Life Lately.

Oh my word!  Thank you so much for the sweet birthday wishes yesterday.  You really just don’t know how touched I am by this little community.  You guys each have a piece of my heart.  Thank you for always being so sweet, kind and encouraging.  Now, here’s a little look at life lately…

Mom life is exhausting.

A boy and his dog!  Smith loves sweet little Frenchie so much!

What’s not to love?

My two fall birthdays had their well visits on Friday.  This one…

…was so happy to be at the doctor and it not be about her 🙂 .

Because I want you to see that sometimes, I get this 😉 .

And then other times, I get this.  Clearly, one of my kids is in that “I’m too cool for pictures” phase of life.  Sigh.

I was just not prepared for how much Ashby would love little Frenchie.  She is so sweet with this dog and wants to hold her and play with her at every opportunity!

We had our annual Harvest Party on Sunday night.  This is one of my family’s very favorite events all year long!

Madeley was all “what is on your head” Britt?!

These two!!  How sweet are they?!?!

Speaking of sweet…look at these three girls.  Kensington loves her friends so much!!  (Just like her mama loves their mamas!)

Moana 🙂

I just loved this!  Sweet Sadie wanted to dress up as her mama for the party.  Aren’t they so cute?!



One big group pic before dinner!

The parents were so sweet and cleared out the bounce house for a minute so Ashby could jump.  Unfortunately, Ashby can’t jump when there are a lot of other kids in there, so this was a really special moment.  She was thrilled to be allowed inside!


Madeley was having no fun at all.

She borrowed a crown for a bit…

…and then, a hoodie.  The reason why I have so many pictures of her?  Because she stood by me all night and the other three were too busy off with their friends. 😉

Oh!  I just love my sweet friends so much!!

A girl after her mama’s own heart.  Cozy in a robe, under a blanket with books.

And a pic of Frenchie to end today’s post.

That’s a little look at life lately.

So, want to know who won yesterday’s $600 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway?!?!

It was…


Congratulations Hillery!!!  I emailed you this morning.  Please email me back ASAP to claim your prize!!  We have one more birthday giveaway TOMORROW!  Don’t miss it! xo

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  • Reply Susan Jeffries October 26, 2017 at 4:48 am

    What a precious time in your life. I miss those days. Now my daughter and I usually go to yoga during trick or treat time. It’s still a great day(: And Ashby’s glasses are fabulous!!

  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog October 26, 2017 at 4:55 am

    The growing relationship between Frenchie Macaroon and the kids is so warm to see. Super cute, too!

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  • Reply Kristin October 26, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Hi Shay, What do you have on the floor in Frenchie’s play pen? Looking for ideas for my puppy!

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama October 26, 2017 at 4:59 am

      Tablecloths 🙂 In case she has an accident in there (which we realllllly try hard for her not to), it’s easy to clean up and protecting the floor.

  • Reply Sarah October 26, 2017 at 5:08 am

    Awww too sweet everyone cleared out of the bounce house for Ashby!!! Looks like life has been great lately!!! Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!!

  • Reply Erika Slaughter October 26, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Oh, that Harvest Party is always so much fun! And that first pic of Kensington exhausted made me LOL.

  • Reply Elspeth Mizner October 26, 2017 at 5:38 am

    I love all the children’s costumes but Moana is my favorite! Too cute! How has your other dog, Poopy been adjusting to Frenchie! She is adorable

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama October 26, 2017 at 6:17 am

      Poppy has LOVED having another dog to play with!! They are a big ball of energy together!!

      • Reply Elspeth Mizner October 26, 2017 at 6:34 am

        Awe! So sweet! What’s the age difference between the two of them?

  • Reply Karen October 26, 2017 at 5:51 am

    The kids are adorable!! Sadie’s costume cracked me up! I love the Starbuck’s cup! Awesome, and it made me laugh out loud. 😂 I love it! Also, where did you buy your dog bed? I love the Sherpa fabric it is lined with. Frenchie is the cutest and I don’t blame your kids for wanting to hold her all the time!!!

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama October 26, 2017 at 6:17 am

      From PetSmart! 🙂

  • Reply KimW October 26, 2017 at 6:00 am

    This is cute picture overload!!!! Love seeing the smiles and how happy happy Madeley and Ashby look!! I also love that K is already wearing a Christmas robe in October!! haha. The pics of Frenchie are making me want a puppy but I am so allergic to so many different kinds of dogs!!

  • Reply Bethany October 26, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Frenchie is seriously the cutest! I’ve been getting those picture looks from my 1 year old ago a lot lately.

  • Reply Cherise Procter October 26, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Madeley in a Moana costume may be my most favorite thing ever. Good Grief, she’s cute!!!
    Happy Birthday!!!

