What’s Up Wednesday: HALLOWEEN EDITION! {10.31.18}


It’s  What’s Up Wednesday HALLOWEEN EDITION!

I am SO EXCITED!!!!!

I love Halloween so much!  The friends, the family, the food, the fun…ALL.OF.IT.

So, let’s get to it…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!


All the Halloween food!  Just to recap (in case you need something festive today)…

Meal Planning Monday

My Halloween Edition of Meal Planning Monday is HERE.

Halloween Menu

My Halloween Menu is HERE (we’re eating SPOOKY SPAGHETTI tonight!).  And then this…

13 Wickedly Fun Halloween Treats

…my 13 Wickedly Fun Halloween Treats!


I mean…I’m still on a high from Sunday night’s World Series win!!!!  I’ve been thinking about it all week and reminiscing about our trip to Game One last Tuesday.


Guys!  A reader told me about this app, and I love it!  It’s about all of Hallmark’s new Christmas movies.  It even can send you notifications when they’re about to start.  Hahahahaha!  I reallllly liked their first original movie this year, Christmas at Pemberley Manor, and can’t wait for the next one.  All of you Hallmark groupies out there like me, get the app 🙂 .

I’m also loving this right now…

Look at Kensington’s sweet smile!!  Braces off 🙂 .  I have loved every stage of motherhood so far…with each one, I think “gosh, this is the best and I’m going to be sad when it’s over”, but you know what?  They just keep getting sweeter.  I love this girl so much!!



We cannot get enough FALL in our lives!  Last night, we carved our jack-o-lanterns and listened to Thriller.  I’m going to be sad when this sweet season is over.

Side note…I’ve been getting A LOT of questions about this lip color (in the pic above).  I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s totally worth repeating…

…it’s Stila in Perla.  Best part?  It does not budge all day long.


I think I’m good today.  Not dreading anything right this minute 🙂 .


We’re busy bees over at Mix and Match Travel Agency!  So many people are already booking their summer travels (tons of Alaskan cruises for 2019!).  If you’re looking to book a spring break or summer vacation, now is the time!  Email us at mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com.  We love, love, love sending people on trips!


I’m going on a girls trip this weekend with my besties!!  I am so excited about this!!!


My October Book Review was up yesterday…

October Book Review

…I read SIX books!!  Some were outstanding and others, just okay.  Click HERE to read about them!

Annnnnnnd…I can’t stop, won’t stop watching the Hallmark Christmas movies.  I love that they’re family-friendly!  Kensington, Ashby and I love cuddling up and watching them.


You better believe it!  Hahahaha!  I should be embarrassed, but I’m not.  Carols all around beginning tomorrow!


You mean besides Red Sox gear?  Um, my sweater game is STRONG this fall…

I’m still in love with this one here!  I am wearing it in pink with a cami under it, but it also comes in several other colors.

I bought this chenille sweater last year and am still wearing the heck out of it.  This year, they brought it back in a whole slew of colors.  The champagne is probably the closest to the one I bought last year.

And speaking of chenille…can’t stop, won’t stop with this one!  I bet I wear it once a week!

And then look at these


Are they tennis shoes?  Wedges?  What are they?  Who cares?!  They’re so comfy and eaaaaaasy for casual days!!!  They come in two colors and I’ve worn them every day for about six days in a row!!


You know, I haven’t been to New York City in a while, so I thought I’d go back with my best friends.


Four times in about six weeks.

I love you NYC!


Kicking off all the holiday FUN!!!


Did you hear that my Boston Red Sox won the World Series? 😉

I just wanted to put it out there in case you forgot.


Bonus question this month:   WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HALLOWEEN COSTUME?

I mean, this was the very first one that came to mind…

A year later and she’s still obsessed with Moana!  About 10 minutes before I started writing this post today, she and I played the matching games with her Moana cards 🙂 .

Okay!  That’s What’s Up Wednesday today!

If you blogged too, make sure you link up below.

Seriously, I hope you have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  I’m going to be honest, there’s a good chance I won’t blog tomorrow…but I’ll catch you back here on Friday :).  I have to go now, FUN THINGS AWAIT!!

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog October 31, 2018 at 4:43 am

    Kinda wishing I had Hallmark channel here! Their brand always reminds me of Christmas!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Beth Knecht October 31, 2018 at 5:31 am

    I’m loving that Christmas app! Give me all of the Hallmark movies! Woohoo!

