Random thoughts on an October Monday morning:

1. Thistlekeeping is a day late. We went down to Waco this weekend to see the twins run the Baylor line and I forgot my computer. There were too many things not to share. So now?

Monday I am looking at you.

2. I have my own mini shopping show now on Amazon. This week was all about blue and white finds.

You can see it here.

(total aside: It’s an hour long, so when you watch it on replay—you can just click on the items on the bottom to speed it up).

3. Have you ever eaten the 10-vegetable soup at Panera? It’s SO GOOD and only 100 calories for the entire bowl.

4. It was a fun week on the blog. I figured out what do with the grapevine ribbon here and I made artwork for the wall for under $10 here.

5. I’m photographing the CUTEST fall outfits tomorrow to share on Tuesday including these tall riding boots for under $30.

6. Have you been following along with the Jeopardy champion? He’s amazing and he’s on a winning streak and he’s so sweet and humble.

And now?

Let’s see all the amazing stuff I found for us to start the week off right.


Yard sale season is in full swing around here.

Here are seven things to look for at yard sales and thrift stores for fall.

You can see the entire list here.

This autumn potting shed.

It’s everything that is right about fall.

Take the entire tour here.

This salted caramel apple Thanksgiving cake.

Yes, please.

Hop onto my November table.

See the recipe here.

My sweet friend Miss Mustard Seed’s new studio.

You can take the tour here.

She just sent me a copy of her newest book that launches this week.

It’s SO CUTE! You can see it here.


And in random news this week:

How to make perfect bacon

This pretty tablescape

This maple granola recipe

DIY entry makeover

The ceiling in this home tour

How to start a home project without any money

Pumpkin waffles and spiced butter

These pumpkin topiaries

This fringe table cloth DIY

These dried orange Thanksgiving place cards

How to create a cozy home

This pretty farmhouse tour

If you love October you will love this

And this

Now that I’ve lost all the weight this is on my bucket list

It looks like a slice of absolute joy.

Here’s one quick pic from this weekend.

This mama’s face.

Look at that joy.

And here’s one more for the road

How to decorate a hutch three (almost four) different ways for fall.

You can see them all here.

Happy Random Saturday to You

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  1. Image for Nancy Nancy

    Good Morning Happy Mom! A daughter’s visit is so special! I just want to say that in the photos above I particularly like the last one of the hutch with a bit of autumn color added with the plate etc.

  2. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    I had to look up "running the line at Baylor" and found a mind boggling video! It must be amazing to see in person. Sounds like such a fun weekend...and you and the twins look fantastic! Thanks for all the inspiring links!

  3. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Another amazing wrap-up! Love all the beautiful ideas. Do you have an Amazon list in addition to Amazon Live? Swear you look like the twins sister! So adorable with the smiles on your faces.


    KariAnne, thanks again for another great post! You work so hard to bring us all these posts and we appreciate you so much! What a beautiful picture of you with your twins! Just so cute! You all look so happy and I know your girls love seeing you! Glad you are able to get away to visit your precious girls!

  5. Image for Stephanie Brown Stephanie Brown

    Hugs from Kentucky sweet friend! I just loved this post! First of all you picture with the thistleflowers is just precious,, and my moma's heart knows how happy you were to see them. Giggled at your hoarse voice! So me during UK basketball and now football! Loving our Cats right now! Swam one more time believe it or not yesterday before pool closes.. close to 90! But cool front coming and finally getting ready to decorate for fall. I pray things are left.. and guess good news about late decorating (latest ever!) it will be cheaper. So I really needed some fall ideas to go along with my be like Karianne dried sounds so much better than dead haha hydrageas in vases. Always love your blue and white idea! Still want those 3 pots and oh my salad things pretty too! I still have mixed feelings on blue and white pumpkins though... Blessed to have my mother's blue willow but was impressed with your Corelle blue and white dishes. Trying to decide if I want to decorate with them or my wheat dishes or both! Have two tables! But my favorite thing was your hutch ideas! Needed desperately by me. I like your first one as I have many of those things. But the third one is different and can not turn down anything wheat! Our first crop in this house was white. Blessed to have a white house and church.. but trying to decide if any one would noticed glitter on the roofs! haha Love you keep sharing and so proud of and for you! Keep shining! PS You will be proud I did not read your post with a Diet Dr Pepper like I did years ago reading your first posts but a bottle of water! Tiny step but a step!

  6. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Kari you look so happy with your girls! So nice you get to see them so much I have to tell you I love your posts how you organize them your site is the best! Can wait to read/view everyone! And I live how happy you always are. And you look great!! Thank you for all your hard work!!

  7. Image for Melba Melba

    What a fun list! I always dream of how fun it would be to shop with you! Your photo with the twins is so precious! KariAnne, thank you so very much for sharing my cozy home post. It is truly appreciated!

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