Fall Friday Favorites!

Guys!  Tomorrow is my favorite day of the WHOLE YEAR!

Hahahaha!  I know.  I’m so weird.

I say this every September 1, but it’s my very favorite day of the year.  You know how some people love January 1 because it represents fresh starts and new beginnings?  Well, that’s what I think about September 1.  The kids are back in school, we have all of the fun fall things ahead of us, we have the holidays coming up, cozy weather, scarves, college football, pumpkin patches…IT JUST BRINGS ME JOY!

You know what?  I’m going to celebrate this favorite season of mine BIG TIME this year!  I have so many giveaways planned for you sweet readers…one just cozy and fun and the other HUGE.  You’ll need to make sure you check back every day in September for those (and then several more throughout the fall and holiday season!).

Today, in honor of my favorite day of the year, all of my faves are fall related!  I have a nice list, so grab your pumpkin spiced latte, sit back and enjoy!  I hope wherever you are today, you’re beginning to get in that fall mood.  And if you’re not?  Then you just need to head on over to my Pinterest boards because I’m an a self-proclaimed Pinterest junkie, but this time of year, I take it to a whole new level.  My boards below are sure to put you in the fall mood!

As always, I’m linking up with my friends Erika, Narci and Andrea and sharing some of my favorite things from this week.  I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!! xo

This right here is like MY FAVORITE…

…how many times do we think I’m going to put her in that shirt this season?!

I bought a grown-up version of the shirt too…

…isn’t that so cute?!


I get asked all the time about my leather earrings and they’re always from Nickel & Suede.  I love them for many reasons, but most of all because they’re LIGHT!  I bought these for this fall…

…so cute and so light!  They come in three different sizes, but I always order the small size.  They just look like fall to me.  I wore them this week with this top and my shorts

my favorite shorts (I’ve worn them basically every day for two summers now!), one of those Lush shirts (PERFECT FOR FALL!!!  They come in many colors and this one is dusty cedar.) plus those new leopard flats I bought for fall.

You know what’s going to make my fall nice and easy?  MY COSTCO FINDS!

Holy cow!  Friends, I shared my new favorite Costco finds on Wednesday and had over a hundred comments about what I need to buy next.  I had so many emails (one email had over 50 suggestions!!!).  I AM SO PUMPED ABOUT THIS!!  If you missed this post, you need to go back.  It is a wealth of information!!

Every fall, I like to watch fall movies and read fall books.  Last year, you ladies turned me on to the Hallmark Channel movies where they show tons of “fall” movies (leading right into their Christmas movies!!).  I made me a list of my favorite fall movies.  These are ones I watch over and over and over again.  If you have any other suggestions for me, I’d love to know!  I turn these on while I’m working and listen to them in the background.  Here are my faves:

I have all four of these memorized.  Let’s be honest, One Fine Day is a “spring” movie, but it’s rainy and kind of cold most of the movie, so I watch it in the fall.  I’m so weird.

What are some other ones????  I’d love to add them to my rotation!

Did you see this on Monday

Fall Reading List

…along with my AUGUST BOOK REVIEW, I created a FALL READING LIST for you girls!  These are some of my favorite books to read, and I thought each and every one of them would be perfect for fall.  Seriously, this is a good batch of books, friends!  Read some of them!!  You can see my whole book review from this month HERE.

I mentioned my favorite candles the other day in passing here in blog world and had many questions about them.  These right here…

…have been my favorite for probably almost 20 years.  I legit had one in my room while I was in high school.  They burn without putting off a lot of black, one candle in my kitchen can make my whole house smell nice and I’ve actually been to their main location several times (they’re a Texas company) and the people who make them are just so darn nice!  My personal favorite scents are Country Morning (it’s their version of pumpkin spice) and Apple Strudel.  That being said, over the years, I’ve probably had just about every scent and they’re all so nice.  Now, I have no clue where I bought the iron candle holder…it’s probably 15 years old, but the candle, I buy those all the time 🙂 .  They ship really well!



Labor Day Menu

I’m wrapping up my Fall post with a reminder to check out my Labor Day Menu!  I’m making those Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos tomorrow and suggest you do the same!  The whole menu is easy and delish!

