Random thoughts on a fall break Saturday morning:

1. Whew. We made it through Friday the 13th. Does anyone else get a little freaked out at that?

Or is it just me?

2. The twins are home right now for fall break. We stayed up almost all night watching our favorite shows and having amazing conversations and laughing and giggling and sharing all the things.

I never wanted the night to end.

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

4. If you are looking for a fall scent? I found the best candle at Walmart. It’s called Farm Apple Pumpkin. I bought it at my local store and fell in LOVE with it and when I went back to get more? It was sold out (apparently everyone else loved it, too).

You can find it at your local store or you could order it online here.

5. I need your help. I’m planning a series for the first of November where I try and give you all the solutions to the Christmas decorating dilemmas—like how to hang garland and how to help greenery last longer and how add bows to a Christmas tree. But I want to be as helpful as possible, so I want to know your biggest challenge when it comes to Christmas decorating.

Can you add the one thing I could help you solve with Christmas decorating?

And now?

Let’s see all the inspiration I found for us this week.

This simple autumn table.

It’s so cozy and the perfect place to celebrate.

You can see the table details here.

Here are 12 tips to be the perfect Thanksgiving guest.

I’ve never really looked at it from this perspective, but it’s so interesting.

You can see all the tips here.

These soft pumpkin cookies with brown butter icing.

Don’t these look amazing?

You can see the recipe here.

I thought this was the cleverest idea.

If you have a recliner did you know you can make a slipcover for it?

See the how-to here.


And in random news this week:

How to style branches for fall

This easy simple DIY

These stuffed mushrooms

This showhome (it’s a video)

The proper way to set the table

This fall front porch

How to stop procrastinating

These cozy fall decor ideas

The sweetest cottage

DIY pressed fern art

Where to put a floor lamp


One more for the road

These paper leaves.

Such an easy way to make a hutch cuter.

See the how to here.

Here’s a little sneak peek of what I already ordered for Christmas.

All of this is from the My Texas Home line at Walmart (she has the CUTEST stuff) and yes—those are wood jingle bells.

I linked everything here:

Happy Random Saturday To You

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  1. Image for Susan O Susan O

    RE: Where to put a floor lamp- PLEASE, NO!! Never run any kind of electrical cord under a rug, carpet, mat, etc. Over time the cord will fray under any floor covering and create a risk of fire and electric shock.

  2. Image for Cheri Cheri

    Elderly parent in home, decor needs to be at minimum, have had to take up rugs, and other items fir safety. We had to get rid of my big Christmas tree last year. Thinking small tree display on entry table?

  3. Image for Betsy Betsy

    Karianne, I would like hints on less is more Christmas decorating. Also some shopping links to some new decorations because I’ve used the same garland, wreath and table decorations for years and they are worn out.

  4. Image for Gay Clark Gay Clark

    Kari, I always struggle with my Christmas tree topper. I love the look of picks and such sticking out of the top but it never looks as good as what I see online. Plus it’s hard to know what’s “enough” and what’s too much. A variety of ideas would be so helpful. Some years I want to go back to a traditional star or Angel atop my tree, so ideas on those would also be great. Thanks. Love your blog!

    1. Image for AnnTN AnnTN

      I'm not KA, but I had a big tree topper bow made for my tree. I've been using big bows, as my tree topper, for many years.

  5. Image for kim kim

    Christmas how to needs --- how to troubleshoot Christmas lights that aren't working -- how to find the bulb or bulb that needs to be replaced, that sort of thing.

  6. Image for Carrie Carrie

    Good morning! Happy Saturday from soggy Western PA! Having a great time with the twins -priceless! I love the idea of a “less is more” style to Christmas decorating, too!!!

  7. Image for Melba Melba

    I have a huge challenge for Christmas! My bunny! LOL! I want a big Xmas tree, but I know she will think it is a big bowl of food when she sees all the green. What to do?!

