What’s Up Wednesday {08/31/16}

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The last Wednesday of every month, SheafferMel and I host our What’s Up Wednesday link up!  If you blogged WUW today too, make sure you link up below!

Every month, we answer these questions…

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…plus one bonus question.

Before we start, let me say this…this week has kicked my hiney.  I’m talking kicked it HARD.  #anditsonlywednesday

On top of the hiney kicking, today, our sweet Ashby is having her second procedure done.  And friends, I am so not thrilled about it.  I honestly do not know what to do.  These procedures are extremely painful and since her last one (on July 29), she has pretty much been in constant pain.  Her doctors tell us this is normal and that things will get significantly better…but my four year old cries all day long that her arm and hand hurt, so I really have a hard time hearing the “it’s going to get better speech”.  We are looking into a second opinion that is out of state…paperwork is moving, appointments are trying to get scheduled…it would be difficult to see a doctor in another time zone…but if that’s what it takes, sign.me.up.  So, prayers please as we walk this road.  Ashby is as tough as nails.  I know people say that all the time…but seriously, if you look up “tough as nails” in the dictionary, you will see this…

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So here we go, this is what’s up with me today…

1. WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:

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If you missed my Meal Planning Monday this week, you can see it HERE.  I cannot deal with complicated dinners this week…so you better believe that everything is simple!

2. WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:

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Did someone say fall?  I hear it.  It’s coming.

3. WHAT I’M LOVING:

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Okay, every year after summer, I go get a new foundation.  I’ve told you a gazillion times that I like to wear Bobbi Brown’s tinted moisturizer with Nars’ Hot Sand Illuminator combined during hot weather (I just squeeze a little of both on my hand and mix them with a makeup sponge and then apply).  Well, now that fall is here, I wear a little more coverage when it’s not 110 degrees and I am obsessed with this new one I found from Nars.  It is both matte and dewey.  How is that possible?  I have no idea but I think it is.  It goes on so light (not heavy at all!) and I am in love.  Why have I not tried it sooner??? Love, love, love!

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It’s called Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Liquid Foundation, and I don’t think I’ve ever loved a foundation more.

4. WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

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We’ve been getting back into our back to school routine.   Getting up early, doing homework, after school activities and going to be early.  We’re back in the swing of things!

5. WHAT I’M DREADING:

Ah…my sweet girl waking up from anesthesia this afternoon.  She is not going to feel well.

6. WHAT I’M WORKING ON:

Quite a few things!

Mix and Match Mama Eats

Eats comes out on October 1!  If you want to pre-order a copy, click HERE.

And over in travel agency land…

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…we opened our 2017 calendar to not only Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line but all Caribbean, Mexican, Hawaiian and Alaskan cruises (on any line).  If you have questions, email me at mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com.

7. WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:

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The Shull five have a super fun September planned!  I cannot wait to get this month going because I know it’s going to be fantastic!  I love it when we have fun stuff scheduled :).

8. WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:

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Yesterday, I shared my August Book Review.  I read six books this month…so, if you want to read about them, click HERE.

And I’m still binge watching…

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…The Good Wife and it is so GOOD!  I’m going to be sad when I’m finished.

9. WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:

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…the soundtrack to Broadway’s Hamilton!  The kids and I are obsessed with this soundtrack.  Now, not all songs are kid appropriate, so you need to screen it before you let your young kids listen…but, I’m going to need Broadway to produce more shows that are historical because my kids are now well versed in Alexander Hamilton.  My older two can tell you all about his young life, his part in American politics and how he died #aaronburr.  Whenever they study Hamilton later on in life, they’re going to get A+ :).

10. WHAT I’M WEARING 

Okay, I’m going to combine this one with our bonus question today which is “What is your favorite transitional piece?”.  All week, we’ve been celebrating fall finds with Nordstrom who has so graciously helped me sponsor not one but TWO giveaways.  On Monday, I announced the winner of my teacher giveaway.  A sweet, sweet, sweet teacher who is 13 weeks pregnant with twins was our winner :).  And then, Nordstrom and I decided to host one more giveaway this month…one winner and her friend will each receive a $300 Nordstrom gift card.

Yes!  Yes! Yes!  Thank you Nordstrom!

So, I’ve been showing you ladies my favorite fall finds for the last week, but here they are again.  I love them because you can wear them now and then later when the weather is cooler.

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Now, this top flew off the rack in several sizes.  It comes in five different colors and patterns, so hopefully your size is still available in one of them.   I also found these that are very similar…

…plus a few plaid scarves thrown in there for good measure.

