10 Year Anniversary.

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Ten years ago today, I started a blog.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about that fateful day over this last year.  I don’t want to put too much of an emphasis on it, but at the same time, I feel like it should be acknowledged.  Ten years is a long time to do anything.

The thing is…ten years ago, I was in a really bad place.  Looking back, I would say that it was the worst place I have ever been in.  Six weeks before, on June 25, I had miscarried our first baby after an already long road of infertility.  I was sad, probably a little depressed, angry, lonely, hurt, confused and just not happy.  I worked in a job that I hated, I didn’t feel like I had very many friends (we had only lived in McKinney about a year at that point), I came home at night and was by myself a lot because Andrew was working so hard building our business…it was just a really dark time for me.  Two of my friends at church had blogs, and I started reading them pretty regularly.  They each had kids, so that’s pretty much what their blogs were about.  I didn’t have kids…but the idea to blog sounded interesting to me.  I thought about it for a while and decided just to sit down and do it one day.

Step one: create a name for your blog.


I remember exactly where I was sitting in my old house when I typed Shull Family Blogspot into the title.  I typed it with a whole lot of FAITH AND HOPE.  You see…we were a family of two plus a teacup Yorkie, but when I typed those words it was with the prayer that one day we would have a family.  I was hopeful.  (Later, I would rename my blog Mix and Match Mama.)

So, on August 3, 2007…I published my first post with the anticipation that no one but my dad would read it.

And a lot has happened over the last 10 years.

Allow me just a moment on my 10 year anniversary to indulge in a little reminiscing.   A lot has changed (both good and bad) and a lot of crazy things have happened over the last 10 years…

I used to pride myself on not being on any form of social media.  (I didn’t join Facebook until the fall of 2011.)  And now, well, I live on social media.

I finally became pregnant and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.

And just a few months later, God surprised me with a little boy too.

I did not enjoy being pregnant.  I regret that I didn’t after all I went through to get pregnant…but it was hard for me.  I was very sick and it really sucked all of the joy out of the experience for me.  

My brother became the Bachelor.

My feet have touched the ground in 27 countries over the last 10 years.

I got braces and had to wear them for almost two years.

I spent my birthday with Chris Harrison.

I moved twice.

I did three years of speech and myofunctional therapy.

I made the best friends a girl could ever ask for.

I adopted a beautiful baby girl from China.

I got to cook with Paula Deen in her own kitchen.

Rats invaded the inside of my house for one month.

I started a travel agency.

I had my tonsils removed.

I authored five cookbooks.

I adopted a second beautiful baby girl.

I have cooked on Today.

I stood outside the Oval Office.

Manda is gone.

It’s been 10 years filled with ups and downs.  Happy days and dark days.  I’m actually crying while I’m typing this because it’s all very emotional.  To document your life for 10 years and then look back at it is kind of hard.  You see how much things change and you know that it’s all going to change some more over the next 10 years.  Life is complicated.

I had no idea what my blog would be about when I started it 10 years ago today.  I think overtime, it’s morphed into what some would call a lifestyle blog.  It’s a blog about…my life.  What we do, where we go, what we eat, who we love, what we see and how we live.  Back ten years ago, so many of the blogs I read were mommy blogs where people came together to kind of commiserate about the trials and tribulations of motherhood.  And while I appreciate those sites, that was never my intention here.  Of course life is hard.  Whose life isn’t?  Life is challenging, days are yucky, kids are annoying, marriages aren’t perfect, families don’t always get along…I feel like that applies to all of us.  But that was never what I wanted to blog about.  I wanted my little corner of the internet to be happy.  I wanted positive, uplifting vibes because no matter how bad my day has been (and trust me, I have really bad days), I feel very grateful and blessed and have always wanted to remain upbeat.  I try really hard not to be negative on here.

When people ask me what’s the one thing I love the most about blogging my answer is always the same…the people.

If I’ve learned anything over the last 10 years it’s this: people are good.

The comments, emails, messages and cards that I receive overwhelm me.  You ladies are sweet.  You are kind.  You are thoughtful and sincere.  You love me.  You love my family.  You are good.  And I am more blessed by you than I could ever say.  You have prayed for us, you have loved on us, you have encouraged and lifted us up.  You have blessed us.  Thank you.

Ten years.

I mean…there’s no way that I’m still blogging in twenty, right?  That sounds insane!  Ha!  I’m just going to savor today.  I am overwhelmed that the Lord could take such a dark time in my life and use it as the foundation for something this beautiful.

God can do anything, you know-far more than you could imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams. – Ephesians 3:20

God used this blog to do things that I never could have imagined.  When I started 10 years ago, I never in a million years could have dreamed it would one day be a platform for things like adoption.


But He did.

How cool is that?

So, how should we celebrate today?  With a HUGE giveaway!

I’ve once again teamed up with Nordstrom and am doing something I’ve never done before.  Something worthy of a 10 year celebration.  I’m going to share my favorite beauty picks right now from Nordstrom for this fall (hello, MAC mascara!!) and then I’m going to knock your socks off with my giveaway.  Sound like a deal?

So, I am a self-proclaimed beauty junkie.  I love looking at makeup/bath/hair products and trying new ones.  You girls know this about me.  I’m always trying different products…but then there are some things that are so tried and true that I will never try anything else.  Case in point…


MAC’s Haute & Naughty Mascara.

This is the reigning queen of mascara in my opinion.  Years ago, I was standing in my mother-in-law’s house and my sister-in-law walked in and I just knew she was using a lash enhancer or something because her lashes were gorgeous!  But nope, she said she was just using this stuff.  I immediately ordered it and have never looked back.  It lengthens, thickens and does everything magical you want a mascara to do.  IT IS PERFECT!  I heart MAC for all of their fun/quirky/vibrant colors and palette…but I realllllly love them for this mascara.  (And psssst: my top is HERE.)

Besides my beloved mascara, here are some of my other favorite beauty products right now.  And bonus!  They all transition from summer to fall. #winning

Favorite Makeup

#1: I told you guys that while we were in New York, my mother-in-law insisted that I try her Lancome primer and now, I just can’t live without it.  It’s both dewy and matte at the same time.  Don’t know how that happens…but it does and it’s fantastic!

#2: I am currently obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks.  Below, I have some pics of these three particular colors.  They go on perfectly and stay on.  Plus, I just think the colors are really pigmented and very pretty.

#3: Lacome waterproof eye liner.  I bought this last summer because it was waterproof but now, I wear it every single day because it goes on smooth and stays put all day long. #amen  I use the cafe color but it comes in 22 other colors too.

#4: Bobbi Brown’s Natural Brow Shaper.  You swipe it on and your brows stay in place.  I use the blonde color.  This stuff is gold!

#5: This is a new one for me!  When we were in New York, the makeup artist that fixed me up before Today pulled this out instead of a foundation.  Typically when they’re doing my makeup for TV, they pull out the thick/high definition/caked on foundation for me, but this girl pulled out this Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream and it was glorious!!  Just a little dab (I’m talking pea-sized) gave me a smooth finish with a hint of color.  I was in love.  It covers but is not heavy.   I bought it in Light Neutral.

#6: I read in a magazine one time that if you only owned one eye shadow it should be MAC’s in Sable.  So, I’ve always had it on hand and it really does work with everything.  It’s just the nicest light brownish color with just a hint of frost (not too frosty…just enough to give it a healthy sheen).  It’s always in my makeup drawer and often my go-to!

#7: MAC’s Haute & Naughty Mascara.  I always buy it in black.

#8: The old concealer that I used to love is no longer made (why do they stop making great products?!?!), so I went into Nordstrom and asked the nice lady what I should be using instead and she said NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (I bought it in Biscuit).   Friends, this stuff is a-mazing!  It goes on so nice and smooth, covers blemishes and dark circles…but what I really love about it is that it brightens up under my eyes.  This is a great concealer!!

#9: And you know how much I love these baked blushes by Laura Geller.  I have been wearing the Sunswept color for years now.  It’s part bronzer, part blush…all perfect for giving me color on my cheeks.

And before we wrap up and I tell you what our big giveaway is…here’s a look at those three Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks that I love so much…


Liv It Up//Bosworth’s Beauty// Kim K .W


Aren’t they all three so pretty?  They’re my new faves!

And just for fun, here are some of my other favorite beauty products that I’ve mentioned throughout the years.  Just scroll and click…

So, today in honor of my big 10 YEAR BLOG ANNIVERSARY, thanks to great sponsorships with people like Nordstrom, it is possible for me to giveaway some great prizes.  Huge prizes.  Fun prizes.  Spectacular prizes.  And I’m pretty sure today’s is my all-time very favorite.


Here we go.

Enter to win today and…

Travel Giveaway


That’s right!  One lucky winner will win a $3000 gift card for our travel agency to apply towards a vacation to Walt Disney World, a cruise, or Mexican all-inclusive departing in 2018.

How fun is that?!?!?!

This offer is valid to US citizens only residing in the States and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 8th!

Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!

Okay, that wraps up post number 3,372.

I mean…that’s a lot of posts, right?


I am going to leave this post up right here until Monday, so this is me saying have a good weekend and I will see you next week.

From the BOTTOM of my heart, I cannot thank you enough for stopping by here each and every day.  You have made these last 10 years more fun than I ever could have imagined.  I cherish our friendship so much.  I’m so thankful for YOU.  I know you are all busy ladies and the fact that you take a couple of minutes every day to stop by here and see what I’m up to means more to me than you will ever know.  I LOVE YOU GIRLS!!!!  Thank you so much for making these last 10 years so much fun!!!!


If you missed PART ONE of my Anniversary Giveaway where I share my favorite picks from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale including THIS DRESS click HERE.

(And if you do not have social media accounts, don’t worry!  One of the entry options is to receive my daily emails.  You can sign up for that HERE!)

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog August 3, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Truly congratulations for the 10 year anniversary! What an amazing journey it’s been – and that’s a CRAZY amount of posts!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Heather Bramlett August 3, 2017 at 4:46 am

    WOW, Shay! That is awesome! Thank you for sharing your heart with us each and every day! Congrats on 10 years!

