Friday Favorites

It’s Friday.

I was realllllly needing a Friday right about now.  #perfecttiming

My week has kind of been a blur…but today, is my favorite day!  After Christmas, I declared Fridays our “do nothing” days at home.  The little girls and I play outside, we bake, we play games…we basically do nothing and it feels so darn good.  Here’s hoping you do a little nothing at some point today too!

Just like every Friday, I’m linking up with three of my favorite friends, Andrea, Erika and Narci and sharing some of my favorite things from the week today.  It’s basically total randomness.  Enjoy :)!

My first favorite is this…

…my publishers have extended their special offer for my latest book through the weekend!  If you order Kids in the Kitchen now then my publisher will let you have your choice of either Mix and Match Meal Planner or Mix and Match Cakes absolutely FREE*.

It’s easy. Here’s how:

1. Order Kids in the Kitchen from your favorite retailer
2. E-mail proof of purchase, your shipping address, and choice of free book to
3. Look for a confirmation email with details on when you can expect your FREE book

*While supplies last. Quantities are limited so claim yours soon!

So…how could that not be a favorite of mine?!?!

Okay, after today, I’ll stop talking about these cute Crocs…but, I wanted you to see that my girls’ finally arrived and they LOVE them so much!  Cheers for easy to wear shoes they can enjoy all spring and summer long!

Many of you know my sweet friend Brooke.  Well, this week, they’re in China and they finally met their new precious daughter…

…sweet Willow is forever in their arms now and coming home with them soon.  Isn’t adoption amazing?!?!  I mean…FOREVER.  They are a family FOREVER AND EVER.

Adoption is just so wonderful.  And God is SO GOOD!

I never watch movies on a plane because I always want to read.  Well, after reading to and from D.C. and then again to and from Boston, I told Andrew I wanted a movie to watch to and from L.A…so, knowing what a HUGE Peter Berg fan I am, he said that I should watch these two…

Deepwater Horizon and…

Patriots Day.

And I LOVED them both!

I thought they were both done so well (hello, Peter Berg!).  They were intense, and dramatic, and full of suspense and both based on true stories…and they made my flights fly by 😉 .  So, if you need a movie to buy/rent/watch this weekend, they’re both now favorites of mine.  And bonus, last May when we went to Boston, they were filming Patriots Day and that’s when I sat a few rows behind…

…J.K. Simmons at the Sox game (he was in town filming the movie).  Talk about an amazing actor!!

Every time I get my hair or makeup professionally done, I always ask what their favorite products/tips/tricks are (because I love learning from the experts!).  So, this week when I was in L.A., the makeup artist told me that this was her favorite product…

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector.  The girl doing my hair and I were both curious, so she said she would only do one of my eyes so that we could see the difference.  And HOLY COW!  I ordered it that very minute for myself.  You put a little bit of this brightening magic under your eye and then layer your concealer on top and it made a MAJOR difference.  So, just a dab of this and then a dab of concealer on top and bam, your eyes look so much more awake and your face really pops.  Amazing!

And I’m wrapping up my faves this week with one of my favorite flavors…

Lemon Recipes

…to see my 16 Lovely Lemon Recipes, click HERE.  From savory to sweet, I have you covered.

Have a great weekend!

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  • emily @ a little bit of emily March 31, 2017 at 4:50 am

    I loved both those movies, too! While heart wrenching, they were just so well done! Happy Friday!

    • Melissa March 31, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Me too! Deep water Horizon was one of the most intense movies I’ve watched. Love your blog 🙂 Happy Friday!

  • Megan March 31, 2017 at 4:54 am

    I’m putting that under eye corrector in my cart this minute!

  • Brooke Richardson March 31, 2017 at 5:03 am

    I think this is the first time ever, I might be the first comment or close to….thanks to the time change here in China. And Yes, adoption is Amazing!!!! GOD is so Good!

