What’s Up Wednesday {04/26/17}

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It’s  What’s Up Wednesday !

Once a month, my friends Mel, Sheaffer and I host this link up where we share some random and fun stuff that’s up with us today.  If you blogged WUW too, make sure you link up at the bottom of the post!  Every month, we answer these questions…

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…in our What’s Up Wednesday posts!

We’re having a pretty great week!  I can’t get enough of this gorgeous spring weather here in North Texas.  I hope it’s a pretty day where you are too!

1: WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:

Meal Planning Monday

My Meal Planning Monday this week is perfect for the end of April.  Something cozy, something SO EASY, something for breakfast, something your kids will love to make with you and more!

Five suppers, one sweet treat and a breakfast too.  You and your family will love every single bite!

  To see the whole meal plan, click HERE.

2. WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:

How much fun I had at the Wild for Planners conference!  Those ladies were AMAZING!

3: What I’m loving:

I’m still loving those pajamas!!  I’ve washed and dried them now twice and they were as good as new both times.  They also come in these cute patterns too…

…they would make excellent Mother’s Day or graduation gifts!

4: WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Backyard life.

Andrew has been heating the pool for the kids, and so, we’re already swimming! #tistheseason

This pic was from Sunday.  We swam, we hung out, we had a great time!  I took this pic as Smith was doing “the worm” across the deck to get to the spot where he wanted to jump off. Hahahaha!  #neverdull

5: WHAT I’M DREADING:

I have been LOVING working outside!  I sit out on my patio and work for about three hours every day and I absolutely LOVE it!  That being said, there will come a day when it’s just too dang hot to sit there.  #hello105  So I am trying to soak it in as much as I can right now.

6: WHAT I’M WORKING ON:

Books, blogging and travel…

Books: My latest cookbook Kids in the Kitchen is out! This book is perfect to use with your kids.  I made it small (to fit in their hands), it lays flat (to make it easy for them to read and cook at the same time) and I made very kid-friendly but mama approved recipes.  You can order your copy HERE.  (And don’t forget, you can order Eats HERE too!)

Travel:  You see all of those lovely people in that picture?  We’re all going on a summer vacation together. All of us.  My favorite clients happen to be my sweet family and this year, we decided to do one big trip together.  I’m working, working, working on that along with other sweet clients’ trips too!

Right now, we are sending a gazillion people to Mexico to stay in all-inclusives.  Families, couples,  girlfriends, etc are booking those trips left and right!

If you are planning your 2017 or 2018 vacation, email us because we would love to help!  We are currently accepting new client vacations for Walt Disney World, Mexican all-inclusives and cruises sailing in Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii and Alaska.

Email us at mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com.

7: WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:

Sum-mer!

Bring it.

I’m so ready.

This pic is from last May…and I’m so ready for it to be this May!

I love our summer routine, I love staying up late, I love our summer activities, I love our summer trips, I LOVE SUMMER.

8: WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:

I finished Gossip Girl, I finished The Crown, so now, I’m watching Call the Midwife thanks to your suggestions!!  I asked about six months ago what I should be binge watching and several of you told me to binge this one and it’s so good!  THANK YOU so much for the suggestion!!

And my April Book Review will be TOMORROW, but if you missed this one

March Book Review

…from March, click HERE.

9: WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:

Lots of Red Sox baseball.  It makes me SO HAPPY!

10: WHAT I’M WEARING:

Shorts and a tee.  My daily uniform on repeat :).

I’m wearing the exact same shorts in both pics.  They’re darker in person than online.  And then I love a basic solid tee too.

11: WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:

Hanging out with these people…

…Andrew is in South Africa this week, so it’s me and the peeps all weekend.  We have some fun things planned!

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

Boston baby!

13: WHAT ELSE IS NEW:

I don’t think anything else is new??? I think I’ve covered it all today! 🙂

Bonus question this month: What is your favorite spring/summer shoe?

Well, typically, I would have said wedges, but I’ve been really disappointed in the wedge department so far this season, therefore, I’ve been living in these…

my new flip flops 🙂 .  I just love those things!  And I love that coverup too! (Also available in white!)

Okay!  That’s What’s Up Wednesday today! If you blogged too, make sure you link up below.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!

xo



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  • Leslie Z. April 26, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Okay, I’m glad I’m not the only one disappointed in the wedge department! I love the ones you have from last year and needed something similar for myself. I kept telling myself that maybe it’s too early in the season. No such luck!

    • Beth Jensen April 26, 2017 at 8:56 am

      Best wedges I have ever had on my feet….TOMS! I bought the tan pair and needed, yes needed the black. I have worn them literally every day to school and they go with dresses, shorts, jeans, etc. They are soooo comfortable. I wore them to a trip to Vegas and everyone was surprised I was so happy in them. I will always be a wedge girl so I am so happy to have found these. 🙂 GO RED SOX…love my new SOX flag and am off to see them soon. Happy Summer is right!