  • audra August 3, 2017 at 4:50 am

    well i can’t enter the giveaway (us citizen living in london), but i’m off to buy some MAC mascara as a consolation prize. i’ll call it a win! congrats on the milestone!

  • Wendy Crawford August 3, 2017 at 4:59 am

    Oh my word, what a giveaway! My birthday is August 8, and I would be thrilled beyond belief if I won this gift card.
    I’ve been reading your blog since Sean was on The Bachelor, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and your precious family.

    • Ana August 3, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      I’ve been reading since Sean was on the bachelor too!

  • Kellee August 3, 2017 at 5:03 am

    After reading your blog post this morning, I could only think of three words to say about today’s post. GOD IS GOOD! Have a blessed day 🙂

  • Bethany August 3, 2017 at 5:10 am

    I love this! Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with us! I enjoy seeing ya’ll life, love, smiles, learning through you guys, and of course the adoption! God is good!

    Wow! What an awesome giveaway too! We are stationed in Asia so I cannot enter but that is a great deal!

  • Elspeth Mizner August 3, 2017 at 5:11 am

    First of all, a huge congratulations! 10 years of blogging is a huge accomplishment! I’ve been following your blog for a year now and it has been apart of my daily routine. I look forward to every post and have gotten so many ideas and recipes from you. Also, after reading your blog I was inspired and decided to start my own lifestyle blog.! To hear all your success and determination has really motivated me to work hard at it. Thank you for being an inspiration to me! Have a wonderful weekend Shay and congratulations!

  • Susan Jeffries August 3, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Wow ten years!! Congrats! I have enjoyed reading your blog for several years now. I have one teenage daughter, so I am in a different phase of life, but I still totally relate to you as a mom and a Christian. Unlike you , I am a terrible cook. So this summer I decided to try one of your recipes every week. Every single one has been a hit with my family! And they are not difficult to make! Thanks for helping me in the kitchen and for entertaining me almost daily! Here’s to ten more years!

  • Beth August 3, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Wow! What a fantastic giveaway and long time to blog! So neat to see how God has transformed the hard times to good times. What an inspiration you are! Love that verse from Ephesians!! 💛

  • Holly Breton @ Pink Lady August 3, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Happy Blogaversary Shay! I read every day- thank you for all of the inspiration! 🙂

  • Rebecca Rooney August 3, 2017 at 5:23 am

    To be honest, I discovered your blog after Sean was the bachelor and I saw something on his instagram about your family. But now I’m hooked. I love reading your adoption posts, your travel posts, but my absolute favourites are your book reviews. I’ve discovered so many wonderful books and new authors after reading your posts. Congratulations on your wonderful blog reaching 10 years! I was very touched hearing how it all began (I also struggled to have children, but now have 2). Hope you’re doing something wonderful this weekend to celebrate x

  • Margaret August 3, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Just wondering if there is a way to chat with you in a private message . My son in law has just been diagnoised with stage four cancer at age 38. He has started chemo and the tumor is reducing. I was wondering I’f you have any suggestions that you found helped Manda ,her husband and children. My daughters children are five and 2. We want to be helpful without interfering. Just know he is a wonderful guy that is perfect for our daughter. He is a hands on Dad that loves his kids so much. I hope And pray that Amanda’s family is finding some happiness. I have been following her story long before my son in law was diagnoised. You honored her well.

    • Mix and Match Mama August 3, 2017 at 5:31 am

      Oh Margaret, I’m praying for him and your family right this minute. I am so sorry. Feel free to email me, mixandmatchmama@yahoo.com .

  • Elizabeth McKenzie August 3, 2017 at 5:24 am

    This post was great, Shay. What an amazing journey! I read your blog every morning over my first cup of coffee. Cheers to you, your family, and your career! ❤️

  • Maddie Butterfield August 3, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Happy 10th year of blogging!!! Have so enjoyed reading your blog everyday and following along with your sweet family!

  • Suzie P. August 3, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Congrats on 10 years!!! I love reading your blog every day. Thank you for sharing your life with us!!

  • Alicia Love August 3, 2017 at 5:28 am

    ❤️ this. I am so thankful I found your blog when I did. It’s my go to in the morning, how I start my day. It brings me joy. I’m so happy for you and your beautiful family. Thank you. And a huge, heart felt Congratulations on such an amazing accomplishment!

  • Amy Getz August 3, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Yay for you Shay! You blog is my number one favorite read of the day . . . I love your cheery disposition, your honesty and seeing your family enjoy life! I hope you’re still here in 20 years! 🙂

  • Casey August 3, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Congratulations Shay!!! What an accomplishment!! I LOVE your little slice of the internet – it’s one of the things I look forward to every day!! Selfishly I hope you are writing for another 10 years 😉 Thank you for sharing your world with me! xoxo Casey

  • Tara G. August 3, 2017 at 5:36 am

    I like happy! 🙂 Congratulations!

  • Erika Slaughter August 3, 2017 at 5:38 am

    HUGE GIVEAWAY!!!! But what a way to celebrate ten years! I love this little space you’ve created…it’s uplifting, fun, and very encouraging!! Happy Happy TEN years, friend! Now you should go celebrate! XO

  • Crissy talley August 3, 2017 at 5:40 am

    I just wanted to congratulate you on ten years! That is a great accomplishment! I have only been reading your blog for a few years now but I am truly encouraged each time I read it! I also love all the helpful tips on fashion, makeup, family, and decorations! Here is to another ten years! Blessings

  • Danielle August 3, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Your blog has helped get me through the beginning stages of my motherhood journey! I have read it everyday for the past two and a half years! On some of my most difficult days it has brought me happiness and for that I will always be grateful to you! I love starting my morning with my coffee and your blog!

  • KimW August 3, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Ohh that mascara is tempting me! Happy 10 years… amazing things have happened!

  • jamie August 3, 2017 at 5:56 am

    all the big happy love hearts for this beautiful day of memories and celebration. and your first blog post?!!! i feel like i need to binge read all ten years! two make-up questions: i’ve heard MAC ruby woo {hmmm is that right?} is the lip color to use. have you tried it? and are you a fan of R+F? i know your friend is a R+F consultant. i’m currently using it and on the fence. i have really great skin and i just don’t know. i need to try your MAC mascara and get the eye shadow too.

    thank you for all the things, shay. you are all the wonderfulness and beauty and inspiration that everyone here comments about. you shine the light of jesus and i am thankful for all that he has created you to be.

    my heart stopped: manda is gone

    i accidently left the “n” off my pinterest name, so if i win 😂 remember that. darn it!

  • Tanya August 3, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Thank you so much for the giveaway and for inspiring us to be positive and grateful every day with your uplifting posts! Happy 10th!

  • Angelique August 3, 2017 at 6:03 am

    I’m so happy for you and your success Shay! I can only imagine how much work you put into this blog, and it’s just awesome to see your years of work pay off. Thank you for being such an inspiration to others (definitely including myself) as a mom, working mom, blogging mom, Christian mom, and so much more. You’ve been a breath of fresh air each day. XOXO!

    Angelique at http://www.fourpointsmom.com

  • Taylor August 3, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Happy anniversary!!!! I’m twenty-two and have been reading your blog for about 2 1/2 years and although I am no where near ready to have babies, your blog inspires me to be a great momma some day! #momgoals
    Haha, I hope you keep on blogging for the next ten years and I know when you do your twenty year anniversary post I’ll still be a reader 😉

  • Stacy Beach August 3, 2017 at 6:10 am

    I have laughed and cried with you and this blog. Thank YOU for showing up everyday and sharing so much of you and your family. The 8th of August is our 19th wedding Zanniversary so a trip would be WONDERFUL! And, between you and all the books I read, Nantucket and the Hamptons are high on the list of getaways!

  • Zoe Hogue August 3, 2017 at 6:10 am

    I’ve never commented here but here it goes! I started following your blog after Sean was on the bachelor and immediately fell in love with your family! Reading your blog has become a part of my daily routine. I am a single mom of a 3 year old boy and 2 month old boy. It has always been in my heart that I one day not only want to somehow work in the adoption field, but also adopt a child of my own. As a single parent this is a scary, intimidating prospect so prayers are welcome! 🙂 I love love love reading your adoptions post. I am also a huge Disney World fan and have a goal to take my boys, so love that your travel agency focuses on Disney-so fun! Thanks for the daily support and love through your posts! You’re appreciated more than you know!

    • Zoe Hogue August 3, 2017 at 6:21 am

      Also, a few years back I had the opportunity to volunteer at an all boys orphanage in Peru. Hands down one of the very best experiences of my life. A few weeks after returning from Peru I got pregnant with my first son. I just know that it was in Gods plan and that experience prepared me to become the mother I am today. I just can’t say enough how much your adoption trip resonates with me after becoming involved with the orphanage and boys there. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • Kristen Wood August 3, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Happy 10 years Shay!! I have been reading your blog since your brother was the Bachelor and I enjoy it so very much! You inspire me everyday and I appreciate you more than you know. I feel like I know you even though I do not!!! Keep living for Christ and doing what He has called of you. Love you girl!!

  • Alison August 3, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Congrats on 10 years! 😘🎉

  • Nona C August 3, 2017 at 6:19 am

    I’ve been a reader for a few years. Funny how blogs can connect strangers across the country. Funny how sharing real life can comfort and give us a feeling of support when reading a blog. Thank you so much for being willing to share! Happy 10 years and many more!

  • Stefanie August 3, 2017 at 6:20 am

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! I look forward to reading your blog for many many many more years!!!! 🙂

  • Sarah August 3, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Ten years is AMAZING!!! Congrats!! And I love what you said about this place being your happy place. I think nowadays it’s so easy for so many women to think bloggers and social media peeps lead perfect lives, but that just isn’t true. We share what we want to share, end of story. If anyone knew any one of us in person, they’d see we all have flaws and are just like everyone else. Love your story and happy to be following along!!!