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog March 31, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Happy Friday! I love that picture in your cookbook. It’s so warm. 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams March 31, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Ah Peter Berg’s movies and tv shows are so good! Hello Friday Night Lights! I am putting the Becca concealer in my online cart now 🙂 Have a great weekend!
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

    • Mix and Match Mama March 31, 2017 at 5:21 am

      Right?! His work is ALWAYS amazing!

  • Nicole March 31, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Great favorites! Love that you have a do nothing day. Do you sneak a work out in before the kids wake up on Fridays?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 31, 2017 at 5:21 am

      I do! I’m actually heading to my stairmill now and then I’ll do some blogilates!!

  • Erika Slaughter March 31, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Ooh!!! That brightening corrector needs to come home with me! Ordering now!!

  • Dawn March 31, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Made your lemon parm pasta last night! Sooo good! 🙂 Happy Friday

  • Kfran March 31, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Love beauty products! What undereye concealer do you use? I haven’t found a favorite as they either seem to dry or don’t stay.

    • Mix and Match Mama March 31, 2017 at 5:34 am

      I’m using Bobbi Brown’s right now! I love her stuff :).

      • Emily March 31, 2017 at 8:31 am

        Have you ever tried Bobbi Brown’s corrector? That’s what I always used so wondering if you like the Becca better than Bobbi.

    • Meg March 31, 2017 at 10:32 am

      I swear by NARS…it’s SO good 🙂

  • jamie March 31, 2017 at 5:32 am

    oh, the weekend is so close. today is the last day of school before spring break here in michigan. no big trips, just a few day trips, and no packing lunchs or 6am “time to get up” mornings for my son. to me, after spring break, the countdown to summerbegins.

    i jumped on the free book the first time you mentioned it. your publisher was speedy fast in all aspects of getting “cakes” delivered to my doorstep!

    question about the brightening corrector: can it be worn alone? without foundation?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 31, 2017 at 6:53 am

      I totally think so! Mine just arrived yesterday, so I’m going to play around with it today!

  • Sarah March 31, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Fabulous idea to “do nothing” on Fridays!! I may have to adapt that, haha.

    Cheers to a great weekend!


  • Sheaffer Sims March 31, 2017 at 5:57 am

    I loved Deepwater Horizon, but I was a nervous wreck for most of the movie! Off to by that eye brightener right now!!!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 31, 2017 at 6:52 am

      Me too!!!!! I wanted to look away but I was stuck in my airplane seat! 🙂

  • Shan March 31, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Trying those macaroons tonight ! Anything with coconut and lemon together sounds like heaven to me ! Also going to get that Becca brightener now !!! Thanks for a fun lighthearted Friday faves, have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  • Narci Dreffs March 31, 2017 at 6:29 am

    So many great favorites today! The Bobbi Brown corrector, BROOKE AND WILLOW!, and those precious tiny shoes just make me happy!! Happy Friday, friend!! Xo

  • Brittany Hensley March 31, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Brooke’s Instagram has been soooo good this week, and I still can’t get over those Crocs.

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life March 31, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Thanks for the under eye tip! I can’t wait to go check out those lemon recipes, I love anything with lemon!!

  • Hanna March 31, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Congrats to your sweet friend Brooke! What a beautiful photo of an amazing moment! Sending prayers their way!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt March 31, 2017 at 7:31 am

    I am a huge fan of the Becca highlighter so I can’t wait to get the under eye brightener! Thanks for recommending!

  • heidi March 31, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Deep water horizon was so good. I’ll put the other on my list.
    I actually use a few Becca products … I LOVE the back lighter primer .. it goes on my skin lije silk and leaves a beautiful natural glow & of course the becca /jaclyn hill champagne pop highlighter is my fav go to highlighter.
    The picture of Brooke and Willow was soo touching.

