A Few Friday Favorites

This afternoon I got a bad headache out of nowhere (well, I say “out of nowhere,” but it was at least loosely connected to a certain puppy who was riding in the car with me and barking in the most high-pitched manner possible – at the rate of about 84 barks a minute, it seemed), so after we got home I took two Advil, drank a diet Dr. Pepper, and tried to find a spot in the house that was dark and quiet. The dark part wasn’t hard since it was raining outside, but the quiet part was another thing altogether. I finally gave up and decided to cook supper, and on the way into the kitchen I thought, You know, I’m going to use some of that essential oils blend that’s supposed to be good for migraines. So I put some on my temples and on the back of my neck, and SWEET FANCY MOSES THAT WAS SOME RELIEF.

That was the first time I’ve ever used it, I think, when I was smack-dab in the middle of a headache, so I was ever-so-delighted that it helped.

I’m not exactly sure why I told y’all any of that. However, a few minutes ago I touched the corner of my eye with a finger that I’d used to rub in the oil, and I just want to go on the record and say that if you happen to rub a peppermint oil blend near the eye area, THAT WILL WAKE YOU RIGHT UP.

And speaking of waking up (well, kinda).

There are times when I manage the whole family / work / writing thing pretty well. But I can say without hesitation that the last two weeks have not been my finest. I have been like a dog chasing its tail, and I feel like I’m forever playing catch-up, only I’m so far behind that part of me wonders what’s the point. This afternoon I talked to my mama for the first time in almost two weeks, and when I start to feel disconnected from my family, that pretty much sends me into all manner of guilt and condemnation because 1) I feel very selfish and 2) hey, I think I wrote a book about how we need to be intentional about time for our families, only I haven’t been to Mississippi since November, thank you very much. I’m behind at work and behind on the new book – so tonight I just opted to sit on the couch and watch American Idol with my people. I’ve been asleep by 10 o’clock every night this week, but when I wake up every morning my to-do list starts running on a loop through my head.

Basically I’ve spent the last two weeks like the woman in the first chapter of Boundaries. For example, yesterday at 4:15 we had just walked in the door from school, and I was just about to put on pajamas when it occurred to me that we had a vet appointment at 4:30, so we rushed out the door and went to the vet, which meant that I didn’t get to cook supper, so I picked up Zaxby’s instead, and I HATE IT when I get in the way of following through with the original plan and things start to feel chaotic.

I’m just trying to tell myself that for better or worse, it’s just the nature of things right now. I always – ALWAYS – feel like I’m forgetting to do something.

Gosh. The more I talk about all of this, the more I just want to get that essential oils blend and pour it on top of my head. So in light of all that: what say we talk about some DIVERSIONS? :-)

Here are some recent favorites.

1. Phillip Phillips – Raging Fire

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Alex likes to be the DJ when we’re in the car, and he has played “Home” by Phillip Phillips about 4 gazillion times in the last two years. It may be his all-time favorite song. So tonight when I saw that Phillip Phillips was playing his new song on American Idol, I couldn’t wait to hear it. Turns out that it has a DELIGHTFUL Dave Matthews-ish feel to it (but still distinctively Phillip Phillips), and I promptly made the AI marketing machine’s dreams come true by immediately buying it from iTunes. It is $1.29 of almost-springtime fun. Love it.

2. OPI Brazil Collection

One of my favorite springtime traditions (can you tell that I am laser-focused on spring? so tired of the gray and cold and rain) is getting my first sandal-weather pedicure. I’m always curious about what new polish colors OPI may have, and when I looked at their latest collection, I was beside myself. The bright colors are so wearable (well, maybe not the yellow for me, but the others are great), and the neutrals are just the right blend of fun and trendy. I especially love these two:

I Sao Paulo Over There

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Live, Love, Carnaval

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3. L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions

A couple of weeks ago Melanie made the comment that I am always on a quest for the holy grail of mascaras, and she is so right about that. It is a quest – a LIFE MISSION, if you will – and I am bound and determined to find the best mascara for the money. For a while I was smitten with the Rimmel, but I started to have issues with smudging, so I decided to see if there was something else out there since apparently I lack contentment with my mascara choices.

