What’s Up Wednesday {10.25.17}


It’s  What’s Up Wednesday !

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


…in our What’s Up Wednesday posts!

Today is…my birthday!


I mean, we might as well acknowledge it, right?!  If you missed my post on Monday, all week long, I’m celebrating my birthday by doing giveaways for YOU!  On Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week, I’m giving away a $600 Nordstrom gift card to one lucky winner!  If you didn’t win on Monday, no worries!  You can try again today 🙂 .  The giveaway is at the bottom of this post!

Today, Nordstrom asked me to talk about something I rarely ever talk about…wait for it…men’s things.  Why don’t I talk about that?  Andrew wears a ton of stuff from Nordstrom (especially shoes and shirts), but I don’t know…I just forget.  With the holidays coming up, I thought now was as good of a time as any to share a few of Andrew’s favorite pics from Nordstrom.  I told him to pick and here is what he liked…

Scroll and click through on the images.  All of the sweaters come in multiple colors!  He ordered these things (and already had the shoes), and I loved them when they arrived too…

What man does not look good in a buffalo check shirt?!  I dare you to find one.   I also loved the v-neck sweater and the pullover sweater too. My mom gifted all of the men in my family this body wash a few years ago for Christmas and Andrew has continued to buy it because it smells so nice.  Throw in his shoes and his favorite jeans (not pictured) and he’s a well dressed guy (that smells nice!).

So, that’s a little start to our post..here’s what else is “up” today!


Meal Planning Monday

Meal Planning Monday was up earlier this week!  Five simple suppers, a fun Halloween treat plus a breakfast bite too.  See it all HERE.


I mean…look at those babies!!  This was me and Sheaffer on our babies’ first Halloweens.  Look at little Kensington and Carter (who are five days a part).  I can hardly stand it that they’re NINE now!  I remember this day like it was yesterday.  Time is flying by.



I just think my kids’ Halloween costumes are on point this year.  Ha!  They each picked something so different and so THEM!  We have Little Red Riding Hood, a Storm Trooper, Queen Elsa and Moana.  Now, Erika actually suggested Madeley’s costume…but seriously?  Isn’t it just perfect…

Sweet Moana!!



Living our best fall life.  We’re making the most of this season!



All the people telling me I put up my Christmas decorations too early 😉 .


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Halloween is on Tuesday!!!


Here we are last year.  This year is going to be even more fun because Madeley gets it now.  I cannot wait to trick or treat with my little family!  (And steal all of their Heath bars…)


My October Book Review will be on Monday!  If you missed my September Book Review

September Book Review

…you can see it HERE.  I read several good ones last month that you won’t want to miss!  You can see all of the books and read my reviews HERE.

This is such a good time of year to read!!


I’m just itching to listen to Christmas music.  I will start on November 1st and you can judge me all you want…but it makes me happy!  In the meantime, I have been listening to a lot of this in the background while I work…

I just can’t get enough of the Fall movies on Hallmark Channel.  They’re predictable and cheesy, but they’re HAPPY!  And I just can’t get enough happy in my life 🙂 .  This starts on Friday…

…and you better believe my DVR is set!


Look at this dress that I bought to wear this December…

Okay, the lighting was not in my favor when I took this on Sunday morning, but trust me…this red dress is PERFECT for Christmas.  The dress is lined, so you don’t have to worry about it being too revealing and the color is just perfection!

Look how cute the sleeves are!  I bought this dress back in the winter in the pink color, so I knew I liked it already…

This dress comes in a total of five colors, but trust me, the red is pretttttttty!

Speaking of dresses, I’m still in love with this one that I wore on Saturday night…

…it’s just a simple little jersey dress that I will wear this time of year with my booties and a scarf and then in the spring and summer with sandals or wedges.  Easy as that!  (And PS: that is an infinity scarf, so you don’t have to worry about tying it…it ties itself!)  (And PPS: my favorite booties from this fall are now 20% off!)

