Random thoughts on a chilly January morning:

1. I cannot thank you ENOUGH for all the swimsuit recommendations! I ordered several to try and finally ended up with this one. It comes in two parts and you can order the bottom without the skirt (thank you for the recommendation on that for water aerobics) and I ordered a skirt for summer.

I was even thinking about this long sleeve to wear with the skirt for the Cape.

And the best part?

I ORDERED IT IN A SIZE 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Life (and this summer) are going to be amazing.

2. In decorating news, we JUST took the last Christmas decoration down. My husband had to pry it out of my hands. It was hard for me to let Christmas go this year.

3. I found this life-changing hair mask at Walmart. It’s under $8.00 and you comb it through your hair and wait for 30 minutes. It’s the best $8.00 I’ve ever spent.

4. Has anyone tasted the cauliflower rice at Chipotle yet? It is SO YUMMY.

5. It was an amazing organizing week on the blog. We organized the kitchen and the pantry and the office and the linen closet and the closets in the master bedroom.

6. I cannot wait to show you the CUTEST idea we just finished for a small office space. Tutorial and post coming Monday.

And now?

Let’s see what’s been going on around the internet this week.

This room just looks so cozy to me.

All that texture is amazing.

See the entire room here.

This crochet pet bed tutorial.

Isn’t it so cute?

See the entire project here.

This beautiful laurel wreath.

Perfect for a stack of books.

See the tutorial here.

These organizing tips are as pretty as they are functional.

They inspired me.

See the tips here.


And in random news this week:

This beautiful living room

This pretty kitchen

Everything you wanted to know about a cut flower garden

The floor in this kitchen

These DIY stencils

This chocolate cake looks like art

This DIY framed TV

This before and after

How to intentionally plan for rest

This cute DIY garland

Five make-up mistakes that make you look older

Where to put your cabinet knobs

This creative DIY

And this.

This entire home (and the kitchen backsplash) is so clutter-free and pretty

And one more for the road

I was talking to the twins this week about boyfriends and trying to help them understand boys.

It was a long conversation.

And then I remembered this.

This post sums it up better than I ever could.

Happy random Saturday to you


Want to know how to decorate your home for free?
Click here to get my FIVE BEST secrets.


  1. Image for Jennifer Jennifer

    I love the laurel wreath! Can't wait to check out the tutorial. And THANK YOU so much for including me on your "random news" for the week. I hope people find my cut flower gardening post helpful! Happy Weekend

  2. Image for Sydney Sydney

    You’re the third person to recommend the cauliflower rice from Chipotle.. I guess I know what I’m having for dinner. Love Thistlekeeping. 🖤

    1. Image for Jennifer Howard Jennifer Howard

      We have a Chipotle being built in our town and I just said to my husband that I heard the cauliflower rice was amazing...but the Chipotle is taking forever to be built!!!

      1. Image for Amy K Amy K

        Do you have a Sam's Club there? If so, they sell frozen cauliflower rice for a fantastic price! I believe (trusting my bad memory) that it's packaged three smaller bags inside the one bigger bag. It's very good & so nutritious!

  3. Image for Kris Kris

    It's Thistlekeeping day! First off, congrats on finding a cute suit and I think getting both the skirt and the non-skirt options is a great idea. I like the rash guard and may consider getting one for myself--perfect for those chilly days at the beach. Anyway .... one of the things I like about Thistlekeeping is the wide variety you post--there is something for many tastes/interests to enjoy. An additional resource for make-up and hair styling on women over 40 is Dominique Sachse's Youtube videos. She is a news anchor in Texas (I imagine you have heard of her) and has a Youtube channel where she focuses on lots of different things including but not limited to hair and makeup. While her lifestyle is different than mine (hospital employees don't need to wear the amount of makeup that news anchors do), I have found her tips to be helpful and it's so nice to have someone over 50 giving practical advice. Check it out!

  4. Image for Betsy Betsy

    Karianne, you are going to love your new swim suit. I'm embarrassed to admit I have a polkadot deep pink 2 piece from Lands End that's now 10 years old!!! It still looks brand new. Thanks for the great links. I love the heart and pom pom garland, the Miss Mustard Seed paint posting and best of all the cutting garden guidance. I've been wanting to plan one for the spring but wasn't sure where to start.

  5. Image for Donna Donna

    Lands End swimsuits last a very long time, at least for me. Cute style too. Like the laurel wreath. The chocolate cake link did not work for me but no worries as I won't be trying that today. Boyfriend talk has to be an ongoing conversation, maybe one that lasts a lifetime.

  6. Image for Maria Maria

    You know I always look forward to your Random Saturdays, and today was no different. I have to say that pretty kitchen (the Kidd kitchen) just left me speechless. I absolutely LOVE everything about that kitchen and the way it ties into the adjoining sofa. GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing;)

  7. Image for PJ PJ

    KariAnne, you will want water shoes for the water aerobics class. My sisters and I attended a class together while on vacation a few years back. I was the one with no water shoes who kept slipping backward toward the deep end. The class was so much fun, and my sisters and I had a few laughs about my difficulty staying in place.

  8. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

    Love all the features this week! Always fun to hop on over to the blogs and see what's happening! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  9. Image for Dee Dee

    I agree about Lands End swim wear. Great quality. And separate pieces are the only way to go in swim wear to mix and match.

  10. Image for Mary Mary

    I have two of the rash guards from Lands End and I love them and the way they look with the swim shorts. Congrats on size 10.

  11. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    Thank you the whole thing but especially the very last, Venn Diagram, that was the best. Have a great week with Spreadsheet!!

  12. Image for Terri Herman Terri Herman

    Oh love Landsend suits! BTW: have you heard the Leeanne Morgan’s talk about the Miracle Suit? Hilarious! And you are the most positive person! Makes me smile!

  13. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    You picked a gorgeous swim suit. And whoo hoo on the smaller size! So proud of you. Your Keeping was awesome this week. I absolutely gasped at nearly every picture of that house tour. It was so perfect that I almost can hardly sit as I write this. Holy smokes it's gorgeous, KA!

  14. Image for LindaSonia LindaSonia

    What I want to know is where did you awesome snowflakes come from??? They are GORGEOUS!!! Have a great day! :-)

Comments are closed.