Deep breath.  Inhale.  Exhale.  Here is the official-amazing-incredible-awesome-I-can’t-even-believe-that’s-my-name right there cover of the book.



I am literally in love with every last little detail.

And speaking of the book…

….I have an idea.

I’m thinking about putting together a launch team for So Close To Amazing.  I’d send you a book and give you behind-the-scenes access on everything going on and I’d put together a private Facebook group where we could all encourage each other and discuss what we thought of the book and ideas to promote it and we’d just generally hang out and remind ourselves that we all own our little bit of amazing and create a movement and change the world.

Or just drink coffee together.

Whichever comes first.

What do you think?

Are you in?

Oh good.  Me, too.

I’m taking applications now, so if the launch team for So Close to Amazing sounds like something you might be interested in, just e-mail me at or leave a comment on this post.

Here’s to a little encouragement changing the world. 🙂

Here’s a fun post on how to make a waffle cone.

Not one way, but three.

DIY found here.

The secret to perfectly washed windows.

I’m so happy I found this because it’s spring and my windows look like winter.

Tips found here.

I thought this wreath was so simple and so pretty.

And super easy to make.

DIY found here.

And this me laugh out loud.

For anyone who’s ever heard the doorbell still in their pajamas….this post is for you.

Read it here.

And in random news this week:

This Southern Charm house tour

This cake….seriously?

Ever thought about a social media diet

For your next letter

Love this before and after

House lessons

Decorating with books

And I’m sad it’s over….

…but I love this recap.

PS  These cookies showed up on my door yesterday.

Home Depot sent them as a thank you for working with them on the vertical succulent garden.

I’m celebrating the book cover with them.

I can’t believe it’s finished and heading into stores soon and it all started here with this post.

So thankful to each and everyone of you for everyday joy.

Happy Random Saturday to you. 🙂

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  1. Congratulations, KariAnne! I’ve been saying that about you since the beginning!!! So happy for you and can’t wait to get my hands on your book!

    Big hugs,

  2. It would be fun to be on the launch team, but this isn’t a great time for me to take that on. The book looks wonderful, though!


    Hi Kari Anne, I would love to read your book and be part of your launch time!! Thanks, it will be fun!!

  4. Whenever I sit own to read your posts, I always feel like I’m taking a coffee break with an old friend! A few minutes of “me” time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I would love to be part of your “team”!

  5. I can understand how happy you are. You should be proud.
    I hope it will be very successful.
    Have a great weekend !

  6. Jumping up with applause for you and your book! I know it is fabulous!!
    I’m in if you will have me!!

  7. Soooooooo AWE-SOME!!! Have been waiting for this baby. Can’t wait to read it. And I LOVE the cover! Sent you an email. May the Lord bless you and your book! ❤

  8. HI KariAnne~ I would love to get my hands on your book and drink coffee or something a little stronger if the book arrives on a Friday! A book launch sounds like a fun way to meet bloggers from around the country who cling to every word on your blog. Congratulations! Laura

  9. Beautiful book cover- that color is amazing! So happy for you and can’t wait to read it. I’ll leave the focus teaming to you experts:) but great idea!

  10. YES! I’d love to help celebrate you!!!

  11. CONGRATULATIONS, my friend! I’m beyond thrilled and can’t wait to get my hands on it. I just know it’s going to be amazing! Love the cover design and your name looks fabulous on it!

    • Carolyn LoRusso :

      Hi KariAnne!…So very exciting…thrilled for you …..(and for me too!…can’t wait to read/see your book). I would be honored to be part of your launch party! Love the idea.

  12. Congratulations on your book!! I would love to read your book!

  13. Clorinda Beitelspacher :

    I would love to be part of your launch team. I’ve been a huge fan and follower since the start! Best wishes to you!

  14. The cover of the book looks beautiful and I can’t wait to see the inside! I would love to be a part of your team, especially if you need some west coast representation. We also run our own marketing firm so I don’t know if we can be of help to you in any way, but would love to assist if we can!

  15. I’m so excited for you and to read your book. I’d love to be a part of the team if you’ll have me…

  16. Congratulations! I’d love to be a part of your launch team.

  17. Kerry Purcell :

    Congratulations, KariAnne! I’d be honored to be a part of your launch team. Can’t wait for the application and to celebrate YOU!

  18. Congrats on this next great adventure, KariAnne. I’m so happy for you.

    That’s a super cool cover that has me eager to see what’s inside.

    You’re sweet to include my waffle cones in your round-up today… which begs the question, have you gotten yourself a waffle cone maker yet?

    Every kitchen should have one…. especially in the summer-lol.

    Have a great day!

  19. I’m in. Really enjoy your posts. Congratulations

  20. Congratulations! I would love to be part of your launch team!
    I love reading your blog! You have such great ideas and I love your sense of humor! I know your book will be a huge success!

