Random thoughts on a chilly wintery Saturday morning:

1. The twins and I just watched Casablanca. The story is so beautiful. And what a love to last for all time. Here’s looking at you kid.

2. I just filmed the first “What I Bought Wednesday” of the new year. There are so many fun finds including a battery-operated lightbulb.

You can see the episode here.

3. I am working on the cutest winter project that I’m posting Monday. It involves wood slices and branches.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. We talked about 17 ways to organize your bathroom and the best creative storage containers and ideas for storing all your Christmas stuff.

5. Congratulations to the Baylor Bears for winning the Sugar Bowl. SIC ‘EM

6. How is your morning routine going? I’ve only missed one day so far and I’m still going strong.

You can read all about my morning routine here.

7. I’m starting a new walking program next week. A mile a day. Or at least that’s my goal. I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

And now?

Here are some of my favorite finds from this week.

You know I am all about cozy right now.

These pictures and this post made me so happy.

See how to create a cozy home here.

The cheese ball recipe.

And there are easy variations of the recipe, too.

See all the ideas here.

These creative ways to use wallpaper in your home.

I have a roll of grasscloth wallpaper and this is so inspiring.

See the entire post here.

These DIY valentines.

Aren’t they the cutest?

Here are the instructions.


And in random news:

Are these design trends over?

This DIY snowflake pillow

Pantry organization ideas

This breakfast recipe looks amazing

So proud of my friend for her weight loss journey

This sweater I’m wearing

How to refresh a hollow core door

This laundry room is so pretty

How to start journaling

The best sugar cookie frosting

This is a favorite snack at our house

How to organize your e-mail inbox

This pretty bedroom refresh

And this looked so yummy

Here’s how to roast vegetables in the oven without oil

And one more for the road

This post has been pinned thousands and thousands and thousands of times.

Here are  22 ways to update your home fr less than $100.

Happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Betsy Betsy

    Congrats on your Baylor win. I live in Penn State country but my neighbor graduated from Baylor. We love her so we support her team. Love concurs all. Thanks for the update on home trends. I’ve read several articles and they pretty much say the same thing. We just pained our bedroom in SW Evergreen Fog. I’m a blue girl but the green has me in love every time I’m in our bedroom.

  2. Image for Brendt Blanks Brendt Blanks

    KariAnne, Thank you so much for sharing my health and fitness journey in this edition of Thistlekeeping! Your encouragement means the world to me, and I know we are both physically and emotionally feeling so much better with these health changes. You are so inspiring to me too! So grateful for you friend. xoxo, Brendt

  3. Image for PJ PJ

    Can I say, "amen" to design trends that are done? Glad it's not just me that has had enough of those things. I found a good YouTube channel called "Walk at Home" for doing exercise when I can't get out. Have a good weekend and thanks for sharing.

  4. Image for Kris Kris

    Loved the feature on updating hollow core doors. We've done some of the ideas but she took it to a whole new level. Between the expense, work involved, and landfill-producing waste involved, we have opted to paint ours and replace doorknobs. I'm always up for articles on using what you have in new and improved ways. In other news, I applaud your walking efforts. As PJ noted, there are many YouTubers who have walking programs. I really enjoy Sharona's Hill. She has fun music options to choose from and she comes across as .... normal .... not as a supermodel gym rat .... which for me is refreshing.

  5. Image for Peg Peg

    Happy Saturday to you KariAnne!! There are several items I am going to try from your "What I Bought Wednesday"!!! xoxo

  6. Image for Rita Rita

    We like a Rotel Dip that's very similar to the one you linked to. It calls for a can of Campbell's Fiesta Nacho Cheese soup and a can of Rotel. I like that I can always have the ingredients on hand in the pantry.

  7. Image for Be Be

    Love all the ideas. Always sends a spark to get it going! Yes congrats on the Bears win. I cheer for my MS teams, but never a sore loser. Ha. Fun to go to a bowl game for sure. Have a great day!

  8. Image for JC JC

    My heart and design style is French European charm so I love all things French Country Cottage! THAT lightbulb...now that IS a game changer! Thank you! I'd love to place some sconces where it is impossible to have electricity....well, not impossible, but really difficult. Yay, for this invention!

  9. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    Thanks for this wonderful post, I always love reading these, this one was good as always. Thanks for the new stretch video idea.

  10. Image for Elizabeth@pineconesandacorns Elizabeth@pineconesandacorns

    Happy Weekend Karianne, Loved all of your posts this week and the links as well. Rotel is a favorite tip of mine. Congratulations to your friend on her fitness journey, I love her story of changing one thing at a time and achieving success. I LOVE WALKING! Get a FITbit and keep track of your steps, it absolutely keeps me on track. If you want a virtual walking partner let me know!

  11. Image for Tammy Tammy

    Hi KariAnne, I just saw on stories about converting the sitting room to a closet. You go slim! A nice walk-in closet will be perfect. I cannot wait to see what you do.

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