Friday Favorites

Happy Friday Friends!!  I’m excited because today, I’m partnering with Nordstrom and ShopStyle and sharing my five favorite things from this year’s Anniversary Sale (which goes on through this weekend!!) along with a few other faves from the week.  I’m, of course, linking up with my girls Erika, Narci and Andrea as well.   Speaking of which…

…my first favorite today is…

…that it’s Erika’s birthday!!!

I’m the Monica to her Rachel, the Sonja to her Ramona (ha!), and the Frankie to her Grace (all shows we both love!).  It’s such a blessing doing life with her, and I cannot wait to celebrate the day by her side…with eight kids…because that’s how we roll.  #always  #neverdull

Happy birthday, Erika!  I love you so much!!!

This next picture has my TWO FAVORITE THINGS from the Anniversary Sale this year and guess what?  They’re both still in stock…

…no, not the dog.  The rug and the blanket!   Guys!!!  Every year, my favorite items are typically things like a jacket or booties, but this year, the rug and blanket have knocked my Ugg slippers off!  I’m obsessed!

I added both to my office/laundry room…but I’m starting to panic a bit that I need at least one more blanket.  I think my living room needs one too (or maybe my master bedroom??).  I love to light my candle, turn on my music and head into my office (typically around 4:30 in the morning!) with my steaming cup of coffee and get to work all nice and cozy.  My blanket is “antique rose” which doesn’t appear to be in stock, but the other colors still are.

The rug has really impressed me!  The quality is fantastic, it’s price just right for a rug, the colors are gorgeous and it’s so soft!  I had a hard time picking which one I wanted.  They come in all sorts of sizes and patterns.  Besides my pattern (“teal”), here are the other options…


…so pretty, right?!  I honest to goodness love them all!  Who knew I would love a rug so much this year in the sale?!  Not me!  And bonus, because Nordstrom has free shipping and returns, it hits your doorstep without a fee.  That’s amazing too!

Now, back to…

this Barefoot Dreams blanket.  As we speak, right this minute, I am wearing my blardigan (in pearl heather!) and covered up at my desk in a blanket that feels like a blardigan.  Winning?  Yes!  These are so soft and would make FANTASTIC Christmas gifts.  Dang…maybe I need one more for my living room, one for my master and then a couple for gifts this holiday season?  What should I do, Frenchie????

She suggests cuddling up with both and taking a nap.

Another thing I loved from the sale this year is…

…my super light, super cute and super easy to wear earrings

…those are fun, right?!  They just jazz up everything!!  (And side note: they look cute with my little turquoise necklace too!)  They come in multiple colors, so check them all out HERE.

My two other favorites from the sale also surprised me.  Were they booties?  No.  Were they jeans?  No.  They were…

this eye shadow palette and my new pink lipstick trio!!

Friends!  I have never worn Charlotte Tilbury eye shadow before, but I am sold!  Honest to goodness, this is all I have worn since it’s arrived.  For our trip to Nantucket?  This is all I took.  These beautiful eye shadows along with…

this gorgeous pink lip trio from MAC (also available in nude).  You can see me wearing both above in the earring pic and…

…here on the way to church.  Love, love, love both of these!  I think both colors will easily transition into Fall.  Also, I love that dress (from last year’s Anniversary Sale), and I also love my necklace too (it’s one necklace, not two).

I love shopping at Nordstrom because if it doesn’t work, they make returns and exchanges so easy!  (Plus, free shipping and returns and curbside pickup makes things so easy too!)

I would be remiss if I didn’t name this a “favorite” this week…

…if you haven’t read my JULY BOOK REVIEW, run don’t walk over there now!  The best part?  Not the five books I loved but THE COMMENT SECTION!  You ladies have filled my little sticky note with so many new reads for this fall!!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Okay guys…

…you need to make my Jalapeno Cheddar Migas Breakfast Casserole this weekend.  Trust me, you need to make it!  Smith said it was like eating nachos for breakfast 😉 .

Want to hear what my last favorite thing is for the week?

Tomorrow, I will celebrate 12 YEARS AS A BLOGGER.


People blogged 12 years ago?

Um, I did!!

