Random thoughts on the first day of the year:

1. We stayed in last night and had pizza and played games and watched football. They say that whatever you are doing on New Year’s Eve you will do for the rest of the year.

Pizza and football and card games on repeat?

Yes, please.

2. I filmed a new “What I Bought Wednesday” for the YouTube channel. So many fun finds and the BEST way to pour pancakes into the skillet.

You can see it here.

3. Thank you so much for all the movie recommendations. We rewatched “The Holiday” for the zillionth time. Such a sweet, sweet love story. I think Jude Law has twinkling eyes, too.

4. It was an amazing look back on the blog. We talked about the top 10 of y’all’s favorite blog posts of 2021 and y’all’s favorite things you purchased in 2021 and the top 10 DIYs on the blog and the top 10 decor hacks of 2021.

5. Santa brought me the iPhone 13 for Christmas. Have any of you tried the camera yet? AMAZING. There’s a button you can click at the bottom of your pictures with a .5 that lets you get so much of the picture in the frame.

6. Baylor is playing in the Sugar Bowl today against Ole Miss. I have two football words for you today.


And now?

Let’s start the year off right with a little organization and decorating inspiration.

Doesn’t this look amazing?

It’s confetti popcorn with white chocolate and it’s such an easy (remember my word of the year) recipe.

You can see how to make it here.

These creative organizing ideas.

You’ll never guess where her television is.

See all the ideas here.

This is the time of year when my heart is hungry for projects.

Like making over thrift store finds. Here are four techniques to make those finds even cuter.

You can see all the tips here.

And I loved this beaded bowl.

It’s such a fun project.

You can see the DIY here.


And in random news:

This home tour is amazing

These infused water recipes

These 100 repurposed thrift store makeovers

These morning routines of successful people

These pecan pancakes with maple butter

This English cottage home tour

75 happy habits to start in 2022

How to make a concrete bowl

How to DIY your own ripped jeans

This Southern Living Idea house tour

These words of wisdom

Four benefits of walking a mile a day

And this sweet friend of mine just posted her very first YouTube video. I’m SO PROUD of her. If you get a minute can you stop by and say hello.

You can see it here.

And one more for the road

If you are looking for an easy DIY to give your home personality after the Christmas lights are put away?

Here’s how to make a DIY topiary from ivy.

See the entire project here.

Happy New Year

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  1. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Another amazing weekly wrap up. Love The Holiday (I watched it yesterday too!). Jude Law does have twinkling eyes. Go Bears!

  2. Image for Kris Kris

    Happy New Year! Love the English cottage. The house that was featured in Harbor Springs, Michigan is pretty ... but the article has several errors. Mackinac Island is on Lake Huron, not Lake Michigan. And the town of Harbor Springs is in the upper part of Michigan's lower peninsula, not the UP (also known as the Upper Peninsula). We Michiganders take these things seriously! 😁

    1. Image for Karen Karen

      Loved the beautiful home tour somewhere on the Great Lakes. Right on Kris! Glad you set the record straight. I am also a Michigander, born and raised in the Upper Peninsula. The person who wrote the article didn’t do her homework. Happy New Year!

    2. Image for Dianne Bell Dianne Bell

      Thanks,Kris, for setting the facts straight regarding the EnglishCottage House. We love our Michigan! From another Michigander, Dianne 😊

  3. Image for Karen Karen

    I love your blog and What I Bought Wednesday videos! The battery daddy was a hit Christmas gift!! I’m an Iowa State Alum and giant Cyclone basketball fan, the Baylor Bears are coming to Ames today for a Top 10 Showdown with a snowstorm in the works! Looking forward to a great game!

  4. Image for Lou Ann Lou Ann

    Happy New Year ! I’ve been following your blog since it’s beginning. I’ve sent comments and thank you for inspiring and responding! It’s funny how you actually feel like you know someone and you’ve never even met! Today my friend from afar…is the first time we will disagree on a topic 🤣🤣 … Happy Sugar Bowl Day ! HOTTY TODDY! Go REBS!! 🏈❤️💙🏈

  5. Image for Betty Betty

    Love you and your blog but we will be rooting for the Irish. Notre Dame, our mother,tender, strong and true, proudly in the heavens gleams thy gold and blue. Glory’s mantle cloaks thee, golden is thy fame, and our hearts forever praise thee, Notre Dame; and our hearts forever love thee Notre Dame. Go Irish!

  6. Image for Suzy Suzy

    I also got a new iPhone 13 for a combined Christmas and birthday gift!!! And, yes, it takes wonderful, magnificent pictures!! Oh, and Go REBS!!! I’m from Mississippi.

  7. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Happy New Year, KA!! OK that house tour? Seriously!!!?!!? *Gulp* That is the most incredible home I have ever seen. Beyond stunning, it's decadent. Yes please, when may I move in? And pray tell, does the full staff come with? Whew, thanks - what a way to get this ole gal's heart pumping!

  8. Image for Cindy Rust Cindy Rust

    What a blessing you are to so many people including me Karianne!! Thank you so much for sharing our post on 100 repurposed thrift store items! Blessings to you my friend!

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