Five Days of Fabulous: $500 Gift Cards & Carriage Rides

Oh friends…it’s Day FOUR of our Five Days of Fabulous and things are only getting bigger…

…that’s right!  
Today, you and a friend will each win a 
$500 Nordstrom Gift Card!
Sheaffer and I are super pumped about today’s giveaway!  One $500 gift card for you and one for you friend.  I mean…your friend is going to FLIP OUT!
I’m thinking it will be pretty easy to spend that $500 too.  Right now, everything is fa la la la holiday over at Nordstrom.  Gift giving has never been easier!  Here are some of my favorite holiday things from Nordstrom this year…

 (Yes, you’ve seen them all before but I’m repeating them because they’re sincerely my favorites!!)

This just does not get old for me :).

 Snowman sweatshirt and plaid pj pants
Love, love, love!

The cute sweatshirt also comes in these prints too!

And the plaid pants also comes in these prints!

Glitter Studs make the best gift this season!  See all of the color choices here.

My new favorite jeans!  Friends…they are the softest, comfiest, best fitting jeans I’ve ever owned.  I.Love.Them.

This sweater.  This sweater is so soft that I might have bought it in more than one pattern. #obsessed

See all of the fun patterns?!  I mean…friends, it’s like freakishly soft!  I’ve already washed and dried mine (you lay it out to dry) and it dried perfectly.  Love!

And then one last thing…

this scarf.  I love my people and I love my scarf :).

So, thank you so much to Nordstrom for making this giveaway possible!  One winner will receive two $500 Nordstrom gift cards!

Speaking of this holiday season…on Tuesday night, the Shull family had our annual carriage ride!  This was our sixth year in a row and this year was EXTRA special because Miss Ashby was there!  Last year, we were less than a month away from getting her, and we talked about her during the entire ride and then this year, she was with us!  My heart is just so full.

Here is me trying to get a good Christmas-y picture before we left the house…

Smith was bummed because Kensington said she did not want his arm around her…

…then they agreed to hold hands…
…Smith told a joke and Ashby ran away…
…big, middle, little mugshot…

…I mean…it’s the best we got :).

Our pre-carriage ride dinner was at our favorite local diner.

All smiles because we love breakfast for dinner!

This girl :).

Headed to our carriage ride!

Ashby loved getting to meet the horses!

My kids look forward to this tradition every single year.


 One side of the carriage…

…and the other side.

Snuggled up and enjoying the lights around town.

Our first ever Shull Party of Five carriage ride :).

And to see carriage rides from years past…



And our recipe today is so delicious!  It’s my Baked Crab and Artichoke Dip and friends, it’s simple too!

Um, yes…you need to make this.  Like right now.  A yummy dip and festive Christmas music makes any night a holiday kind of night!  See the recipe here.

So, let’s recap our Five Days of Fabulous:
Day 1: Uggs for you and 4 friends plus my 25 Days of Christmas Treats
Day 2: Barrington Bags for you and 7 friends plus my Gingersnap Toffee Christmas Crunch
Day 3: A Blardigan for you and 9 friends plus Sheaffer’s Pineapple Casserole

Day 4: A $500 Nordstrom gift card for you and one for a friend plus my Baked Crab & Artichoke Dip

In order to win, you must enter the Rafflecopter below!  
There are several ways to enter each day, and if you don’t have any forms of social media, you can still get points for following both blogs by e-mail! The winner for today’s prize will be announced tomorrow morning when we give away our next prize. And we promise you the giveaways are going to just get even bigger and better as the week goes on!
  This contest is open to US residents only.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prizes.  If a prize is not claimed, another winner will be chosen.

And the winner of yesterday’s prize is…


Congratulations Ashlie!!  I emailed you this morning!  You have 48 hours to email me back and claim your prize of 10 Blardigans!!!

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  • Marianiel Yu December 3, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Carriage ride is the best! Love to see their faces all smiles and enjoying every bit of it. Ashby's smile is contagious! What a beautiful tradition you guys have for your family:)

  • Talley Family December 3, 2015 at 11:17 am

    This Is awesome! Thank you!

