From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch! I hope your week has been a good one and you’re enjoying all the good things October has to offer.    

As you can imagine, it’s been a very quiet week here after losing Filbie.  I’m so thankful I worked ahead a bit because I feel like I’ve been on autopilot all week and I know my decisions have been foggy at best. 

We’ve spent most of the week telling stories about how much we miss him, Tally, and Jelly, ignoring the empty dog bowls and dog beds strategically placed around the house for him, planting flowers in the memory garden, crying at the most random things, and finding comfort in all of your sweet words of support, encouragement, and love. 

They meant more to us than you could ever know, and we appreciate each and every one of you so much.

We had a few other unexpected surprises this week too.  The mums on the front porch started blooming like crazy!

This guy stopped over on his way to the feeding grounds at the marsh.

The ospreys and hawks have been taking turns hanging out in the tree just off the sidewalk,

and Terabyte moved a few feet further from home. 

She is really tiny still (about the size of my palm) and Filbie used to follow her around the yard so it’s been fun to watch her “graduate” to new digs this week.  

Every day I’m thankful we chose to develop only an acre of our property so we could experience these gifts of nature. 

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

This company has such a stunning portfolio

Another gorgeous portfolio filled with tons of inspiration.

How you would like to wake up every morning with this view? 

I’ve never wanted to live closer to a golden field more, seriously so beautiful!

Revisiting a Charming Connecticut River House 

Kate Marker is such a genius and the Leo Cottage is proof why!

Super excited to follow along on this project. It looks amazing so far!

This DIY craft closet makeover is such a pretty one.

Speaking of makeovers, have you seen this before and after yet? 

With that said, super curious to hear what you think about this trend? 

10 Must-Follow Rules for Making a Small Space Beautiful 

Three super cute Fall printables 

This sweatshirt is perfect for Fall

And these pajamas are super cute too – those mugs, right?

Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

Watching This Week…

Beyond excited to watch Studio McGee’s new show on Netflix on October 16.  If you haven’t had the chance to watch the official trailer yet check it out here.

Also, how much fun does this holiday rom-com look?

Podcast of The Week…

I’m a huge fan of Christy Wright’s faith-based podcast and show.  Don’t Let This Steal Your Joy was exactly what I needed to hear this week. 

Self-Discovery Journey: Books We’re Reading…

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I’ve been learning a lot and savoring the easy to read chapters of our Book of the Month.  The way she approaches holiday decorating is kind of blowing my mind.  Let me know what you think if you’re reading along too!



On the Menu this Week…

Week of October 11 – October 17

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

Pumpkin Spice Pecan Pie Cups 

Stocking Stuffer Ideas We Spotted Online at Amazon This Week…

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Under Eye PatchesB-Complex Drops * BrushesMigraine Stick 

Brush CleanerMakeup Remover ClothsACV Gummies 

Color Removal SpongePillowcaseFoot MaskExfoliating Cleanser 

Hair TreatmentAnti-Wrinkle Face CreamAnti-Aging Eye Cream 

Foot CreamMascara  

WFH Uniform…

This year, I’ve made a concerted effort to try and automate as many small decisions as I possibly can after experiencing a longer than usual season of burnout.

After feeling unmotivated for an uncomfortable amount of time, I finally decided to stop working in yoga pants and get a work from home uniform to see if it would help. 

I can’t say that I feel 100% back to myself but it’s definitely made a huge difference to feel put together without a lot of effort each day.

For my work from home uniform, I bought this pack of tee shirts, (I’m wearing a large and they shrink a bit) these jeans that I loved way more than I thought I would (I’m wearing a 12), and these $9 loafers all from Walmart. 

These Walmart items are not affiliate links, I just wanted to share in case you need an inexpensive uni too. 

I wear earrings similar to these, this nail polish (Amazon links are affiliate links) and it doesn’t matter if I’m layering a blazer for a Zoom meeting,

grabbing a cardi for a quick dinner out, 

or running to the post office to drop off a package I always feel put together.

Truthfully, dipping my toe into a WFH uniform has made me want to create a capsule wardrobe that actually works for the body I have now (thanks – pandemic pounds and corona curves ?) instead of the body I dream of having “one day.”

What can I say, it’s the little things!

