Some Current Favorites

Well, since it’s fall, and since I’m not eating gluten, and since I haven’t done one of these lists in a while, I thought I’d feature a few of my most recent favorite things.


Or minimal fun, at least?

Snapea Crisps


So you know how I’m not eating gluten and it’s the weirdest thing but I feel so much better even though I didn’t realize I didn’t necessarily feel great? Well, the one thing I have REALLY missed during this whole gluten-free process is my frenemy the potato chip. And yes, I know that some potato chips are gluten-free, but I DON’T LIKE ANY OF THOSE. I prefer Ruffles Cheddar & Sour Cream OR Lay’s Kettle Cooked Mesquite BBQ, but we have had to part ways. However, these Snapea Crisps are so tasty and totally fulfill crunchy cravings. I buy them at Publix, and for some reason they’re on the edge of the produce section with all the dried fruits and nuts. DELICIOUS.

Redken Wax Blast 10 Finishing Spray


A few weeks ago I decided to get my hair chopped off because why not. I was so tired of blowdrying it to the point that I was burning up hot, and I felt like I had some damaged ends that I could happily live without. My sweet stylist cut my hair for an hour and a half; my hair is super fine, but since I have a ton of it, it requires a lot of layering. After she finished blowdrying it, she sprayed this Wax Blast on it, and I LOVE IT. It’s so good for short hair – perfect for adding some texture and volume but not so heavy that my hair feels sticky or looks like I’ve joined A Flock of Seagulls.


I also use the Aerate 08 mousse before I dry my hair, and it is equally delightful.

– Chapter 3 of Home is Where My People Are

The caption underneath the picture tells the whole story, and I am forever grateful to Pearl and Rose Designs for this treasure. Thanks so much, Shelby!

(And don’t miss Shelby’s hand-illustrated maps; they are awesome.)

Urban Southern Tote Bag


The folks at Urban Southern sent me this bag a couple of weeks ago, and while I thought it was great-looking when I saw it in pictures, nothing could have prepared me for its real-life gorgeousness. This is sturdy, beautiful leather that will only get prettier with age, and y’all, IT. SMELLS. FANTASTIC. The inside of the bag has a big pocket for a phone or a passport or whatever you like to keep handy when you shop or travel.


The inside is perfect for a few magazines, a couple of books, and an iPad; I even used the tote as a laptop bag earlier this week. This bag is expandable, too; there are little rivet-type things (official term) on each side that you can unhook if you really need the tote to hold a bunch of stuff. For me this bag is the perfect size to carry on an airplane. It’s big enough to hold everything I need and small enough to easily tuck under the seat.

More than anything, though, this bag is BEAUTIFUL, and it is timeless. It will never, ever go out of style.

Ben Moon & Britney Shakespeares

You know how something can strike you as super funny and you don’t really know why it’s so funny but you need to watch it about 14 times just to wring out every single bit of the funny?

That is this for me.

A video posted by Ben Moon (@captainahmazing) on

– Andrew Peterson’s “Be Kind to Yourself”

Well. This made me cry an embarrassing amount of tears. I don’t know of a sweeter love song for older kids. So much tenderness and compassion in the lyrics.



Every once in a while someone will ask me if I have a favorite app. It’s not something I think about a whole bunch because I use my laptop way more than I use my phone. But over the last couple of years, I’ve grown super attached to one app in particular: Notability. I use it mainly on my iPad, though I’ve used it on my phone, too, and I love it because it’s a handy spot for me to keep all my notes from church, notes for speaking, notes from work, etc. I typically write out my talks in Word, and once I feel good about what I’m working with, I’ll move it to Notability (via Google Drive – or I’ll just email myself the Word document and then open it in Notability). After it’s in Notability, I can write additional notes on it, I can file it, I can highlight / star sections, I can cut out sections…it’s really, really handy. Plus, all my notations are saved / updated in a PDF that backs up to my Google Drive, so I can search for my Notability documents in my Gmail, of all things, and that is very handy if I need to send someone a copy of my notes.

