The Bestie Breakdown

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Hi! We're Shay Shull from Mix and Match Mama and Erika Slaughter from A Little Bit of Everything, and we're two best friends breaking down topics each week that you won't find on our blogs! We cover everything from pop culture to travel, motherhood, organization, fitness, fashion, food and so much more! We're two best friends just chatting about life, and we're so excited you're here!

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S2 EP 21: Breaking Down the Podcast by The Boys PART 2

This week on the Bestie Breakdown, the boys are back 🙌🙌🙌 for Part 2 of Breaking Down the First 20 Episodes! Some of the MOST ASKED QUESTIONS are being addressed right here! Why does Andrew go to the grocery store EVERY DAY!? What are the guys daily diets like?? What is the REAL story about the tattoos? Funny travel stories, binge-watching recommendations, opinions on social media, random reader questions and SO MUCH MORE! It is all right here! They might not always be appropriate🤪, but these boys sure are lovable, honest, and refreshing!

If you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!

Picnic Backpack for 4 | Picnic Basket | Stylish All-in-One Portable Picnic Bag with Complete Cutlery Set, Stainless Steel S/P Shakers | Picnic Blanket Waterproof Extra Large| Cooler Bag for Camping

The Girls in the Stilt House: A Novel

The Bestie Breakdown is brought to you by Shay Shull of the Mix and Match Mama blog and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Oct 19, 2021
S2 EP 20: Breaking Down the Podcast by The Boys

Back by popular demand…THE BOYS! That’s right! You asked, we delivered! The boys are here to break down the first 20 episodes and they are getting personal! From fun things like Chick-Fil-A orders, college diets, first jobs, and Botox to more serious topics including infertility, adoption, and birth, the boys are sharing it ALL. And as usual, are pretty unfiltered 😬 Does anyone enjoy working out with Andrew? What don’t the boys understand about their wives? And, of course, fun Random Reader Questions ranging from braces to laser hair removal!  It's an unfiltered and super honest bestie chat between Tab and Andrew!

Don't forget, if you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at and we love positive reviews! Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!

Other notes from today's episode:

Book Club Book:

This podcast is brought to you by Shay Shull of Mix and Match Mama and Erika Slaughter of A Little Bit of Everything.

Oct 12, 2021
S2 EP 19: Breaking Down the Bachelor

Shay Shull from Mix and Match Mama and Erika Slaughter from A Little Bit of Everything are back today with the most dramatic podcast episode ever!

Have you ever wondered what The Bachelor is like behind the scenes? What are producers like? How much time do people actually spend together? Who is in charge of styling, hair, and make-up? How “real” is reality TV? What is Chris Harrison like? Do you actually get to eat during the hometown dinner???

The Besties are Breaking Down the Bachelor (in particular, Sean Lowe) this week per listener request and are sharing everything from their behind scenes experiences. (YES! Erika was there at one point too!) Shay shares why she originally nominated Sean for the Bachelorette, how the two shows were SO different to watch, what the wedding was like, why Catherine is Sean’s perfect match, why she wore pajamas on national TV, and SO much more (including why she does NOT watch anymore)!

And of course, we have some excellent Random Reader Questions about traveling to Hawaii, Disney World, and so much more!

We would love to hear from you! Reach out at, message us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, or leave us a voice message on Anchor!

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Oct 05, 2021
S2 EP 18: Breaking Down Bestie Book Club #1

It’s our very first BOOK CLUB episode!!! You asked for a book club, and the Besties are answering! They're sharing ALL of their thoughts and opinions on the thriller Not A Happy Family by Shari Lapena! The Besties are answering your questions (emailed and called in), sharing who they would cast in a movie version of the book, dissecting characters and their actions, and breaking down the genre of “thriller” in general! It is such a great episode followed by some super fun Random Reader Questions! Do the kids read the blogs? Does traveling with kids ever get easy? What do we do when we don’t have a meal ready to go on a Friday night??? Most importantly, they share the NEXT BOOK FOR BOOK CLUB!! Friends! Hurry and order, buy, borrow, or place your book on hold NOW!

