’t these two so sweet? 🙂img_3296-1

My sparkly confetti drop earrings came in, and yes….I totally did pair them with my jammies one night to try them on! haha!   Aren’t they so festive? 🙂img_3388

In other news, Luke’s indoor soccer season started and Presley will start winter Volleyball next weekend! I love watching our kids do what they love!img_3424-1

On Saturday, we had a very special visitor come!!! We invited Andrea and her family over for a last minute visit with Santa Claus!  So fun!   A visit with Santa just isn’t the same without cookies, am I right?  We made sure to have a spread ready for everyone t0 snack on!img_3316-1And, speaking of cookies, we told the kids that this was a cookie decorating party with our friends.  So we had sugar cookies, frosting, and sprinkles ready for the kids….img_3315

….and then surprised them with the big guy later!   Presley loved helping me setup for our fun!img_3321-1

So special!!

This Santa and Mrs. Claus are close friends of ours and do me the biggest favor in the world by being “our” Santa.  They both have full time jobs and dress up for their work parties… I could never repay them for how special them make our Christmas season!

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We all laughed when Santa commented on Luke’s hair.  haha!  Everyone has an opinion on Luke’s hair….including Santa.  😉

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Presley seems to have grown up overnight!!   This Christmas, her little toes touch the floor when she is on his knee!

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And, Jackson gets the award for best big brother on the planet.  Also, he wasn’t sure if Santa brought him presents if he didn’t chat with the big guy…so, here he is covering all his bases.  haha. 😉

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Also, this weekend, I popped into J Crew Factory and came across this CUTE neutral turtleneck!   I am so sad that it isn’t online yet, but I have and love this sweater and this sweater as well!img_3297-1

Tis the season for all the cozy sweaters!  Sign me up!   I will see you all here tomorrow for Workin’ it Wednesday!  We are talking about how we keep it sane during the Holidays!

Happy Tuesday, y’all! XOXO Narci

Christmas Light Parade

Hey, y’all!   Happy Monday!   I don’t know about you, but we are in all out Christmas mode over here!   We had a great weekend!  On Saturday night, we went to our favorite spot on the McKinney square for dinner: The Pantry!  Their Chicken Spaghetti is so good!img_3353-1

After we ate, we bundled up to head outside and watch the annual Christmas parade!img_3358

We had the best time!img_3377-2After dinner, we met all of our awesome friends to watch the parade!! I just love this group of ours!img_3427

These girls are so sweet together!  img_3362-1Here are all the mamas!   I love watching the parade with these ladies!

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Love me some Shay and Meagan!

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I wore this FUN Fair isle sweater underneath my pink coat, ad it kept me nice and toasty all night long!

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And, then we finished the night with a cozy movie at home!

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The perfect ending to a special night!   XOXO Narci

Friday Favorites

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Hey, y’all!! It’s Friday, and we are hosting Friday Favorites with my girls, Erika and Andrea!  I have a random list of my favorite things this week!   So, grab your coffee and let’s go!

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Our elf is back, and he’s up to his usual hijinks!   img_3184

One day, the Elf hid in Presley’s lunchbox even!

She was SO SURPRISED!!!

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Yesterday, I shared our Christmas home tour for this season, so hop on over there if you haven’t checked it out yet!

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Festive decor is always my favorite!

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I picked up this sweater last week, and I am loving it for these cold winter days!!!!   img_3171

The fit is very slim, so if you want a more relaxed feel I would size up. img_3177

This color is such a great color for all skin tones too!! Check it out!

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Last Friday, we had our Stella and Dot Giveaway, and I am so excited to share our big winner:  Kate Livingston. ❤️

If you didn’t win this time, no worries!!  You can shop for yourself here. And speaking of fun, the new December line came out and it is just gorgeous!! Here are my favorite picks! I love these green earrings for all our Christmas parties! And, these scream New Years Eve to me!

Or, if you need a little bit of glam, then I love these as well!

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nd, finally, I just had to share these Christmas wrapping memes!   Tis the season, am I right? 😉

I always say that you are either the kind of person who wraps presents to COVER the present or the kind who creates a piece of artwork.  haha.  I am definitely the first.

My present wrapping skills are lacking. Happy Friday, friends!   Don’t forget to link up with your favorites below! XOXO Narci

Christmas Home Tour 2017

Hey, y’all!!  Today, I am sharing a little bit of our home for our Christmas Home Tour 2017!

This year, I did something a little different…I am including a few iPhone photos of the decor followed by a video tour!   I’ve done lots of detailed pictures each year, so I thought it might be fun to mix it up a little bit this time around!

Here’s our downstairs tree!