  • happymomof4 December 3, 2015 at 11:21 am

    What a wonderful, fun tradition!!!!

  • The Robbins' Nest December 3, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I love that you share these everyday traditions with us. I started reading your blog last year and it's so much fun to watch your kiddos getting bigger. And I always get great ideas for fun things to try with my own three ��

  • Erika Slaughter December 3, 2015 at 11:41 am

    2012 must have been freakishly warm?? Andrew is wearing short sleeves!! Haha! Glad it was the perfect weather for a carriage ride this year!!

  • Annie Williams December 3, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Love the pic of ashby grabbing onto Andrews jacket in his arms. Shows the bond that has been created in less than a year. You have a beautiful family Shay! I can't wait until the day that I have a family of my own

  • Christene Demers- Rowland December 3, 2015 at 11:46 am

    What a wonderful Christmas Tradition. :-)? What a wonderful Giveaway. So thoughtful. I would use use gift card for boots for my daughter and I. And adorable light up Christmas Sweater..

  • The Langer Family December 3, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Thanks for all the recommendations on the glitter stud earrings. Received the red ones and black glitter studs in the mail yesterday and love them! Deciding which one to give away as a gift and which one to keep. Such a hard decision. Great photos of the carriage ride too-I enjoy following your blog 🙂
    Jenny L

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} December 3, 2015 at 11:58 am

    The Home Alone picture cracked me up. And now that I've tried on that Caslon sweater for myself, I'm convinced that everybody needs one in their lives! It really is soooooo soft and just so dang cute!!!! I've had so much fun with you this week!

  • Jessica December 3, 2015 at 11:59 am

    What a great giveaway! Nordstrom is the best! I've had my eye on some Wellies for the whole fam!

  • Madalyn Conrad December 3, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Love this and all that you do Shay!

  • Narci December 3, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    What a crazy fun giveaway?!? Also, love all of the carriage ride pictures!! So cute!!

  • Amanda Bradley December 3, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Love your blog – and your generosity! These holiday giveaways are making people's christmas easier, thank you! Hope I win! I'll be taking my momma to get a pair of Hunters! 🙂

  • Brigid December 3, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Looks like a fun and memorable family tradition! Thanks for sharing all your recipes and giveaways! So much fun this time of year!

  • Linsley Schneider December 3, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    The flashback pictures of the carriage ride are awesome! I can't believe how much Kensington has grown!

  • Elizabeth Hadley December 3, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    The carriage ride looks like such a fun family tradition! I love following your fun family traditions throughout the year!!! I just entered the giveaway! Hoping for the best!

  • Paula December 3, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    So much fun! Shull Party of Five! The kids all look so excited!

  • Ramya Natarajan December 3, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Love reading your blog!! I would use this gift card to buy gifts for my family! Thank you!!

  • Abby December 3, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I have been so excited to wake up and check your blog first thing in the morning. It's putting me into the Christmas spirit! Thanks Shay!

  • Dullgirl December 3, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    This would be so awesome to win for me and a dear friend who lives far from me, but will always be close to my heart! Thanks for letting offering these awesome giveaways!

  • Linzee Campbell December 3, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Your pictures are precious! Three of the cutest kids I've ever seen!! Merry Christmas!

  • Brittany Schmitt December 3, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    What a sweet family and an amazing giveaway!! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Amylou M December 3, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    What a precious family…I've followed you on Istagram for years, but just started following your blog TODAY!! (Hoping to go shopping at Nordstrom with my friend ;))My husband and adopted a little boy this year, 6 years old! He's an angel. Looking forward to making family tradition memories with him here this year!!!

  • Blonde, Classy & Sassy December 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    You and Sheaffer are so much fun! This week has been great and congrats to all the winners and their friends! You guys are spreading the spirit of Christmas 🙂

  • Amylou M December 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    What a precious family…I've followed you on Istagram for years, but just started following your blog TODAY!! (Hoping to go shopping at Nordstrom with my friend ;))My husband and adopted a little boy this year, 6 years old! He's an angel. Looking forward to making family tradition memories with him here this year!!!

