A day in the life. {01.30.17}

It’s a day in the life of us post!

Now, that we’ve had sweet Madeley almost five months, I’ve had a lot of people ask me what we do during the day/how I work and take care of kiddos at the same time/etc/etc/etc.  So, I randomly picked a day (this last Monday!) and documented it for you.  Disclaimer, our life is very boring.

Here we go…

My alarm goes off at either 4:10 or 4:20 every morning so that I can start my day.  I do think that I’m more of a morning person than a night person.  I mean…I could still sleep later, but when I wake up, I feel pretty energetic and eager to start my day.  I’m kind of addicted to that quiet time at my house when everyone else is asleep.

My morning starts with coffee (Nespresso) and my quiet time.

And then I head into my office to work.  First up, I check my blog posts.  On this day, I had Meal Planning Monday and my January Book Review.  From here, I do as much as I can until 6:00.  I write blog posts, answer emails, work on travel agency things, handle any publishing tasks…I work, work, work while listening to French music 🙂 .

Good morning to my handsome hubby.  He’s heading to the gym.

Side note: I love my robe.  It’s that one made from the same company as the blardigan.

At 6:00, I stop what I’m doing and handle a few other things before the kids wake up at 6:30.  For instance, I emptied the dishwasher and made breakfast.

Green juice, check.  Oatmeal with almond butter, check.

At 6:30, I wake up the troops.  Sweet Madeley always has a smile on her face when she wakes up.

Ashby is underneath that first blanket and then Kensington is snuggled beside her.

This girl is so sweet!  I dropped her off downstairs and then went back up to wake up the boy.

Love this guy.

I decided to make my life easier, so back when I was eating my breakfast, I started browning my ground beef for the slow cooker.  Dinner tonight, Sweet Corn Chili.  In the slow cooker, so now, dinner is DONE!

Please note, this conversation will come back to haunt me here in a little bit: Ashby is not a breakfast person.  She is a brunch person.  I always offer her breakfast but she rarely ever eats it.  She wants to eat at 10:30.  That’s her sweet spot.  So, here I am asking her to eat her yogurt (that’s what she selected) and here she is telling me she just wants to wait and eat later.  I say, “where do you want to eat later?” and she says “the hummus place” and the fact that Ashby picks Mediterranean food over some sort of “kid” food is why she’s my favorite child 😉 .  (Remember this convo here in a bit.)

After I wake up my kids, there is total chaos.  Kids eat, kids get ready for school, I make my bed, I get dressed, I pick up around the house and we put away their breakfast dishes…it’s a flurry of activity. Now, here we all are ready to walk out the door.

I took this pic to show you how I was dressed for the day…but then after I saw it, I realized that it includes so many of my favorite things!  Light pair of Nikes for my strength training class, my favorite workout shorts from Athleta (I bet over the years, I’ve bought 15 pairs of these things!), French Affair polish (the perfect pink!), my Apple watch (oh I love you Apple watch!!), Harney & Sons tea in Hot Cinnamon Spice, the softest black sweatshirt ever and my puffer vest.

The littles and me dropped the big kids off at school and then headed to the gym.  They love going to the gym to play with their friends!

And I do too 🙂 .  Erika, Narci and I were getting ready for class to start.  And by getting ready, I mean sitting on the floor talking.  Side note, Erika did a day in the life post yesterday too about the exact same day!

Here I am about to head to class (I ditched my sweatshirt and vest in my locker).  Please note, I carry too many things: key to my locker, protein powder drink and my tea. Ha!  Am I about to go workout or get really thirsty???  And my pink tank can be found HERE.

After class, I washed my face, changed into leggings and Uggs and left the gym.  Most days I shower, but on this day, I decided to just make do.  Please also note, the weather would swing from 45 to 75 on this day.  So…as the day progresses, you’ll see me lose layers :).

