From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from The Crowned Goat Cottage, you guys! I hope your week has been a good one. 

We’ve been hunkering down as Eta passes through so I’m keeping it short and sweet today. 

I just told my Mom I’ll be SO thankful when hurricane season is officially over and I know those of you on the Gulf Coast that have been hit especially hard will be grateful to have it behind you as well.

My plan for the weekend is to totally veg out, bake cookies, watch holiday movies, wrap presents, and finish decorating the house for Christmas so we can start to enjoy the season a little more.   

Before I go though, I just wanted to thank you all again for your support in finishing The Crowned Goat Cottage.

Your kind words and encouragement really helped to rally us through some hard times. I’ll always be grateful for your generosity and love!

It definitely feels like Christmas came a little early this year ?

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

The Next Best Thing (a peek at a Christmas home tour in the South)

If you’re looking for blue and white Christmas ideas, you’ll love these. 

This blue and white tablescape totally stopped me in my tracks.

A blue and white pattern that is so classy it can be used all year.

Speaking of pattern, wait until you see this bathroom makeover. 

Tons of European inspiration in this portfolio.

I love the mix of texture and pops of blue in this beautiful home tour.

This new to me designer has lots of lovely spaces to explore as well.

For those of you that prefer dark furniture over white, you’ll love this traditional home tour.

How beautiful are these winter lodges?

If you’re looking for a gift that can be personalized, this shop has some really pretty pieces. Love these beautiful studs too!

I have no place to wear them but if I did, these are super elegant.

6 Ways to Style a Turtleneck (that are totally doable) 

10 Podcasts to Help You Sleep 

A 30 Day Photo Challenge to Become An Even Better Photographer 

50 Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas You Can Easily DIY 

Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

Watching this Week…

I’ve never really known anything different than being in a military family because my Dad is a 6th generation soldier and served our entire lives.  

It’s so easy to get caught up in the politics of the day I think sometimes we forget the heart behind those that serve, which is why this video, Buzz Williams, Virginia Tech Basketball Team Honor Military Veterans had me all kinds of teary this week.

Self-Discovery Journey: Books We’re Reading…

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I’m really behind on our November book of the month, Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist but I’m planning to carve out a bit of time to catch up this weekend. 

If you’re reading along, how do you like it so far?



On the Menu this Week…

Week of November 15 – November 22

 Planning Ahead: Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

Nutella Brownies 

A Few Things We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…

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Small Ginger JarMagnolia PickNecklaceOrnament Set 

DeerPlaid Pillow CoversGinger Jar OrnamentsCandle 

TreeVestNavy RibbonBook  

Tea Towel SetWrapping PaperBootsGreen Velvet Ribbon 

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

5 Tips for an Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape & A Season of Thanks Blog Hop

DIY Hot Drinks Stencil 

Creating a Simple Holiday Spray 

The Crowned Goat Cottage Reveal

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 …

  • 11/07 – Christmas Card Contact List 
  • 11/14 –Thanksgiving Menu/Grocery Shopping 
  • 11/21 – Christmas Paper & Gift Wrap Supplies 
  • 11/28 – Christmas Shopping/Naughty or Nice List

Dates to Remember…

  • 11/14 Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop with County Road 407
  • 11/26 Thanksgiving (US)
  • 11/27 Black Friday (US)
  • 11/28 Shop Small Saturday (US)
  • 11/29 Advent Begins
  • 11/30 Cyber Monday(US)

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. Joan Mccormick says:

    Look forward to your Friday blog…you have done all the work and I just need to browse all the wonderful sites. Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much, Joan, I really appreciate it! These Friday posts are always a lot of fun to put together. Hope your weekend is a special one, CoCo

  2. Your plans for the weekend sound perfect! I hope you and yours stay safe during this latest hurricane! I’ll be sending our prayers for all! Can’t wait to check out all the inspiration you’ve gathered this week! Hugs, Christine

    1. Thank you, Christine! It feels like it’s been a wild few weeks so I’m beyond thankful for a little time to settle in. Even if it’s just for a few hours 🙂 Sending you hugs for a rest filled weekend, CoCo

  3. Love your Friday posts. I hope hurricane season ends for everyone. I can’t imagine.

    Hopefully you enjoy baking and some fun this weekend!


    1. Thank you bunches, Cindy! I’m so thankful my baby sister talked me into doing these Friday posts because they’re always fun to put together. I’m pretty low key and have almost zero tolerance for drama but I’m pretty sure we’ll be popping a bottle of champagne the minute hurricane season officially ends 🙂 Sending you hugs for the happiest weekend, CoCo

  4. Thanks so much for including my 30 day photo challenge in the links you mentioned above. You have such beautiful images! I may steal some of your ideas for the Thanksgiving table decorations because mine always falls flat. Thanks!

    1. I appreciate that so much, Courtney, thank you! I’m a subscriber so I learn tips and tricks from you all the time. They’re too good to keep all to myself. Your ideas always challenge me and make me want to practice more and even get better. I’m still on a Canon Rebel so I’m hoping Santa surprises me with a new camera this year 🙂 Hugs and thank you for the inspiration, CoCo

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