This & That

Happy Thursday, friends!

I have a little bit of this and a little bit of that for your almost-weekend 🙂 .

I want to start with…

…even if you read my PACKING CUBES REVIEW on Monday, you should read it again.  THE COMMENTS ARE AMAZING!!!  I was floored by all of them!  It sounds like I’m not the only one never traveling without those cubes again!!!  To see how much stuff I was able to pack into each one, click HERE.

We had an unseasonably warm day and the kids were off of school, so I took the girls for lunch on the patio.  Those smiles make me happy!

Anyone else watching America’s Got Talent: The Champions?  My kids love it so much!!  It’s great family TV.  The other night, they had a sword swallower on and this was Madeley…

…bahahahahaha!  Me too, Madeley!  Me too!

New year, new wall art…

…ahhhh!  How cute are my babies?!  Thank you to Narci for always taking such great pics (you can see them all HERE).  Just an FYI, I always use Canvas People for my canvases.

This right here is the diffuser we’re loving at our house!  I have already bought FIVE of them!!  This is from Amazon and I think it works better (and is much smaller plus less expensive!) than the Young Living ones.  My kids love it because it’s also a nightlight.  The little girls have been sleeping with it on pink (there are like 15 different choices), and Kensington and Smith have been sleeping with it on light blue.  Andrew and I have been sleeping with the light completely off.  My oil post is up HERE.  There are almost 200 comments!  You guys know your oil stuff!  If you have questions, read the comments!!

Heading into dance.  These three girls just make me HAPPY!

The other day, Andrew told me he wanted to be Madeley.  Hahahaha!  ME TOO!

Cold and rainy Friday night on our town square.  No worries though, we had our bags of candy from Mom & Popcorn 🙂 .

I asked Ashby if she wanted to take pics of Kensington during volleyball…

…those are indeed her feet, Ashby!  Haha!  She took this one too…

…this shot also got Coach Andrew in the background 😉 .

We were waiting to eat lunch the other day and K brought her book out of her purse…

…like mother, like daughter.  #alwaysreading

I walked into the family room.  #neverdull

Ashby loves to play cards!  We were playing Crazy 8s on this night 🙂 .

Monday after school, Ashby put herself down for a nap.  She ended up showering and going to sleep at 6:00 PM!  Kindergarten plus Monday equals HARD WORK!  When I walked into their room, Madeley was playing with their Barbie Dream House.  I was like “What happened to Ashby?” and she was all “Shhhhhh, she tired, Mama”.

I have this obsession with workout pants.  I pretty much wear them every day.  I don’t always work out in them…but I like to wear them.  #anyoneelse

I bought this fun orange pair and a green pair too for the new year.  They’re bright, they’re happy and they’re (hopefully) going to give me a pep in my step while I workout…

they come in 8 fun colors and are super comfy!  My tank is HERE and my sports bra is HERE.

That’s it for this Thursday!!

I hope you guys have a wonderful day!! xo

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog January 17, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Every time I see your posts, I wish I had a big family like yours! There really is no dull moment at your house! 😀

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Erika Slaughter January 17, 2019 at 5:05 am

    Madeley’s face….hahahahaha!!!! She was INTO that show!

  • Taylor January 17, 2019 at 5:12 am

    Speaking of workout pants, I know you’re an Athleta girl but I just got my first Fabletics order in and so far I’m impressed! I posted my outfit on Instagram and several girls messaged me saying Fabletics is all they wear so apparently I’m late to the game. So anyways, if you are ever looking for another recommendation there’s mine!

  • Narci January 17, 2019 at 5:19 am

    Those workout pants are adorable! How cute!!

  • Sheaffer Sims January 17, 2019 at 5:27 am

    I think we all want to be Madeley! SO FUNNY! Love that girl’s bed head, and I love your new pants!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt January 17, 2019 at 5:41 am

    Ashby is always me during the first week back to school in August–it’s so tiring! haha! Love that Madeley warned you to be quiet, too 🙂

  • Alexis deZayas January 17, 2019 at 6:24 am

    New workout pants are the best motivators to get to the gym!

  • Beth Miller January 17, 2019 at 6:30 am

    What do you do with your old canvases when you get new ones? I have limited wall and storage space but feel so bad tossing an old canvas!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 17, 2019 at 7:23 am

      I hang them on another wall area in my house. I know…I would have a hard time tossing them too!

  • Tara G. January 17, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Another travel item to consider- hanging toiletry bags. We’ve used these for many years & they’re so helpful when there is little to no counter space. All 5 of us have them. LLBean, Lands End, Rick Steves, & PBK are a few of the retailers.

  • Dianna January 17, 2019 at 6:40 am

    I LOVE your workout gear!! I just can’t justify that price tag for myself.

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams January 17, 2019 at 6:51 am

    I’m heading to Texas next week so I’m hopeful there will be unseasonably warmer weather again! Love the URpower diffusers and your leggings! I always gravitate towards the bright colors too! Can we all be Madeley?! lol

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Erin Port January 17, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Never dull around here other!!! We have the same diffuser and I agree the cost is way better and does a good job!

