Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends!

We have one week left until Christmas.

This makes me panic.

I feel like I need to immediately binge watch a bunch of holiday movies, eat gingerbread men and wear an ugly sweater.  Stat.

I don’t know about you…but we have lots more holiday-ing to do between now and the twenty-fifth 🙂 .  Today, we’re even doing something new and surprising the kids by taking them out of school just a wee bit early to do something fun.  ‘Tis the season, right?!

Just like every Friday, I’m linking up with three of my besties, AndreaErika and Narci today and sharing my favorite things from this week.  I hope you have a very merry weekend!

Don’t forget!  What’s Up Wednesday will be next week!  Our bonus question this month is BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER GIVEN A GUY.  I’m not going to lie…we picked this question because we need ideas 😉 .

If you are a blogger, make sure you link up!

Yes, yes, YES!!!!  I have started binge watching Madam Secretary, and it is FANTASTIC!!  The first few seasons are on Netflix, and I seriously love it.  I’ve always loved Tea Leoni and Tim Daly (hello, Wings?!), but not only are they great, I love the writing, the plots, the other characters, the pace of the show…EVERYTHING.

Speaking of things I love, if you’re looking for my two favorite Christmas albums of all time to get you through this next week…

…you’re welcome.  Download both.  They are THE BEST!

I’m such a sweater and jeans girl, so I thought I’d share all of my faves right now just in case you are too…

This sweater has the cutest tie sleeves!  I bought it in navy, but it also comes in four other colors (the pink would be super cute for Valentine’s!)

This is the coziest sweater I own.  I love it so much that I even bought it in black too!  They’ve recently added a few new colors to the line (there are six total).  Perrrrrrfect!

I feel like Loft has been killing it in the sweater department recently.  Not only are they so cute, but they’re always on major sale!!  I am obsessed with this red sweater!  It also comes in a really pretty green too!

And this buffalo check hoodie just makes my heart happy!!  It comes in three other solid colors too.

Madeley is thinking, “I know I’m not supposed to touch the tree, but her back is to me right now.”. That kid!  I’m wearing my very favorite camisole underneath it.  You ladies know how much I love those things!

Cute hood in the back 🙂 .

And then as soon as I put this one on, I regretted not buying it in more multiple colors…

…it is so soft and light.  I love it.  I should have bought the red too.  They’ve restocked my boots.  They’re Steve Madden which means they’re super comfortable!

So, a friend of ours sent us a sweet Christmas package filled with Cheryl’s Cookies.  When I opened it, I was like “oh that’s sweet”, but didn’t think much about it.  Until I tried one.  Seriously friends…they are INSANELY good…

I am not going to lie…I was blown away by how fresh, moist and delicious these little cookies taste.  No promo, no ad…just a girl who has really enjoyed these cookies.  I think we received about two dozen in our package and we’re down to three.  If you’re needing to send a gift or just want some at your house, I’m highly recommending them.  I’ve never had a packaged cookie taste so good.  Whoever Cheryl is, is one smart cookie 😉 .

And I’m wrapping up today’s faves with this little classic Christmas treat…

Butterscotch Pecan Toffee Christmas Crack

…most people call it Christmas Crack 🙂 .  This is my Butterscotch Pecan version and, it’s a little piece of heaven.  You can mix and match these a million ways.  We’re butterscotch and pecan people, so that’s what we made.  Easy, easy, easy!!  Your kids will love helping you make these!!  See my version HERE.

That’s it!  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!! xo

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog December 15, 2017 at 4:41 am

    I’m all for the sweater and jeans combo, too! It’s so simple but easy to glam up too! 🙂
    Have a great weekend!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Sarah December 15, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Oh man those cookies look great!!! And I agree about LOFT lately! I cannot go in there without buying a few things. Excited to hear what you fun surprise you have in store for your kiddos!! Enjoy the weekend!!

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams December 15, 2017 at 5:10 am

    I know I feel like I have to watch more Christmas movies, wrap more gifts and listening to more Christmas music stat! I see a red sweater that I could wear as a part of my Christmas outfit. Thanks for sharing! Have so much fun with the kids!
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Erika Slaughter December 15, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Your favorite holiday albums made me chuckle. :). And Madeley!! She’s gotta know better than to touch the tree when you’re IN the room. Like right during this picture, she should hve been touching the big tree in the living room!!