    -Sarah http://www.thefrugalmillionaireblog.com

  • Cara Zimmer August 3, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Happy anniversary! Yours is the first blog that I read every single day, I absolutely LOVE how uplifting it always is, thank you so much!

  • Dana August 3, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Congratulations!! One of the things I love about your blog is that it is such a happy place. It’s nice to know you do have struggles though! And this is super random, but ever since you mentioned that you wear Burberry Brit, it has become my favorite, too! The problem is that it’s just too expensive for me to justify buying it (perfume seems to be more expensive in France). Well, I don’t know if the brand Couvent des Mimes exists in the US, but I was beyond thrilled to discover that their vanilla and heart of cedar fragrance smells almost identical to BB and is about 1/3 the price! The next time you’re here you should try it, it’s made from plants, so supposedly it’s ‘healthier’ too. 🙂

    Also, do you use the full amount of mascara as well as the thinned out wand from Haute and Naughty? I find if I use the ‘unscraped’ part it goes on clumpy. Do you know what I’m talking about? I didn’t realize it had 2 openings until the lady at the store showed me!

    • Mix and Match Mama August 3, 2017 at 6:34 am

      I almost always use the normal wand, but sometimes, I use the smaller one on my lower lashes. I love that stuff so much!

  • Melissa D August 3, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Your journey has been a joy to read about! Thanks for sharing yourself and your family with us! Congratulations and cheers to another 10 (plus!) happy years!

  • Carly August 3, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Congratulations Shay! 10 years is really incredible. Your blog has been there for me during hard times. I don’t have children yet and I always tell people you are the one blogger who makes having children look like fun! And joyful! Thank you for that. You continue to inspire my faith, love of reading and of course style. Cheers to the next 10!

  • Francie August 3, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Crying lots of tears of joy for you Shay! Congrats on your 10 year blog anniversary. http://www.supersimpleways.com

  • Megan August 3, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Congrats on a HUGE milestone! This was one of the very first blogs I started reading regularly and how I discovered my love for the blogging world. Thanks for sharing your life with us 🙂

  • Brittany Medland August 3, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Congratulations Shay!!! Thank you for sharing your life with us! This blog is one of my favourite corners of the internet! Xo Brittany

  • Elizabeth Feldpausch August 3, 2017 at 6:39 am

    I love that in your first post you said you didn’t have a MySpace account!! #tenyearsago #timeschange

  • Leslie August 3, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Shay, congratulations on the anniversary! I really like your suggestions for Christmas gifts. I have 2 daughters-in-law and a daughter – all about your age – and a couple of Christmases ago one of my DIL’s said “you give the BEST gifts!” That year I had given them crossbody bags and UGGS houseshoes … things I NEVER would have known about without reading your blog. So thanks for making me a Christmas gift hero! I also really appreciate your positive and energetic focus. It raises the bar for all of us. God bless you all and may He direct your path going forward. I just have a feeling it is going to be VERY exciting!

  • Narci Dreffs August 3, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Happy 10 years, friend!!! So, so proud of you!! And, what a great giveaway!

  • Laura @ Laura Likes Design August 3, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Congrats on 10 years of blogging! I’ve loved reading about you and your family over the years!


  • Valerie C August 3, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Congrats, Shay! Thanks for sharing your sweet little family with us! The rat invasion might just be my favorite post! 🙂 Makes me laugh every time!

  • Katie August 3, 2017 at 6:51 am

    I’m not sure how I discovered your blog but I’m so happy I did! Your posts on adopting Ashby then Madely gave me such comfort while we anticipated adopting our little boy from South Korea (who is now home). Thank you.

  • Erin Port August 3, 2017 at 6:52 am

    This made me smile. I blog and hope to encourage and uplift too. So much negativity out there, I just want people to come to my little corner of cyberspace and feel encouraged too. I have been following you ever since Cassie at Hi Sugarplum said you were adopting Ashby. Hook line and sinker ever since! My sister-in-law and I affectionately refer to you as our “friend Shay” since we both read your blog! Happy Anniversary and thanks for all you do! xoxo ERIN

  • Tracy R August 3, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Congratulations on 10 years! Your blog is one of the first things I read in the morning with my coffee and you and your family make me smile every morning. Thank you for sharing your family and making a whole lot of people smile 🙂 Here’s to many more years and happiness. God bless you and your family!

  • Carrie Ferguson August 3, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Congratulations on 10 years! Love ready your blog every morning. Have a blessed day!!!

  • bella August 3, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Happy 10th Anniversary to you and your adorable family!

  • Lisa N August 3, 2017 at 7:03 am

    I have daughters in their twenties…one marrying this Fall…both elementary teachers and I get so many gift ideas from your blog for them …and myself;) Your bundt cake recipes have been requested so many times that I usually end up giving your little cookbook, a bundt pan and a cute spatula/dishtowel as gifts. But your grace and love for The Lord and your family and friends and your excitement for life, pumpkins and Christmas keep me drawn to your blog daily. Happy Anniversary, Shay! And I sure hope you are blogging 10 years from now so we can see the results of yours and Andrew’s great parenting unfold😘💞🎉

  • Catherine August 3, 2017 at 7:03 am

    What a wonderful giveaway and congrats on 10 years! I’ve only followed for a portion of that, but it’s been inspirational to watch all that has happened in your life.

  • Angie Sharp August 3, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Happy Anniversary! Love reading your blog…so encouraging and uplifting!

    What are the colors of the lipstick that are your favorite…especially the second and third one?

    • Mix and Match Mama August 3, 2017 at 7:04 am

      They’re listed right below!

  • sydnee August 3, 2017 at 7:07 am

    I’ve enjoyed following your blog! Here’s to many more years! Love your lil (or is it big?!) family! 😉


  • Katie S. August 3, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I started reading your blog about two years ago. Shay, your blog changed my life in all the best ways. I mean, who knew a blog could have that kind of power? I wake up, read what you have to say for the day, and go on about my day. When your friend Manda passed away, I felt like it was my friend. I cried for you, for Manda’s family, and stopped reading your post to lift that family up in prayer. I still pray for her family. You have the power to reach so many people. People who are going through some hard things and don’t know what their next step is. People who need a word of encouragement who might not have it at home. So, thank you so much for it all. If both your blog and myself are still around in another ten years, I’ll be here! 💜

  • Jackie August 3, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Your blog has always been such a blessing to me. As an adoptee, seeing your journey has really made me appreciate what my parents went through to bring me into their life. May God continue to bless you as you push forward on your journey.

  • kathy Olson August 3, 2017 at 7:11 am

    I love reading your blog each morning. Congratulations and keep up the good work!!

  • Shelley Watson August 3, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Congratulations on your ten year anniversary! I’ve been following your blog for five years and truly feel connected to you and your family. Continued Blessings…

  • Angela Ellingson August 3, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Congrats on this milestone! I’ve been around every day with you for the past four and a half years. I even went back and read all of your previous blog posts one time when I was in bed sick for a few days. 😉 I just love you! Even though we’ve never met, I feel like we’re good friends! You’ve been inspiring to me in so many ways!! The majority of my go-to meals for my family have come from your site and cookbooks. Thank you for your positivity, recommendations and sharing your beautiful family with us!

  • Karah Stracener August 3, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Oh Shay how I love to wake up each morning and read your blog. It makes my day! I love how happy your little corner of the internet is. I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years hold for your precious family. Cheers to the next 10 years, congrats!!!!

  • Shelley August 3, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks are THE best. I really like your blog. I started reading about a year ago. Being from Michigan, I love that you loved Michigan. Being Adopted, I love that you have adopted. Having been a makeup artist for 15 years, I love the makeup you choose. Keep up your awesome blogging😊

  • Tina August 3, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Well, my goodness. You had me crying before I even got out of bed this morning.☺️ I had to come back and comment and say THANK YOU for what you do! I stumbled upon your blog one day and have been hooked ever since. It’s kind of a “happy place” for me. Yours is the only blog I read faithfully and I’m always encouraged. I’ve learned so much from you! I often mention your blog to my husband, especially when we travel and I’m looking for tips (Umm…Union Oyster House in Boston this past weekend…yum!…and thank you!). I used to hem haw around, trying to figure out a way to tell him my info was coming from “that blog”, yet again, without him rolling his eyes. Now, I can pretty much just say “Shay says…” and he knows who I’m talking about.😁 Is that sad?😉 He’s also learned that you’re not this weird person who does nothing but sit behind a computer all day (literally what he thought of bloggers), but that you’re actually really cool and have great ideas and recommendations!☺️ I truly hope you ARE still blogging in 20! I can’t imagine not being able to read your blog for a daily dose of happy.

  • Meredith August 3, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Congratulations on 10 years! I have been reading your blog for several years now and enjoy everything that you write about. Thank you for writing and sharing your life with the world!

  • Sonia Limon August 3, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Happy Anniversary! Cheers to many more years of your uplifting messages, your beautiful family and your blessings!! Like you praise your love for your readers…know that you are an inspiring and uplifting woman who touches many hearts just sharing your stories and encouragements! Thank you!

  • Kristen Burton August 3, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Congratulations on 10 years! God is Good!! Your blog was the first one I started consistently reading. You are just as cute as they come!! Love your cookbooks and reading about your family adventures. Cheers to many more!!

  • Dawn August 3, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Happy 10 years Shay! I am so thankful that I stumbled upon your corner of the Internet a few years ago! You have become a friend to me and I enjoy you so much! You have a beautiful heart, such a joy and I can tell that you are the best girlfriend!! Cheers to you! And here’s hoping for many, many more years!

  • Karly Roush August 3, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Congrats on this milestone! I found your blog about 5 years ago. Reading it got me through the nursing years and needing something to do during all that time and some late night/early morning reading. Now I just look forward to it daily! Thanks for your generous giveaway! 🤞🏼

  • Lauren August 3, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Thank you for your blog! Congrats on 10 years!!! I pray God’s continued blessings on you and your beautiful family! It is a joy to read your blog each day !

