Random thoughts on a sunny Saturday baseball morning:

1. We are going to watch my nephew play baseball today and I’m so excited. Even though life goes on after this dirt, I’ve missed it.

2. I started a new mini-show every Wednesday at noon on Facebook called “What I Bought Wednesdays.” It’s all the fun things I’ve found over the past week. It’s a little random, but isn’t that true of all good finds?

You can see it here.

3. We went prom dress shopping for the twins and found two beautiful dresses that a mother could be proud of.

4. Have you ever tried washing your hair less? I’ve trained my hair to go almost a week now and it feels AMAZING.

5. It was an awesome week on the blog. We talked about the best outdoor rugs and discussed how to decorate a big blank wall and 17 outdoor projects you can finish in a weekend and how to decorate with vintage books.

6. Has anyone watched The Restaurant yet on Amazon Prime? I think it has sub-titles—but someone recommended it to me as the next Downton Abbey.

And now?

So many fun finds this week.


If you’ve ever wanted to grow tomatoes?

This is the post for you.

And you can see how she made these beautiful tomato cages here.

Looking for backyard gardening tips.

Loved all of these (especially the lavender).

You can see them here.

So many beautiful spring decorating tips.

Love this table and so many more.

You can see them here.

And I love this sink and this bathroom.

It’s a vintage trough sink that she installed.

See the how-to here.


And in random news:

These kitchens (and tons of other inspiration)

This clever DIY for a home theater

This yummy cinnamon roll hack

These dinner party playlists

This incredible before and after

I’m going to try to make this

This beautiful laundry room makeover

This $15 backsplash makeover

This beautiful Swedish house (it used to be a schoolhouse)

This unique birdhouse

This beautiful sustainable garden

These zucchini pancakes

This made me cry (be sure and read until the end)

And one day when everything opens up and I get brave enough to get on an airplane and flew across an ocean?

I’m going here.

And one more for the road

I can’t thank y’all enough for all the kind e-mails I got about my zucchini bread.

Here’s the BEST cookie recipe for summer.

And the best part?

They FREEZE amazingly. 🙂

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  1. Image for Lisa Lisa

    It’s a beautiful sunny morning and I hope you have the best weekend available to you. I’ve been washing my hair once a week for years because curly hair is dry hair. I haven’t seen The Restaurant but if it’s like the Abby, I’m in.

  2. Image for Scarlett Scarlett

    Such great ideas AND amazing finds as always KariAnne! You got me (again) when I clicked on your blog post After This Dirt. Our son played baseball from age 3. Fall Ball, regular Spring season ball & eventually travel ball & All Stars. THEN he switched over to Lacrosse in HS which was all much the same as baseball was sitting, sweating, freezing, cheering, traveling wise. I get everything you spoke to in your post. That vial of dirt with the note attached is just SO sweet & certainly priceless. 💙

  3. Image for Janette Janette

    The Cotswolds will be soooo worth the wait. We have done an eight-day hike/walk on the Cotswold Way, a public walking trail and stayed in cottages along the way. Another time we did a week-long bicycle trip there which turned out to be really tough because of its hills. And we also did a week-long drive through. We rented a car at Heathrow and headed to the Cotswolds with no plan in sight. Magical. We are jumping on a plane this Wednesday and flying to Albania for a 10 day bicycle trip. We can't stay home a minute longer. We're both vaccinated.

  4. Image for Juliet Juliet

    You always bring it, KA ... and here it is another Saturday morning post packed with goodness. It’s been a few years since I discovered a good blowout can last about a week if I’m lucky. Game changing ... and time saving! Love Leslie’s post about planting tomatoes. Baked, ground eggs shells as planting base ... brilliant! Adding the Restaurant to my Watch list. Happy weekend! Xo

  5. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Oh, I always love your Saturday posts. But today, I love that story of how Grace showed up in the bathroom stall. Beautiful! Thank you! ❤

  6. Image for jillian jillian

    Please post photo of prom dresses. Can't wait. Senior prom for my son so lovely and so bittersweet. I was sad all that year knowing= not just that he would be leaving- but also all his friends...many we had know since first grade. I was happy for their fun and also cried in my closet sitting on a little stool I keep in there. Mustard seed always pretty I have always washed my hair only once a week. It is thick and can become dry what with all that bleach. 😆 So it in good shape because of that and all the conditioning.