About a month ago I tried this one.

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I really, really love it. It also comes in waterproof, and it doesn’t smudge. Between this mascara and my new eyelash curler, it’s like a whole new eye make-up day has dawned.

Until I resume the quest, of course. But in the meantime: EYELASH BLISS.

4. Brook Hills App


Our church has released a new (FREE) app. I have to say that it is pretty snazzy, and you should totally try it. You can listen to sermons, watch sermons, and my favorite feature is that every morning I can open it and it will tell me what I need to read for our two-year Bible reading plan. It was just this morning, in fact, when I realized that I can actually read the passages within the app (I’d never scrolled down the page – I just used the app as sort of a memo), and I think it’s safe to say that it’s going to change my whole life.

Oh, technology – sometimes you are very convenient.

5. Palazzo Pants

When I got my very first real job, I took my 23 year-old self to The Limited and bought myself some palazzo pants. I thought they were very fancy and sophisticated, and I really liked to wear them with my metallic Nina flats because to me it was the very best way to pretend to be a grown-up.

Well, in light of the whole “so long, skinnies” news that we talked about last week, I was thrilled to see the palazzo pant might be making a bit of a comeback.

Wide Leg Batik Palazzo

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Tribal Print Palazzo

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Y’all, what does it say about me that I WANT TO OWN THESE? I mean, are they at all age-appropriate? Probably not. But I just think they’re so fun and colorful and flow-y and would be absolutely adorable with a pair of wedge sandals.

And if those wedge sandals happened to be metallic?


Have a great weekend, everybody!

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  1. The pants, wondrous.
    The mascara, impressive.
    Why thank you, thank you very, very much. :)
    But if a pig farm does come up for sale around the corner, you will tell me yes?
    Because Bacon. And the Farmer.
    And I love you :)

  2. I got my first gel manicure a few weeks ago and it is a GAME CHANGER. It has held up to my seven-kid-lifestyle beautifully. Why did no one tell me? I have no idea how to get the stuff off, but I feel about ten times more put together with non-chippy nails.

    You know you can read the commentary in the app, too, right? Click on Bible Reading Commentary and the Carson commentary is right there. Am LOVING it.

  3. Love your mascara recommendations! It’s hard to find one that enhances and doesn’t smudge!

  4. Melissa P says:

    I was so hoping you would share the “headache oil” as a part of your favorites! If there is something that helps, I would LOVE to know what it is!

  5. MJ Krech says:

    If I lived closer I would be your unpaid volunteer helper!
    You SOOOO need a secretary/errand runner!

  6. Oh the nail polishes…be still my heart. Also. OPI should do a Bachelor series. Some clever names revolving around hot tubs and helicopters.

  7. “Annoint my head with oil.” It’s in the Bible so naturally, you would be drawn to do that-ha, ha! :) I can totally relate to feeling crazy. Thanks for all the Friday recommendations! Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Karen Beymer says:

    I will be a “very young” 70 in a few months & I think I would wear the pants!
    I hate the tight feel of the skinny jeans. I’m with you on the mascara, I’ll try it.

  9. a few thoughts with this post:
    1. LOVE me some palazzo pants– I may have to make myself some this spring it a variety of prints. I wore my Old Navy linens from last year just yesterday (in CA).
    2. So, the essential oils in your eyes made me think of this story: as a child, my little brother liked to peel labels off of things- coke bottles, mayo jar, deodorant, etc. One time, my mom had just shaved her underarms and grabbed what she thought was her deodorant– NOPE! It was Icy Hot!! Kyle had removed the label. She ran with her arms over her head trying to get wind to cool off– apparently it was hotter than icy.

  10. I would also love to know what kind of essential oil you used. I’ve had a headache for days. Happy Friday!

  11. I love it when “Home” comes on while I’m in the van, because it’s one of my happy songs which makes me dance, and play the air drums, and in general make a fool of myself while I drive.