I’m faking my smile here.  So…remember when Ashby said she wanted Mediterranean food for brunch?  Well, we arrived there and it wasn’t open yet, so as we were discussing what errand to run in the meantime, my phone rang and it was someone I really needed to talk to…but I couldn’t hear them.  They called back and the same thing happened.  Then, I called Andrew and couldn’t hear him.  Ugh!  I hate it when my phone doesn’t cooperate!  So, we had to change our plans.  We were due to pick up our groceries at Walmart in an hour, so I told Ashby we couldn’t wait for the restaurant to open, we needed to eat something quick in the car on the way to the phone store (because it’s on the other side of town) and she said she wanted Sonic.  Poo.  There goes my yummy hummus, pita and feta…we headed to Sonic instead.

And here we are waiting in the phone store for them to fix my phone.

Because a girl can’t run a business without a phone, right?  These cuties did a great job while we waited. #thecorndoghelped

After they repaired my phone, we drove to pick up our groceries from Walmart.  This is life changing.  I placed my order over the weekend and just like magic, everything is put in my car when I pull up. #happydance

We had a few minutes to spare before naps, so the girls played on the driveway a bit…

…she wants a turn on Ashby’s little bike 🙂 .  The weather was sunny and gorgeous!

Madeley went down for a nap and Ashby and I did her speech homework.

Then, Ashby went down for a nap and I transferred the clothes to the dryer.

I grabbed some water and dug into work.  I was able to work from 12:20 to 3:00.

Around 1:45, I moved into the kitchen for a change of scenery.  And I had trail mix.  Always with M&Ms…because…that’s the only time you can pretend like an M&M is healthy, right?! 😉

I try, try, try to shut my brain down around 2:40.  I close up my office for the day and do something mindless for about 10 minutes.  On this day, I read a little Allure.

I woke up these two and we headed to the big kids’ school to pick them up.

It was such a beautiful day that we stayed and played at the school park for an hour.

Walking home from school with my loves.

It was 4:10 and I was needing something…so, I made a smoothie: ice, almond milk, a big bunch of kale, a kiwi and one scoop of vanilla protein powder.  That fueled me while I emptied backpacks and did homework with my big kids.

Andrew was home before 5:00 and went outside with the big three while Madeley played with her barn.

Do you see Poppy watching her play? 🙂

Kensington came back inside to see what she was doing.

Then, Andrew came inside and got both girls…and I looked around and realized my house was empty and quiet and dinner was already done in the slow cooker.  Hallelujah!  So, I took about 20 minutes and read.

Then, I folded that load of laundry.  Sigh.

And here I am dishing out dinner to the kiddos.  Chili is always a hit at our house!

After dinner, while I was cleaning up the kitchen, Smith and Kensington told me that they learned how to square dance in PE that day.  Ha!  I asked them for a demonstration and they obliged.

I mean…even the dog is involved.  I spend all evening bringing them down…and he spends all evening riling them up.  It’s blurry because it was a big pile of crazy kids (and a dog) climbing all over Andrew with me saying “Ashby be careful” about 400 times.

And Madeley is naked…I’m not sure why?

Then, I went upstairs to drop off that load of laundry you saw me fold right before dinner and they were playing Red Light, Green Light.  That’s exactly what I meant when I said “go upstairs and get ready for bed”…

And then this boy is proud because he has mastered the art of swallowing pills.  He has poison ivy and can now swallow a Benadryl by himself.  He was so proud of himself.

Kids in bed, so I finally took a shower and have my hair in a wet bun…because that’s how I do my hair.  You can read all about it HERE.  And let’s discuss the state of my bathroom.

We’re replacing the floors and making the shelves a little more user-friendly, so hence, the giant mess.

Andrew and I sat down and watched a show and ate a brownie.  Because…I like to eat a brownie every night while I sit on the couch with my hubby and watch TV.  (And on the floor, is Andrew’s snowboard.  He was packing up to leave…so that’s why it’s out there.)

Then, I climbed into bed and read a bit before calling it a night at 10:05.

That’s a day in the life.

To see days from years past, look below…

November 2016

July 2016

April 2016

February 2016

November 2015

June 2015

June 2014

January 2014

May 2013

December 2012

November 2010

June 2009

January 2009

See you tomorrow!

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  • Leslie Z February 1, 2017 at 4:44 am

    It seems like you’ve pretty much mastered life as a family of 6! Love these posts!