  • Christine December 15, 2017 at 5:34 am

    We love giving (and getting!) Cheryl’s cookies! They also freeze beautifully, if you’re able to resist saving some for later. 😉

  • Kerri December 15, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Love Madam Secretary! Can’t wait for winter break to do a little netflix binge watching! Like the Crown! Also, thanks for the recommendation on Ozark, that was a good one. I sent Cheryl’s cookies to our Pediatrician for Christmas! I always get them at my office from clients, they are great! Have a great weekend before Christmas!!!

  • jamie December 15, 2017 at 5:40 am

    HAHA {she is one smart cookie} and {ps} free shipping TODAY ONLY on all things including sale items!

  • Beth Knecht December 15, 2017 at 5:41 am

    I was just thinking about buying some Cheryl’s cookies for my coworkers. I wasn’t debating back and forth but now I feel like your post including them has sealed the deal that I definitely need to get them!

  • Stephanie December 15, 2017 at 5:52 am

    The same thing happened to me with Cheryl’s Cookies. I was sent some and fell immediately in love. SO GOOD!

  • emily @ a little bit of emily December 15, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Madame Secretary is one of my favorite shows! I love it even more knowing they are together in real life!

  • Sheaffer Sims December 15, 2017 at 5:57 am

    I have that last sweater in red….and you’re right, I need it in black. And now I want Christmas Crack for breakfast.

  • Narci Dreffs December 15, 2017 at 5:59 am

    All those sweaters are adorable on you, friend! I especially love the buffalo check!! So cute!

  • KimW December 15, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Oh gosh – that made me panic, too! I still have just a couple of things to pick up and we still have lots of driving around to do looking at lights! I also agree about Loft… I need to stop making purchases!! This 50% off with free shipping is so tempting, though!!

  • Amanda December 15, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Hi Shay! Are your booties with the buffalo plaid sweater current? They look so cute!

    • Mix and Match Mama December 15, 2017 at 7:04 am

      They’re not. They’re older Rag & Bone!

  • Kelly December 15, 2017 at 6:41 am

    I’m loving all the sweaters! I ordered the red one and I’m interested in ordering the first sweater (navy) you posted. I’m just wondering about the sleeve length. On the model, the sleeves look way too long and I wondered if that’s how they were in real life? Thank you! Have a blast with the kids today! I can’t wait to hear what the fun surprise was that you guys planned for them!

    • Mix and Match Mama December 15, 2017 at 7:04 am

      They tie at my wrists and then go a little longer. They haven’t gotten in my way!

  • Rebecca December 15, 2017 at 6:47 am

    YES. LOVE Madam Secretary!!! 🙂 Merry Christmas!! 🙂

  • Alexis deZayas December 15, 2017 at 6:55 am

    That buffalo check hoodie is calling my name!! So cute!

  • Christy Latimore December 15, 2017 at 6:55 am

    We received Cheryl’s Cookies several years ago as a gift from the Cotton Bowl…and I’ve been in love ever since. Every year, I send them to each of my clients at work as a “thank you” gift once our relationship ends. We do a big trade show every year and instead of giving away the normal pens, etc. that most companies usually give, we do Cheryl’s Cookies. The company even prepares special stickers with our company logo and assembles them so we have to do zero work on our end. I cannot tell you enough great things about Cheryl’s!!!!

  • Brooke Richardson December 15, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Cheryl cookies are our favorite! They are the best!!!!

  • Shelly December 15, 2017 at 7:10 am

    I’m DYING over Madeley in the background touching the tree!! So darn cute!

    Shelly | The Queen in Between

  • Carol December 15, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Cheryl’s cookies are AMAZING! They also have gluten free which is ideal for me. We had a bunch of them at our wedding 🙂

  • Sarah Henderson December 15, 2017 at 7:35 am

    I live in Columbus, Ohio – home of Cheryl and her cookies! When our children’s report cards come, Cheryl’s will give free cookies for “A” grades! The cut-outs – plain buttercream- are the best! You can also send one cookie anywhere in the U.S. for $5. When I want to send my friends a greeting card (birthday, missing you, etc.), I’ll send one cookie instead for the same price as a card!

    I ❤️ TNF hoodie! Adding that to my list!