  • Little Bits of Joy Blog December 3, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Such a fun family tradition. I wish my city did carriage rides!! Thank you ladies for putting together such fabulous giveaways… this one is awesome!

  • Amylou M December 3, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    THANKS for the jeans tip…always searching for that perfect pair…if I win a gift card, I'll be trying those! Love your sweet family traditions. We adopted at 6 year old boy from Poland this year and are LOVING making memories with him here this year too!!! He's such an angel.

  • Cara@HomespunKitchen December 3, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Love your carriage ride tradition!!

  • Emily December 3, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    What a wonderful giveaway! The very first thing I do every morning is check your blog! I love how fun your family and friends are!! Puts a smile on my face! 🙂

  • Suzi December 3, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Cutest family!

  • Spencer Cox December 3, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    I love all of your Christmas traditions! Can't wait to have these with my own kiddos someday. 🙂

  • Jill Clavin December 3, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Ah! Hope to win this one! 🙂

  • Angela Ellingson December 3, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    I want to do a carriage ride someday! Love this tradition of yours!!! Your kiddos are adorable as usual!

  • Leah Garry December 3, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    LOVE this!! — Leah Garry

  • Melissa Tyler December 3, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    $500 to Nordstrom would be an AWESOME Christmas present! The carriage ride looks like so much fun! Beautiful family memories!

  • Mary Keith December 3, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    This is awesome! Thanks for all the giveaways.

  • Lynda G December 3, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Love seeing the pictures of Ashby enjoying all the holiday festivities!

  • Dana December 3, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Love your carriage ride posts every year!! You have the MOST precious family, Shay! Also, where is your white pom hat from? Thanks!

  • Astleigh H. December 3, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I just love when life comes full circle and you can see God so clearly in it all! So very sweet that your family is getting all of these wonderful firsts with your tiniest babe this year!

  • Donna Houser December 3, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Wonderful memories you will always have from all the fun Christmas traditions! I absolutely love reading your blog each morning!

  • Shannon December 3, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    We went on our very first carriage ride when we went up to Durango for the Polar Express this past weekend. I totally want to make it a tradition going forward!

  • LISACPARSONS December 3, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    I would love to win this shopping spree. I am headed to NYC soon and would love a new NorthFace JAcket. Thanks.

  • Megan December 3, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    The flashback pictures of the carriage rides are so sweet. Ohhhh, I LOVE that sweater! REALLLLY holding out hope for this giveaway. 🙂

  • Erin Rivers December 3, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    I'm sorry to ask this….I know it HAS to get super annoying…..but where is Smith's Santa shirt from? I LOVE it and I know my son would too. I asked on IG but I'll never be able to find your reply mixed in with everything else! LOL Love your blog, your cute little family and your giving heart. Merry Christmas!

    • Mix and Match Mama December 3, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      It's from Gymboree last year. And I never mind these questions :).

  • Lisa Selan December 3, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Love reading every day…my Christmas list just keeps getting bigger:-). Happy Thursday!!!

  • Abby VandenBosch December 3, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    What an amazing Christmas gift to me and a friend!

  • Kristy December 3, 2015 at 10:48 am

    The carriage ride looks so fun! Love that Ashby is smiling so big in all the pictures. You can tell she fits right in and LOVES her family. LOL-Smith when Kensington wouldn't put her arm around him. They are all precious. You have a beautiful family!

  • szmom December 3, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Could Ashby be any more adorable? So happy for the Shull family of five!
    Doreen S.

  • Mary Dollar December 3, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I love seeing your pics. And sweet Smiths bummed face…love him!!