  7. Image for Donna Donna

    Love the Made Me Cry bathroom story. . . .I think we all have gone through something similar. It takes an angel to help us see the light sometimes. This bus-driving angel went home feeling a bit better too because she had offered help & it was received. Gifts for both. . . .to give and to receive.

  8. Image for Jackie Jackie

    I probably am one in a million who does not have a Facebook account. Do you provide your Wednesday purchases any where else.

  9. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Love the weekly wrap up! I love going to Britain...in fact can not wait to be fully vaccinated to plan a trip there. Our honeymoon was there and we have been so many times. Thanks for the hard work of compiling all of the great ideas!

  10. Image for Sandy Sandy

    I went back and read your post about the dirt in the bottle. It brought tears to my eyes and my grandson still has two more varsity baseball seasons. I took a picture of the poem and I already have the bottle. Thank you. Now to finish reading your today’s post. You look amazing!

  11. Image for Lori Lori

    Well darn it! I'm trying to wipe my tears from that story about the mom in the bathroom stall so I can read more of the post. I can't remember the rest of the post but they are always inspirational. I just wanted to say that many will see the mom and her grace in that story but I, now, hope to be that kind stranger who knocked on the stall door to help. Give me grace next time I hear a screaming child with a frustrated mom so I can be such a friend. I hope fear doesn't keep me from reaching out to help. The baseball dirt is priceless.

  12. Image for Kim Waldorf Kim Waldorf

    How fun! Prom dress shopping! Oh, the time goes by so fast, with our kids. As usual, so many pretty things to check out! Thanks for featuring my birdhouse! Happy Saturday! 💛

  13. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    GREAT keeps this week, KA! And seriously your FB link (thanks cuz I don't do FB and miss a lot, appreciate being able to see that from you) was so stinkin cute my face hurt from smiling. Your genuine beautiful happy spirit just shines through and I love it. Always brightens my mood. BTW - I have box shaped feet - I soooo need to try that shoe stretcher! My father when he was in high school sold shoes after school and told me the guys would tell a gal "well now, let me take this shoe and use our shoe stretching machine and see if that helps." Then he said they'd go in the back and get a broom handle and push it in where both the little toes and the place under the big toe (where people get bunions, eeewww but trying to explain) and stretch those areas. It has worked for my hobbit feet for years. I bet if you used your shoe stretcher and used something like a broom handle stick it would be the perfect solution for new tight shoes dilemma. Anyway - thanks again for all the happy. It is grey and rainy here today and my wee white blossoms on my pear trees and weeping making it look like snow falling. Must have rain to have blooms. Just wish it wasn't on a weekend. Poor hubs wanted to be Farmer Joe today. Hopeful he can be tomorrow.

  14. Image for Kris Kris

    I'm stretching my hair washing out to every 3 days and I feel like I've accomplished something great. Then again, I tend to be on the oily side. As usual, I enjoyed your lineup. Loved the one about the birdhouse .... mostly because it featured stones from Lake Michigan and she talked about Petosky stones (which are a big deal in our state and are really a fossil). I know you can't get to the Cotswolds anytime soon, but you might want to consider this for a charming vacation destination. https://www.mackinacisland.org/

  15. Image for patricia patricia

    I do hope you get to the Cotswolds. We went many years ago, antiquing and sightseeing (no stately home left unvisited) and walked our toenails off. It's just so darn charming. Do read Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity mystery series set in the Cotswolds. Sigh. With a proper cup of tea of course...

  16. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    So much to see, it was full of wonderful adventures and I took every one of them. I can't remember about your Wednesday finds and I do love them, It seems when I turned 72, my thinker quit, lol!! You have a great week and thanks for all your hard work.

  17. Image for Lauren Lauren

    Thank you for your recommendation on The Restaurant. We seem to like the same shows, and I haven’t heard about this one. I’ll give it a go!

  18. Image for Peg Peg

    Being able to wash my hair once a week would be life changing!! Thanks for all the goodies in this week's edition!!! xoxo

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