What’s Up Wednesday {11.22.17}

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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…

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…in our What’s Up Wednesday posts!

It’s Thanksgiving Eve!!!

Anyone else super excited?!?!

We’re having our first unconventional Thanksgiving this year.  This year, we’re celebrating both Christmas and Turkey Day with Andrew’s family all at once.  Dinner tonight is our traditional Christmas Eve dinner along with presents and then tomorrow, we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving.  That’s the best of both worlds, right?  Other than the first year we were married, this is the only time we’ve ever been home on Thanksgiving (we’re typically at one of our parents’ houses), so we’re enjoying that too.  Speaking of Thanksgiving…


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You can see my Thanksgiving Everything post HERE

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…you can find my 18 Thanksgiving Pie Recipes post HERE

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…and my Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast Menu HERE.


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All the fun we had this fall.  As pumpkin season wraps up and Christmas begins, I’m thinking about what a sweet autumn we had as a family.  I just LOVE this season!


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Oh goodness, this dress has a surprise inside that I was not expecting when I ordered it.  Wait for it…it feels like a sweatshirt.  #amen

I bought this dress in black (it comes in two other colors too) and when it arrived and I tried it on, it felt like cozy pajamas.  I mean…YES!  It was 34 when we left for church that morning, so I wore it with tall boots from last year and my heavy coat.  (Similar boots HERE.)  Then later that night, we went to dinner and I wore it like this…

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It’s a dress that feels like a sweatshirt.  Basically, it’s amazing.  (And the boots and jacket are both older, but you can see similar boots HERE and a jacket HERE.)

Also, that clutch I keep talking about (because I love it)…

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…is 30% off right now with code THANKS 🙂 .


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It’s Thanksgiving break, so we’ve been staying up later, having sleepovers in our room, spending time on our downtown square and stuff like that!  We’re enjoying this little stay-cation 🙂 .


Right this minute, not a darn thing.


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Well, not only am I planning other people’s vacations, but I’m planning my own as well.  How in the world are we going to top Alaska from this past summer?  We’re going to try 🙂 .

Right now, Mix and Match Travel Agency is planning trips in 2018 for Mexico, Walt Disney World and cruises all over the world for new clients (we send existing clients anywhere!).  Email us at mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com if you’re ready to plan your 2018 trip too.

Here’s something else I’m working on right now…


Get ready, girls.  Sheaffer and I have gifts to give and fools to make of ourselves 😉 .  ‘Tis the season!  It all starts this MONDAY!!


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My November Book Review will be on Tuesday!  If you missed my October Book Review

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…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!!

And what I’ve been watching…


I cannot stop watching those Christmas movies.  They’re mushy, predictable, cheesy and absolutely perfect to watch in lieu of all the other negative things you’ll find on TV these days.  They’re just HAPPY, and I’m at a point in life where I just want happy.


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Seriously, I basically listen to it in my sleep 🙂 .


Lots of holiday red…

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Christmas tee

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Christmas pjs and a red sweater

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a red dress

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…and red heels too 🙂 .


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Home for the Holidays in downtown McKinney!  This was us last year…and we are PUMPED about this year too!


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I’m looking forward to so many things…like my annual recipe exchange!



I think we covered everything!

Bonus question this month: What are some fun things to do with your Elf of the Shelf?

I actually have a Pinterest board for that!!  You can see my family’s ideas plus other ones I love here…


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

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!  I’m sending you so much love this holiday week!!  See you Friday for my favorite holiday finds!! xoxoxo

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog November 22, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Autumn really is the best season! Perfect weather with all the festivities starting. Can’t wait to see your recap of your Thanksgiving (and the feasts too)!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Bethany November 22, 2017 at 4:45 am

    I am loving the Christmas music and PJs as well! Tis the season!

  • Kristi November 22, 2017 at 5:13 am

    You always get the cutest pictures capturing all your holiday fun! Does it ever stress you out? I mean, because #reallife sometimes I just want to get that cute picture and I can be no fun for anyone. What’s your mantra for this? (Because you always handle everything with such grace 😉).

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2017 at 6:09 am

      Well, you don’t see the pics where everyone is a hot mess 🙂 . If I start to take a pic and someone has a bad attitude, I just don’t take one. I wait until my peeps are all happy 🙂 .

  • Kelli November 22, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Love your elf on the shelf board! My firstborn is just now old enough – so we will start this year! Also, advent calendar. We never did that growing up. Help! What is your tradition? Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • Sarah November 22, 2017 at 5:27 am

    I love Hallmark Christmas movies! Such a fun way to get into the Christmas sport with my tree lit, cozy clothes, a cup of tea and Hallmark. Love that they’re appropriate for kids too!

  • Narci Dreffs November 22, 2017 at 5:49 am

    That black dress is adorable on you!! So cute!! Have a great time celebrating tonight! Xoxo

  • Angelique November 22, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Yay! What’s Up Wednesday is one of my favorites posts of yours each month. Random question for you – do you have a speaker that you use to listen to your music or do you just play it from your phone? I used to have a JamBox, but it broke years ago and I haven’t replaced it. I’m thinking that might be a great Black Friday purchase. I’d love your thoughts!


    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2017 at 6:10 am

      We have a sound system that is in our house (through the ceiling) that it plays through.

