Stuff We Loved in August

by Alli

Well, hello September and Happy Labor Day!

In case you missed it, I brought my youngest daughter on board a couple of months ago to help me blog occasionally and to give her twenty something take on things.  Once a month we blog about stuff we love.  Sometimes it’s something old that has stood the test of time.  Sometimes it’s something new. And sometimes it’s something blue.  Oh, wait, that’s a wedding thing.  Never mind.  It’s just stuff we love.  Period.

Here’s what we loved in June and July!

Stuff Caitlin Loved in August:

My “We Ate Good Food and We Did Things” shirt.

Stuff We Loved - Shirt

My dad is always saying something quotable.  He was telling a story while preaching a couple Sundays ago and when referring to my parents St. Lucia trip he said, “We ate good food and we did things.”  Um, story of my life!  So I made a shirt out of it.  It’s funny, it’s comfortable and I get to wear a family joke.  You can make one of your own at

My Birthday month!

I am now 26.  I can tell my age, right?  I don’t mind getting older.  You know how a lot of people reminisce about high school and long for their glory days and wish they could go back?  I’m not one of them.  To be frank, I hated school and I always say I love my life so much more now!  My life is not perfect.  I just love the me God has helped me to be over the past few years. THESE are my glory days, and like the Bible says, we are changing from glory to glory!  And, like the song my Mom wants my 2 sisters and me to sing at her funeral (can you believe she mentioned that?) goes…

Two arms around me, heaven to ground me

 And a family that always calls me home

 Four wheels to get there, enough love to share

 And a sweet, sweet, sweet song

 At the end of the day

 Lord, I pray

 I have a life that’s good

– The Nashville Cast, written by:  Sarah Siskind, Ashley Monroe

Note from Alli:  I’m not planning on dying for a very, very long time.  However, I’m a bit of a control freak and a planner. I like things done the way I like things done.  I love to throw the perfect party and can’t stand the thought of leaving an important event like a funeral (which will probably be called a farewell gala) to party planning amateurs (aka my family).  So I’m in the very early stages of planning my farewell party.  It’s my prerogative.  FYI:  It will not be a traditional service because my parties must be different.  It’s who I am.  Now, back to Caitlin’s stuff!

 Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

This was part of my Birthday present from my boyfriend, who I like to call “Sweet David,” because well, just ask anyone, he’s as sweet as pie.  🙂  He took me shopping and I had been wanting to get my hands on this bronzer for a LONG time.  I’m hitting pan on my Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer and it has served me well.  It’s matte, blendable and provides a natural looking tan/contour.  However, in the summer I have to build it up (layer) pretty good to get it to show up.

Chocolate Soleil to the rescue!!  This bronzer is deep, matte and has a little more red in it (in a good way).  Not orangy. The best part?  It’s made of real chocolate and smells AND tastes like real chocolate.  How do I know, you ask?  I was getting a little crazy with my contour and it got in my mouth.  It was snowing bronzer.  And it was awesome.

Note from Alli:  I had to ask Caitlin what “hitting pan” meant.  It’s a makeup term that means you’re running low and you can see the bottom I think.  Supposedly, everyone that knows anything about makeup should know that terminology.  I digress.

Stuff Alli Loved in August:

OPI says hello to your wall!

Need a new paint color?  Look no farther than your manicure.  Yep, a couple of months ago OPI inspired Clark & Kensington’s paint palette at Ace Hardware.  And I’m in love!

The 18 OPI colors range from the sheer Gray My Point Exactly to the dramatic teal Can’t Find my Czechbook!

OPI Paint


OPI Wall Paint

OPI Wall PaintSource – Clark + Kinsington

Because I’m so thankful for all of you who read my blog, I’m giving away a $50.00 gift card to Ace Hardware so that you can try the new OPI wall color!  You can enter at the end of this post.

