Random thoughts on an almost-fall Saturday morning:

1. Did you know it’s been almost two years since I started my weight loss journey? I’m as surprised as you are. I’ve been able to keep off most of the weight, but I’ve gained a little bit back and I’m NOT GOING BACK to where I was when I started this journey.

So I’m trying something new. I just started Noom. My mother signed up for it and it’s been working for her.

Has anyone else tried it? Any tips?

2. If you are looking for drugstore make-up and you need some recommendations that are tried and true? Here

3. I’m watching the Cowboys right now. Football is here. My favorite season.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. I shared

5. Have you seen the latest fall fashion trends? What are your thoughts on clogs? Yes? Never?

6. I’m almost done with the manuscript for my next book. It’s all about simple and easy decorating. I can’t wait to share it with all of you next year.

And now?

I have the cutest stuff to share this week.

Here are all of my favorite finds.

Look at these pumpkins.

Aren’t they perfect for fall?

You can see the DIY here.

I love pumpkin spice anything.

Especially when it’s for breakfast.

This pumpkin spice cinnamon roll hack is amazing.

Fall is one of my favorite seasons to decorate.

This kitchen is the perfect example.

See all the fall kitchen decorating here.

Love decorating with dried florals for fall?

Here’s a simple DIY arrangement.

See the entire step-by-step here.


And in random news:

The hobby you should try next (based on your enneagram)

This fall mudroom

This pumpkin bread

This beautiful pinecone wreath

Trying this for fall and Christmas

Frugal fall decorating ideas

42 expensive mistakes you might be making

This visit to the home of Dirty Dancing

This cream cheese pie

This pretty entryway

This storekeeper’s home

And this

So many of y’all have asked about the hanging basket on my back door

Here’s how to DIY your own

And one more for the road

This pie crust and this apple pie are so yummy.

I first made it six years ago and all these years later it doesn’t disappoint.

See the recipe here.

Happy Random Saturday to You

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  1. Image for laura laura

    Hi Karianne Just got back from Martha’s Vineyard! Shared the funniest street sign on blog today. I had no idea. Suggestions : I don’t use Noom. I got a fitbit luxe to track my daily steps. I’ve noticed I walk and talk now ( my husband walks the block on some calls too). I do a modified intermittent fast. I stop eating most nights at 7pm and go to bed a little hungry. Also remember muscle weighs more than fat 🙂

  2. Image for Dianne Miley Dianne Miley

    I love Noom! I lost 14 pounds last year. Tip? Stick with it, follow the plan. I strayed and I’ve gained some back too. I’m now working to get it back off. Love the hobby quiz! I’m a 2/4. And I already love to cook and garden! Soooo many tomatoes that I’m sharing them with neighbors!

  3. Image for Karen Mary Karen Mary

    You always make my Saturday, Karianne! (My faves are the home tours you find for us.) Good luck with your continuing weight loss journey. You are beautiful at any weight, but I know it'll make you happy to be at your goal. You're an inspiration! (I recently lost 30 pounds but am finding the final 5 tough going!) I'm off to power wash my house this morning. (Never done this before, so fingers crossed!)

  4. Image for Linda V Linda V

    Your blog is such fun, with something for everyone! Someone introduced my to Tim Steele's book The Potato Hack. It's very interesting (and basically suggests eating lots of potatoes) and can help some people kick their stubborn weight. It's filled with science (I skimmed those chapters :) ) for all of the people who think potatoes are terrible. It may be right for you? (Note: if you're diabetic, there's a special chapter and tests for you so don't start eating loads of potatoes if you're diabetic.) Thanks for sharing your life.

  5. Image for Judi Watkins Judi Watkins

    Hi, Karianne! I love to start my Saturday mornings with your Thistlekeeping post -- It just brightens my whole outlook for starting a busy weekend! I am so excited to hear that you will soon have a new book out! I have really enjoyed your other books and given them as gifts to my favorite people. Thank you for all that you share and for all of the hard work that you put in to make that happen. You're the best!

