Random thoughts on a football weekend morning with the sun rising up behind the trees:

1. Almost Christmas PSA: Did you know you can bend old Christmas garland (if it’s wired) into shapes? Make a letter or a star or a Christmas tree or a bell.

2. Thank you SO much for all your support of my new fashion Instagram. I post an outfit every day and link them all to the blog.

You can see the page with all this week’s outfits here.

3. Buddy (our golden retriever) just went in for his annual physical and got a clean bill of health. He is 14 in dog years and even longer in people years. He still acts like a teenager.

Especially when you put out food.

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

5. We are going shopping downtown today. If you ever get to our neck of the woods (McKinney, Texas) you HAVE to visit our downtown. There are the cutest coffee shops and restaurants and boutiques and events and concerts around our downtown square. It’s right out of a Hallmark movie.

6. I’m starting on Christmas ideas and inspiration on November 1. I’ve got 10 days of Christmas decorating ready for you.

And now?

Are you ready?

Want a little inspiration with your coffee this morning?

Here are my links and ideas from this week.

This beautiful fall kitchen.

There are so many ideas that are doable.

See the entire kitchen here.

Nothing says this time of year to me like a simmer pot.

It makes your house smell amazing.

See all the how-to’s here.

Every year I force paperwhite bulbs.

The key is timing them for Christmas.

See the best tips for forcing paperwhites here.

This rustic rosemary bread.

Doesn’t it look so delicious?

See the recipe here.


And in random news:

This beautiful beautiful garden

This before and after front porch

Vintage trends from Round Top

These tips for wrapping odd-shaped gifts

This pretty home tour in the mountains

These salted caramel crumb bars

This tour of a Christmas cottage

This apple cider

These DIY-scented pinecones

The cutest holiday screen savers

These moss-covered pumpkins

This rustic pear tart

These rolls that look like pumpkins

And this.

I thought this was kind of genius and I’m trying it in my house somewhere.

And one more for the road

You can make this wreath almost for free if you have extra drop cloth laying around.

See the DIY here.

Here’s an example of the outfits I share every day.

You can see all this week’s outfits linked here.

Have a Day As Amazing As You Are

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  1. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Glad to learn Buddy is doing well. I'd love to force paperwhites, but my husband's allergies tell me no can do. He'd be miserable. Boy was I surprised when I learned how terribly allergic to pine he is!!!! Our first Christmas together was the last year of having a real tree. Poor guy. ♥ Great thistles, KA. So much inspiration. I'd love to visit your neck of the woods one day. I have never been to Tx! I shall have to remedy that one day!

  2. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    So much information for my read tomorrow morning with my coffee. See I get up every day with my fur babies by 3:30 a.m. so plenty reading time before you send the next blog. So happy your doggie is doing so good. I have 3 less than 8 pounds. And my cat turns 22 years old in April. That is correct Twenty Two. Lol. Have a great Saturday and enjoy the downtown shopping.

  3. Image for Anna Anna

    Hi KaiAnne- I love your new fashion page. I’m 5’3” and have short legs. You always provide good advice and cute outfits for someone of my stature. Thank you !!

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