  • Crissy Talley February 1, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Sounds like a beautiful full day with lots of people to love! I was wondering what protein powder you use and just your basic nutrition and workout schedule is? I am trying to figure out a workout schedule and not able to go to a gym but would love accountability and encouragement. Thanks and have a blessed day!

    • Elizabeth February 1, 2017 at 7:15 am

      I was going to ask the same question! I’m always on the hunt for ideas!

  • Erika Slaughter February 1, 2017 at 5:00 am

    I can’t get over the fact you had to skip out on the hummus!!! Boooo! And I need Smith to teach me a thing or two about taking pills. Remember I’m the-big breath-mind right-one-at-a-time king of girl. 🙂

  • Anja February 1, 2017 at 5:07 am

    That post was glorious, I loved how many pictures you took and how detailed everything was!

  • ELizabeth February 1, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Sounds like such a fun and busy day! I secretly wish I was a morning person – I’ve tried so hard and set my alarm so early many times… and enjoy hitting the snooze too much! Enjoy your day!

  • Sarah February 1, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Such a sweet day. I am surprised that Ashby still
    Takes such a long nap during the day at her age. How much does she sleep at night? Did your other kids nap that well at that age?? Mine certainly don’t!!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 6:02 am

      My kids have all been great nappers! Ashby takes one every day and still sleeps about 11 hours each night. And when she doesn’t nap…she falls asleep on the couch around 5:00.

  • Ramona February 1, 2017 at 5:41 am

    So fun to read a day in your life! I love how you can really fit it all in … fun, work, family. 🙂

  • Dottie Ruhlig February 1, 2017 at 5:47 am

    I love you puffer vest! Can you tell us where that is from also?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 6:02 am

      It’s from Athleta last fall!

      • Allison February 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm

        Do you mind sharing what size you buy in the Athleta stuff? Specifically the vest and shorts? I’m going to order online since it’s so cute on you!!

  • Megan February 1, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Looks like a full day! Do you order your green juices online or buy them at the local grocery store? I’m looking for a few new brands to try because I don’t love the brands available at my regular grocery store and don’t always have time to make my own.

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 6:01 am

      I buy them at my neighborhood grocery store :).

    • Loren February 3, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      I think you should be able to find the same juice.. My friend in NY just picked them up. I think she either said Whole Foods or Target. I think they are made by Bolthouse Farms… should be an easy find. I am in Boston and am looking myself.

  • Tammy February 1, 2017 at 5:53 am

    I love this ! Thanks for sharing Shay 🙂

  • Rachel February 1, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Do you get tired with 5-6 hours of sleep? Would love to wake up this early but worry id be crabby and sleepy all day!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 6:01 am

      I don’t think I do. I bet if I sat down, I would…but I’m always on the go and feel great. If I ever thought I was really tired, I would go to bed early or sleep in a bit.

  • Sheaffer Sims February 1, 2017 at 5:58 am

    I’m with Erika. Thinking you’re about to eat that amazing hummus and then getting denied is terrible! The weather has been gorgeous this week. We’ve been playing with friends outside until dinner!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt February 1, 2017 at 6:03 am

    What protein powder do you use? I need something for after workout to use in my blender bottle!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 6:23 am

      Whey 🙂

  • Lesley McFarland February 1, 2017 at 6:03 am

    What a day girl!! I love how each second is accounted for. Your soooo focused.

  • Wendy February 1, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Smith needs to teach me too about swallowing pills. I’m almost 46 and there still are only a few pills that I can swallow successfully. Thankfully, both my daughters never developed this phobia. They laugh hysterically when I’m taking pills because I have to close my eyes, relax my shoulders, and let the pill swim for a few seconds before I can get it down. My girls call it my “Zen Buddha Pill Time” (they even hum some encouragement). Love your day in the life posts!

  • Nicole February 1, 2017 at 6:14 am

    What kind of protein powder do you use? 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 6:23 am

      Whey in either chocolate or vanilla.

      • Nicole February 1, 2017 at 6:43 am

        I love these posts! I also love the food inspo. 🙂 Bummer about missing the Mediterranean lunch! Yum! What did you eat at Sonic?

        • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 6:59 am

          A quarter-pounder 😉 . Not nearly as good as the hummus I was hoping for!

  • Narci February 1, 2017 at 6:25 am

    I just love reading about your day! That picture of the four of you is precious!!

  • Lauren February 1, 2017 at 6:33 am

    I love these posts! What protein powder you use?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 7:00 am

      a Whey protein 🙂

  • Amy February 1, 2017 at 6:35 am

    I’m tired just reading this. You have it down. Love an organized lady!! Where did you get your soup bowls at? So pretty!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 7:00 am

      Williams-Sonoma 🙂

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog February 1, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Loved reading about your day! You are up so early – at 6am during my lazy days, I’m just going to sleep! (So unhealthy I know)

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Carly M February 1, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Shay, I really believe you make me a better person! Better skincare, total workout motivation, meal planning, goals everything! Such a sweet family! Enjoy your boring blessed life

  • Michelle W February 1, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Good Morning Shay. I was wondering if you have the Series 2 Apple Watch now? The picture in this post looks different than the post you linked it to- Rose Gold vs Gold casing. If so, is it worth spending the extra money?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 6:59 am

      Yes! I do!! I’m obsessed with my Apple Watch :).

  • Kelly S February 1, 2017 at 6:49 am

    I LOVE a day in the life blog posts…..so fun. Man, you survive on a small amount of sleep. 🙂 I just started that same Bible study last night, and WOW, DID IT SPEAK TO ME. I’m leaving to go back to Iraq in 2 weeks (disaster response nurse with Samaritan’s Purse, I was just in Iraq a month ago) and I had a few fears and anxieties about going back, and day one of that Bible study SPOKE AND PREACHED TO ME so much. I love it. Hope you enjoy it. Love your blog and love your heart for Jesus.

  • Megan February 1, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Way to go Smith! My six and three year olds can swallow a pill like a champ. My eight year old, not so much. But it is super entertaining to watch him try 😉


  • Sandy February 1, 2017 at 6:54 am

    I’m looking for a new slow cooker. Any suggestions?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 6:59 am

      I love my All Clad :).

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams February 1, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Your breakfast choice is inspiring me to add a little green to mine! Thanks for sharing this today 🙂

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams 

  • Bethany Crisp February 1, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Love seeing pics of your sweet family! I think the regular, “boring” days are filled with the good stuff! Thanks for a peek into your world! You never cease to amaze me!

  • Becca February 1, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I love these posts! What a blessing you are to your family:)

  • Donna February 1, 2017 at 7:09 am

    How do you like your Vitamix? I make smoothies all the time, so I’m trying to justify to hubby that I need something more sophisticated than my $20.00 blender haha.

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 7:18 am

      My parents gave it to me as a Christmas gift several years ago…and it is amazing. It self-cleans too which I LOVE!

  • Kelly February 1, 2017 at 7:10 am

    How do you run on just 6 hours of sleep? I’m a morning person as well (up at 4:15) but don’t feel like I can function without at least 7 hours 🙂 Thanks for sharing your day!

  • Lisa February 1, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Hi Shay,
    Thanks for sharing your day! What kind of protein powder do you use? Thanks!

  • Natalie Hoover February 1, 2017 at 7:18 am

    It’s full day but you have it very well mastered… Thankd for some tips.. why do you drink tea instead of coffee.. just curious. As I drink coffee and tea seems so boring when I want to have a cup.. Thanks Shay..

  • KimW February 1, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Haha – I don’t know why these posts are always so fascinating to me but I love them!! I think you also convinced me to try that tea… it sounds good!! Do you order it online or do they carry it in the store? I haven’t heard of it before! Thanks

  • Pamela February 1, 2017 at 7:26 am

    I love your blog and these posts are my favorites. I wanted to ask you if you use your vitamix alot…I am trying to decide if I would use it enough to justify the price and counter space

  • Valerie February 1, 2017 at 7:32 am

    I am always so jealous of the fact that you only need around 6 hours of sleep a night. I usually get around 7.5 hours, but that never feels like enough.

