Monday, Monday, Monday

Hello from L.A.!

On Friday, I was in Boston, and today, Los Angeles (well, Burbank to be exact!).  I’m here with my big kids and we’re about to film a cooking segment on Hallmark’s Home & Family show.  It will air tomorrow, so set your DVRs!  We are so excited to be cooking together on TV!  If you don’t have your copy of my newest book, Kids in the Kitchen, then you can order yours today HERE.

And for your Monday post…a bunch of random pictures.  I will not be blogging tomorrow because let’s be real…by the time I do the show and fly home, it will be after midnight. #eeks  So, I’ll catch back up with you on Wednesday for our What’s Up Wednesday link up!  Our bonus question this month is “What’s your favorite spring wardrobe piece?”.

Have a great day!

Madeley was a little upset, but big sister Kensington was quick to swoop in with a pep talk.  These two are peas in a pod.

I walked through the house and found this 🙂 .  Andrew had his snowboard out and Smith apparently decided to create his own. #cleverkid

They’ve always been like this when they sleep.  In real life, they pretend it doesn’t happen…but I have the pictures to prove it 😉 .

On St. Patrick’s Day, I went to the zoo with the first grade on a field trip.  It was one of our best trips there! Love hanging out with my sweet boy!!

Later that night, we were at the big boys’ first baseball game and I looked over and Bowen was showing Madeley how to play football. Ha!

Madeley checking out her friend Libby’s snack.  Madeley looks very interested, right?!  And just for a frame of reference, Madeley is two days older than Libby…and Libby is a petite thing herself…soooooooo you see how tiny Madeley is?!

I decided to go to the grocery store early on Saturday morning before the kids woke up.  I was pulling out of the garage when this sweet girl opened the back door and asked if she could go with me…pajamas and all 🙂 .

Last Saturday, this precious girl had her first t-ball game.  The thing about Ashby Shull is that she doesn’t get why we’re all so excited that she’s playing this season.  This girl does NOT let her disability slow her down.  She is pure JOY and so DETERMINED!  We are so proud of her!!!  (Because swinging a bat with basically one arm and hand is tough!)

First game!  Ready to take the field!

Hitting the ball like a champ!

With a brother and a sister playing baseball this season, this girl has learned how to CHEER and CLAP like a pro!

And then when this sweet  girl came up to bat, we cheered the LOUDEST.  Her mama would have wanted to be there so much…but I just know in my heart, that God let her watch.  Sweet Miley did an amazing job too!  Talk about a girl with perseverance and tenacity! #justlikehermama

Ashby’s big brother was giving her pointers out on the field 🙂 .

It was Ashby’s turn at “the mound” (with Coach Dad!).

I’ve never seen a more beautiful friendship.

And then after Smith’s game that afternoon, we headed to my parents’ town to celebrate my dad and aunt’s birthdays with bowling…

Lots of food, lots of kids, lots of bowling and lots of fun!

These two had a full day!

I love me some S & C!

Do you see how many strikes in a row Catherine has up there?!?!  Someone sign her up for a league!

On Monday, we celebrated the first day of spring with lunch at the park!

We spend a lot of time waiting in the car for the big kids.

Tuesday night was Andrew’s last night of snowboarding in Colorado, so after speech therapy, we walked to one of our favorite pizza places for dinner on the patio.

Whew!  Happy Monday friends!  See you tomorrow on Home & Family and then back here on Wednesday :).

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  • Erika Slaughter March 27, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Is it just me or does it look like Madeley has the football stance down in that picture?? You guys are going to do great today! I can’t wait to watch! XO

    • Mix and Match Mama March 27, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Thanks to Coach Bowen ;)!

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog March 27, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Have tons of fun filming – looking forward to the Wednesday post!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • ELizabeth March 27, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Enjoy California – hitting the record button now!
    Xo, Elizabeth

  • jamie March 27, 2017 at 5:33 am

    i always love all you share. today my favorite, hands down? miley.

  • Sheaffer Sims March 27, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Loved seeing all the t-ball pics of Ashby….of Bowen…….of Smith coaching…..of Miley! All of it was just so sweet!