And one last thing…remember on Monday, I mentioned my love for this Halogen top…

I just can’t have too many easy tops to wear with jeans.

The front and…

…how cute is the back?!  Well, look at this cute Halogen sweater


Aren’t the ties on the sleeves so cute?!  I bought this sweater in navy peacoat, but it comes in 7 other colors too!




On Friday, our church is hosting Trunk or Treat in the parking lot.  If you are local, we would LOVE to have you come!!  Your kiddos can come, they can bring bags and collect tons of candy, plus, we’re going to have other live events out there that you won’t want to miss!!  I would love to see you out there!  I’ll be the one stealing the Heath bars from her four kids.


…it’s happening.



Well, other than me turning 36 today, I think that about covers it!

Bonus question this month: What is your favorite Thanksgiving side:

Sweet Potato Casserole.

Yes, ma’am.

Okay!  That’s What’s Up Wednesday today! If you blogged too, make sure you link up below.  And don’t forget to check out the Men’s department at Nordstrom!  If you want your guy all fixed up for the holidays, that’s where you should shop 🙂 .

To enter to win today’s $600 Nordstrom Gift Card, complete the Rafflecopter below.  Good luck!!  The winner will be announced TOMORROW!

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Have a wonderful Wednesday!


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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog October 25, 2017 at 4:44 am

    I love everyone’s costumes, and Madeley looks exactly like Moana! SO adorable!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Holly Breton October 25, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Happy Birthday Shay!

  • Amy Heinl October 25, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Happiest of birthdays to you…may you have a blessed day. I love the Fall Harvest Movies on Hallmark and can’t wait for the Christmas movies starting this week. I too am all Christmas and start decorating as soon as November comes and just enjoy the beauty of the lights. Can’t wait till Mondays book review..some of my favorite authors are out with their with ter or Christmas books so I have them waiting to start reading once the lights and decorations go up

  • Samantha October 25, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Happy birthday Shay! Your blog brings me a little joy every morning. It’s like a quick chat with a friend. Enjoy your day and get those Christmas decorations ready, it’s go time!

  • Erika Slaughter October 25, 2017 at 5:02 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FRIEND!! I hope you have the very best day! Love you so much! XO. And I loved the throwback picture of you and Sheaffer with the babies!!

  • Susan Jeffries October 25, 2017 at 5:02 am

    I love that red dress!! Perfect for Christmas parties!! And thanks for adding some men’s items in your post today. I have a hard time finding gifts for my husband and I think he will love the tip up sweater! Happy bday week!

  • Sarah October 25, 2017 at 5:04 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! You are too kind to host a giveaway for YOUR birthday, but us readers really appreciate it!! 🙂
    My favorite Thanksgiving side is green bean casserole hahah!! And stuffing! Thanksgiving is an interesting meal – I’m not usually a fan of “mushy” foods, yet, that’s basically Thanksgiving and I love it all!
    Hope you have a wonderful day lady!!!!
    -Sarah http://www.thefrugalmillionaireblog.com

  • Melissa@ Finding My Mojo October 25, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day! Love the kid’s Halloween costumes and I’m totally get ready for Christmas decorating over here too.

  • Kelli October 25, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Happy Birthday! We share a birthday (I’m 43 today) and a love for Heath bars!

  • Elspeth Mizner October 25, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Happy birthday to my favorite blogger and the person who encouraged me to start my own blog! I hope you have a fabulous day with your girlfriends and family!!!

  • Charisss October 25, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Happy Birthday to you!!!

  • Megan October 25, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Happy happy birthday!!! I had no idea Hallmark did fall movies. Headed off to find some now 🙂


  • Francesca October 25, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Happy birthday, Shay! Hope it’s fabulous!

  • Michelle Whitaker October 25, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Happy Birthday Shay. Hope you have a lovely day.

  • Carly M October 25, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Happy Birthday Shay! I hope you have a fabulous day with your people! The Halloween costumes are so great…that Madeley as Moana! All the heart eyes. Add in those pictures of her and Britt the Panada. Too cute! Thanks for the giveaway

  • Kaelyn October 25, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Happy Birthday Shay!!

