Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Favorites!

It's Friday!  I'm so excited because after today, Kensington doesn't have school for a week (woohoo!).  I love having my kiddos home with me...especially this time of year :).  Today, the Shull four are taking a quick road trip...lots of carols, Christmas movies and snacking in the car on our way up and our way back down.  My favorite part of road trips are almost always that time we spend together in the car :).

Today, I'm linking up with my 3 favorites: Erika, Narci and Andrea and sharing my favorite things...

If everyone could stop and pray for our sweet friend Manda, that would be greatly appreciated.  Manda has had a really good week and for that, we are so grateful.  

Our prayer specifically is that on Monday, when Manda goes for her scans, that the tumor has responded to the chemo and gotten smaller and that her doctors can review the scans and have an even better picture of how to proceed from here.  Prayer works!  And we need lots and lots of them!!  Please pray for Manda this weekend and especially on Monday.  Praying friends is one of my favorites :).

On Thursday, Kensington's school had their annual Fun Run to raise money for their PTA and our sweet girl was so nervous!  All week, she told me she was scared and nervous because she didn't know if she could run that many laps and she thought she would be slow.  Bless her sweet heart!  She really didn't want to run for an hour (who can blame her?!), so she walked most of it (with some insistence from her teacher...she really wanted to stand there), but  I was so proud of her for overcoming something she didn't want to do.  She did her very best and made this mama's heart really proud. 

Last Friday, many of you shared your Christmas music obsession with me (apparently, I'm not the only one).  So, I just wanted to remind you that my Shade of Shay on my favorite Christmas music post is here...I bet we share many of the same favorites :).

Am I the only one who watches TV Land?  All of my favorite reruns are on TV Land, so I seem to have my DVR recording that channel often.  They have been running promos for this new show called Younger coming out in January starring one of my very favorite Broadway actresses, Sutton Foster.  The previews look so cute and I'm really excited for it to start.  Am I alone?  Has anyone else heard of this?  I know I'm not the only one watch Friends reruns at night ;)!

On the foodie blog today is my yummy Chicken Florentine Enchiladas!  Next week, when you need a break from turkey and dressing, you're going to want to try this recipe!

And since last week was Holiday Dresses Week over here and this week is Holiday Party Shoe Week, I thought I'd end our Friday with some more cute holiday party shoes!  All fun finds came from Nordstrom who asked me to review these sparkly goodies!

 I'm still a big fan of my blush colored patent heels.  They're the perfect little neutral shoe to wear year around.  And the great thing about patent leather is that you can wear it in yucky weather and they don't get destroyed.

I received several comments from readers who have these pewter gold pumps and everyone seems to love them!  They would look super cute with a sassy dress or a pair of black pants.  

And I love me a Steve Madden shoe because they always, always, always fit true to size.  I think these rhinestone pumps are just super fun.

This was the party shoe with the most feedback.  Several of you already own a pair (available in black, silver and nude) and said they are really comfy.  Comfy and pretty?  Hello!  That's just perfection.

And let's be real...we all truly appreciate, want and need the cozy slippers (for us and for gifts too).  Sigh.  I wish I had a pair on right this very second.

And if you're looking for pajamas to go with those slippers, these are my very favorite.  I plan on wearing them 24/7 when the weather turns really cold and I'm hibernating in my house with my new baby.  For now, you will find me in them every day from 5:00 PM until 7:00 AM.  #noshame

Happy Friday friends!  On Monday, my Shade of Shay on some of our favorite Christmas traditions!  See you then!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

#shayeveryday2014 Week 46

We had the best week because it was cold!  In North Texas, we have more than our fair share of hot, we'll take any cold weather we can get.  We have two seasons here: extremely hot and freezing cold.  There is no fall and no spring.

Day 316: I love how boys can hear sirens from miles away.  Smith's ears always perk up and he always wants to wait and watch the firetruck, police car or ambulance go roaring by.  On this day, we were leaving the dermatologist's office (I've decided to just move in there permanently...if you're sending me a Christmas card, just send it there instead of to my home) and he wanted to wait for it to pass before we left.

Day 317: Thanksgiving Day feast with our girl!  She politely asked that I not make her eat the feast and opted for a yummy PB&J instead...if that's what she's thankful for, then I can oblige.

Day 318: Me and the Grinch decided to spend the day decking the halls!

Day 319: My little brother turned 31 and we celebrated with a yummy dinner at our parents' house.

Day 320: Just two girls in scarves trying to stay warm on this frigid day!

Day 321: Our first bit of snow for the season!  My kiddos were so excited!!!

Day 322: How can I have a bad day when it starts with breakfast with this handsome fella?  We had extra time before school on this morning, so I told him we could go to Starbucks for breakfast.  I am soaking in every last minute of this Mommy and Smith time.  

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I have a feeling several of you are going to ask me where I got my fun plaid scarf and it's from last year (hopefully, you got it then!).  If not, you know I'm the queen of locating plaid scarves, so here is my favorite from this year (because every girl should have a plaid scarf or two!)...

I loved my Red & Black Buffalo Plaid Scarf so much that I went back and bought it in navy and green too!  I love, love, love these scarfs (available in two other colors as well!).  So next year, I will still be wearing them and you will be asking where I got them and I'll be saying, remember, I told you about them last year.  Don't let that happen to you :).

On the foodie blog's pie oh my time!  I'm showing you my easy Thanksgiving pies!

Thanksgiving is in one week!  If you don't have a Turkey Day dessert, I have you covered.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Books! Books! And more books!

Thanks to my Monthly Goals, I've been reading so much more lately...and I love it!  I know we're only halfway through the month, but I thought I'd share with you what I've been reading lately.  This time of year is the best time to curl up by the fire with coffee and read (or as I do...sit in the carpool line and read).  Whichever you do, enjoy it :).

Three Wishes was my first Liane Moriarty book to read but now that I've read this one, I've already bought another one (Big Little Lies).  If you like to read Sophie Kinsella, Emily Giffin or Jennifer Weiner, you'll like this book.  It's lighthearted, easy to read and perfect if you just want a little entertainment without a whole lot of depth.  It's really clever and made me laugh out loud several times.

Oh my goodness!  Forever Mom is such a good book!  If you have adopted, are in the process of adopting or are thinking about adoption, this is a book you should read.  I have read about 10 adoption books over the last 2 years and this one was hands down my very favorite.  The author has 4 biological kids and then adopted six others...she knows what she's talking about.  I felt like she said everything all of the other books said but in a really relatable, easy to read voice.  I wish I knew who recommended this book to me because I am forever grateful.  So good.  So, so, so good!

And because I find Andy Cohen so endearing, I'm in the middle of reading The Andy Cohen Diaries.  If you love Andy Cohen (the genius behind Bravo TV), then you should read this.  It's funny, charming, full of humor and love...such a good read.

Well, that's about it.  What are you reading this month?  I have five other books on my nightstand to read at the end of this month and in December.  I'm always open to other suggestions too!

Don't forget my foodie blog's my Thanksgiving Parade Breakfast!  You totally need something yummy to eat while watching the parade!


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