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog April 26, 2017 at 4:43 am

    I actually don’t like sitting outside to work, am I the only one? Maybe it comes with living in the city and not having a house with a patio! But even on vacation, I hate to brighten my screen. I’m weird hahaha.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

  • Erika Slaughter April 26, 2017 at 4:47 am

    I made that Sheet Tray Supper last night for my family and they loved it! And girl let me tell you I’m so ready for SUMMER!!

  • Shelby Taylor April 26, 2017 at 4:50 am

    i always love your little ugg slippers! nordstrom needs to get that color back sister! i need that color in my life! – shelby http://www.shelbybrave.com

    • Shelby Taylor April 26, 2017 at 4:57 am

      oh. my. goodness. i just went to nordstrom + they had the color! in a size 6! i’m freaking out! moments like this i’m like “wow thanks God … you do care about the little things!

  • Amy Rae DeVito April 26, 2017 at 5:11 am

    I had the best time at Go Wild! Meeting you and talking to you was one of my most favorite moments from Go Wild!

    I hope you have a fun week with your kiddos!

    What a fun idea… a big family vacation! I hope y’all have the best time ever together! 🙂

  • Sheaffer Sims April 26, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Let me pause for a minute. You’re going to have 4 kids at the pool this year. Thank Heavens I only have 1. I’ll help. 😉

  • Beth Sharpe April 26, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Check out Banana Republics, they come in brown and black and are super comfy!

  • Holly Breton April 26, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Shay! I love that you LOVE Boston and the Sox- my hometown- we feel the same way here- we are actually kicking off our Memorial Day Weekend with a trip to Fenway with some of our peeps- nothing says kicking off Summer like the Sox!

  • Sarah April 26, 2017 at 5:37 am

    My favorite summer shoe is currently a flip-flop LOL! I grabbed a pair from Costco of all places but they are super comfy! Definitely casual, but as a mama it works! Love your t-shirts!!

    -Sarah http://www.thefrugalmillionaireblog.com

  • cori April 26, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Make up question…Do you have a go to lip color for when you are wearing red/coral tops or dresses? I am having the hardest time this spring finding a color that pops without being overpowering?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 26, 2017 at 5:50 am

      I wore Bobbi Brown’s blush the other day with that red dress from J Crew that I mentioned. It was nice and subtle.

  • Amy April 26, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Hi did you end up keeping the Bp beaded sandal you mentioned? I’ve been eyeing them but wondering how they are in person and if comfortable

    • Mix and Match Mama April 26, 2017 at 5:49 am

      Yes!! I did! They’re so cute!!

  • emily @ a little bit of emily April 26, 2017 at 5:49 am

    An extended family vacation sounds like so much fun!!! We always do one with my mom’s side of the family and it is always such a blast!

  • Dottie Ruhlig April 26, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Add Hallmark’s “When Calls the Heart” to your Netflix list. Very sweet show. It reminds me of the feel goodness from 7th Heaven and Touched by and Angel. Also have you tried “Army Wives”?

  • Casey April 26, 2017 at 5:55 am

    So I just finished my early morning quiet time. I was about to go wake the kids when I realized I hadn’t read my Proverbs 31 devotion. So I opened it and said oh I need to read this asap, based on the title and then I’m reading and realize you wrote it :). It was so, so timely! We are in a huge waiting period with a job change coming at the end of the year, having no idea what my husband will be doing after, selling our house because we will most likely be out of state, but no real clue where we will be. We have peace about it and know God is getting us ready, but we are waiting for what feels like eternity for answers. We have kids so that makes things a little more tricky with schools. Anyway, all of that to say thanks for a great devotion this morning!

  • Narci Dreffs April 26, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Oh, your Sunday afternoon looked perfect! I can’t wait for summer days!!!!! Xoxo

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams April 26, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Can’t wait to hear more about your family vacation! My mom’s whole side of the family has been going to Newport, RI since she was a little kid. Now there are over 40 of us who go! It’s such a blast, your kids must be excited. I’m also so jealous you guys are already enjoying pool life!
    xo
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life April 26, 2017 at 6:23 am

    How awesome your pool is ready to swim in!! And a huge family vaca will be so fun!

  • Brittany Medland April 26, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Okay, you literally had me talking out loud to my computer about the wedge comment “right?!” .. so disappointing, I can’t find a new pair of wedges that I like to save my life, and I’ve been searching!

