Weekend Whatnot

Happy Monday!

It’s the last week of April…which for me, means one thing…SUMMER IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!

I tend to get summer fever and fall fever BIG TIME.  Which means that I’m ready for summer in May and fall in August ;).

We had a fun little weekend…so here are some pics to prove it!

On Thursday, I dropped off kiddos at school and then headed out to Nashville to be a part of the Go Wild Planners Conference.  My favorite friends kept me company at the airport: coffee and a book 🙂 .  And PS: this is that Lush maxi dress from like three years ago that is the best little plane outfit because it’s comfy, cozy and transitions to night! (With that denim jacket I wear on repeat.)

I sat down in my seat on the plane and guess who I was sitting by??? Olympic Gold Medalist Michelle Carter!!  She won a gold this last year in shot put.  SHE WAS SO SWEET! I had a total fan girl moment because as you know, I’m Olympic obsessed.  She could not have been nicer! My kids were so jealous :).

So, I landed and made my way to the Gaylord Opryland Resort.  I checked in, did some work in my room and then met up with my friend Sam (who works with Erin Condren) for dinner in the hotel…

After a yummy sushi dinner, I came back to my room and called it an early night.  The next morning, I woke up and got ready to speak.  My friend Annie lives in Nashville and she sent over one of her friends to do my hair and makeup…

Her name is Kelley and we had the BEST morning chatting!  She was so nice!!

After that, I was ready to head down to one of the convention centers for my session…

All dolled up and ready to go!  My dress was so comfy (I wore it on the flight home with sandals and that denim jacket and then straight to my kids’ carnival at school).  I know it will be on repeat this summer!

Dress, HERE and heels, HERE.

The sweet ladies at Go Wild asked me to do a 45 minute Q&A about blogging, food, adoption, family and of course, how I plan.  THEY COULD NOT HAVE BEEN NICER!  There were 700 women plus the Go Wild team in the room and they blew my sandals off with their kindness.

Such a fun morning!  I cannot say enough nice things about this whole planning community.  They are amazing women!

After I spoke, I headed straight back to the airport and flew home.

I landed and drove straight to my kids’ school to meet them at their carnival.  I only took one picture while I was there (of Ashby bowling!).  I think we were having too much fun for pics.  They had all sorts of inflatable bounce houses/obstacle courses outside and then games inside too.  It was a fun night!

On Saturday morning, we were so excited to finally see Disney’s Born In China!  We have been watching the trailers on TV and anticipating this day for months!  The movie was short (only about 70 minutes), so it was easy for everyone to sit through.  My only word of warning would be that this is about nature and therefore, the food chain is a part of the film.  If you think that might upset your kids, then be warned.

I took this pic before the movie started…all of my peeps lined up ready to watch!  K is way on the other side of Andrew.  The gang was all there and excited!

Ashby was SUPER pumped!

And then, we came home and got ready for Catherine’s birthday party at my mom’s house.  The timing was PERFECT because Nordstrom had asked me earlier in the month if I would chat about pajamas for Mother’s Day (because I’m pretty sure I suggest PJs as a gift for the ladies in your life FOR EVERY HOLIDAY!), so it was excellent timing.

Look at my cute PJs I bought for the night!  They’re PJ Salvage (which you guys know how much I love!).  These PJ sets even come with a cute little face mask.  They come in 5 different fun patterns….

…and what I love most about them is that they’re LIGHT.  I don’t want to sleep in heavy pajamas during the spring and summer.

I paired them with my favorite Ugg slippers 🙂 .

I took a pic with my biggest girl as she climbed into the car and we headed off to Lovie an Papa Jay’s house.  Love this girl!

And there is the birthday girl!!  Catherine’s actual birthday is on the 29th, so we celebrated just a bit early…but it was FUN!

Samuel and Madeley playing at Lovie’s in their pjs too!

Lovie’s five grand babies!

My family is always such a good sport!  Even Grandmother showed up looking fabulous in her pajamas ;).

I love these ladies so much!  Three of my favorite mamas/cousins/sisters in the world!  My mom made us breakfast for dinner and it was SO GOOD!

My biggest love and my littlest one too.

Just a bunch of shenanigans as we watched Catherine open her gifts!


And a neighbor  came over and took our pic in the yard.  Love these people so much!

