Random thoughts on a cold December morning:

1. We finally have heat back. Have you ever noticed that you don’t really miss heat until it’s gone? We had to get all the ductwork replaced under the house and when your ducts are sitting on your front lawn you don’t have any heat.

I thought it was going to be 60 degrees.

I thought wrong.

Texas chose this week to have a low of 29 degrees.

2. We are going to a Christmas parade of lights tonight in our historic downtown. The twins are marching in the parade and I think I heard a rumor that Santa was going to be there too.

3. It was an amazing week on the blog. This week we talked about six simple last-minute hostess gifts and made trees from an old book of carols and took a twinkly Christmas tour and I shared a story that makes me happy and sad all at the same time.

4. This last week I went to a gift exchange party where we played dirty Santa. There was something that I wanted SO MUCH. I stole it and they stole it back and then I stole it again and brought it home and I’ll show it to you and how I decorated with it on Monday.

5. I have the cutest last-minute Christmas gift wrap ideas that I’m making next Wednesday. Make sure you are following me on my new YouTube channel so you don’t miss it.

You can follow along here.

And now?

Let’s see what I found to share this week.

Christmas in a barn with sliding doors.

Yes, please.

See the rest of the Christmas farmhouse tour here.

These pom pom trees are such a fun easy project.

They look like snowball trees.

You can see the DIY here.

This dessert charcuterie board is such a fun idea.

Super simple.

You can see the how-to and instructions here.

This is such a clever idea for a wreath.

The DIY is so much simpler than you think.

You can see it here.


And in random news this week:

This simple DIY

These colorful trees

What these designers kept for themselves

This is the cutest gingerbread house

This beautiful laundry room

Simple tips for hanging holiday garland

This creative mantel

This love story

Love this behind the scenes tour

This is my favorite Christmas song this season

This beautiful front porch

I can’t wait to see this on Christmas Day

And in super exciting news….I have a big announcement that I’m going to be sharing right after the first of the year. I can’t tell you yet, but it’s going to be A GIANT LEAP OF FAITH with my friends Jessica and Wendy.

I’ll give you a hint.

It rhymes with the word LAKO. ๐Ÿ™‚

And one more for the road

This was my favorite Christmas post this year.

I hope it inspires you, too.

You can see it here.

Happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for CherylB CherylB

    Girl!? Iโ€™m rhyming every letter with LAKO!? WHAT is it!?! Guess Iโ€™m not in the โ€˜knowโ€™ to understand what it means ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Have a beautiful Christmas season

  2. Image for Pastor Suzanne Pastor Suzanne

    What a great idea, Karianne. I have cookies and bars waiting in the fridge and think I'll display them in this manner. Thank you for posting this.


    Can't wait to hear the surprise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Thanks for the weekly wrap up! Can't wait to try some of the ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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