Random thoughts on a rainy Saturday beach morning:

1.ย  Happy Fourth of July. We are celebrating with sparklers and fruit salad that looks like a flag.

2. It was an amazing week over on “What I Bought Wednesday.” You can see the latest episode here with the cutest thing I found for your pet.

And here’s a round-up of the top ten finds from all the “What I Bought Wednesdays” there ever have been.

3. We just finished the cutest room makeover with a wall we built around a bed. It’s such an easy way to make a small room live large. I’m working on the post right now.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. We talked about how to make a faux roman shade and what the before and after window seat looks like and this fun 2-ingredient vegetable dip (that so many of you made and sent me thank you notes).

5. I just found cauliflower pretzels.


Pretzels that are secretly vegetables.

Life changer.

And now?

Let’s see all the random things I found for us this week from around the web.

These recipes look SO YUMMY.

And perfect for summer.

You can see all five recipes here.

This is one of my favorite homes on the internet.

And this back porch is AMAZING.

You can see the entire porch (and some Fourth of July decor ideas) here.

This iced maple oat milk looks yummy.

And perfect for the new Kristin Hannah book I’m reading now.

See the recipe here.

And this is the CUTEST.

They made a DIY duck run.

You can see the post and the cutest duck pictures ever here.


And in random news

This is one of the prettiest gardens I’ve ever seen

This amazing idea

These sliders

The 10 most popular bathrooms from this spring

These fun ways to wear a denim jacket

This beautiful home

So excited about this planner (it’s my favorite)

Home updates that look expensive but they aren’t

This DIY craft cabinet

This frozen food hack

These summer home decor trends (according to designers)

These patriotic Dollar Store crafts

And this.

If you are looking for lighting? Rejuvenation is having a warehouse sale (up to 75% off) this weekend.

You can shop it here.

One more for the road

If you have a long weekend and you are looking for an easy DIY?

This is the ceiling update for you.

happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Jan Jan

    The link to the Kristin Hannah book doesnโ€™t work - curious to know which one it is. Thanks! Happy Fourth of July ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

  2. Image for Peg Peg

    So many goodies in this edition but that garden, with the mass plantings of hydrangeas, stole the show!! Happy 4th KariAnne!!! xoxo

  3. Image for Cara Cara

    I am looking for the cauliflower pretzels! I am so happy about more gluten free foods! It makes my life easier! Thank you for all of these ideas... I am in love with all of the hydrangeas, inspiration and goals for sure! Now if only I could keep plants alive... I would be in heaven with that yard!

  4. Image for Diane Ruebel Diane Ruebel

    Karianne, The formality of the manicured boxwood is toned down with the wicker baskets filled with luscious blooms. Thank you for sharing this magnificent property/garen. Happy 4th of July!! love, Diney

  5. Image for Sue Osborne Sue Osborne

    KariAnne, The hydrangea gardens in Denmark were lovely. But, (raining on everyone's parade, lol) we have to take in to consideration what is possible, even better choices, for where we live. Then we can have gorgeous gardens, based on what agricultural zone we reside in. Also we must sadly factor in climate change effects, everywhere. The USDA and other gov't and various gardening and agricultural organizations provide the zone info, it's even on the back of many seed packets and all the tags on plants at nurseries and garden centers. I'm in upstate/central NY and my hydrangeas will never look as good as yours, or in other southern states. There are other shrubs and perennials that do much better where I live, and would never survive Texas, lol. Another concern is water- we have huge changes in water availability all across the US. I am thrilled, though, that people are planting for the butterflies and birds, and the frogs and toads, rather than keeping huge lawns that rely on chemicals, looking like barren golf courses

  6. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Love the garden with the planted baskets. I did that years ago-baskets lasted about 7 years (in southern California)....don't think it would be the same elsewhere. Thanks for all the great ideas as always the Saturday weekly wrap up rocks! Happy 4th of July!

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