  • Amber December 15, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Shay, Cheryl’s cookies are AMAZING! here’s a tip on their cookies-since they are individually wrapped you can freeze them and take them out whenever you need a cookie fix! Ha! enjoy!

  • Nicole in WI December 15, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I love all things buffalo plaid so of course I want that hoodie. But I will have to be on the lookout for a cheaper version!

  • Coleen December 15, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Cheryl’s Cookies are the BEST! My mom started mailing them to me and my roommates when I was away at college for St. Patrick’s Day, and 10 years later hasn’t stopped 🙂

  • sydnee December 15, 2017 at 8:03 am

    The buffalo check hoodie looks so cozy! Now I’m intrigued by Cheryl’s cookies with everyone saying how good they are! Happy Friday!

    Design by Sydnee | Friday Faves 💗

  • Crystal December 15, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Cheryl cookies are so good! They also freeze well, but it sounds like you won’t need to do that 😉

  • Kelly Chen December 15, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I’m panicking too. I have all the holiday festivities planned for the next ten days. Hope y’all have a great weekend!

  • Shawnee December 15, 2017 at 8:42 am

    And I just ordered some of Cheryl’s Cookies! 🙂 My buffalo check hoodie was delivered yesterday and handed over to hubby to wrap and put under the tree. I didn’t even open the box to take a peek.

  • Kimberly December 15, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I ❤️ Your North Face hoodie! Will have to add that to my wish list 🙂 My mom always listened to the Caprpenters Christmas album when I was growing up and I still love it! There’s just something so soothing about Karen’s voice. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Mix and Match Mama December 15, 2017 at 10:33 am

      I could not agree more!! When she sings Merry Christmas Darling, I get all the happy feels!

  • Laci December 15, 2017 at 8:59 am

    The girls at work were just talking about Christmas Crack, lol…. Now I want to order myself some sweaters!

  • Briana December 15, 2017 at 9:18 am

    OBSESSED with Madam Secretary. They were shooting an episode at a hotel I stayed at last year and I kind of freaked out. As for best guy gifts: I think, as with any gift, the best for guys is something personal. When I first started dating my college boyfriend, I got him a copy of a book we discussed a lot (“The Art of War” by Sun Tzu, lol) and kind of turned that into a tradition, buying different editions for other occasions, including a mini pocket version. So yeah, while it’s nothing big or super exciting, it was a great gift because it was personal to his/our interests and kind of turned into an inside joke.

    briana |

  • Janet December 15, 2017 at 9:20 am

    I order Cheryl’s Cookies from QVC. They are delicious. They do freeze well, but I never seem to have any left to freeze. Merry Christmas to you guys.

  • kellie carrara December 15, 2017 at 9:46 am

    One week! Yikes! My amazon order (ie. Santa’s Sleigh) is stuck in Macon, GA (I’m in MA) and has not moved in two days. I’m pushing the panic button!
    And Cheryl’s?!? YES! I give a LOT of these cookies as gifts! I sent a big box to the middle school on the last day for the teachers to help get them through the day — big hits all around! Love them!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick December 15, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I started watching Madam Secretary awhile back but had to stop because Tea Leoni’s voice drives me crazy! Does she not always sound like she’s slurring her words? (She kinda sounds like that dental assistant at my orthodontist’s office from the other day…haha). 😉 I loved the show but not her so I quit. 🙁 And I need to get my hands on those cookies!! Going to check out MIss Cheryl now… 🙂 That Inspired Chick

  • Amy Miller December 15, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Sooo those cookies are 25% off and free shipping today! Just ordered myself a present 😉

  • Erica G December 15, 2017 at 10:06 am

    LOVE that show… what makes it even better in my opinion is that Tea Leoni and Tim Daly are dating IN REAL LIFE!

  • Gabrielle storey December 15, 2017 at 10:16 am

    YESSS! Madam Secretary is the BEST! My mom and I started watching it about a year ago and we’re instantly hooked. So is the whole family now… I am going to make that toffee ASAP! Merry Christmas Shulls!

  • Tina December 15, 2017 at 10:25 am

    What size did you get in the red Loft sweater? I almost always have to get a different size than normal when I buy from there. TIA!

