What’s Up Wednesday {07.26.17}


It’s  What’s Up Wednesday !

Once a month, my friends Mel, Sheaffer and I host this link up where we share some random and fun stuff that’s up with us today.  If you blogged WUW too, make sure you link up at the bottom of the post!  Every month, we answer these questions…


…in our What’s Up Wednesday posts!

Friends…it’s the end of July!  I just want to freeze time.  Why must summer end?????  I mean, the only thing that is keeping me happy right now at the thought of summer ending is this…

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Okay, here’s what’s up today…

Meal Planning Monday

We are eating summer food!!  Earlier this week, I posted my Meal Planning Monday HERE and it’s full of delicious (and easy!) summer recipes your whole family will love.

And speaking of easy and delicious summer food…did you see my recipe today?  

Smoked Gouda & Bacon Pasta Salad

It’s my Smoked Gouda & Bacon Pasta Salad!  This could be lunch, a side or even a light supper.  Oh my goodness…my heart belongs to smoked Gouda!



Andrew and I went out of town over the weekend and had the BEST time exploring some place new!!  I’m going to share lots of pics from our trip to the Hamptons tomorrow!  We have been reminiscing about it all week over here 🙂 .



These bracelets right HERE have been my favorite thing from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale this year!  I love them so much that I’ve gone back and purchased more to gift to friends this fall and Christmas.  They are so light that I cannot feel them when they’re on and they don’t bug me when I’m doing things around the house/typing on the computer and such.  I did not expect to love them as much as I do!


The stuff of summer…


…we’ve been swimming, eating a lot of homemade ice cream, staying up late, sleeping in a bit, playing golf and making the most of these lazy days.


The next time we post a What’s Up Wednesday, my kids will be in school.  Nooooooooo!  Say it ain’t so?!?!


Lots of vacations 🙂 .


The Stegall family on their Royal Caribbean cruise this month :).

Our travel agency tends to book a ton of vacations departing in the winter/early spring, so right now…people are booking.  I think it happens a lot this time of year because summer is wrapping up and people start to think about the next time they get a trip/time off/vacation.  So, my afternoons are filled with lots of vacation talk!  Right now, we are sending new clients departing after October 1st to Walt Disney World, Mexican all-inclusives and cruises.  If you want us to help you with your next vacation, email us at mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com 🙂 .


Anniversary Giveaway

I have a BIG GIVEAWAY coming up next week for my 10 Year Blog Anniversary!  You DO NOT want to miss it!!!!!


My July Book Review is coming up on Monday, but if you missed this one…

June Book Review

…my June Book Review, you can see it HERE.  You can see all of the books and read my reviews HERE.  This is such a great time of year to read!

Okay, I’m currently binge watching this…


…oh goodness!  This show is HYSTERICAL!

(Disclaimer: if you do not enjoy Seinfeld or The Office, I do not think you’ll like Veep.  It has that same kind of humor.  Also…the language is bad (it’s an HBO show), so please understand this is in no way a family show.  If they cleaned up the language, then it would be perfectly fine…but it’s not cleaned up, so please note that!)

Veep makes me laugh out loud!  I have found it to be really, really funny!



When we’re outside, we listen to this channel on Pandora.  It’s the Summer Oldies Radio 🙂 .  I’m not one to listen to Oldies in the car, but outside by the pool, it just works!


Literally, right this second…


…I’m wearing these pajamas from the Anniversary Sale!  I looooove them!!  I bought the navy and white stripe but they also come in these patterns too…


…I love a good pajama set!  (Especially one that is on sale!)

And I’m not wearing my new booties yet, but I’m certainly excited for bootie season (after Labor Day, right?!  Is that when we can wear them???)…



I returned two of them but kept the first one (in French Taupe).  They were all three so comfy though!!

And look at this…


my dress from Today is now 33% off!  I bought it in the navy but it also comes in black.  The fabric on this dress would work in fall too (it’s not super light).  You can see it HERE.



On Friday and Saturday, I’m enjoying time with my family at our house (we’ll probably swim and grill out), but then on Sunday, I’m leaving for a little work thing.  More details about that to come!


The last month of summer.  Sigh.  Where has the time gone?!?!



Want to shop for a great cause???  This Thursday, at Kendra Scott here in Allen, TX, the Manda Strong Foundation is hosting a Kendra Gives Back Party.  If you are local, show up and shop between 5 and 8 PM…but if you are not, YOU CAN CALL TO PLACE AN ORDER!!  See the details above!  One of the last things Manda said to her sweet dad was that she wanted him to help other young mothers fighting cancer…and Ed Davis has made it his life’s MISSION.  Help him (and all of her other friends and family) as we support other precious mamas with cancer.  Shop in store or online THIS THURSDAY!