  • Reply Shelia Maxwell October 26, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Precious memories…thanks for sharing your sweet babies with us, love, love, love all the pics

  • Reply Narci October 26, 2017 at 6:33 am

    What a sweet life lately! I love that picture of the girls together! Also, can Frenchie be any cuter??? 😍😍😍

  • Reply Nikki Lehman October 26, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Happy day late birthday Shay!! Your pictures of Madeley in that Moana costume are just way. too. cute.!!

  • Reply Amy D. October 26, 2017 at 6:36 am

    I’m so glad you had a great birthday!

    What a fun Halloween party! 🙂

    Amy @

  • Reply Megan October 26, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Don’t let my kiddos see this post! Two of them really want to add a puppy to the family and I’m a hard no. I always say they are welcome to get a dog when they have their own home 😉

  • Reply sydnee October 26, 2017 at 6:47 am

    How awesome that Ashby got to play in the bouncy house! And Frenchie is sooooo~~~ cute!

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  • Reply Emily October 26, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Just curious how many, if any, fights there have been between the kids over Frenchie? Hopefully none but at the same time if I had received a dog as a present I probably would’ve been a brat and stolen her back every time my brother started to play with the dog ha.

  • Reply Simone Soda October 26, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Can you share how often you’re finding it works to let out Frenchie? Especially overnight? Getting a pup soon and I need all the tips! Thanks!!

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama October 26, 2017 at 11:42 am

      We’ve been letting her out before bed (around 10:15), at 1:00 AM and then when we wake up at 4:00.

  • Reply Laura @ Laura Likes Design October 26, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Frenchie is so cute!! I love Madeley’s little Moana costume — she’s such a little ham!

  • Reply kellie carrara October 26, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Glad you had a great birthday —
    That little Frenchie…boy is she sweet! We just adopted a 1.5 year old Bichon/Shih Tzu (to join our 2.5 year old Bichon/Shih Tzu) and we’re all obsessed with him, too. Two dogs is WAY more work I find tho…

  • Reply Elizabeth October 26, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Hi Shay, where did you find your puppy Enclosure? I’ve been on the search for a good one!

  • Reply Barbara Parnell October 26, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Happy Birthday! Hope it was a great one!

  • Reply Laci October 26, 2017 at 7:49 am

    I can’t get over Moana, lol! Frenchie is adorable!!

  • Reply Myka October 26, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Madeley and Britt look so cute in their costumes. More pics of Frenchie please. Cuteness overload!


  • Reply Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams October 26, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Looks like a sweet life lately 🙂 Frenchie does look like the cutest little puppy!
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Reply Sheaffer Sims October 26, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Frenchie is absolutely precious! But Moana wins the internet today. 🙂

  • Reply Angela Ellingson October 26, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Frenchie is so so cute! And what a fun Harvest party!! Your kiddos are just the sweetest.

  • Reply Rebecca Brittain October 26, 2017 at 8:14 am

    I love seeing all of the children’s costumes. So fun! The Harvest party looks like a blast for both the kids and the moms! Great memories!
    Rebecca @

  • Reply MARY V October 26, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Hi, such sweet pictures and memories! We are getting a puppy in a few weeks and I’m curious what you are using for the plastic lining below Frenchie’s play area? We are busy getting ready and that would work well for us too. Thanks for any advice you have! This will be our first puppy!!

  • Reply Liz October 26, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Madeley as Moana?? I am dying at the cuteness. I almost can’t take it. Frenchie is the cutest too! SO much CUTE at your house!! 🙂

  • Reply Stacey October 26, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Thanks for sharing all the fun pictures of your sweet family. Happy Birthday!!

  • Reply Sara Presley October 26, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Can we please ask Sadie’s mom where she got her boots? 😉

  • Reply Brittany Hensley October 26, 2017 at 8:43 am

    So sweet!!! That Frenchie is an adorable addition to the Shull family!! 🐶

  • Reply MinShien @ Joyous Apron October 26, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Happy Belated Birthday! You probably hear it all the time, but your children are just too adorably cute. My favorite picture is Moana point at that sweet Panda. Love love it. Cuteness overload this Thursday morning!!

  • Reply Angelique at October 26, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Thanks for including the post of your kiddos NOT smiling – I feel like it takes about 100 to get a good photo of mine. And I only have 2! Lol.

  • Reply Amy October 26, 2017 at 9:03 am

    The puppy is super cute….but I can’t even with that Moana costume. CUTEST. THING. EVER!!!

  • Reply Jennilee October 26, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Hi Shay! Where did you get that play pen for Frenchie? I’ve been looking at buying one for my puppy……

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama October 26, 2017 at 11:41 am

      I think Andrew bought it on Amazon!

