Random thoughts on a cloudy sleepy Saturday morning:

1. Yesterday was high school graduation. Two tiny little blonde-haired girls in high heels with smiles on their faces and Baylor on their graduation caps walked across the stage.

I’m still recovering.

2. I am one pound and six ounces away from losing my goal of 100 pounds.

And then?

The hard part comes. Keeping it off. Yikes. Just between us? I’m so nervous. I’m thinking about transitioning from the program I’m doing to count macros as part of maintaining a healthy weight. Has anyone else tried it?

3. I’m sharing another edition of What I Bought Wednesday on my YouTube Channel. You can see it here. It’s all the things that I found and bought this week including the cutest travel steamer and these amazing faux ficus branches that look so real.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. We took a video tour of my home and I showed you my top 10 closet organizing finds and we discussed the party that almost wasn’t and got excited about these cute fashion finds.

5. Has anyone played pickleball? The outfits are SO CUTE. I feel like I need to make it my thing.

And now?

Here is all the amazing stuff I found for us this week.

It was an amazing one.

I love a simple update.

And here’s one of the cutest ones. This is the before.

And then?

She made a simple update and it made such a difference.

See the after here.

I love this idea.

She found vintage stamps for invitations.

And she shows you how to find them here.

I couldn’t even believe this DIY.

These are peonies that aren’t real.

Don’t they look amazing?

See the entire DIY here.

You know I’m all about flea market finds.

Here are seven never to pass up.

You can see them here.


And in random news:

I’ve been waiting for this after

These pale pink nail polishes

The best period drama mini-series

This incredible modern farmhouse

These banana nut muffins

This mix and match bedding

These five-minute floral arrangements

How to press flowers

This Memorial Day idea

This tulip cake

This is the CUTEST idea

How to spray paint wicker furniture

This creative DIY wall idea

And this.

I’ve been looking for flowers that look real.

And then I found this post.

And one more for the road

Have you ever painted brick?

It’s such an affordable makeover idea.

See all my tips and time-savers here.

happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Christine s Salek Christine s Salek

    Congrats on your weight loss ! Yes maintaining is hard...never tried the macro but has a friend who loves it.. Loved the period pieces-have not seen Jamaica Inn...will check it out.

  2. Image for Julie Julie

    Congrats to your daughters/mom and dad re the twins graduation. And congrats on your weight loss too. Such discipline, commitment and motivation in showing yourself you can do this while encouraging/supporting your readers as well! WAY TO GO!!

  3. Image for Betty in Arlington Betty in Arlington

    Karianne, Congratulations to your twins on their graduation! I remember my twin and I graduations 40 years ago, but we went to colleges in opposite directions after that. Cheers on their graduation! When my sister's uncle in law died, he amassed a huge stamp collection, all of which were face value. My sister divided up the stamps for all the family and she still uses them on the face of her cards and letters! It's fun to receive a card from her as she chooses meaningful stamps for me and others!

  4. Image for Carrie Carrie

    Congratulations to your beautiful daughters!! Enjoy their next chapters, although, I know you already will. And CONGRATULATIONS on your weight loss!!! Wow woman. AMAZING...and yes, I have the pickleball net set up in my driveway at every gathering- so much fun!!! I love the game.

  5. Image for Tracy Tracy

    I can’t believe they’ve graduating already! Time definitely flies by, doesn’’t it! And 10 high fives in a row for your incredible weight loss! It’s an amazing feat! I’m just into my third year on Keto and it is so worth the effort and self discipline when you reach your goal. I lost 60 lbs. in just under a year (including a long weight loss stall) and have kept it off. I got discouraged rather quickly starting out and trying to keep track of my macros. I ended up just counting my carb intake and that made it so much easier and successful. Everyone and every body is so different. Just need to find what works the best for you without being too time consuming or becomes a hassle rather than being helpful. Don’’t be afraid to try different things. Good Job!

  6. Image for Kathie ODonoghue Kathie ODonoghue

    I'm so amazed at your weight loss!! How did you do it if I may ask. I need to lose at least 75 pounds and it just seems so overwhelming.

  7. Image for Lee Lee

    Kari!!!! Love all your finds and the twins... blessings & moments we dreamed of! Your health & wellness /weight loss & most importantly, your commitment to self LOVE.! I’m so proud of you! We all want to find the very best version of ourselves.. I truly believe you found HER,,, Yay! All of this comes With your beautiful smile, your grace,🙏 thank you so much for inspiring me daily. Xxx - leelee

  8. Image for Louise Louise

    Congratulations to your beautiful twin girls on their graduation! And Baylor? How exciting! And congratulations to you, as well! You look great! How long did it take? Asking for a friend. 😉

  9. Image for Betty Betty

    Your girls are beautiful just like their mother. Congratulations to the twins. The last year and a half has been so challenging for our young people and they deserve so much credit trying to keep up with virtual learning and all the uncertainties they faced each week.. You have done wonderful on your weight loss journey and that is just what it is. On maintenance just pick something that you can maintain over a lifetime. I have been a WW person for over 30 years and it works for me. I have been back to meetings and weighing in for the last nine years.. It does get harder to maintain and to stay motivated but I think you can do it. Good luck and you look fabulous!!

