Random thoughts on a sunny summer Saturday morning:

1. We just came back from Waco where we moved the twins into new apartments. They are living right next to each other this year. Two new apartments to decorate.

Stay tuned.

2. Westleigh just filled her 100th order with the boutique. I am so proud of this little chick of mine.

3. The first edition of “Thistle’s Things” went out last week. It’s my new shopping email that’s curated with a different theme every week featuring unique affordable finds from small businesses.

If you are interested in a weekly newsletter like this you can sign up here.

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

4. We went to Dallas Market this week to promote my latest book which comes out in September. It was so much fun meeting with wholesalers and sharing all the details.

And now?

Let’s see all the amazing finds I’ve discovered for us this week.

Spoiler alert: it was a good one. 🙂

Have you ever thought about mixing lemons and blueberries?

This bundt cake has both.

See the recipe here.

I’m always looking for housekeeping tips.

Especially tips that help with cleaning.

Here are 8 tips to make cleaning your house easy.

For anyone traveling?

This is the post for you.

Here’s how to pack your carry-on bag for a week.

Have you ever thought about taking the doors off your cabinets?

It’s such an easy idea to update your kitchen.

See all the tips here.


And in random news:

Peach dumplings with crescent rolls

These ideas for decorating with architectural salvage

This beautiful coastal home

The best strategy for sending out greeting cards on time

What color to wear to avoid mosquitos

These tips for handling clutter

Red white and blue charcuterie board

How to make pressed leaf botanical art

These Fourth of July cottage decorating ideas

My favorite rug is under $150 now

Have you ever thought about naming your house?

And this.

Did you know that Ireland is paying people to move to these remote islands?

And one more for the road

Looking for ideas on how to add blue and white to your decor?

Here are my best tips.

Happy Random Saturday to You

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  1. Image for Carrie Carrie

    Happy Saturday! Congratulations to Westleigh with her launch of that adorable shop!!! And the twins in apartments? How fun! Decorating times two. Another great Saturday wrap up , and of course, I’m all signed up for the newest endeavor your sharing! Thank you!!

  2. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    GREAT thistles, KA!! Big grats on Westleigh's successful campaign. No surprise there!!! Exciting about the moves to their prospective apartments. I adore they are next to one another - close but separate. So sweet, those two. Hope you didn't have to do all that in that heat of yours. It's actually so cool here that I've been wearing a sweater and have the windows open. I think you sent us all your cool stuff. Sorry. I loathe the heat, especially humid heat - it's the worst. I'd rather have snow and layer layer layer. I named our home Finch Rest when we moved here 20 years ago. Had an iron plaque made and everything.

  3. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    PS You know my favorite safe non-toxic way to keep mosquitos away? I use a essential oil burner and use real essential lavender oil. They hate it and it is so much nicer to smell than citronella. And another fav? I stick a stick Nag Champa incense stick in a planter - these two things also really help keep deer out of our yards for a while. We have devastating damage with deer and landscaping. But even so I'd prefer deer over mosquitos!

  4. Image for Diana Diana

    The 8 cleaning tips I'm sure you wrote for me. Now I feel ready to get after it, pray for me :) I'm so happy for Westleigh's success. Her things were so cute. I can't wait for the the apartment decorating to begin. Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. Image for Diana Clark Diana Clark

    KariAnne I loved your post. Congrats on the girls moving into their own places. How exciting for them. And the launch of course. I read the article on naming homes. I've been tossing a name around for our Florida home for some time now. It is in the historical district close to the Blackwater River so lots of thoughts. I am saving your post and hers and will eventually find the right fit. It is hot in Texas. Stay safe and hydrated

  6. Image for Betsy Betsy

    Thanks for the great postings! I just had to tell you about my Walmart jean experience. I have a difficult time buying jeans, it's my body not the jeans. I took a chance and ordered a pair of the straight leg jeans you suggested. Lo and behold they fit and are the perfect length ! I had them shipped but the crazy thing was that they were on my porch 2 hours after I finished ordering. I must have hit the timing just right. What a great find on your part !!!

  7. Image for June June

    Great post as always! Twins… apartments… oh my how they are growing up so fast. Who knows maybe you will have a double wedding someday. My mom said to me long ago that was not uncommon. Tell Westleigh congrats on her success so far. You can tell that little apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Like mother like daughter❤️. You have certainly mentored some amazing work ethic and skills to your kids.

  8. Image for Marlene Marlene

    That was entertainment at its best, thanks. Those girls of yours are so like their mom. It's supposed to be really hot here this coming week, I may have to get a swimming pool to sit in,lol!!!

  9. Image for Lauren SCHMIDT Lauren SCHMIDT

    Our home is yellow. Last year I painted the black front door a light purple and named our house "Heartsease Cottage". I have hanging baskets of pansies on the front porch and along our picket fence. I love my new moniker.

  10. Image for Anna Anna

    So many good links to dive into! Congratulations to Westleigh! Also , I can’t wait to check out the jeans and rug . Wishing you a fabulous week!

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