  • emily @ a little bit of emily March 27, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Ashby in her t ball uniform is just the sweetest thing! Melts your heart!

  • Maria Wright March 27, 2017 at 5:56 am

    If you get a chance… Porto’s Bakery in Burbank is unreal. It’s a Cuban Bakery… they have four locations now.. always packed… always delicious!
    I’d recommend the guava pastries, potatoe balls, media noche sandwich 🙂

    • Madison March 27, 2017 at 9:23 am

      Yes!! I was just scrolling down to the end of the comments to tell you the same thing. Only been to LA/Burbank once about 3 years ago and I STILL think about Portos. Amazing.

  • Sarah March 27, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Good luck on the show today!! What a fun experience for the kids to join you!! 🙂


  • Candsis Slaughter March 27, 2017 at 6:40 am

    One of the best things about Monday mornings at 5:00 is a new post and as much coffee as i can consume before my 4 kids arrise. I was curios if the land rover is still a good fit for a family of 6? Most importantly hauling the kids around and all their stuff within the daily travels of a busy momma.

    • Mix and Match Mama March 27, 2017 at 8:25 am

      We still have it and they all fit, but I primarily drive a larger vehicle now with more trunk space.

  • Laura @ Laura Likes Design March 27, 2017 at 6:43 am

    That pic of the kids sleeping is just so sweet! Have fun in Cali today!

  • Whitney Pegram March 27, 2017 at 7:04 am

    So much fun! Can’t wait to watch Home & Family tomorrow!!

  • Paula March 27, 2017 at 7:17 am

    So excited to see you and the big kids tomorrow cooking. So much fun!
    I love Madeley’s determination! So inspiring!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt March 27, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Can’t wait to see what you make from your newest cookbook! I have really enjoyed it!

  • Brittany Hensley March 27, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Go Ashby..tee ball superstar

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life March 27, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Eeek can’t wait to see you and your bigs on TV!! What fun stuff you have going on – Ashby playing t-ball is just the cutest!!

  • Jenna March 27, 2017 at 7:45 am

    What a fun post! I love seeing a good recap of all that is happening and GO Ashby! Have fun in LA with your big kids!

  • Megan Butler March 27, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Love the pics of all the kids playing baseball!!!! Sooo sweet!

  • cassie {hi sugarplum} March 27, 2017 at 8:08 am

    So excited for you guys today, and can’t wait to watch it!! And that Ashby in a baseball uniform will stay with me all week…cutest thing ever!! Happy Monday, friend!

  • Jan March 27, 2017 at 8:46 am

    You have been busy! Bet you had fun on the field trip. Those times are precious!

  • Francie March 27, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Can’t wait to watch tomorrow! Congrats!

  • Maria D. March 27, 2017 at 8:57 am

    The pictures of the kids are great – Kensington is such a beautiful girl! I think it’s so cute that she and Smith hug each other while they sleep. Ashby is a fighter and she will do amazing things! Little Madeley is so happy these days – becoming a part of your family has really changed her and you can see it in all of the pictures – your family is just doing great! I will definitely try to remember to watch you all on tv tomorrow

  • Mary Dollar March 27, 2017 at 9:05 am

    DVR set!!! Can’t wait to see you and the bigs on TV!!!

  • Ashley March 27, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Did Kensington get glasses? I remember she was dying for another accessory, but Smith ended up with them last year 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama March 27, 2017 at 9:35 am

      They’re totally fake ;). She likes to wear them at home.

  • Emilia March 27, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Shay, I’m curious about which products you have on your face on Saturday at the baseball games. Your skin looks so good in that selfie with Madeley, but almost looks like you have nothing on! Is it just the tinted moisturizer and bronzer or the other products you mentioned in your makeup post? #idontknowmakeup #teachmeyourways ?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 27, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Hahahahaha! You’re so sweet. Everything I use is in either my makeup post or my beauty product/skin care post!

  • Rebecca March 27, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Fun picture post! Such sweet & cute kiddos! Is that a white, quatrefoil cookbook stand? Where is it from?
    Thanks! ?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 27, 2017 at 9:34 am

      I think Anthro!