My Birthday Month

August is also my birthday month.  I turned the big 3-0 on August 14, 1988 (gotcha) five days after giving birth to Caitlin.  It’s just a me thing, but I wanted to have all of my children before I turned 30.  I know women wait way beyond 30 now.  But you’ve got to realize this was in the late 80’s.  Looking back, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I’m really enjoying all of my grown children and my grand kids while being 39 and holding!  Thirty-nine is the new 50 something, right?

When I was a little girl, my sister, Melinda, and I always sung this little song (among many) that we made up.  As soon as August arrived, I would begin to sing, “14 days to my birth-day, 14 days to my birth-day” and would repeat it every day with the corresponding number of days, until the big day arrived!  Melinda would do the same thing in January, her birthday month.  Psst:  I still do it, but don’t tell anyone!  I even texted it to my sister in Colorado.  You’re never to old to celebrate birthdays!

My Farewall to the Beach Tour

OK – I’m pretending to be a rock star here, but the entire family (kids and grands) is spending the week of Labor Day at the beach (except for Max, he’s spending the week on a huge blueberry farm/aka dog boarding kennel).  We’ll enjoy one more week of summertime fun before our thoughts and minds turn to fall (as I’m sipping my coffee with pumpkin spice creamer)!

What did you love about August?

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Reannon Pino September 1, 2014 - 8:48 am

Yellow! Can’t wait to paint our kitchen a nice, soft tone of yellow 🙂

BTW – love Caitlin’s shirt 😉

Alli September 1, 2014 - 4:21 pm

Yellow is so sunny and such a happy color. Caitlin’s a mess with that shirt. 🙂

Paris at My BIg Fat Happy Life September 1, 2014 - 9:01 am

I can’t believe you can get paint inspired by nail polish! I am really into Greys right now for paint colors. It could grey beige or white grey I’m loving it all. FYI I tried Alba Botanical Natural Face Cleanser and love it, so I may have to try that bronzer this month 🙂

Alli September 1, 2014 - 4:20 pm

I love grey, too! My daughter and I recently redid her bedroom and we used the prettiest grey.

Kathy Lane September 1, 2014 - 9:16 am

I love green colors in paint! Green is a soothing fresh color to me.

Alli September 1, 2014 - 4:19 pm

I’ve used various shades of green over the years. I always have a hard time picking out paint colors because I love most of them.

Debbie Hough September 1, 2014 - 11:16 am

I love August because it means the end of summer is near! I am a Fall and Winter kind of girl.

Alli September 1, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Debbie, you know I’m a summer girl all the way! 🙂 But I do love the holidays in fall and winter. Does that count?

Renee @ Renew Your Space September 1, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Oh this is such a fun post – My August was really up & down, but most of all I loved the weather here in our beach town. It was like a tropical oasis 🙂

Alli September 1, 2014 - 4:18 pm

I’m so jealous! I know I was meant to live in a beach town instead of 2 hours from one! 🙂

Christine September 1, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Those colors are gorgeous! I had heard about them and I’m finally glad I got to see them! This was such a fun, cute post and I love how you included your daughter. I laughed out loud when I read about “hitting pan” because sometime being a makeup lover-you realize that people don’t understand what you’re talking about sometimes.

Alli September 1, 2014 - 4:17 pm

Christine, when she emailed me her faves, I thought she had made a big typo when she said she was hitting pan. I blushed when I realized what that statement meant. 🙂

Anna @ Northern Homestead September 1, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Hey August is also my Birthday month. I think it is the best month of the year to have a Birthday, good weather and fresh garden food to celebrate.
Love the shirt, keep on eating good food and doing things. 😉

Alli September 1, 2014 - 4:17 pm

August is a very popular birthday month, right? Happy belated birthday, Anna!

zan September 1, 2014 - 3:07 pm

I love the shirt – remember, I am Caribbean so I know about the food there…Love those nail colors!!

Alli September 1, 2014 - 4:27 pm

I knew you would understand, Zan! The food is always amazing in the Caribbean, even the simple rice and beans are so much better there!