  • Lynn April 26, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Shay ….. what you’re listening to!!! Have you listened to Rend Collective!!??? Give them a wee listen, I have no doubt that you will LOVE their music. They are a Christian group from Northern Ireland and they are having a concert in Texas very soon!!! Hope you enjoy, my kids love to listen to them too xx

    • Mix and Match Mama April 26, 2017 at 7:08 am

      Yes! I love Rend Collective!!

    • Mary Jane McNeill April 26, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      Yes!! I agree! They sound a lot like Mumford & Sons.

  • Whitney Pegram April 26, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Your family vacation is going to be SO much fun!!

  • Nicole April 26, 2017 at 7:10 am

    What will your work out routine look like during the Summer? I know you aim to be active, but how many days are you logging in an actual work out? Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 26, 2017 at 7:32 am

      I will still keep up my gym classes twice a week and then i’ll work out at home another two days (pretty much just like now!).

  • Elizabeth Feldpausch April 26, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Big family vacations are my favorite!!! It’ll be so much fun!
    What are those OPI colors?? I need a new light summer color!

  • Dawn Scheurich April 26, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Hi from Joplin, MO!! I wanted to let you and your readers know I purchased your “Kids in the Kitchen” book for my grandson and me to use! My kids are grown (and frankly I had a parenting fail as far as cooking with my girls because I was so uptight), so I thought I would make some memories with my grand-guy. Thanks for the super cute book–can’t wait to start cooking up some memories with my sweet boy!!

  • Amanda Wilson April 26, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Snow snow snow depressing snow….that’s what we have had all week…..I am living vicariously through you!!!! I can NOT wait to get outside and wear t-shirts and shorts!!! I hope you have a great end of the week. Just curious is Ashby not doing those monthly surgeries anymore I hope they did what they were supposed to and now she is all done!!! She is always in my prayers!

  • Nikki - Speak at Home Tonight April 26, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Family vacas are the best! If you guys ever get requests from your clients for a translator or language lessons, I am happy to help 🙂 Hope you guys have a wonderful Wednesday!

  • Holly April 26, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Your weather in Texas looks especially amazing! We are having a snow storm in ND today???

  • Meredith April 26, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Please read the Call The Midwife trilogy that the series is based from! So good!! I watched about half the series before I read the books. The books did not spoil the series or vice versa in my opinion but the books are much more detailed and give a lot of back story on the main characters. Love that show!

  • Courtney April 26, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Just caught your blog piece on proverbs 31! Such an encouraging read. Thank you so much for writing that. It was just what I needed this morning.

  • Angela Ellingson April 26, 2017 at 8:17 am

    You’re making me even more excited for summer!! I’ll have to add Call the Midwife to my list. I’ve been binge watching Friends lately and I definitely need a Netflix break after I’m done with it so I can get something done in my life. haha! 😉

  • Stephanie April 26, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I wish you did traveling abroad. We’re planning out honeymoon for England and it’s so overwhelming!

    http://aneducationindomestication.com

  • heidi April 26, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Call the midwife is my favorite!!!.. it’s so great ☺
    I’m also jetting off to Mexico in few hours lol
    I’ve got cancel the wedding as my beach read!

  • Whitney April 26, 2017 at 8:27 am

    My family is going to a Boston game later this summer. Any recommendations while we are there? where to sit, places to eat? Thanks in advance

    • Mix and Match Mama April 26, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      Make sure you do a Fenway Park Tour!!

  • Amanda J Taylor April 26, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Another show recommendation that I just finished is Big Little Lies with Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley. It’s HBO (I downloaded the app and binged it during the 7-day free trial). It’s only 7 episodes but it is SO good!!

  • CARMEN LEE April 26, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Hi Shay,
    I love following your blog because it’s always so inspiring and uplifting! This morning when I was doing my daily devotionals, I happened to see the one that you wrote – “When You See God’s Plan Unfold”. What a great testimony! God is ALWAYS good. It’s such a great reminder that everything happens in HIS timing….not ours, but we can be rest assured that God’s timing is always perfect.

    Cheers from Toronto!

  • Kristin April 26, 2017 at 8:57 am

    So much fun! Where y’all headed on vacation!??

  • Ruth April 26, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Ive been watching When Calls the Heart and it is really good, great story lines, great characters,a great family show. It reminds me of some of the shows I used to watch growing up.

  • Terry Pitzer April 26, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Can’t wait to hear where your whole family is going on vacation. There are 21 ( soon to be 23) of us in our immediate family ( kids, spouses and grandkids), and we all went to Disney World in January. It was so much fun! Usually we rent a beach house in Hilton Head for a week every other summer. I’d love to hear your ideas for large group, multi-generational vacations.

  • Allison Waller April 26, 2017 at 9:27 am

    We bought kids in the kitchen for our daughters Easter basket. She loves it! It’s the first book I’ve bought of yours, but can’t wait to get more! Thank you for helping us create memories!

