Friday Favorites: Feeling Festive

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 I’m starting to make some festive additions to my wardrobe! I’ve bought all of these, and they all are precious and on SUPER SALE!  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

You may have seen that these Slim Uggs were on sale yesterday, and I made sure to take advantage of the great price. My Uggs needed to be replaced, and the deal was too good to pass up!

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 December 2nd, 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!

Happy Friday, friends!!   This weekend, I am wrapping up the last bit of our Fall sessions plus heading to our downtown for some Christmas fun!  Let the fun begin!  If you are a blogger, don’t forget to link up with your favorites below! Have a great day, y’all! XOXO Narci

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What’s Up Wednesday!

Hey, y’all!!  Happy Wednesday!

Today, I am linking up with Shay, Sheaffer, and Mel for their super FUN link-up: What’s up Wednesdays.  I just love sharing what is going on with us every month!   Let’s get started!


The last Wednesday of each month, we answer these questions.  Here we go!

What we’re eating this week….

We are making our way through Shay’s awesome new cookbook, and it has made my dinner planning so easy!  I love all of the slow-cooker recipes!  Following her recipes has made supper time so easy at our house!

What I’m reminiscing about… 

This popped up in my memories from Facebook, and oh my stars…Could it be any sweeter? 🙂  This was Presley’s 2nd birthday.

Oh gosh, it’s hard to believe she’s 8 years old now!

I am, also, over here reminiscing about a fun surprise that we had for the kids last Christmas!

Normally, the kids tag along and visit with Santa at the beginning of my Santa sessions, but we had a few conflicts with the time…So Santa insisted on making a special trip to our house instead.

This totally led me down the rabbit hole to this sweet Santa moment with our dear Manda last Christmas.  Her expression on this photo slays me every single time.  Oh, how I miss her!

What I’m loving…

We received a little sneak peek of our family photos last week, and I am loving it!

Being in front of the camera isn’t easy for me (I’m much better at being behind it! haha!), but it was such a treasure to let Jeanine work her magic on my own little family.  My heart could just explode.  Now, I can’t wait to see the rest!

What I’m wearing…

Since it’s getting dark so early, I am over here in Pajama mode!  I love this festive pair!

And, I ordered this cute henley stripe!  I can’t wait to share my thoughts!And, I am sucker for a tartan plaid.  I love the slim cut of this plaid set!

And, my favorite Ansley Ugg slippers

What I’m dreading…

nothing at the moment. 🙂

What I’m excited about…

This weekend, we hosted a group of 6th grade girls and can I just share that it was such a sweet experience?

The girls stayed with us Friday and Saturday night, completed several Bible Study lessons, and competed in a few fun challenges along the way.  This weekend is all about building up our teens, and I am a big fan! This is my friend Lori (she cooked for the girls all weekend and was amazing!)

Presley was in heaven the whole time!

They competed in a canned food drive (in which they totally held their own…even though they were one of the youngest groups) and a competition called “Bigger and Better”.  During this competition, they were given a pencil, and they had to trade it for something “bigger or better” by asking parents, family friends, or going door to door.  Through a succession of trades, they ended up with a bike and then Presley decided to donate her old pink convertible to the cause.  (All these items will be donated to charity).  She made a big entrance in front of all the teens by driving up in that little convertible in front of all the big kids.   

The highest value item won, but we definitely got extra points for her big entrance. haha. 🙂

What we’ve been up to…

Oh, you know…just a little bit of this and that.

naps while we can manage it, because #busyseason

and some sweet moments tucked in between all of the chaos.

What I am working on….

I am making my way through my Fall calendar, and it is going great!

Also, I am so excited to share that we opened up a few spots in December in addition to our Santa sessions…so Hop on over to my Photography page if you’d like more info on all of that!

What I’m watching or reading…

I ordered an Advent Study for our family and myself from Sacred Holidays!   I think it’s going to be good!  You can find it here!

And, I am still loving my Jesus Always devotional. 🙂

What I am doing this weekend…

We are heading to Downtown McKinney for the Christmas tree lighting

And, it’s Jackson’s turn to play the violin in the annual Deck the Halls performance at church!  SO fun!

What I am looking forward to next month!

All the Christmas Activities 🙂  I can’t wait!

Bonus Question: What’s Your Favorite Thing to do with the Elf? 🙂

In the past few years, I’ve passed on my Elf duties to our teenager Jackson….because I can only do so many things at once, and he is way more creative than I am. haha!

I am a big fan of delegation!  I can’t wait to see what he comes up with this year!

Happy Wednesday, friends!!  Thank you so much for the fun link up, girls! XOXO Narci

Monday Meme

Good morning, friends!  We are coming off a great but busy weekend over here hosting some cute teens in addition to our normal crazy life!   So, if you don’t mind, I’ll be taking the next few days to tidy up my desk, get some work done, and tackle ALL THE LAUNDRY before we head into Thanksgiving.  I will be back on Wednesday with What’s up Wednesday and a super special Black Friday Favorites on Friday.  In the meantime, a few memes for your Monday.  Happy Thanksgiving week, y’all!

