Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pin it to Win it $500 giveaway!!

Today marks the 3 year anniversary of the Mix and Match Mama brand!!

Three years ago today, I published my very first recipe and began cultivating Mix and Match Mama. I had no idea what would happen...I really kind of assumed just a handful of friends and my parents would read the blog.  Now, three years later, Mix and Mama has exceeded my wildest dreams.  Hello...

...I get to be a part of the Paula Deen Network!

I really just wanted to set out and create simple and yummy recipes busy women could make on hectic weeknights.  I never wanted  my recipes to be fancy or complicated...I wanted them to be simple, easy, yummy and perfect for busy families.

Without all of YOU, none of my dreams could have come true.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading my blogs and making my recipes.  There is no greater compliment to me than to hear someone say they made one of my recipes for their family.  Thank you so much.  My heart is so full of love for you.

I want to celebrate this anniversary with a gift to YOU!  
Today is my Pin in to Win it giveaway!  

I picked my favorite food retailer, Williams-Sonoma and purchased a $500 gift card to giveaway to one lucky reader.  

Here's how this giveaway works, in order to be entered, you have to follow me on Pinterst (food lovers heaven) and pin 10 images of either my Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas recipes (all things coming up!) to enter.  You can enter as many times as you want (so if you pin 20 images, you're entered twice, 30 images, three times, etc).  You have to pin it to win it!

I already have a pinterest button that pops up on each food image.  Just click the image and go!

Thank you again so much for sharing your dinner table with me.  I am forever thankful and grateful.  So many blessings are happening with Mix and Match Mama and I thank each of you for being a part of it.

Contest ends Monday at midnight and the winner will be announced Monday morning!  The winner's Pinterest boards will be verified upon winning.  Enter Rafflecopter below to win!  Good luck!

Follow me on Pinterest: HERE

Fall Recipes to pin: HERE
Halloween Recipes to pin: HERE
Thanksgiving Recipes to pin: HERE
Christmas Recipes to pin: HERE

Happy Anniversary to me and YOU!!  And happy pinning too!!

So many of you emailed me yesterday about Nordstrom's Clearance Sale!  If you haven't checked out all of the deals, you can find them here.  Happy Shopping!

And tomorrow is Pin-spired!!  Don't forget to link up!!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

#shayeveryday2014 Week 34

This has been a HUGE week for our little family!  My sweet Kensington started school and we're adjusting to a new routine and a new way of life.  We miss her terribly but she's having a great time! 

Day 232: On this day, I took Smith grocery shopping.  He is all questions, all curious, all boy and all sweetness while we shop.  (But seriously...he's all questions.  He asked me like 5,734.)

Day 233: I needed to work and he needed to nap but we swam instead.  Life is too short...we had the best time :).

Day 234: What?!  This is the last day of summer???  Nooooooo!

Day 235: Every Saturday morning, Andrew makes us his Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancakes for breakfast...this was my view :).

Day 236: Lunch made, bag packed, outfit picked out...we were as ready as we were ever going to be.

Day 238: My first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the year and the day at the Perot Museum with my son!  We had the best time!!

You can keep up with me every day in 2014 on Instagram @mixandmatchmama or find me here too...

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And my Simple Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls need to be a must in your house this weekend!  So easy and so yummy too!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kensington's 1st Day of Kindergarten

Yesterday was Kensington's first day of kindergarten.  I really could write a long post that involves me sobbing and crying, but I won't.  I am so proud of my sweet girl.  She is such a mama's girl and wants to stay with me all the time, so I was so proud of how brave she was.

Andrew and I didn't know what to expect yesterday morning...Kensington can be really emotional and clingy, so we thought there might be a huge breakdown at her class door...but there wasn't!  It actually went so well!!

For breakfast, K requested my St. Patrick's Day Green Pancakes ;).  It was her first day of school, so if she wanted my Irish cakes, she could have some :).

All smiles :)

We woke her up at 6:30 so that she would have an hour before we needed to leave.  She ate her pancakes, watched Max and Ruby and was ready to get dressed.  She was all smiles, all happiness and totally ready.

After she got dressed, we went out front for some pictures :).

And then I thought I'd snap a pic of my new flats (because I love them and think you will too!)...

...and someone wanted in on the picture :).

I just love my sweet girl!

We went back inside, grabbed her new backpack and headed out to the car.  She wanted a picture of the back of her...

...and the front too :).

On the way to school, I looked back and Smith was so sad.  He said he didn't want her to go.  Bless his sweet heart!

Before we got out of the car, we took a family selfie.

And then we walked her into school and she was gone.  All smiles, all bounce, all baby girl is in school now.

This sweet girl is my little miracle baby.  I really wasn't sure if I would ever be a mama and she made me one.  These last six years have gone by so quickly, and I would do them over again in a heartbeat.  When I die, I hope they say at my funeral that my greatest joy in life came from Christ first and then right after that, from being a mama.

For fun, I asked Kensington some questions before we left for school and here is what she said...

1. How old are you?

2. What is your favorite color?

3. What is your favorite food?
Macaroni and Cheese

4. What is your favorite TV show?
Dora and Friends in the City

5. What is your favorite holiday?

6. What is your favorite thing to do with Mom?

7. What is your favorite thing to do with Dad?

8. What is your favorite thing to do with Smith?

9. What excites you the most about having Ashby home?
Playing with her all the time

10. What are you most excited about this year in kindergarten?

11. What are you most nervous about this year in kindergarten?

12. What do you want to be when you grow up?
A baker

13. What is your favorite movie?
The Princess and the Frog

14. What is your favorite toy/stuffed animal?

15. What is your favorite thing to wear?

16. Who are you going to marry when you grow up?

17. What are you going to name your kids when you grow up?
Dawn and Eve

I have no idea where she came up with Dawn and Eve????  But she said it ;).

It's gong to be such a great year for Kensington!  She is going to have the very best time, meet so many new people, learn so much and grow so much too.  As much as I don't want her getting bigger, with each stage comes new and fun sides of her.  She is such a sweet little girl and has a huge heart for her family.  We are always so proud of her!

On my foodie blog today...

...if you love Sloppy Joes, this post is for you!

I have so many versions of this classic!  You need to come check them all out!  Just look...

 And I have so many more!  Click here for all of the recipes.

Have a great day friends!!

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