  12. Love both the prints on those Palazzos, but the style is not for me.

    Where’s our puppy pitchur?

  13. My boy is going to be so upset we missed Phillip Phillips on AI! Home was played so much at our house that I almost, almost got tired of it. ;)

  14. Please, pleaseā€¦the name of the essential oil. We NEED it in South Carolina!!!!

  15. I downloaded the app and did the Bible reading. so convenient. just what I needed to get myself back in the Word. thank you and God bless.

  16. Cindy L. says:

    I am not sure I can pull of those pants. My legs are short and not skinny. But they are so cute! Maybe I can get my daughter to wear them.
    I might have to try that mascara.
    The essential oils for headaches – I love mine. It is from Aveda and it works. I thought it was all in my head (Ha!) but it really does do the trick. And I have rubbed my eyes with it still on my finger too. I am so happy to know that I am not the only one!

  17. It took me about 15 minutes to read this post because the four month old puppy on my lap (well, he’s 40 lbs, so really OVER my lap) meant that every 30 seconds sounded like this: “No sir…. No biting … Leave it … No biting the mom … Chew on your hedgehog, not on the mom …Good boy, here is a treat for stopping biting the mom….”

    Here is what we have learned at puppy school: offal is disgusting, but dogs are not far removed from their roots. Cow hooves are a cheap and effective way to occupy your puppy’s attention – the hard surface feels good on their little gums while they are teething. Tracheae (yes, I just wrote “trachea,” and I truly mean a cow’s esophagus) are gold and can occupy your puppy for upwards of an hour. You can buy them on Amazon. Really.

    Flashback to Upton Sinclair and “The Jungle.” The meat-packers still apparently process everything but the squeal, and now we know where the hooves and throats go. I would be grossed out by it, except that I am grateful for anything that holds his attention for an extended period of time.

    On a less gross note, try one of the puppy-sized kongs (the pink or baby blue ones) – fill it with one of the following and freeze it (standing it up in a custard cup helps). These also feel great on puppy gums. Fillings: creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, plain greek yogurt, baby food, baked & pureed sweet potato or pureed plain pumpkin (the last two are also great binders if your puppy has loose stools).

    Happy puppy-dom.

  18. I would so wear the pants and I am a lot of years older than you, Sophie!!

  19. I’m just over 5 ft tall, just over 55, just lostover 100 lbs, & if I ever see some palazzo pants that come in petite length I’m in! Absolutely age appropriate! :)

  20. PLEASE share the name of that oil!

  21. Karen Ward says:

    We DVR’d the American Idol episode with Phillip Phillips and we just watched over the weekend. ADORE the Raging Fire song and I said the exact same thing – sounded a bit like Dave Matthews! I’m thinking I will be picking up the entire album when it’s out!

    And ladies, I’m not Sophie (obviously) but I’ve seen where a lot of my friends are using the doTerra essential oils so that may be what Sophie was using. I’ve heard lots of good things!

  22. Dear Sophie,

    Just wanted to encourage you. You are a hard worker and give 110% — I can tell! So give your awesome self a pat on the back!

  23. I love your writing. You have such a gift, and I love the way you are using this space and your time with others. Your spirit really seems to come through with what/how you write, and I feel like you are just as honest and genuine and caring and funny in your real life. I feel for you during this season of your life…I really do. I know how frazzled we can get as women, because the MOM part of our lives cannot be run as a business or a job…where things are scheduled and predictable…and your “desk” is cleared at the end of the day. Being a Mom is not like that. Whether you work at home or from home or away from home…it’s a struggle and a balancing act. Give yourself some GRACE.

  24. I recently found a great new nail polish top coat that keeps your polish chip free and is not gel. It is called CND Vinylux top coat and you can purchase it on Amazon. The maker recommends using their polish as well but I have used theirs and Julep with similar results. I average a week with little to no chipping. It comes off easily with normal remover and dries very quickly. Completely changed my polishing habit!!!

  25. Love all the loves. Here’s one you might like if you’re searching for the most wonderful hair products ever…Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Hair Masque. It’ll make your hair feel like buttah.