What’s Up Wednesday {03.28.18}


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!

It’s been a fun month!!  I can hardly believe that spring is in full swing and we’re almost to April!  BRING ON SUMMER, right?!  It’s so close, I can almost taste it!

Here’s a little look at what I’m up to today…


Taco Tuesday

Did you see my TACO TUESDAY post yesterday?!  Friends!  You have to check it out!!  I have so many yummy and easy recipes that your whole family will love!

Plus, you and your kiddos need to make these this week…

Resurrection Rolls

Resurrection Rolls!  This is such a fun, and yummy, visual way to share the message of Easter with kids.


I’d be lying if I didn’t say this…

…our spring break Disney vacation.  Sigh.  It was just so much fun.  To see the recap of our land & sea vacation (meaning we went to Disney World and on a Disney Cruise), click HERE.


Hi, my name is Shay and I just discovered…

…Larabars.  Um, yeah, clearly I’m behind.  Until now, I have not been a huge “bar” fan because they leave a funky taste in my mouth.  Am I the only one? They start off good but then they quickly turn to yuck after I’m done.  I have been snacking on these bars though and am a huge fan!  Plus, the ingredient list is always just like four or five things…that I actually understand.  No weird stuff. Not sponsored, just discovered and now I love.  Hahahaha!  I’m so behind.


Well…Andrew has been snowboarding in Canada since Sunday morning, and today, he’s coming home and we’re so pumped!!  We’ve been busy doing our norm (school, speech, sports, repeat), but it’s not nearly as much fun without him around.


Ashby’s next procedure.  It’s just always hanging over our heads, you know?


All the stuff outside 🙂 …

I love, love, love to work outside during the spring and summer (or until it’s too hot).  I turn on my French music, bring out my coffee or tea along with my MacBook and enjoy working from outside.  It just makes me so happy.


BASEBALL STARTS TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here I am at the very last game of last year…

…and tomorrow, you will find me on my couch at 3:00 ready to watch the first game of this year!!  I am so pumped!!!  I MISS baseball so much during the off season.  Bring. It. On.


My March Book Review was up Monday…

March Book Review

…you can see it HERE.  I read some great books, friends!  Make sure you read the comment section of the post for other recommendations too!

Andrew convinced me to start binge-watching this…

…and I really like it!!! I am watching it on the Showtime app right now.  I have always been a fan of Mandy Patinkin…but oh my goodness, this just makes me love him even more!


Starting tomorrow, baseball, baseball, baseball!


This is my uniform, friends…

And let me break it down for you…

#1: My light little Stella & Dot earrings.  Mine are older, but they’re very similar to their Illusive Hoop Earrings.

#2: OPI polish in Alpine Snow.  My fave.

#3: These fun bracelets from Stella & Dot!  They are the Anda Strength, Nomad Stretch and Anda Courage.

#4: This super cute necklace that looks like two, but it’s actually only one.  With that pop of turquoise, it’s the perfect little layering piece.  Online it says green, but it’s VERY turquoise.

#5: The perfect white tee.

#6: The perfect layering tank to wear underneath.

#7: The perfect denim shorts.

#8: My favorite Tory Burch sandals

I also loved all four dresses/rompers I wore on our Disney Cruise!!   I can’t wait to keep wearing them this spring and summer…

Maxi Dress

Little Black Dress

Ruffle Romper

Red Dress


All of it.

And I would love for you to do it too!!!

If you’re local, please come visit us at First McKinney!!  We would love to have you!

Just more outside stuff.

I’m ready for eating dinner on the patio, playing outside, bike rides, long walks…all of the outside stuff!


I think that’s it!  🙂

Bonus question this month:  What’s your favorite Easter tradition?

I just love our Easter Egg-stravaganza at church!! It is such a fun time of community and outdoor activities.  From face painting to bounce houses, food trucks and more…it is so much fun!!

