Random thoughts on a back-to-real-life Saturday morning:

1. We are heading home from the cruise. It’s been the vacation of a LIFETIME. I’m doing a complete round-up of all my best tips and my outfits and what I think you should visit and a tour of the boat and (at this point I feel like I need two posts—LOL).

Stay tuned for cruise overload.

2. We are starting to plan out the flower beds for spring planting. I’m so excited. We are adding new curved beds around the fence in the backyard. The birdhouse will be so happy.

3. Are you watching the Super Bowl? Cheering for one particular team? Since the Cowboys aren’t in the game, I’m here for the commercials and the half-time show.

4. If you are a blogger or creator and you want to increase your affiliate income? Did you know I wrote an e-book on affiliates and how they work and how you can increase your income?

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

5.  I was so sad that football is almost over and then I realized that basketball is just around the corner. I love March Madness. Who are you rooting for?

And now?

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

Look at these beautiful Valentine’s Day Rice Crispy treats.

And they are so easy to make.

See the recipe and the how-to here.

The sweetest Valentine gift idea for someone special.

Fill a cup with flowers and a cup with coffee.

See the how-to here.

Did you know wood is making a comeback?

Cheers for reviving old wood.

Here are tips on how to clean it and refresh it.

Looking for simple creative gifts under $5 you can make for Valentine’s Day?

And they are easy, too.

See all 12 ideas here.


And in random news:

These flower arranging rooms are next level

These cute Valentine’s printables

This sourdough bread recipe

Chocolate-covered potato chips, yes, please

These organizations pick up your donations for free

This house tour (the office is my favorite)

How to create an arched doorway

Why having a hobby is good for you

DIY dimensional botanical art

99 ways to creatively recharge

Habits of exceptionally happy people

These painted cookies

This tiny treehouse retreat

And this

This home tour is one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen.

And one more for the road

This spring wreath with eucalyptus and flowers is so easy to make.

See the DIY here


And if you don’t want to DIY a wreath?

Here’s the prettiest tulip wreath straight off my back door.

You can see it here.

I also found TONS of other tulip wreaths here that will add a little spring to your front door.

Happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for L3 L3

    Super Bowl - 49ers all the way!! That's my hometown! March Madness - That goes to the hubs alma mater.....Duke! Loved the links about how hobbies are good for you and the habits of happy people. I, too, am planning my garden while the weather at 7000' in the Rockies is decidedly not garden friendly - a foot of snow is expected. Then I'll do the next row on my temperature blanket. All the while I'll be humming my 80's playlist. Have a great day Kari, and thanks for starting my day off with a smile!

  2. Image for Diana Diana

    I can't wait to see picture's and hear some stories. I have been thinking about the garden and planning new plants this week, can't wait.

  3. Image for Carol Carol

    I can’t wait to hear all the details and what you wore. We have been thinking of going on a cruise. Happy return to your beautiful home

  4. Image for Kris Kris

    Welcome home. I'm sure you are bubbling over with things to share. :) However, you should have been relaxing, not working on Thistlekeeping while you were gone .... but I so enjoy reading it every week. I'm enjoying seeing wood make a comeback (I like a mixture of wood and painted surfaces) and the refreshing of the dresser had great information. I may make a flower cone for myself. So pretty. Lots of eye candy again today.

  5. Image for Leslie Leslie

    I'm in St. Louis and we don't have a football team so I happily root for the Chiefs. They are a class act (witness game against Ravens).

  6. Image for Marlene Marlene

    These Thistlekeeping Posts are the best, especially on a dismal rainy day. It's fun and a joy to read, thanks and waiting to hear about your cruise.

  7. Image for Cindy Vojanec Cindy Vojanec

    I ordered your blue and white rug for my bedroom and I LOVE IT!!!! Really nice quality and feels soft underfoot! Thanks for referring!

  8. Image for Kate @ Centsational Style Kate @ Centsational Style

    Glad you enjoyed your cruise! Thanks so much for the shoutout on my dimensional art I still have them and love them on my bookshelves! Xo Kate

  9. Image for Lee Stearns Lee Stearns

    KariAnne- I’m on a cruise now for 12 days! My 31st cruise- but I’d LOVE to know all your tips/tricks for packing/cabin storage etc. I’m sure you have many now that you’ve cruised several times! What to take/what to leave home next time! I know you had a great time and made so many new friends! Happy spring now! And Go Chiefs! But I’m a basketball fan! Hubby played college ball/coached and I was a cheerleader! 🏀⛹️‍♀️⛹️‍♂️⛹️

  10. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Oh my word - that last house tour - it's freaking perfect. I absolutely loved it. And that tree house? Yes, please!!! Great thistles this week, KA! That house tour - I really need to win the lottery, dang it. LOL.

  11. Image for Ann Ann

    I'll admit that I'm not a computer whiz. That being said, I couldn't see so much of the content due to the overpowering ads. I couldn't even see the house because of a HUGE ad for Architecural Digest. Someone please help a senior citizen out. What do I do?

  12. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

    Ann, I’m so sorry! I can’t help with other sites like the links you mentioned—but I’ve taken all the ads off the center of the blog. There’s a video ad at the top and a video ad at the bottom! If you just click the X at the top left corner of each ad you can read the post relatively ad free! Hope this helps! happy day, karianne

  13. Image for Debbie Debbie

    So glad your cruise was fun! I am with ya the commercials and halftime show since my Eagles are out :( also the puppy bowl is cute although I keep missing it. Lol I love that your husband did karaoke for you that's the best, so romantic Can't wait to hear about the great time you two had!!!!

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