Whew!  So, that was our super fun weekend!

If you haven’t thought about Mother’s Day yet (or graduation gifts!) for the ladies in your life, sleepwear is like my favorite thing to gift!  I’m always giving pajama sets, robes, blardigans and slippers :).  And the best part about gifting them from Nordstrom is that if you accidentally pick the wrong size/style, it’s easy for the recipient to return and/or exchange.

To see some of my other favorite gifts for Mother’s Day, just scroll and click…

Happy Monday, friends!

See you tomorrow!!

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  • Heather Bramelett April 24, 2017 at 4:42 am

    What a super fun weekend and such a great party idea!

  • Bernadine April 24, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Hi Shay. Love Love the party pics – what a great idea!! You have one special family. I have been meaning to ask you to please consider doing a post on blogs you read daily/weekly. If not that many, perhaps you can just add it to a FF post. There are so many bloggers out there and I would love to see who you follow, other than the friends you link to often. Perhaps you follow someone specific for inspiration on faith, someone else on fashion or home decor/organizing ideas. Would love to hear your thoughts 🙂 If you have done a post on this before, please can you share the link? Have a great week ahead!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 24, 2017 at 4:55 am

      I love that idea, Bernadine!! Thank you :)!

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog April 24, 2017 at 4:49 am

    I just have to say your floral dress is the cutest. It suits you very well!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • ELizabeth April 24, 2017 at 5:05 am

    What a fun birthday party! You had a busy weekend – is summer here yet?!
    Xo, ELizabeth

  • Erika Slaughter April 24, 2017 at 5:07 am

    That Lovie knows how to THROW a party!! And it looks like she worked some of her party throwing magic again this weekend!

  • Sheaffer Sims April 24, 2017 at 5:15 am

    What a fun party!!!!! I wish every party was a pajama party!!!!! And it looks like you had a fabulous time at the conference. Speaking in front of 700 people! WOW!!!!!!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt April 24, 2017 at 5:27 am

    I have The Zookeeper’s Wife on my list of books to read! The movie looked really good, so I want to see it before the movie comes out. And I love a PJ birthday party idea for an adult!!

  • Jaren April 24, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Love the grown up pajama party!! And that maxi dress will be on its way to my house soon! Love it!

  • Kelly Stamps April 24, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Such a busy fun weekend!!!!!!! Love to your family!

  • Sarah April 24, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Oooo love all the PJs!! I usually get my mom PJs for at least one holiday every year, ha!

    That conference looked SO fun!! Congrats on speaking!!! I’m sure everyone loved having you!! 🙂

    -Sarah http://www.thefrugalmillionaireblog.com

  • Courtney April 24, 2017 at 6:21 am

    What an awesome party idea, I just might steal that one! Congratulations on speaking at the conference, do you know if there is a video clip we could watch of your session? Thanks Shay!

  • Narci Dreffs April 24, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Okay, you are precious in the dress for the conference! Looks like such a fun weekend! Xo

  • Laura April 24, 2017 at 6:29 am

    How funny you ran into Michellle Carter! She is the sweetest! Actually my husband knows her soo well since they both attended Olympic Games together as throwers for Team USA (so fun!). She is so kind hearted! What a fantastic weekend! Thanks for sharing! -Laura, BeWellWellness.com

  • Erica @ Whimsical September April 24, 2017 at 6:33 am

    I absolutely LOVE that your mom throws so many birthday parties for the adults. I could totally see my family doing this if we all lived closer to each other. Such a fun way to spend time together and celebrate each other. Thanks for always sharing about these little parties. They’re fun to read about!

  • Brittany Hensley April 24, 2017 at 6:39 am

    I see a slumber party in our future 😉 thanks for the inspiration.

  • Whitney Pegram April 24, 2017 at 6:46 am

    What a great idea for a birthday party! Happy Monday!

  • Angela April 24, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Such a fun idea for the PJ party! I love PJ Salvage – wearing mine now! 🙂 Wish I could wear them all day!

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams April 24, 2017 at 7:22 am

    You look fabulous in the conference dress! I love how your family does themes for celebrating birthdays! It’s so sweet how everyone participates 🙂
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Angela Banae April 24, 2017 at 7:28 am

    What a wonderful experience to share about your life and how you plan at that conference!!! That’s awesome!!! Love the dress you wore…you looked beautiful!! And what a fun birthday party!!! We are BIG into celebrating birthdays, too!!