  • Crystal April 26, 2017 at 9:44 am

    I have been watching Cedar Cove and I am almost finished with it, so I may have to start watching Call the Midwife next. Also, I try to read proverbs31 every morning and I enjoyed your post so much this today!!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick April 26, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Smith doing the worm across the pool deck made me laugh! And the Zucchini Bread you brought to church last week was AMAZING!!! Mason even liked it! (I didn’t tell him what it was though. haha). Can’t wait to hear about this big trip! That will be so much fun!! Happy Wednesday!!

    That Inspired Chick

  • Alexis deZayas April 26, 2017 at 11:57 am

    So many good things in one post! Can’t wait to read your book review tomorrow and definitely can’t wait to hear about that big family vacation this summer! So fun!

  • Mel @ The Larson Lingo April 26, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Love that you are doing a big family vacation! We go on those every few years with Kevin’s side of the family and they are always so much fun! 🙂

  • Francesca April 26, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    I Love Call the Midwife! Such a great show.

  • Danielle April 26, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I can’t wait to try out some of those meals you listed in the meal plan. I can’t wait for vacation. I love those shorts and need a pair before summer hits here.

  • Erin April 26, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    How fun to all go on a family vacation together! We love to travel with my family too! Can’t wait for pool weather here but we have a bit – it turned cold and rainy here in IA! Have fun with your Little’s this weekend! Xoxo Erin

  • Natalie April 26, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    So much fun this post is.. love it Shay… swimming ,family vacation, just a great post., When Andrew is away do you still cook all those nights or just go grab something with the kids.? Just curious…have a great week.. ?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 27, 2017 at 4:59 am

      I’ve cooked all but one night! We went out with Erika and her kids last night for dinner :).

  • Katrina April 26, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Did you have to buy Call the Midwife? I couldn’t find it on Netflix or Amazon Prime 🙁

    • Mix and Match Mama April 27, 2017 at 4:59 am

      I’m watching it on Netflix!

      • Katrina April 27, 2017 at 7:13 am

        Yep, it’s there! That’s what I get for searching while trying to listen to my kiddos at the same time. I just missed it! Thanks Shay!

  • Jenna April 26, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Shay! Also wondering about your Boston recommendations. Have you already done a blog post on ‘All Things Boston’ or anything that you could link to? My brother just got a job out there & my husband and I just booked our flights to visit this summer! Looking forward to the trip but want to make sure we hit the right spots! Thank you so much!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 27, 2017 at 4:58 am

      Yes! Type “Boston” in the search field and you’ll see all of my Boston posts!! Have fun!

  • Nicole April 26, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    What are some sweets like you like to end your day with? I need some inspo. ? Does that mean you have dessert every single day?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 27, 2017 at 4:58 am

      I like to end with a little chocolate. And yes, I do have a little something sweet every day :).

  • Debbie Dunbar April 26, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    I loved Call the Midwife! The storyline was very interesting and informative.

  • Jenny April 26, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    I love big family vacations. We took my family of 19 at the time to California. It was fun! How could it not be funwhen you rent two large passenger buses. 😉

  • Kristina April 26, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Try Clarks wedges. Wore them all day at my wedding recently. After 8 hours of walking and dancing, my feet felt great!!! Definitely recommend them. I got a gold pair, and will definitely be ordering a brown and black pair soon.

  • Danette April 27, 2017 at 3:58 am

    Hi Shay!! I absolutely adore your blog! I live in South Africa (Pretoria to be exact). So I am curious to know where in South Africa Andrew is going to? I hope he enjoys our beautiful country!! Thank you for your positive posts and sharing your family with us!! You are truly an inspiration!!

  • Jenny April 27, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Hi Shay, next time Andrew’s in South Africa I think you should join him … And make sure to stop in Cape Town … One of the most BEAUTIFUL cities in the world!! I have a host of information and great spots to visit if you ever need.

  • Jennifer R April 27, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Cute flip flops! What are the 3 OPI colors in the picture?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 28, 2017 at 4:50 am

      Let’s Be Friends, Alpine Snow and Let Me Bayou a Drink 🙂

  • nicolene adams April 29, 2017 at 3:23 am

    So exicited to hear that ur hubby is in SA…im from S.A and im inlove with ur blogs and fam and i dont even know u guys….will u ever visit South Africa?

  • Jaren April 29, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I just started Call the Midwives too! My mom and my sister kept going on and on about it, so I knew I had to watch! I also can’t wait to watch The Crown!

  • Angela May 6, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    What size are your jean shorts? Can’t decide between sizes.

    • Mix and Match Mama May 7, 2017 at 4:55 am

      26