 

Friday Favorites

Hey, y’all!! It’s Friday, and we are hosting Friday Favorites with my girls, Erika and Andrea!  Today, I am working hard and hosting some great teenagers from our church!  In the meantime, I have a great list of favorites that I can’t wait to share!  So, grab your coffee, and here we go!

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Last week, I shared some of my favorite ideas for a little North Pole Breakfast.

If you are looking for a way to make your Elf’s debut special, hop on over and check it out!  Adding a festive touch to our Holiday is definitely my favorite~

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On Sunday afternoon, I was loving this cute outfit together!     These layers were perfect and definitely my favorite!

similar jacket  top similar jeans  flats necklace

The top has darling bell sleeves and is so cute on! THREE

We had family pictures, and a few of you asked about my outfit details!

top  jeans  booties

I really liked this color combo together!   We did our family pictures in a white barn, but I think they’d be gorgeous outside against some Fall leaves as well!

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While I was grocery shopping, I came across this little bag of goodness.   Friends, you need to go ahead drop what you are doing and find this at your local grocery store.

It’s a little bit of Chocolate peppermint pretzel heaven.  You won’t be disappointed. 😉

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And, finally, I am so excited to share something SO BIG!!!

Stella and Dot is offering 25% off all of their engraveable jewelry!   Hello Christmas gifts!! I love it!   Starting back in October, I am offering to refund your shipping on all orders over $75.  Just place your order and then email me with your paypal email address for your refund!  I will send over your shipping cost right away!   If you ordered in October or November and you missed me announcing this deal, you can still take advantage of it!

Now, let’s get this weekend started! Happy Friday, friends!! XOXO Narci

Happy 8th Birthday Presley!

Today, Presley is turning 8, and oh what a joy this girl is to us!

Presley is sweet as pie and full of fun.  After going through so many years of infertility before Luke, we were just emotionally tired and not sure that we wanted to go through all that again and try for another baby.  So, when Luke was 6 months old, we decided that he’d be our last.   And, then, about 3 weeks later, we found out we were expecting this little lady. 🙂   I love the way that God works, don’t you?

Presley is always happy …She is easy to love, outgoing, and always up for her next adventure.  Presley is kind and compassionate, and leaves a trail of giggles and cartwheels wherever she goes.  🙂

All of our kids are rule followers, but Presley Dreffs WAS MADE TO FOLLOW RULES.  Girlfriend loves a rule, knows all the rules, knows all the rules that the people around her should be following, and finds herself to be the general keeper of all the rules.

I am so glad she’s here to keep us all straight….Someone’s gotta keep this ship moving forward. 😉

Presley is determined and hard working, athletic, and is protective of her people.   She’s the kind of person who just throws herself into her next adventure without ever wondering if she’ll fail.  I just know she will take this world by storm some day because of it. 🙂

Presley is an animal lover

and a dance because you hear good beat dancer…

She’s a team player

and a little bit of a dreamer

And, oh, I am so thankful that she’s mine.

Happy Birthday, my precious girl!  We love you so much!

We celebrated Presley with her friends a few weeks ago, because we knew this week was crazy!  Today is the Thanksgiving celebration at her school, our family celebration with our girl, and the beginning of DNOW weekend through our church.  We will be hosting a group of teens for a fun weekend, and we can’t wait for all the fun to begin!

Happy Thursday, friends!! XOXO Narci

Taking Care of Business

Hey, y’all!!   Happy Wednesday from my house to yours!  It’s been a busy week of doing this and that….We tend to stay pretty busy between the 5 of us,  and we have a running joke in our house….that we aren’t doing anything Earth shattering….just “Taking Care of Business”.  And, that’s really what we’ve been up to….Just taking care of  the business that God puts in front of us over in these parts!     I honestly couldn’t think of anywhere I’d rather be. 🙂

Jackson had his last Freshman Football game!

I couldn’t be MORE proud of how hard he has worked this season!

We celebrated our favorite Airman on Veteran’s Day! 🙂

And, I’ve been enjoying snuggles with my people on the couch after work.  

I am just so thankful for my little business, and we just keep on pushing through and having a great time while we are at it.

Speaking of Christmas Cards, The Dreffs crew had family pictures of their own, and these are the outfits that we settled on! 

Rob and I left our vest and scarf at home, but I actually think I liked it better that way! 🙂

In my extra time, I’ve been decorating for Christmas.

(We are slowly getting there! ;))

And, I’ve been spending some sweet time with my precious girl!

We went to the Manda Strong 5k, and the whole event was so just sweet and fun!   I loved seeing this group of boys together!   

And, I had the best little assistant with me as well!

Shay and the rest of the board did such an amazing job with the event!

I looked over and saw this sweet moment while the kids prayed before the race began.  🙂

And, I managed some extra hugs from my friend Karla as well! 

On Saturday night, Presley’s friend spent the night, so we had a visitor at church on Sunday!

