Friday Favorites

It’s Friday!!
I seriously get giddy every single Friday. #noshame
Hope you guys have fun weekend plans.  I am going to dinner with my favorite people tonight (they all live in my house), baseball, birthday party and a canrival tomorrow and then I’m wrapping up my weekened with a girls’ night painting party.  Random fact: Pablo Picasso was born on October 25, 1881 and I was born on October 25, 1981.  Other than the fact that our birthdays are exactly 100 years apart, we have nothing else in common. #icantpaint #ordraw #icanbarelyholdapencil 
Today, I’m linking up with my friends NarciErika and Andrea today and sharing some of my favorite things from this week.  Hope you guys have a great weekend! xo

Ashby’s class made little faux chia pets the other day…and it has been cracking us up all week!  Every afternoon, my kids want to see how much Ashby’s “hair” has grown.  We keep it on the kitchen counter and seriously, I giggle every time I see it.

Look how cute this meal planner pad is!  V Shop sent me one of these fun meal planner pads the other day and I’m in love :).  It has plenty of room to write out your daily meals along with space for your market list…PLUS, there’s a big magnet on the back, so you can stick it on your fridge too.  Love a good meal plan :).  You can see all of their other paper products here.  Don’t forget, you can find my Meal Planner book here.

Speaking of books I love…
…I had pre-ordered Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook It’s All Easy and it arrived on Tuesday.  I love her books because it’s just full of story telling (along with great recipes).  I can read through the book like a novel and enjoy the anecdotes, memories and tales from her life.  I was super pumped when this one arrived. 

I had a lot of questions about coconut oil this week!  On Wednesday, Erika and I hosted our Stranded link up for the first time and I said that if I were stuck on a deserted island and could only bring 3 things, one of them would be coconut oil.  I received so many comments and emails about this little gem right here.  So many of you wanted further explanation of how I use coconut oil as a bathroom product instead of just in the kitchen.  Here you go:
1. It takes off makeup.  I spread coconut oil on my face and it removes all of my makeup (even my eye makeup!) without any irritation.  After I spread a little on my face (you don’t need a lot…probably half a tablespoon), I wipe it off with a warm, slightly damp washcloth.  Makeup off!
2. It’s a body moisturizer.  Instead of putting lotion on after a bath or shower, you can put this on instead.  It rubs right in like any lotion would.
3. It’s a great hair mask.  Sometimes, I’ll dampen my hair just a little and then add in a big dollop of coconut oil, tie it back and then wash it out in the shower later (sometimes five minutes later, sometimes an hour later, sometimes, the next morning).  It’s a great hair mask!
4. It’s a hair protector.  My hair turns green in chlorine if I don’t protect it, so on my dry hair (wet would work too, but typically, my hair is dry right before I get in the pool), I add in a big dollop and it protects my hair from the chlorine.
I received so many comments on other things coconut oil does for you in the bathroom (you can even brush your teeth with it according to many of you).  So, if you have more suggestions, please comment below and share!  
Remember when I told you I bought that linen-like Lush top in another color…ta-da!  My black one arrived and I’ve already worn it this week.  Looks great and doesn’t wrinkle.  #winwin
For a size reference, I bought xs and am wearing one of those camis I just love so much underneath it.
I am randomly going to make “dresses” one of my favorites this week.  I was never really a dress girl (because let’s face it…I had no where to wear a dress!) until this last month and thanks to our Disney Cruise and our trip to NYC, I now have dresses.  What?  What?  Me?  Yes!  Me.  All of the dresses I ended up wearing came from Nordstrom because…with free shipping and free returns, I could order multiple in multiple sizes and try them on in the comfort of my own home (and then return the ones that didn’t work).  Another win!
So…who’s going to take me somewhere so I can wear this green dress again?  Anyone?  Anywhere?  I just need a good reason to wear this dress again.  Invite me to your wedding…I’ll come!  Love it so, so, so much!  
And lots of you asked me the same questions, so here are your answers: the polish is OPI Mod About You, the shoes are forever old Steve Madden’s and the bracelet is Kate Spade.
My favorite little green dress also comes in 10 other colors including these…
…you can see all 10 colors here.
And just to recap, here were the other dresses I’ve worn recently…
That black dress is my very favorite and it’s not only affordable, but it comes in multiple colors too!
And one more…
…do you see my pink dress back there?  Ha!  I haven’t worn it yet but I thought I might point it out.  I bought it for a baby shower and it’s so cute!  The back of it is especially cute!!  Just an FYI :).
And don’t forget…
…you can throw this denim jacket or my new white denim jacket over any old dress for a little change.
On my foodie blog today…
…I’m celebrating spring suppers!  
Listen…even if it’s still freezing cold where you live…if we eat a lot of spring inspired food, then maybe the weather will change? #wishfulthinking
Click here to see my simple, seasonal spring supper recipes.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend friends!