  • Tessa October 25, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Happy birthday!!!!

  • Bethany October 25, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Those are the cutest little pumpkins! I love that red dress too!

  • Jess B October 25, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Happy Birthday!!! Love the men’s clothing suggestions and that they all have Tall options! My man is a handsome giant and it can be tricky buying him good looking clothes.

  • Sheaffer Sims October 25, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Happy Birthday, friend!!! OMG, that picture of us with our babies!!!!! I’m looking ROUGH! Hahahahaha!!!! That red dress is so cute on you, and I’m going to have to pick up that body wash for Chris!

  • Myka October 25, 2017 at 6:02 am

    I’m loving your white and black striped blouse! Happy birthday, Shay!


  • Karen October 25, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Happiest of Birthdays!!! It’s my Moms today too. I love the hallmark movies too and can’t wait for the Christmas ones!! No judgement here on the Christmas decorations-I’m ready!! Enjoy Halloween with all your little ones🎃

  • Rebecca VanDeMark October 25, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Happy Happy Birthday!! 🙂 And girl- I LOVE those Hallmark Movies- hahaha I actually mentioned my favorite today in my What’s Up Wednesday post! 🙂

  • Annie Bilby October 25, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Happy Birthday! What size is your red dress? I’m thinking I need several colors!!!

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams October 25, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Happy Birthday Shay!! I hope you have a fabulous day. Thanks for sharing those dresses and the men’s stuff, the holiday season is so close ahh!
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Dana October 25, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Happy birthday, Shay!!

  • Holly Allen October 25, 2017 at 6:26 am

    I am the first of all my friends to decorate for Christmas (November 1!) and I hear about it ALL year long! And Hallmark Christmas movies are jam! They are my favorite things on earth! I feel like you are me replicated in Texas!😜

  • Angelique at FourPointsMom.com October 25, 2017 at 6:30 am

    I love WUW posts because I often walk away with a “to-do” list involving my wardrobe, shows to watch, and more. And I think Moana might be my favorite costume this year. So stinkin’ cute!


  • Amy D. October 25, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Happy Birthday, sweet Shay! I hope you have a wonderful day! I’m so glad that I found your blog all those years ago! Meeting you at the Go Wild planner conference was a dream come true! Enjoy your day!!

    I listen to Christmas music starting on November 1st too! 🙂

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

  • Janie October 25, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Happiest of birthdays today Shay! Aren’t you just loving these cooler Texas temperatures? They make it feel like Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner! My favourite holiday side is a tie between mashed potato casserole and good ol’ fashion ‘stuffing’.

  • Lynette Hewitt October 25, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Happy Birthday!!! That red dress – beautiful. Have a great day and enjoy celebrating YOU!!!

    P.S. Emaw GO CATS!!!!

  • Amanda October 25, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Happy birthday! I’m loving that navy shirt at the end!

  • Nicole October 25, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Happy Birthday!!! What a blessing you are to so many!! When will you be putting up Christmas decor this year? I love all the holiday cheer! 😍

    • Mix and Match Mama October 25, 2017 at 6:43 am

      mid-November 🙂

  • Narci October 25, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Happy Birthday, friend!! I hope you have the best day celebrating!!! ❤️😍❤️ That red dress has been sitting in my Nordstrom cart, and it is adorable on you!!! Perfect for Christmas!

  • Kelky October 25, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Happy birthday Shay! Well, you read my mind because yesterday I wanted to ask you what shoes Andrew was wearing in the picture of you, Andrea, and Madely sitting on the bench at the fair? And then Bam! Today you have a post about men’s things!! Do you have a link up to the shoes he wore to the fair? Thank you!!

  • Kelky October 25, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Meant to say Andrew not Andrea! Spell check grr

  • Paula October 25, 2017 at 6:51 am


  • Dustie Day October 25, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Happy birthday to you! I laughed out loud at the heath bar comments bc/ I do the same thing! So so good!

