Random thoughts on a Christmas decorating Monday in November:

1. I almost skipped Thistlekeeping this week, but I missed it too much. Do you know how much fun I have putting this post together?

2. And Y’ALLL!!! In super, super, super exciting news, I’ve been given a code (THISTLEWOOD30) for early access to the BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR over at  Colleen Rothschild Beauty.  I’ve shared a zillion times how much me, myself (and the wrinkles on my neck) adore the entire Colleen Rothschild skincare line. I’ve been using it for over a year now and it’s kind of changed my life—and for the next couple of days, IT’S 30% OFF—but you have to use my code to get the discount.

You can see my entire routine here (Extreme Recovery Cream I’m looking at you) here.

There’s even the SWEETEST limited edition 12-Day Beauty Advent Calendar that would make the perfect gift for someone special or even yourself. Make sure to use my code THISTLEWOOD30 to get the 30% off.

3. Have you seen the new hotel down in Waco that Chip and Joanna completely remodeled? There’s a new show about it called Fixer Upper: The Hotel Show. 

The hotel is called 1928 Hotel and we just booked a stay there.

I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. We celebrated “12 Days of Getting Ready For Christmas” including:

5. It’s Christmas movie-watching time. Drop your favorites in the comments. We love “Window Wonderland” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” and actually with Christmas in the title. 🙂

And now?

Let’s see all the inspiration I found for us this week (trust me—it’s a good one).

This is the loveliest post.

It’s full of simple, easy ways to celebrate the holidays in the kitchen.

You can see all the ideas here.

And have you ever seen an ornament that’s more for me?

These DIY milk glass hobnail ornaments.

You can see the entire how-to here.

Sometimes a DIY doesn’t work out like you think it’s going to.

Life is all about celebrating the journey.

See the entire DIY story here.

Thanksgiving dinner is just around the corner.

We’ve already ordered the turkey and I was looking for easy tips for the dinner.

These ideas are the BEST.


And in random news this week:

The prettiest DIY wreaths

This cheesy spinach artichoke bread

This house tour made me sigh with happiness

10 modern ways to make your bed

How to make others feel welcome at your table

So many different ways to prepare turkey

This vintage-inspired advent wreath is amazing

This filled me with so much hope

21 clever and unique stocking stuffers for under $5

The cutest DIY ornaments

This french country Christmas mantel

This pumpkin swirl cheesecake

Christmas tree trends for 2023

And this

It’s a blush and gold Christmas tree with a reindeer on top (I wish I would have thought of that)

And one more for the road

I’m sharing my Christmas tour this week, but in the meantime?

Here’s my Christmas tour from last year.

My favorite Christmas finds from the week.

You can shop them all on my Amazon store here.

Happy Random Monday To You

PS Edited to add. I’ve never really shared my skincare routine before—but I’ve been getting so many questions about what I use and the order that I use it in that I thought I’d just share a tiny bit here—especially since it’s all 30% off right now. I’ll keep it to the products—but let me know if you have any questions about specific things because it’s the perfect time to stock up.

Morning routine:

Night routine:

And then once or twice a week I use my new favorite pick me up this dual enzyme polish (use CODE THISTLEWOOD30).

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  1. Image for kim kim

    Could you post the link to your skin care routine? The link above goes to Colleen Rothschild. I'd like to read about what products you use and for what issues....Thanks.

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      I'm getting this question everywhere! I updated the end of the post with the routine I've been using for over a year! Happy day! KariAnne

  2. Image for Diane Diane

    Always enjoy the Thistlekeeping post as there is without fail something I can relate to. I did thoroughly read the How to Dry Limes link and it actually is an accounting of Miss Mustard Seed’s failed attempt to dry limes. Got a chuckle that she was so real about not every project turning out successfully. So, not exactly a DIY…didn’t know if you should let your readers know.

  3. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    OMG!! Love everything! I was just at Dollar Tree! Darn those milkglass ornaments are calling my name😀! Thank you for putting this together! Have a great day!❤️

  4. Image for Rizae Rizae

    Love the idea for milk glass ornaments as my daughter is a collector. Thank You for todays Thistlekeeping 🥰. Big Hugs,

  5. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    OMG So much information to take in. How does your mind keep from exploding. I have to get another cup of coffee and sit a spell. I guess the floors are not getting vacuumed today. 😉

  6. Image for Marlene Marlene

    You always make it such a fun read, thanks. I did look for it Fri.-Sat. and was not happy but know how busy you have been so thanks for thinking of us.

  7. Image for mary rose mary rose

    Kari Ann I was wanting to know where you found the large orbit that are in the white urns on your porch I have been looking for some this size how large are they ?

  8. Image for Kris Kris

    I don't think I can ever go back to tinsel on trees--it's funny to think that it's coming back in style. I remember putting it carefully away to use from year to year. Nope. Not for me. 😉 I love the advent wreath from Courtney's site! Super cute!

  9. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Love it all! Wow you were busy! Thanks! Great movie got to watch Hallmarks Haul out the Holly it was very good.

  10. Image for Anna Price Anna Price

    And OH MY GOSH - thank you for sharing my DIY Mushroom Ornaments. I was just going back exploring all the links in your post and saw you shared it. Thank you KariAnne!

  11. Image for CoCo CoCo

    I love Colleen Rothschild skincare products - they've completely changed my skin for the better. I just loaded up on some goodies this week because 30% off is rare and exciting! Thank you so much for sharing my blush and champagne Christmas tree. I really appreciate it. Hope your week has been filled with all good things, CoCo

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