What’s Up Wednesday {10/28/15}

It’s Wednesday!
I don’t know what you’re doing today…but I’m spending the day at the pumpkin patch with a bunch of kindergartners :).  There’s this blue-eyed boy with dimples that I get to hang out with all day. #luckyme 
On the last Wednesday of every month,  Mel and Sheaffer and I do our monthly What’s Up Wednesday where we answer these questions… 


 We can’t wait to go through your posts and see what you guys are up to this month too!

This is my very favorite link up!  Thanks for playing!

1. What we’re eating this week…

Yesterday, I shared my Halloween Menu with you guys and so that’s what we’re eating this week!  I love, love, love Halloween night!  The friends, the family, the anticipation, the candy…it’s all so festive!

To see my suggested Halloween night menu, click here.

2. What I’m reminiscing About…

Ahhhh!  It was Halloween 2008 and I had a six week old baby girl!

Every Halloween, we go to our town’s Scare on the Square (pictured above in 2008), and I always think back to that first time when I took my sweet little baby girl.

3. What I’m loving…
On Monday, I did a “Monday Favorites” and I was lovin’ several things…

Which arrived in my mail on Monday afternoon…

And our new cuffs from All The Wire.

01.04.15 is special because that’s the date we met our Ashby.  And the date that these two girls became sisters…

4. What we’ve been up to…
We’ve been hanging out at home a lot lately…because of Ashby’s surgery, so that’s what we’ve been doing.  We’ve been watching a lot of kid friendly Halloween shows, doing puzzles, playing board games and baking…

…Ashby is a big fan of anything pumpkin.  That’s my girl!

5. What I’m dreading…
We go back next Wednesday for them to remove the dressings off of Ashby’s armpit and chest.  There is a lot of tape on her, so I’m kind of dreading that.  I’m sure they’re great at removing that stuff…but still, I bet it’s not going to be super fun.  The cast is supposed to stay on two more weeks.

6. What I’m working on…

What am I not working on is the question?!  πŸ™‚

Right now, my little travel agency is working on Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line trips for new customers and then other destinations (Mexico, Caribbean, Europe, etc) for existing customers.  We are accepting departure dates between January and August 2016.  If you’re interested in going, please email me at mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com.

And this there’s this…

Mix and Match Cakes and Mix and Match Meal Planner are hitting bookshelves February 1 (along with Amazon too!). So much fun :)!

7. What I’m excited about…

…trick or treating with these three :).

8. What I’m watching/reading…

Yesterday, was my monthly book review!

I reviewed five books (including the one above…which I loved!).  To see what I’ve been reading, click here.

9. What I’m listening to…

I pre-ordered Adele’s new album, and bought her first single Hello.

Um, hello?!

I love Adele.  That girl could sing the phone book and I’d listen.

10. What I’m wearing…

I’m wearing a lot of plaid.


This shirt is one of my faves…

It’s soft, cute, washes and drys well..

…I just can’t stop with the plaid :).  For a size reference, I bought this top in XS.

11. What I’m doing this weekend…


12. What I’m looking forward to next month…

…beginning everything Christmas with these two PLUS ONE!  Woohoo!  We celebrate Thanksgiving this year with Andrew’s family in Missouri, so we’ll decorate the house before we leave and that way when we get home, it’s all decked out and the festivities can begin!  I have a feeling that Ashby is going to love Christmas :).

13. What else is new…
I think I covered everything!

14. What’s your favorite Thanksgiving recipe…
Well, well, well…I have a few favorites!

To see my favorite Thanksgiving pie recipes, click here.
We are pie people on Thanksgiving day!

And speaking of recipes that are perfect for Thanksgiving…today’s recipe on my foodie blog is…

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Bars.

That’s What’s Up Wednesday!  Don’t forget to link up below!!

Have the best day!

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  • Kimberly October 28, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Congratulations on your books!! What an accomplishment!! You did a wonderful job with the covers – looking forward to their release in February.

    Very European

  • Angie October 28, 2015 at 9:45 am

    You are so busy! I don't know how you manage it all. I love those cuffs, such great meaning behind them! I'm looking forward to Christmas too. Hope you and your boy have a great day πŸ™‚

  • Lauren Darrell October 28, 2015 at 9:51 am

    I can't believe you have two books coming out!!! That's amazing!!!! Congratulations!!!