  • Jess Deisher October 25, 2017 at 7:09 am

    I absolutely love the green bean casserole! And omg Madeley is just the cutest Moana!!

  • Britt Hensley October 25, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Happy birthday, Shay!!

  • Ralinn October 25, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Madeley has grown so much since last Halloween. Her costume is perfect. I love to shop for my husband. I will definitely check out the men’s department. The red dress is perfect for you! Thank you and Nordstrom for the giveaway. Happy Birthday Shea!!!

  • Angela A. October 25, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Happy Birthday Shay…wishing you the most wonderful day!!!

  • Christina October 25, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Happy birthday!!! I’m pregnant and due in December, so my decorations are going up November 1st!!

  • amy guillaume linderman October 25, 2017 at 7:12 am

    have a wonderful birthday!!

  • Marzia October 25, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Happy Birthday! I hope that you have a great one and many more! I love that Burberry perfume you posted. Might have to look into that for my boyfriend.

  • Becky Bays October 25, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Happy Birthday!!!!!
    Have a Great Day (Week)!!!!

  • Angela Banae October 25, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Happy Birthday Shay!!!! Just LOVE your blog and how you share your life with us all!!! Have the BEST birthday!!!

  • Shelia Maxwell October 25, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Happy Birthday Shay wishing you a fantabulous day and a blessed new year 🎂🎁🎉

  • Lauren October 25, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Hope you have the happiest birthday! You brighten my mornings with your sweet posts. Enjoy your special day!

  • Laura @ Laura Likes Design October 25, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Happy Birthday! I love Andrew’s style — it was fun to get men’s ideas today as well!


  • Carley October 25, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Happy Birthday!

  • Sarah October 25, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Happy Birthday! 🙂 Wishing you the best year yet!

  • kellie carrara October 25, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Happy, happy birthday!! Wishing you your best year yet.
    Yea, those costumes are ON POINT this year — I love little red! My daughter did many years as a Disney princess, but I loved her Goldilocks costume, complete with three bears in the apron. I’m a sucker for the classics. But speaking of little red, let’s obsess about that red dress. I say the color of passion is always in fashion and this would be just the BEST Christmas dress! Speaking of which, as soon as those pumpkins get put away the stockings come out IMO…tho I did get a few more turkey decorations for Thanksgiving with my inlaws in VT. (they’re not big decorators, but I thought it would be fun to take some and make the house festive for the little cousins).
    Ok, happy happy to you!

  • Angela October 25, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Happy birthday!! Quick question…when you were wearing that black jersey dress, did you wear those booties in the tan color or black? I wYs struggle with pairing shoes with a black dress!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 25, 2017 at 8:17 am

      I wore the tan ones, but I think they’d be cute with black too!

  • Paige Sullivan October 25, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Happy Happy Birthday!!! Hope it’s fabulous!!!
    What a perfect weekend…countdown to Christmas- LOVE LOVE Hallmark movies:)

  • Katelyn Magerko October 25, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Happy Birthday Shay!! And November 1st is Christmas in my eyes too-no judging here!!

  • Heidi October 25, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Happy birthday Shay, hope you have the most wonderful day !!!
    Ps the second Halloween is over bang it’s Christmas!!!

  • Meredith Irvine October 25, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Looking forward to chorizo stuffing at Thanksgiving! Happy 36th! 🙂

  • Courtney October 25, 2017 at 7:46 am

    I LOVE all of the clothes you talked about today – thank you, thank you for sharing! And, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 🙂 Enjoy your day.

  • Allison October 25, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Happy birthday, Shay!!!

  • Andrea Nine October 25, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Happy birthday gorgeous I hope this day is as beautiful as you are!

  • Renee King October 25, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Happy happy birthday! My youngest daughter turned 14 yesterday and mine is on Friday . Tis the season!

    • Renee King October 25, 2017 at 7:51 am

      Oh and I forgot. Stuffing. Stuffing is def my favorite Thanksgiving side dish!