  21. When does your book come out? Cannot wait to get my hands on a copy. I would love to sell some of them on the farm this fall during apple season. E-mail me so we can figure this out.

  22. Janice Stewart :

    Would love to be apart of your launch team. We call our home Amazing Grayce. (old historic farmhouse we painted gray)

  23. Oh I’m so excited for you! The book is gorgeous and I’d love to help if I could just let me know! (Agatha says she’ll help too if treats are involved!)

  24. Wendy Curley :

    I’m super EXCITED for you, KariAnne!!! Congratulations!!!! I love your Blog and would be very interested in becoming a part of your launch team!

  25. This is so exciting. I would love to be a part of the launch team. I can’t wait to read your book. Congratulations!

  26. Happy, happy, happy girl! I just pre-ordered YOUR book! It will automatically download on September 5 2017! Whoa child I can’t wait. I will also order a hardcover!

  27. Karen Kleinberg :

    Good afternoon KariAnne,

    I would love to be on your launch team. I am retired (and loving every minute) and thankfully have the time to be part of a new adventure. Have never done anything like this before.
    I can’t wait to read your book!!!!!

    Have a blessed day,

  28. OMG!! I just had an idea for a promotion. Oh! I love it and I’m not going to tell it here because I want to put it past you first. I’m so excited I can’t sit still. Big hugs and I knew you could do it!! I have such fond memories here — you were my first blog. Big super hugs!!xoxo🤗

  29. Congrats! I would love to be part of your launch team!

  30. Julie Briones :

    I just emailed you… would LOVE to be part of the launch team. 🙂

    I’m typing, but my mouth is still gaping at those cookies! Really?! (I thought they were porcelain tiles. Don’t know why I would think that when they are on a plate.) (Shakes head)

    • Julie Briones :

      Okay, and now I’m trying to keep from BAWLING because I just read your ‘Stepping Through the Elevator Door’ post. Sons are WONDERFUL, aren’t they?! So, so, so, sooooo cool of a post, KariAnne. And I’m SO happy for you!

      Using LOTS of capitals today… instead of my normal ‘…’. Oh, wait.

  31. This makes my heart go pitter-pat.♥♥♥

  32. Thrilled for you – proud of you – ready to help you spread the word!

  33. Jenifer Scherlin :

    FINALLY!!! The book will be available! So excited for you all! Yes, I would LOVE to be on your team!!! I cannot wait to read your book- I’m always a bit sad to finish your blogs!

  34. Your book cover is great and it sounds amazing! I have no idea if I’d even fit what you were looking for to be a part of the launch team, but I’d love to!

  35. Congratulations on your book! How proud you must be! I would love to be part of the launch team. Reading your blog always puts a smile on my face; I love your ideas and the attitude of always finding the bless in the mess when things don’t go as planned.

  36. I’m commenting and emailing and just generally begging to be a part of this book launch team!!!!

    I’m so very excited for you!!!

  37. Mary Woeppel :

    Karianne so Happy for you! I know this is a first of many😊 When ever I read your blog it’s like you are sitting next to me telling the story while we you are jumping up and excitedly reliving the events. I blush when you blush, and cry when you cry. Having a son and two daughters myself I have experienced many of the same things. Mine are older now and believe me, the stories do continue. I would be honored to b selected to launch your new book! I look forward to reading it and again having a very long coffee break with a good friend💕

  38. KariAnne,
    I am so excited for the launch of your book!!!! You are truly amazing….I know how much your positive spirit and valuable advice helped me find the courage to launch my own website. Of course, I would love to be doing anything with you!!!! Count me in!

  39. I’m so excited for your book! I may or may not have screamed a little when I saw this post :). I would love to help launch you book and be on your team! What an honor it would be!

  40. I was so very excited to hear that you were writing a book, and I would love to be included in any way to launch it!

  41. Congratulations on the book. I would say it has to be right up there with meeting the man with the twinkling eyes and having the children. I would enjoy being part of the launch team.

  42. I save your emails for the weekend when I have the time to really enjoy them. I would love to read your book and be part of the launch team. Congratulations – how exciting for you!

  43. Wow your book looks beUteeful! 😉 Congruatulations!!!!!! I would really love to be part of the launch team.

  44. KariAnne,
    Congratulations on your book debut! I would love to be part of your launch team and to participate in the Facebook group…. that would not be close to amazing… it would be amazing. I would wear red lipstick (have to run out to buy some since I usually don’t wear any lipstick) and use a gajillion exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all for the sweetest, coolest ROCKSTAR with amazing hair who tells the best stories about everyday living.


  45. KariAnne, I am so thrilled for you. I can only imagine how excited you were to finally see the finished project. I would love to be part of your launch group. Congratulations!


