Random thoughts on the last day of September Saturday morning:

1. Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. The boys took their dad out to play golf and we had a family dinner and we are going to see the Manhattan Transfer in concert to celebrate. He loves anything acapella and they are amazing.

2. I’m speaking at a conference in Waco to promote the book so I’ll get to see the twins. They are coming to listen to my talk and just between us?

They are my favorite audience ever.

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

4. I have a make-up tip for all of us. I was watching Jenna Lyons from The Real Housewives of New York on Instagram and she applied cream blush on her cheeks with a blush stick.

And then?

She used a big powder brush to brush it out. It looks so natural and beautiful when you brush cream blush out like that.

5. I found the CUTEST faux pumpkin candles that I’m posting about next week. I’m sharing a fun mantel you can create in 10 minutes.

Stay tuned.

And now?

Here are all my favorite finds from this week.


This wire pumpkin came from Dollar Tree.

Here’s one way to decorate with it. In amazing news? There are five more ideas.

See them all here.

Did you know you can spray paint leaves?

Such a fun idea.

See the DIY here.

This is the cutest before and after project.

The shed is now a chicken coop with the cutest chickens.

See the entire project here.

Fall is the time to slow down a little.

The season for slow living.

You can see all the tips here.


And in random news:

Hallmark movie 2023 schedule

This yummy-looking apple tart

2023 kitchen trends

This beautiful garden

This pumpkin DIY

These yummy fall vegetable recipes

This beautiful cozy cabin

These stuffed peppers

This beautiful fall tablescape

This pretty home with blue accents

This free downloadable pumpkin calendar for October

And look at this

Magnolia just shared their fall displays which are all about blue and white

One more for the road

This mercury glass pumpkin is a fun DIY.

You can see the project here.

My favorite outfit of the week

This tan knit dress that’s on sale for under $12.

You can see the outfit here.

I know it’s early for Christmas. I get it. I just wanted to share in case you like to plan ahead like me. 🙂

You can see all the Christmas finds here.

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  1. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    Cute dress, you look so classy. Great reads. Happy Birthday to the hubby and good luck woth ypu book promotion. You will be great. Happy Saturday.

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Sorry about that! All fixed now! Here's the right link: https://farmhouseliving.com/blog/shed-transformed-into-dreamy-chicken-coop-diy/ Happy day! KariAnne

  2. Image for Ginger Hall Ginger Hall

    Good morning Karianne, I hope you two enjoy the concert! I, too, also love Manhattan Transfer - started following them in college way, WAY back in the mid 70's. Give your husband my wishes for a wonderful birthday, even if it is a day late. Have a fabulous time, Ginger

  3. Image for AnnTN AnnTN

    Y'all need to see Pentatonix, if you haven't already and since the hubs likes a capella. The front members, Mitch, Kirstie and Scott are Texas natives from Arlington.

  4. Image for Katy Katy

    Great post with lots of good shares! Happy Birthday to the handsome husband! So glad you get to see the twins. Had not seen Magnolia’s pretty displays! Wow! I can’t get the cozy cabin link to work. Can you help? Many thanks and have a terrific football weekend! Katy

  5. Image for Katy Katy

    KariAnne, You are a dear! So quick and so appreciated! Thanks for the assist as we are soon moving to a story and a half cabin in East Texas! Looking for inspiration in the coming days! As ever, you’re the best! Katy

  6. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Awesome thistles, KA! I loved that home with a bit of blue and white - what a classy home. Your outfit is adorable and looks way way WAY more pricey than it is.

  7. Image for Marlene Marlene

    Your husband has such good taste, I love that group too. Hope you have fun seeing your daughters. Thanks and have a blessed weekend.

  8. Image for Anna Price Anna Price

    Happy birthday to your husband! I love the wire frame pumpkin! Also appreciate your post on how to decorate for fall with items you already have. Happy weekend!!

  9. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Thanks for the makeup tip! Happy birthday to your Husband, so glad you get to have the girls at your talk, you'll crush it. Enjoy the concert.

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