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Our stairsimg_3235And, a few extra touches here and there!img_3224

And, here’s our video tour! 🙂

Happy Thursday, friends! I hope you enjoyed the little peek into our home! ‘Tis the season! XO Narci

Peppermint Ice Cream Pie

I posted this pie a few years ago but it’s just too easy to not share again!  When I entertain for the Holidays, I love recipes that I can make beforehand!  I would much rather enjoy my family than mess with a fussy recipe!  This pie is so festive, and the recipe makes TWO pies which is perfect for big family gatherings!

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I am thinking you could be super creative with the presentation on this one and make it your own! XOXO

Ingredients:

2 pre-made Oreo cookie pie crusts

1  container Peppermint Ice Cream (I like Dreyer’s Slow churned)

1 16 oz. container Cool Whip

Hot Fudge sauce

Christmas sprinkles

Peppermint Crunch

Directions

Spread Hot Fudge Sauce over bottom of Oreo crusts

Defrost Ice Cream and Cool Whip until they are easily mixed, but not runny.

Mix Peppermint Ice Cream and 8 oz. Cool Whip to your taste.

Pour mixture into pie crusts and freeze overnight.

Sprinkle peppermint crunch, Christmas Sprinkles, and chocolate sauce on top.

When serving, allow to thaw for a few minutes before cutting into the pie.

Happy Wednesday, friends! XOXO N

Candy Cane Flashlight Hunt!

Hey, y’all!! The nights are darker over here, and our schedule is starting to slow down just a bit.  This time of the year, we like to snuggle under a cozy blanket and take advantage of the time together!  Today, I am sharing about our favorite Christmas tradition: The Candy Cane Flashlight hunt!

This tradition is perfect for cold, winter nights when you need something fun and festive without leaving the house!   So, first things first, we picked up some candy canes from our local grocery store!  Two years ago, we found some at our store with Bible verses attached.   I loved that!  This year, they didn’t have these, so we just picked up the standard candy canes.   We are going to try it this year with verses that I attach from the Christmas Story. After they find all the candy canes, they can put the verse together in their proper order!

It’s really quite simple.  While the kids are out of sight, you hide the candy canes around your house.   Think Easter egg hunt, but with candy canes. 🙂

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Using your flashlight just makes everything more fun!
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She found one!
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and another!
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And, of course, you have to count to make sure you found them all!!
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If you are interested, here’s an easy little list on how to do a basic Candy Cane hunt at your house too!

So, there you go! A simple and fun activity for the Christmas season! Enjoy! Happy Tuesday, friends! XOXO Narci

What’s going on :)

Hey, y’all! Just a little bit of this and that going on around here. 🙂

Life has been about stopping to enjoy a sunset just because it takes your breath away….

My schedule is starting to slow down just a bit, so we are enjoying some family time together. 🙂

The twinkling lights are so magical this time of the year!

We’ve been watching Luke do his thing in soccer…

while I’ve been wrapping up the last of my Fall sessions. ❤️

And speaking of, we received the images from our own family photo session, and I can’t wait to share them with you!

This popped up in my memories recently, and it hard to believe that these two cuties have grown so much!!

Our elf has been back and up to his normal mischief!

And, in other news, I switched over to a Mac laptop, and for the most part I am loving it.

There’s a few things that I’ve had to work around, but overall it has been great! Why did it take me so long to switch over??

Happy Monday, friends! Xoxo Narci

Friday Favorites: A Giveaway

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Hey, y’all!! It’s Friday, and we are hosting Friday Favorites with my girls, Erika and Andrea! Tis the season for Holiday fun, so in case you missed them…I am sharing my favorite festive pieces PLUS a fun giveaway at the end!  Let’s get started!

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First up is this little velvet peplum! I’m thinking this will be cute for dinner out or holiday parties.

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This is the perfect little tartan plaid top.

I sized up in this for a roomier fit, and I love the little ruffle down the front! So pretty!

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This classic crew neck sweater is so super versatile, and I love it for those cold days and running festive errands. The fit is very cute too!It’s fitted in all the right places, but with a classic shape!  And, that green is universally a great color for most people.  Usually, green makes my olive tone look yellow, but this was  cute!

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We are invited to a few Christmas sweater parties, and I picked up this fuzzy reindeer sweater for all the festivities!  FIVE

I wear my Uggs with leggings and jeans, and they always make me feel so toasty and warm!

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And, finally, my friend Amanda posted about this adorable comforter set recently, and I just picked it up yesterday!   This Buffalo check just screams Christmas to me! 
I am using it for our Santa mini-sessions on Saturday, and Oh gosh..this set up is going to be super cute!   I had to get a queen size for the sessions, so it will go up in one of the boys rooms once I finish with it!

And, finally our GIVEAWAY!!!

It’s December 1st, so we are celebrating big!

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We are giving away $100 to spend at Stella And Dot!  Woohoo!!  Just leave a comment, and we will randomly select a winner!  Winner will be announced on Monday morning!

Happy Friday, y’all! XOXO N