Friday Favorites {It’s almost Thanksgiving!!!}

It’s the Friday before THANKSGIVING!!!!


As of 3:00 PM today, the three big kids are finished with school and get a whole wonderful week off for Thanksgiving break.Β  We. Are. So. Excited.Β  We’re also excited because remember how Madeley didn’t get her birthday party?Β  Today, we’re celebrating by seeing Frozen II with friends πŸ™‚ .Β  I’m also pumped today because it’s my first Christmas gift guide post with my very favorite retailer Nordstrom!Β  Today, I’m collaborating with Nordstrom and ShopStyle to bring you some gift ideas for the kiddos in your life PLUS, I’m also sharing a few for the grownups too!

A few housekeeping things before we get started:
1: I will be blogging next week, so make sure you come back!Β  I have my November Book Review (so many great Christmas reads!), What’s Up Wednesday and much more every day next week, so stop by!
2: We are so excited to bring you Five Days of Fabulous again this year!!Β  What is this?Β  Our sixth or seventh year?Β  Maybe eighth?Β  IT GETS BIGGER AND BETTER with each year, so get excited for the week of December 9th because that’s when that is going down.

As always, I’m linking up with my girls Andrea, Erika and Narci and wishing you the best Friday!!

First up, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so I wanted to share my favorite holiday things for kiddos at Nordstrom today starting with…

…this outfit.

I’m obsessed.

Sweatshirt, check.Β  Velvet leggings, check.Β  Glittery Golden Uggs, check.Β  All at Nordstrom?Β  Check, check, check.


Here’s another adorable sweater for you too…

…’tis the season for Kensington to wear holiday shirts every single day πŸ˜‰ .

I picked out some other fun holiday finds for kids at Nordstrom this season as well…

1: Gummy Candy Lab
2: Lots of cozy robes in a variety of fun prints for girls!
3: Night Ball Basketball
4: Fluffy Ugg Slides
5: Alphabet Bead Kit
6: Cozy robes for boys!
7: Little Feminist Board Books
8: Classic Waterproof Uggs
9: Magic Touch Tablet
10: Two Sided Easel Set
11: Little Artist Board Books
12: Unicorn Moon Light πŸ™‚Β 
13: Shark slippers!

Number two this week?Β  Well, it’s that special time of year!

You know what I’m talking about, right?

When I buy the coziest pjs and gush about my Ugg slippers πŸ™‚ .

Let’s chat about the pjs first.Β  I bought them in the striped pattern, but look at the other cute ones too…

…from lamas to leopard and totally holiday, they are cute and SO SOFT!!!!Β  Like crazy soft.Β  If you’re looking for a great gift idea, buy her pjs and a pair of…

Ugg slippers (also in many colors!) and you’re set!!Β  THESE SLIPPERS ARE WITHOUT A DOUBT THE MOST WORN ITEM IN MY CLOSET.Β  I love them so much!Β  I always buy them true to size and then they’ll stretch and conform to your foot as you wear them.Β  They are a little snug at first but trust me, they will stretch a bit.Β  Love.Β  Love.Β  Love.

A friend of mine posted this on FB this week, and I loved the idea…

…I am absolutely going to be doing this as well this holiday season!!

You guys had me CRACKING UP on Tuesday!Β  I titled my post “dip” and half of you thought I meant…

amazing appetizer dips when in reality, I meant…

…how I’ve been getting my nails “dipped” at my salon for the last 12 months.Β  I was laughing so hard at your comments!!Β  So, if you really are interested in…

Bubbly Spinach Goat Cheese Dip

…my delicious dips, click HERE

…if you want to learn more about my nails and how they get “dipped”, click HERE.Β  This post also has SO MUCH info on eyelash extensions as well!

My 5th fave this week is merry and bright…

hello pink πŸ™‚ .Β  This turtleneck checks all the boxes.Β  It’s soft.Β  It’s cozy.Β  It’s bold and fun for the holiday season πŸ™‚ .Β  It comes in neon yellow and black too, but I love pink the most!

Last Christmas Eve, my mother-in-law and I were enjoying some girl time at Nordstrom when we each bought ourselves these sparkly studs.Β  They always make me smile when I wear them πŸ™‚ .