Okay!  That’s What’s Up Wednesday today! If you blogged too, make sure you link up below.  I hope you guys have a fantastic day!! xo

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog March 28, 2018 at 4:39 am

    I’ve actually never tried Larabars – or RXbars, or, well, a lot of the bars on the market. They’re so expensive in Hong Kong! I need to take your word for the Larabars though, they sound heavenly. 😀

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Elspeth Mizner March 28, 2018 at 5:37 am

    How fun!! I can’t wait for Warmer weather and summer! I’m itching to be outside all the time now

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams March 28, 2018 at 5:42 am

    I’m with you Shay, I’m ready for patio dining and being outside more. Really loving all those dresses you wore on the Disney cruise too, the red one especially! Enjoy the Red Sox tomorrow, I already miss football and it’s only March so I know how you feel lol!
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Erika Slaughter March 28, 2018 at 5:51 am

    Eeekkkk!!!! Girl, I’m ready for summer too! It’s getting so close.

  • Mikalee Welling March 28, 2018 at 6:11 am

    So jealous over here in Michigan that spring is in full swing for you! Enjoy! 🙂

  • Narci Dreffs March 28, 2018 at 6:18 am

    What a sweet picture of your sweeties at the Eggstravaganza!! And, I love all four of those dresses! Gorgeous, friend!

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life March 28, 2018 at 6:25 am

    Yay for baseball!!! Except we’re Cubs fans 🙂 It’s just so fun to watch!

  • Alexis deZayas March 28, 2018 at 6:33 am

    You look so cute in your “uniform”! Bring on summer for sure!

  • Sheaffer Sims March 28, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Your uniform is perfect. All I’m so ready for all the hanging out this summer!

  • Jenna March 28, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Absolutely love chocolate chip cookie dough larabars and chocolate peanut butter! I keep some on my car if I need a snack while on the go. Also, where did you get your patio furniture? Love love love

    • Mix and Match Mama March 28, 2018 at 6:55 am

      I should know the answer to this…it was online. I’ll ask Andrew!

  • Erin Port March 28, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Always love these fun monthly recaps and I just got caught up on your trip yesterday, it looked SO fun! xoxo ERIN

  • sarah ellen livingston March 28, 2018 at 6:53 am

    What size did you order in that red dress? It says it runs large? Thanks shay!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 28, 2018 at 6:55 am


  • Penny March 28, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Yum larabars! Personally my 2 favorite are peanut butter chocolate chip (microwaved for 10 seconds-tastes like a warm and gooey no bake cookie!!) and mint brownie chip (kept in the fridge- don’t worry it won’t get hard and break your teeth I think it makes it more “desserty” when it cold!)

  • Lea Culp March 28, 2018 at 7:01 am

    Well, Shay, I smiled all the way through this post! What a beautiful family and I didn’t know you were from McKinney. We love McKinney and have a dear, dear friend that sings at The Pantry once a month and we have been to the downtown area to hear him and absolutely love the area. Sure wish I enjoyed baseball more because my husband sure does enjoy it, but I can take it or leave it. :o(( Have a wonderful Easter with those precious kiddos! Wishing you sunshine and lollipops!

  • Sonia March 28, 2018 at 7:03 am

    Favorite Easter Tradition – giving my babies (17 &10) Easter baskets, and dressing up for church….but my favorite favorite part is seeing the church house getting filled up with so many faces that we have to have overflow areas set up!! I love love love seeing so many people celebrating Christ!

  • Angela Ellingson March 28, 2018 at 7:17 am

    I love the chocolate chip cookie dough Larabars! So excited for outside everything myself. As my kiddos said, up here in South Dakota, “winter and spring are having an argument.”

    • Becky March 28, 2018 at 8:25 am

      👆🏼 Love it. Winter & spring are having an argument in Michigan too

  • Melissa March 28, 2018 at 7:51 am

    The Cherry Pie larabar is yummy too (and I’m funny about bars as well) ; )

  • Lindsey March 28, 2018 at 7:56 am

    After doing Whole30 twice, Larabars and RX bars are a staple in my house. My kids even enjoy them!

  • Lindsay D. March 28, 2018 at 8:09 am

    You’ll have to try the Kind bars. Those are my favorite! Same as the Lara bar all ingredients you can read/know what they are no icky aftertaste. My favorite is the almond with coconut!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick March 28, 2018 at 8:11 am

    You rock shorts and a tee like no one else, friend! That Inspired Chick

  • Erin Chavez March 28, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Yay for Homeland! My husband made me binge watch it a few years and it is my favorite show!