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These booties are one of my favorite fall finds along with this top that I bought during the Anniversary Sale and the necklace too.  It looks all fall but it’s light at the same time.  I bought the booties in wood suede but they also come in a gray and black as well.

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This dress that I CANNOT STOP WEARING along with these heels in a yummy brick suede (also available in black leather).

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My favorite transitional scarf…this is my third year in a row to wear it!

Don’t forget, for your chance to win the $300 Nordstrom gift card for you and another one for your friend, click HERE to enter!  The winner will be announced on Friday, so don’t delay!

11. WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:

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Last weekend, we celebrated Kensington’s birthday with some family and then this weekend, we’re celebrating with a few of her friends.  I cannot believe she’s almost eight.

12. WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:

September is always my favorite month of the year.  I just really think this is going to be a fantastic month.  I can’t wait for it to begin!

13. WHAT ELSE IS NEW:

Not much :).

Okay, thanks for letting me vent at the beginning of this post :).  Prayers appreciated as Ashby has her procedure today.  Love you all so much.  Don’t forget to link up below if you also blogged WUW today and don’t forget to click HERE to enter to win our Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway.

xo



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  • Kimm August 31, 2016 at 4:43 am

    Praying for Ashby

  • K ate H. August 31, 2016 at 4:59 am

    Prayers for your sweet Ashby and for you momma!

  • Kathryn R August 31, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Prayers for sweet Ashby today! Shay, you are doing everything right and are a wonderful mom. Have faith in that 🙂

  • Julia S Hart August 31, 2016 at 5:16 am

    Prayers for Ashby. I know how tough it is to watch your kids go through stuff like this.

  • Elizabeth Feldpausch August 31, 2016 at 5:26 am

    I will definitely be praying for your sweet girl! Please keep us updated and snuggle up on that angel extra hard!

  • Sheaffer August 31, 2016 at 5:37 am

    So many prayers for Ashby, the doctors, and you today. That precious girl needs some relief!

  • Susan August 31, 2016 at 5:45 am

    Praying for sweet Ashby and praying for y’all for discernment on where to go from here with doctors, etc.

  • Regine Karpel August 31, 2016 at 5:45 am

    Love and prayers. God Bless you.
    http://www.rsrue.blogspot.com

  • Anita August 31, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Praying for your sweet family!

  • Kaci August 31, 2016 at 5:51 am

    I pray for the presence of God to be over and in and with Ashby through all of this. For deep peace, strength and knowledge that He loves her and He has a plan for this. In Jesus’ Name! Amen!

  • Rene' Pingel August 31, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Praying for sweet Ashby and your family from Missouri!

  • cassie August 31, 2016 at 5:58 am

    My daughter did an internship at a major pharm company in Indy this summer and worked in the data analysis / IT area. Anyway, while designing a game for employees to play to learn more about the benefits employees are eligible for (I know, a game not a manual!) she learned they have an app/ game for kids to play while in the hospital to express pain levels. I will see if I can figure out if its public yet but in the meantime maybe ask around and see if such a thing is available for your daughter. It was very simple and set up like a “help us solve a mystery” or “help us find this” and adults pop up and give positive video messages of support like “you’re doing great! we are almost there”” A game/distraction for sure, but also gives kids a little control in their situation

  • Narci August 31, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Praying for you, my friend, and our precious Ashby. She is as tough as nails! Xo

  • Carly August 31, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Oh man- praying for you all today!! My youngest has woken up from anesthesia more times than I can count, and it is THE WORST!! One time she ripped out her IV and got blood all over my Blardigan (cue the tears!!). I am so sorry she has to keep enduring all of this– Much Love to you all <3!

  • Morgan August 31, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Prayers for your sweet Ashby and you! Hope everything goes well today.

  • Stephanie August 31, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Thoughts and prayers that Ashby pain goes away soon. Your sweet little girl has gone through so much already, hate to hear that she is in pain everyday. I think it’s a good idea to get that second opinion. Good luck today with Ashby’s procedure.

  • Rebecca August 31, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Praying for Ashby and your family!

  • Nicole August 31, 2016 at 6:18 am

    To think that before the creation of the world God knew He would be entrusting sweet Ashby to you gives me the reassurance that He has long gone down this road for you and has already prepared the way. Absolutely praying for y’all this morning!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt August 31, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Praying for Ashby and for you as you make a decision about her health! I saw the video you posted on IG last night of her dancing and you would never guess that she was in pain–she is so tough! Very inspiring!
    MeetTheShaneyfelts

  • cassie August 31, 2016 at 6:19 am

    as mentioned in previous post (not yet posted)
    Pain Squad app
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  • Melissa Grimes August 31, 2016 at 6:22 am

    Ashby just touches my heart in such a special way, I’m praying for her little tiny self today and all of yours in the family as you have to watch the daily pain in her. God is faithful, lets believe that today! Praying!