  • sydnee October 25, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Happy b-day! Loved all the photos!

    Design by Sydnee | A Lifestyle Blog 💗

  • Laurie S October 25, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Happy Birthday Shay!!! I love the Hallark channel…. did you know there are now 3 Hallmark channels? The Classic one, which you are probably watching, plus Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, and the new Hallmark Drama debuted in September. I can’t find the Drama channel yet.

  • B. Carol October 25, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Happy Happy Birthday!! Hope your next year is the best yet!

  • Erin October 25, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Happy Birthday, Shay! Hope you have a great day!!! And it’s never too early for Christmas music or decorations. I’m right there with you 😬

  • Therese October 25, 2017 at 8:01 am

    1. Happy Birthday. October 25th is a great day as it’s also the birthday of one of my nieces and one of my cousins.
    2. I know you’ve mentioned before, but do you mind sharing again the brand of the black heels you have on with your red dress?
    3. My favorite Thanksgiving side is Broccoli Casserole. Not just any though, my family’s specific recipe that has corn flakes on top, NOT crackers or breadcrumbs!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 25, 2017 at 8:17 am

      They’re Sam Edelman!!

  • Jenna October 25, 2017 at 8:01 am

    November 1st is the day to start listening to Christmas music 🙂 I agree! I am soaking in these last bits of fall and excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas. What a fun recap of your month.

  • Lisa Williamson October 25, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Happy Birthday!!

  • Bri October 25, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Happy birthday!!

  • Krista October 25, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a wonderful day!!

  • becky October 25, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Happy Birthday Shay! I am in charge of next month’s pick for my book club, any books you recommend that are Christmas-y and good for a group? We’ve already read a bunch over the years – Winter Solstice (Rosamunde Pilcher), Winter Street/Winter Stroll/Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand, Christmas in Good Hope by Cindy Kirk, Dashing Through The Snow by MHClark, Let It Snow by John Green, Letters from Father Christmas by Tolkien, and A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg! Thanks for any help!!

    • GAIL October 25, 2017 at 10:21 am

      I L-O-V-E Rosamunde Pilcher! I would to take her paperbacks to the beach and I would lose all track of time! There’s a common theme to most of her books, but she’s so beautifully descriptive in her writing, you can almost picture yourself in the story!

  • faith m heimbrodt October 25, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Happy Birthday! Love your kids costumes!!

  • Janet McClenny October 25, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Thank you so much for this Shay! HAPPPY BIRTHDAY – it’s my birthday too!!

  • Mindy October 25, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Hope you have the BEST birthday!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick October 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    So I accidentally linked the wrong post this morning so if you see me in there twice today…my bad. 😉 Other than that, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FRIEND!!! You will get no judgy looks from me for putting up Christmas decor early! I’d have it up all year if I could. Bring on the holidays!! Have a great day!!! xoxo

  • Whitney Pegram October 25, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have the best day! That red dress is the perfect holiday dress!

  • Adrienne | Appetites Anonymous October 25, 2017 at 8:27 am

    I know you’ve linked to these before BUT where are those mary jane heels from?! The ones in the picture with the red dress – that is fabulous by the way! Thanks 🙂

  • Stephanie October 25, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Happy Birthday, Shay!

  • Betsy Siegal October 25, 2017 at 8:32 am

    HBD!! I had to tell you that I am right there with you on the christmas music and hallmark movies! no shame!! I love it!!!

  • Serena Welch October 25, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Happy birthday, Shay!!!

  • Ariadna October 25, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Happy birthday Shay!! I know you will have an amazing day surrounded by all of your loves!! My husband and I don’t put out Christmas decoration too early but we had a neighbor down the street that he would take down his Halloween decorations off and put up his Christmas decorations on Nov 1st and they were lit up until Dec 26 when he would take them down. Every single year he did that without fail until they moved last year. 🙁 And while I don’t think I can do that, I still miss seeing his house lit up for Christmas on Nov 1st! 🙂

  • Emily October 25, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Happy birthday! No judgements about Christmas coming from over here.. I’ve started listening to Christmas music when I’m cleaning my house and I always decorate mid November. It’s so much work, you have to enjoy it for more than a month! 😉

  • MelanieL October 25, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Happy birthday to you!!