Email us all of your thoughts and opinions at or send us a message on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown. You can also leave us a voice message on the Anchor platform and can possibly be featured on a future episode!

As always…please leave us a lovely rating and review on your favorite podcast streaming platform!

Show Notes:

Sep 28, 2021
S2 EP 17: Breaking Down Slow Cookers, Air Fryers & Instant Pots

It's a true bestie conversation airing this morning!

Erika and Shay are chatting all things SLOW COOKERS, AIR FRYERS AND INSTANT POTS!

But wait!

They're also chatting meal planning, Costco, Sam's, Trader Joe's and all things "getting food on the table".

If you're a busy lady who also makes dinner most nights, this episode is for you!  If you're in the market for a new appliance, this episode is for you.  It's a girlfriend chat about those really important life which air fryer is the best ;) .

If you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!

Show Notes: Not a Happy Family: A Novel: 9781984880550: Lapena, Shari: Books

The slow cooker both Besties have:

All-Clad SD700450 Programmable Oval-Shaped Slow Cooker with Black Ceramic Insert and Glass Lid, 6.5-Quart, Silver

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker, Warmer & Sterilizer, 6 Quart, Stainless Steel/Black

Erika’s Air Fryer:

Limited-time deal: COSORI Air Fryer Max XL(100 Recipes) Digital Hot Oven Cooker, One Touch Screen with 13 Cooking Functions, Preheat and Shake Reminder, 5.8 QT, Black

Andrew’s Favorite Air Fryer:

Shay’s Favorite Air Fryer:

Skillet Chicken Spaghetti Recipe | Mix and Match Mama

Bbq Chicken Sliders Recipe | Mix and Match Mama

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Sep 21, 2021
S2 EP 16: Breaking Down Time

This week, the Besties are breaking down a highly anticipated topic…TIME! They are answering all of YOUR questions about how they work from home, are involved with their kids, put food on the table, keep a clean house, and still have time for fun and relationships! They take a deep dive into work-life prior to working from home (and the jobs they had in high school), their favorite apps and tricks for planning the day, how they rely on others for help, and so much more! And as always, those reader questions have the Besties thinking all about the most random things like Starbucks orders, baby names, and favorite fast food favs!

Don’t forget to join our podcast book club! We are reading Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena and will be discussing it on an upcoming episode later this month.

As always, please send us feedback @thebestiebreakdown on Instagram or email us at And PLEASE leave us a lovely 5-star rating and review on you favorite podcast streaming platform! Not a Happy Family: A Novel: 9781984880550: Lapena, Shari: Books

Cozi Family Organizer | Must-Have App For Families

Sep 14, 2021
S2 EP 15: Breaking Down Fall

It's the first week of September, and the Besties are celebrating by BREAKING DOWN FALL!  From the food to football, fairs, festivals, pumpkins, Halloween, movies, traditions and more, it's an extra dose of happiness today while Shay and Erika explain why this season is their favorite.  The Besties also have a special announcement about an upcoming episode you won't want to miss along with Random Reader questions where they explain what they're really not good at in life.  It's all on today's episode!  Grab a #psl and settle in for the fun!

Sep 07, 2021
S2 EP 14: Breaking Down Diet

You asked and the Besties are answering! We are breaking down all things DIET! Erika and Shay get personal with everything from their daily meal choices, how they eat when they travel, what food was like growing up and in college, how they cook on busy nights, their favorite fast-food choices, and SO MUCH MORE! Don’t worry though, this isn’t about losing weight or a specific “diet” this is just two girlfriends chatting about what they eat and why. Spoiler alert: one of the Besties had a pretty interesting college diet😳😂😉

As always, please email us questions at and leave us a lovely 5-star review on your favorite podcast streaming platform!