  • Rebecca Jo August 31, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Lifting up prayers right now for your sweet girl that everything goes well & smoothly… & she wakes up with no yuckies. hang in there momma. So tough to see your babies sick or in pain.

  • Rebecca VanDeMark August 31, 2016 at 6:39 am

    My heart broke as I heard Ashby has been in such pain- for her and for you mama. As a patient in pain a lot of the time it is so so hard and I am praying that this season of pain ends very quickly for Ashby. I am also praying for you- because I can only imagine how hard it is to watch this pain. I know for my parents this is one of the most difficult parts of me being sick. I am so so sorry. I am praying today goes smoothly and is filled with unimaginable peace and that even waking up she will not feel sick or pain. Praying that the Lord touches her body and gives you grace for these difficult moments ahead. I am truly so sorry.

  • Sonia Limon August 31, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Prayers for you and your family, the doctors that you will interact with, the nurses, and hospital staff. May the Lord watch over you , guide them, and heal Ashby!

  • Sanna August 31, 2016 at 6:45 am

    My heart breaks for Ashby and for you and Andrew as her parents. Daily constant pain is just awful. I so relate personally. Let this procedure be what gives her relief. And if this isn’t it, I hope you will get some clarity on what to do instead. Every second of pain feels like hours, and an hour feels like days. I can imagine how helpless you feel. Good thoughts are with you and your little one!! xo

  • Shan Rocha August 31, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Praying for sweet Ashby today ????❤️

  • Stacy August 31, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Praying so hard for your sweet girl (and you, Mama!).
    Much love to you from GA.

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life August 31, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Prayers for Ashby and you’re entire family!

    I need a new foundation so I’ll check that one out, thanks!

  • kathy August 31, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Praying for Ashby.
    I hope you are going to New York City soon. We were there last year for my daughter’s high school graduation gift and we loved it so much. I’d love to go back, but we have to save up. But I hope you do so I can enjoy it through you:)

  • Julimcg August 31, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Praying for all of you.

  • Daniele August 31, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Sending up thoughts and prayers for your sweet Ashby!

  • Lynn August 31, 2016 at 7:45 am

    No European cruises?!? That’s what we’re looking at doing next year!! 🙁

  • Nikki August 31, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Sending up prayers for your girl this morning!

  • Heather Witkowski August 31, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Praying for Ashby! Shay, have you heard about Casey Martin, the former PGA Tour golfer and now Head Coach of the Oregon Ducks golf team, that also has Klippel Trenaunay Syndrome? He was in the news years ago for suing the PGA over using a golf cart on the tour. He is a family friend from years ago that I’ve lost touch with but I know he’s on Facebook and reachable. I’m wondering if he may have doctor contacts that would be helpful to you as you all seek second opinions. Granted, they may be in the Pacific Northwest as we grew up in Eugene, OR but just thought I’d throw that out there. He is a strong Christian and has gone through so much with that condition. I’d be happy to try and reach out to him and connect y’all if you need other options. Either way, I hope the Lord leads you to the right care for your sweet girl!

  • Keisha Dawson August 31, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Praying peace for you and Andrew, wisdom for the doctors, and quick healing for sweet Ashby!

  • Heather August 31, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Praying for Ashby! Shay, have you heard about Casey Martin, the former PGA Tour golfer and now Head Coach of the Oregon Ducks that has Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome? He is the guy that sued the PGA Tour years ago over the use of a golf cart on the tour. Anyway, he is an old family friend that I’ve lost touch with but is on Facebook and reachable. I’m wondering if he has any doctor contacts/suggestions as you seek second opinions for Ashby. Granted, his contacts may be in the Pacific Northwest as we grew up in Eugene, OR but it may be worth asking. I’d be more than happy to try and reach out to him and connect y’all if you are interested in talking to him. Either way, praying that the Lord leads you to the right care for Ashby.

  • Annika August 31, 2016 at 8:34 am

    I love that plaid top..
    Praying for sweet Ashby today.

  • April Parrish August 31, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Sending love and prayers for Ashby!!! God’s got this!!!