And, I caught this pretty shot with my phone during one of my sessions recently.  The leaves are changing here in Texas, and it definitely looks and feels like Fall. 🙂

Coming up next: Tomorrow is Presley’s Birthday!  So, I will see you back here tomorrow with a little birthday tribute to our girl, P!    See you then! XOXO Narci

Thankgiving Tradition Ideas

Hey, hey friends!!   A while back, I asked for your recommendations for ways to make our Thanksgiving more meaningful, and you guys had the best suggestions!  So,today, I am sharing some of YOUR ideas for the rest of us!   Thank you so much!

Thankful Tree

One of my readers suggested this, and I loved this idea!   During the week or month of Thanksgiving, you have your family write something that they are thankful for on a foam leaf.  Then, you display them on a wall at your home or on some branches in a vase.

Gobbler Games

These are fun Minute-to-Win-it type games that are perfect for after mealtime and get everyone involved in the fun!

Inviting Extra Guests

Some of my readers invite extra guests to their big family meals, and this is such a sweet idea!   This makes it fun and exciting to see what new faces will show up each year in addition to an easy way of loving on friends who don’t have family closeby!

Thanksgiving Tablecloth

For this one, you buy a vinyl tablecloth and have your guests write what they are thankful for in Black Sharpies on each Thanksgiving Day.  The Tablecloth gets pulled out each year, so it’s fun to see what everyone says from years past!

Volunteer

Quite a few of you volunteer at soup kitchens or with families in need on Thanksgiving, and I am so inspired by this.  Why have we never done this on Thanksgiving.  Great idea!

Family Board Game Night

Maybe the Gobbler Games aren’t your thing, but who doesn’t love Family Board Game night (or Card game night, right?) with a side of Pumpkin pie.  This is a great idea if you are a Football watching family!   This could happen while the game is on!

Pie Night

This idea is pure genius!   So, a night or two before Thankgiving, one family hosts “Pie Night” for family and/or friends.  I want to tell you that I read the title of  this family’s geinus idea.. and instantly knew I was doing this.  “Pie Night” and I were meant for each other. haha.  Anyhow, you know how it seems that you can never really sample all the pies on Thankgiving because you are so full from the meal?  On Pie night, you have all the pies ready and get to really enjoy a bit of each one.  I am thinking an appetizer menu dinner would be perfect with this as well!  The Dreffs are totally doing this! 🙂

Big Breakfast and Watch Parade 🙂

Finally, There’s nothing better than cozying up with a big breakfast, some coffee, and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade.  If you need us on Thanksgiving morning, this is what you will find us doing for sure.

There we go!  I hope you found some great ideas for you to use in the upcoming weeks!  I can’t wait to  spend some time with my family making memories, and I hope this helps you do the same with yours.  Happy Tuesday, friends! XOXO Narci

Monday

Hey y’all!! I had a full weekend of sessions, so today I’m playing catch up on more work, laundry, and such!

Today, I am thankful for coffee, my slow cooker, and comfy clothes, but I’ll see you back here tomorrow!

Happy Monday, friends! Xoxo Narci

Friday Favorites

Hey, y’all!! It’s Friday, and we are hosting Friday Favorites with my girls, Erika and Andrea!  Today, I have a great list of favorites that I can’t wait to share!  So, grab your coffee, and here we go!

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This week, I got to break away from work to have a lunch date with this guy!!   He knows the way to my heart is through chips and salsa!  That’s a smart man! P.S. You can find my turtleneck sweater here. 🙂

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My friend, Amanda made the most adorable Christmas signs for me recently, and I LOVED the way they turned out!!  She is so talented!  Hop on over to her ETSY page to check out her awesome inventory!

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I don’t know about you, but I love getting easy fitness related tips!

So,when my girlfriend Allie told me about this her new favorite fitness app, I was intrigued!

The app itself is pretty extensive with diet suggestions, accountability groups, and gym workout plans!   The part that I like to use is the “at home workout plans”!   The app gives you a list of several workouts that you can do at home with a quick video of each step as an example if you need it!

I can’t get to the gym as much as I would like to during this time of the year.  So, this has been so helpful!

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I mentioned on Wednesday that I saw these cute booties during Nordstrom’s big sale…They are 50%  off and under $60!    So fun!

SweaterHenleyJeansBooties

At this price, they are a total steal and well worth it!  The fit is cute, and they are very flattering!

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We had a cold snap this week, and I am loving being able to pull out this darling ruffle sweater!

SweaterJeans – Shoes (sold out)

Sweater weather is definitely my favorite!

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And, finally, my girl Shay is having a book signing on Sunday from 1-3 in Frisco!!  If you are local, hop on over to her blog for all the details!!

Her new simmers book is a lifesaver for this busy mama, and you will love it too!

Happy Friday, friends!!  I hope you have a great weekend! This weekend, I will be busy working and helping with the MandaStrong 5k!

I hope that I will get to see some of YOU there! XOXO Narci