Aug 31, 2021
S2 EP 13: Breaking Down Birth

Buckle up for another fun episode from the Besties! This week, they are breaking down all things BIRTH! Erika and Shay are sharing their experiences with infertility, miscarriage, morning sickness, exercising, postpartum recovery, delivery, doctors, cravings (Uncrustables and Cheetos, anyone!?), mental health, breastfeeding and so much more!  They're getting specific about vaginal deliveries and c-sections too.  Every awkward moment is covered in today's episode.  Grab some coffee and settle in with this girlfriend chat that just proves how each and every birth and pregnancy journey is different and that no one way is the right way!

The two books Shay references that she loved to read while pregnant: 

Belly Laughs 

The Girlfriends Guide' to Pregnancy

Aug 24, 2021
S2 EP 12: Breaking Down Back to School

Summer break has come to an end, and we are focusing on all things FALL and BACK-TO-SCHOOL!! 

This week, the Besties are breaking down how they get back into the swing of things from routines to meal planning, back-to-school shopping to packing lunches, waking up kids each morning to first day traditions...Shay and Erika share it all!  We also chat a bit today about what gets harder when our kids go back and what gets easier, when we actually back to school shop, if we get nervous for our kiddos and our thoughts on holding kids back a grade (we've both done it!).  And of course, everyone's favorite, Random Reader Questions where we chat about the way we discipline kids differently and our personal home decor styles!  Today, we're going to get you in the mood for fall because we BREAKING DOWN BACK TO SCHOOL!

In this episode, Erika share THIS alarm clock her family uses and then also THIS book.


If you love us, please follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown, if you have reader questions, please email us at and we love positive reviews!  Please listen, love us and give us a great rating!

Aug 17, 2021
S2 EP 11: Breaking Down The First Ten

This is EPISODE 11, so we're going to take a minute and go back to hit hot topics and listener reactions from the first TEN episodes this season.  We're covering the standout moments from HAWAII, TRAVELING TOGETHER, BINGE WATCHING, FRIENDSHIP, BOTOX, BIKINIS, FITNESS, THE BESTIES, SOCIAL MEDIA and ENNEAGRAM including...all of those little moments that popped up along the way that we didn't expect to standout (like the tattoo story and many times a week did you just say????). 

If you've been following along and want to hear us deep dive a bit more into things that you gave us feedback about, this episode is for you...but, if you haven't listened and just want a quick overview of the first 10 episodes, this is for you too!

Now that you know we're going to hit the highlights and elaborate on past episodes occasionally, make sure you're giving us feedback!  Email us at and follow us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown!

Aug 10, 2021
S2 EP 10: Breaking Down Enneagram

If you've ever wondered how Erika and Shay are truly different, this episode is for you!  Today, the Besties open up about how they discovered the Enneagram personality tool and how they're making it work for them!  As an 8 and a 9 on the Enneagram chart, they each have very different personalities, motivations and ways to deal with life in both stress and strength, but at the same time, they complement each other so well!  

If you love Enneagram talk, this episode is for you!  If you don't know what it is, this episode is for you!  This is just two best friends sitting down and chatting about life events and understanding that it's okay to handle them differently.

Our favorite Enneagram book: The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. 

Aug 03, 2021
S2 EP 9: Breaking Down Social Media

Do you get a lot of negative comments?  Do you waste time on your phone?  Which social media platform is your favorite?  How do you deal with haters?  Do your kids have phones?  Today , the Besties are spilling the beans about all things related to SOCIAL MEDIA.  They're sharing how they handle the good...and the bad.  Plus, they both share why they've decided that right now, their kids don't need phones.  It's all in today's episode!

Jul 27, 2021
S2 EP8: Breaking Down the Besties

Look out friends, today, the Besties are handing over their mics to their better halves!  Tab and Andrew take over and BREAK DOWN THE BESTIES!  These two guys get super honest, very real, a little inappropriate and extremely funny answering your reader questions about their wives.  From what annoys them about their spouses to what they love the most, what they think of their wives being active on social media, what's their favorite physical feature of each girl (you won't guess this one!), it's a fun hour with the Bestie Husbands!

