From the Front Porch

Happy Sunday from the front porch.  Thanks so much for making us part of your day!

I started the week painting three pieces of furniture and helping my Mom decorate a few of the guest rooms at Bliss Barracks.  We ended the week at the Renninger’s Extravaganza in Mount Dora. 

While this week has been a lot of work, it’s also been so much fun. 

The morning we left for Renninger’s, it literally rained the entire drive down there.  In fact, it was so bad I kept checking the website to see if the event, which is an outdoor event, had been canceled for the day because the weather was that bad. 


Well, wouldn’t you know we got about 10 minutes from the Extravaganza and it stopped raining.  The fields were definitely wet and it was muggy at times but we only had to put on our rain pullovers and hoodies once!

Season Greetings Sign

On a side note, I do think It’s time I finally invest in a set of duck boots ?

As always, we found lots of goodies but had to leave even more fabulous things behind.  Here’s a look a few of our favorites…

Dried Flowers


Doe Bowls

Fireplace Mantel


And in a strange twist of “this is our life,” we stumbled upon a worn silver money clip holding what seemed like around $200 (possibly more, I didn’t count it, but it was thick) while we were at this stained-glass booth. 

Obviously, we turned the money into a Renninger’s staff member immediately. But I’ve never seen so much money on the ground before, ever.

Have you?

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

While I’ve always dreamed of a white farmhouse with black shutters and a walnut stained dutch door, the moody paint colors on the exterior of this home are perfection.  I think you’ll like the inside of the house just as much too!

Speaking of moody, wait until you see this kitchen.

 This pool house is so pretty, it makes me want to dig up my backyard!

Get ready to get lost in this portfolio for a while. 

I love a good before and after, and this bungalow home tour is no exception!

Kate Middleton Style in case you need some inspo for the holidays. 

Also, here’s a new to me beauty blogger that has a great drugstore makeup tutorial for women 40+  that seems totally doable.

34 Thanksgiving Appetizers Your Guests Will Devour 

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I love this cozy tablescape! 

There are definitely some great tips in this post, 8 Ways to Win Thanksgiving .

How to Use Body Language to Become More Confident  

 6 Ways to Gracefully Handle the Most Difficult People in Your Life 

And finally, if you’re in the middle of holiday decorating, check out this beautiful home tour!

 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 November 18 – November 24

Monday – Egg Roll in a Bowl 

Tuesday – Mexican Chicken Soup 

Wednesday – Thanksgiving Salad 

Thursday – Friendsgiving Casserole Recipe 

Friday – Keto Pizza Stuffed Portobello Mushroom with side salad

Saturday – 20 Minute Garlic and Herb Baked Cod  with side of steamed veggies

Sunday – Skillet Ravioli with Spinach 

***This will help you plan your Thanksgiving menu, 60 Thanksgiving Recipes That Are As Easy As Pie 

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Bars 

My sisters and I pick a different theme each year for gift giving.  This year the theme is “consumables” which should be fun and super easy too!

Here Are a Few Things on Our Wish From Amazon This Week That Would Make Great Stocking Stuffers Too…

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Body Scrubber 

Hair Ties  (available in multiple colors)

Makeup Removing Cloths (set of 4)

Retinol Cream 

Rosehip Oil 

Mask Application Brushes 

Skin Brightening Facial Scrub  (multiple formulas available)

Makeup Case  (multiple colors available)

Silk Sleep Mask  (multiple colors available)

Wet Brush  (multiple colors available and one of our all time favorite products)

Makeup Brush Set (multiple colors available)

Makeup Brush Cleaner 

Anti-Wrinkle Serum 

Hydro Boost Water Gel (one of our all time favorite products) 


Clay Mask 

Not pictured but still worth checking out…

Reusable Makeup Remover Pads 

Vitamin C Serum 

Anti-Frizz Drying Hair Drying Towels 

Makeup Brush Quick Cleaner 

Blending Tool 

Brush Perfecting Kit 

Micellular Water  (I use this nearly every day)

Biore Charcoal Face Cleanser 

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

Farmhouse Embroidery Hoop Gift Tag Ornaments 

Blue and White Guest Bedroom Refresh Reveal 

Creating a Simple Holiday Spray

Christmas on the Front Porch 

Say  Yes Advent Calendar   (one of our favorite diys to date)

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 46 Thanksgiving Menu and Grocery Shopping List and looking forward to completing Week 47 Christmas Paper and Gift Wrap Supplies.  

*** 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…

  • 11/17 – Poldark Series Finale (PBS)
  • 11/17 – Season 3 of The Crown drops on Netflix
  • 11/19 – Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog Hop
  • 11/23 – National Adoption Day
  • 11/28 – Thanksgiving in the US
  • 11/29 – Black Friday
  • 11/30 – Shop Small Saturday
  • 12/2 – Cyber Monday
  • 12/3 – Make a Gift Day
  • 12/4 – Cookie Day
  • 12/6 – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3 debuts on Amazon
  • 12/9 – Christmas Tree Blog Hop

Now is a great time to start stocking up on snacks, baking supplies, drinks, dry goods and paper goods for Thanksgiving. 

It’s also a good time to make sure you have your Thanksgiving outfit put together or that you have everything you need to pack your suitcase for traveling.

Don’t forget to confirm your pet travel plans or boarding plans are also in place for the holidays.  We always take special supplies with us in the car and to the cabin so Filbie is as comfortable as possible.

That’s all for now!

As always, we appreciate you so much and we hope your Sunday is peace filled and relaxing.  We’ll can’t wait to share even more with you this week!

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

Many blessings,


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  1. CoCo – another fabulous week! We may need to print out a few copies of 6 Ways to Gracefully Handle the Most Difficult People in Your Life, before Thanksgiving ?Renninger’s is such a treasure. We definitely need to make a date with you and attend! Much Love!

    1. Speak to my heart ladies! I read the article on ways to gracefully handle the most difficult people in your life like 6 times just so I would be ready ha ha. Sending you both lots of hugs and love for a happy Thanksgiving week, CoCo PS: You know you can sign me up for Renningers any day of the week 🙂

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