  • Jennifer Fickett October 25, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Happy Birthday! I hope your day is wonderful! (I am dying to play Christmas music too!)

  • Keisha M Dawson October 25, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Happy Birthday to you! I hope you have a wonderful day!

  • Kayla B October 25, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Happy birthday, Shay!! I hope it’s a wonderful year. And I’ve already been turning on Christmas music! I think today would be the perfect time to do it– your birthday and exactly two months before Christmas!

  • Alexis deZayas October 25, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Happy happy birthday! I can’t get over Moana Madeley! She’s too cute 🙂

  • Chelsey C October 25, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Happy Birthday Shay!!

  • Sara October 25, 2017 at 9:18 am

    That Moana costume is way too cute!!

  • Shayla October 25, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Happy, happy birthday Shay! You inspire me in SO many ways! Thanks for being you 🙂 Make it a great day! You deserve the world!

  • Sarah Goldsberry October 25, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Happy, Happy Birthday! Hope your day is filled with all the love 🙂

  • Lisa Richardson October 25, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Happy, Happy Birthday! AND…Moana is ON POINT!☺️

  • Robin October 25, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Shay!!! Hope you have a wonderful day!

  • Sara Halonen October 25, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Happy Birthday to you!

  • Sara Kester October 25, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Happy Birthday! Hope you have an awesome day celebrating!

  • Carol October 25, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Happy Birthday! Love your blog! My favorite Thanksgiving side is mashed potatoes!

  • Adrienne October 25, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Happy Birthday. I am ready for Christmas music and movies also

  • Heather October 25, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Happy Birthday, Shay!! November 1st our Fall decorations come down and Christmas start to go up. I say poo poo to all of our friends who tell me its too early:)

  • Karen Ward October 25, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Happy birthday!

  • Laci October 25, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Happy Birthday to someone who inspires all of us moms to be our best self! Your blog is a bright spot in my mornings!! Give me all the mens ideas as I live in a world of boys in my family. Sweet potato is my jam too! Have a wonderful day! PS I can’t stop looking at Madeley as Moana-it’s my favorite.

  • Marcia October 25, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Happy Birthday Shay! Hope you have a WONDERFUL day!

  • Lauren Greci October 25, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Happy birthday, Shay! Mine was on Monday! 🙂 It was a bitter sweet day as we said goodbye to one of my friends and teacher in Allen. She and I worked on the same team and she will be greatly missed. But we picked the day up and took the kiddos to the Preston Trails Pumpkin Farm! I entered the contest and hoping Ill be the random winner! The hubs and I could SOOOO use some new clothes! Him especially! Love your men selections above! Looks great!!
    Again, happy birthday! Hope you have a blessed day!!

  • Shelley Watson October 25, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Happy Birthday Shay!

  • Julie Bradford October 25, 2017 at 10:15 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHAY!!!! I know it will be a fabulous one!!! love the halloween costumes this year… Kensington is precious..love her hair in those braids… the storm trooper is serious! 🙂 Elsa is so pretty and little Moana is perfect! SO CUTE!!!

  • Rebecca Walker October 25, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Happy Birthday, Shay!!! You and Shaffer both look like teenagers holding your babies. Have a wonderful birthday!!!

  • Rebecca Walker October 25, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Sorry, Sheaffer!!!

  • Laura October 25, 2017 at 10:24 am

    happy happy birthday, Shay!! My sister and I just love you, we talk about you on a first name basis! We’re always saying, “did you see what Shay posted? Shay is the coolest” ha! Hope you’re spoiled today, thank you for being such a light to SO MANY ladies!! I’m so ready for Christmas too!!!!

