Random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1.  Am I the last person on the planet to discover Zumba?

I totally felt like I was on So You Think You Can Dance.

2.  I’m going to the Chapel Market again this year.

And wait until you see what we’re making (really ambiguous hint:  it’s for Christmas).

3.  Do you add anything to your coffee that’s low calorie….but tastes delicious?

I’m trying to find a new hot drink for fall.

4.  Are you aware they make almost full-body Spanx?

Total almost-super-model game changer. 🙂


Okay….new favorite blog in America alert.

The Decor Fix.

I had a blog consult with her this week and I spent an hour and a half on the phone with her.

I think she’s the one who ended up consulting me and inspiring me.


She has a fresh take on decorating and beautiful photography and easy projects like these painted cork coasters.

She’s a blog to watch.

And I hope she remembers me when she gets her own show. 🙂


This was fall home tour week in blog land.

Here are some of my absolute favorites.

I felt like I was looking at a magazine when I saw Jeanne Oliver’s tour.

my sweet savannah

And My Sweet Savannah’s fall home tour?

Get ready to be inspired.

She had me at that wallpaper.


If your coffee is fresh and you have a little extra time….

….you can start the home tour over at Finding Home.

And see her picture she just took with Nate Berkus.


Just a day in the life of a blogger. 🙂


And in random news this week:

I cried when I watched this.  Best friends ever.

Unique idea for kitchen art.

Fun idea to make for house guests.

Great organizing tips for celebrating the imperfect home.

And someone asked me on the last post which fashion bloggers I read….here’s one of my favorites.

I’ll leave you with this video my brother for me of my fall home tour.

He sent it to me this week as a surprise and I thought Christmas came early.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Happy Random Saturday to you rock star.

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  1. Image for Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane

    Oh, the tears! (I clicked on that first "random news" link) Those homecoming girls from Texas are just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside! What a heartwarming story! Thanks for all the fall decorating inspiration. I'm off to "fallify" (rhymes with "qualify") my patio... :-) Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Image for Sue V. Sue V.

    I use stevia in my coffee. It's natural and zero calories. You might also try monk fruit (comes powdered in packets as does stevia. Not sure about the caloric count though but it's natural). Both of these sweeteners take a little getting use to as they don't taste exactly like sugar.

  3. Image for Rachel Rachel

    I use vanilla coconut milk! It definitely isn't as creamy as milk but with a dash of cinnamon it's a great fall treat! I swear every time I come read Thistlekeeping, I end up with 8 new tabs open for every link you shared, slowly going through each one and discovering new blogs, videos, projects etc. so much inspiration!

  4. Image for Regina Regina

    ohhh! fall and coffee! Sometimes when I'm craving some high calorie sweets I like to add a splash of coconut/almond milk and 1 tsp. Tropical Traditions coconut oil to my coffee. Some people don't like the taste, but my tastebuds find it oh so delectable! I lost 55 lbs. so I am also conscious of every little non-essential calorie! And coconut oil is a healthy fat! Or another fall drink I enjoy: 1 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, whisk together and microwave. Add a squirt of whipped topping for a splurge and sprinkle with cinnamon, to taste! mmmm! I enjoy your site and décor!

    1. Image for Kris Kris

      Thanks for your almond milk/pumpkin puree recipe--sounds yum! KariAnne, almond milk comes in full-fat and fat-free options, and I think the fat-free is about 40 calories--and a good source of calcium. I like the vanilla flavored version. One of my "splurges" (I lost 60 pounds) is my Tuesday latte. There's a place in town where I can get one for 94 cents on Tuesdays. Extra charge if you add the sugar-free syrup, but still a bargain. I have them make it with skim milk. I find, with the sugar-free syrups, that too much can give a bitter after-taste, so I ask for a 1/2 shot (which I think is 3 squirts, not 6). If I get one without syrup, I add a couple of Splenda packets--I prefer it to other artificial sweeteners. Sweet spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) are good as well. Keep in mind, I do think there are some calories in the sugar-free syrups. This may not be available in your area, but there's a brand of artificial sweetener called Ideal which tastes, to me, pretty close to sugar. I don't care for stevia but monk fruit isn't too bad. Another option is fat-free Zip Whip in your coffee. You could also try the Maxwell House International Cafe instant coffee drinks. Some are sugar free, but a regular one is 60 calories, which I don't think is excessive for a little treat. Also, check out the low-cal hot chocolates out there. I like to add it to a cup of coffee for a fake mocha.