    • Mix and Match Mama December 15, 2017 at 10:31 am


  • Margaret December 15, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Random question for a future subject I would love to see you and your readers respond to – I work with young adults at our church so often have to send casseroles to families. I would really like to know what food/casseroles people like to get for birth of baby, surgery, etc. Thanks, Shay!

  • Whitney Pegram December 15, 2017 at 10:47 am

    That hooded buffalo plaid sweater!!! 😍 Happy Friday!!

  • Ashley December 15, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Madam Secretary is so good! They are one of the best on screen (and off screen!) couples! Merry Christmas!

  • Nikki December 15, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Thank you for sharing the link to Cheryl’s cookies. I just did my Christmas shopping for out of state family members in ten minutes! Woohoo! Now THAT’S what I call a Christmas miracle! ha ha ha

  • Jess Maynard December 15, 2017 at 11:52 am

    My husband’s aunt sends us Cheryl’s cookies every year around Christmas (and has been since we’ve been married – 6 years now!). We LOVE them. The little brownies are my absolute FAVORITE!

  • Susie December 15, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Shay, where did you purchase the bead bracelets shown in the red sweater photo? Love those!

    • Mix and Match Mama December 16, 2017 at 6:30 am

      A little boutique on our town square called Primp.

  • Abby December 15, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Thanks for the cookie recommendation! I was trying to come up with a gift for a friend- and this is the perfect thing. Order already placed! 🙂

  • Nancy December 15, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    I need to tell you to listen to Brett Eldredge’s Christmas album, “Glow” if you already haven’t! I promise you will have all the happy Christmas feels!

  • Debbie Dunbar December 15, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    I love Madam Secretary too and I’ve been listening to Michael Buble since November 1! Have a great weekend!

  • Nona C December 15, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    The Carpenters Christmas…. interesting! I’ll take a listen though! I love love love Christmas music! And Cheryl’s cookies is a seasonal favorite for us. We order every year and there never seems to be enough! Lol

  • Vidya December 15, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Hey Shay, can you send a link to your grey shoes you wore during your Alaskan trip.

    • Mix and Match Mama December 16, 2017 at 6:29 am

      I just went and I couldn’t find them anywhere.

  • Susan Jeffries December 16, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Yes Loft is licking it this season! I have purchased several sweaters and love them all! I just picked up your gray sweater too! Thanks! I love your beaded bracelets. Could you possible link those for us? Thanks!!

  • Lynn Baker December 16, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Thanks for posting about the sweaters!
    I just ordered the black and red ones😊
    The red sweater will be perfect for Christmas Day🎅🏽
    Merry Christmas to y’all🎄🎁

  • Lexie December 16, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Haaaa! Your Cheryl’s cookies comment killed me! I was like, “what?! she doesn’t know what Cheryl’s are?!” But I live it Columbus, OH where they are headquartered so I guess it makes sense now why you’ve never had them 🙂 love all your sweaters! XO

  • Dianna December 16, 2017 at 8:53 am

    I was introduced to Cheryl’s years ago and now my family is obsessed 😍

  • Sandy December 16, 2017 at 11:09 am

    I’d love for you to link your grey jeans. Looking high and low for a couple of great pair…to put under the tree from Santa, of course. 🌲🎅🏻😊

    • Mix and Match Mama December 17, 2017 at 5:07 am

      They’re older Hudson jeans. They’re not available any more.

  • Vanda December 17, 2017 at 7:31 am

    I love Tea Leoni & Karen Carpenter too! I was wondering if you could tell me the name of the red nail polish that you are wearing in the picture where your sweet Madely is standing in the background. It is so pretty on you! Thank you!

    • Mix and Match Mama December 18, 2017 at 5:01 am

      OPI The Spy Who Loved Me

  • Stephanie December 17, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Hi Shay. What size are you wearing in the Northface buffalo check hoodie? How would you say it runs? I’m loving that one!

    • Mix and Match Mama December 18, 2017 at 5:01 am

      xsmall! True to size 🙂 .

  • Jillian December 17, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Can we please get the info on your black and white bracelets?! Love them!!

    • Mix and Match Mama December 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

      They’re from a boutique in town called Primp!

  • Whitney Herrera December 18, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    when you need another show to watch, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime is SO good!! Super funny!!

  • Detroit Duchess December 20, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Madam Secretary is one of my favorite shows! I love Tea Leoni, she is great on this show.