Random thoughts on a chilly December morning:

1. I modeled at Talbots this week. Can you even believe it? It was so much fun and the outfits were super cute and I brought my new favorite top home with me.

It’s a t-shirt just waiting for a party.

2. Today is our town’s Tour of Homes. We are going early for brunch with friends and then bundling up in 40 degree temperatures to tour all the cute homes in the neighborhood.

3. CONGRATULATIONS to the USA soccer team to make it out of the first round of the World Cup. Good luck this morning.

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

5. Are you watching Christmas movies? Have you seen “A Royal Christmas” yet? It was just on and it’s so sweet. I love anything with a castle and a small nation that no one has ever heard of with a Prince who needs a wife.

And now?

Grab a cup of something and join me.

I have tons of ideas and inspiration that I found this week for all of us.


These cookies look delicious.

And the recipe is perfection.

See the entire recipe here.

This DIY Christmas village.

It’s so cute and she made everything in it.

You can see the entire village DIY here.

This beautiful Christmas living room.

You know how much I love blue and white.

Take the entire tour here.

And this beautiful Christmas kitchen.

It’s what my kitchen wants to be when it grows up.

Take the kitchen tour here.


And in random news:

These DIY iron-aged ornaments

31 mason jar gift ideas

5 tips to help you take beautiful holiday photos

These cheese-filled pull-apart rolls

This beautiful home tour

These DIY house ornaments

How to talk to your kids about Santa

How to stencil a mirror

These make-ahead Christmas breakfast ideas

This blue and white Christmas entry way

Three things to do to overcome perfectionism

How to take make-up from day to night

This Christmas DIY

Free printable gift tags

And this

I thought this tutorial was amazing: how to whiten fabric

One more for the road

And just in case you were looking for easy and simple DIY Christmas wreath ideas?

I have the easiest DIY magnolia wreath here.

Happy random Christmas Saturday to you

And my number one best selling outfit from last week.

This amazing, cozy sweater is only $12.97.

The entire outfit is linked here.

disclosure: affiliate links are used in this post

Want to know how to decorate your home for free?
Click here to get my FIVE BEST secrets.


  1. Image for Kim Kim

    Good morning and thank you for featuring my Christmas DIY today! I'm always honored to be included. What a lovely way to start the weekend!

  2. Image for Kim Kim

    Happy Saturday, KariAnne!! Thank you so much for sharing my house ornament DIY today!! I appreciate you!! I love all the fantastic ideas here!!

  3. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    So wonderful to catch up. I havent had the chance this week. How did you ever get a model gig? That sounds so fun. Enjoy Saturday. Our winds are 30mph cold and cloudy. Thank you again.

  4. Image for Claire Gentzel Claire Gentzel

    Hi, KariAnne! Happy Saturday to you, too! Please tell me where to find that beautiful wreath at the top of your post today. I am smitten! Thank you so much! Claire G McKinney

  5. Image for JC JC

    So many Christmasy things to inspire! Thank you, KariAnne! I hope your festivities and home tours bring a wide smile to your face. Enjoy! I'm swooooooning over the beautiful home tour of old world charm. Oh my! That kitchen is one I have pinned several times on Pintetest. The entire house needs to be pinned!!🤣

  6. Image for Betsy Betsy

    The European Kitchen tour! Be still my heart. I'm trying to figure out how to decorate with less. The SLED! The Mason Jar gift ideas! My goodness KariAnne, I don't know where to start first. Thanks so much!

  7. Image for PJ PJ

    Talbots? And you probably thought you were too short to be a model. <3 Mason jar gifts are always fun. Thanks for all the inspiration. Bless your weekend.

  8. Image for Kris Kris

    Ahh .... I want to move into the European kitchen house .... and take the toile sled with me. I love the wreath that you featured at the top--the ribbon looks like wool plaid. I'm feeling cozy right now after all of this Thistlekeeping. :)

  9. Image for Ann Z. Ann Z.

    My favorite Christmas movie is : ONE SPECIAL NIGHT starring Julie Andrews and James Garner. Who doesn't love both of them? I watch this movie every year!

  10. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    GREAT thistles, KA! And grats on your modeling for Talbots. My civic women's club works with them in the spring and have done many fashion shows during out Spring Fling Brunch event. Nice stuff. Says a lot about your weight loss - looking and feeling (and being able to wear) super cute Talbot's clothes. I am happy for you. Love that blingy tee! My son-in-law (a British citizen living in US) is the biggest World Cup fan I know personally. It was quite fun my eldest daughter and he being the ONLY ones rooting for the UK earlier, wearing their jerseys purchased on one of their many many trips across the pond. Now they still aren't rooting for the US- today is the Dutch. Such traitors lol. I just returned from 10 days at the beach in Florida and when we got home it was 19 freaking degrees. BRRRR, baby it's COLD outside! Happy blessed Advent season.

  11. Image for June June

    Bundling up at 40 degrees?🤣🤣🤣 How about visiting MN… I am ready your blog with sweats on and two blankets. Yes we have heat on but it’s only 11 degrees and but feels like -10. What a warm start to a long winter🥶 Todays post helps to tolerate the chill.

  12. Image for Cala Pence Cala Pence

    Hi, Kari Ann! I, too, love the wreath and the bow at the top of this post. Could you share where you got both? I live around the corner from you so I can shop if it’s local! Thanks.

Comments are closed.