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Oh my word…I AM SO HAPPY!

I could really just stop here today and be done 🙂 .  My favorite thing from this week is that yesterday was our last day of school.  Just look at these sweet pictures…

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…I think they’ve just gotten so much bigger!  They insisted on recreating their first day looks 😉 .  Smith had to change his shoes before school because they were way too small…so if nothing else, his feet have grown.  Love these two.

So, that’s clearly my favorite thing from this week.  But since that would be an awfully short post, here are a few more of my faves.  I’m linking up with three of my besties, Andrea, Erika and Narci and sharing.  Happy SUMMER, friends!!


So, there are THREE favorites just in this one!

Hi, my name is Shay and over the last 3 years, I have bought this little dress in many colors…IMG_3053 (1)

I have blogged about this dress approximately 4 billion times.  Right now, I’ve been wearing the navy version a lot!  I wear it with wedges, heels and sandals too.  My denim jacket looks cute over it or I wear it solo.


And, I’ve shown you my tassel earrings before too.  They just kind of make everything more fun 🙂 . They come in so many colors!


I told you guys about my new wedges last Friday…but please let me reinforce…they are so COMFORTABLE!  They’re UGGS!!!  They’re padded, so it really does feel like you’re walking on cushy little pillows.  Plus, the heel isn’t too tall (not nearly as tall as some of my other wedges).  I have been wearing them on repeat around here!  They come in 3 colors.


Last week, I told you guys that I tried the London Fog drink from Starbucks per your suggestions and loved it (it’s Earl Gray tea with apparently vanilla and steamed milk), so I snapped a pic this week of me drinking it…


…and I had so many people ask me what toe nail polish I had on!  Ha!  It’s OPI’s Alpine Snow and it’s white, white, white!



Have your kids watched Travel With Kids on Amazon Prime???  Meagan (my guru for all things worthy of being binge watched) told me that she thought my kids would love this series and they do!  Each of the episodes are based on a different city and the kids are the tour guides.  My kids totally are in to this show!  This was most definitely a favorite this week at our house!



A very popular question recently has been “where did you get your pool floats?”.  Clearly, we went for subtle this year 😉 .  We’ve been buying most of them off of Amazon.  Easy peasy!  My kids are pretty obsessed with them.


And wrapping up my favorites today…

Simple Summer Suppers

…I’m sharing my favorite Simple Summer Suppers!  Click HERE to see them all!

Happy weekend, friends!  See you on the other side!


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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog June 2, 2017 at 4:42 am

    I think it’s such a cute idea that you take pictures of the kids on their first day of school, then on their last day before summer!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams June 2, 2017 at 5:08 am

    Those wedges look so comfortable! I was deciding between those and another pair last month and I may have to try the Uggs. Aw the kids do look older in their photos! Happy Summer!
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Eileen June 2, 2017 at 5:33 am

    My kids would LOVE that show! They want to learn about a different country each week this summer. I’m thinking these would fit in great with our “themes”.

  • Courtney June 2, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Happy summer! That travel show looks like a winner for kiddos. Would you mind doing an adoption Q & A post? I would love to see your real life/ raw emotion answers about anything and everything related to adoption and life afterward. Have a great weekend, Shay!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 2, 2017 at 6:24 am

      Have you read my adoption posts? I’m pretty sure I’ve shared it all there! If you have any specific questions that I haven’t addressed, please email me! I’d love to answer them for you! Adoption is just about my favorite thing in the world to talk about :).

  • Sarah June 2, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Happy last day of school!!!!! My kids last day was last Friday and so far, so good!!! We’ve already been to the pool, the gym multiple times, lunch dates, etc! Going to be a great summer!


  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life June 2, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Love the first/last day school pics and I love even more that they recreated their outfits!! I am loving that dress and those shoes Shay! I need them in my life!

  • Sheaffer Sims June 2, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Yeah, that dress is good. Really good. My wedges from last year are UGG, and they are still going strong in my closet! SO CRAZY COMFY.

  • Alexis deZayas June 2, 2017 at 6:47 am

    I need to get that dress this year!! Happy Summer!

  • Jen June 2, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Hi shay! What are your favorite swimming suits? I am a mom of 2 boys and have toubles finding cute ones that don’t let it all hang out!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 2, 2017 at 7:02 am

      I basically only buy Athleta swimsuits! They’re my FAVORITE!

  • Ginny June 2, 2017 at 6:55 am

    I am loving your Apple Watch band and nail color in that picture. Do you mind sharing where you found your band and what color polish that is? I need some new options for bands for my Apple Watch. So cute!!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 2, 2017 at 7:02 am

      The band is a Nike one from the Apple store and the polish is Essie but I can’t think of the color off the top of my head. I’ll go check!

