Random thoughts on a chilly after-the-party Saturday morning:

1. We had an outdoor party last night and it was glorious. There were stars and laughter and a taco station and a coffee truck and all the neighbors came.

2. Baylor plays today and we are nervous. Nervous for the team and nervous that Westleigh camped out last night at the stadium to be there for the “Big Noon Kickoff” pregame show on Fox.

3. If you haven’t put together your Christmas playlist yet you need to add “Oh What A Glorious Night” by the Sidewalk Prophets.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. We finished the “12 Days of Getting Ready for Christmas” series in a strong way with this recipe and these stocking stuffers and these Christmas tree ideas and this post on family traditions on Christmas Eve.

5. And lastly, if you need a little joy?

I have extra and I want to share.

I want to encourage you today. Just in case no one else has mentioned it? You are amazing.

In this whole wide world there’s no one just like you.

You got this my friend.

You. Got. This.

And now?

Speaking of joy? Here are all my favorite finds and ideas and inspiration from this week.

These vintage Christmas ornaments.

They make me so happy.

See the entire ornament post here.

Looking for different color schemes for Thanksgiving?

Here are tons of ideas for your holiday table.

See all the ideas here.

You know those plastic ball ornaments?

Here are five ideas on how to transform them.

You can see them here.

This asymmetrical Christmas wreath is so pretty.

I love mixing greenery like this.

You can see the wreath DIY here.


And in random news:

This cozy summer cottage

This blue and gold Christmas tree

This no-bake pumpkin cheesecake

This spoke to my heart

How to make fabric art

This guide to all the types of molding

These DIY tea towels

This is perfect for Thanksgiving

These beautiful ornaments

These stuffing meatballs

The history of Christmas cards

The priciest zip codes of 2021 might surprise you

This encouragement

And this

These merry mantels from Magnolia are so cute

And one more for the road

I made this Christmas tree from spindles.

You can see the entire DIY here.

happy random saturday to you

(and remember….YOU ARE AMAZING)

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  1. Image for Gretchen Z Gretchen Z

    Thank you for sharing so much joy today! Your links took me to a fabulous world of glee and inspiration. Looks like most of today will happily be doing so many of your DIY projects! You are the best.

  2. Image for Mary Anne Russo Mary Anne Russo

    You all are going to have so much fun with the outdoor room! It looks great! I don't know how I missed the story about the birth of the twins! I just read it and I'm sorry I'm commenting here but it made me cry! I've had my own n.i.c.u. baby, my daughter. Those girls! They sure showed them! They are just gorgeous girls just like their mom! The power of prayer!

  3. Image for Mary Pat Loos Mary Pat Loos

    I searched and searched. I cannot find “Oh what a glorious night” by the Stone Temple Pilots. Do I have the right information? Thank you

  4. Image for Kim Kim

    That outdoor room and your party looked so festive! I can only imagine how you might dress it up for the holidays...hot chocolate and twinkle lights, with carols playing by the fire. Dreamy. Thanks so much for sharing my link, too, you just made my day!!

  5. Image for Linda Linda

    I love Stone Temple Pilots and would love to hear the song you referenced but sadly can't find it. Where did you hear it?

  6. Image for Elaine Hewit Elaine Hewit

    Hello! Sorry if I missed the answer, and I'm asking only because I am addicted to What I Bought Wednesday, but I'm wondering if the feature is coming back. I miss it! Thanks, from a devoted fan!

    1. Image for KariAnne KariAnne

      Of course! I'm so sorry! I have so many fun things to share this week! I just got behind with the twins coming home!!!! happy day! KariAnne

  7. Image for Cindi Cindi

    Congrats to the Baylor Bear's players, coaches, students and your family and the other deliriously happy fans! Definitely a well-earned victory. Excuse me if I wallow in self-pity with a heart broken into bits. No don't worry about me because I know what you and every other true sports fan knows. We'll see you next year. Enjoy the win!

  8. Image for Jayne Jayne

    KariAnne, thank you so much for adding my Christmas ornaments to this post, you just made my day! I love the spindle Christmas tree you made - I don't think my husband would be so willing to help out though. The hardest part would be trying to save the spindles long enough to make the project because he just hates to have 'stuff' hanging around. I'm a secret hoarder of scrap wood! ;) Thanks for all the lovely inspiration!

  9. Image for Paula Paula

    Enlarged the picture of your adorable hubby eating Mississippi Mud Cake to see if he really had twinkly eyes. They must just twinkle for you, as it should be!

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