Friday Favorites

Hey, y’all!! It’s Friday! Woohoo!  This is me celebrating the end of the week!  Today, we are hosting Friday Favorites with my girls, Erika and Andrea!

Nacho Bar

Last weekend, one of the other mamas at Presley’s volleyball game was eating nachos…and I seriously have not been able to get nachos out of my mind since then? haha!  Do y’all do that?  Anyway, on Wednesday, I set up a nacho bar for my family, and everyone loved it!

It’s really not much different than taco night, but my people thought I was brilliant.  And, I got my nacho fix!

School Bus

Luke and Presley love riding the school bus to school every morning, and waving to them from my front step with my coffee is definitely one of my favorites!  I never want to forget these sweet moments of their childhood.  🙂

Spring tops

I’ve been on the hunt for some new Spring Tops, and oh did I find some cute ones this week!

I love this one armed top!! Check out that embroidery, and it’s less than $40! So cute!

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and this grey tie-front top, is so comfy!  I wore this with jeans, but this will be so cute with shorts or even workout pants!

a closeup!  It’s only $29, so another good deal!

And, I am loving this pink flowy top!   It is so cute, and it has an awesome silhouette!

the arms are so cute!

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and, finally, I love this cute white could shoulder top!

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This is another one that will transition nicely from Spring to summer

the back is slightly longer, and I love that!

And, aren’t those leopard sandals cute?  They are my new favorite, and I’ll be wearing those all summer long too! 🙂

Carpool Book Club

We hosted Carpool Book Club here yesterday, and I love sharing what I am reading with y’all!!

Check it out if you need a few suggestions!

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

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Carpool Book Club

Hey, y’all!! It’s the last Thursday of the month which means it is time for Carpool Book Club!

Each month, I share about my favorite books that I’ve read that month!   These are the books that sit on my nightstand and that I read as a busy mama of 3 kids who are always on the go!

This month, I have a few great recommendations for you!

Small Great Things

This book was the first one that I read this month, and I loved it! It’s a book about social issues, and I don’t read a ton of books like this…However, I found it to be super balanced and honest.  If you’ve watched my testimony, you know that I have a little bit of understanding about discrimination….and I found the descriptions of how the characters felt to be so true and not overly sensational or sterotypical.  Anyway, this book is good, and I totally recommend it if you are into this sort of thing. 🙂

The Matchmaker

This book was my next read this month, and I was super excited because I am a big Elin Hilderbrand fan!  Unfortunately, I didn’t love this one.  I mean, I nearly quit reading this after the first 50 pages because I found it to be super slow!   I pushed through, and it was just okay!  So, this one was a little disappointing, but my next one was awesome!

How to Have a New Teenager by Friday

So, I talked about this book last week, and I am a big fan!!  If you have teenagers or want to know more about what to expect during that stage of life….then this is the book for you!  I can’t say enough good things about this one!  It will completely change that way you look at parenting a teenager. 🙂

What’s Coming Up

I’ve already ordered my books for next month, and I am so excited to read these four books!   If you want to read along you can find them here!

The Moment Maker

UnStuffed

The Hypnotist’s Love Story

I Let You Go

And, if you are linking up for Carpool Book Club, don’t forget to link up below or post your recommendations in the comments!! Happy Thursday, y’all!! See you tomorrow for Friday Favorites! XOXO Narci

What’s up Wednesday!

Hey, y’all!! 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….

Monday- Meatball Burgers

Tuesday–BBQ Sandwiches

Wednesday–Leftover

Thursday–Baked Chicken Tacos

Friday–Pizza Night

What I’m reminiscing about… 

I’m just over here reminiscing about our fun times over Easter weekend. 🙂

What I’m loving…

Last week, I shared about the kids’ new Bibles, and I am loving how much they are diving into them!

We’ve been doing showers a little earlier and spending those sweet moments before bed reading.  Everyone is a big fan!

What I’m wearing…

I am LOVING this ruffle tank top that is on major sale! (It’s only $20!)

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It’s really cute with jeans, and I think will be just as cute this summer with shorts too!