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

One Room Challenge Week 1 – The Crowned Goat Cottage Update

Elegant Fall Porch and World of Octobers Blog Hop

How to Personalize Pumpkins with Paint 

Brown and White Transferware Pumpkins 

The Art of Letting Go…

52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

Here’s a look at what we’ll be working on in the month of July as part of the 52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

  • 10/03 Pet Supplies
  • 10/10 Garage, Attic or Basement
  • 10/17 Holiday Plans (including travel plans)
  • 10/24 Seasonal Decorative Items-Christmas
  • 10/31 Winter Bucket List

Thank you again for all your love and prayers as we work through our grief.  As always, we appreciate you so much and we hope your weekend is peace-filled and relaxing.  We can’t wait to share even more with you next week!

Sending thoughts and prayers to everyone on the Gulf Coast! I know this hurricane season has been really tough on you. 

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

Many blessings,


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  1. You and that mum are both gorgeous! Love that photo! I’m totally feeling that ‘makeunder’ article and now I’m going to look at my decor so differently! Love the outfits (uniform) you picked out! I have those exact leopard shoes! I absolutely ADORE them! Can’t wait to check out the other articles on my coffee break! Have I told you how much I love these posts on Friday?! (I DO!)

    1. You’re so sweet, Christine, thank you! I was out on the porch with my camera and self-timer trying to capture how big the mums had gotten in just a few days. They’re really showing out now. The uniform has really helped cut down on decision fatigue in the mornings and I’ve totally decided models are rock stars because it’s way harder than it looks to “pose naturally” 🙂 So excited you love the shoes too and these Friday posts. They’re a lot of fun to put together. Big hugs for a happy week, CoCo PS – that make under post totally blew my mind and made me want to undecorate stat too

  2. I love the outfits you’ve put together, CoCo! Don’t worry about the weight. If you are comfortable in your clothes (you look thin in these photos, btw!) and are walking and working out, you’re fine. Like many of the books your email listed, we just need to give ourselves grace as we change and get older. I’m 58, almost 59. I’d love to be 135 pounds again (Like when I was 35 years old),but running with these knees and neck isn’t an option anymore (too many injuries) so I just walk more. ?
    I think most people have been in a funk this year. Next year will be better! ? Your mums are super beautiful and will pop nicely into the ground for you after fall! Happy gardening and enjoy your weekend!!!

    Oh, I featured your transferware pumpkins this week at SYS. ?? Just haven’t been back in the computer with work to stop by.

    Fall hugs,
    Barb ?

    1. You have no idea how much I needed to hear these words of encouragement, Barbara, thank you! It’s always amazing how easily the pounds go on yet how hard they are to get off. I’m definitely an emotional eater and goodness this year has been such a learning experience in why eating your feelings is a really bad idea 🙂 Thankfully the work from home uniform is super easy to put together and inexpensive too once the weight comes off again. I’m counting every healthy choice as a win 🙂 sending you big hugs and thank yous for your kind words and for featuring our brown and white transferware pumpkins too, CoCo

  3. CoCo, I am SO sorry to read about Filbie! I totally understand the pain you are feeling right now, having lost two beautiful dogs (mine were labradors) to cancer five years ago. Not having them around still brings tears to my eyes – they were the most loyal, wonderful, happy companions a girl could ask for. I know how losing a dog (or two, or three, in your case) leaves a hole in your life which is so hard to fill. I missed your post last week but having gone back to read it now, it’s left me with this wonderful feeling of nostalgia. Sending you hugs and hoping that you are left with some wonderful memories. PS: Your WFH uniform looks absolutely wonderful – I love the colour scheme!

    1. I appreciate your sweet and kind words so much, Katerina. We’ve tried to make the most of the week but it has definitely been a sad one. While we’re so thankful Filbie is no longer in pain we miss him terribly and our home just doesn’t feel the same without having him here. It’s really hard to convey the silence that takes over once they are no longer around. Sending you lots of hugs and sorry for your loss as well. Dogs hold such a special place in our hearts and fill our days with unconditional love. They’re such a gift! Hugs, CoCo

  4. Hi Coco,

    Again, I’m sorry about Filbie, I dread the day.

    The mum you’re holding is bigger than you. It’s gorgeous.

    Love your wardrobe choices. I dress similar to your choices. Just because I stay home, take care of our hone, dogs and blog doesn’t mean I don’t want have cut clothes on.

    Hang in there.


    1. Thank you, Cindy! I couldn’t believe how fast the mums were growing. They’re really blooming well and showing out now which makes watering and deadheading them everyday fun. I’m totally with you about wanting to feel put together each day. It makes such a huge difference in my attitude and how motivated I feel. Thanks for your sweet and kind words about Filbie. Every day gets a little better but we still miss him like crazy. Hugs, CoCo

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