She Said, She Said – What We’re Loving in June

by Alli

I’ve been trying to get my youngest daughter to be a guest blogger on my site forever.  Seems that she is just way too busy!  So I had a bright idea to have a monthly post where we share what she, as a 25-year-old, is loving this month and then I add my 02 cents worth, as a 50 something-year-old (remember, 50 is the new 40).

Some of our loves may be brand new things, old things that we will always love, or something new-to-us that you’ve been loving for a while.

We haven’t been compensated for anything (I wish!), these are just some things we love!

So, here goes!  I’m calling this She said, She said just because I can. 🙂

A Little About Caitlin

Other than being 25, usually referred to here as daughter #3 and the baby of the family (and we all refuse to believe that she’s all grown up so we still kinda treat her like the baby), she’s a make-up artist, photographer, singer, youth leader at church and her day job is a title abstractor for a company that is co-owned by her sister (daughter #1).

What’s a title abstractor?  An abstractor of Title is a person who prepares and certifies the condensed history (known as an abstract of title) of the ownership of a particular parcel of real estate, consisting of a summary of the original grant and all subsequent conveyances and encumbrances affecting the property.  Bottom Line:  When someone buys real estate, she does a title search for liens, mortgages, etc. for the attorney or company handling the deal.

Moving Right Along

Top 3 Things that Caitlin is loving this month

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1.  Any and all products by Lush

Lush Products

I first learned about Lush from Youtube Beauty Vloggers.  Some people like to unwind by reading, taking a bath or watching TV.  I like to fall asleep with visions of beauty products dancing in my head.  Too soon for a Christmas reference?  Well, if you like your products handmade, fresh, preservative-free, environmentally friendly and packaged in 100% recyclable pots, this is the brand for you!  My Lush collection includes:

Skin Drink Facial moisturizer –  This is what your skin would feel like if angels gave you a facial – amazing!!

Ocean Salt Scrub for face & body – Sea salt, vodka and lime team up to scrub away blockages (blackheads), dirt, and dead skin while avocado hydrates and brightens.  In.  Love.

King of Skin body butter –  You know how celebrities legs always look shiny?  You’re welcome.

Honey I Washed The Kids Soap – This customer fave is safe for the whole family.  Leaves you soft and smelling like…well, honey. 😉

Gorilla Perfume in the fragrance Lust – My mom says this smells just like honeysuckle.  It’s not a perfume I would normally pick (I’m not a floral girl) but I seem to keep going back to it.  It’s fresh, yet heady.  One spritz will do.

Butterball Bath Bomb – I tried to be thrifty and broke mine up with a hammer (don’t try this at home) so I could get many baths out of one bomb. 😀 I wish I would have just used the whole thing at once.  I feel cheated but  I loved the smell and fizz it produced, but it wasn’t enough.  I will definitely be repurchasing!

You can find Lush products here!

 2.  Music

The song Rude by Magic:  I loved the beat immediately, so to make sure I wasn’t listening to anything cray-cray, I checked out the lyrics, which made me love it even more.  Set to a Reggae Fusion beat, this song tells the story of a young man asking his girlfriend’s father for her hand in marriage.  He is turned down flat.  I mean, “You’ll never get my blessing till the day I die” is pretty clear.  This does not deter the young man as he proceeds to tell the father things like, “I’m going to marry that girl and we’ll be a family no matter what you say.”  The lyrics are hilarious and the beat will make you dance your tush off like you’re in a Sean Paul music video.

You can see Rude by Magic right here!

 3.  Focus T25

This workout is brought to us by the famous Shaun T – creator of “Insanity” (which I’ve also tried).  He condensed his brutal, tear-inducing, hour-long “Insanity” workout to just 25 minutes!  It’s grueling, it’s fairly insane, but it’s doable!!  And the best part?  IT’S 25 MINUTES!!

There are 2 parts to this program.  An “Alpha” month and a “Beta” month.  The “Alpha” (month 1) is your foundation – building your strength and endurance, learning the moves and becoming more flexible.  The “Beta” (month 2) is where you die. Just kidding!  You start to get more involved, using dumbbells or resistance bands (your choice), the moves become harder and you are pushed beyond your comfort zone.  There’s a modifier in every workout so start where you are!  A commitment was made between a friend and I that we would finish.  We’re on month 2.  Oh, and there’s a 3rd optional “Gamma” month and I think I’m going for it.

You can find Focus T25 by clicking here!

 Here are the top 3 things I’m loving right this minute!