I hope you have a great long weekend!  See you all back here on Tuesday! xo

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog August 31, 2018 at 4:37 am

    I love your leather earrings! Going to check them out myself.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend, Shay! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    • Gloria Heinze August 31, 2018 at 9:51 am

      Oh my goodness! I had to say I read THE GREAT ALONE.
      Could not put it down, but had to occasionally do I could sleep! The best book I’ve read so far this year!!

  • Chane August 31, 2018 at 5:00 am

    What a lovely list! How is Ashby and school going?

    • Mix and Match Mama August 31, 2018 at 5:41 am

      Thank you for asking! She is LOVING it!!!

  • Monica August 31, 2018 at 5:02 am

    You just set me in the mood for fall 🙂
    Would you mind doing a post on how you store all your jewelry? I know its one of your shades of shay but I am sure this all changed as time goes by?

    • Mix and Match Mama August 31, 2018 at 5:41 am

      I use two big drawers. I used to store them in baggies in a big bin. I loved that method because nothing got tangled or broken and it was easy to flip through and see what I had.

  • Erika Slaughter August 31, 2018 at 5:05 am

    I’m pretty sure you introduced me to those candles YEARS ago! And those earrings are so cute! Perfect for fall!

  • Brea August 31, 2018 at 5:15 am

    We always celebrate big in September. My oldest daughter is turning 4 on the 2nd. You are right though. September comes and there’s just a change in the air regardless if it is still 100* outside! We love fall too!

  • Sheaffer Sims August 31, 2018 at 5:17 am

    Your house ALWAYS smells so lovely. And I love your fall earrings from Nickel and Suede. The color is great, and I’ve never seen the kind of braided leather in the earrings. SO CUTE!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt August 31, 2018 at 5:25 am

    I always start decorating my house for fall during Labor Day weekend, so I can’t wait to get everything out this weekend! And When Harry Met Sally is my all time favorite movie! I always watch that one at Christmas and New Years. I’m obsessed with the Hallmark Channel!

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams August 31, 2018 at 5:29 am

    Ok since it’s Labor Day weekend, I’m slowly getting pulled into the fall spirit. Give me until Tuesday lol. Those pumpkin shirts for you and Madeley are the cutest! I hope you guys have a great holiday weekend 🙂
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Molly Long August 31, 2018 at 5:32 am

    Sweet Home Alabama is a great fall movie!

    • Mix and Match Mama August 31, 2018 at 5:40 am

      Oooooooh!!! Good one!! I haven’t seen that one in ages!!

  • Elspeth Mizner August 31, 2018 at 5:41 am

    I’m with you, i can’t wait for fall!!

  • SS August 31, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Give me a football movie. RUDY is the one that comes to my mind first. I remember going to see that with my Dad at the theater when it came out!!! Remember the Titans, Replacements, Blind Side are a few others! I also like basketball movies. Back when I played girls played in the fall. HOOSIERS was my favorite. LOL!!! I watched Kate & Leopold the other night…not sure if it is a fall-ish movie, but has Meg Ryan. LOL!! By the way cool crisp fall morning here…about 55 out!!!

    • Ashley W August 31, 2018 at 8:10 am

      55?! So so jealous of that fall feeling! We are supposed to hit 97 here in Dallas today 😢

  • TGS August 31, 2018 at 7:20 am

    Wait, I’m laughing so hard about number 5 and the iron candle holder because I thought it was an empty napkin holder before you mentioned it. I’m silly. 😂😂😂😂

    • Mix and Match Mama August 31, 2018 at 7:37 am

      It is!!! I saw it displayed like that one time and thought “genius!”. Hahaha!

      • TGS August 31, 2018 at 5:18 pm

        Well ok then!!! Stealing this idea pronto! 😊

  • Kristen August 31, 2018 at 7:23 am

    Ha ha! I am sorry to be this person, but can you link to the necklaces you are wearing with the lush top and jeans shorts? Specifically the bar one? So cute! Thank you !

    • Mix and Match Mama August 31, 2018 at 7:37 am

      They’re both Gorjana from Nordstrom!

      • kristen August 31, 2018 at 8:01 am

        thank you! 🙂

  • Jenna Roth August 31, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Totally agree that sweet home Alabama is a great fall movie 🙂 Ps I couldnt get the pumpkin everything link to work on etsy. Bring on everything fall!

