What’s Up Wednesday {07-27-16}

, What’s Up Wednesday {07-27-16}

The last Wednesday of every month, SheafferMel and I host our What’s Up Wednesday link up!  If you blogged WUW today too, make sure you link up below!

Every month, we answer these questions…

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…plus one bonus question.  So here we go, this is what’s up with me today…


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Well that’s easy!  To see what we’re eating, you just need to follow along with my Meal Planning Monday every week!  This week, I have something for Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, Waffle Wednesday, Turkey Thursday and Burger Friday…plus Dreamsicle Bars because well, it’s July and they’re just delish to make!

If you’ve never tried my Meal Planning Mondays, now’s the time.  Before we know it, fall will be in full swing and we’ll be back to those busy schedules where the last thing we have time to fret over is dinner.


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Last weekend in Nantucket for sure!  We had such a good time and I’m still thinking about it!


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The Good Wife!  Oh goodness, I’m already on season 2 friends!  Remember two weeks ago when I finished Downton Abbey and asked you ladies for suggestions?  Well, here’s what happened: I was heading to do cardio all geared up to watch Call the Midwife (per your suggestion) but that show wasn’t included for free with my Amazon Prime membership, so I thought, okay, I’ll try Homeland but that required me downloading the Showtime App (and again, I’m trying to workout at this point, so I really didn’t have time to download apps), then I tried Castle but…that show isn’t free on my app, so my last effort was your suggestion of The Good Wife and oh heavens, it should have been my first choice.  I LOVE THIS SHOW!  Why didn’t I watch it when it was actually on?  Is it weird to say that I think the name threw me off?  I love it.  Love. It.  Thank you for the suggestion!  I’m working my way through season 2 now!  (And PS: when this series is over, I’m going to stop being lazy and figure out how to watch those other shows…because I bet they’re equally as good!).


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Did somebody say Nantucket?


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Summer ending.

Shocking for me to type that…but it’s true.  As excited as I am about the arrival of fall, I’ll be sad to see summer go.  I love the extra time at home with my kids, I love the lazy days, all of the summer activities, no homework, no lunch making (you know…lunchbox making!), and the easy schedule.  I’ll miss you summer.


Ha!  My list is always long…but most pressing, I’m working on purging a bit from our closets and playroom before school starts.  If my kids had blogs and participated in What’s Up Wednesday, their answer to “What I’m Dreading:” would be, “my mom always telling us we have to purge and organize”.   I like to stay on top of the clutter. 😉


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Well, I’m going to be on the Hallmark Channel in two weeks.  I’m flying out to LA for the day to film a cooking segment on Hallmark’s Home & Family show.  As soon as I have exact details on when it will air (I believe it’s the following day), I’ll let you know.


My July Book Review will be next week!  And as for what I’m watching…I’m pretty sure we covered The Good Wife, right? #yes #love #stillmissladyvioletthough

To see all of the books I’ve read so far this year (and see their reviews), click HERE.


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Want to know the truth?  Right now, it’s 2:44 PM and I’m on the flight back to Dallas from Boston sitting in my airplane seat blogging in air…while listening to Rod Stewart sing from his Great American Songbook Albums on my iPhone.  #truestory #noshame #iheartrod #andstandards


I’m actually able to wear many of the things I bought at this year’s Anniversary Sale now!  New fall clothes that work for summer too?  Total win!

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In my Nantucket post, I was wearing this top but with white jeans and flats (wedges work too!).  Now, the jeans, necklace and top here are currently sold out (boo), but the booties and jacket are still available!  Don’t forget that I bought the booties in burgundy but they’re available in other colors too (and they’re so comfy!).

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And then these booties are a definite favorite of mine this year!  Loooove them so much!  I paired them with my new black tank from the sale too!

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One thing that is still in stock plus can also be worn right now?  My PJ Salvage pajamas.  Every year, they’re my favorite thing from the sale :).

 If you haven’t ENTERED TO WIN MY $400 GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY, you better act fast!  The winners (2 people will win!) will be picked tonight and announced tomorrow.  Hurry, hurry, hurry!  Click HERE to enter to win.


Oh friends, I’m taking care of some kiddos this weekend.  Two of my babies are having procedures this week, so I will be Dr. Mom for the next week or so.  Prayers always coveted.  Thank you in advance for loving on my family like you do.  I’ll update you next week and let you know how they’re doing.


Enjoying our last days of summer.


Not a whole lot.  Just doing our normal thing around here.


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All of that extra time with these three.

Happy Wednesday friends!

I hope you come back tomorrow because not only am I announcing the winners of our first giveaway, I’m introducing our SECOND giveaway. #thankyounordstrom


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  • Sheaffer July 27, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Ugh! I need to organize too. I put it off every year, but then it feels SO DANG GOOD when it’s done! I’ve heard great things about The Good Wife too!

  • Erika Slaughter July 27, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Wahoo for the Hallmark channel!!! So proud of you friend and cannot wait to watch!

  • Nicole July 27, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Hi Shay! My husband and I are hoping to spend a weekend away in Frankenmuth and I know you mentioned it before. Wondering if you could give me any tips or must see places/restaurants? We will be visiting the end of September. Thank you!!

    • Mix and Match Mama July 27, 2016 at 6:13 am

      Ah! I love that town! The main attraction is the Christmas store and then there’s a really yummy restaurant right across the street!

  • Lori July 27, 2016 at 6:41 am

    I am Crossing my fingers that I win that Nordstrom GC. I have done some sale damage but still have more on my list. Today is my birthday (and my sons) and that gift certificate would be a perfect gift!!