  • CHRISTINE ROJAS April 24, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Hi….I read your blog every day and love it! Just wondering who makes the PJ’s the Ashby and Madeley were wearing? They are adorable!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 24, 2017 at 7:40 am

      Matilda Jane :)! And thank you for reading!! xo

  • Stephanie April 24, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Those PJ sets are so cute!!


  • heidi April 24, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Oh so much fun. Love the Pj party ☺.. the dress worth the Sandles look darling!

  • Katy April 24, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Hey Shay! I know you’ve probably posted before but could you give me some info on your necklace that you wore with your black maxi? I need that in my life! Looks like a fabulous party!!!! My two favorite things…pjs and breakfast for dinner!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 24, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      Stella and Dot!

  • Angela Ellingson April 24, 2017 at 8:18 am

    You looked especially gorgeous before the planner conference! I would have loved to hear you speak! And Catherine’s birthday party looks like it was so much fun. Your family is amazing! Love how everyone’s birthday is celebrated.

  • Courtney April 24, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Hi Shay! Love your hair in these pictures. What curling iron do you typically use? Thanks!!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 24, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      a Babyliss wand!!

  • Alexis deZayas April 24, 2017 at 8:23 am

    This is making me want a pajama party!! And I love that dress on you that you spoke in!

  • Donna Winward April 24, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Good Morning, Shay! Is there any chance that you could recommend a website or someone on ETSY that has Mother-Daughter clothing…matching outfits, etc. Thanks so much, and have a fabulous week!!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 24, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      Matilda Jane does some of that!

  • Whitney Swanson April 24, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Hi Shay! What a fun weekend. You are always so busy & seem to manage so well. Is there possibly a video online where we could watch you speaking at the conference? Would love to have a listen!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 24, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      I will ask them!!

  • Diana April 24, 2017 at 9:05 am

    What a fun weekend! I love the rugs in your closet and have been looking for some JUST like them! Do you mind sharing where you got them? Thank you, Shay!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 24, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      They’re from Chip and Joanna Gaines’ collection. I bought them online!

  • Megan Butler April 24, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Okay your legs look AMAZING in that pic of you from the conference!! Pretty sure that’s what I would have noticed if I was in the audience!!! And I might need to get some of those pjs before I have this baby aka spend the rest of my summer in pjs.

  • Kate April 24, 2017 at 9:49 am

    The picture of you getting your makeup done – your skin is amazing!! Please share your secrets… botox, peels, moisturizing?? Thanks (:

    • Mix and Match Mama April 24, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      I have a “skin” post link on the side bar! Click it and you’ll see all of my favorite products!!

  • Kathy April 24, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I saw a Disney movie that came out a few years ago. It was maybe called Earth. Well, they had the food chain stuff in that too. My kids were fine. I, however, was not!

  • Jenna Smith April 24, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Hi, Shay! I was at the event this weekend in Nashville and I just wanted to say how amazing it was to hear your story. I am so glad you have pictures of your girls for us to see! They are so precious! And those squishy cheeks! They look so happy! I am glad you had a nice time and a safe trip home! You have a new fan! 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama April 24, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      You made my day! Thank you so much Jenna!!

  • Vanessa Christensen April 24, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Hi Shay, what size of denim jacket did you order? Thank you!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 24, 2017 at 12:38 pm


  • Kelly April 24, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I just bought the Lush maxi for my birthday weekend! I have it in two different colors now, thanks to you. 🙂

  • Meg April 24, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Such a fun weekend! Can I ask where you got K’s sleep mask? Thx 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama April 24, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      I cannot remember! She’s had it for a while. It might have been a gift???

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World April 24, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    That PJ party looked like SO MUCH FUN! You can’t go wrong with cute jammies! Have a great week, Shay!

  • Sharon Krushcen April 24, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Seems like a fun and busy Sunday! Curious when did the girls get to nap?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 24, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      On Saturday, they napped between the movie and Lovie’s house :).