One more thing that makes me smile…

a cozy sweatshirt that doesn’t add bulk!!Β  When I saw this The North Face one, I was sold because it’s cute and cozy but not bulky (as so many are!).Β  I bought it in the “ashen” color, but it does come in more.Β  (Side note, my booties are HERE and currently 35% off!) This sweater runs true to size and would also make a great Christmas gift from Nordstrom!Β  Speaking of which, so would any of these things…

1: Sparkly earrings for under $40!
2: Hunter boots are always fun to give!Β  I love giving different people different fun colors!
3: PJ Salvage always has fun holiday pjs!
4: This fun makeup set from Mac!
5: A plush throw that comes in so many colors!!

6: A festive candy cane candle!
7: Ugg Slippers, of course!
8: The only robe I use…and I use it EVERY day!!
9: A really nice Kiehl’s set!
10: Jo Malone gift set!
11: I like to put these diffusers in places like my bathroom and closet where I don’t typically light candles.Β 
12: Everyone loves a Bose speaker!
13: Sugar Plum Fairy bubble bath!
14: I have probably gifted more Blardigans than any other gift!

As always, I’m posting my THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE BREAKFAST MENU!Β  I know I say this every year, but watching the parade in our pjs and eating a yummy breakfast is ALWAYS my favorite part of Thanksgiving!Β  From big casseroles to little bites, sweet breads and drinks too, see my complete menu HERE.

That’s it for today!Β  I am off now to enjoy the beginning of our Thanksgiving week!!Β  A huge thank you to my favorite retailer, Nordstrom, for collaborating with me today!Β  From their AMAZING customer service to outstanding selection and expertise, they’re always my NUMBER ONE GO TO when shopping for my entire family.Β  I’ll see you guys back here on Monday for my NOVEMBER BOOK REVIEW!Β  You do not want to miss that!! xo

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  • Reply polly P November 22, 2019 at 4:58 am

    Hey, quick question…I have been wondering…You model so many wonderful clothes for us. Where and how do you store them all?

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2019 at 5:28 am

      I always fold my sweaters and put them in my drawers instead of hanging them!

  • Reply Melissa November 22, 2019 at 5:31 am

    What color booties are you wearing? So cute!

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2019 at 6:13 am

      sesame suede!!

    • Reply Kelly Nagy November 22, 2019 at 8:23 am

      Love everything! Can you link your green earrings from your insta story please? Thank you!

  • Reply Erika Slaughter November 22, 2019 at 5:43 am

    The girls looked DARLING in those reindeer sweatshirts this week. They were precious! And I can’t believe it’s already Thanksgiving! While I love the season, I feel like I need a Zach Morris style-time out to get mentally prepared.

  • Reply Joy November 22, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Can you do a post about vest? I love sweaters but sometimes hate how hot I can get in them, when I wear a coat. I’m looking for nice vest to wear over my sweaters that will give me warmth but not overheat me. #wishfulthinking #iliveinchicago #iprobneedtosticktoacoat

  • Reply Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams November 22, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Ah Ashby and Madeley are the cutest in their Christmas sweaters!! You are my PJ guru and I’m so thankful I asked for the UGG slippers last Christmas, I wear them EVERY DAY. What a great idea for all the delivery drivers!! Have the best weekend!
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Reply Narci November 22, 2019 at 6:43 am

    That pink sweater is adorable!!!! It’s coming to me in the green. How fun!

  • Reply Laurie November 22, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Have your kids read the book, Balloons Over Broadway? It is a great story about the founder of the parade!

  • Reply Elspeth November 22, 2019 at 7:07 am

    This Thanksgiving menu looks delicious! So many fun Friday favorites, especially in time for the holidays!

  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog November 22, 2019 at 7:09 am

    The kids look so cute in their sweaters! Have a great weekend, Shay! ❀️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Reply Kathryn November 22, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Happy Friday Shay! Love Kensingtons sweater! My daughter is the same age and just wondering about size… did you go with 10/12 or size up for a looser fit? Definitely ordering – love it.

  • Reply Susan November 22, 2019 at 7:45 am

    So do the slippers make your feet sweaty and hot? Wearing them year round I would think so and I live in Florida. Really interested in trying these because I’m a slipper all the time girl too.

  • Reply Kristin Hammen November 22, 2019 at 8:00 am

    I need the pink sweater. What size are you wearing?