  • heidi February 1, 2017 at 7:35 am

    I love these fun posts. Every time I see your alarm set for 4:20 I groan at the thought lol.
    Sorry about the humus lol

  • Griffin February 1, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Ground beef in a slow cooker? Please tell me how that turns out and how you do it!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 7:43 am

      My All Clad allows you to brown it in the slow cooker. You can always brown it up first in a skillet and then transfer if your slow cooker doesn’t!

  • Lauren February 1, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Do you mind sharing what kind of protein powder you use? I’m on the hunt!

  • Kristin February 1, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I love your day in a life posts! I do have a question for you…what does your cleaning schedule look like? Do you break it up by days or all in one day? Your home looks so neat, clean, and put together! When you find the time to clean bathrooms, floors, vacuum, etc? I have 3 kids and I feel like I’m drowning in housework 🙁 Just trying to figure out how to fit everything in to one day.

    • Alli February 1, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      I’m guessing the cleaning is hired out!

    • Karen February 1, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      She def has a cleaning service.

      • Mix and Match Mama February 2, 2017 at 4:53 am

        Yes, I do have a lady that comes and helps with the cleaning!

  • Susan February 1, 2017 at 7:50 am

    I love these day in the life posts and you do such a good job being detailed. Seems like you got it together, love your family!

  • Paula February 1, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Only sad part of your day, no hummus! 😉

  • Stephanie February 1, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Sidenote: Your kitchen is what my dreams are made of. It’s gorgeous!!


  • Amanda February 1, 2017 at 8:15 am

    What brand is your protein powder? We all want to know!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      It’s Syntrax Nectar protein :).

  • Angela Ellingson February 1, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Love these posts! You are so efficient! I usually have a running to do list, but yesterday I scheduled out the whole day time wise. I didn’t stay on schedule perfectly (3 kids at home including a 9 month old, 4-year-old and I’m homeschooling my 6-year-old), but I for sure got more done. Scheduling today as well. Thanks for sharing your life. You inspire me!

  • Lindsay Wagner February 1, 2017 at 8:23 am

    This is going to be the most random question, but explain to me the slow cooker thing. I always know how long my meal has to cook on low or high, but how do you start your meal so early? Meaning, I know it didn’t say to cook it for 12 hours? Does it keep it warm after cooking it for awhile?!?! Would love to start my chicken and beef crockpot meals first thing, but I’m not sure how to keep it “safe to eat” for that long on the counter. Random question, I know! 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      Great question! My All Clad has a timer, so I set it for 8 hours on low heat and then it automatically flips to “keep warm” after that. That being said, I often change the setting to 8 or 10 hours depending what’s inside because some things are just better after they’ve been cooked longer (I think chili would be one of those things!).

      • Lindsay Wagner February 1, 2017 at 12:54 pm

        Thank you for this info! Mine has a “keep warm” also! I need to see how long it will keep it warm before turning off. THANK YOU! This has just changed my life. Oh, and tonight I’m making your easy King Ranch Casserole, and I just put my chicken in the crockpot to cook so I can shred it when the girls are home this afternoon, and then they can hopefully help me assemble. Your cooking stuff has changed my world! 🙂

    • Loren February 3, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      Great question Lindsay- I was wondering the same thing. Some days I start chicken at 7 and it might as well be rubber when I am done with it.

  • Brittany Medland February 1, 2017 at 8:23 am

    First- I would LOVE to function on 6 hours of sleep! #lifegoals. I love reading everyday but rarely comment, so thank you for the great company every morning 🙂 from ON, Canada.
    Do you love your Nespresso over the Keurig ? I’ve been thinking about switching.

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      I do. I miss the variety of flavors that Keurig offers but the quality of coffee is just so much better.

  • Amber February 1, 2017 at 8:36 am

    You fascinate me. You are just a sweet, sweet woman. You are such a good example to women out there on how to be a great wife, a FABULOUS mother, and still take time to take care of yourself. You’re one of those girls that people just want for a girlfriend. I’m so glad I found your blog.