  • Rusti August 3, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Congratulations on 10 years! I admire your hard work, while always keeping your focus on the Lord and your family. Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Laura August 3, 2017 at 7:30 am

    You made me cry this morning! Love hearing all the stories from your past 10 years. You are the reason I started my blog. I can’t say that I followed from the beginning, but I’ve gone through the last four years with you. What an amazing journey God has had for you! Thanks for sharing such a bright, happy place on the internet. 💜

  • Ariadna August 3, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Congratulations on 10 years!! I found your blog thru Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! and I’ve loved it since. You’re my go to blog to read in the mornings. This may sound odd but I really love reading about your family and your experiences with adoption. Your kids are incredibly cute and I want to sincerely thank you for sharing them with us. I know it’s hard to have your family so out in the open, but know that we love your kids as sincerely as random strangers on the internet can love a family we’ve never met in person. 🙂 Congratulations!!

  • Amber August 3, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Congrats on 10 Years Shay!!! That’s an amazing accomplishment and you should celebrate! How awesome of you to offer us a chance to win a great prize! Fingers crossed I win!

  • Danielle August 3, 2017 at 7:39 am

    WOW! Ten years – that is amazing and an huge accomplishment! Oh – how I wish I found your blog years ago. Your blog has honesty, love, & passion in every entry. It makes us Mommies, feel we are not the only ones & we can get through this day. I can not wait to see what you will list in your next 10 years of your life blog!
    Blessings to you & your family.

  • Brittany Hensley August 3, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Wahoo!!! Happy 10th. Your space is definitely a happy space!!! 🙂 Here’s to 10 more😉

  • Laura Matoush August 3, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Congratulations! I love your blog and am inspired by you daily. My photography business is approaching 10 years as well – the time goes by fast, doesn’t it?

  • Jenny Jo August 3, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Best giveaway!!!! #wanderluster at heart! <3 Thanks Shay!!!

  • Jessie August 3, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Congratulations on 10 years, Shay! You are the only blogger I follow. I’m not into the whole my life is perfect, buy what I’m selling social media thing. You are so real, uplifting and sweet. I love your beautiful growing family and look forward to reading your blog daily. Your faith is real, strong and very evident. Thank you for sharing all you do. I too have had several miscarriages. No one seems to talk about that. Thank you for being open. It’s amazing how God has worked in your life.

  • Paula August 3, 2017 at 7:46 am

    TEN! WOW! I think I have read a full 8-9? Maybe…Congratulations! I have enjoyed e dry bit.

  • Paige August 3, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Happy 10 years!!! Wahooo! Good lord I enjoy reading your posts everyday, you do bring such a positive reinforcement. Enjoy this huge accomplishment!

  • Carley August 3, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Congrats on ten years! I’ve been reading since Kensington was a baby! I love it!

  • Meg Peitzmeier August 3, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Thank you for sharing all that you do Shay! I started reading your blog a few years ago and I just adore it. You make me hopeful for my future family. One of my favorite parts of the day is waking up in the morning and starting my day by reading your blog. Thank you!!

  • Ashley August 3, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Love your blog! I read it daily and always look forward to it. Congrats on 10 years!!

    Although… Wahhhhh. USA residents only *insert sobbing*
    The US already has better Netflix, Amazon Prime and now Mix and Match Mama gift cards LOL. I just cant with Canada now.. 😉

  • Elyse August 3, 2017 at 7:58 am

    I have so enjoyed reading about your life and family over the past couple of years! I have cooked so many of your recipes and taken so many clothing and beauty tips from you. Thank you for your blog! I look forward to reading it everyday and talking about it with my sister!! We love you!! Happy 10 years, Shay!!!

  • Deej August 3, 2017 at 7:59 am

    You totally had me crying. Congrats on 10 years!!!

  • Vicki Sisson August 3, 2017 at 8:00 am

    10 years that is awesome, I always enjoys your posts and have gotten wonderful tips throughout the years.

  • Jan Fisher August 3, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary! It is crazy to see how much happens in our lives in the span of 10 years. I enjoy reading your blog!

  • Kristy Moore August 3, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Yea!!!! Happy blogiversary!!! When did you change the name to Mix and Mayxh Mama? And how did you change me up with that name? Enjoy your celebrations!!

  • allie August 3, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Thurs. is a little adrenaline rush when I can read “favorites” from Mix and Match Mama!!!! So fun….

  • I Shal C August 3, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Congratulations, Shay! I’m so glad you started your blog 10 years ago. It’s my favorite. You’ve inspired me to start reading again, to buy some new beauty products that are my favorite, to be praying on adoption and this week, I even launched my own lifestyle blog. Thank you for inspiring me.

    Up on my blog: Favorite Girls’ Night dinner locations. My girlfriends helped me write this one. Go check it out and share because what gal doesn’t love a night out with their girls? Also find out what the heck I was drinking in the champagne glass!


  • Kayla Gavinski August 3, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Your blog is simply the best! My college roommates and I read it daily and now we all live throughout the country and text one another about it! We love us some Shay Shull!!!

  • Amber August 3, 2017 at 8:09 am

    My husband and I have been married 10 years ago tomorrow! We are almost annviversary buddies. ☺️ I only wish I started reading your blogs from the start. Congrats!! 💞

  • Jody August 3, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Love your blog!! Congrats!!

  • Niki August 3, 2017 at 8:12 am

    I love your blog. I love reading about your life and the way God gets the glory 🙌🏼 Today’s post was super encouraging because I’ve been creating a blog for the last month or so getting it ready for public viewing and totally feel like you did ten years ago 😂 Today is my 25 birthday and I’m hoping to launch soon! Keep blogging girl so I can read it all!

  • Kristie August 3, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Congratulations on 10 years! This is amazing!


  • lilly August 3, 2017 at 8:12 am

    cheers for another 10 more years!! congrats!!

  • Andrea August 3, 2017 at 8:15 am

    So happy I found your blog! Been following you for a few years now & it’s my daily mama time read. And then I usually shop after! Hah! This giveaway is amazing, thank you!

  • Becky August 3, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Congrats! I look forward to your posts every day! Thank for sharing so much with us. I DO LOVE your family 🙂 Thanks for blessing all of us with this gift! xoxo!

  • Kathy Shirk August 3, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I think I’ll be picking up a new mascara this weekend when I hit the anniversary sale at Nordstrom’s.

  • Keisha M Dawson August 3, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Congratulations! 10 years with anything is such a huge accomplishment. Thank you for sharing your heart and your love for Jesus each and every day!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt August 3, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Happy 10 Years! I hope you continue blogging for many more years because we all love reading your blog so much and following along with your sweet family! I’ve also got to get that Kim K W lipstick!

  • Laura Stephens August 3, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Inspiration to me, to many women out there, THANK YOU!
    I could really use a $3,000 travel voucher. Hope I get picked!

  • MelanieL August 3, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Happy Blog Anniversary! I just love your blog and I’m so happy you choose to share your life with us!

  • Haley August 3, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Shay, thank you for making my morning every day.

  • Bernadine August 3, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Congratulations, Shay!!! I would love to hear which of the 3,372 posts is the most popular one. Is there a way for you to see that and share? Thank you for being so happy, happy, happy!!

  • Natalie Clark August 3, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Wow, 10 years!! That’s awesome! I’m so glad I stumbled onto your blog a couple years ago. It truly brightens my day!

  • Taylor August 3, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Congratulations!! This is so very exciting and you gave a beautiful reflection! Thank you – I needed to read this today. I stand now in great hope and faith of what’s to come in the next ten years.

  • Sara August 3, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Thank you so much for opening up your world to us! I start my work day, everyday, by reading your blog. I feel like I know you so well when I don’t know you at all. Thank you for being a friend from afar and for sharing your life with the world. You’ve inspired so many people that you’ll never meet!

  • Amber August 3, 2017 at 8:29 am

    So I remember the first time I saw you. It was Seans season of the bachelor during the Tiara fiasco. I was so happy that he had a sister, from Texas, who was beautiful and seemed very put together. I thought for sure you could save him from the craziness or help him see the clear picture. Over the next week or so I saw you again on Good Morning Dallas and from there started following your blog. I have been hooked ever since. I love the positive tone of your blog. I love that you share you faith in Jesus. I have picked up many makeup tips, decorating tips, we bought many cook books, and I have bought many of the outfits you have suggested. But my most favorite is that you lead people to Christ through your example and dedicated faith. Congrats on 10 years! I will always be a faithful reader.

  • Shelly August 3, 2017 at 8:29 am

    You were seriously the first blog I followed on a regular basis and you inspired me to start my own blog 3 years ago this week! Keep doing what you do Shay!

  • Rachel Wickham August 3, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I love reading your blog each day, congrats on 10 years!!

  • Sue Jones August 3, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Congratulations on your 10 years!!!! I love reading your blog….in fact it’s the first thing I do when I get to work. LOL
    I have even found myself upset when from time to time there is no post. You brighten my day every single day.

  • Lynn August 3, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Congrats Shay🎉 I ❤️Reading your blog every morning with my cup of ☕️!
    Love your recipes, your makeup and fashion tips and your precious family. Thanks for all you do💗

  • Evan August 3, 2017 at 8:32 am

    I love this space of the internet. It’s such a calm spot to come and read and I love seeing your family, your trips but most of all, I just enjoy your positive attitude. There’s so much negativity in everyday life and this is such a glowing place to spend a few minutes of time. I can’t remember now what led me to your blog but I’m very thankful for whatever it was. Wishing you and your family all the best.

  • Kayla B August 3, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Congratulations on ten years, Shay! Like you said, doing something for ten years is a big deal!! So happy to come to this sweet corner of the Internet every morning.

  • Sara Bockelman August 3, 2017 at 8:33 am

    You are so inspiring and uplifting! Thank you! I look forward to reading your blog every morning at work! I’m so jealous of all the traveling you do – so awesome! Happy Anniversary Shay!

