FRIENDLY FRIDAY // SHAY SHULL

Friendly Friday

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This week for Friendly Friday, I am introducing you to a fellow Texan, mom to three children, and foodie blogger, Shay Shull.

You may know Shay from her blog Mix and Match Mama (her brother also happens to be Sean Lowe from The Bachelor!) Shay lives just north of Dallas in McKinney, Texas with her hubby and three gorgeous kids (they adopted their youngest daughter from China a year ago!).

Earlier this week, Shay sent me a care package with her two new cookbooks – Cakes and Meal Planner. Being a new mom and recently getting back to work full-time, these books are just what I needed.

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Here is a little bit about how Shay came up with the idea behind her cookbooks:

I started my foodie blog four years ago when I realized that all of my girlfriends tended to make the same recipes over and over again for their families more out of convenience than anything else.  I thought, why can’t we just take our favorite tried and true recipes and just tweak them a bit to be slightly different for our families to enjoy, but not a lot of work for us?  We just need to mix and match things.  From there, a brand was born.

My two new books Cakes and Meal Planner, take the concept of easy weeknight meals and desserts and makes them tangible for busy women.  My goal is for women to spend less time in the kitchen and more time around the table breaking bread with the ones they love.  My passion is food, family and faith and over at Mix and Match Mama, you’ll find a little bit of all of it. -Shay

Get her cookbooks here:

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STYLECASTER // REWARDSTYLE + LIKETOKNOW.IT

News

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Last week, lifestyle and fashion website StyleCaster.com featured a profile on me and how rewardStyle and LIKEtoKNOW.it have revolutionized online shopping. Click here to read the full story.

 

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OUR FAMILY TRIP TO FLORA FARM

Travel

This week, Baxter, Birdie and I traveled to Cabo for our first vacation there as a family. Baxter and I love Cabo (we had our wedding there) and it was so special to take Birdie for her first time!

While there, we planned a day trip to Flora Farm, a 10-acre organic farm in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains in San Jose del Cabo. Baxter and I started going years ago, and now it is a major destination in Cabo.

We went to the Flora Grocery first, which is in town. We did not realize it existed and stumbled across it while walking around the old town of San Jose.

The store smells amazing. It is an adorable tiny space, about 15 feet by 15 feet, but so well merchandised. The design is incredible, including the ceiling!

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Flora Grocery in San Jose.

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Ceiling of the Flora Grocery in San Jose. *Ceiling envy*

There is a lot to do on the grounds of Flora Farm– there is a James Perse store, croquet, bocce ball, a play set for the kids, and Live Work Artisan Shops. It is an amazing place.

Here are photos of Birdie’s first trip to the farm:

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Me and Bird on our way to Flora Farm.

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The view.

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Flora Farm from above.

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Entry to the lawn.

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Croquet set on the lawn.

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Flora Farm. They farm without the use of pesticides or genetically modified seeds.

At the end of the day we ate at Flora’s Field Kitchen. Reservations are hard to get so you need to book far in advance. We got lucky and Amy Abbott, who coordinated our wedding, was able to get us a dinner reservation.

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Dinner at Flora’s Field Kitchen. How cute is the sign they made to welcome Birdie?!

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