White Christmas

Random thoughts on a cold Monday morning:

1.  Santa Claus is coming to town.

2.  I adore you.


If you read this blog you have officially made my year.

3.  As part of a fundraiser, I picked up trash after the basketball game last night.  It was disgusting.  If I never see another plate of nachos smeared into the gym floor it will be too soon.

4.  We are renewing our vows at the end of the month.  As exciting as that is….even better is the pair of shoes I found to walk down the aisle.

Carrie Bradshaw would be proud. 🙂

Cone-Christmas-Trees-550x745If you’ve already finished decorating for Christmas.

Just pin this for next year.

Brilliant idea that I wish I would have thought of first.

Eucalyptus bark trees.

Yes, please.

reindeer cookies

The only thing better than reindeer cookies is if they come in 3-D.

Be the star of the next cookie exchange with reindeer that look like they could fly.

Recipe and instructions found here.

vulnerable hospitality

Perfectly written post on the overwhelmingness of the season.

We’ve all been there.

And a gentle reminder on what’s truly important.


This is what I want to be eating under the tree on Christmas morning.

Homemade sourdough cinnamon rolls.

Please, Santa.

They would go perfectly with my new Scottie dog pajamas.


And in other random news.  This week:

This brought me to tears.

Wish I would have thought of this.

Discovered this list of 16 home improvement apps.

Found this fun stocking stuffer.

Planned to make these for New Year’s Eve.

And here’s 20 things we should say more often.  I literally laughed out loud.

decorating for Christmas in the kitchen

In case you missed it….here’s a tour of the farmhouse decked out for Christmas.

It’s been a whirlwind Christmas countdown.

I spent the weekend wrapping packages, going to our basketball homecoming, attending a party, singing at a Christmas concert and drinking hot chocolate.

I’m not ready for Christmas, but I’m trying.

Maybe I should switch to coffee. 🙂

Happy random Monday to you.

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  1. Image for Robin Stephens Robin Stephens

    Merry Christmas!! The shoes are splendid! What a find! Cool on the upcoming ceremony! *heart* I've already started pinning for 2015, too! Gold, black and white. I can hardly wait!!! Really enjoyed my Christmas red and green this year....but I look forward to next! Thanks for sharing your year with your readers. I always enjoy your blog.

  2. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Those shoes with the bling are definitely Y-O-U!! And I loved the random acts of kindness - yes I still have tears in my eyes and the little boy with the 20 things you should say more often is adorable. I've asked my Honey about renewing vows and he always says he didn't know there was an expiration date :-( Have a great week and if I don't see you before Christmas - Buon Natale!!

  3. Image for Amy W. Amy W.

    You sound as busy as evvva!...along with the rest of us! Loved your post! Have to share with you.....that a whole lot of my decoration energy this year came from your inspiration....even the school tree that I had fun doing up! Can't Thank-you enough for consistently sharing your wonderful ideas and words! Wishing you and your family A Very Merry Christmas! Take care! With Lots of Love, Amy Woods

  4. Image for Sherry B Sherry B

    Kari Anne - love your blog. This was especially sweet with all the links to sweet things that made me smile and made me cry. I run six ways to Sunday most of the time, but the days I take the time to stop and enjoy your posts truly brighten my day. Keep up the good work! Enjoy the vow renewal in those darling shoes and Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family!

  5. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    IF you are not ready for Christmas yet, what hope do we mere mortals have? Love the shoes! Renewing your vows sounds like fun! But really, are we ever truly ready or does the day just arrive and we say DONE!

  6. Image for Vicki Crowe Vicki Crowe

    Exciting about renewing your vows! Would love to see pictures! One of my favorite things for 2014- attending the Chapel Market and meeting you! Have a Merry Christmas! Looking forward to 2015 and what it holds!

  7. Image for Patty/NS Patty/NS

    Vow renewal, awesome! Bet the kids are really excited. Have a wonderful Christmas. I can't wait to see pictures of you strutting those shoes

  8. Image for Beth at Unskinny Boppy Beth at Unskinny Boppy

    Vow renewal!!!! HOW EXCITING! Congratulations to you guys! Thanks for the cinnamon roll share, friend. I would totally mail you some but you would probably hate me because they are so delicious and tempting.

  9. Image for Erin Kaven Erin Kaven

    Thanks so much. I went on ebay and ordered those reindeer as I make cookies for all the neighbors each year. Can't wait to make those next year! Icing snowflakes and gingerbread men right now. Peanut butter blossums next. Nut Rolls made last night. Merry Christmas ROCK STAR and friend.

  10. Image for Suzanne Melton Suzanne Melton

    KariAnne, I used to subscribe to about 30 DYI/home décor blogs. I was taking so much time out of my day that I had to drop about 20. I "keep" you because I love your writing, your photos, and, most of all, because you talk to your readers as though we REALLY ARE your friends. Loved the CBS News video, especially now. I discovered something yesterday in a much, MUCH, smaller way. I had percentage-off coupons for Kohl's and Michael's. Couldn't find what I needed in either place. On my way out of the stores, I gave them to people who DID have items in their carts. I know it's cliché to say, "Thank You for Being You" but Thank You for Being You!

  11. Image for Dianne Bell in Michigan Dianne Bell in Michigan

    KariAnne, I just LOVE the shoes! They are so you! Cinderella shoes! Hope you share some pics with us when you and your husband renew your vows. That is wonderful! Thanks for sharing the Secret Santa Video with us. Brought tears to my eyes. I'm grateful for police officers and nice to see them getting some good and well deserved news story. Merry Christmas to you and your family and everyone reading this!!

  12. Image for Claudia Jones Claudia Jones

    Sexy gorgeous shoes used to wear now flats but still like glam. MERRY CHRISTMAS neighbor from TRIGG COUNTY. GOD BLESS.

  13. Image for Jamie @ Southern Revivals Jamie @ Southern Revivals

    Hi Kari! Just wanted to stop by and tell you thank you for including my faux snow in your list! I was doing my obligatory GA check last night and there you were! I really appreciate it. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that the YMCA song is no longer stuck in your head like it is in mine now. Thanks for that! LOL Happy New Year!

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