  • Angela Ellingson March 27, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Such great photos! The t-ball pictures of all of those littles are just precious. The thought of everyone cheering for Miley and her mama watching from heaven about had me in tears. So thankful that family has such a wonderful community around them! It’s times like these I really miss having cable! Hopefully your segment will be available online. Please post a link if you know of one. Have so much fun!

  • Ariadna March 27, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Your kiddos are all so cute and sweet to each other!! That picture of Bowen and Ashby!! Man I wish I had a friend like that!

  • Alexis deZayas March 27, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Such a sweet post! Can’t wait to watch tomorrow 🙂

  • Rebecca Jo March 27, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I didnt think Ashby could get any cuter but her in a t-ball outfit? Maybe the cutest yet.
    I cant believe how big your nephew is getting already!!!!

  • Erin March 27, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Random question, do you remember what color white was used on your kitchen cabinets? I love how soft the white is without being too yellow or cream, they are so pretty. Thank you!!

  • Angie March 27, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    In your post “The Day in the life 1/30/17” – your almond butter and oatmeal breakfast bowl – is that quick oats or old fashioned oats? Is that the only two items in that dish? It looks so good.

    • Mix and Match Mama March 27, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      Old fashioned! 🙂

  • AJ March 27, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Samuel is the cutest little nugget.

  • Sara March 27, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    I think Ashby in a t-ball uniform is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

  • Lisa March 27, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Shay! I know you’ve done a few posts about your hair & hair products (which I love!) and how you achieve your wavy look when you wear your hair down. Have you ever done a post about how you style your hair when you wear it up? It looks so cute in the photo of you & Kensington at the grocery store! Looking for help on how to get some texture/volume on top like you have! Thank you 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama March 27, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      Oh gosh! You’re so sweet! I’m pretty sure if you saw it in person, you would think it was a hot mess 😉 .

  • Erin Port March 27, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    I teared up seeing sweet Miley up to bat. My Aunt died leaving behind her 4 and 2 year old many years ago. It was one of the hardest things to walk through (and still hurts) but I am so thankful for the beautiful relationship I have with her 2 kids. Her daughter is going to her mom’s alma mater and will be just 30 minutes from me so I can love on her BIG! Have a wonderful time with your 2 big kids, can’t wait to hear about it!

  • Bethany March 27, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Love PJs at the grocery store!

  • Sarah Hook March 27, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Hi! I love keeping up with you and your sweet family. Question – what is the lipstick shade/ brand that you are wearing in most of these photos?! It’s the perfect color of pink and looks great on you 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama March 27, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      Ah! Thank you! It’s Bobbi Brown’s Taffeta. 🙂

  • Adrienne March 27, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I’m a new reader to your blog (courtesy of Lindsay’s Sweet World) and oh my goodness, ya’ll are busy. Your kiddos are so flipping precious, especially in little baseball/softball uniforms!

  • Jill March 27, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    I am praying that both you and Erika take that sweet picture of Bowen and Ashby standing there in their uniforms and BLOW IT UP and FRAME IT! It is, by far, the cutest, most candid picture of those BFFs. SOOOOOOO stinking’ cute!!!!

  • Narci Dreffs March 28, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Oh my heavens! I can’t handle all the sweetness in those tball pictures! So precious! And, I love that picture of you and Madeley! 🙂

  • Angela Ellingson March 28, 2017 at 10:28 am

    I just watched Catherine’s Instagram story of you, Kensington and Smith on Home and Family like 10 times. Ahh! All three of you look gorgeous! Hoping they will post a link to your segment. Makes me want to get cable as this makes it a necessity! 😉

  • Sammy March 28, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Just found your blog and I love it! You’re such a real person. I love real. : – ) I also loved reading about your adoptions. We’ve adopted 12 and 10 are from China. Sammy

  • Carol W April 10, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    I’m always so encouraged to pursue excellence more seeing the way u balance everything- truly God glorifying! Thank you for ur example to us younger mommas/wives ☺️?