Carpool Book Club: Kids Edition

Hey, y’all!! It’s time for carpool Book Club!  Woohoo!  Each month, I share the books that are on my nightstand!img_7021

This month, I thought it would be fun to share the books that my kids are currently reading, plus some of our favorites from the past!  I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for some great book recommendations for our family.🙂

Little House on the Prairie

Presley and I are just starting to read this series before bedtime each night.


Right now, I am reading them aloud, but my hope is that she’ll pick them back up in a few years to read on her own.🙂

Treasure Island

Meanwhile, Rob and Luke are reading this one together! img_4869

Another one of Luke’s favorites to read on his own is this series: The Hardy Brothers.  img_4871

He loves the mystery element, and I love that they keep him interested!

Babysitter’s Club

Presley is too young for this series, but I can’t wait for her to be into this series!  This was one of my favorites growing up!img_4872

One of Jackson’s favorites growing up was the Magic Tree House series!img_4875


And, if you have a 4th/5th grader, I totally recommend this one!  I read it with Jackson, and it is so good!img_4873

Another one of his favorites during that time period was the Percy Jackson series.  He liked that they were action packed, and I appreciated that they didn’t get too dark!img_4877

Pippa the Pumpkin Fairy

And, finally, Presley is a big fan of this series of books.  They are simple picture books, but they are fun little stories with pretty illustrations.  It’s just a happy little read!img_4876

What are your favorite Children’s books/series?  Share your faves in the comments!  I can’t wait to look through your recommendations!  Happy Thursday, y’all!! 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!

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

What we’re eating this week….

M-Eating Out!

Tu-Breakfast for Dinner

W- Taco Soup

Th-Sausage and Spinach Soup

F- Pizza Night!

What I’m reminiscing about…

This popped up in my Facebook memories from our last election, and oh my stars!!🙂


And, then this from our Pumpkin Patch visit 3 years ago!

What I’m loving…

Stella and Dot is running a Flash Sale right now, and I am loving a few of the items that are on sale!

Reversible Sanibel Pendant Necklace

My girl, Sheaffer, has talked about this awesome necklace before, and it is one of my favorites!


She is totally rocking this versatile necklace–It’s reversible and only $47  today!  What a steal!

Oh, and I love these darling Isadora hoop earrings that are also part of the Flash sale!  I have been wearing them on repeat lately, and they are only $24 right now!   Hello, gift giving!

You can order either of these items by going here and entering the product name in the search bar.  Make sure that I am listed as your stylist (Narci Dreffs)!  Each order under my stylist name is placed into a drawing for a free pair of earrings each month!  :)

What I’m wearing…

At our Harvest Party, I was so excited to break out this floral top!  It was perfect for layering under this light sweater!


you can find my top here, jeans here, Rebel necklace here,sweater sold out but similar here, and fringe peep toes here

And, speaking of Jeans…a few of you asked about these Jeans from my post on Monday!  You can find them here!img_4619

What we’ve been up to…

The kids were out of school on Monday, so we made a trip to the local Pumpkin Patch!🙂


We fed the animals
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rode tractorsimg_4780

and picked our pumpkins!

I was worried that our kids might be too old/too cool for the patch, but the kids all had a great time! Traditions are such an important part of growing up–I know there might be a little bit of sighing or eye rolling as they get older BUT I am so happy that they will have these fun memories to look back on!

 What I am working on….

This week, I finally have a break in family and newborn sessions, so I am busy with all of the editing.   I always say that I could never pick my favorite type of session, but I think these twin newborn girls are pretty fantastic.🙂


Alot of screen time calls for takeout to break up the day up just a bit.😉

What I’m listening to…

Right now, I am not listening to anything, but I was listening to my people in the car on Friday night!  Y’all don’t make fun of my singing voice, but we were rocking out people.🙂

What I am excited about….


Yes ma’am!  Bring on the Halloween Candy!!

What I’m watching or reading…

Currently, I am re-watching Gilmore Girls in anticipation of the new season starting next month!


I am so excited, y’all!!

What I’m looking forward to next month…

Next month, we have Presley’s birthday and a trip to visit Rob’s family in Michigan for Thanksgiving!  We are ready for those cold temps!  It’s still 80 degrees here in Texas!🙂


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

Easy Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

Hey, y’all!  Today, I am sharing one of my favorite little side recipes.  In fact, we served it just this weekend!  I love to make it as a side for BBQ, steaks, or burgers plus you can prep this side beforehand, refrigerate, and bake before serving!  Perfect!