  • Raquel Whatley August 3, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Congrats on Ten Years! This little blog has been a slice of heaven for me each and every day. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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  • Erin August 3, 2017 at 8:37 am

    What a beautiful tribute to your blog!! And I am going to have to try that mascara!

  • Julie August 3, 2017 at 8:38 am

    10 years – so amazing, Shay! Thank you for sharing your beautiful family and your life with us! It is a joy for me to follow…and I always learn a lot about being grateful and positive! Happy Anniversary! (Hugs)

  • Susan Matthews August 3, 2017 at 8:44 am

    I think I have been reading your blog since you made your cameo on The Bachelor for Whatshisface (LOL) and I can tell you that reading it is the first thing that I do when I am drinking my coffee. It has been such a joy to watch your family grow over the years. Having been adopted 41 years ago (I’ll be 44 on the 9th) I LOVE to read about your girls. Thank you!

  • Michelle W August 3, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Happy 10th Anniversary. Your blog is my favorite. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Heather S August 3, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Congratulations on TEN years! I have loved waking up with the Shulls every morning since 2012! Lets shoot for another 10 🙂

  • Melody Byrd August 3, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Congrats Shae on 10 years! What a blessing you are & have been to so many lives through your blog. You’ve opened up your home & family to us & we are all so thankful to you! God Bless!!

  • Sheaffer Sims August 3, 2017 at 8:51 am

    I still remember the day…sitting at the little round baby pool…and you having to get on facebook so you could be accepted to Pinterest. I MEAN! CRAZY! So happy to have been beside you on this journey! 10 years is AWESOME!

  • Karman August 3, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Happy Anniversary! I look forward to seeing your posts in my email each morning! I love watching your kids grow, your travel posts and I really appreciate how you speak about God and your faith. My husband and I just booked an Alaskan cruise for our 10 year anniversary in 2018. It was in our top 3 but your recent cruise posts help to tip the scales.
    Keep up the good work 🙂

  • Leah B. August 3, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Congrats on 10 years!! Your blog is the first one I read everyday…it just leaves me feeling happy and lifted 🙂 Here’s to the next 10 years!!

  • Alexis deZayas August 3, 2017 at 8:55 am

    This post was so beautifully written! So thankful that you chose to start this blog ten years ago. It has truly blessed me in big ways! Happy Anniversary Shay 🙂

  • Beth Glidden August 3, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Happy Anniversary Shay! I really enjoy reading your blog. It is how I first learned about McKinney and decided to move here. One of the best decisions I’ve every made ~ I love it! So thank you for that!

    ~ Beth

  • Carolyn H August 3, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Congratulations on 10 years of blogging! I truly hope you are still blogging in 10, 20 years! My day isn’t complete without reading a new post from you and can’t imagine not having your book reviews, life tips, gift guides, family fun ideas, etc. etc. etc. to read 🙂 Thank you for your positivity and uplifting spirit, your blog has become such a comfort to me in uncertain times.

  • kim G August 3, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Congrats Shay! I’ve been reading your blog for years and it’s become part of my morning routine. I look forward to your posts every morning! Keep up the great work!!

  • Barbara Parnell August 3, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Congrats on 10 years! I am 6 years into blogging and am so glad I chose to start (I have two, a baking/cooking blog http://www.parnellspantry.blogspot.com and another about our journey with autism http://www.hopeformyboy.blogspot.com) . Reaching out to other women, sharing stories,experiences,advice,tips,recipes,shopping tips,etc, is a great way to connect. It is also such a positive way to connect with other women and in some cases lift them up. Choosing to remain positive is a great thing as too many people become negative easily when sitting behind a keyboard. I enjoy reading about the lives of other women/entrepeneurs around the country and am constantly inspired by their wit,creativity and perserverance. Not to mention, typing it all down is therapeutic! Keep at it, and I suggest to anyone who has been thinking about it,go for it! You may not have a million readers, but the ones you will gather along the way will be like family.
    Keep at it, and remember,while keeping a positive outlook, it is still ok to share the tough stuff once in a while..we all have our rough patches. Enjoy your weekend!

  • Lisa August 3, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I love reading your blog!!

  • Alli G August 3, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Your post lifted me up this morning! I am currently going through a miscarriage (our first pregnancy), and it is hard; the hardest thing I’ve been through. Looking at your beautiful family and reading your hopeful words gives me a lot of hope that our happy ending is just around the corner – I just have to have faith. Thank you!

  • Meredith August 3, 2017 at 9:10 am

    I love your blog and your love for your family and Jesus sign through. I am so inspired especially right now through the storm. God Bless

  • Bekah Dill August 3, 2017 at 9:12 am

    So much FUN Shay!! Congratulations on 10 years! This place has been so much fun for me to follow along. Also I need to go get that mascara STAT.

  • Kelly August 3, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Congratulations Shay!!! I do hope you’ll keep blogging til your 20th Anniversary! Love your blog and you😘

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick August 3, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Awww, I think I teared up a little!! Happy 10 years, friend!!

    That Inspired Chick

  • Coreline August 3, 2017 at 9:17 am

    What a fabulous giveaway to celebrate a wonderful 10 years. I read your blog faithfully and always turn to your recipes when I am stumped on dinner, or a new batch of cookies. Wishing you all the best for the next 10 years 🙂

  • Jess Maynard August 3, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Shay! Congratulations on 10 years. What a blessing your blog has been to me and our journey to parenthood. Your heart for adoption spoke to mine and my husband’s – WE ARE ADOPTING!! We are at the beginning of the process but wow, so much to look forward to.
    THANK YOU for sharing so much of your life with us, encouraging us, motivating us and doing all the hard work on what to buy and read. 😉
    XOXO, Jess


  • Kerri August 3, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Your on the top of my daily read list! I remember finding your blog, when Sean was the Bachelor and people.com posted a pick of him from summer or something and it mentioned you/courtesy of you and they had a link to your blog, and I started reading! Now I have started reading all your friends blogs. I live in Boston so I know how much you love our city. And I love Nordstroms, clothes, makeup just all the things that you post about. Good for you for 10 years, I had a blog since I was pregnant with my now 9 year old, and stopped writing, but I so want to pick it up again! I have even started my family and friends on your blog! Quick question, we are looking into Hawaii next year and possibly a stay for a little while at the Aulani (Disney Resort) do you help with those plans?

    • Mix and Match Mama August 3, 2017 at 11:57 am

      I do help with Aulani! Email me!!

  • Robin W. August 3, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Congrats on 10 years! Thanks for sharing your life with us. God bless!

  • Corinne Wright August 3, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Happy 10 Years! I love reading your blog most mornings and I hope you DO keep it up for another 10 years. I never win anything, so I’ve entered the contest, but I’m going to buy myself some of that CC cream to celebrate either way!

  • Kathy L August 3, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Ten years of blogging is a big milestone–congratulations! I have really enjoyed reading your blog on a daily basis for several years. What you have shared has made me laugh out loud, smile, and sometimes cry. I look forward to seeing how your blog, family and children grow over the next 10+ years!

  • Julie August 3, 2017 at 9:37 am

    First, I want to say THANK YOU for allowing us into your life, and for being the person you are. You’ve inspired me, gave me hope and encouragement and I’ve never even met you…how crazy is that. Years ago I had this overwhelming feeling about adoption and that feeling has never went away. Then I stumbled on your blog a few years ago and I truly feel like I was led here for a reason. Congrats on 10 years! Xoxo

  • Megan Butler August 3, 2017 at 9:41 am

    10 years!!!!! So much has happened. And God is good! So proud of you! Congrats lady!

  • Mindy L August 3, 2017 at 9:41 am

    What a special milestone, congratulations!!! Keep blogging for another 10, I can’t wait to see how God continues to use you as a witness and blessing to your family and those around you! Thank you for sharing so much of your heart and life and being an inspiration. ❤️ You have touched my heart with your beautiful adoption stories.

  • Debra August 3, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Congratulations Shay, on ten years! It’s been so fun keeping up with you, and some of your blog friends (Andrea, Erika, Sheaffer, and Narci), that I found through you. You are a bright light in an often times dark world. You have the sweetest outlook on life and I’ll be looking forward to reading more about your life journey! 2 Corinthians 9:8

  • Jordan August 3, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Happy 10 Years!! I teared up reading this because, even though we have never met, you and this blog have made a big impact on me over the past few years. It’s the only blog I read each and every day! Thank you for always being honest, positive, and bold about your faith. You are a blessing!

  • Jessica Patton August 3, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Congratulations!! I’m so glad you’ve kept blogging! I use your recipes, love your travel tips, and have found several new favorite products all because of you – so thanks!

  • Ella August 3, 2017 at 9:49 am

    This post makes me happy for a few reasons:
    1) You are still blogging. So many bloggers I followed and felt part of their families stopped blogging.
    2) You are so Positive. Positive Attitude is where it’s at.
    3) You are real. Sometimes I read and feel ‘wow this lady has quite the privileged life – wonderful family that she gets to spend time with everyday, travels a lot, beautiful house etc.’ Then you get real.

  • Alice H August 3, 2017 at 9:53 am

    This giveaway is freaking awesome!!! Congrats on 10 years.

  • Marcy August 3, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Congrats on 10 yrs. … I have enjoyed following along and hope for more yrs. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

  • Amanda Wilson August 3, 2017 at 10:03 am

    10 years of beings inspiring!! Like so many others you are part of my morning routine. I cook your meals for my family, I get super excited for fall and Christmas right along with ya!! I have deepened my faith with my morning quiet time! I often find things I can’t live without like my ugg slippers!! When we went to Boston this Spring you gave me the BEST places to go! Thanks Shay for being you!! I am Canadian so I can’t enter your give away….but I feel like you “giveaway” every day sharing your life with us!!!!! Congrats!!!

  • Anna H August 3, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Shay I have been reading your blog since Sean was the bachelor! I love reading your posts about adoption and how amazing it has been for your family! Those baby girls are so lucky to have you for a mom! Your heart for Jesus shines in this place and in this world that is exactly what we need! God bless the next 10 years of your blog!!

  • Laurel August 3, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Happy blogiversary!

