Happy Friday friends! I’m keeping it short and sweet today as I’ve spent the majority of the week snuggled up with this cute little nugget who has been on one too many wild pup adventures.
It all started with a severe allergic reaction to an insect sting that had us rushing to the emergency vet and ended with her catching a poisonous frog in the yard and releasing it in one of our bathtubs as she was foaming at the mouth.
In between all that “excitement” was a scary nighttime broken harness episode, a sneak on the table to enjoy a homemade PSL, biting the stems off a few baby boos, chewing a pair of sandals, and exploring the contents of a bathroom garbage can that is supposed to have a dog-proof magnetic locking system.
Thankfully, with lots of meds and TLC Hyper Piper is going to be ok, but goodness gracious, I feel like I’ve aged at least a month in this one week. She was SO CLOSE to settling down 😂
On a side note and in all seriousness, I’ve never considered using a muzzle before on any of our dogs but it might be the best option when we have to walk her at night and the poisonous frogs are out.
My only hesitation and concern is that some snakes also hunt at night and if there is one nearby she won’t be able to defend herself or us which she has very loyally done once already.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this if you have any experience!
A Few of Our Favorite Posts from Around the Web this Week…
Grandeur & Grace, a historical homestead that got a new lease on life.
Speaking of grandeur, wait until you see the way this stunning home is landscaped.
There are lots of subtle blue and white touches in this Cedar Hills Georgian tour.
And even more in this Park Town, Oxford.
Still not over the views from this home tour.
This cabin tour is so cozy, I could literally move in tomorrow.
How to Create a Not Too Spooky Halloween Tablescape. Those brooms, right? So cool!
There are lots of cute Halloween ideas in this festive roundup.
If you still need some Halloween party menu ideas check out this post, Spooktacular Halloween Snacks, and Recipes
Completely obsessed with this beautiful leaf garland. It’s such a pretty way to transition to the Thanksgiving season.
Love this cozy Thanksgiving-inspired entry too.
This is such a pretty collaboration for the holidays!
Words to Live By…
You shared one of your goals was to drink water before you drink coffee every morning. Do you still do that and if so, has it helped?
I do and it definitely helps!
I was totally shocked when I realized I was consistently drinking 4-16 or 20 oz cups of coffee per day.
Generous mugs are one of my favorite little life luxuries, so it was no wonder I had sleep issues and found myself in an afternoon slump every day.
Now, I start the day off with at least a 20 oz tumbler of ice water (see below) each morning and drink that same amount between cups of coffee.
It’s been a game-changer because I don’t drink nearly as much coffee as I did before, and I feel a lot better too.
I recently had a baby and need to get some new clothes, but I don’t want to spend a lot because my body keeps changing. I live in a small town that basically only has a Walmart. Do you shop there?
Congratulations on your new baby!
I don’t have a lot of experience shopping there save for basic jeans (see below) and tees, but I can absolutely point you in the right direction.
Books of the Month…
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- October: Feels Like Home by Marian Parsons (If you haven’t seen her book launch day video yet, you can find it here) and On Purpose by Tanya Dalton (see below for more info)
- November: Cozy White Cottage Seasons: 100 Ways to Be Cozy All Year Long by Liz Marie Galvan
- December: Dream Big by Bob Goff
Get Unstuck Challenge…
To celebrate the launch of On Purpose (I’m on the book launch team and it’s such a good book), Tanya Dalton is hosting a 5 day Get Unstuck Challenge. It runs from October 22-26 and takes about 20 minutes each day.
I’m already signed up but I’d love it if you signed up too. You can check out all the Get Unstuck Challenge information here if you’re interested.
On the Menu this Week…
Week of October 17th – October 24th
- 10/17 Sunday: Pork Chops in Creamy Mushroom Sauce
- 10/18 Monday: Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad with eggrolls.
- 10/19 Tuesday: Gumbo-laya
- 10/20 Wednesday: Chicken and Waffles to celebrate National Chicken and Waffles Day
- 10/21 Thursday: Autumn Pear Salad
- 10/22 Friday: Easy Taco Soup
- 10/23 Saturday: Chicken Cutlets with Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce and steamed veggies
- 10/24 Sunday: Baked Ziti with Sausage
Sweet Treat to Try This Week…
A Few Fun Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…
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If You’ve Missed Anything from the Blog Recently or the Archives, Here’s a Peek At What We’ve Been Up To…
If you’re looking for last-minute, Halloween decor ideas from Amazon or Target, you can find them in this post.
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…
- 10/15 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.