  • 3 pkgs Instant mashed potatoes
  • 1 pkg Ranch Dressing mix
  • 1 16 oz container of Sour Cream
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 1 pkg of bacon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare bacon and mashed potatoes as instructed on packages. Crumble bacon and set aside. Mix mashed potatoes, ranch dressing mix, sour cream, 2 cups of cheddar cheese, and crumbled bacon.  Spoon into greased, 13×9 baking pan.   Bake for 20-25 minutes or until heated through.🙂  Enjoy! 

Happy Tuesday!! XOXO N

Weekend Wrap-Up

Hey y’all!! We had a fun but busy weekend!🙂 Friday morning, everyone was all smiles!img_4612

On Fridays, I take a few hours out of my work week to host a Bible Study for our neighborhoodimg_4619

and have lunch with the kids :) img_4625

I worked for the rest of the day, and we met up with Carter at a lemonade stand in the neighborhood!  This is their lemonade posing picture!  Funny boys!img_4635

Afterwards, we met up with Rob for dinner, and we totally laughed because we somehow managed to match without realizing!  #twinkiesimg_4644

While we were waiting for a table, the kids played outside the restaurantimg_4647

and had so much fun!img_4648

I love this area at night with all of the twinkle lights!!img_4650

BTW, Jackson is catching up with Rob in the height department. He can’t wait to pass him up.😉img_4651

After dinner, I came home and worked some more.  Look at these two precious girls who were on my editing screen!  Love!


On Saturday, I spent the day doing this🙂   img_4656

It kind of looks like I am knocking their heads together in this picture? haha! Clearly, these two cuties were having so much fun though! :) 

During my break, we picked up around the house, and I put up our Halloween banner!


And after some more sessions, we had these lovely ladies and their families over!  The food was delicious, and the company was even better!img_4680

Sunday morning came early, and Luke was doing his “thing” for the camera😉

Followed up by soccer and our Sunday School Harvest Party!  What a fun night!

Perfect  weekend with our five!   Life has been super busy with work, so a little fun squeezed in was just what the doctor ordered!  Happy Monday, y’all!! XOXO Narci

Friday Favorites

Hey, y’all!! It’s Friday, and we are hosting Friday Favorites with my girls, Erika and Andrea!!  Here are a few of my favorites from this week!  Today, we are keeping it short and sweet!🙂

Sunrise from my Bedroom Window 


On Wednesday morning, I was opening my curtains and saw the best sunrise out our bedroom window!  This view out our back windows never gets old, and is definitely my favorite!


I mentioned earlier this week that I am diving into this book, and it is turning out to be such a great read.   Ladies, if you need a encouraging read, I highly recommend this one!img_4414-1

You will be so blessed by her words!

This outfit

Sometimes I go to the mall with lunch and returns in mind, but I end up in here also.

Ha!  Does that happen to anyone else?   I sure hope that I am not the only one!   PS-You can find my outfit here:

TopJeansScarf (this is the same scarf just a different pattern, and I LOVE it!)-Booties

And I grabbed a quick shot of me in the shirt I wore to the mall.  We talked about this lace top yesterday, and here it is on!🙂


I got a ton of compliments on this top while I was out, and I love that it fits comfortably without being scratchy!  Perfect!

There we go!  Time to zoom on into the weekend!  We have some fun planned, and I can’t wait! Don’t forget to link up below!  Happy Friday, y’all! XOXO Narci

Fashion Thursday

Hey, y’all!! It’s Fashion Thursday!  Once a week, I share my favorite fashion picks!  This week, I remembered to take a few pictures while I was out and about as well!

This first dress is really cute on!

 I love it for a date night as a dress and a tunic for everyday! :) img_4484-1

A few of you asked about these earrings, and they are the Chantilly Lace Earrings!  You can find them here!🙂

I am a big fan of the cold shoulder trend, and I love this cute top for Fall!  I took this picture after I’d been out all day, but it was still going strong! :) img_4583

This top came home with me too, and it is super cute on as well!  Love!


And, this dress is SO CUTE ON!!   I forgot to take a picture, but it is so flattering and fun!50722a2385a5d121a60f6eda4f417cf2_best

I plan to wear it with these booties!🙂 So pretty!🙂

32de6df19f39e41e92618c8361c2262a_bestHappy Thursday, y’all!! See you tomorrow for Friday Favorites!! XOXO Narci




What’s happening here

What’s happening here? Just a little bit of Middle school football…

And soccer Saturday.  

Presley is enjoying hanging out with her girlfriends on Saturdays, but she’s decided to stick with cheer after the season is over. I actually was hoping she’d fall in love with soccer since it’s way less dangerous than cheer, but that girl loves to tumble.🙂

What’s happening here?  Just a little bit of date night…

And sweet morning pictures

I’m digging deep into this book and enjoying it. 