  • Fiona March 31, 2017 at 8:05 am

    I noticed a while back that you used to use the Bobbi Brown under eye brightener, which I am obsessed with. They just discontinued it, though. Is the Becca stuff basically that same idea? I need to find another good under eye brightener, so this is good timing!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 31, 2017 at 8:23 am

      I knooooooooow! Why did they do it??? I’m so sad! I switched to her serum concealer and it’s just about the same. I’m using this under that.

      • Fiona March 31, 2017 at 11:24 am

        Thanks! That’s good to know.

  • Anna March 31, 2017 at 8:08 am

    So glad you’ve discovered the under eye brightener! I’ve been using it for over a year and love it. Really helps with my dark circles. Can’t wait to get all your cookbooks! It’s part of my wedding registry 🙂

  • Kara March 31, 2017 at 8:10 am

    The picture of Brooke and Willow made my day…thanks for sharing.

  • Rebecca Jo March 31, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Every “gotcha” picture I ever see makes me instantly cry.

  • Angela Ellingson March 31, 2017 at 8:16 am

    So fun getting the scoop from the professional makeup artist. Thanks for sharing! Going to check out the lemon recipes now. 🙂 Happy Friday!

  • Morgan Godbold March 31, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Check out the movie Hell or High Water! It’s based on true events and based in Texas!! I believe Peter Berg produced it. Have a great do nothing Friday & Go Sox for opening day!

  • Angie Clark March 31, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Those shoes are adorable! Did you find the fit true to size? Love your blog!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 31, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Yes! I sure did, Angie!

      • Angie Clark March 31, 2017 at 1:39 pm

        THANK YOU!!!!

  • Ashleigh Bielecki March 31, 2017 at 8:29 am

    YESSSSS. I love that Becca corrector!

  • Laura @ Laura Likes Design March 31, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Aww, those little cherry jelly shoes are adorable!

  • Kristen March 31, 2017 at 8:49 am

    I got the free cookbook the last time you mentioned it and it came very quickly! We made the banana butterscotch waffles the other night for dinner and my very picky kids loved them! Can’t wait to make more recipes 🙂

  • cassie {hi sugarplum} March 31, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Your girl’s tiny feet in those cherry crocs is so cute! and consider that eye cream ordered!!!

  • Angela Ellingson March 31, 2017 at 9:34 am

    I just listened to The Happy Half Hour with Jamie Ivey and YOU were the guest today!!! That totally made my day! Oh my gosh, if you ever are a guest at one of Jamie’s live events you have to let us know asap in advance. I’m halfway across the country, but I would seriously try to make it. 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama March 31, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Ahhhhhhh! We keep missing each other with dates! One of these days, I’m totally doing it!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick March 31, 2017 at 9:51 am

    That under eye cream is going to go on my shopping list! Anything that can help! ?

  • Lindsay D March 31, 2017 at 10:04 am

    I love the picture of your friend Brooke and her daughter!! So amazing!! What a beautiful little angle Willow is!! xo

  • Amy March 31, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Were the pictures of Brooke and Willow taken at the orphanage? Breaks my heart seeing the other girls laying there 🙁

    • Mix and Match Mama March 31, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Yeah. I know.

  • Kerry Dorman March 31, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Just ordered kids in the kitchen! My kiddos love to help cook… can’t wait for them to get their hands on it!

  • Meg March 31, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Ordered my book and so excited to get a copy of the meal planner :-). Thank you!

  • Karen March 31, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Did she put the corrector and concealer over your foundation or under it? Thx ~ Cheers to a restful weekend!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 31, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      She put it on over my foundation and under my concealer.

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World March 31, 2017 at 11:33 am

    I LOOOOVE lemon!!!! And so does my grandmother! It’s her favorite. She eats dinner with us every Sunday so I’ll definitely be trying my hand at some of these. Thank you! Have a great weekend!

  • Susie Harrold March 31, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Shay – if you love Peter Berg, you’ve GOT to watch “Friday Night Lights!” I’m referring to the series, not the movie. It is soooooooooooooooooooo good!! Give it a try!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 31, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      I have!!!! Yes, yes, yes! Another Berg show that is phenomenal!!