  • Reply Chelsea October 26, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Literally cannot get over Madeley in that Moana costume!! It’s my favorite thing ever. She is the best! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Amanda @ That Inspired Chick October 26, 2017 at 9:24 am

    I seriously just wanted to scoop Moana up and tickle her little belly every time she ran by on Sunday! She is so cute and just the happiest little kid! Love her to death! That Inspired Chick

  • Reply Krystal Dubas October 26, 2017 at 9:26 am

    That little puppy is the cutest! Does that breed shed much? I’d love to get an indoor pet for my little guy, but not looking forward to all of the hair that comes with them.

  • Reply Jenny October 26, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Aww, Happy Belated Birthday! Madeley looked so cute in her little costume. 🙂

  • Reply Jaimie October 26, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I love sweet Ashby loving on Frenchie! So adorable!!

  • Reply Gabrielle Storey October 26, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Oh my gosh, what cute cute kids!!! Loved all the costumes, especially Miss Moana and that precious little panda bear. What a sweet friendship those girls will have for life. God is too good!

  • Reply Rebecca Walker October 26, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I love the group picture with all the kiddos and how Ashby is showing so much LOVE for her little sister.

  • Reply Amanda October 26, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Moana. The end. I would not be able to function in any purposeful capacity with that child around. She is THE CUTEST.

  • Reply Alexis deZayas October 26, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Loving how much all of your kiddos are loving Frenchie! So sweet!

  • Reply Scarlett Hackett October 26, 2017 at 10:58 am

    I can’t even with Madeley’s belly. Baby bellies are the best.

  • Reply Megan Jeffries October 26, 2017 at 11:00 am

    That picture of Madeley poking Britt’s panda nose is HILARIOUS! Babies in costumes is top 10 cutest things in the world!

  • Reply Anna S October 26, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I can just tell from pictures that Madeley exudes joy. She makes the cutest Moana. All of these pictures made me smile.

  • Reply Karen October 26, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Happy, happy birthday (a little belated)!!! Your blog is a blessing!!

  • Reply Ann Marie Tennison October 26, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Looks like such a fun week! The girls are eager to meet Ms. Frenchie!!!! She’s a doll!!!!

  • Reply Darcy October 26, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    What a fun fall you have all had this year!

  • Reply Liz Thorson October 26, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Happy Birthday, a day late, Shay! With your sweet family and friends, I’m guessing from morning to night, you celebrated with lots of love, laughter, good good and drink! For our last two puppies–now 3 1/2 yrs., and almost 11 mos.–we allowed no water after about 7:15-7:30 and taking them outside for the last time at 10:30-11PM. They then slept until around 5:45 or 6 AM. We only took them out in the middle of the night their very first night in our home. Neither ever had an accident in their kennel at night. Both were very restless and let out a few whines in the middle of the night just about 2-3x over their first 6 mos. when they clearly needed to go outside. The no more water plan really helps until their bodies grow and they can hold out until morning.

  • Reply Amy October 26, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Do you by any chance know where Sadie’s moms shirt is from? I enjoy your blog.

  • Reply Kinsley October 26, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I know you have posted before where you get those cute festive shirts from, like the hocus pocus one. But, I cannot find it anywhere? Could you tell me again 🙂

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama October 27, 2017 at 5:25 am

      The Hocus Pocus one is from Etsy! Ily Couture online has so many cute ones too!

  • Reply Melissa @ Finding My Mojo October 26, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Love all the pics with the new pup, Frenchie! The Harvest party looks like it was a blast!

  • Reply Jeanie October 26, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Such fun pictures. Madeley just cracks me up! And I am so in love with Frenchie. She reminds me of my shih tzu when she was that age. She’s now 11 years old.

  • Reply Karol L October 26, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Totally random but anyway I can get them he details on your friends jeans? The friend whose daughter dressed like her. I’m having a hard time finding work appropriate jeans ( tea her life). Thanks!

  • Reply Chelsea October 26, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    We are headed to Asia (Tokyo and Beijing) in about 10 days and I am suddenly realizing that I might need shoe suggestions! It will be in the 50s and low 60s and it looks like maybe some rain. Any suggestions!? Thanks!

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama October 27, 2017 at 5:24 am

      Hunter boots!

  • Reply Lizzie @ This Happy Life October 26, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I can’t even take little Madeley in her Moana costume!! Adorbs! Your kids are getting so big! So fun for Ashby to get to jump!!!

  • Reply Chasity October 27, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Moana’s tummy peaking out from under her top gives me the giggles!! So stinkin cute. If she were at my front door I would just have to give her all the candy:)

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