The extra time with my kids.

Listen, of course they drive me crazy sometimes, but I absolutely LOVE being a mama and I know this time is going to fly by, so I really and truly try to soak up every minute.  They are all so unique, all so sweet, all so different and all so special.  I love this extra time with them over the summer.

Okay!  That’s What’s Up Wednesday today! If you blogged too, make sure you link up below.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!


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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog July 26, 2017 at 4:38 am

    That ecard though. So true. Though I want it to be summer forever, personally. I can’t stand winter! Working on vacations sounds like a really fun job!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    • Louise July 26, 2017 at 9:13 am

      Dadgum you get up early…. like everyday too!

      • Mix and Match Mama July 26, 2017 at 1:58 pm

        It’s because she lives in Hong Kong 😉 .

  • Erika Slaughter July 26, 2017 at 5:23 am

    I’m right there with you…sad summer is about to end but the weather, the booties, and the warm drinks have me thinking fall won’t be so bad. 😉

  • Brooke July 26, 2017 at 5:42 am

    That e-card made me so happy! Pumpkin spice latte season (and pretty much every month after September) is my absolute favorite!

    VEEP is also one of the most hysterical shows I have ever seen. I have never laughed so hard during a show. It’s so strange because I still think of her in Seinfeld every time I watch but she’s so funny when she’s raunchy!

    Have a great day!

  • Francie July 26, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Yes, the thought of back to school chaos is sad. But luckily Fall is my favorite season. http://www.supersimpleways.com

  • Bethany July 26, 2017 at 6:06 am

    I totally agree this summer is going by too fast!

  • Elspeth Mizner July 26, 2017 at 6:08 am

    What a fun and packed full summer! Love your white nail polish in the picture of you oin the pjs. What’s the name and brand? I always love a good white!

    • Mix and Match Mama July 26, 2017 at 6:12 am

      It’s OPI Let’s Be Friends. I bought it off of Amazon, but now, it’s really hard to find!

  • Sarah July 26, 2017 at 6:15 am

    I will admit I’m slightly looking forward to summer being over!! It’s been so hot, and it’ll be nice to have a break from my kids LOL!

    Hope you have a great day!!!

    -Sarah http://www.thefrugalmillionaireblog.com

  • Narci Dreffs July 26, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Okay, that last picture of you and the kids is seriously adorable! I’m not ready for summer to end either!!!

  • Alexis deZayas July 26, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Although I don’t want the summer to end, I’m so excited to start seeing pumpkins everywhere!! And those PJs look seriously comfy!

  • Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side July 26, 2017 at 6:41 am

    I know how can summer be ending already?! We’re traveling a for a lot of weekend getaways, so we’ll be in the car a lot, but you know what? The end destination we’re going to have a blast, so who cares! Have a great last month of Summer!

  • Dianna July 26, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Too funny you’re watching Veep! I just started it last week and am on season 2 now, silly coincidence!

  • Sheaffer Sims July 26, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Stop it with the summer ending business. It just got here!
    Can’t wait to see what you’re doing next week to celebrate The Big 10!!!

  • Ralinn July 26, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Summer is going by too fast. I love the beauty of the flowers, green grass and full trees. I love the smell of fresh cut grass and the warmth of the sun….until it is too Hot! I always had a sick feeling in my stomach when July was closing and August beginning. I enjoyed my children being home no matter the age. Your pajamas do look cozy!

  • Laura @ Laura Likes Design July 26, 2017 at 7:20 am

    This is one of my favorite series of posts! I linked up for the first time today!


  • Brooke Richardson July 26, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I absolutely love those bracelets! Totally my style of bracelet too, I need to get some while they are at a great price! Also we are having your pizza joes tonight, I’m excited!

  • Lynn July 26, 2017 at 7:37 am

    I started binge watching YOUNGER and I ❤️ it! Was wondering if you watch it since you met Sutton Foster!! I ❤️Her too!!

    • Mix and Match Mama July 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      I do watch that one on TV!!

  • Angelique July 26, 2017 at 7:42 am

    To me it’s bittersweet summer is almost over. I am definitely ready for this Austin heat to go away, but I’m going to miss summer nights by the pool and the somewhat more relaxed summer schedule. And, yes, Veep is one of my favorites! Julia Louis-Dreyfus is hysterical. I truly don’t know how she and the rest of the cast do and say the things they do without busting out laughing. Happy Wednesday!


