Perhaps These Will Distract You From The Heat

I’ll tell you what. This summer has flown by faster than any other. Maybe it’s because we kicked it off with a trip to Kenya and have crammed in all sorts of stuff since we’ve been home (including the flu, which was no fun, but it flat dominated a full week of summertime). Regardless, I can’t believe we’re a more than halfway through July. SOMEBODY MAKE IT SLOW DOWN.

I mentioned this on the last podcast, but week before last Alex stayed with my daddy (and Martha! he stayed with Martha a couple of nights, too!) while David and I went to New York City on a 20th anniversary trip. It was DELIGHTFUL. We saw some shows and walked a whole bunch and even though we took a couple of subways headed in the wrong direction, we ultimately managed to get everywhere we needed or wanted to be. We had the best time.

In the (almost) two weeks since we got home from NYC, I’ve thought a little bit about my favorites from the trip (9/11 Memorial Museum, Dear Evan Hansen, walking the High Line, hummus from Dizengoff) – which sort of morphed into thinking about some other new favorites that I’ve discovered this summer.

This seems like an excellent time to list those things in no particular order of importance.

Please do enjoy.

Brooks Revel

I didn’t really plan it, but I’ve been walking a lot more this year. I love me some Brooks running shoes (even though I don’t actually, you know, RUN), and after wearing Brooks Ghosts for the last three-ish years, I decided to try the new Brooks Revel when I bought some new shoes about a month ago. I LOVE THEM. They’re lighter than the Ghost, they have a wide toe box (which is such a plus for me), and they’re supportive without being stiff. This was the main shoe I wore when we were in New York, and it was a dream for walking on streets and sidewalks…but I have to say that I like it just as much for walking on the treadmill / doing various gym-related things. The colors are super fun, too, and while I know it’s a superficial thing, SHOE COLORS MATTER TO ME.

Hummingbird Farms Lavender Body Oil

I know that Melanie and I have mentioned how much we love the Hummingbird Farms lavender lotion about 932 times. It’s so good. This summer, though, I’ve been using the lavender body oil because – GET READY – it comes in a spray bottle and this is infinitely, INFINITELY better than having to pour it into your hands. Last year I had this crazy rash on my legs that would not go away – went to the dermatologist three or four different times, had tests done, etc. – and while everything is fine now, I have to be really careful about what I put on my skin – so I am SUPER picky about my lotions and oils and salves. This body oil is fantastic, and I haven’t had a single flare-up since I started using it.

Purely Elizabeth granola


And I am picky about my granola, people.

I first bought Purely Elizabeth at Fresh Market, but I’m going to order one of the Amazon three-packs. The grain-free banana nut is FANTASTIC, as is the blueberry. There aren’t any oats in this granola, and while I thought that might be weird, NO. It is not. It is delicious.


Yes. I know. Some of you have been recommending Broadchurch forever. And for who knows what reason, I finally started watching it last week. Within 4.7 seconds I was hooked, and I watched the first two seasons in what can only be described as an embarrassingly short amount of time. It was a lot to process, y’all, and I had the weirdest Broadchurch-y dreams for a couple of nights. Yesterday I started watching season 3, and I don’t know how I’m going to move forward knowing that I have to wait a whole week in between episodes. This show – especially season 1 – is crazy compelling, and it’s about so much more than the case the detectives are trying to solve. The acting is so good that you forget you’re watching people play characters; the story completely wraps you up and pulls you in. If you liked Sherlock, I think you’ll enjoy Broadchurch, too.

Feetures! Elite Max Cushion running socks

I have been a Thorlo socks loyalist for several years, but my friend Marion really likes Feetures, so I decided to try them. I’m a fan. They’re thin but have great cushion (disclaimer: I think socks are just as important as shoes when it comes to walking or running or participating in the athletic pursuit of your choosing), and the backs don’t slide down when you walk. I love Thorlos because they’re so cushion-y, but it’s been nice to have a more lightweight sock option. Yay for the Feetures.

CeCe Winans’ Let Them Fall in Love

OKAY. Let’s cut to the chase: you need this album. It is JOYFUL, it is inspiring, and it is TRUE. It’s also a total throwback (just TRY to listen to “Hey Devil!” without busting a move right there in your car or your office or wherever). There’s a song called “Lowly” that will make you want to talk back to it, and be warned that when you listen to “Marvelous,” you may have to stop right where you are and just TAKE IT IN FOR A MINUTE. This is a truly great gospel album – brilliantly written, brilliantly produced, and CeCe Winans’ vocals knock it right on out of the park.

Hope y’all are having the best week!

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  1. Thank you for that album recommendation, Sophie! I just listened to a little bit of it and it’s blessed me so much already! =)

  2. So good to hear from you, Sophie, and thanks for recommending Broadchurch. There is NOTHING to watch on TV these long hot summer days. I have resorted to watching all of Mad Men and Downton Abbey again. And Christmas in July movies on Hallmark. I’ll definitely be checking out Cece’s new album. She is one of my favorites.

  3. Did you know Feetures socks have a lifetime guarantee?? That totally makes up for the higher price tag! They make a merino wool blend that I wear in the winter that is fantastic. Not itchy at all. Just soft and warm!

  4. Fuzzytop says:

    I loved Broadchurch! I’ve watched seasons 1 and 2 but had NO IDEA there is a Season 3. Yay! Is it available on Netflix?

  5. Love all your recommendations Sophie. I wear Ryka shoes and love them. I have not heard of Broadchurch and now, I want to see it. Have a blessed day!

  6. All i can say is, you’re a wealth. and a teensy bit funny. :-) Congrats on All In All!!

  7. Cathy Strickland says:

    Thanks for the recommendations. And for saying the Brooks has a wide toe box. I have had a failed bunion surgery and it is hard to find a good shoe with that wide toe box! I am SO glad you like feetures socks. I found them several years ago and they feel SO good and are also in cute colors and patterns! I have never done Broadchurch but with yourrave review I will have to give them a look see.

  8. It is so great hearing from you! I love your lists of favorites. I have many of them and loved them. I have Ghost shoes after you featured them, but will try the Revels next time. I want to try those new socks, too. The album sounds awesome.

    Enjoy the rest of your summer and thanks again for the recommendations!

  9. On your recommendation, I started Broadchurch and like you, was instantly hooked. I told my husband he’s needed to watch it with me, but he fell asleep halfway though (long day house painting). So we watched it again the next night. I have now watched season 1, episode 1 theee times!!! But we love it!
    And a million votes for the Feetures socks. They are my favorites.

  10. Sara R. says:

    Sophie, we’re spending 2 1/2 days in NY with our 18, 15 & 11 year old girls. I’m referring to your recommendations while planning. Thanks so much! If anything for tween/teen girls dawns on you I’d love to hear it. We’re then trying our first cruise, which I’ve resisted until now, so your prayers would be coveted. 😊

  11. Leanne Landers says:

    Thanks to your Broadchurch recommendation (which is fabulous, by the way) my husband and I now refer to each other as “Millah!” 😄