  • Lizzie July 27, 2016 at 6:50 am

    How freaking awesome you’re going to be on Hallmark Home & Family!! Congrats!! I loved your Nantucket recap, that has been on my list ever since I read my first E.H. book! I’ve been looking into it though, and is Nantucket more of a place to sight see and eat or can you actually do a beach vacation there? I wasn’t finding many options for renting houses/condos on the water so I wasn’t sure.

  • Kimm July 27, 2016 at 6:51 am

    How fun about the hallmark channel! Purging and organizing is definitely on my to do list also!!!

  • Narci Dreffs July 27, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Super excited for you, friend! Also, you look darling in that blue top!!

  • Meredith Moorer July 27, 2016 at 7:22 am

    How exciting to be on the Hallmark Channel! Can’t wait to watch! I totally recommend reading the Call the Midwife book trilogy before watching the series! The main character of the show is the author of the books, Jennifer Worth. I know you love your books! 😉

  • Heather HS July 27, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Congrats!!!Ahhh I LOVE Home & Family!! I was just saying the other day it’s the best talk show because it’s so positive the whole time! Maybe they will give you a few hints about this years new Christmas movies too ????

  • April Parrish July 27, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Lots of prayers for your kids next week!
    So excited for you with the Hallmark channel. Keep us posted! Have a blessed day!

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World July 27, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Oh Shay, I swear you’re my spirit animal! That Rod Stewart album is probably my favorite album of all time. Like, if I was going to a dessert island and I could only take one, it would likely be the one that I would take. It’s by far the most listened to album in my entire library… As a matter of fact, I just listened to it last night while I was cooking. :o) It just makes me so happy! Definitely a feel good album. I even talked about it today in my post as well!

  • Chelsea July 27, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Loved the Good Wife!! My husband was so relieved when I was finally done binge watching it!! ????

  • Jennie July 27, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Oh my goodness…THE GOOD WIFE!!!! The Good Wife and Castle were my two favorite shows for the past few years and they both went off the air at the same time! I am going through major withdrawal! 🙁 PLEASE, PLEASE brace yourself for season 5 and DO NOT GOOGLE WHAT HAPPENS! You will be shocked, and it will take you awhlie to recover. That is all. 🙂 I’m currently binge watching old episodes of Alias. I forgot how good that show was!

  • Anna Haley July 27, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Oh my goodness! I’m on season 2 of The Good Wife too and I love it! Started it about 3 weeks ago and I CAN’T STOP! I watch at least 3 episodes a night and it’s keeping me up way too late! Definitely a good pick that I don’t want to end!

  • Jana July 27, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Prayers for your kids quick recovery from their procedures.

  • Aubrey July 27, 2016 at 8:43 am

    I’m totally in denial that summer is drawing to a close. 🙁 I LOVE having all three kids at home with me!

  • Megan July 27, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Soooo excited for your hallmark channel episode!!!!! Girl you are on fire!!!! Congrats! Also I forgot to publish my blog this morning so clearly I need some of your energy sent this way!!! Ha! Praying for your babies this week. And so glad you are loving the good wife!! I’ve stalled out on season 5. I need to finish it!!

  • cassie {hi sugarplum} July 27, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Lots of prayers for you all this next week, and HUGE congrats on your Hallmark Channel appearance!!! #Iknowher xoxoxo

  • GiGi Turner July 27, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I’ve been waiting for you to be on Hallmark Home and Family! In my opinion, you are a perfect choice! Can’t wait to watch you! Congratulations!!! Will be praying for you and your sweet kiddos that all goes well.

  • Meg July 27, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Sending many prayers for your kiddos 🙂

  • Yolanda McLean July 27, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Call the Midwife is on Netflix – new shows are still coming on PBS, but not until next year.

  • Shelly Janac July 27, 2016 at 11:59 am

    I so need to go back and catch up on the Good Wife! It was one I use to watch faithfully the first 3 seasons and then life caught up. I loved it! Hope all goes well with the babies!

    Shelly||The Queen in Between

  • Leigh July 27, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Here is a blog post idea – Shay’s tips for packing lunch boxes!! 🙂 Surely you have great ideas with all of the food yumminess you create?? Mine are peanut butter sandwich, peanut butter crackers, apples and peanut butter, celery and peanut butter – oh how about just a scoop of peanut butter!!! Seriously – the WORST lunch box packer ever!!!

  • Pamela Bebee July 27, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    You are my spirit animal! Love me some Rod Stewart and The Good Wife is incredible. Finished the series and so sad to see I go :(. Enjoy every second of it. Lots of Canadian love to ya!

  • Theresa July 27, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Super stoked about your cooking appearance and many good thoughts and prayers to you and your little ones.

  • Melissa in Texas July 27, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    That was a sweet post. My kids are older now, but I still enjoy the unscheduled days of summer – even though there are far fewer of them (HS and college kids are BUSY!)

    I’m listening to Rod Stewart now, looking to see which Elin Hildebrand books I have missed, and making my meal plan for next week.. You have such influence! 🙂

    Thanks for your blog. It is a favorite of mine.

  • Julie July 27, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    quick question: Where did you buy that white shirt with black detail (Nantucket)?

    • Mary July 27, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      It’s Lucky Brand i got mine from Macy’s.

      • Julie July 28, 2016 at 11:19 am


  • Stefanie July 27, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    I’m dreading Summer ending, too! I’ve been having a great time with my 4 kids!

  • Detroit Duchess July 28, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    LOVE The Good Wife!! It is one of the best shows on television and you won’t have to be too sad when you finish because it’s getting a spin off next season!

  • Kelly July 29, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    My husband and I just started watching The Good Wife last week! Love it so far! I bought the blue PJ Salvage jammies too, so soft! Prayed for you and your kiddo’s this morning. Hope all is well. Happy Weekend!