  46. Leslie Watkins :

    Well, yes! Launch team would be amazing!! Please add me to the list. How very fun, my friend! Congratulations on this book. I’m sooooo very proud of you!

  47. Barbara Moore :

    It’s almost here!!! I’ve been waiting patiently (well, sorta patiently), and it’s almost here!!! I can not wait to devour your book. I have no influence, but if I did?? I would shout it from the rooftops. IT’S ALMOST HERE!!!

  48. Oh, KariAnne, You are beyond amazing, and I am so happy for you and happy for us that your book is a reality! I would love to be in your secret encouraging group! Let me know when and where and I will be your short, freckled, vintage ambassador!

  49. Hi Karianne! Huge congrats to you on the book! I would LOVE to be part of your launch team and have some fun ideas for promotion! My e-mail is

  50. Hello Karianne! Congratulations on the book! How fabulous! I’d love to be part of your launch team~ How fun & How creative! The coffee’s on now!

    Mary Caliendo

  51. This is so great!
    I would do anything to help you succeed!

  52. Karianne,
    Congrats on such exciting news! Your posts always brighten my day! I’d love to be part of the launch team!

  53. I’d love to help you launch your book and sell it in my shop. Congratulations!!
    The Treasured Home

  54. Cindy Pierce :

    Congratulations is almost here!!!

  55. KariAnne, I am SO happy for you! The Lord continues to bless you! I’d be happy to help promote your book. I’m looking forward to reading it!

  56. Congratulations! That is SO exciting, can’t wait to see/read/peruse it too!

  57. Congrats on your book! You are an amazing writer and I feel confident in writing this book will be a pleasure to read front to back cover immediately.

  58. Thistlekeeping is always spectacular and this post is even more than your usual amazing because of this awesome news!! LOVE the title, LOVE the cover and I am sure to LOVE reading your BOOK!!! Adding my most heartfelt congratulations on this wondrous occasion. P.S. LOVE the cookies too!

  59. so very happy for you my friend xoxoxoxo

  60. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to read your book! I’d love to help in any way possible – it does take a village!

  61. Woohoo from Webster! So so happy for you! Beautiful book full of beautiful messages! Would love to be on your launch team! Especially want to see you out and about in our beautiful Bluegrass State! Hugs and more hugs!

  62. I think this launch calls for a parade!!! Big swing bands, balloons, lemon aide, and red lipstick for everyone!!!
    So stinking excited for you!!! You are an amazing inspiration to your readers while being an awesome Momma and wife too!
    Now add published author to that….you are a SUPER STAR!!
    I’ll gladly join your launch team. Just lead me in the direction of where to begin!
    Congratulations Kari Anne!!!

  63. Rowena Philbeck :

    WOW Congratulations!! How exciting and I actually know a author!! You Rock and anything I can do just howler!!!

  64. Oh Karianne, I am so happy for you and proud of you!!! You are incredible and amazing. It seems I’m late to the party…but if I can sneak in and still find a seat…even a pillow on the floor, I would love to be on your team to promote your book. Oh and I LOVE Dr. Pepper, but I’ll drink coffee or even water. I’m not hard to please! No matter what!!! Yes, you definitely are a rock star.

  65. Dear Kari Anne,
    I honestly do not think there would be one person who follows your whimsical, and often dreamy posts, who would not love a chance to be one of the lucky ones going through the book with you and the others. That being said, I do not think I am eligible because I am up here in Canada, but I do hope that you have many laughs within the group and Happy New Book Day just for you. Do enjoy, then share the bounties with us, lol.

  66. That’s fantastic news. You should be very proud! I always enjoy your blog and would love to be part of your launch team.

    Sue in Fl.

  67. PICK ME, PICK ME! I told my hubby about you writing a book on the first post you did about it and he immediately said “so that’s your birthday present this year”… didn’t even ask if I wanted it because he knew. I think he think we’re actual friend by the way I talk about your posts lol

  68. Can’t WAIT to read your book. You have the best writing style – it makes us feel like we know you as a BFF! Please add me to the launch group.

  69. The book cover is absolutely amazing! I’m so excited to see it!

  70. I can’t wait to read this book. I love the cover. I would love to be a part of your launch team.

  71. I’m just the ordinary reader but would
    do anything to help you in your career!
    Congratulations!! Can’t wait to read it!!

  72. Just pre-ordered you book from Amazon. Gonna be hard to wait until September. Would love to be part of the launch team. Congrats! 🙂

  73. Your book looks fascinating. Just, wow. I wouldn’t need philosophical peonies with a book like that. Congratulations. I would love to be in any Facebook group you lead! Keep on being you!

  74. Congratulations! What a beautiful book, I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
    Would love to be part of your group!

  75. sharon comly :

    Yes please! I would LOVE to be part of the launch team! Count me in!!


  76. Congratulations on your Book!!!!! That’s so exciting. So happy for you.

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