  • ShootingStarsMag March 31, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I love that Friday is a do nothing day! How fun. Your girl’s crocs are seriously adorable. I’ve never seen those!!! Congrats to your friend on her adoption. That is amazing. I’m a big proponent of adoption, if it’s right for you. 🙂


  • Becky Carl March 31, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I recorded Home and Family and enjoyed so much seeing you and sweet Smith and Kensington. In your blog posts about them, you make them seem exactly like they were in person on live TV. When I was watching them, I realized that we all will get to follow these dear children, and of course Ashby and Madeley along in their lives just like we are a part of your family. I couldn’t wait to show my husband my “blog family” on TV! BTW, my husband works on the largest oil rig in the world, the Thunderhorse (you can look it up online). So Deepwater Horizon was very real to us and helped me understand even more how dangerous his job is out there. And how much more I need to pray for him! And those crocs….Adorable! Crocs are a big joke in our family because my husband wears the big ugly clunky ones. All our grown children make fun of him! He has threatened one of our sons with buying some for our 3 granddaughters, 3, 2, and 9 months. Since these are so cute, I may just have to get them for those girls! Thank you for the time you take to do your blog. I honestly don’t know when you sleep! Love to all of you!

  • Jan March 31, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Those crocs are just TOO cute! Have a great weekend!

  • Rachel March 31, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Haven’t seen either of those movies, but, hello…Mark Wahlberg! ?

  • Baylee Jolley March 31, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Do you put the under eye corrector on before or after foundation? I usually put concealer on after primer and before foundation but know everyone is different! I read your post and practically ran to buy it 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama April 1, 2017 at 5:47 am

      She told me to put on foundation, then the corrector, then concealer over that :).

  • Kimberly M. March 31, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Love this Shay! Sweet Willow in her Mama’s arms made me so happy! Can’t wait for your cookbook to arrive! My two little guys love helping me the kitchen. God Bless you and your sweet fam!

  • Erin Port March 31, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    You have had a busy week. I got choked up just reading about your friend’s adoption and gotcha day. We have witnessed how amazing adoption is in our extended family! Truly indescribable! Thanks for being such an advocate, I know many hearts are stirred because of it. 🙂 Have a relaxing weekend! xoxo ERIN

  • kathy April 1, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    You can receive a 20% off a Becca cosmetics purchase on their website when you subscribe to their emails – just an fyi:)

  • Danielle Rigg April 3, 2017 at 4:16 am

    Awhile you did a post on family calendars? Just wondering if you tried any, thoughts? I am still old school and paper and pen. Tried Cozi but just couldn’t get use to it. Was looking for suggestions. Thanks. Enjoy your week.

    • Mix and Match Mama April 3, 2017 at 5:06 am

      I tried both Cozi and using just the basic iPhone calendar and still keep reverting back to paper and pen too. We ended up buying a marker board calendar to hang in our mudroom area and that has been helping us more than anything.

  • Meghan April 4, 2017 at 7:56 am

    I really want to see both Deepwater Horizon and Patriots Day. I love J.K. Simmons, one of my favorite roles of his was as the dad on Juno!

  • Kelly Dumont April 4, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I watched Patriots Day this week! Sooooo good! I need to watch the other one now! ❤

  • Loren April 4, 2017 at 8:45 am

    My husband is a Captain on The Pontus which is a sister ship of The Deepwater Horizon. I haven’t seen the movie yet as I already worry every hitch he leaves for work. He lost many friends on the Horizon. He will be home in two weeks and my boys are so excited. I just watched Patriots Day last night. So proud of my city! Two movies that hit so close to my home.

  • Patty Richey April 10, 2017 at 4:38 am

    I ordered the Becca under eye product that you recommended and can’t wait for it to get here. Under eyes has always been a challenge for me so I hope it helps.

    Thanks for the tip!