From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch sweet friends. We appreciate you being here and making us a part of your day.

This week has been an interesting one, to say the least. I promised myself the night of Labor Day I would hit the ground running in order to capitalize on the final month of this quarter.

But fate had other plans because my sweet rescue Piper started throwing up about 2 minutes after she woke up Tuesday morning and bless her heart she has been sick all week.

Pale Pink Hydrangea for a Fall Inspired Coffee Table Vignette-The Crowned Goat

In a moment of aggravation that was in no way directed at Piper, I said, “Ughhhh I just want to have ONE normal day.”

Sensing my frustration, my bestie S put on the kettle and plated up my favorite shortbread cookies.

Minutes later she was standing in my office, “There is no such thing as a normal day, so stop wishing for one. Each day is supposed to be different,” she said.

“Besides, the day is only as good or as bad as the value you assign to it. Eat up and regroup, then find the little wins. It will all work out.”

Needless to say, I spent the rest of the week mining for gems and little wins. It wasn’t easy but everything did work out in the end. 

Decorating a Coffee Table for Fall-The Crowned Goat

It’s really easy to get stuck in the, “Here we go again” mindset, isn’t it?

Especially, when our days are constantly interrupted.

Maybe you feel like you’re putting out little fires all day instead of getting things done.

For me, it was a sick pup, a technical issue, a laptop that required extra support, thunderstorms that threatened and canceled fall photo shoots, and unexpected doctor visits.

For you, it might be a flat tire, a bill you forgot to pay, a call from your child’s school, a grumpy spouse, or a miscommunication that requires extra cleanup.

Rest assured even during those frustrating moments, small changes do add up and make a difference. So, breathe it out and simply start again as many times as you need.

You’re doing a much better job than you give yourself credit for.

Simple Fall Coffee Table Decorating Ideas-The Crowned Goat

A Few of Our Favorite Things from Around the Web This Week…

There are so many beautiful spaces in this home tour. The pantry and craft room alone will have you swooning.

Bria Hammel is working her magic again, and I’m in love.

I can’t get over this bathroom makeover.  It’s gorgeous.

Speaking of makeovers, have you seen this dresser yet? It totally blew my mind!

What about these DIY Marble Shelves?

The Fly Fishing Lodge that will have you ready to head out west.

This is such a warm and inviting fall tablescape.

How beautiful are these fall-inspired container gardens? 

This new collection is calling my name!

Stop Saying Yes When You Want to Say No

How to Use the Five Love Languages to Improve All Your Relationships
(There’s a chart at the beginning of this post that is really, really helpful)

6 Healthy Foods That Boost Metabolism

10 Timeless Items French Women Have in Their Wardrobes 

15 Ways to Hydrate Your Skin 

Words to Live By…

Whitney English Quotes-The Crowned Goat

Third Quarter Books of the Month and Devotional…

(Amazon affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Any sales made through such links will support us with a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read our full disclosure policy here)


On the Menu this Week…

My Recipe for School Lunches (in case you need some new ideas already)

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

Pumpkin Crunch Cake 

Green, Rust, and Neutral Inspired Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…

(Amazon and Target affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. As an Amazon and Impact Media Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Any sales made through such links will support us with a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read our full disclosure policy here)

Green Rust and Neutral Finds on Amazon and Target

Gourd Pumpkin * Pullover * Pampas GrassAnimal Print Napkins

CardiganBlock Print PillowPolo SweaterScissors

Framed PrintV-Neck Lightweight SweaterRust PumpkinStriped Shirt

Epilator * MugPrinted DressAccent Table 

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

Fall Inspired Entry Ideas

Fall Inspired Entry Ideas with Roses and Pumpkins-The Crowned Goat

5 Steps to Creating an Easy Fall Mantel

Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas with Aged Leaf Wreath, Roses and Hydrageas-The Crowned Goat

How to Make a Fall Inspired Kraft Paper Sign

How to Make a Fall Inspired Kraft Paper Sign-The Crowned Goat

Our Most Pinned Fall Front Porch Tour

Fall Front Porch Tour with Orange, White and Yellow Mums-The Crowned Goat

September Bucket List…

  • Celebrate September Birthdays and Special Occasion Events
  • Celebrate Labor Day with Shrimp Rolls
  • Fly the Flag for Patriot’s Day
  • Pick Apples While at the Cabin
  • Grab a PSL at Starbucks
  • Create a Fall Bucket List
  • Decorate the House for Fall
  • Decorate the Porch for Fall
  • Make a Courageous Choice Daily (even if it’s a micro one)
  • Read the Book of the Month
  • Keep Sundays Sacred

September Simplified and Organized Home Challenge…

Focus of the Month: Fall Planning and Seasonal Activities

  • 09/03 Create Fall Bucket List
  • 09/10 Transition Seasonal Items into Closets (coats, sweaters, ski gear, sports equipment)
  • 09/17 Order or Purchase New Planner or Calendar
  • 09/24 Review Family Holiday Calendar & Set Family Doctor Appointments

TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts

  • 09/17 National Clean Up Day
  • 09/17 Oktoberfest
  • 09/21 National Chai Day
  • 09/22 First Day of Fall
  • 09/22 American Business Women’s Day
  • 09/22 National Ice Cream Cone Day
  • 09/23 Native American Day
  • 09/23 National Pot Pie Day
  • 09/25 National Daughters Day 
  • 09/25 Rosh Hashanah
  • 09/26 National Pancake Day
  • 09/26 Love Note Day
  • 09/29 National Coffee and National Starbucks Day

As always, we appreciate you more than you could ever know, and we hope your weekend is peace-filled and relaxing. 

That said, we’re headed up to the family cabin to do a wellness check and to celebrate a milestone birthday so our posts will be interrupted just a bit.

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

Many blessings,

Similar Posts


  1. Coco,
    What a wonderful week of inspiration. Your mantel is so beautiful. I’m loving your soft pinks for Fall. So unique and stunning.

    1. Thank you, Rachel! It’s been fun to get creative with pinks and browns and creamy whites for Fall. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of those colors. Hope you’ve had the best week. Piper has been sick so I’m behind but I’m heading over to your blog now to catch up. Big hugs and happy weekend, CoCo

  2. Another great post from the Front Porch. Thank you for all the reminders – particularly the breathe in and out. One thing that I look forward to with fall, is the ability to slow down a bit. Just a bit. . .

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet words, Anna, I really appreciate it. I find myself on a pretty frequent basis saying, “In with the good, out with the bad,” the minute I feel frustrated. Hope you get a much-deserved break soon. Big hugs, CoCo

  3. Ah, I hope Piper is feeling better! I also hope you are getting some much needed self-care/love and enjoying your time at the cabin. Lovely, lovely post. Thank you.

    1. Thank you bunches, Kim! We’re giving Piper lots of TLC and extra snuggles this week as we catch up from being at the cabin. Hope your week is filled with all good things, CoCo

    1. Thanks so much, Heidi, I really appreciate it. I know the mantel can be a tricky space so I’m happy to pass along anything that can make the experience an easy one. Big hugs, CoCo

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *