From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch sweet friends! It’s great to have you here today.

How excited are you that it’s officially Fall?


Just give me 15 minutes on the porch with a pumpkin spice latte or a cinnamon apple cider and I feel totally refreshed.

This week has been so much fun because we brought down all the Halloween decorations from the attic and I finally decided on my costume for the Spooky Soiree.

If you’re new here, every Halloween my parents throw a big party called the Spooky Soiree. It’s one of my favorite days of the entire year because my Mom hangs festive decorations and pulls out all the stops by covering the dining room table with lots of little nibbles. She serves a signature drink, everyone dresses up, we play games and dance and it’s always such a good time.

There are always prizes for game and costume winners but I was at Joanns recently and found these ribbons on sale so that will be a fun addition this year!

Truthfully, it took me a while to come up with an idea but after such a long recovery from COVID and Strep, I’m ready to celebrate all the things.

My Mom and sister were super sweet to indulge my royal theme last year. So, this year, I’m thinking 80s hair and makeup and lots of sparkles.

I’m still waiting for my dress and shoes to arrive. Fingers crossed they fit!

Whatever you have planned for the weekend I hope it’s something Fall-inspired and fun.

This weekend is our last official weekend “off” before our family’s 5-month “holiday hustle” begins so I plan to take full advantage of the time.

If you need some ideas, you can find our Fall Bucket List here filled with 40 fabulous ideas or if you prefer a Monthly Bucket List for Fall you can find that here.

On a side note, if you’re looking for a feel-good kind of cozy-up movie, we saw “Love at First Sight” on Netflix and it was really cute.

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

Beautiful Home and Garden Tours:

  • I love everything about this 1930s Penn Renovation from Whitney Parkinson Design. It feels so warm and inviting!
  • Speaking of warm and inviting, The Cedar House by Mindy Laven is gorgeous. Wait until you see the bathtub and the butler’s pantry.
  • This tour of Cressy Hall is like stepping back in time in the best possible way. There are so many details to love including the gardens.
  • Loved this style profile from The Glam Pad on Bria Hammel Interiors. It is filled with so much inspiration I’m ready for her to write a design book!
  • If you’re thinking about refreshing your bedroom before the holiday season gets into full swing, Jennifer of Town and County Living shared this post, 12 Cozy Bedroom Ideas for Your Ultimate Retreat and I pinned so many of them.

Seasonal Inspiration:

Health and Wellness Inspiration:

Style Inspiration:

Simple Pleasures and Little Luxuries:

  • There are so many fun ideas you could create with this custom gift idea.
  • These would make such a sweet personalized gift idea too.
  • Just added these statement makers to my Christmas wish list.

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

Easy Fall Tablescape Ideas

Easy Fall Tablescape Ideas-The Crowned Goat

Pinterest Challenge and Fall Vignette Blog Hop

Simple Fall Pumpkin Vignette and 15 Other Creative Fall Vignette Ideas-The Crowned Goat

Fall Outdoor Movie Night and Popcorn Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting-The Crowned Goat

The Last 100 Days (one of our most popular Encouragement of the Month posts)

The Last 100 Days: Encouragement of the Month Post - The Crowned Goat

And here’s last week’s From the Front Porch post, in case you missed it…

Organizing the Week Ahead…

Words to Live By:

Dates to Celebrate:

  • 10/01 National Pumpkin Spice Day
  • 10/03National Techies Day
  • 10/04 National Taco Day
  • 10/05 Do Something Nice Day

*Amazon Prime Day will be on October 10-11 so now is a great time to get your holiday shopping list together

Weekly Simplified and Organized Home Challenge Task:

  • Review Family Holiday Calendar and Set Family Doctor Appointments

*Don’t forget to make your hair appointments before the Thanksgiving rush

3 Simple Ways to Celebrate the Season:

  • Celebrate Oktoberfest
  • Decorate the House for Halloween
  • Bake a Loaf of Pumpkin Bread

October Menu Ideas:

October Menu Ideas

Fall Essentials We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…

(Amazon 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)

Bracelet Set * Dress * Laptop Bag * Wreath

Purple Block Print Pillow * Place Card Holders * Pullover * French Tray

Serving Bowl * Block Print Pillow * Watch * Cardigan

Crewneck Sweater * Mug * Nail Lacquer * Plaid Throw

As always, we appreciate you more than you could ever know. We hope your weekend is peace-filled and relaxing and 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. The Spooky Soirée sounds like so much fun! I love how family oriented y’all are! That makes all of the activities even better!

    1. If you lived closer I would totally invite you to the Spooky Soiree, Susan, you would have so much fun! It is a huge blessing that we’re all close and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It’s probably why I’m hyperorganized and have learned to set good boundaries because there are a lot of people, places and events to keep up with along the way 😉 Hope your weekend is filled with all good things, CoCo

  2. Your party sounds like fun CoCo! Hope you are feeling better 🥰

    1. Thank you, Cindy, it’s always a good time. I’m getting better everyday which feels like a huge win no thanks in big part to yours and the rest of this community’s constant prayers and support. Fingers crossed only 2 more weeks of meds and I’ll be all set. Sending you lots of hugs for a happy weekend, CoCo

  3. Fall…my favorite season! It is relaxing, rejuvenating and all around fabulous! I remember your mom’s party and love that you have a family party! It is such a wonderful tradition!
    Have a beautiful weekend.

    1. It’s mine too, Elizabeth. Fall feels just as festive as the holidays with out all the etra pressure or drama. It’s such a perfect season. Hope you enjoy every moment! Hugs, CoCo

  4. Love the best costume pins you found at JoAnn. Please continue prayers for our girl. We are on the struggle bus but I’m trying to get into the creative swing.

    1. Thank you, Cindy, I think they’ll be a fun addition to the Spooky Soiree this year too. I’m continuing to pray for all of you and that you’ll be able to lean into this sacred time together. Hugs, CoCo

  5. Hello!!
    I’m excited to hear about your Halloween costume!
    We are headed to an apple orchard tomorrow to pick some pumpkins and get some tasty apple treats. Hope you have a lovely weekend, friend!

    1. That sounds like such a fun way to kick off October, Rachel. I’m so excited for you! Hope you guys have the best time and the weather is perfection. Eat some apple pie for me! Hugs, CoCo

  6. RACHEL HARPER says:

    Another great week and so much inspiration. Thank you for sharing my Dollar Tree Pumpkin Frame ideas. You are the best.

  7. So glad you are feeling better! Fall is such a fun time of year and I know how busy it gets for you and yours! I hope you will be able to enjoy it! Can’t wait to see what you wear to the Spooky Soiree! Blessings, Donna

  8. Your Mom never ceases to amaze me with her creativity and zest for celebrating all things in life. I love the idea of a spooky soiree – and the badges you picked up from JoAnn will be perfect. How on earth does your Mom throw a spooky soiree and then turn around and have Thanksgiving and then have the massive decorating undertaking for Christmas??? She must live off of coffee . . .

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