Friday Favorites!

Hey, y’all!! It’s Friday, and we are hosting Friday Favorites with my girls, Erika and Andrea!  I am so happy that it’s the weekend!  This week has been crazy, and I am looking forward to the weekend with my family! If you need me, I’ll be at soccer (twice), Baseball (twice), volleyball, and a fun event at our church!  🙂

Texas Bluebonnets!

I have been on the search for those infamous Texas flowers!  Aren’t they just so pretty?  The bluebonnets are definitely my favorite!

A new haircut

Little Miss P got a new bob haircut, and she is looking pretty precious!     She decided she wanted to do something fun, and I love it!

A few of you asked about her shoes, and you can find them here. 🙂 

Pendant Necklaces

I am crushing all over the pendant necklace this Spring and Summer!  They are super flattering, and I love the simple lines!

I love the Carla Tassel Necklace here

And the Dalilah Pendant Necklace here

I wear this one with everything!

If you loved the Kimberley necklace, this is the perfect update to it!  You can shop the Trunk show here to check out the Carla and Dalilah necklaces!

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

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Fashion Thursday

Hey, y’all!! It’s been such a long time since I’ve shared my fashion finds!   I’ve missed this, and I can’t wait to share my favorites with you!

Kensie Dress

I’ve mentioned this dress before, and now I own it in both colors.  I don’t normally do that, but I bought the nude color first, and then I decided that I liked it so much that I needed the black version.

This dress is super comfortable!   I am thinking it would be a darling update to your LBD collection, and I love that the length is modest enough for work or church.  (It falls lower on my thighs, and I am 5’5″)

Bobeau Top

I picked up this spicy red top recently, and I keep on going back to it!  

When I was in the store…I noticed that the red and black versions are NOT see through (with a nude and black bra on), but the other colors might be!

Green Floral Dress

I am a big fan of floral this season, and I loved the colorful print of this dress!

All the Jessica Simpson Sandals

And Jessica Simpson is killing it this Spring in the way of sandals!  Woohoo!

I love this cute brown pair

and a similar nude pair.  I love these, because they are my go-to style for Summer!

And hellllooo Fringe! 🙂

and this strappy flat version is perfect!  Wouldn’t this be so cute with white jeans???

So, there you go!  Lots of pretty options for Spring Weather! Enjoy!! XOXO Narci

What’s happening here

Hey, friends!  Just a little bit of this and that going on around these parts!  Yesterday, we talked about our best tips for parenting in the technology age, and there are some great tips listed in the comments section!  You should go ahead and check it out!  Thank you for being so helpful, y’all! Because, sometimes I feel like this… 😉

Other than that, we are just over here working on some precious pictures….

and using all of the Spring photo backgrounds!

My girl, Shay, is releasing her next cookbook, and we’ve already made several things out of it as a family!  If you’d like to get a copy, you can order yours here!  It is such a pretty cookbook, and so useful with a family of sous chefs!   What a fun idea for an Easter Basket or summer break!

These days, we’ve been wearing our Sunday best..

and enjoying our time together in between all of the Spring acitivites…

And, we even had a family movie night at the new Beauty and the Beast movie.  It did not disappoint!

All of our boys tagged along….some of them were happier than others… 😉

We’ve been watching Miss Presley try her hand at Volleyball!   She is doing so well!

And, Luke is starting to get warmed up in soccer.  Love that number 8 to pieces! 

Also, Jackson’s baseball team took 2nd place in their Spring tourney!  🙂

And, finally, we sported our crazy socks in honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Day!   We have some very precious friends with Down Syndrome, and we just couldn’t love them anymore if we tried. Happy Wednesday, y’all!!  Hope you have a great day! XOXO Narci

Tuesday Talk

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


Each month, we chat about what’s on our mind, and this month I need your help! My kids are getting to the ages where technology and screen time are a big deal! I want to know your tips for screen time, for social media,  and especially how you keep your kids safe while they are on the Internet. Leave your comments with your favorite software, apps, and other tips and tools! I am lacking in this area, and I need your help! 

Just so get us started: my tip is that our kids have to earn screen time by doing chores around the house. The kids vaccum, do laundry, dust, and even clean bathrooms for a little screen time…and this works so well for us! 

I can’t wait to hear your tips, friends! Help this mama out! Happy Tuesday! Xoxo Narci 

Workin’ It Monday

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

I am so happy to be linking up with two of my girls, Shay and Erika, for their FUN 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!

Today is all about balancing work and home life.  Working mamas, I know you feel me on how hard this can be!

Tip 1: Keep a master schedule (and don’t overschedule yourself or anyone else in the family)

I use my Erin Condren planner for this, and then add everything to our Family Monthly calendar by our Laundry room.  Rob prefers keeping track of the calendar via his phone which works great for him, and we make sure that we both receive all emails from coaches and teachers.  That way if one of us misses something important in regards to the kiddos, there’s a good chance that the other one  of us caught it instead.  Also, don’t be afraid to say no to some commitments …For a long time, I said yes to everything, and I was miserable running around trying to do everything!  Save your yes for the things that truly matter.

Tip 2: Know your Work Limits, and stick to them

Sometimes as moms, we have to protect our time with our kids and family…..the temptation to please others and let your work bleed over into your family time is there, but I am constantly reminding myself that I can’t be great at my job if I am worried about not filling my mom role first.

Tip 3: Don’t try to be SuperMom: Know what your good at, and the leave the rest to someone else

For the rest of my life, I will never be known as the mom who makes the Pinterest-worthy Valentine’s or that runs the PTO like a boss.  I am simply not hardwired that way, but the good news is that when I step out of the way in those areas…I give room to let other mamas shine.  Know where your strengths lie, and resist the urge to be a supermom! It’s not worth the added pressure!

Tip 4: Take Advantage of your downtime with your family

Every year from January-March, our family has a down period….there are less sports, my schedule is lighter, and we just operate at a slower pace.  I try not to schedule much during this time, so when a busy season hits us….we’ve had time to just be a family…play board games, makes smores, impromptu barbeques, and naps together on the couch…it’s just so good to build up your family during those down periods.

Tip 5: Give yourself Grace 

We all make mistakes, friends.  There are going to be times where miss the mark at work, or we feel like we don’t give enough to our families…Give yourself grace!  We are never going to be perfect, and not dwelling on our shortcomings is the best way to move on to the next day!

Thank you so much for the fun link up today, friends!

Also, before I wrap up, I wanted to remind our Blardigan Blessing recipients to email Shay at mixandmatchmama@yahoo.com for more information on how to get your Blardigan!

Angela Tuchscherer- Susan
Owl Mom- Tracy Brown
Jodi Guntle- Rosie
Celeste Clark- Alison D.
Jill Thompson- Michelle B.
Jennifer McDonald- Jill W.
Caroline- Wendy Crawford
Mollie- her best friend Molly
Julianne-friend/former co-worker
Julie- Lisa Fowler
Ursula Evertt- Brenda
Heather Hernandez- Shannon
Denise Domingue- Sequoia
Katie- Elise Bethel
Christine Wilken- Robin
Emily- her older sister Holly
Jen Weber- Becky
Nikki Glenn-Emily
Meredith Hollowell- L.A.
Laura Cox- Karen

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!  I am so happy that it’s the weekend!  If you need me this weekend, I’ll be at Baseball, Soccer Twice, Volleball, or shooting for 10 hours at the Arboretum.   #thesearethedays

In preparation for a busy weekend, today is nice and easy…just some of the FUN things from this week!  Yay!

Oreo Peeps

Super deep, right?  But, we grabbed these this week, and everyone really liked them!

We’ve tried every single flavor of Oreo that’s been out, and these didn’t disappoint.  I have heard that these Oreos turned some people’s tongues pink, but we did not experience that!  🙂

Watching my babies do their thing

We’ve been super busy preparing for all the Spring sports to start, and I love watching the kids have fun and playing.  I can’t wait to watch everyone this season!

Spring Style

Before I left for Spring Break, I shared about some of the items I picked up for our Spring Break trip…so if you asked about my dresses or suit, you can check that out here!

I, also, picked up this CUTE top at the mall this week!

I paired it with a tank underneath, and just let the ties hang for a simpler silhouette.  Check it out!

Also, I grabbed this dress as well, and I love how comfy and cute it is!

Blardigan Blessings

And, finally, the recipents of the Blardigan Blessings that we spoke about on Monday are the following.  Some amazing readers contacted Shay to donate more Blardigans so we were able to donate 20 total!!  What a blessing!