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life November 22, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Totally making 2 of your recipes for Thanksgiving!! Thanks Shay! Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Sarah November 22, 2017 at 6:28 am

    “I’m at a point in my life where I just want to be happy.” YES!!! This has totally been me lately, and you know what? Simply choosing to be happy really does make a difference!! I’m loving life lately and really, everything is the same as it was months ago haha but I’m just really enjoying this life I’ve been given 🙂
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!! (And, thank you for sharing your blog with us!! I look forward to it every morning and it absolutely brings me happiness!) 🙂
    -Sarah http://www.thefrugalmillionaireblog.com

  • Casey November 22, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Are the Ann Voskamp Christmas devotionals you talked about easy for kids to understand or do you get a separate advent calendar for them??

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2017 at 6:47 am

      They totally are! She has adult stuff and family stuff and those are in the family category.

  • sydnee November 22, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Thanksgiving is tomorrow but I definitely have Christmas on the brain! Love all the holiday red!

    Design by Sydnee | Gift Guide for the Techie 💗

  • Megan November 22, 2017 at 6:48 am

    A sweatshirt dress? Yes please! Happy Thanksgiving!


  • Sheaffer Sims November 22, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Well, this post has me happy and all sorts of festive!!!! Madeley’s fast in that last picture is priceless! The joy is palpable!!!!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited for next week!!!!!

  • Kelly Chen November 22, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I’ve always loved your annual recipe idea, and I’ll have the space to actually play hostess soon! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Shay!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt November 22, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I love that new dress you have!!! I can’t decide which way I like it best–with the cognac boots or with the leather jacket! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Claire November 22, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Happy thanksgiving!
    *gasp* accidentally linked the wrong blog post and couldn’t delete it! Added the right one but now it looks like I have too 🙁 my mistake! Didn’t want to seem like I was trying to post two!

  • Alexis deZayas November 22, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I am so pumped for Christmas season too! What better way to kick it off than with Five Days of Fabulous?!

  • courtney November 22, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Loving all the Christmas music! Have you tried the Pentatonix station? It’s just as good as Michael Buble! 🙂

  • Kelly November 22, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your sweet family! And, that black dress looks better on you than it does on the model:).

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick November 22, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Eve, friend! Have a great time tonight!! That Inspired Chick

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams November 22, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Love that red dress!! I think I’m going to try and make one of your pies this year too because they the recipes look easier than others and don’t scare me lol. Happy Thanksgiving to the Shulls 🙂
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Kayla B November 22, 2017 at 9:44 am

    As someone who lives in the Midwest, I had to smile at your “heavy coat” for a night out! Loving all the red. Also listening to Michale Buble Christmas at this very moment 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 23, 2017 at 7:16 am

      I bet it gets colder here than you think. We’re in North Texas, so it gets down to the teens here in the winter. Right now, it’s 31. That’s coat weather, right? 😉

  • Diana Barton November 22, 2017 at 9:57 am

    We celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas together every year with my Dad and step-mom so we created it’s own name! We call it “Turkeymas”! It’s become a tradition in our family since my Dad lives in GA and it’s easier to travel in between the holidays. Our kids love the extra celebration with family and love the special name we’ve given it – makes it even that more special! It sounds like you’re going to have the perfect Turkeymas this year also! 🙂

  • Angela November 22, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Love all of this!! That black comfy dress?? Yes please! Can you tell more about the red/black Sherpa blanket Kensington has in the sleepover picture? It looks so cozy and comfy!!! Thanks Shay & Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 23, 2017 at 7:09 am

      It’s from Pottery Barn 😉 .

  • Rhonda November 22, 2017 at 10:43 am

    My parents have always traveled to my brother’s house out of state for Thanksgiving and then the next day, they celebrate Christmas early. His kids started calling it “First Christmas” over the years so the name stuck! Happy “First Christmas” to you and your family tonight Shay! Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow too!

  • Brooke W November 22, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    You can actually see through the bottom of the black dress and it got very mixed reviews on Nordstrom website. Not sure it would be good for winter??? Any thoughts??

    • Mix and Match Mama November 23, 2017 at 7:07 am

      I’m always worried about seeing my undies through a dress, and in the black one, I couldn’t see anything. I thought the fleece-like material gave it really good coverage.

  • Holly November 22, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Come to New Zealand as a holiday!!! its a 12 hour flight direct from LA so not too far away!!

  • Lindsey November 22, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    We are currently in Grapevine with my family celebrating “Thanksmas”! We will spend Christmas at home in Atlanta this year. We LOVE doing Thanksmas. It spreads out the fun all season!

  • Dorinda Doft November 22, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Could you do a review on your Sonos system? Or maybe you’ve talked about it before. I’m interested in learning more about how it works and what you like about it.

    • Mix and Match Mama November 23, 2017 at 7:05 am

      We love it! We have it in our home and at our office. We absolutely love it!

  • Cori Wilburn November 23, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Hallmark Christmas movies are my jam! I can’t get enough! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a fun Christmas Eve dinner too!

  • Jenny November 24, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Hi Shay! I posted this week sharing some of my elf ideas. I hope you’ll check it out. Maybe you can use an idea or two. It’s seriously one of the most magical Christmas traditions I did for my boys.


  • Angela Ellingson November 24, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    I can’t stop watching Hallmark Christmas movies either!!! I’m getting so far behind on my shows, but I don’t care. Romantic Christmas movies are all I want to watch!