  • Erin April 24, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Could you share what color your nail polish is? It’s from your Nashville trip:) which coincidentally is where I live! Hope you enjoyed your stay here:)

    • Mix and Match Mama April 24, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      OPI Let’s Be Friends 🙂

  • Gabby Roberts April 24, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Can I just say that the wave and volume in your hair for the pajama party is amazing ha! Hair envy happening over here!!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 24, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Ha! Because it was a little dirty 😉 .

  • Jeanette April 24, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Shay, thanks so much for joining us! We were so happy to have you at GO Wild and I loved getting to know you a little better! And such a small world that Michelle Carter was on your flight – she was also one of our speakers at GO Wild and is a fellow planner! Thanks again for everything – your talk was awesome!

  • Tammy April 24, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Love your floral dress at the convention….May I ask …what did you use on your legs for the nice shimmer/glow?. Thanks.

    • Mix and Match Mama April 24, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      I love those Dr. Dennis Gross tan towels!

  • Katie W. April 24, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    This is random and you may already be aware, but this week is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). Your story of having biological and adopted children after going through an infertility journey has provided encouragement and hope. As one of the 1 in 8 women who is struggling with infertility, I just wanted to say thanks for being an advocate and example of hope for those walking these steps 🙂

  • Caroline April 24, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Love the theme family party! Also I just made your “Sweet & Sour Grilled Chicken Tacos” over the weekend. They were such a great springtime meal! Full of flavor but nice a light – perfect for my husband and I to enjoy outside in the warm weather. 🙂 Thanks!

  • Andrea April 24, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Love your necklace! Do you have the link? Love your posts and style!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 25, 2017 at 4:58 am

      The long one? It’s Stella and Dot :)!

  • Samantha Kuhr April 24, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    I’m sure our waiter was trying to sabotage your speech with that delicious pear cocktail! Love you! 🙂

  • Jessica Locke April 24, 2017 at 4:24 pm


    Jessica here from Team KIT. We also presented (on Saturday) at Go Wild. Just wanted to let you know how very much we enjoyed your session! Your candid and upbeat Q and A was inspiring and refreshing! Although we were already big followers we are anxious now to dive into your cookbook offerings! Anything to get the kiddo’s excited about preparing and eating healthy foods! Thanks for being a part of the planner community!

  • Jeanie April 24, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Looks like a super fun party! Catherine and I share a birthday, so happy birthday to you, Catherine.

  • Anne Harris April 24, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    I live in Waco but was at a gymnastic tournament at North Waxahachie High School on Saturday. We ate at the Mellow Mushroom. Being a blog stalker I kept looking for your family or the many friends of yours there. Would have been so excited to see one of you. Felt like a silly high schooler and I am 66 years old. I do need to come back and spend some time there. I have not seen that you have come to the Silo’s at Magnolia but don’t miss The Findery or Spice shopping when you come. Thanks for letting me follow you! P.S. The pizza was great and offered plenty of gluten free selections for my daughter.

  • Cathy April 24, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Are your uggs cactus flower color? Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 25, 2017 at 4:58 am

      My color isn’t in stock right now. It’s a pinky-purple color.

  • Erin Port April 24, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    What a fun weekend and super cute party idea!!!

  • Amy Rae DeVito April 25, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Thank you for speaking and attending Go Wild! Meeting you (my favorite blogger) was a dream come true! Also, thank you for encouraging me to start blogging again. I’m following you advice: JUST DO IT! 🙂

    I’m glad that you and your family enjoyed the school carnival and the movie! 🙂

    What a fun birthday party… a PJ party! Such a cute and unique idea! The photos are so awesome and it looks like a fun time was had by all!

  • Jennifer April 25, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Random, but Is your new rose gold Apple Watch the 38mm or 42mm?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 25, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      42mm 🙂

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life April 25, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Love that dress you wore at the conference!! And how awesome to run into an Olympian Gold Medalist!!?!? Love that Catherine’s party was pj themed, you guys are so fun!

  • Erin April 25, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Hi Shay! Loved all the pictures! Did you order a small or x-small in that Adelyn Rae dress? I’ve been eyeing it for a while, but the drop waist might determine what size I get 😉 Thank you so much! What a fun weekend you had! Love from Minnesota 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama April 26, 2017 at 4:54 am


  • Laura April 25, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Thank you so much for making the time to come out to GO Wild! Your session was wonderful and we loved having you be a part of our weekend!

  • Bethany April 26, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Love that necklace!