  • Morgan Godbold January 17, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Hey Shay, I have friends who are on the oil diffusing kick too, but I haven’t tried it yet because I always have to have my candles going. I just don’t think I can give up the ambiance of my candles! Since you’re the same with your candles can you help me understand? Do you use candles and oil at the same time? Do certain essential oils compliment the candles? Thanks in advance!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 17, 2019 at 8:20 am

      I use oils first thing in the morning (like 5:00 AM) when I don’t burn candles and then at night when we’re sleeping (again, when I don’t burn candles). The rest of the day, candles, candles, candles!

  • Lindyb January 17, 2019 at 7:56 am

    I LOVE Athleta, but so tempted to try Fabletics. Have you tried them and what is you opinion if so?

    • Mix and Match Mama January 17, 2019 at 8:20 am

      I’m such an Athleta girl! I have not tried Fabletics.

  • Liz January 17, 2019 at 8:10 am

    We are using those same diffusers!! We have them at home and I have taken them to the pharmacy!! I’ve got to go and read your oil read. And I think I wanna be Madeley too Andrew!! She’s living her best life!! 😜 Loving the reading!!! Have a great day beautiful friend!! ❤️❤️

  • Laurie S January 17, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Love the kid pile picture…. So many great tips regarding oils. Now going to research the diffuser.

  • Kerri January 17, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Thanks for the pants suggestions! Love Athleta. I love the gree and pairing it with Navy. Oop’s they look sold out. I need to snag a pair of these!

  • Christine January 17, 2019 at 8:40 am

    What size and width canvas do you buy? I looked and there are so many options and the ones you have seem just right!!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 17, 2019 at 8:42 am


  • Addison January 17, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Love those cute Athleta workout outfits! Those leggings are adorable! Happy almost Friday!

  • Jan Harris January 17, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Please tell us all about your canvases! Do you only do canvases or do u frame some of your pictures? I see that there are 2 different width sizes….which one do you get? Are all of your canvases 16×20? Do you change yours out or keep all of them up? I have a very hard time taking down pics! My house is full of framed pics of my kids but I’m wanting to add some canvases! I love yours!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 17, 2019 at 10:45 am

      I do frame photos around the house too! My canvases are all 16×20 and they’re the wider width. I have a couple of walls that I move them to each year after I get a new batch for the kitchen.

  • Elisia January 17, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Your family is just so sweet! Would you mind sharing more family tv shows that you watch? I’m always looking for something fun to watch with my kids!

  • Kimberly C January 17, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Love those Athleta leggings! Might need to get those bright green ones for myself 💚 green has always been my favorite color

  • Christy Latimore January 17, 2019 at 10:05 am

    I recently jumped on the Athleta bandwagon this fall. I think we are similar in size – do you buy petite in leggings or regular? I’ve been buying the XS in the regular length but they still seem long to me (I’m 5’2”). I haven’t tried any in petite yet since I can’t seem to find them in store but I’m tempted to order a pair online to try them.

    • Mix and Match Mama January 17, 2019 at 10:44 am

      I always buy xs regular! I’m 5’3″. I have some on right now 😉 .

  • StorkWatcher January 17, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Our family’s latest card game fave is one we call Trash Can. I looked online to see if it is a “real” game, and there were instructions – some call it Trash, some call Trash Can (probably because you discard so often). It can be a longer game, you can play multiple rounds, and we play with the 4 YOs on up ……. Here’s one I found with illustrations even:

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick January 17, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Madeley watching that show! Hahahaha. Adorable.
    That Inspired Chick

  • Michelle O January 17, 2019 at 11:31 am

    I love oils too!! But be careful which ones you use with having furbabies! There are several that are harmful to dogs. So be careful. I don’t know if your furbabies sleep in the bedrooms, but I would check it out. Some can be toxic.

    I just love the expressions on your kiddos faces!! Priceless!!

  • DeNae January 17, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks to your suggestion, I just ordered four diffusers for our bedrooms and to replace the one my husband accidentally dropped and busted last night. I’ve been trying to be more consistent in my diffusing because I do notice a difference, but I’m also forgetful. 🙂

  • Nicole January 17, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Love all your Athleta finds!! Do you always knot your Chi tank? I’ve never done that!! It’s the simple things, right??! 😂😍

    • Mix and Match Mama January 17, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      Always 🙂

  • Shelly January 17, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    love, love, love your canvases!

  • Holly Sandkamp January 17, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Shay!! I’ve been following your blog for a little over 4 years. I finally took your advise and read one of the books you recommended, “Swear on This Life.” Oh my goodness!! I got it in the mail last night and I’ve already finished it!!!!! I couldn’t put it down!!! I just ordered 2 more from your list and I can’t wait!! (Tuesday can’t get here soon enough!!) Just wanted to say thanks!!!! ❤️📚

    • Mix and Match Mama January 18, 2019 at 5:27 am

      Yay!!! I loved that one too!!!

      • Holly Sandkamp January 18, 2019 at 8:32 am

        Wouldn’t it make a great movie?! Keeping my fingers crossed!!

  • Sara S. January 18, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Which oils do you diffuse all night? My YL Thieves oil says to diffuse for 1 hour only, wondering if it’s okay for longer?

  • Stephanie January 20, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    What oils do you use? Do you use different ones for the kids vs your room? thanks!