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1.  The Elf

The Elf

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Is it a car?  Is it a bike?  What in the world is it?  It’s a half bike/half electric car and if I lived in a downtown loft in a big city I would be all over this thing!  ELF is a sun-powered trike. You can pedal it or use the electric assist or get power through the solar panels or simply charge the batteries by plugging into a socket. You can find out more at  And I’m proud to say that it was invented in Durham, NC.  It’s a southern thing!

2.  My Fitbit Zip

Fitbit ZipFitbits are not new, but I’m loving my Fitbit Zip. Unlike the Fitbit bracelet, the Fitbit Zip is very small and attaches to your waistband or your bra and counts how many steps you take every day.  As you know, we should be getting 10,000 steps or more a day and if you don’t get it, Mr. Fitbit sticks out his tongue!  Naughty boy!

I have to add that this thing is practically indestructible and will not fall off because I accidentally washed mine. It never missed a beat.

I like the zip better than the bracelet because it’s not seen, therefore it can be worn with workout clothes or that LBD.  It’s so comfortable that you will forget that you’re wearing it!

And you can sync it to My Fitness Pal and other calorie counting apps.  Awesome!

Check it out and/or order it here!

3.  My two favorite leave in hair care products

Leave In Hair Products

Eva NYC Mane Tamer Leave In Cream & Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum

My hair is very dry so it takes 2, baby!  I’m sure all the highlights and lowlights I’ve received over the years does not help, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right?  Combine that fact with having hard water and it could be a disaster in the making.

Before drying my hair, I put two pumps of Eva NYC leave in conditioner and 1 pump of Super Skinny Serum and comb through with a wide tooth comb.  My hair ends up silky and smooth and not weighed down at all.  I hate those hair products that make my hair feel heavy and/or gummy.  These two hair products – weightless.  If you have dry hair, you’ve got to try them!

And both of us love the beach in June or any time of the year!

What are you loving in June?





Sarah June 10, 2014 - 7:11 am

I love the look at what you guys are both into, that is such a neat idea!

Alli June 10, 2014 - 7:14 am

I thought it was a neat idea, too! Of course, my daughter hates the pic of herself that I snapped on Sunday! 🙂

Dionne Dean June 10, 2014 - 7:50 am

Hmmm…I’m taking note of all of Caitlin’s LUSH cosmetic faves. Hmmm…now this ELF thingy, I haven’t seen it here in Dallas, but I’m sure it’ll make it’s way here soon…

Cindy Eikenberg June 10, 2014 - 7:51 am

Hi Alli! What a fun post and it’s wonderful to meet Caitlin (another beauty, just like her Mom!) I’m with both of you and loving the beach all summer long! I’m also loving Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty and all of the amazing infused waters this month. Thanks for sharing and I had a lot of fun reading this. Wishing you and Caitlin a happy Tuesday and fabulous month of June!

Tracey June 10, 2014 - 8:17 am

I share a lot of likes with your daughter. I’m a huge fan of Lush’s Ocean Salt Scrub. It’s my go to!

I also have been wanting to try the T25 workout, so thanks for sharing a link!

What a cool idea to have your daughter guest post. I loved reading it.

Mitzi June 10, 2014 - 8:26 am

so what am I loving right now? THIS POST– great one, Alli! Caitlin is gorgeous!
and from the list, I love my fitbit zip and I’m taking note of King of Skin body butter, too.

Alli June 10, 2014 - 9:08 am

She thought the pic was horrible of her. I snapped it Sunday after church, but I never pay attention and post it anyway. 🙂 Thanks, Mitzi!

Addie June 10, 2014 - 9:04 am

Love this segment, how nice to have perspective of current things loved by you and your daughter! =)

Alli June 10, 2014 - 9:07 am

Having three 20 something, 30 something daughters keep me in the loop of everything cool! Oh, can I still say cool? I need to check! LOL

Dee Dee (@MissFoodieFab) June 10, 2014 - 9:24 am

Hearing great things about Lush, may have to try them.

Alli June 10, 2014 - 4:38 pm

I need to try them, too! 🙂

Logan Cantrell June 10, 2014 - 9:45 am

So, I’m definitely going to have to try these Lush products! I also love Shaun T’s workouts! He definitely makes you work.

Alli June 10, 2014 - 4:36 pm

I like T25 because of the modified version that Insanity does not have. Not that I need it or anything. Wink. Wink.

