Show and Tell Tuesday: Steal vs Splurge

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

Twice a month, we show and tell about a certain topic…

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And, this time, we are talking about our favorite Steals and Splurges!

Steals

So, these aren’t specific “steals”, but I find that if I am careful with my monthly budgeting and such, then I have more room for a little splurge here and there!

First budget-friendly steal… Walmart Grocery!

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Not only is it CONVENIENT, it’s a free service!   Also, I do a better job of meal planning and sticking to my list when I can buy it all online without the distractions and temptations in store!

Next steal? You probably know and love it just like me!images-2

I vaguely remember a time when I had to drive to 5 different stores to find the rare book or school supply that my kids need for school.  And, oftentimes I was stuck paying a high price for it too! Not anymore! Need a tent, a soccer goal, or even toilet paper?  Amazon prime saves your time, gas, and sanity!  Amazon, please call me, because I feel like I need to be on your pay roll.  ha! #believer

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I mean, I wear pants all the time, but this still made me lol! #nopantsnecessary

Splurge

Now, we are on to our splurges!!

Workout Gear

High quality workout gear is worth a little splurge to me, because it’s comfortable and lasts forever!   I love this top

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And this cozy workout top as well!d0df5f6d92c16abe7aacee76bef020c7_best

And, these are my favorite leggings!!  You will love them too!d35e2567ccfda6fc16a8d3feb5e49ef0_best

Denim

Another area that I am happy to splurge on is denim!   A great pair of jeans is well worth the extra cost!   I love this brand of mid to higher priced brand of denim604bdd4cd41039d2ec2028c8746ae9e4_best

And these jeans for a big splurge!5b4e7a3bc2df0781918c35ff67c20286_best

Jewelry

And, finally, I have a weakness for jewelry!   You girls have probably noticed this, right? 😉

And, there is nothing more that I love then sharing my favorite jewelry with y’all!  So, I am hosting a Stella & Dot Mystery Hostess Party through 1/3o where you can win all of the hostess rewards without lifting a finger or going through the trouble of hosting a party!  Woohoo!

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If you’d like to enter to win, just place your order here!  Our big winner will be announced on 1/31!   So fun!  Also, I am so excited to share that I am now offering online trunk shows for everyone!   It’s really easy for you to host one with your friends and family!   Just email me for more information on that:   graceandloveblogger@gmail.com!

Thank you so much for the fun link-up Andrea! Just a reminder that we will be be having our new linkup Carpool Book Club here on Thursday!   So grab this graphic and linkup then, if you would like to join us!

 Happy Tuesday, y’all!! XOXO Narci

World’s BEST Butter Cookie and Frosting Recipe

Happy Monday!  A few of you asked for the Butter Cookie and Frosting Recipe that we used for Valentine’s cookies!  If you are looking for a DELICIOUS alternative to sugar cookies, then you will love these butter cookies!  You can use this recipe for cutout cookies or just slice it for regular cookies as well.  If you find that the dough is dry, gradually add water until the dough is the proper consistency.  Have fun!  I don’t know about you, but a little bit of something sweet is the perfect way to start off my week. 🙂

WORLD’S BEST BUTTER COOKIE RECIPE

Ingredients

    • 8 ounces unsalted butter
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • 1 large egg yolk
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. Beat the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla together until smooth and creamy.
  2. Mix in the egg yolk until well incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl at least once.
  3. Add the flour and mix just until incorporated.
  4. Scrape onto a lightly floured board and knead a few times, just until the dough smooths out.
  5. Turn onto a sheet of plastic wrap and roll into a log, wrap up and refrigerate for several hours or freeze.
  6. Before baking, preheat the oven to 325°F.
  7. Line your baking sheets with parchment.
  8. Slice the dough into slices about 1/8″ thick and place them on the sheets about an inch apart (they won’t be spreading very much, but they need air room around each cookie).
  9. Bake until JUST beginning to turn golden around the edges, about 16-18 minutes.

FROSTING RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • food coloring

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream together the confectioners’ sugar and shortening until smooth. Gradually mix in the milk and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes. Color with food coloring if desired.

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

But now, I’m all this…i-do-marathons-28on-netflix-29

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