Twelve years is a long time to do anything, including READ SOMEONE’S BLOG, so for those of you who have been hanging out here with me for over a decade, THANK YOU.  Honestly, I cannot thank you enough. I am so humbled by the fact that anyone would take time out of their day to see what’s happening over here in my little corner of the internet.  I have kept this verse pinned up at my desk for years and years…

…never in a million years did I think when I started my blog 12 years ago that I would ever still be doing it today.  Thank you all for walking this road with me…the good days and the bad.

Who knows?  Am I still sitting here 12 years from now?  I’ll be closing in on 50 then…that might be fun 😉 .  We shall see.  In the meantime, sending you so much love.  The best part about being a “professional blogger”?  All of your internet friends.  God bless each and every one of you!


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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog August 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Early congratulations to your 12th blogiversary! Twelve years is an incredible feat – you should be well proud! 💕✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    • Tamara August 2, 2019 at 4:11 pm

      Charmaine – I just want to say how much I enjoy your sweet and positive comments on each post. I look for your name now as soon as I finish reading Shay’s blog post!

  • Hallie August 2, 2019 at 5:09 am

    How do you use the eye shadow pallet?

    • Mix and Match Mama August 2, 2019 at 6:42 am

      It comes with instructions! It has steps 1-3 to show you which colors to use on the whole eye, the eye lid and the crease!

    • Casey August 2, 2019 at 10:49 pm

      I love that verse too!

  • Narci August 2, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Those earrings are darling, and happy 12 years friend!! Xo

  • Hallie August 2, 2019 at 5:54 am

    How do you use the eye shadow pallet? So pretty!

    • Mix and Match Mama August 2, 2019 at 6:36 am

      It comes with instructions! It tells you which colors to use all over, which ones to use on the lid and which ones to use on the crease. I do exactly what it says!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt August 2, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Happy 12 years blogging! I have been following your blog for years now (not 12 though ha!) and love it! Thank you for taking the time each day to blog 🙂 And I can’t believe I missed that Mac trio at the sale!! Adding to my cart now!

  • Tanya August 2, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Shay, congratulations on 12 years of blogging! That’s an incredible achievement. What has been your greatest source of blog content? All my friends say I should start a blog, but pictures of my family and vacations alone doesn’t seem to be enough interesting material to share. Any suggestions?
    Thanks! Tanya

    • Mix and Match Mama August 2, 2019 at 6:35 am

      Half of my content is recipes 🙂 . You should blog about what you love. That’s my advice. No matter what it is…blog about that.

  • Erika Slaughter August 2, 2019 at 6:22 am

    Awww!!!! Thank you SO much, friend! Love you! Looking forward to celebrating big with all eight. 🤣🤣🤣

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams August 2, 2019 at 6:22 am

    12 years!! Wow congratulations on that. I enjoy your little corner of the internet especially your Friday favorites! I love that turquoise necklace and eye shadow palette! Happy Friday!

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Sheaffer Sims August 2, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Several things:
    1) Smith is so wise. I’m ALL SORTS OF IN for nachos for breakfast.
    2) Your favorites are great! I hadn’t even checked out rugs, so I’m obviously going to do so right now!
    3) Love the earrings.

  • Haley Bishop August 2, 2019 at 6:27 am

    I have gotten one of those blankets every year for about 5 years and they seem to get SOFTER EVERY YEAR so I have to buy another each sale, ha! We all fight over the “newest” one 🙂

  • Shelly August 2, 2019 at 6:36 am

    It looks like the pink lipstick trio is sold out (only nude left) What is the name of the pink color?

    • Mix and Match Mama August 2, 2019 at 6:46 am

      It is? It was there yesterday!

      • Shelly August 2, 2019 at 7:09 am

        I just saw that it gives the color names in the details 🙂

  • Pamela Garrett August 2, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Congratulations on 12 years! I have followed for about 10 and it is a joy to read. Thank you

  • Beth Knecht August 2, 2019 at 7:05 am

    Happy 12 years! I have loved coming here on a daily basis to read about you all! Thanks for sharing your life with us and being so genuine! Have a great day with Erika!

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World August 2, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Happy blogging anniversary! Yours is always one of my favorites! I love following along with your sweet fam!