Speaking of summer, I fell hard for this little summer dress recently!  It’s a chambray stripe and super comfortable!

and for my girls who love a romantic look, this top is for you!

What we’ve been up to…

We’ve been enjoying the pretty weather with s’mores outside

and going to all of the kids’ games.  

Jackson is gearing up for Freshman football, and we had our very first team meeting with the coaches!

 I can already tell that it’s going to be a great year for him!

 What I am working on….

Just wrapping up the last of the Bluebonnets

What I’m listening to…

Right now, I am listening to the Dixie Chicks pandora station.

listening to their old hits is such a fun blast from the past!

What I’m watching or reading…

Tomorrow is Carpool Book Club, so you will hear all about that then!

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Don’t forget to link up and share what you’ve been reading tomorrow!

What I am looking forward to next month!

School ends for us in early June, but we will be wrapping up all of the end of school activities in May!  Summer here we come!

Happy Wednesday, y’all!! Thank you for the fun link up, girls!!  Xoxo Narci

Show and Tell Tuesday

Hey, y’all! It’s Tuesday, and 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 adult parties!

I have to admit something: I’m don’t throw a ton of adult parties.  However, I LOVE seeing how amazing and creative people can be!  So, today, I am sharing my favorite Pinterest Party ideas.   So, if you are planning something fun, maybe you will find your inspiration here!

Outdoor parties 

I love a magical outdoor setting!   Isn’t there something so sweet about taking the festivities outdoors?

This outdoor tablescape is so gorgeous!

Okay, now I want to host an outdoor party.  Aren’t these so fun? 😉 I love these twinkle lights!

And, a few ideas for outdoor games….Outdoor Twister

And outdoor yahtzee!

and to end the night!   So sweet!

A Few Special Touches

I love the idea of hanging pictures of the guest of honor on balloons!

And writing down your favorite memories of the birthday boy or girl!

a little flashback to their birth year is such a cute touch…

Plus, the dipped glitter cups are so cute too!!

Cute Themes

This movie night theme is really versatile, and the concession area is so creative!

And, let’s talk about the flamingo theme.  I mean, how cute is this?!

Another cute theme for this summer: Watermelon!   So creative and unique!

Thank you so much for the fun link up!   I can’t wait to check out everyone else’s fun party posts!!

Happy Tuesday, y’all!! XOXO Narci

Weekend Wrap-Up

Hey, y’all!  I hope you had a great weekend!  I spent most of my weekend running tiny people here and there. For a bunch of people who can’t even drive yet, they sure do have a way of making plans for themselves.  haha! 😉

Friday morning,we had a cozy start to the day! I took a few extra minutes to fill my cup back up with a longer quiet time than usual, and it was perfect!

Miss Presley Grace had an upset stomach, so she stayed home and cozied up with all of her stuffed animals…

While she rested, I worked all day on a bunch of precious faces!   This cute boy just got 2 top teeth, and he was SO CUTE during his session! 🙂

Presley is trying out for the talent show again this year!

She’s doing a group number with her girlfriends to Calendar Girl, and she is Miss January (NYE-themed)!   Her costume came in, and it is all kinds of cute!

On Friday night, some nasty storms rolled through. 

 I really love watching the clouds roll in before a big storm….God’s handiwork never ceases to amaze me!

Presley recovered about mid-day on Friday, so on Saturday we went to a volleyball double header!

and then the normal Saturday playdate/school project meetings/birthday party hustle. 

followed by reading in our new Bible before bedtime!

On Sunday morning, we had church and then soccer.  I was so awful about getting pictures the whole weekend, but I didn’t miss out on photographing our gigantic Iced Teas from Whataburger.  That is what you call having your priorities straight, people. 😉

Luke played on the opposite side of the field for the whole game, but it was a gorgeous afternoon for soccer!

Happy Monday, y’all!!  See you tomorrow for Show and Tell Tuesday! XOXO N

Friday Favorites

Hey, y’all!! It’s Friday! Woohoo!

Today, we are hosting Friday Favorites with my girls, Erika and Andrea!  I have a little bit of this and that for my Friday Favorites this week!