All that to say: I AM A FAN.

And also: I hope y’all have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. You made me want to buy that bag just by saying it smells so good. Seriously, I think I could spend my days huffing the smell of leather. Leather shoes, leather bags, leather jackets, and leather BOOKS give me so much joy that I think the Chick Fil A cows need to start a “Buy Mor Cotin” campaign to save their hides.

    Oh, and you’ve made me want some Cheddar and Sour Cream chips.

  2. Thank you for posting that Andrew Petersen video! Just lovely.

  3. If the little teaser you just gave us is any indication, I can’t wait to read your new book!! Just like you always do, it made me both laugh and cry. I love you, Sophie. (But not in a stalking kind of way.)

    • Just realized I read this wrong and it isn’t your new book. My bad. But it still made me laugh and cry. And I still can’t wait for your new book.

  4. I’m just throwing this out there so you know…my Costco has snap pea crisps!! :)

    • Katie C. says:

      I was going to say the same thing. Bigger bag! Although I can’t buy them anymore because I have zero self control with them. So good!

  5. No pic of the new ‘do???

  6. that song.
    putting it on my 10 yr old daughters’ ipods NOW. getting it in their heads early. thank you.

  7. Catherine H says:

    Gosh, chips are my nemesis too!! If they are in my house, I will forgo any other snack around for them. I just recently had the snap pea crisps at my mother-in-law’s and I love them! Popcorn is also a good gluten free but tasty treat, especially Boom Chicka Pop!

  8. Hi Sophie,
    You always make me smile and I love when you introduce some great music. Today’s song is so touching. I have been on a faith journey and your faith has inspired me. Thank you… I live in upstate NY so coming to hear you speak might not happen but your blog is a joy.

  9. That song was amazing! I will be listening to it A LOT! Thanks for sharing the opportunity to shed a tear. :)

  10. Thanks for the hair products tips. I’m always looking for products that provide “boost”–hair, whatever. Sincerely, Woman of a certain age.

  11. Could you and Shelby collaborate (or whatever legal thing it is that has to happen) to make the Chapter 3 artwork available for purchase to the rest of us?

  12. Thank you so much for your kindness to me in sharing my shop on your blog!! It was such a joy to meet you and give you your gift in person. Everything you wrote about Mississippi is true, and it’s extra special to me since I have such fond memories of time spent in Itawamba County with my Meemaw. :) (And also you might have Mississippi in your blood if you have a Meemaw in your life – ha!)

  13. That artwork for Chapter 3 is beautiful!

  14. Thanks for giving me an excuse to try the Snapea Crisps. They are delicious! I really want to see your fabulous new short hairstyle – you need to post a picture of yourself! I’m getting mine cut this weekend and just don’t know what to do with it!

    I also want to thank you and Melanie for always making my day with your podcasts! I listen to them driving to and from work and I’m sure people wonder about me, laughing, all by myself in my car! You two just make me giggle!

  15. Alex Watson says:

    that song! Encouraging for any age – thank you so much for sharing

  16. Geez, who’s cutting onions?! Oh Sophie, that song.
    I checked out Shelby’s shop and she has some beautiful hand lettered stuff. So glad you are enjoying her personalized gift, what a treasure.
    Also, the washi tape scribbley note is killing me. What does that say?! Has washi tape discipled you?

  17. Bless you, Sophie, for putting that song on here! I’m not much of a music person so I’ve never heard of him, but I will be showing this to every one I know. A 15 year old family member tried to end his life four weeks ago. The Lord had other plans for him! We don’t know what those plans are yet or what deficits he will have when all is said and done, but we are so thankful he is alive! I’ve sent this to his grandparents who can pass it along to him. There is a national crisis of teen suicide going on that for some strange reason no one is talking about! He was one of 18 teens in a hospital in Nashville for attempted suicide (imagine how many succeeded!). I’ve since heard stories like this from St. Louis and Oklahoma which leads me to believe it is everywhere. We so need to build our children up and talk to them and let them know they are loved, because Satan is destroying their minds! Thank you!


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