Random thoughts on a sunny summer Saturday morning:

1. I figured out the yummiest thing to eat recently. Have you ever heard of veggie fajitas? You can eat fajitas without the meat and they are delish.

2. Have you ever gone tubing down a river? We were looking for summer family ideas and it sounded like so much fun, but I wondered what happens when you get downstream at the end of the river.

Does anyone know?

3. Looking for a fun way to make your room feel like summer without spending a dime? Here’s a tip I use all the time.

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

5. What are your thoughts on decaf coffee? I switched recently and don’t tell the coffee people, but I can’t tell a difference.

And now?

Here are some of my favorite finds from around the web.


I’ve been looking for ways to update my kitchen.

And look at these open cabinets. I think we can DIY them.

You can see all the details here.

This summer greenhouse is the cutest.

I LOVE all the vintage finds.

Take the entire tour here.

This beautiful before and after bathroom.

Just wait until you see where it started.

Get all the details here.

There’s nothing I love more than a topiary.

Except maybe one I can DIY.

See how to make a topiary from boxwood cuttings here.


And in random news:

This is the prettiest house tour

These party ideas for King Charles’ coronation

This before and after makeover

This oreo dip

This sweet tiny summer cottage

How to make these beautiful peony arrangements

This before and after bathroom is amazing

How to add coastal chic style

These amazing furniture makeovers

How to make cold brew coffee

These DIY sliding closet doors

How to clean your luggage after you travel

This beautiful kitchen

And one more for the road

Remember the porch from yesterday? This was the before.

Two different bricks and two different colors and a whole lot of not matching.

And now?

It looks like this.

Happy Random Saturday to You

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  1. Image for Diana Clark Diana Clark

    Good morning. I have gone canoeing and seen others tubing on rivers and they arrange for the rental place to pick them up at a certain time at the other end. Thank you for the link on the coronation party. I love to celebrate life in general. Enjoy your day!

  2. Image for Diana Diana

    Tubing and kayaking is a bunch of fun, the family should love it. When I went there was a small bus to take you back to the beginning. You can spend the whole day playing, it is great.

  3. Image for Claire Claire

    River tubing is just SOOOOOO much fun and a great family activity! You will all love it! Lots of fun and laughs. At the end you will be picked up and brought back to the starting point. Especially great on a really hot summer day. ENJOY!!!

  4. Image for PJ PJ

    Thistlekeeping never disappoints. I made myself a cup of green tea and savored all this week's finds. Thank you, KariAnne!

  5. Image for Rizae Rizae

    We tube down the Payette River in Idaho. Have someone with a trailer waiting for you at your end point. Also.... have them bring towels, drinks and a snack! You will be hungry and thirsty. Wear a life jacket and have at least one person wear on a lanyard, a whistle, in case of a emergency!! Have fun and enjoy the experience...

  6. Image for Vicki Vicki

    We used to go tubing on the Guadalupe River and parked one car where we were going to get out and then drive to where we got in. If it is a long float, another good thing to do is put a cooler in another inner tube and tie it to one of yours, and you have drinks along the way. Just throw the empties back in the cooler.

  7. Image for Lorelei LaFortune Lorelei LaFortune

    As everyone has said, tubing is a complete blast! You and your family should absolutely get at least 1 - 2 runs in this summer. Yep, they have a bus or vans at the other end to take you back.

  8. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    All sounds so wonderful. And lots of good reads. Thank you. Im trying to do all this outside work by myself this year. What a chore. Im too tired to think. Lol happy weekend.

  9. Image for Lee Lee

    My family loves whitewater rafting! Most rafting companies have a bus at the other end that bring you back to the start! One we did thru a tour company actually provided campsites at the end with cooks, grills, etc., you spend the night in their cabins, have breakfast, then they take you back to the start! Grand Canyon Outfitters! Now THAT was one for the bucket list! Always fun outdoors with friends and family!

  10. Image for JC JC

    Fun to be back reading your great ideas, KariAnne! I've been away for a very good reason.....we welcomed our first, sweetest, little granddaughter into the world!! 🥰👶 and our hearts are totally in love with this Sweet Pea of snuggle love blessings!!! Being a Nana is the absolute BEST....all the fun and none of the ultimate responsibility!😄 River tubing is a blast! We went a lot especially when my daughter was young in Pagosa Springs, CO. My inlaws had a home by the river. We'd hop in cabin side and someone would pick us up down river in the pickup truck. Lots of wonderful memories! Loaded veggie fajitas are the best especially with grilled veggies and lots of gauc. Yum! I'm not a coffee girl so I can't help you out there, but I drink a lot of tea hot and cold.😁 The house tour is gorgeous and I must clean our luggage from our recent trip. Ugh....who knows what it's been through. Thanks for the reminder, friend. I've missed your blog and have a lot of catching up to do!

  11. Image for Rachel Harper Rachel Harper

    KariAnne You are so kind to feature my greenhouse today. I was just telling my husband what an amazing motivator and supportive person you are. Thank you! Thank you for all you’ve done for my business.

  12. Image for Marlene Marlene

    Bathrooms, kitchens, and tours are the best to give ideas. I did a river tube ride in Colorado and another in Texas both were fun, you need to go. They meet you at the end and take you back to your car.

  13. Image for Mary Hite Mary Hite

    Tubing is s fun! Usually the place where you rent your tubes will pick you up and bring you back to your car.

  14. Image for Mary Ann Mary Ann

    It's been a few years, but my family used to tube down the Guadalupe River when camping in central Texas. The tubiong company dropped us off up river and picked us up down river. It was SO much fun! TIP: We always rented an extra tube to put 2 ice chests in - 1 for drinks and 1 for snacks/food!

  15. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    GREAT thistles, KA. Wondering - and as I type this I think I hear a collective gasp in blogdom- but is it just me. or are the designers you featured this time just a wee bit off? I don't think this often with your thistle links, but this particular batch of the high end professional designers seemed to be trying too hard to be unique to satisfy this gal. Subtle design is much more honest. Anyway, the rest of the thistles = wonderful! Hope you had a fabulous weekend. Mine was extra great. :-) ♥

  16. Image for Sheri Finta Sheri Finta

    Comment on tubing. If there isn’t a return vehicle attached to the tubing company, you can somehow arrange to leave a car there to use. Or, we have been known to call an Uber! tubing is great in SouthTexas! Come on down!

  17. Image for AnnTN AnnTN

    Here in my part of Tennessee, the tubing company busses people to the the put in point and then you end up where your car is parked. I've never tubed down the river. Maybe one day. Snakes would be my fear. Whitewater rafting is also a big summer thing around here. Also a big NO for me. They also bus people to the put in point and then meet them at the get out point.

  18. Image for Anna Price Anna Price

    When you go tubing down river, there is usually a shuttle at the end and they will take you back to your vehicle. If you are comfortable with water and swimming, tubing is so much fun. I personally really love it. There are some great features this week. I was bowled over by the furniture makeovers! Jaw dropping.

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