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  • Erika Slaughter April 15, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Those chia pets were one of my favorites too! Best preschool craft ever!

  • Jamie Allen April 15, 2016 at 10:13 am

    gweneth's cookbooks are now in my amazon cart! my daughter recently received a gigantic bonus from work and has been shopping on amazon like crazy. with each order she texts me and asks which item i'd like from my cart and she buys it for me! i just received {eating in the middle} by andie mitchell and next on my doorstep will be {supermarket healthy} by melissa d'arabian. i'm super excited about both of them. enjoy your weekend. the sunshine and warmth have finally arrived in michigan. my husband and i are going on a date to greenfield village today! it's opening day!

  • Narci April 15, 2016 at 10:18 am

    I am loving all the dresses!! You look amazing! I can't wait to see you in the pink one!! Love!!

  • kimm atwood April 15, 2016 at 10:34 am

    That chia pet is adorable !!! Have a great weekend !

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} April 15, 2016 at 10:35 am

    That green dress looks awesome on you! I'm guessing there are going to be lots of those floating around during wedding and shower season! Love all the colors. And I think I'm going to need a Bowen and an Ashby chia head. 😉

  • Regine Karpel April 15, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Happy weekend.

  • Brooke @ A Retherford Realization April 15, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I'm pretty sure that green dress was made for you! You look gorgeous in it!

  • Kirby McCasland April 15, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I just saw the little meal planners yesterday on Joanna Gaine's blog- love them. I printed a bunch up on cute cardstock and just love them!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt April 15, 2016 at 11:00 am

    The chia pet is hilarious and such a great gift!! And my birthday is October 25th too! It's such a great birthday to have haha!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  • Laura April 15, 2016 at 11:15 am

    I love that you're giving dresses more of a chance! I'm so used to the flannel and boyfriend jeans 🙂

    I'm curious though, what do you like about Gwyneth's recipes? I've skimmed her books in the store and they seem SO different than yours. Totally not a bad thing – my husband will eat your recipes and I don't think he'd go near Gwyneth's haha.

    • Mix and Match Mama April 15, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      It's the story telling. She does a tremendous job telling stories about her life and food…it's very soothing to me. You know me…I'm a sucker for a good story :).

  • Beth April 15, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Coconut oil is amazing! Be sure you're not letting too much go down your drains bc it will clog them! It sticks to pipes!

  • Angie April 15, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Is your closet really always that neat?!?! I love it!!

  • Katelyn Magerko April 15, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Those hashtags about Picasso, ha! #righttherewithya

  • Rebecca Jo April 15, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Whoever thought of making those chia heads with the kids is genius. That is the funniest little thing. How do you not start off a morning with a smile when you see that? 🙂

  • Unknown April 15, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Ashby's chia pet is sooooooooo darling!!!! I am a teacher and have never seen this so will have to make them. LOVE it! LOVE ashby

    I LOVE the Ashby chia pet!!! I am a teacher and have never seen these. Believe me I will be making them!!
    PLEASE post some more segments of Ashby talking.

  • Hilary Wheeler April 15, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Can you link me to the wedges you are wearing with your black Lush top? Thanks!

  • Lynn {A Taste of Country} April 15, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    You can come to my wedding in August and have an excuse to wear your dress again 😉 that green dress looks great on you! And Ashby's chia pet!

  • Briana Lee April 15, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    That Ashby chia pet is hilarious! Also, Gwyneth's new cookbook is amazing, right? I want to make everything!


  • Hannah Sokol April 15, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Substituting coconut oil for butter is amazing! I usually only do that while baking since you can taste coconut ever so slightly. I highly recommend it!

  • Emily G April 15, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    You can come to my wedding 😉 October 8th in Minnesota! haha But seriously, I will be giving my friends the link to the green dress. Super cute!

  • Queen In Between April 15, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    I'm dying over that chia head!! Too funny. Loving that meal planner pad too.

    Shelly||The Queen in Between

  • Meredith Broussard April 15, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I wore the Adrianna Papell dress in the navy/nude color as my rehearsal dinner dress. It is super comfortable and looks great! I also own it in lipstick. And now I want to purchase it in emerald because that color looks wonderful on you! 🙂

  • Leigh (Balancing By Faith) April 15, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    The green dress – stunning. I have looked at the lush tops several times – but the Nordstrom photo makes them look "crinkly" is that accurate??

  • KVC April 15, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    I have started stirring in about a tsp of coconut oil in my dog's food. It is supposed to be good for their itchy skin and other organs too. As a bonus I have noticed an improvement in doggie breath. 🙂

  • Megan April 15, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    You look amazing in dresses!! You should wear them everyday! And those chia pets are amazing!!!