  • Megan July 26, 2017 at 8:24 am

    I can’t wait to hear about your Hamptons trip!

  • Kristine July 26, 2017 at 8:43 am

    The bracelets are so pretty! You may have talked me into them.😉 I’m a teacher so I love being able to be home with my kiddos in the summer. They are 5 and 7 which are super fun ages. Not looking forward to going back to work, but we still have 5 weeks of summer fun! 🌞

  • Jill July 26, 2017 at 8:44 am

    When do your kids go back to school in TX? We don’t start until Sept. 5th in Wisconsin, so we have almost 6 weeks of summer left!

    • Mix and Match Mama July 26, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      We go back on August 28…but the next WUW is on August 30 :(.

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick July 26, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Can’t wait to see pics of your trip!!! And I can’t believe the kids will be in school for the next Whats Up Wednesday!! This summer is flying by!! 🙁

    That Inspired Chick

  • Joella July 26, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Up north we don’t go back to school until Sept. 6th so we are only halfway through summer thank goodness!! 🙂

  • Leslie July 26, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Hey Shay…you mentioned that we can shop online for Kendra Scott, but is there a code that we need to enter so a portion will go to Manda’s foundation? I’d love to support.


    • Mix and Match Mama July 26, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      You can’t shop online, but you can call! If you call the number and place your order and tell them it’s for her event, her charity will get the money.

  • Angela Ellingson July 26, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I love how you truly embrace each season. That picture of you with the kiddos is so sweet. Wanting to freeze time with my three!

  • Liz July 26, 2017 at 9:42 am

    VEEP is the just BEST!! I can’t think of a better show to binge watch; it’s a riot!! Some of the things she says, you think, did she really say that?!!
    BTW, thanks to you, I just bought 2 more of those bracelets and the PJ set. Someone needs to hide my credit cards from me!!

  • Amy Rae DeVito July 26, 2017 at 10:27 am

    What a fun and joy filled Summer! I can’t believe it’s ending already either. It feels like it just started!

    I can’t wait to read your July book post and your vacation post! 🙂

    Amy @ http://befilledwithj0y.blogspot.com/

  • Heather L July 26, 2017 at 10:28 am

    LOVE Veep! Definitely a rated R show, but it makes me laugh out loud.

    I could go for pumpkin anything and cooler weather any time now…

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams July 26, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Love Veep! It looks like the Shulls are making the most of the summer! There really is no better time in my eyes than lazy summer days 🙂
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World July 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Ever since I started working full-time for corporate America, summer has kind of lost its luster. Haha. I’m soooo ready for FALL!!!! PSLs PSLs PSLs!

  • Char July 26, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Hi Shay! Quick question–I am loving the booties you purchased (#1) and I am debating buying them for myself. I am a first grade teacher heading back to school at the end of August (ugh!) and I like to dress up for work. do you think these would be an appropriate heel height for a school/work environment? Or maybe should I keep looking for something a bit smaller? Would love your thoughts! Thank so much!

    • Mix and Match Mama July 26, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      I don’t think they’re too tall. The third ones had the lowest heel, but the peep toe that I kept didn’t feel as high as many of my booties.

  • Sarah July 26, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    So sad about summer being over and not getting to spend my days with all my kiddos I am most certainly looking forward to pumpkin everything though. Great post!

  • Lu Ann July 26, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    I can’t wait to read about your trip to the Hamptons! My mom was raised In Amagansett and I spent every summer there as a kid. My brother and his family now reside in E. Hampton so I’m still able to visit. Just love it there!

  • Bri July 26, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    I’m a teacher so my favorite thing about summer is the extra time with my kids too 🙂 I completely agree that there are days where they drive me insane, but I just spent the afternoon 1 on 1 with my five year old at the water park & it was the BEST time. Enjoy your last few days of summer! We don’t go back until after Labor Day in New York, so thankfully I have still have over a month left!

  • sydnee July 27, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Oh no! 1 more month of summer left, I do enjoy spending time w/ the kiddos but I’ll be happy to see them back in school. 😉


  • Morgan Eckert July 28, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Hey Shay! What size did you order in the dress in the picture with sweet Kensington? Online it says it runs large. And does it reach to your knees? I’m wondering if it would be work appropriate. Thanks in advance!

    • Mix and Match Mama July 29, 2017 at 6:04 am

      I ordered xsmall and felt it ran very true to size! You could absolutely wear it to work. It’s long enough!!

  • Denise July 29, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    love the bracelets…is the darker one black or the gold beads…

    • Mix and Match Mama July 30, 2017 at 4:57 am

      It’s the greyish one with a gold bracelet!