Angela Tuchscherer- Susan
Owl Mom- Tracy Brown
Jodi Guntle- Rosie
Celeste Clark- Alison D.
Jill Thompson- Michelle B.
Jennifer McDonald- Jill W.
Caroline- Wendy Crawford
Mollie- her best friend Molly
Julianne-friend/former co-worker
Julie- Lisa Fowler
Ursula Evertt- Brenda
Heather Hernandez- Shannon
Denise Domingue- Sequoia
Katie- Elise Bethel
Christine Wilken- Robin
Emily- her older sister Holly
Jen Weber- Becky
Nikki Glenn-Emily
Meredith Hollowell- L.A.
Laura Cox- Karen

Please know that I will continue to pray for you and your precious loved ones who are battling cancer.  Those who were selected can email Shay at mixandmatchmama@yahoo.com with the following: your choice of baby Blardigan or regular Blardigan, your color choice, your size choice, and the physical address you’d like for the Blardigan to be sent to.

Happy Weekend, my friends!   XOXO Narci

Spring Break Trip, Part Two: Disney World!!

Hey, y’all!!  Today, I am recapping the 2nd part of our super fun Spring Break trip!  Yesterday, I shared about the Cruise(Sea) part of the trip, but today is all about our Disney World (Land) portion!

We used my girls, Shay and Erika, over at Mix & Match Travel to plan all the details of our cruise: like the on ship character experiences, the Bibbidi  Bobbidi Boutique, port excursions, registration, and all of the little things that would have totally stressed me out!   I must have asked one million questions, and they answered them all! So, when we decided to add a land portion to our vacation, they were all over this as well!  They helped us book fast passes, gave us the skinny on what rides and attractions we needed to see, and basically took all of the guesswork out of this day.  We were restricted by our air travel dates, but my only regret for our trip was that we really need a few more days like a typical Land & Sea vacation.   So, if you are thinking about doing this type of vacation, I totally recommend 3 days at the Disney Parks!

If you need help planning your Disney vacation, email them because they are awesome! mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com.

So, on Monday we debarked the ship and headed over to Magic Kingdom!  woohoo! I had really cute outfits planned for everyone, but it was chilly that day so we ditched all that and went for comfort all the way!!

The very first thing we did was split up the boys and girls.  Truth be told, the boys were really into trying the roller coasters, and Presley was really into filling her autograph book with Princesses! ;).  So, we booked 2 sets of Fast Passes for the day, and then met up in between for meals and riding some of the smaller rides.  It really worked out perfectly, and everyone was happy!

The boys had Fast passes for and rode Space Mountain, The Pirates of the Caribbean, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!   Meanwhile, we had fast passes for and met all of the princesses! 😉

Watching Presley meet all of the princess that she grew up watching and loving was so special!

Belle was my favorite!

Presley had the role of Mrs. Potts during the character experience. So special!

We already have our tickets for the new Beauty and the Beast movie releasing Friday!   I can’t wait!

In between our Fast Passes, we rode the Haunted Mansion.  I mean, this was probably way too scary for the littles, but they were bound and determined to ride it! Ha!  I thought it was a little spooky, but mostly campy and fun!

And, the new Seven Dwarves ride.  We LOVED this one!!!!!

Seriously, you need to add this to your list of rides next time you go!

And, at night, we went over to the Storybook Circus section.  This is kind of a fun retro section, and I LOVED it all lit up at night!   You know I am a fan of twinkle lights, and this area did not disappoint! Really cute!

We rode Dumbo

And, the Tea Cups

And, then ended our day with awesome seats for the Firework show! I totally snagged this photo off Disney’s site, because my phone was dead by this time! haha!

It truly was a magical day!

So,we didn’t book Dining experiences this time, because we added the Disney Parks portion of our vacation at the last minute…and all of the good restaurants were taken. 😉  However, when we go back, we will be staying much longer…and I have a list of places that we’d  like to eat. 🙂

Going on this trip was such a blessing to our little family, and it totally has us wondering where we will be going next?  The travel bug bit us, and we are making a travel bucket list for our family now!  Off to the next destination, with maybe another Disney Cruise/Disney World Trip in the mix!!

Happy Thursday, friends!  See you tomorrow for Friday Favorites! XOXO Narci

 

Spring Break Trip, Part One: Disney Cruise!!

Hey, y’all!!  Today, I am recapping our super fun Spring Break trip!  We did what is called a “Land & Sea” vacation, and we had the very best vacation ever!  Our only complaint is that we wish it had lasted longer! 🙂

We used the amazing and knowledgeable girls over at Mix & Match Travel to plan all the details, and we couldn’t have been happier with how it went!