  • Sheaffer October 31, 2018 at 5:34 am

    Okay, so I think I need to save the question list. I’m missing some questions in mine! Loving the wedge sneakers in black so much!!! And I typically don’t get in to Hallmark movies. What is wrong with me? I did however watch 2 Lifetime movies this weekend when the boys were out of town. In one of them, the new neighbor that moved in next door faked a pregnancy and tried to steal a baby. Now that’s some good t.v.

    • Debbie K. October 31, 2018 at 9:41 am

      Sheaffer, You always make me laugh! Thanks, I needed that today!

  • Erika Slaughter October 31, 2018 at 5:43 am

    Wahoo!! Happy Halloween, Friend!! I’m ready for all the festivities! And that Moana costume has definitely been a favorite!!

  • Narci October 31, 2018 at 5:51 am

    How cute are you and your dad at the World Series? Also, I looove that pink sweater on you! So cute!

  • Elspeth Mizner October 31, 2018 at 5:55 am

    What a fun edition! Happy Halloween

  • Alexis deZayas October 31, 2018 at 6:09 am

    Have the very best Halloween Shay!!

  • HILARY October 31, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Yay for NYC! Since you have been there so frequently, where is your favorite place to stay ? What area ?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 31, 2018 at 7:51 am

      I really have loved staying at the JW Marriott on Central Park South 🙂 .

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams October 31, 2018 at 6:35 am

    Happy Halloween! You really are making your way to NYC like crazy lol. A girls trip is always a good time, can’t wait to hear all about it. All your Halloween food has me scrabbling to pick one to make tonight! YUM!

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Heather October 31, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Each year I’ve started listening to Christmas music a little bit earlier than the last! I was thinking yesterday that I was excited to start turning on the Pandora Christmas station as soon as Halloween’s over. My Christmas decorations will probably go up in a couple weeks. So glad to hear there are others with “OCD”

  • Elizabeth October 31, 2018 at 7:31 am

    That Moana costume is my favorite. She is too cute! I am sad all the fall festivities are coming to and end, but not going to lie I am also looking forward to all things Christmas! I am going to be in full Christmas mode after today. Actually, who am I kidding, I have already been watching the Hallmark movies on repeat! I downloaded the app too and will be setting my DVR to record all the new movies each week! Ha!

  • cassie // hi sugarplum October 31, 2018 at 7:56 am

    I can’t even with little Madeley Moana!!! Precious!!

  • Julie October 31, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Thanks for the reminder that all stages of motherhood are fun. My oldest (12) decided he’s not trick or treating this year and it broke my heart! Thankfully my younger two are still up for it. And my dog has no choice but to wear his Halloween bandana ;). Happy Halloween!

  • Jenna October 31, 2018 at 8:10 am

    I love that Moana costume. I agree, I love this season and am so excited for the Christmas season to be among us. I will be listening to all the Christmas starting tomorrow too. I hope you have a great time in NYC with your girlfriends, what a fun trip!

  • Leah October 31, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Your Boston Red Sox play my Seattle Mariners opening weekend in Seattle, March 28-31. Hope to see you at one of those games!!

  • Lexi October 31, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Yay!! NYC is so fun! I loved to drive down for quick trips when I lived in Boston. And speaking of Boston…heck yes they won the World Series!! My hubby and I were watching the final game on Sunday and he scared the crap out of me when that final pitch was thrown…he was jumping up and down and hollering haha! So fun! I love those sneakers!! I’ve been looking for some just like those! Oh and girl, you better believe I’m UHB-SESSED w/ Hallmark movies! I’m all about starting Christmas movies the day after Halloween too…there’s so many great ones out there that if you waited until December you’d never make it through them all haha. And cutest Moana ever! Seriously, what a doll. Thanks for a super fun version of WUW. Have a fabulous week and a spook-tacular Halloween! 🙂

  • Ashley Hatfield October 31, 2018 at 8:30 am

    I hope you ladies share all about your NYC adventures! It’s my favorite place to visit, and I’m headed there in about a month. Any fun restaurants or activities and I’d love to know about them!

  • Taylor October 31, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Christmas music is in full swing!! Specifically Michael Buble! It’s not Christmas until I hear his voice haha.

    • Mix and Match Mama October 31, 2018 at 10:18 am


  • Laura S October 31, 2018 at 8:43 am

    I’m obsessed with The Shop Forward which donates all the proceeds from their sales and they just came out with a hallmark movie sweater. Sales benefit military families! Thought of you


  • pam October 31, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Love those little booties, they look so comfy!
    When you go to NYC, where do you all stay? What is the “safest,” “cleanest” hotel in your opinion?
    Thank you for your daily, uplifting blog–something I always look forward to!

