From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch! Thanks so much for spending time with us today.  

This week has been a tough one as we were reminded three different times just how precious and fleeting life can really be. 

As you can imagine, it’s been hard to concentrate and I just felt “out of sorts” all week. 

Thankfully, we were able to practice lots of self-care and slow things down a bit.  While it’s not how I imagined spending the last week of the month, I’m thankful for the long hot baths, the comfort through tears and the ease of take out. 

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

A beautiful home tour filled with lots of texture and natural light from Kate Marker Interiors

This dreamy home totally nails coastal charm.

The horse farm in upstate New York that’s giving me all the feels.

Wait until you see the creamware and ironstone display in this stunning kitchen. Honestly, you could get lost in the entire portfolio!

See how this antiques-loving designer decorates her first home in Louisville, Kentucky.

A good website  to bookmark for those times you need a simple yet comparative buying guide.

Live and on-demand fitness classes you can do at home.

An iron boosting green juice recipe I’m excited to try.

Style Files: How to Wear a Denim Jacket – 4 ideas that are totally doable no matter what you’re age!

10 Things to Do If You Constantly Feel Fatigued 

20 Little “To-Do’s” That Will Make You Feel Like You Have Your Life Together 

31 Things You Can Do To Be Happier and Healthier 

99 Easy Bedroom Updates 

Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

Book We’re Reading in February… 

We’re a just few pages from finishing our February book of the month, *The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. (*Amazon Affiliate Link)

Even though I know it’s going to take time to see a substantial impact long term, I can already tell a big difference in the areas I’ve been tweaking. 

Next month, we’ll be readingthe faith based book, *The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily P. Freeman. (*Amazon Affiliate Link)

Pep Talk We Loved This Week… 

As I shared above, all week long I’ve felt stuck and generally unmotivated.  By Thursday though, I knew I needed to get back on track and this video, Shifting Your Mindset to Achieve You Business Goals by Carrie Green really helped.  

That said, don’t let the title scare you if you have business goals.  I think it would be helpful for anyone who feels stuck and needs a bit of a nudge. 

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 March 2 – March 8

02/29 – Saturday –  One Pan Healthy Italian Sausage and Veggies with brown rice

03/01 – SundayLinguine and Clams 

03/02 – MondayBlack Bean Burgers with zesty fries  

03/03 – TuesdaySouthwest Quesadilla with Cilantro Lime Sour Cream 

03/04 – Wednesday Kale Caesar Salad with Sweet Potatoes and Crispy Chickpeas 

03/05 – Thursday –  Chicken and Dumplings 

03/06 – Friday –  Tabbouleh Hummus and Pita Plate  

03/07 – Saturday –  Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Baked Salmon with Asparagus and Crispy Potatoes 

03/08 – SundayTurkey and Spinach Veggie Lasagna 

Sweet Treat to Try this Week… 

One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake 

 A Few New Cookbooks and Home Décor Books We’re Looking Forward to This Spring 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)

Gather at Home: Over 100 Simple Recipes, DIYs, and Inspiration for a Year of Occasions

 The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook (Downton Abbey Cookery)

Body Love Every Day: Choose Your Life-Changing 21-Day Path to Food Freedom (The Body Love Series)

Love and Lemons Every Day: More than 100 Bright, Plant-Forward Recipes for Every Meal: A Cookbook

Magnolia Table, Volume 2: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering

Pure Delicious: 151 Allergy-Free Recipes for Everyday and Entertaining: A Cookbook Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Shellfish, or Cane Sugar 

You’re Invited: Classic, Elegant Entertaining

Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over

From Freezer to Cooker: Delicious Whole-Foods Meals for the Slow Cooker, Pressure Cooker, and Instant Pot: A Cookbook

For the Love of White: The White and Neutral Home

The Anti-Anxiety Diet: A Whole-Body Program to Stop Racing Thoughts, Banish Worry and Live Panic-Free

Fraiche Food, Full Hearts: A Collection of Recipes for Every Day and Casual Celebrations

Collected: City + Country, Volume No 1: City + Country, Volume No 1

All New Square Foot Gardening II: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More in Less Space

Country Cottages: Relaxed Elegance to Rustic Charm 

At Home in the English Countryside: Designers and Their Dogs

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

 17 Ways to Ease Into Spring 

Meal Planning for The Busy Girl 

DIY Dutch Tulip Crate

5 Elements to a Cottage Garden 

52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

Here’s a look at what we’ve completed 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)

…and what we’ll be working on in the month of March 

  • Master Bedroom (Week of March 7)
  • Master Bedroom Closet (Week of March 14)
  • Master Bedroom Drawers (Week of March 21) 
  • Master Bathroom Closets and Countertops (March 28) 

TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember & Upcoming Posts…

  • 02/29 – Leap Year Day
  • 03/01 – Purchase March Birthday Gifts and Cards
  • 03/02 – Decorate for Spring
  • 03/03 – Super Tuesday
  • 03/08 – Daylight Savings Time Begins
  • 03/12 – Plant a Flower Day 
  • 03/14 – Farmhouse Crock Decor Blog Hop 
  • 03/14 – National Pi Day
  • 03/17 – St. Patrick’s Day
  • 03/19 – Spring Home Decor Tour Blog Hop 

That’s all for now! I’m hoping to be back on track with more Spring inspired posts next week. Thanks for hanging in there with me. 

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. Sending you lots of love and hugs too, CoCo

  1. Very sweet post, CoCo, I love all the information and the book reading ideas (we have five big bookcases here). I can always use another book… Lol!! Hope you get all your posts done for March. <3 I have to confess, I started moving FE to WordPress last summer, got it ready to go… and balked! I STILL don't have email… It's been 5+ years. Who do you use for email and is it attached to your blog somehow? That's the big mystery for me. I just don't know how to do it.

    Anyway, I won't bore you with any more blogging things but I love this post and how it's from the heart and is kinda random. <3

    Many spring hugs,
    Barb 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Barb! These Friday From the Front Porch posts are always fun to put together. I swear there are so many creative ideas out there. I love books too. Oh my gosh, they are such an indulgence for me 🙂 We use GoDaddy for our hosting services (we actually have own server there) and our business email comes from that service. To send emails out to our subscribers we use MailChimp. I know it can be overwhelming at times to try and figure it all out. So, you’re more than welcome to ask me anything you need. If I can’t help, I’m happy to ask my bestie S, she’s our website administrator and is patient with my questions on the daily 🙂 Sending you lots of hugs for Spring right back, CoCo

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