  • Megan Butler February 1, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Girl!!!! I’m sooo tired just reading your post!!! I am definitely a night person. I get so much accomplish at night when my kids are in bed!!! But I’m amazing that you get up so early!! And always have such a full day!

  • Jen February 1, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Shay, first off I love your day in the life!! Question for you, I want to drink green juice, I really want to but every time I think there is no way I can drink the entire bottle of this! what is a mild green juice I could star off on?!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      At first, it’s not the most delicious thing, but now, I actually crave them. It’s an acquired taste to say the least!

  • Lynn February 1, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I think I need those shorts in my life! What size did you get, I love online shopping! =)

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      xsmall seems to work for me! They wash and dry perfectly!

  • Kristen February 1, 2017 at 9:12 am

    I am always so amazed at how clean your house is! We have 4 kids too and it’s go go go as well. Maybe my kids have too many toys? But there are toys EVERYWHERE in my house! LOL! I love just love these daily recaps you do. Thanks for sharing!

  • Rebecca Jo February 1, 2017 at 9:26 am

    How you do it all every post just blows my mind. God bless your active heart 😉
    I just love how every day is full of JOY & Smiles… makes it all worth the ‘busy’, huh?

  • Kelsey February 1, 2017 at 9:36 am

    You all had a busy day!! I’m horrible at swallowing pills so go Smith! I’m impressed at how well you’re able to do at getting all your work done for the blog, your travel agency & your books in the few hours a day you get to work! I think that could be a good post idea for you! How you structure your work time and stay focused to get as much done as fast as possible.

  • Michelle B. February 1, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Love your day in the life posts. They’re my favorite! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Chelsey Boren February 1, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I see you got an all clad crock pot! My mom should be their spokesman. She has 2 ? and bought my sister and I one for Christmas one year. It’s truly amazing

  • Lara M February 1, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Hi Shay! Two random questions for you: 1. How often do you whiten your teeth? Your teeth look so great always and I wondered how often you have to keep up with it given your love of coffee and tea. 2. Are your brownies homemade or do you buy something pre-made/frozen?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      Hahaha! I just covered the brownie question and I whiten my teeth in spurts. I remember to do it several days in a row and then I’ll forget for six weeks.

  • Erin February 1, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Do you just brown the meat, transfer to the slow cooker and leave it on low all day?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 12:32 pm


  • Kelly February 1, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Impressed every single time you post these at how much you can fit into a day!

  • Adrienne February 1, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Love these posts 🙂 I notice in most of your day in the life posts you end your day with a brownie for dessert before you go to best. Do you make these from a box or homemade? Also do you freeze them or just make a weekly batch.

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      It depends…I can do either. It depends on what I’m making that week for my blog or a cookbook. I always just make a batch and we eat on them for five days or so and then I’ll make another batch.

      • Nicole February 1, 2017 at 7:56 pm

        Do you use your everyday brownie recipe still or has it changed?! 🙂

      • Nicole February 2, 2017 at 5:00 am

        I have to know!! Do you still make the same as your everyday brownie post, or has it changed? 🙂 Thanks!!

        • Mix and Match Mama February 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

          For the most part, it’s the same. It all kind of depends on what else I’m working on in the kitchen that week.

  • Chrystianne February 1, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I was going to ask what protein powder you use, but that seems to have been covered already haha. I have no idea how you function on 6 hours of sleep. I always need a 10 minute power nap to get me through the rest of the afternoon. Love these “A Day in the Life” posts 🙂

  • Kristina B February 1, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    I loved that book (and the other two!). It’s “sort of” a trilogy.

  • Heather Bramelett February 1, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    What a fun filled day!!
    I love naked little Madeley! So cute!! I have not always been an early riser but I’m now! I’m with you! I like the quiet of my house while everyone is still asleep!

  • jessica February 1, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    This is a little more random, but where are your curtains from? Are they custom? I’m on the hunt for nice looking window treatments.

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Yes, they’re custom. Thank you though!

  • Holly February 1, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Have you tried the Instant Pot? I used to love my slow cookers until I was introduced to the Instant Pot! Life changer!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      I haven’t yet. I’m so partial to my slow cooker but I friends who swear by them!