  • vanda August 31, 2018 at 7:37 am

    I love this post so much, since fall is also my absolute favorite time of year!!! Those candles sound amazing, and the picture of Madeley is perfection with her pumpkin shirt! One of my favorite fall movies is Home For the Holidays with Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr. Have a great Labor Day weekend!

  • Sarah P Wall August 31, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Oh My….I bet that candle smells heavenly! Love Madely’s tshirt…adorable! Have a great Friday! Happy “Almost” Fall! God Bless, Sarah 🙂 http://www.deardoodlezdesigns.etsy.com

  • Susan August 31, 2018 at 7:51 am

    I’m drooling over those leopard flats…………I’ve been looking at them since you first posted. I should not spend that much on myself right now, but I can’t stop thinking about them! I also have a cart going at Nickel & Suede–waiting to see what September’s Earrings of the Month are before I order!

  • Taylor August 31, 2018 at 8:14 am

    I am so ready for homemade apple crisp!! I use my grandma’s recipes (all of her recipes got passed down to me when she passed) and it’s my specialty!!

    PS: I could spend hours going through your Pinterest boards.

    • Mix and Match Mama August 31, 2018 at 8:43 am

      Hahaha! I love Pinterest so much!!

  • Cherise August 31, 2018 at 8:16 am

    If you’ve not read A Fall Of Marigolds, you should add it to your personal Fall reading list. It’s such a great book!

  • Carol August 31, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Ordered the Circle E country morning candle Monday and it is suppose to arrive today. So excited! Love the pumpkin t-shirt and earrings.

  • Narci Dreffs August 31, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Yeah!! Bring on all the Fall coziness! I love your list of favorites this week! XO N

  • Kerri August 31, 2018 at 8:33 am

    I just joined Costco recently so your list was super helpful! We used to belong to BJ’s (the competitor) but I would go to holidays and family parties and ask about things and everyone would say COSTCO! My cousin was like why haven’t you joined there! So thank you for the tips! Especially the Bacon, I mean….it’s genius. Just heat up a few strips and I have had it handy for Breakfast, as well as lunch or evening when we want a quick BLT or Turkey Club! So for this busy full time working mama (outside the home), anything easy is helpful! Also, you can add Fall Ball to your list of Favorites as our Red Sox will have plenty of it!!! 🙂

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick August 31, 2018 at 8:34 am

    I know something that’s going to go so well with your Pumpkin Everything tee!!! 😉 And I LOVE those earrings! Happy Friday!!
    That Inspired Chick

  • Carrie Burke August 31, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Such a coincidence. My girlfriend just gave me Circle Es Birds of Paradise for my birthday when I was in TX last week and I just asked her yesterday which fall smells I should be ordering. I’ll have to try apple strudel!

    And I love sept 1st as it’s my birthday eve but I’d like it more if our kids were back in school. We recently switched to after Labor Day and it kinda stinks.

    Love that pumpkin shirt!! Have a great weekend.

    • Mix and Match Mama August 31, 2018 at 8:42 am

      Birds of Paradise is their MOST popular scent!! You got a good one there!! Happy early birthday, Carrie!

  • Leiah August 31, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Aren’t Circle E’s the best? I may live in LA now but this Texas girl’s heart will always love them…except for their Bird of Paradise. That’s one I can’t get behind. Just ordered the two scents you mentioned! As for movies, I love the story in October Sky and can’t forget Hocus Pocus

    • Mix and Match Mama August 31, 2018 at 8:42 am

      Yes!!!! Hocus Pocus is a classic!!!!

  • Raquel Whatley August 31, 2018 at 8:46 am

    What scents do you burn for spring and summer? I purchased the Candles you recommended last year and I love both Country Morning and Apple Strudel. Happy Fall!

    • Mix and Match Mama August 31, 2018 at 11:46 am

      Birds of Paradise, Lemon and any of their vanilla/cookie scents! Hawaiian Pineapple is good too!

  • Callie Friesen August 31, 2018 at 8:52 am

    The link to the pumpkin shirt isn’t working for me :(. I love it though!

