From the Front Porch

Happy Sunday from the front porch.  Thanks so much for spending time with us today!  It’s been a great week here and we hope you’ve had a fantastic week as well. 

I spent most of the week working on a few upcoming projects and trying to get ahead before we start traveling again. 

We’ve been out of town for one thing or another every week since Labor Day. So, I’m beyond thankful to have spent the entire week and weekend at home. 

To celebrate I started moving furniture around, cleaning the house and doing an overall reset to prepare for the holidays.  I don’t know what it is about this time of year that makes me feel like Spring cleaning and organizing all the things.

Fall Planning & Organizing

Speaking of organizing and planning, have you picked out your 2020 calendar yet? I’ve been doing some research and I have it narrowed down to these three daily planners…

  • The Day Designer which I’ve used this year and loved because it’s so straightforward.
  • Plum Paper has an awesome planner that is seriously so customizable.  I don’t think I’ve seen a planner with so many different options. 
  • The Purposeful Planner looks like it would be a great daily planner option as well.  

Also, worth noting, the Cultivate What Matters team revamped PowerSheets collection for the year and included a calendar! I know! They really simplified the format and layout this year too which is I think is going to make PowerSheets much easier to use as well.

October might seem like a weird time to start thinking about planners and organizing.  Honestly though, go ahead and make a decision about a new calendar or planner now so you’ll be ready to go come January!

It’s also a great time to order any items you might need for house refresh. Especially, if you’re hosting guests for the holidays.  In addition, be thinking about cleaning services, catering/food orders and putting together your outfit for Thanksgiving too! 

A Few of Our Favorite Fall Inspired Posts from Around the Web this Week…

These Stunning Photos of Fall Foliage Remind us Why We Love Autumn 

It was so much fun to peek inside Chip and Joanna’s farmhouse.  I love before and after makeovers anyway but it’s great to see how much her style has changed over the years.  This home tour is the reason she is so relatable!

Speaking of which, this 5 year journey has been so cool to watch!

This gorgeous barn is giving me all the Fall feels!

50 of the Most Beautiful Pictures of Fall Across America 

A warm and cozy Fall home tour that will have you pinning for a while – seriously so gorgeous!

This cabin in the woods just screams cozy and I’m all for it.

If you love chippy farmhouse style, you’ll love this Fall home tour .

A lovely Fall mantel that could easily take you from October to November.

How to Make Your Own Moss Pumpkins 

Not to rush you through one season for the next but if you’re a planner (we are too), you’ll want to see this stunning Christmas collection launch.

10 Sneaky Ways to Look Younger 

Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

On the Menu this Week…

**(Just as a sweet reminder the person that makes the menu doesn’t eat beef or pork so keep that in mind when you see this feature each week, wink wink)**

Week of October 21 – October 28

Monday – Baked Halibut  with side of roasted asparagus

Tuesday – Slow Cooker Taco Spice Chili 

Wednesday – Fig and Kale Salad 

Thursday –  Skinny Crockpot Loaded Potato Soup 

Friday –  Portobello Mushroom and Red Pepper Pizza  with side salad

Saturday –  Maryland Crab Cakes with classic cole slaw and zesty sweet potato fries

Sunday – Slow Cooker Pesto Mozzarella Chicken Pasta with side salad.

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

*Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake (GF, V)

Here Are a Few Snuggle Inspired Finds We Spotted online at Target and Amazon This Week…

**(Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure policy here)

Makeup Organizer 


Present Over Perfect 

MicroCotton Spa Bath Sheet

Sleep Mask 

Velvet Tufted Stitch Quilt

Sour Cream Satchel 

Harvest Candle

Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Weighted Blanket

Canister Set 

Pet Hair Remover Broom 

Rectangular Storage Basket

If You’ve Missed Anything from the Archives or on The Blog Lately, Here’s a Peek at What We’ve Been Up To

Fast and Easy Halloween Treat Station

Simple to Create a Spooky Curiosity Cabinet

Personalize Pumpkins with Paint 

How to Make a Faux Milk Glass Cake Stand  

Simple Tips for a Fall Cider Bar 

52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

If you’re part of our 52 Weeks to a Simplified and Organized Home Challenge,  we’re completing Week 42 Holiday Travel Plans and looking forward to completing Week 43 Seasonal Decorative Items – Christmas.   

*** Keep in mind, if you’re new to this challenge or have gotten behind for whatever reason, simply pick up on the current week and start again.  You don’t have to be perfect, just don’t stay stuck! This challenge is all about making progress no matter how big or small. ***

TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember & Upcoming Posts…

  • October 22 – Subaru Make a Dog’s Day Event 
  • October 31 – Halloween 
  • November 3 – Daylight Savings Time Ends 

We’ve been updating a lot of different things behind the scenes and on the back end of the blog these past few weeks. It always seems to cause a few glitches but we’re working through them.  I’m hoping they’ll all be wrapped up soon! 

If you’ve been a friend of TCG for a while, you know our From the Front Porch series goes out every Sunday.  That said, on Sunday, October 27th we’ve been invited to partner with several other bloggers to bring you another post which we’re just as excited to share.  

From the Front Porch will resume on November 3. 

We hope your Sunday is peace filled and relaxing. We can’t wait to see you back here next week! 

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,

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  1. CoCo – such a great list of inspiration! We too know what it feels like to hardly ever be home. Buying a planner now is essential…the great ones that you suggested sellout so quickly! PS – we might need 30 sneaky ways to look younger ?Much love!

    1. I always love to see what kind of planner people buy each year but that’s probably the nerd coming out in me. Don’t worry, I need the 30 sneaky ways to look younger too. I swear Thanksgiving dinner always feels like eating with the paparazzi because everyone is taking photos and catching up 🙂 Love and hugs, CoCo

  2. The tiny pumpkins are to die for…I love them! And – I love your queens pen! 🙂

    1. ha ha that pin is SO me 🙂 I couldn’t be more excited to use it every day. You were sweet to bring it back for me. I noticed someone left the mini pumpkins on the table today so I will make sure they’re placed in a bag by the front door for you tomorrow. Hope you’re having a great week so far, hugs, CoCo

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