Plus, I saw this on Facebook and loved it. We’re desperately seeking Fall here in Texas. 

What’s happening in your neck of the woods? Sound off in the comments! Happy Wednesday, y’all!! 

See you here tomorrow for our Fashion Thursday! Xo Narci 

Show and Tell Tuesday

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

Twice a month, we show and tell about a different topic!  This month, we are sharing our quirks, nicknames, and phobias!

What can I say?  My people do quirky/crazy  really well?😉


So, here we go!

My #1 Phobia 

Spiders don’t scare me, give me a big group of people all day long, but please LORD do not have me cross an overpass or a bridge over water.  I am not made to do these sorts of things and keep from losing my cool.


In fact, I’m wheezing into a brown paper bag by just LOOKING at these pictures.


I am not sure if flying off one of these bridges is a rational fear, but that hasn’t stopped me from stocking up on these babies on the off chance that it does happen.😉


Or driving WAY TOO SLOWLY when I am crossing one of two!  People, I am not leaving this one to chance! haha!

I am a tiny bit oblivious

Most people might say that I am really laid back which is true!  I, also, think “laid back” might be a really nice way of saying that I am pretty much oblivious to everything that is going on around me. haha! Case in point.


Stuff like this just happens to me!   A tire stuck in a drainage ditch during what was supposed to be a simple three point turn, yes ma’am!   Walking around with my contacts in the wrong (and opposite) eyes for 9 months straight: I’ve been there!   Leave my back hatch open while at the pool for 2 hours, it’s happened… TWICE!   The good news is that I always have a good story to tell at my own expense.😉

Just a regular thug

 Listen, I may just be a everyday mom living in the suburbs, but once I drop off those precious babies with the sensitive ears…I’ve been known to switch over to my favorite gangsta rap station.


Of course, I am sure that I look like this when I am moving to my music….2lsdicp

But the heart wants what it wants, and I just can’t help it!😉images-1

Hardcore: maybe not….probably something more like this! ha!b268df9ffe723b276ba720fb47589ff8

Yes, that’s more like it!😉 What a fun link up, Andrea!  Happy Tuesday, friends! XOXO Narci

Marshmallow Brownies

The kids and I tried a new recipe on Saturday night, and it was a big hit.  We were watching Ole Miss play Arkansas, so it’s convenient that I had something chocolate-y and delicious to drown my college football sorrows in.😉  This recipe is from scratch, but it’s super simple!   We had enough for our family of 5 PLUS some to share with our neighbors.  Also, this would be a great recipe for a potluck as well!   Enjoy!


Marshmallow Brownies

1 c. margarine
2 c. sugar
1/3 c. cocoa
4 eggs
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla

Soften margarine and blend in 2 cups sugar and cocoa.  Beat together and add 4 eggs, one at a time.  Add flour, salt and vanilla.

Spread on large (13×9 inch) greased cookie sheet.  Bake 25 minutes at 350.  Remove from oven and cover entire top with 1 package of miniature marshmallows.  Return to oven for 3 minutes, until soft and puffy.  Cool and frost with chocolate frosting.

Chocolate Frosting:

1 stick margarine (1/2 c.), softened
1/4 cup milk
1-2 tsp vanilla (depending on your taste)
3 tablespoons of cocoa
2-3 cups of powdered sugar

Mix all ingredients with a hand mixer until smooth.  Add more powdered sugar or milk until you reach desired consistency and spread on top of bars.

Original recipe can be found here. :) 

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!

Movie Night

Earlier this week, I met up with some girls to see Girl on the Train


I read this book back in May, and the movie did not disappoint for me!  There were more r-rated parts than I remember, but it was still so good!   Girl time is a BIG favorite of mine!

This Scarf

A few people emailed to ask about the jacket and scarf that I wore to the football game last weekend!


You can find a similar jacket here (mine’s sold out) and this scarf here!  (PS You can find my Gold Isadora hoops here!)

It threw it on yesterday when I was having a messy bun/no makeup day, and it instantly made me feel out together! 

I think this scarf is going to be my favorite for this season!  It is so versatile and the perfect color for Fall!

Beth Moore Bible Study

Last month, I made the decision to start a Bible study in our neighborhood, and we meet for the first time today!  We will be studying this book!


I am so excited to see how God works through this study!  It is going to be a GREAT 8 weeks!🙂

These sweet faces

These two were looking pretty sweet before school on Wednesday!


Pumpkin porch pictures just make me happy!

Texas Forever

And, a themed newborn shot is defnitely my favorite!

I visited this cute newborn’s home almost 3 years ago and set up this same shot with their older sister when she was just a newborn as well!  I love a good family tradition, and I am so thankful to be part of this family’s tradition as well!

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