Random thoughts on a chilly November morning:

1. Almost all the chicks are home. We have a weekend full of football (I’m looking at you Baylor) and games and conversation and yard saling and Christmas movies and laughter and getting down all the Christmas bins.

This mama’s heart is full.

2. Did you know the next season of The Crown is starting next week?

3. I recommended this last year, but if you haven’t put together your Christmas playlist yet you need to add “Oh What A Glorious Night” by the Sidewalk Prophets.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. We are in the middle of “10 Days of Christmas” and we talked about:

5. And lastly, if you need a little joy?

I have extra and I want to share.

I want to encourage you today. Just in case no one else has mentioned it? You are amazing.

In this whole wide world there’s no one just like you.

You got this my friend.

You. Got. This.

And now?

Speaking of joy? Here are all my favorite finds and ideas and inspiration from this week.

These vintage Christmas ornaments.

They make me so happy.

See the entire ornament post here.

Looking for different color schemes for Thanksgiving?

Here are tons of ideas for your holiday table.

See all the ideas here.

You know those plastic ball ornaments?

Here are five ideas on how to transform them.

You can see them here.

This asymmetrical Christmas wreath is so pretty.

I love mixing greenery like this.

You can see the wreath DIY here.


And in random news:

These free Thanksgiving table printables

This trip to the real Downton Abbey

This blue and gold Christmas tree

The coolest way to repurpose croquet mallets

This spoke to my heart

This would make a great DIY gift

This guide to all the types of molding

These DIY tea towels

This is the prettiest hydrangea wreath

These stuffing meatballs

The history of Christmas cards

This before and after kitchen

And this

These merry mantels from Magnolia are so cute

And one more for the road

I made this Christmas tree from spindles.

You can see the entire DIY here.

Thank you SO MUCH for all the support of my new fashion channel on Instagram. 

Click here for links to the week’s best sellers. 🙂

happy random Saturday to you

(and remember….YOU ARE AMAZING)

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  1. Image for Harper Harper

    first and most important we need to learn to love ourselves, thin, thick, short, tall, young, old, frumpy and the list goes on... and accept who and what we are.... Remember no matter where you go, you are always there! Let your sunshine show in all you do......

  2. Image for Terri Terri

    This is a lovely post! Even though I'm trying hard to enjoy our beautiful and extended Autumn, I find myself excited to look toward Christmas. Thank you!

  3. Image for Patricia Patricia

    It makes me happy that you've gotten so into fashion. I love seeing your newfound interest. Before, we could always count on you for red lipstick and sparkly earrings. Now, you've gone so much further. Proud of you. Stay strong through this eating season.

  4. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    No matter what you are discussing, sharing, advising and living, your blog is always so much joy. The world could use a whole more positivity in it each day. We all do know you are human and experience things just like we do. But for us, you always let the light shine. Thank you for that. Happy weekend.

  5. Image for Kris Kris

    When do we leave for Downton? Did you notice there is a cafe there? What a fun place for a little nibble. I also really enjoyed reading about vintage ornaments. I have the good fortune of having inherited some from my grandmother. I mingle them in large, clear glass vases on my mantel at Christmas--I'm not taking any chances of the cat deciding that they are a fun toy dangling from the Christmas tree.

  6. Image for mary ann mary ann

    I love your living room and dining room. Can you tell me where you purchased the curtains in the living room and dining room.

  7. Image for Marlene Marlene

    I always love these posts and this one is truly special. I have tried to find ways to use my spindles and you did it. I love the idea of the tree made out of them, thank you.

  8. Image for Susan E Osborne Susan E Osborne

    I love everything you do, you have inspired me to take on so much, but...it seems like we as a nation have abandoned Veteran's Day? Since I am a female, Army veteran, I feel lost now. Being a woman who served our nation in our Armed Services, also a mother, wife? It seems like we just skipped Veterans Day, Thanksgiving was barely talked about, and now it is just buy, buy, buy for Xmas-

  9. Image for Kim Kim

    Enjoy all you have planned this weekend!! I’m A day late but hope your Baylor gang won! Thanks for the encouraging words and inspiration!! 💛

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