Random thoughts on an almost Thanksgiving Day morning:

1. We ordered a fresh turkey this year. Have you ever brined a turkey before? We got a turkey last year that was brined and it was so YUMMY.

Get in my tummy.

2. Another edition of “What I Bought Wednesday” is live on my YouTube Channel. You can see it here along with the BEST Christmas wrapping organizer.

3. We almost had a yard sale today. I was so close. Everything was loaded into the living room. But this morning I walked downstairs and I looked at it and thought “Would I rather go to breakfast with my family or sell my old Christmas decorations?”

Breakfast won.

It’s all being donated instead.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. I shared these amazing sets of wrapping paper (all coordinated and under $15) and this simple DIY ornament idea and this easy DIY for your Thanksgiving table.

5. All the chicks are home. Just in time for family Christmas photos on Tuesday. We are all wearing red and khaki and cream and bringing Buddy.

Say a prayer. 🙂

And now?

Looking for a little inspiration with your Saturday morning?



Fresh cranberries are in season now.

I’m using them to bake right now before they go away.

And look at this yummy cranberry orange cake.

You can see the recipe here.

These snowflakes are the cutest.

You’ll never guess what they are made of.

See the DIY here.

I love celebrating advent.

And it’s just around the corner.

Here are five special ways to celebrate advent with your family.

This classic Christmas mantel.

Can you imagine sitting there by the fire on Christmas morning?

Mantel linked here.


And in random news

This festive home tour

The trailer for the second Downton Abbey movie

The ceiling in this kitchen

This blue and gold Christmas living room

These buffalo check trees

How to make a pinecone wreath without glue or wire

This European Christmas tree

5 things to say to someone struggling during the holidays

These homemade Chelsea buns

This Downton Abbey inspired Christmas home

This beautiful engagement dinner

This turkey pot pie

These sweet potatoes with maple glaze

And this

If you are not in the Christmas mood yet? Just click on this house tour and look at the first picture. It’s amazing.

And one more for the road

Looking for an easy DIY you can make with Christmas carol paper?

See how to make these paper trees here.

Happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Renae Renae

    There is nothing more wonderful than Thanksgiving break and your babies come home. Enjoy your beautiful family, my friend. Thank you so much for the feature. I sure appreciate you. Hugs to you.

  2. Image for Laura Harrie Laura Harrie

    KariAnne, Thanks for adding the trailer for the new Downton Abbey movie! Love this! Can’t wait to see them all again!

  3. Image for Kim Kim

    Oh boy, been there, this weekend in fact...all the stuff was ready to be listed on Facebook Marketplace and then I said, no. Donated it instead. You must be so excited with your family coming home. Enjoy every moment with them and that turkey. Yum!!

  4. Image for Diana Diana

    Enjoy the family and make memories. The Scandinavian Christmas decor was simple, but beautiful with the glassware. I may try the orange slices since I have always wanted to see how I would like it. I'm experiencing Christmas overload when it comes to ideas :)

  5. Image for Mary Mary

    Yes for donating!! Brining is the only way to go!! Putting mine onto soak Tuesday morning. FYI you can freeze cranberries. Just toss a bag into your freezer, works great! And the link of what to say to someone struggling over the holidays was perfect. Simple but so helpful. There’s been a lot of loss over the last year and a half. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving! 🦃

  6. Image for Kim Waldorf Kim Waldorf

    How fun to have the girls home AND to be taking family photos!! If it makes you feel better…I would have chose breakfast with the family too! Happy Saturday, friend! 😘

  7. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    That's exactly what Christmas is all about, giving, and now one or more will have a great holiday too! Spending time with family and making memories is so important too, you have already had a wonderful start to celebrating our Saviors birth.

  8. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family. Great thistles this week - so much incredible inspiration out there you rounded up for us! Thanks, KA! Smile pretty for your card photo this week - more than 100 pounds less of you this year. Whooooot!!!!!! Incredible! My sis and hubs are still in Florida so we are sooooo blessed to have her 4 wonderful children for Thanksgiving this year - soooo looking forward to it! One is graduated and the 3 girls are all in college. I know they will have so much to talk about! Yippeeeee!!!

  9. Image for lee lempp lee lempp

    I have to chime in... When Kari said, I'll donate the christmas decor... I had a thought... Many decades ago, I sold Christmas around the World ~ a home party/Catalog company. I had aquired "lots" of Christmas items. After many years, it became too much. So, each year, I try and find a family who lost their home to a fire. I picture what they must feel and research where I can donate blankets, clothes, toys, and christmas decor too! I know the meaning of Christmas and just hope my little collections will make a child smile and feel the spirit of Christmas. I am sure some family in Texas will ADORE Kari's stuff! Happy Holidays All <3 xoxo

  10. Image for Juliet Juliet

    Thanks for featuring me, KariAnne! Your chicks are all back in the nest … yay! Can’t wait to see your gorgeous family Christmas photos. Loving all the amazing inspiration you brought us today … I may spend the morning on the sofa taking it all in. Chores can wait. xo

  11. Image for Elizabeth Elizabeth

    The purse on what I bought Wednesday is not linked. Could you send the link? The one with the shoulder straps for 34.00.

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