  5. Image for Judy Judy

    Just love opening up your email every morning. I'm always inspired and delighted by your "conversation". Have a wonderful weekend and "Happy Fall" on Monday.

  6. Image for Lisa Lisa

    For the cold months: coffee or tea, splash of milk ( we use dairy free) or cream, Sweet Drops in English Toffee (pure Stevua, no calories) and a bit of caramel or butterscotch extract. Blend. Enjoy. Sweet Drops has oodles of flavors including orange, vanilla, chocolate. All amazing and no cals or carbs. Steamers anyone?!

  7. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Oh my!! I crying with happiness at the generosity of her two friends -- there's a special place in heaven for them. They have beauty on the inside and the outside. I've tried Zumba - I'm a member at the Y and I do a spinning class - which I love. Zumba -- hummmm my hips did not want to do what I wanted them to do and shaking my top made me look spastic! And I've tried a partial Spanx and that was difficult enough to get into -- I can't imagine trying to push and shove my body into a full Spanx. I think you'd have to be a contortionist or a masochist. And something to put in coffee that tastes delicious and lo-cal?? Haven't a clue. Once I found out how many calories are in some of the Starbuck drinks I stopped ordering them. I'd have to run 50 miles a day to get rid of those calories :-( Have a great weekend my friend!

  8. Image for Christine Christine

    KARIANNE, Targent used to sell dollar bins of coffee and one was called 'southern comfort' I'd buy them all up the were so good! Tasted like a hint of orange. Sounds weird I know but it was so good! So now I put a drop or so of orange flavoring in, the regular type you buy for baking. Try it, you'll like it! Ha Christine

  9. Image for maria maria

    i like zumba when i've had a mimosa or two before....coffee is a necessary treat. add whatever you want to it that is delicious...cut corners somewhere else. sweet italian cream in a good cup of coffee is good for the soul.

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  11. Image for Heather {Woods of Bell Trees} Heather {Woods of Bell Trees}

    I think I would just die wearing full body Spanx...I hate wearing compression whats its! I can do leggings, but that's as far as I go! The closest thing I do to Zumba is dance around like a goofball with my boy! Ahhh that little nook and the wallpaper OMGEE! Everyone needs one of those! Gorgeous! Loving the glitter pumpkins!

  12. Image for Amy Amy

    Started reading your blog a few weeks ago and am really enjoying it. Answering the coffee question: I use unsweetened "SO Delicious" coconut milk as a low calorie coffee addition and also Truvia. Tastes better than Stevia-but no bitter after taste.

  13. Image for Erica Erica

    Hello! So I'm not a coffee drinker, but I just found out that I am intolerant to dairy, so have since started keeping coconut milk in the fridge. Last week I decided to try a coconut milk/chai latte and oh. my. word... delicious! Half and half coconut milk and hot water, throw in a tea bag and a healthy spoonful of honey and voila! best. fall. drink. ever. The End

  14. Image for gina gina

    My low cal coffee drink is adding a teaspoon of cacao (unsweetened Hershey's powder found in the baking section) with any artificial sweetener (truvia is palatable to me) with a splash of any low fat milk. Sometimes I will add to this a dash of cinnamon and/or a tiny dash of cayenne. So warming on a cold morning. If you add vanilla to this concoction it's called Mexican hot cocoa! And your brother is wonderful.

  15. Image for Cindy Cindy

    For a warm fall beverage, have you ever tried Hot Molasses? Warm milk and a tablespoon or two of molasses. So wonderful, and a great option to hot chocolate!

  16. Image for clmac clmac

    how have you always had your coffee? That was the one thing my trainer did not touch when I began my get fit journey. I had half n half in mine. She did, however, limit me to 2 cups of coffee per day. If you brew your own (not a k-cup) you can sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg or unsweetened cocoa powder over the coffee grinds before you brew. Good luck! Always enjoy your blog.

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