Because It’s Good To Share

Here are a few things that I’m enjoying this week.

– Chris Tomlin’s latest CD – Love Ran Red – came out this past Tuesday, and I cannot stop listening to it.

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It’s absolutely beautiful – so worshipful – and on some level it reminds me of the first time I heard his Arriving album and thought, My goodness – this Chris Tomlin fella is talented.

– One of the sponsors at Allume was Mary & Martha. They actually provided breakfast for us last Friday morning, and I remember thinking that the containers they used for oatmeal and fruit were especially cute. Well, earlier tonight I was looking around their website, and I discovered that in addition to all of their tableware stuff, they have great-looking paper goods that are so perfect for taking meals and treats and whatnots to neighbors and friends. I cannot figure out how to link to anything on their website (because I need to pick a consultant, apparently), but I can show you what I saw in the catalog. And then you can go find it if you are so inclined, because DARLIN’ PLUS.

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This post of Melanie’s made me laugh so hard.

– Annie wrote a guest post over at She Reads Truth today, and it is great food for thought. I know that I’ve linked to She Reads Truth before, and just in case I wasn’t perfectly clear before, let me say this now: I LOVE WHAT THEY ARE DOING. I love their intention, I love their perspective, I love their graphics, I love THE WHOLE THING.

– So y’all know that one of my ongoing goals in life is to look as much like Maude as possible. I’m a fan of wide-legged pants, long cardigans, flow-y t-shirts, etc. and so on and so forth. Well, when I went to Louisiana back in the spring, my friend Tracey wore this super-soft cardigan that looked to be made of clouds. And possibly angel wings. And I was all, “WHERE, WHERE DO I FIND SUCH A THING?”

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As it turns out: Nordstrom.

I bought one earlier this summer when they were on sale, and then I hung it in my closet and wondered if it would become a deeply meaningful part of my life once the weather cooled off.

The short answer is Yes. Yes, it has.

It can work as a robe or a sweater or a cover-up or whatever you need it to be. It is the softest item of clothing I have ever owned and I plan to spend many more falls and winters enjoying all the warmth and comfort it offers.

So, given all of that, I just wanted to pass along the info. They’re not on sale right now, so I’d probably wait it out a bit since I am stubborn, but it comes in regular sizes and plus sizes and it might just change your whole life.

I mean, what’s not to love about wearing a cloud?

Hope y’all are having a great week!

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  1. Sophie, thank you. I just watched your keynote because Edie posted it, and it was as if you were speaking directly to me. Like many women my age there are relationships in my life where I am like Elizabeth and where I am like Mary (minus the important offspring). I am, after listening to your speech, committed to going out there and doing the best that I can on both ends and being there for my sisters. Thank you for your message! I will pay it forward. Keep on keepin’ on girl. You are a blessing. :)

  2. Still one of my favorite people ever. 😊

  3. I was introduced to Mary & Martha products at dotMom and loved them so much I decided to host an online party– AND they’re having a flash sale today-Friday of the paper bakeware!! I don’t know if you can order direct from their website, but if you want to go through my consultant to take advantage of this sale (30 pieces for $28!!) it’s item 30450

  4. This is going to be the year of the sweater for me. I found one I love so much that last weekend I went back to the store and bought three more in a variety of colors. My husband, who isn’t very into fashion, even told me he really liked it. Which is a good thing because little does he know it will probably be the only thing I wear all winter.

    Unless I buy the one you posted too!

  5. Love the sweater and totally plan to wear it just like the model does in the link! I mean who doesn’t roam the house in their bra and undies with a sweater over them for warmth??? 😂👍

  6. Renee Wheeler says:

    You’ll love the sweater – I have, ahem, 3 of them! And apparently it is my goal to look like Maude too, I just never really put my finger on it like that. Thank you for helping me identify my “style”. I just wish I was 6 feet tall like she was (is?). Keep on with your bad self – you rock!

  7. Here’s a nugget about Nordstrom announced this morning in Atlanta – the Nordstrom at Mall of Georgia will be closing after Christmas. Who is up for a combo after Christmas/store closing sale? Snuggly cardigans for super cheap. Yea, please!!

  8. Karen Ward says:

    That cardigan has a following due to Sheaffer, who blogs over at Pinterest Told Me To! They call it a blardigan – blanket/cardigan.

  9. Brandi Cox says:

    That would be called the “blardigan”. You have to check out Sheaffer at The Blardigan is the real deal!!

  10. You know I went home and bought CINDY one of those for Mothers’ Day and she luvs it!

  11. OMGooodness!! I have always wanted to dress like Maude too!! I didn’t think there was anyone else….How exciting to see the cloud sweater… the older I get the more the cozy look/feel is what I am going for.
    Thanks for sharing. You are just too cute as always.

    Best, Lina

  12. I have the Barefoot Dreams “Blardigan” (part blanket, part cardigan, lol) too and LOVE it! They’ve only gone on sale once in the past year and a half (during the Anniversary Sale) but they are totally worth paying full price for!

    And now – I need to go check out that Mary & Martha stuff. :) Happy weekending!

  13. Isn’t that Mary & Martha stuff just the cutest?!? I am a Mary & Martha consultant and can hook y’all up with some great deals. Check out my website at or my Facebook page at
    This is an amazing company!