  6. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    Please hang in on the weight loss! You are our heroine. I don't know anything about Noom, but I do know that sugar is our worst enemy. It not only plays hob with weight loss but causes inflammation. I have a Food Dessert category in my Gmail and when I see anything devoted to desserts that's where it goes without reading. I don't know about anyone else, but if I have the least little bit of sugar my willpower totally dissolves and it takes about ten days to get it out of my system so I'm no longer craving. I'm convinced some of us have genes that make us addicted. Best of luck. I'm using MyFitnessPal again to count calories, the only way I can keep on the straight and narrow.

  7. Image for Connie Keys Connie Keys

    Thanks so much for the lovely house tours that you provide each week. I really enjoy them. This week I enjoyed the Mountain Lake Dirty Dancing venue. So sad that the lovely Paula Skulina passed away earlier this year. Really miss her lovely home and surrounding area of my beautiful state of Virginia. Best wishes on your weightloss.

  8. Image for alda ellis alda ellis

    LOVE intermittent fasting. Seems to work for me and it is a way of life, not a diet. You are beautiful at any size but I know we feel better at some point. Enjoying your posts!

  9. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    Love sharing Saturday mornings with you! I may need to join you on Noom…skid down the slippery slope again. Happy Saturday!

  10. Image for Kris Kris

    You did a good job of finding not-quite-fall items for us! 🍁 Hard to believe how quickly summer is flitting by. As to your questions about Noom--I looked into it but didn't commit, but from what I can tell, it's a quality program backed by good science. I would strongly encourage you to find a good weight maintenance program--I don't know if Noom does that--I used Weight Watchers maintenance for a long time and it was very helpful. I did get tired of the weekly weigh-ins but the program has changed and maybe you don't need to weigh in in-person? Anyway, what works for me, and has for years, is keeping a food diary (keeps me honest) and committing to a minimum of 5 days per week of exercise (45 minutes at a time). I find that these days I'm more concerned with being healthy than in my appearance (looking slimmer is a bonus) so an overall healthy diet and active lifestyle help me achieve that.

  11. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Karianne I used Room ,along with a couple of friends, and was very disappointed. Yes,you will lose some weight(it's very restrictive),but that will happen with most diets. They were very supportive in the very beginning, but difficult to actually connect as time lapsed. I truly believe they are more geared to millennials then those over 40. You were so successful in your journey, it will always take commitment and a bit of hunger to maintain, the hardest part!!. Perhaps cutting back on your fruit each day will be helpful, good natural source of sugar, but I have learned that the body still senses sugar, whether from fruit or a cookie! You are inspirational to us and a tough cookie, cheers to you!

  12. Image for Marlene Marlene

    I know your doing a great job with your weight, it's harder when kid leave for college cause you get a little sad and want to eat, maybe. At that time I walked a lot after I got off of work. I enjoyed seeing the Dirty Dancing area and seeing the shopkeepers place. You have a great week.

  13. Image for PJ PJ

    Hi, KariAnne! I have never tried Noom, but have had great success with intermittent fasting. I only eat between 11 AM and 8 PM. I started for reasons other than weight loss, but lost 11 pounds.

  14. Image for donna donna

    Hi, KariAnne! Love all the amazing inspiration I find at Thistlekeeping! Thanks so much for sharing my pinecone flower wreath! Have a ablous week, Donna

  15. Image for Patrice Fox Patrice Fox

    I’m so excited to make that apple pie but what would be great is to see the recipe in its entirety instead of in 3 separate sections. Just so much easier to follow than looking up a crust, a filling and the star topping.

  16. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    Thank you Karianne. Im thinking of painting my front door fsux wood to keep my mind active. May all your seasons be blessed. As for your weight loss, follow your heart. What you wish to try to help you, is going to be the best choice for you, ALWAYS. Take care, Jodena

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