From the Front Porch

Happy Friday, sweet friends, I’m so glad you’re here. Welcome to October!

This week has been such a strange week – I don’t even know how to describe it.

To be perfectly honest, it felt like one of those whirlwind kind of weeks where you don’t know which would be most helpful…a long talk over venti pumpkin spice lattes or tacos, and margaritas.

I know I’ve said, “I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE THIS WEEK HAS GONE!” passionately out loud way too many times

But as with our Encouragement of the Month post, deep down, I know exactly where the time has gone.

It’s gone in long phone calls with my Mom and sisters taking care of estate business to make future decisions and family planning easier. It’s been spent on a fact-finding mission that caught us off guard, listening to opinions, tender moments of silence, defining boundaries and expectations, trying to get on the same page, forgiving decisions made years ago, and at the end of the day being truly grateful for the opportunity to change things now.

Yesterday I read a quote from Ashley Brooke that said, “You are currently living out at least one answered prayer.”

Let that sink in for a second.

There will be days we feel like we’re running from one problem to another completely weary from reactively putting out fires instead of proactively chasing our dreams.

Don’t let the messy days scare you though.

Those are the days where growth is most fertile.

They are rich in grace and offer an opportunity to listen to ourselves and each other in a fresh way. To lean into what we need most while at the same time celebrating just how far we’ve come.

Our progress will never be perfect but timing is everything.

Even when it comes to living out answered prayers.

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

Everything about this beautiful Alabama lake house is on point.

The Southern Living Idea House never disappoints, and this year’s tour is no exception!

This Minnesota Classic Cottage looks like the perfect place to snuggle up and enjoy the season.

And since I seem to be in a blue and white mood this week, don’t miss this gorgeous beach house by CeCe Barfield

How cute is this laundry room? That wallpaper, right?

Love this fresh take on a blue and white Fall tablescape.

15 Simple Ways to Decorate with White Pumpkins

Speaking of white pumpkins, how adorable are these baby boos?

This Fall flower arrangement is stunning!

French Style Fall Outfits that are totally doable and super cute too!

The perfect sweater for Halloween if you want to be festive, not spooky.

I finally found pink-ish heirloom pumpkins so I’m using this post from my friend Niky, How to Preserve Pumpkins to Make Them Last Longer, to help preserve them.

How to Maximize Your Creativity as An Introvert

Words to Live By…

Friday Q & A…

When I don’t have time to read a full blog post, I like to catch up on your IG posts. But it seems like you’ve been posting a lot less lately, what gives?

A few months ago, Instagram placed me in timeout for a few days and gave no reason at all for the move. I literally could not figure out what I had done to warrant timeout because my account is considered relatively small and I had not done a single thing differently that day than I had on any other day.

The whole experience really forced me to analyze how much time I was spending on IG each week trying to grow my account. I immediately questioned if it was even worth it to keep trying because it’s a lot of extra work for IG to be able to lock you out of your own account without warning and for no reason.

I know social media is important in the blogging industry though, so I’ve started posting 3xs a week and will work my way back up from there.

Thanks so much for finding other ways to connect, I definitely appreciate it and I hope this explanation helps!

I would love to write in my journal each day but I can’t seem to stay consistent with it. Any ideas?

My best suggestion is to place your journal and pen in a desk or empty drawer in the kitchen if possible.

As you’re making breakfast or dinner pull the journals out and place them on the counter. Then at the end of each meal, (but before putting the dishes away) grab your journal and follow the prompts in the morning at breakfast or at night following dinner.

Once you are finished writing, place your journal and pen back in the drawer and you’ll be ready for the following day.

The reason I suggest doing it this way is that most people eat at least one meal at home and if you attach a new habit (daily journaling) with a habit you already have established (eating breakfast or dinner at home) you’re more likely to stay consistent with it.

If you don’t eat your meals at home, you could also try the same idea with your morning coffee!

Books of the Month…

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  • October: Feels Like Home by Marian Parsons comes out on October 12th! You can find this week’s giveaway on Miss Mustard Seed’s blog here. The launch date for On Purpose by Tanya Dalton has been pushed back to October 26th due to shipping delays. She’s still giving away some fun freebies though so I’ll link as soon as they’re available! It’s been so much fun to be a part of these book launch teams!

