Stuff We Loved in August

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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Pretty Pintastic Party Time

It’s Pretty Pintastic Party time and I’ve just got to tell you that I’m having a blast every week checking out all the projects, recipes and everything in between!

Don’t you just love how relaxed this party is?  There’s only one rule:  Pin the features.  That’s it.  And remember, every post gets pinned.  Let the party begin!

Welcome Banner PPP

Thanks for joining us this week for our party.  We know it’s going to be pretty fantastic Pintastic!

First, let’s meet the hosts: Deanna from Gloriously Made Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter
Alli from An Alli Event Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter
Ruth from Captain America & His English Rose Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter
Jamie, Kerry, Lucy from Coffee With Us 3 Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

What we’ve been up to this week:

 Alli’s Projects


6 Keys to Making a Marriage Last
Chocolate Graham Pancakes
KitchenAid Giveaway

Coffee With Us 3′s Projects

Kids in the Kitchen
30 Zucchini Recipes
Summer Stir Fry

Deanna’s Projects


Ravioli with tomato basil cream sauce 
Carne Guisada Enchiladas

Ruth’s Projects


 Labor Day Celebrations
The Cataldo  Pie Escapade Part 1
The Cataldo  Pie Escapade Part 2
Trust in the Lord + Printables


Every week we will also have a fabulous guest co-host!  

This week’s co-host is Sahana from Vikalpah. Her blog is spreading smiles through crafting.  Vikalpah means variety in Sanskrit.  Sahana likes experiment and get creative with a variety of different crafts.  Check out her 3 ways to bring your digital photos to real life


Show Sahana some love by dropping by her Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.

****If you’d like to be a guest co-host please fill out this form. Spots available for late fall or winter!

Now on to the Party!

This is a super relaxed party! You show up with your fabulous posts and we pin every single one!  We only ask one thing from you- pin the features!

One Rule new The Features


Please re-pin from these links and not this collage, so the pin will go straight to the featured post. Thanks!

Pineapple Crumble by Spindles Designs by Mary & Mags

Latitude & Longitude Wall Art by Home Made Interest

 Homemade Freezer Biscuits by Ten at the Table

How to Use Picmonkey to add Color to a Black & White Picture by Just a Touch of Crazy

Sweet & Citrus Baked Acorn Squash by My Cooking Spot

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Fall Moss Wreath

This week’s hit or miss will not add one ounce of fat.  I promise!  But, just in case you missed last week’s Chocolate Graham Pancakes, you can find them here!

I was amazed at the chill in the air on Monday and Tuesday, especially after 100 degree temps last week!  And even though we know the heat and humidity will stick around for a while, I did get in the mood to make something fallish.  Is that a word?  I’m always making up new words.

I’ve had my eye on a fall moss wreath project for a while.  I like the simplicity, the clean lines, the earthiness and the fact that the moss was free.  Yes, I found lots of moss right down the street from my house.  It was like picking up pine cones.  The moss didn’t feel like it was attached to anything.  If you don’t have access to free moss, you can buy it at craft stores.


The inspiration for my fall moss wreath came while browsing Pinterest.  I didn’t really use a tutorial, but you can search Pinterest and find any style moss wreath your little heart desires.

I’m in love with the two types of ribbon I found at Hobby Lobby.

Fall Moss Wreath

All you need is a foam wreath, your hot glue gun, moss and ribbon.  I did have to pull a few pine needles out of the moss, but other than that, I was good to go.  Just pretend you’re doing a jigsaw puzzle with the moss, using big pieces, small pieces and filling in the little holes on the foam wreath, glueing it as you go.  Make sure you cover all sides (except the back, of course). Attach the ribbon and you’re done.  Now wasn’t that easy?

Helpful Hint:  Did you know that glueing can be spelled two different ways?  Yep, glueing and gluing!  Both ways are correct!

Fall Moss Wreath

Fall Moss Wreath

If you like a more colorful fall wreath, here’s my fall burlap wreath that I made last year!

burlap wreath

My Thanksgiving tablescape will coordinate with my fall moss wreath.  Afterwards, I’ll give it a little bling, change out the ribbon and make a beautiful Christmas wreath.  Of course I’ll invite you over to see it.

What fall projects do you have in the works?