Random thoughts on a chilly sunny December morning:

1. I discovered red nail polish again this week. I have been giving myself a manicure every week now that we are staying in. I’ve painted them cream. I’ve painted them taupe. I’ve painted them navy. I’ve painted them dark gray. And this week I went all Christmas.



2. I listened to a list of the top 10 Christmas songs on Spotify this week.

Guess what number 1 was?

This song.

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

4. We discovered yesterday that my Santa mug holds 1 1/2 cups of coffee of a regular coffee mug. That’s where I’m getting all my extra energy from. 🙂

And now?

Let’s see all the amazing things I found for us this week (it’s a good one).

Love this post.

It’s all about ideas for decorating underneath the tree.

See all 12 ideas here.

And in other gift wrapping news.

Look at this DIY nutcracker. It’s a cylinder you can put a note or other gift in.

See the DIY here.

This beautiful European Christmas lounge.

It’s so classic and traditional.

Take the tour here.

These beautiful salt dough ornaments.

They are so elegant and so easy to recreate all at the same time using antique molds.

See the entire DIY here.


And in random news:

7 Scandanavian gift wrap ideas

Decorating trends for 2023

This beautiful Christmas farmhouse tour

This gingerbread house decorating party

22 books from 2022

We all need these for Christmas morning

These plaid decorating ideas

This stamped spoon ornament

This beautiful kitchen

Simple tips for introverts during the holidays

These ideas for decorating under the Christmas tree

9 food tips from the longest-living people

And this y’all.

This is a recipe goal for me. I can’t even imagine the look on my family’s faces when I make this.

And one more for the road

Look at these cute matching sets I got the twins and I for Christmas.

If you are looking for fun affordable workout gear for the new year or for last-minute presents?

You can see tons of options (including those SUPER cute tennis shoes) here.

happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Renae Renae

    Yes! My fave song from last Christmas has remained my favorite!! I just love it! Ordered your shoes, thank you! We get 90 minutes of wellness time each week at work and I’m excited to leave these cute shoes under my desk to walk in! Lastly, the main photo with the December calendar page, I assume it’s old? I had that calendar, I think, from Target a few years back. But if it’s current, would LOVE the link. Why doesn’t anyone make cute wall calendars anymore? 😬 Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family. Thank you for the constant inspiration! Hugs, Renae Beatrice, Nebraska

  2. Image for Kris Kris

    I KNEW that you would include the wrapping ideas from myscandinavianhome.com! I loved the first one with a tree. And I was sighing with the farmhouse tour. And the light fixtures in the architecturaldigest.com article. Gorgeousness. Hope you are enjoying having your kids home. We are enjoying a snowy Saturday morning. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ....

  3. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    I cant believe how much your daughters look like you. So many interesting things to read and try..hello Scandinavian gift wrapping. Thank you enjoy this preChristmas weekend.

  4. Image for Anna Price Anna Price

    Oh my gosh I SO need the "tips for introverts during the holiday". Thank you for sharing that. I love the photo of you with your daughters. As always thank you for sharing so many good links. Merry Christmas KariAnne.

  5. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    You and your beautiful twins look like three triplets, seriously. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, KA. Great Thistles.

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