  • Amber October 28, 2015 at 9:52 am

    How exciting!!!!! I will be purchasing BOTH books!!! What an accomplishment!!!

  • I Like Ike October 28, 2015 at 9:59 am

    I think HUGE congrats are in order on the cookbook publishing! That's incredible! Super excited for you!

  • Tara Smith October 28, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Congrats on the books!!! The covers look stunning!!
    I admire how you manage to do so much! Enjoy the pumpkin patch with your sweet boy and the rest of the cute kindergarteners!

  • Jennifer Cannon October 28, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Whoooohoooo!!!!!!!!!! Two cookbooks?!?!?!?!?! Congratulations mama! I know this is a a answered prayer! Wishing you nothing but success!!

    Xoxo jen

  • Erika Slaughter October 28, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Those two cookbooks!!! I can't even! SO proud of you, friend!! Seriously…so proud of you!!!

  • Annelise Driscoll October 28, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Cookbooks?!?? Omg!! That is so amazing and I am way too excited to read them!! Congratulations!! And that scarf is just amazing! Have a great time Trick or Treating!

  • Jess October 28, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Congrats on the books!!! I have to say, I looked at the cover looking for sister of the bachelor Sean, I am so relieved that I didn't see that. Many siblings would use the fame to also get ahead. I'm just thankful you are not that way! Can not wait for them!! Wishing you the best!

  • Gray Cardigan October 28, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I'm #18 on the linkups & somehow I goofed in getting my photo to show. I wasn't able to delete it. Are you able to do it & I can link it again? Thanks.

    • Gray Cardigan October 28, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      I'm sorry. Never mind. I'll do better next month!! I wanted to put that photo that I cartooned and somehow in cropping it I must have clicked a wrong tab. It's fine – you don't have to delete it.

  • AbigailCarter October 28, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I have been hoping for a Mix & Match Mama cookbook for yeeeeeears! Yay! Can't wait for both! So exciting! My hubs and I want to plan a Disney trip for Oct 2016…will you accept that travel date? Happy Wednesday, pretty mama!

  • Sarah October 28, 2015 at 10:43 am

    You totally buried the lead here!!! The title of the post needs to be "I'm publishing TWO books, yall!" Congrats!!

    • Lora G October 28, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      Right?! πŸ™‚

    • Melissa Miley October 28, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      Totally agree!!

  • Angela Banae October 28, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Eeeekks!!!! Cannot wait for your books to be out!!!! Congratulations!!! So happy for you!!! Love your shirt, too…I've just added it to my shopping cart! Hahah πŸ™‚

  • Ashley Van Dam October 28, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Those cookbooks!!!! So exciting. Cannot wait to order them both!
    Is it weird to say the covers are so pretty?!!

  • Kjlb37 October 28, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Congratulations on the cookbooks, so exciting! I think you should do another "day in the life" post, inquiring minds want to know how you do all that you do:) Enjoy your day with Smith and the pumpkins, this is the stuff that memories are made of:)

  • MorganizewithMe October 28, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Congratulations on your exciting news! That is so fun! Well deserved mama! And those darling cuffs…

  • Katie Neff October 28, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Omgsh Omgsh Omgsh! The cookbooks are so perfect I can't wait to get my own! Congrats:)

  • Narci October 28, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Eeeek!! Girl!!! So proud of you!!! Xoxo

  • Polka Dot Blossom October 28, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Congrats on your cookbooks!!! Wow! That is so cool and likely a dream come true for you! Woohoo!! And I LOVE the covers!

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} October 28, 2015 at 11:28 am

    YAY!!!!!!!! The cookbook announcement with those GORGEOUS covers! You need to blow them up and slap those babies on some HUGE canvases for your office! I'm just so dang proud of you I could pop!!!!!! xoxo πŸ™‚

  • Marion October 28, 2015 at 11:28 am

    So thrilled for your 2 cookbooks!!

    About the Ashby's tape….they make an adhesive remover. It's liquid and 3M makes it. Ask for it if they don't use it some hospital departments don't know it exists. From one mom to another it makes a HUGE difference. For my child they soaked it in the stuff waited 10 minutes then started removing tape.

