From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch. I hope your week has been richly blessed with unexpected surprises. 

My Mom was out here yesterday helping me work on the shed makeover and guest bedroom refresh. We still have a ways to go with everything but we made tons of progress and I’m heading into the weekend feeling beyond grateful for her help. 

On a side note, the littles talked my parents into having their annual Halloween party and I couldn’t be more excited about it. My Dad said he was dressing up as a blogger this year ?

I’m normally not a big Halloween person but it’s always fun to dress up, eat festive foods and watch how excited the littles get to carve pumpkins and play Halloween games.

My parents will probably keep it super simple with a soup buffet, yummy sandwiches, a Fall inspired salad, and of course plenty of sweet treats since everything is last minute.

I’m looking forward to seeing how it all comes together!

While it wasn’t involved enough for a full blog post, I wanted to share this quick and easy potions, brews, and spells book I made for the party. 

I basically just picked up a book from the thrift store, a set of letters from the craft store, and some faux spider webs to create it all. 

Honestly, it took less than 5 minutes to make so if you need a last-minute quick, and easy Halloween decoration this is it!

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

This cozy Finnish Log Cabin has me ready to embrace moody colors.

Lots of cute ideas in this post, Farmhouse Halloween Home Tour.

Love the festive way Michael from Inspired by Charm used paper fans on his Halloween Tablescape this year.

You can see how Jen from Tatertots and Jello used them on her black and white mantel here.

Scroll through this post to see how Jennifer from Town & Country Living dressed up her sink for Halloween. I’m totally doing this for the littles!

Fun Isn’t Cancelled – How to Safely Celebrate Halloween This Year 

10 Incredibly Easy Kids Costume Ideas 

Two companies making trick or treating and Halloween treats a little easier this year.

Speaking of easy, find How to Decorate a Store-Bought Cake for Halloween and Halloween Dessert Platter ideas here.

Part of what makes Halloween parties fun is all the festive food.  This candy corn veggie pizza is super cute and totally doable too.

These fingerprint ghost pumpkins are really cute and would be fun to do with the littles too.

I’ve literally seen these are everywhere this year and they are so festive!

31 Spooky Movies to Get You in the Mood for Halloween 

10 Things That Will Make You Happier at Home 

Self-Care Ideas Based on Your Enneagram (I’m a 3) 

These are so pretty for the holidays or any day, really.

Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

Watching This Week…

James Corden gives me the giggles all the time and his carpool karaoke series blows me away!

Recently, he was on Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan where he spoke about everything from raising kids to his struggles with weight to how he found success in late night and it’s such an endearing interview. 

Self-Discovery Journey: Books We’re Reading…

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I’m almost finished with our October book of the month, Welcome Home: A Cozy Minimalist Guide to Decorating and Hosting All Year Round, and it definitely has me rethinking how to approach our holiday and winter décor!

Here’s a list of the books we’ll be reading for the rest of the year in case you want to go ahead and pick them up too…

If you’ve missed any of our other books, you can find them here…

On the Menu this Week…

Week of October 25 – November 01

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

43 Halloween Dessert and Treat Ideas

A Few Not So Spooky Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…

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Leopard Print DressSunglassesCandlesBlanket 

PitcherTulle SkirtStudio McGee BookStorage Bins 

Necklace and Earring SetFloor CushionPulloverPens 

RugBlending BrushesDoormatBlouse 

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

Last-Minute Halloween Tablescape Ideas 

How to Create a Spooky Curiosity Cabinet 

Simple DIY Halloween Decorations 

Painted Hutch Makeover in New Concrete

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

That’s all for now!

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!

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

Many blessings,


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  1. WOW! You are a busy lady, CoCo! How nice to have some help from your mom! You annual Halloween party sounds so fun! Glad the littles were able to talk your folks into doing it! I’m sure it will be just what you all need! Good luck with your projects! I can’t wait to see it all come together! Happy weekend! Hugs!

    1. I tell you, Christine, those littles seem to be able to talk my parents into doing all sorts of things ha ha. We still have a ton of work in the shed and inside to do but along and along we’re making it. I’m taking any sign of progress as a win at this point including the Halloween party 🙂 Hope your weekend is filled with unexpected gifts, CoCo

  2. Wonderful having help from your mom. I miss doing things with my mom. Losing her at 26 I feel cheated in my adult life. It was time where I was able to spoil her.

    Anyway, your book is cute. Happy your having your parents Halloween party.


    1. Wow, Cindy, 26 is way too young to lose your Mom, I’m so sorry you even had to go through it. I feel cheated for you too because I know how special you are and I know she must have been a special lady as well. This pandemic has not been easy by any means but it has presented all of us with the opportunity to show up for each other in ways I don’t think we would have taken the time to do otherwise. Sending you lots of hugs and thank yous for all your encouragement. It’s kept me going on some pretty wild days, CoCo

  3. That is so hilarious that your dad is going to dress up as a blogger! I hope you have so much fun with your family this weekend!!

    1. Oh my word, Heidi, I cannot even imagine what my Dad would even look like as a blogger. When I asked him what he thought bloggers wore he said, “fuzzy slippers, sweatsuits and probably carries around a big bags of skin care products” which made me almost spit out my drink. I might have to teach him the difference between bloggers and influencers before Halloween 🙂 Big hugs, CoCo

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