  • Ahsia October 25, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I really like the last sweater you posted, very pretty. What brand is the body wash your mom bought the men in your family. I am looking for something new for my husband, but cannot see the label.

    Happy Birthday !!! I hope you have an amazing day.

  • Kathy L October 25, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Happy 36th Birthday! So many things to like in this post this morning, but Madeley’s cute smile and Moana costume are definitely #1! The picture of all your Christmas stockings is my 2nd favorite! 🙂

  • Bri Swinton October 25, 2017 at 10:28 am

    I love reading your blog and checking your insta daily, you are so inspiring! Happy Birthday! http://www.SwintonKitchen.com

  • Rho October 25, 2017 at 10:31 am

    happy Happy birthday!!! I hope it’s a great one!! In our family, we celebrate the entire month of the birthday person; hope you celebrate all month long!

  • Michelle O October 25, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Happy Birthday to you, Shay! I hope you have the most wonderful of birthdays!! I always look forward to spending my mornings with you. We share the same love of Fall/Autumn and the Christmas Season. I can’t wait to start decorating, baking, Christmas crafts, wrapping and watching the Hallmark Channels Christmas movies! The kiddos look adorable in their costumes! Hope you have an awesome day!

  • Katie Stuen October 25, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Happy birthday Shay! I have read your blog over the last two years and it makes my heart so happy. The first thing I do when I get to work is have a cup of coffee and open up your blog. Also, I loved that you put that you were dreading people telling you that it is too early to decorate. People tell me that for my fall and Christmas decorations and it is one of my biggest pet peevs. Enjoy your birthday with your amazing family.
    Lots of Love!

  • Paula October 25, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Happy Birthday! You certainly have a lot of love to be thankful for!

  • Julie J October 25, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Happy Birthday Shay!!
    Can’t wait to see your Christmas decorations, you give me such inspiration.

  • Tessa October 25, 2017 at 11:02 am

    What are the orange earrings you are wearing with the black and white striped shirt?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 25, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      Nickel & Suede!!

  • Marta October 25, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Oh I hope you had a wonderful birthday!!! Shay that sweater with the little bow on the sleeves is gorgeous! Smith who looks older to me every picture I see him in is just a stunning child. I can’t wait to see your book review.

  • Rose October 25, 2017 at 11:14 am

    You and Andrew are so blessed to have 4 beautiful children and to have each other! Your life seems Idyllic and your love contagious! The kids costumes are absolutely adorable! How I miss thoughs days of long ago! Have a beautifully, blessed, birthday Shay! I hope you’re taking time today away from your busy life to do what you love to do! It’s Shays day! 🎉🎂🎈🎁
    “May The Lord bless you and keep you;
    May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
    May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace”

  • Maggie October 25, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Happy Birthday!!! Love the red dress and the kiddos are adorable in the costumes!

  • Kyla October 25, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Happy Birthday! I hope your day is amazing!
    I can’t get enough of Hallmark movies. I’m looking forward to their new channel, Hallmark Drama.

  • Whitney Alger October 25, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Hope you have a wonderful birthday! xo!

  • Meg October 25, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Happy Birthday 🎁🎂

  • Kayla October 25, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Happy Birthday Shay!

  • Taylor October 25, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Madelys costume is to die for!!!!! It is just so perfect and she looks so cute!!!

  • Ana Espindola October 25, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Happy Birthday Shay!! You are AMAZING. Thank you for being so inspiring and motivational. Bring on CHRISTMAS!! I will be right there with you on November 1st. Have a wonderful day!!

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World October 25, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SHAY!!!! I start Christmas tunes on November first, too! I mean, our local radio station starts it so why can’t I do it, too?!

  • Jasmine Liu October 25, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Your blog makes me SO HAPPY! Happy birthday Shay!! <3

  • Jennifer October 25, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!! I hope you have the best day 🙂

  • Caroline Domogala October 25, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Happy Birthday! I look forward to reading your blog everyday!