If you are planning your 2017 vacation (or even 2018!), email them because they would love to help!  mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com.

On Thursday, we flew down to Orlando, and I just wanted to take a minute to thank my precious hubby.  Thursday was Manda’s funeral and our flights conflicted with the service…Robert really wanted to go to the service, but changing the flights for all of us at the last minute was just an astronomical price.  So, he offered to change my flight and flew with all 3 kids plus our luggage so I could attend.  He is such a gem and just gets things done in our family, and I am so thankful for him.  So, Robert and the kids flew down on Thursday around mid-day, and I flew down on Thursday after the service.

On Friday morning, we boarded the ship!  Thanks to our super awesome travel agents, we had our registration, travel documents and transportation to Port Canaveral taken care of way ahead of time…so that morning was just a breeze, and we basically just walked on the ship!

These three were ready! 🙂

We checked out our room, and walked around and explored the ship!  It really is gorgeous inside!

And, then we headed to the main lobby for the Sailing Away party!   They threw Mickey shaped confetti, and there was lots of DANCING!

After that, we got ready for dinner.  Somehow, I didn’t take pictures of our room…Not even once!  I was worried about it being too cramped, but it was actually perfect for our crew!  We did the Deluxe Family Room with a Veranda, and we couldn’t have been more pleased with the amenities, the housekeeping staff, or the sleeping arrangements!

Before Dinner, we met with our favorite Disney character: Minnie Mouse!

The photographer asked if I wanted to be in the picture.  I’m glad I hopped in!

Luke chilled in one of the port holes while he waited for us to finish up with Minnie.

And, then we headed off to eat at Enchanted Garden!  We ate at a different restaurant each night, and the food was delish.

Jackson is the resident foodie in our house, and he was pretty much in Heaven the whole time.  Alot of you asked if he enjoyed it, and I think the food MADE the experience for him. haha!  In fact, every time I’d turn around, he would either be 1. At the all-day buffet or  2. In the Teen Area. 😉 We all loved the food each night!

After dinner, we went to see the show for the night, and it was the Golden Mickeys!

They don’t allow for photos during the show, but isn’t the auditorium gorgeous?!

Overnight, the ship sailed to Nassau, Bahamas!  So, the next morning, we had a quick breakfast at the Breakfast Buffet, and went to the ship pool!  It was a little windy and chilly on this day, but the AquaDuck slide did not disappoint!!

And, later that morning, we went on our first Port Adventure to the Atlantis in Nassau!  This port and hotel was amazing!

We put our phones in the lockers for the day, but we rode their super fun slides, checked out the lazy river, played in the pools, and spent two hours on the beach making sand castles and such.  Again, we drew an unlucky straw on the cooler weather this day, but Atlantis did not disappoint!   Our kids favorite slide was one that goes through the middle of the shark tanks! SO fun!

After we got back on the ship, we got all dressed up for the next bit of fun! Pirate night!  Wahoo!

Before dinner, we made a little visit to the Bibbidi Bobbidi boutique for a fun Pirate girl makeover.  In retrospect, I wish I had done this for Luke too….He told me that he didn’t want to, but he was a little disappointed after he saw how fun it was.  So, boy mamas…this is totally for your boys also!

Presley took a pirate oath and was all set for some Pirate adventures.

The Pirate party before dinner was amazing!

We watched an interactive show with Mickey and his friends!  Afterwards, we went to dinner at the Royal Palace!

The parents 🙂

and then saw the show for that night: Villains!

There were activities all night long, but we were pretty much TAHRED after the show each night, so we went to bed!  So, if you are a night owl, you will love all of the fun family and/or adult activities they have going on!  The next morning, we woke up to this….

That is the view of the next port, Castaway Cay, from our Vernada.  Goodness, the weather was pretty much perfect for that day! We were anxious to get on the island, but first we had a very special meeting to go to! 🙂

Presley’s love for Elsa runs deep and strong…we even did an Elsa photo shoot a few years ago to remember it by! 🙂

She loved meeting these two princesses while we were cruising!

For all my princess afficionados, most of the major princesses were available for meet and greets on the cruise ship.  We knew we were heading to Disney World after, so we skipped the rest for that reason only.  However, there were a TON of chances to meet them all on board!

And, finally, our 5 on the beach!   We are just a beach family, so everyone was in their happy place here!


