From the Front Porch

Today has me thinking about military families across the globe as we celebrate Veteran’s Day in the US. I can hardly believe my dad has been retired for a little over 2 years now. It seems like just yesterday he was trying to decide how he would spend his retirement. I’m excited to say he’s definitely found his groove traveling with my mom, making bunk beds for the grands and spending time on the golf course. He has the sock tan line to prove it and everything he he!

While our life as a military family was really tough at times, I’m always grateful for the life it gave us. A big thank you to all of our men, women and families that have bravely served over the years. We definitely honor you today.

Here are a few of my favorite things from around the web this week…. (Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure policy here)


Are you guys ready for Thanksgiving? It will be here in just two short weeks. I know! If you’re still looking for gorgeous holiday tablescape ideas be sure to check out this blog hop featuring Shades of Blue Interiors. So beautiful!

If you’re looking for mantel ideas that can be easily transitioned from one holiday to the next without a lot of fuss this contest from One Kings Lane had some beautiful entries. Channel Cabin Chic a la @osmonddesigns is my favorite.

If you’re stressed about not having your walls planked with shiplap yet, you may want to consider this idea. Bonus, it’s free!

If you need more help with your floors than your walls, can we just talk about how far decorative and vinyl tiles have come. This post from Apartment Therapy has me wishing for an outdoor option.

Curious about what to do with all of those Thanksgiving leftovers? Try this yummy recipe

Do you guys dress up for Thanksgiving dinner or keep it casual? This sweater is a really pretty one if you dress up. I would take that skirt in a heartbeat too!

If you’re keeping it casual, try this one.

You can’t go wrong with a camel colored pea coat…just saying.

If you plan on hitting the mall or big box stores on Black Friday, do yourself a favor and get a cross body bag so you can shop hands free or carry a latte. I’ve carried a bag similar to this one for years and never tire of the style.

My mom still makes us all wear matching holiday pajamas each year so as soon as I saw these I thought of her. I’m so excited even the dogs can join in now!

In case you missed anything on the blog this week, here’s a look at what we’ve been up to…

Thoughts on Preparing for Holiday Guests


Holiday Simmer Pot Recipe


DIY Hot Drink Stencil


Tips for Traveling with Pets


I spent most of last week and a good portion of this week putting up holiday decorations with my mom. Things are really starting to take shape and while I’m not ready to debut everything, I’ll share a few ideas with you that can easily be transitioned from Thanksgiving to Christmas including How to Add Greenery to Your Chandelier, Ornamental Kale + Ironstone = Easy Holiday Hostess Gift, 3 Elements for Simple Holiday Décor Idea, Clove Pierced Apples and back here on Friday for all of the fun things I found around the web.

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

Many blessings,


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    1. I can totally see you guys in these…somebody call Grandpa and make sure he’s ready :0 Hugs, CoCo

  1. I can’t get over that shiplap look for FREE!

    1. Bonnie, I know it! It’s a great look if you’re not ready to completely commit to the shiplap look yet or if you live in an area where farmhouse style is not the norm. Send me a picture if you decide to do this. Hugs, CoCo

  2. That fox sweater is right up my alley, thanks for finding me something to wear to Thanksgiving. I hate shopping.

    1. ha ha I know you hate shopping but I’m so glad you like this sweater. It’s fun, right? Hugs, CoCo

  3. I love reading this post every Friday. It’s like a sneak peek into what you love. Thanks for the great ideas, Sarah

    1. You’re sweet, Sarah, thank you! I know it’s hard when you have littles to peruse the web so I’m happy to share the fun things I’ve found each week. Hope you have the best day, CoCo

  4. I’ve been looking for a cross body bag FOREVER! This one will be perfect to take to outdoor events from music festivals to antique shows. Keep these ideas coming please!

    1. Glad you liked this one Brandy! I’ve been trying to find a way to strike a balance between home décor finds and practical fashion finds so I appreciate your feedback. Have a fun day, CoCo

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