Linky Dinks

– On the way to the beach we stopped at a peach stand to, you know, buy peaches. While we were there I saw an adorable tote bag in a sale bin and thought it would make a great gift for my aunt. I looked up the website on the bag’s tag once we got here, and oh my word – so many great-looking accessories. Plus, I’m fairly certain that the Bag Lady blue paisley pattern is too much cuteness for the world to contain.

– The MouseMail $100 Visa gift card giveaway is still going strong.

– Several years ago my friend Rhoda told me about a great Italian place on the outskirts of Birmingham. I made a mental note to try it – and then never did. Since it’s a little off the beaten path (for us, at least), it always seemed too far out of the way when we were thinking about where to grab lunch or dinner.

But last week my husband had a meeting near the restaurant that Rhoda mentioned, so he and a co-worker gave it a try. He came home raving about it, so our little family of three went to Joe’s Italian for lunch this past Saturday. OH MY WORD. It was EXCELLENT. And the strawberry cake may have changed my life.

So if you live in or around Birmingham, GO. Especially if you’re like me and think it’s too much of a drive. GO. IT IS A BLESSING.

– Out of the blue last week I remembered a door knocker that we had at our last house. I LOVED IT. Then I wondered why I haven’t gotten one for our current house. And then I decided that I needed to remedy that situation immediately.

I think it’s lovely and warm and welcoming. Makes me smile.

– Last week on the Twitter I noticed that Ree mentioned a website I’d never read before. So I clicked over, and OH MY. I should’ve grabbed a box of tissues before I started reading. The website is called Dear Photograph, and it will warm your heart and make you want to hug the people you love. So good.

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  1. I live 5 minutes from there!! I love their Strawberry Cake, too!! Isn’t it delish!?
    Their ravioli is divine & don’t you love their bread? Did you get to meet Joe & his sweet wife?
    I’m hungry thinking of it & It’s only 8 am.

  2. Oh. My. you were not kidding about “Dear Photograph”. Excuse me while I bawl uncontrollably for about 20 minutes.

  3. Thanks for all the hook-ups!

  4. yes! Joe’s is a must!! We have been several times. I had their strawberry cake for my birthday cake last year. I could eat it all day long. :)

  5. So glad to hear you like our Mud Pie bag Lady Collection! :) We have some GREAT Fall introductions! Stay Tuned!

  6. Seriously we had that same door knocker on my parents house growing up! (the lettering was all black) I totally forgot about it until you just showed the picture.

  7. You weren’t joking about needed in tissue for dear Photgraph, my goodness. The first page about did me in.

  8. I love reading your blog and just had to tell you how much I enjoyed looking at the Dear Photograph website.

  9. Hey!

    I hear that you talked to my friend Molly and just wanted to introduce myself as one of the ones who volunteered to be a personal assistant for you and Melanie at the dotmom conference in September. :) Please don’t hesitate to let me know if there is anything that I can do to help!! After years of reading your blogs, my roommate and I would love nothing more than to run around Birmingham running errands for y’all!


  10. Hey Sophie! I love love love your blog! I’m good friends with Molly and keep her sweet babies all the time. She said she told you that my roommate and I would love to help you and BigMama out with the dotMom conference….we are so serious! We might or might not actually carry on conversations about y’all as if you we’re our friends in real life….bless our hearts! But seriously, we would love to help you with anything you can think of as the event draws closer; if nothing else maybe a pit stop at the Starbucks to caffinate ourselves!

  11. Thanks for the link to Dear Photograph…I think! My mascara and make-up took a beating after looking at it. My 3 daughters and I have already decided that we are DEFINITELY going to be submitting a photo to the site. It’s great! Have a great rest-of-the summer! GO DAWGS!!! Day 1 of the 2011 season is TODAY!

  12. holy cow – i want to go to the peach stand you do. Mud Pie is absolutely adorable. Love the PJ pants.

  13. AMEN about Joes!!! My Mama lives within walking distance of that place so we ate there Tuesday night since I came home for a few days. It’s one of Alabaster/Pelham’s little jewels, in my opinion. :)

  14. Hey, Sophie! Just saw the Joe’s mention!! woohooo, I’m coming over to the Ham tomorrow & will be heading to Joe’s for dinner with some church friends. I can’t wait! I am going to have to get some of that strawberry cake, it is my FAVE too!! Oh my, it will change your life. Hope you are doing good. I am well myself.