  • Caitlin June 2, 2017 at 6:57 am

    I love ugg wedges. So comfortable. I got a pair a few years ago and might have to get these too.

  • Jamie June 2, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Ahh I need this dress for a little surprise party next weekend! What size is your dress? I can usually base my sizes off yours 🙂 Thank you, and Happy Summer!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 2, 2017 at 7:40 am

      Small! 🙂

  • Heather June 2, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Aaaah, I am a teacher, and I have one week left myself. So excited to have all summer with my little guy….I can’t wait!

  • Narci Dreffs June 2, 2017 at 7:09 am

    That navy dress is darling on you! Also, I love those wedges!! Happy summer, friend!!! Woohoo!!!!

  • Stephanie June 2, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Is that a gold Michele watch that you are wearing?

    • Mix and Match Mama June 2, 2017 at 7:37 am

      It is!

  • Erika Slaughter June 2, 2017 at 7:15 am

    The Slaughters are all fans of your pool floats this year as well! I’m hoping the unicorn survived the weekend. 🙂

  • Dana June 2, 2017 at 7:34 am

    hahaha…the other day I said you could make your own London Fog using almond extract, but I forgot that it’s vanilla extract! I love the one without alcohol from Simply Organic if you ever decide to try it yourself. Our kids like it, too!

  • Jenna June 2, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Woohooo for summer break! I love the first and last day of school pictures. It is amazing how much they change in grow in one school year. Enjoy your weekend!

  • Emilia June 2, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Ok, so I’m always so impressed with your tan! ? I know you use the wipes, but ugh, you’re so good at getting it so even. When you reapply it, doesn’t the new wipe wipe off what was left over? How do you do it??

    • Mix and Match Mama June 2, 2017 at 7:40 am

      No way! The new wipe just adds to what was on there! It doesn’t wipe it off at all!

  • Crystal June 2, 2017 at 7:50 am

    I’m so ready for scool to be out. My oldest has her last day next Friday. I also do the first and last day of school pictures but I love how they wore the same clothes. You can really tell just how much they’ve grown doing that.

  • Eryn June 2, 2017 at 8:00 am

    2 questions—
    1- Does the dress fit short? Based on your picture it looks like it fits right above your knee. I’m tall and long waisted and I have a problem with dresses being too short (at least for my taste).
    2- I’m not a tea person but I want to be one!!! Does the drink have a heavy tea flavor? Do you think a first time tea drinker would like it?

    • Mix and Match Mama June 2, 2017 at 8:09 am

      Okay, it’s right at the top of my knees and I’m 5’3″ and pretty short waisted, so I don’t know exactly how it would fit you. And here’s why I like the London Fog, because of the steamed milk, it feels and tastes more like coffee. It’s not thin like tea but a little heavier. Have you tried Earl Gray tea? It tastes like that.

  • Kendra June 2, 2017 at 8:28 am

    I’m 5’7″…would the dress me too short for me?

    • Mix and Match Mama June 2, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      Hmmmmm…maybe with heels on. I think it would be perfect with sandals though!

  • Emily June 2, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Where did you get your apple watch band? I have a leather one and the one it came with, but I think the perforated one looks perfect for summer and the pool!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 2, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      The apple store!

  • heidi June 2, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I love everything. I love what a close bunch of friends you are. I’m a big beliver in women need women. Happy first day of summer !!

  • Tonya June 2, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I love the dress. Would you says it was A-line cut? I don’t like dresses too tight in the hips (my problem area ?).

    • Mix and Match Mama June 2, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      I would say that, yes!

  • Rebecca Brittain June 2, 2017 at 9:14 am

    All of your kids are the cutest! I love seeing the first and last day pics side by side. It will be interesting to see it continued as some years they won’t fit into their first day clothes with growth spurts! Your style is always the best, thanks for the dress recommendation!!

  • Tracie June 2, 2017 at 9:17 am

    I am taking my three kids (ages 13, 10, & 5) to Rome and the Amalfi Coast this fall, so thank you for the video recommendation. I do want the kids to have some idea about what they are seeing when we get there. 🙂 My question is how do you recommend finding a travel agent? I would like to book tours for Rome and don’t know where to start.

    • Mix and Match Mama June 2, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      I find referral business always the best! It’s so nice to work with someone who has helped friends/family.

  • Caitlin June 2, 2017 at 9:32 am

    I love the London Fog! It’s super yummy!

  • Christina June 2, 2017 at 9:34 am

    My kids are begging me for some big pool floats, but I’m stumped as to how to store them! Do you deflate them every day after swimming, or do you have some other trick?

    • Mix and Match Mama June 2, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      We just let them swim around all the time :).