Shirley Wood June 10, 2014 - 9:49 am

Neat post, so fun! I love that Elf too! I must say, that description of what a title extractor is was pretty fun 🙂 Your daughter is beautiful, just like her Mom!
For June, I’m loving Sparkling Ice flavored waters, frozen fruit smoothies and summer high school baseball with my grandson!

Alli June 10, 2014 - 4:36 pm

OK – it was hard to describe what she does because a lot of people have never heard of an abstractor. 🙂 And I love the sparking ICE waters! Man, I should have added that. Maybe next time! We are so much alike, Shirley!

Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life) June 10, 2014 - 10:02 am

What a fun post series! I look forward to seeing more about you and your daughter. I’ve never seen an Elf before. I wonder if they will make their way to Louisiana. I’m loving the pool right now to cool off in!

Alli June 10, 2014 - 4:34 pm

I’m looking forward to a trip to the beach! But I could come over and join you beside the pool! 🙂

Ricki @ The Questionable Homesteader June 10, 2014 - 11:12 am

Really love this post Alli. I’m also a fan of Rude by Magic! and I’ve been hearing great things about Fitbit. I’ve been tracking my steps on my phone and it’s not always that convenient to keep on you when you are at some functions (wearing that LBD) might have to look into the Fitbit a little more.
Thanks for sharing! and I would love for you to share She Said, She Said at the Weekend Social on Thursday at 9pm EST at

Alli June 10, 2014 - 4:32 pm

I have to admit that I had never heard that song until Caitlin emailed me her portion of the post. So I went and checked it out and I like it, too. I forgot to mention that Fitbit also tracks your sleep patterns, but I’ve never tracked that. I’m not sleeping with the thing!

Madaline June 10, 2014 - 11:13 am

OOO! I’ve been needing a face scrub- and I LOVE Lush! Going to see if they carry it at the store near me!!!

Alli June 10, 2014 - 4:30 pm

My daughter orders online, but I need to see if there is a store near us, too.

Crystal Duncan (@FindingCrystal) June 10, 2014 - 11:48 am

What a great idea for a post. I’ve never heard of those skin care products but I’m in desperate need of something new. And I want one of those cars as well, except I want purple.

Alli June 10, 2014 - 4:29 pm

I had never heard of them either. In my small southern town, everyone drives around town in their golf carts. I would love to drive up in an Elf. 🙂

Louida June 10, 2014 - 11:50 am

I keep hearing about LUSH and still haven’t visited the store yet. Shame on me! I promise to visit there soon. That Elf car looks so cool, I want to drive one!

Alli June 10, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Caitlin keeps telling me to try out her lush products. I need to give in and try them, too. She gushes about them.

aimee fauci June 10, 2014 - 12:28 pm

I am loving not having a time clock in June… I have almost the entire month off.. so sleeping in is nice.

Alli June 10, 2014 - 4:27 pm

I’ve got my grands for the entire week, so I’m loving that, too. My house, on the other hand, looks like a tornado hit it, but that’s OK, they won’t be little for very long. Enjoy your month off!

Patty June 10, 2014 - 3:26 pm

What a fun idea, She Said, She Said is! You’re daughter is beautiful, just like her mama! Never tried Lush products, but will definitely look into them! No Elf in the Chicago area yet, but I think it’s pretty cool looking! Right now, I’m into SUNSHINE! Love that summer is finally here (after 6 months of Chicago winter weather!) and love that I’m finally getting some color! Have a blessed week!

Alli June 10, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Yes, glorious sunshine. It’s 93 in the shade here in SC, but I love it! 🙂 Have an awesome week!

Reginia Cordell June 11, 2014 - 12:08 am

Alli, you and your daughter are just gorgeous. I wouldn’t have ever guessed that you had an adult daughter. My colleague loves Lush products. I’ve gotten a few samples from the store here in Abu Dhabi. My mother tried the bath ball and loved it.

I’ll have to check out the Elf, looks pretty nifty.

Alli June 11, 2014 - 5:52 am

I haven’t tried the bath ball yet! I’m such a shower person! 🙂

Sondra @ Sondra Lyn at Home June 11, 2014 - 1:46 am

OK. First of all… you cannot have a 25-yr-old ‘baby’! Girl, you could be sisters!! I had no idea you’re a grandma just like me! You must be using Lush. Or SOMETHING! 🙂

This was a fun post and a great idea!! Loved it!

Alli June 11, 2014 - 5:49 am

You are too kind, Sondra! And I never would have guessed that you’re a grandma, either!

seedbox brownies from scratch August 3, 2014 - 5:31 am

I couldn’t resist commenting. Exceptionally well


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