On the Menu this Week…

Week of October 3rd – October 10th

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler

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

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Blue and Camel Fall Finds from Amazong and Target-The Crowned Goat

**Sweater Pullover * Blue and White Rug * **Leopard Print Flat * Pumpkin Serving Dish

Olive Stems * **Gingham Button-Down * **Pumpkin Pillow * Watch

**Tote * **Scarf * **Cape * Blue and White Platter

**Loveseat * **Mules * Footed Bowl * **Striped Sweater

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

DIY Dollar Tree Glass Glitter Pumpkins

Faux and Dollar Store Glass Glitter Pumpkins-The Crowned Goat

Simple Ways to Celebrate Fall Home Tour

Fall Home Tour-Fall Dining Room-The Crowned Goat

DIY Milk Glass Inspired Cake Stands

Tips and Tricks for Keeping Mums Alive

October Bucket List

  • Celebrate My Aunt’s Last Chemo Treatment
  • Decorate the House for Halloween
  • Carve a Pumpkin
  • Bake a Loaf of Pumpkin Bread
  • Try a New Seasonal Soup
  • Buy a Costume for Piper
  • Attend Halloween Party with the Pod
  • Watch a Movie Outside
  • Help Launch On Purpose and Feels Like Home
  • Buy a Cable Knit Sweater
  • Read the Book of the Month
  • Keep Sundays Sacred

October Simplified and Organized Home Challenge…

Focus of the Month: Fall Planning & Seasonal Activities

  • 10/02 Pet Cabinet and Supplies
  • 10/09 Garage, Attic or Basement
  • 10/16 Holiday Travel Plans
  • 10/23 Seasonal and Holiday Decorative Items
  • 10/30 Winter or Holiday Bucket List

TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts…

  • 10/03 National Techies Day
  • 10/04 National Taco Day
  • 10/05 Do Something Nice Day
  • 10/10 World Mental Health Day
  • 10/13 National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day
  • 10/15 National Mammography Day
  • 10/16 National Sweetest Day
  • 10/20 Chicken and Waffles Day
  • 10/22 National Make a Dog’s Day
  • 10/23 National Make a Difference Day
  • 10/26 National Pumpkin Day
  • 10/29 National Cat Day
  • 10/31 Halloween

As always, we appreciate you more than you could ever know, 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. CoCo,
    So many inspiring shares this week. I really hate you are experiencing problems with IG. I started to focus more on my blog about 1 1/2 years ago because we have no control over the other social media outlets. I hope they resolve it soon. Have a great weekend.

    1. Thank you, Rachel! Thankfully, it was only for a few days but it was enough to really make me think about how much time I was spending on IG and if it was a good investment of my time or not. I know it’s a necessary part of what we do though so it’s definitely something to stay on top of. The business of blogging feels like a moving target sometimes but the connections we get to make with each other is always worth it. Sending you hugs for a happy weekend, CoCo

  2. This week has been a bit of a challenge, I agree! But the weather has been so darn nice here lately, that every time I start feeling overwhelmed I just grab my sneakers and go for a walk in the sunshine. Have to grab my Vitamin D now because that ‘w’ word is coming soon enough! Thanks as always for the wonderful inspiration to end my week. P.S. I totally get the social media thing. UGH! I know it needs to be done but I get so tired of it all sometimes. Happy 1st day of October! Hugs!

    1. Oh my gosh, Christine, taking a break outside when things start to feel overwhelming is a huge help! We don’t have sidewalks on the island so walking around isn’t an option but I do treasure sitting on the porch swing and taking a break with a PSL outside. It’s still pretty warm here and the birds are going bananas. You would love it! Hope your weekend is more relaxing than the week has been. Rest is so important. Big hugs, CoCo PS: YES-YES-YES to everything you said about SM – it feels like the wild wild west out there sometimes!

  3. Hey, giant hugs from an internet stranger. And good for you for setting boundaries! Boundaries are tough but so important.

    1. Aww thanks, Corrie, that means a lot to me! Boundaries are SO hard at times but as you say, they are so important. Hope you’re having a great week so far, CoCo

  4. I have been rethinking how I have been spending my time lately and have cut back on social media. Instagram and Facebook often do inexplicable things. I am using the extra time to devote to my Etsy business which I let slide a bit recently while changing up my blog. Changes are good. They keep us fresh. xo Laura

    1. That is so true, Laura, change does keep us fresh! And good for you for taking the extra time to invest in yourself and your business. I’m super excited for you! I know social media is a really important component of our job because it’s all about engagement and connections. I just wish sometimes it wasn’t such a tricky place to navigate. Hope your week is off to a great start, CoCo

  5. Thank you for giving me so much to read and enjoy over my coffee. I am sorry that IG gave you trouble.

    1. Thanks, Paula! I’m really lucky it was for such a short period of time. I’ve heard of other people being in IG timeout for 14, 30, and even 90 days! It’s totally bananas but the silver lining is it gave me the chance to reassess how I’m spending my time which is always a good thing. Sending you lots of hugs and hoping your week is a happy one, CoCo

  6. A VERY full post…with thoughtful words. I really enjoyed it!!! Thank you.

    1. Thank you so much, Eileen! I always picture myself sitting with you guys at the coolest cafe talking about all the fun things inspiring us lately when I write these posts so that means a lot. Hope your week is off to a great start, CoCo

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