  • Love on the Lake April 15, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Girlfriend, is that your first Lilly Pulitzer? LOVE LOVE LOVE! I'm obsessed. They're a big deal over here in Florida. I knew that pink dress was a Lilly immediately – enjoy!

  • Emily April 15, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    I was also born on October 25th and my artistic abilities are almost laughable. It's ok, I own it! 😉

  • Melissa Goetz April 15, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    What is that navy (I think it's navy) and white dress that is hanging in your closet in the pic with your jean jacket?! I Love it!

  • Elizabeth April 15, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Check out Coeurisma Coconut Oil! It is the BEST. They also came out with an Organic Chocolate Coconut Oil that you can add to coffee, put on icecream or make little candies. Be careful! You will get addicted, ladies!

  • Caitlin Williams April 15, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I am cracking up at the chia heads! Such a cute idea!

  • Angela Pino April 15, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Ashby as a Chia pet is the best thing I've seen all week!

  • Gina Salberg April 15, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I love love love that green dress! So cute and looks perfect!

  • Chelsea April 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    I love your closet!!! So amazing.. I am doing the chia seed thing in my glass as well 🙂
    Chelsea @

  • He said She said April 15, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Hi Shay! I'm an elementary school counselor and would LOVE to make the chia heads with my students. What materials did Ashby's teacher use exactly? Thank you!

  • Kristina @ Ms.Modify April 15, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I'm so glad you brought up the use of coconut oil! My grandma and great aunt have the most amazing skin and they're in their late 80s! Their secret is olive oil (we are Greek! So no coconut oil for them! Ha). They say they've been mixing olive oil with a little sugar for years and rub it on their face (exfoliate…but I don't think they know that term!) and then rinse it off. I'm sure you could do the same with coconut oil!

    Xo, Kristina

  • Combatbootswife April 15, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    LOVE Ashby's craft, that is just too cute!! And coconut oil is used for so many things in my house! The best!!
    Happy Friday!!

  • Renee I April 15, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    You look fabulous in EVERYTHING! You and your family are beautiful!
    Would love to see better pics of a couple of the dresses from the cruise!!
    p.s. Your bedroom walk-in closet is dark and hard to see photos 🙁

  • Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld April 15, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Seriously, the chia pet! I can't!! Best idea for a preschool project ever!

  • Ashley G April 15, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Hi Shay,
    This is a little random and I'm sure you've mentioned it somewhere before but what is your lip stick brand and color you typically wear? It looks like a pretty pale pink and it always looks great.

    Thanks and Happy Friday!

  • Cassie {Hi Sugarplum} April 15, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    That chia pet of ashby's face just made my day!!! I could seriously spread her on a crack and eat her up!! You look better in jeans than anyone (Sheaffer's right up there with you!), but mama is smoking hot in a dress!!!

  • Jeanie April 15, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Chia Ashby totally cracks me up! What a brilliant idea.

  • "The Mrs." April 16, 2016 at 1:37 am

    That chia pet…OH MY GOODNESS!!! I think I am going to make those with my kids for Mother's day…what g-ma wouldn't LOVE that?!?!?!? LOL!!! Also if I wasn't already married I would totally invite you to my wedding. Ha ha!! Maybe Whitney and I should plan a trip to stay with Erika and us all 4 go to a fancy place that requires dresses!?!?!? LOL!!! Happy Weekend!

  • Marisa April 16, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Hey! I jumped IMMEDIATELY on the meal planner pads and thought that 15.00 on the website was a super reasonable price for them but when I went to check out shipping was $12. Boo. Maybe they could offer a MMM discount?!

  • Elaine Welte April 16, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    The chia pet is darling!!!! I've used coconut oil for three years to wash my face. I'm now making my own face wash by adding baking soda and essential oils. My skin has never looked better!!! I need to try a hair mask with it!!

  • Waleska Clarkson April 16, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Hey Shay! Love the shoes you are wearing with the green dress. Where are they from? Thanks.

  • jackie April 18, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    I am also a huge coconut oil fan! I use it way more in the bathroom than in the kitchen. I use it in place of shaving cream to shave my legs. Doubles as a moisturizer! I use it to take make up off but once a week I mix it with a little baking soda to make a face scrub. I take a REALLY hot wash cloth and drape it over my face to let it "steam" in a bit and then rinse. You should try it!

  • Kristen April 18, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    That Ashby chia pet is the cutest thing ever!! What an adorable idea! Thanks for sharing the Lush top…I need a few new pieces that are wrinkle resistant!

  • Erin April 18, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Baking soda — it gets that icky green out of hair from chlorine! Just suds up your hair with your shampoo then run baking soda thru. It feels super gritty and gross but just keep pulling it through, mushing it around, pulling it through. Rinse, shampoo again and then condition. Voila! Green and slimy feel is gone! I used to keep a box in my salon in the summer for when kids would come in for haircuts – works wonders!