  • Christine Hicks October 25, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Hi, I love your What’s Up Wednesday posts! I want to order the red dress but unsure of size for me. How tall are you? What size did you order?

    Thank you!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 25, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      I’m 5’3″ and bought xs.

  • Kim October 25, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Happy Birthday Shay!! 🎉 I hope all the love and happiness you share with others comes back to you tenfold today!! ❤

  • M. Brimley October 25, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Hope you have a great birthday! I love your blog! I have read it almost daily for the last couple of years.

  • Megan Palik October 25, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Happy Birthday Shay!! I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends:) Read along with you every day! And just wanted to share, we need crazy Christmas lovers in this world to balance out those who do not like it as much! (like me :o( !!! )

  • Jaimie October 25, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Happy Birthday to you Shay!! Keep spreading your kindness and love, you’re the best! Have a great day! Xoxox

  • Melissa D. October 25, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Wishing you a happy day! How do you watch the Hallmark Channel (app, cable, on demand, etc.?) And a big yes to all things Christmas! If you find any new Christmas music stations (other than Micheal Bublé Holiday) please be sure to share!

  • Nancy October 25, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Happy birthday sweet Shay!! 🙂 you make our lives a better place with your blog! Thanks for being you! 🙂

  • JoAnn October 25, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    It seems you like toffee! Do yourself a birthday favor and go order a box of Toffee To Go. I’m not a huge toffee fan, but this stuff is SO good!! My favorite is the dark chocolate, but they are all delicious! http://www.toffeetogo.com/ Happy Birthday!

  • Brandye October 25, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Happy, happy birthday! You’re the sweetest for hosting a giveaway for YOUR birthday! I hope you are properly pampered by your sweet family today. My favorite side for Thanksgiving is, like you, Sweet Potato Casserole. And, I miss my Mimi’s dressing. We all try to make it, but it’s not the same. Some say it’s her stove that made it soooooo good (O’Keefe & Merritt stove that had all the bells and whistles). I prefer to think it was just her.

  • Lara Brown October 25, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    I LOVE Hallmark movies!!! I DVR them and watch them all year!!! Happy Birthday to you!! My son is 8 today. He is growing up too fast.

  • AyRGalaxy October 25, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Happy Birthday! Mine is tomorrow 😀
    And I just love the kids’ costumes! My little doesn’t seem willing to wear a costume but we got one he liked, so hopefully he still wears it the day of 🙂

  • Jen O October 25, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Happy birthday! Give me all the mash potatoes & gravy on Thanksgiving please.

  • Michelle Reiter October 25, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Happy birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day 🙂

  • Christina October 25, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday Shay!!! Today is my 38th Birthday. 🙂 Thank you for hosting a birthday giveaway this week.

  • Pamela October 25, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Woo Hoo! So excited that we “sort of” share a birthday! Mine is Nov. 1st. . You are just the best mommie, Shay. You exude love and you certainly brighten my day. Sorry about the Sox:( My Dbacks went down, too.

  • Diana October 25, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Happy Birthday, Shay! I really enjoy reading your blog and especially love the book reviews. Enjoy your special day!

  • Gabrielle Storey October 25, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Happy birthday, Shay! Thank you for constantly sharing your precious life and family with us. We love you!! Enjoy your special day and may God bless you!

  • Cici October 26, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Happy birthday, Shay! Best wishes to you this year 🙂

  • Kelly Carroll October 26, 2017 at 2:46 am

    Happy Birthday Shay!! Love this blog!

  • Angela Ellingson October 26, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Happiest birthday Shay! Hope your day was fabulous! I love the recommendations for the fellas!!

  • Haley Sulka October 26, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Oh my gosh, sweet potato casserole is my favorite too!!!!

    Here’s my WUW: https://www.haleysulka.com/single-post/2017/10/11/Whats-Up-Wednesday

  • Erin Port October 26, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    How cute is your pint-sized Moana :). I love that striped shirt and I hope you had a lovely birthday! xoxo ERIN

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life October 26, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    I hope you had a great birthday!!!