We had lunch at the awesome Barbeque on the island, and it was so delicious!

Jackson spent most of his time at the Buffet, playing Basketball, and on this cool water obstacle course in the ocean!

And, yes we did the Cupid Shuffle with Minnie Mouse!  Minnie can dance by the way!!

At the end of the day, we were sandy and needed a good shower, but our hearts were so full!

Walking back to the cruise ship!

That night, we ate at the Animator’s palate.  This restaurant was everyone’s favorite!

The characters on the screens interacted with the guests while they ate dinner!  Crush the turtle talked with us, and we laughed so hard!

This is when we realized that Rob does a killer impression of Crush the Turtle.  As in, Disney should be calling us for the next Nemo movie.  Rob won’t let me video him doing it (party pooper!), so leave a comment if you want to hear Rob do Crush!   I am a firm believer in peer pressure. haha!

A better shot of Animator’s Palate

That night, we saw our last show: Believe!  Somehow, we managed to get front row seats each night, and it was so fun to be up close and personal!

After the show, we took a picture with Mickey in his captain’s outfit, and it really was the perfect ending to our Cruise.

Tomorrow, I’ll be back with the rest of our vacation, and our trip to Disney World!   Hope you have the very best Wednesday, y’all! 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!   Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing about  our Spring Break trip, but today is all about our most embarrassing moments! 🙂

I’m not going to lie…I catch myself in silly situations all the time, but I just don’t get embarrassed very easily!   Maybe because it happens so much?  I’m constantly doing things like: wearing my contacts in the opposite eyes (for 9 months straight), walking around with a lollipop on my behind all day, and more.

My favorite embarrassing moment, though, was on a very important day…our wedding day! 🙂

After Robert proposed, we decided to head to Las Vegas to get married.  Neither one of us gambles, but my parents suggested it…and we went for it!  Before we left, we researched different chapels online…we knew we didn’t want something super cheesy (no Elvis impersonators, thank you!), and we immediately fell in love with the chapel at the Excalibur Hotel.  Isn’t it so pretty?

I called the hotel, picked the flowers (roses!), chose the ceremony type, and confirmed all the details!  We were all set for an elegant and sweet wedding ceremony right smack dab in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip!

A few months later, we flew out to Vegas and had such a fun time heading out to fancy dinners and seeing shows before our big day! On the morning of the ceremony, we arrived at the chapel and split up to the Bride and Groom’s waiting areas.  Friends, I was a bundle of nerves!  When it came time for the ceremony, I stood behind the closed doors at the back of the chapel…and they finally opened them!   I looked up at the front of the chapel for Rob and I was shocked to see no one other than….

my precious fiance and Merlin the Magician.

It turns out that when you get married at the Excalibur Hotel, your wedding is officiated by none other than Merlin the Magician.  I didn’t think to ask about that detail when setting everything up.  So, the entire hotel is castle/magic themed, so that makes sense!  I don’t know?  I guess I was expecting a justice of the peace?  haha!

Anyhow, when you fly to Las Vegas to get married, you book a chapel, and buy the perfect dress…you keep on walking down the aisle when you realize Merlin is part of the deal as well….there was no way I was turning back then!

So, there you go…super embarrassing then, but one of our favorite things to laugh about now. 😉  #marriedbyMerlin

Thank you so much for the fun link up, Andrea!! Happy Tuesday, y’all! XOXO N

Blardigan Blessings

Hi, Friends!  Before I get started today, I want to take a second to thank you from the bottom of my heart…for your heartfelt words and the prayers for our precious Manda and her family.  Every single day, I am truly amazed by the support from this sweet online community and the big hearts of those I am surrounded by here in Texas.  Please continue to pray for her precious family.  Thank you again!

For those of you who missed Manda’s celebration of life service, you can find it right here.  You can also view the amazing slide show that was played before the ceremony here .

Today, I am joining Shay, Erika, Sheaffer, and Andrea with an opportunity to bless and LOVE on someone who is currently battling cancer.  We will be giving 10 Blardigans to 10 women who are fighting cancer in honor of our precious Manda.  I know that she would have loved sharing her love of the Blardigan with these strong women and giving them some small bit of comfort during their treatment. 

Entering is super easy this time around…you can just leave a comment on any of our 5 blogs. You can enter yourself or nominate a friend, and one entry per person please.  Ten random entries will be selected and will be announced on Friday. 

Happy Monday, friends.  All of my love…XOXO Narci