  • Maci Sparkman December 3, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    That $500 Nordstrom gift card would be the perfect gift for my mom! I'm not the best at picking out gifts, so I could give her that and then she could pick things out on her own 🙂

  • Cassie English 201 December 3, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    such a great mommy you are 🙂 you give me lots of ideas for family traditions when i have kiddos one day

  • Anne Bohle December 3, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    You are awesome! Thank you for these awesome giveaway chances!
    I love reading about "Ashby's firsts" and cannot wait to read about her first Christmas morning!

  • Jessica Smith December 3, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    A gift card to Nordstrom would be an awesome gift for my mother. Pick me! Haha
    P.s I have followed you and your group of blog friends since Sean's bachelor season. Totally enjoy your blog and food blog as well. Happy Holidays from the Smith family to yours!

  • Kendra Petrellese December 3, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Love that your town has Christmas Carriage Rides! And how special that your family of 5 got to finally enjoy it together! So happy for you!

  • sarahi castro December 3, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    I'm so excited!!!! First of, it's always amazes me how simple things such as having a family seems so far away and then just like that, you're together. This was my dream growing up. Separated by a country. I was finally reunited with my mother but always seems impossible until it's POSSIBLE.
    Missing my so this year so much. He was here and then, he was gone. My baby boy.
    Apart from all the lovely holiday gifting and cheering, wishing everyone a merry family Xmas. Above all is what matters. Side note: amazing give away! Hands down Nordstrom!

  • Ana Espindola December 3, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    I love the kids in their Hunter boots. It is so adorable 🙂

  • Erica December 3, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Wow! What a great giveaway. Your family is so beautiful. Christmas really is the most wonderful time of year!

    I just did a blog post on my favorite Banana Republic Coat I wore all over Paris!


  • Beautifully Seaside // Formerly Chic Coastal Living December 3, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    This is such a great giveaway!! XOXO

  • Melissa December 3, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Love the pictures of your beautiful family. What size did you order in your new favorite Joe's Jeans? The reviews I have read indicate that they stretch with wearing, so not sure if I should order a size down or not. Please let me know. BTW I pre-ordered both of your cookbooks through Amazon. Can't wait!

  • Faith Orlando December 3, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Love all your family photos!

  • JKim December 3, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Your kids are so adorable! and love love love Nordstrom!

  • Meredith Briggs December 3, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Love it all! Would love to buy it all with a gift card 🙂

  • Yen December 3, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Omgoodness!! This would be so awesomely amazing!! Ahhhh!!!

  • Jeanie December 3, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Such wonderful gifts! Unfortunately, I don't know if I'm entering correctly. I am not adept at either Facebook or Pinterest. 🙁

  • Bethany Parvin December 4, 2015 at 2:00 am

    OMG…..<3!!!!! I want/ need all of those sweaters and another pairs of those Kate Spade earrings I just ordered!

  • Paige Anenson December 4, 2015 at 2:22 am

    I love your white hat?! It's so adorable…!! Is it from Nordstroms?! I saw some similar ones you posted but when you click on the link, it says they are unavailable. Is that where you got it?! P. S. – loving the give aways!!!

  • Kelly Chen December 4, 2015 at 3:08 am

    I just ordered that light up sweater after seeing you post about it multiple times. 🙂 I can't wait to wear it to my work's ugly sweater holiday party!

  • Tanya December 4, 2015 at 3:53 am

    Your generosity is amazing ! Thank you thank you thank you for hosting these awesome chances!

  • meredith briggs December 4, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    My poor college friends and I could really use this ! 😉

  • Aubrey December 4, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    I stinking LOVE your annual carriage rides! Slightly (totally) jealous that you've lived in the same place year after year and can carry on exactly the same family traditions. We're reworking everything this year. It's awesome to experience American Christmas, but it's also a bittersweet reminder of how much we loved English and German Christmas (Weihnachten). 🙂

  • Andrea McCarthy December 4, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    You're the sweetest for doing this giveaway!!!! Hope I win a fun shopping spree!!!! Xx

  • irispnguyen December 4, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    You have a beautiful family!!

  • Briana Lee December 4, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    This is such a wonderful giveaway! Really exciting 🙂

    xx Briana