  • Anna March 28, 2018 at 8:40 am

    The Banana chocolate Chip Lara Bars are the BEST…they’re a “limited edition” so I stock up every time I go to the store….afraid that they’re going to be gone next time! haha

  • Beth Jensen March 28, 2018 at 8:50 am

    I am so pumped for the SOX! We are going to Vegas for spring break on Easter, but heading to Baltimore, Boston, and DC to watch those SOX this year!!! Just means a different cute ball cap for each right?

  • cassie {hi sugarplum} March 28, 2018 at 9:00 am

    So much great stuff!!! Love those sweet little Easter faces!

  • Kristen March 28, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Hi Shay, do you find the Tory Burch sandals run true to size? Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 28, 2018 at 11:50 am

      I do!!

  • Kayla Bruce March 28, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Jealous of your weather that’s warm enough to sit on the deck! We had frost last night here in WI. Also, have you heard of Carla Bruni?? She’s a French singer, and I’ve been loving listening to her Spotify playlist!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 28, 2018 at 11:50 am

      Yes!!!! I love her!!

  • Meg March 28, 2018 at 9:14 am

    I’ve loved Larabars for years now 😊. My other favorite are the Rx bars and they tend to have a better protein to sugar ratio…the also have kid Rx bars 😁. This post made me so excited for warmer weather!!!

  • Kelly March 28, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Homeland is SO good! Picking up the most recent season today from our library 😊

  • Julie March 28, 2018 at 9:31 am

    My daughter just got braces. What is that toothpaste that you use? I remember you wrote about it, but can’t find it now.

    • Mix and Match Mama March 28, 2018 at 11:50 am

      It’s HD something from Amazon. It comes in mint or bubblegum!

  • ayrgalaxy March 28, 2018 at 9:38 am

    I can’t wait for summer either! I’m so over this winter. And I feel the same about many bars, all the ones I’ve tried are good but they leave a waxy feeling in my mouth and I don’t like it. I should probably try these and the RX bars

  • Mary March 28, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Can you tell me what color and size you bought for the layering tank to wear under the white t shirt. Some of the reviews online for the layering tank state that it runs very small.

    • Mix and Match Mama March 28, 2018 at 11:50 am

      I always buy smalls. I wouldn’t think you would need to size up.

  • Tish Ferry March 28, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Don’t you just LOVE baseball season?!! And we are SUPER EXCITED for summer, long days, and pool time! I’m gonna have to try those Larabars! Any favorites you recommend?

    Simply Tish

  • lauren March 28, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Im about to go buy some Tory Burch Sandals, obviously a bit pricey, do you think they are worth it? Im obsessed 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama March 28, 2018 at 11:49 am

      I’m on my third summer with them and they’re still in really great shape!!

  • Chrystianne Santos March 28, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Whole30 introduced me to Larabars. You have to try Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter (although not Whole30 compliant) because it is DELICIOUS! Also, what color of the Tory Burch Miller sandal are you wearing in the picture? Buying a pair for Spring Break next week and I am torn between “makeup” and “sand patent.” Thanks Shay! 😉

    • Mix and Match Mama March 28, 2018 at 11:48 am

      Sand Patent! I love them because they can get wet (since they’re patent!). This will be my third summer with them and they’re still my FAVORITE!

  • Rachel Seibold March 28, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Another delicious protein bar that several health bloggers rave about, and I love as well, are the Good 2 Go bars. Our Costco sells them at a discount or you can order them online. They are gluten free, naturally flavored, and no preservatives!
    My family is planning a Disney Cruise for next year. I need to email you about planning our trip!

  • Biby Chacon March 28, 2018 at 11:16 am

    I love Lara bars. I haven’t tried the coconut cream pie, but I do love the apple pie ones. I am also so excited for baseball to start! I was actually just in Boston and took a Tour of Fenway Park. The tour was great, really infromative, and a great experience.

  • Elizabeth March 28, 2018 at 11:50 am

    My husband and I just finished the first two seasons of Homeland! We LOVED it!!! I would binge watch it, but he needed a little break because it’s so intense!!! I think you’ll love it! I can’t wait to dive back in!
    We’re big fans of Larabars too!!! 😉 Happy Easter!

  • Julie March 28, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Loved your Disney recaps. I’ve never cruised but it’s on my bucket list…and a Disney cruise would be even better!

  • Nicole March 28, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Lemon, Coconut and Carrot Cake Larabars are my favorite!! I’m in a lunch rut, what have you been eating lately? 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama March 28, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      I made myself chicken salad on Sunday afternoon and ate that Tuesday and today for lunch. Lunch is hard.