  10. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Congratulations on twins graduating! On to their path to success You should applaud yourself with your weight-loss. You have done a great job!

  11. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    You go girl--the twins are doing great, but leaving--and you are a new woman! The places you and Denny will go!!! I am soooooo proud of you--keep up the good work and you will get to your goal!!!

  12. Image for Kate Kate

    I'd love to hear about the program you used to loose all that weight. You look amazing. There are so many programs that I've tried and failed at that it's inspiring to see how well you have done.

  13. Image for Kim Kim

    Congratulations to the girls!! That is a huge milestone. Thank you so much for the feature today! You are the sweetest and yes!! I saw Leslie's peonies this week and I had to watch her video three times to give my brain time to catch up with the fact that they were not real. That girl is crazy talented!!

  14. Image for JC JC

    Happy Graduation to your girls!! This is such a milestone with only more good things to come!! Congratulations on your weight loss!! You did an amazing feat of losing 100 lbs!! If you can do that, you can do the maintenance. Keep doing what you are doing... eat healthy, track your calories, and stay active. You've got this!! I use the free My Fitness Pal App. You can pay for more access, but I find it works for me. The free app breaks down the macros and the nutrition so you can see how much carbs, fat, protein, plus other things like calcium, iron, sodium etc. It gives you a lot for free! I've heard of pickleball, but never played it. You say the outfits are cute. I just may need to try it ;) Thanks for always bringing a smile to my face. I loved watching your recent home tour video and hearing a few more of your stories. Happy Saturday, friend! PS: Just got my fashion tape in the mail!

  15. Image for JC JC

    Hmmmm, sadly it looks like the new layout of MFP did away with listing the macros. :( Still has some good things to offer though.

    1. Image for Randi Randi

      I use the MFP free version and I noticed it does show macros. If you go to “more” on the bottom right of the home page, click on “nutrition” and look at the top of the page you’ll see selection choices for calories, nutrients and macros

  16. Image for Nancy Carr Nancy Carr

    Congratulations on your twins’ graduation. Also, I am so proud of you and your weight loss. Much love.🙏🏻❤️

  17. Image for Kris Kris

    Last day of school for my senior was yesterday but graduation is June 4. Right there with ya with the mixed emotions. But isn't it good to have something to celebrate??? I am unfamiliar with macros but am very familiar with weight maintenance. You will tire of hearing me say it, but the best advice I can give is to have a plan!!! Some form of accountability is super helpful, especially in the early days. After a while the compliments don't come as often and that can affect your motivation--so you need to find a compelling reason to keep it off. Also ..... find an exercise plan that works for you, don't worry about "looking silly", and make it part of your lifestyle. As you say to us so often .... you got this!

  18. Image for Karins Kottage Karins Kottage

    What an exciting time at your house! The twins graduation and celebrating your weight loss journey! It’s been amazing to see it first hand on zooms during thistlewood mastermind! You have literally been shrinking before our eyes! Enjoy all these amazing moments! Hugs, Karin P.S. thank you for including my Memorial Day ideas 🥰

  19. Image for Sally Sally

    Karianne!! Congrats on the incredible weight loss!! You are my inspiration! Menopause has not been very kind to me and I need to get myself at a better weight. Keep up the good work! Thank you for sharing with us through your blog. Each time I stop by it's like a visit with a precious friend! It was forever my hope to connect with you while you were living in Kentucky...but I never made the drive. But, hey...Texas would be a nice trip, too;) Congratulations on the twins graduation. I celebrate with you and your family and pray God's blessings over them as they begin their new adventure. Love you, girl!

  20. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Best wishes to the twins! You ready to be an empty nester soon? (tears.) So you have lost 100 pounds. Holy mackerel, lady, that is incredible. Grats. that is a huge amount of weight - and you did it so fast. I know you will keep it off. ♥ I just know you will!

  21. Image for Marti Marti

    KariAnne: just learn to put one foot in front of the other and breathe....maintenance will work, just find something you can live with and all will be right with the world! Congratulations on the twins graduation.

  22. Image for Laura K. Laura K.

    As someone who has lost large amounts of weight multiple times... which means I regained it.. I have since found what works for me!! Delay, Don't Deny is a book by Gin Stephens and is a very good read. I can now say, that I've jumped off the weight loss cycle and am FREE. Her latest book is Fast, Feast, Repeat and it is wonderful! Congrats to you, you have done a great job and look WONDERFUL!!!

  23. Image for Lynne Lynne

    Congratulations all around! Best wishes on the twin's graduation and congratulations on your weight loss. You look amazing and are an inspiration. You've got this, my friend! Have a wonderful week!

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