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life February 1, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    I loved this peak into your life with 4 kiddos 🙂 Looks like you use your time wisely throughout the day, I try and do the same. I wish I could get up earlier, I try and try but it just doesn’t happen. I’m not a morning or a night person LOL

  • Paige E February 1, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I don’t know why I find these so interesting, but I do! I just like people in general and love getting to know them like this. Every day stuff. Thanks for taking the time!

  • Eva Shewlakow February 1, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Hi Shay, which brand of whey protein? and how do you use it? a couple times a day?

  • Angie Jerde February 1, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Hi Shay! Just curious…what brand of protein powder do you use?!

  • Tiffany February 1, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Where are your pjs from?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Nordstrom 🙂

  • Dianna February 1, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    I loved this post! I am impressed you function on so little sleep! And I noticed there isn’t that much chili in your bowl/cup. Is that your secret, portion control?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      That was a picture of one of the kid’s bowls :).

  • Ali February 1, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Great post! Where are your pjs from?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 2:20 pm


  • Jocie February 1, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Love these simple day in the life posts! Kids are so cute! Do you prefer Athleta to Lululemon? Also did you eat at sonic? I feel like you eat very healthy and was wondering if you have tips of eating healthy there and at other fast food/casual dining places?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 1, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      I do. I feel like the quality is really good at Athleta, they have a great return policy and it’s less expensive. And I ate my sorrows in a quarter-pounder 😉 .

  • Aubrey February 1, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    That’s a fun-filled, action-packed day for sure! I’m so jealous that your kids nap. I would be over the moon if any of my girls would take a nap after her second birthday. Booooooo.

  • Melissa Goetz February 1, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Where are your shorts from?! I love them!

  • Emily February 1, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Random question!! What deoderant do you swear by living in such a hot and humid state??!!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 2, 2017 at 4:58 am

      Ha! I mean…I don’t have one that I just obsess over. The basic drugstore ones seem to work!

  • Kelli February 1, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I am a long time follower but first time leaving a comment. Love your blog! Yesterday I did the same thing…now just need to blog it today. It’s pretty crazy when we look back as see all we did in one day.

  • Sally Acuff February 1, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    I always enjoy reading your blog! What brand is your whey protein powder? I’m not sure where to start and would love to start making smoothies. Thank you!! ?

  • Kara February 1, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    I just love your blog! I also loved Along the Infinite Sea, so I’m excited to see how you like it! Just wondering if you could or have done a post on what you pack in your kids lunches? I saw you started doing this on sundays! Just wondering what fun healthy treats you pack them! Thanks Shay, all the way from Ohio!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 2, 2017 at 4:58 am

      I listed things in Friday’s post!

  • Liz February 1, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Unrelated to this post, but a podcast I listen to just recommended this book: https://www.amazon.com/When-French-Love-Second-Language/dp/1594206449/?tag=slatmaga-20

    It seems totally up your alley 🙂 I’m about to order it right now! Love your posts, Shay, thanks for sharing!

  • Stacy February 1, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Love these posts !! This is a random question but could you give us your top 5 Elin books to read ?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 2, 2017 at 4:57 am

      That’s so hard! Off the top of my head: Blue Bistro, The Rumor, Sumerland are all good ones! Read my reviews! I review one of hers almost every month.

  • alice h February 1, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    love these posts! can’t believe you survive on about 6 hours of sleep.

    what kind of protein powder do you use???

  • Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side February 1, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I love when you do these posts! So fun!

  • Patty February 1, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    I am 66 years old and still get poison ivy. Now when I work outside, I come in and wash my hands, arms and face with Dawn Dish washing soap. I also keep a bottle of Ban Roll On Deodorant in my cabinet and if a rash should pop up, I immediately and it dries it out. I used this on my boys when they were young because you didn’t need a doctor’s note when they applied it in school. I hate taking medicine and this works so well I don’t have to.

  • Debbie February 1, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    OMG! I’m tired just reading it, let alone doing it! You are AMAZING Shay! SUPERWOMAN! ???