  • Lizzie Simantz October 28, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Ahhhh cookbooks!? So so exciting!! I cannot wait to get them! That picture of Ashby baking is just so precious πŸ™‚

  • beaner October 28, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Congratulations on the books! I have used so many of your recipes and can't wait for 2 books! I have a feeling they will make some great gifts next year!

  • Queen In Between October 28, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Congrats on the books…super exciting. Lots of hard work paying off.

  • Regine Karpel October 28, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I love your blog!

  • Cherrisse Sabillon October 28, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Are the books a new mention?! I don't know how I missed such a huge deal!

  • Kathy Olson October 28, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Congratulations on your books! I am not surprised at all! I am expecting you to be on the Food Network one day.

  • Amanda Bajin October 28, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    What a fun post! I've really enjoyed pinning and making many of your meals! So excited for your cookbooks! Congratulations on such a wonderful accomplishment!! Xoxo

  • Paula October 28, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I was hoping you'd create a cookbook! YAY! CONGRATULATIONS!

  • Elizabeth October 28, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I had no idea you were writing two books!!! I am so excited!!!

  • Heather Bramlett October 28, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Congrats on the books! I have been hoping you would come out with a cookbook! I have so many of your receipes printed out I was going to ha e to start my own… But yours is so much cuter:)

  • dresselfamily.blogspot.com October 28, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    congratulations on the books.. what an amazing accomplishment !!
    Ok the pic of Miss A & K.. needs a big canvas.. the sweetest pic ever!
    that plaid scarf is amazing !
    have a great weekend !

  • Laura October 28, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    I am so excited about your books! (Just ask my husband.) Will the meal planning book include many recipes? Can't wait to hear more details!!

  • Caravan Sonnet October 28, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Congratulations on the books!! How exciting!!!! πŸ™‚ Thank you again for hosting this link up! It is so fun to connect with so many other bloggers through this!!
    Blessings, Rebecca

  • Katrina Goodman October 28, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    So exciting about your books!! I will definitely be ordering!!

  • Kelly Stamps October 28, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    The cookbooks look amazing!!!! So excited for you!!!!!

  • Elizabeth October 28, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    We can't wait to celebrate the holidays either! Bring it on! πŸ™‚


  • Brooke @ A Retherford Realization October 28, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    YAY!!! We can finally talk about the cook books!! I'm definitely getting them for myself as an early Valentines Day present!! Cant wait! πŸ™‚

  • P!nky October 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    So many fun things going on. So fun about the books and sending lil girl some prayers for the dressing removal.

  • Amy J October 28, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Congratulations on your books!! Can't wait to get them πŸ™‚

  • KC October 28, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Congratulations on the cookbooks! The covers are beautiful, and I can't wait to get them! Also, love the sweet bracelets for Kensington and Ashby.

  • Kel October 28, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    The cookbook covers look really impressive. Nicely done and congrats!

  • Meagan Ruse October 28, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I am so excited for you!!!! Your own cookbooks! Yay! I can't wait!

  • Helen Truesdale October 28, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Umm…So. Excited. about the cookbooks!! Congratulations, what an accomplishment!

  • Hayley L October 28, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Congratulations on such an amazing accomplishment as having TWO cookbooks published, I know your a sweet and modest person so you tucked them away into your post, but you should be shouting from the highest rooftop- not everyday you are able to do something so exciting! Cant wait to see them on the bookshelves!

  • Sabrina October 28, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Congrats on the cookbooks! I'm so excited for you!! I almost bought the scarf yesterday but got sidetracked and now it's out of stock. Boo. Hoping it gets restocked soon! Also, I bought the brown Vince Camuto booties you have been wearing and they arrived yesterday and I couldn't love them more! They are comfy straight out of the box!! I can't wait to wear them!

  • Pamela Danckaert October 28, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Yay! Congratulations on the BOOKS! I've been waiting for this to happen and I can't wait to buy them! Continuing to pray for Ashby…much love and prayers friend.

  • Spencer Cox October 28, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I didn't know you were coming out with a cookbook (or two!). I am so excited – can't wait to get them!!