These two and their big brother are definitely my favorite!

And, I am LOVING this ruffle tank top that is on major sale! (It’s only $20!)

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It’s really cute with jeans, and I think will be just as cute this summer with shorts too!

Speaking of summer, I fell hard for this little summer dress recently!  It’s a chambray stripe and super comfortable!

I’m almost 5’6″, and I really think it’s a tad too short on me.  So, I am going to use it as a cover-up instead.  Also, this would also be perfect as a tunic with white jeans!!

Speaking of classic prints, the check on this skirt is darling!   I think this would be so cute with a simple tee tucked in!

and for my girls who love a romantic look, this top is for you!

Need some more inspiration?  Here are a few more of my favorite finds from this week!   The weather is warming up, and we are going to be ready! 🙂

Short-sleeve shirtdress 
Trina Turk Africana Cross Back One Piece Swimsuit 
Tory Burch Miller Thong Sandals
Trina Turk Corbin 2 Printed Shorts 
Women’s Jessica Simpson Jazlin Wedge Sandal 
Striped pleated shift dress 

Happy Friday, y’all!! Have a great weekend! XOXO Narci

What’s going on :)

Some of you may already know, but in addition to being a mama and a blogger…my heart beats for a sweet little photography business that I run here in the Dallas area, Narci D Photography.  Capturing memories for my clients such an honor. 🙂   If you are local or will be in the Dallas area sometime soon, I am opening up my calendar through the summer…and we have a TON of themed minis coming up to suit every price range!   Mother’s Day minis, Patriotic Minis, Bridge Minis, Destin Minis, and even Back to school Minis in August are coming up, so email me if you’d like a spot (narcidphotography@gmail.com)!   In the meantime, I am working my way through our Bluebonnet sessions, and here is a sneak peek of what I am working on now. 🙂

Happy Thursday, y’all!! XOXO Narci

A Mini Book Review :)

Hey, friends! Last week, I posted a little snippet on Instagram about being a mama to teenagers, and I was blown away by the responses that I received from so many other mamas via comments, DM, and email!   As I was sitting there that night reading those messages, I was trying to figure out how to be useful to those mamas…..and it’s hard…because when kids are small, a handful of parenting techniques can work really well across the board. However, teenagers are a little bit different!  Then, I  remembered a book that I read several years ago about marriages and how it was so beneficial to me, so I hopped on Amazon and bought the Teenage version! 🙂 

Once I received it, I was completely engrossed!   If you’ve read any of Dr. Leman’s books, you know that they are more about changing your behavior patterns than that of your loved ones(which makes the titles super ironic!)…and are so useful at providing real solutions that can change the very fabric of your relationships. 🙂

Also, while I was reading through this book, I kept on wishing I had read this book years ago even before we had a teenager in the house. 🙂 There are a lot of behaviors that you could establish beforehand that would make the transition to the teenage years much easier for everyone. Now, if you are a preschool or new mama, I want you to pretend that you never heard me say that…you have enough to worry about with trying to make sure they sleep through the night, potty train, and more….you can come back here when those babies are older and read this then.  😉

But, if you have older grade school kiddos and you are interested in this topic, I’d definitely recommend you reading this book in advance if you’d like to know what to expect when the teenage years do hit.  🙂

And, if you are a teen mama, this will completely change the way you view and handle the teen years.  I can tell it’s going to be a huge blessing to our family! 🙂 So, if you are needing a little encouragement and guidance today, then grab this book!   You won’t be disappointed at all!

Happy Wednesday, y’all! See you back here tomorrow! XOXO N

 

Tuesday Talk

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

This Easter, we knew the kids really needed new Bibles, but we weren’t sure about which ones to pick!! So, I did a little research, and I thought I’d share what I found  with y’all in case you were looking for something similar! I should mention that I am not a professional at this sort of thing….so if you have great tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments!

Teen Boy Bible

So, for Jackson, I wanted something a little more mature, but with some great life application features!

In this Bible, there are little sidebars all throughout with scenarios, in depth study, and prayers that are applicable to teen life.  I love that!

