Random thoughts on a Saturday full of sunshine:

1. We worked out in the yard and my husband’s allergies are acting up. He has a runny nose and his voice is a little hoarse.

But in amazing news?

He sounds just like Kenny Rodgers.

I told him that you got to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em.

2. Remember that herb garden we planted last year? I’m recreating it again this year. Fresh herbs taste SO MUCH better. I use the mint in drinks and the rosemary and the sage and the basil for cooking.

3. I just wanted to say thank you to our military families who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We owe you so much and my family and I are beyond grateful for what you have done for us.

4. It was a fun week on the blog. We discussed:

5. Everyone is leaving for camp tomorrow. I’m getting up at 6:30 am to see them off just like I do every year. It made me think of this long-ago story and miss Bonzai so much.

And now?

Want some fun ideas for summer?

No worries.


Have you tasted sea salt on chocolate chip cookies?


You can see the recipe here.

Do you have a door laying around?

This is the post for you.

Here’s how to make a desk out of it.

See the entire DIY here.

These baked sweet potato fries.

Don’t they look yummy?

See the recipe here.

Did you know you can propagate a fiddle leaf fig?

I think I’m going to try this.

See the how-to here.


In random news:

Good design doesn’t happen in a day

How to upholster a headboard

This avocado slaw recipe

This Isle of Wight Victorian house

These are the best apps for road tripping

This country home in Normandy

How to paint a tile floor

I just ordered these leggings for the FOURTH time

Travel hacks to make your next trip easier

These paper pansies

These Oreo pancakes

How to make an inexpensive outdoor movie screen

The easiest plant for your garden

And this.

A sweet friend sent me this house tour this week and I literally sighed when I saw it.


And one more for the road

I posted about these recently, but every time I drive into the driveway they make me so happy.

Here are all the details (and the before and after) on how we covered these metal columns.

PS I thought it might be fun to put together a few sales for you this Memorial Day weekend:

Remember this dress (mine is sold out, but this one is SUPER similar and it’s 30% off today).

And this shirt?

And this sweater (mine is sold out, but this one is super similar) is 30% off.

It’s all on sale right now.

One of my favorite small boutiques is 30% off sale this weekend!  Runnnnn. Their stuff is SO CUTE! I put together some of my favorites that are 30% off here.

And in other sale news:

Happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Diana Diana

    This was fun I love stories about the kids, pet and recipes for cookies. Yum Thank you for all the joyful stories and have a wonderful holiday. The chicks will be back in a moment :)

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      I apologize if you never got an answer!!!! My wreath has sold old long ago---but I found this one that's super similar: https://graceandcompanyltd.com/products/maple-bark-wreath?variant=40403968983123

  2. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Very cool that your kids go to camp- I loved it when young as did my daughter. We used a door to install as a table across the washer and dryer in the laundry room as a place to fold clothes, but it actually ends up with "stuff" on it:) But still comes in handy! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    I love cookies, and I love to bake. Me and this choc chip cookies recipe are going to spend some time together this weekend. Happy holidays. Enjoy some down time.

  4. Image for carol cupp carol cupp

    Karrianne Add me to the ever growing list of your admirers! California isn't what it used to be, my home State, but with prayers may return again to golden. Thanks for all the good in your blogs C

  5. Image for Dee Dee

    I haven't had time to real the full post.....but better than that it's the first one I have received in months! I have made no changes to my settings so not sure what is going on but still it was a nice surprise this morning. How ofen are you putting up blog posts now? Maybe I'm expecting something that has changed. Thank you.

  6. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Great thistles this week, KA! Love your columns and looooooved that country home tour! (I signed a bunch of times, too.) And your new outfits look so great on your skinny self! WTG!!! Hope you are having a super wonderful weekend. Our fallen heroes will never be forgotten. ♥

  7. Image for Kris Kris

    The avocado slaw recipe looks tasty. Well, so do the cookies, but I suspect that the slaw may be better for my hips. All these beautiful European locations--I wanna go!!! I hope you enjoy your holiday weekend, and thank you for honoring service members.

  8. Image for Cathy Gutierrez Cathy Gutierrez

    I want to say "Stop"! With Kenny Roger's share! And really don't ever stop! Laugh out loud, great shares, so respectful to military. Thanks Kerri so much!! You're a Rock Star!

  9. Image for Anna Price Anna Price

    Hi KariAnne- Another great post. Love the door to desk idea! Maybe your husband could get a record deal now that he sounds like Kenny Rodgers?? Thank you for all the sale links! Wishing you a relaxing long weekend.

  10. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    That Isle of Wight house! Love it. They really should have posted the exterior shot first. And I think I just bought everything I need to make the avocado slaw. Thanks, once again, for doing all the work for us!

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