Random thoughts on New Year’s Eve:

1. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the advice on the cruise. We are having the TIME OF OUR LIVES. The best tips that people gave me:

  • magnetic hooks for the walls
  • packing cubes for the closet
  • portable fan for the room
  • clips for the beach chairs

2. Yesterday was our anniversary. One of the best days of my life was the day I married that twinkling-eyed cutie.

You can read where it all started here.

3. One of my goals for the cruise is to read all the books. I brought five with me including Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah which is AMAZING.

You can see it here.

4. It was an amazing look back on the blog. We talked about the

5. Happy New Year. How are you celebrating? Anything fun?

6. I hope we can watch football on the ship. Football for New Year’s is one of my favorite things.

And now?

Let’s start the year off right with a little organization and decorating inspiration.

Doesn’t this look amazing?

It’s confetti popcorn with white chocolate and it’s such an easy recipe (perfect for New Year’s Eve).

You can see how to make it here.

These creative organizing ideas.

You’ll never guess where her television is.

See all the ideas here.

This is the time of year when my heart is hungry for projects.

Like making over thrift store finds. Here are four techniques to make those finds even cuter.

You can see all the tips here.

And I loved this beaded bowl.

It’s such a fun project.

You can see the DIY here.


And in random news:

These January menu ideas

This house that used to be a bank

This cranberry mocktail recipe

This home tour is amazing

These fun ideas for winter break

I’m going to do this next year

These morning routines of successful people

These pecan pancakes with maple butter

This English cottage home tour

How to DIY your own ripped jeans

This Southern Living Idea house tour

Four benefits of walking a mile a day

And I just saw that these amazing dusk to dawn lightbulbs are on sale

You can see them here

And one more for the road

If you are looking for an easy DIY to give your home personality after the Christmas lights are put away?

Here’s how to make a DIY topiary from ivy.

See the entire project here.

Happy New Year

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  1. Image for Joy Pinkerton Joy Pinkerton

    Enjoy your cruise!! We have done quite a few and I would recommend getting off the ship and exploring every port! It’s a wonderful way to travel when you only have to unpack one time! Have a wonderful time!! 🎉😎🛳️

  2. Image for Cathy Cathy

    Happy New Year! Enjoy the cruise! I love to go on cruises! Winter Garden is the best book ever!! Wishing you much happiness and blessings in the New Year!! ❤️

  3. Image for Juliet Juliet

    Cruises are so much fun! My number one tip … stretchy pants or billowy dress for trip home. Eat, drink, read and be merry … happy new year! And Happy Anniversary! xo

  4. Image for Laura Laura

    Thank you for a year of giggles, tears and hope. I am sitting in a hospital bed with a virulent infection in my eye, torn retina, solid white cornea (think bad horror movie), and zero vision. I know 2023 will be better than 2022. Thanks again for the joy and hope you always give.

  5. Image for Veronica Veronica

    Oh, I’m so jelly you’re on a cruise! One of the most relaxing vacations ever! We usually could catch the football games in the casino, but sometimes even on the tv in your room. Have the bestest time! And happy Anniversary!!

  6. Image for Katy Katy

    Have yourself a terrific cruise and Happy 2023! Thanks for another year filled with ideas, laughter, poignant moments some times and your creative genius! You’re a keeper KariAnne!

  7. Image for Marlene Marlene

    What a wonderful way to spend your anniversary. The stars at night are so beautiful, have a wonderful time and Happy New Year you two love birds.

  8. Image for Jill Brewster Jill Brewster

    Happy Anniversary! I hope you are enjoying your cruise and are getting those books read. Today is my Anniversary, 55 years, and I'm sure you will agree that the time passes so fast. Wishing you many more years with your love.

  9. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Happy New Year KariAnn! Enjoy that cruise, we love them. I wish you much love and happiness in the new year

  10. Image for CoCo CoCo

    Thank you so much for sharing my January Menu Ideas, I really appreciate it. I swear it's the only thing that keeps me from eating cookies and brownies all day :) Wishing you an amazing cruise filled with tons of love and adventure. Big hugs, CoCo

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