Jul 20, 2021
S2 EP 7: Breaking Down Fitness

The Besties aren't breaking a sweat as they BREAK DOWN FITNESS today!  From when they started working out to working out in college (did they gain that Freshman 15?), how they managed to workout while pregnant, with little babies at home or with their suuuuuuper intense trainer right now, it's all the details on the Besties working out!  If you're a busy lady drowning in guilt for not working out enough, they're here for you too!  Lots of love, laughs and grace await on today's episode! 

Jul 13, 2021
S2 EP 6: Breaking Down Bikinis

That has a nice ring to it, right?

Really, we're breaking down swimsuit shopping and wearing as a whole, how hard it is sometimes being a woman, a mom and a confident (or not confident gal), what kinds of swimsuits our moms wore, how our body images developed and have changed over's more than just bikinis, it's all of that girlfriend stuff you chat about with your bestie every summer.  All of that plus Random Reader Questions in this episode of The Bestie Breakdown! 

Jul 06, 2021
S2 EP 5: Breaking Down Botox

Nervous about going to the dermatologist?  Want to learn more about procedures chemical peels, microderm and Botox, but you don't have a girlfriend to ask?  Ask the Besties!  From Botox to skin checks, the Besties are breaking down everything they do at the dermatologist's office! They're also discussing when they started really investing in their skincare, why they think it's so important to get those annual skin checks, what to expect if you've never seen a professional about your skin, what questions to ask and more!  Plus, as always, the Random Reader Questions at the end always keep the Besties on their toes as they discuss everything from teaching their kids about faith to their post-maternity pants not fitting, it's all in one episode! 

Jun 29, 2021
S2 EP 4: Breaking Down Friendship

The Besties are breaking down friendship!  From how they met to how they handle conflict and disagreements with each other to their larger friend groups, husband friend groups, friendships that have ended and more, they're opening up about the effort and intention they've put into being friends.  They're also breaking down ways to meet new friends, how to handle jealousy and conflict among friend groups, and when it's time to say goodbye to certain relationships.  As always, you can email the Besties at with your reader questions or visit them on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown

Jun 22, 2021
S2 EP 3: Breaking Down Binge Watching

This week, the Besties break down binge watching!  From what they love to watch (they have very different tastes in shows!) to what programs they were allowed to watch as kids, what ages they'll let their kids watch certain shows and so much more, it's all about the differences (and a few similarities) between the Besties.  So much of their personalities really come through as they break down what they love on TV.

Jun 15, 2021
S2 EP 2: Breaking Down Travel

This week, the Besties break down traveling together!  From big family trips to girls trips, couples trips, ski trips, Disney trips, road trips and more, they talk about everything from the logistics to how they split up the cost, decide where they're going, what they're doing, if they ever get tired of each other plus, they're also answering your questions about traveling with extended family and big groups of friends.  All of your travel related questions are in this episode right here! 

Jun 08, 2021
S2 EP 1: Breaking Down Hawaii

The Besties kick off Season 2 breaking down Hawaii!  When asked, this was the #1 topic blog readers wanted to hear about this season!  From their itinerary to the logistics of moving 12 people around four different Hawaiian islands, funny stories, excursions they loved the most and more, after over a year, the Besties meet up to discuss the trip, reminisce and share the details with you!  Plus, their random reader question section at the end had the Besties laughing as they discussed a variety of topics including what annoys each other the most about one another.  All of that on this episode! 

Jun 01, 2021
The Bestie Breakdown Episode 4

On this episode, we answer some fun listener questions like how do you stay in shape, what's your quarantine routine like and more!  We also cover hot topics including new shows on Netflix, books and more!

May 20, 2020
The Bestie Breakdown Episode 3

From being stuck in the house to how we're handling homeschooling plus a bit of pop culture too (hello, Virgin River!), we're chatting about life under quarantine in today's episode.

Apr 20, 2020
The Bestie Breakdown Episode 2

From trying on swimsuits for our next vacation to McMillion$ and what we think of Brad and Jen getting back together, we're covering all the topics in this episode.  

Mar 02, 2020