  • Alison T February 1, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I think my favorite part was the photo of the kids playing red might green light and you mentioning you had asked them to go upstairs and get ready for bed. It’s refreshing to have you reveal an imperfection. ?Because your family always looks so perfectly put together. So I love that you included those evening aspects!

  • Carrie February 1, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    I agree the day in a life posts are fun to read. With kids a routine is good. Sleep is important and less then 6 hours has some health impacts in the longterm. I am a special education preschool teacher so I love seeing that a parent is doing speech homework!!

  • Sarah February 1, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Cute post, love K’s arm around Ashby while they are playing with the barn. I noticed recently that the complete text of your posts don’t come through on Feedly anymore, I guess maybe related to the website redesign? Anyway I find that I’m not reading them as much as a result and wondered if you could consider changing that.

    • Mix and Match Mama February 2, 2017 at 4:54 am

      I’ve been told that’s a Feedly issue. I checked just yesterday!

  • Catherine February 1, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Hi Shay. Day in the life posts are so fun!! Thanks for sharing. Just wondering how you handle reading blogs and social media. Do you have certain times for the day to do that. I find myself getting way too distracted by it.

    • Mix and Match Mama February 2, 2017 at 4:52 am

      I read blogs first thing in the morning and then try and only check IG about 2 to 3 times a day.

  • Emily February 1, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Love following your blog! I love your water cup, where is it from??

    • Mix and Match Mama February 2, 2017 at 4:52 am

      My girlfriend makes them! Find her at thatinspiredchick.etsy.com :).

  • Jen Fisher February 1, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    What brand is your refrigerator and freezer? Are they columns? We are wanting a built in set and trying to decide on the best size for each. Is your refrigerator bigger than your freezer?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 2, 2017 at 4:51 am

      We have a sub zero where the fridge is bigger than the freezer. We love it :).

  • Rae Bush February 2, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Questions for you: Do you use an InstaPot — do you like it?
    And have you tried Latisse or Lash Boost? I am curious about both products but have never tried either. I loved this post. . .makes me feel like i waste a lot of time during the day! HA!

    • Carrie February 2, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      I am an instant pot user. I just got it around Christmas and it has changed my cooking completely. I LOVE it and I was a die hard crockpot fan. I got the older model so it was not pricey.

  • Maureen Werner February 2, 2017 at 10:14 am

    I agree with the majority here, your Day in the Life posts are the BEST!! I have been reading your blog for several years and now my 17 and 14 year old daughters are reading it!! So I am obsessing over that adorable pink bowl with the Strawberries on it that Ashby’s yogurt was in!! Do you remember where you got that?! So sweet! Thank you for sharing your fun life and for all your real moments! Also, I still love Athleta, but I am super excited over Lularoe Leggings!! Have you tried them?

  • Ramona Greenspan February 2, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    I made this chili tonight in my crockpot and it was delicious! My family declared it a winner. I used ground chicken instead of beef. I didn’t have diced tomatoes so I used a can of crushed tomatoes and it turned out great! Thanks!!!

  • Abby February 2, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    What time do your kids have to leave that you have to wake them 6:30?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 3, 2017 at 5:09 am

      We leave about 7:40 :). They want a solid 30 to 40 minutes of breakfast and lazy time before they need to get dressed.

  • Jenny February 3, 2017 at 6:36 am

    You have a wonderful life Shay! Would love for you to do a post on how you were able to set up your travel agency and work from home. I want to do the same thing and don’t know How to start.

  • Jody February 3, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Great post Shay!! I just recently started ordering Daily Harvest smoothies & have loved having them on hand to mix things up!! They have soups too that I’m getting ready to try ??

  • Loren February 3, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    We have been out for three solid days with the stomach bug. I just read this and wondered… Do you ever get sick?!?! lol
    My husband is a merchant marine over seas and I am usually home w/ the boys for 4-6 weeks at a time with no help so to be out of commission is pretty much as you can imagine. My kids ate chocolate sauce for breakfast. Balance 🙂

  • Maureen C. February 3, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    How appropriate for the last picture of your phone to say it’s 33% charged! Your phone needs to recharge for the next day, too! Love these memories captured on an ordinary day 🙂