From the Front Porch

Happy Friday, from the front porch! We’re excited to be spending time with you today. 

Thanks so much to everyone who checked on us and sent us sweet messages last week.  It was definitely a rough one and we appreciate you so much.    

Things are a lot better this week which is a huge blessing.  We actually have 2 major milestones to celebrate this weekend.  One is a financial goal we’d set and met.  

The other was finishing all the recertification course work and testing for my graduate degree in counseling.  Oh my word, it felt like it took FOREVER to complete everything! 

While blogging, writing, painting and helping people create a home they love will always be my first love, it’s important to have a back up plan no matter how great your current circumstances.

Spring and Fall are my two favorite seasons so I can’t wait to start working on projects around the house, treasuring hunting and feeling like I have a life again

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

There were so many gorgeous homes in this portfolio I could seriously not pick a favorite!

I felt the same way about this portfolio too. The landscape alone is stunning. 

The Worst Paint Colors for Small Rooms.

How magical would it be if this could actually happen ?

Speaking of magical, a guide on where to see Paris in bloom.

A home tour with the perfect balance between beach cottage and romantic living.

The best workout for you to try based on your Meyers-Briggs type.

4 “Notes to Self” that Will Stop You From Taking Today for Granted 

This company is on a mission to help women and it’s so exciting!

How cute is this Austin Toile?

And I love these new Mary Janes too!

The Mind Trick Top Athletes Swear By 

14 Tax Season Tips Everyone Should Know 

When it comes the the Coronavirus, we’re taking a “Stay Educated, Keep Informed, Calm and Carry On” approach.  My bestie S who helps run the TCG website was set to speak at a huge tech conference next week which was canceled out of an abundance of caution given the number of attendees.  I know it’s front and center for a lot of us so I thought I would pass along this post which shares a map of spots most missed during hand washing. 

Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

Book We’re Reading in March…

This month we’ll be reading in March is The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions (Amazon Affiliate Link) and I couldn’t be more excited about it. 

I’m one of those people who can talk myself into anything and out of everything so it’s been fun to dive in!

Podcast We Loved This Week…

If you haven’t had a chance to hear the Duchess of Cambridge on the podcast, Happy Mum Happy Baby, I highly recommend it.  While I don’t have kids (or any plans to have any) it was really fun to hear how she handles the work life-family life balance, Mom guilt, and how she learned to be more mindful each day. 

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 9 – March 15

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

03/08 – SundayTurkey and Spinach Veggie Lasagna 

03/09 – Monday Sweet and Sticky Vegetable Stir Fry 

03/10 – Tuesday Chipotle Chicken Tacos 

03/11 – Wednesday Avocado Shrimp Salad 

03/12 – Thursday –  Lemony Greek Chicken Soup 

 03/13 – Friday –  Crab Cakes with Green Tomato Slaw 

03/14 – Saturday –  Sheet Pan Bruschetta Chicken  (don’t forget to include some pie for dessert to celebrate National Pi Day)

03/15 – SundaySpinach Ricotta Calzone 

Sweet Treat to Try this Week…

55 Delicious Pies Recipes for Every Season 

A Few Spring Home Décor Finds We Spotted on Amazon and Target This Week…

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Gingham Melamine Plate (also comes in a super cute pink) 

Easter Felt Bunnies and Carrots Garland 

Bunny Figurine 

Green and White Pillow 

Egg Wreath 

Green Bunny Plate (also comes in a super cute pink) 

Decorative Robin Eggs 

Woven Serving Bowl 

Kitchen Towel 

Cherry Blossom Arrangement 


Beverage Napkins 

Decorative Bird’s Nest 

Floral Table Runner 

Bunny Wreath 

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

DIY European Farmhouse Cake Stand 

Decorating for Spring with Vintage or Salvaged Finds 

DIY Speckled Eggs and Spring Vignette Ideas 

How to Clean a Ceramic Glazed Birdbath 

52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

Here’s a look at what we’ll be working on in the month of March as part of the 52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

  • 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…

  • 03/08 – Daylight Savings Time Begins
  • 03/08 – International Women’s Day 
  • 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!

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. Thank you so much, Linda! I sort of wanted to shout it from the rooftops because I thought we would NEVER get through either of those milestones. But like we always say, it doesn’t matter if it’s 5 dollars or 5 minutes, it all adds up. Sending you lots of hugs and thank yous for your encouragement along the way, CoCo

    1. They had so many goodies to look through at that event, Josiah! Hope you have the best week, CoCo

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