  • Francie June 2, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Which float air pump did you purchase? I recently brought a huge pool float/bed and I need a new one.

    • Mix and Match Mama June 2, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      We bought all of them online. Just type in “unicorn pool float” and you’ll see it!

  • Kelli June 2, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Ok, I need to try the London fog at Starbucks now… it sounds wonderful!
    Yay for summer! We have been out for a week yesterday and I am just blogging about it now..we have been having too much fun!

  • erica werner June 2, 2017 at 10:37 am

    where is that cute dainty necklace from you are wearing with the navy dress? what’s the name of it? I have been on a hunt for something like that. it’s so cute

    • Mix and Match Mama June 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      It’s from Stella & Dot!!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick June 2, 2017 at 11:03 am

    That dress is so cute on you! And tassel earrings definitely make everything more fun! The giant duck in the pool is my favorite!

    That Inspired Chick

  • Casey June 2, 2017 at 11:16 am

    We’re headed to McKinney today to look at a car! Anything we need to do/restaurants to eat at while there??

    • Mix and Match Mama June 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      Head to the square and have pie at The Pantry or Spoons!!

  • Jamie Hill June 2, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Love the Travel with Kids series! I’ve actually used it in my Spanish classroom a few times because that family is way more entertaining than regular documentaries.

  • Jenny June 2, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Haha! I love your subtle pool floats. Have the best weekend.

  • Michelle Parsons June 2, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I love your apple watch band!! Would love to know where you get fun/fashionable bands.

    • Mix and Match Mama June 2, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      The Apple Store :).

  • April Parrish June 2, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    The show about travel for kids looks very interesting. My soon to be 5th grader should live it. Thanks for sharing! Have a blessed weekend!

  • Mae June 2, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Totally random question! I don’t handle caffeine well, even the little bit in teas. Do you think they could make the London fog drink with a decaf tea?

    • Mix and Match Mama June 3, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Knowing Starbucks, they would!!

  • Vanessa @ X-tremely V June 2, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    I love the idea of the kids recreating that first day pic! And those pool floats are awesome! Happy Weekend!

  • Bethany June 2, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Is that dress fitted at all? It looks more fitted on you than on the website?

    • Mix and Match Mama June 3, 2017 at 7:38 am

      It’s a little fitted up top but loose on the bottom.

  • Meagan Ruse June 2, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Happy to be of assistance 🙂 We love that show!

  • Jennifer June 2, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    I love phone cases like some women loves purses. What brand is that case? Love it!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 3, 2017 at 7:37 am

      Caseology :).

  • Leiah June 2, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    So excited for you guys and the fun summer you’ll have! Love the unicorn pool floatie. What colors do you have in that dress? I have a blue/purple color and am debating on which other color to get!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 3, 2017 at 7:37 am

      Black, purple and navy :).

  • Katie June 2, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    I just love your blog Shay. Been reading along for a few years and it is such a treat I look forward to each day/week. Thanks so much for the genuine, fantastic tips, books, recipes, etc. xo

  • Inger Luff June 3, 2017 at 12:56 am

    PLEASE do a post on closet organization! I am in the mood to re-do mine and yours is AMAZING!!!

  • Christina June 3, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Do you remember the name of the polish that your wearing in the picture where you are showing your cute blue earrings

  • Leanne A June 3, 2017 at 8:19 am

    I always love your post! Tried the London Fog based off last Friday’s recommendation and LOVED IT! Do you know if they can fix it sugar free? Also, we have an upcoming trip planned to Alaska. Any packing recommendations for this trip? We’re going to see family, they’re planning everything (easiest vacay ever). I’m trying to keep it as light as possible, learned several years ago I like taking just carry ons. Thanks!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 3, 2017 at 8:20 am

      I would say to pack layers for this trip! I think the weather could fluctuate quite a bit, so layer, layer, layer!

  • Heather June 3, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Have you made a London for at home? So good. I make an earl grey tea and add in some frothed heavy cream with a splash of vanilla extract mixed in. My favorite!

  • Kacy June 4, 2017 at 10:50 am

    If you’re into tassel earrings, Bauble Bar makes great ones! They do everything from dainty to statement pieces, I love it!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 5, 2017 at 5:03 am

      Yes!! Those are Bauble Bar!!

  • Sally Acuff June 8, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    I love your blog so much!! I bought this dress in black and love it!!! Ordering earrings next- Are your tassel earrings the mini ones or regular length? Love how they look! Thank you!

  • Meghan Lheureux June 10, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Thank you so much for posting the link of the dress!! I bought it in green for a bridal shower and it’s perfect!!! I was searching for something that I could re-wear 🙂

  • Joy June 22, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Do you need to wear a slip under that dress? It’s very cute. Thx!!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 23, 2017 at 5:04 am