  • Meg August 3, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Happy 10 years and thank you for sharing your life and family with us 😊

  • Karleigh Johnson August 3, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Every morning, I roll over, pick up my phone and I go straight to mixandmatchmama.com. Your blog is something I look forward to reading every day! Your tips, tricks, advice, and just all around quirkiness are what I enjoy most about this blog. You are so positive, and your enthusiasm and love for life are contagious through this blog. You inspire me to be a better person and have inspired me to blog about my own life…even with 1 reader! While I don’t have kids, you make it look so easy and like so much fun! Thank you for sharing your life with us!

  • Hazel August 3, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Big Congratulations, and happy 10 YEARS!!! You have a humble and kind heart. Thanks for sharing your wonderful family and your life with us.
    I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 God Bless you and to your family. May God give you many more years of Blogging.

  • Beth August 3, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I was just telling my friend yesterday about how much I enjoy your blog. Your blog is the ONLY one I follow. I am also a fellow huge lover of God (& Nordies ;)) and enjoy seeing your posts about kiddos, recipes, books etc. But what really drew me in was your adoption posts. I have 2 kiddos of mine own (girl and boy in that order) and have always said I wanted to adopt and luckily I think my husband would be on board too. While we are not in a place to do it right this moment, I have hope we’ll get there soon. Congrats on 10 years but more importantly congrats on providing so many of us with hope, inspiration, laughter, and really great fashion tips.

  • Raquel August 3, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Oh Shay, thank you for your blog! It bring encouragement to me daily, and something I look forward to each and every day 🙂 You’re family is adorable and the way you love the Lord shines through each post. Happy 10 years!!

  • Melanie S August 3, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Happy ten years! I’ve been a long time follower, and just love your blog. It is so happy! We love hearing the good, but don’t be afraid to share real life either; we like hearing it all; it makes you more relatable.

    Cheers to 10 more years!

  • Danielle Chambers August 3, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Congratulations on 10 years! What an incredible accomplishment! I have read along for years and absolutely love your content but, even more, your heart. You are such a bright light in this internet-world! May God bless you with many more happy years of life, family, His grace and blogging! 🙂

  • Lisa Richardson August 3, 2017 at 10:34 am

    A big fat 10 year CONGRATULATIONS to you Shay!!!! Blogging really is a crazy world and I don’t think anyone ever goes into it knowing just where it will lead. I’m going to cross my fingers and toes that we win this…I just said to my family the other night that we need to go back to Disney…it’s been 14 years. High time to do it again with our now adult children. Blessing to you for the next 10 years and all that is to come with your beyond precious family!❤️

  • Michelle Reiter August 3, 2017 at 10:39 am

    congrats on your 10 year anniversary! I’ve been following along the past 4 years and I just love hearing about your family adventures! What an awesome giveaway! We would use it for a trip for the two of us before we start trying to start a family next year 🙂

  • Alyssa August 3, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Congratulations, Shay on an amazing 10 years! I started reading your blog about 3 years ago because I stumbled upon it via Pinterest. Now, I check it religiously every day and love hearing what your family is up to, reading (and using!) your recipes, and just reading all of the uplifting and amazing things you write about everyday. I hope that one day I can be half of the amazing mother and wife you are for your family! Keep up the amazing work and enjoy your 10 year celebration!

  • kellie carrara August 3, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Um wow! Lots happens in 10 years! You have powered through and have overcome big things! I know exactly what it is like to want a family so bad…struggle with infertility, suffer miscarraiges & depression, be alone a lot while a husband builds a business, have a not-so-great job with a very long commute, be away from family and move…but I also know the joy of a healthy baby girl, a growing and thriving business, a house filled with love, a creative job and great friends. We DO overcome! We press on. We live. We thrive! Thank you for sharing your journey and your family so openly…I love tuning in.
    Thanks too for your style updates and giveaways! 😉
    Cheers to 10 more!

  • Aulani Morris August 3, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Congratulations!!! More blogs to come and videos.. 🙂

  • Corbie August 3, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Happy 10th Shay Shull!! What a fun post to read this morning! You make this blog super fun to read; it’s so positive and so encouraging! Thank you!!

  • Erin August 3, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary! Love your blog 🙂

  • Megan Moran August 3, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Congratulations! I love your blog and little family. I’ve been following for about a year and look forward to your emails every day! I’m a speech-language pathologist. Just wondering what you went to speech for?

  • Cheryl August 3, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Happy 10 years! It’s surprising how, as a reader, you can feel like you know someone just by reading their blog. But that’s how it feels! You are incredibly inspiring and uplifting. It’s evident how you remain humble and acknowledge the foundation of your blog success-the people. You are a living example of how putting good out in the world comes back to you pressed down and overflowing. I pray the Lord continues to reveal himself in surprising, wonderful ways and keeps your sweet children under His shelter. Congratulations!

  • Betsy Wall August 3, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Your blog is how I start my day! Congratulations on 10 years! To my kids you are a celebrity and they think your actual name is “Mix and Match mama”! 💕

  • Darcy Sexson August 3, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Happy ten years! That’s quite an accomplishment. 🙂

  • Maureen Werner August 3, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Congratulations on 10 Years!! I have been reading your Blog for 6 years and loving it! I am an adoptive Mamma with 7 children and I love your upbeat personality and your sincerity in sharing your life and also Christ’s love with everyone here! I do hope you are still writing this blog in 10 more years!! Especially since my 14 year old daughter also loves to read your blog and she and I just love to talk about what you post each day! It’s like you are a shared friend for both of us! Blessings!

  • Lindsay D August 3, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Congratulations on 10 years!! I’ve been reading for about 5!! That’s when I quit working to be a stay at home mom. I love your blog!!! It has inspired me in so many ways!!

  • Sara August 3, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Truly ADORE you. Thankful for the blessing and encouragement you are to me through this blog. Wishing you all the happiness and comfort and joy today! The Lord gives and the Lord takes away – BLESSED be the name of the Lord! Your life is a proclamation of that. Keep on being great, Shay Shull! 23 year old new wives are grateful for your example.

  • Yulenna Duran August 3, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Congratulations on 10 years! I’ve only been here about the last two but you have inspired & blessed my life so much. I appreciate that you say you want this to be a happy, uplifting place. There’s so much negativity on the internet sometimes and this is my little corner of happy. 😊 Blessing to you, this blog and your beautiful family.

  • Colleen @ 50 Days of No Grey August 3, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this today. I started reading your blog a couple years ago and look forward to your posts. Life is hard, harder for some and life is great. Thanks for giving us a little glimpse into your life.

  • Dina August 3, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Happy TEN years!! That is pretty amazing!! You should be very proud! and thank you for admitting that you didn’t really like being pregnant. I also had a very hard time getting pregnant with my first (IVF three times) and then 8 months after she was born we were surprised with another pregnancy! I have two weeks left and I have been pretty miserable! its NOT easy being pregnant but I feel so guilty complaining when I had such a hard time the first time and know there are so many people out there still having a hard time! I try to keep my complaining to myself but it really made me feel better to hear such a nice person like yourself admit the same thing. Okay just had to get that out! Thanks again for everything you do with your blog! its a highlight of my day each work day 🙂

  • Audrey August 3, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I usually watch every season of “The Bachelor,” but never have I actually been THANKFUL to watch a season like I am with Sean’s. Why? Because I discovered you! We’ve never met, but you feel like a friend through your posts. I am constantly inspired by your faith, love for your family, and food! Thank you for writing my favorite blog ever. xo, your Sister in Jesus!

  • Ralinn August 3, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Truly congratulations!!! I found you through Sheaffer several years ago. Your happiness is contagious and the love you have for our Lord is amazing! I do need to try the mascara. Thank you for a chance to win. Happy Anniversary!

  • Erin August 3, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Congrats on such a wonderful milestone! You and your family are just the cutest! Blessings!

  • Andrea M Worley August 3, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Congrats on ten amazing years on this journey!!!

  • Kimberly Mogdan August 3, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    WOW! 10 years! Thats amazing ! I feel truly blessed to have found your blog! You are incredible and I absolutely adore your blog and posts! You are the only one I check daily 🙂 XOX

  • Kelly Wolf August 3, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Happy 10 Years of blogging! I can’t believe that I found you about 4 years ago now and I love reading about your sweet family, your adventures, your beauty and fashion advise, and the tips, tricks, and Yum-amazing recipes! Thank you for letting us have a peak into our life and sharing your blessings.

  • Christina August 3, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Congratulations! What a wild ride! Happy Anniversary!

  • Donna Mason August 3, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Best blog EVER!!!!!!!!!!! I started reading your blog many months ago and just LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!! You are so inspiring and show such enormous love to your family and of course your readers. CONGRATS on 10 years!!!

  • Lynn August 3, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    I’ve been looking for the perfect makeup mirror. Do you have one you love?

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World August 3, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    HAPPY 10 YEAR BLOGIVERSARY, SWEET SHAY!!!! Your post made me cry. You have really come a long way in ten years and God has given you many blessings since then. I pray that you are even more blessed ten years from now and I sure HOPE you’re still blogging ten years from now… I’d miss you so much if you didn’t!

    And thank you for a chance to win your awesome giveaway… I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for a giveaway EVER! We are just starting to think about planning our Disney trip for spring break next year… it will be our first time going and I can’t wait to see the look on our babies’ faces when we tell them we’re going! What an amazing thing it would be to win $3K to put toward our trip! Holy moly!

  • Julianne August 3, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Congratulations! Here’s to another ten?! 🙂 (I need a least a monthly book review – that’s all I’m asking!)

  • Lisa Williamson August 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Happy 10 years!!!!! Congratulations!!! I look forward to reading your blog every morning!!! Thank you for sharing your family with all of us!!!

  • Jelena August 3, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Congratulations on 10 years! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to it every morning before work. You’ve done a great job on creating a well-written, entertaining and inclusive space on the internet. I feel your blog has a little something for everyone, regardless of their stage or place in life. Thank you for letting us into your life!