  • Laura October 31, 2018 at 9:11 am

    I’m ready for Christmas music, too!

  • Susan Matthews October 31, 2018 at 9:13 am

    I feel like Ashby hasn’t had her front teeth in like forever. Every time I see a picture of her it makes me smile.

  • Marilyn October 31, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Hello from NYC here! I hope you have a fabulous girls weekend in the city! Just a heads up that the NYC marathon is on Sunday. This could put a wrench in travel plans if you are heading out to the airport that day. So just keep that in mind. But it’s great to be a spectator and the weather looks perfect for it! I saw Beautiful on Broadway last night. I definitely recommend it for a girls night out. Have a great trip!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 31, 2018 at 10:17 am

      Yup! We’re going to try and avoid it!

  • Barbara M. October 31, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Just a heads up that if you have Sirius radio in your car they are starting the Hallmark Channel holiday music tomorrow at noon on channel 70. Can’t wait!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 31, 2018 at 10:17 am

      No way?! Thank you!!!

  • Betsy October 31, 2018 at 10:36 am

    I agree with the lipstick comment — that stuff does NOT budge all day when I wear it and is amazingggg!!

  • Jillian October 31, 2018 at 10:42 am

    I was going to comment about the Hallmark XM Station as well! I usually listen to channel 71 (Siriusly Sinatra) and I am super excited to go move down one station tomorrow! Christmas music makes me so happy. I am super excited about Hallmark’s station

  • Alissa October 31, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Representing at the parade today. Next year you will have to come!

  • Colleen October 31, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Where is your Halloween sweater from? I was unable to find a link. Thank you! Happy Halloween!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 31, 2018 at 2:35 pm


  • Laurie S October 31, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    I LOVED Hallmark’s Christmas at Pemberley Manor last weekend! Did you know that the star, Jessica Lowndes, sings in real life? Don’t forget about the “other” Hallmark Channel – Movies and Mysteries. They also have at least 11 new Christmas movies, for a total of 37 on both channels!
    http://www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/miracles-of-Christmas, I think the app covers both channels’ movies!

  • Michael October 31, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Just found your blog and looking forward to following along (and linking up next month)! Super excited about that Christmas app! I love watching all those movies every year!

  • Kelly Moss October 31, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    What color is the lip stick? Love this post!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 31, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      Perla 🙂

  • Mother of 3 October 31, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    I just picked up Winter in Paradise yesterday! Can’t wait to read it.

  • Elizabeth Whisler October 31, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Hi! Question. Since you love German food and NYC. Have you been to Rolfs? We are going to NYC for Thanksgiving and I’m considering making reservations. Thoughts??

    • Mix and Match Mama November 1, 2018 at 5:27 am

      YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! DO IT! Oh my gosh! The atmosphere will blow your mind!!!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt October 31, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    I can’t wait to start with Christmas carols tomorrow, too!! This is my favorite time of the year!

  • Chelsea October 31, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Your hair in your number 10 with the pumpkin sweater is amazing! I don’t think I’ve seen it styled more straight. YAAS QUEEN!

  • Kasi Adams November 1, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Wow! NYC again? How on earth do you and your husband coordinate the kids when you are out of town during the school week? We only have three kids but my husband and I are often two ships passing in the night trying to get them everywhere they need to be so I am genuinely curious how you guys do this with 4 kids?!?! You should do a post on it!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 1, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      I have to give all the credit to Andrew! He handles everything when I’m gone. He’s a rock star!

  • Leslie November 1, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Hi Shay! Love your family posts and watching your precious ones growing! Could you do a post about what Smith likes to wear? Shoes, boots, rain boots, jackets, hats, pants, shirts/sweaters — and where you like to shop for him? A boy after 2 girls it’s rough to shop for a boy – I don’t know what boys wear?!? LOL. (And I’m not real big into all graphic tees as his wardrobe) I’m having such a hard time now that he’s in kindergarten and needing big guy clothes. Would love a similar post from Erika with her 2 boys.

  • Carolyn H. November 1, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Hi Shay, Are you booking new clients to anywhere in the Spring or only specific destinations?

    • Mix and Match Mama November 2, 2018 at 5:26 am

      Anywhere outside of the Continental US (except for Walt Disney World!).