Random thoughts on a brilliantly sunny summer Saturday with extra alliteration:

1. My coaching group opens up this morning. And in amazing news? IT’S ONLY $10 NOW!!!!!! If you have a blog or thought of starting a blog or have a business that you want to take to the next level? I would so love for you to join us.


You can read all about it here.

2. Did you watch the opening ceremony last night? I’m so excited to cheer the US team on.

3. Another episode of “What I Bought Wednesday” on my YouTube channel is live. I’m sharing the CUTEST shoes with a message.

You can see the entire episode here.

4. I’m about to go out to brunch with some friends that I’ve been friends with almost my entire life. Those are the best kind of friends. I’m ordering an egg white omelet with a side of giggles and really good conversation.

5. It was an amazing week on the blog. We talked about this amazing before and after and I shared some of my favorite blue and white rugs and easy, creative ideas for wall treatments with paint and why this made me laugh and cry all at the same time.

And now?

It’s time to share.

Here are some of my favorite finds from around the web.

(spoiler alert: they are amazing). 🙂

I love everything about this.

This photography.

This idea.

This recipe.

You can see how to make these here.

This collection makes me so happy.

Adding it to my list of things I’m looking for at flea markets.

See the entire collection here.

This is such a clever idea to make a room live larger.

And she did it so inexpensively.

See her tip (and how she added it to her space) here.

I started with ice cream and I’m ending with salad.

This amazing post has a taste test of 11 different Trader Joe’s salads.

You can see it here.


And in random news:

Have you ever thought of a barndominium

This design process

Healthy donut recipe

How to make a watermelon blanket

How to take care of your friends based on their enneagram number

This beautiful DIY wreath

This yummy summer dinner idea

These arbors and trellises

Best budget dining room idea

These 12 Christmas trees

These 17 homemaking skills

How to make oven grilled cheese

And this

These eight timeless trends are amazing

And one more for the road

I got so many questions about the painted plywood floors at the beach house.

It’s SUCH an affordable and easy DIY.

You can see how to paint plywood subfloors here.

happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Juliet Juliet

    Happy weekend, KA! She excited you shared my great room renovation ... thank you! Ashley's ice cream sandwiches are on the dessert menu for ALL my summer entertaining. Is there anything better?! Have so much fun at brunch ... and go Team USA! xo

  2. Image for Laura Miller Laura Miller

    Hi! Happy Saturday!! Just want to thank you AGAIN for all of your amazing ideas, tips and stories. I especially love your cheerful, optimistic delivery!! I start each Saturday reading your Blog and you really do bring so much joy to my life!! Thank you so much! God Bless you and your family!! xox


    Just dreaming about the dreamy sweater you wore in your last What I Bought Wednesday.. Where oh where did you purchase it? Pretty Please won't you say?

  4. Image for Diane Diane

    Hi Karianne - Thank you for including my mirror post in your latest edition of Thistlekeeping. XO :-) I hope you had a very enjoyable brunch.

  5. Image for Gayle Swigart Gayle Swigart

    What was the low-fat dip recipe you shared? It had low-fat cream cheese mixed with something else?? You look fantastic my friend!

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