She Said, She Said – What We’re Loving In July

by Alli

I’m not going to think about  how fast summer is flying by and the fact that I can’t believe it’s almost mid July!  So I’ll just cut to the chase!

Today’s post is a monthly collaboration between my youngest daughter, Caitlin, and me!   In case you missed June’s She Said . . . you can find it here!  I introduced my daughter in June’s post.

She Said, She Said – What We’re Loving In July

She Said


1.  Alba Botanica, Hawaiian Jasmine & Vitamin E Moisture

What We're Loving in July

My skin loves moisture.  It’s kind of odd considering I have to wash my hair every day or use dry shampoo because it’s so oily.  You would think I would have oily skin to match.  No.  In the winter I buy the thickest creams available.  I aim for the ones that say “age defying” or “mature skin” because in my mind that translates to magical beauty cream that will make my skin glowy and hydrated.

Now that summer’s here, I noticed my skin was getting a little too “glowy.”  So when I’m in need of a lighter moisturizer, this has always been my go-to. It’s enough moisture and it’s never caused a break out.  And guess what?  They make an oil free one.  But I like my oil. 😀

2.  Running

Caitlin Running


Two years ago I started getting serious (a LITTLE serious, actually) about living a healthy lifestyle.  I heard my mom talk about a program called Couch-to- 5k.  Some people she knew had completed the program and were running 5ks twice a day (slight exaggeration).  I was skeptical (as I usually am about things), especially since my relationship with running was a hate-hate one.  I hated it and it hated me.  In high school, when running laps at basketball practice, I would walk when the coach wasn’t looking. 😀

Anyway, after some research and reading all the testimonials, I downloaded an App with the C-to-5K program and set out to run my 5k!!  At first, I ran slower than a third grader with a limp, but eventually I could run 3 miles.  Last year I was up to 6! 😀

I now keep running tucked in my back pocket.  When I need a break from an exercise program (just completed T25), or I want a really quick workout, or if I need to be one with nature (lol), I run.

 App:  RunDouble

3.  Wendy’s Strawberry Fields Chicken Salad.

Photo From Wendy's

Photo From Wendy’s

Anyone who knows me can usually guess what I want for lunch – a big salad!  That’s what I want for dinner, too, most of the time.  It really just comes down to what type of salad.

I discovered this one a few weeks ago and in accordance with my usual M.O., when I find something I love, I do it everyday…until I no longer love it or I find something else. 🙂 It has applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbles, grilled chicken, strawberries, honey roasted sunflower seeds and is topped with apple balsamic vinaigrette.  The calories are higher than I would normally spend for lunch (550), but you can customize it and it comes in half and full size portions.

Disclaimer:  Wendy’s is NOT giving me anything for plugging this.  I wish. 😉


She Said


1.  Independence Day

When anyone mentions July, I immediately think about Independence Day!  This past July 4th, our church had a huge celebration and invited the entire community.  We were pleasantly surprised when the crowds far exceeded our expectations.

We had people come to our family friendly party from all over South Carolina and we had guests from North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia enjoying the festivities, including live music, food, Italian Ice and Snow Cones, plenty of water and sodas and lots of fun activities for the kids.

We gave away Visa gift cards every 30 minutes and ended the evening with a professional spectacular fireworks show.  I had such a great time!

4th of July

Here’s my grandson playing air guitar with the band!  Can you tell he’s just had a Blueberry snow cone?

Rockets Over Jefferson

2.  Frozen Grapes

This is not a new concept, but I’m crazy about frozen grapes in the summer time.  It gets really hot here in South Carolina and munching on frozen grapes for a snack and/or as dessert is something I never tire of.  You just wash your grapes, shake the excess water off, place in a zip lock freezer bag and toss them in the freezer.  I like to freeze mine overnight.  They are sweet, creamy and crunchy – all at the same time!  If you’ve never had frozen grapes, please, please try them!

Frozen Grapes

3.  Sandals

I’m such a shoe person and I’m really in love with summer sandals.  I was going to share my favorite 3 pairs of sandals, but I couldn’t par it down and I couldn’t leave out my favorite wedges!  I’ve been in love with the wedge heel for a long time!   It was hard to just show 4, but here’s what I’m loving to wear with shorts, maxis and just about everything!

Note:  I was going to actually wear my sandals for the photo shoot until I noticed that I needed a pedicure really badly.  Update:  Pedicure mission is now accomplished!

She Said, She Said


I have to add one more thing!  I’m also loving blogging from St. Lucia for the next two weeks!  Well, the posts are already written (a lot of good ones, too!) so I’m going to have my toes in the sand and my head in a book for a while!