  8. Image for Debby Debby

    One of my biggest challenges is the table. I decorate it with quilt, tray, candles, greens… heavily. It always looks beautiful, BUT THEN WE NEED TO EAT!!!!! How do you create something that can still handle serving big holiday meals without removing all the decorations that you’ve labored over??

  9. Image for Lori H Lori H

    Did I miss the link for how to be a perfect Thanksgiving guest? Storage is an issue for us and so is the empty nester thing so we have to keep it simple for the holidays. We use mainly greens, faux candles, twinkle lights but we do our porch up well for our passer bys..

  10. Image for Debbie Debbie

    You are sooo funny, got yours off the dining room floor 🤣. I love seeing pictures of Buddy we love Goldens too ❤️. Your wreath is as petty as the garland you are full of great ideals, I too would like to be a mouse in your house.

  11. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    I need help with decorating for Christmas with less! I’m getting older and just don’t want to bother. But family will still be here…so need to spruce things up without dragging everything out. You might get there one day…lol! ;)

    1. Image for Sue Osborne Sue Osborne

      I'm in the same place as you, Donnamae. I've decided to just have a few, simple little Santa's, a China deer sleigh with pine twigs, etc, along the hutch and bookcases. There is no sense in making my home over, at not just the $ part, but all the energy I'd have to expend. Our adult children don't want us to do all that, anymore, anyway, thank goodness. Plus, there are plenty of lights and brights all around to impress the little ones.

  12. Image for Pinky Pinky

    The Thanksgiving guest link isn't working. And now that after 40 plus years of having Thanksgiving we are now our daughters guests, I would like to see the tips!

    1. Image for Sue Osborne Sue Osborne

      Haha, I couldn't see the tips either. But, my own tips are to be positive, compliment everyone and everything and if you have actual food allergies or other reasons for not eating certain foods (IBS, religious, just don't like) skip them, load up a bit on something else and use that as your excuse for skipping the others. My best Christmas ever was last year at my youngest son and new DIL. Make your own sandwich, some salad options, a bowl of fresh fruit, and then w all sat down and talked for hours. They have been doing "alcohol free" for two years, too. Just a wonderful night in their first, small home.

  13. Image for Carrie Carrie

    How to put a garland in your christmas tree…not sure when to do it and how. Thanks so much for asking our input!!!

  14. Image for Marilyn Marilyn

    Cord safet is important, both for tripping dangers and fire safety measures. Amazon has many choices to deal with these, some much better than others. They’ll help a lot, but choose wisely for your safety.

    1. Image for Susan E Osborne Susan E Osborne

      Hi, Marilyn, yes, I know there are cord covers, but those are mainly for disguising cords on walls, along floor boards, behind the tv. None of them are for putting on a floor, under a carpet or where someone might step on them, or furniture might weigh on them. And a whole lot of Amazon stuff comes from China and other countries that don't have our US standards. Look for UL approved, and even then , double check. We just can't trust our safety to internet sales companies.

  15. Image for Marilyn Marilyn

    Cord safety is important, both for tripping dangers and fire safety measures. Amazon has many choices to deal with these, some much better than others. They’ll help a lot, but choose wisely for your safety.

  16. Image for S. Marie S. Marie

    Someone already mentioned this so I will second it! Help with what to do with Christmas ornaments that you are not going to put on the tree. How to display them, especially the sentimental ones. So many I know have gone to smaller trees(multibles of smaller, sometimes) and I have been seeing trees with JUST the little tiny lights, ornament free...

  17. Image for Linda Johnston Linda Johnston

    Good morning! Amy's home this weekend. Between hanging out with friends we have had some great catch up conversations. Treasured times. No suggestions for Christmas but look forward to the posts.

  18. Image for Kristen L Rettig Kristen L Rettig

    Every year I try to muster the courage to decorate for Christmas with the less is more ethos. In recent years I decluttered all my holiday for every season and I'm very happy with what I have left, but still, don't want to put every piece out every year. How do you balance getting occasional new fun items and still put out beloved family treasures without making it look overdone?

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