  • Katelyn August 31, 2018 at 9:03 am

    September 1st should absolutely be a fall holiday. It is officially fall come September 1st for my family-you are not alone! Bring out all of the decorations, candles, perfume and hopefully sooner than later, clothes! FALL soul sisters!

  • Kayla August 31, 2018 at 9:06 am

    I am a Fall movie junky too and only watch certain ones in the this time of year! These are mine: Dan in Real Life, Sleepless in Seattle, Baby Boom, Stepmom, and Bed of Roses. Loved this post!!! 🍁 ☕️ 🎃

  • Beth Valenta August 31, 2018 at 9:09 am

    You’ve Got Mail…on repeat, my absolute favorite! Bouquet of newly sharpened pencils. Just ordered the earrings for fall. Bath and Body has great candle called Fall you should try.

  • Rebecca Jo August 31, 2018 at 9:11 am

    You’ve not read The Royal We yet??? oh, you’re going to love it!
    Bring on ALLLLLLLLL the pumpkin fun!

    • Mix and Match Mama August 31, 2018 at 11:44 am

      I have!! This list is books that I’ve already read but think people will enjoy this fall! I love The Royal We so much!

  • Cristina David August 31, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Try Dan In Real Life and Stepmom! Those are 2 of my fave fall movies! Stepmom makes me sob every time I watch it, but it’s so worth it!

  • Debbra L Weber August 31, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Thank you for the link to the candles. I just ordered three! One for my mother, one for my sister who is coming to visit from Texas in a couple of weeks and one for myself. My last candle is about burned out so this was perfect timing. Can’t wait to receive them! 🙂

  • Anna S August 31, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Your excitement for fall makes me happy! 🙂 I am thankful to live in a place that gets all four seasons. I need the change every year. Cheers to fall!

  • Tish Ferry August 31, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Love Fall movies! I also watch Gilmore Girls in the Fall while I work. Not sure why it seems so “Fall” to me. Maybe because they have so many changes of seasons which we don’t see much of here in TX!
    Simply Tish

    • Mix and Match Mama August 31, 2018 at 11:44 am

      I agree!! It does seem like a Fall one! Good idea!

  • Elise August 31, 2018 at 10:38 am

    I need those leopard flats!!!

  • Macy August 31, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Personally, I enjoy capri BLUE Volcano candles. They are the best! My home smells like an Anthrolpologie store all of the time! LOVE THEM!
    Love how you store the Froot Loops cereal, is that for daily use or display? If you actually eat the cereal, how do you get it out? With a scoop?

  • Emmy Burke August 31, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Hi Shay! I am a candle fanatic too. I usually buy BBW candles but will give these a try after seeing you recommend them for years! What size candle do you typically purchase??

    • Mix and Match Mama August 31, 2018 at 11:43 am

      I love those too!! I always buy the 28 oz!

  • Emma Heitmeyer August 31, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Tomorrow is one of my favorite days too! It’s the start of such a fun season!

    So random, but the fall movies made me think of it – You NEED to watch The Intern if you haven’t yet. A total feel good movie, perfect to watch over & over and have on in the background while working (I do that too!). When I watched it for the first time last week, I thought “this seems like a total Shay Shull movie”. Robert De Niro is the cutest in it!

    Enjoy your weekend & Happy Labor Day!

  • Kristin August 31, 2018 at 11:12 am

    What size is that candle?

    • Mix and Match Mama August 31, 2018 at 11:43 am

      28 oz!

  • Kayla Parker August 31, 2018 at 11:16 am

    You’ve GOT to try the “Mulled Cider” candle by Tyler Candle (also a Texas company). I love Circle E as well but this candle is the best fall scent I have ever smelled and fills up my whole house! Everyone asks about it when they walk in!! 🙂

  • AmandaG August 31, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    I was so excited when my local HEB Plus started selling Circle E candles. I wish the weather around here would realize that September is tomorrow and the heat should just pack it up already.

  • Erica Werner August 31, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks to you, I purchased an Apple watch a few months ago. You are right, it’s a life changer, for sure!!! I wanted to purchase a new band for the fall. Which one did you get?

    • Mix and Match Mama September 1, 2018 at 6:35 am

      I have a a solid navy one for fall. It came with my Apple Watch 2, so it’s just a basic Apple one!

