My October 2019 Monthly Recap

It’s time for another monthly recap. Take a peek at previous recaps here


Did October fly by for anyone else?! October was a pretty busy month and I felt like there wasn’t much down time, though I’m not complaining! October started off with a road trip to Knoxville, Tennessee with some friends! We stayed at RT Lodge and it was adorable. It was such a fun trip and I’m thinking it would be the perfect weekend trip with Nick next fall! A few days after I returned from Tennessee I hopped on a plane for a trip to Charleston with my #bloggersdotravel gals (more on that tomorrow!). We try to do a Charleston trip at least once a year and it’s always SO much fun! The rest of the month consisted of going to the pumpkin patch, brunching with friends & relaxing! At the end of the month Nick and I celebrated our TWO year anniversary! We went to Katharine Brasserie for dinner because we had been wanting to try it for a while and it didn’t disappoint! We will definitely be going back in the future – the oysters and entrees were great & we loved the atmosphere.


This month we found a sideboard for our dining room. We had been looking for months for something we liked (while not spending $$$$) and stumbled upon a great piece at a nice consignment store here called The Red Collection. We loved the style of it even though the finish didn’t match our dining set. We decided to strip, sand & stain the piece to match our dining room furniture. What we originally thought as a weekend project quickly turned into a three weekend project haha. It was a beast of a project and although it was REALLY frustrating at times, I love the way it turned out. I’ll be sure to share pics soon!

This month we are adding wainscoting to our dining room & giving it a fresh paint job. We are going with a bold color and I can’t waaaait to see the final result.

Books I read this month

Even though October was a busy month, I managed to read ten books & had a really great reading month! I’m a bit delayed in getting up my reading list since it is so long, but it will be up in a few days! My favorite books of the month were The Grace Year and The Most Fun We Ever Had.

What I purchased

A new crisp white blousenothing better than a good white top!
This cozy PJ set | I am in love with these & they are definitely cozy.
This chandelier for our dining room | Crossing my fingers that we love it!

Favorite blog posts on Life with Emily

Three Ways to Achieve a Welcoming Guest Room: so happy with how this space turned out!
Tips for Hosting Friendsgiving: love this tablescape!
Tips for Painting A Front Door: our first home project and it makes a huge difference!

Favorite posts I read this month

Big News from Poor Little It Girl | I am thrilled for Cathy and her family & can’t wait for her sweet little one to arrive! She told us back in August and our trip to Charleston this October consisted of one more this time! 😉
Five Tips for an Effortless Thanksgiving | Loving these tips from Jess… isn’t that set up gorgeous?!
All About Clean Beauty | Jess does a great job of breaking down “clean” beauty and answering those questions we all have!
Postpartum Recovery Essentials | loved this informative post from Mackenzie & appreciated her raw honesty, too!

Current favorites on repeat

  • BEAUTY: Kiehl’s Hand Lotion. It’s perfect now that we’ve had some cold temps and my hands are more dry.
  • CLOTHING: This ribbed sweater is a go-to every fall!
  • TV SHOWS: We are loving A Million Little Things this season. We started The Morning Show on AppleTV + but I’m not sure how I feel about it just yet. I’m not-so-secretly looking forward to Hallmark Christmas movies this month!
  • PODCAST: I’m almost finished with Bardstown and can’t get enough of it. So bizarre & so good!
  • AUDIOBIOOK: I recently finished Red at the Bone and really enjoyed the full cast narration. A very powerful book!
  • CURRENTLY READING: I’m reading Wild Game right now and it’s is indeed wild!

Leave a Reply


  1. Mariah wrote:

    I started a million little things when it first came out but didn’t stick with it. I’ve been seeing the commercials and now I want to go back and finish.

    Posted 11.6.19 Reply
  2. Kileen wrote:

    Love this post! Can’t wait to see the sideboard of the dining room, always love seeing the before and afters!

    cute & little

    Posted 11.7.19 Reply
  3. Lee wrote:

    adding both those books to my ‘to read’ list! <3

    Posted 11.7.19 Reply

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