From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch! We hope your January has been filled with fun and adventure as we prepare to welcome the month of February. 

As always, it goes by way too fast but we’re thankful for the time we’ve had to make extra special memories this month. 

At the end of every month this year, we’re making a concerted effort to review 3 things…

  • What worked well this month?
  • How can I improve next month?
  • Ways I celebrated reaching goals, making progress on establishing new habits/routines, and creating time for things that were important to me.

Sometimes the progess we’re making, especially in the beginning of a project or goal can feel so s-l-o-w, it can be hard to justify our efforts. 

But I promise if you keep going, it’s going to be so worth it.  


Whatever your goal was this month whether you’ve made a ton of progress on it or barely any at all, take the time to evaluate the things that helped you most and give yourself permission to let the things that didn’t work well for you go.  

And make sure to write down your journey along the way! By June you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come ?

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

This home tour is being shared all over the internet and for good reason.  It’s really beautiful!

A gorgeous portfolio you’ll want to get completely lost in!

If traditional style is your jam, you’ll love this home in Cartersville, Georgia.

2020 Kitchen of the Year Winners 

This cabin is a bit more modern than my typical farmhouse style but the before and after makeover is so awesome it really speaks to the power of paint!

The Most Popular Paint Color The Year You Were Born 

14 Valentine’s Day Gifts to Make at Home 

25 Little Things to Make Your Day Less Stressful 

9 Things It’s Not Too Late To Start Doing For Yourself 

10 Fashion Basics Every Woman Needs In Her Closet 

Your Winter Uniform Based Off Your Zodiac Sign 

I’m already seeing people on social media decorate for Spring! While I can certainly relate to dreaming of flowers and warmer weather, I truly believe we were given seasons for a reason.  This post, How to Enjoy Winter is such a beautiful reminder of why it’s important to make time to slow down and savor the season.

The 9 Best Money-Saving Personal Finance Hacks was really interesting.  Especially, the $5 bill system which I’d never even heard of!

9 Ways to Improve Your Gut Health By The End Of The Week 

The Best Snacks to Pack in Your Gym Bag 

Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

What We’re Reading in February…

This month we’ll be reading The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy  which was recommended to me by a fellow blogger.  It’s short but promises to be impactful! (Amazon Affiliate Link)

Podcast We Loved This Week…

I caught up on several of Christy Wright’s podcasts from the Business Boutique and they were all so good I had a hard time choosing just one.  If you’re looking for a more balanced life in February, listen to Episode 88 How to Be a Successful Woman and Live a Balanced Life 

On the Menu this Week…

*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 February 1 – February 9

02/01 – Saturday – Spicy Fish Stew 

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

02/03 – Monday – 15 Minute Sesame Steak Stir Fry (we’ll be subbing steak for tofu)

02/04 – Tuesday – Slow Cooker Cheesy Mexican Quinoa Casserole with Everyday Mexican Salad

02/05 – Wednesday – Super Food Detox Salad 

02/06 – Thursday – Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup 

02/07 – Friday –  Winter Grain Bowl with Balsamic Dressing 

02/08 – Saturday –  Maple Mustard Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner 

02/09 – Sunday – Chicken Pesto Pasta  with side salad

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

Nutella Stuffed Browned Butter Blondies 

A Few Valentine Fashion & Beauty Ideas 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)

Love Tee 

Pink Hair Ties 

Red Striped Tee 

Volcano Candle 

Statement Necklace 

Quilted Vest 

Pink Travel Makeup Bag 

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman  

Tickle My France-y Polish 

Heart Bead Earrings 

Heart Sweater 

Candle Accessory Set 

Ballet Flats 

Magnifying Tabletop Makeup Mirror 



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

 Stenciled Air Dry Clay Dish 


How to Tame Cleaning Cabinet Clutter 


Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Marzipan Dresser Makeover 


Stress Free and Inexpensive Valentine’s Day 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…

  • 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…

  • 01/31 – National Hot Chocolate Day
  • 02/01 – Buy Valentine Cards/Gifts and February Birthday Cards/Gifts
  • 02/05 – World Nutella Day
  • 02/07 – National Wear Red Day for Women’s Heart Awareness
  • 02/09 – National Pizza Day
  • 02/11 – Make a Friend Day
  • 02/13 – Galentine’s Day
  • 02/14 – Valentine’s Day
  • 02/17 – Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • 02/20 – National Love Your Pet Day
  • 02/25 – Fat Tuesday
  • 02/27 – National Chili Day
  • 02/29 – Leap Year Day

That’s all for now!

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 just started reading your blog and I just love it!! Especially these Friday posts! They are jam-packed with so many goodies! I just subscribed today so I make sure not to miss any! I’m looking forward to all you have planned for February!!

    1. That’s super awesome to hear Christine, thank you! These Friday posts are always so much fun to put together so I’m excited you like them. I really appreciate you following along. I’ll be sure to head over to your blog now and follow you as well so I don’t miss any of your posts. Every time I see you baking something new on Insta it makes me want to head in the kitchen and bake with you 🙂 I hope your week has been a fun one so far. Hugs, CoCo

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