  • Darcy Sexson August 31, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Praying for your family and doctors! I know it is hard now….but what a gift you’re giving your daughter. And I can only think – “If she’s handling tough stuff like this as a youngster well, just think how well she’ll handle other adversities as an adult!”

  • Corbie Baugh August 31, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Shay!! Hugs my friend. I can understand why you are wiped out 🙁 Prayers for Ashby today! I will be praying that she wakes up and doesn’t feel rotten from the anesthesia and that her pain is relieved. I can’t imagine how hard that is to know she is in pain all of the time. I remember you saying that once you started these procedures you had to continue so prayers for that too and whether or not you try something out of state. That instagram video of her dancing was so cute yesterday. HUGS, PRAYERS!! YOU GOT THIS!!! I will be praying for Jesus to be present today and to be holding you all in the palm of his hand.

  • Angela Ellingson August 31, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Prayers and positive thoughts for sweet Ashby today. Praying for healing and being free of pain. Hugs mama.

  • Laci Murray August 31, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Prayers for your family and sweet Ashby today.

  • Christin August 31, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Praying for Ashby and your family!

  • Heather August 31, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Praying for Ashby and all of you!

  • Megan Butler August 31, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Praying for miss Ashby! I hope she wakes up pain free this afternoon. I’ve heard such great things about the Hamilton Soundtrack! I may need to check it out! I also need to finish The Good Wife!

  • Emily @ three boys and a girl August 31, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Prayers for ashby!! Hope everything goes ok and she’s not too sick feeling after waking up! also.. I didn’t mean to enter the link up twice! I accidentally linked my post from yesterday but couldn’t figure out how to delete it. Is there a way to do that? This is always one of my favorite link ups!

  • Christy August 31, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Praying for your sweet girl. It makes my heart ache that she has to go through this, but am so thankful she has a loving family to help her along.

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World August 31, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Praying for your sweet girl today, Shay. I hope everything goes well and I hope she isn’t in too much pain this time around. Hopefully you guys will be able to get a second opinion and get all of the answers that you’re looking for. Hang in there, Mama!

  • Sarah August 31, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Praying for your sweet Ashby! I live about an hour from Boston, so if you ever get a second opinion at Boston Children’s, know that there are prayer warriors waiting for you here!

  • Alexis deZayas August 31, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Thinking of and praying for comfort for sweet Ashby! Also just ordered your orange and navy dress – can’t wait to wear it all fall long!

  • Lindsay Glover August 31, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Love your blog! Could you tell me where you got your “first day of” sign please?

  • Tiffany Bagalini August 31, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Saying lots of prayers for Ashby today. So hard to see our babies in pain.

  • Jackie August 31, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Hi Shay – praying for your sweet Ashby that she does well today and gets some relief soon!!

  • anita gray August 31, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Prayed for Ashby and family!!!! That’s hard on a Mama’s heart):

  • Elise Welch August 31, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Definitely will be praying for your family! I love that red top from Nordstrom. So cute and perfect for fall!

  • Lindsay D. August 31, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Prayers for your sweet Ashby!!!

  • Melissa Gartner August 31, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Sending lots of prayers your way! Your post on Instagram of Ashby dancing around yesterday is proof of her resilience! Also I love Hamilton- what a great way to make history fun!

  • Debbie Dunbar August 31, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Praying for you all today!

  • Jeanie August 31, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    I feel so bad to read about Ashby’s pain. I had no idea her hand and arm were bothering her all the time. Can she take Children’s Tylenol? I hope the procedures will do what the doctors say they will. I understand your doubts about continuing — what a quandry. Prayers for you and Ashby and the rest of your family.

  • Elizabeth August 31, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    The picture of Smith and Kenningston at the door…they look the same height. Prayers for Ashby!

  • Leigh August 31, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Prayers for your sweet girl. Tough as nails runs in the family. 🙂

  • Amanda September 1, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Your little girl is so precious, and I’m sure it’s hard to hear that her arm hurts! Praying you find a good solution soon.

  • Heather September 2, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Are your jeans from jcrew? Or are they a different brand? Love the dark wash!!! Looks super cute with the booties, for sure. 🙂
    On another note, so happy that little Ashby is doing well. She is one heck of a trooper. I’d be crying myself into a huge puddle on the floor. Hope she is feeling good today.

  • Jaren September 2, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    We will be praying hard for Ashby and for you all to have the guidance you need for important decisions ahead!

  • Amanda September 3, 2016 at 10:35 am

    You should watch Quantico – it’s now on Netflix! Soooo good!