From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch! We hope your week has been peace filled and productive.  Thanks so much for making us part of your day!

This week has been such a blessing I feel like I need to pinch myself already ?

Since our last From the Front Porch post we hosted my Mom’s family birthday party on Thursday, traveled to the Renninger’s Extravaganza to celebrate our birthdays on Friday, shopped the bookstore, found some goodies at IKEA and celebrated with lunch on Saturday. 

I had my family birthday dinner on Sunday night and enjoyed a “favorite things” themed birthday celebration on Wednesday. 

It’s been a whirlwind week and I’m behind on everything but I’m incredibly grateful for all the different ways we got to spend time together making memories.

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

In case you missed it on Instagram, I shared Apartment Therapy  featured the dresser turned folding station in the laundry room at Bliss Barracks this week which was so exciting!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these pretty examples of grandmillennial style.

How to Choose a Monogram and Table Linens 

Wait until you see the French Connection in this gorgeous home tour. 

 10 Favorite Rooms With a Touch of Black 

This home tour is classic Amber Interiors Design and really beautiful!

What Can You Recycle? More Than You Think 

Foam Packaging That Dissolves In Your Sink Is the Next Big Thing 

Are You Using Expired Makeup or Skincare? 

New Hair Car Tools Available This Month

The Best Workout Based on Your Enneagram 

 This Is What Happens to Your Brain When You Declutter Your Home 

A pep talk from Jamie Varon I’m book marking right now!

20 Ways to Feel Better in 2020 

 Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

Book We’re Reading in January…

You Are the Girl for the Job: Daring to Believe the God Who Calls You by Jess Connolly (Amazon Affiliate Link

I just finished this book and it was SO good! If you’ve been reading along, I hope you’re enjoying it too.  I seriously could have highlighted the entire book ?

For February, we’ll be reading The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. It has fabulous reviews so I’m excited to dive into this one as well.  

Podcast We Loved This Week…

 Atomic Habits with James Clear is like listening a bite size version of his bestselling book! It was a great reminder and motivation to finish out January strong with positive habit building tasks like the 2-minute rule.

On the Menu this Week…

I ate SO MANY sweets last week because of our birthday celebrations so I’m hoping to get back on track with a healthier menu this week!

*On a side note, we mostly eat lean poultry, fish and plant-based meat alternatives which you’ll see reflected in our menu plan each week.  That said, there are some recipes you might be able to substitute plant-based products, turkey or chicken with beef or pork so be sure to check the recipe!

Week of January 25 – February 2

01/25 – Saturday –  Spinach, Tomato and Goat Cheese Quiche  with arugula salad

01/26 – Sunday – Crockpot Lasagna with side salad

01/27 – Monday – Thai Green Curry with Spring Vegetables 

01/28 – Tuesday – Jalapeno Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Lime Crema 

01/29 – Wednesday – Winter Farro Kale Salad 

01/30 – Thursday –  Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup 

01/31 – Friday –  Gardens Green Goddess Pizza 

02/01 – Saturday – Spicy Fish Stew 

02/02 – SundaySuper Bowl Sunday – 90 Super Bowl Sunday Recipes to Satisfy Your Hungry Guests 

Sweet Treat to Try This Week… 

37 Desserts to Make Super Bowl Sunday Sweet  

A Few Galentine Party Ideas and Finds We Spotted on Amazon This Week…

**(Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. Any sales made through such links will support us with a small commission at no extra cost for you. You can read our full disclosure policy here)

Heart Garland (multiple colors available) 

Eyelash Mug 

Inspirational Note Cards 

Peony Wreath 

Paper Party Straws 

Be Kind Tee  (mutiple colors available) 

Party Decorating Kit 

Flour Sack Towels (multiple colors available) (great as an alternative to wrapping paper too) 

Slippers (multiple colors available) 

Set of 12 Heart Shaped Napkin Rings (multiple styles available) 

Heart Printed Shirt (multiple colors available) 

Motivational Water Bottle (multiple colors available) 

Flower Arrangement (additional arrangements available) 

Coffee Pajamas (multiple colors available) 

Pom Pom Pillow Covers (multiple colors available) 

Kate Spade Bracelet (additional styles available) 

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

Latest Finds from the Renninger’s Extravaganza 

Blue and White Twin Bedroom Refresh at Bliss Barracks 

Valentine’s Day Dessert Buffet 

25 DIY Valentines Gift Ideas 

52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

Here’s a look at what we’ll be working on in the month of February…

  • Clean Out/Organize Refrigerator & Freezer (Week of Jan 25)
  • Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping (Week of Feb 1)
  • Morning Routine and Work Out Routine (Week of Feb 8)
  • Nightly Routine and 15-Minute Clutter Catcher (Week of Feb 15)
  • Cleaning Schedule (Week of Feb 22)
  • Breakfast Nook (Week of Feb 29)

TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember & Upcoming Posts…

  • 01/24 – National Compliment Day
  • 01/25 – Chinese New Year, The Year of the Rat Begins
  • 01/26 – National Green Juice Day
  • 01/27 – National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 01/28 – Plan for Vacation Day
  • 01/31 – National Hot Chocolate Day
  • 02/01 – Buy Valentine Cards/Gifts and February Birthday Cards/Gifts

That’s all for now! We’re headed back to Bliss Barracks this weekend to watch my sweet nephew play in his flag football championship game. He is so excited so it should be a lot of fun. 

As always, we appreciate you so much 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. I really appreciate it, Linda, thank you so much! It’s been a special week for sure 🙂 I was totally shocked to find the biodegradable foam packaging too. It’s going to make sending packages with foam peanuts so much easier now. Hope your weekend has been a fun one, CoCo

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