And lots of encouraging information for young men!

So, if you have a teen boy in your life, this is a great option!

Boys’ Bible

I picked this one up for Luke!

It has lots of cool facts and application tips for boys as well!  Luke is a great little reader, and these tips provide an extra little bit of information to add to his understanding and keep him interested.

Luke is really enjoying this one as well!

Girls’ Bible

Here’s the one I picked out for Presley.  Truth be told, I want this one for myself also!

I debated getting one meant specifically for girls her age, but Presley is my artist…and I knew that this would be right up her alley.  There are pages for her to color…

and wide margins for pictures, her favorite verses, and such.  

She’s  a visual learner, so these artistic verses are so great for her learning style, too!  This was a big hit with our creative girl!

Adult Options

Some of you asked about my Bible, and this year I am reading through the One Year Bible (per my girl, Shay’s, recommendation :))…

and I do my studying in my Parallel Bible

It has the NIV translation in one column and the Message on the other side. 

 If I have a hard time understanding something, having the Message right there helps me wrap my head around what I am reading a little better.  Then, I go back and read the NIV again so I can get a better gist of what is going on. 🙂

One last thing: I didn’t buy this one, but I am was reallllly close to grabbing this as an aide to Luke’s Bible.

The review’s are great, and I love the fun, engaging layout!

I ordered all of mine off Amazon (hellllo, Amazon Prime!)…if you want to, you can find them on Amazon just below!

Teen Boy Bible: http://amzn.to/2nW8Dk9

Boys’ Bible: http://amzn.to/2onqiw9

Girls’ Bible: http://amzn.to/2onilHq

Action Bible: http://amzn.to/2oilbOK

One Year Bible: http://amzn.to/2oPIAdF

Parallel Study Bible: http://amzn.to/2oPUeoS

Hope this helps your search!   If you have some other great options, leave them in the comments!   Happy Tuesday, y’all!! XOXO Narci

Weekend Wrap-Up!

Hey, y’all!!  I hope you had an amazing Easter weekend! 

Victory was won for you and me by a Savior who changed everything. He is risen indeed!

Our Thursday morning, we started with smiles….

And, after school, we celebrated the 3 day weekend with Ice Cream for everyone!

Friday morning, I had a newborn session, and the kids went fishing with Robert!  They had so much fun!  Afterwards, we met up at the house and headed to the airport together for a very sweet arrival!

My friend, Brooke, brought home her precious Willow from China, and their homecoming was so special!   

Oh my stars, she is just adorable!! I am so happy for their family!

Afterwards, we hit up our favorite pizza joint for dinner…

and a little horsing around…

The weather was gorgeous, and it was a sweet ending to a busy day. 

On Saturday morning, we dyed Easter Eggs

and then we went to our church’s Eggstravaganza!  The kids loved the petting zoo so much. 

And, the egg hunt never disappoints!

Oh, and these new Stella and Dot earrings came in!  I wore them to the Egg hunt, and I am in love! Aren’t they so pretty?

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On a related note….f you want to order those earrings today, you can get a pair of sparkle studs for FREE!  What a deal!  Don’t forget to make sure that I’m listed as your stylist, so you can be entered into our monthly drawing too! 🙂

After the Egg Hunt, we made Peep S’mores

and sat around the fire pit as a family!   I love these quiet, simple moments together the most!

On Easter morning, we had Beach Bags out for the kiddos instead of baskets.    We filled them with swim toys, googles, and some special snacks! 

And, each of the kiddos received a new Bible!   This was a big hit with everyone!

I’m going to talk about these more this week, but Presley’s Bible is so neat!  There are verses to color and wide side margins for notes, drawings, and such!

Here they are checking it all out!

And, Rob hid Eggs for them to find around the house just for fun!

Then, it was time for church!   The sermon was awesome!

and, then Brunch with my favorites…

A few of y’all asked about this dress, and I really love it!  

 I love the blue stripes on this one, plus it has pockets!!

What a great weekend with family! Happy Monday, y’all!! See you back here tomorrow! XOXO Narci