  • Dana October 28, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    So excited for your cookbooks, Shay!! Congratulations!!!

  • Megan October 28, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Your cookbooks look fabulous!! I can't wait to get mine!! Guess I'll have to come visit and get them signed!!!! Congrats girl!! And I can't wait to see pics of Ashby during Christmas!!!

  • Meg Hodges October 28, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Say what?!!!! Congratulations on your cookbooks!!! You deserve every ounch of success, and I LOVE the covers of them both! Looking forward to Feb 1st!

  • Melanie October 28, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Congrats on your cookbook news!! Have a fun Halloween:)

  • Keisha Dawson October 28, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I'm so excited for your new cookbooks! How exciting for you!

  • Julie October 28, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Found this linkup from Erin and I love it! Have fun at the pumpkin patch with the KDG, that's what I teach and they can be a wild bunch. Also, how cool that you do Disney travel – I always thought it would be fun to be a travel agent.

  • Lora G October 28, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Now, I won't have to search online every time I make one of your cakes!! I'm so excited! πŸ™‚ Congrats!

  • Lee and Anna Hogan October 28, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    SO excited for the cookbooks!!! The covers are beautiful. I desperately need the meal planning one! I just made the dark chocolate bundt cake Monday night and it got rave reviews!

  • Nerine October 28, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Congratulations on your two books! How exciting! You must do a book signing in the San Francisco area πŸ™‚

  • Eileen October 28, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Congratulations! So happy for you! Can't wait to buy them. I cook your recipes all the time!

  • Mary October 28, 2015 at 11:16 am

    I am so excited about your cookbooks… Especially the meal planning one!!! I've seriously been meaning to email you to beg you to make a cookbook of your meals. Yay and congrats!

  • Mary Dollar October 28, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    I love that we have the same Christmas Stockings from PB Kids!!!

  • Aubrey October 28, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    I've been waiting to see your first cookbook for YEARS! Congratulations, friend!! Just so you know, everyone in my family still requests your lemon bundt cake. πŸ™‚

  • Barbara Williams October 28, 2015 at 11:40 am

    So excited about your cookbooks!!!!! Awesome!!! Congrats!

  • KMHR October 28, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Coconut oil might be something to consider for sweet Ashby if they do not offer up something when it's time to remove the dressings. Our son had a feeding (NG) tube – through the nose and adhered to the cheek to keep it in place – that we had to change weekly and replace if it was ever pulled out by his little hands. I quickly found that applying cocunt oil on top of the dressings, letting it sit and then using more to loosen the adhesive underneath the dressing (think applying to a q-tip and gently sliding back and forth along the underneath edges until it releases) really preserved the skin on those sweet cheeks I love to smother with kisses. πŸ™‚ We also used coconut oil to heal the skin that would "break down" from exposure to the adhesives. Just a thought but hopefully they have something readily available and medical grade they can use!!!

    And congrats on the cookbooks! They look fab as I can only imagine the contents are as well!!!

  • Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld October 28, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Congratulations on your cookbooks!! That is just so exciting! I can't wait to get my hands on both of them!

  • Astleigh H. October 28, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Congrats on the books!! That is just so darn exciting!!

  • V @ X-tremely V October 28, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    You are one busy mama! Congrats on the books! We are super excited for Christmas. We actually start decorating November 1st! I can't wait!

  • mrs. mewie October 28, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Your cookbooks look amazing! How exciting!! This is the first week I'm making 3 of your recipes, woohoo!

  • Elise Welch October 28, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Congrats on your cookbooks!!!! They look SO good!!! Praying for Ashby:)

  • mel @ the larson lingo October 28, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    This is my favorite link up also πŸ™‚
    Praying for Ashby next week!
    And, so exciting about your cookbooks…CONGRATS!!!

  • maureen October 28, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I am so excited for you on publishing TWO books!! That is so awesome! I have always wanted to write cookbooks, you have inspired me to get to it!! Can't wait to read them!! Yay Shay!!

  • Melody October 28, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    So, you have three kids, all these blogs, a travel agency and two cookbooks coming out?? Wow! Seriously, please tell me what multivitamin you are taking to give you all that energy. πŸ™‚ I just have two babies and I end the day exhausted. Lol. But congrats on your cookbooks! So cool!