She Said, She Said

What are you loving in July?





Carmody July 14, 2014 - 7:06 am

Sounds like July has been a lot of fun so far. I am a runner too!

Alli July 14, 2014 - 9:23 am

I know I’m pretty much in the minority, but I love summer. It’s my favorite season.

Madaline July 14, 2014 - 7:25 am

I love the Alba brand! I love their non-Vaseline. It’s amazing! Have so much fun in St Lucia!!!!!!

Alli July 14, 2014 - 9:22 am

Thanks, Madaline! I need to borrow my daughter’s Alba stuff and use it. I never have. 🙂

[email protected] July 14, 2014 - 7:30 am

Love the idea of a running app to get my off my butt. May be something I start for my birthday month.

Alli July 14, 2014 - 9:22 am

The couch to 5K is a really good app. Let me know if you like it.

Shirley Wood July 14, 2014 - 7:58 am

I’m going to check out that running ap! The couch to 5K is on my radar!
It does look like the July 4th event was a big success. Makes me think of last year at church when tons of people showed up for Trunk or Treat, far more than expected! Folks are thirsty for good, clean family fun! What better place than church…Home Missions! I love that!
Have fun vacationing! Do your running on the beach!

Alli July 14, 2014 - 9:21 am

My daughter runs – I mostly walk and run a little – LOL! 🙂 Our Trunk or Treat is always well attended, too. One year we gave out winter coats to anyone who needed them – no questions asked. It was amazing. Giving back is a great feeling.

zaby July 14, 2014 - 9:02 am

Wendy’s Strawberry Fields Chicken Salad looks wonderful

Alli July 14, 2014 - 9:51 am

I’ve had it and loved it. I leave the chicken off. 🙂

Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life) July 14, 2014 - 9:43 am

That salad from Wendy’s sounds so good! I’ve never tried frozen grapes – I have some grapes right now at home, so I’m going to put them in the Freezer. I want to hear all about St. Lucia, that’s one of the places I’ve wanted to visited.

Alli July 14, 2014 - 9:54 am

So far, we’re really loving St. Lucia! Frozen grapes are just about my favorite thing to eat in the summer. I’ve changed to bananas while in St. Lucia because it’s their number one export and they are so cheap here! Grapes are about $10 for a tiny cluster of about 10 grapes because they have to be imported. Yikes!

Ricci July 14, 2014 - 9:55 am

I am soooo jealous you are blogging from St Lucia!!! What a view!!! This summer I am obsessed with Dasani’s strawberry water, Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara, and my new pink Nike work shoes 🙂

Alli July 14, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Yum, strawberry water! I love the ICE waters!

Louida July 14, 2014 - 10:07 am

Umm…why didn’t you pack me in your suitcase Alli? I surely would love to have gone to St. Lucia! Jealous! Enjoy your relaxing time there!

What I’m loving in July is my epic road trip my family and I just did! So much fun!

Alli July 14, 2014 - 2:30 pm

It looked like your road trip was amazing, Louida!

Kristen from The Road to Domestication July 14, 2014 - 11:53 am

Goodness, I love just about all of these things, too…except the running. Ugh. I’m still in the hate-hate phase there!

Alli July 14, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Yeah, I’m more into walking. Everyone laughs when I tell them that it feels like my insides are falling out when I run!

Anna @ Northern Homestead July 14, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Wow, from a hate runner to 6 miles, that is impressive! I am a hate runner too and so far no one has convinced me to start. July is great in every way! Summer, sunshine, green (most of the year it is not green here), gardening, flowers … .

Alli July 14, 2014 - 2:32 pm

I’m more of a walker, too, Anna! My daughter loves to run, though. I once read that we use more muscles when we walk than when we run. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

FabEllis July 14, 2014 - 4:15 pm

I have always heard how great frozen grapes are and I have yet to try them. That definitely needs to be added to my list of things to try this summer. I love salads from Wendy’s. The apple pecan is my husband and I’s favorite!

So far in July, I’m just loving summer nights with my hubby. Can you tell we’re newlyweds? Lol!

Kristin July 14, 2014 - 11:40 pm

I loooooove Alba products!

[email protected] July 15, 2014 - 10:21 pm

I’ve tried frozen grapes and they’re excellent, but you know what I love even more? Roasted grapes! Yes, I know you don’t want to turn on your oven, but roasting grapes totally sweetens them and makes them soooo good! I actually posted about them a few months ago and they helped me to lose a few pounds :).

Have a great time in St. Lucia!

Alli July 16, 2014 - 7:36 am

I’ve never tried roasting them – sounds awesome! I need to look up your recipe on your blog!


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