  • Nicole March 28, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Lunch is hard! I usually rotate my go to salads (which are usually your recipes)! I love your strawberry quinoa, southwest quinoa and cranberry blue cheese and green pasta salads. 🙂 What’s in your chicken salad?

    • Mix and Match Mama March 29, 2018 at 5:29 am

      I typically make my grape chicken salad! Recipe on blog!! It’s so easy!!

  • Nicole March 28, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Oops, greek** not green pasta salad. 😜

  • Shelly March 28, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Being outside this time of year is my absolute favorite! And yes to baseball season…it’s my favorite!

  • Brandy March 28, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    *Larabars: YUM!
    *OMGosh…Homeland! My husband and I binged all seasons on Hulu, then ordered Showtime so we could watch the current season. It is so good… we love Mandy Patinkin, as well!! Still feeling the effects of the binge, lol!
    *Have the TB sandals in the sand patent, too! They’re the perfect summer sandal…can dress up or down, and they go with everything.
    *These jeans shorts are in my cart now! Is the cuff sewed? I mean, could I roll them down if I find them to be too short for my liking? (I’m from Colorado and so desperate for warm weather! We had snow yesterday, so maybe putting shorts in my shopping cart is a bit premature?!? Haha…)

  • Karen Ivy March 28, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Shay, I would love to hear your favorite things about the Red Sox… Maybe it is just me?? I really want to get into baseball… I love going to a game, but it just doesn’t hold my attention… What are the things that makes you love this sport/team?

  • Karen Ray Costa March 28, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Hey Shay, how do you watch the Sox? We cut the cord on cable and I’m wondering how to stream it…

    • Mix and Match Mama March 29, 2018 at 5:26 am

      On NESN through the MLB package I buy through Direct TV 🙂

  • Alyssa Gordon March 28, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    I literally just finished listening to the story behind Lara Bars, then read your post and laughed aloud! NPR’s podcast, How I Built This, recently interviewed Lara, and it is super interesting! It is one of my favorite podcasts 🙂

  • Danielle Garavaglia March 28, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Have you tried RX Bars? They have become my new favorites! The ingredient list is right on the front:) Love anything easy and healthy! Happy Easter Shay!

  • Julie March 28, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    MN girl, but heading back to Boston to catch a game in July. We took our kids last year, this year just my husband and I are going. I love New Balance shoes(headquarters are in Boston) and I purchased a super cute pair of red shoes that say Boston on the side and on the bottom. I love them.
    I am also a huge baseball fan. We are on Spring Break here and plan to watch baseball coverage of Opening Day all day long!!!!

  • Meredith March 29, 2018 at 5:20 am

    I am contemplating biting the bullet on the Tory Burch sandals. I have been eyeing them for awhile. I am on my 3 or 4th season with my jack Rodgers and I don’t want them to feel left out. Ha! Nothing better than a cute sandal!

  • Kelly March 30, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Lara Bars!! Cashew Cookie only has 2 ingredients:). Sitting out on our deck by the pool is one of my very favorite things but spring is slow to come to PA this year. We had snow on the deck up until 2 days ago! I feel about college football they way you do about baseball, those months in between are LONG!

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World April 3, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Oh girl, I discovered Larabars about six months ago and I swear I have literally eaten one every single day since then. Try the Mint Chocolate Chip or the Banana Chocolate Chip ones… you’ll never want another flavor again! They are divine.

  • Haley Sulka April 9, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    I LOVE lara bars because of the clean ingredients, but recently discovered their Nut & Seed style bars that are muchhhh lower in sugar than the chewy ones with dates. You should try them, I talked about them in my blog: https://www.haleysulka.com/single-post/2018/02/Whats-Up-Wednesday

    Hopefully they won’t leave a bad taste in your mouth either!

  • Lindsey April 12, 2018 at 7:28 am

    I just listened to the podcast “How I Built This” about Lara Bars…. very good! And makes you say WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT?!

  • Detroit Duchess April 17, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    OOOOH! Coconut Cream Pie sounds so good! I love coconut. Homeland is really intense, I can’t wait to see what you think of it! I am two seasons behind, but I have them saved on my DVR to catch up on. Claire Danes is fantastic in this, her character is so complicated.