  • Julianne J. August 3, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Yay!! Happy Anniversary. I just love this blog so much, everything about it!!!

  • Nikki August 3, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Congratulations!! I am a regular reader of your blog and LOVE seeing your Instagram posts! I think you have done a fabulous job of maintaining a very interesting and inspiring blog. Please keep it up! God bless you and your beautiful family!

  • Brittany S August 3, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Congratulations!! Thank you for sharing your life with your readers! What a generous giveaway!

  • Savannah Romero August 3, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Re-iterating what so many others have already commented – but a HUGE congratulations on 10 years!!!! I read your blog every morning (along with about 5 other blogs) before I get up and start my day. You are such an inspiration and I am so happy that I stumbled across this little “corner of happy” almost three years ago.

  • Susie August 3, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Congratulations on 10 years! Shay, you now have so much knowledge and wisdom on the “business” side of blogging; would you do either some posts on how to grow a successful blog, or maybe an ebook/mentoring group/etc? I have been toying with the idea of starting a blog, but it seems overwhelming when I think of how to get readers to find it. I for one would jump on it if you were to offer your help in some way! Thanks for sharing your life with us, your blog is the first one I read every day!

  • Lynne Thomas August 3, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    OMG, The give away of $3,000.00 what an amazing deal and a blessing that could be for my husband and myself. Since 2014 or even 2010 when our son Sam was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma he love disney we went on a make a wish for him to Night of Joy and then May 2014 we went by community sending us back because he had run out of options and he really wanted to return and the community made it happen. Paul and I would love the opportunity to revisit the Magic Kingdom for him since he passed August 2, 2014. Yesterday was his anniversary and you very very generous give away is a sign from God for me to reach out and express my surprise to see your give away. I think I follow you because your children make me happy as I so miss my boy Sam. Thank you advance for the opportunity so sign up for the give away. I hope God continues to bless you and your special family!!!

  • Samantha Sprinkles August 3, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Congrats Shay on 10 years!!! I am 23 years old and and I have enjoyed reading your blog!!! I came across your blog when Sean was on “The Bachelor” and I have been reading it ever since. Thank you for a chance to win the great giveway!

  • Mona August 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Congratulations,Shay!!! What an amazong milestone. I am so proud to call you friend even though we have never met in person. I found your blog a few years back when Emily Maynard was the Bachelorette and your brother , Sean was on the show. I have been reading and following up ever since. What a blessing to celebrate 10 years. I am so happy for you. I pray for God’s continual blessings and much success on your journey.

  • Jenny August 3, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Happy 10 years!!! It’s been such a little joy for me to read for a lot of that time! I can’t call myself much of a commenter, but just want to say I’ve learned so much and been inspired by your blog for a long time! Plus, my family LOVES the recipes!!

  • Amy Rae DeVito August 3, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Congratulations, Shay! What a truly amazing and wonderful milestone! I found your blog about 4 years ago (maybe more, maybe less, my brain is mushy… lol) and since I found it, it has been my all time favorite blog. I always look forward to your posts. Meeting you at Go Wild this year was such a dream come true for me. I was so inspired by your session, almost dropped the microphone when I was asking my question during the Q & A because I was so nervous and excited, and then meeting you and getting to talk to you in person was so incredible and such a wonderful experience for me. I only wish we had had more time to talk.

    Thank you for opening up your life, your heart, and your home for your devoted readers. It is a true joy to get to read posts from you!

    Here’s to 10 years of blogging and many more! May you and your family’s lives continue to be joyous, happy, healthy, wonderful, and blessed. *hugs*

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

  • Leslie August 3, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Congrats, Shay! I found you a few years ago and have been reading ever since. I remember the first night I found your blog I read through every one of your Shades of Shay…loved each one! Thanks for sharing with us.


  • Lindsay F August 3, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    I honestly teared up a little bit while reading this! I have said this before in a previous post but I have been reading your blog for many years- before the Bachelor, back when it was Shull Family blog! I remember the braces and the tonsils (ha!) and this blog has been a part of my life and daily routine through so many different stages in my life and inspired me in many different ways. It has been so amazing to be able to come read your words and thoughts all these years and I am so thankful for you even though you don’t know me at all! Congratulations on 10 years and hopefully at least another 5 more? 🙂 xoxox.

  • Whitney Flint August 3, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Congratulations on 10 years! Thank you for sharing a little piece of your family with the world, the yummy recipes, and tons of cute clothes! But mostly thank you for unabashedly loving Jesus and sharing your faith! I hope you are still writing this blog for many years to come, because you are a wonderful encourager.

  • CMS August 3, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    I love “your little corner of happiness”. It makes my mornings happy too:)

  • Marie August 3, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Happy 10 year celebration ! This is my first comment although i have been following you for a few years now…. I am French, Paris based. Your blog is great because there are so many subjects (which i enjoy reading although i am not a mom and not a cook!!), and also you are really funny in your comments, I can tell you put a lot of work on this blog so thank you. J’ai lu dans un post que tu étudiais le français alors bon courage…! Je te souhaite le meilleur pour les 10 prochaines années

  • Cici August 3, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Congratulations on 10 years, Shay. You wanted to create a happy space for readers and you have done just that. Everyday, reading your blog is one of the highlights of my day. I love reading [and seeing] about your sweet family and your candidness about your personal life experiences. Thank you again.

  • Jay Lowe August 3, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    The wonderful and amazing success of both of your blogs surprises no one in our family. You’ve always lived your life with this philosophy, 1. Have an idea, 2.Work hard to make that idea a reality 3. Make it perfection. We are so proud of you! Happy 10th! We love you and you are the Apple of my eye. Dad

  • Sharon Krushcen August 3, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Congrats on the anniversary! I too started my blog before kids and in new place in my life. Glad we have this little corner to share things. xo

  • Curlygirl Foodie August 3, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Every day I look forward to your posts and hearing about what is happening in your life. Your recipes are great and I enjoy seeing all the positive and the love. Have really enjoyed seeing you on Home and Family (my 13 year old and I love that show). Congrats on 10 years!

  • Jolene Hanzlik August 3, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Love love following you, Shay and love that you always share the good stuff! Congrats again on 10 years and cheers to 10 more!

  • Jeanie August 3, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    What a great post! Happy anniversary, Shay! I so look forward to reading your blog each day. You are one of the few who can be counted on to post almost daily. I still don’t know how you manage to do all the things you do in your life.

  • Heather Jackson August 3, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Love your blog! I read it every morning! Happy Blogaversary!

  • Heather August 3, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Your blog is such a bright spot in my day! Thank you for being so transparent and for letting us be a part of your life. Right after Sean was on The Bachelor, a co-worker of mine told me that Sean’s sister had a blog and that’s how I found you. I’ve been reading ever since! Praying for big things to come for you and your blog over the next 10 years! By the way, have you ever considered making an app for your recipes and beauty stuff? I’d totally download that!!

  • Toni Bauer Cox August 3, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Congratulations, Shay! I found you through Sheaffer when she happened to mention that you were Sean-the-bachelor’s sister. I subscribe to several blogs…..but yours is my absolute favorite! And….I’m pretty sure I’m not your average follower since I’m 63! But I’m a very young 63;) I think you are a remarkable young woman and I love to hear how God has directed your path through the years. You have blessed many! Looking forward to the next 10! Btw, I may need your husband’s secret for potty training…..my daughter has a 3 year old son who is proving to be somewhat difficult!

  • Kclisch August 3, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Congratulations on 10 years! That is amazing! I have enjoyed following you and hope you continue to blog for year to come! Thank you for the great giveaway, too! 🙂

  • Nicole August 3, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    I don’t remember how I stumbled over your blog, but I am so glad I did! I have loved watching (as creepy as that sounds!) you and your beautiful family do life! Congratulations on 10 years and all of your accomplishments!!

  • Suzi Aubrey August 3, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Congratulations on 10 years on your amazing blog! Also, i entered in the wrong last name on my Twitter account on the raffle and i couldn’t go back and edit it. It is @suziaubrey. I got divorced and so i forgot what it was. Thanks for doing such great giveaways!

  • Karen August 3, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Congratulations!! My favorite part of your first post is “odds of this blog being really cool are slim” 🙂 Thank you for being so cool and providing a happy read each day of the week!

  • Debbie Dunbar August 3, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Congratulations on ten years! I love your blog!

  • Kristine August 3, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    My very best friend is almost 30 years my senior, a young 72, and we checked a box off our bucket list by visiting Dallas last week. As I have been following your blog for several years (I refer to you as my friend “Shay in Texas” when I talk about your recipes, style, and product recommendations to others ) of course we had to visit McKinney as well and it was as sweet as you say it is! From “your friend” in Tennessee…congratulations on 10 years!

  • Molly Taylor August 3, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Congratulations on 10 years, Shay! I feel weird commenting on a page for someone I don’t know, because like you, I really resisted the whole social media movement, and as a 26 year old teacher, I stand out as a weirdo because I only use one social media platform! I have laughed, cried, rejoiced and prayed with and for your sweet family over the last few years and I hope there are even more blessings coming your way.
    I teach many very low income and homeless children and seeing the life you work so hard to provide for Kensington, Smith, Ashby and Madeley truly warms my heart. Those babies are so blessed to have you as their mama. Thanks for sharing your journey so honestly and with so much transparency and class❤️

  • Annette August 3, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Love your blog!!! It is the first one that I read every morning. Blessings to your beautiful family.

  • Sandra August 3, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    So much to be proud of here! Ive made several of your recipes over the years, and they have always been perfect for this busy mama. Congrats and here’s to the next 10 years!