  • Reply Amy St.Hilaire November 22, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Hi Shay – love following along while I drink my coffee every morning! Curious, how far in advance do you plan out your editorial calendar? Do you design and create all of your graphics? Would love a blog about how you blog! Ha! Also, have you considered a little blogging tour? Perhaps a meet and greet in your favorite cities? Ahem, Boston! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      Awe! You’re so sweet! My fear about a blogging tour is that I’ll be there by myself. Bahahaha! I plan my content 6 weeks out and am a one woman show over here (hence why it’s not fancy and there are often a lot of typos…sigh). Today did feature two graphics that another mom friend of mine made! It was our first time to collaborate and I love them so much!!

  • Reply Jennifer Graham November 22, 2019 at 9:00 am

    The pajamas are on my two-under list!! Can I ask about sizing? Did you go with your typical XS or S? Thanks SO much!! And, Happy Thanksgiving break!!!

  • Reply Brit November 22, 2019 at 9:09 am

    I noticed your Budahgirl bracelets? Are they worth the price!?

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2019 at 1:53 pm

      I love mine!! They’re so light and easy to wear! Plus, they’re silent πŸ˜‰ .

      • Reply Erica Werner November 22, 2019 at 7:30 pm

        Love them! The silent factor is key. What color did you get?

        • Reply Mix and Match Mama November 23, 2019 at 6:33 am

          I have the rose gold ones and the smaller mix of fall colors. I can’t remember the name of that one?

          • Erica Werner November 23, 2019 at 2:57 pm

            Thank you!πŸ’œ

    • Reply Melissa November 22, 2019 at 4:11 pm

      Search glitter bangles on They are a fraction of the price (only $10 right now, with free shipping!)

  • Reply Kate November 22, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Can you link the green earrings you are wearing in the instastories? Love them!

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2019 at 1:53 pm

      They’re Nickel and Suede! πŸ™‚

      • Reply Kate November 22, 2019 at 3:57 pm

        Thank you!

  • Reply Jenny N November 22, 2019 at 9:19 am

    We did a basket of goodies on our front porch last year for delivery drivers. I loved doing it and when I saw the drivers they always thanked me for the goodies. I brought it in at night time to refill it and I would put it back out every morning. Such an easy way to show appreciation for all the delivery people that are working overtime during the holidays.

  • Reply Becky November 22, 2019 at 9:34 am

    I have been reading ‘All You Can Ever Know’ by Nicole Chung, a cross cultural adoptee. As an adoptive mom, I have really appreciated her insights and some of her childhood struggles especially as it relates to how different her physical appearance was from that of her adoptive family and her peers. Growing up as a blue eyed blond in a Latino country, even as a small child I detested how different I was physically. I think you would enjoy this book! I always enjoy your book suggestions and have a list going.

  • Reply Jenn November 22, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Hi Shay!

    Does Nordstrom participate in Black Friday sales? Have you seen the slippers go on sale for Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Also, we live in CO and I’m wondering if you think that style will keep the whole foot warm (since the top is not covered)? Thank you!

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2019 at 1:52 pm

      They sometimes do and sometimes, I see the Uggs, but I don’t know if they’ll be a part of Black Friday or not??? And yes!! I do! I even travel with mine and my feet stay toastie when we’re cold places.

  • Reply Laci November 22, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    That pink sweater is so pretty!!

  • Reply Linda November 22, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Curious about what you decided about lash Extensions versus lash serum’s?

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      Not to do lash extensions. You guys talked me out of it πŸ™‚ .

  • Reply Amanda @ That Inspired Chick November 22, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    The girls look so cute in their festive sweaters! Love your PJs too! Loving those gift guides! I need to figure out how to make a gift guide graphic! 😩
    That Inspired Chick

  • Reply Shanda November 22, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    In case you were wondering, I’ve accidentally washed my ugg slippers in a pile of clothes before and they actually came out cleaner and not damaged at all!

  • Reply Sheaffer Sims November 22, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Such cut collages and great gift recommendations!

  • Reply Lea Culp November 23, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Okay, got to go check out those cute sweaters for my Gran girls. I LOVE Nordstrom and order from them ALL.THE.TIME. It’s become a bad habit. Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your precious family.

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