Random thoughts on a Saturday morning full of sunshine:

1. The twins are home from freshman year and that means a Hallmark movie marathon. Have you seen A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love? It’s based on a true story and it’s SO SO GOOD.

My mother has watched it three times.

2. There’s a new episode of “What I Bought Wednesday” that’s live on my YouTube channel. Sharing the CUTEST blue dress and how I cleaned my washer.

See all the random finds here on the latest episode here.

3. Zack graduated from Baylor yesterday. Remember when he turned into a t-rex on the playground?

That blinking dinosaur shoe-wearer is all grown up now.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. We talked about:

5. Do you have May 20th on your calendar? It’s the new Downton Abbey movie. I’m SO EXCITED and we already have our tickets.

And now?

Ready for a little inspiration?

Here are my favorite links from the week.

I love a good find.

You won’t believe how much this coffee table cost.

See the find and the DIY here.

If you are going to the beach this summer?

Why not start a shell collection?

See how to decorate with shells here.

Love this tour of this dining room through the years.

So many good decorating ideas.

You can see them all here.

These blueberry muffins are not your ordinary muffins.

They have a little bit of white chocolate in them.

You can see the recipe here.


And in random news:

one more for the road

This super simple Fourth of July dessert.

You can see it here (and make sure to pin it for later).

my finds from this week:

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  1. Image for laura laura

    Congratulations to Zack and mom and dad! My baby heads to Dallas for a summer internship in a few weeks. Lately, I am obsessed with my neck. Love the Godwink Christmas movie. Happy Day you have much to celebrate! Laura

  2. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    Congratulations to Zack! I gather from following you for some time that your boys don't particularly like to be featured in your blog, but I'd be interested in knowing what he majored in. I wish him the best in all future endeavors.

    1. Image for KariAnne KariAnne

      Teddee, Of course! He is a dual environmental science and biology major and he has an awesome job with a Paris company that specialized in wastewater treatment! happy day! KariAnne

  3. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    What a full and beautiful week! Enjoy having those twins home! I can’t believe you now have two college graduates! How is that possible?! Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Image for Cindi Kinsey Cindi Kinsey

    Zach graduating from Baylor is number 3? Really?! How about top billing Mom? One of life's major accomplishments; congrats Zach, great job.

  5. Image for Melba | Cocoonraw Melba | Cocoonraw

    What an exciting time! Congratulation to your son and family. I love the features also, such great ones! Thank you for sharing! You painting post, I still am thinking about it. Transforming post!

  6. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Yes I have seen thus movie. Actually I have seen them all. A great series of Christmas movies. Congratulations on Zac graduating. Now he moves to his next journey in life. The twins finishing their first year, yikes that went fast. You must be so proud. Enjoy your sweet ones!!

  7. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Congratulations to Zach! Can't believe it has been a full school year for the twins. Time flies. Thanks for the weekly wrap up and new ideas! Wonderful as always.

  8. Image for Marlene Marlene

    Thanks these were great finds and congratulations to Zack. Those kids are growing too fast, good thing we mom's have memories to think if when their missed.

  9. Image for Kris Kris

    Wow, mom, you have a lot going on. My son is home for the summer and I had forgotten how much he eats! 😉 Funny you should mention the Downton movie--I've communicated twice in the past 2 days with different people about attending. Be very jealous .... the art museum in my town is hosting Dressing The Abbey, with clothes from the set of Downton!!!!!!!! Super excited!

  10. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    So proud of Zach and the twins with their first year over!!! Your family is moving on up!!! Hope your summer is a fun one--enjoy!!! My grandson is graduating high school, has a good job, and is off to college in the fall. We will miss him terribly!!!

  11. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    Congratulations on your son. What an accomplishment. Thank you for all the wonderful information. Happy day to you.

  12. Image for Linda Scott Linda Scott

    Congratulations on your son's graduation!! Very exciting time when the kids graduate from college and sad at the same time because you know your babies are all grown up. Plus I'm sure you're thrilled your girls are home!! Have a great summer with them!! I always enjoy Thistlekeeping so thank you!!

  13. Image for Pat Pat

    Congratulations to your son and your family on his graduation from college. I am unable to open the link for the hardware. Might you have a name for it or another way to locate the hardware. I think it is possibly what I am looking for. Thank you.

  14. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    What great thistles this time, KA!!! I absolutely ADORE that Julia Berolzheimer collection! Oh, if I just had a million dollars to play with, I'd surely spend it ALL on her great designs. BEST thing is Zack's graduation. How many tissues did you go through? Your family must be so proud of him. I wish the very best life has to offer for him. Prayers a'comin! Hope you had a fabulous week. We've had perfect weather and we are really working hard on the yard and gardens to look nice for the season. ♥

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