Ashley LaMar September 1, 2014 - 3:18 pm

I’ve spent all day today looking at color palettes for our new apartment. It’s crazy how much of a struggle it can be. 🙁

My favorite thing about August? Hmmm…probably my in-depth exploration of Atlanta!

Alli September 1, 2014 - 4:26 pm

I always struggle when picking out paint colors, even after the walls are almost done I find myself questioning my choices. 🙂

Kristen from The Road to Domestication September 1, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Such a great post! I happen to love that song, too 🙂 It’s in my car CD player right now, actually!

MJ @ Daisy & June September 1, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Omgosh so many thing! I love that shirt, your daughter looks so much like you and OPI for my house???Shut the front door!

aimee fauci September 1, 2014 - 6:19 pm

I would paint all of my walls turquoise and my toes and fingers. That is my GO TO color and this would drive my husband crazy.

Natalie September 1, 2014 - 7:13 pm

I really love the 2nd collection of colors.. Though I’ll wear any kind on my feet, I don’t really paint my finger nails much though.

Madaline September 2, 2014 - 12:42 am

I’m loving that t-shirt! That is such an amazing idea! And , I’m also loving every one of those rooms – the romantic, I’m dying for.

Alli September 2, 2014 - 7:59 am

Caitlin surprised us when she walked in with that t-shirt on. We doubled over with laughter. 🙂

Tiffany September 2, 2014 - 11:41 am

What a fun recap of what seems to have been a great month for both you and your daughter! I love the shirt BTW…great quote!

You color/room design choices are awesome…very fun and well colorful 🙂

Alli September 2, 2014 - 8:36 pm

I always look forward to her monthly faves. I never know what they are until she emails me her part of the post. 🙂

Tamara September 2, 2014 - 11:41 am

A $50 Ace Hardware Gift-Card would come in so handy right now. We moved in July & will be painting very soon, along w/ so many other updating tasks. I love color, but for the most part we will be doing neutral beige w/ a few accent walls. Red would be fun!
Thanks for offering the give-away. I love OPI nail-polish by the way. I just finished painting my nails w/ OPI.

Alli September 2, 2014 - 8:35 pm

My house is open concept and the great room is Happy Trails (beige) and the adjoining dining room is red. It’s been red for several years and I haven’t grown tired of it yet.

Elizabeth B September 2, 2014 - 8:22 pm

My craft room is BM Palladian Blue, and it’s become my favorite paint color ever.

Alli September 2, 2014 - 8:34 pm

I bet it’s beautiful! And now I’m jealous of your craft room! I wish I had one!

Tamika September 2, 2014 - 9:50 pm

Soft gray with a lavender or blue undertone

Alli September 3, 2014 - 6:57 am

I like gray with blue undertones. I remember trying to pick out the perfect gray for a room I was painting and how many shades of gray I had to test before finding the right one for that room.

SandyN September 2, 2014 - 9:51 pm

Pink and yellow, but not together. 🙂

Alli September 3, 2014 - 6:55 am

That’s funny! Love pink!

Crystal September 2, 2014 - 9:52 pm

I love my red 🙂

Alli September 3, 2014 - 6:55 am

Red is my fave color!

Kristi September 3, 2014 - 6:19 am

My favorite thing about August was the day I left BOTH of my boys at college. Not because they were leaving me, but seeing them together waving and smiling as we pulled away. Knowing big brother was there to help his little brother make such a transition put my heart at ease! Pulling away I KNEW that we have done a great job raising such wonderful young men! They have my heart forever!!

Alli September 3, 2014 - 6:54 am

What a great accomplishment! I bet little brother was glad big brother was there, too. How awesome!

ellen casper September 4, 2014 - 11:13 pm

I love bluish greys

Arena Thompson September 6, 2014 - 11:01 am

tiffany blue set off with white trim 🙂


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