  • Bri August 31, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    That book list is perfect! Thanks for putting it together. LOVE those earrings too!!!

  • Melanie August 31, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    You’ve Got Mail is my all time fave movie!

  • Audra August 31, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    love, love, love Circle E! never found a better candle!

  • Julie Harris August 31, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Hi Shay! I just saw a commercial for Chesapeake Shores on the Hallmark Channel and it made me think of you. Do you watch it? Apparently it’s a series and is getting ready to start its new season. Also, have you tried Joanna Gaines’s candles from Hearth and Hand? Cedar Magnolia is the BEST!

    Happy Fall!!

  • Mother of 3 August 31, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Oh I just LOVE fall! Some of my favorite fall movies are Good Will Hunting, Stepmom, & The Blind Side.

  • Britani August 31, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Shay the links for the adorable pumpkins shirts aren’t working!

  • Angela Ellingson August 31, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    This post is just so cozy and fun! I love those posts like the Costco one, where between your actual post and the comments, it’s such a great resource to refer back to. Happy Labor Day weekend!

  • Susie August 31, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Shay, I haven’t been able to get either of the Etsy links to open…could you give us the names of the sellers? Thanks!

  • Juliana Grace August 31, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    I love all things Fall! Too bad I live in Florida where we don’t get one.. tear! I will sip my PSL by the ocean I guess, haha. Great post as always!

    Juliana Grace | http://www.julianagraceblogspace.com

  • Hanna August 31, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    My next door neighbor owns an Etsy shop and makes those lightweight leather earrings!! You should check out her collection!! 🙂 https://www.etsy.com/shop/InspireKC

  • Lori Williams August 31, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    I’ve followed and enjoyed your blog for several years. Like you, I adopted a child. (My daughter Aurelia was born in Romania 28 years ago.) And like you, I have a strong faith in God. And I used to rejoice when the calendar turned to September 1.
    Tomorrow will be the first time in forever that my husband and I do not take down the fall decorations from the attic. I lost him last September, two days before our 30th anniversary. He bought me a new fall decoration almost every year and even did calligraphy on my favorite gourds. His message? Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
    I know that God is still God and still the One from whom all blessings flow. But how I dread this fall season. Please pray for me as I navigate this season and all the holidays that follow.
    God bless you, Shay, for all the beautiful work that you do.

    • Mix and Match Mama September 1, 2018 at 6:33 am

      Lori, I’m praying for you right now. I’m stopping what I’m doing and praying for you. I am so sorry. I am just so sorry.

  • Lori Williams September 1, 2018 at 8:12 am

    thank you, Che’. I knew you would pray for me because that’s the kind of person you are. God bless you!

  • Jess September 2, 2018 at 6:15 am

    Can you recommend what candles you get for the winter from Circle E? About to order fall ones and I see free shipping if you spend 75! But it is hard when you cant smell them!! Thanks Shay!

    • Mix and Match Mama September 2, 2018 at 6:22 am

      I honestly, still burn the Country Morning and Apple Strudel in the winter. They’re just cozy scents! I also like their cookie and warm vanilla scents too!

  • Elizabeth Nguyen September 3, 2018 at 8:16 am

    What size candle do you order? 🙂
    Also, love your fall boards! It’s my favorite time of year!

    • Mix and Match Mama September 4, 2018 at 5:26 am

      28 oz!! Mine too, Elizabeth!!

  • Leiah September 4, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    I love watching Legally Blonde during the fall, the whole back to school and college campus makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Also – will you please do another fall home tour?? I just love reading this cozy posts!

    • Mix and Match Mama September 4, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      Yes! You’re right! That’s a good one! And yes, I sure will!!

  • Candy H. September 6, 2018 at 1:01 am

    I’ve never left a note before BUT had to tell you about a cute movie on Netflix – not sure it would be good for kids though ! It’s called The Guernsey Literary potato peel pie society !! So after your kids go to bed I highly recommend watching this movie ! You always have such cute ideas, recipes and movie and book recommendations— so hope you like it !!!! Hey it’s about a book club so pretty sure you’ll enjoy it !!

    • Mix and Match Mama September 6, 2018 at 5:33 am

      Thank you, Candy!!!! I’m going to check it out!!