  • Melissa October 28, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Congrats on the books. I cannot wait to get them!! It must be a dream come true for you!

  • Leigh Clark October 28, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    YOUR BOOKS!!! What a way to sneak that in there — congratulations Shay!!

  • Maggie C. October 28, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Congrats on the cookbooks! That's awesome! And the covers look great! I agree with Sheaffer, you need to blow them up, have them printed & framed for your office. I'm also loving Adele's new song and can't wait for her album to come out! I have two questions for you: 1) What is the nail polish you're wearing in the pic with your scarf? 2) Did you get a new engagement ring?

  • Kendra Petrellese October 28, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Oh my gosh HUGE congratulations on your TWO books! That is sooo cool! Sending lots of prayers to your fam next week!

  • Melissa Miley October 28, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Woo hoo!! Congratulations on your TWO cookbooks. I am excited to get them. I hope you will have a book signing- this huge fan from Baton Rouge, Louisiana will be in line for autographed copies! οΏ½οΏ½

  • Meredith Rasnic October 28, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Oh my word! So excited about those books!! πŸ™‚

  • Lizzi October 29, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Wow! I'm so excited about your books!! I cant wait! I love how easy your recipes are and how much the inspire me πŸ™‚ sometimes it is oh she is cooking this, well I have most of the ingredients and I can "mix and match" So to say I am excited is an understatement

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  • Mariah October 29, 2015 at 1:59 am

    Wow Shay! Congrats on your books, you snuck that little bit of news right in there! Can't wait to see them, covers are already eye catchers! What an accomplishment!

  • Kelly Otwell October 29, 2015 at 3:41 am

    My daughter went through several months of physical therapy that required taping. We used Sensi-Care adhesive remover. I was sting-less and the tape came right off without any pulling. I wonder if this would be an option for Ashby next week?

  • Ashley Ashby October 29, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Hey mama! Lemon essential oil is amazing for removing adhesive easily. I know you've blogged about having oils from young living and someone above mentioned coconut oil. Add lemon oil to the coconut oil and the bandages should come off without a problem. Hope that helps sweet Ashby! Praying for your family πŸ™‚

  • Kara Block October 29, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    You're publishing 2 books? Holy cow, congratulations! I'm pretty sure those deserved a much bigger announcement. You just snuck it in there. Such a huge accomplishment. Can't wait to hear more about them.

  • Nikki Poole October 29, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Hi Shay! I'm a reader of your blog but rarely comment. However, this is the second time you posted that pic with Catherine in that adorable leopard dress and I was wondering if you knew where it was from. Your love of plaid = my love of leopard. Thanks!!

  • Jaren October 29, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Oh my goodness!! Cookbooks! That's awesome Shay! They are so fabulous, I'm sure!

  • lynne wad October 29, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Cookbooks!! Wow two at once – you're too good to us! I collect cookbooks (doesn't that sound better than addicted to cookbooks?!) I love the wood grain at the top! So excited to get my hands on them!! CONGRATULATIONS Shay!!

  • Tiffany Bagalini October 29, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Love, Love, Love that scarf and TWO BOOKS??? What an awesome and amazing accomplishment! I love it when bloggers get to step out from behind the computer and have these opportunities. Congratulations!!!

  • cookies and cups October 29, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Oh my goodness!! Congrats on the cookbook… The cover is gorgeous!!

  • Kathryn Kyles October 30, 2015 at 12:44 am

    So excited to hear about your two big accomplishments!! Can't wait to pre-order and add them to my shelf!

  • Angela Ellingson October 30, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Oh my goodness! Shay! I am so excited and happy for you, girl. Not one, but two cookbooks! You are amazing!

  • April Parrish October 30, 2015 at 2:33 am

    So excited for your cook books!!!! Congratulations!!! You've worked very hard so this is well deserved!!! I can't wait to get them!!
    God Bless!!!

  • Ann Marie October 30, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    AHH! Cook books!! I'm so excited for you, Shay!! Congrats! The covers look amazing… love them!

  • Rachel - Floral and Fudge October 30, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Just catching up on this post—and those COOKBOOKS!!!
    The covers are beautiful, and I can't wait to read them! XO.