  • Laci August 2, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Happy 12 years!! Thank you so much for all the time you spend on this blog to make readers like us happy. I have been following for a LONG time!!

  • Bethany August 2, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Happy 12 years!!!! ❤️

  • Ahna @ Hammers N Hugs August 2, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Happy 12 years! Who would have thought the Lord would use an “internet friend” in such a special way here in our little corner of the world? I sure didn’t!! That’s some Ephesians 3:20 stuff right there 🙂 Grateful for your whole family, your passion for adoption, yummy recipes, excellent fashion recommendations, and the travel inspiration. Here is to watching God do abundantly more than we could ask or imagine over the next 12 years!

  • Jean S August 2, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Happy 12 years, Shay! I’ve been reading your blog a little over a year now, and I love the glimpses into your world. Your enthusiasm shines through and you have definitely made a positive impact on my life.

  • Amber Smith August 2, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Might be fun if you shared a link to your first blog post 12 years ago! It would be fun to read how it all started:)

  • Elspeth August 2, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Happy 12 years of blogging. What an accomplishment. You inspired me to get into blogging. Happy birthday to Erika!

  • Chrys August 2, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Girl, how the heck are you wrapped up in blankets and robes in the summer? You must have your A.C. blasting in the house haha. I sure do hope you are still Blogging in 12 years because what am I supposed to read when having my breakfast? 😉

    • Mix and Match Mama August 2, 2019 at 9:53 am

      Andrew keeps it like an icebox in here. You could hang meat.

  • Elyse August 2, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Hi Shay! You may want to consider the Ugg Whistler throw (also in the sale). Super cozy!! So plush and soft. I think you’d love it! 😉

    • Mix and Match Mama August 2, 2019 at 9:53 am

      I haven’t felt that one. You have me so intrigued though!!!!

  • Kathy August 2, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Happy 12 years of blogging! I enjoy reading all about your favorites, your family, travel–and especially the adoption posts! Have a super fun day celebrating Erika’s birthday today!

  • Stefany August 2, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Happy 12 year Anniversary!!! ❤️ Have a great weekend with your sweet family.

  • Donna S August 2, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Happy 12 years of blogging! You’re my favorite blog to read. My daughters love many of recipes, especially the easy pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. We’ve made them so many times. I also enjoy reading about your travels and your cute family. Thanks for all you do!

  • Andrea Anderson August 2, 2019 at 11:02 am

    I found this Buzz Feed recommendations for summer romance novels and thought most of them sounded great. I think you may have read a few already but thought you may like this list:

  • Shauna Bevans August 2, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Your makeup and skin always looks sooo great! Can you please do a post on what skin treatments you do at your dermatologist and your current makeup? I’ve been reading your blog for years… it’s crazy how fast it goes! Happy 12 years! 🙂

  • Lindsay Boyles August 2, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Happy Blogaversary!!! Just a tip- my Nordstrom Rack often carries the Barefoot Dreams blankets- for $50!!!!

  • Carol August 2, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Happy 12 years of blogging! and Happy Birthday Erika! I have been looking for a new eye shadow so I am excited to try this eye shadow pallet. Thanks for making shopping and cooking so much easier and fun!

  • Tanya August 2, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Happy 12 year blogiversary! You are one of my must reads, and I get so many ideas from you…and recipes too! I will be celebrating 15 years of blogging in a few weeks, although the first few years were just short posts about what my toddlers were doing at the time! Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Kacy M August 3, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Wow happy anniversary! So glad you have this blog!!!

  • Ann Marie August 3, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    12 years!! Congrats, Shay!! Time has flown!

  • Keisha Dawson August 5, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Happy anniversary! I sure do hope that you are still blogging 12 years from now. I too will be turning 50 that year, and your blog is the highlight of my morning. I get to the office, make a big cup of coffee and sit down at my computer to read your blog.

  • Heather August 6, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Hi Shay! I know you have spoken before about your travel jewelry roll that you love! I am wondering how you store all of your fabulous earrings at home while you’re not traveling?! I love a statement earring too but I haven’t found a good way to organize them!

    • Mix and Match Mama August 6, 2019 at 10:01 am

      When I had less space, I put them in baggies and then put all of the baggies in a bin, now, I have more room and can lay them out in a drawer.