  • Natalie August 3, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Shay… Congratulations on 10 years.. WOW! I simply adore you.. I grab my coffee every morning and read your post and then start my day.. Thank you for sharing.. I had happy tears reading this today.. have a wonderful weekend.. 🙏🏻😘

  • Karen August 4, 2017 at 6:03 am

    I very rarely comment but a post like this one deserves it. I have so much admiration for the fact that you have been blogging for 10 years. That is such an amazing accomplishment. I live in Brisbane, Australia (I can’t even remember how I stumbled across your blog in the first place) – given the time difference, your blog posts come up at about 8pm my time so after a long day of work, and then supervising my kids’ dinner/ bath/ music practice/ night time reading/bed routine, I steal a little time for myself by reading your blog. Thank you for sharing your life, your family and friends, your travels, your faith and your book reviews with us all. I hope you that you continue to blog for many years to come!

  • Adalee August 4, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Truly love Mix & Match Mama blog! My passion for adopting in the future has been only heightened by reading your family’s stories, and I often stop by your space when I’m looking for a deliscious recipe to whip up! Thank you for sharing your adventures, style, and family with your readers!
    Congrats on 10 year 🙂

  • Kelly Brown August 4, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Congrats on 10 wonderful years! Love reading your blog every morning! 😉

  • Andrea Nine August 4, 2017 at 7:11 am

    I know I don’t comment here but I read and love faithfully!! You and your family are a true inspiration and my heart is grateful for people like you in this world. I too dealt with infertility early on with much sadness but now have 3 beautiful teens (i adopted) and I began blogging to help ease the transition of two of them in college now. Thank you for being true to you and lifting others up with your style, talents and compassion!! Here’s to 10 more!!

  • Robin Green August 4, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Congrats on 10 years! What a fun blog you have. Hoping to win as I’m trying to plan a surprise trip to Europ le for my husband’s military retirement! He’s served as a pilot for 28 years!

  • Jenny O. August 4, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Congrats Shay!! Thank you so much for sharing so much of your heart here on this blog. I’ve been reading for almost 5 years, and it was such a source of comfort to me when I moved to Texas a few years ago. There have been a lot of ups and downs since then,but your blog always brings me joy!! Cheers to the next 10!

  • Erin August 4, 2017 at 7:50 am

    I first found your blog after my sister saw a picture you posted on IG about infertility like 5 years ago, and I began following as I was (at the time) going through infertility. Your blog was an encouragement to me then and continues to be now as I am a momma of 2! I always look forward to your posts, especially your travels! Cheers to 10 years!! Xoxo

  • Ashlie Brining August 4, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Congrats on 10 years! I look forward to reading your blog every morning! Love how your blog is positive and just fun to read!

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams August 4, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Shay, I’m so glad you decided to blog over 10 years ago! I’ve followed along for the last 5 years and it really is a joy to watch your family grow. I appreciate the positivity you put out on this space, I think this world needs more of it! I can’t wait to see where you all go next 🙂 Thank you for sharing your world with us!! Happy Anniversary!!
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Jenny August 4, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Happy 10 years! I don’t even know how long I’ve been reading your blog, but it’s been a few years now, is always one of my favorites! Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

  • Cindy Prindle August 4, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Love Mix & Match Mama blog! Congratulations on 10 years!

  • Melissa August 4, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Yikes! Rats?!? That was the highlight of this post to
    Me 🙈. How did you get rid of them! Happy anniversary! I really enjoy reading your blog every morning whe I wake up!

  • Susan August 4, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Hi Shay! Congratulations on 10 years of blogging. I am an empty nester. My babies are 21 and 19, but I still love reading what is happening in your life. Thank you for keeping your blog positive. It is refreshing! I thank God for you and how you are using your blog for His glory.

    BTW-It’s time to update your Twitter bio. It reads you have three small kids! 🙂

  • Stacy August 4, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I started following after Sean was on The Bachelor and have been so amazed by your journey. My husband and I struggled for 8 years with infertility, but now have boy/girl twins that just turned 1 last Saturday. I completely understood your sadness and anger, but now understand everything is in God’s hands. So happy I found your blog and congrats on 10 years!

  • Ellie August 4, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Congratulations! Like so many other commenters, I have been faithfully reading your blog every day for longer than I can remember. I really look forward to getting to work, grabbing my cup of coffee, and checking in to see what you are up to. My husband has gotten used to my referring to “Shay” in our everyday conversation! I feel like we are close girlfriends, and am so grateful for your willingness to open up your heart and your family – you have had more of an impact than you know!

  • Liz Thorson August 4, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Congratulations, you smart, pretty, loving, multiple-talented dear wife, mother, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, etc., and friend of so many.🎈🎈 Shay, I am older than your mother, I am certain–67! I am a very active lady–runner, walker, golfer, biker, snow skier and we have two sons and no daughters, so your clothes, make-up, travel ideas are such fun for me to read about and consider I love your blog and read it every day you post one! Our 2 sons are adopted so I’ve loved following your journeys with Ashby and Madely! How is Ashby doing with her new glasses? I am the lady who told you it broke my heart when our youngest 1st got his glasses @6, and I wondered how long he hadn’t been seeing well, in spite of having multiple eye exams at pre-school and kindergarten. I hope she is thrilled with her bigger, focused world!.❤️

  • Marsha August 4, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Congratulations! I love hearing about new favorite products….do you not use NARS illuminator anymore? Did you use Hot Sand or Orgasm?

    • Mix and Match Mama August 5, 2017 at 6:22 am

      I do! I just don’t use it as much in the summer when my face already has a little color! I’ve used both Hot Sand and Orgasm!

  • Kathi M. August 4, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Shay, I also found your blog after Sean’s Bachelor season and I’m so glad I did. I’ve made so many recipes, (even purchased my first Bundt pan because of you–Fresh Blueberry and Pineapple Upside Down are my favorites), and I feel like I traveled the world with you and your sweet family. This may sound very strange, but I’ve even woken up a few times and realized that I had dreamed I had stopped by your house for a visit. Thank you for sharing your life and your love for Jesus! God is so good, on the good days and the bad ones too. I pray you continue to honor Him on your journey! 🙂

  • Chelsea August 4, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    I love reading your blog every single morning! It is the best way to start my day. I have learned so many great recipes, read so many great books, and found some amazing products all through your happy little corner of the internet. And it has been so fun watching your family grow. Congratulations on such an incredible accomplishment of 10 years!

  • Claudia Garcia August 4, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Love the Mac mascara!! Could you recommend a good waterproof mascara? For these hot Texas summers it’s a must!

    • Mix and Match Mama August 5, 2017 at 6:21 am

      This year, I started using Chanel and it’s been fantastic!

  • Brianna Steele August 4, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Congratulations on 10 years!! I love reading your blog everyday! Your blog and a few emails we shared kept me hopeful through my infertility journey. I’m so glad it did because I now have 6 month old boy/girl twins thanks to a lot of love and a little science (IVF). Thanks for sharing your life with us! 😘

  • Karen August 4, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Thank you for being such a fun part of my morning routine… I love drinking coffee and reading your blog. Your family is absolutely precious and I love your style. Congrats!

  • Stephanie Stafford August 4, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Congratulations!!! Your Blog brings so much JOY!! Love your fashion and beauty tips, love to cook your meals, love to see the fun place you go as a family! Would love to travel with my family too! Thanks for always bringing some fun to my day!

  • Celina August 5, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Congrats to you!! Love your outlook on life!

  • Kaley August 5, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    congrats on 10 years! i’ve been reading for 3 of them 🙂 it’s one of the first things i do each morning!

  • Melissa Muntz August 6, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Congrats on your anniversary! I love reading your blog and cooking your food 🙂

    I know I will likely not win the giveaway, but I would LOVE to win this particular one. My youngest brother is autistic and although he typically prefers to stay home, Disney World is one of the few places he enjoys going. It’s like a sensory overload in all the best ways for him. He also knows what he will see and do there and can anticipate and look forward to it, it’s all very familiar. He watches ride videos on youtube at home and talks about going frequently. Unfortunately, Disney has announced the closure of a few of his favorite things over the next few years. We haven’t told him yet, because I doubt we will be able to get there before they close. He is going to be SO disappointed! Being able to take him back sooner than later would be incredible and something like this is really the only way it could happen.

    Travel is so important and I think it’s wonderful that you are going to help someone do it. Congrats again 🙂

  • faith heimbrodt August 6, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Congrats on your 10 th year! I really enjoy reading your blog!

  • Sandra August 7, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Love your blog! Great recipes too!

  • Suzanne August 7, 2017 at 9:09 am

    If there is one word I would use to describe reading your blog, it would be JOY! Thank you for inspiring messages of love, hope and kindness and sharing your cute family with us. Congratulations on this milestone and I wish you many more.

  • Kacy August 7, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Love you, your fam, and your blog! Been a fan for a while and reading it every day definitely is one of the highlights of my day. Blessings!

  • Stephanie August 8, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Congrats on 10 years!!!! I absolutely adore your family and LOVE reading your blog!! With all of the negativity in today’s news, your blog brings so much happiness and I just love that!!! Thanks so much for sharing your life with all of us and cheers to another 10 years!! Wishing you and your family many blessings!!

    P.S. You have inspired me to start blogging. Which blog site do you recommend me using?

    • Mix and Match Mama August 8, 2017 at 4:51 am

      I would start with Blogger! Good luck!!!

  • Linda August 8, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Congratulations on a life well lived and a blog well received. You have a beautiful, inspiring family. As a happy Mimi of 9 grandchildren (including 3 international adoptees), I appreciate your advocacy for adoption. My family certainly has been blessed by it.

  • Detroit Duchess August 8, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Congratulations! I love reading your blog! It was the inspiration for me to finally start my own (I had thought about it for four years) during a hard time in my career. I love your positive spirit and following along on your journey. I hope you are still blogging in 20 years because I will be reading!

  • Jaren August 13, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    So I cried reading this post!! I’ve been reading your blog for the last 5 years, and I’ve truly enjoyed it. I still remember when I stumbled upon it. It has truly been uplifting to me, and I know God uses this little space for good! Thank you Shay! Here’s to 10 more years!!

  • Alexis Meacham August 18, 2017 at 10:36 am

    I know it’s crazy to think ten years ahead, but know I would miss your blog if you ever stop. It’s always my go to that I’m always sure to check to make sure I don’t miss a post! Congrats on 10 years!